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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot
Sony is moving its “Charlie’s Angels” reboot back five weeks to Nov. 1, 2019, to fill the slot vacated by “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Sony made the announcement Monday night, a few hours after Warner Bros. decided it would move Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” to June 6, 2020, with the explanation that the original “Wonder Woman” opened at the same time last year.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will portray the film’s three Angels working for a detective agency. Elizabeth Banks is directing and starring as their unseen boss, Bosley. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will play the other two Bosleys. Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board for undisclosed roles in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Filming started in September. Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner, along with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from Nov. 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020.

The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
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Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single
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Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’
Johnny Depp and producer Andrea Iervolino have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content, starting with the movie “Waiting for the Barbarians.”

Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production banner and Iervolino will produce through his recently launched social entertainment platform TaTaTu.

“Waiting for the Barbarians,” an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name, will star Depp, Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Production begins later this month in Morocco and the film will be directed by Ciro Guerra. Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.

Variety first reported in May at the Cannes Film Festival that Ambi would fully finance the project. “Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town after he witnesses
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Singapore Film Festival to Focus on Asian Diversity

Singapore Film Festival to Focus on Asian Diversity
Award-winning dramas, “A Land Imagined,” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” are among the Asian films selected for competition at next month’s Singapore International Film Festival.

Also competing for the Silver Screen Award are Indian director Rima Das’ “Bulbul Can Sing” and Sri Lankan Suba Sivakumaran’s “House of My Fathers.” The eight-title competition is open to films by directors making their first, second or third feature.

Announcing its full, 104-title, lineup on Tuesday, the festival unveiled gala slots for “Dear Ex,” by Taiwanese directing pair Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen, and “The Third Wife.” “Ex,” about a jilted widow who must make peace with her late husband’s lover, debuted to acclaim at the Taipei festival in summer and is prominently positioned at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, where it is nominated for eight prizes. “Wife” is a hot first film by Vietnamese filmmaker Ash Mayfair. It
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Naomi Kawase to direct Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games official film

Naomi Kawase to direct Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games official film
Kawase will be the fifth woman to direct an official Olympic film.

Japanese director Naomi Kawase will direct the official film of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, on behalf of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage.

Kawase was selected following consultation with the Foundation, the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, and Japanese and international film experts.

Her career began with documentary and short films, before she became the youngest director at the age of 27 to receive the Camera d’Or at Cannes for her debut feature Suzaku in 1997.

Subsequent Kawase titles to have appeared at Cannes include fourth feature The Mourning Forest,
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Turkish President Says Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Was ‘Premeditated’ and ‘Very Cruel’

Turkey’s president declared Tuesday that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was a “premeditated” act carried out after a large of team of Saudi intelligence, security and forensic personnel suddenly descended on Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day before Khashoggi went to the consulate Oct. 2 to do some paperwork for his upcoming marriage. The Washington Post columnist – an outspoken frequent critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – was never seen again, and the Saudi government, after repeated denials, now admits that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in what it terms a “rogue operation.”

Erdogan told Turkish lawmakers that various members of a Saudi team of more than a dozen personnel, including a military general, conducted some kind of survey of a forest near Istanbul and also disabled
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First look at 'Sibyl' with Virginie Efira and Adèle Exarchopoulos, mk2 Films boards sales (exclusive)

First look at 'Sibyl' with Virginie Efira and Adèle Exarchopoulos, mk2 Films boards sales (exclusive)
Triet’s third film also features Sandra Hüller, Gaspard Ulliel and Niels Schneider.

France’s mk2 Films has acquired international rights to French director Justine Triet’s drama Sibyl, starring Virginie Efira as a psychotherapist, who becomes obsessed with one of her patients who is a young, up and coming actress, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos.

The production is Triet’s third feature after tragi-comedy In Bed With Victoria which opened Cannes Critics’ Week in 2016 and also starred Efira, who won France’s best actress César for her performance.

In this new collaboration, Efira plays the titular character of Sibyl,
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First look: 'Sibyl' with Virginie Efira and Adèle Exarchopoulos, mk2 Films boards sales (exclusive)

First look: 'Sibyl' with Virginie Efira and Adèle Exarchopoulos, mk2 Films boards sales (exclusive)
Triet’s third film also features Sandra Hüller, Gaspard Ulliel and Niels Schneider.

France’s mk2 Films has acquired international rights to French director Justine Triet’s drama Sibyl, starring Virginie Efira as a psychotherapist, who becomes obsessed with one of her patients who is a young, up and coming actress, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos.

The production is Triet’s third feature after tragi-comedy In Bed With Victoria which opened Cannes Critics’ Week in 2016 and also starred Efira, who won France’s best actress César for her performance.

In this new collaboration, Efira plays the titular character of Sibyl,
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Scott Free London, Film4 team on Ben Chanan's 'The German Child' (exclusive)

Psychological thriller to be set at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Scott Free London and Film4 are joining forces to develop The German Child, which will mark the feature debut of writer-director Ben Chanan (Cyberbully).

Based on Chanan’s original idea, the project is a psychological period thriller which explores topics including race, identity and community.

The film is set at the outbreak of the Second World War, when evacuees were despatched by train all over Britain. When an unsuspecting couple living in rural Wiltshire take a young boy into their home, little could they foresee the irreparable
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'Tigers Are Not Afraid', 'Anna And The Apocalypse' win at Grimmfest awards

Ceremony awards £40,000 post-production to both best film and best director.

Manchester horror event Grimmfest has given out the awards for its 2018 event, with Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid taking four prizes including best feature.

The film is a dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by a drug war.

As well as best feature, it also picked up best screenplay for writer-director López, best actor for Juan Ramón López and the audience award, voted for by Grimmfest attendees.

