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X-Men: Dark Phoenix to Brutally Kill Off a Major Character?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix to Brutally Kill Off a Major Character?
X-Men: Dark Phoenix may be killing off a major character from the franchise in a pretty brutal way. The Dark Phoenix Saga is not only one of the most beloved X-Men storylines, but it's one of the most iconic Marvel Comics stories ever. Period. And adapting it for the big screen was completely botched in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. But next year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix is going to take another crack at it and, at the very least, it sounds like the movie won't pull any punches.

Warning: possible spoilers ahead for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. A new report claims that long-time franchise producer and writer Simon Kinberg, who makes his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, is going to show the full range of Jean Grey's Phoenix powers in the movie. In order to do so, he's going to have her kill off one of the main character's that's
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‘Molly’s Game’s Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba On Working With Aaron Sorkin In His Directorial Debut – The Contenders Video

‘Molly’s Game’s Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba On Working With Aaron Sorkin In His Directorial Debut – The Contenders Video
The new movie Molly’s Game from STXfilms kicked off Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders event celebrating the launch of the movie-awards season. Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with the script which he wrote, and it stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a onetime champion skier who eventually becomes a somewhat notorious poker madam running high-stakes games in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Idris Elba co-stars as her lawyer. All three appeared onstage with me at…
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Oscars: Trying to Unpack a Stacked Lead Actress Field

Oscars: Trying to Unpack a Stacked Lead Actress Field
It was clear at least as early as Labor Day, when the Telluride Film Festival played host to a number of contenders, that this year’s lead actress Oscar race was going to be overloaded. By now it’s pretty much untenable; great work is sure to be left on the sidelines when the film Academy zeroes in on five names in January.

Fox Searchlight has two of the season’s top performances to work with. In “The Shape of Water,” Sally Hawkins plays a mute janitor who falls in love with a captive sea creature, dazzling viewers with the kind of expressive portrayal that’s catnip to voters. Meanwhile, in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Oscar winner Frances McDormand tackles the role of a world-weary, vengeance-seeking mother, which could particularly resonate in the current sociopolitical climate.

Margot Robbie, meanwhile, takes advantage of a ripe opportunity in “I, Tonya” to offer a deglamorized portrayal of disgraced Olympic
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Pascal Pictures Acquires Kat Wood’s Sci-Fi Spec “Envoy”

Wood: Jameson Irish Whiskey

Amy Pascal has yet another promising project in the works. According to Deadline, Pascal Pictures nabbed the rights to Kat Wood’s sci-fi thriller spec “Envoy.” Described as being in the vein of “Arrival” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the pic follows “an elite military intelligence specialist who jumps at the chance to take part in the selection process to become the first-ever human representative to alien life.”

Wood is an award-winning writer-director. She made her feature debut with 2015’s “Arthur & Merlin,” and her shorts include “Home” and “Mr. Bojagi.”

Pascal has a number of projects on our radar, including two awards season contenders: Jessica Chastain-starrer “Molly’s Game,” a poker drama based on Molly Bloom’s memoir, and Meryl Streep-led “The Post,” a star-studded drama depicting The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. She’s also producing a female astronaut series for Amazon,
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It Director Shares Wicked Pennywise Killmouth Sketch

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It Director Shares Wicked Pennywise Killmouth Sketch
New Line Cinema's It is one of the biggest box office hits of the year, becoming the highest-grossing horror movie of all time with $326.7 million domestic and $687.8 million worldwide, from just a $35 million budget. With the Digital HD release coming just before Christmas, and the Blu-ray and DVD release arriving in early 2018, fans are looking forward to seeing all of the bonus features, including deleted scenes that didn't make the final cut. Before the home video release, director Andy Muschietti has given fans a special treat on social media, by sharing a new "killmouth" sketch of Pennywise. Here's what the director had to say about this "comedic highlight" of his movie.

"And here a little sketch i drew for pennywise's "killmouth", one of the comedic highlights of the film. #ITMovie #killmouth."

The sketch depicts one of the opening scenes of the movie, where Pennywise first meets young Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott
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AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres and big homgrown fare, it is often when you dig beyond the mainstream and English language that you will be most greatly rewarded. From an astounding metaphysical masterwork to the two best narrative feature debuts I have seen this year, the following is my sampling of the titles I had the pleasure of seeing at AFI Fest 2017 -- enjoy these capsule reviews!     ...

