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‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Have Pushed ‘The Right Stuff’ Back Into the Spotlight

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‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Have Pushed ‘The Right Stuff’ Back Into the Spotlight
Over the past three weeks, moviegoers have flocked to see “Captain Marvel,” and this past weekend, many of them came back to theaters to see Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror film “Us.” By sheer coincidence, both of these very different films make reference to the same classic 1980s film: “The Right Stuff.”

In “Captain Marvel,” the nod to the Best Picture Oscar nominee comes when Vers — a.k.a. Carol Danvers — crash lands on Earth and finds herself in a Blockbuster Video. As she looks around, she picks up a VHS copy of “The Right Stuff,” which was one of the inspirations behind the film.

The Right Stuff” tells the true story of the seven military pilots who were selected for the Nasa project to launch the first ever manned spaceflight. In a similar way,
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Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)

Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)
The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby is swapping British royalty for outer space after signing on for “StarDream,” the upcoming sci-fi movie from “The Wife” helmer Bjorn Runge.

Kirby takes the lead role of Andreya in the Silver Reel and Bigscope Films-produced picture, which follows the story of a spaceship hastily constructed to transport hundreds of thousands of cryogenically frozen humans from a failing planet Earth. When the on-board computer malfunctions, coder Andreya develops an artificial intelligence-based solution that she calls Stephen. But Stephen develops a profound attachment to Andreya, compromising the mission and the future of the human race.

Kirby landed a BAFTA for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in “The Crown.” She left the Netflix show after it welcomed a new cast for its latest seasons, appeared in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and has since signed on for Adam Leon’s untitled New York-set feature and Mona Fastvold’s “The World to Come.
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The Morning Watch: Tom Cruise Running Scenes Mapped, How Ian McKellen Acts with His Eyes & 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 video essay explores how Lord of the […]

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Cannes 2019: Nadine Labaki named Un Certain Regard jury president

Cannes 2019: Nadine Labaki named Un Certain Regard jury president
Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ won the Grand Jury Prize in Competition last year.

Nadine Labaki has been named the president of the Un Certain Regard jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Labaki’s third feature Capernaum screened in Competition at Cannes last year, winning the jury prize. The film went on to best foreign- language film nominations at the Bifas, Golden Globes, Baftas and Academy Awards.

Labaki’s first feature Caramel was written and developed through the Cannes Cinéfondation Residency in 2004 and premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2007.

Her second film Where Do We Go Now? played in Un Certain
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Cannes: Nadine Labaki to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

Cannes: Nadine Labaki to Head Un Certain Regard Jury
Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

The Festival said Labaki had been chosen after “moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated ‘Capernaum,’ which won the Jury Prize.”

The organizers noted Labaki’s films have all been unveiled in Cannes. She succeeds Benicio Del Toro as president of the jury of the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

Labaki spoke about her deep connections with Cannes, which she has attended since she was a film student over a decade ago.

“Today, I am the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, which just goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the films in the Selection. I can’t wait to debate and discuss, to be shaken up, to
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Focus buys international rights to Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville drama 'Normal People' (exclusive)

Film will be released through Universal Pictures International.

Focus Features has picked up a host of international rights to Normal People, the drama shot in Northern Ireland starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville.

The film will be distributed through Universal Pictures International (Upi) in the UK and further international territories, though the distributor declined to specify where it would release. Upi works across countries including Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Korea, and Australia. The deal was struck with sales agent Bankside Films.

Bleecker Street previously acquired Us rights. The film is now completely sold out worldwide aside from Canada,
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Nfts appoints Rebecca Gregory-Clarke as head of immersive

Gregory-Clarke will lead StoryFutures Academy.

The UK’s National Film and Television School has appointed Rebecca Gregory-Clarke as its new head of immersive.

Gregory-Clarke will lead StoryFutures Academy, the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling, which is run by the Nfts and Royal Holloway, University of London.

She was previously head of technology – immersive at digital technology promotion firm Digital Catapult, where she explored new applications for virtual and augmented reality. Prior to that, she worked as a development producer for BBC Connected Studio; as a research engineer for BBC Research & Development; as an antenna engineer at wireless technology
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​French lesbian nightclub drama 'Purple’ wins Series Mania Co-Pro pitching prize

Series inspired by the true story behind the creation of a real-life iconic 1990s lesbian nightclub in Paris.

French drama project Purple, inspired by the true story behind the creation of a real-life iconic 1990s lesbian nightclub in Paris, has clinched the top €50,000 prize in the Co-Pro Pitching Sessions event of TV festival and industry event Series Mania, running March 22-30 in the northern French city of Lille.

A total of 16 projects were pitched at the project development and financing event, which continues today with one-on-one meetings and is a key pole of Series Mania’s three-day Forum industry programme.
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Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, ‘Gims,’ ‘Anelka,’ ‘Move,’ ‘Of Earth And Blood’

As it prepares to open a fully-staffed office in France and ramp up its investment in local originals, Netflix has unveiled three new documentaries, “Move” (working title), “Gims” (working title), and “Anelka” (working title), and the feature film “Of Earth And Blood” while at Series Mania in Lille.

Announced during a panel with Netflix’s commissioning team, the titles will be launching on Netflix from 2020 and will be available in over 190 countries for the streamers’s 139 million members worldwide.

A documentary series, “Move” portrays six contemporary dance choreographers from totally different backgrounds, ranging from the Spanish flamenco to the vertiginous gaga dance, and from Jamaïcan dancehall to American urban and contemporary dance. “‘Move’ will explore the choreographers’ personal histories, chaotic career paths, convictions and their translation into bodies, gestures, grace, sweat, boldness and determination,” said Netflix in a statement. “Move” is produced by Falabracks and Gaumont.

