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How Europeans Films and TV Shows Develop From Script to Screen

Creators and screenwriters from Europe discussed the importance of collaboration in filmmaking during a panel in the Variety Streaming Room.

Hosted by international features editor Leo Barraclough, the conversation, titled “Lost in Translation? Visual Story Development from Script to Screen,” included creators from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s Black Room and writers from the Face to Face program. Prop maker and modeler Simon Weisse, production designer Jacqueline Abrahams, and writers Jana Burbach and Hanno Hackfort took part in the panel.

Collaborative endeavors have seen an increase in European filmmaking, said Hackfort, since teams have begun to see that different departments — writers, designers, directors — often have ideas that aren’t limited to just the part of the film or television project they’re working on.

“This concept of showrunner becomes more and more important in Germany,” he said. “Then you’re not just a writer, but you can also work together

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Box Office Sinks to New Low as Theaters Close and Few New Films Open

The weekend before Thanksgiving is one of the most coveted release dates, but in 2020 the gross won’t even cross $7 million.

The weekend before Thanksgiving is one of the most desired release dates.  It’s been home to entries in the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games franchises; in 2019, “Frozen II” opened to $130 million. This year, weekend grosses won’t pass $7 million and only “Freaky” made more than $1 million.

These numbers cap a week of bad-to-worse news for theaters. Announcements from Universal codifed its Premium VOD plans, which suggest that the new maximum window, likely adapted by other distributors, is five weekends after opening. Warner Bros. placed “Wonder Woman 1984” on HBO Max for 30 days, along with theaters that want to play it. (The logic behind the 30-day rule is murky; perhaps the hope is by the end of January, more theaters will be open?)

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The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy says she’s “not beautiful enough to be in films”

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy has said she doesn’t think she’s “beautiful enough” to star in films.

The 24-year-old actress has received critical acclaim for her captivating performance as chess prodigy Beth Harmon in the hit Netflix drama, and despite securing lead roles in films The Witch, and Jane Austen adaptation Emma, she doesn’t think she meets Hollywood’s so-called beauty standards supposedly required for the big screen.

“I have never and I don’t think I will ever think of myself as beautiful,” Taylor-Joy told The Sun. “I don’t think I’m beautiful enough to be in films. It sounds pathetic and my boyfriend warns me people will think I’m an absolute d*** for saying these things, but I just think I’m weird-looking.”

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She continued: “I won’t go to the cinema to watch my own film, I’ll watch it before. The beauty of being

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Amy Adams Talks New Movie Hillbilly Elegy and Which of Her Favorite Films She Still Quotes

Amy Adams may have a new, Oscar-buzzy movie out, but that doesn’t mean she has forgotten her first. The six-time Academy Award nominee sat down with E! News to discuss Hillbilly Elegy, her upcoming film with Glenn Close from director Ron Howard, but couldn’t help but gush over the cult classic Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Amy Adams Talks New Movie Hillbilly Elegy and Which of Her Favorite Films She Still Quotes

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The 1999 mockumentary is about the Mount Rose beauty pageant and the subsequent bizarre tragedies that ensue. In addition to then Hollywood newcomer Amy, the film stars Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley, Brittany Murphy, Allison Janney, and Denise Richards.

When asked about Drop Dead Gorgeous‘ cult status among fans, Amy said that while she was surprised by the continued popularity of the movie more than 20 years

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Nelly Kaplan, whose films explored female strength, dies of Covid at 89.

Nelly Kaplan, whose witty, satire-tinged French films about female empowerment and revenge made her a distinctive voice in a male-dominated era, died on Nov. 12 in Geneva. She was 89.

The Société des Réalisateurs de Films, the French filmmakers’ association, announced her death on its website. French news agencies, quoting a relative, said the cause was Covid-19.

Ms. Kaplan, who was born in Argentina, arrived in Paris in her early 20s and became both a filmmaking and a romantic partner of Abel Gance, the French director known for the innovative silent movie “Napoleon” (1927). In 1969 she drew acclaim with her first feature, “A Very Curious Girl.” (The French title was “La Fiancée du Pirate,” or “The Pirate’s Fiancée.”)

It starred Bernadette Lafont, an actress already well known from the New Wave films of Claude Chabrol and others, as Marie, a young servant who is preyed upon by men in

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Gus Van Sant on Directing Gucci Short Films in the Style of ‘Elephant’

The filmmaker co-directed seven short films in a rapid-fire shoot that harked back to his earlier work.

