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Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives

10 September 2017 4:56 PM, PDT

Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.

The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.

“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”

King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and »


- Dave McNary

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Christopher Nolan on ‘Dunkirk’: There Was No Green Screen

10 September 2017 3:26 PM, PDT

Christopher Nolan’s drive for authenticity with “Dunkirk” led him to bring the cast and crew of his World War II epic to the very beaches in France where Allied forces snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Even though the fighting ended decades and generations ago, there were still land mines and other live explosive devices lining the shoreline and the harbor.

“Every time we’d need to do one of our explosions, we’d do a controlled explosion first to see if it would set off anything,” Nolan said during a question and answer session at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “When you think about how long ago it is, it was very sobering in terms of the lingering impact of these kind of events.”

Nolan was on hand to celebrate IMAX’s 50th anniversary (the drama is shot using the company’s cameras). The event comes, as »


- Brent Lang

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Hurricane Irma Causes More Movie Theater Closures as Storm Makes Second Landfall

10 September 2017 3:16 PM, PDT

Now a Category 3 hurricane, Hurricane Irma made a second landfall in Florida on Sunday, hitting Marco Island on the southwest coast, near Naples, after inundating the Florida Keys.

Packing 120-mph winds, the dangerous storm led to closures and event cancellations throughout the state, including movie theaters and other entertainment venues.

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NBC, CBS, ABC Rework Sunday Schedules as Hurricane Irma Swirls

After devastating the Caribbean and forcing one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history, Irma ripped through the Florida Keys on Sunday. According to ABC News, the storm has led to at least three deaths in Florida.

Almost every major cinema has closed in Florida, leading to approximately 175 locations to be shuttered over the weekend, as of Sunday morning. AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, iPic Theaters, and Regal Cinemas first began closing around Miami and Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night.

Although it’s halted moviegoing in Florida, it’s unclear how significantly the storm has affected »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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George Clooney on ‘Suburbicon,’ Charlottesville, and Why Celebrities Shouldn’t Run for President

10 September 2017 2:48 PM, PDT

If George Clooney ever decides to run for president, he wouldn’t get Julianne Moore’s vote. “I don’t think actors should be president,” Moore told Variety at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m sorry, George.”

Clooney wasn’t hurt. In fact, he stressed — once again — that he has no political aspirations. “I think that having a celebrity as president who has a star on Hollywood Boulevard will exorcise our need to have someone famous in office,” Clooney said about Donald Trump. “And maybe we’ll find someone who knows how to make policy.”

Julianne Moore tells Clooney not to run for president: "I don't think actors should be president" (Watch) #VarietyStudio presented with @att pic.twitter.com/RxnjzFZLtq

— Variety (@Variety) September 10, 2017

Clooney was in Canada with the premiere of “Suburbicon,” a Paramount Pictures release that he directed, produced and co-wrote. The drama is adapted from an old script written by the Coen brothers about »


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Toronto Film Review: ‘Hochelaga, Land of Souls’

10 September 2017 2:34 PM, PDT

French-Canadian writer-director François Girard’s sixth feature over nearly three decades — during which he’s also worked extensively in other media — “Hochelaga, Land of Souls” proves a worthy return to the strengths and ambitions of “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould” and “The Red Violin.” Like those two earlier art-house successes, “Hochelaga” is trickily structured and flamboyantly staged almost to a self-conscious fault, but nonetheless likewise rewards with a rich cinematic banquet. In this case the menu sprawls across some eight centuries of Quebec history, tying together present and various pasts through the framing device of a modern-day archaeological dig.

The national specificity of this subject may result in more limited commercial exposure than Girard’s prior successes have enjoyed, but if any movie is going to lure international audiences in for a Canadian history lesson, this is it.

The somewhat overly-showy opening movement involves both the gruesome aftermath of a 13th-century Native Peoples battle, and »


- Dennis Harvey

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‘It,’ ‘Split’ and ‘Get Out’: Horror’s Star Continues to Rise at the Box Office

10 September 2017 2:26 PM, PDT

“You’ll float too.”

The catchy tag line for the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” might also apply to the egos of those behind the record-shattering box office hit (which must be about as inflated as Pennywise’s balloon). In its opening weekend, the R-rated horror film is expected to earn $117 million in North America. That’s the biggest opening ever during the month of September, and for a horror movie.

Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros., said he initially hoped for a launch around the film’s production budget — in the $30 million to $40 million range. “That would have been a marvelous,” he told Variety on a call Sunday morning. “After we dropped the first trailer, we realized we had something special. It really took the zeitgeist by storm.”

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- Seth Kelley

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Current War’

10 September 2017 1:14 PM, PDT

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “The Current War” tackles a fascinating pivot point in technological and commercial history: the late 19th century battle between Thomas Alva Edison and George Westinghouse to fully electrify the United States. It benefits from a smart, snappy script and a well-rounded cast, and gives its director the chance to employ virtually every camera trick known to man. What it can’t do, however, is generate even the slightest bit of interest in what happens to any of its characters.

Directing his first feature after breaking through with “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Gomez-Rejon seems wary of turning this period drama into a science lecture or a stuffy prestige project, and thus errs on the side of flashy modern technique. Ironically, this flattens the film into a much duller creature than it might have been had he embraced technical geekery and 19th century rhythms, its style calling attention only to itself. At »


- Andrew Barker

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Stephen King’s ‘It’ Launches With Monster $179 Million at Worldwide Box Office

10 September 2017 12:32 PM, PDT

It” is terrorizing the box office all over the world.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s adaptation of the Stephen King book is launching to $179 million worldwide, including a record-breaking $117 million North American debut. The movie is taking in an impressive $62 million from 46 territories abroad.

“It” was directed by Andy Muschietti, who is already being courted for another installment. Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise the Clown, who terrorizes young children in Derry, Maine. The rest of the cast includes Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott in supporting roles.

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Box Office: Stephen King’s ‘It’ Smashes Records With Massive $117 Million Opening

The R-rated horror pic took in $12.3 million in the U.K., accounting for 82% of the market there. Other top territories include Russia ($6.7 million), Australia ($5.9 million), and Brazil ($5.6 million).

But while “It” is the most exciting new release of the weekend, it »


- Seth Kelley

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ First Teaser Takes a Dark Turn

10 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes a kidnapping?

Universal unleashed the teaser for “Fifty Shades Freed” on Sunday, featuring the first footage from the final installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” cinematic trilogy.

The teaser shows Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tying the knot, jetting off to a European honeymoon, and their lives taking a dark turn.

The trailer opens with a voiceover of Christian delivering his wedding vows (“all that I have is now yours”) as Anastasia gets dressed for the big day. Scenes from their picturesque honeymoon are then intercut with the erotic drama’s signature images of S&M and foreplay. Things turn deadly as we see Christian wielding a weapon, Anastasia firing a gun, and the heroine being accosted with a knife by her former boss, Jack Hyde.

The full trailer will debut in November, while the movie hits theaters on Valentine’s Day 2018.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Ritesh Batra Puts His Heart Into ‘Soul’

10 September 2017 11:47 AM, PDT

Ritesh Batra’s “Our Souls at Night” will unspool out of competition at the Venice Film Festival and its stars, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, will be honored with lifetime achievement awards at the fest. “Our Souls at Night” is about two lonely older neighbors who forge a relationship in Colorado. The 38-year-old Batra’s debut film, “The Lunchbox,” premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2013. Batra was highlighted as one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch at the Palm Springs film festival in January. His second film, “The Sense of an Ending,” starring Jim Broadbent, came out earlier this year. “Our Souls at Night” is his third film.

What does it mean for you to be at the Venice Film Festival with your film?

I am very excited about the film at the festival and I’m excited about reuniting with the cast. I’ve not been to Venice before.

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- Shalini Dore

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China Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Nets $70 Million Opening Weekend

10 September 2017 9:38 AM, PDT

Spider-Man: Homecoming” was the only story of significance at the Chinese box office this weekend. With a market share exceeding 75%, it earned an impressive $70.3 million in its debut.

Highly anticipated as the first Hollywood live-action franchise movie to be released in China for two months, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was given a massive platform of up to 137,000 screenings per day. That gave it the bandwidth to score 80% market share and $20.7 million on its opening Friday, followed by 77% and $28.3 million on Saturday. Its Sunday figure of $21.3 million was a similar 75% share, according to local data service Ent Group. Including previews and midnight screenings, the cumulative total is $71.8 million.

