Film News Roundup: ‘The Two Popes’ Wins Audience Award at Miami Festival

Variety | 10/14/2019 | Dave McNary
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In today’s film news roundup, “The Two Popes” wins an audience award, “A Night with Janis Joplin” and “Fittest in Dubai” get releases, Artists First reorganizes, SAG-AFTRA expands its headquarters and Film Fest 919 announces its winners.

Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” has won the audience award at the Miami Gems Film Festival.

Story - Popes - Stars - Anthony - Hopkins

Inspired by a true story, “The Two Popes” stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as the future Pope Francis in a verbal battle of wits over the future direction of the Catholic Church. The film is produced by Netflix, which has scheduled a limited theatrical release on Nov. 27 in the U.S. prior to its release on streaming on Dec. 20.

Festival audiences also chose Bong Joon ho’s dark comedy “Parasite” as first runner-up, with Alma Har’el’s “Honey Boy” and Craig Brewer’s “Dolemite Is my Name” tying for second runner-up. Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” won the Audience last year and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination in the recently re-named Best International Feature Film category.

CineLife - Entertainment - Release - Broadway - Night

CineLife Entertainment has set a the theatrical release of the Broadway musical, “A Night With Janis Joplin” in U.S. theaters beginning Nov. 5.

“A Night With Janis Joplin” follows the singer’s rise to fame and pays tribute to some of her biggest musical influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

BroadwayHD - Production - Stewart - F - Lane

The BroadwayHD production is produced by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley and is directed by David Horn. Mary Bridget Davies, Broadway’s original Janis, stars.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to “Fittest in Dubai,” a documentary produced by Dubai Film and directed by Gerry Blaksley.

Film - Theaters - Demand - Nov - Athletes

The film will be available in theaters and on demand on Nov. 5. It follows athletes as they compete in the Dubai CrossFit Championship. The documentary stars athletes Mat Fraser, Samantha Briggs, Sara Sigmundsdóttir,...
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