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Saban Films Buys Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’

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Saban Films Buys Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” the sequel to the 2001 comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”

Saban Films said Friday that it has committed to a “substantial” theatrical release. Smith announced on Jan. 2 that he had launched pre-production on the long-promised project with Jay Mewes. Jordan Monsanto of Smodco is producing alongside Destro Film’s Liz Destro.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, “Jay and Silent Bob is a global franchise which has a very loyal fan base. Partnering with Kevin at script stage on the next chapter of these iconic characters is a huge milestone. This is the beginning of a new initiative at Saban Films, to partner on IP with seasoned filmmakers and talent early on in the creative process all the way through distribution.”

Smith and Mewes made their film debut in the 1994 comedy “Clerks.” Smith wrote,
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Netflix Boards Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ in $45 Million Deal

Netflix Boards Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ in $45 Million Deal
Netflix will fully finance the economic drama “Hillbilly Elegy,” with Ron Howard directing and producing through Imagine Entertainment.

The streamer has committed to spend $45 million on the film after winning an auction conducted by CAA.

Imagine began developing “Hillbilly Elegy” after winning the movie rights in 2017. The company signed Oscar nominee Vanessa Taylor, who co-wrote “The Shape of Water” with Guillermo del Toro, to adapt the script last year from J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir of the same name. Imagine partner Brian Grazer and the company’s Karen Lunder will also produce. Julie Oh is the exec producer.

Vance’s book recaps growing up in the Rust Belt and the everyday struggles of America’s white working class as they navigate through drug addiction, and social and economic challenges. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky. After enlisting in the Marine Corps and serving in Iraq,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘The Favourite’ Among GLAAD Media Award Nominees

‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘The Favourite’ Among GLAAD Media Award Nominees
Films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Favourite,” as well as artists such as Troye Sivan are among the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards, handed out by the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, recognizes media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Mj Rodriguez of “Pose” and Nico Santos from “Crazy Rich Asians” announced the nominees on Friday via a live-stream hosted from Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

Other nominees include FX’s “Pose,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and artists Janelle Monae and Hayley Kiyoko,
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Warner Bros. Dates Next Christopher Nolan Movie For Summer 2020

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Warner Bros. Dates Next Christopher Nolan Movie For Summer 2020
The untitled WB event film on July 17, 2020 is now Christopher Nolan’s next event film. The untitled pic will also be released in Imax.

No details are available about the movie, which is standard for the Dunkirk director.

The third weekend in July is a lucky date for Nolan: It’s not only where he’s launched two $1 billion-grossing Batman titles, Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises, and Inception, which went on to over $828M WW, but it’s a time when the five-time Oscar nominee opened Dunkirk, which defied domestic box office perceptions as a British war film, beat tracking and debuted to $50.5M, and finaled at $189.7M domestic, $527M WW. That movie also scored eight Oscar noms, and three wins.

Nolan received Oscar noms for Dunkirk (best picture, director), Inception (picture, original screenplay), and Memento (original screenplay).
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'Detective Pikachu' Sequel in Development With '22 Jump Street' Writer

'Detective Pikachu' Sequel in Development With '22 Jump Street' Writer
Ryan Reynolds’ “Detective Pikachu” is already getting a sequel.

Oren Uziel will write the script for the second installment to the upcoming live-action movie “Detective Pikachu.”

Uziel most recently worked on the screenplay for Paramount Pictures’ “Sonic the Hedgehog.” His past credits include writing and directing “Shimmer Lake,” and penning “The Cloverfield Paradox” and “22 Jump Street.”

“Detective Pikachu” is directed by Rob Letterman, and stars Reynolds, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton. It’s being released by Warner Bros. on May 10. Toho will distribute the pic in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary Entertainment on the “Godzilla” reboot.

The story involves the father of Smith’s teenage character being kidnapped, forcing him to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton will portray a journalist.

Pikachu are creatures who are part of the Pokemon universe. First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokemon has
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Leaving Neverland’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Leaving Neverland’
Michael Jackson was one of the most photographed celebrities who ever lived. But in “Leaving Neverland,” a devastating four-hour documentary about the serial predator he really was, there are photographs of Jackson that have a quality unlike anything you’ve ever seen. They are homespun, casually candid, sitting-around-the-living-room shots, most of them snapped during the visits that Jackson paid to the modest boyhood homes of the two men the movie is about: Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both in their late 30s, each of whom describes, with disarming eloquence and self-possession, how Jackson befriended them when they were children and then, for years, sexually abused them. The film suggests that they were far from the only victims.

