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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ to Begin Streaming on Disney+ on May 4th

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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ to Begin Streaming on Disney+ on May 4th
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of “May the 4th,” a.k.a. “Star Wars Day,” Disney announced Monday.

The final chapter in the Skywalker saga joins Disney+’s previously announced May the 4th offerings, which includes the launch of a making-of docuseries for “The Mandalorian” (titled “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian”), and the series finale of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

With the addition of “Rise of Skywalker” to Disney+ on May 4, fans will be able to stream the complete nine-part Skywalker saga all in one place for the first time ever, along with other “Star Wars” movies and TV series including, “The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
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Kevin Smith Says His ‘Mallrats’ Sequel Script ‘Moves Like a Brakeless Bullet Train!’

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Kevin Smith Says His ‘Mallrats’ Sequel Script ‘Moves Like a Brakeless Bullet Train!’
Filmmaker Kevin Smith has found the positive side of being stuck in quarantine — it gave him the opportunity to sit down at his computer and crank out the first draft of “Twilight of the Mallrats!” the sequel to the cult hit “Mallrats,” which came out in 1995.

“25 years after the original, Brodie Bruce will be back for an unnecessary sequel set against the Mallpocalypse!” Smith wrote on Instagram, giving fans insight into what the memorable characters are doing these days.

“Rene, Willam, Gwen, Brandy, T.S., Trish, Mr. Svenning, Lafours and the rebooted @jayandsilentbob are the returning ‘Rats in an Askewniverse imagining about what happens when the sidewalk sales end, and ‘happily ever after’ is easier to say than live! The #jayandsilentbob stuff is some of my favorite conceptual comedy I’ve ever written but the whole script is silly, sentimental and sweet.”

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Ryan Reynolds & Shawn Levy Reteam For Time Travel Feature Set At Skydance

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Ryan Reynolds & Shawn Levy Reteam For Time Travel Feature Set At Skydance
Following their collaboration on the soon-to-be-released film, Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy are reteaming on time travel drama for Skydance. Like Free Guy, Reynolds is starring and Levy is directing and the will also produce the pic alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger of Skydance.

Written by Jonathan Topper, based on a spec by T.S. Nowlin, the plot follows a man (Reynolds) who travels to the past to enlist his 13-year old self to confront his late father.

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Production is aiming to start late this year.
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‘Extraction’: How First-Time Director Sam Hargrave Pulled Off That Wild 12-Minute, One-Shot Action Sequence

‘Extraction’: How First-Time Director Sam Hargrave Pulled Off That Wild 12-Minute, One-Shot Action Sequence
Inevitably, eagle-eyed viewers will find the seams in the most eye-popping sequence of Sam Hargrave’s feature directorial debut, “Extraction”: a long-form “one-shot” that clocks in at over 12 minutes, long enough to include a car chase, a foot chase, another car chase, gun battles, knife battles, hand-to-hand combat, and plenty of explosions. And that’s just fine by the Marvel stunt coordinator turned director, because knowing how it all came together doesn’t diminish its power.

The film is filled with the kind of physical feats worthy of one of the industry’s most well-known stuntmen and coordinators, but nothing is as impressive as the “single take” that arrives at the tail end of the action outing’s first act. The film follows fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe alum Chris Hemsworth as black market mercenary Tyler Rake, tapped with “extracting” the kidnapped teen son of a high-powered drug lord (Rudhraksh Jaiswal
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Leos Carax’s Rock Opera ‘Annette’ with Adam Driver Will Be Told Almost Entirely Through Song

Leos Carax’s Rock Opera ‘Annette’ with Adam Driver Will Be Told Almost Entirely Through Song
Leos Carax’s first film since 2012’s “Holy Motors,” “Annette” would’ve premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. But the French film celebration’s delay and inevitable downsizing, and whatever form it takes, mean that Carax’s rock opera starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as lovers will likely show up at the later fall film festivals. If they happen at all.

Carax’s first full-on English-language film, “Annette” is a musical set in Los Angeles that will feature original music from the ’70s rock band Sparks, and it tells a love story between a stand-up comic (Driver) and an opera star (Cotillard). In a new interview with Kmuw, via The Film Stage, Sparks’ co-frontman Ron Mael said, “I think maybe the film will be shown at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals if those are still on in the fall. It’s really special. It’s different than a normal movie musical,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is No. 1 In Deadline’s 2019 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament; How Its Billion-Dollar Opening Rocked Exhibition And Generated A $900M Profit

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is No. 1 In Deadline’s 2019 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament; How Its Billion-Dollar Opening Rocked Exhibition And Generated A $900M Profit
When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn’t about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&a, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2019, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources.

The tournament is not done yet. On Monday, we’ll look at last year’s biggest bombs and profit outliers, the latter those titles with small budgets that yielded big returns. Plus, we’ll officially crown this year’s champion.

