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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block

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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block
Exclusive: The Sopranos creator David Chase has found his Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini has been set to play the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature prequel to Chase’s groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.

He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano and won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe in an anti-hero role that made possible later bad guy turns like Bryan Cranston’s in Breaking Bad and future HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld and Game of Thrones. He died in 2013.

The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce. His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny. The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role.
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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update

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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update
Updated with Netflix officially joining: It’s official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA. The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has added Netflix as a new member of the global trade association that advocates on behalf of the film and television industry.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

Netflix joins other leading producers of film and television content that make up the MPAA, including Disney, Paramount,
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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses
This year’s Academy Award nominees proved the Oscars don’t need a popular film category to recognize movies with huge box office grosses. The 2019 crop of best picture hopefuls have generated an impressive $1.26 billion so far in North America alone.

That bounty is led by “Black Panther,” which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” have combined for another $153 million. There is one glaring omission from this year’s best picture hopefuls — Netflix hasn’t reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

Even so, the current tally for the eight best picture nominees dwarfs the total from last year’s nine contenders, which carried the ignominious distinction as having the lowest grosses in six years. This year
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‘The Lego Movie 2’ Early Screenings Hit 500 Theaters Two Weeks Before Release

Early screenings seem to have become the hottest thing in Hollywood for studios that want to build buzz for their films. Warner Bros. is the latest to leap onto the early screening trend, offering The Lego Movie fans a chance to see The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part a whole two weeks before the animated sequel’s […]

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Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, & Tom Holland Almost Made Appearances In ‘Spider-Verse’

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” blew minds for superhero fans, animation lovers, and movie junkies alike, but imagine what could have been after co-director Rodney Rothman revealed what he originally had in mind. During his interview with Jeff Goldsmith on the show “The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith,” Rothman disclosed that in the drafting stage of the hit film, ‘Spider-Verse’ contained a few extra Spider-Men that we would recognize.

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Destroyer review – Nicole Kidman gets tough as a cop on the skids | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

In a smart and utterly absorbing performance, Kidman transforms her appearance to play an La detective brutalised by her work undercover

Director Karyn Kusama kickstarted her career in 2000 with the fierce Girlfight; she gives us a sense-memory of that picture with this bruisingly excellent La crime thriller, written for the screen by Phil Kay with Matt Manfredi.

The La they imagine has a bleak, scorched, arid look in which the sunlight is always harsh, like that seen by a daytime drinker emerging from a bar, or that same drinker waking up in his car the next morning. Production designer Kay Lee and cinematographer Julie Kirkwood create the colours and textures of this hostile world, but its overall mood is down to its star, Nicole Kidman, cast against type as Erin Bell, an Lapd detective who has become prematurely haggard and brutalised by her experiences undercover 16 years before, as a cop
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Our 12 Most Anticipated Movies at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

This week, three members of the /Film crew are heading to Park City, Utah for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. We’ll have reviews and reactions galore from the year’s first major film festival, a place where major movies debut, hidden gems are discovered, and the basic shape of the entire year in film begins to take form. […]

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Sundance Preview: Expect Political Moments and Few Costly Deals at 2019 Festival

Sundance Preview: Expect Political Moments and Few Costly Deals at 2019 Festival
Zac Efron underwent a grueling physical transformation to play serial killer Ted Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a drama premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week. “I lost 13 pounds,” Efron says.

To prepare for the biographical role, he rode a stationary bike for an hour in the mornings while binge-watching the Netflix series “Ozark” and limited his meals.

“I wasn’t eating carbs. I trimmed down a lot and really controlled my diet.”

The market for independent movies is also watching its intake carefully. As the latest edition of Sundance kicks off on Jan. 24 with 112 films, the annual gathering in Park City, Utah, isn’t just where fans stand for hours in the freezing cold to see some great movies. The festival serves as an annual barometer of a rapidly changing film business that continues to evolve with scrappy new players and experimental distribution models.

In recent years,
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Voltage picks up world sales for Berlin on social media thriller 'Follow Me' (exclusive)

Voltage picks up world sales for Berlin on social media thriller 'Follow Me' (exclusive)
Project in post reunites Voltage with producers on 2017 horror-thriller Escape Room.

