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    ‘Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Movie Finds Its Prince Eric

    ‘Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Movie Finds Its Prince Eric
    Jonah Hauer-King will soon be a part of the “Little Mermaid” world.

    The newcomer has been tapped to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic.

    At one point, Harry Styles was is in early talks for the role, but ended up passing. Hauer-King has had two screen tests, with the most recent occurring on Nov. 9 in London with director Rob Marshall.

    Halle Bailey will portray Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy will play her evil aunt Ursula. Javier Bardem is King Triton and Daveed Diggs has been tapped to portray Sebastian.

    “The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming movie will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film with Marshall,
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    Avod players discuss challenges of discovery on Afm panel

    Distribution business predicted to rise from $22bn in 2018 to around $56bn in 2024.

    The ad-supported video on demand (Avod) business represents a fast-growing opportunity for independent film sellers but also challenges in getting films discovered by viewers, according to speakers at the Afm distribution conference in Los Angeles this week.

    Moderating a conference session tagged ‘The Rise Of Avod,’ Digital Advisors president Bruce Eisen reported that the worldwide Avod distribution business is predicted to nearly triple in size from $22bn in 2018 to around $56bn in 2024.

    But executives from some of the leading platforms had different takes on how different delivery methods
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    Here Are All the McU Movies on Disney+ and When You Can Expect the Rest

    Are you ready for an McU marathon? 2019 brought us the culmination of ten years in the cinematic universe with Avengers: Endgame, which you can watch right now on Disney's newly launched streaming service Disney+. But if you want to watch all the movies that got us there, you're not going to be able to do it on the streaming service... yet. Why? Mostly, it all goes back to that landmark 2012 deal with Netflix, the then-emerging streaming giant to be. That deal didn't fully kick off until 2016, when Disney titles started populating the trending …
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    The Best Comedy Shows on Hulu Right Now

    Ready to yuck it up? If you're in the mood for some bingeable laughs, good news, Hulu is jam-packed with some of the best comedy shows, from sitcom classics to the latest hits. Whether you're looking for animated gems like Rick and Morty or Bob's Burgers or live-action staples like Seinfeld and Frasier, workplace comedy favorites like The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine or genre-defying essentials like Atlanta and Community, not to mention underrated must-watch shows like Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23. In addition to a heavy selection from NBC, …
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    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94

    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94
    Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first film “Fear and Desire,” which he later disavowed, has died. She was 94.

    According to family spokesperson Jane Chalmers, Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 4.

    Born on Oct. 15, 1925, Leith met Kubrick in the 1950s when he shot her for the cover of Look magazine.

    Fear and Desire,” which received moderately positive critical reviews upon its release, was not a box office success. After distributor Joseph Burstyn died, the film fell out of circulation and Kubrick is said to have destroyed the original negative and any other prints he could find. Some original prints still exist, however, and Film Forum organized a screening in 1994. Kubrick released a statement through Warner Bros. at the time, calling it “a bumbling amateur film exercise” and urging press not to attend.

    Following her appearance in “Fear and Desire,
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    Superhero Bits: See Baby Thanos Concept Art , Ray Fisher Posts New ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Photo & More

    Superhero Bits: See Baby Thanos Concept Art , Ray Fisher Posts New ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut Photo & More
    Does Ryan Reynolds really support the release of The Snyder Cut of Justice League? Who is petitioning to have Amber Heard fired from Aquaman 2? Which comic art is being sent to space? What does James Mangold have to say about Martin Scorsese‘s Marvel comments? Want to see what Baby Thanos would have looked like? […]

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    Film News Roundup: Sarah Bolger’s ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ Bought by Film Movement

    Film News Roundup: Sarah Bolger’s ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ Bought by Film Movement
    In today’s film news roundup, “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” and “After Parkland” find homes, Jack Johnson is honored, Agc closes deals on Neill Blomkamp’s latest and Paramount is in talks for a “Power to the People” project.

    Acquisitions

    Film Movement has bought North American rights to the thriller “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find,” Variety has learned exclusively.

