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Krystin Ver Linden to Direct Slavery Drama ‘Alice’ for Stampede, Steel Springs (Exclusive)

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Krystin Ver Linden is set to write and direct “Alice,” a slavery drama that will be produced and co-financed by Greg Silverman’s Stampede and Peter Lawson’s Steel Springs Pictures.

Alice” tells the true story of a slave in the antebellum South who escapes from her secluded plantation only to discover a shocking reality that lies beyond the tree line. The film will mark Stampede’s second feature to go into production after “Pink Skies Ahead,” as well as the first feature made under the Steel Springs Pictures banner. Filming is expected to commence in Louisiana in early 2020.

Ver Linden recently sold her 2018 Black List script “Ride” to Lionsgate with Jill Soloway set to direct. She also wrote the script for the biopic “Ashe,” about tennis great Arthur Ashe. Ver Linden also worked with Quentin Tarantino for seven years, assisting on “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds.”

“We’re so
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Michael Fassbender Joins Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ as ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins Tiff 2019

After an explosive last ten years or so that kicked off with Hunger and Inglourious Basterds, Michael Fassbender has left the spotlight recently. Call it a Snowman-induced break, but since that unfortunate bomb, he’s only been seen in the contractually-obligated Dark Phoenix. While he’s currently filming Kung Fury 2, the actor has now found his next leading role.

Deadline reports he’s set for Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, an adaptation of Mike Brett and Steve Jamison’s 2014 documentary, which explored the underdog story of the national football team of American Samoa. In 2001, they lost 31–0 to Australia, but would (spoilers?) go on to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Fassbender will take the role of the team’s Dutch coach Thomas Rongen. Only recently announced, filming will begin this fall before Waititi returns to the McU with Thor: Love and Thunder.

Meanwhile, the director won the top
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‘It Chapter Two’ Balloons Franchise To $1B+ Global; Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Overtakes ‘Basterds’ WW; ‘Downton Abbey’ Serves Up Early $12M Debut – International Box Office

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Update; writethru: New Line/Warner Bros’ It Chapter Two had its second reading at the global and international box office this weekend, after screaming to the 2nd highest worldwide opening ever for a horror movie last session. With the sophomore frame’s extra balloons, the franchise has now crossed $1B worldwide. The split on Chapter Two is currently $169.5M overseas and $153.8M domestic for a global take of $323.3M. String that onto the 2017 original and the two films combined have made $1.02B.

The Andy Muschietti-directed Chapter Two scared up another $47M this weekend in 78 offshore markets. It is holding the top spot at the international box office and was No. 1 in all of its debuts this session, also maintaining No. 1s in 52 hubs that bowed last session.

While the UK, at $16.5M, is Pennywise’s top market so far, he did cede the No. 1 spot there to Downton Abbey
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'It: Chapter Two' rules box office in $88m worldwide session, 'Downton Abbey' storms UK (update)

STXinternational’s Hustlers arrives on $4.5m.

September 16 Update: It: Chapter Two held on to its number one worldwide and international box office crowns on a confirmed $46.6m for $169.1m and an estimated $87.3m for $323m, respectively, as the franchise crossed $1bn globally in the second weekend of the sequel’s release.

Meanwhile Focus Features’ Downton Abbey film version of the TV series stormed into the UK on $6.3m, and Sony’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has become Quentin Tarantino’s second highest global release. STXinternational’s Hustlers arrived on $4.5m.

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Updated: The It franchise
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'It: Chapter Two' rules box office in $88m worldwide session, 'Downton Abbey' storms UK

STXinternational’s Hustlers arrives on $4.5m.

It: Chapter Two held on to its number one worldwide and international box office crowns on $47m for $169.5m and $87.7m for $323.3m, respectively, as the franchise crossed $1bn globally in the second weekend of the sequel’s release.

Meanwhile Focus Features’ Downton Abbey film version of the TV series stormed into the UK on $6.3m, and Sony’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has become Quentin Tarantino’s second highest global release. STXinternational’s Hustlers arrived on $4.5m.

