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Dora the Explorer Movie in the Works With Michael Bay Producing

8 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Dora is setting a course for New York City — and this time, she’s going to need a much bigger backpack.

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A live-action, feature-length film based on the Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer is in the works at Paramount Players, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will follow teenage Dora as she moves to the Big Apple to live with her cousin Diego, the titular character in the Dora spinoff Go, Diego, Go!

Though Dora was originally introduced as an eight-year-old girl in 2000, she was »


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Marvel Honcho Kevin Feige Hints ‘Captain Marvel’ Will Lead to Fourth ‘Avengers’ Film

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige has offered hints long suspected in fanboy circles, suggesting the upcoming “Captain Marvel” will lead into a fourth “Avengers” film. In an interview with Indie Wire, Feige discussed the plan moving forward after the fourth “Avengers” film and how the Captain Marvel film will play a big role in bringing the current story to a close. “We’re really focusing on ‘Captain Marvel’ and the work that Anna and Ryan are doing,” said the Marvel honcho. “It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Uber Sexual Harassment Movie in the Works With Susan Fowler

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Good Universe is teaming up with Susan Fowler, who exposed Uber’s sexual harassment problems, for a movie about her experience at the company.

Fowler disclosed the ride-share company’s problems in a Feb. 19 blog post titled “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber.” The post led to an internal investigation and CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation.

Good Universe, which was recently bought by Lionsgate, has hired “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder to write the script. Kristin Burr is producing.

Fowler wrote in her post, “When I joined Uber, the organization I was part of was over 25% women. By the time I was trying to transfer to another eng organization, this number had dropped down to less than 6%. Women were transferring out of the organization, and those who couldn’t transfer were quitting or preparing to quit. There were two major reasons for this: there was the organizational chaos, and there was »


- Dave McNary

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‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp To Star In ‘Abe’ From Director Fernando Grostein Andrade

12 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Noah Schnapp, of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, has been tapped for the title role in Abe, an indie drama that tells the story of Abraham, a 12-year-old boy who loves to cook. Brazilian director Fernando Grostein Andrade (Wandering Heart, Quebrando o Tabu) is attached to direct the film, which is shooting in New York. Seu Jorge (City of God) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) co-star. Spray Filmes and Gullan are producing the pic while Fj Productions (Like… »


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‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers to Make Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering announced on Monday that their next documentary will tackle systemic sexual abuse in Hollywood, continuing their look into sexual abuse that began with their 2015 film, “The Hunting Ground.” “Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter,” said Kirby Dick. “What our film will capture, especially at this pivotal turning point in Hollywood history, is the underlying current of abuse and manipulation at the hands of power. Our film will also underscore the courage it takes to come forward and be a catalyst for »


- Jeremy Fuster

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David Fincher Didn't Want the Stress of Directing a 'Star Wars' Film

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Helming a Star Wars film is a burden David Fincher did not want to bear.

The Oscar-nominated director was in the running to direct 2015's The Force Awakens (it ultimately went to J.J. Abrams), which he called a "plum assignment." But he recently told Empire on the Empire Film Podcast that he stayed clear of the project because he knew the stress would be too much. 

“I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of the last two or three,” Fincher told the podcast. “That’s a whole other level. One is that you »


- Ryan Parker

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‘Paddington 2’ Producers Seek to Exit Distribution Deal With Weinstein Company

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the future of the Weinstein Company already uncertain, the backers of the family film “Paddington 2” are looking to sever distribution ties with the company, Variety has confirmed.

According to The Guardian, Heyday Films and French company StudioCanal, the co-producers of the film, feel that a movie that caters to children shouldn’t remain associated with the sex harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

TWC also distributed the first “Paddington” film in the U.S. through its TWC-Dimension label, where it grossed $76.3 million, making it one of the company’s highest-grossing movies. Bob Weinstein has referred to “Paddington 2” as a reason why TWC’s future is not completely dire, and if the contract is not terminated, “Paddington 2” may become TWC’s biggest hit since 2012’s “Django Unchained.” The film is set for release in November in the U.K. by StudioCanal and January in the U.S. via TWC-Dimension.

