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‘The Glorias: A Life On The Road’: Lulu Wilson To Play Young Gloria Steinem

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‘The Glorias: A Life On The Road’: Lulu Wilson To Play Young Gloria Steinem
Exclusive: Lulu Wilson, who was recently seen in Netflix’s "The Haunting of Hill House" and HBO’s "Sharp Objects," has been tapped to play a young Gloria Steinem in the Julie Taymor-directed biopic, The Glorias: A Life On The Road. Based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title, the pic has Julianne Moore playing Steinem as well as Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to play the feminist and social-political activist from age 20-40.

The pic, which was presented to buyers at the recent AFM conference, will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights and her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner.

Bette Midler is also in talks to join the film in a supporting role.

Page Fifty-Four PicturesAlex Saks is producing with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are exec producers as filming is slated to begin next year in Savannah.
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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'Ray And Liz' wins best film at Thessaloniki Film Festival 2018

Eva Trobisch’s ’All Good’ won two key prizes.

UK photographer Richard Billingham’s feature debut Ray And Liz was named best film at the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov 1-11) winning the Theo Angelopoulos Golden Alexander award worth €8,000.

Ray And Liz is an autobiographical portrait of a dysfunctional family set during the Thatcher years. Luxbox has international rights.

The five-member international jury was headed by Romanian director Radu Jude and included Sandra den Hamer, director of the Filmuseum Amsterdam.

Eva Trobisch’s All Good (Alles Ist Gut), staring Aenne Schwarz, won the Silver Alexander special jury prize and
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‘Unboxing’ Movie to Bring the Exciting World of Unboxing Videos to the Big Screen

Hollywood has seen the future, and it’s unboxing videos. Yes, the inexplicably popular homemade videos of people removing products from their packages will serve as the inspiration for a new Paramount movie called Unboxing. The story focuses on a pre-teen girl who accidentally unboxes a band of supernatural tricksters who then run rampant through a small […]

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Idfa 2018 opens with focus on gender parity

Idfa 2018 opens with focus on gender parity
New festival director Orwa Nyrabia reveals his priorities.

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (Idfa), opens with the world premiere of Aboozer Amini’s Kabul, City In The Wind today (November 14), and is the first festival to start reporting on how it is measuring up to the gender pledge it signed earlier this year.

The pledge, organised by French initiative 5050x2020, commits the festival to equal representation for women and men across the festival and is a key goal of new festival director Orwa Nyrabia. “It is a very serious commitment,” says Nyrabia.

“It is a big issue that our industry is
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The Morning Watch: Hacking in Movies and TV, The Manipulation of Dumbledore & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a hacker and security expert breaks down the […]

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Adrift in Soho review – tedious times in London's louchest locale

Adapted from angry young man Colin Wilson’s novel, this painfully self-conscious drama of drunks and dreamers never comes alive

‘The old days of Soho. Gone. Finito. Kaput.” So mutters a local, complaining about gentrification. Not today, but in the late 50s, the setting of this painfully self-conscious, studenty drama about a young man who turns up in Soho in search of bohemians. It’s adapted from a 1961 semi-autobiographical novel by one of the angry young men, Colin Wilson.

Owen Drake plays Harry Preston, an aspiring writer from the provinces newly arrived in Soho, who decides to investigate what makes the area such a magnet for drunks and dreamers. That leads to an awful lot of tedious philosophising about “Soho-itis”, a fictitious malaise spoken of by locals. Meanwhile, two seriously arty young film-makers in black polo-necks shoot a politically radical documentary, funding the project by making blue movies in a seedy strip bar.
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India’s Zee Hatches Action Movie Pact With Imen (Exclusive)

India’s Zee Cinema has signed a first look deal with Indian Media Entertainment Network (Imen) to co-produce action hybrid films and also acquire international action films for Zee’s numerous platforms. No titles have been announced yet.

The move is part of the Zee group’s expanded international push. The company recently revealed plans of producing low-budget, English-language films. Initial titles include “Open 24 Hours,” “Daddy’s Girl,” and “Dark Light.”

Zee is also expanding the reach of its VoD platform Zee5. On Wednesday, Zee5 became available across Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East, with Europe, Canada and the Caribbean next on the list. Zee operates 66 linear television channels across 171 countries.

The Essel Group, which owns a 42% stake in Zee, is currently conducting a strategic review of its holding in the company and is likely to sell half its stake to a market leader in the global media and entertainment space,
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Vertigo acquires SXSW winner 'Thunder Road' for UK & Ireland (exclusive)

Vertigo acquires SXSW winner 'Thunder Road' for UK & Ireland (exclusive)
The film is about a Texan police officer struggling to raise his daughter.

Distributor Vertigo Releasing has acquired UK and Ireland rights to Jim Cumming’s debut feature Thunder Road.

The Us indie title premiered at SXSW in March, where it won the feature film Grand Jury award. It then screened in the Acid showcase at Cannes.

Thunder Road is based on Cummings’ short of the same name - which won the short film Grand Jury prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2016 - about a Texan police officer struggling to raise his daughter.

Cummings also wrote and stars in the feature,
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UK's Curzon Cinemas joins Mubi Go theatrical initiative (exclusive)

Palme d’Or winner ‘Shoplifters’ added to line-up.

UK independent chain Curzon Cinemas has joined Mubi Go, the new initiative which provides Mubi subscribers with a complimentary cinema ticket each week chosen by the streaming service.

Curzon’s involvement with the scheme will launch with Luca Guadagnino’s remake of horror classic Suspiria, which opens at Curzon venues and other participating UK cinemas on Friday November 16.

The selections available for Mubi Go are chosen by the company’s programming team, and are a mixture of UK releases and Mubi’s own distribution titles.

