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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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Check out the official poster for Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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After debuting to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, Focus Features has unveiled the first official poster for Spike Lee’s true crime-thriller BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington and Adam Driver as two detectives who infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in attempt to take down the extremist hate group.

Indeed, the film is based on Ron Stallworth’s riveting memoir of the same name and tells the true story of how Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, and his partner, Flip Zimmerman, penetrated the KKK at its highest levels to foil their plans to take over the city.

Lee directed his latest joint from a script he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, Davin Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmont. Jordan Peele, who picked up the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his feature debut Get Out at the Oscars earlier this year, produced the film under his Monkeypaw Productions banner, alongside Blumhouse and QC Entertainment.

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The ending of BlacKkKlansman features a documentary-style montage of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. that left one counter-protester named Heather Heyer dead after a man plowed his car into a group of people. “It’s an ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on the United States of America,” Lee said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Heather should be alive now. It’s a murderous act.”

Focus Features will release BlacKkKlansman on August 10, which marks the one-year anniversary of the conflict in Charlottesville. You can check out the newly released one-sheet for the film below and, if you missed the trailer premiere earlier this week, you can watch it by clicking here.

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Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in the triumphant first trailer for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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20th Century Fox dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody this morning, which finds a glammed up, mustachioed Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman. However, aside from Malek’s performance, and as much as I think we all want this movie to be great, this first trailer is certainly a bit worrisome.

Described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved enters on the planet,” the film chronicles the rise of the iconic rock band through their revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

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Now, to be fair, this teaser is only a minute and 30 seconds long, so perhaps I should reserve my judgment for the full-length trailer, but there just seems to be something a bit off about this movie and I can’t seem to put my finger on what exactly it is. It’s almost as if this feels teaser makes Bohemian Rhapsody feel more like a cheap, made-for-TV movie than anything else. That being said, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic for this one, and ultimately hope for the best that the final product turns out well.

Bohemian Rhapsody is written by Anthony McCarten and was directed by both Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher (the former was fired for being unexpectedly absent from the set on multiple occasions and forced the production to screeching halt in December) and also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. The film will hit theaters on November 2.

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‘Halloween’ sequel undergoing reshoots to ‘tweak’ the film’s ending following test screening

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With just five very long more months to go until Blumhouse’s long-awaited sequel to Halloween opens in theaters, a new report from Bloody Disgusting suggests that the David Gordon Green-directed film is headed back to Haddonfield for some brief reshoots that will “tweak the finale” of the movie.

Before you go into panic mode, though, we should point out that there is absolutely no need to panic. Most, if not all, movies end up shooting some additional scenes after principal photography has already wrapped for a variety of different reasons. In the case of Halloween, sources close to the production of the film tell Bloody Disgusting that the results from a recent test screening are what prompted the filmmakers to want to make some changes to the ending of the movie.

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The latest installment in the Halloween franchise is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic and follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked murderer who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night 40 years ago. Green is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.

Halloween, which Carpenter is executive producing and composing a score for, also stars Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Drew Scheid, and Miles Robbins, and will hit theaters on October 19. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

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