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Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time

Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time
For the fourth time, and for the second year in a row, November calendar grosses topped $1 billion at the domestic box office. However, while this November's grosses topped last year's, 2018 ranks as the third highest grossing November ever with $1.044 billion in domestic grosses behind the back-to-back years of 2012 and 2013. Leading the charge was Universal and Illumination's The Grinch, which in turn helped the studio take the monthly crown for the third time this year as Universal's yearly grosses are now pacing ahead of last year's with over $1.6 billion. Universal's release of Illumination's The Grinch brought in $189.7 million over the course of the month, following its November 9 release, and has since delivered over $225 million at the domestic box office. The film currently ranks as the second highest grossing film based on a Dr. Seuss property behind 2000's release of the live-action adaptation of The Grinch starring Jim Carrey. That film's $260 million in domestic grosses,
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Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)

Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)
It’s case closed for the Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Amblin Partners drama that was to be directed by Aaron Sorkin has been shut down.

Sources say that budgetary concerns forced the company to pull the plug on the feature project, which was in pre-production and heading toward a February 2019 start.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Jonathan Majors were on board to star in the drama about anti-war activists such as Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, who were accused by the federal government of conspiracy and incitement to riot because of the protests surrounding the ...
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script

‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script
The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.

Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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Ricardo Cortes Vera Talks Audience-Driven Content at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Ricardo Cortes Vera, commissioning editor for Señal Colombia, introduced the audience-driven children’s content his company is renowned for in hopes of encouraging a crowd of animators into submitting their own work to the channel. He did so in a keynote address given Tuesday afternoon in Buenos Aires, at the Animation! strand of the 10th Ventana Sur.

“We have good news: After reviewing material at some pitch workshops, we might have some pitches that could be included next year at Señal,” he said.

Señal Colombia: The Audience Creates The Content, was presented as part of a string of speaking engagements centered around animation at this year’s market held at the Uca campus in Buenos Aires and provided an integrated look into the production aspects of a Señal series.

“We take into account children’s chronicles of their fantastic universes, our content is essentially created by children,
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New Films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin to Compete at Berlin Film Festival

New Films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin to Compete at Berlin Film Festival
New films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin and Denis Cote are among the titles that will compete for the Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, which announced its first batch of films Thursday.

German director Akin’s “Der Goldene Handschuh” (“The Golden Glove”) and French helmer Ozon’s “Grâce à dieu” (“By the Grace of God”) were announced as competition films by the Berlinale on Thursday. The lineup also includes “Der Boden unter den Fuessen” (“The Ground Beneath My Feet”) by Austrian director Marie Kreutzer and “Répertoire des villes disparues” (“Ghost Town Anthology”) by Canadian director Cote.

Rounding out the list of six competition titles unveiled Thursday are “Ich war zuhause, aber” by German director Angela Schanelec and “Kız Kardeşler” (“A Tale of Three Sisters”) by Turkish helmer Emin Alper.

All of the films will have their international premiere in Berlin with the exception of “By the Grace of God,
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Picture Tree Sells Berlin Competition Title ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’

Picture Tree Intl. is on board as the sales agent for “The Ground Beneath My Feet” (Der Boden Unter Den Füssen), which the Berlin Film Festival revealed Thursday will be in its main competition section. The Austrian drama, directed by Marie Kreutzer, stars Valerie Pachner, Mavie Hörbiger and Pia Hierzegger.

The film centers on high-powered business consultant Lola, who “controls her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profits in her job,” according to a statement. “No one knows about her older sister Conny or her family’s history of mental illness. But when a tragic event forces Conny back into Lola’s life and her secrets begin to unravel, Lola’s grip on reality slips away.”

The film is Kreutzer’s second Berlinale entry following “The Fatherless” (Die Vaterlosen), which premiered in Panorama Special sidebar in 2011 and received a special mention as best first feature.
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Ventana Sur: Katherine Jerkovic On Personal References, Icebergs, and Whispered Truths

Canada-born with roots in Uruguay, Croatia and Argentina, Katherine Jerkovic split her childhood between Belgium and Uruguay. At 18, she settled in Montreal and studied film at Concordia University. After a few shorts (“The Winter’s Keeper”) and some video-installations, she has finished her first feature, “Roads in February.”

