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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)

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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Gkids, the U.S. distributor of ten Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations including this year’s “The Breadwinner,” has acquired North American rights to Spaniard Salvador Simó’s “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.” Gkids will release the film theatrically next year.

The animated feature is sold worldwide by Spain’s Latido Films; the all-rights deal was negotiated by Gkids’ CEO and founder Eric Beckman and Latido’s Antonio Saura.

The acquisition comes after “Buñuel” world premiered at this year’s Gkids co-run Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles, snagging a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter and positive reviews.

“Frankly, it was a brilliant choice on the part of director Salvador Simo to use such an expressionistic medium [as animation] to examine how surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel bent reality to his own ends in the making of 1933 documentary “Las Hurdes” (aka “Land
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‘Zama’ Director Lucrecia Martel Talks Being Approached For Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’ Film

Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel is probably not the first name you’d think of when deciding which directors should take a stab at a Marvel Studios film. Though her feature films are often critically-acclaimed, with her latest, “Zama” earning quite a bit of love upon its debut in 2017, Martel isn’t your prototypical up-and-coming director that Marvel snatches up and puts in charge of a $200 million blockbuster.

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Trailer Watch: Jobe’z World

Following its world premiere at last month’s IndieMemphis, Factory25 has released the first trailer for Jobe’z World, Michael M. Bilandic’s follow-up to his 2013’s art world satire Hellaware. This film looks to borrow from the After Hours formula of a New York City night gone wrong, as roller-blading, drug dealing Jobe (Jason Grisell) bares witness to the death of a celebrity client (Theodore Boulokos). Featuring a robust ensemble and cinematography by Sean Price Williams, Jobe’z World is set for release on January 11.
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Trailer Watch: Jobe’z World

Following its world premiere at last month’s IndieMemphis, Factory25 has released the first trailer for Jobe’z World, Michael M. Bilandic’s follow-up to his 2013’s art world satire Hellaware. This film looks to borrow from the After Hours formula of a New York City night gone wrong, as roller-blading, drug dealing Jobe (Jason Grisell) bares witness to the death of a celebrity client (Theodore Boulokos). Featuring a robust ensemble and cinematography by Sean Price Williams, Jobe’z World is set for release on January 11.
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Chris Pratt, Tom Holland & More To Star In New Pixar Film ‘Onward’ Arriving In 2020

A new Pixar film is still a special thing. Even almost 25 years after the original “Toy Story” graced theaters and put the young studio on the map, film fans are still eagerly awaiting any news about what Pixar has coming up next. And while we know that next year’s “Toy Story 4” is sure to be a monster hit for the studio, Disney has gone ahead and formally announced 2020’s Pixar film, “Onward.”

In a tweet from Disney, the studio announced that Pixar has signed an all-star cast to voice characters in the upcoming film “Onward,” which will hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

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Unlike ‘The Last Jedi,’ Mark Hamill Isn’t Allowed to Keep ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Script Overnight

Unlike ‘The Last Jedi,’ Mark Hamill Isn’t Allowed to Keep ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Script Overnight
Mark Hamill is a legendary figure in the “Star Wars” universe, but not even the man behind Luke Skywalker is allowed to keep the script for the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” in his possession for longer than a day. The actor recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly and revealed to no one’s surprise that security is in overdrive to protect the script and preserve spoilers for the final entry in the new “Star Wars” trilogy.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill said. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”

Hamill has already shot a little bit of his “Episode IX” role, but he has more shooting days planned in the near future.
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The 10 Best Movie Trailers of 2018, Ranked — Watch

The 10 Best Movie Trailers of 2018, Ranked — Watch
What makes a great movie trailer? In 2018, the movies got their marketing groove back with previews that relied less on plot and more on selling the atmosphere and energy of a particular film. The year’s greatest movie trailers were the ones that after you watched a film you could revisit just to experience the same rush of excitement, horror, tragedy, or joy.

Below are the 10 best movie trailers of 2018, ranked.

