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Annapurna TV Hires Amazon’s Patrick Chu, Ups Ali Krug To Svps Development

  • Deadline
Annapurna is solidifying its TV division’s senior executive team under Aptv President Sue Naegle. The company has brought in former Amazon executive Patrick Chu as Svp development and has promoted Ali Krug to Svp development from her previous VP role. Chu and Krug will work alongside Susan Goldberg, the division’s Svp of Television.

In his new position Chu will be responsible for developing and producing new television projects for Annapurna TV, with a focus on dramas. He reports to Naegle.

Chu served as a drama, production and development executive at Amazon, where he oversaw the TV adaptations of Hanna and The Hunt. Prior to Amazon, Chu served as VP of Production & Acquisitions at FilmNation, where he produced Kill Switch and executive produced Miss Sloane. He was also responsible for bringing projects into the company such as Life Itself and Arrival. Chu started his career as an assistant at
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Life Itself Review

  • HeyUGuys
While it’s not difficult to see why Dan Fogelman’s popular TV series This Is Us became an instant hit on both sides of the Atlantic almost overnight, mostly thanks to its introspective, albeit schmaltzy, narrative and hugely likeable characters, sadly the same can’t be said about the writer/director’s latest cinematic offering Life Itself.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde and Antonio Banderas amongst other Hollywood heavyweights, Life Itself doesn’t so much as offer any kind of coherent story, but it instead relies heavily on a mishmash of well-meaning, if in the end deeply muddled, reductive and all together baffling series of generational stories about loss, family ties and every other cliched piece of cod-philosophy you can think of. And that’s not even the worst thing about it.

In short, if that isn’t a contradiction in terms, Life Itself tells the story of a
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UK box office preview: 'The Favourite' sets Yorgos Lanthimos record ahead of first weekend

The historical comedy opened on New Year’s Day.

Twentieth Century Fox’s historical comedy The Favourite is set for its first weekend in cinemas, having already set a new UK record for director Yorgos Lanthimos in taking £1.8m since its launch on New Year’s Day (Tuesday Jan 1).

Its early cume, which includes £336,655 from four days of previews prior to Tuesday, outranks Lanthimos’ previous highest amount for 2015’s The Lobster. That film opened to £229,946 and finished on £1.5m, and went on to secure a best original screenplay nomination at the 2017 Oscars.

The Favourite was also the number two title
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Inside Indie Film’s Year of Upheaval: Weinstein and Open Road Are Out, Netflix and Searchlight Soar

  • The Wrap
Inside Indie Film’s Year of Upheaval: Weinstein and Open Road Are Out, Netflix and Searchlight Soar
The indie box office in 2018 was already going to be one of big changes: For the first time in over two decades, Harvey Weinstein was Mia from the industry after the collapse (and bankruptcy sale) of The Weinstein Company and his indictment on sexual assault charges.

In his place are a handful of studio-backed indie divisions and a mix of ascendant and struggling newcomers trying to gain a foothold in the art-house market with potential awards contenders. Oh, and there’s Netflix and Amazon Studios both trying to break into the Oscar race in major categories.

Up to this point, Netflix’s presence at the Oscars was mostly in the documentary section, winning Academy Awards for the feature doc “Icarus” and the short doc “The White Helmets.” Otherwise, its film division was known in 2017 more for panned films like “Death Note” and “Bright” than for “Okja,” the acclaimed film that
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10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2018

10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2018
As I have stated on numerous occasions, nobody sets out to make a bad movie. 2018 was on odd year because while every year has its share of turkeys, 2018 had some sure-fire hits that simply tanked upon their release. Thus we are left trying to pick up the pieces as we examine the top 10 box office flops or misfires of 2018.

Why do we love to know what movies flopped? What is about knowing that many millions were spent, and many millions were not made back that give us such a visceral thrill? I only say this because when it comes to lists I really love to write, the thought of pontificating about why a film did or didn't connect is irresistible.

