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Kevin Spacey to play Gore Vidal in Netflix biopic

22 July 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is set to portray the late American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming biopic entitled Gore, which is being produced by Netflix.

Gore is being directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and will explore the life of the author, playwright and political commentator during the 1980s. The film is currently shooting in Rome, but will soon move to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, where he entertained a host of high-profile friends including the likes of Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mick Jagger.

Kevin Spacey was most recently seen in Edgar Wright’s latest film Baby Driver, while his upcoming films include Rebel in the Rye, Billionaire Boys Club and All the Money in the World – all of which see him portraying real life people in Whit Burnett, Ron Levin and J. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)

21 July 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, “Gore,” which is in production in Italy.

U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.

British producer Andy Paterson (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) is producing “Gore” for Netflix.

Netflix was not available for comment.

Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Cancels Premiere of Nureyev Play by Film Director Questioned in Fraud Probe

10 July 2017 1:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

An award-winning Russian film and theater director questioned in May as part of a $3.5 million fraud has learned his new ballet production due to open Tuesday at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater has been canceled.

Kirill Serebrennikov was given no explanation for the decision to pull Nureyev, a ballet about the famous Soviet-era Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev who defected to the West in 1961, and a dress rehearsal scheduled for Monday has also been called off.

Management of the world-famous theater, situated close to Moscow's Red Square, posted news on the cancelation on the Boshoi's website over the weekend.

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- Nick Holdsworth

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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

29 June 2017 6:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli »

- Andre Soares

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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

29 June 2017 6:54 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In »

- Andre Soares

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HanWay Films’ Gabrielle Stewart on What Independent Distributors Look for in Acquiring Films

26 May 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-based sales and finance house HanWay Films, which was set up almost 20 years ago by Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, and is aligned with Thomas’ production company Recorded Picture Company, is in Cannes with four films in the festival’s official selection, led by Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Variety spoke to HanWay’s managing director, Gabrielle Stewart.

What sets HanWay apart from other film companies, and defines it?

It’s a big company that is privately owned, and has never, in all its history, gone through a year without profit. Its taste has very much been defined by the fact it is headed up by a very successful filmmaker, Jeremy Thomas, and it has always been known as a filmmaker-friendly company. We have always followed certain filmmakers’ work and been bold in our choices.

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Ralph Fiennes Spreads Wings Over ‘The White Crow,’ Taking Key Role

3 May 2017 5:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ralph Fiennes will do double duty on his third film as director, “The White Crow,” additionally taking on the key role of Rudolf Nureyev’s teacher and mentor. The twice Oscar-nominated actor will join the international cast which has also added French actors Laurent Lafitte and Raphael Personnaz, French actress Calypso Valois and rising German star Louis Hofmann.

Fiennes will play Nureyev’s mentor Pushkin who helped launch the dancer’s international career beyond St Petersburg. In his role as director Fiennes has also newly enlisted “Jackie” costume designer Madeline Fontaine, director of photography Mike Eley and composer Ilan Eshkeri for his production team.

The biopic of the legendary Soviet ballet dancer and choreographer, which tells the story of story of his defection to the West, “The White Crow” is written by David Hare. Russian dancer and film newcomer Oleg Ivenko had previously been announced to play Nureyev with French actress Adele Exarchopoulos, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Ralph Fiennes joins cast of his Nureyev drama 'The White Crow'

3 May 2017 4:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Laurent Lafitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Louis Hofmann also board project.

Ralph Fiennes has joined the cast of The White Crow, his project about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Fiennes will play Nureyev’s teacher and mentor, Pushkin, who helped launch Nureyev’s career out of St Petersburg, and will also direct the feature.

As previously reported, professional dancer Oleg Ivenko will play the lead role of Nureyev, while fellow dancer Sergei Polunin, Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova are among the cast.

The production has now also attached Elle star Laurent Lafitte, The French Minister star Raphaël Personnaz, Personal Shopper actor Calypso Valois and Land Of Mine star Louis Hofmann ahead of its summer 2017 shoot in St Petersburg and Paris, with locations including the Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier.

Two-time Oscar-nominee David Hare (The Hours, The Reader) has adapted the screenplay from Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev, which »

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

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Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev

20 February 2017 3:09 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ralph Fiennes will direct The White Crow, a biographical drama about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The new project by Fiennes, whose previous directorial efforts are Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman, will be based on Julie Kavanagh's book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

David Hare, nominated for Oscars in the best screenplay category for The Hours and The Reader, will write the script.

The White Crow is being developed by the BBC Films and produced by Oscar-nominated Gabrielle Tana through Magnolia Mae Productions, with Francois Ivernel through the French branch of his company Montebello Productions.

"This is a story of an uncompromising »

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Saluting the Movie Heroes of 2016 That Were Snubbed by Oscars

9 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Academy Award winners are announced Feb. 26, about four-fifths of the contenders will go home empty-handed. Though they might feel bad for a while, they’ll always be identified as Oscar nominees. But what about all those people who turned in great work and didn’t even get that far?

