Weinstein Co. Moves ‘Mary Magdalene’ Back to Easter — and Now Has Just One Oscar Contender
The Weinstein Co. is moving one of its would-be Oscar hopefuls, Bible epic “Mary Magdalene” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, out of the expensive awards season to focus on a less competitive spring release on March 30 timed to the Easter holiday.
TWC has always been willing to make opportunistic changes, but taking Garth Davis’ follow-up to “Lion” out of the fall is a dramatic. It follows the company’s serial pushback of Alicia Vikander vehicle “Tulip Fever,” including many canceled press screenings, as well as a March 9, 2018 release slot for “The Untouchables” remake “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.
- Anne Thompson
Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Pic About Norwegian Terrorist Who Killed 77
Exclusive: Paul Greengrass will next direct a movie he has written about the Norwegian terrorist who in 2011 murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII. Netflix has won the right to make the film in heavy competition. Scott Rudin will produce with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. The horrific violence was inflicted by Anders Behring Breivik, a self-described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims. He started the carnage by detonating a… »
Lynn Whitfield Joins Sanaa Lathan In ‘Nappily Ever After’
Exclusive: Actress Lynn Whitfield has signed on to co-star in the Netflix comedy Nappily Ever After, joining Sanaa Lathan and Ernie Hudson in the film based on Trisha R. Thomas’ book of the same name. Haifaa Al-Mansour is directing the pic from an original script by Tina Chism with rewrites from Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and Gina Prince-Bythewood. It follows Violet Jones (Lathan), whose a seemingly flawless life is interrupted after an accident at the hair dresser leads to… »
Numan Acar Cast In Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake
Numan Acar has been cast in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie. He’s joining Will Smith as Genie as well as Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, in the roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, respectively. Written by John August (Big Fish), the adaptation is based on the 1992 animated classic and follows the story of Aladdin, who finds a magic lamp and the bigger-than-life genie that grants him three wishes. Acar will play Hakim, the head… »
Haugesund: Nordic Countries Plan New Pan-Regional Fund to Support Nordic Film and TV
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian culture minister Linda Hofstad Helleland has announced that the Nordic countries are planning to set up a new pan-regional fund to support Scandinavia film and TV, which will be administered by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
The announcement was made at Bridging the Nordic Market, the Haugesund Festival’s main seminar, held Monday at the Norwegian festival to debate how to strengthen Nordic content in a digital age.
Taking place at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall, the seminar discussed new business models which can secure a diverse and high-quality Nordic film and TV series content for the public, ensuring that funds are being plowed back into new productions.
“The initiative comes from the Nordic film institutes, which discussed it with us, and it is great to hear of political interest so soon,” said CEO Petri Kemppinen, of the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
The five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.
Following the award ceremony, a selection of Terence Blanchard’s work (“Mo’ Better Blues,” “Malcolm X,” “25th Hour”) will be recorded and performed by Brussels Philharmonic and additional jazz soloists, conducted by Film Fest Gent’s music director Dirk Brossé.
The Academy will announce the nominees mid September for discovery of the year, best original score for a Belgian production, and the composition competition.
Said Film Fest Gent’s artistic director Patrick »
- Rebecca Rubin
Netflix Lost Its Chill: Viewership Went Down During the Solar Eclipse
Never underestimate the power of the moon.
The solar eclipse on Monday that was visible across the United States stopped people from working enough to get outside, socialize with strangers, and stare at the sun using the appropriate retina-saving gear. By extension, this meant that a good chunk of people were looking at the sky when they normally would be watching their screens.
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That evening, long after the celestial event occurred, Netflix assessed its viewership and noticed something funny. Its numbers were down during a specific portion of the day. The percentage was so large that the streaming service shared its findings in a couple of tweets:
Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I Have Always Been There For You.
— Netflix Us (@netflix) August 22, 2017
but really, »
- Hanh Nguyen
The Knight Rider Reboot Might Be A Comedy, Could Star Kevin Hart
Rather than go in a serious direction, the Knight Rider movie is reportedly being envisioned as a comedy, and Kevin Hart is being eyed as a key lead. »
Locarno Film Review: ‘The Poetess’
For a Western audience, there are several arresting elements to Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff’s engaging, accessible documentary “The Poetess”: The first is that although we come to know its subject, Saudi writer Hissa Hilal, very well, and though she’s in almost every shot, we never see her face. The second is that the reason for her fame is a TV show called “Million’s Poet” which airs across the Arab world to regular audiences in excess of 70 million people, and yet it’s likely that those from outside that region will not have heard of it.
In format and layout, “Million’s Poet” is similar to any number of Western-style reality contests, from the flashy neon color scheme, bombastic music and dramatic spotlights, to the telegenic, glassy-eyed hosts, the panel of poker-faced judges and the noisy, participative studio audience. It’s “American Idol” by way of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and »
- Jessica Kiang
The Queen Biopic Has Cast Freddie Mercury's Bandmates
Director Bryan Singer has been hard at work developing his new film about the legendary rock band Queen, but the project up to this point has only had one actor attached. That changes today. »
Superhero Bits: Ben Affleck’s Comic-Con Disguise, Final Guardians Easter Egg & More
Will Deadpool 2 also feature a younger version of Cable? Want to watch the entire first episode of Marvel’s Spider-Man series on Disney Xd? Will the Hellboy reboot be another origin story? What disguise did Ben Affleck wear while appearing at San Diego Comic-Con? Has the final Guardians of the Galaxy Easter egg been found? […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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