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‘Minamata,’ With Johnny Depp, Hillary Clinton Docu Series ‘Hillary’ Selected for Berlin

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‘Minamata,’ With Johnny Depp, Hillary Clinton Docu Series ‘Hillary’ Selected for Berlin
Minamata,” starring Johnny Depp, Nanette Burstein’s documentary series about Hillary Clinton, “Hillary,” and Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan” have been selected to play in the Berlinale Special section of the Berlin Film Festival, the event said Tuesday.

Also selected in the section are two documentary features, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s “Last and First Men,” narrated by Tilda Swinton, and Jia Zhang-ke’s “Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue.”

These five titles join Matteo GarronePinocchio” in Berlinale Special, whose selection was announced last month.

Depp plays celebrated photographer W. Eugene Smith in Andrew Levitas’ “Minamata,” which follows Smith as he takes on a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata, Japan, in 1971.

The film is based on Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith’s book “Minamata,” which has been adapted by David K. Kessler (“A Hard Day’s Day”).

HanWay Films is handling international sales on “Minamata,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #62. Charlatan – Agnieszka Holland

Charlatan

Polish director Agnieszka Holland remains as busy as ever, leaving behind the horrors of the Holodomor in her 2019 biopic Mr. Jones for a different kind of period piece altogether with Charlatan. Produced by Sarka Cimbalova and Kevan Van Thompson, Holland reunites with her Burning Bush (read review) actor Ivan Trojan, as well as her composer Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz. Notably, the project is lensed by Martin Strba (a 14 time Czech Lion nominee), with costume design by his wife Katarina Strbova Bielikova. Having directed numerous features and television shows in her forty plus years as director, Holland is perhaps most notable for her 1990 work Europa Europa (which scored an Oscar nod for Best Writing), while her 2011 title In Darkness was nominated for Best Foreign Language feature.…
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Friday 4 Still Possible But Ice Cube Won't Bring Pops Back with CGI

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Friday 4 Still Possible But Ice Cube Won't Bring Pops Back with CGI
It doesn't seem likely Ice Cube's Last Friday will ever actually happen, but if it does, don't expect to see a CGI John Witherspoon appear in the movie. In the past, Cube had publicly expressed his desire on many occasions to see a fourth Friday movie enter development. Those plans may have been completely dashed following the death of Witherspoon in October, as he was such an important part of the series. While the use of CGI opens the door to resurrect deceased celebrities with new "performances," this will apparently not be an option for Witherspoon in a potential Friday 4.

Recently, a fan on Twitter directly asked Ice Cube if we were still going to get a fourth movie or if the project was off the table after John Witherspoon died. "Back to the drawing board since New Line Cinema was slow on green lighting the Last Friday script
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‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Top Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations

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‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Top Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “Joker” led all films in nominations for the 67th annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the Motion Picture Sound Editors announced on Monday.

Those two films each received three nominations in the Golden Reel’s seven film categories, including Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Effects/Foley, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Sound Editing category.

Other nominees in that category were “Ford v Ferrari,” “1917,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “A Hidden Life.”

Also Read: Cinema Audio Society Likes the Sound of 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Joker,' 'The Irishman'

Ford v Ferrari,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “1917,” “Rocketman,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Frozen II” and “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” received two nominations each.

In the television categories, “Game of Thrones” and “Vikings” each received three nominations,
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‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Dominate Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Noms

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A nonprofit group of professional sound and music editors, the Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced the nominees for the 67th annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the past year’s best feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment, and student productions.

On the film side, these nominations set the stage for what to expect across the sound categories at the Academy Awards. “Joker” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” lead the film side with three nominations each.

Winners across 23 categories will be unveiled on Sunday, January 19 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown La.

2020 Mpse Filmmaker Award

Victoria Alonso

2020 Mpse Career Achievement Award

Cecelia “Cece” Hall

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation

Toy Story 4

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Frozen 2

Missing Link

Abominable

The Lion King

White Snake

Spies in Disguise

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Dialogue / Adr

Once Upon a Time in
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Cas Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

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Cas Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
Now hear this: The Cinema Audio Society is out with the nominations for its 56th annual Cas Awards, which honor the outstanding achievements in sound mixing for 2019. See the full list below.

Trophies for the seven categories spanning film and TV will be handed out during the January 25 ceremony at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Final balloting for the Cas Awards kicks off January 2 and ends at 5 p.m. Pt on January 14.