It also received
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Singapore Film Festival unveils 2018 line-up

The Silver Screen Awards will have four films by women filmmakers in competition.

The 29th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff) announced its full line-up today, with 103 films from 44 countries, and the launch of a new Sgiff Film Fund.

The new funding scheme aims to nurture up-and-coming Southeast Asian filmmakers through two grants. The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation – Sgiff Southeast Asian - Documentary Grant will support four mid-length or feature projects annually, with a cash amount of S$25,000 each, while the Sgiff South East Asian – Short Film Grant will support two short films annually, with a cash amount of S$4,000 and
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Full frontal: why the fuss over Chris Pine's 'dazzling' penis?

A glimpse of the Outlaw King’s crown jewels has the Hollywood press flustered and giggling. No wonder so many male actors shrink from nudity

Outlaw King, David Mackenzie’s historical epic following Robert the Bruce’s bloody journey from servile nobleman to king of Scots during the first war of Scottish independence, has plenty of talking points. There’s its bravura opening for one, an unbroken eight-minute ballet introducing us to the major players and murky politics of early 14th-century Scotland. There are also the full-blooded performances from the cast, which includes Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh. The Scottish scenery isn’t bad either. But one newcomer grabbed all the headlines when the film opened the Toronto film festival: Chris Pine’s penis.

“Pine’s penis dazzles,” exclaimed Vulture, with its article going on to give a blow-by-blow account of the scene in which Robert takes an
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Geoffrey Rush close to tears as he gives evidence in 'King Leer' defamation trial

Actor becomes emotional on stand as he defends himself from accusations of inappropriate behaviour with woman on stage

Actor Geoffrey Rush has told a defamation trial he was aware of rumours a complaint had been made about his conduct during a 2015 theatre production, and confided in a colleague they may have involved the young actor at the centre of the case.

The Oscar-winning Australian actor is suing Sydney newspaper the Daily Telegraph over a series of articles published at the end of November and beginning of December in 2017 that alleged he behaved inappropriately during the production.
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How we made Il Postino

‘At Massimo’s funeral, his film double walked behind the coffin in homage – and all the Neapolitans thought it was his ghost’

Massimo Troisi was a huge star in Italy. He loved a film I’d made called Another Time, Another Place, about Italian PoWs in Scotland. We looked at various projects to do together, and he’d bought the rights to this Chilean novel called Burning Patience, about the death of Pablo Neruda and his friendship with a 17-year-old fisherman.
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Cinepolis takes minority stake in Indonesia’s Cinemaxx

Undisclosed stake will be used to help Cinemaxx expand its screen count in Indonesia.

Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis has acquired a minority stake in Indonesian exhibitor Cinemaxx, owned by local property giant Lippo Group.

The size of the stake was not disclosed but the partners said in a statement that “the proceeds will be used to fuel growth and help Cinemaxx achieve its vision of becoming a dominant player in the Indonesian cinema industry”.

Launched in 2014, Cinemaxx currently operates 45 cinemas with 226 screens across Indonesia. It also operates a kids cinema brand, Cinemaxx Junior; a premium large-screen format Ultra Xd; and a luxury cinema offering,
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Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival

Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Jason Reitman wins the John Cassavetes award, the documentary “Race Against Time” gets a release and the Ray Harryhausen Foundation is planning “Force of the Trojans.”

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The Denver Film Festival has selected Jason Reitman as the recipient of its 2018 John Cassavetes Award for his work as a director, producer and writer.

The award was established in collaboration with Cassavetes’ spouse Gena Rowlands in 1989 and is presented to a film artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late Cassavetes.

Reitman will screen his latest film, “The Front Runner,” on Nov. 8 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, followed by the presentation of the award. Reitman will be joined by his co-writers Matt Bai and Jay Carson for an onstage conversation about the film.

Reitman received Academy Award nominations for producing, directing
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Sneak Peek Conjures Up Magical New Footage

Mary Poppins Returns is destined to be another Disney hit, because it continues to look overwhelmingly charming. The sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic finds Emily Blunt taking up the umbrella as magical nanny Mary Poppins, who once again has to help the constantly troubled Banks children. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars, along with Meryl Streep and more, with […]

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Animation Is Film Review: ‘Funan’

Animation Is Film Review: ‘Funan’
How does one depict a genocide such as that inflicted by the Khmer Rouge on the Cambodian people? Some — such as Rithy Pahn, who used clay figures rather than actors for the reenactments in his Oscar-nominated documentary “The Missing Piece” — would argue that to do so is to empower the perpetrators, to exploit the victims, and potentially to reduce the atrocities to a form of spectacle. And yet, the world must not be allowed to forget. By embracing hand-drawn animation as a tool for tactful re-creation, “Funan” director Denis Do provides audiences a unique window into this relatively under-represented 20th-century horror, one that serves as an act of witnessing even as it avoids directly showing the violence on-screen.

Do’s restraint is an artistic choice, not one forced upon him by censors or producers concerned about reaching the widest audience possible. Even by cutting away from the worst incidents — which include beatings,
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Superhero Bits: ‘Gotham’ Reveals Shane West as Bane, Canceled ‘Injustice 2’ Characters & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Gotham’ Reveals Shane West as Bane, Canceled ‘Injustice 2’ Characters & More
Would you believe that’s Shane West as Bane in the final season of Gotham? Want to make your own Venom symbiote container? Is Jensen Ackles going to play Batman in the Arrrowverse? Which characters didn’t make it into Injustice 2? Why did Marvel have to change the Spanish poster tagline for Captain Marvel? Is Guardians of […]

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