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’Zero Dark Thirty’ Screenwriter Mark Boal Sues U.S. Government Over Bowe Bergdahl ‘Serial’ Interviews

22 July 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Screenwriter, producer and “Serial” contributor Mark Boal is suing the U.S. government over the possibility that he will be subpoenaed over his recorded interviews with U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some of which appeared on the second season of the popular podcast as Boal was gathering materials for a possible film about the soldier who deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, only to be captured by the Taliban and held for nearly five years.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Boal “contends in a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday that a potential subpoena from a military prosecutor demanding about 25 hours of recorded interviews conducted with U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl flouts his rights as a reporter. He’s holding up the First Amendment and seeking a declaration from a judge that would prevent the subpoena from issuing or being enforced.”

Read More: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal Return »

- Kate Erbland

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Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Mark Boal Sues U.S. Government Over Bowe Bergdahl Interview Tapes

21 July 2016 12:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mark Boal has sued the U.S. government in response to its threat to subpoena his taped interviews with accused Army deserter and prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, who is facing a general court-martial.

Boal, the screenwriter of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” was planning to make a movie about the U.S. Army sergeant with director Kathryn Bigelow. Bergdahl spent five years as a prisoner of war of the Taliban until his release in May, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Boal filed the suit in Los Angeles federal court on Thursday, naming as defendants President Barack Obama, Department of Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Army court-martial convening authority General Robert Abrams and U.S Army Prosecutor Major Justin Oshana.

Boal said he filed the action to prevent the “nearly unprecedented »

- Dave McNary

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Female Soldiers on the Battlefields of Wars and Words in ‘Flow’

20 July 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Flow

Logline: On the battlefield, blood will flow…

Elevator Pitch:

Two women solders are about to fight a skirmish with an invading force; but they’re also having a heated argument about body functions that are hard to avoid. They have to battle the enemy, and each other, and the blood doesn’t stop.

Production Team:

Director & Writer: Shelagh Rowan-Legg

Producers: Alexandra Bentley & Jen Handorf

About the Film:

“Flow” is a story inspired by the great kick-ass heroines of genre film (Ripley, Sarah Conner, Zoe from “Firefly”, Brienne of Tarth, to name a few), and the work of amazing filmmakers such as Gareth Evans, »

- Steve Greene

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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

18 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing »

- Anne Thompson

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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

18 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing »

- Anne Thompson

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Slfs Interview – Chelsea Zotta: Director and Writer of I Miss Me

17 July 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I Miss Me screens Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here

Writer/director Chelsea Zotta’s I Miss Me tells the story of Kevin Masterson (Brock Roberts), who has everything a handsome bachelor could want: a high-powered job as an attorney, a list of women on speed dial, and enough money to get his kicks anytime, anywhere. But Calvin’s perfect life is flipped upside down when he is nearly killed by a drunk driver. Bed-ridden and depressed, Calvin must confront his inner demons to survive.

Chelsea Zotta took the time to answer questions about her film for We Are Movie Geeks in advance of it’s screening at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.

We Are Movie Geeks: What was your filmmaking experience before I Miss Me?

Chelsea Zotta: After graduating college, »

- Tom Stockman

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The Transcendent Masculinity of Point Break

12 July 2016 12:08 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“I Caught My First Tube Today . . . Sir.”

Shortly after undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah befriends charismatic surfing bank robber Bodhi (“That’s Bodhi . . . they call him Bodhisattva”) in Point Break, a group consisting mostly of Bodhi’s bank heist crew, Johnny, and their various romantic partners sit around a fire while Bodhi regales the group with a tale of the “fifty-year storm,” a quasi-mythical weather event that every half century yields the best waves for surfing anyone has ever seen. In the scene, Patrick Swayze, essaying the role of Bodhi, pitches his voice exactly at the intersection of awed wonder, stoner/surfer drawl, and evangelical bullshit. It is Point Break’s most explicit moment of satori, where it is revealed to be, at once, an action movie about surfing bank robbers, and the greatest possible action movie about surfing bank robbers.

