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How ‘Big Little Lies’ Broke the Rules to Lead Its Emmy Rivals

How ‘Big Little Lies’ Broke the Rules to Lead Its Emmy Rivals
Many elements elevated HBO’s “Big Little Lies” into the top Emmy contender for Best Limited Series. Yes, the saga about an unlikely trio of women who defeat a dangerous predator is hugely popular, and topical — but the main reason it’s a hit with critics, TV fans, and Emmy voters (16 Emmy nominations) is the seven-episode drama broke through the clutter by breaking the rules.

Here’s how the series broke from conventional TV:

Actress-producers: Nicole Kidman (Blossom Films) and Reese Witherspoon (Pacific Standard) — who are rivals for the mini-series Best Actress Emmy and both executive produced the series — partnered to nail down the rights to the 2014 novel, with Kidman personally approaching writer Liane Moriarty to meet at a coffee shop when she was visiting family in Sydney, Australia. “Let us option it with the promise that we’ll get it made,” she told her.

Witherspoon’s then-partner Bruna Papandrea,
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How ‘Big Little Lies’ Broke the Rules to Lead Its Emmy Rivals

How ‘Big Little Lies’ Broke the Rules to Lead Its Emmy Rivals
Many elements elevated HBO’s “Big Little Lies” into the top Emmy contender for Best Limited Series. Yes, the saga about an unlikely trio of women who defeat a dangerous predator is hugely popular, and topical — but the main reason it’s a hit with critics, TV fans, and Emmy voters (16 Emmy nominations) is the seven-episode drama broke through the clutter by breaking the rules.

Here’s how the series broke from conventional TV:

Actress-producers: Nicole Kidman (Blossom Films) and Reese Witherspoon (Pacific Standard) — who are rivals for the mini-series Best Actress Emmy and both executive produced the series — partnered to nail down the rights to the 2014 novel, with Kidman personally approaching writer Liane Moriarty to meet at a coffee shop when she was visiting family in Sydney, Australia. “Let us option it with the promise that we’ll get it made,” she told her.

Witherspoon’s then-partner Bruna Papandrea,
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How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch

How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors. In this edition we tackle Alexander Skarsgård, who’s advancing his career with a canny combo of studio movies, indie films, and premium television.

Bottom Line: You never know where you stand with Skarsgård, who has the complexity of a character actor beneath the leading-man looks that launched a thousand memes. (Reads one: “Research shows that if you’re afraid of spiders, you are more likely to find one in your bedroom… I’m really afraid of Alexander Skarsgård.”)

His muscular swagger and danger is on display in “The Legend of Tarzan,” but his tender attentions to wife Jane (Margot Robbie) were that film’s throbbing heart. And in the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” he holds his own with an ensemble of powerful women including executive producer Nicole Kidman, who performs an
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How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch

How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors. In this edition we tackle Alexander Skarsgård, who’s advancing his career with a canny combo of studio movies, indie films, and premium television.

Bottom Line: You never know where you stand with Skarsgård, who has the complexity of a character actor beneath the leading-man looks that launched a thousand memes. (Reads one: “Research shows that if you’re afraid of spiders, you are more likely to find one in your bedroom… I’m really afraid of Alexander Skarsgård.”)

His muscular swagger and danger is on display in “The Legend of Tarzan,” but his tender attentions to wife Jane (Margot Robbie) were that film’s throbbing heart. And in the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” he holds his own with an ensemble of powerful women including executive producer Nicole Kidman, who performs an
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German Film Budgets Experience Boom Under Merkel

German Film Budgets Experience Boom Under Merkel
The German film industry is cheering Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government for significantly increasing film funding this year, particularly for major international productions.

While total annual funding last year reached nearly €240 million ($261.6 million) from the country’s 10 federal and regional film support agencies, the government has agreed to up the film support budget overseen by German culture and media commissioner Monika Grütters.

This includes the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff), a 20% rebate program vital for major international productions, as well as a separate pot supporting smaller artistic and experimental films. Recent Dfff-funded productions include James Kent’s upcoming historical drama “The Aftermath,” starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård; Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness”; and Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

In February, Grütters announced an increase in this year’s Dfff budget from $55 million to $81.7 million, with the hike aimed specifically at international co-productions and big-budget domestic films.
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First-look image of Keira Knightley in The Aftermath

Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films have marked the end of principal photography of director James Kent’s (Testament of Youth) new film The Aftermath by releasing a first look image featuring Keira Knightley. Check it out below, along with the official synopsis…

The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

Based on Rhidian Brook’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Aftermath
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Love is complicated for Keira Knightley

by Murtada

It seems that Jason Clarke has cornered the market on playing husbands whose wives look elsewhere in 2017. That is one of the plot threads of the Sundance hit Mudbound where Carey Mulligan plays his wife, who has eyes for his brother played by Garrett Hedlund. And now in the The Aftermath he’s a British colonel in Germany right after WWII, whose wife (Keira Knightley) forms a bond with the German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) who used to own the house they now live in. The film just finished shooting in Prague under the helm of James Kent (Testament to Youth). It might appear on the fall festival circuit.

