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Viola Davis Takes Custody

Catalina Sandino Moreno also set for the courtroom drama

Though he’s more normally known for his theatre work, Into The Woods writer James Lapine does have some history behind the camera, though his last directorial job was 1993’s Life With Mikey. He’s back for a courtroom drama called Custody, which will star Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Custody, as you might predict from that title, sees Davis as the judge overseeing an emotional custody case, which finds Moreno desperate to keep her children. And, somewhat understandably given the fraught conditions of the case, Davis’ official finds it’s taking an emotional toll on her. 

According to The Wrap, there’s no set start date for Lapine and the film, though he’s written the script and is ready to get back to directing. It’ll likely have to wait for everyone’s schedule to clear up, particularly as Davis is about to start work on David Ayer’s DC Comics film Suicide Squad, in which she plays hard-nosed Amanda Waller, who wrangles the various villains into their missions.  Moreno, meanwhile, who was last seen in A Most Violent Year, will be part of horror movie Incarnate








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Teen Action-Comedy 'Barely Lethal' Wins Appeal to Overturn R Rating

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 22:35

Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba star in the movie.

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Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer Brings On The Clones

Meet the men of Project Castor...

For the past two seasons of sci-fi drama Orphan Black, we’ve largely been treated to the sight of Tatiana Maslany nimbly portraying six very different – if genetically identical – women (and Tony, who is Transgender), the clones at the central of a medical mystery. With the series due back next month, the latest trailer for the new season has arrived, and fleshes out the concept that was sprinkled into last season – that there was another clone programme out there… 

Ari Mullen plays the varied psychopaths of Project Castor, four military-raised clones known s Rudy, Mark, Seth and Miller who have been brought up to be highly trained soldiers who are tasked with causing trouble or carrying out whatever their bosses need. But though they were schooled together, they, like series focus Sarah and her sisters, also show little differences, which might be the key the help stop their nefarious plans. 

The series has so far been largely successful in juggling a lot of complicated plotlines and has helped launch Maslany into the world as a talent to watch. The show is back on BBC America across the pond on April 18, and we’d expect it to return to the Beeb over here sometime this year. 


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Lionsgate's Codeblack Films, USC Unveil Scholarship Program, Screenwriting Contest

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 21:41

The partnership between the two organizations will award scholarships to USC students and award $25,000 to the best feature film and TV scripts targeted towards African-Americans.

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'Star Wars Celebration' Event Books Spinoff Directors Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 21:29

The men behind the first two standalone 'Star Wars' movies will talk with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the fan event

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'The Sound of Music:' The Story Behind Its 4K Restoration

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 21:21

The restored version will open the TCM Classics Film Festival, which will be attended by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

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Kino Lorber takes 'The Pearl Button'

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:57
Kino Lorber has picked up all US rights to Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s documentary and Silver Bear best screenplay winner at this year’s Berlinale.
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'Night of the Living Dead' Continues in 3 New Comic Series

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:30

This June, the dead will rise again as Double Take (2T) launches Ultimate Night of the Living Dead, with three new comics set in the universe of the 1968 film. Two series, Rise and Z-Men are written by preeminent Zombie writer, Jeff McComsey, while the third, Home, is written by Moth Grand Slam Champion, Peter Aquero. Digital previews of all three premier issues are available now at DoubleTakeUniverse.com.

Much more than just a singular launch, this marks the first releases in a major initiative surrounding the classic horror franchise, which frightened moviegoers all around the world and made zombies a household name. Having commissioned a new generation of writers to breathe new life into the classic franchise, 2T has a dozen series in the works - some following characters from the film in surprising new directions; other stories are all new. All creators are working in collaboration with 2T GM, Bill Jemas.

Rise

  • Format: Monthly (print and digital)
  • &#8232Print Price: $2.50
  • &#8232Release date: June&#8232
  • Writer: Jeff McComsey&#8232
  • Artists: Kurt Tiede, Frederica Manfredi, Vladimir Popov&#8232&#8232

#1: Sister's Keeper

They're coming to get you Barbara. Follow our favorite siblings, Barbara and Johnny, from the classic 1968 Night of the Living Dead film as they try to survive beyond the night at the abandoned farmhouse.

Home

  • Format: Monthly (print and digital)
  • Print&#8232Price: $2.50
  • Release date: June&#8232
  • Writer: Peter Aguero&#8232
  • Artist: Julian Rowe, Monica Catalano, Javier Mena&#8232&#8232

#1: Lighter Than Air

A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and Zombies. Home follows a working-class farm family through the events of the zombie apocalypse in western PA. On the night the dead rise, the Foster family has gathered for a quiet Sunday dinner. Oblivious to the horrifying events that will soon unfold, Paul Foster takes his wife and two young children into town, leaving his teenage daughter home alone with her boyfriend. As his small town falls into chaos, Paul has to keep his family together and somehow get back home to his daughter, who is left to fight her own battles.

