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Veteran Warner Bros Executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg Steps Down After 30 Years

Veteran Warner Bros Executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg Steps Down After 30 Years
Veteran Warner Bros. Pictures executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is stepping down as president of international distribution, the studio announced Monday.

She’ll transition to an advisory role before leaving the lot at the end of the year. Her successor is Tom Molter, who currently serves as Evp in international.

Kwan Vandenberg’s move continues an old-guard exodus like that of former marketing honcho Sue Kroll and, before her, Greg Silverman.

Also Read: Former Warner Bros Exec Sue Kroll Launches Own Production Banner on Studio Lot

Several leadership changes have come with news of her departure. They are as follows, according to a memo sent to studio employees obtained by TheWrap:

Jim Wuthrich has been named President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment and Games, with full oversight of those businesses. Jim will report to Ron Sanders and work closely with Blair Rich who oversees home entertainment marketing of new theatrical releases.
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Veteran Warner Bros. Exec Juli Goodwin to Exit Studio

After a long career shepherding some of the studio’s most successful film releases, Warner Bros. Pictures’ exec VP of domestic publicity, Juli Goodwin, is exiting her position.

“Warner Bros. Pictures has been privileged to have Juli at the helm of our domestic publicity operation for so many years,” said worldwide marketing president Blair Rich. “She’s a dynamic and talented executive who has worked on some of the Studio’s most successful achievements, and I’ve been fortunate to learn from and work alongside her for many years. While I’m sad to see her go, I join everyone at the company in wishing her well and thanking her for an incredible career here.”

Under her leadership at WB, the domestic publicity team helped to secure Academy Award best picture wins for “Argo” and “Million Dollar Baby,” as well as a number of other nominations for the top prize,
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Clint Eastwood movies: 15 greatest films as a director, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Sully’

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Clint Eastwood movies: 15 greatest films as a director, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Sully’
Clint Eastwood is back in the nation’s theaters once again, but you won’t see him on screen. His latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris” is a biographical suspense drama based on the 2015 terrorist attack on a Thalys train headed to Paris. Three American soldiers (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos) thwarted the terrorist and were declared heroes by the French Government. In a bold move, Eastwood cast the trio of heroes to play themselves in the film, but as a director, Eastwood is no stranger to bold moves.

For over half a century Eastwood has been one of the world’s greatest movie stars. Comfortable in both westerns and contemporary roles, his measured growl of a voice has been a key part in creating such iconic characters as The Man With No Name and Dirty Harry.

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Oscars 2018: War is hell, but it’s heaven for sound editors and sound mixers

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Oscars 2018: War is hell, but it’s heaven for sound editors and sound mixers
Dunkirk” is the heavy favorite to win Oscars for Best Sound Editing (for Richard King and Alex Gibson) and Best Sound Mixing (for Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Mark Weingarten). These two fields are some of the most misunderstood at the Oscars, by audiences, by some voters and, admittedly, by some awards pundits like me. But because war movies like “Dunkirk” give audiences so much to hear — explosions, gunshots, jet engines, dialogue and dramatic music — they tend to win awards in these categories.

Sound mixers record and adjust the levels of different sound elements, while editors assemble those elements, from dialogue to sound effects to sounds they create themselves for the production. Or as our Oscarologist Tim Gray (La Times) put it, “After the sound editor has assembled what the audience hears, the sound mixer determines how they hear it.” Sound experts within the motion picture academy decide who gets nominated at the Oscars,
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The Best Clint Eastwood Movies and Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of this week’s “The 15:17 to Paris,” what is Clint Eastwood’s greatest film (either as an actor, or as a director)?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

Almost impossible to choose, but something especially energized and deep-rooted results when a great filmmaker makes a movie about the practice of filmmaking, and something even more energized about Eastwood’s own incarnation of a John Huston-oidal director, as a vain blowhard and a squanderer, in “White Hunter Black Heart”; it’s the movie of a Hollywood filmmaker thinking equivocally about his industry and his confrontation with its ingrained practices and legends. Yet
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Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win

Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win
Kumail Nanjiani was best known as a stand-up comedian and one of the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” But he took that classic advice to “write what you know” literally and penned “The Big Sick” with his wife Emily V. Gordon about how they met and fell in love, and how in the midst of that she fell gravely ill. Now the couple is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and if “The Big Sick” wins not only would it be a fairy-tale ending for the pair, but Nanjiani would make history as the first person of Asian descent to win for writing.

Hanif Kureishi, who like Nanjiani is of Pakistani descent, made history as the first Asian writer nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1986). Then Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan revolutionized storytelling with his original screenplay for “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and reaped a nomination 13 years later.
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Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme … ? [Poll]
While lately we’ve seen splits between Best Director and Best Picture at the Oscars, the 1990s were full of the awards being paired together. In fact, there was only one instance in 10 years that there was a split — the infamous “Shakespeare in Love” vs. “Saving Private Ryan” year. Additionally, there are many well-known directors who won this category in the ’90s, including a pair of actors turned directors.

