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DC Universe Infinite Will Launch with Vertigo, Black Label Titles

DC Universe Infinite Will Launch with Vertigo, Black Label Titles
When streaming service DC Universe is relaunched as subscription comic reader DC Universe Infinite this week, it will add a number of eagerly anticipated classics, including material from mature readers imprints Vertigo and DC Black Label, DC has announced.

As part of the relaunch and rebrand, originally announced in September last year, Dcui will add selections from its back catalog of Vertigo, DC Black Label and Milestone Media titles, as well as full-length graphic novels that have previously been unavailable on the DC Universe comic reader.

Titles available at launch will include the full runs of Hellblazer, Lucifer, V for Vendetta, and Preacher, as well ...
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Disney+ Hotstar Takes Subscriber Lead Over Netflix in Growing Indonesia: Study

Disney+ Hotstar Takes Subscriber Lead Over Netflix in Growing Indonesia: Study
As the streaming wars heat up worldwide, Disney+ Hotstar has already staked out a sizable lead over Netflix in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country.

The streaming business is still at a very early stage of development in Indonesia’s emerging market, with just 3 percent of the country’s population of 270 million subscribing to SVOD services, according to a new report from leading regional consultancy Media Partners Asia (MPA).

As of Jan. 16, Disney+ Hotstar had 2.5 million subscribers in Indonesia, followed by local Southeast Asian streaming companies Viu and Vidio, with 1.5 million ...
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‘Promising Young Woman’ Crosses $3M; ‘MLK/FBI’, ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’, ‘Master’ Add Coins To Specialty Box Office

‘Promising Young Woman’ Crosses $3M; ‘MLK/FBI’, ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’, ‘Master’ Add Coins To Specialty Box Office
If there are any milestones worth noting this week, it’s that the Focus Features thriller Promising Young Woman crossed the $3 million in its fourth week in theaters. This weekend the Emerald Fennell-directed pic starring Carey Mulligan played in 1,333 theaters and added an estimated $430K to its box office till this weekend and is on track to earn $518K for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to bring its cume to about $3.4 million. The film, which landed at #6 in the top 10 this weekend, continues to garner buzz as it became available for rental on-demand this weekend. Promising Young Woman has earned numerous accolades from various critics associations across the country including Best Actress and Best Screenplay from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

New titles for the weekend include Nate Parker’s drama American Skin which quietly opened in 51 theaters this weekend to earn an estimated
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Venice Film Festival Unveils New Section

Venice Film Festival Unveils New Section
The 2021 Venice Film Festival will premiere a new festival sidebar, the Orizzonti Extra, a selection of experimental works that will replace the current Sconfini section.

The new sidebar, as its title suggests, will be complementary to Venice’s Orizzonti competition selection but will focus on “new trends in world cinema” and be geared towards new and up-and-coming directors. Films for the Orizzonti Extra sidebar must be at least 60 minutes long but there are otherwise no restrictions in terms of length, style or genre, the festival said.

The jury will judge the selection and award a prize for ...
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Kofic to Promote Korean Acting Talent on Global Stage

Kofic to Promote Korean Acting Talent on Global Stage
The Korean Film Council (Kofic) is launching an initiative to promote the country’s acting talent on the world stage. It will roll out from March, ahead of the year’s major film festivals.

The Korean Actors 200 campaign, akin to the Shooting Stars operation backed by the European Film Promotion program, is described as a “methodical project” that sees the selection of 100 men and 100 women who represent the present and the future of Korean film.

Kofic says that the selection process takes into consideration the performers’ box office power over the last decade, awards earned at festivals in Korea and abroad, their contribution to independent cinema, and their participation in international projects.

A dedicated website will contain filmographies, new portrait photography, show reels, biographies and a list of particular characteristics and strengths for each. Portrait images will be supplied by two leading photographers Kim Jung-man and Ahn Sung-jin.

“We plan
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The Wacky Hen review – circus comedy is a flightless flop

The Wacky Hen review – circus comedy is a flightless flop
Despite a laudable ethical stance on performing animals, this family animation’s zero-to-hero tale fails to engage

This animated Argentinian-Spanish co-production offers a pretty undistinguished tale of a zero-to-hero talking creature who joins the circus and becomes a star – though it’s fair to say that the character, lighting and set designs are often striking. Even so, most of the nice, more-central-to-the-plot characters are very bland, while Turuleca herself is an emphatically hideous creation. On the other hand, there’s a higher degree of craft to the villains and secondary cast members, with their gargoyle faces and stylised figures.

The opening act, where our avian heroine is acquired by sweet little old retired music teacher Isabel (Roxanne Bachmann), seems to augur the usual hyper-idealised view of farm life. But when Isabel falls off a roof and has to go to hospital to recover from amnesia, things kick up a notch: Turuleca,
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“It was pretty insane, all of the time”: Antonia Campbell-Hughes on filming her debut feature during Covid

“It was pretty insane, all of the time”: Antonia Campbell-Hughes on filming her debut feature during Covid
Despite tier changes during the shoot, the film shot in October and November.

UK actor-filmmaker Antonia Campbell-Hughes could hardly have picked a trickier time to make her feature directorial debut.

