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Haley Joel Osment, ‘Hunger Games’ Alum Jena Malone and Clara Wong Join ‘Goliath’ Final Season (Exclusive)

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Haley Joel Osment, ‘Hunger Games’ Alum Jena Malone and Clara Wong Join ‘Goliath’ Final Season (Exclusive)
It doesn’t take a sixth sense to realize that Amazon is looking to send “Goliath” off with a bang.

The Billy Bob Thornton-led legal drama has added a trio of players for its upcoming fourth and final season, Variety has learned exclusively. The three in question are Haley Joel Osment in a recurring role, and “Hunger Games” star Jena Malone and recent “Billions” alumna Clara Chen as series regulars.

News of their casting comes roughly four months after “Goliath” was picked up for a season 4 swan song by Amazon. The final season will see Billy McBride (Thornton) taking on a case that tackles a timely global crisis impacting an entire generation.

Osment, who recently guest starred on Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” and will next appear in the final season of Hulu’s “Future Man,” joins the cast Dylan Zax. Dylan is described as the weakest link in
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European Industry Buoyed by Weinstein Verdict: ‘Things Have Irrevocably Changed’

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European Industry Buoyed by Weinstein Verdict: ‘Things Have Irrevocably Changed’
Global film and TV executives, including “Elizabeth” producer Alison Owen and “Shakespeare in Love” producer David Parfitt, have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict, calling it a “seismic” victory that will bring about immutable change.

Monday’s long-awaited outcome to the U.S. trial, which saw Weinstein convicted of sexual assault and third-degree rape, has been regarded as a landmark victory that will continue to transcend borders and impact women in the international industry.

Monumental Pictures boss Owen, who has produced the likes of “Suffragette” and “Jane Eyre,” worked with Weinstein across five films and, in 2017, broke her silence on his “sleazeball” behavior on set. Owen’s sister-in-law Laura Madden, a former Miramax employee, was one of the first women to go on the record for the New York Times’ ground-breaking investigation into Weinstein.

“When I heard the news yesterday, it felt like the world had turned on its axis,
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The Assistant | 2020 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review

The Assistant | 2020 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review
Executive Suite: Green Metes Modern Monsters in Narrative Debut

Documentarian Kitty Green moves into narrative filmmaking with The Assistant, a title which, like the central character it employs, is a hollowed out, generic reflection—a blank slate if you will. Perhaps aggravating, perhaps even too esoteric as she dances around an entertainment industry situation clearly inspired by or at least in confluence with the dark saga of Harvey Weinstein, Green doesn’t name names, and it gives her first narrative feature a sense of timelessness, a bit less tethered to a specific time and place in the new century—again, in climes with people and social mores in flux, or rather, conveniently undefined for those at the top.…
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Berlin: 'The Assistant' Director Calls for More Female Narratives Around #MeToo

Berlin: 'The Assistant' Director Calls for More Female Narratives Around #MeToo
The Assistant director Kitty Green on Sunday called for men to no longer dominate the media and film industry narrative around the #MeToo movement.

"We really need to center women in these narratives. The focus doesn't need to be on the bad men anymore. Let's talk about women and the issues we're facing," Green told a Berlin Film Festival press conference while promoting the European premiere of her Harvey Weinstein-inspired film.

As the media focuses on Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and other alleged sexual predators in the #MeToo era, Green's The Assistant focuses on ...
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Red Sea Festival Chief Mahmoud Sabbagh on Attracting Movies, Execs to Saudi (Exclusive)

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Red Sea Festival Chief Mahmoud Sabbagh on Attracting Movies, Execs to Saudi (Exclusive)
Saudi Arabian film director Mahmoud Sabbagh, who made a splash with groundbreaking romcom “Barakah Meets Barakah” and black comedy “Amra and the Second Marriage,” roughly a year ago became president of Saudi’s Red Sea International Film Festival, the kingdom’s first full-fledged festival and market. The ambitious event, which will run March 12-21 in Jeddah, recently announced a lineup featuring a fresh mix of international films launching in the region as well as a robust representation of Arab titles. Sabbagh spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges of attracting movies, talents, and industry executives to its inaugural edition. Excerpts from the conversation.

