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William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard

William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to director William Friedkin’s real-life exorcism documentary “The Devil & Father Amorth,” the company announced Wednesday.

The company plans an April 20 theatrical release for the doc, which records an actual exorcism performed by the Vatican’s Father Gabriele Amorth as he fights to expel Satan from an Italian woman.

The film, produced by LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon, arrives 45 years after Friedkin directed the blockbuster, “The Exorcist.” Friedkin had received permission to travel to Rome and meet with 91-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the “Vatican Exorcist,” to film a real-life exorcism.
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and More

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and More
Say what you will about 2017, but last year’s crop of movies was pretty damn good overall, and that high bar of quality is reflected in the nominees for the 16th annual Ves Awards. Nearly 3,400 artists, producers, technologists, and entertainment industry workers narrowed down the movies that best represented outstanding achievements in visual effects, and Blade Runner […]

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Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie

Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie
The Mark Gordon Company has picked up the movie rights to the upcoming James Patterson book, All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer’s Row.

MGC’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce the project with Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.

Patterson, who wrote the book with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey, will exec produce. All-American Murder will be published by Little, Brown and Company on Jan. 22, 2018.

Hernandez was a star tight end with the New England Patriots who was arrested for murdering a football player who was dating his fiancee’s sister. He was...
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland's Spider-Man in 'Venom'? Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'?

Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland's Spider-Man in 'Venom'? Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'?
Is Hollywood trying to keep some big secrets? Are fan sites just trying to stir up attention? Either way, these three major rumors are circulating on the web this week: Is Spider-Man in Venom? How do you create Venom as a character without Spider-Man? We shall see when Sony's eponymous Venom hits theaters this fall. Or maybe the villain-turned-antihero's origins will be the same as in the comics after all. According to filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?), who has nothing to do with Venom, mind you, but has his sources: “Spider-Man is going to be in Venom. For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel...

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Sundance 2018 Indie Episodic Preview: The Most Anticipated TV Pilots and Premieres at This Year’s Festival

Don’t let the title fool you: The Sundance Film Festival has been featuring television programs for years, be it the slew of documentaries that end up on HBO, Showtime, and Netflix or pilots that earn a special showcase like “Animals.” did in 2015.

But 2018 is special. This year, Sundance is dedicating an entire section to episodic programming, including short-form series, docu-series, traditional pilots, and more experimental premieres. It’s all coming together under the Indie Episodic banner, and it’s all designed with one clear mission:

“There is no clear path to series if you’re trying to do it independently — if you’re going to try and shoot your own pilot, and then try and get picked up,” Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire. “There’s a clear way [in] making an independent film: It gets picked up at Sundance, and then it gets out to the world. It’s
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“We Went Where the Story Took Us”: Director Derek Doneen | Kailash

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Kailash is about a man who risks his life and the lives of his family and colleagues by breaking into factories to rescue children from slavery. Being that we chose to tell the story with vérité filmmaking — in realtime — the very nature of what we set out to shoot was inherently chaotic. We knew […]
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The Morning Watch: The Sound of Steven Spielberg, How ‘Gremlins’ Changed the World & More

The Morning Watch: The Sound of Steven Spielberg, How ‘Gremlins’ Changed the World & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a video essay illustrates how Steven Spielberg expertly […]

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Gabriel Byrne to be honoured at Irish Academy Awards

Gabriel Byrne to be honoured at Irish Academy Awards
The Usual Suspects star to receive lifetime achievement prize at 2018 IFTAs.

Gabriel Byrne will receive an honorary lifetime achievement prize at this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy Awards (IFTAs).

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Gabriel Byrne

Now in their 15th year, the IFTAs celebrate the best in Irish film and TV from the past 12 months.

The president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will present the award to Byrne.

Dublin-born Byrne has more than 70 film credits to his name including Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, and In Treatment. He was also an executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film In The Name Of The Father. He recently appeared in the Netflix series Marco Polo.

