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Mark Wahlberg, Antoine Fuqua Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infinite’ Debuting on Paramount Plus

Mark Wahlberg, Antoine Fuqua Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infinite’ Debuting on Paramount Plus
Infinite,” a sci-fi thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will exclusively debut on Paramount Plus in the U.S.

The move was announced by ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish on the company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday and comes as Paramount Plus is seeking to bolster its lineup of original content. The service, which was rebranded and relaunched in March after previously being known as CBS All Access, faces stiff competition in the streaming space, with rivals such as Netflix, Disney Plus and HBO Max all fighting for subscribers.

Movies have become an important part of what Paramount Plus has been selling customers. At an investor event last February, ViacomCBS announced that Paramount Plus would premiere major blockbusters such as “A Quiet Place Part II” and “Mission Impossible 7″ on the service within 45 days of their theatrical debut (films had typically played exclusively in cinemas for roughly three
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Gabourey Sidibe to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Thriller ‘Pale Horse’

Gabourey Sidibe to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Thriller ‘Pale Horse’
Gabourey Sidibe is set to make her feature directorial debut with the psychological thriller “Pale Horse” for Gamechanger Films.

The film is being co-developed and financed by Gamechanger, a production company and development fund dedicated to projects by and about women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities. The film is slated to shoot this fall.

“Pale Horse” is based on a story by Chris Courtney Martin (“The Last Laugh”), with a screenplay by Asabi Lee and Paul Hart-Wilden (“Wolf Town”). Described as a psychological thriller set in the Pacific Northwest, the film follows an African American woman named Naia, who is also a celebrated, reclusive author living with multiple sclerosis. As the story progresses, Naia finds herself ensnared in a diabolical mystery when she shelters the man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother.

“I’m super excited to work with Gamechanger on my first feature,
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Major European Markets Set to Reopen Cinemas With New Movies and New Headaches

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Major European Markets Set to Reopen Cinemas With New Movies and New Headaches
Three of Europe’s major film markets — France, Italy and the U.K. — are reopening doors for theatrical releases after an erratic year of high hopes and false starts. But the pipeline of new movies will enter a landscape forever altered by the pandemic.

If you ask Tim Richards, CEO of European cinema giant Vue, about the greatest sea change in exhibition over the last 12 months, he points to the theatrical release window. Variety can reveal that the company, which has already begun re-opening cinemas in Denmark and Lithuania, is getting ready to deploy the 45-day release window trialled by Cineworld Group in a deal with Warner Bros.

“We have a new model that we’re very close to signing up to with the studios, and I think it’s a very exciting model, based around a 45-day window. It’s for the U.K. and most likely most markets in Europe,
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‘Stay Frosty’: Idris Elba to Star in Action Movie From ‘Extraction’ Director

‘Stay Frosty’: Idris Elba to Star in Action Movie From ‘Extraction’ Director
Idris Elba is continuing his push into action movie territory. The Luther, The Wire, and Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran is leading the ensemble of James Gunn’s explosive action film The Suicide Squad later this year, and now Elba is also set to star in a new action film called Stay Frosty, which hails from Extraction director Sam Hargrave. […]

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Daily Podcast: Movie Theater Sanitization, The Muppets, Time Cut, Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead

Daily Podcast: Movie Theater Sanitization, The Muppets, Time Cut, Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead
On the May 7, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and TV news, including The Muppets, Time Cut, Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead and Movie Theater sanitization. In The News: Brad: New […]

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‘Songs That Flood the River’ Duo Prep New Films Focused on Race, Gender, Resistance in Colombia (Exclusive)

‘Songs That Flood the River’ Duo Prep New Films Focused on Race, Gender, Resistance in Colombia (Exclusive)
Colombia’s Germán Arango and Ana María Muñoz, the director-producer duo behind Hot Docs International Spectrum competition title “Songs That Flood the River,” are prepping a host of new documentary and fiction features focused on race, gender, violence and resistance in the South American nation, Variety has learned.

Arango is developing “Mc Silencio,” a Medellín-set musical drama in which the young resist and fight paramilitary aggression through hip-hop, and “The Man With the Trumpet,” a documentary that turns to film noir to delve into the murder of the director’s uncle and question the links between masculinity and violence in Medellín.

