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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’

Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’
Hulu is developing multiple shows based on the “Wild Cards” book series, which is edited by “Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin.

Variety has learned from sources that the streamer is set to open a writers room for two shows set in the “Wild Cards” universe. Universal Cable Productions will produce along with Hulu, with Andrew Miller set to write and executive produce both projects. Miller, who is currently under an overall deal at UCP, recently helmed the “Tremors” pilot at Syfy that saw the return of the original film’s star Kevin Bacon.

Set in the present, the “Wild Cards” books explore the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead.
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"The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated]

Update: Variety reports that Pedro Pascal is officially set to lead "The Mandalorian," confirming Making Star Wars' scoop from last month. Details remain mostly under wraps, but Pascal will play “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” And he’ll also wear some sweet Boba […]

The post "The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated] appeared first on /Film.
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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"Temptation Island" Reboot Officially A Go At USA; Mark L. Walberg Returns As Host

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USA Network has confirmed its upcoming reboot of the 2001 reality series "Temptation Island." The 10-episode revival, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on January 15 with Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original, returning as host.

"Temptation Island," which had been in the works at USA for the past few months, is part of the network’s aggressive expansion into unscripted series as it is preparing for the departure of WWE Smackdown next fall.

"Temptation Island" follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.
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Netflix Greenlights "Rhythm & Flow" Music Competition Series, Sets Cardi B, Chance the Rapper & T.I. As Judges

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Netflix Greenlights
Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed "Rhythm & Flow," from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019.
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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform "Shallow" at Oscars If Nominated

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform
Could we be getting a real-life Jackson Maine and Ally concert?

Due to the massive success of “Shallow”, the duet performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga‘s characters in A Star is Born, many expect it to be nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In a new Variety cover story, Gaga confirmed she and her costar and director Cooper would perform the song live at the Oscars if it were indeed nominated: “One hundred percent,” she vowed.

Traditionally, all five songs nominated for Best Original Song are performed live on the Academy Awards broadcast,
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold

Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold
The Oscar buzz surrounding “Green Book” has been a revelation for Peter Farrelly, directing solo without brother Bobby this time around.

“I have a very thick skin, but I didn’t realize we were so looked-down-on,” Farrelly says with a laugh. “I thought we were highly regarded.”

Critics have marveled that the director, who created a crass-comedy oeuvre with Bobby, was at the helm of this awards-track film. He has a theory about the warm reaction to “Green Book,” audience award winner at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival: “It’s because this movie is not just a bunch of laughs,” Farrelly says. “It’s got heart, a feeling that gets to people.”

If an Oscar-tipped film such as “Green Book” seems like it’s a big step outside Farrelly’s comfort zone, think again. Farrelly’s work has often examined the clash of extreme cultural differences, whether Siamese twins who
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Writer of Ennio Morricone Story Criticizing Tarantino Made ‘Terrible Mistakes,’ Playboy Says

Writer of Ennio Morricone Story Criticizing Tarantino Made ‘Terrible Mistakes,’ Playboy Says
The writer of an inflammatory interview with Ennio Morricone, in which the composer allegedly badmouthed Quentin Tarantino, has admitted to making “terrible mistakes” in the piece, including the use of quotes taken from previous stories in other outlets, Playboy in Germany said Wednesday.

The magazine called it “an intolerable breach of journalistic ethics” that did not reflect its standards, and apologized to readers “for failing to save you from this farce of an interview.” It also said it was filing a criminal complaint against the freelance writer, Marcel Anders.

“In our many years of collaboration, this highly experienced journalist, who enjoys a spotless reputation within the industry, has never given us cause to doubt his integrity or his skills. To our dismay, we have now established that sections of the interview published by us do not accurately reflect the words spoken by Mr Morricone,” Playboy Germany editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said
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Inside the 46-Year Journey to Bring Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ Doc to Life

In 1990, Alan Elliott was a newly hired A&R man at Atlantic Records when he took a get-acquainted meeting with one of the label’s Mount Rushmore figures, producer Jerry Wexler. Wexler’s days with Aretha Franklin soon came up. “He said to me, ‘You heard Amazing Grace, right?’” recalls Elliott, referring to Franklin’s seminal 1972 gospel album. “I said it was my favorite record. He was a gruff fella, and he said, ‘We filmed it. We made the record and the film company made the film but fucked it up.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Arrested for Assault

‘A Star Is Born’ Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Arrested for Assault
A Star Is Born” cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who received an Oscar nomination for 2010’s “Black Swan,” was reportedly arrested on Tuesday for assaulting public officials in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Libatique, who was in town attending the Camerimage Film Festival, allegedly attacked paramedics and police at a hotel where the Dp was said to be “staggering,” according to AP and Polish broadcaster TVN24.

