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  1. Peter T Chattaway

    The Conjuring 3

    Links to our threads on The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Nun (2018) and Annabelle 3 (2019).  - - - 'The Conjuring 3' Finds Director With 'Curse of La Llorona' Filmmaker (Exclusive) After helming two installments of New Line’s hit horror series The Conjuring, filmmaker James Wan is stepping aside and letting some fresh blood take over. Michael Chaves, who is coming off of the horror movie The Curse of La Llorona, which Wan produced, has been set to direct The Conjuring 3 for New Line. Wan will remain closely involved as a producer, via his Atomic Monster production company, and act as a godfather on the feature. Also returning as producer is Peter Safran via his Safran Company banner. Chaves was discovered by Wan and his Atomic Monster execs off of his award-winning horror short The Maiden, which catapulted him to his directorial debut La Llorona, which New Line will open April 19, 2019. His work on the latter clearly impressed both Wan and New Line. . . . David Leslie Johnson, who worked on The Conjuring 2 and Wan's upcoming Aquaman, is in the midst of writing the script for The Conjuring 3, which will once again focus on husband-and-wife paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga played the duo in the first two installments and will be back for more scares. . . . The Hollywood Reporter, October 3
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    Annabelle 3

    Links to our threads on The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017) and The Nun (2018). - - - Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga To Reprise ‘Conjuring’ Roles As The Warrens In Third ‘Annabelle’ Movie EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in The Conjuring universe, the Ed and Lorraine Warren characters will appear in one of the film series’ spinoff titles, Gary Dauberman’s untitled Annabelle project. To date, the paranormal investigators have appeared in the core Conjuring 1 and 2 movies. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return to play Ed and Lorraine, but as we understand it, they’ll be in a supporting capacity in the Annabelle threequel. Annabelle 3, the sixth title in The Conjuring franchise, picks up with the Warrens bringing the Annabelle doll to a place where she can no longer wreak havoc: their Artifacts Room. Annabelle awakens the room’s evil which sets its sights on a new target: the Warrens’ ten year old daughter Judy. The young girl, along with her teenage babysitter cousin and the cousin’s friend, square off against the evil doll. . . . The Untitled Annabelle Project starts filming this week and releases July 3, 2019. Deadline.com, October 18 - - - 1. Having the Warrens appear in a spin-off movie feels a little, to me, like Iron Man co-starring in a Captain America movie. 2. The two Conjuring movies were both based on purportedly true stories, and the PR for those films relied heavily on interviews with the real-life people on whom those stories were based. But the Annabelle and Nun spin-offs have been completely fictitious. (The real-life Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll. The movie Annabelle is... not. Just for starters.) So it's interesting to me that the Warrens -- real-life characters -- are going to be brought into one of the spin-off films, as will their daughter. (Did they actually have a daughter in real life?)
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    The Nun

    Can't believe I didn''t link to my interview with the filmmakers.
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    The Happy Prince (2018)

    I liked some things about this film, but it didn't really click for me either. I agree that it would probably be a hard sell awards-traction-wise. The flashbacks were certainly striking, though -- the way they contrasted the peak of Wilde's popularity with the state of his life post-imprisonment.
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    Boy Erased

    For what it's worth, I don't necessarily question that the character *did* have thoughts about men before the incident. The film just never *tells* us that before the incident. (I have Love, Simon at the back of my mind here, and the opening narration in which the protagonist says he began to suspect he was gay when he had dreams about Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, or something along those lines. There was nothing like that in Boy Erased; if audience members didn't know the movie's premise, would they have known the character was gay *at all* during those opening scenes?)
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    Oscars 2019: Best Foreign Language Film

