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‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe

‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe
Japan’s The Kadokawa Corporation has set Setsuro Wakamatsu to direct and Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe to star in Fukushima 50, a feature film about Japan’s 2011 nuclear plant disaster, when a post-earthquake tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi facility and caused a meltdown of the core reactors.

The film, based on Ryusho Kadota’s book On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi and adapted for the screen by Yoichi Maekawa, centers on the workers including shift supervisor Isaki (Sato) and site superintendent Yoshida (Watanabe), who risked their lives and stayed at the plant to prevent total destruction of the overheating reactors and minimize devastation that could have impact the lives of the 50 million people who lived within 150 miles of the plant. The workers who returned were dubbed the “Fukushima 50″ by the media.

“The Fukushima accident shook not only the people of Japan but also around the world,” said Wakamatsu,
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Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?

Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?
As J.K. Rowling continues to expand the “Harry Potter” universe, the generation that grew up watching onscreen adventures of the Boy Who Lived have remained a faithful bunch.

That much was clear from the opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in the seemingly endless array of “Harry Potter” sequels, prequels, spinoffs and stage shows. The umpteenth return to the fantasy series launched with $62 million at the domestic box office, a sizable and potentially problematic drop from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the first Fantastic Beasts installment, the audience breakdown was much older than the movies centering around the bespectacled boy wizard.

The lower than expected start displays that beyond die-hard fans, the Wizarding World has struggled to entice a new wave of Potterheads.
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John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California

LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California
Warner Bros.Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James and directed by Ryan Coogler, is set to film in California.

The upcoming sequel is one of 15 film projects that have been selected for the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. Space Jam 2 received the largest conditional allocation with a $21.8 million tax credit. Mouse Guard scored the second-biggest cut ($10.2 million) of the new $73.3 million available in tax credits.

Others include Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs, Universal’s Marry Me and 24/7, Lionsgate’s Margaritaville and 20th Century Fox’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Four of the projects will film in the San Francisco area.
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Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members

Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 — six days before the fantasy-adventure film opens in North America.

Amazon launched the promotion Monday under which Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.

“Aquaman is the Super Hero for everyone: he has unique, aquatic superpowers, but he’s also a surface dweller just like us—if we were all as cool as Jason Momoa, that is!” said director James Wan. “Bringing this epic origin story and the wondrous underwater world to the screen has been an amazing experience for the whole cast and crew, and I’m so excited for Prime members to be our first audience for ‘Aquaman.’”

Amazon, Atom and Sony Pictures teamed up last December on a similar early showing for Amazon
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Former Writers Guild West President Pays Tribute to William Goldman: ‘Our Most Complete Screenwriter’

Former Writers Guild West President Pays Tribute to William Goldman: ‘Our Most Complete Screenwriter’
William Goldman wrote the way Joe Dimaggio played ball: with such deft and consummate skill that the impossible seemed easy. (It wasn’t. And isn’t.) Reading a Goldman screenplay, you never see the armature, the scaffolding. You see people, real people, just a bit more vivid than they might be were they not in a Goldman movie.

Perhaps because he was a novelist long before he was a screenwriter, his screenplays are writerly. They’re literate without ever being literary. And though Goldman’s dialogue was ferociously memorable – is there a more iconic line in all of cinema than the one in which Inigo Montoya announces his name, his motivation, his intention? — Goldman knew that image creates character creates story. The very first words of Goldman’s very first original screenplay:

He was introducing his protagonist; but he might as well have been describing himself.

Goldman was also a master of exposition.
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How Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro and More Came Together to Save FilmStruck

Boutique streaming service FilmStruck is still shutting its doors before November ends, but thanks to the efforts of a group of notable filmmakers, along with a popular petition, some semblance of the service will live on – the Criterion Collection, currently exclusive to FilmStruck, will launch their own independent streaming service in 2019. Now, filmmaker Edgar […]

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Stan Lee’s Company Slams Bill Maher’s ‘Disgusting’ Response to Comic Book Legend’s Death

Stan Lee’s Company Slams Bill Maher’s ‘Disgusting’ Response to Comic Book Legend’s Death
Stan Lee’s company Pow! Entertainment posted an open letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher that chided the Marvel icon after he died on Nov. 12.

Maher’s initial blog post criticized American adults for taking comic books seriously and questioned the validity of Lee’s legacy.

In response, Lee’s company wrote, “Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.”

The letter also calls Maher’s statements “disgusting,
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‘Big Mouth’ Season 3 Ordered By Netflix for More Raging Hormones and Raunchiness

‘Big Mouth’ Season 3 Ordered By Netflix for More Raging Hormones and Raunchiness
The second season of the raunchy and hilarious animated series Big Mouth hit Netflix just last month, but the streaming service has already decided that the pains of puberty are far from over for our horny teenage characters. Over the weekend, Netflix officially ordered Big Mouth season 3, and for anyone who watched the second […]

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‘Replicas’ Trailer: Keanu Reeves Dives Back Into The Matrix In The Name Of Family

In the new trailer for “Replicas,” Keanu Reeves has learned how to cheat death. Well, maybe not for himself but for others.

After a car accident kills his family, neuroscientist William Foster (Reeves), an expert on re-creating the human brain for what he thinks is Alzheimer’s research, alters his research to replicate his family. He will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if that means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.

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Sundance Announces New Programming Team in Advance of 2019 Festival

Sundance Announces New Programming Team in Advance of 2019 Festival
After hiring veteran festival programmer Kim Yutani to lead its programming team, the Sundance Film Festival has now announced a brand new batch of further programming hires. Yutani, who was previously a senior programmer for the festival and has worked at Sundance since 2006, was hired in May for the Director of Programming job left vacant by long-time programming head Trevor Groth earlier this year. The long-time programmer has now rounded out her team with a number of fresh faces, while also elevating some Sundance stalwarts.

