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Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn Join Ewan McGregor’s ‘American Pastoral’

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

Lakeshore Entertainment has added David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, “Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and Valorie Curry to the cast of “American Pastoral,” with Ewan McGregor directing and starring.

Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning have been previously announced as the female leads. McGregor will direct from John Romano’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, with filming scheduled for later this month in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Lakehore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing.

The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

Lakeshore first attempted to develop “Pastoral” in 2003, picking it up when Paramount’s option lapsed. In 2012, it attached Fisher Stevens to direct and had Sidney Kimmel co-financing. »

- Dave McNary

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Australian avalanche at Toronto International Film Festival

1 September 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

This year has proven to be a bumper year for Australian films, and not just at the box office.

Thirteen Australian films that have been selected for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff)..

These include six world premieres, three international premieres (outside Australia), three North American premieres and one Canadian premiere. Other Australian talent including Toni Collette, Naomi Watts, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver, Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Joel Edgerton, and Nicole Kidman will feature in other films shown throughout the Gala and Special Presentations sections.

Screen Australia, chief executive, Graeme Mason said he was incredibly proud of the Australian talent and productions selected for this year.s Toronto International Film Festival..

"Having strong representation across seven different categories is an incredible achievement. It shows how strongly Australian film is performing at a global level, and gives us reason to be immensely proud of our industry," he said..

"We congratulate »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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First Trailer For Eddie Redmayne's The Danish Girl

1 September 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Tom Hooper’s next film, The Danish Girl, looks like being a significant player at next year’s Oscars. With Academy Award-winning Eddie Redmayne in the lead as transgender pioneer Einar Wegener and Alicia Vikander in close support as his wife Gerda, it’s long on acting pedigree and hardly short on the tough but uplifting themes Oscar delights in. Take a look at first trailer below.The film, a story of identity, art and sensation in mid-20th century Europe, has been simmering away for a number of years. Nicole Kidman, Tomas Alfredson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron have all been linked and unlinked at various stages but it’s with Les Misérables collaborators Hooper and Redmayne on deck that it’s making its way to the screen.Redmayne's Wegener is a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born male, »

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Eddie Redmayne plays Lilli in the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s ‘The Danish Girl’

1 September 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After grabbing Oscar gold last year, Eddie Redmayne looks to be in the thick of the hunt again with his latest role (no, not Jupiter Ascending!)

The first trailer for The Danish Girl arrived on Tuesday with Redmayne starring as Danish artist, Einar Wegener, who is one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in the 1920s. The film also stars Alicia Vikander as his wife, Gerda, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

From director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables), the film’s synopsis is as follows:

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The subject is very topical with the rise in transgender characters in pop culture in Orange is the New Black and Transparent on television and Tangerine in movies, »

- Zach Dennis

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Watch: Eddie Redmayne Is 'The Danish Girl' In First Trailer For Tom Hooper's Transgender Drama

1 September 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The drama “The Danish Girl” is one of those projects that has been around in many, many different incarnations for several years. In almost every iteration, two women were cast in the story of Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Versions of the film had Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard were attached at one point, and directors Tomas Alfredson, Lasse Hallstrom, and Bill Condon were also set to helm. But the project took on a new direction when Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) took on the mantle. Instead of two female leads, one of them undergoing surgery to become a woman, Hooper decided to cast Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Elbe, which seems like an inspired choice given our cultural conversation about gender fluidity and the rise of transgendered awareness, »

- Edward Davis

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Paddington breaks UK record, becomes quickest film to sell 1 million copies on Blu-ray and DVD

1 September 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hit British family film Paddington has entered the record books this week with StudioCanal announcing (via Blu-ray.com) that the wildly-successful film has reached the 1 million sales mark in the quickest time ever.

Paddington reached the milestone of Blu-ray and DVD sales in just five months, and follows on from the film becoming StudioCanal’s highest-grossing cinema release of all time. It is also the fourth title from the distributor to pass the landmark number, joining Liam Neeson-starrer Unknown, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Shane Meadows’ This Is England.

Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. »

- Scott J. Davis

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New Poster For The Danish Girl

27 August 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With the film headed for festivals such as Venice and Toronto, we had thought we might see a trailer for Tom Hooper’s new film, The Danish Girl, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. That’s still to arrive, but Focus Features has put the poster online. The film, a story of identity, art and sensation in mid-20th century Europe, has been simmering away for a number of years. Nicole Kidman, Tomas Alfredson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron have all been linked and unlinked at various stages but now has Redmayne in the title role.He plays Einar Wegener, a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born male, she underwent a series of experimental surgeries in Germany, beginning in 1930 and changed her name to Lili Elbe. Vikander is Wegener's wife, Gerda, who saw their relationship change but always supported Lili, »

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Pattinson to Play E.T. Spaceman in Mystery Sci-Fier for Veteran Auteur Denis

26 August 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »

- Zac Gille

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Watch: First U.S. Trailer For Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Starring Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura & Martin Sheen

26 August 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Stephen Daldry occupies a rarefied position. He is one of the few filmmakers to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director four times in a row and for his first four films: “Billy Elliott,” “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (three of the four were also nominated for Best Picture). Perhaps after years of Oscar-bait material —he has directed six actors in Oscar-nominated performances, namely Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and Max von Sydow— Daldry has switched gears for “Trash” a movie set in the slums of Rio with big stars cast in supporting roles. Read More: Stephen Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,' And the Oscars    Sure, the movie features Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazilian actors Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, but the leads are three unknown Brazilian non-actors (Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, »

- Edward Davis

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McC, Paul Hanson launch Covert Media

26 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The co-founder and former COO of Qed International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.

McC, run by Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine who also operate Qed Holdings, is fully funding the Los Angeles-based venture and Hanson will serve as CEO.

Covert Media’s initial mandate is to make three or four films a year in the $10-50m range before broadening the parameters and exploring episodic content.

Covert will service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, although details about sales personnel were not forthcoming at time of writing. Shapiro and Lessine engaged Fortitude International to oversee the slate prior to Cannes in a temporary arragement.

The Qed roster includes Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock The Kasbah starring Bill Murray, Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, Franny starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Time Out of Mind also with »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Covert Media Launching With Former Annapurna Exec Paul Hanson

26 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three weeks before the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, Media Content Capital and veteran film exec Paul Hanson are launching Covert Media to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year.

The films will carry budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range, which is less popular with the six major studios, given their focus on tentpoles and franchises.

Media Content is led by financiers Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. Hanson is the former co-founder and chief operating officer of Qed International and served as chief operating officer of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for the past two years.

He will serve as co-founder and CEO of the new company. The company said Wednesday that it will expand into a broader spectrum of budget sizes and into other media such as episodic content.

Covert will also service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, which has »

- Dave McNary

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Redemption for 'Grace of Monaco' at the Emmys

22 August 2015 8:52 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Grace of Monaco" made a dramatic Hollywood comeback when Emmy nominations were announced on July 16. To the surprise of most pundits, it earned a nomination for Best TV Movie. The film stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly during the time when Kelly was the princess of Monaco and her husband, Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), was in conflict with French president Charles de Gaulle (André Penvern). -Break- 'Secret Life of Marilyn' & 'Grace of Monaco': Emmys for portraying showbiz legends? Originally intended for theatrical release, the film never made it to theaters. The production was troubled by criticisms from Kelly's children, a behind-the-scenes battle for final cut and a chilly reception at the Cannes Film Festival where it premiered in 2014. But despite being written off by almost everybody, Lifetime took a chance on it and aired it on May 25, just in time to make it eligible at the Emmys. »

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Pallavi Sharda in Dev Patel Nicole Kidman starrer Lion

21 August 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Last seen in Vibhu Puri's Hawaizaada, Pallavi Sharda has bagged a prominent role in a Hollywood film titled Lion. Starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel among others, Pallavi plays the role of Dev's friend in the film. Based on the novel 'A Long Way Home' by Saroo Birleys, Lion marks the directorial debut of Garth Davis. The film revolves around a boy who is lost in the streets of Calcutta and later adopted by an Australian family. After 25 years, the young lad sets out on a mission to find his real parents and uses Google Earth to track his family. Pallavi's character is that of an Indian girl who helps him in his mission. As far as the shooting for the film is concerned, Pallavi Sharda has already wrapped her scenes for the film in April and May and has returned to her hometown in Melbourne. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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'Secret Life of Marilyn' & 'Grace of Monaco': Emmys for portraying showbiz legends?

