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Gabrielle Carteris on Changing the Culture Post-Weinstein: "It Begins With Collaboration" (Guest Column)

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As I write this, it has been just over two months since the first allegations about Harvey Weinstein surfaced. And it appears that there are new allegations of sexual improprieties with each day that passes. Every time I think it cannot get worse, it does.

As shocking as so many of these allegations are I am nearly as shocked that these issues are being spoken of as if they are new, not just to our industry but to our society as a whole. Sexual harassment has been endemic throughout history, not just in our industry but all industries, not just »

- Gabrielle Carteris

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THR Critics Pick the Best Films of 2017

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It was looking pretty grim there for a while. Sundance gave us Call Me by Your Name last January, but by the end of June, people whose job it is to speculate about what other films might be up for year-ends awards and critics' lists were weighing the chances of good genre entries like War for the Planet of the Apes, Get Out, Wonder Woman and Baby Driver — not normally the kind of stuff of which Oscar dreams are made.

Nor the did Cannes Film Festival in May yield much of potentially enduring value. Yes, there was a wonderful »

- THR Staff

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Harry Potter Mobile Game Will Turn Users Into Hogwarts Students

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An entire generation of Harry Potter fans who dreamed of attending Hogwarts will now have a chance to enroll at the school of witchcraft and wizardry through a new mobile game. 

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will give fans the opportunity to forge their own path at the famed school by taking courses in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Dueling Club and more. The game takes place in the 1980s — which in the Harry Potter timeline means it is set well before Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates began their studies — but it will feature such characters as Dumbledore, »

- Natalie Jarvey

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Tom Hooper Appointed to Board of Britain's Channel 4

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British media regulator Ofcom on Tuesday unveiled the addition of four non-executive directors to the board of U.K. public service broadcaster Channel 4, including The King's Speech director Tom Hooper.

The Oscar winner's films also include The Danish Girl and Les Miserables. His first professional short, Painted Faces, aired on Channel 4 in 1992.

"His film and television work has received a number of industry awards and nominations – including Emmys and Golden Globes for Elizabeth I and Longford, both of which he directed for Channel 4," the announcement also highlighted. 

Also named to Channel 4 board roles were Uzma Hasan, a »

- Georg Szalai

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'The Square' Star Claes Bang on Becoming a Sex Symbol at 50

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Like almost every single Cannes, this year’s film festival saw several careers given a Palme-fueled boost on the Croisette.

Among them was Claes Bang, star of Ruben Ostlund’s art satire The Square, which didn’t just win the main prize at the festival, but on Sunday dominated the European Film Awards, winning six prizes including the best film award. The film now looks set to go into the Oscars foreign-language race as firm favorite.

No sooner had The Square had its first press screening in Cannes back in May, its 50-year-old lead star, already a regular face in Danish theaters and on »

- Alex Ritman

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5 Questions With China's Hottest Film Studio of 2017

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Business has been brisk for Chinese film studio Beijing Culture in 2017.

The company was one of the lead producers of mega-blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2, which earned an astonishing $854 million in the Middle Kingdom over the summer. And Beijing Culture's chairman Song Ge, a respected veteran of the local industry, has since set about assembling a stable of some of the biggest directors in the Chinese industry, inking longterm collaboration agreements with Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior 2), Wuershan (Mojin: The Lost Legend, $278 million in 2015) and Ning Hao (Breakup Buddies, $195 million in 2014), among others.

Song also »

- Patrick Brzeski

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MPAA Chief Charles Rivkin Touts Asia as Global Box-Office Driver

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Marking his first official trip to the region as the Motion Picture Association of America's new chairman and CEO, Charles Rivkin on Tuesday celebrated the growing box-office muscle of the Asia Pacific in a keynote speech at CineAsia, the annual film exhibitor convention in Hong Kong.

Rivkin offered a sweeping argument for Asia as the next great hope for theatrical moviegoing as a business model during a time of disruption and shifting consumer habits throughout the West.

"The bond between our industries is a symbiotic one and this partnership is vital to the future of our industry," he told the assembled »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Bruce Brown, Director of Surf Film 'The Endless Summer,' Dies at 80

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Bruce Brown, director of the classic surfing film The Endless Summer, has died. He was 80.

The general manager of Brown's film company Alex Mecl says Brown died Sunday in Santa Barbara, California, of natural causes.

Brown and his 1966 documentary The Endless Summer created the modern image of surfers as spiritual seekers on a quest, rather than thugs or buffoons.

And, along with the Beach Boys, he took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture.

Endless Summer was actually Brown's sixth surfing film, and like all the others it was shot on a tiny »

- the Associated Press

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'Novitiate' to Open Capri, Hollywood Fest

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The 22nd edition of the Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest is taking shape. Novitiate will open the event Dec. 27 at Anacapri's Cinema Paradiso. The new film from Margaret Betts will have its European premiere on the island. 

In Novitiate, Academy Award winner Melissa Leo stars as an uncompromising Reverend Mother overseeing a Catholic convent in the 1960s. She becomes threatened by the looming reforms of the Second Vatican Council and fears what the changes will mean for her own way of life and for the women under her care. 

Leo has already been garnering Oscar buzz for her performance »

- Ariston Anderson

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Ryan Reynolds' 'Detective Pikachu' Gets 2019 Release Date

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Universal Pictures has set a date to catch 'em all.

Detective Pikachu, Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie, is slated for release on May 10, 2019, Universal announced Monday.

Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) are starring in the film, which is based on the globally popular Pokemon franchise. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing.

Production is set to commence in mid-January in London.

Universal will handle distribution of Detective Pikachu outside Japan. Toho will distribute in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary on the blockbuster reboot of Godzilla.


- Borys Kit

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Where 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Got Its Name

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Judging by the subtitle of Sony’s animated Spider-Man feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it might not just be Miles Morales who’ll be making his big-screen debut in the movie. In fact, all manner of Spider-Men (Spider-Mans? Spiders-Man?) could be waiting in the wings.

While the movie teases a meeting between Morales — the Spider-Man in a universe where Peter Parker seemingly died — and Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, that echoes the plot of the 2012 comic book series Spider-Men, the subtitle points instead to a 2014 storyline that featured spider-inspired heroes from multiple universes, each offering a particular twist »

- Graeme McMillan

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