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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Talks to Join ‘The Matrix 4’

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Talks to Join ‘The Matrix 4’
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has taken the red pill and is in talks to join the cast of “The Matrix 4,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Chopra would star in an undisclosed role opposite the sci-fi franchise’s returning stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity. Lana Wachowski is directing the film that’s set at Warner Bros. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris are also part of the cast.

Wachowski will also produce the film along with Grant Hill that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and distribute globally. She is writing the screenplay for “The Matrix 4” with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

Plot details are currently being kept under wraps for the sequel, which jumps off of the premise that
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Blumhouse Reportedly Working On ‘The Thing’ Remake Based On Author’s Long-Lost Novel

Blumhouse Reportedly Working On ‘The Thing’ Remake Based On Author’s Long-Lost Novel
Horror film remakes are nothing new. After a franchise lays dormant for a few years, Hollywood has the tendency to dust it off and take a new stab at box office glory. Well, it appears that Blumhouse and Universal are set to do that with John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” However, this remake isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill studio rehash. Not by a long shot.

Before we jump into that, it’s important to understand just how this new version of “The Thing” came about.
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‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Record for Biggest Sale Ever — by 69 Cents

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‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Record for Biggest Sale Ever — by 69 Cents
Andy Samberg’s “Palm Springs” has just broken the record for the biggest sale in the history of the Sundance Film Festival — by $0.69.

A joint announcement on Monday from Hulu and indie distributor Neon confirmed the existential comedy was purchased for $17,500,000.69 in a sale brokered by UTA Independent Film Group. That figure exceeds the previous record set by “The Birth of a Nation” in 2016, which went to the former Fox Searchlight Pictures for $17.5 million.

Neon will take the film out to U.S. theaters, though a timeline was not immediately clear. Hulu will then add it to what the Disney-owned streamer described as a stacked Samberg library, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “SNL” and the spoof “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”

Earlier on Monday, a report said the film went for around $15 million, though insiders disputed that number to Variety at the time. “Palm Springs” premiered on Sunday at Park City’s Library Theater.
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‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan Reveals the Crucial Advice Patty Jenkins Gave Her

‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan Reveals the Crucial Advice Patty Jenkins Gave Her
Just months after Cathy Yan’s feature directing debut, Shanghai-set ensemble comedy “Dead Pigs,” made a big splash at Sundance in 2018, the Chinese-born filmmaker landed a gig helming a giant studio franchise movie, the DC Comics adaptation “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” starring Margot Robbie.

Going straight from indie buzz to a blockbuster budget has become an increasingly familiar career path for a hot new director — except for women of color like Yan. For one, despite winning a special jury prize at Sundance, “Dead Pigs,” which is largely in Mandarin (and some English), still doesn’t have U.S. distribution. For another, you can count the number of women who’ve directed a major comic book movie on a single hand. A former journalist, the 33-year-old Yan grew up outside Washington, D.C., on a varied cinematic diet ranging from “The Lion King” and
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‘Omniboat’ Review: This Boat-Centric Miami Anthology Comedy Defies Nearly All Description [Sundance 2020]

‘Omniboat’ Review: This Boat-Centric Miami Anthology Comedy Defies Nearly All Description [Sundance 2020]
Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia is the wildest movie of Sundance 2020, and maybe the most outlandish film at the festival since Daniel Radcliffe played a farting corpse in 2016’s Swiss Army Man. Unsurprisingly, Daniels (the directing duo responsible for that endearingly odd gem) are also partially responsible for Omniboat, an anthology-style love letter to […]

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Japan Box Office Leaps to $2.4 Billion Record in 2019

Japan Box Office Leaps to $2.4 Billion Record in 2019
The Japanese box office leaped by 17% in 2019 to set a record $2.4 billion score, according to figures announced Tuesday by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, locally known as Eirin. The previous high was the $2.2 billion recorded in 2016.

The Makoto Shinkai animation “Weathering with You” was the highest earning film among both local and foreign releases with a gross of $129 million.

Local films took a majority share with 54% or $1.3 billion, while foreign films grabbed a 46% share or $1.1 billion. The market share split was little changed from 2018.

Once again industry leader Toho accounted for the lion’s share of the box office, having handled seven of the top ten local films, including the period actioner “Kingdom” that it co-released with Sony. The other three were released by a resurgent Toei.

Total admissions rose 15% to 195 million, outstripping the growth in the number of operational screens, which edged up from 3,561 the year before
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Film News Roundup: Lionsgate Developing ‘Memetic’ Apocalyptic Horror Movie

In today’s film news roundup, Lionsgate is developing graphic novel “Memetic” as a feature, the latest Laura Ziskin Prize is announced and Firelight Media creates a fund for nonfiction filmmakers of color at the mid-career mark.

Project Launches

Lionsgate is in final negotiations for motion picture rights to the apocalyptic horror graphic novel “Memetic” for Point Grey and Boom! Studios to produce.

