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Max Richter, ‘The Leftovers’ Composer, Signs With Decca Publishing

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German composer Max Richter, whose ambient, post-minimalist style has made him popular with directors as from Michael Scorsese to Michael Bay, is the first artist to sign a long-term, global publishing deal with Universal Music’s newly launched Decca Publishing.

Richter has been the composer of record on HBO’s “The Leftovers,” now in season three, and excerpts from his 10-hour album “On the Nature of Daylight” can be heard in Scorsese’s 2010 film” Shutter Island” and 2016’s “Arrival” (which its integral use to bookend the narrative resulted in Oscar disqualification for Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score).

Richter’s music was also a standout among Super Bowl 51 syncs, providing the evocative backing track to Paramount’s promo for this summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” For all that, Richter is still a relative unknown in mainstream entertainment circles, something Universal and Decca plan to change.

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China Sets Day-and-Date Releases for ‘Transformers,’ ‘Despicable Me’

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At least four major Hollywood films will enjoy day-and-date theatrical releases in China in June. Regulators have approved new outings for “Wonder Woman,” “Cars 3,” “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and Despicable Me 3.”

Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” will release in China on June 2, in a day-and-date outing aligned with the North American and international outings.

Disney’s “Cars 3” will release in China on June 16, simultaneous with the sequel’s North American release.

Transformers” has been given a June 23 slot in China, again a day-and-date with North America.

Universal’s Illumination Entertainment-produced “Despicable Me” will reach Chinese audiences on June 30.

In an earlier announcement, Disney revealed that Shanghai will host the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on May 11, ahead of a commercial release on May 26.

The Hollywood studios are not permitted to handle release of their own films in China. Those titles imported »


- Patrick Frater

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Divine Order’

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The long-fought battle for women’s suffrage in America ended in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Switzerland granted its female population the right to vote. “The Divine Order” revisits this fight for equality through the fictional lens of a housewife in one of the country’s remote villages, where her mounting desire for autonomy and actualization is opposed by backward-thinking cretins of both genders. Though the film’s feel-good construction undercuts its ability to surprise, Petra Volpe’s cine-history lesson, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, remains a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.

Nora (Marie Leuenberger) spends her days doing laundry, making beds and vacuuming around her domineering father-in-law, and her nights cooking and caring for husband Hans (Max Simonischek) and their two sons. At first, see seems agreeably submissive to this life of routine servitude. But unfamiliar stirrings of outrage over her »


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Tribeca Film Review: ‘One Percent More Humid’

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“You used to be so original,” spits a spurned character to her partner near the end of “One Percent More Humid,” but from the outset, writer-director Liz W. Garcia’s indie drama plays like a tag sale of cinematic clichés, each one piled haphazardly atop another. A dreamy tale of guilt and grief whose affectations prevent any sort of genuine engagement with those emotions, this story about two girls coping with their role in the death of a friend has sporadic moments of genuine passion and humor. Mostly, though, it unravels at a pace far faster than it can spin the stories of its protagonists, limiting the prospects of this Tribeca Film Festival entry.

In an upstate New England university town, twentysomething Iris (Juno Temple) is joined by best friend Catherine (Julia Garner) to waste away the summer smoking weed and skinny-dipping at the local lake. Catherine’s so rich »


- Nick Schager

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Korea’s Yu Ji-tae Joins Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

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South Korean actor, Yu Ji-tae has joined the cast of maverick filmmaker Lars von Trier’s upcoming “The House That Jack Built.” Yu is the first Asian actor to appear in a von Trier movie.

Set in the U.S. in the 1970s, “House” revolves around a serial killer played by Matt Dillon. Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, and Riley Keough are also on board.

Yu won the role following a joint pitch by producer Zentropa Entertainment and and Korean distributor Atnine Film. Neither company has revealed details of his role, which Yu finished shooting in Sweden in late March.

Known for his role in Park Chan-wook’s 2003 hardboiled thriller “Old Boy,” Yu has expanded his career into directing, producing and film festival organizing. His recent filmography includes crime drama “Split,” which is now in competition at Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival. “House” is set for a 2018 release.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ to Hold World Premiere in Shanghai

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Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hold its world premiere at the Shanghai Disney Resort in China on May 11.

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend. Disney noted the event will mark the first time a Hollywood movie has premiered in Mainland China.

The red carpet will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort, with the screening in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disneyland includes the pirate-themed Treasure Cove, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Having cleared Chinese censorship, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be released wide on May 26 in the country, day-and-date with its release in the U.S.

