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Disney Deal Leaves X-Men Franchise In Flux, Other Fox Properties Being Looked At “Carefully”

With the Disney/Fox deal in the books, it’s just up to regulators now to give it the final stamp of approval, and it means a sea change in Hollywood. The mouse house now has a plethora of major league properties under their roof. For a studio that carefully manages a small, generally single digit amount of movie releases per year, it means that there are going to be some hard decisions about what projects move forward, and which get canned.

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‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer: Peter Jackson Goes Steampunk

This weekend, not only were ticket holders for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” among the first to experience the latest chapter in the saga, they were treated to the trailer for “Mortal Engines” before it landed online. Well, for the rest of us, it has arrived for our eyeballs and it’s certainly….ambitious….

Produced by Peter Jackson, and helmed by first-timer Christian Rivers (who has over two decades of work in the biz, mostly working with Jackson as a storyboard artist, in addition to shooting action sequences for “The Hobbit” films), the movie is an adaptation of the novel by Philip Reeve, the first in the four book steampunk series.

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Berlin Film Festival 2018: Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot Join Early Competition Lineup

Berlin Film Festival 2018: Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot Join Early Competition Lineup
The Berlin Film Festival has announced the first group of films slated to compete for the Golden Bear, the festival’s top prize, including new titles from Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot. Heading to Berlinale after its Sundance premiere is Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” a biopic about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara. Jacquot, best known for 2012’s “Farewell, My Queen,” will premiere his remake of the the 1962 Jeanne Moreau vehicle “Eva,” starring Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel. The previously announced opening night film is Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” which will also play in competition.

Read More:Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Open 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Two Berlinale Special Galas have also been unveiled: Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” and Lars Kraume’s “Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer.” The 2018 Berlin International Film
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‘Mortal Engines’ First Trailer: Peter Jackson Introduces You to a Steampunk Dystopian Future

‘Mortal Engines’ First Trailer: Peter Jackson Introduces You to a Steampunk Dystopian Future
Moviegoers who saw “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” this weekend got to see the first official look at the upcoming “Mortal Engines” adaptation,” and now Universal Pictures has made the first trailer available online for the world to see. The film is an adaptation of the Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name and is produced by Peter Jackson, who also co-wrote the film with his “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” team Fran Walsh and Philippa Boynes.

Mortal Engines” is set a steampunk dystopian future where the last of the major cities exist on humungous mobile vehicles that eat up the smaller towns and use them for precious resources. Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, and Stephen Lang star.

The film is directed by Christian Rivers, who has had a longstanding relationship with Jackson as both his visual effects supervisor and his storyboard artist on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy,
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Close-Up on Alain Gomis' "Félicité"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Alain Gomis's Félicité (2017) is exclusively playing December 9, 2017 - January 8, 2018 on Mubi in the United Kingdom. It has become something of a bitter joke to speak of “strong women” in film. Not because cinema has suddenly become flooded with portraits of a wide variety of women and we need not point out the lack of such roles anymore, but because the idea is so basic it’s almost dehumanizing to ask for. The underlying plea is: write a character that’s complex, contains multitudes, has or fights for their agency. Write a human, please. The idea also has become simplistically defined, where “strong” is reduced to physical strength or the ability to bear endless suffering. In this way, strong becomes defined by a status quo “masculine” norm: the formula enshrined since the likes of Odysseus, the epic hero getting it done on their own.
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Berlinale 2018. Lineup

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Daughter of MineThe titles for the 68th Berlin International Film Festival are being announced in anticipation of the event running February 15 - 25, 2018. We will update the program as new films are revealed.COMPETITIONDon't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant)Dovlatov (Alexey German, Jr.)Eva (Benoît Jacquot)Daughter of Mine (Laura Bispuri)In the Aisles (Thomas Stuber)Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot (Philip Gröning)Mug (Małgorzata Szumowska)Berlinale Special GALAThe Bookshop (Isabel Coixet)The Silent Revolution (Lars Kraume)Panoramal'Animale (Katharina Mückstein, Austria)Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) (Claudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman, Brazil)Ex Pajé (Ex Shaman) (Luiz Bolognesi, Brazil)Malambo, el hombre bueno (Malambo, the Good Man) (Santiago Loza, Argentina)Obscuro Barroco (Evangelia Kranioti, France/Greece)La omisión (The Omission) (Sebastián Schjaer, Argentina/The Netherlands/Switzerland)Profile (Timur Bekmambetov, USA/UK/Cyprus)River's Edge (Isao Yukisada, Japan)That Summer (Göran Hugo Olsson, Sweden/Denmark/USA)Yocho (Foreboding) (Kiyoshi Kurosawa,
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Disney Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Against Fan Backlash: ‘It’s Got People Talking’

