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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie

Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie
Billy Bob Thornton, Blade Runner 2049 actress Carla Juri and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, is behind the camera for the adaptation of the James Frey best-seller that is being financed by Brad Weston’s Makeready Films.

Weston is producing along with The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

The book was for years set up at Warner Bros., but the Taylor-Johnson husband-and-wife team extricated it. Million Little Pieces became controversial after Frey was exposed for inventing or embellishing...
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Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’
Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography “The Dirt.”

Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are exec producing. Members of Motley Crue are co-producing.

Based on the 2001 autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” the movie follows the group’s rise during the ’80s “hair band” rock scene on the Sunset Strip and pulls no punches as it dives into the band’s highs and lows along the way. Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year’s Eve in 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The band was formed in L.A. and released
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut

‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut
Fans clamoring to see the non-existent Zack Snyder cut of Justice League will be bummed to discover that Snyder’s iteration of the film, which almost certainly was never finalized, is not included on the home video release. Indeed, the Justice League Blu-ray details include a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes, but really nothing substantial to speak of. Unsurprisingly there’s no director’s commentary, no extended cut, and only a single deleted scene: “The Return of Superman.” While it’s true that Zack Snyder traditionally creates director’s extended cuts of his films—and the extended …
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Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the film follows the exploits of American-born Brit Colvin, who was tragically killed in Homs, Syria, in 2011. It takes in her fearless work in war-torn locales including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, which are juxtaposed with her home life back in London.

“A Private War” is BAFTA, DGA and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s first narrative project after helming feature documentaries including “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script.

Little is yet known about Tucci’s character in the film, but he will figure in the London part of the project
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87

Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87
Bradford Dillman, who starred with Dean Stockwell in the taut 1959 crime drama Compulsion and portrayed Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, has died. He was 87.

Dillman died Tuesday in Santa Barbara due to complications from pneumonia, family spokesman Ted Gekis announced.

The lanky, dark-haired Dillman also played Robert Redford's best friend J.J. in The Way We Were (1973), and his daughter Pamela said that it was this movie that "perfectly captured the essence" of her father, particularly during the scene on a boat when the actors reminisce about their lives and best moments.

Dillman...
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Brixton's Ritzy cinema to close this weekend amid fresh wave of Picturehouse strikes

Staff from five Picturehouse venues to go ahead with strike action this weekend.

London’s Ritzy Cinema in Brixton is set to shutter this weekend as a result of a fresh wave of strikes by Picturehouse workers over pay.

Source: Marc Cowan/Bectu

Picturehouse workers went on strike during last year’s London Film Festival.

Staff who are members of the Bectu union are also set to walk out from Picturehouse sites in Crouch End, East Dulwich, Hackney and the company’s flagship venue Picturehouse Central from 5.00am on Saturday January 20 to 5.00am on Monday January 22.

The Ritzy will be the only venue closing over the weekend.

Bectu had initially planned further strikes this month, but said that it had been forced to withdraw that action due to the response from Picturehouse and its owner Cineworld.

According to the union, Cineworld told staff that those who inteded to strike for only a portion of the day would not
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Berlin's Efm Horizon conference plots diversity, Vr, AI events

Event extends to five days for second edition.

The second edition of Berlin Film Festival’s Efm Horizon conference, expanding to five days in 2018, has revealed the key topics that will be in focus this year.

Source: Efm

The event, which explores the future of the film business and pioneering developments in the entertainment sector, will focus on four key topics: blockchain, diversity, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

Running Feb 16-20 at Berliner Freiheit, the conference will feature keynotes, talks and workshop events.

This year, the Efm Industry Debates programme is being folded into Horizons for the first time – themes to be explored include the future of the sales business, in cooperation with Screen International, the financing and monetisation of virtual reality content, and a session titled Why Diversity Matters.

