David Duchovny joins The Craft remake

David Duchovny has joined the cast of The Craft reboot.The X-Files actor has signed on for the reimagining of the 1996 film in an unspecified role, according to editors at Deadline. He will join a cast which includes Bad Times at the El Royale’s Caile…

David Duchovny has joined the cast of The Craft reboot.

The X-Files actor has signed on for the reimagining of the 1996 film in an unspecified role, according to editors at Deadline.

He will join a cast which includes Bad Times at the El Royale’s Cailee Spaeny, who will lead the film as Hannah, a high school outcast who becomes friends with three other young women. The group soon begins experimenting with witchcraft, which leads to terrifying consequences.

In the original, that character was called Sarah and played by Robin Tunney, who discovers she has a telekinetic gift after transferring to a Catholic high school in Los Angeles.

Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Fairuza Balk played the members of the dangerous teenage witches coven, with ’90s heartthrob Skeet Ulrich starring as Tunney’s love interest, Chris.

These characters will be played by Blockers star Gideon Adlon, Greenleaf’s Lovie Simone and newcomers Zoey Luna and Nicholas Galitzine.

Zoe Lister-Jones is writing, directing, and executive producing the project, while Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse Productions alongside Douglas Wick of Red Wagon Entertainment, who produced the original film. Andrew Fleming, who directed and co-wrote the original, will serve as an executive producer.

Tunney recently expressed her interest in the new movie, telling etalk, “They are still remaking it. Zoe Lister-Jones is writing it and I may or may not do it. I’m so proud of that movie. It was the first lead I ever had and it’s a movie young girls today still watch at sleepovers.”

The Craft will mark Duchovny’s first movie role since 2013’s Louder Than Words, although he was seen on screen last year reprising the role of Fox Mulder in a one-off comeback series of The X-Files. He is currently developing his 2016 novel Bucky F**king Dent into a film.

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Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard to reunite for Viking drama

Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard are set to reunite for new Viking drama, The Northman.The duo played onscreen couple Celeste and Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, they have now been cast as…

Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard are set to reunite for new Viking drama, The Northman.

The duo played onscreen couple Celeste and Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, they have now been cast as the two leads for director Robert Eggers’s next film.

The Viking revenge saga is set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century, and Eggers penned the screenplay with Icelandic poet and novelist, Sjon.

Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe and Alexander’s younger brother, It star Bill Skarsgard, are also in talks to join the historical epic.

Nicole won an Emmy in 2017 for her role in Big Little Lies as mother-of-two Celeste, who suffers terrible abuse at the hands of her husband Perry.

The Oscar-winning actress will next be seen as Gretchen Carlson opposite Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie in Bombshell, which is released in December.

Alexander will next appear on the big screen in next year’s Godzilla vs. Kong and is currently filming a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic horror, The Stand. The 43-year-old will play villain Randall Flagg on the series.

“It’s extraordinarily thrilling and exciting. It’s a fantastic opportunity, an iconic figure and we’re just getting started. I was up there last week and filmed for a couple of days,” Alexander said of the upcoming CBS show.

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Paul Dano set to take on the Riddler in The Batman

Paul Dano is reportedly in talks to take on the role of the Riddler in The Batman.The casting news comes hours after it was revealed Jonah Hill had pulled out of playing a criminal mastermind in Matt Reeves’s dark take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting s…

Paul Dano is reportedly in talks to take on the role of the Riddler in The Batman.

The casting news comes hours after it was revealed Jonah Hill had pulled out of playing a criminal mastermind in Matt Reeves’s dark take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Should he accept the gig, Dano will join Robert Pattinson, who was announced earlier this summer as the new Batman after taking over from Ben Affleck, alongside Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon.

According to editors at Variety, the There Will Be Blood star is currently in negotiations with bosses at Warner Bros., who offered Dano, 35, the role once Hill had turned down the chance to star in the DC Comics movie.

It’s believed the Riddler’s alter ego will be known as Edward Nashton.

Jim Carrey previously played the supervillain in 1995’s Batman Forever, alongside Val Kilmer as Batman and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face.

Cloverfield director Reeves previously revealed that The Batman will be a darker, noir take on the comic book hero, as he wants to present a more grounded portrayal of the character.

