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13 items from 2017


Paramount chief Brad Grey departure said to be imminent

21 February 2017 5:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

After a year of flops, executive committee takes helm at the studio.

After weeks of speculation, the studio’s chairman and CEO is on his way out after a disastrous 2016 at the box office, insiders say.

Brad Grey’s tenure at Paramount Pictures had been on shaky ground after a string of releases crashed and burned and now control of the studio is reportedly in the hands of an interim cabal of senior executives until a replacement is found.

The operating committee is understood to comprise Amy Powell, the highly regarded head of TV and digital, film chief Marc Evans, COO Andrew Gumpert, and marketing and distribution supremo Megan Colligan.

The group covers all aspects of the studio and has been given oversight by Bob Bakish, who was appointed CEO of parent company Viacom in December after vice-chairman Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone called off a possible Viacom-CBS merger.

Grey assumed »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Andrew Haigh, Tessa Ross, Alex Garland sign up for talent scheme

16 February 2017 3:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK mentoring programme Guiding Lights attracts top industry figures for eighth edition.

UK film industry mentoring scheme Guiding Lights has confirmed a raft of top industry mentors for its eighth edition.

British cinema figures who have signed up for the scheme include 45 Years director Andrew Haigh and Ex Machina director Alex Garland, as well as producers Tessa Ross and Pippa Harris.

They have each been paired with an emerging film talent in the British industry – producers, directors, writers and exhibitors.

To see the full list of mentees selected for Guiding Lights 8 click here.

Guiding Lights is run by Brighton-based cultural agency Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (Sif).

Studiocanal CEO Danny Perkins, who sponsors the event, commented: “We are incredibly proud to continue our partnership with the Guiding Lights programme. Identifying and nurturing upcoming talent is integral to our »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Andrew Haigh, Tessa Ross, Alex Garland sign up for Guiding Lights

16 February 2017 3:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK emerging talent scheme attracts top industry figures for eighth edition.

UK film industry mentoring scheme Guiding Lights has confirmed a raft of top industry mentors for its eighth edition.

British cinema figures who have signed up for the scheme include 45 Years director Andrew Haigh and Ex Machina director Alex Garland, as well as producers Tessa Ross and Pippa Harris.

They have each been paired with an emerging film talent in the British industry – producers, directors, writers and exhibitors.

To see the full list of mentees selected for Guiding Lights 8 click here.

Guiding Lights is run by Brighton-based cultural agency Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (Sif).

Studiocanal CEO Danny Perkins, who sponsors the event, commented: “We are incredibly proud to continue our partnership with the Guiding Lights programme. Identifying and nurturing upcoming talent is integral to our »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Oscar Isaac enlists for World War II thriller The Garbo Network

13 February 2017 12:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Oscar Isaac has signed on to star in the World War II thriller The Garbo Network, where he’ll play the real-life double agent Juan Pujol Garcia, the only man to have received Medals of Honor from both sides of the conflict.

The script has been written by William Wheeler and follows the true story of Garcia, an eccentric double agent who no military training, who managed to convince both the British and Germans to hire him as a spy. However, his real allegiance was to Britain, and he was heavily involved in supplying false information to the Germans about British troop movements and military planning in the build up to D-Day.

“This is a tricky part,” said producer Chuck Weinstock. “There are very few actors who can do both pathos and comic grandiosity. Oscar is one of them, and we feel very lucky to have him. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Hollywood Flashback: When Leonardo DiCaprio Hit 'The Beach' in Berlin

13 February 2017 10:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director Danny Boyle returns to the Berlin Film Festival with T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to the 1997 cult hit that peacefully reunites the director with his early discovery, Ewan McGregor. The two had a falling out after McGregor, who starred in Boyle’s first three films (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary), was led to believe that he’d also lead the buzzy adaptation of Alex Garland’s The Beach. The role instead went to Leonardo DiCaprio, triggering a 10-year feud between Boyle and McGregor.

The Beach — about an explorer’s dangerous search for an idyllic, isolated paradise — bowed in 2000 »

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Oscar Isaac Joins The Garbo Network

11 February 2017 8:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After appearing in two huge blockbusters in the form of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse, it looks like Oscar Isaac is hoping to get back to some smaller scale stuff. Sure, he does have Star Wars: The Last Jedi releasing at the end of the year, but he’s also lent his talents to Annihilation and Suburbicon recently. The former sees him reteam with his Ex Machina director Alex Garland, while the latter has him working under George Clooney.

Both projects sound tremendously promising and today, the actor has signed on for another exciting film in the form of The Garbo Network. Arriving courtesy of Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment, the spy thriller is coming together at the Berlin Film Festival as we speak, where perspective buyers will look to pick it up. No word on that front has emerged just yet, but from what we understand, »

- Mark Cassidy

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Oscar Isaac To Star in World War II Double Agent Thriller ‘The Garbo Network’

10 February 2017 3:05 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oscar Isaac has signed on to star in “The Garbo Network,” a double agent thriller set during World War II. Isaac will also be one of the film’s producers, alongside Bob Cooper, Richard Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock and Jason Spire. The script was written by William Wheeler (“The Hoax,” “Ray Donovan”).

