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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Anne Hathaway To Star In Robert Zemeckis’ Remake Of ‘The Witches’

Coming off the low that was his latest film “Welcome to Marwen,” Robert Zemeckis is planning his comeback with the new movie “The Witches,” and pulling some big names for it too. A remake of the 1990 cult classic starring Anjelica Huston, the new film will now have Anne Hathaway playing the main villainous role.

The famed director responsible for classics like the “Back to the Future” trilogy and “Forrest Gump” hit a bit of a rough patch with the most recent ‘Marwen,’ which came out over Christmas.

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‘Five Feet Apart’ Trailer: Cole Sprouse Attempts, Once Again, To Capture The Hearts Of Teens Everywhere

So, “Riverdale” is back from its hiatus which means we are back on the Cole Sprouse train (which we aren’t sorry about).

The star made a splash as Cody on “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody” and then just when we thought we had maybe seen the last of him, he came back into our lives, and into our hearts, as Jughead on “Riverdale.” Now, he’s stealing someone else’s heart as Will Newman in “Five Feet Apart.

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In Defense of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Village’

Spoilers for The Village follow below. “You may run from sorrow as we have. Sorrow will find you. It can smell you.” So says Brendan Gleeson’s August Nicholson early in M. Night Shymalan’s The Village, as the character is reeling from the death of his child. Indeed, the very first scene in The Village is a funeral, as we watch Nicholson grieve over his young son’s grave. Of course, this wasn’t what audiences came in expecting. The Village was marketed as a terrifying thriller from the filmmaker behind The Sixth Sense. A “creatures in the woods” …
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Playables and Double Fine Creation ‘Kids’ Chosen for Berlinale

“Kids,” a short film from Playables and Double Fine Presents, has been officially selected to screen at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, announced Thursday via press release.

The Berlin International Film Festival, commonly called the Berlinale, is one of the largest film festivals in the world. “Kids” will screen in a Berlinale sidebar called Generation.

Generation is meant to showcase groundbreaking film for young audiences and “open-minded adults,” according to the Berlinale website. For 2019, 32 short films from creators originating from 22 countries have been chosen.

“Kids” is not only a short film, but a game crossover as well, as seen at E3 last year. It will have a mobile and PC release sometime in 2019. Michael Frei is the director and animator behind the project, and Mario von Rickenbach is the game designer. The two Swiss creatives previously created “Plug & Play” together.

Berlinale section head Maryanne Redpath commented on the selections
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‘Unbreakable’ Was a Superhero Movie Years Ahead of Its Time

‘Unbreakable’ Was a Superhero Movie Years Ahead of Its Time
The worldwide theatrical release of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass this week has prompted a rush of appreciation online for Unbreakable, the first in what became a trilogy of superhero films spread out over nineteen years. With its deconstructionist take on superhero mythology, the 2000 flick, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, anticipated the great […]

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The Raft review – strange tale of a floating human laboratory

Marcus Lindeen’s prizewinning documentary about an anthropologist’s 1970s social experiment doesn’t fully immerse itself in the mission’s oddity

This prizewinning documentary tells a strange true story from 1973: a highly dubious and extravagantly pointless sociological “experiment” that now looks like something between a reality TV pilot and the premise for an Agatha Christie thriller.

Claiming to have been inspired by being one of the airline passengers caught up in a hijack, Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés got five men and six women of differing backgrounds (including a female Swedish sea captain) to drift across the Atlantic for 101 days in a boat that was no more than a glorified raft. This was avowedly to examine human behaviour – Genovés piously claimed to be interested in promoting world peace but made no secret of wanting to incite aggression, division and sexual tension.
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Topic Studios, Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison strike first-look deal

Arrangement with Arctic filmmakers to cover, film, TV.

Topic Studios has struck a first-look film and television deal with filmmaking team Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, expanding on a recent collaboration on a scripted anthology series to be announced soon.

The deal will encompass film and television projects. Penna and Morrison’s debut feature Arctic premiered in Cannes last summer and Bleecker Street has set a February 1 Us release date for the survival thriller staring Mads Mikkelsen.

The duo is in pre-production on second feature Stowaway, a sci-fi thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette.

“We have loved working with Joe and Ryan,
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Extended Cut of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Coming to Blu-ray and Digital HD

When Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits home video in a few short weeks, fans will be treated to a some new footage they didn’t see in theaters. Not only that, but the deleted scenes have been put back into the film, resulting in a fully fledged Fantastic Beasts 2 extended cut. This isn’t the first time a film from the Harry Potter universe has gotten an extended cut on home video. The first two Potter films got “extended editions” on DVD and eventually Blu-ray, owing to director Chris Columbus’ aim to capture as much book …
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‘Vice,’ ‘Amazing Grace,’ & More Added To 2019 Berlin Film Festival

This year’s Berlin Film Festival has announced its Berlinale Special and Competition programs and there are some clear highlights worth mentioning, which means that this year’s line-up is one of the more interesting in recent years.

