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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)

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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. is looking to breathe some new life into its long-in-development “Bobbie Sue” pic, as it has set Gina Rodriguez to star in the title role with Charles Stone III directing.

While the studio viewed the project as a priority since acquiring it in 2008, it was looking for the right actress for the lead, at one point eyeing Cameron Diaz to star before scheduling got in the way. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other talent to star with Rodriguez with hopes to start filming later this year.

The story follows Sue, who after being raised among five rowdy brothers in blue-collar South Boston, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol and fellow Southie native,
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Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96

Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96
Jonas Mekas, the Lithuania-born filmmaker who started Film Culture magazine and the organization that became New York’s Anthology Film Archives, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram, “He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”

He made works such as 1962’s "Guns of the Trees" and 1964’s “The Brig,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Prix. As a cinematographer, he shot avant-garde films including Andy Warhol’s “Empire.”

Mekas was a pioneer of trying new approaches to film as art, and in 2007 released one short film each day of the year on the internet. His other films include “Scene from the Life of Andy Warhol,” “Letter from Greenpoint” and “Out-takes From the Life of a Happy Man.” As late as 2013, the 90-year old was making films like “Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland.”

He worked with artists such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg,
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Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’

Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’
Sandra Bullock is re-teaming with Netflix to produce the science-fiction movie “Reborn” for the streaming service.

Chris McKay has been signed to direct the comic book adaptation. “It” producer Vertigo Entertainment is also on board to produce. Bullock starred in the Netflix movie “Bird Box,” which has been viewed in more than 80 million households, according to the streaming giant.

“Reborn,” written by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, centers on an elderly woman who dies in a Manhattan hospital only to find herself reborn in the afterlife world of Adystria, where good and evil are waging an eternal war amid dragons. She then sets off on a quest to find her late husband.

“Reborn” has not yet been cast. Bullock will produce with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo Entertainment. Millar and Capullo will be executive producers. Co-producer will be Samantha Nisenboim.

McKay directed “The Lego Batman Movie” and is
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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary

'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary
The Wizard of Oz is returning to theaters this weekend for a special limited engagement marking the 80th anniversary of the film’s Hollywood premiere. Fathom Events, TCM, and Warner Bros. are re-releasing the beloved family film in select theaters across the country beginning on Sunday, Jan. 27, with additional dates on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday Jan. 30.
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What Fyre Fest Docs Reveal About Tech’s Cult of Positivity

It’s pretty obvious why so many people immediately inhaled both Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre as soon as they could. The very public dissolution of Fyre Fest was one of the most satisfying things about 2017: Trump had just taken office, the bad guys were winning, and watching influencers unravel when their luxury, private-island music festival turned out to be a Ponzi scheme on a Caribbean construction site felt like the schadenfreude-flavored Xanax we all needed. A fleeting hug for the proletariat in the form of
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Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere

Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere
Is Sundance poised for ICE to crash its Park City party?

When the documentary/narrative hybrid The Infiltrators makes its world premiere Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre, at least two self-described Dreamers who are featured in the film plan to be on hand and are taunting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to meet them there.

“I welcome any retaliation by the Trump Administration,” says Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant from Iran. “We've come to understand that the more out there in the open we are, the safer we are. If I were to get detained by immigration,...
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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Second Act review – Jennifer Lopez in ludicrous Working Girl knock-off

A store worker deploys her street smarts to bowl over the boss of a beauty corporation in this flimsy, toe-curling comedy

Here is a truly terrible Working Girl knock-off, fronted by Jennifer Lopez on her most stately and self-conscious form, embedded in a pastiche 80s-aspirational New York world in which cast members break out their karaoke version of Salt-n-Pepa’s Push It. The film does, however, have an unusual development that plays on that rare thing: the second act in American lives and indeed in American movies.

Lopez plays Maya, a vibrant woman in her forties, living out in Queens (for Melanie Griffith it was Staten Island) but with some personal sadness in her heart. She’s working in a big store and she can see clearly how its productivity and customer relations can be improved, but Maya never went to college, so useless guys with MBAs get promoted over her head.
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Wild Bunch boards sales on buzzy Sundance title 'Give Me Liberty' (exclusive)

Milwaukee-set comedy opens Sundance’s Next section.