Vr will be a key topic at Efm Horzion. The Vrnext Investors Club will bring together investors, producers, distribution representatives, tech experts and creatives
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UniFrance’s Serge Toubiana, Isabelle Giordano, on the 2018 Rendez-Vous Highlights and French Cinema’s Challenges

Paris — 2018’s Paris UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema celebrates two anniversaries: It is the 20th anniversary of an event which, founded by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then UniFrance head, has inspired other national cinema showcases around Europe. Second, in 2008, many distributors caught Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks” at the Rendez-Voys as a guilty pleasure. It went on to gross millions not only inside but outside France. Since then, the Rendez-Vous has become a platform for the best in French comedy, though it still boasts a strong line in first features, period dramas and rare but often arresting genre. Variety spike to Serge Toubiana, heading into his first Paris Rendez-Vous as UniFrance president, and Isabelle Giordano, UniFrance executive director, about the highlights and challenges for the Rendez-vous and French cinema at large.

The UniFrance Rendez-Vous turns 20 this year. Will there be any special events to celebrate its 20th edition?

Giordano: A party on Jan.
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Alpha Violet Takes ‘La Camarista,’ Berlin Competition Player ‘Dovlatov’(Exclusive)

Paris — Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet has acquired world sales rights to “La Camarista,” a standout at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival and Argentina’s Ventana Sur, and first feature of of Mexico’s Lila Aviles, a standout among a rapidly emerging and exciting new generation of women film-tv directors and screenwriters.

Also the subject of a pioneering Mexico U.S.-co-production deal closed on the eve of Ventana Sur, “La Camarista” joins an Alpha Violet sales slate which also includes Berlin Competition contender “Dovlatov,” from Russia’s Alexey German Jr.

Launched by Virginie Devesa and Keiko Funato, Alpha Violet acquired last year “Hunting Season,” a sometimes shockingly violent father-son relationship drama resolved via hunting excursions in the wild snowy forests of Patagonia which won 2017’s Venice Intl. Critics’ Week. Alpha Violet now has a second debut movie from a young Latin American filmmaker in Aviles’ “La Camarista,” which won a Labo Award at Los Cabos and the
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Peter Mayle Dies; ‘A Year In Provence’ & ‘A Good Year’ Author Was 78

Peter Mayle, the author of A Year In Provence and A Good Year — the latter the basis for Ridley Scott’s 2006 film — has died. The writer who was best known for chronicling his life as a British expat in the south of France passed away on Thursday after a short illness, his publisher Alfred A Knopf said. He was 78. A Year In Provence was published in 1989 and became an international bestseller and one of the most popular travel books of all time. It was later turned into a…
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Steven Spielberg: ‘The urgency to make The Post was because of Trump's administration’

The director dropped everything – including new blockbuster Ready Player One – to tell the story of the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. He talks about parallels between Nixon and Trump and why Oprah Winfrey would be a ‘brilliant’ president

Shortly after The Sixth Sense became a global sensation, its director, M Night Shyamalan – hailed on the cover of Newsweek in 2002 as “the next Spielberg” – told an interviewer that, years earlier, he had realised the one ingenious trick that made Steven Spielberg movies so spectacularly successful. Like a soft-drink manufacturer who had stumbled on the secret recipe for Coca-Cola, Shyamalan could not believe his luck. What was Spielberg’s killer formula, Shyamalan was asked. He would not say. Merely by understanding it, he had struck commercial gold and he did not plan to share it.

It didn’t quite work out that way for Shyamalan, who has never
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Colin Firth Refuses To Work With Woody Allen In The Future

Colin Firth Refuses To Work With Woody Allen In The Future
Colin Firth has become the latest high-profile actor to refuse to work with embattled director Woody Allen. Firth starred in Allen's 2014 romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight alongside Emma Stone. Firth told the Guardian: "I wouldn't work with him again." He joins actors including Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, who both said they would donate their salaries from Allen's A Rainy Day in New York to Time's Up, and To Rome With Love star Greta Gerwig, who said she…
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Private Life’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Private Life’
Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), the beleaguered bohemian-geek couple at the center of “Private Life,” have been trying, through fertility treatments, to get pregnant for years. The movie, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, is a comedy of fragile hopes and frayed nerves: the story of how these two attempt to have a child by any means necessary — a goal that should bring them together, but instead, after too much failure, it’s tearing them apart. Jenkins isn’t shy about milking the situation for laughs. The film opens with Richard injecting hormones into Rachel’s haunch, a painful procedure that provokes the first of many droll arguments. The two then watch their lives transformed into a hapless experiment that never ends (and never seems to work).

It’s a set-up that provokes a comic array of intrusive humiliations, though each one hangs on the slim possibility of transcendence. The jaunty
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