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Who is Amber Rose Revah, actress who plays Dinah Madani on The Punisher?

Homeland Security officer Dinah Madani on The Punisher is played by Amber Rose Revah — but where have you seen her before? The British actor has been working very hard of late, racking up the roles in a great many British and Us-based television shows. She first got recognized for her role in the Lbgt cult film I Can’t Think Straight and impressed so much that the film’s director Shamim Sarif used her again in The World Unseen, which was shot in Cape Town. After this, she scored a role alongside Rachel Weisz in the independent film Agora. On television, Revah...read more
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The Mercy: first trailer for Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz's latest

Simon Brew Nov 17, 2017

From the director of The Theory Of Everything comes The Mercy. Here's the first trailer...

Heading into UK cinemas on February 9th 2018 is The Mercy, the new film from The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz headline this one, and we've got the first trailer and an official synopsis to bring to you.

We'd best get down to work, then. Trailer first...

And here's the synopsis...

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife,
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Colin Firth: "The Mercy"

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Sneak Peek new footage from "The Mercy", the upcoming Brit biographical drama, directed by James Marsh and written by Scott Z. Burns, based on a true story, starring Colin Firth ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Jonathan Bailey, opening February 9, 2018 in the UK:

"...'The Mercy', follows the disastrous attempt by amateur sailor 'Donald Crowhurst' (Firth) to complete the 'Sunday Times Golden Globe Race' in 1968 and his subsequent attempts to cover up his failure.

Cast also includes Adrian Schiller, Oliver Maltman, Kit Connor, Eleanor Stagg, Andrew Buchan and Geoff Bladon.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Mercy"...
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Colin Firth Learns How to Sail in First UK Trailer for Drama 'The Mercy'

"Leave your doubts with us here on the shore. Take your dreams out to sea." StudioCanal UK has debuted an official UK trailer for an indie drama titled The Mercy, which tells the story of a humble man who takes an unfinished boat on a race around the world in an adventure on his own. This tells the triumphant, inspiring, incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who decided to take on the task of competing in the 1968 Golden Globe Race - sailing around the world solo. Colin Firth stars as Crowhurts, and the cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare Crowhurst, along with David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Tim Downie, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve Gaunt, Adrian Schiller. It looks like everything you'd expect for one of these biopics, and it will surely be entertaining to watch. Firth is always remarkable. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for James Marsh's The Mercy,
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Power Women Go Head-to-Head in Lead Actress Oscar Race

Power Women Go Head-to-Head in Lead Actress Oscar Race
The roles in the lead actress category run a wide range, from the precocious 6-year-old Brooklyn Prince in “The Florida Project” to 82-year-old Judi Dench playing the queen (again) in “Victoria & Abdul.” Other powerful women include previous nominees Jessica Chastain as a poker queen in “Molly’s Game,” Kate Winslet as a cheating wife in “Wonder Wheel” and Saoirse Ronan in the beloved coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird.” (At the age of 23, it’s interesting that Ronan could amost play the overdue card; she has two previous nominations and came close to winning with 2016’s “Brooklyn.”) They could battle previous winner Jennifer Lawrence; never underestimate the Academy love for her, even if “mother!” didn’t light up the box office. Other winners: Frances McDormand, delivering a fierce performance as a mother searching for justice in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and, of course, Meryl Streep. No matter that “The Post,” in which Streep plays Washington Post publisher Kay Graham
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Watch The First Trailer For ‘The Mercy’, Starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz

Studiocanal has released the very first trailer for the upcoming The Mercy, which will roll into cinemas next year.

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weitz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.

Co-starring David Thewlis (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges), the story
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First poster and trailer for The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

The first poster and trailer have debuted for the upcoming drama The Mercy. Directed by James Marsh, the film is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to become the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping while competing in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Colin Firth stars in the lead role as the amatuer sailor alongside Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, and Ken Stott; take a look at the poster and trailer below, along with the official synopsis and some first look images…

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping.
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Athena Film Festival Announces 2018 Awardees: Barbara Kopple, Amma Asante, & Bridget Everett

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The Athena Film Festival has announced its 2018 awardees: two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, BAFTA-winning writer and director Amma Asante, and cabaret artist and actress Bridget Everett.

The annual fest, now in its eighth year, celebrates the leadership and creative accomplishments of trailblazers in the entertainment industry. The festival showcases films about powerful and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world; it is a weekend dedicated to elevating female voices and stories to inspire and empower a new generation of filmmakers and individuals.

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” director Kopple will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate. Past recipients include Jodie Foster, Mira Nair, Sherry Lansing, and Gale Anne Hurd.

