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Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival
Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi.

The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), with a Silver Frog, while the Bronze Frog went to Angelina Jolie’s account of the Cambodian guerilla war, “First They Killed My Father,” filmed by Anthony Dod Mantle.

The jury honored Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” an Australian outback thriller filmed by Dylan River and Thornton, with the Fipresci award, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh, won the fest’s first-ever audience prize.

The gala closing ceremony at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz topped a week of 283 film screenings and scores of workshops, filmmaker talks and
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Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers
Variety speaks to British director Michael Apted, who has served as president of the Directors Guild of America, and as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He talks about his approach to working with cinematographers, how he gets the best out of actors, and how Hollywood should respond to the sexual harassment crisis. Apted heads the jury at Camerimage, a film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. The event wraps on Saturday.

Apted has received numerous accolades for his films. The “Up” documentary series, which has followed the same group of people since they were 7 years old, has won two BAFTAs.

His Hollywood movies have included “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, and was nominated in six other categories including best picture, “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was nominated for five Oscars, and “Nell,” which earned Jodie Foster an Oscar nomination. His other pictures
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Film News Roundup: ‘Topless Prophet’ Strip Club Movie in Development

In today’s film news roundup, strip club saga “Topless Prophet” gets set up as a movie, Westwood’s Crest Theatre gets sold, and BidSlate partners with Filmhub.

Movie Rights

Producer Ron Senkowski and his production company Symply Entertainment have bought feature film rights to the book “Topless Prophet: The True Story of America’s Most Successful Gentleman’s Club Entrepreneur.”

The deal was made with author Alan Markovitz, a pioneer operator of gentleman’s clubs based in Detroit. The book, published in 2010, includes a murder-for-hire plot hatched by his business partner at the time, testifying against the mob, winning First Amendment court battles, creating the first-ever topless airline, and surviving two separate gunshot incidents. He made international headlines in 2013 after purchasing the home next to that of his ex-wife, whom he had caught cheating, and erecting on his property a 12-foot-tall statue of a middle finger.

The Symply Entertainment acquisition includes the “Topless Prophet” book
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Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury

Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury
British documentarian Michael Apted, who broke ground with decades-long chronicles of subjects’ lives, will chair the Camerimage fest main competition jury, the organization has announced.

Heather Stewart, creative director at the British Film Institute, and cinematographers Christian Berger (“The White Ribbon”), Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano”), Stephen Goldblatt (“Lethal Weapon”), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day”) and Anastas N. Michos (“Man on the Moon”) will also serve, evaluating the best in world cinematography Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Director-producer Brad Silberling (“City of Angels”) will lead the Polish films competition jury, alongside cinematographers Andrew Dunn (“The Bodyguard”), Denis Lenoir (“Demonlover”), Claudio Miranda (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and VFX supervisor Mark H. Weingartner (“Inception”).

Last year’s docu prize achievement winner Jay Rosenblatt (“Human Remains”) will preside over the docu features jury, serving with writer-producer-director Sheila Curran Bernard (“Slavery by Another Name”), Dp John Davey (“La danse”), producer Karen Konicek (Zipporah Films) and director-producer Kristine Samuelson (“Arthur and Lillie
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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig?

Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007’s Walther Ppk with box-office bullets when he took on Skyfall five years ago. For decades, Bond production company Eon vacillated between recruiting indie directors with a handful of arthouse hits on their hands (Quantum of Solace’s Marc Forster; Die Another Day’s Lee Tamahori) and tried and tested industry stalwarts (Casino Royale and GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell; The World Is Not Enough’s Michael Apted). But in the wake of Mendes’ success in taking Bond past the $1bn mark for the first time, then almost repeating the feat with 2015’s Spectre, an entirely new calibre of film-maker is being mentioned to take charge of 2019’s 25th official 007 movie.

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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

  • Indiewire
The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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Critics Pick the Best Documentary TV Series Ever, From ‘The Jinx’ to ’30 for 30’ – IndieWire Survey

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Critics Pick the Best Documentary TV Series Ever, From ‘The Jinx’ to ’30 for 30’ – IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best documentary series you’ve seen on TV? Opening this up to past series, current ones, and those that you may have seen screeners for that are coming up soon.

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

While we debate whether or not it technically counts as a TV show (certainly that Oscar it won would suggest otherwise), “O.J.: Made in America” was without question a seminal work, and one which owed a lot to its episodic structure while proving to be an addictive binge. Documentaries aren’t exactly my favorite genre, but “Made in America” was as gripping as any scripted series — and we have definitive proof of this,
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Critics Pick the Best Documentary TV Series Ever, From ‘The Jinx’ to ’30 for 30’ – IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Documentary TV Series Ever, From ‘The Jinx’ to ’30 for 30’ – IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best documentary series you’ve seen on TV? Opening this up to past series, current ones, and those that you may have seen screeners for that are coming up soon.

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

While we debate whether or not it technically counts as a TV show (certainly that Oscar it won would suggest otherwise), “O.J.: Made in America” was without question a seminal work, and one which owed a lot to its episodic structure while proving to be an addictive binge. Documentaries aren’t exactly my favorite genre, but “Made in America” was as gripping as any scripted series — and we have definitive proof of this,
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TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam

TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam
Paris– TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film subsidiary of France’s top commercial network, is pursuing its ambitious acquisition strategy with projects set up at Borsalino Productions and Dimitri Rassam’s On Entertainment, among others.

