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'Harry Potter' spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' will be a trilogy

Fantastic Beasts come in threes.

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released by Warner Bros. as a trilogy of “megamovies,” The New York Times reports in its profile on the studio’s CEO, Kevin Tsujihara. Based on the Hogwarts textbook written by Potter author J.K. Rowling, the new franchise is an extension of her extraordinarily realized wizarding world. The films will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander and start in New York approximately seven decades before Harry Potter’s own adventures.

According to Rowling herself, Tsujihara is responsible for convincing the author to dive back into the Potterverse. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood, and Drew Barrymore introduce packed Warner Bros. slate at CinemaCon

It’s not yet clear if any of the stars Warner Bros. trotted out during the last panel of the CinemaCon trade show had the star power to eclipse the giant lizard that seemed to steal the show during the studio’s presentation of Godzilla, but the studio couldn’t be faulted for trying.

On hand to present just a few films from the robust slate — which includes the musical tribute to Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, the mind-bending thriller Transcendence, and the family comedy Blended — were director Clint Eastwood, stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, respectively.

But with Bryan Cranston doing panic and grief better than anyone, it looks like WB’s big hit of the summer with be Gareth Edwards’ take on the iconic Godzilla. READ FULL STORY

Andy Serkis will direct live-action 'The Jungle Book'

Andy Serkis — also known as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit’s second unit director – is set to take a break from the Tolkien universe to direct the live-action The Jungle Book from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This will be the actor’s feature directing debut. Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu was previously in the running to direct.

This The Jungle Book is one of two Jungle Book films in the works right now — the other is being made by Disney.

'Veronica Mars' opens to $2 million; conversation about future plans and a possible sequel could happen soon

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The Marshmallows turned out in droves this weekend to check out the theatrical debut of Veronica Mars. The Kickstarter-funded, cult TV show adaptation opened to a cool $2 million from 291 theaters (265 in the U.S.), earning the pic a spot on the top 10 according, to initial estimates.

The PG-13 pic was also released simultaneously on VOD — free for Kickstarter backers who’d contributed $35 or more to the record-breaking campaign, but also available for purchase or rental through digital download services such as iTunes or Amazon. The industry has not gotten into a mode where they share VOD earnings, but the multi-platform availability clearly did not dissuade fans from making the trek to the theaters.

But, is it a success?

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'Veronica Mars' backers experience technical difficulties with digital downloads; Warner Bros. and Rob Thomas respond

The same passion that drove Veronica Mars fans to contribute over $5.7 million to help a movie version of the beloved television show come to life fed some vitriol after a number of Kickstarter backers were unable to download the film digitally. Backers who contributed $35 or more to the campaign were promised “a digital version of the movie within a few days of the movie’s theatrical debut.”

But, as of Friday night, some were experiencing difficulties downloading the film via Flixster/Ultraviolet. One backer wrote: “Tried to get the movie streamed/downloaded on several devices and ended up wasting 5 hours and still didn’t get to watch the movie on release day. This has really tainted what had been until now a really positive experience.”

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas responded to his backers immediately, offering a step by step process to get help. “I genuinely want today to be perfect for all of you…I want you to be able to watch it on whatever platform or device works best for your needs,” Thomas wrote. “Please know that Warner Bros. have given Customer Support a lot of freedom to help make things right, so if you’re having issues, please let them know: they’ll do their best to either help get Flixster working to your satisfaction, or, if you prefer, to provide an alternate solution.”

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Rooney Mara to play Tiger Lily in 'Pan'

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is headed to the mystical universe of Peter Pan. Sources confirm that Rooney Mara has been cast as the tribal princess Tiger Lily in director Joe Wright’s live-action epic Pan.

Set during World War II, Pan will be a new take on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. It follows Peter, a young orphan who is kidnapped by pirates and taken to Neverland. There, he determines he’s destined to help save the land from Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Garrett Hedlund has taken the role of the not-bad-yet Hook in the film and the part of Pan has yet to be cast, but reports say that the studio is looking for an actor between the ages of 10 and 12. Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) wrote the script. READ FULL STORY

'Ant-Man' claims vacated Superman/Batman release date

Edgar Wright’s take on Marvel’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, will be released on July 17, 2015 — two weeks earlier than scheduled. Marvel announced the news on its site on Thursday. Its only direct competition now is Warner Bros.’ Pan.

This scheduling takes advantage of the fact that Warner Bros. just pushed its Man of Steel sequel back nine months to a May 6, 2016, release. It previously held the July 17, 2015, spot, which was likely why Ant-Man had built in that two-week buffer. Other July 2015 releases include the Terminator reboot, Minions, and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.

It’s all speculation at this point, but in general, these moves are good for Ant-Man – another potential franchise in the Marvel universe.

Golden Globes: Party Report! Inside scoop from all the after-ceremony festivities

EW is inside all the Golden Globes parties tonight. Check out our reports from inside all the carousing and celebrating. Check back often for updates and follow us on Twitter at #EWglobes.
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in talks to direct 'The Jungle Book' for Warner Bros.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Deadline first reported the news.

The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.

Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young boy raised in the jungle for a major studio would be another departure for the Mexico City-native. Newcomer Callie Kloves has already written the script, and Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves is set to produce.

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Producer says 'Trouble With the Curve' was his idea, files lawsuit against Warner Bros.

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Earlier today, Ryan Brooks and Gold Glove Productions filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California claiming that the concept for Warner Bros.’ 2012 film Trouble With the Curve was stolen from three of the production company’s copyrighted scripts as well as a concept reel.

The lawsuit alleges that the script for Trouble With the Curve, which was credited to Randy Brown, was originally for a film titled Omaha, written by Don Handfield. Both scripts focus on a father-daughter relationship in the middle of a baseball story, and now, it’s being alleged that he was involved in changing the script into what would become Trouble With the Curve, before Brown’s name was stamped on the work.

The lawsuit claims, “Don Handfield’s writing style, tics, and persona are like fingerprints and DNA all over Trouble With the Curve, which steals the very story noted above from Omaha, including aspects from notes by Handfield and Brooks when they worked together on Omaha and earlier treatments of Omaha (when entitled Run Down).” It continues: “In short, Don Handfield helped write the original, copyrighted work Omaha for Plaintiff Gold Glove Productions as a requested work-for-hire but had a falling out with its founder and creator of that project, college baseball standout, Plaintiff Brooks. Thus, Don Handfield switched the setting, adjusted the trimmings, and gave birth to an infringing counterfeit version of the same story.”
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