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Media Titans Look to Engage Consumers Directly With Bold New Strategies

More than any other media giant, the Walt Disney Co. is endowed with a corporate brand name that means something to consumers. The goodwill that the Disney moniker brings is the foundation of the Mouse’s bold attempt to challenge Netflix at its own game with the launch in 2019 of a stand-alone streaming service featuring… Read more »

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Healthcare Doc ‘Bending the Arc,’ Exec Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gets U.S. Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Abramorama has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to the healthcare documentary “Bending the Arc,” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as executive producers. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and select cities across… Read more »

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San Sebastian: Biniez’s ‘The Waves,’ Franco’s ‘April’s Daughter,’ Lelio’s ‘Fantastic Woman’ at Horizontes Latinos

Adrián Biniez’s “The Waves,” Michel Franco’s “April’s Daughter” and Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” will screen at the 65th San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos competition. One of the festival’s biggest sidebars, Horizontes Latinos offers a contemporary showcase of feature films not yet screened in Spain, produced totally or partially in Latin America, directed by filmmakers of… Read more »

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‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’: St. Vincent to Direct Female-Led Film Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Lionsgate has launched development of a movie based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Variety has learned exclusively. The studio is putting a twist on the classic Victorian age story of a hedonistic man whose self-portrait ages while he stays eternally young. In this project, the title character will be a… Read more »

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Watch Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in Eerie ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Trailer

A young woman singing a disconcerting, a cappella rendition of Ellie Goulding’s pop hit “Burn” sets the backdrop of the official trailer for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” As the scenes fly by and intensify, high-pitched, dissonant strings and a rolling timpani creep into the score. “A surgeon never kills a patient,” Colin Farrell’s… Read more »

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San Sebastián: Films in Progress Selects ‘Ferrugem,’ ‘Agosto,’ ‘Niña Errante’

MADRID — Three awaited Latin American films – Aly Muritiba’s “Ferrugem,” Armando Capos’ “Agosto” and Ruben Mendoza’s “Niña Errante” – feature at a six-title 2017 San Sebastián Films in Progress, one of the best-attended of pix-in-post competitions in the Spanish-speaking world. Organized with the Toulouse Cinelatino Festival, Films in Progress this year also adds a… Read more »

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Netflix Rounds Out Cast for Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Eggplant Emoji’

Daniel Doheny, Luke Spencer Roberts, Eduardo Franco, and Sadie Calvano have joined the cast of the Netflix comedy “Eggplant Emoji.” They join Geraldine Viswanathan, who is in negotiations to star. Netflix landed the spec by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider following a bidding war earlier this year. Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock will produce the… Read more »

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Set for September Release in China

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is set to get a theatrical release in mainland China in mid-September. Rights-holder 20th Century Fox confirmed that the film will open in Chinese theaters on Sept. 15. The date is some two months after its North American outing, and about three weeks after the end of China’s… Read more »

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