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Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album

Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album
Luca Guadagnino’s next project is inspired by one of Bob Dylan’s most iconic albums.

The “Suspiria” director is attached to direct a film based on Dylan’s 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” “The Fisher King” scribe Richard Lagravenese will write the screenplay, individuals with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

The film is based on an idea by Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino, reteaming with him after previously producing “Call Me By Your Name.” Rt’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito.

Also Read: Tilda Swinton Says She Is That Old Man in 'Suspiria,' After All

The film will revolve around some of the central themes of Dylan’s album, which included “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Shelter from the Storm.”

“Bringing this project to life is a dream to me,
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Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’
Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms.

Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. The film is currently in production in Toronto.

“’My Spy’s the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing the project alongside Mwm Studios, Bautista,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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Altitude boards Julian Jarrold's UK drama 'Sulphur And White' (exclusive)

Altitude boards Julian Jarrold's UK drama 'Sulphur And White' (exclusive)
The film stars Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

Altitude Film Sales has taken international rights to Julian Jarrold’s Sulphur And White, starring Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

The film is based on the true story of City trader and mountaineer David Tait, a man whose professional success masks a series of traumatic secrets.

Mike Elliott of London and Manchester-based Emu Films has produced the film with Alan Govinden of Amg International Films. It is written by Susie Farrell, whose credits include Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, also for Emu. Sulphur And White
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John Hannah, Bai Ling board UK martial arts project '14 Fists' (exclusive)

The film is being directed by Ascendant FilmsBart Ruspoli.

John Hannah and Bai Ling have joined the cast of Bart Ruspoli’s martial arts project 14 Fists. Ruspoli has also written the film which is being produced by his London-based Ascendant Films.

14 Fists is about a Chinese family living on a London council estate who are terrorised by a local gang until they take in a mysterious drifter.

Ascendant co-founder Freddie Hutton-Mills is producing, with financing through Ascendant Releasing, a division of Ascendant Films.

14 Fists stars Jean-Paul Ly, whose credits include Cambodian martial arts film Jailbreak, which won the Guru
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Touch Me Not review – body image quest ends in Euro-hardcore

The Berlin Golden Bear winner determinedly conflates honesty with exhibitionism, so the sex club is its characters’ inevitable destination

This feature debut from Romanian film-maker Adina Pintilie is an essay about sexuality and body image; it has its admirers and it was the winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin film festival, something that at the time plunged me into a depression. I was not one of the admirers.

Maybe I should have noted that the film is certainly offered in complete good faith, the production values are strong and it certainly does look different to almost anything else around. But revisiting this film for its UK release hasn’t fundamentally changed my mind; I continue to be dismayed by what I think is its gruellingly exploitative Euro-hardcore and its shallow, self-satisfied and wrong-headed conflation of honesty with sexual exhibitionism. It is about the personal and emotional journeys undertaken by quasi-fictional personae,
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Mayor of London and industry heavyweights back film and TV jobs scheme

Working Title, Studiocanal, Film4, Sony Pictures, ITV and Pathe supporting Equal Access Network.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and industry heavyweights including Working Title, Studiocanal and Film4 have backed a Film London scheme to improve diversity in the capital’s screen sector.

The Mayor of London has pledged £50,000 to the Equal Access Network, launched in January, ahead of the annual Mayor’s Gala at the BFI London Film Festival this Saturday (October 20).

The initiative aims to help Londoners, including those from under-represented communities, into paid below-the-line roles in film and TV. The new investment will go towards getting 180 people
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Germany Expands Rebate System for VFX Sector

Germany’s VFX sector is celebrating newly revamped guidelines of the country’s main subsidy program, which make it possible for big-budget animated and visual effects-heavy projects to secure rebates as high as 45% when they meet new minimum spend requirements.

The new rules do away with requirements that films have to be physically shot in-country to qualify for the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) rebate incentive program. The two-tier Dfff system includes a funding pool, known as Dfff II, that is specifically aimed at international co-productions and big-budget domestic films.

Germany’s muscular VFX industry has for years lobbied for inclusion in the program, which until now has focused on production companies and physical on-location shoots. Instead of being linked to physical shoots, the new regulations require a simple €2 million ($2.3 million) spend in order to qualify for the Dfff II’s 25% rebate.