Knightley was seen this week in London shooting scenes for that Love Actually sequel we’ve been hearing so much about...
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director
The past few years of Best Director winners have proven that cinema stylists who can deliver scale and scope often get rewarded: see Ang Li’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” not to mention Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

But the directors also recognize breakout talent (Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and great international directors such as Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh. And they appreciate films featuring a showcase performance or two.

Sundance standouts “Mudbound” and “Call Me By Your Name” boast sprawling ensemble casts and lush rural settings in the American South and Italy, respectively. Will the Academy directors welcome Dee Rees and Luca Guadagnino into their ranks, or “My Name is Doris” director Michael Showalter, who delivered a small-scale heart-tugger of a true romance, “The Big Sick”?

They may
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Fionn O’Shea Joins Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in ‘The Aftermath’ (Exclusive)

Fionn O’Shea Joins Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in ‘The Aftermath’ (Exclusive)
Irish actor Fionn O’Shea has joined the cast of Fox Searchlight and BBC Films’ “The Aftermath,” which stars Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke.

The film, based on Rhidian Brook’s novel of the same name, is set in 1946 in Germany. It is directed by James Kent from a script written by Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse and Brook.

O’Shea, who was nominated for this year’s Dublin Film Festival Rising Star Award, will take on the role of Jack in ITV’s drama series “Innocent” later this year.

Last year, O’Shea starred in John Butler’s coming-of-age feature “Handsome Devil,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The feature will be released in the U.K. and Ireland by Icon and worldwide by Netflix in April.

Last year, he appeared alongside Mark Strong and Jamie Dornan in “The Siege of Jadotville,” based on the real-life conflict
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Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård wrap post-war drama 'The Aftermath'

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Fox Searchlight, BBC Films produced novel adaptation set in 1946 Germany.

The Aftermath, Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films’ drama set in post-war Germany in 1946, has wrapped after shooting on location in Prague and Hamburg.

Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke lead the cast of the film, which follows a woman who is reunited with her husband in Hamburg, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city following the war.

James Kent (Testament Of Youth) directs from a script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Race) and Rhidian Brook. The screenplay was adapted from Brook’s novel of the same name.

Additional cast includes Flora Thiemann, Fionn O’Shea, Kate Phillips, and Martin Compston.

Jack Arbuthnott and Malte Grunert produced and Ridley Scott and Carlo Dusi executive produced with Joe Oppenheimer and Beth Pattinson of BBC Films, who developed the project. It has support funding from Filmförderung Hamburg - Schleswig Holstein.

Crew included
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First Look: Keira Knightley In ‘The Aftermath’

Give me a handsomely mounted period drama and I’m already halfway there, and with Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke lined up for “The Aftermath,” it looks like this is going to be right in my wheelhouse.

Based on the best-selling book by Rhidian Brook, and directed by James Kent (“Testamant Of Youth“), the story follows a young woman whose post-war reunion with her husband takes an unexpected turn.

Continue reading First Look: Keira Knightley In ‘The Aftermath’ at The Playlist.
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Ridley Scott Expands Scott Free London as Ed Rubin Boards

Ridley Scott Expands Scott Free London as Ed Rubin Boards
Origin Pictures head of film and television Ed Rubin has joined Ridley Scott’s U.K. production outfit, Scott Free London, as managing director as the company looks to expand further.

Rubin will join in January to grow the company’s activities across film and TV, and oversee the strategic and creative direction of the company, working with head of film Jack Arbuthnott, head of TV Kate Crowe, and head of business and commercial affairs Carlo Dusi.

Scott Free London has come of age and continues to grow. Ed has a fantastic track record and exactly the right credentials to push this expansion,” Scott said. “He joins a formidable team in Kate, Carlo and Jack at a pivotal time in the company’s growth. The global landscape for film and TV drama is evolving rapidly, and I want Scott Free London to play a significant part in this revolution. It
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Ed Rubin joins Scott Free London

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The former Origin Pictures head of film and television will serve as managing director at Ridley Scott’s production company.

Rubin will commence work in January and will expand the company’s activities across film and TV and oversee the strategic and creative direction.

He will work closely with head of film Jack Arbuthnott, head of TV Kate Crowe and head of business and commercial affairs Carlo Dusi.

Rubin departs Origin Pictures after eight years and is being replaced as head of film and television by Hannah Farrell.

“Scott Free London has come of age and continues to grow,” said Scott on Monday. “Ed has a fantastic track record and exactly the right credentials to push this expansion. He joins a formidable team in Kate, Carlo and Jack at a pivotal time in the company’s growth.

“The global landscape for film and TV drama is evolving rapidly and I want Scott Free London to play a
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Post-wwii Drama The Aftermath Casts Three As Fox Searchlight Circles

As Fox Searchlight enters negotiations to acquire the pic, Variety brings word that Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley and Tarzan himself Alexander Skarsgard have become attached to post-wwii drama, The Aftermath.