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AFI Fest Review: Molly’s Game – The Female Goodfellas

Like The Social Network and Moneyball, Aaron Sorkin makes another complicated scenario engaging and understandable. Well, Molly’s Game Is much easier to understand than Moneyball. If Henry Hill was a Goodfella, would Molly Bloom be a Goodgal? After an Olympic injury, Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) aims to go to law school. But in her first legal job, she helps run a private poker game for Dean Keith (Jeremy Strong). When Dean fires her, she takes the players with her and builds her own poker empire. Sorkin breezes through the particulars of everything from skiing to Hold ‘Em to the mechanics...read more
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‘It’ Director Andrés Muschietti Shares a Spooky Sketch of Pennywise the Clown

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‘It’ Director Andrés Muschietti Shares a Spooky Sketch of Pennywise the Clown
Bill Skarsgård’s take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown became a pop-culture phenomenon before this year’s “It” even arrived in theaters. First made famous onscreen by Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s tome, the interdimensional being is many things, but funny isn’t one of them.

Director Andrés Muschietti would appear to disagree, considering the caption to a drawing of Pennywise he’s shared on Instagram: “And here a little sketch i drew for pennywise’s ‘killmouth’ , one of the comedic highlights of the film.”

Read More:Jessica Chastain Would Definitely Play Adult Beverly in ‘It’ Sequel: ‘I Hope We Can Make it Happen

Muschietti may be laughing, but most who saw “It” weren’t — at least not during the scene itself. (The moment, which comes in the film’s opening minutes, has been parodied in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring Kate McKinnon as a Pennywise-esque Kellyanne Conway,
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Jessica Chastain Mocks Sexist Auditions on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘Can You Try It Again, but Hot? — Watch

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Jessica Chastain Mocks Sexist Auditions on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘Can You Try It Again, but Hot? — Watch
Jessica Chastain is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken feminists, speaking out about gender inequality and other issues on social media, Cannes press conferences, and talk shows. The two-time Oscar nominee took a more lighthearted approach to the issue on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” last night, recording a comic segment in which she endures an increasingly sexist audition. Watch below.

Read More:Jessica Chastain Would Definitely Play Adult Beverly in ‘It’ Sequel: ‘I Hope We Can Make it Happen

After appearing in front of the camera and reading for the role of Angela, she’s given a simple direction: “Can you try it again, but hot?” She complies with the request by delivering her line in a breather way, which is met with another question: “This time can you try it sweet and modest…but also hot? And can you be younger?” It gets increasingly ridiculous from there (“Just like that,
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Jessica Chastain And Jimmy Fallon Mock Sexist Hollywood Auditions In Hilarious ‘Tonight Show’ Sketch

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Jessica Chastain has been one of the most vocal opponents of sexism in Hollywood, and she decided to get her point across with a little comedy during her appearance on Friday’s “Tonight Show”. In a sketch titled “Every Audition Ever”, the two-time Oscar nominee is seen auditioning for the role of “Angela,” reading the line: […]
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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Festival Honors Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards’

Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Festival Honors Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards’
In today’s film news roundup, Sam Rockwell is honored for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” New Regency buys a hijacking story, and Paramount hires a screenwriter for “Gasp.”

Festival News

The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Sam Rockwell with the spotlight award – actor for his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The festival’s awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Past recipients of the spotlight award include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Helen Hunt, Rooney Mara, Julia Roberts, and J.K. Simmons. All recipients received Academy Award nominations in the year they were honored, with Simmons receiving the Oscar for best supporting actor.

Rockwell plays a short-tempered police officer in “Three Billboards” opposite Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Lucas Hedges. He has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

Project Launch

New Regency has acquired Michelle Ashford’s screenplay
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Jessica Chastain, Jimmy Fallon Skewer Sexist Auditions on 'The Tonight Show'

Jessica Chastain joined host Jimmy Fallon on Friday's Tonight Show to showcase "every audition ever."

In a short video segment, Chastain showed up for a casting call in which she was reading for the role of "Angela." Her lines were simple enough: "Hi, my name's Angela. It's nice to meet you."

The Oscar nominee read her line to camera and immediately received direction from the casting director (Fallon). "That was great. Can you do that again, but ... hot?"

Undeterred, Chastain once more tried the line and received the direction: "This time can you try it sweet and modest ... but...
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Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal Developing Female Astronaut Miniseries for Amazon

Mercury Astronaut Program pilot Jerrie Cobb: Nasa/WikiMedia Commons

Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal are teaming up again. The respective co-writer and producer of “The Post” are adapting Martha Ackmann’s non-fiction book “The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight” as a miniseries, Deadline reports. Amazon has already put the project into development.

