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Riz Ahmed Compares ‘Rogue One’ to a ‘War Movie,’ Says He Was Scared ‘The Night Of’ Was ‘Too Bleak’

29 November 2016 1:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After breaking out with his scene-stealing performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-nominated thriller “Nightcrawler,” Riz Ahmed is ready for the spotlight in what’s expected to be one of the biggest films of the year. In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, a member of the secret rebellion team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star before it becomes operational.

The opening of the new “Star Wars” movie comes on the heels of an already strong 2016 for Ahmed that included his critically acclaimed performance in the HBO limited series “The Night Of” as well as a strong supporting role in the latest Bourne movie, “Jason Bourne.”

In an interview with Variety, the British actor talked about how delighted he was to see “The Night Of” make a mark in a tough TV landscape, his work on “Rogue One” with director Gareth Edwards, and the timeliness of both projects.

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- Justin Kroll

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Riz Ahmed Compares ‘Rogue One’ to a ‘War Movie,’ Says He Was Scared ‘The Night Of’ Was ‘Too Bleak’

29 November 2016 1:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After breaking out with his scene-stealing performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-nominated thriller “Nightcrawler,” Riz Ahmed is ready for the spotlight in what’s expected to be one of the biggest films of the year. In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, a member of the secret rebellion team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star before it becomes operational.

The opening of the new “Star Wars” movie comes on the heels of an already strong 2016 for Ahmed that included his critically acclaimed performance in the HBO limited series “The Night Of” as well as a strong supporting role in the latest Bourne movie, “Jason Bourne.”

In an interview with Variety, the British actor talked about how delighted he was to see “The Night Of” make a mark in a tough TV landscape, his work on “Rogue One” with director Gareth Edwards, and the timeliness of both projects. »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Lion’ Cinematographer Greig Fraser Wins Camerimage’s Golden Frog

19 November 2016 11:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — “Lion,” the Australian/U.K./U.S. story of an Indian boy fighting to find his family, scored the Golden Frog for lensing for Greig Fraser at the 24th edition of Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest, wrapping Saturday at the grand Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

Dp Bradford Young took the Silver Frog for Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” with bronze going to fest regular Anthony Dod Mantle for his creative work on Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” capping a week of recognition for the best in visual achievements in global cinema.

The claustrophobic, one-shot takes in “The Last Family” won the Polish film section for Dp Kacper Fertacz in a fact-based HBO Europe film about a notorious family of artists while the docu feature prize went to “Tempestad,” lensed by Ernesto Pardo and directed by Tatiana Huezo.

Gerry Floyd’s evocative images conveying the loss of vision won the docu-drama prize for “Notes on Blindness, »

- Will Tizard

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Kingdom Of The Spiders (1977)

12 November 2016 11:33 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Full disclosure: I hate spiders. Like really, really despise them. God’s creatures blah blah blah – save it. They are absolutely, without a question, the most insidious, terrifying things on the planet. Now, horror films about arachnids? Well, that’s different. They have a built in creepiness factor that ensures, at the very least, it will hit the icky button with me – not my go to sensation for horror, but still creating a sensation while I watch – which promises a memorable experience.

But when you add in a level of fun, and in the case of Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), a ridiculously high quotient of it, I pivot from respect to awe in the space of 97 minutes. Not for the spiders – that will never happen as long as I’m gulping air. But the film? I’m in awe each and every viewing. It’s my favorite Animals Attack film, »

- Scott Drebit

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Star Katherine Waterston Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Current War’

1 November 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” star Katherine Waterston has landed the female lead in Weinstein’s “The Current War.”

Benedict Cumberbatch is on board to play Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon is on board to play George Westinghouse.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will helm the film.

The movie revolves around Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

TWC will finance and distribute the film.

Timur Bekmambetov, who was originally eyed to direct the movie, will produce alongside Film RitesSteve Zaillian and Garrett Basch.

Waterston has a busy year ahead of her with not only “Fantastic Beasts” bowing later this month but the Steven Soderbergh film “Logan Lucky” coming out next year. She »

- Justin Kroll

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Win The Night of on Blu-ray

25 October 2016 3:02 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“The best TV you’ll see this summer” (Vanity Fair), The Night Of is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download and, to celebrate the release, we’re giving away three copies of the stunning series on Blu-ray. Created and executive produced by Steven Zaillian (Oscar® winner, Best Adapted Screenplay, Schindler’s List) and Richard Price (The Wire), […]

The post Win The Night of on Blu-ray appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

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‘The Irishman’: Martin Scorsese’s Production Designer Says Gangster-Movie Return Could Begin Shooting This Winter

18 October 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following the semi-surprise announcement that Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited “Silence” will be released at the end of the year, there’s apparently more to report about the ever-busy director: “The Irishman” could go into production as early as the beginning of 2017.

