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'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Filmmakers to Write, Direct Joker and Harley Quinn Movie (Exclusive)

11 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Who’s laughing now?

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros.

The duo are in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn.

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are due to reprise their roles as the villains, among the most popular characters in the DC pantheon and which they first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad.

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Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Is Sweden’s Pick for Foreign-Language Oscar

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or-winning “The Square” will represent Sweden in the foreign-language Oscar race at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

A satirical drama weaving dark comedy, “The Square” takes place in the contemporary art world. Written by Ostlund, the film stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West.

The Square” world premiered in competition at Cannes, where it won the Palme d’Or. It will next play at Toronto, in the Special Presentations section. Magnolia pre-bought U.S. rights to “The Square” a year ago.

Commenting on the selection of “The Square,” Ostlund, who spoke about his despair over missing out on an Oscar nomination for his 2015 “Force Majeure” in a YouTube clip, said he “really hope it’s less painful this time round.”

Although it missed out on an Oscar nomination, “Force Majeure” was a critical hit. It took home six Swedish Guldbagge Awards and won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard »


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Joshua Satine Joins Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Thriller ‘A Simple Favor’ (Exclusive)

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Six-year-old Joshua Satine has been cast in Lionsgate’s thriller “A Simple Favor” opposite Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding, Variety has learned exclusively.

Satine will play the son of Kendrick’s mommy blogger character, who tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, portrayed by Lively. Golding plays the husband of Lively’s character. The story is described as being a post-modern film noir with twists, betrayals, secrets, revelations, murder, and revenge

Paul Feig is directing the film. Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through their Feigco production company. Jessica Sharzer wrote the script based on Darcey Bell’s book of the same name.

Fox 2000 was originally developing the project after buying the movie rights to “A Simple Favor” in a preemptive deal. The story is in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut “The Girl on the Train” — two best-selling thrillers in which a »


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Sony Nabs New Line Founder's Thriller 'Nightlight' (Exclusive)

16 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony has picked up the spec Nightlight with Bob Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema, on board as one of the producers.

Rising filmmaker Tyler MacIntyre co-wrote the script with Chris Hill and is attached to direct what Sony envisions will be a low-budget thriller.

Plot details are being kept in the dark, but the pic is known to center on a 10-year-old boy who must fight off some sort of invaders while home alone.

Sara Rastogi is overseeing for Sony’s Columbia Pictures division, which picked up the project in a competitive situation. (Paramount was also chasing.)  

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Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release

22 August 2017 6:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

TWC-Dimension Films has set a Feb. 23 release date for its family comedy “The War with Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Tim Hill directed the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, and Faizon Love. The film was written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and Dave Johnson and produced by Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart of Marro Films.

The film was shot over six weeks in Atlanta. It was originally slated to be shot in Toronto for an Oct. 20 release date.

Fegley portrays the grandson of De Niro’s recently widowed character, who moves into the house and takes over the grandson’s bedroom. The grandson schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out, but finds that his grandfather isn’t going to give up easily — leading to an all-out war.

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Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.

The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.

“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist. »


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Sanfic: Argentine Director Martin Desalvo Discusses Putting his Country’s Hidden History on Screen in ‘Unit 15, Jailbreak’

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Santiago De Chile — Crime and punishment have been well represented at this year’s Sanfic Santiago Intl. Film Festival, which runs through Aug. 26. Many of the films screened, and others still in production, tell histories or fictions of prisoners, spies, corrupt governments or theft. The Sanfic Wip selection playing on this theme is the Argentinian period prison-drama “Unit 15, The Jailbreak.”

The film was produced by Magma Cine, a producer on Argentina’s most recent Oscar submission “The Distinguished Citizen” which won best actor (Oscar Martínez) at Venice, and took home the Spanish Academy Goya for best Ibero-American film, as well as sweeping best film, actor (Martinez), and screenplay at July’s Platino Ibero-American Film Awards.

Co-funding for “Unit 14, Jailbreak” was provided by Incaa, the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts in Argentina, which also holds the Argentine TV rights for the film.

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Priest Scandal Telenovela Drives Chile’s Mega TV to Ratings High

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Santiago De Chile – Thanks to six hours a day of telenovelas, stripped Mondays to Fridays, Chilean broadcaster Mega TV has dominated the country’s television landscape over the past three years. But one particular telenovela has gripped this country of some 17 million inhabitants, driving Mega TV’s ratings to historical levels.

