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‘Cobra’: Sylvester Stallone Says His Bruce Springsteen-Inspired, ’80s Action Film Could Become A Streaming Series

The name Marion Cobretti probably doesn’t bring back the same nostalgia that John Rambo or Rocky Balboa might. But if you’re a big fan of ‘80s action films, particularly those of Sylvester Stallone, you probably remember Cobretti as the badass Zombie Squad cop, murdering folks in “Cobra.” And in a new interview, Stallone says that the time is right for the world to be re-introduced to “Cobra,” but in a different format.

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‘The Hot Zone’ Producers On Julianna Margulies, Adapting Non-Fiction & Those Clunky Suits [Podcast]

You may not recognize their names immediately, but if you’ve been a regular television watcher the past 15 years you’ve likely seen the work of Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders. They rose from writers to executive producers on “Smallville” and have produced and written for programs such as “Political Animals,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Under the Dome” and “Salem.” Most recently they were consulting producers on the first two seasons of NatGeo’s “Genius.” Now, they have reunited with the new Disney network for “The Hot Zone,” a six-episode mini-series based on the best-selling non-fiction novel by Richard Preston which screens over three nights beginning Monday, May 27 at 9 Pm.

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Akira’ Live-Action Adaptation Scores Spring 2021 Release Date

This is not a drill, people. The long-in-development live-action “Akira” film has a release date. It’s really happening this time. And we can thank/blame filmmaker Taika Waititi for that.

According to THR, Warner Bros. has officially set May 21, 2021 as the day that the world will get to see what Waititi has done with the classic manga and animated film, “Akira.” Long considered one of the best examples of both the manga and Japanese animation mediums, “Akira” has lingered in development for decades now, with various writers, directors, and actors coming and going.

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‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Final Look: Godzilla Will “Knock You Out” In LL Cool J-Inspired Trailer

Back in 1990, rapper LL Cool J had a mega-hit single, “Mama Said Knock You Out,” which featured the artist dressed in boxing gear and threatening to punch people. It was a massive hit for LL Cool J and was used in countless films and trailers for the next decade. Now, almost 30 years later, the song is being used yet again, this time to promote some hardcore monster on monster action in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

Read More: Summer Movie Preview: 35 Films You Shouldn’t Miss

At this point, do you really need something else to sell you on the upcoming ‘Godzilla’ sequel?

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Willem Dafoe Says ‘Lighthouse’ Co-Star Robert Pattinson Has the Perfect Chin to Play Batman

Warner Bros. has not officially announced Robert Pattinson as the new Batman, but the beloved “High Life” actor is currently the frontrunner to take over the role made famous on the big screen by Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. As previously reported, Pattinson is entering final talks to sign on as the lead in Matt Reeves’ upcoming 2021 tentpole “The Batman.” The role would give Pattinson the biggest role of his career and a second major upcoming studio gig after Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.”

Pattinson was in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival this week to premiere his new movie, “The Lighthouse.” The Robert Eggers-directed psychodrama debuted in Directors’ Fortnight to critical acclaim, with Pattinson and co-star Willem Dafoe earning instant Oscar buzz for their performances. Pattinson deflected all Batman questions, telling IndieWire’s awards editor Anne Thompson with a smile, “I am only answering questions about ‘The Lighthouse.’”

While
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Harrison Ford Has A Simple Answer For Who Can Replace Him In ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise: “Nobody”

Harrison Ford has never been known to be the warmest and affectionate man on a movie set. So, it’s no surprise that during interviews, he’s willing to say things that might not be what the studio would like to hear. And in the case of talking about the future of the “Indiana Jones” franchise, Ford says things that really echoes what many fans have said over the last few years.

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James Cameron Confirms ‘Dark Fate’ Will Be R-Rated & Will Feature Sarah Connor As A “Terminator Hunter”

Sometimes, we like to invite our readers to go back in time to remember a specific film moment. Today, let’s go back to 2015, the last time that the world was on the verge of seeing a new ‘Terminator’ sequel, “Terminator Genisys.” James Cameron, the godfather and creator of the series, went publicly and promoted the hell out of the film, touting it as the best sequel yet.

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‘It Must Be Heaven’ Review: Elia Suleiman’s Palestinian Satire Explains Why He Doesn’t Make More Movies

‘It Must Be Heaven’ Review: Elia Suleiman’s Palestinian Satire Explains Why He Doesn’t Make More Movies
Elia Suleiman is in every scene of “It Must Be Heaven,” but he only speaks four words. The writer-director-star finds himself in a New York taxi cab in the midst of a globe-trotting journey after fleeing his drab routine back home. Asked where he comes from, he replies, “Nazareth,” then clarifies: “I am Palestinian.” And that’s pretty much all you need to know. For the rest of the movie, Suleiman’s deadpan stare says it all, as the slapstick auteur’s latest installment in his ongoing chronicle of Palestinian identity settles into his usual playful routine. Once again, the Chaplinesque Suleiman drifts through an ambivalent world, and his solemn expression does the bulk of the talking.

