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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor
The first footage from “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” has arrived courtesy of Colin Trevorrow’s Twitter account, which has posted an adorable video of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor. It’s unclear whether or not the footage is from the actual movie or if it was just taken on set, nor is it confirmed if the baby raptor is CGI or an animatronic. “The Impossible” director J.A. Boyena has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” he said of the sequel. “I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they
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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated pic is on par with Disney’s “Moana,” which earned $2.6 million from previews during the same frame last year. It went on to gross $82 million over five days.

The family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates indicate that the costly “Justice League,” which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five days, will come in No. 1 again with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 theaters offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” (its Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 95%).

Just before “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave from the company over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. [link
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is on track for a cosmic $200 million-plus opening weekend when it hits theaters on Dec. 15, according to first estimates released by tracking services on Wednesday morning. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new film released in the sci-fi franchise after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, earned a record opening of $248 million in December 2015. Last year’s prequel “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened to $155.1 million. “The Last Jedi” is likely to score the biggest opening box office weekend of the year, a spot currently held by another Disney release, “Beauty and the...
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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman
A third woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to his show, “Transparent,” told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the 2001 film “Never Again.” “It was really weird because I did not interact with him at all during filming,” Delbridge said. “It wasn’t like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I’m very professional on set and was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I’d worked with actors at that level.
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‘Sweet Country,’ ‘Newton’ Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

‘Sweet Country,’ ‘Newton’ Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Australian Outback Western, “Sweet Country” was named best film at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, on Thursday.

The film, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice festival earlier this year, is the second feature by cinematographer turned director Warwick Thornton. His first film “Samson and Delilah” won the Apsa best picture award in 2009, making Thornton the only two-time Apsa winner.

The Apsa awards were in their 11th iteration. They were presented Thursday evening at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia.

The other big winner on the evening was India’s “Newton.” It earned a best acting prize for Rajkummar Rao, while Mayank Tewari, Amit V. Masurkar claimed the award for best screenplay.

Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev was named best director for “Loveless,” which had its premiere in Cannes. Zvyagintsev previously won the best film award with “Leviathan” in 2014.

The international awards were selected by a jury headed by film editor, Jill Bilcock. She praised
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AMC Networks International Picks Up Canal Plus Show ‘Ouro’ for Spain, Portugal

AMC Networks International Iberia has acquired “Ouro,” the adventure-thriller series created by Fabien Nury for French pay-tv channel Canal Plus.

Sold by Newen Distribution, “Ouro” was directed by Kim Chapiron (“Dogpound”) and Philippe Triboit (“Spiral”) and produced by Mascaret Films.

Set in the Guyanese forest, “Ouro” follows the journey of Vincent, a 20-year-old geology student from Paris who goes to French Guyana to do an internship at a gold mining company and drifts into the dangerous world of gold trafficking.

The series will start airing on AMC Spain in January, followed by a roll-out in Portugal a month later.

“We are thrilled to bring this fantastic adventure drama to our Portuguese and Spanish audience” said Pilar de las Casas, VP of Cinema and Documentary Channels at AMC Networks International Iberia.

“Ouro” was acquired last week by Sony Pictures Television Networks for Continental Europe.

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards: Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' Wins Top Prize

Asia Pacific Screen Awards: Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' Wins Top Prize
Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country has won the best feature honor at the 11th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs) at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday.

The win marks the second time that Thornton and an Australian film have won the top award at the APSAs, which cover 70 countries. Thornton’s debut feature, Samson and Delilah, won the best film award in 2009.

Sweet Country’s Apsa win also follows a special jury award for the period western at the Venice Film Festival in October and a win in the Platform section of Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Editor Jill...
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Idfa Forum: ‘Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News’

Idfa Forum: ‘Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News’
Amsterdam — The world’s geopolitical landscape may be changing on a daily and depressing basis, but a visit to this year’s Forum suggests it’s not all doom and gloom in the world of documentary. “Sunken Eldorado”, from France, offers a tale of modern-day piracy in the hunt for the Spanish Armada’s missing gold; Italian co-production “Maestro Morricone” tells the story of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite composer; and, from Norway, comes “Krogufant”, a film that takes a look at the emotional lives and intelligence of the animals we’re more used to eating than meeting.

In all, 58 projects came from 23 countries, each exploring different themes and formats. “It’s so wonderful to travel with all these filmmakers and see the world through their eyes,” says Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, the festival’s head of industry. “The variety is huge this year, and it’s not only political topics dealing with society. Last year, what
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‘The Other Side of Everything’ Leads Winners From a Politically Charged Idfa Lineup

‘The Other Side of Everything’ Leads Winners From a Politically Charged Idfa Lineup
In a world presently riven with political conflict and polarized discord, you wouldn’t expect the world’s leading documentary festival to skimp on the tough issues, and so it proved at Idfa this year. The Amsterdam showcase’s 2017 lineup was a strong one, peppered with challenging perspectives and confrontations of past and living history, but “fun” was low on the agenda — rueful irony amid tragedy was, for the most part, as close as audiences could hope to get.

