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Michael B. Jordan producing war drama ‘Liberators’

Michael B. Jordan is producing "Liberators," a film

Michael B. Jordan is producing "Liberators," a film about a World War II tank battalion. Credit: Invision / Willy Sanjuan

WHO Michael B. Jordan

THE MOVIE “Liberators”

THE DEAL The villain in the billion-dollar hit “Black Panther” will produce a World War II drama about an African-American tank unit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, to be produced in part by Warner Bros. and Jordan’s Outlier Society Productions, will focus on the 761st Tank Battalion, which saw combat under Gen. George S. Patton. Though no cast has yet been announced, “Liberators” would seem to share some similarities with “Red Tails” (2012), about black pilots who formed the heroic Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

THE MOVIE “Isle of Dogs”

THE DEAL Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film has nabbed an April 20 release date in China, which is celebrating the Year of the Dog, Deadline reports. Anderson’s film, the third Fox Searchlight title to be released in the country, follows a boy who searches for his dog in a futuristic megacity. The stellar voice cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Yoko Ono and Greta Gerwig, but they may not be the main selling point for China, a canine-crazy country where movies like “A Dog’s Purpose” (2017) have proved popular. According to Deadline, Fox Searchlight has been setting up BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) screenings in other markets.

WHO Burton Gilliam

THE MOVIE “Blazing Saddles”

THE DEAL The Texas-born boxer and firefighter, who became a recognizable character actor throughout the 1970s and ’80s, will host a local screening of one of his best-known films, Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western spoof “Blazing Saddles.” Gilliam had only recently begun acting when Brooks cast him as the toothsome cowboy Lyle, who leads a rousing version of “Camptown Ladies.” Gilliam, 79, also appeared in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974) and “Gator” (1976).

INFO 9 p.m. April 28 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington; $15; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org

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