It Is In Us All shot in rural Ireland for four and half weeks in October and November 2020 amid ever-tightening Covid-19 restrictions, last-minute cast changes and ongoing, raging storms.

“Every evening after shooting there were conference calls with Screen Ireland about whether we could continue,” Campbell-Hughes recalls of the conversations with the film’s backer. “It was pretty insane, all of the time.”

It Is In Us All is about a Londoner,
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The White Tiger rides the surge in streamed south Asian stories

The White Tiger rides the surge in streamed south Asian stories
The adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker-winning novel is coming to Netflix – one of a growing number of films from the region snapped up by the streaming giants

The White Tiger, the film adaptation of the Booker prize-winning book by Aravind Adiga, marks a new stage in the convergence of the world’s two most powerful film industries, in the US and India. Like Bong Joon-ho’s multiple award winner Parasite, The White Tiger is a film about the upper class, and their hired help turning against them; it is directed by Iranian-American film-maker Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) and among its producers are A Wrinkle in Time’s Ava DuVernay, and Indian actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas (who also plays a major role in the film). The film was snapped up by Netflix – and it is no overestimation to say that streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have
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‘My Rembrandt’ Review: An Alluring Documentary Portrait of the People Who Own Rembrandt Portraits

‘My Rembrandt’ Review: An Alluring Documentary Portrait of the People Who Own Rembrandt Portraits
In the alluring art-world documentary “My Rembrandt,” someone describes the experience of being in sudden, direct proximity to a Rembrandt portrait of a standing figure. He says that it was spooky, like seeing a live human loom right up in front of him. Rembrandt, who painted images of astonishing dark tactile severity, was the mesmeric psychologist of the Old Masters. When you look at one of his paintings, the face it shows is so specific, so lived-in, so there that we seem to be peering directly into the soul of the person it depicts. “My Rembrandt” is a documentary that revels, as any good Rembrandt documentary should, in the extraordinarily subtle majesty with which Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who lived from 1606 to 1669, teased out the living essence of those he painted.

Yet the movie is also about money, power, and the elusive mystique of “value.” The Dutch filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk
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‘Pixar Popcorn’ Trailer: Disney+ to Premiere Animated Shorts Featuring Iconic Characters

‘Pixar Popcorn’ Trailer: Disney+ to Premiere Animated Shorts Featuring Iconic Characters
A slew of new animated shorts featuring iconic Pixar characters are slated to debut January 22 on Disney+.

Disney announced on Tuesday that the shorts, collectively titled “Pixar Popcorn,” would feature characters from acclaimed films ranging from “Toy Story” and “Soul,” to “The Incredibles” and “Cars.” The company also announced the names for the shorts on Tuesday:

“Dancing with the Cars, “Unparalleled Parking, “Soul of the City, “Cookie Num Num,” “Chore Day: The Incredibles Way,” “Dory Finding, “A Day in the Life of the Dead,” “To Fitness and Beyond,” and “Fluffy Stuff with Ducky & Bunny”

Pixar Popcorn” will mark Disney+’s first original animation release of the year. Animation has been a key component for Disney’s streaming service, which launched in November 2019 with the well-received “Forky Asks a Question” animated series. Disney+ has premiered a handful of animated titles since then, including “Short Circuit,” “SparkShorts,” and the seventh and final
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Music review – Sia’s controversial film about autism lacks coherence and authenticity

Music review – Sia’s controversial film about autism lacks coherence and authenticity
The pop star’s directorial debut is a hodge-podge of giddy numbers and narrative tropes, and its star, Maddie Ziegler, lacks credibility

Australian pop star and songwriter Sia Furler’s feature directorial debut Music is in effect two very different films with wildly disparate tones, stuck together using a sludgy mixture of by-the-book drama and hipstery eclecticism.

One – a collection of music sequences presented in spanking bright colours, with sets and costumes that seem designed to replicate the experience of taking magic mushrooms during a fashion show or contemporary art exhibition – is nothing but self-conscious.
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Superhero Bits: ‘Spider-Man 3’ Set Photos, The Riddler May Get a Mountain Dew for ‘The Batman’ & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Spider-Man 3’ Set Photos, The Riddler May Get a Mountain Dew for ‘The Batman’ & More
Would you like to see Batwoman crossover with Black Lightning? When is Ta-Nehisi Coates ending his run with Black Panther? Is Tom Holland’s brother making a little appearance in Spider-Man 3? Want to watch Alex Ross paint Wolverine? Care to take a glimpse at the costume creation for WandaVision? Is The Riddler getting his own Mountain […]

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Fernando Garcia Named AMPAS Executive VP, Member Relations and Awards — Film News in Brief

Fernando Garcia Named AMPAS Executive VP, Member Relations and Awards — Film News in Brief
Tues. Jan. 19 AMPAS Names Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards.

Garcia will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s worldwide membership of over 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives, and oversee Academy Awards processes for submissions, nominations, voting and balloting. Garcia will also work with the Academy’s Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity and the Branch Executive Committees on member representation and inclusion efforts, heightening awareness of diverse filmmakers worldwide who meet membership criteria.

