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Morelia’s Daniela Michel Presents Four Standout Mexican Shorts at Critics’ Week

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Since 2005, the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week and Mexico’s Morelia Intl. Film Festival (Ficm) have enjoyed a reciprocal relationship. Each year, a selection of short competition films from Morelia is shown in a special selection at Critics’ Week, with the features from the Cannes section screening five months later in Morelia.

The short film program is also presented in Paris shortly after the festival.

The shorts which make it to Cannes are selected by Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson. Each year, Tesson attends the Mexican fest where he selects which shorts to bring back to Cannes with him. And, while Tesson often selects some of the winning films, he has complete freedom to curate the selection as he sees fit.

Since its inception in 2003 Morelia has been screening the Critics’ Week films, and in 2005, then then head of Critics’ Week Jean-Christophe Berjon attended the Mexican festival and made
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A Sit Down with the Hageman Brothers: From Ninjago to Star Trek

I caught at least one news outlet reference the upcoming Nickelodeon's animated Star Trek series writers, brothers Daniel Hageman and Kevin Hageman, as something in the ballpark of "the Lego writers."

That statement rang true when I first interviewed the Hageman Brothers, as they're known as in the public eye. At that time the duo were on the cusp of breaking free from their Lego roots yet still firmly engrossed in expanding the Ninjago mythology for the small screen.

Four years late and the Hageman Brothers no longer fit into simply a "Lego writers" mold. They've worked with Guillermo del Toro on two projects and won a shiny Emmy for the first, Netflix's amazing Trollhunters. A recent foray into horror, the second del Toro collaboration, arrives in theaters on August 9th.

Kevin and Dan were kind enough to take a little time out of their busy schedules and
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Stephen King's The Long Walk Gets Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Director

Stephen King's The Long Walk Gets Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Director
The Long Walk is the latest Stephen King novel to get the big screen treatment. There are few names in entertainment as desirable as that of King's right now. Much of that has to do with the success of It in 2017, which went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. So, various studios are doing their best to emulate that success through the author's other works. Now, at long last, someone is going to be brave enough to tackle this exceedingly dark story.

According to a new report, New Line Cinema has closed a deal to turn The Long Walk into a movie, with Andre Ovredal set to direct. Ovredal is known for his work on movies such as The Autopsy of Jane Doe and the upcoming adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is being produced by Guillermo del Toro. The script was penned by James Vanderbilt who,
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New Line Cinema’s Adaptation of Stephen King’s The Long Walk to be Directed by André Øvredal

After bringing Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books to life on the big screen this summer, filmmaker André Øvredal will translate another book to the screen for his next project: an adaptation of Stephen King's (aka Richard Bachman) The Long Walk.

Deadline reports that Øvredal will direct an adaptation of The Long Walk for New Line Cinema.

Written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman and published in 1979, The Long Walk "takes place in the future in which 100 teenage boys embark on an annual competition known as 'The Long Walk.' The rules are simple: maintain a speed above 4 miles per hour. Receive three warnings in an hour and you’re shot dead. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Under these grim circumstances the boys develop deep friendships despite knowing that each
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Stephen King's The Long Walk Film Adaptation Will Be Directed by André Øvredal

Director André Øvredal, who is directing Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, is set to direct New Line’s feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1979 novel The Long Walk.

The Long Walk takes place in the future “in which 100 teenage boys embark on an annual competition known as ‘The Long Walk.’ The rules are simple: maintain a speed above four miles per hour. Receive three warnings in an hour and you’re shot dead. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Under these grim circumstances the boys develop deep friendships despite knowing that each of their friends’ survival is a threat to their own.”

This is actually a really great story and it has since become a classic. Its dystopian setting has inspired several other Ya dystopian stories over the years like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner.
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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Film Taps ‘Scary Stories to Tell’ Director

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New Line has tapped André Øvredal to direct the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s dystopian thriller “The Long Walk.”

Øvredal’s credits include mystery thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and the upcoming horror film “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and releasing on Aug. 9. James Vanderbilt has written the adaptation.

Producers of “The Long Walk” are Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer and William Sherak. “The Long Walk” was originally published by King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979. He began work on it in 1966 while he was a student at the University of Maine.

The novel is set in the near future and centers on 100 teenage boys embarking on an annual competition known as “The Long Walk,” during which participants must maintain a walking speed above four miles per hour. If they receive three warnings in an hour, they are shot dead.
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André Øvredal To Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ For New Line

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André Øvredal To Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ For New Line
Exclusive: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal is set to direct New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Long Walk.

Originally published by King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979, The Long Walk takes place in the future in which 100 teenage boys embark on an annual competition known as “The Long Walk.” The rules are simple: maintain a speed above 4 miles per hour. Receive three warnings in an hour and you’re shot dead. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Under these grim circumstances the boys develop deep friendships despite knowing that each of their friends’ survival is a threat to their own.

