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‘The 355’: Simon Kinberg Femme Action Ensemble Heads To MLK Weekend 2022

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‘The 355’: Simon Kinberg Femme Action Ensemble Heads To MLK Weekend 2022
Universal’s domestic release of Simon King’s directorial The 355 is jumping from its MLK 2021 weekend release to MLK weekend Jan. 14, 2022.

While Universal has committed a number of fresh wide releases during the pandemic to exhibition during Q4, i.e. Focus Features’ Come Play, Let Him Go, Blumhouse’s Freaky, Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age and Tom Hanks’ News of the World, the studio only has domestic on this title, which they bought at Cannes back in 2018 for a reported $20M. The foreign partners, arranged through FilmNation, have a lot of say on this title and the yearning is for a more full-bodied global launch of what is hoped to be another Bourne like franchise, this one all female starring Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Édgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan.

On MLK 2022, 355 will face off against Warner Bros./MGM’s Sesame Street movie,
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‘The Inheritance’ Playwright Matthew López to Pen Tennessee Williams Drama for Searchlight, Produced by Luca Guadagnino and Peter Spears (Exclusive)

‘The Inheritance’ Playwright Matthew López to Pen Tennessee Williams Drama for Searchlight, Produced by Luca Guadagnino and Peter Spears (Exclusive)
Matthew López, the acclaimed playwright behind “The Inheritance,” will bring the story of legendary dramatist Tennessee Williams to the big screen for Searchlight Pictures.

López will pen a feature film adaptation of the novel “Leading Men,” which centers on the “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” scribe and his longtime partner Frank Merlo. The film is produced by “Call Me By Your Name” team Luca Guadagnino and Peter Spears. There is currently no director attached to the project.

The novel by Christopher Castellani tells the tale of the romantic partnership between Williams and Merlo, touted in a synopsis of the film as “one of the most creatively inspiring love stories of the twentieth century.”

Already famous for penning “The Glass Menagerie,” Williams met Merlo (an occasional actor and a World War II naval veteran) in the late 1940s, embarking on a passionate — and often tumultuous — love affair,
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‘Caught in Time’ Lifts China Box Office to $51 Million Weekend

‘Caught in Time’ Lifts China Box Office to $51 Million Weekend
Hong Kong-produced “Caught in Time” gave fresh life to the mainland China box office over its opening weekend.

The fantasy crime thriller about a cop chasing a gang through different eras earned $30.3 million. Produced by Emperor Motion Picture, the film stars the popular Daniel Wu and Wang Qianyuan, and was directed by Lau Ho-leung.

It edged aside patriotic war film “Sacrifice” which had held the top spot for the previous three weekends. “Sacrifice” managed $6.0 million in its fourth weekend, for a cumulative score of $161 million, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway.

Third place, and a $3.3 million haul, belonged to “Paw Patrol” in its second weekend. That compared with $5.5 million in its opening frame, and extended the film’s 11-day cumulative to $9.6 million.

Disaster action movie “Greenland” opened modestly with $3.2 million for fourth place, despite the presence of Gerard Butler above the title. His previous releases of “Geostorm” and “London Has Fallen
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Universal Swipes Lily James True-Crime Feature ‘Peggy Jo’ in Multi-Territory Deal

Universal Swipes Lily James True-Crime Feature ‘Peggy Jo’ in Multi-Territory Deal
Peggy Jo, the upcoming true-crime love story starring Lily James, has sold out internationally for HanWay Films.

The feature, from award-winning director Phillip Noyce, was acquired by the Universal Pictures Content Group in a deal that included Benelux, German speaking Europe, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, the U.K., Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Czech & Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Cis, Baltics, Israel, West Indies, South Africa, Hong Kong, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South East Asia Pay TV, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Latin America. HanWay has also closed deals with DeAPlaneta (Spain), Tohokushinsha (Japan), Noori Pictures (South Korea), Shaw (Singapore),...
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‘Freaky’ Repeats as Winner of Quiet U.S. Box Office With $1.2 Million

‘Freaky’ Repeats as Winner of Quiet U.S. Box Office With $1.2 Million
Body-swap horror comedy “Freaky” repeated as the winner of a seriously subdued U.S. box office with $1.2 million at 2,057 locations in North America during the Friday-Sunday weekend.

