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No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’

No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’
The first-ever trailer for Marvel and Sony’s next Spider-man spinoff “Morbius” left comic book fans reeling with theories. While the plight of the main character, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) – a scientist dying of a rare blood disease who accidentally turns himself into a vampire – seemed ripped right out of the comics, the role of one Jared Harris remained unclear.

Fans speculated that Harris, who appeared as a concerned friend trying to help Morbius see the light (without killing him) was actually classic Spider-Man villain, Doc Ock.

Dr. Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus or Doc Ock, as the fans call him, is yet another genius in the Spider-verse. The engineer-turned-villain is best known by the giant mechanical arms attached to his torso that he controls telepathically. This character was previously played by Alfred Molina in “Spider-Man 2.”

So is Harris the next Doc Ock? We asked at the 2020 SAG Awards,
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Offer an Update on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Offer an Update on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’
The Bad Boys, it is safe to say, ain't going nowhere. The newest feature in the franchise, Bad Boys for Life, dropped in theatres after a 17 year delay after the second one. Stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence came back, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer came back, but original director Michael Bay did not. Instead, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, known for acclaimed Belgian crime thrillers like Black, made their Hollywood feature film debut on the threequel. And their debut went swimmingly, earning serious bank at the box office and positive notices from critics. Surely, the world is …
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#GoldOpen Launches Advisory Council, ‘Golden Rider’ to Promote Multicultural Films

#GoldOpen Launches Advisory Council, ‘Golden Rider’ to Promote Multicultural Films
Diversity-focused nonprofit Gold House is launching an entertainment advisory council made up of industry leaders and a Golden Rider initiative to incentivize diverse representation in film, starting with the Asian diaspora. Both the council and rider are through the organization’s #GoldOpen venture, which supports the opening weekends of multicultural films.

The council — whose members include Albert Cheng, Abhijay Prakash, Kim Yutani (Sundance Film Festival) and Franklin Leonard (The Black List) — will advise on which films will receive #GoldOpen support in the form of theater buyouts for screenings, social media and press campaigns and global distribution opportunities. Movies that have received such support since the venture’s inception in 2017 include “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Parasite” and “Just Mercy.”

In an announcement, the organization stated that #GoldOpen films will need to sign the Golden Rider, an educational agreement that acknowledges the significance of multicultural audiences.

Gold House founder and chairman Bing Chen
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Taylor Swift: No Longer ‘Polite at All Costs’

Taylor Swift: No Longer ‘Polite at All Costs’
“Not a shot. Not a single chance. Not a snowball’s chance in hell.”

Taylor Swift — who, at 30, has reached a Zen state of cheerful realism — laughs as she leans into a pillow she’s placed over her crossed legs inside her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, leaning further still into her infinitesimal odds of winning a Golden Globe, which will zero out when she heads down to the televised ball in a few hours.

Never mind whether or not the tune she co-wrote, “Beautiful Ghosts,” might actually have been worthy of a trophy for best original song. Since the Globe nominations were revealed, voters could hardly have been immune to how quickly the film it’s a part of, “Cats,” in which she also co-stars, became a whipping boy for jokes about costly Hollywood miscalculations and creative disasters. Not that you’ll hear Swift utter a discouraging word about it all.
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Cool Stuff: ‘The Iron Giant’ Kicks Off the Mondo Mecha Line of Robot Collectibles

Cool Stuff: ‘The Iron Giant’ Kicks Off the Mondo Mecha Line of Robot Collectibles
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Brad Bird’s magnificent animated adventure The Iron Giant. But Mondo is still celebrating this year with a new collectible version of the titular robot from space. This year, Mondo is launching a new line of collectible figures called Mondo Mecha. They’re roughly 12-inch tall, highly articulated robot figures, […]

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​Best Friend Forever boards sales on Radu Jude’s Berlinale Forum title ‘Uppercase Print’ (exclusive)

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​Best Friend Forever boards sales on Radu Jude’s Berlinale Forum title ‘Uppercase Print’ (exclusive)
Feature tells true story of student arrested by Communist Romania’s secret services after challenging regime of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Brussels-based sales company Best Friend Forever (Bff) has boarded world sales on Romanian director Radu Jude’s new political drama Uppercase Print ahead of its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Forum section.