It’s tough launching a film festival with ambitions to put it in on the map. And it’s no secret that there is an aversion to Saudi [due to the Jamal Khashoggi murder.] How tough was it to get movies and people to come?

Each film or director or
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Vertigo Releasing, Rialto Distribution forge Australia and New Zealand co-venture (exclusive)

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Vertigo Releasing, Rialto Distribution forge Australia and New Zealand co-venture (exclusive)
Under the new partnership, the duo has already acquired 15 titles for release in Anz this year.

Vertigo Releasing and Rialto Distribution have joined forces on a new distribution venture for Australia and New Zealand.

The partnership has been forged to give the two independent companies more clout in the international market and will see London-based Vertigo co-acquire and co-release films in Anz with Australasia’s Rialto. Vertigo’s UK releasing strategy will remain separate.

Under the new partnership, the duo has already acquired 15 titles for release in Anz this year including Harvey Weinstein-inspired drama The Assistant from Us director Kitty Green,
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The Defining Roles Of Kirk Douglas [Be Reel Podcast]

The Defining Roles Of Kirk Douglas [Be Reel Podcast]
We lost an icon earlier this month with the passing of Kirk Douglas, at the age of 103. An actor for over 60 years, Douglas is most remembered for his seminal roles in “Golden Age” 1950s Hollywood, for his hand in dismembering the industry’s blacklist, and through his famous son, Michael.

Read More: ‘The Assistant’: The Nightmare Of A #MeToo Scandal As Busy Work [Be Reel Podcast]

But what made Kirk Douglas such a star?

Continue reading The Defining Roles Of Kirk Douglas [Be Reel Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Protagonist picks up Sundance drama ‘Nine Days’ ahead of Efm (exclusive)

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Protagonist picks up Sundance drama ‘Nine Days’ ahead of Efm (exclusive)
Cast includes Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz and Bill Skarsgard.

Protagonist Pictures has taken international sales rights to metaphysical drama Nine Days and will launch sales at the Efm in Berlin this week.

The film stars Winston Duke (Us) as a reclusive man in a distant reality who interviews prospective human souls for the privilege to be born. The cast also includes Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgard and Tony Hale.

It marks the feature debut of Edson Oda, a Japanese Brazilian writer-director based in Los Angeles.

The film received its world premiere in the Us Dramatic Competition stand at Sundance last month,
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Oliver Stone To Head Jury At Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea Film Fest; Lineup Revealed

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Oliver Stone To Head Jury At Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea Film Fest; Lineup Revealed
Oliver Stone will preside over the International Competition jury at the first Red Sea International Film Festival, which takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 12-21.

The Platoon filmmaker’s jury will hand out six prizes: the Golden Yusr for Best Feature Film, and Silver Yusrs for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Cinematic Contribution.

The winner will be announced during the awarding ceremony on March 19.

Attending the festival, Stone will present a screening of a film he has chosen as an inspiration for his work, 1969 movie Z by Costa-Gavras.

Today, the festival also announced details of its inaugural program.

In total, 107 features and shorts that will screen. There will be 16 titles in competition, including Kitty Green’s Weinstein-inspired The Assistant, Derek Tsang’s Chinese hit Better Days, and local filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate.

The festival will open with Saudi pic The Book Of Sun,
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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Festival to Feature ‘The Assistant,’ Local Opener ‘The Book of Sun’

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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Festival to Feature ‘The Assistant,’ Local Opener ‘The Book of Sun’
Saudi Arabia’s nascent Red Sea International Film festival has unveiled its inaugural lineup featuring the Middle East premiere of Harvey Weinstein-inspired workplace abuse drama “The Assistant” amid a fresh mix of feature films and docs from Europe, the U.S., Asia, and Africa launching in the region on top of a robust representation of Arab films.

Significantly, the opener will be “The Book of Sun” by debuting Saudi directorial duo Faris and Suhaib Godus, about a teenager named Husam who, prompted by the growing phenomenon of Saudi YouTube content, embarks with a group of geeks on a mission to make a no-budget horror pic. Production of this film was supported by the fest.

Oliver Stone will preside over the competition jury.

