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The Night Manager’s 40m views in China highlights growing drama opportunity

15 September 2016 2:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The “last frontier” for high-end drama is opening up, according to industry experts.

After scoring a Chinese distribution deal with Youku Tudou in April, BBC-amc spy series The Night Manager has clocked up a hefty 40 million views on the platform, making it one of the most successful high-end drama exports to the territory.

While the Emmy-nominated series is by no means the first from UK to break out in the market – Downton Abbey and Sherlock are among those to have previously excelled – the ratings success reinforces the growing opportunity for high end English-language drama in China, where conditions and context are creating key opportunities for international content creators.

“The Chinese market is in many ways well ahead of the west in terms of the evolution of its television landscape,” explains The Ink Factory co-ceo Simon Cornwell, producer of The Night Manager, in which Tom Hiddleston plays a Cairo hotel worker recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer »

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

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Venice film festival 2016: out of the White House, into the Vatican…

10 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Natalie Portman shines as a grieving Jackie K, Jude Law makes a slick pontiff and Terrence Malick scrutinises the universe again in a festival littered with big names

Every major film festival is essentially an island – or at least its own self-enclosed microclimate – and the fact that the Lido literally is an island can sometimes make the Venice film festival seem entirely cut off from the outside world.

This year, however, Venice felt like an integral part of the flow of the bigger universe. One reason was because its opening-night festivities were cancelled in solidarity with those affected by the recent Italian earthquake. Another reason is because you felt that more of its selections were likely to matter to the outside world than in some recent editions.

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- Jonathan Romney

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Vince Gilligan and Octavia Spencer Producing Jonestown Massacre Series With HBO

9 September 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

True crime is here to stay. It was announced today that HBO, Vince Gilligan, Octavia Spencer and Michelle MacLaren will be teaming up to develop the story of the Jonestown Massacre in “Raven.” This will be the first collaboration for MacLaren and Gilligan since “Breaking Bad.”

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The limited series will be based off the book “Raven: The Untold Story of Jim Jones and His People” by Tim Reiterman. It will tell the story of the Peoples Temple Agriculture Project in Guayana, a religious community under the leadership of Jim Jones.

The community is more commonly known as Jonestown, infamous for the mass suicide at the direction of Jones, in which 909 Americans took part on November 18th, 1978 by ingesting cyanide. Jones called the act “revolutionary »

- Annakeara Stinson

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Jude Law is the Pope in stunning trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’

8 September 2016 12:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Prepare yourself for something utterly baffling and brilliant… as Jude Law portrays the youngest Pope we’ve ever known in Paolo Sorrentino‘s upcoming Sky Atlantic miniseries.

The Young Pope is created and directed by Sorrentino and follows Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) as he begins his rule over the Catholic Church. This is one of the most fascinating trailers I’ve seen for a series and although appears on the surface to be utterly unusual, this also already makes it a compelling watch when it airs.

Controversial? It has to be but with a co-starring cast of Diane KeatonScott Shepherd, Silvio Orlando, Cécile de France and Javier Cámara this is sure to be a unique experience. Watch it below for yourself and let us know what you think.

The Young Pope is a Sky Original Production premiering 27th October exclusively on Sky Atlantic.

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- Dan Bullock

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The Lady Chablis, Best Known for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Has Died

8 September 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Lady Chablis, the iconic nightclub performer best known for her turn in the 1997 film adaption of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has died. She was 59. Club One, the Savannah, Georgia, hot spot where Chablis famously performed, announced her death on Facebook, Thursday. A friend, Cale Hall, further confirmed to the Associated Press that Chablis was suffering from pneumonia, and had been hospitalized for the past month. Chablis (née Benjamin Edward Knox) rose to prominence as the unlikely star of John Berendt's bestselling, 1994 non-fiction novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which centered around Savannah and its inhabitants. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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The Lady Chablis, Best Known for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Has Died

