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Harry Knowles Sex-Assault Allegations Prompt Staff Exodus from Ain't It Cool News

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Several writers have resigned from the influential movie site Ain't It Cool News (AICN) after a woman came forward to accuse that site's 45-year-old founder, Harry Knowles, of having sexually assaulted her nearly two decades ago.

In a statement posted Monday to Twitter, Steve Prokopy, a Chicago-based writer who signed his reviews "Capone," called the choice to leave the site "a remarkably easy decision to make."

"I sincerely hope that the women impacted by any of these incidents have received all the support and strength they need to recover and heal," Prokopy said.

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- Seth Abramovitch

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'Maus': Film Review | Fantastic Fest 2017

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A captivity thriller set in the long shadow of the mid-1990s Bosnian war, Yayo Herrero's Maus places an injured Bosnian woman in the custody of two mysterious Serbian men and correctly expects things not to go well. The assured feature debut of writer/director Yayo Herrero, it introduces just enough hints of the supernatural and the transgressively political to inspire post-screening conversations — some of which will conclude that the ingredients don't quite add up. Few will argue, though, with the effectiveness of its trapped-in-the-woods tension and the potency of its simmering ethnic hatred.

Lovers Alex (August Wittgenstein) and Selma (Alma Terzic) »


- John DeFore

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Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in 'Romeo and Juliet' Reimagining

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 actress Kaya Scodelario and Hunger Games grad Josh Hutcherson are set to play star-crossed lovers in a Romeo and Juliet re-imagining from The Mark Gordon Co. 

Die in a Gunfight will be directed by Collin Schiffli (SXSW winner Animals) and will also star Olivia Munn and Helen Hunt

Ant-Man and the Wasp scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are set to write the screenplay, which will update William Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy against a backdrop of corporate espionage.

Mark Gordon will produce alongside Tom Butterfield and Allyson Seeger. Sara Smith will be an executive producer. Principal photography will begin »


- Mia Galuppo

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Chris Pratt Failed a Superhero Quiz, But Chris Evans Is Pleased

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Chris Pratt recently took a random superhero quiz and he didn't quite nail it. 

The Guardians of the Galaxy star was told on Sunday that, based on his answers, he was Captain America actor Chris Evans

"Dude I suck at quizzes," tweeted Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in the Marvel universe. 

Evans noticed the tweet on Monday and responded to his pal.

"What do you mean? You aced it," Evans tweeted. 

The two actors will appear together onscreen for the first time in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Evans and Pratt are old friends who made headlines in 2015 when they made »


- Ryan Parker

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Oscars: Canada Selects 'Hochelaga, Land of Souls' for Foreign-Language Category

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Canada has chosen director Francois Girard's Hochelaga, Land of Souls as its contender for consideration in the best foreign-language film Oscar category.

The Canadian French-language drama, which stars Samian, Vincent Perez and Raoul Trujillo, portrays Canadian history through the finds at a fictional Montreal archaeological dig.

Girard, one of Canada's most accomplished filmmakers, has tackled histories and epic narratives before in Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn GouldThe Red Violin and Silk.

Canada's national Oscar selection committee, led by Telefilm Canada, unveiled its pick Monday at a press conference in Montreal.

Canada in recent years has had nominations in the »


- Etan Vlessing

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David Oyelowo to Star in Disney Musical From 'Moonlight' Playwright

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David Oyelowo is attached to star in a live-action musical penned by Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney for Disney.  

The project, titled Cyrano the Moor, will take from both William Shakespeare's revenge story Othello and the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac, which tells the story of a large-nosed romantic who uses his words to help another man win the affection of the woman he loves.

Oyelowo would produce along with his wife, English actress Jessica Oyelowo. Yoruba Saxon, who worked with the actor on A United Kingdom, would also produce. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for the studio.

