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'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'

'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'
The holiday season is well underway, with Frozen II leading the charge by a wide margin, currently serving as the only holiday release to top $100 million so far. However, Ford v Ferrari should soon reach that milestone and this weekend's release of Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level will also be expected to top that figure and more. This weekend also sees the release of Universal and Blumhouse's holiday horror remake Black Christmas and Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, the latter representing yet another adult-targeted feature as several have been released over the last month.

Looking at a #1 finish is Sony's release of Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to the breakout hit of 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which debuted just before Christmas two years ago and went on to gross over $400 million domestically, serving as Sony's largest domestic release of all-time. This year Sony is getting an
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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020

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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020
The Sundance Film Festival announced its New Frontier Lineup for the 2020 edition, a curated collection of cutting-edge indie experimental media works by creators who are pushing artistic boundaries in various mediums including rocket travel, biotech, facial recognition, mixed reality (Mr), smartphone Ar, underwater Vr, game engines, big data, AI, the human archive, and innovative uses of SMS text & iPhone video capture.

There are two dedicated venue spaces: New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central, each of which host a variety of media installations, a Vr Cinema, and panel discussions. New this year, New Frontier Central also houses the Biodigital Theatre, a cutting-edge presentation space that will feature a rotating schedule of large scale Vr theatrical works including a feature-length livestream game telecast.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said in statement, “Technology infuses most aspects of modern life — and is evolving at a historic pace. The
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros
Exclusive: Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft. Set to write the script are Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, the scribe team behind such films as Aeon Flux, Ride Along and the Karyn Kusama-directed The Invitation and Destroyer. Kusama will be exec producer.

The filmmakers are keeping it close to the vest, but I’m told the movie asks a horrifying question: what if H.P. Lovecraft wasn’t making it up? What if the monsters he created are real? Also, the movie will be set in 1920 within the Cthulhu mythos. That’s all I got.

Benioff & Weiss have been eyeing this project and have been in discussion with Warner Bros’ Courtenay Valenti and Toby Emmerich for several years, while they were consumed with the monumental task of translating the George Rr Martin Game of Thrones novels into eight epic seasons.
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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash

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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash
The producers of “Cats” have seen the memes and read the mean tweets that greeted the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage smash.

When the initial teaser was launched this past summer, social media commentators feasted on the way that an A-list cast that includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench had been feline-ized with whiskers and swishing tails, calling the transformation creepy. The $100 million film is being released by Universal and produced by Working Title, the studio’s long-term partner. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the two heads of London-based Working Title, are taking a “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” stance, noting that the online furor raised the movie’s profile.

“What does one say?” says Fellner. “The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn’t like it,
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Hugh Skinner, Shazad Latif, Rebecca Benson board UK comedy ‘Falling For Figaro’ (exclusive)

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Hugh Skinner, Shazad Latif, Rebecca Benson board UK comedy ‘Falling For Figaro’ (exclusive)
Gary Lewis also joins Danielle Macdonald and Joanna Lumley in romantic comedy.

Hugh Skinner, Shazad Latif, Rebecca Benson and Gary Lewis are joining Danielle Macdonald and Joanna Lumley in romantic comedy Falling For Figaro.

WestEnd Films is handling sales on the feature, which is directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions) and set in the world of opera singing competitions.

Principal photography began in Scotland last week and will continue through January after which the filmmakers will travel to Melbourne to complete post-production.

Skinner is perhaps best-known for roles in TV series such as BBC comedy W1A, Hulu drama Harlots
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The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Sweded, A Surgeon Reviews Medical Scenes & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Sweded, A Surgeon Reviews Medical Scenes & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch a low budget “sweded” version of the […]

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UK box office preview: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ aims to thaw ‘Frozen II’

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UK box office preview: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ aims to thaw ‘Frozen II’
Other titles set for release include ‘Black Christmas’, ‘The Kingmaker’ and ‘Pink Wall’.

Action sequel Jumanji: The Next Level and Blumhouse horror Black Christmas lead this weekend’s releases at the UK box office, which may see Frozen II fall from the top slot.

Released through Sony, Jumanji: The Next Level reunites stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black with director Jake Kasdan.

Together, they scored a box office hit with Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle in December 2017, which opened with £8.15m (including £4.11m in previews) and went on to gross £38.5m.

The sequel sees four young
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Mane attraction: cats beat dogs at the box office – but is the data fishy?

