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‘Bambi’ Live-Action Remake Lands ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Chaos Walking’ Writers

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‘Bambi’ Live-Action Remake Lands ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Chaos Walking’ Writers
On the heels of 2019’s “The Lion King,” another Disney animated classic is getting the live-action treatment as “Bambi” has landed the writers behind “Captain Marvel” and “Chaos Walking.”

Disney has hired Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer to write the script for the live-action remake of the 1942 animated classic.

Depth of Field (“The Farewell”), the production banner run by Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano, will produce the live action remake.

The original coming of age animated classic centered on a young deer named Bambi who joins his new friends, a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower, in exploring his forest home. As Bambi grows up, he learns that there is tragedy as well as beauty and joy in his forest world and on the path to adulthood. The film received three Oscar nominations — best song, best score and best sound.

The studio is having major successes
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Box Office: ‘The Gentlemen’ Opens With $725,000 on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘The Gentlemen’ Opens With $725,000 on Thursday Night
STX's Matthew McConaughey crime comedy “The Gentlemen” has opened with a moderate $725,000 at 1,885 North American locations on Thursday night.

Horror thriller “The Turning” launched with $425,000 at 2,200 sites on Thursday night. The movie, based on Henry James’ 1898 novella “The Turn of the Screw,” stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince.

Neither new entry is expected to top Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life,” which has over-performed with $83 million domestically in its first six days. The third installment in the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence franchise beat expectations over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with $73 million and could add another $30 million during its second session.

The Gentlemen” has been pegged to earn around $10 million when it debuts in 2,100 theaters. That would be a solid start, since Stx shelled out $7 million to buy U.S. rights from Miramax. McConaughey stars as an American expat looking to cash out of the
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Berlin Film Festival to Open With Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley Starrer ‘My Salinger Year’

Berlin Film Festival to Open With Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley Starrer ‘My Salinger Year’
The 70th edition of the Berlinale will open with Philippe Falardeau’s anticipated “My Salinger Year,” headlined by a powerful female duo, Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley.

Set in New York’s literary world in the 90’s, the coming-of-age story is based on Joanna Rakoff’s international bestseller and follows Joanna (Qualley), who leaves graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger.

Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, Joanna spends her days in a plush office and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend.

“We are delighted to open the 70th edition of the festival with a coming-of-age story that takes the viewpoint of the protagonist who has a fresh perspective, which is in no way naïve,” said Carlo Chatrian, the new artistic director of the Berlin Film Festival.
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Grool! Tina Fey's Mean Girls: The Musical Is Being Turned Into a Movie

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Grool! Tina Fey's Mean Girls: The Musical Is Being Turned Into a Movie
It looks like Gretchen Wieners is out to make fetch happen all over again because Mean Girls: The Musical is being turned into a movie. According to Entertainment Weekly, the news comes as the producers of Broadway's Mean Girls finalize the decision to schedule its final showing in London's West End in late Spring of 2021.

Just like the original film, the upcoming Mean Girls adaptation - to be made under Paramount Pictures - will be produced by Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels. Fey, who wrote the book for the Broadway show, will also write the script for the film, which will feature music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin.

"I'm very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen," Fey said of the film, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. "It's been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences.
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Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina Say Their ‘Birds of Prey’ Villains Are Probably Gay

Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina Say Their ‘Birds of Prey’ Villains Are Probably Gay
Rosie Perez isn’t the only actor playing a gay character in “Birds of Prey.”

At Thursday night’s opening of the “Birds of Prey” Harlywood exhibit in Hollywood, Variety asked co-stars Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina if the internet chatter surrounding the sexuality of their characters — villains Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask) and Victor Zsasz — is true. Are they gay?

“It’s very complicated,” McGregor said. “Their relationship is very much based…there’s a want and a need in there for sure.”

Messina added, “There’s like a real love of anarchy.”

McGregor then interjected and said, “More than likely, yes.” Both actors laughed.

Before the interview began, Messina planted a kiss on McGregor’s cheek.

While Sionis and Zsasz’s relationship remains somewhat ambiguous, Perez’s character, police officer Renee Montoya, is definitely gay in “Birds of Prey.” Ali Wong (“Always Be My Maybe”) plays her ex-girlfriend.
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The Best TV Shows and Movies Leaving Netflix in February 2020

A new year brings new movies to our screens, and even more to leave our streaming services. Now that January is over with, and our resolutions are starting to wane, Netflix is remind you of those movies sitting on your watch list that you’ve been meaning to get to. In February, several great titles leave […]

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Ron Howard on Capturing Wildfire Devastation in ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Doc

Ron Howard on Capturing Wildfire Devastation in ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Doc
Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary “Rebuilding Paradise” puts the spotlight on survivors from the northern California community in the aftermath of a deadly and destructive wildfire.

