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‘Lion King’ VFX Supervisor Rob Legato to Keynote at the 2019 View Conference

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‘Lion King’ VFX Supervisor Rob Legato to Keynote at the 2019 View Conference
Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor of “The Lion King,” “The Addams Family” co-director Conrad Vernon and Baobab Studios’ co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell, director of the Vr studio’s Emmy- and Annie-winning Vr short “Crow: The Legend,” are rounding out the keynote speakers at this fall’s 20th edition of the View Conference in Turin, Italy.

They join previously announced keynote speakers Brad Bird, director of last year’s “Incredibles 2”; Peter Ramsey, co-director of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”; “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” director Dean DeBlois; composer Michael Giacchino; Pixar filmmaker Ralph Eggleston; Industrial Light & Magic’s Rob Bredow; Pubg CEO Ch Kim; Baobab Studios CEO Maureen Fan; tech pioneer and consultant Tom Wujec; and renowned scientist Daniel Zajfman.

In addition to their keynote addresses, Bird and Ramsey will offer master classes and Giacchino will perform a concert of his work during the weeklong event.
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’s’ Yvonne Strahovski Joins Chris Pratt in ‘Ghost Draft’ (Exclusive)

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’s’ Yvonne Strahovski Joins Chris Pratt in ‘Ghost Draft’ (Exclusive)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski is in negotiations to join Chris Pratt in Skydance’s sci-fi pic “Ghost Draft,” sources tell Variety.

“Lego Batman’s” Chris McKay is attached to direct.

Ghost Draft,” written by Zach Dean, is about a man drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past. Strahovski will play a character Pratt meets in the future who has a connection to his past.

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner are producing. Matt Grim is overseeing for Skydance.

Production is set to begin this summer.

Skydance is financing “Ghost Draft” and has developed the project from its fruition with Paramount on board to distribute. David Ellison’s company is best known for the “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” movie franchises. Its upcoming slate includes “Top Gun: Maverick,
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Will Smith Hilariously Annoys His Kids in Family Vacation Video: 'Do Something That Trends!'

Will Smith Hilariously Annoys His Kids in Family Vacation Video: 'Do Something That Trends!'
Will Smith has no qualms about embracing his role as a dorky dad ?— even on vacation in Greece.

The Gemini Man actor, 50, recently took his entire family on a sun-soaked getaway, and chronicled the fun with his beloved selfie cam, much to the delight (and embarrassment!) of his kids.

“Everybody’s here, on vacation,” Smith declared in a video filmed aboard a yacht. “I just spanked Trey on chess. Jada just got her hair greased.”

The star then panned the camera to show his oldest son Trey, 26, sitting beside a chess board while daughter Willow, 18, moisturized the scalp of mom Jada Pinkett Smith,
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With ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ Likely, Venice Set for Strong Showing by U.S., Bolstered by Streamers

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With ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ Likely, Venice Set for Strong Showing by U.S., Bolstered by Streamers
Brad Pitt space odyssey “Ad Astra,” Noah Baumbach’s untitled new project, “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts,” Fernando Meirelles’ “The Pope,” the new “Rambo” installment, and heist thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” starring Mick Jagger as a reclusive art dealer, all look bound for the Venice Film Festival, sources tell Variety.

The fest is scheduled to unveil its initial lineup July 25. With just six weeks before the festival kicks off, director Alberto Barbera is scrambling to firm up his official selection, a process more down to the wire than usual.

At the moment, this year’s U.S. studio presence on the Lido does not look as if it will be as dominant as in recent editions, possibly because the Disney-Fox merger has slowed down the Hollywood pipeline a bit. But where the majors might be pulling back, the streamers are stepping in.

Netflix looks set
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Aladdin Just Beat Independence Day as Will Smith's Highest Grossing Movie Ever

Aladdin Just Beat Independence Day as Will Smith's Highest Grossing Movie Ever
For more than 20 years, Independence Day has remained the highest-grossing movie of Will Smith's career. No longer. Over the weekend, the live-action Aladdin remake took the top spot. This proves that Smith is still a massive talent that audiences worldwide want to see on screen and that, perhaps, his best days aren't yet behind him.