The most recently added is Hirokazu Koreeda
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The legendary promoters of rock: inside an eye-opening new documentary

In new film The Show’s The Thing, the story of Frank Barsalona, who blueprinted the modern concert industry is explored with help from the major artists he helped to the stage

To date, more than 600 people have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, most of whom are fantastically famous. Yet, somehow, one of the least-known inductees managed to receive one of the hall’s highest honors. In 2005, Frank Barsalona, a concert promoter, received a “lifetime achievement” distinction at the Cleveland-based institution. So, how did a guy who, some might think, simply booked talent, earn such a lofty distinction?

The answers lie in an informative new documentary, The Show’s The Thing: The Legendary Promoters of Rock. In colorful detail, the film lays out how Barsalona blueprinted the modern concert business (now a $10bn industry), along the way changing how audiences relate to the music, while
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Netflix acquires global rights to Chiwetel Ejiofor's 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind'

Ejiofor’s directorial debut is set in Malawi.

Netflix has picked up global rights, excluding China, Japan, and UK free-tv, to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

The Malawi-set film stars Maxwell Simbaas as a 13 year-old boy who can’t afford to go to school but dreams of building a windmill to save his village from famine. Ejiofor plays his father and also adapted the screenplay, which is based on the novel of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film is produced by Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan of the UK’s Potboiler Productions,
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Film Review: ‘The Christmas Chronicles’

Film Review: ‘The Christmas Chronicles’
Director Clay Kaytis’ “The Christmas Chronicles” isn’t going to make audiences believe in the power of Christmas, let alone stoke the spirit of the holiday season, but boy does it exhaust itself trying. The family-friendly adventure, about two kids whose Christmas Eve mission to capture Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) leads to helping him save the holiday, plays like a love letter to producer Chris Columbus’ previous works without ever distinguishing itself. With its saccharine score, saturated cinematography, and trite platitudes, the film is formulaic and forgettable except for Russell’s performance as the lovable legend.

Christmastime used to be a season filled with warmth, laughter and love in the cozy Pierce home. But since dad Doug (Oliver Hudson) died in a tragic firefighting accident, single mom Claire (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) has been scrambling to restore some normalcy to her fractured family. One member who is absolutely excited for Santa’s
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Fred Scott to direct documentary about Swedish auteur Roy Andersson (exclusive)

Archer’s Mark and Studio 24 pitching feature-length documentary at Idfa’s Forum next week.

Archer’s Mark and Studio 24 are collaborating on a feature-length documentary exploring the life and work of acclaimed Swedish auteur Roy Andersson.

Fred Scott will direct Being A Human Person and has been working on the film for the past two years, gaining unprecedented access to Andersson on the set of his sixth and final feature film, About Endlessness.

Mike Brett, Steve Jamison and Jo-Jo Ellison, the team behind BAFTA-nominated Notes On Blindness, produce for Archer’s Mark. Andersson’s longtime collaborators, Pernilla Sandström and Johan Carlsson,
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A Cast of Kings – Off-Season Update

In this special bonus episode of A Cast of Kings, Joanna Robinson and David Chen discuss some off-season developments that have happened in the past week, including George Rr Martin’s interview with The Guardian and the new teaser trailer. Check out Joanna’s interview with George Rr Martin and stay tuned for the new season of […]

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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' targets $200m-plus international debut

China among opening salvo this week, with UK, France, Australia, South Korea.

Warner Bros executives launch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald in 79 territories this week and industry sources said the international launch could go as high as $205m outside North America.

David Yates’ adaptation of Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz and Johnny Depp and debuts first in France and South Korea on Wednesday (14). After that come Australia, Germany, Russia, Brazil and Italy on Thursday, followed by the UK, China and Mexico on Friday.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them grossed
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Deals flow for Visit Films on 'A Land Imagined', 'Diane', 'Madeline's Madeline' (exclusive)

Deals flow for Visit Films on 'A Land Imagined', 'Diane', 'Madeline's Madeline' (exclusive)
Madeline’s Madeline, Maze among roster to draw buyers.

Visit Films has announced further deals that closed in the run-up to and during Afm on a slew of films including Locarno Golden Leopard winner A Land Imagined, Tribeca Film Festival triple winner Diane, and SXSW selection 1985.

Chinese mystery A Land Imagined has closed in Taiwan (Cineplex) and China (Jetsen), while cinesky picked up airline rights to the drama Diane, which stars Mary Kay Place (pictured) and won best narrative feature and best dramatic screenplay honours in New York for Kent Jones, as well as best cinematography honours.

Family drama 1985 starring Cory Michael Smith,
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‘The Meg’ Honest Trailer: The Movie So Nice It Happens Twice

‘The Meg’ Honest Trailer: The Movie So Nice It Happens Twice
There seems to be a new movie with a killer shark in it at least every other year, and it’s up to the filmmaker whether that movie is going to be good like Jaws, bad like Jaws: The Revenge or so bad it’s good like Deep Blue Sea. But somehow, The Meg toes the line […]

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Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Adds Korea Theatrical Date

“Roma,” Alfonso’ Cuaron’s loving recreated portrayal of family life in 1970s Mexico, is to get a theatrical release in South Korea. The film was originally commissioned for online streaming giant Netflix.

Pan Cinema will handle the release in Korea from Dec. 12. It is currently unclear how many screens the film will obtain, or how long it will play. It is scheduled to debut online from Dec. 14.

The additional big screen outing in Korea, comes after Netflix earlier agreed to limited theatrical outings for ‘Roma’ in the U.S. and U.K. In the U.S., the film will be in cinemas for roughly three weeks, beginning on Nov. 21.

Roma” debuted to great acclaim at the Venice and Toronto festivals in September and is considered a front-runner for the Oscars. Unlike the U.S. and U.K. which are both home to large numbers of Academy members, Korea has little
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