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Michael B. Jordan Says He’d Do a ‘Creed’ Sequel

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Creed” ended up being a pleasant surprise at the Thanksgiving box office, so a sequel to the continuation of the Rocky Balboa franchise isn’t too crazy an idea — and star Michael B. Jordan would be down for it.

In an interview with the Associated Press posted Saturday, Jordan said he would be game to returning to play Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis.

“A character so rich as this, and the world he’s in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does,” Jordan said. “Especially the way it ends off, it’s pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with (co-stars) Sly (Stallone) and Tessa (Thompson) again.”

Creed” ended up bringing in a solid profit after opening on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, scoring $42.6 million. With its economical budget of $35 million, »

- Alex Stedman

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'Mockingjay' #1 On Thanksgiving, 'Creed' & 'Good Dinosaur' Feast on Seconds

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 topped the Thanksgiving weekend box office holding off all newcomers, which included Pixar's newest release, The Good Dinosaur. The weekend doesn't end with Katniss Everdeen's repeat effort, however, as Warner Bros. finally has something to brag about once again with the impressive opening of Creed while Fox's Victor Frankenstein becomes one of the worst wide release openings of all-time. Beginning at the top, Mockingjay Part 2 scored an estimated $51.6 million for the three-day weekend, signifying only a 49.7% drop. Should these estimates hold, Part 2 will be the only film in the Hunger Games franchise to drop less than 50% in its second weekend. The film is still playing well behind all of its predecessors, but its clearly a massive hit for Lionsgate as it has now crossed $440 million worldwide Coming in second is Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, a story that will be interesting to see play out in the media. »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Ventana Sur: Picture Tree Intl. Picks Up Brazilian Soccer Comedy ‘Jules and Dolores’

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Berlin-based Picture Tree Intl. has taken international sales rights to Caito Ortiz’s true-story-based Brazilian comedy “Jules and Dolores,” on the robbery of the soccer World Cup trophy in Brazil.

The film narrates a striking event in Brazilian soccer history: For 13 years, three-time World Cup winner Brazil had proudly displayed the legendary Jules Rimet trophy at the Brazilian Football Association’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, when, in 1983, the highly coveted and extremely valuable trophy was stolen from its cabinet. “Jules and Dolores” recounts the near-preposterous story behind this bold theft.

Produced by Francesco Civita and Beto Gauss at Sao Paulo’s Prodigo Films, “Jules and Dolores” will be launched at a still undisclosed date in Brazil by Paris Filmes, country’s top indie distribbery, while Netflix will be releasing the film in Central and Latin America.

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- Emiliano De Pablos

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New York Post claims Quentin Tarantino lied about jail time

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Police-supporting tabloid alleges that, despite his repeated claims over the past 23 years, there is no record of director in the La County Sheriff system

The New York Post has accused the Oscar-winning film-maker Quentin Tarantino of lying about time spent in jail to boost his “tough guy” credentials.

The tabloid newspaper, which has made Tarantino its public enemy No 1 following the Hollywood maverick’s controversial attack on alleged Us police brutality at a New York rally on 24 October, claimed there was no evidence of the director ever being processed by law enforcement authorities in Los Angeles. The Django Unchained film-maker has said repeatedly in interviews over the past 23 years that he served time in a Los Angeles county jail for unpaid traffic warrants.

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Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Men’ Stays on Top, ‘Mockingjay’ Sinks

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Korean crime drama, “Inside Men” earned $8.2 million from 1.14 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, enough to keep it on top of the box office for the second weekend.

That score represented 55% of the national box office and propelled the film to a total of $24.9 million from 3.59 million admissions.

“The Priests” earned $1.6 million between Friday and Sunday. Despite a fall of 52%, the occult thriller still remained in second place, ahead of soft opening newcomers “You Call it Passion” and “The Sound of a Flower.” After four weekends on release “The Priests” has a total of $33.2 million, a November record.

“Passion,” a New release, opened in third place. It made $2.17 million between Wednesday and Friday. Starring Park Bo-young and Jung Jae-young (“Right Now, Wrong Then”), the office comedy about entertainment journalism did not exceed the opening score of director Jeong Gi-hun’s 2012 picture “Love 911” that made $4.38 million over first five days.

