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Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in "Dora the Explorer" Live-Action Film

Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in
Benicio del Toro has closed a deal to provide the voice of Swiper the Fox in the "Dora the Explorer" live-action movie.

The film, based on the Nickelodeon TV series from Paramount Players, wrapped production in Australia two weeks ago, but del Toro’s role is a CG character, which explains the late casting.

Del Toro joins a cast that includes Isabela Moner as a slightly older teenage Dora, alongside Michael Peña and Eva Longoria as her parents, and Eugenio Derbez and Temuera Morrison.
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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Scores $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Scores $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony's animated superhero film, kicked off the holiday season release slate by webslinging its way to $3.5 million in Thursday box office previews. The film previewed on 3,321 locations ahead of opening on approximately 3,800 screens this weekend.

Sony is projecting a $30 million opening weekend for Into the Spider-Verse behind a $90 million budget, with independent trackers saying it could climb as high as $35 million.

Into the Spider-Verse opens opposite The Mule, the Clint Eastwood-starring and directed crime vehicle from Warner Bros., and Mortal Engines, a post-apocalyptic epic from producer Peter Jackson at Universal.
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Superhero Bits: ‘Aquaman’ Breaks Pre-Sales Records, Secrets of ‘The Dark Knight’ Pencil Trick & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Aquaman’ Breaks Pre-Sales Records, Secrets of ‘The Dark Knight’ Pencil Trick & More
What’s coming in the latest Spider-Man PS4 downloadable content? Did you hear Aquaman broke pre-sales records at Atom Tickets? How much did Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse make in Thursday night previews? How was the pencil trick in The Dark Knight pulled off? What mistake did Jason Momoa make on the set of Justice League? All […]

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Ventana Sur: Ugc Distribution Closes Market Hit ‘4 x 4’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Ugc Distribution has beaten out all other suitors to clinch what had became by Friday morning the most anticipated deal of this year’s Ventana Sur market: All rights to France on Argentine Mariano Cohn’s “4 x 4,” sold by Latido Films and distributed throughout Argentina by Disney.

After mounting speculation about which distributor would finally win out on France, the deal was closed by Ugc’s Thierry Decourcelle and Latido Films Juan Torres.

The sale vindicates Latido and the producers’ decision to bring “4 x 4” onto the market at a private screening at Ventana Sur, attended this year by more than 100 French executives.

Stoking the drama of Thursday’s screening, it took place in torrential rain, but top-class screening conditions.

One of the biggest new titles at Ventana Sur, sitting in the mid-ground between arthouse and mainstream – it’s a thriller but makes caustic social comment about the vindictiveness
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Daily Podcast: Comic Recommendations, Future of the Spider-Verse, Jurassic World 3, Henry Cavill, Brian K. Vaughan

On the December 14, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest film and TV news, including the future of Sony’s animated Spider-Verse, if Henry Cavill is finished as Superman, Jurassic World 3, and Legendary making […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” has already grossed more than $150 million outside the U.S., Michael Masini joins “Birds of Prey,” and Freestyle buys the documentary “Shamanic Trekker.”

Box Office

Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on Dec. 7.

The Jason Momoa vehicle has become the highest China grosser in the DC Universe and surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther” in the Middle Kingdom. Mexico debuted with $1.4 million on Thursday on 3,517 screens while Russia and Brazil each took in $1.3 million.

Indonesia has taken in $2.2 million in two days and the U.K. generated $1.8 million in two days of previews. Taiwan’s two-day total is $1.4 million and the Philippines generated $1.1 million. In the U.S., Amazon Prime is holding advance screenings of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America on Dec.
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Tallinn Film Review: ‘Winter’s Night’

Tallinn Film Review: ‘Winter’s Night’
There are thousands of films about love’s beginning, and a great many about love’s end. But far fewer deal with a relationship’s late-middle: the spreading, sluggish delta of coupledom when decades of familiarity, if they have not bred contempt, at least threaten irritation. “Winter’s Night,” Jang Woo-jin’s playfully melancholic third feature, after the acclaimed “A Fresh Start” and “Autumn, Autumn,” occupies this less trafficked territory with idiosyncratic grace and a surprising, gentle surrealism that lets us explore the possibility that actually those beginning-middle-and-end phases might exist simultaneously in the place where they’ve always been, and the people we once were might be wandering around there like stranded tourists.