    The submitted films (with the ones I've seen in bold; bizarrely, I have never even heard of the Canadian film, and the only time it has ever been mentioned in my e-mail archives is in a press release that mentions an actor who happens to be in it): Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director; Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh, director; Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega, director; Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott, director; Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour, director; Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann, director; Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director; Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk, director; Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas Dhont, director; Bolivia, “The Goalkeeper,” Rodrigo “Gory” Patiño, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Never Leave Me,” Aida Begić, director; Brazil, “The Great Mystical Circus,” Carlos Diegues, director; Bulgaria, “Omnipresent,” Ilian Djevelekov, director; Cambodia, “Graves without a Name,” Rithy Panh, director; Canada, “Family First,” Sophie Dupuis, director; Chile, “…And Suddenly the Dawn,” Silvio Caiozzi, director; China, “Hidden Man,” Jiang Wen, director; Colombia, “Birds of Passage,” Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra, directors; Costa Rica, “Medea,” Alexandra Latishev, director; Croatia, “The Eighth Commissioner,” Ivan Salaj, director; Czech Republic, “Winter Flies,” Olmo Omerzu, director; Denmark, “The Guilty,” Gustav Möller, director; Dominican Republic, “Cocote,” Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias, director; Ecuador, “A Son of Man,” Jamaicanoproblem, director; Egypt, “Yomeddine,” A.B. Shawky, director; Estonia, “Take It or Leave It,” Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, director; Finland, “Euthanizer,” Teemu Nikki, director; France, “Memoir of War,” Emmanuel Finkiel, director; Georgia, “Namme,” Zaza Khalvashi, director; Germany, “Never Look Away,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director; Greece, “Polyxeni,” Dora Masklavanou, director; Hong Kong, “Operation Red Sea,” Dante Lam, director; Hungary, “Sunset,” László Nemes, director; Iceland, “Woman at War,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director; India, “Village Rockstars,” Rima Das, director; Indonesia, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” Mouly Surya, director; Iran, “No Date, No Signature,” Vahid Jalilvand, director; Iraq, “The Journey,” Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, director; Israel, “The Cakemaker,” Ofir Raul Graizer, director; Italy, “Dogman,” Matteo Garrone, director; Japan, “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda, director; Kazakhstan, “Ayka,” Sergey Dvortsevoy, director; Kenya, “Supa Modo,” Likarion Wainaina, director; Kosovo, “The Marriage,” Blerta Zeqiri, director; Latvia, “To Be Continued,” Ivars Seleckis, director; Lebanon, “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki, director; Lithuania, “Wonderful Losers: A Different World,” Arunas Matelis, director; Luxembourg, “Gutland,” Govinda Van Maele, director; Macedonia, “Secret Ingredient,” Gjorce Stavreski, director; Malawi, “The Road to Sunrise,” Shemu Joyah, director; Mexico, “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón, director; Montenegro, “Iskra,” Gojko Berkuljan, director; Morocco, “Burnout,” Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director; Nepal, “Panchayat,” Shivam Adhikari, director; Netherlands, “The Resistance Banker,” Joram Lürsen, director; New Zealand, “Yellow Is Forbidden,” Pietra Brettkelly, director; Niger, “The Wedding Ring,” Rahmatou Keïta, director; Norway, “What Will People Say,” Iram Haq, director; Pakistan, “Cake,” Asim Abbasi, director; Palestine, “Ghost Hunting,” Raed Andoni, director; Panama, “Ruben Blades Is Not My Name,” Abner Benaim, director; Paraguay, “The Heiresses,” Marcelo Martinessi, director; Peru, “Eternity,” Oscar Catacora, director; Philippines, “Signal Rock,” Chito S. Roño, director; Poland, “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski, director; Portugal, “Pilgrimage,” João Botelho, director; Romania, “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians,” Radu Jude, director; Russia, “Sobibor,” Konstantin Khabensky, director; Serbia, “Offenders,” Dejan Zecevic, director; Singapore, “Buffalo Boys,” Mike Wiluan, director; Slovakia, “The Interpreter,” Martin Šulík, director; Slovenia, “Ivan,” Janez Burger, director; South Africa, “Sew the Winter to My Skin,” Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, director; South Korea, “Burning,” Lee Chang-dong, director; Spain, “Champions,” Javier Fesser, director; Sweden, “Border,” Ali Abbasi, director; Switzerland, “Eldorado,” Markus Imhoof, director; Taiwan, “The Great Buddha+,” Hsin-Yao Huang, director; Thailand, “Malila The Farewell Flower,” Anucha Boonyawatana, director; Tunisia, “Beauty and the Dogs,” Kaouther Ben Hania, director; Turkey, “The Wild Pear Tree,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director; Ukraine, “Donbass,” Sergei Loznitsa, director; United Kingdom, “I Am Not a Witch,” Rungano Nyoni, director; Uruguay, “Twelve-Year Night,” Álvaro Brechner, director; Venezuela, “The Family,” Gustavo Rondón Córdova, director; Vietnam, “The Tailor,” Buu Loc Tran, Kay Nguyen, directors; Yemen, “10 Days before the Wedding,” Amr Gamal, director. The nominees will be announced January 22. There will probably be a shortlist before then.
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    Boy Erased

