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James Cameron Is Conquering New VFX Frontiers for the ‘Avatar’ Sequels

James Cameron Is Conquering New VFX Frontiers for the ‘Avatar’ Sequels
It’s no secret that James Cameron wants to go virtual underwater for “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3,” which he’s currently directing together (principal photography has wrapped). That not only entails Weta Digital conquering underwater performance capture but also the cast members (including Kate Winslet as free-diver Ronal of the Metkayina tribe) learning how to hold their breath.

IndieWire got a tech and storytelling update from Lightstorm producer Jon Landau during a recent set visit for “Alita: Battle Angel” at Weta in Wellington, New Zealand. “When you’re doing performance capture in a tank, you can’t be in scuba gear because the bubbles will distract,” he said. “Not only that but we can’t record what the mouth would be doing. So we had to teach everybody how to free breath hold.”

Read More: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Sound Terrible, But You’d Be Insane to Bet Against James
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Sky Vision Boards Oscar-Nominated Hany Abu-Asad’s Arab Drama ‘Blood’ (Exclusive)

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Patty Ishimoto’s Element 8 shingle is prepping “Blood,” a crime drama set in Jordan and with Academy Award-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad attached. Sky Vision has just come on board, and will sell the series globally.

Blood” is set to be the first high-end English-language drama series set and filmed in the Middle East with local talent, and bound for the international market. Shooting is set to take place on location in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The series will follow three childhood friends, bound by a secret from their past. Now in their 30s, they are a detective, a lawyer, and a convict. Spanning the cop’s street-level view of Amman, the attorney’s high-end office and lifestyle, and the convict’s prison life, the trio become caught up in a conspiracy.

Abu-Asad, who directed 2017’s “The Mountain Between Us,” is attached, marking his first move in TV. The Dutch-Palestinian
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‘Station 19’: Dermot Mulroney To Recur in Season 2 Of ABC Drama Series

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‘Station 19’: Dermot Mulroney To Recur in Season 2 Of ABC Drama Series
Dermot Mulroney is set to recur on the upcoming second season of ABC’s Station 19.

Mulroney will play a character who’s back in town after an extended leave – much to the surprise of pretty much everyone who has ever known him. He’s sharp witted, very perceptive, wickedly smart… and he can charm his way into and out of almost any situation. He hasn’t always been on the right side of the law, which really affects him… especially in the eyes of his son, police officer Ryan Tanner (Alberto Frezza).

Set in a Seattle firehouse, Station 19, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and written by Grey’s executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee, follows a group of heroic firefighters. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around the men and women as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.
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Chernin Entertainment Ups David Ready to Exec VP of Film and Television

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Chernin Entertainment has promoted David Ready to exec VP of film and television from his current role as exec vice president of film.

In this new role, Ready will oversee and identify the growing collaborative opportunities between TV and film talent and content, while continuing to produce projects on Chernin Entertainment’s feature and television slates.

Ready will work closely with Kristen Campo, head of Chernin Entertainment’s television department, and both executives will continue to report to Jenno Topping, president of film and television, Chernin Entertainment.

“We have long seen David as not just a leader, but as a forward thinker with taste, vision, and an aptitude for creative problem solving — someone with his finger on today’s complex, ever-evolving marketplace,” Topping said. “He has and will continue to be a great asset to the growth of our film and television slates in his new role.”

In addition to Ready,
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Chernin Entertainment Promotes David Ready To Exec Veep Film & Television

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Exclusive: Chernin Entertainment has promoted David Ready to Executive Vice President of Film and Television. He had been exec veep of Film. Ready will oversee and identify the growing collaborative opportunities between TV and film talent and content, while continuing to produce projects on Chernin Entertainment’s feature and television slates.

Ready will work closely with Kristin Campo, head of Chernin Entertainment’s television department, and both executives will continue to report to Jenno Topping, President of Film and Television. Topping made the appointment. In addition to Ready, Tracey Cook, an executive in the company’s television group since 2013, has been promoted to Director in the company’s Television Department.

