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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun production in Malawi on his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which he will also star.

The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood.

The news was announced Thursday by by Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Potboiler ProductionsAndrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s »


- Alex Ritman

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jordan Peele’s hit horror film “Get Out” led all films in nominations for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Thursday. “Get Out” received four nominations, including Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Other movies nominated for Best Feature at the awards, which are designed to celebrate independent film, are Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Josh and Bennie Safdie’s “Good Time” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” »


- Steve Pond

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Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Feud: Betty and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh.

The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show.

Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus on the life of the actress and her relationship with Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960.

Leigh won best actress Academy Awards for her portrayal of  Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). She also won a Tony in 1963 for best actress in a musical for “Tovarich.” She suffered from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, and died at the age of 53 in 1967. »


- Dave McNary

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Watch Rob Zombie Remember ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ And Kick Off ’13 Nights of Halloween’

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Do ya feel it in the air, folks? With less than two weeks to go before Halloween, we're officially in the thick of the spookiest season of the year and that means your television lineup is about to go all horror, all the time. Hdnet is one of the networks bringing the Halloween party to you with Rob Zombie's 13 Nights of Halloween, a holiday programming event that puts the spotlight on 13 films leading up to Halloween with Zombie playing host. The event kicks off tonight, October 19, with a celebration of Zombie's cult horror hit, … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Card Mechanic Documentary ‘Dealt’ Plays A Winning Hand [Review]

27 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The nature of the medium of documentary is built around an unknown. Filmmakers journey into a subject or a life without all the answers (the worst documentaries purport to hold all the cards), and what often makes a good documentary riveting is the narrative of exploration, the uncovering of a truth. But, what often defines the best documentaries is their ability to pivot and spot, mid narration, a wellspring of truth more compelling than that of the original focal point of the film.

Continue reading Card Mechanic Documentary ‘Dealt’ Plays A Winning Hand [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gary Garrison

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Keith Levine Exits Dimension For Prexy Post At David Goyer’s Phantom Four

27 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: David Goyer’s Phantom Four has hired Keith Levine to be president of the production company.  Levine joins from Dimension Films, where he spent the past eight years and rose to senior vice president of production. Among the films he worked on closely was 47 Meters Down, which became a hit for Entertainment Studios, and on which Levine received exec producer credit. He also worked closely on the upcoming Dimension genre film Polaroid, which bows Thanksgiving… »


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Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

31 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some »


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International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation

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In today’s International Newswire, MipJunior sees a growing flow of kids’ content coming onto the market, Chiwetel Ejiofor starts to shoot his directorial debut in Malawi, five feature debuts compete at the European Film Awards, a report finds scripted TV production in the U.S. declined last year, and Showmax is to make a Polish version of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Cannes’ Mipcom trade-fair, which closed on Thursday, was the first in several years when unscripted was as much part of the conversation as scripted. In fact, it was a tale of three markets. If Mipcom was “bright, brisk and bustley,” as ReedMidem’s TV division director Laurine Garaude described it at her customary last day of the market wrap, MipJunior was one of the busiest events in recent years, judged by news flow, and big company presence – Mattel tub-thumping its overhaul of the “Thomas the Tank Engine” IP, for instance.

Buyers, whose »


- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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‘Liar’: Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd on Their Twisted, Psychological Drama

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The six-episode drama series Liar (already picked up for a second season), currently airing on SundanceTV, follows Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt), a dedicated teacher, and Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd), a renowned surgeon, who entire each other’s lives with a seemingly innocent date. But once a series of accusations starts to unravel secrets and lies in both of their lives, the truth will surely be painful for everyone. During this interview with Collider, co-stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd talked about what made them want to sign on for Liar, why they needed to know the truth about … »

- Christina Radish

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Is ‘Hocus Pocus’ Still the Greatest Halloween Movie of All Time When You’re an Adult?

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(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Kenny Ortega’s beloved-by-a-generation Hocus Pocus.) Hocus Pocus has existed since the dawn of time…or at least that is how I feel. I was only two years old when it […]

The post Is ‘Hocus Pocus’ Still the Greatest Halloween Movie of All Time When You’re an Adult? appeared first on /Film. »


- Vanessa Bogart

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‘Bellevue’ Trailer and Posters Unveil the Anna Paquin-Led Crime Series

49 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though Wgn America announced that it would no longer be pursuing original content (despite finding critical success and solid fanbases for shows like Outsiders and Underground), the channel is not done with scripted series altogether. It has recently acquired Bellevue, a crime drama starring Anna Paquin that is set to run for eight hourlong episodes. A new first look and posters for Bellevue released today show what looks like a fairly boilerplate “small town, big crime” story where the lead detective is a troubled rogue who has trouble managing her personal life, but who is nevertheless an excellent investigator. Oh … »

- Allison Keene

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David Fincher Explains Why HBO’s ‘Utopia’ Fell Apart & Updates Status On ‘World War Z’ Sequel

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It’s not unusual for shows not make it through the development process and land a series order, but it’s not often that they are as high profile as David Fincher‘s “Utopia.” The proposed HBO series was a remake of the Brit series on  Channel 4 series which follows a group of people who get their hands on a cult graphic novel called “The Utopia Experiments,” which has predicted no shortage of disasters.

