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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
‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Set for a Reboot (Exclusive)
The “Resident Evil” movie franchise has not ended after all.
Details such as the reboot director, stars, and how the reboot would fit into the franchise narrative are being kept under wraps. But Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at Constantin Film, did confirm to Variety at the Cannes Film Festival that a reboot is in development at the giant German production company, which owns rights to the franchise and has produced all of its installments.
The franchise was set to end with this year’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” which grossed $312 million worldwide after its January release, including an eye-popping $160 million in China alone. Sony helped sow the seeds of success by securing a release for “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Resident Evil: Extinction” in China.
Based on the Capcom video game, the series launched in 2002 with Paul W.S. Anderson directing, »
- John Hopewell
Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis Join Jim Gaffigan Comedy ‘You Can Choose Your Family’
Gaffigan plays a seemingly normal father of a loving family whose home life is turned upside down when his 17-year-old son, played by Miller, discovers that his dad has a second family. “We have a truly talented group of actors and I am beyond excited to lead this stellar cast in this delightful story,” says Bailey. “I can’t think of a more perfect class of actors to portray this seemingly dysfunctional family, which I think we can all relate to in one way or another in our own families.”
Gunn will take on the role of Gaffigan’s character’s first wife, while Mathis will be playing the role of his second wife. »
- Dave McNary
Michael Shannon ‘Lays on the Floor Like a Vampire’ During Long Shoots, to the Surprise of No One
Michael Shannon makes a lot of movies. He appeared in eight of them just last year, earning an Academy Award nod for “Nocturnal Animals” (clearly an act of penance for his “Night Before” snub the previous year), and is slated for several more before 2018 rolls around. Still, he doesn’t necessarily like being on film sets: “They basically are like a petri dish for boredom and silliness,” Shannon said during Vulture Festival yesterday.
With that in mind, he apparently prefers to do his work and mind his own business. “I try to not say much,” the actor continued. “People think, Oh, you’re in character or whatever. It’s like, ‘No. I don’t come here to talk.’ I just want to say what’s written and go home. »
- Michael Nordine
‘Alien: Covenant’ Leads Worldwide Box Office With $66.3 Million
“Alien: Covenant” may not exactly be ripping through box office records, but with $66.3 million it is the highest grossing movie globally this weekend.
Ridley Scott’s latest, from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, earned $30.3 million from 76 markets internationally this weekend. That — combined with last weekend’s overseas opening and its domestic earnings — brings its running total to $117.8 million.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is just slightly trailing “Alien” domestically and abroad, but has proven to be the true monster at the box office. Disney and Marvel’s latest posted an additional $28 million internationally, which takes its global cume to $733 million.
Last weekend’s epic miss from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” came in third worldwide ($34.6 million) this weekend, including $27.7 million from 64 international markets. The movie’s global total is now $93.4 million, »
- Seth Kelley
L'Atelier review – words become weapons in Laurent Cantet's study of a writing workshop
The Palme d’Or winner (for The Class) returns with a drama that throws together disparate aspiring writers, in a film that suggests debate can be as exciting as action
Laurent Cantet’s L’Atelier shares a highly effective central device with his 2009 Palme d’Or winner The Class: the social and economic issues of a place – in L’Atelier’s case the once-thriving port town of La Ciotat, near Marseille in the south of France – are explored through the medium of education.
Related: Oh Lucy! review – Japanese tale of office worker in love with her teacher is a little wonky
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- Wendy Ide
Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep docs score deals
Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights from UK outfit Taskovski Films to documentary Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, directed by acclaimed production designer Kristi Zea known for her work on The Silence Of The Lambs and The Departed.
The film follows painter Murray’s struggle to break through establishment art world barriers.
Taskovski Films has finalised a deal with Curzon Artificial Eye for UK rights to Berlinale 2016 selection The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger, directed by Tilda Swinton.
Meanwhile, the company is closing a deal for North America on [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
‘Pirates 5’ Review Round-Up: The Early Buzz May Have Been Premature
Disney is practically overrun with film franchises these days, but since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made over a billion dollars worldwide back in 2011, another sequel was inevitable. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrives in theaters this Friday, but what are the early reviews saying? The consensus: maybe this film isn’t […]
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- Ben Pearson
Kristen Stewart on her directing debut: 'The best female film-makers are compulsive freaks'
The Twilight actor is at Cannes to show Come Swim, her film about heartbreak starring a man who can’t quench his thirst
In a suite at the Hotel Majestic Barrière in Cannes, every surface heaves with haute couture. Chanel dresses spun from gossamer threads are draped along the walls and chunky, diamond-studded bracelets are scattered across the dresser. Only the suite’s occupant doesn’t seem to have received the memo. Kristen Stewart, dressed in a vest and black cargo pants, her hair in a blond crop, looks almost defiantly out of place.
