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Watch an alternate ‘Days in the Sun’ musical number from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

26 May 2017 10:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

An alternate deleted scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has arrived online, which features a flashback musical sequence of ‘Days in the Sun’, with director Bill Condon explaining that the original scene had to be reshot due to audience confusion during an early screening; check it out here…

See Also: Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray special features revealed

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast »

- Amie Cranswick

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Cannes: Animated 'Animal Crackers' Selling Around the World (Exclusive)

18 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Animated film Animal Crackers is taking a bite out of Cannes, with Arclight Films bringing the film to the market and making sales in key territories.

The adventure comedy features a high-wattage voice cast including Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone and Raven-Symone.

Directed by Tony Bancroft and Scott Christian Sava, Animal Crackers centers on a family who must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle, Horatio P. Huntington.The catch is, once anyone eats an animal cracker, they turn into that animal.

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Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne to star in Hamlet Revenant

17 May 2017 1:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet has added two more leading actors to its cast, with Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne set to star in Hamlet Revenant.

The two stars will join Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in the leading role, as well as Newcomer Maria Boda who is set to play Ophelia.

The film will detail the dark, violent, and psychological elements that the classic play is known for; charting a quest for revenge and descent into madness.

Set to begin production later this year, the cast also includes French actors Lambert Wilson and Dominique Pinon, and British actor Lex Shrapnel.

Ian McKellen of course needs no introduction, a veteran of the stage, and known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Magneto in the X-Men franchise.

Gabriel Byrne is a Golden Globe winning actor for his performance in the HBO show In Treatment, and »

- Samuel Brace

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Robin Wright, Isabelle Huppert and Salma Hayek Set for Women in Motion Talks in Cannes

17 May 2017 6:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety and the French luxury group Kering are partnering for a series of talks about women in cinema at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in France.

Robin Wright, Isabelle Huppert, Yang Yang, Salma Hayek Pinault, Costa Gavras, and Diane Kruger are among the film figures set for the 2017 edition of the Women in Motion series.

Wright, star of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” kicks off the talks on Thursday, May 18. The actress-filmmaker has a short film premiering in Cannes.

Huppert stars in Michael Haneke’s “Happy End,” debuting in competition at the fest, while Kruger stars in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” also bowing in Cannes.

Open to journalists and film professionals, the talks will be webcasted live on Kering’s Facebook page, in addition to Variety’s digital channels.

See the full schedule below:

Thursday, 18 May 2017at 10:30 a.m. (Tbc)

Participant: Robin Wright

Moderator: Variety

Language: English »

- Variety Staff

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TrustNordisk boards 'Hamlet Revenant' with Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne

17 May 2017 5:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ken McMullen directs this modern update of Shakespeare’s most famous play.

TrustNordisk has boarded sales for Ken McMullen’s Hamlet Revenant, which will star Mikkel Boe Folsgaard as a contemporary Hamlet and Maria Boda asOphelia, alongside an all-star cast including Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon and Lex Shrapnel.

The film will begin shooting later this year.

France’s Albatros Films produces in co-production with Germany’s Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion, Italy’s Filmexport Group, Denmark’s SequoiaPictures and Zdf in co-operation with Arte with the support of ArtKoCo.

London-based Ken McMullen has credits including Arrows of Time, Partition, Lucky Man and Zina.

The screenplay by McMullen, adapted from Shakespeare’s most famous play, is set in present times and will “brings to the surface the violence anddestructive instincts that haunt the human psyche,” the filmmakers said. They added the film would have a “haunting and atmospheric visual aesthetic.”

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Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne Join Cast of ‘Hamlet Revenant’

17 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-nominated actor Ian McKellen has joined the international cast of Ken McMullen’s “Hamlet Revenant,” which Danish sales company TrustNordisk has boarded for worldwide sales. Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne and “Gladiator” star Connie Nielsen have also been announced for the film, to be presented to buyers in Cannes.

An original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the film explores the violence and destructive instincts that haunt the human psyche through the story of a man caught in a vortex of revenge, doubt and madness. It is scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2017.

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard will head the international cast playing the Danish prince. The actor is best known for his lead role, opposite Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen, in Nikolaj Arcel’s Oscar-nominated “A Royal Affair.” Newcomer Maria Boda is set to play Ophelia. The cast also includes French actors Lambert Wilson and Dominique Pinon and British actor Lex Shrapnel. »

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British Action Film ‘Close’ Receives Thailand’s First Location Incentive

17 May 2017 3:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Vicky Jewson’s buddy action movie “Close” is the first film to receive approval from the location incentive scheme launched by Thailand at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

At Cannes this year, Thailand will host two separate events for project and business pitches, as well as a major party. Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi is expected to attend the party.

