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Morena Films, Alexandra Lebret Launch Mare Nostrum Productions (Exclusive)

16 September 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Morena Films (“Comandante,” “Che,” “Cell 211”), one of Spain’s best-financed and most international of producers, and Alexandra Lebret (pictured), managing director of the European Producers Club, have teamed to launch Mare Nostrum Productions, a joint venture film production house based out of Paris.

Lebret will head up Mare Nostrum as its president. For Morena, which opened offices in L.A. in September 2013 under producer Pedro Uriol, the move into France now gives it a production presence in the world’s two most significant movie production/sales hubs, while it will continue to also produce in and out of Spain.

As managing director from 2002 of the European Film Producers Club, a networking assn., as well as think-tank and lobby grouping 50 of Europe’s top producers, Lebret brings to the table an enviable host of producer contacts ranged across all of Europe.

First up, Mare Nostrum is co-producing two high-profile Morena productions. »

- John Hopewell

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London in disguise: 7 times the capital doubled for another location

13 September 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

London's incredibly varied architecture - encompassing Shakespearean and Victorian-era buildings, secret underground tunnels and modern skyscrapers - has seen the city double for everything from 19th century Paris in Les Misérables to outer space in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Digital Spy takes a tour of the capital to find out more…

1. Millennium Bridge, Thames Embankment

We're used to seeing tourists snapping photos and commuters walking briskly across this distinctive bridge, but on August 12 last year, onlookers stopped and gasped as a group of exotically-attired aliens ran across the suspension bridge. This was no prank or stag do, but rather a scene from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which can currently be seen taking the international box office by storm. Incredibly, the bridge was doubling for outer space, albeit with a CGI generated backdrop to hide St Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern.

2. The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

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News Nuggets: Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson still treated like she is 'on the D-list'

12 September 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In a candid new interview, actress Taraji P. Henson says that her 2008 Oscar nomination for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" has not helped her career. Even though she has over 50 film and TV credits, Henson says, "I have every accolade that is required of an A-list actor, but I'm treated like I'm on the D-list. I'm still being considered with actresses who haven't done half the stuff I've achieved." She lost at the Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actress to Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") and then went on to star for three seasons on the CBS drama "Person of Interest." The Wrap -Break- "Saturday Night Live" is making a major change on their "Weekend Update" anchor team. Comedian Michael Che ("Daily Show with Jon Stewart") is replacing cast member Cecily Strong. He will co-anchor with head writer Colin Jost, who replaced Seth Meyers earlier this year. Strong will still. »

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Musicals at the Oscars

10 September 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Academy has a long and complex relationship with musicals, particularly with their ability to secure best picture nominations. The best picture nomination for Les Miserables (2012) at the 85th Academy Awards marked the first time since Chicago’s (2002) nomination and win that a musical was nominated in that category, and as of this moment, there aren’t many options that could break into the category this year.

Since premiering at Toronto, The Last 5 Years — the film adaption of the off-broadway musical written by Jason Robert Brown — has been receiving decent reviews but nothing that would propel it to best picture status. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan bring “confidence and depth of feeling” to their songs and “shift back and forth between rom-com breeziness and full-blown passion, be it the soaring highs or the heartsick lows” with ease, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Telluride Film Festival Unveils Eclectic Lineup Including ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Wild’

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.

The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.

The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”

Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »

- Dave McNary

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New on Video: ‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’

26 August 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Spain, 1989

No matter if his protagonists are deranged or distraught, happy or sad, or if his stories are light or dark, comedic or tragic, the films of Pedro Almodóvar are usually at the very least enjoyable. Even at their most disturbing, there is something inescapably jubilant about his lavish use of color, his vibrant characters, and his unceasing passion for life and filmmaking. And when he aims to make something purely amusing, the results can be astonishing. It is for all of these reasons that Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, surprisingly the first Almodóvar film released by the Criterion Collection, is such a treat.

