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Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire

Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire
Ed Catmull, a longtime leader at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has announced plans to retire.

Pixar president Jim Morris and Walt Disney Animation Studios president Andrew Millstein will continue in his place, as the 73-year-old transitions to an advisory role to end in summer 2019.

Morris and Millstein will report up to Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman and the Pixar-Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officers Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee. All roads lead to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.
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Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star

Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star
Filmmaker and actor Ethan Hawke, musician-actor Charlie Sexton and Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest festival, have announced the launch of SexHawkeBlack, a label based in Austin and an imprint of the Nashville-based music company Dualtone.

As their first artist, the founders have signed actor and musician Ben Dickey, who portrayed singer Blaze Foley in Blaze, the critically acclaimed, Hawke-directed biopic released earlier this year. Black served as an executive producer on the film and Sexton appeared as another Texas music legend, Townes Van Zandt.
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David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’

David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’
David Tennant is joining Emily Watson in the psychological thriller Quicksand.

The film, due to shoot in April on the Greek island of Crete, re-teams the British actors, who starred as a couple in 2013’s "The Politician’s Husband," a three-episode British miniseries.

Quicksand follows a British couple living out their dream in the Mediterranean. But their paradise comes to an abrupt end when their visiting son is tragically murdered by a local youth. The husband is offered a chance at revenge by a dangerous stranger who won’t take no for an answer, but the price of revenge is one more murder.
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Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)

Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)
The big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran's best-selling book How to Build a Girl has added double Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Bridesmaids and Juliet, Naked star Chris O'Dowd to its cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Thompson and O'Dowd join the film's already announced lineup, including Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) in the lead and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Paddy Considine (The Death of Stalin) and Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones' Baby).

The comedic coming-of-age story comes from U.K. producer Monumental Pictures, which optioned Moran's semi-autobiographical 2014 book and developed the project with Film4. Coky Giedroyc (The ...
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot
Sony is moving its “Charlie’s Angels” reboot back five weeks to Nov. 1, 2019, to fill the slot vacated by “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Sony made the announcement Monday night, a few hours after Warner Bros. decided it would move Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” to June 6, 2020, with the explanation that the original “Wonder Woman” opened at the same time last year.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will portray the film’s three Angels working for a detective agency. Elizabeth Banks is directing and starring as their unseen boss, Bosley. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will play the other two Bosleys. Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board for undisclosed roles in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Filming started in September. Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner, along with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot Being Explored by Disney With ‘Deadpool’ Writers

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot Being Explored by Disney With ‘Deadpool’ Writers
Disney is exploring a sixth iteration of its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and has met with the Deadpool writing team of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick about the pic, a source tells Variety.

Disney has no comment and no deal is in place yet. The five previous Pirates movies hauled $1.5 billion domestically and $3.07 billion internationally, with the North American market representing a progressively smaller share. The domestic total for 2017’s “Dead Men Tell No Tales” hit $172 million, while foreign markets delivered $622 million.
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Film News Roundup: Sony Moves ‘Grudge’ Reboot Up Two Months

In today’s film news roundup, Sony moves “Grudge” into the “Toy Story 4” slot, “Who Will Write Our History” gets distribution and 60 companies from 15 countries will be making their Afm debut as market exhibitors.

Release Date

Sony Pictures has moved “Grudge,” its reboot of the 2004 supernatural thriller “The Grudge,” forward to June 21 from Aug. 16.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. The 2004 film was a remake of the 2002 Japanese film “Jun-On: The Grudge,” which centers on a curse created when someone dies in rage or sorrow.

Grudge” is directed by Nicolas Pesce for Ghost House and Good Universe. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House with Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman executive producing for Good Universe alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Middleton, and Andrew Pfeffer.

