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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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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series
We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios.

Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the unscripted series, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in June and July. The casting notice mentions the “potential for additional travel for up to two weeks at a later date in 2019.” Klum made the announcement herself in a video posted to Instagram last week.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a two-to-four-minute introductory video, two photos “showing your own personal style,” and a link
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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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Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’
Steve Carell is teaming up with the creator of “The Office,” Greg Daniels, for a brand-new workplace comedy series. But this time, they’re not making paper. Nope, for this new series, the actor is going to lead the cast of “Space Force,” a workplace comedy that will follow the day-to-day of the newly-created sixth branch of the military, which does…something in space.

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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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Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2

Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2
It's official: Julia Roberts' time in front of the cameras on Amazon's Homecoming has come to an end.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roberts' initial deal for Homecoming — the star's first TV series regular role — was for a one-season commitment based purely on the Amazon drama's creative storyline. That said, Roberts will still remain involved as an executive producer alongside showrunner Sam Esmail on the Universal Cable Productions series that landed at Amazon with a two-season commitment.

It's unclear if there will be any other major cast departures for season two or if ...
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Berlin Adds ‘Vice,’ New Films by Zhang Yimou and Andre Techine to Official Lineup

Berlin Adds ‘Vice,’ New Films by Zhang Yimou and Andre Techine to Official Lineup
Five new titles, including the latest films from Zhang Yimou and Andre Techine, have joined the competition program at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Adam McKay’s “Vice” will screen out of competition.

Vice” has already won a Golden Globe for star Christian Bale’s portrayal of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and picked up six BAFTA nominations last week, including for Bale, supporting actor Sam Rockwell and supporting actress Amy Adams. The festival screening will mark its German premiere.

The new additions to the main competition lineup include the world premieres of Zhang’s “One Second” and Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms.” Techine’s “Farewell to the Night,” which stars Catherine Deneuve, also receives its world premiere at the festival but will play out of competition. Alan Elliott’s documentary “Amazing Grace” was also newly announced to screen out of competition, receiving its European premiere at the festival.
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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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‘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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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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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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Beta Drops Trailer, Closes Major Sales on Berlinale Series Title ‘M’ (Exclusive)

Beta Film has rolled out its first major territory sales on drama series “M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder” (“M – A City Hunts a Murderer”), which has just been confirmed by the Berlin festival as one of seven shows selected for its TV strand, Berlinale Series.

Viasat has licensed pay-tv rights for Russia and Cis countries. TV giant Globo has also closed pay-tv rights for Brazil. Canal Plus has licensed Polish rights, in a further pay-tv deal. Scandinavia is in final negotiations.

Beta handles world sales outside Austria and Germany. The drama series is a Superfilm production by John Lueftner
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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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Amazon’s ‘Hanna,’ New Season of ‘False Flag’ Lead Strong Berlinale Series Lineup

Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming high-concept thriller “Hanna” will debut at the 2019 Berlinale Series, with its stars – Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos – expected in Berlin for its premiere. Netflix also features in the lineup and will debut “Quicksand,” its first Swedish original.

A roster of seven shows also includes big-ticket Sky Germany disaster series “8 Days,” the second season of hit Israeli drama “False Flag,” and an Austrian thriller, “M – A City Hunts a Murderer,” inspired by a 1930s Fritz Lang classic. There are also high-end shows out of France and Denmark at the fifth edition of Berlinale Series.
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Berlin Festival Adds 'Vice,' Zhang Yimou's 'One Second' to Lineup

Berlin Festival Adds 'Vice,' Zhang Yimou's 'One Second' to Lineup
The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival has completed its official selection, adding Christian Bale-starrer Vice, Andre Techine's Farewell to the Night and Zhang Yimou's One Second to its lineup.

Vice, director Adam McKay's look at the George W. Bush presidency, starring Bale as former Veep Dick Cheney, will get an out-of-competition slot in Berlin. As will Techine's Farewell to the Night. The French director's well-received Being 17 premiered in Berlin in 2016. 

Meanwhile, Yimou's One Second will have its world premiere in competition in Berlin. Synonyms, the new feature from acclaimed French director Nadav Lapid (Policeman) also joins the ...
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U.K. Censors Put Stronger Restrictions on Films With Rape Scenes

The British film ratings system has been updated to prevent scenes of rape or other forms of sexual violence from appearing in films given a 15 rating, which suggests they should only be watched by viewers who are at least 15 years old.

The British Board of Film Classification published new guidelines on Thursday following a public consultation that showed people felt a "heightened sense of anxiety" when it comes to depictions of real-world scenarios and changing attitudes towards sexual threat and violence over the past five years. 

The new guidelines state that no film containing depictions of ...
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Adam McKay on Trump’s White House Burger Buffet: “Is He An Actual Marsupial?”

Adam McKay on Trump’s White House Burger Buffet: “Is He An Actual Marsupial?”
When Donald Trump decided to lay on a vast fast food feast of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King for Ncaa National Champion Clemson University's football team during a visit to the shutdown-impacted White House earlier this week, the news – and subsequent pictures – became a predictably instant source of ridicule and derision across social media.

Perhaps understandably, many on Twitter wondered what Adam McKay would make of the scenario (one film critic even joked that the press photo of Trump behind a table piled high with Big Macs was a shot from the Vice and The Big ...
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China’s ‘Boonie Bears’ Reach Korea With Animated Series and Movie

Two seasons of the hit Chinese animation series “Boonie Bears” have been licensed for release in South Korea. The deal was struck by animation studio Fantawild with content distributor Media to Media.

The broker has acquired Iptv and VOD rights to “Boonie Bears: Four Seasons” and “Sunsational Summer and Snow Daze,” a total of 104 episodes. It has arranged for them to play on Sk Broadband’s Skbtv from May, and Sk Broadband’s Oksusu Ott platform.

It is the first time that the hit series has played on Korean TV, though three feature movies have previously been released. So, too,
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Cardi B’s F-Word-Filled Rant on the Government Shutdown Is Pretty Cathartic (Video)

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Cardi B’s F-Word-Filled Rant on the Government Shutdown Is Pretty Cathartic (Video)
Maybe you have an opinion about the ongoing government shutdown, maybe you don’t. But if you do have an opinion, and it’s not what one would call favorable, Cardi B has a new video that will be right up your alley.

Some background: The shutdown, which began Dec. 22, is happening because Trump won’t sign any government funding budget legislation that doesn’t include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump blames Democrats, despite the fact that it started when Republicans still controlled both houses of congress, and despite the fact that on Dec. 11 Trump said he would be “proud” to cause a shutdown. Now in its 27th day, it’s the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Also Read: Grimace Grills Trump in Stephen Colbert Recut of Classic McDonald's Commercial (Video)

On Wednesday, the “Bodak Yellow” singer shared her thoughts on the mess
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Agc Studios Greenlights Sci-Fi Project From 'The Upside' Director Neil Burger

Stuart Ford's Agc Studios has greenlit Ya sci-fi thriller Voyagers, the next project from The Upside director Neil Burger.

Agc will fully finance and co-produce the project, which Burger wrote. Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films (A Star is Born) will produce together with Burger’s Nota Bene Productions banner.

The plot of Voyagers reads like an updated version of Lord of the Flies: 30 children are sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. But after the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed, the young crew descends into chaos, reverting ...
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