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‘Kimmy Vs. The Reverend’ Trailer: ‘UnbreakableKimmy Schmidt’ Returns With An Interactive Film

‘Kimmy Vs. The Reverend’ Trailer: ‘UnbreakableKimmy Schmidt’ Returns With An Interactive Film
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” had a successful four-season run on Netflix that concluded last year. However, it didn’t take long for the streaming service to dust off the franchise and go for one last hurrah. This time, instead of a new season, ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ is returning as an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure film, titled “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend.”

As the title implies, ‘Kimmy vs.

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Daisy Ridley in Talks for Psychological Thriller ‘The Ice Beneath Her’

Daisy Ridley in Talks for Psychological Thriller ‘The Ice Beneath Her’
Hollywood has not always been kind to leading actors in the Star Wars Skywalker Saga. Mark Hamill can be a geek icon now that Star Wars fandom is a cultural force, but people forget that for decades of his post-Return of the Jedi career, Hamill was in the wilderness, relegated to supporting roles and voice acting despite starring in one of the biggest franchises of all-time. The Star Wars prequels certainly weren't a career boon for Hayden Christensen despite the financial success of those movies (although the negative critical reception likely blew back on the young actor, …
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Spike Jonze & Beastie Boys Alums Discuss Their Very Personal New Doc, ‘Beastie Boys Story’

Spike Jonze & Beastie Boys Alums Discuss Their Very Personal New Doc, ‘Beastie Boys Story’
Evolving from best-selling book to live tribute show to documentary, Beastie Boys Story (available to stream at Apple TV+) allows group members Mike Diamond, a.k.a. "Mike D," and Adam Horovitz, a.k.a. "Ad-Rock," to personally tell the viewer the story of their band and their 40 years of friendship. Directed by longtime collaborator Spike Jonze, the story highlights their ups and downs and everything in between, including the passing of founder Adam Yauch, a.k.a. "McA," who is also heard from in his own words through archive footage. During a virtual press day for …
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Daisy Ridley Teaming With ‘Ready Or Not’ Filmmakers For New Thriller ‘The Ice Beneath Her’

Daisy Ridley Teaming With ‘Ready Or Not’ Filmmakers For New Thriller ‘The Ice Beneath Her’
After their success with “Ready or Not,” the filmmaking trio of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella, better known as Radio Silence, have been landing projects left and right. They’ve signed on to work with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as the reboot of the “Scream” franchise. And now, the trio has signed on to make a film based on the novel, “The Ice Beneath Her,” with a huge star leading the way.

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What Happened This Week on ‘Westworld’ Season 3: “Passed Pawn”

What Happened This Week on ‘Westworld’ Season 3: “Passed Pawn”
We’re in the endgame now, people. There’s only one more episode of Westworld season 3 left, and I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for the end. This season has been a wasted opportunity, with the promise of starting fresh almost immediately obliterated by the series falling back into bad habits. So let’s take […]

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Tribeca and YouTube Launch Free Digital Film Festival to Benefit World Health Organization

Tribeca and YouTube Launch Free Digital Film Festival to Benefit World Health Organization
As festivals the world over close their doors or postpone events, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have a joint solution for global audiences missing the festival circuit. We Are One: A Global Film Festival, an unprecedented 10-day digital film festival taking place on YouTube, will launch May 29 at YouTube.com/WeAreOne. We Are One, which benefits the World Health Organization and other relief partners amid the ongoing pandemic, will encompass programming from 20 festivals, including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, and more. The entire festival will be free to viewers.

“We often talk about film’s uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world. All of the world needs healing right now,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers
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YouTube to Host Free Virtual Film Festival With 20 Partners Including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance

YouTube to Host Free Virtual Film Festival With 20 Partners Including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance
With Covid-19 shuttering film fests worldwide, YouTube has stepped in to launch a 10-day digital film festival this spring with 20 partners — streaming free to cinema fans everywhere.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival is being produced and organized by New York’s Tribeca Enterprises. The YouTube-hosted event will feature programming from 20 top film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

The online festival is set to run from May 29-June 7, 2020, and will be available at youtube.com/weareone. The free-to-watch programming, which will not include any ads, is to include feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and panel discussions.

For now, organizers aren’t identifying specific films expected to be screened in the We Are One fest. They said a full schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

Viewers will be
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TorinoFilmLab Announces 2020 FeatureLab Participants (Exclusive)

TorinoFilmLab Announces 2020 FeatureLab Participants (Exclusive)
Teenagers struggling with sexual identity, women fighting to reconcile their multi-faceted roles in society, and men grappling with the destructive constraints of masculinity are among the themes to be explored in the 2020 edition of the TorinoFilmLab’s FeatureLab, an intensive annual workshop focused on first and second feature film projects at advanced stages of development.

The 10 projects selected to participate include seven debut features, spanning the globe from the sweltering jungles of the Amazon to the sun-soaked islands of Greece, from the mountains of Montenegro to the shores of Australia.

