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Jennifer Lawrence Is Directing a Comedy

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Now that “The Hunger Games” franchise has come to an end, Jennifer Lawrence has set her sights on her next big project.

The Oscar winner wants to step behind the camera, opening the next chapter in her career.

“I’d also like to direct a comedy,” she told Entertainment Weekly, who named her their Entertainer of the Year. “I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.”

Lawrence, 25, said she’ll be helming “Project Delirium” — an adaption of an article.

“I’ve signed on to direct something called ‘Project Delirium’ — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Soars to $300 Million Worldwide

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is crossing the $300 million mark on Wednesday.

The finale of Jennifer Lawrence’s four-film franchise has hit $122.5 million in the domestic market in its first five days while 87 international markets have delivered about $170 million. “Mockingjay 2” began opening in some foreign territories on Nov. 18.

With the five-day Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon in the U.S., “Mockingjay 2” grossed $11.3 million on Tuesday at 4,175 locations, up an impressive 33% from Monday. It debuted to $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015 — and the lowest of the four movies in the franchise.

“Mockingjay — Part 2” and Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” are expected to battle for first place over the long weekend. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened last year on the weekend before Thanksgiving with $121.9 million and declined 32% to $82.7 million over the five days, so if “Part 2” performs similarly, it should have a five-day weekend at about $68 million.

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- Dave McNary

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7 Huge Reveals From Marvel's First 'Captain America: Civil War' Trailer

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On Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday, the first full trailer for Captain America: Civil War dropped, setting Marvel fans into a furious frenzy of Phase 3 analysis and speculation. Have you watched the trailer in its entirety yet? Ok, okay. Here it is again. But as soon as we hit that triple-hero battle in the final frames of this glorious Civil War trailer, we knew we needed to start pulling out all of the juicy developments that co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo decided to reveal in this 2 minute and 30 second blitz. Without further ado, here are the moments that grabbed us by the star-spangled collar. What did You see? Bucky Remembers Cap! Finally! The man who was The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is back to being the childhood bestie of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). He even remembers how Cap used to stuff newspaper in his shoes! Adorable. The only problem is, the actions »

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Box Office: 'Creed' Punches Up Record $1.4 Million on Tuesday, Edges 'The Good Dinosaur'

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Creed” has punched in $1.4 million at Tuesday night showings, edging “The Good Dinosaur” with $1.3 million.

New Line-mgm’s “Creed” scored an industry record for previews on a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night. Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is just ahead of the $1.2 million start for Disney’s mega-hit “Frozen” two years ago and just behind the “Big Hero 6” opening last year.

Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein” opened with a modest $175,000 at 2,100 locations in Tuesday night previews.

Creed,” the seventh entry in the “Rocky” franchise stars Sylvester Stallone as the trainer of the son (Michael B. Jordan) of his opponent-turned-friend Apollo Creed. It’s forecast to bring in around $35 million over the five-day holiday at 3,350 theaters.

The Good Dinosaur,” which opens at about 3,600 locations, focuses on the friendship between a dinosaur and a caveboy in an alternate universe. With “Inside Out” having opened in June, “Dinosaur” represents the first time two Pixar movies »

- Dave McNary

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Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ to get Bollywood Remake Treatment (Exclusive)

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Saif Ali Khan (“Phantom”) will star in the Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau’s hit “Chef.”

Abundantia Entertainment, Eros International and Alumbra Entertainment will co-produce. A director has not yet been finalised.

Chef,” released in 2014, grossed some $46 million worldwide. Favreau played a professional chef who quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and reinvents himself with a food truck. Khan will play the role in the Hindi-language remake.

Abundantia, headed by former Viacom 18 chief operating officer Vikram Malhotra, acquired the rights from Favreau’s Fairview Entertainment. The Hindi version will adapt “Chef” for the Indian palate while retaining the flavour of the original.

Favreau said: “I’m excited to see how this personal film translates to the Indian culture. The themes of food, music and family should resonate well.”

“Ever since I first saw “Chef” I knew that this film had to be made in India. Charming relationships, »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Ryan Gosling Orbiting Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong Movie at Universal?

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Exclusive: Universal’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man is still being written and still being developed, but I’m hearing that Ryan Gosling is being courted to play the famed astronaut for Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle, who is directing a script by Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. There is a natural symmetry here, as Chazelle and Gosling are currently together making La La Land, the musical film set in contemporary Los Angeles and starring Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma… »

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BFI to receive 8% grant-in-aid cut over 4 years

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BFI says spending review reduction is “better than anticipated”.

The UK’s lead film organisation the British Film Institute will received an eight percent cut to its grant-in-aid funding over the next four years, following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review.

The cut represents a total reduction of £1.34m over the period. Lottery revenues will remain unchanged.

