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Berlinale, Sundance winners among Cph:forum projects (exclusive)

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Berlinale, Sundance winners among Cph:forum projects (exclusive)
New projects also selected from Oscar nominees and a Venice-winning duo.

Cph:dox has unveiled the 34 projects set to be presented at Cph:forum, its financing and co-production event from March 24-26.

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The selection includes new projects from Oscar-nominated Laura Nix (Walk Run Cha-Cha) and Talal Derki (Of Fathers And Sons), Berlinale winner Adina Pintilie (Touch Me Not), Sundance winners Jialing Zhang (Born In China) and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Law in These Parts) and Venice winning team Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski (The Prince and the Dybbuk).

Titles include Her, a documentary about
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Godzilla Monopoly and Jenga Are Coming to Stomp All Over Game Night

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Godzilla Monopoly and Jenga Are Coming to Stomp All Over Game Night
The King of the Monsters is about to become the king of game night as Godzilla is getting his very own versions of Monopoly and Jenga. USAopoly, aka The Op, has revealed that they have partnered with Toho to bring these tabletop classics to life with a little bit of kaiju flare. Both games are set to arrive later this year in the spring, but no firm release date has been set quite yet.

Box art for both of the games has been revealed as well. Monopoly: Godzilla, features the iconic monster at the center of the packaging, with a devastated city smoldering in the background. Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition also features the big guy, who is unleashing his wrath on a building. In this case, the tower that players will be removing bricks from. John M. Davis, The Op's President and CEO, had this to say about the new games.
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Godzilla Vs Kong: 10 Gonzo Facts About The Original

The original series of Godzilla movies from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s (called the Showa series) had some strange entries. But of all the movies in the series, King Kong vs. Godzilla is probably the oddest. The hybrid creation of American and Japanese filmmakers, it is a strange movie from any perspective. This article highlights the ten strangest facts from this oddball movie, generally under the hope that none of these features show up in the new film.

Related: Godzilla vs. Kong: Everything We Know (So Far)

However, being strange didn't hurt the profitability of this movie. Far from it. So it's possible that executives are considering what strange things they can put into this year's Godzilla vs. Kong that might help it be more of a smash hit than 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
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Joker Star Cools Talk Of Sequel, Says We Don’t Need One

As far as comic book movies go, Zazie Beetz has built up quite the enviable record.

In the past two years, she’s starred in both Deadpool 2 and the billion-dollar oddity that is Joker (talk about a one-two punch!), the latter of which cemented its place in the history books as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

That’s quite the feat, given Joker‘s minute $60 million production budget. So it should come as no surprise that Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips are actively exploring the possibility of a sequel, one which would welcome the Oscar-winning Joaquin Phoenix back as Arthur Fleck.

He’s the demented and deranged anchor point of Joker, and a truly unreliable protagonist – story-wise, at least – given his tendency to slip into full-blown fantasies, one of which involves Zazie Beetz’s Sophie. Could we see that strained connection be explored in the inevitable sequel?
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‘Cats’ Scores Eight Nominations at 2020 Razzie Awards

‘Cats’ Scores Eight Nominations at 2020 Razzie Awards
Although shunned by the Oscars, Cats racked up eight nominations to lead the 2020 Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a. the Razzies, the annual celebration of Hollywood’s worst.

The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, a box office and critical disaster, earned nods for Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Francesca Hayward), Worst Supporting Actress (both Judi Dench and Rebel WIlson), Worst Supporting Actor (James Corden), Worst Screen Combo (for “Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairball” plus Jason Derulo and “his CGI-neutered bulge”), Worst Director (Tom Hooper) and Worst Screenplay. Taylor Swift and Idris Elba escaped unscathed.
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Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards Is Making a New Sci-Fi Movie

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Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards Is Making a New Sci-Fi Movie
Gareth Edwards is finally getting ready to return to the director's chair. Edwards, who last helmed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hasn't directed a movie in the three years since his entry in a galaxy far, far away hit theaters. Given that his last two movies were major hits at the box office, it seemed a bit peculiar. In any event, the filmmaker is heading back to the world of sci-fi for a new, original project that he's cooked up.

