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'Angry Birds Movie' Sequel Set for 2019 Release

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony is set for a second Angry Birds Movie.

Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment announced that a sequel to last year's animated film will hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, a release date coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original mobile gaming app. It will open ahead of Universal's animated adventure Everest and a Warner Bros. event film, both of which debut the following week.

Thurop Van Orman will make his feature directorial debut with the followup,  as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level. John Rice, who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds »


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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise

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Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland is attached to another major Sony franchise, joining Shawn Levy‘s “Uncharted,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India

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Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.

The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.

This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.

“‘Dangal’ tells us that an Indian film done well can not only release in China, but be the No. 1. ‘Dangal’ tells us that there is no glass ceiling, »


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‘Angry Birds 2’ Will Fling Itself Into an Unstable Structure in 2019

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The Angry Birds Movie was only a modest hit at the domestic box office last year, but its international haul seemingly pleased the accountants at Sony. The studio has announced a sequel for 2019, just in case you need more stories about flightless birds voiced by comedians being flung in the direction of green pigs […]

The post ‘Angry Birds 2’ Will Fling Itself Into an Unstable Structure in 2019 appeared first on /Film. »


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Cannes title 'Beauty And The Dogs' picked up by O-Scope

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Un Certain Regard film heading to multiple territories.

O-Scope has picked up Us rights from Jour2Fête to Ben Hania’s Un Certain Regard entry Beauty And The Dogs.

Rights also closed in Benelux (Cinéart), France (Jour2Fête), Switzerland (Trigon), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Middle East (Mc Distribution), Greece (Strada), and China (Blueshare /Time-in-Portrait).

Mariam Al Ferjani plays a young Tunisian woman who is raped by police officers after leaving a party and propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.

Habib Attia and Nadim Cheikhrouha produced the film and O-Scope plans a theatrical release later this year.

Kaouther Ben Hania’s film is an auteurist achievement with a tour-de-force central performance from a sure to be future-star, Mariam Al Ferjani,” O-Scope’s Dan Berger said.

“Honestly, this is the real Wonder Woman to see on the big screen and we’re counting »


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Inevitable ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot In The Works

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Last year, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” hit cinemas, but only the most naive could assume that Costantin Film, who own the movie rights for the big screen video game adaptation, would simple let the property fade away.

At the Cannes Film Festival, the company revealed that a reboot is in the works, but this should hardly be a surprise. In a genre that is littered with failures, “Resident Evil” has been a consistent money earner, particularly overseas, and the six films in the series led by Milla Jovovich have earned $1.2 billion worldwide.

Continue reading Inevitable ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot In The Works at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: Family Tension Is at Its Peak in Ava DuVernay’s Own Series

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The Bordelons are back! Own has released the trailer for season two of its original drama series “Queen Sugar,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey. The series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe as the estranged Bordelon siblings.

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Season two finds the siblings striving to honor the legacy of their father, who passed away unexpectedly. Ralph-Angel is trying to rebuild his life after jail, and secure a better future for his young son. Meanwhile, tension in the family starts to build when Charley relocates with her teenage son Micah to Saint Josephine, Louisiana, to help run the family business, the 800-acre sugarcane farm Queen Sugar Mill.

Once again, DuVernay enlisted an all-female directing team, including Kat Candler (“12 Monkeys »


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Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors

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As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… »


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Oliver Stone Makes the Jump to Scripted Television with ‘Guantanamo’

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Over the past few years, more and more high-profile film directors have been fleeing the uncertain world of cinema in favor of longform television shows. David Fincher, Cary Fukunaga, Steven Soderbergh, Woody Allen, David O. Russell, the Wachowskis, Baz Luhrman, Jonathan Nolan…pretty soon, it’s going to be difficult to name a filmmaker who hasn’t made […]

The post Oliver Stone Makes the Jump to Scripted Television with ‘Guantanamo’ appeared first on /Film. »


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The Orchard Nabs U.S. Rights to Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ (Exclusive)

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The Orchard has acquired U.S. right to Robin Campillo’s AIDS-activist drama “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” one of the best-received films in this year’s official competition at Cannes.

Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “Bpm” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, said “Bpm” was powerful enough to break out of the Lgbt niche and reach broader audiences.

This marks the third the deal for the company out of Cannes this year. The indie label also picked up “Kings” with Daniel Craig and Halle Berry, and “Under the Eiffel Tower.”

“Bpm” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize. The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews, and a good shot at capturing the festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety‘s Guy Lodge »


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Carne y Arena review - dazzling virtual reality exhibit offers a fresh look at the refugee crisis

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Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest project is an innovative and immersive account of the horrors faced at the Mexico-us border

Related: The Day After review - Hong Sang-soo's boozy comedy is diverting but slight

So – the envelope is pushed a little further, the limits of cinema questioned a little harder, the rectangular perimeter fence of the movie screen challenged a little bit more confidently.

