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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton Join Cast of ‘The Death and Life of John F Donovan’

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton are the latest names to join the ensemble cast of  “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.” The actors will appear alongside Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Taylor Kitsch and Michael Gambon, who were all previously named to appear in the first English-language film by award-winning actor/writer/director Xavier Dolan. “From ‘Crash’ to ‘Closer,’ Besson’s ‘Professional,’ ‘About A Boy,’ ‘Skins ‘and more recently ‘Mad Max,’ Natalie, Thandie and Nicholas have always inspired me, and helped define what I like and find exciting in acting,” the “Mommy” filmmaker said in a statement Tuesday. »

- Debbie Emery

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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult Join ‘Death and Life of John F. Donovan’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have joined the ensemble cast of Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.”

Previously announced cast members include Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire.

Producers are Lyse Lafontaine of Lyla Films, Dolan and Nancy Grant of Sons of Manual. Joe Iacono is the executive producer.

Seville International is selling the film at the Berlin Film Festival with the exception of France, where the producers will jointly handle the rights with Seville International, and in the U.S., where the film will be jointly handled by CAA; eOne and Les Films Seville will directly distribute in Canada.

The film will focus on a young actor who recalls his pen-pal relationship with his American TV idol — played by Harrington — who died 10 years earlier, exploring the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business. »

- Dave McNary

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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult & Thandie Newton Join Xavier Dolan's 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan'

3 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If there was any doubt that Xavier Dolan can now command A-list casts, this should put it to rest. His upcoming "It's Only The End Of The World" features Marion Cotillad, Vincent Cassel, and Lea Seydoux, and now, for this next feature and English language debut "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan," he's landed some big names to join Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon in the film.  Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton have joined the drama, which takes place in the early 2000’s and centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late twenties (Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions, and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult & Thandie Newton Board Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ – Berlin

4 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have boarded the already-starry cast of Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan. The trio join the previously announced Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire. It is a measure of Dolan’s pulling power with talent that the 26-year-old has assembled such an impressive… »

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Berlin: Natalie Portman Joins Jessica Chastain in 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan'

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mommy writer-director Xavier Dolan's first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, has added another major star to its lineup: Natalie Portman. Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have also joined the film, which stars Kit Harington as an American TV star in his late 20s and his correspondence with a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take a dramatic turn when the existence of their pen-pal relationship is publicly exposed by a gossip columnist. A decade later, the younger actor revisits the events over the course of an

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- Pamela McClintock

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Berlin: Market Forces Reshape Indie Biz — Again

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 European Film Market isn’t without star power. Richard Gere toplines the Protagonist Pictures-sold psychological drama “The Dinner,” from Oren Moverman; Adam Driver (Rylo Ken to “Star Wars” fans) stars in Jim Jarmusch comedy “Paterson” from K5 Intl.; James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander grace Wim Wender’s “Submergence,” from Embankment.

But as indie film execs are getting ready for the market, which runs concurrently with the Berlin Intl. Film Festival from Feb. 11 to 21, nobody expects to see a bonanza of English-language star-laden vehicles for sale.

“There likely won’t be a crop of bigger new movies,” says Im Global’s Stuart Ford. “There will be a few. But I don’t think we’ll see a sudden boom.”

Blame the market forces within the international indie biz. In 2012, multiple sales companies launched as institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals moved into independent film finance — and needed sales agents to match equity with pre-sales. »

- John Hopewell

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'Land Of Mine' dominates Danish Film Awards

8 February 2016 3:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The historical drama triumphed with six awards, while Oscar-nominated A War had to settle for one.Scroll down for full list of winners

Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine triumphed at the 2016 Danish Film Awards, scooping six prizes including Best Film.

The historical war drama, which premiered in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform section, also took home Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and the Blockbuster Audience Award.

The night’s other major awards were split between several titles.

Tobias Lindholm’s Oscar-nominated modern war-drama A War took the Best Actress prize for star Tuva Novotny, while Ulrich Thomsen won Best Actor, his third, for his performance in Kasper Barfoed’s football comedy Summer Of ’92.

The supporting awards went to Trine Dyrholm for Long Story Short and Nicolas Bro for Men & Chicken.

