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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central
Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.

The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the inaugural #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture.

Sundance London will announce its full lineup next spring.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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Andy Serkis’ Performance-Capture Roles Ranked Worst to First

In the early 20th century, star of stage and screen Lon Chaney became known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces" thanks to his ground-breaking and transformative make-up techniques. His disguises, as incredible as they were, worked perhaps too well, distracting audiences and history's archivists from Chaney's many and varied performances as an actor first and an effects whiz second. In short, Chaney's abilities as an actor were overshadowed by his own technological brilliance and overlooked by everyone who was wowed by his make-up techniques. Nearly a century later, Andy Serkis faces a similar …
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‘Bumblebee’: ’80s Nostalgia Fuels A Comeback For The ‘Transformers’ Series [Review]

Capitalizing on the nostalgia of a beloved 1980s cartoon and toy that it never had much affection for in the first place, Michael Bay’s brand of bombastic Bayhem converted Hasbro’s “Transformers” into a successful multi-billion-dollar global franchise for Paramount. But throughout ten years, and five increasingly crude, overwrought, tuneless, and incoherent films, the series— “Transformers” only in name, really— mutated directly into an excuse for Bay to print money and blow sh*t up, while embracing the worst tendencies of toxic male aggression.

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‘Mandy’ Disqualified From the Oscars, Which Is Heartbreaking For Jóhann Jóhannsson Fans

‘Mandy’ Disqualified From the Oscars, Which Is Heartbreaking For Jóhann Jóhannsson Fans
When the Academy announces the 2019 shortlist for Best Original Score on Monday, December 17, don’t expect to see the late Jóhann Jóhannsson on the list for his exceptional “Mandy” score. The psychedelic horror film, directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, has been disqualified from all Oscar races, IndieWire has confirmed with a representative for the movie. While “Mandy” was never a top contender, there was a small but passionate campaign pushing Jóhannsson’s original score (IndieWire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn was one of the more vocal supporters).

Variety reported earlier this week “Mandy” was disqualified from the Oscars because “it was released on VOD before it completed its qualifying run.” When asked to elaborate on the disqualification, a representative for the film told IndieWire a “qualifying run” means the film is released for one week in Los Angeles with a minimum of three screenings per day.
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‘Daredevil,’ Netflix, and How to Read Between the Lines of a Studio Press Release

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: let’s read between the lines of Marvel’s statement about Daredevil and learn how to speak publicist.) Every few years, something happens in the world of superhero entertainment that requires…massaging. Maybe a rumor crops up about […]

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IndieWire’s 10 Tips to Surviving the Sundance Film Festival

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The Sundance Film Festival is one of the best times of the year for a cinephile, but not planning accordingly can make it a challenge. IndieWire has been covering the Park City event since our founding in 1996, so by now we know a little thing or two about what it takes to pull off a successful and enjoyable visit to the Sundance Film Festival. Next year’s Sundance kicks off Thursday, January 24. Here are the survival tips you need to keep in mind before you arrive.

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Any journalist or moviegoer who has attended the Sundance Film Festival has probably gotten altitude sickness at least once. Park City’s high altitude means the air is thin, so getting sick or battling through headaches and shortness of breath is just the first step of many people’s Sundance experience. To combat the altitude, make sure to start
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Oscar-nominated Argentine Actress Norma Aleandro Heads to ‘Paradise’ (Exclusive)

Oscar-nominated Argentine Actress Norma Aleandro Heads to ‘Paradise’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-nominated Argentine actress Norma Aleandro will add her voice to “The Paradise” (El Paraiso), a noirish 2.5D animated feature directed by Federico Moreno Breser. Produced by Fernando Sirianni’s Nomad VFX, the project will take part in the Animation! Pitching Sessions in Ventana Sur this week.

Set in 1920s Rosario – a city known as the “Argentine Chicago” – “The Paradise” is the story of Magdalena and Anna Scilko, immigrant sisters who arrive from Poland with hopes for a new future. But the duo unwittingly fall into the hands of the Warsaw Clan, a ruthless crime syndicate that controls the largest prostitution ring in the city, setting off a story of love, revenge and betrayal, told in an arresting hybrid of 2D and 3D animation styles.

As a storyteller, Breser said he was inspired by his grandfather, who used to regale the director with colorful tales about the Rosario of his youth
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French Box Office Takes a Hit From ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests

French Box Office Takes a Hit From ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests
The violent “Yellow Vests” protests that have rocked France in recent weeks have also hit the movie business, dragging down local box-office performance in spite of several hit titles such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Le Grand Bain.”

In Paris, where demonstrators rioted on three consecutive Saturdays, theatrical admissions recorded on Dec. 8 were about 20% lower than normal, according to Eric Marty at Comscore. With about 10 theaters shut down, there were an estimated 77,800 tickets sold this past Saturday in the French capital, compared to the norm of about 100,000. Moreover, the number of tickets sold that day represented only 23.6% of those sold the entire weekend, compared to the usual 28%.