German regional funders Fff Bayern and Mfg Baden-Württemberg
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Mid90s review – Jonah Hill's directorial debut is stylish but empty

Snappy direction and a heady sense of nostalgia can’t hide a frustratingly flat coming-of-age tale that shows an actor struggling to find anything of interest to say

Actor Jonah Hill, he of raucous comedies from the House of Apatow, but also outstanding, Oscar-nominated supporting roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, has cashed in his Hollywood clout chips and directed his first film, based on an original script. It is a frustrating one. There are scenes that snap together nicely with some sharp and nuanced observations. But the film is saddled with uninteresting surface-level characters. There’s a phoniness exuding from the entire project, made all the more discouraging since the plot-light, shaggy dog story it is trying to feel so real.

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Orphée review – Cocteau's classic never looks back

Jean Marais’ journey through the underworld gains new strangeness and rapture in this restoration of Jean Cocteau’s 1950 Orpheus myth

Jean Cocteau’s Orphée from 1950 is now re-released nationally, as part of the BFI Southbank season: Fantastique: The Dream Worlds of French Cinema. It has the mystery and elasticity of a dream, and all the farcical comic horror of chancing across the intricate contents of the Blessed Virgin’s lingerie collection. Cocteau’s reworking of the Orpheus myth includes new layers of strangeness and rapture. The setting would appear to be the present: that is, postwar France; Orphée (Jean Marais) is a celebrated poet – sufficiently celebrated, in fact, to be at one stage surrounded by excitable young autograph hunters that might otherwise be entranced by the burgeoning pop culture. Orphée witnesses a noted younger poet being killed by a couple of bikers after a brawl: this is Cégeste (Edouard Dermithe
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Khashoggi crisis puts Hollywood flirtation with Saudi Arabia on ice

’The party’s over after it barely began.’

The growing crisis over the disappearance and supected killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has put the brakes on Hollywood’s flirtation with Saudi Arabia.

“The party’s over after it barely began,” says Sky M. Moore, an entertainment attorney at Los Angeles-based Greenberg Glusker of what looked like the beginnings of a long and lucrative relationship between the Us film industry and the Middle East powerhouse.

“Studios were going to build facilities there, clients were going to shoot there and it’s come to a screeching halt.”

The international community
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Richard Linklater-mentored 'What Breaks The Ice' heads to Afm with Saboteur (exclusive)

Richard Linklater-mentored 'What Breaks The Ice' heads to Afm with Saboteur (exclusive)
Coming-of-age thriller stars Sofia Hublitz from Ozark, Madelyn Cline of Stranger Things, Boy Erased.

Saboteur Media will handle worldwide sales rights to Afm-bound What Breaks The Ice, a thriller mentored by Richard Linklater that features rising stars from hit shows like Ozark, Glow, and Stranger Things.

The coming-of-age thriller centres on two 15-year-old girls whose summer takes an unexpected turn when they become accidental accomplices in a fatal crime.

Sofia Hublitz (Ozark), Madelyn Cline, Joel Allen (Never Goin’ Back), Shakira Barrera (Glow), Erik Jensen (Messengers), Catherine Curtin and Aimee Mullins (Stranger Things) star.

Rebecca Eskreis makes her feature directorial debut,
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Jamie Lee Curtis on the Power of ‘Halloween’s’ #MeToo Context: It Relieves ‘A Little Bit of That Trauma’

Jamie Lee Curtis on the Power of ‘Halloween’s’ #MeToo Context: It Relieves ‘A Little Bit of That Trauma’
In the months leading up to Friday’s release of “Halloween,” it’s become clear that the film is meant as more than just another installment in the legendary horror franchise. At Wednesday’s L.A. premiere of the reboot, Jamie Lee Curtis hammered that point home.

“The movie was written in January 2017 and it was a movie about trauma,” Curtis said. “We never make movies about what happens after the violence. We make movies about violence, we glorify it, but we never ask what happens [after].”

“And in the asking what happens and seeing what generational trauma looks like, all of a sudden on Oct. 10, 2017, that first article came out in the New Yorker,” she continued. “All of a sudden, women started talking about stories of violence perpetrated against them, sexual violence perpetrated against them, oppression perpetrated against them by powerful men in powerful positions who stole their innocence.”

“And now all of a sudden,
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Film Review: ‘Nigerian Prince’

Film Review: ‘Nigerian Prince’
We’ve all seen movies — like “Beirut,” with Jon Hamm — in which a trouble-shooting agent or foreign correspondent has to make his way through a scavenger nation that’s a nest of danger and instability and corruption. “Nigerian Prince” is one of those movies, except that the central character is no spy. He’s a surly American teenager named Eze (Antonio J. Bell), who arrives in the sprawling Nigerian capital of Lagos to spend four weeks with his aunt. Or so he thinks. His mother flew him over there so he could soak up his Nigerian heritage, which sounds innocent enough, until you learn that she canceled his return ticket the moment he arrived. Eze isn’t just visiting — he’s trapped. In a place with spotty electricity, hamburgers that taste like dog food, and people you can’t trust.

