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Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ Gets 2022 Release Date

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ Gets 2022 Release Date
Director Robert Eggers’ “The Northman” will release in theaters on April 8, 2022, Focus Features announced on Friday. Universal Pictures International will premiere the film internationally on the same day.

Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Björk, the revenge thriller explores the depths at which a Viking prince will go to seek justice for the murder of his father.

Eggers’ third feature as director wrapped filming in December 2020. Production originally began late last summer in Ireland, but had to pause for a period of time due to Covid-19.

“When I went to Belfast [for ‘The Northman’], I was pretty scared,” Kidman told Variety‘s Marc Malkin in January. “People were saying, ‘Oh my God, if you go, you’re going to get Covid.’ So I was really frightened, but at the same time, I had this sense of duty and I had this sense of ‘this is what I do.
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Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ With Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Björk Set for April 2022

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’ With Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Björk Set for April 2022
Focus Features has set “The Northman,” the next film from “The Witch” director Robert Eggers, for release in April 2022.

The Northman” is a viking revenge drama that stars Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Björk, the Icelandic singer who is appearing in her first film since 2005. The film will open in theaters April 8 domestically from Focus, and Universal Pictures International will release the film abroad the same day.

The film is described as an “epic revenge thriller” that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father. Eggers shot the film in Iceland this past summer.

The Northman” is directed by Eggers, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Icelandic poet and

novelist Sjón. The film’s producers are Lars Knudsen, Mark Huffam and New Regency and is a co-production of Focus Features and New Regency.

Eggers broke onto the
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Russell Crowe To Star In Gary Fleder-Directed Thriller ‘Poker Face’

Russell Crowe To Star In Gary Fleder-Directed Thriller ‘Poker Face’
Exclusive: Russell Crowe has committed to next star in Poker Face, a Gary Fleder-directed thriller that is set to begin shooting late next month in Sydney, Australia.

The film is scripted by Stephen M. Coates, and Crowe plays Jake, a tech billionaire who gathers his childhood friends to his Miami estate for what turns into a high stakes game of poker. Those friends have a love hate relationship with the host, a master game-player/planner, and he has concocted an elaborate scheme designed to bring a certain justice to all of them. However, Jake finds himself re-thinking his strategy when his Miami mansion is overtaken by a dangerous home invader whose previous jobs have all ended in murder and arson.

Arclight Films is financing and producing. The producers are Gary Hamilton, Addam Bramich, Ryan Hamilton, Jeanette Volturno, Jason Clark and Keith Rodger.

Crowe, who last starred in the Solstice road rage thriller Unhinged,
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How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director

How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director
She may not be a household name anywhere other than her native China, but Chinese helmer Jia Ling has officially overtaken Patty Jenkins as the world’s highest-grossing female director for a single film.

After an extended three-month run, Jia’s Chinese New Year blockbuster “Hi, Mom,” finally left Chinese theaters Tuesday. It has grossed $838 million (RMB5.41 billion) since its Feb. 12 debut, according to Maoyan data and using an exchange rate of $1 = RMB6.44)

That sum makes it the 79th highest grossing film in the world of all time, behind Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” ($854 million) and just ahead of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” ($837 million). It also finished above Patty Jenkin’s 2017 “Wonder Woman,” which earned $823 million. “Hi, Mom” surpassed “Wonder Woman” in early April, 54 days after its release. (Some sources using different rates of exchange may arrive at different totals and rankings.)

Locally, the title has now surpassed the 2019 animation “Ne Zha
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Robert De Niro Injures Leg Off-Set While Filming of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Robert De Niro Injures Leg Off-Set While Filming of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Robert De Niro is returning home to New York after injuring his leg off-set in Oklahoma while filming Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” in which he is starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Variety confirmed that he was injured, but it’s not known how serious it might be. The injury occurred on his own time, not on the set, according to a source.

The Apple Original Films production has been shooting in Bartlesville, Pawhuska and Osage County, Oklahoma. TMZ reported that De Niro flew back to New York on Thursday and will see a doctor Friday.

