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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Title Announced

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

The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed.

Disney annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“The Last Jedi,” written and directed by Rian Johnson, immediately follows the events of 2015’s smash hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. The cast also includes the late Carrie Fisher, who died on Dec. 27. The actress, who played Princess Leia Organa, had wrapped shooting in July. Lucasfilm said earlier this month that it won’t digitally recreate Fisher in upcoming movies.

Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran will also appear in “The Last Jedi.”

The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Newswire: Martin Freeman joins the Black Panther cast

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Martin Freeman made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War as bureaucrat Everett Ross, a guy who really seemed to have it in for Bucky Barnes. Perhaps that’s what’s prompted him to journey to Wakanda (that is, Atlanta). Freeman was photographed on the set of Black Panther over the weekend, and since he was accompanied by an umbrella holder, we assume he wasn’t just there to gawk at lead cast members Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker.

Ross’ comics backstory has a much stronger connection to T’Challa. Not only did he serve as a diplomatic liaison to the prince, but he also dated someone who dated the Black Panther when he was in his Luke Charles guise. But even if he doesn’t find himself in that capacity, Ross could end up in Wakanda while on »

- Danette Chavez

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Could Fox's 'X-Men' Movies Rescue Its Failing 'Fantastic Four' Franchise?

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When it comes to Fox's Marvel licenses, there are two inescapable facts: First, that people really seem to like those X-Men-related movies, with even satellite projects like Deadpool and Logan eliciting excitement from beyond the core fan base. Second, it's apparently impossible to make a good Fantastic Four movie — or, at least, Fox hasn't worked out how to do it, leaving that property essentially dead in terms of a big-screen franchise.

That second one feels particularly sad, when you consider the strength of the characters contained inside the Fantastic Four property. Not the eponymous quartet itself — indeed, it »

- Graeme McMillan

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Zoolander 2, Batman v Superman Lead Razzie Award Nominations

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Zoolander 2” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” are among “the crop of cinematic crap in 2016” leading the 37th Annual Razzie Award nominations, with nine and eight nods, respectively.

The two films are up for worst picture, and worst prequel, remake, rip-off, or sequel. Other worst movie Razzie nominees are the Robert De Niro comedy “Dirty Grandpa”; sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence,” starring Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum; fantasy adventure “Gods of Egypt,” and documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”

Described as the “15-years-too-late sequel” in the press release, “Zoolander 2” received eight Razzie nominations, including for its director and star Ben Stiller, as well as co-stars Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig.

“WTF comic book battle-royale” “Batman v Superman” also nabbed Razzie nods for worst screenplay and worst actor for both stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Gerard Butler (“Gods of Egypt” and »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Sundance: Neon Buys ‘Ingrid Goes West’ (Exclusive)

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

Neon has bought North American distribution rights to “Ingrid Goes West” out of the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has learned.

To nab the indie comedy-drama it beat out the likes of A24 and Netflix, both of whom were in the hunt. The film is a satire of the social media age, chronicling the exploits of an unstable woman (Aubrey Plaza) with an obsessive streak.

In addition to Plaza, “Ingrid Goes West” stars Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. It marks the feature film directorial debut of Matt Spicer.

CAA negotiated the deal.

More to come…

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- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Art Directors Guild Taps Brad Bird for Cinematic Imagery Award

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The Art Directors Guild has selected Brad Bird, who won Academy Awards for directing “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” for its Cinematic Imagery Award.

The honor will be presented at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood

Adg President Nelson Coates said, “The Adg is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”


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The award is given “to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include David O. Russell, »

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Busan Film Festival Sets 2017 Dates

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The Busan International Film Festival on Monday unveiled the dates for its 22nd edition.

The South Korean event will raise its curtains Thursday, Oct. 12, for a 10-day run until Saturday, Oct. 21.

Biff will open a little later than the first Thursday of October, as it has been tradition, due to the Korean Thanksgiving holiday that falls during that time frame in accordance with the lunar calendar cycle.

The 21st edition of the festival took place in October after a leadership shift, which saw the return of fest founder Kim Dong-ho as its first civilian chairman. A »

- Lee Hyo-won

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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires North American Rights to Fernando Guzzoni’s ‘Jesus’ (Exclusive)

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Maintaining its acquisition of select upscale fest hits, Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up North American rights to “Jesus,” Fernando Guzzoni’s wrenching father-son drama-thriller which is set against a background of youth cut adrift in contemporary Chile.