Yutani commented in an official statement, “This year’s record-breaking number of submissions are phenomenally strong: we’re invigorated and inspired by the work we’ve been seeing. Our incredible — and growing! — programming team has refined our curation processes, ensuring that the conversations we have as we program continue to center, as always, on a Festival that represents a wide range of filmmakers and on-screen experiences.
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Stan Lee Team Fires Back at Bill Maher for ‘Disgusting’ Remarks on Grieving Fans

Stan Lee Team Fires Back at Bill Maher for ‘Disgusting’ Remarks on Grieving Fans
Stan Lee’s team at Pow! Entertainment responded sharply to Bill Maher in an open letter published November 19. The team fired back at comments made by Maher in a November 17 blog post in which the controversial HBO late night host criticized fans of the comic book genius for mourning his death. Stan Lee passed away November 12.

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” Maher wrote. “Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

The Pow! Entertainment team stood up for Stan Lee in the wake of Maher’s comments, writing, “Comic books, like all literature,
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‘Death By Magic’ Trailer Recreates Stunts That Killed Other Magicians

Do you like magic? What about death? In Death By Magic, the amazingly named Drummond Money-Coutts sets out to blend those two things together for your viewing entertainment. Mr. Money-Coutts is on a quest to recreate several infamous stunts that killed other magicians. Will these tricks kill him, too? Probably not! If so, Netflix wouldn’t be releasing this. Still, it’s […]

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‘Birds of Passage’ Trailer: Colombia’s Oscar Entry Explores the Drug Trade

‘Birds of Passage’ Trailer: Colombia’s Oscar Entry Explores the Drug Trade
The Orchard has released a new trailer for “Birds of Passage,” Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s follow-up to “Embrace of the Serpent.” Guerra directed that hypnotic drama, the first Colombian film ever to receive an Oscar nomination, while Gallego produced. This time around, Gallego joined Guerra behind the camera, and the pair share co-directing credits. Jose Acosta, Carmiña Martínez, and Natalia Reyes star.

Here’s the synopsis: “Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s to secure a dowry to marry Zaida (Reyes) and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Raphayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.”

The film premiered at Cannes before screening at the Telluride,
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Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine for Lack of Inclusive Crew During Video Interview

Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine for Lack of Inclusive Crew During Video Interview
Ellen Pompeo took a stand in an on camera interview for Net-a-Porter, calling out the publication during an actress roundtable interview. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star appeared in the video interview opposite Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, and Emma Roberts. When the conversation turned to representation in front of and behind the camera, Pompeo took a moment to address the elephant in the room and advocate for more inclusive sets of all shapes and sizes.

“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But I don’t see enough color,” Pompeo said about the Net-a-Porter set. “I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today.”

“I had a meeting with a director of another endorsement project that I’m doing where I said, ‘You know, when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like
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The Best Family Movies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: November 19th While the world of streaming has opened up a vast amount of possibilities in terms of viewing options, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to decide exactly what to choose—especially when you have the entire family on the brain. That’s why we’ve crafted a specially curated list of the best family movies on Netflix, which runs down the very best movie-watching options for all (or at least most) ages to enjoy. They range from animated features to uplifting live-action stories of real-life heroes. Netflix has a host of options thanks …
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YouTube Offering ‘The Terminator’, ‘Rocky’ and Dozens More Movies For Free (With Ads)

Maybe you’re familiar with this scenario: you really want to see a certain movie, but it’s not streaming anywhere online. You just paid rent, so you can’t afford to buy it right now. Maybe, in a moment of desperation, you turn to YouTube to see if a version has been uploaded there. It’s not your […]

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‘Birds Of Passage’ Trailer: Ciro Guerra’s Cannes Masterpiece Arrives Early Next Year

Embrace of the Serpent” helmsman Ciro Guerra continues with the animal imagery and the ruminations on Colombian history with “Birds of Passage,” a rise-and-fall cartel drama set in the early days of the nation’s illegal drug trade. Though the esteemed director is now at feature film number four, this will be the first that sees him team up with a co-director – one Cristina Gallego, who worked as executive producer on ‘Embrace’ – and adapt a script that he himself didn’t write.

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‘Aquaman’: Jason Momoa Invites Amazon Prime Fans To See “The Most Badass Movie Of The Year” A Week Early

Dceu fans, and fans of wet Jason Momoa in general, we have a treat for you! “Aquaman” is going to screen a full week early for members of Amazon Prime. It was recently announced that the superhero film starring the aforementioned Jason “My Man!” Momoa is coming to theaters on December 15, for an exclusive short run for Amazon Prime members. With your account, you can buy tickets to see the highly-anticipated superhero film earlier than all your friends.

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Sundance Institute unveils programming hires, inclusion initiatives, inaugural talent forum

Festival to run in Utah from January 24-February 3.

Sundance Institute announced changes to its programming team less than two weeks before it unveils the 2019 festival programme, and unveiled several broad innovations under its inclusion policy, as well as the inaugural Sundance Institute Talent Forum.

Introducing new members to its programming team, the festival said it had expanded and refined the team “with an eye towards fresh perspectives and varied decision-making voices”.

Dilcia Barrera joins as programmer, Stephanie Owens as associate programmer, and Sudeep Sharma as shorts programmer. Ana Souza, formerly a programming coordinator, is promoted to manager, programming / associate programmer.
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