De Niro was already planning to take a few weeks off the production, according to TMZ, and it’s not known whether he will be returning to the set at a later date.

Based on David Grann’s bestselling non-fiction book about newly-formed Bureau of Investigation, which tries to solve the serial
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‘365 Days’: Netflix Sets Sequels to Controversial Polish Erotic Film

‘365 Days’: Netflix Sets Sequels to Controversial Polish Erotic Film
Polish film “365 Days,” a 2020 global success for Netflix, is getting two sequels.

The giant streamer has announced the start of production on “365 Days” part 2 and part 3. The original film follows Massimo, a member of the Sicilian Mafia family and Laura, a sales director. She does not expect that on a trip to Sicily trying to save her relationship, Massimo will kidnap her and give her 365 days to fall in love with him.

The sequels see Massimo and Laura return, but their reunion is rendered complicated by Massimo’s family ties and a mysterious man who enters Laura’s life to win her heart and trust, at any cost.

The original film was a Netflix acquisition. Variety understands that Netflix will be more involved in the sequels.

Original cast members Michele Morrone, Anna-Maria Sieklucka, Magdalena Lamparska and Otar Saralidze return for the sequels. Simone Susinna joins the cast, playing a new character,
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Dave Bautista: Being Cast in ‘Knives Out 2’ ‘Feels Terrifying,’ but It’s Also ‘Validation’

Dave Bautista: Being Cast in ‘Knives Out 2’ ‘Feels Terrifying,’ but It’s Also ‘Validation’
Another day, another “Knives Out 2” casting announcement. With each one, it’s starting to feel like Rian Johnson and Netflix are trolling us with an embarrassment of talent: Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, and also Dave Bautista, who’s making headlines for his turn in Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead.” That film is now in theaters, and will be hitting Netflix next week. In the meantime, Bautista recently spoke to Slash Film about the “terrifying” experience of being cast in Rian Johnson’s slick sequel to his beloved 2019 whodunit.

“It feels terrifying. I’m nervous about it. I’m really nervous,” Bautista said about being cast in the movie, which is expected to begin filming in Greece later this year. “It’s one of those things where now the pressure’s on, because people are expecting things from you. I want to deliver. I take pride in that.
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Bong Joon-ho Making Animated Movie That Might Be About a Fish With a Herniated Disk

We all want more stuff from Bong Joon-ho, and thankfully, he’s going to give it to us. The filmmaker appears to have several different projects on the way, and now he’s adding another one: an animated movie about a fish. “Been there, done that!” you might be saying, but wait – this doesn’t sound like […]

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‘Army of the Dead’: Zack and Deborah Snyder Discuss the Long Road to Making the Zombie Epic

‘Army of the Dead’: Zack and Deborah Snyder Discuss the Long Road to Making the Zombie Epic
Zack Snyder’s new apocalyptic epic “Army of the Dead” almost didn’t happen.

“Quite frankly, this movie wouldn’t have gotten made had it not been for Netflix because it sat at Warner Bros. for years and years,” producer Deborah Snyder said in a panel discussion on Friday.

When asked why, Deborah Snyder said the film “couldn’t be figured out” due to budgetary reasons and “maybe not as much of an appetite.”

But, when Netflix came along, it was full speed ahead. “I’ll tell you that Netflix has been really cool,” director Zack Snyder said. “They came to me, like, we’re happy to make this movie for your TV.”

