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'Glass' Ready to Crack Open a $50+ Million Holiday Debut

'Glass' Ready to Crack Open a $50+ Million Holiday Debut
After just two weeks, 2019 has already had some notable highlights, including the surprise $20 million debut of The Upside last weekend while WB's Aquaman became the first film in the DC Extended Universe to top $1 billion at the global box office. Now, this weekend is looking to M. Night Shyamalan's Glass to deliver the second largest January and Martin Luther King Jr. openings ever behind only American Sniper. Universal's release of Glass is the highly anticipated third film in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable franchise, following the runaway success of 2017's Split, which opened with a massive $40 million en route to a $138.3 million domestic run and nearly $280 million globally. The film brings together stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy, and is set to open in 3,841 locations with the studio anticipating a $50 million opening over the film's first four days. Based on the information we're looking at
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J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic With Nicholas Hoult Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic With Nicholas Hoult Gets Summer 2019 Release Date
Fox Searchlight has set a summer release date for “Tolkien,” the biopic on “The Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien.

The film starring Nicholas Hoult as the fantasy author will open on May 10, 2019.

Directed by Dome Karukoski, “Tolkien” explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “Fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novel.

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The full cast has also been revealed, including Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford wrote the screenplay. Peter Chernin is producing on
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Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt

Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt
Yesterday, we reported that Disney is moving forward with yet another live-action remake of a classic animated film. This time, the studio is tackling “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” However, it doesn’t appear that the Mouse House is as much of a remake-machine as we first thought. According to a person working on the live-action “Pinocchio,” that live-action adaptation seems to have hit a major, major speed bump.

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Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios

Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios
Neil Burger, the director of this month’s “The Upside” and “Divergent,” will move back to young adult sci-fi for his next feature film.

AGC Studios will fully finance and co-produce the thriller “Voyagers” for Burger to direct, the company’s chairman and CEO Stuart Ford announced Thursday.

Burger will direct from his own original screenplay, and he’ll also produce under his Nota Bene Productions banner. Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea will produce via Thunder Road Films. Ford and Agc’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro are onboard as executive producers. “Voyagers” begins production this spring and is actively casting its key roles.

“Voyagers” focuses on 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed,
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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro
Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he will be putting on a top hat and tuxedo very soon.

Hart is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s and Hasbro’s movie based on the board game “Monopoly,” and Tim Story, Hart’s longtime collaborator on “Ride Along” and other stand-up specials, is in final negotiations to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and HartBeat’s Carli Haney will oversee with John Cheng. Story will produce as well through his The Story Company banner. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, President of The Story Company, will also produce.

The logline is under wraps, but the film is inspired by Hasbro’s popular board game franchise. Hasbro
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Berlinale Efm Horizon conference to focus on Vr, AI and blockchain

The five-day event, which explores the future of the film business, runs from February 8-12.

The third edition of Berlin Film Festival’s Efm Horizon conference will focus on immersive media, diversity, storytelling, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology this year.

The five-day event, which explores the future of the film business, runs from February 8-12 at the Berliner Freiheit.

The Efm Industry Debates programme is once again part of the Horizons line-up. Among the topics explored will be changes in film production and financing (in collaboration with Screen International), Vr marketing and cast diversity.

Further events include a focus on
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Robert Redford to receive honorary César

Robert Redford to receive honorary César
The Cesar nominations will be announced on January 23.

Robert Redford will be feted with an honorary César at the 44th edition of the cinema awards, France’s equivalent to the Baftas and Oscars, on February 22.

The announcement comes on the eve of the nominations press conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant in Paris,to be held by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques (Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema), which oversees the awards, on January 23.

“Robert Redford is definitely a monument. Many of his films, in front and behind the camera, are classics. Careers that have had
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Federico Cuervo to Head New Management Structure at Viacom International Studios

Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) –Americas has announced a new management structure for its fast-expanding Viacom International Studios (Vis) which will see Federico Cuervo filling the role of senior vice president-head of Vis, reporting to Darío Turovelzky, newly named Svp of global contents at Vimn Americas. Turovelzky remains co-chief of Vimn.

Under the new structure, all functions of content creation from all brands and countries of Vimn Americas within Vis will be unified and led by Cuervo. A ten-year veteran at Vimn, Cuervo and his team will lean heavily on the experience gained in his time as the brand head of Comedy Central and Paramount Channels.

Launched officially last year, Viacom International Studios is the unit of development, production and distribution of contents for Vimn –Americas. The branch encompasses original contents of Vimn Americas for its global brands such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central; contents of Telefe, Argentina’s
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The Morning Watch: Mad About the ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie, Director’s Roundtable Discussion & More

The Morning Watch: Mad About the ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie, Director’s Roundtable Discussion & 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, there’s a scene in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie […]

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Berlin: Edko Films Picks up Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’

Hong Kong studio Edko Films has picked up international rights to “One Second,” the newest movie by top Chinese director Zhang Yimou. The film will have its world premiere in competition in Berlin, it was announced this week.