    Sarah Bolger stars as a widowed young mother in Northern Ireland desperate to discover who brutally murdered her husband in front of her young son, rendering him mute. Dismissing the crime as thugs killing each other, the police won’t help. After being coerced into helping a low-life drug dealer, she’s forced into taking drastic action to protect her children, evolving into a take-charge vigilante.

    A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” will be released day-and-date in theaters and on digital and cable VOD platforms
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    ‘Point Horror’ Anthology Series Headed to HBO Max

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    ‘Point Horror’ Anthology Series Headed to HBO Max
    Point Horror, a series of young adult horror books penned by authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, is headed to the small screen. HBO Max is developing a Point Horror anthology series. Each episode of the show will be inspired by one of the original books, complete with a “nostalgic nod to the 1990s” – the […]

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    Chris Butler Looks At The Magic Behind Animating ‘Missing Link’

    Laika’s latest feature “Missing Link” raises the bar once again for the world of stop-motion, pushing boundaries in scope and visuals. The story of an unlikely friendship between Mr. Frost and his 8-foot yeti buddy Link is one of hope. “Missing Link” producer Arianne Sutner says the message of the film was to “leave people feeling very optimistic,” Sutner continues, “There’s a place for everyone in this world and it’s a big beautiful world where people are different and everyone will find their tribe.”

    Creating that world was no easy achievement as writer and director Chris Butler explains below, breaking down how Laika and the creative team worked to create the gorgeous world of “Missing Link.”

    Creating The Barroom Brawl:

    For this movie, I wanted to do something different. The original idea was “Indiana Jones” meets Sherlock Holmes meets a Ray Harryhausen creature feature. In order to do that,
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    Don’t Shoot the Messenger: No Plans for McU ‘Spider-Man’ Movies on Disney+

    Yeah, I know it was unlikely. But as I plunked down my $12.99 monthly fee for Disney+, a small piece of my heart asked a hopeful, hopelessly naive question: "Can I stream either of the McU Spider-Man movies on Disney+?" Now, thanks to reporting from The Verge, the answer is a cold, heartless, J. Jonah Jameson-esque "No!" If you're not familiar with the Spider-Man/McU/Disney/Sony drama, I'll give you a quick recap. Sony used to own the live-action motion picture rights for …
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    ‘Carnival Row’ Cast Tease New Storylines and Revelations as Season 2 Heads Into Production

    Amazon is fully invested in Carnival Row, the dark fantasy series that is one of many shows vying to take the empty spot left by Game of Thrones. Even before the Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne-led series aired its first season, Amazon renewed the original series for a second season. Now, mere months after the first season dropped on […]

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    Variety’s Peter Caranicas to Receive 1st Hpa Legacy Award

    Peter Caranicas Variety managing editor, features, will be honored with the first Hpa Legacy Award.

    Caranicas joined Variety as features managing editor in 2008, and currently serves as both deputy editor and managing editor, features. He has developed the editorial franchises Dealmakers Impact Report, Hollywood’s New Leaders, Legal Impact Report and Business Managers Elite. Caranicas also reports on aspects of film and TV crafts in Variety‘s Artisans pages. He will be honored along with Hpa Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Robert Legato (“Hugo”) on Nov. 21 at the 14th annual Hpa Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

    The Hpa Legacy Award honors those inspiring leaders and industry mentors that “have made consistent and valuable contributions to the industry.”

    “The board of directors and the Hpa Awards committee are delighted to present the first-ever Hpa Legacy Award to Peter,” said chair of the Hpa Awards committee Christine Purse.
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    ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Trailer: Tom Hanks Teaches a Valuable Lesson About Heroes

    ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Trailer: Tom Hanks Teaches a Valuable Lesson About Heroes
    It’s a beautiful day…to cry. Tom Hanks has never been more powerful than when he is inhabiting the role of Mr. Rogers, the beloved children’s show host who inspired generations of children. Hanks stars as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Marielle Heller‘s moving drama about the beloved TV figure and the jaded journalist (Matthew […]

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    Netflix Movies Are the New Made-for-tv Movies — but Don’t Call Them Schlock

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    At the inaugural Afm Television Conference, Motion Picture Corporation of America chairman and CEO Brad Krevoy had good news for the audience attending the November 11 panel Made-for-tv Movies: Expanding Opportunities for Independent Filmmakers. “The next five years are going to be boom times,” said the producer of more than 150 films ranging from “Dumb and Dumber” to Netflix’s “The Knight Before Christmas.”

