Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi’s Marie Curie Biopic ‘Radioactive’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Studios has partnered with Studiocanal for Marjane Satrapi’s “Radioactive,” a biopic of two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie that stars Rosamund Pike. As part of the deal, Amazon is co-financing with Studiocanal and has taken U.S. and some international rights outside of territories pre-sold by Studiocanal and outside of France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand and the U.K., where Studiocanal has direct distribution operations.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blu-Ray Will Feature 14 Deleted Scenes

Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on Blu-ray next month and it is going to be packed fuller than the Mos Eisley Cantina with extra features.
To start, the disk will feature 14 deleted scenes.
No clues were given about what the scenes may be, but director Rian Johnson said in previous interviews he cut a lot out of the film for time and pace.

Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in ‘It’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “It” sequel as the adult version of Beverly, sources tell Variety.
Director Andy Muschietti is back to direct. Gary Dauberman will pen the script. Beverly was played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 horror hit.

Viola Davis to Star in Amazon Film ‘Troupe Zero’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Viola Davis is attached to star in Amazon Studios film “Troupe Zero,” sources tell Variety.
Duo Bert & Bertie are also attached to direct “Troupe Zero” for Amazon from a script by Lucy Alibar, with Todd Black producing. The duo has credits in film, animation, documentaries, video games, and commercials and is repped by Verve and Hirsch Wallerstein.

‘Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan, Without Season 9 Contract, Books Lead in ABC Pilot

The actress, who has been battling AMC over her season nine salary, will star opposite Scott Foley in ‘Whiskey Cavalier.’Lauren Cohan is eyeing her departure from The Walking Dead.
The actress, who has starred as Maggie since season two of the AMC zombie drama, has booked a lead role in ABC drama pilot Whiskey Cavalier.

No, Jennifer Lawrence Isn’t Taking a Year Off From Acting to Become an Activist

Calm down. Jennifer Lawrence isn’t ditching you. At least not in 2018.
On Friday, Entertainment Tonight reported that Lawrence was taking a break from acting for the next year so she could focus on working with a non-profit organization fighting corruption. But a representative for the Oscar winner told Entertainment Weekly Monday that Lawrence is indeed coming back to work.

See John Oliver Praise Florida Students for Gun Control Efforts

In the aftermath of another school shooting, John Oliver applauded the courageous students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for stepping into the forefront of the gun control debate.”These [school shooting] events are so familiar, you now automatically know how each side will play out: ‘Thoughts and prayers,’ ‘Fuck your thoughts and prayers,’ ‘It’s a mental health problem,’ ‘Yeah, but it’s also a gun problem’ and then someone says ‘Now’s not the time to talk about gun control,’ and everyone moves on until it inevitably happens again,” Oliver said on Last Week Tonight.

Will ‘Get Out’’s free President’s Day screenings — one day before voting begins — boost its Oscar chances?

Monday, Feb. 19 is not only President’s Day, but “Get Out” Free Screening Day. In honor of the one-year anniversary of the film’s release, Feb. 24, 2017, the four-time Oscar nominee will return to 55 select AMC theaters across the country for free 7 p.m. screenings Monday. That’s five hours before Oscar voting begins and this savvy move by Universal could help “Get Out” cross the finish line at the Oscars.

Prolific African Filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo Dies at 64

Burkina Faso’s Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure of African cinema, died at the age of 64 on Sunday, according to a statement from the national filmmakers guild.
A prolific director over the course of his celebrated career, Ouedraogo was best known for “Tilai,” a powerful drama about family honor that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1990.

Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the bleak, bitter, blistering comedy about injustice in small-town America, took the major honours at the 2018 Bafta film awards on Sunday night.
It was a starry, glamorous ceremony, at which the sexual-harassment shame of the film industry and the the subsequent Time’s Up movement were ever present.