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Disney and Sony Set Massive Movie Deal, Bringing ‘Spider-Man’ Films to Disney Plus

Disney and Sony Set Massive Movie Deal, Bringing ‘Spider-Man’ Films to Disney Plus
Disney has set a massive movie licensing pact with Sony Pictures for the U.S. that promises to bring Spider-Man and other Marvel properties to Disney Plus starting with Sony’s 2022 release slate.

The wide-ranging deal, which runs through Sony’s 2026 theatrical slate, also calls for Sony titles to run across Disney’s array of streaming and linear platforms, making it unprecedented in scope as it covers Disney Plus, Hulu, FX Networks, ABC, Disney Channels and Freeform. It also includes a significant number of library titles that will be spread among various outlets.

The agreement comes on the heels of Sony’s output deal with Netflix for titles in the lucrative post-theatrical release Pay 1 window. The Disney deal covers subsequent TV windows, meaning that the titles will land on Netflix first, about nine months after the start of a film’s theatrical run. Disney is scooping up for multiple platforms
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Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe’ Adopting Multiplatform Release After India’s Covid Resurgence

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Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe’ Adopting Multiplatform Release After India’s Covid Resurgence
The raging new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India has caused producer Zee Studios to change its film releasing strategy. “Radhe: Your Most Favourite Bhai,” the latest vehicle for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will not be released in theaters alone, but instead be distributed simultaneously across multiple platforms.

The film will release theatrically worldwide, wherever cinemas are open, as scheduled on May 13, during the Eid holiday season. In addition, globally, the film will also be available on streamer ZEE5 to all annual premium subscribers for a one-time viewing.

In India, the film will release theatrically and simultaneously release on ZEE5 via pay-per-view service ZEEPlex, and also on rival Dth satellite operators including Dish, D2H, Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV.

After a period of respite, India is now the global epicenter of the pandemic. It is recording nearly 300,000 new cases and 2,000 deaths daily. But rather than delay the film’s release,
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Antoine Fuqua Directing Film Adaptation of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (Exclusive)

Antoine Fuqua Directing Film Adaptation of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (Exclusive)
Antoine Fuqua will direct and produce a new film adaptation of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning look at greed, family, death and sexual repression.

The “Training Day” and “Magnificent Seven” director will join forces with producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, who backed a 2008 revival of the show that made history with a sold-out 19-week run as the first all-African American production on Broadway. It was also the highest-grossing play during that season.

The show was directed by Debbie Allen and featured Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones. The original play centers on Brick, a former athlete turned alcoholic, his sexually frustrated wife Maggie and Big Daddy, the ailing and wealthy family patriarch.

The filmmakers say the movie “will combine elements of the play with new storylines and weave them together to bring the production to the big screen.
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Marvel’s ‘Loki’ Lends Itself to Multiple Seasons, According to Marvel Producer Nate Moore

Marvel’s ‘Loki’ Lends Itself to Multiple Seasons, According to Marvel Producer Nate Moore
WandaVision completed an entire story for Wanda Maximoff and Vision, and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is setting up a new status quo for the winged former sidekick to Captain America without any official promise of a second season. But when it comes to the upcoming Loki series with Tom Hiddleston, Marvel Studios producer […]

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‘Here Today’ Trailer: Tiffany Haddish & Billy Crystal Are Unlikely Friends In New Feel-Good Comedy

‘Here Today’ Trailer: Tiffany Haddish & Billy Crystal Are Unlikely Friends In New Feel-Good Comedy
If you’ve ever found yourself sitting alone imagining comedy pairings that would make for interesting films and you came up with Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal, then this is your day! In the new film, “Here Today,” we finally get to see what happens when you combine the comedy stylings of an aging Crystal with a young, abrasive Haddish. It’s…something.

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As seen in the trailer for “Here Today,” Crystal stars as a comedy writer that is beginning to feel the effects of advanced age, as his memory isn’t quite what it used to be.

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‘Bloodthirsty’ Clip: What Happens When a Vegan Indie Singer Starts Turning into a Werewolf?

‘Bloodthirsty’ Clip: What Happens When a Vegan Indie Singer Starts Turning into a Werewolf?
It’s not often that you get to see a werewolf thriller where a female lead transforms into a fearsome beast. But that’s exactly what Brainstorm Media’s new movie Bloodthirsty will do. Following a vegan indie singer feeling the pressure of recording her sophomore album with a notorious music producer, Bloodthirsty finds this young artist slowly […]

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20 Stunning Shots from the 2021 Oscar Nominees

20 Stunning Shots from the 2021 Oscar Nominees
Cinematographers Hoyte van Hoytema, Sean Bobbitt, Newton Thomas Sigel, Joshua James Richards, and Dariusz Wolski always deliver visually stunning work, but they outdid themselves this year with their 2021 Oscar-nominated titles. From the humungous scope of “Tenet” (Hoytema) to the reimagining of Western palettes in “Nomadland” and “News of the World”, there was so much beauty among this year’s Academy Award nominees that it wouldn’t be right to overlook the great work of these cinematographers. As is tradition at IndieWire, we’ve rounded up the most unforgettable shots from this year’s 2021 Oscar nominees ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony.