Voltage Pictures has boarded worldwide sales ahead of the Efm next month on writer-director Will Wernick’s social media thriller Follow Me starring Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars), Holland Roden, Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther) and Ronen Rubinstein.

The project is in post and marks the second film Voltage has sold for the producers after 2017 thriller Escape Room starring Evan Williams and Annabelle Stephenson sold out worldwide. Sonia Lisette, Kelly Delson, Jeff Delson and Wernick serve as producers.

Follow Me tells of a social media personality who travels with his
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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees
Every actor gets their start somewhere, and more often than not it’s television. Today’s sitcom guest star can be tomorrow’s award-winning actor, thanks to the blend of fate, luck, and talent that helped them ascend to the highest industry recognition. Here’s a look at early work of all the acting nominees — except for Best Actress candidate Yalitza Aparicio, for whom “Roma” was her first acting job.

Lead Actor Christian Bale

Nominated for “Vice

Ignore the commentary over the clip above to witness Bale in one of his earliest on-screen appearances, screaming in the 1987 BBC miniseries “Heart of the Country.” Later that year, “Empire of the Sun” would make him into a rising child star.

Bradley Cooper

Nominated for “A Star Is Born

It would be easy to spotlight Cooper’s two seasons as a series regular on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias,” but it’s hard to deny
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Paul Schrader Shades the Oscars, Reveals What He Told Ethan Hawke After Best Actor Snub

Paul Schrader Shades the Oscars, Reveals What He Told Ethan Hawke After Best Actor Snub
Paul Schrader has written some of the most iconic movies ever released, from “Taxi Driver” to “Raging Bull,” and yet he only just received his first Oscar nomination in 2019. Schrader finally landed in the Oscar race with his acclaimed drama “First Reformed,” which is nominated for Best Original Screenplay. The writer-director reacted to his historic Oscar nom in a brief interview with the Los Angeles Times, and he didn’t take long to throw some shade toward the Academy and its past choices.

“That’s a very complex question,” Schrader said when asked how it felt to land his first Oscar nomination. “If the critics had not liked my film and if the academy had not liked my film, I would still know it was a good film. So my validation is not contingent on the academy or the critics. On the other hand, it is very heartening to realize
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James Bulger's parents 'disgusted' as film about son's killers gets Oscar nomination

Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger attack shortlisting of Detainment, a drama based on the police interrogation of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables

James Bulger’s parents have expressed their disgust after the film about their two-year-old son’s killers was nominated for the best live-action short film Oscar.

Detainment, written and directed by Irish film-maker Vincent Lambe, is a reconstruction of the police interrogation of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the 10-year-olds convicted of Bulger’s murder in 1993.
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James Gandolfini’s Son to Play Young Tony in ‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film

James Gandolfini’s Son to Play Young Tony in ‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film
Michael Gandolfini will be stepping into his late father’s shoes to play the younger version of James Gandolfini‘s most iconic role. The Deuce actor will be starring as a young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel film to The Sopranos, David Chase’s seminal HBO crime drama series. Gandolfini will be joining a cast that already includes Cory […]

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‘Wild Rose’ Trailer: A Star Dreams Of Being Born In The Nashville Country Scene

We have finally received the trailer for one of the biggest festival hits, Tom Harper‘s “Wild Rose.” “Wild Rose” tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, played by Jessie Buckley, a woman from Glasgow on a quest to become a country music star, while also grappling with the responsibilities of being recently released from prison and a young mother of two children. Harper is known for the well-loved festival hits “The Scouting Book for Boys,” and “War Book.”

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“Rose-Lynn is a lass from Glasgow,” Buckley said in an interview with Deadline, “and you meet her at the [start] of the film just as she’s coming out of prison for chucking heroin over the [prison] fence in order to fund her dream and her passion, which is to go to Nashville and become a country music singer.

