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Can ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Become the Fall’s First Family Box Office Hit?

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Can ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Become the Fall’s First Family Box Office Hit?
The second half of September will be a slow period for the box office, as studios are expecting that “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” will take up most of the audience interest when they arrive in October. That said, Universal and Amblin are sending in an interesting contender in the form of “The House With a Clock in its Walls,” the first PG-rated film from gory horror director Eli Roth.

Based on John Bellairs 1973 Ya novel of the same name, “Clock” is a film that takes several pages from the classic Amblin dark fantasy films of the 1980s, like “Gremlins” and “The Goonies,” designed to give kids a good scare. Compared to the other Halloween titles that will be on offer next month, the film’s fright factor sits somewhere between the sillier “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and the very much not-for-kids “Halloween” sequel.

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‘Maniac’ Teaser: Justin Theroux Wants to Cure Your Depression

‘Maniac’ Teaser: Justin Theroux Wants to Cure Your Depression
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers who find a world-traversing connection in Cary Fukunaga‘s mind-bending Netflix series, Maniac. But how do they come to meet at the mysterious pharmaceutical trial that throws them into a surreal journey through alternate universes? A new Maniac teaser suggests that this infomercial for the depression treatment facility, Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech, […]

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The Morning Watch: Nicolas Cage Career Breakdown, Examining Accents in Movies & More

The Morning Watch: Nicolas Cage Career Breakdown, Examining Accents in Movies & 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 edition, Nicolas Cage provides a fascinating and delightful 21-minute […]

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UK distributor Verve Pictures gets BFI backing for first feature scheme (exclusive)

Company will released Old Boys and Pond Life as first two titles in new initiative.

UK distributor Verve Pictures is launching a non-profit first feature distribution support scheme that will back six debuts over the next 12 months.

The company has received a £135,000 award from the BFI Audience Fund to back the project, which has selected the first two features that will benefit – Toby MacDonald’s Old Boys and Bill Buckhurst’s Pond Life, both of which Verve has taken UK rights to. Four more films will be selected over the course of the next year.

The BFI money will contribute
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Bob Bakish Says Viacom Is ‘Very Well-Positioned’ in a World of Media Mergers

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish steered clear of talk about a possible merger with CBS but was more expansive at an event with reporters Tuesday on how the mega-mergers and the rise of digital giants in the media world would work in his company’s favor.

While he would not comment on any potential merger with CBS or on whether the network’s former chief, Les Moonves, deserved a payoff, Bakish said he had spoken with acting CBS CEO Joe Ianiello. “I’ve known Joe for a long time,” the Viacom boss told journalists at a Broadcasting Press Guild session in London. “He called me….He was in a new chair, and I had been put in that chair two years earlier, and what’s it like to be in that chair. That was the conversation we had.”

Bakish was more open talking about the wider media landscape. He said media
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Screen Ireland selects inaugural six projects for female filmmakers scheme (exclusive)

Three films to be greenlit with budgets of up to €400,000.

Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board) has named the six project teams that will take part in the inaugural edition of its Pov scheme, which backs female filmmakers.

The selected projects will enter a development and mentorship phase before three will be greenlit, with a budget of up to €400,000 each – the money has been ring-fenced from Screen Ireland’s overall production budget. They will be aiming to enter production in late 2019/early 2020.

The teams chosen include Roisín Geraghty who is producing Sunlight for Blinder Films, the company behind Love
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Lucky Red chief steps down from Italian distributors group after 'On My Skin' controversy

Lucky Red chief steps down from Italian distributors group after 'On My Skin' controversy
Andrea Occhipinti says distribution strategy of Venice title has created tension between me and the exhibitors.

Lucky Red president Andrea Occhipinti has stepped down as head of the national association of distributors (Anica) after the controversial day-and-date release of Venice title On My Skin in both theatres and Netflix.

The film, produced by Lucky Red, was distributed in Italian selected theatres on the same day of its Netflix premiere, September 12. The decision caused an uproar from the national associations of exhibitors who refused to screen it.

Occhipinti said in a statement: “I decided to step down because our choice to
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Lebanon selects Cannes title 'Capernaüm' as foreign-language Oscar entry

Lebanon selects Cannes title 'Capernaüm' as foreign-language Oscar entry
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Nicolas Cage expresses 'frustration' with Cage rage internet meme

Actor says his over-the-top acting style is ‘all very thought out and carefully planned’

Nicolas Cage has expressed his frustration with “Cage rage” internet memes, saying they are “frustrating” and unfair to him and the directors of his films.