The novel since its publication has become a classic in its dystopian vision, the echoes of which can be found throughout popular culture. The
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Lorraine Toussaint Teases 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Role

Lorraine Toussaint Teases 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Role
Audiences have watched actress Lorraine Toussaint play a wide range of characters on screen, from social worker Patricia Davis currently on NBC's The Village to the manipulative and petrifying Vee on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.

But she'll be taking on a role unlike any she's done before when starring in Guillermo del Toro’s anticipated adaption of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

The actress teased her role while sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, saying, "I play an 80-year-old blind woman in the grips of a very violent vision....
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eOne’s Revised Film Strategy Hits Group Revenue; ‘Peppa Pig’-Fronted Family Division Offsets Fall

Entertainment One’s revised film strategy led to a 9% drop in group revenues, although the business was boosted by its Peppa Pig-fronted family division.

eOne saw revenues drop from £1.03B to £941M as part of its full-year financial results through to the end of March 2019. Pre-tax profits fell 43% to £36.8M from £64.9M. The company posted its results to the London Stock Exchange this morning.

This comes after eOne brought together its film and television units, which the company said would bring in up to £15M of annualized cost savings by the end of its next financial year. The studio released fewer films in the last twelve months than it previously had done with titles including Green Book and Vice.

It highlighted its forthcoming slate of films including Poms, starring Diane Keaton, Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark and Jessie Buckley’s Wild Rose.

However,
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Jeffrey Katzenberg Aims Large For “The Quibi Era” By Going Really Small Screen — Deadline Disruptors

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Aims Large For “The Quibi Era” By Going Really Small Screen — Deadline Disruptors
There’s a perfectly good reason why Jeffrey Katzenberg refuses to take no for an answer.

“I didn’t know this about myself growing up as a kid, but I’m dyslexic,” says the former DreamWorks CEO. “And when I learned that about myself, it answered a question that I had wondered about a good deal of my life. For most people, when you see the letters N and O, it says ‘No’, but when you’re dyslexic, you interchange things—that’s part of what it does. So when I look at no, I just see the word ‘On’. That pretty much explains everything. I don’t know no, I only know on.”

And Katzenberg certainly has been on lately, ever since he cashed out with the $3.6 billion sale of the ’toon studio to NBCUniversal in 2016.

First he raised nearly $600 million from investors to put up a shingle for
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Crawl Poster: If the Storm Doesn't Kill You These Alligators Will

Crawl Poster: If the Storm Doesn't Kill You These Alligators Will
A new poster for the upcoming summer creature feature Crawl has, well, crawled its way to the surface. This is a movie that likely isn't on everyone's radar just yet, but as the marketing campaign revs up, more and more horror fans are surely going to become aware that a big-budget movie about giant alligators that are perfectly happy to eat people who are in crisis mode during a hurricane is coming, and soon. Case in point, this new poster paints a very tense situation that not a single person would ever want to find themselves in. Even those who have a death wish could surely find a better way to go about it.

The poster sees the movie's lead character, portrayed by Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), trapped inside of a flooding house in the darkness. She's managed to find some high ground,
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DreamWorks Animation Hires Veteran Sony Exec Randy Lake as COO

  • Variety
Veteran Sony Pictures executive Randy Lake has joined DreamWorks Animation as chief operating officer.

Lake will start at DreamWorks Animation in July. In his new role, he will be responsible for strategic planning and primary business operations, including feature and television production, post production, business and legal affairs, finance and technology.

“As we solidify our leadership team, Randy provides a strong strategic vision that will be beneficial to the entire studio as we partner in taking DreamWorks into the future,” said Margie Cohn, DreamWorks Animation president. “His years of experience working cross-divisionally will allow us to expand upon the successful collaboration between our film and television divisions, as well as with our colleagues at Universal, furthering DreamWorks position as one of the most prolific animation studios in the world.”

Lake most recently served as president of studio operations and Imageworks at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he oversaw all operations, strategy,
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‘After The Wedding’ Exec David Brown Launches Film Sales Company Clear Horizon — Cannes

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Exclusive: Independent producer David Brown, an executive on Sundance opener After The Wedding, has formed international sales and production venture Clear Horizon.

The new banner has acquired world rights to The Collector horror franchise, with The Collected, the third film in the trilogy, being the first project out the door. Franchise director Marcus Dunstan is returning for the third film, as will leads Josh Stewart and Emma Fitzpatrick, who are reprising their roles from the previous two. Pic was written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton and is produced by Brown and Brett Forbes. It is due to go in front of cameras this September, with Brown and his sales team presenting the film to buyers in Cannes this week.

The first two films, The Collector and The Collection, were released on more than 1400 screens theatrically. The rights were acquired from Ld Entertainment. Dunstan and Melton are also the writers of Saw IV,
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Streaming Boom Boosts Global Toons

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With the announcement that it’s planning an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run later this year for its first original animated feature, “Klaus,” Netflix fired a shot across the bows of rival studios. Just as Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which netted the streamer a trio of Academy Awards, raised the ante for streaming services in the live-action realm, the company’s feature animation ambitions have executives from DreamWorks Animation to the Mouse House taking note.

