Netflix Won’t Say if Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN Will Be Released In Theaters

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Martin Scorsese is currently shooting The Irishman in and around New York but it still isn't completely clear if the iconic filmmaker's movie will even make it to the big screen.

Scorsese is believed to have asked Netflix that the film get a theatrical run in 2019. Variety reports that sources familiar with the negotiations say Netflix’s film division chief, has told Scorsese that the film will have a minimum two-week theatrical window. That would at least qualify it for Oscar contention.

But Netflix head of film publicity Julie Fontaine recently told the news outlet that “it’s premature to say anything at this point.” 

But even if Scorsese's film goes to theaters it will likely go out on the same day it is available to stream on Netflix, something the streaming giant usually does. 

Production of the pic, whose All-star cast includes Robert De NiroAl Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano and an out-from-retirement Joe Pesci, has faced several complications. For starters the film has been in development since 2008, then it was pulled out of turnaround at Paramount last year by Mexican producer Pavlovich. 

Paramount withdrew when it became clear that the visual effects necessary to make De Niro’s character look 30 years younger in flashback scenes would push the film’s budget far past the initial $100 million estimate. 

“We quickly realized that that Marty and De Niro really thought that the aging process was going to be a very important aspect of this film,” Pavlovich said. “The traditional [business] model was not going to work with this new vision of the project, and that’s when we entered conversations with Netflix.”

The Irishman is targeting a 2019 release.

Luke Skywalker Himself Mark Hamill Surprises People on Disneyland’s STAR TOURS Ride

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Whenever I go to Disneyland I make it a high priority to visit the galaxy far, far away. I always have Star Tours on the top of my "must ride list." It's not because it's the most thrilling ride at the park, it's because for those few minutes on the ride you are magically transported and feel like you are a part of the Star Wars saga.

But for a small group of people, their ride on Star Tours was extra special. That's because Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill surprised them when he boarded the Starspeeder. The Tweet below show's Hamill's grand entrance, below that a video shot by one of the riders captures his speech.

Talk about an epic experience! Going for a spin with Skywalker himself! The best part about Hamill's visit is that he strapped in and went on the ride. You can faintly hear him say that he hasn't been on the ride since it opened. One can only assume he's talking about its original opening in January of 1987.

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STAR TOURS Will No Longer Mix Settings and Characters from Different Eras

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Ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney Parks has given us a look at the newest addition of the Star Tours ride, the very popular Star Wars-themed ride features segments taken directly from different eras of the saga. Some fans find it a bit irritating when events from different eras occur during the same ride experience. But according to WDW News Today those days are gone. When Star Tours opens on November 17th, 2017, riders will only find characters related to the latest Star Wars trilogy and will most likely never see these characters mixed with classic faces and sequences moving forward. The site reports:

"An entirely new opening sequence featuring characters from Episodes 7 and 8 will debut, followed by the Jakku sequence, a transmission from BB-8 (and maybe even some other new characters), and then finally, the new Crait sequence featuring the planet from The Last Jedi."

Eventually, guests will have a choice between two paths in the attraction, they will decide to ride sequences that either features characters from the current trilogy (episodes 7-8) or those from the past (episodes 1-6). 

It's not clear when this will begin, but it there is speculation that it could be within 6-12 months after the debut of the Crait addition later this month.

This separation would begin to solve the confusion avid Star Wars fans, as characters from very different eras in the series have appeared back-to-back in the Star Tours attraction since its overhaul in 2011. 

GAME OF THRONES Fans Can Marathon All 67 Episodes In A Movie Theater in The UK

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Nowadays it's not difficult to catch up any TV show thanks to streaming services and HBO's highly popular Game of Thrones is no different. Especially because through seven seasons there have only been 67 episodes total. If you really put some effort into catching up you could easily tear through the whole thing out in a couple of months. But for the truly impatient, you could watch the entire series in a theater full of devoted fans later this month in the United Kingdom.

Winteriscoming.net revealed information about this ultimate binge-watch, which is being hosted by HBO at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, on Monday, November 27 and ending Thursday, November 30. The four-day marathon is also celebrating the release of season seven and the complete seasons one to seven box set on DVD and Blu-ray in December.

But rewatching the entire show on the big screen isn't the only bonus of this marathon. Everyone that makes it through all 67 episodes will be entered into a drawing to win a year supply of pizza from MOD Pizza, who will also be supplying meals during dinner breaks.

Unfortunately, if this is something you want to be a part of, it is too late, the free event has already reached capacity. but there is a chance that the theater will be announcing the release of more tickets at the door each day.

I can see how this could be a fun event to attend, but I can only imagine that spending time around with a large group that hasn't showered in 4 days would smell a lot like death. So you have been warned, but then again, that might add a certain ambiance. Is this something you would want to attend?

Check Out These Stunning Miniature Sets Used in BLADE RUNNER 2049

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Sometimes old tricks are just better than new technology. Case and point the visual effects wizards who worked on the worn futuristic version of Los Angeles in Blade Runner 2049, in a new featurette we see how filmmakers relied on detailed miniature sets and buildings instead of just building it all in CG.

In this short, Weta Workshop gives us a look inside its model shops. Their work is incredibly detailed, and when filmed with the right camera angle, lens, frame speed, and lighting, it can actually look more realistic than any cutting-edge CG. The creators still use 3D modeling software to design the scale-model cities, but they are all built, painted and weathered by a group of talented artists.

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK Movie In The Works with the Screenwriter of IT

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If you grew up in the 90s and watched a lot of TV you are probably familiar with Are You Afraid of the Dark? a horror fantasy-themed anthology that aired on Nickelodeon. Now it looks like the popular teen series may be coming back to life in the form of a feature film.