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Lionsgate, Proyas issue 'Gods Of Egyp't diversity apology

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Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.

Gods Of Egypt studio Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have issued apologies for the lack of diversity in the film’s cast.

Proyas and Lionsgate both issued statements to Forbes, which was one of a number of voices questioning the extent of the white casting in the Egypt-set action-adventure title.

Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Geoffrey Rush, Elodie Yung and Courtney Eaton are among the upcoming film’s acting line-up.

In an unusual but refreshing move, Lionsgate, backers of Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise and Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, issued the following statement on the casting: “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed.

“In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we »

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Gods of Egypt director and studio apologise for lack of diversity

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Remarkable statements from Lionsgate and Alex Proyas follow criticism over casting in fantasy epic, featuring mostly white Europeans as ancient Egyptians

The director and studio behind forthcoming fantasy film Gods of Egypt have apologised for casting mainly Caucasian actors.

Alex Proyas and Lionsgate issued statements to Forbes admitting the decision to hand white European actors such as Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau the roles of duelling Egyptian deities and mortals had been a mistake. The move follows rampant criticism from celebrities including Bette Midler, and on social media.

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Film London Microwave reveals 2015 shortlist

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The low-budget production scheme has selected 12 projects and exceeded diversity target.

Film London Microwave has announced the shortlist of the 12 projects selected for its annual production and training scheme.

According to Film London, this year’s applications exceeded its diversity target of 50%. Over half of the teams who applied have a writer, director or producer from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (Bame) background.

The shortlisted projects and teams are:

Amsterdam, Lisa Jacobs (writer), Tara Fitzgerald (director), Georgina French (producer) Barefaced, David Cornwall (writer), Chester Yang (director), Adebayo Awolaja (producer)

Brutal, Ed Aldridge (writer), Scott Rawsthorne (director), Jon Shaikh (director), Amyra Bunyard (producer)

Looted, Rene Pannevis (writer-director), Jennifer Ericsson (producer), Jessie Mangum (co-producer)

Nocturnal, Olivia Waring (writer), Shan Ng (director), Robert Williams (producer), Colin Day (producer)

Real Boy, Liam Creighton (writer-director), Danny de Warren (producer)

Running Out of Grime, Dwayne Gumbs (writer/director), Iain Simpson (director), Benedict Turnbull (producer), Alex Williams (producer), Harri Kamalanathan (producer)

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Ventana Sur: Buzz, More Growth, Headwinds

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Buenos Aires — Galvanized by Latin America’s ever larger film ambitions and its extraordinary 2015 big fest success, the 7th Ventana Sur unspools Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 now firmly established as Latin America’s biggest and most must-attend mart-meet for business in the region.

These days that counts. Once, in the 1990s, Asia was the go-to region for the hottest movies on the world cinema scene. By common consensus among big festheads, Latin America has largely inherited that mantle.

Fest juries seem to agree as well. In 2015, Latin American cinema swept two of Berlin’s top three prizes – with Pablo Larrain’s “The Club” and Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixacanul” – two of Cannes main four sections and a Camera d’Or, thanks to Ciro Guerra’s “The Embrace of the Serpent,” which topped Directors’ Fortnight, Santiago Mitre’s Critics’ Week winner “Paulina” and Cesar Acevedo’s “Land and Shade.” Capping off an annus mirabilis, »

- John Hopewell

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Tamasha review – Bollywood goes nouvelle vague

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Imtiaz Ali’s film is a surprising meta-narrative of archetypal star-crossed lovers, but its cool tricksiness leaves little room for surrendering to the story

The nights draw in, and the stars come out. Before Christmas, we’ll see Priyanka Chopra waging war in the historical epic Bajirao Mastani and the Shahrukh Khan-Kajol Devgan dream team reunited for Dilwale, yet it may turn out that Tamasha will need its stars, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, most – just as points of recognition. With its self-reflexive title (“Spectacle”) and avant garde theatrical wraparound, Imtiaz Ali’s film is about as tricksy – and tricky – as Bollywood gets, its debt to modernism flaunted from the start in an opening splurge of stories within stories within stories. Only when our leads show up do we know whose tale this really is. Or do we?

