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‘Skin’ Review: How Do You Recover From Hate?

Since he made a dynamite screen debut at 14 in Billy Elliot as a boy from a harsh British mining town who finds himself through the unlikely route of ballet, Jamie Bell has been crushing it as an actor in projects as diverse as Undertow, The Adventures of Tintin, Snowpiercer and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. This year, after winning raves as lyricist Bernie Taupin in the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Bell, 33, takes a dramatic change of pace in Skin and delivers an awards-buzzed tour de force.

Based on the story of Bryon Widner,
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McU Will Give Fantastic Four the Movie They Deserve Promises Marvel Boss

Like many Marvel fans out there, I have been hoping for a killer adaptation of Fantastic Four ever since I saw director Bryan Singer's original X-Men movie in theaters back in 2000. But time and time again, Marvel's first family keeps hitting the screen in more and more disastrous forms. But that all looks to be changing soon as Marvel has just regained the rights to the comic and plans to make their own live-action version as quickly as possible. And today we have word via the President of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige that this new movie will be better than the previous Fox versions.

Specifically, when asked what story will the new movie be telling that hasn't been told before, Kevin Feige responded with this.

"All of that is spoilers, but I am extremely excited about those characters and about bringing Marvel's first family up to the sort
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Spielberg vs. Netflix: Separating Myth and Reality About the Post-Oscars Battle

IndieWire’s recent story about Academy Governor Steven Spielberg’s strong belief that Netflix-distributed movies should be in the race for Emmys, not Oscars, spawned a legion of comments and debates on social media. But various reaction threads also revealed how much misinformation is out there about everything from the legendary director’s positions on the matter, as well as the Oscars and Netflix itself.

Yes, IndieWire readers are smart and well-informed. See how you do with our reality check, below.

Myth: Netflix produced “Roma.”

Fact: Netflix had nothing to do with “making” or even funding “Roma,” which is the case for many (not all) of the shows/movies labeled as Netflix Originals. Participant Media’s David Linde greenlit and financed “Roma,” which was shot on location by Cuarón’s production company over 110 days for a little less than $15 million in Mexico City, with Participant production chief Jonathan King on hand.
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Spielberg vs. Netflix: Separating Myth and Reality About the Post-Oscars Battle

IndieWire’s recent story about Academy Governor Steven Spielberg’s strong belief that Netflix-distributed movies should be in the race for Emmys, not Oscars, spawned a legion of comments and debates on social media. But various reaction threads also revealed how much misinformation is out there about everything from the legendary director’s positions on the matter, as well as the Oscars and Netflix itself.

Yes, IndieWire readers are smart and well-informed. See how you do with our reality check, below.

Myth: Netflix produced “Roma.”

Fact: Netflix had nothing to do with “making” or even funding “Roma,” which is the case for many (not all) of the shows/movies labeled as Netflix Originals. Participant Media’s David Linde greenlit and financed “Roma,” which was shot on location by Cuarón’s production company over 110 days for a little less than $15 million in Mexico City, with Participant production chief Jonathan King on hand.
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The Kid Who Would Be King Is 2019's First Big Bomb

We have our first major box office flop of 2019. The Kid Who Would Be King, Fox's new kid-friendly take on the legend of King Arthur is, unfortunately, going to walk away with the distinction. The movie opened this past weekend and its numbers were far from impressive for almost any movie, let alone a giant fantasy blockbuster with a huge marketing budget. With that taken into account, Fox could stand to lose tens of millions of dollars as a result.

According to insiders at rival studios, the movie could lose as much as $50 million. As of this writing, it's grossed just $10.8 million worldwide, including $7.5 million domestically. Granted, it still has quite a few markets to open in around the world, including the United Kingdom, where it's expected to have a reasonably large audience. For what it's worth, insiders at Fox dispute the $50 million figure, which doesn't account for home
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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Could Lose $50 Million at Box Office

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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Could Lose $50 Million at Box Office
The Kid Who Would Be King” isn’t exactly ruling over the box office.

Fox’s family friendly adventure is looking like one of the year’s first big-budget flops after the $60 million movie debuted last weekend with a disastrous $7 million from 3,521 theaters. It’s only January, but “The Kid Who Would Be King” also marks the lowest launch for a wide-release from a major studio in 2019.

Executives at rival studios estimate “The Kid Who Would Be King” could lose around $50 million after taking marketing and production costs into account. Marketing for a family movie tends to be pricer than the average film because studios have to pitch the movie to both kids and their parents. All that advertising can certainly add up.

Other insiders caution that number doesn’t account for home entertainment sales, television licensing pacts, and other ancillary revenues. Those could reduce losses.

Joe Cornish, best-known for
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Joe Cornish Explains Why He Turned Down Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond served as a slight change of direction for the movie franchise, as J.J. Abrams vacated the director’s chair for Star Wars and Justin Lin stepped in to helm the third entry in the rebooted series, which offered more old-fashioned, fan-pleasing thrills. It turns out that before Lin was attached to the production though, British filmmaker Joe Cornish was initially courted for the project but ultimately turned the opportunity down.

