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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Netflix Assassin Thriller ‘Kate’ (Exclusive)

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Netflix Assassin Thriller ‘Kate’ (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star in the Netflix actioner “Kate,” sources tell Variety.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is helming from a script by Umair Aleem.

The story revolves around a female assassin, who, after being poisoned and given less than 24 hours to live, must go on a manhunt through the streets of Tokyo to take vengeance on her murderer before she dies.

The film will likely begin production this year.

The movie will be produced by Bryan Unkeless — who most recently worked with Winstead on the Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey” — “Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2” producer Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall. “Hobbs & Shaw” director David Leitch is exec producing with Scott Morgan.

Netflix landed the project in 2017 after winning an aggressive bidding war for the highly coveted property.

Winstead has gotten more and more comfortable with action-heavy roles after starring in “10 Cloverfield Lane,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” was the number one film in every international market it opened in on Wednesday, earning $169 million globally in its first day in release overseas.

TheWrap reported Wednesday that the Marvel superhero film had a record midnight screening opening in China and earned $107.5 million on its opening night, the highest ever for a Hollywood film in the region. And “Avengers: Endgame” posted similarly record-breaking figures in 25 markets in all.

“Endgame” had the highest industry opening day in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Greece and Egypt. It fell to number 3 in Singapore, Austria, Iceland and Germany, number two in Italy and was just the highest ever MCU title in France.

“Endgame” opens Thursday in the U.K., but the $169 million total did not include any midnight screening numbers from the U.K.
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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title

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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title
James Bond’s next adventure will go untitled for a little longer.

In a promotional video tied to the start of production on the upcoming 007 sequel, the filmmakers behind the movie unveiled the cast, confirmed that Oscar-winner Rami Malek will be the villain, but stopped short of sharing a moniker for the spy thriller. It will continue under its working title of Bond 25. The film’s producers and star Daniel Craig did hint at certain plot details even if many of the castings they confirmed had been widely reported.

“We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr. Bond,” promised producer Barbara Broccoli. She also left a few breadcrumbs about what that ride might entail, telling viewers that the film will start with Bond out of active service and on holiday.

“He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,” said Broccoli, who added that the production has built an “extraordinary
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The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers’ Stars Get Immortalized in Cement, Hurl Playground Insults & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch as the original cast members of The […]

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'Ammonite', Doc Society among largest BFI funding recipients in 2019 to date

Altitude receives biggest distribution award for Mid90s and Beats.

Francis Lee’s drama Ammonite and the Doc Society have received two of the biggest funding awards from the various pots administered by the British Film Institute (BFI)’s Film Fund in the fourth quarter of the financial year 2018-2019, which ran from January 1-April 5, 2019.

Ammonite, produced by See-Saw Films and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, and starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, is an 1840s-set story of the intense relationship between a fossil hunter and a young woman. It is now in post-production.

The BFI awarded the film a £1.3m
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‘Death Stranding’ is a ‘Playground of Possibilities,’ Will Make You Cry

‘Death Stranding’ is a ‘Playground of Possibilities,’ Will Make You Cry
The Thursday evening conversation between game-making auteur Hideo Kojima and “Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus about highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 game “Death Stranding” was filled with interesting anecdotes, but little in the way of hard fact.

Instead, Kojima made a promise of sorts to the audience and seemingly fans everywhere waiting for more news on the game.

“Maybe in a month or so, maybe.”

While the hour-long talk Tribeca Games talk moderated by Geoff Keighley didn’t feature many new facts, it was riddled with clues, hints, and a bit of philosophy about the game and what making it felt like and playing it will feel like.

Kojima said early on that when he designs a game he does everything in his head initially.

“But it’s kind of like I’m daydreaming,” he said. “I’m kind of brushing in the details as I make it, adding layers and layers to fill out an idea.
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Devilworks adds two new titles to Cannes 2019 slate (exclusive)

’The Child Remains’ sees an expectant couple’s holiday turn to terror.

UK genre sales outfit Devilworks has added two new titles to its slate ahead of the Marché du Film in Cannes next month (May 14-23).

The company has acquired international rights to Michael Melski’s The Child Remains. Produced by Craig Cameron and Melski under Malefic Films and co-produced by Telefilm Canada, the Canadian film follows an expectant couple’s weekend away that turns to terror.

Suzanne Clement, Allan Hawco and Shelley Thompson lead the cast.

