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Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66

Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66
John Carl Buechler, whose Hollywood horror makeup and special effects made movies like Hatchet, Deep Freeze and the Michael Moriarty-starrer Troll into classic frightfests, has died. He was 66. 

Buechler died Monday after a bout with stage 4 prostate cancer, New York City-based genre film and Fantasia Film Festival publicist Ted Geoghegan confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of Buechler's death also appeared on a GoFundMe page launched a month ago by his wife, Lynn Buechler, to help pay for medical expenses incurred as part of his treatment.

"His family is absolutely devastated as are many of his fans ...
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Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Romantic Drama ‘The Photograph’

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Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Romantic Drama ‘The Photograph’
Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield will star in Universal’s “The Photograph,” sources tell Variety.

Stella Meghie will direct and Will Packer will produce for his eponymous production company.

The romantic drama centers on intertwining love stories in the past and present, which Meghie will executive produce in addition to writing and directing.

Will Packer Productions’ James Lopez will also produce. Rae will executive produce. Senior vice president of production Sara Scott and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal.

Rae’s film career has taken off following the success of her HBO series “Insecure,” which she also exec produces. During the show’s hiatus, Rae has stayed busy on the movie side with her other Universal comedy, “Little,” bowing next month as well as Fox 2000’s “The Hate U Give,” which opened last fall.

She also recently finished production on the Paramount comedy “The Lovebirds,” which she also exec produced.
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Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed

Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed
After all the talk and casting rumors, it’s official – production on “Dune” has officially begun!

Normally, hearing that another film was being made based on the Frank Herbert classic sci-fi novel would be cause for alarm. David Lynch gave the challenge a valiant effort, which is very Lynch-ian take on “Dune” back in 1984. Before that, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried his damndest and got close to adapting the novel, and instead became the basis for a great documentary titled “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” However, this time, it just feels like all the stars are aligning and the best chance “Dune” fans will ever have at a faithful, and incredible, film based on the novel series is coming thanks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his truly incredible cast.

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Filmart: Mega-Vision launches Wong Jing’s wuxia Legend

Filmart: Mega-Vision launches Wong Jing’s wuxia Legend
Wong Jing to direct a revamp of a Louis Cha wuxia novel, Legend Of The Heaven Sword And Dragon Saber.

Hong Kong-based Mega-Vision Project Workshop is launching three new titles at Filmart, headed by a revamp of a Louis Cha wuxia novel, Legend Of The Heaven Sword And Dragon Saber.

Mega-Vision founder Wong Jing will direct and produce the film, which is based on the third novel in Cha’s Condor trilogy. Production is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2019 for release in the second half of 2020.

Also known as Jin Yong, Cha is one of China’s
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/Filmcast Ep. 509 – Triple Frontier

/Filmcast Ep. 509 – Triple Frontier
David enjoys the provocative dance-horror film Climax while Jeff reflects on parenthood through the Netflix show Working Moms. For their feature review, the trio tackles Triple Frontier, the star-studded Netflix original film directed by J.C. Chandor. Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering […]

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Film News Roundup: Fox Searchlight Launches Searchlight Shorts

In today’s film news roundup, Fox Searchlight starts a shorts channel, Uma Thurman signs with ICM and Miramax signs animation exec Michael Lachance.

Searchlight Shorts

Fox Searchlight Pictures’ chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula have announced the launch of “Searchlight Shorts” as a collection of short films.

The shorts are available on Fox Searchlight’s YouTube channel and “Searchlight Shorts” Facebook page. The first film to be released on the Fox Searchlight social media channels is the recent best live action short Oscar winner “Skin,” in which a young boy has an innocent encounter with an African American man at a supermarket and his parents react to the exchange with racial violence.

Other short films to be featured include “Feathers” and “Birdie,” which were acquired in late 2018; “Lavender,” which made its premiere at Sundance earlier this year; and the recently acquired “Sew Torn.” Fox Searchlight plans to release a
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Filmart: Korea's Mirovision thrills to 'Killed My Wife' (exclusive)

The film, about a man suspected of his wife’s murder, is based on a graphic novel.

South Korean sales company Mirovision is launching sales on Ha-ra Kim’s mystery thriller Killed My Wife.

