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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)

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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. is looking to breathe some new life into its long-in-development “Bobbie Sue” pic, as it has set Gina Rodriguez to star in the title role with Charles Stone III directing.

While the studio viewed the project as a priority since acquiring it in 2008, it was looking for the right actress for the lead, at one point eyeing Cameron Diaz to star before scheduling got in the way. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other talent to star with Rodriguez with hopes to start filming later this year.

The story follows Sue, who after being raised among five rowdy brothers in blue-collar South Boston, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol and fellow Southie native,
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Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96

Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96
Jonas Mekas, the Lithuania-born filmmaker who started Film Culture magazine and the organization that became New York’s Anthology Film Archives, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram, “He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”

He made works such as 1962’s "Guns of the Trees" and 1964’s “The Brig,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Prix. As a cinematographer, he shot avant-garde films including Andy Warhol’s “Empire.”

Mekas was a pioneer of trying new approaches to film as art, and in 2007 released one short film each day of the year on the internet. His other films include “Scene from the Life of Andy Warhol,” “Letter from Greenpoint” and “Out-takes From the Life of a Happy Man.” As late as 2013, the 90-year old was making films like “Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland.”

He worked with artists such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg,
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Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’

Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’
Sandra Bullock is re-teaming with Netflix to produce the science-fiction movie “Reborn” for the streaming service.

Chris McKay has been signed to direct the comic book adaptation. “It” producer Vertigo Entertainment is also on board to produce. Bullock starred in the Netflix movie “Bird Box,” which has been viewed in more than 80 million households, according to the streaming giant.

“Reborn,” written by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, centers on an elderly woman who dies in a Manhattan hospital only to find herself reborn in the afterlife world of Adystria, where good and evil are waging an eternal war amid dragons. She then sets off on a quest to find her late husband.

“Reborn” has not yet been cast. Bullock will produce with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo Entertainment. Millar and Capullo will be executive producers. Co-producer will be Samantha Nisenboim.

McKay directed “The Lego Batman Movie” and is
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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary

'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary
The Wizard of Oz is returning to theaters this weekend for a special limited engagement marking the 80th anniversary of the film’s Hollywood premiere. Fathom Events, TCM, and Warner Bros. are re-releasing the beloved family film in select theaters across the country beginning on Sunday, Jan. 27, with additional dates on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday Jan. 30.
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What Fyre Fest Docs Reveal About Tech’s Cult of Positivity

It’s pretty obvious why so many people immediately inhaled both Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre as soon as they could. The very public dissolution of Fyre Fest was one of the most satisfying things about 2017: Trump had just taken office, the bad guys were winning, and watching influencers unravel when their luxury, private-island music festival turned out to be a Ponzi scheme on a Caribbean construction site felt like the schadenfreude-flavored Xanax we all needed. A fleeting hug for the proletariat in the form of
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Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere

Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere
Is Sundance poised for ICE to crash its Park City party?

When the documentary/narrative hybrid The Infiltrators makes its world premiere Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre, at least two self-described Dreamers who are featured in the film plan to be on hand and are taunting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to meet them there.

“I welcome any retaliation by the Trump Administration,” says Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant from Iran. “We've come to understand that the more out there in the open we are, the safer we are. If I were to get detained by immigration,...
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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Alibaba Expands Film Investment Plan, Loans $100 Million to Huayi Bros.

Alibaba Pictures Group, the film business arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has struck a strategic co-operation deal with leading film studio Huayi Brothers. The deal terms include a $103 million (RMB700 million) loan to Huayi.

Alibaba Pictures said the agreement was part of its recently announced strategy to be a part of major movies that release in of China’s four yearly holiday periods (Chinese New Year (around January-February), the summer, the National Day holiday period in October and at the end of the year. The so-called Jin Cheng Co-Production Project runs for five years. (‘Jin Cheng’ translates roughly into English as ‘Golden Orange’).

The deal further expands the power and influence of the deep-pocketed Internet platforms over the Chinese film industry. Alibaba and companies owned by Alibaba founder Jack Ma have been significant minority shareholders in Huayi since 2014, and increased their positions again in 2015.

The new deal runs for
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Netflix Buys Taiwan Black Comedy ‘Dear Ex’

Netflix has added to its roster of Mandarin-language content with the acquisition of rights to Taiwanese dark comedy “Dear Ex.” The award-winning film will play out from Feb. 1.

The story involves a recently bereaved widow and a gay man fighting over a dead man’s inheritance, with the woman’s teenage son caught in the middle. It was directed by Hsu Chih-yen and Mag Hsu from a script by Mag Hsu and Lu Shih-yuan. The cast includes Roy Chiu, Hsieh Ying-xuan, Spark Chen and Joseph Huang.

The picture premiered in April at the Festival of Far East Film in Udine and began its commercial release through Warner Bros. in Taiwan from Nov. 2. Along the way it appeared at the Taipei Busan and Macau festivals. It picked up awards for best actress for Hsieh at the Golden Horse Awards; best feature film, best actor, best actress, and media recommendation at the
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Superhero Bits: Meet the New Guardians of the Galaxy, ‘Reign of the Supermen’ Clip & More

Superhero Bits: Meet the New Guardians of the Galaxy, ‘Reign of the Supermen’ Clip & More
Who are the new Guardians of the Galaxy? Want to buy a fanmade version of the Batmobile from The Dark Knight Trilogy? Why is it hard to watch Warner Bros. comic book movies and TV shows on Amazon right now? Did you notice the inconsistency between the Captain America: Civil War credits scene and the […]

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Film News Roundup: Audrey Wells Scholarships Launched by UCLA, China’s Pearl Studio

In today’s film news roundup, Pearl Studio and UCLA start a “Say Yes!” scholarship in memory of Audrey Well; Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale are honored; and the “General Magic” documentary gets bought.

