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'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release. At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget
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‘Glamorous’: Brooke Shields To Star In, Eva Longoria To Direct the CW Pilot

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‘Glamorous’: Brooke Shields To Star In, Eva Longoria To Direct the CW Pilot
Brooke Shields is set to star in the CW’s drama pilot Glamorous. Eva Longoria has been tapped to direct and executive produce in her pilot directing debut. Jade Payton also has been cast in hourlong drama pilot from Damon Wayans Jr. and his Two Shakes Entertainment, writer Jordon Nardino and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Nardino, Glamorous centers on a gender non-conforming recent high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube.

Shields, a former model herself, will play Madolyn, a former supermodel who is no stranger to the covers of Vogue or the runways of Milan, Madolyn is the founder and CEO of one of the industry’s most respected and sophisticated cosmetics company. A canny businesswoman and entrepreneur, Madolyn is at the top of the game and will stop at nothing to stay there, including
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’
Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in Sony’s “Journal for Jordan,” a drama that will be directed by Denzel Washington.

The movie, penned by “Mudbound” screenwriter Virgin Williams, is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son, Jordan, while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was just seven months old, but his spirit lives on in his messages of love to Dana and Jordan.

Jordan will also produce through his Outlier Society banner, while Washington and Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will also produce.

Jordan garnered critical acclaim for portraying the tormented villain Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” the first Marvel movie to score a best picture Oscar nomination. He most recently starred in “Creed II,
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"Haunting of Hill House" Anthology Gets Season 2 as Creators Ink Big Netflix Overall Deal

While Netflix doesn't release viewership data, this is one clear indicator that The Haunting of Hill House was a massive hit for the streamer.

Haunting creator Mike Flanagan and his longtime Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy have signed a big overall deal with Netflix that includes a second season of the anthology. Sources say the pact is for four or five years and worth in the low eight-figure range. Given that Hill House was the duo's first series, that sum is considered a sizable investment from the streamer that changed the overall deals space after handing out nine-figure deals to ...
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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’

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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’
Chicago Police officials asserted Thursday that actor Jussie Smollett set up a hate crime hoax on Jan. 28 because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the Fox series “Empire.”

Police are holding a news conference to discuss the case that has made international headlines amid Smollett’s continued insistence that he was the victim of a vicious attack and he had no involvement in staging the incident. Smollett surrendered to police Thursday morning and will be charged today with filing a false police report.
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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77

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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77
Peter Tork, bassist, keyboardist and singer for iconic late ’60s pop-rock band The Monkees died on Thursday. He was 77.

Tork’s death was confirmed by his sister, Anne Thorkelson, to The Washington Post. Thorkelson did not share the cause of death or where Tork died. His Twitter and Facebook accounts announced his death shortly after.

“Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share,” a message attributed to the Peter Tork Facebook Team said.

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It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world. As we have mentioned in the past, the Ptfb team is…
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"Halo" TV Series Will Be Directed by ‘Robin Hood’ Filmmaker Otto Bathurst

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The long road to adapt Halo to the screen (be it big or small) is almost at an end. Showtime is turning the video game franchise into a new TV series, and they’ve found their director – Otto Bathurst, the filmmaker behind the recent Robin Hood reboot. Bathurst will direct multiple episodes of the live-action series, and […]

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Woody Allen Teams with Spain’s Mediapro for Next Film

Woody Allen Teams with Spain’s Mediapro for Next Film
Madrid — Woody Allen is re-teaming with Spain’s Mediapro, one of Europe’s biggest independent film-tv companies, to develop his next film with an eye it seems to shooting in Spain.

Mediapro co-financed and co-produced two of Allen’s highest-grossing movies, 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which grossed $96.4 million worldwide, and 2011’s “Midnight in Paris” which earned $151.2 million around the world.

A spokeswoman for Mediapro confirmed to Variety that Mediapro, with 56 offices in 36 countries, will produce Woody Allen’s next film.

“The project is still at an initial step and it is too early to talk about locations or other details,” she added.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, which cites confirmation by Mediapro sources, Allen’s team has been scouting locations in the Basque Country. No details of the film projects’s title, cast or indeed subject have emerged.