Many filmmakers scrambled to get work done under the strange, unpredictable circumstances of 2020, but few worked faster than Gus Van Sant. The “Milk” auteur was preparing to shoot the Will Ferrell drama “Prince of Fashion,” an Amazon-backed project adapted from Michael Chabon’s GQ article, during the first half of the year.

When that fell apart, Van Sant spent the summer trying to sort out his next move. In early October, he was he was approached by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele about fast-tracking a new project. With Paris Fashion Week canceled, the label was gearing up for GucciFest, an online showcase of new designs comprised of short films.

Van Sant ended up traveling to Rome for rapid-fire 12-day shoot to showcase Gucci’s upcoming collection, “OUVERTURE of Something that Never Ended.” Van Sant

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Taskovski Films Acquires IDFA Player ‘Ultimina’

London-based Taskovski Films has acquired worldwide rights outside Italy to Jacopo Quadri’s “Ultimina,” which world premieres on Nov. 21 at Amsterdam’s IDFA documentary festival.

“Ultimina” is co-produced by Quadri’s Rome-based outfit Ubulibri with Rai Cinema and the deal takes in streaming rights on the Taskovski Films Vimeo VOD platform.

The documentary follows a 86-year-old woman living alone on a Tuscany farm, who looks back on a tough life in which men have always been the boss.

“The film is presented in a unique auteurist language and it touches on an important topic for us, which is women’s rights, speaking not only about the older days and generations in Italy, but the whole of European women rights over the last 70 years,” Taskovski Films CEO, Irena Taskovski, told Variety.

She added: “We were captivated by the character of Ultimina, a cheerful and joyous 80-year-old lady full of enthusiasm and energy,

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Sia dismisses backlash to her film’s portrayal of autism

Australian pop singer-songwriter Sia is known for hits such as “Chandelier” but also for protecting her privacy, often concealing her identity with larger-than-life wigs.

It might come as a surprise, then, that the nine-time Grammy nominee engaged directly with critics of the new trailer for her upcoming film, “Music.”

The project, which she’s calling a “cinematic experience,” will feature dancer and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler as Music, a teen with autism as well as actors Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

The “Elastic Heart” artist, who has dabbled in directing since 2014, released the trailer Thursday. Since then, a backlash has been brewing on Twitter around the portrayal of Ziegler’s character, who communicates her emotions through a tablet in the trailer, leaning into a disability the actress does not have.

Sia, however, seems annoyed by the pushback, tweeting: “Why don’t you watch my film before you judge it? FURY.”

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Shogun Films, Daniel Zirilli Team For Danny Trejo Film ‘Renegades’

London-basted genre outfit Shogun Films has commenced a creative partnership with prolific U.S. director/producer Daniel Zirilli (“Acceleration,” “Invincible”).

The first film to secure funding under the partnership is “Renegades.” Financing has been secured from Insight Media Fund, negotiated by Samahoma Media Advisors, with Bob Clarke and Gareth Jones executive producing, as well as from private equity.

“Renegades” is a London-set revenge movie described by Shogun as “ ‘Harry Brown’ meets ‘The Wild Geese’ ” which sees a quartet of ex-Special Forces vets taking on the Eastern European gang that killed their comrade. The cast includes Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”), Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Michael Paré (“Gone”), Ian Ogilvy (“We Still Kill the Old Way”) and Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (“The Fifth Element”). The lead actor is yet to be announced.

Initial U.S. sequences have already been shot and production now moves to London this winter.

“I feel blessed to

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Rudy Giuliani invokes ‘My Cousin Vinny,’ film’s director reacts

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“My Cousin Vinny” director Jonathan Lynn is reacting after Rudy Giuliani gave a shout-out to the film during a heated press conference on Thursday.

During the conference, the former New York City mayor and lawyer to President Donald Trump described a scene from the 1992 film in order to illustrate how Republicans poll watchers were allegedly barred from properly viewing the vote count.

“Did you all watch ‘My Cousin Vinny?’ ” Giuliani said. “It’s one of my favorite law movies because he comes from Brooklyn.”

The lawyer then went on to recall a scene in which Vinny Gambini, played by Joe Pesci, asks a witness how many fingers he’s holding up as he stands 100 feet away from her. In the scene, the witness says

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