Cornish – best known for directing cult sci-fi flick Attack the Block and co-writing The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man – revealed the news to Entertainment Weekly. As many directors have done before him, he explained that he decided to make the difficult decision to turn the offer down over fears that he would lose a lot of creative freedom on such a big blockbuster.

“I talked to J.J. about that pretty early on, but then decided I wasn’t ready for it,
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Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year’s Contenders a Box Office Boost?

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Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year’s Contenders a Box Office Boost?
With nominees like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born,” the 2018 class of movies proved the Oscars don’t need a popular films category to recognize movies that also made bank in theaters. But now that the academy has selected this year’s crop of awards hopefuls, is there any green left to squeeze out of the nominated films?

That’s something honorees like “Vice” are banking on. Annapurna is increasing the number of theaters for Adam McKay’s scathing look at former vice president Dick Cheney from 1,175 venues to over 2,000 in its sixth weekend of release. Despite nabbing eight Oscar nominations, “Vice” has largely gotten the cold shoulder from audiences, especially those in red states. The $60 million biopic has amassed $42 million so far. Awards recognition won’t necessarily fill seats in theaters, but a little pat on the back from Hollywood can’t hurt.

“This is the
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Film Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

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A likable enough, Amblin-esque update to the classic Arthurian legend, “The Kid Who Would Be King” is hardly the first time a group of adolescents have saved England from supernatural harm in a Joe Cornish movie. That said, much of the attitude and originality that drew fans to the irreverent writer-director’s inner-city alien-invasion debut, “Attack the Block” — wherein underdog heroes faced off against fluorescent-fanged beasties from outer space — has gone missing from his eight-years-later second feature, which skews considerably younger and safer than that 2011 cult favorite.

Maybe that’s because the kid in question is bland 12-year-old Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis). Polite, white, and thoroughly unexceptional, Alex comes across as an average student in most respects, proving that chivalry is not dead by intervening when best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) is hassled by classmates Kaye (Rhianna Dorris) and Lance (Tom Taylor), two bullies who would no doubt have
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Will composer Nicholas Britell join an exclusive club of double Oscar nominees for Best Score?

Will composer Nicholas Britell join an exclusive club of double Oscar nominees for Best Score?
This year the Oscars narrowed down the race for Best Original Score to a shortlist of 15 contenders from which the final 5 nominees will be chosen. That makes it all the more impressive that Nicholas Britell made the cut twice, for both “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice.” Could he now join an exclusive club of music makers who have been nominated twice in the same category?

Only four composers in the last 30 years have been nominated twice for Best Score. Thomas Newman doubled up for “Little Women” and “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). James Horner picked up a pair of bids for “Apollo 13” and “Braveheart” (1995). Alexandre Desplat received matching noms for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game” (2014). And John Williams … well, John Williams does it constantly. The man behind the music of “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Harry Potter” and much more has been a double nominee eight times
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Animated Film

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Animated Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” wrestled Best Animated Feature Film honors from Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” Sunday night at the 76th annual Golden Globes. It’s only the third time that a non Pixar/Disney movie has triumphed, joining Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

The other three Golden Globe nominees were Wes Anderson’s stop-motion, Japanese-inspired “Isle of Dogs,” Mamoru Hosoda’s lovely Japanese time-traveling fantasy, “Mirai” (from GKids), and Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston).

This also marks only the second time Pixar has failed to win a Golden Globe (last occurring with “Cars 2” in 2011). Overall, Pixar has earned a Golden Globe-leading eight prizes.

By contrast, this marks the first Golden Globe for Sony Pictures Animation and “Spider-Verse” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They were first nominated in 2009 for directing Sony
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ would be 3rd non-Disney/Pixar animated film to win Golden Globe

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ would be 3rd non-Disney/Pixar animated film to win Golden Globe
Spider-Man faced off against Kingpin in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” but he has an even bigger foe to take down at the Golden Globes to win Best Animated Feature: Disney/Pixar.

Disney/Pixar has had a stranglehold on the Best Animated Feature category ever since it was added to the Globes 12 years ago. Since then, 10 of the 12 winners have been Disney/Pixar productions — eight Pixar films, two Disney animated ones — with the outliers being Paramount and Columbia’s “The Adventures of Tintin” (2011) and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014). Both those films defeated Disney projects, “Cars 2” (2011) and “Big Hero 6” (2014), respectively.

See ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ have to defy Oscars’ incredible bias against animated sequels

Could “Spider-Man” be the third non-Disney/Pixar film to take home the Globe? Visually striking like a comic book brought to life, the Sony Pictures Animation film is the best
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Book-a-Day 2018 #357: The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 3 by Herge

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I still feel like there’s something wrong with a forty-nine-year-old man reading the Tintin books for the first time, but it’s not like I can go back and read them any earlier now, can I?

