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Point Grey, Good Universe Team With 'Hello Ladies' Creators for 'Good Boys'
Described as in the vein of Sausage Party and Superbad, Good Boys is an R-rated comedy about four 12-year-olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on an epic quest from Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.
- Rebecca Ford
Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount
The project will be directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano, from a script by Mark Burnell with Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. IM Global will finance the film. Lively was attached to the project a month ago.
The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible. »
- Dave McNary
'Mission: Impossible 6' Shoot Set for 8-Week Hiatus Following Tom Cruise Injury
A video taken on the London set obtained by TMZ showed the actor jumping between buildings and falling short his mark, smacking into one side hard and limping away afterwards.
A source has now told THR that the injury – believed by many among the film’s crew to be a damaged ankle – is likely to force producers to put the shoot "on hiatus" for »
- Alex Ritman
Netflix Rounds Out Cast for Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Eggplant Emoji’
They join Geraldine Viswanathan, who is in negotiations to star.
Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock will produce the dark comedy via their Red Hour Films banner. Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck, the creators and stars of the Comedy Central show “Workaholics,” are also on board to produce.
In the vein of “Superbad,” the plot follows a teenager who accidentally cuts off his penis during a camping trip. He and his friends rush to save the appendage before it’s too late.
- Justin Kroll
Another Princess Diana Documentary Sells Around the World
Adding to the host of TV specials marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, “Diana: The Day the World Cried,” a documentary narrated by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, has been sold by Cineflix Rights to multiple territories.
The one-hour program was commissioned by Britain’s ITV and the Smithsonian Channel in the U.S., and will air on those channels in their respective countries. It has also been bought by Nine Network for Australia; Sky in New Zealand; Svt in Sweden; Nrk in Norway; OnDIRECTV for Latin America; ITV for Asia, Middle East, and Africa; Manoto in Iran; and Channel 8 in Israel.
Produced by Finestripe Productions, “Diana: The Day the World Cried” looks at the day of Diana’s funeral on Sept. 6, 1997, when a million people lined the streets of London for the funeral procession and 2.5 billion watched on television around the world. Told in the words of people who were in attendance, it »
- Robert Mitchell
UK exhibitors' conference This Way Up reveals 2017 topics, keynote speakers
Cinema-owners event to move to Hull for fourth edition.
The 2017 edition of annual UK exhibitors’ industry conference This Way Up has revealed its key topics.
Set to take place November 7-8 at Hull’s Truck Theatre, this year’s event will focus on four subjects: the power of culture (which will look at the role of the film industry as the world sees seismic cultural and political shifts); technological change (how exhibitors can harness new technologies); ethics and resilience (how to preserve cultural values in the face of commercial pressure); places, spaces, and global community (as content becomes more available on small devices, how to cinemas remain important spaces to consume culture?).
The event has also announced two keynote speakers.
Jenny Sealey, winner of the Liberty Human Rights Award, co-director of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, CEO-artistic director of Graeae Theatre since 1997, and a pioneer in disabled-led theatre.
Moira Sinclair, CEO of the »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Stephen Frears to Receive Award at Venice Film Festival
British filmmaker Stephen Frears is to be awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award at this year’s 74th Venice Film Festival. The award celebrates a filmmaker who is considered to have made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.
“Stephen Frears seems to challenge the very idea of a monolithic definition of his cinema,” Alberto Barbera, director of the festival, said in a statement. “Along with Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, he is one of the most vibrant and representative exponents of contemporary British cinema.”
Frears, who received Oscar nominations for “The Grifters” and “The Queen,” returns to Venice this year for a fifth time with his new film “Victoria & Abdul,” which reunites him with “Philomena” star Judi Dench. Frears has competed for the Golden Lion at four previous Venice festivals with “Liam” (2000), “Dirty Pretty Things” (2002), “The Queen” (2006) and “Philomena” (2013). All four films won festival prizes, but Frears has yet to claim the coveted »
- Robert Mitchell
Napping Princess review – robots and conspiracies in dreamscape anime
There are some fun satirical observations in this animation about a somnolent schoolgirl’s imaginary world, but it winds up feeling mechanical
A fake-out opening establishes the twinned realms through which Kenji Kamiyama’s midlist anime meanders: patriarchal kingdom Heartland is revealed as the recurring dreamscape of somnolent schoolgirl Kokone, who is trapped at home with a grief-stricken mechanic father in a town some distance from Tokyo.
