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Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label.

Acquisitions

Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as the Egyptian-born Italian singer who became one of France’s biggest pop stars from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recording in more than five languages, Dalida sold a record-breaking 170 million albums during her lifetime. Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star.

Django,” meanwhile, launches early next year. Directed by Etienne Comar, the film stars Reda Kateb as gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, with Cecile de France playing his muse. The movie, which opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is set in 1943 Paris amid the occupation by Nazis, who oppose his “hot jazz” as being degenerate »

- Dave McNary

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The Weinstein Company Launches New Animation Division Called ‘Mizchief’

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Company is taking a flying leap into the world of animation, announcing today the formation of their brand new animation label “Mizchief,” which will roll out later this summer with the release of their film “Leap!” The company has also announced the second film set to bear the Mizchief label, the Gary Wang and Life Chaser Animation Studios’ feature “The Guardian Brothers.”

Of the news, TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in an official statement, “I named the label Mizchief because that’s how my son pronounces mischief. Animation is a playful new direction for us and I’m thrilled to expand the TWC repertoire into a whole new category of films for our kids to enjoy and for us to enjoy with them. All of these films will share incredible stories that most importantly both inspire and entertain our kids.”

Read More:‘Leap!’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Voices Ballet-Obsessed »

- Kate Erbland

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The Weinstein Company launches animation label Mizchief

16 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First release will be Leap!, featuring Elle Fanning.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is launching an animation-focused distribution label titled Mizchief.

The first release under the new banner will be Eric Summer and Éric Warin’s Leap! [pictured]. The animated feature has a voice cast including Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, with Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks. Leap! has been given a Us release date of Aug 25.

Mizchief’s second release will be The Guardian Brothers, from director Gary Wang and Life Chaser Animation Studios. The film’s voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Mel brooks, Nicole Kidman, Edward Norton, Dan Fogler, and Bella Thorne.

The company, which has scaled back its theatrical operations in the past 18 months, said in a press release that it is planning to build its slate of animated films and that it has two projects in development – adaptations of Philip Pullman’s The Firework-Makers Daughter and George Selden’s The Cricket In Times Square.

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- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Weinstein Company to Launch Animated Label Mizchief

16 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Weinstein Company is launching its own animation label, called Mizchief, it announced Friday. “Leap!,” the upcoming title starring Elle Fanning, will be the first title released under the Mizchief brand. The family film follows an 11-year-old orphan (Fanning), who dreams of moving to Paris and becoming a dancer — but faces plenty of obstacles. “Leap!” also stars Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler, along with Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks. Jepsen, Demi Lovato and Sia provided original music for the movie. Also Read: Hollywood Filmmaker Brothers, From the Russos to the Weinsteins (Photos) “Leap!” will hit theaters on Aug. »

- Carli Velocci

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Weinstein Company Launches Mizchief Animated Film Label

18 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Weinstein Company will put a new film logo, Mizchief, on the August 25 release of Leap!, and will use it to make more animated films, TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein announced. Pic features the voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon and Mel Brooks. It is about an orphan who dreams of going to Paris to be a dancer, teaming with a youth who wants to be a famous inventor. The second release under the label is The Guardian Brothers, TWC's… »

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Mindy Newell: Migraines and Mel

14 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

This may turn out to be a short one, guys.

A lot of us here at ComicMix have written about the agonies of writer’s block, but I don’t think anyone has ever talked about the torture of trying to write when your head is trying to separate itself from the rest of your body.

That’s ‘cause I have the worst tension migraine right now. I’ve been having them all week, on and off. It’s probably because I’m starting to go nuts from being – mostly – stuck in the house. My vision is okay, but there’s a little man with a pick-ax standing on the right side of the crown of my head, and he’s swinging away and my right ear is ringing in response – I feel like Wile E. Coyote after a run-in with the Roadrunner. I’ve taken my Advil, but the »

- Mindy Newell

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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82

13 August 2017 6:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”

Taylor said Bologna had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.” Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

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Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Others Strangers” in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82

13 August 2017 6:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”

Taylor said Bologna had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.” Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Others Strangers” in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young and Bea Arthur. Taylor »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Bad Girls Of "Batman" And Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum To Appear At Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Con

12 August 2017 7:01 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert TanenbaumJean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.

Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night.  Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Orville: Seth MacFarlane Explains Why His New Show Isn't Just a Comedy

8 August 2017 5:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

So you’re expecting Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox series The Orville to be a Star Trek parody filled with crude jokes? Well, you’d better reset your coordinates.

RelatedCharlize Theron to Guest-Star on Fox’s Sci-Fi Spoof The Orville, Reuniting With Seth MacFarlane

The sci-fi series — premiering Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8/7c — is not just a Family-Guy-in-space collection of punchlines; it has a dramatic side as well, with earnest metaphorical explorations of current societal issues. (An early episode tackles the thorny question of gender identity, for example.) And that’s exactly the way MacFarlane, who created the show and »

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Now Casting: Grab a Role in the Action Film ‘Serpent’ + 3 More Gigs

4 August 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Today’s casting roundup is filled to the brim with a variety of stage and screen roles! The action feature film “Serpent” is currently casting several supporting, day player, and background roles for its September shoot in L.A. There are also a large variety of roles in “Young Frankenstein,” a short film about a possession, and a currently-untitled short film series. “Serpent”The action feature “Serpent” is currently casting. Male and female talent aged 18–70 are sought for several supporting, day player, and background roles, including CIA and jail security, a cleaning lady, and a university professor. There is also a day player role available for a young female actor ages 6–8. Talent must speak Chinese (all lines are in Chinese only). The film will shoot in Sept. in the L.A. area. Pay is Tbd based on the role. Apply here!  “Young Frankenstein,” Open CALLAn Anaheim production of the Mel Brooks »

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Larry David Reveals Bernie Sanders Relation and The Secret Behind ‘TV Larry’

26 July 2017 6:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Larry David would like you to know that there is very little difference between “TV Larry” and “real Larry.”

“TV Larry is about a quarter of an inch away from Real Larry,” the creator and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Real Larry plays golf, so TV Larry plays golf.”

TV Larry and Real Larry both get into their fair share of rude spots, but neither version of Larry, David said, really compares to Donald Trump. “I don’t consider myself to be a prick!” he said.

Read More‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9

Addressing the long-awaited return of the Emmy-winning comedy, which has been off the air for several years, led to one of the liveliest panels of the day – and not just because David and »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Larry David Reveals Bernie Sanders Relation and The Secret Behind ‘TV Larry’

26 July 2017 6:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Larry David would like you to know that there is very little difference between “TV Larry” and “real Larry.”

“TV Larry is about a quarter of an inch away from Real Larry,” the creator and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Real Larry plays golf, so TV Larry plays golf.”

TV Larry and Real Larry both get into their fair share of rude spots, but neither version of Larry, David said, really compares to Donald Trump. “I don’t consider myself to be a prick!” he said.

Read More‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9

Addressing the long-awaited return of the Emmy-winning comedy, which has been off the air for several years, led to one of the liveliest panels of the day – and not just because David and »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Universal wants Channing Tatum for Van Helsing in the Dark Universe

23 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal has already assembled plenty of star power for its Dark Universe, and it seems they could be looking to add another A-lister, with THR reporting that Channing Tatum is being eyed for the role of monster hunter Abraham Van Helsing.

Van Helsing made his debut in Bram Stoker’s original Dracula novel, and has made numerous appearances on the big screen, having been portrayed by the likes of Edward Van Sloan, Peter Cushing, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Fonda, Mel Brooks and Christopher Plummer. His last Universal appearance came in 2004’s Van Helsing movie, where he was portrayed by Hugh Jackman.