Films with feline stars have generated $1.3 bn more in revenue compared with canine capers, according to a curious new survey

Watch the fur fly: why cat films are better than dog films

On a day as dark and sad as this, we as a society have two options: we can seriously explore the reasons that led to Labour’s worst election defeat since the 1930s, or we can cheat and numb ourselves with a procession of empty distractions.

What I’m trying to say is this: films about cats are more popular than films about dogs.
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Rotterdam’s co-pro showcase CineMart unveils 2020 projects

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Rotterdam’s co-pro showcase CineMart unveils 2020 projects
Selection includes the upcoming drama from Berlinale award-winner Radu Jude.

CineMart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), has revealed the 17 feature projects to be showcased at next year’s edition.

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Held January 26-29 during the festival (which runs January 22 – February 2), CineMart invites filmmakers to pitch their projects to a host of international film professionals in tailored one-to-one meetings, as well as presentations that are open to all CineMart guests.

Notable directors in the selection include Romania’s Radu Jude, who won a Berlinale Silver Bear in 2015 with Aferim! and picked up
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Secuoya, Planeta Launch Madrid Content City, Site of Netflix’s First European Production Hub

Spain’s Secuoya Studios has teamed with publishing giant the Planeta Group to expand Madrid Content City, the audiovisual complex that hosts Netflix first European Production Hub.

Madrid Content City will multiply by a factor of seven its current operating area of 22,000 square-meters. In total, Madrid Content City will span 140,000 square-meters (1.5 million square-feet), becoming the second biggest film-tv production hub in Europe after the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios.

Set in Tres Cantos, a satellite village 20 minutes’ drive north of the Spanish capital, the second-phase of Madrid Content City will be constructed by early 2021.

It will add five new soundstages -one of 2,000 square-meters; four of 1,500 square-meters- to the current five now open, alongside production services, an university campus and catering and sports areas.

Operating in the Madrid Content City since September 2018, Netflix has filmed there hit series such as “Money Heist,” “Elite” and “Cable Girls.”

Secuoya’s project represents an investment of €120 million,
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Richard Kind: 'I’m a team player, but I also want to win'

The comedy veteran – a star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spin City and A Serious Man – is an essential ensemble player. He talks about not taking centre stage and his upcoming role as Rudy Guiliani

It’s an unpromising day to meet Richard Kind, as the first big rainstorm of the winter pounds Los Angeles. The Burbank golf club seems an odd place to meet for breakfast (8am sharp), with hundreds of crows thronging the 18th hole, but, inside the dining room, all is toasty and cozy, especially my beaming host, who exudes the particular warmth and bonhomie that underpins his work.

Now, you may not think you know Richard Kind, but really, you know Richard Kind. He is the indispensable ensemble member: rarely up front in TV or movies, but always crucial to the piece he’s in, always the consummate team player. He has been Larry David’s cousin Andy on Curb Your Enthusiasm,
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Cats premiere: mewls loom following ominous Globes result

Tom Hooper’s starry adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opens in a week – but the only people to see it so far were not left purring

The vultures appear to already be circling over the new big-budget adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, which, despite last-minute overtures, secured only a single Golden Globe nomination, for best song.

For months the film, backed by British production powerhouse Working Title, has been touted as a major awards magnet: its makers include heavyweight Oscar-winning talent including director Tom Hooper, performers Jennifer Hudson and Judi Dench, and executive producer Steven Spielberg, as well as a host of other major names such as Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Ian McKellen.
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#PayUpHollywood: behind the fight for better treatment at the bottom

Film and TV assistants across the industry have been sharing their experiences working long hours on minimum wage while being mistreated by their bosses

Up until a few weeks ago, Stephanie, an aspiring screenwriter, thought her career in the entertainment industry was over. As a black woman, she’s part of a demographic that has long been underserved by Hollywood, and she couldn’t find a feasible way in.