The trim is not as severe as many had predicted but will still test an organisation that had already had its grant-in-aid budget for 2015/16 reduced by 10%.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill described the outcome as a “better than anticipated result for UK film”.

Grant-in-aid spending, which is designed to pay for non-film production activities, includes the National Film Archive, education and the BFI Southbank.

In April of this year, BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts warned that additional cuts to the BFI’s budget could resullt in the scrapping of some functions.

“I think we »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Star Wars’ Charity Contest Gives Fans a Chance to Attend ‘Force Awakens’ Premiere

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For a $10 charitable donation, “Star Wars” fans have the chance to attend the premiere of “The Force Awakens” in Los Angeles or London. In a video released Wednesday, director J.J. Abrams announced the campaign — the fourth fundraiser he’s done in partnership with Omaze — which gives any donor the chance to win a first look at the film.

“A year and a half ago, we launched production with a brand new charitable initiative called ‘Star Wars: Force for Change’ that aims to inspire all of us to make a positive difference in the world,” Abrams says in the video. “And since then, with your help, we’ve raised nearly 7 million dollars to support Unicef’s lifesaving work for children around the world.”

Two grand prize winners, who can each bring three guests, will receive flights and a 4-star hotel stay for the red carpet premiere in either Los Angeles »

- Margaret Lenker

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Deadline’s The Contenders: Cary Fukunaga & Abraham Attah On The Challenges Of ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

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At our big Deadline Presents The Contenders awards-season event November 7 at the DGA, we welcomed Netflix for the first time. Largely known for their Emmy campaigns, Netflix is dipping its toes now into the Oscar game with Beasts Of No Nation, its first narrative theatrical release (the company has had a couple of documentary nominees in past years). The film about child soldiers has gained considerable industry notoriety this Oscar season. The big question is how will… »

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‘The Little Prince’ Trailer: New Spin On Classic Tale With Big Names

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Jeff Lebowski notwithstanding, here’s the role that Jeff Bridges was born to voice. He’s the Aviator in The Little Prince, Paramount’s adaptation of the classic French story. As per usual with Tinseltown toons these days, there’s a tremendous voice cast; joining Le Dude are Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort. Mackenzie Foy stars as the Little Girl, whose life is planned out… »

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Screen Talk: Spirit Awards Surprises; Whither Iñárritu's 'The Revenant'?

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Now that Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "The Revenant" has screened for press, Academy members and insiders, can the brutally violent, late-breaking drama (December 25) starring Leonardo DiCaprio capture a mainstream audience and, for that matter, Oscar votes? Meanwhile, Anne and Eric also break down the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, which include many likely Oscar contenders and more than a few snubs and surprises. Read More: What the Indie Spirit Nominations Tell Us About the Oscars »

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'Black Mass' Director Scott Cooper To Helm Bourne-Esque 'White Knight'

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With Jason Bourne set to return to cinemas next year, and the "Mission: Impossible" and James Bond franchises still going strong, perhaps it's not a surprise that rival studios are looking to launch their own secret agent series. And while Warner Bros. missed with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." this summer, they've got another project with potential in the pipeline. Deadline reports that "Black Mass" director Scott Cooper will rewrite and direct "White Knight" for WB, which they hope will launch a franchise. Originally penned by Bill Dubuque ("The Judge," the upcoming "The Accountant" starring Ben Affleck), the familiar sounding story follows a Secret Service agent who falls out with his employers, and becomes the target of a global manhunt after taking a gig protecting the family of an arms dealer. Cooper has quite a few directorial irons in the fire, and tends to attract great talent to work with him, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Eddie Redmayne Gets Dressed For ‘The Danish Girl’; Amy Berg Bows ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’: Specialty Preview

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Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper launch their awards contender The Danish Girl this holiday weekend, coming on the heels of what has turned into a pretty good November following a slow fall start in September and October. Last weekend's launch of TWC's Carol as well as the successful expansions of Open Road's Spotlight and Searchlight's Brooklyn and others gave some zest that The Danish Girl should add to this Thanksgiving. In the non-fiction arena, FilmRise's J… »

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Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores How Micheal Mann's ‘Public Enemies’ Brought Digital Filmmaking To Life

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Michael Mann has been on a bit of a limp streak with audiences and critics. Back in 2006 he turned his once hit TV show into glossy, digitally shot, but ultimately hollow feature film “Miami Vice.” Then came 2009’s “Public Enemies,” another digital entry in his cannon. But while the movie did some okay numbers, the film’s look, the intimacy and grittiness of its digital format, left many unmoved. And finally, this year, after a six year hiatus, he came back swinging with “Blackhat.” But even now, in an era when digital has all but taken over the industry, Mann’s low budget look that drops viewers into the action was unfairly overlooked. The film did awful numbers and was generally derided in reviews, though it has its fans around here (we even threw it on our 25 best action films of the century so far list). Read More: Retrospective: The »

- Gary Garrison

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Wait, Is Spider-Man In The Captain America: Civil War Trailer?