Check out some of our favorite shots form this year’s nominated films in the list below.
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No Small Matter: Six Tips for a Successful Grass Roots Release

No Small Matter: Six Tips for a Successful Grass Roots Release
The past year has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at filmmakers, disrupting distribution timelines, cutting the legs out from under theaters, and depriving our community of opportunities for networking, sales, and press. But there have also been bright spots. While contending with major disappointments this year, many filmmakers have successfully pivoted to unique and impactful releases — models that are worth learning from and iterating on in the years ahead. It’s tempting to reminisce upon the “before Covid” times with rose-colored glasses, but independent filmmakers were struggling to get by long before 2020. Following its completion in 2018, our […]

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Whoopi Goldberg on What it Takes to Make a Great Oscars Host

Whoopi Goldberg on What it Takes to Make a Great Oscars Host
As the 2021 Oscars prepare to go hostless for the third year in a row, Whoopi Goldberg shares what it takes to emcee the biggest night in movies.

The 1991 best supporting actress Oscar winner has also hosted the Academy Awards four times, making history as the first (and still only) Black woman to emcee the broadcast solo in 1994 and hosting again in 1996, 1999 and 2002.

“I had a great time,” Goldberg tells Variety of her experiences hosting the show. “The critics didn’t love me, but I never cared much what the critics thought as long as people had a good time.”

So, what is the key to successfully managing the gig?

“Whoever the host is has to love the movies, because they have to keep you engaged,” Goldberg explains. “They have to be talking to you as the show has a break, and talk about what’s happening or what’s coming next.
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‘Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It’ Trailer: A Hollywood Legend’s Life Is Showcased In New Documentary

‘Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It’ Trailer: A Hollywood Legend’s Life Is Showcased In New Documentary
If you’re a fan of films and TV series, you’ve probably heard of the term Egot. It’s the title given to someone who has earned Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. It’s a rare achievement that is often seen accomplished by some true Hollywood royalty. One of those people is Rita Moreno, who finds herself the center of attention in the new documentary, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.”

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As seen in the trailer for the doc, ‘Rita Moreno’ follows the story of the title actress, from her time as a child star to eventually attaining legendary status in her later years.

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‘Spider-Man’ Films Coming To Disney+ As Part Of A Major Streaming Deal Between Sony & Disney

‘Spider-Man’ Films Coming To Disney+ As Part Of A Major Streaming Deal Between Sony & Disney
A little over a week ago, it was announced that Netflix and Sony struck a massive deal that would have the streaming platform gain access to the Sony library of films, including exclusive rights to show major Sony releases starting with 2022 theatrical films. At the time, it looked like Sony and Netflix were getting into bed with each other in a way that would really benefit both parties. Well, the wind is out of the sails of that deal just a little bit thanks to Disney, who decided to make its own deal with Sony.

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‘Muppet Man’ Will Bring Jim Henson’s Life to the Big Screen in a Disney Biopic

‘Muppet Man’ Will Bring Jim Henson’s Life to the Big Screen in a Disney Biopic
Disney and The Jim Henson Company are teaming up to bring Jim Henson‘s incredible life to the big screen. The Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man is currently in development at Disney, with The Current War writer Michael Mitnick set to pen the story of the legendary puppeteer. Deadline reports that Michael Mitnick has been […]

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‘The Story Of A Three-Day Pass’ Trailer: Melvin Van Peebles Underseen Debut Gets The Restoration Treatment [Exclusive]

‘The Story Of A Three-Day Pass’ Trailer: Melvin Van Peebles Underseen Debut Gets The Restoration Treatment [Exclusive]
Melvin Van Peebles is someone that revolutionized Black cinema. But when people think of his early work, many people just talk about “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” That’s understandable, as that film is one of the most famous of the early ‘70s. However, thanks to Janus Films, people are going to be reintroduced to the feature directorial debut from Van Peebles, “The Story of a Three-Day Pass.”

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With a new 4K restoration of “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” coming to theaters (both virtual and physical) next month, we’re happy to give our readers an exclusive look at the new trailer for Mario Van Peebles oft-forgotten debut film.

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‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘The Story of Looking’ to Bookend Sheffield Doc/Fest

‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘The Story of Looking’ to Bookend Sheffield Doc/Fest
The 2021 Sheffield Doc/Fest will open with the European premiere of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul” and close with the world premiere of Mark Cousins’ “The Story of Looking.”

“Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” explores the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

“The Story of Looking” is a fresh look into the world’s complexities, contradictions and beauty. Cousins will also be in conversation, live-streamed from Sheffield, about his personal relationship to film and images.

Both films will also simultaneously premiere in cinemas around the U.K.

