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Glenn Close, Mila Kunis and Stephen Root are starring in FOUR GOOD DAYS, which starts shooting in Los Angeles next week with director Rodrigo Garcia. It's about a woman helping her daughter begin her recovery from drug addiction. The script was cowritten by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eli Saslow.


Morgan Freeman will star in LUCCA MORTIS, playing a writer who decides to take one last big adventure before he dies, so he takes his family to Italy to trace his roots. Peter Greenaway is writing and directing; Freeman is also producing.
It's official: Eddie Murphy will be back for a fourth BEVERLY HILLS COP movie. The project has been in the works for more than a decade. After the first hit film in 1984, there were a number of less successful sequels and spinoffs, including an abandoned TV series.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to join the cast of THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, Aaron Sorkin's movie about the infamous 1969 trial of a group of political protesters. The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong and Frank Langella.
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson are reuniting for a third CLERKS movie. Smith says this is a new script (as opposed to the one he tried to film a few years back), and that it concludes a trilogy about the New Jersey chickleheads.
Mira Sorvino and Andy Buckley will star in MOST GUYS ARE LOSERS, a comedy-drama based on the true story of a university student from California who travels to Chicago for Thanksgiving to meet his girlfriend's dad, who wrote a dating book. Eric Ustian is writing and directing.
Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), Madison Iseman (Annabelle Comes Home), Jacques Colimon (The Society) and Ivan Shaw (Pearson) will star in NOCTURNE, a supernatural thriller about a pianist who makes a Faustian bargain to be better than her sister. Zu Quirke is writing and directing.
Chloe Coleman (Big Little Lies) is joining Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in MARRY ME, a romantic comedy about a pop superstar who has a meltdown on-stage when she discovers that her rocker fiance is cheating on her, and she picks a random guy from the audience to marry instead. Kat Coiro is directing.
Eli Roth will produce the horror film 10-31, about a young woman who takes her niece and nephew out trick or treating for Halloween, then discovers a note saying that there's a serial killer on her street. Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble (Office Uprising) are writing the script.
And after Aladdin this summer and the forthcoming THE GENTLEMAN, Guy Ritchie has apparently lined up his next project as writer-director: a crime thriller titled VIGILANCE. It's about an American woman working for an armoured van company in London when a heist goes down.

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Aidan Turner has joined the cast of THE LAST PLANET, Terrence Malick's film about the life of Jesus (Geza Rohrig) costarring Mark Rylance, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Kingsley, Joseph Fiennes and Douglas Booth. Filming is underway in Italy.


David Strathairn is the latest new cast member for Guillermo del Toro's remake of the classic movie NIGHTMARE ALLEY, which stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Rooney Mara. It's about a con artist who teams with a psychologist to go on a criminal spree.
Finn Wittrock and Zoe Chao will star in the romance LONG WEEKEND, about a struggling writer whose life is upended when he meets a mysterious woman. Costars include Damon Wayans Jr, Wendon McLendon-Covey, Jim Rash and Casey Wilson. Steve Basilone is directing.
Iwan Rheon, Stephanie Leonidas and Erin Richards will star in SUPPRESSION, a horror thriller about a grieving couple given an alternative treatment to deal with their violent urges. J Mackye Gruber is directing from a script by Joseph Baker.
Jess Weixler, Stefanie Scott, Odessa Adlon, Gene Jones and Michael Abbot Jr will star in HELL HOUSE, about a complicated friendship in a small Southern town on the eve of a religious-themed Halloween haunted house. Andrew Gori is writing and directing.
Jonah Hauer-King and Cameron Cuffe are contending for the lead role as Prince Eric in Disney's live-action remake of its animated musical THE LITTLE MERMAID, which stars Halle Bailey. Costars include Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Rob Marshall is directing.
Francois Cluzet, Matilda de Angelis and Thomas Wlaschiha will star in THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF ROSE ISLAND, a comedy based on the true story of engineer Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano), who founded his own country on an island off the Italian coast. Sydney Sibilia is directing.
Ursula Corbero will play the villainous Baroness in SNAKE EYES, the GI Joe spin-off starring Henry Golding, Andrew Koji. Sienna Miller played the role in 2009's The Rise of Cobra. Robert Schwentke is directing.
Comedian Melinda Hill is joining the comedy LOVE, WEDDINGS AND OTHER DISASTERS, starring Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons and Maggie Grace. The film follows the messy relationships among a group of people who plan weddings.
And now that Sony and Disney have made a deal, Jon Watts is returning to direct a third SPIDER-MAN movie starring Tom Holland, following on from Homecoming and Far From Home. Holland will also play the role in at least one more Avengers movie.

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Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are all returning to the Jurassic franchise for the third JURASSIC WORLD movie, which will again star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Colin Trevorror is back as director, and has written the script with Emily Carmichael.


Bruce Dern, Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Zach McGowan, Jamie Kennedy and Jack McGee will star in the comedy CRABS IN A BUCKET, about a property developer who returns to his childhood neighbourhood for his mother's funeral and discovers he has inherited the local pub.
Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline will reunite for a third film together, THE GOOD HOUSE, based on the novel about a small-town realtor in a Boston suburb whose alcoholism begins to unravel her life as a mother and grandmother, just as she begins a new romance. Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky are writing and directing.
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman are lined up to star in a new film based on the board game CLUE. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool) are working on the script. Reynolds is also producing, while Bateman will be directing.
Will Smith will star as criminal boss Nicky Barnes in THE COUNCIL, a thriller about the seven men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s. The story centres on the relationship between Barnes and a young protege. Peter Landesman is directing.
Jodie Comer is set to join Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in THE LAST DUEL, the 14th century drama about a man who returns from war and discovers that a friend has raped his wife. Their confrontation was the last legally sanctioned duel in France. Ridley Scott is directing from a script by Nicole Holofcener.
Bella Thorne, Ken Marino, Leslie Bibb, Robbie Amell, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee and Andrew Bachelor will all be back for a sequel to THE BABYSITTER, even though several of their characters didn't survive the first movie, in with a kid discovers that his sitter is the leader of a satanic cult. McG is also back as director.
Ashton Sanders is joining Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons and Dominique Fishback in JESUS WAS MY HOMEBOY, about how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers. Ryan Coogler is producing, while Shaka King is directing.
James Urbaniak, Elaine Hendrix, Akono Dixon and John Higgins will star in THE COUNTRY CLUB, a comedy about teens competing in a golfing tournament. Fiona Robert is directing and cowriting with Sophia Robert, and both are also costarring in the film.
And Thomas Francis Murphy (The Walking Dead) is joining Tom Hanks in NEWS OF THE WORLD, based on the novel set just after the American Civil War about a reporter who takes a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) to her relatives. Paul Greengrass is directing.

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NEWS SOURCES: Dark Horizons. Digital Spy. The Hollywood Reporter. Deadline. The Wrap. BBC. IMDb. Rotten Tomatoes.
ALSO: Ain't It Cool News. British Film Institute. CNN. Empire. Entertainment Weekly. Evening Standard.
Film Threat. The Guardian. indieWire. Screen International. Sight and Sound. Variety.

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