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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)
Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.”

Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing.

In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans.
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‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Coco” has topped the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning $138.6 million domestically and $263 million internationally.

Disney made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that it still has about a third of the international market to launch in, including Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Dec. 28), Brazil (Jan. 4), Korea (Jan. 11), the U.K. (Jan. 19), and Japan (March 16).

The top international market has been China, which has nearly matched the North American total with $133 million. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only 21% in its third weekend.

The film, which focuses on a 12-year-old boy and the celebration of the Day of the Dead and its music, set a box office record in Mexico with $56.8 million following a late October launch ahead of the holiday.

“Coco” is also getting awards-season traction, winning the best animated feature award from the National Board of
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Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast

Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast
Hugh Jackman will perform a song from 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” live as part of a commercial spot to run Sunday during Fox’s presentation of the musical “A Christmas Story Live.”

Jackman and co-stars Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle will perform “Come Alive” from the P.T. Barnum biopic during a commercial break in the three-hour telecast of “A Christmas Story Live.” The tune was penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the score and songs for “Christmas Story.”

The two-and-a-half minute spot will feature elaborate staging with 150 dancers, and will be directed by “Showman” helmer Michael Gracey along with live TV vet Beth McCarthy-Miller. “Christmas Story” will originate from a soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot. Jackman and Co. will perform from an adjacent soundstage. “Showman” opens Dec. 20.

“We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement to viewers that drives them to
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Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'

Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'
Kevin Hart will star in the newly announced Universal action-comedy On the Run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Aeysha Carr (Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will pen the movie, which was picked up as a pitch and follows a hitman (Hart) whose assignment goes awry when the target isn’t who he expects. Kristen Lowe will oversee production for the studio.

Girls Trip producer Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions alongside Hart through his Hartbeat banner. On the Run will be the latest in a long partnership for the producer and star, which includes the Ride Along franchise and the upcoming Universal...
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish has joined Ike Barinholtz in The Oath, a satirical thriller Barinholtz wrote and is also directing.

Also boarding the ensemble project are Star Trek star John Cho, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and veteran actor Chris Ellis (Murder in the First). 

QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Get Out, is financing and producing the movie, with 23/34 Pictures, the outfit run by Barinholtz and David Stassen. It begins shooting this week.

The timely script, set in a politically divided America...
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Rebel Wilson Says There’s 'Definitely' Hope for More Pitch Perfect Movies

Rebel Wilson Says There’s 'Definitely' Hope for More Pitch Perfect Movies
If it’s up to Rebel Wilson, the Barden Bellas won’t be turning off their microphones anytime soon.

At the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Wilson told People she sees more acapella-centric movies in the future — despite the upcoming film being dubbed the “Farewell Tour.”

“Oh definitely,” she responded when asked if she would make another film.

In fact, the actress said her love for her costars runs so deep, they would be willing to go rogue in order to make more Pitch Perfect films.

“I love working with these girls,” she said. “Even if
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry
Titanic,” “Superman” and “The Goonies” are among 25 titles selected into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, it was announced Wednesday. These films were selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance and range from “La Bamba” to “Die Hard,” spanning the period 1905 to 2000. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Other selections this year include Stanley Kramer’s 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Yvonne Rainer’s 1972 film “Lives of Performers,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” “Spartacus” and “Ace in the Hole.”
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SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List
The 2018 SAG Awards nominees were announced Wednesday, and Fox Searchlight and Netflix led the scoreboard for film and television distributors.

Fox Searchlight landed 7 film nominations, while Netflix scored 19 for television and two for film. Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” carried film with four and three nods, respectively. In television, “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things,” and “Glow” each picked up four mentions.

Here’s the full list of SAG Award nominations. Kristen Bell will host the 24th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21. The ceremony, recognizing top performances in television and film, will air live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a quantified breakdown of which films, series, studios, and networks collected the most accolades Wednesday morning:
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Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'

Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'
Warner Bros. and New Line have settled a big ticket lawsuit that was brought by an author who claimed The Conjuring franchise infringed his exclusive rights to tell the story of the ghost hunters portrayed in the films — and the studios are close to resolving their counterclaims against him.

Gerald Brittle sued in 2016, claiming The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and the Annabelle spin-offs infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Brittle and New Line released this joint statement Wednesday: "Mr. Brittle has agreed to...
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Mica: Mexico’s Film Tank Pitches to the Small Screen with Genre Thriller ‘Dead Days’

Mica: Mexico’s Film Tank Pitches to the Small Screen with Genre Thriller ‘Dead Days’
Film Tank, one of Mexico’s most prominent independent production companies behind hits “Northless” and “The Maid,” will be enlisting years of big-screen experience in a move to TV with their latest project in development, a high-concept genre thriller titled “Dead Days.”

