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  1. > BACK TO BLACK
  2. > CIVIL WAR
  3. – KUNG FU PANDA 4
  4. GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE
  5. GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE
  6. DUNE: PART TWO
  7. – MONKEY MAN
  8. THE FIRST OMEN
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Still showing: BLEEDING LOVE. THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE. OPPONENT. CLOSE YOUR EYES. MIGRATION. WICKED LITTLE LETTERS. LUCA. MOTHERS' INSTINCT. IMMACULATE. IO CAPITANO.

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  1. > CIVIL WAR
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  3. = GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE
  4. + KUNG FU PANDA 4
  5. + DUNE: PART TWO
  6. – MONKEY MAN
  7. THE FIRST OMEN
  8. + SHREK 2
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  10. > SUGA/AGUST: D TOUR D-DAY
  11. > SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Still showing: ALL YOU NEED IS DEATH. OMEN. SINCE THE LAST TIME WE MET. IN BED. WICKED LITTLE LETTERS. IMMACULATE. SCOOP. COUP DE CHANCE. THE OLD OAK. DOGMAN.
T O P   N E W   S T R E A M E R S . . .
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Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio are being lined up to play Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra in a biopic directed by Martin Scorsese. There's no word yet on the approach the film will take, but rumour has it that the Sinatra family estate has yet to approve the project.


Meanwhile, Andrew Garfield and Miles Teller are leading the cast of Scorsese's other new project, A LIFE OF JESUS, which is based on the Shusaku Endo book. Filming is set to take place later this year in Israel, Egypt and Italy.
Austin Butler will produce and star in CITY ON FIRE, based on the novel about a young man who gets caught up in an escalating war between the Irish and Italian criminal mobs who control New England. The script is by Justin Kuritzkes (Challengers). David Heyman is also producing.
Rumour has it that Colman Domingo, Dev Patel and Jonathan Bailey are lined up to join Scarlett Johansson in JURASSIC CITY, which is expected to begin a new trilogy in the franchise. Director Gareth Edwards is set to start filming in Britain this summer. The script is by David Koepp.
Felicity Jones and Denis Leary are joining the cast of OH. WHAT. FUN., the holiday comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a woman who plans a special Christmas for her family, but they forget her. Costars include Chloe Grace Moretz and Dominic Sessa. Michael Showalter is directing.
Meanwhile, Sessa, Ariana Greenblatt and Justice Smith are joining the cast of NOW YOU SEE ME 3, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman. Ruben Fleischer is once again directing the film, which follows the continuing escapades of four thieves who use magic shows to pull off elaborate heists.
Riz Ahmed is joining the ensemble cast of Wes Anderson's new film THE PHOENICIAN SCHEME, an action comedy that also stars Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Cera and Mia Threapleton. There's no word yet on the plot. Anderson wrote the script with Roman Coppola.
Zachary Levi will star in FREE FALL, an action thriller about a man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter during a rock climbing trip in New Zealand, where things become perilous after an accident and a shift in the weather. Stunt expert Zoe Bell is making her feature directing debut.
Paul Walter Hauser will star in a biopic about the comedian Chris Farley, who was a member of Second City, rose to fame on Saturday Night Live and starred in several movies before his untimely drug-related death at 33 in 1997. Josh Gad is making his directing debut on the project.
And Keanu Reeves will play Shadow in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3, joining a voice cast that includes Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba and Colleen O'Shaughnessey. Returning in the live-action cast are Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. Jeff Fowler is back as director.

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Margot Robbie will produce a movie based on the board game MONOPOLY. There have been several attempts to create a film adaptation over the past 20 years, but Robbie's success with Barbie offers a fresh new approach. Created in 1935, the game challenges players to purchase property and build houses and hotels while avoiding bankruptcy.