Grudge” becomes the second title dated for June 21, joining Pixar-Disney’s “Toy Story 4.
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Superhero Bits: Leaked ‘Avengers 4’ Photo May Confirm [Spoiler], Daredevil Season 4 Seems Likely & More

Superhero Bits: Leaked ‘Avengers 4’ Photo May Confirm [Spoiler], Daredevil Season 4 Seems Likely & More
Want to make your own Venom mask out of Flex Tape and Flex Seal? What are the chances of Daredevil getting a fourth season? When does the Ant-Man attraction open in Hong Kong Disneyland? Which McU character may see action again in Avengers 4 according to a leaked set photo and toyline preview? Could Nick […]

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Dolly Parton and Actress Danielle Macdonald Dish on ‘Dumplin” at Special Screening

Dolly Parton and Actress Danielle Macdonald Dish on ‘Dumplin” at Special Screening
Dolly Parton has livened up the Oscar trail this year with her new song “Girl in the Movies,” from the Netflix movie “Dumplin.'” Following a live performance of the song for a select industry crowd (mostly journalists and Golden Globes voters) at the Four Seasons on Monday, the recording icon stopped by a screening of the film with “Dumplin'” star Danielle Macdonald to field questions from the audience.

When told the crowd was primarily Screen Actors Guild Awards voters, Parton gestured to her trademark curves and quipped, “I took care of all my saggin’!”

Parton has previously been Oscar-nominated for “Nine to Five,” from the 1980 song of the same name, and “Travelin’ Thru,” from 2005’s “Transamerica.” This year, the original song race is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, with Warner Bros. submitting three Lady Gaga songs from “A Star is Born,” Kendrick Lamar in the mix with
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Daily Podcast: Elm Street, Friday the 13th, MoviePass, Luke Cage, Indiana Jones, House of Cards, & Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Daily Podcast: Elm Street, Friday the 13th, MoviePass, Luke Cage, Indiana Jones, House of Cards, & Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
On the October 23 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including: Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, MoviePass, Luke Cage, Indiana Jones at Disney World, House of Cards, and Guillermo del Toro’s […]

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Seville International launching Afm sales on 'Advantages Of Traveling By Train'

Spanish shorts director Aritz Moreno makes feature debut on mystery.

Seville International is launching sales at the Afm next week on the Spanish-language film Advantages Of Traveling By Train.

Morena Films is producing the feature and is ramping up for a production start in December and will shoot mostly in San Sebastián, Spain, with select scenes being shot in Paris, France.

Award-winning shorts director Aritz Moreno makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Enemy screenwriter Javier Gullón based on the novel by Antonio Orejudo. Advantages Of Traveling By Train follows a young editor who takes her seat on
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Why the Weekend Before Halloween Is a Dead Zone for Movies

As usual, the weekend before Halloween is looking a lot like a graveyard when it comes to major movie releases. Though film releases aren’t crammed into just a few busy periods, as they were a few years ago, studios still strive to avoid the dead weekends on the calendar.

In the case of the pre-Halloween period, moviegoers are preoccupied with the coming holiday, and many parties are scheduled on weekends even when the holiday falls during the week. Plus, the surfeit of horror movies earlier in the month typically play through Halloween for those still looking for chills.

Labor Day weekend is an even worse period for the movie business, with family cookouts and back-to-school prep taking over moviegoers’ attention after the early and midsummer rush of blockbusters peter out.

Though the North American box office is currently leading last year by nearly 10%, this weekend’s openings are a
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‘The Tribe’ Director to Helm ‘Tiger’ For Focus (Exclusive)

‘The Tribe’ Director to Helm ‘Tiger’ For Focus (Exclusive)
Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi has come on to direct “Tiger” for Focus, sources tell Variety.

Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa and Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B are producing.

The pic, based on the 2010 non-fiction book by John Vaillant, takes place on the Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat — and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger. It is a fight that only one of them can win.

Focus acquired the book in 2010 and at one point the project was eyed as a potential acting vehicle for Pitt and directing job for Aronofsky. In the end the two have decided to stay on as producers and allow Slaboshpystskyi step in to direct.

