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HBO Now New Releases: March 2020

HBO Now New Releases: March 2020
Alec Bojalad Feb 20, 2020

We have the highlights of what's coming and going from HBO Now and HBO Go in March 2020.

March 2020 is an extremely HBO month for HBO.

What we mean by that is that the list of new releases for the month contain a lot of the hallmarks of the HBO brand that the network has built over the years. There is the third season of an expensive and popular sci-fi series with Westworld season 3 premiering on March 15. Then there's also the requisite new David Simon series when Philip Roth adaptation The Plot Against America premieres on March 16.

If that weren't enough, March 2020 sees the arrival of a big ticket superhero movie with X-Men: Dark Phoenix arriving on March 21. It's not a good big ticket superhero movie, but still! You may want to rewatch it all the same. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a sort of superhero movie itself.
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Christian Rivers To Direct ‘Into Thin Air,’ On Disappearance Of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Christian Rivers To Direct ‘Into Thin Air,’ On Disappearance Of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Exclusive: Christian Rivers has signed on to direct Into Thin Air, a feature drama that explores the unsolved mystery behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The film is a co-production of Illusion Media Entertainment, K. Jam Media, and Altit Media Group and it is being financed by Avi Nakash. He’s the owner of Arkia Airline, the second largest in Israel.

Rivers is the Oscar-winning visual effects wiz behind such Peter Jackson-directed films as King Kong, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, who made his feature directorial debut last year on Mortal Engines. The film is scripted by Jonas McCord, an Oscar-winning documentarian and investigative journalist with credits that include Malice and Ask The Dust, and produced by Oscar winner Barrie Osborne, McCord, Kia Jam, and Dean Altit. Exec producers are Avi Nakash, Dan Gordon and Jonathan Sanger.

The film weaves a narrative around the tragedy,
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Hugo Weaving Says He Won’t Be in ‘Matrix 4’ and Explains Why He Didn’t Return to the McU

Hugo

Weaving was an Australian

character actor whose exposure internationally had mostly been relegated to the

voice of a sheepdog in the two “Babe” movies. But starting with the

Wachowskis’ mind-melting “The Matrix” in 1999, he became a staple of big

budget franchise films, appearing in all three “Lord of the Rings” films

for Peter Jackson and the subsequent “Matrix” sequels for the Wachowskis,

along with three “Transformers” movies for Michael Bay, both “Happy

Feet” movies, one of the “Hobbit” sequels and “Captain America:

The First Avenger.” In recent years he’s been most franchise-free, save for

a turn in the Jackson-produced would-be blockbuster “Mortal Engines,”

and his involvement in two of the series he was best known for have remained

open question marks.

Continue reading Hugo Weaving Says He Won’t Be in ‘Matrix 4’ and Explains Why He Didn’t Return to the McU at The Playlist.
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Jolts Box Office With $175 Million Opening

  • The Wrap
Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” had a steeper than expected Friday-to-Saturday drop at the box office, taking in $47.5 million from 4,430 screens, resulting in industry estimates to be revised down to an opening weekend of $175.5 million.

Globally, the film has a launch of $373.5 million with $198 million grossed overseas, including $26.8 million in the U.K.

It’s strange to think that an opening weekend that ranks as the third highest of 2019 and the third highest ever in December would be perceived by some as underperforming, but that speaks to the sky-high expectations that this Disney-made “Star Wars” trilogy has created for itself. In 2016, “The Force Awakens” posted a then-record $247 million opening and two years later, “The Last Jedi” took in a $220 million start. Regardless of those $200 million-plus expectations, “The Rise of Skywalker” is still meeting tracker projections, which were set at $175-205 million. Disney was more conservative, putting their tracking at $160 million.
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The 10 Worst New Fantasy Characters Of The Decade, Ranked

Fantasy films have been one of cinema's greatest genres for the creative mind to exhaust its imagination. The 2010's didn't see a great plethora of contributions to fantasy the way it did science-fiction, especially when compared with the decade before it, which gave us The Lord of the Rings trilogy, several Harry Potter films, as well as a series of quirky one-offs like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

Related: 10 Underrated Fantasy Films From The 2010s You Have To See

The last decade seemed to wane in quality where fantasy was concerned, with Peter Jackson releasing his divisive Hobbit trilogy and Mortal Engines. There were also two more contributions to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, each slightly more lackluster than the last. Whether the fantasy genre as a whole didn't produce anything standout, or it featured characters that simply failed to connect with audiences, or both, here are
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Rosenzweig Group Adds Miranda Rae Mayo, Crystal Yu, Menik Gooneratne And Jonah Platt To Roster

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Exclusive: As they come to an end of their second year, The Rosenzweig Group (Trg) has added Miranda Rae Mayo, Crystal Yu, Menik Gooneratne and Jonah Platt to their growing, diverse roster of actors, writers and producers.