Entitled “Mercury 13,” the miniseries will be set in 1961, “just as Nasa launched its first man into space.” It will center on “a group of women [who] underwent secret testing in the hope of becoming America’s first female astronauts,” the source details. “They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they summarily were dismissed by the boys club at Nasa and on Capitol Hill. The Ussr sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another 20 years.
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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Saoirse Ronan on 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig: "The Girl We Aspired to Be When We Were 17"

Saoirse Ronan on 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig:
Saoirse Ronan is creating a lot of buzz this awards season with her starring role in Lady Bird, where she plays an opinionated and strong-willed teenager. She sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for the Actress Roundtable — alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain and Mary J. Blige — to discuss the film, which is based on director Greta Gerwig's life.

Ronan said she was "terrified I was going to mess it up I think, since she was there every day. It's not necessarily autobiographical, but I think what we've been saying is when Greta and I came together, Lady...
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The 2017 Actress Roundtable Lineup

Chris here. There may already Gotham noms and film festivals, but Oscar season doesn't really start until The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable - at least in our hearts. This year's lineup includes returning folks Jennifer Lawrence (mother!), Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes), and Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game), while the newbies are Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound - finally arriving on Netflix today!), and Allison Janney (I, Tonya).

The reliance on returning guests is still irksome, and that is particularly felt this year with a smaller lineup. The ongoing reckoning with sexual predators in the industry looms large over the conversation, but we also get the usual soundbites on creative risk, career advice, and dream collaborators. Who who you like to add to this lineup? Or what film would you recast with these ladies? (I'll offer Tiffany Haddish, and a Steel Magnolias where Lawrence plays Ouiser) Tell
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Best Buy Unveils Exclusive It Steelbook Ahead Of January’s Blu-Ray Release

In the weeks leading up September 8th, it soon became apparent that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema had a box office monster on their hands with It, Andy Muschietti’s R-rated adaptation that struck a deft balance between horror and heart – between a transdimensional demon, and six teenagers prepared to stare down the face of evil.

As a matter of fact, it didn’t take long before It’s initial box office haul reflected Muschietti’s crowning achievement, which has since accumulated more than $670 million worldwide. Hell, there’s even been talk of Warner Bros. launching an Oscar campaign for the horror film, which would place the Stephen King adaptation in the company of Wonder Woman, Get Out and scores of other potential winners that have emerged from left-field.

But for the folks of Derry, Maine, Pennywise the Dancing Clown will soon be summoned onto Blu-ray and DVD,
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Power Women Go Head-to-Head in Lead Actress Oscar Race

Power Women Go Head-to-Head in Lead Actress Oscar Race
The roles in the lead actress category run a wide range, from the precocious 6-year-old Brooklyn Prince in “The Florida Project” to 82-year-old Judi Dench playing the queen (again) in “Victoria & Abdul.” Other powerful women include previous nominees Jessica Chastain as a poker queen in “Molly’s Game,” Kate Winslet as a cheating wife in “Wonder Wheel” and Saoirse Ronan in the beloved coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird.” (At the age of 23, it’s interesting that Ronan could amost play the overdue card; she has two previous nominations and came close to winning with 2016’s “Brooklyn.”) They could battle previous winner Jennifer Lawrence; never underestimate the Academy love for her, even if “mother!” didn’t light up the box office. Other winners: Frances McDormand, delivering a fierce performance as a mother searching for justice in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and, of course, Meryl Streep. No matter that “The Post,” in which Streep plays Washington Post publisher Kay Graham
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Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, & More Talk Equal Pay and Abuse in THR Roundtable

Lawrence: THR

“I hope the entertainment industry will never be the same,” Jessica Chastain responded when asked about the current watershed moment in Hollywood during a roundtable hosted by The Hollywood Reporter. New reports about harassment and abuse are emerging on a daily basis. But as the two-time Oscar nominee pointed out, there’s an extensive “history of abuse against women in our industry, and it’s never been addressed.” She explained, “I’m devastated by all the stories that have come out because it’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I feel hopeful because we’re not ignoring it anymore.”

Chastain (“Molly’s Game”) and the other actresses assembled — Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”), Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) — certainly didn’t ignore the evolving climate during the candid conversation, which touched on everything from equal
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