Why Eliminating the Paramount Antitrust Decrees Won’t Shake Up the Movie Business

The Paramount Decrees have been the rules of the road for Hollywood since the golden age of movies, but the Justice Department’s decision to do away with directives that were hammered out decades before the rise of cable or streaming has barely registered within the entertainment industry.

That’s because they are widely seen as anachronisms — an attempt by the federal government to break up the stranglehold that studios once maintained on the business by preventing them from owning both the means of production and distribution. Under the regulations, a group of movie companies, which includes the aforementioned Paramount, as well as Universal, Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Sony and United Artists were barred from owning major theater circuits. But some of these companies, such as Sony, Paramount, and Warner Bros. still managed to make tentative steps into the exhibition space over the years, owning stakes in theater chains,

Noah Hawley to Write and Direct Next ‘Star Trek’ Movie
Noah Hawley to Write and Direct Next ‘Star Trek’ Movie

Fargo” and “Legion” creator Noah Hawley has been tapped to write and direct the next installment of the “Star Trek” franchise, sources tell Variety.

Though plot details are being kept under wraps, sources tell Variety the next “Star Trek” is expected to see Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana returning to man the U.S.S. Enterprise.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will return to produce, with Hawley also producing through his 26 Keys production banner.

This will serve as the fourth movie in the cinematic series, and is separate from another “Star Trek” pic that Paramount is developing with Quentin Tarantino producing and Mark L. Smith writing.

The studio had tried to launch the fourth film last year, with S.J. Clarkson directing and Chris Hemsworth joining the cast to reprise the role of Pine’s father. That film was shelved when deals could not be reached, but the studio

Another ‘Turn of the Screw’ Adaptation – the Third Arriving in 2020 – is Coming to Quibi
Another ‘Turn of the Screw’ Adaptation – the Third Arriving in 2020 – is Coming to Quibi

Who knew The Turn of the Screw was so hot? Henry James’ 1898 horror novella is already the inspiration for two upcoming projects: the horror movie The Turning and the Netflix series The Haunting of Bly Manor. You might think that two would be enough, but apparently not, because there’s now a third adaptation in the works. This one […]

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‘Frozen 2’: How Disney Swooped ‘Into the Unknown’ With New Tech and Social Engineering

With “Frozen 2,” Disney got more ambitious with its sequel, exploring the royal family backstory of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) while explaining Elsa’s mysterious magical ice power. There’s a colorful enchanted forest with earth, wind, water, and fire spirits, along with the monochromatic danger of the Dark Sea and what lies beyond. And it plays out as a contrast between the idealistic fairy tale qualities of Anna and the weightier mythological aspects of Elsa. This pushed Disney to embrace more of a social engineering approach to animation, with closer collaboration between departments, and also required the creation of a pivotal new tool.

The first challenge was the early musical “Into the Unknown” sequence (with music and lyrics by “Frozen” Oscar winners Kristen-Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez), in which Elsa runs out of the castle, led on a new journey by the musical voice in her head (singer

Lupita Nyong’o Follows Hollywood’s Tradition of Two Roles in One Film
Lupita Nyong’o Follows Hollywood’s Tradition of Two Roles in One Film

Peter Sellers played three roles in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove.” In December of that year, Variety reported that Columbia was mounting an Oscar campaign for lead actor, but was also considering three supporting-actor campaigns, for each of his characters.

Over the decades, Hollywood has delighted in making films showcasing one actor in multiple roles. Five of them resulted in Oscar nominations: Aside from Sellers, there were Charlie Chaplin, “The Great Dictator”; Lee Marvin in “Cat Ballou” (who won the Academy Award); Meryl Streep, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”; and Nicolas Cage, “Adaptation.”

That lofty group could be joined this year by Lupita Nyong’o, who plays both Adelaide and Red in Universal’s Jordan Peele-directed “Us.”

The technology has gotten much more sophisticated, but ultimately it comes down to the actor.

To get into a character, Nyong’o tells Variety, “I always have rituals, and for this it was vital to do that.

