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U.K. Greenlit: “Official Secrets,” “Mrs. Lowry and Son,” BBC’s “Les Miserables,” + More Start Shooting by Next Month, Need Talent

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Official Secrets”After halting production in 2016 for unknown reasons, Raindog Films is again lining up to shoot their feature “Official Secrets.” The spy thriller is set in 2003 and centered on Katherine Gun, an officer at Gchq who leaked a crucial email in the lead-up to the Un’s vote on the Iraq war. The film previously had big names on board, including Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, Harrison Ford, Martin Freeman, and Natalie Dormer as Gun. It was originally to be directed by Justin Chadwick, best known for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Tulip Fever” but has now switched to South African filmmaker Gavin Hood. Not much is known about any changes or additions cast,
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Hugh Jackman Reveals His One Regret From His Time Playing Wolverine

At this point, it’s really hard to imagine anyone else playing Wolverine but Hugh Jackman. After all, no matter how crummy some of the X-Men films got over the years (and there were some really, really awful ones, thanks to Gavin Hood and Brett Ratner), he never let us down. Not once. He brought his all with him on every occasion and made sure that Logan remained the best part of each of the movies.

Still, after nine films in the space of 17 years, Jackman is now ready to pass down the adamantium claws. Who will replace him is obviously unknown, and that’s not likely to change for a while, but in an interesting interview with Variety, the actor opened up a bit about his iconic role and revealed his biggest regret from his time playing the X-Men leader.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t not getting the chance to don the yellow spandex.
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Lizzy Caplan Lands Mystery Role In Fox’s Gambit Spinoff

Remy LeBeau is inching ever closer to his big-screen debut.

Variety is reporting today that Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) has signed on to play the female lead in Gambit. She’ll join Channing Tatum for Fox’s X-Men spinoff, though details of her role are practically non-existent this early in the game.

20th Century Fox refused to comment at the time of Variety’s scoop, but that hasn’t stopped curious fans from linking Caplan’s casting with the seemingly vacant role of Bella Donna. Prior to Gambit‘s well-documented production woes – both Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt had flirted with the spinoff, before Fox ultimately handed the keys over to Gore Verbinski – rumors began to circulate that Léa Seydoux (Spectre) had been offered the part.

Alas, those tentative plans unraveled soon after Gambit was hit with one setback after another, though a recent casting call has meant that
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South Africa and Canada Explore Alternative Sides of Their National ID

South Africa and Canada Explore Alternative Sides of Their National ID
The United States is the only country not permitted to submit in the foreign-language film Oscar race, which is fair enough, given that this is one category expressly designed to give other filmmaking cultures a platform.

That’s not to say the English-speaking world is entirely absent from the contest, however. Nor, for that matter, is English itself: Sweden’s bilingual entry “The Square,” with an ensemble including Anglophone stars Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, is among the favorites for a nomination. Every year, a number of predominantly English-speaking nations enter films showcasing an alternative side of their national identity: this year, six countries across four continents fall into that column.

Two of them, South Africa and Canada, are former Oscar winners. Since South Africa — a country that prides itself on its 11 official languages — took gold for Gavin Hood’s township fable “Tsotsi” at the 2005 ceremony, a shortlist spot for 2010’s “Life Above All” is the closest
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Hugh Jackman Apologized To The Actor Who Was Supposed To Play Wolverine

At this point, it’s really hard to imagine anyone else playing Wolverine but Hugh Jackman. After all, no matter how crummy some of the X-Men films got over the years (and there were some really, really awful ones, thanks to Gavin Hood and Brett Ratner), he never let us down. Not once. He brought his all with him on every occasion and made sure that Logan remained the best part of each of the movies.

Still, after nine films in the space of 17 years, Jackman is now ready to pass down the adamantium claws. Who will replace him is obviously unknown, and that’s not likely to change for a while, but in an interesting interview with THR, the actor shared a story about the time he met the man who was originally supposed to play Wolverine.

