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I N   T H E   U K   (13th Mar) . . .
  1. = ONWARD
  2. = THE INVISIBLE MAN
  3. > THE HUNT
  4. > BLOODSHOT
  5. MILITARY WIVES
  6. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
  7. > MISBEHAVIOUR
  8. > MY SPY
  9. PARASITE
  10. DARK WATERS
Still showing: AND THEN WE DANCED. BACURAU. RUN. WE. CUNNINGHAM. FANTASY ISLAND. EMMA. ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA. CALM WITH HORSES. THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND.

I N   T H E   U S   (13th Mar) . . .
  1. > ONWARD
  2. > BLOODSHOT
  3. > I STILL BELIEVE
  4. THE INVISIBLE MAN
  5. > THE HUNT
  6. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
  7. THE WAY BACK
  8. THE CALL OF THE WILD
  9. EMMA
  10. – BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
Still showing: BREAKING FAST. BIRDS OF PREY. ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA. SORRY WE MISSED YOU. BACURAU. THE DARK RED. 1917. FANTASY ISLAND. SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. GUNS AKIMBO.
 
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Kristin Stewart will play Princess Diana in SPENCER, a biopic that is set over a momentous three days from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day in the early 1990s as Diana realises that her marriage is never going to work, and she's never going to be queen. Pablo Larrain (who made the similarly offbeat biopic Jackie) is directing from a script by Steven Knight.


Will Smith will star in the thriller EMANCIPATION, based on the true story of a runaway slave who outwitted hunters in the Louisiana bayou while trying to reach the Union Army. Antoine Fuqua is directing the film from a script by William Collage.
Oscar Isaac will star in the sci-fi movie LONDON, based on a short story by novelist Jo Nesbo. The film is being described as a high-concept thriller, although plot details are being kept under wraps. Ben Stiller is directing from a screenplay by Eric Roth.
Kaitlyn Dever is lined up to play a lead role in DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of the acclaimed stage musical with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt will reprise his role as the title character.
Gabrielle Union will produce and star in THE PERFECT FIND, about a fashion journalist who discovers that her new boyfriend is the son of her antagonistic new boss. Numa Perrier (Jezebel) is directing from a script by Leigh Davenport.
Lily James will star in PEGGY JO, a true-crime drama about a woman in the rural American South who posed as a man to support her family, and became a legendary bank robber who never carried a gun. Phillip Noyce is directing from a script by Robert Knott.
Matthias Schoenaerts will star in WILDLANDS, about a jaded bomb disposal specialist who finds new purpose when he's sent to Angola to clear minefields. Kim Mordaunt is directing and cowriting with John Collee. Tom Hardy is producing.
Diana Rigg, Tom Felton, Ian Hart, Niamh Algar and Tom Glynn-Carney will team up for BURIAL, about a group of Russian soldiers at the end of WWII who are tasked with delivering Hitler's remains to Stalin in Moscow. Ben Parker is writing and directing.
Elijah Wood will star in NO MAN OF GOD, based on the transcripts of prison conversations between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Bundy over the course of five years. Amber Sealey is directing from a script by C Robert Cargill.
And Bear Grylls is producing a remake of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, an action adventure set in present-day Afghanistan. This take on the story centres on two special forces soldiers dealing with their camaraderie and rivalry while on a mission. Tom Williams (Kajaki) is adapting the script.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 7   J U N E . . .

Tessa Thompson and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) will star in BALESTRA, a psychological thriller about a disgraced fencer hoping to make a comeback at the Olympics using a device that allows her to continue training while lucid dreaming. Nicole Dorsey is directing.


Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Millie Davis (Wonder) and Faran Tahir (Iron Man) are voicing characters in LAMYA'S POEM, an animated adventure about a 12-year-old Syrian refugee who uses a book by 13th century poet Rami to escape from her grim reality. Alexander Kronemer is writing and directing.
Keira Knightly will produce and star in THE OTHER TYPIST, a thriller series set in Prohibition-era New York City. It's about a timid secretary who is drawn into a shady underworld by a glamorous colleague. Ilene Chaiken is adapting the novel.
Viggo Mortensen is reteaming with Green Book director Peter Farrelly for THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER, based on the true story of a man who left New York in 1967 to deliver beers to his childhood pals while they were fighting in Vietnam.
Patrick Wilson and Charlie Plummer are joining the cast of MOONFALL, a disaster adventure about a group of experts who trying to keep the moon from crashing into the Earth. The film also stars Halle Berry and Josh Gad; Roland Emmerich is directing.
Miles Teller will star in NOT WITHOUT HOPE, based on the true story of a group of friends who head out into the Gulf of Mexico on a day trip, where they are capsized by a severe storm. Rupert Wainwright is directing from a script by E Nicholas Mariani.
Tika Sumpter will star in THE ANCESTOR, which is being described as a Get Out-style psychological thriller. It's about a med student who finds herself in a terrifying situation. Michael B Jordan is producing the film, which was written by Kay Oyegun (This Is Us).
Mandip Gill (Doctor Who) and Georgia Hirst (Vikings) will star in FIVE DATES, an interactive romantic comedy about a millennial in London who joins a dating app during lockdown. Costars include Marisa Abela, Taheen Modak and singer Sinead Harnett. Paul Raschid is writing and directing.
Writer-producer Jason Kim (Girls, Barry) will adapt RUNNING OUT OF CHILDREN, a drama about grandmothers who finally got the chance to attend school, filling out the seats in classrooms that were empty due to declining birth rates.
And Pierce Brosnan will star in YOUTH, a sci-fi thriller based on a short film set in the near future as a 70-year-old retiree and his wife who decide to have their bodies' biological clock reversed back to their prime. But the procedure goes awry. Brett Marty is directing.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 4   J U N E . . .

David Oyelowo is producing, while Denzel Whitaker is writing and directing, the short film 5150, starring Jovan Adepo (Watchmen). It's about an arrogant young celebrity whose erratic behaviour leads to him being confined in a psychiatric facility.


Allison Janney and John Hawkes will join Andrea Riseborough in TO LESLIE, a drama about a single mother whose life takes a turn for the worse when she wins the lottery. Years later, she's trying to rebuild her life. Michael Morris is directing.
Elisabeth Moss will reunite with The Handmaid's Tale director Daina Reid for the horror film RUN RABBIT RUN, about a fertility doctor who must confront a ghost from her past when her daughter starts behaving strangely. The script is by Hannah Kent.
Keke Palmer will produce and star in ALICE, a thriller based on the true story of a slave in 19th century Georgia who escapes from the plantation and is shocked to discover that it's actually 1973. Krystin Ver Linden is writing and directing.
Thomasin McKenzie is in training to become a ballet dancer for her role in JOIKA, based on the true story of Joy Womack, one of the few foreigners who attended Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Womack herself is overseeing McKenzie's training. James Napier Robertson is directing.
Jamie King is joining Bruce Willis in the thriller OUT OF DEATH, about a woman on a hike who witnesses a crime and, while trying to get away from a gang of baddies, seeks help from a retired forest ranger. Mike Burns is directing from a script by Bill Lawrence.
Meanwhile, Willis has two more films in the works: RUN OF THE HITMAN is about a mercenary trying to stop a corrupt government official from taking over his business, and KILLING FIELD is about a cop and a pair of violent criminals who invade a woman's peaceful, isolated farm.
Ol Parker (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) will write and direct THIS IS CHANCE, based on a novel about the real-life 1964 mega-earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. The story centres on a radio reporter who helps bring the community together in the aftermath.
Timur Bekmambetov is planning five more movies following on from Searching and Unfriended, in which all the action takes place on a phone or computer screen. Proposed projects include sequels to both SEARCHING and the hitman thriller WANTED.
And Lionel Richie is developing ALL NIGHT LONG, a movie musical based on his songs. The plan is to make a sort of biopic, including songs from his time in The Commodores. Pete Charelli (Crazy Rich Asians) is writing the script.

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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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