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Sundance: ‘The Tomorrow Man’ Foreign Rights Sell to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Exclusive)

Sundance: ‘The Tomorrow Man’ Foreign Rights Sell to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to “The Tomorrow Man,” a romantic drama with John Lithgow and Blythe Danner, Variety has learned.

The deal is in advance of the film’s world premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Sundance Film Festival. It does not include North American rights. Those went to Bleecker Street, which announced the acquisition earlier this week. A spokesperson for Sony declined to comment.

The Tomorrow Man” marks the debut feature of Noble Jones, an up-and-coming filmmaker who also wrote the script. The film centers on Ed Hemsler (Lithgow), a man obsessed with preparing himself for a disaster that never comes, and Ronnie Meisner (Danner), a shopaholic who buys lots of junk she may never use. Together they end up forming an unlikely romantic pair.

The Tomorrow Man” co-stars Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, and Eve Harlow. It was produced by Luke Rivett,
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‘The Unicorn’ Trailer Draft: Everyone’s Obsessed With Having A Threesome

“You guys used to be fun,” an old friend (Lucy Hale) and intriguing minx says to her old pals. And with that jarring pronouncement, a long-engaged couple is shocked and comes to the realization that they are boring and unadventurous people. So, the new comedy, “The Unicorn” that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival last year tracks a couple as they set out on a quest to spice up their relationship.

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Dario Argento Says ‘Suspiria’ Remake ‘Betrayed the Spirit of the Original’

Dario Argento Says ‘Suspiria’ Remake ‘Betrayed the Spirit of the Original’
If you’ve been wondering how Dario Argento feels about the “Suspiria” remake, wonder no more. The giallo master has shared his thoughts on the film with Radio Rai 1’s Un Giorno da Pecora (per the Film Stage), saying that “it did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: There is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much.”

That’s in spite of his thoughts on writer-director Luca Guadagnino, whom Argento considers “a fine person.” Argento called this new take on his film “refined” and added that “Guadagnino makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful…”

Remaking a cult classic like “Suspiria” was always going to be a risky proposition, which Guadagnino acknowledged in an interview at the Venice Film Festival. “For me, making films is a natural act, and I do what I believe I need to do,
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Netflix Expected to Spend as Much as $15 Billion on Content This Year

As you’ve surely noticed by now, Netflix boasts an ever-expanding library of original movies and TV series. “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” and “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” are just some of the conversation starters to premiere on the streaming giant in recent weeks, and they have something in common: They all cost money to acquire and/or produce. So much, in fact, that Netflix spent $12 billion on content in 2018 — and, according to Wall Street analysts (per Variety), could see that number rise as high as $15 billion this year.

“We believe [Netflix] could, if it chose, ramp margins more quickly by limiting growth in its substantial investment in global marketing and production, but it is (wisely) playing the long game,” Ben Swinburne of Morgan Stanley wrote in a note. The company spent $8.9 billion on content in 2017 and, according to Daniel Salmon of Bmo Capital Markets,
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Sundance 2018 Box Office Recap: Winners and Losers

While the independent specialty market is in decline, Sundance’s strong release track record continued last year. Sixteen movies that world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival grossed over $2 million in domestic box office, the best performance in recent years.

These films (plus three Spotlight selections that premiered at other festivals) didn’t set a record for total performance. The 2017 edition total of $270 million included “Get Out,” which contributed close to $180 million, double the rest of the Sundance field. For 2018, the total for all releases is just under $200 million. That’s 70 percent ahead of 2016 from all premiered films.

2018 Sundance Film Festival – Grosses Of Premiered Films

Film Domestic Distributor Bought Section Gross At Fest? $ millions Hereditary 44.1 A24 No Midnight Searching 26.0 Sony Yes Next Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 22.8 Focus No Documentary Premiere Sorry to Bother You 17.5 Annapurna Yes Us Dramatic Rbg 14.0 Magnolia/CNN Yes Documentary Premiere Eighth Grade 13.5 A24 No
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Is This Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? The December 2018 Box Office Post-Mortem [Podcast]

On this episode of The Playlist Podcast, I’m joined by Playlist Managing Editor Charles Barfield to sift through the rubble of the 2018 Winter Box Office, specifically the day that will live in B.O. infamy: December 21, 2018, a day that will likely be seen as a box office cautionary tale for years to come.

