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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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Iffam: Disruption Assumptions Challenged at Industry Forum

What a difference a year makes. At the 2017 Industry Forum, part of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao, executives had concluded that disruptors to traditional models of distribution, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, are temporary, while film is forever.

Only 12 months later, two of the three topics discussed at the same forum took the disruption as granted and real, and moved forward into discussion. One of the key thoughts expressed in the discussions was that the film industry is in flux and forward visibility is no more than six months.

While no one announced the death of film at this year’s forum, a topic of discussion was whether film makers benefit from the disruption caused by content-hungry SVoD players. The table host for these sessions was Bobby Allen, senior VP, content, at Svod player Mubi.

Simultaneously, sessions hosted by Fred Tsui, Gm and head of sales & international
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Crazy, stupid, love: the mind-altering obsession taking over romcoms

From I Feel Pretty to Isn’t It Romantic, plots about women with a life-changing bump on the head are rife in 2018. What’s next for the genre?

Is ‘hitting your head’ a new genre of film? Following I Feel Pretty (in which Amy Schumer bangs her head and starts to believe she is the most attractive woman in the world), we have Isn’t It Romantic (Rebel Wilson bangs her head and starts to believe that her life is a romantic comedy) and What Men Want (Taraji P Henson bangs her head and starts to believe that she can hear everything that men think). Here are the top four pitches for some future box office gold …
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Wanda Cinema Upgrading China Theaters with RealD Screen Order

Wanda Cinema Line has placed an order for 100 RealD Ultimate Screens from visual tech specialist RealD. For RealD the deal, announced at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong, is the largest order in its history from a single exhibition circuit.

The high-end equipment, which optimizes the 3D experience, will be installed in Wanda’s mainland Chinese theaters over the next two years. The first four will be rolled out in Beijing – Tongzhou, Beijing Cbd, Tiantongyuan — and Nantong by March 2019.

The purchase agreement comes at a time when parent company Dalian Wanda has retrenched, from a strategy of global outreach to one that concentrates on its core businesses in China. Wanda Cinema Line is China’s largest cinema circuit.

“We have been a national or even global leader in introducing and promoting the latest projection technology and building an ultimate viewing environment. Developing Wanda’s own premium brand is an important
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European Film Promotion Unveils 2019 Shooting Stars

European Film Promotion Unveils 2019 Shooting Stars
Aisling Franciosi (“The Nightingale”), Ardalan Esmaili (“The Charmer”) and Elliott Crosset Hove (“Winter Brothers”) are among the 10 actors and actresses who have been named as the European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars.

Previous Shooting Stars include Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Pilou Asbæk and Baltasar Kormákur. The new crop of up-and-coming talent for the 22nd edition of the program will be honored during the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

Crosset Hove from Denmark won the best actor award at Locarno and a Robert prize (Denmark’s equivalent of the Oscars) for his performance in Hlynur Palmason’s “Winter Brothers.” The jury praised the actor for his “raw ability to shift from transparent vulnerability to intimidation.”

Franciosi, an Italian-born Irish actress, has been acclaimed for her performance in Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale,” which won two nods at the Venice Film Festival, including the Special Jury Prize. The jury said Franciosi, whose other
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European Shooting Stars 2019 line-up unveiled with 'Nightingale', 'Dovlatov' actors

10 actors will be presented during next year’s Berlinale.

European Film Promotion (Efp) has named the 10 actors for the 2019 edition of its European Shooting Stars, which showcases up-and-coming acting talent from across the continent.

This year’s list includes Aisling Franciosi, a Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2014. Franciosi recently had a lead role in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, which premiered at Venice in September.

Also included are Milan Marić, who played the title role in Berlinale 2018 title Dovlatov, the biopic of Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov; and Elliott Crosset Hove, who won the best actor award at Locarno and Vilnius
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The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 9 – Coco

Mexico’s Day of the Dead unearths family secrets in a Pixar animation whose impact has grown since its relatively low-key release

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Last year, on its Us release, this charming Pixar animation didn’t even make our American top 50 films of 2017 list: that may have been a simple oversight or a reflection of the fact it arrived late in the year. But more likely its presence in this year’s UK top 10 owes something to the incremental increase in affection and reputation of a film that – compared to the likes of Incredibles 2 or Finding Dory – failed to ignite the hysterical advance buzz that tends to accompany most Pixar releases.

