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China’s Censors Confound Biz

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China’s Censors Confound Biz
It was the shot Chinese-American director Ren Wen had spent an entire day of his short 15-day shoot preparing for: a long take in which a supposedly sweet old woman brutally kicks the protagonist of the film out of the car, leaving him to die in the freezing night of a future world where the sun has flamed out.

But when Chinese censors handed “Last Sunrise” back to Ren with the single, vague piece of feedback that the film “showed too much of the darkness of humanity,” he realized the shot had to go. “The problem is they’re not specific, so we just had to cut whatever we thought they might find too dark or violent” — about four minutes of material, he says. More experienced Chinese colleagues had counseled him to cut more than he thought necessary. Not removing enough “shows that you have an ‘attitude problem,’ which will
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‘The Hot Zone’ hopes to continue Nat Geo’s sizzling Emmy presence in Best Limited Series

‘The Hot Zone’ hopes to continue Nat Geo’s sizzling Emmy presence in Best Limited Series
Two years ago Nat Geo broke onto the Emmy scene in a big way with “Genius,” which earned 10 nominations including Best Limited Series, Best Directing for Ron Howard and Best Actor for Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein. Last year, the highly anticipated sequel “Genius: Picasso” scored seven bids, including Best Limited Series and Best Actor for Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso, and won for Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography. With “Genius: Aretha Franklin” not debuting until 2020, Nat Geo is hoping that its latest limited series “The Hot Zone” will continue its sizzling Emmy presence in the top categories.

SEEEmmys 2019 exclusive: NatGeo categories for ‘The Hot Zone,’ ‘Free Solo’ and more

Based on the nonfiction bestseller by Richard Preston, the six-part limited series recounts the terrifying story of an Ebola outbreak outside of Washington, D.C. Julianna Margulies plays Dr. Nancy Jaax, a colonel who works to keep the deadly
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A Nightmare On Elm Street Writer Explains Where The Remake Failed

The 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street was always going to have a hard time living up to Wes Craven’s original film. The final result was a a disappointment in terms of rehashing the franchise’s iconic moments without really justifying its existence. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer is pretty direct in explaining why the film didn’t work, too, blaming it on director Samuel Bayer’s cavalier approach to his script.

Heiserrer, who was nominated for an Oscar for Arrival, recently used Twitter to rant about his experiences with A Nightmare on Elm Street, with some choice comments including that:

“I wish the script I’d written, with the two New Line execs as shepherds, would have been the movie. …the draft that we thought was going to be shot was different in many ways, some big and some subtle. This happens a lot, but I still have memories
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Cannes Film Festival: How Netflix, Amazon, and Other Streamers Changed the Market

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Cannes Film Festival: How Netflix, Amazon, and Other Streamers Changed the Market
Now in its 72nd year, the Cannes Film Festival promises to offer its signature cocktail of glamour and cinephilia, a feast of rosé-lubricated moviegoing that unspools against the glittering backdrop of the Côte d’Azur. At the Palais, a seaside cathedral to all things film, the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Bill Murray, Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas are expected to walk the red carpet at one star-studded premiere after another.

But the engine that drives Cannes, and the reason that entertainment companies from around the globe shoulder the cost of flying their talent and teams to the South of France and housing them for the better part of two weeks, is that the festival also has a vibrant market. It’s one that offers everything from grindhouse favorites to auteur-driven fare. Agents and producers deplane in Nice ready to sell buyers on completed movies or scripts
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Shailene Woodley Starring in Serial Killer Thriller ‘Misanthrope’ (Exclusive)

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Shailene Woodley Starring in Serial Killer Thriller ‘Misanthrope’ (Exclusive)
Shailene Woodley will star in “Misanthrope,” an upcoming serial killer thriller, Variety has learned. The film will center on a talented but troubled cop who is recruited by the FBI to help profile and track down a murderer. FilmNation Entertainment will be presenting the film to buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to Woodley, the star of “Big Little Lies” and the “Divergent” franchise, key talent includes director Damián Szifron, who previously oversaw the Oscar-nominated “Wild Tales.” Szifron wrote the screenplay with Jonathan Wakeham. It is based on an original story by the director. Filming will take place in Atlanta this year and additional casting is currently underway.

“Screenplays like ‘Misanthrope,’ that are this well executed both in theme and tone, are rare to come by with a director like Damian behind the wheel,” said Woodley. “I have complete trust we will create something that will
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Legendary Pictures confirms Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will span two movies

When it was first announced that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 helmer Denis Villeneuve was turning his attention to Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi epic Dune, it was said that the big screen adaptation would span two movies.

However, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced just one release date, and there was no mention of a second film when the official synopsis and cast list was revealed to mark last month’s start of principal photography.

Well, it seems there hasn’t been a change of plan, and the intention remains to split the sprawling tale across two films, as revealed by Legendary CEO Joshua Grode in an interview with THR:

“That’s the plan. There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books [that we expanded]. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over.”

