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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star Wars after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star Wars–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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‘Village Rockstars’ Director Says Her Acting Struggles Helped Her Oscar Contending Film

‘Village Rockstars’ Director Says Her Acting Struggles Helped Her Oscar Contending Film
A version of this story about “Village Rockstars” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Village Rockstars,” a lyrical film by Rima Das, plays out like a less raucous version of “The Florida Project” transplanted to the small Indian village of Chhaygaon, where kids carve musical instruments out of Styrofoam and dream of stardom.

The film is India’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this interview is one in a series of conversations TheWrap is having with the foreign directors in contention.

Also Read: Oscars Foreign Language Race 2018: Complete List of Submissions

How did you come of this story?

Rima Das I grew up in that village. For a couple of years, I was living in Mumbai, and when I was back in my village shooting my first film I met these children in the village. And they taught me how to unlearn.
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Why Kosovo’s Gay Rights Film ‘The Marriage’ Shocked Its Own Director When It Was Released

Why Kosovo’s Gay Rights Film ‘The Marriage’ Shocked Its Own Director When It Was Released
A version of this story about “The Marriage” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

The Marriage,” the first feature from award-winning shorts director Blerta Zeqiri, is a love triangle of sorts between a couple who are about to be married and the groom-to-be’s gay lover, who returns to Kosovo and stirs up old but repressed feelings.

The film is Kosovo’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this interview is one of a series of conversations TheWrap is having with the foreign directors.

Also Read: Oscars Foreign Language Race 2018: Complete List of Submissions

When we spoke in 2013, you said that you and your husband were writing a film about gay rights in Kosovo. Is this that film?

Blerta Zeqiri Yeah, it took us this many years to write it because I wanted to do the film with improvisations, the
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Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay’s Sobering ‘Vice’

Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay’s Sobering ‘Vice’
’Tis the season for latter-year revelations. With Adam McKay’s new film “Vice,” a follow-up to his 2015 Oscar winner “The Big Short,” a major one has landed, though it’s hardly a surprise: Christian Bale might be in line to receive his second Academy Award to date, for his uncanny portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Any glance at the film’s trailer made it clear that the 44-year-old actor, who previously won the supporting actor prize for 2010’s “The Fighter,” had undergone one of his famous transformations for this production, packing on the pounds, shaving back his hair, sporting makeup effects to bridge the gaps between actor and portly politico. It was a true immersion. I talked to him on Variety’s “Playback” podcast the day after he wrapped nearly a year ago, in fact, and he was happy to shake the lingering effects of the performance at the time.
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‘Peterloo’ Dp Dick Pope on the Making of a Massacre

Cinematographer Dick Pope has collaborated with iconic director Mike Leigh for over two decades and set out to apply their unique approach to filming to the story of the 1819 British massacre of demonstrators known to history as Peterloo. A study of workers, factory owners, the clergy and the crown, whose conflicting interests build to a brutal bloodbath on St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, the film represented the greatest technical challenge Pope has faced, he says.

Competing for the Golden Frog at EnergaCamerimage and shot at historic locations, the production was built up from a focus on actors and performances as its foundation, says Pope, an approach he and Leigh have used throughout their collaboration on films including “Naked,” “Vera Drake” and “Mr. Turner.”

You’ve been on juries here at EnergaCamerimage more than once. What do you notice in different choices younger cinematographers are making?

I do find in
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Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’

Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron, who won an Oscar for directing 2013’s “Gravity,” is back in the awards conversation again this year with a very different kind of film, “Roma,” a clearly autobiographical tale that follows the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 70s. “Roma” is notable for its uncompromising art-house esthetics, its meticulous restoration of Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood, and its widely praised black-and-white cinematography, which Cuaron created himself as his own Dp. He had originally intended to shoot the film with longtime collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, known as Chivo, but then the Dp became unavailable.

What’s the story behind you serving as your own Dp for “Roma?”

Chivo started prepping with me. I designed this film for him – the bastard! (laughs) Chivo and I have always had conversations about what are the biggest obstacles to making a good film, and pretty much everything boils down to time.
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Ezra Miller Promises ‘We’re Making a F–king Crazy Dope ‘Flash’ Movie’

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Ezra Miller Promises ‘We’re Making a F–king Crazy Dope ‘Flash’ Movie’
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” actor and fashion provocateur Ezra Miller promises his standalone “Flash” movie will be ” f–king crazy-dope.”

