“Fantastic Beasts 3” coming to Rio

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Fantastic Beasts 3, the working title at Warner Bros. for the third installment in their Harry Potter spinoff franchise, will eschew France in favor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to Vulture. The film was announced a year after the release of David Yates’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) and will begin production in spring 2020, with J.K. Rowling slated to write the script for this entry as well. Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler are all scheduled to reprise their roles, with Jessica Williams’s part as Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks expanded.

President of Brazil threatens to censor show business

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The Institute of Economic Research at University of São Paulo says seventy percent of Brazilian-produced films are publicly funded. (Image Courtesy: The Hollywood Reporter).

On Thursday, Brazilian politician Jair Bolsonaro, a military officer whose conservative populism got him sworn in as president in January, threatened to end Agência Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), the federal film agency, for being too liberal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bolsonaro also said the ANCINE office would be moved away from Rio de Janeiro, the cultural seat of Brazil as well as home to its film industry, to the political capital of Brasilia, and encouraged the institution to fund more family-friendly movies. More than a hundred local pictures were released in 2017, compared to thirty in 2001, the year ANCINE was founded.