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William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard

William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to director William Friedkin’s real-life exorcism documentary “The Devil & Father Amorth,” the company announced Wednesday.

The company plans an April 20 theatrical release for the doc, which records an actual exorcism performed by the Vatican’s Father Gabriele Amorth as he fights to expel Satan from an Italian woman.

The film, produced by LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon, arrives 45 years after Friedkin directed the blockbuster, “The Exorcist.” Friedkin had received permission to travel to Rome and meet with 91-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the “Vatican Exorcist,” to film a real-life exorcism.
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and More

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and More
Say what you will about 2017, but last year’s crop of movies was pretty damn good overall, and that high bar of quality is reflected in the nominees for the 16th annual Ves Awards. Nearly 3,400 artists, producers, technologists, and entertainment industry workers narrowed down the movies that best represented outstanding achievements in visual effects, and Blade Runner […]

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Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie

Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie
The Mark Gordon Company has picked up the movie rights to the upcoming James Patterson book, All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer’s Row.

MGC’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce the project with Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.

Patterson, who wrote the book with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey, will exec produce. All-American Murder will be published by Little, Brown and Company on Jan. 22, 2018.

Hernandez was a star tight end with the New England Patriots who was arrested for murdering a football player who was dating his fiancee’s sister. He was...
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.


Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland's Spider-Man in 'Venom'? Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'?

Rumor Roundup: Tom Holland's Spider-Man in 'Venom'? Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'?
Is Hollywood trying to keep some big secrets? Are fan sites just trying to stir up attention? Either way, these three major rumors are circulating on the web this week: Is Spider-Man in Venom? How do you create Venom as a character without Spider-Man? We shall see when Sony's eponymous Venom hits theaters this fall. Or maybe the villain-turned-antihero's origins will be the same as in the comics after all. According to filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?), who has nothing to do with Venom, mind you, but has his sources: “Spider-Man is going to be in Venom. For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel...

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My French Film Festival: ‘No Drowning’ Writer-Director Mélanie Laleu Discusses Her Competition Short

2018’s My FrenchFilmFestival kicks off this Friday, and among the shorts which have made their way through the festival circuit and to the online event, is Mélanie Laleu’s second short, “No Drowning.”

The film has already screened at a dozen festivals across the globe, including Tisff and Palm Springs. It was co-produced by Paris-based companies Offshore and À Travers Le Miroir, with international sales being handled by Manifest.

The film is a journey into a fantasy, coin-operated world, dominated by a Big Brother type voice which instructs people how to go about their lives. In this world, society’s respect for the individual’s intellect has all but gone; so much so that it has become necessary to remind people that drowning is strictly prohibited.

The world of “No Drowning” is drenched in perpetual darkness, often exacerbated by the fact that some characters don’t have the necessary funds to activate their house lights. In spite of
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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘The Confession’

Palm Springs Film Review: ‘The Confession’
Georgian filmmaker Zaza Urushadze had a well-deserved international breakout with 2013’s “Tangerines,” a gentle seriocomedy about the futility of war whose sleeper success carried it all the way to an Oscar nomination. His new film, “The Confession” is another handsome miniature set in a tiny village, but further comparisons aren’t useful — or flattering.

As artificially conceived as its predecessor was organic, this drama about a priest whose rural posting is complicated by the local sexpot might better have been played as comedy. Yet it expects audiences to accept, poker-faced, not only the existence of a Marilyn Monroe lookalike in a Caucasus mountain backwater, but an eventual turn toward femme fatale melodrama that plunges the movie right off the rails.

Everyone is allowed a misfire once in a while. It’s just too bad Urushadze’s had to follow his highest-profile effort to date with this odd and off-key work, subjecting it to more
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Q&A: Phillipe Le Guay Talks About ‘Normandie Nue,’ Snd Scores Major Deals (Exclusive)

Q&A: Phillipe Le Guay Talks About ‘Normandie Nue,’ Snd Scores Major Deals (Exclusive)
After depicting a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship in “Florida,” popular French director Philippe Le Guay is back with his long-gestated comedy/drama “Normandie Nue” starring Francois Cluzet as an endearing French mayor on a mission to save his village’s community of struggling farmers. The film tells the story of this modest Normandie village getting turned upside down by a famous American photographer who sets off to have the whole town pose naked for him in a field.

Mixing a few well-known actors such as Cluzet and François-Xavier Demaison with non-professionals, “Normandie Nue” is produced by Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Les Films des Tournelles and represented in international markets by Snd.

