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‘3%’ Trailer: Netflix’s First Brazilian Original Series Is a Dystopian Thriller

With the premieres of “Love,” “Stranger Things,” and “Luke Cage,” Netflix is having quite a busy year for original series, but soon they will debut their first Brazilian original production “3%.” Created by Pedro Aguilera and directed and executive produced by Cesar Charlone (“City of God”), “3%” follows a dystopian future Brazil in which the surviving population resides in the Inland, a place that lacks basic resources. But at the age of 20, everyone is given a chance to apply for the Process, which allows 3% of applicants to live in the glorious Mar Alto. The cast includes Joao Miguel (“Xingu”), Bianca Comparator (“Pure Beauty”), Zeze Motta (“Chica da Silva”), Mel Fronckowiak (“Rebelde”), and more.Watch the teaser trailer for the series below.

Read More: ’13th’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Documentary Is the Most Relevant Movie of the Year — Nyff

Based off a 2011 web series also created by Pedro Aguilera, , “3%” marks the first Netflix series to be filmed,
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Tobis Film to return to production

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Tobis Film to return to production
German distributor of Southpaw, Transcendence to return to production.

German distributor Tobis Film is to return to production after more than a decade’s absence following the arrival of two new shareholders, Timm Oberwelland and Peter Eiff.

According to Tobis - distributor of titles including 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and upcoming Antoine Fuqua action-drama Southpaw - the company’s new shareholder structure will see the outfit become more active in the production of German-language films and international co-productions alongside the company’s core activities of film distribution, home entertainment and TV licensing in the German-speaking territories.

Founded in 1972 by the late film producer-distributor Horst Wendlandt, Tobis Film had made its first foray into production after StudioCanal took a 60% stake in the Berlin-based company in February 2000.

Under the management of Haig Balian and Albert Wiederspiel, the renamed Tobis StudioCanal (Tsc) was involved via its in-house production arm in the co-production of such local titles as Edward Berger’s [link
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'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' Win at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) handed out their annual awards tonight and it was Spike Jonze winning for his original screenplay, Her, while Billy Ray took the adaptation top prize for Captain Phillips, based on the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea". Both screenplays are nominated for Oscars this year and, in fact, the Original Screenplay nominations match up exactly, but in the Adapted category John Ridley's screenplay for 12 Years a Slave was one of many deemed ineligible due to WGA qualifying rules. So if you think this makes for an "open and shut" case at the Oscars, that's definitely something to consider. That said, the win for Jonze I see as a very big deal in a tough field of competitors. I have Her at the top of my predictions in the Original Screenplay category and this only solidifies my opinion further,
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Snubs Abound! 2014 Writers Guild Award Nominees Announced!

Both the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and East (Wgae) have announced nominations for the Writers Guild Awards. The biggest omission? Oscar front-runner "12 Years A Slave!" According to IndieWire, "12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, God Loves Uganda, 20 Feet From Stardom, and The Square are indeed ineligible for a WGA nomination because they were not written under the guild's jurisdiction."

Whatever that means! If you're wondering what happened, read the Writers Guild's rules:

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2013 and were written under the WGA.s Minimum Basic Agreement (Mba) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate
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WGA Awards Announce 2013 Nominees

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) just announced its nominees for the PGA Awards. And now, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced its own nominees for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen. Films eligible for a WGA Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2013 and were written under the WGA rules. The winners will be announced and honored at a ceremony simultaneously held in New York and Los Angeles on Saturday, February 1st. Check out the full list of nominees below. Original Screenplay * American Hustle * Blue Jasmine * Dallas Buyers Club * Her * Nebraska Adapted Screenplay * August: Osage County * Before Midnight * Captain Phillips * Lone Survivor * The Wolf of Wall Street Documentary Screenplay * Dirty Wars * Herblock - The Black and The White * No Place on Earth * Stories We Tell * We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
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Allen Unstoppable, Three Major Snubs: Writers Guild of America Announces Their 2014 Nominees

WGA Awards 2014 nominations: Woody Allen, ‘American Hustle’ in; ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ ineligible (photo: Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen on the ‘Blue Jasmine’ set) The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards. The lists — adapted and original screenplay, documentary screenplay — mostly feature the expected titles, in addition to a handful of surprises chiefly because several of this year’s top contenders for screenplay awards have failed to meet the WGA’s strict eligibility rules. Among the out-of-contention screenplays for the 2014 WGA Awards were John Ridley’s 12 Years a Slave, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, William Nicholson’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Peter Morgan’s Rush, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. The winners of the
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Nominations for the 2014 WGA Awards announced

Yesterday the Producers Guild of America announced the contenders for the 2014 PGA Awards, and now it's the turn of the Writers Guild, who has revealed the nominations for the 2014 WGA Awards this afternoon. Check out the full list of nominees here....