Noah Hawley to Write and Direct a New ‘Star Trek’ Movie

Since J. J. Abrams first brought Star Trek back to the big-screen in his splashy, high-octane 2009 reboot (followed by two sequels following this new canon), Trekkies have been hearing buzz about Quentin Tarantino giving his idiosyncratic, likely R-rated spin to the Enterprise. But now, another idiosyncratic auteur is being given the keys to the starship. According to Variety, Noah Hawley will write and direct the next big-screen Star Trek film -- and it will feature the same cast members as the Abramsverse. Hawley will lead the returning team of Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe …

‘Star Trek 4’ Will Now Be Written and Directed By Noah Hawley
‘Star Trek 4’ Will Now Be Written and Directed By Noah Hawley

Here we go again! The fourth entry in the rebooted Star Trek series appears to be back on track, and it’s found a new writer-director. Noah Hawley, who created the acclaimed Fargo TV series and directed the not-so-acclaimed film Lucy In the Sky, will write and direct Star Trek 4, which will reportedly bring back crew members Chris Pine, Zachary […]

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Fede Alvarez Planning ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Reboot and Haunted White House Movie
Fede Alvarez Planning ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Reboot and Haunted White House Movie

Cannibals and politicians – what could be scarier? Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, has two new horror projects lined-up, and both are bound to garner attention. One is a reboot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The other is being described as “The Shining set in the White House.” And really, what more do […]

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‘The Confession Killer’ Trailer: Meet the Man Who Killed At Least 360 People (Or Did He?)

Netflix has become quite a bastion of serial killer documentaries and dramas. They’re really hitting that sweet spot of people who are obsessed with the most terrifying people on the planet. But their latest true crime documentary series comes with a surprising lack of truth to the crime. The Confession Killer is a new five-part […]

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Og Hulk Lou Ferrigno Is Upset at Smart Hulk from ‘Avengers: Endgame’

In 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Marvel movie fans watched in horror as their beloved team of Avengers fought each other both ideologically and literally. In 2019, Lou Ferrigno has upped the ante. Ferrigno first played The Incredible Hulk in the landmark 1970s/80s CBS television series. Now, Ferrigno has declared war on his brother in Hulkitude: Mark Ruffalo. As reported by Comicbook.com, Ferrigno was very disappointed by Ruffalo's portrayal of the character in Avengers: Endgame -- particularly with Smart Hulk. Smart Hulk, for those who have somehow still yet to see Avengers: Endgame, is the catchy nickname …

‘Black Widow’ Movie is “Very Raw and Very Painful and Very Beautiful,” Says Florence Pugh

While many details about the plot of Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Widow movie are still under lock and key, one of its stars is giving us some insight into what to expect – and it sounds like fans are in for an emotional experience. Florence Pugh, who plays one of the film’s multiple Black Widows […]

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Film News Roundup: Fred Wolf to Direct Tennis Rom-Com ‘Love 40’
Film News Roundup: Fred Wolf to Direct Tennis Rom-Com ‘Love 40’

In today’s film news roundup, Fred Wolf is directing a romantic comedy in New York; Leah Remini, Chinoye Chukwu, Marielle Heller and Lulu Wang receive honors; and the topless bar documentary “Red Dog” finds a home.

‘Love 40’

Bluewater Lane Productions has brought on Fred Wolf to co-write and direct the romantic comedy “Love 40,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The story follows a 22-year-old statistics wiz trying to help a rising tennis star win the Us Open. The film stars newcomers Jasjit Williams and Katerina Tannenbaum along with Tommy Flanagan, Alena Savostikova, Chris Kattan, Colin Quinn, Steve Schirappa and Patrick Warburton.

Jason Shuman produces through his Jason Shuman Productions banner. Executive producers are Eduardo Cisneros and Jon Huddle along with Ceci Cleary, Ward Cleary and John Gilbert of Bluewater Lane Productions. Wolf is repped by UTA, Fourth Wall, and Morris Yorn Barnes.