That was the tone maintained by the festival’s well-received selection of prizewinners, presented on Wednesday night, many of which tackled conflict and political turmoil with an empathetic but battle-wearied worldview. The top award in the festival’s feature-length competition, Serbian director Mila Turajlic’s “The Other Side of Everything,” had already premiered in low-key fashion at Toronto in September, but this thoughtful reflection on the still-unresolved legacy of civil war in Serbia found a more vocally receptive
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Ventana Sur: A Breakdown of This Year’s Blood Window Work in Progress Section

Ventana Sur’s Blood Window has become one of Latin America’s most important launchpads for fantasy genre films. For the four days of the market, producers, distributors, sales agents and directors will come together for panels, debates, co-production meetings and pitching sessions.

This year’s works in progress selections have been divided into two groups. The first group is the Screenings and Work in Progress section, which was specially curated by José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Film Festival. The remaining works in progress are in the Video Room section.

Starting with the local fare, “Luciferina,” is the only Argentine work in progress at this year’s Blood Window. From director Gonzalo Calzada, the film is the story of Natalia, a teenage girl with a supernatural gift. After a family trauma, the origins of her ability must be faced, and a ritual executed to protect the girl from something which has been with her
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Idfa’s Shifting Perspectives Program – ‘It’s About Ownership Of Images’

Idfa’s Shifting Perspectives Program – ‘It’s About Ownership Of Images’
Amsterdam – “Every day, we are bombarded by images of the Arab world: bombings, shooting, hunger and hatred…” It is this “one-sided representation” that Idfa programmers Laura Van Halsema and Isabel Arrate Fernandez, together with Syrian producer and filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, sought to challenge when assembling Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, a three-day symposium of sorts, in which 16 films of varying length and vintage were shown to a festival audience, usually with a lively discussion to follow.

The section is the second in a series that began in 2016. “Last year,” says Van Halsema, “we had a program, also called Shifting Perspectives, from which we basically wanted to look at what was left over from the history of colonialism – the slave trade, slavery between Africa as a continent and Europe and the U.S..

The programmers picked films from each of these regions, and then, as they were watching them, we realized right away that there was a blind
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Of Fathers and Sons’

The family that prays together stays together, with entirely chilling consequences, in “Of Fathers and Sons,” an intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki. Delivering on the auspicious promise of his 2013 debut, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Return to Homs,” Derki’s follow-up finds him again visiting his ravaged homeland to examine the making of an anti-government force: this time not spiky rebel insurgents, but unformed young boys under the absolute influence of their Al-Nusra fighter father. The result is as despairing as any portrait of close-knit family and dedicated parenthood can be, adeptly blending sensationalism with domestic intimacy, and sincerely eye-opening in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor.

Sure to travel the festival circuit as widely as Derki’s debut did, starting discussions along the way about complicity and trust in documentary filmmaking, “Of Fathers and Sons” has a combination of artistic muscle and frank
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‘Hogar,’ ‘Tiburones,’ ‘Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes’ at Montevideo’s Puentes

Maura Delpero’s “Hogar,” Lucía Garibaldi’s “Tiburones” and José Luis Torres Leiva’s “Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes” will be honed at the second 2017 Puentes meet, the most prominent of Europe-Latin American co-production workshops.

Co-organized by Uruguay’s Mutante Cine production outfit, the event unspools in Montevideo over Nov. 23-27, prior to the 9th Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie market. Thanks to a special collaboration agreement, Puentes participant-producers can attend Ventana Sur (Nov. 27 – Dec. 1), in Buenos Aires. This is the fifth year that Montevideo hosts the Puentes event.

Founded in 2009 by Eave (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), Puentes is a training workshop for Europe and LatAm producers, which took place for the first time in Uruguay in 2012.

An Arte Award winner at San Sebastian’s 5th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum last year, Maura Delpero’s “Hogar” is produced by Italian Alessandro Amato’s Dispàrte in co-production with Argentinean Campo Cine. The first fiction
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Argentina on the Rise – Manuel Abramovich

Cinematographer turned director Manuel Abramovich is a week away from his thirtieth birthday, but has a C.V. that would be the envy of many filmmakers.

