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MipTV: Filmax Develops Pau Freixas Dramedy ‘Welcome To The Family’ (Exclusive)

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Barcelona– Julio Fernández’s Barcelona-based Filmax Ent. is developing its next big TV play, the 13-hour TV series “Welcome to the Family,” which will be presented at next week’s MipTV to potential buyers and co-production partners.

Negotiations with a Spanish broadcaster to co-produce “Welcome to the Family” are under way.

A choral dramedy, “Family” centers on Angela, a victim of Spain’s recent economical turndown, who sees how the bank forecloses on her house. A solution might be her estranged multimillionaire father, Eduardo. But the reunion ends in a bitter row, her father collapsing and dying. Fearful that they will see nothing from him, Angela and her family set out to locate his will. Meanwhile, just in case, they hide the corpse.

Welcome to the Family” is “a bit in the line of ‘Red Band Society’ with a similar mix of feeling, a sense of fondness and family warmth, »


- Emilio Mayorga

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Jan Mojto’s Beta Film Gears Up Pan-European Production Operation

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In a first – and eye-catching – joint move between the building blocks of Beta Films’ new pan-European production operation, Dramacorp, the Stockholm-based company Jan Mojto’s Beta set up last year with high-flying TV exec Patrick Nebout (“Midnight Sun”) is teaming with Paris-based Isolani Pictures, Beta Film’s newly-launching French production house, to co-develop TV drama“Rare.”

Written by Sweden’s Alex Haridi following the critically-acclaimed “Real Humans,” “Rare” will be directed by France’s Thierry Poiraud after upcoming France2 thriller “Black Spot.” It marks a further addition to the international genre of choice for many creators: Sci-fi, with a large contempo import.

“Rare” is set in a not-too-distant parallel future where the earth is running out of air. To ensure life on earth, its healthiest inhabitants are frozen for two centuries. Hannah, “Rare’s” main character, who has a dicky heart, does her best to survive in a world without hope or help. »


- John Hopewell

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MipTV: Millimages Picks Up International Rights to G&G’s ‘Kemy’

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In the run-up to Mip-tv, Paris-based animation producer-distributor Millimages has picked-up international rights to “Kemy Expedition,” produced by G&G, an animation company based in Seoul, and with offices in Japan, known by its anime productions such as “Kaleido Star,” co-produced with Japanese toon house Gonzo.

A 52-part short-format edutainment show, “Kemy Expedition” centers on Kemy, a small dinosaur, and his two duck friends. As a curious child, Kemy wants to explore his new world. The friends embark on an expedition through a cave connected to a secret base where Kemy explores a documentary world with his magic shuttle. Thanks to it, he discovers the animals’ wildlife and visits extraordinary places.

Blending 3D CGI and live action, the series is targeted at 4-9 kids.

“’Kemy’ will provide children with a lot of answers to their questions about animals and nature, while having fun. Which animal can see the best at night? »


- Emilio Mayorga

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‘Dark Tower’ Footage References Overlook Hotel From ‘The Shining’

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The Dark Tower” is widely considered to be Stephen King’s masterpiece, but its mind-bending plot and intricate special effects have delayed its transition to the big screen.

Sony is banking that fans of the series of adventure novels will turn out in force this summer, helping the dark fantasy break through at the crowded summer box office. “The Dark Tower” stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a mission, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, a mysterious sorcerer. Newcomer Tom Taylor plays an 11-year-old named Jake who dreams about an alternate universe, and discovers a portal to another world.

On Monday, the studio gave theater owners at CinemaCon a sneak peek at the epic battles and elaborate standoffs in store when the film opens on July 28. It was the first time audiences have gotten a look at a project that’s been shrouded in secrecy. »


- Brent Lang

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‘Spider-Man’ Footage at CinemaCon Features Deeper Look at Michael Keaton’s Vulture

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Sony and Marvel didn’t hold back at Monday’s CinemaCon presentation of footage for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” particularly in offering a far deeper look at Michael Keaton’s villainous Vulture.