Mediapro executives will meet with the San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission today
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Stitches’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Stitches’
An elegant hybrid of true-story exposé and slow-moving arthouse thriller, Serbian director Miroslav Terzić’s sober sophomore feature “Stitches” takes a familiar idea — a lone crusader taking on a corrupt system in pursuit of the truth — but delivers an unusually thoughtful, psychologically compelling character study. Taking its cue from Snežana Bogdanović’s eerily composed but fathomless central performance as a middle-aged Belgrade-based seamstress who believes she was deceived 18 years earlier by doctors who claimed her baby was stillborn, the film makes a confident drama of a cruel chapter in recent Serbian history.

Ana (Bogdanović), the wife of Jovan (Marko Baćović) and mother of teenage daughter Ivana (Jovana Stojiljković), is quiet to the point of being withdrawn. Or rather, we would think she’s withdrawn if it weren’t for an arresting, almost surreal opening scene that shows her stalking another woman, like a predator, from a safe distance. Though neither
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BBC Orders Comedy Series Based on ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

The BBC has greenlit “The Goes Wrong Show,” a new series based on Mischief Theatre’s popular “The Play That Goes Wrong” stage production about a troupe that puts on disastrous plays.

The stage show has transferred from London’s West End to Broadway for a J.J. Abrams-produced version described by Variety as “a broad, silly and deliciously demented show, about a fictitious amateur theatrical group.”

The physical theater set-up has been brought to TV before with BBC specials “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” and “A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong.” Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields are
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Aruna & Her Palate’

When mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and romance are on the table, “Aruna & Her Palate” is a bouncy crowd-pleaser. Less tasty is the backdrop of a suspected bird flu outbreak that brings a food-loving epidemiologist into contact with her secret crush. Adapted from Laksmi Pamuntjak’s 2014 novel “The Bird Woman’s Palate,” “Aruna” manages to overcome its sometimes awkward ingredients thanks to crisp direction and appealing performances from a top-notch cast. Though unlikely to travel as widely as previous features by talented mononymous filmmaker Edwin “Aruna,” should benefit from exposure in the Culinary Cinema section at Berlin. The film received widespread critical support and performed Ok at the box office following a late September local release.

In breezy opening segments, Aruna establishes a warm and winning relationship with viewers by speaking directly to the camera. The device works splendidly, and it’s only a disappointment when it tapers off as the story proceeds.
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Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke to Retire

Australian entertainment conglomerate Village Roadshow Ltd. said Friday that CEO Graham Burke would retire at the end of the year after more than 60 years with the company and over 30 as CEO.

The company will conduct a global search for a replacement for Burke, but said Clark Kirby, who is chairman and CEO of Vrl’s largest division, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, and the son of executive chairman Robert Kirby, will be an internal candidate for the role. Burke will remain on the board of the company as a non-executive director once a new CEO has been found....
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Film Review: ‘Duke’

Film Review: ‘Duke’
If you can envision “Let’s Be Cops” reconstituted as a noirish psychodrama, you may be adequately prepared for “Duke,” an uneven but arresting indie thriller about two siblings who are driven to heroic extremes by childhood traumas. Co-directed by twin brothers James and Anthony Gaudioso, who also appear in strikingly different supporting roles, the film sustains more than enough dramatic tension from scene to scene to keep a viewer intrigued, despite the sporadic fuzziness of motivation and plot specifics, though it faces long odds as it tries to distinguish itself among scads of similar small-budget efforts currently available on streaming platforms.

After a portentous prologue that hints at psychologically scarring childhood experiences at an institution referenced only as “The Home” — maybe an orphanage, maybe a reformatory — the narrative proper kicks in as Dare (Carmine Giovinazzo), a tightly wired undercover detective, and Roost (Michael Monks), a uniformed officer, are patrolling a West L.
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Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders Resigned After Son Accused of Sexual Assault

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Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders Resigned After Son Accused of Sexual Assault
Lisa Borders, the CEO of Time’s Up, abruptly resigned her post this week after her son was accused of sexual assault, the organization told TheWrap on Thursday.

Borders, who had been in the job just over three months, resigned this week citing “family concerns that require my singular focus.”

But TheWrap has learned that Borders agreed to resign after her son Dijon Borders, a healer based in Los Angeles, was accused of sexual misconduct in a session with a woman who went to the police. Her responses in defending her son made her position untenable, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

The individual told TheWrap that “Lisa wanted to take action to defend her son and in doing so was in conflict with her role leading an organization deeply rooted in supporting survivors.”

Also Read: Time's Up President Lisa Borders Resigns After Three Months

In a statement,
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Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film ‘Sargasso Sea’

Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film ‘Sargasso Sea’
After a sudden suicide turns a small eel-farming town upside down, an investigation unearths troubling secrets about the town’s past. Those discoveries will bring together two women trapped in solitary lives, offering each a chance to find salvation.

