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China and Japan Hatching Co-Production Treaty

Asian neighbors and frequent rivals Japan and China are expected to sign a film co-production treaty next month.

The news was reported Wednesday by Japan’s Asahi newspaper, citing Foreign Ministry sources.

The treaty would be the first of its kind for Japan, whose film production and distribution industries have seen a lull in growth after pushing back Hollywood in the last decade. China has nearly 20 bilateral film and TV agreements. Its domestic industry is booming, but its film exports have not kept pace.

Final details of the accord have yet to be revealed, though the Asahi report points to films produced under the treaty as acquiring dual nationality. That would allow Chinese-Japanese co-produced films to escape China’s import quotas. Japan has no restrictions on foreign films, though very few Chinese titles have succeeded at the Japanese box office in recent years.

Japan’s “Your Name” earned $83 million at
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Filmart: 'Your Name' Producers Team With Chinese Filmmakers on New Anime Anthology

Filmart: 'Your Name' Producers Team With Chinese Filmmakers on New Anime Anthology
CoMix Wave Films, the Tokyo anime production house behind 2016's mega-hit Your Name, is producing a three-film anime anthology titled Flavors of Youth (Shiki Oriori) with Chinese animation heavyweight Shanghai-based Haoliners Animation League.

The three anime in the new project will be directed separately by two Chinese directors and one from Japan, with the films set in three cities in contemporary China. Haoliners CEO Li Haoling is helming Love in Shanghai, while Yi Xiaoxing will direct The Rice Noodles.

Yoshitaka Takeuchi, who handled CG on many of Your Name helmer Makoto Shinkai's productions, will make his directorial debut with A...
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Producer of Animated Hit ‘Your Name’ Launches New Banner

Genki Kawamura, the producer of hit animated film “Your Name,” has founded a new company called Story Co. in partnership with Yoshihiro Furusawa for Japan’s Toho Co. Furusawa has been named president of the new company and Kawamura a producer and board member.

Story Co. strives to produce and develop video content. Toho signed a deal March 1 to invest in Story Co. and to have priority in negotiations with Story about its upcoming projects.

Furusawa and Kawamura transferred to Story from Toho on March 1. The two will aim to strengthen TV animation content and develop new projects.

Although there are many production companies owned by former employees of major studios, this is a rare case in Japan where the new company has the studio’s backing. The hope is to produce another hit similar to “Your Name.”
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Gkids sparks to 'Fireworks'

Gkids sparks to 'Fireworks'
Distributor earned animated feature Oscar nod for The Breadwinner earlier this year.

Family animation producer and distributor Gkids has acquired North American rights to Fireworks, producer Genki Kawamura’s follow-up to Japanese hit Your Name.

Nobuyuki Takeuchi directed the story about star-crossed lovers with a sci-fi twist. When a shy boy runs away with his love and things turn sour, he discovers a multi-coloured ball in the sea with the power to turn back time.

However each reset brings further complications and moves the couple further away from each other until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Akiyuki Shinbo
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'Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards,' 'Dunkirk' Clean Up at Oscars 2018

'Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards,' 'Dunkirk' Clean Up at Oscars 2018
Impassioned cries for gender equality and recognizing marginalized people took centerstage at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, where The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Dunkirk were all recognized with multiple Oscars. When Three Billboards star Frances McDormand gave an electric acceptance speech for Best Actress, she asked every nominated female in the theater to stand up to recognize talented women in front of Hollywood and demand an inclusion rider. Best Director recipient Guillermo del Toro, whose amphibious romance fantasy The Shape of Water won Best Picture,
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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Present Best Picture to The Shape of Water at 2018 Oscars

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Present Best Picture to The Shape of Water at 2018 Oscars
One year after the Best Picture mix-up at the 2017 Academy Awards, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway returned to the stage at the 2018 Oscars! When the duo walked on stage, the audience gave them a standing ovation. "Thank you, it's so nice seeing you again," Beatty said. "As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," Dunaway continued. They then announced the that The Shape of Water had won the award for Best Picture! Director Guillermo del Toro took the stage and asked Beatty, "May I have this?" He then double checked to make sure the envelope was correct. And it was! To win the award, the movie was up against Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get...
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Just Try Not to Cry When You Watch Sufjan Stevens's Tender Performance at the Oscars

