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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California

  • Variety
Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam 2,” starring LeBron James and produced by Ryan Coogler, is set to film in California.

The upcoming sequel is one of 15 film projects that have been selected for the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. “Space Jam 2” received the largest conditional allocation with a $21.8 million tax credit. “Mouse Guard” scored the second-biggest cut ($10.2 million) of the new $73.3 million available in tax credits.

Others include Andy Samberg’s “Palm Springs,” Universal’s “Marry Me” and “24/7,” Lionsgate’s “Margaritaville” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Boy Who Knew Too Much.” Four of the projects will film in the San Francisco area.

“One of the goals for Program 2.0 is to bring production jobs and spending to regions across the state,

and we’re beginning to see that happen more often and on a larger scale,” said Amy Lemisch, California Film Commission’s executive director. “We’re thrilled
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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Among 15 Film Projects to Receive $73.3 Million in California Tax Credits

  • The Wrap
The California Film Commission on Monday released a list of 15 projects selected for the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. “Space Jam 2” starring Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is among the 15 projects set to receive a total of $73.3 million in tax credits reserved for the projects.

Five of the films are indies, and five are also being shot outside of Los Angeles’s 30-Mile Zone, including near San Francisco and Palm Springs. The commission says this represents a growth from previous years as part of an effort to spread production jobs and spending statewide.

“One of the goals for Program 2.0 is to bring production jobs and spending to regions across the state, and we’re beginning to see that happen more often and on a larger scale,” said California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch in a statement. “We’re thrilled to see Program 2.0 have such far-reaching benefits.
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Alice Eve joins anthology sci-fi thriller Warning

Deadline has revealed that Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) has become the latest addition to the cast of Warning, a sci-fi anthology movie which marks the feature directorial debut of Agata Alexander.

The film will feature a series of interconnecting short stories following different characters in a future Earth. Eve joins a cast that includes Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse), James D’Arcy (Dunkirk), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk), Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Alex Pettyfer (The Last Witness) and Benedict Samuel (Gotham).

“We are so excited to have the beautiful and talented Alice join us,” said producer Cybill Lui. “This project is a rarity as it is high-concept, thought-provoking, funny, grounded sci-fi material envisioned by a female filmmaker supported by a really cool and diverse cast.”

Warning is currently in pre-production, with Alexander set to direct from a script she’s written with Rob Michaelson and Jason Kaye.
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Dwayne Johnson to Star as Hawaiian King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The King’

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Dwayne Johnson to Star as Hawaiian King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The King’
Dwayne Johnson will play Hawaiian king Kamehameha in the historical drama “The King” from director Robert Zemeckis.

Warner Bros. and New Line won an auction for the Randall Wallace script for “The King,” written about the first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Johnson will produce through his Seven Bucks Productions company, along with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Zemeckis is also producing with Beau Flynn through FlynnPictureCo. Wendy Jacobson will executive produce. The studio plans to shoot the film in 2020.

Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian Islands following a series of battles during the 1790s and took steps to ensure they remained a united realm after his death. Johnson had been eyeing the movie in recent years and decided to move forward on it during the filming in Hawaii of his hit comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

Johnson has starred in three New Line titles — “San Andreas,” “Rampage,” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
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Dwayne Johnson to Star as Hawaiian Ruler in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The King’

  • The Wrap
Dwayne Johnson to Star as Hawaiian Ruler in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The King’
Dwayne Johnson will star as Hawaiian king Kamehameha I in Robert Zemeckis’ “The King.” Warner Bros. and New Line picked up the package.

“King” is based on a spec script written by Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”). Johnson will produce alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partners Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, as well as FlynnPictureCo’s Beau Flynn, Zemeckis and Wallace.

Last year, a Hawaiian priest blessed the project, Johnson, Wallace and Garcia during a ceremony in Hawaii. “The King” is a historical epic that will be based on the true-life story of Kamehameha, the king who was the first to unite the Hawaiian islands. Johnson has been working on this project since 2001.

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New Line has previously worked with Johnson and Flynn on projects like “San Andreas,” “Rampage” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,
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Deluxe’s Method Studios to Acquire Visual Effect House Atomic Fiction

  • Variety
Deluxe has signed an agreement to acquire visual effects company Atomic Fiction, which has studios in Montreal and San Francisco.

The company will join Method Studios, Deluxe’s vfx brand, as part of a strategy to deepen the company’s talent base and capacity to take on the biggest and most challenging visual effects projects for features, episodic TV, advertising and brands.

Founded in 2010 by Kevin Baillie and Ryan Tudhope, Atomic Fiction has collaborated with director Robert Zemeckis on a number of projects, including “The Walk,” Allied” and the upcoming “Welcome to Marwen.”

