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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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‘Billions’ Is Spending Its ‘F— You Money’ in Season 4

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Billions” Season 4, Episode 1, “Chucky Rhodes’ Greatest Game.”]

The greatest “Billions” line in a long history of great lines is the one that started it all: “What’s the point of having ‘fuck you money,’ if you never say ‘fuck you’?” In Showtime’s series premiere, hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) was mocking the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), in the first of many verbal smackdowns between sworn enemies. The two men’s vitriol for one another ran both professional and personal — Chuck’s wife, Wendy (Maggie Siff), is also Bobby’s in-house therapist — and fueled the series through multiple hoodwinks, betrayals, pranks, gambits, and a very dicey bit of business involving poisoned juice.

That was then, this is now: Having been kicked out of office, Chuck is at his wit’s end. Bobby, who lost his wife and nearly went to prison, isn’t far behind.
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‘Body at Brighton Rock’ Trailer: The Survivalist Thriller Goes Paranoid Horror

‘Body at Brighton Rock’ Trailer: The Survivalist Thriller Goes Paranoid Horror
Survivalist thrillers are a dime a dozen, but Body at Brighton Rock promises to deliver something a little more horror-tinged in this independent feature film that made a debut at SXSW. Watch the first Body at Brighton Rock trailer below. Body at Brighton Rock Trailer Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Body at Brighton Rock follows newbie park ranger Wendy (Karina […]

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‘Detective Pikachu’ Team Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice by Using His ‘It’s Always Sunny’ Character

‘Detective Pikachu’ Team Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice by Using His ‘It’s Always Sunny’ Character
In 2012 when the movie “Detective Pikachu” was first announced, 51,144 people from around the world signed an online petition to convince the team behind the film to hire Danny DeVito as the voice of the eponymous Pokémon. At the time, the petition seemed like a joke, but visual effects producer Greg Baxter has confirmed to Nerdist the petition somewhat worked. The “Detective Pikachu” creative team took audio of DeVito from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and tested it as Pikachu’s voice before Ryan Reynolds was cast in the role.

“We really tried a range of actors,” Baxter said. “Different pitches, different sounds of voice…big, small, everywhere in between. And really, once you put a voice to an animated character, something just amazing happens, not what you expect. But once Ryan Reynolds went in, it was kind of game over. That was amazing.”

Reynolds was one of many names
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Hong Kong’s Tvb Plans Ott Boost, Sets ‘Court Lady’ With Huanyu

Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts is set to boost its Ott platforms locally and abroad with new packages and initiatives targeting the Southeast Asian market.

The city’s biggest broadcaster has also renewed its partnership with China’s Huanyu Entertainment following the wild success the two enjoyed last year with court rivalry drama “Story of Yanxi Palace.” The new new deal is for series “Court Lady,” starring “Palace” actor Xu Kai.

In another deal announced at FilMart on Monday, Tvb’s overseas Ott platform Tvb Anywhere will team up with Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile to launch a version in the Vietnamese language. It is the second territory equipped with a completely localized version after Thailand, which was launched earlier this year.

Desmond Chan, general manager of Tvb Intl., told Variety that the company is also cooking up new expansion plans for North America and Europe, to be announced later.

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Documentaries Show Strong Signs of Growth in Global Markets

Nearly 40% of exhibitors at FilMart this year are currently involved in documentary films. This year, there are 290 such exhibitors from 26 countries and regions, an increase of 30% from the year before, and 24 nonfiction titles in screening sessions, nearly double last year’s 13 titles.

The market launched its “Doc World” section in 2018, and organizers tell Variety that if they hit a critical mass of more than 400 doc exhibitors, they would consider breaking the sector off into a standalone event.

“Documentary is where we really see the potential — it’s the new frontier in the industry that was previously untapped,” said Anthony Mak, Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s New York director. “Filmart has been going on for two decades, but it’s just in the past two years that we’ve really seen notable growth in this particular area. We can’t predict the future, but if the trend continues but we are very optimistic.
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Palanquin Offers New Business Model for East-West Productions in SVoD Era

Palanquin Offers New Business Model for East-West Productions in SVoD Era
For Westerners making movies in Asia, logistics can be problematic. And, for Asian filmmakers able to navigate local conditions, screenwriting for international audiences and access to markets can still be stumbling blocks.

