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'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77

'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, one of Europe's most acclaimed film and theater actors, best known for his towering performance as Adolf Hilter in the Oscar-nominated Downfall —a performance that earned him accolades and launched a million memes —has died, aged 77. Ganz's management confirmed the Swiss actor died Friday evening at his home in Zurich following a long illness.

A legend both on film and on the stage, Ganz was an iconic figure in the German-speaking world and beyond, his gravely, Swiss-accented voice as instantly recognizable as his mercurial style, which could shift from reserved and withdrawn to volcanic ...
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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’
Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other ASC members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date

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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax.

Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Dune” centers on the battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet is playing the leader Paul Atreides, who is forced to escape into the wastelands, where he eventually becomes the ruler of the nomadic tribes.

Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is helming and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The movie will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Dune” is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. The
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‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Has Officially Wrapped

‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Has Officially Wrapped
The end is nigh!

Filming for “Star Wars Episode IX” has officially wrapped, bringing an end to a franchise that has spanned more than 40 years and eight films.

Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the news Friday tweeting, “It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on ‘Episode IX.’ There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast,” he wrote. “I’m forever indebted to you all.”

Production for the film began in August of last year at Pinewood Studios outside of London where a number of new actors joined the “Star Wars” cast, including “The Americans” star Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.

It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ

— Jj Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019

Everyone’s favorite storm trooper
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‘Bond 25’ Moves Back Two Months In 2020

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‘Bond 25’ Moves Back Two Months In 2020
MGM’s Bond 25 will open April 8, 2020 now, instead of Feb. 14, 2020. That new date is the Wednesday before Easter, and currently 007 is the only major pic on that new date. Universal just pulled Fast & Furious 9 off of Holy weekend and pushed it to Memorial Day weekend that year.

Essentially, Easter weekend will be a crowded one in China, which is another reason why F&F 9 pulled out of that frame. Middle Kingdom is the bread and butter for the Fast & Furious franchise.

As previously reported, Beasts of Nation helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga stepped in to direct Daniel Craig after Danny Boyle decided not to steer the project.

007 scribe regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are back writing the Eon production.

Cast returning include Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

Universal will be handling overseas on Bond 25 while MGM handles distribution.
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Sebastian Stan Replaces Chris Evans in . . . ‘The Devil All the Time’ for Netflix

Sebastian Stan Replaces Chris Evans in . . . ‘The Devil All the Time’ for Netflix
In what could be the first instance of a mini-trend, Sebastian Stan is stepping into the shoes of his MCU pal Chris Evans. For those hoping for Marvel news, that day is not today. Stan is actually replacing Evans in Antonio Campos‘ next film, “The Devil All the Time,” as a result of schedule conflicts.
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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dominates Valentine’s Day

Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dominates Valentine’s Day
Alita: Battle Angel” dominated North American moviegoing on Valentine’s Day with a first-day launch of $8.7 million at 3,790 locations, including previews.

Fox’s science-fiction actioner, produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez, is expected to wind up in the $37 million range during its first five days of release through Presidents Day on Monday. That’s above recent forecasts, which had pegged “Alita” for a $30 million debut.

Alita: Battle Angel” is a costly bet for Fox, given its $170 million production budget. Rosa Salazar stars as a cyborg with a mysterious past. The film, based on popular Japanese manga, had a solid start overseas last weekend, where it earned $32 million from 11 international territories.

New Line’s “Isn’t It Romantic” pulled in $4.4 million on Valentine’s Day for a two-day total of $6.2 million at 3,444 sites. Rebel Wilson’s satirical comedy, which opened on Wednesday, should wind up with around $20 million
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M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

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M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday.

Domestically, the film starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy has earned $105.5 million. Globally, it has made $223.6 million.

Shyamalan wrote and directed the film that is a follow-up to his films “Unbreakable” and “Split.” Sarah Paulson also stars.

With “Glass,” Shyamalan closes a story loop that he started 19 years ago with the critically acclaimed “Unbreakable.” This new sequel finds that movie’s protagonist, David Dunn (Willis), taking up a side gig as a vigilante superhero with the help of his son Joseph. Still using the ominous-looking green security guard poncho from his old job, Dunn decides the next villain to track down is the very troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy), whose 24 personalities include a super-powered monster known as The Beast.
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Chris Evans’ Action Film ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Bought by Netflix

Chris Evans’ Action Film ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Bought by Netflix
Netflix has bought global rights, excluding China, to Chris Evans’ action-thriller “The Red Sea Diving Resort” for release later this year.

Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michiel Huisman, Greg Kinnear, and Ben Kingsley also star. “The Red Sea Diving Resort” is directed by “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff from his own script. Raff had originally sold the pitch to Fox Searchlight, but when it went back on the market, Bron Studios came on to finance and produce.

Evans portrays an Israeli agent who ran a secret Mossad operation in the early 1980s with a ragtag team of spies to smuggle persecuted Ethiopian Jews in Sudan, using a deserted holiday retreat as a front. The Arous Holiday Village, which had been built by Italian entrepreneurs in the early ’70s, was the site of the operation.

Williams plays a local agent in the movie. The mission, known as “Operation Brothers,” opened
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Set For Fall 2020 Release

Director Denis Villeneuve’s increasingly anticipated adaptation of Frank Hebert’s sci-fi epic, “Dune“—the film that will seemingly feature every single A-list actor on Earth –will arrive in theaters on November 22, 2020, via Warner Bros.

Read More: Denis Villeneuve Confirms ‘Dune’ Will Be Released In Two Parts

The upcoming film from Legendary Entertainment finds the Academy Award-nominated director (“Arrival”) returning to the high concept genre for his third project in a row.

