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‘Mortal Kombat’ Sequel in the Works With ‘Moon Knight’ Screenwriter Jeremy Slater

‘Mortal Kombat’ Sequel in the Works With ‘Moon Knight’ Screenwriter Jeremy Slater
A “Mortal Kombat” sequel is in the works at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

Jeremy Slater, best known for the Disney Plus Marvel series “Moon Knight,” has been tapped to write the screenplay. Warner Bros. and New Line had quietly been looking to develop other installments in its “Mortal Kombat” universe, but plans for a follow-up film had not been official until Slater had been hired to pen the script.

The first “Mortal Kombat,” a martial arts-inspired adaptation of the popular video game, opened in theaters and on HBO Max last April. Despite mixed reviews, the R-rated movie still managed to generate solid ticket sales at a time when most people were largely steering clear of their local cinema. It earned $42 million domestically and $83 million worldwide.

Simon McQuoid, who directed “Mortal Kombat,” previously hinted to Variety that he would be interested in expanding the movie into a gory action franchise.
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Virtual Sundance Festival Announces Winners Via Twitter — Updating Live

Virtual Sundance Festival Announces Winners Via Twitter — Updating Live
The virtual Sundance Film Festival concluded with a virtual awards show, announcing the winners via social media in a series of tweeted statements and videos.

After hosting an abridged version of the 2021 edition virtually, Sundance organizers hoped to return with a hybrid online and in-person event this year, but rising Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant forced them to shift the program online again. With the infrastructure already in place, the festival was able to make the pivot to the safer model, while losing out on much of the excitement and attention generated by the pre-pandemic model.

The full list of winners appears below — Updating Live:

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Grand Jury Prize: “”

Audience Award: “”

Directing:

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: “”

Special Jury Award: “”

U.S. Documentary Competition

Grand Jury Prize: “”

Audience Award: “”

Directing: “”

Special Jury Award: “”

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Grand Jury Prize: “”

Audience Award: “”

Directing Award: “”

Special Jury
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From Streamers to Newspapers, Nonfiction Shorts Offer Awards and Audience Recognition

From Streamers to Newspapers, Nonfiction Shorts Offer Awards and Audience Recognition
Back in the 1980s, former HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins saw an opportunity in the nonfiction short format.

“I was watching the Academy Awards one night and there was this category called best docu short and the people who made them were getting Oscars,” Nevins says. “At the Emmys, docus were kept hidden and given out on a special day. Docs were all by themselves in a corner at the Emmys, but at the Oscars doc filmmakers went up on the stage and they won. So, when I learned that we could qualify for this thing called a short and play with the big boys, I did it.”

In March 1989 HBO garnered its third Academy Award for “You Don’t Have to Die” — a 27-minute doc about 11-year-old Jason Gaes’ successful bout with cancer. It would be the first of 15 Oscars HBO nabbed in the documentary short nonfiction category
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Recommendation Machine: The ‘Fraggle Rock’ Reboot Is a Ray of Sunlight in a Dreary TV World

Recommendation Machine: The ‘Fraggle Rock’ Reboot Is a Ray of Sunlight in a Dreary TV World
Welcome to Recommendation Machine, your daily IndieWire destination for TV suggestions of what to watch. Each weekday, we’ll offer up a series we think should be on your viewing radar. Though most of the shows included here are recent offerings from networks and streaming services, this will also be a place to take a look at different chapters in TV history readily available for anyone looking to immerse themselves in an ever-expanding medium.

As everyone with even a passing connection to TV will have happily told you for the better part of the last decade, there are too many shows. They’ll use words like cornucopia or plethora or deluge or glut. Bottom line: There are plenty of options for things to queue up next. So, while we’ll try to provide as many of those as we can from streaming’s heavy hitters like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max,
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Shows Like Fleabag You Definitely Need To See

Shows Like Fleabag You Definitely Need To See
"Fleabag," Phoebe Waller-Bridge's unflinchingly honest and funny (yet devastating) dramedy made quite a critical splash during its release. Based on a one-woman stage play that originally premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Fleabag" is the dry, sharply written story of a woman dealing with grief, sexual desire, and an uncertainty about her place in the world in the aftermath of a terrible loss. She navigates life in London, a dysfunctional family, and a string of doomed love affairs all while casting conspiratorial glances and whispered secrets to the camera, letting the audience feel like an intimate part of the action. Not only are they watching the protagonist's...

