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Andy Serkis’ ‘Breathe’ to Open London Film Festival

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

Love story “Breathe,” Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, is set to open the BFI London Film Festival with its European premiere.

The “Lord of the Rings” actor’s production company The Imaginarium made the movie, which is based on the story of Imaginarium co-founder Jonathan Cavendish’s parents. It follows Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), and the attempts by his wife Diana, Claire Foy (“The Crown”), to help him lead a normal life after he is paralyzed by polio.

Both stars, Serkis, and Jonathan Cavendish will be at the premiere at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on Oct. 4, and the film will play simultaneously in cinemas across the U.K. ahead of its Oct. 27 general release in the country by Stx International. Bleecker Street and Participant Media  are distributing in the U.S., and it has already been tipped for an Oscar run.

“‘Breathe’ is a deeply personal story to all of us at The »

- Stewart Clarke

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Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark Lgbt-themed novel series in the 1990s.

Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.

Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.

“Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise if it Doesn’t ‘Show Some Love to Women’

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

Michelle Rodriguez is, fittingly, furious with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise for not giving enough opportunities to women.

The actress threatened to leave behind her role as Letty Ortiz, the wife of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, if the series continues to limit its female roles.

“F8 is out digitally today,” she captioned her Instagram photo. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years.”

Rodriguez, who has portrayed Letty in five of the eight installments, has previously pointed out that she’s had limited dialogue along with actress Jordana Brewster, who plays the sister of Dom, and other women who have joined the series.


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- Rebecca Rubin

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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon

28 June 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.

ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.

Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.

Mammoth Screen managing director Damien Timmer will executive produce the series alongside Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens.

Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.

“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »

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

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‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison

23 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While “Deadpool” made big piles of money, and was declared the proof of concept that you could step well outside the superhero sandbox, take a risk, and have it pay off handsomely, let’s just say the movie wasn’t for me. I have very little interest in the follow-up, but now Ryan Reynolds and co. have provided one reason I might watch the sequel one day, even if it’s on an airplane.

Continue reading ‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Races to $2.1 Million in Tuesday Night Previews

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

Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” sped to $2.1 million at 2,606 North American locations in Tuesday night previews.

Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, expands to 3,150 sites Wednesday to get a head start on the Independence Day weekend. The studio is projecting an opening in the $13 million to $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other projections have been in the $20 million area.

Baby Driver,” released from Sony’s TriStar Pictures and MRC, has received strong critical support since its South by Southwest premiere in March and has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »

- Dave McNary

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Kenneth Lonergan to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival

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

Kenneth Lonergan, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, where he will receive the event’s 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

The festival, which celebrates writers’ contributions to film, television and new media, takes place Oct. 26-29, and Lonergan will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 28.

In addition to Manchester, Lonergan wrote and directed You Can Count on Me and Margaret. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York, and as a playwright, has written This Is Our »

- Gregg Kilday

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MSNBC Calls Trump’s Personal Attacks on ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts ‘A Sad Day for America’

18 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mr. President, why don’t you stop talking for a while? That’s MSNBC’s message to No. 45, who posted some nasty things on Twitter Thursday about “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job,” an MSNBC spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Host Mika Brzezinski Responds to Trump Tweets With Sick Cheerios Burn Here’s what Trump had wrote: I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Baby Driver’ Stunt Coordinator: “We Tried to Do Everything in Camera”

18 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Some very real high octane car chases have helped steer Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, which opens today, to enthusiastic reviews (98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). “We tried to do everything in camera; 99 percent was practical,” confirmed Darrin Prescott, the film’ stunt coordinator and second unit director.

