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'Shrek Retold' Trailer: The Fairytale Gets a Remake By Over 200 Animators and Filmmakers

'Shrek Retold' Trailer: The Fairytale Gets a Remake By Over 200 Animators and Filmmakers
Not too long ago, we learned that the DreamWorks Animation hit Shrek would be getting some kind of reboot from Illumination Entertainment. But before that happens, a huge group of filmmakers and animators have collaborated to remake the entire original movie from scratch. Shrek Retold is a reimagining of the original Shrek with over 200 […]
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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star Wars after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star Wars–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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Wide House Unveils Flurry of Deals on Idfa Players (Exclusive)

Paris-based sales company Wide House has sealed a flurry of deals for two titles playing this week at Amsterdam’s Idfa documentary festival: Ruth Beckermann’s “The Waldheim Waltz,” Austria’s candidate for the 2019 Oscars, and Marcus Lindeen’s “The Raft.”

World premiering at February’s Berlinale, where it won the Glashutte Award for best documentary, “The Waldheim Waltz” focuses on the Nazi war-crimes scandal surrounding Kurt Waldheim, the former U.N. secretary general, who was president of Austria from 1986 to 1992.

Svod rights have been bought by Filmin in Spain and Turn Key Films for Scandinavia and Italy.

Distribution rights were acquired respectively by Menemsha Films in North America -in an already announced deal-, Elf Pictures in Hungary and Tricontinental in former-Yugoslavia territories.

In Switzerland, pubcaster Rsi took Italian-language rights; Israeli broadcasting rights went to Channel 8 and Kan.

“Waldheim” receives its Dutch premiere Thursday Nov. 22 as part of Master
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Idfa: ’Hamada’s’ Eloy Domínguez Serén On Wit, Wisdom In Wilderness

Amsterdam — “Hamada” is an Arabic word meaning “desert,” and for the Sahrawi people who live there, in the middle of the Sahara, it has another meaning: “Emptiness.” One might think, then, that a film with such a title, dealing with stateless migrants, wouldn’t exactly be a laughing matter, but Eloy Domínguez Serén’s feature-length documentary debut is not at all what you might expect. Instead, his film has more in common with the American “slacker” cinema boom of the 1990s, depicting a group of young people coming to terms with a bleak future of unemployment by using humor as a tool and nursing long-held dreams of escape.

Since Morocco annexed the Western Sahara in 1975 and expelled the Sahrawi from their original habitat, refugee camps have sprung up round the Algerian border. It is against this dark backdrop that we meet Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher, who usher Serén’s fascinated
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Korea's 'The Fortress' wins top prize at 2018 Camerimage

Cold War, Roma also win awards.

The Fortress cinematographer Ji-yong Kim won the Golden Frog in main competition at Camerimage, the international film festival for the art of cinematography.

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The 26th edition was held in Bydgoszcz, Poland from November 10 - 17.

The Fortress, directed by Dong-hyuk Hwang, tells the story of the second Manchu invasion of Korea in 1636. Ji-yong Kim was also awarded the best cinematographer award at this year’s Asian Film Awards.

Polish cinematographer Lukasz Zal won the Silver Frog for Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white drama Cold War, Poland’s official foreign language Oscar entry.
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‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes

‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes
Ash Mayfair’s Vietnamese film “The Third Wife” won best film at the 24th Kolkata international film festival’s international competition on Saturday. Mayfair’s debut feature previously won awards at Toronto, San Sebastian and Chicago. Mayfair was present to collect her award, presented by actress Tabu (“Life of Pi”) and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.

Kolkata’s international competition is known for its generous prize money. Mayfair took home $71,000 for her win. Egyptian/Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky won best director and a purse of $30,000 for “Yomeddine.” India’s Churni Ganguly won a jury special mention in the international competition for “A Timeline”, alongside Hungary’s Arpad Bogdan for “Genesis.”

Praveen Morchhale’s “Widow of Silence” won best film in Kolkata’s Indian competition. The film had its world premiere at Busan in October. Arijit Biswas won best director for “Sun Goes Around The Earth.”

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s
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Suspiria review – dancing on the grave of a horror classic

This grandiose remake of Dario Argento’s dreamy 1977 masterpiece conjures up all the right witchy ingredients but lacks the original’s joyful abandon

Dario Argento’s dazzling 1977 chiller Suspiria first opened in the UK in a censoriously truncated version, having suffered significant cuts to blunt its extremities. Horror fans were appalled and sought out more complete versions of the film, videotapes of which were promptly confiscated during the “video nasties” hysteria of the early 80s. How things have changed! Today, Luca Guadagnino’s grandiose Suspiria remake can sail into British cinemas with all its bone-cracking, skin-slicing, blood-letting intact – a cause for rejoicing, no doubt. Yet watching this sporadically sparkling yet weirdly saggy “cover version” of Argento’s biggest international hit, I couldn’t help wishing that someone had been there with the scissors to trim the film of its indulgences – not the violence, but the verbosity.

