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Revisiting ‘Roman Holiday’ and Audrey Hepburn’s dazzling Oscar-winning debut

Revisiting ‘Roman Holiday’ and Audrey Hepburn’s dazzling Oscar-winning debut
Perfection is a word used too frequently to describe a movie. But in the case of the 1953 romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” perfection is not hyperbole. Directed by William Wyler and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, “Roman Holiday” is a gem of a fairy tale.

Audrey Hepburn plays Princess Ann, a young sheltered monarch from a European country bored to tears on a goodwill trip who decides to escape her guardians while in Rome. She ends up falling in love with a handsome American reporter (Gregory Peck). He recognizes the princess on the lam and initially befriends her to get her story only to fall for the winsome young woman. Eddie Albert plays Peck’s carefree, womanizing friend who is a photographer.

Roman Holiday,” which just made its Blu-Ray debut, was a change of pace for Wyler, who was best known for his dramatic work, having already won Oscars for 1942’s “Mrs. Miniver
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Joker Is The Most-Streamed Comic Book Movie Of The Week

Joker Is The Most-Streamed Comic Book Movie Of The Week
Following the shocking and unexpected passing of Chadwick Boseman, fans rushed to check out the actor’s back catalogue to pay their respects to one of the industry’s fastest-rising talents with both Black Panther and Jackie Robinson biopic 42 shooting towards the top of the VOD charts. The aforementioned game-changing blockbuster was the most-streamed comic book movie out there just two weeks ago, but now finds itself in sixth place behind another awards season favorite.

Todd Phillips’ Joker was a huge gamble, as the studio was just as skeptical as the fans were on the idea of a standalone R-rated hybrid of prequel and spinoff with shades of Martin Scorsese that didn’t involve Batman. But any doubts were laid to rest when Arthur Fleck’s origin story became the first R-rated movie to cross the billion dollar mark at the box office and saw leading man Joaquin Phoenix
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How a Small Company in Canada Went From Producing Little Movies to Financing ‘Joker’ in 10 Years

How a Small Company in Canada Went From Producing Little Movies to Financing ‘Joker’ in 10 Years
Ten years ago, Aaron L. Gilbert was a music licensing expert in Canada with no Hollywood dreams. A decade later, Bron Studios, the company Gilbert started with his wife Brenda, has become one of the most prolific financing entities in the film business. (The company’s name is a combination of “Brenda” and “Aaron.”). In 2018, Bron signed a $100 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros., an arrangement that culminated the following year with its role in “Joker,” which grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

Now, the Vancouver-based entity is juggling a wide range of projects through a blend of studio co-financing deals and in-house productions that run the gamut from hot potential blockbusters like “Ghostbusters,” “Candyman,” and the Kevin James comedy “Fatherhood,” to the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” and the Black Panthers drama “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Bron also supported Tom Hanks’ recent Apple-released submarine thriller “Greyhound,” and one of the
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TIFF 2020 Report Card: Critics Rank the Best Films and Performances

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TIFF 2020 Report Card: Critics Rank the Best Films and Performances
Every year, the Toronto International Film Festival puts critics to work. While the 45th edition of TIFF had fewer films than usual — 50 instead of 300-plus — the 2020 program still had the usual mix of buzzy titles and hidden gems, giving critics plenty of material to dig through. Most accredited press experienced this year’s lineup at home, through the robust press and industry portal in which most titles were available to stream for limited windows. With hundreds of critics watching and reviewing films in recent weeks, IndieWire was able to maintain its annual critics survey of the best films and performances out of this year’s festival.

With 137 accredited critics and journalists voting, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” topped the categories of Best Movie and Best Director. Kemp Powers’ adaptation of his own play, “One Night in Miami,” scored the most votes for Best Screenplay, while Vanessa Kirby dominated the Best Performance
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Warner Bros Ends Australia Distribution Alliance With Village Roadshow After Four Decades

Warner Bros Ends Australia Distribution Alliance With Village Roadshow After Four Decades
Warner Bros has called time on its long-lasting partnership with Australian company Village Roadshow after four decades of the latter distributing the studio’s films in the territory.

Roadshow made an announcement to the Australian stock exchange today noting the arrangement would come to a close at the end of this year. Local media is reporting that Warner will strike a new pact with Universal Pictures to carry its films from 2021.

