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'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts

'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts
As the month rolls on, the yearly box office will receive a generous boost from this long, holiday weekend. The five-day Thanksgiving frame will see Disney debut the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, MGM will come out punching with Creed II and Lionsgate's release of Robin Hood will hope to steal some of the leftover loot. Additionally, carryover films such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch will add their own contributions to the bottom line. At the top of the box office, look for Disney Animation's Ralph Breaks the Internet to give the studio the Thanksgiving crown for the third year in a row. Last year Coco delivered a $72.9 million five-day opening while the year before that Moana brought in a massive $82 million, the second largest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. In fact, Disney owns ten of the top eleven five-day Thanksgiving openings
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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)

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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)
It looks like David Chase and New Line have found their first star for the “Sopranos” feature film.

Sources tell Variety that Alessandro Nivola is in negotiations to star as Dickey Moltisanti in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the critically acclaimed and massively successful HBO TV series.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

In the series, Moltisanti is the deceased uncle of Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and father of Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli. In the show, the character never appears, as he was murdered prior to the drama’s timeline, but is talked about as someone who, along with Soprano’s father and Uncle Junior, helped turn their small gang into the New Jersey crime family that Soprano eventually heads.

Alan Taylor is directing from a script that series creator Chase penned along with Lawrence Konner. Chase is also producing the pic.
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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title

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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title
Margot Robbie has debuted the full title to “Birds of Prey,” her upcoming superheroine girl gang movie from Warner Bros. and DC.

The actress/producer made shared it on her Instagram on Tuesday. The full title is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).”

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Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)

Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best
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Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez
STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert SimondsSTX Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of The Limit, a new VR film from director Robert Rodriguez.

Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus, "and You" star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new VR format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.

In The Limit, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.
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‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations

‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations
The Dawn Wall, Free Solo, Hal, Into the Okavango, RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? have been nominated as the best produced documentaries of 2018 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 19 at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
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Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'
Three Thousand Years of Longing, the upcoming feature from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, is slowly spreading worldwide.

Glen Basner's FilmNation, which introduced the project -- starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton -- to buyers at the American Film Market earlier this month, has closed pre-sales in much of Europe and Asia for the feature.

Alongside previously announced deals in France (Metropolitan) and Italy (Eagle), FilmNation signed agreements for the film in Spain (DEA Planeta/Tri Pictures), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), among others. The epic love story will be going out in Latin America via IDC,...
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'Suddenly you have to run for your life': a film-maker's take on life in Sudan – podcast

Award-winning director Hajooj Kuka on the realities of life in a wartorn country, and the inspiration for aKasha, his first feature film

Sudan-based Hajooj Kuka set out to document life in refugee camps. His films include Beats of the Antonov – on war, music and the resilience of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains – and Darfur’s Skeleton, which tells the stories of Sudanese people displaced by conflict. He co-founded the Refugee Club, bringing together artists with similar backgrounds to highlight the plight of displaced people in Sudan.

A new film, aKasha, is a comedy, despite being set in a conflict zone. “The revolution needs to be fun,” he explains. “You can’t achieve change with just one election – you need to go on and on, and the struggle must be creative, it must be hopeful.”
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Les Arcs unveil 2018 co-pro projects selection and inaugural Talent Village

Les Arcs unveil 2018 co-pro projects selection and inaugural Talent Village
20 films selected for Co-Production Village, including 11 first features.

The Les Arcs Film Festival, celebrating its 10th year in 2018, has unveiled its selection of co-production projects for this year’s Industry Village.

Running December 15-18, the event is a financing platform for feature films in development across Europe.

This year, 20 projects have been selected, including a new film from Carla Simon, whose Summer 93 won best first feature at this year’s Berlinale. Her new project Each Of Us is being co-directed with Anne Zohra Berrached and Meritxell Colell and produced by Spain’s Alhena Production.

Also at the event is Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen
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Idfa Forum: New Doc ‘Tracks’ Sheppard Sisters’ Sprint into the Spotlight (Exclusive)

Idfa Forum: New Doc ‘Tracks’ Sheppard Sisters’ Sprint into the Spotlight (Exclusive)
Before they appeared on the cover of “Sports Illustrated,” before the TV appearances and red-carpet galas and the surprise home makeover from Tyler Perry, the Sheppard sisters were living in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn with their single mother.