In “Leaving Neverland,” the testimony of Robson and Safechuck is overwhelmingly powerful and convincing. And one reason it’s more powerful than anything we’ve previously encountered on the subject — though plenty has been reported about it,
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‘The Farewell’ Review: Awkwafina Gives Her Best Performance in Bittersweet Dramedy — Sundance

Anyone with a large Chinese family going back several generations will probably appreciate much about the one depicted in tender detail in “The Farewell,” director Lulu Wang’s touching and understated debut. For everyone else, Awkwafina’s performance is a terrific gateway. The rapper-turned-actress’ best performance takes a sharp turn away from her zany supporting roles for a restrained and utterly credible portrait of cross-cultural frustrations. As a Chinese-American grappling with the traditionalism of her past and its impact on the future, she’s an absorbing engine for the movie’s introspective look at a most unusual family reunion.

Based on a 2016 episode of “This American Life” drawn from Wang’s own experiences, “The Farewell” centers on Billi, an out-of-work New York writer who learns from her parents that her beloved grandmother — that is, her “Nai Nai” (Zhao Shuzhen) — has terminal cancer. Following Chinese tradition, Billi’s relatives have agreed
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Weinstein Doc Director Questions If Hollywood Has Changed in Light of Bryan Singer Allegations

Weinstein Doc Director Questions If Hollywood Has Changed in Light of Bryan Singer Allegations
Even after new allegations surfaced earlier this week against Bryan Singer — who has repeatedly denied all accusations throughout the years — news broke that the director would keep his job helming the upcoming film “Red Sonja,” despite swift backlash from the reports of sexual misconduct.

Singer called the accusations, first published in the Atlantic, “a homophobic smear piece.” The bombshell report hit the day after Singer’s film “Bohemian Rhapsody” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture.

For the past two decades, Singer has dodged disturbing rumors and lawsuits, all while producing blockbuster hits. Like Singer, Harvey Weinstein continuously denied all allegations of sexual misconduct throughout his career, and continues to do so, even after his alleged behavior of rape and assault against numerous women galvanized the #MeToo movement and ousted him from Hollywood.

Weinstein’s story will unfold on screen in “Untouchable,” a new documentary debuting at the
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Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie Is Getting an IMAX Release in Summer 2020

Warner Bros. made a very loud calendar announcement on Friday, revealing that director Christopher Nolan’s next movie is slated to arrive next summer. The July 17, 2020 target date also comes with confirmation that, as with his previous film “Dunkirk,” this still-secretive new project will be getting an IMAX release.

Grain of salt time: We still have very little idea of what kind of film is actually going to occupy that slot when the time comes. Still, July has been a massively successful good-luck charm for Nolan, with all but one of his films from “The Dark Knight” onward released at some point during that summer month.

Following the acclaim surrounding “Dunkirk,” Nolan has since funneled a large portion of his efforts into areas outside of filmmaking. He led the charge to restore and display a traveling tour of “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm at various theaters across the country.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Farewell’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Farewell’
In the last decade or so, film critics have been pressured to put a “spoiler alert” before sharing anything that might potentially undermine people’s enjoyment of a movie. But how are people supposed to treat things that might be viewed as ”spoilers” in real life? If you knew something that could potentially ruin the rest of someone’s time on earth — like, say, the fact that they had Stage IV lung cancer and less than three months to live — would you be doing them a favor by keeping that information secret? Wouldn’t they want to know?

Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” begins with the words “based on an actual lie,” which is a pretty funny way to present a true story about how the Chinese-American filmmaker’s family decided to spare their grandmother a terminal diagnosis. They don’t want to spoil the limited time she has left,
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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Viewership Suffers Massive Drop – Is Cancellation Next?

Marvel-Netflix shows have been dropping likes flies, from Iron Fist to Luke Cage to Daredevil. And the streaming giant may be training its sights on one more comic book series: The Punisher. The Jon Bernthal series debuted its second season last week, but it may be its last season if its viewership numbers indicate anything. A new report shows a sharp decline in […]

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Review: Devastating Four-Hour Doc Proves Michael Jackson Sexually Abused Children

‘Leaving Neverland’ Review: Devastating Four-Hour Doc Proves Michael Jackson Sexually Abused Children
It may not be much of a secret that Michael Jackson acted inappropriately with a number of young boys, but there’s no way to prepare yourself for the sickening forensic details presented in Dan Reed’s four-hour exposé. It’s one thing to be vaguely aware of the various allegations that were made against the King of Pop; the asterisks that will always be next to the late mega-star’s name. It’s quite another to hear the horrifyingly lucid testimony that stretches across the entire duration of “Leaving Neverland,” as two of Jackson’s most repeat victims bravely lay bare how a universal icon seduced them away from their realities, splintered their families beyond all recognition, and leveraged their love for him into a disturbing litany of sexual acts.

