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Jack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig to star in Paramount’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ remake

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After being absent from the big screen for nearly seven years, Jack Nicholson will star opposite Kristen Wiig in the upcoming English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, the hit German comedy from writer-director Maren Ade that is up for an Academy Award at the 89th Oscars this year.

According to Variety, Paramount Pictures reportedly acquired the rights to remake Toni Erdmann after Nicholson, a huge fan of the original, approached studio executive Brad Grey with the idea who then immediately worked with the rest of his team to secure plans for the remake. It appears that no writer or director is attached to the project just yet but Ade will serve as an executive producer on the film with Wiig, Will Ferrell, and Jessica Elbaum, also producing.

The original Toni Erdmann stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller as a father, Winfried, and daugter, Ines, who don’t have the best of relationships. In an attempt to reconnect with his daughter, Winfried creates a smooth-talking alter ego named Toni Erdmann, who sports a tacky suit, weird wig, and claims to be her CEO’s life coach. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect fit for a duo such as Nicholson and Wiig, then I don’t know what does.

With Nicholson’s most recent appearance being his supporting role in James L. Brooks’ dramedy How Do You Know and The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman being his most recent leading role, it’s comforting to know that Nicholson still has the acting bug and is more than passionate about the source materialwe’re beyond thrilled to see what he can do with Toni Erdmann.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the U.S. rights to Toni Erdmann last May after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and it’s currently playing in a limited release. Do yourself favor and make an effort to check it out if its still playing in your city. It’s an absolute delight from what I’ve heard.

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Amid an intense wave of backlash, the Academy has decided to air all Oscar categories live

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In the wake of an intense wave of backlash, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that they will be reversing their controversial decision to present four technical categories their awards during commercial breaks at the 91st Oscars ceremony next Sunday.

“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling,” the AMPAS board of governors said in a statement. “All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format.”

Sources familiar with the matter tell Silver Screen Beat that the Academy’s change of heart came after AMPAS president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson met with members of the group’s cinematography branch Thursday evening to discuss the decision, which did not go over well with many Hollywood filmmakers and craftspeople.

“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” read an open letter to the Academy signed by dozens of industry figures, including directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee and cinematographers Roger Deakins and Rachel Morrison.

The letter ends with a quote from Academy member Seth Rogen, who tweeted earlier this week, “What better way to celebrate achievements in film than to NOT publicly honour the people whose job it is to film things.”

The 91st Oscars will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ officially wraps principal photography with an emotional cast photo

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Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams announced today via Twitter that the highly anticipated final chapter in the Skywalker saga has officially wrapped principal photography, leading us to believe that our first look at the film could be just around the corner.

“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all,” Abrams wrote in his tweet this afternoon.

Abrams’ tweet also includes an emotional set photo featuring cast members Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, John Boyega, who plays Finn, and Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, embracing on their final day of shooting.

“That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for,” Boyega wrote in a tweet of is own. “What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ, thank you for making my dreams come true.”

Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, will now take Episode IX to the editing bay, where it will remain in post-production for the next 10 months or so until its December 20 release date.

You can check out the tweets from Abrams and Boyega below.

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Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron strike up a hilarious romance in the first ‘Long Shot’ trailer

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Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival next month, Lionsgate has released the first trailer for Long Shot, the eagerly awaited romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen from The Night Before and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine.

Long Shot follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), an unemployed journalist who reunites with his first crush (and former babysitter) Charlotte Field (Theron), one of the most influential women in the world. As she begins eyeing a run for the Presidency, she hires Fred as her speechwriter, making him a fish out of water on her elite team.

However, despite Fred’s unpreparedness for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight, sparks begin to fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a serious of unexpected (and somewhat dangerous) incidents.

In addition to the dynamic duo that is Rogen and Theron, Long Shot‘s incredible ensemble cast also includes the likes of O’Shea Jackson Jr., Alexander Skarsgård, Andy Serkis, Ravi Patel, Randall Park, and June Diane Raphael.

Long Shot will have its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9 before opening in theaters nationwide on May 3.

You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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