Cyrano the Moor joins the »


- Mia Galuppo

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Marvel Reveals Which Comic Book Superhero Is Returning From the Dead this Week

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[Spoiler warning: This story reveals which character is returning from the grave in Marvel Legacy No. 1, which bows Wednesday. Only read further if you're ready to know which superhero is back from beyond.]

Jean Grey isn't the only member of Marvel's X-Men returning from the comic book dead in upcoming months — this week, Wolverine is going to demonstrate that he's still the best there is at what he does … and what he does is get to survive his apparent demise and show up in the least expected places, with one of the vaunted Infinity Stones in his »

- Graeme McMillan

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'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Nabs 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' Director (Exclusive)

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Paramount’s Clifford the Big Red Dog movie project has a new leash on life.

Walt Becker, who directed Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, has come aboard to helm the feature, which is intended to be a live-action hybrid.

Clifford adapts the children’s books by Norman Bridwell, which have made their mark on generations of kids since first being published in 1963.

The books told of the adventures of a 25-foot-tall red dog and his owner, a child named Emily Elizabeth. The girl picked up the dog when he was a puppy and the runt of the litter, but »


- Borys Kit

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'Wheelman': Film Review | Fantastic Fest 2017

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A close-quarters crime film whose protagonist stays behind the wheel but is rarely in the driver's seat, Wheelman gives fan-favorite tough guy Frank Grillo a chance to open up in a starring vehicle. The directing debut of Jeremy Rush, this solid genre pic plays like a pulpy cousin to Steven Knight's 2013 Locke, less formally rigorous but more inviting. It will be a welcome diversion for those who stumble across it on Netflix, where it debuts next month, and should help raise its lead's profile in the genre world.

Grillo plays the eponymous character, who makes his case for anonymity »


- John DeFore

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'Pitch Perfect 3' Trailer Previews Anna Kendrick, Ruby Rose in Signature Riff-Off

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Universal has dropped a new trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, and it offers a thorough preview of the a cappella music franchise's latest riff-off.

The trailer shows Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld spotlighting their Barden Bellas sound, but they get schooled by the other groups, one of which features Ruby Rose. Says Kendrick, "Is it weird that everybody is better at the one thing we do than we are at that thing?"

The third installment of the franchise has the now separated Bellas reuniting for one last singing competition at an overseas Uso tour, but face a group »


- Ashley Lee

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Hong Kong Cult Movie 'Infernal Affairs' to Get Indian Remake

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Andrew Lau’s Hong Kong gangster film Infernal Affairs is set for an Indian remake. Warner Bros. India and Mumbai-based banner Azure Entertainment said Monday that the Hindi-language remake is part of a two-picture deal between the companies to jointly develop, produce and distribute key titles from the Warner library for the Indian local film market. A second remake title will be announced at a later stage.

Lau's 2002 film spawned Martin Scorsese’s award-winning 2006 title The Departed, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson.

“We are looking for a director for the Infernal Affairs remake,” Azure Entertainment CEO Sunir Kheterpal told THR. “We »


- Nyay Bhushan

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'Kingsman 2': Taron Egerton on How the Ending Impacts Planned Trilogy

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Kingsman: The Golden Circle.]

For Matthew Vaughn's second act to Kingsman: The Secret Service, he ramped up the star power with newcomers Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Elton John. The new additions may have even helped push Kingsman: The Golden Circle to becoming the first film at the box office for its opening weekend. 

