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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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Spike Lee Reminds Oscar Voters Not To Forget ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Composer Terence Blanchard

Beverly Hills – Spike Lee was the man of the hour at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Wednesday evening celebrating the home entertainment release of “BlacKkKlansman.” Stars John David Washington and Topher Grace were also on hand, but Lee was who everyone wanted to talk to and it wasn’t hard to imagine why.

The Focus Features release is one of the biggest hits of the summer ($84.5 million global off a reported $15 million production budget) as well as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.

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Netflix Announces ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Will End In 2019

We are entering uncharted territory on Netflix. Arguably the two series that are most responsible for putting Netflix Original content on the map are both ending their runs soon. First, later this fall we know that the final season of “House of Cards” is hitting the streaming service. But it’s just been announced that “Orange is the New Black” will end its seven-season run next year.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Featurette Shows How Marvel De-Aged Michelle Pfeiffer and Created More VFX

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Featurette Shows How Marvel De-Aged Michelle Pfeiffer and Created More VFX
Ant-Man and the Wasp is now available on Blu-ray, but a new featurette about the film breaks down several of the movie’s impressive visual effects, including how VFX artists de-aged Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer for flashback scenes. Watch the featurette below! Ant-Man and the Wasp Featurette In the above video, Danielle Costa, Vice President of Visual Effects […]

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Kobe Bryant Removed From Animation Festival Jury Following Petition on 2003 Rape Allegation

Kobe Bryant Removed From Animation Festival Jury Following Petition on 2003 Rape Allegation
Kobe Bryant will not be serving on the jury at the 2018 Animation Is Film Festival. The basketball legend and Oscar-winning producer has been removed from the jury by festival organizers following a petition seeking his removal over a 2003 rape allegation. Variety, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and Asifa Hollywood serve as sponsors of the event.

“After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury,” said Eric Beckman, CEO of Gkids, the independent animation distributor that produces the event. “We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees.”

An online petition was launched on Change.org last week urging the Animation Is Film Festival to pull Bryant from the jury. Bryant was accused of rape in the summer of 2003 by a hotel employee.
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#MeToo: Bollywood Takes Steps to Curb Sexual Harassment

With fresh allegations of sexual harassment emerging daily from all departments in Bollywood, industry bodies, including the Producers Guild of India, the Screen Writers Association, and the Cine & TV Artists Association, have set up committees to probe the harassment issue.

Pgi members have been asked to implement India’s Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, if they hadn’t done so already. Specialized agencies will conduct workshops on best practices.

Leading studio, Yash Raj Films has terminated the services of Ashish Patil, who was VP of brand partnerships and talent management, and business and creative head of youth division Y-Films, after accusations against him. Celebrity management agency, Kwan has asked founder Anirban Blah to step aside and is redistributing his stake in the company to the other partners. The producers of “Housefull 4” have replaced director Sajid Khan with “Housefull 3” director Farhad Samji. Filmmaker, Vinta Nanda has filed
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Sequel Bits: ‘Tintin’, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ‘Bumblebee’, ‘The Croods’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Enchanted’, ‘Top Gun’

Sequel Bits: ‘Tintin’, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ‘Bumblebee’, ‘The Croods’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Enchanted’, ‘Top Gun’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Peter Jackson gives a potential Tintin sequel update. Ralph Breaks the Internet features some internet stars, plus: check out early story notes Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson talks about crafting a Transfomers movie for a wide audience. The Croods 2 is still happening, and Peter Dinklage has joined the cast. Karl Urban would […]

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Watch Now: 2018 East Oregon Film Festival’s Online Selections

With the East Oregon Film Festival underway this weekend in La Grande, Oregon, Filmmaker is happy to once again host the festival’s online selections. Starting now until October 21, you can stream a very strong and diverse selection of works exclusively at Filmmaker. Check out the rest of the lineup at Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and keep up via social @eofilmfest and #EOFF2018. Brazuca (dir. Faidon Gkretsikos) 2017, Greece, 19:07, Fiction During the summer World Cup, 11-year old Boyko will do anything to obtain ‘Brazuca’—the Official World Cup ball, in order to prevent his friends from using him only as […]
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Istanbul Independent Film Festival directors forced to step down

The event now faces an uncertain future.

