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Sam Worthington in First Trailer for Spiritual Journey Film 'The Shack'

1 December 2016 3:04 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We've lost so much already, I don't want to lose you, too." Lionsgate has debuted a powerful trailer for an adaptation of a bestselling novel titled The Shack, a spiritual journey story about a father who spends time at a remote shack in Oregon and "finds important truths that will transform his understanding of tragedy and change his life forever." Sam Worthington stars, along with Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Graham Greene, Ryan Robbins, Megan Charpentier, Gage Munroe, Amélie Eve, Derek Hamilton, Jordyn Ashley Olson, Emily Holmes, and Aviv Alush as Jesus (you'll see). This is actually some serious religious propaganda, with a story about Worthington getting a "mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called The Shack." This looks tailor made for American audiences. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Stuart Hazeldine's The Shack, direct from YouTube: Based on the bestselling novel, The Shack »

- Alex Billington

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The Shack Trailer Takes Sam Worthington on a Mysterious Journey

1 December 2016 9:19 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sam Worthington returns to the big screen as mourning father and husband trying to find his way in the first trailer for The Shack, hitting theaters March 3, 2017. This drama will have some heavy competition when it hits theaters, going up against 20th Century Fox's superhero adventure Logan, starring Hugh Jackman and Open Road Films' drama Before I Fall starring Zoey Deutch. This uplifting drama could become a box office hit, providing some counter-programming for those who aren't into superheroes and teen thrillers.

Along with the trailer, Lionsgate has also debuted the first poster for The Shack, which features stars Sam Worthington and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer. When Octavia Spencer first joined this adaptation of William P. Young's novel last March, it was revealed that she is actually playing God, and while her character's identity isn't exactly revealed in the trailer, it's quite clear that there is something very special about her character, »

- MovieWeb

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Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard Make Love in War, then War in Love, in the Entertaining Spy-and-Sex Drama Allied

22 November 2016 9:08 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Merci, Madame Cotillard: The Oscar-winning actress bravely and/or gamely has agreed to become Brad Pitt’s first onscreen leading lady since his split from the one with the soaring cheekbones. She’s superb — the best thing — in director Robert ZemeckisAllied, an entertaining but ungainly spies-and-sex epic that tries to be both to be an old-school Hollywood romance, swanky and exotic, and a domestic espionage drama of a more conventionally crabbed intensity.

It’s all very Casablanca at the start — Morocco during World War II, in fact — with Pitt and Cotillard teaming up as Allied operatives. She’s Marianne Beauséjour, »

- tgliatto

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Studiocanal, Parkes+MacDonald Board ‘Fallen Idol,’ Hindenburg Movies

15 November 2016 5:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French production giant Studiocanal and Parkes+MacDonald Productions have formed a partnership for four films, including a remake of “Fallen Idol” and a movie about the 1937 Hindenburg disaster.

The alliance is aimed at fulfilling Studiocanal’s goal of making European-based movies for an international audience.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce each feature, with President of Production Evan Hayes serving as executive producer. “Fallen Idol,” “Hindenberg” and music promoter saga “The Great Pretender” are being developed in association with Parkes+MacDonald partner ImageNation Abu Dhabi.

The first film under the new deal will be “The Great Pretender,” based on the autobiography of London-based music promoter Roy Tempest, who organized UK tours in the 1960s for some of America’s biggest soul acts – even though the acts were fakes. Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) is writing the screen adaptation of the book. Intellectual Property Group’s Joel Gotler, »

- Dave McNary

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Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus

15 November 2016 12:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — For Michael Apted, it’s not critical whether a story is told as a documentary or as a narrative, he says. He’s done both, having begun his film career with the almost accidental invention of the “longitudinal documentary” with 1963’s “7 Up!” and its follow-up editions every seven years, following 14 Britons throughout their lives.

Later, filming the story of a shootout involving Native Americans in South Dakota, which resulted in the deaths of two FBI agents in 1975, he first took on the story as the docu “Incident at Oglala” in 1992.

He then retold a related story loosely in the narrative “Thunderheart,” starring Graham Greene and Val Kilmer and several of the subjects of the original nonfiction film that same year.

What’s important is not to blur the border between fact and fiction, says Apted.

The recipient of a lifetime achievement award in directing at Camerimage, Apted is »

- Will Tizard

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'Great Pretender' on Studiocanal, Parkes+MacDonald development slate

14 November 2016 7:41 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The companies are developing four European-based films starting with Ol Parker’s take on the story of London concert promoter and con artist Roy Tempest.

The slate includes Fallen Idol, a remake of the 1948 Carol Reed / Graham Greene crime noir, and airship disaster story Hindenburg.