A United Kingdom” helmer Asante will be honored with the Athena Award.
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away

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Once upon a time, “The Mercy” had the makings of an Oscar player. With a cast led by Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, tackling a true story directed by James Marsh (“The Theory Of Everything,” “Man On Wire”), the ingredients were there for something special. However, the film — which started shooting in early 2015 — has been conspicuously quiet and hasn’t appeared at any prestigious festivals.

Continue reading ‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away at The Playlist.
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How Yorgos Lanthimos Got Nicole Kidman to Go to Disturbing Places With ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’

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After Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos landed an Oscar nomination for “Dogtooth,” his twisted dystopian vision of a family trapped in deranged rituals, his agent took him around town. It was the usual routine: Promising young talent offered numerous pre-conceived projects, with no guarantee that he’d have any control over the final result. “I didn’t really know the landscape,” said Lanthimos in an interview. “I just realized it’s not what I’m interested in. I’d never be able to survive such a situation.”

See More:Cannes Review: With ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ Yorgos Lanthimos Comes to America and Makes the Scariest Movie of His Life

That early decision paid off. After “Dogtooth,” Lanthimos churned out a series of movies that have continued to cement his status as one of the most original, visionary filmmakers working today. His movies present bleak, self-contained universes of despair, and they’re never predictable.
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Chilean Director Sebastian Lelio Talks ‘A Fantastic Woman,’ ‘Disobedience’

Chilean Director Sebastian Lelio Talks ‘A Fantastic Woman,’ ‘Disobedience’
One of the brightest lights of Chile’s golden generation of filmmakers, Sebastián Lelio emerged into international prominence with his fourth film, 2013’s “Gloria.” This year, he returned to the festival circuit with two films: the Spanish-language “A Fantastic Woman” and “Disobedience,” his English-language debut, with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.

How quickly did these two productions come together?

After “Gloria,” I decided I wanted to dedicate some time to writing. I first got involved in the writing of “A Fantastic Woman” from Berlin, where I’m based. And around the same time, I was receiving a lot of offers to direct and to write, and among them “Disobedience” was the one I really felt fascinated by. I wrote the two of them and I shot them back to back.

Your last three films are about the lives of women one usually doesn’t see in cinemas — a fiftysomething divorcée in “Gloria,” a transgender
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How A.J. Jacobs Tracked Down Dozens of His Famous Cousins, from Ricky Gervais to Olivia Wilde

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How A.J. Jacobs Tracked Down Dozens of His Famous Cousins, from Ricky Gervais to Olivia Wilde
In his new book, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree, journalist A.J. Jacobs recounts his investigation into the DNA and histories that link almost every human on the planet. His deep dive led him to meet some very famous — and very extended —cousins, including Olivia Wilde and President George H.W. Bush.

“We were all told since we were kids that humans are all one big family, but now it’s so concrete you can actually see how we’re all related to almost anyone on earth,” Jacobs tells People in an exclusive interview.
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AFM: Mid-Market Generating Mix of Optimism and Uncertainty

AFM: Mid-Market Generating Mix of Optimism and Uncertainty
As the 38th American Film Market reaches the half-way point, a mixed picture has emerged that reflects the profound changes in the movie industry.

Buyers offer the usual refrain about the seeming lack of big buzz titles as the industry continues to reel from fresh revelations in Hollywood’s sexual assault scandal — a topic that dominated conversations at Afm headquarters at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. Additionally, domestic box office for 2017 has been lagging by an alarming 5%.

But notable deals have closed, such as Paramount’s announcement Friday that it was buying the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen; Emmy winner Uzo Aduba joining the drama “The Virginian”; and Lionsgate buying five Studiocanal titles include Liam Neeson’s “Hard Powder” and the Colin Firth-Rachel Weisz drama “The Mercy.”

Michael Ryan, partner at London-based Gfm Films and chairman of Afm organizer Independent Film and Television Alliance, admits
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Lionsgate, Studiocanal In Multi-Year, Multi-Picture U.S. Distribution Deal – Afm

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Lionsgate, Studiocanal In Multi-Year, Multi-Picture U.S. Distribution Deal – Afm
Lionsgate and Studiocanal have expanded their relationship with a multi-year, multi-picture distribution deal that will see the former release five of the European group’s titles in the U.S. Among the next group of films that Lionsgate will distribute domestically are animated sequel Shaun The Sheep Movie 2; Liam Neeson action thriller Hard Powder; and adventure tale The Mercy with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. The pact also encompasses two “major” Studiocanal properties…
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Afm: Lionsgate Takes U.S. on Studiocanal’s ‘Hard Powder,’ ‘Shaun the Sheep 2,’ ‘The Mercy’ (Exclusive)

Lionsgate has acquired all U.S. rights to five high-profile movies from Studiocanal, the film-tv production-distribution affiliate of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, in a multi-year, multi-picture deal.