Wild Bunch has acquired international rights to Russian-American filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky’s English-language comedy drama Give Me Liberty ahead of its world premiere as the opening film of Sundance’s Next section today (January 24).

The Paris-based sales company will handle all international territories while CAA is overseeing the Us.

Set against the backdrop of the midwest city of Milwaukee, the film revolves around a Russian immigrant who breaks the law and risks his job as a driver of medical transportation for people with disabilities when he agrees to ferry his grandfather and a
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Haf Doubles Work-in-Progress Lineup With Documentary Category

Haf Doubles Work-in-Progress Lineup With Documentary Category
A new documentary component means that the work-in-progress section of this year’s Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum will double from 10 to 20 projects. The selection includes Ruby Yang (“The Blood of Yingzhou District”) and Hou Hsiao-hsien (“The Assassin”) as documentary producers, and Brillante Mendoza (“Kinatay”) as producer on the fiction side.

The Wip program expands the long-running Haf project support operations. It creates a platform for late-stage projects seeking closing funds, post-production partners, distributors, sales agents, festivals and other film-industry services

In its first two years the Wip section of Haf has presented notable films which enjoyed festival success last year. They include “Ayka,” which collected the best actress award in Cannes this year, and “The Man Who Surprised Everyone,” which won the Orrizonti Award for best actress at the Venice festival.

“With the expanded platform, Haf will become the first project market to receive both fictional and documentary
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Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese’s Longtime Editor, to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese’s Longtime Editor, to Receive BAFTA Fellowship
Three-time Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker, best-known for her editing work on Martin Scorsese movies such as “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas,” will receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ highest accolade, the BAFTA Fellowship, at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 10.

The BAFTA Fellowship is given to an individual in recognition of “an outstanding and exceptional contribution” to film, games or television. Those previously honored in film include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Scorsese and Sidney Poitier. Ridley Scott received the fellowship at last year’s awards.

Schoonmaker said she was “staggered to be asked to join such an illustrious group” and “particularly moved and honored to be joining two of the most important people in my life – my director, Martin Scorsese, and my late husband, Michael Powell.”

She added:
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'Raging Bull' editor Thelma Schoonmaker to receive Bafta Fellowship

'Raging Bull' editor Thelma Schoonmaker to receive Bafta Fellowship
Schoonmaker is a regular colaborator with Martin Scorsese, winning Oscars for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed.

Editor Thelma Schoonmaker will be honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) with the Fellowship at this year’s film awards (February 10).

Schoonmaker has edited all of Martin Scorsese’s films since Raging Bull, including his upcoming Netflix project The Irishman. She won Oscars for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed, with seven Academy Award nominations in total.

The award recognises an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Previous recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock,
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Nina review – deeply silly lesbian softcore drama

Olga Chajdas’s story of a couple seducing a surrogate is a preposterous exercise in erotic intensity

First-time Polish film-maker Olga Chajdas gives us a movie acted and shot with confidence. But no amount of confidence can disguise how deeply silly this adventure in softcore lesbian sexiness is in terms of credible drama and human motivation – a silliness that escalates into something a little crass.

Nina (Julia Kijowska) and Wojtek (Andrzej Konopka) are a thirtysomething couple, a schoolteacher and a garage owner, who are supposedly desperate for a baby. They’ve tried fertility treatment and surrogacy, and nothing works. Then they come across Magda (Eliza Rycembel), a young gay woman who works in airport security, and who is initially shown having a frisson while frisking a female passenger – because, of course, that obviously happens with gay security officials at airports.
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'I was very angry' – the last interview with Jonas Mekas, godfather of avant garde film

He mentored Warhol, partied with Dalí and showed John and Yoko the perfect espresso. In this interview given shortly before his death, the film-making legend looked back on his amazing life

Jonas Mekas, titan of the underground, dies aged 96

Jonas Mekas tells me he’s 27 years old. Strictly speaking, he’s 95, but the avant garde film-maker, poet, critic and philosopher decided 68 years ago that he was sticking at 27. “After 27, people begin to become old, according to Melville,” he says. “They look back and repeat. After 27, you begin to think, ‘Is this the right way to do it?’ You think twice. Before that, you say, ‘Fuck you, I don’t care. I just do it.’”

