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Gael García Bernal on ‘Neruda,’ Mexico’s ‘Tres Amigos’ Tradition, Filmmaking’s Rewards

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There’s a glorious scene in Roberto Sneider’s “Me estás matando, Susana,” where Gael Garcia Bernal’s character, a young Mexican actor, flies to a U.S. writing seminar to win back the love of his wife, a feminist novelist. Dining with her fellow students, Garcia Bernal staunchly defends Mexican regional cuisine. “You go to each little town and you say: ‘What do you eat?’” And he fires off the replies: ‘Pubil suckling-pig tacos, Juchitan armadillo, worms from Oaxaca, chipinil, bull’s penis.” And what’s the seminar’s local town known for? “Well,” says one student, “They do a pretty good baconburger.”

On Friday, Gael Garcia Bernal opened the Morelia Festival, one of Latin America’s highest-profile film events, presenting Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda.” Breaking out internationally with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s “Amores Perros” in 2000, then winning Venice’s Marcelo Mastroianni Award with childhood friend Diego Luna for »

- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Film Review: ‘Before the Flood’

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The specter of celebrity activism hangs heavily over “Before the Flood,” Fisher Stevens’ documentary travelogue of Leonardo DiCaprio’s endeavors to combat global climate change. Yet at times, that also provides its greatest strength, as the actor uses his clout to coerce such major world figures as Barack Obama and Pope Francis into appearing on camera, and uses his own admitted lack of scientific background to his advantage, acting as a plainspoken everyman guide to some extremely complicated concepts. Handsomely shot and entertainingly paced, “Before the Flood” may not tackle too much new ground, but given the sincerity of its message, its ability to assemble such a watchable and comprehensive account gives it an undeniable urgency.  

Before the Flood” begins with essentially two prologues. One features DiCaprio in voiceover talking about his early childhood, in particular the fact that he grew up with a print of Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights »

- Andrew Barker

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Natalie Portman’s ‘Jackie’ Set for AFI Fest Gala Screening

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The American Film Institute has selected Fox Searchlight’s “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larraín,  as a Centerpiece Gala at the AFI Fest on Nov. 14 at the Tcl Chinese.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has been set for a Dec. 2 opening. The film is a psychological portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.

The film also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt. Producers are Juan De Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky (AFI Class of 1992), Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin and Ari Handel.

The AFI Fest opens Nov. 10 with Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.” The festival has also announced that it will host the world premiere of Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian” on the following night.

The festival has also set a Nov. 13 tribute screening of Isabelle Huppert’s “Elle,” a Nov. »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Edging ‘Madea Halloween’ in Heated Battle

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Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is heading for a narrow victory over “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” with about $22 million at the domestic box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Paramount’s “Never Go Back” was locked in a heated battle with Lionsgate’s “Madea Halloween” for opening day supremacy with Friday grosses pointing to $8 million to $9 million for each, with weekend estimates going as high as $24 million for both. But Lionsgate, however, maintained Friday afternoon that the ninth Madea movie was heading for a finish in the $15 million range.

It will likely be the third straight weekend that the box office winner has opened in that vicinity. Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” took in $24.7 million in its launch on Oct. 16-18 and Emily Blunt’s “The Girl on the Train” grossed $24.5 million on its opening weekend on Oct. 9-11.

Universal’s “Ouija: Origin of Evil »

- Dave McNary

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Chris Pine Joins Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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Chris Pine is in talks to join the cast of Disney’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

He joins newcomer Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling in the pic. Ava DuVernay is directing.

Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, is penning the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney. The story follows children as they travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing father, a scientist.

Reid will play the oldest daughter among the children.

A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quintet” series, which includes “A Wind in the Door,” “Many Waters,” “A Swiftly Tilting Planet,” and “An Acceptable Time.”

Pine was most recently seen in “Star Trek Beyond” as well as CBS Films’ “Hell or High Water” which earned him some of the best reviews of his career. »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Star Wars’: Donald Glover to Play Young Lando Calrissian in Han Solo Movie

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May the force be with you, Donald Glover. The “Atlanta” star has landed the role of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo stand alone starring Alden Ehrenreich.

