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‘The Irishman’ is on its way to becoming Martin Scorsese’s most expensive movie to date

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As Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated gangster drama The Irishman wraps up principal photography and begins heading into post-production at Industrial Light & Magic, the Academy Award-winning VFX company founded by George Lucas in 1975 that has worked on films from ranging from Star Wars to The Avengers, the film will reportedly see a significant budget increase.

According to Deadline, The Irishman was originally expected to carry a hefty price tag in the $100 million range, which is understandable when considering the fact that the film will supposedly be set in two different time periods and will require Robert De Niro to look decades younger in certain scenes, as well as Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

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However, sources close to the production of The Irishman say that the film’s budget is now well over the $125 million mark and has skyrocketed into the $140 million range. That number may increase as editing and VFX work gets underway, potentially making The Irishman the visionary director’s most expensive movie to date.

Based on the true crime book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, the script for The Irishman was written by Steven Zaillian and details the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who is perhaps best known for having been involved in the death of infamous labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in 1975.

The Irishman also stars Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Domenick Lombardozzi, Jeremy Luke, Gary Basaraba, and Jesse Plemons, and is expected to be released sometime in 2019, though Netflix has yet to confirm anything.

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Netflix releases a stunning first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white family drama ‘Roma’

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Ahead of the film’s debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the stunning first trailer for Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, which is also set to play at the New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming months.

Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s.

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“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón told IndieWire last month. “Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”

After its run on the festival circuit later this year, Netflix will release Roma in theaters and on its streaming service in December. You can check out the trailer for the film below.

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Disney has no plans to reinstate James Gunn as director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

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Despite the strong support of nearly 400,000 fans via a Change.org petition and an open letter from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast themselves, Disney and Marvel have no plans to rehire James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following his firing last month.

Variety reports that Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently met to discuss the firing, which came after old, offensive tweets the filmmaker wrote nearly a decade ago began to resurface as part of a smear campaign led by right-wing blogger and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.

While the meeting was described as “civil and professional,” Horn only decided to take the meeting “as a courtesy to clear the air with Gunn” and was not considering giving him a second chance, despite the pleas of Gunn’s agents. Sources with insider knowledge say Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was out of town at the time of the meeting and was unable to attend, but supports Horn’s decision not to reinstate Gunn.

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Earlier this month, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker, all signed an open letter in support of Gunn, who was set to begin production on the third installment in the critically acclaimed franchise early next year.

Bautista has been particularly vocal about Gunn’s firing on social media, writing in one tweet that he will do what he is contractually obligated to do with Disney, but “Guardians without James Gunn is not what I signed up for” and that “it’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists.”

Guardians 3 is scheduled to be released May 1, 2020, but, depending on how long it takes Disney and Marvel to find a replacement for Gunn, that date could, and will most likely, change.

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YouTube forced to remove ‘The Nun’ jump-scare ad after getting complaints from terrified users

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On Monday, YouTube announced that it had removed a video advertisement for The Nun, the upcoming next installment in The Conjuring franchise, for being in violation of their shocking content policy. However, it appears the ad in question only came to the video-sharing site’s attention after scaring the bejesus out of some very unsuspecting users.

“Warning! If you see an ad on YouTube with the volume sign being turned down and nothing else, it’s a jump-scare for The Nun movie coming out,” one Twitter user wrote last week. “I advise you look away and or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jump-scares.”

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Just a few days later, the official Twitter account for Team YouTube responded to the tweet, which has been retweeted more than 136,000 times since Sunday, saying that the advertisement was no longer running on their ad network.

The ad isn’t gone altogether from YouTube, though, as it has been reuploaded to the platform by dozens of users, one of which says they were “shook” after seeing the six-second clip at 3 a.m. one night. It begins with a volume icon going up and down against a black background before a horrifying, shrieking demonic-looking nun appears out of nowhere.

If you’re brave enough, you can check out the ad for yourself below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.

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