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Colorful New 'Birds of Prey' Footage Unveiled for Fans in Brazil

Colorful New 'Birds of Prey' Footage Unveiled for Fans in Brazil
Fans of Harley Quinn got a new look at the movie Thursday at Comic Con Experience, the Brazilian convention in São Paulo, where Margot Robbie and the cast of next year’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) debuted all-new footage, including the opening sequence of the movie itself.

Two convention-only clips were screened for the audience, including a new trailer that focused more on Black Canary and Huntress than the first — as Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) put it, Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has “anger issues,” despite her shouted assertions to the ...
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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy To Receive BAFTA Fellowship
BAFTA will honour film producer extraordinaire Kathleen Kennedy with the Fellowship at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 2 February 2020.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Ken Loach, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Mel Brooks and Ridley Scott. Thelma Schoonmaker received the Fellowship at the 2019 Ee British Academy Film Awards.

Kennedy said, “British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career. The boundless creative vision of artists such as Tom Stoppard, David Lean, Chris Nolan, Stephen Daldry and Peter Morgan continues to inspire me. The recent Star
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‘The Irishman’ Netflix Debut Drew 2.2M To 3.2M Daily U.S. Viewers, Nielsen Says

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‘The Irishman’ Netflix Debut Drew 2.2M To 3.2M Daily U.S. Viewers, Nielsen Says
The Irishman drew an average minute audience of nearly 2.6 million viewers on its November 27 premiere on Netflix, holding steady through the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to new figures from Nielsen.

The company only tracks U.S. consumption, so the snapshot is just part of the picture. Netflix execs have been coy so far about numbers as the film has rolled through its limited theatrical run and moved onto the streaming platform. The film has racked up acclaim and early awards momentum, earning top honors this week from the New York Film Critics. In an appearance at a conference Thursday hosted by Variety, Deadline’s sister publication, Netflix film boss Scott Stuber was asked about the numbers but would say only that the company “is on [our] way to being happy with the movie.”

Nielsen said Martin Scorsese’s film gathered a total average minute audience of 13.2 million viewers in its first 5 days of streaming availability.
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Tom Holland Reveals Drunken, Emotional Call With Bob Iger That May Have Saved ‘Spider-Man’

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Tom Holland Reveals Drunken, Emotional Call With Bob Iger That May Have Saved ‘Spider-Man’
Spider-Man’s involvement in the McU came under threat earlier this year when rights-owner Sony was seemingly unable to reach an agreement with Marvel to allow the web slinger to continue appearing in Marvel films. The two companies eventually managed to work out their dispute, and it may have been due in part to franchise star Tom Holland.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Holland opened up to Kimmel about a not-completely-sober call between him and Disney CEO Bob Iger, which Iger had told Kimmel about in an earlier interview.

According to Holland, when he found out that Sony might not let Spider-Man remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he asked if he could send Iger an email.

“I just wanted to say thank you, I wanted to say, ‘This has been an amazing five years of my life, thank you for changing my life in the best way,
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Why There Won’t Be Any Baby Yoda Toys Until Spring 2020

The Child, Aka Baby Yoda, is the breakout star of the fall television season, but fans won’t be able to get their hands on licensed merchandise of the “The Mandalorian” mascot until April 2020.

The official Baby Yoda plush from Mattel is slated for an April release, while a Funko Pop! figure won’t be available until May. A larger version of the latter item won’t be out until June, according to Disney’s website. Unless you are content with the few T-shirts currently available, you won’t be getting any official Baby Yoda merchandise until the final episode of “The Mandalorian” Season 1 is already a few months old.

The lack of ways to cash in on official Baby Yoda swag is mystifying, given Disney’s unmatched experience creating merchandise for all manner of film and television projects. Was Disney caught off-guard by the Baby Yoda craze, or did
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Fans Flock to First Singapore ComicCon

Wonder Women, Batmen, Baby Yodas and Ultramen were among the hundreds of cosplayers who showed up in their hundreds at the Singapore Comic Con taking place at the Marina Bay Sands on Saturday. Thousands more queued to get inside the massive event.

