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‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe

‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe
Japan’s The Kadokawa Corporation has set Setsuro Wakamatsu to direct and Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe to star in Fukushima 50, a feature film about Japan’s 2011 nuclear plant disaster, when a post-earthquake tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi facility and caused a meltdown of the core reactors.

The film, based on Ryusho Kadota’s book On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi and adapted for the screen by Yoichi Maekawa, centers on the workers including shift supervisor Isaki (Sato) and site superintendent Yoshida (Watanabe), who risked their lives and stayed at the plant to prevent total destruction of the overheating reactors and minimize devastation that could have impact the lives of the 50 million people who lived within 150 miles of the plant. The workers who returned were dubbed the “Fukushima 50″ by the media.

“The Fukushima accident shook not only the people of Japan but also around the world,” said Wakamatsu,
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Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?

Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?
As J.K. Rowling continues to expand the “Harry Potter” universe, the generation that grew up watching onscreen adventures of the Boy Who Lived have remained a faithful bunch.

That much was clear from the opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in the seemingly endless array of “Harry Potter” sequels, prequels, spinoffs and stage shows. The umpteenth return to the fantasy series launched with $62 million at the domestic box office, a sizable and potentially problematic drop from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the first Fantastic Beasts installment, the audience breakdown was much older than the movies centering around the bespectacled boy wizard.

The lower than expected start displays that beyond die-hard fans, the Wizarding World has struggled to entice a new wave of Potterheads.
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John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California

LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California
Warner Bros.Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James and directed by Ryan Coogler, is set to film in California.

The upcoming sequel is one of 15 film projects that have been selected for the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. Space Jam 2 received the largest conditional allocation with a $21.8 million tax credit. Mouse Guard scored the second-biggest cut ($10.2 million) of the new $73.3 million available in tax credits.

Others include Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs, Universal’s Marry Me and 24/7, Lionsgate’s Margaritaville and 20th Century Fox’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Four of the projects will film in the San Francisco area.
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‘Cats’ Movie Cast Adds Rebel Wilson As Yet Another Human Wearing A Weird Cat Costume

‘Cats’ Movie Cast Adds Rebel Wilson As Yet Another Human Wearing A Weird Cat Costume
Much like a real cat batting at a loud paper bag in the dead of night, the Cats movie doesn’t know when to quit. Tom Hooper‘s film adaptation of the long-running stage musical continues to add surprising, unexpected cast members. The latest addition to the Cats movie cast: Rebel Wilson, who will play Jennyanydots (all the cats have goofy […]

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Pick Up This Stunning ‘Parks and Recreation’ Print to Support La Firefighters

Pick Up This Stunning ‘Parks and Recreation’ Print to Support La Firefighters
It’s been a few years since Parks and Recreation came a close, leaving the Pawnee National Park in the fully capable hands of none other than Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). And if you’ve been hoping to commemorate that beautiful moment when the government naysayer finally got his dream job in his hometown, then we have […]

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Movie Talk: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2′ Has Worst Box Office Debut in Harry Potter History

On today's episode of Move Talk, Mark Ellis, Mark Reilly and Dennis Tzeng discuss the following: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opened with $62 million this past weekend, $12 million less than the first installment of the series. Fox releases a new Once Upon a Deadpool trailer that reveals the PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds and an adult Fred Savage. Warner Bros. and DC release a final Aquaman trailer that focuses on the power of the trident. Entertainment Studios Motion Picture releases a new Replicas trailer featuring Keanu Reeves defying every law of nature …
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‘Escape at Dannemora’ Writer Michael Tolkin Reveals How Soon The Prison Break Begins [Interview]

In 2015, Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of Clinton Correctional prison in the town of Dannemora, with the help of Tilly Mitchell. Matt was having an affair with workplace supervisor Mitchell and convinced her to help them escape. They probably never imagined how the breakout would bring them down, let alone become a […]

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Oren Katzeff named Condé Nast Entertainment president

Former global head of programming at lifestyle media company Tastemade stars on December 17.

Condé Nast has named its replacement for Dawn Ostroff at Condé Nast Entertainment (Cne) and appointed Oren Katzeff president.

Katzeff most recently served as global head of programming for lifestyle media company Tastemade and will be based in New York, reporting to Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg. The appointment is effective December 17. He will lead the Cne team through digital video growth and oversee the film and television production slate.

“We had incredible interest in this role from highly accomplished candidates with backgrounds ranging from traditional television and film to digital pureplays,
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These AFI Fest 2018 Movies

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AFI Fest isn’t thought of as an acquisition festival, as most of its offerings are either world premieres about to enter awards season or high-profile selections from Cannes and Venice. Explore the program a bit, however, and you’ll discover any number of under-the-radar titles that have yet to find a home. That’s unsurprising, given how crowded the fall festival season has been, but dealmakers should seek out these worthy titles before it’s too late.

“Amateurs”

Gabriela Pichler’s debut as writer-director, the youth-in-revolt dramedy “Eat Sleep Die,” never got a theatrical release. That was a shame, and it’d be just as much of a disappointment if her follow-up met the same fate. Working from an appropriately zany premise — a small Swedish town attempts to woo a German superstore company into opening a new location via a promotional video — Pichler delivers clever scenarios and a surprising
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‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Van Gogh’s Collision of Painting and Cinema

‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Van Gogh’s Collision of Painting and Cinema
With “At Eternity’s Gate,” painter/director Julian Schnabel uses Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) as a vessel to explore the process of painting as a snapshot in time, shared with the viewer. It’s not about Van Gogh, but how he viewed the world through his hyper-real, sculptural art.

