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SXSW Drama ‘Lane 1974’ Acquired by the Orchard (Exclusive)

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The Orchard has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding theatrical to S.J. Chiro’s coming of age feature film “Lane 1974,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Lane 1974,” which premiered at SXSW in March, stars Sophia Mitri Schloss (“The Kicks”) as a 13-year-old girl coming of age in a Northern California commune during the 1970s. Katherine Moennig (“Ray Donovan”) stars as her iconoclastic mother along with Sara Coates, Jasmin Savoy Brown (“The Leftovers”) and Linas Phillips.

Lane 1974” was produced by Jennessa West and executive produced by Mel Eslyn. The Orchard plans a digital and on demand release for Sept. 26.

Based on the Clane Howard memoir “The Hypocrisy of Disco,” the movie portrays the titular Lane’s freedom of living off-the-grid with her mother and younger siblings, while she craves a stable “normal” life – one she’s only seen in pictures from a stolen Sears catalog. She must deal with her troubled mother, who »


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China’s Linking Star Picture to Develop Superhero Projects From Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment

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Newly established Chinese company Linking Star Picture is to develop five superhero figures and associated projects from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment as well as Chinese superhero movies, with Bob Sabouni, the the former vice president of Marvel, acting as art consultant for Linking Star.

The new Beijing-based company, unveiled Monday in the Chinese capital, is a joint venture by Beijing Film, Beijing Novo United Films, and Hong Kong-based Camsing International, which owns Pow! Entertainment. Besides the Pow! projects, Linking Star has also set up a fund to groom young talents and Chinese superhero projects.

Among the initiatives is a competition to discover new talent, judged by a panel of experts including Wolf Totem producer Weimin Wang; Dan Yang, vice president of online ticket-selling service Wepiao; and Yonghong Deng, vice president of the Beijing Film Assn. The panel members will also collaborate in the Chinese superhero projects.

Camsing International acquired Pow! Entertainment »


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Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival

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Rome – Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, known for his vivid color palette and his work with Pedro Almodovar and other influential directors, will be recognized by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award honoring technical achievements and advancements in film.

Besides working on five Almodovar films, including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1989), and, more recently, “Volver” (2006) (pictured), Alcaine has been instrumental in defining the original look of Spanish cinema starting in the early 1980s alongside such directors as Victor Erice, Fernando Trueba, and Vicente Aranda. He made a dozen films with Aranda, including steamy Franco-era-set noir “Lovers” (1991).

Outside Spain, Alacaine has also collaborated with Italian directors Alberto Lattuada, Fabio Carpi, and Giovanni Veronesi, among others. He is currently shooting Brian De Palma’s new thriller, “Domino,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten, and will soon be working on the next project by two-time Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, a »


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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019.

The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening.

Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53 days, and another $390 million from international markets.

Warner Bros. previously announced an “untitled event film” for the Dec. 13, 2019, slot. “Wonder Woman 2” is the first title to land on the date.

Variety reported on June 20 that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe along with Jon Berg for Warner Bros.

“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said in an interview at the time. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.”

Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first “Wonder Woman” and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the »


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Indie Entertainment, Butcher Brothers, Orama Teaming on ‘Star Light’

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Horror veterans Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment, Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers, and Orama Filmworks are teaming to develop and produce a feature slate, starting with “Star Light,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The independent film slate will be financed by private equity, and is currently looking to produce three or four features a year. The filmmakers teamed on vampire comedy “The Night Watchmen,” which was the first title at last year’s Fantasia Fest to be sold to a distributor.

Gravitas Ventures is planning to release “The Night Watchmen” in the late fall with worldwide rights being sold through Automatic Entertainment.

“Star Light” is set to shoot this September in Kentucky with Lee Cummings directing the story of a teen whose life is turned upside down when he helps a world-famous pop star on the run from her violent pursuers. Altieri, Allard, and Cheryl Staurulakis will produce with Leo Staurulakis and Andrew Mardirous executive producing. Mardirous »


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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

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For the past several decades, Stephen King has remained prolific, churning out hit novel after hit novel — and Hollywood can thank him for that.

More than 50 projects have been made based on King’s work, and there’s still plenty more to come. In fact, just in 2017, the author has three projects based on his work hitting screens. Next up, he has “Mr. Mercedes” premiering on Audience network, and “The Dark Tower,” starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hitting theaters on Aug. 4.

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Also coming up this year: the highly anticipated adaptation of “It,” bowing on Sept. 8. It’s the latest adaptation of “It,” one of his most popular books. It also inspired a minseries in 1990.

