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I N   T H E   U K . . .
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  2. > THE FAVOURITE
  3. = AQUAMAN
  4. > ANDRE RIEU'S NEW YEAR CONCERT
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  6. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
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  2. > ESCAPE ROOM
  3. MARY POPPINS RETURNS
  4. = SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
  5. BUMBLEBEE
  6. – THE MULE
  7. VICE
  8. = SECOND ACT
  9. = RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
  10. HOLMES & WATSON
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D A T E L I N E :   9   J A N U A R Y . . .

Margot Robbie's BARBIE movie is back in motion. Robbie is producing the film and starring in what looks like a reverent, inspirational live-action movie based on the globally popular doll. This is the first film made by Mattel's new film division.


Dave Bautista has joined the cast of DUNE, the new adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel series about a desert planet that is rich in an essential spice. Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson star in the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Dave Franco is being lined up to play Vanilla Ice in the biopic TO THE EXTREME, tracing Robert Van Winkle's journey from a Texan high school dropout to a chart-topping rapper. Chris Goodwin and Phil Van are writing the script; James Franco is producing.
Michael Pena has joined the cast of the comedy LEXI, which stars Adam Devine as a guy who falls in love with the artificial intelligence app in his phone. Alexandra Shipp costars in the film, which is being written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Filming is underway in San Francisco.
Suki Waterhouse is joining Keira Knightley in MISBEHAVIOUR, a black comedy set around the 1970 Miss World competition, which was disrupted by women's liberation activists. Costars include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville and Phyllis Logan.
Danny DeVito is the latest new cast member for the JUMANJI sequel, which again stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillen as videogame avatars. Awkwafina has also joined the cast; Jake Kasdan is back as director.
Kevin Conroy and Susan Eisenberg will lead the voice cast of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS THE FATAL FIVE, an animated adventure based on the DC Comic about superheroes chasing a group of time-traveling villains. Also in the cast are Diane Guerrero, Elyes Gabel, Tom Kenny and George Newborn.
Filmmaker Brad Bird has announced that his next project will be a live-action musical that features an extended animated sequence. Michael Giacchino is composing the music for the film, which is otherwise being kept under wraps at this point.
Former child actor Alex Winter will direct the documentary SHOWBIZ KIDS, which explores the lives of a variety of children who work in show business. The film intends to include some of the most famous child actors in the world.
And even though it was a critical miss, the team is reassembling for a VENOM sequel. Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson will be back, as will screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Although producers are seeking a new director for this one, as Ruben Fleischer has other projects in the works.

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D A T E L I N E :   4   J A N U A R Y . . .

Awkwafina is joining the cast of the JUMANJI sequel, which will again star Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillen. The plot for this one is being kept under wraps. Jake Kasdan is returning as director.


Dakota Johnson is set to reteam once again with filmmaker Luca Guadagnino to play Timothee Chalamet's wife in the sequel to Call Me By Your Name. The plot is still in the works, with both novelist Andre Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory involved in its development. Armie Hammer is set to return as well.
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will be back for a new JAY AND SILENT BOB movie. The film is currently in the works with the actor-filmmakers and producer Jordan Monsanto. The duo appeared in six of Smith's films from Clerks in 1994 to Clerks 2 in 2006.
Heather Matarazzo and Orson Bean are joining the cast of THE FIDDLING HORSE, a comedy about a woman (Paula Lindberg) who inherits a racehorse and decides to use it to set up an elaborate con with the help of a celebrity jockey (Andy Kindler). CJ Wallis is directing.
Yasmin Al Massri (Quantico) will star in and produce JULIET, about a New York astrophysicist who struggles to recover after her husband's death. The film centres on a series of incidents on the one-year anniversary of his passing. Bandar Albuliwi is writing and directing.
This year's Bafta Rising Stars have been announced as Cynthia Erivo, Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield, Jessie Buckley and Barry Keoghan. As usual, these are relatively established actors who are newly in the public eye, and this is the one Bafta that is selected by a public vote. Last year's winner was Daniel Kaluuya.
After a remarkably honest chat with Ellen DeGeneres on her show (full clips are online), Kevin Hart is reconsidering his decision to back down to defamatory internet trolls. He may be the host of next month's Oscars after all.
And apparently, Carrie Fisher's appearance in STAR WARS EPISODE IX won't be a cameo as expected. Director JJ Abrams says there are a lot of unused scenes from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi that are enough to create a major plot for General Leia.

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D A T E L I N E :   2 8   D E C E M B E R . . .

Saoirse Ronan will reteam with Wes Anderson for THE FRENCH DISPATCH, which stars an ensemble that includes Tilda Swinton, Timothee Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Lea Seydoux, Benicio Del Toro and Jeffrey Wright.


Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper are starring with Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a biopic about children's TV icon Fred Rogers. The story centres on Rogers' unexpected friendship with a cynical journalist. Marielle Heller is directing.
Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Brian Cox and basically the entire cast of the TV series DEADWOOD has reunited to make a feature film to close out the series, 13 years after it was cancelled. Also on board are Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Brad Dourig, Kim Dickens, Robin Wrigert and Gerald Rainey. Daniel Minahan is directing.
Alexandra Shipp will join Andy Devine in LEXI, a comedy written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It's about a guy who begins to lose touch with reality as he falls for the AI personality on his devices. Filming starts next month.
Paola Nunez and Jacob Scipio are the latest new cast members to join Will Smith and Martin Lawrence on BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, which this time pits the hotshot Miami cops against a drug kingpin. Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and Charles Melton costar.
Michael Gross will be back for a seventh TREMORS movie. He has appeared in every film in the franchise since the original in 1990 (and also appeared in the short-lived TV series). There's no word on the plot, as if it matters.
Regina Hicks (Insecure) and Karin Gist (Star) are writing a third SISTER ACT movie, which will focus on a new cast of singing nuns. Whoopi Goldberg is not expected to appear in the reboot and has spoken of making her own sequel with Tiffany Haddish and Tyler Perry.
As he finishes up the forthcoming John Wick Chapter Three, filmmaker Chad Stahelski says he'd like to take on another franchise: HIGHLANDER. Apparently, he has been working on a reboot of the action fantasy about the immortal Scot. Stahelski is also developing SANDMAN SLIM, based on the fantasy books by Richard Kadrey.
Work is underway on the subtly titled doc #UNFIT: MALIGNANT NARCISSISM COMES TO WASHINGTON, DC. Dan Partland is directing the film, which delves into Donald Trump's mental fitness for office through the eyes of doctors and mental health professionals.
And Nicki Minaj has joined the voice cast of THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, alongside the returning Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage, plus Awkwafina, Sterling K Brown, Leslie Jones, Lil Rel Howery, Eugenio Derbez and Zach Woods.

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NEWS SOURCES: Dark Horizons. Digital Spy. The Hollywood Reporter. Deadline. The Wrap. BBC. IMDb. Rotten Tomatoes.
ALSO: Ain't It Cool News. British Film Institute. CNN. Empire. Entertainment Weekly. Evening Standard.
Film Threat. The Guardian. indieWire. Screen International. Sight and Sound. Variety.

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