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- Erin Nyren

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Michael Mann Talks New Project ‘Comanche,’ Praises ‘Avatar’

17 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Michael Mann doesn’t put projects in front of the camera, until they’re absolutely ready, but it doesn’t mean he’s some kind of Stanley Kubrick perfectionist. The director still has “Ferrari” brewing, and is at work on the TV series “Hue 1968,” however, there’s a couple more feature film projects cooking on the stove.

Stopping in Paris for the Lumière de Lyon Film Festival, the director spoke with Liberation and revealed he’s got an intriguing sounding western on his desk.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Antalya Festival: A Modest Christopher Walken on ‘King of New York,’ His Own Acting Style, and Michael Cimino

39 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Antalya, Turkey —  Veteran character actor Christopher Walken, at the Antalya Fest to screen his 1990 cult hit, Abel Ferrara’s “King of New York,” recalled that his mafia kingpin role – like many of his turns – grew out of his roots in the streets of Queens.

“My old neighborhood when I was kid, that’s where I come from, so the movie was very close to me,” he said, speaking to audiences at the Ataturk Culture Park cinema. “Abel was lucky to have such good actors. It was a highlight of my life.”

As for how he fell into acting on screen, in this case manifesting in himself the distinctive mobster Frank White, Walken confessed, “I don’t know. I became an actor after being a dancer, kind of accidentally.”

Even after 100 roles, Walken admits he still isn’t sure he’s doing things right.

“I don’t think I do it like other actors do it. I just pretend »


- Will Tizard

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George Clooney calls out 'the other people' involved in Weinstein scandal – video

52 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While promoting his new film Suburbicon, director George Clooney challenged the practices and the other people involved in the Harvey Weinstein allegations: ‘I have questions about the other people involved … I want to know who is taking these actresses up to his room.’ Actors Matt Damon and Julianne Moore also comment on the ‘revolutionary’ events of the past fortnight

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Ikebukuro Move Puts Tokyo Market in Growth Mode, says Yasushi Shiina

53 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The relocation of the Tiffcom market from the Tokyo Bay area to a new venue in Ikebukuro, was needed for growth, says Yasushi Shiina, the market’s new chief.

Former director of the Tokyo International Film Festival and executive at media powerhouse Kadokawa, Shiina took over as the CEO of Tiffcom. His first move was to oversee the move to Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City shopping, entertainment and business complex.

“We were holding it in a hotel in Daiba, but the venue was small and our growth was limited for physical reasons,” he told Variety. “The Ikebukuro venue is larger and we can expect expansion in the future.”

Tokyo’s Toshima Ward, where Ikebukuro is located, is seeking to become a city of art and culture. “That plan will greatly change Ikebukuro. They are supporting Tiffcom as a core event for that plan,” Shiina said. “As Ikebukuro builds various cultural infrastructures in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Tiffcom »


- Mark Schilling

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Tolga Karacelik, Director ‘Butterflies’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Tolga Karacelik, was born in Istanbul in 1981. He got a law degree in Turkey before moving to New York to study film, after writing some short stories and poems. His 2010 first feature “Toll Booth,” about a Turkish toll-station worker with a vivid imagination, scored critical kudos on the international fest circuit. He second film “Ivy,” set aboard a stranded cargo ship, premiered at Sundance in 2015, was shown at more than 30 festivals and scored multiple nods.

Karacelic’s upcoming third feature “Butterflies,” which is in the »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Ramin Matin, Producer, Director ‘Siren’s Call’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Ramin Matin studied communication arts at Loyola Marymount in the U.S. before getting a masters in film from Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2005 he co-founded Giyotin Films with Emine Yildirim. They started producing short films and internationally co-produced documentaries before shepherding Matin’s first feature “The Monster’s Dinner” in 2011, a societal satire set in the near future which won prizes in Antalya and several other fests. Followed “The Impeccables,” about two thirty-something sisters confronting their devastating past in the Aegean summer cottage of their »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Muge Ozen, Producer ‘When I’m Done Dying’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Muge Ozen started her career in the film business as a buyer for Turkish distributors D Productions and Mars Entertainment Group before becoming an executive producer, and eventually launching her own production shingle, Solis Film, in 2015. The company is dedicated to producing arthouse films that can travel internationally, favouring female writers and directors

Solis Film’s first project was ”Radiogram,” a first feature by Bulgarian director Rouzie Hassanova set in Bulgaria during the early 70’s when the communist regime considered rock’n’roll a national »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Erol Mintas, Director ‘The Crows’

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Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Writer-director Erol Mintas made a major splash on the festival circuit with his first feature “Song of My Mother” which in 2014 played around the world and scored plenty of prizes, including best film and best actor nods in Sarajevo.

