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'Frozen II' and Adult Targeted Holdovers Look to Maintain Momentum Off Strong Thanksgiving Showing

'Frozen II' and Adult Targeted Holdovers Look to Maintain Momentum Off Strong Thanksgiving Showing
Last weekend saw Frozen II deliver the largest three and five-day Thanksgiving performances ever as the animated film has now pushed over $300 million domestically. This weekend the animated hit is sure to hold on to the top spot for the third weekend straight, nearing $350 million in its first 17 days. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving also saw strong debuts from the likes of Knives Out and Queen & Slim, while additional adult-targeted features such as Ford v Ferrari and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood continued their solid performances. That said, this weekend's debut of Stx's animated pickup Playmobil is at something of a disadvantage as Frozen is sure to eat up the majority of its audience and even Focus's nationwide expansion of Dark Waters will have to navigate a crowded marketplace to gain a foothold.

Disney After a massive $125 million five-day performance last weekend added yet another record to the impressive start for Frozen II,
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‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” director Joe Johnston is in negotiations to helm Disney’s upcoming reboot of the film franchise, “Shrunk,” with Josh Gad in talks to star.

Gad pitched the story idea to Disney earlier this year, and the studio jumped on board the idea of reviving the classic 1989 pic starring Rick Moranis. “Shrunk” will mark the third sequel following the original film, with “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” and direct-to-video “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” bowing in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Johnston was not involved with either film.

The studio met with other directors but felt bringing Johnston back was a perfect fit for all involved. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films and Television banner, with Todd Rosenberg penning the script.

In the original film, Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, a scientist and father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter, along with the two brothers from next door,
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HBO Watergate Series ‘The White House Plumbers’ Will Star Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux

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Just in time for impeachment season, here comes a new HBO Watergate series. The White House Plumbers will star Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt, a shady CIA officer, and Justin Theroux as G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent – two of the men who helped plan the Watergate break-in that eventually brought down Richard Nixon. […]

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Five talking points out of Singapore’s Asia TV Forum

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Asia’s content boom heats up and Asian stories go global, but there’s an oversupply of platforms and China remains difficult.

This year’s Asia TV Forum & Market (Atf) in Singapore took place against the backdrop of a local-language content boom, the emergence of a myriad new streaming platforms, and massive consolidation amongst global broadcasters as they adjust to the realities of the new streaming landscape.

So far, not so different to anything that is happening in the West, but the five talking points below reveal some local nuances and variations.

Asia’s streaming market, including China, is estimated
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Lee Byung-hun’s ‘Man Standing Next’ Secures 2020 Asia Theatrical Releases (Exclusive)

Showbox’s political drama “The Man Standing Next” has secured releases in multiple territories in Asia. The film was picked up by Falcon for Indonesia, The Klockworx for Japan, Viva Communications for the Philippines, Shaw Renters for Singapore and by Moviecloud for Taiwan. Release dates in each territory have yet to be confirmed.

Set 40 days before former South Korean President Park Chung-hee’s assassination in 1979, “Man Standing Next” tackles the relationships and conflicts among second-in-command characters who were at the peak of the power struggle.

Based on local political journalist-turned-writer Kim Choong-seek’s best-selling non-fiction “Kcia Chiefs,” the film marks the reunion of director Woo Min-ho (“Drug King”) and actor Lee Byung-hun (“G.I. Joe”), after the success of “Inside Men” in 2016. “Inside Men” and director’s cut “Inside Men: The Original” together managed some 9 million ticket sales in South Korea.

“Man Standing Next” features Lee, one of the most internationally known Korean actors,
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Zhao Shuzhen on Stealing Scenes in Her First American Movie, ‘The Farewell’

Zhao Shuzhen on Stealing Scenes in Her First American Movie, ‘The Farewell’
A year ago, 76-year-old actor Zhao Shuzhen shot her first American movie, “The Farewell,” based on writer-director Lulu Wang’s very personal family story. In November, Shuzhen found herself making her first visit to the States, where she earned standing ovations from audiences and posed for pictures with stars like Robert Pattinson at parties. Then she landed a nomination for best supporting actress from the Independent Spirit Awards.

It’s easy to see why people have fallen for Shuzhen. In the film she plays the beloved Nai Nai (Chinese for “grandmother”) to Awkwafina’s American-raised Billi. When Nai Nai is diagnosed with cancer, her family decides not to tell her, instead throwing a wedding as an excuse to get the whole family together one last time.

During her visit to Los Angeles, Shuzhen spoke to Variety (via translator Eugene Suen) about the character and her favorite moments onscreen.

Shuzhen: “Initially,
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Tom Holland Reveals Drunken, Emotional Call With Bob Iger That May Have Saved ‘Spider-Man’

Spider-Man’s involvement in the McU came under threat earlier this year when rights-owner Sony was seemingly unable to reach an agreement with Marvel to allow the web slinger to continue appearing in Marvel films. The two companies eventually managed to work out their dispute, and it may have been due in part to franchise star Tom Holland.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Holland opened up to Kimmel about a not-completely-sober call between him and Disney CEO Bob Iger, which Iger had told Kimmel about in an earlier interview.