Toggling between the two realms, Kamiyama demonstrates a pleasing, Kore-eda-like eye for suburban specifics, but the charm diminishes upon the segue into corporate conspiracy involving missing tablets and giant robots. There are some fun satiric footnotes early on – Heartland’s compulsory auto industry employment leaves it gridlocked for days – but it starts feeling fairly mechanised itself, every clank of those boysy Transformer knock-offs further drowning out its wistful
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- Mike McCahill
Serbia and Greece sign co-operation agreement
Pact will focus on mutual support in distribution.
Head of Film Centre Serbia, Boban Jevtić, and director of the Greek Film Centre, Electra Evenaki, signed an agreement on business co-operation between the two funds yesterday (Aug 16) at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
The agreement focuses on mutual support in distribution. When a Serbian distributor buys a Greek film for theatrical release, the Film Centre Serbia will cover the expenses of translation and subtitling and potentially provide financial help to the distributor. The scheme will work the same way in Greece with Serbian films.
Despite the strong historical ties between the two countries, there has not previously been much collaboration between their film industries.
“Serbia had more co-productions with South Korea than with Greece, which is really strange,” Jevtić told Screendaily.
This summer saw the first Greek-Serbian co-production since the mid-90s wrap principal photography: Her Job (pictured) by Greek director Nikos Labot, a project »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vladan Petkovic)
Tom Cruise injury halts filming on Mission Impossible 6
Director Christopher McQuarrie says the action star broke ankle during the filming of a stunt which required jumping between buildings and hitting a wall
The studio behind Mission Impossible 6 has confirmed that production of the film has been put on hiatus while Tom Cruise recovers from a broken ankle suffered during filming.
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- Gwilym Mumford
Crown Heights review – fact-based drama enrages with injustice yet plods with pacing
Regardless of your opinion on the filmmaking at work in fact-based drama Crown Heights, there’s an inarguable, stinging sense of outrage that accompanies almost every frame. It’s a staggering story, brought back into the public awareness thanks to an episode of the ever-enlightening podcast, This American Life. Its transformation into a full-length feature is a necessary reminder of how young men of color are too often mistreated by the Us justice system.
Related: Marjorie Prime review – melancholy sci-fi offers poignant tale of love after life
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- Benjamin Lee
LevelK joins Venice-bound teen punk drama 'Team Hurricane'
The film is about eight teenage girls whose bond strengthens over one summer. Berg cast the non-professional actresses after scouting them on social media; they collaborated to develop the characters and style of the film.
The film, formerly titled Forever 13, described as a “punk chick flick”, mixes documentary with stylized fiction.
The eight actresses — Eja Penelope Roepstorff, Ida Glitre, Maja Leth Bang, Mathilde Linnea Daugaard Jensen, Elise Pedersen, Sara Morling, Zara Munch Bjarnum, and Ira Rønnenfelt — will attend Venice and document their experience on social media.
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Haugesund: ’Winter Brothers’ Director Hires ‘Fantastic Beasts’’ Ingvar E. Sigurðsson for Next Film (Exclusive)
Icelandic star Ingvar E. Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2”, “Of Horses and Men”) will play the title role in Hlynur Pálmason’s next film after the Locarno winner “Winter Brothers”.
Penned by Pálmason, “White, White Day” is a mystery thriller about grief, sacrifice and unconditional love. Sigurðsson plays Ingimundur, a responsible father, widower and small-town sheriff who has been off duty since his wife’s disappearance, two years earlier. In the process of building a house for his daughter and grand-daughter, he becomes obsessed with finding the man he suspects is connected to his wife’s disappearance. Over time, his suspicion turned into an obsession that inevitably starts to affect the ones he loves.
The Icelandic film is produced by Join Motion Pictures’ founder Anton Máni Svansson, a 2017 ‘Producer on the Move.’ “Hlynur wrote the script with Ingvar [E. Sigurðsson] in mind,” said the producer, for whom it will be the third collaboration with the »
- Annika Pham
The Hitman’s Bodyguard review – Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson sent to... Coventry?
