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Sundance: ‘The Tomorrow Man’ Foreign Rights Sell to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Exclusive)

Sundance: ‘The Tomorrow Man’ Foreign Rights Sell to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to “The Tomorrow Man,” a romantic drama with John Lithgow and Blythe Danner, Variety has learned.

The deal is in advance of the film’s world premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Sundance Film Festival. It does not include North American rights. Those went to Bleecker Street, which announced the acquisition earlier this week. A spokesperson for Sony declined to comment.

The Tomorrow Man” marks the debut feature of Noble Jones, an up-and-coming filmmaker who also wrote the script. The film centers on Ed Hemsler (Lithgow), a man obsessed with preparing himself for a disaster that never comes, and Ronnie Meisner (Danner), a shopaholic who buys lots of junk she may never use. Together they end up forming an unlikely romantic pair.

The Tomorrow Man” co-stars Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, and Eve Harlow. It was produced by Luke Rivett,
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Grasshopper Film Acquires Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17

Grasshopper Film Acquires Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17
Grasshopper Film announced today the acquisition of Us distribution rights to Bisbee ‘17, the latest documentary from filmmaker Robert Greene. Following its theatrical release, Bisbee ‘17 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming platforms this spring, as well as on the non-theatrical market. From the press release: Bisbee ‘17 follows several members of a close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert, and […]
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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity

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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “The Punisher” Season 2, including the ending.]

One of the most remarkable things about “The Punisher” is the way in which it doesn’t hold in its rage. This is a show that feels fundamentally angry about the world — the criminals working within the system, the systems which oppress good people, the good people who get chewed up through no fault of their own. And it doesn’t hold back, thanks to good ol’ Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), rampaging his way through the world, dealing out his own brand of justice.

The most violent of the “Defenders” universe series, Bernthal’s take on the Punisher was first introduced in “Daredevil” Season 2, but barring a cameo or two his spin-off is easily the most disconnected from the rest of the franchise, one which can easily be enjoyed without catching up on “Iron Fist” or “Luke Cage.” Season 2, after an en media res hyper-violent opener,
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Final Oscar Predictions: Why ‘Roma’ Still Has Momentum — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Final Oscar Predictions: Why ‘Roma’ Still Has Momentum — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
Oscar votes are in and nominations are just around the corner. Campaigns are taking a weeklong break. But what will happen on Tuesday morning? Even educated guesses don’t tell the whole story. Nevertheless, most pundits can agree that “Roma” remains a serious frontrunner in a very competitive year. Even so, “A Star Is Born” and “Green Book” stand to do quite well — but don’t count out “BlacKkKlansman” or “The Favourite.” If you’ve been following the hype, you know that a few popular titles could do quite well…or not so well. And what about the underdogs that deserve to sneak in? No matter what happens, someone’s going to be upset about the outcome. Place your bets now!

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson take one last pass at predicting the nominations while looking ahead to a very different film
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‘Grace and Frankie’ Review: Season 5 Is Fun, Silly, and Running Out of Time

‘Grace and Frankie’ Review: Season 5 Is Fun, Silly, and Running Out of Time
If Rust Cohle walked into Grace and Frankie’s beach house, snapped open a Lone Star, and started talking about time as a flat circle, Jane Fonda’s unflappable hostess would slip a coaster under his tall boy and make herself a martini. Lily Tomlin’s relentlessly positive hippie would probably crack a joke about some old peyote trip that had her seeing in 2-D for weeks.

But they’d know what he’s talking about. These time-tested broads recognize how history repeats itself. They know many of life’s moments come back around in one way or another, and the weight of the past can be crushing. Their only twist on Matthew McConaughey’s tortured musings would be that they want the circle to continue; instead of feeling trapped in a constant loop of pain, they’d look for ways to keep things spinning. Because in Season 5, the best
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Sundance 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

Sundance 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far
There are few acquisition festivals quite like Sundance, where movies enter as unknowns and leave as Oscar hopefuls with million-dollar deals backing them. 2018 titles that went on to critical and financial success included “Searching,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Eighth Grade,” and “Blindspotting”; though not as high-profile as the likes of “Call Me by Your Name” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” such films serve as a reminder of Park City’s importance in shaping the year in movies.