“We weren’t just interested in the drama and the trauma, but on a human interest level,” Howard told Variety’s Matt Donnelly in conversation at Sundance Film Festival’s Cinema Cafe series. “If there’s a theme here, it’s that showing up really matters.”

The film chronicles the residents of Paradise over the course of a year as they recover from the disastrous blaze that claimed 85 lives and destroyed 95% of the town.

“We went in to try to understand it,” Howard said. “Thanks to the people who let us follow them, they’re the teachers here giving us some answers and insight and framing the question for us: What would we want from our neighbors, what would we hope for from our
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‘Zola,’ the Stripper Tweetstorm Movie, Premieres to Warm Reception at Sundance

‘Zola,’ the Stripper Tweetstorm Movie, Premieres to Warm Reception at Sundance
Zola,” the A24 movie based on a viral Twitter thread, premiered to laughter and applause on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is based on a mostly true story tweeted in October 2015 by Aziah Wells King. King recounted, in highly entertaining fashion, her journey from Detroit to Tampa, Fla., with three near strangers, where she intended to make money stripping. But instead of a “harmless” sex-work weekend, the trip turned wild and dangerous.

Director Janicza Bravo — who wrote “Zola” with “Slave Play” playwright Jeremy O. Harris — said at the premiere that she became “immediately obsessed” with King’s story as the tweets unfolded. She said she asked her representation at the time about optioning a Twitter thread, but it had already been sold.

Bravo, Harris, the “Zola” cast — Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo and Nicholas Braun — and King herself were cheered as they took the stage at the
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Welcome to the Big Leagues, Apple TV+ — TV Podcast

Sunday, January 19, 2020 will forever be a red letter day in Apple history, marking both the first time the tech giant hosted a day of panels at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, as well as the first major award victory for Apple TV+ — in the form Jennifer Aniston’s Screen Actors Guild Award win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, thanks to her work on “The Morning Show.”

Strange as it may sound, the accomplishments mark two benchmarks for the fledgling streaming service, expediting its journey toward legitimacy and bringing it one step closer to becoming a major player on the ever-expanding television landscape.

That said, the path so far hasn’t been without its bumps, specifically related to “The Morning Show.”

The streamer opted to panel its flagship original series at TCA, despite not having new material to share or a willingness to discuss
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John Cena Talks ‘Dolittle’, ‘The Suicide Squad’, ‘Fast 9’ and Why He Loves Jackie Chan

I recently sat down with John Cena, who voices a polar bear named Yoshi in director Stephen Gaghan’s Dolittle, which is now in theaters. While sitting in his trailer on the Universal backlot, Cena and I had a wide-ranging conversation about getting to be part of Dolittle, how much changed during the recording process, his amazing relationship with Make-a-Wish, being part of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 9, how much he cherished getting to work with Jackie Chan in Project X-Traction, his future in wrestling, and a …
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‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ Review: This Brilliant, Boozy Hangout Movie Is Lying to You

‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ Review: This Brilliant, Boozy Hangout Movie Is Lying to You
At first glance, “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets” unfolds as a brilliant work of cinema verite. Bill and Turner Ross’ boozy hangout movie captures the last raucous night at the Roaring Twenties, a grimy bar on the outskirts of the Vegas strip where various inebriated outcasts bury their sorrows in a blur of anger and poetic laments. It’s late 2016, and with the presidential election about to change the world, the pub serves as a fascinating microcosm of America’s fractured, browbeaten underbelly on the verge of self-destruction.

But here’s the thing. The Roaring Twenties doesn’t exist, and neither do the characters populating its fake interior. Though nothing in the movie acknowledges as much, the Ross brothers cast people to populate a set in New Orleans, where they reside, recording the drunken antics of their chosen performers throughout a debaucherous night.

The result is both . This has been the
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DGA Marks Inclusion Milestones on the Eve of Awards Ceremony

Two months ago, the Directors Guild of America heralded a major milestone in its long push for inclusion in the television industry.

The DGA’s episodic television director inclusion report found that half of all TV episodes in the 2018-19 season were directed by women or directors of color for the first time.

“Inclusion has been a priority of our guild for a very long time as we’ve pushed the studios, networks and producers to do better in their hiring,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said. “While change had been glacial in past years, we’re pleased and incredibly encouraged to see the recent commitment undertaken by the industry.”