“Perdona Nuestros Pecados” (“Forgive Us Our Sins”) has generated average ratings of 27.4 in its 10 p.m. time slot, nearly triple that of competing programs on its next biggest rival, Canal 13. Credit also goes to a newish executive team, led by CEO Patricio Hernandez, who joined the company in 2013; head of content Patricia Bazan; production and operations chief Andrea Dell’Orto; and Juan Ignacio Vicente, head of content and international Business. Before the new team took over, Mega TV’s average rating was 4.3 in 2013, compared to its current average of 11.2, said Vicente.

In June 2016, Discovery Communications acquired a 27.5% stake in the channel, which »


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Red Apollo Launches Saga Films as Pan-Asia Distributor (Exclusive)

41 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles-based China distributor and buyers’ rep firm, Red Apollo is launching Saga Films. The new company will specialize in handling rights in China and the pan-Asia markets.

The company was founded by Red Apollo’s Rick Zhang Yifeng and is operated by film sales veteran Brett Lauter, as VP of global sales & acquisitions. Lauter was previously with companies including Entertainment Properties, Aaaa Entertainment, and Pan Global Entertainment, and post-production services company, Contact Video.

Saga has financial backing from Lens Media, parent of Red Apollo. The new venture starts life with a seven-film supply deal from Zdf Enterprises, part of German public broadcaster Zdf. It expects to be present at the major autumn film trade events including the Toronto festival and the American Film Market.

“We see Red Apollo as handling acquisitions from the U.S. and Europe. Saga complements that as the pan-Asia distributor,” Lauter told Variety. “In contrast to U.S. »


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Haugesund: ’Skam’ Actor to Play in Erotic Thriller (Exclusive)

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Norwegian director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken (“Cave”) has attached “Skam” actor and teen heartthrob Tarjei Sandvik Moe for his film, “An Affair.”

In the Norwegian film, which is currently filming in Oslo, the 18-year-old Sandvik Moe plays a student who is having an affair with his 44 year-old female teacher, played by Andrea Bræin Hovig (“I Belong”).

Dahlsbakken told Variety: “It’s an erotic thriller about a newly appointed teacher who finds herself being followed, before discovering that one of her own students is obsessed with her.” He explained that the student-teacher romance is a topic that he’s wanted to tackle for years, until he found an approach that he felt was “original and fresh.”

The writer-director, who had Bræin Hovig in mind when he wrote the script, said he is proud to have reunited on screen “two of Norway’s greatest talents.” He said: “The chemistry between them is truly astonishing, and »


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8 Upcoming Horror Movies That Look Great

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Thus far, 2017 has already seen a good number of surprising and entertaining horror movies, but only now are we moving into the part of the year where the genre truly thrives. »

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Bushwick review – warmongers and wooden actors lead siege on Brooklyn

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A timely premise and some smart visuals aren’t enough to fully rescue this pedestrian thriller in which Texan secessionists spark civil war in the Us

Some dodgy acting and iffy line-readings put a downer on this action thriller with a very topical slant. It’s about a new civil war – with Texas leading a secessionist movement – heralded by an all-out invasion of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York.

Brittany Snow plays Lucy, a college student visiting her grandmother who is terrified to find herself in a war zone. There is only one person who can protect her: a huge combat veteran called Stupe (Dave Bautista), who has a painful backstory.

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Studiocanal Poaches Thierry Lacaze From Wild Bunch to Head Distribution in France (Exclusive)

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Studiocanal, the Vivendi-owned pan-European film and TV group, has appointed Thierry Lacaze to the position of head of theatrical, video and VOD distribution in France.

Lacaze is currently working at Wild Bunch, where he has been in charge of distribution since 2013. The well-seasoned executive previously worked at Pathe Distribution as head of marketing.

Lacaze will report to Géraldine Gendre, head of Studiocanal’s production and distribution in France, and will begin his new job in September. He succeeds Francois Clerc, who stepped down from Studiocanal in July to launch his new production and distribution outfit, Apollo Films.

