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‘Grinch,’ ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ and the Do’s and Don’ts of Box Office Revivals

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‘Grinch,’ ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ and the Do’s and Don’ts of Box Office Revivals
There are few things Hollywood loves more than a good revival. A familiar brand with a built-in fan base? Sold!

Even so, bringing back a recognizable property comes with risks. That’s a lesson illustrated last weekend at the box office. It was a tale of two reboots. Illumination and Universal’s “The Grinch,” the third adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss Christmas tale, opened with a massive $66 million, but “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” Sony’s sorta sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” faltered with an anemic $8 million.

Of course, it wasn’t exactly a battle of equals. One movie centers on a beloved character with a 60-year history, written by one of the most iconic and prolific children’s book authors. That kind of pedigree creates a prime opportunity for a studio hoping to cash in on a little nostalgia among families (especially around
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How David Fincher’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Marked the End of the Big-Budget Adult Drama

When David Fincher was fielding accolades for his 2010 masterpiece The Social Network, he was already in the midst of filming his follow-up project. On the surface, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t a significant departure for Fincher. At the time, he was already well-versed in the arena of making dark dramas with an edge, be it The Game or Zodiac, and he clearly had plenty of experience telling stories about serial killers. The source material of Dragon Tattoo was massively popular, sure, but with that popularity came the opportunity to take hold of an even …
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Film News Roundup: Andrew Garfield Joins Gia Coppola’s Romance Movie ‘Mainstream’

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Film News Roundup: Andrew Garfield Joins Gia Coppola’s Romance Movie ‘Mainstream’
In today’s film news roundup, Andrew Garfield joins Gia Coppola’s “Mainstream,” Jonathan Rhys Meyers is starring in a hot-air balloon thriller, and Jennifer Lawrence has a first-look deal.

Castings

Gia Coppola will direct and co-write “Mainstream,” with Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff, and Jason Schwartzman starring.

The story, to be co-written by Tom Stuart, centers on an eccentric love triangle and cautionary tale of preserving your identity within the fast-moving internet age. CAA Media Finance is handling domestic sales. Wild Bunch is handling foreign sales, and will be introducing the movie at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.

La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing “Mainstream” through his Automatik production company. The film will begin shooting at the end of 2018.

Coppola most recently directed “Palo Alto” for Tribeca Film, which starred Jack Kilmer, Wolff, Emma Roberts, and James Franco. Garfield’s credits include “Hacksaw Ridge,
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Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Score Joe Wright’s ‘Woman In The Window’ Starring Amy Adams

It’s hard to believe that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have only been working together on film scores since 2010’s “The Social Network.” Of course, that collaboration got off to an incredible start, as the duo won the Oscar for their work on the David Fincher film. Since then, they’ve put together an incredible filmography of scores, with works like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Gone Girl,” “Patriots Day,” and most recently on Jonah Hill’s directorial debut “mid90s.” And it looks like Reznor and Ross aren’t stopping anytime soon, as they line up a new Netflix film, an HBO series, and the latest project from filmmaker Joe Wright.

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Ed Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Cléménce Poesy, More Join Jesse Eisenberg In Marcel Marceau WWII Story ‘Resistance’ — Afm

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Ed Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Cléménce Poesy, More Join Jesse Eisenberg In Marcel Marceau WWII Story ‘Resistance’ — Afm
Exclusive: Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris (The Hours), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) and Cléménce Poesy (The Tunnel) are among an impressive lineup of U.S. and international actors joining Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) in World War II story Resistance.

Harris will portray General George S. Patton in the film based on the inspirational true story of iconic French mime artist Marcel Marceau who worked with the French Resistance to help save the lives of thousands of orphans during the war. The film will chart how groups of Girl and Boy Scouts created a network to help save children whose parents had been killed by the Nazis. Marceau, an orthodox Jew whose father was killed in Auschwitz, is said to have learned to mime partly in order to help the children escape.

