“Aquaman” Debuts Stunning New Poster

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Its been awhile since we heard news about director James Wan’s DCEU film “Aquaman.” Today, Warner Bros released the film’s official teaser poster, in time for the long-awaited trailer release this week.

Starring Jason Momoa as the title character “Aquaman” follows the events of last year’s Justice League. The new poster shows the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis holding a trident while surrounded by sharks and whales. “Home is Calling,” it says on the poster.

Wan is clearly hard at work for the trailer, set to make its debut at this weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

“Working overtime to put the finishing touches for this coming week!!” Wan posted, along with an epic shot from the film from inside the editing room.

Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman co-star in film. Aquaman will be in theaters December 21st, 2018.

Lost Stanley Kubrick Script

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A once lost screenplay written by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after more than 60 years, The Guardian is reporting.

According to report, the screenplay titled “Burning Secret,” was written by the legendary filmmaker with American novelist and screenwriter Calder Willingham, who had also has screenplay credits with another Kubrick classic “Paths of Glory.”

“I couldn’t believe it. It’s so exciting. It was believed to have been lost,” says Nathan Abrams, a film professor and Kubrick scholar who found the screenplay. “Kubrick aficionados know he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed. We now have a copy and this proves that he had done a full screenplay.”

Based on Stefan Zweig’s 1913 novel, “Burning Secret” follows a lecherous man who befriends a young boy in order to secure his married mother at a spa resort.

The influential and controversial filmmaker is responsible for a broad range of classics including “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), “The Shining” (1980) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).

Kubrick died in 1999 at the age of 70, shortly after completing his last film “Eyes Wide Shut,” the controversial erotic drama starring then husband and wife Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

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Gundam Live-Action Film In The Works

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Get ready, Mobile Suit Gundam is about to get a live-action feature film treatment, as Legendary and Sunrise are teaming up for the production, Variety is reporting.

The collaboration to produce the first ever live-action film of the popular mecha anime was announced at Anime Expo 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The multibillion-dollar Gundam franchise is massively successful, having grossed over $5 billion in retail sale, animated films, models and books among others.

The original Mobile Suit Gundam debuted in 1979 and was set in a fictional universe Universal Century wherein human space colonies wage war against earth for their independence. It is here where we saw mobile suites, a new type of humanoid weapons.

Recently, one of the more popular Gundam mecha made a special appearance in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s science fiction adventure film which references various pop-culture characters. It was a crowd pleasing cameo which sees the character battle against Mechagodzilla and possibly aided the film’s box-office success.

The film’s plot has not yet been revealed, and no actors or director is currently attached.

Legendary has a new film set for release this month in the form of Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson’s latest action-thriller.

Film Spotlight: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

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“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.”

Morgan Neville’s documentary about the life and philosophy of Fred Rogers is a hit with critics and audiences. The film currently holds a near-perfect score of 99% on eview aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with critical consensus praising the film for taking “a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations.”

Since opening in limited release on June 8, the film from Focus Features has earned nearly $3 million dollars and is poised to enter the top 10 this weekend, stellar given it is playing in merely 348 theaters and in a film franchise dominated box-office landscape.

TV host, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer and Presbyterian minister, Rogers was the creator and host of the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began airing in 1968 and ran for 895 episodes until 2001.

The half-hour educational children’s television series featuring Roger’s kind-hearted personality, reached its peak in 1985, with 8% of households watching the show. On March 6, 2018, actor Michael Keaton hosted a fiftieth-anniversary tribute show titled “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” which premiered on PBS stations.

“You take all of the elements that make good television, and do the exact opposite—you have “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” yet, it worked,” said producer Margy Whitmer.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is currently playing in limited release in U.S. theaters.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

AMC Launches Own Subscription Service

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America’s largest movie chain is set to join Moviepass in the subscription service business with the announcement of AMC Stubs A-List, a program that will allow its loyalty program AMC Stubs members to see three films a week for $19.95 a month. The service goes into effect on June 26.

Last year, MoviePass made a big offering to moviegoers with one movie a day for $9.95 per month, a proposition many thought was too-good-to-be-true. By December, the service has reached a million subscribers. Though the service went through multiple pricing re-structures, its impact to movie industry remained.

AMC’s offering, might be more expensive than its MoviePass counterpart (almost double the cost of MoviePass) and for only up to three movies a week, the service has the advantage of premium formats such as 3-D and IMAX options which is missing on MoviePass subscription.

“We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers: the very best of AMC, including IMAX, Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D up to 3 times per week, for one simple, sustainable price,” said Adam Aron, CEO and President, AMC Theatres in a press release.

