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'Roots' Trailer Brings Intense Look at AandE's Miniseries Remake

11 February 2016 3:31 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The History Channel will premiere Roots on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and History. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by History, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to History.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy Award nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy E. Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller »

- MovieWeb

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Gary Oldman Takes The Plunge For Submarine Drama Hunter Killer

5 February 2016 9:33 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Emerging from the inky blackness of development hell, submarine thriller Hunter Killer appears to be back on track over at Millennium Films, with Gary Oldman joining the cast in a key role.

Word comes by way of Screen Daily, revealing that the Oscar-nominated actor will star opposite fellow Briton Gerard Butler in the studio’s long-gestating feature, which is set to be offered to buyers at next week’s Berlin Film Festival. Adapted from George Wallace and Don Keith’s acclaimed novel Firing Point, Hunter Killer centers on a rogue Russian general who, upon kidnapping the country’s president, looks to spark a global conflict on the scale of the Cold War.

Despite developing a tendency of portraying Russians on screen (see Air Force One and Child 44), Oldman has boarded the thriller to oversee the efforts of a Navy Seal unit – Gerard Butler’s Joe Glass included – to scupper those aforementioned terrorist plans. »

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Gary Oldman joins 'Hunter Killer'

4 February 2016 3:49 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The former Oscar nominee has joined fellow Briton Gerard Butler on the submarine thriller that Nu Image will begin selling in Berlin.

The long-gestating Hunter Killer appears to be moving full steam ahead with Millennium Films on board to fully finance and talks ongoing to find a director. Philip Noyce and Martin Campbell had previously been linked to the project.

Nu Image president of international sales and distribution Jeffrey Greenstein will begin negotiations with international buyers at the Efm ahead of a scheduled July shoot.

Oldman will play a Us official in the story about a submarine captain who must save the day after the Russian president is kidnapped by a rogue Russian general.

Butler, who also stars in Millennium Film’s London Has Fallen that Focus Features will release in the Us On March 4, will play the submariner. The story is based on the book Firing Point by George Wallace and Donald Keith.

Relativity will release »

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Mad Max director to be Cannes President by Richard Mowe - 2016-02-02 12:24:26

2 February 2016 4:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Miller with his Mad Max star Tom Hardy at last year’s Cannes Film Festival Photo: Richard Mowe

Mad Max creator and director George Miller will be the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, it was announced today by the Festival organisers.

The Australian director’s opus Mad Max Fury Road was shown out of competition at last year’s 68th edition which started it on a global career earning both BAFTA and Oscar nominations.

Miller, who emerged in what has been described as “the golden age of Australian cinema” in the 1980s alongside the likes of Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford and Phillip Noyce, said of his appointment "What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honour. I'll be there with bells on! »

- Richard Mowe

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Aacta International Awards maintain the Fury Road momentum

31 January 2016 2:47 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Rachel Griffiths and Daniel MacPherson opened the 5th Aacta International Awards, while Abbie Cornish, Miranda Otto, Angus Sampson, Jonathan Lapaglia, Radha Mitchell, Luke Bracey, Anna Torv and Phillip Noyce were among those who presented at the event, held at the Avalon Hollywood.

George Miller.s Mad Max: Fury Road continued its Oscars-campaign momentum, taking home two Aacta International Awards - Best Film and Best Direction..

These wins follow a stellar outing for Fury Road at Aacta.s domestic Awards in Sydney last month, where the film received a total of eight Awards, including Best Film and Best Direction..

Carol also received two Aacta International Awards, with Rooney Mara awarded for Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett awarded for Best Lead Actress.

This marks Blanchett.s seventh AFI or Aacta Award over the past 19 years, including an Aacta International Award for her performance in Blue Jasmine. »

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