Honors

The International Documentary Association has selected Leah Remini

‘The Grudge’ Featurette Promises a “Much More Intense Experience” Than the Previous Films
‘The Grudge’ Featurette Promises a “Much More Intense Experience” Than the Previous Films

What can we expect from the new The Grudge? According to producer Sam Raimi, a “much more intense experience” than any Grudge film before. This new The Grudge featurette has a glimpse at some creepy scenes from the new movie, as well as the cast talking up how damn scary it all is. While it’s in their best […]

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Superhero Bits: ‘Superman & Lois’ Rumors, Chadwick Boseman Not Interested in Doing Disney+ Shows & More
Superhero Bits: ‘Superman & Lois’ Rumors, Chadwick Boseman Not Interested in Doing Disney+ Shows & More

Want to see Adam Savage‘s collection of Marvel prop replicas he made? Will Superboy and Damian Wayne be part of the Superman & Lois series? When does the spin-off series Green Arrow and the Canaries take place? Which Runaways cast member isn’t returning for the third season? Will Mark Ruffalo appear on the She-Hulk series? […]

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‘Ad Astra’ to Blast Off in China in December
‘Ad Astra’ to Blast Off in China in December

The Brad Pitt-starring sci-fi blockbuster “Ad Astra” will land in Chinese theaters on December 6, more than two months after its U.S. debut.

Directed, co-written and produced by James Gray, the thriller also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga. Pitt plays an astronaut who goes off in search of his lost father, who manned an expedition 30 years previously and whose work may now be threatening the fate of the universe

The movie was co-financed by China’s Bona Film Group, which holds Greater China rights. Bona was also the backer of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which also stars Pitt alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. “Hollywood” was scheduled to hit Chinese theaters in late October, but its release was indefinitely postponed after Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon complained to Chinese authorities about her father’s portrayal in the film.

Ad Astra” premiered

‘Lucky Grandma’ Wins Napa Valley Film Festival Narrative Feature Prize
‘Lucky Grandma’ Wins Napa Valley Film Festival Narrative Feature Prize

“Lucky Grandma,” “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion” and “The Nomads” were among the winners of the Napa Valley Film Festival, which ran Nov. 13-17 in various towns in the valley.

The winner of the narrative feature was “Lucky Grandma,” presented by Zd Wines, which won a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley. Shadybrook Estate presented doc “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion” with the best documentary feature award along with a similar amount from Meadowood Napa Valley, while “The Nomads” took the audience award.

The festival screened more than 80 films, including the 16 in Nvff’s core competition categories.

“The Nvff mission is to reward such films that connect and celebrate the art and passion of our culture and our life,” said festival CEO Tom Tardio. “Receiving such recognition from our esteemed selection of filmmakers, writers and industry professionals is a true acknowledgement of the filmmakers highly creative and extremely authentic storytelling skills.

Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2020

Before film critics start summing up the present year at the movies with a deluge of Top 10 lists, Variety gazes into the medium’s future by announcing its annual 10 Directors to Watch — a lineup of filmmaking talents who’ve stood out on the recent festival circuit, or whose movies will soon be hitting screens in the coming year.

The roster represents cinematic storytellers with roots on five continents, spanning a range of styles, genres and languages, where the common element is the strength and originality of their respective voices. Many qualify as full-blown auteurs, originating their own material. For example, Radha Blank not only wrote and directed “The 40-Year-Old Version,” but she also stars in the title role as a frustrated playwright who decides to take up rapping at age 40.

Indie helmers Esteban Arango (“Blast Beat”) and Nicole Riegel (“Holler”) both struggled to fund early short films via Kickstarter, before

Lionsgate Lands K-Pop Comedy ‘Seoul Girls’ Penned And Produced By Rebel Wilson
Lionsgate Lands K-Pop Comedy ‘Seoul Girls’ Penned And Produced By Rebel Wilson

Exclusive: Lionsgate has obtained the rights to Seoul Girls, a comedy feature written by Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson, with a recent revision by Young II Kim.

Wilson will also take on a role in the pic, which follows a Korean American high school girl and her friends who enter a worldwide talent competition to be the opening act for the world’s biggest K-pop boy band. With help from an ex-member of a British girl group and a former K-pop trainee, the Seoul Girls find their voices on the world’s biggest stage.