Well-reviewed – Variety praised Guzzoni’s “striking” second feature – “Jesus” will have its U.S. premiere on Jan. 27 at the Neighboring Voices Series held by the Film Society of New York’s Lincoln Center.

Chilean Guzzoni established himself as a talent to track winning the San Sebastian New Directors Award with his debut, “Dog Flesh,” a portrait of a former torturer under Augusto Pinochet, suggesting old habits of violence die hard.

Exploring the anomie of much modern day youth and Chile’s generational chasm and insinuating the spinelessness of an older generation of Chileans, “Jesus” joins a Breaking Glass film roster which includes Xavier Dolan’s Cannes-winner “Laurence Anyways,” Dominican Republic-set “Sand Dollars, »

- John Hopewell

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Ice Cube Partners with Hong Kong Investor Kelvin Wu

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Ice Cube is expanding into Asia as his Cube Vision production company has entered into a strategic partnership with Kelvin Wu’s Aid Partners, a Hong Kong media investment company.

The deal calls for Aid Partners to become a significant shareholder, strategic advisor, and an investor who fully funds targeted Cube Vision development projects. The joint announcement was made Monday by Ice Cube, Cube vision CEO Jeff Kwatinetz and Wu.

“My singular goal with Cube Vision is to continue to build a creative company that puts content quality and talent at the heart of every decision,” Ice Cube said. “Kelvin’s partnership and new friendship with me and Jeff allow us to do just that. We have a meaningful global financing partner who understands and appreciates how the right funding and creative autonomy will empower us to build a platform to grow together. What is especially exciting to me are »

- Dave McNary

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Stephen Colbert Hosting the 2017 Emmy Awards

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We still have a little while to go until the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, but we now know who’s hosting: Stephen Colbert. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” the Late Show host stated, referencing White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, “Both in person and around the globe.” This will be the first time […]

The post Stephen Colbert Hosting the 2017 Emmy Awards appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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“The Grandeur of this Exceptional Human”: Dp Alice Gu on Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

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Among the world’s most well-known surfers, Laird Hamilton has surfed professionally since he was 17 years old. Now in his 50s, he’s the subject of a documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Rory Kennedy. Take Every Wave offers a profile of Hamilton as a surfing innovator, celebrity and family man. Below, Dp Alice Gu discusses the challenges of shooting this fast-moving, larger-than-life figure. Gu, one of two DPs on the project, goes into detail on the cameras and lenses required for the project. Take Every Wave will screen four times during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind […] »

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Ice Cube, Aid Partners strike development pact

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The entertainer’s film production company Cube Vision has signed a strategic partnership with the media investment company founded by Hong Kong entrepreneur Kelvin Wu.

Aid Partners becomes a “significant shareholder”, strategic advisor and an investor that will fully fund development of select Cube Vision projects.

Ice Cube and Cube Vision COO Jeffrey Kwatinetz will remain Cube Vision’s majority shareholders with complete creative control of material and projects and gain potential access to the Asian market.

Meanwhile Aid Partners has the option to expand its investment and relationship.

“My singular goal with Cube Vision is to continue to build a creative company that puts content quality and talent at the heart of every decision,” said Cube.

“Kelvin’s partnership and new friendship with me and Jeff allow us to do just that. We have a meaningful global financing partner who understands and appreciates how the right funding and creative autonomy will empower us to build a platform »

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David Lynch’s Favorite Movies: Stream 10 of His Picks

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Discover the “Twin Peaks” mastermind’s favorite films — and where you can watch them.

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- Michael Nordine

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Sundance: Elephant Dramedy ‘Pop Aye’ Sells for North America (Exclusive)

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Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to the elephant dramedy “Pop Aye,” following the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic section.

Set in Thailand, “Pop Aye” tells the story of an over-the-hill architect and his attempt to take his long-lost elephant back to their rural hometown. Written and directed by Singaporean writer-director Kristen Tan, “Pop Aye” was the opening night film in the World Dramatic section on Jan. 19.

Kino Lorber is planning to bring “Pop Aye” to North American theaters during the summer, before a VOD and physical media release later this year.

