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Harmony Korine Wants To Present ‘The Beach Bum’ In Odorama
Originally planned to start shooting in July, cameras are still waiting to get rolling on Harmony Korine‘s next film, “The Beach Bum.” The project has Matthew McConaughey lined up to star in the stoner comedy that will follow the misadventures of the rebellious and lovable rogue Moondog. Previously, the director has described the movie as “a cross between a Cheech and Chong movie and that movie ‘Scarecrow,’ ” but it looks like he has one more element up his sleeve to make it truly special.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘The Sinner’ Ep Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article
Exclusive: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, Splitfoot (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer. It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a… »
Cher Joins ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel ‘Here We Go Again’
Cher has joined Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” The multi-hyphenate hinted at her appearance in the movie over the weekend in a tweet and Variety has confirmed that she has been cast in the film.
— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning, with Ol Parker writing and directing. The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Lily James will play the role of Young Donna. Young versions of Rosie and Tanya will be portrayed by Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn, respectively. Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine, while Young Bill is Josh Dylan and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner.
- Justin Kroll
‘Veep’ Actor Reid Scott in Talks to Join Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ (Exclusive)
Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”), and Kelly Marcel will write the script for “Venom.” Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.
The studio has made it clear that Spider-Man will not be in these standalone films, but has left the door open for Venom to possibly appear in other “Spider-Man”-related movies. “Venom” hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
Since its inception in 1988, the alien symbiote Venom has been one of “Spider-Man’s” most popular characters, making the film a top priority for Sony. The villain made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where »
- Justin Kroll
Paramount Horror Movie 'Eli' Gets January 2019 Release Date
Paramount is kicking off 2019 with Eli.
The studio announced on Monday that the horror movie will get a wide release on Jan. 4, 2019. The film from Sinister 2 director Ciaran Foy tells the story of a secluded clinic, where a boy with a rare disease is being treated. Soon, the clinic becomes a haunted prison without a way out. In addition to Eli, Foy is writing and directing the upcoming project The Shee for Blumhouse.
David Chirchirillo penned the script for Eli, which made the 2015 Black List. Screenwriters Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, known for their 2016 supernatrural horror film The Autopsy of Jane Doe, revised »
- Ashley Lee,Aaron Couch
‘Blade Runner’ Nears $100M Offshore, Has Soft Korea Open; ‘Kingsman’ Closes In On $200M – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: Alcon/Sony's Blade Runner 2049 leads studio movies abroad this session, although it again has butted heads with Chinese comedy success Never Say Die coming in slightly ahead to win the international box office weekend. BR2049 grossed a Sony estimated $29.3M in 64 markets this session, taking its overseas total to $98M. Tied in with domestic, that brings the worldwide cume to $158.6M through two frames. Holds were very solid in some markets on the sequel… »
‘The New Mutants’ Will Be the First in a Trilogy of X-Men Horror Movies
The New Mutants director Josh Boone is nothing if not efficient, beginning production for his X-Men spin-off film earlier this summer, releasing a trailer last week, and now revealing that the horror-inspired superhero movie is the first in a planned trilogy. In the superhero genre, where films are planned years in advance, this is nothing new. But Boone’s […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
David Fincher Says There’s Not Much “Sustenance” Working For Marvel
Marvel‘s massive machine may be dominating the multiplex and growing like crazy on the small screen, but no one would call the efforts high art. While Kevin Feige has certainly done a tremendous job rounding up top-tier talent for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are no illusions that the movies are anything more than well-executed, but still largely disposable, entertainment. But David Fincher sees hope on television for those who want to do something richer, without having to serve a blockbuster machine.
Continue reading David Fincher Says There’s Not Much “Sustenance” Working For Marvel at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Netflix Wins Bidding War for ‘Power,’ White Hot Spec Script (Exclusive)
Netflix has swooped in and nabbed “Power,” a spec script from Mattson Tomlin that was drawing a lot of interest and bids from multiple studios.
Details of the project are being kept under wraps, as is the sale’s price, but this was a hot one. “Power” is a sci-fi thriller and will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The pair are long-time collaborators. They recently partnered on 2016’s “Nerve,” a thriller with James Franco and Emma Roberts that was a sleeper hit for Lionsgate. They also directed “Viral,” a twisty horror movie about a deadly contagion that came out the same year.
Joost and Schulman got their start with “Catfish,” a 2010 documentary about a young man whose internet romance takes an unexpected turn. The film was later turned into an MTV series of the same name. In addition, the pair directed “Paranormal Activity 3” and “Paranormal Activity 4.”
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- Brent Lang
‘Icarus,’ ‘LA 92’ Among Initial IDA Documentary Awards Nominees
The International Documentary Assn. has announced its initial round of nominees for the 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards.
Nominations for best feature and short, along with awards for creative recognition, will be announced on Nov. 1.
The 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards will take place on Dec. 9.
Pare Lorentz Award
“Watani: My Homeland” (Recipient)
Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen
“Intent to Destroy” (Special Mention)
Director: Joe Berlinger
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- Kristopher Tapley
Hollywood Film Awards to Honor 'Coco,' 'Mudbound'
The honors will be handed out Nov. 5 at a ceremony hosted by James Corden at the Beverly Hilton.
Disney-Pixar's Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt in a story about a boy who, inspired by his idol, the late, great musician Ernesto de la Cruz, sets off on an adventure of music and mystery, resulting in the most unusual family reunion.
- Kimberly Nordyke
Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020
Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way. ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.