“We are proud to present a very diverse selection,” said TorinoFilmLab curator Vincenzo Bugno. “Ten projects with an original artistic identity coming from very different parts of the world, all of them representing somehow the complexity of this planet (and) the state of things in a challenging political-cultural situation.”

Bugno heralded a selection that features a new generation of filmmakers
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‘Homeland’ Showrunner Explains That Final Series Finale Twist

‘Homeland’ Showrunner Explains That Final Series Finale Twist
After eight seasons of ups and downs, the Showtime drama series Homeland finally came to an end on Sunday night with an eventful series finale. Once a critical darling, then a punching bag, then somehow an underrated show, Homeland has been through it all. And while the series never came close to matching that incredible, Emmy-winning first season, once it finally disposed of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) the show started to evolve in exciting ways. But whether set in Germany or Pakistan, tackling terror at home or abroad, the heart of Homeland has always been the relationship between Carrie (…
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‘Silver & Black’ Director Hints That Sony Is Exploring A Streaming Series Deal For Its ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off

‘Silver & Black’ Director Hints That Sony Is Exploring A Streaming Series Deal For Its ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off
In the realm of Disney, the studio owns all of Marvel and the big screen rights for all of its superhero characters…except one—Spider-Man. The rights to the Wallcrawler sit with Sony. And as a studio hoping to make billions off of the current superhero boom, Sony is maximizing the “Spider-Man” film franchise with a number of various spin-offs, including a film based on two female characters, Black Cat and Silver Sable, aptly titled “Silver & Black.” But that film has lingered in development for years now, and it doesn’t appear that director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who signed on to helm the feature, will ever get it made.

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Major film festivals partner with YouTube on free online event (exclusive)

Major film festivals partner with YouTube on free online event (exclusive)
We Are One: A Global Film Festival is produced and organised by Tribeca Enterprises and is set to run from May 29-June 7.

A coalition of A-list international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, London, Toronto, Berlin, Sundance and Tokyo has partnered with YouTube on a free online spring festival produced and organised by Tribeca Enterprises to raise funds for Covid-19 relief.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from May 29 to June 7 and feature programming of new and classic films from 20 festivals. Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announced the event in support of the World Health Organization and regional relief
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Picture Tree Intl. Takes Rights to Andre Erkau’s ‘God You’re Such a Prick’ (Exclusive)

Picture Tree Intl. Takes Rights to Andre Erkau’s ‘God You’re Such a Prick’ (Exclusive)
Berlin-based sales company Picture Tree Intl. has picked up international rights to Ufa Fiction’s family drama “God You’re Such a Prick”, which features Til Schweiger and Heike Makatsch leading a star-studded cast.

Inspired by the true story of Stefanie Pape and the book of the same name written by her father Frank Pape, the film follows a 16-year-old girl, played by Sinje Irslinger, whose world is turned upside down when she finds out she has terminal cancer right before a school graduation trip to Paris. When Steffi’s parents, portrayed by Schweiger and Makatsch, decide she should stay home instead, she runs away with a young motorcycle daredevil, played by Max Hubacher, who promises to take her to Paris. Driven by deep longing and a lust for life, Steffi learns it’s easier to let go of life when you’ve really loved it.

Speaking to Variety, director
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‘Extraction’ Test Screenings Divided Viewers and Changed Director’s Preferred Ending

‘Extraction’ Test Screenings Divided Viewers and Changed Director’s Preferred Ending
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers about the ending of “Extraction.”]

Sam Hargrave’s action movie “Extraction” debuted on Netflix this weekend and quickly rose to the first position on the streamer’s top 10 list. The film’s somewhat ambiguous ending has thrown some viewers for a loop as to whether or not Chris Hemsworth’s protagonist, Tyler Rake, survived the events of the movie. Tyler seemingly dies after succeeding in his mission to extract Ovi (Rudraksh Jaiswal), but the last shot of the movie sees Ovi emerging from a pool and realizing he’s been watched by a mysterious figure. Is this Tyler? A hallucination? The ending creates some questions that Hargrave doesn’t answer. The director told Collider the original “Extraction” script was more definitive about Tyler’s fate.

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‘Homeland’ Review: Series Finale Sticks to Its Guns and Gives Two Spies a Fitting Send-Off

‘Homeland’ Review: Series Finale Sticks to Its Guns and Gives Two Spies a Fitting Send-Off
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Homeland” series finale — Season 8, Episode 12, “Prisoners of War” — including the ending.]

Carrie Mathison, a spy to the end. After eight years spent within a hair on Saul’s beard of being fired, getting killed, or leaving the CIA behind once and for all, the “Homeland” finale sees Claire Danes’ patriotic-at-all-costs intelligence officer become the very thing she first set out to expose: a double agent. Given the episode title “Prisoners of War” (a nod to Gideon Raff’s Israeli series on which “Homeland” was based) and framed by Nicolas Brody’s confessional video, when Damian Lewis restates his character’s oath to defend America from threats foreign and domestic, “Homeland” constructed its ending (and full final season) around comparing Carrie to the recovered P.O.W. who would become the father of her child.

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