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‘Superman & Lois’ Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Second Episode

‘Superman & Lois’ Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Second Episode
Is it a bird?! Is it a plane?! No, it’s “Superman & Lois,” coming to a small screen near you for a second time around.

The CW announced the renewal of the most recent Arrowverse spinoff, starring the Man of Steel (Tyler Hoechlin), Metropolis’s award-winning journalist Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and their two teenage twin sons Jonathan Kent (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan Kent (Alexander Garfin).

The Season 2 greenlight was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, chairman and CEO of The CW Network, following the show’s major premiere primetime numbers last Tuesday. It lifted the network to its most-watched night
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‘Tenet’ to Open in New York City Theaters on Friday

‘Tenet’ to Open in New York City Theaters on Friday
Nearly six months after “Tenet” was released in the United States, Warner Bros. announced that the Christopher Nolan sci-fi spectacle will open in five New York City movie theater locations this Friday.

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City movie theaters will be able to open their doors to the public on March 5.

Tenet” will play at AMC Lincoln Square, AMC Empire, AMC Kips Bay, Village East by Angelika in 70mm and Showcase Cinemas Jamaica. The film will open on Imax screens a week later, on March 12, at AMC Lincoln Square.

Tenet,” which is led by John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, was the first major Hollywood tentpole film to premiere in theaters amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to debut last July, “Tenet’s” release date was pushed back three times and finally opened in select U.S. cities on Sep. 3. With theaters in New York and California closed,
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Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis Join Chris Pine in ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie

Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis Join Chris Pine in ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie
Paramount and eOne’s untitled Dungeons & Dragons feature project has found its villain.

Hugh Grant has been cast in the main antagonist role in the big-budget feature adaptation of the popular fantasy role-playing game from Wizards on the Coast. At the same time, Sophia Lillis, best known for her work in the It horror movies, has also joined the bold-faced name of the production that also includes Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith and Regé-Jean Page.

The game is known for its war games, treasure hunts, camaraderie and reversals of fortune, all in a fantasy setting that combines humans, elves, orcs and ...
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Emmy Awards Set 2021 Date on CBS and Paramount+

Emmy Awards Set 2021 Date on CBS and Paramount+
CBS has set a date for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards, which will also be streamed on Paramount+. The Awards will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et.

Paramount+ subscribers who pay for the premium tier ($9.99 a month), get access to their local CBS stations. The rebranded streaming service launches on Thursday.

Host and venue will be announced at a later date. The Awards are typically held at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

The September date likely gives the Emmys a chance at a mostly-normal show, depending on how well the vaccine rollout has gone by then. Last year’s Emmys, which were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, were a mostly virtual affair, with winners streaming in from their homes. In what would be a trend for these Zoom-inspired ceremonies, the 72nd Emmys on ABC hit a record-low 6.1 million viewers, a dip of 29% compared to the year before.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo to Headline ‘The Girl Before’ Adaptation for HBO Max, BBC One

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo to Headline ‘The Girl Before’ Adaptation for HBO Max, BBC One
BAFTA-nominated actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Morning Show”) and David Oyelowo (“Selma”) will lead HBO Max and BBC One psychological thriller series “The Girl Before.”

The four-parter, created, written and executive produced by J.P. Delaney, is based on his bestselling novel of the same name.

The Girl Before” follows Jane (Mbatha-Raw), who moves into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways but, when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house,
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Film Studios Could Adopt ‘Mix-and-Match’ Theatrical Model After Covid-19

Film Studios Could Adopt ‘Mix-and-Match’ Theatrical Model After Covid-19
With big-budget blockbusters like “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Mulan” launching simultaneously online and in theaters, streaming has “pushed into its own white space” and is unlikely to vacate that space any time soon, according to Ampere Analysis’ Guy Bisson.

Speaking during a European Film Market opening session at Berlinale, Bisson outlined some of the major tremors which have shaken the global film and TV industry over the last year. Arguably chief among them is the shifting value of windows which has been accelerated by the pandemic and the streaming boom.

“That PVOD content, some of those theatrical releases put content where streaming has yet to tread: in the premium blockbuster theatrical release window. That, of course, fed into the wider cycle of (streaming) growth and audience shift,” Bisson said.