Titles take in three of Studiocanal’s biggest upcoming films: action-thriller “Hard Powder” with Liam Neeson and Laura Dern; Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep 2”; and “The Mercy,” with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Two more Studiocanal movies, currently in development and described by Lionsgate as “major properties,” are also part of the deal. In practical terms, commercial releases on final films in the arrangement could run through to 2019 or 2020.

The Mercy” will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions. The first picture in the deal to be released in the U.S, “Hard Powder” will open in fall 2018.

The deal expands a long-term, multi-front partnership between Lionsgate and Studiocanal. Lionsgate will open Neeson thriller “The Commuter,” on Jan. 12 in the U.S.
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‘A Fantastic Woman’ Star Daniela Vega Deserves to Be the First Transgender Actress Nominated for an Oscar

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ Star Daniela Vega Deserves to Be the First Transgender Actress Nominated for an Oscar
When we meet Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega), she is crooning a sultry number at a Santiago nightclub. A handsome older man circles her admiringly, the warmth radiating from his eyes. In that moment it is clear not only that they are lovers, but madly in love. It’s only revealed later that Marina is transgender, and by then, their bond goes unquestioned. Such is the brilliance of a Sebastián Lelio film — the couple says so much with so little, and answers to no one. Of course, it takes hard work to make something look so simple.

“The heart of the film’s identity resonates with its own character. I was trying to make a film as complex and as free as its main character, and I owe that to Dani,” Lelio said after a recent screening of “A Fantastic Woman,” one of two films about complicated women opening in the
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The importance of cats in horror cinema

Mark Harrison Oct 31, 2017

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This feature contains broad spoilers for several horror movies featuring cats, including Alien, Cat People, Drag Me To Hell, Fallen, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Pet Sematary and The Voices.

The relationship between humans and cats over time has given way to a number of cultural impressions and outright superstitions. Ancient Egyptians associated them with gods. In the Middle Ages, they were linked with witches and killed en masse, which probably hastened the spread of the Black Plague through the rodent population. And in the modern day, it's interchangeably lucky or not if a black cat crosses your path.

Like anything with such a wide array of symbolic links, movies have presented cats as characters in different ways over the years. It's their abiding association with the supernatural – whether as an omen
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Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’

Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’
In today’s film news roundup, Disney Channel star Mollee Gray lands the lead in “A Night to Regret,” Sentient Entertainment signs an output deal with Italia Film, and Bleecker Street dates five movies.

Casting

Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray will star in the upcoming film “A Night to Regret,” opposite Marguerite Moreau, Variety has learned exclusively.

Tom Shell is directing from Christine Conradt’s script. Liz Vacovec is producing and Chris Lancey is the executive producer.

Gray will portray a pre-law college student and aspiring filmmaker who makes a careless choice one night that could cost her her life. When she goes missing, her mother and friends band together to do everything in their power to bring her home.

Gray is best known for her role as Giggles in the Disney Channel original movie “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2.” She also starred in Lifetime movie “Double Daddy,” and the indie
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Bleecker Street Sets Release Dates For ‘What They Had’, ‘Disobedience’ & More

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Bleecker Street has set its first five film releases for 2018. The lineup includes What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko's debut film, based on her Nicholl-winning screenplay, starring Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon, which will bow in theaters March 16. Also dated are two Jon Hamm-starring films, Beirut and Nostalgia, as well as Tiff acquisition titles, Disobedience, with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, and On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle. See the list…
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Win My Cousin Rachel on Blu-ray

Roger Michell’s “handsomely crafted and filled with intrigue” (Daily Express) thriller My Cousin Rachel will captivate you from start to finish when it arrives on Home Entertainment this October.

This beautifully set period drama will have you jumping to conclusions, before twists and turns hastily bring those assumptions into question. Romance and mystery collide when My Cousin Rachel arrives on Digital Download on 16th October 2017 and on Blu-ray & DVD on 30th October 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2x Blu-ray copies!

Passion overtakes reason in this dark and layered romance – based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel – starring Oscar Winner Rachel Weisz. Believing his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (Weisz) murdered the man who raised him, Philip (Sam Claflin), a young Englishman, plots revenge against her. But, despite evidence that Rachel might be a killer, Philip finds himself falling deeply in love with her in this visually stunning, tension-laced film.
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