A bewitching array of almost every well-known comic character on the planet, and events around them were thronged by Singaporeans celebrating their weekend. Given the imminent Dec. 19 release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” evidence of that universe was very much on show.

Fans were deeply immersed in Gamersaurus Rex’s tabletop experiences where players enacted battles between opposing forces using hand painted miniature models, in games like “Warhammer 40,000,” “X-Wing,” “Dungeons and Dragons” and “A Song Of Ice And Fire.”

Pokemon fans exulted in the the #PlayPokemon trading card game and video game tournament from the official Pokemon Championship series. One of the big audience draws were
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‘Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles’ Could Use More Baby Yoda | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Listen/download here: Baby Yoda, am I right folks? The cute little critter borne of brand new Star Wars lore has captivated hearts and minds and memes around the world. Unfortunately, their recent addition means you likely won't find the pint-sized Force-wielder in the 2013 animated series Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, but you will find a lot of age-appropriate jokes, Star Wars lore, and plenty of zany adventures befitting this Legends story. The Saturday Mourning Cartoons team of Dave Trumbore and Sean Paul Ellis launch into December with Lego Star Wars month, celebrating all …
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Singapore ComicCon: Andy Kubert, Whilce Portacio on Barriers to Industry Entry

Renowned graphic novel artists Andy Kubert (“Batman”) and Whilce Portacio,(“X-Men”) were on hand to share their vast experience at the Singapore ComicCon on Saturday. The event is a new addition to the annual Singapore Media Festival.

Kubert and Portacio said that, despite the popularity of comic books, it is quite hard to break into the industry, and that practitioners have to excel. Kubert is the son of legendary artist Joe Kubert (“Sgt. Rock”) and is a graduate of and teaches at The Kubert School, founded by his father. “I help a lot of newcomers come in,” said Kubert. “They have to be very good and talented. You will get rejected and rejected, but don’t ever give up. If you love it, stick with it.”

Speaking about writing versus art, Kubert said, “Writing is a whole different ball game, it’s a whole different set of muscles and I
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​Marrakech’s Atlas Workshops awards 2019 prizes to Ethiopian, Rwandan filmmakers

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​Marrakech’s Atlas Workshops awards 2019 prizes to Ethiopian, Rwandan filmmakers
Emerging African filmmakers triumph at project development event.

Ethiopian director Hiwot Admasu Getaneh’s Addis Ababa-set tale of self-discovery Sweet Annoyance scooped the top €10,000 development prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival’s second Atlas Workshops on Friday (Dec 6).

The four-day meeting drew some 270 international cinema professionals and presented 28 projects in development and post-production from Middle Eastern, North African and African filmmakers.

The jury for the 10 projects in the running for the Atlas Development Awards was composed of Moroccan director Laïla Marrakchi, Lebanese producer Georges Schoucair and Juliette Schrameck, managing director of Paris-based mk2 Films.

Set against the nightlife of the Ethiopian capital,
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Poland’s Oscar Entry ‘Corpus Christi’ Scores at Home and in International Markets

Poland’s Oscar Entry ‘Corpus Christi’ Scores at Home and in International Markets
Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi,” Poland’s official entry in the Best International Feature Film category of the Academy Awards, has become an arthouse hit at the local box office. The film has also become an international sales success with the number of territories sold rising to 45.

The film, which world premiered as part of Venice Days and made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, has grossed 26 million Pln ($6.66 million) from 1.36 admissions in Poland, making it the top arthouse drama of the year. The pic was in the top 10 for seven weeks, and is now in 11th place, playing on 60 screens.

Last year, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” grossed 17.3 million Pln ($4.48 million) from 931,000 admissions; after the film’s re-release following its three Oscar nominations its Polish gross rose to $4.87 million.