8 September 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Lady Chablis, the iconic nightclub performer best known for her turn in the 1997 film adaption of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has died. She was 59. Club One, the Savannah, Georgia, hot spot where Chablis famously performed, announced her death on Facebook, Thursday. A friend, Cale Hall, further confirmed to the Associated Press that Chablis was suffering from pneumonia, and had been hospitalized for the past month. Chablis (née Benjamin Edward Knox) rose to prominence as the unlikely star of John Berendt's bestselling, 1994 non-fiction novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which centered around Savannah and its inhabitants. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Paolo Sorrentino Announces Silvio Berlusconi Movie as Footage from ‘The Young Pope’ Arrives

6 September 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It was sort of inevitable that Paolo Sorrentino would come around to a film about his nation’s former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. A man whose work is most often marked by power and excess — Sorrentino, I mean — he broke onto the international scene with 2008’s Il Divo, a portrait of another controversial Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, and he’s soon to premiere a Jude Law-led television drama, The Young Pope, the first first two episodes of which just played in Venice to positive notices. Could we expect that this subject wasn’t on his mind?

Variety have word that the writer-director is moving forward with Loro — that’s Italian for Them, and doubly meaningful when l’oro, as your Ennio Morricone folder on iTunes will tell you, translates to “gold” — which will act as “a depiction of Berlusconi’s world, but not a scathing sterile criticism.” How the »

- Nick Newman

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

5 September 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Clint Eastwood's mint juleps 'n' murder epic is an easygoing pleasure. Kevin Spacey, John Cusack and a host of great performances guarantee interest, but maybe I have to go to the book to really understand what's going on. A solid 'A' for this one, Clint. The Savannah tourism board must bless you in their nightly prayers. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Blu-ray The Warner Archive Collection 1997 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 155 min. / Street Date September 27, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 21.99 Starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Paul Hipp, The Lady Chablis, Dorothy Loudon, Anne Haney, Kim Hunter, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Herd, Jo Ann Pflug. Cinematography Jack N. Green Original Music Lennie Niehaus Written by John Lee Hancock from the book by John Berendt Produced by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Stiefel Directed by Clint Eastwood

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- Glenn Erickson

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‘The Long Excuse’ Exclusive Trailer: Miwa Nishikawa’s Tiff Feature Builds a Family Drama from Tragedy

5 September 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Miwa Nishikawa is no stranger to the Toronto International Film Festival, as her last film, “Dream for Sale,” was screened at Tiff in 2012. Now, the Japanese director and screenwriter is back with her latest film “The Long Excuse,” based on her novel of the same name.

The drama stars Masahiro Motoki as Sachio Kinugasa, a popular writer who is widowed after his wife (Eri Fukatsu) dies in a bus accident. Coming to terms with his grief, or lack of it, he offers to take care of another man’s children who also lost their mother in the same incident.

The film will be screened at Tiff on Saturday, September 17 and 18 and IndieWire has an exclusive new trailer that you can check out below.

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“The Long Excuse” is executive produced by Kazumi Kawashiro, Yasuhito Nakae, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘These Days’ Exclusive Trailer: Giuseppe Piccioni’s Venice Drama Follows The Complicated Bonds of Friendship

5 September 2016 2:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2001, Giuseppe Piccioni’s romantic drama “Light of My Eyes” was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where it took home the Best Actor and Actress Awards. Now, the Italian director returns to the festival with his film “These Days” (“Questi giorni”), which will compete for the Golden Lion.

Starring Laura Adriani, Margherita Buy and Giulio Corso, “These Days” follows four girls who go on an adventure together to Belgrade, where a mysterious friend and an improbable work opportunity are waiting. Their friendship is based not on overwhelming passions, mutual interests or great ideals but rather on habits, occasional enthusiasms, harmless contrasts and feelings cultivated in secret.

Ahead of its premiere at Venice, IndieWire has a new trailer for the upcoming drama, which highlights the friends’ journey as they come to appreciate their present lives.

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- Liz Calvario

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A Revolution Is At Hand In New Trailer For HBO Miniseries The Young Pope

5 September 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A HBO miniseries revolving around a decorated pontiff conjures up a very particular, almost graceful set of preconceptions – billowing white smoke, divine iconography, and religious masses bowing down in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square – but for The Young Pope, the network is veering into darker territory.

