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'Gone Girl' trailer: Return to Oscars for Ben Affleck and David Fincher?

14 April 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Will Ben Affleck and David Fincher make a return to the Oscars next year? -Break- They could be contenders again for one of 2014's most anticipated films, "Gone Girl," based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. It opens on October 3, the same time of year that Fincher's "The Social Network" (2010) and Affleck's "Argo" (2012) opened before they went on to win multiple Oscars. Affleck is looking to win a third Oscar -- his first for acting following wins for Best Original Screenplay ("Good Will Hunting," 1997) and Best Picture ("Argo," 2012). However, Fincher is still in search of his first; he earned directing bids for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and "Social Network" (2010), losing the first to Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") and the second to "The King's Speech" helmer Tom Hooper. W »

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Icon names Friedman acquisitions boss

1 April 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Weinstein Company exec joins recently relaunched distributor.

Ben Friedman, formerly acquisitions vp for The Weinstein Company, has joined Icon Film Distribution (Ifd) as acquisitions manager with immediate effect.

It marks the latest senior hire by Ifd since its backing by New Sparta last autumn and the launch last month of its first slate of films for UK release.

During his time with TWC, Friedman’s acquisitions included Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning The King’s Speech, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy and Anton Corbijn’s Control.

In 2010 Friedman left TWC to consult on acquisitions for Newmarket Films and the Exclusive Media Group amongst others. Two years ago he co-founded and became a producer partner in the UK film production venture, Native State Productions.

Icon was re-launched last autumn by CEO Ian Dawson and executive chairman and COO Norman Humphrey.

Dawson said: “[Friedman’s] experience at the sharp-end of international acquisitions, instinct for finding exciting film projects and relationships with filmmaking »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Icon names Friedman acquisitions manager

1 April 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Weinstein Company exec joins recently relaunched distributor.

Ben Friedman, formerly acquisitions vp for The Weinstein Company, has joined Icon Film Distribution (Ifd) as acquisitions manager with immediate effect.

It marks the latest senior hire by Ifd since its backing by New Sparta last autumn and the launch last month of its first slate of films for UK release.

During his time with TWC, Friedman’s acquisitions included Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning The King’s Speech, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy and Anton Corbijn’s Control.

In 2010 Friedman left TWC to consult on acquisitions for Newmarket Films and the Exclusive Media Group amongst others. Two years ago he co-founded and became a producer partner in the UK film production venture, Native State Productions.

Icon was re-launched last autumn by CEO Ian Dawson and executive chairman and COO Norman Humphrey.

Dawson said: “[Friedman’s] experience at the sharp-end of international acquisitions, instinct for finding exciting film projects and relationships with filmmaking »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Les Miserables: Theater Review

23 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – The turntable that was the defining design element of the original Les Miserables is gone. Yet this first revival to hit Broadway since Tom Hooper's bludgeoning screen version extended the brand often seems like a record being played at high speed. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's all-singing mega-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic 19th century novel hurtles along in a breathless marathon for almost three hours. Despite that running time, this reboot feels faster, grittier, gloomier and, above all, more emphatic than ever, which is saying something for a show that was always an

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- David Rooney

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Attack The Block Director to Take on Section 6

20 March 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is set to direct a spy movie called Section 6 for Universal Pictures. This will be the writer-driector's second film. The movie will tell the origin story of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, also known as MI6. Earlier this year British actor Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of An Empire) was attached to star in the project. 

Directors David MacKenzie (Spread) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) were up for the directing gig as well, but Cornish beat them out. The guy did an awesome job with Attack the Block. I've been looking forward to seeing what he would do next, and I think this will be a great project for him to take on. He recently worked on the Ant-Man script with Edgar Wright. »

- Joey Paur

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Joe Cornish To Helm Spy Thriller 'Section 6,' Channing Tatum Eyes 'The Son' To Direct & More

19 March 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Joe CornishEdgar Wright's frequent screenwriting partner—made a splash a few years ago with his feature-length directorial debut “Attack The Block” and since then he’s been rumored to take on films like the next “Star Trek” installment, but it seems the British director has thought it best to stick with original films. THR reports Cornish will direct the period spy drama “Section 6,” which focuses on “the formation of Great Britain’s secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, also known as MI6.” According to the trade, Cornish beat out higher-profile directors like Tom Hooper and David MacKenzie, stiff competition to be sure. As you might recall, “Skins” and “300: Rise of an Empire” actor Jack O’Connell has been tapped to star in the film. No word on when shooting is set to begin. Not content with merely being an actor-producer-writer, Channing Tatum is thinking about adding another hyphenate. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Joe Cornish Likely To Helm "Section 6"

18 March 2014 9:17 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Attack the Block" filmmaker Joe Cornish has emerged as the top choice to direct "Section 6" for Universal Pictures.

