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B O X   O F F I C E
who’s making the money
F I L M   N E W S
who’s making the headlines
I N   T H E   U K . . .
  1. = ONWARD
  2. + TROLLS WORLD TOUR
  3. + DREAMBUILDERS
  4. + DIRTY DANCING
  5. + THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
  6. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
  7. > STAGE MOTHER
  8. + THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  9. + THE INVISIBLE MAN
  10. – BLACK WATER: ABYSS

I N   T H E   U S . . .
  1. > THE RENTAL
  2. > THE BIG UGLY
  3. – RELIC
  4. = THE WRETCHED
  5. – FOLLOWED
  6. – BECKY
  7. + GUEST ARTIST
  8. + THE PAINTED BIRD
  9. – ARCHIVE
  10. HUMAN CAPITAL

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   A U G U S T . . .

Amy Adams will produce and star in the black comedy NIGHTBITCH, based on the forthcoming novel about new parents who are worried that their baby girl may be turning into a dog. Novelist Rachel Yoder is writing the screenplay.


Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer, Carla Gugino and Debra Winger are among the vast all-star cast of WITH/IN, an anthology of shorts inspired by the pandemic lockdown. Actor-directors include Chris Cooper, Sanaa Lathan, Rosie Perez, Griffin Dunne, Gina Gershon, Bill Camp and Elizabeth Marvel.
Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer will star in INVASION, a thriller about young brothers who go on the run with their Marine dad, who's trying to protect them from an alien threat. Michael Pearce (Beast) is directing and cowriting with Joe Barton.
Millie Bobby Brown will star in the thriller THE GIRLS I'VE BEEN, based on a forthcoming novel about a con-artist using her skills to get herself, her girlfriend and her ex-boyfriend out of a hostage situation. Brown is also producing the film with Jason Bateman.
Ariel Winter and her boyfriend Luke Benward will star in DON'T LOG OFF, a thriller about six friends attending a surprise party when the birthday girl suddenly goes missing. Costars include Ashley Argota, Sterling Beaumon, Kara Royster, Jack Griffo, Brielle Barbusca and Khylin Rhambo.
Jean-Claude Van Damme will star in the action-comedy THE LAST MERCENARY, as a former secret service agent whose estranged son (Samir Decazza) is wrongly accused of drugs and arms trafficking. The cast includes Miou-Miou, Valerie Kaprisky, Alban Ivanov, Assa Sylla, Patrick Timsit and Eric Judor. David Charhon is directing.
Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) will play Sammy Davis Jr in SCANDALOUS, a biopic that centres on Davis' notorious romance with actress Kim Novak, which blew up in the gossip magazines. Janet Mock (Pose) is directing from a script by Matthew Fantaci.
Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix will produce THE END OF MEDICINE, a documentary about diseases that spread from animals to threaten humanity. Work began on the film last year, months before the emergence of Covid-19. Alex Lockwood is directing.
Seth Rogen is teaming up with Luca Guadagnino to make a biopic about Scotty Bowers, the legendary hustler who arranged secret liaisons for Hollywood's closeted movie stars from the 1940s to the 1980s. Rogen is producing and writing with Evan Goldberg, while Guadagnino will direct.
And Kevin Smith is developing an animated series based on the 1930s radio series THE GREEN HORNET. Nearly 20 years ago, Smith wrote a script for a feature film adaptation, which ultimately went another direction. This new series will follow the crime-fighting antics of the son of the original Green Hornet and the daughter of the original Kato.

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D A T E L I N E :   2 9   J U L Y . . .

Sam Rockwell is lined up to play country legend Merle Haggard in a biopic base don the singer's memoir SING ME BACK HOME, which will be set in the 1960s. Robin Bissell is directing and cowriting with Theresa Haggard (Merle's widow). Rockwell will sing the songs himself.