“One Second” is pitched as Zhang’s personal love letter to cinema, and as a return to his auteur roots after a string of big-budget films including “The Great Wall,” and the recent “Shadow.” The story evolves from the moment when an enigmatic film reel spawns an unlikely friendship between a fugitive and a homeless girl.

The film stars Zhang Yi (“Operation Red Sea”) and Fan Wei (“I Am Not Madame Bovary”). It was shot in remote mountainous locations in mid-summer last year, between the end of production on “Shadow” and that film’s triumphant Venice and Toronto outings.

Shadow” was produced by Perfect Village, a joint venture between Chinese games to
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Claudia Boderke, Lars Mering Talk Sf Studios ‘The New Nurses,’

The inevitable comparison for Sf Studios’ “The New Nurses,” at least from a Danish broadcast perspective, is “Something’s Rockin,’” another 2018 TV 2 Charlie show which was retro but forward-looking. “Something’s Rockin’” described the birth of an independent radio with culture in Denmark.

Produced by Sf Studios’ Senia Dremstrup (“Norskov”), “The New Nurses” talks cleverly about gender equality by flipping the focus to men battling a conservative establishment to become Denmark’s first nurses. This will make the lack of equality seem even more arcane to even more people.

In another reset, reverting classic telenovela, you have a working class man in love with an upper-class girl. Erik, a soldier who fought in WWII, attempts to sign up for Denmark’s first nursing school which accepts male nurses. A working class lad without even the money to pay for the basic text books, he faces a battle with nit only entrenched authorities at the hospital,
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Salvador Dalí: In Search of Immortality review – portrait of a gloriously eccentric artist

David Pujol’s documentary includes some bizarre moments, including Dalí’s seduction of his wife-to-be with a paste made of goat excrement and fish glue

Produced by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, this documentary about the relentlessly eccentric Spanish painter benefits – as you would hope it would – from plentiful archive access and a scholarly level of appreciation. So on the one hand we get some utterly bizarre footage of Dalí explaining how he seduced his wife-to-be Gala with a paste made of goat excrement and fish glue (Gala nodding quizzically alongside); and on the other a tight little knot of Dalí connoisseurs discussing the artist with each other while studiously avoiding the camera. The latter certainly elevates the film, but also hampers it; it’s pretty dry stuff compared with the slick Exhibition on Screen films we have become used to in cinemas. Some awkward translations and some rough sound edits are also a little off-putting.
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Robert Redford to Receive Honorary Cesar Award

Robert Redford to Receive Honorary Cesar Award
Legendary American actor and director Robert Redford is set to receive an honorary Cesar award, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, at the 44th annual César ceremony, which will take place on Feb. 22 in Paris.

“An iconic actor, an exceptional director, a passionate producer, founder and president of Sundance, the most revered festival of independent films in the world, Robert Redford has left his mark through all his endeavors in the film world, said Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

In the statement announcing Redford’s honorary Cesar, Terzian praised Redford’s career as an actor, filmmaker and philanthropist.

“Robert Redford is definitely a monument. Many of his films, in front or behind the camera, have now become classics. Rare are the careers which have had such a lasting impact on the History of Cinema,” said Terzian, citing Redford’s Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film “Ordinary People,
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From femme fatale to cattle rancher: how Barbara Stanwyck bucked convention

Her versatility made her a star of Hollywood’s golden age, but Stanwyck’s best characters were always fighters who, like herself, had tasted life’s bitterness

Even Barbara Stanwyck struggled to pin down her appeal. “What the hell,” she blustered at critic Rex Reed, when he asked her to take a stab. “Whatever I had, it worked, didn’t it?” She was right, of course, and you can forgive her inarticulacy. Stanwyck – who is the subject of a BFI season, Starring Barbara Stanwyck – was not just unusually streetsmart and independent for a Hollywood star of the golden age, but superbly versatile, too.

Many of her directors tried to put the magic into words. “Stanwyck doesn’t act a scene. She lives it,” said Frank Capra, who directed her in the early 1930s breathtaking emotional films such as The Miracle Woman and Forbidden. For Billy Wilder, who directed her in ice-cold noir Double Indemnity,
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Dogwoof picks up international sales to political docs 'Watergate', 'Meeting Gorbachev' (exclusive)

Dogwoof picks up international sales to political docs 'Watergate', 'Meeting Gorbachev' (exclusive)
Charles Ferguson, Werner Herzog titles added to Dogwoof’s Efm slate.