According to Holland, when he found out that Sony might not let Spider-Man remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he asked if he could send Iger an email.

“I just wanted to say thank you, I wanted to say, ‘This has been an amazing five years of my life, thank you for changing my life in the best way,
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‘Hustlers’ Dp Todd Banhazl Discusses How Not to Shoot With the Male Gaze

‘Hustlers’ Dp Todd Banhazl Discusses How Not to Shoot With the Male Gaze
Cinematographer Todd Banhazl had to rethink conventional wisdom in shooting Jennifer Lopez starrer “Hustlers.”

What sort of approach did you and director Lorene Scafaria discuss in terms of how you were going to shoot the women and create these strong images of strippers?

From the beginning, we talked about this idea of control and the whole thing visually pivoting on this idea of these characters trying to gain control and the ways [by which] they try to obtain control. And also looking at these criminals, or like what society would call criminals, using means of gaining control the way that men usually do. Like all these famous gangster movies, where we really like love the main character, we kind of honor these character traits where they break the rules and they make their own rules and do whatever is necessary obtain power. We wanted to make a movie where women were allowed these kinds of things.
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Superhero Bits: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Trailer Arrives Sunday, New ‘Watchmen’ Easter Eggs & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Trailer Arrives Sunday, New ‘Watchmen’ Easter Eggs & More
Want to read a Crisis on Infinite Earths tie-in comic? Are you ready for the first Wonder Woman 1984 trailer this weekend? Did you hear about the drunken phone call Tom Holland had wit Bob Iger about Spider-Man? Want a look at Kristen Wiig as Cheetah from Wonder Woman 1984 merchandise? How many movies did […]

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Film News Roundup: Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Screened at Vatican Film Library

Film News Roundup: Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Screened at Vatican Film Library
In today’s film news roundup, “A Hidden Life” is shown at the Vatican, “Limerence” finds a home, Dave Baustista’s “My Spy” moves, and the DGA honors two veteran members.

Vatican Screening

Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” received a rare private screening at the Vatican Film Library this week.

The movie centers on Austrian farmer and conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II due to his religious beliefs. He was executed for treason in 1943 and beatified in 2007 in Linz, Austria by Pope Benedict XVI.

A Hidden Life” stars August Diehl and Valerie Pachner with Maria Simon, Bruno Ganz, Karin Neuhäuser, Tobias Moretti, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ulrich Matthes rounding out the cast.

Fox Searchlight opens “A Hidden Life” in select theaters in North America on Friday. It was recently nominated as best feature contender at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Acquisition

Gravitas Ventures
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Watch Rian Johnson and Nathan Johnson’s ‘Fyc’ Q&a for ‘Knives Out’

Earlier this week, ArcLight Hollywood hosted the Collider Fyc screening of Knives Out, which saw writer-director Rian Johnson and composer Nathan Johnson sit down with Scott Mantz in front of a sold-out crowd. Knives Out is a whodunnit that focuses on the Thrombey family, whose best-selling patriarch, Harlan (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his mansion on his 85th birthday, prompting Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to investigate his family. The all-star ensemble also includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell. …
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‘Wet Season’ Star Yeo Yann Yann on the Need for Quality Chinese-Language Films

‘Wet Season’ Star Yeo Yann Yann on the Need for Quality Chinese-Language Films
Malaysia’s Yeo Yann Yann wiped away tears that weren’t purely of joyous triumph just minutes after receiving the 2019 Golden Horse Award for best actress in Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s “Wet Season.” The film plays in the New Chinese Cinema section of this week’s International Film Festival & Awards (Iffam).

Emotion welled up as she spoke to a handful of reporters backstage in the bowels of Taipei’s Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall about her fellow actresses back home in Malaysia and Singapore, countries with fiilm industries that are still small.

“Everyone struggles a lot. There are very few opportunities and Chinese-language roles, and lots of actresses who all have so much passion and want to be in this profession. There’s a bit of a feeling of being stranded there. I’m one of the lucky ones,” she said in Mandarin.

She recalled her last Golden Horse victory
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‘The Assistant’ Trailer: Julia Garner Works for a Sexually Predatory Entertainment Mogul

‘The Assistant’ Trailer: Julia Garner Works for a Sexually Predatory Entertainment Mogul
The monstrous behavior of Harvey Weinstein finally met its match a couple years ago when women in Hollywood took a stand against the heinous abuse and sexual harassment that came from one of entertainment’s most infamous producers. It sparked the #MeToo movement and made waves across show business, targeting the manipulative men who had been […]

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Juben Productions Stretches From Peter Chan to Chinese Zombies

Beijing Juben Productions has taken over rights to the popular “Wolf Totem” novel from China Film Group and is working on a sequel to be delivered in 2021 or Chinese New Year 2022. It also has a zombie film up its sleeve, as well as a British co-production about Shakespeare and a Chinese drama with half an eye on Cannes.