Emma Stone will star in a new film by Dave McCrary (Brigsby Bear). There's no word yet on the plot of the film, but it should perhaps be noted that McCrary is also Stone's husband, and this will be the first time they've worked together on a film.
Hailee Steinfeld, Wunmi Mosaku, Omar Benson Miller and Jayme Lawson are the latest new cast members in Ryan Cooglar's untitled supernatural thriller, which is rumoured to be a vampire story set in the Jim Crow-era American South. The film also stars Michael B Jordan, Delroy Lindo and Jack O'Connell. Filming starts soon in New Orleans.
Theo Rossi, Michael Rooker, Jackie Earle Haley and David Costabile will star in the thriller IN FORTUNE'S SHADOW, the first in a planned series about a former knight of Arthur's Round Table who works in today's underworld, giving meaning to the lives of people who meet him. David L Hunt is writing and directing.
Joe Cole will star in the action thriller HE BLED NEON, about a guy who travels to Las Vegas for his brother's funeral and gets caught up in the city's criminal underworld. Veteran music video director Drew Kirsch is making his feature debut from a script by Tim Cairo and Jake Gibson.
Noah Centineo, Michael Gandolfini, Adain Bradley, Taylor John Smith, Henrique Zaga and Evan Holtzman are joining the cast of WARFARE, alongside Charles Melton, Joseph Quinn, Kit Connor, Will Poulter, Cosmo Jarvis, Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai and Finn Bennett. The secretive project is being written and directed by Alex Garland and Ray Mendoza.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Garland is writing three more films in the 28 Days Later saga. First up is 28 YEARS LATER, again directed by Danny Boyle and starring Cillian Murphy, plus Jodie Comer, Ralph Fiennes and Charlie Hunnam. Then Nia DaCosta will direct a sequel to that one, as the new movies will be shot back-to-back.
Jordi Molla, Jose Zuniga, Marianne Rendon, Federico Rodriguez, Chelsea Frei and Rachel Seigar-Haag have joined Sofia Carson in THE LIFE LIST, a romcom about a young woman whose mother tasks her with completing her childhood bucket list. Connie Britton, Sebastian de Souza and Kyle Allen costar. Adam Brooks is writing and directing.
Daniella Pineda, Allison Robertson, Robert Morgan and Grant Harvey are joining Ben Affleck in the sequel to the 2016 action thriller THE ACCOUNTANT, which sees a fixer teaming up with his brother to solve a high-profile murder. Jon Bernthal, JK Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson are also returning, as is director Gavin O'Connor.
And Blitz Bazawule (The Color Purple) will write and direct BACK SAMURAI, based on the historical account of Yasuke, who became the first African to serve as a samurai during the conflicts in 16th century Japan. The film is being made as an action thriller, rather than a period drama.

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Renee Zellweger, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant will be back for BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY, a fourth film in the series based on Helen Fielding's bestselling novel. New costars include Chiwetel Ejiofor and Leo Woodall. Michael Morris (To Leslie) is directing.


Colin Farrell will star in THE BALLAD OF A SMALL PLAYER, based on the novel about a high-stakes gambler with big debts and a messy past. He's trying to maintain a low profile in Macau when he meets a kindred spirit. Edward Berger is directing from a script by Rowan Joffe.
Julianne Moore is joining James McIvoy in the action thriller CONTROL, about a man who wakes up one morning with a strange voice in his head, and it's making threatening demands of him. Director Robert Schwentke starts filming this month in Berlin.
Anthony Hopkins will play Herod in MARY, a biblical thriller with rising star Noa Cohen in the title role as a teen forced into hiding over her pregnancy. The film follows her and fiance Joseph (Ido Tako) as they go on the run to escape Herod's attempts to murder the promised messiah. DJ Caruso is directing from a script by Timothy Michael Hayes.
Sandra Oh has joined the cast of GOOD FORTUNE, the ensemble comedy starring Keanu Reeves, Keke Palmer, Seth Rogen and Aziz Ansari. The plot is being kept under wraps. Ansari is also making his feature writing and directing debut with the film.
Meanwhile, Laverne Cox, David Spade, Kaia Gerber, Roy Wood Jr, Susan Lucci and Atsuko Okatsuka have joined Reeves in the cast of OUTCOME, which also stars Cameron Diaz, Jonah Hill and Matt Bomer. It's about a fading movie star who is blackmailed with a video clip to make amends for his past actions. Hill is also directing and cowriting with Ezra Woods.
John Magaro and Jeannie Berlin have joined the cast of THE BRIDE, writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal's new take on The Bride of Frankenstein, starring Jessie Buckley, Christian Bale, Annette Bening, Penelope Cruz, Juliana Hough and Peter Sarsgaard. It's set in 1930s Chicago as a lonely Frankenstein tries to help a scientist create a companion for himself.
Peter Dinklage is set to voice the goat Dr Dillamond in WICKED, the two-part film adaptation of the long-running stage musical that tells the story of Oz through the perspective of the witches. The film stars Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Bailey, Bowen Yang and Jeff Goldblum. Jon M Chu is directing.
Amanda Plummer, Barkhad Abdi, Costas Mandylor, James Russo, Ulrich Thomsen and Marcus Henderson will star in RUN, a multi-strand thriller about migrants who reach the Italian coast after a perilous journey across the Mediterranean, then face new challenges from police, tourists and local residents. Director Uwe Boll starts filming next week in Croatia.
And Simon Rex is joining the cast of TOW, alongside Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Ariana DeBose, Dominic Sessa and Demi Lovato. It's based on the true story of a homeless Seattle woman who fights to reclaim her life after her car is towed away. Stephanie Laing is directing.