Scholarships Unveiled

China’s Pearl Studio has made a gift of $100,000 for endowed scholarships to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in memory of screenwriter-director-producer Audrey Wells.

Wells, a UCLA alumna, passed away on Oct. 4, the day before the opening of “The Hate U Give,” which she had scripted. Her final screenplay, the animated musical “Over the Moon,” was developed internally at Pearl and is in production for a 2020 release under the direction of Glen Keane (“Dear Basketball”). Pearl Studio will distribute the film in China and Netflix will distribute in all other territories.

Two current-use scholarships will be awarded from the Audrey Wells Memorial “Say Yes!” Scholarships, first to a screenwriting student in the 2018-19 academic year and,
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Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking

Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking
There’s a good reason that much of Hollywood braves the thin mountain air each year to make the trek to the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s not to check out the nearby ski slopes. The annual launch of the indie film gathering brings with it the possibility of discovering the next big thing in moviemaking. Sundance has played a critical role in the careers of such A-list talent as Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, David O. Russell, and Quentin Tarantino, and has hosted the premieres of such classics as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

The prospect of finding the rare indie movie that can break out of the arthouse has inspired a lot of all-night bidding wars over the years. Sometimes those frenzied negotiations and massive deals pay off, as was the case with “Brooklyn” or “Fruitvale Station.” In other instances, studios end
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Sundance to set pace for indie year ahead as industry convenes

Four-day gap between Park City and Berlinale of concern to some international sales agents.

Kicking off on Thursday (24), Sundance Film Festival offers the first real opportunity of 2019 for buyers – be they established, reconfigured, reinvented, or simply new – and sellers to test the waters on a new crop of material and get a sense of what might register with industry and audiences in the months ahead.

International sales agent in attendance will then have to scramble across the Atlantic to attend the Berlinale and Efm market. A dovetailing of scheduling eccentricities means there are only four days between the end of
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Daily Podcast: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Most Anticipated Movies

Daily Podcast: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Most Anticipated Movies
On the January 23, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about our most anticipated films of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, […]

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‘Queer Eye’ Is Heading to Japan for Collection of Special Episodes

The Fab Five are taking their show to the other side of the Pacific. Netflix announced on Wednesday that “Queer Eye” will be producing a group of special episodes in Japan, slated to launch at some point after the show’s upcoming Season 3. “Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!” will be a collection of four new installments of the series, each giving the show’s central quintet the chance to “forge relationships with four Japanese men and women from different backgrounds and cultures.”

Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo, and Tan will first be venturing to Kansas City, Missouri for the next round of life reinventions. Those episodes will likely follow the familiar format set out in the show’s first two seasons, which each premiered in 2018 and helped grow the rebooted TV franchise into one of Netflix’s premier unscripted offerings.

According to Wednesday’s announcement, “Queer Eye: We’re in
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‘Trading Paint’ Trailer: John Travolta is a Washed-Up Race Car Driver

‘Trading Paint’ Trailer: John Travolta is a Washed-Up Race Car Driver
John Travolta‘s film choices have become increasingly, let’s say…interesting. After the 2018 two-fer that was Gotti and Speed Kills, the actor is ringing in 2019 with Trading Paint, a sports drama in which he stars as a washed-up race car driver for whom it’s “been a long time” since he was “somebody.” Cheers for unintentionally meta-dialogue! Trading Paint Trailer […]

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Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year’s Contenders a Box Office Boost?

Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year’s Contenders a Box Office Boost?
With nominees like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born,” the 2018 class of movies proved the Oscars don’t need a popular films category to recognize movies that also made bank in theaters. But now that the academy has selected this year’s crop of awards hopefuls, is there any green left to squeeze out of the nominated films?

That’s something honorees like “Vice” are banking on. Annapurna is increasing the number of theaters for Adam McKay’s scathing look at former vice president Dick Cheney from 1,175 venues to over 2,000 in its sixth weekend of release. Despite nabbing eight Oscar nominations, “Vice” has largely gotten the cold shoulder from audiences, especially those in red states. The $60 million biopic has amassed $42 million so far. Awards recognition won’t necessarily fill seats in theaters, but a little pat on the back from Hollywood can’t hurt.

“This is the
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Sundance: A24 Buys Sequel to Tilda Swinton’s Romance-Drama ‘The Souvenir’

Sundance: A24 Buys Sequel to Tilda Swinton’s Romance-Drama ‘The Souvenir’
A24 has bought the North American rights to Tilda Swinton’s romance-drama “The Souvenir – Part 2,” closing the deal on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Souvenir” is set to make its world premiere at Sundance on Jan. 27, followed by playing in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival in February. The sequel will shoot in the summer.

A24 bought rights to “The Souvenir” last month. The film introduces Honor Swinton Byrne — Swinton’s daughter in real life — and also stars Tom Burke (“Only God Forgives”). Swinton Byrne plays a quiet film student who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship.

British writer/director Joanna Hogg directs from her own script for Protagonist Pictures and 30West.
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