The company also worked on the Oscar-winning effects of “Blade Runner 2049” (pictured); on Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond”; Fox’s “Deadpool”; HBO’s “Games of Thrones”; and season 3 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

“Throughout my career, I’ve always felt that it’s important to surround myself with the best of the best in their craft,
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Deluxe to Acquire 'The Walk' VFX House Atomic Fiction

Deluxe to Acquire 'The Walk' VFX House Atomic Fiction
Deluxe has signed a definitive agreement to acquire visual effects house Atomic Fiction, which previously enabled Joseph Gordon-Levitt to walk in the clouds between the Twin Towers in 2015's The Walk. Atomic Fiction will become part of Deluxe-owned VFX brand Method Studios.

The terms of the deal, which is expected to close during Q3, were not disclosed.

Atomic Fiction was founded in 2010 by a couple of alums of Robert Zemeckis' former Imagemovers Digital facility; since then, it has been Zemeckis' go-to VFX house, working on his films The Walk, Flight, Allied and the upcoming Welcome to Marwen.

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Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' to open 56th New York Film Festival

Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' to open 56th New York Film Festival
Follow-up to The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is ‘a wild, wild ride’.

Fox Searchlight’s lead awards hopeful and dark period comedy The Favourite from Yorgos Lanthimos starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone will open the 56th New York Film Festival (Nyff) on September 28.

The film, tipped to premiere in Venice and play Telluride, is Lanthimos’s follow-up to the thriller The Killing Of A Sacred Deer that premiered in Cannes 2017.

The Favorite centres on a fight to the death for the body of Queen Anne (Colman) between the Duchess of Marlborough (Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill
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Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s ‘The Favourite’ to Open 2018 New York Film Festival

Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s ‘The Favourite’ to Open 2018 New York Film Festival
The 2018 New York Film Festival has announced it will open with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the historical drama will kick off the 56th edition of the festival at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday, September 28.

The Favourite” marks Lanthimos’ return to Nyff following “The Lobster” in 2015. The director’s “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” played Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival last year. His latest stars Weisz as Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough and Emma Stone as servant Abigail Hill, two women who engage in a sexually-charged fight to the death for the position of Queen Anne’s advisor during the War of the Spanish Succession. Colman plays the royal queen after working with Lanthimos on “The Lobster.”

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‘The Favourite’ to Open New York Film Festival

  • Variety
‘The Favourite’ to Open New York Film Festival
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a historical drama set during the reign of Queen Anne, will kick off the 56th New York Film Festival. The Fox Searchlight title will make its New York debut (careful wording that suggests the film will premiere at another North American festival such as Telluride.) It is already expected to screen in Venice.

The Favourite” follows the court wranglings of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) as they jockey for position with Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Lanthimos has an off-beat kind of humor and an avant-garde edge, previously highlighted in films such as “The Lobster” and “Killing of a Sacred Deer.” “The Favourite” is unlikely to be a typically staid costume drama.

“’The Favourite’ is a lot of things at once, each of them perfectly meshed: a historical epic; a visual feast; a wild, wild ride; a
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Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Changes Tones in New Trailer

One of the few directors who is able to still wrangle a decent-sized budget for Hollywood studio fare that doesn’t involve capes or anything of the ilk, Robert Zemeckis’ formally inventive films are still ones to marvel at. Following his return to live-action with the trio of Flight, The Walk, and Allied, his next project looks is a mix of that realm and a healthy dose of motion capture.

Welcome to Marwen, another remake of a documentary from the director, is based on the 2010 film Marwencol, and after a wild first trailer, a second one has now arrived that shifts tones to an entirely inspirational one, perhaps fitting for its new December holiday release date. The story follows Steve Carell’s character in the true story of a man who was beaten into a coma, leaving memory loss, he then constructs a fantastical World War II-era world of dolls that fight the Nazis,
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‘Project Blue Book’ Trailer: Aidan Gillen Hunts UFOs In History’s Robert Zemeckis-Produced Drama Series

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‘Project Blue Book’ Trailer: Aidan Gillen Hunts UFOs In History’s Robert Zemeckis-Produced Drama Series
“The whole forest smelled like death. And then, we saw that thing. As God is my witness, it was not of this world.” History has released the first trailer for Project Blue Book, its UFO drama series from A+E Studios and Compari Entertainment, a division of Robert ZemeckisImageMovers.

Project Blue Book chronicles the top-secret true U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as Project Blue Book. Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen stars as Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which never were solved. Each episode draws from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.

Michael Malarkey, Laura Mennell, Ksenia Solo, Michael Harney and Neal McDonough also star.

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David Beaubaire Transitioning From Sony Exec To Producer

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Longtime Sony Pictures exec veep of production David Beaubaire will transition by year’s end into a producing deal, sources said. There has been a series of changes at the studio, but I’m being told this is Beaubaire’s desire. The pieces of the transition are still falling into place. Among his projects have been All The Money in The World, which Ridley Scott directed and which survived the switch from Kevin Spacey to Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer shortly before the film’s release. He is currently immersed in the relaunch of Men in Black that F. Gary Gray is directing, with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjani, and Sartaj Garewal starring.

