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‘Versailles’ Exclusive Clips: Historical Series Follows The Construction of Versailles During Louis Xiv’s Reign

4 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The TV network Ovation first came to prominence when it broadcast the British dark comedy “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, back in 2013. Now, Ovation will broadcast another acclaimed international series for U.S. audiences, Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft’s historical series “Versailles.”

Read More: James Franco Heads to TV with Ovation Docuseries

The series follows the 28-year-old Louis Xiv (George Blagden), who decides to make the rebellious nobility submit by moving the court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge, in order to impose his absolute power. Not long after Louis launches the construction of the palace, the nobles realize that their castle resembles a gilded prison, and as the king’s viciousness becomes more and more apparent, the plethora of secrets and the nastiness of politics reveal themselves in all their glory. Watch two exclusive clips from the series: »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Versailles’ Exclusive Clips: Historical Series Follows The Construction of Versailles During Louis Xiv’s Reign

4 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The TV network Ovation first came to prominence when it broadcast the British dark comedy “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, back in 2013. Now, Ovation will broadcast another acclaimed international series for U.S. audiences, Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft’s historical series “Versailles.”

Read More: James Franco Heads to TV with Ovation Docuseries

The series follows the 28-year-old Louis Xiv (George Blagden), who decides to make the rebellious nobility submit by moving the court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge, in order to impose his absolute power. Not long after Louis launches the construction of the palace, the nobles realize that their castle resembles a gilded prison, and as the king’s viciousness becomes more and more apparent, the plethora of secrets and the nastiness of politics reveal themselves in all their glory. Watch two exclusive clips from the series: »

- Vikram Murthi

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More Foreign Film Shoots May Be in Norway’s Production Plans

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For 40 years, the oil and gas industry has been a driving force in Norway’s economy — the country has 860 billion in its oil fund — but the drop of oil prices in the international market have drastically reduced the earnings: some 100,000 jobs have been lost, and 30,000 within the last year. But is film production Norway’s new oil? That question arose during a seminar at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund when it was reported that the country’s 10-month old production incentives program drew two international features: Working Title’s “The Snowman,” a U.K./U.S. production, and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” a U.S. title, with a direct $24 million expenditure in the country.

Despite the early success, no, film cannot possibly replace oil — the proportions are totally different, said Sindre Guldvog, managing director of the Norwegian Film Institute. “The annual turnover of the Norwegian cinemas is $145 million, »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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‘The Snowman,’ ‘Downsizing’ Tap Into Norwegian Film Incentives

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s U.K.-U.S. production of “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender, and “Downsizing” from U.S. helmer Alexander Payne directly spent $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. They were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions.

According to a preliminary report by Norway’s Olsberg Spi Consultancy, which was published Aug. 22 at a production seminar during the 44th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, the two productions also created 142 full-time equivalent jobs with a total of $12.7 million payroll costs (generating $4 millon tax income for the state).

Financial consultant Andrew Barnes, of Olsberg Spi, presented the report, which was based on the budgets of the two films, recommending the incentive scheme be expanded from $5.5 million in the first year started March 1, 2016, to cover up to four international productions. »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Christoph Waltz in Talks to Star in James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

24 August 2016 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christoph Waltz is in early negotiations to star in James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” with Robert Rodriguez directing the ambitious adaptation of the popular manga series.

Waltz would join Rosa Salazar in the movie with Salazar portraying a 26th century cyborg who’s rescued from a scrapyard and reassembled. Her character Alita, who only remembers her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior who tracks down vicious criminals. Waltz would play Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Salazar joined the project in March. Cameron and Jon Landau, who will produce for Fox under their Lightstorm Entertainment banner, are also currently in pre-production on four “Avatar” sequels.

Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel,” which is expected to have a budget between $175 million and $200 million. Fox is planning a fall start of production. »

- Dave McNary

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Ice cream and pretzels by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 August 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Michael Barker, John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Sharlto Copley, Thomas Bernard Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Sony Pictures Classics première at Cinepolis Chelsea for John Krasinski's The Hollars, written by People, Places Things director Jim Strouse, Krasinski and his stars, Margo Martindale and Sharlto Copley, talked ice cream and pretzels, Alexander Payne, Rod Steiger, a Le Cirque lunch for John Wells's August: Osage County, tightrope and tire swings.

Sharlto Copley: "I had a really personal bond with the two actresses playing my daughters." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Jenkins with Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Groban, Mary Kay Place, Randall Park, Charlie Day, Isabela Costine and Didi Costine round out the cast for John Krasinski's directorial follow-up to Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, based on David Foster Wallace stories.