According to the film’s producers, Eisenberg, whose mother was a professional clown, has been working on his mime
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Frontline’s ‘Facebook Dilemma’ Shows How Facebook Became the ‘Dominant Information Source for Entire Countries’

  • The Wrap
Facebook’s power to influence the news is fiercely debated in the United States. But in some parts of the globe, Facebook is almost the the only source of news, says James Jacoby, director of the new Frontline documentary “The Facebook Dilemma.”

Facebook’s outsized influence makes the threat of fake news even more intense, he told TheWrap about the two-part film, which premieres tonight.

“The problems that we’ve seen with our elections and Facebook’s role pale in comparison to what’s happening internationally,” Jacoby said. “Facebook is the de facto internet in several parts of the world. When they are the dominant information source for entire countries, that is a potentially very frightening prospect that we should all be aware about.”

Also Read: Facebook, Twitter Suspend Accounts Tied to Cesar Sayoc

His film looks closely at Myanmar, where misinformation and hoaxes on Facebook’s News Feed have exacerbated sectarian violence.
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Chicago 7 Movie Coming From Aaron Sorkin May Star Sacha Baron Cohen

Tony Sokol Oct 28, 2018

Aaron Sorkin will walk and talk with the Chicago 7 defendants in upcoming drama.

Bobby Seale, who co-founded the Black Panther Party with Huey P. Newton, was one of eight people charged with violating the Rap Brown law for the Vietnam War protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Seale called Judge Julius Hoffman a racist for denying his request for a separate trial. The judge responded by having Seale bound and gagged in court before separating his trial and sentencing him to 48 months in prison. The remaining defendants became known as the Chicago 7. Aaron Sorkin is set to direct the upcoming political drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Sacha Baron Cohen is in the running to star, according to Deadline.

Sorkin, best known for the television series The West Wing and HBO's Newsroom, wrote the screenplay more than 10 years ago, with an eye
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Sacha Baron Cohen to star in Aaron Sorkin helmed Trial of the Chicago 7

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At long last, Aaron Sorkin is set to direct the The Trial Of The Chicago 7 film. Having written the screenplay himself years ago, Sorkin, the man who made a name for himself penning projects like Moneyball, The Social Network and The West Wing is seemingly the perfect fit for the upcoming political drama. Having made a strong directorial debut with Molly's Game earlier this…
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Aaron Sorkin to Direct ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ With Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks to Star (Exclusive)

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Aaron Sorkin to Direct ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ With Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks to Star (Exclusive)
Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment’s long-awaited political drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” looks to be closer than ever to getting off the ground, with a new director and an A-list cast coming together.

Sources tell Variety that Aaron Sorkin is on board to direct with Sacha Baron Cohen in early talks to join the cast.

Marc Platt is producing.

Sorkin penned the original script. At one point, Spielberg himself considered directing, but a writers strike forced him to delay the film. When he couldn’t pin down a time to direct the movie, he moved on, and the pic went into development purgatory.

Spielberg tried revving up the project in 2013, attaching Paul Greengrass to direct, but after a budget couldn’t be agreed on, Greengrass parted ways with the film and it was shelved again.

Following his directorial debut on “Molly’s Game,” Spielberg saw Sorkin as
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Mid90s Review: A Superficial Nostalgia Trip

Mid90s Review: A Superficial Nostalgia Trip
Jonah Hill makes his feature film directorial debut with the coming of age drama, Mid90s. It is a period tale of a lonely thirteen-year-old boy who finds acceptance in a group of skateboarders. The film waxes nostalgic for the era, but is disappointingly one-note in its development of the characters. We get the themes of drug use, sexual exploration, and belonging. The delivery is just rote; amateurish in style and substance. The child actors are engaging to a degree, but Mid90s is not an impactful story.