The film revolves around a man, Jeong-ho, whose wife is found dead the night after he completely blacked out. With no memory of the events and the police naming him as the prime suspect, he begins to wonder whether he is indeed his wife’s killer.

Kim previously directed TV drama Ready For Start, based on a web graphic novel. Killed My Wife stars Si-oen Lee
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Indian Streamers Ramp up Original Productions

Ever since global streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and Netflix entered the Indian Ott space in 2016, the conversation around original series has mostly revolved around them, thanks in part to market leader 21st Century Fox’s Hotstar’s circumspect attitude at the time about producing content.

Netflix had great success with “Sacred Games,” while Amazon rode on “Inside Edge,” “Breathe,” “Mirzapur” and the recent “Made in Heaven,” and the U.S. majors also announced several other commissions.

Cut to 2019 where the scenario for homegrown Indian OTTs is vastly different and there is a glut in originals production. Hotstar, with 150 million monthly active Indian users, scored a slam-dunk in January, announcing a slew of A-listers signed up to create content, including Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Neeraj Pandey (“M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”) and Kabir Khan (“Tubelight”). The first of the new original commissions include local remakes of hit franchises “The Office,
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Superhero Bits: Get Paid to Marathon All Marvel Studios Movies, Spider-Man Comic Strip Ends & More

What did it take to restore the classic Shazam TV series for DC Universe? Why is The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip coming to an end and what will happen to it? Could Arrow become Red Death on The Flash after the series ends? Is the Disney merger with Fox hurting the release of Dark Phoenix? […]

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Marvel’s Black Widow Movie Adds ‘Fighting with My Family’ Star Florence Pugh

Marvel’s Black Widow Movie Adds ‘Fighting with My Family’ Star Florence Pugh
With the exception of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we’re still mostly in the dark about the plans Marvel Studios has after Avengers: Endgame. There have been rumblings about movies adapting lesser known Marvel Comics characters such as The Eternals and Shang Chi, and James Gunn was just brought back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. […]

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Hollywood Agents, Writers Guild Make Little Progress in Talks

Leaders of Hollywood agencies and the Writers Guild of America made little progress in Tuesday meeting to negotiate proposed rule revisions to how agents represent writers.

The WGA said after the meeting — the fifth since Feb. 5 — that talks would resume later this week but did not give a specific day.

“The Agencies provided us with some information today,” the WGA said. “The Guild will consider it carefully and provide a response to the Ata when the parties meet later this week.”

The meeting included the Association of Talent Agents presenting responses to the WGA’s questions about film financing. The half-hour session included presenting the guild with 17 questions from agents and their writer clients about issues such as guild leaders saying that members will have to fire their agents if they don’t agree to the new rules by April 7.

Sources said the WGA leaders were non-responsive at the session
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Netflix’s TV Cancellation Strategy, and How ‘One Day at a Time’ Might Stay Alive

The beloved Netflix series One Day at a Time was cancelled last week, and there’s still technically a chance it could get picked up elsewhere – but a new report indicates that it almost certainly won’t be snapped up by a rival streaming service. Read on to learn why, and to get a glimpse into […]

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Throws Shade at Apple and Disney, Calls Them ‘Very Late to the Game’

Apple and Disney are set to launch their own streaming services this year, but Netflix’s chief content officer doesn’t seem too concerned about the competition. “I have no idea what they’re doing until we see it,” Ted Sarandos told Deadline today of those companies’ upcoming platforms. “So I have to really reserve comment and judgment.”

He didn’t entirely reserve comment, however. “We’ve been competing with 500 channels of cable and penetrated nearly every household in the world for a long time,” Sarandos said of Netflix, which is currently available in 190 countries. “So it’s the same stable of competitors, just very late to the game.”

“We need to be good in parallel in getting Hollywood content to the world and more importantly from the world to everywhere else in the world,” he added. “Sometimes you get something like ‘Casa De Papel,’ that’s a global sensation
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‘Black Widow’: Florence Pugh Joins Scarlett Johansson In Next Female-Led Marvel Movie

If English actress Florence Pugh hasn’t gained “It-girl” status yet, she’s well on her way. Following a breakout role in 2016 with the festival favorite “Lady Macbeth,” trailed by further high profile roles in “Outlaw King,” (2018), Park Chan Wook’s espionage series, “The Little Drummer Girl” (2018) and 2019’s winning, “Fighting with My Family” wrestling movie, Pugh has bagged a role with Marvel alongside Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming “Black Widow” movie, a spy action thriller.