Z-Men

  • Format: Monthly (print and digital)
  • Print Price: $2.50
  • Release date: June&#8232
  • Writer: Jeff McComsey&#8232
  • Artists: Kurt Tiede, Alisson Rodrigues, Max Flan

#1: Nervous in the Service

Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a Zombie. It's 1966 and the Oval Office is in an uproar; there's been a spree of mass murders in Western Pennsylvania (and reports of the dead returning to life). President Lyndon B. Johnson assigns the head of the Secret Service to send agents into the field to investigate. Agents Stuart and Clancy are given the opportunity to serve their country and see if the zombie apocalypse has indeed begun.

In related movie/comic book news, Legendary Comics is taking the twisted stories from the mind of Michael Dougherty from the screen to the printed page with the announcement of two graphic novels based on Trick 'r Treat and Krampus. Hitting stores later this year, the all-new books are tied into the world of Dougherty's highly-anticipated big screen releases. Here's what writer-director Michael Dougherty had to say about the comics in a statement, revealing that the Trick 'r Treat comic will tie in to Trick 'r Treat 2.

"I've been having way too much fun working with Legendary and the rest of my team bringing the ancient legend of Krampus to the big screen, and I look forward to expanding the film's dark Christmas mythology onto the comic page. And hopefully the fans who've been patiently waiting for Trick 'r Treat 2 will enjoy this deeper peek into Sam's world until he finally rises from the pumpkin patch once more. Happy Holidays."

Please find more information on each release below. More information on each title will be released at a later date.

Trick 'r Treat

  • Format: OGN
  • Price: $16.99
  • In Stores: October

Story By:

  • Michael Dougherty
  • Zach Shields
  • Todd Casey

Writer:

  • Mark Andreyko

Artists:

  • Fiona Staples
  • Zid
  • Stuart Sayger
  • Stephen Byrne

Synopsis

The dark and twisted face of the cult horror hit Krampus is back... are you ready for the return of Sam? With the official graphic novel Trick 'r Treat, Legendary dares you to experience four all-new terrifying tales set in the universe of the ultimate Halloween anthology.From the twisted imagination of series creator Dougherty (screenwriter of X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns) and a top-notch team of horror storytellers and artists, comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Krampus film sequel. Across centuries of Halloween horror, wherever fear lies, Sam will be waiting.

Krampus

  • Format: OGN
  • Price: $14.99
  • In stores: November

Story By:

  • Michael Dougherty
  • Zach Shields
  • Todd Casey

Writer

  • Brandon Seifert

Artists

  • Michael Montenat
  • Stuart Sayger
  • Maan House
  • Christian DiBari

Synopsis

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT... If you want to survive the holidays, stay off the naughty list. Legendary Comics presents Krampus, the official graphic novel based on the upcoming horror comedy from writer/director Michael Dougherty (creator of Krampus). Unleashing the ancient Christmas demon Krampus and his maniacal holiday-themed henchmen, Krampus mixes fear, fun and festive thrills for an adventure that will change the way you see the holidays forever

Night of the Living Dead was released October 1st, 1968 and stars Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schon, Charles Craig. The film is directed by George A. Romero.

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Lakeshore launches Off The Dock

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:22
Lakeshore Entertainment, which earlier this week unveiled plans to boost its film production pipeline, is targeting the YouTube generation with a full-service digital studio.
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Verve to handle international sales

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:04
The talent and literary agency has brought on Amy Beecroft to run its new global business development division Verve Ventures in what is likely to become a talking point in Cannes and beyond.
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Mark Strong Signs With WME (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 19:53

The ‘Kingsman’ star was previously with CAA.

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'Batman v Superman' Character Portraits So Far

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 19:49

Yesterday marked the one year wait for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Today, we are one day closer to seeing this epic DC Comics movie play out on the big screen, and 5 character portraits richer for our troubles. Thus far, director Zack Snyder has been kind enough to offer a look at his superheroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. And then yesterday, he finally unveiled the very bald Lex Luthor. We've collected them all for you to see here!

Can you believe it's been almost two years since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first announced at Comic-Con 2013? It wasn't until several months later, on March 13, 2014, that we got our first look at Ben Affleck in his new Batman costume standing next to the Batmobile, which sent fans into a frenzy. Four months went by before we got our first look at Henry Cavill in his new Superman costume, which looks pretty close to the one on display in Man of Steel. We only had to wait three more weeks for our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, which happened during Comic-Con 2014, exactly one year after the movie was first announced.

Then, an agonizing 7 months later, in a shocking move and in the middle of the night no less, we got in advanced look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman this past February, which surprised everybody. We only had to wait one more month to get our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, which happened just yesterday. This ended months of speculation about whether or not the criminal mastermind would actually be bald for this new take on the iconic DC character. Take a look at all of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released so far:

Batman (Ben Affleck)

Fans threw a fit when Ben Affleck was first cast as the new Bruce Wayne, said to be an aging vigilante at the end of his superhero journey. He was quickly dubbed Batfleck, and his participation in the movie fueled endless debate. Now, almost two years later, fans seem to be on his side, and generally liked the look of this haggard hero in his new batsuit. Though, we have yet to hear his voice or see him in action, so the verdict may still be out. This character portrait was released on March 13, 2014.

