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Cannes: 'Room' Director Lenny Abrahamson to Tackle Ghost Story for Focus

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

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, except for the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. 

The new film from the Oscar-nominated director of Room is a ghost story that will star Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. It begins shooting this summer in the U.K. for release in 2018. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ The Danish Girl, has adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name. Set in a remote English village after World War II, the film revolves around »

- Gregg Kilday

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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy

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The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.

Continue reading Joss Whedon To Guide Post-Production, Direct Additional Scenes For ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

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Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »

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A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet

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Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.

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- Guardian staff

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Does ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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

Although it’s been six long years since Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow hit the big screen, he returns May 26 in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” And what’s more, audiences who stick around to the very end of the credits will see a bonus scene — one that also teases a possible sixth installment in the fantasy adventure franchise. (The studio has not slated another installment.) “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by series newcomers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, features returning stars Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom as well as newcomers like Javier Bardem, »

- Thom Geier

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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

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Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »

- Carmel Dagan

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Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal

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

After signing Jordan Peele to a first-look deal following the success of his directorial debut, “Get Out,” Universal has dated his next film for March 15, 2019.

Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.

The pic will face stiff competition from Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” which opens the week before, and Millie Bobby Brown’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which launches the following week.

Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »

- Justin Kroll

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Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review]

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You’ve heard the refrain from filmmakers before: making a movie is like going off to war. The director leads the troops, his actors are soldiers on the battlefield, and everyone leaves their loved ones behind for months. The crucial key to the battle plan is a vision and the unswerving belief in that ideal in the face of all odds and obstacles. For filmmakers, faith in what you’re doing — as you take the plunge and jump off the cliff to make a movie — is everything.

Continue reading Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Lat Am buzz movie 'The Desert Bride' scores key deals in Cannes

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Exclusive: Road-movie drama stars Gloria actress Paulina Garcia.

Raphael Berdugo’s Cité Films has closed key deals on buzzed-about Cannes Un Certain Regard drama The Desert Bride.

Deals have closed in Spain (Golem), following interest from multiple parties, Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Cineart), Greece (Strada), Brazil (Imovision) and China (Time In Portrait Entertainment).

Multiple Us buyers have expressed strong interest. Memento previously acquired rights in France.

Cité generally only handles sales on its own in-house titles but made the call to board the project for sales ahead of the market.

The film marks the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato.

Producers are Atán, Pivato, Chile’s Ceibita Films and, from Argentina, Eva Lauria, Raul Aragon and El Perro en La Luna.

Paulina Garcia, the best actress winner at Berlin 2016 for Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria, stars as a 54-year-old live-in-maid in Buenos Aires who mundane life is tuned upside down when she loses her job »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Long-time Soda head Eve Gabereau to step down

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Exclusive: Co-founder of UK distributor, Thunderbird Releasing, departs after 15 years.

Eve Gabereau is exiting Thunderbird Releasing, the company she founded as Soda Pictures in 2002.

During her 15 years at the UK distribution outfit she amassed a library of more than 350 films, including Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and Maren Ade’s Oscar and BAFTA nominee Toni Erdmann.

In 2014, Soda was acquired by Canadian production company Thunderbird Entertainment, and the UK distribution arm re-branded as Thunderbird Releasing in April.

She retains a stake in the Thunderbird Entertainment group.

Gabereau’s co-managing director Edward Fletcher will remain as MD of Thunderbird Releasing.

Future plans

Speaking to Screen in Cannes, where she is attending with Directors’ Fortnight pick I Am Not A Witch, on which she is an executive producer, Gabereau said she had several projects on her radar and would also be taking some time out.

Those include her programmer and consultancy role at the Prince Edward Island Film, Food & Ideas »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Samuel Goldwyn Takes North American Rights to Israeli Comedy ‘Holy Air’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American right to Shady Srour’s “Holy Air.” Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales is handling world rights.

Holy Air” stars Srour (“Ana Arabia”), Laetitia Eido (“A Borrowed Identity”), Samuel Calderon (“Munich”), Tarik Copti, Dalia Okal, and Byan Anteer. The film had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.

The comedy centers on Adam, a Christian Arab living in Nazareth – “a member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East,” according to a statement. “His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women’s rights.”

When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much.

“Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Annabelle: Creation,’ Sofia Coppola’s ‘Beguiled’ to Screen at La Film Festival

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The La Film Festival will host an advance screening of “Annabelle: Creation” and an advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.”

The festival, now in its 23rd year, will open June 14 at the Arclight Culver City with the world premiere of “The Book of Henry” and close on June 22 with a showing of Aubrey Plaza’s “Ingrid Goes West.”

Annabelle: Creation” is the sequel to the highly successful 2014 movie “Annabelle” about a demonic doll introduced in “The Conjuring.” The film, due for an Aug. 11 release, is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Anthony Lapaglia, and Miranda Otto.


Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake

The Beguiled,” which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, is screening June 15 at the La Film Festival as part of a Focus Features 15th anniversary celebration with five movies including revival programming. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Golden Years’ Review: André Téchiné’s Fact-Based Heartbreaker Is a Surprising, Occasionally Sexy Misfire — Cannes

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André Téchiné’s “Golden Years” is a bit of wash. The true story of a World War I deserter who spent the roaring twenties living as a woman, Téchiné’s film is a surprising misfire, especially because it arrives only one year after the director’s masterful “Being 17.” Both films share thematic – if not exactly narrative – parallels, telling of volatile couplings reordered by sexual exploration. But Téchiné seems to have forgotten the hard-won lessons of his previous film, dialing down any hint of life’s thrilling uncertainty for a stodgily theatrical approach that tells the story in the most superficial way possible.

It is the story of Paul and Louise Grappe, a young couple living their golden years before the Great War breaks and Paul (“Stranger By The Lake” star Pierre Deladonchamps) is sent to the front. The war prove entirely too hellish for him and so he blows off his own finger, »

- Ben Croll

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Tcl Chinese Theatre Celebrates 90 Years With ‘Hollywood Lights: The Magic of Movies’

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The Tcl Chinese Theatre unveiled its “Hollywood Lights: The Magic of Movies” show in its forecourt on Monday night in celebration of its 90th anniversary. The four-minute show displays some of Hollywood’s most famous films, including “The Godfather,” “The Shining,” and “The Sound of Music.”

Sid Grauman created a theater in Hollywood by Hollywood and for Hollywood. No other theater in the world is more tied to the movie industry than the Chinese Theatre,” said Escott O. Norton, executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.

“Without changing anything historic, they are adding a new form of entertainment to these forecourt walls,” he said of the new show.


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Beginning May 22, the show will run every night at 8:30 p.m. every 30 minutes until midnight. It’s a free 3D projection mapping installation, assisted by nine projectors and the architecture »

- Maria Cavassuto

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Cast Smoulders In Annie Liebovitz Cover Shoot

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Vanity Fair unveiled four stunning cover images today from the set of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” also known as Episode VIII. From legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz, the the photos show the cast of the highly anticipated addition to the George Lucas universe gazing out intensely. The collaboration between Liebovitz, Vanity Fair, and “Star Wars” dates back to 1999’s “The Phantom Menace,” and she has photographed every subsequent film since. The full portfolio will be released online on Wednesday, but for now these four sneak peeks will have to do.

Vanity Fair’s first of four #StarWars covers features at least one Jedi—who may or may not be the last https://t.co/kH0AbuNcx0 pic.twitter.com/uwHUDpWXow

— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 23, 2017

The first image show Rey (Daisy Ridley) with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), gazing out from the cliffs of the planet Ahch-To, where the “The Force Awakens »

- Jude Dry

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Roger Moore Was My James Bond

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Everyone has their James Bond. For my uncle, it was Sean Connery. When I was around 10 years old, he visited from up north and sent me on a mission. I was to scour the local Blockbuster (remember when that was a thing?) and return with a James Bond movie on VHS (remember when that was […]

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- Jacob Hall

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The 50 Best 1990’s Movie Posters

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Art for indies and blockbusters alike were more focused than ever on strong imagery.

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- William Earl

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Elisabeth Moss To Play Typhoid Mary In TV Series ‘Fever’

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We’re huge fans of Elisabeth Moss, and the year is barely half over, and we’ve already been basking in her absolutely stunning work in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” were again impressed with her small turn in Ruben Ostlund‘s “The Square,” and are keeping our fingers crossed for “Top of The Lake: China Girl“ to live up to its potential.

Continue reading Elisabeth Moss To Play Typhoid Mary In TV Series ‘Fever’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Gilbert’ Gottfried’s Tribeca Docu Lands At Gravitas; Mubi Nabs Bruce McDonald’s Drama ‘Weirdos’

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Gravitas Ventures  has acquired North American rights to Gilbert, the Neil Berkeley-directed documentary on zany comedian Gilbert Gottfried. The film, which had its premiere at the Tribeca film fest, will have its theatrical release in September followed by a digital and DVD rollout. Gilbert, who came into fame in the 1980s, is known for his brash personality, unique vocal tone, and off-kilter comic timing. Now, foul-mouthed and unapologetic after decades of flying solo… »

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‘LoveTrue’: Alma Har’el’s Genre-Bending Documentary Examines a Weirdly Fated Love Story — Watch

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Lauded filmmaker Alma Har’el has again brought her distinctive documentarian’s eye to her latest effort, the genre-bending feature “LoveTrue.” After winning Tribeca’s Best Documentary Feature Award in 2011 for her remarkable and similarly boundary-pushingdebut, “Bombay Beach,” the filmmaker screened work-in-progress selections from “LoveTrue” at Tff 2015. The film is now available — thanks to Netflix — and it’s a spell-binding wonder that compellingly explores some very big questions.

“Love is…never as it seems,” subject Will Hunt a.k.a Coconut Willie, opines in the opening of our exclusive clip, which might as well be the tagline for the entire film. The feature-length doc follows three very different love stories around the country — from Alaska to Hawaii all the way to New York City — to get to the heart of what it really means to love someone.

Read More: Female Filmmakers Want to Direct Blockbusters; Here’s Why They Don »

- Kate Erbland

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