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‘Bridesmaids’ Duo Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo to Pen Evil Stepsisters Movie for Disney

‘Bridesmaids’ Duo Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo to Pen Evil Stepsisters Movie for Disney
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are going from the Vista Del Mar to a magical kingdom.

The duo will write a Disney live-action musical comedy centering on the evil stepsisters — Anastasia and Drizella — from the animated classic Cinderella. The musical comedy will be a re-imagining of the fairytale from their perspective.

Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell will produce Gloria Sanchez, which was behind the Oscar-nominated duo’s last feature the Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

Anastasia and Drizella join a cadre of classic Disney villains that have gotten the stand-alone live-action treatment, including Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent ...
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Ajay Devgn and Siddharth Roy Kapur Team for Satire ‘Gobar!’ (Exclusive)

Ajay Devgn and Siddharth Roy Kapur Team for Satire ‘Gobar!’ (Exclusive)
Top Bollywood star Ajay Devgn and former Disney India head Siddharth Roy Kapur are joining forces to produce comedy-drama film “Gobar!”

Set in the agrarian area of Northern India known as the “cow belt,” during the 1990s, “Gobar!” (literally cow dung or bullshit) is a satire inspired by real events that transpire when an idiosyncratic animal-loving veterinary doctor chances upon a tangled web of corruption in his local state hospital, and decides to stand up against it.

Well-known advertising filmmaker Sabal Shekhawat, who debuted with the acclaimed 2013 indie “Fireflies,” will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sambhit Mishra (“Mission Over Mars”). Casting is currently underway and principal photography will start at the end of the year.

Devgn will produce via his Ajay Devgn Ffilms and Roy Kapur through his Roy Kapur Films.

” ‘Gobar!’ is a story that chronicles the seemingly pointless but ultimately heroic journey of a simple citizen
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‘In the Heights’ World Premiere to Open 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

‘In the Heights’ World Premiere to Open 2021 Tribeca Film Festival
After a shuttered in-person 2020 edition, the Tribeca Film Festival is back in New York City this summer, and with a splashy world premiere to kick off the festivities. Director Jon M. Chu’s long-awaited “In the Heights,” adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will open the 20th anniversary edition of Tribeca on June 9.

In the spirit of the movie’s setting, the premiere will be hosted at the United Palace in Washington Heights, the very neighborhood where the movie takes place. The festival’s opening night will also be screened simultaneously across all five New York boroughs in multiple open-air venues. Tribeca runs for 12 days this year, June 9-20, and is said to be the first major North American film festival to be held in person since the start of Covid-19.

Quiara Alegría Hudes adapted the screenplay for “In the Heights” from her own Broadway book, with
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‘Indiana Jones 5′ Enlists Mads Mikkelsen

‘Indiana Jones 5′ Enlists Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen is headed to Indiana Jones 5, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Harrison Ford reprises his iconic title role as the adventuring archeologist, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge joining the Disney franchise for the next installment. Logan filmmaker James Mangold takes over directing duties over from Steven Spielberg, who helmed the first four installments.

Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel will serve as producers on the film. John Williams returns to score. Indiana Jones 5 has a release date of July 29, 2022.

Mikkelsen’s lengthy credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange and Casino Royale. He is also in Warner Bros.’ upcoming third ...
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Venice to Honor Roberto Benigni With Golden Lion for Career Achievement

Venice to Honor Roberto Benigni With Golden Lion for Career Achievement
The Venice Film Festival will honor Oscar-winning Italian actor/director Roberto Benigni with its 2021 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Benigni, whose “Life Is Beautiful” – which he co-wrote, directed and starred in – won three Oscars in 1999, including best actor, recently returned to the big screen playing Geppetto in Matteo Garrone’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio.”

Pinocchio,” which was a box office champ in Italy in 2019, has been recently released in the U.S. by Roadside Attractions and is nominated for 2021 Oscars in the best costume design and makeup and hairstyling categories.