Both projects are produced by Yira Plaza, a fellow member of the Colectivo Audiovisual Pasolini de Medellín, which produced “Songs That Flood the River.” Commenting on Arango’s forthcoming projects, Muñoz said: “His line of work has not abandoned formal experimentation, but is moving towards more personal and autobiographical topics.
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‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie’ Trailer Reveals the English Voice Cast for the Netflix Release

There’s a new official trailer for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie. Whew, try saying that five times fast. But the extra-long title is worth it, because the wait for a new anime adaptation of the beloved anime has been just as long. The Movie is a continuation of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series, which debuted […]

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‘The Unthinkable’ Is an Intense Disaster Movie That’s Actually Heartbreaking

‘The Unthinkable’ Is an Intense Disaster Movie That’s Actually Heartbreaking
In her 1965 essay “The Imagination of Disaster,” Susan Sontag wrote that the allure of “exotic dangerous situations” came down to the way they “normalize what is psychologically unbearable.” It would have been intriguing to get Sontag’s take on “The Unthinkable,” , and doesn’t so much delight in world-ending events as it recognizes that surviving them never ensures a happy ending. Getting through the ordeal is only half the battle.

But what a battle: In this fast-paced adventure from Swedish director Victor Danell, an unsuspecting public contends with toxic rain that renders its victims into puddles of dementia who slam their cars into epic pileups as a mystery international threat invades from the skies. Like Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room,” the movie oscillates from stark survival drama to outright war movie and back again, speeding through taut, claustrophobic shootouts and exploding helicopters even as it shoehorns the spectacle into a
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Gia Coppola Talks ‘Mainstream,’ The Perils Of Social Media, Working With Andrew Garfield & More [Interview]

Gia Coppola Talks ‘Mainstream,’ The Perils Of Social Media, Working With Andrew Garfield & More [Interview]
In director Gia Coppola’s latest film, “Mainstream,” her first since 2014’s coming of age indie, “Palo Alto,” the filmmaker once again chronicles the story of disillusioned youth looking for outlets of validation. This time she targets social media and current influencer culture obsessions via her protagonist Frankie (Maya Hawke). Frankie is swept away by the enigmatic YouTube influencer Link (an uninhibited Andrew Garfield), and they quickly amass a sizable online following after a recording of him goes viral.

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‘Time Cut’ Will Reunite ‘Freaky’ Creative Team For Movie Described as ‘Back to the Future’ Meets ‘Scream’

‘Time Cut’ Will Reunite ‘Freaky’ Creative Team For Movie Described as ‘Back to the Future’ Meets ‘Scream’
Christopher Landon and Michael Kennedy, the team that recently worked together on the fantastic body-swap slasher comedy Freaky, are reuniting for yet another high-concept horror project. It’s called Time Cut, and it’s described as Back to the Future meets Scream. What more do you need to know, really? Madison Bailey and Antonia Gentry are set to star in the film, with […]

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Early Emmy Analysis: Bring on the Dark Horses!

Early Emmy Analysis: Bring on the Dark Horses!
Ah, May. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, Oscar season has finally packed its bags and flown north for the summer. It’s Emmy season, baby. Catch the fever!

Of course, this is hardly the beginning of the TV awards season in general. The past six months saw many accolades being distributed for both film and TV, including honors from the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, and Screen Actors Guild, among others.

As so often happens with these types of things, frontrunners began to appear on a number of, well, fronts, making it seem as though the the Emmy races in marquee categories — comedy series, drama series, limited series — might already be locked up, sapping the season of all its innate intrigue.

But fear not, because the Ides of May have some incredible things lurking just around the corner, all the better to attempt to
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“Everything You’re Feeling or Seeing in the Moment Comes Into the Story”: Director Iva Radivojevic on Her Borgesian Tale of Wanderlust and Connection, Aleph

“Everything You’re Feeling or Seeing in the Moment Comes Into the Story”: Director Iva Radivojevic on Her Borgesian Tale of Wanderlust and Connection, Aleph
“One September day,” begins the title card at the head of the New Directors/New Films-premiering Aleph, “I met Rodrigo near 23rd Street for lunch. He talked about microcosms, labyrinths, connectness and Borges…” And with those deceptively casual opening lines, filmmaker Iva Radivojevic takes us on a globetrotting (10 countries on five continents!) journey through the porous borderlands of documentary and fiction that’s as much philosophical as it is observational. Traversing both map and territory, Aleph draws its inspiration from the Jorge Luis Borges short story of the same name, a brief tale that literalizes the Hamlet quote (“O God! I […]

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Alec Baldwin & Danny Madden Talk The Honesty Of ‘Beast Beast’ And Social Media’s Impact On Teens [Interview]

Alec Baldwin & Danny Madden Talk The Honesty Of ‘Beast Beast’ And Social Media’s Impact On Teens [Interview]
Beast Beast” is not your typical teen drama. There are no fights about who’s going with who to Prom. No drama about boyfriends and girlfriends. But writer-director Danny Madden’s debut feature is able to capture the awkwardness and the split-second choices that teens are faced with on a daily basis in an honest, often brutal way. And clearly, this honesty is a large part of what attracted Alec Baldwin to the project.