Disney Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Against Fan Backlash: ‘It’s Got People Talking’
One of the biggest headlines to emerge in the wake of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opening in theaters has been the polarizing fan response to the Rian Johnson-directed sequel. Despite an “A” CinemaScore, “The Last Jedi” has riled certain fans on Reddit and social media, and many people have noticed the 56% Rotten Tomatoes user grade after over 100,000 ratings. For whatever reason, the mystery of “The Last Jedi” backlash continues to grow, so much so that Disney has felt compelled to defend it.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally ‘Star Wars’ yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new,” Disney president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis told Deadline in response to the backlash. “That makes this a ‘Star Wars’ film
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Anna Kendrick Says ‘Pitch Perfect’ Cast Was Told To “Show More Skin”

As the #metoo campaign continues to dismantle and expose sexism, harassment, and assault in Hollywood, it’s important to remember this behavior is entrenched in the system. Change is coming, but it’s likely going to take a long time to truly turn itself around. That fact becomes particularly underlined when you hear that a franchise as innocuous as “Pitch Perfect” has seen executives trying to get its female cast members to reveal more of themselves.

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Interactive Video in a Gallery Experience: Lisa Truitt on National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

For years the space at 226 West 44th Street in Manhattan was known as Discovery Times Square; it served as a tourist-oriented gallery space that housed temporary exhibits that alternated between artifacts like the Dead Sea Scrolls or Chinese terracotta warriors and contemporary pop—and film—culture like The Avengers, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. By and large these relied on physical items and held little relevance to those interested in film and video. On October 6, however, the space reopened as National Geographic Encounter, and the first exhibit there, Ocean Odyssey, relies entirely on interactive video, motion-tracking gaming technology, 3D animation and intricate […]
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Disney Responds To Low ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Audience Scores

Launching with the second biggest box office opening of all time, and riding a wave of positive reviews, everything should be golden for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” However, most of the conversation continues to center around the film’s low audience scores: 5 on Metacritic, IMDb’s 7.9 out of 10 rating, and Rotten Tomatoes’ Audience Score of 56%.

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Scoring Lower With Audiences On Rotten Tomatoes

It’s hard to believe that the cinematic art form, which has been around for over one hundred years, is now reduced to studios having to respond to nerds who have nothing better to do than troll blockbusters on aggregate sites.

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Joseph Kahn Shares Epic ‘Justice League Dark’ Concept Art, Starring Dan Stevens and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Joseph Kahn Shares Epic ‘Justice League Dark’ Concept Art, Starring Dan Stevens and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Justice League” was not the superhero tentpole Warner Bros. was hoping for when it decided to bring the most iconic DC superheroes together on the big screen. With just around $220 million at the box office, the movie will end up as the lowest domestic grosser in the Dceu thus far. What “Justice League’s” disappointment means for the future of DC and Warner Bros. remains unclear, but one project that will probably continue to elude the big screen is “Justice League Dark.”

Read More:‘Justice LeagueBox Office Bomb: Warner Bros. Could Lose Up to $100 Million on Superhero Tentpole

The alternative superhero team features magical and supernatural heroes likes Constantine and Zatanna, and a film version of the popular comics storyline has been in development for years. Directors such as Doug Liman and Guillermo del Toro have been attached to the project at various points of development, and currently Gerard Johnstone
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‘Star Wars, Episode IX’: 8 Huge Questions J.J. Abrams’ Film Will Have to Answer After the Events of ‘The Last Jedi’

‘Star Wars, Episode IX’: 8 Huge Questions J.J. Abrams’ Film Will Have to Answer After the Events of ‘The Last Jedi’
As the latest chapter in the ever-expanding “Star Wars” universe, Rian Johnson’s blockbuster hit “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” flipped the script on more than a few favored fan theories, pushing the newest trilogy even further into fresh territory and unanswered questions. When “The Force Awakens” director J. J. Abrams returns to direct the latest film in the series, he’ll be expected to contend with some major shifts to characters and storylines.

What’s next for “Star Wars”? At this point, just about anything.

Read More:The 5 Biggest Spoilers in ‘The Last Jedi’ and What they Mean for the Future of ‘Star Wars

Still, there are a number of loose threads – perhaps the appropriate amount considering the trilogy style of these films – that Abrams will have to tie up during the course of his still-untitled “Episode IX.” From the fate of beloved characters to lingering mysteries and everything in between,
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‘mother!’ Sweepstakes: Enter to Win a Copy of 2017’s Most Audacious Film

‘mother!’ Sweepstakes: Enter to Win a Copy of 2017’s Most Audacious Film
As 2017 comes to a close, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” remains one of the year’s most talked about films. While Aronofsky remained tight-lipped about the film’s plot prior to release, the film’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, admitted that she went to a dark place for the film and had hyperventilated so much during filming that she dislocated a rib. Upon release, it became easy to see why, as “mother!” pulls no punches, and remains one of 2017’s most shocking and daring pieces of cinema.

On December 19, “mother!” is coming to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs, which includes over 35 minutes of bonus content, which highlight the film’s incredible special effects makeup and feature Aronofsky and cast discussing the film’s production and its shocking finale.

