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'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts

'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts
As the month rolls on, the yearly box office will receive a generous boost from this long, holiday weekend. The five-day Thanksgiving frame will see Disney debut the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, MGM will come out punching with Creed II and Lionsgate's release of Robin Hood will hope to steal some of the leftover loot. Additionally, carryover films such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch will add their own contributions to the bottom line. At the top of the box office, look for Disney Animation's Ralph Breaks the Internet to give the studio the Thanksgiving crown for the third year in a row. Last year Coco delivered a $72.9 million five-day opening while the year before that Moana brought in a massive $82 million, the second largest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. In fact, Disney owns ten of the top eleven five-day Thanksgiving openings
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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)

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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)
It looks like David Chase and New Line have found their first star for the “Sopranos” feature film.

Sources tell Variety that Alessandro Nivola is in negotiations to star as Dickey Moltisanti in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the critically acclaimed and massively successful HBO TV series.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

In the series, Moltisanti is the deceased uncle of Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and father of Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli. In the show, the character never appears, as he was murdered prior to the drama’s timeline, but is talked about as someone who, along with Soprano’s father and Uncle Junior, helped turn their small gang into the New Jersey crime family that Soprano eventually heads.

Alan Taylor is directing from a script that series creator Chase penned along with Lawrence Konner. Chase is also producing the pic.
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"Gatz": A ‘Great Gatsby' Origin Series Featuring a Young, Hot, Mixed-Race Gatsby is Coming to YouTube Premium

You know those “The Great Gatsby parties” that everyone throws that are only vaguely inspired by 1920s fashion and completely miss F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s whole message on decadence and the fallacy of the American dream?

The upcoming YouTube Premium series, "Gatz," is that, but worse. This Great Gatsby origin series is being developed at YouTube Premium, which will reimagine
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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title

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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title
Margot Robbie has debuted the full title to “Birds of Prey,” her upcoming superheroine girl gang movie from Warner Bros. and DC.

The actress/producer made shared it on her Instagram on Tuesday. The full title is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).”

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Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)

Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best
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"Northern Exposure" Revival Starring Rob Morrow In Works At CBS From Original Series Creators, Cast

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A long-talked-about revival of CBS’ cult fave drama series "Northern Exposure" is moving forward. The project has been put in development at CBS with original series star Rob Morrow set to reprise his role and executive produce. It hails from original series co-creators Josh Brand and John Falsey, actor John Corbett, Morrow, Ben Silverman and Universal TV.

Written by Brand, the revival centers on Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Morrow, who returns to Cicely, Alaska, for the funeral of an old friend and finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series.
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‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations

‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations
The Dawn Wall, Free Solo, Hal, Into the Okavango, RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? have been nominated as the best produced documentaries of 2018 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 19 at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
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The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected" For TV

The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's
Exclusive: The Ink Factory has successfully mined the library of John le Carré with "The Night Manager" and "The Little Drummer Girl" and it seems that the company is now looking do the same with acclaimed British author Roald Dahl.

I hear that Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s firm is rebooting Roald Dahl’s "Tales of the Unexpected" for TV and has set up a number of writers to work on the project. The company is working closely with the Roald Dahl Estate on the project.

The series, which was originally produced by Anglia Television for British commercial broadcaster ITV between 1979 and 1988, told a different story each week with Dahl’s trademark sinister and comedic undertones with a twist at the end.
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Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'
Three Thousand Years of Longing, the upcoming feature from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, is slowly spreading worldwide.

Glen Basner's FilmNation, which introduced the project -- starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton -- to buyers at the American Film Market earlier this month, has closed pre-sales in much of Europe and Asia for the feature.

Alongside previously announced deals in France (Metropolitan) and Italy (Eagle), FilmNation signed agreements for the film in Spain (DEA Planeta/Tri Pictures), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), among others. The epic love story will be going out in Latin America via IDC,...
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Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez
STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert SimondsSTX Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of The Limit, a new VR film from director Robert Rodriguez.

Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus, "and You" star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new VR format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.

In The Limit, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.
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Idfa Forum: New Doc ‘Tracks’ Sheppard Sisters’ Sprint into the Spotlight (Exclusive)

Idfa Forum: New Doc ‘Tracks’ Sheppard Sisters’ Sprint into the Spotlight (Exclusive)
Before they appeared on the cover of “Sports Illustrated,” before the TV appearances and red-carpet galas and the surprise home makeover from Tyler Perry, the Sheppard sisters were living in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn with their single mother.

How they overcame adversity and raced their way into the limelight is the subject of “Sisters On Track,” an in-depth portrait of track-and-field stars Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard as they battle through hardship while pursuing Olympic glory. Produced by Anita R. Larsen for Sant & Usant, and directed by Corinne van der Borch and Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, the project will be taking part in the Idfa Forum this week.

Van der Borch first encountered the Sheppards through a mutual friend, who’d met the sisters at a neighborhood block party. It didn’t take long for the Dutch filmmaker, who’s been living in Brooklyn for 12 years, to get drawn in by their story.
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Idfa: French Helmer Mathieu Rochet ‘Chasin’’ Trap Music to Its Source (Exclusive)

When an offbeat daydreamer is sent by the God of Rap to save the world from an epidemic of trap music, he travels to its Atlanta source in search of a hip-hop savior: OutKast, the pioneering Southern rap duo that all but vanished from the music scene a decade ago.

Described by director Mathieu Rochet as an “accidental portrait” of Atlanta and its vibrant hip-hop industry, “Chasin’ Atl” offers an unconventional tribute to trap—the dark, minimalist rap genre that’s conquered airwaves around the world. Produced by Sara Brucker for Temps noir and Resistance Films, and co-produced with Arte France with the support of Cnc and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the 10-part 6’30” web series is taking part in the Idfa Forum this week.

Starring Belgian comedian Kody Kim as the unsuspecting rap naïf Larry, “Chasin’ Atl” plots the evolution of trap while exploring the underground of Atlanta, a city that moved
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Longtime Rtl Exec Anke Schäferkordt Steps Down

Anke Schäferkordt, the former co-ceo of media giant Rtl Group, is stepping down as chief of the group’s Germany division and exiting the company after nearly three decades. Schäferkordt will leave Rtl on Dec. 31.

The company said Schäferkordt’s departure was a mutual and amicable decision. Bernd Reichart, the current managing director of the German channel Vox, will succeed Schäferkordt as CEO of Rtl Deutschland.

“After more than 27 years with Rtl, leaving the company is not an easy step,” Schäferkordt said. “Given our very strong management team and the clear strategic direction we have jointly developed over many years,
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Idfa Film Review: ‘The Border Fence’

In the opening shot of “The Border Fence,” the camera straddles the invisible line between Austria and Italy, watching without comment as a man blithely walks from one country to the other. This is as it should be in modern Europe, where a heavy influx of refugees and migrants from countries devastated by war and stripped of economic opportunity has sparked a pushback against the flow of newcomers (witness Brexit). Sound familiar? Americans need only look to their own border — and the seemingly absurd proposal to build a wall that will keep immigrants out — to recognize much of the same psychology at play.

But director Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s documentary isn’t about the vast Mexico-u.S. border. Rather, it’s about a controversial 2016 proposal by Austrian politicians to erect a 370-meter wire fence across the Brenner Pass, a narrow break in the otherwise postcard-ready expanse of the Alps that separate Austria from Italy.
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Sony Poaches Sky Exec Holly Comiskey to Be Country Manager for U.K., Ireland

Sony Pictures Television has hired Holly Comiskey as its country manager for the U.K. and Ireland. The new Spt recruit will join the studio in January from Sky, where she was the head buyer for the pay-tv operator’s Sky Cinema service.

Comiskey will report to Mark Young, Spt’s executive vice president for Western Europe. “Holly has fantastic experience of working in a platform and channels environment, negotiating complicated rights agreements for premium content,” he said.