Emily Blunt, producer Allyson Seeger, Ron Claiborne, Devika Bhise (Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity), Sarah Megan Thomas, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Miles Teller’s Hustle: How The ‘War Dogs’ Star Is Building One of Hollywood’s Most Versatile Careers

17 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Miles Teller is blonde now. The “Whiplash” and “War Dogs” star is currently sporting a mop of electric yellow hair, courtesy of Joseph Kosinski’s currently filming “Granite Mountain,” which casts Teller as a firefighter tasked with battling a wicked Arizona wildfire back in 2013. For Teller, it’s the next big step in a seemingly ever-evolving feature film career that, less than a six years in, already contains starring roles in festival favorites, Oscar contenders, superhero franchises and bawdy comedies.

In Teller’s newest feature, the Todd Phillips-directed “War Dogs,” the actor again changes direction, thanks to an action comedy that casts the actor alongside Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers who get in over their heads when they attempt to close a big deal with the U.S. government. But although the film has all the hallmarks of a Phillips film – namely, it’s about »

- Kate Erbland

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David O. Russell Eyes Limited Run TV Series with Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro

8 August 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

David O. Russell is looking to make a big splash in TV, and he’s bringing two huge stars along for the ride: Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro.

Details on the new project are mostly unknown, but Variety reports that it’s likely a limited-run serialized series. The trade site says CAA, which reps Russell, has sent feelers to various networks, hinting that a “hefty financial commitment” will be required before Russell even pitches the project.

Read More: Watch: 32-Minute Talk With David O. Russell And Alexander Payne About ‘Joy

Deadline adds that the project may be “a crime/cop thriller that may be set in the 1990s.” Per The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Megan Ellison are also attached.

The project would continue Russell’s relationship with De Niro, who starred in the filmmaker’s “Silver Linings Playbook” (which earned the actor an Oscar nomination) and “Joy. »

- Michael Schneider

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David O. Russell Eyes Limited Run TV Series with Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro

8 August 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David O. Russell is looking to make a big splash in TV, and he’s bringing two huge stars along for the ride: Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro.

Details on the new project are mostly unknown, but Variety reports that it’s likely a limited-run serialized series. The trade site says CAA, which reps Russell, has sent feelers to various networks, hinting that a “hefty financial commitment” will be required before Russell even pitches the project.

Read More: Watch: 32-Minute Talk With David O. Russell And Alexander Payne About ‘Joy

Deadline adds that the project may be “a crime/cop thriller that may be set in the 1990s.” Per The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Megan Ellison are also attached.

The project would continue Russell’s relationship with De Niro, who starred in the filmmaker’s “Silver Linings Playbook” (which earned the actor an Oscar nomination) and “Joy. »

- Michael Schneider

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A&E Developing Pot-Themed Family Crime Drama From Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

4 August 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A&E Network has put in development an adaptation of the Dutch television series Holland's Hoop, about a family in the illegal pot growing business. The project comes from Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Jim Burke, Miguel Arteta, Scripted World and Endemol Shine Studios. Written by Taylor, the untitled drama centers on a burnt-out forensic psychiatrist who, on the day his estranged father dies, learns that his wife is cheating on him and his teenage son is a delinquent. In a… »

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Lima Festival Turns 20 as Peruvian Film Production Surges

4 August 2016 1:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peru’s Lima Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary as its local pic industry is reporting dramatic growth. National production levels have spiked over the past three years, from 12 releases in 2013 to at least 21in 2015, with expectations for an average output of 20 in subsequent years. Peru has also earned its place on the world stage for the extraordinary appeal of its cuisine, with some of the top restaurants in the world based in Lima.

A new president, economist and former World Bank exec, Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski (aka Ppk), took office on July 28. How much of a film buff he is remains a mystery but he is known to be a keen piano player.

“The new government is most likely going to favor new investments and this will indirectly bolster the construction of new cinemas and private initiatives to invest in Peruvian films,” said Jorge Licetti, general manager of leading distrib New Century Films, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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'Jason Bourne' Again: In Praise of Matt Damon, Action Hero

1 August 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Go back to December 1997, courtesy of whatever streaming service you favor or your vast DVD collection, and head directly to the 22-minute mark of Gus Van Sant's artisanal version of a feel-good movie, Good Will Hunting. Maybe you remember seeing that baby-faced lead actor before as one of the School Ties' anti-Semites, or that wraith of a military-veteran junkie in Courage Under Fire, or that eager-beaver legal eagle in the John Grisham potboiler The Rainmaker.