Only around three Polish films a year reach the 1.5 million admissions mark, but these tends to be comedies,
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‘The Gravedigger,’ ‘Zanka Contact’ and ‘Sweet Annoyance’ Win Top Prizes at 2nd Atlas Workshops

Djibouti’s “The Gravedigger,” Morocco’s “Zanka Contact” and Ethiopia’s “Sweet Annoyance” were among the major winners in the post-production and development categories of the second edition of the Marrakech Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops.

“The Gravedigger,” by Khadar Ahmed, and “Zanka Contact,” by Ismaël el Iraki, won the top awards – €20,000 and $11,000 respectively – in the post-production competition, and “The Gravedigger” also won the new $3,300 Naas prize for film circulation. Both pics are first features.

Ethiopia’s “Sweet Annoyance,” by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Morocco’s “The Original Lie,” by Asmae El Moudir, and Rwanda’s “Ikimanuka – Seasons of the Weary Kind,” by Samuel Ishimwe, were the winners in the development competition, and received $11,000, $5,500 and $5,500 respectively.

The new $6,660 Artekino prize attributed during the workshops was awarded to Morocco’s “Les Meutes” by Kamal Lazraq. This is the first time that French-German broadcaster Arte has attributed an award in an African film festival.
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Emma Thompson’s ludicrous Last Christmas is the perfect Brexit festive movie

The success of this film says quite a lot about Britain 2019

So I’ve finally seen Last Christmas, the critically panned rom (ummm) com (errrr) written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings, and the first thing to say is, “Hooo boy.” The second thing is, “Whatever Emma was smoking when she came up with that movie’s plot twist, which has now ruined Wham! for ever, well, I’ll have what she’s having.” Actually, you know what? I’m all right, Emma. Keep it for yourself.

Last Christmas is one of those films that is so deranged it feels like a strange fever dream. In this sense, it’s like the 80s comedy Mannequin, a charming romantic comedy about a man finding true love with a plastic doll. Or maybe it’s closer to Soul Man – another movie, like Last Christmas, that ruined a good song by stealing its
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Daisy Ridley: ‘JJ Abrams warned me that Star Wars is a religion’

She was working in a pub when she was cast in the franchise. Six years and three movies later, is the force still strong?

Daisy Ridley’s earliest childhood memory is of a party hosted by her parents at their family home in west London, when she was three, maybe four. She was surrounded by grownups, towering above her, when she abruptly and dramatically declared: “I’m shy!” before running out of the room. “My mum told me I did that, so maybe I’m remembering half an imprint of someone else’s memory,” she says, laughing at the irony of both commanding attention from her audience and then immediately rejecting it. It’s a trait that has somehow stuck.

At 27, Ridley finds herself at the centre of the universe. With three Star Wars films under her belt, the actor is adjusting to multiple layers of fame: there’s the
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Streaming: the BFI’s blockbuster musicals season

From golden-age Busby Berkeley to a transgender rock opera, there’s an all-singing, all-dancing film to suit everyone

December has always felt like a month for movie musicals. The TV schedules start filling up with them as the year winds down, while in cinemas, lavish new musicals almost always wait until the final month of the year to spring themselves on tipsy, receptive audiences. This year, Cats fills the noble Christmas-time slot previously taken by the likes of Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman.

The British Film Institute’s blockbuster musicals season, has been well timed, beginning in October but crescendoing just as everyone kicks back for Christmas. For those who can’t get to participating cinemas, however, the BFI Player offers a generous slice of the programme to stream at home – a cosier option that, for one thing, allows you to sing along as lustily as you like.

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Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Presenting Robert De Niro SAG Life Achievement Award

Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Presenting Robert De Niro SAG Life Achievement Award
In today’s film news roundup, Leonardo DiCaprio will present Robert De Niro with his SAG Life Achievement Award, the Oliver Sacks documentary finds a home and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television gets a new dean.

Award Presentation

Leonardo DiCaprio has been selected to present Robert De Niro the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 26th annual SAG Awards on Jan. 19.

DiCaprio co-starred with De Niro in “This Boy’s Life” as the only son of a single mother in the 1950s with De Niro as his abusive stepfather. The actors later starred in “Marvin’s Room.”