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Trip to Spain’

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The Trip to Spain” is the third entry in the cult series of culinary road comedies featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as thinly fictionalized versions of their scalding, misanthropically funny, showbiz-fixated London-comedian-actor selves. The first thing to say about the film is that it’s utterly of a piece with “The Trip” (2010) and “The Trip to Italy” (2014); if you’re a fan of the first two movies, it’s hard to imagine that you won’t like this one. (Each is a boiled-down version of a six-episode TV series made for the BBC, all of them directed by Michael Winterbottom.) This time, Coogan and Brydon spend five days driving up the misty green Spanish coastline, staying in rustic designer hotels and sampling New Traditional restaurants — which Brydon has arranged to review for The New York Times — against a backdrop of absurdly tranquil and picturesque towns and villages.

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Jeff Goldblum to Return for ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

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Jeff Goldblum is coming back to the world of dinosaurs and will appear in Universal-Amblin Entertainment’s next “Jurassic World” film.

J.A. Bayona is directing the next installment. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel to the 2015 blockbuster “Jurassic World.” The sequel also stars Justice Smith, James Cromwell, and Toby Jones.

Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s “Jurassic Park” and in 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” but was absent from “Jurassic World.” He played the quick-witted mathematician Ian Malcolm, who managed to survive in both films.

At one point in “Jurassic Park,” he’s told by Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond, “All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!” Goldblum responded, “Yeah, but, John, if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”

Colin Trevorrow, who directed “Jurassic World,” wrote the script for the sequel with Derek Connolly. »


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‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ Puts Virtual Reality Spin on Fox Franchise

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Alien” fans have watched a long line of endoparasitoid extraterrestrials bloodily burst forth from the host bodies of unfortunate astronauts since the first entry in the franchise debuted in 1979.

Now, for the first time fans will be able to experience it from the creature’s perspective in “Alien: Covenant In Utero,” a two-minute 360-degree video debuting April 26 exclusively on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear Vr.

“For me, it was about giving the audience an element of wish fulfillment,” said David Karlak, director of “In Utero,” at a press unveiling of the project hosted by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Previously, “we’ve always been on the receiving end of [the] violence.”

Although “In Utero” is designed to promote Fox’s upcoming sequel “Alien: Covenant,” it was not a postproduction afterthought dreamed up by the marketing department. Inspired by a scene in the film, it was made »


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Disney Content Moves in India ‘Misinterpreted’ Says Andy Bird

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Disney is not abandoning local content production in India, despite a decision last year to close its Bollywood film making side. The country is often overshadowed by the growth of China, but prospects for India are very bright, says Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International.

“I’ve never been more excited about India,” said Bird, speaking at the Asia Pacific Video Operators Summit (Apos) convention in Indonesia on Wednesday “That comes after a decade of frustration.”

Bird pointed to the launch last year of Jio by industrial giant Reliance Industries as a recent example of market expansion. Jio, which offers low cost and widely available broadband, now claims over 108 million subscribers in the space of just a few months.

Bird said that his decision to close down Disney’s Indian film production operations last year has been misunderstood by the industry. The decision was taken in November last year, »


- Patrick Frater

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Tensions Rise in Hollywood as Emboldened Writers Guild Renews Negotiations

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With a possible writers strike starting in a week, tensions are rising markedly in Hollywood due to the massive uncertainty that’s been injected into the entertainment business.

Studios and companies have been holding contingency meetings to plot out the scenarios that incorporate a work stoppage that could come as early as May 2. “The talk of a strike is becoming a dominant topic,” one exec admitted.

Contract negotiations resumed Tuesday following an eight-day break and will continue Wednesday. “I think they will go down to the wire,” one source told Variety.

There were no public comments from either side Tuesday as negotiations started again at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers with both sides observing a media blackout.

A strike would require all 12,000 WGA members to stop work immediately. It would cause an immediate blackout of late-night television programming, followed by delays in programming for »

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Poll: Who Should Play Madonna in Upcoming Biopic?

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News broke on Monday that Universal is developing a biopic about Madonna, and while the superstar herself is none too happy about the news, the question still stands: Who has the chops to play the Queen of Pop?

The movie will focus on Madonna’s efforts in the early 1980s to get her first album released, putting the star in her early-mid-20s. This opens the door for a younger actress to take on the role.