Veteran producer and executive Guy Louthan is now developing a business that straddles East and West, deploys American production standards and techniques, and maximizes Asian cultural impact. It also comes at a time when global interest in Indian and Southeast Asian content is growing thanks to the aggressive local production strategies of Amazon, Netflix and HBO.

The Palanquin company that Louthan formed with British director Roland Joffe aims to bridge the gap with a slate of its own movies, close connections to local production services firms and a possible film fund once the business model has proved itself. He aims to provide full financial transparency and Asian creative involvement while delivering films that are likely to combine local and foreign locations,
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Oriental Intl. Debuts at FilMart With Six New Films and Classic Fare

Oriental Intl. makes its FilMart sales debut with a line-up of six new titles and a library of 20 arthouse classics and shorts. The firm is the Hong Kong branch of Chinese state-run radio and TV broadcaster Cri-cibn’s smart TV division. The company has five employees but only one employee based permanently in Hong Kong. It is involved in film acquisition, distribution, co-production and the promotion of Chinese films abroad in festivals.

Cri-cibn, however, is an enormous operation with over 400 employees. It is part of the larger China Media Group, the country’s most prominent government-run media coalition, which also includes state broadcaster CCTV and China National Radio. Its smart TV department also acts as one of the country’s seven censors regulating what content makes it onto Chinese smart television platforms.

The four completed titles in its slate are drama “The Fall,” by director Zhou Lidong, documentary “Fading Mountains,
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Ethnic Minorities in Spotlight at Hong Kong Asian Project Market

Ethnic Minorities in Spotlight at Hong Kong Asian Project Market
Historically, ethnic minorities around the world have suffered, and 2019 sees no change in this regard. A brace of Haf projects highlight some of the problems faced by them.

From Iran, Arsalan Amiri’s horror/black comedy “Zalava” is set in a village terrified by demonic possession, where a young, agnostic police officer arrests challenges local beliefs by arresting an exorcist on fraud charges when he claims to capture an invisible demon.

“Zalava,” which is the name of the village where the film is set, is informed by Amiri’s experience as a member of the Kurdish ethnic minority in Iran. “Middle East nations cannot escape the burden of thousands of years of religions and belief, and remain trapped in wars, killings and hatred with no hope for possible solution for peace,” says Amiri in his director’s statement. “I want to depict this agonizing dilemma in my film.”

“Nahid,” written by Amiri and Ida Panahandeh,
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Wink’s Joe Aguilar on Why Animation Co-Productions Are Risky and Slow

China’s Wink Animation, a division of Huayi Brothers, is a Chinese animation company that creates both Chinese-language films and globally-skewing features for the young adult market. It produces both fully animated and hybrid content that combines live action with animated characters.

The company is led by CEO Joe Aguilar, former CFO of Oriental DreamWorks, who led the flagship Sino-Hollywood co-venture while it produced “Kung Fu Panda 3,” the highest-grossing animated co-production of its time. Aguilar will be at FilMart on Tuesday to deliver a keynote address on co-productions in the animation space.

According to Aguilar, it will still be quite some time before globally successful animated co-productions explode onto the scene. “It’s not going to go as fast as everyone wants it to happen. There’s a lot to learn in terms of the risk factors, and culturally about how to work together,” he told Variety.

Since a
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‘Bodies at Rest’ Tops Divers Feature Slate From Media Asia

‘Bodies at Rest’ Tops Divers Feature Slate From Media Asia
Hong Kong’s leading studio Media Asia returned to FilMart on Monday with a slate of productions in the pipeline, ranging from pics with international names to daring projects helmed by homegrown talent addressing local social issues.

Headlining the line-up is “Bodies at Rest,” pictured above, the latest Chinese-language action thriller directed by Renny Harlin. Starring the award-winning Nick Cheung, Taiwanese singer-actor Richie Jen and mainland actress Yang Zi, the latest offering from the “Die Hard 2” helmer opened the 43rd Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival on Monday night.