“Fernando is an innovative thinker with a deep passion for movies and a true appreciation for the people who make them,” said Academy COO Christine Simmons, who Garcia will report to. “He joins the Academy’s leadership at a pivotal time, and we are confident he is just the
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Riz Ahmed Signs First-Look TV Deal With Amazon, Says He’s Done With ‘Venom’ and ‘Star Wars’

Riz Ahmed Signs First-Look TV Deal With Amazon, Says He’s Done With ‘Venom’ and ‘Star Wars’
Riz Ahmed is garnering rave reviews and awards season attention for his work in Sound of Metal, and now he’s got an eye on the future. The actor just signed a first-look TV deal with Sound of Metal distributor Amazon Studios. In other Riz Ahmed news: when asked if he might return for more Venom or Star Wars films, […]

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India’s Storiculture launches South Asian producers programme

India’s Storiculture launches South Asian producers programme
Residency in Goa in March aims to help participants produce local projects for international markets.

India’s The Storiculture Company is launching a networking and training programme for South Asian producers, with the aim of assisting them in producing local projects for international markets.

Entitled ProducerLAND 2021 (Learning and Network Development Program), the programme has been developed by India-based producer Celine Loop, along with international festival and sales strategist Tanja Meissner and French producer Marc Irmer.

The programme kicks off with a two-week immersive residency – scheduled to take place in a physical format in Goa at the end of March – which
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Frequent Superhero Dabbler Ben Affleck Calls Marvel’s Kevin Feige the Greatest Producer “Who’s Ever Lived”

Frequent Superhero Dabbler Ben Affleck Calls Marvel’s Kevin Feige the Greatest Producer “Who’s Ever Lived”
It’s safe to say that Ben Affleck, an Oscar-winning polymath who’s worked as a director/actor/writer/producer, knows a thing or two about producing movies. And during a recent roundtable discussion, he had some strong praise for fellow film producer Kevin Feige, calling him the “greatest” and “most successful producer who’s ever lived.” During a conversation on THR’s […]

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‘Bridgerton’ Author Julia Quinn on Her Spiking Book Sales and the TikTok Musical

‘Bridgerton’ Author Julia Quinn on Her Spiking Book Sales and the TikTok Musical
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“The Duke and I,” a.k.a. the steamy historical romance that served as the basis for the first season of Netflix’s Shonda Rhimes hit “Bridgerton,” has made its way to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, at last — just 21 years after its initial publication.

In fact, the first book in Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” series, which has been the No. 1 print and e-book fiction novel for two weeks in a row, isn’t even the only “Bridgerton” book that’s currently a bestseller — its sequel, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” sits at No. 5, and “Romancing Mister Bridgerton,” book four in the series, is No. 7. “The Duke and I
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Winter TV Awards: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and What Has a Shot — at Netflix

Winter TV Awards: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and What Has a Shot — at Netflix
With the Emmys a long time gone and Golden Globe Award nominations just around the corner, we’re looking at the best that TV had to offer over the last year, using a slightly different lens — specifically, a working calendar that structures its eligibility from January 1 to December 31, as opposed to the Emmy Awards’ eligibility timeline of June 1 to May 31.

While that’s the predominant difference between Emmy season and the Winter TV Awards season, there are plenty of other distinctions which make the latter a robust and entirely different animal from the former, not the least of which is the elevated number of awards distributed by specialty organizations and guild groups. Who better to discern the highest caliber work the industry has to offer than those working every day in the trenches?

And so, it’s time to check back in on the state of the race(s) that
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‘The Boys’ Season 3 Will Feature a Famously Nsfw Comics Storyline

‘The Boys’ Season 3 Will Feature a Famously Nsfw Comics Storyline
The Boys has never shied away from bloodspatter and gore, but how will it deal with the raunchiest storyline to come out of Gareth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comics series? By diving into it head-on, with a whole episode titled after the infamous (and pretty self-explanatory) storyline, “Herogasm.” The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke offered a peek at […]

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‘Tenet,’ Now at $5.99, Strong Against PVOD Debut of Tom Hanks in ‘News of the World’

‘Tenet,’ Now at $5.99, Strong Against PVOD Debut of Tom Hanks in ‘News of the World’
Following a long theatrical run and a month at $19.99, “Tenet” is now thriving at $5.99 and holds the top spot at all three lists that rank by purchases. At FandangoNow, which ranks by revenue, it is #6, the highest among standard-price entries. Best of all for Warner Bros., its normal share of a VOD release is around 70 percent. That compares to the 63 percent it demanded from theaters.

Tenet” held off two significant new PVOD entries from Universal and Focus, “News of the World” and “Promising Young Woman.” Paul Greengrass’ Tom Hanks western led Apple TV for three days and placed second to “Tenet” at Google Play over the weekend. This comes as Universal’s “The Croods: A New Age” continues its strong presence at $19.99. “News” is #1 at FandangoNow, with “Promising” at #3 on their PVOD-dominated list.

American Skin,” the first film from Nate Parker after “The Birth of a Nation,” priced at $6.99, placed
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