Warner Bros Pictures International

The It franchise has amassed $1.023bn worldwide from two films.
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Box Office: ‘Hustlers’ Racks Up Solid $33 Million Debut, ‘Goldfinch’ Bombs

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“Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters.

Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an Stx film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the R-rated heist thriller is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits.

“Hustlers” arrived in second place behind Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” which claimed the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. The terrifying sequel pocketed another $40 million this weekend, marking a 55% decline from its inaugural outing. The follow-up to 2017’s “It” has earned $153 million in North America and $323 million globally. Between “It: Chapter Two” and its predecessor, the
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Picture include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘The Irishman’ and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Picture include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘The Irishman’ and …
Frontrunners are already forming for Oscar’s Best Picture race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. Now that the three major fall film festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — have premiered many of the most anticipated titles, the predictions reflect the state of flux now that critics have passed judgment on early fall contenders. Two major shifts: “JoJo Rabbit” and “The Laudromat” dropped from the top 10, replaced by “Joker” and “Parasite.” We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later.

Here are the current top 10 Best Picture picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Sept. 14:

1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Oscar voters love to look into a big-screen mirror and see their chosen profession reflected back at them. Sure, Quentin Tarantino‘s fairy-tale time capsule takes us back to 1969, when the decade of peace,
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10 Wild Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s darkly comic World War II epic Inglourious Basterds made a big splash with both critics and fans when it hit theaters a decade ago. The script spent years in development, went through several different casting changes, and looked nothing like it did in the first draft when it finally made it to screens.

The director considered it to be his masterpiece, saying as much in the final moments of the movie itself, and so he was very excited to share it with the world back in 2009. So, here are 10 wild behind-the-scenes stories of Inglourious Basterds.

Related: 10 Most Memorable Quotes From Inglourious Basterds
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David E. Kelley, Jack Bender Developing Stephen King’s ‘The Institute’ As Limited Series

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In a competitive situation, Spyglass Media Group’s TV division has optioned Stephen King’s latest novel The Institute to develop as a limited series, with David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost), the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Mr. Mercedes, also based on a King novel, attached. The announcement marks the first television acquisition for Spyglass and was made by Lauren Whitney, President of Television for Spyglass. Additionally, Spyglass has set a multi-year first look deal with Bender to develop future projects for Spyglass, overseen by Whitney.

The project marks a reunion for Kelley and Bender who have worked together on Mr. Mercedes, DirecTV’s Audience Network’s adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy that has been renewed for a third season.

Kelley will pen the adaptation for The Institute and Bender will direct. Both will executive produce.

“Having the opportunity to work
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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Review: Taika Waititi’s Nazi Satire Is a Charming Muddle of Good Intentions

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Review: Taika Waititi’s Nazi Satire Is a Charming Muddle of Good Intentions
“Jojo Rabbit” has the best intentions and a very confused way of showing them. Taika Waititi’s sunny fairytale focuses on ostracized Hitler Youth Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) and the buffoonish Fuhrer (Waititi in an off-kilter mustache) who serves as the boy’s imaginary friend, which is a calculated risk regardless of the execution. An upbeat challenge to the resurgence of hate groups around the world, the studio production might be the sweetest provocation in film history, and it’s certainly an ambitious juggling act worthy of admiration.

But the filmmaker’s light touch never settles in. Waititi’s ability to veer in such an audacious direction after his “Thor: Ragnarok” success catapulted him to Hollywood A-list stature coulud further cement his modern folk hero status, but .

Stuffing WWII horrors into the traditional beats of a coming-of-age tale, Waititi merges the bittersweet deadpan comedies of his earlier career with the
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’
Long ago, turning Nazi Germany into a joke was verboten. Or, at least, it seems like it was; it’s actually hard to imagine a time when that was the case. Charlie Chaplin made Hitler into a figure of ridicule in “The Great Dictator,” released in 1940. I grew up watching “Hogan’s Heroes,” which portrayed life in a German wartime prison — the inept sadist Col. Klink! — as a kind of Nazi sitcom day camp (with the emphasis on camp). “Springtime for Hitler,” the scandalous musical number from Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” was once the cutting edge of black comedy, but not for the last 50 years. Quentin Tarantino thumbed his nose at Nazis with jaunty glee in “Inglourious Basterds,” and who would have had it any other way?

