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Emma Watson Donates £1M to UK-Based ‘Justice and Equality Fund’ as Nearly 200 Actresses Expand the Time’s Up Movement

Emma Watson Donates £1M to UK-Based ‘Justice and Equality Fund’ as Nearly 200 Actresses Expand the Time’s Up Movement
Nearly 200 women have signed an open letter launching a “new UK justice and equality fund,” with Emma Watson donating £1M to the initiative (that’s nearly $1.5 million for us yanks). Their letter, published by the Guardian ahead of tonight’s BAFTA Awards, points out that the gender pay gap is worse than it was five years ago and applauds the Time’s Up movement even as it says that more must be done — especially on their side of the pond.

“Here in the UK, this movement is at a critical juncture. The gender pay gap for women in their 20s is now five times greater than it was six years ago,” the letter reads. “Research in the UK has found that more than half of all women said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. A growing reliance on freelance work forces creates power relationships which are conducive to harassment and abuse.
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Stephen Merchant and Synnøve Macody Lund cast in The Girl in the Spider’s Web

We now have some more news about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reboot from Sony Pictures, as the studio has cast Stephen Merchant (Logan) and Norwegian actress Synnøve Macody Lund in the film in unknown roles according to Variety.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the first of the Millennium series to be adapted in the English-language on its initial production. 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, was a remake of the Swedish film which starred Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist.The script was written by Steven Knight, Jay Basu and director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe).

The new film sees The Crown’s Claire Foy taking on the role of Lisbeth Salander, with Sverrir Gudnason (Borg/McEnroe) portraying Mikael Blomkvist.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is based upon David Lagercrantz’s novel, the fourth in
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Noomi Rapace set for psychological drama Angel of Mine

Deadline is reporting that Noomi Rapace has signed on to headline Angel of Mine, a remake of the 2008 French film L’Empreinte de L’Ange, which is set to be directed by Kim Farrant from a script by David Regal and Oscar-nominated Lion screenwriter Luke Davies.

The film is set to begin production in April and sees Rapace as Lizzie, “a mother who, still struggling to cope with the loss of her daughter several years earlier, becomes convinced that a stranger’s daughter is her own. As her obsession grows, she becomes more and more entwined in this young girl’s life, causing her to lose touch with reality.”

Rapace was most recently seen in the Netflix films What Happened to Monday and Bright, and has recently completed production on the crime thriller Stockholm and action thriller Close. She is currently shooting the thriller The Price alongside Michael Shannon and Matthias Schweighofer.
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Milla Jovovich to Replace Olivia Munn in Action-Thriller ‘Hummingbird’

Milla Jovovich to Replace Olivia Munn in Action-Thriller ‘Hummingbird’
In a pre-Berlin Film Festival signing, Milla Jovovich has come on board to star in action-thriller “Hummingbird,” based on John McClain’s Black List script.

Jovovich is the third actress cast in the lead role. Zoe Saldana was cast a year ago and replaced in the fall by Olivia Munn in the role of a black-ops assassin who begins to question her skills and training when she’s placed on a questionable assignment. Jovovich will be replacing Munn. Producers said Tuesday that “Hummingbird” will be in the vein of “Lucy” and the Jason Bourne film franchise.

Production will start in the summer. China’s Fundamental Films will produce the movie alongside Broken Road Productions. Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerström, who directed Electronic Arts’ “Battlefield 1” video game, will direct.

Paul W.S. Anderson is writing a script revision. Lionsgate is handling international sales. UTA and CAA are co-repping domestic rights.

Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon are producing the project
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Berlin: Full Jury Unveiled; Willem Dafoe to Be Given Lifetime Achievement Award

Berlin: Full Jury Unveiled; Willem Dafoe to Be Given Lifetime Achievement Award
The Berlin Film Festival unveiled the full roster of its competition jury Tuesday, a group that includes Adele Romanski, the American producer of Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” and acclaimed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The Berlinale also announced that actor Willem Dafoe would receive a lifetime achievement award. Dafoe is up for a supporting-actor Oscar for his performance in “The Florida Project,” his third Academy Award nomination.

