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Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Romantic Drama ‘The Photograph’

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Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Romantic Drama ‘The Photograph’
Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield will star in Universal’s “The Photograph,” sources tell Variety.

Stella Meghie will direct and Will Packer will produce for his eponymous production company.

The romantic drama centers on intertwining love stories in the past and present, which Meghie will executive produce in addition to writing and directing.

Will Packer Productions’ James Lopez will also produce. Rae will executive produce. Senior vice president of production Sara Scott and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal.

Rae’s film career has taken off following the success of her HBO series “Insecure,” which she also exec produces. During the show’s hiatus, Rae has stayed busy on the movie side with her other Universal comedy, “Little,” bowing next month as well as Fox 2000’s “The Hate U Give,” which opened last fall.

She also recently finished production on the Paramount comedy “The Lovebirds,” which she also exec produced.
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Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed

Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed
After all the talk and casting rumors, it’s official – production on “Dune” has officially begun!

Normally, hearing that another film was being made based on the Frank Herbert classic sci-fi novel would be cause for alarm. David Lynch gave the challenge a valiant effort, which is very Lynch-ian take on “Dune” back in 1984. Before that, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried his damndest and got close to adapting the novel, and instead became the basis for a great documentary titled “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” However, this time, it just feels like all the stars are aligning and the best chance “Dune” fans will ever have at a faithful, and incredible, film based on the novel series is coming thanks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his truly incredible cast.

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‘Giraffes on Horseback Salad,’ Salvador Dalí’s Would-Be Marx Brothers Movie, Is Now a Graphic Novel

The Marx Brothers made 13 feature films throughout their one-of-a-kind career, but one they didn’t make continues to capture the interest of devoted fans. “Giraffes on Horseback Salad,” a would-be movie for the cinematic siblings written by none other than Salvador Dalí, was considered lost after being rejected by MGM. Josh Frank, artist Manuela Pertega, and Tim Heidecker have taken it upon themselves to adapt the story into a graphic novel.

The trio will unveil the project after a “Duck Soup” screening at the Quad later this month, and IndieWire has an exclusive excerpt to whet your appetite in the meantime.

Here’s the synopsis: “A businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dalí-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world — but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance.
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‘Black Widow’: Florence Pugh to Join Scarlett Johansson in Marvel Movie

Hot off strong reviews for her turn as WWE wrestler Paige in Fighting With My Family, Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's standalone Black Widow movie, according to both Variety and THR. Cate Shortland is set to direct from a script by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, and as always, Kevin Feige will produce the superhero movie for Marvel. [caption id="attachment_684654" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel Studios/caption] Pugh was one of a handful of actresses who were tipped for the role in recent weeks, and while character details are being …
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Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India

Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India
The Indian film industry has historically been a male-dominated one, but the winds of change are blowing across the country, albeit slowly.

Better-served than the rest of the country is the Mumbai-based Hindi-language industry, where there are several active female filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar (“Gully Boy”), Reema Kagti (“Gold”), Leena Yadav (“Rajma Chawal”), Gauri Shinde (“Dear Zindagi”), Meghna Gulzar (“Raazi”), Shonali Bose (“Margarita With a Straw”), Farah Khan (“Om Shanti Om”) and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (“Bareilly ki Barfi”), to name just a few.

“The new generation of young women directors is now making ad films, web series, corporate films, short fiction, documentaries and feature films, so it’s getting to be quite a level playing field,” says Priya Krishnaswamy, who works in Mumbai. Her Tamil Nadu set Tamil-language film “Baaram” is making the rounds at festivals.

Mumbai-based Yadav recalls being amused when a potential second assistant director thought working for
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Kevin Feige Calls the First 22 Movies in the McU “The Infinity Saga,” Says ‘Endgame’ Will Focus on the Original Core Avengers

Geeks love having specific names and labels for the various corners of the universes they love. So Marvel Studios seemed to directly touch our hearts (because they’re nothing if not crafty) when they revealed that each grouping of films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe belong to a “phase.” And with Phase 3 coming to […]

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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh
Black Widow's web may soon be growing.

Sources tell Variety that Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film.

Pugh has been on the hot list for this second lead role since last fall, but Marvel wanted to open up the field to other actresses at the beginning of the year. After meeting with several candidates, the studio zeroed back in on Pugh after she drew strong reviews for the MGM comedy-drama “Fighting With My Family.”

