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‘Shang-Chi’ Sequel in the Works with Filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton

‘Shang-Chi’ Sequel in the Works with Filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton is staying in the Marvel fold, with the filmmaker signing an overall deal with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective. The deal allows him to produce projects for television for both.

Cretton is also developing a sequel to Shang-Chi, the well-regarded superhero movie that debuted in September and starred Simu Liu. Cretton will return to write and direct the sequel and is also working on a new Marvel Cinematic Universe series for Disney+ as part of his overall deal.

Shang-Chi stands as the highest-grossing domestic film of 2021, with $224.5 million ...
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fablemans’ to Hit Theaters Over Thanksgiving 2022

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fablemans’ to Hit Theaters Over Thanksgiving 2022
Steven Spielberg’s next film The Fablemans will be released in theaters on Nov. 23, 2022, the eve of the long Thanksgiving weekend, Universal and Amblin Partners announced Monday.

The coming-of-age pic is loosely based on the Spielberg’s formative years and his relationship with his parents. Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano and Gabriel Labelle star.

Precise plot deals are being kept under wraps, but Williams will play a character based on Spielberg’s mother and Dano, his father. Rogen is playing an uncle.

Spielberg co-wrote the script alongside Tony Kushner. Spielberg, Kushner and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing.

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Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Holds Top Spot With $12.7 Million In Sleepy Sophomore Weekend

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Holds Top Spot With $12.7 Million In Sleepy Sophomore Weekend
Even if you didn’t have a calendar, you’d know it was December. How? Because this weekend the box office felt a lot like that old holiday tale where not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. With no major new releases hitting multiplexes there wasn’t a lot of movement on the charts, as Disney’s family-friendly Encanto once again finished in the top spot with a $12.7 million haul in its sophomore session. Consider it the quiet before the storm—what with West Side Story, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and The Matrix: Resurrections all ready to be unwrapped in the coming weeks.

With the new Omicron variant making headlines and folks hustling to shop for the holidays, movie ticket sales were especially light over the weekend—roughly half of what they were over the Thanksgiving frame. Of course, the drop off in attendance probably also had a
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Tom Holland Confirms Role as Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic

Tom Holland Confirms Role as Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic
Spider-Man” star Tom Holland is swapping his web-shooters for dancing shoes. The 25-year-old officially confirmed on Sunday that he’ll portray legendary actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire in an upcoming biopic for Sony.

In a recent profile for GQ, Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal teased that she wanted Holland for the part of Astaire in the forthcoming movie, as well as another trilogy of “Spider-Man films.”

But during an interview with AP, at an event promoting the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Holland confirmed that he’ll step into the entertainer’s dance shoes for the project, which is still in its early stages.

“The script came in a week ago,” Holland told reporters. “I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me.”

Pascal has received the script though, Holland noted. “She FaceTimed me earlier. I was in the bath,” he said with a laugh. “And we had a lovely FaceTime,
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Saudi’s Telfaz11 acquires indie film company Last Scene Films

Saudi’s Telfaz11 acquires indie film company Last Scene Films
Growing entertainment giant Telfaz11 is striving to become a major player locally and regionally.

Burgeoning Saudi entertainment group Telfaz11 has acquired independent production house Last Scene Films in a deal scaling up its move into feature film production.

Founded by Alaa Yousef Fadan, Ali Al Kalthami and Ibrahim Al Khairallah, Riyadh-based Telfaz11 was at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s YouTube youth content revolution in the early 2010s and is now a major player in its content boom following the lifting of the country’s 35-year cinema ban.

Specialising in producing independent arthouse features, documentaries and short films, Riyadh-based Last
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Rose McGowan’s Rico Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein and His Lawyers Is Dismissed

Rose McGowan’s Rico Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein and His Lawyers Is Dismissed
A federal judge has dismissed Rose McGowan’s racketeering lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his lawyers, after McGowan fired her attorneys and missed a court-ordered briefing deadline.

McGowan was one of the first people to go public with allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein in late 2016 and 2017, triggering an avalanche of similar allegations that sparked the #MeToo movement and landed the former producer in prison.

