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Korean Horror Pic Hide And Seek Getting The Remake Treatment From Joel David Moore

Korean horror pic Hide and Seek is bound for Hollywood, and Avatar‘s Joel David Moore has been placed in control of the English-language remake.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Moore will now adapt and direct Hide and Seek for Cj Entertainment. Initially released in 2013, Huh Jung’s social horror-thriller grossed more than $35 million in Korea alone, so it’s no wonder Hollywood executives have been circling.

No further details were disclosed about the project’s timeline, but a remake of this size will likely have a relatively quick turnaround. Either way, Joel David Moore will be building on the directorial experience he gained on Youth In Oregon, the 2016 drama starring Frank Langella and Justice League‘s Billy Crudup.

Hide and Seek is, of course, a completely different kettle of fish, as Deadline describes the project as a “social horror-thriller that centered on a man searching for his long-lost
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Are franchise blockbusters too big to fail?

Anghus Houvouras on whether franchise blockbusters are too big to fail…

Sequels, prequels and reboots. Hollywood is in love with the familiar because more often than not it’s a safe bet. This year’s monumental blockbuster clusterfuck Justice League is proof of that. Can you think of a big studio film more maligned? More inherently flawed at a fundamental level? It was the product of short-term thinking and absolutely baffling choices from a studio realizing a creative vision can’t be hacked and slashed into existence.

And yet, in spite of a long laundry list of poor decisions and questionable calls, Justice League will end up losing around $100 million. In comparison, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is projected to lose almost $150 million. Justice League wasn’t just an unmitigated disaster. It was a franchise stress test. Proof that these familiar characters are the safest bet in blockbuster cinema.
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Cinema’s Damaged Heroine

Sarah Myles on cinema’s damaged heroine…

“Badass.”

As a word, it has become synonymous with determined women in movies. Why? Because that is how critics routinely describe them.

“Black Widow gets extra bad-ass in this Avengers 2 trailer,” said Rob Bricken of i09.

In Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron plays “a career badass who enjoys both the job and the perks with equal enthusiasm,” according to J. Hurtado of Screen Anarchy.

Kaya Payseno of Bust tells us that “Badass women star in a feminist western,” while reviewing The Keeping Room.

According to Wendy Ide of The Guardian, Wonder Woman is “A gloriously badass breath of fresh air.”

From whence does this strangely limited vocabulary come? How have we reached a point where a critic can use the word ‘badass,’ and we almost all picture exactly the same thing: a mostly solitary woman, in figure hugging/revealing costumes, scowling and being violent?
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10 Things to Know About ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Including Rating and How Robert Rodriguez Got the Job

Years ago, James Cameron was debating between making two projects: Avatar and Alita: Battle Angel. As we all know, he chose Avatar, which went on to become the highest-grossing movie in history and has led to the visionary director spending the last few years developing four sequels, the first of which is currently filming. While Alita: Battle Angel could have been left in the scrap pile of ideas and half-written scripts, never to see the light of day, the project had at least one person hungry to see it on movie screens: director Robert Rodriguez. [caption id="attachment_679614" …
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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Robert Rodriguez explains Alita: Battle Angel’s anime eyes

While James Cameron messes about on Pandora, he has handed the directorial duties of his years-in-development Alita: Battle Angel over to Predators director Robert Rodriguez. When the trailer debuted the other day, amongst the most striking features of the sci-fi epic were the rendering of Rosa Salazar’s eyes.

Speaking to Empire about the trailer, Rodriguez addressed the creative choices behind giving Alita such prominent features:-

“It was always Jim’s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we’re so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there!
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‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Takes You on Ziggy’s Final Ride

‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Takes You on Ziggy’s Final Ride
Prolific up until his the very end, David Bowie is a model to so many artists precisely because he never stopped evolving. “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” a new documentary from HBO, will chronicle the musician’s final projects, battle with cancer, and creative process. In the newly released trailer, the film promises archival footage, interviews with close friends and collaborators, and nuggets of wisdom from the man himself.

Aspiring musicians will no doubt be moved by Bowie’s indefatigable creative spirit. In one interview, he lays out one of his artistic tenets: “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about at the right place to do something exciting.”

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As its title suggests,
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Superman' Enter the National Film Registry

'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Superman' Enter the National Film Registry
Yippee ki-yay and Merry Christmas! Die Hard is among the 25 motion pictures selected this year by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to be preserved for future generations, it was announced Wednesday.

The latest round of films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant also includes the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic (1997); Superman (1978) and The Goonies (1985), both directed by Richard Donner; the Phil Alden Robinson baseball fable Field of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner; and Spencer Tracy's final film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).

Two films starring Kirk Douglas, who just had his 101st...
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Two more Guillermo del Toro projects on the way

Nick Harley Dec 13, 2017

Following The Shape Of Water, Guillermo del Toro has lined up a pair of new film to add to his slate...

