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'Bright' Sequel Lands 'Beauty and the Beast' Writer (Exclusive)

Netflix’s sequel to Bright, the digital streamer’s Will Smith-starring action fantasy, is moving ahead with a new writer.

Evan Spiliotopoulos, who worked on Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast as well as the Snow White-centric fantasy The Huntsman: Winter's War, has been tapped to pen the script for the follow-up, which will once again be directed by David Ayer.

Not returning is Max Landis, the scribe who wrote the initial spec script for the first movie and was paid a reported $3 million to $4 million in 2016, when the project ignited a bidding war that Netflix ultimately won. Sources say...
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Isabelle Huppert on Her Best Cannes Memories and the Lack of Female Jury Presidents

Isabelle Huppert on Her Best Cannes Memories and the Lack of Female Jury Presidents
French star Isabelle Huppert, whose role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe last year, served as president of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 2009.

Huppert was reportedly at odds with fellow juror James Gray over awarding the Palme d’Or to Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” and was accused by

some of favoring Haneke because he had directed her in “The Piano Teacher,” which earned her the prize for best actress at Cannes in 2001. Winning that year and also in 1978 for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “Violette Noziere” remain her strongest memories of Cannes.

“The festival is first and foremost a competition, and when you’re in competition, the best thing is to win,” Huppert says. “Honestly, without blushing, I can say that each time it was an intense and immense pleasure.”

Although she is one of fewer than a
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Katy Perry Transforms Into Snow White for 'American Idol' Disney Night

For the first time in American Idol history, the reality singing competition had a Disney-themed night. To mark the occassion, Katy Perry decided to dress as the first Disney princess ever — Snow White. Wearing a black wig, glittery red lipstick, and the iconic yellow, red, and blue costume, Katy transformed into the animated royal, all that was missing was her gang of dwarves. Unless you count fellow judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and host Ryan Seacrest. However, she would still be four squad members short. And she stayed in character through Maddie Poppe's kick-off performance of "Bare Neccessities" calling her "sweetie" and congratulating her on her "bravery" in Snow White's high-pitched voice. Snow White!!!!
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Brie Larson reportedly wanted for Disney’s Snow White spinoff Rose Red

Brie Larson is currently busy shooting Disney and Marvel’s superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel, and if a report from DisneyFilmFacts is to be believed, the Oscar winner may soon be set for a reunion with the Mouse House.

According to the outlet, Larson is wanted for the title role in the studio’s live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs spinoff Rose Red.

First announced back in 2016, Rose Red would follow the title character, Snow White’s sister, who sets off with the seven dwarfs on a dangerous quest to save Snow White after she takes a bite from the poison apple.

The project was originally penned by Justin Merz (The Boxcar Children), with Evan Daugherty subsequently rewriting the script to bring in more in line with the events of the classic 1937 movie. Kristin Gore (Saturday Night Live) has also penned a recent draft.

As yet, there’s no word
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Brie Larson Eyed For Disney’s Snow White Spinoff Rose Red

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a time-honoured story that’s gone on to become a fixture of Disney’s prestigious archive – but what of her sister Rose Red?

From what we understand, the House of Mouse has now hatched a live-action “companion piece” designed to tell the famous tale from the perspective of Rose, with screenwriters Justin Merz and Evan Daugherty – creative mind behind Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman – developing a revisionist take on the classic fairytale.

It’s still early, early days for the project, but tonight, we’re hearing that the studio has their eye on Captain Marvel star Brie Larson for the titular role. Though this scoop doesn’t come to us from Disney itself, it does make sense, given Larson’s connection to the House of Mouse via her involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For those unfamiliar with Red Rose, she
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Rumor: Disney Eyes Brie Larson For Snow White Spinoff Rose Red

Walt Disney Studios is rumored to be eyeing Brie Larson to play the title role in their live-action Snow White spinoff movie, Rose Red. The original Snow White was famously made by Disney (then-known as Walt Disney Productions) way back in 1937, and it was the first animated film of its kind. Adapting the classic German fairy-tale from the Brothers Grimm, it proved all doubters wrong and became an iconic smash hit, both critically and financially.
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Diane Kruger reads from Lamarr's letters in Alexandra Dean's revelatory documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

In the final installment of my conversation with Alexandra Dean, the director of the revelatory documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, we explore the background of the woman who inspired the looks of Catwoman, as well as Disney's Snow White, Mel Brooks and his Hedley Lamarr character (portrayed by Harvey Korman) in Blazing Saddles, the impact Hedy Lamarr had from the start with a role in Gustav Machatý's 1933 film Ecstasy (Ekstase), and the discovery of the interview tapes done by Fleming Meeks, that allow Hedy herself to guide us through her life.

With interviews (including Peter Bogdanovich, Jeanine Basinger, Robert Osborne, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mel Brooks, and Lamarr's family), expertly edited (by Dean, Penelope Falk and Lindy Jankur), Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is assembled with care. Her life plays out
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Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018 (90th Academy Awards) review

MaryAnn’s quick take… My pick: I suspect that this year’s winner will be “Garden Party” [pictured], a spectacular debut from new French animation studio Illogic that I am sure we will be seeing a lot more stunning work from. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Death, despair, and decay. Some very black humor. These motifs run through most of this year’s Oscar-nominated animated short films. Oh, and childhood. In one case, the despair of childhood. Fun times.