You see, Jackman wasn’t always the first choice for the X-Men leader.
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Here’s What Suicide Squad’s Scott Eastwood Could Look Like As Wolverine

Well, that didn’t take long. Then again, it usually doesn’t when it comes to Boss Logic. Yes, the renowned fan artist has struck again, this time imagining what Suicide Squad‘s Scott Eastwood might look like should he one day nab the role of Wolverine. But let’s rewind for a second before we get any further.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, ComicBook.com sat down with the actor yesterday at Nycc while he was there promoting Pacific Rim: Uprising. When the outlet asked him which superhero he’d love to play if given the chance, he replied with the following: “Weapon X. I mean, Logan! You gotta give it to Wolverine! Wolverine, all day.” Given that many fans have put Eastwood on their wish list for who could bring the character to life next, it was nice to hear that the actor’s into the idea,
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Suicide Squad Actor Wants To Be The Next Wolverine

Though the mere thought of recasting Wolverine was written off as sacrilegious back in March when Logan sunk its claws into the global box office, now that the dust has settled from Hugh Jackman’s swan song, X-Men fans are beginning to wonder what the future holds for the ferocious Weapon X.

One thing’s for sure: true to his initial promise, Hugh Jackman has closed the book on his own personal X-Men saga, and you can’t say the Aussie actor didn’t go out on a high note. As a matter of fact, 20th Century Fox is said to be mounting a sizeable Oscar push for Logan, which would place James Mangold’s noir in the company of 2017’s other superhero success story, Wonder Woman.

Exactly how much traction those campaigns will get is subject to debate, but the fact remains that the studio now finds themselves in a predicament,
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Sierra/Affinity Masters Its Pitches for Maximum Marketing

Sierra/Affinity Masters Its Pitches for Maximum Marketing
During the 2000s, Nick Meyer, who as the head of Sierra/Affinity, is the recipient of Variety’s Achievement in International Film Awards at this year’s Cannes festival, experienced a career’s worth of film-market fluctuations, a heady period when he headed international for Lionsgate and then led Paramount Vantage.

When Meyer decided to form Sierra Pictures in 2009, he faced even stiffer headwinds, as the global financial crisis and dramatic changes in technology and audience viewing habits rewired the industry.

Transition gradually revealed openings for his new company, though, as major studios stepped back from the very films that Meyer knew how to mount: mid-budget prestige and genre fare. It wasn’t that those kinds of films had ever gone out of fashion; it was their financial model that no longer made sense for large multinational backers. Eventually, Sierra/Affinity (rebranded after a 2011 merger with OddLot-Bold Films sales outfit Affinity Intl.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Helmer Patty Jenkins Sought To Direct Dwayne Johnson In Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

Thirty-nine years after Richard Donner’s “Superman,” 28 after Tim Burton’s “Batman,” 17 after Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” and nearly 10 after “Iron Man,” it’s completely insane that we’re only just getting the first female director of a superhero movie. There are literally dozens of women who are equally as talented and qualified, if not much more so, than the likes of David Ayer, Alan Taylor, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Brett Ratner, Louis Leterrier or Jon Watts, to name but a few, and yet it’s only early next month that that particular glass window will finally shatter with the release of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

Even then, it’s pretty infuriating that female directors, like Jenkins or “Captain Marvel” co-director Anna Boden, are so far seemingly restricted to female-led superhero properties (and even then, not all of them: Ayer will direct “Gotham City Sirens,” for instance), but if “Wonder Woman” proves a success,
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'Logan' Poised for Best Finish Over the Weekend

'Logan' Poised for Best Finish Over the Weekend
Weekend Preview:The final, R-rated, impale-happy, Hugh Jackman-cussing Wolverine film, Logan hits 4,071 theaters this weekend and Fox's guidance is $60 million. The studio is pulling its punches (or adamantium claws) though as that means they think it's heading for $14.7K per screen average. In a weekend where its competition is the well-reviewed holdover Get Out, the Groundhog Day Ya film, Before I Fall, and Lionsgate/Summit's faith-based film, The Shack, Logan's prospects seem better than that.Since moving out of the X-Men Academy to make it on his own Wolverine has had solid commercial, if not always critical, success. The first outing, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine may have made $85 million its opening weekend (in 4,099 theaters for a psa of $20.8K) but it had a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 6.7 on IMDb, a B+ on CinemaScore and nearly knee-capped the Deadpool character for all time. It ended up with $173 million domestic, $193 million
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There'll Be No Pointless Mutant Cameos In Logan, Says Director