The three are being developed in association with long-term Parkes+MacDonald Productions partner ImageNation Abu Dhabi. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce each title, with Parkes+MacDonald president of production Evan Hayes serving as executive producer. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel writer Parker (pictured) is adapting Great Pretender from Tempest’s autobiography. Intellectual Property Group’s Joel Gotler is on board as an executive producer.

The story takes place in the early 1960s when Tempest faked a UK tour of America’s biggest soul acts like The Temptations to The Ronettes using ordinary people masquerading as the singers.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Chris O’Dowd Joins The Impressive Cast Of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’

10 November 2016 1:58 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While we were busy doing other things, Aaron Sorkin has quietly put together an impressive cast for his directorial debut. Jessica Chastain, Idris ElbaMichael Cera, Kevin Costner, Brian d’Arcy James, J.C. McKenzie and Samantha Isler are already on board for the movie, which has now added for more talents to the ensemble.

Read More: Michael Cera Joins Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba In Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut

Chris O’Dowd, Jeremy Strong, Bill Camp (aka the detective from “The Night Of“) and Graham Greene have also signed up to the high stakes poker drama.

Continue reading Chris O’Dowd Joins The Impressive Cast Of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The great lost London beat thriller: why to watch The Small World of Sammy Lee

8 November 2016 10:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ken Hughes’ beat-influenced portrait of 1960s London life was forgotten for years, but has just been restored. Full of weaselly charm, low-rent hipness and rare depictions of Jewish family life, it is well worth rediscovering

There’s lots to like about The Small World of Sammy Lee: Anthony Newley’s weaselly charm in the title role; the seedy 1960s Soho streets; the Night-and-the-City flourishes; the rare glimpse of the bickering family life of British Jews; the haunting soundtrack. Having lurked for several decades in the shadows of British cinema, the 1963 film is finally emerging into the sunlight of 4K restoration, festival screenings and Blu-ray release.

It’s a genuine curiosity: the last knockings of black-and-white, beat-influenced hipster cinema before a tide of gaudily-coloured, new wave-inspired, pop art films. Ken Hughes, its director, reached back to the prewar working-class bohemianism so perfectly captured by Graham Greene and Gerald Kersh.

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- Andrew Pulver

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American Pastoral: why can't cinema get Philip Roth right?

7 November 2016 12:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut continues a tradition of weak adaptations of the novelist’s work. Perhaps film should look at Roth’s own life instead

Related: American Pastoral and the curse of adapting a literary classic

Poor old Philip Roth. Every year around this time he must feel just like Graham Greene: another diss from the Nobel Committee, and another middling adaptation of one of his novels.

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- John Patterson

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House of cardinals: why is TV so obsessed with Catholicism?

26 October 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Tony Soprano’s moral agonies to Lost’s island purgatory, the drama of sin and damnation fits the small screen perfectly. Now The Young Pope takes a startlingly strange look inside the Vatican

Television is often accused by faith leaders of marginalising religion. But, if this sin of omission exists, the charitable explanation would be that the subject imposes a double penance on schedulers. In a largely secular society, not only is the potential audience for shows on religious subjects small, but those few who might tune in tend to be hypersensitive about coverage of their beliefs or those of rival worldviews.

But, though theology may be a minority interest, the politics and psychology of the Vatican have long proved a fascination, and TV fiction has often genuflected towards Rome. Graham Greene (a convert who made the church his central subject as a novelist) once said that Catholicism was »

- Mark Lawson

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TV Review: ‘Berlin Station’

6 October 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The fact that a drama about espionage is premiering on Epix is more likely to prompt the question: “What is Epix?” than it is to inspire excitement.

The little-known premium cable channel is trying to become less obscure by using an old strategy: It’s cooking up original series it hopes will create the kind of buzz that will prompt viewers to seek out the network. The good news is, even in a marketplace flooded with content, that strategy may work, given the extraordinary caliber of the cast in its first drama, “Berlin Station.”