With The Shape of Water earning rave reviews and racking up seven Golden Globe nominations, Fox Searchlight is raring to get back into bed with director Guillermo del Toro, pushing two of his gestating projects into development, according to Variety.

Though the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney is looming and the future of Fox Searchlight could be up in the air, the studio is nonetheless in negotiations with Scott Cooper (Hostiles) to direct the del Toro-produced supernatural film Antlers. Apparently, the two are fans of each other and were eager to collaborate on a project.

In other del Toro news, the prolific director has laid out plans to write and direct a remake of the 1947 carnival-set thriller Nightmare Alley.

“I am delighted to continue
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Robert Rodriguez explains the deal behind Alita's giant peepers

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James Cameron has had Alita: Battle Angel on his back-burner for decades, but when it became clear that he would be spending the majority of his time in the world of Pandora for the Avatar sequels, Robert Rodriguez was brought in to direct the film. At long last, the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel landed last week, but all anyone could talk about were those giant peepers on Alita (Rosa Salazar),... Read More...
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Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
After Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” landed a leading seven nominations at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight has ramped up development on two projects with the filmmaker.

Sources tell Variety that Searchlight is in negotiations with “Hostiles” director Scott Cooper to direct the supernatural pic “Antlers,” which del Toro is producing. Del Toro has been a fan of Cooper’s for some time now, and the two were eager to work together.

Del Toro is also setting up a new directing gig, attaching himself to write and direct a remake of the 1947 Fox movie “Nightmare Alley.” Sources indicate that this will likely not be his next directing job, as he still has to pen the script, which he plans to co-write with Kim Morgan.

“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of ‘The Shape of Water,'” del Toro
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Last Jedi Is Set to Break Records and Demolish the Box Office

Last Jedi Is Set to Break Records and Demolish the Box Office
For many fans, the entire year has been leading up to this very weekend, with Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters. The movie is shaping up to pass the current records this year for opening weekend ($174.7 million), domestic gross ($504 million) and worldwide gross ($1.26 billion), which are all currently held by another Disney hit, Beauty and the Beast. Last month, The Last Jedi box office projections put the movie at just over $200 million for its opening weekend, and now with the hype even bigger than before, we're putting The Last Jedi at $220.7 million.

While the $220.7 million mark is still more than enough to claim the top box office opening of 2017, it still falls $20.2 million short of the all-time record, $247.9 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the full review embargo has yet to break, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere reactions have been exceedingly positive,
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Video: Alita: Battle Angel – Trailer

Despite being busy with several Avatar sequels, James Cameron has found the time to produce an adaptation of the manga, Battle Angel: Alita directed by Robert Rodriguez and the first trailer is now available for us to lay our big eyes upon.

Rosa Salazar plays Alita, a cyborg who has no memory of how she came to be. Nursed back to health by cyber-doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz) he helps her navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, whilst shielding her from her mysterious past. When deadly forces come after her, she discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities and becomes determined to uncover the truth behind her origin.

Alita: Battle Angel arrives in UK cinemas 20th July 2018.

Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Alita: Battle Angel Ready to Kick Cyborg Butt!

20th Century Fox just shot over the first stills and a trailer for the new flick from a pair of genre favorites – producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez – entitled Alita: Battle Angel, and we have your first look at this well-oiled machine! Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, […]

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Alita: Battle Angel - the first trailer

Ryan Lambie Dec 9, 2017

From director Robert Rodriguez comes one of next year's big sci-fi films. Here's the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel...

It's been a long time coming, with Alita: Battle Angel moving around on James Cameron's to-do list for what feels like decades, but finally, the sci-fi action flick is coming to cinemas courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez

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Battle Angel hails from Japan, where the successful manga spawned a 90s anime adaptation. It tells the story of a cyborg heroine, Gally, who's rescued from a scrapheap by a kindly scientist. A confused innocent in a violent cyberpunk world, Battle Angel follows the athletic heroine as she searches for the secret of her own past.

Cameron's still on board as a producer, and that certainly shows in the first trailer below: Gally's brought to the screen
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Watch The Stunning First Trailer For James Cameron & Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel from producer James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez.

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories.
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Alita: Battle Angel (2018) Movie Trailer: Rosa Salazar Fights For Those She Loves

Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel (2018) movie trailer stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, and Ed Skrein. Alita: Battle Angel‘s plot synopsis: based on the graphic novel by Yukito Kishiro, “Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in [...]

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"Alita: Battle Angel"- New Footage

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the live-action feature "Alita: Battle Angel", produced by Terminator" creator James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga series:

"...in this action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment, set several centuries in the future, the abandoned 'Alita' (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of 'Iron City' by 'Ido' (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic.

"When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first.

"As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, 'Hugo' (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories.

A growing affection develops between
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