21 August 2015 4:37 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Lifetime's "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" and "Grace of Monaco" each earned Emmy nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries Hairstyling; the former also contends for Best Movie/Miniseries Makeup. These telefilms tell the stories of two of the most famously glamorous women in show business history: Marilyn Monroe (Kelli Garner) and Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman). Will one of these period pieces prevail at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 12? -Break- Who are this year's famous Emmy-nominated producers: Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga ... Since 2000, the Emmys have honored four films about Hollywood legends -- "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (2000), "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" (2001), "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2005) and "Behind the Candelabra" (2012) about the life of Liberace -- with Best Movie/Miniseries Hairstyling. Other films about i »

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Ajay Devgn’s maiden international Production Leena Yadav’s Parched going to Tiff

20 August 2015 11:12 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

As we reported earlier several South Asian films are being featured at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. One of the most exciting is Leena Yadav’s Parched, which is Ajay Devgn’s first international production. Set in rural India, the film follows the lives of three ordinary women who begin to break free from the century-old traditions.

The film starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Adil Hussain will premiere in the Special Presentation Section of the prestigious film festival.

“It’s an honour to be selected at this prestigious film festival and to be in the august company of such a great line up of films,” says director Leena Yadav.

Talking about the film Ajay says, “Parched is about the small battles that women must fight to win the big war. Films like ‘Parched’ need to be made, seen, and discussed.”

Leena adds, “Parched transcends boundaries »

- Stacey Yount

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie

20 August 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

On our honor, we did discuss the possibility of Nicole Kidman's heavily-chastised "Grace of Monaco" making the cut in another weak year for TV movies, but actually seeing it happen was still shocking. After a rough run at Cannes, the film was made a mockery by critics (and its own screenwriter) when the Grace Kelly biopic officially became a Lifetime movie (even though the network is going through an exciting rebranding period). Yet that didn't stop it from breaking into the Emmys race. Now the question becomes: can it pull off another upset, this time to an even larger degree?  The odds aren't looking great. With two strong entries from awards darling HBO, Lifetime would have to make a push big enough to win back some of the respect that seems permanently lost for this film. Kidman being kept out of the actress race won't help, either, as both »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie

20 August 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On our honor, we did discuss the possibility of Nicole Kidman's heavily-chastised "Grace of Monaco" making the cut in another weak year for TV movies, but actually seeing it happen was still shocking. After a rough run at Cannes, the film was made a mockery by critics (and its own screenwriter) when the Grace Kelly biopic officially became a Lifetime movie (even though the network is going through an exciting rebranding period). Yet that didn't stop it from breaking into the Emmys race. Now the question becomes: can it pull off another upset, this time to an even larger degree?  The odds aren't looking great. With two strong entries from awards darling HBO, Lifetime would have to make a push big enough to win back some of the respect that seems permanently lost for this film. Kidman being kept out of the actress race won't help, either, as both »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Ajay Devgns maiden international production makes the cut at Tiff

20 August 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The film Parched, that also marks Ajay Devgn's foray into international cinema as a producer will be showcased in the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Leena Yadav, Parched will premiere in the Special Presentation Section of the film festival. Elated about the news, the director said, "It's an honour to be selected at this prestigious film festival and to be in the august company of such a great line up of films. Parched transcends boundaries of language and culture and its themes and stories will find resonance with a global audience. Every member of the team has poured their love and passion into the film and I hope that has translated to a compelling watch on screen." Set in rural India, the film follows the lives of three ordinary women who begin to break free from the century-old traditions. Talking about the film, Ajay said, "Parched is about »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Review: Muddled And Unfocused 'The Mend' Starring Josh Lucas

19 August 2015 4:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Sour, acidic leading characters in cinema are difficult to pull off. Audiences are already inured to charming, heroic protagonists and often repelled by their opposite. But Woody Allen managed unlikable characters for years, Noah Baumbach has successfully taken that mantle, Alex Ross Perry does a wonderful job of it in his latest film, and the delicate balance is usually either a charismatic lead that offsets the corrosiveness (Jason Schwartzman in “Listen Up Philip” for a very recent example), or a performance so unflinchingly committed and toxic they becomes utterly captivating (Nicole Kidman in “Margot At The Wedding” or Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County" for a recent example). First-time feature-film writer/director John Magary attempts this tricky feat with his debut indie "The Mend," and mostly misses the mark with irredeemable, unlikable and hopeless characters you don’t want to spend. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Toronto International Film Festival Premieres Include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already And Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler

18 August 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.

In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.

Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason BatemanCary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás CuarónJulie Delpy, Rebecca MillerRob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.

The various films listed below star Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Gary Oldman, Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, »

- Michelle McCue

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