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Sony Dates Two Spider-Man Universe Movies for 2020

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Sony Dates Two Spider-Man Universe Movies for 2020
Sony Pictures is staking out two significant dates in 2020 for their piece of the Marvel pie, the Spider-Man universe.

An untitled Sony-Marvel project will hit theaters on July 10, 2020, with an untitled Sony-Marvel sequel following on Oct. 2.

While no specifics were provided in the studio’s announcement, the July project is likely Morbius, starring Jared Leto. The character is another villain from the Spidey canon, which will be shepherded by Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Morbius first surfaced in the 1971 comics The Amazing Spider-Man, as a scientist seeking a cure for a blood disease. Things don’t go as planned, and the doctor winds up with vampiric traits and a thirst for blood.
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ABC Cancels Rachel Bilson’s ‘Take Two’ After One Season

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ABC Cancels Rachel Bilson’s ‘Take Two’ After One Season
ABC will not be picking up additional episodes of crime dramedy “Take Two,” Variety has confirmed. The show, which starred Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian, premiered in June and concluded its 13-episode first season in September.

Take Two” came from “Castle” creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller, and received a straight-to-series order at ABC last November. The series paired up Bilson’s Sam Swift, a former star of a hit cop series, with Cibrian’s Eddie Valetik, a private investigator. Sam turned to Eddie to research a potential comeback role after a stint at rehab, and Eddie realized the disgraced actress’ skills and experience may serve as a valuable asset.

The series was one of the lowest-rated series of the summer season, averaging a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen.

The procedural also starred Aliyah O’Brien, Xavier de Guzman, and Alice Lee. Miller and Marlowe wrote and executive produced,
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‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses

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‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses
With four films hitting theaters nationwide early for Thanksgiving weekend, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet and MGM’s Creed II both came out of their corners swinging. The Wreck-it-Ralph sequel earned $3.8 million from Tuesday night previews, and Creed II was just behind it with $3.7 million. Both numbers amount to the best showings for Thanksgiving previews ever.

The preview for Ralph Breaks the Internet surpasses Disney’s other recent Thanksgiving releases, including Coco ($2.3 million) and Moana ($2.6 million). As with all family releases, this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is expected to make the majority of its grosses from matinee and weekend screenings. It’s projected for a $68-75 million five-day opening, up from the $49 million three-day opening of its 2012 predecessor.

As for Creed II, its predecessor also opened on Thanksgiving weekend in 2015 and earned $1.4 million from Tuesday previews and went on to earn a $42 million five day opening and a $109.7 million domestic run.
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LFO Singer Devin Lima Dead at 41

LFO Singer Devin Lima Dead at 41
Devin Lima, whose pop band LFO released the hit “Summer Girls” in 1999, has died following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 41. Us Weekly confirmed Lima’s death.

In October 2017, fellow LFO member Brad Fischetti revealed that Lima had been diagnosed with stage four adrenal cancer and he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his adrenal gland, CNN reported.

“I wish we had better news to share,” Fischetti said at the time. “It’s devastating news but at the same time, there’s nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima.
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A Settlement Has Been Reached Between The Satanic Temple and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

A Settlement Has Been Reached Between The Satanic Temple and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”
Earlier this month, The Satanic Temple filed a $50 million lawsuit against WB/Netflix over the statue of the “Dark Lord” that’s on display in the fictional Academy of Unseen Arts in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” the design of which, they say, was stolen from The Temple’s Baphomet statue. Furthermore, The Satanic Temple feels that “Chilling Adventures” misappropriated their imagery, […]
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‘Green Hornet’ Star Jay Chou To Join Vin Diesel In ‘xXx 4’

‘Green Hornet’ Star Jay Chou To Join Vin Diesel In ‘xXx 4’
Vin Diesel’s character Xander Cage is coming back, once again. A little more than a year ago, we heard that Diesel and his people were working on xXx 4, but since then, it’s been quiet. Now, we have confirmation that xXx 4 is indeed in the works, directed by the previous film’s helmer DJ Caruso, and we know who’s going to star opposite Diesel in the film.
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Wayne Maunder, Star of the 1960s Western 'Lancer,' Dies at 80

Wayne Maunder, Star of the 1960s Western 'Lancer,' Dies at 80
Wayne Maunder, who starred on the TV Westerns Custer and Lancer in the 1960s, has died. He was 80.

Maunder died unexpectedly Nov. 11 in his home in Brattleboro, Vt., a spokesman for the state's Department of Health confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor had a history of heart disease.

The handsome Maunder wore his blond hair long to play Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer (in the days before Little Bighorn) on Custer, a 1967 ABC action drama that lasted just 17 episodes. (Footage was later edited into a feature called The Legend of Custer.)

On Lancer, a CBS Western that ran ...
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Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ Hit With Music Copyright Lawsuit

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ Hit With Music Copyright Lawsuit
A lawsuit has cast a shadow over director Zhang Yimou’s stylish martial-arts epic “Shadow,” which won four prestigious Golden Horse Awards in Taipei last weekend, the most of any title.

