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Sam Rockwell Joins Scarlett Johansson In ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Newly minted Oscar winner Sam Rockwell has joined the cast of Jojo Rabbit, Deadline has confirmed. The movie is written and to be directed Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi for Fox Searchlight in his follow-up to the Marvel tentpole, and production is set to begin later this spring. Scarlett Johansson is already aboard the satirical World War II tale, about a German boy in Hitler's army who discovers that his mother (Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Waititi…
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Sam Rockwell Joins Cast of Taika Waititi Film ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Sam Rockwell Joins Cast of Taika Waititi Film ‘Jojo Rabbit’
Sam Rockwell, hot off his Oscar-winning performance in 2017’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is joining Scarlett Johansson in “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany satire, “Jojo Rabbit,” a representative for Rockwell told TheWrap.

TheWrap initially broke the news that “Jojo Rabbit” would be Waititi’s next film. He will also be stepping in front of the camera to star in the film as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler.

The film centers around a young boy, Jojo, who struggles to fit in and resorts to his imaginary friend, Hitler, who offers advice and helps him cope. Jojo then discovers that his mother (Johansson) is secretly working for the resistance and hiding a 15-year-old Jewish girl in their house.

Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.

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“It’s my version of… a lonely boy’s best version of his hero, which is really his dad,” Waititi told TheWrap in March.

Waititi’s depiction of Hitler won’t be meant as a sympathetic, but rather an invention of 10-year-old Jojo, who misses his dad, and, confused by Nazi propaganda, imagines a figure who is a combination of his father and the führer.

The film, which was eyeing a late-May production start, will be distributed by 20th Century Fox’s independent division, Fox Searchlight. The release is likely to be one of the first releases under the Disney umbrella, which said in December it plans to buy the studio as part of a $52.4 billion acquisition of parts of the larger Fox empire.

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Waititi, who also wrote the script for “Jojo Rabbit,” had break-out success with last year’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” The film earned $854 million at the worldwide box office along with critical success.

Before “Jojo Rabbit,” Rockwell will appear as former President George W. Bush alongside Christian Bale in the Adam McKay directed “Backseat.”

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson

Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson
Following his Oscar-winning performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sam Rockwell is in negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight and co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the World War II film “Jojo Rabbit,” sources confirm to Variety.

The project is Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok.” The story centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. He discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human.

Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance. Waititi is playing the imaginary Hitler.

Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.

Waititi penned the script and will produce alongside Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley. Production is expected to start this spring.
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Sam Rockwell Joins Taika Waititi & Scarlett Johansson’s Jojo Rabbit

Sam Rockwell has signed on to appear alongside Scarlett Johansson in Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany satire Jojo Rabbit. Coming off directing the smash hit Thor: Ragnarok, eccentric New Zealand filmmaker Waititi has signed on to write and direct Jojo Rabbit, a project that can only be described as bizarre. The story involves a young boy living in Nazi Germany who dreams of joining the Hitler Youth and imagines that Adolf Hitler is his best friend. Then, he discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and everything changes.
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Sam Rockwell Joining Scarlett Johansson in Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' (Exclusive)

Sam Rockwell Joining Scarlett Johansson in Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' (Exclusive)
Sam Rockwell, who won an Oscar for his work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is joining Scarlett Johansson in Fox Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit, the unique Nazi Germany satire from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.

The story centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolph Hitler. He discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human.

Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance....
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
At this point, many are ready to hand the Oscar to “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan, given Killmonger’s status as the most layered Marvel villain thus far.

While last year brought the battle of the mothers at the Oscars, a series of fathers could compete in 2019. Matthew McConaughey plays the father of the youngest FBI informant ever in “White Boy Rick.” Steve Carell is the beleaguered dad of a young drug addict (Timothée Chalamet) in “Beautiful Boy.” In “Boy Erased,” Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are the Baptist parents of an outed gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who battles his conversion therapist (writer-director Joel Edgerton).

It will be the battle of the Scorsese vets in “The Irishman,” as Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino vie for supremacy in more ways than one.

Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell could be back in the race as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s “Backseat,
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2018 Tribeca Film Festival Highlights

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Next week sees the arrival of New York’s 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, running 18th-29th April, boasting a vast array of film and TV screenings, starry anniversary reunion events, concerts, on stage interviews and discussions, as well as a focus on games and Vr experiences. Below are just some of this year’s highlights, for the full lineup and to purchase tickets for films and events visit the official Tribeca website: https://www.tribecafilm.com/

Stars and filmmakers set to attend this year’s festival include Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Rockwell, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, Thandie Newton, Saoirse Ronan and Tribeca Co-Founder Robert De Niro.