As head buyer for Sky Cinema, Comiskey negotiated the company’s studio output deals, such as its deal with Sony, which was
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Netflix Takes a Trip to ‘Murder Mountain’ in True Crime Series From Lightbox

Netflix has picked up “Murder Mountain,” a true-crime murder-mystery documentary series from the team behind “Man on Wire” and “La 92.” The six-part series examines a series of murders that took place in a remote California community.

The Lightbox-produced series bowed on U.S. cable net Fuse earlier this year. Netflix has will launch it globally, including the U.S., as an original on Dec. 28.

The series is set in Humboldt County, California, where marijuana is the dominant local industry, and dozens of people have gone missing in the last few years – more than any other county in California.
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Searching’ Land China Releases

Sony Pictures has succeeded in getting theatrical slots in mainland China for two of its key movies. Both will launch in the peak month of December.

Family action-adventure film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be released on Dec. 21 in Chinese theaters. Before that, Screen Gems’ critically acclaimed and sleeper hit of the summer, “Searching,” will be released on Dec. 14.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, “Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where anyone can wear the mask. “Searching” is an old-fashioned chase thriller, told in a uniquely modern way via the technological devices we use every day to communicate.

The date for “Spider-Verse” is only one week after the film’s release in multiple international territories from Dec 12. and in North America from Dec. 14. “Searching” began its international rollout from late August.
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Colbert: ‘Did Donald Trump Knowingly Provide Cover for a Murderous Autocrat?’ (Video)

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Colbert: ‘Did Donald Trump Knowingly Provide Cover for a Murderous Autocrat?’ (Video)
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert said that Donald Trump’s statement earlier in the day in support of Saudi Arabia provided “cover for a murderous autocrat.”

“The president got out in front of the CIA today,” said Colbert, referring to an upcoming CIA report linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Apparently you can kill a Washington Post journalist,” Colbert continued, “and the president don’t give a damn. ‘Cause Trump’s official presidential decision on who is to blame is a resolute ‘I dunno.'”

Also Read: Trump Defends Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi Murder: 'We May Never Know All of the Facts'

Colbert then quoted from Trump’s statement: “It may very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did, and maybe he didn’t!”

“Did Donald Trump just
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Jay Chou Joins Vin Diesel in 'xXx 4'

Jay Chou Joins Vin Diesel in 'xXx 4'
Taiwanese pop star-turned-actor Jay Chou is teaming up with Vin Diesel to co-star in the upcoming fourth installment of the xXx franchise, which is to be directed by D.J. Caruso.

Known as the “King of Mandopop," Chou is a huge draw across Asia as a pop signer and beloved personality. But U.S. viewers will know him best for his transition to acting in features such as The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen, or in Jon Chu's action-comedy Now You See Me 2.

"This is an incredibly exciting film which I’m beyond happy to ...
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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Lands Christmas Release in China

Sony's animated superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has locked down a holiday season release date in China, the world's second-biggest box-office territory.

The film will open in the Middle Kingdom just prior to Christmas on Dec. 21, one week after its North American debut on Dec. 14.

Christmas isn't a national holiday in China, of course. Instead, the festive season has become something of a date occasion in the country, with young Chinese couples celebrating by going out for dinner, exchanging gifts, or catching a movie.

The Spider-Man franchise has had a strong year in China, with ...
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‘Robin Hood’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “Robin Hood.”

Ads placed for the action-adventure remake had an estimated media value of $7.88 million through Sunday for 1,037 national ad airings on 35 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Nov. 12-18. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lionsgate prioritized spend across networks including Fox, NBC and Comedy Central, and during programming such as NFL Football, NBA Basketball and Manifest.

Just behind “Robin Hood” in second place: Walt Disney Animation’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” which saw 1,119 national ad airings across 37 networks, with an estimated media value of $7.81 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Green Book” (Emv: $6.05 million), Warner Bros.’ “Creed II” ($6.04 million) and Paramount Pictures’ “Instant Family” ($4.71 million) round out the chart.
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