How they overcame adversity and raced their way into the limelight is the subject of “Sisters On Track,” an in-depth portrait of track-and-field stars Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard as they battle through hardship while pursuing Olympic glory. Produced by Anita R. Larsen for Sant & Usant, and directed by Corinne van der Borch and Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, the project will be taking part in the Idfa Forum this week.

Van der Borch first encountered the Sheppards through a mutual friend, who’d met the sisters at a neighborhood block party. It didn’t take long for the Dutch filmmaker, who’s been living in Brooklyn for 12 years, to get drawn in by their story.
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Idfa: French Helmer Mathieu Rochet ‘Chasin’’ Trap Music to Its Source (Exclusive)

When an offbeat daydreamer is sent by the God of Rap to save the world from an epidemic of trap music, he travels to its Atlanta source in search of a hip-hop savior: OutKast, the pioneering Southern rap duo that all but vanished from the music scene a decade ago.

Described by director Mathieu Rochet as an “accidental portrait” of Atlanta and its vibrant hip-hop industry, “Chasin’ Atl” offers an unconventional tribute to trap—the dark, minimalist rap genre that’s conquered airwaves around the world. Produced by Sara Brucker for Temps noir and Resistance Films, and co-produced with Arte France with the support of Cnc and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the 10-part 6’30” web series is taking part in the Idfa Forum this week.

Starring Belgian comedian Kody Kim as the unsuspecting rap naïf Larry, “Chasin’ Atl” plots the evolution of trap while exploring the underground of Atlanta, a city that moved
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Altitude buys UK rights to Russian tank movie 'T-34' from Mars Media (exclusive)

The WW2 film has also newly sold to Japan Italy, the Gulf and Taiwan.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired UK rights to $10m Russian tank movie T-34 from Moscow-based sales agent Mars Media. In the wake of the Afm, Mars Media has also sealed deals with Gulf (Middle East), Twin Co (Japan), Movie Cloud (Taiwan) and Minvera (Itay).

These follow deals already announced for Germany (Tiberius), Spain (Mediaset), Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Baltics (Garsu) and Korea (Korea Screen.) A French deal is expected to be concluded imminently.

Written and directed by Alexey Sidorov, T-34 in set 1941 during the height of the Second World War.
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Altitude UK buys Russian tank movie 'T-34' from Mars Media (exclusive)

The WW2 film has also newly sold to Japan Italy, the Gulf and Taiwan.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired UK rights to $10m Russian tank movie T-34 from Moscow-based sales agent Mars Media. In the wake of the Afm, Mars Media has also sealed deals with Gulf (Middle East), Twin Co (Japan), Movie Cloud (Taiwan) and Minvera (Itay).

These follow deals already announced for Germany (Tiberius), Spain (Mediaset), Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Baltics (Garsu) and Korea (Korea Screen.) A French deal is expected to be concluded imminently.

Written and directed by Alexey Sidorov, T-34 in set 1941 during the height of the Second World War.
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Sony hires Sky Cinema exec Holly Comiskey as UK, Ireland country manager

Comiskey joins Sony Pictures Television after seven years at Sky.

Sony Pictures Television has hired Sky’s Holly Comiskey as its UK and Ireland country manager.

In the new role, Comiskey will have oversight of television and home entertainment distribution, as well as management of Spt’s networks in the UK and Ireland.

She will assume the position in January, reporting into regional executive vice-president of Western Europe Mark Young.

Comiskey joins Sony after seven years at Sky, where she has been Sky Cinema’s head of acquisitions.

She led Sky’s negotiation of multiple film output deals, including its
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Idfa Film Review: ‘The Border Fence’

In the opening shot of “The Border Fence,” the camera straddles the invisible line between Austria and Italy, watching without comment as a man blithely walks from one country to the other. This is as it should be in modern Europe, where a heavy influx of refugees and migrants from countries devastated by war and stripped of economic opportunity has sparked a pushback against the flow of newcomers (witness Brexit). Sound familiar? Americans need only look to their own border — and the seemingly absurd proposal to build a wall that will keep immigrants out — to recognize much of the same psychology at play.