The firm, whose Mandarin name “Juben” translates to “script,” was founded by producer Luna Wang in 2013 and employs a team of ten. It focuses on artistic films with mainstream commercial potential and has mostly worked with early-career directors.

One of its first projects was 2013 comedy “American Dreams in China,” by Peter Chan Ho-sun who is this week head of the competition jury at the International Film Festival Macao.

Juben went on to back “12 Citizens,” a 2014 Chinese remake of “12 Angry Men,” and last year’s “Ayka,” which was shortlisted for the Oscars
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We’ve Seen ‘Birds of Prey’s Opening Scene and Harley Quinn’s New Gotham Is Wild

Warner Bros. brought their upcoming Dceu entry Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn at Ccxp 2019 in São Paulo, Brazil tonight and before they got into the nitty-gritty of the panel, they treated the audience to the opening scene of the film. Welcome to a new Gotham -- this is Harley Quinn's Gotham. Bright. Vibrant. Colorful. And absolutely mad. "If you want to tell a story right, you gotta start at the beginning," we hear Margot Robbie's narration over the opening logos. "They say behind every successful man there’s a badass …
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Thelma Schoonmaker on Editing ‘The Irishman’ With Martin Scorsese (Exclusive Short)

Thelma Schoonmaker on Editing ‘The Irishman’ With Martin Scorsese (Exclusive Short)
If anyone knows Martin Scorsese, it’s Thelma Schoonmaker. Schoonmaker has worked with the director since 1980’s “Raging Bull,” which won her the first of three Academy Awards, along with six additional nominations. Most recently, she won in 2007 for “The Departed.”

In this exclusive clip, Schoonmaker talks about the ideas for editing her most recent collaboration with Scorsese, “The Irishman.” The mob epic spans five decades following Frank Sheeran as he goes from being a truck driver to meeting gangster Russell Buffalino and becoming involved in the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

“Marty had a very strong conception for it,” Schoonmaker says. “He wanted it to be quiet and he didn’t want it to feel like a documentary about a hitman.”

Like most of his films, Scorsese respects the audience, so he doesn’t explain everything to the viewer. As he wrote in his New York Times op-ed,
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‘You’ Season 2 Trailer: Where There’s a Will, There’s Joe Creeping on a New Target

‘You’ Season 2 Trailer: Where There’s a Will, There’s Joe Creeping on a New Target
When You, based on the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name, premiered on Lifetime back in 2018, the drama about romantic obsession turned sinister, barely made an impression before the network unceremoniously canceled it. But then it got dropped on Netflix, where it became an overnight sensation. Now Penn Badgley returns as Joe Goldberg in season 2 of You, […]

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‘In Fabric’: Marianne Jean-Baptiste May or May Not Believe in Haunted Dresses

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‘In Fabric’: Marianne Jean-Baptiste May or May Not Believe in Haunted Dresses
Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric” is all about a killer dress. When the middle-aged Sheila Woodchapel (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) buys it, she knows it’s flattering, artery red, and perfect for her tentative reentry into the dating pool. What she doesn’t realize is it carries a mysterious and malevolent curse that will threaten everyone who comes in its path, including her. It’s a project and role unlike anything the veteran actress has ever done.

“We’ve had killer cars, killer toys, but nothing quite like this,” Jean-Baptiste said. “But absolutely, it was for those reasons. When I first saw Peter’s past work, I thought, I’d love to work with this guy, because, even though I’m not always sure what to make of them, I loved the way he tells stories, the way he paints images.”

Strickland was the singular creative force behind the opulent sadomasochistic romance,
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Horror-Action Film ‘Best Served Cold’ Poised for Singapore-Malaysia Co-Production Status

Singapore’s 108 Media has secured the support of the Malaysian authorities to develop horror-action film “Best Served Cold,” based on the short story “Don’t Eat The Rice” by Sabah-based author Jill Girardi and characters in her novel “Hantu Macabre.” The adaptation is by writer-director Aaron Cowan.

The film could be one of the first to make use of the new bilateral co-production treaty between Singapore and Malaysia. “We would like to congratulate Malaysia’s Siung Films and Singapore’s 108 Media. Both Malaysia and Singapore are excited about this effort as we are planning for Malaysia-Singapore Treaty discussion starting in January 2020,” said Hans Isaac, chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas). “Finas Malaysia encourages and welcomes co-production treaties with not just Singapore but other countries to establish closer relationship that eases buying, distribution, content creating and collaboration.”

The film is a mix of supernatural action-noir, revolving around Suzanna Sim,
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‘Honey Boy’ Exclusive: Director Alma Har’el On Capturing Shia Labeouf As A ‘Puppet’ In Hollywood [Video]

Filmmaker Alma Har’el has been on a strange journey since debuting “Honey Boy” at the Sundance Film Festival almost a year ago. The film chronicles Shia Labeouf’s unconventional life as a child star through a character named Otis (Noah Jupe) which found him hiring his deadbeat father (Labeouf) to assist and watch over him. As the years pass he grows up (now portrayed by Lucas Hedges), becomes a bigger star and hits rock bottom thanks to the affects of Ptsd from his younger years and alcohol addiction.

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