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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot

Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot
Chris Pratt is eyeing a new franchise to call his own. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is in early talks to lead a relaunch of Paramount Pictures action franchise The Saint. Deadline broke the news Friday, noting that sources caution discussions are still early on, but the project has been in the works for a while now. Paramount scooped up the book rights for The Saint back in 2016 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce and it seems the studio is now starting to circle in on the lead. In the realm of IP, …
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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For
Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Two and A Half Men," will return to primetime television to play the scheming, evil genius Lex Luthor as a recurring character on the CW series "Supergirl."

The plan is for Cryer to make his debut as Luthor in the 15th episode of the current season which airs in early January. The series switched to Sunday nights in October when it launched its Season Four storyline. The season’s sixth episode, titled "Call to Action," airs this Sunday.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise
The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that WarnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

The post The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise appeared first on /Film.
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‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”

‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”
Adi Shankar made good on his promise to deliver "the best f*cking video game adaptation ever made to date" with "Castlevania," now enjoying its bloody run of two seasons on Netflix. Now, Shankar is upping the ante by taking on not just another video game adaptation, but one from a completely different gaming company and one that will exist under his umbrella of properties in the newly minuted "Bootleg Multiverse." Next up: Capcom's "Devil May Cry." Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a banner that showcases his imaginative and ballsy approaches to pop culture mash-ups and reimaginings of popular franchises, …
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"Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D" Renewed For Season 7 By ABC

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Ahead of its sixth season premiere this summer, ABC has renewed Marvel’s "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a seventh season. It is believed to consist of 13 episodes, on par with Season 6.

The timing of the early renewal is likely tied to the cast’s option coming up. Along with picking up the actors’ options, ordering Season 7 ahead of time would allow for the two shorter seasons to be filmed back-to-back, which helps to reduces costs.

When "S.H.I.E.L.D."'s move to summer was announced in May, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made it clear that Season 6 was not envisioned as a final one.
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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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How ABC Pulled Off a Stealth Transition for Channing Dungey and Karey Burke

How ABC Pulled Off a Stealth Transition for Channing Dungey and Karey Burke
Channing Dungey called a meeting Friday of ABC’s top executives and revealed to them that she would step down as the network’s entertainment president. Within an hour, Disney went public with the news that Dungey would be succeeded by Karey Burke, head of programming for ABC’s sibling cabler Freeform.

The news was not a surprise to those who know Dungey, who had been wrestling with the decision on whether to stay at ABC or move on when her contract ended early next year, three years after she was named ABC Entertainment president in February 2016.

But the news
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Academy Cancels Red Carpet Interviews at Governors Awards Due to Wildfires

California’s wildfires have resulted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scaling back Sunday’s red carpet at its Governors Awards event to a photos-only event. “In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” AMPAS announced Friday evening. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for your coverage planning and hope to see you at the next Academy event.” The Governors Awards takes place at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood. Academy Honorary Award will be given to Cicely Tyson, Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will be presented to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
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Billy Corben’s Mlb Doping Scandal Doc ‘Screwball’ Acquired by Greenwich Entertainment

Greenwich Entertainment announced on Friday, along with rakontur, that Greenwich has acquired U.S. rights to Billy Corben’s “Screwball.”

Screwball” is a surreal documentary detailing the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis Major League Baseball doping scandal.

The film made its world premiere to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and recently played at DocNYC.

Also Read: 'Rbg' and 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Among 166 Documentaries Submitted for Oscars

“Billy Corben’s wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream,” Greenwich’s Andy Bohn said in a statement.

Penned by Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”) and David Cypkin, Screwball is a true-crime dramedy investigating Mlb’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Corben and Alfred Spellman produced under their rakontur banner. Greenwich is planning a theatrical release in the spring
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6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

Innovators from across film, television, and digital media gathered at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit Thursday to discuss the state of diversity and representation within the entertainment industry.

Among the event’s keynote conversations and moderated panels were discussions with Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Oscar-winning “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, and actress Eva Longoria Baston, who shared her experience as a female filmmaker and the struggles that come with it. Other topics included the entertainment industry’s disability community, the benefits of unscripted series, and the future of inclusive storytelling.