Australia’s largest indie distributor, Roadshow has similar arrangements with FilmNation, in which it is also an investor, as well as Village Roadshow Pictures and STX.

The releaser has seen success with WB titles including Aquaman ($29.5M Usd in Aus) and Joker ($28M) last year. Upcoming titles from the studio include Dune, which is currently slated for December 18 in Australia and would thus be under the previous deal with Roadshow, further pandemic disruption allowing.
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Warner Bros. Cuts Village Roadshow Theatrical Ties in Australia, New Zealand

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Warner Bros. Cuts Village Roadshow Theatrical Ties in Australia, New Zealand
Warner Bros. is to end its decades-old film distribution relationship in Australia and New Zealand with Roadshow Films.

The studio has notified the Australian distributor that its current contract to handle the theatrical releases of Warner titles will not be renewed beyond its expiry at the end of December. Other sources report that theatrical distribution of Warner’s films will instead be handled by Universal from the beginning of 2021.

The move appears to be part of a wider reshuffle and realignment of businesses under the expanded WarnerMedia group. These have already seen streamlining of HBO and the elimination of production capacity.

Roadshow Films’ parent company Village Roadshow Limited announced the shift in a Monday filing to the Australian Stock Exchange.

“After overheads the Ebitda (cash flow) contribution from the Warner Bros. theatrical arrangements was not material to Vrl in FY20. Vrl does not anticipate that any material impairment or write
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‘Watchmen’ Makes History as First Comic-Book Adaptation to Earn Top Emmy

‘Watchmen’ Makes History as First Comic-Book Adaptation to Earn Top Emmy
Watchmen” won best limited series at the Emmys on Sunday, marking the first time a comic-book adaptation has taken home a top prize at the annual celebration of television’s best work.

The HBO production earned the most nominations of any series heading into Sunday night’s ceremony, with 26 nods across nearly every category possible. The show won 11 Emmys in total, including Regina King for best actress in a limited series or movie; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie; Cord Jefferson and Damon Lindelof for best writing in a limited series or movie; Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for best music composition for a limited series, movie, or special; Gregory Middleton for best cinematography for a limited series or movie; Victoria Thomas and Meagan Lewis for best casting for a limited series, movie, or special; and Sharen Davis and Valerie Zielonka for best fantasy/sci-fi costumes.
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WB Reportedly Eyeing Jim Carrey To Play An Older Joker

WB Reportedly Eyeing Jim Carrey To Play An Older Joker
Todd Phillips’ Joker may have become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever made, one of the defining titles of last year and an awards season favorite, but it was never designed with franchise potential in mind. If anything, the opposite was true, with Warner Bros. so skeptical that it would be a success that they ended up losing out on a huge share of the profits after co-financing the project with several other companies.

That being said, now that The Flash is set to introduce the multiverse into the Dceu, Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck is technically a part of canon, just in a different reality. Not only that, but almost as soon as the credits faded to black, theories were making their way online that he wasn’t even the real Joker, and the genuine Clown Prince of Crime would appear somewhere else down the road.

The Academy Award winner
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International Insider: Netflix Toronto Splash; Key German TV Hire; ‘Nomadland’ Triumphs In Venice

International Insider: Netflix Toronto Splash; Key German TV Hire; ‘Nomadland’ Triumphs In Venice
Hello and welcome to International Insider. Tom Grater here bringing you our latest rundown of international news, including some exciting TIFF deal-making action, a key hire in the German TV market, and the winners from the first major film festival to take place in the pandemic era.

Netflix Ignites Toronto

Pre-market nerves: “How will this year’s market play out? Who knows?” Wrote Deadline’s Mike Fleming on the eve of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. You can read our full preview piece here, but the main message of those we spoke to was one of uncertainty towards the business prospects of this year’s virtual event, despite the relative success of Venice’s recent pandemic era edition.

Deal flurry: Step forward Netflix, which got things off to a flyer when it swooped on Bruised, the mixed martial arts drama that marks the directorial debut of Halle Berry, in
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Every Batman Movie And TV Show Currently On HBO Max

Every Batman Movie And TV Show Currently On HBO Max
As one of the most enduringly popular characters in any form of media, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fans across the world celebrate Batman Day every year. Since first appearing in the pages of Detective Comics all the way back in 1939, the Dark Knight has been constantly reinvented and updated for the modern age, but has always remained a relevant and integral fabric of pop culture.