Sony showed footage from the second trailer, scheduled to be released Tuesday. The footage emphasized Tom Holland’s experiences as a high schooler as he discovers the power he possesses, along with giving insight into the motivations of Vulture, who appears to be engaged in some kind of class warfare due to his hatred of Iron Man/Tony Stark.

“The rich and powerful like Stark — they don’t care about us,” Vulture says.

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Sony Pictures Motion Group chairman Tom Rothman was fullsome in his praise for the new Peter Parker — Tom Holland — and recalled that he had introduced Holland at last year’s CinemaCon.

He then turned his attention to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, »


- Dave McNary

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Tom Holland on ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ Spinoffs, and Planning for Bathroom Breaks

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Spider-Man has become the Hamlet for comic book movie stars. Every actor under the age of 30 wants to put their stamp on the role.

Now it’s Tom Holland’s turn to pull on Spider-Man’s tight-fitting trunks, following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. After a showy supporting turn in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” Holland swings onto center stage with this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

This time Spider-Man is going back to class. “Homecoming” will focus on the complexity of balancing completing algebra assignments in between saving the world. Holland, a 20-year-old English actor, brought a wide-eyed energy to the part in his earlier appearance in “Captain America: Civil War,” and in a backstage interview shortly before footage of “Homecoming” screened at CinemaCon, a theater owner trade show unfolding this week in Las Vegas, Holland had the same youthful enthusiasm that radiates on screen. »


- Brent Lang

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon

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Sony Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has one message for those who think fans won’t be rushing to the theaters to see “Blade Runner 2049”: “Netflix, my ass.”

The studio chief dropped the zinger while debuting new footage of the “Blade Runner” sequel to exhibition industry professionals at CinemaCon, with star Ryan Gosling on hand. The extended preview that the actor brought with him to Las Vegas stunned the crowd, featuring an apocalyptic Los Angeles and Las Vegas filled with snow, dust storms, and dazed looking androids, all of it created in Budapest. There were also several visual callbacks to sequences and sets from the first picture that are sure to tickle fans.

Rothman, for his part, called the film “cool as s—,” and Gosling told the crowd of theater owners that the team behind Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” tried to keep CGI to a minimum. »


- Alex Stedman and Brent Lang

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Movie to Hit Theaters in May 2019

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Universal’s new untitled Doctor Dolittle movie, starring Robert Downey Jr., will be opening on May 24, 2019, the studio announced on Monday night.

Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. The release date news comes two days before Universal’s CinemaCon presentation, where the studio will tout its upcoming release slate to exhibition industry professionals in Las Vegas.

Universal acquired the rights to the beloved character after a heated bidding war, and announced Downey’s casting earlier this month. »


- Alex Stedman

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Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Moves Up Nearly Two Months to June

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Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” will hit theaters nearly two months earlier than originally planned, moving to June 28 from Aug. 11.

Sony announced the news at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday. The new release date puts Wright’s latest smack dab in the middle of the July 4 frame, going up against “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Despicable Me 3,” Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” “Amityville: The Awakening,” and Sofia Coppola’s “Beguiled.”

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In its previous August slot, it would have opened against New Line’s “Annabelle 2” and Weinstein Co.’s “Wind River.” It’s a sign of confidence for the action heist film, which garnered major buzz upon debuting at SXSW earlier this month. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge wrote, “Like all Edgar Wright movies, ‘Baby Driver’ is a blast, featuring wall-to-wall music and a surfeit of inspired ideas. »


- Alex Stedman

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George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Gets Award Season Release

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Paramount  has given an awards season release date of Nov. 3 to the comedy-drama “Suburbicon,” starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore with Clooney directing.

Joel and Ethan Coen have written the script for “Suburbicon.  Producers are Joel Silver under his Silver Pictures banner alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures label, and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear Pictures.