In an interview with Indiewire to promote his latest film Mandy, a gory action-horror in which Cage plays a revenger looking to take down a satanic biker gang, Cage said: “I’m sure it’s frustrating for [director] Panos [Cosmatos], who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage rage’ thing slammed all over his movie … the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice.”
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‘Yomeddine’ Director A.B. Shawky to Receive Variety Mena Talent of the Year Award

‘Yomeddine’ Director A.B. Shawky to Receive Variety Mena Talent of the Year Award
Egyptian-Austrian director A.B. Shawky, whose unconventional road movie “Yomeddine” is Egypt’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, will be the recipient of Variety’s Mena Talent of the Year Award, to be bestowed during the upcoming El Gouna Film Festival.

“Yomeddine,” in which a middle-aged man raised in a leper colony embarks with a sidekick and a donkey on a journey across Egypt to try to reconnect with his family, world-premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, a rare case of a first feature making the official competition cut. The film won the non-official Francois Chalais Prize in Cannes, which is given to life-affirming works.

Shawky’s passion project, which stars non-professional actor Rady Gamal, who suffers from leprosy and is a resident of the leper colony, won the works-in-progress award last year at the El Gouna festival’s Cinegouna Platform. This year, the completed “Yomeddine” will have its
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Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ Selected by Lebanon for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ Selected by Lebanon for Foreign-Language Oscar Race
Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race.

Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Zein, who takes his parents to court “for giving me life” in a world of pain and suffering.

“Capernaum” was written by Labaki, along with Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani, Georges Khabbaz and Labaki’s husband, Khaled Mouzanar, who also produced the film and composed the music. The movie opens in Lebanon on Thursday. Sony Pictures Classics will release it in the U.S. on Dec. 14. Spc had previously handled “Where Do We Go Now?”, Labaki’s 2011 film.

In its review, Variety said “Capernaum” tackled its subject matter “with intelligence and heart,” and called Labaki
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San Sebastian: Media Luna New Films Acquires J.A. Bayona Exec Produced ’I Hate New York’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — In the run-up to this week’s San Sebastian Festival, German world sales company Media Luna New Films has acquired international rights outside Spain to “I Hate New York,” a labor-of-love doc-feature from Spain’s Gustavo Sánchez telling the story of four New York trans-gender artists. Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar and T De Long.

Warner Bros. will distribute the title in Spain.

Playing San Sebastian’s Made in Spain, “I Hate New York” is exec produced by J.A. Bayona, director of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” along with musician twin Carlos Bayona, who boarded the film to help it through post-production to a release.

Sandra Hermida, an executive producer on Bayona titles such as “The Impossible,” produces with Javier Soto and Ricard Robles.

Glamorous, a fixture of the underground’s nightlife scene, Lepore won fame photographed nude by David Lachapelle; An untiring transgender activist, Chloe Dzubilo wrote plays
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Watch the Trailer for San Sebastian New Directors Feature ‘Neon Heart’ (Exclusive)

Nathan Fischer’s Paris-based sales agency Stray Dogs has given Variety first access to the trailer for the upcoming San Sebastian New Directors player “Neon Heart.”

The film is both the fiction and feature debut for documentary filmmaker Laurits Flensted-Jensen, who was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at 2017’s SXSW for his similarly-themed short “Melon Rainbow.”

The feature is produced by upstart Danish company Walenciak Film, which in its brief, three-year history already has one festival hit under its belt in Malene Choi’s “The Return,” a Special Mention-winner of the Rotterdam Bright Future Award which also featured at Edinburgh and Göteborg.

“Neon Heart” turns on a trio of Danes: Laura, who has just returned to her homeland after a brief stay in the U.S. where she worked in porn for a time; her ex Niklas, a recovering addict who works taking care of a pair of men
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LevelK strikes five deals for Klaus Härö's 'One Last Deal' (exclusive)

Sales include Japan, Brazil and Taiwan.

LevelK has closed a number of deals for Klaus Härö’s One Last Deal, after the Finnish drama’s world premiere in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section.

Sales have been done for Japan (New Select), Australia/New Zealand (Rialto),

Brazil (Cineart Filmes), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), and worldwide airlines excluding Taiwan & the Nordics (Encore Inflight Limited).

The story follows an elderly art dealer on the verge of retirement who wants to pull off one last big deal, with the help of his estranged grandson. Anna Heinämaa wrote the screenplay.