Suleiman’s always a reliable charmer, with a penchant for funneling the language of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton into moving-image editorials about his troubled homeland. However, a decade has passed since his
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‘Killing Eve’ Star Edward Bluemel Demystifies ‘Passionate Man-spreader’ Hugo and His Link to Eve

‘Killing Eve’ Star Edward Bluemel Demystifies ‘Passionate Man-spreader’ Hugo and His Link to Eve
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 7, “Wide Awake.”]

On “Killing Eve,” Edward Bluemel’s character Hugo might be a new member of the MI6 task force, but he’s already created an intimate bond with agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh). While conducting surveillance of assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), who’s working undercover for them in Rome using a hidden microphone, Eve and Hugo sleep together. It’s only in the morning that he realizes he unknowingly had a threesome since Villanelle’s voice was on the other end of the earpiece that Eve was wearing.

Although this is just another disturbing sign of how Eve has begun to lose control and good judgment in the face of temptation, Hugo doesn’t seem to mind. Bluemel – who’s also been recently seen as Marcus on “A Discovery of Witches” and Sean in “Sex Education” – had to delve into his character’s psychology to
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Release Delayed Three Months After Fan Backlash Forces Character Redesign

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Release Delayed Three Months After Fan Backlash Forces Character Redesign
Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler has announced his upcoming Paramount family tentpole is being delayed three months as he takes time in post-production to redesign the title character. Fowler posted on Twitter that “Sonic” will now open in theaters nationwide in February 2020, three months after its original November 8, 2019 release date.

Paramount dropped the official trailer for “Sonic” on April 30 and received backlash for changing the character’s look from the video game. Sonic’s eyes appear more circular in the film and his fur has been rendered with VFX to appear more lifelike. “Sonic” fans were outraged over the character’s appearance, so much so that Fowler announced May 3 he would be redesigning the character for the film.

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” Fowler wrote on Twitter in reaction to the trailer backlash. “The message is loud and clear. You aren’t happy with the design and you want changes.
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‘Booksmart’ Director Olivia Wilde Reveals Filmmaking Lessons Learned From Her Acclaimed Directorial Debut [Video]

“You can tell so many different types of stories in so many different genres; you don’t have to pick one thing. I think we have to allow ourselves as human beings to experience so many different things and try out all different kind of dimensions of our personalities and I think as artists, it’s really important to do that too” expressed “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde as she spoke on how to avoid losing herself to a singular vision – a theme very present in her directorial debut.

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‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Director Confirms Film Will Be Delayed Until 2020 To “Make Sonic Just Right”

The internet, and social media, specifically, is a powerful thing. Just by voicing your opinion, with enough supporters, you can make global change. Well, that is if you’re fans of Sonic the Hedgehog and you absolutely despise the way he looks in the first trailer for his live-action film.

It was only a few short weeks ago that the collective mind of the internet revolted against the trailer for Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” live-action/CGI hybrid film.

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On ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Gentleman Jack,’ Gemma Whelan Plays Two of HBO’s Best Women

On ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Gentleman Jack,’ Gemma Whelan Plays Two of HBO’s Best Women
Just as “Game of Thrones” came to an end, HBO announced that it has renewed “Gentleman Jack” for a second season. That’s great news for fans of British actress Gemma Whelan, who essentially amounts to a Venn diagram of where the two shows’ audiences overlap.

On “GoT” Whelan built a devoted following as Yara Greyjoy, Queen of the Iron Islands and sister to Theon (Alfie Allen). Her character in “Gentleman Jack” is a far cry from the bloodthirsty lothario she plays on “Thrones,” however; as conservative Marian she antagonizes her casanova sister, the swaggering butch Anne Lister (Suranne Jones). Though Whelan herself is straight, she has endeared herself to Lgbtq audiences with one gay and one gay-adjacent role; it is a testament to her versatility as an actress that her two biggest TV roles could not be more different.

A co-production between HBO and the BBC, “Gentleman Jack” has
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‘Between Two Ferns’ Movie: Zach Galifianakis and Co-Star David Letterman Reveal Details

After scaling the heights of viral comedy shortsdom, “Between Two Ferns” is ready for the Netflix movie treatment. At an awards event at Netflix’s FYSee space in Hollywood on Thursday night, Zach Galifianakis and David Letterman revealed that not only was the long-rumored film in the works, but that it was set to arrive on the service later this fall.

Speaking as part of a live edition of Letterman’s show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” the two traded stories about their respective experiences with making and watching the original “Between Two Ferns” shorts. The feature-length film will debut on September 20, but in the meantime, Galifianakis had some updated information about how the movie will take the structure of the popular segments and build it out for a longer experience.