In October 2019, McGowan filed a Rico lawsuit against Weinstein and attorneys David Boies and Lisa Bloom, arguing that they had orchestrated an elaborate scheme to spy on her and prevent her from coming forward. Judge Otis D. Wright dismissed most of her claims in December 2020, though he allowed her to proceed with two fraud claims and also granted her an opportunity to amend the Rico allegations.

But after McGowan’s attorneys amended the complaint, Wright ruled again on Nov. 9 that the allegations did not rise
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Lamb review – Noomi Rapace outstanding in wild horror-comedy of Icelandic loneliness

Lamb review – Noomi Rapace outstanding in wild horror-comedy of Icelandic loneliness
This outrageous story of a bereaved couple’s surrogate child ropes in a wild bestiary of creatures great and digital

Icelandic director Valdimar Jóhannsson makes a coolly outrageous feature debut with this jawdropping horror-comedy of loneliness, co-written by Jóhannsson with the lyricist and Björk collaborator Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, or Sjón. It is performed with unflinching commitment by its executive producer-star Noomi Rapace, who is first among equals in a great cast of humans, animals and various prosthetic and digital creature effects.

Maria (Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Guðnason) are an unhappy couple with a remote farm in Iceland: it gradually becomes clear they have lost their only child. The drama begins with a strange spirit-visitation in the barn that scares the animals: a ewe becomes pregnant with a bizarre animal-human hybrid and poor, stricken Maria (her name’s importance is left for us to digest) conceives a passionate attachment to this precious being,
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Dolph Lundgren: post your questions for the actor and director

Dolph Lundgren: post your questions for the actor and director
As he releases his latest film as a director, what do you want to ask the man who played the ultimate Euro-iceman in 80s action flicks?

Here’s some things you might not know about Dolph Lundgren: he’s got a master’s in chemical engineering, Jerry Springer played the US president in his directorial debut The Defender, and his real first name is … Hans.

Well, would Hans Lundgren have been the same big deal? The ultimate Euro-iceman in the 1980s, he played a villain in Bond film A View to a Kill (at the behest of then-girlfriend Grace Jones who had a starring role), and man-mountain Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in the fondly remembered Rocky IV. Lundgren, notoriously, put Stallone in hospital with a dangerously swollen heart after he was allowed to whale on his co-star, no holds barred, for a few seconds.
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Citizen Ashe review – tribute to Wimbledon champ and Obama’s quiet inspiration

Citizen Ashe review – tribute to Wimbledon champ and Obama’s quiet inspiration
This documentary tracks the life of African American tennis star Arthur Ashe who was a pioneering radical despite his restrained style

A clip towards the end of this respectful documentary shows Barack Obama revealing that his role-model heroes were Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe. Surely, Ashe had to be the bigger influence: the only black man ever to have won Wimbledon was a famously someone with a thoughtful, non-strident personality whom the white tennis establishment found to be highly acceptable. Ashe himself, though sympathetic to the new black radicalism of the 1960s was, in terms of style, entirely apart from it, and this film recounts his stoicism at enduring the occasional “Uncle Tom” jibe.

Perhaps this was crystallised by his decision to ignore the boycotts against apartheid South Africa and play there as a way of accelerating integration, despite the fact that he was for a long time refused a
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Pharrell Williams-produced ‘North Hollywood’ starring Vince Vaughn seals deals (exclusive)

Pharrell Williams-produced ‘North Hollywood’ starring Vince Vaughn seals deals (exclusive)
Deals for digital releases have been done in the UK and Ireland, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Latin America.

UK-based sales outfit Blue Finch Films has sealed a slew of digital international deals on Mikey Alfred’s comedy North Hollywood, starring Vince Vaughn, Ryder McLaughlin and Miranda Cosgrove, on which musician Pharrell WIlliams is a producer.

The film has sold to Sky Cinema for the UK and Ireland, and to Australia and New Zealand (Kismet Movies), Scandinavia (Lucky Dogs), Germany (Telepool), Poland (Monolith Films), Japan (Rights Cube), South Africa (Gravel Road), the Middle East (Front Row) and Latin America (Prime Films
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Red Sea artistic director Edouard Waintrop cancels trip to festival

Red Sea artistic director Edouard Waintrop cancels trip to festival
Former Cannes Directors’ Fortnight artistic director oversaw selection of inaugural edition.