    Huh. I caught the film at VIFF and was struck by how *not* engaged I was emotionally (particularly given my own wrestling with this stuff in my early 20s). *** SPOILERS ON *** It felt to me like the film was consciously *not* exploring some things that it *could* have explored. Like, we don't get any real hint that the main character is gay until *after* he has been raped by a friend at college. That's a brave narrative choice in and of itself, but to what extent did the rape affect, or crystallize, or whatever the character's sexuality? This isn't really addressed, that I can recall; instead, afterwards, it's just asserted and assumed that he has *always* been gay, and that's that. (And he never discusses the rape with anyone else, so none of the other characters ever have a chance to raise the sort of question that I'm raising here.) Similarly, the film never expressed any curiosity about the Joel Edgerton character who *leads* the "gay conversion therapy" program, and what it was that led him to that sort of ministry -- and I was willing to go with that limited perspective, because I assumed the film was trying to look at him the way the main character would have presumably looked at him. (In recent years, I have learned a number of things about the pastors of my youth that make me wonder how I ever accepted their leadership so blindly.) But then the closing credits tell us something about the Edgerton character -- or, more precisely I think, the real-life inspiration for the character -- that made me wish we *had* learned a little more about him. (And, y'know, come to think of it, the people who run these sorts of ministries frequently self-identify as "ex-gay" and appeal to their experiences in the gay community -- and to their transitioning *out* of that community -- as the sort of thing that gives them the authority to lead such ministries. So I don't think the Edgerton character's past would have been kept secret from any of the people who took part in his program; there's no reason the main character *wouldn't* have known about it. But I don't think the Edgerton character *ever* discusses his past. Assuming he has one.) *** SPOILERS OFF *** kenmorefield wrote: : There is plenty here to critique even if one is committed to the belief that the Bible teaches homosexuality as a sin. (I am, myself, conflicted about that proposition, though I'd hate for the film to be reduced to a platform for arguing about that...surely Christians can (or should?) be able to acknowledge that some things are wrong regardless of who they are done to. I don't *think* I know anyone personally -- outside of people I have interviewed in my capacity as a journalist -- who advocates "gay conversion therapy" or anything of that ilk. Even the traditional Christians I know (and I go to an Eastern Orthodox church, so) tend to focus on chastity and sexual *actions* rather than highly dubious psychological techniques for changing a person's sexual orientation. So, yeah, I would think -- hope -- that some of the things that happen in this film would seem wrong to anybody who watches it, no matter what their position on the larger issues.
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    2018 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury

    Count me in.
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    A Star is Born (2012)

    Jon Peters has a producer credit on the new film, so yes, it would appear to have evolved from this Clint Eastwood project. (Bradley Cooper, of course, scored his biggest box-office hit ever by starring in Eastwood's American Sniper.) (American Sniper has since been surpassed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, but Cooper only does an animated character's voice in those films, so American Sniper remains the biggest box-office hit that showed us Cooper's face.) I found this film pretty shallow, personally, and I thought Cooper's behaviour in the first half of the movie (which appears to cover a mere 24 hours or so) was kinda creepy in a way that the movie never really acknowledges (aside from Lady Gaga briefly, and non-seriously, telling one of Cooper's drivers that he's acting like a "stalker").
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    Narnia: Silver Chair? Magician's Nephew? reboot?