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 3 collects three WWII-era Tintin stories: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, and The Secret of ‘The Unicorn’. I say “WWII-era,” but there’s no indication at all in the stories themselves that a global war was going on. It’s the same world of adventure and derring-do as the earlier books (see volumes one and two ), full of smugglers and pirates and ruffians, all of whom must eventually fall to the legitimate authorities (though the villains of Shooting Star are state-backed; it’s a fictional South American state and they’re explicitly nasty capitalists).

These books came in quick succession: serialized one after the other
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Lord Of The Rings’ Peter Jackson Still Wants To Direct Doctor Who

Peter Jackson’s most well known for helming all six installments of the Middle Earth saga, one of the biggest movie franchises Hollywood’s ever seen, but there’s still one career objective he’s yet to tick off: he really wants to direct an episode of Doctor Who. The New Zealand-born filmmaker is a lifelong fan of the show and has been routinely saying for years that he’d like to team up with the BBC for an adventure in time and space.

Talk of this reached a peak during the Peter Capaldi era but it seems that Jackson’s still just as interested in working on Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker in the lead. While speaking to Yahoo Movies, he admitted that he hasn’t found the time to watch season 11 yet but said he’s still waiting for the call from the BBC to get cracking on an episode.
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Guillermo Del Toro and Edgar Wright on Why They Mobilized to Save FilmStruck

While activists nationwide mobilized to get out the vote for the midterms, some of the luminaries of the country’s film community came together for a very different cause. As news that Warner Media would be shutting down classic film streaming platform FilmStruck by the end of November, efforts to reverse the decision erupted across the country.

After an online petition surpassed 25,000 signatures in a matter of days, some of the most prominent filmmakers in the industry sent a joint letter to Warner Bros. Picture Group chair Toby Emmerich to help save the platform. The directors and actors imploring Emmerich to help included Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, Damien Chazelle, and Leonardo DiCaprio — but ultimately, three men drove the efforts to gather signatures for the letter: Edgar Wright, Guillermo Del Toro, and Rian Johnson.

So far, the attention has yielded some promising developments, including Criterion’s new plan for its
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Comic Book Review – Peanuts Dell Archive

Red Stewart reviews the Peanuts Dell Archive….

Growing up, I would often rewatch many episodes of Blues Clues via the VHS videos my father had bought the family. Because cassettes didn’t have a quick access menu, you were forced to either sit through the previews or fast forward through them, though the latter had the potential risk of damaging the tape.

Regardless, when it came to Blues Clues I never once considered fast-forwarding as the previews were often advertisements for the various Peanuts animated specials that had become popular through television reruns. Classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Even though I had never watched any of them all the way through, there was just something about seeing passionate parents and kids talk about their love for the series while having the hand-drawn animation and Vince Guaraldi’s iconic music play throughout
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime

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Amazon has added “It’s a Wonderful Life” and 30 additional holiday movies to its Prime Video streaming service, the company announced on Thursday.

This is the first time that the 1946 holiday classic will be made available on a streaming service.

The new selections are included in Amazon’s Prime Video subscription service which costs $13.99 per month or $119 for an annual subscription.

Also Read: Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Service Could Be Its Ticket to Winning India

Among the 30 additional holiday films that are available on Amazon Prime Video are “A Christmas Wedding Tail,” ” “Christmas That Almost Wasn’t,” “Holiday Inn,” “Let There Be Light,” “Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”

Amazon also has holiday-themed movies available to rent, meaning that even with a subscription to Prime Video, users will need to pay
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in November 2018

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in November, including the first season of the Julia Roberts drama “Homecoming” and the sophomore edition of “Patriot.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video including those featuring Oscar-winning turns by Nicolas Cage (“Leaving Las Vegas”), Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton) and Shirley Maclaine (“Terms of Endearment”).

Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and unearthed a few titles that will be exiting Amazon Prime Video in the first week of November. News of these is detailed at the bottom of this post.

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in November

Available November 1

21

2001 Maniacs

Alice

Assault on Precinct 13

Candyman: Day of the Dead

Child
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Aaron Sorkin to Direct 'Trial of the Chicago 7' Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

Aaron Sorkin to Direct 'Trial of the Chicago 7' Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
It appears that Aaron Sorkin has found his next directorial effort after making his debut with Molly’s Game, and this new project is actually an old one.

Variety reports that Sorkin will direct the long-in-the-works political drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, which he first wrote back in 2007 with Steven Spielberg attached to direct. The writers strike caused a delay at that time, and Spielberg eventually moved on to The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse.
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Evil Gets Schooled in First Poster For Joe Cornish's Fantasy Film The Kid Who Would Be King

The first poster has been released for a new fantasy adventure film called The Kid Who Would Be King and chances are you may not have heard about it until now. It comes with the taglines, “Evil Gets Schooled” and “Kids Rule” and it may not interest you with this first glance, but don’t judge a movie by its poster. This movie sounds like it’s going to be awesome!

The Kid Who Would Be King comes from writer and director Joe Cornish, this is the same guy who brought us the amazing alien sci-fi adventure film Attack The Block. He also worked on the scrips for The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man. This is his first feature film he’s directed since he made Attack The Block.

If you’re a fan of that movie, then this is a film you won’t want to miss! The story
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