But Stewart is not quite the incongruous presence she might seem at the festival. In 2014, she became the first female American actor in 30 years to win a Cesar, for best supporting actress in Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria. More recently, there was her bewitchingly odd performance in Personal Shopper, Assayas’s strange, sad, ruminative ghost story. »
- Gwilym Mumford
‘Resident Evil’ Getting Rebooted Into a Six-Film Franchise
You never really thought the last one was “The Final Chapter”, right? »
- Matt Goldberg
‘Numb, at the Edge of the End’ Trailer: Hayden Christensen Struggles with Ptsd in New Thriller
The first trailer has dropped for the upcoming thriller “Numb, at the Edge of the End.” The film hails from Rodrigo H. Vila (“Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America,” “Boca Juniors 3D: The Movie”) and stars “Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen in the lead role.
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Christensen plays Tov Matheson, a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. After meeting a dubious prophet named Noe (Harvey Keitel), Tov is convinced that the end of the world is coming. As he leaves his normal life and begins to prepare for the apocalypse, those around him begin to think he’s gone insane.
The film was written by Vila with script collaborator Dan Bush (“The Signal,” “Ghost of Old Highways”). It also stars Justin Kelly (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Marco Leonardi (“The Space Between”) and »
- Yoselin Acevedo
First Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Friends From College’ Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders & More
It has gotten to the point where it seems like all the most exciting series are debuting on streaming services. While you can find the occasional diamond in the rough on networks and cable, Netflix, Amazon, and recently Hulu are where it’s at for new original TV content. Now, you can add “Friends from College” to the list of new, interesting shows soon to be available streaming online.
- Charles Dean
‘Friends From College’ Trailer: Keegan-Michael Key and Fred Savage Face Down Their 40s With Drugs
An Ivy League college education guarantees success, right? Maybe.
In Netflix’s new comedy series “Friends From College,” a group of friends who all attended Harvard together are now approaching their 40s and have enjoyed a wide range of success in both their work life and at home. Their various complex and interwoven relationships with each other will range from romantic entanglements and old friendships that may still be shifting. These adults are no longer who they once were after graduating, and nostalgia is hitting them hard. That means maybe catching up on some experiences that they’ve missed out on. Fred Savage’s character in particular decides to snort some Adderall in the trailer below with some mixed results.
- Hanh Nguyen
Todd Haynes on ‘Wonderstruck’: ‘It Is a Kids’ Movie’
“Wonderstruck,” in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, is director Todd Haynes’ seventh feature film, his fourth with Julianne Moore, and his first for Amazon Studios, which backed it along with Roadside Attractions. The film is “weird, wild, and not like anything I can think of,” he tells Variety. It also turns out it’s a kids’ movie.
You’ve talked in Cannes about making something kids would love. Was that always the idea?
It is a kids’ movie, and that’s something I could never have conceived myself from scratch. I think [illustrated novel and screenplay writer] Brian Selznick has some strange line in to the idiosyncrasies of kids that shows them utter respect and is true.
In process of making this movie, by working with kids, working with deaf kids, showing cuts of the film to kids as we were making it, they taught me everything I needed to know about making this film. »
- Stewart Clarke
‘American Gods’ Review: ‘Git Gone’ Worships at the Altar of Laura Moon
(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?) Bone orchards, man-eaters, fire genies, oh my! The first three episodes of American Gods gave us a lot to swallow, but episode four, “Git Gone,” following Laura Moon’s journey to and from the grave, showed […]
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- Vanessa Bogart
Patricia Summersett, Aka Princess Zelda, Has Some Sage Advice for Aspiring Actors
Plus, Summersett shares her experience on Darren Aronofsky's upcoming film, 'mother!' »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Is A Tedious, Rudderless Blockbuster Sequel [Review]
An expensive, over-the-top “adaptation” of a theme park ride, Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” seemed all but doomed to fail in 2003. The knives were out, the critics were skeptical, and the idea of story cobbled out of kiddie ride seemed preposterous. Astonishingly, and against all odds, director Gore Verbinski invigorated the often-dismissed pirate genre, with a cavalier spirit and rollicking, cartoonish exuberance. Add the surprisingly inspired performance by Johnny Depp as the almost immediately iconic Jack Sparrow and the result was swashbuckling entertainment with a capital E.
Continue reading ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Is A Tedious, Rudderless Blockbuster Sequel [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in ‘Uncharted’ Movie Adaptation
Shawn Levy came on board in October to direct “Uncharted,” based on the PlayStation video game series following the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Holland will play a younger version of Drake. The film follows Drake’s first encounter with the professional rogue Sullivan.
The video game series was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America.
- Dave McNary
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