Benigni’s last directorial effort is “The Tiger and the Snow,” in 2005, in which he also starred. In recent years the beloved Italian showman has been active with his stage adaptation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” which toured in Italy and around the world.

In praising Benigni Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera noted that “few artists have equaled his ability to combine explosive comic timing,
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The End Is Nigh! TV Enters the Final Days of Pre-Emmy Awards Season

The End Is Nigh! TV Enters the Final Days of Pre-Emmy Awards Season
It’s the middle of April and we’ve finally reached the end of the so-called winter TV awards season. On Thursday, April 22 the Film Independent Spirit Awards will honor its first ever batch of TV winners and simultaneously send the industry full-speed ahead into Emmy season.

These final days have seen a flurry of awards ceremonies, with the Art Directors Guild Awards, Directors Guild Awards, Costume Designers Guild Awards, and Casting Society’s Artios Awards all being dispensed in the past week, with the Annie Awards, Ace Eddie Awards, and American Society of Cinematographers Awards — as well as the aforementioned Independent Spirit Awards — yet to come.

Here’s what the TV awards landscape looks like currently and what to expect next week as the season draws to a close.

Annie Awards

The Annie Awards are on deck, holding its ceremony Friday night with a wide swath of awards covering both film and TV.
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‘Zinder’ Review: A Plain, Punchy Postcard From the Meanest Streets of Niger

‘Zinder’ Review: A Plain, Punchy Postcard From the Meanest Streets of Niger
In “Zinder,” Nigerien director Aicha Macky announces up front her relationship to the desert city that lends her film its name. “I am a daughter of Zinder,” states an introductory title card, capping a more detached scroll of facts about the city’s historical legacy of crime, poverty and social division. This is the last time that Macky will assert any intimate knowledge of her hometown, which she otherwise approaches with an outsider’s curiosity. For Zinder, it emerges, is a place of drastically separate districts and social strata: Checking her privilege early on, Macky plunges into the deprived neighborhood of Kara Kara, traditionally a place to which lepers and other social outcasts were banished, and where bloody, destitute gang culture continues to thrive.

The short, straightforward documentary that follows is a vividly observed chronicle of tough, unforgiving streets. What keeps “Zinder” from feeling touristic, however, is the tension between
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Streaming: escape with Cinema Made in Italy on Mubi

This year’s online edition of the annual Italian film fest includes last year’s Berlinale best actor, a couple of Venice favourites – and only male directors

Spring is here, and with it the allure of sunny escape – though the prospect of variously tiered travel restrictions from May means that most of us will be holidaying within national borders for now. If you’re daydreaming of an Italian getaway, the Italian Cultural Institute has given us some armchair-based consolation in the shape of their annual Cinema Made in Italy showcase. Usually a big-screen affair, it goes digital this year for Covid purposes: as with other such online adaptations, the trade-off is that a traditionally London-centred event is available to viewers across the UK and Ireland.

Until 29 April, a curated selection of nine recent Italian films will be available to stream via Mubi: free to the platform’s existing subscribers, while
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‘Soul,’ ‘Tenet’ and ‘Greyhound’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Soul,’ ‘Tenet’ and ‘Greyhound’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The Motion Picture Sound Editors handed out their awards in a virtual ceremony with Pixar’s “Soul, “Tenet” and “Greyhound” among the winners.

The Mpse also awarded “The Trial of the Chicago 7” for outstanding achievement in sound editing – feature dialogue / Adr, and outstanding achievement in sound editing – feature musical went to “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga.”

All the films have received Oscar nominations in numerous categories, with “Greyhound” and “Soul” nominated in the newly combined best sound category.

The Golden Reel Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing, were presented in 22 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media.

Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Chris Jenkins presented the Mpse Filmmaker Award to “Mad Max” director George Miller.