Kenneth Kainz’s children’s adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter was another big winner on the night, taking five prizes: »

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Jessica Chastain Not Expected to Return for ‘Mama 2’ as Sequel Takes Shape

28 January 2016 3:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Pictures has hired “Starry Eyes” filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch to rewrite and direct “Mama 2,” for which Jessica Chastain is not expected to return, an agency insider has told TheWrap. Andres Muschetti directed the original horror movie, which grossed $71 million at the domestic box office on a reported production budget of just $15 million. Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau played a couple who take in their orphaned nieces when they’re abandoned in the woods for five years. Also Read: Bella Thorne Joins Jessica Chastain, Taylor Kitsch in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut Lava Bear is producing with Scott Bernstein and Russell. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Best of 2015: Nathaniel's Top Fifteen

25 January 2016 10:01 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

When you devote your life to the movies, you come to cherish the movies that give back as if they're devoted, in return, to you. Yes, you, specifically. Our consumption of movies may be communal but in some ineffable way, especially when it comes to list-making, they're deeply personal; movies in conversation with your soul. At least if you're doing it right. It's painful enough to "rank" a top 15 for 2015. So I included a second tier of favorites. The 30 best of the year, according to your host, took place all over the world as we know it (Germany keeps popping up as does seemingly every place with an arid climate in an odd but starkly beautiful coincidence) to weirdly recognizable places beyond it (Why, Jakku, you look so much like Tattoine!). The unifying thread might be that however alien their perspectives and locales (inside a young girl's brain, locked in a 10 x 10 shed, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Endorphine Looks Like a Mind Bending Thriller [Trailer]

20 January 2016 3:56 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

André Turpin isn't exactly a household name though you've likely seen some of his work; he is a celebrated cinematographer who has worked regularly with Denis Villeneuve (Maelstrom and Incendies) and most recently with Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm and Mommy).

Though best known for his work as a Dp, Turpin has made a number of films in the past though it's been well over a decade since he made a feature film and if the first trailer for Endorphine is anything to go by, the wait has been well worth it.

Also co-written by Turpin, the movie brings together the apparently unrelated lives of three women named Simone. Here's the official synopsis from the movie's world premiere at Tiff last year:

Twelve-year-old Simone (Sophie N&eacut [Continued ...] »

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Tyler Perry Will Wear Dress Again in ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’

19 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tyler Perry Studios has started production on a new Madea film titled “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which Lionsgate will release on Oct. 21, 2016. Perry will write, produce, direct and star in the latest Madea movie, which will also be produced by Ozzie Areu and Will Areu. The film’s origins date back to when Perry and Chris Rock conspired to include a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s film “Top Five.” Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real. Also Read: Bella Thorne Joins Jessica Chastain, Taylor Kitsch in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut This time around, »

- Jeff Sneider

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My French Film Festival: Morgan Simon Segues From ‘Die’ to ‘A Taste of Ink’

18 January 2016 11:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Young French helmer Morgan Simon competes in the online My French Film Festival with ” Try to Die Young,”

His fourth short, it turns on a father and son’s conflictive relationship that hardens over one birthday night where they end competing for the same girl.

Pic “turns on a verified fact: Birthday nights turn often into nightmares. It’s the day you measure how people love you. The more you grow up, the more they disappoint. The film explores a harmful situation with someone you care about with all these things you never said. It’s the night where things go too far and about how you try to extricate yourself,” Simon told Variety.

A Paris La Femis film school alum, where he studied screenwriting, he describes the cinema he aims to make as “free and open-hearted.” Simon has just finished the shoot of his feature debut “A Taste of »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Looking Back: Alex's Top 12 Favorite Films of 2015 - 'Mad Max' Reigns

16 January 2016 1:04 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You shall ride eternal. Shiny, and chrome!" Looking back at 2015, it was an exceptional year for movies and if you don't feel the same way, you probably didn't see enough movies. I always struggle to put together a year end Top 10 list, mostly because there's so much I need to watch/rewatch and it's just not possible. This year I came up with a list of 12 movies from 2015, the last two added because I felt like they deserved a spot even though it was already full. These are the movies that I genuinely love the most, that connected with me and stayed with me throughout the entire year. Many of my favorites from 2015 are movies that, if you asked me about them at the beginning of the year, I would've admitted it's unlikely they'd end up here. For my Top 10 of 2014 list, which features Xavier Dolan's Mommy plus Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, »

- Alex Billington

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #18. Xavier Dolan’s Juste la fin du monde

13 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Juste la fin du monde

Director: Xavier Dolan

Writer: Xavier Dolan

During the substantial critical praise following Mommy (which tied with Jean-Luc Godard for the Jury Prize at Cannes, 2014) his fifth film in a six year period, the twenty-five year French Canadian director Xavier Dolan announced plans for an English language, Los Angeles set film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. But following a flurry of casting news, Dolan announced he was delaying the title to shoot the French film, Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World), an adaptation of Jean-Luc Lagarce’s play. Featuring an extravagantly notable cast, including Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Nathalie Baye (who returns to work with Dolan after 2012’s Laurence Anyways), the film concerns a terminally ill writer who returns home after a long absence to announce his death.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Indiewire News Roundup: Xavier Dolan Battles Netflix, Aronofsky Moves to Television and More

