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'Frozen II' and Adult Targeted Holdovers Look to Maintain Momentum Off Strong Thanksgiving Showing

'Frozen II' and Adult Targeted Holdovers Look to Maintain Momentum Off Strong Thanksgiving Showing
Last weekend saw Frozen II deliver the largest three and five-day Thanksgiving performances ever as the animated film has now pushed over $300 million domestically. This weekend the animated hit is sure to hold on to the top spot for the third weekend straight, nearing $350 million in its first 17 days. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving also saw strong debuts from the likes of Knives Out and Queen & Slim, while additional adult-targeted features such as Ford v Ferrari and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood continued their solid performances. That said, this weekend's debut of Stx's animated pickup Playmobil is at something of a disadvantage as Frozen is sure to eat up the majority of its audience and even Focus's nationwide expansion of Dark Waters will have to navigate a crowded marketplace to gain a foothold.

Disney After a massive $125 million five-day performance last weekend added yet another record to the impressive start for Frozen II,
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‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” director Joe Johnston is in negotiations to helm Disney’s upcoming reboot of the film franchise, “Shrunk,” with Josh Gad in talks to star.

Gad pitched the story idea to Disney earlier this year, and the studio jumped on board the idea of reviving the classic 1989 pic starring Rick Moranis. “Shrunk” will mark the third sequel following the original film, with “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” and direct-to-video “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” bowing in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Johnston was not involved with either film.

The studio met with other directors but felt bringing Johnston back was a perfect fit for all involved. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films and Television banner, with Todd Rosenberg penning the script.

In the original film, Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, a scientist and father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter, along with the two brothers from next door,
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The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars’ Death Star Trench Run Storyboards, Wildlife Expert Reviews Animal Scenes & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch a comparison of the storyboards for the […]

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HBO Watergate Series ‘The White House Plumbers’ Will Star Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux

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Just in time for impeachment season, here comes a new HBO Watergate series. The White House Plumbers will star Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt, a shady CIA officer, and Justin Theroux as G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent – two of the men who helped plan the Watergate break-in that eventually brought down Richard Nixon. […]

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Financiers, producers upbeat about Eis future at Screen’s UK Film Finance Forum

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“We have had two and a half years of hell” but the situation is now improving.

Relations between film financiers and the UK’s inland revenue department Hmrc came under focus at Screen’s Film Finance Forum in London on Thursday (December 5).

“We have had two and a half years of hell,” said accountant and film finance expert Dave Morrison, a partner at Nyman Libson Paul. He was talking about the great difficulty many have had in securing approvals and clearances from Hmrc since the changes to the rules governing the tax-based Enterprise Investment Scheme (Eis) were introduced in 2018.

However,
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UK box office preview: ‘Honey Boy’, ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ headline quiet week

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UK box office preview: ‘Honey Boy’, ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ headline quiet week
Frozen II’ will look for a third session at number one.

Shia Labeouf’s autobiographical Honey Boy and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn are among the titles opening in a quiet weekend at the UK box office, which should see Frozen II hold the number one spot for a third week running.

Released through Sony, Honey Boy is directed by Alma Har’el, from a screenplay by Labeouf based on his childhood and relationship with his father.

The film debuted at Sundance 2019, where it won the special jury prize in the Us Dramatic section, and followed that up with
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Jane Fonda on joining the climate fight: 'It's back to the barricades'

Veteran actor and activist has been arrested four times after being inspired by Greta Thunberg and disgusted by Trump

Jane Fonda has unusual plans for her 82nd birthday: she wants to spend the night in jail.

The American actor and political activist – who has been protesting about inaction over the climate crisis at the Us Capitol every Friday – has been arrested four times and kept overnight once. Her lawyers have helped her avoid serious charges. But she says the acts of civil disobedience have pulled her out of a depression she sunk into after Donald Trump took office.
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Nfts launches first casting course to meet growing demand and boost diversity (exclusive)

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Nfts launches first casting course to meet growing demand and boost diversity (exclusive)
UK casting experts Jina Jay and Shaheen Baig helped craft the course.

The UK’s National Film and Television School (Nfts) is to launch a casting certificate course, believed to be the first of its kind from a major film school.

The 24-week evening course will begin in September 2020 and has been set up to meet growing demand within the industry and boost inclusivity in casting.