The Universal and Blumhouse Productions’ movie stars Vince Vaughn as a serial killer and Kathryn Newton as a low-profile high schooler who inadvertently switch bodies on Friday the 13th. “Freaky” has taken in $5.6 million in its first 10 days amid the reluctance of many moviegoers to return to multiplexes until a Covid-19 vaccine is available.

Universal noted Sunday that the theatrical box office continues to be impaired due to a notable reduction in the number of theaters in North America, as the domestic theatrical footprint has shrunk to roughly 2,800 open locations from 3,400 last weekend.

The performance of “Freaky” contrasts sharply with the same weekend a year ago when Disney launched “Frozen II” with $130 million and overall North American business totaled $206 million, according to Comscore.
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‘My Missing Valentine’ Wins Big at Golden Horse Awards

‘My Missing Valentine’ Wins Big at Golden Horse Awards
The Taiwanese film My Missing Valentine won big Saturday night at the annual Golden Horse Awards, taking five honors, including best feature film.

The romantic comedy, which tells the love story of a bus driver and a post office worker, also won for best director, best visual effects, best film editing and best original screenplay.

Overall, Taiwanese talent enjoyed a big night at the Golden Horse Awards, considered Asia’s equivalent of the Academy Awards for Chinese-language films.

Taiwanese performers took home honors for best actor and best actress. Mo Tzu-yi won best actor for his role in Dear Tenant, while Chen ...
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‘Nomadland’ Wins at EnergaCamerimage Film Festival

‘Nomadland’ Wins at EnergaCamerimage Film Festival
Indie ethos, costume drama and rich fantasy won the day at the world’s top cinematography event, EnergaCamerimage Film Festival, on Saturday, with Joshua James Richards’ naturalistic filming in Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” taking the Golden Frog plus Fipresci jury honors. The chronicle of life on the rough edges of America’s society among retirees living on the road in trailers, based on Jessica Bruder’s nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving in the Twenty-First Century,” is considered a strong Oscars contender.

The 28th edition of Camerimage also wrapped with its award to an actor of unique visual sensitivity for Johnny Depp, whose Japan-set war correspondent story “Minamata,” filmed by Benoit Delhomme, screened at the fest. Depp said in a letter to the fest that shooting with the celebrated Dp was “a sort of dance” encouraged by director Andrew Levitas, who “encouraged us to explore.”

Fest president Marek Zydowicz described the fest
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Angelina Jolie to Direct ‘Unreasonable Behaviour’, the Story of War Photographer Don McCullin

Angelina Jolie to Direct ‘Unreasonable Behaviour’, the Story of War Photographer Don McCullin
It’s been a few years since Angelina Jolie got behind the camera as a director. The last film she helmed was First They Killed My Father in 2017, but soon she’ll be working on another true story in Unreasonable Behaviour, the story of British war photographer Don McCullin. And this time she’ll be getting some […]

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Mexico’s 35th Guadalajara Film Fest Launches a Hybrid Version

Mexico’s 35th Guadalajara Film Fest Launches a Hybrid Version
Like many of its counterparts worldwide, the Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival (Ficg), Mexico’s largest film festival, faced the quandary of whether to go online, reschedule or cancel altogether because of the pandemic.

It opted for a rescheduled hybrid 35th edition which would serve those either unable or afraid to travel and those without an internet connection in Mexico.

“We struck a deal with Canal 44 to have them air some of our films,” said festival director Estrella Araiza, who is adamant that despite the challenges and complications, the film community will prevail in the end. “We have to believe in cinema,” she declared. Outdoor screenings and restricted indoor cinema screenings are on the schedule while most of the master classes and conferences are online.

Ficg was pushed from its traditional March dates to the fall, where it’s now been running over Nov. 20-27.

Its inauguration on Friday Nov.
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Colombian Documentary ‘Alis’ Wins IDFA Forum Award for Best Project

Colombian Documentary ‘Alis’ Wins IDFA Forum Award for Best Project
Colombian documentary feature “Alis,” from directors Nicolas van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf, has won the Forum Award for best project at IDFA, one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals, which is running as a virtual event until Dec. 6. IDFA’s Forum section is a co-financing and co-production market for “creative” documentaries.