Read More: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Released on December 23

The news comes from a Variety interview with production designer Dante Ferretti, whose collaborations with Scorsese include “The Aviator,” “Hugo” and “Silence.” “We’ve talked about it; but we still have to see when and how it will be shot,” he said of “The Irishman.” “I never say ‘I’m doing to do this or that’ until it’s signed. Theoretically we’ve talked about shooting this film next year in February or March.”

Read More: ‘No Direction Home’: Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Documentary Finally Coming to Blu-ray at the End of the Month

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- Michael Nordine

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Contest: Win HBO’s Acclaimed ‘The Night Of’ On Blu-ray

17 October 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there have been plenty of TV procedurals that have dived into the machinations of law and order, few if any have done it with the rigor and complexity of HBO‘s “The Night Of.” The network’s acclaimed limited series was one of the highlights of the summer, and as it hits home video, we want some lucky readers to get copies of their own.

Read More: ‘The Night Of’ And Its Haunting, Compelling Look At The Myth Of Blind Justice

Directed by Steve Zaillian, who co-wrote the series with Richard Price, Riz Ahmed and John Turturro lead the impressive ensemble cast (Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Peyman Moaadi, Glenne Headly, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-d’Elia, Paul Sparks and more) in the story that follows Pakistani-American college student Nasir “Naz” Khan (Ahmed), who lives with his parents in Queens, N.Y.

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- Edward Davis

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Nicholas Hoult to Play Nikola Tesla in ‘The Current War’

4 October 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nicholas Hoult is in negotiations to play Nikolai Tesla in the Weinstein Co.’s “The Current War.”

Benedict Cumberbatch is already on board to play Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon will portray George Westinghouse. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will  helm the film.

The movie takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

The movie is one of two centered on this rivalry. Black Bear Pictures is developing “The Last Days of Night” starring Eddie Redmayne as the lawyer caught in the middle of the patent battle that ensued following Edison’s discovery of the electrical current.

TWC will finance and distribute the film.

Timur Bekmambetov, »

- Justin Kroll

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10 Years Later: ‘The Departed,’ the Oscars, and the Non-Campaign Campaign

4 October 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When the awards season began in 2006, no one was really looking at Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.” But it was poised to become the story of the year.

Most eyes were on big prestige plays like Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls” to potentially take the lead in the Oscar race. Maybe a remake of a 57-year-old Oscar champ from Steven Zaillian (“All the King’s Men”) would register, or Stephen Frears’ ultimate BAFTA favorite “The Queen.” Perhaps the ensemble Emilio Estevez had assembled for his historical drama “Bobby” would catch fire, or Sundance delight “Little Miss Sunshine” would charm its way all the way through.

But Scorsese, while widely perceived as overdue for his first statue, was going back to his roots in the crime/gangster genre that made him, a genre that didn’t necessarily scream Oscar. And the circuit must have »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Author Examines Mob's Possible Role in Murders of JFK, Others in Tale of Jimmy Hoffa's Confessed Killer

30 September 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dead men tell tales in Charles Brandt's riveting insider account about organized crime. Most prominently, Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a hit man who died in 2003, told Brandt that he was the person who murdered Jimmy Hoffa, the celebrated former Teamsters president who disappeared in 1975 and for decades thereafter was the subject of mystery and conjecture about his fate. Now, in a newly expanded edition of Brandt's non-fiction best-seller I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Brandt adds further detail about the mob's alleged role in Hoffa's death and other infamous cases, »

- Jeff Truesdell, @ jhtruesdell

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Michael Shannon Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Current War’

29 September 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Shannon is in negotiations to play Thomas Westinghouse in the Weinstein Co.’s “The Current War.”

Benedict Cumberbatch is already on board to play Thomas Edison with “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon set to direct.

The movie takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

The pic is one of two films centered on this rivalry with Black Bear Pictures developing “The Last Days of Night” starring Eddie Redmayne as the lawyer caught in the middle of the patent battle that ensued following Edison’s discovery of the electrical current.

TWC will finance and distribute the film.

Timur Bekmambetov, who was originally eyed to direct the movie, »

- Justin Kroll

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Michael Shannon Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Thomas Edison Drama ‘The Current War’

29 September 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was one of the biggest breakout directors of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival thanks to award winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and although the film didn’t make much noise at the box office, he’s got a major followup project in the works.

Deadline reports that Michael Shannon is joining Benedict Cumberbatch in true-story drama “The Current War,” which is being financed and distributed by The Weinstein Company. Shannon is set to play George Westinghouse opposite Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison in the story of their rivalry. Timur Bekmambetov is producing alongside Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch.

Read More: Michael Shannon Says Alexander Payne and Woody Allen ‘Weren’t Very Nice’

The script, written by Michael Mitnick, is set in the late 1880s and details the inventors’ battle over electric power distribution. As Edison champions the use of a direct current, Westinghouse pushes for an alternating current, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Night Of’ Digital Edition Giveaway

26 September 2016 11:38 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Night Of, the acclaimed hit from HBO is available today on Digital HD, and we’ve got a chance for you to win a download code!