The course has been curated by London-based casting directors Jina Jay and Shaheen Baig. Jay has worked on projects including Black Mirror, The Night Manager and The Grand Budapest Hotel while Baig has cast on Peaky Blinders,
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Pau Freixas on Netflix Spanish Miniseries ‘Days of Christmas’

Barcelona – A Netflix original produced by Spain’s Filmax, “Days of Christmas” marks the new series of Pau Freixas, one of the highest-profile creators on Spain’s vibrant drama series scene. A three-part miniseries, “Days” will be made available worldwide by Netflix on Dec. 6.

The story takes place over three different Christmas days, the first in 1949, the second twenty years later and the last one in current rimes more or less. The plot plumbs the secrets hidden and nurtured over these years by a family living in an isolated house in the mountains. The main characters are four women. Twelve actresses, among the best actors of their generations, play the role of four sisters at different times and stages of their lives. Victoria Abril (Pedro Almodóvar’s “High Heels”), Elena Anaya, (Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In”), Nerea Barros (Alberto Rodríguez’ “Marshland”) and Verónica Echegui (Simon Donald’s TV-series “Fortitude”) are some of them.
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Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy to receive Bafta Fellowship

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All the recent ’Star Wars’ films have been shot in the UK,

Producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will receive this year’s Bafta Fellowship at the the film awards on February 2, 2020 in London.

Kennedy has been leading Lucasfilm since 2012 when the company was acquired by the Walt Disney Co and has produced the recent Star Wars title which have all been based in the UK.

Kennedy was previously co-founder of Amblin Entertainment alongside Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, where her credits included E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Back To The Future, the Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan.
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The Wolf's Call review – lots of sweaty sub-on-sub action

This French mashup of Dr Strangelove and The Hunt for Red October features lots of tense silence, sweaty faces and all the other tropes of submarine movies

There is some serious sub-on-sub action in this watchable undersea action thriller from the French cultural diplomat turned graphic novelist and film-maker Antonin Baudry, who mashes up Dr Strangelove, The Sum of All Fears and The Hunt for Red October. It features Mathieu Kassovitz and Reda Kateb as cucumber-cool nuclear submarine commanders, Omar Sy as the tough second-in-command, and François Civil as Chanteraide, a savant-genius “acoustic warfare analyst” – an earphone-wearing military geek with super-hearing who can tell from tiny bleeps and eerie echoes in the vast oceanic depths what kind of sub they’re facing and where it is.

The setting is France, proud possessor of an independent nuclear deterrent. But the French are tricked by a rogue terrorist fanatic into activating the
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Ventana Sur: Argentine Directors on Benefit of Writers’ Room (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Ventana Sur hosted two of the country’s leading screenwriters to relay the benefits of utilizing a writers’ room while conceptualizing fiction projects, delivered to a packed auditorium on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Fiction Factory series held at the Uca Campus in Puerto Madero.

Director Daniel Burman, known for films such as “Lost Embrace” and series “Victoria Small,” for Vis and Mediapro, sat alongside Sebastián Borensztein, director of “Chinese Take-Away,” starring Ricardo Darin, and co-director of HBO Latin America’s “The Bronze Garden,” produced with Pol-ka. Both used their immense scriptwriting experience to illustrate the concept of writers’ rooms before fielding a battery of questions from an enthusiastic audience.

“There’s been a change, a double change in the habits of consumers. We can choose when we want to watch something. With a click we have it in our hands. This raises the bar when developing
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Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm and producer of scores of movies, will receive a prestigious BAFTA fellowship, the British Academy’s highest honor, in February.

Across a 40-year career, Kennedy has produced pictures that have garnered 25 Oscars and more than 100 BAFTA nominations and 27 wins. She will be honored with the fellowship at BAFTA’s annual Film Awards, to be held Feb. 2, 2020.

Kennedy has worked with a who’s who of directors, including Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, and JJ Abrams. She stepped down from Kennedy/Marshall to become co-chair of Lucasfilm in 2012 before taking on the role ofpresident.

Kennedy has produced several “Star Wars” movies, including the latest installment, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which comes out later this month. She also produced Disney Plus’ buzzy “The Mandalorian.”

“British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career,” Kennedy said.
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Honey Boy review – the Shia Labeouf renaissance begins here

Labeouf writes and co-stars in this heartfelt, well-performed film based on his own personal history as a troubled young actor and addict

If there’s a Labeoufaissance to be had – of whatever duration – then this may be the starting point. Honey Boy is a fluent, heartfelt, tightly structured and well acted personal story starring Shia Labeouf, who reportedly drafted the script in rehab. The director is the Israeli-American film-maker Alma Har’el, and this tale of lost souls in trailer parks is a little like the scenarios conjured in her 2011 documentary Bombay Beach.