The movie’s soundtrack earned a nomination for best original score for composer Loudboy (it did not win). But another composer has now accused “Shadow” producer Le Chuang Entertainment of stealing her work, alleging that it had been plagiarized in the film and used without credit in trailers.

Dong Yingda, a professor of film music at China’s Central Conservatory, wrote in a long statement on Weibo, China’s Twitter, that Zhang had commissioned her to develop the movie’s soundtrack in February of last year. She assembled a team of music history experts and top performers of classical Chinese instruments, such as the zither and pipa (a four-stringed lute), to create a score befitting the third-century Three Kingdoms period,
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Chinese Actress Vicki Zhao Banned From Securities Markets

Chinese Actress Vicki Zhao Banned From Securities Markets
Prominent Chinese actress Zhao Wei (aka Vicki Zhao) has been banned for five years from holding senior positions in any listed company in China. The ruling was made by the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

The punishment relates to the failed 2016 takeover bid announced by Tibet Longwei, a company controlled by Zhao and her husband, Huang Youlong, for 29% of Zhejiang Wanija. The pair were found to have “disrupted market order” and to have benefited from a “celebrity effect” when they announced their bid, but did not have the financial resources to go through with it.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission had previously punished the pair with a 5-year ban from trading on the Shanghai market and a $170,000 (RMB1.2 million) fine for the same offense. The latest, additional penalty reflects their release of false information during the bid.

Zhao made her name with 1990s TV series “My Fair Princess.” Since, she
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Thanksgiving Viewing Guide 2018: What to Watch on TV on Turkey Day

It’s almost Thanksgiving again, so we hope you’re prepared for a full day of eating food and otherwise sitting around doing very little with friends and/or family. To aid you in that endeavor, below you’ll find the lowdown on all the most important television programming on Thanksgiving day, from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to football to everything else. So let’s take a look.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The extremely popular New York City parade will be shown live on both CBS and NBC starting at 9 a.m. — if you live in any part of the United States that isn’t the West Coast, anyway. If you are on the West Coast, NBC will broadcast the parade on delay at 9 a.m. Pt. CBS will not show the parade at all on the West Coast, because the net will be showing football starting at 9:30 a.
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Eric Nyari and Ema Ryan Yamazaki: Emblems of Change in Japanese Film

Japan’s film industry is still highly insular, making films mostly by Japanese for Japanese audiences. But over the past two decades Japan-resident, non-natives have been making inroads.

They include Australian scriptwriter Max Mannix with the Kiyoshi Kurosawa drama “Tokyo Sonata,” Welsh director John Williams and Canadian producer Jason Gray with the futuristic anthology “Ten Years Japan”.

Simultaneously, more Japanese talent is going abroad to study and work. Examples include “Pacific Rim” star Rinko Kikuchi, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa who shot his upcoming “To the Ends of the Earth”) in Uzbekistan.

Two people emblematic of these trends, are husband and wife Eric Nyari and Ema Ryan Yamazaki. Son of Balazs Nyari, the president of New York post-production house Cineric, Nyari came to Japan at age 21 and in 2009 at age 28, produced his first film, the Atsushi Ogata comedy “Cast Me If You Can.” Since then Nyari has amassed more than 20 producing credits,
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‘Fleabag’ to Get French Makeover as Studiocanal’s First In-House Series (Exclusive)

‘Fleabag’ to Get French Makeover as Studiocanal’s First In-House Series (Exclusive)
“Fleabag,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s critically acclaimed comedy show, will get a French makeover as the first series from Studiocanal Original, the in-house production unit of Canal Plus Group’s film and TV production-distribution arm.

Studiocanal Original is producing the series with Banijay Studios France, which acquired the local remake rights to “Fleabag” and brought the project over to Studiocanal.

It marks the first scripted show from the new Studiocanal shingle, which is presided over by Arielle Saracco, who remains in charge of Canal Plus’s “creation originale” label. The project is spearheaded by Dominique Jubin, Studiocanal’s former creative VP,
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Doc Filmmaker Victor Moreno on Idfa Competition Player ‘The Hidden City’

Victor Moreno’s “The Hidden City” is an underground doc – literally – years in the making. The film had help in finding its light at the end of a tunnel with awards at the Abycine Lanza independent film market and the inaugural European Council Eurimages Lab Project Award in 2016, and competed at the Seville International Film Festival earlier this month – where it won best cinematography – before heading to the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Idfa).

The film is a dark, sensory-stimulating look at the world beneath our feet. Moreno goes deep into the unseen tunnels, metros and sewers that support life for the millions above, juxtaposing that world with the one seen every day. Lack of light or color, otherworldly sounds and machinery and nocturnal animals inhabit the dark corridors in a cinematic experience that begs to be enjoyed in a pitch-black theater with high-quality speakers.

The film is a Spanish, German
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Idfa Forum: ‘We Want To Reflect The Broadness of the Festival’

Amsterdam — Despite divisions in the outside world, the community spirit still thrives in Idfa’s Forum.

