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Oscars: Israel Selects 'Foxtrot' for Foreign-Language Category

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Israel has picked Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot as its official submission for the Oscars in the best foreign-language film category.

The film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival earlier in September, won eight Ophir Awards, awarded by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, including best lead actor for Lior Ashkenazi (A Late Wedding), best director for Maoz and best film.

Foxtrot follows an affluent Tel Aviv family through gut-wrenching grief over the death of their son, a soldier in the Israel Defense Force, and continues to examine both the strength and the absurdity of »


- David Caspi

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'Goodfellas': THR's 1990 Review

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On Sept. 19, 1990, Martin Scorsese unveiled his gangster epic Goodfellas in theaters. The film win on to nab a best supporting actor Oscar for Joe Pesci at the 63rd Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Hollywood has long been fascinated with the gangster. But nobody has ever taken quite the fix on the tribal rites and ethos of the American gangster that Martin Scorsese does in Goodfellas.

This film harkens back to such Scorsese examinations of the volatile urban male as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Only this time he casts his net wider. »


- THR Staff

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Joel Schiller, Craftsman on 'The Graduate' and 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 86

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Joel Schiller, the respected production designer and art director known for his work on such films as Rosemary's Baby, Murphy's Romance and The Muppet Movie, has died. He was 86.

Schiller died Jan. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his friend of 40 years, Al Heintzelman, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death had not been previously reported.

A skilled painter who studied with John Groth and William de Kooning, Schiller served as assistant production designer under the legendary Richard Sylbert on The Graduate (1967), where he created the conceptual fish-bowl environment for Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock.

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- Mike Barnes

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Amblin Shake-Up: Michael Wright Stepping Down as CEO

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Michael WrightAmblin Partners' top executive, is stepping down as CEO, the company announced Tuesday. 

Steven Spielberg, who serves as chairman, will assume the CEO role.

Wright, who became DreamWorks CEO in September 2014, was later instrumental in establishing the overarching Amblin Partners, home of DreamWorks, and in forging Amblin’s distribution deal with Universal Pictures. His contract wasn't up until 2020 after being renewed in early 2016, according to sources.

A major mandate was to build and exploit the trio of labels that fall under Amblin Partners: Amblin, for family films; DreamWorks, for adult fare, such as this fall's Pentagon »


- Pamela McClintock

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Melissa McCarthy Competes in First Trailer for Mockumentary 'Cook Off!'

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Who's hungry?

In the first trailer for the new mockumentary Cook Off!, Melissa McCarthy stars as a competitive baking contestant squaring off against a roster of quirky, offbeat characters. 

The trailer begins with an announcer welcoming in throngs of bakers and spectators to an annual "cook off" in a Los Angeles apartment complex's convention center. McCarthy, sporting a frizzled crop cut, red apron and baggy sweatshirt, arranges a pot of ingredients atop a stove as she is interviewed by a film crew. "My hands aren't that clean, but it really cooks up nice," she tells the camera.

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- Patrick Shanley

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Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times

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Farhad Safinia, the screenwriter and director of The Professor and the Madman, has just filed a lawsuit that is anything but ordinary. In California federal court, he alleges that he never came to a deal to shoot the picture and that Voltage Pictures is committing copyright infringement with respect to the movie about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Plus, he's asserting defamation.

His lawsuit follows one in August from Mel Gibson's Icon Productions, which must be discussed first for context.

Icon claims that Gibson was entitled to sign-off on »


- Eriq Gardner

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Mel Gibson's 'Madman' Lawsuit Knocked as Harmless Griping

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Where's the harm in depriving Mel Gibson of his asserted right to control The Professor and the Madman, his "labor of love" film about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary?

That's essentially the question posed in a demurrer motion filed by Voltage Pictures in response to a lawsuit filed by Gibson's Icon Productions.