In 2017, at the age of 24, she moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles for a job as a post-production assistant, earning $13 an hour. After two years of bouncing around between jobs in production companies – sometimes as a contractor with zero benefits or healthcare – she gave up. She was paying over $2,000 on rent, student loan and car payments, which her salary barely covered, and she accumulated credit card debt that she’s still working to pay off.
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The 50 best films of 2019 in the UK: No 6 – The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos served up a gout-ridden Queen Anne, a social-climbing viper and a pistol-packing Churchill. No wonder the awards juries lapped it up

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The escalation of this nutty slab of period fruitcake from Yorgos Lanthimos – from Venice chatter-point to awards season triumph – was enough to restore your faith in the whole shaky process. Loosely based on real events, The Favourite is set in the court of a bedraggled, gout-ridden Queen Anne in the early 18th century. There, life is as trussed up and dazzling as its ruler is crippled and miz. The men wear vertiginous wigs and slather on the makeup. They race ducks and pelt each other with fruit for sport. The women are scrubbed clean of slap and crack on with running the country. Or, specifically, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel WeiszBafta for best supporting actress) does: the
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Who turned out the lights? How the decade's final month changed cinema for ever

The intensity of audience reception to The Irishman and Marriage Story has knocked the film industry sideways. Suddenly the future has arrived – but is anyone besides Netflix happy?

The year and the decade are ending and the battle appears to have been lost. On your television, laptop, tablet or smartphone, the evidence is there, cold as a body on the slab: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, two of the most impressively scaled films of the year, are now available to watch at a time of your choosing, or to play in the background while you chat, eat, scroll through social media or ignore them entirely.

These movies have entered our homes without undergoing the traditional cinematic lifecycle: a few months on the big screen, then a further three or four months in limbo before arriving on DVD, television and the repertory circuit, where they
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‘Uncut Gems’ Star Adam Sandler on Being an Early Partner of Netflix: ‘I’ve Been a Genius My Whole Career’

‘Uncut Gems’ Star Adam Sandler on Being an Early Partner of Netflix: ‘I’ve Been a Genius My Whole Career’
Though A24’s “Uncut Gems” features retired Celtics player Kevin Garnett in his acting debut, avid basketball fan and star Adam Sandler said he never actually had the chance to shoot hoops with the famed center during filming.

“But he taught me two good tips and I’m not going to tell you what they are, but I hope I see you out on the court and I’m going to destroy you,” Sandler cracked to Variety on Wednesday night at the film’s Los Angeles premiere at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.

Basketball played a central role in the both the film’s story and development; Sandler’s first meeting with the writer/director brother duo Josh and Benny Safdie took place on the court. “We played a lot of basketball during this shoot,“ Sandler said. “Josh has long arms. He lucked out and blocked me one time.
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'Jumanji: The Next Level' eyes international box office crown as 'Frozen 2' prepares to hit $1bn

Universal/Blumhouse slasher reboot Black Christmas heads into UK, Australia, Germany, Spain.

Disney’s Frozen 2 will become the studio’s sixth film in 2019 to cross $1bn worldwide this weekend, although it may not hold on to its international box office crown as Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level bulks up with a handful of debuts in major markets.

The adventure sequel starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Awkwafina has mustered $66m following its first wave last weekend. On that occasion it took an impressive $52.8m from a cluster of markets in which France was the sole established major,
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Superhero Bits: ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Now Streaming, Creepy ‘Joker’ Sculpture Bust & More

Want to stream the first three parts of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover? Want to know more about the history of Wonder Woman‘s golden armor? Which show made a surprise appearance in the final installment of Crisis on Infinite Earths? How old is Captain America when Sam and Bucky see him back in the […]

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Watch the Entirety of ‘Threat Level Midnight’ from ‘The Office’, Then Do “The Scarn”

Watch the Entirety of ‘Threat Level Midnight’ from ‘The Office’, Then Do “The Scarn”
The Office trailed off in greatness in its last few seasons, largely thanks to the departure of Steve Carell as the totally inappropriate but still lovable idiot Michael Scott. However, even in some of the less satisfying seasons, there are still bright spots. One of them is the 17th episode of the show’s seventh season, where […]

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Star Wars Bits: A Preview of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1’, Deaf Actor Troy Kotsur in ‘The Mandalorian’, Rian Johnson on Writing ‘The Last Jedi’, Porsche’s Women of Lucasfilm Panel, and More!

Star Wars Bits: A Preview of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1’, Deaf Actor Troy Kotsur in ‘The Mandalorian’, Rian Johnson on Writing ‘The Last Jedi’, Porsche’s Women of Lucasfilm Panel, and More!
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: A preview of Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 Deaf actor Troy Kotsur makes his Star Wars debut in The Mandalorian Porche’s “Women of Lucasfilm – What Drives You?” panel Rian Johnson offers insights on writing Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hot Toys reveals First Order […]

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