The movie hits the streamer on May 21 and opened in theaters yesterday. To celebrate the film, the newly renovated Landmark Westwood Theatre held a Q&a on May 14 in Los Angeles, Calif. moderated by film critic Pete Hammond.
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Demi Lovato Will See if the Truth is Out There With a Peacock Show About UFOs

Demi Lovato Will See if the Truth is Out There With a Peacock Show About UFOs
Demi Lovato is going to hunt for UFOs as part of a Peacock series, and that is a sentence I never expected to write. The Grammy-nominated singer is apparently a true believer in aliens, and the series – currently titled Unidentified with Demi Lovato – will have Lovato, her sister, and a skeptical best friend as […]

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Lakeith Stanfield Opens Up About Anti-Semitism Controversy: ‘I Do Not Support Louis Farrakhan’

Lakeith Stanfield Opens Up About Anti-Semitism Controversy: ‘I Do Not Support Louis Farrakhan’
Lakeith Stanfield came under fire earlier this month for participating in a Clubhouse conversation that facilitated anti-Semitic remarks in a discussion about the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. While he has since apologized, the “Judas and the Black Messiah” Oscar nominee dug deeper into what happened in a sit-down with The Daily Beast published on Saturday.

“I definitely don’t align myself with Louis Farrakhan, I don’t stand by him,” he said. “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject. That’s not up for debate, hate is not up for debate.”

Comments made by participants in the Clubhouse room included praise of Hitler, conspiracy theories about Jewish people running the slave trade, and comparisons of Jewish people to termites.

Stanfield admitted to playing an active role in the room, as he eventually wound up moderating the discussion, but said his knowledge of Farrakhan (whose legacy
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‘Love, Death + Robots’ Season 2 Eschews Expressive Experimentation In Favor Of More Focused Story Curation [Review]

‘Love, Death + Robots’ Season 2 Eschews Expressive Experimentation In Favor Of More Focused Story Curation [Review]
When the first volume of Netflix’s “Love, Death + Robots” dropped, different accounts were reportedly treated to divergent episode orders, possibly identifying any specific short(s) affecting the audiences’ intake – allowing Netflix to gauge the uniquely curated program’s bingeability model. Also, likely, gathering data on whether 18 shorts for a single season would be seen as an excessive/necessary endeavor (based on who watched how many vs. who dropped off after only viewing a handful).

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The Mothman Prophecies, Scarface, They Won’t Believe Me: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations

The Mothman Prophecies, Scarface, They Won’t Believe Me: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations
One of the great American films of the early 2000s hits Blu-ray for the first time with Imprint’s exceptional special edition of Mark Pellington’s The Mothman Prophecies (2002), a truly unique thriller that has only improved with age. Loosely based on true events, The Mothman Prophecies follows a Washington Post reporter (Richard Gere) who finds himself at the center of a series of inexplicable supernatural events following his wife’s tragic death. Although Pellington explicitly set out to avoid making a conventional horror film – there are very few glimpses of the title creature and no gratuitous shocks – the movie […]

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‘Sublet’ Trailer: Israeli Twist on ‘Weekend’ Brings Charm, Plus John Benjamin Hickey

‘Sublet’ Trailer: Israeli Twist on ‘Weekend’ Brings Charm, Plus John Benjamin Hickey
The Bubble,” “Walk on Water,” and “Yossi and Jagger” director Eytan Fox returns to the terrain of gay introspective dramas with the new film “Sublet,” which opens on June 11 in theaters from Greenwich Entertainment. It will also be available on demand on July 9. The film offers a sort of Israeli spin on “Weekend,” with a writer arriving in Tel Aviv to reflect on life and love with a younger man. John Benjamin Hickey and Niv Nissim star. Watch the trailer below.

Michael (Hickey), a travel columnist for The New York Times , goes to Tel Aviv to write an article after suffering a tragedy. He is still grieving and the loss has caused problems between him and his husband. He just wants to do his research and go home. But when he sublets an apartment from Tomer (Nissim), a young film student, he finds himself drawn into the life of the city.
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‘Cruella’ Early Buzz: The Disney Villain’s Origin Story is Surprisingly Great and Full of Style

‘Cruella’ Early Buzz: The Disney Villain’s Origin Story is Surprisingly Great and Full of Style
Cruella doesn’t seem to be high on anyone’s must-see list as we kick off a quiet blockbuster summer. But if the early buzz is any indicator, we’re sleeping on what could end up being one of the best live-action Disney movies inspired by one of their animated classics. The movie stars Emma Stone as the […]

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How ‘Finding You’ Composers Crafted an Irish Musical Landscape

How ‘Finding You’ Composers Crafted an Irish Musical Landscape
With the script for Brian Baugh’s “Finding You” (in theaters May 14) centering around violinist Finley (Rose Reid) traveling to the Irish coast for a semester, composer Kieran Kiely couldn’t help but say yes to the opportunity since music was part of the storyline.