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Should Tatum sign on, he’d join the likes of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe (The Mummy), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein) and Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), while Dwayne Johnson, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have all been frequently linked to The Wolfman, »

- Gary Collinson

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Dick Van Dyke to Receive Britannia Award From BAFTA Los Angeles

20 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Dyke will receive this year’s Britannia Award for excellence in television from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

This year’s event will take place on Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Referring to his role in “Mary Poppins,” Van Dyke said, “I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the iconic Dick Van Dyke at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards,” said Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles. “We truly are in a golden age of television and we couldn’t think of a better way to recognize this than by celebrating someone who was at the forefront of making it the global medium that it has become. We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses »

- Dave McNary

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Chris Hardwick on the End of ‘@midnight’: ‘It’s Time to Do Something Different’ (Exclusive)

19 July 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Comedy Central’s “@midnight” premiered in 2013, it was revolutionary – a new take on game shows that combined the improv sensibilities of classics like “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” with today’s internet jargon (#HashtagWars!) that allowed some of the best comics in the business to riff on what could be found in the deepest, most bizarre parts of the internet. Comedian Chris Hardwick, who had already enjoyed gigs on MTV’s “Singled Out” and G4’s “Attack of the Show,” was the ideal host, given that he’d already made a name for himself in the online community thanks to his popular social media feed and his geek-themed website, Nerdist. Hardwick is also profiled in this week’s Variety, celebrating his 25 years in comedy.

But four years is an eon in the internet age, and it was announced late yesterday that Comedy Central would be ending “@midnight” next month with its 600th episode. But »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad

18 July 2017 5:44 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Martin Landau’s daughter Susie Landau Finch tells People growing up with the Hollywood star made for a very exciting childhood.

“No one day was the same. He was full of excitement and would tell me amazing bedtime stories and was always making funny voices – so much that he scared my little sister,” she says.

The actor, who won an Academy Award in 1994 for the Tim Burton-directed Ed Wood, came to fame playing a villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and later in the original Mission: Impossible TV show on CBS. He died at UCLA Medical Center »

- Mia McNiece

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Horror Highlights: The Gracefield Incident Q&A, Volumes Of Blood: Horror Stories, Famous Monsters Of Filmland at Comic-Con

17 July 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In today's Horror Highlights, we have a Q&A with The Gracefield Incident at Mathieu Ratthe, new stills from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, and details on Famous Monsters of Filmland's presence at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Mathieu. How and when did you first come up with the idea for The Gracefield Incident?

Mathieu Ratthe: First of all, thank you, Derek, for your interest in our film. I wanted to create a suspenseful story that scared the crap out of the audience, but also made them emotionally involved, which is really tough to do in this kind of movie, but I think we achieved it pretty well in our film.

The conceptual idea (or I liked to call it the “technique”) came after I realized how many days I was given to shoot our film with the budget that I had. »

- Derek Anderson

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The Moth Diaries – The Review (and a Tribute to Video Watchdog)

10 July 2017 8:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As part of my post duty orders here at We Are Movie Geeks I am tasked with reviewing movies on DVD and Blu ray that may not have found an audience. Movies with little or no theatrical release, did not play very long, escaped attention, what have you.

I am proud to direct your attention to a little known film from 2011 called The Moth Diaries. First I have to say that I, like many millions of movie goers, reveled in the new screen incarnation of Wonder Woman, not only starring Gal Gadot as the original female super hero and masterfully directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, and also starring Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen and a whole crew of the most righteous Amazons ever seen on a movie screen, wonderful!

I have a confession to make, at the age of 10 I was obsessed with the legend of the Amazon Empire. Fully »

- Sam Moffitt

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Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles Screens Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

3 July 2017 6:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“They said you was hung!”

“They was right!”

Mel BrooksBlazing Saddles screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 7th and 8th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’  Midnight series.

I showed the condensed Super-8 version of Blazing Saddles, appropriately enough, at my Super-8 Politically Incorrect Movie Madness show a few years ago at The Way Out Club and there are enough N-words in the 18-minute edit alone to make Paula Dean blush, but damn, this movie just keeps getting funnier as it ages!

Blazing Saddles is my favorite Mel Brooks comedy. Yes, even more than Young Frankenstein – it’s hard to believe Brooks produced both yuk-fests the same year. I just watched his 1977 follow-up High Anxiety on 16mm last weekend for the first time since it was new and Yikes! – I see why it was a critical disaster – didn’t laugh once! »

- Tom Stockman

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