It premiered at Atlantic International Film Festival in Canada in 2017, and is
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Stanley Kubrick: film's obsessive genius rendered more human

He was portrayed as a recluse, but a new picture is emerging of a family man who was simply passionate about his work

Twenty years after his death, Stanley Kubrick has never been more popular or visible, particularly in the country he called home for the last 37 years of his life. The BFI Southbank is dedicating a retrospective to his work, his best-known films – including 2001, Dr Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange – have been rereleased, and a touring exhibition drawn from his copious archives is arriving at London’s Design Museum, after stopovers in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Seoul.

Entitled simply Stanley Kubrick: the Exhibition, it is testament to Kubrick’s talent for in-depth research, acquisition of shiny new gadgets for props in his films, and persistence in bending fellow creatives to his will. Here you can find his letters to Saul Bass, badgering him for new versions of the poster
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Google's Avengers Easter egg lets you throw down the Thanos gauntlet

Google searches for Thanos give you the power of Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet with a click of the mouse

Avengers: Endgame fans go to extraordinary lengths for franchise finale

Google has joined in with the hype around the release of the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame, with an Easter egg for people searching for information on one of the franchise’s main villains.

Searching for ‘Thanos’ brings up, as usual, a little information box about the character, played by Josh Brolin in the movie.
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Avengers: Endgame fans go to great lengths for franchise finale

Denouement of Marvel’s superhero juggernaut in line to break all box-office records

“I’m having a baby tomorrow but I need to know how it ends,” says Jo from Clapton, east London, who was among the first wave of fans to see Avengers: Endgame on Thursday.

“We were offered a C-section earlier in the week, but because we had the Avengers booked we decided to have it later,” she said outside the Vue cinema in Stratford’s Westfield complex.
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International festival chiefs call for release of Myanmar filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi

”We are gravely concerned for his health and fear for his life.”

More than 450 film professionals have signed a letter supporting Myanmar filmmaker and festival director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, who was detained earlier this month in what Amnesty International called a “politically motivated” arrest.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) have released a letter calling for his release on humanitarian grounds, as he was recently treated for liver cancer. The letter is co-signed by Idfa and Iffr chiefs Orwa Nyrabia and Bero Beyer.

Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was arrested
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Welcome to cat school: Taylor Swift lifts flap on elite Cats training college

The musician attended lessons on set while preparing for her forthcoming role in the Cats movie adaptation, but what did she learn and did her co-stars – including Judi Dench and Idris Elba – attend?

Later this year Taylor Swift will star as a cat in Cats, in a movie adaptation of a play about cats. The more observant among you will have realised that Swift is not actually a cat and this might be a problem. After all, there are plenty of cat performers out there and surely any roles that arise should be given to an actual feline, and not a rich white woman pretending to be a cat.

To head off any potential controversies down the line, Swift has put a plan of action into place. Not only has she just released a new music video that’s full of cats – nice try, but “some of my best friends
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Watch: Trailer for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Entry ‘Song Without a Name’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — Peru’s La Vida Misma and Paris-based sales agent Luxbox have dropped the first trailer and poster of Melina Leon’s “Canción sin nombre” (“Song Without a Name”), selected this week for the Cannes Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.

Written by Leon and Michael J. White, “Song Without a Name” sums up some of ambitions and focus of the section under first-time artistic director Paolo Moretti: A first feature, a movie with a strong auteurist voice, and elements of genre in its slow-boiling thriller thrust and dashes of film noir.

“Song Without a Name” is lead produced by La Vida Misma, in co-production with Spain’s Mgc, Peru’s La Mula Producciones and Switzerland’s Bord Cadre, co-producers of “Monos” and “Divine Love,” well received at this year’s Sundance festival, and 2018 Directors’ Fortnight standout “Birds of Passage.”

Sophie Dulac Distribution, the French distributor of Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship
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Film4, Playtime, eOne execs join 2019 Inside Pictures programme (exclusive)

Film4, Playtime, eOne execs join 2019 Inside Pictures programme (exclusive)
Film4 director Daniel Battsek is the industry ambassador this year.

Senior executives from Film4, Playtime and eOne are among the participants in the 2019 edition of Inside Pictures, the international business training and leadership skills development programme from the UK’s National Film and TV School (Nfts).

Among the 20 participants are Frédérique Rouault, director of international sales at French sales agent Playtime; Samanta Roberts, marketing director, film at eOne Spain; and two representatives from Film4 – senior legal and business affairs manager Don McNicholl, and marketing and distribution manager Hannah Saunders.

