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‘Morbius,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel and More Sony Movies Pushed Back to 2021

‘Morbius,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel and More Sony Movies Pushed Back to 2021
Sony Pictures has pushed back many of its major tentpoles — including “Morbius,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Uncharted” and “Peter Rabbit 2” — to next year, the studio announced on Monday.

Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” has moved from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021; Jared Leto’s “Morbius” has been pushed back from July 31, 2020, to March 19, 2021; Tom Holland-starring video game adaptation “Uncharted” went from March 5, 2021, to Oct. 8, 2021; and “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” moved from Aug. 7, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021. An untitled Sony/Marvel movie was also delayed from an original Oct. 8, 2021 date and is now undated.

Virtually every major Sony title was moved out of 2020, with the exception of Kevin Hart drama “Fatherhood,” which moved up to Oct. 23, 2020, from Jan. 15, 2021. Tom Hanks’ World War II drama “Greyhound,” was taken off the schedule indefinitely from its June release.

The schedule moves are the most sweeping by a major studio since the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shuttering
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Anne Hathaway To Star In The Upcoming Film, ‘French Children Don’t Throw Food’

Anne Hathaway To Star In The Upcoming Film, ‘French Children Don’t Throw Food’
Last year was an incredibly busy year for fans of Anne Hathaway. The Oscar-winning actress had no fewer than three films hit theaters, as well as one major TV series on Amazon Prime. And it appears that she’s not slowing down anytime soon, as the actress has more films coming in 2020 and recently signed on to star in yet another, titled “French Children Don’t Throw Food.”

According to THR, Hathaway is set to star in “French Children Don’t Throw Food,” a film adaptation of the autobiography from author Pamela Druckerman.
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Lionsgate Layoffs Hit Feature Film Marketing and Distribution Department

Lionsgate Layoffs Hit Feature Film Marketing and Distribution Department
Lionsgate has laid off nearly 20 employees, primarily in its feature film marketing and distribution department, sources tell Variety.

The cuts had been in the works for months as part of a restructuring and were not influenced by the coronavirus outbreak, Lionsgate said. No other layoffs are currently planned, and most, but not all, were in the marketing-distribution department.

Lionsgate’s most recent release, faith-based drama “I Still Believe,” was released on premium VOD early on March 27, only two weeks after it first debuted in theaters. “I Still Believe” came in third place with $9.1 million at 3,250 North American locations during its opening weekend on March 13-15.

On March 17, Lionsgate joined the parade of releases pulled from theatrical release due to the coronavirus pandemic, pulling the Chris Rock-Samuel L. Jackson “Saw” reboot, Janelle Monae’s “Antebellum” and Sarah Paulson’s “Run.” Lionsgate said its three films will remain undated for
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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Axed Storylines: Finn’s Lost Sibling, Poe’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ Journey

‘Rise of Skywalker’ Axed Storylines: Finn’s Lost Sibling, Poe’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ Journey
“The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the new book written by Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak, was released March 31 and is jam packed with concept art and plot points that reveal many of the axed storylines from the final installment of the Skywalker trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Chris Terrio. Abrams’ co-writer says in the book, “I’ve never written a film as much as this one. It’s like the tide. There’s a new script every morning,” which tells “Star Wars” fans everything they need to know about how many ideas were drafted and then scrapped. Polygon rounded up many of the canceled storylines as described by Szostak in the coffee-table tome.

The book confirms that early versions of the story gave Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) far more to do than just follow Rey (Daisy Ridley
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Lorne Balfe Replaces Alexandre Desplat as ‘Black Widow’ Composer Late in Post-Production

Lorne Balfe Replaces Alexandre Desplat as ‘Black Widow’ Composer Late in Post-Production
Black Widow may have a new composer. As the release of the comic book film remains in limbo amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, Marvel Studios has reportedly replaced initial Black Widow composer Alexandre Desplat with Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Bad Boys for Life composer Lorne Balfe. According to Film Music Reporter, Lorne Balfe will be scoring the music for Black Widow. It appears […]

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‘How to Fix a Drug Scandal’ Review: Netflix’s True-Crime Doc Is a Boring ‘Breaking Bad’

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, but most times it's not. Sometimes people behave just the way you expect them to: They take advantage of an opportunity, they get addicted along the way, they make mistakes, and they commit a series of small sins without the intention of harming others. And sometimes those small sins add up to be crimes that affect tens of thousands of people, as in the case of the new Netflix true-crime documentary How to Fix …
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‘Rick and Morty’ Trailer Teases the Final Five Episodes of the New Season

In these bleak times, we could all use a laugh, especially if those laughs remind us of how bleak everything is. Enter the return of Rick and Morty. The series was picked up for an additional seventy episodes over an unspecified number of seasons, but the first five episodes of Season 4 aired back in November. Now Adult Swim has released a trailer for "the other five", which means that, at least for now, Rick and Morty seasons will continue to be 10 episodes in length and that the plan is to space them out over six months, with five …
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‘Love Wedding Repeat’ Trailer: Netflix Invites You To Relive A Terrible Wedding Over And Over Again

Weddings are stressful, even when everything goes right. But when things go wrong, such as problematic guests and a misplaced sedative, weddings can be awful. And that’s exactly what happens in the upcoming film “Love Wedding Repeat.”

