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

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‘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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'A terrible shame': Jude Law defends Woody Allen film after Amazon shelve it

Actor defends A Rainy Day in New York, shot in 2017 but postponed after cast members denounced the director

Jude Law has defended A Rainy Day in New York, the film he made with Woody Allen in 2017 and which has been indefinitely shelved after a number of its stars publicly disassociated themselves from Allen over sex assault allegations made by the director’s daughter, Dylan Farrow.

A Rainy Day in New York was shot in September and October 2017, with a cast including Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Rebecca Hall. However, shortly after its completion a string of actors, including Chalamet and Hall, announced they regretted having worked on the film, and made donations to charity.
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Greek production outfit Heretic to receive 2018 Eurimages Co-Production Award at EFAs

Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas to receive prestigious prize.

Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas, the founders of Greek production outfit Heretic, have won the 2018 Eurimages Co-Production Award.

The prize will be presented during the European Film Awards Ceremony on December 15 in Seville. It “acknowledges the decisive role of co-productions in fostering international exchange” and comes with

The decision marks the first time a Greek company has won the award. Last year’s award went to Foxtrot producer Cedomir Kolar (under the moniker of the European Co-Production Award).

Founded in 2013, Athens-based Heretic focuses on international co-productions and to date has produced
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K-Pop doc about Bts breaks global record for event cinema admissions

Film garners 1.4 million admissions to top One Direction: Where We Are.

Burn The Stage: The Movie, the feature documentary about South Korean boy band Bts, has broken the global admissions record for an event cinema release.

The film has clocked 1.4 million admissions from 79 territories so far, adding up to box office takings of $14m. That figure breaks the 1.2 million admissions registered globally by One Direction: Where We Are in 2014.

UK-based distributor Trafalgar Releasing handled distribution outside of South Korea and Japan, where it was released by the Walt Disney Company and Toho respectively.

Burn The Stage: The Movie received its
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Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast

Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast
Everyone loves a good Hollywood feud, even if it’s not exactly real.

Hugh Jackman took the opportunity at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was being honored, to take a shot at John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds, who ganged up on him on social media over the weekend after a photo of Jackman cozying up to Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” event hit the Internet.

“You gotta stay on your toes, John,” Jackman joked to Variety Monday night. “That’s all I’m saying.”

He went on to add that he’d have no problem taking on Krasinski in a physical altercation if it came to that.

“I’m fine to fight John, but he arrived this morning at my front door with Ryan,” he explained. “I’m like, ‘Come on, guys. One at a time. Not together.’”

Jackman admitted that
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Tiff premieres among Menemsha buying spree as distributor scores box office hit with '1945' (exclusive)

Menemsha Films has confirmed a raft of acquisitions led by Tiff premieres Fig Tree and Redemption.

Menemsha Films has confirmed a raft of acquisitions led by Tiff premieres Fig Tree and Redemption.

The Los Angeles-based company is also celebrating its fifth $1m North American box office success in the form of Hungarian drama 1945, the latest in a string of recent box office hits for the distributor.

Fig Tree received its world premiere in Toronto in September. Films Boutique handles international sales on the Germany-France-Ethiopia co-production, which screened in Discovery at and takes place at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director John M. Chu Honored by Publicists

Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director John M. Chu Honored by Publicists
In today’s film news roundup, Jon M. Chu is honored by union publicists, Melissa McCarthy is honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival and the film “Ali’s Realm” gets a cast.

Publicists Honor

Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu as recipient of the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award.

He will be presented the award at the 56th Annual International Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards for his unique contribution to the art of movies. The awards, which traditionally occur the week leading up to the Academy Awards, will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 22.

Steven Poster, national president of the Icg, said, “Jon M. Chu has made an extraordinary contribution to the art of filmmaking. His ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ adored by audiences throughout the world, is the first studio modern day film to feature an all-Asian cast in a quarter of a century.
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Superhero Bits: Potential Character Line-Up for ‘The Eternals’, Bill Maher’s Dumb Comic Book Opinion & More

What kind of DC Comics attractions are at the Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi? Will there be public memorials for Stan Lee? When does Birds of Prey start shooting? Want a first look at Quake in the new season of Agents of Shield? What stupid thing did Bill Maher say about comic book […]

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Daily Podcast: Fantastic Beasts, Devil May Cry, Disneyland, Star Wars, Cereal Monsters & YouTube

Daily Podcast: Fantastic Beasts, Devil May Cry, Disneyland, Star Wars, Cereal Monsters & YouTube
On the November 19, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Fantastic Beasts, Devil May Cry, Disneyland, Star Wars, Cereal Monsters, and YouTube. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, […]

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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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Mexican star Alessandra Rosaldo joins 'The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson' (exclusive)

Mexican star Alessandra Rosaldo joins 'The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson' (exclusive)
Production underway in Los Angeles on queer prep school senior drama.

Alessandra Rosaldo, the Mexican actor and former front woman of pop band Sentidos Opuestos, has joined the cast of Us production The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson.

Rosaldo, who starred in 2013 Mexican smash Instructions Not Included alongside her husband Eugenio Derbez, will portray a therapist who plays a central role in helping the main character navigate his sexuality.

Ali LeRoi is shooting now in Los Angeles on the story set in southern California based on a screenplay by Stanley Kalu about the titular character, a queer, black prep school senior
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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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