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I N   T H E   U K . . .
  1. + HOME ALONE
  2. + HONEST THIEF
  3. THE SECRET GARDEN
  4. – TWO BY TWO: OVERBOARD
  5. + WOLFWALKERS
  6. + ELF
  7. + A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
  8. = TENET
  9. + BACK TO THE FUTURE
  10. + HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
Still showing: ANOTHER ROUND. THE RINGMASTER. COLLECTIVE. A CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM BOB. SUPERNOVA. MANGROVE. PATRICK. NUCLEAR. NO HARD FEELINGS.

I N   T H E   U S . . .
  1. > THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
  2. – FREAKY
  3. THE WAR WITH GRANDPA
  4. – LET HIM GO
  5. – COME PLAY
  6. = HONEST THIEF
  7. + ELF
  8. + TENET
  9. – THE SANTA CLAUSE
  10. + CHRISTMAS VACATION
Still showing: UNCLE FRANK. STARDUST. A CHRISTMAS CAROL. BUDDY GAMES. ZAPPA. VANGUARD. MANGROVE. MANK. ROOBHA. DIVINE LOVE.
T O P   S T R E A M E R S . . .

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D A T E L I N E :   2   D E C E M B E R . . .

Drake is Barack Obama's choice to play him in a biopic based on his memoir A PROMISED LAND. The actor-musician first said he's like the role 10 years ago. Obama has previously been played on-screen by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Parker Sawyers and Devon Terrell.


Hugh Grant is teaming up with Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror) to make a mock-documentary about the events of the 2020. Details are being kept under wraps, but Grant describes the historian he is playing as "pretty repellent actually".
Jacki Weaver, Isla Fisher, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Tim Minchin, Rachel House, Wayne Knight and Keith Urban will voice characters in the animated adventure-comedy BACK TO THE OUTBACK. It's about a ragtag group of animals plotting their escape from an Australian zoo.
Alicia Witt is joining the cast of the thriller ALICE, about a slave who escapes from a Southern plantation and discovers that it's actually 1973. The film also stars Keke Palmer, Common, Jonny Lee Miller and Gaius Charles. Krystin Ver Linden is writing and directing.
Judy Davis, Caleb Landry Jones, Anthony Lapaglia and Essie Davis will star in NITRAM, a dramatisation of the tragic 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Director Justin Kurzel is currently filming from a script by Shaun Grant.
Hiroyuki Sanada is joining the all-star ensemble cast of BULLET TRAIN, David Leitch's action thriller about assassins travelling high-speed across Japan. Also on board are Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Joey King and Masi Oka.
Denzel Whitaker, Eric Roberts, Clare Grant, Matt Rife, Erik Griffin, Elijah Boothe and Eugenia Kuzmina will star in the mystery thriller THE PRIVATE EYE, about a Los Angeles private investigator hired by a naggingly familiar woman for an unusual case. Jack Cook is directing.
Tenoch Huerta is lined up to play a villain in BLACK PANTHER 2, which is set to film next summer. There's no word on how the script will deal with Chadwick Boseman's death, while Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are set to return.
Darius McCrary will star in and make his directing debut with DEVINE ORDER, a thriller about a wealthy woman trying to stay a step ahead of police who are investigating her husband's death, which is entangled in the drugs and sex-trafficking trade.
And David Lynch is working on something called WISTERIA, which might be his first feature since 2006's Inland Empire. Or it could be a series for Netflix. No one is saying anything, but filming is scheduled to kick off in the spring.

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D A T E L I N E :   2 9   N O V E M B E R . . .

Channing Tatum will reteam with filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller for a comical, modern-day twist on one of Universal's classic monster movies. Much of the project is being kept under wraps, from who is acting or directing to the monster in question. The script is by Wes Tooke.


Chris Hemsworth will indeed be back for a sequel to EXTRACTION, again written by Joe and Anthony Russo. Director Sam Hargrave is also back on board, and will be collaborating on the script this time. Aside from lots of action, there's no word yet on the plot.
Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon will star in RADIOSCOPIE, the next film by Claire Denis. It's set around the Radio France headquarters in Paris' 16th arrondissement. Denis will make this film before moving on to THE STARS AT NOON, starring Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley.
Tyler Perry, Melanie Lynskey and Ron Perlman are joining DON'T LOOK UP, Adam McKay's all-star satire about scientists trying to warn the world of an impending meteor strike. Already on board: Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Timothee Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Himesh Patel, Matthew Perry and Ariana Grande.
Peter Vack (Homeland) and Annet Mahendru (The Walking Dead: World Beyond) will star in the horror movie GROW, about a man who is imprisoned and impregnated by an ancient cult. Brian Gottleib is writing and directing.
Anna Schafer and Matt Medrano will star in WHOSE CHILD, about a woman who is assigned to be an "auntie" for a young hospital patient who is in a coma after a severe head injury. When she realises that he's the victim of domestic abuse, she steps in to change the system.
Britt Baron (Glow) and Caleb Foote (The Kids Are Alright) will star in AMY AND PETER ARE GETTING DIVORCED, a romantic-comedy about how a group of friends react when a couple splits up. Costars include Will Ropp, Yuri Sardarov, Caroline Harris and Natalie Rousseau. Director April Moreau shot the film in locations where the cast have been locked down.
Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard (aka musical duo Florida Georgia Line) are teaming up with director TK McKamy to make an original country music movie that will include both reworked classics and new songs. McKamy has created musicals with several country artists, including Tim McGraw and Maren Morris.
Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is on board to direct a new PREDATOR movie, from a script by Patrick Aison (Jack Ryan). Apparently, this isn't a sequel to Shane Black's 2018 reboot, but how it connects to the franchise is being kept under wraps.
And Jay-Z is producing the thriller FORTY ACRES, based on the novel about a civil rights lawyer who must fight for his life when he's invited to join an elite organisation and learns a terrifying secret. Luke Cage creator Cheo Hodari Coker is writing the script.

