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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

‘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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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Designing a Depression-Era London ‘Dipped in Reality’

‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Designing a Depression-Era London ‘Dipped in Reality’
The mandate for “Mary Poppins Returns” came straight from Oscar-winning production designer John Myhre: It had to look “London-y,” but also “dipped in reality.” That’s because, unlike Walt Disney’s idyllic world of 1910 in the original movie, the London here took place in 1934, the era of the Depression, or “The Slump,” as the British called it.

“When I first heard the opening song, ‘Underneath the Lovely London Sky,’ I saw this as a love letter to London,” said Myhre, but with a gritty twist in accordance with director Rob Marshall’s vision of becoming much more colorful with the return of the beloved nanny (Emily Blunt).

We glimpse London coming awake out of the fog, gliding by Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, through some parks, before making our way to the familiar Cherry Tree Lane. “And we embraced London in the winter with the gray sky,
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Jodie Foster to Direct and Star in Remake of Eco-Thriller ‘Woman at War’

Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster is set to direct and star in an English-language remake of the Icelandic eco-thriller Woman at War, it was announced Monday. Benedikt Erlingsson directed the original film, which is Iceland's official submission for this year's foreign language Oscar. Woman at War stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir as a genial music teacher who moonlights as an environmental activist bent on sabotaging the local aluminum industry. When she receives unexpected news that her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is waiting for her in Ukraine, she commits to …
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‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 Won’t Materialize Until 2020

‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 Won’t Materialize Until 2020
You’re going to need a Tardis to see the next season of Doctor Who. On the heels of star Jodie Whittaker confirming that she is staying at the helm of the Tardis for at least another season, the BBC announced that Doctor Who season 12 is on its way…in 2020. That’ll be more than a year after the […]

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‘Big Little Lies’ Director Jean-Marc Vallée Lines Up Yet Another Limited Series at HBO

The love affair between French Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée and HBO continues. Following the success of the big Emmys and Golden Globes winner “Big Little Lies” and the Globes contender and sure-to-be Emmy contender “Sharp Objects” with Amy Adams, Vallée has lined up yet another limited series with the premium cable giant. This one is “Gorilla And The Bird,” based on the memoir of the same name by Zack McDermott.

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Andy Serkis Brings Gollum Back to Ridicule Brexit and Theresa May

Andy Serkis Brings Gollum Back to Ridicule Brexit and Theresa May
What’s scarier than Andy Serkis as Gollum? Andy Serkis as Gollum in drag as Theresa May. The motion capture legend brought his iconic “The Lord of the Rings” character back for an anti-Brexit advertisement that criticizes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and her diabolical obsession with Brexit. May has been head of the UK’s Conservative Party since 2016.

The advertisement features Serkis in drag as May and finds him riffing on Gollum’s famous scene in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” in which the two halves of his personality have a back-and-forth conversation. “We takes back control,” Serkis hisses as the Gollum version of May. “Money, borders, laws…blue passports! We wants it.” Meanwhile, the Smeagol side of May argues that perhaps it’s best to consult the people before taking on the financial burdens of Brexit.

The video arrives at a busy time for Serkis.
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The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: December 10th The element that most viewers tend to gravitate toward when it comes to documentaries is the essence of real life that one gleans from the assemblages of historical footage, photographs, talking heads, pre-recorded audio, and sequences of physical excursion or simple quotidian tasks. There's an undeniable feeling of authenticity even when you're watching something clearly biased, such as a Michael Moore joint. Even in cases where the film's overall focus is narrowed to fit a pre-conceived narrative, there's an unmistakable feeling of intimacy, of being let into a filmmaker's …
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Disney Makes History Again With $7 Billion at Global Box Office for 2018

Disney has topped $7 billion at the global box office for 2018 — with three weeks left in the year.

Disney reached the milestone on Dec. 9, marking only the second time in history that any studio has hit that landmark. Disney set the record in 2016 with $7.6 billion.

Avengers: Infinity War” led the way with $2 billion, followed by “Black Panther” with $1.35 billion and “Incredibles 2” with $1.24 billion for the first, second, and fourth place on the worldwide-grosser list for 2018. Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” came in third with $1.3 billion.

The studio’s estimated international box office gross through Dec. 9 is $4.07 billion, marking Disney’s second-biggest year and the third-largest in industry history. The domestic gross is $2.95 billion and approaching the $3 billion record set by Disney in 2016. Disney is opening “Mary Poppins Returns” on Dec. 19 amid expectations that it will take in $65 million through Christmas Day.

