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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ replaces the late Burt Reynolds with his buddy Bruce Dern

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Following the death of Burt Reynolds earlier this month, Deadline reports that Quentin Tarantino has replaced the late actor with Reynolds’ longtime friend Bruce Dern in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which revolves around the story of the infamous Manson family murders that took place in the summer of 1969.

Dern, who previously worked with Tarantino on his last feature, The Hateful Eight, will take over the role of George Sphan, “a near-blind 80-year-old man who rented out his L.A. ranch to be used as the location for Westerns. Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Tate and six others.”

However, Sphan wasn’t just some innocent, unsuspecting old geezer. As Deadline notes, in exchange for rent, “Manson coerced his female followers into hopping into bed with the ranch owner and serving as his seeing-eye guides” and that whenever Spahn touched Squeaky Fromme, a member of the Manson cult, she would make a squeaking noise, which is how she got her name. Fucking weird, right?

Dern joins an ensemble cast that also includes Leonardo DiCaprio as former Western TV star Rick Dalton, Brad Pitt as Dalton’s longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, Margot Robbie as actress Sharon Tate, Al Pacino as Hollywood agent Marvin Shwarz, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen, and Dakota Fanning as Squeaky Fromme.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will open in theaters on July 26, 2019—just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the murder of Tate and four other victims at her Hollywood Hills home at the hands of the Manson family.

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John David Washington lands lead role in Christopher Nolan’s secretive next film

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Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.

According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.

What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.

As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.

That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.

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Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox will become effective at midnight tonight

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It’s officially official: The Walt Disney Company announced today that their massive $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.

Disney’s acquisition of the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios has all of the comic book fanboys giddy about the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool finally being under Marvel control because now they’ll get all of those crossovers they’ve been waiting so desperately for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What the fanboys fail to see, however, is that this acquisition brings us one step closer to a media monopoly and will come at the expense of thousands and thousands of jobs being lost. Actually, more than 4,000 to be exact, according to THR.

“It’s harder to predict potential layoffs within the Fox film studio itself, which has about 3,200 employees, but cuts are expected to be especially deep, particularly in overlapping divisions such as marketing, distribution and home entertainment,” the report says.

Media analyst Rich Greenfield thinks there will be much more than just 4,000 layoffs. “There will be bloodshed over time,” he said, estimating that there will be roughly 5,000 to 10,000 jobs lost over the course of the next few years.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I fail to see how one could possibly be excited about the X-Men or Deadpool or whoever the fuck crossing over to the MCU when you really put the human cost of this acquisition into perspective. It’s simply not worth it.

But, hey, hooray for capitalism and Marvel movies, I guess?

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The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky

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If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!

However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.

Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.

Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?

I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.

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