“We have long seen David as not just a leader, but as a forward thinker with taste, vision, and an aptitude for creative problem solving—someone with his finger on today’s complex, ever-evolving marketplace,” Topping said. “He has and
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Idris Elba Sets ‘Ghetto Cowboy’ as Next Film

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Idris Elba Sets ‘Ghetto Cowboy’ as Next Film
Idris Elba has joined the ensemble cast of “Ghetto Cowboy,” which marks Ricky Staub’s feature directorial debut.

The movie is based on the award-winning novel by Greg Neri. The screenplay was written by Staub and Dan Walser. Elba will produce under his Green Door Pictures banner. Jeff Waxman, Jen Madeloff, Sam Mercer, Tegan Jones, and Walser are also producing.

“This story was built out of a deep friendship and collaboration with the riders of North Philly, and I couldn’t be more excited to honor their legacy with this film,” Staub said.

The pic follows 15-year-old Cole, who’s forced to live with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia, where, despite the surrounding poverty and violence, he discovers the redemptive world of urban horseback riding.

“Ricky and Dan’s brilliant script combines the energy and grit of an urban movie with the poetry and romance of the urban cowboy way of life,
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Hany Abu-Assad, ‘All Square’ Producers Join War Drama ‘A Brotherhood’

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Hany Abu-Assad, ‘All Square’ Producers Join War Drama ‘A Brotherhood’
Exclusive: The Mountain Between Us director Hany Abu-Assad, whose hard-hitting dramas Omar and Paradise Now were both Oscar-nominated, has joined Iraq war feature A Brotherhood as an executive producer.

Joining the drama as producers are Jordan Foley and Jonathan Rosenthal of Mill House Motion Pictures, producers of SXSW Audience Award-winner All Square, starring Michael Kelly.

Abu-Assad, whose 2017 survival story The Mountain Between Us starred Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, told us he was attracted by the project’s “emotional and thrilling script, which we hope can be a modern-day answer to The Deer Hunter.”

As we previously revealed, actor-turned-producer David Moscow (Big) will also produce the movie, the sophomore film from writer-director Bandar Albuliwi, whose 2013 debut Peace After Marriage starred Hiam Abbas (Insyriated).

Currently in advanced development, A Brotherhood tells the story of William, a struggling U.S. veteran of the Iraq War, who is forced to return to the
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Film News Roundup: Dermot Mulroney, Melora Walters Join ‘Hard Luck Love Song’

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Film News Roundup: Dermot Mulroney, Melora Walters Join ‘Hard Luck Love Song’
In today’s film news roundup, Dermot Mulroney will play a meth head, production wraps on the transgender drama “Relish,” and Tom Everett Scott’s “Danger One” gets a release.

Castings

Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters have joined the music-inspired independent feature “Hard Luck Love Song” opposite Sophia Bush and Michael Dorman, Variety has learned exclusively.

Commercial director Justin Corsbie will helm from a script he wrote with Nicholl semifinalist Craig Ugoretz, based on the Todd Snider song “Just Like Old Times.” Allison Smith, Douglas Matejka, and Corsbie are producing; executive producers are Peter Scalettar and Christian Monti.

Hard Luck Love Song” follows Dorman’s down-on-his-luck troubadour, who finds himself at an existential crossroads as his bad decisions catch up with him. His world spins into further upheaval after a chance encounter with an old flame, played by Bush.

Mulroney’s character is a sketchy meth head with a dangerous side.
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Idris Elba set to go head to head with Dwayne Johnson in Fast and Furious spin off Hobbs and Shaw

Idris Elba has entered into final negotiations to play the bad guy in Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw.

Elba, who will be making his directorial debut with Yardie this summer, is said to be the villain both Hobbs and Shaw have to take out. He could very well be joining The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby who is also in final talks to take on the role of Shaw’s sister.

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is on board in the director’s chair, with Johnson and Statham reprising their roles as special agent Luke Hobbs and criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw.

Also in the news – Jeremy Renner tipped to join the cast of Spawn

Fast and FuriousChris Morgan has penned the script in which Neal Moritz will produce. Johnson will also serve as a producer alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia,
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Idris Elba to Play Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Idris Elba to Play Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff Starring Dwayne Johnson
Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the main villain in “Hobbs and Shaw,” the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Deadpool 2” director David Leitch is on board to helm, with Johnson and Statham reprising their roles as special agent Luke Hobbs and criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw, respectively. “Fast and Furious” architect Chris Morgan penned the script, with production set to commence this fall.