So which Best Director of the ’90s is your favorite? Look back on the winners and vote in our poll below! (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Director.)

Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves” (1990) — Kevin Costner won Best Director for his directorial debut, “Dances with Wolves.” He also plays the lead character in the film, Lieutenant John J. Dunbar, for which he was nominated for Best Actor. Costner won another Oscar as a producer on “Dances with Wolves” when the film won Best Picture.
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A More Open System Is Needed to Fix Oscar’s Foreign-Language Problem (Opinion)

A More Open System Is Needed to Fix Oscar’s Foreign-Language Problem (Opinion)
It’s time for the Academy to change the way it awards foreign-language film.

This year, 92 distinct nations have selected and submitted what the Academy blindly accepts as each country’s best film to compete for the foreign-language Oscar. However magnanimous the Academy’s intent, that’s an overwhelming number of movies that now need to be divided up and screened by a dedicated subset of the membership in an imperfect process that results in a shortlist of nine movies, from which a separate committee will choose the final five nominees.

Ironically, while 92 is a record-setting number for this category, the year’s best foreign language film may not even be among them. That’s because the system — a squirrely, ever-evolving set of rules — is based on a pair of outdated premises.

First, the award was created in 1945 to raise awareness for foreign cinema at a time when overseas movies were either dubbed or ignored in the
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Japan Box Office: ‘Ragnarok’ Muscles its way to Weekend Win

Japan Box Office: ‘Ragnarok’ Muscles its way to Weekend Win
Disney’s “Thor: Ragnarok” muscled its way to the top of the Japanese box office in its opening frame. A total of three films bowed in the top ten for the three-day holiday weekend, which started with Culture Day on Nov. 3.

The third entry in the “Thor” series opened on that day and pulled in $2.0 million for Saturday and Sunday, a 23% improvement over the previous “Thor” entry, “The Dark World.” In its first three days, “Ragnarok” ran its cumulative total to $3.5 million on 259,000 admissions. It is expected to end its first run around $15 million mark.

Debuting in the number two spot was the Warner shocker “It,” with $1.6 million from Saturday and Sunday. It is forecast to finish around $10 million.

Opening in third spot, was Toho’s “The Last Recipe.” Directed by Yojiro Takita (“Departures”) and starring Kazunari Ninomiya (“Letters from Iwo Jima”) as a star chef in search of a legendary recipe, the film was
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Egyptian Director Amr Salama on ‘Iraqi Sniper,’ His Riposte to ‘American Sniper’

Egyptian Director Amr Salama on ‘Iraqi Sniper,’ His Riposte to ‘American Sniper’
Egyptian director Amr Salama has a bent for tackling hot-button issues that spring forth from his personal experiences. His most recent drama, “Sheikh Jackson,” is about a conservative Muslim cleric tormented by a burning passion for Michael Jackson. Now Salama is developing “Iraqi Sniper,” a riposte to “American Sniper” that’s intended to lend perspective to Mustafa, the Iraqi insurgent in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning movie. Salama spoke to Variety during the inaugural edition of the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, where “Sheikh Jackson” was the opener following a Toronto bow.

Simply put, it sounds like with “Iraqi Sniper” you want to tell another side of the “American Sniper” story. Is that right?

I really hope from the bottom of my heart that this will be my next movie, but it’s actually one of several projects I have in the pipeline. And I want to make it very clear that it’s not an anti-
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When Christopher Nolan Met Takanori Iwata: The Director Speaks at Dunkirk‘s Japanese Press Launch

Contrary to popular belief, the Japanese are not totally averse to watching war movies, with Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima and Peter Webber’s Emperor being fairly well-received in recent years. However, those films undoubtedly owed their success to the presence of revered Japanese actors Ken Watanabe and Toshiyuki Nishida, boy-band idol Kazunari Ninomiya and the calmly authoritative Tommy Lee Jones (who is so big over here that he fronts a major coffee brand). Given that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk offers none of the above, one wondered how the Tokyo media conference, held at the plush Roppongi Hills complex on Thursday […]
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‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role

‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.