In this 1989 feature, made just after Almodóvar’s award-winning breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Victoria Abril stars as junkie porn star turned respectable leading lady Marina Osorio, the object »

- Jeremy Carr

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Cineart reveals ownership changes

26 August 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.

The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.

The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.

The company has also snapped up François Ozon’s new feature Une Nouvelle Amie. The drama, starring Romain Duris and set to screen at Toronto next month, is sold by Films Distribution

Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Haim Saban on Israel: 'All I Can Do Is Share the Facts'

25 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Haim Saban, the unshakably pro-Israel media billionaire, says that Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who have taken stridently anti-Israel positions, probably did so because they lack “facts.” Bardem and Cruz recently signed a widely circulated open letter that condemned Israel for its actions in Gaza.  “I think Bardem and Cruz are simply misinformed,” Saban told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “I think that once somebody bothers informing them and educating them on the facts, on what is happening on both sides, I don't they would call [the Israeli campaign in Gaza] 'genocide.' They would better understand that

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- Tina Daunt

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Watch Nicholas Hoult fight for survival in Young Ones trailer

22 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new trailer for the futuristic drama Young Ones has been unveiled.

The science fiction movie takes place in a world where a teenager named Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult) tries to protect his family by finding water, the world's most precious commodity.

Flem's journey sees him encounter many eccentric characters played by the likes of Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon and Aimee Mullins.

Young Ones is written and directed by filmmaker Jake Paltrow, the young brother of Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow.

Jake previously directed his sister in the 2007 romantic comedy The Good Night, which also starred Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg.

His latest film Young Ones opens on October 17 in the Us. »

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Watch This Sexy, Tantalizing Lingerie Ad Written and Directed by Penélope Cruz

22 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Penélope Cruz isn’t busy making out with Scientologists, palling around with Pedro Almodóvar, or being addicted to breastfeeding, she’s apparently writing and directing sexy ads for Agent Provocateur. Cruz’s flesh-baring video for the British lingerie brand features a group of models in the desert and one very helpless man. We’ll let you uncover the threadbare narrative for yourself — and we’re taking bets on whether or not the women perform an aerobics routine or actually dance. Don’t blink and miss the Cruz cameo, too. You can catch the Spanish actress in the upcoming Louis Leterrier film Grimsby with Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson — cowritten by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. [via Design...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Rihanna Reveals Her Pick for Sexiest Man Alive

20 August 2014 4:42 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rihanna thinks a funny man is sexy.

Rihanna knows how to pull off sexy – having made the sexiest and hottest lists for FHM and Maxim and having been named Esquire's 2011 Sexiest Woman Alive. But her idea of a sexy man may surprise you!

Pics: Rihanna’s Most Scandalous Shots

In an interview with Elle, Rihanna takes the attention off herself to praise other celebrities.

She says, "Penelope Cruz is the sh*t. If I could wake up and look like her tomorrow, that would be great. Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman's Pulp Fiction character] is gangsta. She’s epic."

More telling about what she likes, she says that Vince Vaughn is the sexiest man alive, "He's amazing. Fantastic."

In terms of keeping us guessing, she says she’s living by Leonardo DiCaprio's words, "Avoid obviousness. That's what makes you create something, that's the excitement, that's the thrill."

News: Rihanna's Banned 'Sexually Suggestive' Perfume Ad 

RiRi is definitely keeping busy. With 13 number-one »

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'Spider-Man 2', 'Only Lovers Left Alive', 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' and More On DVD & Blu-ray This Week

19 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 For as much as everyone on the Internet claims to hate this movie it will be interesting to see how well it does in DVD and Blu-ray sales. Personally, while I didn't love The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I also didn't hate it with all the fiery passion everyone else seems to have, but hey, what can you doc It clearly has contributed to the sinking of the franchise as Sony attempts to refocus and move their attention from the webslinger for a while and over to films spinning off from this latest attempt at creating a franchise.