Cornish has apparently beaten out the likes of David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper which explores the formation of Britain's secret intelligence agency - Military Intelligence Section 6 - better known as MI6.

Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken," "Starred Up") is attached to star in the film which Lawrence Grey, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing.

The film's script was the subject of an intense bidding war back in October which Universal won.

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- Garth Franklin

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Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to helm Section 6

18 March 2014 9:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joe Cornish has signed on to direct the upcoming spy thriller Section 6, it has been announced.

Produced by Marc Platt Productions and Grey Matter Productions, the film will chronicle the origins of the famous British intelligence agency MI6.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has chosen Cornish to helm the project, which initially had David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper in the running.

Former Skins star Jack O'Connell has already signed on to star in the film.

Cornish is best known for directing the sci-fi comedy Attack the Block.

He also penned Tintin with Edgar Wright, and most recently wrote the script for Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man. »

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Joe Cornish Will Helm Section 6 For Universal

18 March 2014 8:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The search for a director for Universal’s red-hot spy thriller, Section 6, has now come to an end. After looking at names like David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper, the studio has settled on Mr. Joe Cornish. Best known for his excellent sci-fi comedy Attack The Block, Cornish will direct rising star Jack O’Connell in the film, which follows the “World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the James Bond series.”

Considering that Universal purchased Aaron Berg’s spec script for $1.2 million, hopes are high that the studio has something special on their hands here. The plot certainly sounds like perfect material for a thrilling tale, and with Cornish and O’Connell now locked in, this one has all the makings of solid British spy film that could very well rival »

- Matt Joseph

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Joe Cornish Set to Direct Section 6, a Universal Spy Thriller Starring Jack O’Connell

18 March 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Joe Cornish has beaten out competing directors David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper for Universal's spy thriller, Section 6.  After a bidding war that resulted in the studio's winning seven-figure purchase, the search for a director turned into a rather lengthy process.  That search is now over with Cornish on board, and Jack O'Connell starring as a young protege.  Here's the logline: “The historical spy thriller follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the James Bond series.”  (Via The Wrap) »

- Dave Trumbore

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Joe Cornish to Direct Universal's Spy Movie 'Section 6'

18 March 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of the hottest spec scripts of last year is about to land a director. Joe Cornish is Universal's choice to direct Section 6, which attracted intense interest and had David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper as finalists for the gig. Section 6 is the origin story of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, also known as MI6. Story: CAA Signs Writer of 'Section 6' Script Universal won a heated bidding war for the script in October, paying $1.2 million against $2 million with a progress to production set in motion after a rewrite step.

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Joe Cornish to Direct Universal Spy Thriller ‘Section 6′

18 March 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joe Cornish has been tapped to direct Universal’s “Section 6″ starring “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell.

The search had been a long process for Universal after acquiring the spec in a heated bidding war where U paid in the seven figure range for the spec. Cornish beat out David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper for the job.

The project centers on the origins of the famous British intelligence agency that was founded during World War I, MI6.

Marc Platt will produce alongside Adam Siegel for Marc Platt Productions. Lawrence Grey will produce for Grey Matter Productions and Nira Park will produce for Big Talk Pictures.

Universal Pictures exec VP of production Jon Mone and director of development Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio.

The CAA-repped Cornish is best known for directing the cult classic “Attack the Block” and also co-wrote the “Ant-Man” script that Edgar Wright is directing. »

- Justin Kroll

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Let's Stop with How Great TV is and How Bad Movies are Nowadays

14 March 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sasha Stone at AwardsDaily.com wrote a piece yesterday headlined "Where the Oscars Go when Television Starts to Lead" and it's an interesting, if not exactly a narrowly focused piece. It largely stems from the success of HBO's "True Detective" that ultimately makes a connection with the the rise in tent pole films in Hollywood and what she perceives to be a defection of great storytellers from feature films to cable programming. Here's a paragraph I found interesting: What will become of the Oscars now that television is doing what movies used to do back in the 1970sc Television is where the artistic courage is happening when it comes to American film narrative. With this, the fourth consecutive year that Best Director went to a man born and educated outside America, one has to start to wonder about what kind of a ship we're building here. Of the nine Best Picture nominees, »

- Brad Brevet

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Sony’s Andrea Wong Joins British Film Institute as Governor

12 March 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sony international TV topper Andrea Wong, film producer Pete Czernin, and TV chat-show host Jonathan Ross have joined the governing board of the British Film Institute.

Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.

Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.

In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”

Blueprint is prepping for the release of Lone Scherfig’s “Posh” and is in production with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.”