George Clooney is lined up to direct, produce and possibly star in THE TENDER BAR, based on JR Moehringer's memoir about growing up in Long Island and seeking father figures at his uncle's neighbourhood bar. William Monahan is writing the script.
Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy are reteaming for an action-adventure movie about an astronaut who travels back in time and works with his younger self. The film was originally pitched eight years ago with Tom Cruise starring. Jonathan Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You) is writing the script.
Meanwhile, Levy is teaming up with James Wan to make MY WIFE & I BOUGHT A RANCH, about a couple that finds their dream property in Idaho then discovers that it's haunted. Harrison Query is writing the script based on his brother Matt's short story.
Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Dolly Wells and Beattie Edmondson have joined the three-part series THE PURSUIT OF LOVE, based on the novel about two young women (Lily James and Emily Beecham) looking for husbands in between the two world wars. Emily Mortimer is writing, directing and costarring.
Lucy Hale and Nicholas Gonzalez will star in the thriller BORREGO, about a botanist working in the desert when she finds a downed plane and is taken captive by a drug mule. Costars include Leynar Gomez, Olivia Trujillo and Jorge Jimenez. Jesse Harris is writing and directing.
Scream costars Carlson Young and John Karna are starring in LOVE IN ISOLATION, about two young people who meet on a dating app but are unable to meet due to the pandemic lockdown. The story plays out on their phone screens. Jeremy Coleman and Noah Rinsky are writing and directing.
Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), Bryan Batt and Marlene Forte are joining the cast of NIGHT TEETH, a thriller about a young chauffeur (Jorge Lendeborg Jr) who picks up two women for a night of partying in Los Angeles. But they're creatures of the underworld. Costars include Alfie Allen, Raul Castillo, Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry. Adam Randall is directing.
Vicky Jensen (Shrek) will direct SPELLBOUND, an animated musical adventure about a young girl who must break a curse that has divided her kingdom in half. The songs are being written by Alan Menken.
And THE KISSING BOOTH will get a second sequel, as it turns out that the cast and crew secretly shot part 3 as they made the just-released part 2. Joey King, Joel Courtney and Jacob Elord star in the teen romcoms, which are written and directed by Vince Marcello.

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witherspoon

D A T E L I N E :   2 6   J U L Y . . .

Cynthia Erivo will star in the musical TALENT SHOW, about a failed songwriter who returns home to lead a group of at-risk young people as they perform in a local theatrical showcase. Gandja Monteiro (The Chi) is directing from a script by Lena Waithe.


Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington will reteam for LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND, about a family that rents a holiday home on Long Island. Then the owners return telling them that New York City is under attack, and all communications are cut off. Sam Esmail is writing and directing.
Elisabeth Moss will star in and produce BLACK MATCH, a neo-noir anthology thriller series set in present-day Los Angeles. Plot details are still under wraps. Mike Barker is directing from a script by Ian McCulloch.
Donald Glover is set to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian for a spin-off series rather than an actual Solo sequel. There's no official word on this, but rumours are swirling. Other incoming Star Wars spin-off series include Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi and Diego Luna's Rogue One character Cassian Andor.
Dave Franco will play rapper Vanilla Ice in the biopic TO THE EXTREME, tracing the life of Rob Van Winkle from dropping out of high school to selling cars to topping the charts in the 1990s. The Black List script is by Chris Goodwin and Phillip Van.
Taron Egerton will star in TETRIS, a biopic about videogame entrepreneur Henk Rogers, who had to take Robert Maxwell to court in order to secure the rights to the iconic 1980s game he invented with Russian designer Alexey Pajitnov. Jon S Baird is directing.
Gael Garcia Bernal is joining the cast of M Night Shyamalan's next mystery-thriller, which is of course still being kept secret. Costars include Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Ken Leung.
Kenan Thompson, Ally Maki, Timothy Simons and Chris Parnell are joining the cast of the HOME ALONE reboot, alongside Archie Yates, Mikey Day, Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper. Dan Mazer is directing from a script by Day and Streeter Seidell.
Noah Centineo has joined Dwayne Johnson in the Shazam spin-off BLACK ADAM. He'll play Atom Smasher, a guy who can control his molecular structure and change his size, strength and resilience. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing from a script by Adam Sztykiel.
And Reese Witherspoon will produce and perhaps appear in WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, based on the novel about a young woman who grows up in a North Carolina marsh, becomes an author and is accused of murder. Olivia Newman (First Match) is directing from a script by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

OLDER NEWS >>

F E A T U R E S
beyond the big screen...

Electronic: Got to Keep On
Kraftwerk to Chemical Brothers exhibition at the Design Museum

Event: Positively Offensive
A virtual fashion launch with a workout, drinking games, BBQ and more...

July TV Roundup
Normal People, Mrs America,
Killing Eve, The Politician, more...

SCREEN: Summer TV Roundup Part 1 - Hollywood, The Great, Run, Dave, Upload, The Eddy, Dead to Me...

SCREEN: Spring TV Roundup - Schitt's Creek, Tiger King, Picard, Devs, Unorthodox, Quiz and more...

STAGE: Sending out an SOS - Message in a Bottle at The Peacock

STAGE: Supernatural fluidity - Alina Cojocaru at Sadler's Wells...

EXHIBITION: Dancing queens - Abba: Super Troupers at the O2 until 31st August 2020...


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