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‘Black Panther’ to Top ‘Justice League’ Total U.S. Box Office in Just 4 Days

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‘Black Panther’ to Top ‘Justice League’ Total U.S. Box Office in Just 4 Days
Black Panther” is going to have such a big opening weekend that its four-day start alone will make more money than the first ever movie with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Through 91 days in theaters, the DC team-up film “Justice League” made $228 million domestically, a total that would be good for many other films but was below the $412.5 million made by “Wonder Woman” and below what was expected for a movie that aimed to be DC’s answer to the “Avengers.” “Black Panther” has already more than doubled the three-day opening made by “Jl,”...
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Andrea Riseborough’s ‘Nancy’ Sells to Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Andrea Riseborough’s ‘Nancy’ Sells to Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the North American rights to Andrea Riseborough’s “Nancy,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month. “Nancy” is set to get a traditional theatrical release later this year. It follows a woman who becomes convinced that she was kidnapped as a child — and when she encounters a couple whose daughter went missing 30 years ago, her lines of reality begin to disappear. Steve Buscemi, J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Dowd and John Leguizamo round out the cast. Christina Choe wrote and directed. Producers include Amy Lo of Mental Pictures, Michelle Cameron, and Riseborough under her banner Mothersucker. Also...
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Christopher Nolan Rules Himself Out Of The Race For Bond 25

Christopher Nolan Rules Himself Out Of The Race For Bond 25
There’s bad news for Nolanites today as Christopher Nolan, director of Dunkirk and the venerable Dark Knight Trilogy, has ruled himself out of the race for Bond 25.

Nolan’s love for all things James Bond is no secret, but while appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs series (h/t Digital Spy), the illustrious filmmaker set the record straight: he currently has no plans to helm a Bond film, and believes the franchise is in capable hands thanks to long-time producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson.

Both executives were instrumental in securing Daniel Craig for one last movie – his fifth wielding the license to kill, no less. That’s likely had a knock-on effect on Christopher Nolan’s own desire to direct 007, given he’d rather recruit an entirely new cast in order to pump some fresh blood into one of cinema’s time-honored franchises.

I won’t be the man.
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Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial

Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial
Heading to Berlin with his Amazon-financed Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, Gus Van Sant tells Screen why he still prefers to see films in a theatre.

Gus Van Sant could easily be the most anonymous person in the room when Screen International meets the filmmaker at Sundance Film Festival. Far from ostentatious, and with his dog at his feet, it is the expression that gives him away — like a 1960s surfer dad caught in the headlights of today.

Decked out in a plaid shirt and jeans in a converted media lounge in Park City, Van Sant gives nothing away about how he feels Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot went down at its Sundance world premiere several days earlier. In fact, there was generous applause at the Eccles Theatre and U.S. critics have been mainly supportive.

Now Van Sant’s latest feature heads to Berlin, where FilmNation handles international sales and a broader audience will sample his tribute to late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, which glides between acerbic character study and observational comedy. Van Sant had known Callahan’s drawings and began hanging out with his fellow Portlander when Robin Williams optioned Callahan’s book circa 1997, and they began to map out an adaptation. “He didn’t live very far — it was only 10 blocks,” Van Sant mumbles, breaking into a fleeting smile when someone brings his Australian Shepherd puppy. “We went on trips. He liked to go in a cab that could take his wheelchair and go to a restaurant on the beach.”
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Lionsgate Intl. Set to Sell Out on Participant Media’s Viggo Mortensen Starrer ‘Green Book’ (Exclusive)

Lionsgate Intl. Set to Sell Out on Participant Media’s Viggo Mortensen Starrer ‘Green Book’ (Exclusive)
Lionsgate Intl. is on track to sell out at the Berlin Film Festival on one of the hottest tickets on the market: Viggo Mortensen-starrer “Green Book,” which is produced and financed by Participant Media.

Directed by Peter Farrelly, and co-starring Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini, “Green Book” has sold to leading distributors in multiple major territories such as Germany (eOne), Japan (Gaga), France (Metropolitan), Italy (Leone) and Latin America (Sun Distribution).