Here are some of Variety‘s biggest takeaways from the day’s discussions.
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6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

Innovators from across film, television, and digital media gathered at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit Thursday to discuss the state of diversity and representation within the entertainment industry.

Among the event’s keynote conversations and moderated panels were discussions with Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Oscar-winning “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, and actress Eva Longoria Baston, who shared her experience as a female filmmaker and the struggles that come with it. Other topics included the entertainment industry’s disability community, the benefits of unscripted series, and the future of inclusive storytelling.

Here are some of Variety‘s biggest takeaways from the day’s discussions.

1) It’s possible to pump breastmilk while filming.

As a mother navigating the film industry, cinematographer Rachel Morrison said she’s trying to support other new mothers in her field, including one female Dp who discovered a way to pump breastmilk while filming with a handheld camera. Other
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – The Big Twist Ending and That Lestrange Family Drama, Explained

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – The Big Twist Ending and That Lestrange Family Drama, Explained
(Huge spoilers here for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” below. You have been warned.)

So here you are. You’ve experienced all the craziness that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” had in store. And you’re totally confused by all of it because, well, it’s a whole lot of information to absorb.

But it is what it is, and what it is can be really tough to digest — especially if you aren’t steeped in “Harry Potter” lore. And even if you are a lifelong Potterhead it might take a minute for all of it to sink in because of how much lore this new “Fantastic Beasts” movie is dropping on us.

So regardless of what level of “Harry Potter” fandom you’re one, we’re here to help you by distilling down the major revelations in a way that’s perhaps easier to understand than it was in the movie.
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Metallica Donate $100,000 to California Wildfire Relief Efforts

Metallica announced Friday that the band, through their All Within My Hands foundation, had donated $100,000 toward wildfire relief efforts in California. The heavy metal legends also encouraged fans to “support those in need and first responders.”

“Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state,” Metallica’s foundation wrote in a statement Friday.

“All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies
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Film News Roundup: Mlb Doping Scandal Documentary ‘Screwball’ Set for Spring Release

Film News Roundup: Mlb Doping Scandal Documentary ‘Screwball’ Set for Spring Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Screwball” is getting a domestic release in the spring, Brian Goldsmith re-ups at Lionsgate, horror novel “Snowblind” is in the works as a film, and “Room 13” has been cast.

Acquisition

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to baseball doping documentary “Screwball” and plans a theatrical release to coincide with the start of the Major League Baseball season in April.

The film, directed by Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”), centers on the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis doping scandal, which broke in 2013 when several Mlb players were accused of obtaining performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone from the now-defunct rejuvenation clinic Biogenesis of America.

Screwball” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and recently played at DocNYC. Corben and Alfred Spellman produced under their Rakontur banner.

“Billy Corben’s wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream,
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Does ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
With the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” we are now officially waist deep in this “Harry Potter” prequelverse. This prequel sequel is full of non-stop twists and turns, and drops some major bombshells that will reverberate throughout Potter lore.

And we’ve still got three more “Fantastic Beasts” movies on the way from director David Yates and series creator/screenwriter Jk Rowling. So, given the current trend of Hollywood blockbusters teasing future movies through bonus, post-credits scenes in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might be wondering if “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” features some kind of look at the next movie hidden after the credits. You wouldn’t want to bail for the restroom only to miss such a thing, after all.

Well, if you’re in a rush to get out of the theater once the credits start rolling, I have some good news for you.
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‘The Guilty’ Offers a Recipe for an Unconventional Thriller: One Location and Lots of Imagination

‘The Guilty’ Offers a Recipe for an Unconventional Thriller: One Location and Lots of Imagination
This story on “The Guilty” first appeared in the Foreign Language issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Director Gustav Möller’s first feature film, “The Guilty,” is a thriller that takes place entirely in one room, as a police dispatcher tries to deal with a panicked call from a kidnapped woman while never leaving his desk.

The film is Norway’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this is one of a series of interviews with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: 'The Guilty' Film Review: Denmark's Oscar Entry Spins Breathless Suspense

You’d just come out of film school, you were making your first feature and you chose an idea where the concept gave you big limitations as a filmmaker. Was there any sense that maybe you should have started with something simpler?

Gustav Moller: I don’t think I would want to
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