Opening Night

2018 Tribeca Opening Night ‘Love Gilda’

The 2018 edition opens with the World Premiere of documentary Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, saluting the career
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Ethan Hawke’s Music Biopic ‘Blaze’ Bought by Sundance Selects for U.S.

Ethan Hawke’s Music Biopic ‘Blaze’ Bought by Sundance Selects for U.S.
Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to the music biopic “Blaze,” co-written, produced, and directed by Ethan Hawke.

The film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where newcomer Ben Dickey won the Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting for his portrayal of Blaze Foley. “Blaze” is inspired by the life of Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. “Blaze” explores his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his final performance in a near-empty honky-tonk; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact that his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes.

Rosen co-wrote the film with Hawke based on her memoir “Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley.” Jake Seal, John Sloss, and Ryan Hawke produced alongside Hawke.

Dickey, a musician in his own right,
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‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker

‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker
Lynn Shelton has made six scruffy relationship dramedies, all set in her hometown of Seattle. When she picked up an agent after “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, she figured she’d pay the bills with the occasional TV episode and continue shooting local movies. That’s not the way it turned out.

Over the last eight years, what began as a season-4 episode of “Mad Men” is now an in-demand career as a television comedy director, from Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” and “Casual” to IFC’s “Maron” and nine episodes of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”

So when Shelton finally reassembled her Seattle film crew to shoot her seventh movie, “Outside In” — produced, co-written and starring Jay Duplass opposite Edie Falco and Kaitlyn Dever — everything was different. First, the movie is Shelton’s first drama. And second, she found herself more prepared than she had ever been.
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‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker

‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker
Lynn Shelton has made six scruffy relationship dramedies, all set in her hometown of Seattle. When she picked up an agent after “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, she figured she’d pay the bills with the occasional TV episode and continue shooting local movies. That’s not the way it turned out.

Over the last eight years, what began as a season-4 episode of “Mad Men” is now an in-demand career as a television comedy director, from Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” and “Casual” to IFC’s “Maron” and nine episodes of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”

So when Shelton finally reassembled her Seattle film crew to shoot her seventh movie, “Outside In” — produced, co-written and starring Jay Duplass opposite Edie Falco and Kaitlyn Dever — everything was different. First, the movie is Shelton’s first drama. And second, she found herself more prepared than she had ever been.
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington … ? [Poll]
Like the other acting winners of the 1980s, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to big stars and character actors alike. The ’80s featured big-name winners like Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Sean Connery and Michael Caine alongside hardworking veterans like John Gielgud, Louis Gossett Jr. and Don Ameche. The Academy also rewarded emerging talent, like Timothy Hutton, Haing S. Ngor and the now double-champ Denzel Washington.

So who is your favorite Best Supporting Actor winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Timothy Hutton, “Ordinary People” (1980) — Hutton came out of the gate strong with his heartbreaking performance in Best Picture winner “Ordinary People.” Hutton plays Conrad Jarrett, a teenager wracked with guilt after his brother is killed in a boating accident. Hutton is clearly the lead of the film, but at age 20, the studio may have felt it fairer
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'Black Panther' pushes Disney past $1bn at 2018 international box office

Legendary’s Pacific Rim Uprising expected to dominate through Universal; Black Panther hits $100m in China.

March 23 Update: Black Panther became the 14th highest global release in history as it crossed $1.2bn this week (March 21) and hit $100m in China to propel Disney past $1bn in international receipts for the year-to-date.

The Marvel Studios release has been Hollywood’s box office sensation of 2018 so far – although its days atop the box office are over. Last week it ceded the crown to MGM/Warner BrosTomb Raider, which faces Legendary Entertainment’s Pacific Rim Uprising in what will be a battle royal this weekend.
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Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [Poll]
The 1980s saw several legendary dames winning Best Actress at the Oscars, including academy favorites like Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. The entire decade was a good one for women dominating their films, like Sissy Spacek, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Geraldine Page, Cher and Jodie Foster. The ’80s also set records that still stand today, with Marlee Matlin being the youngest Best Actress winner at age 21 and Jessica Tandy being the oldest winner at 80.

So which Best Actress winner from the ’80s is your favorite? Look back on each of their performances and vote in our poll below.

Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) — The ’80s began with Spacek earning her Oscar for playing country music star Loretta Lynn in the biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek earned a previous nomination for “Carrie” (1976) and four subsequent nominations, for: “Missing” (1982), “The River” (1984), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986) and “In the Bedroom” (2001).