His 2013 short took him to festival nominations and wins around the world from Los Angeles to Karlovy Vary. The next year he was nominated for best documentary short at Tribeca, along with co-director Juan Manuel Renau, for their film “Las Luces,” (The Lights). And, his third feature “Años luz,” which followed esteemed Argentine director Lucrecia Martel as she filmed this year’s Argentine submission for the foreign-language Oscar “Zama,” premiered at Venice this year.

2017 looks to be something of a banner year from the director. His latest feature documentary “Soldado,” got it’s first lofty bit of recognition at February’s Berlinale Festival where the film was in the running for both the Glasshütte Original Documentary Award, and a Crystal Bear. It then competed at San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi Section. This week
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Ventana Sur: Meikincine Acquires World Sales on ‘Al Desierto’ (Exclusive)

Ventana Sur: Meikincine Acquires World Sales on ‘Al Desierto’ (Exclusive)
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Lucia and Julia’s Meik’s Buenos Aires-based Meikincine, a boutique sales company, has acquired world sales rights to “Al Desierto” (To the Desert), one of the only three Argentine movies in International Competition at this year’s Mar del Plata Festival, which opened Nov. 17.

Cinetren will release “To the Desert” on Nov. 30 in Argentina.

“To the Desert” is also just the third live-action feature from Ulises Rosell, one of the founding fathers of the New Argentine Cinema who, along with Daniel Burman, Israel Adrián Caetano and Lucrecia Martel, was one of the directors of 1996’s “Historias Breves,” a omnibus feature calling card for a new generation of Argentine directorial talent.

Though Rosell won a brace of awards for 2006’s “Sofabed,” his career has been lower-profile to date than these illustrious contemporaries, “To the Desert” marking by far his largest canvas for a theme which has marked some of his finest films, a
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Film Review: ‘A Murder in Mansfield’

Film Review: ‘A Murder in Mansfield’
The words “true crime” have never lost their dime-store tabloid allure. Yet most of us realize that when a story of extreme and shocking violence taps our voyeuristic curiosity, that doesn’t necessarily make it “low.” Ambitious documentary filmmakers have long understood that true-crime material, when treated as the dimension of the human experience it is, can emerge as something spookily resonant and artful.

Errol Morris’s “The Thin Blue Line” looked at murder in the heartland with a spirit that evoked Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song.” Werner Herzog’s “Into the Abyss” entered the minds of two vicious killers (it didn’t get as deep into the abyss as it implied, but it was a game attempt). “O.J.: Made in America” turned the Simpson saga into a charged excavation of the roots of violence. Now Barbara Kopple, the veteran director of documentaries about embattled workers (“Harlan County U.S.A.,” “American Dream”), pop-music
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Ken Baker and E! News Part Ways, Say It’s Unrelated to Harassment Investigation (Exclusive)

E! News and its correspondent Ken Baker have decided to part ways, a decision they said was unrelated to a recent investigation into whether Baker sexually harassed two women at the network. Baker left E!’s airwaves last month after TheWrap reported that the two women had accused him of sexual misconduct. A third woman later said he had touched her inappropriately when they worked together at his previous job at Us Weekly. Baker joined E! News in 2008. “The investigation into the recent allegations relating to Ken Baker is still ongoing,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap on.
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Watch Trump Announce on ‘The Apprentice’ the SoHo Hotel His Company’s Now Dumping (Video)

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Watch Trump Announce on ‘The Apprentice’ the SoHo Hotel His Company’s Now Dumping (Video)
11 years ago, on the fifth season of “The Apprentice, Donald Trump promised that his newest hotel in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood would be “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.” Now, with Trump in the White House, his business is pulling out of the 46-story hotel. On Wednesday, The Trump Organization announced that it would be withdrawing from the Trump SoHo hotel by the end of 2017, joining a hotel in Toronto as the second establishment to erase Trump’s name from the building. According to The New York Times, Trump SoHo has been forced to drop room rates and struggled to sell condos, and in.
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Over the Limit’

Idfa Film Review: ‘Over the Limit’
Nina Sayers, the tortured heroine of Darren Aronofsky’s prima ballerina psychodrama “Black Swan,” might just thank her lucky stars if she saw “Over the Limit,” another relentless portrait of young female performers mentally and physically savaged in the name of perfection. This is no heightened horror film, however. The intense abuse captured in Marta Prus’s brilliant, diamond-hard documentary portrait of a Russian rhythmic gymnast’s punishing road to the 2016 Olympics is all too vividly real — just watching it induces veritable stomach cramps, though it’s impossible to turn away from the film’s whipcrack construction and expert manipulation of perspective.

A former rhythmic gymnast herself, Prus seems to equally adore the exquisite physicality of the discipline and abhor the psychological torment that goes into it. That said, no interest at all in the subject is required to find “Over the Limit” coolly riveting: If anything, the less you know about its beleaguered heroine, Margarita Mamun, and
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