Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Set For July 2020 Release

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Nolan fans now have a new film to look forward to. The Oscar nominated filmmaker is set for release on IMAX on July 17, 2020, per Hollywood Reporter published today.

It is no surprise that the studio has taken July as a perfect time to release the English auteur’s epic blockbusters. During the past few years, his name has been synonymous to hugely ambitious narrative scope and visual spectacle.

In fact, most of his most recent movies such as The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and were all July releases and received both critical and commercial successes.

His last film, the World War II epic blockbuster “Dunkirk”, was also released in July of 2017. That film grossed $520 million at the boxoffice and received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and his first Best Director nomination.

In total, Nolan’s movies grossed nearly US $5 billion worldwide and received 34 Oscar nominations, ten of which received the winning trophies.

Not much has been revealed about the upcoming Warner Bros. “event film,” but given his industry stature it is sure to attract plenty of major talents. We are sure to follow the development of this film and will publish more information when they are released.

Mark Hamill, RZA, Clark Gregg, and Felicia Day Among Stars to Speak at Stan Lee Tribute

New details emerge on tribute for legendary storyteller to be honored on January 30, 2019 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

Next week, “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” will be attended by Mark Hamill, RZA, Clark Gregg, Felicia Day, Bill Duke, cast members from Marvel’s “The Runaways,” cast members from FX’s “Legion,” and Fox’s “The Gifted,” among many other luminaries from the entertainment world.

Fans wishing to attend “Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration” can get a limited number of tickets at legionm.com/stantribute. All net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to the non-profit organization The Hero Initiative, a charity supporting comic book creators, artists and writers in need.

The tribute event on Wednesday, January 30, will begin at 4 p.m. PT with a section of the TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt transformed into a fan experience of Stan Lee’s life and career. There will be a memorial centered around his cement imprint which will be displayed next to the speaker’s podium. Ticketed fans will be allowed to leave flowers, candles and sign a book of condolences.
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James Gandolfini’s Son Cast As Tony Soprano

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In a stroke of casting genius, Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is set to play the iconic role of Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, Deadline reports.

Michael, 19, is set to play a young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a film that tells the background story of the crime drama television series. Most recently, he is on the TV period drama series “The Deuce.”

Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys) is set to direct the movie for New Line. The film is written by The Sopranos creator and writer David Chase as well as show writer Lawrence Konner who collaborated with Chase on the late 80s TV series “Almost Grown”.

Also in the cast are Vera Farmiga, Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

Though no official synopsis has been released, the film will be set during the Newark riots in July, 1967, centering on Tony’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola). The film’s release date is yet to be announced.

Regarded by many as one of the greatest TV series ever, The Sopranos ran for six seasons from January 10, 1999 to June 10, 2007.

All-New Stories From The Original Star Wars Trilogy, Starting This April

Marvel’s celebration of Star Wars characters continues this April, with epic one-shots of heroes and villains of the original film trilogy in Age of Rebellion.

Following the legendary sagas of the Jedi, the Sith, and more from AGE OF THE REPUBLIC, join writer Greg Pak (The Incredible Hulk, Weapon H) and artist Chris Sprouse (Black Panther) for new tales about some of the most iconic Star Wars heroes and artist Marc Laming (Beckett, Star Wars Annual) for new stories about the galaxy’s most dangerous villains. With covers by Terry and Rachel Dodson, these are stories you don’t want to miss.

Also in April, discover brand new sides of some of your favorite – and deadly – heroes and villains in AGE OF REBELLION SPECIAL #1, written by superstar team Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold), Jon Adams (The New Yorker, Love Romances), and Si Spurrier (Doctor Aphra), and drawn by Adams, Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra Annual), and Andrea Broccardo (Star Wars), with cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Guru-eFX. For more information, visit StarWars.com.

High School Student Cast As Maria In “West Side Story” Remake

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Steven Spielberg has found the female lead for his upcoming remake of the classic romantic musical tragedy “West Side Story”. Her name is Rachel Zegler, a 17 year old student from New Jersey.

Rachel was selected for the sought-after role from 30,000 Latino actors who submitted video auditions.

She recently caught the internet’s attention after a video of her went viral which shows her singing Lady Gaga’s recent hit “Shallow’ from another hit musical “A Star Is Born.” She’s also uploaded videos on her YouTube channel which shows her singing original songs and covers of popular hits.

The remake is set to be directed by Steven Spielberg. She will be joining previously announced actor Ansel Elgort who will play the male lead.

The original 1961 “West Side Story” film as inspired by a Romeo and Juliet Broadway musical of the same name from 1957 which tells the story of Maria, a Puerto Rican girl who falls in love with a white New Yorker Tony.

The film was a critical and boxoffice hit, winning 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture. In 1997, the film was chosen for preservation on the National Film Registry.

TNT’s “I Am the Night” Presents My Favorite Murder Live On Jan 15 At El Rey Theater

I Am the Night to Premiere January 28, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT

TNT announced today that its thrilling new true crime series I Am the Night is teaming up with the hit podcast My Favorite Murder to bring an exclusive live episode hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark on January 15th at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. This unique partnership marks a first for the My Favorite Murder team, as the podcast has never partnered with a television network in support of an upcoming drama series.

