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    ‘Toy Story 4’ Crosses $1 Billion, Fifth Disney Film to Hit Global Box Office Landmark in 2019

    ‘Toy Story 4’ Crosses $1 Billion, Fifth Disney Film to Hit Global Box Office Landmark in 2019
    Disney has its fifth billion dollar movie of the year, as “Toy Story 4” crossed $1 billion at the global box office on Wednesday night since debuting on June 20.

    It has earned $421.8 million domestically and is the fifth-highest grossing film domestically of all time. This year alone, Disney boasts “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” “Captain Marvel” and “Aladdin” as other films that have soared to infinity and beyond past the billion dollar landmark.

    Toy Story 4” is also the fourth Pixar film to achieve the feat, joining “Incredibles 2,” “Finding Dory” and its predecessor, 2010’s “Toy Story 3” on the list.

    Internationally, the animated sequel is still set to debut in Germany and in Scandinavia, but it’s already become the second highest UK animated release with a gross of $75 million, and it
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    Richard Linklater Talks ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ Working With Cate Blanchett & More [Interview]

    Director Richard Linklater‘s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” adapted from Maria Semple’s popular Ya novel of the same name, concerns Bernadette (Cate Blanchett) a brilliant, middle-aged ex-architect with a beautiful home, a loving husband (Billy Crudup) and a brilliant teenage daughter (Emma Nelson). And yet, with all the good graces Bernadette has gotten in life, she is going through an existential mid-life crisis.

    Continue reading Richard Linklater Talks ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ Working With Cate Blanchett & More [Interview] at The Playlist.
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    Rian Johnson Hopes To Find the “Essence of ‘Star Wars'” With His New Trilogy

    Rian Johnson Hopes To Find the “Essence of ‘Star Wars'” With His New Trilogy
    Rian Johnson‘s next movie is this year’s ensemble mystery Knives Out, but after that, he’ll be returning to a galaxy far, far away for his new Star Wars trilogy. Much of Johnson’s trilogy remains cloaked in secrecy. In fact, the only thing we know about it is that it will be set entirely out of the regular Star […]

    The post Rian Johnson Hopes To Find the “Essence of ‘Star Wars'” With His New Trilogy appeared first on /Film.
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    Women in Film Expands Sexual Harassment Help Line to New York

    Women in Film Los Angeles, an organization that advocates for the careers of women working in the industry, is expanding its sexual harassment help line services to New York.

    The initiative, in partnership with New York Women in Film and Television, as well as the Actors Fun, will extend the hours to serve east coast callers. Women in Film L.A.’s help line responders offers information on victims’ rights, emotional support as well as referrals to inexpensive individual therapy and pro-bono employment attorneys in the Los Angeles and New York City area. Additionally, those who take advantage of the help line’s extended hours in New York will also receive access to The Actors Fund NY’s Safe Space, a support group facilitated by The Actors Fund clinicians.

    “To reach gender parity in the entertainment industry, women need to feel safe in the workplace and to have recourse when their rights have been violated,
    See full article at Variety - Film News »

    Rumor: Ewan McGregor Has Signed on to Lead an Obi-Wan Series for Disney+

    It’s a slow news day and with radio silence on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, people are desperate for any Star Wars info they can find. Cinelinx is reporting that rumor that Ewan McGregor has signed on to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney+ series. You may recall that an Obi-wan movie was on the horizon a couple years ago with Stephen Daldry (The Hours) on board to direct and McGregor presumed to return to play the Jedi Master. However, when Solo: A Star Wars Story flopped (or at least flopped relative to expectations), Disney
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    ’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ Review: Teens Sink or Swim (But Mostly Sink) in Toothless Sequel

    ’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ Review: Teens Sink or Swim (But Mostly Sink) in Toothless Sequel
    Opening with plenty of bland expository dialogue such as “She’s not my sister!,” and “You guys have to look out for each other,” there aren’t a lot of narrative surprises in “47 Meters Down: Uncaged.” The toothless shark thriller is the sequel to the 2017 Mandy Moore vehicle, which was saved at the last minute from a straight-to-vod release to find modest success at the box office. In Johannes Roberts’ follow-up, he has doubled the number of bikini-clad heroines from two to four, and released them from the confines of a faulty shark cage for the more claustrophobic climes of deep sea caves. (Hence the title.)

    Rather than opening up possibilities, “uncaging” the action has only sucked the air out of any dramatic tension the original was able to muster — and the oxygen tank is running dangerously low. Taking too long to reach its first bloody thrill, the movie
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    Benioff and Weiss May Not Write Scripts For All of Their New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

    Benioff and Weiss May Not Write Scripts For All of Their New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy
    In February of 2018, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were officially announced as the writers and producers of a new series of Star Wars movies. Technically, that’s still the only piece of official information from Disney and Lucasfilm about the duo’s involvement in a galaxy far, far away, but now a […]

    The post Benioff and Weiss May Not Write Scripts For All of Their New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy appeared first on /Film.
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    Screen Engine/Asi Acquires TicktBox, an Entertainment Marketing and Ticketing Startup

    Screen Engine/Asi, a market research firm that specializes in focus-group testing of movies and TV pilots, has acquired ticktBox, which operates a digital marketing and ticketing platform used by movie distributors, exhibitors, and TV networks.

    Terms of the deal, which closed Aug. 9, weren’t disclosed. With ticktBox, Se/Asi will have one of the largest databases of active moviegoers in the industry — comprising info on over 5 million unique consumers in the U.S. and Canada alone, according to Kevin Goetz, founder and CEO of Se/Asi.

    “We have a lot more touchpoints we’ll be able to use. It makes the data we have even more valuable,” Goetz said. “We’re moving much more to [being] a big-data company.”

    Customers of ticktBox include Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, Amazon Studios and Netflix.

    Founded in 2013, ticktBox operates two brands: the business-to-business ticktBox service; and Gofobo,
    See full article at Variety - Film News »

    ‘Frankie’ Trailer: Ira Sachs Directs Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei & More In A Family Drama

    We’re never people that turn down the opportunity to see Isabelle Huppert act in a film. Whether it’s recent films like “Elle” and “Greta” or the dozens and dozens of other films the award-winning actress has released over the last several decades, Huppert is always a delight. And in the new trailer for “Frankie,” it appears that the legendary actress is back on her game again, this time aligning with filmmaker Ira Sachs.

    Continue reading ‘Frankie’ Trailer: Ira Sachs Directs Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei & More In A Family Drama at The Playlist.
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