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‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Scarface’ to Screen at Tribeca Film Festival

‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Scarface’ to Screen at Tribeca Film Festival
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate the anniversaries of “Schindler’s List” and “Scarface” with retrospective screenings as well as Tribeca Talks discussions featuring big names from the movies.

The screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” honoring the title’s 25th anniversary, will include a conversation with stars Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, and more. Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” meanwhile, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary at the festival with a screening and a discussion with De Palma and leads Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Also lined up for a retrospective event is “In the Soup,” the 25-year-old indie directed by Alexandre Rockwell and starring Steve Buscemi. Tribeca will present the world premiere of the 4K restoration of the indie drama, followed by a panel with Rockwell, Buscemi, and co-stars Sam Rockwell and Jennifer Beals.

In addition, Tribeca has also announced the lineup of filmmakers,
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Tribeca sets anniversary screenings for 'Schindler’s List', 'Scarface'

Tribeca sets anniversary screenings for 'Schindler’s List', 'Scarface'
Directors Series includes Alexander Payne, Laura Poitras.

Anniversary screenings of Schindler’s List, Scarface and In The Soup are among the Tribeca 2018 line-up of anniversary films and Tribeca Talks series announced on Monday (March 19).

Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List came out 25 years ago and the April 26 screening will be followed by a conversation with Spielberg and cast members Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Embeth Davidtz.

Scarface receives a 35th anniversary screening on April 19 followed by a conversation led by director Brian De Palma with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

In The Soup by Alexandre Rockwell is also in its
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TrTribeca sets anniversary screenings for 'Schindler’s List', 'Scarface'

TrTribeca sets anniversary screenings for 'Schindler’s List', 'Scarface'
Directors Series includes Alexander Payne, Laura Poitras.

Anniversary screenings of Schindler’s List, Scarface and In The Soup are among the Tribeca 2018 line-up of anniversary films and Tribeca Talks series announced on Monday (March 19).

Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List came out 25 years ago and the April 26 screening will be followed by a conversation with Spielberg and cast members Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Embeth Davidtz.

Scarface receives a 35th anniversary screening on April 19 followed by a conversation led by director Brian De Palma with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

In The Soup, by Alexandre Rockwell is also in its
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Ramon Rodriguez joins Disney’s The One and Only Ivan

Iron Fist and The Defenders star Ramon Rodriguez has become the latest addition to the cast of The One and Only Ivan, Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning book.

Rodriguez joins a cast that includes Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) and Ariana Greenblatt (Stuck in the Middle).

The film, directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You), is a a CG/live-action hybrid which follows “a silverback gorilla named Ivan (Rockwell) who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.
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Where do the most recent group of Academy Award winners rank all time?

As we begin to fully focus on 2018 releases and eventually what the 2019 awards season will be like, a little more about the most recent Oscars is still required. Mainly, a look at how the winners stack up with previous ones. This time around, I’m tying in all of the major categories together. Yes, all eight of the top prizes will get a rundown today, with the possibility of another piece next week on the technical categories. For now, it’s Picture, Director, the four Acting slots, and both Screenplay categories, which is more than enough to start with. This is going to be fun. Like I mentioned above, before we get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, it’s more of a broader collection. Obviously, we know
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China powers 'Tomb Raider' to estimated $62m international by Saturday (update)

China powers 'Tomb Raider' to estimated $62m international by Saturday (update)
Mary Magdalene debuts in UK, key markets.

March 17 Update: International audiences are responding well to Alicia Vikander in the role of adventurer Lara Croft as Tomb Raider plundered an estimated $62m from 65 markets by Saturday.

China accounts for an estimated $28.5m of that, comprising $12.1m from opening day Friday and a projected $16.4m for Saturday. Friday devoured 50% of top five market share and delivered Warner Bros’ fourth highest opening day in the territory as executives said the tally reached $28.9m.

Elsewhere the action film co-production between Warner Bros and MGM, which the companies are jointly distributing internationally, has generated $502,000 from its first day in Mexico,
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'Tomb Raider' impresses with $12.3m China opening day (update)

Mary Magdalene debuts in UK, key markets.

March 16 Update: Marvel StudiosBlack Panther has a fight on its hands to hold on to the international box office title in the face of a spirited challenge from Tomb Raider, which according to early estimates has raced to $12.3m on Friday opening day in China.

The films are posed for a mighty clash. In one corner is Marvel Studios’ behemoth Black Panther, which has overtaken Transformers: Dark Of The Moon ($1.124bn), The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King ($1.120bn) and Skyfall ($1.109bn) this week en route to becoming the 16th
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