There are some pretty spectacular films and actors being honored at the 2018 Academy Awards, and we certainly can't ignore the amazing music. Sufjan Stevens's song "Mystery of Love" in Call Me by Your Name was nominated for best original song, and when he performed it live on stage, we're pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye in the building. Sufjan performed alongside St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, Chris Thile of Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers, Casey Foubert, and James McAlister. It was understated, vulnerable, and oh so tender - definitely a perfect representation of the spirit of Call Me by Your Name. RelatedMary J. Blige's Powerful "Mighty River" Performance Deserves Its Own Damn Oscar The funny part is, Sufjan admitted recently that he had never watched the Oscars before. "I'm just so proud of the film and I'm honored to be affiliated with a director who is so masterful and astute,
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Spirit Awards: Sam Rockwell Wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Three Billboards'

Spirit Awards: Sam Rockwell Wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Three Billboards'
Sam Rockwell took home the award for best supporting actor at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

"Thank you to the entire independent film community. You're my people. You're my family," said the actor. "I've been in 932 independent films," he joked.

Rockwell also thanked his co-stars, including Frances McDormand. "Thank you for pushing me to be my best," he said. "And that goes the same for Woody Harrelson, this entire cast."

The actor beat out Nnamdi Asomugha (Crown Heights), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Barry Keoghan (The...
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Crunchyroll Anime Awards Winners Revealed: Who Took Home the Big Prize?

Over the weekend, Crunchyroll held it's annual Anime Awards in order to recognize and reward some of the year's best TV series, movies, characters, and music in the field. We previously posted the entire list of nominees--which you can check out here if you want to get caught up before learning just who won--and they included some recognizable names to even the most cursory of Western anime fans, names like Dragon Ball Super, Attack on Titan and Your Name instantly stood out. Then there was My Hero Academia, a fantastic superhero-school series that enjoyed its …
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Black Panther Beats Wizard of Oz as Rotten Tomatoes' Best Movie Ever

Black Panther has passed The Wizard of Oz to become Rotten Tomatoes top movie of all time. The aggregated review site keeps a list of the top 100 movies, based on the number of reviews a movie receives and how positive those scores are. The wave of overwhelming positivity has helped push Marvel's latest to the very top, above some of the most classic movies ever made, including The Wizard of Oz, which has held the number one spot on the list for quite some time. But there's a new king in town and his name is T'Challa.

Rotten Tomatoes' top 100 movies of all time list takes into account every movie on their site with at least 40 different reviews counted. They then use what they call their "Adjusted Score" to determine the ranking. Their Adjusted Score is said to account for the variation in the number of reviews per movie
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Movie Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.


Mute orphan Elisa lives her life on the edges in Baltimore in 1962, until her job working nights as a cleaner at a secret Us government facility brings her into contact with an ‘asset’ being held in a water tank.

Influenced by Hollywood classics – most certainly The Creature from the Black Lagoon – alongside flavours of Beauty and the Beast and the whimsical Amélie, The Shape of Water is a time-honoured love story of the misunderstood monster and tragic heroine. With its dreamy but bittersweet tone, there’s a sensation of watching with a weight on your chest, so easy is it to invest in the purity of the relationship between mute cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and the imprisoned Amphibian Man (del Toro regular
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Britney Spears To Be Honored At The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD, the world’s largest Lgbtq media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of Lgbtq people and issues. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance of the Lgbtq community. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo.

Spears will receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of Lgbtq people. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.

Britney Spears is a multi-platinum,
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China box office: 'Secret Superstar' top again, surpasses 'Your Name'

It was a flat week at the box office, with New Year blockbusters waiting in the wings.

It was a flat week (Feb 5-11) right before Chinese New Year as generally expected. Most of the charts looked quite similar to the week before, with only two small releases added. Chinese New Year blockbusters will make up for the loss next week.

Without any strong contenders, Bollywood musical Secret Superstar scored a hat trick, topping the box office for three straight weeks.

Aamir Khan’s latest hit about a young girl who aspires to become a famous singer added $18.7 for $114.7m after 24 days. It has now surpassed Japanese animation Your Name to become the second highest grossing non-Hollywood foreign film ever, only after Dangal.

