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‘Suspiria’ remake and the Coen brothers join the star-studded 2018 Venice Film Festival lineup

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The 75th year of the Venice Film Festival is shaping up to be one of its best as the festival has unveiled its star-studded lineup for 2018 that includes hot projects from the likes of Luca Guadagnino, Damien Chazelle, Bradley Cooper, Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuarón, and Yorgos Lanthimos.

The festival, which marks the official start of the 2018 awards season, will feature Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, Guadagnino’s remake of the Italian horror classic Suspiria, Greengrass’ 2011 Norway terrorist attack drama 22 July, Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, Cuarón’s family drama Roma, and Lanthimos’ period piece The Favourite.

Multiple Oscar-winners have launched their awards season bid at the Venice Film Festival in recent years including last year’s Best Picture-winner The Shape of Water, which also won the festival’s top prize, and the 2015 Best Picture-winner Spotlight.

You can check out the complete lineup for the 2018 Venice Film Festival below.

Competition: 

First Man, Damien Chazelle (U.S.)
The Mountain, Rick Alverson (U.S.)
Doubles Vies, Olivier Assayas (France)
The Sisters Brothers, Jacques Audiard (France, Belgium, Romania, Spain)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.)
Vox Lux, Brady Corbet (U.S.)
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
22 July, Paul Greengrass (Norway, Island)
Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Work Ohne Autor, Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark (Germany)
The Nightingale, Jennifer Kent (Australia)
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos (U.S.)
Peterloo, Mike Leigh (U.K., U.S.)
Capri-Revolution, Mario Martone (Italy, France)
What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?, Roberto Minervini (Italy, U.S., France)
Sunset, Laszlo Nemes (Hungary, France)
Freres Ennemis, David Oelhoffen (France, Belgium)
Neustro Tiempo, Carlos Reygadas (Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweeden)
At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel (U.S., France)
Killing, Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)

Out of competition special events:

The Other Side Of The Wind, Orson Welles (U.S.)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Morgan Neville (U.S.)

Out of competition special screenings: 

My Brilliant Friend, Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Belgium)
Il Diario Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti, Yervant Gianikian (Italy)

Out of competition fiction screenings: 

Una Storia Senza Nome, Roberto Andò (Italy)
Les Estivants, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France, Italy)
A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper (U.S.)
Mi Obra Maestra, Gaston Duprat (Argentina, Spain)
A Tramway in Jerusalem, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
Un Peuple et Son Roi, Pierre Schoeller (France, Belgium)
La Quietud, Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
Dragged Across Concrete, S. Craig Zahler (U.S.)
Shadow, Zhang Yimou (China)

Out of competition non-fiction screenings: 

A Letter to a Friend In Gaza, Amos Gitai (Israel)
Aquarela, Victor Kossakovsky (U.K., Germany)
El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema, Emir Kusturica (Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia)
Process, Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands)
Carmine Street Guitars, Ron Mann (Canada)
Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls Of Mosul, Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi (Italy, Germany)
American Dharma, Errol Morris (U.S., U.K.)
Introduzione All’Oscuro, Gaston Solnicki (Argentina, Austria)
1938 Diversi, Giorgio Treves (Italy)
Your Face, Tsai Ming-Liang (Chinese Taipei)
Monrovia, Indiana, Frederick Wieseman (U.S.)

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The incredibly unsettling first trailer for ‘Pet Sematary’ is here to send chills down your spine

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As part of Hollywood’s never-ending quest to keep the Stephen King Cinematic Universe™ going, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch’s adaptation of Pet Sematary early this morning and I’m blown away by just how great this thing really looks.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground near the family’s new home.

But when tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his rather unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Sounds creepy, right? The 1989 adaptation still gives me chills to this day and I couldn’t help but feel those same chills while watching this trailer.

The sound of the snare drum paired with the eerie ensemble of strings, the creepy animal mask-wearing children marching in formation into the desolate woods, and that final shot of the spooky misspelled sign outside the cemetery make this one hell of a first look to remember.

I can’t wait to see what Widmyer and Kölsch have in store for us with their take on what is undoubtedly one of the scariest novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Speaking of which, if you haven’t read the book yet, you change that right now by picking it up on Amazon for about $9 with free Prime shipping.

Pet Sematary also stars Jeté Laurence and Hugo and Lucas Lavoie and will open in theaters on April 5, 2019. You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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James Gunn poised to make a comeback by writing and directing ‘Suicide Squad 2’

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After being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Disney earlier this year, director James Gunn is poised to make a comeback with uh…(checks notesSuicide Squad 2? That’s according to TheWrap, who says Gunn is currently in talks to write and possibly direct the upcoming DC movie.

“Gunn will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman,” the trade reports. So I guess Warner Bros. just left Gavin O’Connor out in the cold or something?

Look, not only does this prove that we live in the dumbest fucking timeline to ever exist, but it also proves that Warner Bros. was smart enough to capitalize on Disney’s incredibly stupid decision to kowtow to the demands of alt-right pieces of shit like Mike Cernovich.

As you may recall, Warner Bros. was previously eyeing the likes of Mel Gibson and Daniel Espinosa to write and direct Suicide Squad 2 after David Ayer parted ways with the franchise due to creative differences he had with the studio execs on the first movie.

Suicide Squad 2 will see Will Smith and Margot Robbie reprise their respective roles as Deadshot and Harley Quinn along with Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo.

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Annapurna drops untitled Fox News movie about Roger Ailes two weeks before production

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In a rather strange turn of events, Variety is reporting that Annapurna Pictures has dropped the untitled Fox News movie starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman just mere weeks before production was set to begin on the project. So where does a movie go now that it no longer has financing and distribution?

To Focus Features! Well, that’s according to sources Variety spoke to, but nothing is set in stone as of right now. Bron Studios, who financed Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drug thriller The Mule, is also expected to come on board the project as well.

Annapurna’s reasoning for dropping the project is about as clear as mud at the moment, but, if the reports from the trades are any indication, it sounds like the budget for this thing was getting just too darn big for the studio to handle and “kept growing bigger by the day,” according to Variety.

The untitled Fox News movie chronicles the downfall of Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of the conservative television media empire that broadcasts garbage from right-wing sleazeballs like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham every weeknight, amid multiple sexual abuse allegations.

The film’s all-star includes Theron as Megyn Kelly, Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as a fictional Fox News associate producer, John Lithgow as Ailes, and Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

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