The movie will be set in the quiet family town of “Suburbicon,” where the best and worst of humanity is reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.

Clooney’s directing credits include “Monuments Men,” “Leatherheads,” “The Ides of March,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Good Night and Good Luck.”

Paramount has also set the Emily Blunt-John Krasinski thriller “A Quiet Place” for April 18. Platinum Dunes is producing and Krasinski »


- Dave McNary

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon Bombing Drama ‘Stronger’ Gets Awards-Season Release

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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set an awards-season release date of Sept. 22 for Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon bombing movie “Stronger.”

Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, while Tatiana Maslany plays his girlfriend Erin Hurley, in a story about love triumphing over adversity. Clancy Brown (“Hail, Caesar!”) portrays Bauman’s father and Miranda Richardson plays his mother Patty Bauman.

The film is a production of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, Mandeville Films, Bold Films, and Nine Stories. It’s Gyllenhaal’s first production under his Nine Stories banner.

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Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller by Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Gyllenhaal as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing gained worldwide notice.

Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of »


- Dave McNary

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‘Justice League’ Dominates Social Media Buzz With New Trailers

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Warner Bros. mega-tentpole “Justice League” dominated social media chatter last week with more than 201,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

The studio released teaser videos and posters on March 23-24, kicked off by a teaser of Batman tossing Aquaman his trident, followed by a full trailer on March 25.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher star in “Justice League.” Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe also appear in the pic. Zack Snyder began shooting “Justice League” in April from a script by Chris Terrio. The film hits theaters on Nov. 17.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Affleck as Batman and Cavill as Superman, turned out to be mildly disappointing for Warner Bros., grossing $870 million worldwide. Snyder directed from Terrio’s screenplay, »


- Dave McNary

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Paolo Virzi’s ‘Like Crazy’ Takes Top Honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards

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Rome – Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy,” a road movie about two women who escape from a mental institution in Tuscany, took top honors Monday night at Italy’s 61st David di Donatello Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The film took home five statuettes, including prizes in the key categories of best picture, best director, and best actress, which went to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The evening’s two other big winners were “Indivisible,” a neo-Gothic drama set in Naples and directed by Edoardo De Angelis, about teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices, and Matteo Rovere’s “Italian Race,” set in the world of Gt racing. “Indivisible” took five nods, including for best screenplay, producer, and supporting actress, and “Italian Race” won six statuettes, including best actor for Stefano Accorsi, cinematography, and editing.

Virzì’s “Like Crazy” launched last year from Cannes and sold widely internationally, with Strand Releasing »


- Nick Vivarelli

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China Box Office Will Grow 15% to 20%, Wanda Cinemas President Says at CinemaCon

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After years of seismic growth, the Chinese box office flagged in 2016, sparking fears in Hollywood that one of the movie industry’s major sources of ticket sales is slowing down.

On Monday, John Zeng, president and board director at Wanda Cinemas, Asia’s largest exhibitor, told a crowd of theater owners and studio executives that box office revenue in the country will continue to rise, fueled by new theater construction and a vast audience of young, movie-loving consumers. Through a translator, he predicted that the Chinese box office will continue to grow at a rate of between 15% and 20% annually.

“The Chinese market is still strong,” Zeng said during remarks at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show taking place this week in Las Vegas. He did offer one caveat: “For a Chinese market to be better you have to have the content.”

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- Brent Lang

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Straight Outta Compton” star O'Shea Jackson Jr. is in negotiations to join Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

The movie already stars “Stranger Things” stand-out Millie Bobby Brown, along with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen starred in the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards. Sources tell Variety that Watanabe is the only original cast member likely to return for the second installment.

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Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.

Legendary and Warner Bros. announced in late 2015 that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” movies »


- Justin Kroll

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Paul Greengrass to Direct Eliot Ness Film for Paramount

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Paul Greengrass has come on board to direct the Eliot Ness film, aptly titled “Ness,” for Paramount.

