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Taika Waititi in Early Talks to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Movie

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Taika Waititi in Early Talks to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Movie
Taika Waititi, director of “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Jojo Rabbit,” is in early talks to develop a new “Star Wars” movie, Variety has confirmed.

There are no further details about how far those negotiations are with Waititi, nor what his involvement might ultimately be. But hot off of six Oscar nominations for “Jojo Rabbit,” Waititi is one of the most in-demand filmmakers in the industry, and “Star Wars” is “Star Wars,” so there we are.

Waititi recently directed the season finale of “The Mandalorian,” Lucasfilm’s breakout series for Disney Plus, and he also played the droid Ig-11.

Given his recent history with the “Star Wars” universe, on Monday, Variety asked Waititi if he might be directing a “Star Wars” movie in the future.

“Oh, I don’t know anything about that,” Waititi said. “But ‘Mandalorian’ was my chance to work with some stormtroopers.”

But Waititi said he definitely would want
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Zoey Deutch Comedy ‘Buffaloed’ Will Eliminate $1.5 Million in Medical Debt (Exclusive)

Zoey Deutch Comedy ‘Buffaloed’ Will Eliminate $1.5 Million in Medical Debt (Exclusive)
This is not your typical promotion.

Most movies rely on trailers and junkets and movie posters to get the word out. Not “Buffaloed,” the upcoming Zoey Deutch comedy about a hustler who turns to debt collecting to get out of her dead-end life in Buffalo, N.Y.

Magnolia Pictures, the indie studio behind the movie, is partnering with non-profit Rip Medical Debt to eliminate $1.5 million worth of medical debt. “Buffaloed” opens Feb. 14 in theaters and on demand.

Rip Medical Debt is a national 501c3 that uses donations to purchase bundled medical debt portfolios that have gone through collection agencies for months or years. Using third-party credit data providers, it targets debts specifically incurred by people facing financial hardship, and then forgives them for a fraction of the initial cost. There’s a lot of people who could use the relief. An estimated 137 million Americans are struggling to pay medical bills,
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Reveals Writer and Producer Panels — Exclusive

Under executive director Roger Durling, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (which launched Thursday January 15 and runs through January 25) has flourished by riding the awards season wave via starry onstage interviews with Oscar contenders. Every year, screenwriters, directors and producers promote their causes on panels, and the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Bruce Dern, Jeff Bridges, Melissa McCarthy, Isabelle Huppert, Viggo Mortensen, Rami Malek, Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Sam Elliott, and Richard E. Grant submit to in-depth tributes from Scott Feinberg, Leonard Maltin, and Pete Hammond, among others.

On the festival’s first weekend, I will have the pleasure of a wide-ranging conversation with Best Actress Oscar-nominee Scarlett Johansson and her “Marriage Story” costar, Best Actor nominee Adam Driver, named the festival’s Outstanding Performers of the Year.

And I will also moderate the annual “It Starts with the Script” panel on Sunday, including the writers of a range of awards
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Cool Stuff: Neca’s ‘Gremlins’ Action Figure Line Adds the Trenchcoat Flasher with a Load of Accessories

Neca’s new line of Gremlins action figures has been a blessing for fans who want as many of the little monsters as possible with all the appropriate accessories. This past holiday season brought us two different sets of caroling Gremlins, and a new Ultimate Gremlin before that came with soda, beer, cigarettes, candy, and more. […]

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‘Jezebel’: Numa Perrier Fleshes Out the Humanity in Her Own Story of Life as a Fetish Cam Girl

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‘Jezebel’: Numa Perrier Fleshes Out the Humanity in Her Own Story of Life as a Fetish Cam Girl
This is the latest installment of “Breaking Black,” a weekly column focused on emerging black talent.

Numa Perrier based her feature directorial debut, “Jezebel,” on her own story: A woman and her sister survive on the margins of society as they navigate the politics of black female sexuality and womanhood. Set against the backdrop of the early days of webcamming, the film raises questions around agency and exploitation, while presenting sex work as exactly what it is: work.

For Perrier, it’s a film with strong resonance in a world where people are more apt to find connection online than in real life, and she hopes that its human story touches audiences most.

“I feel that it’s a love story between two sisters,” Perrier said. “These sisters are doing their best to take care of each other in a way that you might find unusual, but this is how they know how to,
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Berlin Film Festival reveals first titles for new Encounters competition

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Berlin Film Festival reveals first titles for new Encounters competition
‘Shirley’, starring Elisabeth Moss, among films in the new competitive strand.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1) has unveiled the 15 features that will comprise its first ever Encounters competitive strand.

The new section has been introduced to support new voices in cinema, running alongside the long-established competition and Berlinale Shorts, which award the Golden and Silver Bears.

A three-member jury, which has yet to be announced, will choose the winners of best film, best director and a special jury award.

The section will open with Cristi Puiu’s Malmkrog, a 200-minute drama in which an elite group of individuals
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New Europe Film Sales Picks up Hamy Ramezan’s ‘Any Day Now’ (Exclusive)

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales company has boarded Finnish-Iranian Hamy Ramezan’s debut feature “Any Day Now,” to be shown as a work in progress at Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market, Which Runs Jan 30.-Feb 2.