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Watch: A Loving Tribute to Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

"His way of doing it was not going to school, it was just going to the movies." Deutsche Grammophon has released the full video tribute made in memory of beloved Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who passed away in early 2018. This lovely short documentary was made to be included in the upcoming release of a collection called "Retrospective I", a CD box set and hardcover book featuring Jóhannsson's early work. Producer Áine Devaney and filmmaker Blair Alexander head to Iceland to discover Jóhann's roots in Reykjavík, Iceland, interviewing his parents and friends / collaborators - including a record shop owner who talks about his unique sound. Jóhannsson is best known for his work composing scores for films including Prisoners, The 11th Hour, Sicario, Arrival, Mandy, and Mary Magdalene. Take a few minutes to watch this. Thanks to Indiewire for the tip on this video. Original description from YouTube: "To celebrate the release of 'Retrospective I',
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Jóhann Jóhannsson Remembered by Loved Ones in Moving Tribute Video

Jóhann Jóhannsson Remembered by Loved Ones in Moving Tribute Video
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s untimely death at 48 left a void in the world of music and film that will continue to be felt for years to come. The composer, who’d just begun coming into his own with the scores for films like “Sicario,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Arrival,” had become so prolific that several of his projects were still unreleased at the time of his passing: “Mandy,” “The Mercy,” “Mary Magdalene,” and “Christopher Robin.”

To pay tribute to Jóhannsson, producer Áine Devaney and filmmaker Blair Alexander went to his hometown of Reykjavík to speak to loved ones about his life and work.

If ever you wondered whether Jóhannsson took to music from an early age, the answer is yes. “Jóhann started to show interest in music, I think, about three years of age,” the composer’s father says in the video’s opening moments. “I was playing in a
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Legendary CEO Says the Plan is For Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ to Be Spread Across Two Movies

Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s epic Dune, being directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049). The aim, if all goes according to plan, is to spread the saga of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller across two movies, Legendary CEO Joshua Grode tells The Hollywood Reporter this week. “That’s the plan,” […]
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‘When They See Us’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series Takes a Stirring Look at Central Park Five

Following a highly effective teaser trailer in March, Netflix has debuted the soul-stirring official trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us.” The four-part limited series brings the headline-making trial of the Central Park Five to a human level as DuVernay gives a voice to the four teenagers who were falsely accused and convicted of rape.

The official synopsis from Netflix reads: “Based on a true story that gripped the country, ‘When They See Us’ chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The series focuses on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of
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Warner Bros, 21 Laps Option Kendare Blake Short Story ‘On The I-5’

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Exclusive: Warner Bros just closed a deal for the horror short story On The I-5, written by bestselling author Kendare Blake. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce for 21 Laps.

The story is being kept under wraps but it’s a female-empowered subversion of the serial killer genre.

Kendare Blake wrote the best-selling trilogy Three Dark Crowns which 21 Laps is developing at Fox. Blake’s book Anna Dressed in Blood is set up at Lionsgate.

Emily Morris and Becca Edelman will oversee for 21 Laps, and Cate Adams is overseeing for Warners.

The author is represented by Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss Daily & Associates and Adriann Ranta Zurhellen of Foundry Literary + Media.

21 Laps premieres Stranger Things 3 on July 4th and is prepping British director Jonathan Entwhistle’s I Am Not Okay With This, a coming-of-age comedy series for Netflix, as well as the fantasy series Shadow and Bone, based on the
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Hawkeye Series Starring Jeremy Renner in the Works at Disney+ (Exclusive)

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Hawkeye Series Starring Jeremy Renner in the Works at Disney+ (Exclusive)
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is the latest member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to line up his own Disney+ series.

Variety has learned from sources that Disney’s upcoming streaming service is officially developing a limited series based on the archery ace Marvel character with Renner attached to star. The project is said to be an adventure series in which Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, will pass the torch to Kate Bishop. Bishop is a Marvel Comics character who took up the Hawkeye mantle after Barton. She is also a member of the group known as the Young Avengers.

Disney and Marvel declined to comment. Reps for Renner declined to comment.

Renner has been a part of the MCU since he first appeared as Hawkeye in an uncredited cameo in “Thor.” He has since played the role in “Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Captain America: Civil War.” He
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Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin Share ‘Dune’ Location Videos From the Jordan Desert

Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin Share ‘Dune’ Location Videos From the Jordan Desert
Filming is officially underway on Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Dune” adaptation, with stars Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin recently sharing some beautiful footage on social media from the movie’s set in the Jordan desert. The location is serving as the backdrop for the film’s primary setting of Arrakis, a desert planet which is home to a drug called melange (or “spice”) that is the most lucrative commodity in the universe.

Villeneuve has said “Dune” will try to avoid filming on sound-stages as much as possible, and these videos from Chalamet and Brolin prove that will be the case when it comes to depicting life on Arrakis.

Chalamet is starring in “Dune” as the lead character, Paul Atreides. The protagonist’s family becomes the owner of Arrakis, putting a target on their back as every major power player in the universe wants to control the spice market. The
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‘Your Name.’ Director Makoto Shinkai Returns with First Trailer for ‘Weathering with You’

Bested only by Spirited Away, Titanic, and Frozen, Makoto Shinkai’s 2006 anime Your Name. is one of the highest-grossing films in Japan’s history and now the director is returning three years later with his follow-up. Titled Weathering with You, the first international trailer has arrived and while no subtitles are available yet, we do get a look at the beautiful visuals.

