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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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HBO Max Orders Lena Dunham-Produced High School Dramedy ‘Generation’ to Series

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HBO Max Orders Lena Dunham-Produced High School Dramedy ‘Generation’ to Series
HBO Max has given out a series order to the half-hour high school dramedy “Generation.” The project had been ordered to pilot at the nascent streamer earlier this year, meaning this is the first HBO Max pilot to get picked up to series.

The ten-episode series follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. The cast includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, and Chase Sui Wonders, with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.

The series was created by 18-year old Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel Barnz, with Daniel also having directed the pilot. Daniel serves as executive producers along with Ben Barnz for We’re Not Brothers Productions, with Zelda co-executive producing. Lena Dunham executive produces under her Good Thing Going Productions banner.
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‘Neighbors’ Director Nick Stoller Sets ‘Florida Man’ Put Pilot at Fox

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‘Neighbors’ Director Nick Stoller Sets ‘Florida Man’ Put Pilot at Fox
A one-hour rom-com procedural set in the Florida Panhandle is in the works at Fox.

The network has issued a put pilot commitment to “Florida Man,” which hails from “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nick Stoller, and “Bones” producer Carla Kettner.

“Florida Man” centers around the loquacious, eccentric Bell Prescott, who hasn’t left the rambling property on the Apachicola River that he shares with his mother since a personal tragedy occurred five years ago. When Bell discovers a dead body, he’s forced to venture beyond his agoraphobic boundaries and grudgingly partner with the sole remaining cop in town, the practical, brutally direct Cammie Jessop, to solve the murder. With local infrastructure decimated, Bell grudgingly becomes the town’s volunteer criminologist, investigating murders with Cammie as he secretly tries to solve the crime that destroyed his life.

The prospective show is being made by Sony Pictures Television and Fox Entertainment.
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Harry Styles Finds Common Ground With a Fish out of Water in ‘Adore You’ Video

Harry Styles Finds Common Ground With a Fish out of Water in ‘Adore You’ Video
Harry Styles visits the fantastical but frown-shaped Isle of Eroda in his new music video for “Adore You,” released on Friday. The clip, directed by Dave Meyers, features narration from Rosalía and finds the rock star playing the one person on the Isle of Eroda capable of sporting a smile.

Due to his grin, Styles’ character becomes an outcast in town, but one day finds a kindred soul in the form of a fish who washes up on shore after being separated from his school. The clip follows Styles as
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Vic Mensa and Junglepussy Join Pussy Riot on Hard-Hitting ‘Hangerz’

Vic Mensa and Junglepussy Join Pussy Riot on Hard-Hitting ‘Hangerz’
Pussy Riot have released a new song, “Hangerz,” with the help of Vic Mensa and Junglepussy. The politically themed track was written after the band staged a sold-out live benefit show in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 11th to protest the anti-abortion legislation and centers on reproductive freedom for all women.

“Don’t like abortions? Don’t make it,” Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova said in a statement. “Don’t tell me what to do, my body is nobody’s business. It’s a universal basic right of every human — to
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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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Watch Kacey Musgraves Sing Christmas Classics With James Corden

Watch Kacey Musgraves Sing Christmas Classics With James Corden
James Corden tapped Kacey Musgraves to narrative a holiday rom-com using 14 holiday classics in a segment on The Late Late Show. The pair created the clip, titled “Soundtrack to a Christmas Love Story,” using nine sets and only one take.

The segment opens with Musgraves dressed as an elf working in a Christmas shop singing “Jingle Bell Rock” (presumably inspired by Last Christmas). As she puts on her coat and leaves the shop, she runs into Corden, who sings Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe.” As their love story continues the pair also croon “Wonderful Christmastime,
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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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New Roman Polanski Scandal Could Overshadow European Film Awards

New Roman Polanski Scandal Could Overshadow European Film Awards
Scandal — in the form of acclaimed, and notorious, director Roman Polanski — threatens to overshadow this year's European Film Awards.

European cinema is coming off a spectacular year in terms of quality, diversity and performance of art house cinema — the EFAs' forte — but the Academy's decision to hand Polanski's new feature, An Officer and a Spy, four nominations, including best film, best director and best screenplay, guarantees that discussions will center on whether the Efa should honor a director accused of sexual assault and rape and who remains a fugitive from U.S. justice ...
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Daniel Rezende on Netflix Brazilian Series ‘Nobody’s Looking’

Having premiered on Netflix Nov. 22, “Nobody’s Looking” marks the first collaboration between Gullane and Netflix – their second, “Boca a Boca” is in development- and comes from a long list of new projects that the streaming giant has announced with it’s $87 Million investment in Brazilian content.

The series embodies the streaming platform’s push into regional production: High concept and higher production values that aim for an international appeal without losing a sense of regional identity.

It depicts a bureaucratic organization of guardian angels in which the uniformed “angelus” invisibly protects humans beings, always following the rules of an absent Boss.
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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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Camille Paglia: The Death of the Hollywood Sex Symbol (Guest Column)

Who killed the sex symbol?