The Istanbul Independent Film Festival, known as !f Istanbul, is facing an uncertain future as its two founding directors have not had their contracts renewed for 2019.

Serra Ciliv and Pelin Turgut have been informed they are not being retained by Cgv Mars Entertainment Group, the company that owns the festival’s legal title. Ciliv and Turgut founded the festival in 2001.

Cj Cgv is the Korean cinema chain that acquired Turkey’s largest theatre chain, Mars Entertainment, for a reported $800m in 2016. Mars inherited the festival brand from predecessor Afm after the two chains
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The Hate U Give review – a defiant challenge to divided America

Amandla Stenberg stars as a young black student whose double life navigating America’s racial politics is brutally questioned

If ever a movie resonated with a news image it’s this one, with the extraordinary shot of nurse Ieshia Evans at a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016, facing down three cops who were wearing full riot gear – as opposed to her flimsy frock – and she was doing this with all the floaty calmness of Botticelli’s Venus. The Hate U Give is a fierce, dynamic movie with a terrific performance from Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a high-school student who becomes witness to a callous cop shooting, and her performance seems to be channelling some of the defiance and miraculous strength despite vulnerability in that famous picture.

The movie has been written for the screen by the late Audrey Wells, who died of cancer two weeks ago, adapted by her
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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Honest Trailer: Marvel’s Cutest Hero Not Named Chris is Back

Hey, remember Ant-Man and the Wasp? It’s hard to believe, but Marvel Studios had three movies hit theaters this year, but because the Ant-Man sequel wasn’t as successful or Earth-shattering as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, it barely made a dent in the minds of fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That doesn’t mean […]

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The Morning Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Sully’ Musical, Jeff Bridges Career Breakdown & More

The Morning Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Sully’ Musical, Jeff Bridges Career Breakdown & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Jeff Bridges breaks down his extensive career on […]

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Desiree Akhavan, ​Issa Rae join inclusion debate at Mipcom: "diversity requires a monetary risk"

Desiree Akhavan, ​Issa Rae join inclusion debate at Mipcom:
‘Cameron Post’ director joins Issa Rae, TV execs at Mipcom to focus on diversity and inclusion.

Issa Rae, creator, producer and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and The Bisexual director and actress Desiree Akhavan were among those participating in a focus on diversity and inclusion at Mipcom this year.

Akhavan, whose new show The Bisexual launched on the UK’s Channel 4 last week (Oct 10), ahead of a November debut on Hulu, joined a panel on Wednesday exploring how raising levels of diversity and inclusion in the TV business starts at the development stage.

She explained how her
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‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard Enter a Steamy Post-War Affair

‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard Enter a Steamy Post-War Affair
Only a week has passed since the last Keira Knightley period piece, and already another one is on its way. At this point, you’d expect the Colette star to have her hair in permanent early 20th century curls, with a corset at the ready in her closet. But she’ll only be needing the former in The Aftermath, […]

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Voyageuse review – touching tour of a family and its secrets

May Miles Thomas delivers one of the year’s most enjoyable documentaries with a vivid portrait of her passionate, embattled mother-in-law

May Miles Thomas is an intelligent and valuable film-making presence, and her new film is an engrossing cine-memoir of her mother-in-law. This is one of the most enjoyable documentaries of the year, and the fact that no distributor or UK festival has yet picked it up is baffling.

It is a deeply engaging kind of personal cinema, or essay cinema, or autobiographical cinema, touching on notions of family and secrecy, beautifully filmed and composed, mixing contemporary location shots with a trove of home movies and photographs. The original music by Euan Stevenson is excellent, and there is a wonderful narrative voiceover from Sîan Griffiths, who portrays Thomas’s heroine, Erica Eisner, using the vast archive of her letters and diaries.
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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 British 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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