Continue reading David Fincher Explains Why HBO’s ‘Utopia’ Fell Apart & Updates Status On ‘World War Z’ Sequel at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Planet is Coming to Disney’s ‘Star Tours’ Ride

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of Star Tours were refurbished and transformed into Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in 2010, the classic motion simulator ride became one of the most re-rideable attractions in the world. Instead of the same journey every time, you embarked on a randomly generated trip, with the ride […]

The post ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Planet is Coming to Disney’s ‘Star Tours’ Ride appeared first on /Film. »


- Jacob Hall

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Brian Nitzkin Joins Myriad Pictures As Svp Business Affairs

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Myriad Pictures has hired Brian Nitzkin as Svp Business Affairs to oversee contracts and legal work for its slate of films, as well as oversee all business affairs with Myriad’s international distributors. He joins the indie production, financing and distribution company from Im Global. “Brian’s many years of experience working with production, distribution and financing are very much appreciated,” said Myriad President Kirk D’Amico. “We welcome him as a member of our… »


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‘Mindhunter’: The Lack of On-Screen Violence Makes the Serial Killer Drama Even More Unsettling

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Season 1 of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” begins and ends with an confounding pair of bookends: The series’ opening sequence closes with a hostage-taker shooting himself in the head, while the ending view we get of Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) shows him in a cold sweat on the floor of a prison hospital. Among the many questions of human behavior the show addresses in its opening batch of episodes, maybe the biggest is how one man can be so calm in the wake of watching a horrific suicide and be so affected by a single hug.

The answer might lie in the season-long effort to reframe the way audiences think about violence on a crime show. Apart from that grisly opening, we don’t actually see any on-screen killings, only descriptions filtered through a photograph or someone’s firsthand account. As Ford, Bill Tanch (Holt McCallany), and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv »


- Steve Greene

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‘Only The Brave’ Is A Touching, Respectful Tribute To Fallen Heroes [Review]

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Joseph Kosinski is a promising director in search of a good script. Or, perhaps, the right script. His starkly beautiful visuals for “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion,” his first two films, prove the special effects-friendly filmmaker knows how to make his movies gorgeous on the surface, yet they were both emotionally distant to a fault. Kosinski made them dazzle from an aesthetic perspective, no doubt, but if you had any connection to the characters and their arcs, that seemed almost incidental.

Continue reading ‘Only The Brave’ Is A Touching, Respectful Tribute To Fallen Heroes [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Will Ashton

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Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed

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New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.

According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.

Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).

Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).

PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »


- Matt Fernandez

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Gotham Awards Analysis: ‘Get Out’ is a Serious Awards Season Contender, ‘Wonder Wheel’ is Shut Out, and More

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The Gotham Awards aren’t exactly Oscar prognosticators, but a nomination builds early momentum for the long haul ahead; being left out at this stage is not good. Jordan Peele’s box-office hit “Get Out,” which led the field with four nominations (read full nominations list here), affirmed its status as a serious player. So did three hot fall festival contenders that received three nominations each: Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), both upcoming, and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” (A24), which is now in limited release.

Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” landed a special jury prize for ensemble performance. That’s significant, because while the Netflix Sundance pickup played well at festivals, its large and superb cast, much like Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” doesn’t fall into convenient lead and supporting categories; that could hurt eventual SAG and Oscar nods. »


- Anne Thompson

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Gotham Awards Analysis: ‘Get Out’ is a Serious Awards Season Contender, ‘Wonder Wheel’ is Shut Out, and More

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Gotham Awards aren’t exactly Oscar prognosticators, but a nomination builds early momentum for the long haul ahead; being left out at this stage is not good. Jordan Peele’s box-office hit “Get Out,” which led the field with four nominations (read full nominations list here), affirmed its status as a serious player. So did three hot fall festival contenders that received three nominations each: Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), both upcoming, and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” (A24), which is now in limited release.

Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” landed a special jury prize for ensemble performance. That’s significant, because while the Netflix Sundance pickup played well at festivals, its large and superb cast, much like Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” doesn’t fall into convenient lead and supporting categories; that could hurt eventual SAG and Oscar nods. »


- Anne Thompson

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