Charles Ferguson’s Watergate and Werner Herzog and Andre Singer’s Meeting Gorbachev have both been picked up by London-based sales agent Dogwoof ahead of next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Watergate will make its European premiere in Berlin in the Berlinale Special strand. Following Ferguson’s Oscar-winning Inside Job, about the 2008 financial crisis, Watergate is a 260-minute feature about the political scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon. Dogwoof will also release the film in the UK in addition to handling international sales rights.
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Co-Writer Hakan Lindhe on Politics, Image in Viaplay’s ‘The Inner Circle’

Co-Writer Hakan Lindhe on Politics, Image in Viaplay’s ‘The Inner Circle’
David Ehrling, Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise, who is tipped to be its next Prime Minister, spends a lot of the time in Sweden’s “The Inner Circle” not preparing his speeches, or in impassioned discussion of key political issues, but staring into the mirror, rain checking on his strong-jawed image.

He spends much of his enterprise, not developing a program to take Sweden into the future, but attempting to sidestep sexual and financial scandals fueled by an ever-present media. Welcome to the world of modern Swedish politics, indeed much politics at large.

Sold by Drg, and produced by Fundament Film for the Nordic Entertainment Group-owned Viaplay, a Scandinavian VOD platform powerhouse of original series production, “The Inner Circle” begins with Ehrling (Niklas Engdahl) being advised by Sweden’s prime minister that he is a candidate to succeed her. As Almedalen Week, Sweden’s annual early July political forum,
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UK box office preview: 'Glass', 'Mary Queen Of Scots' to challenge holdovers

UK box office preview: 'Glass', 'Mary Queen Of Scots' to challenge holdovers
Titles go up against Stan & Ollie and The Favourite.

This weekend’s UK box office sees M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass and Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen Of Scots both open widely.

Disney’s Glass is a sequel to two of Shyamalan’s previous works – Unbreakable (£11.6m gross in the UK) and Split (£11.4m) – starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from the former, and James McAvoy from the latter in an unusual take on the superhero genre.

The director’s best-performing title in the UK remains The Sixth Sense, which built to £25.8m back in 1999. Despite less than stellar reviews,
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Underdog review – sweat-soaked Mma movie succumbs to cliches

This montage-riddled clunker hits us over the head with stereotypes of masculinity and sports-drama tropes

Sticking with religious fervour to sports-drama conventions and cliches, this sweat-soaked, palette-desaturated, montage-riddled genre exercise stars Eryk Lubos as Kosa, a once feted, now washed-up mixed martial arts (Mma) champion lured back into the caged ring for one last bout.

If it weren’t for the fact that everyone is speaking Polish and that the action is set in an economically depressed province near the Lithuanian border, this would be virtually indistinguishable from any other low-budget, straight-to-dvd American story about, as the title so ploddingly spells out, an underdog. The film even assigns the hero a cute dog, just to nailgun the point. The floppy-eared mutt not only instigates the meet-cute with Aleksandra Popławska’s veterinarian love interest, but its unfortunate fate motivates the hero to get the better of the Russian bad guys.

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‘Invisibles’ Director Louis-Julien Petit on his Socially-Minded Smash

‘Invisibles’ Director Louis-Julien Petit on his Socially-Minded Smash
Paris — Far from a dumping ground, the months of January and February have become synonymous in France with the kinds of highly polished crowd-pleasing comedies that dominate the annual box-office.

This year is no exception, only nestled among the likely blockbusters “Serial Bad Weddings 2” and “City Hunter” is Louis-Julien Petit’s socially minded dramedy “Invisibles.” The story of a group of social workers fighting to keep a woman’s homeless shelter from closing, the film has opened to significant box-office numbers in these early weeks of year, and that’s no accident of timing.

Petit took inspiration from author-filmmaker Claire Lajeunie’s documentary and book about France’s invisible women and built a crowd-pleasing comedy around the subject. Produced by French shingle Elemiah and being sold by Charades, the film mixes well-known comedic stars like Audrey Lamy and Noémie Lvovsky with several non-professional actresses, a number of whom also appeared in the original doc.
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Alibaba Pictures Buys Into Chinese Director Han Han’s Film Studio

Alibaba Pictures confirmed that it has invested an undisclosed amount in Chinese celebrity blogger-turned-film director Han Han’s Shanghai Tingdong Film. Han’s upcoming “Pegasus” is one of the most anticipated films of the year in China.

Alibaba Pictures, part of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is now the second-largest stakeholder in Tingdong. It has a 13.1% stake, according to Chinese finance publication Caixin.

The deal is a “long-term strategic partnership that covers content production, distribution and marketing, merchandise and artist management,” Alibaba told Variety on Thursday. It falls under the umbrella of a new initiative launched in November called the “Jin Cheng Co-Production Plan” — with “jin cheng” roughly translating in English to “golden orange.”

Under this plan, Alibaba intends to co-produce 20 films over the next five years with various top production teams. The films will be released during China’s four busiest movie-going times: Chinese New Year (around January-February), the summer, the
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