Set in a pre-Civil Rights movement Deep South, “Green Book” will be put through Amblin Partners output deals in China (Alibaba), South Korea/Vietnam (C.J. Entertainment), India/Pakistan/Indonesia (Reliance) and the U.K., Australia/New Zealand Benelux and Spain, where eOne holds an Amblin output deal.

Nordisk will release in Scandinavia and Lev in Israel as part of Participant Media output deals.

Written by Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, “Green Book” has also been sold by Lionsgate Intl. to Taiwan
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Rian Johnson Made A Change To ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Based On A Toy Design

Rian Johnson Made A Change To ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Based On A Toy Design
As long as we’ve had “Star Wars” toys on our shelves, we’ve known that manufacturers did the best they could to mould the characters, vehicles, weapons and worlds into reasonably shaped, plastic facsimiles of the big screen counterparts. However, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” saw a rare reversal of that formula — a toy design inspired Rian Johnson to tweak the shape of one of the ships in the film.
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‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Trailer: Terrence Malick’s ‘To The Wonder’ Gets A Spinoff Starring Javier Bardem

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Trailer: Terrence Malick’s ‘To The Wonder’ Gets A Spinoff Starring Javier Bardem
As we all know, Terrence Malick‘s process on each of his features has involved shooting thousands upon thousands of feet of footage, and then finding the film in the edit. This has led to countless actors being cut from his movies, and a plethora of unseen material never hitting the big screen. However, a fascinating slice from the director’s underrated 2012 effort “To The Wonder” will soon be seeing the light of day.
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Watch: Dakota Fanning’s Directorial Debut Short ‘Hello Apartment’

Watch: Dakota Fanning’s Directorial Debut Short ‘Hello Apartment’
Dakota Fanning has made her directorial debut with “Hello Apartment,” the latest title in the Prada-financed Miu Miu Women’s Tales short film series directed by women exploring the feminine universe.

Set in a Brooklyn loft which becomes a repository of memories, Fanning’s debut was unveiled Monday at London’s Curzon Mayfair Cinemas as a side event during London Fashion Week. The short is the 15th title in the Miu Miu Women’s Tales series launched in 2012 in tandem with the Venice Days section at the Venice Film Festival. It will screen at Venice later this year.

“Hello Apartment” is written by Liz Hannah, a co-writer of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” who in a statement said it is about “reliving your past while going through what’s happening in your life now, in one space.” Fanning noted that it “was inspired by my first home, where I still live,” calling it “a shrine
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Spotlight in Efm talks on Brazilian crime thriller 'The Operation' (exclusive)

Petrobas tale was national hit in 2017.

Spotlight Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights excluding Brazil to crime thriller hit The Operation and is in talks with buyers at the Efm.

The story is based on true events surrounding the massive corruption investigation known as Car Wash that involved executives at Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras and went as high as the government.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Spotlight,” producer Tomislav Blazic added. “Spotlight’s keen understanding of both genre and global value of the film, made them an ideal partner.”

“The production level achieved on this film, naturally, sets it apart from the rest,” Spotlight director of acquisitions Pictures Walter Moura said. “Tomislav made an incredible job at telling this real story which has and is affecting a huge nation. The Operation, promises to deliver to other distributors the success it was in Brazil, grossing over $6m in box office.”

Moura and Blazic
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Raven Banner in De Angeles Films finance boost

Infusion will help Toronto-based genre specialist offer competitive Mg’s for product.

Us-based De Angeles Films has expanded its financing deal with Toronto genre distributor and sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment.

The new deal will enable Raven Banner to offer competitive Mg’s for production, worldwide acquisitions, and sales titles.

“We are expanding on the very successful relationship we’ve built with Raven Banner over this past year,” De Angeles managing partners Gregor Habsburg and Jacquelyn Frisco said.

“As a producer and as a distributor, Raven Banner, has shown an unparalleled level of commitment to its filmmakers, it’s market and it’s product. We are not changing what we do, or how we do it – we will simply be doing more of it.”

De Angeles’ film production credits include Coffee, Kill Boss, 3D horror-comedy Hellbenders, which the company co-produced, and horror title June.

