Cannes Festival 2019 Lineup

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“The Dead Don’t Die”
Focus Features

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its official selection in Paris on Thursday, featuring films from auteurs and talented newcomers. The list was unveiled by Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux.

As previously announced, Focus Features’ zombie horror all-star ensemble comedy film “The Dead Don’t Die” will be kicking off the festival. Meanwhile, the Dexter Fletcher-directed Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is set to make its global debut in the festival.

Though one film that is noticeably missing in the announcement was Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” though Frémaux has mentioned that more films will be announced in the coming weeks. Given that “Hollywood” is still being edited, it could still make it to the festival.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is set to take place from May 14 to May 25. Here is the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2019:

Competition

Atlantique
Bacarau
Frankie
A Hidden Life
It Must Be Heaven
Les Misérables
Little Joe
Matthias and Maxime
Oh Mercy
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Sibyl
Sorry We Missed You
Pain and Glory
The Traitor
La Gomera
The Wild Goose Lake
The Young Ahmed (dir:
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Orion Pictures Releases the Official Trailer and Poster for “Child’s Play”

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Chucky is back and this time, it looks like he is technologically advanced, capable of controlling your smart homes and gadgets in the chilling new trailer for Child’s Play.”

“Child’s Play” is a contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic. The story follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Norwegian filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) directed the film, while Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2) wrote the script.

In addition to Plaza, the film co-stars Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, along with Mark Hamill who was confirmed last month to be the voice of Chucky.

Orion Pictures is set to release the film on June 21, 2019. Check out the new trailer below.

Documentary: ‘What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’

‘What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Lands in Movie Theaters Nationwide For One Night Only on May 13.

Fans will get a special look into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the new documentary – “What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” – arrives in movie theaters across the country for one night only on May 13, 2019.

The film presents a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise.

Featuring extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as newly remastered HD footage from the television series, “What We Left Behind” also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.
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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Director Jon Watts Is Expected To Direct “Methuselah”

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Michael B. Jordan at SDCC

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Jon Watts is in talks to helm Michael B Jordan-starrer “Methuselah” for Warner Bros., according to Hollywood Reporter.

Jordan is set to star in the film as a man who has managed to stay alive for hundreds of years, the longest of all figures in the Bible. The Biblical story is referenced in the Book of Genesis, with Methuselah being the son of Enoch.

Jordan has been riding high the past few years, after being in recent hits such as Black Panther Creed, and it sequel Creed II.

Watts of course previously directed “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and as well as its upcoming sequel, Spider-Man: Far from Home, set for release this summer. He also directed Cop Car and the thriller Clown.

There’s not a lot of details about the film, although it is known that Tom Cruise was once previously attached in the title role.

“Rocketman” To Premiere At Cannes

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The Dexter Fletcher-directed Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is set to make its global debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, two weeks before it’s release in the United States, Variety is reporting.

The film features Taron Egerton as John with Paramount Pictures distributing worldwide, reuniting him with his Eddie the Eagle director Fletcher.

“We are incredibly honoured and excited to premiere our movie Rocketman at the Cannes film festival on May 16th. This has been a labour of love for all of us and we couldn’t dream of a better launching pad for this very special film,” said Rocket Pictures and Marv Films in a statement.

Fletcher recently directed the recent blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Rocketman also stars with Jamie Bell as longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and Gemma Jones.

The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to 25, with the full slate set to be released on Thursday. Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die” will open the festival.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Teaser Trailer Released

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Director J.J. Abrams has released the very first trailer “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” during Star Wars Celebration in event in Chicago on Friday, April 12, giving fans the first look of the highly anticipated final entry in the epic saga.

Abrams, who also directed the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy The Force Awakens (2015) were in attendance for the announcement, along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and some of the film’s cast Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, and Naomi Ackie.

The trailer shows Daisy Ridley’s character Rey, standing alone in an unknown desert planet, wielding her light saber at an incoming starcraft.

