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A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased two upcoming A24 releases, both of which seem oddly retro: World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. They also dropped the trailer for Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe” and suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, »

- Anne Thompson

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A24 After ‘Moonlight:’ Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased three upcoming A24 releases, all of which seem oddly retro. There’s Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe,” World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. Suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, which tend to follow an established playbook. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Exception’ Exclusive Clip: Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney Debate the Horrors of War — Watch

27 April 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ahead of its theatrical release in June, A24’s “The Exception” premieres on DirecTV today. Christopher Plummer, Jai Courtney and Lily James star in the film, a World War II thriller directed by David Leveaux. Watch a clip shared exclusively with IndieWire below.

Read More: ‘The Exception’ Trailer: Jai Courtney Is a German Soldier Conflicted By Love in World War II Thriller — Watch

Here’s the synopsis: “A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, ‘The Exception’ follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, »

- Michael Nordine

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Trailer and poster for WWII romantic thriller The Exception starring Lily James and Jai Courtney

25 April 2017 7:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its Us premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming WWII romantic thriller The Exception. Directed by David Leveaux, the film stars Lily James, Jai Courtney, Janet McTeer, Christopher Plummer, and Eddie Marsan; take a look below…

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser »

- Amie Cranswick

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Jai Courtney stars in the first trailer for WWII drama ‘The Exception’

25 April 2017 3:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

A24 have released the very first trailer for their upcoming WWII drama The Exception, which stars Jai Cournety, Lily James and Christopher Plummer. The film debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival where it was met with mixed reviews.

The Exception revolves around a German soldier (Courtney), who tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm (Plummer) in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) during his investigation.

We caught the film at Tiff and we kinda liked it. Some words from our initial review:

The Exception won’t surprise you with its basic plot beats, TV-movie-like look and predictable outcomes, but will mostly please throughout. The film’s biggest asset is its well-written dialogue, particularly the material given to Plummer’s dethroned Kaiser. His unpredictable tantrums and »

- Paul Heath

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Jai Courtney & Lily James in Trailer for WWII Romance 'The Exception'

24 April 2017 11:35 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Can an officer have a loyalty to anything greater than his country?" A24 has unveiled a trailer for a WWII romantic thriller titled The Exception, based on a novel by Alan Judd titled "The Kaiser's Last Kiss". The film stars Jai Courtney as a German soldier investigating the Dutch resistance in Holland, looking for a spy in the home of Kaiser Wilhelm. He meets a young Jewish Dutch woman played by Lily James and falls in love with her, hence the title (she's "the exception"). The full cast includes Christopher Plummer, Ben Daniels, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Mark Dexter, and Martin Swabey. This honestly doesn't look half bad, but I'm not sure it seems that good either. Lily James is great, but Jai Courtney not so much. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for David Leveaux's The Exception, originally from USA Today: A German soldier (Jai Courtney) tries to »

- Alex Billington

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‘The Exception’ Trailer: Jai Courtney Is a German Soldier Conflicted By Love in World War II Thriller — Watch

24 April 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“War changes everything,” Lily James whispers in the opening moments of David Leveaux’s feature film debut, “The Exception,” a sentiment that seems to carry right through the World War II-set thriller.

Based on Alan Judd’s 2003 novel “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” the film follows Jai Courtney as Wehrmacht officer Stefan Brandt, tasked with guarding Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer), the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, who fled Germany and abdicated the throne decades before war broke out.

Read More: ‘Five Came Back’: How the Story of Hollywood Directors In World War II Became a Great Netflix Series

Despite his perilous place in the changing German government, the exiled Kaiser was important to the Nazis, and when word gets out that his home may be infiltrated by a British spy, the Nazis make it a priority to protect him. While guarding the ousted leader, Stefan falls for James’ Mieke, »

- Kate Erbland

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Jai Courtney Is A Nazi In First Trailer For A24’s ‘The Exception’ With Lily James & Christopher Plummer

24 April 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If the career of Sam Worthington — bland and boring in leading man roles, much more interesting when he gets to play character parts in indies like “Somersault” or “The Keeping Room” — was anything to go by, people maybe shouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss his fellow Australian Jai Courtney. Yes, Courtney was a bit of a charisma vacuum in films like “Terminator: Genisys,” but he was a lot more fun when he got to ugly-up in “Suicide Squad” — indeed, he was probably the best thing in the movie.

