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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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'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever. As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release,
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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide

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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide
“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.

Sony’s “Venom” secured the No. 1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. “A Star Is Born” opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). It debuts next in Japan on Dec. 21.

Though Universal’s “Halloween” topped the domestic box office,
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3: Netflix’s Aversion to Marvel Crossovers Is Undermining Its Best Characters

Be aware there are spoilers for the Netflix Marvel shows through Daredevil Season 3. Ever since Netflix kicked off their Marvel universe with Daredevil back in 2015, fans have been hoping for more crossovers than the powers that be have been willing to give. With the promise of the super-powered team up in The Defenders down the road, fans hoped that one of the other heroes might make an appearance and kick off this new street-level Marvel universe with a bang. No such luck. Daredevil was a standout start to the universe, sure, but Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) …
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‘Disenchantment’ Gets a Two-Season Renewal, With More Episodes Coming to Netflix in 2020, 2021

Netflix has renewed Disenchantment for not just one, but two seasons. The Matt Groening fantasy animated series has been picked up for season 3 and 4 by the streaming giant. The news of Disenchantment’s renewal was announced in a cute animated teaser that teases the new episodes set to air in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Disenchantment Renewed […]

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Director Catherine Hardwicke Talks ‘Twilight’ and Being the Saga’s Sole Female Director

The first Twilight movie was a game changer in a number of ways. It put a female lead at the center of a major studio franchise, put Summit Entertainment on a whole new level, compelled other studios to snatch up other young adult books with big screen potential, launched the careers of powerhouse performers like Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison - the list could go on and on. Now, in celebration of the film's 10th anniversary, Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment is releasing a special 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and all five Twilight films with new collectible artwork on October …
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NBA Star LeBron James In Negotiations To Produce A ‘Friday The 13th’ Reboot

You know it was bound to happen, but maybe not in this way. But thanks to the incredible success this weekend with the 2018 reboot-quel “Halloween,” it looks like Jason Voorhees’ “Friday the 13th” series is getting a new reboot, courtesy of someone you wouldn’t normally associate with horror films.

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment production company are in negotiations to produce a reboot of the “Friday the 13th” franchise.

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West End Hits ‘Funny Girl,’ ‘Red’ Coming to Theaters Thanks to Trafalgar Releasing

Theater fans don’t need to book passage across the pond in order to see West End favorites.

On Wednesday, Trafalgar Releasing will begin rolling out its latest slate of hit London shows, all of which have been captured on film in an effort to broaden their audience. “Funny Girl,” the first of these filmed versions, will debut in theaters on Wednesday for a one-night only presentation. It will be followed by “Red,” an award-winning drama starring Alfred Molina as the painter Mark Rothko; the Tony and Olivier-winning production of “An American in Paris”; and “The King and I,” a performance at the London Palladium featuring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara.

“We’re always looking to do a range of projects,” Trafalgar Releasing CEO Marc Allenby said. “We want to do big tentpole productions and also some smaller, more offbeat works.”

The company isn’t just releasing filmed plays
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Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake

Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake
Bennett Miller’s 2011 baseball drama “Moneyball” was a defining moment in Jonah Hill’s acting career. After become one of the most popular comedy actors in Hollywood thanks to his roles in “Superbad” and other Judd Apatow-produced films, Hill successfully transitioned to adult-oriented drama with his role as Peter Brand in “Moneyball,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination. However, Hill originally intended to make the genre jump a year earlier with “The Social Network,” a film he says he would have landed had David Fincher been a fan of his.

“Low-key, David Fincher, or high-key, David Fincher didn’t want me in ‘Social Network,’” Hill recently revealed on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “It was between me and Justin Timberlake for that part. … Obviously [Fincher’s] the man, but he was not having me. The studio wanted me, I think, and then Justin Timberlake was amazing in it.”

Timberlake ultimately landed the role of Sean Parker,
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Khashoggi Killing Prompts Vue to Delay Saudi Multiplex Plans (Report)

London-based Vue International, the largest movie exhibitor outside of the U.S., has put its plans to open multiplexes in Saudi Arabia on temporary hold in the wake of the global scandal surrounding the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The company had signed an exclusive preliminary agreement in February with the Abdulmohsin Al Hokair Holding real-estate group to jointly build up to 30 multiplexes in Saudi Arabia, leading the way among exhibitors making inroads in the region after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas in December 2017.

Vue chief executive and founder Tim Richards told the Guardian newspaper Monday that “we have delayed, but not pulled out” of Saudi Arabia, adding that, like a lot of leading companies around the world, “we are watching and share the concerns that others do.” “We want to see what happens in the next few weeks and don’t
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New ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Featurette Reveals How They Made Episode 6

If you’ve seen the breathtaking first season of the Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House, then you were no doubt blown away by the show’s sixth episode. Creator Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the iconic Shirley Jackson novel builds from episode to episode as it crafts a sprawling narrative about the Crain family, spanning two separate time periods, but it all crescendos in Episode 6. Given that this episode—which revolves around the reunion of the Crains at a funeral home in present day and a night when the power goes out in the house in …
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Julia Roberts Gives Her Best Performance In Years In Sam Esmail’s ‘Homecoming’ Amazon Series [Review]

Julia Roberts makes an impressive television debut in Amazon’s half-hour drama “Homecoming.” With all 10 episodes directed by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, “Homecoming” aesthetically and thematically can be viewed as an unofficial companion piece to that show. While sometimes overwhelmed by Esmail’s stylistic choices, “Homecoming” is a well-crafted paranoid mystery that is engrossing for its short runtime.