“We’re honored to premiere our film on the closing night of Sheffield’s acclaimed Doc/Fest,” Cousins said. “We hope it will send audiences and delegates back out into the world with hearts aglow and fresh eyes.”

“We wanted to open and close with
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AT&T’s John Stankey Talks ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ and HBO Max AVOD Plans

AT&T’s John Stankey Talks ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ and HBO Max AVOD Plans
An epic battle between two movie icons has helped provide proof of concept for AT&T’s larger strategy for WarnerMedia.

AT&T chief John Stankey, speaking Thursday during the company’s first quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts, pointed to the performance of Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong” on HBO Max and at the box office over the past three weeks as signs that the bold strategy of simultaneous releases in theaters and on the streaming platform is working.

The rollout of WB movies to date has “provided theaters with a steady flow of content and has been a great catalyst for growth at HBO Max,” Stankey told analysts

Godzilla vs. Kong” has led the U.S. box office for the past three weeks — albeit without much in the way of competition at the multiplexes — and it has captured what Stankey described as HBO Max’s “largest audience” since
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Alessandro Rossellini on Navigating Therapy With His Famous Family in ‘The Rossellinis’ (Exclusive)

Alessandro Rossellini on Navigating Therapy With His Famous Family in ‘The Rossellinis’ (Exclusive)
Roberto Rossellini, besides being Italian Neorealism’s most acclaimed film director, was also the father of a nonconformist, cosmopolitan and slightly crazy family that includes Hollywood stars such as Isabella Rossellini, another daughter who converted to Islam, and a son who has chosen to live on a desert island in Sweden.

The Rossellini family also comprises the revered maestro’s Rome-based grandson Alessandro (pictured as a child behind the camera) who is a former photographer and also a recovering drug addict. After gaining his sobriety, Alessandro felt he had not lived up to the expectations — and also the burden — of his family name. And he was pretty sure that his relatives also suffered a form of what he calls “Rossellinitis.”

Partly in an effort to improve his dwindling finances, at age 55, Alessandro Rossellini decided to visit his extended family around the globe, and force everyone to undergo a “family therapy
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‘Rita Moreno’ Documentary Trailer: Legend Is ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’

‘Rita Moreno’ Documentary Trailer: Legend Is ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’
Rita Moreno has been breaking the glass ceiling in Hollywood since she arrived in 1950. Now, audiences are going to see and hear about everything in her new documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For it.”

Moreno is known to most audiences for being just one of four Latinos to ever win an Academy Award and, at last count, the only Latina to win Best Actress. But Moreno is far more than just the role of Anita in “West Side Story.” As the documentary lays out, she suffered sexual harassment and abuse, as well as racism in the industry.

The film will also chart Moreno’s life in Puerto Rico, as well as her relationships and transition into becoming a celebrated television star and Egot winner.

Alongside that, her relationship with actor Marlon Brando brought her all manner of emotional traumas it took years for her to overcome.
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‘Worst version of Groundhog Day ever’: Two Distant Strangers, the Oscars short inspired by George Floyd

‘Worst version of Groundhog Day ever’: Two Distant Strangers, the Oscars short inspired by George Floyd
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe’s film about police violence has been criticised as ‘trauma porn’, but the directors say its tough imagery is essential

On Tuesday, a few hours after Derek Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd’s murder, another chapter closed in the history of Travon Free’s film that was inspired by the case. Voting ended for this year’s Oscars, at which Two Distant Strangers is frontrunner for live-action short.

It was an odd day. The film was nominated as the trial began and its fate was sealed the day it ended. Speaking from Los Angeles, Free says it feels as if “there’s this weird synced-up relationship”.
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The Quarantine Stream: Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ is an Underrated Racing Rivalry for the Ages

The Quarantine Stream: Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ is an Underrated Racing Rivalry for the Ages
Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Rush Where You Can Stream It: Netflix The Pitch: Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of […]

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James Cameron Prays Theaters Survive So ‘Avatar’ Sequels, MCU Films Can Gross $2 Billion Again

James Cameron Prays Theaters Survive So ‘Avatar’ Sequels, MCU Films Can Gross $2 Billion Again
The industry has made a big deal about the box office battle between James Cameron’s “Avatar” and the Russo Brothers’ Marvel tentpole “Avengers: Endgame.” The MCU film surpassed “Avatar” in summer 2019 to become the highest grossing film at the worldwide box office with over $2.79 billion, but then “Avatar” was re-released in China last month and reclaimed the box office crown with over $2.8 billion (all unadjusted for inflation). During a recent visit to “The Tonight Show” to promote his Disney+ special “Secret of the Whales,” Cameron was asked about the $2 billion box office battle. Does Cameron care about being #1? Not as much as he cares about ensuring there’s a future for movie theaters so that any film, “Avatar” or otherwise, can gross $2 billion.

“Everybody makes a big deal out of [the box office battle], but the truth is what we really need to focus on is getting back to theaters,” Cameron said. “Hopefully
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