Ramezan’s drama, produced by Aamu Film Company (“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki”), already enjoys a strong buzz from earlier industry pitch events such as Helsinki’s Finnish Film Affair where the film was handed the Best Project Award.

The realistic drama is inspired by the director’s own experience as a refugee who fled the Iran-Iraq conflict with his family and landed in Finland in 1990.

Co-written by Ramezan and Antti Rautava, the story follows 13-year-old Ramin Mehdipour, of Iranian origin, who is enjoying a perfect summer in a small Finnish town. A few weeks before the new school year, his family gets the news that the Finnish Immigration Service has
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How Shows Like ‘The Crown,’ ‘Outlander,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Driving Tourists to Locations

One of the unintended consequences of the boom in global production is a corresponding surge in film and TV tourism.

A spate of research in recent years has shown that viewers of popular films and TV shows are increasingly deciding to visit their locations, or to make a trip to the country where they were made.

Figures published last year by Northern Ireland’s tourism board, Tourism Ni, suggested that 350,000 people come to the British province every year because of HBO production “Game of Thrones” – or one in six leisure visitors.

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s tourism body, VisitBritain, found that more than two million visitors to the country make a trip to film, TV, music or literary locations.

Warner Bros.’s The Making of Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden receives more than 6,000 visitors a day at peak times.

A 2018 report by Olsberg Spi’s calculated that non-u.K.
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​Memento unveils sales on Claus Drexel’s ‘Under The Stars Of Paris’ (exclusive)

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​Memento unveils sales on Claus Drexel’s ‘Under The Stars Of Paris’ (exclusive)
The film stars Catherine Frot as a homeless woman who takes a lost Burkinabe boy under her wing.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has unveiled pre-sales on Claus Drexel’s French-language drama Under The Stars of Paris starring Catherine Frot, ahead of its market premiere at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French cinema in Paris this weekend.

The Paris-based sales company has pre-sold the film to a slew of European territories including Switzerland (Jmh distributions), Denmark (41 Shadows), Portugal (Outsider Films), Greece (Spentzos) and Bulgaria (6A Media).

It has also been acquired for Brazil (A2 Filmes), Mexico (Alamedia), China (QC Media), Taiwan
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Nordisk Film & TV Fond Boasts Record Budget for 2020

As the Nordisk Film & TV Fond prepares to celebrates its 30th anniversary, at this month’s Göteborg Film Festival, CEO Liselott Forsman has outlined her vision for the upcoming yearm which sees the fund boasting a record high budget of Nok 127 million ($12.8 million), up from last year’s total of Nok 97.75 million ($11.4 million).

The fund’s primary mandate is to support and promote high-end film and TV productions across Nordic territories through the distribution of financing for features, TV fiction, and documentaries.

Forsman has big shoes to fill. When former CEO Petri Kempinnen stepped down on Oct. 31 to spend more time with his family, he left behind a legacy of growth and overachievement in the region and of reacting quickly to and anticipating international market trends. Her unanimous appointment, work as chair of the Ebu Fiction Expert Group and proven track record as a writer and producer indicate that
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The Morning Watch: Robert Downey Jr. Recalls Time on ‘SNL’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Style ‘Harry Potter’ Credits & More

The Morning Watch: Robert Downey Jr. Recalls Time on ‘SNL’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Style ‘Harry Potter’ Credits & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch as Robert Downey Jr. recalls his time […]

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UK box office preview: ‘Bombshell’ battles ‘Bad Boys For Life’

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UK box office preview: ‘Bombshell’ battles ‘Bad Boys For Life’
Also opening: ‘Just Mercy’, ‘Waves’, ‘A Hidden Life’.

Awards contender Bombshell goes up against franchise reboot Bad Boys For Life at the UK box office this weekend.

Released through Lionsgate, Bombshell tells the true story of several women at Fox News who exposed former CEO Roger Ailes for multiple cases of sexual harassment in 2016.

The film stars Charlize Theron as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, with Nicole Kidman as fellow host Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie as a young producer at the network who is a composite of several people.

Directed by Jay Roach, Bombshell has garnered significant awards attention,
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Cnc Chief Outlines Plan to Update French Production Infrastructure

Speaking at an industry round-table at the Paris-based Production Forum on Thursday, Dominique Boutonnat, president of France’s National Film Board (Cnc), announced a new plan to update local production studios in order to make them more internationally competitive.

The modest plan, which involves new funding, training sessions and additional research, follows a March 2019 report, submitted to the Cnc and Film France, that was unsparing in its assessments. “Many film and audiovisual directors and technicians are worried about the situation of French studios,” it began.

“The evolution of filmmaking technology, the widespread use of special effects, the spectacular rise in series production and the transformation of economic models driven by streaming platforms makes us wonder about the future of the French production model, and its industrial capacity to meet the expectations of French and foreign audiences.”

On Thursday, the Cnc responded, outlining their four-point plan at the industry conference.

“We
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First details of Clio Barnard’s ‘Ali & Ava’ revealed

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First details of Clio Barnard’s ‘Ali & Ava’ revealed
Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar star in British director’s fourth feature.

