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Cannes: Time in Portrait Snags China Rights to Three Films in Competition (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Cannes: Time in Portrait Snags China Rights to Three Films in Competition (Exclusive)
Chinese distributor Time in Portrait has snagged China rights to three Cannes Competition titles even before they were chosen to gun for the Palme d’Or: Ken Loach’s “Sorry We Missed You,” Arnaud Desplechin’s “Oh Mercy!” and Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven.” The company boarded the films last year when the projects were still at the script stage. France’s Wild Bunch handled the sales.

It’s the second year in a row that Beijing-based Time in Portrait has nabbed China rights to a number of films ahead of their selection to compete in Cannes. Last year, it bought Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun” and Abu Bakr Shawky’s “Yomeddine.”

“We buy some films every year from Cannes, a festival that we attach a lot of importance to,” Time in Portrait general manager Sally Yihua Li told Variety.
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‘Sully’ Writer and Producer Team on Thriller ‘Snow Dragon’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Sully’ Writer and Producer Team on Thriller ‘Snow Dragon’ (Exclusive)
Sully” writer Todd Komarnicki has been tapped to write the international action thriller “Snow Dragon,” reuniting him with “Sully” producer Allyn Stewart.

Development is being financed through a joint partnership between Xinhua Pictures, Shune River and producers Stewart and John Benitz. For Xinhua Pictures, Zhang Xiao Hong will produce. Gao Cheng Sheng will co-produce and Han Sanping will serve as creative advisor. Komarnicki will executive produce.

The pic is the untold true story of a Chinese ice-breaker on a scientific expedition that heroically rescued a group of 74 Australian, British, and Russian nationals on a chartered Russian vessel, which had become trapped in Antarctic ice. When Snow Dragon received the distress call, it changed course immediately, powering through a cyclone and deadly winter conditions to the trapped ship. In an impossible race against the clock, the ship’s crew risked their own lives to save the passengers, who were between the
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Antoine Fuqua, Todd Komarnicki Developing Mike’s Place Terrorist Attack Drama (Exclusive)

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Antoine Fuqua, Todd Komarnicki Developing Mike’s Place Terrorist Attack Drama (Exclusive)
Antoine Fuqua and “Sully” writer Todd Komarnicki are developing a film about the 2003 terrorist attack at Mike’s Place, a beachside blues bar in Israel.

Komarnicki will produce through his Guy Walks Into a Bar banner and also direct from a script by Tony Spiridakis. Fuqua’s production credits include “Southpaw” and “Olympus Has Fallen.”

The duo optioned the 2004 documentary “Blues by the Beach,” directed by Joshua Faudem, and the film rights to Jack Baxter’s 2015 graphic novel “Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues and Terror in Tel Aviv.” The filmmakers have also obtained Baxter’s life rights.

When the bombing took place, Baxter had been working on a documentary about Mike’s Place, a venue popular among young people, where discussion of politics and religion were not allowed. A suicide bomber attacked the bar, killing three people and injuring 50, including Baxter and security guard Avi Tabib,
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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A Hilarious Perfect Strangers and Stranger Things Mashup

You had to see this one coming. Stranger Things season 2 has been getting mass attention and it shows in the number of different spoofs that have been popping up. The good part is that most of them are pretty funny and like this one bring back those blasts from the past that we loved when they were still on the tube. Perfect Stranger Things is something you can only roll your eyes at and grin since the fact that the show does deal with everything 80’s Balki and Cousin Larry were bound to show up at some point. The

A Hilarious Perfect Strangers and Stranger Things Mashup
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Perfect Stranger Things is the mash-up everyone has been clamouring for!

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I love mash-ups and puns, which is probably why I don't have a lot of friends (among a litany of other reasons). But I can't deny that a good mash-up or pun will definitely tickle my funny bone, and the recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! sketch Perfect Stranger Things is both - a nice punny title, while also being a decently funny mash-up. Not going to pretend this sketch is a masterpiece or... Read More...
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The Morning Watch: ‘Stranger Things’ Edition – Honest Trailer, Perfect Stranger Things & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Stranger Things’ Edition – Honest Trailer, Perfect Stranger Things & 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 special Stranger Things 2 edition, we have an Honest […]