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Mike Mills on Shooting ‘C’mon C’mon’ and Casting Joaquin Phoenix in the Middle of His ‘Joker’ Oscar Run

Mike Mills on Shooting ‘C’mon C’mon’ and Casting Joaquin Phoenix in the Middle of His ‘Joker’ Oscar Run
It was a big swing for writer and director Mike Mills to cast Joaquin Phoenix in his beautiful drama “C’mon C’mon,” something he didn’t expect he would take on. “I think Joaquin is an incredibly smart and multiple layered person, who will always be surprising,” says Mills. “So if this role seems surprising, then yes, sign me up. He’s not going to do the Joker twice in a row.”

On this edition of the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, we speak with the Oscar-nominated writer and director of the black-and-white dramedy “C’mon C’mon” from A24. He discusses shooting his film during Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar run for “Joker,” as well as the magnificent additions of his co-stars Emmy nominee Gaby Hoffman and newcomer Woody Norman. Also, in this episode, the Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the opening of Oscar voting and where the race for the Academy Awards currently stands.
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‘The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future’ Review: A Haunting Chilean Fable with Touches of Alan Moore and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

‘The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future’ Review: A Haunting Chilean Fable with Touches of Alan Moore and Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future” uses magical realism to blend the story of a family deeply scarred by a suicide decades ago, and a fable of Mother Nature crying out for help. Thankfully, , like Adam McKay’s recent doomsday satire “Don’t Look Up.”

The fish are dying from pollution, the bees are disappearing, and the milking cows are not far behind, not unlike the beginning of Douglas Adam’s “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” And like the 2005 adaptation of the book, the lamentations of the animals is presented in song form, with the fish and cows singing woes of death and despair, begging for their suffering to serve some larger purpose. As the fish start dying in a river in the south of Chile, a woman (Mía Maestro) emerges after being dead for decades. Providing many questions and very few answers, Alegría and co-writers
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Tom Cruise's Space Movie Will Only Partially Be Shot In Space

Tom Cruise's Space Movie Will Only Partially Be Shot In Space
Life is full of disappointments, and that goes double when it comes to the movie industry. Sometimes you get stuck with a movie you never wanted to direct in the first place, other times just one (1!) throwaway line of dialogue in a popular miniseries will land you in court with an expensive lawsuit on your hands. Yeah, yeah, unexpected good news can drop out of nowhere every now and then, but for the most part? Prepare yourselves for an unending parade of letdowns and cold water rudely splashed on your face. Have I mentioned that I might be a little on edge today...

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The Best Movies Streaming Right Now: Malignant, A Hero, And More

The Best Movies Streaming Right Now: Malignant, A Hero, And More
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a weekly column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Welcome back, streamers, to yet another weekly streaming column. With another weekend upon us (thank heavens), and a big snowstorm barreling down on the American Northeast, why not stay the heck inside and watch some movies? This week, I'm recommending a bonkers horror flick, a great new drama from Asghar Farhadi, a dark turn from Aubrey Plaza, a David Mamet thriller, and one of 2021's best and most underseen films. Let's get streaming! 

Now Streaming on HBO Max

James Wan's utterly bonkers "Malignant" is back on HBO Max,...

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Cult Classic Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer Is Getting A Loaded 4K Release

Cult Classic Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer Is Getting A Loaded 4K Release
The 1986 cult horror classic "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" is a raw, rough interpretation of the real-life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole. Co-written and directed by John McNaughton, the film is a gritty, gory look at two men who carry out sadistic murders and videotape them. The film is notorious for its intense violence, and was given an X rating (comparable to a modern Nc-17) upon its release. Michael Rooker ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Tom Towles ("House of 1000 Corpses") play Lucas and Toole, respectively, imbuing them with a kind of menace that's hard to put into words. 

The fine...