Continue reading Jai Courtney Is A Nazi In First Trailer For A24’s ‘The Exception’ With Lily James & Christopher Plummer at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Newport Beach Film Festival Showcases International and Local Films in Resort Setting by the Sea

20 April 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Quick, think of a sunny playground that hosts world cinema.

You’d be right if you said Cannes. But you’d also be right if you said Newport Beach, the coastal community and surfing mecca just south of Los Angeles.

The Newport Beach Film Festival continues to grow in size and stature. This year’s edition features an eclectic lineup of over 500 features, documentaries and shorts from 58 countries.

Launched in 1999 and quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing film festivals on the West Coast, Nbff presents a range of international productions from the studio and independent landscape, with various premiere screenings and an International Spotlight Series focusing on foreign language films.

“One of our big selling points is that our location is a gorgeous, luxury resort destination,” says fest co-founder and CEO Gregg Schwenk. “When combined with close proximity to L.A., and a fabulous line-up of films, this has become quite the event. »

- Nick Clement

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MipTV: Agatha Christie Productions Partners with IMG on New Slate

3 April 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

IMG will handle international sales on a slate of seven new dramas from Agatha Christie Productions, the television production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd., it was announced Monday.

Following the success of their productions for BBC One of “And Then There Were None” in December 2015 and “Witness For the Prosecution” (pictured) in December last year, Agatha Christie Productions secured a production deal with the U.K. broadcaster’s flagship channel to deliver seven further adaptations based on the legendary author’s work. The deal reunites them with production company Mammoth Screen.

“We are thrilled to represent this important franchise and to bring Christie’s classic mysteries to a new generation,” said Gary Marenzi, IMG's head of entertainment sales and partnerships. IMG will present several Agatha Christie Productions titles at MipTV this week.

The first of the new slate, “Ordeal By Innocence,” based on the 1958 novel by Christie, is set to go into production this summer. Sarah Phelps »

- Robert Mitchell

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The Flash’s Grant Gustin joins The Last Full Measure

30 March 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flash star Grant Gustin has become the latest superhero actor to join the cast of director Todd Robinson’s (Lonely Hearts) political drama The Last Full Measure.

Gustin is set to play William Pitsenbarger, a special forces para-rescue jumper and Medal of Honor recipient. He joins a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and William Hurt alongside Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache and Alison Sudol.

The Last Full Measure is based on the true story of a cover-up operation and follows “Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic, William Pitsenbarger, who is seen saving the lives of more than 60 Marines who were ambushed in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. »

- Gary Collinson

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'Fantastic Beasts' Star Alison Sudol Joins 'The Last Full Measure' (Exclusive)

28 March 2017 11:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alison Sudol, the breakout star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has signed on to join Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and Christopher Plummer in The Last Full Measure.

Todd Robinson (White Squall, Lonely Hearts) is directing the film, which also counts William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache, John Savage, Grant Gustin and Diane Ladd among the cast.

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, The Last Full Measure follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince »

- Rebecca Ford

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‘The Flash’s Grant Gustin Draws ‘The Last Full Measure’

28 March 2017 5:06 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Foresight Unlimited has set The Flash star Grant Gustin to join The Last Full Measure, the political drama that Todd Robinson will direct from his script. Shooting on the film begins this weekend in Atlanta and Costa Rica. Gustin will play actual Medal of Honor recipient William Pitsenbarger, a special forces Para-rescue Jumper who is pivotal to the plot. He joins Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Michael… »

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‘The Flash’s Grant Gustin Draws ‘The Last Full Measure’

28 March 2017 5:06 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Foresight Unlimited has set The Flash star Grant Gustin to join The Last Full Measure, the political drama that Todd Robinson will direct from his script. Shooting on the film begins this weekend in Atlanta and Costa Rica. Gustin will play actual Medal of Honor recipient William Pitsenbarger, a special forces Para-rescue Jumper who is pivotal to the plot. He joins Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Michael… »

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First image of Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

27 March 2017 4:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from the box office success of his latest film Beauty and the Beast, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first official image of Dan Stevens as author Charles Dickens in the upcoming holiday release The Man Who Invented Christmas.