There’s “Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson, who proved to be a stand-out in the erotic book adaptations, as well as Margot Robbie, who built hugely on her fanbase by starring as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” and will be playing Tonya Harding in an upcoming biopic.

On the less conventional side, there’s also Lady Gaga. The singer has been branching out into acting, with her roles in “American Horror Story” and the upcoming “A Star Is Born, »


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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Love After Love’

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Blending the intimate volatility of John Cassavetes with the elegant lyricism of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Russell Harbaugh crafts an alternately ugly and lovely — and altogether authentic — snapshot of the tumultuous process of grieving a lost loved one. Bolstered by superb lead turns from Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell, as well as a formal structure that enhances the roiling emotions propelling its characters into a downward spiral, “Love After Love” is an assured debut feature that announces its writer-director as a formidable new American indie voice. In the wake of its Tribeca Film Festival premiere, it seems primed to attract enthusiastic theatrical — and award season — attention.

The narrative starts before the film’s calamity, with Suzanne (MacDowell) and son Nicholas (O’Dowd) pondering the nature of true happiness, and how long it might last. The answer to the latter question is not very long at all, given that Suzanne’s husband, »


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Madonna Disapproves of ‘Blonde Ambition’ Biopic

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Madonna is unhappy over Universal’s development of the biopic “Blonde Ambition.”

“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”

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Universal had no comment. The studio won an auction Monday for Elyse Hollander’s “Blonde Ambition” screenplay about Madonna’s first album.

“Blonde Ambition” led the 2016 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Hollander’s script received 49 votes among the 250 executives voting. The project details Madonna’s efforts in the early 1980s in New York City to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and »


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Andie MacDowell on Hollywood Ageism, Nude Scenes and ‘Love After Love’

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Andie MacDowell waited until age 59 to do her first nude scene. As a grieving matriarch trying to get over her husband’s death and re-entering the dating scene in “Love After Love,” MacDowell has several sexual encounters in the indie drama that leave her emotionally and physically baring all.

“I kept making a joke to everybody that I waited until I fell apart before I took my clothes off,” the actress told Variety during an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival where “Love After Love” is debuting. The experience left her advising her actress daughters, Sarah Margaret Qualley and Rainey Qualley, not to wait as long before shedding their clothes on screen.

“I keep telling my girls, ‘you’re so beautiful, you should just do it,'” she says with a laugh. “‘Go. Do it. Don’t wait.'”

Ultimately, getting naked on screen didn’t feel as vulnerable as »


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Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’

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Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been tapped to voice Timon and Pumbaa in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Lion King,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Mufasa that he voiced in the original. Beyonce is still circling the role of Nala.

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In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.

Jon Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, with the studio recently dating it for July 19, 2019.

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, »


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‘The Big Sick’ to Open 2017 Nantucket Film Festival

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The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the complete list of films it will screen at this year’s event, including opener “The Big Sick” and closer “An Inconvenent Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “Big Sick,” the romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter, centers around the writers’ real-life courtship and stars Nanjiani as a character based on himself, with Zoe Kazan as Emily. The couple struggles with cultural differences and the unexpected impact of a mysterious illness in the Lionsgate/Amazon Studios release, which also stars Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

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Paramount Studios and Participant Media’s documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth the Power,” directed by Bonni Cohen and John Shenk, will close the festival, continuing where “An Inconvenient Truth” left off by charting Vice President Al Gore’s mission to solve our climate crisis before it’s too late. »


- Erin Nyren

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‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Eyeing ‘Timmy Failure’ at Disney

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Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy is in talks to direct an adaptation of the children’s book “Timmy Failure” for Disney.

McCarthy would also co-write the pic with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis.

The popular book series centers on an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound, imaginary polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus.

Jim Whitaker, who has a strong track record with the studio producing such tentpoles as “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” will produce.

Though better known for his adult fare like “Win Win” and “Spotlight,” McCarthy has always been drawn to family friendly stories, going back to when he penned the baseball movie “Million Dollar Arm.” He recently did a rewrite on “Christopher Robin,” a live-action take on the “Winnie the Pooh” tale, and was also a writer on Pixar’s “Up. »


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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date

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Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “Isle of Dogs” got a brand new poster on Tuesday, along with a premiere date — April 20, 2018.

The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.

As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.

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While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.

The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »


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Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

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Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.

Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (3D) is final title of previous Wreck-it Ralph Sequel – previously dated on 3/9/18 moves to 11/21/18

A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18

Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18

Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20

Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19

Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20

The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19

Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »


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