Chinatown Prequel Series in the Works from David Fincher and Robert Towne

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Well I definitely did not see this one coming. Netflix has resurrected a handful of TV shows over the past few years, from Arrested Development to Black Mirror to Full House. What they haven’t done up until now is create a brand new TV series based on a well-regarded cinematic classic. This week we are hearing that they are developing a TV prequel to Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown with original screenwriter Robert Towne on board to write the pilot. He will team with David Fincher, although the full extent of Fincher’s involvement is not yet clear. Hit the jump for more details.

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Nicolas Cage to Play Himself in Meta-Dramedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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Nicolas Cage is about to get meta. Lionsgate is reportedly in final negotiations to acquire an original project called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which would star Nicolas Cage as an exaggerated version of himself. It was written as a sample script by Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment) and Kevin Etten (Workaholics) supposedly without the intention of it ever actually getting made, but somehow it found its way into the hands of Cage and he was eventually persuaded to star. There is now so much interest in the project that the deal could end up bringing Cage his biggest paycheck in many years. The plot synopsis is as follows:

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Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot Show Support for the Justice League Snyder Cut

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Although the two year anniversary of Zack Snyder’s Justice League might not seem like a particularly significant milestone for most people, it is a cause for celebration for a certain group of comic book fans. For the past two years, a very vocal group of supporters have been petitioning Warner Brothers to release to fabled “Snyder Cut” of Justice League (to the point where virtually every WB tweet is met with a barrage of canned responses demanding its release). Snyder was forced to step down during production of the film for personal reasons following the death of his daughter and was replaced by Joss Whedon, who oversaw extensive rewrites and reshoots. The finished version of the movie wasn’t particularly well-received, but some fans are convinced that Snyder’s original vision would have made for a much better movie. While it is unclear if such a cut even exists (Aquaman star Jason Momoa has previously claimed to have seen it), this week three of the movie’s biggest stars have stepped forward to lend their support to the movement on Twitter:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ford v Ferrari Takes the Checkered Flag, Charlie’s Angels Bombs

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It wasn’t much of a race at the box office over the weekend as Ford v Ferrari lapped the competition for an easy win with a $31 million debut. That’s more than Ron Howard’s Rush made in its entire theatrical run back in 2013, although FvF had more star power and obviously a more U.S.-centric focus. In second place, Roland Emmerich’s Midway managed to hold off the Charlie’s Angels reboot in a photo finish. Charlie’s Angels was a non-starter for Sony, opening with $8.6 million, less than a quarter of what McG’s Charlie’s Angels made back in 2000. Playing with Fire dropped to fourth while Last Christmas rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, The Good Liar opened at #7 with $5.7 million while Joker officially crossed the $1 billion mark, becoming the first R-rated movie ever to do so (and passing Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight along the way). Next weekend Frozen II will lay waste to everything in its path.

1. Ford v Ferrari — $31M
2. Midway — $8.8M
3. Charlie’s Angels — $8.6M
4. Playing with Fire — $8.6M
5. Last Christmas — $6.7M
6. Doctor Sleep — $6.2M
7. The Good Liar — $5.7M
8. Joker — $5.6M
9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $5.2M
10. Harriet — $4.8M

The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge on the Run Trailer

It may seem hard to believe but SpongeBob SquarePants just celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and it was also recently renewed for a 13th season, but in the meantime, the show is also about to get its third feature film. Unlike the previous films, The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge on the Run will be the first CG-animated feature, directed by former series writer Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties). The plot finds SpongeBob and Patrick attempting to rescue Gary who has been “snailnapped” by Poseidon and, as we’ve come to expect, the movie also features several celebrity cameos including the likes of Awkwafina, Reggie Watts, Snoop Dogg, and (obviously) Keanu Reeves. The last SpongeBob movie was released in 2015 and made $325 million worldwide so it seems safe to assume there is still an audience out there for this. The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge on the Run hits theatres on May 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Beverly Hills Cop 4 Heads to Netflix