The first Batman Day was held in July 2014 to celebrate the character’s 75th anniversary and coincide with that year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Since then, though, the festivities have been moved to September, and tomorrow marks 2020’s edition. Fittingly, there’s been a lot of huge news surrounding the Caped Crusader recently with Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck both returning to suit up in The Flash, while Matt Reeves dropped the first full-length trailer for The Batman at DC FanDome
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‘Last Call’ Review

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‘Last Call’ Review
Stars: Daved Wilkins, Sarah Booth, Matt Maenpaa | Written by Gavin Michael Booth, Daved Wilkins | Directed by Gavin Michael Booth

Where the hell do I even start with this review… I am sat here, about an hour after having watched Last Call. It took me about an hour to just relax myself, chill my nerves, remove my heart from my throat, for the goosepimples to die down and the hairs on the back of my neck to settle. Yes, Last Call took me down a path I am not overly sure I was ready for. A little while back I went to the cinema to see Joker, a movie that I have not been able to watch since, due to some of the content and how it hit way too close to home. Last Call didn’t hit me in the same place but my god did it hit me!

I
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Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been offered $50 million for two sequels

Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been offered $50 million for two sequels
Joaquin Phoenix, the star of Joker, has reportedly been offered a massive $50 million to star in two sequels. Joker was a massive hit, commercially and critically, causing many to crave a sequel to the Joaquin Phoenix led film. With Phoenix involved, a sequel always felt like a long shot but both director and star […]

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New York Film Festival Puts Tradition Into Turnaround To Meet The Drive-In Moment

New York Film Festival Puts Tradition Into Turnaround To Meet The Drive-In Moment
The New York Film Festival exudes tradition. Since 1963, its Lincoln Center commingling of culturati, Oscar hopefuls and cinephiliacs has been a mainstay of the city’s fall calendar and the global festival circuit.

This year, though, Covid-19 has thrown tradition to the wind and New York movie theaters and arts venues remain stuck in a lengthy, agonizing suspension. “We had no choice but to reinvent this year,” NYFF director Eugene Hernandez told Deadline in an interview. “It’s a 58-year-old festival, but it also feels like the first.”

Kicking off Thursday with drive-in screenings of Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, New York will become the biggest U.S.-based festival thus far to test the pandemic waters. It will join Venice and Toronto in forging ahead, with altered logistics, in a year when Cannes, Telluride and other film destinations had to regroup and look toward 2021.

In place of Alice Tully Hall,
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Joaquin Phoenix Offered $50M to Return for 2 Joker Sequels?

Joaquin Phoenix Offered $50M to Return for 2 Joker Sequels?
Warner Bros. is reportedly quite serious about getting Joaquin Phoenix back, not only for Joker 2, but for another sequel as well, which would complete a trilogy. Joker arrived last year and became an unexpectedly huge hit both critically and commercially, controversial though it may have been. As such, the studio seems intent on getting Phoenix back under the makeup for another go as the DC villain. As incentive, they are said to be offering him a boatload of cash.

According to a new report, Joaquin Phoenix is being offered $50 million to return for Joker 2 and 3. Warner Bros. is said to be hopeful that the movies could be ready to go in 2022 and 2024, respectively. This comes after Phoenix took home the Best Actor Oscar earlier this year at the Academy Awards, capping off a huge awards season run. Plus, Joker took in more than $1 billion at the box office,
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Oscar Contenders Are Scarce After 2020 Fall Festivals

Oscar Contenders Are Scarce After 2020 Fall Festivals
Even with the Telluride Film Festival canceled outside of one special LA Screening and both the Venice and Toronto operating a significantly reduced capacity, it’s still shocking how few Oscar contenders are in play as the New York Film Festival comes into view. At this time last year, “Jojo Rabbit,” “Hustlers,” “Knives Out,” “Ford v. Ferrari,” “Joker” and “Marriage Story” had the industry afluter with possibilities. Not so much this time around, but perhaps it would help if we frame the latest debuts as where Cannes would drop in a “normal year.”