“There are very few actors who can do both pathos and comic grandiosity. Oscar is one of them, and we feel very lucky to have him,” said Weinstock in a statement.

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“The Garbo Network” is based on the true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, a double agent who managed to persuade both the German and the British governments to hire him as a spy, even though he had no military or covert training. Working with MI5, Pujol Garcia created a fictional network »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Damien Chazelle Wins Directors Guild’s Top Film Award for ‘La La Land’

4 February 2017 8:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Damien Chazelle has won the Directors Guild of America’s top feature film award for the whimsical musical comedy-drama “La La Land.”

Chazelle won over Garth Davis for “Lion,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival.” Alejandro Inarritu, who nabbed the last two DGA Awards for “The Revenant” and “Birdman,” made the announcement late Saturday night at the conclusion of the 69th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Chazelle said backstage that he made “La La Land” — which stars Emma Stone as a hopeful actress and Ryan Gosling as a struggling musician falling in and out of love in an idealized Los Angeles — to celebrate the pursuit of artistic dreams.

“I would hope that the movie gives some kind of hope,” he added. “If there’s one message I want to get across, it’s that just chasing those dream — no matter how unrealistic, »

- Dave McNary

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Danny Boyle: where The Beach movie went wrong

31 January 2017 3:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Feb 1, 2017

Director Danny Boyle reflects on 2000’s The Beach, and his mended relationship with Ewan McGregor.

Following Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, Danny Boyle chose a couple – as he always seems to do – of interesting projects to tackle next. He moved onto the underrated A Life Less Ordinary, before being fully lured to Hollywood to adapt Alex Garland’s The Beach.

Bits of the story here you probably know. This was a big studio film, and after the lead role was originally earmarked for Ewan McGregor, Leonardo DiCaprio ended up taking it. It caused a rift between Boyle and McGregor that was ultimately resolved, but also cost us all seeing them make films together, until the newly released T2 Trainspotting.

Boyle was in fine form on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme last Friday, promoting the new movie. And he was asked about The Beach, by a listener who »

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Halo: the Neill Blomkamp movie we never got to see

17 January 2017 9:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017

It could have been the first blockbuster videogame adaptation, but instead, it fell apart. Ryan looks at the Halo movie that never was...

From Super Mario Bros in the 90s and on to the recent Assassin’s Creed, it’s fair to say that movies adapted from videogames seldom fare well. But there’s one movie, now sadly lost to history, that might just have bucked that trend: Neill Blomkamp’s Halo.

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In 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was the game that helped launch Microsoft’s first ever console, the Xbox. A first-person shooter with an absorbing sci-fi plot and a cool character at its core - the anonymous, armoured super-soldier, Master Chief - Halo »

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How the Control of Information in ‘Ex Machina’ Demands Attention

12 January 2017 1:50 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Writer and director Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina made its way onto many top of the year lists in 2015 (including ours) and became infamous on the internet for a certain famous Oscar Isaac dance sequence. While many hailed it as an intelligent and thrilling work of “thinking man’s sci-fi,” it seems certain few have delved as deeply into the film as Michael Tucker, whose new video essay Ex Machina – The Control of Information deconstructs the structural foundation of Garland’s script to explore how it demands and maintains audience engagement. Tucker argues that, through the use of an unconventional and limited perspective, Ex Machina pulls a Great Gatsby of sorts: The robot Ava (Alicia Vikander) is actually the protagonist, her journey of struggle and revelation told through the eyes of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson). Yet Caleb is the most interesting avenue for the audience to become engaged and ultimately, tangled up in the narrative yarn. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Nate Parker Earns Top First-Time Director Nod From DGA for ‘Birth of a Nation’

12 January 2017 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Birth of Nation” director Nate Parker has received his first major awards recognition from the Directors Guild of America with a nomination for top first-time director.

The DGA also nominated Garth Davis for “Lion” on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Tim Miller for “Deadpool,” Kelly Fremon Craig for “Edge of Seventeen,” and Dan Trachtenberg for “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Alex Garland won the inaugural first-time director award last year for “Ex Machina.”

The winners will be announced at 69th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Parker had been expected to be a key element in the current awards season after “The Birth of a Nation” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. “Birth of a Nation” was sold »

- Dave McNary

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Earn Directors Guild Nominations

12 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Directors Guild of America has nominated Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Garth Davis (“Lion”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) for its top feature film award.

The DGA also nominated Davis on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Tim Miller for “Deadpool,” Kelly Fremon Craig for “Edge of Seventeen,” Nate Parker for “The Birth of a Nation” and Dan Trachtenberg for “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

The winners will be announced at 69th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The DGA nominations for the TV, commercial and movie documentary categories were announced Wednesday.

The DGA, which has 16,000 members, overlooked contenders David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”), Martin Scorsese (“Silence”), Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and Denzel Washington (“Fences”).

Chazelle, Davis, Jenkins, Lonergan and Villeneuve are all receiving DGA feature film nominations for the first time. The nomination of Davis, an »

- Dave McNary

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