With Disney+ launching this week and gaining 10 million subscribers in just 24 hours, there has been a lot of talk about whether Netflix’s days might be numbered. Obviously they have some big releases planned over the next month (ahem… The Irishman), but this week they have also dropped a pretty major announcement that seems designed to reassure folks about their future. In a deal that will land them a high-profile blockbuster sequel, the long-gestating Beverly Hills Cop 4 is officially coming to Netflix. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Charlie’s Angels, Ford v Ferrari, The Report

It’s shaping up to be a pretty slow weekend at the box office despite the fact that we have three new movies in wide release. Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot is unlikely to match McG’s Charlie’s Angels films from the early 2000s, although to be fair it does not have quite the same level of star power. James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari should probably win the weekend with Matt Damon and Christian Bale giving it the edge while The Good Liar starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen is mostly flying under the radar despite decent (although not great) reviews. In select theatres, Scott Z. Burns’ The Report is getting a theatrical run before arriving on Amazon in a couple of weeks. Trey Edward Shults’ critically acclaimed drama Waves is also opening in a handful of theatres along with the documentary Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Way Back Trailer Starring Ben Affleck

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Although Ben Affleck and Gavin O’Connor are still talking about a sequel to 2016’s The Accountant, before that happens they are reteaming for a seemingly straightforward sports drama called The Way Back. Affleck plays a former high school basketball star who is offered a coaching job at his alma mater despite struggling with alcoholism. It looks like pretty standard stuff as far as underdog sports dramas go, although you have to wonder if Affleck’s own struggles with addiction will help elevate the performance. Will this be the best on-screen portrayal of alcoholism since Denzel in Flight? The Way Back is co-written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace, Run All Night) and hits theatres on March 6th. Check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Seberg Trailer Starring Kristen Stewart

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With Charlie’s Angels hitting theatres this weekend, Amazon has just released a trailer for another upcoming Kristen Stewart film that will arrive before the end of the year. Seberg finds Stewart playing French New Wave star Jean Seberg, who rose to fame in the ’60s and eventually became a target of FBI surveillance and harassment due to her vocal support of the Black Panther Party and the civil rights movement. It looks to be another ambitious role for Stewart and she is surrounded by a solid supporting cast that includes Anthony Mackie, Zazie Beetz, Margaret Qualley, Jack O’Connell, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Root, Yvan Attal and Colm Meaney. That being said, the movie did not receive great reviews coming out of TIFF so take that for what it’s worth. Seberg is directed by Benedict Andrews (Una) and hits select theatres on Dec. 14th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Play Sully in Uncharted Movie

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After spending over a decade in development hell, it is starting to feel like Sony’s Uncharted movie may finally have a real shot at getting made very soon. The project gained a new director a couple of months ago in the form of Travis Knight (Bumblebee), marking the sixth filmmaker to officially come on board. Tom Holland signed on to play Nathan Drake a couple of years ago after they decided to go with a younger version of the character, but up until now there had been very little talk about who might play his mentor and best friend, Sully. Now this week we are hearing that Sully may end up being played by someone who was once up for the role of Nathan Drake. Hit the jump for more details.

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Harley Quinn Trailer: An R-Rated DC Universe Animated Series

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One of the standard criticisms of the DC extended universe over the past decade has been that it is overly dark and gritty, and although not all DC properties fall into that category, the DC Universe streaming service has mostly doubled down on that reputation. Their latest show is Harley Quinn, an upcoming animated series aimed at mature audiences and this week they have released a full trailer that is chock full of f-bombs and severed heads. Although the irreverent humour is clearly in line with the character, something about the forced edginess does feel a bit tiresome. The voice cast includes Kaley Cuoco as Harley Quinn, Lake Bell as Poison Ivy, Alan Tudyk as the Joker and Tony Hale as Doctor Psycho. Harley Quinn premieres on Nov. 29th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Movie to Be a High School Drama Set in the ’70s

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Paul Thomas Anderson is finally preparing to start work on his follow up to 2017’s Phantom Thread and, unlike that London-set period piece, it sounds like his latest movie will find him working closer to home. The as of yet untitled movie is said to be set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, a familiar time and place that will take him back to his Boogie Nights roots. Plot details are still fairly slim but the project surfaced on a list of 13 upcoming films approved to receive tax credits from the California Film Commission next year. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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