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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central
Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.

The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the inaugural #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture.

Sundance London will announce its full lineup next spring.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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The ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Midseason Finale Broke Time, Skipped “Elseworlds,” and Had a Blast

Though Legends of Tomorrow was not invited to the “Elseworlds” crossover party this year, it’s been good for both sets of shows. “Elseworlds” has plenty to juggle on its own with introducing Batwoman (and spending an inordinate amount of time talking about Batman and Superman — but that’s an essay for another day). And while it wasn’t a 100th episode clip show or part of a massive crossover event, the Legends of Tomorrow midseason finale, “Legends of To-Meow Meow,” was still a specially-crafted hour that highlighted the best of the season so far, and showed that …
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The 2019 Oscars Might Not Have a Host At All

The 2019 Oscars Might Not Have a Host At All
Despite the alleged “ultimatum” given to Kevin Hart amidst the outcry over his response to resurfaced offensive tweets, it seems the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t have a back-up plan in mind when the actor-comedian quit as the 2019 Oscars host. The Academy has been sent scrambling for a replacement in […]

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Back to One, Episode 37: Disobedience Actor Alessandro Nivalo

We’re catching Alessandro Nivola at a very interesting moment in his career. A day before our talk, he was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his incredible performance in Disobedience, and a few days before that it was announced that he will star in David Chase’s Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark. He talks about the benefits of having time to prepare for the role of Rabbi Dovid Kuperman and facing the challenge of delivering that important climatic speech. And how, for him, inhabiting a character often starts with the voice. Plus he confesses […]
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8horses Producer Tolga Dilsiz Talks Eurimages Award Winner ‘The Jungle’ at Ventana Sur

Swiss director Matthias Huser, whose 2014 Kaurismaki-ish debut, “They Chased Me Through Arizona” drew fans at Locarno, is with his 8horses producer Tolga Dilsiz participating in Ventana Sur’s project section, where the two are looking to court potential co-producers on their upcoming feature, “The Jungle.”

At September’s San Sebastian Festival, the project won the Co-production Forum’s Eurimages Development Award. The win followed a San Sebastián Festival where the Swiss production collective 8horses also had the European première of “The Innocent,” screening in main competition.

The Jungle” is the story of a dying Swiss hippie who decades before moved to the Honduran rainforest in an attempt to protect the land from corporate and industrial interests. His now-adult daughter will return to the land and the home where she grew up, to see her father before he dies.

The two will struggle with long-dormant issues in their relationship, as well
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‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ First Trailer: Aardman’s Beloved Flock Goes to Space

The adorable stars of Aardman Animations’ delightful smash hit “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and the popular television series of the same name are back on the big screen for another adventure in farm-based jokes, animated wizardry, and the pure joy of watching the world’s best flock engage in all manner of high jinks. And this time around, they’re going to space. No, really.

In “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” the fuzzy inhabitants of Mossy Bottom Farm are about to take on more than even they can handle. Per the film’s official synopsis, “Strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… but at nearby Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun has other things on his mind, as his mischievous schemes are continually thwarted by an exasperated Bitzer. When an impish and adorable alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm,
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New ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Images Tease the Animated Netflix Series’ Arrival in 2019

Back in 2017, Netflix announced that a new, animated Carmen Sandiego series would be launching in 2019 with Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) voicing the title character. Now, the streaming giant has confirmed a release date of January 18, 2019. As they put it, "Carmen Sandiego returns in this series that follows her new international capers as well as past escapades that led to her becoming a super thief," but other than a few new images from the upcoming show, few other details are available at the moment. Also joining the cast is Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) who will voice …
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Andy Serkis’ Performance-Capture Roles Ranked Worst to First

In the early 20th century, star of stage and screen Lon Chaney became known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces" thanks to his ground-breaking and transformative make-up techniques. His disguises, as incredible as they were, worked perhaps too well, distracting audiences and history's archivists from Chaney's many and varied performances as an actor first and an effects whiz second. In short, Chaney's abilities as an actor were overshadowed by his own technological brilliance and overlooked by everyone who was wowed by his make-up techniques. Nearly a century later, Andy Serkis faces a similar …
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‘Bumblebee’: ’80s Nostalgia Fuels A Comeback For The ‘Transformers’ Series [Review]

Capitalizing on the nostalgia of a beloved 1980s cartoon and toy that it never had much affection for in the first place, Michael Bay’s brand of bombastic Bayhem converted Hasbro’s “Transformers” into a successful multi-billion-dollar global franchise for Paramount. But throughout ten years, and five increasingly crude, overwrought, tuneless, and incoherent films, the series— “Transformers” only in name, really— mutated directly into an excuse for Bay to print money and blow sh*t up, while embracing the worst tendencies of toxic male aggression.

