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'Angry Birds Movie' Sequel Set for 2019 Release
Sony is set for a second Angry Birds Movie.
Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment announced that a sequel to last year's animated film will hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, a release date coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original mobile gaming app. It will open ahead of Universal's animated adventure Everest and a Warner Bros. event film, both of which debut the following week.
Thurop Van Orman will make his feature directorial debut with the followup, as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level. John Rice, who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds »
- Ashley Lee
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise
Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India
Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.
The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.
This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.
- Patrick Frater
‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Will Feature a Story Conceived by Penn Jillette
Black Mirror season 3 was one of my favorite things I watched in 2016 and Netflix is the perfect home for a show so unsettling that you can’t look away (or take breaks between episodes). While the big-hearted and romantic “San Junipero” was the best episode of the entire series so far, it sounds like […]
The post ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Will Feature a Story Conceived by Penn Jillette appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Directors Guild of America Awards Ceremony Lands 2018 Date
The Directors Guild of America has set the 70th annual DGA Awards for Feb. 3, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The guild will announce feature film and first-time feature film nominees on Jan. 11. It will announce the television, commercial, and documentary nominees the day before.
DGA members will be able to vote online between Nov. 29 and Jan. 10 for the feature film nominations and between Dec. 11 and Jan. 8 for TV nominations in five categories.
DGA Awards Winners: Complete List
All voting will continue to take place online. The DGA will also continue to allow feature film screeners to be distributed to members.
Damien Chazelle won the most recent DGA Award and the Academy Award for “La La Land.” The DGA Award is one of the top indicators of Oscar sentiment, with all but seven of all DGA winners since 1948 going on to take the best director Oscar. »
- Dave McNary
Ryota Nakano, Sharon Bar-Ziv, Mauro Mueller head to Paris Co-pro village
12 international projects to presented at event in Paris this June.
Ryota Nakano, Sharon Bar-Ziv and Mauro Mueller will be among the directors presenting projects at the fourth edition of the Paris Co-production Village in June, aimed at connecting international filmmakers with French partners.
Organised by the team behind the Les Arcs European Film Festival this year’s village runs June 20-22. It takes place within the framework of the Champs Elysées Film Festival’s industry week which also includes Us in Progress showcase.
Swiss-born New York-based director Mauro Mueller is bringing Fingerplay about a jaded middle-aged woman whose life is given fresh meaning after a mentally-challenged young man enters her life.
Israeli film-maker Sharon Bar-Ziv’s will present Love Your Neighbor about a single mother who finds herself at odds with her Jewish-Orthodox neighbours who want to take-over her flat.
It is Bar-Ziv’s second film after her well-received debut Room 514 about a young female soldier who puts »
Tituss Burgess on ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Season 3 and His Beyoncé Tribute
Plus, the backstory on the "boobs" song »
- Christina Radish
Everything Changes For Will Arnett In New Trailer For ‘Flaked’ Season 2
On the first season of “Flaked,” we met a self-help guru named Chip (Will Arnett) who desperately needed to turn his talents inward. But struggling with your demons isn’t easy and as the show progressed, it was clear that the wall of lies he had built was going to come crashing down, leaving Chip with some rather messy cleaning up to do.
All signs point to the protagonist having an even tougher time in season two of the Netflix dramedy created by Arnett and Mark Chappell.
- Anthony Casella
Cannes Film Review: ‘The Florida Project’
“The Florida Project” is the new movie from director Sean Baker, who staked his claim with “Tangerine” (2015), an indie feature shot entirely with an iPhone camera. It told the story of a transgender prostitute and several other L.A. drama-queen wastrels, and the small miracle of the movie is that it wasn’t just visually accomplished. Despite the ultra-low-rent technology (or, actually, because of it), it was visually astonishing, its images electrified by a mysteriously expressive herky-jerky incandescence. The whole turbulent magic-hour look of “Tangerine” busted out with more life and atmosphere than almost anything an expensive movie camera could buy you.
I was avid with curiosity to see the opening shots of “The Florida Project,” because I wanted to know if Baker would be using the same technique, or maybe something just as innovative. The film opens with an image of two children seated against a rough plaster wall, »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Flaked’ Season 2 Trailer: Chip Still Can’t Get Out of His Own Way — Watch
This June, return to the sunny sidewalks of Venice, California with your favorite man-child.
The Netflix comedy “Flaked” returns for its second season to pick up where it left off last season with Chip (Will Arnett) on the outs with everyone, except for his lady London (Ruth Kearney). What to do now that Jerry (Mark Boone Junior) has closed his store, his pal Dennis (David Sullivan) has parted ways with him “for good” and the hotel development is moving on? Could Chip possibly pull out more lies or will he face what he had wrought?
Here’s Netflix’s description of Season 2:
In the new season of “Flaked,” Chip returns to Venice after a short exile and finds that he is no longer welcome. People have not forgotten that he sold out the local community. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Barry Sonnenfeld on ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Season 2 [Interview]
The practice of beloved TV or movie properties getting a second life has practically become synonymous with Netflix — the streaming service made its name as an original content service by tapping into the nostalgia of popular properties like Arrested Development and Full House. But it’s rare that Netflix will take a chance on a moderately successful […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See ‘Wonder Woman’
The most famous female superhero of all-time finally gets her own movie. »
- Matt Goldberg
Annapurna, eOne announce distribution partnership
The multi-year deal kicks off with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit this summer. The film, Annapurna’s first release under their new marketing and distribution arm, is set for release in the U.S. on August 4, 2017.