The film follows a man who’s been emotionally adrift until he unexpectedly encounters into his long-lost childhood “pet” elephant Popeye, performing in the streets of Bangkok. He’s spurred to return his displaced friend to rural Loei, the small village where they grew up, and they encounter fellow lost souls, »

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Directors of Two of Anton Yelchin’s Last Movies Remember Late Actor

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Since Anton Yelchin’s death in June 2016, at the age of 27, many of the stars and directors who worked with him, including “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams, have paid tribute to the late actor.

Now, the directors of Yelchin’s last two films, both premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, have had their say on the passion and inspiration that the actor brought both on- and off-set.

Cory Finley, the director of Yelchin’s “Thoroughbred,” told Variety about his generosity and kindness.

“I remember we had a wrap party and toward the end of the night Anton just volunteered to start giving people rides home, crew and everyone, he was doing rounders,” Finley said during an interview at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s at Sundance. “He was just that kind of generous guy, and would sort of enjoy each of those rides home. He always loved conversing with anyone. »

- Will Thorne

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The Big Gamble on ‘The Big Sick’: Why Amazon Spent $12 Millon Dollars on Kumail Nanjiani’s Passion Project

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Going into Sundance 2017, the hottest acquisition title was Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick,” written by comedian-star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their true-life cross-cultural romance, and produced by Judd Apatow. It promised all the elements you would want from a breakout Sundance movie: comedy, pathos, authenticity and two rising stars, Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, along with Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily’s parents.

Why not buy it sight unseen? “It was a movie you see at the Eccles and bid on, especially with a comedy,” said one bidder.

The movie turned out to be that rare creature: a hilarious and humane love story, not saccharine, that feels real.

A host of buyers, from A24 to Weinstein Co., attended the enthusiastic Eccles Friday premiere, after which the players with the deepest-pockets entered the bidding — Netflix, Open Road and others dropped out early when the numbers hit eight figures. »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch Mark Hamill’s Reaction to the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Title

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Earlier today, we finally learned the title of Rian Johnson‘s upcoming Star Wars movie, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the eighth film of the “Skywalker Saga.” Finally, we can stop writing Star Wars: Episode 8 and start writing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Man, that feels good. I’m going to write […]

The post Watch Mark Hamill’s Reaction to the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Title appeared first on /Film. »

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‘Raw’ Director Reminds That Cannibals Are People: “We Label Them As Inhuman” – Sundance Studio

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Leave it to the French to blow up a genre and redefine it whether it’s Luc Besson with the female action sphere with La Femme Nikita or Jean-Pierre Jeunet with the romantic comedy and Amelie. Meet filmmaker Julia Ducournau whose Raw gobbles up the horror genre and digests into something mindblowing. “I don’t consider my movie a horror movie,” asserts Ducournau about her genre-bending, “I wanted to make people uneasy, that’s for sure.” Talk about a high concept: A young… »

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‘Jurassic World’: ‘The Detour’ Actress Daniella Pineda Lands Key Role in Sequel (Exclusive)

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Daniella Pineda, who stars in the TBS comedy series “The Detour,” is set to join Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s next “Jurassic World” film in one of the new female lead roles.

Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, and “The Get Down” actor Justice Smith have also recently joined returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, including who Pineda will be playing in the sequel to the 2015 hit.


Jurassic World’ Sequel Casts ‘Get Down’ Star Justice Smith

J.A. Bayona is on board to direct with Frank Marshall producing along with Pat Crowley and Belén Atienza. Colin Trevorrow, who helmed “Jurassic World,” penned the script with his writing partner, Derek Connolly.

Trevorrow will also executive produce with Steven Spielberg. VP of production Sara Scott is overseeing production on behalf of Universal.

Jurassic World” blew away box office records, scoring the biggest domestic opening »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Trumped’ Hits Sundance as Showtime Aims to Own Public Affairs Space

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Park City — The presidential election is over, but for the many people still wondering just how Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in modern history, Showtime thinks it has the answer with “Trumped.”

The documentary, culled from the cabler’s campaign-season weekly reports, debuts for the press Monday at 2 p.m. at the Sundance Film Festival before getting its official premiere Friday in Park City.

Symmetry almost demands that “Trumped” debut in the final days of the 11-day festival, which began, after all, with a spasm of politics — most notably Thursday’s opening premiere of Al Gore’s global warming update, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” followed by Saturday’s fiery march of more than 1,000 against President Trump and in favor of a host of causes, ranging from access for the disabled, to Lgbtq rights to support for Planned Parenthood.

“Trumped” will get its public premiere Feb. »

- James Rainey

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