Continue reading ‘Wild Rose’ Trailer: A Star Dreams
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AMC and Regal Should Reconsider the ‘Roma’ Oscar Marathon Boycott — Opinion

No sooner did Roma receive 10 Oscar nominations on January 22 did North America’s two largest theater chains — AMC and Regal — put out press releases announcing that they would refuse to play the Oscar Best Picture nominee as part of their annual pre-awards marathons. The reason for this unprecedented move, of course, is Netflix.

This seemingly knee-jerk response stems from their stated policies of never playing a film that doesn’t honor the 90-day theatrical window. In the words of AMC, “Roma” was never licensed to play at their venues, implying that Netflix didn’t want them. The reality is somewhat different, according to multiple sources: The chains rejected repeated offers to negotiate terms, but the divergence in policies made it impossible. In the meantime, “Roma” has played in significantly more than 100 theaters, covering most cities across the country. While Netflix won’t release numbers, we estimate a gross approaching $3 million.
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Mindy Kaling Created Her Own Opportunities (and Doesn’t Plan on Stopping)

Mindy Kaling Created Her Own Opportunities (and Doesn’t Plan on Stopping)
Over the course of two hit sitcoms, a couple of best-selling books and some scene-stealing turns in Hollywood blockbusters such as “Ocean’s 8” and “Inside Out,” Mindy Kaling has cultivated an image as a kinder, gentler and more relatable star than most. On Instagram or Twitter, where she routinely shares parenting anecdotes and restaurant recommendations, she comes across as a celebrity you could easily spend a day with shopping at the mall or hanging out on the couch watching Netflix.

“I’ll never be this very glamorous person who people see from a distance … frosty and remote,” says Kaling. “I’ve never been demure or mysterious. People always tell me they feel like I could be their friend.”

That kind of relatability has its drawbacks. An hour before she was supposed to sit down for an interview with Variety, Kaling was involved in a car crash in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park.
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Potd: A Mini ‘Mighty Ducks’ Cast Reunion Happened at a Real Anaheim Ducks Hockey Game

During the 90s, there was an abundance of family friendly sports movies that came from Disney. Sadly, the House of Mouse doesn’t really make movies like that anymore, so today’s generations are still enjoying the likes of movies such as The Mighty Ducks, Angels in the Outfield, Cool Runnings, The Big Green and more. This […]

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Drew Barrymore rom-com 'The Stand-In' starts production in New York (exclusive)

UTA Independent Film Group, CAA handle Us sales.

With the Efm in Berlin looming on the horizon, Flower Films and The Exchange announced on Wednesday (23) that production has begun on Jamie Babbit’s romantic comedy The Stand-In, produced by and starring Drew Barrymore.

The shoot is scheduled to take place in New York and continue at the Wrigley Media Group Studios in Lexington, Kentucky. The Exchange is among the producers and represents international sales.

Emmy-nominated TV director Babbit directs Barrymore in a dual lead role as Candy, a disillusioned comedy actress, and Paula, her ambitious and unemployed stand-in.

After Candy
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Spotlight lands world sales on three from Zee (exclusive)

Open 24 Hours, Daddy’s Girl, and Dark Light join slate.

Los Angeles-based Spotlight Pictures has acquired world sales rights to the first three English-language genre films from Zee Studios International, the international arm of India’s Zee Entertainment.

Spotlight will launch sales at the Efm in Berlin next month on Open 24 Hours, Daddy’s Girl, and Dark Light.

Horror-thriller Open 24 Hours premiered at FrightFest London and Fantastic Fest last year and takes place in a rural all-night gas station where a paranoid woman takes a job after setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Brendan Fletcher and Vanessa Grasse star for director Padraig Reynolds.
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Brazilian box office falls in 2018 for the first time in 12 years

Decline is due to the country’s economic recession; optimism for 2019

The Brazilian box office fell for the first time for 12 years in 2018 due to the country’s severe recession and the underperformance of blockbusters.

Total box office receipts decreased by 10% to Brl$ 2.4b ($638m) in 2018 from Brl$ 2.7b ($718m) in 2017, according to Filme B, the online content company specialing in collecting and analysing data from the local film market.

Admissions also fell by 10.2% to 164.3m in 2018, continuing a decline that began the year before.

However local films performed slightly better than the box office as a whole. This was largely thanks to one title,
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