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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Picture Tree Adds ‘Cold Feet’ to Berlin Market Lineup (Exclusive)

Picture Tree Adds ‘Cold Feet’ to Berlin Market Lineup (Exclusive)
Picture Tree Intl. has added German romantic comedy “Cold Feet” (Kalte Füsse) to its market lineup at the Berlin Film Festival, where the sales agent will screen the film as a market premiere. Sony Pictures released the pic, directed Wolfgang Groos, in Germany on Thursday, and it garnered 100,000 admissions over its opening weekend.

Cold Feet,” set in a snow-covered landscape, tells the story of petty criminal Denis, who breaks into the winter cottage of rich business man and stroke patient Raimund. Denis is mistaken for the new nurse by Raimund’s granddaughter Charlotte, a police-academy trainee. In order not to get busted Denis decides to play along. Then a snowstorm hits and a game of cat and mouse ensues in the snowbound house.

Denis is played by Emilio Sakraya, who previously appeared in “Heilstätten” and the “Bibi & Tina” movie franchise; Raimund is played by Heiner Lauterbach, whose credits include
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Monsters and Men review – boys from the hood take a stand on the street

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s tough drama follows the fortunes of three young African-American men who find their loyalties divided – and their futures in peril

Rage, fear and a wrenching sadness hang over this tough picture by first-timer Reinaldo Marcus Green. It’s a drama inspired by, among other cases, that of Eric Garner, the black man in New York who in 2014 resisted arrest for selling single cigarettes for loose change on a street corner, and died in a police officer’s chokehold as an onlooker filmed the event on his phone.

Related: Anthony Ramos: 'Americans now feel what people in the hood have felt for years'
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The Morning Watch: Alfonso Cuarón Tours Roma, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Easter Eggs & More

The Morning Watch: Alfonso Cuarón Tours Roma, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Easter Eggs & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Alfonso Cuarón takes you on a tour of […]

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‘Upside’ Director Neil Burger Sets Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ as Next Project

‘Upside’ Director Neil Burger Sets Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ as Next Project
The Upside” director Neil Burger is set to direct sci-fi thriller “Voyagers” as his next project. The film will be fully financed and co-produced by Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios, and produced by Burger’s Nota Bene Productions and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films. Agc also handles international sales on the new film.

Written and directed by Burger, “Voyagers” tells the story of 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain is mysteriously killed, the young crew descends into chaos, reverting to a primitive, tribal state, giving in to their most feral and animal desires.

Burger will produce alongside Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea for Thunder Road. Ford and Greg Shapiro, Agc’s president of film, will serve as executive producers.

The film marks Burger’s first screenwriting credit since 2008’s “The Lucky Ones.” His past directing credits
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Final Berlinale 2019 Competition titles announced

Final Berlinale 2019 Competition titles announced
Films by Zhang Yimou and André Téchiné will have world premieres in Berlin.

The final titles for the Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlianle Special sections have been announced.

The new competition additions are world premieres of Zhang Yimou’s One Second, André Téchiné’s Farewell To The Night, Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms, the German premiere of Vice, and the European premiere of Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace.

Of the new titles, Farewell To The Night, Alan Elliott’s Amazing Grace and Vice will play out of competition. 17 of the 23 films in the Competition section will be in contention
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M-Appeal Acquires Berlin Panorama Title ‘Greta’ (Exclusive)

M-Appeal has acquired world sales rights to “Greta,” the feature debut of Brazil’s Armando Praça which will world premiere in this year’s Berlinale Panorama section.

The Berlin-based film industry has also dropped an international trailer, to which Variety has had exclusive access.

Produced by Carnaval Filmes, whose credit include major titles by Marcelo Gomes, one of Brazil’s most prominent directors, “Greta” turns on Pedro, a 70-year-old gay hospital nurse. The film begins with his attempting to care for his best friend, Daniela, a transgender cabaret singer who refuses further treatment for terminal kidney failure.