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Movie Talk: Tom Hardy to Star in ‘Venom;’ David Ayer in Talks for ‘Scarface’ Reboot

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Plus, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in new 'Terminator' sequel, Michael Giacchino teases snippet of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' score and a 'Mama Mia' sequel in the works. »

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Paris edition of Us in Progress unveils selection

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Works-in-progress event will run June 20-22 in Paris.

Us indie directors Charlie Birns and Madeline Olnek will present features at the sixth edition of Us in Progress in Paris.

Due to take place June 20-22, the event is a joint initiative between the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris and Black Rabbit in New York.

A total of five feature-length fiction works and documentaries will be presented at the event including Birns’s surrogate mother drama Family Affairs, his debut feature after a trio of shorts.

Respected New York playwright and film-maker Madeleine Olnek will present her Emily Dickinson-inspired third feature Wild Nights With Emily.

Rough-cuts of the participating films will be presented to 40 European sales agents, distributors, festival programmers and producers.

The winning film will get post-production, acquisition and promotion services offered by a number of sponsors from the independent cinema scene in Paris.  

Us in Progress »


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Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Buddy Movie Directed By Ava DuVernay For Netflix

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What started as a dream/meme on the internet has now become a real thing: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are going to make that buddy movie the webosphere wanted.

Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “13th“) will direct the movie, which has been snatched up by Netflix. This whole thing is kind of crazy, with Twitter users essentially creating the project out of thin air.

Continue reading Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Buddy Movie Directed By Ava DuVernay For Netflix at The Playlist. »

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Cannes Competitor ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Closes Clutch of Deals

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Robin Campillo’s AIDS-activist drama “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” one of the best-received films in this year’s official competition at Cannes, has been bought by several distributors.

Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “Bpm” was acquired for Italy (Teodora), Spain (Avalon), Turkey (Bir Films), Sweden (Folket Bio), Denmark (Camera), Switzerland (Agora), Portugal (Midas), Hungary (Vertigo), Benelux (Cineart), Israel (Lev), Hong Kong (Edko),Taiwan (Filmware) and Mexico (Canibal).

A U.S. deal is in negotiation. Earlier in the festival, the film was also picked up by Curzon for U.K. distribution.

“Bpm” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize.

The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews. Variety’s Guy Lodge said the movie “melds the personal, the political, and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.”

“Bpm” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. »


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Adam Sandler Gets Rave Reviews for His Latest Performance at the Cannes Film Festival

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Adam Sandler has become an easy punching bag as he continues to make awful to mediocre comedies to fuel not just his career, but also the careers of his less talented comedian friends. But every now and then, Sandler reminds us that he can be a really good actor when taking roles in films like Punch-Drunk […]

The post Adam Sandler Gets Rave Reviews for His Latest Performance at the Cannes Film Festival appeared first on /Film. »


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Cannes: Timely Un Certain Regard Entry ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ Picked Up By Oscilloscope

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Oscilloscope has obtained U.S. rights to Kaouther Ben Hania’s Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “Beauty and the Dogs.” O-Scope plans a theatrical release for the film later in the year.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques, Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on.”

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O-Scope’s Dan Berger said of the acquisition, “Kaouther Ben Hania’s film is an auteurist achievement with a tour-de-force central performance from a sure to be future-star, Mariam Al Ferjani. Honestly, this is the real Wonder Woman »


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Cannes: Tunisian Drama ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ Lands at Oscilloscope for U.S.

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Oscilloscope has obtained U.S. rights to Kaouther Ben Hania’s Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “Beauty and the Dogs” for a theatrical release later in the year.

The story centers on a young Tunisian woman, portrayed by Mariam Al Ferjani, who’s raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.

Production companies for “Beauty and the Dogs” are Cinetelefilms, Tanit Films, Laika Film & Television, Film i Väst, Schortcut Films, Integral Film & Literature and Chimney. Producers are Habib Attia and Nadim Cheikhrouha. Co-producers are Georges Schoucair, Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen, Jorgen Lorentzen, Andreas Rocksen, Tomas Eskilsson and Jon Mankell.

Jour2Fete made the deal. Additionally, the film will be released in Benelux (Cinéart), France (Jour2Fête), Switzerland (Trigon), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Middle East (Mc Distribution), Greece »


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Big Media CEO Compensation Rose 21% In 2016: Is It More Out Of Whack Than Ever?

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Exclusive: 2016 was a so-so year for Big Media companies. But you wouldn’t know that if you look at how much boards paid the chiefs of CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. Their collective compensation rose 21.1% to $343.8 million — their second highest total ever — we find in Deadline's seventh annual in-depth examination of media and entertainment CEO pay. Each year at least one CEO’s pay stands out due to special circumstances… »


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Exclusive: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Deleted Scene Sees John Leguizamo Taking a Beating

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Aurelio does a great job working on cars, and he knows how to protect his people. »

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