A cleverly wrong-footing opening introduces us to Eun-ju, a wonderfully mercurial turn by Seo Young-hwa (from Hong Sang-soo’s “On the Beach at Night Alone”), and her husband Heung-ju, played by Yang Heung-ju, here reuniting with director Jang after “Autumn,
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What is That ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Credits Scene All About?

What is That ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Credits Scene All About?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a superhero movie, so it should come as no surprise that it has a post-credits scene that sets the stage for future installments of the animated Spider-Verse. However, if you’re only a casual Spider-Man fan, you might have been confused about how the scene unfolded and exactly what was going […]

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UTA Signs ‘Cold War’ Star Tomasz Kot (Exclusive)

UTA has signed “Cold War” star Tomasz Kot.

He has appeared in more than 30 films and 26 plays as well as dozens of television series.

Most recently, Kot has received award-season buzz for his starring role as Wiktor in Pawel Pawlikowski’s feature “Cold War” for Amazon. The project has earned him a nomination for best actor by the European Film Awards and the movie has been recognized by the Critics’ Choice Awards, New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Board of Review in the best foreign language film category.

Currently, Kot is filming BBC One series “World on Fire” opposite Brian J. Smith, Julia Brown, and Helen Hunt. Last year, Kot appeared in Maria Sadowska’s feature “The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka” for Netflix and Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” and had a starring role in Jaroslaw Marszewski’s “Bikini Blue,” the latter earning him the award
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HBO Made a ‘Brexit’ Movie With Benedict Cumberbatch, and the Trailer is Here

Brexit is a highly complicated and ongoing national issue for the citizens of the United Kingdom, so you know what that means: it’s time to dive in and make a movie about it! HBO Films has done just that, casting Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) as the man who spearheaded the Vote Leave campaign and Rory […]

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Lupita Nyong’o Is at the Height of Her Powers, Even Before John Woo’s Remake of ‘The Killer’

Lupita Nyong’o Is at the Height of Her Powers, Even Before John Woo’s Remake of ‘The Killer’
For Lupita Nyong’o, the years immediately following her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for “12 Years a Slave” were charged with concerns about her Hollywood viability. Her next two roles had her playing computer-generated alien Maz Kanata in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and voicing white wolf Raksha in “The Jungle Book” — as opposed to a live-action film that, as Vulture noted, “lets her live in her own black skin.”

The actress’ future became something of a battleground for pundits, with debates over the significance of her skin color, and whether or not she was being fetishized by the mainstream media. But for Nyong’o, this popular narrative wasn’t one that she lived.

“That initial year, everything was a first for me,” she said. “Red carpets were a first. Interviews, press junkets were a first. All of it. And I really wanted to absorb and take it in for what it was.
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‘Timeless’ Series Finale Teaser Reveals the Team’s Final Mission

A new teaser for the Timeless series finale has arrived, and Rufus lives! After being cancelled by NBC, the fan-favorite series was given a two-hour movie reprieve to wrap up the story and answer the big Wtf question after the Season 2 cliffhanger -- "Do you guys want to save Rufus, or what?" It looks like that's a yes, or at least, the beloved character will make a return in some form and it seems he hasn't lost his spirit, telling the team, "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!" As for how he returns or what to expect …
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Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ Opening Palm Springs Film Festival

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ Opening Palm Springs Film Festival
The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open on Jan. 3 with historical drama “All Is True,” starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen.

Branagh, who will be in attendance at the opening night screening, directed from Ben Elton’s script about the little-known period in the final years of William Shakespeare. Branagh portrays the playwright with Dench as his wife Anne, while McKellen plays the Earl of Southampton. Sony Classics bought worldwide rights in October.