“We are confident this expanded relationship with De Angeles will empower us,” Raven
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TrustNordisk Enlists Efm for Norwegian Folklore Pic ‘The Ash Lad’ (Exclusive)

TrustNordisk has nearly sold out Mikkel Braenne Sandemose’s live-action fantasy feature “The Ash Lad” at Berlin Festival Festival’s Efm.

Inspired by a Norwegian folk tale, the film follows the epic journey of Espen, the 17-year-old son of a poor farmer, who sets off with his brothers to rescue a princess from a troll known as the Mountain King to collect a reward and save his family from ruin. The film was written by Aleksander Kirkwood and Synnove Horsdal.

The movie was acquired for Latin America (California Filmes); France (Seven Sept); Italy (Videa); Spain (Art Mood); Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland (Telepool); Japan (Interfilm); and China (Hgc Entertainment).

More sales were inked for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan (Capella Film); the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Cinemart); Turkey (Euromedia); Korea (Activers Entertainment); Croatia (Discovery Film & Video); Estonia (Estin Film); and Malaysia and Vietnam (Red Pictures).

“The Ash Lad” opened in Norway in September and turned out to be a
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2018 Best Animated Short Oscars Predictions

“Revolting Rhymes” is the best of the bunch, but it’s length (29 min) hurts it in comparison to the other nominees. It’s almost a pick ’em then between a repetitive Pixar short (“Lou”) and a hand drawn short of basketball hero worship (“Dear Basketball”). Something tells us the Pixar brand wins out over the pairing of legendary animator Glen Keanne and Lakers future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
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2018 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscars Predictions

It’s a close race between “Edith+Eddie” and “Heroin(e),” but the former is slightly more moving and that may be enough. [Posted Feb. 19]

1. “Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

2. “Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

3. “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel

4. “Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon

5. “Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Current predictions:

Best Picture

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Director

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Editing

Cinematography

Production Design

Original Score

Best Song

Costumes

Sound Mixing

Sound Editing

Documentary

Foreign Language Film

Animated Feature Film

Makeup and Hairstyling

Visual Effects

Documentary Short

Live Action Short

Animated Short
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'Vikings' actress Georgia Hirst to lead horror 'Ravers' (exclusive)

Project comes from Iron Box Films.

Georgia Hirst (Vikings), Danny Kirrane (Games Of Thrones), Manpreet Bambra (Free Rein), Maria Volk (Wolf Creek 2) and Kamal Angelo Bolden (Chicago Fire) will lead the cast of Ravers, Bernhard Pucher’s horror which commenced shooting at Pinewood Studio Wales yesterday.

The project comes from London-based production outfit Iron Box Films, which is led by Pucher as creative director with CEO Raimund Berens, who will produce with Michael Dobbin. Exec producers are Colin Brown, chair of Iron Box’s financing arm Iron Box Capital, and Deepak Sikka from The Works.

The screenplay is written by Pucher and Luke Foster. The story follows an illegal rave in a factory that turns into a nightmare due to contaminated energy drinks.

The project will shoot at Pinewood Wales for six weeks.

Raimund Berens, CEO of Iron Box Capital commented: “Iron Box is delighted to have supported this production from its very earliest development. We are confident
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Youth in revolt: is Lady Bird the first truly feminist teen movie?

Greta Gerwig’s film packs in John Hughes-style teenage angst. But its focus on self-determination and female bonds – rather than validation by boyfriend – sets it apart

Warning: this articles contains spoilers for Lady Bird

The teen movie is an often raucous affair: embryonic sexual stirrings, combative parent/child relationships and the heart-tugging turbulence of post-adolescent friendship – which is why it is surprising to find Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, such a quiet and understated film. But there is perhaps something about Gerwig’s delicacy of touch that lends clarity to one of the film’s most resounding themes: its unapologetic feminism.

The central character (Saoirse Ronan) – unsatisfied with her comparatively drab given name, Christine – precociously assumes the alias Lady Bird. She dresses in thrift-shop clothes, has clumsily dyed pink hair and dreams of leaving what she deems the cultural wasteland of Sacramento, California, and her claustrophobic Catholic high-school
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Efm 2018 round-up: Big deals catch the eye but a gloomy market for many

For smaller Berlin buyers, it was hard to connect with the right material.