With voice work from Kotaro Daigo and Nana Mori, the story follows a lonely high school student who moves to Tokyo where he encounters dreary days and meets a girl who, due to strange circumstances, can control the weather. Set for a release this July in Japan, hopefully the film makes its way to the states soon after. In related news, Marc Webb was recently set to direct a J.J. Abrams-produced remake of Your Name. written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival).

Check out the trailer and poster below.
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Josh Brolin Shows Off the Dune Set in a Video Shared on Social Media

Josh Brolin shot a video showing off the set of director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and as you can see, it looks like the landscape of the story you’d image. It seems like a pretty awesome place to shoot the movie. I like how Brolin describes it aa an “ancient space.”

There’s an incredibly talented team of creative people working on Dune, and I have no doubt that this team is going to deliver an amazing film adaptation of Dune.

Check out the video below:

Josh Brolin showing off the Dune set. #Dune pic.twitter.com/FCFGqwfEut

Dune (@DUNEFAN2020) April 6, 2019

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Set on the planet Arrakis, we find ourselves exploring the story of two warring galactic royal families House Atreides and House Harkonnen. When Duke Leto Atreides is assassinated, his son Paul and wife Lady Jessica escape only to be adopted by the Fremen,
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High Life Review

Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche star in Claire Denis’ cerebral yet fleshy sci-fi tale.

High Life is a science fiction film -- the first by brilliant French director Claire Denis -- but don’t go into it expecting Star Wars or even something like Arrival. For her first exploration of the genre (not to mention her first English-language film), Denis has stuck to her distinct, naturalistic style, dispensing with almost anything futuristic or high-tech in favor of a low-fi esthetic that place the focus firmly on her characters and even serves to heighten the otherworldly nature of her narrative and setting.

When we initially meet Robert Pattinson as Monte, he is tending to the maintenance of the spacecraft he’s traveling on, all alone except for a toddler he’s taking care of. The infant appears to be his daughter but it’s not completely certain at first who they really are,
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Karen Lunder Promoted to President of Imagine Features

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Imagine Entertainment has promoted Karen Lunder to president of Imagine Features, the company’s chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced on Thursday.

In her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. Lunder joined Imagine in the film division in 2017 and most recently served as the company’s executive vice president of production, which she was promoted to last August.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Imagine and to be a part of such a powerhouse group of people,” Lunder said in a statement. “Imagine has long been an important home for filmmakers and talent and I’m thrilled to [be] working with Brian and Ron to expand on the ways these exceptional storytellers can bring their ideas to the screen.”

Also Read: Imagine Entertainment Launches Kids and Family Division, Stephanie Sperber to Lead

Lunder is currently overseeing production of “Hillbilly Elegy,
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Karen Lunder Promoted To Imagine Features President

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Karen Lunder Promoted To Imagine Features President
Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have promoted Karen Lunder to be President of Imagine Features. Under her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. She joined Imagine as a film exec in 2017.

Lunder is currently overseeing Hillbilly Elegy, an adaptation of the J.D. Vance bestseller that Vanessa Taylor adapted and for Howard to direct. Hillbilly Elegy sold to Netflix in a competitive auction earlier this year and it is heading into production this summer. Lunder produces alongside Grazer and Howard. It is the first of a slate of projects that Imagine is developing in-house under its independent model.

Lunder has been at the forefront of building a diverse slate of films in-house, overseeing the joint venture with Animal Logic for animated and hybrid films while also growing the company’s pipeline of studio live action films. Priority projects
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Karen Lunder Named President of Imagine Features

Karen Lunder Named President of Imagine Features
Imagine chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced Thursday that Karen Lunder has been promoted to president of Imagine Features, overseeing feature film production and development.

Lunder is currently working on the Netflix feature Hillbilly Elegy, to be directed by Howard. Upcoming priorities include the David Gordon Green-directed reboot of Friday Night Lights and Tick,Tick…Boom!, Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut.

Lunder joined Imagine in 2017 from Filmnation, where she was executive vp production and worked on such titles as Arrival and The Founder. Previously, Lunder was president of production at Gil Netter Productions and headed development for Landscape Entertainment.

"Karen has been ...
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Is there an ‘American Hustle’ curse at the Oscars?

Is there an ‘American Hustle’ curse at the Oscars?
Back in late 2013, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” premiered to favorable reviews and enthusiastic audience reaction. It was immediately hailed as a serious Oscar contender, challenging frontrunners “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”

American Hustle” got off to a strong start at the Golden Globe Awards, where it won three of its seven nominations: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Amy Adams) and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Lawrence.) It was the most honored film of the evening.

When the Oscar nominations were announced, “Hustle” bustled its way to an impressive ten nods, tying it with “Gravity.” “Hustle” notably received bids in all four acting categories, with Christian Bale (Best Actor) and Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor) joining Adams and Lawrence. Russell had worked similar magic the previous year with “Silver Linings Playbook.”

While Lawrence was the
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