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France’s Shellac boards world sales on Denis Côté’s Berlin-bound ‘That Kind Of Summer’ (exclusive)

France’s Shellac boards world sales on Denis Côté’s Berlin-bound ‘That Kind Of Summer’ (exclusive)
French-Canadian returns to Competition after last year’s Encounters prize.

France’s Shellac has boarded worldwide sales on French-Canadian director Denis Côté’s Berlin-bound That Kind Of Summer in the run-up to next month’s festival and market.

Larissa Corriveau, who starred in Côté’s 2019 Golden Bear nominee Ghost Town Anthology, Laure Giappiconi and Aude Mathieu play the leads in Montreal-based Metafilms’ French-language Competition entry about three women invited to a rest home to explore their sexual issues.

As they co-exist under the detached supervision of a German therapist and a considerate social worker, the group attempts to maintain a
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How Visual Effects Pros Created Catastrophic Events in ‘Moonfall’

How Visual Effects Pros Created Catastrophic Events in ‘Moonfall’
In making “Moonfall,” his latest world-destroying sci-fi epic, Roland Emmerich once again tapped talent from his native Germany to bring his apocalyptic visions to life.

Moonfall” follows two former astronauts and a brilliant but discredited scientist, played by Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry and John Bradley, who team up on a mission to save the planet after the moon is knocked out of its orbit and begins hurling toward Earth, creating catastrophic environmental devastation in the process.

Of the four VFX companies that worked on the film’s massive action sequences, two originated in Germany, Scanline VFX and Pixomondo, while the others, Dneg and Framestore, are British.

Scanline, which is being taken over by Netflix, has been a regular partner for Emmerich since the 2009 disaster film “2012.” That project coincided with Scanline’s arrival in Hollywood, says Stephan Trojansky, the company’s president and senior visual-effects supervisor.

Scanline had also just made
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The Daily Stream: Pig Reminds Us What It Feels Like To Care

The Daily Stream: Pig Reminds Us What It Feels Like To Care
(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)

The Movie: "Pig"

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Nicolas Cage stars opposite Alex Wolff in this surprising, beautiful drama. The film follows a reclusive mountain man, Rob (Cage), who has built a peaceful place for himself alongside his faithful truffle pig. When the pig is stolen and Rob attacked, he ventures into the city for the first time in years. A cocky young truffle supplier named Amir (Wolff) is hesitantly roped...

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‘The Afterparty’ Review: Christopher Miller’s Apple TV+ Whodunit Is a Slick Showcase of Sweeping Talent

‘The Afterparty’ Review: Christopher Miller’s Apple TV+ Whodunit Is a Slick Showcase of Sweeping Talent
There’s ambition for ambition’s sake and then there’s ambition by design. “The Afterparty” — an eight-episode comedic murder-mystery where each episode is not only told from a different character’s perspective, but in a distinct genre befitting each person’s particular story — is 100 percent the latter. Created by Chris Miller (who also directs every episode) and written by Miller, his long-time creative partner Phil Lord, and a talented staff, the Apple TV+ limited series puts its creative team to great use, building out an engaging, ongoing whodunit with striking individual pieces, including rom-com, musical, and animated episodes. But rather than limit their eclectic talent exhibition to what the production staff can do behind the camera, Miller & Co. enlist an enviable cast of comedians to flex more than just their chuckle muscles onscreen.

While a little lengthy in parts and with a central puzzle that will entice devout sleuths more than casual fans,
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‘Aftershock’ Review: Sundance Doc Exposes the Bias in U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates

‘Aftershock’ Review: Sundance Doc Exposes the Bias in U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates
The tried and true way to break viewers’ hearts is to make them care deeply. “Aftershock” wastes no time in doing just that. Filmmaking duo Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee begin their emotionally resonant, statistically chilling documentary about the dramatically increased numbers of maternal death and morbidity among Black women in the U.S. with montages of two lives. Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac were two young, healthy women who went to hospitals to have their babies and died. Starting with life-affirming scenes of the two vibrant, engaging young women is a decidedly “say her name” salvo.