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D A T E L I N E :   1 0   A P R I L . . .

Jodie Comer, Ralph Fiennes and Charlie Hunnam are apparently lined up to join Cillian Murphy as he returns for Danny Boyle's 28 YEARS LATER, the third in the series set in the aftermath of a cataclysmic zombie infection. Writer Alex Garland is back as well. The actual plot is being kept under wraps.


Ben Affleck may reteam with director David Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn for the long-gestating new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, about two men who meet randomly and confess to having a troublesome person in their lives, then decide to swap murders. Of course Hitchcock adapted the story into the classic 1951 film.
Margot Robbie will produce and Olivia Wilde will direct an adaptation of the comic AVENGELYNE, about a fallen angel who fights demons on Earth. The film will centre on her search for a promised one who can protect humanity from evil beings. Simon Kinberg is also producing.
Pam Grier is developing a film based on her memoir FOXY: MY LIFE IN THREE ACTS, which traces her career from 1970s Blaxploitation films to Tarantino's Jackie Brown. It also details her experiences with racism and sexism, her battle with cancer and her relationships with the likes of Richard Pryor, Freddie Prinze and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Michael Pena, David Harbour, Jason Flemyng, Isla Gie and Arianna Rivas are joining Jason Statham in LEVON'S TRADE, an action thriller based on the first in an 11-book series about a former special ops agent who comes out of retirement when his boss' daughter vanishes. David Ayer is directing from a script by Sylvester Stallone.
Halle Bailey is joining the cast of Michel Gondry's musical biopic about Pharrell Williams, which also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr and Da'Vine Joy Randolph. Set in the summer of 1977 in Virginia Beach, the film is a coming of age story. The script is by Martin Hynes and Steven Levenson.
Zoe Bleu (Rosanna Arquette's daughter) and Matilda De Angelis are joining the cast of DRACULA: A LOVE TALE, Luc Besson's reimagining of the classic Bram Stoker novel about a nobleman who turns from God and is condemned to eternal life. The film reteams Besson with Caleb Landry Jones as Dracula, and Christoph Waltz costars. Filming starts in France next month.
Rafi Gavron, Chris Sullivan, Kenneth Choi and Kylie Rogers are the latest new cast members joining the near-future thriller MERCY, about a detective trying to clear his name. Chris Pratt and Rebecca Ferguson star in the film, alongside Annabelle Wallis and Kali Reis. Timur Bekmambetov is directing from a script by Marco van Belle.
Lee Byun-hun (Squid Game) and Son Ye-jin (The Truth Beneath) will star in Park Chan-wook's next film, THE AX, which is adapted from the Donald E Westlake novel set a large corporation going through a vicious downsizing operation. Filming is set to start in the autumn.
And while he is already working on DUNE: MESSIAH, Denis Villeneuve is also attached to direct NUCLEAR WAR: A SCENARIO, based on Annie Jacobsen's prize-winning nonfiction book that explores the series of events that would take place if a global nuclear conflict broke out.

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S T A G E   &   M O R E
beyond the big screen...

Past the wit of man

STAGE: Flabbergast presents A Midsummer Night's Dream at Wilton's Music Hall until 20th Apr...


April TV Roundup

SCREEN: Watching Mary & George,
Fargo 5, Young Royals 3, Feud 2,
Mr & Mrs Smith, 3 Body Problem...


An epic final battle

DANCE: Kidd Pivot stages the astonishingly powerful Assembly Hall at Sadler's Wells...


Dazzling sights and sounds

DANCE: Company Wayne McGregor brings Autobiography and UniVerse to Sadler's Wells...

STAGE: The two-hander Blue explores social issues at Seven Dials Playhouse...

DANCE: New York City Ballet presents four expertly performed pieces at Sadler's Wells...

STAGE: Zach Zucker's Stamptown takes Soho Theatre audiences by storm...

STAGE: The Mother of Kamal at the Gatehouse in Highgate...

Jan TV Roundup: Frasier, The Crown, Fellow Travelers, Morning Show, Lessons in Chemistry, Brothers Sun and more...

STAGE: Unfortunate is a riotous explosion at Southwark Playhouse Elephant...

STAGE: Connor Burns stand-up Vertigo at Soho Theatre, on tour until March...

STAGE: Blind Summit brings The Sex Lives of Puppets to Southwark Playhouse...

STAGE: Royal Vauxhall Tavern presents its annual adult-oriented panto Tossed...

STAGE: Above the Stag's riotous panto Puss in Boots is at Wonderville until 31st Dec...


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