Sony reports the film’s total as the third-best opening of a superhero movie in China. About $6 million of the weekend total was earned from 442 IMAX screens, which IMAX reports as the best-ever opening weekend in September and the best opening weekend for a Sony film in China.

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- Patrick Frater

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5 Lessons ‘The Dark Tower’ Could Learn From ‘It’

10 September 2017 9:20 AM, PDT

Two Stephen King big-screen adaptations, released a month apart, had disparate fates at the box office. We examine why “It” proved to be a monster hit while “The Dark Tower” collapsed.

Embrace the R rating

Although they’re considered fantasy novels, King’s “Dark Tower” books are loaded with bloody violence, sex, and adult language. And yet “The Dark Tower” film went out of its way to trim the material to get a PG-13 rating, presumably so that it would appeal to a much wider audience than it would if it was rated R. That clearly didn’t work. “It,” however, stuck to its guns and went for the solid R rating, and the result is obvious. The lesson being? If the material on the page is inherently R-rated, then the movie adaptation should be, too.

Stick to what’s on the page

Although “It” changes several small details and eliminates some unnecessary subplots, it »


- Matthew Chernov

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Box Office: Stephen King’s ‘It’ Smashes Records With Massive $117 Million Opening

10 September 2017 7:41 AM, PDT

It” came; “It” saw; “It” conquered.

New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is officially shattering box office records during its opening weekend. The R-rated horror film should make a whopping $117.2 million from 4,103 locations, far surpassing earlier expectations.

“It’s” opening is mostly unprecedented, crushing the record for largest September opening set by “Hotel Transylvania 2” in 2015 with $48.5 million, and the biggest opening weekend banked by a horror or supernatural film — “Paranormal Activity 3” earned $52.6 million in 2011. When it comes to R-rated movie openings, “It” falls only to “Deadpool,” which changed the game in 2016 with a massive $132.4 million opening. This, during a weekend when Hurricane Irma threatens huge portions of Florida and Georgia, which could dent attendance by as much as 5%.

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The movie comes courtesy of Argentine director Andy Muschietti, who is known for the 2013 horror film “Mama.” Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise the Clown, which »


- Seth Kelley

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Toronto: ‘A Season in France’ Examines Immigrant Issues

10 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

A high-school teacher fleeing his war-torn African nation finds refuge in France, only to learn that the life he tries to build there is fraught with fear, uncertainty, and the traumas of the life he left behind.

“A Season in France,” the new feature by acclaimed Chadian helmer Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, is a timely portrait of lives scarred by war and migration, set against the backdrop of Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis.

Pic world premieres as part of the Special Presentations program at the Toronto Int’l. Film Festival. It’s the sixth appearance in Toronto for Haroun, who won the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes in 2010 for “A Screaming Man.”

Inspired by the story of a Chadian refugee in France who burned himself alive when his asylum request was rejected, Haroun describes “Season” as an effort to “tell the story of [the] invisible faces” of immigrants who arrive in Europe, hoping to rebuild their lives.

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- Christopher Vourlias

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Former Canal Plus Exec Joins Echo Studio, Launches Politically-Engaged Projects

10 September 2017 6:04 AM, PDT

Echo Studio, the production company that launched at Cannes and has first-look deals with Walt Disney France and sales outfit Charades, is developing several topical film and documentary projects, including Gregoire Gosset’s “America’s Last Guests” (working title) and Rodd Rathjen’s Australian drama “Buoyancy.”

Produced by Madness Films, “America’s Last Guests” follows the journey of African refugees — a family and a single man — who travel from Uganda to the United States as part of a United Nation program. The documentary, now in production, chronicles the lives of these refugees as they settle in and a year later.

“America’s Last Guests” illustrates Echo Studio’s mandate to develop and produce timely fiction and non-fiction films and series that carry political, social and environmental themes and are meant to have a global appeal, in a similar vein as Participant Media, explained Philippe de Bourbon, the former commissioning editor of documentaries at Canal Plus. He »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Toronto’s Diverse Array of Films From Africa Paint Bigger Picture of Continent

10 September 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

A young Zambian girl banished to a camp for exiled witches, a Congolese singer forced to hustle on the streets of Kinshasa to save her son and an Egyptian imam whose devout lifestyle is thrown into turmoil by the death of Michael Jackson, form part of the rich tapestry of African lives on display in Toronto this year.

