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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star საომარიs' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star საომარიs' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star საომარიs after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star საომარიs–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The კრიმინალურიs of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French მიუზიკლი; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French მიუზიკლი; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World საომარი II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot

Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot
Chris Pratt is eyeing a new franchise to call his own. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is in early talks to lead a relaunch of Paramount Pictures action franchise The Saint. Deadline broke the news Friday, noting that sources caution discussions are still early on, but the project has been in the works for a while now. Paramount scooped up the book rights for The Saint back in 2016 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce and it seems the studio is now starting to circle in on the lead. In the realm of IP, …
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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise
The Criterion Collection and საომარიnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that საომარიnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

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‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”

‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”
Adi Shankar made good on his promise to deliver "the best f*cking video game adaptation ever made to date" with "Castlevania," now enjoying its bloody run of two seasons on Netflix. Now, Shankar is upping the ante by taking on not just another video game adaptation, but one from a completely different gaming company and one that will exist under his umbrella of properties in the newly წუთიuted "Bootleg Multiverse." Next up: Capcom's "Devil May Cry." Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a banner that showcases his imaginative and ballsy approaches to pop culture mash-ups and reimaginings of popular franchises, …
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How Oscar Favorite ‘Cold საომარი’ Turned a Personal Story Into a Sweeping Epic

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A version of this story about “Cold საომარი” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s first film since his Oscar-winning “Ida” spans a decade and a half of post-World საომარი II Europe to tell the story of a pair of musicians drawn together and torn apart by a tempestuous love.

The film, one of the most acclaimed in the Oscar foreign-language category, is Poland’s entry in this year’s race. This interview is one of a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the 2018 foreign directors.

Also Read: 'Cold საომარი' Film Review: მელოდრამა in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

The story is loosely based on or at least inspired by your parents, isn’t it?

Pawel Pawlikowski: The main couple, their relationship is kind of inspired by my parents and their rather volatile relationship. Coming together and separating,
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That Time Mark Hamill Pitched Boba Fett as Luke Skywalker’s Mother

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That Time Mark Hamill Pitched Boba Fett as Luke Skywalker’s Mother
Attention all “Star საომარიs” fans: What do you get when you cross Darth Vader and Boba Feet? Contrary to Mark Hamill’s pitch to franchise creator George Lucas, the answer is most definitely not Luke Skywalker.

“There was the time I pitched Boba Fett as Luke’s mother,” Hamill told his Twitter followers Friday. “I have always been more than willing to generously share my many, many terrible ideas in the off-chance we might stumble across one that could actually be useful.”

Then there was the time I pitched Boba Fett as Luke's mother. I have always been more than willing to generously share my many, many terrible ideas in the off-chance we might stumble across one that could actually be useful. At the time, I didn't even know Leia was my sister. https://t.co/nurhFZZS01

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 16, 2018

Hamill was responding to a tweet from Tatooine Sons: A Star საომარიs Podcast,
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Kentucky Governor Blames Zombies for Mass Shootings in America

Kentucky Governor Blames Zombies for Mass Shootings in America
Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin has a unique take on the topic of mass shootings in America. Lack of gun regulations are not to blame, the problem is… zombies?

Bevin told conservative radio talk show host Leland Conway this week that American culture rewards and celebrates death and that the brain-eating monsters are invading the წუთიds of our country’s youth, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

“What’s the most popular topic that seems to be in every cable television network? Television shows are all about, what? Zombies! I don
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‘Inside Philadelphia’ Podcast Marks 25th Anniversary of Breakthrough Film to Raise Money for AIDS Treatment (Exclusive)

‘Inside Philadelphia’ Podcast Marks 25th Anniversary of Breakthrough Film to Raise Money for AIDS Treatment (Exclusive)
The creators of the “Inside Jaws” podcast are turning their attention to Jonathan Demme’s stigma-shattering “Philadelphia” to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tom Hanks-Denzel Washington drama — and raise money to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide.

The 1993 film helped put a human face on the virus at a time when patients suffered horrific discrimination and ignorance. That is still true in much of the world, and through an arrangement with Coca-Cola, 100 percent of donations made by listeners of the podcast will go to support the (Red) campaign to rid the world of AIDS.

Host Mark Ramsey, who created the podcast with audio designer Jeff Schmidt, told TheWrap that he sought and received the blessing of Hanks, Washington, “Philadelphia” screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, and Joanne Howard, wife of Demme, who died last year at 73.

Also Read: 'Inside Jaws,' About Steven Spielberg's Rise, Lures Hollywood Interest (Podcast)

“I think
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‘Champions’ Director Says Disabled Actors Rewrote His Hit Spanish Movie

A version of this story about “Champions” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Javier Fesser’s film “Champions,” a huge hit in Spain, finds a hotheaded professional basketball coach sentenced to community service working with a team of mentally disabled players, all of them played by nonprofessional actors.