“What’s exciting about Batman is how it relates to now and also how personal it can be,” the 53-year-old filmmaker, who took over the reins of the movie after Affleck departed the project, explained. “It’s very much a point-of-view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional.”

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Willem Dafoe bewildered by Robert Pattinson’s ‘wacky’ method acting

Willem Dafoe was astonished by his The Lighthouse co-star Robert Pattinson’s method acting techniques.The pair appear in the Robert Eggers-directed drama, which follows Pattinson’s character Ephraim as he spends four weeks as an assistant to Dafoe’s li…

Willem Dafoe was astonished by his The Lighthouse co-star Robert Pattinson’s method acting techniques.

The pair appear in the Robert Eggers-directed drama, which follows Pattinson’s character Ephraim as he spends four weeks as an assistant to Dafoe’s lighthouse keeper.

In the movie, the remote island soon begins to take its toll on Ephraim and he descends into a world of madness and chaos, murdering a seagull and screaming about wanting steak.

Speaking to Mr Porter magazine about the Twilight star’s unusual acting technique, Dafoe explained: “He’s not interested in craft, I think. He wants to throw himself into deep water and he feels like it will only be true if he’s drowning.

“For me that seemed wacky. But I’m not trying to judge. He has a good sense of the visual, of what’s needed in a close-up. Sometimes he’d beat himself up so bad. He’d stick his fingers down his throat, things like that.”

Earlier this year, Dafoe told Variety his co-star “acts like he doesn’t know what he’s doing” on set, but insisted he uses it as a “device to allow him more freedom”.

“And I might add that Rob really wants to jump into things, sometimes with his eyes closed,” he added.

The Lighthouse hits U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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Director Ruben Fleischer devastated after Venom was mauled by critics

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transf…

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.

Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transforms into the terrifying alien symbiote.

Despite taking more than $856 million (£665 million) worldwide, and boasting a stellar cast including Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, critics panned the movie, and Venom currently stands at only 29 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

During a recent interview with Fandom, Fleischer confessed the harsh reviews of his comic book adaptation really affected him, and if he could change one thing about the 2018 blockbuster, it would be to have a more positive reaction from film critics.

“I was really bummed that people didn’t like it because it’s a crowd-pleasing movie and I’m not sure if there was just blowback against Sony or people just worship Marvel,” he explained. “But I was really surprised that the critics (were gunning for it) because audiences really enjoyed the movie. And so many people who’ve seen it just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie.

“So, I was a little surprised. I don’t know what they were expecting.”

Fleischer later passed on directing the sequel, with directing duties being handed to Andy Serkis instead. However, the Zombieland filmmaker couldn’t be happier with his replacement.

“I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I’m excited to see what he does with it,” the 44-year-old added.

And Fleischer also seemingly confirmed a possible Spider-Man/Venom crossover film will happen, now that Sony and Marvel have hammered out a new deal.

“That’s where it’s all going to lead,” he revealed. “And so, the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”

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Willem Dafoe signs up for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hus…

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hustlers, and tells the story of a con man named Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, portrayed by Cooper, who teams up with psychologist Lilith, to be played by Blanchett, to swindle the rich before she turns the tables on him.

The Oscar nominee has been cast as Clem Hoately, a head barker at a travelling carnival who gives Carlisle a job, according to Variety.

He joins a cast which also includes Toni Collette, who will portray a mentalist named Zeena who mentors Carlisle, and Rooney Mara, who will be playing Carlisle’s love interest, Molly.

Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, who previously starred in del Toro’s previous film, the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, are also reportedly circling the project, while his Hellboy collaborator Ron Perlman is rumoured to have a role.

Del Toro will direct the film for Fox Searchlight from a script he co-wrote with Kim Morgan, with production set to begin at the start of 2020. Nightmare Alley was previously brought to the screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power taking on the role of Carlisle.

Dafoe is enjoying an impressive run of projects of late. He has been receiving critical praise for his performance alongside Robert Pattinson in David Eggers’s The Lighthouse and will soon be seen in Edward Norton’s directorial effort, Motherless Brooklyn, as well as political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted.

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Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski set to star in Imaginary Friends

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures. Reynol…

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures.

Reynolds is to have a starring role, while it was reported that Krasinski will write, direct, produce and act in the movie. Little is known about the plot, but it is expected to tell the story of a man who can see and communicate with people’s imaginary friends.