Beaubaire is a very well regarded exec with a nose for taste maker content who n over 20 years in the executive suites has worked his way up with stops at Warner Bros, DreamWorks
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New 'The Witches' on Its Way From Robert Zemeckis; Here's What We Know So Far

A new, big-screen version of Roald Dahl's The Witches is on its way from Warner Bros. and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, according to Variety. Here's what we know so far. What's the source material? Published in 1983, the children's book by Roald Dahl follows an 8-year-old British boy who goes to Norway to live with his grandmother after his parents are killed. His grandmother tells him stories about witches, describing them as horrifying creatures who only want to kill children. After he moves back to England with his grandmother, she becomes ill and they head to a hotel by the sea for her to recuperate. There, the boy is trapped by witches and transformed into a mouse. Inspired by his grandmother, the boy endeavors to kill all the...
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New 'The Witches' on Its Way From Robert Zemeckis; Here's What We Know So Far

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A new, big-screen version of Roald Dahl's The Witches is on its way from Warner Bros. and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, according to Variety. Here's what we know so far. What's the source material? Published in 1983, the children's book by Roald Dahl follows an 8-year-old British boy who goes to Norway to live with his grandmother after his parents are killed. His grandmother tells him stories about witches, describing them as horrifying creatures who only...

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Steve Carell (and His Toy Dolls) Fight Nazis in First Trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Welcome to Marwen’

He may not be embraced as he once was, but Robert Zemeckis continues to make some of the most formally interesting work on a large Hollywood scale. Following his return to live-action with the trio of Flight, The Walk, and Allied, his next project looks to be a mix of that realm and healthy dose of motion capture. Welcome to Marwen, another remake of a documentary from the director, is based of the 2010 film Marwencol, and the first trailer has now arrived.

Following Steve Carell’s character in the true story of a man who was beaten into a coma, leaving memory loss, he then constructs a fantastical World War II-era world of dolls that fight the Nazis, sharing parallel to his real world. The way Zemeckis brings this to life… well, must be seen to be believed, and you can do so now in the trailer below.

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‘Welcome to Marwen’ First Trailer: Robert Zemeckis Sends Steve Carell Into A Fantastical World of Miniatures

‘Welcome to Marwen’ First Trailer: Robert Zemeckis Sends Steve Carell Into A Fantastical World of Miniatures
Robert Zemeckis hasn’t had much success in awards season with his last two efforts, “Allied” and “The Walk,” but Universal Pictures is betting on the beloved filmmaker this November with the release of “Welcome to Marwen.” The movie is based on Jeff Malmberg’s award-winning 2010 documentary “Marwencol” and stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, and Janelle Monáe.

Welcome to Marwen” stars Carell as the real-life Mark Hogancamp, who spent nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital after being nearly beaten to death by five men. Hogancamp suffered brain damage from the attack and turned to building a massive World War II-era town made of miniatures for therapy. The town was populated with doll versions of himself, his friends, his love interests, and even his attackers. Zemeckis’ film takes place in the real world and inside Hogancamp’s miniature village.

“Marwen” is Carell’s second high profile fall release following “Beautiful Boy,
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Robert Zemeckis Teaming Up With Alfonso Cuaron And Guillermo Del Toro For Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Lately, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been sticking to films aimed more at adults, such as “The Walk,” “Flight,” and the upcoming “Welcome to Marwen.” However, we can’t forget that Zemeckis is the guy who brought us such family films like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Polar Express.” And it appears that his next project is going to bring the director back to his family-friendly ways.

Continue reading Robert Zemeckis Teaming Up With Alfonso Cuaron And Guillermo Del Toro For Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ at The Playlist.
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‘The Four’: Charlie Walk won’t be on Feb. 8 finale

In the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior, Republic Records executive Charlie Walk will not be on the Feb. 8 finale of “The Four.” He was one of four judges on the first season of this Fox reality-competition series. However, Walk will be seen on the pre-taped Feb. 1 episode of the show.

Walk released the following statement, via his attorney Patricia Glaser:

“Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four. I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these
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Manifest: first details of Robert Zemeckis' TV show emerge

Joseph Baxter Jan 25, 2018

Manifest, a sci-fi-leaning television project from iconic director Robert Zemeckis, has been ordered to pilot by NBC...

Peacock Network NBC is looking add an intriguing new small screen feather with a television project called Manifest, from the one and only Robert Zemeckis.

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The network has given a pilot order for the Zemeckis-driven Manifest project, reports The Tracking Board. The project will primarily be the brainchild of Jeff Rake (The Mysteries Of Laura, The Tomorrow People, Miss Match), who will serve as writer and executive producer, joined in the latter capacity by Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The pilot will be a production of Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Manifest will depict a most vexing travel inconvenience, when a commercial flight full of passengers completely disappears from radar,
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