  • LRM Online
When you have a canvas that's as large as the entire mutant universe associated with the X-Men, it can be pretty tough to decide which characters to use in your films. That's the conundrum that has faced previous directors like Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner. Matthew Vaughn, Gavin Hood, James Mangold, and Tim Miller, who have all made films in the X-Men Cinematic Universe (Xcu). Some have succeeded, while others have failed.

In the early years, when Singer was the sole captain of the X-ship, restraint was the name of the game. The director was very adamant about only including characters that served the story, and not merely just throwing a ton of fan service at the screen. Then that philosophy seemingly went out the window when he left the franchise. The two films that followed his departure, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, both featured far more mutants yet yielded far less results.
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Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street Scores With Small, Adult-Focused Films

Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street Scores With Small, Adult-Focused Films
Andrew Karpen has a word for the kinds of films he wants to see and likes to release through Bleecker Street, the indie distribution company he founded in August 2014. He calls them “smart-house.”

He believes it’s possible to combine the escapism of studio tentpoles with the artistic rigor of indie fare, a strategy that was once commonplace but hasn’t been in vogue since the 1990s. He did just that with one of the biggest art-house releases of 2016, “Eye in the Sky,” a drone-strike thriller that made $18.7 million. Karpen told the film’s director, Gavin Hood, that he was sick of people drawing a line between blockbusters and art films.

“They’re films that ask you to think but also entertain you,” says Hood. “There should be a place for them.”

There’s evidence that Karpen’s bet is paying off. Bleecker Street just landed its second consecutive best actor Oscar nomination,
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‘Eye in the Sky’: How to Build a Thoroughly Modern War Story, With Ethical Challenges to Spare — Consider This

‘Eye in the Sky’: How to Build a Thoroughly Modern War Story, With Ethical Challenges to Spare — Consider This
It’s hard to imagine a more timely war film than Gavin Hood’s $13 million drone warfare drama “Eye in the Sky,” which was acquired by Bleecker Street at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and opened early last spring. It’s the kind of mid-budget independent actioner that we don’t get nearly enough of these days, and moviegoers ate it up: The thriller grossed nearly $19 million during its 19 weeks in theaters.

Bolstered by major star power, including Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman in one of his final roles, Hood’s film compellingly tackles the sensitive questions and complications of drone warfare. Using multiple points of view, the feature follows the aftermath of the murder of a high-ranking British agent by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, kicking into motion a plan to capture and try to annihilate a pair of involved Al-Shabaab militants before they can carry out a suicide bombing.
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‘Eye In The Sky’s Moral & Ethical Questions Make Drone Drama Timely – The Contenders Video

‘Eye In The Sky’s Moral & Ethical Questions Make Drone Drama Timely – The Contenders Video
One of the earliest 2016 releases to be included in our big annual awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline is Eye In The Sky, a March opener that poses moral and ethical questions about the use of drone technology in modern warfare. In front of a packed audience of Oscar and key guild voters last month at the DGA theater, Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) talked with me about the relevance of his film, which appeared at The Contenders as part of…
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Drones, Dads & ‘Denial’ At Bleecker Street Panel – The Contenders

Drones, Dads & ‘Denial’ At Bleecker Street Panel – The Contenders
Eye in the Sky marked the last film from the late beloved actor Alan Rickman, which did not go unnoticed at during Bleecker Street’s panel at the Contenders event today. In a discussion with Deadline’s Pete Hammond, director Gavin Hood lauded Rickman’s final performance. “He was a man of great intelligence, great dignity and great wit,” he said. “The reason we asked Alan to do it is he's just manages to make you laugh at a moment of extreme tension, but not in a way that…
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New to Streaming: FilmStruck, ‘The Terrorizers,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Tickled,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Anthropoid (Sean Ellis)