The Mpse Career Achievement Award, honoring supervising sound editor Dennis Drummond, was presented by Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Greg Orloff and
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‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Take Top Honors at Annie Awards

‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Take Top Honors at Annie Awards
Pixar’s “Soul” continued its awards season dominance on Friday by winning seven Annie Awards, including feature. The jazzy look at the before-life also won for music, writing (Pete Docter. Mike Jones and Kemp Powers), character animation (Michal Makarewicz), FX, storyboarding (Trevor Jimenez) and editorial.

Wolfwalkers,” from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Prods. for Apple and Gkids, took home five Annies, including independent feature. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart picked up the Annie for feature direction and the film also won for character design (Federico Pirovano), production design and voice acting (Eva Whittaker as Mebh Óg MacTíre). Cartoon Saloon, along with Mother, also scored an award for its sponsored project “There’s a Monster in My Kitchen” for Greenpeace.

The top TV winner of the night was the Netflix series “Hilda,” which took home awards for TV/Media for Children, character animation (David Laliberté) and editorial (John McKinnon).

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal
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Annie Awards: ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Sweep Feature Animation Honors

Annie Awards: ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Sweep Feature Animation Honors
Pixar’s “Soul” and Cartoon Saloon’s “Wolfwalkers” swept Asifa-Hollywood’s 48th Annie Awards Friday night, with the former grabbing seven animated feature awards and the latter capturing five (plus the sponsored prize for “There’s a Monster in My Kitchen”).

The Black-led, existential fantasy “Soul” took best feature, writing, music, character animation, FX, storyboarding, and editorial. The hand-drawn Irish folk tale “Wolfwalkers” (co-produced by Apple Original Films) countered with best indie feature, direction (Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart), production design, character design, and voice acting (Eva Whittaker as Mebh).

Before sweeping the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and PGAs, “Soul” was already in a good position to win the Oscar. Now, after winning the top Annie prize, “Soul” is in a very comfortable position, with six of the last nine Annie winners agreeing with the Academy. This would mark Pixar’s 11th Oscar win for animated feature, and Docter’s third,
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Oscar ‘Sweepers’ May Be Thing of the Past

Oscar ‘Sweepers’ May Be Thing of the Past
The great sweeper, the film that runs away with the evening’s awards, has a strong history at the Oscars. Three films have won 11 Oscars in one night: “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). Depending on where you stand on those movies, you could love it or hate it when one film dominates an Academy Awards ceremony.

Right behind those three is “West Side Story” (1961), with 10 wins, and “Gigi” (1958), “The Last Emperor” (1987) and “The English Patient” (1996) with nine.

Since “Titanic,” the closest we’ve had to a sweeper was “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), which netted eight of its 10 nominations (one of those was a double nomination in original song) category. This all begs the question: Will we ever see a sweeper again, given the changing membership of the Academy and the way they’ve voted in the past decade? Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” (2013) is the
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‘Emergency’: Sabrina Carpenter, Rj Cyler to Star in 2020 Black List Comedy Thriller From ‘R#J’ Director

‘Emergency’: Sabrina Carpenter, Rj Cyler to Star in 2020 Black List Comedy Thriller From ‘R#J’ Director
Sabrina Carpenter and Rj Cyler are set to star in a socially aware comedy-thriller from R#J director Carey Williams. Emergency, based on the 2018 Sundance short film about a group of Black college kids who grapple with calling the police when they are faced with an unusual situation, is a comedy thriller that screenwriter Kd Dávila expanded into a […]

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China’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Re-Release Rollout Marred By Chaos, Refunds

China’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Re-Release Rollout Marred By Chaos, Refunds
Chinese audiences have gotten used to hearing at the last minute that a film won’t be screened for “technical reasons,” and know that the phrase is usually a euphemism for state censorship. It came as a real surprise to many that they were, for once, unable to watch a film for actual technical reasons this weekend.

Chinese film authorities on Wednesday approved a Friday debut for the 4K remastered re-release of Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first film in his classic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The approval came so close to the release date that cinemas across the country were unable to receive their digital prints in time, forcing droves of refunds for cancelled screenings on opening day.

Imax missed opening day almost entirely, and had to continue playing “Godzilla vs. Kong” instead.