“The patient suddenly became aggressive toward medical rescuers, used offensive words and hit the head of the emergency medical team,” Krzysztof Wisniewski, an emergency official, told TVN24.

A paramedic had a tooth broken and other injuries, Wisniewski said.

When police officers arrived at the scene, the cinematographer allegedly attacked them as well, Bydgoszcz city police spokeswoman Monika Chlebicz said.

In a statement, the festival said, “Mr. Libatique was involved in an alleged incident that led to his detention and being held on a potential charge of
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Entertainment Research Firm Nrg Taps Ipsos Exec Ben Rogers

National Research Group (Nrg), which caters to movie studios and others in the entertainment industry, hired Ben Rogers as president of platform and technology clients.

Rogers, a market-research veteran with 20-plus years of experience, most recently was at Ipsos as executive VP, head of media development. At Nrg, he will lead the company’s technology practice across several dimensions of the product and services life cycle, including market landscaping, brand and positioning strategy, creative and platform optimization, and performance tracking. Rogers will remain based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Ben is a preeminent technology research executive and business leader with a deep history of success in using insights to drive impact across the life cycle of technology products and services,” Nrg CEO Jon Penn said in announcing Rogers’ hire. “He is the ideal person to take our rapidly expanding platform and service business to great new heights.”

Rogers joined
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‘Mommy Dead and Dearest’: Murder Trial Begins for Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s Ex

The June 2015 murder of Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard captured headlines not simply because of its brutality — Blanchard was stabbed 17 times — but the bizarre story that motivated her killers. Days after 48-year-old Blanchard was found dead in her Springfield, Missouri, home, her daughter, Gypsy Rose, and her daughter’s boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, were arrested at his home in Wisconsin — and even more shocking to those who knew the Blanchards was the revelation that Gypsy was not the sickly, wheelchair-bound teenager Dee Dee made her out to be.

The twisted mother-daughter relationship,
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See Jake Owen’s Rollicking ‘Down to the Honkytonk’ on ‘Kimmel’

See Jake Owen’s Rollicking ‘Down to the Honkytonk’ on ‘Kimmel’
Jake Owen may not expect to see his name in a hall of fame, but it was at least there in large print on the backdrop of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! concert stage on Tuesday, where the Florida native stopped by to play his ambling ode to local legends, “Down to the Honkytonk.”

Owen released the barroom sing-along as a stand-alone single back in August. With its cheeky, nonchalant allusions to honky-tonk heroes like Waylon Jennings and Garth Brooks, the song proves a hit with fans, who howl their approval
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Watch Eric Clapton’s Claymation Video For Bluesy Take on ‘White Christmas’

Watch Eric Clapton’s Claymation Video For Bluesy Take on ‘White Christmas’
Eric Clapton knows what he loves about Christmas: “Snow, a roaring fire, a few chestnuts knocking about and a huge turkey,” he said recently. “My wife is an incredible cook, so she will lay on the best Christmas lunch. All the classic things.”

Clapton loves the holiday so much he just released a great new album, Happy Xmas, which he’s celebrating with a new claymation-style video for his fiery blues take on “White Christmas.” The video tells the story of a young blues fanatic (who looks a lot like
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Hear ‘2 Dope Queens’ Interview Michelle Obama in Final Podcast Episode

Hear ‘2 Dope Queens’ Interview Michelle Obama in Final Podcast Episode
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson announced the end of their beloved podcast 2 Dope Queens. The final episode features an intimate conversation with Michelle Obama.

“We couldn’t have dreamed up a better, more meaningful, finale,” the pair wrote in a letter posted on Wnyc about the end of their podcast run. The show first debuted in April 2016 and the most recent episode aired last December. The pair had a four-episode run on HBO this February, with their live specials set to return in 2019.

Williams, Robinson and Obama had a candid,
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How Michael B. Jordan Is Leading the Charge in Hollywood’s Diversity Efforts

As 2018 draws to a close, Hollywood continues to find itself under the microscope with regard to inclusion and representation in the industry. It appears some positive steps are indeed being taken toward rectifying a historically shameful track record of excluding women and people of color from executive suites and on both sides of the camera.

While film and television leaders still have miles to go before claiming victory, the consensus among dozens of actors, filmmakers, executives, agents and industry observers interviewed by Variety is that lip service has begun to translate into real action. Agencies, guilds and studios are fortifying their efforts to combat the dearth of underrepresented talent on- and off-screen through a variety of programs and data-point tools, while major stars are leveraging their clout to ensure parity on their productions.

Swift moves have also been made to address racially insensitive remarks by high-profile executives, evidenced by the
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