“Mother” is an understated meditation on love memory and the cultural identity of the Kurdish community in present-day Turkey.

“Crows,” which is being presented at the Antalya Film Forum’s Fiction Pitching Platform, appears to be a more ambitious project. It’s about »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Toronto Film Review: Dark Is the Night

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The casualties of being guilty before proven innocent come across loud and clear in “Dark Is the Night,” veteran independent filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr.’s condemnation of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Initially predictable, showing nothing that the news hasn’t already reported, the film gains credibility as it demonstrates how drugs permeate ordinary lives in the Philippines, and hence cannot be eradicated by some quick fix. Nevertheless, seen alongside the heady experimentalism of younger compatriots, such as the politically charged hip-hop musical “Respeto,” Alix’s direction looks stuck in the dreary realism of Filipino slum movies in vogue a decade ago. Nevertheless, given its topical subject, the film should enjoy small-scale distribution in Europe via French art-house co-producer Swift Prods.

Last year, Brilliante Mendoza’s Cannes entry “Ma’ Rosa” exposed his country’s drug problem by showing how “ice” or crystal meth can be bought at mom-and-pop stores, and how police »


- Maggie Lee

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Film Review: ‘My Generation’

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There’s a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had in David Batty’s “My Generation,” a sloppy wet kiss to Michael Caine and British youth culture of the 1960s. Loaded with great footage from the era and accompanied by superbly cleaned-up music tracks from the Kinks, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many others, this love letter-as-documentary offers 85 minutes of good old fun. What it doesn’t do is posit any genuine analysis or even make a head-nod to diversity. But this is Caine’s narrative about the unapologetic working class taking over popular culture, and the writers as well as music mogul Simon Fuller, acting as top producer, have no interest in countering their star’s gleefully empowering chronicle of his youth. Voiceover interviews with such key players of the era as Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithfull, Twiggy and Mary Quant add to the overall feast, making the film an attractive offering for all platforms.

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- Jay Weissberg

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‘The Good Doctor’ and the Importance of Exploring Humor on the Spectrum

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains mild spoilers from “The Good Doctor” episode titled “Point Three Percent.”]

The Good Doctor” has been seen as an inspirational, feel-good drama, but it’s also surprisingly funny. The humor doesn’t stem from mocking Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, but it is often involved in how his unique outlook on life is juxtaposed with a mainstream viewpoint.

In a Facebook Live conversation that Highmore had with Autism Society of America, the actor said, “I like the humor of the show. I think a lot of that comes from Shaun’s hopeful, optimistic outlook on life. He always tries to see the good in people. It’s nice to play a role in which you can be happy a lot of the time.”

Read More:‘The Good Doctor’ Is Now Bigger Than ‘NCIS’ and ‘This Is Us,’ By a Hair — Ratings Watch

On the most recent episode, entitled “Point Three Percent,” Shaun is the »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Venom’: First Photo From ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off Starring Tom Hardy Hits The Web

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The first photo from the highly-anticipated solo movie Venom has hit the internet — or should I say inter-web? The brand new Venom movie Twitter account posted their first photo with the caption, “Day 1.” Tom Hardy, who stars as the titular supervillain, can be seen clearly in the pic. Considering it’s the first official photo from the production, not much can be gathered from the photo besides the fact that we now have official proof that Hardy is involved. Other than… »


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‘The Gifted’ Recap: “eXit strategy” – This Isn’t Corn Muffins

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The Gifted just wrapped up its first main plot arc — the integration of the Strucker family into the Mutant Underground — in style, with Caitlin, Lauren, and Andy helping John, Clarice, Sonia, Harry, and Marcos to rescue Lorna and Reed from the clutches of Sentinel Services. “Exit Strategy” wasn’t as strong as last week’s episode, but it demonstrated just how much The Gifted has done narratively in only four episodes. After only four hours of television, this show has formed a complex found-family dynamic that successfully taps into the themes that make the X-Men story so important. … »

- Kayti Burt

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