The film is a co-production between Nicolas Comeau (“Catimini”) at Montreal-based 1976 Productions and Micaela Solé (“Norberto’s Deadline”) at Montevideo’s Cordon Films.

Since 2002 there has been a bilateral co-production agreement between Canada and Uruguay. In fact, Canada has similar agreements with eight Latin American countries. “I believe that the key has essentially been a mutual and respectful understanding among all the people involved in the feature; all Uruguayan and Canadians enthusiastically feel part of it,” Solé said, adding: “The feature explores, in a very personal way, looking at the ‘Other,’ and allows the viewer to reflect from their own perspective. This
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1844 Ent. Acquires North America on Alejandro Fadel’s ‘Murder Me, Monster’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — 1844 Entertainment, an emerging player on the U.S. distribution scene, has acquired North American rights to Argentine writer-director Alejandro Fadel’s “Muere monstruo muere”, sold by The Match Factory. The deal was negotiated by 1844 Entertainment’s Tommaso Cerqueglini, The Match Factory’s Michael Weber and Thania Dimitrakopoulou. As on two other high-profile Latin America 1844 pick-ups, Benjamin Naishtat’s “Rojo” and Paraguay’s Oscar submission “The Heiresses,” the theatrical, non-theatrical and home entertainment releases will be handled by Distrib Films Us, headed by François Scippa-Kohn. The North America deal follows sales to Japan (The Klockworx) and Hong Kong (Edko). UFO will distribute in France, Cdi in Chile. An Argentine theatrical distribution deal will be closed imminently,“Murder Me, Monster” producer Agustina Llambi Campbell said at Ventana Sur. Set in a remote part of Mendoza, backed by stark bleak Andean mountains, “Murder Me, Monster” begins with rural police officer
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Filmarket Hub Announces First LatAm Pitchbox at Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (Exclusive)

Online platform Filmarket Hub is bowing its first event in Latin America, teaming with one of the region’s biggest festivals, Mexico’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (Ficg), to take it into the premium drama series age. It is the festival’s first big event dedicated to made-for-tv content.

The call for projects is now open to the first Ficg TV Pitchbox, a pitching event focused on Latin American fiction series in development, which will take place on March 13 under the auspices of the Guadalajara Festival.

Seven projects will be selected to participate in the event, which has already confirmed the involvement of HBO Latin America and Turner, two of the biggest pay TV operators and original series producers in the region. Additionally, Mexican company Cinecolor will award one of the projects with $500,000 pesos in post-production services.

The selected projects will be given seven minutes to pitch their projects to the represented companies,
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Lizzie review – mythic axe murders get an edgy update

Chloë Sevigny plays the terrorised daughter – and prime suspect – in this retelling of the notorious Lizzie Borden story

Here is a horror thriller – a conjectural drama based on a gruesome true story – in which the element of horror is treated circumspectly, almost dispassionately, as if to douse its mythic element in as much cold reality as possible.

It is the story of Lizzie Borden, who according to the famous rhyme “took an axe / And gave her mother forty whacks. / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father forty-one.” She was a real person. In 1892, Borden (played here by Chloë Sevigny) became prime suspect in the horrendous axe murders of her father Andrew (Jamey Sheridan) and hated stepmother Abby (Fiona Shaw) in Fall River, Massachusetts. Andrew, a wealthy, grasping individual presides over a controlling and abusive household after remarrying, cold and tyrannical towards Lizzie herself and hateful in various ways to everyone else,
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Sacha Polak's 'Dirty God' to open 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival

Sacha Polak's 'Dirty God' to open 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival
Title is first-ever Dutch film to be selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance.

The world premiere of Dirty God by Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak will open the 2019 edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) on Jan 23.

Polak is the first Dutch director to be selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, where it will screen following its Rotterdam premiere.