Film Tank CEO and producer Edgar San Juan pitched the idea at Mexico City’s 2nd Mercado e Industria de Cine y el Audiovisual (Mica).

The company’s catalog is loaded with high-end content which has received both critical and audience acclaim. In 2009 they produced Rigoberto Pérezcano’s, first fiction feature, “Northless,” which won the Knf Award at Rotterdam, as well as Casa de América and Films in Progress awards at San Sebastian. That same year the company also co-produced on one of Latin America’s greatest critical successes, Sebastián Silva’s debut movie “The Maid,” which received a Golden Globe nomination as well as awards at Sundance, Torino and Miami.
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Mountain review – a truly amazing view from the top

The footage is spectacular in this Willem Dafoe-narrated documentary about what mountains mean to us and why we climb them

There are some truly amazing images in this spectacular feature documentary about mountains from Australian film-maker Jennifer Peedom. Her camera miraculously soars and swoops as the film shows extraordinary planes and peaks. I sometimes wished that, like David Attenborough with his nature documentaries, she could put a 10-minute making-of segment at the end, showing how she got these staggering shots. A helicopter? A drone? They are so incredible that you are willing to overlook some slightly unimaginative choices for musical accompaniment. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was a bit off-the-peg.

Willem Dafoe is the narrator, reading a text co-written by Peedom and the British writer Robert Macfarlane. The film traces the early days of mountaineering, a new passion marked by humanity’s quest for the sublime, succeeded by the new craze for extreme high-altitude sports,
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Asian Brilliant Stars Take Wider Perspective for Second Edition

Asian Brilliant Stars Take Wider Perspective for Second Edition
“Youth,” “Wolf Warriors 2,” “Dangal,” and “Bad Genius” are among the prominent film titles that will compete for the Asian Brilliant Stars awards. The prizes will be announced in February in Berlin.

The Awards’ launch event in Beijing on Tuesday took on a interesting political tinge with one of the jurors criticizing China’s restrictions on freedom of expression, and the government’s clampdown on cultural relations with South Korea.

“Foreign prizes are much more likely to go to Japanese or Korean films, many of which are dark, about sex and violence, or the coldness of human nature,” said jury member Manfred Wong told Agence France Presse. “But because of China’s censorship system, there simply aren’t those kinds of films here,” he explained, stating no jury wanted to reward “warm movies full of positive energy”.

The awards will be decided by a jury including Wong, producer and former president of Hong Kong Film Awards; controversial Korean
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi in-depth fan review: 'I finally got to see my dreams come true'

Rian Johnson’s sci-fi sequel will inspire kids 30 years from now to reintroduce it to awestruck audiences

Spoiler Warning: There is discussion of the film’s content in the following review, so proceed with caution

When I was a young nerdlinger playing with Star Wars toys in the backyard (Ok, indoors, let’s be honest) I had a very specific fantasy. Not just having Chewbacca as a best friend ... in the movie in my mind, Jedi Knights would defeat their foes by taking their at-rest lightsabers, pressing the hilt against someone’s head and then activating its emitter. Man, wouldn’t that be a savage way to take out some Mos Eisley scum and villainy? But surely I’d never get a chance to see something that awesome in a Star Wars movie, right?

Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi review – an explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions

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Australian Animation ‘Arkie’ Sold to Vision for China Release

Australian Animation ‘Arkie’ Sold to Vision for China Release
Australian-Canadian animated feature “Arkie” has been acquired by Vision Film Entertainment for distribution in China. Vision says it expects to release the film in 10,000 Chinese theaters.

The story is a fantastical adventure about an inquisitive young girl who leaves home for an epic journey to the dangerous metropolis where she needs to rescue her father from the clutches of a mysterious doctor. The English-language voice cast is headed by Shailene Woodley (“The Fault in Our Stars”) as Arkie, and Jai Courtney (“Divergent”) as Dr. Maybee, and also includes Internet star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor.

The film is directed by Luke Jurevicius, adapted from a graphic novel created by his brother, artist Nathan Jurevicius (“Scarygirl”). Production is by Passion Pictures Australia and Canada’s Nitrogen Studios, with Australia’s Luma handling animation. The producer credit goes to Sophie Byrne and executive producer status for John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”). Sydney-based Odin’s Eye Entertainment is handling international rights
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Salma Hayek claims that Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill her

The actor has penned an essay detailing a history of predatory behavior from the disgraced producer, referring to him as a ‘monster’ with ‘Machiavellian rage’

Salma Hayek has come forward with an essay, detailing her alleged experiences working with Harvey Weinstein, claiming unwanted sexual advances and threats of violence.