Le Guay has established himself as one of France’s most successful directors of sophisticated French comedies with films like “The Women on the 6th Floor,” a 1960’s-set tale about a conservative couple’s lives which are turned upside down by two Spanish maids in Paris, and “Cycling
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Playtime Steps Into Olivier Assayas’ ‘Non Fiction’ with Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet (Exclusive)

Playtime Steps Into Olivier Assayas’ ‘Non Fiction’ with Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet (Exclusive)
One of Europe’s leading film companies, Playtime (formerly Films Distribution) has partnered up with Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema to co-produce and handle international sales on Olivier Assayas’ anticipated tragicomedy “Non Fiction.”

“Non Fiction,” Assayas’ follow up to Kristen Stewart starrer “Personal Shopper” which earned him a best director award (along with Cristian Mungiu for “Baccalauréat”) at Cannes in 2016, is now shooting in Paris with an appealing cast headlined by Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet and Vincent Macaigne.

“Non Fiction” will mark the first collaboration between Assayas, Gillibert and Playtime.

Gillibert said “CG Cinema decided to trust the very well established sales company Playtime to take care of ‘Non Fiction,’ the latest project by Olivier Assayas, one of the most celebrated and prolific European directors in the world.”

Playtime, based in Paris, has over the years cultivated ties with major directors such as Francois Ozon, Anne Fontaine and Claire Denis, as well as
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Film Review: ‘Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story’

The provocative documentary “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” drills deeply into the complex question of why Australia’s beloved and iconic creature is also regarded as a dangerous pest that must be slaughtered and turned into everything from fancy fashion products to pet food and gourmet cuisine. In their examination of the kangaroo from cultural, environmental, economic and political perspectives, co-directors Mick McIntyre (“Aussie Rules the World”) and Kate McIntyre Clere (“Yogawoman”) have gathered high-quality testimony from experts and stakeholders on all sides of the issue. With glorious footage of kangaroos bounding through the Outback juxtaposed with graphic images of night-time “culling” of the marsupials, “Kangaroo” is guaranteed to prompt plenty of discussion when it hops into limited U.S. cinemas Jan. 19. Australian theatrical release is set for March 15.

Though the film does present views from farmers, kangaroo industry representatives and politicians explaining why numbers must be kept in check, there’s no doubt “Kangaroo” will be read
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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘Just to be Sure’

Moving from the teenage and pre-adolescent terrain of her prior features (“In Mom’s Head,” “The Dandelions”) to relatively grownup protagonists, Carine Tardieu’s “Just to be Sure” is nonetheless once again all about problematic parental relationships. This bright ensemble comedy ponders nature vs. nurture from several character viewpoints, principally that of Francois Damiens as a middle-aged man who suddenly discovers his biological father may be someone other than “Dad.” Cleverly written and winningly cast, it’s already opened in several territories. More should follow, and remake rights might be in demand eventually.

Bearish but generally even-tempered Erwan is in a literally explosive business: His Brittany-based firm finds, extracts and/or detonates old bombs and other buried hazards left over from wars of yore. Such work requires steady nerves. Meanwhile, Erwan’s 23-year-old daughter Juliette (Alice de Lencquesaing) seems to be all capricious impulse — she’s managed to get herself pregnant without knowing who the father is. (Much
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David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting

David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting
Paris — In France, there is only one Karin Viard. She is not as famous abroad as other French actresses – think Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert. But in her native land, she rates not only as France’s most popular actress, judged by her four biggest box office hits last decade – which take in “The Famille Belier,” and Dany Boon’s Nothing to Declare” – but also, by the same criteria, is a bigger box office draw that any Hollywood star, including Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Yet over a near 20-year film career, the 51-year-old actress has taken on roles – in Cedric Klapisch’s social-divide comedy “My Piece of the Pie,” and Maiwenn’s cop ensemble drama “Polisse” which give her a left-of-center edginess.

In a role which fits her like a glove, Viard plays role Nathalie, a mother still raw from recent divorce who suddenly conceives an all-consuming envy for her nearest and dearest, led by her
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A Landscape of Lies review – film-making frauds serve up a taxing watch

Beginning life as a bogus project aimed at defrauding the public purse, this silly geezer Brit-flick is as bad as its backstory is good

There’s something heroic in the backstory to this ropey Brit geezer-gangster film; it would be nice to report that it’s a classic, or even good. Sadly no. But maybe James Franco or Mel Brooks will make a hilarious drama about how it came to be made. A Landscape of Lies began as a phoney movie that existed only on paper: a scam to defraud the tax authorities, who suspiciously demanded to see the finished print. So, with some chutzpah, these dodgy fake-film chancers quickly cobbled together an actual movie – this movie – with its director and cast doing their best and entirely unaware of the illegality. Their employers were convicted in 2013, and only now can the film be seen: a clunkily written and embarrassingly acted extravaganza of silliness,
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Film Review: ‘Forever My Girl’

Film Review: ‘Forever My Girl’
Forever My Girl” is a sweet but slight romantic drama that got lost on its way to the Hallmark Channel — or, more likely, was rebuffed by that channel’s gatekeepers for being, even by their standards, entirely too predictable — and wound up in theaters instead. It resembles nothing so much as a prosaic adaptation of a second-tier Nicholas Sparks novel, and doubtless will play best with audiences who think critics are much too harsh on movies that really are spawned by Sparks’ literary output.