The film is Spain’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this interview is one of a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: Oscars Foreign Language Race 2018: Complete List of Submissions

What led you to this story?

Javier Fesser: This is my fifth feature film, and the first time I have worked with a screenplay that was not my idea originally. Three years ago, I read the screenplay and fell in love with the characters. Not with the story, with the characters. I felt
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Stockholm Festival Winners Jasmin Mozaffari, Crystal Moselle Talk About Next Projects (Exclusive)

“Firecrackers” director Jasmin Mozaffari and “Skate Kitchen” helmer Crystal Moselle, who won Stockholm Film Festival’s best film and debut, respectively, sat with Variety after the awards ceremony on Friday to discuss their next projects.

Moselle is an up-and-coming filmmaker who already boasts an impressive track record, having won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize with her 2015 documentary “The Wolfpack,” and this year’s Sundance Audience Prize with her narrative debut “Skate Kitchen,” a vibrant, naturalistic portrait of an all-female, multiracial skater crew in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

After “The Wolfpack” which revolved around six brothers who lived confined in a New York housing project, Moselle continued to work with non-professionals for “Skate Kitchen,” leading them to deliver performances that felt completely authentic. “I’m obsessed with authentic realism and when I work with non-actors I feel that I can make them virgins of themselves,” said Moselle, who is based in New York.
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Hear John Williams’ New ‘Star საომარიs’ Theme for Disney’s ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ Attraction

John Williams, the Oscar-winning composer behind Star საომარიs‘ classic scores and themes, has created a new work in association with the Star საომარიs-themed attractions currently in construction at Disney parks.

Williams’ new themes will feature in Disney’s Star საომარიs: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, a themed land dedicated to the film series that will open at both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2019, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The “Galaxy’s Edge” themes were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, Starსაომარიs.
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CIA Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi Death

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to sources inside the agency, the Post reported. President Donald Trump told reporters today that he will be briefed on the conclusions by the CIA on Air Force One with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his way to California to visit areas affected by wildfires.

“As of this moment, we were told that [bin Salman] did not play a role, we’re gonna have to find out what they say,
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How ‘Dogman’ Took a Revenge Story and Added a Touch of Buster Keaton

How ‘Dogman’ Took a Revenge Story and Added a Touch of Buster Keaton
A version of this story on “Dogman” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award in Cannes for his performance in “Dogman,” Matteo Garrone’s film about a mild-mannered dog groomer (and part-time drug dealer) who finally gets tired of being bullied by a local gangster.

The film is Italy’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this is one in a series of interviews TheWrap conducted with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: 'Dogman' Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian დრამა

You shot the film in the same town where you shot some of “Gomorrah” 10 years ago. Why do you keep going back?

Matteo Garrone: I also shot a movie called “The Embalmer” there in 2002. It’s a place that I love. For this movie, I was looking for
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What 'Fantastic Beasts' Lost by Leaving 'Harry Potter' Behind

[This story contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The კრიმინალურიs of Grindelwald]

Every year between 1998 and 2011, excepting 2006 and 2008, meant a new entry in the Harry Potter series, whether on the page or on screens. Each new entry meant the chance to return to the Potter world, an environment hidden but self-contained (until its climax) within the real world, and each return meant, in a word, everything: A chance to escape from the real world, a chance to revisit Hogwarts and subsidiary settings of the series’ narrative, a chance to spend more time with characters we know and grow fonder of ...
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The კრიმინალურიs of Grindelwald” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.

The latest Wizarding World installment from საომარიner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opened to $74 million domestically in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Rowling’s script.

Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn’t deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won’t put off Harry Potter fans either.
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Stacey Abrams Ends Campaign for Georgia Governor But Refuses to Concede

Although she acknowledged that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp would be certified as Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams opened her defiant speech announcing the end of her gubernatorial race with stories of voter irregularity and suppression that characterized the election.

“Georgia citizens tried to exercise their constitutional rights and were still denied the ability to elect their leaders. Under the watch of the now former Secretary of State, democracy failed Georgians of every political party, every race, every region,” she told the crowd of gathered supporters.

Abrams and Democrats had
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Camerimage Looking for a New Home After Longtime Host City Cuts Funding

Camerimage Looking for a New Home After Longtime Host City Cuts Funding
Camerimage, the international film festival for the art of cinematography that has been held in Poland for the past 26 years, is looking for a home.

The annual event — which is wildly popular with cinematographers and concluded its 26th festival on Saturday — has been held in the city of Bydgoszcz since 2010, but as the awards ceremony wrapped on Saturday, founder and festival director Marek Zydowicz announced that the city had cut its funding by 25 percent.

Onstage, he emphasized his commitment to the festival and urged guests, "When you go back to your the cities ...
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