As of this writing, Disney's remake of Aladdin has grossed $874 million globally. That puts it well above Independence Day. which brought in a massive $817 million when it first hit theaters in 1996. Granted, if we were to adjust for inflation, Roland Emmerich's alien invasion classic would come out on top, but in terms of pure dollars earned, there was a lot of magic in Disney's latest live-action reimagining. The actor took to Instagram to thank his fans around the world, quite literally, in every language he could think to do it in. Here's
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‘Aladdin’ Passes ‘Independence Day’ as Will Smith’s Biggest Box Office Hit

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‘Aladdin’ Passes ‘Independence Day’ as Will Smith’s Biggest Box Office Hit
For 23 years, “Independence Day” stood as the biggest box office hit of Will Smith’s career. A magic lamp just brought an end to that.

This past week, Disney’s remake of “Aladdin,” which stars Smith as the iconic Genie, passed the $817 million worldwide box office total that “Independence Day” earned in 1996. After six weekends in theaters, “Aladdin” now has a worldwide total of $874 million, standing only behind “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel” on the 2019 charts.

Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Slings In $111 Million From Asian Box Office Launch

In a video message on Instagram, Smith said he was “humbled and honored” by the news and that he was grateful to still be getting such big roles at age 50.

“Everybody around the world, thank you, thank you, thank you,” he said, expressing in numerous languages his appreciation for their support. And we do mean numerous.

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Shush! A Quiet Place 2 Has Started Shooting So Don't Make a Sound

Yesterday we passed along the exciting news that Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have an all-new Paranormal Activity flick in the works. And hidden within the article announcing the new entry in the infamous found footage franchise, there was also mention that filming has begun on writer-director John Krasinski's A Quiet Place 2 starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, and Brian Tyree Henry.

The reveal happened at this year's CineEurope in Barcelona where Paramount Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos surprised attendees with a peek at some of this year's biggest titles. These peeks included a first look at Top Gun: Maverick, an extended look at Ang Lee's Gemini Man starring Will Smith and Will Smith as well as that new Sonic: The Hedgehog movie, and the above-mentioned next entry in the Paranormal Activity series. At this year's CineEurope, John Krasinski even shared a message from the set. No word
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Paramount Unveils ‘Gemini Man’ Extended Look In Barcelona, Sings ‘Rocketman’ Success – CineEurope

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Paramount Unveils ‘Gemini Man’ Extended Look In Barcelona, Sings ‘Rocketman’ Success – CineEurope
Along with a brief peek at Top Gun: Maverick this morning, Paramount showed off extended looks at such upcoming titles as Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, live-action/CGI hybrid Sonic: The Hedgehog, raunchy comedy Hostile Makeover, family comedy Playing With Fire, horror pic Crawl and feature adaptation Dora And The Lost City Of Gold. Studio Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos also unveiled that Paramount is working on a new Paranormal Activity.

This is Gianopulos’ third visit to CineEurope since taking over the top job at Paramount and he noted this has been “a time of great change, growth and renaissance” for the studio. “I’m proud of the progress we started last year and proud to be working with some of the best artists in the world.”

At CinemaCon in April, Gianopulos appeared in a hilarious opening reel as he contended with a ditzy chauffeur trying to make his way across Vegas to the convention.
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New ‘Paranormal Activity’ In Development At Paramount, ‘A Quiet Place 2’ Production Underway – CineEurope

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New ‘Paranormal Activity’ In Development At Paramount, ‘A Quiet Place 2’ Production Underway – CineEurope
Before surprising CineEurope attendees with a first peek at Top Gun: Maverick this afternoon in Barcelona, Paramount showed off an extended look at such pics as Ang Lee’s upcoming sci-fi actioner Gemini Man as well live-action/CGI hybrid Sonic: The Hedgehog and more. Studio Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos also unveiled that Paramount is working on the next entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise.

Said Gianopulos, “We are partnering with uber horror producer Jason Blum to bring a new installment of Paranormal Activity.” The project is currently in development. As-yet, there is no title, and details are being kept under wraps. The film would be the seventh in the nearly $900M worldwide grossing series.

The last film in the franchise was 2015’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Par first teamed with Blum on the initial microbudget phenomenon in 2009 which went on to gross over $190M worldwide.

It was also
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CineEurope: Paramount Offers Extended Look at 'Gemini Man'

Paramount unspooled roughly 15 minutes of Ang Lee's sci-fi action thriller Gemini Man in 3D and at a high frame rate of 60 frames per second Wednesday at theater owners confab CineEurope in Barcelona.