Set in “divided Berlin
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Fisherman’s Friends: behind feelgood film of Cornwall’s folk stars lies a tragedy

Uplifting movie tells how the Cornish singing group hit the big time – but not of the terrible blow that came after

Early in the new year, Fisherman’s Friends, the uplifting true story of the part-time Cornish sea shanty group that hit the big time, is coming to cinema screens amid hopes it may connect with audiences just as powerfully as other British feelgood hits such as The Full Monty and Calendar Girls.

Behind the wit, warmth and energy promised in the film, which stars Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton, lie the stark facts of a tragedy that threatened to rob the real band of Cornish singers of their good spirits for ever.
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Los Reyes’

Idfa Film Review: ‘Los Reyes’
In late 1965, Gay Talese set out to profile Frank Sinatra for Esquire magazine. Sinatra refused to be interviewed but allowed the writer to hang around, observing, which he did for three months, racking up almost $5,000 in expenses. In the end, Talese penned what became one of the most memorable celebrity profiles ever written, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” proving in the process that sometimes the indirect approach can be more effective than the ostensibly candid, all-access interview.

A charmingly roundabout documentary born of curiosity, patience, and no small amount of inventiveness on the part of its authors, “Los Reyes” reminds me of that story. There’s no glamorous A-lister at its center. In fact, there are hardly any human characters to speak of. This unconventional nonfiction portrait takes place at the oldest skate park in Santiago, Chile, and was intended to feature the teenagers who congregate there regularly. But over
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‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards

‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards
Finally, Adam McKay’s long-awaited “Vice” screened for the press on Saturday, November 17. It’s one of the last major screenings of the 2019 Oscar candidates, but but sometimes the best are saved for last.

On November 5, 2016, Paramount screened Denzel Washington’s “Fences” at a packed Westwood screening, followed by a short Q&A with the director and cast. Viola Davis went on to win Best Supporting Actress at SAG, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs on the way to her first Oscar. Paramount debuted “The Big Short” November 12, 2015 as closing night of the AFI Fest. It went on to receive five Oscar nominations with McKay and Charles Randolph’s adapted screenplay taking BAFTA, WGA, and the Oscar.

So now we have McKay’s follow-up, and anticipation is high. Financed by Annapurna, the movie is set to hit theaters December 25. And at the packed Westwood screening for guilds and awards press,
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‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards

‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards
The atmosphere on stage at the Golden Horse film awards ceremony in Taiwan on Saturday was politically-tinged. But the destination of the top prizes, at the event usually considered as the most prestigious for Chinese-language cinema, was largely predictable.

Powerful period drama, “Shadow” was the numerical winner, taking home four prizes, including best director for Zhang Yimou. “Shadow” had been the clear favorite, going in to the ceremony 12 nominations.

“An Elephant Sitting Still,” was named as best film and the audience award winner. The prize for best adapted screenplay was posthumously awarded to its mainland Chinese writer-director Hu Bo, who committed suicide in October last year, shortly after completing the movie. “Elephant” will now be entitled to a release in Taiwan, bypassing the island’s annual quota on mainland Chinese films.

Three other films won three prizes each: Taiwan’s “Dear Ex” won best actress (Hsieh Yin Xuan), best song
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Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes

Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes
Breakout acting star Awkwafina was on hand Saturday in Honolulu to receive the Halekulani Maverick Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival. The actress, writer and rapper this year starred in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Japanese actor, Takumi Saito was also given a maverick award after his feature directing debut “Blank 13.”

Leading Korean actress Moon So-ri received a career achievement award. Moon recently directed the feature-length omnibus “The Running Actress.”

The festival presented its Best Made In Hawaii feature prize to “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” directed by Aaron Lieber. The jurors also awarded a second place award to “Moananuiakea: One Ocean, One Canoe, One People,” directed by Na’alehu Anthony. The Made in Hawaii jury called “Hamilton” “emotional and inspiring.” It said: “this film did what all great docs do – it captured defining moments you can’t believe were captured on film with twists and turns that defied expectations.
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‘It can rewire people’s brains’: how traumatised veterans turned to underground Mdma therapy

Dead Dog on the Left isn’t just a documentary about the use of ecstasy in treating Ptsd, it’s a story of the lengths one former marine will go to for friendship

The scene, at first, seems to be of two mates reminiscing about the good old days. Relaxing on the porch with a beer, tattoos poking out from under his shirt sleeves, Tyler Flanigan roundly mocks his fellow former marine Nigel McCourry.