Gibson is alleging that his deal required his sign-off on any material changes to the screenplay, a change of director from Farhad Safinia, filming locations and so forth. His complaint also contends that he'd be allowed to see the final production budget and schedule, and if necessary, select a final »


- Eriq Gardner

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Oscars: Slovenia Selects 'Miner' for Foreign-Language Category

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Slovenia has selected Rudar (Miner), directed by Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak, for best foreign-language film Oscar consideration.

Based on a true story, the drama is centered on Alija, a Bosnian miner who migrated to Slovenia. In an abandoned mine, he discovers the remains of victims of post-World War II reprisal killings. In his determination to fight for a decent burial of the executed people, he goes against his managers and loses his job.

Co-produced by Slovenia and Croatia, Miner premiered at the Slovenian Film Festival earlier this month and is scheduled to open in theaters Sept. 28.

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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'Wonder Woman' Honest Trailer Teases Diana in "A Justice League of Her Own"

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Forget the audience buzz and the box-office take — perhaps the clearest indicator that Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman did something right is the fact that Honest Trailers struggles to fill an entire video making fun of the movie. 

The latest release from the online series, which debuted Tuesday, points out that Diana is perhaps a little too naive about the ways of Man's World before meeting Steve Trevor — she speaks several languages, so perhaps she should know what marriage means — and also complains that the villains of the movie come from a different, far campier flick, but it »


- Graeme McMillan

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Joey King, Jack Kilmer Starring in Coming-of-Age Indie 'Summer 03'

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Joey King, Jack Kilmer and Andrea Savage are starring in Summer '03, a coming-of-age indie written and being directed by newcomer Becca Gleason.

Paul Scheer, Erin Darke, Stephen Ruffin and June Squibb are also starring in the ensemble piece that began shooting Tuesday in Atlanta.

Inspired by true events, Summer '03 is described as a dramedy reminiscent in tone to Little Miss Sunshine. It centers on a 16-year-old girl (King) and her extended family who are left reeling after her calculating grandmother (Squibb) unveils an array of secrets on her deathbed. The girl is left to navigate her nascent love »


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Production Exec Jon Gonda Joins Paramount From Warner Bros.

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Creative executive Jon Gonda is jumping from Warner Bros. Pictures to Paramount Pictures.

The well-liked exec makes the move as newly installed Paramount chairman-ceo Jim Gianopulos reshapes the production division. Earlier this month, the studio announced that producer Wyck Godfrey is joining as president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, succeeding Marc Evans. Godfrey begins the new gig in January, with Evans taking on a producing role.

Gonda, who will serve as a production vp, will work under Paramount president of production Liz Raposo. He will start on the Melrose lot on Oct. 2.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Matt Damon to Star in, Produce Quack Doctor Film 'Charlatan'

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Matt Damon has optioned the book Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam and is developing it as a potential starring vehicle, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Damon, who stars in two fall films with awards-season hopes — George Clooney's Suburbicon and Alexander Payne's Downsizing — would play John R. Brinkley, a con man from Kansas who set up a medical practice in the 1920s and introduced an outlandish surgical method using goat glands to reverse impotence in local farmers. He quickly turned into America’s richest and most famous surgeon.

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Johnny Depp's Sister and Assistant Dragged Into Business Managers Lawsuit

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Most lawsuits settle, but the ever-escalating dispute between Johnny Depp and his former business managers doesn't seem to be nearing a cease fire. In fact, The Management Group has added the star's sister, nephew, personal assistant and several friends as cross-defendants in the legal fight.

Depp in January sued Tmg and its principals Joel and Robert Mandel, claiming they engaged in self-dealing, failed to keep proper books and cost him millions in unnecessary tax penalties, among other complaints. Tmg countersued two weeks later alleging the actor's dire financial situation is his own doing and on Tuesday »


- Ashley Cullins

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Toronto: Horror Film 'The Ritual' Sells to Netflix for $4.75 Million (Exclusive)

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Netflix has acquired the David Bruckner-helmed horror pic The Ritual from eOne for the world, excluding the U.K.

