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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.

Damsel

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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‘The Alienist’ Review: A Brutal but Gilt-y Pleasure

2017 gave us several TV series that focused on the evolving methods behind capturing notorious criminals. In Discovery’s Manhunt: Unabomber, we learned about forensic linguistics, developed by the FBI’s Jim Fitzgerald that helped connect Ted Kaczynski to his crimes. Going back a few decades earlier, Netflix’s Mindhunter follows the FBI’s early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling, through the lens of the Behavioral Sciences Unit. Now, TNT’s The Alienist, based on Caleb Carr’s book of the same name, goes back almost a century earlier to the very nascence of connecting forensics and psychology, …
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21 Horror Movies to Get Hyped About in 2018

2017 was a groundbreaking, record-shattering year in horror cinema. Films like It and Get Out dominated the cultural conversation and killed it at the box office, making last year the highest-grossing year of all time for horror movies to the tune of more than $730 million domestically. Meanwhile, films like mother! and It Comes at Night crawled under the skin and fostered challenging, sometimes contentious discussions about how we define the genre. Horror has always been an under-sung backbone of the the industry, but it's rarely become such an overtly influential part of the zeitgeist. Which …
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Amazon Studios Cancels ‘One Mississippi,’ ‘I Love Dick,’ and ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’

Three comedies have gotten the axe from Amazon Studios. On the heels of the renewal of superhero comedy The Tick, the streaming service has cancelled three other shows, One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Amazon has cancelled Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical comedy One Mississippi, the provocative comedy from Transparent creator Jill Soloway I Love Dick starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s satirical Jean-Claude Van […]

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“The Film of a Drunken Monkey”: Director Nico Casavecchia | BattleScar

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Nico Casavecchia: In Drunken Master (Jackie Chan, 1978) young Wong Fei-Hung meets Beggar So, an old drunkard picking a fight in a bar. Beggar turns out to be the famous drunken master who uses fighting techniques resembling those of an intoxicated monkey that stole wine and drank it all. Wong reluctantly enters training with Beggar and in […]
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Woody Allen Responds To Dylan Farrow’s Sexual Assault Allegation

After years in which Woody Allen has been able to continue working despite the shadow of a sexual assault allegation against him by his daughter Dylan Farrow, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have emboldened Hollywood to start speaking out against the filmmaker. Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet have all recently expressed their regrets about collaborating with Allen (though the director does have a defender in Alec Baldwin).

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Dylan Farrow denies being brainwashed in first TV interview about Woody Allen allegations

Farrow repeats claim that her father sexually assaulted her as a child in interview with CBS This Morning

Dylan Farrow has denied that she was “brainwashed” or “coached” into accusing her father Woody Allen of sexual assault, in her first televised interview about the allegations.

In the interview on CBS This Morning, Farrow detailed her version of the events of 4 August 1992, when she alleges Allen assaulted her as a 7-year-old, and denied that her mother had influenced her. “What I don’t understand is how is this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached more believable than what I’m saying about being sexually assaulted by my father?” she said.

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Facebook Announces Feature That Will Filter Out Spoilers From Your Feed

You’re working late, and you can’t watch the latest episode of your favorite show as it’s airing. But it’s being recorded on your DVR or TiVo, and you’ll get to it as soon as you get home. You finally clock out after a hard shift, and quickly scroll through your social media feeds to make sure the world didn’t end while […]

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’12 Strong’ Starring Chris Hemsworth Is An Unremarkable Tale Of Heroism [Review]

There are movies — good and bad — that inspire you as a writer. They’ll overwhelm you with the volumes of text that ensue from your fingertips, all conjured by the celluloid (or, more often than not these days, digital file) recently projected in front of you. “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers“ is not one of those movies. In fact, its hyper-masculine, explosion-filled, glowingly patriotic storytelling is so formulaic, rote and dreadfully dull, that it leaves a film critic struggling to find something to write about.

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'Baskin', 'The Transfiguration' directors picked for Frontières Finance Forum

'Baskin', 'The Transfiguration' directors picked for Frontières Finance Forum
13 projects will participate in the second annual Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum.