10. “Vice

Annapurna came out swinging with its official trailer for Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice.” The trailer benefited from featuring the first footage of Christian Bale’s eye-popping physical transformation, but it gained its strength in its rip-roaring ruthlessness. Framed around a conversation between a scheming Cheney and a dimwitted George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell), the trailer sells “Vice” as another energized spin on a traditional genre, carved straight out of the polarizing style of “The Big Short.
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‘Captive State’ Trailer: John Goodman Fights Off an Alien Invasion

‘Captive State’ Trailer: John Goodman Fights Off an Alien Invasion
When the end of the world comes, who would you rather have protecting you more than John Goodman? Goodman may be our most versatile actor working today; in the last two years he has revisited his sitcom roots (“Roseanne”), brought gravitas to a stylish indie spy thriller (“Atomic Blonde”), and anchored a blockbuster hit with critical support (“Kong: Skull Island”). For his next trick, he will combine those skills to good use in Focus Features’ spring sci-fi offering, staving off an alien invasion in “Captive State,” which just released its first official trailer.

Though much is still unknown about the movie’s particulars, the official synopsis reads: “Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, ‘Captive State’ explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.”

Goodman plays a government official tasked with uniting the world against a common extra-terrestrial enemy.
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Rushes. "Clueless" Goes Musical, The World's Biggest Outdoor Studio, Lists!

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSAmy Heckerling on the set of the Off Broadway musical of her film Clueless.We are delighted by the news shared by the New York Times that American auteur Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) is producing an Off-Broadway musical of her pop culture landmark film (and so much more!), Clueless. For more on the director, read our 2016 interview.Recommended VIEWINGMarcelo Martinessi's lovely debut film The Heiresses, a delicate drama focusing on the self-discovery of a wealthy, middle-aged queer women in Paraguay, gets an English trailer. We reviewed the film at the 68th Berlinale held earlier this year.The Criterion Collection produced this lovely video exploring the birth and programming vision of New York's Walter Reade cinema. Recommended READINGIt's that time of the year again: Year-end lists of the best films of 2018 have
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Snubs & Surprises of the 2019 SAG Awards Noms: Regina King, Emily Blunt, BlacKkKlansman

The membership of the Screen Actors Guild has what we can only say is a “reputation.” And this year it might have caught up with them just a bit. The nominating committee for SAG, the select group of members who vote on the nominations, is known to skip out on major film screenings (something distributors have been complaining about since October this season) and focus on the TV shows they have right in front of them.

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Netflix’s ‘Punisher’ Season 2 To Hit In January (Before Being Canceled In February?)

Saying goodbye is always hard. And kicking off 2019 is a new major Marvel TV premiere that is also the signal that the end is near for yet another Netflix/Marvel collaboration.

According to Netflix (via comicbook.com), the streaming service has signaled that January 2019 will be the month that Season 2 of “The Punisher” arrives. Why is the arrival of a new season of Frank Castle’s murder spree something to be sad about?

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review: A Sweet But Imaginatively Bankrupt Sequel

A listless Sunday afternoon of a movie that bursts with forced whimsy and synthetic optimism from the first notes of “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” to the last twinkles of “Nowhere to Go but Up” (an admirably bold choice of song title for any film’s big closing number), “Mary Poppins Returns” isn’t dishonest so much as it’s out of its time, like a useless clock that’s happy to be five minutes off. In fact, that analogy is something of a plot point in this long-awaited Disney sequel, which — after its daytime lullaby of an opening number — begins with the grizzled Admiral Boom (David Warner) complaining that Big Ben is running a few ticks ahead of schedule. Of course, the truth of the matter is that the crotchety old naval vet is actually lagging behind, but this is a film that would rather slow down the rest
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‘Captive State’ Trailer: John Goodman Wants You To Respect Our Alien Overlords

We’ve seen alien invasion films of all shapes and sizes. There’s the classic “Independence Day”-style film where aliens invade and immediately want to wipe out the human race. Then you have something like “Arrival,” which is on the opposite side of the spectrum where the beings from outer space come to help. The upcoming film “Captive State” lives somewhere in between those extremes.

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SAG Film Awards Go Mainstream, Snubbing Critical Favorites Regina King and Ethan Hawke

The SAG Awards went mainstream with its annual film nominations, favoring commercial crowdpleasers over critics’ favorites on Tuesday. But it’s easy to read where the strength in the Oscar race lies. Not every SAG nominee will move on to the Oscars — but, given the overlap between SAG members and the Academy’s actors branch, statistically, the eventual Oscar Best Picture winner is a SAG Ensemble nominee. Exceptions are rare.