Is he still in his “Fuck you” period? “Yes I am. When I came to New York I was 27. I was very angry about what I had lost before 27. I always blamed the ‘civilisation’ that threw me out of my home.
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Rotterdam chief opens 2019 festival by highlighting political climate

Iffr under way with world premiere of Sacha Polak’s Dirty God.

The 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam got underway last night with the sold-out world premiere of Sacha Polak’s Dirty God at the city’s Schouwburg Grote Zaal.

In his opening speech, festival director Bero Beyer highlighted many of the challenges facing modern society, and discussed how the cinematic medium plays into that discourse.

“It’s 2019 and the era of facts - or whatever truth used to be - is definitely behind us,” Beyer began. “Yet when looked at with Vulcan-like rationality many developments in the world
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Rotterdam chief kicks off festival by highlighting political climate

Iffr under way with world premiere of Sacha Polak’s Dirty God.

The 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam got underway last night with the sold-out world premiere of Sacha Polak’s Dirty God at the city’s Schouwburg Grote Zaal.

In his opening speech, festival director Bero Beyer highlighted many of the challenges facing modern society, and discussed how the cinematic medium plays into that discourse.

“It’s 2019 and the era of facts - or whatever truth used to be - is definitely behind us,” Beyer began. “Yet when looked at with Vulcan-like rationality many developments in the world
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More than just a superhero flick: why Black Panther deserves Oscars recognition

Ryan Coogler’s epic is the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture and deservedly so – for its spirit, intellectual bravery and politically astute screenplay

Black Panther may be the first superhero movie to have ever been nominated for the best picture Oscar, but there have been some near misses. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman would probably never have existed without Tim Burton’s Batman, and if one squints a little it is just possible to imagine 1985’s Kiss of the Spider Woman as a romantic paean to Marvel’s Jessica Drew, rather than a Brazilian prison drama about a jailed transgender woman and her revolutionary cellmate. Dick Tracy, a comic book flick rather than a superhero one, won three Oscars in 1991, though it is hard to see why.

Black Panther also owes a lot to another Batman movie, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, without which the
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Cat&Docs picks up Rotterdam title 'Transnistra'; first trailer (exclusive)

Plays in the Big Screen Competition.

Paris-based documentary sales outfit Cat&Docs has acquired worldwide rights to Transnistra, the latest feature from Swedish director Anna Eborn (Pine Ridge).

The film will have its world premiere on Sunday January 27 in the Big Screen Competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam, before a domestic premiere at Gotëborg Film Festival.

Screen can reveal an exclusive first trailer for the film.

Shot on 16mm, Transnistra follows a group of young people as they move from a carefree summer through an unforgiving winter in the self-proclaimed state of Transnistria. At the forefront is Tanya, a headstrong young
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Singaporean Actor Aloysius Pang, 28, Dies While on Military Service

Singaporean Actor Aloysius Pang, 28, Dies While on Military Service
Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang died Wednesday of injuries sustained while on military training in New Zealand. He was 28.

Pang was best known for his appearance in movies “Young & Fabulous” and “Timeless Love.” He also had a string of credits in Singapore TV series.

Pang was involved in an accident last week while repairing a large mobile gun called a howitzer. Some of his organs were crushed when the gun barrel was lowered. He was given surgery in New Zealand and kept in an artificially induced coma, but died from his injuries.

Pang’s death was confirmed shortly before midnight Wednesday night by Singapore’s Ministry of Defense. “National Serviceman, Corporal First Class (National Service) Pang Wei Chong, Aloysius passed away at 2045hrs on 23 January 2019 (Sg time) at Waikato Hospital, New Zealand,” the ministry said in a statement.

Pang’s body will be returned to Singapore. A committee will investigate the circumstances of the accident.
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