Pedro vacates a hospital bed for Daniela by helping Jean, wounded and under arrest for manslaughter, to escape from hospital arrest. Hiding Jean in his apartment, Pedro begins an unlikely affair with the much younger man.

“Greta” begins with Pedro wiping off his mascara as he climbs into an ambulance to accompany Daniela to hospital.
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Netflix criticised for using images of real-life rail disaster in Bird Box

Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, where 47 died in 2013 explosion, demands images of the incident be removed from streaming giant’s sci-fi hit

The mayor of a Canadian town where 47 people were killed in a rail disaster in 2013 has complained to Netflix after images of the incident were used in the hit sci-fi film Bird Box.

The accident happened when a train carrying crude oil exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and the BBC reports that Netflix confirmed that footage of the disaster was included in a montage sequence illustrating an attack.
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Kew Media Boards Michael Jackson Documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ for International

Kew Media Boards Michael Jackson Documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ for International
Kew Media Distribution has boarded controversial Michael Jackson sex-abuse documentary “Leaving Neverland” ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Kew Media has taken international distribution rights (excluding U.K. and U.S.) to the two-part documentary, which is a co-production of HBO and British broadcaster Channel 4.

Directed by BAFTA-winner Dan Reed, “Leaving Neverland” features two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, now in their 30s, who allege that they were sexually abused by the entertainer when they were 10 and 7, respectively. The documentary also features interviews with their mothers, wives and siblings, painting a portrait of sustained abuse and exploring the complicated feelings that led the two men to confront their experiences after both had young sons of their own. It is produced by Amos Pictures.

Jonathan Ford, executive vice president of sales for Kew Media Distribution, said the acquisition reinforced Kew Media’s
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Berlinale Series 2019 line-up includes Amazon's 'Hanna', Netflix's 'Quicksand'

Selection includes TV series from UK, Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, Israel and Denmark.

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7 – 17) has unveiled the seven TV titles set to be screened in this year’s Berlinale Series programme.

Among the line-up is Amazon’s Hanna written by David Farr, who co-wrote the 2011 film of the same name. It is directed by Sarah Adina Smith, whose film credits include Buster Mal’s Heart, which starred Rami Malek. Hanna stars Esmé Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos. NBCUniversal International Studios is producing alongside Working Title Television.

Also in the selection is Netflix’s first Swedish original series Quicksand,
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UK film ratings body BBFC tightens rules for 'sexual violence' on screen

Any film showing sexual violence will now be rated at least a 15.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new classification guidelines with changes including stricter rules on scenes of ‘sexual threat and sexual violence’. Any film showing sexual violence will now receive a minimum rating of 15, rather than 12 or 12A in the UK.

Films with the strongest sex references, in particular those using ‘the language of pornography’, will receive an 18 rating. The new rules will come into effect on February 28, 2019.

The new guidelines have been produced after a public consultation involving more than 10,000 people, which showed young
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Hale County This Morning, This Evening review – visionary doc about lives in Alabama

Executive produced by Laura Poitras, this documentary RaMell Ross is a revelatory study of African American lives

RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a beautifully realised documentary study of African American real lives in Hale County, Alabama. To some degree, it can be seen as a creative or intellectual response to Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the classic 1941 work of photo-reportage by James Agee and photographer Walker Evans that recorded the lives of depression-hit white sharecroppers from Hale County. But as film-making, it is more personal and engaged than simply that: it feels as if Ross has created a sustained kind of euphoria, a 76-minute epiphany of love for his community, and the use over the closing credits of Billie Holiday singing Stars Fell on Alabama is very moving.

The director developed this project from coaching basketball and studying photography, activities that allowed him intimate
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Nordic Film Market Selects Latest Palmason, Hakonarson, Hafstrom, Ganslandt

Nordic Film Market Selects Latest Palmason, Hakonarson, Hafstrom, Ganslandt
The 20th Nordic Film Market in Göteborg, unspooling Jan. 31-Feb 3, will showcase 16 works in progress including Hlynur Pálmason’s “A White, White Day”, Grímur Hákonarson’s “The County”, Mikael Håfström’s “The Perfect Patient” and Jesper Ganslandt’s “438 Days.”