The impact of the protests was limited, however, because the unrest was confined to a handful of areas, notably around the Champs Elysees, the Grands Boulevards and the Paris Opera. Many moviegoers were able to find other theaters in the city.

Marc-Olivier Sebbag, general
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‘Roma,’ ‘Burning,’ & ‘The Image Book’ Among Sight & Sound’s Top 20 Films Of 2018

As we post the year-end collection of publications’ Best of 2018, a few things become very clear. We begin to notice that some films appear almost on every list, and roughly in the same order. And we also are constantly surprised that some films pop up that are nowhere to be found in any other lists. This shows not only that the quality of films in 2018 is incredible, but also that there are just so many films that can be considered among the very best that this year had to offer.

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Oscar Predictions: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Could Be Music to the Academy’s Ears

So far the film awards season has largely been shaped by box office dollars from the moviegoing public and assessments from committees of critics, journalists and other professionals. The actual industry has only just begun to weigh in, starting with last week’s Annie Awards nominations announcement.

The Screen Actors Guild will add its collective voice Wednesday with a list of performance nominations, and next week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will narrow the field in nine categories with a bundle of shortlists. After the new year, other guilds and organizations representing various disciplines will join the party. But before that whirlwind takes hold, it’s high time for a stab at predicting the nominees in the Academy’s 21 feature film categories.

At the moment — and remember, all of this is fluid — In Contention has music-heavy studio releases “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns” leading
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Oscars: 10 Standouts for This Year’s Best Picture Race

Oscars: 10 Standouts for This Year’s Best Picture Race
With all of this year’s Oscar narratives thoroughly dissected and each of the contenders mapped out, it’s time for the first real assessment of this season’s best picture race in this space. Below are the top 10 players as we see it, with nominations just over a month away.

(Also check out In Contention’s full list of predictions in the Academy’s 21 feature film categories.)

BlacKkKlansman” (Focus)

Spike Lee’s latest has been on a mission since scooping up the Grand Prix in Cannes back in May. It’s a movie that speaks to the zeitgeist, which is always a key ingredient in the best picture derby, and it does so quite directly; footage from the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., closes out the drama.

Black Panther” (Disney)

In some corners of the web, you’ll uncover actual anger over a Marvel release finding itself in the Oscar discussion.
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Charles S. Cohen on Plans for the Newly Acquired Landmark Theatres

Charles S. Cohen on Plans for the Newly Acquired Landmark Theatres
After seven years coveting fellow billionaire Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theatres, distributor, producer and real estate magnate Charles S. Cohen can finally call the chain of U.S. movie houses his own.

Purchased for an undisclosed price last week following a seven-month negotiation, Cohen Media Group walked away with 52 theaters housing 252 screens in 20 markets, adding to Cohen’s portfolio of luxe art houses (New York’s Quad Cinema among them) and deepening his admiration for and ties to American cinema.

Variety caught up with Cohen to discuss the future of Landmark’s relationship with Netflix, the ever-contentious theatrical-window debate and texting in the dark.

A lot of people see this as a win for the theatrical establishment. There were rumors Netflix or Amazon would buy the chain.

I had been in the hunt for this seven years ago when it was put on the market, and I was very disappointed
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Netflix’s ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets a January 2019 Premiere Date and Teaser Images

When in the world can we see Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego? It turns out, next month. The animated series, whose existence was dropped on us much like the titular criminal drops in and out of countries, has set its premiere date for January 2019. And along with the newly announced premiere date, Netflix has debuted some key art […]

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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 174 – ‘Schindler’s List’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about Schindler's List. With the film's re-release to mark the 25th anniversary, we discuss the film's impact, its legacy, how it fits into Steven Spielberg's career, what we gleamed for our recent re-watches, why Matt takes issue with certain aspects of the film, and much more. We then finish up with Recently Watched. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider.com Podcast below; click here for the previous episode ("The Coen Brothers and Buster Scruggs"); and click here to find us on iTunes. …
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‘The Quake’ Is A Worthy Sequel To ‘The Wave’ & Will Leave You Shook [Review]

A thoughtful, deliberate thriller that manages to build on (rather than recycle) the success of its predecessor, “The Quake” succeeds where so many action sequels fail. Rather than just foisting the hero back into a similar hard-luck scenario to hit all the same beats again, a la “Die Hard 2,” “London Has Fallen,” or “Mission: Impossible 2,” “The Quake” invests in an examination of the characters and the fallout from the first film…before putting them all right back in the shit.

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Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In Remake Of Recent Cannes Award Winner ‘Woman At War’

Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In Remake Of Recent Cannes Award Winner ‘Woman At War’
Despite being a two-time Oscar-winning actress, in recent years, Jodie Foster is probably best known for her work behind the camera. Over the last decade, she’s directed episodes of popular TV series “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” and “Black Mirror.” Foster has also helmed two features, including “The Beaver” and most recently, “Money Monster.” And for her next directorial project, she’s tackling a English-language remake of an acclaimed Icelandic film, where she’ll also star.

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