According to a new report, New Regency has signed on to produce and finance Gareth Edwards' latest. The movie doesn't have a title yet, but it is written by Edwards as well from an original concept. Details are very scarce, but it's said to be a sci-fi tale set in the near future. This would mirror his first movie, Monsters. Casting is said to be underway already and, if all goes well,
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‘Rogue One’ Director Gareth Edwards Sets Sci-Fi Film at New Regency (Exclusive)

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‘Rogue One’ Director Gareth Edwards Sets Sci-Fi Film at New Regency (Exclusive)
Director Gareth Edwards has found his follow-up to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”: a new untitled project for New Regency.

New Regency is set to produce and finance a new untitled sci-fi film written and directed by Edwards. Kiri Hart, who also co-produced “Rogue One,” will serve as a producer on the film.

The project, an original idea by Edwards, is a near-future sci-fi story, a sweet spot for the director. Plot specifics are currently undisclosed, though sources say casting is underway and the hope is shoot by this summer.

Edwards first broke out directing the sci-fi thriller “Monsters,” serving as director, writer, cinematographer and production designer. The film was critically acclaimed, with Edwards receiving high praise for getting the most out of his small budget. Soon after, Legendary would tap him to direct 2014’s “Godzilla.”

The reboot went on to gross $524 million worldwide, relaunching the franchise for Legendary,
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O’Shea Jackson Jr. To Star In Apple’s Kevin Durant Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ In Recasting

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O’Shea Jackson Jr. To Star In Apple’s Kevin Durant Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ In Recasting
O’Shea Jackson Jr. has been tapped as the lead in Swagger, Apple’s new basketball-themed drama series, in a recasting. The series hails from NBA superstar Kevin Durant and his Thirty Five Ventures, Shots Fired co-creator Reggie Rock Bythewood, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios, where Imagine TV has a first-look deal. Jackson Jr. takes over the role for Winston Duke, who had to exit the series because of an injury suffered on-set, Deadline has learned.

“Thank you to Imagine, CBS and Apple TV for the opportunity to have collaborated on this project,” said Duke. “As I work toward a full recovery in the coming months, I look forward to joining everyone on future endeavors. Congratulations to O’Shea – I have no doubt that he’ll shine in this role.”

Written and directed by Bythewood, who also serves as showrunner, Swagger is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences.
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O’Shea Jackson Jr Replaces Winston Duke as Lead of Kevin Durant’s Apple Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’

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O’Shea Jackson Jr Replaces Winston Duke as Lead of Kevin Durant’s Apple Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’
O’Shea Jackson Jr. will replace Winston Duke as the star of Apple’s basketball drama “Swagger” from Kevin Durant.

Duke suffered an injury on set that forced him to drop out, an individual with knowledge of the series tells TheWrap. Now Jackson will star as Ike, a youth basketball coach and former star player.

“Thank you to Imagine, CBS and Apple TV for the opportunity to have collaborated on this project,”Duke said. “As I work toward a full recovery in the coming months, I look forward to joining everyone on future endeavors. Congratulations to O’Shea – I have no doubt that he’ll shine in this role.”

Swagger” is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences, and explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.
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O’Shea Jackson Jr. Takes Over Lead Role in Apple Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ (Exclusive)

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O’Shea Jackson Jr. Takes Over Lead Role in Apple Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ (Exclusive)
O’Shea Jackson is now set to star in the Apple drama series “Swagger,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Jackson takes over the role from Winston Duke. It was announced that Duke would star in the series back in October, but an individual with knowledge of the situation says he suffered an injury on set, which forced him to drop out of the show.

“Thank you to Imagine, CBS and Apple TV for the opportunity to have collaborated on this project,” said Duke. “As I work toward a full recovery in the coming months, I look forward to joining everyone on future endeavors. Congratulations to O’Shea – I have no doubt that he’ll shine in this role.”