The show doesn’t reinvent the spy drama for the modern era, nor does it rise to the level of some of the most captivating secret-agent thrillers of recent years (e.g., “London Spy,” “Deutschland 83,” and “The Americans,” the last two of which flash back to the fraught Cold War of the ’80s). But “Berlin Station,” a »

- Maureen Ryan

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

29 August 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or »

- Richard Natale

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

29 August 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to »

- Richard Natale

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Alexis Bledel Visits the White House as Rory Gilmore to Give Michelle Obama Some Book Recommendations

25 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Just a couple of girls talking about books... (: michelleobama)https://t.co/CS48LB9fk7— Gilmore Girls (@GilmoreGirls) June 25, 2016 Rory Gilmore, the iconic bookworm played by Alexis Bledel, stopped by the White House this week to lend first lady Michelle Obama some of her literary expertise. In a video posted Friday to the official Gilmore Girls Twitter account, Gilmore met up with Obama to suggest some reading material while she travels for her Let Girls Learn initiative. As several White House staffers filed into the room carrying towering stacks of books, Gilmore listed off her recommendations: Shakespeare - "because »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Alexis Bledel Visits the White House as Rory Gilmore to Give Michelle Obama Some Book Recommendations

25 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Just a couple of girls talking about books... (: michelleobama)https://t.co/CS48LB9fk7— Gilmore Girls (@GilmoreGirls) June 25, 2016 Rory Gilmore, the iconic bookworm played by Alexis Bledel, stopped by the White House this week to lend first lady Michelle Obama some of her literary expertise. In a video posted Friday to the official Gilmore Girls Twitter account, Gilmore met up with Obama to suggest some reading material while she travels for her Let Girls Learn initiative. As several White House staffers filed into the room carrying towering stacks of books, Gilmore listed off her recommendations: Shakespeare - "because »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Weinstein Company Nabs U.S. Rights to Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner’s ‘Wind River’

14 May 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Weinstein Company has picked up the U.S. rights to “Wind River,” the directorial debut for “Sicario” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. The film stars “Captain America: Civil War” actors Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, as well as Jon Bernthal, Graham Greene, Julia Jones and Gil Birmingham. Renner and TWC are also collaborating on this year’s “The Founder” about McDonald’s Ray Kroc, costarring Michael Keaton. Also Read: Erik Lomis to Exit The Weinstein Company to Join Megan Ellison's Annapurna “Wind River” is about a rookie female FBI agent (played by Olsen) who teams up with a veteran and »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Film Nerd 2.0: When kids ask hard questions about history, does Hollywood help or hurt?

26 April 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“I want to be in the Army.” That statement prompted a frantic phone call from my ex-wife, and an entire series of conversations. It also inspired a very particular screening of a very particular film, one in a series of recent screenings that have spoken to Toshi’s developing interests in both history and Hollywood. While movies are very important to Toshi, they are less important than Allen, and I suspect there will come a time where I lose Allen to other interests. That’s fine with me. Whatever he’s interested in and excited by, I’ll encourage him. Right now, his interests are more in games and puzzles and building things. Minecraft is pretty much the perfect intersection of all of Allen’s energies. As a result, when I am picking things that we’re all going to watch together, I find myself going mainstream and populist and easy. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Kelsey Asbille Joins "Wind River" Cast

25 April 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Kelsey Asbille ("Teen Wolf") is boarding "Sicario" scribe Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut "Wind River" for Thunder Road, Film 44 and Savvy Media.

Penned by Sheridan, the story follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a veteran local game tracker with a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate a murder on a remote Native American reservation in the hope of avenging the girl's death.

Asbille will play Natalie, an intelligent and independent woman at the center of the murder. Jon Bernthal, Graham Greene, Julia Jones and Gil Birmingham also star in the feature which is currently shooting in Utah. Basil Iwanyk, Peter Berg and Matthew George produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Teen Wolf Star Kelsey Asbille Plots Course For Wind River

25 April 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Kelsey Asbille has plot course for Wind RiverTaylor Sheridan’s starry crime thriller that is currently shooting in Utah.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that the Teen Wolf star joins an ensemble that already includes Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen in leading roles, flanked by The Walking Dead and Daredevil fan-favorite Jon Bernthal, Graham Greene, Julia Jones and Gil Birmingham.

Sheridan, meanwhile, takes point for his directorial debut after serving as screenwriter on Denis Villeneuve’s intense narcotics thriller, Sicario. Wind River represents a different kettle of fish, though maintains those core, thriller tenets.

Essentially, Sheridan’s feature places Olsen in the role of a rookie FBI agent who, after stumbling upon the death of a young girl, seeks help from a burned out veteran game tracker (Renner), who harbors a haunted past of his own that remains largely under wraps for the time being.

Together, the unlikely duo »

- Michael Briers

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Kelsey Asbille Sails To Thriller ‘Wind River’ With Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen

25 April 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Teen Wolf‘s Kelsey Asbille is boarding Wind River, the feature directing debut of Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan. She joins a cast that’s led by Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Jon Bernthal, Graham Greene, Julia Jones and Gil Birmingham also star in the feature that’s currently shooting in Utah. Penned by Sheridan, it follows a rookie FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a veteran local game tracker with a haunted past (Renner) to investigate a murder on a… »

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