Lauren Valmadre, sales manager at LevelK,

Film Review: ‘King of Thieves’

Film Review: ‘King of Thieves’
Nobody has as much energy as they used to in “King of Thieves,” which is partly the point. James Marsh’s true-crime heist movie is built around two remarkably high figures: first, the £14 million value of the loot, making the burglary in question the largest in British legal history, and more crucially, the average age of the culprits, almost all of whom were veteran criminals well into retirement.

The Hatton Garden jewelry heist made international headlines in 2015, but could have been a story dreamed up in Ealing Studios’ midcentury prime: A Vanity Fair article on which this film is based was even titled “The Over-the-Hill Mob.” Small wonder, then, that British film producers have been swift to jump on it. Yet this proficiently polished thriller (the second big-screen treatment of the story in two years) seems to feel a creak in its own joints: Torn between jaunty genre hijinks and a bleaker streak of realism,
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Summer House’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Summer House’
There are precious few things we know about Valeria Bruni Tedeschi after watching her film “The Summer House” that we did not know before. But here’s one: The writer-director-star understands how her detractors perceive her. And so unfolds an early scene that seems designed to head the inevitable criticisms off at the pass: At a financing meeting for her new film, director Anna (Bruni Tedeschi) faces a panel of nonplussed producers who complain that her next project is the same as all her others and that her screenplay is “fragile.”

The scene is an amusingly brittle comedy of manners with the director, as ever, gamely ready to cast herself as the ditz. But it is also pointedly metatextual and has credibility-laden documentary guru Frederick Wiseman in it, gnomically sitting on the panel looking as baffled to be there as we are to see him. For a moment it seems like Bruni Tedeschi,
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Ken Jeong to Star in Australian Sci-Fi Movie ‘Occupation: Rainfall’

Ken Jeong to Star in Australian Sci-Fi Movie ‘Occupation: Rainfall’
Crazy Rich Asians” star Ken Jeong is starring in “Occupation: Rainfall,” the sequel to the 2018 Australian science-fiction movie “Occupation.”

Jeong will begin shooting in early October in Australian locations including the Hunter Valley and the Gold Coast. Other cast members include Temuera Morrison (“Aquaman”), Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen, Aaron Jeffery, Zac Garred, Izzy Stephens, Trystan Go, Lawrence Makoare, Vince Colosimo and Tamala Shelton.

Director Luke Sparke returns to helm the sequel with Monster Pictures on board as distributors across Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re building a whole new world with ‘Occupation: Rainfall’ and to have Ken join the film alongside our awesome returning cast members is mind blowing,” Sparke said.”I’ve admired his work and his successes for years and can’t wait to see what brings to the project when he arrives here to shoot in October.”

“Occupation: Rainfall” picks up two years into the intergalactic invasion of earth,
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Disney Streaming Service to Feature Loki and Scarlet Witch TV Shows

Disney wants to beat Netflix at the streaming game, and they know just how to do it: by bringing McU characters to TV. A new report reveals that the House of Mouse is planning to offer streaming shows devoted to Loki, Scarlet Witch and possibly other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. Both Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen […]

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‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Ads placed for the fantasy film had an estimated media value of $5.81 million through Sunday for 1,315 national ad airings on 46 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 10-16. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, Nick and USA Network, and during specific programming such as NFL Football, SpongeBob SquarePants and Big Brother.

Just behind “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” in second place: Columbia Pictures’ “White Boy Rick,” which saw 847 national ad airings across 35 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.33 million.

TV ad placements for Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor” (Emv: $4.82 million
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Writers Guild Members Re-Elect Patric Verrone to Board Seat

Former Writers Guild of America West president Patric Verrone has been re-elected to a board seat along with incumbents Patti Carr and Jonathan Fernandez.

Ashley Gable, Betsy Thomas, Deric A. Hughes, David Slack and Travis Donnelly were also elected. Carr was the top vote-getter with 1,667, followed by Gable, Thomas, Hughes, Slack, Fernandez, Verrone, and Donnelly (972).

Eric Heisserer (927), Dante W. Harper (916), Spiro Skentzos (856), Deborah Amelon (751), VJ Boyd (661) also ran. A total of 2,475 valid ballots were cast. The ballot count was supervised by Votenet Solutions.

“This vote represents the largest turnout in Guild Board election history, due in no small part to an outstanding group of candidates,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “I’m thrilled to welcome the new Board members, and I’m very gratified to see, more than ever, writers engaging to strengthen our union.”

The seats are for two-year terms. The president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and eight
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