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I N   T H E   U K . . .
  1. > STAN & OLLIE
  2. = THE FAVOURITE
  3. MARY POPPINS RETURNS
  4. AQUAMAN
  5. = BUMBLEBEE
  6. + BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  7. > COLETTE
  8. > THE UPSIDE
  9. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
  10. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Still showing: THE FRONT RUNNER. THE HOUSE BY THE SEA. FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD. HOLMES & WATSON. WELCOME TO MARWEN. LIFE ITSELF. THE 12TH MAN. RBG. CREED II. 1985.

I N   T H E   U S . . .
  1. > THE UPSIDE
  2. AQUAMAN
  3. > A DOG'S WAY HOME
  4. = SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
  5. – ESCAPE ROOM
  6. MARY POPPINS RETURNS
  7. BUMBLEBEE
  8. + ON THE BASIS OF SEX
  9. – THE MULE
  10. VICE
Still showing: SGT WILL GARNER. TOUCH ME NOT. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET. HOLMES & WATSON. LOVE, GILDA. SCAFFOLDING. STAN & OLLIE. DESTROYER. WELCOME TO MARWEN. MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.
 

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D A T E L I N E :   1 6   J A N U A R Y . . .

Tom Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie have announced that they have plans to make MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 and 7, and they'll shoot them back-to-back. McQuarrie is the only filmmaker who has made two M:I movies; the next two are due to be released in 2021 and 2022.


Eddie Murphy is planning COMING TO AMERICA 2, reteaming with his Dolemite Is My Name director Craig Brewer. The script is by Kenya Barris, and follows Murphy's King Akeem as he returns to the USA to find his long-lost son and heir.
Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Reid Scott and Beau Knapp are joining Naomie Harris in BLACK AND BLUE, about a rookie cop in New Orleans whose body camera captures corrupt cops murdering a drug dealer. Then they go after her. Deon Taylor is directing.
Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal have joined the cast of The Sopranos prequel THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK, which traces the rise of the mob in 1960s New Jersey. Alessandro Nivola stars in he film, which is being directed by Alan Taylor.
Jennifer Carpenter and Joel McHale are voicing characters in a new animated MORTAL KOMBAT movie, which aims to reboot the franchise starting with two films. There has been a live-action remake gestating for years.
Mena Suvari, Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer are starring in FLOWER, a thriller about two brothers who, while staging a burglary, find themselves in a battle of wits with a security guard. Writer Alex McAulay is making his directing debut.
Billy Zane will play Marlon Brando in the biopic WALTZING WITH BRANDO, based on the memoir by the movie icon's architect, who built an eco-friendly retreat for the actor in Tahiti. Zane is also producing, while his Posse director Bill Fishman is writing and directing.
Newcomer Rachel Zegler will play Maria in Steven Spielberg's remake of WEST SIDE STORY, opposite Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rita Moreno as Valentina. Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez have also joined the cast, as has Josh Andres Rivera.
Taylor Sheridan will write a film adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel WITHOUT REMORSE, starring Michael B Jordan as a former Navy Seal who is running a military operation to rescue kidnapped war prisoners while at the same time seeking revenge against drug runners who killed his girlfriend. Stefano Sollima is directing.
And Aaron Sorkin is saying that he'd be interested in making a sequel to THE SOCIAL NETWORK, catching up with Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) over the years after they launched Facebook, including a variety of ongoing high-profile scandals.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 3   J A N U A R Y . . .

Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins are joining Mark Ruffalo in a film based on the news article THE LAWYER WHO BECAME DuPONT'S WORSE NIGHTMARE. It's about a corporate lawyer taking on an environmental lawsuit against chemical company DuPont. Costars include Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Victor Garber and Bill Pullman. Todd Haynes is directing.


