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Magnolia Acquires Andre Leon Talley Doc 'The Gospel According to Andre'

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Ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Gospel According to Andre has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures in North America.

The fashion documentary from director Kate Novack chronicles the life and career of Andre Leon Talley, from Andy Warhol's Factory in the 1970s to the pages of Vogue magazine as editor-at-large. Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Valentino are among those who give interviews in the feature, which also includes archival footage.

Andrew Rossi and Josh Braun produced the film. Executive producers are Lindsey Acree, Daniel Pine and Ken Novack.

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- Mia Galuppo

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Paramount's New Banner Lands 'Vacation Guide to the Solar System'

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Paramount Players, the studio's new production division run by AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins, has acquired its first project: the book Vacation Guide to the Solar System, which will be adapted by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses).

Goldstein and Daley also will produce the adaptation based on the book written by Olivia Koski, head of operations for Guerilla Science and Jana Grcevich, who holds a doctorate in astronomy and has presented at the Hayden Planetarium.

Described as Jurassic Park in tone and based almost entirely on real science (a la The Martian), the story is set 50 years »


- Rebecca Ford

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Gkids Acquires Animated Feature 'Napping Princess'

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Indie distributor Gkids has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature Napping Princess, a scifi fantasy written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, the director of East of Eden and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Gkids will release the film theatrically on Sept. 8 at Village East Cinema in New York and at Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles, with a national expansion to follow, qualifying it for Academy Awards consideration.

Set in 2020, just days before the Tokyo Olympics begins, Napping Princess follows the journey of a young girl, Kokone, and her friend Morio, »


- Carolyn Giardina

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TIFF: Jay Duplass, Edie Falco Drama 'Outside In' Goes to The Orchard

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The Orchard is getting in on Outside In.

The company has acquired worldwide rights to the drama starring Jay Duplass and Edie Falco. The film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and The Orchard is planning to debut it in theaters and digitally in early 2018. Afterward, Netflix will release the movie on its worldwide streaming platform.

Outside In centers on Carol, a high school teacher, and Chris, her ex-student, as they explore a relationship after his release from a 20-year prison sentence. While Chris navigates his re-entry into the world, Carol works to »


- Ashley Lee

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'The Monster Project': Film Review

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A low-rent House of Horrors for whatever small contingent of genre fans isn't yet sick to death of found-footage thrillers, Victor Mathieu's The Monster Project sets YouTubers against boogeymen and wonders who will win. More of a challenge to the eyes and ears than most pics of its ilk, it invests slightly more in its characters than usual, but not enough to make us care if they live or die. Commercial prospects are slim, though some buffs may click in the home-entertainment arena.

Having enjoyed some success with goofy YouTube videos in which they dress as monsters and stage mock »


- John DeFore

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'Monty Python's Life of Brian': THR's 1979 Review

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On August 17, 1979, the Monty Python team brought religious satire Life of Brian to theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of the comedy is below: 

Brian, according to the gospel of the Monty Python crazies, was a cherub born in Jerusalem on the same night as Jesus, but in the manger next door, a coincidence that caused the three wise men to stumble across the wrong baby before shuffling off to the right stable. (Accidents will happen.) From then on, Brian's life is pure hell. And very funny to watch. 

He's chased by Roman soldiers for writing graffiti on »


- THR Staff

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Ron Howard on Capturing Beatlemania in Emmy-Nominated Doc

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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years. The rockumentary was nominated for five Emmys (nonfiction editing, sound editing, sound mixing, writing and outstanding documentary or nonfiction special).

A Beatles fan, but not an "encyclopedic," the Oscar-winning director told THR that he wanted to give hard-core and casual fans a lesson in what it was like for the band to perform in sold-out »


- Ryan Parker

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Toronto: Glenn Close, Larry Wilmore, Armie Hammer to Keynote Industry Conference

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Glenn Close, Armie Hammer and Larry Wilmer will speak as part of this year's Toronto Film Festival industry conference, organizers said Thursday.

