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Ferguson, ‘Black Male Crisis’ Documentary in the Works (Exclusive)

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

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and actor Nate Parker are teaming on a “Black Male Crisis” documentary in the U.S. in the wake of the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in August.

Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a grand jury failing to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.

The campaign has already generated $3,125 or 12% of its $25,000 goal. Deadline for contributions is Jan. 5.

“In response to the growing problem of racial disparity due to the ongoing dehumanization of black men, actor and activist Nate Parker is setting out on a journey of investigation,” the campaign site said. “He will venture into black communities to speak to various stakeholders about the crisis facing these men. Through the examination of specific cases, Nate will create relevant and responsive discourse with the intention of mining strong »


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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Off to Healthy Holiday Start With $14.6 Million

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

The Hunger Games” has become a veritable “Turkey Day” tradition.

Katniss Everdeen set new standards for gorging when “Catching Fire” became the highest-grossing Thanksgiving release ever. This year, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ is also feasting on the holiday box office, earning $14.6 million on Wednesday to kick off a five day bonanza, according to estimates. The film’s domestic box office to date stands at $157.6 million. Globally, the film has earned roughly $350 million.

There’s healthy competition around the Thanksgiving table. DreamWorks Animation is trying to rope in family audiences eager to get out of the house with “Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $6.3 million Wednesday in 3,750 theaters. The spin-off of the “Madagascar” franchise cost $132 million to make and is expected to rack up between $42 million to $44 million for the five days through Sunday.

For older moviegoers eager for some R-rated laughs, New Line is fielding “Horrible Bosses 2.” The black comedy picked up $4.2 million on Wednesday, »


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‘Oldboy’ Director Park Chan-wook Sets Ha Jung-woo as Star of Sexy ‘Fingersmith’

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

Seoul – Ha Jung-woo will head the cast of “Oldboy” film maker Park Chan-wook’s “Fingersmith,” his next film as director.

The film is an Asian reinterpretation of a British lesbian-tinged novel by Sarah Waters (BBC TV series “Tipping The Velvet”.)

Ha (“The Chaser,” “The Terror Live”) will play a Korean man who leads a fraudulent life as a Japanese aristocrat at the beginning of the 20th Century.

While the original novel was set in London during the Victorian era, Park’s film is to be set in Korea during the period of Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945).

Jeong Won-jo, VP of Park’s Moho Films, told Variety that negotiations are still in progress with investors and that the budget has yet to be finalized.

Casting for the two female leads, one Korean and the other Japanese, has not been completed and, as recently as a few weeks ago, talent ads appeared »


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Thanksgiving Trailer for Exodus: Gods And Kings Is Undeniably Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Thanksgiving trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings to try and pull you out of that turkey coma.  The film is director Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses, and while the lack of diversity in the casting (and Scott’s doubling down on his choices) is troubling, there’s no denying that this new trailer is positively epic.  Scott has made an absolutely massive film here; one that harkens brings to mind the scale of Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator.  The visuals continue to be kind of spectacular, so now the question is whether Scott can bring something new to the table emotionally for this age-old story. Check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.  The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben KingsleyExodus: Gods and Kings »

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Argentina’s Villegas, Cepa, Set ‘Villa Gesell’

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Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentine director Juan Villegas, helmer of three features — “Saturday,” “Los suicidas” and “Idleness” — and producer of films by Celine Murga, including the Martin Scorsese exec produced “The Third Side of the River,” will return behind the cameras for “Villa Gesell.”

Esteban Lamothe, a rising star of Argentine cinema since he broke through with Santiago Mitre’s “The Student,” will topline with Griselda Siciliani, a theater and TV actress who played the Elvis impersonator’s estranged wife in Armando Bo’s Sundance hit “The Last Elvis.”

Set in the seaside resort of Villa Gesell, some 60 miles down Argentina’s Atlantic coast from Mar del Plata, Villegas’ fourth feature is set up as a co-production between Tresmilmundos Cine, the label he owns with Murga, and Cepa Audiovisual. Also based out of Buenos Aires, and headed by Andres Longares and Felicitas Raffo, Cepa has risen to prominence as a producer on “7th Floor, »


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Watch: Epic Thanksgiving Trailer For Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods And Kings'

3 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, Ridley Scott gave folks something to talk about over the Thanksgiving table this holiday with his recents comments on the controversial casting of his upcoming "Exodus: Gods And Kings." “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” the director said. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.” But what does he leading man, Christian Bale, think of the issue? "Ridley's point, which I think is a good one, is what does an Egyptian look like?" the actor told Et last week. "Especially at that time when this was the empire, so it would be a crossroads of Europe and the Middle East and Africa, and he cast accordingly. I don't know the fact that I was born »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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