Adapted from their popular Gimlet Media podcast of the same name by creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, “Homecoming” follows case worker Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts), whose work at the Homecoming facility sees her help combat veterans reintegrate into civilian life.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Used Her Mark Twain Prize Speech to Rip Donald Trump for Mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Used Her Mark Twain Prize Speech to Rip Donald Trump for Mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 21, and the Emmy-winning actress used her time on stage to make a pointed dig at President Donald Trump. Louis-Dreyfus started her speech by remembering her teenage dream of becoming a dramatic actress. During prep school, Louis-Dreyfus even appeared in a production of “Serendipity.”

“I can remember every single aspect of that play that night, so much so that I would testify under oath about it,” Louis-Dreyfus said (via Deadline). “But I can’t remember who drove me there or who drove me home.”

Louis-Dreyfus’ line directly mocked Trump’s response to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. During Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Trump made fun of Ford’s testimony and criticized her for not remembering all of the details about the night she was allegedly assaulted.
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Norra Wexley is a Great ‘Star Wars’ Mom and a Character Who Demands More Stories

(Welcome to A Different Point of View, a column where we explore the supporting characters of the Star Wars universe and discuss why they deserve more time in the spotlight.) If you’re deep enough into the Star Wars fandom, you know the last week was a bit of a catastrophic public relations nightmare. Since my […]

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Jamie Bell drama 'Skin' Afm-bound with Voltage Pictures (exclusive)

cDrama won Tiff Fipresci Prize for Special Presentations.

With a little over one week to go before Afm kicks off in Santa Monica, Voltage Pictures has picked up international sales rights to Skin, Maven Pictures’ acclaimed drama starring Jamie Bell as a repentant skinhead that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) last month.

Skin marks the first Us-set feature from Israeli director Guy Nattiv and won the Tiff Fipresci Prize for Special Presentations in Toronto, where it landed a North America distribution deal with A24/Directv, who plan a 2019 launch.

Starring alongside Bell are Vera Farmiga and Patti
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‘The Prodigy’ Trailer: Taylor Schilling Is a Mother of a Possessed Son in Her First Horror Movie

‘The Prodigy’ Trailer: Taylor Schilling Is a Mother of a Possessed Son in Her First Horror Movie
After six seasons in Litchfield Penitentiary, Taylor Schilling is branching out into a new genre. The actress, who starred as Piper Kerman on Netflix’s long-running hit, “Orange Is the New Black,” has finished her first post “Orange” project, and it’s a chilling one. Schilling will star in “The Prodigy,” a new horror movie about a possessed child with a script by Jeff Buhler, who penned the forthcoming remake of “Pet Sematary,” the novel by Stephen King. “The Prodigy” is produced by Tripp Vinson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) and directed by Nicholas McCarthy (“At the Devil’s Door”).

The most exciting pairing of the project, however, is Schilling’s co-star, young Jackson Robert Scott, who played Georgie Denborough in last year’s hit Stephen King adaptation, “It.” Scott plays Schilling’s son, Miles, who is possessed by some sort of demon spirit.

In the first trailer, Miles is
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Dermot Mulroney to Star in Horror Film ‘Trick’

Dermot Mulroney to Star in Horror Film ‘Trick’
Dermot Mulroney will star as a detective in in the independent horror film “Trick,” directed by Patrick Lussier.

Ellen S. Wander of Film Bridge International will produce and handle worldwide sales for the film at the American Film Market, which launches Oct. 31 in Santa Monica, Calif. Gabriela Lugo will also serve as a producer. Film Bridge International also partnered Chimney’s Fredrik Zander to handle post-production. The movie will begin shooting in Los Angeles in December.

The story, written by Lussier and Todd Farmer, centers on an elusive serial killer named Trick, who descends upon a small town annually, bringing terror and death. Mulroney’s no-nonsense detective character has faced Trick once before –- and shot and killed him, or so everyone keeps telling him. Against everyone else’s judgement, he is convinced that Trick is not only alive and well, but the one responsible for a series of gruesome murders.
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Jonah Hill Says David Fincher Passed On Him For A Role In ‘Social Network’

Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. And when you hear stories of A-list actors that were passed up for famous roles early in their careers, many people just think about how much better the film would have been with said actor. So, when Jonah Hill reveals that David Fincher passed on him for a supporting role in “The Social Network,” your immediate reaction is to think the director messed up.

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‘The Holiday Calendar’ Trailer Shows Netflix Is Determined to Own Your Holiday Season

Netflix is seriously beefing up its holiday programming this year. They made a few inroads in 2017 with movies like A Christmas Prince, but now it looks like they’re planning to own the holiday season. We already got a trailer for The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell as Santa, and now we’ve got a trailer for The Holiday Calendar. The film stars Kat Graham as a struggling photographer who receives a gift of a Christmas calendar from her grandfather. Every day, the calendar offers up a little gift like miniature boots or a nutcracker. The twist is that …
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