That said, let’s give “Jojo Rabbit” credit for this much: It’s the first hipster Nazi comedy. Written and directed by the
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Bo report: ‘It’ sequel bites while ‘Angel of Mine’ and ‘The Naked Wanderer’ struggle

‘It Chapter Two.’ (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros/New Line’s It Chapter Two and Roadshow’s Chinese-American dramedy The Farewell gave the flagging Australian box office a much needed jolt last weekend while two new Oz releases struggled.

Kim Farrant’s psychological thriller Angel of Mine and Alan Lindsay’s romantic comedy The Naked Wanderer faced the same challenge which has bedeviled most Australian films this year: Opening on limited screens with minimal P&a, which means low visibility in the marketplace. So relying primarily on reviews, publicity and word of mouth is no guarantee to draw audiences.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Annika Whiteley, Finn Little, Luke Evans, Richard Roxburgh and Rob Collins, Farrant’s follow-up to Strangerland grossed $26,000 on 42 screens and $43,000 including festival screenings for R&r Films.

As If reported, the movie co-funded by Screen Australia and Film Victoria has been sold by Fortitude International to
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Christoph Waltz Joins Liam Hemsworth In Quibi Action Thriller

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Christoph Waltz Joins Liam Hemsworth In Quibi Action Thriller
Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz is set to co-star opposite Liam Hemsworth in Quibi’s Untitled Action Thriller from Scorpion creator Nick Santora, producer Gordon Gray, Silver Reel Pictures and CBS Television Studios.

In the series, desperate to take care of his pregnant wife before a terminal illness can take his life, Dodge Maynard (Hemsworth) accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game where he soon discovers that he’s not the hunter… but the prey. The action-thriller explores the limits of how far someone would go to fight for their life and their family. Let the games begin.

Waltz has been cast as Miles Sellers.

Santora will write and executive produce the series. Emmy-nominated director Phil Abraham (Mad Men) will direct and also executive produce.

Waltz won best supporting actor Oscars for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Most recently, Waltz
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Christoph Waltz to Star With Liam Hemsworth in Quibi Thriller

Christoph Waltz to Star With Liam Hemsworth in Quibi Thriller
Add Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) to the list of high-profile names signing on to programming at shortform streamer Quibi.

The Oscar winner will star with Liam Hemsworth in an untitled thriller series for the service, which is set to launch next spring. The project features Hemsworth as a terminally ill man who, desperate to provide for his pregnant wife, agrees to participate in a deadly game where he discovers he's not the hunter, but the prey.

Waltz will play a character named Miles Sellers. Other details about the role are being kept under wraps.

The effort will mark Waltz's ...
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Spyglass Media Group Appoints Former MGM Exec Damien Marin To Oversee Distribution Activities

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Spyglass Media Group, the company launched by former MGM boss Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment earlier this year, has hired former MGM exec Damien Marin to oversee its distribution business.

Marin joins the company, which holds The Weinstein Company assets after they were acquired by Lantern through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as President, Worldwide Distribution & Acquisitions and reports to Spyglass Chairman and CEO Barber.

It is the latest senior appointment for Spyglass, which is backed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Italy’s Eagle Pictures and Cineworld Group, following the appointment of former Miramax exec Lauren Whitney as head of television and former MGM execs Cheryl Rodman and Kristin Cotich as Chief Legal Officer and Evp, Worldwide Communications respectively.