“Alis” follows eight teenage girls living in Bogota, who dream up Alis, a fictional character. “Their soulful narrative reveals an amazing perseverance to break the cycle of violence and embrace a better future,” according to the festival.

The jury, comprising Gitte Hansen, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff and Luis González Zaffaroni, said the filmmakers’ aim was to “facilitate, capture, and show the process of empowerment of young female protagonists coming from the harshest life-conditions on the streets of Bogota.”

They added: “The filmmakers’ artistic vision is organically connected with an original and playful method in documentary filmmaking by using imagination.
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Diego Luna’s ‘Wander Darkly’ Performance Submitted in Supporting Actor Oscar Category (Exclusive)

Diego Luna’s ‘Wander Darkly’ Performance Submitted in Supporting Actor Oscar Category (Exclusive)
This awards season could showcase possibly one of the most diverse group of contenders ever. A record-breaking number of women are directing and writing films; Tara Miele among them with her cerebral drama “Wander Darkly,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lionsgate is giving the film a strong awards push and will submit Diego Luna for awards consideration in the best supporting actor category. His co-star Sienna Miller will be submitted for best actress.

With a beautiful mixture of culture and genders in the awards conversation, Latinx performers are still underrepresented in the Academy’s acting categories. Luna’s submission is just one of five Latinx performances for the Academy to choose from in this extended eligibility year. The other actors, all currently considered long shots for recognition are Ariana DeBose (“The Prom”), Al Madrigal (“The Way Back”), and Armando Espitia and Christian Vazquez (“I Carry You With Me
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John Boyega’s Recent ‘Star Wars’ Criticisms Led To A “Transparent, Honest” Conversation With Kathleen Kennedy

John Boyega’s Recent ‘Star Wars’ Criticisms Led To A “Transparent, Honest” Conversation With Kathleen Kennedy
For years, if an actor spoke up about being upset with how a film turned out and openly blamed the studio and/or filmmakers for the issue, that person would be dubbed “difficult” or perhaps even blacklisted. But in the case of John Boyega, and his very public criticisms of his recent “Star Wars” trilogy, the actor’s outcry about how Disney and Lucasfilm treated Black and other Poc characters have apparently started a discussion that could be beneficial for everyone involved.

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Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o Spy Thriller ‘The 355’ Moves Back a Year

Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o Spy Thriller ‘The 355’ Moves Back a Year
Universal’s “The 355,” a female-led heist thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger, has pushed its release date back a year.

The movie was initially set to open in theaters on Jan. 15, 2021, and will now debut on Jan. 14, 2022.

Simon Kinberg directed “The 355” from a script he wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The globe-trotting espionage thriller follows a group of international spies — a brigade that also includes Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing — who team up to stop a potentially world-altering event. Together, the five women form a faction called “355,” a nod to the assembly of female spies that united during the American Revolution. Edgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan round out the cast.

Universal Pictures nabbed “The 355” after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The studio reportedly paid more than $20 million for domestic distribution rights.

Like every Hollywood studio, Universal has been forced to shake
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The Best TV Series of 2020

The Best TV Series of 2020
Amid a time-bending stretch like the one we’re still living through, listing the best TV shows of 2020 feels counterproductive, if not downright preposterous. After all, who can definitively say what did or didn’t happen this year?

My calendar states the election was held just under a month ago, and yet certain manipulative powermongers insist it’s still playing out. I could also swear J. Lo ’s unjust renunciation by the Film Academy took place months before her dazzling Super Bowl Halftime show with Shakira, and yet the record books tell me her “Hustlers” snub in January and February’s concert were just 20 days apart. And despite what you may think, Quibi premiered and shuttered in 2020.

Still, TV did play a more substantial role this year than many others. In an age of isolation and social distancing, television was a lifeboat. The family room’s big screen functioned as
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‘WandaVision’ Will Also Channel More Recent Sitcoms Like ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Office’

‘WandaVision’ Will Also Channel More Recent Sitcoms Like ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Office’
So far, Marvel’s teases of WandaVision have leaned heavily on the black and white, classic television sitcom world that Wanda Maxmioff and Vision find themselves living within. This makes the upcoming series on Disney+ unlike any Marvel Studios project we’ve seen before, but the emulation of classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy and Bewitched is […]

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Legendary Entertainment teams with ‘The Spanish Princess’ showrunners on UK company Watford & Essex

Legendary Entertainment teams with ‘The Spanish Princess’ showrunners on UK company Watford & Essex
Emma Frost and Matthew Graham have started with 10 projects in development.