The pic will be set prior to “Star Wars: A New Hope,” like the other upcoming standalone project, “Rogue One.”

Production on the untitled Han Solo film is expected to begin in January.

Played originally by Billy Dee Williams in “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” the character is a fan favorite in the “Star Wars” universe and it was unknown, until recently, if he would be making an appearance in any of these standalone movies.

The Han Solo prequel will  hit theaters May 25, 2018.

The latest movie in the blockbuster franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opened in December and has hauled more than $2 billion worldwide.

Glover currently stars in FX’s “Atlanta.”

Glover is repped by Wme.


- Justin Kroll

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Anne Hathaway Wasn’t Happy About Her Oscar Win

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Anne Hathaway says she wasn’t happy to win the best supporting actress Oscar in 2013 for her performance in “Les Miserables.”

In an interview with the Guardian, Hathaway admits she “lost her mind doing that movie,” for which she lost 25 pounds, and felt “very uncomfortable” getting up on stage to accept the Academy Award.

“I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel, which is uncomplicated happiness,” Hathaway said. “It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy. I didn’t feel that way. I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings.”

“I tried to pretend that I was »

- Will Thorne

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The 20 Creepiest Clowns in Movies and TV

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If clowns scare you, you’re not alone. According to psychologists, coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) is a common phobia that often strikes children, and can continue well into adulthood. With the recent spate of creepy clown sightings across the country, and Halloween just around the corner, here are 20 of the most disturbing movie and TV clowns of all time. Unpleasant dreams!


- Matthew Chernov

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Jennifer Lawrence to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Biopic From Ron Howard

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Jennifer Lawrence will star in a biopic about famous Jazz Age socialite and novelist Zelda Fitzgerald.

Ron Howard is developing “Zelda” as a possible directing vehicle. Lawrence will be re-teaming with “Hunger Games” exec Allison Shearmur, who’s on board to produce the film. The pic follows Fitzgerald, who after marrying famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald, tries to find her own voice in the jazz music scene as her husband rises through the ranks of great American novelists.

Hacksaw Ridge’s” Brian Oliver is producing as well, along with Lawrence and Justine Ciarrocchi. Emma Frost is penning the script for “Zelda.” Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures will finance the movie.

Following her Oscar-nominated role in “Joy,” Lawrence seems to have taken an interest in portraying real-life figures. She is currently attached to play Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the health-technology and medical-laboratory-services company Theranos, in “Bad Blood” from director Adam McKay. »

- Justin Kroll

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Gaumont’s Dystopian Thriller ‘Ares’ Bows at Paris Comic Con, Pre-Sells Globally (Exclusive)

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Ares,” the post-apocalyptic thriller directed by Jean Patrick Benes and exec produced by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) bowed with a bang today (Oct. 21) at Paris Comic Con, ahead of its premiere market screening at the Afm next month.

Produced by Matthieu Tarot via his Paris outfit Albertine Productions, the stylized dystopian film stars an international cast led by Ola Rapace (“Valerian”), Micha Lescot (“Saint Laurent”) and Hélène Fillières (“Bastards”).

Described as a “French Blade Runner” by some local critics, “Ares” is set in 2035 and takes place in a France destroyed by the skyrocketing rate of unemployment which represents 10 million people.

The population, revolted or resigned, craves for ultra-violent televised fights where the fighters are ruthless and legally doped. The movie follows the journey of Reda, aka Ares, a veteran fighter who experiments a new drug to win his upcoming fights.

“Ares” marks the directorial debut of Benes, who »

- Elsa Keslassy

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American Film Festival Announces 2016 Screening Lineup

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The 7th annual American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland, has announced the lineup for its 2016 festival.