An adaptation of 2013 play Typographic Capital Letters by Romanian playwright Gianina Carbunariu, it tells the true story of high school student Mugur Călinescu who was arrested in the early 1980s by Romania’s secret police agency, or Securitate, for graffiti criticising the regime of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
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The Morning Watch: ‘Uncut Gems’ Scene Breakdown, THR’s Actors Roundtable & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Uncut Gems’ Scene Breakdown, THR’s Actors Roundtable & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Uncut Gems directors Josh & Benny Safdie break […]

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‘Horse Girl’ Trailer: Alison Brie Can ‘Hear the Future’ in Jeff Baena’s Unpredictable Sundance Premiere

‘Horse Girl’ Trailer: Alison Brie Can ‘Hear the Future’ in Jeff Baena’s Unpredictable Sundance Premiere
After more than a decade in the spotlight, two-time Golden Globe nominee Alison Brie is starting to spread her wings beyond just acting. Last year, she directed her first episode of her Netflix hit “Glow,” and 2020 will again bring her behind the camera for another joint from the streaming giant: as screenwriter on Jeff Baena’s latest, “Horse Girl.” Brie also stars in the Sundance premiere, which she wrote alongside her frequent collaborator, who has previously directed her in other Sundance offerings like “Joshy” and “The Little Hours.”

The film is the latest from Baena, who has long enjoyed toying with tropes and turning them into unexpected character studies. “Horse Girl” appears to be no different, following Brie as the eponymous equine-obsessed gal as she embarks on a life-changing journey. But don’t expect the film to offer up the usual “weird gal comes of age kind of late but
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‘The Island,’ ‘Calamity,’ ‘Piano Player’ Highlight Cartoon Movie 2020 Lineup (Exclusive)

Barcelona – Rémi Chayé’s “Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,” Anca Damian’s “The Island,” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s “They Shot the Piano Player,” and Enrique Gato’s “Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy” are among the sixty-six projects from twenty countries to be pitched at the 22nd Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event. Cartoon Movie will take place in the French port city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 3rd.

Projects will be accessible for buyers and potential partners and will be pitched in different stages of production: 28 in concept, 27 in development, six in production and five sneak previews. The five projects at the sneak preview showcase and the six in production have previously been to Cartoon Movie in preliminary production stages. Twenty-three projects are co-productions.

A family adventure, Rémi Chayé’s (acclaimed “Long Way North”) sophomore feature depicts the
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‘And Then We Danced’, ‘Aniara’ lead winners at Sweden’s 2020 Guldbagge awards

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‘And Then We Danced’, ‘Aniara’ lead winners at Sweden’s 2020 Guldbagge awards
The former took best film with the latter winning best director.

Levan Akin’s Cannes 2019 title And Then We Danced and Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja’s Toronto 2018 film Aniara led the winners at the 2020 Guldbagge Awards, held on January 20 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Both films picked up four awards each. And Then We Danced took best film, best actor for Levan Gelbakhiani, best screenplay for Akin, and best cinematography for Lisabi Fridell; while Aniara received best director, best actress for Emelie Garbers, best supporting actress for Bianca Cruzeiro, and best visual effects for Arild Andersson, Per Jonsson and Andreas Wicklund.
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Disney+ launch date brought forward in UK, western Europe; price confirmed

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The pricing of the SVoD has been set as £5.99 in the UK and €6.99 in Europe.

Disney+ will launch in the UK and western Europe on 24 March – a week earlier than previously planned.

The pricing of the SVoD has been confirmed at £5.99 per month or an annual £59.99. In Europe, the costs are €6.99 and €69.99 respectively.

Disney has also brought forward the service in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland, with a wider European launch including the Nordics, Belgium and Portugal following in the summer.

Disney+ is already available in the Netherlands, where streaming uptake has outpaced the rest of Europe,
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‘Force Of Habit’: first trailer for Finnish gender stereotypes anthology feature (exclusive)

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‘Force Of Habit’: first trailer for Finnish gender stereotypes anthology feature (exclusive)
The film is comprised of six shorts following women dealing with discrimination.

Screen can reveal the first trailer for Force Of Habit, a Finnish feature comprised of six short films about women looking at gender stereotypes.

The all-female production explores the different forms of discrimination faced by women both in public and in private. Screen first reported on the project in October last year.

The episodes that comprise the anthology are presented under the four category banners of consent, rape, gaze and power dynamics.

15 female directors and screenwriters were assembled for the Finnish production, six episodes of which have been assembled into this feature.
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Toby Jones: 'Actors talking about acting? It makes you scream!'

He’s played everything from an elf in Harry Potter to Truman Capote and a harassed coach driver. Now, Jones is taking on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Just don’t call it the role of a lifetime

Twenty minutes after we meet, I worry that I’ve given Toby Jones some kind of existential crisis. “Why are people so interested in what performers have to say?” he exclaims, genuine angst etched on to his face. “Actors talking about acting has to be has to be one of the most appalling things to read. I mean, it makes you scream!”

He swivels on his chair, gazing towards the window and into the night beyond. “It’s just … well, it’s not something you can … sort of really describe,” he adds, turning back towards me and looking at me with his big, boyish eyes.
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Jonathan Pryce: ‘There’s a definite shortage of 72-year-old Welsh men’

The actor talks about his Oscar nomination for The Two Popes and his new role as Don Quixote, before moving on to the vexed subject of inequality in the movie industry

It is the day after the Oscar nominations, and Jonathan Pryce is perched at a corner table in a humdrum London bar, guest of honour at the saddest celebration in town. His first best-actor nomination has been a long time coming. At the age of 72, he has arrived. “Best newcomer,” he says ruefully. “Although I already do have a best newcomer award. It was for Breaking Glass. Back in 1980.”