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Taika Waititi & Netflix Back Out Of ‘Bubbles’ Stop-Motion Film About Michael Jackson’s Pet Chimp

Director Taika Waititi is no stranger to making films about controversial figures. Hell, his upcoming “Jojo Rabbit” features the filmmaker starring as a version of Adolf Hitler. But with his schedule filling up with all that post-“Thor: Ragnarok” work, including a live-action “Akira,” it appears that Waititi had to make some tough choices, including dumping a long-in-development animated film about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp, called “Bubbles.”

According to Cartoon Brew, Waititi has backed out as co-director of the film “Bubbles,” which is a stop-motion animated film about the famous chimp that was best friends with the controversial, now-deceased King of Pop.

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Wins First Cannes Honor: A Palm Dog for Pitbull Star Brandy

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Wins First Cannes Honor: A Palm Dog for Pitbull Star Brandy
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is going to have to wait until tomorrow to see if his latest, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” walks away with the Palme d’Or, but the Competition title has already racked up one big festival win: a Palm Dog for its canine star Brandy. First awarded by journalist Toby Rose in 2001 (and adorably inspired by his own French Fox Terrier Muttley), the Palm Dog is traditionally handed out on the penultimate day of the annual festival to the canine stars (and human directors) of some of the festival’s most woof-centric films.

Pitbull Brandy, who plays Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth’s pup in the film (and reportedly has a very juicy role in the final act) joins a long line of distinguished Palm Dog winners, including Uggie from the Oscar-winning “The Artist” and Ken Loach for casting three-legged dog Shae in his Palme d’Or-winning “I,
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Taika Waititi Talks ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ and the Wait for the ‘Werewolves’ Movie

Taika Waititi Talks ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ and the Wait for the ‘Werewolves’ Movie
“What We Do in the Shadows,” the spinoff series based on the 2014 vampire comedy film of the same name by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, wraps up its first season this month. In celebration of that and the show’s Season 2 renewal, FX held an Emmys Fyc event Wednesday and screened the cameo-laden episode “The Trial,” along with the finale.

Afterward, comedian and guest star Kristen Schaal moderated a panel that included Waititi, co-executive producers and writers Paul Simms and Stefani Robinson, and cast members Matt Berry, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch, and guest star Doug Jones.

In the series, three vampires — Nadja (Natasia Demetrio), Laszlo (Berry), Nandor (Kayvan Novak) — the familiar Guillermo (Guillén), and energy vampire Colin Robinson (Proksch) live in a house in Staten Island. Waititi, as series co-creator and director, hadn’t planned on appearing on the show, but he, Clement, and a slew of guest stars who’ve played vampires elsewhere,
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IndieWire Consider This Fyc Brunch – Watch the Whole Event

IndieWire Consider This Fyc Brunch – Watch the Whole Event
On May 21, Terry Crews hosted the inaugural IndieWire Consider This Fyc Brunch, where top talents in the TV industry gathered at Liaison in Hollywood to discuss, frankly, how to make really incredible television — and each of the three panels can be watched in their entirety below. Among the highlights:

The Below-the-Line panel was hosted by IndieWire’s Toolkit Editor Chris O’Falt and featured “Yellowstone” composer Brian Tyler, “The Other Two” composer Brett “Leland” McLaughlin, “Catch-22” costume designer Jenny Eagan, “Escape at Dannemora” cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagne, and “Now Apocalypse” cinematographer Sandra Valde-Hansen. How each achieved authenticity on their projects – which spanned from historical recreation to heightened reality – became the theme of the panel.

The Above-the-Line panel was hosted by IndieWire’s Deputy TV Editor and Critic Ben Travers, and featured “Random Acts of Flyness” writer/director Naima Ramos-Chapman, “The Act” creators Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca, “Drunk History” creator Derek Waters,
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‘Aladdin’: How The Music Of Eric B. & Rakim Helped Will Smith Find His Way Into The Genie [Interview]

There are few animated characters in cinema as synonymous with the actor who voices them as The Genie is with Robin Williams, in the Disney animated classic “Aladdin.” While there are certainly more prevalent, important, and impactful characters in Mickey Mouse’s vault, you don’t necessarily think Nathan Lane when you hear Timon. However, the moment someone mentions The Genie, Williams’ iconic voice immediately comes to mind, and this is largely in part due to how much of the comedian’s own personality is infused into the character.

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‘Star Wars’ Plans ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ Film Trilogy With First Female Writer Since 1980 — Report

It looks like the “Star Wars” film franchise following the release of “The Rise of Skywalker” later this year is slowly coming into focus. According to a new report from BuzzFeed, Lucasfilm is gearing up for a potential new trilogy based on the video game series “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” that started in 2003. Sources close to the studio say Laeta Kalogridis is finishing the script for the first movie after coming on board the project in spring 2018.

Lucasfilm’s hiring of Kalogridis is a historic one for the “Star Wars” movie franchise as no sole female screenwriter has ever been behind a “Star Wars” script. The only female writer in the “Star Wars” movie universe is Leigh Brackett, who shared a credit with Lawrence Kasdan on 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.” Since then, only men have written “Star Wars” movies and the franchise has come under fire
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