Follow the numbers and the likeliest Best Picture winners are Ensemble nominees “A Star Is Born” (four nods), “BlacKkKlansman,” or “Black Panther.” Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott all landed nominations, along with John David Washington and Adam Driver—while “Black Panther” did not score any acting citations; Michael B. Jordan did not make it onto the Supporting Actor list. In the Oscar race, popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek will get support from actors, and broad comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,
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SAG Awards 2019 TV Snubs and Surprises: ‘Pose’ and ‘Westworld’ Out, ‘Ozark’ and ‘The Kominsky Method’ In

SAG Awards 2019 TV Snubs and Surprises: ‘Pose’ and ‘Westworld’ Out, ‘Ozark’ and ‘The Kominsky Method’ In
Crazy Rich Asians” star Awkwafina and Laverne Cox, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, unveiled the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations first thing Wednesday morning, and the list of film and TV contenders illustrated just what a wild year it’s been. For the SAG Awards, there were plenty of exciting surprises and a few inexplicable snubs.

Most noticeable was how much space was taken up by so few shows. In part because the SAG Awards don’t have supporting categories, dual nominees dominated many races: Both Julia Garner and Laura Linney were nominated for “Ozark,” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda for “Grace and Frankie,” Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin for “The Kominsky Method,” Bill Hader and Henry Winkler for “Barry,” Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette for “Sharp Objects.”

That meant snubs galore, as hot new shows like “Pose,
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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Exclusive: Hear A Track From Daniel Pemberton’s Amazing Score

Coming into 2018, no one expected that the best superhero film of the year would be the Sony animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” But now, after the success of “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Venom,” and more, it appears that ‘Spider-Verse’ is going to take the crown as the best the genre has to offer in 2018, if not the previous 10 years.

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Christian Bale Says Donald Trump Thought He Was Bruce Wayne in Real Life

Christian Bale Says Donald Trump Thought He Was Bruce Wayne in Real Life
Several years before he assumed the position of President of the United States, Donald Trump was just another wealthy businessman who happened to visit the set of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ender “The Dark Knight Rises.” As Christian Bale remembers it, Trump spoke to him as if the actor actually was his character, Bruce Wayne, in real life. The brief meeting between the two men took place in 2011.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,’” Bale told Variety on the red carpet at the world premiere of his new film, “Vice.” “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the
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SAG 2019 Awards Full TV Nominations List: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘Ozark’ Lead With Four Each

What a difference a year makes. Wednesday morning’s announcement of the Screen Actors Guild Award TV nominees initially appeared to be a repeat of 2017 with Netflix dominating across the board. And while the streaming service did lead with the most nominations overall with 14, Amazon is giving some stiff competition with eight nominations.

Not only that, but both Amazon and Netflix boast the two shows with the most nominations. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” have four nominations each, one for their respective categories and three for their stars. Netflix also made a strong showing with multiple nominations for newcomer “The Kominsky Method,” “Glow,” and “Grace and Frankie.” Amazon didn’t even show up on the board last year but is making up for lost time. Besides “Maisel,” the streaming service also garnered two nominations for “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” along with solo nods for ”King Lear,” and “A Very English Scandal.
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‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Lead SAG Awards 2019 Nominations

The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for the 25th SAG Awards today and specifically on the film side, broad, big hits and familiar names ruled the day.

A Star is Born” led all films with four nominations including Ensemble, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott). “BlacKkKlansman” took three nods including Best Actor (John David Washington), Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver) and Ensemble.

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Trailer: Dev Patel & Armie Hammer Try To Survive A Terrorist Attack

Dev Patel is coming off one of his most successful films to date, “Lion,” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. And it appears that his good luck will continue with the upcoming “Hotel Mumbai.”

In the first teaser for “Hotel Mumbai,” we are introduced to Patel’s character, a family man working at the prestigious Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. What starts as a normal day in Mumbai turns to chaos when a terrorist attack happens in the city, and the folks at the Taj are held hostage.

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