“‘Lord of the Rings’ set its release date yesterday, sent the digital prints today,
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The Best TV Shows and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in May 2021

April is slowly drawing to a close, which means it’ll soon be May! The weather will be getting warmer, summer will be bearing down on us, and Disney+ and Hulu will have a whole bunch of new stuff for you to watch, if you subscribe to either of them. So let’s check out the Best […]

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Diego Calva Talks Damian Chazelle’s ‘Babylon,’ Netflix’s ‘Narcos’

Diego Calva Talks Damian Chazelle’s ‘Babylon,’ Netflix’s ‘Narcos’
Hailed as a fast-rising new talent from Mexico, actor Diego Calva has surfaced from small but notable Mexican and Argentine films to landing pivotal roles in Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon,” the Oscar-winning director’s follow-up to “La La Land,” and the third iteration of Netflix’s wildly popular “Narcos: Mexico.” He has studied directing and has shot a few shorts over the past few years.

What do you attribute to your being cast in “Babylon” and “Narcos: Mexico 3”? Do you think luck has anything to do with it apart from the previous work you have done?

Of course, luck has something to do with it. That Damien [Chazelle] thought about the character and the story has nothing to do with me. I came into the equation much later. As an actor, at least when you start out, you don’t decide your characters. You decide whether to take it or leave it,
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How the ‘Gunda’ Dp Got Up Close and Personal With Farm Animals

How the ‘Gunda’ Dp Got Up Close and Personal With Farm Animals
The new documentary “Gunda” is a narrator-free look at the everyday life of a mother pig, two cows and a one-legged chicken. Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky takes audiences down to animal eye-level, giving audiences a unique look to experience this world from the animal’s point of view. He shot in black and white, with tightly-focused shots getting as close to the animals as possible.

The documentary is available to rent via Film Forum’s virtual cinema starting Friday.

It was up to cinematographer Egil Håskjold Larsen to find the right gear and visual language to get up close and personal and capture Kossakovsky’s vision.

What was the first thing Victor said to you?

He had helped to edit my first feature “69 Minutes of 86 Days” so that’s how we got to know one another, and I guess he saw my approach. But the first thing he said was that
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8 Best Webcams to Buy for Zoom Meetings, and Live Streaming

8 Best Webcams to Buy for Zoom Meetings, and Live Streaming
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The global pandemic not only changed how we shop, it changed the way we communicate. Zoom and other video conferencing apps quickly replaced in-person conversations, and if you’ve been working from home lately, and you want a clearer, sharper picture resolution, you might want to purchase a new web camera. Regardless of whether you’re video conferencing, vlogging, gaming, distance learning, or live streaming, we rounded up a list of eight of the best webcams that will fit every kind of budget. The cameras on our roster range from more expensive options that will run you about $1700, to a budget-friendly $20 camera (while it’s on sale).

When shopping for webcams, pixel resolution
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Alfred Molina Confirms He’s Playing Sam Raimi’s Same Doctor Octopus In ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Alfred Molina Confirms He’s Playing Sam Raimi’s Same Doctor Octopus In ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’
When reports surfaced that “Spider-Man 2” actor Alfred Molina would be reprising the role of Doctor Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus, the internet flipped and went to further speculation mode. It seemed like the multiverse was truly upon Marvel. In Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2,” Otto (Peter Parker’s mentor) becomes the Spider-Man villain known as Doctor Octopus, a science-based criminal with mechanical tentacles and attempts to steal funds for his fusion experiment.

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Oscars Disappointingly Move Original Songs Performances To Pre-Show

Oscars Disappointingly Move Original Songs Performances To Pre-Show
The producers of this year’s Oscar telecast have been hardcore about making this year’s ceremony a “movie” instead of an awards show. In that vein, they have taken a drastic step in moving the performances of the Original Song nominees to the pre-show telecast. The Academy also revealed that the pre-show, titled “Oscars: Into the Spotlight,” will be hosted this year by Ariana DeBose from “Hamilton” and comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery.

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