    It’s a hopeful message, if an unfamiliar one: The American Film Market has long faced decline in the face of a disintegrating DVD market. However, Krevoy is now an integral part of Netflix’s romcom frenzy with titles like like “A Christmas Prince.” The third installment of the franchise drops on the platform next month.

    Tony Vassiliadis, COO of MarVista Entertainment, said he is eyeing the moment when Netflix’s Disney and Fox licenses expire. By his estimate, that accounts for 10 percent of the Netflix library, and
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    A ‘Friends’ Reunion Just Might Be Coming to HBO Max

    The 25th anniversary of Friends has been big. But, to answer Chandler's obvious follow-up: Yes. It could be any bigger. The Hollywood Reporter just spilled the beans on some buzz that'll make any fan of the Central Perk sextet scream in delight: The cast and creators are in talks to bring you a reunion special on HBO Max. While every cast member has pretty much nixed an idea of a new reunion season of scripted episodes a la Will & Grace, …
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    Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ Finds a Home at Paramount After Being Reworked; Brad Pitt and Emma Stone Still in Talks to Star

    Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ Finds a Home at Paramount After Being Reworked; Brad Pitt and Emma Stone Still in Talks to Star
    Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest person to win the Best Director Oscar for La La Land, his love letter to Hollywood, is returning to Tinseltown for his next movie. Babylon will be a tale set in the film world in the late 1920s, as the industry transitions from silent features to sound. Brad Pitt […]

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    ‘The Mandalorian’ Score By Ludwig G?ransson is Streaming Now

    ‘The Mandalorian’ Score By Ludwig G?ransson is Streaming Now
    The first episode of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian is available on Disney+ right now. Thankfully, Disney and Lucasfilm have wasted no time making the score from the first episode available online for fans to listen to over and over again. You can listen to all of the tracks from the show’s first […]

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    How to Watch and Livestream This Week’s Impeachment Hearings

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    The House impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump will be broadcast live this week, with two days — Wednesday, November 13, and Friday, November 15 — of public hearings.

    Investigators for the House of Representatives are looking into whether Trump abused his public office for private gain, specifically in his dealings with Ukraine. From attempting to pressure the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden for corruption and asking Zelensky to investigate the conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine than interfered in the 2016 election — on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign — to White House officials concealing records of phone correspondence on July 25 between Trump and Zelensky, a number of government officials already testified about these impeachable offenses to Congress behind closed doors.

    These witnesses have testified that Trump and his allies — including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, United States Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland,
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    Don’t Expect to See Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man’ Movies on Disney+ Anytime Soon

    Today brought the launch of Disney+, and while not all the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are available today, more will be added as time goes on so that you can enjoy everything that Marvel Studios has to offer on the streaming service. However, it sounds like there will be two movies that won’t […]

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    ‘Joker’ Cinematographer Says Warner Bros. Passed on Original Plan for 70mm Shoot

    ‘Joker’ Cinematographer Says Warner Bros. Passed on Original Plan for 70mm Shoot
    “Joker” uses several iconic films from the 1970s as touchstones of inspiration, from Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” to Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” but one of the key differences separating the comic book drama from its 1970s influences is “Joker” was shot on digital, not celluloid film. While speaking at Poland’s Camerimage Film Festival (via Variety), “Joker” cinematographer Lawrence Sher said shooting on film was an original priority for director Todd Phillips. Sher and Phillips have worked on several film projects together, all of which shot on celluloid. Variety reports the “Joker” team planned for a 70mm film shoot (which means shooting on 65mm film stock and distributing on 70mm), but Warner Bros. execs “quashed those plans.”

    Sher did not give a reason for Warner Bros.’ rejection of a 70mm shoot, although shooting on film is a costlier endeavor than digital. The studio had every reason to
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