Wilson will serve as a producer, via her Camp Sugar banner, along with Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of Monumental Pictures. Monumental is one of the producers behind Universal’s soon-to-be-released Cats adaptation, which Wilson co-stars in. Wilson was recently seen on the big screen in Isn’t It Romantic, The Hustle, and Jojo Rabbit.

Hacked Disney+ Accounts are Being Sold on the Dark Web

Disney+ is one of the cheapest streaming services out there, but that hasn’t stopped people from selling hacked Disney+ accounts for even cheaper on the dark web. According to a new report, thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are already for sale. In fact, hacked accounts were available for sale on hacking forums within mere hours of the […]

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Why Tim Burton’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is an Underrated Gem

Note: This Collider original feature was initially published on a prior date, but has been moved to the front page in celebration of the film's 20-year anniversary. When the Halloween season rolls around, the Tim Burton film that most people seem to discuss and watch the most is The Nightmare Before Christmas. But there’s another Burton film that’s just as fitting for the spooky fall season and also happens to be a pretty impeccable piece of filmmaking: Sleepy Hollow. Burton’s loose adaptation of the Washington …

Hideo Kojima’s ‘Death Stranding’ Leads the 2019 Game Awards with 10 Nominations

It's only been out for two weeks and already Kojima Productions' Death Stranding has made an impact. The impact isn't just cultural but it's made an impact on the 2019 Game Awards nominees list, which was released on Tuesday morning. [caption id="attachment_849075" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Kojima Productions/caption] Per The Hollywood Reporter's write-up, we know that Death Stranding is leading the nominees with 10 nods in categories like Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, and the coveted Game of the …

Disney+ Counters ‘Cats’ Premiere with Very Good Dog-umentary, ‘Pick of the Litter’

With all due respect to the billion-dollar Star Wars and Marvel franchises, this upcoming dog content is the only thing that matters on Disney+ now. The streaming service announced today a new docu-series titled Pick of the Litter, which will follow a few pups along the process of becoming a guide dog. The announcement came along with a trailer, a two-minute bit of brain bleach for the horrific fever dream that is today's new Cats trailer. (I also can't help but notice Pick of the Litter debuts the same days as Cats. I am here …

Alex Ross Perry Talks ‘Her Smell’ Script & What Influenced The Unique Five-Chapter Structure [Interview]

The first page of Alex Ross Perry’s screenplay for “Her Smell” includes a pair of quotes not featured in the film, the first from top-hatted Guns ’n’ Roses shredder Slash and the second from Jawbreaker’s frontman Blake Schwarzenbach. The two epigrams implicitly announce that this will be a story about hard rock, self-destruction, and forgiveness, but their basic presence signifies something subtler: that this script contains snatches of meaning unavailable to those who have only watched its screen adaptation.

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On Its 15th Anniversary, Here’s Why ‘National Treasure’ Never Became the Next ‘Indiana Jones’

It was fifteen years ago today that Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films released National Treasure in the United States. The movie turned out to be a bigger hit than critics were hoping for, spawning a sequel three years later. In truth, it’s fun, family entertainment and slightly—barely—educational. What producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub expected the movie to be back in 2004 is uncertain. A franchise was not the initial plan. Even its PG rating was a surprise to Bruckheimer, suggesting the radar of the producer behind Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop was …

Rey Wants to Know More About Her Parents in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
Rey Wants to Know More About Her Parents in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

One of the biggest questions about the new Star Wars trilogy is the origin of the galaxy’s new savior. Who is Rey and where does she come from? Star Wars: The Last Jedi seemed to give us an answer when Kylo Ren flat out told her, “They were filthy junk traders, sold you off for […]

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Fede Álvarez Forms Production Company, Announces a Wild New Horror Film

The White House doesn’t need actual ghosts to be the most frightening building in America, but Fede Alvarez is planning on cramming it full of poltergeists anyway. Alvarez, who directed the 2013 Evil Dead reboot and the 2016 thriller Don’t Breathe, will direct a yet-untitled horror film described as “The Shining set in the White House” as part of a first look deal with Legendary Pictures. The deal was made between Legendary and Bad Hombre, Alvarez’s production company with partner Rodolfo Sayagues. The duo recently appointed Fear the Walking Dead writer and co-executive producer Shintaro …

Henry Cavill Says He’s Not Done As Superman Just Yet: “The Cape Is In My Closet. It’s Still Mine.”

