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Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album

Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album
Luca Guadagnino’s next project is inspired by one of Bob Dylan’s most iconic albums.

The “Suspiria” director is attached to direct a film based on Dylan’s 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” “The Fisher King” scribe Richard Lagravenese will write the screenplay, individuals with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

The film is based on an idea by Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino, reteaming with him after previously producing “Call Me By Your Name.” Rt’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito.

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The film will revolve around some of the central themes of Dylan’s album, which included “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Shelter from the Storm.”

“Bringing this project to life is a dream to me,
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Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’
Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms.

Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. The film is currently in production in Toronto.

“’My Spy’s the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing the project alongside Mwm Studios, Bautista,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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Sequel Bits: ‘Tintin’, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ‘Bumblebee’, ‘The Croods’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Enchanted’, ‘Top Gun’

Sequel Bits: ‘Tintin’, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ‘Bumblebee’, ‘The Croods’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Enchanted’, ‘Top Gun’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Peter Jackson gives a potential Tintin sequel update. Ralph Breaks the Internet features some internet stars, plus: check out early story notes Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson talks about crafting a Transfomers movie for a wide audience. The Croods 2 is still happening, and Peter Dinklage has joined the cast. Karl Urban would […]

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Watch Now: 2018 East Oregon Film Festival’s Online Selections

With the East Oregon Film Festival underway this weekend in La Grande, Oregon, Filmmaker is happy to once again host the festival’s online selections. Starting now until October 21, you can stream a very strong and diverse selection of works exclusively at Filmmaker. Check out the rest of the lineup at Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and keep up via social @eofilmfest and #EOFF2018. Brazuca (dir. Faidon Gkretsikos) 2017, Greece, 19:07, Fiction During the summer World Cup, 11-year old Boyko will do anything to obtain ‘Brazuca’—the Official World Cup ball, in order to prevent his friends from using him only as […]
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Istanbul Independent Film Festival directors forced to step down

The event now faces an uncertain future.

The Istanbul Independent Film Festival, known as !f Istanbul, is facing an uncertain future as its two founding directors have not had their contracts renewed for 2019.

Serra Ciliv and Pelin Turgut have been informed they are not being retained by Cgv Mars Entertainment Group, the company that owns the festival’s legal title. Ciliv and Turgut founded the festival in 2001.

Cj Cgv is the Korean cinema chain that acquired Turkey’s largest theatre chain, Mars Entertainment, for a reported $800m in 2016. Mars inherited the festival brand from predecessor Afm after the two chains
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The Hate U Give review – a defiant challenge to divided America

Amandla Stenberg stars as a young black student whose double life navigating America’s racial politics is brutally questioned

If ever a movie resonated with a news image it’s this one, with the extraordinary shot of nurse Ieshia Evans at a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016, facing down three cops who were wearing full riot gear – as opposed to her flimsy frock – and she was doing this with all the floaty calmness of Botticelli’s Venus. The Hate U Give is a fierce, dynamic movie with a terrific performance from Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a high-school student who becomes witness to a callous cop shooting, and her performance seems to be channelling some of the defiance and miraculous strength despite vulnerability in that famous picture.

The movie has been written for the screen by the late Audrey Wells, who died of cancer two weeks ago, adapted by her
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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Honest Trailer: Marvel’s Cutest Hero Not Named Chris is Back

Hey, remember Ant-Man and the Wasp? It’s hard to believe, but Marvel Studios had three movies hit theaters this year, but because the Ant-Man sequel wasn’t as successful or Earth-shattering as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, it barely made a dent in the minds of fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That doesn’t mean […]

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The Morning Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Sully’ Musical, Jeff Bridges Career Breakdown & More

The Morning Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Sully’ Musical, Jeff Bridges Career Breakdown & 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, Jeff Bridges breaks down his extensive career on […]

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Desiree Akhavan, ​Issa Rae join inclusion debate at Mipcom: "diversity requires a monetary risk"

Desiree Akhavan, ​Issa Rae join inclusion debate at Mipcom:
‘Cameron Post’ director joins Issa Rae, TV execs at Mipcom to focus on diversity and inclusion.

Issa Rae, creator, producer and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and The Bisexual director and actress Desiree Akhavan were among those participating in a focus on diversity and inclusion at Mipcom this year.

Akhavan, whose new show The Bisexual launched on the UK’s Channel 4 last week (Oct 10), ahead of a November debut on Hulu, joined a panel on Wednesday exploring how raising levels of diversity and inclusion in the TV business starts at the development stage.

She explained how her
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‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard Enter a Steamy Post-War Affair

‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard Enter a Steamy Post-War Affair
Only a week has passed since the last Keira Knightley period piece, and already another one is on its way. At this point, you’d expect the Colette star to have her hair in permanent early 20th century curls, with a corset at the ready in her closet. But she’ll only be needing the former in The Aftermath, […]

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Voyageuse review – touching tour of a family and its secrets

May Miles Thomas delivers one of the year’s most enjoyable documentaries with a vivid portrait of her passionate, embattled mother-in-law

May Miles Thomas is an intelligent and valuable film-making presence, and her new film is an engrossing cine-memoir of her mother-in-law. This is one of the most enjoyable documentaries of the year, and the fact that no distributor or UK festival has yet picked it up is baffling.