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The day that four major studios and a mini-major decided to release their films in hopes of holiday glory nearly all of themselves cannibalizing their successes in some way.

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Yorgos Lanthimos Discusses The Irrational Physicality & Ridiculousness Of ‘The Favourite’ In 45 Minute Talk [Video]

Yorgos Lanthimos has been quietly building his filmography for decades. Studying theatre directing in Greece, the filmmaker is having his best year to date with the rapid critical, awards, and box office success of “The Favourite.” Earning near-universal acclaim and now well into the grind of awards season, “The Favourite” feels like a crowning achievement for the filmmaker. The road to “The Favourite” has been just as fascinating; the director has created some of the most interesting pieces of modern cinema with his own idiosyncratic style and collaborations.

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‘All These Small Moments’ Mixes Charm And Subtlety To Form An Impressive Debut [Review]

Theoretically, everyday life should be the least interesting part of the human experience to explore on film. To be fair, fantastic films exist about normal people doing boring stuff, but who honestly wants to spend two hours watching actors pretend to do things that the audience actually does every day? Washing dishes, tableside arguments, and dog walking are not exactly what comes to mind when you think of escapist cinema. However, “All These Small Moments” manages to explore the mundane details of life in a charming manner that leaves a long-lasting impression.

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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity

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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “The Punisher” Season 2, including the ending.]

One of the most remarkable things about “The Punisher” is the way in which it doesn’t hold in its rage. This is a show that feels fundamentally angry about the world — the criminals working within the system, the systems which oppress good people, the good people who get chewed up through no fault of their own. And it doesn’t hold back, thanks to good ol’ Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), rampaging his way through the world, dealing out his own brand of justice.

The most violent of the “Defenders” universe series, Bernthal’s take on the Punisher was first introduced in “Daredevil” Season 2, but barring a cameo or two his spin-off is easily the most disconnected from the rest of the franchise, one which can easily be enjoyed without catching up on “Iron Fist” or “Luke Cage.” Season 2, after an en media res hyper-violent opener,
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Final Oscar Predictions: Why ‘Roma’ Still Has Momentum — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Final Oscar Predictions: Why ‘Roma’ Still Has Momentum — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
Oscar votes are in and nominations are just around the corner. Campaigns are taking a weeklong break. But what will happen on Tuesday morning? Even educated guesses don’t tell the whole story. Nevertheless, most pundits can agree that “Roma” remains a serious frontrunner in a very competitive year. Even so, “A Star Is Born” and “Green Book” stand to do quite well — but don’t count out “BlacKkKlansman” or “The Favourite.” If you’ve been following the hype, you know that a few popular titles could do quite well…or not so well. And what about the underdogs that deserve to sneak in? No matter what happens, someone’s going to be upset about the outcome. Place your bets now!

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson take one last pass at predicting the nominations while looking ahead to a very different film
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‘Grace and Frankie’ Review: Season 5 Is Fun, Silly, and Running Out of Time

‘Grace and Frankie’ Review: Season 5 Is Fun, Silly, and Running Out of Time
If Rust Cohle walked into Grace and Frankie’s beach house, snapped open a Lone Star, and started talking about time as a flat circle, Jane Fonda’s unflappable hostess would slip a coaster under his tall boy and make herself a martini. Lily Tomlin’s relentlessly positive hippie would probably crack a joke about some old peyote trip that had her seeing in 2-D for weeks.

But they’d know what he’s talking about. These time-tested broads recognize how history repeats itself. They know many of life’s moments come back around in one way or another, and the weight of the past can be crushing. Their only twist on Matthew McConaughey’s tortured musings would be that they want the circle to continue; instead of feeling trapped in a constant loop of pain, they’d look for ways to keep things spinning. Because in Season 5, the best
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Sundance 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

Sundance 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far
There are few acquisition festivals quite like Sundance, where movies enter as unknowns and leave as Oscar hopefuls with million-dollar deals backing them. 2018 titles that went on to critical and financial success included “Searching,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Eighth Grade,” and “Blindspotting”; though not as high-profile as the likes of “Call Me by Your Name” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” such films serve as a reminder of Park City’s importance in shaping the year in movies.

Running from January 24 – February 3 in Park City, Utah, this year’s edition of the festival is sure to produce a number of buzzworthy offerings. Here’s our constantly updated compendium of every Sundance 2019 acquisition.

