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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip: Miles Morales Grooves and Finds a New Superpower

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip: Miles Morales Grooves and Finds a New Superpower
This week brings Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse into theaters, unleashing a bunch of different super-powered spider people onto the big screen. If you’re still not convinced that the movie, which has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, is worth seeing, maybe a funny new clip featuring Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) getting some advice from Peter Parker (Jake […]

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Remake Still in Development as Legendary Scoops Up the Rights

While the Avengers from Marvel Studios will likely rule the big screen for years to come, a different avenger is lying in wait and hoping to once again make a splash of his own. Legendary Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger and are planning a remake of the trashy 1984 […]

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‘Fyre’ Trailer: Netflix Takes You Inside the Greatest Party that Never Happened, The Fyre Festival

The Fyre Festival was sold as a luxury music festival hosted on a private island where guests could live like rock stars – for a hefty price. Once attendees arrived, however, chaos reigned. Instead of fancy villas and gourmet meals, they were greeted with tents and – perhaps worst of all – cheese sandwiches. A […]

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Sight & Sound Names ‘Roma’ the Best Film of 2018

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Sight & Sound Names ‘Roma’ the Best Film of 2018
Sight & Sound has unveiled its annual film poll, and the winner is unlikely to come as a surprise: “Roma,” whose awards-season dominance continues unabated. Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and has also been named the best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association, has emerged as 2018’s most well-received cinematic offering — at least among critics.

Rounding out the top five are Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” (which wasn’t released in the UK until this year), Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” (which was Lafca’s Best Picture runner-up), Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” and Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.”

More than 160 critics, programmers, and academics participated in the poll. The full results:

1. “Roma”

2. “Phantom Thread”

3. “Burning”

4. “Cold War”

5. “First Reformed”

6. “Leave No Trace”

7. “The Favourite”

= “You Were Never Really Here
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‘Toxic Avenger’ Movie in the Works at Legendary

Legendary Entertainment is developing “The Toxic Avenger” as a movie after acquiring the feature film rights.

Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.” The property also became a stage musical production,
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‘The Lego Movie 2’ Holiday Short: Even the Apocalypse Deserves a Holiday

‘The Lego Movie 2’ Holiday Short: Even the Apocalypse Deserves a Holiday
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part may not be coming to theaters until next year, but Warner Bros. has an early Christmas present for us in the form of a new holiday short. The year 2018 and Bricksburg alike may be fiery hellscapes right now, but that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating the holidays. So […]

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Constance Wu in Negotiations for Romantic Comedy

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Constance Wu in Negotiations for Romantic Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu is in talks to join Sony’s Screen Gems’ untitled romantic comedy, with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing.

Glow” actress Kimmy Gatewood is making her feature directorial debut on the project. She will be directing from a Savion Einstein script about a woman who becomes pregnant with two babies from two different men. Alison Small from Brownstone will executive produce.

Wu broke out in ABC’s sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” in which she portrays the pragmatic wife to Randall Park’s character and the mother of three children. The fifth season began airing in October.

Wu portrayed the central character Rachel Chu in “Crazy Rich Asians” opposite Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh. The movie has grossed $237 million worldwide since its release in August. Wu received a Golden Globe nomination for her role.

Crazy Rich Asians” is based on the first novel in Kevin Kwan’s Singapore-set trilogy,
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‘Solo’ Score Disqualified From the Oscars Because Someone Forgot to Submit It

Somebody goofed. First-round voting has kicked-off for the Academy’s Best Original Song and Best Original Score awards, and four buzz-worthy scores have already been disqualified. The causes behind the disqualifications vary, but the Solo: A Star Wars Story score might have the most embarrassing reason: someone forgot to submit it in time. Other scores that didn’t […]

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Maggie Gyllenhaal on Why a Woman Director Doesn’t Automatically Make a Story More Feminine

Maggie Gyllenhaal on Why a Woman Director Doesn’t Automatically Make a Story More Feminine
Having a female director doesn’t automatically make a story more feminine, says “The Kindergarten Teacher” star Maggie Gyllenhaal, but when it comes to her film with director Sara Colangelo, she says the female narrative is fully encapsulated.