In this coming-of-age story, Finley searches for herself, discovers her passion for music and finds unexpected romance with Jedidiah Goodacre’s Beckett Rush.

Kiely collaborated with fellow composer Timothy Williams and together they navigated their way across continents to build the film’s source music and score amid a pandemic.

How did you divide the music work on the film?

Kieran Kiely: We had to do a lot of work in advance of the filming because the whole film is all about music; she’s a fiddler, there’s the music we hear in the pub, the music Seamus (Patrick Bergin) teaches her, and there’s the score.
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Robert De Niro Says Leg Injury on Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Was ‘Excruciating’

Robert De Niro Says Leg Injury on Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Was ‘Excruciating’
Robert De Niro may have suffered a leg injury during the making of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” but for one, it was thankfully not on set, and for another, the Academy Award winner took it like a good sport.

During a recent sit-down with IndieWire’s Eric Kohn alongside Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal ahead of the festival, De Niro detailed what went down that caused the injury earlier this week.

“I tore my quad somehow,” he said. “It’s just a simple stepping over something and I just went down. The pain was excruciating and now I have to get it fixed. But it happens, especially when you get older, you have to be prepared for unexpected things. But it’s manageable.”

De Niro’s injury happened in Oklahoma, leading him to fly back to New York City on May 13, where he sought medical attention.
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‘Cruella’ First Reactions: A Bold and Wicked Disney Origin Story Starring Emma Stone

‘Cruella’ First Reactions: A Bold and Wicked Disney Origin Story Starring Emma Stone
Early word is in for “I, Tonya” director Craig Gillespie’s flamboyant spin on the origin story of iconic Disney villain Cruella de Vil, and the film looks to be a winner. Emma Stone is being praised for her wicked twist on the “101 Dalmatians” villainess. Emma Thompson is also being singled out for her turn as Baroness von Hellman, the head of a swank fashion house and also a renowned haute fashion legend. Check out first reactions below.

Disney’s synopsis for “Cruella” reads: “In 1970s London, young fashion designer Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with dogs’ skins, especially Dalmatians, until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella.”

Like many indie filmmakers, Gillespie turned his indie film success into a Disney tentpole directing gig. The filmmaker last worked with Disney on two projects: “The Finest Hours” and “Million Dollar Arm,” although neither title found great box office success.
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This Week In Trailers: The Killing of Two Lovers, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet, Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, Nail Bomber: Manhunt

This Week In Trailers: The Killing of Two Lovers, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet, Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, Nail Bomber: Manhunt
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, […]

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‘The Woman in the Window’ Marks the End of the Old Hollywood System

‘The Woman in the Window’ Marks the End of the Old Hollywood System
The Woman in the Window” is many things. But this star-studded, twisty Hitchcockian thriller was never intended to debut on May 14 on Netflix with a 40 Metascore. That was hardly the original plan for this handsome, well-appointed New York whodunit, cast with Oscar perennials like Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Julianne Moore, which was targeted for primetime October 4, 2019 release.

In many ways, “The Woman in the Window” is a revealing glimpse of studio filmmaking for smart adults that is vanishing into the rearview. Here’s what we know about what was then — and what is now.

Then: Fox 2000 picked up book rights.

Elizabeth Gabler, who ran the prestige label Fox 2000 from 2000-2019, is known for chasing top commercial literary properties such as Oscar-winning global hits “The Devil Wears Prada” ($326 million) and “The Life of Pi” ($609 million). She closed a deal with publisher William Morrow in September 2016 for screen rights to “The Woman in the Window,
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