Close will talk about her Hollywood career, while Black-ish star Wilmore and Veep creator Armando Iannucci, who is bringing The Death of Stalin to Toronto, will talk about the art of political satire. Close plays the title role in The Wife, the adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer novel directed by Sweden's Bjorn Runge, with Jonathan Pryce co-starring.

Tiff also announced Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet will be joined by director Luca Guadagnino to discuss their Sundance hit Call »


- Etan Vlessing

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'It' Tracking for Record $50M Debut in U.S.

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The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's It is tracking for a record September debut.

The Warner Bros. and New Line horror film, rolling out in theaters Sept. 8, could clear $50 million or more in its first weekend, besting Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48 million) to score the biggest start ever for the month of September, not adjusting for inflation. Some even believe it could approach $60 million.

Warners insiders are being more cautious and saying $40 million-$45 million, noting the sluggish marketplace and the fact that September has never been known for huge openings. Also, It is rated R.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Vera Glagoleva, Russian Actress Who Directed Ralph Fiennes in 'Two Women,' Dies at 61

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Russian actress and director Vera Glagoleva has died at a German clinic where she was being treated for cancer. She was 61.

Her death was announced late Wednesday by family and friends in Russia in a number of messages on social media platforms.

Natalia Ivanova, who produced her final film in 2014, Two Women, a 19th-century period piece based on Ivan Turgenev's play A Month in the Country that starred Ralph Fiennes, wrote on Facebook that Glagoleva was not only a "favorite actress" and director but also a "guardian angel, friend and accomplice."

Ivanova, who produces through her Moscow-based company »


- Nick Holdsworth

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Morrissey Meets Johnny Marr, Billy Duffy in 'England Is Mine' Clip (Exclusive Video)

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Jack Lowden is a young Morrissey in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of England Is Mine.

The Dunkirk actor portrays the frontman of The Smiths in the Mark Gill film, which takes place long before his career takes off. In the music drama, Steven Patrick Morrissey is just a restless young man who dreams of escaping his working-class roots by being in a band. He soon finds a friend and confidant in Linder (Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay).

In the clip, Morrissey finds himself meeting a young Billy Duffy, who becomes the famed guitarist of The Cult. He also »


- Ashley Lee

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Billy Idol Almost Played the T-1000 in 'Terminator 2', Robert Patrick Says

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Robert Patrick has such an intense, intimidating stare that it basically landed him the iconic role of the T-1000 in Terminator 2. 

The then 30-year-old actor trained multiple times a day so that on screen, in addition to his acting, he could sprint without breathing hard afterward and fire a handgun so quickly, it was practically fully-automatic. 

With Terminator 2: Judgment Day returning to theaters with a 3D re-release next week, the accomplished film and TV actor granted an interview to Heat Vision to discuss how he landed the role in the classic 1991 sci-fi/action movie, the scene he »


- Ryan Parker

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Ya Movies Get Real: Black Lives Matter, Activism Explored in New Projects

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With box-office returns for dystopian young adult film adaptations on the wane, producers are hunting for the teen audience's next big thing — and they're optioning a number of gritty, socially conscious coming-of-age stories.

Author Angie Thomas, who wrote a book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give, was convinced no one would want to publish it. "I knew that although the topic was timely, it was sensitive," she says of her novel, which revolves around a young black girl who sees her best friend shot by a white cop. "While there were calls for diversity »


- Rebecca Ford,Katie Campione

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Box-Office Preview: 'Logan Lucky' to Battle 'Hitman's Bodyguard' for No. 1

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If tracking is correct, The Hitman's Bodyguard is expected to shake down Steven Soderbergh's star-studded Logan Lucky when opening nationwide at the North American box office this weekend.

From Lionsgate, Hitman's Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Pre-release surveys show the movie collecting as much as $18 million.