Red Sea festival chief Mahmoud Sabbagh in a statement called “Book of Sun” “a testament to the passionate community of pioneering filmmakers who have inspired and drive Saudi cinema culture.
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‘The Assistant’ Director Kitty Green on the Banality of Evil in #MeToo Workplace Drama [Interview]

‘The Assistant’ Director Kitty Green on the Banality of Evil in #MeToo Workplace Drama [Interview]
It’s a little over two years following the culture-shifting reporting that sparked the #MeToo movement, and we’ve finally gotten the first truly great movie about the culture in need of dismantling. Kitty Green’s The Assistant follows a single day in the life of Julia Garner’s Jane, a new employee working for a Harvey Weinstein-like bullying […]

The post ‘The Assistant’ Director Kitty Green on the Banality of Evil in #MeToo Workplace Drama [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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Vertigo acquires ‘The Assistant’ with Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen for UK and Ireland (exclusive)

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Vertigo acquires ‘The Assistant’ with Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen for UK and Ireland (exclusive)
The film is the first narrative feature from ’Casting JonBenet’ director Kitty Green.

Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK and Ireland rights to The Assistant, the first narrative feature from Casting JonBenet director Kitty Green, from Protagonist Pictures.

The #MeToo-inspired drama, which stars Julia Garner (Ozark) and Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), will be released in the UK and Ireland on April 3, 2020.

The film follows one day in the life of an aspiring film producer (Garner), who has landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. As her first day goes on, she grows increasingly aware of
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Vertigo acquires ‘The Assistant’ with Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen for UK and Ireland

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Vertigo acquires ‘The Assistant’ with Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen for UK and Ireland
The film is the first narrative feature from ’Casting JonBenet’ director Kitty Green.

Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK and Ireland rights to The Assistant, the first narrative feature from Casting JonBenet director Kitty Green, from Protagonist Pictures.

The #MeToo-inspired drama, which stars Julia Garner (Ozark) and Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), will be released in the UK and Ireland on April 3, 2020.

The film follows one day in the life of an aspiring film producer (Garner), who has landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. As her first day goes on, she grows increasingly aware of
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Bleecker Street acquires worldwide rights to Sundance comedy ‘Save Yourselves’

Bleecker Street acquires worldwide rights to Sundance comedy ‘Save Yourselves’
Film premiered recently in U.S. Dramatic Competition

Bleecker Street has picked up worldwide rights to Sundance comedy Save Yourselves from writer-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson.

Keshet Studios produced the film, which premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition and stars Sunita Mani and John Reynolds as a Brooklyn hipster couple who switch off their devices and head to the woods for a weekend as aliens arrive on earth.

Keshet Studios’ Mandy Tagger Brockey and Adi Ezroni produced with Kara Durrett.

Bleecker negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content, Film Constellation and Keshet Studios on behalf of the filmmakers and plans a summer theatrical release.
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Bleecker Street Acquires Worldwide Rights to ‘Save Yourselves!’

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Bleecker Street Acquires Worldwide Rights to ‘Save Yourselves!’
Bleecker Street has acquired the worldwide rights to “Save Yourselves!” starring Sunita Mani, John Reynolds and Ben Sinclair.

Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson wrote and directed the film. It was produced by Keshet Studios’ Mandy Tagger Brockey and Adi Ezroni, alongside Kara Durrett.

Jack (Reynolds) and Su (Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who go on a getaway trip to disconnect from the world after realizing they cannot put down their phones. Sheltered from the rest of the world, they are blissfully unaware when aliens attack the earth.

See Video: 'Save Yourselves!' Writers Wrote the Script for Lead Sunita Mani

Save Yourselves!” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the dramatic competition category and will hit theaters this summer.

The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy of Bleecker Street with Endeavor Content, Film Constellation, Fkks’ Victoria Cook and Keshet Studios’ Evp business affairs Avital
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‘The Lodge’ Leads Quiet Specialized Debuts as Oscar Bounty Continues for ‘1917,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’

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‘The Lodge’ Leads Quiet Specialized Debuts as Oscar Bounty Continues for ‘1917,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’
With the Oscars at hand, the specialized world will soon need to live without the infusion of titles that started with “Judy” five months ago, and with many successful films that followed. The new blood, though, remains uneven.

The Lodge” (Neon) is more of a genre play not expected to fill in the gaps ahead. It had a decent initial response, but it remains to be seen how much further interest it has. But the potential is there. Otherwise, “The Assistant” (Bleecker Street) had mixed results in its initial expansion. Performing well, though with a shortened window with the early Oscar date, the “2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films” program had a strong showing. But its shelf-life isn’t long.

