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Egyptian Auteur Yousry Nasrallah on Cooking Up a Wedding Comedy With Political Overtones

Yousry Nasrallah is one of Egypt’s most highly regarded filmmakers, know for depicting his country’s social and political complexities in multi-layered movies such as “Gate of the Sun” (2004), “Aquarium” (2008) and “After the Battle” (2012) which was a meditation on the Tahrir Square revolution. His latest, “Brooks, Meadows and Beautiful Faces,” which screens in… Read more »

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Mad Solutions Launches Innovative Arab Cinema Incubator Initiative in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An innovative incubator for Arab movies is being launched by Cairo-based marketing and distribution company Mad Solutions at the Dubai Film Market where footage of eight hotly anticipated projects from the region will unspool. Called Arab Cinema Lab, the new initiative for film development and financing will be a mix of… Read more »

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‘Blair Witch’ Director Dan Myrick Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Docu‐Drama ‘Skyman’

“The Blair Witch Project” director Dan Myrick is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming docu‐drama “Skyman.” “Skyman” will follow Carl Merryweather, a man who had an alien encounter as a 10-year-old boy and now believes he has an opportunity to reconnect with this same alien at the same location. The Indiegogo campaign has… Read more »

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Tops Disney Trio of Best-Selling Discs

After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios’ “Finding Dory” finally slipped a notch on the national home video sales charts – replaced at the top by another Disney film, “Pete’s Dragon,” a remake of the 1977 musical that earned nearly $77 million in U.S. theaters. Disney also claimed the No. 3 spot, with… Read more »

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Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix

Condola Rashad has joined Chiwetel Ejiofor in Netflix’s religious drama “Come Sunday,” with Joshua Marston directing. Ejiofor stars as Carlton Pearson, a popular evangelical minister of the Higher Dimensions Family Church in Tulsa, Okla., whose services drew as many as 5,000 people. He was deemed a heretic by his peers in 2004 as a result… Read more »

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Box Office: Raunchy ‘Office Christmas Party’ Tries to Topple ‘Moana’

‘Tis the season for over-imbibing in front of the boss. With that in mind, “Office Christmas Party” will try to get moviegoers into the holiday spirit when it opens this Friday. The raunchy comedy is expected to make between $13 million and $15 million over its first weekend in theaters, a solid start for a… Read more »

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ATF: Nippon TV to Make ‘Last Cop‘ Movie From Red Arrow Series

Japan’s Nippon Television is to produce a feature film “The Last Cop: The Movie” from Red Arrow Int’l‘s current TV series “The Last Cop.” The first season of the TV show, derived from German show “Der Letzte Bulle,” was produced by Nippon TV and Hulu Japan and went on air in June 2015. A second… Read more »

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Kate McKinnon to Star in Amblin’s ‘The Lunch Witch’

Kate McKinnon is set to star in Amblin’s “The Lunch Witch,” sources confirmed to Variety. Clay Kaytis is on board to direct. Based on the book by Deb Lucke, the story follows Grunhilda, who has inherited generations worth of magical recipes. But when no one believes in magic anymore, she is forced to apply to… Read more »

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