The Skydance movie stars Will Smith as an elite assassin who is pursued by a younger clone of himself and also stars Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong. It's slated to open Oct. 4.

The inventive production, which is nearing completion in post, includes a fully CG younger Will Smith, immersive sound and a cutting-edge high frame rate of 120fps with 3D ...
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Reinaldo Marcus Green to Direct Will Smith in ‘King Richard’

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Warner Bros. has signed “Monsters and Men” filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green to direct the tennis biopic “King Richard,” an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap.

The film will star Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, who have won a combined 30 Grand Slam titles and 14 Doubles Grand Slam titles. Zach Baylin wrote the script, with Tim and Trevor White producing through Star Thrower and James Lassiter producing through Overlook Entertainment. Jada Pinkett Smith, Allan Mandelbaum and Caleb Pinkett are executive producers.

Monsters and Men,” Green’s directorial debut, premiered at Sundance in 2018 and earned a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature. He has also directed the first three episodes of the upcoming Netflix series “Top Boy” and has finished shooting on his second feature film, “Good Joe Bell” starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton.

Smith, who most recently starred
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China’s Bona Film Group Lines Up Big Movies Through 2020

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Distributors and producers frequently bemoan the difficulty of understanding fast-moving audience trends in China. Affecting the outcome is the scale of country and all are affected by word of mouth driven by ubiquitous social media.

For the tech giants encroaching on the film sector, such as Tencent, the response to such uncertainty is to draw on big data for insight and help in making production, distribution and marketing decisions. For more traditional distributors, such as Bona, the problem is how to strike a balance between having a slate wide enough that it stretches across different genres, and one that has enough tentpoles for the Chinese calendar’s four or five main holiday periods.

Box office in January this year dragged along at levels below 2018’s take. But the Chinese New Year holiday in February was highly competitive and produced the biggest B.O. numbers on record. Bona scored strongly with “Pegasus,
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Will Hollywood’s new youthifying tech keep old actors in work for ever?

From Samuel L Jackson to Will Smith, established stars are de-ageing in films – a trick that might not always benefit the industry

How old is Samuel L Jackson? How old is Michael Douglas? How old is Arnold Schwarzenegger? Looking at their movies these days, it is impossible to tell. All three have recently submitted to the digital de-ageing process, and the technology, which makes an actor look younger, is now so good, and so ubiquitous, that things are getting confusing. Watching a 30-years-younger Jackson in Captain Marvel, you might have had to check yourself and say: “Wait, I knew Sam Jackson looked good for a 70-year-old, but not that good.”

Digital de-ageing is a great tool to have in the box, of course, and film-makers are having fun with it. Ang Lee’s forthcoming Gemini Man pits a grey, grizzled Will Smith against a younger version of himself. And even
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Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgard to Star in Spiritual Drama ‘Nine Days’

Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgard to Star in Spiritual Drama ‘Nine Days’
Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, Benedict Wong and David Rysdahl are set to star in “Nine Days,” a drama with supernatural, spiritual elements, from director Edson Oda, it was announced on Friday.

Oda will make his directorial feature debut on the project, which is produced by Mandalay Pictures, Nowhere, Juniper Productions and MacRo, in association with The Space Program, Mansa Productions, Oak Street Pictures, 30West, and Datari Turner Productions.

Jason Michael Berman is producing for Mandalay Pictures and Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Tunstall are producing for Nowhere. Matthew Lindner is producing for Juniper Productions, and Datari Turner is producing on behalf of his Datari Turner Productions.

Also Read: 'Black Panther' Star Winston Duke Exclusive StudioWrap Portraits (Photos)

“I’m thrilled to be working with such an incredible cast and amazing team. So grateful for all the support I have received. ‘Nine Days’ is a very personal story to me,
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Universal Shifts Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Hunt’ Up Three Weeks To September – Update

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Universal Shifts Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Hunt’ Up Three Weeks To September – Update
2nd Update, 5:18 Pm: Universal has moved the release date for The Hunt up by three weeks, from October 18 to September 27. Damon Lindelof-penned political thriller now will open against Stx’s Chadwick Boseman actioner 21 Bridges, The Universal/DreamWorks Animation feature Abominable, Entertainment Studios’ drama All Rise and an untitled Blumhouse film from Universal.