I suspect that this year’s winner will be “Garden Party” [IMDb|official site], from a new French animation studio called Illogic — consisting of filmmakers Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, and Lucas Navarro — that I am sure we will be seeing a lot more stunning work from. The adventures of frogs and toads and
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Touch of British magic as Roald Dahl classic is tipped for Oscar

Revolting Rhymes is the fourth film by Magic Light to be nominated for an Academy Award

The list of British talent contending for Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night is topped by some illustrious names: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Hawkins, Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman and newcomer Daniel Kaluuya. Yet a handful of other characters will not have their moment of red-carpet glory, despite having played starring roles in an Oscar-nominated British film already enjoyed by millions.

Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Prince Charming and the wolf are a few of the much-loved fictional heroes and villains of Revolting Rhymes, the acclaimed movie of Roald Dahl’s quirky selection of fairytale yarns tipped to have a strong chance of winning the best animated short film award.
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Oscars Week 2018: Taika Waititi Hosts The Live Action Shorts

This year’s Oscar Week Shorts Program showcased a diverse group of talented filmmakers delivering crowd-pleasing and thoughtful short films. The evening kicked off with an extended, hilarious riff by the host Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok and director/co-star of What We Do In the Shadows. Waititi was so annoyed by latecomers entering the Samuel Goldwyn Theater he yelled at them, “Where have you been?!” and recalled the pressure of being a short film nominee in 2004 while carrying the expectations of his native New Zealand on his shoulders.

His irreverence toward an Academy that let’s people wander around during his presentation and denies him Oscar gold kept the audience howling throughout his hosting duties.

Host Taika Waititi prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Week: Shorts” event.

The animated films were all worthy of a statuette in terms of quality and originality. Kobe Bryant
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Oscar Animated Shorts Nominees, Ranked: Memorable Characters Define Frontrunners Like ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Negative Space’

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Oscar Animated Shorts Nominees, Ranked: Memorable Characters Define Frontrunners Like ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Negative Space’
The animated shorts race is defined by memorable characters: A dance between young and adult Kobe Bryant in “Dear Basketball,” a father and son bonding over ritual packing in “Negative Space,” a collection of lost and found schoolyard objects thwarting a bully in Pixar’s “Lou,” a mysterious wolf recounting the unusual bonding between Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White in “Revolting Rhymes,” and a wacky amphibian takeover of a mansion in “Garden Party.”

Despite the backlash against Bryant for his sexual assault charge back in 2003 and the limited scope of his short, “Dear Basketball” remains the favorite to win the Oscar. That’s due to the irresistible pairing of the former Lakers legend with former Disney legend Glen Keane, who directed the short. However, “Negative Space” could pull an upset for its inventive animation and resonating theme.

Read more about these nominees, ranked in order of their likelihood
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Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality…

Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality EventsHuppert in “Amour”: Darius Khondji/Sony Pictures Classics

The 68th Berlinale hasn’t reached its midway point yet but it’s already seen the announcement of Anne Fontaine’s next film and organized events focusing on industry gender discrimination. According to separate reports from Variety, Isabelle Huppert will star in Fontaine’s “Pure as Snow” and directors discussed the gender gap in European cinema during a panel presented by Eurimages. South African filmmakers also launched #ThatsNotOk, a campaign tackling workplace harassment.

“Pure as Snow” is an erotic comedy based on the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” fairy tale. Lou de Laâge, the star of Fontaine’s “The Innocents,” will play Claire, who works for her cruel stepmother Maud at her late father’s hotel. “Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud (Huppert), whose young
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Isabelle Huppert to Lead Next Films from Ira Sachs and Anne Fontaine

After giving a pair of performances among the best in her iconic career with Elle and Things to Come, Isabelle Huppert recently reteamed with Michael Haneke, Hong Sang-soo, Serge Bozon, and more. She’s now once again returning to Berlinale with Benoît Jacquot’s Eva, and while there, two more of the prolific actress’ projects have been announced.

First up, she’ll be leading the drama from Ira Sachs, who recently gave us the wonderful Love is Strange and Little Men. Titled A Family Vacation, it also stars Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Andre Wilms, and it marks the director’s first time working outside the United States as he’ll be shooting it this fall in Portugal. Backed by Saïd Ben Saïd, it follows “three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.
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Bill Maher Wants to Know Why the Most Popular Movie of the #MeToo Era Is ‘About a Woman on a Leash’ — Watch

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Bill Maher Wants to Know Why the Most Popular Movie of the #MeToo Era Is ‘About a Woman on a Leash’ — Watch
Bill Maher wants to know why, in the era of #MeToo, the most popular movie in America is “Fifty Shades Freed” — a film he describes as being about “a woman on a leash.” During his New Rules segment last night, the controversial TV host turned his attention to the seeming disparity between the growing calls for gender equality and an end to sexual harassment and the content of successful films like “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Shape of Water.”