As seen in the new teaser for the Netflix film, “Love Wedding Repeat” tells the story of a couple that is set to be married when all hell breaks loose.

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Taiwan Launches Int’l Grant Scheme to Boost Vr Content Production

Taiwan has launched a grant scheme to boost the island’s status as a global hub for virtual reality production. It is offering finance to projects co-produced by companies established in Taiwan and internationally, but excluding those from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The three-year Immersive Content Grant for International Joint Ventures or Co-Productions under the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (Taicca), an independent agency set up by the Ministry of Culture and the cabinet (Executive Yuan), will support projects in two categories, prototypes and products.

Those selected in the prototype development category will receive a maximum of Nt$1 million. Grants for project in the product category are capped at Nt$3.5 million.

The scheme aims to connect Taiwan companies with counterparts outside Greater China. Companies established elsewhere must prove that they are not “invested or controlled by citizens, juridical persons, organizations or institutions from the People’s Republic of China,
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Edgar Wright To Direct The Upcoming Sci-Fi Film, ‘Set My Heart To Five’

Edgar Wright To Direct The Upcoming Sci-Fi Film, ‘Set My Heart To Five’
With upcoming films from major studios getting delayed due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it’s unclear what the rest of 2020 is going to look like when theaters eventually reopen. However, we can hope that the worst of the situation will be long gone by September, when Edgar Wright’s upcoming film, “Last Night in Soho,” is expected to hit theaters. But even if that film gets delayed, it appears the filmmaker is already lining up his next project, a robot love story titled “Set My Heart To Five.”

Read More: Edgar Wright Reveals His 100 Favorite Comedies, For Your Self-Quarantine Enjoyment

According to THR, Wright is now attached to direct a film titled “Set My Heart To Five,” based on the upcoming novel of the same name from author Simon Stephenson.

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The Whalebone Box review – baffling, beguiling trek to a distant shore

The Whalebone Box review – baffling, beguiling trek to a distant shore
Andrew Kötting’s dream-documentary traces a ritual journey in which a mysterious object is returned to a Scottish island

That unique artist, director and psycho-geographic savant Andrew Kötting sculpts another strange film-shamanic happening – intriguing, sometimes baffling, a bit preposterous, but pregnant with ideas. Tonally, his work is complex; humour is a part of it, and the film can’t really function without humour on the audience’s part, but it also requires a setting aside of mockery and irony, demanding instead to be accepted as a kind of higher playfulness, an inspired and transcendental jeu d’ésprit. In his 2012 film Swandown, Kötting included among his cast of characters a cameo from the comedian Stewart Lee, who was permitted to take the mickey a bit. But I sense that this isn’t a response that the film-maker wants to encourage.

Like much of his previous work, this is a dream-documentary road movie,
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The Quarantine Stream: ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’ Follows the Adventures of a Gentleman Thief (And What More Do You Need?)

The Quarantine Stream: ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’ Follows the Adventures of a Gentleman Thief (And What More Do You Need?)
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro Where You Can Stream It: Netflix The Pitch: The movie chronicles the adventures of a gentlemen thief named Arsène Lupin III. As the headline indicates, […]

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Unifrance assesses Covid-19 impact on French cinema exports

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Unifrance assesses Covid-19 impact on French cinema exports
“It’s still a shame, particularly for Portrait Of A Lady On Fire.”

French cinema promotional body Unifrance has released a detailed report into the immediate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the release of French films around the world, drawing on data from its weekly box office reports.

“Normally, in any given week there will be around 250 separate release campaigns going on for French films in some shape or form in some 50 territories around the world,” said Unifrance deputy managing director Gilles Renouard, who also oversees the body’s box office research.

“Last week, only four of the territories
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I've never seen … Breathless

I've never seen … Breathless
The pretty girl, the bad boy, the Champs-Élysées ... nope, never seen Jean-Luc Godard’s debut masterpiece. But I know what it’s about – don’t I?