Running from January 24 – February 3 in Park City, Utah, this year’s edition of the festival is sure to produce a number of buzzworthy offerings. Here’s our constantly updated compendium of every Sundance 2019 acquisition.

Title: “The Brink

Buyer: Magnolia Pictures

Section: Documentary Premieres

Alison Klayman and producer Marie Therese Guirgis have pulled off an amazing achievement, going behind the scenes of a historic political and cultural moment and capturing it with both true artistry and import,
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‘Carmen Sandiego’ Review: Exciting New Animated Version Stays Educational in Unexpected Ways

‘Carmen Sandiego’ Review: Exciting New Animated Version Stays Educational in Unexpected Ways
At first glance, Carmen Sandiego doesn’t seem like a character that needs an origin story. For anyone who’s played a version of the computer and video games that helped birth Carmen’s trademark red coat and fedora or ever watched one of the multiple TV shows those games eventually spawned, the iconography and the character went hand in hand.

In most of those versions, Carmen was the character disappearing around the corner before she could be caught. Some found her leaving tiny clues and messages for those trailing in her wake. So it makes sense then that for a new version of the title character with some fresh ambitions of her own, “Carmen Sandiego” would need a little bit of a reintroduction.

The first season of the new Netflix animated series opens up with a two-part story called “Becoming Carmen Sandiego,” which tracks Carmen’s (Gina Rodriguez) narrated
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Jon Bernthal Talks The Future Of ‘The Punisher’ & Says “There’s A Lot More Of Frank To Come, Somewhere Down The Road” [Interview]

Given the slew of recent Marvel Netflix cancellations, there’s certainly some cause for concern regarding the future of the remaining two series (“Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher“). If there’s one show, however, that fights to stay alive, it’s without a doubt “The Punisher,” which is fitting given the nature of the character. With Season 2 set to drop this Friday and garnering mostly a similar reception to the previous season, it’s possible we could see Frank Castle live to fight another day.

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‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Tackle The Stock Market’s Most Infamous Day In New Showtime Series

You had to know when the names Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to a project, it’s not going to be the most conventional program ever conceived. And as expected, when the producing duo behind films like “Sausage Party” and “This is the End,” as well as the TV series “Preacher,” tackle the most infamous day in Us stock market history, they’re doing it with an entirely unique vibe.

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Ves to Honor Illumination’s Chris Meledandri with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has tapped Illumination founder/producer Chris Meledandri with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 17th Annual Ves Awards on February 5th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It marks the first such honor for an accomplished filmmaker from animation.

“Chris Meledandri has greatly contributed to the advancement and ever-increasing success of mainstream animated entertainment over the last 20 years,” said Mike Chambers, Ves Board Chair. “His leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and he has helped redefine the profile of animation and visual effects on a global scale.”

Read More: Avengers: Infinity War’ Leads Ves Awards with Six VFX Nominations, with Surprising Shutouts

Previous winners of the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award have included James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, Sir Ridley Scott, and Ken Ralston.
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Dwayne Johnson Pitches A ‘Thor’/’Fast & Furious’ Crossover & It Sounds Amazingly Awful

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the headlines over the last week or so for polarizing comments that he didn’t even say, in a published interview. But this time, we’re going to talk about something Johnson actually did say, and did so on national TV. We’re here to talk about a pie-in-the-sky project that will never see the light of day, but damn, wouldn’t it be fun?

Read More: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Disputes “Generation Snowflake” Comments & Says Interview Is “100% Fabricated”

In a clip from his new TV series “Titan Games” (it’s a thing…I think), Johnson is acting all muscle-y, as he’s known to do, and is holding a giant sledgehammer.

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Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Starring Cate Blanchett Release Date Pushed Back 5 Months

The trailer wasn’t one of our favorites from 2018, however, we can’t help but be excited for Richard Linklater’s upcoming film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” Sadly, it appears we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to see the Cate Blanchett film, as Annapurna has announced (via The Wrap) that the film is being pushed back until much later in 2019.

Originally slated for release on March 22, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is now going to hit theaters in August.