“I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. »
- Zack Sharf
Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’
While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”
No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)
Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015
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- Michael Nordine
Producers Guild Votes Unanimously to Terminate Harvey Weinstein’s Membership
Harvey Weinstein’s membership to the Producers Guild of America is on track for termination. “This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” the guild said in a statement. Guild leadership met Monday in an emergency session originally called for Saturday, following two explosive reports of sexual misconduct by Weinstein including multiple allegations of rape. Also Read: The Weinstein Company in Sale Talks With Colony Capital, Gets Emergency Cash Infusion “As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity »
- Matt Donnelly
TV Azteca, Keshet Team For Super Series; Acorn Looks ‘Straight Forward’ – Mipcom
TV Azteca and Keshet International are joining forces in a deal to co-develop and produce an original Spanish-language super series to air on TV Azteca. It will be developed under the Ki banner and co-produced with TV Azteca in-house. The plan is to launch the 60-episode series next year. Ki is handling global sales. Joshua Mintz, Deputy President for TV Azteca, and Kelly Wright, VP Distribution and New Business at Ki, will oversee development. TV Azteca is the… »
Ex-Weinstein staffer says assistants were manipulated: ‘We weren’t safe either’
As stories suggest female staffers helped lure producer’s alleged victims, former assistant says she and her colleagues also faced abusive behavior
The women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse spoke of the same tactic: the movie producer would make young women feel safe with the presence of his female assistants, who would later disappear, leaving the mogul alone to harass and assault his guests, they alleged.
After a week of reading stories casting blame on Weinstein’s female employees, one former assistant said she wanted to speak up and make clear that the situation was much more complicated. She and other women at his company were also victims of Weinstein’s abuse – regularly exploited and manipulated, leaving some severely traumatized, the woman alleged in a recent interview with the Guardian.
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- Sam Levin in San Francisco
Banijay Group Ramps Up Scripted Output with Drama Projects From Tom Fontana, Radu Mihaileanu (Exclusive)
One year after joining Banijay Group to spearhead the expansion of the company into international scripted programming, TV industry veteran Takis Candilis has launched joint ventures in key European markets and has put in motion several high-profile series with helmers such as Tom Fontana and Radu Mihaileanu.
Speaking to Variety at Mipcom, Candilis spoke about the highlights of the company’s scripted development slate, including Radu Mihaileanu’s “Farewell Shanghai” and Tom Fontana’s untitled series about Joann of Arc.
“Farewell Shanghai” is being developed by David Kodsi’s Kien Productions and is based on Angel Wagenstein’s 2007 book by the same name. Taking place on the eve of WWII, “Farewell Shanghai” follows the true-life journey of European jews who fled Nazi Germany and found refuge in Shanghai. These refugees, many of whom were accomplished artists and intellectuals, lived in Shanghai slums and worked in menial jobs.
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- Elsa Keslassy
‘Angels Wear White’ to Open Singapore Film Festival
Chinese drama, “Angels Wear White” has been set as the opening title of the Singapore International Film Festival.
The film kicks off with an apparent assault on two school girls by a public official in a hotel. What follows is a tale of corruption, collusion and compromise, set in a decaying seaside town.
“Angels” is the second film directed by Vivian Qu, who previously shot “Trap Street.” It had its premiere in Venice earlier this year, and has since played in Toronto and London festivals. It has since been nominated for three prizes at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards.
“Vivian Qu has made a name for herself as one of the few female filmmakers and producers in China and has been a strong advocate for independent cinema. ‘Angels Wear White’ showcases her prolific cinematic style in telling a hard-hitting story of the society’s marginalized through the camera lens and brings to fore a rare female perspective »
- Patrick Frater
Mipcom: New Ricardo Darin Production Co Teams with Patagonik, Disney, FilmSharks on Juan Vera’s ‘Love at Last Sight’ (Exclusive)
Cannes — Ricardo Darin and Mercedes Moran (“Neruda,” “La Cienaga”) are attached to star in “Amor a ultima Vista” (Love at Last Sight”), directed by Patagonik producer-screenwriter Juan Vera’s (“Dos más Dos,” “Just Like Me”), a near institution in Argentina’s film industry.
The last-chance love story marks the debut of Kenya Film, Ricardo Darín’s new production label, which will produce with Disney co-owned Patagonik, which has backed Pablo Trapero’s “Carancho” and “White Elephant” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” selected this year for Venice and Toronto.
Set to shoot in first half 2018, “Love at Last Sight” will be released by Disney/Bvi in Argentina and South America during the third quarter of 2018, bidding fare to be one of the biggest opening of next year. FilmSharks Intl. has acquired international sales rights.
“Love At Last Sight” turns on Marcos (Darín) and Ana (Moran) , who have been married for twenty-five years. One day, the »
- John Hopewell
Busan: Director Chowdhury Sets ‘Rickshaw Girl’ for March Shoot
Chowdhury is part of the Bangladeshi contingent attending the Busan Platform program.
The film is based on Mitali Perkins’ bestselling 2007 young adult novel that was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 great children’s books of the last 100 years.
“Rickshaw Girl” is a female empowerment story about Naima, a young Bangladeshi girl who tries to help her struggling family by disguising herself as a boy and operating her ailing father’s prized rickshaw for much-needed extra money. When she crashes the rickshaw, Naima uses her ingenuity and determination to find a way to repair the damage.
“She is also a painter, so she tries rickshaw painting,” says Chowdhury. “I will explore rickshaw painting in Dhaka and the idea of rickshaw painting in general. I will also include some animation, so it will be fun. »
- Naman Ramachandran
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