Brian Helgeland wrote the original screenplay based on Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s graphic novel “Torso.”

U.S. Treasury Department agent Eliot Ness becomes a public safety officer in Cleveland where he assembles a team of retired cops to find a serial murderer who dumps his victims torsos in the river.

Greengrass, Greg Goodman, John Davis, and John Fox are producing from Davis Entertainment alongside David Engel for Circle of Confusion. Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko are exec producing.

No actors are currently attached to the film.

The pic has been in development for sometime but caught steam when Greengrass came across the recent draft from Helgeland and was instantly intrigued in making this his next project.

Greengrass will now work with Hegeland on the draft as well as finding »


- Justin Kroll

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Partners With MGM for International Releases

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has reached a multi-year deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures to distribute all of Annapurna Pictures’ films in select international territories.

The partnership is set to begin this year with Annapurna’s first distribution title, Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit riots project, scheduled for release in the U.S. on Aug. 4, 2017.

Ellison announced in January that her company was launching a new distribution division with Marc Weinstock, overseeing alongside marketing chief David Kaminow and Erik Lomis, the distribution president. Annapurna, which was founded by Ellison in 2010, has specialized in adult dramas such as Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “20th Century Women,” “Foxcatcher,” “American Hustle,” and “Her.”

Bigelow is producing the film with Annapurna’s Ellison and Matthew Budman. Mark Boal, who wrote the script, and Colin Wilson are also producers with Greg Shapiro executive producing. The release date will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots. »


- Dave McNary

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George Lucas Family Foundation Gives USC Film School New $10 Million Endowment

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The George Lucas Family Foundation has granted the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a second endowment of $10 million to provide financial support to African-American and Hispanic students, raising the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million.

The foundation was established at the school in the fall 2016 semester with an initial $10 million endowment for students from underrepresented communities who qualify for financial support. Minority students in both undergraduate and graduate programs will receive priority consideration for financial support.

“This endowed fund allows us to recruit storytellers whose voices are underrepresented in cinematic media, and whose inclusion benefits all of us,” said Michael Renov, vice dean of academic affairs.

“The George Lucas Scholarship really opened the door for me because I wouldn’t have been able to attend USC without it and my acceptance letter would have just been decoration in my room,” said Jonathan Curtiss, a Sca production student »


- Sarah Ahern

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With Cinemacon On the Horizon, A Look at How Movies Make the Star

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Twenty years ago, Tom Cruise, the hottest star in Hollywood, took a long-defunct TV series and decided to build a franchise. Five films later, with a sixth on the way, the “Mission: Impossible” series has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Along the way, such actors as Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Renner have dropped by. But for Ethan Hunt’s last outing, “Rogue Nation,” something interesting happened: a mostly unknown actress named Rebecca Ferguson stole the show. She’s since gone on to appear in “The Girl on the Train” and “Life.”

With a few exceptions, stars such as Cruise are no longer starting the franchises —the franchises are making stars of their actors. Best known for his work as lovable doofus Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation,” Chris Pratt became a megastar by landing the lead in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and then taking over a massive franchise with “Jurassic World. »


- Jenelle Riley

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Sue Kroll Honored as Humanitarian of the Year by Venice Family Clinic

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Sue Kroll, the president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, was honored with the Humanitarian Award by the Venice Family Clinic at the Silver Circle Gala Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton.

“At Warner Bros., as you know, I deal with a lot of different superheroes,” Kroll said upon accepting her award. “But I’ve been introduced to a whole new kind that help our world, and many of them are in this room tonight,” addressing the many doctors, volunteers, and supporters of the health care organization that serves 24,000 low-income or uninsured men, women and children each year.

After a pre-recorded tribute that included well wishes from Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and many more, Jared Leto presented the award to Kroll. “Apart from being a fearless pioneer in film, Sue is also an amazing advocate for the arts, a mentor for women, »


- Lawrence Yee

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