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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book “The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety.

Sources say a deal is expected shortly. Zemeckis will also pen the script with his partner, Jack Rapke, producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro had long been attached to direct, but a scheduling conflict led the Oscar winner to vacate the director’s chair.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica 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.

The studio had been looking for projects in Zemeckis’ wheelhouse, having previously met
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Stephen Merchant To Play Gestapo Agent In Taika Waititi’s WWII Satire ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Stephen Merchant To Play Gestapo Agent In Taika Waititi’s WWII Satire ‘Jojo Rabbit’
Brit writer, director and actor Stephen Merchant has joined Taika Waititi’s starry WWII satire Jojo Rabbit as Gestapo agent ‘Captain Deertz’.

Merchant, who played Caliban in X-Men spinoff Logan and who was co-writer of Brit sitcom The Office, posted his casting on Instagram with the following message: ‘Here's me trying to look German for my part in JoJo Rabbit, new satirical comedy from the wonderful @taikawaititi. @jojorabbitmovie‘:
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‘Suspiria’ Remake Gets R Rating for ‘Ritualistic Violence, Bloody Images and Graphic Nudity’

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‘Suspiria’ Remake Gets R Rating for ‘Ritualistic Violence, Bloody Images and Graphic Nudity’
Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” remake managed to land a (very hard) R rating by the MPAA for “disturbing content involving ritualistic violence, bloody images and graphic nudity, and for some language including sexual references.”

An ultra-violent clip of the film shown at CinemaCon in April disturbed many who saw it.

“Ummm I am traumatized after seeing a scene from ‘Suspiria’ in which Dakota Johnson controls the body of another woman as she dances,” Los Angeles Times’ Amy Kaufman had tweeted. “The woman’s body literally cracks in half. She is like, torn apart. Spitting, urinating, bleeding. It’s… A lot.”

Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta wrote, “First clip from ‘Suspiria’ invokes a dancer being thrown around like a rag doll telekinetically in a mirrored rehearsal space, bones breaking, becoming a contorted mess. Very gruesome and hard to watch. This film will make most people feel uneasy.”

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Christopher Plummer: 'Why not bring me in to play Roseanne for the next season?'

The Oscar-winning actor talks about replacing Kevin Spacey, why he finds marijuana boring and how he’s grown to stop hating The Sound of Music

Jack Jaconi, the geriatric weed dealer played by Christopher Plummer in new indie dramedy Boundaries, sees life through the rearview. This is true in the literal sense – the film follows Jack and his adult daughter Laura (Vera Farmiga) on a cross-country relocation after his entrepreneurial streak gets him expelled from his retirement community – but this journey has a deeper elegiac energy to it, taking Jack on a tour through a past dotted with mistakes and regret.

“There’s a lot of reflection to it,” Plummer muses, from the plush theater in the basement of New York’s Crosby Street hotel. “There’s a similar reflective quality in each role I take on these days.”
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Exclusive: New AMC Theaters Subscription Service Will Compete Directly With MoviePass

With its monthly subscription model, MoviePass has fundamentally changed the way millions of people watch movies in theaters. And now, the largest movie theater chain in the world is ready to fire back with a subscription service of its own, allowing customers to pay a monthly fee and see a select number of movies per […]

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Goldfinch selects first filmmaker for First Flights debut director initiative (exclusive)

Goldfinch selects first filmmaker for First Flights debut director initiative (exclusive)
Gordon Napier to receive backing from UK production house.

UK production outfit Goldfinch Studios has named Gordon Napier as the first recipient of its newly-launched First Flights initiative, which backs low-budget features from first time directors.

The venture will see the company help to guide writer-director Napier’s career transition from shorts to features. His credits to date include short 1745, which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017 and was nominated for Bafta Scotland and Bifa prizes.

First Flights will see Goldfinch develop two projects from Napier. The company will initially back them through the development stage and will then
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Berlin Film Festival set to appoint Carlo Chatrian as new artistic director - reports

Chatrian is the artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival.

Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno film festival since 2012, has been named in German media reports as the new artistic director of the Berlinale from 2020.