Title: “The Brink

Buyer: Magnolia Pictures

Section: Documentary Premieres

Alison Klayman and producer Marie Therese Guirgis have pulled off an amazing achievement, going behind the scenes of a historic political and cultural moment and capturing it with both true artistry and import,
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‘Carmen Sandiego’ Review: Exciting New Animated Version Stays Educational in Unexpected Ways

‘Carmen Sandiego’ Review: Exciting New Animated Version Stays Educational in Unexpected Ways
At first glance, Carmen Sandiego doesn’t seem like a character that needs an origin story. For anyone who’s played a version of the computer and video games that helped birth Carmen’s trademark red coat and fedora or ever watched one of the multiple TV shows those games eventually spawned, the iconography and the character went hand in hand.

In most of those versions, Carmen was the character disappearing around the corner before she could be caught. Some found her leaving tiny clues and messages for those trailing in her wake. So it makes sense then that for a new version of the title character with some fresh ambitions of her own, “Carmen Sandiego” would need a little bit of a reintroduction.

The first season of the new Netflix animated series opens up with a two-part story called “Becoming Carmen Sandiego,” which tracks Carmen’s (Gina Rodriguez) narrated
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Jon Bernthal Talks The Future Of ‘The Punisher’ & Says “There’s A Lot More Of Frank To Come, Somewhere Down The Road” [Interview]

Given the slew of recent Marvel Netflix cancellations, there’s certainly some cause for concern regarding the future of the remaining two series (“Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher“). If there’s one show, however, that fights to stay alive, it’s without a doubt “The Punisher,” which is fitting given the nature of the character. With Season 2 set to drop this Friday and garnering mostly a similar reception to the previous season, it’s possible we could see Frank Castle live to fight another day.

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‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Tackle The Stock Market’s Most Infamous Day In New Showtime Series

You had to know when the names Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to a project, it’s not going to be the most conventional program ever conceived. And as expected, when the producing duo behind films like “Sausage Party” and “This is the End,” as well as the TV series “Preacher,” tackle the most infamous day in Us stock market history, they’re doing it with an entirely unique vibe.

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Ves to Honor Illumination’s Chris Meledandri with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has tapped Illumination founder/producer Chris Meledandri with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 17th Annual Ves Awards on February 5th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It marks the first such honor for an accomplished filmmaker from animation.

“Chris Meledandri has greatly contributed to the advancement and ever-increasing success of mainstream animated entertainment over the last 20 years,” said Mike Chambers, Ves Board Chair. “His leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and he has helped redefine the profile of animation and visual effects on a global scale.”

Read More: Avengers: Infinity War’ Leads Ves Awards with Six VFX Nominations, with Surprising Shutouts

Previous winners of the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award have included James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, Sir Ridley Scott, and Ken Ralston.
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Dwayne Johnson Pitches A ‘Thor’/’Fast & Furious’ Crossover & It Sounds Amazingly Awful

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the headlines over the last week or so for polarizing comments that he didn’t even say, in a published interview. But this time, we’re going to talk about something Johnson actually did say, and did so on national TV. We’re here to talk about a pie-in-the-sky project that will never see the light of day, but damn, wouldn’t it be fun?

Read More: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Disputes “Generation Snowflake” Comments & Says Interview Is “100% Fabricated”

In a clip from his new TV series “Titan Games” (it’s a thing…I think), Johnson is acting all muscle-y, as he’s known to do, and is holding a giant sledgehammer.

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Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Starring Cate Blanchett Release Date Pushed Back 5 Months

The trailer wasn’t one of our favorites from 2018, however, we can’t help but be excited for Richard Linklater’s upcoming film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” Sadly, it appears we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to see the Cate Blanchett film, as Annapurna has announced (via The Wrap) that the film is being pushed back until much later in 2019.

Originally slated for release on March 22, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is now going to hit theaters in August.

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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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‘Adult Life Skills’: Jodie Whittaker’s Outstanding Performance Elevates The Otherwise Thinly-Plotted Film [Review]

A charming shell of a picture with not much substance at its center, “Adult Life Skills” makes a run at several interesting themes and tropes yet veers away from each before any contact is made. An arrested development recipe with dashes of grief processing thrown in for flavor, the cinematic stew doesn’t ever come together, largely owing to half-baked character and narrative work. And while a deft directorial touch and magnificent performances elevate the material, it’s all in the service of a story whose dots just don’t connect.

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