The festival will close with “Ladies in Black,” directed by Bruce Beresford, on Jan. 13. The movie, starring Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond, Ryan Corr and Shane Jacobson, centers on a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney. Beresford will attend.

The festival will screen 223 films from 78 countries, including 48 premieres. It will screen 43 of the 87 official submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. A jury of
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Armie Hammer’s ‘Justice League Mortal’ Batman Would’ve Been “Truly Psychotic”

Armie Hammer’s ‘Justice League Mortal’ Batman Would’ve Been “Truly Psychotic”
You may not know this, but Armie Hammer came very close to playing Batman in George Miller‘s never-made Justice League Mortal. We’ll never know if Hammer would’ve made a good Batman or not, but now we know how he would’ve portrayed the character – as a psychotic. According to Hammer, he really wanted to lean into […]

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Cuarón Tells Lubezki How He Filmed ‘Roma’ — Even One Quiet Shot Needed 45 Camera Positions

Cuarón Tells Lubezki How He Filmed ‘Roma’ — Even One Quiet Shot Needed 45 Camera Positions
Alfonso Cuarón’s impressive black-and-white memoir of 1971 Mexico City, “Roma,” recognized as one of the year’s best by multiple critics groups, finally arrived on Netflix December 14. Last Sunday on a packed soundstage at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, the writer-director-cinematographer was grilled by his old film school buddy Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who collaborated on six films with Cuarón, including “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity,” the movie that won them both Oscars.

Three-time Oscar-winner Lubezki started to prep the film but when the “Roma” shooting schedule ballooned to over 108 shooting days, he was no longer able to commit to the schedule and Cuarón, who trained as a cinematographer, took on the task himself. Lubezki asked his long-time collaborator to explain the many rules he broke while making a film that could earn him his first cinematography nomination, among other things.

Here’s an edited version of the highlights.
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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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9 Holiday Gift Ideas Inspired by This Year’s Most Popular Films

From superheroes to super nannies, 2018 was a year full of memorable characters — and memorable movies. Whether you’re a big film buff, an avid follower of a popular franchise, or have a couple movie fans in your life, here are nine gifts that capture the fun of some of this year’s biggest films.

1. Funko Pop! Mister Rogers Collectible Figurine

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was one of the best-reviewed films of 2018, with Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman calling it “the most glorious documentary of the year”. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film focused on the life and quiet impact of Fred Rogers, the affable host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Get this Mister Rogers vinyl figure from Funko Pop! as a fun stocking stuffer this year. Holding his iconic “Neighborhood Trolley,” the Mister Rogers figure stands just under 4″ tall and comes in a window display box that’s ready for gifting.
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Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 Lineup: 223 Movies From 78 Countries

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 Lineup: 223 Movies From 78 Countries
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its 2019 lineup, and it’s prodigious: 223 films from 78 countries, four of them world premieres. Though well known for celebrating future Oscar nominees (and winners) each year, the festival also boasts a deceptively robust world-cinema slate; among the upcoming offerings are Jia Zhangke’s “Ash Is Purest White,” Sergey Loznitsa’s “Donbass,” Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” and Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s “Asako I & II,” to name just a few.

A number of post-screening Q&As will also be held, including with “Black Klansman” author Ron Stallworth and “Support the Girls” star Regina Hall, in addition to a new section celebrating the best films to screen at Psiff throughout its first three decades.

World premieres:

Buck Run (USA), Director Nick Frangione

Carlos Almaraz Playing With Fire (USA), Directors Elsa Flores Almaraz, Richard Montoya (Schlesinger Documentary Competition)

The Last Color
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The Best Christmas Movies on Netflix Right Now

The halls are decked, the season is jolly, and there are Jingle Jangles everywhere -- Christmastime is officially upon us, which means it's time to get in the spirit with all your favorite holiday films. There's no shortage of ways to find Christmas movies for your viewing pleasure -- streaming services are stocked up on Christmas fare and you can always count on FreeForm for their 25 Days of Christmas, but Netflix remains the king of the streaming game, so we've put together a list of the best Christmas movies you can watch right now. Whether you're looking …
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