It is a deeply engaging kind of personal cinema, or essay cinema, or autobiographical cinema, touching on notions of family and secrecy, beautifully filmed and composed, mixing contemporary location shots with a trove of home movies and photographs. The original music by Euan Stevenson is excellent, and there is a wonderful narrative voiceover from Sîan Griffiths, who portrays Thomas’s heroine, Erica Eisner, using the vast archive of her letters and diaries.
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Altitude boards Julian Jarrold's UK drama 'Sulphur And White' (exclusive)

Altitude boards Julian Jarrold's UK drama 'Sulphur And White' (exclusive)
The film stars Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

Altitude Film Sales has taken international rights to Julian Jarrold’s Sulphur And White, starring Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

The film is based on the true story of City trader and mountaineer David Tait, a man whose professional success masks a series of traumatic secrets.

Mike Elliott of London and Manchester-based Emu Films has produced the film with Alan Govinden of Amg International Films. It is written by Susie Farrell, whose credits include Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, also for Emu. Sulphur And White
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John Hannah, Bai Ling board UK martial arts project '14 Fists' (exclusive)

The film is being directed by Ascendant FilmsBart Ruspoli.

John Hannah and Bai Ling have joined the cast of Bart Ruspoli’s martial arts project 14 Fists. Ruspoli has also written the film which is being produced by his London-based Ascendant Films.

14 Fists is about a Chinese family living on a British council estate who are terrorised by a local gang until they take in a mysterious drifter.

Ascendant co-founder Freddie Hutton-Mills is producing, with financing through Ascendant Releasing, a division of Ascendant Films.

14 Fists stars Jean-Paul Ly, whose credits include Cambodian martial arts film Jailbreak, which won the Guru
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Touch Me Not review – body image quest ends in Euro-hardcore

The Berlin Golden Bear winner determinedly conflates honesty with exhibitionism, so the sex club is its characters’ inevitable destination

This feature debut from Romanian film-maker Adina Pintilie is an essay about sexuality and body image; it has its admirers and it was the winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin film festival, something that at the time plunged me into a depression. I was not one of the admirers.

Maybe I should have noted that the film is certainly offered in complete good faith, the production values are strong and it certainly does look different to almost anything else around. But revisiting this film for its UK release hasn’t fundamentally changed my mind; I continue to be dismayed by what I think is its gruellingly exploitative Euro-hardcore and its shallow, self-satisfied and wrong-headed conflation of honesty with sexual exhibitionism. It is about the personal and emotional journeys undertaken by quasi-fictional personae,
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Mayor of London and industry heavyweights back film and TV jobs scheme

Working Title, Studiocanal, Film4, Sony Pictures, ITV and Pathe supporting Equal Access Network.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and industry heavyweights including Working Title, Studiocanal and Film4 have backed a Film London scheme to improve diversity in the capital’s screen sector.

The Mayor of London has pledged £50,000 to the Equal Access Network, launched in January, ahead of the annual Mayor’s Gala at the BFI London Film Festival this Saturday (October 20).

The initiative aims to help Londoners, including those from under-represented communities, into paid below-the-line roles in film and TV. The new investment will go towards getting 180 people
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Germany Expands Rebate System for VFX Sector

Germany’s VFX sector is celebrating newly revamped guidelines of the country’s main subsidy program, which make it possible for big-budget animated and visual effects-heavy projects to secure rebates as high as 45% when they meet new minimum spend requirements.

The new rules do away with requirements that films have to be physically shot in-country to qualify for the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) rebate incentive program. The two-tier Dfff system includes a funding pool, known as Dfff II, that is specifically aimed at international co-productions and big-budget domestic films.

Germany’s muscular VFX industry has for years lobbied for inclusion in the program, which until now has focused on production companies and physical on-location shoots. Instead of being linked to physical shoots, the new regulations require a simple €2 million ($2.3 million) spend in order to qualify for the Dfff II’s 25% rebate.

German regional funders Fff Bayern and Mfg Baden-Württemberg
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Mid90s review – Jonah Hill's directorial debut is stylish but empty

Snappy direction and a heady sense of nostalgia can’t hide a frustratingly flat coming-of-age tale that shows an actor struggling to find anything of interest to say

Actor Jonah Hill, he of raucous comedies from the House of Apatow, but also outstanding, Oscar-nominated supporting roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, has cashed in his Hollywood clout chips and directed his first film, based on an original script. It is a frustrating one. There are scenes that snap together nicely with some sharp and nuanced observations. But the film is saddled with uninteresting surface-level characters. There’s a phoniness exuding from the entire project, made all the more discouraging since the plot-light, shaggy dog story is trying to feel so real.

Related: A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor turned director debuts
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Orphée review – Cocteau's classic never looks back

Jean Marais’ journey through the underworld gains new strangeness and rapture in this restoration of Jean Cocteau’s 1950 Orpheus myth

Jean Cocteau’s Orphée from 1950 is now re-released nationally, as part of the BFI Southbank season: Fantastique: The Dream Worlds of French Cinema. It has the mystery and elasticity of a dream, and all the farcical comic horror of chancing across the intricate contents of the Blessed Virgin’s lingerie collection. Cocteau’s reworking of the Orpheus myth includes new layers of strangeness and rapture. The setting would appear to be the present: that is, postwar France; Orphée (Jean Marais) is a celebrated poet – sufficiently celebrated, in fact, to be at one stage surrounded by excitable young autograph hunters that might otherwise be entranced by the burgeoning pop culture. Orphée witnesses a noted younger poet being killed by a couple of bikers after a brawl: this is Cégeste (Edouard Dermithe
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