The presence of several eye-catching packages helped to bolster spirits at the Efm, although the chasm between the haves and have-nots remains as wide as ever.

Buyers who could afford the most desirable commercial product from the blue-chip sales companies responded enthusiastically to Lionsgate International’s John Wick: Chapter 3, Sierra/Affinity’s Official Secrets and Front Runner and Kung Fury from Bloom.

There was plenty of interest too in Late Night, The Aeronauts and The Personal History Of David Copperfield from FilmNation, STXinternational’s Finest Kind and The Marsh King’s Daughter, Voltage Pictures’ Roland Emmerich epic Maya Lord, and The Exchange’s Drew Barrymore comedy The Stand-In.

Studiocanal’s Mia And The White Lion has sparked activity, as have TrustNordisk’s competition selection U-July 22 and Protagonist’s Sundance hit The Kindergarten Teacher, among others. UK buyers in particular seemed happy to get their
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Berlin: TV Series Gain More Traction as Festival Opens Doors to Small Screen Fare

Intense industry interest and growing demand for a major TV market early in the year could well lead to a much larger role for small-screen series at the Berlinale and European Film Market in the coming years. Berlin became one of the first A-list festivals to launch TV sections as part of the main festival and market in 2015. The festival’s Berlinale Series sidebar and the Drama Series Days event (Feb. 19-21), launched jointly by the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and the Berlinale Talents, have made Berlin an increasingly vital platform for international makers of high-end series. This year marks the first time that all market and festival series activities will take place at one location: the recently restored Zoo Palast, where they are overseen by program manager Solmaz Azizi. In addition to the Drama Series Days market screenings and conference program, the Berlinale Series will present its festival and red carpet public screenings
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Maria Ramos on Dilma Rousseff Impeachment Doc ‘The Trial’

Half-Brazilian half-Dutch, director Maria Ramos is no stranger to Brazil’s judicial system, or its complicated political situation. She revisits these themes in her Berlin Film Festival world premiere documentary “The Trial,” selected for Panorama.

Her previous critically acclaimed and award winning series of documentaries: “Justice,” “Behave” and “Hills of Pleasures” are, in the words of Variety’s Jay Weissberg, an “essential trilogy on the Brazilian justice system.” It should come as no surprise then, that the recent impeachment trial of the country’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, was too irresistible a subject not to chronicle.

Ramos has always been uncompromising in the way she tells her stories, and to that end frequently finds financial backing in familiar partners with hands-off attitudes. In the case of “The Trial,” however, the time between the idea and the start of filming, one week, was too short to pursue traditional means of financing one of her films. The involvement
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Berlin: Feng Xiaogang Dials up ‘Cell Phone 2’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Feng Xiaogang Dials up ‘Cell Phone 2’ (Exclusive)
Leading Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang has set “Cell Phone 2” as his next movie to direct.

The film is a follow-up to his 2003 hit “Cell Phone,” which was a wry social comedy in which the extramarital affair of a media executive is exposed by his careless use of modern technology.

Having previously considered going to a Hollywood scripter for the new project, Feng has instead set Liu Zhenyun as the writer. A workable draft is set to be delivered by the end of the month.

A regular Feng collaborator, Liu was the screenwriter on the original “Cell Phone” and was most recently writer of “I am not Madame Bovary.” He was wrote the book that was turned into Feng’s famine drama “Back to 1942,” and was supervising producer on “World Without Thieves.”

The original “Cell Phone” was released shortly after the deregulation of the film industry in China, when affluence was rising sharply, and when Chinese
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Geoffrey Rush's co-star 'visibly upset' after confrontation, court told

Documents claim actor entered theatre’s female bathroom before being told to leave

The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was involved in a confrontation that left a female cast member “visibly upset” at a party following the 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, according to allegations in newly released court documents.

On Tuesday the federal court in Australia published a previously suppressed document filed by Nationwide News – a subsidiary of News Corp – in its defence of defamation proceedings brought by Rush against the newspaper publisher.
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