Local romance drama Till The End Of The World, with Yang Zishan and Mark Chao, climbed one spot to second place with $16.4m for $30m after 11 days, pushing Maze Runner: The Death Cure to the
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Timothee Chalamet to Play Henry V in Drama 'The King'

Timothee Chalamet to Play Henry V in Drama 'The King'
Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet is set to star as a young Henry V in The King, a drama from director David Michod and co-writer Joel Edgerton, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Chalamet has nabbed the lead role in the long-gestating modern-day Shakespearan adaptation from Edgerton and Michod, who earlier worked together on the screenplay for Animal Kingdom, which Michod directed.

Chalamet starred opposite Armie Hammer in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, a break-out role that earned him a best actor Oscar nomination and award season buzz.

The actor's other film credits include the coming-of-age...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Timothee Chalamet ('Call Me by Your Name')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Timothee Chalamet ('Call Me by Your Name')
"It's a dream come true in many ways," says the 22-year-old actor Timothee Chalamet as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast and begin discussing the last year in his life. During that time, he has appeared in three widely acclaimed films — Scott Cooper's Hostiles, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird and Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name — two of which are nominated for the best picture Oscar (Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name). Moreover, for his portrayal of Elio, a...
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Odin's Eye sells animation 'Hump' to China's Vision (exclusive)

Vision planning release in over 10,000 theatres for family feature.

Australia’s Odin’s Eye Entertainment has closed an all-rights deal for animated feature Hump with Beijing-based Vision Film Entertainment for mainland China.

Source: Odin’s Eye


Martin Gallery, Odin’s Eye senior vice president, International Distribution and Acquisitions, closed the deal with Vision Film Entertainment general manager Ricky Qi. Odin’s Eye is handling worldwide sales with La-based agency UTA overseeing North American distribution.

Produced by Berlin-based production house MovieBrats Pictures, Hump follows a young camel as it traverses the Arabian Desert with two companions, an ill-tempered goat and an overconfident desert fox, in order to reunite with its owner and best friend, a 10-year-old Bedouin boy.

UTA is putting together an A-list voice cast for the film, which is currently in pre-production and has already been pre-sold to Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, former Yugoslavia, Israel, Middle East, South Korea and Vietnam.

Vision Film is planning
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Oscars: Nominees Banking on the Biggest Box-Office Bump

Oscars: Nominees Banking on the Biggest Box-Office Bump
Now that this year's Oscar nominations have been unveiled, which of the nine best picture contenders stand to benefit at the box office?

Two of the nine have nothing to gain beyond the honor of being nominated: Jordan Peele's innovative horror-thriller Get Out and Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, both of which are long gone from theaters.

Conversely, those primed for the biggest boost include Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which picked up a total 13 nominations, the most of any film; Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name; and Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread. That's because...
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James Ivory on His Film Legacy and Adapting 'Call Me by Your Name'

James Ivory on His Film Legacy and Adapting 'Call Me by Your Name'
At 89, James Ivory isn't done yet.

The American filmmaker, whose collaboration with producer Ismail Merchant (and their longtime screenwriter, the late Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) made Merchant Ivory a byword for classy cinema in the mid-1980s and early '90s, has staged a dramatic late-career comeback with Call Me by Your Name, which Ivory wrote and co-produced for director Luca Guadagnino.

The touching gay love story, based on Andre Aciman's acclaimed 2007 novel, earned Ivory his first-ever BAFTA nomination for best adapted screenplay, and it's a near certainty he'll pick up his first Oscar nomination in the same category, adding to...
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Sundance 2018: Collider Partners Up with Kia Motors for Our Portrait and Media Studio

With Sundance 2018 getting ready to begin next week in Park City, Utah, I’m happy to announce Collider is once again going to be covering one of the best film festivals on the planet. Like previous years, we’re going to be posting news from Park City as it happens and we’ll also have tons of daily reviews and interviews. If you remember last year, the Sundance Film Festival world premiered a number of films that are in this year’s Oscar race like Call Me by Your Name, The Big Sick, and Mudbound. All three of these …
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DGA Awards: Do Its Diverse Nominations Point to Oscar Noms?

There was little doubt that Dunkirk's Christopher Nolan and The Shape of Water's Guillermo del Toro would land nominations for the top honor at the 70th DGA Awards, which were announced Thursday — both are veteran, widely celebrated auteurs who made hugely ambitious, large-scale films in 2017 — and indeed they were nominated. But, heading into the announcement, there were big question marks about who would claim the other three slots.

Among the contenders were the legendary Steven Spielberg for the high-profile The Post, Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino for critics' darling Call Me by Your Name and Sean...
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