The result, according to Tiff Africa and Middle East programmer Kiva Reardon, points to “an abundance of riches” in filmmaking from around the continent.

“The hope is that audiences won’t only respond to the film they’re watching, but find their curiosity piqued and begin to dig deeper into films from the regions,” she says.

Among the highlights will be “Razzia,” acclaimed Moroccan auteur Nabil Ayouch’s kaleidoscopic portrait of five lives touched by a single event on the streets of Casablanca, which world premieres in the fest’s Panorama section.

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- Christopher Vourlias

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Wim Wenders on ‘Submergence,’ Art and Jihadism

10 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

Wim Wenders admits that “Submergence” is a departure from his previous work.

The Oscar-nominated director of “Wings of Desire” and “Paris, Texas” isn’t known for making swooning cinematic stories that pulsate with emotions. But “Submergence” is an epic romantic drama, one that centers on a deep-sea researcher (Alicia Vikander) and a water engineer (James McAvoy). Their love is tested after the man is held captive by jihadist fighters in Somalia. The sweeping geopolitical tale explores issues of political and religious radicalism. At a time when the world is being roiled by global terrorism, Wenders believes that art and cinema can help people understand their shared humanity.

Submergence” screens this weekend at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Over a latte at the Ritz Carlton, Wenders held forth on the war on terror, Hollywood and Netflix.

What drew you to the “Submergence”?

It was talking about things that are really urgent — both about the state of the planet »


- Brent Lang

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Dan Gilroy Returns to Toronto With Denzel Washington in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ (Exclusive)

10 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

The last time Dan Gilroy brought a film to the Toronto Film Festival he had “Nightcrawler” in tow, a dark urban drama focused on a nocturnal bottom-feeding stringer who peddles his video wares to the highest broadcast news bidder. This year he’s back with another rich character study, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” about a good-souled Los Angeles attorney used to toiling away at the impossible on behalf of the ungrateful, a sort of assured activist foil to “Nightcrawler’s” craven careerist.

Gilroy, speaking to Variety ahead of the film’s Sunday night festival premiere, says he wrote the eponymous role with two-time Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington in mind.

“There’s a quality about Denzel — he’s a very big believer in the human spirit and human dignity, and that is something that really defines the character in many ways,” Gilroy says. “He’s someone who really believes in people. It »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Toronto: Chen Kaige Unveils Sneak Peek of ‘Demon Cat’

10 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

Chinese director Chen Kaige is doing double duty in Toronto. He heads the jury for the festival’s cutting-edge Platform section. On Sunday he presents a sneak peak of his new movie, “The Legend of the Demon Cat,” and discusses his cinematic journey.

In a 30-year career, stretching from the pre-reform era to the more commercial modern era, Chen has directed some of China’s most beloved arthouse movies (“Temptress Moon”) to box office record breakers (“The Promise”). He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1993 with “Farewell My Concubine.” “Demon Cat” is his first film in six years and is constructed on a different scale.

Billed as an epic, a period romance and a detective story, the film is plunge into the rich culture of the Tang Dynasty, some 1,300 years ago, which Chen says is one of favorite periods in Chinese history. It is also an attempt to shed new light on the Concubine Yang »


- Patrick Frater

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Toronto: Director Laura Mora Discusses Debut Feature ‘Killing Jesus’

10 September 2017 4:00 AM, PDT

Colombia’s “Killing Jesus,” a participant in 2015’s Berlinale International Co-production Market, will world premiere Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival. The Colombia-Argentina co-production was co-written by Laura Mora, (“Escobar, El Patron del Mal”) and prominent Colombian screenwriter Alonso Torres (“Dog Eat Dog”).

Colombia’s 64-a Films and Argentina’s Az Films co-produced the semi-autobiographical revenge-drama. Latido Films, one of Spain’s powerhouse sales agents, has acquired international sales rights. Cine Colombia will release in Colombia on March 8.

Loosely based on actual events in the director’s own life, the film turns on the assassination of a university professor as witnessed by his daughter Lita, who catches a quick glimpse of the drive-by assassin speeding away on the back of a motorbike. Frustrated with the lack of attention and progress made by the local police, Lita and her family have all but give up on ever finding out what happened until one night out at a club »


- Jamie Lang

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