Responding to the news, Byrne said: “I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award from the Irish Academy and it means a lot to me to receive it in my home town of Dublin.”

Áine Moriarty, chief executive of Ifta, added: “Gabriel has paved
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Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Abuse in First TV Interview: ‘He Would Follow Me Around, He Was Always Touching Me’

Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Abuse in First TV Interview: ‘He Would Follow Me Around, He Was Always Touching Me’
Woody Allen is “lying and he’s been lying for so long,” said Dylan Farrow during an emotional television interview Thursday morning. Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, sat down with “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King for the segment, which marks her first television interview ever. Farrow spoke at length about her long-held accusation that Allen molested her as a child, allegations which first surfaced in 1993 when Farrow was just seven years old. The rumors have persisted around Allen for years, but the famed filmmaker has yet to pay any discernible price, continuing to make movies to this day.

Read More:Dylan Farrow Addresses Woody Allen in First TV Interview: ‘Why Shouldn’t I Want to Bring Him Down?’

Farrow recounted in great detail the day that she says she will never forget:

“I was taken to a small attic crawl space… He instructed me to lay down on my stomach
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Berlinale Forum Lines Up Hong Sang-Soo, Josephine Decker & More

Berlinale Forum Lines Up Hong Sang-Soo, Josephine Decker & More
As the Berlin Film Festival approaches so do ever more titles to be showcased across the sections. The Forum sidebar has now been completed at 44 films, with still others to come as Special Screenings. Among the offerings are Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo’s Grass, a cheerfully melancholy story about the guests at a small café whose owner loves classical music. Kim Min-hee, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress in the director’s On The Beach At Night Alone last year…
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Telefonica’s Movistar + New Head Sergio Oslé on First Series Results, Cinema, Engaging Audiences (Exclusive)

Madrid — The office of Sergio Oslé, the new head of film and TV at Spain’s Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telecoms, sports a dazzling red-toned painting of a bowl of fruit. Otherwise the walls are bare.

“I must put something of my own up on the walls,” Oslé jokes. He might not have the time. A Stanford U alum and longtime McKinsey director, Oslé joined Telefonica on Nov. 1 as head of audiovisual and video Spain, just as Telefonica’s pay TV unit Movistar + , which he oversees, was seeing the first results from its first three original series, which mark the biggest bet on scripted content of any telco in Europe.

More than 80% of the series’ consumption is on-demand, Oslé said. So final numbers still have to come in. Results to date are on track, however, to place the trio in the top five of most-watched series ever on Movistar +, Spain’s by-far biggest pay TV
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Film Review: ‘The Green Fog’

Film Review: ‘The Green Fog’
To close its 60th anniversary edition last spring, the San Francisco International Film Festival had the excellent idea of commissioning Guy Maddin (along with his “Forbidden Room” collaborators, siblings Evan and Galen Johnson) to make a San Francisco-centric feature. “The Green Fog” compiles bits from about 100 San Fran-set movies and TV shows into a quasi-narrative pastiche that ostensibly pays tribute to Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Only faint echoes of that classic can be detected here, but this ingenious gizmo will nonetheless delight Maddin fans, or anyone else who enjoys games played with and about old movies. “Green Fog” is making its regular theatrical debut with short runs at San Fran’s Roxie and New York’s IFC Center. The film’s short (62-minute) runtime is its principal hurdle to wider exposure.

While there’s only one fleeting, incidental actual shot from “Vertigo” here, “The Green Fog” is suffused with a very Hitchcockian sense of intrigue, romance and suspense
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Coco review – charmer that could bring Pixar back from the dead

A boy who wants to become a musician against the wishes of his family ends up in the Land of the Dead in this engaging, spectacular animation

Being simultaneously life-affirming and death-obsessed is a tough act for any film to pull off, but Coco manages it. This might start bringing Pixar studios back from the dead. I’d feared the worst from this movie’s Mexican Day of the Dead trope, expecting a tiresome parade of sub-Halloweeny horror masks under a sombrero of cliches. Actually, it’s an engaging and touching quest narrative, with some great spectacle, sweet musical numbers and on-point stuff about the permeability of national borders.