Besides Romanski and Sakamoto, the international jury comprises double Cesar Award-winning Belgian actress Cecile de France (“Django,” “The Young Pope”); Chema Prado, former director of Spain’s Filmoteca Espanola; and U.S. film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who writes for Time magazine. Presiding over the group is German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Babylon Berlin,” “Run Lola Run”).

The panel will pick the Golden Bear and Silver Bear winners from a lineup of nearly 20 films, including “Transit” by Christian Petzold; “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” by Gus Van Sant; “3 Days in Quiberon” by Emily Atef
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Angel Of Mine: Noomi Rapace To Play Lead In Drama

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Noomi Rapace Cast As Lead In Angel Of Mine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace has been cast as the main character in the planned psychological drama Angel of Mine. The star of the original Swedish Dragon Tattoo film, Rapace has since leveraged her breakthrough performance in that movie and its sequels into international stardom. [...]

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Berlin: Noomi Rapace to Star in ‘Angel of Mine’

Berlin: Noomi Rapace to Star in ‘Angel of Mine’
Noomi Rapace will star in Australian psychological thriller “Angel of Mine,” to be directed by Kim Farrant. Fortitude International will begin pre-selling the picture at the European Film Market in Berlin later this month.

The movie is a Melbourne-set remake of 2008 French film “L’Empreinte de L’Ange.” It charts a woman’s brush with madness after she loses her daughter and becomes convinced that another woman’s child is in fact her own.

Farrant, whose first film was the Nicole Kidman-starring “Strangerland” in 2015 will direct from a script by Luke Davies (“Lion,” “Candy”) and David Regal. Production is scheduled to begin in April this year.

“What I love about this beautiful script (apart from the insanely brilliant Noomi) is that it’s about intuition. We all know what it’s like to know something deep in our bones and yet fall into the trap of doubting ourselves, and that questioning can drive us crazy,” said
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Technicolor to Open Major VFX Facility in South Australia

Post-production and effects giant, Technicolor is to open a new facility in Adelaide, South Australia. Its initial focus will be delivering VFX for major film studios and streaming services, with a later expansion into virtual and augmented reality.

The visual effects unit, named Mill Film, involves an initial investment of $21 million (A$26 million) and cover 3,000 m2. “Mill Film will comprise an Adelaide Centre of Excellence and VFX Academy, together accommodating 500 people – ranging from technologists to artists – when running at full strength within five years,” the state government of South Australia said.

The state will provide up to $4.75 million (A$6 million) from its Economic Investment Fund to support the project. It said that it anticipates an economic benefit of around $200 million (A$253 million) over ten years.

The move was presaged in December last year by the announcement of an expansion of South Australia’s post production, digital and visual effects (Pdv) rebate. The scheme
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Berlin: Noomi Rapace to Star in Australian Thriller 'Angel of Mine'

Berlin: Noomi Rapace to Star in Australian Thriller 'Angel of Mine'
Noomi Rapace has signed on to star in the upcoming Australian psychological thriller Angel of Mine, which has received production funding from local agencies Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Luke Davies (Lion) and David Regal from the 2008 French film L’Empreinte de L’Ange, the pic will be presented to international buyers at this month’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Angel of Mine will be Australian director Kim Farrant’s sophomore feature. She previously made Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes, which was nominated for the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Now set in Melbourne, the film follows a mother (Rapace) who, struggling...
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Noomi Rapace To Star In ‘Angel Of Mine’ From ‘Lion’ Scribe Luke Davies

Noomi Rapace To Star In ‘Angel Of Mine’ From ‘Lion’ Scribe Luke Davies
Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has been tapped to star in Angel of Mine, a psychological drama that has Kim Farrant attached to direct from a screenplay by Oscar-nominated Lion scribe Luke Davies and David Regal. Based on the 2008 French film L'Empreinte de L'Ange, the story centers on Lizzie (Rapace), a mother who, still struggling to cope with the loss of her daughter several years earlier, becomes convinced that a stranger's daughter is her own. As her…
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Kew Media boards dark thriller 'Perfect Skin' ahead of Efm

Kew Media boards Richard Brake, Natalia Kostrzewa-starring thriller.

