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Writer Roundtable: Jordan Peele, Aaron Sorkin and More Explain Why the Job Feels Like "Exorcising a Demon"

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mother!), 48, liked the idea of breaking bread with writer-director Werner Herzog, with whom he once shared a place at a THR roundtable, and added two other European auteurs, Federico Fellini and Terry Gilliam. German writer-director Fatih Akin (In the Fade), 44, opted for three women, all actresses: Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), 38, chose »


- Stephen Galloway

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There Is Hope for DC After 'Justice League'

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Justice League may not have had a heroic weekend at the box office, but there's certainly a flash of inspiration in the film.

Despite its flaws, there's a growing consensus amongst fans that Ezra Miller’s The Flash is one of the true breakout stars from the film, and it’s easy to see why. Barry Allen provides most of the film’s comedic relief, belting out some of the best one-liners and facial expressions yet seen in a DC film.

In other words, Miller's Flash is to DC what Tom Holland's Spider-Man is to Marvel.

Even as Justice League's poor opening »


- Josh Weiss

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The Cast of 'Anastasia,' Then and Now

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No, Anastasia is not a Disney princess.

Despite the animated character's now canonical status among fans of Disney's princess films of the '90s, Anastasia hit theaters as part of the debut of Fox's animation studio on Nov. 21, 1997. The story is loosely based on the historical mystery revolving around the disappearance of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna after a fateful night in 1916. Fox had previously adapted the story into a live-action film starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner in 1956.

Anastasia went on to earn $139 million, receive two Oscar nominations and even inspire a stage adaptation of the »


- Tara Bitran

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'Anastasia' Was Originally Much Darker and Eyed Woody Allen for Role

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Twenty years ago, the princess who vanished without a trace made her way to movie theaters.

Anastasia hit theaters on Nov. 21, 1997 and faced multiple hurdles on its way to the screen, where it would earn earn $139 million for the short-lived Fox Animation Studios and become its most enduring legacy. The musical loosely based on the life of the ill-fated Russian princess underwent major rewrites in order to lighten the tone for the film, which stars Meg Ryan (Anastasia), John Cusack (Dimitri), Kelsey Grammer (Vlad), and Christopher Lloyd (the villainous Rasputin) to join.

Screenwriter Bruce Graham recalls that while »


- Tara Bitran

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eOne Swings to Profit as 'Designated Survivor'-Led TV Gains Offset Lower Film Results

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Entertainment One on Tuesday swung to a half-year pre-tax profit amid growth at its TV unit that offset lower results at its film division, which is its largest business by revenue.

Toronto-based eOne, which reports its results in pounds, posted a pre-tax profit of £800,000 ($1.1 million), compared with a £2.5 million (Us$3.3 million) loss in the first half of 2016. The group's adjusted pre-tax profit rose 53 percent to £36 million ($47.7 million). Revenue for the six months to Sept. 30 fell 1 percent to £396 million ($525 million).

Overall film unit revenue fell 20 percent to £171.8 million ($227.5 million) »


- Etan Vlessing

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European Film Awards: 'Lunchbox,' 'No Man's Land' Producer Wins Co-Production Prize

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Croatian producer Cedomir Kolar will receive this year's European co-production prize, the Prix Eurimages, for his decades-long career in the European film industry.

The honor, presented as part of the European Film Awards in Berlin on Dec. 9, rewards excellence in the tricky business of co-productions, where filmmakers in two or more countries pool resources to finance a movie.

Kolar, who worked with Paris-based Noe Productions before setting up his own shingle, A.S.A.P. Films, has proven an master of combining talent across borders to extraordinary effect. His production of Danis Tanovic's anti-war drama No »


- Scott Roxborough

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Sacha Baron Cohen Offers to Pay Fines for Mankini-Wearing 'Borat' Tourists

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It caused a furore when Sacha Baron Cohen first debuted it on the beach in Cannes in 2006, but 11 years on and the mankini – the rather revealing male one-piece swimsuit made famous by the Brit's fictional Kazakh TV presenter Borat – is still creating headlines.

Last week, it was reported that a group of six Czech tourists had been arrested in the Kazakhstani capital Astana wearing mankinis – which have become bachelor party favorites – and fined $67 each for their "indecent" appearances.

A photo published by the BBC showed the group in their brightly colored »


- Alex Ritman

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Producers Guild Unveils Documentary Feature Nominees

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The Producers Guild of America on Monday announced the nominees for its award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The nominees include three films that focus on nature and the environment: Chasing Coral, Earth: One Amazing Day and Jane, a portrait of pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall. Two other films examine the civil war in Syria: Cries From Syria outlines the course of the war and the refugees left in its wake, and City of Ghosts tells the story of the citizen journalists who reported on the city of Raqaa while it was under Isis rule.

Rounding out the list of »


- Gregg Kilday

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