Miranda Rae Mayo currently appears on NBC’s Chicago Fire as Stella Kidd. Her other credits include HBO’s second season of True Detective and ABC series Blood and Oil.

Crystal Yu has appeared on Casualty on BBC and will be featured in the forthcoming series For Life on AMC and Industry on HBO. She continues to be repped by Denton Brierly in the UK.

Menik Gooneratne was seen in Peter Jackson’s sci-fi epic Mortal Engines as well as the Oscar-nominated Lion. She was also a series regular on the Australian TV series Neighbours. She continues to be repped by Aam in Australia and attorney Jonathan Shikora at Lgnafc

Jonah Platt has appeared on stage and screen.
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Will the Box Office Rely on Disney Again This Holiday Season?

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The 2019 summer box office was a bountiful one and increased Disney’s market share domination. With “Frozen II” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” coming, will this holiday season widen the gap between the House of Mouse and other studios?

As TheWrap reported back in September, Disney accounted for 42% of the $4.31 billion grossed in North America between the first weekend of May and Labor Day weekend. When the time frame is extended back to the last weekend of April to include the record-smashing opening of “Avengers: Endgame,” Disney’s share grows to 47%.

Also Read: Disney Films Made 42% of This Summer's Box Office Grosses

Since then, Disney has had a much smaller presence this fall, with its only release being “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” which has underperformed domestically with $88.5 million grossed so far. That has allowed other studios to top the charts, namely Warner Bros. with “Joker” and “It: Chapter Two,
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New Zealand’s Rich Production Incentives Draw Global Projects

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New Zealand’s Rich Production Incentives Draw Global Projects
For a small country with a film industry that is export-driven, the quality of New Zealand’s incentives is critical.

Despite the kudos and tourism dollars delivered by producing the New Line’s “Lord of the Rings” franchise and “The Hobbit,” by 2013 New Zealand knew that its incentives had lost their competitive edge.

In 2014, the government responded by collapsing its two film oversight bodies into one, and replacing the Large Budget Screen Production Grant and Screen Production Incentive Fund with the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.

The result is one of the simplest and most robust rebate programs anywhere in the world.

“Having a competitive incentive is what keeps you in the game,” says Catherine Bates, head of incentives within the New Zealand Film Commission. “New Zealand is now known for offering a mixture of size, scale, skills and locations.”

For international productions to access the program, a minimum of
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Peter Jackson Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Nabs Limited China Release

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Peter Jackson Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Nabs Limited China Release
The Peter Jackson produced and directed World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” will hit Chinese theaters on November 11. Though it will roll out nationwide, it will do so via the China’s National Arthouse Alliance, which has limited screens.

The 2018 documentary puts together interviews with WWI veterans and more than 100-year-old archival footage from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, restored via colorization and other production techniques to make it appear much more real to modern viewers.

The film premiered at the London Film Festival and was more broadly released by Warner Brothers earlier in February this year. It was nominated for a Best Documentary BAFTA Award, but was deemed ineligible for submission to the Oscar race for best documentary because it missed a filing deadline.

Peter Jackson is a big name in China, where all of his “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” movies have seen theatrical releases,
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See Season 2 Cast and Details for Apple TV+ Jason Momoa Series

Joseph Baxter Jan 13, 2020

Jason Momoa-headlined Apple TV series, See, landed a preemptive second season renewal, albeit with personnel changes ahead.

See may be a sci-fi series set in a far-future in which humanity collectively lost the sense of sight, but – in an example of art metaphorically imitating life – the show’s streaming home, Apple TV+, did a bit of blind greenlighting of its own back in October, preemptively renewing See Season 2 amongst a quartet that includes Dickinson, The Morning Show and For All Mankind, ahead of the platform’s November 1 launch date.

The renewal of See and the three other shows was revealed in a lengthy report from THR on Apple’s streaming endeavors. The series, brandishing a concept-driven sci-fi premise, is set hundreds of years in the future, focused on a human race that literally went blind, resorting to a brutal, primitive tribal existence. With the DC Extended
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Nzfc CEO Annabelle Sheehan on moving across the ditch and pushing for inclusion

Nzfc CEO Annabelle Sheehan.