Inspired by NBA champion Kevin Durant’s youth basketball experiences, “Swagger” explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition,
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2020 Warner Bros Preview

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2019 was quite a year for Warner Bros. Two of the top ten films of the year were theirs and both happened to be rated R. Both Joker and It: Chapter Two crossed the $300 and $200 million marks, respectively, and have shown that mature content and getting away from the Marvel Studios formula has potential. With Shazam! and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters crossing the $100 million mark and Pokemon Detective Pikachu doing great business globally, it was a great year despite underwhelming returns for…

Godzilla Vs. Kong Director Says The Film’s In The Home Stretch Now

Production on Godzilla Vs. Kong has been rocky, to say the least. The blockbuster movie was originally set for a March release, but due to heavy reshoots following poor test screenings, the date was delayed by eight months to November.

But director Adam Wingard still appears to be excited for fans to see the finished product. He took to Instagram to post an update on the movie this week, talking about what lies ahead before audiences finally get to lay eyes on it later this year.

“Working on GvK has been the thrill of a lifetime. We’re on the home stretch of editorial, just a few more months to go! I tend to stay quiet about my projects as I work on them, but I just gotta say I’m so damned excited about this crazy movie!”

You would think there would be a lot of hype for these
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Is in the Home Stretch, Director Calls It the Thrill of a Lifetime

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Godzilla Vs. Kong Is in the Home Stretch, Director Calls It the Thrill of a Lifetime
Director Adam Wingard has provided a little update on the status of Godzilla Vs Kong. The gigantic monster flick was recently delayed by Warner Bros. by a full eight months. The movie was originally supposed to hit theaters in March and the delay, to some, could be taken as a signal that there is trouble in paradise. However, Wingard's new comments suggest that everything is going well and that the kaiju clash is nearing the finish line in the editing room.

Adam Wingard, who previously directed movies like You're Next and Blair Witch, isn't what one might call an overly active social media user. But Wingard recently took to Instagram and shared a picture of King Kong from days past. In his caption, Wingard had nothing but positive things to say about the process and revealed that the movie is nearly complete. Here's what he had to say about it.
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James Bond 25 Soundtrack Unites Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr with Hans Zimmer

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James Bond 25 Soundtrack Unites Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr with Hans Zimmer
The soundtrack for No Time to Die has become increasingly interesting as it's been revealed that Johnny Marr, best known as the guitarist for The Smiths, is set to compose new music for the movie. It was recently confirmed that James Bond 25 recruited Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer to handle the score for Daniel Craig's final outing as the iconic MI6 agent. Marr will be teaming up with Zimmer to help bring the music to life.

It's not quite clear at this time how significant Johnny Marr's role will be in the process. Marr has teamed with Hans Zimmer previously in the past, contributing guitar to the Inception score, as well as working alongside him on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The 56-year-old musician also worked on the arrangement for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Marr had this to say about it in a statement.

"Part of the legacy of the Bond films is iconic music,
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2019 Worldwide Box Office Hits $42.5B Record; Offshore Too With $31B+: Highlights From The International Profit Center & What’s Ahead For 2020 – Global Studio Chart

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2019 Worldwide Box Office Hits $42.5B Record; Offshore Too With $31B+: Highlights From The International Profit Center & What’s Ahead For 2020 – Global Studio Chart
Refresh for latest…: The theatrical business continued to thrive overseas in 2019, hitting a record $31.1B per comScore’s latest estimates, and an all-time high of $42.5B globally. This is the first time worldwide exceeds $42B and the first the international box office climbs past $30B. The results come in a year when domestic dipped by 4%.

Of the major studios, only Disney saw increases at overseas turnstiles versus 2018 as its mega brands dominated (see chart below). This year is expected to look vastly different, but handwringing can wait. Sure, it would take a lot for the stars to align again the way they did for Disney in 2019, but its 2020 slate of largely fresh IP is also tipped to create some breathing room for other studios to spread out the field. And 2021 looms mightily with potential across the board.

In the year just past, “Some
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Global, international box office reach record heights in 2019

North America generated $11.4bn for second highest year behind 2018.