Superman (Henry Cavill)

First appearing as Kal-El in Man of Steel, Henry Cavill will reprise his role as DC Comics most recognized character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Only this time out, he has to share title billing with DC's other, possibly more popular star attraction The Dark Knight. This was the least anticipated of the character portraits, and you can see why. He doesn't look much different than he did in his previous adventure. This character portrait was released on July 3, 2014.

Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)

Just as equally polarizing as the Ben Affleck casting news was the fact that a somewhat unknown actress by the name of Gal Gadot would be taking on the first big screen incarnation of Wonder Woman. Like Batfleck, endless debate has continued to wage on whether or not she is right for the role. Some think she is too skinny. Others think she's not a big enough star to carry a solo movie by herself. But the fan tide turned during Comic-Con 2014 when we all got our first look at her dressed in the new Wonder Woman costume. This character poster was released on July 26, 2014.

Aquaman (Jason Momoa)

Unlike the casting of Batman and Wonder Woman, there was no backlash against the casting of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, the King of Atlantis. The actor's involvement in the project was rumored for a very longtime before Warner Bros. and DC announced that it was official. We got our first look at Aquaman in the middle of the night, when director Zack Snyder decided to release the image early. Its possible that he knew it was about to be leaked, and the studio didn't want that. While fans were happy with Jason Momoa's casting, some have balked at his appearance, calling it a little too goofy. Though some truly love this new look. Other fans are still on the fence. And interesting to note, the actor has never been confirmed to appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while rumors claim he only has a small cameo. This character portrait was revealed February 20th, 2015.

Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg)

Jesse Eisenberg followed suite in terms of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's interesting casting choices. No one expected that the actor would be announced as the movie's main villain, and he certainly is an interesting choice. The main point of concern most have had with this casting decision is whether or not he'd actually have hair as Lex. That was answer with the character portrait we got yesterday in celebration of the one year wait. Most weren't too surprised by his new look. This character portrait was released on March 25, 2015.

There you have it. Those are all five character portraits released thus far for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What do you think of this main superhero line-up? And do you like the new villain? Who should we see next? Amy Adams as Lois Lane? Jeremy Irons as Alfred? Ezra Miller as The Flash? What about Ray Fisher as Cyborg? Or are you more interested in seeing some of the Suicide Squad cast in costume now? Eh, you guys are never satisfied!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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XLrator Media leaps into 'Time Lapse'

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 19:36
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the time travel thriller starring Danielle Panabaker and plans a day-and-date release via its Macabre genre label.
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Michael Keaton's McDonald's Mogul Biopic Plants Flag in 2016 Awards Race

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 19:33

The biopic stars Keaton as McDonald's mogul Ray Kroc.

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Kevin Hart on 'Get Hard' Stereotypes: "It's About Making Fun of Ourselves"

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 19:30

“Ultimately it’s about making fun of ourselves and making people acknowledge that the stereotypes we set for one another and that we judge people on aren’t really necessary,” said Hart about his film.

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'Hotel Transylvania 2' Poster: Drac's Pack Is Back

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 19:27

Just two weeks after the first trailer debuted for Hotel Transylvania 2, Sony Pictures Animation has released a new poster, showing off the "Drac Pack." The poster features Dracula (Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), Frank(enstein) (Kevin James), Murray the Mummy (Keegan Michael Key), Wayne the Werewolf (Steve Buscemi) and Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade). Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests.

But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny (Andy Samberg) - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad (Mel Brooks) is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty!

Genndy Tartakovsky returns to direct this sequel, after his original hit Hotel Transylvania took in more than $350 million worldwide back in 2012. Can this upcoming sequel top its predecessor? Let us know what you think below.

Hotel Transylvania 2 comes to theaters September 25th, 2015 and stars Adam Sandler, Mel Brooks, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher. The film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.

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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Experimenter'

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 18:47
The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.
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Tribeca Film Festival Hosting Free Screenings of 'Back to the Future,' 'Clue,' 'Lady and the Tramp'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 18:44

The films are part of the festival's annual complimentary community events, including the Tribeca Drive-In (April 16-18), Family Festival Street Fair (April 25), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 25) and Tribeca Family Screenings (April 19 and 25).

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Simon Pegg: 'Star Trek 3' Will Bring "Spirit of the TV Show" to Movie Franchise

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 18:44

"Where no man has gone before ... that's the mood at the moment."

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Lakeshore Entertainment Launches Digital Studio, Acquires Film From YouTuber Justin Chon

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 18:23

The first film from digital studio Off the Dock is 'Man Up' starring YouTube creators Justin Chon and Kevin Wu.

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