Sunny Suljic stars as Stevie, a quiet Los Angeles kid trying to find himself. He's pummelled daily by his abusive and demeaning older brother, Ian (Lucas Hedges). Their single mother (Katherine Waterston) is largely absent, focusing her attention on a fleeting boyfriend. Stevie observes a group of skateboarders who hang around the local skate shop. He yearns to be a part of them,
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Jean-Marc Vallée Teams with Universal for Epic John Lennon/Yoko Ono Film

Dallas Buyers Club and Big Little Lies filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has settled on his next film, and it’s a big one. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is in talks to option the rights to a film about “the epic love story” between John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with Vallée directing from a script by Oscar-nominated The Theory of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten. As is usual for Vallée, the filmmaker will also edit the film. This is a project that has been years in the making, as producers Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and …
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‘Daredevil’s Bullseye Almost Played Captain America, Jonah Hill Tried Out For Justin Timberlake’s Role in ‘The Social Network’

‘Daredevil’s Bullseye Almost Played Captain America, Jonah Hill Tried Out For Justin Timberlake’s Role in ‘The Social Network’
Hollywood is full of “what if” casting scenarios, stories of actors who came thisclose to landing life-changing leading roles that may have had huge ripple effects through the rest of the industry. You probably know many of them: Nicolas Cage as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Dougray Scott as Wolverine in X-Men, etc. […]

The post ‘Daredevil’s Bullseye Almost Played Captain America, Jonah Hill Tried Out For Justin Timberlake’s Role in ‘The Social Network’ appeared first on /Film.
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Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake

Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake
Bennett Miller’s 2011 baseball drama “Moneyball” was a defining moment in Jonah Hill’s acting career. After become one of the most popular comedy actors in Hollywood thanks to his roles in “Superbad” and other Judd Apatow-produced films, Hill successfully transitioned to adult-oriented drama with his role as Peter Brand in “Moneyball,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination. However, Hill originally intended to make the genre jump a year earlier with “The Social Network,” a film he says he would have landed had David Fincher been a fan of his.

“Low-key, David Fincher, or high-key, David Fincher didn’t want me in ‘Social Network,’” Hill recently revealed on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “It was between me and Justin Timberlake for that part. … Obviously [Fincher’s] the man, but he was not having me. The studio wanted me, I think, and then Justin Timberlake was amazing in it.”

Timberlake ultimately landed the role of Sean Parker,
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Jonah Hill Says David Fincher Passed On Him For A Role In ‘Social Network’

Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. And when you hear stories of A-list actors that were passed up for famous roles early in their careers, many people just think about how much better the film would have been with said actor. So, when Jonah Hill reveals that David Fincher passed on him for a supporting role in “The Social Network,” your immediate reaction is to think the director messed up.

Continue reading Jonah Hill Says David Fincher Passed On Him For A Role In ‘Social Network’ at The Playlist.
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Annie Lennox, ‘Westside’ Team Join Variety’s Music for Screens Summit

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Annie Lennox, ‘Westside’ Team Join Variety’s Music for Screens Summit
Annie Lennox has been added to Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit and will take part in a keynote conversation with composer Scott Salinas. The event will be held at Neuehouse in Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 30

Lennox, who rose to fame during the 1980s as singer and co-songwriter of Eurythmics, has released six studio albums and won three Grammys. Her latest album, “Nostalgia,” was released in 2014.

Other new additions to the event include a keynote conversation with the team behind Netflix’s “Westside,” and speakers include executive producer Kevin Bartel and executive music producer James Diener from the upcoming reality music series. Shirley Halperin, Variety’s executive editor of music will moderate.

Also, Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie Xl (“Alita: Battle Angel”) has joined the Composer Roundtable presented by Ascap. Variety contributor Jon Burlingame will moderate the conversation about how best to craft music for film and TV in the digital age.
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'Pretty Broken' to Screen at Portland Film Festival on October 26

Pretty Broken, a heartfelt dramedy feature film for the entire family from Leonian Pictures and Resonance Productions, will screen at the Portland Film Festival on Friday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Portland, Oregon.

The indie darling stars Portland native Jillian Clare, Tyler Christopher, Stacy Edwards, Preston Bailey, Peter Holden and Adam Chambers. Pretty Broken is directed by award winning director Brett Eichenberger from a script penned by Jill Remensnyder.