Read More:‘mother!’ Review: Darren Aronofsky’s Audacious and Rich Cinematic Allegory Is His Most Daring Film Yet

To celebrate
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Berlin Film Festival Adds Gus Van Sant’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ & More

We’re all just trying to make it to Christmas in one piece, but Hollywood is going to maximize the week before the winter break with as much prep for next year as possible. That means some new additions to the Berlin International Film Festival.

Organizers have unveiled the first wave of Competition titles, and leading the pack is Gus Van Sant‘s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot.” His biopic of famed illustrator John Callahan, who was paralyzed at the age of 21, and turned to cartooning, and his acclaimed work published in the New Yorker, Playboy, and Penthouse will first debut at Sundance before crossing the ocean.

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Terry Crews Accuses Wme of Hacking His Computer and Spying on Family Amid Sexual Assault Case

Terry Crews is accusing talent agency William Morris Endeavor (Wme) of hacking into his computer and spying on his family following a sexual assault allegation the actor made against Wme’s former Motion Picture Department head Adam Venit. Crews took to Twitter to claim that he believes his family is being “tracked” and “possibly bugged” by the talent agency.

Read More:Terry Crews Suing Agent Adam Venit For Sexual Assault

“Someone hacked into the computer my son and I built together,” Crews said. “I have to shut it down and replace the hard drive. Lapd task force detectives let me know these people don’t play fair. There are a lot of secrets to protect, and they will do anything to keep them. The town is compromised. But me, and my team, are not.”

Crews also mentioned that Wme allegedly asked Russell Simmons to pressure him into dropping his case against Wme.
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Explore The Similarities Of ‘Logan’ & ‘Children Of Men’

In comparing “Logan” and “Children of Men,” analysis deviates from the plot and performances to a deeper, more intrinsic understanding of what both films are saying and how they say it. With similar main character story arcs, James Mangold and Alfonso Cuarón’s films bear striking similarities in how their scripts lead to the culmination of a moral and spiritual journey.

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David Lynch Reacts to Hollywood Sexual Harassment By Evoking the Golden Rule

David Lynch Reacts to Hollywood Sexual Harassment By Evoking the Golden Rule
David Lynch recently visited the Ukraine capital of Kiev for the launch of his new charity organization, the David Lynch Foundation in Eastern Europe, and reporters attending the event couldn’t help but ask the lauded director about Hollywood’s sexual harassment and abuse issue.

Read More:David Lynch Finally Shares His Thoughts on the ‘Twin Peaks’ Finale, Confirms Season 4 is Possible

“Sexual harassment is the new topic of the day. Harvey Weinstein started this thing and it’s like an avalanche,” Lynch told the press. “Now everybody and his little brother are talking about sexual harassment.”

Lynch then evoked the golden rule for a simple solution of how to end harassment: Treat others the way you want to be treated. The director noted that we are judged by how we treat our fellow man, and learning how to treat others starts with deciding how you want to be treated yourself.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Mark Hamill Discusses Major Luke Skywalker Spoilers

Spoilers If you have not seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” do not read this piece with Mark Hamill discussing some of the major events of the movie. Repeat, if you have not seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” turn around right now and come back when you’ve seen the movie, got it? Yes? For real? For sure? Great. Here we go. Spoilers

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has The 2nd Biggest Box Office Opening Of All Time

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is bold, risk-taking and sometimes pushes “Star Wars” fans outside their comfort zone.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say

‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” lived up to its very high expectations with a domestic weekend gross of $220 million. Foreign territories (with China not yet opened) added another $450 million to the total so far — a strong number, to state the obvious, at anytime, even more so for the pre-Christmas date.

This is a decided improvement over last year’s franchise sidebar “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which opened to $157 million, and only 15 percent below what “The Force Awakens” did two years ago. The return of the series opened to almost unprecedented interest and demand.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

This number is a terrific performance for a franchise now providing annual entries, with normal attrition usually meaning to lower grosses. “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second of the “Star Wars” series, opened in an
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Mark Hamill Had A Secret Second Role in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ You Definitely Missed

Mark Hamill Had A Secret Second Role in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ You Definitely Missed
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Last Jedi” follow.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” features recognizable cameos from Justin Theroux and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” director Gareth Edwards, among others, but one cameo you definitely missed was from none other than Mark Hamill. The actor was front and center in “The Last Jedi” reprising his role as Luke Skywalker, but that wasn’t the only starring role he had in the Rian Johnson-directed sequel.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on Directing the Franchise’s Most Emotional Reunion

Hamill reveals to Entertainment Weekly that he had a top-secret second role in “The Last Jedi,” one that he isn’t willing to disclose just yet. What we do know is that the character is named Dobbu Scay (an anagram for editor Bob Duscay) and appears during the Canto Bight section of the film. Hamill can’t be seen but can be heard voicing the character.
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