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Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'
The upcoming female-led ensemble spy thriller '355' has added a couple of male cast members, with Variety reporting that Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame) and Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) have been cast in the film.

Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is directing '355' from a script by Theresa Rebeck (Smash), and will see Stan and Ramirez starring alongside Jessica Chastain (It: Chapter Two), Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

As per Variety, '355' is described as “a globe-trotting adventure that flips the espionage genre upside-down” and sees Chastain, Nyong’o, Cruz and Fan as a quartet of spies from various international agencies who “must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their considerable talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into total chaos.
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New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie to Hit Theaters in 2021

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New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie to Hit Theaters in 2021
Warner Bros. has dated its new “Mortal Kombat” movie for March 5, 2021, with James Wan producing and Simon McQuoid directing.

Mortal Kombat” will do battle on its opening date with Sony Pictures’ fantasy adventure “Masters of the Universe,” which Noah Centineo will lead as the Most Powerful Man in the Universe.

Pre-production on “Mortal Kombat” will start this month with cameras scheduled to start rolling in Adelaide, Australia, later this year. South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced on May 13 that it will be the biggest film production in the state’s history.

Midway debuted the video game in 1992 with a story focusing on the monk Liu Kang working to save Earth from an evil sorcerer. The development of the first game was originally based on an idea that Ed Boon and John Tobias had of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but then evolved into a horror-fantasy fighting game.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale
Paul Rudd’s fourth time hosting “Saturday Night Live” also coincides with the 44th season finale of the long-running late-night sketch comedy show. That’s not even a fun fact: It’s just a fact. Nothing special at all… which, unfortunately, kind of describes this season finale. It’s not Paul Rudd’s fault though, because Paul Rudd is a man who can make a spectacle out of something mundane (for celebrities) like going on “Conan.”

Host: Paul Rudd

Perhaps more than any other celebrity, Paul Rudd has major Best Man Energy, which makes this the most perfect opening monologue one could ever have on “SNL.” Sure, this is a guy who can play a dirtbag and a weirdo among the best of them — which he does here, at least in the case of the latter — but the Rudd charm is that of a man who will give you a proper best man speech.
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Dimitri Vegas Talks ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ Role, Working With Sylvester Stallone

Dimitri Vegas Talks ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ Role, Working With Sylvester Stallone
Dimitri Thivaios, better known as dance music’s Dimitri Vegas, is taking his skills beyond the DJ booth, picking up a major film role in the forthcoming “Rambo V: Last Blood.”

The Belgium-born Thivaios, who headlines massive Edm festivals like Tomorrowland with his brother Michael (they perform under the banner Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike), has previously appeared in the action thriller “Lukas,” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. His character in “Rambo” has not been revealed, but the plot is said to center around a mission undertaken by John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, to free the daughter of a friend who was kidnapped by the Mexican cartel. The film is directed by Adrian Grunberg and scheduled for release on Sept. 20.

Opportunity aside, Thivaios, who is of Greek descent, says the “Rambo” franchise holds a special place in his heart. “‘It was probably the first ‘action’ movie I ever got to see as a kid,
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‘The Lighthouse’: ‘The Witch’ Director Gives Robert Pattinson His Best Role Yet? These Critics Think So

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‘The Lighthouse’: ‘The Witch’ Director Gives Robert Pattinson His Best Role Yet? These Critics Think So
The first Robert Pattinson film to make its debut since it came out that it’s all but guaranteed he will be playing the next incarnation of Batman is here: “The Lighthouse” continues the actor’s streak of working with celebrated auteurs to realize challenging visions. Much as he was in “The Lost City of Z,” Pattinson is largely unrecognizable here in Robert Eggers’ (“The Witch”) horror film, with mustache and sailor’s cap. And the first reactions from critics and journalists at the Cannes Film Festival where “The Lighthouse” just debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight section are saying that this black-and-white frightfest, built around seafaring lore, is a spectacular achievement.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian went so far as to say, “Robert Eggers’s gripping nightmare ‘The Lighthouse’ is the best thing [at Cannes] with sledgehammer performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, like Steptoe and Son in hell.”

Gregory Ellwood of The Playlist said,
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Japan’s Toei Animation Teams With Saudi’s Manga Productions on ‘The Journey’

In an industry-building effort for Saudi Arabia, new Saudi animation studio Manga Productions has teamed up with Japan’s Toei Animation on a $10 million to $15 million animation feature titled “The Journey,” an epic based on Saudi folklore to be directed by Shizuno Kobun, whose credits include “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle.”

Manga and Toei will collaborate on the pre-production and creation of story and the character design with Japanese and Saudi artists working together, they said in a joint statement.

The co-production stems from a pact between the two companies made in November 2017, one month before Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year ban on cinemas.

“‘The Journey’ is a milestone project for Manga,” said Manga Productions CEO Bukhary Essam, who is at Cannes with members of the Manga creative team.

