Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan

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The “Thor” actor is set to play wrestler and 80s’ icon Hulk Hogan in the upcoming biopic.

The film is set to be directed by “The Hangover” film series creator and director Todd Phillips, with the script to be written by Scott Silver. The two recently worked together in the upcoming “The Joker” film with stars Joaquin Phoenix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will focus on the rise of Hogan’s popularity and is described as an origin story of Hulkamania.

Hogan, who’s real name is Terry Gene Bollea, has had a big following in the world of pro wrestling, which later led to his mainstream popularity. He also appeared in a few films including his portrayal as “Thunderlips” in “Rocky III” (1982). In recent years, Hogan has faced scandals which led to WWE, formerly WWF (World Wrestling Federation) terminating his contract.

Bollea himself will be serving as a consultant on the movie as well as executive producer.

Hemsworth will next be seen in this summer’s upcoming blockbusters “Avengers: Endgame” and “Men in Black: International” and possibly later this year in “Dhaka”.

Writers Guild of America Names It Top Screenplays of 2018

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Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy-drama “Eighth Grade” and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty’s biographical film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” were the surprise winners of Sunday night’s 71st annual Writers Guild Awards.

“Eight Grade” was complete ignored by the academy, but it was victorious Sunday night, winning Best Original Screenplay. Burnham also recently won for Outstanding First-Time Feature for directing the film at the Directors Guild of America Award earlier this month.

This marks the first time that a WGA original screenplay winner went to a film without an Oscar nod since Michael Moore’s 2003 documentary Bowling For Columbine.

On th adapted screenplay category honors went to Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty for their “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” screenplay, winning over high profile films such as “A Star Is Born,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

On the TV side, FX series The Americans earned another farewell award tonight, while scribes from General Hospital, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Barry were given more pats on the back.

The ceremonies were held in New York and Los Angeles, with Roy Wood Jr. hosting in New York, and Chelsea Peretti hosting the Los Angeles ceremony.

Here is the full list of winners:

FILM NOMINEES

Original Screenplay
“Eighth Grade”

Adapted Screenplay
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Documentary Screenplay
“Bathtubs Over Broadway”
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BAFTA Winners 2019: Full List Of Winners

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Roma (Netflix), The Favorite (Fox Searchlight)

Although Alfonso Cuarón’s black and white family drama “Roma” won best film and best director (for Cuarón), it was “The Favourite” that went home with the most Baftas trophies, among them Outstanding British film and Best Actress to its lead Olivia Colman.

The acclaimed early 18th century period drama from director Yorgos Lanthimos received seven awards in total.

Also solidifying his march to Oscars is Rami Malek, who won Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek recently won the same at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Here is the complete list of winners at the 2019 British Academy of Film and Television Awards, which was held on Sunday:

Best Film:
Roma

Outstanding British Film:
The Favourite

Leading Actress:
Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Leading Actor:
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Supporting Actress:
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Director:
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
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Trailer For Coming Of Age Film “Broken Ghost” Released

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Directed by the prolific Richard Gray (The Lookalike, Sugar Mountain, Robert The Bruce), Broken Ghost focuses on a family desperate to leave behind their past secrets for a fresh start in a small town in Montana.

Starring Scottie Thompson (12 Monkeys, The Black List, Star Trek), Nick Farnell, Devon Bagby and Autry Haydon-Wilson, Broken Ghost screens in Berlin this week. Written by Abe Pogos and Catherine Hill (Sugar Mountain) this captivating and haunting film tells the story of one girl’s struggle with bullies and her rise to confront her demons.

Broken Ghost will be distributed by Film Mode Entertainment and available across major digital platforms and VOD in North America starting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Desperate for a new life, Imogen (Haydon-Wilson) and her family move to Montana in an attempt to escape a secretive past from the big city. Eager to make a new life for herself, Imogen must overcome new tormentors, old secrets, and a strange presence in the attic. In one girl’s fight to rise up, this family eventually discovers that the ghosts of their pasts are not the only ones they have to deal with.

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Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem in “Everybody Knows”

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The new suspense thriller film features Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz from two-time Academy Award® winner Ashgar Farhadi, writer and director of The Salesman and A Separation.

Laura (Penélope Cruz) and her children travel from Buenos Aires to the village where she was born, on a Spanish vineyard, to attend her sister’s wedding, but unexpected events lead this gathering toward a crisis that exposes the family’s hidden past.