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea
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The Writers Guild Of America Nominations Have Been Announced

Earlier today saw the announcement of the Writers Guild of America‘s nominations for Best Original, Adapted, and Documentary Screenplay for 2013. Of the major guilds (Producers Guild, Directors Guild, etc.), these are usually the awards taken the least seriously due to their silly rules that exclude several of the top contenders each year. This year, major casualties of their rules included 12 Years a Slave (which is on the fast-track to winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar), Philomena, and Fruitvale Station. However, this wouldn’t be the first time a disqualified screenplay has gone on to win an Oscar, as we’ve seen previously with Django Unchained and The King’s Speech.

The exclusion of some of these nominees has led to a bit of randomness in their selections, particularly in the Adapted Screenplay category, where we find surprises like August: Osage County and Lone Survivor, two films that were of pretty poor quality.
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Nominations Announced For 2014 Writers Guild Awards

The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2013. Winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features http://focusguilds2013.com/dbcscreenplay/

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Original Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the
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WGA snubs Inside Llewyn Davis

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WGA snubs Inside Llewyn Davis
The Writers Guild Of America has unveiled its screen nominees ahead of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on February 1 - however Inside Llewyn Davis and, less shockingly, Gravity are shut out.

The following are nominated for Original screenplay: American Hustle, Woody Allen, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and Nebraska.

The adapted screenplay nominees are: August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Captain Phillips, Lone Survivor and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Documentary screenplay contenders are: Dirty Wars, Herblock – The Black & The White, No Place On Earth, Stories We Tell and We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks.

12 Years A Slave, Philomena, Fruitvale Station and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom were ineligible.
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Writers Guild Awards: Nominations for 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'August: Osage County'

Writers Guild Awards: Nominations for 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'August: Osage County'
The Writers Guild of America award nominations are out, but don’t expect to learn much about the Oscar race from these shortlists.

Too many major screenplays are ineligible for the guild prize, since the organization only honors writers who are union members or films that were made under the auspices of a guild agreement — excluding many foreign and independent movies.

Among those disqualified this year: John Ridley’s script for 12 Years a Slave — considered a frontrunner for the adapted screenplay Oscar — and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena — another strong contender for that Academy Award. In the original screenplay category,
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2014 WGA Nominations Find 'Llewyn Davis' Snubbed Again, 'Dallas Buyers Club' Gains Momentum

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards and, as always, there will be Oscar contending screenplays that weren't eligible due to WGA qualifying rules. This year some of the ineligible scripts include 12 Years a Slave, Rush, Fruitvale Station and Philomena (via HitFix). The absence of such titles make the Oscar race a little more interesting, but if you think Lone Survivor is going to get a nomination (as much as I like seeing it recognized) over 12 Years a Slave guess again. In fact, looking at the nominations compared to my current Oscar predictions for Adapted and Original Screenplay you're going to find few differences. In the Original category the biggest difference is yet another snub for Inside Llewyn Davis, which was looked over yesterday by the Producers Guild and again today by the WGA, and once again, in its place we find Dallas Buyers Club,
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WGA Nominations 2014: 'American Hustle,' 'Her,' 'Lone Survivor' in the Running

The Oscar race gets more interesting by the day!

The Writers Guild of America unveiled their film nominations today, and among the set are a few surprises - as well as some notable snubs.

In the original screenplay category, mortal lock Woody Allen received his 21st WGA nomination for "Blue Jasmine," while Spike Jonze earned his first for "Her." Rounding out the rest of the field were Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska."

One high-profile movie left out in the cold is Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis." With a snub from the Producers Guild earlier this week, the critically-acclaimed tale of the '60s folk music scene is losing Oscar momentum.

The adapted screenplay category was more muddled this year, with likely Oscar contenders "12 Years a Slave," "Fruitvale Station," and
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"No Place on Earth" Has a Place Among Great Holocaust Documentaries

It’s not hard to find incredible stories of Jewish families enduring remarkable hardships and making impossible choices to evade capture by the Nazis during World War II, and with No Place on Earth it just got a little easier. For well over a year, a collection of families made a home out of a subterranean cave in Ukraine, and through a number of close calls and near starvation, they outlasted the persecution and live to tell the tale 70 years later. Janet Tobias puts together a concise and riveting documentary, the only faults of which come in the form of subjects who aren’t always easy to understand and a few testimonial clips that don’t really make sense. Otherwise, the combination of talking heads and skillful dramatic reenactments combine for an engrossing and touching story.