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There are five months and 12 days until the Oscars extended pandemic deadline comes into play on Feb.

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Can ‘Nomadland’ follow its Golden Lion grand prize in Venice with a Best Picture Oscar? Recent history bodes well for it

Can ‘Nomadland’ follow its Golden Lion grand prize in Venice with a Best Picture Oscar? Recent history bodes well for it
Nomadland” premiered on September 11 at the Venice Film Festival to rapturous reviews, and it won that festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion. Does that solidify it as a top Oscar contender for Best Picture? The festival doesn’t usually line up with the motion picture academy’s preferences, but the last few years have seen the Lion winner roaring through the rest of the awards season.

The last three Golden Lion champs were “The Shape of Water” (2017), “Roma” (2018) and “Joker” (2019). Of those, only “The Shape of Water” won Best Picture, but all three were Best Picture nominees, all three were the most nominated film of their respective years, and all won multiple prizes from the academy. It may be less likely for “Nomadland” to rack up double-digit nominations given the small scale of Chloe Zhao‘s intimate indie film about a working-class widow (Frances McDormand) living out of her van.
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‘Black Adam’ Producer Has “Very Big Ambitions” For The Jsa In The Larger DC Cinematic Universe

‘Black Adam’ Producer Has “Very Big Ambitions” For The Jsa In The Larger DC Cinematic Universe
It’s been more than a decade in the making, but 2021 is set up to be the year that the world is introduced to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Black Adam.” The film marks the actor’s first major foray into the world of superhero filmmaking, with him headlining a feature that is one of the most anticipated DC films currently in development. But with “Joker,” “Birds of Prey,” “The Batman” and other projects showing that not all DC films exist in the same cohesive universe, many were wondering how “Black Adam” figures into the larger plan?

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WB Reportedly Wants Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker To Meet Pattinson’s Batman

WB Reportedly Wants Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker To Meet Pattinson’s Batman
Todd Phillips’ Joker was an entirely different comic book movie than the action-packed epics that audiences have become accustomed to over the last two decades, and while it largely told an original story, it still connected to the established Batman mythology. At this point, fans would be okay if they never had to see Thomas and Martha Wayne gunned down in an alley again, but it did at least inform Arthur Fleck’s character arc instead of simply providing an overly familiar scenario with no context.

Of course, the entire point of making Joker was to create a standalone entity that wasn’t forced into being part of a shared universe, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from making the rounds that Joaquin Phoenix was being courted to join the Dceu. After all, with The Flash set to open up the franchise’s multiverse, the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history
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Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield and more join cast of ‘The Harder They Fall’

Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield and more join cast of ‘The Harder They Fall’
Regina King and Lakeith Stanfield are amongst a whole host of talent to join the all-black western ‘The Harder They Fall’.

King and Stanfield star alongside Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Laz Alonso, Edi Gathegi and Rj Cyler and will join Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors on the cast.

Coming from The Bullitts singer-songwriter turned filmmaker Jeymes Samuel, the story follows Nat Love (Majors) who discovers that Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) , the man who killed his parents two decades ago, is being released from prison. He reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

Also in news – Jessica Chastain to play Tammy Wynette in limited series ‘George and Tammy

The feature will be directed by Samuel, who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Boaz Yakin. Samuel will also produce alongside Lawrence Bender, James Lassiter and Jay-Z.

King was last seen on the big screen in Barry Jenkins
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Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Wins The Golden Lion At The 2020 Venice Film Festival, Vanessa Kirby Takes Best Actress

Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Wins The Golden Lion At The 2020 Venice Film Festival, Vanessa Kirby Takes Best Actress
With a much different than usual Venice Film Festival now come to a close, it’s time for the annual awards ceremony that marks the beginning of the awards season, whatever that means in this strange year. The festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, was just awarded to Chloé Zhao‘s “Nomadland.” The film received a very positive reception out of TIFF earlier this week, and also charmed our own Jessica Kiang who wrote: “a wise, beautiful film summoned up entirely from things authentically seen, felt, and thought.”

Read More: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Is As Vast As The American Landscape It Travels [Venice Review]

Nomadland” now joins the prestigious, and at times strange group of films that have won the Golden Lion, which includes last year’s winner, “Joker,” as well as “Roma,” “The Shape of Water” and “From Afar.”

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