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” took in $622.6 million,
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2019 Critics Choice Awards Nominations Love ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther’

2019 Critics Choice Awards Nominations Love ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther’
The long march through awards season continues today with the announcement of the 24th Critics Choice Awards nominations. It might seem predictable that a period film like The Favourite came out on top of the pack with 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and nominations for the three stars, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and […]

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Watch: Steven Spielberg Looks Back at the Legacy of ‘Schindler’s List’

When Steven Spielberg’s career is complete, Schindler’s List will loom large in his filmography. It was the first film to win him Best Director, it was a commercial hit, and it made people understand the Holocaust in a way they may not have understood it before. With the film being re-released into theaters for its 25th anniversary, Spielberg sat down for a rare interview on a past movie and spoke to NBC Nightly News about the process of making Schindler’s List. One of the surprising things in the interview is that Spielberg says he didn’t …
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Filmax Snags Top Spanish Kids Feature ‘The Lunnis’ (Exclusive)

Barcelona-based sales agency Filmax announced today at Argentina’s Ventana Sur market, that it has acquired the rights to the film adaptation of Rtve’s preschool children’s part-puppet, part-live action and part-animated kids’ show “The Lunnis,” titled “The Lunnis and the Great Fairy Tales Adventure.”

The announcement was made with an accompanying trailer for the film, slated to release theatrically in Spain on Jan 18. The acquisition is in line with Filmax’s declared directive to make a concerted push into the world of high-quality, family-oriented cinema, as it did in previously acquiring “The Prince & Me: The Elephant Adventure,” or the animated feature “The Nut Job.”

“Los Lunnis” has scored generations of fans in Spain since first broadcasting in 2003. The series has seen plenty of changes in its 15 years, but has always featured morally-based, educational content, and plenty of puppets. It has often used music to aid in delivering its messages as well.
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‘Pooka!’ Review: December’s ‘Into the Dark’ Entry is a Holiday-Tinged Tale of Madness and Mascot Costumes

(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.) As /Film’s resident Christmas Horror nutcase, is […]

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22 Movies the Critics Got Wrong in 2018 — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What 2018 movie was everyone else wrong about?

Sarah Marrs (@Cinesnark), LaineyGossip.com, Freelance

People did not pay enough attention to “Bad Times at the El Royale”. Drew Goddard’s sophomore film is a moody piece of Lynchian dread, not quite horror but not quite thriller, which is perhaps why it flew under the radar and didn’t cause much of a stir–it defies easy, audience-friendly expectation. But it has one of the best ensemble casts of the year, some of the most memorable scenes, and while Cynthia Erivo is great in “Widows”, she is Unbelievable in “Bad Times”. And Jeff Bridges starts out doing a riff on The Dude, only to pull out on his better, emotional performances in recent memory. It’s just fantastic performance after fantastic performance,
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Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Final Score & Several Others Won’t Be Eligible For Oscar Consideration

Green Book,” “The Other Side of the Wind,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Mandy” make for odd bedfellows. You see, if you were asked to tell someone the one thing that each of those four films shared in common, you’d probably be stumped. Well, if you guessed “All films that have their respective scores deemed ineligible for Oscar consideration by the Academy,” then you’re right!

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Disney Confirms More Marvel Theme Park Details, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange Among the Line-Up

The Avengers Initiative is spreading from movie theaters into the real world, and soon fans will be able to interact with their favorite cinematic and comic book superheroes in Disney theme parks across the globe. The studio has confirmed several details about its Marvel theme park characters, and below you can find a breakdown of […]

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Payroll Specialist Cast & Crew Sold to Investment Fund Eqt VIII

Payroll specialist Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has been sold by Silver Lake to the investment Fund Eqt VIII for an undisclosed price.

Cast & Crew, based in Burbank, Calif., and founded in 1976, touts itself as the premier provider of technology-enabled payroll and production-management services to the entertainment industry. Services include payroll processing, residuals processing, workers’ compensation services, labor relations, production incentives and production tax credit financing. It has approximately 700 employees.

Eqt and Silver Lake, which bought Cast & Crew in 2015, announced the deal Monday. Eqt said it will support Cast & Crew’s next phase of development as the company focuses on accelerating product and service expansion in current and new verticals and leverage its local European presence and Industrial Advisor Network to accelerate the company’s international expansion, initially focused in Europe.

Kasper Knokgaard, partner at Eqt Partners, said, “We have been very impressed with the Company’s performance and vision
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Doug Jones Gets a Saru Backstory — With Michelle Yeoh

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Doug Jones Gets a Saru Backstory — With Michelle Yeoh
Doug Jones has worn countless pieces of latex and make-up over his career to play dozens of strange and unusual creatures — but the one role he finds uncomfortable is “teacher.”

Jones, who currently stars on “Star Trek: Discovery” as Kelpien Starfleet officer Saru, is often asked to coach his fellow actors on how to create the right kind of body movement for the various aliens and monsters he plays. “When I do a role like that, and they bring in more to play my type, I find myself in a tutorial position,” he said. “Because I’m the first person to play a Kelpien, I guess we all figured that I must know how they move more than anyone else.”

The third installment of “Star Trek: Discovery’s” series of Short Treks films brought viewers to a brand-new world — but one with some familiar-looking residents. “The Brightest Star,” set on the pre-warp planet of Kaminar,
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The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Wayne’s World 2’ is Better Than the First Movie

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: the sequel to Wayne’s World is actually better than the beloved original.) In 1993, just one short year after Wayne’s World transitioned from SNL […]

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