But chances are good that Hunting is the movie where Matt Damon initially »

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Film Review: ‘Red Christmas’

27 July 2016 3:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ozploitation weighs in on the abortion debate with “Red Christmas,” in which an unsuccessfully terminated and hideously deformed fetus returns two decades later to wreak havoc during his family’s already volatile Yuletide celebration. Starring and co-produced by horror icon Dee Wallace (the original “The Hills Have Eyes,” “The Howling” and “Cujo,” not to mention the more family-friendly “E.T.”), the film is an energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time. Following a lusty debut at the Sydney Film Festival, the title will be a natural fit for genre gatherings and ancillary.

In her sprawling rural estate (the film was shot on location in the verdant Southern Highlands of New South Wales), widowed yet spirited matriarch Diane (Wallace) has managed the not-insignificant task of gathering her disparate offspring and their partners to a Christmas Day feast. »

- Eddie Cockrell

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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »

- Jordan Raup

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Before They Were ‘Ghostbusters’: The Early, Maybe Embarrassing Roles of Our New Favorite Squad

13 July 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot has debuted to widely positive reviews, thanks to an all-star cast including SNL leading ladies Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, comedy powerhouse Melissa McCarthy and the god of thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth.

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Review Roundup: Critics Generally Positive On Female-Led Blockbuster

Before the all-star group was strapping on proton packs and zapping ghosts — even before they appeared on “SNL” or “Gilmore Girls” — they made appearances in everything from strange short films to gay sketch shows. We’re taking it way back with a look at the early acting careers of the “Ghostbusters” gang.

Melissa McCarthy

“God” (1998)

In her first ever listed acting credit, McCarthy stars in a short film about a woman who has a very close relationship with God- as in, they talk on the phone for hours and share everything from juicy gossip to TV reruns. When that relationship turns sour, »

- Kate Halliwell and Kyle Kizu

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9-Minute Video Essay Studies The Science Of Failure In Alexander Payne’s Films

10 July 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Alexander Payne has made a successful career out of losers. Whether it’s Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) in “Election,” Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) in “About Schmidt,” Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) in “Sideways,” Matt King (George Clooney) in “The Descendents” or Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) in “Nebraska,” the writer/director has crafted a dependable niche focusing on the […]

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- Will Ashton

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Meeting of minds by Anne-Katrin Titze

7 July 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Orchard's Paul Davidson, Morgan Neville, Yo-Yo Ma and Sony's Dennis Kooker Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Introducing Gay Talese, the author of The Voyeur's Motel (to be adapted for the screen by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) and Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom, at Lotos Club, created a Music Of Strangers conversation that lead to Alexander Payne's producer Jim Burke (Downsizing, The Descendants and Election) for A Beautiful Game, the Marx Brothers, Best Of Enemies, Keith Richards: Under the Influence and Joan Didion in Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A.

Gay Talese on The Music Of Strangers: "This is a major international film!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Darlene Love, Richard Gere and Barbara Kopple hosted the after party where Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Colin Jacobsen, Shane Shanahan, Joseph Gramley, Evan Ziporyn, Johnny Gandelsman, Sandeep Das, Abigail Washburn, Logan Coale, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Pepe Serna Joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ (Exclusive)

1 July 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran character actor Pepe Serna has joined the cast in Alexander Payne’s satire “Downsizing,” joining Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Paramount film, currently shooting in Toronto, centers on an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces humans to a tiny fraction of their size. Then they move to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.

“It’s the smallest part I’ve ever had, four inches to be exact,” Serna said.

Payne is co-writing the script with Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and collaborated on the scripts for “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “Jurassic Park III,” “About Schmidt” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

Downsizing” is produced by Payne and Mark Johnson and will begin production this spring. »

- Dave McNary

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The 20 Best American Political Films of the Last 20 Years

29 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Upticks in the volume or quality of movies about American politics aren’t particularly good news; historically, it’s a pretty reliable warning sign that things in the real world aren’t going so well. And so, in the 20 years since IndieWire launched, we’ve seen a barrage of great movies about American politics. Yay?

Watch enough of them, and it’s hard to imagine how this country actually functions (or endures). These films can form a grim echo chamber that might seem it leaves us with little to celebrate.

And yet, there’s real joy to be found if you know where to look. Many of these movies are comedies — our increasingly absurd times inspire increasingly absurd movies. “Wag the Dog” seemed like outlandish satire when it premiered in 1997, but 19 years later it feels like a stone’s throw away from the truth. On the other hand, if 1997 audiences »

- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Eric Kohn, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Kate Halliwell, Sarah Colvin, Russell Goldman and Anne Thompson

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