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I N   T H E   U K . . .
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  2. PADDINGTON
  3. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1
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  5. THE IMITATION GAME
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  8. NATIVITY 3: DUDE WHERE'S MY DONKEY
  9. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2
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  1. > EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
  2. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1
  3. – PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
  4. > TOP FIVE
  5. BIG HERO 6
  6. INTERSTELLAR
  7. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2
  8. DUMB AND DUMBER TO
  9. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
  10. + WILD
Still showing: INHERENT VICE. GONE GIRL. BIRDMAN. STILL ALICE. PIONEER. ST VINCENT. FOXCATCHER. ROSEWATER. THE HOMESMAN. NIGHTCRAWLER.
 

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The new James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy THE INTERVIEW has been pulled indefinitely from distribution by Sony in response to threats from a hacking group rumoured to be linked to the North Korean government. Meanwhile, Steve Carell and director Gore Verbinski's next film PYONGYANG, a comedy set in North Korea, has been cancelled before shooting began.


Tom Hiddleston is Neil Gaiman's choice to play the lead character Morpheus in a film adaptation of his graphic novel series SANDMAN. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is writing (with David S Goyer) and directing the film, and will also star in it, but probably in another role.
Orlando Bloom may return to the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise in the next movie, DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, which was previously thought to only be bringing back Johnny Depp from the earlier films. Kon-Tiki's Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are directing.
Viola Davis has landed a lead role in THE SUICIDE SQUAD as Amanda Waller, the prison warden in charge of a group of former supervillains working for the government in exchange for their freedom. Costars include Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delavigne.
Jim Carrey is being lined up for the comedy DEEP COVER. The plot is being kept a secret; the script is by Johnny Rosenthal, who also wrote the upcoming action comedy Iron Jack as well as Bad Santa 2.
Anthony Mackie will star in MAKE A WISH, a comedy about a football star who agrees to help a fatally ill 14-year-old fan lose his virginity before he dies. Justin Simien (Dear White People) is directing.
Michael Stuhlbarg has joined the cast of the STEVE JOBS biopic being written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. He'll play Andy Hertzfeld, a computer scientist who helped develop the original Macintosh. The film stars Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen.
Tessa Thompson (Selma) has landed a lead role in CREED, the Rocky sequel/spin-off starring Michael B Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed, who begins training with Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone. Ryan Coogler is directing.
Work is underway on a biopic about British entertainer DANNY LaRUE, focussing on his years as a comic and female impersonator over several decades. Casting is underway to find a lead actor, and of course Michael Sheen (king of the British biopic) is being mentioned. Adrian Noble is directing from a script by Martyn Hesford.
And Peter Jackson says he will make a series of small movies set in New Zealand before he even begins to think about another big effects epic. But he's also open to making more films based on the writings of JRR Tolkien if the family will give him the rights. There are several stories, appendices and a novel (The Silmarillion) that have yet to be adapted.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 7   D E C E M B E R . . .

Everybody still wants Ryan Gosling for their next movie. First, he's eyeing a role in GHOSTBUSTERS 5, the female-led sequel/reboot being directed by Paul Feig, which could reunite him with Emma Stone. In addition, he's in demand for roles in both THE SINISTER SIX and one of a STEVE JOBS biopic.


Tom Hanks will star in THE CIRCLE, based on Dave Eggers' novel about an online company that creates digital alter egos based on a person's web presence. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) is writing and directing.
Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo will team up for AMERICANAH, a drama about two young Nigerian immigrants whose relationship survives through their years of struggle. Brad Pitt is producing.
JK Simmons will join Tom Hiddleston in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, an action adventure set on the island home of King Kong. It's planned as the first in a new franchise about the various creatures that emerge from the island. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing.
Anne Heche and Rob Riggle will join Topher Grace in ONE SHOT, a musical comedy about a failed Broadway singer who ends up working as a stage manager. Taye Diggs and JC Chasez (of 'N Sync fame) costar.
Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) will joining Eva Longoria and Demian Bichir in LOW RIDERS, a drama set in Southern California's Latino cruising subculture.
Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Jenna Thiam (The Returned) and Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers) are the finalists for the lead role in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. The fifth film in the series will again star Johnny Depp, joined this time by Brendan Thwaites and Javier Bardem.
Steven Spielberg has chosen 10-year-old British actress Ruby Barnhill to star in his adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic THE BFG, about a young girl who befriends a "big friendly giant" (Mark Rylance) and sets out on an adventure to save the world. Barnhill previously appeared in the BBC drama Four O'Clock.
Jeff Nichols (Mud) is apparently lined up to direct the AQUAMAN movie. This is the standalone movie for Jason Momoa's character from the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
And Michael Keaton and Tim Burton may finally reteam for a sequel to BEETLEJUICE, the hit ghost comedy that began sparking stories about a sequel immediately after it was released in 1988. Burton also says that Winona Ryder will be back as well.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Rebel Wilson are reportedly on board the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot/sequel, apparently offering to join the cast without even reading a script. Paul Feig is directing the film, which will have a largely female team.


Leaked memos have revealed that Jonah Hill is working on a mash-up between the 21 JUMP STREET and MEN IN BLACK franchises. Apparently, Channing Tatum, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones haven't yet confirmed their involvement.
Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have joined THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN, the English-language debut of award-winning Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. It's about a Hollywood star whose career is threatened when his correspondence with an 11-year-old girl is released by a gossip magazine.
Felicity Jones is up for the lead role in INFERNO, the next in Dan Brown's series of novels about symbologist Robert Langdon, who this time is suffering from amnesia. Tom Hanks is back in the role, as is director Ron Howard.
Maisie Williams is up for the lead role in THE LAST OF US, based on the videogame about a young girl who joins an older man to survive in a world wiped out by a mutant fungus. Sam Raimi is working on the project.
Edgar Ramirez is up for the role as Jennifer Lawrence's unfaithful husband in JOY, David O Russell's biopic about the single mother who invented the Miracle Mop.
Jeff Daniels may reunite with his Newsroom writer Aaron Sorkin for the STEVE JOBS biopic currently being put together by director Danny Boyle. Daniels would play former Apple CEO John Scully opposite Michael Fassbender's Jobs and Seth Rogen's Steve Wozniak.
Darren Aronofsky has a lot of projects in the works, and is considering THE GOOD NURSE for his next movie. It's based on the true story of a nurse who killed nearly 300 patients over 16 years and was caught by two ex-cops and a fellow nurse.
Penny Marshall is returning to baseball for her next movie. EFFA is a biopic about Effa Manley, the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She was a team co-owner and manager in the Negro National league in the 1930s and 40s.
And work is already underway to make SUPER MARIO, a new animated movie based on the videogame. Meanwhile, plans are afoot to adapt several Sega videogames for the screen, including ALTERED BEAST, CRAZY TAXI, STREETS OF RAGE, SHINOBI and RISE OF NIGHTMARES. Some may be animated, while others might be made for TV.

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