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Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in the psycho-thriller Mother!

Fear not, Star Wars fans: Episode IX’s director vacancy has been filled! The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will return to the storied Disney franchise. (Hollywood Reporter)

It not only topped the box office, but the Stephen King horror film shattered all expectations with $123.1 million during opening weekend, becoming the biggest horror movie debut in history. (Hollywood Reporter)

Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water took home the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion. Del Toro is the first Mexican director to win the festival’s top honor. (Deadline)

Disney Studios will bring more magic to theaters with the recently-announced Christopher Robin, Artemis Fowl and live-action Aladdin films. (ComingSoon)

Patty Jenkins will become the highest-paid female filmmaker in history when she begins production on Wonder Woman 2, set for release in 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)

Gavin O’Connor will step into “one of the biz’s most highly-touted gigs” as writer and director of Suicide Squad 2. (Variety)

Taken star Liam Neeson is retiring from action films. At the Toronto Film Festival, Neeson referenced his age as a factor, stating, “audiences are eventually going to go: ‘come on.’” Fortunately, his “particular set of skills” will continue to be put to good use in other genres. (Sky News)

If you’ve been waiting for some Tomb Raider news, Empire has an exclusive new look at Alicia Vikander taking on the role of fictional adventurer Lara Croft. (Empire)

Louis C.K., known for self-distributing his films and stand-up appearances, made it clear at Toronto International Film Festival that he wants his “secret” film I Love You, Daddy to be seen in theaters first. (Hollywood Reporter)

Mike Myers made Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody famous for a new generation by rocking out to the tune in Wayne’s World. With a Freddy Mercury biopic featuring Rami Malek in the works, Myers is now negotiating for a role of his own. (Deadline)


Don’t forget to catch the new films opening this weekend!

  • Mother!: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
  • American Assassin: A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.
  • Brad’s Status: A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.


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