The story follows Lindsey Lou (Clare), an unemployed, college drop-out on the verge of divorce who finds herself couch surfing at her childhood home while her family grieves the death of her father. As the family tries to put the past behind them, Lindsey fights to keep his memory alive before her mother (Edwards) replaces him with a younger man (Christopher).

“We're excited and honored to screen Pretty Broken at our hometown Portland Film Festival” says director/producer Brett Eichenberger.
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Mark Gill, Andrew Gunn, Guy Botham & Vincent Bruzzese Launch Solstice Studios; Teams With Ingenious Media On Theatrical Releases

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Mark Gill, Andrew Gunn, Guy Botham & Vincent Bruzzese Launch Solstice Studios; Teams With Ingenious Media On Theatrical Releases
Exclusive: Mark Gill, Andrew Gunn, Guy Botham and Vincent Bruzzese have teamed to launch Solstice Studios, a Los Angeles-based theatrical producer and distributor that will focus on mid-budget movies for wide release.

The company opens its doors today with $400 million in capitalization, including $150M through Ingenious Media, and will be involved in fully financing, producing, developing, selling internationally and distributing feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis. The plan is for Solstice to produce 3-5 movies a year for a global audience in the $30M-$80M range, while acquiring another 2-4 titles a year.

For its productions, Solstice will target movies with global appeal, primarily in the action, thriller and action-comedy space. In the American acquisitions arena, the company will consider any film that merits a wide U.S. release including action, thriller, comedy, romantic comedy, science fiction and horror. Solstice Studios is expected to grow to
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Dakota Johnson In "Tatler"

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Take a look at new images of actress Dakota Johnson ("Suspiria") in the November 2018 issue of "Tatler" (UK) magazine, wearing Gucci and a whole lot more, photographed by Jack Waterlot:

New feature films for Johnson include her taking extensive ballet training for the remake of the horror feature "Suspiria", directed by Luca Guadagnino.

In "The Sound of Meta", Johnson plays a singer, and will reunite with her "The Social Network" costar Armie Hammer for a thriller for writer/director Babak Anvari.

Johnson will also star in and executive produce new films under her Silhouette Productions label including "Unfit", playing 'Carrie Buck' in a fact-based 1920's courtroom drama based on the book "Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck" by author Adam Cohen.

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‘The Favourite’ cast and crew discuss bunnies, black comedy and corsets at the New York Film Festival [Watch]

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‘The Favourite’ cast and crew discuss bunnies, black comedy and corsets at the New York Film Festival [Watch]
“Humor in general is something I can’t get away from, no matter what the material is,” said Yorgos Lanthimos about his latest film “The Favourite.” It premiered on September 28 as the opening night selection at the New York Film Festival, but it screened for press and industry that morning, when Lanthimos was on hand to discuss it along with writer Tony McNamara, costume designer Sandy Powell and actors Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn. Watch Lanthimos discuss his inspiration for the film above.

The Favourite” tells the story of Queen Anne (Colman) and the two women jockeying for position to be her most trusted and powerful advisor: Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Stone). In terms of its subject matter it’s definitely a change of pace from Lanthimos’s previous contemporary films “Dogtooth” (2009), “The Lobster” (2015) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017), but it
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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Keynote Variety’s First Music for Screens Summit

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Keynote Variety’s First Music for Screens Summit
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will keynote Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit, held at Neuehouse in Hollywood on Oct. 30.

The day-long event, with ambient music exclusively provided by iHeartMedia, will focus on the latest trends in composing for film and television, music supervision, commercial synchs in the digital age, legacy act management, soundtracks’ enduring popularity, and more.

Interviewed by Kcrw’s Elvis Mitchell, Reznor and Ross will discuss their work together as composers, producers and songwriters. The two collaborated on the score for David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” and have since worked on composing for such projects as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Gone Girl,” and “Patriot’s Day.” The duo entered the documentary realm in 2016, working alongside Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai on the score for the environmental advocacy film “Before the Flood” and collaborating with acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 2017’s “The Vietnam War.
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