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Bruno Ganz, ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire’ Star, Dies at 77

Bruno Ganz, ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire’ Star, Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler’s final days in “Downfall,” has died. The Swiss actor was 77 years old. The cause was reportedly colon cancer.

In addition to delivering one of the definitive cinematic portrayals of the Nazi leader, Ganz played an angel who gives up immortality to experience earthly pleasures in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire” (1987). He reprised that role in Wenders’ 1993 follow-up “Faraway, So Close!”

His celestial performance was so memorable that Ganz once told an interview that people ascribed special powers to him when they recognized him in public.

“People in planes said: ‘Ah, no need to be afraid, because with you here, nothing can happen. Now we are safe,'” Ganz told the Danish film journal P.O.V. “Or a mother said to her child: ‘Look, there’s your guardian angel.’ They weren’t joking.”

Other notable roles include turns in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-nominated
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Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77

Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor whose portrayal of Adolf Hitler in 2004’s “Downfall” made him an international star, has died. He was 77.

Ganz died at home in Zurich on Friday, his management told various media outlets.

Ganz was a familiar figure in German-language cinema, with a career spanning nearly 60 years. In addition to his many German-speaking roles, including as an angel in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire,” he also appeared in English-language films such as the 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate,” with Denzel Washington, and 2008’s “The Reader,” with Kate Winslet.

But it was his turn as Hitler that caused a worldwide sensation. A scene of the Nazi dictator in a rage inside his bunker spawned innumerable parodies on the Internet.

More follows.
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Oscars: the secrets of the Hollywood stylist

Gwyneth Paltrow’s fashion guru Elizabeth Saltzman discusses the prep and panic of the red carpet

The night before the 2012 Academy Awards, Elizabeth Saltzman didn’t sleep. The next day, she was going to be dressing the actor and wellness entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, who was presenting an award at the ceremony with her Iron Man co-star, Robert Downey Jr.

In spite of having had only a fortnight’s notice that Paltrow would be appearing, 53-year-old Saltzman, her longtime stylist, had found her client the perfect dress. “But I suddenly thought: how could I be so stupid? How could I not have a back-up?’ she recalls. “What if someone drops lipstick on it or throws a cup of tea down it when she’s getting ready?”
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No such thing as bad publicity: five ways to win an Oscar in 2019

The endless party-going and hoop-jumping tactics involved in Academy success

Awards campaigning used to consist of studios taking out “For Your Consideration” ads in Variety. Now it’s a long-term battle plan, beginning with the autumn film festivals and continuing with special screenings, parties, cast/crew Q&As and mass mailouts of screener DVDs to voters. “One of the keys is to have your people around for certain industry gatherings,” says Variety’s awards editor Tim Gray, “like the Governors’ Awards [the Academy’s lifetime achievement awards, in November]: basically there’s 800 Oscar voters in the room, so publicists want to make sure their people are there.” Does it make a difference? Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley tweeted: “The largest factor as to why we didn’t get nominated is that we didn’t actually run a campaign … Without that, it’s perceived that you don’t have a chance.” Gray isn’t so sure.
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Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in ‘The Brink’

Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in ‘The Brink’
Stephen K. Bannon drinks Kombucha (who knew?), the fermented tea beverage for health fanatics that tastes like…well, if they ever invented a soft drink called Germs, that’s what Kombucha tastes like. In “The Brink,” Alison Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall, rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-a-white-nationalist documentary, Bannon explains that he likes Kombucha because it gives him a lift; he drinks it for the same reason he drinks Red Bull. At one point in the movie, he jokes that now that his Kombucha habit is going to be outed, the stock will probably drop by 50 percent. He means the stock for Kombucha, but for a moment you think he’s talking about the stock of Steve Bannon. How will it influence his image when the world learns that he craves the pause that refreshes the palettes of lefty progressives?

Bannon, as always, thinks he’s two steps ahead of us. (It’s part of his ’50s-salt-of-the-earth-meets-Goldman-Sachs-meets-The-Art-of-War élan.
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Exclusive: Marvel, Scarlett Johansson Tap Ned Benson to Rewrite ‘Black Widow’ Movie

Marvel has hired Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) to rewrite the script for the Black Widow standalone movie that will star Scarlett Johansson, Collider has exclusively learned. Marvel had no comment. Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland (Lore) is directing the action movie, which like all McU movies, will be produced by Kevin Feige. Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle) wrote the previous draft of the script. Marvel made it a priority to hire a female director for Black Widow, meeting with more than 70 candidates before settling on Shortland, though the studio did, at one point, consider male filmmakers. The point …
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Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78.

Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the company after his retirement.

“He was the unsung hero of Disney’s history who, as our first archivist, spent 40 years rescuing countless documents and artifacts from obscurity, investing endless hours restoring and preserving these priceless pieces of our legacy, and putting them in context to tell our story,” said Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger. “Dave was a true Disney Legend, and we are indebted to him for building such an enduring, tangible connection to our past that continues to inspire our future.”

Smith was hired in 1970 by Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney. His first job was to
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The Great Oscar Crafts Mutiny: The Inside Story of How the Academy Backed Down

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The Great Oscar Crafts Mutiny: The Inside Story of How the Academy Backed Down
When 76-year-old cinematographer John Bailey was elected to the presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, he did so by promising to serve his supporters — the crafts. This week, they turned on him, which was the last thing he ever expected.

The AMPAS Board of Governors is a collection of three high-profile leaders from each of 17 branches, plus three more minority reps, Bailey, and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Put 54 voices in a room, and you’re herding cats. Many board members complain it’s impossible to make decisions with so many dissenting opinions. Some have suggested a smaller board might help to solve the problem, reducing the reps to two for each branch.

In any case, Bailey didn’t know what he was stepping into when he took the job. An alpha male accustomed to walking onto a set with authority, he has tried to lead the Academy.
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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other Asc members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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