As it turns out, writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf based her script on a work by another novelist, Heidi McLaughlin, which may explain the lack of a third-act intrusion by the grim reaper. The prologue primes us to expect the worst of the protagonist, even before we actually meet him, by depicting what happened when he left his fiancée at the altar back in St. Augustine, La., to pursue his musical career.
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Trailer Watch: Beuys

A German fighter pilot shot down over Crimea, rescued by nomadic tribesmen. A chronically depressed veteran, in near total isolation in the wilderness. A difficult pupil turned iconoclast pedagogue. Whether apocrypha or self-imposed legend, all these identities defined the persona of artist Joseph Beuys, arguably one of the most relevant and revolutionary forces in modern and post-modern art in the 20th century. A former soldier of the Third Reich, rehabilitated through a lifelong commitment to innovation, Beuys redefined the artist’s role in society as the ultimate act of public penance. From renowned pieces such as “How to Explain Pictures to […]
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25 Films We’re Excited about at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance starts tomorrow, and just before the curtain raises we’re squeaking in with a list of films our correspondents — Vadim Rizov, Meredith Alloway and myself — are excited to see. I’m about to start packing, and colleagues from other magazines and companies are Facebooking their Sars-mask covered faces on their way to the influenza petri-dish of Park City. I could spin this intro out longer — quote Sundance festival director John Cooper on how this year’s festival is full of “alternative voices” — or perhaps left-turn into some metaphor or another, but I’ll just do what we do here […]
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Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement As ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’

Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement As ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’
Legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot denounced the #MeToo movement and the increase in Hollywood figures speaking out against sexual harassment in an interview with French magazine Paris Match.

In the interview, Bardot asserts that for actresses specifically, “not women in general,” “the vast majority of cases” are “hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest.”

The 83-year-old actress added that the topic takes away from “important themes that could be discussed,” and stated that she has never been a victim of sexual harassment. Bardot became an international sex symbol after her starring role in 1956’s “And God Created Woman.”

“I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little a–,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.”

She went on to say that actresses “come on” to producers to get roles, “and then, so they’ll be talked about, they say they were harassed.”

“In reality,
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Mubi gets investment from Indian media giant

Times Bridge invests in UK-based VoD platform.

Indie film streaming service Mubi has received investment from Times Bridge, the investing wing of India’s largest media conglomerate.

Source: Mubi / Times Bridge

Times Bridge will support Mubi’s expansion into the burgeoning Indian market, which is already the company’s third largest territory in terms of traffic and registered users.

Mubi is now aiming to establish stronger relationships in India including with film festivals, local producers, and emerging talent.

Times Bridge joins China’s Huanxi Media in making investment in Mubi. The Indian company will provide the streaming service with ongoing counsel on brand positioning, monetisation, advertising and public policy and will also facilitate local partnerships and relationships with Indian influencers.

In December, Screen reported that Mubi is likely to become cash-flow positive for the first time in 2018. While no official figures have been released, the company’s subscriber base is said to be around 100,000. It also recently
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Film News Roundup: American Genre Film Archive Partners With Shaw Brothers (Exclusive)

In today’s film news roundup, American Genre Film Archive will distribute 30 restorations from Shaw Brothers, Skydance hires a Paramount veteran, and Xlrator buys a pair of documentaries.

Shaw Restorations

American Genre Film Archive has unveiled a partnership with Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio, under which it will distribute 30 new restorations from the Shaw vaults to theaters in 2018.

This is Agfa’s latest collaboration following their distribution partnerships with genre home video labels Arrow Films for “Donnie Darko,” Severin Films for “Santa Sangre,” and Vinegar Syndrome for “Dolemite.”

Founded in 1958, Shaw Brothers produced many popular Chinese-language genre films.

“It’s a dream come true to help a new generation of film lovers discover the Shaw Brothers catalog,” Agfa director Joe Ziemba said. “These movies deserve a new life on the big screen, where they can fulfill their destiny of melting as many minds as possible.”

Shaw Brothers movies are available on digital cinema package and in
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