The news was neither confirmed nor denied by Monika Grütters, the German state minister for culture and media, who had been planning to announce the new director at a press conference in Berlin on Friday June 22.

Chatrian would replace Dieter Kosslick who has headed the Berlinale since 2001.

If the handover procedure follows the same pattern as when Kosslick succeeded Moritz de Hadeln, Chatrian would
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‘Perfect Strangers’ Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (Exclusive)

‘Perfect Strangers’ Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (Exclusive)
Italian director Paolo Genovese, whose concept movie “Perfect Strangers” involving smartphones and personal secrets is making a global splash, is set to make his English-language debut with “The First Day of My Life,” a New York-set suicide dramedy with echoes of Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Based on Genovese’s novel of the same title, which has become a bestseller in Italy, “The First Day of My Life” revolves around four characters on the brink of taking their lives who make a pact with a stranger with supernatural powers. The mystery man gives them a chance to travel forward in time to see for a week how their friends and relatives would react to their deaths and what the world would be like without them. On the last day of the week, the four potential suicides have the option of deciding whether whether to live or jump off the Manhattan Bridge.
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'The Belly Of The Whale' to open 2018 Galway Film Fleadh (exclusive)

'The Belly Of The Whale' to open 2018 Galway Film Fleadh (exclusive)
It will be the world premiere of the Irish crime drama starring Michael Smiley.

The world premiere of Irish comedy drama The Belly Of The Whale, the debut of producer turned director Morgan Bushe, will open the 30th anniversary edition of the Galway Film Fleadh (July 10-15).

Michael Smiley, Lewis McDougall and Pat Shortt star in the film about a teenager who breaks free from his foster home in an Irish seaside town in a bid to reclaim his family’s caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best friend and drinking partner. They join forces with others, hatching
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Puzzle review – Kelly Macdonald sees the big picture in jigsaw indie

A suburban New York mother hemmed in by chores finds unfashionably analogue freedom in jigsaw puzzles in this modest yet touching drama

Compare how vital Kelly Macdonald was to 1996’s Trainspotting with her cursory presence in 2017’s boysy sequel, and you’ll have some sense of how the British film industry has underestimated her. Macdonald has always been a supremely sympathetic performer, but her mousy air may have been seen as a big-screen limitation. She scuttled round in subservient roles, before escaping pantry duty via HBO’s Boardwalk Empire: a wife part, yes, but one that proved steelier than first imagined over that five-season run. TV arcs bend towards their own form of justice.

Puzzle, the offbeat Us indie opening this year’s Edinburgh film festival, finds Macdonald tending house yet again – though here it’s an acknowledgement of wasted potential, a corner from which her character Agnes needs to be sprung.
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‘The Predator’ Set To Invade San Diego Comic-Con

Shane Black’s reboot The Predator is definitely making its way to San Diego next month, however, whether the creature feature will be joined by other Fox friends, is the question. Predator, due out on Sept. 14, centers around the deathly aliens’ return to Earth, no thanks to being accidentally signaled back by a young boy (Jacob Tremblay). A group of ragtag ex-soldiers are sent in to clean up the job. Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and…
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Who needs film critics? Actually, we all do

Accusations of a lack of diversity among reviewers raises the bigger question of whether they have a role to play at all in the new landscape of cinema

‘Crritic!” This is the final, victorious insult in a war of words between Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, voicing the disdain for reviewers felt by the playwright and artists the world over, then and since. Some of that contempt for the critic has surfaced once more this week, giving rise to a debate about the role of reviewers in the new film landscape.

Last Wednesday, speaking at the Crystal + Lucy Awards, Brie Larson took aim at the lack of diversity in film criticism. “I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle in Time,” she said. “It wasn’t made for him.”
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Hugh Jackman awards prospect 'The Front Runner' gets November release

Hugh Jackman awards prospect 'The Front Runner' gets November release
Gary Hart drama to open in limited release in November before expanding wide.

The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman as the charismatic yet flawed 1988 Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart will open in the awards corridor on November 11.

Sony announced the date on Tuesday (June 19) and executives will be bullish following Jackman’s star turn in global hit The Greatest Showman. The studio acquired worldwide rights in May.

