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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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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

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 access
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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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Shattered Glass: why we need to stop deconstructing our superheroes

M Night Shyamalan’s ambitious yet empty end to his comic book-inspired trilogy should be the last attempt to make faux-intellectual points about big screen heroes

This weekend sees the release of M Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the long-awaited follow-up to his 2000 superhero drama Unbreakable and his 2017 thriller Split. Like Unbreakable, Glass is interested in deconstructing the figure of the comic book superhero (and supervillain), calling attention to the tropes of its own genre while placing them in a larger historical and pseudo-scientific context. But whereas this meta-narrative examination felt fresh and exciting in Unbreakable, it now proves to be an utter bore.

That’s because deconstructionism – the form of philosophical and literary analysis that seeks to understand the relationship between a text and its meaning, often by acknowledging and/or subverting pre-existing conceptions or structural expectations – has become the modus operandi of superhero movies.
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2019 Best Film Editing Oscars Predictions

Did we bring up the fact there are competitive categories? Editing is one of them. The only locks are likely “Roma” and “First Man.” Assume “A Star is Born” will make it despite the BAFTA diss but will “The Favourite” and “Vice” round out the field? [Posted Jan. 16]

Likely Frontrunners

A Star is Born

The Favourite

First Man

Roma

Vice

Contenders

A Quiet Place

Bohemian Rhapsody

Black Panther

“BlacKkKlasman”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Green Book

Widows

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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2019 Best MakeUp & Hairstyling Oscars Predictions

Bohemian Rhapsody” is likely in, but the other three nominees? Any of the other of Oscars shortlisted films, “Border,” “Vice,” “Suspiria,” “Black Panther,” “Stan & Ollie” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” could make the cut. [Posted Jan. 16, 2019]

Likely Frontrunners

Bohemian Rhapsody

“Border”

“Vice”

Players

Black Panther

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Stan & Ollie

Suspiria

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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2019 Production Design Oscars Predictions

The Favourite,” “First Man,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Roma” are likely in. The question is whether “Black Panther” overcomes BAFTA nominee “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” for the fifth slot. Ponder. [Posted Jan. 16, 2019]

Likely Frontrunners

Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

Players

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Ready Player One

Suspiria

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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Leaving New York: why Marvel is right to send Spider-Man far from home

The teenage superhero slugs it out in Venice and London on a school holiday in the next Spider-Man movie. It’s a smart move

If any superhero is more intimately linked to their neighbourhood than Marvel’s Spider-Man, it is probably DC’s Batman, who belongs so fully to Gotham City that to extract him for more than the odd episode would be like sending the moon to spin around a gas giant in Alpha Centauri.

The wallcrawler comes a close second, however. It has always been Spidey’s job to keep the Big Apple safe, first and foremost, and none of the seven movies about Peter Parker’s alter ego have ventured far from the city. Spider-Man: Far from Home, the sequel to 2017’s barnstorming Spider-Man: Homecoming, will change all that, but perhaps not as we might first have imagined – if this week’s trailer is anything to go by.
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2019 Best Documentary Feature Oscars Predictions

Yet another competitive category, it’s possible any of the Oscars frontrunners listed below are snubbed and it’s possible all of them make the cut. It’s hard to see the documentary branch not rewarding at least a few of the summer’s big doc hits with a nod. Our guess is that means “Three Identical Strangers” misses out, but “Rbg” could as well. [Posted Jan. 16, 2019]

Likely Frontrunners

“Free Solo”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

Minding the Gap

“Rbg”

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Players

Charm City

Communion

Crime + Punishment

Dark Money

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Of Fathers and Sons

“On Her Shoulders”

“Shirkers”

“The Silence of Others”

“Three Identical Strangers”

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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Glass review – M Night Shyamalan's superheroes assemble

The director unites Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy from earlier films in a pointless supernatural sequel

With a bumper helping of pointlessness, M Night Shyamalan has created a bulky, lengthy, anti-climactic sequel to two of his previous films: the smart horror-thriller Split (2016) and the deeply strange mystery Unbreakable (2000), fusing them into a kind of own-brand superhero franchise. There’s a cheeky dig at a certain comic-book institution when a magazine announces Philadelphia’s newest, biggest skyscraper (a possible showdown site) as an architectural “marvel’’.

James McAvoy reprises his bravura plural-performance from Split, playing the Horde, the villain with dissociative identity disorder. Bruce Willis is back as David Dunn, the guy who miraculously survived a train crash in Unbreakable with superstrength. These days, he’s roaming the streets as a lone avenger, nicknamed The Overseer, wearing a signature hooded black poncho (which surely limits his movement and field of vision?
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