Close,” due to start principal photography in June, is set in the dangerous world of elite female bodyguards who offer protection to the rich and famous. The movie is produced by the U.K.’s Jewson Films and produced by Charles Salmon.

“We are delighted that the process of application and approvals for the new incentives has run according to schedule, and that we are able to announce the first qualifying production,” said Worateera Suvarnsorn, director of the Thailand Film Office.

The new incentives offer a »

- Patrick Frater

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Cannes: Cornerstone Boards Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’

17 May 2017 3:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Palme d’Or-winning director Mike Leigh is set to start production on his new film “Peterloo,” which Cornerstone Films is introducing to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Shooting will begin Monday on location in England and continue until late August.

Peterloo” tells the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, when many working people were injured and killed.

“There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” said Leigh, adding that the historical event’s universal significance was becoming “ever more relevant in our own turbulent times.”

The film is produced by Georgina Love and executive produced by Gail Egan. It is co-financed by Amazon Studios, Film4, the BFI and Lipsync. Film4 developed the film. Amazon Studios is handling U.S. distribution.

It reunites Leigh with some of his regular collaborators, including cinematographer Dick Pope, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne & Connie Nielsen To Star In ‘Hamlet Revenant’ – Cannes

17 May 2017 2:57 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne and Connie Nielsen are set to star in Hamlet Revenant, directed by Ken McMullen. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon and Lex Shrapnel also join the cast for the title, which TrustNordisk is shopping to buyers along the Croisette. Story is an adaptation of Shakespeare's iconic play Hamlet and follows a character caught amidst treasonous political upheavals, family crisis, sexual tensions and ambiguous friendships: a vortex of… »

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Cannes: Liongate Picks Up China’s ‘Monster Hunt 2’ for U.S. and U.K.

17 May 2017 1:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to “Monster Hunt 2,” the upcoming sequel to Chinese smash hit “Monster Hunt.”

The deal also gives Lionsgate partial rights to lcoation-based entertainment facilities based on “Monster Hunt.” Lionsgate is already one of several partners building an entertainment venue in Zhuhai, China, just across the border from Macau and one hour’s travel across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong.

The “Monster Hunt” films are produced by Bill Kong’s Edko Films. The films are live action-animation hybrids directed by Raman Hui, the Hong Kong-born director who spent 20 years in North America and is often described as the co-creator of “Shrek.” Many of the effects were provided by Beijing-based BaseFX.

The original 2015 film became the highest-grossing film of all time in China with a cumulative gross of more than $380 million. That total has since been overtaken by “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Mermaid, »

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Cannes: South Africa Brings Crowd-Pleasing Pics to the Market

16 May 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »


Twenty years ago, an official delegation of South African filmmakers arrived in Cannes for the first time, showcasing the dynamic voices emerging from their young democracy just three years after the historic election of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president.

Since then, South Africa has used its robust locations industry to become a global player while successfully branding itself as the gateway to the continent. This year, the country will try to build on that success by highlighting a dynamic range of cinematic voices in its pavilion at the Cannes Film Market.

“The South African showcase is a display of our country’s offering to the world and is evidence of the potential we have as a country to be valuable contributors to the international film industry,” says Zama Mkosi, CEO of the National Film & Video Foundation (Nfvf).

It’s a promising mix of old and new »

- Christopher Vourlias

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Cannes: Restricted Airspace, Upgraded Firearms Help Beef Up Security as Festival Kicks Off

16 May 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An anti-drone system, restricted airspace above the Cannes airport and upgraded firearms for police are part of the tightened security protocol that will be enforced throughout the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday.

Local authorities in Cannes unveiled their measures Tuesday as festival attendees began streaming in to the seaside city. The beefed-up security plan includes an anti-drone system that was previously used in Paris, which has suffered a number of devastating terror attacks in the last two years. Local police in Cannes are also now carrying new 9mm semi-automatic handguns with 17 rounds apiece.

“You have a higher risk level from terrorism in France. There have been three attacks in the last year and a half in public locations,” said Jeffrey A. Slotnick, risk consultant. “Any time you have a lot of notables, whether it’s actors or political dignitaries, there’s an elevated risk. They bring all the »

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Filmmaker Sean Baker on His First Cannes Selection, ‘Florida Project’

16 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though he’s a New York City native, Sean Baker’s last two films — 2012’s “Starlet” and 2015’s groundbreaking, iPhone-shot transgender comedy “Tangerine” — were quintessentially Californian life studies. His fifth feature, “The Florida Project,” carries his warm observational skills across to the Sunshine State; following a precocious 6-year-old girl (Brooklynn Prince) through an eventful, sometimes blissful summer, it boasts Baker’s highest budget to date, and an unpredictable ensemble including Willem Dafoe. It unspools in the Directors’ Fortnight strand at Cannes.