Baby Driver follows Ansel Elgort as getaway driver Baby, who drives to his own soundtrack — an idea that instantly clicked for Prescott. “When Edgar first told me about this project, I wished I had come up with it,” he said. “The idea of choreographing car chases to music sounded perfect to me. And »

- Carolyn Giardina

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The Best Horror Films of 2017 (So Far)

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Get Out has captured all the buzz, but a lot of other great horror movies have hit theaters this year. »

- Jordan Crucchiola

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Marvel’s Inhumans Trailer Features Intrigue and a Teleporting Dog

18 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Plus plenty of the former Ramsay Bolton, Iwan Rheon. »

- Abraham Riesman

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MTV Reprimands Teen Mom Og Dad For Driving Under the Influence On Camera

21 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Viewers accused the network of negligence for taping the scene and not intervening. »

- Hunter Harris

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How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed TV For the Better

27 minutes ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Bad people is what I'm good at," Tyrion Lannister once boasted, and the man wasn't kidding. Over the past six years, Game of Thrones has introduced us to more outrageously bad people than any drama on television: killers, liars, tyrants and thieves. It's brought Westeros alive as a fantasy world where a conscience is a luxury nobody can afford – not even kings. HBO's epic fantasy blockbuster is gearing up for the seventh season, with the eighth and last chapter already on the horizon. That means we've got just 13 more episodes to spend in Westeros, »

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Jayne Mansfield: The First Reality Star?

33 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For broadcast journalist Elaine Stevens, now 68, it feels like it happened only yesterday. In fact, it happened exactly 50 years ago today.

Stevens answered the door to her parents’ Gulfport, Mississippi home. Her fiance, Ronnie Harrison, stood before her. Describing him today, Stevens still sounds 18: “He looked like Matthew Modine or Ralph Fiennes.” The couple was planning to elope three days later; Stevens was carrying their child. “The last thing he said to me was, ‘Will you always love me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I will. I’ll always love you.’"

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- Erik Liberman

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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’: Watch Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in First Trailer

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

Jumanji is back.

The first trailer for the upcoming sequel “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” debuted on Thursday, showing stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in action.

The movie follows four high schoolers who discover an old video game and get sucked into its jungle setting. They take on the avatars of Johnson, Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, and must play against type (the meek Spencer becomes Johnson’s muscle-bound explorer Dr. Smolder Bravestone, while it-girl Bethany becomes Black’s Professor Shelly Oberon) to escape the jungle and return to the real world — before they’re stuck in the game forever.

The trailer shows each character getting acquainted with their new bodies. “Why am I wearing half a shirt and short shorts in the jungle?” Gillan asks. Black looks at his reflection and shrieks, “I’m an overweight middle-aged man.”

The original “Jumanji,” starring the late Robin Williams, did big business for Sony’s TriStar Pictures in »

- Alex Stedman

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‘Morning Joe’ Host Mika Brzezinski Responds to Trump Tweets With Sick Cheerios Burn

34 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

President Trump made fun of “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Thursday morning on Twitter — the real-life engaged couple didn’t take too long to masterfully strike back. Here’s what Trump initially wrote: I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017 …to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017 Also Read: Trump. »

- Tony Maglio

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The Rock Battles Hippos in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Trailer (Video)

38 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures dropped the first trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Thursday, and apart from CGI rampaging animals, this reboot looks nothing like the original 1995 hit family adventure that starred the late Robin Williams. Joe Johnston’s original was about a board game that opened a portal to an alternate, wild universe. The redo swaps that board game for a classic, ’90s-era video game console that transports a group of misbehaving teens into the game itself where they take on alter-ego avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin HartJack Black and Karen Gillan. In Johnston’s film, no actor swapping occurred. »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Watch Cynthia Nixon Speak at Power Women Breakfast on Facebook Live (Video)

39 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cynthia Nixon, the Emmy-winning “Sex and the City Star” who this month earned her second Tony Award for her role in Broadway’s “The Little Foxes,” is a featured speaker at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast New York on Thursday that is now underway. Nixon is joined by Beautycon Media CEO Moj Mahdara and Ibtihaj Muhammad, the U.S. sabre fencer who became the first Muslim American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab. The event also includes panel featuring attorney Lisa Bloom, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. The June 29 breakfast is hosted by TheWrap. »

- Thom Geier

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Jumanji Trailer: Welcome to the Jungle, It’s a Video Game

44 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Premiering December 20. »

- Jackson McHenry

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Emmys 2017: Will ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more be recognized for Best Music Supervision?

48 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Music supervisors will finally get their day in the sun at the 2017 Emmys, giving supervisors the recognition they have long fought for. It’s also shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the year, with comedies, dramas, limited series, TV movies and specials all competing for just five slots. Might song-heavy […] »

- Kevin Jacobsen

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