Marin will be responsible for spearheading the global sales and distribution strategy for Spyglass’ future produced content and exploiting its valuable library of more than 250 properties internationally. Spyglass is home to feature films, scripted and
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Former MGM Exec Damien Marin Joins Spyglass as President of Distribution, Acquisitions

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Former MGM Exec Damien Marin Joins Spyglass as President of Distribution, Acquisitions
Gary Barber’s newly formed Spyglass Media Group announced on Tuesday that it has named Damien Marin as president of worldwide distribution and acquisitions.

Marin, who will report to Barber effective immediately, joins Spyglass after spending 12 years in distribution at MGM.

“Damien is one of the most talented executives in the industry and we consider it a huge coup that he is leading our distribution and acquisition efforts,” Barber said in a statement. “Damien demonstrates exceptional knowledge and expertise in this rapidly-evolving digital and media environment and will be a significant asset as we drive our business forward.”

Also Read: Warner Bros Signs First-Look, Investment Partnership With Gary Barber's Spyglass Media

Barber launched Spyglass in partnership with Lantern Entertainment in March after abruptly leaving MGM a year prior, having helped the studio get back on its feet following filing for bankruptcy.

Since launching Spyglass has hired other former MGM executives
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Hustles Past $500M Overseas, Nears $700M Global; ‘Hollywood’ Closing In On $300M WW – International Box Office

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Hustles Past $500M Overseas, Nears $700M Global; ‘Hollywood’ Closing In On $300M WW – International Box Office
Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw continued to flex its muscles at the top of the international box office this weekend, smack-talking its way to another $39.1M in 69 markets. The overseas cume topped $500M in the session, hitting $525.3M as it approaches $700M global. The current worldwide cume is $684.2M through Sunday.

The holdover markets are tracking above Fast 6 (+33%) and below Fast 7 (-38%) and F8 (-41%), as expected. China was responsible for the bulk of Hobbs & Shaw’s overseas weekend, holding No. 1 in the market and now with a running cume of $166M, on track for a $200M finish. Overall, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-starrer should top out in the $725M-$750M global range.

Globally, H&S is estimated at No. 1 for a 4th weekend (though not consecutively), that would make it the only movie this year to have the honor. It is also the
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'Hobbs & Shaw' nears $700m at global box office after dominant weekend session

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood crosses $150m at international box office.

Universal’s Fast franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw was in dominant mood again, beating the Hollywood competition to deliver an estimated $45.4m weekend worldwide box office and propel the running total to $684.2m.

If numbers are accurate, Hobbs & Shaw will become the only film so far this year to hold the global number one position for four weeks – overtaking Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home and Captain Marvel on three.

Disney’s The Lion King climbed to $1.562bn at the global box office and has overtaken Furious 7
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'Hobbs & Shaw' to clear $500m at international box office this weekend

'Hobbs & Shaw' to clear $500m at international box office this weekend
Angel Has Fallen flies flag for independent cinema.

Universal’s Fast franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw has enjoyed a terrific run thus far and studio executives can look forward to a $500m-plus international running total by the end of the weekend as the tentpole enters its second session in China.

Currently on $477.2m, the vehicle that unites the considerable powers of Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby has reached $628m at the global box office and will soar past $650m this weekend.

It delivered a record August launch of $100.1m in China last weekend and the territory is key.
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Venice Film Review: ‘Only the Animals’

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Venice Film Review: ‘Only the Animals’
French New Wave director and noted aficionado of non-linear storytelling Jean-Luc Godard was famously quoted as saying, “I agree that a film should have a beginning, a middle and an end but not necessarily in that order.” The sheer number of good nonlinear films, where the events of the story are not shown in chronological order, has confirmed the validity of that notion. But the conceit needs to serve some purpose: advance a theme (2004’s “Crash”), add layers of mystery (“Memento”) or, admittedly on occasion, just be damn cool (“Pulp Fiction”).

In director Dominik Moll’s engrossing nonlinear thriller “Only the Animals,” the story jumps back and forth for all three of the above reasons. On its snowy surface, the movie is about five people who knowingly or unknowing play a role in the death of a woman in southern France. The film, which opened the Venice Days section of the 2019 Venice film festival,
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