    Now a Netflix production, apparently.
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    Narnia: the Netflix series

    Links to our threads on the pre-release buzz (2003-2005), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) and The Silver Chair (in development), as well as the Narnia books. Link to our thread on Amazon Prime's Lord of the Rings series. - - - Netflix To Develop ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ TV Series & Films Netflix has closed a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company to develop new series and film projects based on Lewis’ popular The Chronicles of Narnia books. Under the pact, Netflix, working with Entertainment One, will develop stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films with eOne’s Mark Gordon as well as Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features. Netflix is the studio. The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company. . . . With the deal, Netflix is looking to build a Narnia cinematic universe that encompasses film and TV in the vein of Star Trek and Marvel, whose franchises cross over between mediums. The idea originated with eOne and its president and chief content officer for film and TV, Gordon. Via his Mark Gordon Co, he had made a deal with the C. S. Lewis Company in 2013 for a fourth Narnia feature. Following the MGC’s acquisition by eOne, it was announced in 2016 that Sony and eOne would finance and distribute the feature. Instead, Gordon and chief eOne strategy officer Peter Micelli felt there was a bigger opportunity in building a film-TV Narnia universe. They got The C.S. Lewis Company on board and took the package, accompanied by an elaborate vision presentation, to the marketplace, eventually landing at Netflix. (Sony is not involved in the project.) . . . Deadline.com, October 3
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    Lilo & Stitch: the live-action version

    Links to our Disney-live-action-films-based-on-animated-films threads on Enchanted (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Alice through the Looking Glass (2016), Pete's Dragon (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Christopher Robin (2018), Dumbo (2019), Aladdin (2019), The Lion King (2019), Lady and the Tramp (2019), Mulan (2020), Maleficent 2 (2020), The Chronicles of Prydain (in development), Cruella (in development), Enchanted 2 (in development), The Jungle Book 2 (in development), Genies (in development), The Little Mermaid (in development), Night on Bald Mountain (in development), Peter Pan (in development), Pinocchio (in development), Prince Charming (in development), The Sword in the Stone (in development) and Tink (in development). We don't seem to have any threads on 101 Dalmatians (1996) or 102 Dalmatians (2000). Has Disney made any *other* live-action films based on their cartoons? - - - 'Lilo & Stitch' Live-Action Remake in the Works at Disney (Exclusive) Lilo & Stitch, the 2002 animated movie from Walt Disney Feature Animation, is getting the live-action treatment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The studio has hired up-and-comer Mike Van Waes to pen the script for the remake, which will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, formerly known as Lin Pictures. The two are already known in the Disney halls as they are working on the high-profile live-action remake of Aladdin. The original film was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who later found acclaim with How to Train Your Dragon. . . . It is unclear whether the new project, which is intended to be a live-action/CG hybrid, is intended for theatrical release or for Disney's streaming service that is set to launch in 2019. . . . Hollywood Reporter, October 3
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    Rambo V

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    The Wild Bunch (remake)

    Mel Gibson to Write and Direct ‘Wild Bunch’ Remake at Warner Bros. Mel Gibson is coming on to write and direct a remake of the classic Sam Peckinpah western “The Wild Bunch” at Warner Bros. Gibson will co-write with Bryan Bagby and also exec produce the pic. . . . Project marks the first directing gig for Gibson since 2016’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which earned him an Oscar nomination as director. It’s unknown if Gibson’s “Wild Bunch” will be a straight remake or a different story. WB has been trying to get the reboot off the ground for years and at one point had Will Smith interested in starring. As for when Gibson will shoot “The Wild Bunch” remains a mystery. He’s also trying to get his World War II film “Destroyer” into production. That film, with Mark Wahlberg attached to star, is currently looking for financing. . . . Variety, September 24