“Just because something is written or directed by a woman doesn’t necessarily make it a feminine articulation,” she says during her Variety Actors on Actors interview with Regina King. “That’s been so interesting for me to see because I really feel like ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ is, in this way that feels very new to me.”
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‘Birds of Prey’ Writer Christina Hodson Explains the Movie’s Crazy Long Title

‘Birds of Prey’ Writer Christina Hodson Explains the Movie’s Crazy Long Title
Birds of Prey‘s full title just rolls off the tongue. In full, it’s called Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn), and has been confirmed to be the official title and not some joke that star Margot Robbie scribbled on the script. Now writer Christina Hodson is here to explain why they settled on that […]

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Academy Looks Warily at Oscar Host Options As Board Meeting Looms

Academy Looks Warily at Oscar Host Options As Board Meeting Looms
Kevin Hart’s abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig. As of now, the situation remains fluid as the group’s leadership explores options, including going host-less, individuals familiar with the situation told Variety.

The Academy was blindsided by Hart’s announced departure Thursday night, according to two insiders. The Board of Governors will convene on Tuesday night at a previously-scheduled meeting where the matter will inevitably be discussed.

“They’re freaking out,” said a top comedy agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity. There were no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, according to another insider. The show’s producers are back to square one.

Late night hosts might seem an obvious choice, given their national profiles and history with the show. But the Academy is now said to be
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Regina King on Intimacy Experts: ‘I Could Have Used the Help When I Was Younger’

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Regina King on Intimacy Experts: ‘I Could Have Used the Help When I Was Younger’
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s sex-trade industry series “The Deuce” features one job that’s unlike any other in television: an intimacy expert.

During her Variety Actors on Actors interview with Regina King, “The Kindergarten Teacher” actress explained how the strange role is actually important in helping young actresses stand up for themselves, especially when it comes to sex scenes on screen.

“I have done so many sex scenes in my life; I have learned how to protect myself. I’m good with it. I don’t actually want someone talking to me,” Gyllenhaal says. “But I can also see that the woman who came in, who’s 22, who got the job, who’s a great actress, who has to take her clothes off, who doesn’t know how to say no, who’s learning how to say no. … I know that this person needs that help. I could have used the help when I was younger.
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Jason Momoa Seems At Peace If Ben Affleck And Henry Cavill Leave The DC Universe

Following on the heels of the news that Amy Adams believes she is out as Lois Lane in the DC Universe and that she thinks Warner Bros. and DC Films are revamping Superman, “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa has weighed in on the revelations that Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are likely out as Superman and Batman respectively. However, the actor doesn’t seem to know one way or another what their status is.

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Walt Disney Studios crosses $7bn for second time in industry history

Studio on track to overtake its $3bn North American industry record.

Top brass at The Walt Disney Studios said on Monday (10) it had crossed $7bn at the global box office in a calendar year, marking only the second time in industry history this has happened after the studio accomplished the feat in 2016.

Marvel StudiosAvengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Ant-Man And The Wasp, and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 have been the key drivers behind the milestone.

The studio’s estimated international box office gross through December 9 stood at $4.069bn, which ranks as Disney’s second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history.
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The ‘Die Hard’ Prequel ‘McClane’ Will Probably Be Rated-r [Exclusive]

The ‘Die Hard’ Prequel ‘McClane’ Will Probably Be Rated-r [Exclusive]
/Film has been following the development of McClane, formerly titled Die Hard: Year One closely. Originally, rumor had it that Bruce Willis would only appear in the beginning and end, to pass the torch to the younger McClane in flashbacks. In 2016, weeks after posting the title Die Hard: Year One on social media, director […]

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