Daniel Battsek, director of Film4, is the industry ambassador for the programme.
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Beyond the River review – canoeists fight South Africa's undercurrents

In this beautifully shot but underwhelming story, a black-white duo enter the gruelling Dusi canoe marathon hoping to heal their nation’s wounds

‘Two people combine to make the power,” growls seasoned Afrikaner canoeist Steve (Grant Swanby) to his Soweto protege Duma (Lemogang Tsipa), as they struggle to get their paddles in sync and the future of South African race relations hangs by a thread. Inspired by a true story of an unfancied black-white duo who managed to win the gruelling 120km Dusi canoe marathon in 2014, Beyond the River sadly can’t muster more than bland motivational soundbites about how sport can heal the nation’s wounds. Resplendently photographed by Trevor Calverley, it feels as if there’s no racial divide that can’t be conquered by a soaring drone shot of glorious veldt.

Duma is drifting into a life of crime, illegally stripping cables for the metal, when he
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‘Aladdin,’ ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,’ ‘Shaft’ Set for China Debuts

Disney’s new live-action “Aladdin” will release in China on May 24, day-and-date with North America, giving the studio a run of three films in Chinese theaters as many months.

Two other Hollywood titles will also hit the big screen in the Middle Kingdom in the coming months: “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” on May 10 and the Samuel L. Jackson-starring action comedy “Shaft” on June 14, both also day-and-date with the U.S.

Jackson is quite popular in China, and starred in last month’s “Captain Marvel,” which made $154 million in the country. “Pikachu” stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds, familiar to Marvel-mad Chinese audiences as the superhero Deadpool, whose PG-13 rated film “Once Upon a Deadpool” got a surprise China release in January and made $42.5 million.

Aladdin” is the 12th live-action remake based on a beloved animated Disney classic. It is directed by Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and
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Film Review: ‘Patrimonio’

Though it never really went away on much of the globe, a sort of creeping feudalism is making such a striking comeback — with the ever-more-fabulously-rich squeezing the poor of every dime and resource — that Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale’s documentary “Patrimonio” feels like a frightening portent. Will such crude appropriations of land and water to benefit the privileged, while depriving others of their most basic needs, become an increasingly typical future scenario?

Receiving a modest DVD and on-demand berth a year after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, “Patrimonio” charts the struggle of a fishing village’s residents in Baja Mexico to maintain simple ocean access, among other things, as a humongous multinational development moves in. This particular David-vs-Goliath fight has a happy ending (at least so far). But what remains frightening is the ease with which the better-funded, better-connected combatants simply ride roughshod over every official legal
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UK box office preview: can 'Avengers: Endgame' challenge opening record?

‘Avengers’ will be a boost to UK cinemas after a dreadful previous weekend.

After a dreadful weekend at the UK box office last time out, with no films topping £1m across Friday-Sunday, this week sees the welcome arrival of Disney’s latest superhero blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

The film is the final entry in the current cycle of Marvel comic book adaptations and has been hotly anticipated since the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, was released in April last year.

That movie started with a mammoth £23.1m opening Fri-Sun, and took £29.4m including previews on the Thursday. It went on to
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Fan Bingbing Starts to Re-Emerge Months After Tax Scandal

Half a year after she was found guilty of tax fraud and disappeared from the public eye, Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has begun to signal her comeback, attending a gala event and launching her own beauty product on social media this week.

The 37-year-old actress unexpectedly hit the red carpet in Beijing on Monday at a ninth-anniversary event for streaming giant iQiyi, though she arrived late and didn’t answer media questions. “iQiyi hosted a closed-door event of entertainment professionals, unrelated to any specific projects,” the company told Variety in response to a query about Fan’s attendance.

Industry watchers saw her presence as an attempt to assess public reception of her re-emergence months after she issued a groveling public apology and was ordered to pay more than $100 million in penalties and back taxes. Reactions on social media to her re-appearance suggest that Fan could face a tough road back to public favor.
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Film Review: ‘I Trapped the Devil’

Film Review: ‘I Trapped the Devil’
I Trapped the Devil” sounds like the title of a sermon or gospel song, but it’s a very literal-minded statement coming from the mouth of a leading character in writer-director Josh Lobo’s debut feature. This being a horror film, there’s a chance he’s even literally correct, rather than simply mad. A mixed-bag frightfest, IFC’s limited theatrical release doesn’t ultimately provide quite enough reward for a slow buildup. But it proves Lobo an able helmer (if one who could probably use a co-writer next time), eking decent atmospherics and good performances within a potentially claustrophobic premise.

In a framing device, two policemen break into a seemingly empty house where something is intangibly amiss. As they’re just about to find out what that is, the film jumps back several hours earlier, when others are arriving at the same house. Matt (Aj Bowen) and wife Karen
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