Obviously, the big name showing in Germany this year is Adam McKay’s “Vice.” Though it’s already in the middle of its Us theatrical release and deep into Oscar season, the Dick Cheney biopic will premiere out of competition at the festival.

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Dan Aykroyd Revealed the Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Months Ago

Dan Aykroyd Revealed the Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Months Ago
Fans were taken by surprise when news broke this week that Jason Reitman was directing a secret Ghostbusters sequel that would directly follow the ’80s comedy classics Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. The secret project — which we’ll just call Ghostbusters 3 for now — was kept under wraps for months, to great success. But it turns out star Dan […]

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Roland Joffe to Direct Mobster Drama ‘The Legitimate Wiseguy’

Roland Joffe will direct the independent mobster drama “The Legitimate Wiseguy,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Joffe received Academy Award nominations for best director for “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. He also helmed “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Forgiven,” “City of Joy,” “Time Traveller,” and “There Be Dragons.”

“The Legitimate Wiseguy” is based on the true coming-of-age story of veteran writer/producer Nicholas Celozzi, and centers on his relationship with Tony Spilotro, a mob enforcer who was the inspiration behind Joe Pesci’s character of Nicholas “Nicky” Santoro in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino.” Spilotro was murdered in 1986.

“Though Tony and I had a father-son relationship, I was playing checkers while he was playing chess,” Celozzi said. “He was always many moves ahead of me.”

Monaco Films is founded by Celozzi and partner Michael Sportelli, who will co-produce “The
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Collider Kids Exclusive Clip Teases Disney’s New Prehistoric Preschool Series ‘Gigantosaurus’

Disney's brand new animated series Gigantosaurus is totally Cretaceous! The hilarious, CGI animated series from Cyber Group Studios is about to bring larger-than-life fun to preschoolers later this week. And to celebrate that fact, we have an exclusive clip from the new series to share with you today. Based on Jonny Duddle’s bestselling book of the same name, the series stars four ferociously-fun dinosaur friends who will take preschoolers on exciting, comedy-filled adventures as they dare to be themselves and explore the world beyond their nests. Viewers of all ages are invited along on …
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Cool Stuff: ‘Harry Potter’ Wizard Chess Replica Will Clear Out Your Gringotts Vault

At the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, one of the challenges keeping the key to the Elixir of Life safe is a giant game of wizard chess with some pretty deadly consequences for losing a piece. But now you can bring the game home, albeit on a smaller scale, thanks to the […]

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Everyman to open 14 further UK cinemas

Exhibitor to take total UK footprint to 40 sites.

UK boutique cinema operator Everyman is committed to opening a further 14 cinemas by 2022, which will take its overall UK footprint to 40 sites.

A total of seven of those venues will open in 2019: Horsham, Newcastle, Clitheroe, Manchester, London Broadgate, Cardiff and Wokingham.

Further venues to open by 2022 will be in Lincoln, Durham, Tunbridge Wells, Edinburgh, London Borough Market, Plymouth and Northallerton.

The company opened four sites in Q4, 2018, which took its site count to 26, with 84 screens.

To bankroll the expansion, the company has secured a £30m debt facility from Barclays and Santander,
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95 European directors sign open letter in support of EU Copyright Directive

95 European directors sign open letter in support of EU Copyright Directive
Talks on the proposed agreement within the digital single market are drawing to a close.

Leading European filmmakers including Alejandro Amenabar, Marco Bellochio, Amma Asante, the Dardenne brothers, Cristian Mungiu, Pawel Pawlikowski, Alan Parker, Ada Solomon, Betrand Tavernier and Susanna White, have signed and sent an open letter calling on the European Union (EU) to honour a key part of the pending Copyright Directive.

Article 14 calls for “fair and proportionate” payment for their work throughout its commercial life.

The open letter has been sent as negotiations on the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market are drawing to a conclusion.
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International box office for French films fell 50% in 2018

Italy was the biggest market for French films.

The international box office for French films fell 52% to 40m admissions worldwide in 2018, against 82.5m in 2017, according to figures released by Unifrance on Thursday (January 17).

French cinema export body published the preliminary data at its annual press conference, this year taking place at the Ministry of Culture, on the fringes of its annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (January 17-21).

According to the Unifrance numbers, the admissions generated a box office of €237m against €468m the year before. The figures were similar to those of 2016 when there were 34m admissions worldwide.
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Neil Burger to direct 'Voyagers' for Stuart Ford's Agc Studios

Neil Burger to direct 'Voyagers' for Stuart Ford's Agc Studios
Burger also wrote original screenplay for young adult sci-fi thriller.

Us director Neil Burger, whose credits include The Upside and Divergent, will write and direct young adult sci-fi thriller Voyagers for Agc Studios, the independent studio launched by former Im Global CEO Stuart Ford last year.

Agc will fully finance and co-produce the project, which will be produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films and Burger’s Nota Bene Productions.

Thunder Road’s Brendon Boyea will produce alongside Iwanyk and Burger, with Ford and Agc’s head of film Greg Shapiro onboard as executive producers.

Voyagers begins production this
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