The film had been in development limbo, but a recent presentation got the studio and
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‘Night of the Comet’ Remake Coming From ‘Southbound’ Director Roxanne Benjamin

‘Night of the Comet’ Remake Coming From ‘Southbound’ Director Roxanne Benjamin
Roxanne Benjamin, one of the directors of the indie horror anthology movie Southbound and the filmmaker behind the upcoming Body at Brighton Rock, is set to direct a Night of the Comet remake for Orion Pictures. Watch the trailer for the original 1984 version and see some examples of Benjamin’s previous work below. 1984’s Night of […]

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Movie Talk: ‘Joker’ Movie Casts Its Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, and Jeff Sneider discuss the following: Deadline is reporting that Disney is exploring a reboot of their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with the writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Comicbook.com is reporting that the Joker movie has cast Dante Pereira-Olson as its Bruce Wayne and Douglas Hodge as its Alfred Pennyworth. Warner Bros. moves Terminator 6 to a November 1, 2019 release date that puts it in direct competition with Sony's Charlie’s Angels reboot. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is in …
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Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull to retire

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull to retire
Computer animation pioneer was hired by George Lucas in 1979.

Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will retire next year.

Catmull announced the move on Tuesday (23) and will step down from his current role at The Walt Disney Company at end of 2018 and remain an employee in an advisory role through July 2019.

Following Catmull’s retirement, Pixar president Jim Morris and Walt Disney Animation Studios president Andrew Millstein will continue to oversee operations of their respective studios, reporting to Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman.

Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation
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‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Dead Alive’ 4K Releases Coming From Peter Jackson

‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Dead Alive’ 4K Releases Coming From Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson may be more well-known now for his epic Lord of the Rings films, but he started his career creating ultra-gory schlock horror. Films like Dead Alive and Bad Taste, loaded with bloody practical effects and a wicked sense of humor. As of now, the only versions of these films available to the general public are not […]

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Tiffcom: Hot Japanese Titles at the Tokyo Film Market

The Tiffcom market, a sales event adjacent to the Tokyo International Film Festival, always includes the latest film launches from Japan. This year the selection is especially varied and rich. Arranged by sales company, highlights include:

Kadokawa

“Chiwawa”

Scripted and directed by Ken Ninomiya, this mystery about a 20-year-old Instagram star who ends up dead in Tokyo Bay, is based on a popular comic. It features a cast that includes the internationally known Chiaki Kuriyama (“Kill Bill”) and Tadanobu Asano (“The Third Murder”).

“Hard-Core”

Festival favorite, Nobuhiro Yamashita has adapted a cult hit comic about a pair of misfits who are inseparable friends. They encounter a retro-looking robot with astonishing powers, and together embark on a bizarre hunt for long-buried treasure.

“The Antique: Secret of the Old Books”

Yukiko Mishima, director of the acclaimed 2017 drama “Dear Etranger,” has returned with a literary mystery, based on En Mikami’s best-selling novel.
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Is Netflix Targeting Users By Race?

There’s something funny happening with your Netflix thumbnails. The streaming giant has perfected a recommendations algorithm that keeps its subscribers happy, or so they probably thought. Their latest innovation — which seemingly sees Netflix targeting users by race and gender — may be doing more harm than good. If you’ve scrolled through your Netflix homepage […]

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Shochiku Unveils Fantasy Sequel ‘Tokyo Ghoul 2’

“Tokyo Ghoul 2,” the sequel to the hit 2017 Kentaro Hagiwara dark action fantasy, started production this month, distributor Shochiku revealed. The film is set for release next year with Shochiku distributing.

Masataka Kubota stars as a college student Kaneki who becomes a “half ghoul” after being bitten by one of the flesh-eating creatures. He lives uneasily in the ghoul world, while trying to cling to his remaining humanity.

He is joined by new main cast members Shota Matsuda (“Dias Police”), who plays a sketchy ghoul, called Gourmet, and Maika Yamamoto (“Assassination Classroom”), who plays a server at a ghoul café and becomes a fighting ally.

Based on a hit comic by Sui Ichida that has sold 27 million copies worldwide in paperback edition, “Tokyo Ghoul” and its sequel are set in an alternative world where ghouls – entities who look like humans but survive on human flesh – live in hiding. Meanwhile hunters in
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