“What we are doing here with ‘The Journey’ is representative of our larger role in creating an ecosystem throughout
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Clarence Tsui to head Chinese arthouse chain Broadway Cinematheque

Clarence Tsui has been appointed director of Broadway Cinematheque, the arthouse cinema chain of Hong Kong’s Edko Films, which has theatres in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen.

Clarence Tsui has been appointed director of Broadway Cinematheque, the arthouse cinema chain of Hong Kong’s Edko Films, which has theatres in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen.

He replaces Gary Mak who worked with Edko Films for nearly 20 years, but is moving to another role in the Hong Kong film industry to be announced shortly.

Tsui, who will start his new role in early July, is a film critic and curator,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Joan of Arc’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Joan of Arc’
You have to hand it to Bruno Dumont, France’s dark prince of dour auteurism: He never makes the same film twice, even when he does, to all intents and purposes, make the same film twice. Two years ago, he offered his own singular contribution to cinema’s well-stocked canon of Joan of Arc dramas: As a rare take on the peasant-turned-saint’s formative years, “Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc” would have stood out even if Dumont hadn’t set it to a heavy-metal song score, perhaps to compensate for the story’s lack of steely battle armor. Memorably bizarre but mostly bludgeoning, it left few but the most dedicated Dumont diehards begging for more — but he was never going to leave the story half-told, even if a sequel would inevitably have to cover far more familiar turf.

Enter the starkly titked “Joan of Arc,” which puts away
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Birds of Passage review – powerful Colombian drug trade saga

Following an indigenous family torn apart by a marijuana boom, this arresting Colombian film combines magical realism with the epic sweep of The Godfather

With the dreamy, haunting masterpiece Embrace of the Serpent, Colombian director Ciro Guerra secured his country’s first Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. It was an astonishing movie, inverting the colonial themes of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, presenting its mythical narrative from the perspective of the indigenous Amazonian tribespeople in the jungles of Vaupés.

Now, Guerra shares directorial credit with his long-time producer, Cristina Gallego, to tell a tale of “gangsters and spirits”, played out against the arresting backdrop of the La Guajira region of northern Colombia. Described by its creators as an investigation of “the great tragedy that would curse us forever; the great taboo that we are not allowed to discuss”, Birds of Passage revisits the birth of
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Rosie Day, Harriet Sanson Harris, Natalia Tena Set For Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s Thriller ‘Baby’ (Exclusive)

Rosie Day, Harriet Sanson Harris, Natalia Tena Set For Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s Thriller ‘Baby’ (Exclusive)
Cannes– Rosie Day (“Outlander”), Harriet Sanson Harris (“Phantom Thread”) and Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”) will star in Spaniard Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s psychological thriller “Baby,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The project will be pitched on May 19 at Fantastic 7, a new Cannes initiative seeing seven of the world’s most prestigious fantastic festivals back and mentor a genre project.

“Baby” is put forward by the Sitges Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, represented by Sitges deputy general manager Mónica Garcia Massagué, which has created Fantastic 7 with Cannes Film Market executive director Jérôme Paillard and Ventana Sur and Blood Window founder Bernardo Bergeret.

“Baby” follows a young upper-class woman junkie who, unable to care for the newly-born baby, sells it to a midwife-child trafficker. Overcome with remorse, she will try to recover it.

Javier Aguirresarobe, Dp on Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” and Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” will serve as cinematographer.
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Ruben Ostlund lines up all-English-language film 'Triangle Of Sadness'

The director of The Square will shoot the shipwreck comedy in 2020.

Ruben Östlund’s next feature Triangle Of Sadness is being lined up for a 2020 shoot and will be his first film fully in the English language. The $11m film. Ostlund’s biggest to date, will partially shoot in a studio in Trollhatten, Sweden as well as on location on an island and on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean.

It is described as a surrealist comedy set on a shipwrecked cruise ship. Ostlund’s and Erik Hemmendorff’s production company Plattform Produktion will produce and Hemmendorff revealed Ostlund has
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'The Wild Goose Lake' lands second on Screen's Cannes jury grid; Almodóvar holds lead

'The Wild Goose Lake' lands second on Screen's Cannes jury grid; Almodóvar holds lead
Eight of 21 titles have now taken their spots.

Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake is the latest title to take its place on the Screen Cannes 2019 jury grid, achieving a respectable 2.8 average with one score to come.

Diao’s Cannes Competition debut scored five threes (good) and three twos (average), with one four (excellent) from Positif’s Michel Ciment.

Hu Ge and Wan Qian co-star in the crime thriller about a gangster who crosses paths with a prostitute while seeking redemption on the run.

Final scores came in for Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe, taking it to a 2.3 average
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True Colours picks up hot projects 'The Nest', 'Disco' (exclusive)

True Colours picks up hot projects 'The Nest', 'Disco' (exclusive)
Projects are from emerging directors Roberto De Feo and Evi Romen.

Rome-based sales agent True Colours has picked up two hot projects from emerging directors: Roberto De Feo’s debut’s The Nest, a horror movie set in an isolated villa where a paraplegic boy lives with his protective parents.