A source pegged the deal at $4.75 million, which would make it one of the top deals of the Toronto market (I Love You, Daddy to The Orchard and I, Tonya to Neon/30West — both for $5 million — slightly eclipsed the Ritual price tag).

The Ritual made its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8 and immediately drew the interest of buyers including Lionsgate, Annapurna, IFC and Saban Films.

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- Tatiana Siegel

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DreamWorks Animation's 'The Croods 2' Back on Track for 2020 Release

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DreamWorks Animation's long-planned sequel to The Croods, its 2013 movie about a prehistoric family, is back on and is now set for a Sept. 18, 2020, release by Universal Pictures.

The animation studio, now a division of Universal, also announced today that the previously announced Spooky Jack, a collaboration with horror master Jason Blum, would be released Sept. 17, 2021.

The original Croods grossed $587.2 million worldwide when it was released through Dwa’s previous deal with Fox, and work began on a sequel, which was originally slated for 2017 and then moved to 2018. But following Universal’s acquisition of Dwa »


- Gregg Kilday

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Diane Kruger to Star in, Produce Hedy Lamarr Miniseries (Exclusive)

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Diane Kruger is teaming with Straight Up Films to tell the story of silver-screen and communications technology pioneer Hedy Lamarr.

Kruger is producing with the intent to star in what is envisioned to be a TV miniseries adaptation of the Richard Rhodes book Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

Google and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are also collaborating on the development of the project.

Lamarr, who first began acting in her native Austria, lit up American cinema in the late 1930s and 1940s, starring in Comrade X with Clark »


- Borys Kit

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Kate Guinzburg, Producing Partner of Michelle Pfeiffer, Dies at 60

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Kate Guinzburg, who spent a decade as actress Michelle Pfeiffer's partner in Via Rosa Productions, has died. She was 60.

Guinzburg died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her friend, journalist Annie Bardach, said.

Guinzburg was serving as a production coordinator on Sweet Liberty (1986) when she met Pfeiffer, who was starring in the film opposite Alan Alda. The launched Via Rosa in 1990 and signed a deal with Sony and then Disney, and their first film, Love Field (1992), earned Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for best actress.

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- Mike Barnes

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First Look: Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart in 'The Frontrunner'

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Hugh Jackman gave fans a first look into his new political film, The Frontrunner, via his Twitter account Monday.

In the exclusive picture, Jackman can be seen portraying politician Gary Hart, who was once considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until his bid fell apart after allegations of an affair with Donna Rice. The U.S. senator from Colorado withdrew from the race amidst the controversy.

Day 1. Principal photography. The Front Runner. #thefrontrunner @JasonReitman @BronStudios pic.twitter.com/oHdi3hYQ2O

Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 18, 2017

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- Lexy Perez

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Cover Reveal: David Mamet’s New Novel 'Chicago' (Exclusive)

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Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s upcoming novel is a 1920s gangster story, and here is an exclusive first look at the striking cover to Chicago.

The novel follows Mike Hodge, a World War I vet and star reporter at the Chicago Tribune, as he hunts for the killer of the love of his love. Mixing real and fictional characters, the story deals with questions of honor, deceit, revenge and devotion, all told in Mamet’s distinctive voice. The publisher touts it as “the book he has been building to for his whole career.” More plot »


- Andy Lewis

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'Never Here': Film Review | Oldenburg 2017

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Performance artist, documentarian and editor Camille Thoman has assembled an impressive range of talents for her narrative feature debut, an atmospheric indie psycho-thriller with shades of Lynch and Hitchcock. The Killing star Mireille Enos plays the lead, Sam Shepard makes his final screen appearance and Zachary Quinto has a credit as exec producer. Vexing, disquieting, willfully opaque in places, Never Here had its European premiere at Oldenburg International Film Festival last week. Vertical Entertainment is planning a limited U.S. release Oct. 20, with a pay TV launch to follow on Starz in early 2018.

Enos stars as Miranda Fall, a »


- Stephen Dalton

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