The film revolves around a young woman (a debut role for Vicky Knight) dealing with motherhood in contemporary London. Producers are the UK’s Mike Elliott of Emu Films with Belgium’s A Private View and Dutch outfit Viking.
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How Barry Jenkins shows that more is less in Beale Street

In his follow-up to best picture winner Moonlight, the director’s mixed adaptation of a James Baldwin classic boasts lush visuals but a flawed script

From a lush opening shot designed to astound to costume choices that aim for awe, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, his much-anticipated follow-up to game-changing best picture winner Moonlight, shows a world suffused with glamour.

At its best, the director’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s 70s-set Harlem romance recalls the work of Wong Kar Wai (a film-maker Jenkins has often referenced) with its unbroken shots of hands touching and gazing lovers set to crackly soul records. It’s an inarguably impressive piece of film-making but technique and style only go so far and unlike in his previous, superior work, he’s never quite able to dip beneath the glassy surface.
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The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 7 – Cold War

A couple’s passionate relationship mirrors postwar Poland’s political turmoil in Paweł Pawlikowski’s romantic epic

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Having smashed his last film out of the park – the Oscar-winning Ida from 2013 – Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski repeated the feat with Cold War, which has already won him the best director award at Cannes and a bunch of best foreign-language nominations. It is superficially similar to Ida – period Polish setting, stylish black and white photography, a preoccupation with Poland’s past socio-historical compromises – but there the resemblance ends. While Ida was a spare, distilled piece that perfectly reflected the unspoken crisis beneath its frozen surface, Cold War is more obviously epic and romantic, with an overpowering appeal to universal values.

Cold War, as its title indicates, is clearly working on two levels: it’s a reference to the geopolitical events that irretrievably marked
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Free Solo review – jaw-dropping high jinks on a 3,000ft rock face

A daredevil with a samurai’s intensity, Alex Honnold scales a vertiginous cliff without ropes in this visually staggering documentary

Here’s a film that brought to my mind Mary Poppins’s famous order: “Close your mouth please Michael, we are not a codfish.” I spent most of this film with my jaw on the floor. It’s a visually staggering documentary from National Geographic about the climber Alex Honnold who specialises in the most mind-boggling and gasp-inducing “free solo” climbs – without a rope, up sheer rock faces, the sort of thing usually undertaken by Tom Cruise or Spider-Man.

This film is about Honnold’s freakily dangerous free solo attempt in 2017 at El Capitan, the 3,000ft-high rock formation in Yosemite Valley, California. We see his difficult relationship with his girlfriend Sanni McCandless. Like all those close to Honnold, she is in the purest form of agony as Honnold makes his almost supernaturally difficult climb.
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Netflix India executive Swati Shetty resigns from her post

Los Angeles-based content executive will not be relocating to Mumbai.

Netflix India’s director of international originals and acquisitions, Swati Shetty, has resigned from her position.

Shetty is based in Los Angeles, from where she makes frequent trips to India, but it’s understood that her post is being relocated to Mumbai. She has made the decision to remain in Los Angeles.

Netflix is understood to be expanding its office in Mumbai as it ramps up its activities across content production and marketing.

Shetty joined Netflix in 2016 after holding positions as president of Balaji Telefilms and executive director at Walt Disney International Productions India.
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China’s Bona Film Boards Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ (Exclusive)

China’s Bona Film Group is co-financing Brad Pitt space adventure “Ad Astra,” one of several films in a strong slate of international movies the company plans to release in the Middle Kingdom over the next year.

Bona has also acquired Roland Emmerich’s war spectacular “Midway” and is investing in “A Dog’s Way Home,” the sequel to “A Dog’s Purpose.”

Sourced from New Regency, James Gray’s “Ad Astra” stars Pitt as an astronaut who travels to the edge of the universe to be reunited with his father, played by Tommy Lee Jones.

New Regency previously produced Leonardo DiCaprio-starring “The Revenant,” which it partially financed by selling off the China rights. This time, Bona is co-financing “Ad Astra” and holding on to the rights in Greater China, meaning mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

“A Dog’s Way Home” follows “A Dog’s Purpose,” whose
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