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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Michael Rooker Joins ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Cast

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Michael Rooker Joins ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Cast
Michael Rooker, who played Yondu in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” has joined the cast of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Rooker will play a small role of a character named Buddy in the action sequel. He joins fellow newcomer to the franchise John Cena, as well as returning stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and more.

Justin Lin is directing the ninth film in the franchise that is already in production. The plot is still under wraps, but Dan Casey wrote the screenplay. Diesel is producing the film via his One Race Films banner, and Lin is also producing for Perfect Storm Entertainment.

Also Read: 'Fast & Furious 9' Production Resumes After Stuntman Injury

Fast & Furious 9” opens in theaters on May 22, 2020.

In
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Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’

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Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’
Tracy Morgan will join the cast of Paramount’s “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 cult comedy.

Directed by John Landis, “Coming to America” followed Akeem (Murphy), the spoiled prince of a fictional African nation who protests against an arranged marriage set by his father, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones). Traveling to America, he goes undercover as a fast-food employee while searching for a woman to take as his wife with the help of his friend, Semmi (Arsenio Hall).

The sequel will follow Akeem as he returns to New York to find his long-lost son and groom him to become his successor to the throne. Morgan will play the son’s uncle, a hustler named Reem whose sister, played by Leslie Jones, gave birth to the unwitting heir after a one night stand with Akeem.
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Comedian Flula Borg to join the cast of James Gunn's Suicide Squad

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Comedian Flula Borg to join the cast of James Gunn's Suicide Squad
While Jared Leto's Joker has yet to be confirmed as a cast member of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, it's being reported that another comedian is looking to join the fray. It's been confirmed by Deadline that actor, DJ and comedian Flula Borg has joined the cast of The Suicide Squad. Details surrounding Borg's character are scarce at this time, though it's…
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Dan Stevens Joins Will Ferrell Comedy ‘Eurovision’ at Netflix

Dan Stevens Joins Will Ferrell Comedy ‘Eurovision’ at Netflix
Dan Stevens will be the latest actor to seek international stardom as he joins the cast of “Eurovision,” the comedy starring Will Ferrell about the long-running global singing competition, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

The “Beauty and the Beast” and “Legion” star Stevens joins Ferrell, Pierce Brosnan and Rachel McAdams in the spoof comedy about the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest running annual international TV song competition that is ripe for parody. “Eurovision” is in production now in the UK and Ireland.

Stevens will star in the film as a Russian contestant on the show opposite Ferrell and McAdams, who play an Icelandic songwriting duo making their case for international stardom. Meanwhile, Brosnan plays Ferrell’s father and “the most handsome man in Iceland.”

Ferrell is co-writing the comedy with Andrew Steele,
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Cheng Cheng Films Nabs North American Rights to China’s ‘Send Me to the Clouds’

New York-based distributor Cheng Cheng Films has acquired North American rights to first-time Chinese director Teng Congcong’s comedy drama “Send Me to the Clouds,” starring and produced by A-list actress Yao Chen. The company is planning a theatrical release for fall 2019.

Cheng Cheng has always championed films with strong female leads,” the firm said in a statement. “We need to focus our resources and efforts on releasing women-directed films until its number is equal to that of men-directed films in our catalog. We make that commitment to ourselves and our audience. ‘Send Me to the Clouds’ is a perfect start.”

The film examines the societal pressures facing women born under China’s One Child Policy through the misadventures of a young journalist who, after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, goes in search of sex and money before she must face an expensive surgery that will physically numb her.

The
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Film Movement Brings ‘A White, White Day’ to the U.S. (Exclusive)

Film Movement Brings ‘A White, White Day’ to the U.S. (Exclusive)
Oslo — New-York based distributor Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to critically-lauded Icelandic drama “A White, White Day,” today’s opening film at New Nordic Films in Haugesund.

In a separate deal, sales agent New Europe Film Sales has closed French-speaking Canada with Funfilm and English-speaking Canada with Game Theory.

Hlynur Pálmason’s sophomore pic, “A White, White Day” bowed at the Critics’ Week in Cannes where Icelandic heavyweight thesp Ingvar Sigurðsson won an acting prize for his solid performance as an off-duty police officer on an obsessive quest. The picture’s winning festival streak continued at the Transilvania and Motovun fests. After this week’s market screening at Haugesund confab New Nordic Films, the drama will have its North American premiere in the Toronto Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema program.

Film Movement’s president Michael Rosenberg said: “Hlynur put the international filmmaking community on notice with his feature film debut,
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Ready or Not review – scrappy comedy horror is all bark and no bite

A tantalising setup, which sees a newlywed playing a deadly game of hide and seek, falls apart in a film that’s neither funny or scary enough to work

Shuffling into a cursed late summer slot, ambitious comedy horror Ready or Not sets itself up as an exception to the rule, a genre offering that might offer up something more than tired jump scares and gristle. It boasts a delicious premise, a tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign and aesthetically it’s one of the rare studio horror films of late that has a distinctive style. But it’s this heady initial promise that makes the ensuing mess such a crushing disappointment, an opulent feast that’s rotten on the inside.