The cast and first details of Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava have finally been revealed, following a wrap on principal photography in the UK.

The fourth feature from the award-winning writer-director will star Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) and Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies) in a contemporary British love story that explores the intricacies of age, class and race.

It shot for six weeks in various locations around Bradford, in the north of England. A first-look image from the film has also been released, shown above.

Ali & Ava is
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Taika Waititi 'invited to work on new Star Wars film'

Jojo Rabbit director Waititi has been approached by Lucasfilm to join the franchise, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Taika Waititi, director of Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, has been invited to develop a Star Wars film feature project, according to reports.

Citing unnamed film industry sources, the Hollywood Reporter said that New Zealander Waititi has been approached by Lucasfilm to join the franchise that recently wrapped up its third film trilogy with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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‘Bait’ Director Mark Jenkin Sets Next Feature With Film4

‘Bait’ Director Mark Jenkin Sets Next Feature With Film4
Writer-director Mark Jenkin, whose feature debut “Bait” was nominated for two BAFTAs last week, has set his next project, “Enys Men” (“Stone Island”), with Film4.

Jenkin will direct from his own script. Denzil Monk is producing for Bosena. Johnny Fewings is executive producing, with Kate Byers and Linn Waite as associate producers. Film4 will co-finance the film, with senior commissioning executive Lauren Dark overseeing late stage development and production, alongside further development and production support from Falmouth University’s Sound Image Cinema Lab.

Set on a mysterious island crossed by leylines and timelines, with only an ancient standing stone for company, “Enys Men” is the story of a woman haunted by echoes of both the past and the future. Billed as an “ecosophical horror,” the film is expected to shoot in and around Cornwall in May 2020.

Jenkin’s debut, a story of Cornish fishermen whose traditional livelihoods are threatened by an influx of gentrifying outsiders,
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Ivan Passer obituary

Director who was part of the ‘Czech film miracle’ in the 1960s but made his masterpieces in Hollywood

Ivan Passer, who has died aged 86, was one of the new wave of Czech film directors who emerged during the social and cultural democratisation of the mid-60s that afforded them unprecedented artistic freedom. With his childhood friend Miloš Forman, Passer co-wrote A Blonde in Love and The Firemen’s Ball (1967), and directed Intimate Lighting (1965), his brilliant feature film debut.

In that short period, Passer, Forman, Vera Chytilová, Jirí Menzel and Jan Němec, among others, made films that rejected the official state socialist-realist aesthetic and produced eclectic, highly assured features that captured the world’s attention.
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‘Bait’ director Mark Jenkin sets Cornish horror ‘Enys Men’ with Film4

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Jenkin will direct from his own script, with Film4 co-financing the film.

Director Mark Jenkin, whose breakout film Bait earned two Bafta nominations, has set his next project: Cornish-set horror film Enys Men.

Jenkin will direct from his own script, with Film4 co-financing. The producer is Denzil Monk for Bosena, with Johnny Fewings executive producing and Kate Byers and Linn Waite the associate producers.

Film4 senior commissioning executive Lauren Dark is overseeing late stage development and production. Further development and production support come from Sound Image Cinema Lab (Falmouth University).

Enys Men (Cornish for stone island) will start shooting in
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CineAsia Turns its Back on Hong Kong

CineAsia, the long-running convention for the film exhibition and distribution sectors, has ditched Hong Kong, its home for the past decade. It was forced to cancel the 2019 edition in December, due to the political unrest in the city.

New York-based organizer, the Film Expo Group, announced on Friday by email that the 2020 edition will relocate to Bangkok, Thailand instead. It said that it will be held Dec. 7-10, 2020, but supplied no further details such as the venue for the conference and trade show components, nor which screening facilities it would use. CineAsia’s website and social media accounts have not yet been updated.

Bangkok boasts a wealth of first-class cinemas and five-star hotels, and a smaller number of convention centers. The Thai capital last hosted CineAsia in 2004, before the event shifted to Beijing in 2005 and 2006, and then moved to Macau in 2007 and 2008.

From 2009 it settled in Hong Kong, where it
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New Films With Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Omar Sy Unspool at UniFrance Rendez-Vous

New Films With Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Omar Sy Unspool at UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Showcasing the wide scope and many nuances of French comedies, Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Lost Prince,” “Mama Weed” with Isabelle Huppert (pictured), “The Lion” with Dany Boon, and “Welcome to the Jungle” with Catherine Deneuve are having their market premieres at the 22nd edition of the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, which runs Jan. 16-20.

Sold by Studiocanal, “The Lost Prince” is fantasy-filled family comedy headlined by Omar Sy (“Intouchables), François Damiens (“Heartbreaker”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”).

Mama Weed” directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, is a crime comedy starring Huppert, the Oscar-nominated actress, as a French-Arabic translator working for the anti-drug squad in Paris. Le Pacte is handling international sales.

The Lion” is an action comedy about Romain (Philippe Katerine), a psychologist who is fascinated by his patient, Leo Milan (Boon), who claims to be a highly-trained international spy.

Helmed by Hugo Benamozig and David Caviglioli,
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