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Toronto 2013: How Did Last Year’s Films Do?

As the Toronto Film Festival acquisitions market gets cracking, I find it helpful to see how some of last year’s titles fared at the box office. It’s an instructive way to keep things in perspective. Titles below reflect theatrical grosses, but remember, multi-platform business is not reflected and in some cases has turned films into profitable winners. Related: Toronto 2013: Will Deals Take Back Seat? Toronto Film Festival 2012 Acquisitions at the Domestic B.O. Title (distributor) Domestic B.O. (in millions except where noted) The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features) $21.4 Spring Breakers (A24) $14.1 Much Ado About Nothing (Roadside Attractions) $4.27 Frances Ha (IFC) $4.05 Emperor (Roadside Attractions) $3.35 Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions) $1.59 Girl Most Likely (Roadside Attractions) $1.38 The Lords of Salem (Anchor Bay) $1.17 What Maisie Knew (Millennium Ent.) $1.07 Still Mine (Samuel Goldwyn) $587K The Reluctant Fundamentalist (IFC) $529K Arthur Newman (Cinedigm) $208K No Place on Earth (Magnolia) $200K John Dies at the End
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What to Watch: Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2013

Chicago – This week’s What to Watch on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, Amazon, On Demand and more is another seemingly random hodge-podge of offerings that you can use to guide your way through the new releases shelf at Best Buy, the On Demand section on Vudu, the store on iTunes, various online DVD retailers and maybe even Netflix and Hulu. Pick your favorites. This is the way we’d rank them if you have a free night or money to burn this week.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

David Lowery’s beautiful drama was covered more thoroughly in our theatrical review and opens tomorrow at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago (and we’ve already run Matt Fagerholm’s interview with the writer/director) but you can actually watch it now On Demand and so we wanted to included it in What to Watch.
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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Beam 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Home Before Disc

Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Epic (animated family adventure; voices of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried; rated PG) Scary Movie 5 (horror-spoof comedy; Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale; unrated) Amour (drama; Jean-Louis Trigtignant, Emmanuelle Riva; PG-13) Jayne Mansfield's Car (drama; Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Bacon; pretheatrical release; rated R) No One Lives (horror; Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens; rated R) No Place on Earth (documentary; Chris Nicola, Saul Stermer; rated PG-13) A...

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Top 7 Films So Far of 2013 … Another Opinion

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

In a year that seems over-populated with apocalyptic films, 2013 has given a generous amount of hope to the concept of going to the movies, and that’s only with six months off the calendar. With its finest showing to be a healthy mix of genres, budgets, and storytelling styles, the year of 2013 has seen some grand pieces of work from filmmakers that range from retiring heavyweights like Steven Soderbergh to rising talents like Katie Aselton or Derek Cianfrance.

Below are my Top 7 Films So Far of 2013. And after you’ve finished soaking up this list, don’t forget to read Jeff’s list too.

7. No Place on Earth

Recap: A documentary about an extended family who hid in two different caves to elude the Gestapo during World War II, told partially with dramatic reenactments. One does not need to be a fan of history,
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Review: No Place on Earth

When Chris Nicola traveled to the Ukraine, it was to understand his own family's history and explore caves. Not only did he inexplicably discover everyday objects such as buttons and shoes in a remote cave, but he also unearthed a rumor of a group of Jews who lived in a cave. These discoveries led to an incredible Holocaust survival story of how 38 people lived underground for a year and a half -- the longest recorded sustained underground survival -- to escape the death camps. Nicola confirmed the story by locating 14 of the original cave inhabitants.

The experiences of these Ukrainian Jews is captured in the documentary No Place on Earth -- which opens in Austin tomorrow at Regal Arbor -- by longtime television producer Janet Tobias in her film directorial debut. The survivors are now in their eighties and nineties, but they were quite young when they took refuge in the cave.
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No Place On Earth – The Review

Once again film makers have mined the histories and stories of World War II for another fascinating, little known tale of survival. The best known story may be that of Anne Frank, who was back in the news recently thanks to a pop music star visiting her museum. Two years ago the St. Louis International Film Festival was wowed by In Darkness, a dramatic feature that told the story of Polish Jews who lived in the city’s sewers to avoid arrest by the occupying Nazi forces. In release now is No Place On Earth, a similar story told in a very different way. Earth is basically a documentary that uncovers a new survival story that’s every bit as moving and dramatic as the former film.

The new film actually begins in the United States, New York city to be exact. Underground explorer Chris Nicola decided to travel to
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