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‘Aleph’: A Borges-Inspired Odyssey Around the Globe [Nd/Nf Review]

‘Aleph’: A Borges-Inspired Odyssey Around the Globe [Nd/Nf Review]
A consummate man of letters, Jorge Luis Borges frequently receives the vague honorific of being a ‘writer’s writer,” often a fancy way of saying that his work is too complicated to adapt to film. Borges’ fascination with symbols and language, our imperfect tools for conceiving the world, manifested in stories where literary sleight of hand turns the mundane inside out to find the miraculous, where maps overtake the territory they represent and one walks in labyrinths without end.

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Mads Mikkelsen Plans to Make Grindelwald His “Own” After Replacing Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

Mads Mikkelsen Plans to Make Grindelwald His “Own” After Replacing Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’
When Mads Mikkelsen took over the role of Grindelwald from Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3, fans rejoiced. What would the Danish actor’s take on the dark wizard look like? Would we finally be rid of the bad bleach job? Mikkelsen has spoken before about how he’ll take a (respectfully) different approach from Depp, but he […]

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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in May 2021

The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in May 2021
Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms caters to its own niche of film obsessives.

From the outré fare of Ovid.tv to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel and the new frontiers of streaming offered by the likes of Disney+ and HBO Max, IndieWire’s monthly guide highlights the best of what’s coming to every major streamer, with an eye toward exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here is your guide for May 2021.
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Golden Globes: Publicists Group Has ‘Concerns’ About HFPA Reform Plans

Golden Globes: Publicists Group Has ‘Concerns’ About HFPA Reform Plans
A group of more than 100 Hollywood publicity firms say they are concerned about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s recently released plans to overhaul the organization.

“We will continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events, including press conferences, unless and until these issues are illuminated in detail with a firm commitment to a timeline that respects the looming 2022 season reality,” reads a statement released by the group on Friday. “We stand ready to collaborate with the HFPA to ensure that the next Golden Globes – be it in 2022 or 2023 – represents the values of our creative community. We are reminded of the HFPA’s 1943 motto, conceived by the original group of foreign journalists: ‘Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.’ Seventy-eight years hence, your commitment to swift and deliberate action remains essential.”

In a 70-3 vote on Thursday, the HFPA members approved a plan put forth by its board to radically overhaul the non-profit.
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Emily Blunt, John Krasinski Ask Paramount for Money After ‘Quiet Place 2’ Window Shortened — Report

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski Ask Paramount for Money After ‘Quiet Place 2’ Window Shortened — Report
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are reportedly seeking financial compensation from Paramount Pictures after the studio decided to shorten the theatrical release window for their upcoming horror sequel “A Quiet Place Part II.” A new report from Bloomberg states that both actors (Krasinki also wrote and directed the film) have “a contract that compensates them based on the film’s box-office performance.” That performance has now been minimized by Paramount’s decision to move “A Quiet Place Part II” to streaming via Paramount+ 45 days after the film’s May 28 theatrical opening. Some exhibitors will still be operating at limited capacity when the film has its theatrical release.

Per Bloomberg: “The stars are worried that many potential theater fans might wait for the film to be available for home viewing, reducing the box-office receipts, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing a private matter. The original ‘A Quiet Place
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Cinemark Signs Deals With 5 Major Hollywood Studios for Shorter Theatrical Windows

Theaters aren’t dying — though it looks like they’ll be showing major studio releases for an even shorter time than before. Six months after Cinemark struck a deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group — which itself came a few months after Universal’s own deal with AMC Theatres — the exhibition chain has signed new pacts with […]

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With ‘Collective’s’ Dual Oscar Nods and Arrival of HBO Max, HBO Europe’s Doc Division Readies for Global Spotlight (Exclusive)

With ‘Collective’s’ Dual Oscar Nods and Arrival of HBO Max, HBO Europe’s Doc Division Readies for Global Spotlight (Exclusive)
A pair of Oscar nominations for “Collective,” a blistering exposé of corruption in his native Romania, was certainly a triumph for Alexander Nanau, one of Europe’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. But it was a success story shared by co-producer HBO Europe, which has spent the past decade beefing up its documentary arm en route to becoming one of the continent’s leading producers of documentary films.

Now that doc division is readying for the global spotlight, as WarnerMedia begins the international rollout of its HBO Max streaming service, which will launch across Latin America in June and in much of Europe later this year. “This is really an exciting thing, telling local stories for a global audience,” says Hanka Kastelicova, HBO Europe’s VP of documentaries, who spoke to Variety during Hot Docs.

The kudos for “Collective,” which earned a rare double nod from the Academy in the documentary and international feature film categories,
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