Distributed by Focus Features, Everybody Knows opened 2018 Cannes Film Festival and is now playing in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York City.

Anya Taylor-Joy Will Lead Edgar Wright’s “Last Night In Soho”

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Director Edgar Wright is set to direct the psychological horror-thriller “Last Night In Soho” and he’s taking Anya Taylor-Joy with him, Variety is reporting.

Though not a lot of plot details have been revealed, the story is said to take place in Central London’s Soho district. Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) wrote the fiml’s screenplay.

Taylor-Joy’s has been on the rise to stardom since breaking out in 2015’s acclaimed period supernatural horror “The Witch”. She followed that up with M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster hits “Split” and last month’s “Glass”.

Wright himself is recently attached on a string of hits lately, having written the screenplay for 2015’s Marvel superhero film “Ant-Man” as well as writing and directing 2017’s box-office and critical hit “Baby Driver”.

Focus and Working Title have not yet announced a release date for the film.

FX’s ‘Legion’ Will End With Season 3

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FX’s sci-fi drama “Legion” is set to conclude with the upcoming third season, the network’s CEO John Landgraf announced on Monday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Noah Hawley had always considered Legion to be a three-season show,” FX CEO John Landgraf told reporters, “and he has confirmed that he’s going to stick with his plan. This will be the final season.”

Season 3 of Legion is currently set to debut this June.

The TV series is connected to the X-Men movie series, and is centered around the character of the same name David Haller / Legion.

English actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) plays the title character, a conflicted mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia who later discovers his illness could be superpowers that could change his life. He is also the son of X-Men leader and founder Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller.

Legion also stars Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Jean Smart, Amber Midthunder, Jemaine Clement, Navid Negahban, Katie Aselton and Hamish Linklater.

“Toy Story 4” Super Bowl Teaser Trailer

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Pixar Animation Studios

Disney drops a brand new teaser trailer for its upcoming Toy Story 4 animated comedy at the Super Bowl LIII and its delightful.

The 30-second clip sees Buzz Lightyear trapped on display in a carnival stall. But the other toys aren’t happy: “if you think you can take our top prized spot, you’re wrong!”

We also see here that Woody and Bo Peep are back with each other once again. Tim Allen returns as the spaceman Buzz Lightyear and Tom Hanks as Woody the cowboy.

The film, which continues the events from Toy Story 3, also features the return of voices of Joan Cusack as Jessie, and Estelle Harris as the Potato Heads. Josh Cooley directs the film from Stephany Folsom’s script.

“Toy Story 4” is set for release on June 21.

Here is the film’s synopsis:

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Alfonso Cuaron Take Top Honor At DGA Awards

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Alfonso Cuarón’s march towards Oscars 2019 glory continues after winning top feature film for “Roma” at Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

The director won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, beating out other nominees such as Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book.”

The same award was won last year by Guillermo del Toro, who later won Best Director at the 2018 Oscars for “The Shape of Water” which also won Best Picture.

Cuaron is on his way to potentially repeating a feat he achieved with 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity” which also won him best director at both the DGAs and the Academy Awards. He also wrote, co-edited, co-photographed, co-produced the film, which stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

The black and white semi-autobiographical drama chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Other big winners on Saturday were McKay, taking the the drama series award for HBO’s “Succession,” and Ben Stiller for movies for television and limited series category for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.” See the full list of winners at www.dga.org.

Statham and Johnson Back In Fast And Furious Spinoff

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Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for “Hobbs & Shaw”, a spin-off from The Fast and the Furious series which reunites Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s franchise characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively.

The trailer is full of over-the-top action, some of which veering into superhero territory, with Hobbs and Shaw’s reluctant partnership resulting in comedic conflict while they chase the villain.

That self proclaimed bad guy here is Idris Elba’s Brixton, a criminal mastermind with destructive super human strength. “I’m dealing with the future of the planet. I’m the necessary shock to the system. I am human evolutionary change, bulletproof, superhuman,” says a menacing Brixton.

A trailer debut for a summer movie of this size is probably more suited to drop at the Super Bowl, so he’s hoping we’ll see another cut this weekend.

Directed by “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch, the film co-stars Vanessa Kirby, Roman Reigns and Helen Mirren.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is set for release this summer an August 2, 2019.

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