As I said, I honestly don't think the films on this list were designed to fail at the box office. Who knows, maybe some of these films will have second
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The Worst Movies of 2018, According to Metacritic: ‘Death of a Nation’ Tops the List

  • Indiewire
You’ve read about the best movies of 2018 — IndieWire’s staff list is topped by “Roma,” followed by “First Reformed,” “The Favourite,” “Cold War,” and “Shoplifters” — but what about the worst? As they do every year, the fine folks at Metacritic have crunched the numbers and come out with a list of the most poorly received films to come out in the last 12 months.

Dinesh D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” has the dubious distinction of coming in at #1, but it isn’t just the worst film of 2018 — it’s the worst film in the site’s history: “Out of the 11,819 films for which we have Metascores,” the list reads, “‘Nation’ ranks as #11,819.”

The full list:

Death of a Nation” (Metascore: 1) “London Fields” (Metascore: 16) “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall” (Metascore: 18) “Reprisal” (Metascore: 19) “Life Itself” (Metascore: 21) “The Clapper” (Metascore: 21) “211” (Metascore: 21) “Dark Crimes” (Metascore: 21) “Gotti” (Metascore: 24) “Stratton” (Metascore: 26) “Hell Fest” (Metascore:
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‘I’m Not Here’ Trailer: J.K. Simmons & Sebastian Stan Tell The Story Of A Broken Man Haunted By His Past

With films like “Life Itself” and shows like “This is Us,” the idea of a family drama told through various time periods is all the rage now. In the latest film, “I’m Not Here,” the story of one man’s love for a woman gets a similar treatment, but with a pretty great cast.

Read More: The Best TV Shows Of 2018

In the first trailer for the drama, a phone call to an older man gives us all the information we need to understand the story – an older man is haunted by the loss of the love of his life.

Continue reading ‘I’m Not Here’ Trailer: J.K. Simmons & Sebastian Stan Tell The Story Of A Broken Man Haunted By His Past at The Playlist.
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The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey

  • Deadline
The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey
Final ranked with storylines and reps info after noon post: The Black List, Hollywood’s annual rundown of unproduced screenplays, unveiled its titles today in Easter Egg fashion, hiding all 73 screenplay selections in a six minute-42 second second short The Last Days of Tj Staggs which starred Paul Scheer as an agent who pulls a Rip Van Winkle in 1998, wakes up 20 years later, and realizes how the town has changed.

The short was directed and co-written by Noga Pnueli (who also has the script Meet Cute on the list with 12 votes). Danya Jimenez, Hannah McMechan and Kevin Oeser also wrote as well and the short featured such talent as Sunita Mani, Constance Wu, Jay Ellis and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Topping this year’s list is a Social Network-like story, Elissa Karasik’s Frat Boy Genius, which follows a disgruntled employee of Snapchat who tells the story about the rise of her former Stanford classmate,
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The Worst Films of 2018

  • Variety
Every critic’s worst movie is another’s best, but Variety critics Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman had to draw the line somewhere. Whether it was the year’s top film at the box office, or a right-wing documentary that’s even worse than the filmmaker’s previous outrages, it was a good year to hate-watch.

Peter Debruge’s Five Worst Movies:

Avengers: Infinity War

Spoiler alert: The power-mad crazeballs behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe are out of control. First they blew up an entire planet (at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok”) and laughed if off, and then came Thanos’ snap, which (I said “spoiler alert” already — get off my case!) killed off half of all life in the galaxy. When that happened, I wanted to scream, “You can’t do that!” and not because I care about these characters (most of whom are quasi-invincible imbeciles anyway — although I was
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in December 2018

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that several of its original shows will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in December, including the second season of the Emmy-winning comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and the lavish costume drama “Vanity Fair.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video including those featuring Oscar-winning turns by Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) and Timothy Hutton (“Ordinary People”).

Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and unearthed a few titles that will be exiting Amazon Prime Video in the first week of December. News of these is detailed at the bottom of this post.