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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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‘Adult Life Skills’: Jodie Whittaker’s Outstanding Performance Elevates The Otherwise Thinly-Plotted Film [Review]

A charming shell of a picture with not much substance at its center, “Adult Life Skills” makes a run at several interesting themes and tropes yet veers away from each before any contact is made. An arrested development recipe with dashes of grief processing thrown in for flavor, the cinematic stew doesn’t ever come together, largely owing to half-baked character and narrative work. And while a deft directorial touch and magnificent performances elevate the material, it’s all in the service of a story whose dots just don’t connect.

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The World Loves Marie Kondo, But It Was America That Needed Her

The World Loves Marie Kondo, But It Was America That Needed Her
In 2016, two years after the English translation of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” became a best-seller, Marie Kondo moved to Los Angeles to establish her home organization consultancy in America. Amidst her culture shock, the Japanese native soon realized her new country also provided something that her homeland did not: unprecedented levels of clutter on which to practice her art.

On Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” we see her gently guide clients to confront years of accumulation: towering stacks of baseball cards, never-worn athletic shoes literally decaying in the box. Kondo admits that one client, an empty-nester obsessed with collecting Christmas nutcracker dolls, has more clothes than she has ever encountered.

“Japanese homes are much smaller than American homes,” Kondo said through her interpreter, Marie Iida, who also appears on the show. “American homes have ample space so that it’s a difference of quantity.
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Missing FilmStruck? Ovid.TV, a New Arthouse Streaming Service, Will Launch in March

With FilmStruck gone and Fandor recently sold to a new entity, cinephiles would appear to be running out of streaming services catered toward them. Here to fill that void is Ovid.TV, a new venture from six different independent film distributors — Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films Us, First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, and KimStim — set to launch in March. In a statement announcing the new Svod platform, Ovid is is said to be “designed to provide North American viewers with access to thousands of mostly un-streamable documentaries, independent films, and notable works of international cinema.”

Jonathan Miller of Icarus Films, who will serve as director of Ovid, said, “the time for this kind of partnership is now, as the streaming giants focus on generating fast-turnaround new content, this coalition will offer new access to high-quality catalogs found nowhere else, featuring some of the most celebrated filmmakers and films in the canon.
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‘Roma’ Lands Mpse Golden Reel Nominations

‘Roma’ Lands Mpse Golden Reel Nominations
“A Quiet Place, “Black Panther,” “First Man,” and “Roma” each scored three sound editing nominations for the the 66th annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards (to be held February 17th and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel).

They will compete for dialogue/Adr, effects/foley, and music underscore. Honored in the musical category were “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

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Other dialog/Adr nominees included “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Green Book,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and “The Favourite.” Also competing for effects/foley are “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2, ” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and “”Ready Player One.” The other music underscore nominees included “Aquaman,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

Among the foreign film entries were “2.0,” “Capernaum,” “Cold War,” “The Guilty,” “Never Look Away,
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‘Deadpool’ Writers Say ‘X-Force’ & ‘Deadpool 3’ Are Still The Plan Moving Forward Despite Disney Purchase

2019 is going to be a transitional year for the entire Fox studio, but also, on a smaller level, the entire “X-Men” superhero franchise. With two films, presumably lame ducks, coming out later this year, the stage is set for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios to reboot the whole damn thing once the Disney/Fox merger finalizes something in the next two months.

While fans are anxiously awaiting the mutants to join the Avengers and the rest of the McU, there’s the little problem of Deadpool.

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‘O.G.’ Trailer: Tribeca Award-Winning Film Stars Jeffrey Wright As An Inmate Struggling To Do Good

Damn, Jeffrey Wright is a hell of an actor. Yes, we’re aware that’s not some revelation or surprising statement, but it doesn’t make it less true. Whether it’s his work on HBO’s hit series “Westworld,” Jeremy Saulnier’s underrated “Hold the Dark,” or even the Ya adventure “Hunger Games,” Wright is an acting chameleon in the greatest sense of the word.

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The Most Anticipated Films By Female Filmmakers In 2019

2018 may have revitalized the “Year of the Woman” in politics, but it was also an outstanding year for female filmmakers. Auteurs like Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”), Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”), and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”) produced jaw-dropping independent dramas while smaller names like Jennifer Fox (“The Tale”), Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”), and Josephine Decker (“Madeline’s Madeline”) pushed the boundaries of filmmaking to create challenging works of art.

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