As the long Oscar season winds down, let’s give a salute to a few un-nominated heroes of 2016. That list ranges from Clint Eastwood to Taraji P. Henson, from Pablo Larraín to Ralph Fiennes.

Take Stephen Frears. When “Florence Foster Jenkins” opened, there was appropriate buzz about the performances and the design work, but almost none fSor him. Frears takes tricky material and succeeds, but maybe he makes it look too easy.

In the four acting races, everyone nominated deserves to be there. But with only five slots, there are also other deserving people. Aside from Amy Adams in “Arrival, »

- Tim Gray

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Adèle Exarchopoulos Joins Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’; First Look at ‘Racer and the Jailbird’

8 February 2017 12:27 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Blue is the Warmest Color star Adèle Exarchopoulos is staying busy, having finished a highly-anticipated film and joining another. First up, she’s starring alongside Matthias Schoenaerts in Michaël R. Roskam‘s The Drop follow-up Racer and the Jailbird, recently picked up by the newly-launched distribution company Neon. Likely stopping by Cannes, check out the first look above and synopsis below for the French-language, Belgian-set romantic thriller from the director of Bullhead.

The drama takes place in the fast-paced world of racing, and centers on a story of love at first sight when gangster Gino aka ‘Gigi’ (Matthias Schoenaerts) meets Benedicte aka ‘Bibi’ (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Gigi and Bibi fall madly in love, but with fate stacked against them their loyalties will be pushed to the limit. How much can their love endure to save what may already be lost?

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- Leonard Pearce

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Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eva Greene & Gemma Arterton Land New Roles

8 February 2017 7:39 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Another day, another slew of casting announcements, with a few them involving some actresses who’ve stepped in and out of the world of James Bond.

The “Blue Is The Warmest Color” stars are getting busy. First up, Adèle Exarchopoulos is joining Chulpan Khamatova (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin to star in Ralph Fiennes’ next directorial effort “The White Crow.” About famous Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, the drama charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

Continue reading Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eva Greene & Gemma Arterton Land New Roles at The Playlist. »

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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow

6 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ralph Fiennes has lined up his third directorial effort, with Variety reporting that he is set to helm The White Crow, a biopic of the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, which has been scripted by David Hare (The Reader) and is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

According to an official statement, the film will “delve into the most cinematic, cultural and politically charged chapter of [the life of Nureyev], a fearless, explosive personality both on and off the stage.”

“This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship,” said Fiennes. “It is, equally, a tale about the life and ballet culture he left behind in Russia.”

Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko is set to play Nureyev, while the cast also includes Blue Is the Warmest Color star Adele Exarchopoulos, Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova. Production is set to take place in St. »

- Gary Collinson

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Berlinale: Bloom Picks Up ‘The Strangers 2’

4 February 2017 10:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bloom has picked up international sales rights to “Strangers 2,” to be directed by Johannes Roberts (“The Other Side of the Door,” “47 Meters Down”) from a screenplay by Bryan Bertino – who wrote and directed the 2008 original, which grossed $82 million worldwide – and Ben Katai.

Bloom will introduce “Strangers 2” to buyers at the European Film Market.

The Strangers 2” centres on a family that, arriving at a secluded mobile home park, are forced to spend the night in a borrowed trailer, where they are attacked by three masked psychopaths. The sequel is currently casting for Summer shoot in the U.S.

The Fyzz Facility Pictures’ Wayne Marc Godfrey (“The Foreigner,” “The Survivalist”), Robert Jones (“Centurion,” “The Usual Suspects”), Mark Lane and James Harris (“47 Meters Down,” “I Am Not A Serial Killer”) are producing,  in association with Relativity Media.

Bloom’s Alex Walton called the original “my favorite horror movie of the past 10 years. »

- John Hopewell

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Ralph Fiennes Directing Rudolph Nureyev Drama ‘The White Crow’ – Berlin

3 February 2017 8:27 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ralph Fiennes is set to direct The White Crow, about the life of legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. It's based on the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh. The Hours scribe David Hare adapts the script while Gabrielle Tana will produce through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Francois Ivernel's Montebellow Productions. Nureyev was a renowned ballet dancer and choreographer in the 1950s who went on to become the director of the Paris Opera… »

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Ralph Fiennes to Direct Rudolf Nureyev Movie ‘The White Crow’

3 February 2017 8:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ralph Fiennes is to direct “The White Crow,” written by David Hare, which centers on the life of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. HanWay Films is handling world sales and will introduce the project to buyers in Berlin.

The film is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life,” which “delves into the most cinematic, cultural and politically charged chapter of [the life of Nureyev], a fearless, explosive personality both on and off the stage,” according to a statement.

Fiennes said: “This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship. It is, equally, a tale about the life and ballet culture he left behind in Russia.”

The film is being produced by Gabrielle Tana, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “Philomena,” through Magnolia Mae Productions, and Francois Ivernel through Montebello Productions.

Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko will play Nureyev and Adele Exarchopoulos »

- Leo Barraclough

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Eric Clapton Movie to Be Directed by Oscar-Winner Lili Fini Zanuck

3 February 2017 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.

“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”

The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which »

- Leo Barraclough

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