Week in review: 10/10-10/14


Cinephiles rejoice: A new film by French pioneer Georges Méliès has been found by researchers at the Czech national film archives. The two-minute \Match de Prestidigitation, made in 1904, had long been considered lost, along with many other of Méliès' 500-plus shorts. 

Lovers of foreign cinema may want to peruse the list of all 85 films submitted in the Best Foreign-Language Oscar category. Among the hopeful nominees are Paul Verhoeven's Elle (France), Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (Iran), Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta (Spain) and Afterimage, the final film from famed Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who passed away earlier this week. 

Warner Bros. is going into full franchise mode for Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Previously thought to be a trilogy, it was revealed by screenwriter J.K. Rowling that the series will actually consist of five films, the first of which hits theatres next month. 

Approximately a month after rumor emerged that Benicio Del Toro would star in Shane Black' Predator remake, it's now looking like negotiations between the Oscar-winning actor and Twentieth Century Fox have stalled. Boyd Holbrook of the Netflix series "Narcos" is reportedly a candidate to replace him.

Disney's working on a Don Quixote movie, to be written by The Hunger Games' Billy Ray. Can someone check on Terry Gilliam? See if he's OK?

Speaking of Disney, they've chosen a writer for their Lion King remake: Catch Me If You Can's Jeff Nathanson.