Red Sea International Film Festival artistic director Edouard Waintrop has cancelled his attendance of the festival due to health reasons.

Waintrop was to have flown out of Paris to Jeddah on Sunday for the inaugural edition of Saudi Arabia’s first international film festival (December 6-15) but cancelled his flight.

Contacted by Screen, Waintrop said he had fallen ill over the weekend and had been advised by his doctor to stop working for a week.

“I am very sad to not get back to Jeddah,” said Waintrop.

Waintrop was
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Red Sea film festival opens as Haifaa Al Mansour steals the show

Red Sea film festival opens as Haifaa Al Mansour steals the show
Hollywood and regional stars hit the red carpet event in Jeddah’s Al-Balad historic centre.

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival (Rsiff) opened in Jeddah on Monday evening (December 6) with an array of international stars on the red carpet, but it was local filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour who stole the show when she received an honorary career award at the opening ceremony.

“When I was a child, watching a movie for me was a dream, and making the first Saudi film was a dream, and being honoured in the first film festival in Saudi Arabia was also a dream,
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Hope review – sensitive study of the grief that lies behind a cancer diagnosis

Hope review – sensitive study of the grief that lies behind a cancer diagnosis
Stellan Skarsgård plays a man whose attention has been more focused on his career than his family wrestles with accepting his wife’s terminal illness

Here is an intelligent and civilised film from Norway with two outstanding actors; directed by Maria Sødahl, it’s about love, grief and intimacy and it is conceived at a high creative standard. Yet for me it never quite ignites with the real passion or the real anger that it seems to be gesturing towards.

Andrea Bræin Hovig plays Anja, a successful fortysomething choreographer with an international career, in a relationship with Tomas, played by Stellan Skarsgård, and together they have a large and loving stepfamily. The previous Christmas, Anja had been given the all-clear from lung cancer, but one year on it has grimly returned with a metastasis in her brain; she has to have surgery but with a poor prognosis.
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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 9: The Lost Daughter

The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 9: The Lost Daughter
Olivia Colman is mesmerising in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s delicious adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel

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Olivia Colman gives a powerhouse turn in The Lost Daughter, prickly and combustible as Leda Caruso, a middle-aged languages professor on a working holiday in Greece. In flight from her past, possibly from herself, she stares at the sea as though it’s done her a great wrong and eats alone at the bar, repelling anyone who draws close. She haunts the resort like a ghost while other ghosts are haunting her. In an excellent directing debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal turns Elena Ferrante’s 2008 source novel into humid, sensual cinema. This is Colman’s stage and her tragedy; you can’t take your eyes off her for a second.

Leda can’t seem to relax into her tranquil island break: she’s disturbed by the unruly, faintly criminal family from
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David Thewlis on new show Landscapers and the misogyny of Naked: ‘I find it much tougher to watch today’

David Thewlis on new show Landscapers and the misogyny of Naked: ‘I find it much tougher to watch today’
As he stars alongside Olivia Colman in a drama about the Mansfield Murders, the actor talks about his discomfort with Naked, doing night shoots with Julie Walters – and growing old grotesquely

David Thewlis, speaking by Zoom from his home in the Berkshire village of Sunningdale, has set his screen at a jaunty angle. His manner is equable, nerdy, eager to please. Nothing like what you’d expect, in other words – unless you had watched Landscapers, a new four-part TV drama in which Thewlis stars opposite Olivia Colman. Perhaps he’s one of those actors who doesn’t de-role until he’s on to the next character.