Source: Cannes Film Festival

The Transfiguration

A total of 13 projects will participate in the second annual Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum, set to take place February 22-24 in Amsterdam. This is an expansion on last year’s total of 12 projects.

Having been initiated as part of the partnership between Fantasia International Film Festival and the Cannes Marche du Film, the forum will see industry experts assessing genre film projects from a packaging perspective, analysing finance, marketing and distribution strategies.

Among the selected features are works from directors Michael O’Shea (The Transfiguration), Neasa Hardiman (Happy Valley) and Can Evrenol (Baskin), producer Andy Starke and exec producer Ben Wheatley (Free Fire).

Julie Bergeron, Head of Industry Programs, Marché du Film, said: “After 5 years of continual development, growth, and innovation, Frontières has become the generally acknowledged leader in the genre film industry as a market and networking facilitator, and effectively
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Cool Stuff: You Probably Won’t Fit in This Power Wheels ‘Jurassic Park’ Jeep

All the coolest toys seem to be manufactured once you’re too old to play with them. Such is the case with an incredible new Fisher Price Power Wheels vehicle that Jurassic Park fans would have killed to drive around in back in 1993. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park this year, a […]

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Film Review: ‘Den of Thieves’

Film Review: ‘Den of Thieves’
Ambition isn’t a bad quality to see in a January movie. The simplest thing to call “Den of Thieves” would be a heist thriller, but it’s a relatively elaborate one, an underworld action drama that sprawls and digresses and for a while, at least, appears to have something on its mind. The movie is set in Los Angeles, which it presents as the bank-robbery capital of the Western world, and the director, Christian Gudegast, shoots the city’s endless freeway maze with a synth-pop moodiness that’s flagrantly evocative of Michael Mann.

As it turns out, the existential drive-by atmosphere of “Den of Thieves” isn’t even the most Mann-ish thing about it. The film coasts along on parallel narrative tracks, zeroing in on a team of renegade cops, led by Gerard Butler as a sensitive bruiser, as well as a crew of robbers who are planning to break into the L.A. branch
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Goteborg works in progress line-up includes Sonja Henie biopic

17 projects selected for festival showcase.

A strong crop of works in progress projects are set to be presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, which runs Feb 1-4.

Source: Maipo Film

Queen Of Ice

The selection includes new films from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), Michael Noer (R), and Anne Sewitsky (Happy Happy).

Presentations of clips by the directors/producers will be made to the industry attendees in Goteborg.

Erlingsson will present his new film Woman At War, an “arthouse action film” about an Icelandic woman on an environmental mission. Noer will discuss his new Danish period drama A Better Life starring Jesper Christensen as an 1850s farmer. Sewitsky will unveil footage of her Sonja Henie biopic Queen Of Ice.

The 17 projects are:

Swoon, dir Mans Marlind and Björn Stein, prod Kristina Aberg (Swe) Bergman, dir Jane Magnusson, prods Mattias Nohrborg, Fredrik Heinig, Cecilia Nessen (Swe) Happy People, dir Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, prod Jakob Høgel (Den
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Berlin 2018 TV Lineup Adds ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock,’ ‘The Looming Tower,’ ‘The Terror’ & More

Film festivals are never just about films anymore. Almost every movie event now keeps some space available for television, with the medium more cinematic than ever, an increasingly drawing auteur talent. So it goes for the Berlin International Film Festival.

Some high profile binge watching is coming to Berlin next month, including the Australian limited series take on “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” which is of course based on the book, but is probably most famously known among cinephiles from Peter Weir‘s 1975 film.

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Berlin 2018 Adds New Films By Hong Sang-Soo, Sergei Loznitsa, Corneliu Poromboiu, Josephine Decker & More

We’re gonna need to load up on more brain food, because with Sundance kicking off today, we can barely keep track of what’s unspooling in Park City. Now, to add on top of that, the folks at the Berlin International Film Festival have unveiled a staggering 44 new films as part of their Forum lineup, 35 of which are World Premieres.

The section mixes features with avant garde, experimental works, essays, long-term observations, and political reportage, making it one of the more eclectic categories in Berlin.

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