Hailing from Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino, The Young Pope is a 10-part drama that takes a deep dive into a complex web of warring cardinals and a pope who is both conflicted and, arguably, unfit to lead. Smoking candidly and butting heads with his fellow peers, the trailer above sees Jude Law’s Pius Xiii slowly becoming more power crazy as his reign reaches its climax, and he wanders onto that famous balcony to address his adoring masses. Young and brash where his fellow religious folk are old and wise, The Young Pope is brimming with dramatic potential.

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- Michael Briers

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Italian Director Paolo Sorrentino to Shoot Film About Silvio Berlusconi (Exclusive)

5 September 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice, Italy — Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”) will next direct a drama about Silvio Berlusconi and the former Italian prime minister’s inner circle.

The film is working-titled “Loro,” according to a reliable source. That translates in Italian as “Them.” The title also involves some wordplay, given the assonance with another word, “L’oro,” which in Italian means gold.

Sorrentino is writing the screenplay for the Italian-language film which could start shooting as early as summer 2017, given that he known to be a rapid screenwriter.

“Loro” will follow Sorrentino’s recently completed 10-part English-language TV series “The Young Pope,” starring Jude Law, which premiered positively Saturday at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

The prolific director has already made several features involving powerful men who are lonely at the top, including “Il Divo,” about Giulio Andreotti, Italy’s late former seven-time premier, who was a symbol of postwar Italy. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice: Is Italian Cinema in a Rut? Alberto Barbera, Others Weigh in

4 September 2016 10:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is Italian cinema in a rut?

On paper, Italy’s presence at Venice this year begs that question.

Though there is plenty of cinema italiano screening on the Lido, it’s mostly low-budget fare by relatively obscure directors, most of whom not known internationally, and none outside the festival circuit.

Take, for example, “Spira Mirabilis” (pictured) the first of the three Italian competition entries, which screened on Sunday. “Spira” is a documentary made on a Euros 120,000 ($133,000) budget by husband-and-wife team Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti.

Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera calls “Spira,” which was shot in Japan, Monument Valley in the U.S., and Milan, a visionary work “destined for the international market.”

But Barbera and his team in past months have not been impressed by the massive pile of 126 Italian movies submitted for inclusion in Venice’s 2016 edition.

“The average quality was even lower than last year,” Barbera »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Harley and the Davidsons’ Star Reveals Secrets From the Untold Motorcycle Story

4 September 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s no accident that Discovery Channel premieres its original “Harley and the Davidsons” miniseries on Labor Day.

The three-part series turns back the clock to reveal how the creation of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was a true labor of love by three men from blue-collar immigrant families, who championed labor rights. They were even inducted posthumously in 2004 into the Labor Hall of Fame for their company’s accomplishments and ongoing contributions to the workforce. Despite being one of the most iconic American brands, however, the Harley-Davidson story is not widely known.

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Star Robert Aramayo revealed in an interview with IndieWire, “My experience of Harley was this really: I knew that they were motorcycles, I knew that they had great merchandising, and I thought that it was created by a man named Harley Davidson. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Harley and the Davidsons’ Star Reveals Secrets From the Untold Motorcycle Story

4 September 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s no accident that Discovery Channel premieres its original “Harley and the Davidsons” miniseries on Labor Day.

The three-part series turns back the clock to reveal how the creation of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was a true labor of love by three men from blue-collar immigrant families, who championed labor rights. They were even inducted posthumously in 2004 into the Labor Hall of Fame for their company’s accomplishments and ongoing contributions to the workforce. Despite being one of the most iconic American brands, however, the Harley-Davidson story is not widely known.