It is produced by Colorado Film and will be released by Sky Italia’s Vision Distribution in Italy in August.

Disco is the directorial debut of former editor Evi Romen and is a drama about the aftermath of a terrorist attack and its impact of a group of disparate characters.
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Cynthia Beatt, Tilda Swinton Fiji-set project 'Heart Of Light' takes shape

Project gearing up to shoot next year in South Pacific island of Fiji.

Berlin-based director Cynthia Beatt’s long-gestated hybrid project Heart Of Light with Tilda Swinton, exploring questions of identity and belonging against the backdrop of the South Pacific island of Fiji, is gearing up to shoot next year.

“We’ve got some 65% of the finance together,” said producer Christoph Hahnheiser of Berlin-based Black Forest Film, who is co-producing alongside Vincent Wang at Paris-based House on Fire.

The pair who united on the project at Cannes last year have secured the backing of German broadcaster Zdf as well as
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Charles Dance boards sci-fi 'A Patriot' with Eva Green, Helen Hunt (exclusive)

Charles Dance boards sci-fi 'A Patriot' with Eva Green, Helen Hunt (exclusive)
Project headed for an August shoot.

Charles Dance has joined the cast of sci-fi A Patriot alongside Eva Green and Helen Hunt, with the project now heading for an August shoot.

Dan Pringle is attached to direct from an original screenplay he wrote. Adam J. Merrifield is producing through White Lantern Film, which he runs with Pringle.

John McDonnell and Brendan Mccarthy of Fantastic Films have joined the film as co-producers; their feature Vivarium premiered in Cannes Critics Week yesterday (May 18).

Executive producers are Damian Jones and John Giwa-Amu. The project is now in prep and is due to shoot
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Luca Guadagnino to decide on 'Call Me By Your Name' sequel after reading now-completed novel

Luca Guadagnino to decide on 'Call Me By Your Name' sequel after reading now-completed novel
Director is premiering his 37-minute The Staggering Girl in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight this year.

Director Luca Guadagnino has received an advance copy of Andre Aciman’s Find Me, the novelist’s follow-up to Call Me By Your Name on which Guadagnino’s award-winning film of the same name was based, and is planning to read it after Cannes - and decide whether to move forward with a sequel. It is published in October.

“I’ve been having conversations with Andre [about the film sequel] anyway but I’m curious to see what he came up with,” says Guadagnino

The Italian director is in Cannes
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Are Cannes red carpet premieres good value for money?

Are Cannes red carpet premieres good value for money?
Producers and PR supremos are divided when it comes to assessing the value of a red carpet.

Producers and PR supremos are divided when it comes to assessing the value of a red carpet - or blue carpet in Un Certain Regard - premiere in Cannes. Does a Croisette debut gives an arthouse or independent film a prominence it cannot get anywhere else?

“Any carpet that leads into the Palais is very good because it puts focus on your [independent] film,” said Oscar-winning UK producer Jeremy Thomas, who has Takeshi Miike’s First Love screening in Directors’ Fortnight. “You can breathe
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Screen's Arab Stars of Tomorrow moves to Cairo Film Festival for third edition

The showcase celebrates Arab talent and highlights rising actors and filmmakers from the region.

The third edition of Screen International’s talent-spotting initiative Arab Stars of Tomorrow will launch at this year’s Cairo International Film Festival (Ciff) which takes place November 20-29.

Arab Stars of Tomorrow celebrates Arab talent and highlight the hottest up-and-coming actors, writers and directors who are primed to make their mark in the international industry.

The first two editions spotlighted 10 emerging talents from the Mena region including Moroccan director Alaa Eddine Aljem, whose debut feature The Unknown Saint premiered in this year’s Cannes Critics
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Netflix falls for Thai horror romance 'Krasue: Inhuman Kiss' (exclusive)

The film became the third biggest Thai film this year so far when it was released in March.

Netflix has acquired worldwide Svod rights, excluding China, to Thai romantic horror hit Krasue: Inhuman Kiss from Thailand’s M Pictures.

Based on popular South East Asian folklore, a krasue is a half-human female ghost who lives a normal life like an ordinary woman during the daytime. But when night comes, her head will be detached from her body and float around looking for flesh and blood to consume.

Directed by Sittisiri Mongkolsiri and written by The Love of Siam’s director Chookiat Sakweerakul,
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Cannes Competition short 'Anna' set for feature treatment (exclusive)

Cannes Competition short 'Anna' set for feature treatment (exclusive)
Dcr Finance Corp backing feature project with director.

Dekel Berenson’s short film Anna, which is premiering in Competition at Cannes this year, is being developed into a feature by New York and La-based media fund Dcr Finance Corp.

The short, a Ukraine-uk-Israel co-production, follows an aging single mother living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine who is desperate for change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. Svetlana Alekseevna Barandich played Anna.

Berenson is in an advanced stage of writing the feature script and will also direct.
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