With Robert Pattinson taking over Batman, Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot firmly set as Aquaman and Wonder Woman, Margot Robbie and James Gunn attempting to fix Harley Quinn and The Suicide Squad, and Joaquin Phoenix doing whatever the hell he’s doing in “Joker,” the current state of the Dceu (or whatever it’s called) is in a bit of flux.

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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Writer-Director-Producer-Star Elizabeth Banks Is “Proud” Of Her Box Office “Flop”

This year has seen several iconic franchises stumble at the box office. “Men in Black: International” seems to have killed the once-giant film franchise. “Dark Phoenix” was an embarrassing end to the two-decades-old ‘X-Men’ series. And just recently “Terminator: Dark Fate” seems to have finally killed a franchise that hasn’t been the same since 1991. The latest franchise box office disaster is “Charlie’s Angels” and it appears that filmmaker Elizabeth Banks is proudly willing to admit defeat.

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Henry Cavill Says He’s Not Done Playing the Man of Steel: “There’s a Lot of Justice to Be Done for Superman”
Henry Cavill Says He’s Not Done Playing the Man of Steel: “There’s a Lot of Justice to Be Done for Superman”

Over the past year and a half, there’s been lots of confusion about whether or not actor Henry Cavill would return to play Superman again. But in a new interview, Cavill himself says the part is still his and that he hasn’t hung up his red cape once and for all – and he laid out […]

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2020 Horror Movie Guide: 17 Scary Movies to Put on Your Calendar Next Year

2020 is only a handful of weeks away, and in addition to a Lord of the Rings TV series and a hideously exhausting presidential election, there’s going to be a whole new slate of horror movies to watch. Many of them will be godawful straight-to-streaming flicks with titles like The Possession of Amityville Johnson, and you shouldn’t watch any of those unless they’re literally the only in-flight movies available, and even then only if the plane is nosediving into the sea. But fear not! I have assembled a list of the most notable spook …

‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Reveals Supermen, First Image of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne

The CW has released new images from Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths mega, five-part crossover event, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. These ones come from the second part, the Batwoman episode, which will air on Monday, December 9. Not only do we have Supermen here, but we’ve also got a future Bruce Wayne, portrayed by Kevin Conroy. Conroy, as most fans know, has voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne for the past 27 years on Batman: The Animated Series. However, he’s never physically appeared on screen as the character. This event series allows him to do that for …

‘American Factory’ Director Talks About the Challenge of Building Trust With the Workers
‘American Factory’ Director Talks About the Challenge of Building Trust With the Workers

In “American Factory,” documentarians Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert explore what happened when a Chinese manufacturing company moved into a shuttered General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio. The film, crafted from over 1,200 hours of footage shot over three years, demonstrated an extraordinary level of access to American and Chinese workers, executives, and the factory itself — and Reichert said that creating relationships was key to getting such an unfiltered look.

“American Factory” picks up where Bognar and Reichert’s Oscar-nominated short, “The Last Truck: Closing of a Gm Plant,” leaves off. The former Gm plant in question is the one in Moraine, Ohio, just outside Dayton, which produced cars and provided solid jobs for thousands for nearly 30 years until it was shuttered in 2008.

The Chinese glass company Fuyao reopened the plant in 2016, employing many of those who were left jobless after Gm left town.

Reichert spoke via Skype from her Ohio

What Netflix’s ‘Earthquake Bird’ Gets Right About the Experience of Living in Japan as a Foreigner

Netflix’s Earthquake Bird, which hit the streaming service last Friday, uses expat life in Tokyo as the backdrop for a murder mystery. Scored by Atticus Ross, the film stars Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Jack Huston, and Japanese actors Naoki Kobayashi and Kiki Sukezana—the latter of whom recently played the central antagonist in AMC’s The Terror: […]

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