Read More:‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing: Ed Skrein Steps Down From Playing Japanese-American Comic Character

In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a
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Oscars: Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott Race to the Finish

Oscars: Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott Race to the Finish
It wouldn’t be awards season without a little bit of drama around last-minute contenders sprinting to the finish line. This year, there are three major prestige projects based on true events from powerhouse directors that could really shake up the race.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers” — about the Washington Post, the Pentagon Papers, and a watershed moment in the history of press freedom — wasn’t even a go until a week after “Moonlight” won the best picture Oscar earlier this year. The Fox production shot throughout the summer and wrapped in July, aiming for a Dec. 22 limited release. It’s packed with an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep (as Post publisher Katharine Graham), Tom Hanks (as editor Ben Bradlee, a role that won Jason Robards an Oscar in 1977 for “All the President’s Men”), and Carrie Coon (as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Meg Greenfield), among many others.

Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World
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15 Best World War II Movies, Ranked

World War II has been portrayed on the silver screen in hundreds of films, everything from the most epic battle movies to the most heartrending prisoner of war dramas to the most horrific concentration camp tragedies. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, about the evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied soldiers in France, is just the latest in a long line of stellar WWII flicks, so in honor of its release this Friday, we've rounded up a list of some of the best offerings in the genre, from the recent Letters from Iwo Jima all the way back to 1942 …
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Win a Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection boxset

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To mark the release of Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection, out now, we’ve been given a copy of the boxset to give away on DVD.

For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary films created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. The deluxe boxset includes: Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), Firefox (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima
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Paul Haggis to be honoured at Kosovo's PriFest

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Paul Haggis to be honoured at Kosovo's PriFest
Crash and Million Dollar Baby filmmaker to attend July festival.

Two-time Oscar-winning director, writer and producer Paul Haggis (Crash) will be a guest of honour at this year’s Prishtina International Film Festival (PriFest, July 13-20) in Kosovo.

Haggis will receive the festival’s Golden Goddess award, which celebrates contribution to world cinema.

During his visit, he will take part in a masterclass event with industry delegates and members of the public, as well as a panel on human rights.

A special film programme will screen some of Haggis’ most successful films throughout the festival. His credits include being a screenwriter on Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Letters From Iwo Jima, both of which he was Oscar-nominated for.

He is also the founder of non-profit organisation Artists for Peace and Justice, which assists impoverished youth in Haiti.

“PriFest is thrilled that Paul Haggis can participate in this year’s edition,” commented Vjosa Berisha
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Unabomb’ Nets Multiple Sales for Im Global (Exclusive)

Im Global has inked a raft of deals for “Unabomb,” selling the Viggo Mortensen manhunt movie to distributors across Europe.

The film has landed with Eagle (Italy), Metropolitan (France), Odeon (Greece), Splendid (Benelux), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Tobis (Germany), TriPictures (Spain) and Salim Ramia (Middle East).

“It has a high-caliber studio, director and producer, and Viggo Mortensen is an Academy Award nominee and an actor at the top of his game, with unerring good taste across his previous projects,” Im Global CEO Stuart Ford told Variety. “It also has a brilliant, fast, twist-laden plot, and distributors have responded to all of these elements.”

Im Global is fully financing the feature, which it launched at the Cannes Film Festival. Mortensen plays an FBI agent on the trail of the titular fugitive. His unconventional team of agents track the wanted criminal who they dubbed the Unabomber, traveling across the U.S. and building a
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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Brings Back Ghost Rider and 4 More Things to Watch on Tuesday, May 16

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Brings Back Ghost Rider and 4 More Things to Watch on Tuesday, May 16
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

Tuesday, May 16 What Happened Last Night?!

(Why is this man gesturing? See what else made our TV picks from last night.)

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“World’s End” – ABC, 10:00 p.m.

Synopsis: In the Season 4 finale, Ghost Rider emerges suddenly and Coulson and the team attempt to stop Aida from ending the world.

Why You Should Watch: Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider has been an elusive figure this season. After popping up for an eight-episode arc early this season, some interplanetary shenanigans has brought the fiery vigilante back into the fold. With Season 5 plans in the balance, it should be interesting to see how the Agents work to avert cross-dimensional catastrophe and incorporate Robbie Reyes in the process.
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Viggo Mortensen to star in thriller 'Unabomb'

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Exclusive: Im Global fully financing and introducing to Cannes buyers.

Two-time Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen will star in the thriller Unabomb for The Trouble With The Curve director Robert Lorenz.

Im Global is fully financing the project and lining up additional cast for a January 2018 production start.

Lorenz is producing Unabomb with Michele Weisler and Im Global’s president of feature film production Greg Shapiro.

Unabomb centres on one of the largest manhunts in history as FBI agent Jim Freeman, played by Mortensen, takes on the unsolved case of the Unabomber, who terrorised Americans with 16 bombings over the course of two decades.

Freeman and his unconventional team travel the country piecing together a profile of the infamous hooded suspect.

However the closer they get to narrowing down the terrorist’s identity, the more deadly and personal the attacks become. Randy Brown adapted the screenplay from the book Unabomber by Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald
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