The question of whether major studios will persist with their straight-to-streaming model once the pandemic is over loomed as large over
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Disney’s Bob Chapek on the Future of Moviegoing, Disney Plus and Theme Parks

Disney’s Bob Chapek on the Future of Moviegoing, Disney Plus and Theme Parks
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Monday, Walt Disney Company chief exec Bob Chapek said he’s “not sure there’s going back” to pre-pandemic theatrical windows.

Reiterating the company’s commitment to theatrical releases, Chapek reminded viewers that Disney in 2019 released 11 films that earned at least $1 billion, which “will continue to be a big deal” to the company. But he acknowledged the uncertainty that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic brings, given how few screens are currently open and moviegoers’ willingness to return to theaters. Those possible changes to consumer behavior are “more profound” to him.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Indira Varma Joins ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series at Disney+

‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Indira Varma Joins ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series at Disney+
Game of Thrones” alum Indira Varma has joined the upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series on Disney+, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

No word on who Varma is playing, but she joins a cast that so far includes Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Master and Hayden Christensen, who reprises his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

The “Star Wars” series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of the film “Revenge of the Sith.”

McGregor will executive produce the series, alongside series director Deborah Chow and writer Hossein Amini. Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.

Obi-Wan Kenobi” is one of numerous “Star Wars” series headed to Disney+ in the near future, following the success of “The Mandalorian.” There are three spinoffs of the Jon Favreau-led series: “Ahsoka,” “Rangers of the New Republic” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” along with a
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Sissy Spacek, Ed O’Neill to Lead Amazon Sci-Fi Series ‘Lightyears’

Sissy Spacek, Ed O’Neill to Lead Amazon Sci-Fi Series ‘Lightyears’
Sissy Spacek and Ed O’Neill have been cast in the lead roles of the upcoming Amazon series “Lightyears,” Variety has learned.

The series follows Irene (Spacek) and Franklin (O’Neill) York, a couple who years ago discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. They’ve carefully guarded their secret ever since, but when an enigmatic young man enters their lives, the Yorks’ quiet existence is quickly upended and the mysterious chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could ever have imagined.

Spacek is primarily known for her feature roles,
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Constance Wu Joins Amazon’s ‘The Terminal List’ Thriller Series

Constance Wu Joins Amazon’s ‘The Terminal List’ Thriller Series
Constance Wu has been added to the growing cast list for Amazon’s upcoming thriller series “The Terminal List.”

The “Fresh off the Boat” alum joins Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch in the series, which is an adaptation on the Jack Carr spy novel of the same name.

The series follows ex-Navy Seal James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Per Amazon, “Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he loves.”

Wu will play the “risk-seeking” war correspondent Katie Buranek. At a crossroads in her career and looking to re-enter the mainstream, Katie finds an unlikely ally in Reece as she seeks to bring the truth about the conspiracy he’s fighting to light.
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Zack Snyder Says ‘Justice League’ Ends With “Massive Cliffhanger” & Sequel Would Have Taken Place In “Knightmare” Setting

Zack Snyder Says ‘Justice League’ Ends With “Massive Cliffhanger” & Sequel Would Have Taken Place In “Knightmare” Setting
We are nearly two weeks away from the long-awaited debut of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” director’s cut. The 4-hour film event gave the filmmaker the opportunity to present his official vision for what he wanted the first “Justice League” film to be. But what it doesn’t do is tell a complete story, unfortunately.

Speaking to IGN over the weekend, Snyder was asked about the images he released of Jared Leto’s Joker costume that will appear in the newly-shot scene in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” While he explained that he was inspired by David Ayer’s vision of Joker, the filmmaker said that the look fits into what he planned for the original planned sequels for “Justice League.”

Read More: ‘Justice League’ Investigator Defends Walter Hamada Against Ray Fisher Allegations, “No Evidence Was Found Of Any Interference Whatsoever”

“What inspired [Joker’s] look was the sort of post-apocalyptic
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Shira Haas To Star In Golda Meir TV Series

Shira Haas To Star In Golda Meir TV Series
Exclusive: A hot TV package is hitting the premium marketplace. Oscar winner Barbra Streisand is set to executive produce Lioness, a drama series about the life of Golda Meir headlined by Emmy-nominated Unorthodox star Shira Haas, from MGM/UA Television in association with Nina Tassler and Denise Di Novi PatMa Productions.