But director Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s documentary isn’t about the vast Mexico-u.S. border. Rather, it’s about a controversial 2016 proposal by Austrian politicians to erect a 370-meter wire fence across the Brenner Pass, a narrow break in the otherwise postcard-ready expanse of the Alps that separate Austria from Italy.
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'Poms' outfit Mad as Birds options Golden Age of Hollywood story 'I Used To Be In Pictures' (exclusive)

Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse’s book is about a series of letters they wrote to Hollywood stars.

UK production outfit Mad as Birds has picked up film rights to Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse’s book I Used To Be In Pictures: An Untold Story Of Hollywood and is planning a feature film adaptation.

Published in 2014, the book offers an insight into the Golden Age of Hollywood by telling the story of how two teenage brothers from New Maiden, England, connected to a group of iconic Hollywood film stars in the 1980s through a series of letters.

After making contact with stars including Bette Davis,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Searching’ Land China Releases

Sony Pictures has succeeded in getting theatrical slots in mainland China for two of its key movies. Both will launch in the peak month of December.

Family action-adventure film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be released on Dec. 21 in Chinese theaters. Before that, Screen Gems’ critically acclaimed and sleeper hit of the summer, “Searching,” will be released on Dec. 14.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, “Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where anyone can wear the mask. “Searching” is an old-fashioned chase thriller, told in a uniquely modern way via the technological devices we use every day to communicate.

The date for “Spider-Verse” is only one week after the film’s release in multiple international territories from Dec 12. and in North America from Dec. 14. “Searching” began its international rollout from late August.
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The Christmas Chronicles review – Kurt Russell's Santa can't save Netflix turkey

The streaming giant is releasing a string of festive movies this year but their glossiest option is a shoddy sign of things to come

Over the past 10 years, Hollywood has been hesitant to put much effort behind Christmas movies. There have even been years without a major studio release bearing any holiday themes or connections. The absence of the Christmas movie is often credited to the constraints of release windows and limited marketing opportunities: these titles only have relevancy in November/December and waiting a year between theatrical and home video is no longer an option.

Related: Bird Box review – Sandra Bullock's Netflix thriller is a bird-brained mess
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Cinema release – a twist in the tale as Netflix goes hunting for Oscars

Streaming service hopes awards will cement its role as digital upstart taking on Hollywood

Netflix’s Oscar-tipped Roma starts an international cinema roll-out on Wednesday as the streaming giant marks a strategic shift by using the silver screen, and the marketing power of the Academy Awards, to woo more digital subscribers.

Alfonso Cuarón’s film about a family in 1970s Mexico City and has received strong reviews, and is one of three including the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box that Netflix is releasing in cinemas prior to its 140 million-plus users getting to see them.
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‘Robin Hood’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “Robin Hood.”

Ads placed for the action-adventure remake had an estimated media value of $7.88 million through Sunday for 1,037 national ad airings on 35 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Nov. 12-18. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lionsgate prioritized spend across networks including Fox, NBC and Comedy Central, and during programming such as NFL Football, NBA Basketball and Manifest.

Just behind “Robin Hood” in second place: Walt Disney Animation’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” which saw 1,119 national ad airings across 37 networks, with an estimated media value of $7.81 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Green Book” (Emv: $6.05 million), Warner Bros.’ “Creed II” ($6.04 million) and Paramount Pictures’ “Instant Family” ($4.71 million) round out the chart.
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/Filmcast Ep. 494 – Widows (Guest: Aisha Harris from the New York Times)

/Filmcast Ep. 494 – Widows (Guest: Aisha Harris from the New York Times)
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Jason Reitman’s latest film The Front Runner, praise Melissa McCarthy’s performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me, and get moved by Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix special. Later, Aisha Harris joins us to discuss Widows. Follow Aisha on Twitter. Be sure to check out David’s new podcast, Write Along. You can […]

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