Mattson Tomlin, who is writing “The Batman” with Matt Reeves directing, has been hired to write the “Memetic” script. Boom published “Memetic,” created by James Tynion IV, in 2015.

“Memetic” centers on a weaponized meme that turns people insane with the world becoming overrun with “meme-zombies.” But on a tiny college campus, an immune college student and an 11 year old genius discover a baffling and controversial antidote that may be the key to saving the world.

Josh Fagen is producing from Point Grey. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien are overseeing for Lionsgate.
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‘Sylvie’s Love’: Film Review

‘Sylvie’s Love’: Film Review
Sultry music swells as the camera swoons over a young couple in a tender nighttime embrace. The 1950s residential New York City street is carefully rain-slicked and lined with shiny classic cars: an obvious stage set. Gene Kelly might just have swung on that lamppost; Doris Day might lean out of an upstairs window to sigh at a painted moon. But the canoodling stars of Eugene Ashe’s Sundance competition title “Sylvia’s Love” are black, which is among the sole indications that this weightlessly glossy yet undeniably charming romance is a product of the 21st century. Even so, were we to find out as the credits roll that the film had actually lain undiscovered in some studio vault for five decades, aside from mild surprise that it would make Tessa Thompson quite a bit older than previously suspected, it would actually explain a lot.

More even than Declan Quinn
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Martin Scorsese’s Body of Work Extends Far Beyond Male-Centric Mafia Movies

Martin Scorsese’s Body of Work Extends Far Beyond Male-Centric Mafia Movies
Actors sometimes complain about being typecast, but it’s a fact of life for anyone in entertainment. John Ford is usually labeled a director of Westerns, despite “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Mister Roberts.” David Lean is known for his epics, but he also directed “Brief Encounter” and “Summertime.” Vincente Minnelli? The director of musicals, overlooking “The Bad and the Beautiful,” “Lust for Life” and “Some Came Running.”

Martin Scorsese in the past year has often been described as the director of gangster films, even though that genre represents only five of his 25 narrative films, or roughly 15% of his work, if you add in documentaries.

Scorsese is also typecast as one who makes male-oriented films. This ignores that his breakthrough “Mean Streets,” was bookended by two women-driven films: “Boxcar Bertha” (1972) and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974). The latter film won Ellen Burstyn the Oscar; Scorsese has also directed nine other
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Will Oscar Campaigning Turn to Mudslinging?

Will Oscar Campaigning Turn to Mudslinging?
On March 5, 1963, Army Archerd wrote in Variety: “There’s been a not-so-subtle campaign pyramiding since Oscar nominations that Omar Sharif is an ex-Egyptian soldier who fought in the Israeli War. Forget it: Omar sez: ‘I never fought in any army.’” Archerd also denied the rumor that Sharif was Muslim.

Two big takeaways: 1. Mudslinging during Oscar final voting has been around for a long time; 2. Islamophobia has been around even longer.

Sharif was a sensation in the 1962 “Lawrence of Arabia,” and was nominated for supporting actor. So someone — possibly one of his rivals — started the rumor that since he’s Egyptian, he probably killed a lot of Israelis. It was one of many low points in Oscar campaigning, in which contenders and their reps start whisper campaigns that a rival’s film is seriously flawed, or that the artist is a terrible person.

It’s that time of year: Traditionally, mudslinging starts after noms are announced,
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‘Amulet’ Review: Atmosphere Can’t Save This Utter Bore [Sundance 2020]

‘Amulet’ Review: Atmosphere Can’t Save This Utter Bore [Sundance 2020]
Amulet is the type of film where you spend more time noticing the production design than you do giving a shit about the story. A painfully slow slog, this horror film from Romola Garai has plenty of good ideas and a few neat creature effects, but that’s not enough to salvage things. Some may come […]

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘The Batman’ Role Is Revealed, and It’s Not Who You Think it Is

When The Batman director Matt Reeves announced the latest cast members joining his upcoming superhero film, he did so with a confirming tweet revealing the character they'd play. But when Peter Sarsgaard (Interrogation) was added to the cast, Reeves kept it close to the chest, simply paraphrasing Tommy Wiseau by tweeting, "Oh... Hi, Peter..." His character was never named. Speculation ran rampant, with our own lawyer Thomas Reimann gathering up the evidence hinting toward one fate: Sarsgaard's playing Two-Face! But now, Warner Bros. has offered an official press release to announce the beginning of filming on The …
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Andy Samberg’s ‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Sales Records — By 69 Cents

Andy Samberg’s ‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Sales Records — By 69 Cents
Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs just broke the nicest records at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival this year. Hulu and Neon acquired the romantic-comedy for $17.5 million…and 69 cents. The number broke Sundance sale records for the biggest acquisition deal, sailing past Nate Parker’s 2016 film The Birth of a Nation by, yes, 69 cents. And while Hulu and […]

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Why Blake Lively Isn’t Trying to Be the ‘Female James Bond’ in ‘The Rhythm Section’

Why Blake Lively Isn’t Trying to Be the ‘Female James Bond’ in ‘The Rhythm Section’
The Rhythm Section,” Reed Morano’s new espionage thriller about a female assassin who sets out to avenge her family’s untimely death, is not a female-led approximation of a “James Bond” film.

