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Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe

Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe
The Walt Disney Company's new streaming service Disney+ will launch in the biggest Western European countries on March 24, a week earlier than originally planned, with much of the rest of western Europe to follow in the summer.

Disney on Tuesday updated its roll-out plans for the direct-to-consumer service, saying that Disney+ will now bow in the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and across German-speaking Europe on March 24 instead of March 31. Further Western European territories, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow this summer.

Disney+ is currently only available in Europe in the Netherlands,...
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Netflix Nabs Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Drama

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Netflix Nabs Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Drama
Netflix will back Bradley Cooper’s upcoming drama about Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor and musical maestro behind “West Side Story” and “Candide,” Variety has confirmed.

The film was initially set up at Paramount. It has an A-list lineup of producers, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Todd Phillips. Kristie Macosko Krieger from Amblin will also produce.

However, the project doesn’t sound like a commercial slam-dunk, at least not on paper. Younger generations likely draw a blank when Bernstein’s name comes up (if it comes up at all), and Spielberg’s re-make of “West Side Story” is already scheduled to come out in 2020. There’s also a Broadway revival of the show, signaling that we may have entered an era of peak-Bernstein. Having the project launch on a streaming service could help it avoid being judged merely on its box office performance. Netflix will give
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Netflix Commits To Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Film; Scorsese, Spielberg, Todd Phillips Producing

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Netflix Commits To Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Film; Scorsese, Spielberg, Todd Phillips Producing
Exclusive: After launching two Oscar Best Picture nominees in The Irishman and Marriage Story, Netflix is re-stocking its star-driven prestige film arsenal with a big one. Netflix has acquired all rights to the untitled Leonard Bernstein film that Bradley Cooper will direct, star in and produce from the script he co-wrote with Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. The project exits Paramount, which set the film as a priority project in May 2018. Amblin remains firmly part of the drama that spans over 30 years in telling the beautifully complex story of the marriage between Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre.

Netflix will make the film with a enviable roster of top producers: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Cooper and his Joint Effort producing partner (and Joker director) Todd Phillips, Kristie Macosko Krieger, The Irishman and Joker double Oscar-nominated producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Fred Berner and Amy Durning. The latter duo shepherded this
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‘The First Purge’ Actor Mo McRae To Direct ‘A Lot Of Nothing’ Dark Comedy With David Oyelowo Attached As Exec Producer

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‘The First Purge’ Actor Mo McRae To Direct ‘A Lot Of Nothing’ Dark Comedy With David Oyelowo Attached As Exec Producer
Exclusive: Mo McRae has set his feature directorial debut with A Lot Of Nothing, a darkly comedic thriller he co-wrote with Sarah Kelly Kaplan. Golden Globe-nominated actor David Oyelowo will serve as an executive producer for the project, which is being produced by McRae, Inny Clemons, Anonymous Content, Mansa Productions founder Kellon Akeem, and Jason Tamasco of Bad Idea.

Slated to begin shooting this spring, the pic follows a couple living in a Los Angeles suburb who is compelled to take dangerous actions when they discover their next-door neighbor is the police officer that just murdered an unarmed motorist

“I feel incredibly honored to be telling this story with such a phenomenal group of artists,” said McRae. “The themes and dynamics in this film have been in my heart and on my mind for many years. I’m extremely excited to embark on this journey and share something electric and timely.
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Terry Jones Dies at 77: John Cleese, Edgar Wright, and More Honor ‘Monty Python’ Icon

Terry Jones Dies at 77: John Cleese, Edgar Wright, and More Honor ‘Monty Python’ Icon
Terry Jones, the Welsh comedian and filmmaker, has died at 77 after a four-year battle against frontotemporal dementia. Jones’s family announced he died on the evening of January 21, 2020 in a statement. “We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones,” the statement reads. “Terry passed away with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, Ftd.”

Jones is best known as one of the founding members of comedy troupe Monty Python alongside Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Terry Gilliam. Jones and Gilliam co-directed the group’s breakthrough first movie, 1975’s “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Jones would go on to direct Monty Python’s follow-up films “Life of Brian” (1979) and “The Meaning of Life” (1983). Jones’s non-Monty Python credits include writing the scripts for the 1986 cult classic “Labyrinth,
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‘Cat In The Wall’ duo win top award at Trieste’s When East Meets West

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Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova are prepping a new project based on on true events.

Bulgarian filmmakers Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova received the top award at Trieste’s When East Meets West (Wemw) co-production market, which ran 19-21 Jan.

The duo were awarded the Film Center Serbia Development Prize for their second fiction project, Women Do Cry, which follows their fiction debut Cat In The Wall, which premiered at Locarno last year.