Cate Shortland is on board to direct, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. The film has been in development for a while, but picked up momentum last year after Schaeffer’s hire. Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Marvel had no comment on the news.

It’s unclear whether “Black Widow” will be an origin tale or set after the next “Avengers” movie.

Fans of the character have
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‘Us’ Featurette: The Cast Praises the Unique Vision of Director Jordan Peele

‘Us’ Featurette: The Cast Praises the Unique Vision of Director Jordan Peele
Comedian Jordan Peele has become a powerhouse filmmaker following his directorial debut with Get Out in 2017. Now Peele is back with his sophomore directing effort, a new nightmare simply called Us. The film finds a family in Northern California suddenly hunted by people they never imagined: themselves. A new Us featurette goes behind the […]

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Filmart: Gdh 559 closes new sales on Thai smash 'Friend Zone' (exclusive)

Filmart: Gdh 559 closes new sales on Thai smash 'Friend Zone' (exclusive)
The company’s Bad Genius was a surprise hit in China in 2017.

Thailand’s Gdh 559 has closed a raft of territory deals for its latest box-office hit Friend Zone, which Maoyan Entertainment has acquired for China, Edko Films for Hong Kong and Macau, and Westec Media for Cambodia.

It’s the company’s third film in a row heading for China. Bad Genius, which sold to Hengye Pictures, became a surprise hit in 2017 with $45m at the Chinese box office, while Brother Of The Year, which Huayi Brothers bought, opened on March 15.

The new sales come after earlier unannounced deals
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Filmart: Fruit Chan's 'Three Husbands' flies to Japan, Taiwan (exclusive)

Filmart: Fruit Chan's 'Three Husbands' flies to Japan, Taiwan (exclusive)
The erotic drama is also up for several awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Renowned Hong Kong director Fruit Chan’s erotic drama Three Husbands has been picked up by Fine Films for Japan and Swallow Wings Films for Taiwan.

The third entry in Chan’s Prostitute Trilogy, following Durian Durian and Hollywood Hong Kong, is nominated for best director, best actress for Zeng Meihuizi and best new performer for Chan Charm Man at the upcoming Hong Kong Film Awards. It has already earned recognition from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild
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Filmart: Thailand’s M Pictures unleashes new titles (exclusive)

Period action comedy Khun Phaen Begins starring Pee Mak’s Mario Mauer leads the slate.

Thailand’s M Pictures is launching sales on a string of new titles led by Khun Phaen Begins, a period action comedy set in the Ayutthaya Kingdom and featuring hot Thai actor Mario Mauer of Pee Mak fame. Directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri, who helmed the first two instalments of the Khun Phan franchise, the film is scheduled for an October release.

It Could Be Him, which will open locally on March 28, is a romantic comedy about two best friends who fall for the same girl.
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Filmart: MandarinVision launches supernatural thriller 'The 9th Precinct' (exclusive)

Filmart: MandarinVision launches supernatural thriller 'The 9th Precinct' (exclusive)
The Taiwan-based company has also added true-life romance Three Makes A Whole to its slate.

Taiwan-based MandarinVision is launching sales of The 9th Precinct, starring Taiwanese actor Roy Chiu who shot to fame in last year’s comedy drama Dear Ex.

The new fantasy thriller, which is scheduled for release this August, follows a newbie cop from a secret police department for the supernatural who has to uncover the truth about a mysterious pink purse which has a vengeful spirit attached to it. Yeh Jufeng is producing for debut director Leo Wang. Veteran actor Peng Chia Chia and rising actress
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Filmart: Finecut debuts 'Recipe For Happiness', dementia drama 'Romang' (exclusive)

Filmart: Finecut debuts 'Recipe For Happiness', dementia drama 'Romang' (exclusive)
The films are the directing debuts of Yoon Jae-won and Lee Chang-geun.

Finecut is launching sales on a pair of debut features at Filmart: Yoon Jae-won’s Recipe For Happiness and Lee Chang-geun’s Romang.

The South Korean sales company, known for handling auteur filmmakers such as Lee Chang-dong and Hong Sangsoo, picked up the films directly before the market.