The post The Morning Watch: ‘Stranger Things’ Edition – Honest Trailer, Perfect Stranger Things & More appeared first on /Film.
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The Strangest Stranger Things Mash-Up We've Ever Seen Is Here and It's, Welp, Strange

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Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to come up with the perfect mash-up of one '80s sitcom and a current show that has tons of '80s references. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reprised their roles as Larry and Balki from Perfect Strangers, and the boys from Stranger Things joined them for the ultimate blend of Perfect Stranger Things. Things are stranger than ever in the skit, especially because Jimmy Kimmel is playing "Dem O'Gorgon" (get it?). Watch it all go down above.
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Halle Berry Thriller ‘Kidnap’ Hits Blu-Ray In October

As evidence by the underrated Perfect Stranger and 2013's The Call, Halle Berry knows her way around a thriller. Kidnap, her latest in the genre, hits Blu-ray October 31 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The narrative centers on a mom (Berry) who goes on a relentless pursuit for her kidnapped child. Berry, [...]
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Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?

Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?
Much has been made about Carrie Coon this month, and rightfully so. The Ohio native (but devout Chicago Cubs fan) has taken our televisions by storm with starring roles in the final season of “The Leftovers” and the latest chapter of “Fargo.” In the HBO drama, she plays Nora Durst; a fraud investigator who lost her entire family when 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared. Over on FX, she’s police officer Gloria Burgle who’s busy investigating the death of her step-father.

The two roles are very different, linked only by the actress who plays them (as well as great, dynamic writing). But there is one more common thread tying together Coon’s characters to one another: Machines don’t work for either of them.

Read More: ‘Fargo’ Review: How Good Manners Cause Major Trouble In Every Season of Noah Hawley’s Minnesota Mystery

Now, before you start thinking,
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‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control

‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for the “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Immediate Reaction:

Another episode of “The Leftovers,” another mind-blowing last-second twist. After an episode spent entirely with Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), we took a trip to the Outback in the final minutes and watched a police officer named Kevin get drugged, tied up, and drowned by a group of women on horseback who are somehow connected to Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn).

Now, it appears as clear as anything in “The Leftovers” can be that this was a case of mistaken identity: The women, led by the tremendously talented Lindsay Duncan, thought Australian Kevin was American Kevin (Justin Theroux). They believed he would rise from the dead, as Kevin has, but why they wanted him to briefly die and how they found out about him in the first place remain mysteries. Does Kevin Sr. know them? Did he have a copy of Matt’s book? Is this even the present day,
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April 4th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Don’T Kill It, Invasion Of The Bee Girls, We Go On

April's Blu-ray and DVD releases are kicking off in a big way, as we have a lot of great genre releases to get excited for this week. Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It arrives on both formats April 4th as well as the cult classic Invasion of the Bee Girls, which makes its HD bow courtesy of Scream Factory. Mill Creek has put together a triple dose of terror with their Psycho Circus Triple Feature Blu-ray set, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is keeping busy with their releases of Ghost of New Orleans, A Room to Die For, and We Go On this Tuesday.

Other notable home entertainment titles arriving this Tuesday include The Evil Within, Tank 432, Don’t Hang Up and the DVD set for Medium: The Complete Series.

Don’t Kill It (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

When an ancient demon is accidentally unleashed in a
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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Rekindle Their Steamy Love Affair

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Rekindle Their Steamy Love Affair
This Valentine’s Day, Christian Gray (Jamie Dornan) will try everything to rekindle his wild romance with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), pulling out all the stops to once again seduce her.

Set to Miguel’s sensual cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” the latest “Fifty Shades Darker” trailer features new scenes of the twosome arousing one another in titillating ways while at dinner and in an elevator. The clip also includes scenes from the novel’s masquerade ball, the helicopter crash and Anastasia being haunted by Grey’s ex-lover, portrayed by an unrecognizable Bella Heathcote.

Read More: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Are Back To Seduce You

Adapted from E. L. James’ best-selling book series, the second film is directed by “Perfect Stranger” helmer James Foley, who will also direct the third followup, “Fifty Shades Freed.” Additional co-stars include Kim Basinger, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden,
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Sully movie review: he’s good people (and so is everyone else)

MaryAnn’s quick take… The ultimate anti-disaster movie. A supremely gripping and powerfully emotional film about, paradoxically, what happens when everything works as it should. I’m “biast” (pro): I remember that day vividly…

I’m “biast” (con): …but I worried about how it would be dramatized

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I was still living in New York in January 2009 when Chesley Sullenberger landed a commercial airliner full of passengers on the Hudson River.

