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Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct ‘The Batman’

Ending weeks of speculation and swirling rumors about the future of one of its most important comic book franchises, Warner Bros. announced that director Matt Reeves — whose films include “Cloverfield,” “Let Me In” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — will take the reins of the next solo Batman...

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Gore Verbinski opens up about his Hollywood hiatus, finding ‘A Cure for Wellness’ and sock puppets

In an earlier life, years before he became a big-time filmmaker, Gore Verbinski played guitar in a string of Los Angeles punk bands, banging out in-your-face songs with titles like “Hate You,” “Choke on It” and “I Wanna Die Like Elvis Did.”

Alas, rock stardom wasn’t to be, and eventually Verbinski...

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The jokes, the scene (oh, and the winners) at the film academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards

The beautiful people hog most of the headlines during Oscars season, but on Saturday evening it was the geeks who inherited the Earth, as the motion picture academy handed out its annual Scientific and Technical Awards.

The Sci-Tech Awards ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire hotel was, as always,...

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In ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne are back together after all these years

The first time Laurence Fishburne watched the gonzo, mayhem-filled 2014 cult action film “John Wick,” he immediately knew he wanted be involved in any potential sequel. “I was like a kid,” the actor recalled recently. “I was laughing. I was giddy.” 

Fortunately for him, he knows a guy: A long while...

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In ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne are back together after all these years

The first time Laurence Fishburne watched the gonzo, mayhem-filled 2014 cult action film “John Wick,” he immediately knew he wanted be involved in any potential sequel. “I was like a kid,” the actor recalled recently. “I was laughing. I was giddy.” 

Fortunately for him, he knows a guy: A long while...

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Ben Affleck steps away from directing solo Batman movie

Ben Affleck, who was set to star in and direct a planned solo Batman movie for Warner Bros., has decided not to helm the project after all, though he remains committed to reprise his role as the Dark Knight.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” the...

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Viola Davis brings her A game to everything she does

When Viola Davis’ name is announced in the supporting actress category at this year’s Academy Awards for her performance in “Fences,” there is little question what her Oscar clip will be.

It will be that scene – the one in which Davis’ long-suffering Rose, confronted by her embittered husband,...

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‘La La Land,’ diversity and the return of Mel Gibson: The highlights of the 2017 Oscar nominations

There are few things Hollywood loves more than celebrating itself and, true to form, the nominations handed out Tuesday for the 89th Academy Awards reflected an industry happy to revel in its own glittering self-image. But they also revealed a 90-year-old tradition-bound institution embracing the...

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‘Hidden Figures’ triumphs at the holiday weekend box office, while Affleck and Scorsese fizzle

In an unusually crowded Martin Luther King Jr. weekend box-office race, a strong group of holdovers managed to fend off an underperforming crop of new and expanding films featuring some of the industry’s biggest names. The inspirational drama “Hidden Figures” took the top spot for the second week...

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Rebooted Green Lantern franchise moving forward at Warner Bros. and DC

As Warner Bros. moves into the next phase of expansion of its DC Comics cinematic universe, the studio has tapped screenwriters David Goyer and Justin Rhodes to take a fresh crack at one of the most famous DC characters: Green Lantern.

Goyer and Rhodes will write the script for “Green Lantern Corps,”...

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