On the anniversary of the Black Dahlia’s death, and in the same city where she was killed, Murderinos can join Karen and Georgia to dive deeper into Hollywood’s most notorious murder before an exclusive screening of TNT’s new limited series I Am the Night. Star Jefferson Mays will attend and be interviewed during the taping, talking about playing Dr. George Hodel and the series.

“What more could we want? We get to discuss the Black Dahlia, our audience gets a sneak peek at the first episode of I Am The Night and we get to talk to Jefferson Mays about playing Dr. Hodel. It’s a true crime trifecta. We can’t wait!” said Kilgariff and Hardstark.

My Favorite Murder will publish the special episode of the podcast leading up to the January 28th premiere of I Am the Night.

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Stan Lee Tribute To Be Held January 30

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith and many others is set to pay tribute to legendary storyteller, comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee.

Titled “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” the event is set to take place on January 30 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre.

The event was announced today by Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment” and will benefit The Hero Initiative which is one of Lee’s favorite charities.

Fans who wants to attend the event can get tickets today at legionm.com/stantribute. Tickets are limited and goes on sale starting today, Wednesday, January 9, at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST.

Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment said, “We are honored for this chance for Stan’s fans and friends to come together in a celebration of his remarkable life. Despite his passing, Stan’s name, work and legacy will continue to flourish and be revealed to the world. We are committed to honor Stan’s extraordinary life and work.”

Gill Champion, Stan Lee’s partner and confidante for over 18 years, said, “Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being, truly adored worldwide. He loved coming to work and creating endless new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man that his admirers could relate to with ease. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on now and for many more generations to come.”

Producer of the event David Baxter, VP Development at Legion M, writes, “Stan Lee played a major cameo in all the lives of the fans he loved, be it through his writing, his acting or his personal interactions. We feel this tribute is a perfect opportunity for Stan’s beloved fans to unite with celebrities and friends of Stan to give the man the grand sendoff he deserves.”

Agents of Mayhem founder Darren Passarello, who got his start in entertainment from Stan and is also co-producing the event added, “Stan saw the good and the potential in everyone he met, and he never hesitated to help them if he could. It is not only an esteemed privilege but a personal honor to be a part of this tribute.”

The head of The Hero Initiative Jim McLauchlin knew Stan for decades and said, “Stan believed in the ‘golden rule,’ and always went out of his way to make time for others and make their day just a little bit better. I think this tribute is absolutely in that spirit, and a great chance for fans to get together, share their love for Stan, and find strength in that.”

The Museum Of Modern Art Showcases Preserved And Restored Films

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Ők Ketten (The Two of Them). 1977. Hungary. Directed by Márta Mészáros.

The Museum of Modern Art’s “To Save and Project” the 16th edition of it’s annual international film festival with a diverse set of cinematic treasures.

The film festival, which runs from Friday January 4 until the end of the month, “celebrates newly preserved and restored films from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and independent filmmakers”

Barbet Schroeder is set to kick things off with a retrospective of all his documentary films which he described as the “trilogy of evil”. This includes “General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait” (1974), “Terror’s Advocate” (2007), and the weeklong New York theatrical run of “The Venerable W.”

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for 1990’s “Reversal of Fortune”, a film which won Jeremy Irons an Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role, Schroeder is known for directing boxoffice hit thrillers “Single White Female” and the Sandra Bullock starrer “Murder by Numbers.”

There’s plenty of surprise highlights in this year’s lineup, which features 50 features and shorts from around the globe, some receiving their first US screening since their original release. To get a full list of events, go to moma.org.

The 16th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation is organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

“Stranger Things” Season 3 New Details

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Netflix is starting the year announcing the return everyone’s favorite sci-fi/horror hit “Stranger Things.”

“One Summer Can Change Everything”, says season 3’s one sheet which was also posted by the streaming service on Twitter, announcing the season’s return on July 4th.

There’s also a brief teaser which accompanied the announcement, featuring a throwback footage of Dick Clark’s 1985 New Year’s count down. The video broadcast slowly turns upside down as the fireworks explode and gets interrupted by choppy tv intermissions with creepy computer messages such as “when blue and yellow meet in the west” and “SilverCatFeeds.”

Recently in early December, Netflix release the season’s episode titles, though not a lot about the plot has been revealed so far.

The series is a huge breakout success for the streaming giant. Set in fictitious Hawkins, Indiana, with season 3 set one year after the events of season two and, according to David Harbour, is said to be influenced by the 1985 action-comedy Fletch.

IMAX Earns $1Billion For The First Time

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The IMAX movie format has reached a new milestone, surpassing the $1 billion mark at the global boxoffice in a single calendar year.

This is the first time the company has reached that mark in its 50-year history. This number was powered by a combination of Hollywood blockbusters as well as various local language films from China, Japan, Korea, Russia and India.

Leading the charge were Hollywood tentpoles such as Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther” as well as Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Recently, “Aquaman” has led the global boxoffice for the third weekend and a great part of its success was the 1,227 IMAX screens which played the film worldwide, including 406 screens in the US. Both of these contributed to $16.4 million gross with a week more to go before 2018 comes to a close.

There’s a total of 1,443 IMAX systems as of September 30, 2018, 1,346 of which were in commercial multiplexes.

Here are top 10 films of 2018 on IMAX at the worldwide box office:
1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Black Panther
3. Jurassic World
4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
5. Ready Player One
6. Aquaman
7. Venom
8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
9. Ant-Man and the Wasp
10.The Meg

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