His first morning there, his Aunt Grace (Tina Mba) throws
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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Said Making Her Directorial Debut Was a ‘Nightmare’ — and She’d Do It Again

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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Said Making Her Directorial Debut Was a ‘Nightmare’ — and She’d Do It Again
When Sarah Paulson agreed to make her directorial debut on the latest season of “American Horror Story,” creator Ryan Murphy threw her into the deep end. “I remember Ryan calling me,” she said, “and he described it as an episode where everyone’s just going to be sitting around talking, and I was like, ‘Oh great, that’ll probably be easier.’”

But Episode 6, “Return to Murder House,” didn’t quite work out that way. “Cut to the second day I was shooting — I was doing a stunt with blood gags, and hearts being ripped out of chest cavities. I remember calling him up and going, ‘Remember when you told me everyone was just gonna be sitting around? Yeah, no one is sitting around. There’s a guy flying through the air.’”

And while most “Horror Story” episodes have between 28 to 40 scenes, “Return to Murder House” had 72. “I was just like,
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Jason Blum Says He’s Meeting With Women Directors After Claiming ‘There Aren’t A Lot’ (Watch)

Jason Blum Says He’s Meeting With Women Directors After Claiming ‘There Aren’t A Lot’ (Watch)
Jason Blum took the opportunity at Wednesday’s L.A. premiere of “Halloween” to clarify his comments about the availability of female directors that made headlines earlier in the day.

“I totally misspoke,” Blum told Variety on the red carpet. “I made a mistake about it. Our audience is 55% women; the executives at the company we have are 50% women. I am passionate about hiring women, and I totally made a mistake in the way I represented that. We already work with a lot of women.”

“Chelsea Stardust, who is my old assistant, I financed her first movie, but I would like to work with more,” Blum continued. “Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today so I’m grateful for it.”

Blum posted an apology
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A Star Is Born isn't sexist or 'rockist' – it's a cutting insight into so-called 'authenticity'

Dig a little deeper than the backlash and Bradley Cooper’s film exposes a truth about the cost of old-school rock’n’roll masculinity

It’s a press-circuit anecdote that has already passed into legend: when Lady Gaga screen-tested for the role of Ally in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, the actor/director handed her a makeup wipe and instructed her to remove her maquillage. He wanted to see her authentically: “Completely open,” he said. “No artifice.”

Related: A Star Is Born soundtrack review – instant classics full of Gaga's emotional might
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‘Mirai’ Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda on Family, Imagination and Academy Invite

‘Mirai’ Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda on Family, Imagination and Academy Invite
Family is an important theme for Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda, and his new film, “Mirai,” is no exception. The film, one of his most intimate, is about a young boy who comes to terms with becoming a big brother when his parents bring home his new baby sister, something Hosoda’s family experienced not too long ago.

Mirai” will have its North American premiere this weekend, Oct. 19-21, at the Animation Is Film Festival at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Hosoda will be on hand for Friday’s premiere and over the course of the weekend for screenings of some of his other films that the festival is highlighting, including “Summer Wars,” “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Wolf Children,” and “The Boy and the Beast.”

Hosoda answered some of Variety’s questions about his work and influences.

Our critic called “Mirai” your most personal film yet. What
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Film Review: ‘High Voltage’

Film Review: ‘High Voltage’
The notion of David Arquette starring in a horror movie about a “possessed” rock band promises so much trashy fun, a certain amount of disappointment seems almost inevitable. Yet “High Voltage” confounds expectations by being very little fun at all. Short on thrills and energy despite its title, this slick yet sluggish feature often seems barely interested in the horror elements that are, after all, what will primarily lure viewers in.

Instead, the genre hook comes off as more of a Trojan Horse with which to smuggle in a showcase for “Hollow Body”, the onscreen vehicle for writer-director Alex Keledjian’s songwriting and costar Allie Gonino’s singing. It’s an awkward, compromising combination that ultimately provides little satisfaction on any level — unless you’re content to watch Gonino model a series of increasingly over-the-top, midriff-baring “sexy rock chick” fashions.

Narrator Jimmy Kleen (David Arquette) is a jaded 1980s one-hit
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