Kew Media Group has acquired world sales rights to Kevin Chicken’s dark thriller Perfect Skin.

Source: Kew Media

Richard Brake in ’Perfect Skin’

The film stars Richard Brake (Game Of Thrones), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Cured) and Jo Woodcock (Dorian Grey) in a story that delves into the culture of tattooing and body modification.

In the film, Katia (Kostrzewa), a young Polish woman adrift in London, meets Bob (Brake), an American tattoo artist. Katia is drawn to his mysterious aura and the taboo culture of body modification, but Bob has a dark, secret desire to leave his mark on the world and little does Katia know that her fascination with him will put her life in danger.

Perfect Skin was produced by Fiona Campbell and Cordelia Plunket.

Kew Media’s Evp of Sales, Jonathan Ford, will introduce the film to buyers and show promo footage at the upcoming
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Dark thriller 'Perfect Skin' gets sales deal ahead of Efm

Kew Media boards Richard Brake, Natalia Kostrzewa-starring thriller.

Kew Media Group has acquired world sales rights to Kevin Chicken dark thriller Beautiful Skin.

Source: Kew Media

Richard Brake in ’Perfect Skin’

The film stars Richard Brake (Game Of Thrones), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Cured) and Jo Woodcock (Dorian Grey) in a story that delves into the culture of tattooing and body modification.

In the film, Katia (Kostrzewa), a young Polish woman adrift in London, meets Bob (Brake), an American tattoo artist. Katia is drawn to his mysterious aura and the taboo culture of body modification, but Bob has a dark, secret desire to leave his mark on the world and little does Katia know that her fascination with him will put her life in danger.

Perfect Skin was produced by Fiona Campbell and Cordelia Plunket.

Kew Media’s Evp of Sales, Jonathan Ford, will introduce the film to buyers and show promo footage at the upcoming European Film Market
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Netflix responds to Bright’s critical mauling

Will Smith’s Netflix blockbuster Bright might have had a record breaking eleven million views in its first three days, but that didn’t stop it from being labelled as one of the worst films of 2017. The flawed fantasy currently sits at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, but with plans for a sequel well underway, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been speaking out about the critical response to the film.

According to The Wrap, Hastings said “The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal… If people are watching this movie and loving it, that is the measurement of success”. He went on to offer some balance by saying that “Critics are an important part of the kind of artistic process, but they’re pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film.”

Netflix is a different kind of animal upon which to judge the success of a film. You’re not paying for that single-hit,
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"Bright 2: Hyperbright"

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Following news of the greenlit sequel "Bright 2: Hyperbright", Sneak Peek footage from Netflix' "Bright", directed by David Ayer ("Suicide Squad"), starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez and Ike Barinholtz:

"...in an alternate present, where humans live in uneasy peace with 'orcs', 'elves' and other races after fighting each other for thousands of years, Los Angeles, veteran 'Lapd' police officer 'Daryl Ward' is involuntarily partnered with 'Nick Jakoby', the nation's first 'orkish' police officer.

"Jakoby is ostracized by humans and orcs alike—by humans for his race, and by orcs for being a cop. In addition to the pushback from other officers, Ward is also personally ambivalent towards him...

"...following an incident where Ward was shot and Jakoby apparently let the assailant get away.

"During a trip back to the station, an arrested man tells Jakoby both officers are
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Bright Sequel Confirmed by Netflix in New Video

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Throughout the holiday season, there had been speculations that Netflix was interested in making a sequel to its new aaction fantasy film Bright, and now, in a new video featuring the movie's impressive orc makeup effects, the streaming service has confirmed that a second film is indeed moving forward.

In addition to the sequel confirmation video (see below), numerous sources, including Variety, report that David Ayer is set to direct the second Bright film, with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless also returning as producers. Max Landis, who wrote the screenplay for Bright, will reportedly not be involved with the sequel, and Ayer is expected to write the new movie as well, something he has done for previous directorial projects such as Suicide Squad, Fury, and End of Watch.