Ridley Scott’s production banner Scott Free is behind the adaptation, one based on Rhidian Brook’s bestseller that first hit store shelves three years ago. Should a deal place, it’s understood Fox has zeroed in on James Kent (Testament of Youth) to take the reins, working from a script produced by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel of Race fame.

Though it’s early days, attracting Clarke, Knightley and Skarsgard to the project is no mean feat, and the fact that The Aftermath looks set to hit the ground running is certainly an endorsement of Brook’s work. It’s set in the post-war Germany of ’46, where “a woman, Rachael, arrives with her only remaining son in the ruins of Hamburg.
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The Aftermath: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard join cast

Tony Sokol Aug 19, 2016

Fox Spotlight's adaptation of Rhidian Brook's novel The Aftermath has cast its leading roles...

Fox Searchlight’s The Aftermath has cast Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke in the top roles.

The Rhidian Brook novel The Aftermath was an international bestseller that takes place in Germany during the post-war era in 1946. A woman named Rachael is reunited arrives in the ruins of Hamburg with her only remaining son. Her husband, a British colonel, is in charge of rebuilding the shattered city.

The novel was adapted for the screen by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, the duo who penned Race, the Jesse Owens biopic. They are currently working on an adaption of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. The adaptation will be directed by James Kent, who helmed Testament Of Youth. It is being produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company.

Knightley is also in
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Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly Reteam For ‘Holmes & Watson,’ Keira Knightley Lines Up Two New Roles, and More

For those who have long been clamoring to see a sequel to one of the century’s finest comedies, Step Brothers, that day has yet to arrive. However, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will once again reteam, this time for a the Sherlock-inspired Holmes & Watson. Directed by Etan Cohen, Ferrell will take the role of Holmes and Reilly will take on the Watson role. It’s not said yet which time period the film will take place in, but production on the Sony Pictures production begins later this year, so expect more news soon.

Next up, Deadline reports Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård are set to star in an adaptation of the best selling novel The Aftermath, which Fox Searchlight have acquired the rights to after an intense bidding war. The story is set in post-war Germany and concerns a Rachael (probably Knightley) who reunites with her husband (probably
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Jason Clarke in Talks to Join Keira Knightley in ‘The Aftermath’ (Exclusive)

Jason Clarke in Talks to Join Keira Knightley in ‘The Aftermath’ (Exclusive)
Jason Clarke is in talks to co-star with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard in the Scott Free production “The Aftermath.”

Sources say Fox Searchlight is in negotiations to land the pic with James Kent set to direct.

Based on the Rhidian Brook novel, the story is set in post-war Germany in 1946 where a woman, Rachael, arrives with her only remaining son in the ruins of Hamburg. There she is reunited with her husband, a British colonel named Lewis, who is charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that they will be sharing the house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter.

Ridley Scott will produce through his Scott Free banner.

Clarke is coming off a busy 2015 with starring roles in “Everest” and “Terminator Genisys,” and can be seen next in the WWII thriller
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Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in Talks to Star in ‘The Aftermath’

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Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in Talks to Star in ‘The Aftermath’
Book adaptation “The Aftermath” has been acquired by Fox Searchlight with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard in negotiations to play the leading roles. Based on a Rhidian Brook international bestseller, the film is being produced out of Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free. James Kent (“Testament of Youth) is directing. Ridley Scott is producing. Also Read: Keira Knightley to Star in Live-Action 'Nutcracker' Movie The story takes place in Germany during the post-war era in 1946. As of Tuesday, Knightley was also in talks to play the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of “The Nutcracker.” The British actress
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Fox Searchlight Lands ‘The Aftermath’ With Keira Knightley & Alexander Skarsgard

Exclusive: In feverish bidding, Fox Searchlight has acquired The Aftermath, a Scott Free-produced adaptation of the Rhidian Brook novel that has Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard in talks to star, with James Kent directing. He helmed Testament Of Youth. Ridley Scott is producing. Numerous companies vied for the package, but Searchlight closed the deal. Race scribes Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel adapted the screenplay. The book, an international bestseller, is set…
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Locarno Film Review: ‘Ceasefire’

Locarno Film Review: ‘Ceasefire’
A lumbering, unmoored soaper of fraternal conflict and romantic healing in the trauma-ridden aftermath of the First World War, “Ceasefire” has all the hallmarks of having been infelicitously adapted from a longer, richer, more discursive epic novel: key character arcs seem unduly stymied, multiple timelines are hastily braided, and observations that might look poetic on the page turn purple on the actors’ tongues. So it’s something of a surprise, as the credits roll on screenwriter Emmanuel Courcol’s first feature as director, to learn that this cluttered, continent-hopping kinda-epic is his original creation. Either way, it’s a story that feels incompletely told, the most intriguing potential narratives of which play out peripherally to the damaged hero’s less compelling personal crisis.

At least, as played by an unusually starchy Romain Duris, he cuts a visually resplendent figure, dashingly bearded and attired in rakish, rumpled linen tailoring. Such decorative
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