The drama is based on Labeouf’s own unhappy early life as a young actor who got into trouble with the unholy addiction trinity: drink, drugs and celebrity. Lucas Hedges plays a star, here renamed Otis, who has just sulkily accepted rehab as an alternative to jail after his latest boozy bust-up with the cops.
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Five talking points out of Singapore’s Asia TV Forum

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Asia’s content boom heats up and Asian stories go global, but there’s an oversupply of platforms and China remains difficult.

This year’s Asia TV Forum & Market (Atf) in Singapore took place against the backdrop of a local-language content boom, the emergence of a myriad new streaming platforms, and massive consolidation amongst global broadcasters as they adjust to the realities of the new streaming landscape.

So far, not so different to anything that is happening in the West, but the five talking points below reveal some local nuances and variations.

Asia’s streaming market, including China, is estimated
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Lee Byung-hun’s ‘Man Standing Next’ Secures 2020 Asia Theatrical Releases (Exclusive)

Showbox’s political drama “The Man Standing Next” has secured releases in multiple territories in Asia. The film was picked up by Falcon for Indonesia, The Klockworx for Japan, Viva Communications for the Philippines, Shaw Renters for Singapore and by Moviecloud for Taiwan. Release dates in each territory have yet to be confirmed.

Set 40 days before former South Korean President Park Chung-hee’s assassination in 1979, “Man Standing Next” tackles the relationships and conflicts among second-in-command characters who were at the peak of the power struggle.

Based on local political journalist-turned-writer Kim Choong-seek’s best-selling non-fiction “Kcia Chiefs,” the film marks the reunion of director Woo Min-ho (“Drug King”) and actor Lee Byung-hun (“G.I. Joe”), after the success of “Inside Men” in 2016. “Inside Men” and director’s cut “Inside Men: The Original” together managed some 9 million ticket sales in South Korea.

“Man Standing Next” features Lee, one of the most internationally known Korean actors,
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Zhao Shuzhen on Stealing Scenes in Her First American Movie, ‘The Farewell’

Zhao Shuzhen on Stealing Scenes in Her First American Movie, ‘The Farewell’
A year ago, 76-year-old actor Zhao Shuzhen shot her first American movie, “The Farewell,” based on writer-director Lulu Wang’s very personal family story. In November, Shuzhen found herself making her first visit to the States, where she earned standing ovations from audiences and posed for pictures with stars like Robert Pattinson at parties. Then she landed a nomination for best supporting actress from the Independent Spirit Awards.

It’s easy to see why people have fallen for Shuzhen. In the film she plays the beloved Nai Nai (Chinese for “grandmother”) to Awkwafina’s American-raised Billi. When Nai Nai is diagnosed with cancer, her family decides not to tell her, instead throwing a wedding as an excuse to get the whole family together one last time.

During her visit to Los Angeles, Shuzhen spoke to Variety (via translator Eugene Suen) about the character and her favorite moments onscreen.

Shuzhen: “Initially,
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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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‘Hustlers’ Dp Todd Banhazl Discusses How Not to Shoot With the Male Gaze

‘Hustlers’ Dp Todd Banhazl Discusses How Not to Shoot With the Male Gaze
Cinematographer Todd Banhazl had to rethink conventional wisdom in shooting Jennifer Lopez starrer “Hustlers.”

What sort of approach did you and director Lorene Scafaria discuss in terms of how you were going to shoot the women and create these strong images of strippers?

From the beginning, we talked about this idea of control and the whole thing visually pivoting on this idea of these characters trying to gain control and the ways [by which] they try to obtain control. And also looking at these criminals, or like what society would call criminals, using means of gaining control the way that men usually do. Like all these famous gangster movies, where we really like love the main character, we kind of honor these character traits where they break the rules and they make their own rules and do whatever is necessary obtain power. We wanted to make a movie where women were allowed these kinds of things.
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Superhero Bits: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Trailer Arrives Sunday, New ‘Watchmen’ Easter Eggs & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Trailer Arrives Sunday, New ‘Watchmen’ Easter Eggs & More
Want to read a Crisis on Infinite Earths tie-in comic? Are you ready for the first Wonder Woman 1984 trailer this weekend? Did you hear about the drunken phone call Tom Holland had wit Bob Iger about Spider-Man? Want a look at Kristen Wiig as Cheetah from Wonder Woman 1984 merchandise? How many movies did […]

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