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D A T E L I N E :   2 5   N O V E M B E R . . .

Joaquin Phoenix is lined up to star in BEAU IS AFRAID, the next surreal horror thriller written and directed by Ari Aster. It's about a nervous man who makes a jarring discovery about his own past after his mother's mysterious death.


Saoirse Ronan, David Oyelowo and Sam Rockwell will star in a murder mystery set in 1950s London, as a Hollywood film producer tries to turn a hit West End play into a movie. Tom George (This Country) is directing from a script by Mark Chappell.
Ryan Reynolds will be back for a third DEADPOOL movie, which will maintain its more adult-oriented approach while also being more integrated with the Marvel movie franchise. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin (Bob's Burgers) are writing the script.
Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener and Jennifer Garner are joining Reynolds in the action-adventure THE ADAM PROJECT, about a man who must travel back in time to get help from his 13-year-old self and confront his father. Shawn Levy is directing.
Anthony Mackie will star in the thriller THE OGUN, about a man who takes his daughter to Nigeria in search of a cure for a genetic condition. Then she's kidnapped and he has limited time to rescue her. The script is by Madison Turner, a former stuntman.
Zachary Levi, Peter Facinelli, Meghann Fahy and Jacob Laval will star in the inspirational drama THE UNBREAKABLE BOY, as a man whose young autistic son has brittle-bone disease as well as a joyous personality that uplifts everyone he meets. Jon Gunn is writing and directing.
Nelly, Colin Hanks and Dianne Guerrero have joined the cast of CLEAR LAKE, a biopic about musical icon Buddy Holly (Ruairi O'Connor), who died in an Iowa plane crash in 1959. Nelly is playing Chuck Berry in the film, which Bruce Beresford is directing.
Aml Ameen, Aja Naomi King, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock will star in BOXING DAY, a holiday rom-com about an author who returns home to London to introduce his American fiancee to his British-Caribbean family. Ameen is also making his directing debut and cowriting the script.
Richard Dreyfuss and Taryn Manning are joining Mike Hatton in the action thriller EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM, and the plot is being kept under wraps. Christian Sesma is directing. Brian Hayes Currie, Nick Vallelonga and Paul Sloan costar.
And Neil Patrick Harris is joining the cast of THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, the meta-comedy starring Nicolas Cage as a fictional version of himself who is hired to attend the birthday party of a crime-boss superfan. Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish and Sharon Horgan costar. Tom Gormican is directing.

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keough
jolie
pratt
harris

D A T E L I N E :   2 2   N O V E M B E R . . .

Lady Gaga and Zazie Beetz have joined the cast of BULLET TRAIN, David Leitch's action thriller about a group of competing assassins on a high-speed rail journey through Japan. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Joey King, Masi Oka and Andrew Joji.


Jake Gyllenhaal, Dylan O'Brien and Eiza Gonzalez are lined up to star in AMBULANCE, a more action-oriented remake of the 2005 Danish psychological thriller about a war veteran and his brother who botch a bank robbery and end up hijacking an ambulance with the patient inside. Michael Bay is directing.
Meanwhile, Riley Keough, Peter Sarsgaard and Ethan Hawke will join Gyllenhaal in THE GUILTY, the remake of the 2018 Danish real-time thriller set in an emergency call centre as an operator tries to save a caller who's in danger. Costars include Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Paul Dano, Beau Knapp and Adrian Martinez. Antoine Fuqua is directing.
Angelina Jolie will direct UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR, a biopic about British war photojournalist Don McCullin, whose 60-year career covered conflicts from Europe to Southeast Asia. Tom Hardy is producing; Gregory Burke is writing the script.
Chris Pratt will join the cast for Taika Waititi's sequel THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, which again stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, plus Christian Bale as the villain of the piece. Filming is set to start in Australia in January.
Naomie Harris, Awkwafina and Glenn Close are joining Mahershala Ali in SWAN SONG, a drama set in the near future, as people are challenged to make a sacrifice to give their loved ones a happier life. Oscar-winner Benjamin Cleary is writing and directing.
Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce are joining the cast of ALL THE OLD KNIVES, which stars Chris Pine and Thandie Newton as ex-lovers having a tense reunion to talk about working together as spies during a calamitous hijacking. Olen Steinhauer adapted his own novel for the screen.
Scott Eastwood will star in DANGEROUS, opposite Tyrese Gibson, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand and Mel Gibson. It's about a reformed criminal taking on a gang of mercenaries who were involved in the death of his brother. David Hackl is directing.
Michael Angarano, Michael Cera and Maya Erskine will team up for SACRAMENTO, about two life-long friends who take a road trip from Los Angeles to Sacramento, while sorting out issues in their lives. Angarano is directing and cowriting with Chris Smith.
And Sylvester Stallone apparently has a cameo in James Gunn's forthcoming THE SUICIDE SQUAD sequel/reboot. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney will all be returning, plus Idris Elba, John Cena and Pete Davidson.

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