Based on true events and Kazakova’s own family history, the new feature ”will encompass what being a woman means in the backdrop of funny and absurd contradictions in current Bulgarian society,
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‘Joker’ Honest Trailer: A Mumblecore Riff on Martin Scorsese About the World’s Saddest Clown

‘Joker’ Honest Trailer: A Mumblecore Riff on Martin Scorsese About the World’s Saddest Clown
There’ no denying that Joker took pop culture by storm. It made over $1 billion at the box office, and it got plenty of people worked up before the movie even came out, so much that it probably helped advertise the movie more than the actual marketing campaign ever could. That probably says more about […]

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Japan’s Gaga to launch sales on Tatsushi Omori’s ‘Mother’ at Efm (exclusive)

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Japan’s Gaga to launch sales on Tatsushi Omori’s ‘Mother’ at Efm (exclusive)
Masami Nagasawa (Our Little Sister) stars in the story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother.

Japan’s Gaga Corp is handling international sales on Tatsushi Omori’s Mother and will introduce the title to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.

Starring Masami Nagasawa (Our Little Sister) and marking the first feature of child actor Daiken Okudaira, the film follows a young boy struggling with an alcoholic mother who forces him to extract money from his grandparents, rather than sending him to school. The cast also includes Sadawo Abe (Birds Without Names).

Currently in post-production,
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Will the Kung Fu remake right the wrongs suffered by Bruce Lee?

After Lee was passed over for David Carradine to star in the 70s TV series, Universal must cast an Asian actor for its forthcoming film

One of the most startling moments in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the scene in which Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth humiliates Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) after he boasts of his martial-arts prowess. It has drawn criticism from Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee for portraying her late father as an “arrogant asshole who was full of hot air”, while Tarantino has defended his film as a work of fiction, albeit one, he insists, that has some grounding in truth. It’s sad that while the Pulp Fiction film-maker chose to lionise David Carradine, the star of 1970s TV show Kung Fu, in his Kill Bill movies, he decided to bring the late Hong Kong star back to life
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Korea’s Little Big Pictures seals North American deal on 'Mr. Zoo'

Family comedy sells to 815 Pictures for the Us and Canada, along with separate deals for several other territories.

South Korean distributor Little Big Pictures has announced pre-sales on family comedy Mr. Zoo to a raft of territories led by a deal for the Us and Canada with 815 Pictures.

Directed by Kim Taeyun (New Trial), the film stars Lee Sungmin (The Spy Gone North), Kim Seohyung (The Villainess) and Bae Jungnam (The Sheriff In Town). The story follows an elite National Intelligence Service agent, Mr. Zoo, tasked with taking care of an international VIP – with the ‘P’ turning out to stand for ‘Panda’ – who mysteriously disappears.
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Terry Jones, Co-Founder of Monty Python, Dies at 77

Terry Jones, Co-Founder of Monty Python, Dies at 77
Terry Jones, co-founder of Monty Python, died Wednesday. Jones died after a long struggle with dementia. He was 77 years old.

Jones was instrumental in creating the wacky, absurdist style of comedy that Monty Python made famous in the 1970s and directed two of the English comedy group’s most successful films, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” In the latter, Jones played Mandy Cohen, mother of the titular Brian, and appeared before a crowd to deliver probably his most famous line in a comically squawky voice, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”

He also wrote the screenplay for the 1986 cult classic “Labyrinth” starring David Bowie.

In 2004 Jones was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the BBC documentary series “Medieval Lives,” and in 1983 he was nominated for a BAFTA for best original song for “Every Sperm is Sacred
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‘Monty Python’ co-founder Terry Jones dies aged 77

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‘Monty Python’ co-founder Terry Jones dies aged 77
Jones died after a long struggle with a rare form of dementia, according to his family.

UK actor, director and writer Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, according to his agent.

Jones co-created iconic UK comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus alongside Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam.

He went on to direct or co-direct their film projects Monty Python And The Holy Grail (alongside Gilliam), The Life Of Brian and The Meaning Of Life. His other films as a director included Erik The Viking (1989) and The Wind In The Willows (1996).