Of the 100-plus films that are scheduled to screen at this year’s festival, 58 are Polish premieres and 6 are European premiere. The festival opens with the Polish premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “Patterson” on Oct. 25, and will conclude with Tom Ford’s highly-anticipated “Nocturnal Animals” on Oct. 30.

The festival will also feature films that received much attention at the Cannes, Sundance, Venice and Toronto festivals, including this year’s Cannes Jury Prize winner “American Honey“ by director Andrea Arnold, “Personal Shopper” by Olivier Assayas, “Moonlight” by Barry Jenkins, “Loving” by Jeff Nichols and “Swiss Army Man” by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, among others.

The American Film Festival also announced two premiere competition sections, Spectrum, focusing on contemporary American cinema (14 films in competition), and American Docs, featuring documentaries showing various faces of America (10 films). In addition, »

- Arya Roshanian

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Play 1950s Music Pioneer Sam Phillips in New Film

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Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to the biography “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to produce and star in the pic.

Jennifer Davisson will produce with DiCaprio through their Appian Way banner.

Phillips was a pioneer in the music industry during the 1950s as a producer who helped launch the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn and Peter Guralnick, who penned the novel, are also on as producers.

The studio is currently looking to attach a writer to the project. Sources also indicate this likely isn’t going to be DiCaprio’s next project; he’s still on the lookout for his next role after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant.”

Paramount has been busy this week finding material for DiCaprio, who recently »

- Justin Kroll

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United Nations Names Wonder Woman Honorary Ambassador

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The United Nations appointed Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls in a ceremony on Friday attended by Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, two actresses who have played the DC Comics superhero.

Carter headlined the popular 1970s television series while Gadot is set to star in next year’s “Wonder Woman,” which will mark the first time the character has had a standalone big-screen adventure. They were joined by “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson.

The appointment comes as Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary. The character has been associated with the women’s rights movement since her inception. Creator William Moulton Marston was a major proponent of gender equality and drew on the iconography of the suffragette movement in fashioning Wonder Woman’s patriotic outfit, tiara, and gold bracelets. The character’s association with feminism was deepened after »

- Brent Lang

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Sony International Signs Deal With Eduardo Cisneros, Jason Shuman

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Sony Pictures International Productions has signed a multi-picture development deal with filmmakers Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman as part of its local-language productions operation.

Under the deal, Cisneros and Shuman will write and produce three new feature films  with Spip. Cisneros was an associate producer on “Instructions Not Included.”

“It is an ongoing priority for Sony Pictures International Productions to serve our Spanish-speaking audiences in Latin America and here in the United States,” said Laine Kline, Executive VP Business Affairs and Operations. “Eduardo and Jason have an exceptional track record for capturing these important communities and beyond.”

Cisneros and Shuman said, “Sony Pictures International Productions has an exciting and inspired vision of the international space, and we look forward to making great movies with them and expanding the Spanish-language markets worldwide.”

Cisneros is the co-creator of the series “Familia P. Luche” and “Xhdrbz” and one of the founding members of 3Pas Studios, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Doctor Strange’ Cast Addresses Whitewashing Controversy at Film’s World Premiere

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The world premiere of “Doctor Strange” was held at the famous Tcl Chinese Theater on Thursday night. Fans braved the 90-degree heat to get a glimpse of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into a grand magic sanctum as the cast and crew took the red carpet to celebrate the opening of 14th Marvel Universe movie.

They also took the opportunity to address criticism from some fans over the casting of British actress Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, who in the comics is depicted as an Asian man.

Director Scott Derrickson took on the whitewashing controversy, explaining how selecting Swinton was a diversity choice itself.

“I think diversity is the responsibility of directors and producers,” Derrickson told Variety. “In this case, the stereotype of [the Ancient One] had to be undone. I wanted it to be a woman, a middle-aged woman. Every iteration of that script played by »

- Lawrence Yee

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Naomie Harris to Receive Hollywood Film Awards

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Naomie Harris, and Lily Collins will receive Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 6, Dick Clark Productions has announced.

