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Universal has dated Chris Pratt’s long-awaited ‘Cowboy Viking Ninja’ for a June 2019 release

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The long-in-development Cowboy Ninja Viking has had many ups and downs over the years in its transition from an Image Comics graphic novel to a full-fledged studio tentpole. However, with Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, perhaps best known for their work on Deadpool, on scripting duties, and Chris Pratt starring in the title role, it appears we’ll be finally be seeing this project hit the big screen soon enough.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has announced that Cowboy Ninja Viking is scheduled to be released on June 28, 2019, and still has each of the names mentioned above attached to it, with the addition of Michael De Luca, a longtime Hollywood producer and screenwriter, as a producer. Oddly enough, the film still hasn’t found anyone to put into the director’s chair.

So, what exactly is Cowboy Viking Ninja about, you ask? Well, it’s exactly what the title implies. Says Variety:

The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel revolving around an assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking. The hard-edged actioner laced with attitude is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo.

We’re definitely down for that. With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom slated to open in theaters next June, followed by Cowboy Ninja Viking just one year later, one could imagine what other types of projects Universal and Pratt have tucked up their sleeves.

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Oscars: 159 films submitted for consideration in Best Documentary Feature category

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released Monday a list of the 159 documentary features that have been submitted for consideration for the 92nd annual Academy Awards.

Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s Honeyland, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s American Factory, Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation, and Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman’s After Parkland are among the titles that were submitted.

However, several of the documentaries on the list have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases and will need to do so in order to advance in the voting process, per Academy rules.

A shortlist of the 15 films selected for the Best Documentary Feature category will be released December 16, while the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced January 13.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

“Advocate”
“After Parkland”
“The All-Americans”
“Always in Season”
“The Amazing Johnathan Documentary”
“American Dharma”
“American Factory”
“American Relapse”
“Angels Are Made of Light”
“The Apollo”
“Apollo 11”
“Aquarela”
“Ask Dr. Ruth”
“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal”
“Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable”
“The Biggest Little Farm”
“The Black Godfather”
“Blink of an Eye”
“Blowin’ Up”
“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes”
“The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story”
“Bridges of Time”
“The Brink”
“Broken Dreams”
“The Bronx USA”
“Bruno Sammartino”
“Buddha in Africa”
“Call Me Intern”
“Carmine Street Guitars”
“The Cave”
“Chasing Einstein”
“Cinema Morocco”
“Citizen K”
“The Cold Blue”
“Cold Case Hammarskjold”
“Combat Obscura”
“The Cordillera of Dreams”
“Cracked Up”
“Cunningham”
“David Crosby: Remember My Name”
“Debut”
“Diego Maradona”
“The Disappearance of My Mother”
“Don’t Be Nice”
“Echo in the Canyon”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“The Elephant Queen”
“Emanuel”
“Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops”
“Fantastic Fungi”
“#Female Pleasure”
“Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”
“Fiddlin’”
“Finding Farideh”
“Finding the Way Home”
“5B”
“For Sama”
“For the Birds”
“Foster”
“The Fourth Kingdom. The Kingdom of Plastics”
“Framing John DeLorean”
“Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”
“The Game Changers”
“Gay Chorus Deep South”
“Gaza”
“Ghost Fleet”
“The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash”
“The Gospel of Eureka”
“The Great Hack”
“Hail Satan?”
“Halston”
“Hate among Us”
“Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel”
“Heimat Is a Space in Time”
“Hesburgh”
“Honeyland”
“Hope Frozen”
“The Hottest August”
“Humberto Mauro”
“I Had a Dream”
“Immortal”
“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”
“It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It”
“Janani’s Juliet”
“Jawline”
“Jay Myself”
“Jim Allison: Breakthrough”
“Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People”
“The Kingmaker”
“Knock Down the House”
“Letter to the Editor”
“Liberty: Mother of Exiles”
“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”
“Love, Antosha”
“M for Malaysia”
“Maiden”
“Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound”
“Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love”
“Meeting Gorbachev”
“Midnight Family”
“Midnight Traveler”
“Mike Wallace Is Here”
“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”
“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements”
“The Most Dangerous Year”
“Mosul”
“Moti Bagh”
“My Home India”
“My Name Is Daniel”
“On the President’s Orders”
“One Child Nation”
“Pavarotti”
“The Proposal”
“Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz”
“Q Ball”
“The Quiet One”
“Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins”
“Reason/Vivek”
“Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”
“Reinventing Rosalee”
“The Rememberer”
“The River and the Wall”
“Roll Red Roll”
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”
“Running with Beto”
“The Russian Five”
“Satan & Adam”
“Scandalous”
“Sea of Shadows”
“Serendipity”
“The Serengeti Rules”
“Shooting the Mafia”
“16 Bars”
“16 Shots”
“The Spy behind Home Plate”
“Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken”
“Talking about Trees”
“Tell Me Who I Am”
“Tesla Nation”
“This Changes Everything”
“This One’s for the Ladies”
“Tigerland”
“To Be of Service”
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”
“A Tuba to Cuba”
“Walking on Water”
“Watson”
“Western Stars”
“What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael”
“What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?”
“When Lambs Become Lions”
“When Tomatoes Met Wagner”
“Where’s My Roy Cohn?”
“Who Will Write Our History”
“Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation”
“Wrestle”
“XY Chelsea”
“Ximei”

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, a ’70s-set high school drama, will begin shooting next year

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled next project — a high school movie set in the 1970s — is expected to begin shooting in the director’s hometown of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles early next year, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Anderson is writing and directing the film, which centers on a high school student who is also a successful child actor and “features a multitude of roles and could be ensemble in nature or have intersecting storylines,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The director is currently in the process of casting the film’s lead ahead of a scheduled February 2020 production start. The project is one of 13 films that were selected to receive the latest round of tax credits from the California Film Commission this month.

Anderson, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, has shot three of his films in the Los Angeles County region, including 1997’s Boogie Nights, 1999’s Magnolia, and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love.

Anderson’s last film, Phantom Thread starring Paul Thomas Anderson and Vicky Krieps, was lauded as one of the best films of 2017, earning several Oscar nominations and winning for Best Costume Design.

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Phoenix: Sony Pictures invites you to a screening of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

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Sony Pictures will release A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the new Mister Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, on November 15 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood happening Wednesday, November 13 at Harkins Camelview at 7:00 p.m.

(Those who attend tomorrow evening’s screening are encouraged to bring with them a sweater or coat to donate as the studio will be hosting a coat drive on-site). 

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Marielle Heller

Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper

Opens: Friday, November 22

Rating: PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language

Synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.

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