On the face of, Coco may have been hampered initially by the fact that it looks pretty traditional by Pixar standards: notwithstanding the Mexican setting and clear interest in providing
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Superhero Bits: ‘Aquaman’ Breaks China Box Office Records, Nasa Wants to Help Tony Stark & More

How much did Aquaman make in its opening weekend in China? Could Superman get his own series on The CW? When can we expect a new trailer for Shazam!? What comic book movies landed La Film Critics Society awards? What does Nasa have to say about Tony Stark being lost in space? Which comic book […]

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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller

Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is remaking Iceland’s “Woman at War,” the Art Directors Guild honors production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carre, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” gets cast and Melissa Takal directs “New Year New You” for Hulu.

Project Announcement

Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of the thriller “Woman at War,” Iceland’s submission to the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

The Icelandic movie centers on a music teacher who’s escalating her sabotage against the local aluminum industry when she discovers that her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine. The script won the best script prize in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Foster plans to relocate the setting to the American West. It will be her fifth directorial gig following “Money Monster,
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Water Cooler: As Christmas Approaches We Rush To Catch-Up On 2018’s Award Movies

Water Cooler: As Christmas Approaches We Rush To Catch-Up On 2018’s Award Movies
On the December 10, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. You can subscribe to /Film […]

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Screen Gems Casts Constance Wu in Pregnancy Comedy, Naomie Harris in Cop Thriller

Screen Gems is stocking up on actors as it preps its upcoming slate, tapping Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu to topline an untitled pregnancy comedy, and Oscar-nominated Moonlight actress Naomie Harris to star in the cop thriller Black and Blue, Collider has confirmed. Glow actress Kimmy Gatewood is directing the pregnancy comedy from a spec script by Savion Einstein. Wu will play a young woman who finds herself in a unique situation when she becomes pregnant with twins by different fathers — an actual rare occurrence known as superfecundation. That mouthful of a word used to be the title …
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Jean-Marc Vallée lines up third directing gig for HBO

Jean-Marc Vallée lines up third directing gig for HBO
Channing Tatum executive producer on Gorilla And The Bird.

Jean-Marc Vallée has signed on to direct Gorilla And The Bird, his third limited series for HBO.

Based on Sack Dermot’s 2017 book Gorilla And The Bird: A Memoir Of Madness And A Mother’s Love, the series will be co-produced by HBO and Big Beach TV, producer of Starz series Vida and Facebook Watch series Sorry For Your Loss.

Bryan Sipe, writer of Vallée’s 2015 feature Demolition, will write the series and serve as showrunner and executive producer. Channing Tatum’s company Free Association is also an executive producer.

The
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Sequel Bits: ‘Machete Kills Again in Space’, ‘Toy Story’ Graphic Novels, ‘Rambo V’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ & More

Sequel Bits: ‘Machete Kills Again in Space’, ‘Toy Story’ Graphic Novels, ‘Rambo V’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ & More
In this edition of Sequel Bits Machete Kills Again in Space is still a possibility Learn about a Ralph Breaks the Internet deleted scene Get ready for a Toy Story anthology graphic novel series Rambo V and Doctor Sleep finish production Call Me By Your Name is getting a book sequel All that and more […]

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip: Miles Morales Grooves and Finds a New Superpower

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip: Miles Morales Grooves and Finds a New Superpower
This week brings Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse into theaters, unleashing a bunch of different super-powered spider people onto the big screen. If you’re still not convinced that the movie, which has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, is worth seeing, maybe a funny new clip featuring Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) getting some advice from Peter Parker (Jake […]

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Remake Still in Development as Legendary Scoops Up the Rights

While the Avengers from Marvel Studios will likely rule the big screen for years to come, a different avenger is lying in wait and hoping to once again make a splash of his own. Legendary Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger and are planning a remake of the trashy 1984 […]

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‘Fyre’ Trailer: Netflix Takes You Inside the Greatest Party that Never Happened, The Fyre Festival

The Fyre Festival was sold as a luxury music festival hosted on a private island where guests could live like rock stars – for a hefty price. Once attendees arrived, however, chaos reigned. Instead of fancy villas and gourmet meals, they were greeted with tents and – perhaps worst of all – cheese sandwiches. A […]

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Sight & Sound Names ‘Roma’ the Best Film of 2018

Sight & Sound Names ‘Roma’ the Best Film of 2018
Sight & Sound has unveiled its annual film poll, and the winner is unlikely to come as a surprise: “Roma,” whose awards-season dominance continues unabated. Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and has also been named the best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association, has emerged as 2018’s most well-received cinematic offering — at least among critics.

Rounding out the top five are Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” (which wasn’t released in the UK until this year), Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” (which was Lafca’s Best Picture runner-up), Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” and Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.”

More than 160 critics, programmers, and academics participated in the poll. The full results:

1. “Roma”

2. “Phantom Thread”

3. “Burning”

4. “Cold War”

5. “First Reformed”

6. “Leave No Trace”

7. “The Favourite”

= “You Were Never Really Here
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