Continue reading ‘Bumblebee’: ’80s Nostalgia Fuels A Comeback For The ‘Transformers’ Series [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Mandy’ Disqualified From the Oscars, Which Is Heartbreaking For Jóhann Jóhannsson Fans

‘Mandy’ Disqualified From the Oscars, Which Is Heartbreaking For Jóhann Jóhannsson Fans
When the Academy announces the 2019 shortlist for Best Original Score on Monday, December 17, don’t expect to see the late Jóhann Jóhannsson on the list for his exceptional “Mandy” score. The psychedelic horror film, directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, has been disqualified from all Oscar races, IndieWire has confirmed with a representative for the movie. While “Mandy” was never a top contender, there was a small but passionate campaign pushing Jóhannsson’s original score (IndieWire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn was one of the more vocal supporters).

Variety reported earlier this week “Mandy” was disqualified from the Oscars because “it was released on VOD before it completed its qualifying run.” When asked to elaborate on the disqualification, a representative for the film told IndieWire a “qualifying run” means the film is released for one week in Los Angeles with a minimum of three screenings per day.
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‘Daredevil,’ Netflix, and How to Read Between the Lines of a Studio Press Release

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: let’s read between the lines of Marvel’s statement about Daredevil and learn how to speak publicist.) Every few years, something happens in the world of superhero entertainment that requires…massaging. Maybe a rumor crops up about […]

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IndieWire’s 10 Tips to Surviving the Sundance Film Festival

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The Sundance Film Festival is one of the best times of the year for a cinephile, but not planning accordingly can make it a challenge. IndieWire has been covering the Park City event since our founding in 1996, so by now we know a little thing or two about what it takes to pull off a successful and enjoyable visit to the Sundance Film Festival. Next year’s Sundance kicks off Thursday, January 24. Here are the survival tips you need to keep in mind before you arrive.

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Any journalist or moviegoer who has attended the Sundance Film Festival has probably gotten altitude sickness at least once. Park City’s high altitude means the air is thin, so getting sick or battling through headaches and shortness of breath is just the first step of many people’s Sundance experience. To combat the altitude, make sure to start
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Oscar-nominated Argentine Actress Norma Aleandro Heads to ‘Paradise’ (Exclusive)

Oscar-nominated Argentine Actress Norma Aleandro Heads to ‘Paradise’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-nominated Argentine actress Norma Aleandro will add her voice to “The Paradise” (El Paraiso), a noirish 2.5D animated feature directed by Federico Moreno Breser. Produced by Fernando Sirianni’s Nomad VFX, the project will take part in the Animation! Pitching Sessions in Ventana Sur this week.

Set in 1920s Rosario – a city known as the “Argentine Chicago” – “The Paradise” is the story of Magdalena and Anna Scilko, immigrant sisters who arrive from Poland with hopes for a new future. But the duo unwittingly fall into the hands of the Warsaw Clan, a ruthless crime syndicate that controls the largest prostitution ring in the city, setting off a story of love, revenge and betrayal, told in an arresting hybrid of 2D and 3D animation styles.

As a storyteller, Breser said he was inspired by his grandfather, who used to regale the director with colorful tales about the Rosario of his youth
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French Box Office Takes a Hit From ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests

French Box Office Takes a Hit From ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests
The violent “Yellow Vests” protests that have rocked France in recent weeks have also hit the movie business, dragging down local box-office performance in spite of several hit titles such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Le Grand Bain.”

In Paris, where demonstrators rioted on three consecutive Saturdays, theatrical admissions recorded on Dec. 8 were about 20% lower than normal, according to Eric Marty at Comscore. With about 10 theaters shut down, there were an estimated 77,800 tickets sold this past Saturday in the French capital, compared to the norm of about 100,000. Moreover, the number of tickets sold that day represented only 23.6% of those sold the entire weekend, compared to the usual 28%.

The impact of the protests was limited, however, because the unrest was confined to a handful of areas, notably around the Champs Elysees, the Grands Boulevards and the Paris Opera. Many moviegoers were able to find other theaters in the city.

Marc-Olivier Sebbag, general
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‘Roma,’ ‘Burning,’ & ‘The Image Book’ Among Sight & Sound’s Top 20 Films Of 2018

As we post the year-end collection of publications’ Best of 2018, a few things become very clear. We begin to notice that some films appear almost on every list, and roughly in the same order. And we also are constantly surprised that some films pop up that are nowhere to be found in any other lists. This shows not only that the quality of films in 2018 is incredible, but also that there are just so many films that can be considered among the very best that this year had to offer.

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Oscar Predictions: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Could Be Music to the Academy’s Ears

So far the film awards season has largely been shaped by box office dollars from the moviegoing public and assessments from committees of critics, journalists and other professionals. The actual industry has only just begun to weigh in, starting with last week’s Annie Awards nominations announcement.

The Screen Actors Guild will add its collective voice Wednesday with a list of performance nominations, and next week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will narrow the field in nine categories with a bundle of shortlists. After the new year, other guilds and organizations representing various disciplines will join the party. But before that whirlwind takes hold, it’s high time for a stab at predicting the nominees in the Academy’s 21 feature film categories.

At the moment — and remember, all of this is fluid — In Contention has music-heavy studio releases “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns” leading
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