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Tom Hanks and Robin Wright Will Be De-Aged For New Film

Robin Wright and Tom Hanks are going to be de-aged along with others for Robert Zemeckis’ Miramax film Here, an adaptation of Richard McGuire’s graphic novel set in a single room following its inhabitants over several years. They will do so using a new generative AI-driven tool called Metaphysic Live.

The film is starring Hanks and Wright, with Paul Bettany and Kelly Reilly and is supposed to have a 2024 release in the United States by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The film’s production VFX supervisor Kevin Baillie stated, “It is incredible to see Metaphysic’s AI-generated content flawlessly integrated into a shot live on set. The actors can even use the technology as a ‘youth mirror’ — testing out acting choices for their younger selves in real time.”

In order to work on the movie, Metaphysic co-founder Chris Ume is going to serve as AI-Supervisor and chief innovation officer Jo Plaete will be the Metaphysic VFX supervisor.

Metaphysic CEO and co-founder Graham stated, “With the support of CAA and by working on projects like Here, Metaphysic is demonstrating the transformative power of hyperreal AI to shape the future of entertainment and to eventually help people create AI-generated, photorealistic immersive content while they own and control their data.”

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Movies Opening This Week, 02/01/2023

  • Title: Knock at the Cabin
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
  • Category: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Rated: R
  • Summary: While vacationing, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse.
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writers: M. Night Shyamalan (screenplay by), Steve Desmond (screenplay by), Michael Sherman (screenplay by)
  • Stars: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge
  • Title: 80 for Brady
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
  • Category: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Summary: A group of friends made it their life-long mission to go to the Super Bowl and meet NFL superstar Tom Brady.
  • Director: Kyle Marvin
  • Writers: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
  • Stars: Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Jane Fonda
  • Title: The Amazing Maurice
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
  • Category: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Rated: PG
  • Summary: This story follows Maurice, a goofy streetwise cat, who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe and has his very own horde of rats, who are strangely literate.
  • Directors: Toby Genkel, Florian Westermann (co-director)
  • Writers: Terry Rossio (screenplay by), Terry Pratchett, (based on the book “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents” by), Robert Chandler(additional material by)
  • Stars: Hugh Laurie (voice), Emilia Clarke (voice), David Thewlis (voice)
  • Title: Bosch & Rockit
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
  • Category: Drama
  • Summary: In the late summer along the Australian coast, Bosch, a young father goes on the run for drug dealing with his surf gang. In tow is his son, Rockit, who believes he is on a magical holiday.
  • Director: Tyler Atkins
  • Writers: Tyler Atkins (story), Drue Metz
  • Stars: Isabel Lucas, Luke Hemsworth, Rasmus King
  • Title: Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive – Scherzo of Deep Night
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
  • Category: Animation
  • Summary: Two months have passed since the deadly game began, and Kirito and Asuna continue to make progress. They stop for treasure, but then they must face Asuna’s least favorite monster.
  • Director: Ayako Kouno
  • Writer: Reki Kawahara
  • Stars: Haruka Tomatsu (voice), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (voice), Shiori Izawa (voice)
  • Title: Dreams of Darkness
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
  • Category: Horror, Thriller
  • Summary: Devastated by the disappearance of his wife, Derek Fabry enters a nightmarish world of the occult, erotic evil, and supernatural seduction as he tries to unravel the mystery of her vanishing.
  • Director: Nikolai Malden
  • Writers: Miles Jonn-Dalton, Nikolai Malden, Paolo Di Leo
  • Stars: Miles Jonn-Dalton, Pia Bertucci, Renee Domenz
  • Title: He Killed in Ecstasy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Category: Horror
  • Director: Nikolai Malden
  • Writers: Miles Jonn-Dalton, Nikolai Malden
  • Stars: Ellen Wing, Miles Jonn-Dalton, Antonio Mayans

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Michael Jackson’s Nephew Jaafar Jackson Is Set to Play Him in A New Biopic

Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew is going to be playing him in a biopic about the singer’s life. The project is titled Michael and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua who posted the news on his Instagram. While Graham King is producing it along with John Branca and John McClain who are co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate. The script was written by John Logan.

Michael Jackson had won 13 Grammys and was a star from the time he was a child being in the Jackson 5. He quickly became the biggest pop star in the world before passing away in 2009 at the age of 50 years old. Lionsgate has said that the film will cover all aspects of Michael Jackson’s life. However, it is unclear how much of the many controversies he faced throughout his career will be seen in the film.

Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson stated that, “Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”

Meanwhile producer Graham King added, “I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael, It was something so powerful that even after conducting a worldwide search, it was clear that he is the only person to take on this role. I am beyond thrilled that he has come on board to portray his uncle and cannot wait for the world to see him on the big screen as Michael Jackson.”

The film Michael will start principal photography this year.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Prepping ‘Tomb Raider’ TV Series for Amazon (Exclusive)

Emmy winning Phoebe Waller-Bridge is looking to join the video game turned action film, Tomb Raider. The project is currently in the development stage and the latest result of Waller-Bridge’s renewed deal with the streaming service.

Reports indicate that Waller-Bridge is set to write the scripts for Tomb Raider. Waller-Bridge will also executive produce the TV series for Amazon along with the former head of comedy and drama Ryan Andolina and former head of overall deals Amanda Greenblatt. Dmitri M. Johnson will executive produce via his dj2 company.

Tomb Raider is the newest project that Waller-Bridge is a part of at Amazon. She is also developing Sign Here, an adaptation of Claudia Lux’s book. Waller-Bridge has been highly desired since the success of Amazon’s Fleabag.

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Jay Leno’s 30-Year Run at NBCUniversal Appears to Be Coming to an End

Jay Leno’s streak of 30 years of having a Television show on one of NBCUniversal’s TV channels looks to be coming to an end as Jay Leno’s Garage gets dropped. The channels primetime hours are looking to focus on reality reruns of Shark Tank and Undercover Boss as well as original business documentaries.

Jay Leno’s Garage which focuses on his car collection and interviewing celebrity guests such as President Biden and Elon Musk was where Leno ended up after leaving The Tonight Show in 2014. The show just aired its seventh and final season last fall. Just last year Leno suffered from third degree burns in an accident at his garage.

Jay Leno also is the host of a game show titled You Bet Your Life, that is produced by Fox. However, it appears his reign at NBC is coming to an official end.

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