Searchlight’s wide release of “Downhill” post-Sundance and the anticipated strong Valentine’s release of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon) lead the new films starting next weekend. They are badly needed.
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‘The Lodge’ Snowballs Solid Opening, ‘Cane River’ Celebrates Historic Release, Oscar-Nominated Films Enter Final Stretch – Specialty Box Office

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‘The Lodge’ Snowballs Solid Opening, ‘Cane River’ Celebrates Historic Release, Oscar-Nominated Films Enter Final Stretch – Specialty Box Office
Neon’s latest, The Lodge scared up some solid numbers in its first weekend out, debuting on six screens in New York and Los Angeles, earning an estimated $78,104 with an impressive $13,017 per-screen average. The Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s isolated-in-a-snowed-in-cabin thriller starring Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, Jaeden Martell, and Lia McHugh is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 75% before it expands.

The film opened in New York at the Angelika, Nitehawk in Williamsburg, and the Drafthouse Brooklyn. It will also play in Los Angeles this weekend at AMC Century City, Drafthouse, Universal Citywalk, and AMC Burbank. We are hearing that it pulled in noteworthy numbers at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse, which was bolstered by early access screenings. Overall, The Lodge started off strong Friday with over $36,000 and saw a steady decrease throughout the weekend, with Sunday looking at an estimated $15,500. The Lodge‘s box office debut surpasses
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Podtalk: Writer/Director Kitty Green Reveals ‘The Assistant’

Chicago – Gratefully, we live in a post-Weinstein environment of #metoo, and one of the first films to comment upon it is “The Assistant,” written and directed by Kitty Green. Coming off its run at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, the film explores a low level female production assistant (Pa) as she navigates an office overwhelmed by a successful-but-abusive bossman.

Day After Day: Julia Garner is ‘The Assistant

Photo credit: Bleecker Street Media

Interestingly, writer/director Green creates a mundane atmosphere for Pa Jane (Julia Garner), who has been on the job for five weeks at the film company. What she observes and experiences is appalling conduct from the powerful head of the company, both in his sexual manipulation and anger-addicted abuse. What is unique about the film’s statement is that the whole office is complicit, as to excuse the behavior means holding onto their highly sought-after jobs, and staying quiet about mistreatment.
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Wilmer Valderrama on Tapping Into the Immigrant Story for ‘Blast Beat’

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Wilmer Valderrama on Tapping Into the Immigrant Story for ‘Blast Beat’
Wilmer Valderrama and the cast of “Blast Beat” dropped by TheWrap Studio at Sundance to discuss the coming-of-age immigrant story that unapologetically confronts the reality of growing up between cultures.

“We’ve been talking about this for a second and I think it’s been an ongoing conversation in Hollywood,” said Valderrama. “I feel like there’s a major urgency to try to tap into the immigrant story.”

“From a border story, to an immigrant story, as universal as they may be no matter what your origin is, it all ties into something and I think that Hollywood is understanding that there is an urgency to tell the stories. But also as urgent as it is, it is also critical to champion the ideas that really tap into the conversation, that the opinion can be of the audience,” added Valderrama.

Also Read: 'The Assistant' Director Kitty Green Says
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‘The Assistant’ Director Kitty Green Says People Still ‘Assume I’m the Assistant’ (Video)

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‘The Assistant’ Director Kitty Green Says People Still ‘Assume I’m the Assistant’ (Video)
Today, Kitty Green is an acclaimed writer and director, having brought her first directorial feature film, “The Assistant,” to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. But Green says that she’s still sometimes treated like an assistant, and still deals with other microaggressions aimed at women in the film industry.

“I’m a film director, but people assume I’m the assistant so I’m always handed a coat,” Green told TheWrap’s founder and CEO Sharon Waxman. “I have two male producers, James Schamus and Scott Macaulay, who are incredible, but when I meet someone, they say, so who gives you the ideas, is it Scott or James? There is this assumption that I’m not in charge or not in control. Those assumptions really rattle you as a filmmaker, you feel, no matter how much work I do, will anyone take me seriously? And then I thought, if I’m
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