“We’ve passed on all we know,” Luke Skywalker says in the background. “A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.”

We then see shots of characters new and old including Finn, Poe, Lando Calrissian, C-3PO, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and of Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher. We also see a poignant shot of what looks like the Medal of Bravery which Leia gave to Luke and Han Solo at the end of “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

Towards the end of the trailer, we see Rey and company, then we hear Luke once again. “We’ll always be with you. No one’s ever really gone,” Luke said. Then, the big surprise at the end, we hear a familiar creepy laugh of Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine while the title appears.

In many ways, the trailer is perfect. It offers enough nostalgia, with minimal details but enough glimpses of the characters to whet our appetite until the next trailer arrives.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.

“The Lion King” Comes To Life In Latest Trailer

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Disney has dropped the first official full-length trailer for its upcoming live action film “Lion King”, and it looks like a real winner.

The Jon Favreau directed musical fantasy is a live action remake of the 1994 traditionally animated film of the same name which smashed global boxoffice records.

The latest trailer is narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who voices the film’s villain, Scar, the treacherous lion who seeks to take the mantle of king. “Life’s not fair, is it, my little friend?,” he says in the trailer. “While some are born to feast, others spend their life in the dark, begging for scraps.”

We also hear Hans Zimmer’s iconic score, which made it all the more thrilling and majestic. Zimmer of course previously scored the 1994 animated version.

In addition to Ejiofor, the film features the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Billy Eichner as Timon, Beyoncé as Nala, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

“The Lion King” is set to stomp into theaters July 19, 2019.

Orion Pictures Sets Acclaimed Composer Bear McCreary For Child’s Play

Orion Pictures announced today that Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning composer Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”) has been brought on to score the reimagining of the 1988 horror classic CHILD’S PLAY. The upcoming film follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature and stars Plaza, Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry and recently revealed Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky.

KatzSmith’s Aaron Schmidt said, “Bear comes with boundless ideas and energy, and his approach to this score has been incredible to witness. He’s developed themes and melodies that underscore our horror, our emotion and our AI concept while combining unique instruments and toys from around the world with his orchestral score. He’s elevated every moment of the film he’s touched.”

CHILD’S PLAY is directed by Lars Klevberg (“Polaroid”) from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (“Sleeping Dogs,” “Quantum Break” video games) and produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith on behalf of KatzSmith Productions (“It”). Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project.


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“Grease” Prequel In The Works

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A prequel to the 1978 blockbuster hit musical “Grease” is reportedly in development by Paramount Studios’ division Paramount Players, this according to Hollywood Reporter.

Titled “Summer Nights,” the film will tackle the fling that high school characters Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Olivia Newton John (Sandy Olsson) initially had before their paths crossed during high school senior year.

John August is said to be writing the film’s screenplay. August was responsible for writing Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Frankenweenie (2012).

The 1978 film was a global blockbuster as well as a critical hit, while its soundtrack remains one of the best selling albums of all time, producing hits such as Hopelessly Devoted to You, and You’re the One That I Want.

The film was followed by a sequel in 1982 starring Michelle Pheiffer and Maxwell Caulfield.

“Shazam” Sequel Already In The Works

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After handily topping the boxoffice this weekend, its really no surprise that New Line/DC will be lining up a sequel to Shazam! to its slate. According to The Wrap, writer Henry Gayden is also set to return for the sequel.

The man who helmed the film to critical success, David F. Sandberg, is also expected to return along with its producer Peter Safran.

Shazam grossed $159 million worldwide this weekend on a $90 million budget, and based off the film’s A CinemaScore, many believe the film will continue to play well throughout the coming weeks until Avengers: Endgame arrive at the end of the month.

No plot details have been announce so far, but the way Shazam ended the story as well as a couple of its post-credit scenes should offer some clues.

Shazam is currently playing in theaters. DC’s next film arrives in October, followed by Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman in 2020.

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