TF1 Studio is partnering up with Laurent Baudens and Gael Nouaille at Paris-based banner Borsalino Productions to co-develop and co-produce the French-language remakes of a pair of hit Latin American movies, Gaz Alazraki’s 2013 Mexican dark comedy film “Nosotros los nobles,” and Juan Taratuto’s 2008 romantic comedy “Un Novio para mi mujer.”

Nosotros los nobles”‘s high-concept plot follows three spoiled children who are forced to get a job after being cut off from their family fortune. Laurent Turner, a popular French screenwriter who notably co-wrote Fred Cavayé “Radin” with Dany Boon, one of 2016’s highest grossing French films.

Cyril Gelblat, whose credits include “Dad in Training” with Manu Payet, is set to direct the French makeover of “Novio para mi mujer
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Noomi Rapace on ‘Unlocked’, Doing Her Own Stunts, & Why She Wanted to Be in Netflix’s ‘Bright’

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Directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien, the action-thriller Unlocked follows Alice (Noomi Rapace), a sidelined CIA agent who is called back into action by her mentor (Michael Douglas) to help stop a terrorist attack. But when Alice discovers that her mission has been compromised, she must fight for her life at every turn while trying to save the lives of the citizens of London. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Noomi Rapace talked about why she likes to be a part of a story that keeps her guessing, what made her …
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Unlocked: Director Michael Apted Talks About Grounded Reality of Spy Thrillers and Female-Centric Role in This Film

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The world today is a more dangerous place.

Veteran director Michael Apted returns to the spy thriller genre with Unlocked that stars Noomi Rapace in the lead role as a CIA interrogator.

The film also stars Michael Douglas, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Orlando Bloom.

After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Unexpectedly, she is called back into action by her mentor, Eric Lasch, when the CIA discovers intel of another imminent attack. While “unlocking” the suspect, Alice discovers that the classified information she has uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, Alice turns to ex-soldier Jack to prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.

Lrm had a telephone interview with director Michael Apted earlier this month. We discussed the grounded reality of Unlocked to
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Win Unlocked starring Noomi Rapace on Blu-ray

Espionage thriller, Unlocked, starring Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom makes its way onto DVD, Blu-ray and download from the 28th August. To celebrate, we have 3 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway!

Desk bound CIA Analyst Alice Racine (Rapace) is summoned back into the field to investigate a possible chemical threat to the capital. Her interrogations reveal a complex plot of internal double and triplecrosses. Unsure who to trust Racine has to fight the threat on the streets and on her wits, but the countdown has begun…

Directed by Michael Apted and also starring Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette, Unlocked is a modern espionage thriller full of tense interrogation, epic street fights and a stand out performance from Rapace as Alice and Bloom as her unlikely partner Jack.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Michael Apted directed which James Bond film?

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Review. Where Is This Getting Us? — Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip to Spain"

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“Our gentleman was approximately fifty years old; his complexion was weathered, his flesh scrawny, his face gaunt, and he was a very early riser and a great lover of the hunt.” What the description lacks in flattery it redeems with comic affection. A few pages later, CervantesDon Quixote (by way of Edith Grossman’s English translation) imagines describing himself, to a love interest, as “never sufficiently praised.” Can you picture Steve Coogan in the role? Gone bonkers from reading too many books, yearning for a campaign of romantic chivalry and publicly displayed valor, Quixote recruits his farmer neighbor Sancho Panza, “a good man…without much in the way of brains,” who, when promised an island, “left his wife and children and agreed to be his neighbor’s squire.” Here, how about Rob Brydon? Assuming you even know who he is.It was Brydon, in 2010’s The Trip, who wryly
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Trailer Watch: Noomi Rapace Tries to Prevent Biological Warfare in “Unlocked”

Unlocked

“We need you for an emergency assignment in London. We’ve got a prisoner waiting,” a CIA analyst tells expert interrogator Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) over the phone. “I’m already on it,” a confused Alice replies. “What the hell are you talking about? We haven’t informed London station,” the analyst says. Alice’s face falls in horror — she’s been tricked into giving information to a terrorist cell.

There is the threat of a biological attack in the action flick “Unlocked,” but an unwitting Alice was brought in to interrogate a patsy and accidentally helped terrorists penetrate the CIA and the UK’s Mi-5. Suffice to say, this doesn’t make her very popular with her superior (John Malkovich), her mentor (Michael Douglas), or Mi-5 boss Emily Knowles (Toni Collette).

“I’m thinking I’m the only friend you got,” Mi-5 asset Jack Alcott (Orlando Bloom) tells Alice. And in true buddy cop movie fashion, they don’t really like each other all that much. But Alice will have to learn to work with Jack if she’s ever going to stop the attack, avoid biological warfare, and earn back the CIA’s trust.