Released on Netflix beginning December 22nd, Bright was watched by 11 million people in its first three days online, with Netflix reporting that
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Netflix confirms that we’re getting a Bright sequel, minus Max Landis

Whatever your feelings about what many critics labelled as one of the worst films of 2017 [read our review here], Bright was watched by a lot of people. In fact, the $90m Netflix blockbuster is the highest viewed film on the streaming service’s platform in first week of release.

Based on that, it’ll come as no surprise to learn that the studio have officially announced plans for the sequel, which will reunite Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, and director David Ayer (End of Watch, Suicide Squad). However, the writer of Bright, Max Landis (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein), who was reportedly paid between $3-4 million dollars for his first script, will not be coming back. Instead the scripting duties will be performed by Ayer.

Netflix teased the announcement via their Twitter account…

Announcement: Orc auditions for the @BrightNetflix sequel are now closed. Thank you. Have a nice day. pic.twitter.com/QnVqkgYRkE

— Netflix Us (@netflix
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‘Bright’ Sequel Confirmed By Netflix

Netflix has seemingly greenlit a Bright sequel, according to an announcement video posted to its official YouTube channel on Wednesday. The first film, a Netflix original, debuted on the streamer on December 22nd, 2017 to mixed to negative reviews from critics. However, the Will Smith and Joel Edgerton-led movie was received warmly from fans and is the number one movie on the network in every country where the service is available. That’s 190-plus territories.

Bright sequel given the go-ahead by Netflix

David Ayer is to write and direct the Bright sequel with both Will Smith and Joel Edgerton also expected to return for some more action.

Related: Bright review

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark
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Everyone Is Returning For Netflix's Bright Sequel Except For 1 Major Player

Netflix's Bright wasn't even out yet when the streaming giant decided to grant it a sequel, which was a surprising move for a number of reasons. Not only did Suicide Squad director David Ayer's gritty, supernatural action film - which cost a reported $90 million to make - get eviscerated by pretty much every critic following its release, but Netflix's move to build a movie franchise has never been done before. The supernatural action film written by Max Landis takes place in an alternate version of La where orcs, fairies, and elves live alongside humans. When a pair of mismatched cops team up - Daryl Ward (Will Smith), a human man, and Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), an orc - the unlikely partners have to overcome their differences to keep one magic wand from getting into the hands of an evil elf (Noomi Rapace). Prime fantasy franchise material, right? Not so much.
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Netflix Officially Announces Bright Sequel with a Video Showing Orcs Auditioning For It

It was leaked back when the film was in development, and now it's official, Bright is getting a sequel. Because Netflix rarely does any announcement in a normal way, the streaming service made the announcement via fake Orc auditions for the film, which are actually pretty funny.

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel. The film got a ton of viewers when it was released. The streaming service recently said that it was viewed by 11 million people over three days. Netflix also said that it was the highest viewed original film ever on the service in its first week of release and one of the biggest originals it has ever launched. 

Bright was met with mixed reviews. Some people loved it, while others didn't, but there's obviously an audience for it that will watch a sequel.

Set in an alternate present-day where humans,
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Bright is a big success for Netflix with 11 million Us views in its first weekend

Despite the critical panning that it has received, David Ayer’s Bright appears to be a resounding success for Netflix, garnering over 11 million view in the Us alone in its first weekend.

Whilst the Netflix model is still in its early stages, without the same sorts of lines of measurements that we would usually have for a box office success, it appears that Netflix is extremely happy with these numbers – so happy in fact that a sequel is already in development with lead Will Smith set to return.

With these sorts of viewing figures, as well as the opportunity to now have this exclusive property in the Netflix vault forever and the sales that merchandise – including the Bright soundtrack will receive, it is no surprise that Netflix is happy with their investment. Especially when this investment, although on shaky ground in terms of critical success, is Netflix’s first big blockbuster,
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