DiCaprio won an Academy Award for Best Actor in “The Revenant” and has been nominated for five additional Oscars. He was most recently seen in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

De Niro is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, winning for “The Godfather II” and “Raging Bull.” He’s currently starring in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.
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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 19: The Top 25 Fox Searchlight Movies

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, your esteemed host Jeff Sneider offers up his Top 25 Fox Searchlight movies in honor of the studio's 25th anniversary, one that has culminated with the release of Jojo Rabbit, which cracks his Top 10 list. Which Best Picture winner(s) failed to make the cut? You'll have to tune in to find out! Elsewhere, Jeff discusses new Planet of the Apes and Friday Night Lights movies, sequels to Venom and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the controversy surrounding The Banker, and Apple's decision to drop $25 million on …
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Superhero Bits: Nicolas Cage Was Invited for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’, ‘Joker’ Cinematography Breakdown & More

Superhero Bits: Nicolas Cage Was Invited for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’, ‘Joker’ Cinematography Breakdown & More
Want to see a holiday episode of Big Hero 6: The Series this weekend? Want to see more from the scrapped first season finale of Titans? Was Nicolas Cage asked to be in Crisis on Infinite Earths? Could Venom 2 be R-rated thanks to the success of Joker? Why hasn’t Henry Cavill supported the campaign […]

The post Superhero Bits: Nicolas Cage Was Invited for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’, ‘Joker’ Cinematography Breakdown & More appeared first on /Film.
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‘Karnawal,’ ‘Restless,’ ‘Summer White,’ ‘Firsts’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires — With Ventana Sur now firing on multiple cylinders, featuring pix-in post or project competitions for not only art films but also genre pics and animation – two sectors embraced by young creators in Latin America – “Karnawal,” “Restless,” “Summer White” and “Firsts” proved big winners among Ventana Sur’s arthouse and animation competitions, while “The Containment” and “Vurdulak Blood” topped genre movie mart Blood Window plaudits with two prices each.

Jérôme Paillard, Cannes Marché du Film and Ventana Sur director-founder, used the occasion to announce slightly later dates for Ventana Sur next year, Dec. 8-12.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s Oscar submission “Monos,” hailed by Variety as “astonishing” and a “major work of fever-dream art” did its International Feature Film Academy Award nomination chances no damage at all taking the Latin American Film of the Year, now granted by an expanded, global Intl. Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals.

It was two highly
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From “1917” to “Jojo Rabbit,” Composers of Some of the Year’s Top Scores Talk Shop

From “1917” to “Jojo Rabbit,” Composers of Some of the Year’s Top Scores Talk Shop
“1917,” Thomas Newman

The 20-year collaboration of director Sam Mendes and composer Thomas Newman has encompassed midlife crisis (“American Beauty”), crime in the Depression (“Road to Perdition”), the Gulf War (“Jarhead”), marriage in the 1950s (“Revolutionary Road”) and two James Bond adventures.

Now they’ve tackled World War I, with “1917,” but Mendes’ much-talked-about approach – two British soldiers on a desperate mission in enemy territory, filmed as if it is one continuous shot – posed a unique challenge to its composer. “The movie is in present tense and because of that, music cannot comment because that puts you a couple of seconds behind present tense,” says Newman.

“Music is there to help, but the way in which it helps must be fundamental and visceral as opposed to intellectual and reflective,” adds the 14-time Oscar nominee. “Certain musical elements repeat, and there is a kind of friendship theme that doesn’t. It needs to
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Disney under fire over Aladdin spin-off starring minor white character

News that Billy Magnussen will reprise small role from remake follows reports actor who played Aladdin struggles to find work

Disney is facing criticism for its decision to produce a spin-off film focused on a minor white character from its live-action remake of Aladdin.

The project was revealed to the Hollywood Reporter on Friday afternoon, and will see the actor Billy Magnussen reprise his role as the affable, goofy Prince Anders. Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme will act as screenwriters. The film is to premiere on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+.
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