Best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” films, Rapace’s credits also include “Prometheus,” “Rupture,” and “Passion.” You can catch her next in “What Happened to Monday?” a sci-fi dystopian thriller in which she plays septuplets. The film will premiere on Netflix sometime in August.

If you’re interested in “Unlocked,” you might want to check out the Charlize Theron vehicle “Atomic Blonde,” out July 28. Also a female-led action film, it sees protagonist Lorraine Broughton working against the clock to find out who is targeting and killing her colleagues in the Mi-6.

Directed by Michael Apted (“Enough,” the “7 Up” documentary series), “Unlocked” hits theaters September 1.

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Trailer Watch: Noomi Rapace Tries to Prevent Biological Warfare in “Unlocked” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Full Us Trailer for CIA Action Thriller 'Unlocked' with Noomi Rapace

"What's your status?" "In danger, someone is hunting me." Lionsgate has unveiled a brand new official Us trailer for the CIA action thriller titled Unlocked, from veteran English director Michael Apted (the same filmmaker behind the "Up" documentary series). We featured the original UK trailer for this earlier in the year. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace stars in this as a CIA interrogator who is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a big biological attack. Orlando Bloom also co-stars as an MI5 agent she works with to help figure out what's going on. The cast includes Michael Douglas, Toni Collette, Akshay Kumar, and John Malkovich. I like how mysterious and tricky the plot seems, I'm very intrigued to find out what's up. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Michael Apted's Unlocked, direct from YouTube: Noomi Rapace stars as a CIA operative who finds her mission compromised.
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New Trailer And Poster For Unlocked Stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom

Watch Noomi Rapace rush to prevent an imminent biological attack in the new U.S. trailer and poster for Unlocked.

The action thriller starring Rapace alongside Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, and Michael Douglas races into U.S. theaters and on-demand September 1.

After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Unexpectedly, she is called back into action by her mentor, Eric Lasch (Michael Douglas), when the CIA discovers intel of another imminent attack. While “unlocking” the suspect, Alice discovers that the classified information she has uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, Alice turns to ex-soldier Jack (Orlando Bloom) to prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.

Unlocked is an action thriller directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien. Also
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Movie Artisans Take a Bow at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

On Sunday Variety, in partnership with the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Prods., paid tribute to the craft experts whose contribution to movie-making is sometimes over-looked. At a panel discussion at the festival, titled Artisans in Focus, four leading below-the-line film professionals spoke candidly about their work. It was the first time the event had taken place at the festival.

Costume designer Annell Brodeur has worked with director David Lowery on a number of projects, most recently “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, and believes there is an advantage to reteaming with the same director. “It just gets easier,” she said. “There is a short-hand, and you are able to cut through feeling nervous about asking questions or coming up with ideas. It’s a much more comfortable place to make bold choices.”

Cinematographer Wojciech Staron, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for Paula Markovitch’s “The Prize
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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President
Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

Related Content Hollywood Bids Adieu to Retiring Directors Guild Chief Jay D. Roth

Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with secretary-treasurer Michael Apted.

In February, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership. Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and
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Hollywood Bids Adieu to Retiring Directors Guild Chief Jay D. Roth

More than 400 attendees — and many top Hollywood players — assembled Thursday night for a heartfelt sendoff for DGA National Executive Director Jay D. Roth, who’s retiring after more than two decades.

The 90-minute tribute at the DGA Theatre highlighted Roth’s penchant for preparation and truthfulness in conducting seven contract negotiations with the companies during his tenure. Michael Apted, the current DGA secretary-treasurer, evoked a major laugh when he asserted that one of Roth’s key techniques was to get both sides to agree initially on the facts.

“Together we agreed — there weren’t to be alternate facts on his watch,” Apted added. “He always knew what we had to have at negotiations and what we could pass on.”

Several speakers stressed Roth was able to be effectively blunt. “Jay can really be tough,” said former Warner Bros. topper Barry Meyer. “Not screaming and yelling tough, but Don Corleone tough — soft-spoken tough.”

Carol Lombardini, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, said, “A friendship with Jay is not for the faint of heart.”

The gathering had plenty of light-hearted moments, such as DGA President Paris Barclay thanking Roth for not forcing him to go golfing. Roth himself gave thanks his eighth grade shop teacher Mr. Jacobs for showing candor to his parents via a note that said, “Jay is going to fail wood shop; you need to find another path.”

Roth’s replacement Russell Hollander provoked big laughs by displaying a photo of wild-haired Roth’s taxi license from 1972. He also asked the audience, “Have you ever had a conversation with Jay where you knew more than he did?”

Barclay presented Roth with a trip to New Zealand to play golf at an exclusive club on the north island, adding, “We are happy to feed your addiction.”

Roth closed out the tribute by saying, “We don’t do anything alone. We understand that through the commonality of our effort, we better serve this wonderful industry. I love you all. Now let’s have a drink.”

High-profile executives in attendance included Disney chairman Robert Iger, Paramount Pictures chief Jim Gianopulos, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Union leaders included SAG-aftra national executive director David White, Teamsters Local 399 secretary-treasurer Steve Dayan and SAG-aftra senior adviser John McGuire.

(Pictured: Jay D. Roth, left, with directors Jon Favreau and Michael Mann)

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