Landed a commercial airliner on the Hudson River.

Not in. On.

And almost everyone walked away unhurt. A bit cold and wet. One flight attendant got a nasty cut on her leg. We didn’t know that at the time. All we knew was that a goddamn plane had landed on the river and everything was fine.

It almost sounds like that
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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Are Back To Seduce You

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Are Back To Seduce You
Say what you will about the middling and awkward “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” but there’s no denying it took a strong command of the box office and proved the sly charismatic charm of Dakota Johnson. Indie movie lovers know the great lengths the actress can skyrocket to thanks to this summer’s sensual “A Bigger Splash,” and it’s one of the reasons we’re tempted to check out “Fifty Shades Darker.”

Read More: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is As Ridiculous As You’d Expect

Johnson reprises her role of Anastasia Steele opposite Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. The pair are broken up following the events of the first film, but their mutual attraction doesn’t keep them apart for long. As they rekindle their romance, Steele learns more about her lover’s past, and dark old secrets resurface that threaten to derail them once again.

Following the rocky departure of director Sam Taylor-Johnson,
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Professor and the Madman Trailer: Mel Gibson & Sean Penn Star in Dictionary Drama

Joseph Baxter Mar 12, 2019

The Professor and the Madman teams Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in a drama about the creation of the Oxford Dictionary.

The Professor and the Madman might sound like the title of a long-running late-1980s crime procedural that no one really watched, but the upcoming historically based drama will showcase some star power in the form of headliners Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

The long-gestating project of Gibson’s has finally come to fruition. The film adapts the 1998 book of the same name by Simon Winchester, following two key figures in the decades-long endeavor to create what would become the Oxford English Dictionary. Gibson plays Professor James Murray, who was appointed editor of the lexicon in the late 1870s. However, his crucial collaboration with Yale-trained American army surgeon W.C. Minor (Penn) is awkward since Minor is a lunatic and a murderer; nouns that the
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First Look at Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's Sully

First Look at Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's Sully
Back in 2009, the world was captivated by the heroics of Us Airways pilot Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, as he made an incredible emergency landing on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers on board. This fall, his story will be told on the big screen in the upcoming biopic Sully, which has been scheduled for release on September 9. While we wait for the new trailer, the first photo and poster have arrived, offering our first look at Tom Hanks as the title character, and Aaron Eckhart as Sully's co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles.

Sully Sullenberger was thrust into the national spotlight on January 15, 2009, after his emergency landing that became known as the Miracle on the Hudson. After a flock of geese flew into the plane shortly after takeoff, the pilot managed a miraculous landing in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers on board, making him a national hero.
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Halle Berry in talks to Join Cast of 'Kingsman' Sequel

Since winning her Best Actress Oscar in 2002, I'd argue that Halle Berry just hasn't quite enjoyed the kind of post-Oscar career that was all-but promised that glorious evening, when her win was proclaimed in the entertainment media as a pivotal moment in Hollywood history in terms of work available for black actors and actresses, and Berry specifically, who some said had broken down a once-closed door that would lead to much more and even bigger roles for her in studio filmmaking. That never quite happened. Not that she hasn't been working; she certainly has, but in mostly forgettable fare: "Gothika," "Catwoman," "Perfect Stranger," "Dark Tide,"...
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James Foley Directing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Back-To-Back

James Foley will direct both Fifty Shades of Grey sequels. The films will shoot back-to-back in 2016. Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Perfect Stranger) was in-talks to direct the second film, Fifty Shades Darker, in the franchise, but now it’s confirmed he’ll take on the third film, Fifty Shades Freed, as well.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, the second and third chapters based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. The films are set to be released on Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018.

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the series, also return to produce. Foley has helmed episodes of Netflix’s hit “House of Cards,” which Brunetti also produces.

via TheWrap
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Tie Down a Director

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Tie Down a Director
Adapted from the first installment of E.L. James' remarkably popular trilogy of erotic novels, Fifty Shades of Grey grossed more than $570 million at the global box office when it debuted last February. The story of the sordid romance that develops between college grad Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and kinky entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), the film brought Bdsm to the big screen in a way unlike anything multiplex audiences had seen before. Today, the studio announced that James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) will be directing both of its sequels.
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