The group said last month that Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold will receive this year’s Cas Filmmaker honor. Re-recording mixer Tom Fleishman is set for its highest honor, the Cas Career Achievement Award.

Last year’s Cas Award winner, Bohemian Rhapsody, went on the score the Best Achievement in Sound Editing Oscar for John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone.

Here are the nominations for the 56th annual Cas Awards:

Motion Picture – Live Action

Ford v Ferrari

Production Mixer – Steven A.
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New artwork for upcoming true story ‘Mr. Jones’

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We’re pleased to share some new artwork for a film we rather liked after we saw it earlier this year. The film is Mr. Jones and it is finally set for release on 7th February. The pre-wwii true story features quite the cast, including James Norton, Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard.

Agnieszka Holland brings to the screen the extraordinary and powerful story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine, which killed almost 10 million during The Holodomor of 1932 and 1933.

Related: Mr. Jones review

1933. Gareth Jones is an ambitious Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. On leaving a government role, Jones decides to travel to Moscow in an attempt to get an interview with Stalin himself. Hearing murmurs of government-induced famine, Jones travels clandestinely to Ukraine, where he witnesses the atrocities of man-made starvation.
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Samuel Goldwyn to Distribute Australia’s ‘Top End Wedding’ in U.S.

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Samuel Goldwyn to Distribute Australia’s ‘Top End Wedding’ in U.S.
Australian comedy “Top End Wedding” has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for the U.S. market. The deal was announced by producer Goalpost Pictures Australia.

The film had its premiere at the Sundance festival in the U.S. in January this year. Samuel Goldwyn says that it will release the film on multiple digital platforms from early 2020.

“’Top End Wedding’ is a delightfully fun romantic comedy that also showcases the breathtaking beauty of Australia. We can’t wait to share this special film to Us audiences,” said Meg Longo of Samuel Goldwyn in a prepared statement.

In the past year, Samuel Goldwyn has also picked up international titles including “Stray Dolls” and “Mr. Jones,” which debuted in competition in Berlin.

Directed by Wayne Blair, “Wedding” is the story of a successful Sydney lawyer and her fiancé who have just 10 days to find her mother, who has gone Awol somewhere in the Northern Territory.
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Mr. Jones (2019) U.K. Movie Trailer: James Norton Travels to Ukraine to see Stalin’s Man-made Starvation

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Mr. Jones Trailer Agnieszka Holland‘s Mr. Jones (2019) U.K. movie trailer has been released by Signature Entertainment and stars James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, and Kenneth Cranham. Plot Synopsis Mr. Jones‘ plot synopsis: “1933. Gareth Jones (James Norton) is an ambitious Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign [...]

Continue reading: Mr. Jones (2019) U.K. Movie Trailer: James Norton Travels to Ukraine to see Stalin’s Man-made Starvation
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Venice Gap-Financing Market Fields Wide Range of Projects

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Venice Gap-Financing Market Fields Wide Range of Projects
Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic’s upcoming drama about a family trapped in war-torn Srebrenica, Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s postwar film chronicling the rise and fall of a mysterious Czech healer, and Luxembourg helmer Jacques Molitor’s tale of a wealthy and bloodthirsty clan of wine-growing lycanthropes are among the projects taking part in this year’s Venice Gap-Financing Market.

The 6th edition of the market section, which runs during the Venice Film Festival from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, presents 51 international projects in the final stages of development and funding, including 28 feature films and documentaries.

Among the projects selected for the market, part of the Venice Production Bridge program, is Zbanic’s tentatively titled European co-production “Quo Vadis Aida.” In the film, the director of the Golden Bear-winning “Grbavica” revisits the horrors of the Bosnian War in a story about a family trapped in Srebrenica during the city’s occupation by Serb forces.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films takes North America on Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Mr Jones’ (exclusive)

Samuel Goldwyn Films takes North America on Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Mr Jones’ (exclusive)
Film premiered in competition at this year’s Berlinale.

Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones, her drama starring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby, has had its North American rights bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The film premiered at the Berlinale this year in competition. Peter Sarsgaard also stars in the feature, which follows an ambitious young journalist (Norton) who travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda machine pushed by Stalin’s Soviet Union.

London-based sales agent WestEnd Films handles world sales and struck the deal alongside Endeavor Content, which co-represented North America on the title.