The film will see the often-at-odds pair teaming up. Sources say Elba’s character is the antagonist the duo will go up against.

Since his arrival in the franchise’s fifth installment, Universal has tried to find a way to spin off Johnson’s Hobbs character, given his popularity with fans. Statham joined the series in the seventh movie, and considering the chemistry between the two actors in 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious,” Universal took action on plans to develop a spinoff.
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'Solo' Slumps in Second Weekend While 'RBG' and 'Overboard' Reach Studio Milestones

'Solo' Slumps in Second Weekend While 'RBG' and 'Overboard' Reach Studio Milestones
There were no big surprises this weekend as Disney and Lucasfilms's Solo: A Star Wars Story suffered a steep drop following a disappointing debut and the week's new releases made hardly a dent. STX's Adrift led the way, though fell short of expectations, while BH Tilt's micro-budgeted feature Upgrade delivered solid results based on its budget and expectations. If there was a "big" surprise it came by way of Paramount's Action Point, which wasn't expected to do much to begin with, but flopped to the tune of just $2.3 million from 2,032 theaters. Meanwhile, a couple milestones were reached for both Magnolia and Pantelion on the backs of strong runs for both Rbg and Overboard respectively. With an estimated $29.29 million, Disney and Lucasfilms's Solo: A Star Wars Story dipped 65% this weekend, a result that was to be expected following the film's steady decline during the week after its disappointing debut last weekend.
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‘Solo’ Hits Asteroid With $29M+; ‘Action Point’ Condemned To $2M+: Post-Memorial Day Blues At The B.O.

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5th Update Sunday 7Am: With updated chart as of 9Am A dull weekend at the box office, and Saturday night really didn’t move the needle that much. Disney is calling Solo: A Star Wars Story at $29.3M, -65%, for a running total of $148.9M. This is after a Saturday that was +51% over Friday with $12.4M. That’s the lowest second weekend for any Disney Star Wars title, plus the 20th Century Fox released Episodes I-iii. For any big event title that opened over Memorial Day weekend, a mid 60% drop in weekend 2 is common; it’s just extremely painful for Solo because it didn’t start out so high. In the previous update, we continued to harp on what went wrong. But clearly that A- CinemaScore and overall 87% positive score from PostTrak isn’t triggering word of mouth to hook more people into the theater. There’s still too much
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No New Summer Blockbusters This Weekend as 'Adrift', 'Action Point' & 'Upgrade' Debut

No New Summer Blockbusters This Weekend as 'Adrift', 'Action Point' & 'Upgrade' Debut
Saturday Am Update: The weekend's new releases are struggling with Stx's Adrift leading the way with an estimated $4.23 million on Friday, looking at a $10.5-11.5 million three-day opening. The performance is below the studio's expectations which were in the low-to-mid teens. The film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Bh Tilt's Upgrade is actually performing a bit better than expected, pulling in an estimated $1.67 million on Friday and looking at a three-day around $4-4.5 million from 1,457 locations. It's a solid start for the micro-budgeted feature, which carried the best reviews among the weekend's three new wide releases. The worst of the lot is Paramount's Action Point, the $19 million Johnny Knoxville production brought in a meager $790k on Friday (including a limited number of midnight showings), heading toward a $2.25 million debut, well below even the modest $4-7 million three-day studio expectations. The film received a "C+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.
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‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea
Stories of people stranded in the wilderness have always been natural fodder for movies, as ideas of being lost in the jungle or shipwrecked at sea tap into a natural anxiety about the smallness of our place in the world, and the uneasy need for co-dependence that it inspires. And yet, without diminishing some formative examples, or paving over the past’s most hideous aberrations (George C. Scott’s “The Savage Is Loose” springs to mind), it seems as though the whole “lost adventurers” genre is just starting to find itself. “Adrift” may be the first of these movies that actually explains this recent phenomenon.