With that in mind, let’s look back at some of the most famous King properties. While the author himself famously isn’t a fan, “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson, remains »


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Lionsgate, ‘John Wick’ Producer Team on Female-Driven Action Movie ‘Ballerina’

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Lionsgate has picked up Shay Hatten’s action script “Ballerina” and set up the project with “John Wick” franchise producer Basil Iwanyk through his Thunder Road company.

Lionsgate won an auction for “Ballerina,” with Warner Bros. and Universal also expressing interest in the script, which centers on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the assassins who killed her own family. It’s said to be similar to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita,” which starred Anne Parillaud as a teen junkie who murders a policeman and becomes a skilled assassin.

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Hatten also wrote the comedy “Maximum King!” which was named to the 2016 Black List. He wrote that script and “Ballerina” while working for Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey. “Maximum King!” is a fictional look at Stephen King writing and directing the 1986 horror-comedy movie “Maximum Overdrive,” which »


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Glas Animation Program Focuses on Sensuality in Shorts by Women Filmmakers

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Glas Animation will host a selection of short films all made by women dealing with some aspect of sexuality on Thursday, July 27, at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30.

The Glas Animation Festival, which debuted just two years ago in Berkeley, Calif., has already received accolades from around the world. Its goal is to introduce new voices and ideas from independent animators worldwide. The festival has featured such industry luminaries as Brad BirdHenry Selick, and Kirsten Lepore as special guests. The 2018 edition will be held March 22-25 and is already accepting submissions.

Sensual Animation is the second in a new series of events held in Los Angeles curated by Glas Animation, the team behind the festival.

“Animation is a unique medium that can express the sensuality of our inner desires in a way no other artform can. It is a flexible space for the expression of id »


- Terry Flores

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Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)

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Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott Lastaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.

“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important »


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‘Hobo With a Shotgun’s’ Jason Eisener to Direct Thriller for Fede Alvarez

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Hobo With a Shotgun” director Jason Eisener is attached to an untitled techno thriller produced by Bad Hombre, the new production company formed by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.

The thriller will be written by Simon Barrett, whose credits include “Blair Witch,” “The Guest,” “You’re Next,” and “A Horrible Way to Die.” The logline is being kept under wraps.

The project will executive produced by Jay Basu along with Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, and Erin Westerman of Good Universe.

Eisener’s credits include “The ABCs of Death” and “V/H/S/2.” Basu is currently working with Alvarez on Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the follow-up to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and on the TriStar/Jim Henson Co. rebirth of “Labyrinth.”

Alvarez directed 2013’s “Evil Dead,” which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide, and “Don’t Breathe,” starring Stephen Lang, which topped $150 million worldwide. Bad Hombre was formed by Good Universe and Alvarez »


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‘Shot Caller’ Director Boards ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (Exclusive)

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Ric Roman Waugh will direct the next installment in the “Olympus Has Fallen” series, “Angel Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler.

Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role.

Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-base production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson. Millennium Entertainment’s John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, and Les Weldon will also produce, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Boaz Davidson exec producing.

Olympus Has Fallen” bowed in 2013, grossing $170.3 million worldwide, including $98.9 million at the domestic box office. The sequel, “London Has Fallen,” did even better overseas, earning $205.8 million worldwide, leading Millennium to move forward on a third installment.

After saving the president in the first two pics, secret service agent Banning himself becomes the target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One.

Insiders say Butler has been a fan of Waugh’s work since seeing his first »


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‘The Emoji Movie’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Columbia Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The Emoji Movie.”

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.8 million through Sunday for 1,497 national ad airings across 37 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 17-23. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) As you’d expect, Columbia appears to be targeting a youthful and family-friendly audience, prioritizing budget across networks such as Nick, Cartoon Network and CBS, as well as shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House and Teen Titans Go!

Just behind “The Emoji Movie” in second place: Focus Features’ “Atomic Blonde,” which saw 1,128 national ad airings across 43 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.63 million.

TV ad placements for Annapurna Pictures’ “Detroit” (Emv: $4.54 million), Stx Entertainment’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” ($4.1 million »


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Rick Famuyiwa in Talks to Direct Martial Arts Movie ‘Son of Shaolin’

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Sony Pictures is in negotiations with “Dope” director Rick Famuyiwa to come on board teen martial arts movie “Son of Shaolin.”

Dwayne Johnson is producing with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia through his Seven Bucks Entertainment company. Johnson is not attached to star in the film.

“Son of Shaolin” is based on on the graphic novel by Jay Longino and Caanan White, which focuses on a struggling street artist discovering he is the last of his bloodline and must find a way to survive a seemingly unstoppable killer.