Logan Lucky is Soderbergh's first movie in four years. The filmmaker has made a point of saying he is releasing the movie outside of the Hollywood studio system, raising his own marketing funds and partnering with indie distributor Bleecker Street.

Tracking shows Logan Lucky — starring Channing »


- Pamela McClintock

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John Cleese on How Donald Trump Is Stealing Comedians' Best Lines

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U.S. President Donald Trump's idiosyncratic policy announcements and public comments are making the lives of comedians harder than ever before, according to British comic John Cleese.

Speaking during the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival, where he received top honorary award the Heart of Sarajevo, Cleese, a founder member of iconoclastic British comedy show Monty Python, claimed that Trump was stealing comedians' best lines.

"Trump has done comedians a great disservice," Cleese said Thursday during an open-air chat with members of the public. "How can you match that? You cannot be funnier than Trump because [what he is doing] is real!"

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- Nick Holdsworth

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How Disney Can Beat Netflix: Stream Movies the Day They're in Theaters (Guest Column)

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Disney’s surprise announcement of a new streaming entertainment service — anchored by Disney, Disney Animation and Pixar films as well as new original content and TV shows from the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney Xd — could have vast implications for the way movies are distributed. Not only is this decision a major strategic shift for Disney, it’s not inconceivable that a movie like Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 or the live-action The Lion King might be released in theaters and on the Disney streaming service on the same day.

Beginning in 2019, Disney and Pixar films (the jury »


- Ben Weiss

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South Korea's 'Okja' Distributor Enters Cinema Business

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Next Entertainment World (New), the South Korean investor-distributor that handled local distribution for Bong Joon Ho's Netflix film Okja, unveiled Thursday that it is entering the exhibition business.

New will begin operating its first Cine Q theater on Aug. 24 in Gyeongju, a southeastern city known for being home to South Korea's top historical attractions. The city also famously serves as the backdrop for the eponymous film by Hong Sang-soo, Gyeongju.

New plans to open a second Cine Q theater in Gumi in the country's North Gyeongsang province by the end of the year, followed by other locations »


- Lee Hyo-won

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Venice Festival to Honor Stephen Frears With Glory to the Filmmaker Award

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The Venice Film Festival's 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award will be presented to English director Stephen Frears at a special ceremony on Sept. 3, before the world premiere of his new film Victoria & Abdul.

The director of films including Philomena, High Fidelity and Dangerous Liaisons will receive the festival’s prestigious lifetime achievement award, which honors filmmakers known for innovation in contemporary cinema. Frears has received two Oscar nominations for best director for The Grifters and The Queen.

Frears has a long relationship with Venice. In 2000 his film Liam won actress Megan Burns the Marcello Mastroianni Award. In »


- Ariston Anderson

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Christopher Nolan Jetting to China to Support 'Dunkirk'

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Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan is headed to China.

The filmmaker is set to visit Beijing in support of his critically acclaimed WWII drama later this month. Rumors of Nolan's visit were met with considerable fan excitement as word spread across Chinese social media earlier this week. Warner Bros. confirmed the plans to THR Wednesday.

Nolan will participate in a press conference in the Chinese capital on Aug. 21, followed by the local premiere of Dunkirk on Aug. 22. It will be the British filmmaker's first trip to Beijing, although past promotional tours for his films have taken him to other »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Chinese Auteur to Tackle Trump Era in Political Thriller 'American Wall'

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The first high-profile political thriller to broach the Trump era could be coming from an unexpected direction — China.

Award-winning Chinese auteur Wang Quan'an has signed to write and direct American Wall, a U.S.-set feature that will delve headlong into the current politically charged moment. Dubbed "a tale of greed, vengeance, sex and ambition," the film is set around President Donald Trump's infamous U.S.-Mexico border wall. It will be Wang's first English-language film. 

Upstart New York-based indie film company Lupi Pictures is producing the project, which is expected to begin filming later this year in New York and Berlin.

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- Patrick Brzeski

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