Netflix is developing an ambitious slate of animated features and series, while also beefing up its in-house animation studio. Amazon and Hulu, meanwhile, have both ramped up their acquisition and production of animated content, while other soon-to-launch Ott services — including Disney+ — are expected to fuel the toon boom.

The competition among content-hungry streamers has sparked a gold rush for producers and independent studios. What remains to be seen is how the rash of digital disrupters will transform
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DreamWorks Animation Names Former Sony Exec Randy Lake Chief Operating Officer

Randy Lake will join DreamWorks Animation as its new chief operating officer starting in July, the studio on announced on Wednesday.

Lake moves to DreamWorks after a 13-year stint at Sony Pictures. In his new role, Lake will oversee DreamWorks’ strategic planning and primary business operations, including feature and TV production, post-production, business and legal affairs, finance and technology. The appointment was made by DreamWorks Animation president Margie Cohn.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Margie and her passionate and talented team and look forward to this opportunity to build upon DreamWorks’ storied legacy during such an exciting time at the studio,” Lake said in a statement.

Also Read: DreamWorks Animation President Margie Cohn Reorganizes Creative Ranks, Appoints New Executives

Lake’s move to the Universal-owned DreamWorks follows Amy Pascal who moved her production shingle from Sony to Universal earlier this month.

DreamWorks and Universal have been taking steps in
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Joe Swanberg on the End of ‘Easy,’ Anthology Series Going Out of Vogue, and Hope for the Future

Joe Swanberg on the End of ‘Easy,’ Anthology Series Going Out of Vogue, and Hope for the Future
Joe Swanberg wanted to make “Easy” for the rest of his life.

“When I first pitched the show, my dream was to make 30 seasons,” the writer and director told IndieWire. But now, after 25 episodes over three seasons, the Chicago-set anthology series is over. “Easy” Season 3 premiered May 10. Swanberg got the chance to wrap it up on his own terms, but saying goodbye wasn’t his choice.

“I talked to Netflix about it, and they’re basically moving away from the anthology format,” he said. “They love ‘Easy,’ and as I said to you before, I would’ve spent the rest of my life doing this show. But the anthology format and Netflix’s binge-watching vibe were not a great fit.”

Despite this, Swanberg remains nothing but appreciative of the streaming giant. He’s “grateful” to have known Season 3 would be the last, and said he “only had the best experiences” working on the show.
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Doris Day Remembered as a ‘True Star’ by Paul McCartney, Goldie Hawn and More: ‘World’s Sweetheart’

Hollywood is singing the praises of Doris Day on Monday following news of the entertainment icon’s death, with fellow stars praising Day for her natural charm and warmth that could light up the screen.

Day died at age 97 at her home in Carmel Valley, California, after contracting pneumonia, the Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Monday morning.

“She was a true star in more ways than one,” former Beatles singer Paul McCartney wrote on his personal blog. “he had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with. Her films like ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘Move Over, Darling’ and many others were all incredible and her acting and singing always hit the mark.”

Goldie Hawn wrote, “The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her. She brighten our lives and lived out her life with dignity.”

Also Read: Doris Day,
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Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches adds Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock as filming begins

With principal photography now underway, director Robert ZemeckisRoald Dahl adaptation The Witches has made two new additions to its cast in Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Chris Rock (Grown Ups), joining the previously announced Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Octavia Spencer (The Help) and newcomers Jahzir Kadeem Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick.

The official synopsis for the reimagining of the classic children’s book reads:

The Witches tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. The boy and his grandmother come across some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, so Grandma wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe
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Stanley Tucci joins the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’

Stanley Tucci has been added to the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.

Also joining Tucci on the cast is comedian Chris Rock. Both Tucci and Rock join the already cast Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, the role previously played by Angelica Houston in the 1990 classic, and Octavia Spencer who will play the role of the grandmother of the main character Bruno.

It has been reported that the new version will be staying closer to the novel than the 1990 offering which was merely a loose adaptation. The film follows a seven-year-old boy (Bruno) who has a run-in with real-life witches.

Zemeckis, as well as directing, will also pen the script. He will also serve as producer with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.

Also in news – Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet to star
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Wesley Snipes May Be Hinting At Some Big Blade News Coming Soon

1998’s Blade kicks an enormous amount of ass and is arguably the first modern superhero movie, feeling like the prototype for what would become the McU style of comic book adaptation. Two sequels followed, with Guillermo Del Toro’s Blade II a worthy successor and David Goyer’s Blade: Trinity being…well…let’s just say there’s a reason we don’t talk about Blade Trinity.

Anyways, other than a quickly cancelled TV show in 2006, the property has in been stasis ever since. But lately, we’ve been hearing rumblings that the character might be making a return, possibly in the McU. In fact, said rumors were stoked today by Wesley Snipes posting the following tweet:

Caption this… #Blade pic.twitter.com/9s23ZGmhtX

— Ws (@wesleysnipes) May 8, 2019

Now, Wesley Snipes is no stranger to tweeting, talking and generally promoting Blade. He’s even teased a fully fledged return to the role,
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