However, some of the imaginary friends who lack friendship turn to the dark side, with Reynolds’s character tasked with saving the world from those that are evil and threatening the world with their powers.

The project marks the 42-year-old’s second major casting in recent weeks. Reynolds is also attached to appear in a musical version of A Christmas Carol alongside Will Ferrell, with the movie to be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

He is now in the post-production phases of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy, and will soon begin filming Clue and Red Notice.

Meanwhile, Krasinski is currently working on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to his 2018 hit movie, with his wife Emily Blunt reprising her role as Evelyn Abbott, alongside Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Djimon Hounsou, and Cillian Murphy. The film is slated for release in March 2020. The 39-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Jack Ryan.

A potential release date for Imaginary Friends has not been announced.

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Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins join David Fincher’s Mank

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane. Mamm…

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.

The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane.

Mamma Mia! star Seyfried will play actress Marion Davies, while Collins will portray Mankiewicz’s secretary, Rita Alexander.

British actor Tom Burke has also signed up to Fincher’s biopic, and will play the legendary Orson Welles, who directed and starred in Citizen Kane, with Charles Dance, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross and Ferdinand Kingsley cast in unknown roles.

Fincher’s movie will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for the film, which is considered to be one of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.

Mankiewicz also worked on The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with Welles became strained after he accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, and in a sweet twist, the screenplay for Mank was written by the director’s father, Jack Fincher, prior to his death in 2003.

The 57-year-old will also serve as producer alongside Cean Chaffin, Douglas Urbanski, and Eric Roth.

Mank will be released in 2020.

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Rachel Weisz felt ‘liberated’ working with female director on Black Widow

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is als…

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.

The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is also one of the studio’s first to be directed by a woman, and Rachel found working alongside Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland an eye-opening experience.

“There is something that happens in a scene when a woman is across from another woman,” she told T Magazine’s 2019 The Greats issue of working on the film. “It sounds really pompous, but you are free from the history of ownership – I really mean that. It’s liberating.”

While the studio is renowned for its impressive blockbuster flicks – including Avengers: Endgame, which recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time – Rachel confessed she was surprised by the passion and integrity of those involved behind the scenes.

“It doesn’t feel Hollywood to me, big budget – it feels like the people there are the stewards and guardians of this storytelling they care about,” the 49-year-old considered.

Filming has wrapped on the movie, which is currently in post-production, and Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait for fans to see the finished cut, enthusing: “I love it. I’m so proud of what we made. Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences.”

Black Widow is slated to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Jonah Hill passes on villain role in The Batman – report

Jonah Hill has reportedly exited negotiations regarding a role in The Batman.The two-time Oscar-nominated actor was reportedly offered a role in Matt Reeves’s upcoming superhero movie, which will star Robert Pattinson as Gotham city’s crime-fighting Ca…

Jonah Hill has reportedly exited negotiations regarding a role in The Batman.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actor was reportedly offered a role in Matt Reeves’s upcoming superhero movie, which will star Robert Pattinson as Gotham city’s crime-fighting Caped Crusader, but talks have now broken down between Warner Bros. and Hill, according to editors at Deadline.

The news comes just days after it was confirmed Zoe Kravitz would be playing Selina Kyle and her feline villain alter-ego, Catwoman.

Hill has been in talks with studio bosses for months, and it was reported in September that he was in the early stages of accepting the role of a villain, which multiple outlets had suggested was The Riddler.

It is unknown why the 35-year-old passed on the role, however, sources told Collider that Hill had wanted $10 million (£7.8 million) to play a villain, which is allegedly more than double what Warner Bros. executives are paying Pattinson to play the lead.

The outlet also suggested that while Hill was in talks to play The Riddler, the Superbad star had actually wanted to play the smaller role of the sewer-dwelling Penguin, but director Reeves had already approached another actor for that character.

Hill recently starred opposite Emma Stone in Netflix’s sci-fi series Maniac and was last on the big screen alongside Matthew McConaughey in The Beach Bum earlier this year.

Pre-production on The Batman is expected to begin soon, with filming slated to start in late 2019 or early 2020, ahead of a tentative release date of June 2021.

A rep for Hill has yet to comment on the report.

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