Longino wrote the first draft of the script and will serve as an executive producer. Ryan Kalil is also executive producing. Sony execs Matt Milam and Maia Eyre are overseeing for the studio.

The logline for “Son of Shaolin” is under wraps, but it will be a modern day martial arts movie influenced by classic Hong Kong cinema.

Famuyiwa’s credits as a director and screenwriter includes “The Wood” (1999), “Brown Sugar »


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Fox Teams With Russo Brothers in Finance-Distribution Movie Deal

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Twentieth Century Fox is teaming with the “Captain America” directing team of Joe and Anthony Russo for the studio to co-finance and distribute movies from the brothers’ unnamed production company.

The production company will formally launch next year after the brothers complete their work directing Marvel-Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled sequel. “Avengers: Infinity War” will open May 4, 2018, and the sequel is set for May 3, 2019.

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The Russo brothers directed 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” for Marvel-Disney. The team first gained notice for their work on the 2002 film “Welcome to Collinwood” and then turned to television with work on the series “Arrested Development” and “Community.” They also produced the 2006 Owen Wilson comedy “You, Me and Dupree.”

Under the non-exclusive multi-year deal with Fox, the Russo brothers venture will provide half of the »


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Film Festival Wars: How Venice Is Turning Up the Heat on Telluride (Exclusive)

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Forget about dirty Oscar campaigning. This year’s biggest awards season brawl is over which festival gets dibs on the next “La La Land.”

When the Venice International Film Festival unveils its roster of titles on Thursday, expect many of the English-language offerings to be scheduled early. That’s because organizers have been cracking down on a policy, which prevents movies from showing at Telluride unless they’ve opened at Venice first.

Although Venice has previously required that its world premieres are exclusive to the Lido — despite its remote location — this hasn’t always been the practice. In some instances, movies have debuted at Telluride as “sneak previews.”

But insiders say that for the 2017 festival, Venice has been trying to hold its ground, which has caused scheduling headaches for the seven or eight movies that are trying to screen at both venues.

Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera strongly denies any rivalry with Telluride, the »


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Nicholas Hoult Eyed to Play J.R.R. Tolkien in Biopic

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Nicholas Hoult is in talks to star as “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien in the Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment film “Tolkien.”

Sources say negotiations are still in their early stages, but Hoult is the top choice to play the famed writer. Finnish director Dome Karukoski will helm the movie.

The film’s script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford focuses on the author as he finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a group of classmates prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920, then wrote the two novels while working at Pembroke College. Tolkien died in 1973.

Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have been developing the project since 2013. Tolkien’s epic novels served as the basis for the film trilogies “The Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit.”

“The Hobbit” was first published in 1937. Tolkien then wrote “The Lord of the Rings” between 1937 and »


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Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer

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New Line has landed the spec “Super-Intelligence” from Steve Mallory who co-wrote “The Boss” with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. McCarthy is attached to star.

Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.

The spec is another high-concept action, unconventional buddy comedy, like McCarthy’s “The Heat” and “Spy,” but this time set against the phenomena of technological singularity.

Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.

New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.

Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.

McCarthy will soon be seen in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight which was written by Nicole Holofcener and is attached to produce and »


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Toronto International Film Festival 2017 Lineup (Photos)

25 July 2017 9:07 AM, PDT

The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2017 lineup for the galas and special presentations categories.

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Ben Stiller Has a Nervous Breakdown in First Trailer for ‘Brad’s Status’

25 July 2017 8:57 AM, PDT

Ben Stiller deals with middle-age disappointment in the first trailer for Mike White’s bittersweet comedy “Brad’s Status.”

Stiller plays the titular Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his musical prodigy son (played by Austin Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, he is forced to confront the success of his friends and his own feelings of failure.

“My mind drifts at night,” he says in a voiceover. “I work for a nonprofit and I have nothing to show for it.”

By comparison, his college pals are now a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen).

“Dad, are you having a nervous breakdown?” Abrams asks after noticing his father’s anxiety.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment first unveiled the project last year after White »


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Netflix Boards Ariel Vromen’s Spy Thriller ‘The Angel’ (Exclusive)

25 July 2017 8:50 AM, PDT

Netflix has boarded “The Angel​,” a $12-million spy thriller to be directed by Israeli helmer Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”). The film is based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.”

The Netflix Original will depict the true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.

“The Angel” begins shooting this month in London under cinematographer Terry Stacey (“Elvis & Nixon”). It will also shoot in the U.K., Bulgaria, and Morocco this summer.

The film will topline Marwan Kenzari (“The Promise”), Toby Kebbell (“The East”), plus a number of well-known Middle Eastern actors »


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