It’s been twenty-five years, to the day, since Point Break’s release. A »

- Danny Bowes

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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Boyz n the Hood was a history-maker. It made John Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar and the first African-American honored in the category. If those celebrating that landmark had gotten a peek into America 25 years after Boyz n the Hood’s release, they’d probably be rather disappointed — probably some mix of horrified and furious too. As Black Lives Matter protests make headlines following the deaths of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling, and as the Academy recovers from a season marked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (though, on the other hand, Broadway got #TonysSoBlack trending), today marks a quarter century since Boyz n the Hood opened in theaters. Though the 1992 Oscar nominations announcement came with the notable milestone for Singleton, the release of the movie in July 1991 was marked by tragedy: Despite the film’s concluding words, “Increase the Peace,” the movie’s opening weekend »

- Emily Rome

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’: Rian Johnson & John Boyega Share New Photos From The Set

8 July 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week, Mark Hamill revealed that “Star Wars: Episode VIII” would wrap filming on July 22, and now it’s looking like the end is near for the Rian Johnson-directed action flick.

While details of the eighth installment of the “Star Wars” saga have been kept under wraps, it’s always nice to get a little tease of what’s going on behind the scenes of the movie.

Johnson and star John Boyega shared some new insights and images on their Instagrams to keep fans updated on the film. On Boyega’s end, the actor who portrays Finn has (presumably) officially finished filming his part. He posted a black and white image of him jumping up with the caption, “Done!”

Read More: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: Reshoot Rumors Set Straight & 4 Other New Updates About The Film

Another cast member who has also wrapped filming on “Episode VIII” is C-3Po, »

- Liz Calvario

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Willem Dafoe Is Fighting For The Future Of Cinema

8 July 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Willem Dafoe is not an insecure person. Holding court before a throng of journalists at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the actor was asked about his crooked smile, and if — as a younger actor — he ever considered having it “fixed” in order to be more conventionally attractive. He grinned: “They were my teeth, and they looked fine to me.”

Dafoe, who came to this idyllic Czech spa town in order to receive a Crystal Globe for his contributions to world cinema and host screenings of “Pasolini” and “The Last Temptation of Christ,” shows his teeth without hesitation. The jagged lines of his face have steered him towards a career pockmarked with sadists and supervillains, but in person the man is almost constantly beaming. It’s been almost 40 years since he took a break from experimental theater in order to shoot an ill-fated role in “Heaven’s Gate” (he was »

- David Ehrlich

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Academy Directors Branch Was Most Aggressive On Diversity: Here’s How

30 June 2016 6:07 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The long-overdue broadening of the Academy membership’s diversity covered every branch, but none reshaped its membership as strongly as did the Directors Branch. The executive committee, chaired by Michael Mann and also headed by Kathryn Bigelow and Ed Zwick, made real strides, according to a memo Deadline got hold of that was sent to Directors Branch members today. The Directors Branch invited the highest percentage of women and minorities into its fold of any… »

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Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Lands Oscar-Friendly Slot via A24

29 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Awards-watchers have been wondering where Mike Mills’ dramedy “20th Century Women,” starring perennial Oscar nominee Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “The Kids Are All Right”), would land in the fall line-up.

Well, rising indie distributor A24, which is having a strong 2016, has picked up U.S. rights to the film from Annapurna’s Megan Ellison (“Her,” “Joy,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Zero Dark Thirty”). A24 started out winning Oscars for three films (“Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy”), took smart horror flick “The Witch” wide to great success, and now with “The Lobster ” and “Swiss Army Man,” boasts the two highest per theater average limited openings of the year.

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe and His ‘Swiss Army Man’ Dummy: What We Learned From This Dynamic Duo On A24’s NYC Bus Tour

Writer-director Mills’ last film “Beginners” won one Academy Award, for Christopher Plummer. “20th Century Women” is a portrait of three women played by Bening, »

- Anne Thompson

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Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Lands Oscar-Friendly Slot via A24

29 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Awards-watchers have been wondering where Mike Mills’ dramedy “20th Century Women,” starring perennial Oscar nominee Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “The Kids Are All Right”), would land in the fall line-up.

Well, rising indie distributor A24, which is having a strong 2016, has picked up U.S. rights to the film from Annapurna’s Megan Ellison (“Her,” “Joy,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Zero Dark Thirty”). A24 started out winning Oscars for three films (“Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy”), took smart horror flick “The Witch” wide to great success, and now with “The Lobster ” and “Swiss Army Man,” boasts the two highest per theater average limited openings of the year.