Though Barbara Broccoli, the magnate producer whose family has been solely responsible for the franchise, is producing the movie, “The Rhythm Section” is decidedly not a “James Bond” wannabe. The protagonist, played by an eminently versatile Blake Lively, receives her training as an assassin from an exiled MI6 agent living in Scotland, and — in the course of her revenge — disguises herself as a chemical blonde one moment and a German anarchist the next.

“Everyone’s saying, ‘Oh, can a woman be James Bond?’ Why would a woman want to be James Bond!” Broccoli asked, walking the red carpet at a special screening of “The Rhythm Section” in New York City on Monday evening, hoping to dispel the
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez Talks Responsibility, Representation in ‘Frozen 2’ and the Biz

Kristen Anderson-Lopez Talks Responsibility, Representation in ‘Frozen 2’ and the Biz
Gender parity isn’t an issue in Oscar-winning songwriting-composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s house, what with her longstanding collaboration with husband Bobby Lopez, but at the Oscars luncheon on Monday, it was a different story. “There were 13 female directors represented in the shorts and documentary fields,” Anderson-Lopez notes, adding, “but how do we get from there to best director having gender parity?”

The conversation about representation — or rather lack of — was very much alive in the Ray Dolby Ballroom as the Oscar nominees gathered. The Lopezes are both nominated in the best original song category for “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen 2.” They previously won for “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “Remember Me” from “Coco.” A mother of two daughters, Anderson-Lopez is among the relatively few female creatives nominated this year — one of 60 women to be precise – and feels a responsibility to speak up. So she is.

Sitting with Variety
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Glasgow Film Festival 2020 unveils line-up including nine world premieres

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Glasgow Film Festival 2020 unveils line-up including nine world premieres
World premieres include Julian Jarrold’s biopic ’Sulphur And White’ and Anthony Baxter’s documentary ‘Flint’.

The Glasgow Film Festival has revealed the full programme for its 16th edition, which will run from February 26 to March 8.

The line-up features nine world premieres throughout the programme, including Julian Jarrold’s biopic Sulphur And White, starring Mark Stanley as real-life mountaineer and charity campaigner David Tait who faced long-buried childhood trauma.

The festival will also debut documentaries Flint, from Scottish director Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) about the Michigan city’s toxic water scandal; and Robbie Fraser’s Pictures From Afghanistan,
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‘The Good Place,’ ‘Broad City’ Creators Developing New Comedy for HBO Max

If you've enjoyed any television comedy from the past ten-ish years, chances are it had something to do with the power quartet of Mike Schur, Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, and/or Jen Statsky. Schur has been behind such gems as The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and The Office; and the Downs/Aniello/Statsky trio gave us Broad City. Now, all these talents are combining, as Deadline reports the four are developing an as-of-yet untitled comedy pilot for HBO Max. The project will be written by Downs, Aniello, and Statsky. Aniello will direct the pilot, …
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Sony Pictures Classics, Stage 6 Films Team On ‘I Carry You With Me’ Out of Sundance (Exclusive)

Sony Pictures Classics has teamed with Sony’s Stage 6 Films to oversee the global release of Heidi Ewing’s feature narrative debut, “I Carry You With Me (Te Llevo Conmigo),” a gay love story about two men who immigrate to the United States. The deal follows the movie’s enthusiastic reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The romantic drama debuted to multiple standing ovations in Park City, where it was shown in the Next section. It will be released later this year.

Co-written by Ewing (“Jesus Camp”) and Alan Page Arriaga, the pic, based on a true story, follows the romance between two men, one an aspiring chef and the other a teacher. Together they make the treacherous journey to New York with dreams, hopes and memories in tow.

In a rave review, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “In Ewing’s hands and as anchored by two superb performances,
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Bill Murray is Living Through ‘Groundhog Day’ Again For a Super Bowl Commercial

Bill Murray is Living Through ‘Groundhog Day’ Again For a Super Bowl Commercial
Talk about déja vu. Bill Murray is reprising his role as the cynical TV weatherman in a Groundhog Day Super Bowl commercial for Jeep, which has been spotted filming in the town of Woodstick, Illinois, where the 1993 comedy classic was first shot. It’s the kind of movie tie-in that Super Bowl advertisers, whose big-budget commercials have […]

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Sundance #4: Summertime and This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Leaving Art House Convergence, I met up with some good folks from New Orleans (where I lived for three years), who were generously sharing their condo with me. We all got dropped off at the festival headquarters in Park City on “Day One” of the festival and headed in to pick up passes, though none of us walked away with one on Thursday. Industry passes issued through the Press & Inclusion Office program couldn’t be picked up until Friday, my housemates learned, while I spent my time in the line at the press office. On-site credential applications are subject to […]
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