The partnership covers all media for all Annapurna film titles in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Steve Bertram, president, Global Film Group, Entertainment One, said: “Annapurna’s track record of director-driven, award-winning projects continues to raise the bar. We are very pleased to broaden our relationship with Megan, Erik, Marc and the Annapurna team as they expand their slate and we look forward to bringing their high-quality film and television lineup to audiences »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
Nick Searcy Joins Taraji P. Henson in Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’ (Exclusive)
Production commences in Atlanta later this month under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner with Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson producing. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producers.
Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.” The story centers on civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis (Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.
Searcy will play the role of the wealthy leader of the White Citizen’s Council, »
- Dave McNary
‘Vaxxed’: Andrew Wakefield’s Controversial Anti-Vaccine Documentary Set for Secret Cannes Screening
Over a year after being programmed — and ultimately pulled — from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Andrew Wakefield’s controversial anti-vacciation documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” has resurfaced at another prestigious film festival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set for a “secret” screening during this month’s Cannes Film Festival, where sales company and distributor Cinema Libre will screen it on May 25. Cinema Libre has secured distribution deals for the film in various foreign countries, but is bringing the doc to the Cannes market in hopes of selling it to further international territories.
“We’ve done secret screenings throughout Europe where we don’t announce the location until the day before because there are organized groups of pro-vaccine folks who will mobilize 10-20 people to call the venue that will threaten »
- Kate Erbland
Japan Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Wins Fifth Weekend
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the biggest hit of Japan’s Golden Week holiday period, won its fifth successive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the May 20-21 frame the film earned $3.9 million on 307,000 admissions, extending its cumulative total to $80 million.
At number two for the fifth weekend was Toho animation “Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter” with $1.45 million. With its cumulative total up to $55 million, the film looks likely to take the franchise record from “The Darkest Nightmare,” by next weekend.
Teen romantic drama “Peach Girl” was the highest ranking new release, at number four. A girls comic adaptation starring Kei Inoo of the boy band Hey! Say! Jump, the film made $1.3 million from 301 screens, with Shochiku distributing.
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- Mark Schilling
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Teams With eOne on International Distribution
The film, Annapurna’s inaugural release under their new marketing and distribution arm, will launch in the U.S. on Aug. 4. The partnership covers all media for Annapurna films in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ Gets Joint Distribution From Annapurna, Amazon
Annapurna President of Distribution Erik Lomis said, “It was important to us that we have a trusted distribution partner in navigating these key international markets and are very excited to join forces with eOne as we continue to expand the »
- Dave McNary
Al Gore at Cannes: 'Trump cannot stop the solutions to the climate crisis'
The former Us vice-president and environmental activist said there was hope in the fight against climate change – but the world and the Us had to act
Al Gore believes that Donald Trump will not halt the momentum of the climate movement even if he withdraws the Us from the Paris agreement.
Speaking at a press engagement for his new documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the former Us vice-president and environmental activist said that he was confident Trump would commit to the historic climate change agreement, but that even if he did not, it would still not be enough to reverse the move towards renewable energy in many American cities.
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- Gwilym Mumford
Cannes Talk: Mike Goodridge, Protagonist Pictures
Protagonist Pictures, which is in its 10th year, has a stable of auteur thoroughbreds, including two films in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight. Recent festival hits include “Lady Macbeth,” “God’s Own Country” and “American Honey,” with upcoming fare including Clio Barnard’s “Dark River” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War.” Mike Goodridge, CEO of the U.K.-based sales outfit, talks to Variety.
What are the highlights of your Cannes slate?
We have two American films in Directors’ Fortnight, one is Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” and the other is Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” starring Willem Dafoe. They are both really exciting filmmakers.
[“The Florida Project”] is Sean’s sixth film; “Tangerine,” “Prince of Broadway” and “Starlet” are his most famous films, and this is the next step up if you like. It is really exciting that he has joined the Cannes fraternity because “The Florida Project” is a really accomplished piece of work. »
- Leo Barraclough
Watch Sundance Grand Jury Winning Short ‘And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool’
Japanese filmmaker Makoto Nagahisa premiered his debut film, “And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool,” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, earning the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. The 28-minute short is now available to stream.
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Written by Nagahisa, “And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool” is based on a true story. It follows four rebellious fifteen-year-old girls —Mayu (Reina Kikuchi), Tamiko (Rina Matsuyama), Ryoko (Marin Nishimoto), and Akane (Hina Yukawa)— who release 400 goldfish from a tank into their high school pool in Saitama, Japan.
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“It may seem like a negative message, but I approve of that situation and reality. ‘I am alive’ is a very simple message, but maybe that’s all we need,” the filmmaker said about his film (via Nowness). “These are some feelings »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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