Starring Gong Myoung from Extreme Job and Park So-jin from K-pop group Girl’s Day and TV series The Family Is Coming, Recipe For Happiness follows Jin-soo, an unambitious, stability-seeking civil servant who takes easy pleasure in the smallest things
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Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Romantic Drama ‘The Photograph’

Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield are set to star in Universal's romantic drama The Photograph from writer-director Stella Meghie (The Weekend), Collider has confirmed. This is an exciting pairing on paper and I can't wait to see the chemistry between these two stars on the big screen, where there has been a distinct lack of love stories featuring actors of color. Don't get me wrong, those stories are out there, thank God. But more often than not, they're made independently, or by streaming services, and too few receive the backing that a major studio can …
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Mira Lesmana Sets Up Indonesian Remake of Cj’s ‘Sunny’

Indonesia’s Miles Film and Korea’s Cj Entertainment are to co-produce an Indonesian remake of Korean hit “Sunny.” The film is a female-driven dramedy about a group of adult friends who reunite 20 years after high school.

Directed by Kang Hyoung-chul, “Sunny” was one of the highest-grossing movies in Korea when it was released in 2011. It secured 7.36 million admissions, for a gross of $47.7 million.

The remake reunites two of the biggest names in Indonesian filmmaking, producer and screenwriter Mira Lesmana and director Riri Riza. They have worked together on several previous films, including “The Rainbow Troops.”

The remake is produced through Lesmana’s Miles Film. It will relocate the action to Jakarta, but otherwise hew closely to the original film’s non-linear storytelling. Its local title is “Bebas,” which translates as “Free” in English.

The cast is headed by Baim Wong and Marsha Timothy. Other cast members include Agatha Priscilla,
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Agencies claim end of packaging fees would have cost writers $49m in 2017-18 TV season

War of words continues as WGA publishes second report in a week.

The Association of Talent Agents (Ata) on Monday (18) claimed that writers would have been hit with $49m in commissions payments had packaging fees been eliminated in the 2017-18 television season.

As the war of words between the Hollywood agencies and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) rumbled on, the Ata revealed its findings from completed portions of a commissioned report by consultancy firm L.E.K. on the potential financial impact of the abolition of agency fees.

With regard to the $49m estimate, the Ata noted that even
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Showtime’s ‘Halo’ TV Show Brings On a Second Showrunner

The history of a Halo adaptation is rife with stops and starts, but it seems as if Showtime is finally going to bring the popular video game to the small screen – and they’ve hired a second showrunner to do it. Steven Kane (TNT’s The Last Ship) is joining original showrunner Kyle Killen to tackle the […]

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Warner Bros. to Acquire Sports Drama ‘King Richard’ Starring Will Smith

King Richard started with Zach Baylin's 2018 Black List runner-up script about tennis all-stars Venus and Serena Williams' father Richard, gaining even more momentum when Hollywood A-lister Will Smith signed on to play the title role. All that was left was for a studio to acquire the project, finance it, name a director, and set a release date. As the story goes, King Richard can now cross one more item off its production to-do list as Warner Bros. is in final negotiations to pick it up. Variety reports that the studio, which had no comment, …
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The ‘Invisible Man’ Remake May Actually Be About an Invisible Woman

The ‘Invisible Man’ Remake May Actually Be About an Invisible Woman
Could the Invisible Man remake actually be The Invisible Woman? It’s possible, teased The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss, who has recently been reported to be attached to the upcoming Universal horror film. With initial star Johnny Depp no longer involved with the project, Universal is reportedly looking at a new star. But with Moss’ latest coy statement, the […]

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FilMart: India’s ‘No Pain’ Secures Accelerated China Release With iQIYI (Exclusive)

Indian action film “The Man Who Feels No Pain” has been picked up for a premium streaming release in China by iQIYI. The deal was arranged by Hong Kong sales agent Autumn Sun Company.

The collaboration is a first of its kind for both sides. As the exclusive distributor in China, iQIYI is entitled to release the film on its streaming platform two weeks after the theatrical release in India. The Chinese giant is also offering a revenue-sharing business model which generates profit for the producers as the hit rate mounts. Indian films earned over $300 million at the Chinese box office last year, but most success has attached to social drama and certain star vehicles. The variable results have encouraged distributors to experiment.

“Pain” was directed by Vasan Bala and debuted last year at the Toronto festival. It begins its India and international theatrical debut this week (March 21), with day
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