Iceland is well represented this year with top directors and festival darlings Pálmason (“Winter Brothers”), Hákonarson (“Rams”) as well as “Volcano”’s Rúnar Rúnarsson, who will pitch their latest projects at Göteborg’s Biopalatset where last year Benedikt Erlingsson first introduced “Woman at War.”

“I simply had to select the three films by Pálmason, Hákonarson and Rúnarsson as they are on the top list of many festival programmers and buyers and their films are very different from one other, displaying the wide breath of talents from Iceland,” said Nordic Film Market’s head of industry Cia Edström.

“A White, White Day” stars Ingvar E. Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as an off-duty police chief,
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Charades, MetFilm Sales join forces on Sundance title 'Shooting The Mafia' (exclusive)

Charades, MetFilm Sales join forces on Sundance title 'Shooting The Mafia' (exclusive)
Kim Longinotto’s film portrays anti-Mafia photographer Letizia Battaglia.

Paris-based feature film sales company Charades and UK documentary specialist MetFilm Sales are teaming up to co-handle Kim Longinotto’s latest feature documentary Shooting The Mafia.

Award-winning British documentarian Longinotto will premiere the work in World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 24-Feb 3) before travelling to Berlin where it will screen in the Panorama section.

The film is a portrait of Palermo-based photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, who is best known for her iconic images documenting the barbaric acts of the Mafia in her home city of Palermo.

It intercuts Battaglia’s striking black-and-white photographs,
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mk2 launches sales on Manele Labidi's 'Arab Blues', reveals first image (exclusive)

mk2 launches sales on Manele Labidi's 'Arab Blues', reveals first image (exclusive)
Paris-based company will also begin selling Robert Guédiguian’s ‘Gloria Mundi’.

Paris-based sales company mk2 will kick off sales on Manele Labidi’s Tunisia-set comedy-drama Arab Blues, starring Golshifteh Farahani, at the Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 17-21).

Farahani, whose recent credits include Girls Of The Sun and Paterson, plays a psychoanalyst who opens up a practice in a working-class suburb of the Tunisian capital Tunis not long after the country’s 2011 revolution and attempts to treat a procession of colourful clients.

“It is a sophisticated comedy in the way it offers a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads,
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2019 Best Sound Editing Oscars Predictions

In case you were unaware, here’s the difference between Oscars Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories. “Bohemian Rhapsody” could earn a duplicate nod here, but we think just “A Star is Born” will represent a potential “musical” nominee. “First Man” and “Roma” are likely locks. [Posted Jan. 16]

Likely Frontrunners

A Star is Born

A Quiet Place

Black Panther

First Man

Roma

Contenders

Avengers: Infinity War

Bohemian Rhapsody

Mary Poppins Returns

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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Gaumont racks up deals on Alexis Michalik's period tale 'Edmond' (exclusive)

Gaumont racks up deals on Alexis Michalik's period tale 'Edmond' (exclusive)
Period comedy-drama is a big screen adaptation of long-running hit play about writing of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Gaumont has announced a raft of deals on Alexis Michalik’s period comedy-drama Edmond, reimagining the colourful world and events surrounding the writing of the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand in 1897.

The film has sold to Austria (Prokino/Filmladen), Belgium and the Netherlands (Athena), Germany (Prokino), Denmark, Finland and Norway (Studio S Entertainment/Another World), Sweden (Studio S Entertainment/Njuta), Greece (Odeon), Italy (Officine Ubu), Portugal (Cinemundo), Spain (A Contracorriente), Switzerland (Impuls), the Balkans (Dexin Film) and Romania (Independenta).

It has
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2019 Best Sound Mixing Oscars Predictions

In case you don’t remember the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, you can find a primer here. What is important to know is that this is the category musicals usually get nominated in, but with such a competitive field the musicals that make it are likely “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” and not the more traditional musical, “Mary Poppins Returns.” Maybe.

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