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I N   T H E   U K . . .
  1. > LA LA LAND
  2. = ROGUE ONE
  3. + MOANA
  4. ASSASSIN'S CREED
  5. = PASSENGERS
  6. > MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  7. > LIVE BY NIGHT
  8. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
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  10. WHY HIM?
Still showing: A MONSTER CALLS. SILENCE. MONSTER TRUCKS. ZERO DAYS. COLLATERAL BEAUTY. SULLY. OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. TROLLS. ARRIVAL.

I N   T H E   U S . . .
  1. = HIDDEN FIGURES
  2. + LA LA LAND
  3. = SING
  4. ROGUE ONE
  5. > THE BYE BYE MAN
  6. + PATRIOTS DAY
  7. > MONSTER TRUCKS
  8. > SLEEPLESS
  9. – UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
  10. PASSENGERS
Still showing: THE CRASH. WHY HIM? MOANA. FENCES. ASSASSIN'S CREED. I, DANIEL BLAKE. RETAKE. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. PATERSON.
 

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D A T E L I N E :   1 8   J A N U A R Y . . .

Zoe Saldana has joined the voice cast of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, alongside the surprisingly high-powered likes of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, Sia, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs and Michael Pena.


Maisie Williams has joined the cast of EARLY MAN, Aardman's stop-motion animated prehistoric comedy, which also features the voices of Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. Nick Park is directing.
Matthew Modine has joined the cast of SOLDADO, the Sicario sequel again starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, plus Catherine Keener, Isabela Moner and Elijah Rodriguez. Stefano Sollima is directing from a script by Taylor Shreridan.
Sterling K Brown wants to play one of the lead roles in GREEN LANTERN CORPS, a new movie based on the DC Comic about an intergalactic police force that has been in existence for billions of years. David Goyer and Justin Rhodes are writing the script.
Andre Holland (Moonlight) is joining the cast of WIDOWS, a heist thriller starring Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo remade from the British TV series about four women who finish a robbery in which their husbands were killed. Steve McQueen is directing from a script by Gillian Flynn.
Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats) will star with Amandla Stenberg in DARKEST MINDS, based on the novel series about two teens who develop superpowers after a pandemic kills most children. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is directing.
Daniel Wu has joined the cast of the TOMB RAIDER reboot starring Alicia Vikander as a young version of the intrepid archaeologist-adventurer. Walton Goggins is playing the villain in the film, which is being directed by Roar Uthaug.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman is planning a film based on the Japanese manga movie and TV series ATTACK ON TITAN, about the uneasy situation a hundred years after aliens very nearly wipe out humanity.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is writing and producing a remake of the 1992 basketball comedy WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP. Also producing are basketball player Blake Griffin and football pro Ryan Kalil.
And plans are underway to make a movie about the final days of Michael Jackson, called SEARCHING FOR NEVERLAND. Based on the book Remember the Time, the story is told through the eyes of his bodyguards. Tribute artist Navi will play Jackson, with Chad L Coleman (The Walking Dead) as a bodyguard.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 5   J A N U A R Y . . .

Will Smith and Tom Hanks are lined up to star in Tim Burton's live-action remake of Disney's 1941 animated classic DUMBO. It's about a circus elephant teased about his huge ears until he realises he can use them to fly. The script is by Ehren Kruger.


Madonna will write and direct direct LOVED, based on the novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. It's about a traumatised woman who undergoes electroshock therapy and finds herself repeatedly sent into the past, where she sees what her life would have been like in different eras.
Anna Kendrick is up for the title role in the blandly titled NICOLE, a comedy adventure about a woman who is actually Santa Claus. Mark Lawrence (Miss Congeniality) is writing and directing the film for Disney.
Taraji P Henson will star in the thriller PROUD MARY as a killer for hire whose life is interrupted by the arrival of a young boy who needs a mother figure. The script is by John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in FAST COLOR, a thriller about a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Then years later, she decides that the only place she'll be safe is back home. Julia Hart (Miss Stevens) is directing from a script she wrote with La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz.
Peter Dinklage is up for a role in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and its sequel, which will be shot back-to-back while he's on a break between the last two seasons of Game of Thrones. There's no word on his character, other than that he's pivotal. Anthony and Joe Russo are directing the usual gang of Marvel heroes.
Tessa Thompson and Lily James will team up for LITTLE WOODS, about sisters who turn to crime to help support the underpaid workers in their North Dakota oil-boom town. Nia DaCosta is writing and directing the film, which costars James Badge Dale, Luke Kirby and Lance Reddick.
Phylicia Rashad is joining the cast of BLACK PANTHER, the Marvel spin-off about Chadwick Boseman's African superhero. The film reunites Rashad with Creed director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B Jordan. Costars include Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K Brown, Daniel Kaluuya and Angela Bassett.
Cobie Smulders, Jessica Hynes, Noel Clarke, Ian Smith and Emily Atack will star in the British comedy SONGBIRD, about the lead singer of a rock group that was big in the 1990s who discovers that her boyfriend is a serial cheater and decides to enrol in university. Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets) is directing.
And James Cordon has joined the cast of OCEANS 8, the spin-off sequel starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. Gary Ross is directing the heist caper movie, which is expected to be packed with cameos.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 1   J A N U A R Y . . .

Nicole Kidman and Amara Karan are being lined up to join Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in THE INTOUCHABLES, a remake of the true French comedy-drama about a millionaire who is paralysed in an accident and hires a young man from a poor neighbourhood as his carer. Neil Burger is directing.


Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie have joined the cast of HOLMES AND WATSON, which reteams Will Ferrell and John C Reilly for a globe-hopping comedy take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle characters. Etan Cohen is writing and directing.
Chris Hemsworth may be returning to his role as Captain Kirk's father for the next STAR TREK movie. He says he has been talking to JJ Abrams about reprising the role in the next movie.
Antonio Banderas will play a con man in the action movie BEYOND THE EDGE, which reunites him with the team that made The Music of Silence and Black Butterfly. It's about a master criminal who assembles a team of hypnotists and psychics to carry out a heist. Aleksandr Boguslavskiy is directing.
Keegan-Michael Key and Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) have joined the cast of THE PREDATOR, Shane Black's sequel/reboot starring Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn, plus a probable appearance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. Black also wrote the script with Fred Dekker.
Karl Urban is joining the cast of PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, alongside returning cast members Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Rinko Kikuchi, plus John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. Filming is underway in Australia.
Logan Miller has joined Nick Robinson in SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, a darkly comical coming-of-age story about a teen who is blackmailed into coming out to his school. Greg Berlanti is directing.
JJ Totah (Other People) has joined the cast of MAGIC CAMP, the comedy about a retreat for wannabe illusionists starring Adam Devine, Gillian Jacobs and Jeffrey Tambor. Mark Waters is directing.
Elijah Rodriguez (The Book of Life) is joining the cast of SOLDADO, the Sicario sequel starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Isabela Moner. He'll play a teen struggling to do what's right after he becomes entangled with a drug cartel. Stefano Sollima is directing from a script by Taylor Shreridan.
And Tom Hardy says that George Miller's next two MAD MAX movies are still on, but he has no idea when they might begin production. Word has it that the first sequel will centre again on Charlize Theron's character.

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