“It was a really spooky, intriguing, funny piece,” said Stevens with regards to Susan Coyne’s (Mozart in the Jungle) script. “I just thought it was a really fresh take on that whole world. Particularly in England, Dickens is placed on a pedestal. But the guy was, at turns, quite playful and childish, and, at turns, quite dark and not a very pleasant man.”

The Man Who Invented Christmas is directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) and takes place in 1843, exploring how Dickens penned his literary classic A Christmas Carol. Also featuring in the cast are Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father, and Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge. »

- Gary Collinson

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Revisiting Wolf: a werewolf movie with a secret identity

23 March 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Guy Buckland Apr 12, 2017

We took at look back at 1994's Wolf starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, and found it to be a highly entertaining watch...

The animal is out. Nicholson. Pfeiffer. Wolf.

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Frankly, that sparse poster copy would have been enough to tempt most punters into the cinema in 1994, but a werewolf movie starring a man who already appeared to be mid-transformation in real life would have been a deal-sealer for many a horror aficionado. Which is perhaps why, when appraising Smiling Jack’s extensive filmography, Wolf is often drudged up from the file marked ‘oh yeah, I forgot about that one’.

Because Wolf is many things; but it ain’t a horror film.

In fact, trying to pin Wolf »

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Casting JonBenet’

22 March 2017 3:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The hits keep on coming from your friendly neighborhood streaming giant, Netflix, which announced a fresh round of titles hitting the airwaves next month. Ranging from never-before-streamed comedy specials to historical classics to critically acclaimed kids’ films, these titles are sure to keep you cooped up and entertained throughout mud season. Enjoy.

1. “Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'” (available April 1)

The first of only four specials ever filmed by the legendary comedian, this 45-minute stand-up set from 1978 was released on VHS in 1985 and has never been available to stream before (legally). Almost universally revered by comedians of all stripes, this special has stayed relatively obscure due to an uneven performance from Pryor. Still, you can learn from a genius even on a bad day.

2. “Across the Universe” (available April 1)

Even Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess anchor this visually enchanting Beatles movie musical from visionary Broadway director and choreographer Julie Taymor (“Titus »

- Jude Dry

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The Eight Performances Cut From Terrence Malick Movies We’d Most Like to See

13 March 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you know what happened to Adrien Brody on “The Thin Red Line,” you know that filming scenes for a Terrence Malick movie doesn’t guarantee actually being in a Terrence Malick movie. Brody, who was originally positioned as the film’s lead, didn’t know until its premiere that his role had been drastically reduced; Christopher Plummer had a similar experience on “The New World.”

In the grand scheme of things, they’re lucky ones: More than a few actors have had their parts excised entirely, including one of the would-be stars of “Song to Song.” With that Austin-set romantic drama opening this week, it seemed like a good time to remind ourselves of what could have been.

Read More: Terrence Malick Makes a Rare Appearance at SXSW 2017 and Digs Deep On His Process

Billy Bob Thornton, “The Thin Red Line

In some ways, Thornton represents a version of »

- Michael Nordine

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Annette Bening Joins Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’

13 March 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annette Bening has joined Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde in the romantic drama “Life, Itself.”

This Is Us” creator and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer Dan Fogelman is directing from his own script.

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FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill are producing the multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades — from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside. Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Alex Monner also star. Principal photography is beginning in New York City and will continue in Spain in May.

FilmNation will fully finance, produce, and handle international sales for the film. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with FilmNation, along with Fogelman. Wme Global will handle the U.S. sale on behalf of FilmNation.

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- Dave McNary

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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Sequel Sequel Gets A Release Date With All-New Cast

13 March 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series that started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo seemed to have all the promise for a Hollywood franchise. The source material was beloved and acclaimed worldwide, and a complete trilogy starring Noomi Rapace had even been produced in the novels’ home country of Sweden. The American adaptation had a grade-a pedigree with Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård. It even had the amazing talents of David Fincher behind it. What’s more is that the film was good. More than good. It was great.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the feel bad film of the Christmas season of 2011 that audiences wanted, and despite the big fan base, the film was only a modest success, making $230 million worldwide. It’s not a flop by any means, but with a budget of $90 million (with costs likely costing around $180 million after advertising), it was likely »

- Joseph Medina

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