Throw a dart at a map, and you can make a World War II movie set in whatever place you hit. Of course, pretty much any film about the Good War that doesn’t focus on the American (sometimes British) point of view of the conflict will probably seem “random” to the mainstream; one odd side-effect of Hollywood’s Oscar-baity love of the era. But there
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Logan: breaking down the first trailer

Rob Leane Oct 20, 2016

Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in an older, grizzlier form for Logan. We looked at the trailer in detail...

Having endured what felt like an age of promo pictures and vague teases, it’s a big relief to say we’ve finally got a decent glimpse at Logan, the third solo Wolverine film starring Hugh Jackman. And, dare we say it, it looks pretty great.

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After directing The Wolverine (which we can all agree is better than Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine), James Mangold has returned to the fold to helm what everyone is referring to as Mr Jackman’s final appearance as the cigar-chomping, bub-saying and claw-sporting mutant hero Wolverine.
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Helen Mirren Speaks Out Against Misogyny and ‘Dinosaurs’ Like Donald Trump

Helen Mirren Speaks Out Against Misogyny and ‘Dinosaurs’ Like Donald Trump
It’s hard to imagine a film more timely than Gavin Hood’s “Eye in the Sky,” which follows a high-ranking British military officer — Helen Mirren as the conflicted Colonel Katherine Powell — who is tasked with directing a top-secret drone operation. The tension-filled film sees Powell and her subordinates often struggling with the decisions they have to make while in pursuit of a band of terrorists in Kenya, a mission that is made all the more complicated when they are asked to target a kill zone that includes various innocent bystanders, including a young girl.

And, Mirren, as ever, is more than happy to discuss the kind of topical questions the film raises — and so much more — when asked about them. At a luncheon held in the film’s honor today at Manhattan’s Le Bernardin restaurant, Mirren and director Gavin Hood participated in a twenty minute chat moderated by
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Helen Mirren Dismisses Donald Trump: ‘Enormous Body, Small Head’

Helen Mirren Dismisses Donald Trump: ‘Enormous Body, Small Head’
Helen Mirren is no fan of Donald Trump. The Oscar-winning actress said that the Republican presidential nominee is part of a generation of misogynists that is nearing its expiration date, while expressing hope that younger women will have more opportunities than she did when she was beginning her career in the 1960’s.

“It’s dinosaurs,” Mirren said at a New York luncheon for her film “Eye in the Sky.” “I think they’re dying out, honestly. I think there are a few old dinosaurs left and I think that Mr. Trump is one of them.”

During a question and answer session moderated by former New Yorker editor Tina Brown, Mirren poked fun at Trump’s physique, dismissing him as having an “enormous body, small head,” and noting that he had, “dinosaur-y hands.” Mirren’s comments came the day after she appeared at a Broadway fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, during which
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Film Review: ‘Shin Godzilla’

Film Review: ‘Shin Godzilla’
The Original Gangsta Lizard gets a largely satisfying reboot in “Shin Godzilla,” a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the “Batman Begins” of Zilla Thrillers. Co-directors Hideaki Anno (the cult-fave “Evangelion” franchise) and Shinji Ishihara (“Attack on Titan”), working from Anno’s genre-respectful yet realpolitik-savvy screenplay, draw basic elements from Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 “Gojira” and its many follow-ups — to the point of including a wink-wink, nudge-nudge reference to Goro Naki, a character who loomed large in two sequels — but update the familiar kaiju mythos to a 21st-century world where the sudden appearance of an immense, fire-breathing reptile in Japan can generate all sorts of inter-agency political wrangling, revive terribly unpleasant memories of the country’s militaristic past, and really, really wreak havoc on the value of the yen in global monetary markets.

In short, Anno and Ishihara operate according to a classic sci-fi game plan: This couldn’t happen.
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