Landscapers is true crime, in so far as the protagonists are Susan and Christopher Edwards, the so-called Mansfield Murderers convicted in 2014 of killing Susan’s parents and burying them in the garden 15 years before. Yet it is absolutely nothing like true crime. It jumps through time and genre,
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‘White on White’ Review: The Camera Lens Is an Instrument of Violence in a Haunting Colonialist Reflection

‘White on White’ Review: The Camera Lens Is an Instrument of Violence in a Haunting Colonialist Reflection
Traveling photographer Pedro is a drawn, taciturn type, who prefers to let his camera do the talking. Whether he’s shooting a coy bride or a gang of white huntsmen posing with their Indigenous human kill, his mien is impassive, his brow furrowed, seeking composed perfection in the most rattling of images. “White on White” likewise conjures ravishing beauty from hellish historical ugliness, though it’s mindful throughout of the camera’s conspiratorial capacity for violence. As cold and quiet and witchily mesmerizing as a nighttime snowfall, Spanish-Chilean director Théo Court’s formidable second feature considers a devastating chapter of South America’s colonialist history through the eyes of someone at once a perpetrator and an observer — tacitly asking, at a certain point, what the difference even is.

An arresting and subtly challenging Chilean submission for the international feature Oscar, “White on White” first popped on the festival circuit in
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‘The White Fortress’ Review: Moving Portrait of Doomed First Love in Socially Unequal Sarajevo

‘The White Fortress’ Review: Moving Portrait of Doomed First Love in Socially Unequal Sarajevo
There are three white fortresses that neatly demarcate the divides so evocatively drawn in Igor Drljača’s “The White Fortress,” recently named Bosnia and Herzegovina’s submission for the 94th Oscars. There’s the grim, encircling tower block in which scrappy low-level hustler Faruk (Pavle Čemerkić) lives with his grandmother. There’s the modernist dream home perched on a hill that belongs to the wealthy, distant, politically corrupt parents of teenager Mona (Sumeja Dardagan). And there’s the famous late-medieval White Fortress, or Bijela Tabija, the national monument that overlooks Sarajevo, where Faruk and Mona spend a single night of their doomed romance in an embrace that inevitably dissolves in the cold light of morning.

The love-across-the-social-divide narrative is hardly new, but writer-director Drljača turns familiarity into an advantage. Along with a gently intense performance from pale-eyed rising Balkan star Čemerkić, it allows him to pay attention to
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Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad Has A Cameo Role In Licorice Pizza

Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad Has A Cameo Role In Licorice Pizza
Paul Thomas Anderson's film "Licorice Pizza" is getting all kinds of Oscar buzz right now. It's a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s and it's got a fantastic cast. Here's the info for you if you haven't seen it yet: 

"Licorice Pizza" is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.

"Licorice Pizza" stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, and Benny Safdie. That's not all! According to a tweet from New York Times...

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‘Zero to Hero’ Review: Biopic of Hong Kong Paralympics Champion So Wa-wai Has Just Enough Grit to Offset Its High Sugar Content.

‘Zero to Hero’ Review: Biopic of Hong Kong Paralympics Champion So Wa-wai Has Just Enough Grit to Offset Its High Sugar Content.
Hong Kong’s Oscar submission is an entertaining feel-good biography of So Wa-wai, the national sporting hero who won 12 medals in five Paralympic Games from 1996 to 2012. Focused on the powerful bond between the disabled runner and his fiercely dedicated mother, “Hero” injects just enough gritty drama about the champion’s financial and emotional battles to prevent the story being overwhelmed by sugary sentiment applied liberally elsewhere. The first film directed solo by “Love Off the Cuff” writer Jimmy Wan struck gold in Hong Kong cinemas in August and is likely to be the silver medalist behind “Anita” as top-grossing local film of the year. “Hero” sprinted onto Netflix in the U.S. and other territories on Nov. 5.

Following the conventions of sports biographies from the first frame, Wan’s film opens with the athlete known as “Wonder Boy” poised on the starting blocks at the 2012 Beijing Paralympics. No sooner has
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Fear The Walking Dead Season 8 Renewed With Kim Dickens Returning As Series Regular

Fear The Walking Dead Season 8 Renewed With Kim Dickens Returning As Series Regular
"Fear the Walking Dead" fans can breathe a sigh of relief. During the Sunday night episode of "Talking Dead," it was announced that the series is coming back for an eighth season on AMC. In addition, according to Deadline, former cast member Kim Dickens will return to the series in the second half of season 7.  

Dickens, who played Madison Clark, one of the lead roles, from the beginning of the series until season 4, will be a series regular in season 8. Sunday's episode marked the fall finale for the AMC series. 

Here is the info for season 7 of "Fear...

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