“2017 was a great year for women because finally men have been put on notice. Harassment is going to be noted now, so you’re going to have to think of another way to meet women,” Maher said before adding that “all men are playing with five fouls now, as we should, but the movement falters if it thinks we can make pain-free the messy transition from two people not
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Gaumont Reteams with Anne Fontaine for ‘Pure as Snow’ with Isabelle Huppert (Exclusive)

Gaumont Reteams with Anne Fontaine for ‘Pure as Snow’ with Isabelle Huppert (Exclusive)
Gaumont is re-teaming with French director Anne Fontaine on “Pure as Snow” (“Blanche comme neige”), an erotic comedy inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s tale of Snow White starring Isabelle Huppert and Lou de Laâge.

“Pure as Snow” is produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer’s Mandarin Cinema and Philippe Carcassonne’s Cine @, and also stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Macaigne, Charles Berling, Jonathan Cohen, Damien Bonnard and Pablo Pauly.

De Laâge stars as Claire, a beautiful young woman who works at her late father’s hotel that is now managed by her evil stepmother Maud (Huppert). Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud, whose young lover has fallen in love with Claire. Maud decides to get rid of Claire who finds shelter in a farm where she’s allowed to break free from her strict upbringing through encounters with seven “princes.”

“Anne Fontaine modernized this tale and gave it a light-hearted, erotic and refined tone,
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Oscars worst animation snubs for Best Picture: Readers say ‘Lion King,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Wall-e’ & more were robbed

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Oscars worst animation snubs for Best Picture: Readers say ‘Lion King,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Wall-e’ & more were robbed
In the entire 90-year history of the Oscars there have only been three animated films nominated for Best Picture: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010). Those last two only made the cut after the motion picture academy expanded Best Picture to 10 slots; I doubt either would have been nominated with only five contenders in that race. These days animated achievements tend to be relegated to Best Animated Feature, and before that category was created in 2001 they were typically ignored in top categories entirely. So what have been the academy’s worst omissions?

Our forum posters are discussing the animated films they think should have been Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Scroll down to read some of their comments, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which you think was the most unjustly snubbed for top honors. That might include Pixar’s latest,
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Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production

Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production
Last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards saw Alexandre Desplat win Best Score (for “The Shape of Water”), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Best Song (for “The Greatest Showman”). What do they have in common? All three are represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, whose Kraft-Engel Management is one of Hollywood’s top music agencies. Kraft-Engel’s other clients include Danny Elfman, Moby, John Debney, Mark Isham, Henry Jackman, Alan Menken, Bear McCreary, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck and John Powell.

Kraft has been a film-music agent for more than 30 years, Engel for more than 20. They began working together in the 1980s when Engel was Elfman’s manager and Kraft was doing his film deals. Kraft started his own company in 1991; she joined him as an agent in 1996 and together they formed Kraft-Engel Management in 2005. They refer to themselves as “agents who give the attention to our clients as if we were managers.”

Variety caught
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Catalog From The Beyond: Snow White: A Tale Of Terror (1997)

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By now I’m sure you know the formula for this column. I introduce one of our beloved horror icons as a means to steer you toward one of their lesser-known works. Nothing too complicated, but I’ve found it works. This time around, however, I worry that my usual spiel will bury the lede, as I’ve made a profound discovery in the made-for-tv horror fairy tale Snow White: A Tale of Terror, featuring Sigourney Weaver. This movie, ladies and gentlemen, is the silliest horror movie ever made.

I know what you’re thinking: But Bryan, how could you make such a claim in a world where movies like Sleepaway Camp II, Blood Diner, or any variety of wacky ’80s slasher movies exist? You raise a fair point, good reader, but the difference is that they were actively trying to be silly while Snow White: A Tale of Terror
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International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts

International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts
In today’s International Newswire, a documentary revealing new facts about the death of Princess Diana sells to the U.S. and multiple European territories; Sony acquires North American rights to Spanish black comedy “Abracadabra”; and Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela select their Oscar entries.

Banijay Rights has signed deals in the U.S., Europe and South Africa for “Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth,” the one-hour special that, 20 years on from Princess Diana’s death in Paris, uncovers shocking new information about the accident.

The show was produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigre for M6 in France, where its recent broadcast attracted 3.5 million viewers. It uncovers evidence that the car in which she was in had been “badly damaged in a road crash, [and] was declared a write-off more than two years before the Alma Tunnel tragedy,” according to a statement.

The show has now been picked up by Reelz in the
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International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts

International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts
In today’s International Newswire, a documentary revealing new facts about the death of Princess Diana sells to the U.S. and multiple European territories; Sony acquires North American rights to Spanish black comedy “Abracadabra”; and Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela select their Oscar entries.

Banijay Rights has signed deals in the U.S., Europe and South Africa for “Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth,” the one-hour special that, 20 years on from Princess Diana’s death in Paris, uncovers shocking new information about the accident.

The show was produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigre for M6 in France, where its recent broadcast attracted 3.5 million viewers. It uncovers evidence that the car in which she was in had been “badly damaged in a road crash, [and] was declared a write-off more than two years before the Alma Tunnel tragedy,” according to a statement.

The show has now been picked up by Reelz in the
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