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe and His ‘Swiss Army Man’ Dummy: What We Learned From This Dynamic Duo On A24’s NYC Bus Tour

Writer-director Mills’ last film “Beginners” won one Academy Award, for Christopher Plummer. “20th Century Women” is a portrait of three women played by Bening, »

- Anne Thompson

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John Boyega and Joe Cornish are working on something together

27 June 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The last time John Boyega and Joe Cornish got together on something, it was Attack The Block, which, in retrospect, really opened up a lot of doors for Boyega. Hell, if not cast as Moses, bruv, who knows if Boyega would have ever been in the right position to land the role of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or now the Pacific Rim sequel or that Kathryn Bigelow picture... And while... Read More »

- Billy Donnelly

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John Boyega teases “something new” with Attack the Block director Joe Cornish

27 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Since his big breakthrough last year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega has already added a few high profile roles to his upcoming slate, including The Circle, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit riots film.

Well, it seems a reunion with Joe Cornish, writer-director of 2011’s Attack the Block, may also be on the cards, with Boyega tweeting the following:

Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew

John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 25, 2016

Cornish has previously revealed that Boyega has been pitching ideas for a sequel to Attack the Block, telling IFC way back in 2011 that:

“He has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in Attack the Block was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures. And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, »

- Gary Collinson

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John Boyega Teases New Movie with Attack the Block Director

26 June 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When John Boyega was first cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in April 2014, he only had a handful of credits to his name, but he was best known for his feature film debut role in Attack the Block, a 2011 indie sci-fi thiller that was beloved by critics, but didn't make a huge dent at the box office ($1 million domestic, $5.8 million worldwide). The actor is now currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and he also recently signed on to star in a new untitled project from Kathryn Bigelow, but it seems the young actor is looking to team up with his Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.

Over the weekend, John Boyega revealed on Twitter that he ran into Joe Cornish and that they have already started "brainstorming" for "something new." Naturally, the actor wouldn't divulge any more details about this project, and we don't know for sure if »

- MovieWeb

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John Boyega Hints at Upcoming Collaboration with ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish

26 June 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Boyega has awakened. After his breakthrough performance in the latest “Star Wars” film, everyone’s favorite stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter was recently cast in both the upcoming sequel to “Pacific Rim” and Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film about the Detroit riots of 1967. In a semi-cryptic tweet, Boyega has hinted at another collaboration with “Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish.

Read More: John Boyega To Star In Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Crime Drama

“Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew,” the actor wrote yesterday. A cult favorite from 2011 that put Boyega on the map and saw him nominated for several first-time-performer awards, the sci-fi horror/comedy project wasn’t financially successful upon its initial release but amassed favorable reviews — and, not long later, a substantial following online.

Read More: John Boyega Will Play Lead Role In ‘Pacific Rim 2’

No details on the potential project are officially available, »

- Michael Nordine

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Review: The Shallows is a Viciously Fun Summer Movie

25 June 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You gotta hand it to director Jaume Collet-Serra. In just a little over eleven years behind the camera, he’s been responsible for three really strong modern horror classics—2005’s House of Wax (I’ll humbly defend this one to the bitter end, folks), Orphan, and now The Shallows, which has Blake Lively facing off against a deadly oceanic predator for 87 minutes. Taut, thrilling, and viciously fun, The Shallows is a great summer thriller that perfectly demonstrates the truth of that old adage:  sometimes less truly is more.

The Shallows follows free-spirited Nancy (Lively) down to a secluded and mysterious beach in Mexico after recently taking a leave from medical school due to the untimely loss of her mother. Nancy is looking to take in some waves and get away from it all, so she heads out to an area her mother once surfed years ago—a place we don »

- Heather Wixson

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Honors Stars and Filmmakers

24 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jirina Bohdalová

The President’s Award

Actress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President’s Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active Bohdalová’s career spans stage, film, and television performances. Cementing her reputation as a national treasure, she also hosted (with Vladimír Dvorák) the massively successful, long-running, live TV sketch show “Televarieté,” dubbed foreign films and provided expressive voice work on numerous Czech animated TV series, particularly the fairy tales created for “Evening Story.” [“Vecernícek”]. Writer-director Slávek Horák [“Home Care”] recalls, “Whole generations [including mine] grew up listening to her every evening at 7, universally accepted by kids and parents as the bedtime call.”

So ubiquitous a figure is “Bohdalka” [as her fans affectionately refer to her] that it is nearly impossible to conceive of Czech popular culture without her.

Born in 1931 to a working-class family in Prague, Bohdalová was a precocious extrovert from a young age. »

- Alissa Simon

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John Boyega Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Movie

22 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

John Boyega first got famous battling aliens, became a household name after jetting off into outer space, and recently signed on to battle giant freakin’ sea monsters. But his latest new role will bring him back down to earth. The Star Wars breakout has been set to star in the new movie by Kathryn Bigelow, about the 1960s Detroit […]

The post John Boyega Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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