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the third feature by Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas. Starring frequent Yorgos Lanthimos collaborator Angeliki Papoulia and Youla Boudali (“In the Fade”), the film will world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

Taking its name from the mysterious region of the North Atlantic, a swirling gyre of deep-blue water bounded by four ocean currents, “The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the story of two women dreaming of escape.

Their arduous emotional journey echoes a remarkable natural phenomenon, when eels in Europe and North America reaching sexual maturity leave their habitats and swim hundreds of miles to lay their eggs in the Sargasso.
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France’s Cesar Awards Leads the Way for the Oscars

Since 2011, France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma has steadfastly held its annual awards ceremony the Friday before the Academy Awards. And if launching the Césars two days before the Oscars holds a real, practical benefit — allowing those walking both red carpets time to linger over their last flutes of Champagne before boarding the 12-hour flight — it also resonates on a more figurative level.

Though both ceremonies have evolved alongside one another in recent years and have made similar changes, the César committees have consistently been just ahead of their American counterparts when introducing such shifts.

Take, for example, the overall number of nominees: In 2009, the Césars expanded its best picture field from five nominees to seven, predating the Oscars’ similar move by a year. The César chiefs were so pleased by this change that, in 2012, they opted to expand the categories of actor, actress and director to
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Australian Film Veteran Graham Burke to Leave Village Roadshow as Group Claims Turnaround

Graham Burke, the Australian film industry veteran, is to step down from Village Roadshow by the end of the year. His move follows a period of feuding among the family owners, and significant corporate restructuring.

Describing the 2018-19 financial year, which runs to June, as a “reset and transition to FY20,” the group presented a financial result for the six months to December that it claimed showed recovery. Revenue from continuing operations increased by 3% from A$515 million in the equivalent half year, to $375 million (A$528 million). It incurred net losses of $250,000.

Village said that it will seek a new CEO to replace Burke, and that Burke will stay with the company until the end of 2019, as a non-executive director to ensure a smooth transition. It acknowledged that Clark Kirby, chairman and CEO of Village’s theme parks business, is to be considered as an internal candidate.

Burke, now 77, joined the
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Australian Director Gameau Challenges Audiences to Improve the Planet

Australian Director Gameau Challenges Audiences to Improve the Planet
Bright-eyed Australian director Damon Gameau set out in his previous movie, “That Sugar Film” to challenge everyday thoughtlessness about the dangers of our modern lifestyle — and became profoundly sick while doing so. In his new film “2040,” which plays in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and which he styles as a “hybrid feature documentary,” Gameau challenges us to improve the planet over the next 20 years. Leaving no room for world-weary cynicism, however, he shows that we already have the technology and skills to do it.

How’s your health?

That Sugar Film” was four years ago. Fortunately, there’s no lasting liver damage.

Where did the idea for this visual letter to your daughter come from?

I wanted to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us. The aim was to shift things away from the mainstream narrative,
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Hear Adam Lambert’s Achingly Yearning New Song ‘Feel Something’

Hear Adam Lambert’s Achingly Yearning New Song ‘Feel Something’
Adam Lambert has released new song “Feel Something.” It’s the singer’s first new solo track since he unveiled 2017’s “Two Fux.” Lambert said it’s slated for his upcoming album and serves as a preview of what’s to come.

Written by Lambert, Benedict Cork and Josh Cumbee, the achingly yearning ballad showcases Lambert’s acrobatic vocal range. “I’ve been leaving my heart in all the wrong places,” he sings. “Took it back way too soon when I should’ve been patient.” Later, he confesses on the chorus,
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Trevor Noah Skewers Jussie Smollett for Allegedly Faking Crime for Raise: ‘What’s the Logic There?’

Trevor Noah Skewers Jussie Smollett for Allegedly Faking Crime for Raise: ‘What’s the Logic There?’
As the Jussie Smollett saga continues to unravel, late night hosts are echoing the incredulity expressed by many by poking fun at the “Empire” actor’s alleged attempt to fake a hate crime, reportedly because he was dissatisfied with his salary.

“This dude may have faked a hate crime just to get a raise?” asked Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show.” “What’s the logic there? You get your ass beat and then you go to your boss and go, ‘Hey, I need another million dollars, I need to buy some band-aids?’ What was the thinking? That’s not a
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