Written and executive produced by Emmy winner Eric Tuchman (The Handmaid’s Tale) and to be directed/executive produced by Emmy winner Mimi Leder (The Morning Show), the series is based on Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel non-fiction book by Francine Klagsbrun.

The book chronicles the life and career of Meir, one of the most influential figures in the history of Israel and a prominent figure in world history. It spans her birth in Kiev to her American upbringing in Milwaukee, her role in the formation of Israel and her rise to become the new nation’s first and only female prime minister.
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‘What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?’ Review: A Georgian Romance in Love With Love, Soccer, Cinema and Street Dogs

‘What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?’ Review: A Georgian Romance in Love With Love, Soccer, Cinema and Street Dogs
“Attention!” bawls an onscreen title, or rather its subtitle, given that the original is written in Georgia’s lovely curly alphabet. “Dear Audience, please close your eyes at the first signal.” Alexandre Koberidze, writer-director-narrator of the marvellous, mischievous “What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?” probably doesn’t expect anyone to obey as he effects his story’s central switcheroo, like a kid not great at magic asking mom to look away from the handkerchiefs he’s stuffing up his sleeve. But that’s not the point.

Instead, the command, along with other self-conscious flourishes like the direct-address voiceover, the creaky, obviously manual zooms and the sudden, interruptive digressions about global catastrophe and far-off forest fires, reminds us of ourselves in relation to the film, that we are active participants in the creation of this (or any) work of cinema. And given how much this movie loves the movies,
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Variety’s Berlin Digital Daily, Day 3: HBO Max Eyes European Streaming Strategy

Variety’s Berlin Digital Daily, Day 3: HBO Max Eyes European Streaming Strategy
Since you can’t be in Berlin this year, Variety is bringing Berlin to you. We’re publishing daily digital editions, running March 1-4, of coverage from the European Film Market.

To catch up on Day 3, please click below. More from Variety'What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?' Review: A Georgian Romance in Love With Love, Soccer, Cinema and Street DogsBreaking Glass Pictures Takes U.S., Canadian Rights on Hernandez, Matamoros-Directed 'Isaac' (Exclusive)Korean Industry Moves Forward Slowly as 2021 Remains Rocky
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Breaking Glass Pictures Takes U.S., Canadian Rights on Hernandez, Matamoros-Directed ‘Isaac’ (Exclusive)

Breaking Glass Pictures Takes U.S., Canadian Rights on Hernandez, Matamoros-Directed ‘Isaac’ (Exclusive)
Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Angeles Hernández and David Matamoros’ feature debut “Isaac,” a genre-blend of drama, black comedy and an existential journey.

Breaking Glass plans a third quarter 2021 release for the movie. The deal was struck by Richard Wolff, president of Breaking Glass Pictures, and “Isaac’s” world sales agent Brett Walker, along with Miguel Govea, at U.K.-based Alief.

Isaac” is produced by Hernández and Matamoros’ Barcelona-based Mr Miyagi, co-producer of Netflix hit “The Platform.”

Based on the Spanish stage play by Antonio Hernández, “Isaac” follows two old friends, Denis and Nacho, who meet again – both with their respective partners – years after having an intense relationship as teenagers.

“We very much enjoyed ‘Isaac,’” said Wolff, adding: “This beautifully produced and acted film is about strength, love, and finding oneself.”

A surrogate drama too, “Isaac” deals with the challenges of family and desire
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Starzplay Swoops For Hit Drama ‘It’s a Sin’ in Europe (Exclusive)

Starzplay Swoops For Hit Drama ‘It’s a Sin’ in Europe (Exclusive)
Starzplay has swooped for Russell T. Davies’ hit drama “It’s a Sin” in Germany and Italy.

The Lionsgate-backed platform, which has been steadily expanding its global footprint in the last year, has bought the five-part series from All3Media International.