In a piece for the New York Times, the Oscar-nominated actor writes that she spent years saying no to the disgraced producer following his demands for sexual activity with her. She joins numerous other women in Hollywood who have accused Weinstein of similar impropriety.

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CineAsia Hands Out Prizes as Hollywood Mega-Deal Looms

Asia’s scale and importance as the world’s fastest-growing box office region were brought home as the CineAsia convention handed out its annual prizes against the backdrop of an impending Hollywood mega-deal.

India’s Ajay Bijli was named Asian exhibitor of the year and Yusuke Okada, of Japan’s Toei, Asian distributor of the year at the closing event in Hong Kong. Prizes were presented Thursday at an awards lunch at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, adjacent to the Wanchai convention center that since Monday had hosted the conference sessions and a related trade show.

CineAsia organizer Andrew Sunshine told Variety that attendance had grown by 10-15%, reaching record levels. That reflects continuing growth of the theatrical business in Asia, which now accounts for close to 40% of global box office.

Sony’s president of international releasing, Steven O’Dell opened his presentation of the studio’s 2018 releasing slate by announcing that Sony Pictures Entertainment is “putting more emphasis
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Spurlock, Jacir, Cooke, Yousra, El Ganainy at Variety Studio Dubai

Spurlock, Jacir, Cooke, Yousra,  El Ganainy at Variety Studio Dubai
“People don’t think about the damage food does to us when when eat it, or the damage it does to the environment from which it came,” Morgan Spurlock says, talking up “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken.” Annemarie Jacir, Dubai Fest best picture winner for “Wajib,” explains that she’s interested in human relationships but we live in a political world, and slams president Trump’s “ridiculous” recent decision on Jerusalem: “It’s an affront to anybody who care about freedom and justice in the world.”

Watch five Variety Studio Dubai interviews where film directors and stars, who have thought long and hard about the subjects they treat, deliver sensitive, thoughtful comments about subjects ranging from fast food to the extent to which how we feel is determined by the time and place we live in (Dominic Cooke on “On Chisel Beach”) to the world being at the beginning of World War III, whose weapons
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Irrfan Khan, Anup Singh Talk ‘Lasya,’ ‘Scorpions’

Irrfan Khan, Anup Singh Talk ‘Lasya,’ ‘Scorpions’
Indian auteur Anup Singh and internationally celebrated actor Irrfan Khan (“The Lunchbox”) are about to embark upon their third project together. The duo combined for 2013’s “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost” that won the Netpac award at Toronto and the Dioraphte Award at Rotterdam.

Their second collaboration is 2017’s “The Song of Scorpions”, also starring French-Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani and Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman. The film bowed at Locarno and continued its festival run with Haifa, London, Singapore and Dubai.

“Lasya: The Gentle Dance” will be the next Khan-Singh combine. “I have a first draft of the script, I haven’t spoken about it at all with Irrfan,” says Singh. “I am waiting to find a moment of calm, when he and I can be together and I can come to him with the full confidence of no distractions.”

The director and actor participated in a freewheeling discussion about their working relationship at the
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Ferdinand review – young bull on the horns of a dilemma

Despite his preference for growing flowers, a sensitive calf cannot escape his destiny in the bullring in this enjoyable family animation

Here’s an animation conceived on traditional and indeed unoriginal lines, rather like The Lion King – but entertaining and likable for all that. Ferdinand is a young bull calf, brought up in the Spanish countryside and trained to fight matadors in the ring, but this sensitive soul would rather grow flowers. When an emotionally wrenching disaster strikes, Ferdinand escapes the farm and finds brief happiness with a human family who are in the flower business. He grows to a mighty size, content with his floral lot, but this gentle giant cannot escape his destiny in the terrible gladiatorial arena of blood and sand.

Perhaps bizarrely, this brought to mind Tommy Steele playing a hapless bullfighter in an ancient 50s British comedy called Tommy the Toreador, singing a cheesy number called Little White Bull.
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The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 7 Toni Erdmann

Continuing our countdown of the year’s finest films, Catherine Shoard celebrates an audacious German comedy packed with flabbergasting set pieces

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Few people settle in for a three-hour German comedy about an uptight woman and her farty father expecting a masterpiece. Yet that’s what Maren Ade’s extraordinary, genre-bending revolution of a movie is. It tells of Ines (Sandra Hüller), an efficient, humourless, whippet-thin businesswoman in her mid-30s. She’s focused on success with no apparent aim but for its own sake (“You’re an animal,” someone tells her – there are a lot of beasties in this film). To this end, she sacrifices her free time, much of her social life, and many of her ethics.

“I’m not a feminist,” she witheringly tells one of her less capable colleagues, “or I wouldn’t tolerate guys like you.
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