New Zealand Film Commission (Nzfc) CEO Annabelle Sheehan believes there are currently two global drivers of change in the screen industry.

The first is the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, AppleTV+ and Amazon – the latter of which has just confirmed it will shoot the series The Lord of the Rings in Nz.

The second is a push towards a more diverse and inclusive industry, both behind and in front of the camera.

It’s this second driver that the Nzfc’s upcoming global summit Power of Inclusion will seek to explore head on in partnership with Walt Disney Co. and Women in Film and Television (Wift) International.

The October event has already attracted an impressive array of both international and local speakers including actress and activist Geena Davis; Black-ish and Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi; director Niki Caro, Pose creator Steven Canals, The Black List
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Sean Parker Investing in Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital

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Sean Parker Investing in Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital
Technology entrepreneur Sean Parker has made a “significant” investment in Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital special effects company.

Parker and Jackson made the announcement jointly. They did not disclose the size of Parker’s investment or the specific role he would play.

“I’ve long admired Peter Jackson’s and Fran Walsh’s work, and the ground-breaking VFX and animation that Weta Digital has created over the last two decades,” Parker said. “The visionary leadership, imagination, and technical expertise of Weta Digital was vital to the creation of Academy Award winning films such as ‘Avatar,’ ‘King Kong,’ and ‘Lord of the Ring.’ I look forward to helping grow Weta Digital and I’m excited to partner with Peter, the leadership of Weta, and its incredibly talented team.”

Jackson said in a statement, “Sean Parker brings an invaluable expertise that will fortify Weta Digital from a technological perspective, while also focusing
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Sean Parker Invests in Peter Jackson’s VFX Company Weta Digital

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Sean Parker Invests in Peter Jackson’s VFX Company Weta Digital
Sean Parker, the entrepreneur behind Napster and Facebook, has taken a minority stake in Weta Digital, the New Zealand-based visual effects company formed by Peter Jackson.

Weta Digital is the team behind the CGI characters Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” films and Caesar from the “Planet of the Apes” movies, as well as designing Middle Earth and Pandora from “Avatar.”

“I’ve long admired Peter Jackson’s and Fran Walsh’s work, and the ground-breaking VFX and animation that Weta Digital has created over the last two decades. The visionary leadership, imagination, and technical expertise of Weta Digital was vital to the creation of Academy Award-winning films such as ‘Avatar,’ ‘King Kong’ and ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I look forward to helping grow Weta Digital and I’m excited to partner with Peter, the leadership of Weta, and its incredibly talented team,” Parker said in a statement.

Also
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Russell Crowe Stars as an Angry Driver in First Look at ‘Unhinged’

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Russell Crowe Stars as an Angry Driver in First Look at ‘Unhinged’
Cut off Russell Crowe in traffic at your own peril!

That’s the takeaway from the first look at “Unhinged,” an upcoming thriller that stars the Oscar-winning “Gladiator” actor as a man who takes road rage to frightening new levels. Crowe appears in the Solstice Studios release alongside Caren Pistorius, who portrays Rachel, a mother who hits the horn at the exact wrong moment. In the first look image, Crowe smolders with the fury of a thousand Maximuses.

“The mark of a great film is one that both entertains and sparks conversation,” director Derrick Borte said. “I believe, in a very terrifying way, ‘Unhinged’ does exactly that.”

Production on the film wraps on Sunday in New Orleans. “Unhinged,” planned for a third quarter 2020 release, marks Solstice Studios’ first production since launching last October. The studio aims to produce between three and five movies per year, with most films carrying budgets between $20 million and $80 million.
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Sdcc 2019: Most Creative Cosplayers at San Diego Comic-Con

Brian Berman Jul 21, 2019

In the spirit of creativity, we've joined our friends at Torrey Holistics to find the most innovative cosplayers at Sdcc 2019!

This article is brought to you by Torrey Holistics.

San Diego Comic-Con is perhaps the best occasion in the Northern Hemisphere to pull out all the stops designing a creative cosplay. The geeks who descend upon the city of San Diego are competitive, fierce, and certainly original with their cosplay creations each year. The Den of Geek team set out to find the best cosplay at the convention, every day of the convention, and to learn what inspires cosplayers to bring their costume constructions to ever-increasing new heights. We'll be updating you with our favorite cosplay designs and stories, each day of the con! Starting with...