Only Lovers Left Alive One of the best films of 2014 and one I was recently asked if it was worth a blind buy. That's a tough one, but I think it's safe to say that if Only Lovers Left Alive, a "laughing quietly to myself" film about modern day »

- Brad Brevet

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Sacha Baron Cohen kisses Rebel Wilson on set of hooligan comedy Grimsby

18 August 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sacha Baron Cohen was pictured kissing his co-star Rebel Wilson on the set of comedy caper Grimsby in South Africa over the weekend (August 17).

The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.

The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.

Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.

The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.

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Blow

11 August 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Johnny Depp stars as real-life drug baron George Jung, the man who cornered the American cocaine market in the 1970s. Forming a lucrative partnership with Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis) and his formidable Medellin cartel, Jung is soon enjoying the celebrity lifestyle. But with a drug habit and a demanding wife (Penelope Cruz) to support, his sordid business inevitably begins to catch up with him. »

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Bart & Fleming: Digital Fascism, William Goldman’s Timeless Line; Print Woes

10 August 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.

Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.

Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.

Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »

- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr

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Bart & Fleming: Digital Fascism, William Goldman’s Timeless Line; Print Woes

10 August 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds. Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion. Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It […] »

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Chasing the Truth in Gaza – Fiction, Reality and Outright Lies

8 August 2014 8:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Like everyone else, I've been watching the media war surrounding the military conflict in Israel and Gaza with equal fascination and horror. Images of bleeding Palestinian children, of tiny corpses, of grief-maddened mothers tell a story. But they tell only part of a story. Now we have images of sophisticated tunnels, complete with electricity and communications systems, burrowed dozens of feet beneath the ground, built to kidnap and terrorize Israelis. They tell a different part of the story. Also read: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar Condemn Israel for Gaza Attacks As outside observers, it is all too difficult for us to know. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Lea Seydoux is Rumored as Top Choice for Role in James Bond 24

8 August 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following news that the script for James Bond 24 had to be overhauled in order to add some more thrills to the proceedings, a new rumors has popped up concerning a co-star for franchise star Daniel Craig. Previous rumors have pegged Penelope Cruz and Chiwetel Ejiofor as potential new cast members for the next film in the spy franchise, and now Schmoes Knows, who has a decent track record lately, has learned that Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux is currently the studio's top choice for some sort of part in the sequel from Skyfall director Sam Mendes, though no specifics were revealed at this time. Read on! While it would be cool to see an actress of Seydoux's caliber enter the James Bond universe, the actress already played with spies in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, where she was an assassin who faced off with the Impossible »

- Ethan Anderton

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Is Blue Is The Warmest Color Breakout Lea Seydoux Wanted For Bond 24?

8 August 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lately, there has been next to no news about Bond 24, which is currently set to arrive next November, but that may be changing in the coming weeks now that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been recruited to punch up writer John Logan‘s script, a reversal of the situation on Skyfall, where Logan was enlisted to tweak a treatment by Purvis and Wade. Despite the massive success of Skyfall, the still untitled Bond 24, which director Sam Mendes calls a continuation of the last film, has been a long time coming. Now, we’re hearing that producers may finally be zeroing in on a new Bond Girl.

According to Schmoes Know, which has broken some big scoops and been right in the past, the producers want Lea Seydoux, who drew raves for her explicit breakout turn in the French lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color, to »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Stars Face Hollywood Backlash in War of Words Over Israel

6 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When the latest battle in Gaza finally is over, as someday it will be, hard feelings could linger in the corner offices of Hollywood toward the stars who have voiced anti-Israel sentiments. But will the artists who criticize Israel military strikes -- particularly married Spaniards Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who accused the country of "genocide" in a widely circulated July 25 letter -- suffer career backlash in a town whose power brokers tend to be strong supporters of Israel? So far, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is the only studio head willing to go public with his disgust. "As the grandson

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- Tina Daunt, Tatiana Siegel

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