James Wan is returning to The Conjuring to direct its second instalment.

According to Variety, the director has signed a first-look deal with New Line.

The release date of the movie - which originally starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson - was originally set for October 2015 but was recently pushed back to 2016.

The Conjuring proved a hit in 2013, raking in $318 million worldwide.

Prequel Annabelle was released earlier this month, concerning the origins of the creepy doll featured in the original film.

The Conjuring 2 is written by Carey and Chad Hayes.

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant have joined the cast of Stephen Frears's new film Florence.

The biopic focuses on the life of opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, who pursued a singing career despite lacking technical ability.

Streep will play Foster Jenkins, while Grant will play her manager and partner St Clair Bayfield, who also worked as an actor.

The film was written by Nicholas Martin and is currently in pre-production.

Meanwhile, Streep will star in upcoming film Ricki and the Flash. Earlier this year, she began taking guitar lessons in preparation for her turn as a struggling rocker in the movie.

Streep will also appear in Disney's Into the Woods as a wicked witch who curses a childless couple.

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Neil Patrick Harris was reportedly not the first choice to host next year's Oscars ceremony.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are thought to have asked last year's host Ellen DeGeneres to return, but she declined presenting for a third time, The Hollywood Reporter states.

Chris Rock and Julie Louis-Dreyfus were also apparently invited to host, but both stars rejected the offer.

Harris emerged as the 2015 host last week, having previously hosted four Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards in the past.

DeGeneres previously hosted the Academy Awards in 2006, returning last year. The 2014 ceremony was seen by a worldwide audience of 43.74 million.

Speaking about presenting next year's event, Harris recently said that he doesn't want it to be "super derivative of other shows".

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Will Smith's Hitch movie is being adapted into a series for the small screen.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will consist of half-hour, single-camera episodes in "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics".

Will and wife Jada Pinkett Smith will both serve as executive producers for the series, alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will pen the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.

Hitch was released back in 2005 and told the story of Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, a professional dating advisor who tries to get the girl of his dreams Sara Melas (Eva Mendes).

The film managed to rack up $370 million at the box office worldwide.

Will will next appear in Focus alongside Margot Robbie and is also being eyed up to play a part in the Suicide Squad movie.

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The Harry Potter author was alleged to have been spotted at a London bar celebrating the completion of her latest book, but she has dismissed the claims on Twitter.

She tweeted: "There's a story in today's Mail that I was in a London bar on Monday 'celebrating' handing in a 'romantic novel' to my publishers.

"1) I haven't handed in ANY kind of novel to my publishers. I'm only half way through my current book. 2) It isn't a 'romantic' novel."

She added: "And 3) (brace yourselves) I sometimes have a drink even when I haven't finished a book. Yes, that's how rock and roll I really am."

Rowling is currently writing the follow-up to 2011's The Casual Vacancy, the last book written under her name.

She has also released two novels in the Cormoran Strike crime series under the alias Robert Galbraith.

JK Rowling recently released a new short story based on a character from the Harry Potter series.

The author also hit back at a Twitter user who criticised her for confirming that Albus Dumbledore was gay.

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Warner Bros has finally confirmed that a Justice League movie will be released in 2017.

The announcement - along with confirmation of numerous other movies based on DC Comics characters - was made by Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara during a shareholders' meeting on Wednesday (October 15).

Zack Snyder will direct the movie, featuring the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and "other well known-and highly-anticipated superheroes", according to Tsujihara.

A second instalment in the series will follow in 2019.

Following the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad will premiere in 2016.

Described by Tsujihara as "a gritty story of a team of supervillains who take on black ops mission for the US government", four A-List stars are said to be in talks for the picture.

A Wonder Woman solo outing is tipped for release in 2017. Gal Gadot will play the character in the forthcoming Dawn of Justice movie.

Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) has been cast as The Flash, who will appear in a standalone movie in 2018.

An Aquaman film, with Jason Momoa now confirmed in the title role, will debut that same year.

Shazam will follow in 2019, while a new Green Lantern project and Cyborg are in development along with standalone Batman and Superman titles.

The full lineup of Warner Bros's DC Comics movies is as follows:

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
    Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016)
    Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (2017)
    Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
    The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018)
    Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018)
    Shazam (2019)
    Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
    Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
    Green Lantern (2020)

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The dates were announced by Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, speaking yesterday at the Time Warner investors’ meeting.

He also confirmed reports that the first instalment will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films.

The trilogy, an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was first announced last September. Rowling said at the time:

    "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.

    The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt [Scamander]’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway."

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Although The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie was said to be up for the role earlier this year, Deadline is now reporting that Lucy and Marvel's The Avengers's Scarlett Johansson has been offered the leading role in DreamWorks' live-action adaptation of the popular manga Ghost in the Shell. Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will helm the feature from a script by William Wheeler, based on the series by Masamune Shirow.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul and with the backing of Steven Spielberg, the rights to Shirow's original 1989 complex futuristic thriller, about the members of a covert ops unit that takes on technology-related crime, were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it. In Japan, the huge success of the comics led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games with DreamWorks releasing the second anime film in North America.

It remains to be seen whether or not Johansson will take the part, although Robbie is now said to be out of the running altogether, instead targeting a role in director David Ayer's upcoming DC Comics adaptation, Suicide Squad.

Johansson, who also starred this year in Under the Skin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will soon be reprising her Marvel Cinematic Universe role in next summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron.


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Warner Bros has announced plans to cut costs by $200 million a year.

CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced at the Time Warner investor presentation that the studio will be streamlining across the board.

Variety estimates that the company will cut up to 1,000 jobs, or 10% of its workforce.

Film and television production will be ring-fenced from the cuts.

Time Warner division Turner Broadcasting - which includes CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and TNT - announced last week that it will be cutting 1,475 jobs.

The investor presentation also saw the announcement of Warner's DC Comics film slate, including solo Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash films.

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Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling are wanted for Warner Bros' Suicide Squad.

The actors have been approached for David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling are wanted for Warner Bros' Suicide Squad.

The actors have been approached for David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They are led by the amoral government operative Dr Amanda Waller.

Gosling is also reported to have been approached about Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange.

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