“Nothing is ever certain in this world, but as certain as things get, we’re making a f–king crazy-dope ‘Flash’ movie,” Miller said in a new interview with Playboy posted Thursday.

Created in 1956, DC Comics’ “The Flash,” whose secret identity is Barry Allen, is a hero with the power of super speed that allows him incredible abilities, including time travel. The character was a part of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” and debuted in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Miller is thrilled about starring in the standalone movie, calling it “one of my greatest life dreams.”

Also Read: 'The Flash': DC Movie Eyes Late 2019 Production Start

“Anyone who knows about Barry Allen knows he may arrive late, very late, but once he gets there,
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Ji Yong Kim Wins at EnergaCamerimage With ‘The Fortress’

Ji Yong Kim Wins at EnergaCamerimage With ‘The Fortress’
South Korean cinematographer Ji Yong Kim won the EnergaCamerimage fest top prize, the Golden Frog, on Saturday for the sweeping imagery of his Renaissance-era war story “The Fortress” by director Dong-Hyuk Hwang. Juror David Gropman, a production designer, praised the film’s “staggering beauty and epic scale.”

Poland’s own rising-star Dp Lukasz Zal won the Silver Frog for the crisp, monochrome look of period love story “Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski while Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote, directed and filmed the richly atmospheric black-and-white film “Roma,” named for the Mexico City neighborhood where he grew up, scored the Bronze Frog.

The prizes, handed out at the Opera Nova music hall in Bydgoszcz, Poland, capped a week of top cinematography work in 10 competitions, an experience fest director Marek Zydowicz described as a great success despite “crisis situations” during the week, which included the brief arrest of cinematographer Matthew Libatique on suspicion of assault.
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Almost 3,000 Votes Are Missing in the Florida Recount

The recount in Florida has put the state’s election machinery to the test, and it has failed miserably: Almost 3,000 votes have vanished, the New York Times reported, while Florida recounts three state and three local elections that have yet to be called.

The Florida secretary of state reported 900 fewer votes than were tallied originally, and that number is expected to balloon by 2,000 more votes when results from Broward County are reported. Although this number of votes would not necessarily swing the election from one candidate to another, it’s certainly enough to cause concern.
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How Oscar Favorite ‘Cold War’ Turned a Personal Story Into a Sweeping Epic

A version of this story about “Cold War” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s first film since his Oscar-winning “Ida” spans a decade and a half of post-World War II Europe to tell the story of a pair of musicians drawn together and torn apart by a tempestuous love.

The film, one of the most acclaimed in the Oscar foreign-language category, is Poland’s entry in this year’s race. This interview is one of a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the 2018 foreign directors.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

The story is loosely based on or at least inspired by your parents, isn’t it?

Pawel Pawlikowski: The main couple, their relationship is kind of inspired by my parents and their rather volatile relationship. Coming together and separating,
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That Time Mark Hamill Pitched Boba Fett as Luke Skywalker’s Mother

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That Time Mark Hamill Pitched Boba Fett as Luke Skywalker’s Mother
Attention all “Star Wars” fans: What do you get when you cross Darth Vader and Boba Feet? Contrary to Mark Hamill’s pitch to franchise creator George Lucas, the answer is most definitely not Luke Skywalker.

“There was the time I pitched Boba Fett as Luke’s mother,” Hamill told his Twitter followers Friday. “I have always been more than willing to generously share my many, many terrible ideas in the off-chance we might stumble across one that could actually be useful.”

Then there was the time I pitched Boba Fett as Luke's mother. I have always been more than willing to generously share my many, many terrible ideas in the off-chance we might stumble across one that could actually be useful. At the time, I didn't even know Leia was my sister. https://t.co/nurhFZZS01

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 16, 2018

Hamill was responding to a tweet from Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast,
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Kentucky Governor Blames Zombies for Mass Shootings in America

Kentucky Governor Blames Zombies for Mass Shootings in America
Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin has a unique take on the topic of mass shootings in America. Lack of gun regulations are not to blame, the problem is… zombies?