Welsh-born Jones was awarded
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Monty Python film director Terry Jones: full of fun and innocence – and a very naughty boy

After directing the Python films and creating such characters as the Virgin Mandy and the monstrous Mr Creosote, he went on to make Personal Services and The Wind in the Willows

Terry Jones dies aged 77

Terry Jones, who has died at the age of 77, was the Python with a sweetly open, guileless face and a rich voice that he often tortured into a high-pitched, strangulated warbling for his many “Hello, Mrs Smoker” drag roles. He was also the Python credited for inspiring the team’s consistent surrealist denial of conventional structure. It was Jones who took on the directing role for the Monty Python movies: sharing the credit with Terry Gilliam for Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975, but taking the helm on his own for their masterpiece, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, in 1979, and the rather more patchy Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in 1983. His parallel and
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The Morning Watch: How to Make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Drinks, ‘Doctor Who’ Cast Recaps the Show & More

The Morning Watch:  How to Make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Drinks, ‘Doctor Who’ Cast Recaps the Show & 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, Find out how you can make the unique […]

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No Fathers in Kashmir review – flat drama doesn't do its subject justice

The turmoil in Indian-administered Kashmir is an urgent topic but Ashvin Kumar’s coming-of-age film feels lifeless and leaden

Ashvin Kumar is an Indian film-maker who has made Kashmir an urgent focus of his career and was Oscar-nominated for his short film from 2004, Little Terrorist, about a Pakistani boy playing cricket who goes in search of his ball knocked over the Indian border. This nfilm, of which Kumar is writer, director and co-star, is about a very pertinent contemporary topic: the “disappeared” people of Indian Kashmir – reportedly now as many as 8,000 – picked up by the Indian forces and imprisoned without trial or access to family or lawyers as a result of the heavy-handed new security crackdown following the government revoking Kashmir’s independent status last year.

In this story, a 16-year-old Kashmiri-British girl called Noor (Zara La Peta Webb) goes to Kashmir with her mum, Zeinab (Natasha Mago), and her mum’s new partner,
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Terry Jones, Monty Python founder and Life of Brian director, dies aged 77

Jones, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2015, was the main directing force in Python’s films, as well a prolific creator of TV documentaries and children’s books

Terry Jones: the Monty Python director – and a very naughty boy

Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python and director of three of Python’s celebrated feature films, has died aged 77, his family have announced. In a statement they said: “Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, Ftd.”

“Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London. We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality,
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Lionsgate’s Nicola Pearcey among new Film London board members

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Four new members appointed to the UK screen industries agency’s board.

UK screen industries agency Film London has appointed four new members of its board of directors.

They include:

Nicola Pearcey, president, UK and Emea strategy and operations, Lionsgate; Saurabh Kakkar, executive producer, Big Talk Productions; Lila Rawlings, executive producer, drama and film, Left Bank Pictures; and Helen Burnhill, vice president of business development and marketing, Mediatonic.

The new board members, whose roles include responsibility as charity trustees, will replace outgoing members Ian George, Anna Higgs, Angela Jain and Andy Payne who have all completed their tenures on the board.
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Charades boards sales on Pulse Films, Riz Ahmed’s music drama ‘Mogul Mowgli’ (exclusive)

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Charades boards sales on Pulse Films, Riz Ahmed’s music drama ‘Mogul Mowgli’ (exclusive)
Riz Ahmed stars as a rapper on the cusp of fame forced to return home to his family after he is struck down by a crippling illness.

Paris-based sales company Charades has boarded sales on New York-based Pakistani director Bassam Tariq’s music drama Mogul Mowgli, starring actor and rapper Riz Ahmed, ahead of its premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama section.

Endeavor Content will represent North American rights.

Ahmed plays a young British rapper, who is about to start his first world tour, when a crippling illness strikes him down, and he is forced to move back in with his family.
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M*A*S*H at 50: the Robert Altman comedy that revels in cruel misogyny

The anti-war film – which is regarded as one of the greatest comedies of all time – has a problem with women

M*A*S*H is a rare example of a movie that has been eclipsed by its television adaptation. The 1983 finale of the long-running sitcom about a medical unit near the front lines of the Korean war was the highest-rated single television episode in history, with 125m viewers tuning in. It’s understandable that Robert Altman’s 1970 film, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, lives in its shadow. The subversive anti-war comedy avoided sentimentality and teachable moments in favor of cruel pranks and a more hardened cynicism. Coming at the start of cinema’s most famous decade, it is a seminal film of New Hollywood, and it bears all the hallmarks of its era: a strong anti-establishment sentiment, the foregrounding of morally ambiguous protagonists, and, unfortunately, a deep and unexamined misogyny.
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Harvey Weinstein trial to kick off two years after lighting fire under #MeToo

Former film producer will finally be confronted in court with allegations he raped and sexually assaulted multiple women

Two years and three months after women began publicly accusing the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, lighting a fire under the #MeToo movement, the fallen movie mogul will finally be confronted in court on Wednesday with allegations that he raped and sexually assaulted multiple women over many years.

Related: Harvey Weinstein trial: how finding an impartial jury became a spectacle
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