Media Asia also recruited Japanese director Yojiro Kakita to work with a stellar Chinese cast for the first time on family drama “Silence of Smoke.” The film’s lead actors Han Geng, Zhang Guoli and actress Xu Qing said at the Media Asia event that they were thrilled to work with the famed helmer whose “Departures” (2008) won an Oscar for best foreign-language film.
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Crew Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice to Play the Pokémon Investigator

‘Detective Pikachu’ Crew Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice to Play the Pokémon Investigator
When it was announced that the first live-action Pokémon movie coming from Hollywood would be Detective Pikachu, fans were perplexed. They were even more surprised when they learned that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the titular electrified pocket monster turned world class detective. That might be because many fans felt like It’s Always Sunny in […]

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The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: March 18th So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the …
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Warner Bros. Nears Deal for Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’ Movie (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. is in final negotiations to buy “King Richard,” a movie starring Will Smith that centers on the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, sources tell Variety.

The studio had no comment.

The film, based on a script by Zach Baylin, will center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were 4 years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis. Baylin’s script was runner-up on the 2018 Black List.

Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, starting with the Us Open in 1999. Venus Williams has seven Grand Slam singles, starting with Wimbledon in 2000. The sisters have combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles championships.

Tim and Trevor White will produce under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, which has backed “The Post,” “Wind River,” and “Ingrid Goes West.” Smith will
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First Look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge App For Disney Parks

Disney wants guests to have a truly immersive experience when they step into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One way they’re looking to facilitate that is through the use of an app, which through your interactions will ultimately decide whether you support the Resistance, the First Order, or roam around as an independent scoundrel. Now we […]

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Hollywood Agents Warn of Losses to Writers Without Packaging Fees

The bitter war of words between Hollywood agents and writers continues.

Agents are warning that the Writers Guild of America’s proposed elimination of television packaging fees will hurt writers to the tune of $49 million annually in commissions.

Sources close to the Association of Talent Agents said Monday that the L.E.K. consulting firm has estimated that WGA members would have had to pay the additional $49 million during the 2017-2018 TV season if their projects had not been packaged. Writers do not have to pay 10% commissions to agents currently on packaged deals.

The report asserted that Hollywood writers, actors, producers, and directors would have been forced to pay a combined $111 million a year out of pocket during the 2017-18 TV season — were packaging to be eliminated due to shifting the commission burden from the studio to the artist.

A source noted that the WGA reported in 2017 it had achieved
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Daily Podcast: The Best Movies & TV From The 2019 SXSW Film Festival

Daily Podcast: The Best Movies & TV From The 2019 SXSW Film Festival
On the March 18, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, to discuss the best movies he saw at the SXSW Film Festival. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is […]

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Original ‘Rogue One’ Script Kept Death Star a Mystery, and More Reveals from Writer Chris Weitz

Original ‘Rogue One’ Script Kept Death Star a Mystery, and More Reveals from Writer Chris Weitz
While the “Star Wars” film franchise is powering forward later this year with the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Episode IX,” the tumultuous production on “Rogue One” remains a talking point among fans. The “Cult Popture” podcast sat down with “Rogue One” co-writer Chris Weitz earlier this year to discuss how the original film script differed from the theatrical cut. Weitz’s script was rewritten by Tony Gilroy when the film was being overhauled by Lucasfilm.

“If you can imagine the beginning of the second act and the end of the second act swapping places, that would not be an inaccurate way to portray how it structurally was changed,” Weitz said of the main difference between his script and Gilroy’s theatrical cut. “The Darth Vader kicking ass I cannot take credit for. That was a later invention. That was different…A lot of the deaths were put in different locations when they were shot.
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‘Gentleman Jack’ Trailer: HBO Has Another Series Coming In April TV Fans Should Watch Out For

HBO has an exciting series debuting in April that does feature a number of British accents but doesn’t actually involve any dragons or Iron Throne. “Gentleman Jack” is a new series coming to the premium network that has its sights firmly set on telling a story of female empowerment in an era where that sort of thing seemed absolutely ridiculous.

Gentleman Jack” follows landowner Anne Lister that isn’t your typical 19th-century British woman.

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