Bevin told conservative radio talk show host Leland Conway this week that American culture rewards and celebrates death and that the brain-eating monsters are invading the minds of our country’s youth, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

“What’s the most popular topic that seems to be in every cable television network? Television shows are all about, what? Zombies! I don
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‘Inside Philadelphia’ Podcast Marks 25th Anniversary of Breakthrough Film to Raise Money for AIDS Treatment (Exclusive)

‘Inside Philadelphia’ Podcast Marks 25th Anniversary of Breakthrough Film to Raise Money for AIDS Treatment (Exclusive)
The creators of the “Inside Jaws” podcast are turning their attention to Jonathan Demme’s stigma-shattering “Philadelphia” to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tom Hanks-Denzel Washington drama — and raise money to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide.

The 1993 film helped put a human face on the virus at a time when patients suffered horrific discrimination and ignorance. That is still true in much of the world, and through an arrangement with Coca-Cola, 100 percent of donations made by listeners of the podcast will go to support the (Red) campaign to rid the world of AIDS.

Host Mark Ramsey, who created the podcast with audio designer Jeff Schmidt, told TheWrap that he sought and received the blessing of Hanks, Washington, “Philadelphia” screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, and Joanne Howard, wife of Demme, who died last year at 73.

Also Read: 'Inside Jaws,' About Steven Spielberg's Rise, Lures Hollywood Interest (Podcast)

“I think
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‘Champions’ Director Says Disabled Actors Rewrote His Hit Spanish Movie

A version of this story about “Champions” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Javier Fesser’s film “Champions,” a huge hit in Spain, finds a hotheaded professional basketball coach sentenced to community service working with a team of mentally disabled players, all of them played by nonprofessional actors.

The film is Spain’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this interview is one of a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: Oscars Foreign Language Race 2018: Complete List of Submissions

What led you to this story?

Javier Fesser: This is my fifth feature film, and the first time I have worked with a screenplay that was not my idea originally. Three years ago, I read the screenplay and fell in love with the characters. Not with the story, with the characters. I felt
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Stockholm Festival Winners Jasmin Mozaffari, Crystal Moselle Talk About Next Projects (Exclusive)

“Firecrackers” director Jasmin Mozaffari and “Skate Kitchen” helmer Crystal Moselle, who won Stockholm Film Festival’s best film and debut, respectively, sat with Variety after the awards ceremony on Friday to discuss their next projects.

Moselle is an up-and-coming filmmaker who already boasts an impressive track record, having won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize with her 2015 documentary “The Wolfpack,” and this year’s Sundance Audience Prize with her narrative debut “Skate Kitchen,” a vibrant, naturalistic portrait of an all-female, multiracial skater crew in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

After “The Wolfpack” which revolved around six brothers who lived confined in a New York housing project, Moselle continued to work with non-professionals for “Skate Kitchen,” leading them to deliver performances that felt completely authentic. “I’m obsessed with authentic realism and when I work with non-actors I feel that I can make them virgins of themselves,” said Moselle, who is based in New York.
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Hear John Williams’ New ‘Star Wars’ Theme for Disney’s ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ Attraction

John Williams, the Oscar-winning composer behind Star Wars‘ classic scores and themes, has created a new work in association with the Star Wars-themed attractions currently in construction at Disney parks.

Williams’ new themes will feature in Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, a themed land dedicated to the film series that will open at both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2019, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The “Galaxy’s Edge” themes were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, StarWars.
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CIA Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi Death

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to sources inside the agency, the Post reported. President Donald Trump told reporters today that he will be briefed on the conclusions by the CIA on Air Force One with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his way to California to visit areas affected by wildfires.

“As of this moment, we were told that [bin Salman] did not play a role, we’re gonna have to find out what they say,
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How ‘Dogman’ Took a Revenge Story and Added a Touch of Buster Keaton

How ‘Dogman’ Took a Revenge Story and Added a Touch of Buster Keaton
A version of this story on “Dogman” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award in Cannes for his performance in “Dogman,” Matteo Garrone’s film about a mild-mannered dog groomer (and part-time drug dealer) who finally gets tired of being bullied by a local gangster.

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

Also Read: 'Dogman' Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama

You shot the film in the same town where you shot some of “Gomorrah” 10 years ago. Why do you keep going back?

Matteo Garrone: I also shot a movie called “The Embalmer” there in 2002. It’s a place that I love. For this movie, I was looking for
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