Who was lost and who they left behind is one of the most powerful ways for storytellers to connect us to tragedies that result from systemic failures. “Aftershock” is the word Shamony’s mother, Shawnee Benton Gibson, used to describe what her feelings were after the unexpected death of her daughter.
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Upload Season 2: Release Date, Cast, And More

Upload Season 2: Release Date, Cast, And More
(Welcome to ...And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.)

A fatal self-driving car accident leads to a firsthand experience with an uploaded afterlife that's much more similar to life on Earth than anyone could've ever expected. It's not difficult to see why this elevator pitch for "Upload" has resulted in the latest hit series from creator Greg Daniels, the man behind other popular shows such as "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," and most recently "Space Force." Even with that unconfirmable afterlife part,...

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The Singular Kathryn Hunter Goes From Crone to Crow in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

The Singular Kathryn Hunter Goes From Crone to Crow in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
She’s played Cleopatra, Lady M, King Lear — and his fool, too. She’s done Puck with Julie Taymor and Beckett with Peter Brook. She’s directed “Othello” for the Royal Shakespeare Company, adapted Kafka for the stage, and won an Olivier Award for Durrenmatt’s “The Visit.” But one thing Kathryn Hunter had never done is play all three of Macbeth’s witches, let alone seen it attempted in her decades in classical theater. The British-American actress, director, and physical theater innovator is outstanding in the unique role in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Joel Coen’s stripped-down, black-and-white take on the Shakespearean tragedy.

In just a few scenes, Hunter contorts her expressive body in unreal ways, snarls her voice into myriad tones and registers, and works the text like a true master. It’s a stunning performance that easily pulls all the focus,, the kind of rarely seen onscreen performance that undoubtedly deserves awards.
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GameStop: Rise Of The Players' Jonah Tulis And Blake Harris Talk About Taking On Hedge Funds With The Power Of Friendship [Interview]

GameStop: Rise Of The Players' Jonah Tulis And Blake Harris Talk About Taking On Hedge Funds With The Power Of Friendship [Interview]
In 2021, retail investors pulled off something that was considered impossible: They challenged hedge funds over the value of a struggling stock and won -- big time. When a hedge fund targeted GameStop for short selling, a ragtag group of investors (following the lead of a small band of steadfast stock advocates) rallied behind the stock, gaining collective millions against billions in losses from the financial powers that be. In the new documentary "GameStop: Rise of the Players," the team behind "Console Wars" tells the story of this exercise in retail investor revenge. It's...

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Juice, The Learning Tree and The Devil’s 8: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations

Juice, The Learning Tree and The Devil’s 8: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations
1992 was a year of high points for filmmaker Ernest Dickerson, who ended his career as a director of photography with Spike Lee’s majestic bio-pic Malcolm X and began life as a feature film director with the superb teen noir Juice. While Malcolm X may have been more epic in scope, Juice was, in its own compact way, a work of strong ambition and audacity as well, a flawlessly executed coming of age tale that borrowed from Mean Streets, Italian neorealism, and German expressionism but synthesized its influences with Dickerson’s awareness of contemporary New York street life to yield a […]

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‘The Offer’ First Look: Miles Teller & Dan Fogler As Francis Ford Coppola In Making-Of ‘The Godfather’ Series

‘The Offer’ First Look: Miles Teller & Dan Fogler As Francis Ford Coppola In Making-Of ‘The Godfather’ Series
As we noted in a feature in 2020, titled, “Welcome The New Trend Of ‘Prestige IP’: Studios Are Mining Their Vaults To Keep Franchises Going,” Hollywood is ravenous to make sure all their intellectual property is not sitting idling. Of course, there’s the endless cycle of storytelling regarding lucrative superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy properties. Still, as that feature suggests, studios have now started mining what we call “Prestige IP.” The first of this new trend, with many more in development and in the works in “The Offer,” a Paramount+ series based on making “The Godfather.” I.e., Paramount owns the rights to the still-lucrative ‘Godfather’ saga and has created a new way to continue telling ‘Godfather’ stories: by telling the tale of the legendary behind-the-scenes battle to make the movie which contains real-life characters like director Francis Ford Coppola, superproducer Robert Evans, producer Albert S.

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