Global and international box office set new records in 2019, reaching $42.5bn and $31.2bn according to fresh data from ComScore.

North America generated $11.4bn, the second highest year of all time behind 2018 on $11.88bn, marking the fifth consecutive year that ticket sales have gone over $11bn.

ComScore sources attributed the global and international numbers to growth in the vast majority of the top international territories including China, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Italy among others.

In selected highlights, China’s box office climbed 5.4% to $9.2bn; France delievered
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Toys May Spoil a Major Character Reveal

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A major character appearance in Godzilla Vs Kong may have been spoiled by some recently revealed merchandise. The King of the Monsters and King of Monkeys are set to duke it out on the big screen later this year, which will be the culmination of Warner Bros. and Legendary's so-called MonsterVerse. Yet, if these new toys are any indication, there is going to be another surprise guest crashing the party.

Warning: possible spoilers ahead for Godzilla vs. Kong. While toys aren't always the best indication of what's to come, they're right often enough that it's worth warning those who don't want anything about this movie spoiled. That having been said, the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair recently took place. It's an expo that allows companies to show off merchandise for vendors who are looking to buy product for the year. Some photos surfaced online of some toys coming out for Godzilla vs.
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China’s Box Office Hit New Heights in 2019, as Hollywood’s Share Shrank

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China’s Box Office Hit New Heights in 2019, as Hollywood’s Share Shrank
Hollywood films had a historically unsuccessful year at the China box office in 2019, data from Chinese authorities and online ticketing platform Maoyan show, although the country’s theatrical revenues rose to a new all-time high.

American titles accounted for just two of the country’s top ten grossers last year, with “Avengers: Endgame” placing third and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” placing tenth. Meanwhile, nine out of China’s top ten highest grossing films of all time are now Chinese, four of which came out in 2019. “Avengers: Endgame” is the only foreign title to remain on the list.

Yet even without Hollywood, the Chinese market continued to grow. Box office revenue rose 5.4% to a new record of $9.2 billion (RMB64.3 billion) in 2019 — albeit at a slower rate of growth than its 9% rise last year.

Chinese animation “Ne Zha,” Chinese new year sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth,” and “Avengers” were
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HBO in January: Here’s Everything New and Leaving

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HBO is out with its list of everything new coming to HBO in January, and everything leaving.

Highlights include “The New Pope,” out Jan. 13. Starring Jude Law, it’s a continuation of the 2016 series “The Young Pope.”

There’s also “The Outsider,” out Jan. 12. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, it stars Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo and Ben Mendelsohn.

“Avenue 5,” about a luxury space-traveling company, is out Jan. 19, along with season 10 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Here’s the full list for January:

Jan. 1

American Animals

Casi famoso (Almost Famous) (2019)

Vaca (2018)

Another Stakeout (1993)

Arthur (1981)

Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Cat People (1982)

College (2008)

Fast Five (Extended Version) (2011)

Filly Brown (2013)

Galaxy of Terror (1981)

Head Office (1986)

The Hitcher (1986)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011)

Les Misérables (2012)

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1996)

Odd Jobs (1986)

The Odd Couple II (1998)

Rock the Kasbah (1991)

The Russia House (1990)

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Seventh Son (3015)

The Shooting
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Reportedly Set For Heavy Reshoots After Poor Test Screening

Out of all the cinematic universes that popped up after the McU proved so successful, Legendary’s MonsterVerse seemed to be one of the more promising ones. Retroactively created after Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in 2014, Kong: Skull Island being a prequel helped its story put some of the narrative building blocks in place that were needed in order to eventually build-up to Godzilla vs. Kong.

And while neither film was a monster hit, both did fairly well. With a 75% for each on Rotten Tomatoes, and a respectable box office haul in the $500 millions (Skull Island made $566.7 million and Godzilla earned $525 million), it looked like the studio was doing alright with its new cinematic universe. But then came Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Though far from a bad movie, it certainly slowed down the MonsterVerse’s momentum thanks to mixed reviews and only $385.9 million at the box office. Which
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