It's no mystery that in the era of #MeToo, the rules of combat have changed on the sexual battlefield. Women will no longer tolerate condescending or degrading treatment that was once business as usual in the workplace or dating arena. But in this long overdue push-back against sexual coercion and exploitation, has something valuable been lost?

The sex symbol was arguably Hollywood's most brilliant artifact, propelling the young movie industry to world impact from the moment that Theda Bara flashed her coiled-snake brassiere in Cleopatra (1917). Sex was great box office. With its impudent populism,...
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Watch the Weeknd Perform Recent Single ‘Heartless’ on ‘Colbert’

Watch the Weeknd Perform Recent Single ‘Heartless’ on ‘Colbert’
The Weeknd appeared on The Late Show to perform his latest single, “Heartless,” which got a trippy, Vegas-inspired music video earlier this week. The singer kept things similarly hallucinogenic during the performance, which he took to the halls of the late night show’s studio rather than the stage.

In the clip, the Weeknd strolls down the back hallways of the studio, drink in hand, and sings the lyrics into a red microphone as he navigates the network of corridors, where the lights blink and flash. Eventually, he makes his
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Hear Halsey Collaborate With Bts’ Suga on ‘Suga’s Interlude’

Hear Halsey Collaborate With Bts’ Suga on ‘Suga’s Interlude’
Halsey has dropped two new tracks off her upcoming album Manic. The first, “Suga’s Interlude,” features a guest appearance from Bts member Suga, while the second, “Finally // Beautiful Stranger,” gets a soulful music video directed by Patrick Tracy. “Two very different songs,” Halsey noted on Twitter. “Two very dreamy stories.”

Both songs come off Halsey’s third album, Manic, which will be released January 17th via Capitol Records. The album also features guest appearances from Alanis Morissette and Dominic Fike, alongside Suga, and includes the singer’s recent tracks “Graveyard,
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Niall Horan Gets Emotional on New Single ‘Put a Little Love on Me’

Niall Horan Gets Emotional on New Single ‘Put a Little Love on Me’
Niall Horan has dropped a brand-new single “Put a Little Love on Me” along with an accompanying music video. The video, shot in Los Angeles with director Cameron Busby, sees Horan performing the emotional track at a grand piano as a red-clad dancer spins around him.

Horan wrote the song with long-time collaborators Jamie Scott and Daniel Bryer, who also produced the single, and Mike Needle, while Greg Kurstin arranged and produced the strings. The track centers on a relationship past, with Horan reflecting on what went wrong and hoping all will be well again.
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Kathleen Kennedy to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy to Receive BAFTA Fellowship
Kathleen Kennedy is to receive the BAFTA Fellowship at the BAFTA film awards.

The British Academy's highest honor, the Fellowship is given to individuals in "recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television," and will be presented to the Lucasfilm president and Amblin co-founder on Feb. 2.

“British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career," said Kennedy, whose long list of credits across a 40-year career includes all of the Disney-backed Star Wars titles (including the most recent addition, The Mandalorian), plus the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones ...
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Horror Auteur Takashi Miike Says There’s More Romance Than Violence In His Films

Horror Auteur Takashi Miike Says There’s More Romance Than Violence In His Films
Maybe the trick to getting your head around the career of Takashi Miike is first to realize that the maverick Japanese director hasn’t tried to redefine genres across a 100-plus-project career. Instead he’s tried to defy them.

“My style is that I have no style,” Miike says with a laugh, when asked how best to describe his film-making technique.

Miike hosted a master class in front of an enthralled and packed room of fellow filmmakers and fans as the Singapore International Film Festival drew to a close last Sunday, after being handed an honorary award for ...
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Hainan Film Festival Advisor Roger Garcia Explains the Vision Behind China's Biggest New Cinema Event

Hainan Film Festival Advisor Roger Garcia Explains the Vision Behind China's Biggest New Cinema Event
When Asian film industry veteran Roger Garcia joined China's Hainan International Film Festival as artistic advisor last July, he gave the upstart event an instant jolt of credibility.

A familiar presence at industry events and symposia across the region, Garcia co-founded and headed the respected Hong Kong International Film Festival for eight years. In Hainan, he has inherited a very different set of working parameters, however. The event, which quietly held its first pilot edition in 2018, has the full approval and financial backing of the local government — a must for any major cultural activity in mainland ...
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First Look: The Uniquely Singaporean Monster Movie 'Circle Line'

Singapore's Asia Film & TV Market (Atf) was given a brief glimpse of the eagerly anticipated and locally-produced monster movie Circle Line.

Circle Line, named after the underground subway line on Singapore's metro system, is the debut feature from local director J.D. Chau, and stars Singaporean talents Jessica Liu and Nathaniel Ng. The story pits a group of trapped train travelers against a giant beast lurking deep within Singapore’s underground metro system.

The film will be the first monster movie ever produced in Singapore and Chau and Circle Line's producers screened a short behind-the-scene feature ...
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