“Remember that first patrol we went on, outside the gate, when we went into Condition One?” Flanigan says, barely able to get out the words. “You were like, ‘Dead Dog On The Left!’”
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Chloë Grace Moretz Becoming a Director Thanks to ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’

Chloë Grace Moretz Becoming a Director Thanks to ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’
For a 21-year-old, Chloe Grace Moretz has already racked up quite an impressive amount of work — and an ambition to do more. Since making her big screen debut in 2005’s “Amityville Horror” reboot, starring a rather ripped Ryan Reynolds, Moretz has, by her own account, appeared in over 60 movies. But as she told the crowd at Saturday’s Vulture Fest panel, her passion for acting began to “dwindle” prompting her to take a break from the business.

“I took about a year and a half break in the industry to kind of sit back and to reconfigure who I was and what I wanted and where I wanted to go in this next iteration of my career as an adult,” she told the crowd.

That, though, was when at the age of 19 she discovered “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” the Desiree Akhaven film exploring America’s ongoing practice of gay conversion therapy,
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Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay’s Sobering ‘Vice’

Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay’s Sobering ‘Vice’
’Tis the season for latter-year revelations. With Adam McKay’s new film “Vice,” a follow-up to his 2015 Oscar winner “The Big Short,” a major one has landed, though it’s hardly a surprise: Christian Bale might be in line to receive his second Academy Award to date, for his uncanny portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Any glance at the film’s trailer made it clear that the 44-year-old actor, who previously won the supporting actor prize for 2010’s “The Fighter,” had undergone one of his famous transformations for this production, packing on the pounds, shaving back his hair, sporting makeup effects to bridge the gaps between actor and portly politico. It was a true immersion. I talked to him on Variety’s “Playback” podcast the day after he wrapped nearly a year ago, in fact, and he was happy to shake the lingering effects of the performance at the time.
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‘Peterloo’ Dp Dick Pope on the Making of a Massacre

Cinematographer Dick Pope has collaborated with iconic director Mike Leigh for over two decades and set out to apply their unique approach to filming to the story of the 1819 British massacre of demonstrators known to history as Peterloo. A study of workers, factory owners, the clergy and the crown, whose conflicting interests build to a brutal bloodbath on St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, the film represented the greatest technical challenge Pope has faced, he says.

Competing for the Golden Frog at EnergaCamerimage and shot at historic locations, the production was built up from a focus on actors and performances as its foundation, says Pope, an approach he and Leigh have used throughout their collaboration on films including “Naked,” “Vera Drake” and “Mr. Turner.”

You’ve been on juries here at EnergaCamerimage more than once. What do you notice in different choices younger cinematographers are making?

I do find in
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Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’

Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron, who won an Oscar for directing 2013’s “Gravity,” is back in the awards conversation again this year with a very different kind of film, “Roma,” a clearly autobiographical tale that follows the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 70s. “Roma” is notable for its uncompromising art-house esthetics, its meticulous restoration of Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood, and its widely praised black-and-white cinematography, which Cuaron created himself as his own Dp. He had originally intended to shoot the film with longtime collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, known as Chivo, but then the Dp became unavailable.

What’s the story behind you serving as your own Dp for “Roma?”

Chivo started prepping with me. I designed this film for him – the bastard! (laughs) Chivo and I have always had conversations about what are the biggest obstacles to making a good film, and pretty much everything boils down to time.
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Kim Ji-yong Wins at EnergaCamerimage With ‘The Fortress’

Kim Ji-yong Wins at EnergaCamerimage With ‘The Fortress’
South Korean cinematographer Kim Ji-yong won the EnergaCamerimage fest top prize, the Golden Frog, on Saturday for the sweeping imagery of his Renaissance-era war story “The Fortress” by director Hwang Dong-Hyuk. Juror David Gropman, a production designer, praised the film’s “staggering beauty and epic scale.”

Poland’s own rising-star Dp Lukasz Zal won the Silver Frog for the crisp, monochrome look of period love story “Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski while Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote, directed and filmed the richly atmospheric black-and-white film “Roma,” named for the Mexico City neighborhood where he grew up, scored the Bronze Frog.

The prizes, handed out at the Opera Nova music hall in Bydgoszcz, Poland, capped a week of top cinematography work in 10 competitions, an experience fest director Marek Zydowicz described as a great success despite “crisis situations” during the week, which included the brief arrest of cinematographer Matthew Libatique on suspicion of assault.
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‘Big Mouth’ Renewed for Season 3 by Netflix — Watch the Announcement Video

You haven’t seen the last of the Hormone Monster. Netflix has announced that “Big Mouth” will return for a third season, breaking the news with a quick video montage promising that “puberty gets even messier” in the next round of episodes — no easy feat, considering that the vulgar-yet-wholesome animated series shows adolescence in all its grotesque glory. The show’s warts-and-all approach has earned it acclaim since its premiere in September the fall of 2017.

Created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett and based on Kroll and Goldberg’s own youth, the show’s voice cast is led by Kroll himself, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jenny Slate, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, and Jordan Peele, among many others. In addition to its graphic portrayals of nearly every aspect of puberty, the show features a literal Hormone Monster who follows Kroll’s character and acts as the devil on his shoulder,
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