Ross is a chat-show host, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Wong, Czernin, Ross join BFI board

12 March 2014 5:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Andrea Wong, Pete Czernin and Jonathan Ross have joined the BFI’s governing board.

They will attend their first BFI Board meeting on 29 April, 2014.

The board of governors, chaired by Greg Dyke and co-chaired by Libby Savill, comprises Josh Berger, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil, Oona King, J Timothy Richards and Alison Cornwell.

Wong is president of International Production for Sony Pictures Television (Spt) and president of International for Sony Pictures Entertainment (Spe).

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel producer Czernin runs Blueprint Pictures with Graham Broadbent.

TV and radio personality Ross presents ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and previously presented BBC One’s flagship film show. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Geoffrey Rush: A Career Retrospective

26 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The cinematic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief is out in UK cinemas today, check out our review here. To celebrate the transition of this moving tale from page to screen we’ve taken a look at the much celebrated career of the film’s leading man, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.

With a screen career spanning over thirty years, Rush has become recognised as one of the finest actors of his generation, winning a host of top awards and starring in some of the stand-out films of the last few decades. It would take a substantial amount of time to document all of his finest achievements in film, but here are a few of our favourites.

Shine (1996) dir. Scott Hicks

Arguably the performance that put the Australian actor on the world map, Rush was awarded the much coveted gold statue for Best Actor at the »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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'East of Eden' Moves Forward with Jennifer Lawrence

24 February 2014 2:52 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Months after The Hunger Games director Gary Ross signed on to direct Jennifer Lawrence in East of Eden, the filmmaker has now agreed to write the adapted screenplay as well.

The story is adapted from John Steinbeck's 1952 novel, which is set in Salinas Valley, California, just before World War I. The book follows two families over the course of two generations, focusing on a father, his two sons, and their mother, who was thought to be dead. The story is essentially a loose re-telling of the Cain and Abel Biblical story, with Jennifer Lawrence set to play the mother, Cathy Ames. The book was previously adapted by filmmaker Elia Kazan into the 1955 movie East of Eden, which served as the feature film debut of James Dean.

The project has been in development at Universal since 2004, after the book surged in popularity when Oprah Winfrey made it the first title of her book club. »

- MovieWeb

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Amanda Seyfried Reunites With Seth MacFarlane For Ted 2

24 February 2014 12:26 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It looks like Seth MacFarlane and Amanda Seyfried had a good time working together on the funnyman’s upcoming comedy Western A Million Ways To Die In The West, as the actress has now signed on for MacFarlane’s next film, sequel Ted 2. Deadline reports that Seyfried will play the lead female role in the film, with Ted star Mila Kunis only returning for a brief part.

Though it’s certainly sad news that Kunis won’t be as involved in Ted 2 as she was in the original film (apparently due to creative decisions made by MacFarlane, not anything more scandalous), Seyfried’s involvement means that the comedian is simply substituting one strong actress for another.

Seyfried has wowed critics and audiences throughout her career with leading roles in a variety of challenging projects, from Tom Hooper’s ambitious, acclaimed Les Misérables to provocative biopic Lovelace. Given how »

- Matt Joseph

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Jennifer Lawrence Set For New East Of Eden

24 February 2014 9:34 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Update: We called it back in the original story, but it has only just been confirmed: Ross will indeed work on the script, something he's done for all the films he's directed since 1998's Pleasantville....Back in 2009, director Tom Hooper and writer Christopher Hampton began developing a new take on John Steinbeck’s novel East Of Eden, taking over from Ron Howard and Peter Attanasio, who had made their own stab in 2004. Neither of those versions made it further than film limbo, so now Universal has turned to The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, and Games franchise star Jennifer Lawrence.The story follows two brothers who compete for the attention of their father in California around the time of World War I. If she does make a deal, Lawrence would play Cathy Ames, the boys’ estranged mother. Wait, what? Are the boys infants? Well, probably not: Steinbeck's original novel told »

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Visiting Abbey Road – The Home of the Music Score

24 February 2014 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to be invited along to Abbey Road by their speaker provider Bowers and Wilkins (B&W). We’d been fortunate enough visit what is arguably the world’s best known and most famous recording studio for a previous project with Maserati. If you missed our writeup, you can catch up here. This time, the scope was much more filmic in it’s origins as veteran Abbey Road sound technician Jonathan Allen was on hand to answer all our film related questions and  even let us have a play on the mixing desk in Sound Studio 3.

Jonathan has worked as an engineer and producer at Abbey Road Studios for twenty years and has a worldwide reputation for his work recording and mixing music for films and television and a wide variety of album projects, particularly classical music. Over the last few years »

- David Sztypuljak

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