Jennifer Hudson's long-gestating biopic about Aretha Franklin has finally found a director. Liesl Tommy (The Walking Dead) will direct RESPECT, which follows Franklin's rise from a church choir to crossing over into the pop charts. The script is by Callie Khouri.
Stellan Skarsgard will join Dave Bautista as villains in Denis Villeneuve's new film version of DUNE, which stars Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson. The epic sci-fi story is set on a desert planet that's rich in a spice that's essential to space travel.
Jason Isaacs, Diedrich Bader, Amy Acker, Jim Ward, Anna Vocino and Jason Spisak are among the voice cast for SUPERMAN: RED SON, an animated feature based on Mark Millar's comic. The three-issue story is a what-if narrative in which Kal-El's ship lands in the Soviet Union instead of Middle America.
Karen Gillan wil star in the action thriller GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE, a multi-generational story about a family of female assassins. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are directing from a script they wrote with Ehud Lavski.
Henry Winkler is joining the cast of THE FRENCH DISPATCH, Wes Anderson's new movie, which is said to be a musical. Anderson company players Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Adrian Brody and Bob Balaban are being joined by Timothee Chalamet and Benicio Del Toro.
Caleb Landry Jones will star opposite Tom Hanks in BIOS, a sci-fi drama about an ageing inventor who, believing he's the last man on earth, builds a robot to take care of his dog after he dies. The trick it teaching it humanity. Miguel Sapochnik is directing.
David Spade will star in THE WRONG MISSY, reteaming with Father of the Year director Tyler Spindel for the comedy about a man who meets his dream girl and, on a whim, invites her along on his company retreat. But an ex turns up instead. Adam Sandler is producing.
Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) is joining John Cena in PLAYING WITH FIRE, a comedy about wild-fire fighters who spend Christmas at their station taking care of three livewire orphans. Andy Fickman is directing from a script by Matt Liebermann.
And it's looking like DC Comics has plans to revive THE GREEN LANTERN. Ryan Reynolds played him in a 2011 bomb that he loves poking fun at. The new version would centre on a different incarnation of the superhero. Dave Goyer and Justin Rhodes are working on the script.

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D A T E L I N E :   9   J A N U A R Y . . .

Margot Robbie's BARBIE movie is back in motion. Robbie is producing the film and starring in what looks like a reverent, inspirational live-action movie based on the globally popular doll. This is the first film made by Mattel's new film division.


Dave Bautista has joined the cast of DUNE, the new adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel series about a desert planet that is rich in an essential spice. Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson star in the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Dave Franco is being lined up to play Vanilla Ice in the biopic TO THE EXTREME, tracing Robert Van Winkle's journey from a Texan high school dropout to a chart-topping rapper. Chris Goodwin and Phil Van are writing the script; James Franco is producing.
Michael Pena has joined the cast of the comedy LEXI, which stars Adam Devine as a guy who falls in love with the artificial intelligence app in his phone. Alexandra Shipp costars in the film, which is being written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Filming is underway in San Francisco.
Suki Waterhouse is joining Keira Knightley in MISBEHAVIOUR, a black comedy set around the 1970 Miss World competition, which was disrupted by women's liberation activists. Costars include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville and Phyllis Logan.
Danny DeVito is the latest new cast member for the JUMANJI sequel, which again stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillen as videogame avatars. Awkwafina has also joined the cast; Jake Kasdan is back as director.
Kevin Conroy and Susan Eisenberg will lead the voice cast of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS THE FATAL FIVE, an animated adventure based on the DC Comic about superheroes chasing a group of time-traveling villains. Also in the cast are Diane Guerrero, Elyes Gabel, Tom Kenny and George Newborn.
Filmmaker Brad Bird has announced that his next project will be a live-action musical that features an extended animated sequence. Michael Giacchino is composing the music for the film, which is otherwise being kept under wraps at this point.
Former child actor Alex Winter will direct the documentary SHOWBIZ KIDS, which explores the lives of a variety of children who work in show business. The film intends to include some of the most famous child actors in the world.
And even though it was a critical miss, the team is reassembling for a VENOM sequel. Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson will be back, as will screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Although producers are seeking a new director for this one, as Ruben Fleischer has other projects in the works.

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