The eloquent and straightforward “Leaving Neverland” was made for no other reason than to give shape to a nebulous cloud of rumors,
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Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie Will Hit Theaters in July 2020

Warner Bros. has announced it will release an untitled new film from director Christopher Nolan on July 17, 2020 -- in IMAX, no less. We don't know the title, the plot or the cast, but with the release date now public, expect those details to surface soon. As of right now, the only films slated to open on July 17, 2020 are a pair of animated titles -- Bob's Burgers from Fox, and The Spongebob Movie from Paramount, as well as an untitled event film from Universal. You can bet the latter project, no matter what it is, really, will …
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Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie Gets July 2020 Release Date

Warner Bros. has set Christopher Nolan’s next movie for July 17, 2020.

The studio made the announcement Friday afternoon about the untitled project, which will also be released in Imax. It did not reveal any other details.

Warner Bros. released Nolan’s “Dunkirk” on the same weekend in 2017. The studio has handled distribution on every Nolan film since 2002’s “Insomnia,” taking international on “The Prestige” and “Interstellar” and worldwide on “Batman Begins,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Dunkirk.”

Dunkirk,” which recounted the 1940 rescue of 340,000 Allied troops pinned by the Nazis, was a critical and commercial success. It received eight Oscar nominations, including best picture for Nolan and producing partner Emma Thomas and director for Nolan, in addition to grossing $526 million worldwide.

Nolan and Thomas were also nominated for the best picture Oscar for “Inception,” for which he also received a screenplay nomination. Nolan’s 10 films have grossed
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‘Queen Mary’ Movie About Haunted Ship Lands ‘Dracula Untold’ Director Gary Shore

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in observance of the national holiday, Collider staffers were given the day off. I decided to spend this precious time with my girlfriend at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, followed by a trip to the Queen Mary. If you've never heard of the Queen Mary before, it's a famous ocean liner that was launched in 1934 by the makers of the Titanic. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, I know. Well the Queen Mary didn't hit any icebergs, but it had plenty of problems of its own -- …
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‘Troop Zero’ Review: Struggling to Reach Schmaltzy Mediocrity | Sundance 2019

Troop Zero is the kind of movie that a major studio would have made in the 90s. It’s inoffensive, mild, and a story about a bunch of outcast kids who band together and form an unlikely group of friends while the adults around them also learn valuable lessons. Today it’s an indie because major studios won’t make a movie with a low budget, but the mechanics are still the same. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that, but it feels reheated and stale in the hands of directors Bert & Bertie. There’s not much imagination or …
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‘Leaving Neverland’ Early Buzz: Disturbing Documentary Chronicles Michael Jackson’s History of Abuse

‘Leaving Neverland’ Early Buzz: Disturbing Documentary Chronicles Michael Jackson’s History of Abuse
Leaving Neverland, the documentary investigating Michael Jackson’s years of sexual abuse allegations, premiered at Sundance Friday. The four-hour documentary directed by Dan Reed chronicles the King of Pop’s long-running relationships with two boys, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, during the 1990s. “Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and […]

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“Faces Were Long, Coffee Cups Were Empty and We Were Tired of the Rain”: Director Lee Cronin | The Hole in the Ground

Whenever directors watch their own films, they always do so with the knowledge that there are moments that occurred during their production — whether that’s in the financing and development or shooting or post — that required incredible ingenuity, skill, planning or just plain luck, but whose difficulty is invisible to most spectators. These are the moments directors are often the most proud of, and that pride comes with the knowledge that no one on the outside could ever properly appreciate what went into them. So, we ask: “What hidden part of your film are you most privately proud of […]
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‘Destroyer’ Director Karyn Kusama on Showing a New Side of Los Angeles and Nicole Kidman [Interview]

‘Destroyer’ Director Karyn Kusama on Showing a New Side of Los Angeles and Nicole Kidman [Interview]
Few directors today make genre movies as intimate Karyn Kusama. The director of The Invitation, Girl Fight, and Jennifer’s Body gets real up close and personal to her characters, especially the protagonist of her latest film, Destroyer. Detective Erin Bell — a bulldozer of a character played by Nicole Kidman — is not a character you can take your eyes away […]

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Goteborg Film Festival Kicks Off With a Politically-Minded Ceremony

Goteborg Film Festival Kicks Off With a Politically-Minded Ceremony
Kicking off with Mila Tervo’s light-hearted romantic comedy “Aurora,” the opening ceremony of the Goteborg Film Festival nevertheless boasted a political edge, underscoring Sweden’s reputation as being one of Europe’s most progressive countries.

The festival’s artistic director, Jonas Holmberg, spoke about this year’s focus on environment-themed films and documentaries with the section Apocalypse.

“The world may go under. Everything we love may be destroyed. Our cities, our bridges, our languages, our gestures, our music, our films (…) if we don’t do something very soon,” said Holmberg on the stage of the Draken auditorium which was jam-packed with Scandinavia’s creme de la creme.

The artistic director said the Apocalypse focus aimed at drawing people’s attention on the ongoing climate crisis. “Films have the unique power to “open up new horizons and perspectives … spark the imagination of people, inspire feelings and ideas at the same time,
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