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in December

Available December 1

A Clockwork Orange

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fistful of Dollars (Per
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Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?

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Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?
AFI Fest closes this week, marking the end of the Fall Festival season that began with a bang with the August/September triple-feature that is Venice, Telluride and Toronto, at which the vast majority of major Oscar hopefuls were unveiled. Which is not to say there weren’t a few films from the first eight months of the year still in the mix; like the box office and critical smashes Black Panther and A Quiet Place, or at Cannes, where Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman looked built to last. But let’s face it: the fall is when studios and distributors strut the stuff they hope will go all the way to the Dolby Theatre on February 24th. And while there are a handful of films waiting to be seen—Mary Poppins Returns, Vice and The Mule chief among them—the AFI world premieres of Mary Queen of Scots (this Thursday
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Amazon Orders Hispanic TV Comedy Pilot From ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Director

  • The Wrap
Amazon has ordered a pilot for a bilingual scripted show from “Everybody Loves Somebody” director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta.

The untitled comedy project is, per Amazon’s description, a bilingual (Spanish) romantic comedy about family – the one you choose and the one you’re born into, set in Los Angeles. Sara has been the matriarch of her chosen family since her parents moved back to Mexico City in her late teens. She and her diverse group of friends and family attempt to master their careers and romantic entanglements while living together in Sara’s Hollywood Hills compound. Now, Sara’s mother, Ines, is moving back in and shedding a new light on the life Sara built for herself, pushing everyone towards a late-in-life coming of age.

Lorenza Izzo will play Sara, “a self-described Mexican American Jew who works as a professional photographer” per Amazon. The project also stars Georgie Flores, Giancarlo Vidrio,
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‘Only You’ will bring Josh O’Connor back to BIFAs

‘Only You’ will bring Josh O’Connor back to BIFAs
Josh O’Connor had a break-out year in 2017 with the gay-romance film “God’s Own Country,” which resulted in him being nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2018 Baftas – alongside stars like Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Tessa Thompson and eventual winner Daniel Kaluuya.

However, that wasn’t the only the awards spotlight that shone brightly on O’Connor. “God’s Own Country” won big time at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) taking home Best British Independent Film (basically their Best Picture award) Best Actor for O’Connor, Best Sound and Best Debut Screenwriter for writer-director Francis Lee, who was also nominated for Best Director but lost that race to Rungano Nyoni for “I Am Not a Witch.”

And it looks like his new film, “Only You,” could be in for a similarly great time at Bifa. “Only You” tells the story of a 26-year-old British man, O’Connor,
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Film Review: ‘Only You’

  • Variety
Some movie romances work as a result of artfully wrought drama and sparkling human observation. Others work because we fall so hard for the central couple ourselves that we’ll root for them through any number of contrivances. It might do writer-director Harry Wootliff a disservice to call her mature, thoughtfully conceived debut feature “Only You” one of the latter, but the tinderbox connection between stars Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor is what elevates this grown-up relationship study from respectable to lovable: As unlikely lovers in perennially autumnal Glasgow whose fast, initially carefree bond is tested by fertility problems, their tenderly entwined performances ensure that the most familiar elements of Wootliff’s script invite empathy rather than indifference.

Building on their breakout turns in “God’s Own Country” and “Victoria,” respectively, rising stars O’Connor and Costa represent the most internationally marketable element of this classy British production, which
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Lionsgate Renews Idc Output Deal For Latin America

  • Deadline
Lionsgate has renewed its longstanding partnership with Idc for the theatrical distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films across Latin America. This is a collaboration that began under Summit in 2005. Since then, Idc has generated over $1.3B at the Latin American box office, propelled by such franchises as the Hunger Games, Twilight Saga, Now You See Me and John Wick; as well as La La Land.