Related: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged review – shark horror sequel has teeth
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The Nightingale review – ambitious, urgent and necessarily brutal. But who is it for?

Jennifer Kent is an extraordinary film-maker, but by falsely equivocating two vastly different experiences, she steps – misguidedly – into a minefield

Colonisation is a brutal process, one in which everyone involved is debased. That is the clear message of Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, and the theme that has dominated its early coverage. But underneath that stark truth are complex power dynamics that call for more nuanced discussion.

Related: The Nightingale director Jennifer Kent defends 'honest' depiction of rape and violence
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Korea Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Topples ‘Exit,’ ‘Roar to Victory’

Korea Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Topples ‘Exit,’ ‘Roar to Victory’
Opening on Wednesday, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. Showing on some 1,311 screens nationwide, the Upi release earned $15.1 million from 2.03 million admissions over five days. That included the four-day National Liberation Day weekend.

The Battle: Roar to Victory” remained in second. The Showbox release earned $9.21 million from 1.2 million admissions between Thursday and Sunday. Set in Korea under Japanese occupation, the action drama has earned a total of $27.9 million from 3.94 million admissions after two weekends on release.

Korean-made disaster comedy “Exit” slipped to third place from the previous weekend’s top spot. The Cj Entertainment release earned $8.4 million over the four-day weekend for a total of $52.7 million after three weekends.

The three top films together accounted for 89% of total weekend box office revenue. Other films in the top ten included: animated feature “My Tyrano: Together, Forever”; Korean horror flick “Warning: Do Not
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‘The Terror: Infamy’ Uses Japanese Ghost Stories Like ‘Get Out’ Uses Horror to Reflect America

‘The Terror: Infamy’ Uses Japanese Ghost Stories Like ‘Get Out’ Uses Horror to Reflect America
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers from “The Terror: Infamy” Episode 2, “All the Demons Are Still in Hell.”]

Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking 2017 film “Get Out” uses horror tropes to highlight the real-life gruesomeness of racism in America. And although “The Terror: Infamy” wasn’t directly inspired by that film, showrunner Alexander Woo acknowledges that viewers might deem the projects similar.

“I think it’s not an unfair comparison. ‘Get Out’ is a terrific movie… I think it does make you feel — if you are not — like someone who is a black person surrounded by a bunch of white people,” said Woo. “For only two hours, you get a sense of the isolation and the alienation you might feel.”

AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy” is a period drama that tells the WWII story of Japanese American internment through the lens of Japanese horror, specifically, the Japanese ghost stories known as kaidan.

“We’re hopefully trying to accomplish something very similar: that you’re inside the shoes or inside the
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Film News Roundup: Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming 2 America’

Film News Roundup: Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming 2 America’
In today’s film news roundup, Tracy Morgan and Michael Rooker book roles in major movies, and Gravitas buys “Christmas Break-In.”

Castings

Tracy Morgan has signed on to appear in Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America” sequel as the brother of Lesley Jones’ character.

Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is directing the project with Murphy, Kevin Misher, and Kenya Barris producing.

The 1988 original movie, directed by John Landis, starred Murphy as the charming African prince Akeem, who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall starred as his best friend Semmi with Jones as his father and Shari Headley and John Amos co-starring. The comedy was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

In the sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in
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WGA Ratchets Up Legal Fight, Claims Agencies Use Mob Tactics

The Writers Guild of America ratcheted up its fight against three major talent agencies Monday when it countersued Wme, CAA, and UTA under a law that’s used to throw mob bosses in jail.

This consolidates the WGA-agency fight into one venue: Us District Court. The union filed its initial lawsuit in state court in April, but withdrew that complaint Monday.

The WGA alleges that the practice of packaging constitutes racketeering and violates antitrust laws. Packaging is when agencies bundle a project/script with talent from its ranks to sell a movie or TV show. Production companies pay a fee to the agency for that service.

It’s at the heart of the dispute that reached a head in April when 7,000 Hollywood writers fired their agents after the big agencies refused to budge on the practice — which the union wants to see abolished.

“What began as a service to
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Gets Re-Release With New Scene

Sony Pictures is re-releasing “Spider-Man: Far From Home” with a new action scene.

Starting Aug. 29, a new extended cut, featuring four minutes of a never-before-seen action sequence, will be released in theaters in the United States and Canada. The film will also be available in IMAX and large formats in select locations.

Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the latest Marvel film to return to theaters this year, following Disney’s re-release of “Avengers: Endgame” earlier in the summer. After garnering $2.74 billion worldwide, the Marvel finale film was reintroduced to theaters in June in an effort to beat “Avatar’s” all-time box office record of 2.79 billion. The film succeeded in July, becoming the biggest movie in history with more than $2.7902 billion in global ticket sales.

“Spider-Man Far From Home” has also seen its own fair share of success at the box office, becoming Sony Pictures highest grossing film ever on Sunday
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is Returning to Theaters With a New Action Scene

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is Returning to Theaters With a New Action Scene
After two uninspired Amazing Spider-Man movies, Sony was scrambling to find a solution to its Spider-Man problem. The answer was to team up with Marvel Studios, a company which instantly rebooted the character and incorporated the webslinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m guessing this decision wasn’t easy for the Sony brass (it couldn’t have […]

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Superhero Bits: Abandoned ‘Batman Arkham’ Game, ‘Dark Phoenix’ the Worst X-Men at the Box Office

Superhero Bits: Abandoned ‘Batman Arkham’ Game, ‘Dark Phoenix’ the Worst X-Men at the Box Office
Which character seems to be back from the dead in the eighth season premiere of Arrow? Want to see concept art from an abandoned Batman Arkham game involving Damian Wayne? Could Ryan Gosling be talking to Taika Waititi about a role in Thor: Love & Thunder? Which Marvel planets couldn’t exist in the real world? […]

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‘Westworld’ is Getting Its Own Vr Game in Which You’ll Be Hunted By a Serial Killer Host

Technology is not quite advanced enough for there to be a real-life theme park like the one depicted in HBO’s Westworld – at least, not yet. So the next best thing would be to step into a virtual reality version of the show’s park, and starting tomorrow, that experience will become a reality. Get the […]

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Supporters Back Matthew Modine After Clumsy Joke at SAG-aftra Meeting

Supporters Back Matthew Modine After Clumsy Joke at SAG-aftra Meeting
More than 100 women, including Ellen Barkin and Allison Janney, have voiced support for Matthew Modine’s campaign for SAG-AFTRA presidency, following a joke at a SAG-aftra meeting that some decried as misogynist.

With voting set to conclude on Aug. 28, the campaigns have featured vitriolic attacks between supporters of Modine, secretary-treasurer Jane Austin and incumbent president Gabrielle Carteris for several weeks.

The latest incident took place on Aug. 16 at a town hall meeting featuring Austin, Carteris and Modine, organized by the UnionWorking group. During the Q&a portion, Modine responded with a joke when asked why he’s the best choice by saying, “Because I’m the only man running…?”

Modine then explained that he was the only man who had been invited to participate in the town hall. Two other candidates – Abraham Justice and Queen Alljahye Searles – were not invited by the organizers.

In recent days, Carteris supporters
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‘Nightcrawler’ Lawsuit: Judge Says There’s Too Many Stringer Films For Copyright Claim

As spy films need gadgets and Swiss bank accounts, and Irish mob movies require bad Boston accents and crooked cops, the genre of films about freelance news videographers share a unifying concept: “If it bleeds, it leads.”

That was the finding of a federal judge Monday when he decided to throw out a four-year-old lawsuit brought against Universal, Bold Films, and Open Road Films, the producers and distributors of “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal. It received an Oscar-nomination for its screenplay.

From the 1992’s “The Public Eye,” to 2014’s “Nightcrawler,” there’s a collection of movies focused on so-called stringers, the people paid to record late-night police chases, freeway wrecks, and fires for the gawking eyes of TV-news viewers the next morning — and the films, as a necessity, share certain un-copyrightable elements, a legal doctrine known as scènes à faire.

The suit was filed by Richard Dutcher, the director, writer, and
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Apple TV+ Headed for November Debut, at $9.99 Per Month – Report

Apple is eyeing a November launch date for its premium a la carte streaming service Apple TV+, according to a report in Bloomberg. The date provides Apple a competitive slot amid the dizzying array of soon-to-launch streaming services, including Disney+, slated for November 12, and HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s latest over-the-top streaming package, which is set to bow in early 2020. AT&T and Comcast also has new a la carte services coming down the pike, all aimed at cord-cutters looking for alternatives to traditional set-top offerings.

Apple is expected to charge $9.99 a month for the service, slightly more than Amazon Prime Video and the most basic Netflix plan, which costs $8.99.

Apple TV+ will launch with a handful of new programs. With a reported content budget of $6 billion, Apple has deep enough pockets to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Apple is also said to be weighing release strategies for its series.
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Disney+ Announces Compatible Devices for Launch, Special D23 Offer, and International Pricing Plans

Disney+ enters the streaming wars on November 12, and it will bring with it a massive assembly of movies and TV shows that you won’t be able to watch on any other streaming platform. On top of that, it brings a competitive price point that undercuts some of their biggest competitors. But do you have […]

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