Congratulations on your first Cannes selection.

It feels like I’m definitely playing in a different arena. The lineup this year is so exciting for a cinephile, especially in Directors’ Fortnight. I actually feel like I’m living a weird little dream, because I’m in the same section as Abel Ferrara and Bruno Dumont — both directors who had an influence on this particular film.

The Florida Project” is »

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Chelsea Manning Documentary ‘Xy Chelsea’ Pitched at Cannes (Exclusive)

16 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who leaked confidential material to WikiLeaks, will be the subject of a new documentary, “Xy Chelsea.”

Pulse Films, the film’s producer, has been granted unique access to Manning and the filmmakers have already spent two years shooting the project, will be on hand May 17, cameras in tow, when Manning is released from a maximum-security U.S. military prison. They will be presenting footage to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in hopes of securing a worldwide deal. Josh Braun from Submarine will launching worldwide sales at Cannes.


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In 2010, Manning, a trans woman, was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-men’s military prison for leaking information about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including highly embarrassing diplomatic cables and videos of airstrikes. Manning’s sentences was the longest »

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Cannes: Leading Japanese Animation Director Mamoru Hosoda Discusses Next Project (Exclusive)

16 May 2017 9:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mamoru Hosoda, the Japanese director of hit animated feature “The Boy and the Beast,” is reuniting with high-profile banner Studio Chizu for his next film, “Mirai,” (working title) which is being shopped at the Cannes film market by the newly-launched sales banner Charades.

“Mirai” follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy’s home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel in time and encounter his mother as a little girl, his great-grandfather as a young man and his sister has a grown woman. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be. Hosoda discussed about the project and his body of work with Variety in the run up to Cannes. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Stanley Tucci’s ‘Final Portrait’ Lands at Sony Classics for North America

16 May 2017 9:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America to Stanley Tucci’s drama “Final Portrait” from Riverstone Pictures.

HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution and is selling the remaining territories in Cannes.

The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February out of competition. The movie stars Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub and Sylvie Testud and is produced by Gail Egan, Nik Bower and Ilann Girard and executive produced by Deepak Nayar, Fred Hogge and Ted Blumberg.

Final Portrait” is the story of the friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord (played by Hammer) and Alberto Giacometti, portrayed by Rush.

Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees — ultimately wondering »

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Chen Kaige’s ‘Demon Cat’ Picked Up by Moonstone, Emperor (Exclusive)

16 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Moonstone Entertainment and Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures will share sales duties on “Legend of the Demon Cat,” the latest film from Palme d’Or winning Chinese director Chen Kaige.

A period action drama, the film sees a Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate the influence of a demonic cat, which has possessed a general’s wife, wreaked havoc on the royal court and killed legendary courtesan Yang Guifei. The film, originally presented under the title “Kukai,” is adapted from a bestselling four-volume novel about love, death and revenge by Yumemakura Baku.

The film is structured as a Japan-China co-production involving China’s New Classics Media and Japan’s Kadokawa. Hong Kong’s Emperor boarded later. The international cast is headed by Sometani Shota and Huang Xuan, as well as Keiko Matsuzaka (“The Happiness of the Katakuris”).

International sales are split. Emperor is handling South Asia, »

- Patrick Frater

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Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Connie Nielsen Join 'Hamlet Revenant'

15 May 2017 11:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne and Connie Nielsen have signed on to star in Hamlet Revenant, a new adaptation of the iconic Shakespeare play, which British artist and filmmaker Ken McMullen will direct.

Danish actor Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, best known for his break-out performance as a real-life Danish king in the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, and more recently seen in this year's Danish Oscar nominee Land of Mine, will play Hamlet in the new version, which is set to begin shooting in the second half of 2017. Newcomer Maria Boda will play Ophelia. The cast also includes Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon »

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Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast hits Blu-ray June 6

15 May 2017 9:36 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast is coming home on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere on June 6!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home on June 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. 

The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film »

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bound in June

14 May 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Disney and director Bill Condon's live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma WatsonDan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hattie Morahan, Nathan Mack, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on June 6th.

What you won't find in stores on the June 6th release date is a Beauty and the Beast 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition to choose from. Disney has yet to adopt 4K Uhd Blu-ray and has given no indication they plan to in the near future despite filmmakers like James Gunn pushing for his Marvel films to appear on the 4K format.

The Blu-ray and Digital HD combo pack of Beauty and the Beast will be presented with 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and a huge selection of bonus features that include deleted scenes and all kinds of behind-the-scenes material.

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