It is no surprise to see Pryce honoured for his lovely performance in The Two Popes, a likable Netflix drama that spotlights the bromance between Benedict and Francis, but it knocked him sideways all the same. He had not thought he stood a chance; he had just come out of
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‘On The Record,’ Russell Simmons #MeToo Doc, Charts Course to Sundance After Oprah Exit

‘On The Record,’ Russell Simmons #MeToo Doc, Charts Course to Sundance After Oprah Exit
Updated: A spokesperson for Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering says the filmmaking team behind “Off the Record” will participate in print and broadcast interviews at the Sundance film festival. The accusers featured in the film are weighing press options at this time.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Russell Simmons documentary confirmed to Variety that only photo calls would be booked in support of the project. The rapidly-changing nature of plans reflects the bumpy road the film has had in its approach to the Park City festival, following the very public withdrawal of executive producer Oprah Winfrey.

Subjects in the film include women who have accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of rape and sexual misconduct, which he denies. Behind the scenes, efforts are being made to refocus attention to the film, and not the fallout from the departure of Winfrey as executive producer and Apple TV Plus as distributor.

Among the
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The trial of Harvey Weinstein

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Ed Pilkington looks ahead to Weinstein’s court battle where he faces charges of rape and sexual assault, which he denies. And Jamie Grierson on why counter-terror police have listed Extinction Rebellion as a ‘key threat’

The film producer Harvey Weinstein will stand trial this week in New York City accused of five charges, including rape and sexual assault. Weinstein denies all allegations. The trial, expected to last about six weeks, will focus on the witness accounts of two alleged victims who claim they were assaulted by Weinstein.

The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington has been in court for the jury selection process in which 2,000 potential jurors were whittled down to 12 who will decide Weinstein’s fate. He tells Anushka Asthana that the case will cause a sensation in the Us and around the world, but that it should not be seen as #MeToo on trial.
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Berlinale Unveils 2020 Forum Titles, Including Raúl Ruiz’s Completed ‘Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror’

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Berlinale Unveils 2020 Forum Titles, Including Raúl Ruiz’s Completed ‘Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror’
The Berlinale continues to unveil its lineup, today announcing films selected for its Forum category: an independent section of the festival, organized by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

This intermeshing of old and new runs throughout the selection. The category offers challenging and thought-provoking films that bring together cinema with the visual arts, theatre and literature. Many of the 35 films in this year’s program — 28 of which are world premieres — are distinguished by how they navigate between past and present.

Included in the selection is late Chilean director Raúl Ruiz and his widow Valeria Sarmientos’ “The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror,” which opens this year’s Forum. Ruiz, who died in 2011, shot the material in Chile in 1967, but was unable to complete it before going into exile in 1973. His widow Sarmiento has now transformed the footage into a finished film.

The
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‘Visible: Out on Television’ Trailer: Apple TV+ Celebrates Lgbtq+ in New Documentary Series

‘Visible: Out on Television’ Trailer: Apple TV+ Celebrates Lgbtq+ in New Documentary Series
Apple TV+ still has yet to release an original title that gets them into the cultural conversation on the same level as Disney+ (with the possible exception of The Morning Show). But as the streaming services rolls out its next slate of shows, some promising contenders are making an appearance. The latest is the five-part documentary […]

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Theme Park Bits: Regal Eagle Menu, Moana Dole Whip, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: The Regal Eagle Smokehouse has revealed its menu. A Moana-themed Dole Whip is making permanent residence in Adventureland. And more! After the recent announcement that Walt Disney World will soon be home to a Sam the Eagle-themed barbecue counter-service restaurant in the World Showcase at Epcot, we’re now […]

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Viacom International Studios Signs First Look Deal with Ariel Winograd (Exclusive)

Madrid — Adding to a powerful and still growing talent roster, Viacom International Studios (Vis) has clinched a first-look deal with Argentine writer-director Ariel Winograd whose latest movie, “The Heist of the Century,” has just become one of the biggest Argentine openers in history.

The multi-year pact takes in the development and production of not only feature films – where Winograd has had a large impact- but also drama series.

With Winograd, Viacom International Studios has landed one of Argentina’s most popular auteurs who melds romantic comedy or heist movies (“Wine to Steal”) with contemporary social commentary, whether on Jewish communities in Argentina (“Cheese Face: ‘My First Ghetto’”), women’s choosing not to have children or open relationships.

On recent form, he also one of Argentina’s biggest commercial directors. Premiering in the winter holidays of 2017, ‘Mom Went on a Trip’, starring Diego Peretti (“En terapia”) and Carla Peterson, became the No.
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