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The hot news of the day, of course, is last night.s release of the first trailer for the next Marvel Studios project, Captain America: Civil War. Everybody is analyzing every single frame of the trailer to see what there is to see. Of course, one of the things that many have also noticed, is what isn.t there. We all know that the McU.s Spider-Man will be making his bow in this film, but the web-head is nowhere to be seen in the trailer. Unless he is in there? Some eagle-eyed fans think they may have spotted the wall crawler after all. Check out the video and see if it.s him. Spoiler Alert: It.s not. What the frame-by-frame analyzing of the trailer has successfully revealed is, a guy in a red shirt. We.re pretty sure that.s all we.re looking at here. While the »

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Springboard: Why 'Christmas, Again' Filmmaker Charles Poekel Freaked Out Over His Spirit Award Nomination

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Read More: Review: Brooklyn-Set 'Christmas, Again' is Not Your Typical Holiday Movie Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. The holidays aren't always filled with joy, cheer and goodwill towards others, sometimes they're just kind of sad. Such is the case with Charles Poekel's finely tuned "Christmas, Again," a new kind of holiday movie that neatly straddles the line between heartbreaking and heartwarming, often in the same scene. Starring indie standby Kentucker Audley, "Christmas, Again" follows his appropriately named Noel, a sidewalk Christmas tree salesman who is tasked with selling off holiday greenery to Brooklyn residents while also nursing a broken heart. Noel's tiny world is intruded on by various customers (most of them asking questions that are both wholly ludicrous and entirely believable), his fellow salespeople (incidentally, a young couple who are in love, a grim reminder of the gal »

- Kate Erbland

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How a 56-Minute YouTube Vision of a Harmony Korine Novel Points to the Future of Documentary

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Read More: Is Cph:dox Ruining Documentary Film or Saving It? Cph:dox, the informal, angularly hip moniker of the event officially labeled the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, takes place in Dongara every year, some 8,237 miles from Copenhagen. Since 2003, Cph:dox — "Dox" for even shorter — has sought to showcase the best of the planet's non-fiction filmmaking, while simultaneously challenging and redefining exactly what "documentary cinema" means in the 21st century. Many Dox films wouldn't even be regarded as documentaries by squarer, more traditional festivals, including several winners of the top prize in the centerpiece "Dox:Award" competition, most notably Michelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte" (2011) and Harmony Korine's "Trash Humpers" (2009). A Cracked ExperimentSix years on, Korine was represented by one of the more noteworthy of the festival's 60 world premieres: "A Crackup at the Race »

- Neil Young

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Watch: 8 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes From ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ And More

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Have you got a favorite action movie of the year? We’d presume that would be a battle between “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.”  The latter, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is clearly written around its set pieces: the action sequences are thought out and designed first and the movie’s plot is reverse engineered to fill the spaces between the explosions and punching. While that seems iffy, all one has to do is see a similar and less-successful take on this dubious approach in “Spectre” to appreciate how well and entertainingly it’s pulled off in ‘Rogue Nation.’ Read More: Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More ‘Rogue Nation’ might not have the greatest story in the world, but looking back, it’s still one of the most enjoyable summer tentpoles if you’re looking for just a blast of escapist entertainment. »

- Edward Davis

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Jennifer Lawrence plans to direct film on 'mental warfare in the 60s'

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The Hunger Games star says she wants to direct a comedy and has signed on to Project Delirium in a move to pursue her dream to step behind the camera

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is stepping behind the camera.

The Oscar-winner told Entertainment Weekly that she wants to direct a comedy and has already signed on to a project.

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- Mahita Gajanan in New York

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Watch: 'Brooklyn' Star Saoirse Ronan on Instinct, Insecurity, and Meaty Roles for Women: "It's getting better"

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The first time most of us saw Saoirse Ronan was in Joe Wright's British period war drama"Atonement," as the little girl who gets her sexy older sister (Keira Knightley) into a heap of trouble. It's been seven years since Ronan earned her first and only Oscar nomination. Since then she played a trained assassin in Wright's "Hanna," and acted for directors Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones"), Gillian Armstrong ("Death Defying Acts"), Peter Weir ("The Way Back"), Kevin Macdonald ("How I Live Now") and Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"). When she inevitably returns to the Academy Awards, she'll be a young woman. In a way the movie version of Colm Tóibín's book "Brooklyn," nurtured for years by writer Nick Hornby, has been waiting for Ronan to grow up. She's now 21. When we talked about her growth as an actress, Ronan admitted that she has gained confidence—from. »

- Anne Thompson

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