Updated, 11:12 Am: Universal has moved its Damon Lindelof-penned The Hunt from September 27 to October 18, swapping dates with an untitled Blumhouse horror pic. In its new slot, the political thriller will open against Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which just claimed that slot today. MGM’s The Addams Family also had been set for October 18, but the studio moved it up to October 11 today.

The Hunt had been set to battle Universal toon Abominable and Fox drama The Art of Racing in the Rain on September 27; those pics now will face the Blumhouse horror show instead.
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Calls ‘Birds Of Prey’ “Funny And Weird” & Says It Reminds Her Of A ’90s Film

Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been steadily showing up in movies for almost 15 years. From early films like “Final Destination 3” to more recent stuff like the underrated “All About Nina,” Winstead is a familiar face amongst film fans. But perhaps her two biggest films, both in terms of budget and potential superstardom are still ahead of her with this year’s “Gemini Man” and next year’s “Birds of Prey.”

And as she explained in a new interview with the New York Times, the actress had to go through some pretty rigorous training to become the action film star that she is going to be in both films.

Continue reading Mary Elizabeth Winstead Calls ‘Birds Of Prey’ “Funny And Weird” & Says It Reminds Her Of A ’90s Film at The Playlist.
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Comments on Birds Of Prey, Calling It 'Funny, Weird, and '90s in the Best Way'

Fans haven’t been given much yet in the way of info or any first looks at Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), so the verdict is still out as to how it will turn out. The first Suicide Squad movie didn’t go over so well with fans, so it’s interesting that we are getting a spin-off and a reboot of sorts, but it’s cool they didn’t just let all the material and characters die. I’m excited to see how each of the upcoming movies turn out.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who will play Huntress in the upcoming Birds of Prey film, talked a bit about her upcoming roles. When asked about whether or not she got to hang from a helicopter in the upcoming action-thriller Gemini Man, Winstead had this to say:

No,
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Marco Beltrami (‘Free Solo’ composer) reveals he didn’t need to provide ‘adrenaline’ to heart-pounding documentary [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Marco Beltrami (‘Free Solo’ composer) reveals he didn’t need to provide ‘adrenaline’ to heart-pounding documentary [Exclusive Video Interview]
For Marco Beltrami, “Free Solo” was scarier than any fictional film he could’ve scored. The “adrenaline” audiences feel watching the documentary was something the composer “didn’t have to supply,” because it was already there in the footage. Beltrami spoke about his score at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts panel, hosted by managing editor Chris Beachum. The event took place on Tuesday, May 28, at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. Watch our exclusive video interview with Beltrami above.

See: Jimmy Chin interview: ‘Free Solo’ director

“Free Solo,” which won the Oscar as Best Documentary Feature and is now eligible at the Emmys, takes viewers on the harrowing journey of Alex Honnold, the first person to scale Yosemite’s 3,000 ft. high El Capitan Wall without ropes or safety gear. Beltrami found Honnold to be “a really interesting character” who “gets all of his life-blood from climbing. But it’s
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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ ‘Star Wars’ Movie to Follow ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ in 2022

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ ‘Star Wars’ Movie to Follow ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ in 2022
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ “Star Wars” movie has been confirmed by Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger as the franchise’s next entry following the theatrical release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” later this year. Lucasfilm announced in February 2018 that the “Game of Thrones” creator were hired to write and produce a new series of “Star Wars” movies. The studio said Weiss and Benioff’s films would be separate from the classic Skywalker Saga and Rian Johnson’s new trilogy. Iger made the new announcement at the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications summit (as reported by io9).

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said when the pair’s deal was announced in 2018. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push ‘Star Wars’ in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

Added the “Thrones” creators,
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Paramount Pictures Is “Again An Iconic Studio,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Asserts; China Trade Angst Just “A Lot Of Noise”

Paramount Pictures continues to be a key element to the Viacom turnaround plan, delivering another quarter of operating income growth in the second quarter despite flat revenue and modest box office thus far in 2019.

During a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said the studio has improved its profitability by more than $500 million in the past three years. Jim Gianopulos took the helm in March 2017, and Bakish noted that the final titles green-lit by his predecessor, Brad Grey, have all passed into memory after the March release of Wonder Park.

“Under Jim’s leadership, this is again an iconic studio where people are bringing projects first,” Bakish said. “the slate going forward is strong. It’s really coming together.”

The year is off to a modest start for Paramount, which is in fifth place in the domestic market-share race. Wonder Park, Pet Sematary and What Men Want
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