Jason Reitman directs the story from Bron Studios and Right Of Way Films about Hart, who ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination after revelations surfaced of an extra-marital affair with Donna Rice.
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Marvel Skips Sdcc But Seattle Is ‘Avengers’ Central This Weekend

What’s going on here? While Marvel has made no bones about skipping Hall H in San Diego this year, a number of Avengers: Infinity War cast members are headed to Seattle’s Ace Comic Con and they’re not just sitting around booths signing autographs. Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) are flying up to the rainy city for the event which is…
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Andrew Adamson’s ‘Shelved’ Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance (Exclusive)

Andrew Adamson’s ‘Shelved’ Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance (Exclusive)
New Zealand-born director of “Shrek,” Andrew Adamson has joined forces with Tim White to produce “Shelved,” a major live action-CGI fantasy film. The picture about two slacker robots who fret about being replaced by humans, is to be set up as a New Zealand-China co-production with a production budget in the range of $20-40 million.

“Shelved” is expected to be the first of several films that will be jointly-presented by Chinese fund Super Entertainment and New Zealand effects and services company Digipost, as its diversifies and expands into a role as a producer. “Shelved” was revealed on Tuesday in the margins of a New Zealand Film Commission presentation at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The story and the movie are feature-length expansions of a 2013 award-winning short film of the same title by director James Cunningham and writer Kathryn Burnett. Cunningham and Burnett both reprise their roles on the feature.
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Superhero Bits: ‘Black Panther’ Wins Big at MTV Movie Awards, ‘Luke Cage’ Recap & More

How many MTV Movie & TV Awards did Black Panther win last night? Which Elseworlds comic will the fourth season of Supergirl be drawing from? How does Stephen Amell want the writers of Arrow to approach the seventh season? Need a recap of the first season of Luke Cage from Mike Colter? Would Michael B. […]

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Daily Podcast: Stranger Things & Ancillary Stories, Brad Bird’s 1906, Sicario 2, DC, Incredibles 2, Optimus Prime, Star Wars & More

Daily Podcast: Stranger Things & Ancillary Stories, Brad Bird’s 1906, Sicario 2, DC, Incredibles 2, Optimus Prime, Star Wars & More
On the June 19, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and senior writer Ben Pearson to talk about the latest news, including Chris Hardwick, an update on the Disney/Fox acquisition deal, Stranger Things gets a comic book prequel, Brad Bird’s 1906, Sicario: Day of […]

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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: Though the category has only been in existence for three years, only “The Daily Show” or “Daily Show” alumni have won: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Fun Fact: To that end, only men named Jon/John have won.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has won two years running, and the hit HBO late night series isn’t slowing down in 2018; it’s a major threat to take home the trophy again. But before we get to Phase Two, there are only a few slots up for grabs and quite a few shows looking to fill them.

Of last year’s nominees, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” have only strengthened their cases. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” has a bit of a controversy to contend with,
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Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter

Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter
The John Lasseter era is really over at Pixar and Disney with Tuesday’s promotions of Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee as chief creative officers of the respective animation studios. They’ve been the frontrunners all along to succeed Lasseter (set to leave Disney and Pixar at year’s end after allegations of workplace sexual harassment), and they are great choices. We can expect smooth transitions and likely success at Pixar and Disney along with better morale, improved workplace conditions, and, hopefully, greater advancement opportunities for women.

Docter was one of Pixar’s first employees, joining the studio in 1990 during the production of “Toy Story,” and the director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Oscar-winning “Up” and “Inside Out.” He’s a consummate animator and storyteller: warm, sensitive, funny, and a risk taker. He’s beloved at Pixar (a valued member of the Brain Trust), and has learned well from both
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‘Sicario’ Director Denis Villeneuve Loves ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

‘Sicario’ Director Denis Villeneuve Loves ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’
Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve didn’t return to helm the sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado, but he still has plenty to say about the film. In fact, Villeneuve loves the sequel, and offered up a rave review for Stefano Sollima‘s upcoming film. Denis Villeneuve’s direction of his 2015 film Siciario elevated what could’ve been a standard action-thriller into an […]

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