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I’ve never seen a Jean-Luc Godard movie. Or, I hadn’t, until this assignment. I know, embarrassing, especially for a so-called film critic. I’ve long blamed this gap in my knowledge on the fact that I didn’t take a first year university course in French New Wave cinema, but I know as well as anyone you don’t need to be a student to study. It’s not even that the Nouvelle Vague is a blind spot, necessarily – I’m an admirer of other films from the movement, such as Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, Agnés Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7, François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim and Jacques Demy
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‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’

‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’
Not everyone is watching “Tiger King.” As audiences embrace premium VOD, increased interest in the lower-cost library titles follows. FandangoNOW, the streaming portal connected to the leading theater ticket-sales service, has provided its most recent seven-day ranking of pre-2019 features as well as digital sales on franchise packages.

Here’s the top 10 of $3.99 catalogue titles.

More from IndieWireTelevision Streaming Increased 85 Percent During March -- Report'Elephant' Review: Meghan Markle Narrates Another Emotional, Educational Disneynature Doc Contagion (Warner Bros./2011) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony/2017) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Throne (Warner Bros./2001) Trolls (Universal/2016) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros./2002) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros./2005) The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox/2018) Death Wish (MGM/2018) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azjaban (Warner Bros./2004) The Meg (Warner Bros./2018)

Some takeaways:

Steven Soderbergh’s films have won Cannes, Oscars, and blockbuster status, but he may
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Listen to Samuel L. Jackson When He Tells You ‘Motherf*ckers’ to Social Distance — Watch

Listen to Samuel L. Jackson When He Tells You ‘Motherf*ckers’ to Social Distance — Watch
Samuel L. Jackson advocated for social distancing during a video chat interview on the March 31 installment of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in the most Samuel L. Jackson way, which means a lot of expletives were used. Jackson teamed up with writer Adam Mansbach to put a new spin on the author’s bestselling children’s book “Go the F*ck to Sleep.” Jackson said to Kimmel, “[Adam and I] talked about what we could do remind people of social distancing and where we are in these times now. So he wrote a new poem, I read it, and we want to present it to the public right now.”

The poem is appropriately titled “Stay the F*ck at Home,” and it finds Jackson urging “motherf*ckers” around the world to stay inside and practice social distancing and self-isolation. Jackson reads: “Now, technically, I’m not a doctor/ but, motherfucker, listen when I read a poem/ So,
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Film crew and cinema staff still face crisis after coronavirus shutdown

Freelance and self-employed workers are in ‘precarious financial position’ as many fear they are falling through the cracks

Production crew and cinema staff still fear losing their jobs and income despite UK government plans to address loss of income and jobs after the coronavirus pandemic brought the film industry virtually to a standstill.

Having immediately announced widespread layoffs after a national cinema closure came into effect on 17 March, the UK’s biggest chains, including Cineworld and Odeon, changed tack following widespread outrage. Both chains, as well as the Cineworld-owned Picturehouse and Empire Cinemas, have said they will furlough employees along the lines of the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, which offers to cover 80% of employees’ wages.
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‘Justice League: The Snyder Cut’ Honest Trailer: The Most Incredible Alternate Version of a Movie Ever

‘Justice League: The Snyder Cut’ Honest Trailer: The Most Incredible Alternate Version of a Movie Ever
If there’s one miracle that can save us all from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s Zack Snyder‘s eagerly-awaited cut of Justice League. Thankfully, Honest Trailers is here to back the rallying cry of fanboys everywhere by deeming #TheSnyderCut of Justice League not just the most incredible alternate version of the movie, not just a miraculously good […]

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Stream of the Day: ‘The Spectacular Now’ and the Brilliant Long Take That Deserves More Praise

Stream of the Day: ‘The Spectacular Now’ and the Brilliant Long Take That Deserves More Praise
Movie history is full of great long takes. In “Goodfellas,” Martin Scorsese shows off Henry Hill’s hot shot status by tracking him as he makes his way through a nightclub. Alfonso Cuarón sticks his camera inside of a moving car as it’s being ambushed and never cuts in order to maximize tension in “Children of Men.” Most Steve McQueen films capture characters’ pain by holding a static shot for minutes on end so the experience feels just as punishing for the viewer. Usually, this kind of balletic filmmaking comes from directors known for bold, ambitious gambles. James Ponsoldt, the filmmaker behind “Smashed” and “The End of the Tour,” is not a name one often sees associated with such virtuoso filmmaking. And yet, 24 minutes into Ponsoldt’s third feature, “The Spectacular Now,” comes one of the most delicate and soulful long takes of the century.

The Spectacular Now” debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival,
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