The show, based on the BBC series Criminal Justice, took over the summer with its unique look at the events driving the plot and the criminal justice system. It seemed like critics couldn’t line up to sing its praises quickly enough, with John Turturro especially getting a lot of attention.

The series is available everywhere today on Digital HD (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Xbox Video, Best Buy’s Cinema Now, Nook, Playstation.Video and Verizon Fios) and hits on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 18th.

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‘The Night Of’ Actor Riz Ahmed Pens Stirring Essay About Being Attacked By Airport Security And Racial Profiling

16 September 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Night Of” actor Riz Ahmed penned a stirring letter for the upcoming book “The Good Immigrant,” a collection of essays about race and immigration in the U.K. by 21 British black, Asian and minority ethnic writers. In an excerpted by The Guardian, the actor details living as a British-Pakistani man, getting hassled by security at airports and compares the incidents to film auditions where he is typecast as a terrorist.

“As a minority, no sooner do you learn to polish and cherish one chip on your shoulder [then] it’s taken off you and swapped for another,” he wrote. “You are intermittently handed a necklace of labels to hang around your neck, neither of your choosing nor making, both constricting and decorative. Part of the reason I became an actor was the promise that I might be able to help stretch these necklaces, and that the teenage version of myself »

- Liz Calvario

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Undercooked Noir ‘City Of Tiny Lights’ Starring Riz Ahmed Fails To Thrill [Tiff Review]

12 September 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Across eight episodes this summer, Steve Zaillian and Richard Price showed there was lots of new life to be found in the crime procedural with “The Night Of.” Going deep into life behind bars and finding new perspectives exploring the machinations of law and order, the limited series also provided a breakout role for Riz Ahmed as the complicated unreliable protagonist around which the drama swirled.

Continue reading Undercooked Noir ‘City Of Tiny Lights’ Starring Riz Ahmed Fails To Thrill [Tiff Review] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Night Of’: Actor Paul Sparks Talks Don Taylor’s Fate

10 September 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The ending of HBO’s much-praised murder mystery “The Night Of” left plenty of hanging threads about the fate of key characters. Actor Paul Sparks, who played the creepy Don Taylor, thinks he has a pretty good idea of what happened to the smarmy stepdad of murder victim Andrea Cornish.

“He got the $10 million. I think he sold that house. I think he kept dating women in their mid-to-late 60s,” Sparks told Variety on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, where he is nominated for guest actor in a drama for his work on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” “I think that’s his jam. Maybe he opened a gym.”

Sparks couldn’t say enough about the experience of working on “The Night Of” with co-star John Turturro and director Steve Zaillian. And he loved the nuances of the character he played — a physical trainer with a habit of marrying older women who had plenty »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: How HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ Found Amazing NYC Shooting Locations (Episode 5)

9 September 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO’s “The Night Of” is a stunning portrait of both New York City and our criminal justice system. A huge part of the show’s success comes from its use of location shooting.

In this week’s episode of the Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, we talked to location manager Shane Haden about working with writer/director Steven Zaillian to find the right locations for the miniseries, and the research that went into making this credible portrayal of the prison system.

Read More: ‘The Night Of’ Review: Season 1 Finale is Too Satisfying For Its Own Good

Haden also brings us behind the scenes of what’s involved with being a location manager, the challenge of shooting in New York City and how he got his start working in the locations department.

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The Filmmaker Toolkit podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud. Previous episodes include »

- Chris O'Falt

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‘The Night Of’ Star Amara Karan on the ‘Powerful’ Finale, That Kiss, and Season 2

6 September 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the finale of HBO’s “The Night Of.”

HBO’s limited series “The Night Of” wrapped up its run with a gripping finale on August 28 — but the questions still linger. The season-ender saw all of the characters face the consequences of their actions — forever changed by the haunting murder case, for better or worse. Viewers were perhaps most confounded by the actions of Chandra Kapoor (Amara Karan), whose zealous defense of her client Naz (Riz Ahmed), saw her crossing ethical lines — which ultimately cost her job.

Here, Karan — who’s now in London filming the second season of “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man” — offers Variety her own defense of the defense attorney and discusses a potential Season 2.

What first drew you to the role? What was your reaction to the script when you first read it? 

The whole project, the whole story of the whole piece, the »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Riz Ahmed Talks Whether Or Not Naz Did It In ‘The Night Of,’ And Possibilities For Season 2

29 August 2016 1:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

**Spoilers ahead** Last night, Richard Price and Steve Zaillian‘s fantastic and gripping miniseries “The Night Of” came to a close, with a lengthy 90-minute finale that refused any easy answers. And while some found the slightly ambiguous wrap up not wholly satisfying, we found it underscored the rich thematic texture of the series, which made […]

The post Riz Ahmed Talks Whether Or Not Naz Did It In ‘The Night Of,’ And Possibilities For Season 2 appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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