The DGA’s report noted that the overall percentage of women and people of color had increased from 2018’s prior high of 42.5%, and from 21% five years ago. The percentage of episodes directed by women grew to a record 31%, more than doubling in the past five years.
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‘Crip Camp’ Review: Netflix Documentary Is Eye-Opening and Deeply Inspiring | Sundance

If you’ve ridden public transportation recently, or gone to a public school, or maybe even visited a mall, you’ve no doubt noticed elevators, ramps, and other modes of access to those with disabilities. You may also have taken these inclusions for granted. Aren’t they just always there? Someone probably just decided it was a good idea to make it easier for the disabled to ride the subway or go to school, right? Definitely not. Wide accessibility for the disabled was a hard-fought battle that took decades, and the new Netflix documentary Crip Camp shines a light …
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‘Jumbo’ Review: Girl Meets Tilt-a-Whirl In This Uneven Bundle of Quirks [Sundance 2020]

‘Jumbo’ Review: Girl Meets Tilt-a-Whirl In This Uneven Bundle of Quirks [Sundance 2020]
Love is confusing in Jumbo, a messy film that wants to have its funnel cake and eat it too. Set mostly at an amusement park, Jumbo follows the awkward and shy Jeanne (Portrait of a Lady on Fire‘s Noémie Merlant) who has no social skills to speak of, much to the chagrin of her constantly loud, constantly horny mother […]

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman Explain How Quibi Differs From Other Streamers

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman Explain How Quibi Differs From Other Streamers
Jeffrey Katzenberg has heard the chatter about streaming wars, but the media mogul thinks that when the dust settles, the fight to attract audiences won’t end with just a few victors.

“Everybody suddenly wants to declare winners and losers and the fact is there’s only winners and winners right now,” he said during an interview at the Variety studio. “Netflix is on a tear and continues to be. Disney has had a brilliant, brilliant launch and offered a spectacular product and a great user experience.”

He predicts that HBO Max and Peacock, the upcoming streaming offerings from WarnerMedia and Comcast, will meet with similar success. Of course, Katzenberg has a reason to offer such a rosy view. He’s the founder of Quibi, a streaming startup that intends to offer short-form videos designed to play on mobile phones, and one that has raised over $1 billion from the likes of the Walt Disney Company,
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‘Sex Education’ Cast Says Filming Sex Scenes Properly Is ‘Like a Dance’

Season 2 of “Sex Education,” Netflix’s charming hit serio-comedy about a teenage boy posing as a sex therapist, features fewer sex scenes than its explosive first season. In its brilliant second season, released on Netflix last week to rave reviews, relationships are tested as the world of the series expands with new characters and more depth. The new season sticks to the general pattern of Season 1, with each episode exploring a new sexual hangup or issue with compassion and positivity. Having established its bona fides as a sexy enough show about sex, the writers were free to push past the sexier side of their heartwarming story, diving deeper into the emotional perils of intimacy.

While the intimate scenes in both seasons are always done tastefully, there’s no denying that even the most PG-13 of sex scenes require utmost care and precision — especially when working with young actors. The practice
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“The Film I Imagined on That First Read Came to Life Before My Eyes in the Edit”: Editor Patrick Lawrence on Scare Me

In Josh Ruben’s Scare Me, two strangers, stuck in a secluded cabin during a power outage, tell each other scary stories to pass the time. As tensions rise and fears are heightened throughout this horror-comedy, Fred must also face his own insecurities as a writer. The film’s editor, Patrick Lawrence, discusses the challenges of best showcasing the performative scary stories that make up the film, as well as the ways in which his background in music has influenced his editing style. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor of your film? What were the factors and attributes […]
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A Live-Action ‘Bambi’ Remake Is in the Works from ‘Captain Marvel’ Co-writer

We've seen The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin in theatres. We've seen The Lady and the Tramp on Disney+. And we've got Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and as of today, Pinocchio forthcoming. Yep, when it comes to the Disney creative slate, the modus operandi seems to be: Remake all the stuff that worked before in live-action/photorealistic CGI! Adding to this trend? Bambi, which according to The Hollywood Reporter, is the next Disney vault classic to get the live-action remake treatment. [caption id="attachment_793732" align="alignright" width="350"] Image …
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Clip Premiere: Lynne Sachs’s Slamdance 2020 Opening Night Film, Film About A Father Who

Lynne Sachs’s Film About a Father Who opens Slamdance tonight, and we’re pleased to share an apposite exclusive clip from it—archival footage of Ira Sachs Sr. talking about the development of the Yarrow Hotel (now the DoubleTree), one of his first ventures in Park City, and a mainstay gathering site for Sun-/Slam-dance attendees. Take a look, and click here to read Daniel Eagan’s interview with Lynne Sachs.
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‘The Assistant’ Review: The Evil in the Background | Sundance 2020

Harvey Weinstein looms over Kitty Green's drama The Assistant. The movie is about an assistant working for an unseen production company boss, but it's impossible to watch the film without thinking of the grotesque mogul. To be fair, The Assistant isn't solely about Weinstein and it seeks to examine how regular people function in a toxic environment, but Green consciously chose to set her movie in a film production office rather than a hedge fund or any other workplace that might serve a gross, horny overlord. The concept of the tyrannical and abusive studio mogul is nothing …
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