During his tenure at Wild Bunch, Lacaze has worked on a mix of mainstream comedies and dramas, as well as auteur films. Some movies released under his leadership include “The Odyssey” and “Nicholas on Holiday.”

At Studiocanal, Lacaze will play a strategic role, overseeing both theatrical and video/VOD, which were previously handled by two different executives.

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Haugesund: Izer Aliu Hires ‘Taken’ Actor for Heist Movie (Exclusive)

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Haugesund, Norway — Amanda winner and Nordic Council Film Prize Norwegian nominee Izer Aliu has attached Arben Bajraktaraj (“Taken”) to star in “Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist.” LevelK is handling international sales.

Albanian-born, Norway-based writer-director Aliu was just bestowed at Haugesund’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival, with the Amanda award for best director for his feature debut “Hunting Flies,” also nominated for the coveted Nordic Council Film Prize for 2017.

Set in Kosovo, his third film, with the working title of “Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist “ mixes for the first time a string of local non-professional and profesional actors. Besides Arben Bajraktaraj (“Taken”, “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1”), cast also includes Alihajdaraj (“Agnus Dei”) and well-known Kosovo actor-producer Naser Rafuna.

Using “Hunting Flies” techniques of improvisation to catch a spontaneity in acting, the crime drama will challenge the traditions of genre cinema and question the true meaning of friendship.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D review – Arnie's sci-fi scorcher is still stylish, but is it essential?

5 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

James Cameron’s smash-hit sequel gains a dimension and loses none of its splendour, but questions over whether it was truly necessary remain

3D isn’t finished yet: James Cameron has supervised a new version of his smash-hit 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and watching in immersive 3D is a possible new way of getting excited about the technical effects that were state-of-the-art at the time.

Related: Hasta la vista: why not even James Cameron can save 3D movies

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Why The Star Wars Spinoffs Should Stop Retreading The Original Characters

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Lucasfilm looks primed to center more of its Star Wars Anthology movies on existing characters from the franchise, but this would be an unwise move. Here's why. »

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‘The Sinner’: Why This Mystery Is Swapping Out Red Herrings for Something Much More Satisfying

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In the lead-up to “The Sinner,” the creators, actors, and loglines stressed the idea that this was a crime story that concerned itself more about the “why.” But Wednesday night’s episode, down to the horrific discovery that closed out the show’s fourth installment, proved that the show has still been concerned with plenty of those other “w” questions, particularly “what” it is that every character in this USA drama thinks they’re pursuing.

The murder that opened the series has been combed over by all the show’s major players: possibly unwitting perpetrator Cora (Jessica Biel), detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman), and Cora’s husband Mason (Christopher Abbott). Determined to stumble on some sort of meaning to a senseless act of violence, each of them have had to confront times when they were not who they purported to be. Harry is struggling through his infidelities and Mason even »


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Joker and Harley Quinn Movie Moving Forward at Warner Bros. with ‘Focus’ Directors

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The Joker is one popular guy. A day after word broke that Warner Bros. was developing a Joker origin story movie for Todd Phillips (War Dogs) to direct as part of a series of non-dceu standalone films, news comes that a Joker and Harley Quinn movie is in the works. THR reports that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the directors behind Crazy, Stupid, Love, Focus, and the Tina Fey dramedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, are in final negotiations to write, direct, and produce an untitled movie centering on Joker and Harley Quinn, with Jared Leto and Margot Robbie reprising their … »

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Report: Matt Reeves’ ‘Batman’ Movie Won’t Star Ben Affleck

8 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Seriously, I do not know what to make of the DC Films and Warner Bros. strategy. Grab a pen and paper. Ok, the world of “Batman V Superman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Suicide Squad”? That’s one timeline and one extended universe (the Dceu). But there are two films apparently coming that are going to live outside of the extended universe. One of them is a Joker origin story that won’t star Jared Leto (something gritty, like an early Martin Scorsese film) and the other is Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film which was revealed to be a stand-alone movie that also exists outside of the current continuity.

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The Joker and Harley Quinn Getting Their Own Movie from ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ Filmmakers

8 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s surprising news that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment were developing an origin movie for The Joker that would be directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and produced by Martin Scorsese, yet another project featuring The Clown Prince of Crime has been revealed, and this time he’s bringing his […]

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