It used to be called The Cuban Hat. But now, before the main awards are handed out at Idfa, the festival’s industry arm has a more personal honor to bestow: The Dutch Clog. The business equivalent of the main festival’s audience award, it is given at the Forum’s finale to the best projects presented in the Central Pitch and Round Table Pitch arenas. “We have these Dutch clogs going around where people can put money in,” explains Forum Co-ordinator Yorinde Segale, “so they will win the clogs and also the money that’s in there.” The Forum itself puts €500 in. “But also people put pledges in there,” she adds, “so if you ever go to Sweden, someone might say, ‘You can sleep on my couch for four nights,’ or there are
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Celebration’

In 1998, French filmmaker Olivier Meyrou filmed Yves Saint Laurent as he prepared what would be his final collection before the top-tier fashion brand sold to Gucci the following year. It was the end of an era, as Saint Laurent was already the last of the great French designers to operate his own house, and this would be his “Celebration” — although the man Meyrou observed was far different from what his legend suggested: reclusive, irritable, virtually silent, and, perhaps most shockingly, quite inelegant.

Ironic title notwithstanding, “Celebration” feels less like hollow adulation than some kind of macabre autopsy conducted on a still-living specimen. Saint Laurent died a full decade later, but seems barely there in this often contradictory portrait, which is simultaneously respectful of his genius and perturbed by the twitching, tragic creature Saint Laurent has become. Still, what kind of monster is cooed over by supermodels and treated like royalty by his staff?
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Culture Is Served: DocLab’s Caspar Sonnen Provides Food For Thought

Amsterdam — Under the banner of ‘The Humanoid Cookbook.’ this year’s DocLab is going back to the basics of human interaction.

In the Brakke Grond, a table and chair are set in front of a TV monitor. There’s a white tablecloth, a place setting and even a little bunch of decorative flowers. But the woman seated there isn’t tucking into a gourmet meal, she’s watching a short, interactive film that involves pressing a couple of buttons that are clearly labelled in front her. The idea is just one of the many ideas feeding into this year’s theme at DocLab, Idfa’s experimental wing: The Humanoid Cookbook.

“The title has several meanings,” explains Caspar Sonnen, Idfa’s Head of New Media, “and one of them is to explore new forms of exhibiting emerging media. The context of a cinema is not necessarily the best one for interactive work,
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Hernán Zin: ‘Nothing Makes Sense in War’

Hernán Zin: ‘Nothing Makes Sense in War’
Barcelona — Hernán Zin’s latest documentary “Dying to Tell,” a best doc winner at September’s Montreal World Film Festival and last month’s Valladolid Intl. Film Festival, chronicles the aims and personal cost of war correspondents.

Zin has spent more than 20 years in the world’s fiercest conflict zones –Bosnia, Sierra Leona, Rwanda, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan– along with Spanish comrades, several of them dead due to tragic circumstances –Julio Anguita, Ricardo Ortega, Julio Fuentes, José Couso and Miguel Gil. In 2012 in Afghanistan, Zin suffered a panic attack and decided it was time to stop. “Dying to Tell” is the result of that break.

The film is produced by his company Contramedia Films with Quexito Films and Spanish pubcaster Rtve. Zin talked with Variety about the cost of his career,

There’s a sentence in the film –”all that dies within us to tell a story.” What has been the personal cost of your job?
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Deepa Mehta Among Directors for Netflix's Indian Series 'Leila'

Netflix has unveiled the directors for its upcoming Indian original series Leila, including Deepa Mehta who also serves as the creative executive producer for the show.

Mehta, known for her acclaimed trilogy Fire, Earth and Water in addition to the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's book Midnight's Children, will be joined by Shankar Raman (Gurgaon) and Pawan Kumar (Lucia).

Urmi Juvekar, known for such Bollywood titles as Oye Lucky! Lucky! Lucky Oye! And Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, serves as Leila's showrunner.

Based on the book of the same name by Prayaag Akbar, Leila is a dystopian drama set in the near future and revolves around ...
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Celestial Tiger Expands Originals Slate With Trio of Cantonese Shows

Asian channels group, Celestial Tiger Entertainment is expanding its roster of original productions from Hong Kong. The three new shows, which will air on its Chk channel, are its first to be presented in Cantonese.

“The Other Side of Hong Kong” is a lifestyle show hosted by actor Jason Chan. It challenges seasoned travellers to explore the city’s hidden gems and discover insider secrets. The show will premiere on Dec. 8, 2018. On air from January. “Urban Legends” follows veteran actor David Siu and a team of famous local meta-physicists as they explore the darker haunts in Hong Kong, from Black
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India Planning Tax Incentives for International Co-Productions

India is planning to offer federal tax incentives and investment in international co-productions. It intends to the country as a financially attractive destination for films and TV series.

While the plan is still at a nascent stage, the aim is to have a document ready by May, to be announced during Cannes 2019, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary (Films) at India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, told Variety. He was speaking on the sidelines of the annual Film Bazaar in Goa, at an event to launch the Film Facilitation Office’s website.

The coproduction proposals will be modelled on countries with successful incentive plans like Canada and Morocco, Parmar said. India currently has bilateral co-production treaties with Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the U.K.

The Film Facilitation Office was set up in 2015 to help international producers cut through the labyrinthine
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