With competing services now being offered to moviegoers, we are sure this won’t be the last, while its longer term impact to the cinema industry as a whole remains to be seen.

Midem Music Awards To Launch In 2019

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The Cannes-based conference and trade show is set to stage their own “Midem Music Awards” in 2019. The event will take place from June 4-7 during next year’s Midem in Cannes.

This make it the first data-driven music awards, with data global music data platform Soundcharts providing the data. The initiative also intents to spotlight global and regional artists and celebrate success stories.

The Midem Music Awards will be the first truly data-driven music prizes, shining a spotlight on artists from all corners of the world and celebrating regional and global success stories.

“Today, artists have the opportunity to release their music instantly to a wider audience than ever before, and music fans across the globe can experience music from a more diverse set of artists, giving opportunities for new success stories to emerge from anywhere. With this new awards platform, we aim to recognise the exciting challenges of being a successful artist in the streaming era, and we are delighted to host this unique new event in the industry calendar,” said Alexandre Deniot, Director of Midem.

Held since 1967, MIDEM conference gathers thousands of international music professionals to discuss industry issues while recording artists, management and publishers network showcase their materials along with live music in the evenings.

According to organizers, this year was a resounding success, with year to year attending increase of 9% compared to last year.

Here is more about Midem:

Home of the Global Music Community, Midem is the world’s leading music event which brings together, connects, serves and supports the global music community to exchange, create, play, forge relationships and shape the future of music. With a rich 4-day programme of conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances, music makers, cutting-edge technology companies, brands & talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections. – www.midem.com

Cannes Film Festival: “Shoplifters” Wins Palme d’Or

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“Shoplifters,” Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, won top prize Palme d’Or, highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was awarded as the festival comes to an end.

The family drama, which was also scripted and edited by Kore-eda, tells the story of an impoverished Japanese family who reply on shoplifting to cope with their life.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most renowned, with winners eventually picking up more trophies during the year’s award season. It would be interesting to see if “Shoplifters” take a similar path.

This year’s festival run from May 8 to 19, with the competition jury headed by Cate Blanchett. Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem opened the festival.

Here’s some of the festival winners announced on Saturday night:

Palme d’Or:
“Shoplifters” directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Special Palme d’Or:
Jean-Luc Godard for “The Image Book”

Best Actress:
Samal Yeslyamova for “Ayka”

Best Actor:
Marcello Fonte for “Dogman”

Best Director:
Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War”

Jury Prize:
“Capernaum” directed by Nadine Labaki

To see the full list, head over to Cannes website.

“Lois Lane” Margot Kidder Dies At 69

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Actress Margot Kidder passed away Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana. She was 69 years old.

The Canadian-American actress appeared in 135 films and television shows, including Brian De Palma’s cult thriller Sisters (1973), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) opposite Robert Redford, and the hit horror film The Amityville Horror (1979).

But it was her role as a plucky reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 Richard Donner film “Superman” with Christopher Reeve that would invigorate her career. The film at that time, was one of the most expensive ever made and later became one of the highest grossing films of the year.

It is considered by many as inspiration for today’s comic book films. Kidder would continue to play the role for its sequels “Superman II” (1980), “Superman III” (1983) and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987).

Reeve was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident in 1995 before he died died in 2004. In 1996, Kidder told in an interview with Barbara Walters that she had struggled with mental illness for decades.

The past few years, Kidder have been away from the spotlight, and spent most of time living in Montana.

The American Pavilion Announces Programming At The 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Acclaimed actors, filmmakers, movie executives, and journalists will be among those featured during the upcoming “Industry In Focus” Series and “In Conversation” programming at The American Pavilion at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival, it was announced by Julie Sisk, Founder and Director of The American Pavilion (www.ampav.com).

The American Pavilion’s discussions and one-on-one in conversations take place in the Roger Ebert Conference Center and are open to all AmPav members.

Exciting panels and In Conversation events include filmmakers and stars of films ARCTIC, BEST F(R)IENDS, BLACKKKLANSMAN, HOUSE OF CARDIN, LEAVE NO TRACE, RAFIKI, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, THE EYES OR ORSON WELLES, WHITNEY, WILDLIFE and many more.

Programming includes executives and moderators fromCinetic Media, CSA, Focus Features, Gunpowder & Sky, IFC Midnight, ICM, IMDb, Indiewire, Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Roadside Attractions, SAG-AFTRA, Screen International, SingularDTV, Submarine, Sundance Film Festival among other notable speakers.
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