“Gims” is a documentary
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UK indie multiplex chain The Light Cinemas to expand into Saudi Arabia

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UK independent exhibitor The Light Cinemas has signed a deal to launch 15 sites in Saudi Arabia amid ongoing international controversy following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s embassy in Istanbul in 2018.

The UK exhibitor is teaming with London-based consultancy firm The Big Picture to create the Saudi cinemas under the name Muvi.

The Light (as the company is known) is the first UK exhibitor to obtain a license to operate venues in Saudi Arabia, which lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia in
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How we made The Full Monty

‘I knew we wouldn’t be able to show any genitals. I realised I should shoot from the back, with a row of bums’

Film4 and Miramax passed on The Full Monty because they thought it was too similar to Brassed Off. Then, after our film became a huge hit, Harvey Weinstein reportedly said: “I had two films about British unemployed guys who put on a show. In one of them, they took their clothes off – the others blew trumpets. And I chose the fucking trumpets.” Fox Searchlight ended up financing it very low-budget, for almost £3m.
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Movie Talk: Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix But Loves Apple?

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Perri Nemiroff, John Rocha and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: According to numerous box office reports, Jordan Peele's Us became the third highest grossing horror opening ever. Steven Spielberg led the way on the presentation for the Apple+ streaming service today, but was he a hypocrite for doing so considering his recent comments about Netflix. This past weekend, at a screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , Zack Snyder revealed that his original Justice League script was never shot. Paramount released the first Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer …
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Superhero Bits: DC Universe Celebrating Batman’s 80th Anniversary, Hellboy Day Tributes & More

Want to get DC Universe content for free? Which comic book movie won Favorite Movie at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards? Want to know some alternate Stan Lee lines for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Does an Avengers headquarters Lego set reveal a secret plan from Endgame? What is Shazam‘s Rotten Tomatoes score? Did you celebrate […]

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Film News Roundup: Miramax Developing ‘I Won’t Be Home for Christmas’

In today’s film news roundup, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” is in the works, the NFL has made a documentary about female team owners and D Street Pictures has signed Kenny Gage and Devon Downs to direct the dance feature “Move.”

Holiday Project

Miramax has acquired film rights to Lauren Iungerich’s holiday-themed screenplay “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas.”

Iungerich is set to direct, as well as produce, alongside Eli Roth and Roger Birnbaum under their newly-formed Arts District Entertainment; Jamie Dooner; and Miramax’s Bill Block. Jenny Frisbie, Michael Besman and Miramax’s Michael Lachance will executive produce. Production is slated for June and will be supervised by Lachance.

The film marks Iungerich’s feature film directorial debut. The story focuses on a 16-year-old woman who spurns her family to go skiing with her new boyfriend over the holidays. After he unceremoniously breaks up with her before the trip,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Clocks in at 182 Minutes, Marvel’s Longest Runtime

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Clocks in at 182 Minutes, Marvel’s Longest Runtime
At 149 minutes, last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” was the longest movie in Marvel history. That record will soon be broken by its follow-up, as “Avengers: Endgame” clocks in at a character-building three hours and two minutes. The news was first (unintentionally) broken by AMC and then confirmed by Fandango, which seems unfazed by the prospect of a lengthy running time scaring away potential ticket-buyers.

Speaking to Collider earlier this month, Kevin Fiege addressed the runtime in less specific terms: “We’re gonna release the movie at the exact right running time,” he said. “I’m telling you this, it’s gonna be perfect. It’s gonna be the exact running time that the movie needs to be.”

He continued, “In all seriousness, we don’t look at run times in terms of mandates, or anything like that. Every movie should feel like it’s an hour and 45 minutes. Now,
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‘Lord of the Rings: Gollum’ Video Game is a Prequel Set Before ‘The Hobbit’

From what we can tell, Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings prequel television show will be set hundreds of years before the hobbit Smeagol discovered Sauron’s One Ring and began his tragic transformation into the miserable creature known as Gollum, but that character is about to get the spotlight in a new Gollum video game. […]

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The Future of the ‘Transformers’ Franchise Appears to Be Up in the Air

The Future of the ‘Transformers’ Franchise Appears to Be Up in the Air
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen seemingly tested any faith fans had in the franchise following the satisfying 2007 live-action debut of the toy-based franchise. Since then, every sequel in the Transformers franchise has made less and less money, to the point that Transformers: The Last Knight barely made more than half of what the previous […]

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Apple TV+ Preview Reveals First Looks at ‘The Morning Show’, ‘See’, and More

If you missed Apple's two-hour launch event this morning, congratulations on making smart choices in your life, the company probably somehow has your social security number anyway. You can read up on the whole thing here, but the highlight of the presentation came right at the very end in the shape of a sizzle reel showing off the impressive roster of names making content for the company's still-mysterious Apple TV+. A bulk of the first-look footage comes from The Morning Show, the workplace drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell. There's also …
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New Contest Will Pay You $1,000 to Binge Watch 20 Marvel Movies

You may not be able to fly or punch a planet, but you could prove to have the endurance of a superhero with a Marvel movie marathon that could earn you $1,000. In anticipation of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Cable.TV.com is offering people the chance to earn $1,000 and a ton of Marvel swag — […]

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Methuselah’ Movie

Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Methuselah’ Movie
Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old.

Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many years with Will Smith and Tom Cruise interested in the project. Zach Dean wrote an early script after coming on to the project in 2014. The most recent draft was written by Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah is referenced in the Book of Genesis as the son of Enoch, who lived to be 365 years old. The scripts have focused on Methuselah’s survival skills.

Jordan is working with New Regency as a producer on an untitled monster movie from “Kong: Skull Island” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Outlier Society was founded by Jordan in 2016 and was one of the first
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