WestEnd has also
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Joss Whedon’s HBO Series ‘The Nevers’ Sets Main Cast

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Joss Whedon’s HBO Series ‘The Nevers’ Sets Main Cast
Joss Whedon’s new HBO series has found its principal cast members.

Whedon’s series “The Nevers” has cast Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Ann Skelly, Ben Chaplin, Pip Torrens, Zackary Momoh, Amy Manson, Nick Frost, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Denis O’Hare. They join previously announced cast member Laura Donnelly, who will star as Amalia True.

The Nevers,” which was ordered straight-to-series last July, is described as an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.

Breakdowns for the characters are below:

-Williams will play Lavinia Bidlow, a wealthy spinster and champion of the “Touched.” Lavinia funds the Orphanage (where Amalia and many of the Touched live) through her vast family fortune. She is stern and old-fashioned, but as strong-willed and clever as anyone she confronts.

Williams’ past TV
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Alcatraz Films to Produce Poland’s ‘Other People’ (Exclusive)

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Alcatraz Films, the Paris-based production company behind such features as Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” has come on board to co-produce “Other People,” Polish director Aleksandra Terpinska’s feature debut, produced by Klaudia Smieja (“Mr. Jones”) and Beata Rzezniczek for Madants.

Other People” is an urban musical set in modern-day Warsaw featuring a small-time delinquent and wannabe rapper and a nouveau-riche, pill-popping trophy wife. The two fall into an unconventional relationship based on sex, as they desperately try to run away from loneliness. The film is based on the best-selling book by Polish writer Dorota Maslowska, who’s been hailed by critics as a leading voice of the millennial generation. Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2020.

Other People” was one of two winners of the inaugural Arte Kino International Prize at Les Arcs Film Festival’s Co-Production Village last year. Terpinska’s last short,
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Polish Party Brings Out Top Industry Talents in Cannes

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Radoslaw Śmigulski(left), general director of the Polish Film Institute, hosted Friday’s Polish Party at Plage du Goéland in Cannes, where the guests included Marche du Film director Jérôme Paillard.

“It was a pleasure to host great filmmakers and film industry representatives at the Polish Party in Cannes, which was one of the many events promoting the talents, locations and the funding possibilities in Poland, including the 30% cash rebate,” said the Pfi’s Smigulski.

Among those in attendance were Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian, Locarno Film Festival programming head Mark Peranson, and Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival program coordinator Anna Purkrabkova, programmer Martin Horyna, and programmer Lenka Tyrpakova.

“There is a lot of interest in Polish cinema right now,” said producer Klaudia Smieja of Madants, gesturing around the packed terrace where guests huddled, danced and downed Polish vodka to stay warm on a cold, soggy night.

Smieja, who produced
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Agnieszka Holland Shoots Healer Tale ‘Charlatan’

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Agnieszka Holland Shoots Healer Tale ‘Charlatan’
Agnieszka Holland, the director of Oscar nominated films “Europa Europa” and “In Darkness,” has begun shooting her latest pic, “Charlatan.” Films Boutique is handling foreign sales.

The Polish director, whose last film “Mr. Jones” premiered in competition at Berlin Film Festival in February, started to lens the pic Monday in Mladá Boleslav prison in the Czech Republic. The crew will spend most of this month on location in the Central Bohemia region of the country.

The pic, about an herbalist who devotes his life to caring for the sick despite many difficulties, is inspired by the real-life figure of Jan Mikolášek, whose story was adapted for the screen by Marek Epstein. Ivan Trojan, six-time winner of the Czech Lion award, plays Mikolášek.

In a statement, Holland said: “I have always been interested in healing… the fact somebody is able to look so deep into the body and soul of another person,
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Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rupert Everett Join Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Warning’

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Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rupert Everett Join Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Warning’
Patrick Schwarzenegger, the star of romantic drama “Midnight Sun,” and Rupert Everett, whose recent credits include “The Happy Prince,” are among the latest additions to the cast of sci-fi thriller “Warning.”

Others joining the pic include “Cold War” star Tomasz Kot, Kylie Bunbury, who will next be seen in miniseries “When They See Us,” and Garance Marallier, the star of “Raw” and “Pompei.”

They join previously announced cast members Alex Pettyfer, Alice Eve, Annabelle Wallis, Benedict Samuel, Charlotte Le Bon and Thomas Jane.