This medium-octane buddy movie has the distinction of featuring a certain West Midlands city centre, but is too slow to turn into the romp promised
This fumbled buddy movie throwback touts some only-here-for-the-money stars as compensation for leaden pacing and a futzing, bum-obsessed script. Any remaining life in its tired set-up – security operative Ryan Reynolds drags assassin Samuel L Jackson to The Hague to testify against a Belarusian war criminal (Gary Oldman, inevitably) – is soon stifled by pointless flashbacks and detours, and a suicidally phlegmy palette.
It earns the distinction of being the first shoot-’em-up to reroute its leads via Coventry city centre, but that’s the problem: only belatedly, with its medium-octane chases around Amsterdam, does this dopey endeavour become the freewheeling romp the trailers promised. For an action-comedy, its timing is lousy.
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- Mike McCahill
HBO Hacks Continue: New Group Takes Over Official Twitter and Facebook Accounts
HBO’s security continues to be attacked online — this time, by a so-called security group.
Late Wednesday night, the notorious hacking group OurMine sent messages over HBO’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts that read:
“Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact”
OurMine is well-known for infiltrating big-name accounts. In the past, the organization has taken over the social media accounts of Netflix, Marvel, and Google. They’ve hacked into YouTube, as well as other celebrity accounts.
During Wednesday night’s breach, they accessed accounts for “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep,” “Last Week Tonight,” “Girls,” “Ballers,” “The Knick,” “The Comeback,” “Real Sports,” “Looking,” “Vinyl,” “Outcast,” “Any Given Wednesday,” Cinemax, HBO Docs, HBOboxing, HBO Now, HBO Now Help, HBOGo Help, and HBO Careers.
Read More:hbo Hack: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Episodes Leaked As Hackers Get More Aggressive
- Ben Travers
7 Disappointing Horror Movies That Should Still Get Sequels
For every disappointing horror movie in existence, there's potential to make a redeeming sequel. Read on to see seven candidates we think are perfect for such a treatment. »
Ric Reitz Re-Elected President Of SAG-aftra Atlanta Local, Continues Run Of Wins For Gabrielle Carteris Supporters
Ric Reitz has been re-elected president of SAG-aftra’s Atlanta local, handily defeating challenger Scott Hunter by 326 votes to 181. Reitz, who is something of a colorful character, is not only a busy actor but a broker of Georgia film tax credits. As Deadline reported two weeks ago, he's also advised producers on a "magic formula" to employ movie stars on the cheap. "Here's the magic formula," he said on a 2014 podcast. "For them to qualify annually for insurance… »
Apparently Elvis Presley Is In Blade Runner 2049
New York Talent Agent Mark Schlegel Missing Since Sunday, Family Says
Talent agent Mark Schlegel has gone missing as of Sunday, and his family and police are baffled about what happened and why. Schlegel, 57, works for CornerStone Talent Agency in Manhattan, where his client list includes Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Daniel Sunjata (The Dark Knight Rises) and Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos), among others. He has been with CornerStone since 2002. Police claim he walked out of his home Sunday afternoon in the leafy suburb of Oradell, NJ… »
Film Review: ‘Dave Made a Maze’
“Dave Made a Maze” is a whimsical fantasy about a dude who gets lost in a living-room labyrinth of his own making. Bill Watterson’s directorial debut is itself like an awesomely scaled home craft project. The idiosyncrasy and resourcefulness are impressive, even inspiring to a point. But at 80-odd minutes, the self-conscious novelty begins to seem stretched, enough so that you notice this clever conceit is never particularly funny or meaningful — just cute. Nonetheless, it’s just the kind of project that’s bound to accrue a cult following.
Dave (Nick Thune) is an artist plagued by creative block. When his girlfriend, Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), leaves for the weekend, he devises a wee craft project to get the juices flowing. Upon her return, Annie is nonplussed to discover the results occupying their entire apartment living room: Dave has built a cardboard maze, and while he responds cheerfully to her greeting and sounds just inches away »
- Dennis Harvey
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