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Filmart: Huanxi releases details on Wong Kar Wai web series 'Paradise Guesthouse'

The series is expected to start production in the first half of 2019.

Continuing a trend at this year’s Filmart for high-profile episodic series, China’s Huanxi Media has teased a few details of Wong Kar Wai’s upcoming web series, which has the working title Paradise Guesthouse.

Expected to start production in the first half of 2019, the series will revolve around the female proprietor of a guesthouse in a coastal town in mainland China. The story will follow her interactions with different guests, who will be introduced across the 12 x 45 minute episodes of the series.

“We think the project
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Filmart: 'Ip Man 4' records sales for Mandarin Motion Pictures

Territories include North America and the UK.

Hong Kong-based Mandarin Motion Pictures has sealed a raft of sales on Ip Man 4, the fourth installment in its hit martial arts action series, which is scheduled for release this summer.

Well Go USA has acquired rights for North America and the UK to the $52m film, which has also gone to German-speaking Europe (Ksm), French-speaking Europe (Program Store), Japan (Gaga), Korea (Kiarient) and Oceania (Cmc).

Among other Asian territories the film has also sold to Indonesia (Primacinema), Indian subcontinent (Tanweer), Taiwan (Skyfilm), Singapore (Shaw), Malaysia (Lotus Five Star), Thailand (Mono Film) and Vietnam,
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‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Might Take Place in the Old West

‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Might Take Place in the Old West
It’s been almost a decade since we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law’s John Watson share the big screen in 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, but Warner Bros. is still interested in bringing them back to complete the trilogy. They’ve set a new release date for Sherlock Holmes 3 in […]

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‘Giraffes on Horseback Salad,’ Salvador Dalí’s Would-Be Marx Brothers Movie, Is Now a Graphic Novel

The Marx Brothers made 13 feature films throughout their one-of-a-kind career, but one they didn’t make continues to capture the interest of devoted fans. “Giraffes on Horseback Salad,” a would-be movie for the cinematic siblings written by none other than Salvador Dalí, was considered lost after being rejected by MGM. Josh Frank, artist Manuela Pertega, and Tim Heidecker have taken it upon themselves to adapt the story into a graphic novel.

The trio will unveil the project after a “Duck Soup” screening at the Quad later this month, and IndieWire has an exclusive excerpt to whet your appetite in the meantime.

Here’s the synopsis: “A businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dalí-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world — but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance.
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‘Black Widow’: Florence Pugh to Join Scarlett Johansson in Marvel Movie

Hot off strong reviews for her turn as WWE wrestler Paige in Fighting With My Family, Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's standalone Black Widow movie, according to both Variety and THR. Cate Shortland is set to direct from a script by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, and as always, Kevin Feige will produce the superhero movie for Marvel. [caption id="attachment_684654" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel Studios/caption] Pugh was one of a handful of actresses who were tipped for the role in recent weeks, and while character details are being …
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Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India

Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India
The Indian film industry has historically been a male-dominated one, but the winds of change are blowing across the country, albeit slowly.

Better-served than the rest of the country is the Mumbai-based Hindi-language industry, where there are several active female filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar (“Gully Boy”), Reema Kagti (“Gold”), Leena Yadav (“Rajma Chawal”), Gauri Shinde (“Dear Zindagi”), Meghna Gulzar (“Raazi”), Shonali Bose (“Margarita With a Straw”), Farah Khan (“Om Shanti Om”) and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (“Bareilly ki Barfi”), to name just a few.

“The new generation of young women directors is now making ad films, web series, corporate films, short fiction, documentaries and feature films, so it’s getting to be quite a level playing field,” says Priya Krishnaswamy, who works in Mumbai. Her Tamil Nadu set Tamil-language film “Baaram” is making the rounds at festivals.

Mumbai-based Yadav recalls being amused when a potential second assistant director thought working for
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