And it’s been a long time coming: In just the last eight years or so, we’ve seen mainstream American movies about a dude getting wedged beneath a rock (“127 Hours”), an older dude getting stuck in wolf country (“The Grey”), and an even
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Idris Elba to Star in and Direct ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix

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Idris Elba to Star in and Direct ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix
Idris Elba is set to star in, direct, and produce the currently untitled modern retelling of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Netflix, sources confirmed to Variety.

Elba will also produce music for the feature film.

Based on the classic 19th century gothic romance novel, the story follows Quasimodo, a hunchback, who falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda. Elba will play Quasimodo in the feature.

The story has been adapted various times, the most famous version being Disney’s ’90s animated classic that featured Demi Moore and Kevin Kline as voices. The film’s score was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

The Current War” scribe Michael Mitnick will write Netflix’s modern day retelling. Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will produce for Automatik, along with Elba and Green Door’s Ana Garanito.

This is just the latest directing gig for Elba, having
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Cannes 2018: ‘Arctic’ Review: Dir. Joe Penna (2018)

Arctic review: Joe Penna delivers a solid, terrifyingly tense, edge-of-your-seat thriller in a striking, albeit slightly familiar debut.

Arctic review by Paul Heath.

Arctic review

If you’ve not heard of Joe Penna, don’t worry, you’re about to. He’s destined for big things. 2.7 million-plus users on YouTube know him, as that’s how many subscribers his channel has (along with tens of millions of views). He’s a short filmmaker who has used the platform to shake the film industry to get himself noticed, and noticed him they have as his debut feature Arctic arrives at the Cannes Film Festival in the midnight special screening section.

The film sees Mads Mikkelsen lead the cast as Overgård, a man who is stranded, yes you’ve guest it, right in the middle of the Arctic. He’s stranded with his crashed plane, nobody in sight for miles and miles.
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Scribe J. Mills Goodloe Inks With ICM Partners

Exclusive: J. Mills Goodloe, the screenwriter who most recently penned The Mountain Between Us starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, has signed with ICM Partners. Fox’s The Mountain Between Us, helmed by Hany Abu-Assad, was adapted from Charles Martin’s novel. Goodloe also adapted Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, which also bowed last year via Warner Bros starring Amanda Stenberg and Nick Robinson; and the Nicholas Sparks novel The Best Of Me which became a 2014…
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Idris Elba's Fiancée Gushes About Her Soon-to-Be Husband Ahead of Valentine's Day

Idris Elba's Fiancée Gushes About Her Soon-to-Be Husband Ahead of Valentine's Day
Idris Elba’s fiancée knows she’s made a good catch.

Just a few days after the actor appeared to pop the question, and right ahead of Valentine’s Day, Sabrina Dhowre took to Instagram to gush over her future husband.

“Baby! I can’t tell you enough how happy you make me and how lucky I feel to have found a love like this, you make my heart feel so full. I love you. Forever will always feel [Sic] to short,” she wrote on Tuesday, along with the hashtag “I’m such a cheeseball.”

The 45-year-old actor seemingly proposed to
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Idris Elba's Fiancée Gushes About Her Soon-to-Be Husband Ahead of Valentine's Day

Idris Elba's Fiancée Gushes About Her Soon-to-Be Husband Ahead of Valentine's Day
Idris Elba’s fiancée knows she’s made a good catch.

Just a few days after the actor appeared to pop the question, and right ahead of Valentine’s Day, Sabrina Dhowre took to Instagram to gush over her future husband.

“Baby! I can’t tell you enough how happy you make me and how lucky I feel to have found a love like this, you make my heart feel so full. I love you. Forever will always feel to short,” she wrote on Tuesday, along with the hashtag “I’m such a cheeseball.”

The 45-year-old actor seemingly proposed to
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Win The Mountain Between Us on Blu-ray

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Starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, The Mountain Between Us is out on Blu-ray & DVD 12th February and out now on digital download. To get you in the Valentine’s day mood, we’re giving away five copies of the film on Blu-Ray so you can enjoy the adventure in the warmth of your own home.

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realise help is not coming, they embark on a terrifying journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and igniting an unexpected attraction. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.

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Please note: This competition is open to UK residents
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