Agata Alexander will make her directorial debut with the film, based on an original screenplay by Alexander, Rob Michaelson and Jason Kaye.

The film “explores the meaning of life when vastly disparate lives collide in interweaving stories set in the near-future earth,” according to a statement from the producers, Cybill Lui of Anova Pictures and Staszek Dziedzic of Film Produkcja (“Mr. Jones”).

The Exchange has the international sales rights.
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Agnieszka Holland Heads Guest List at Polish Party in Berlin

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Radoslaw Smigulski (right), general director of the Polish Film Institute, hosted Friday’s Polish Party at Berlin’s Ewerk, where the guests included Agnieszka Holland (left), director of Berlin competition film “Mr. Jones,” and European Film Academy chairwoman.

Among the guests were filmmakers Sergei Loznitsa and Olga Chajdas, Antoine le Bos, founder of Groupe Ouest, Philip Ilienko, director of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, Mercedes Fernandez Alonso, the managing director of TorinoFilmLab, Rolandas Kvietkauskas, director of the Lithuanian Film Center, Marketa Šantrochová, head of the Czech Film Center, and Meinolf Zurhorst, head of the Arte film department at Zdf.

Other guests included Bernd Buder, artistic director of the Cottbus Film Festival, Marjorie Bendeck, director of Connecting Cottbus, Jeremy Zelnik, head of industry at Les Arcs Film Festival, Marge Liiske, managing director of Baltic Event, Nikolaj Nikitin, the Berlinale’s delegate for Central and Eastern Europe, and Guillaume Calop, general manager of Les Arcs Film Festival.
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‘Mr. Jones’ Review: Agnieszka Holland’s Messy Biopic About the Journalist Who Exposed Stalin — Berlinale

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‘Mr. Jones’ Review: Agnieszka Holland’s Messy Biopic About the Journalist Who Exposed Stalin — Berlinale
It can be a terrible burden to be able to see the future, particularly when the rest of the world seems blind to the present. Seldom has that fact been more sobering than it is in Agnieszka Holland’s urgent but disjointed “Mr. Jones,” the true (and somewhat unknown) story of a young man who was cursed with the ability to see what was coming next, as well as the determination to recognize the full horror of what was already there.

An ill-conceived prologue notwithstanding, Holland’s well-intentioned and characteristically unsentimental thriller begins in a musty corner of 1933, where a wide-eyed young Welsh journalist named Gareth Jones is convinced that Adolf Hitler poses a serious threat to the rest of the world. Played by an earnest James Norton (who offsets his natural good looks with a pronounced streak of “do the right thing” dorkiness), Jones is laughed off by the other,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Mr. Jones’

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Mr. Jones’
The story of Gareth Jones is such a fascinating one, built on such intrepid, one-man-against-the-system ideals, that it’s a wonder it hasn’t been filmed into oblivion over the past 80 years. A young Welsh journalist who blew the first public whistle on the Holodomor — the man-made famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine — only to be broadly discredited by his professional peers and murdered before his 30th birthday, he was the quintessential man who knew too much. “Mr. Jones,” Agnieszka Holland’s suitably absorbing but somewhat stuffy biopic, knows too much in a different sense: neophyte screenwriter Andrea Chalupa’s plainly well-researched script is at such pains to put all its fact-finding on the screen that what should be an urgent political thriller proceeds at a bit of a trudge, its human dimensions not always clear in the ultra-low lighting.

A far stricter edit of this baggy 140-minute film would
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Agnieszka Holland on Berlin Title ‘Mr. Jones’: Democracy Needs a Free Press

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Agnieszka Holland on Berlin Title ‘Mr. Jones’: Democracy Needs a Free Press
In Berlin with her latest film, Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland gave an impassioned defense of a free press and warned that societies must remain vigilant against growing threats to democracy around the world.

At a press conference Sunday to promote “Mr. Jones,” which world premieres Sunday in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, the Polish director said freedom was “overrated” when people “can choose the darkness instead of the light.”

“Freedom is very difficult,” she said. “It means making choices. It means also to be defeated. It means also to make the mistakes.”

Mr. Jones” is based on the true story of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who struggled to bring to light the story of the Ukrainian famine wrought by the brutal policies of Joseph Stalin. The film stars James Norton, Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard.

Holland called it her “moral duty” to shine a spotlight on what she
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