The US’ Legendary Entertainment is teaming with showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham to launch a UK TV production company called Watford & Essex.

The Bristol-based company will develop, produce and deficit finance UK and international high-end scripted programming across multiple genres. It will work with networks, co-producers and financiers in all markets.

It has a slate of 10 TV projects already in development. These include dark comedy-drama Hail, Satan!, created by Frost and Graham and in development with Channel 4; environmental thriller Amazonia from Misha Glenny, BBC journalist Kirsty Lang
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Marvel Studios Reportedly Making Upcoming Disney+ Series “The Priority” Right Now

Marvel Studios Reportedly Making Upcoming Disney+ Series “The Priority” Right Now
When industry folks talk about Marvel Studios, it’s normally about “the formula” that the studio has cracked in terms of superhero films. Or you hear how Kevin Feige’s company is a well-oiled machine that shows no signs of slowing down. And now, with the movie side of Marvel Studios pretty well figured out, for now, it appears the head of the superhero studio is putting his focus on TV.

Read More: Kevin Feige Says ‘WandaVision’ Will Also Mimic Newer Shows Like ‘The Office’ & ‘Modern Family

According to a report from THR (as part of the recent “Black Panther 2” announcement), Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, is said to be focusing the energy of the studio on making sure the TV side of the business launches strong, since the film side is pretty much in cruise control at the moment.

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Charles D. King’s Macro Promotes Three Executives (Exclusive)

Charles D. King’s Macro Promotes Three Executives (Exclusive)
Charles D. King’s Macro announced three promotions at the multi-platform media company. Greta Talia Fuentes and Mark R. Wright have been upped to directors of development in the film division, tasked with shepherding a slate of film projects from development through production, while Caryn Lawson has been named chief of staff, focusing on strategic business initiatives for the company.

“Greta, Mark and Caryn have been such star members of the Macro team since they joined the company, and I’m excited to see them develop into the outstanding executives that they are,” King said. “I look forward to continuing to build and grow with them.”

Since its launch in 2015, Macro — which features a film division, television studio, talent and influence management divisions, a representation firm, a branding and creative agency and a venture firm — has focused on promoting and representing the voices of Black, Indigenous and people of color
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English cinemas get greenlight to reopen in lower risk areas from December

English cinemas get greenlight to reopen in lower risk areas from December
When the current lockdown finishes on December 2 cinemas will be allowed to open in tier 1 and 2 areas.

Cinemas in England have been given the greenlight to reopen in areas with fewer cases of coronavirus, as part of the government’s ‘Covid-19 Winter plan’.

Currently, all cinemas in England are closed as a result of the four-week lockdown announced by prime minister Boris Johnson at the end of October.

When these restrictions finish on December 2, cinemas will be allowed to open in regions subject to tier 1 and 2 restrictions.

However, cinemas in tier 3 areas (regions with the highest rate of infection) must remain closed,
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Vince Vaughn Stays ‘Freaky’ At No. 1 With $1.2 Million In His Horror-Comedy’s Second Weekend, But the Box Office Is Getting Even Scarier

Vince Vaughn Stays ‘Freaky’ At No. 1 With $1.2 Million In His Horror-Comedy’s Second Weekend, But the Box Office Is Getting Even Scarier
Universal and Blumhouse’s body-swap horror-comedy Freaky held onto the top spot at North American theaters over the weekend, but its anemic $1.2 million haul is further proof that the box office has become a scary place as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

As an example of just how fast things are dropping off, last weekend the top 10 movies in North America pulled in a combined $10.3 million. This week, however, that number was just about half of that total: $5.3 million. To put things in even starker relief, at this time last year, Disney’s Frozen II debuted to $130.3 million at the domestic box office.

Still, let’s give credit where it’s due. Freaky managed to attract enough ticket-buyers to remain the box-office champion in its sophomore session. The R-rated film stars Vince Vaughn as a serial killer and Kathryn Newton as a high-school student who
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