Kidman will receive the Hollywood supporting actress award for “Lion” and Grant will be honored with the Hollywood supporting actor award for “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Harris will be recognized with the Hollywood breakout actress award for “Collateral Beauty” and “Moonlight,” while Collins will nab the new Hollywood award for “Rules Don’t Apply.”

The awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden, and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Lion” tells the story of an Indian boy adopted by a couple from Australia, who returns to Calcutta 25 years later to find his lost family. “Florence Foster Jenkins,” directed by Stephen Frears, stars Meryl Streep as an aging New York heiress whose dreams of fame have never faded, despite her lack of talent. »

- Dave McNary

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Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding Biopic ‘I, Tonya’ Gets Financing

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AI Film will fully finance Craig Gillespie’s upcoming comedy, “I, Tonya”, starring Margot Robbie with Sierra/Affinity to commence international sales at the American Film Market.

Robbie (“Suicide Squad”) is in negotiations to star as American figure skater Tonya Harding as well as produce with Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures, Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers already attached to produce. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are executive producing.

UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are representing Us domestic rights.

The film follows the story of Harding’s involvement in the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, her main rival, prior to the Olympic Games. Variety reported in June that Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) would direct a script by Steven Rogers.

AI Film’s slate includes “Hacksaw Ridge” and Martin Scorsese historical drama “Silence.” Past projects include “Lee DanielsThe Butler”; Bill Condon’s “Mr Holmes »

- Dave McNary

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ Trailer Shows Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Love Gone Wrong

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“You look beautiful, as always,” Jake Gyllenhaal tells Amy Adams as their divorced characters reconnect in the ominous official trailer for Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals.”

“Do you know that you were my first crush?” Gyllenhaal asks her on a windy night outdoors. “You were my first crush, too,” she admits.

But the narrative descends into a story of betrayal and revenge as Adams later says, “I did something horrible to him. I left him in a brutal way.”

It’s not specified what she did, but an angry Gyllenhaal later tells Adams, “When you love someone, you have to be careful.”

Nocturnal Animals” won the grand jury prize at the Venice International Film Festival. The movie, adapted by Ford from Austin Wright’s novel “Tony and Susan,” also stars Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, and Michael Sheen.

Focus Features »

- Dave McNary

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‘Bambi’ Pioneer Tyrus Wong Gets Big Birthday Tribute at 105

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Tyrus “Ty” Wong doesn’t get what the fuss is all about. Sure, he created “Bambi’s” distinctive look and exhibited artwork with Picasso. And yes, he illustrated scenes from “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The Wild Bunch” while designing popular Hallmark holiday cards on the side.

All those accomplishments don’t overly impress Wong, however.

“I’m just a lucky artist,” the centenarian likes to insist to his daughter Kim.

Hollywood and the Asian-American community know better. They have been showering Wong with recognition and accolades the past 15 years while he shakes his head in bemusement.

Next week the pioneering artist will be twice honored at the Asian World Film Festival. On Oct. 24, he will receive a lifetime achievement award on the opening day of the fest, sponsored by Variety. And the next day the festival will screen Pam Tom’s documentary about him on his 106th birthday.

“My dad is tickled, »

- Diane Garrett

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‘Loving’ Premiere Brings Marriage Equality Discussion to the Forefront

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Virginia is for Lovings. That was the theme for the premiere of the interracial love story “Loving” at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills Thursday evening.

While the 1958 marriage between, Mildred, a Native American and black woman, and Richard, a white man, was considered a turning point for American civil rights, writer-director Jeff Nichols stressed that their story wasn’t so black and white.

“There are a lot of forms of activism, theirs happened to be a commitment to each other that wasn’t part of a movement or an agenda, it was very sincere,” Nichols shared.

Although the couple’s union violated Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law at the time, forcing them to leave the Commonwealth for 25 years, producer Colin Firth said that their ultimate U.S. Supreme Court victory had a global reach.

“I was very fired up about this story,” said the British actor. “My father taught »

- Mannie Holmes

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