“We never wanted it to look like a Van Gogh painting,” said cinematographer Benoît Delhomme, who’s also a painter. Schnabel told him, “‘Van Gogh lives in the normal world…we just see his style when he’s painting something.’ But, slowly, when we were shooting, I think, Van Gogh’s colors came back to us in an unconscious way, the strong blues and strong yellows.”

Read More:‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Willem Dafoe Talks About a Career-Best Performance As Vincent Van Gogh

At the director’s request, Delhomme even attached Schnabel’s antique yellow-tinted bifocals to the camera lens,
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‘The Intruder’ Trailer: Never Buy a House from Dennis Quaid

‘The Intruder’ Trailer: Never Buy a House from Dennis Quaid
One thing your realtor never warns you about is buying a house from Dennis Quaid. Realtors have no legal obligation to caution prospective homeowners about prior Quaid-ownership, but as The Intruder trailer proves, such knowledge could be useful. Because Dennis Quaid doesn’t like it when you move into his house, folks. And he really doesn’t like it […]

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Official McU Timeline Released – But Does It Make Sense?

If you’ve wanted official confirmation regarding the McU timeline, you’re in luck. The book Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years offers up a timeline that firmly places the majority of Marvel Cinematic Universe films in distinct years – but there’s a catch. Obsessive (some would even say nerdy) fans have already begun to pick this timeline apart […]

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Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members

Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Warner Bros.Aquaman on Dec. 15 — six days before the fantasy-adventure film opens in North America.

Amazon launched the promotion Monday under which Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.
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Former Writers Guild West President Pays Tribute to William Goldman: ‘Our Most Complete Screenwriter’

Former Writers Guild West President Pays Tribute to William Goldman: ‘Our Most Complete Screenwriter’
William Goldman wrote the way Joe Dimaggio played ball: with such deft and consummate skill that the impossible seemed easy. (It wasn’t. And isn’t.) Reading a Goldman screenplay, you never see the armature, the scaffolding. You see people, real people, just a bit more vivid than they might be were they not in a Goldman movie.

Perhaps because he was a novelist long before he was a screenwriter, his screenplays are writerly. They’re literate without ever being literary. And though Goldman’s dialogue was ferociously memorable – is there a more iconic line in all of cinema than the one in which Inigo Montoya announces his name, his motivation, his intention? — Goldman knew that image creates character creates story. The very first words of Goldman’s very first original screenplay:

He was introducing his protagonist; but he might as well have been describing himself.

Goldman was also a master of exposition.
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How Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro and More Came Together to Save FilmStruck

Boutique streaming service FilmStruck is still shutting its doors before November ends, but thanks to the efforts of a group of notable filmmakers, along with a popular petition, some semblance of the service will live on – the Criterion Collection, currently exclusive to FilmStruck, will launch their own independent streaming service in 2019. Now, filmmaker Edgar […]

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Stan Lee’s Company Slams Bill Maher’s ‘Disgusting’ Response to Comic Book Legend’s Death

Stan Lee’s Company Slams Bill Maher’s ‘Disgusting’ Response to Comic Book Legend’s Death
Stan Lee’s company Pow! Entertainment posted an open letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher that chided the Marvel icon after he died on Nov. 12.

Maher’s initial blog post criticized American adults for taking comic books seriously and questioned the validity of Lee’s legacy.

In response, Lee’s company wrote, “Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.”

The letter also calls Maher’s statements “disgusting,
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‘Big Mouth’ Season 3 Ordered By Netflix for More Raging Hormones and Raunchiness

‘Big Mouth’ Season 3 Ordered By Netflix for More Raging Hormones and Raunchiness
The second season of the raunchy and hilarious animated series Big Mouth hit Netflix just last month, but the streaming service has already decided that the pains of puberty are far from over for our horny teenage characters. Over the weekend, Netflix officially ordered Big Mouth season 3, and for anyone who watched the second […]

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‘Replicas’ Trailer: Keanu Reeves Dives Back Into The Matrix In The Name Of Family

In the new trailer for “Replicas,” Keanu Reeves has learned how to cheat death. Well, maybe not for himself but for others.

After a car accident kills his family, neuroscientist William Foster (Reeves), an expert on re-creating the human brain for what he thinks is Alzheimer’s research, alters his research to replicate his family. He will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if that means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.

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Sundance Announces New Programming Team in Advance of 2019 Festival

Sundance Announces New Programming Team in Advance of 2019 Festival
After hiring veteran festival programmer Kim Yutani to lead its programming team, the Sundance Film Festival has now announced a brand new batch of further programming hires. Yutani, who was previously a senior programmer for the festival and has worked at Sundance since 2006, was hired in May for the Director of Programming job left vacant by long-time programming head Trevor Groth earlier this year. The long-time programmer has now rounded out her team with a number of fresh faces, while also elevating some Sundance stalwarts.

Yutani commented in an official statement, “This year’s record-breaking number of submissions are phenomenally strong: we’re invigorated and inspired by the work we’ve been seeing. Our incredible — and growing! — programming team has refined our curation processes, ensuring that the conversations we have as we program continue to center, as always, on a Festival that represents a wide range of filmmakers and on-screen experiences.
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