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I N   T H E   U K . . .
  1. = PADDINGTON 2
  2. = DADDY'S HOME 2
  3. + WONDER
  4. JUSTICE LEAGUE
  5. = MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
  6. > THE DISASTER ARTIST
  7. THOR: RAGNAROK
  8. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS
  9. > NUTCRACKER: ROYAL OPERA
  10. > STRONGER
Still showing: THE DINNER. BRIGSBY BEAR. BETTER WATCH OUT. FOXTROT. BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL. HUMAN FLOW. BATTLE OF THE SEXES. THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS. HAPPY END. FROZEN.

I N   T H E   U S . . .
  1. = COCO
  2. = JUSTICE LEAGUE
  3. = WONDER
  4. + THE DISASTER ARTIST
  5. THOR: RAGNAROK
  6. DADDY'S HOME 2
  7. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
  8. + THE STAR
  9. LADY BIRD
  10. > JUST GETTING STARTED
Still showing: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS. THE SHAPE OF WATER. KEPLER'S DREAM. THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. DARKEST HOUR. MUDBOUND. PORTO. JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND.
 

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It's looking increasingly likely that Ewan McGregor will be back for the OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Wars spin-off story, which may be directed by Stephen Daldry. There's no official word on the plot, but it seems to be set in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.


Jennifer Lawrence will team up with director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) for BURIAL RITES, a crime drama based on the true story of a woman in 1830 Iceland who was sentenced to death for killing two men.
Woody Harrelson is lined up to join the cast of VENOM, the spin-off about the Spider-Man villain, which is currently in production with Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate. Ruben Fleischer is directing.
Seth Rogen will play iconic American newsman Walter Cronkite in NEWSFLASH, which chronicles the media coverage of John F Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Mark Ruffalo is lined up to play producer Don Hewitt, with Bryan Cranston as network boss Jim Aubrey. David Gordon Green is directing.
Regina Hall has joined the cast of SON OF SHAFT, which stars Jesse T Usher alongside previous Shafts Richard Roundtree and Samuel L Jackson. Alexandra Shipp costars; Tim Story is directing.
Jim Broadbent and Henry Collett (Dunkirk) are joining Robert Downey Jr in THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, based on the 1920s novel about an eccentric veterinarian who can talk to animals. Stephen Gaghan is writing and directing.
Dave Bautista will star in STUBER, an action-comedy about a detective who commandeers an Uber driver for an evening of out-of-control mayhem. Michael Dowse is directing from a script by Tripper Clancy.
Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) will star in SPONTANEOUS, a sci-fi fantasy about a teen caught up in a bizarre chain of events as students in her high school begin exploding for no apparent reason. Brian Duffield is writing and directing.
Franco Nero and Chris Brochu will join Alexander Ludwig and Sam Keeley in PEACE, an action thriller based on the novel about four American soldiers climbing an Italian mountain at the end of WWII. Director Robert Port is currently filming in British Columbia.
And Guillermo Del Toro will direct and cowrite a remake of NIGHTMARE ALLEY, the 1974 thriller about a con artist who teams up with a female psychiatrist to create a mentalist act. But she double-crosses him.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 0   D E C E M B E R . . .

Ryan Reynolds has landed the title role in DETECTIVE PIKACHU, the photorealistic Pokemon adventure that will be shot using performance capture. Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton costar in the movie, which is about the hunt for a kidnapping victim. Rob Letterman is directing.


Elle Fanning is up for the lead role in AMERICAN HEIRESS, based on the life story of Patricia Hearst, the publishing heiress who was kidnapped in the 1970s by a left-wing terrorist group. James Mangold is directing from a script by Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander.
Kurt Russell will play Santa in a new Christmas movie about two Chicago siblings (Judah Lewis and Darby Camp) trying to prove that the mythical figure is real by capturing him on camera. But they end up causing him to crash his sleigh. Chris Columbus is producing.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will join Aaron Paul in THE PARTS YOU LOSE, a dramatic thriller about the unlikely friendship between a deaf boy (newcomer Danny Murphy) and a fugitive hiding in the barn on his family's North Dakota farm. Christopher Cantwell is directing.
Kelly Reilly, Charlie Shotwell and Sadie Sink will star in ELI, a horror thriller about an 11-year-old with an autoimmune disorder who discovers that his new doctor and "clean" house aren't as safe as they appear to be. Ciaran Foy is directing.
Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson and Mel Brooks will voice characters in a 3D animated feature about a brother and sister who team up with an Irish rogue to rescue their grandfather from a malevolent supernatural force. Kim Pagel is directing.
Andy Garcia will star in IRON SKY: THE ARK, the third film in the comedy sci-fi series. Filming is underway in China with a cast that includes Udo Kier, Duan Yihonh, Lin Yi and Vivienne Tien. Finnish filmmaker Timo Vuorensola is directing.
Louis Gossett Jr has joined the cast of FOSTER BOY, replacing James Earl Jones, who had to leave due to a schedule conflict. The drama centres on a court case involving a for-profit foster care system. Costars include Matthew Modine, Shane Paul McGhie, Julie Benz, Amy Brenneman, Greg Germann, Evan Handler and Jordan Belfi.
Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black) is joining Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer in the new HALLOWEEN movie. The actresses play three generations, with Curtis reprising her role from the 1978 original, Greer as her daughter and Matichak as her granddaughter. David Gordon Green is directing.
And Dexter Fletcher will direct the last two weeks of filming on BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, after Bryan Singer was fired for being absent from the set while caring for an ill parent. The film stars Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen, Mike Myers, Tom Hollander and Allen Leech.

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Margot Robbie is developing her own spin-off featuring Harley Quinn, in addition to Ficarra/Requa's JOKER AND HARLEY movie with Jared Leto, David Ayer's all-girl GOTHAM CITY SIRENS and Gavin O'Connor's SUICIDE SQUAD 2.


Michael B Jordan will star in JUST MERCY, a legal drama based on the true story of a young lawyer trying to find equal justice for society's most vulnerable people. Destin Cretton is directing from a script he wrote with Andrew Lanham.
James Franco will direct and play author Shel Silverstein in the biopic A BOY NAMED SHEL, which will explore the personal and professional issues in the life of the award-winning children's author. Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair are writing the script.
Vincent Cassel and Korean stars Yoo Ah-in (Veteran) and Kim Hye-soo (The Thieves) will lead the cast of SOVEREIGN DEFAULT, a drama set during the financial crisis that took place in Asia in 1997. Choi Kyun-hee is directing.
Rashida Jones will write and direct an adaptation of the graphic novel GOLDIE VANCE, about a 16-year-old mixed-race girl who wants to become the in-house detective at an old Miami resort. Kerry Washington is producing.
Linda Cardellini is joining Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in GREEN BOOK, based on the true story of a bouncer who drives a jazz pianist from New York to the Deep South in 1962. Director-cowriter Peter Farrelly started filming this week.
Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, Barry Jenkins' drama based on the James Baldwin novel about a pregnant woman trying to clear her lover's name. Regina King, Stephan James, Colman Domingo and Brian Tyree Henry costar.
Sverrir Gudnasson (Borg/McEnroe) and Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) are joining the cast of THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, the Dragon Tattoo sequel starring Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks and Claes Bang. Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) is directing. Filming starts next month.
Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Sam Keeley (Meagan Leavey) are starring in PEACE, an action thriller about four American soldiers on an Italian mountainside in the closing days of World War II. Robert Port is writing and directing.
And Quentin Tarantino has come up with the story for and may direct the next STAR TREK movie, which JJ Abrams is producing. The crew from the last two films is expected to return, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Simon Pegg.

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