While the second film saw several changes, some things remain. Namely, the dynamic duo of leading men Taron Egerton and Colin Firth

For Firth, the action film would be one more added to »


- Brian Porreca

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'1922': Film Review | Fantastic Fest 2017

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In this, the Year of Our King 2017, filmmakers have turned en masse to the back catalog of America's most prolific best-seller. Two much-hyped Stephen King adaptations came this summer, while two under-the-radar ones debut this week at Fantastic Fest; and in October, the author's influence will surely be felt in the second season of Stranger Things. Who knows what the holidays might hold, but in Zak Hilditch's 1922, based on the short story of the same name, we get one of the author's most stripped-down works. The pulpy period piece, Poe-like in its focus on gnawing guilt, should rank »


- John DeFore

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'World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts': Film Review | Fantastic Fest 2017

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Given the way he made his feature-length debut It's Such a Beautiful Day — by releasing three chapters as each was completed, then packaging them as one magnum opus — it will not surprise Don Hertzfeldt's devoted fans that he's chasing 2015's Oscar-nominated The World of Tomorrow with a second installment. As with that last slow-assembling masterpiece, World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts retains enough of the whimsy and humor of the first section to intrigue newcomers, while deepening its questions about memory and what constitutes an individual consciousness. Technical experiments from the last film »


- John DeFore

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Sony Film PR Chief Jean Guerin Departing for Fox Broadcasting

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Sony film PR chief Jean Guerin is departing at the end of October for Fox Broadcasting, where she'll serve as executive vp publicity and corporate communications.

In her new gig, Guerin will be the chief media strategist for Fox, overseeing all program publicity campaigns and corporate communications outreach. She'll report to Shannon Ryan, chief marketing officer of Fox Television Group.

"Jean is a gifted strategist and one of the most respected communications executives in television and film," Ryan said in a statement. "Her extensive experience, combined with her keen knowledge of the business, makes her the perfect fit for Fox, »


- Pamela McClintock

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The Cast of 'The Princess Bride,' Then and Now

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Released on Sept. 25, 1987, Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride is a unique fairytale equipped with action, romance, comedy and more. The Princess Bride seems to have it all — a star-studded cast, loveable characters and iconic moments — and is revered as a cult classic among film lovers. 

The film is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman. It grossed nearly $31 million domestically ($70 million adjusted for inflation). 

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the film, THR takes a look at the cast of The Princess Bride — including the likes of Robin Wright, »


- Sydney Odman

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says Trump Should Fight Pollution Like He Did as California Governor

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Speaking at the San Sebastian International Film Festival on Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger said President Donald Trump would be smart to follow his lead on the environment.

Schwarzenegger was on hand to promote his underwater production Wonders of the Sea 3D, screening in the official section.

“I think that we have in California proven that you can protect the environment and lower the greenhouse gases and go more in the green direction in terms of cars and industries and all that. We’ve passed the toughest laws in the United States. Everyone told us it was going to be »


- Pamela Rolfe

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Casey Affleck's Sea Change Media Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon

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Casey Affleck's production company Sea Change Media has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Amazon Studios.

The two-year deal, covering both film and television projects, repairs Affleck with Amazon, after he won the best actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, which Amazon nabbed out of the Sundance Film Festival. Whitaker Lader, a Sundance Institute alum, serves as head of production and development of Sea Change, which looks to develop bold, authentic, smart content, shining a light on underrepresented voices and stories, and operating with a philosophy of inclusivity and collaboration.

"This deal with Casey exemplifies our focus in expanding Amazon Studios’ relationships »


- Ashley Lee

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California's Film and TV Tax Credits Bring $3.7 Billion in Spending to the State

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In its first two years, California’s expanded Film and Television Tax Credit Program, which has been dubbed Program 2.0, has attracted or retained 100 film and television projects generating an estimated $3.7 billion in direct in-state spending, including $1.4 billion in below-the-line wages, the state said in a new report issued Monday.

Enacted in January 2015, the five‐year program increased fiscal-year funding from $100 million to $330 million annually through fiscal year 2019‐20. In the first two years of the expanded program, California gained 38 feature film projects and 50 television projects comprising eight pilots, two movies of the week, »

- Gregg Kilday

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Feinberg Forecast: The First Look at the Race to the 90th Oscars

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The listings below reflect how The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the Oscar nominations would look if the race ended today. They are formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from advance screenings), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and voters).

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- Scott Feinberg

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