Produced by Red and commissioned by U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 with HBO Max, the limited series is written and executive produced by BAFTA-winning writer Davies with Nicola Shindler also executive producing.

Premiering in Germany at the Berlinale this week, where Davies will be in conversation with Variety, “It’s A Sin” follows a group of friends living in London through
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Korean Industry Moves Forward Slowly as 2021 Remains Rocky

Korean Industry Moves Forward Slowly as 2021 Remains Rocky
Triumph and pain were bedfellows last year for the Korean film industry. But Berlin’s European Film Market and the imminent Hong Kong FilMart see Korean companies putting on a brave face.

Korean cinemas were in a defensive mode early on in the coronavirus pandemic, as a population familiar with epidemics chose to stay away from crowded places. Social-distancing regulation caught up and then was wound down again in summer. That allowed for the successful theatrical releases of “Deliver Us From Evil,” which scored $34.4 million; “Peninsula,” which grossed $29.5 million; and the year’s top Hollywood film “Tenet” ($16.4 million).

But the window of opportunity closed quickly as autumn and another wave of infections swept in. New capacity restrictions were applied to cinemas.

And even as restrictions have eased audiences have scarcely responded. Weekend box office in what was previously the world’s fourth most-lucrative cinema market has averaged $3 million to $4 million
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Berlin Facetime: ‘We’ Director Alice Diop On Memory, History and Connection

Berlin Facetime: ‘We’ Director Alice Diop On Memory, History and Connection
Playing in Berlin’s Encounters sidebar, the French documentary “We” spins a tapestry of small moments and personal recollections, finding connections in the lives of migrants, immigrants, lovesick teens and retirees without downplaying their hardships. Among the film’s many subjects is director Alice Diop’s own family, with home movies of Diop’s late parents and footage of her sister, a nurse who treats the elderly, offering an emotional through- line.

Where did the idea for the film originate?

The idea comes from a book by a journalist who hiked along the tracks of Rer B, [a commuter train] which connects Paris’ northern and southern suburbs, and which connects extremely disparate areas and social structures. In following this train line, he sort of traveled through all of French society.

I wanted to make a film in a similar way, taking the time to survey a territory without any preconceptions. I had an intimate,
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Oscar Winner Danis Tanovic Boards Serbian-Hungarian Comedy-Drama Series ‘Frust’ (Exclusive)

Oscar Winner Danis Tanovic Boards Serbian-Hungarian Comedy-Drama Series ‘Frust’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) has boarded the high-end comedy-drama series “Frust,” which is currently being developed by Serbia’s Firefly Prods. and Hungary’s Joyrider.

The six-episode series follows a young writer struggling for recognition. The writer suddenly becomes a local celebrity after accidentally shooting a petty criminal who’s been terrorizing his neighborhood. Production of the series is slated for 2022.

“Frust” is among a slate of projects being presented at the European Film Market by Firefly, the Belgrade-based production outfit co-founded by Ivana Mikovic and Boban Jevtic.

Also in development is “Absolute 100,” a six-episode series based
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Toni Servillo Set For ‘Casanova’s Return’ by Oscar-Winner Gabriele Salvatores (Exclusive)

Toni Servillo Set For ‘Casanova’s Return’ by Oscar-Winner Gabriele Salvatores (Exclusive)
Italian actor Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) is set to star in “Il ritorno di Casanova,” a drama about what happens to a great lover when he gets older, to be directed by Oscar-winner Gabriele Salvatores (“Mediterraneo”).

Loosely based on Austrian author Arthur Schnitzler‘s novella “Casanova’s Homecoming,” in which the Venetian libertine is having trouble contending with the fact that he’s over 60, “Ritorno di Casanova,” which translates as “Casanova’s Return,” is co-written by Salvatores with “The Great Beauty” screenwriter Umberto Contarello and Sara Mosetti.

Taking his cue from Schnitzler’s use of parallel narratives — Schnitzler’s novella “Dream Story” was the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s non-linear “Eyes Wide Shut” — Salvatores is weaving his new take on the Casanova myth using that technique.

One story strand sees the ageing Casanova hosted by a friend in the Venetian countryside “where one of the guests is a proto-feminist named Marcolina,
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