Day 1: Loki Cosplay by Sara Trupski

Sara had us floored with this incredibly detailed Lady Loki cosplay! We just had
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Caren Pistorius To Star Opposite Russell Crowe In Solstice Studios’ ‘Unhinged’

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Caren Pistorius To Star Opposite Russell Crowe In Solstice Studios’ ‘Unhinged’
Exclusive: Caren Pistorius has landed the lead role opposite Oscar-winner Russell Crowe in Unhinged, the psychological thriller from Solstice Studios and director Derrick Borte.

Unhinged takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). “Road rage” doesn’t begin to describe what he’s about to do to her and everyone she knows. The pic, written by Carl Ellsworth stars production tomorrow in New Orleans with Solstice eyeing a third quarter 2020 wide U.S. theatrical release. Lisa Ellzey produces.

Pistorius was most recently seen in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines and co-starred with Julianne Moore in Gloria Bell. Prior to that she starred alongside Michael Fassbender in Slow West and The Light Between Two Oceans, as well as opposite Rachel Weisz in Denial.
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More Aussies invited to join Oscars Academy

Liz Watts and Ivan Sen.

Directors Jennifer Kent and Ivan Sen, producer Liz Watts and Oscar-nominated production designer Fiona Crombie have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film editor Dany Cooper, composer Jed Kurzel, Animal Logic founder Zareh Nalbandian, make-up artist Rosalina Da Silva, cinematographer Ari Wegner and stunt performer Glenn Boswell are also among 842 new members of the Oscars body.

Kent has been invited to join the directors and writers branches. Nalbandian and Boswell are among the members-at-large group.

Cooper’s latest credits include Jim Loach’s Measure of a Man, Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch and Unjoo Moon’s I Am Woman.

Kurzel composed the music for French director/actor Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s The Mustang, Julius Avery’s Overlord and The Nightingale.

Watts is executive producing Stateless, a six-part drama about four strangers in an immigration detention centre for the ABC, after
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Five Studios Launch ‘Ultimate Movie Weekend’ Rental Sale Across U.S. Digital Services

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A group of Hollywood studios wants to remind consumers that they can rent movies — including recent releases not available on Netflix — from a wide array of digital providers, through a four-day promo offering discounts on titles starting at 99 cents.

Dubbed the “Ultimate Movie Weekend,” the special sale runs May 31-June 3 and will offer select titles from Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Notably absent from the campaign: Disney and 20th Century Fox (which Disney recently acquired).

It’s touted as the first coordinated, multi-studio and multi-platform promotion of its kind in the U.S., spanning the five studios and 18 internet and pay-tv services. Retailers participating in the Ultimate Movie Weekend will offer 50-250 movies at discounted prices — as low as $2.99 for recent releases and 99 cents for catalog movies. Each retailer sets prices independently.

Recently released titles available through the promo include “Aquaman,” “A Star Is Born” (2018), “Bumblebee,
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Peter Jackson Turned Down ‘Aquaman,’ Next Film Won’t Happen For Another ‘Year or Two’

Peter Jackson Turned Down ‘Aquaman,’ Next Film Won’t Happen For Another ‘Year or Two’
It’s been almost five years since Peter Jackson last directed a narrative feature, and it looks like fans will have to keep waiting for the filmmaker to make a return to fictional stories. Speaking to Empire magazine, Jackson said he doesn’t see himself getting started on another narrative film for at least another year or two years.

Jackson has spent the last years since his final “Hobbit” movie working on documentaries such as the World War I non-fiction feature “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The movie, which was a box office hit with nearly $20 million worldwide, found Jackson colorizing and restoring old World War I footage. The film was presented in 3D and featured narration from real war veterans. Jackson is sticking with documentaries for the foreseeable future, having already announced he’s working on an untitled project about The Beatles.

The director also revealed to Empire that
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‘The Wandering Earth’ Review: The $700 Million Grossing Chinese Blockbuster Now on Netflix Is Unwatchable

Billed as China’s first true sci-fi blockbuster, Frant Gwo’s ridiculously profitable (and borderline unwatchable) “The Wandering Earth” tells the story of a cursed future in which the sun has become unstable, and humanity’s only hope for survival are the 10,000 jet engines strong enough to dislodge our planet from its orbit and launch us toward a solar system that’s 4.2 light-years away.

Currently the second-highest grossing movie in Chinese box office history, and now dumped on Netflix without fanfare, Gwo’s film also tells the story of another cursed future — one that presents a more clear and present danger — in which the spectacle required to sustain popular cinema becomes so large that the industry congeals into a worldwide monoculture and creates a vacuum of credible artistic and cultural expression powerful enough to suck an entire medium into a black hole of its own making.

Studios rely on international audiences to survive,
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