Led by President Pedro Rodriguez, Idc has unique distribution relationships with leading indies across 23 Latin American countries, giving it the flexibility to release both day-and-date with the U.S. as well as opportunistically on a market-by-market basis. The Idc structure also allows it to create marketing, release and promotional strategies in each.

Other successful titles have included Wonder, The Impossible and The Shack; along with acquisitions such as Sinister, Last Vegas, Winchester and Non Stop.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says, “Pedro Rodriguez and his
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Lionsgate, Idc Renew Distribution Partnership for Latin America

  • Variety
Lionsgate and Idc have renewed their longstanding distribution partnership for Latin American releases of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films.

Since the partnership’s formation with predecessor company Summit Entertainment in 2005, Idc has generated over $1.3 billion at the Latin American box office, propelled by the Hunger Games, Twilight Saga, Now You See Me, and John Wick franchises along with “La La Land,” “Wonder,” and “The Impossible.” Idc has also strong performances from acquisitions such as “Sinister,” “Last Vegas,” “Winchester” and “Non Stop.”

Idc has distribution relationships with independents across 23 Latin American countries with the flexibility to release both day-and-date with the U.S. The companies said the Idc structure also allows it to create the marketing, release and promotional strategies in each territory.

“Pedro Rodriguez and his Idc team have done a great job of mining the full potential of the Latin American box office,” said Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer.
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Lionsgate, Idc renew Latin American output deal

Lionsgate, Idc renew Latin American output deal
La La Land, Hunger Games, Wonder among key successes.

Lionsgate has renewed its partnership with Idc for theatrical distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films across Latin America.

Since the partnership’s formation with predecessor company Summit Entertainment in 2005, Idc has generated more than $1.3bn at the Latin American box office, propelled by the blockbuster Hunger Games, Twilight, Now You See Me, and John Wick franchises.

Drivers have included La La Land, last year’s breakout Wonder, The Impossible, and The Shack. Idc has also has success with acquisitions such as Sinister, Last Vegas, Winchester, and Non Stop.

Idc’s
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Lionsgate Renews Idc Film Distribution Pact in Latin America

Lionsgate has renewed its multiyear Latin America movie output deal with Idc, led by president Pedro Rodriguez, as the Hollywood studio strengthens its global distribution network.

Idc will continue releasing Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment titles across 23 markets in Latin America, starting with Robin Hood, the next installment of the John Wick action franchise, Chaos Walking, The Kingkiller Chronicle, Life Itself and 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter.

Lionsgate first inked a movie output deal with Idc in 2005, and its Latin American partner has generated around $1.3 billion at the regional box office during that period.

"Pedro Rodriguez and his ...
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Lff: ‘Life Itself’ Review: Dir. Dan Fogelman (2018)

Life Itself review: For his sophomore feature, following up the acclaimed Danny Collins, Dan Fogelman heads into existential waters for Life Itself – a somewhat freewheeling story of love and life and all its unusual wonders and quirks.

Credit: Amazon Studios/ Sky Cinema (UK) Life Itself review

Broken up into several different chapters following two families over various time periods, all intertwining and having relevance to one another by the end, Fogelman’s film looks at love and life and how everything happens for a reason in the grand scheme of things. It’s an admirable idea that has flashes of brilliance but the thing is, it’s horribly convoluted. There is a myriad of characters that are important to the narrative but everyone is forgettable and as archetypal as characters in this sort of melodrama come. It’s so frustratingly paint-by-numbers and paper thin. And this is essentially what Life Itself
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Lff Premiere Interviews: Life Itself’s Dan Fogelman & Olivia Cooke

Writer and director Dan Fogelman brought his latest film, Life Itself, to take a bow at the 2018 London Film Festival.

The controversial and divisive film stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Samuel L. Jackson, Laia Costa, Jean Smart and Sergio Peris-Mencheta.

Life Itself is released on the 21st of September, 2018 in the Us and on the 4th of January, 2019 in the UK.

Life Itself Lff Premiere Interviews

Plot:

As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

Bonus Tiff Premiere Interviews

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