8 January 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was a big week for some of the most acclaimed auteurs in the business, starting with Quebecois visionary Xavier Dolan, who posted a passionate open letter to Twitter after he found out Netflix UK altered the ratio changes that are so crucial when viewing his 2014 drama "Mommy." Netflix UK quickly fixed the change, citing how they never intentionally changed the aspect ratio and that the alternation was simply a technical mistake. Dolan followed up by apologizing for reacting with such anger, though he was certainly right to want the film to be restored to its original edit. Elsewhere, Darren Aronofsky made headlines by confirming his plans to move to television, making him the latest high profile filmmaker to make the transition to the small screen, while heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan all joined forced to support a new Kodak Super 8 initiative. Get all of »

- Zack Sharf

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We Have To Go Back: Netflix Have Mistakenly Been Showing The Wrong Version Of The 'Lost' Finale

8 January 2016 7:50 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

They might have debuted that stellar trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down,” but it hasn't been a great start to 2016 for Netflix in terms of their relationships with filmmakers. First, Xavier Dolan wrote an open letter to the UK branch of the streaming giant after discovering that his film “Mommy” was being screened in the wrong aspect ratio, ruining one of the film’s key moments (the service claimed a technical fault was to blame, and moved quickly to fix it). Read More: The 16 Best And Worst TV Series Finales And now it turns out that the final episode of one of the most talked-about series in TV history is on the service in strangely truncated form. EW revealed yesterday that the divisive final episode of “Lost,” which originally aired in a 104-minute cut, is eighteen minutes shorter in its Netflix form. While some would argue that might »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Netflix In Hot Water Over "Lost," "Mommy" Edits

8 January 2016 7:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Netflix has gotten into trouble twice this week over fooling about with its content.

It began with filmmaker Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" which boasts two instances of shifting aspect ratios as a key part of the filmmaking - changing from 1:1 to more regular 1.85:1 and then back again during key moments of emotional resonance.

Turns out Netflix was showing it wrong, putting up pillar boxes which kept the ratio at 1:1 throughout and thus messing with the intentions and impact of the scenes. Dolan promptly wrote them an open letter demanding they fix the problem and the streaming service has since done so claiming it was a "technical mistake".

Then today comes news from EW that Netflix has been showing a truncated version of the sixth season finale of ABC's "Lost" - cutting out a whopping 18 minutes from the contentious 104 minute long finale which ended the mystery series.

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- Garth Franklin

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Netflix to Restore Original ‘Lost’ Finale After Damon Lindelof Speaks Out

7 January 2016 3:48 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you missed the “Lost” finale in 2010 and decided to catch up on Netflix, you won’t be getting the whole story — but the streaming service has vowed to fix the problem.

Some detail-oriented viewers noticed the two-part show closer on Netflix is 18 minutes shorter than the 104 minute version that aired on ABC six years ago, and a Reddit post explained the nitty-gritty of Netflix’s mistakes.

Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof wasn’t aware of the streaming service’s blunder until it was brought to his attention, and now he wants Netflix to correct the error.

“I am totally befuddled by all this,” Lindelor said in a statement to EW. “Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation. Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … that it’s an honest mistake and something »

- Margaret Lenker

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‘Carol’s’ Jake Lacy Joins Jessica Chastain in Gun Control Movie ‘Miss Sloane’ (Exclusive)

7 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jake Lacy is set to join Jessica Chastain in EuroraCorp and FilmNation’s “Miss Sloane,” a hot-button political thriller about gun control, TheWrap has learned. Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) will co-star in the movie, which John Madden is directing from a script by first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera. Ben Browning will produce for FilmNation, while Patrick Chu will serve as executive producer. Chastain will star as a seasoned D.C. lobbyist who finds personal and professional redemption pushing for reasonable gun legislation, which has been a controversial topic in America of late. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Looks At The Importance Of Framing In Some Of 2015’s Most Memorable Films

7 January 2016 11:34 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As any seasoned movie lover will tell you, proper framing counts for an awful lot. For good or for ill, the exact placing of a shot within the boundary of a frame can dramatically alter the thematic purpose of any given scene. Some of last year’s more memorable films played with visual language in radical, engaging ways, employing unique framing devices to often astonishing effect. A new video essay courtesy of Fandor examines some of the more noteworthy examples of creative framing to be seen in 2015’s cinematic landscape. Read More: Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan's F'd-Up, Profane And Amazingly Alive 'Mommy'  Looking at the selections presented in this particular video, it’s tough to dispute just how crucial the right framing can be in communicating a particular film’s sense of emotional weight and overall purpose. Of course, the video makes special reference to George Miller »

- Nicholas Laskin

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