The Tracking Board reports that Paramount Players is adapting the beloved show and have already hired Gary Dauberman (It, Annabelle: Creationto pen the script. Plot details are being kept under wraps and it's not clear if the film will have a similar anthology format, or just be one single storyline.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was one of the key shows from the Nickelodeon's memorable SNICK lineup in the ’90s. The show launched in 1992 and followed a group of teens who referred to themselves as The Midnight Society. Every week, at a secret location in the woods, one of the members would tell a scary story to the rest of the group, some of which were based on public domain fairy tales, short stories or urban legends.

The show ran until April 1996, and a revival series with new writers, directors, writers and cast members was produced by Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000.

And now with the massive popularity of Netflix's Stranger Things and horror feature It, it makes perfect sense to give this franchise a try.

What do you guys think?

Quentin Tarantino Talks About His New Film Saying “It’s Not Charles Manson, It’s 1969”

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Quentin Tarantino is currently looking for a new home for his ninth movie. As you've probably heard, the director has removed himself from scandal-plagued patron Harvey Weinstein, who has backed his features since picking up 1992’s Reservoir Dogs.

According to Indiewire Tarantino has been making the rounds and just completed a series of pitch meetings last week with five studios (not including Disney) seeking to back his new project, which he finished writing about five months ago. 

The story was initially rumored to be set in the late '60s-early 70s in Los Angeles and that it would follow the Manson family murders. The initial report described the film as centering "on Sharon Tate, the actress, and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969." 

A more recent report goes on to say, "there has been a lot of press that the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated, but I’m told that is akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two."

The director has now clarified himself that "It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969." So I guess we'll stop calling it his Manson Family film because that's not what it's going to be about. 

Tarantino isn't ready to start directing until January because he says he still need to tinker a bit with the script, and spend some time with his new fiance, Israeli singer Daniella Pick.

Although not confirmed the cast is rumored to include Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and Tarantino vets Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

Warner Bros. Moves WONDER WOMAN 2’s Release Date Up

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Warner Bros. is moving up Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 2 from December 13, 2019 to be released six weeks earlier on Nov. 1, 2019.

Patty Jenkins is returning to direct the sequel. The new date also puts Wonder Woman 2 seven weeks away from the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, which should pull in more box office sales. The new date is also a week before the opening of the 25th James Bond movie.

The first movie Wonder Woman opened with $103 million in North America on June 2-4, but has outperformed the other titles to become the 20th highest domestic grossing film of all time. 

Even though the film won't be in theaters for 2 years, we will get to see Gadot as the powerful Amazon warrior in Justice League on November 17.

George Miller is Suing Warner Bros. Over MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Earnings

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It's been more than two years since Mad Max: Fury Road blew audiences away and gained critical acclaim. It went on to win six Academy Awards, but now director George Miller is suing Warner Bros over what he is calling "unpaid earnings."

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the falling out was revealed in a Supreme Court of New South Wales ruling that the dispute between production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell and Warner Bros should be arbitrated in Australia and not in California. Warner Bros says that the dispute shouldn't be arbitrated in Australia and that it is "a clearly inappropriate forum" to settle the dispute, Justice Hammerschlag disagreed.

This dispute is probably the reason why Miller has not made two more long-planned Mad Max movies.

Justice David Hammerschlag said the agreement to make Fury Road included a condition that Miller's production company would receive a $7 million bonus if "the final net cost" of the movie was not more than $157 million.

And that if Warner Bros intended to seek another co-financier, it would first offer Kennedy Miller Mitchell the chance to provide finance. But the production company says Warner Bros entered an agreement with Brett Ratner's company, RatPac Entertainment, for 12.5 percent of the movie's funding, thus violating the agreement to give Kennedy Miller Mitchell the first offer.

The production company filed the lawsuit against the studio over unpaid earnings in September.

"On [Warner Bros'] calculations, Mad Max went over budget," Justice Hammerschlag said. "If these calculations are right, [Kennedy Miller Mitchell] does not get a bonus."
"[But the production company] claims [Warner Bros] made a series of decisions which caused substantial changes and delays to Mad Max, which led to additional costs and expenses and that [the studio] wrongly took them into account in its over-budget calculation."
"If those costs are left out of account [Kennedy Miller Mitchell] says that Mad Max came in under budget."

The production company also brought a claim against Warner Bros for "misleading and deceptive conduct" for not informing it that additional costs due to the studio's changes and delays would be included in budget calculations.

Miller and Mitchell say they ended up filing the lawsuit after they were disappointed that "after all the hard work and success of the film, the studio failed to honor its obligations" to them.

"Simply put, we are owed substantial earnings for diligent and painstaking work which spanned over 10 years in development of the script and preparation and three years in production of the movie," they said. "That hard work resulted in a picture which found wide acclaim globally ...
"We would much prefer to be making movies with Warner Bros than litigating with them but, after trying for over a year, we were unable to reach a satisfactory resolution and have now had to resort to a law suit to sort things out."

Warner Bros responded with a short statement saying: "We disagree and will vigorously defend against these claims."

Let's hope the studio and Miller can settle this on good terms because it would be a shame if this drama got in the way of any future Mad Max films.

Ellen Page Set To Star in the Netflix Series UMBRELLA ACADEMY

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Ellen Page is joining the cast of an upcoming Netflix adaptation of the popular comics and graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy. 

Variety reports that the live action series is about the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five. The group works together to solve their father’s mysterious death while facing conflict among each other because of their personalities and abilities. Page will play Vanya, the black sheep of her family. 

Page most recently starred in Flatliners, but is probably best known for her role as the pregnant teen in Juno and Kitty Pryde in the X-Men franchise.

The Umbrella Academy series is based on the graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman will serve as showrunner and executive producer The pilot script is written by Jeremy Slater.