Coco is conceived on classic lines, certainly, but has that rarest of things in movies of any sort – a real third act and an interesting ending. It has something to say about memory and mortality and how we think about the
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Korea’s Cj Orders up Merger of Media and Shopping Units

Cj E&M, South Korea’s largest film and TV group, is set to merge with Cj O Shopping, the Cj group’s home shopping and e-commerce business.

The move was proposed at a board meeting Wednesday and is set to go ahead in August, if it receives approval in June from both sets of shareholders.

“The decision was based on a strategic point of view that the combination of Cj O Shopping and Cj E&M’s business abilities can mark the start of a global media commerce company… and help them gain competence in the rapidly changing media industry,” the two said in a joint statement.

In an investor presentation, the two said that the new group, which would continue under the Cj O Shopping name, would combine strengths in merchandise and commerce (from Cj O Shopping) and content production and distribution (from Cj E&M).

Cj E&M spans market leading film production and distribution
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Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the film follows the exploits of American-born Brit Colvin, who was tragically killed in Homs, Syria, in 2011. It takes in her fearless work in war-torn locales including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, which are juxtaposed with her home life back in London.

“A Private War” is BAFTA, DGA and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s first narrative project after helming feature documentaries including “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script.

Little is yet known about Tucci’s character in the film, but he will figure in the London part of the project
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Attraction review – big bug turns into dude in Moscow alien invasion

Fedor Bondarchuk’s sci-fi drama serves up striking cityscapes and decent special effects but feels slightly tired

Fedor Bondarchuk is the Russian director who has emerged from the shadow of his celebrated father, Sergei, as a commercial force: his Afghanistan war movie 9th Company (2005) – avowedly inspired by Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down – made its mark, though his gung-ho 3D action film Stalingrad (2013) was misguidedly macho and gamer-ish. Now he has made this moderate sci-fi invasion movie, with special effects that are serviceable, if not exactly state-of-the-art. A big spaceship lands with an almighty crash on Moscow’s tough housing district Chertanovo: some very striking cityscape shots of bleak high-rise buildings, here, eerier than any UFO. An alien divests himself of his giant-bug exoskeleton, taking human form as a handsome young guy, Hijken (Rinal Mukhametov), who entrances Yulya (Irina Starshenbaum) the teen daughter of the military honcho tasked with repelling
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The 10 film performances that deserve more awards attention this year

The many guilds and academies are forgetting a number of impactful turns, including from Sally Hawkins and Michael Fassbender

The Golden Globes have been and gone, the Bafta and Guild nominee lists are out, and the Oscar race appears to be taking clear shape in advance of the nomination announcement on 23 January. Happily, it remains a more lively and contested one than usual in the acting races: in no category has a single name hogged the critics’ and precursor awards in the manner of a Helen Mirren for The Queen or a Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood.

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Karen Gillan named patron of Edinburgh film festival's expanding youth strand (exclusive)

Karen Gillan named patron of Edinburgh film festival's expanding youth strand (exclusive)
Jumanji star to back youth-focused programme.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan has been named as patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s (Eiff) expanding youth strand.

Source: Eiff

Karen Gillan

Dubbed The Young & the Wild, the programme is a series of screenings and events for young audiences that takes place during the main festival, June 20 – July 1 in 2018.

Alongside her roles in current global box office topper Jumanji and Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, 2017 also saw Gillan make her debut as a writer-director with The Party’s Just Beginning (previously Tupperware Party), which is now in post-produciton.

Inverness-born Gillan was previously a juror at Eiff in 2015. Her responsibilities in her new role as patron are still being firmed up.

The Young & the Wild strand is expanding this year due to support from the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, an initiative managed by organisation EventScotland.

Gillan commented: “I am delighted
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