Read More: Jude Law Is HBO’s ‘Young Pope,’ But You Might Call It ‘House of Cardinals’

Star Robert Aramayo revealed in an interview with IndieWire, “My experience of Harley was this really: I knew that they were motorcycles, I knew that they had great merchandising, and I thought that it was created by a man named Harley Davidson. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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2016 Venice Film Festival: Mel Gibson, Jude Law and Dakota Fanning Strike a Pose (Photos)

4 September 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Mel Gibson and his lead “Hacksaw Ridge” actor Andrew Garfield appear at a photocall during the 73rd annual Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on Sunday, Sept. 4, in Venice, Italy. Jude Law, who stars in “The Young Pope,” walks the red carpet of the film’s premiere on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. In iridescent sequins, Dakota Fanning appears at the premiere for “Brimstone” at Sala Grande during the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3. James Franco attends the premiere of “In Dubious Battle,” in which he starred and directed, during the 73rd Venice Film Festival on Saturday, »

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‘The Young Pope’ Red Band Trailer: Jude Law Declares Himself God in Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO Miniseries

4 September 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Is age the definitive theme of Paolo Sorrentino’s oeuvre? After “The Great Beauty,” “Youth,” and now “The Young Pope,” it’s certainly beginning to look that way. The Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker just premiered the first two hours of his foray into long-form television at the Venice Film Festival, and “The Young Pope” now has a 16-and-over trailer from our friends in England ahead of its small-screen debut. Find it below.

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Jude Law stars as the pontiff of the title, the youngest in history — as well as the first to hail from America. “I don’t have any sins to confess,” he declares in the trailer’s opening moments. “I’m a contradiction. I’m God.” That humble attitude will surely serve him well in the palace intrigue to follow, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Young Pope’ Red Band Trailer: Jude Law Declares Himself God in Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO Miniseries

4 September 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Is age the definitive theme of Paolo Sorrentino’s oeuvre? After “The Great Beauty,” “Youth,” and now “The Young Pope,” it’s certainly beginning to look that way. The Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker just premiered the first two hours of his foray into long-form television at the Venice Film Festival, and “The Young Pope” now has a 16-and-over trailer from our friends in England ahead of its small-screen debut. Find it below.

Read More: Jude Law is HBO’s ‘The Young Pope,’ but You Might Call It ‘House of Cardinals’ — Venice Film Festival Review

Jude Law stars as the pontiff of the title, the youngest in history — as well as the first to hail from America. “I don’t have any sins to confess,” he declares in the trailer’s opening moments. “I’m a contradiction. I’m God.” That humble attitude will surely serve him well in the palace intrigue to follow, »

- Michael Nordine

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Venice: Sorrentino Jumped at Chance to Make ‘High-Level Television’

4 September 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

One of the most eagerly anticipated premieres on the Lido screened Saturday — the first two episodes of “The Young Pope,” Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s eight-part TV drama about a conservative, cigarette-smoking American cleric unexpectedly chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

The series — a joint production by HBO, Sky, and Canal Plus — stars Jude Law as Pope Pius Xiii, and is yet another example of the great migration of movie talent, from both behind and before the camera, into high-end television. Sorrentino tells Variety how “The Young Pope” came about, how he won his battle with the English language at last, and why he now needs to take a break.

What was the genesis of your becoming involved in “The Young Pope”? 

For a long time, the producer Lorenzo Mieli and I wanted to work together. We discarded a number of initial ideas that did not seem challenging enough or would engage us for such a »

- Henry Chu

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Jude Law is HBO’s ‘The Young Pope,’ but You Might Call It ‘House of Cardinals’ — Venice Film Festival Review

3 September 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Young Pope” opens with the startling image of a mountain of newborn babies, smack dab in the middle of Venice’s Piazza San Marco. Paolo Sorrentino’s camera cranes over this infant heap as a middle-aged man emerges, clad in pontiff’s white. He then takes a midnight stroll along the plaza and into a church. Fans of the Italian director won’t be surprised; his recent films have been rich with such baroquely orchestrated shots. But they may be surprised with what happens next: Sorrentino immediately cuts to a more conventionally shot sequence of the same man, waking up and readying himself in the morning. It reminds us that what we saw was a dream, and what we’re watching is not a film.

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