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- Mike McCahill

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Final Hunger Games film beats Rocky spin-off to stay atop Us box office

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Mockingjay – Part 2 is now outpacing previous episode in dystopian saga after posting a huge Thanksgiving total, as Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and boxing drama Creed open in second and third

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 held on to the top spot at the Us box office at the weekend after posting a spectacular $75.8m (£50.5m) over the long Thanksgiving holiday week. Two new films, Pixar animation The Good Dinosaur and Rocky spin-off Creed, also did well, with bows of $55.6m and $42.6m in second and third place respectively over the past week.

The final Hunger Games movie has now posted $198.3m in North America in just two weeks, and is running ahead of its predecessor (final total $337.1m) at the world’s largest box office. This is something of a turnaround, as its opening haul had come in behind that of Mockingjay – Part 1 during the same period last year. »

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Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions hires Lorraine Sullivan

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Former Canal+ exec joins the company with a remit to develop European film and TV projects.

Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions (The Man In The High Castle) has hired Lorraine Sullivan to oversee projects from its London and newly-opened Paris offices.

Sullivan is an established television executive who recently spent ten years as a commissioner for French TV platforms Tps and Canal+ between 2000 and 2010.

Her new role will focus on developing stories related to France and also wider Europe, and will encompass television, film and documentary projects.

She began her career at Lionsgate in Los Angeles before moving to Paris. In recent years, she founded the non-profit organisation Aim, which enlists Hollywood film talent to teach seminars to graduate students and professionals.

Another of Sullivan’s educational projects is Serial Eyes, a mentoring program that aims to help budding TV series writers and producers. Hosted at the Berlin Film School, the scheme »

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Ventana Sur: ‘Francisco’ Cleans Up Catholic World (Exclusive)

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Buenos Aires – “Francisco,” the Argentine papal portrait starring Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her,” “Wild Tales”), continues to clean up the Catholic world, closing a pan-Latin America deal for TV/VOD with Beverly Hills Entertainment.

Buena Vista International has also taken rights to Latin America, in an already-announced deal. Deals for the U.S. and Germany are imminent, according to FilmSharks’ Guido Rud. The U.K , Australia/New Zealand , the Czech Republic and Hungary  are in advanced discussions, he added.

Of new deals, “Francisco” has closed Taiwan (Encore) and former-Yugoslavia (2iFilms). Metropolitan Filmexport has acquired French-speaking Europe, 2M Pictures Italy, and Warsaw Movie Distribution Poland. FilmSharks Intl. sold Korea to Must See Movie Releasing and Spain to Wanda Vision. Colombia has gone to Procinal, Central America to Palmera Intl., Chile and Peru to Andes Films and the Philippines to Pioneer.

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Whatever happened to Baby Peggy?: the afterlife of a silent film star

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The 97-year-old former child actor Diana Serra Cary, Aka Baby Peggy, is the last surviving megastar of the silent era. But her achievements didn’t end in the 20s

Norma Desmond has a lot to answer for. The image of the fading silent film star as a deluded recluse, living in gothic isolation, is seductive but far from reality.

Many silent film actors went back to work in the talkie era, while others retired, having begun working in the 1900s or 1910s. Some moved behind the scenes or revived their careers on stage or TV, or made memorable returns to the big screen in later life – think Lillian Gish cocking her rifle in The Night of the Hunter. Many Hollywood stars lost their fortunes in the Wall Street crash of 1929; others turned to unprofitable business ventures or to drink and drugs. But few lived as the heroine of Billy Wilder’s brilliant Sunset Boulevard does, »

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Gabo: Bill Clinton in a clip from the Gabriel García Márquez documentary – video

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Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez – a film about the Nobel prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude – focuses on the Caribbean magical realist’s political engagement and militant journalism in the 1970s and 80s. In this clip, Bill Clinton reflects on the persuasiveness and conversational prowess of García Márquez and their meeting of minds over Fidel Castro.

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Noel Clarke’s 'Brotherhood' adds cast as shoot begins

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Noel Clarke, Arnold Oceng, Ashley Thomas, grime artist Stormzy among cast.

Shoot is underway in London on writer-director Noel Clarke drama Brotherhood, the third film in the urban trilogy that includes Kidulthood (2006) and Adulthood (2008).

Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness) will star alongside Adulthood collaborators Arnold Oceng (The Good Lie), Ashley Thomas (Cockneys Vs Zombies) and Red Madrell (We Still Kill The Old Way).

Jason Maza (The Hooligan Factory), Olivia Chenery (Legacy) and grime artist Stormzy – making his feature debut – also star.

The five-week shoot began Nov 23 in west London.

Unstoppable Entertainment and Maggie Monteith’s Carpalla Films produce the drama from BAFTA-winner Clarke, who has written the screenplay and will also direct.

Clarke will reprise his role as protagonist Sam in the continuation of the trilogy while Stormzy will portray new character Yardz. Further plot details are being kept under wraps.

Lionsgate is set to release in the UK in 2016. »

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Starline to sell Chapman Brothers feature

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Exclusive: Film starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark gets international sales deal.

UK sales outfit Starline Entertainment has boarded international sales rights to Jake Chapman’s feature The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, which Sky Arts aired as a four-part series in June.

Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena) star in the surreal romantic fiction from artist Chapman, one half of the Turner prize-nominated artistic duo, The Chapman Brothers.

Adapted from his novel of the same name, Chapman’s story is a parody of Mills & Boon-style romantic fiction.

The film follows a young woman who finds herself in an Alice In Wonderland-type dream world after her wealthy surgeon fiancé gives her a mysterious tropical island as a wedding gift.

Colin Vaines (Coriolanus) produced with Andy Noble (20,000 Days on Earth) for Morass Productions.

Jake’s brother, Dinos Chapman, provided the score along with Ilan Eshkeri (Kick-Ass).

The feature had a screening at the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Latin America: Up Next! Sandino Saravia’s Double Win

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With his Malbicho Cine partner Rodrigo Pla’s “A Monster of a Thousand Heads” opening Venice’s Horizons sidebar and his Brazilian co-production “Neon Bull” by Gabriel Mascaro snagging a Venice Special Jury Prize this year, producer Saravia, 37, has reached a career high.

“I never aspired to write or direct, I always wanted to be a producer,” he said.

While a mass comm. student majoring in the audiovisual arts at Uruguay’s Catholic U, he started producing his classmates’ shorts. After graduating, he partnered with Elena Roux of Laroux Cine to co-produce Juan Pittaluga’s 2005 Cannes Critics Week entry, “Orlando Vargas” and 2007 Cannes Un Certain Regard selection, “The Pope’¡s Toilet,” by Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernandez.

He then formed an Uruguayan-Mexico axis with Pla, with Malbicho Cine in Uruguay and Buenaventura Cine in Mexico, producing Pla’s third pic, “The Wait,” under their Buenaventura Cine banner.

While always on the lookout for new talent, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Latin America: Up Next ! Esteban Ramirez on Raising Social Issues

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Costa Rica’s most renowned helmer, Esteban Ramirez has repped his country twice at the Foreign Oscar race. His acclaimed feature debut “Caribe” was the first-ever Costa Rican entry to the Foreign Oscars race, in 2005, and now his prison drama, “Presos,” which participated in the 2014 Ventana Sur work-in-progress showcase, Primer Corte, repeats the honor next year. All three of his pics – he made HBO Latino pickup “Gestacion” in between – are airing back-to-back on local television, marking rare and unprecedented support for homegrown cinema, which still has no film law support.

It was his father Victor Ramirez’s 1975 documentary “Los Presos” (“Prisoners”) that inspired him to make films. “I was only about 12 or 13 and it made a huge emotional impact on me,” he recalls. It informs his work to this day as he seeks to make films that have mass appeal, but that also deal with the complex social issues of Costa Rica’s society. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Carrie Fisher on Star Wars Lord’s Prayer ad ban: 'People should get a life'

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Star Wars actor, who recently completed filming on The Force Awakens, says banned advert for Christianity is not offensive

Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher has blasted UK cinemas for refusing to show an advert by the Church of England which features the Lord’s Prayer after citing fears that it could offend people.

The 60-second advert was due to be shown before new episode Star Wars: the Force Awakens. But it has been turned down by Digital Cinema Media (Dcm), which represents leading chains Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, despite being passed by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the British Board of Film Classification.

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