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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Zookeeper’S Wife In St. Louis

3 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in The Zookeeper’S Wife in the title role of Antonina Żabińska, a real-life working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during WWII. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) directs the movie from a screenplay by Angela Workman, adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on Antonina’s diaries.

The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, of The Broken Circle Breakdown). Devoted to each other, the couple thrive as personal and professional partners; the Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. With reserves of energy, Antonina rises every day to tend to both her family and their menagerie, as the gates to the majestic zoo open in welcome…

…until the »

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Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Win Is Becoming a Movie

21 March 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After making history last fall as part of the Chicago Cubs' curse-breaking World Series win, retired catcher David Ross is now helping bring this epic story to the big screen. Radar Pictures has acquired David Ross' upcoming memoir, Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, which he co-wrote with sportswriter Don Yeager, for a big-screen movie adaptation. While the book will touch upon his successful 15-year career as a major league catcher, it will largely focus on the Chicago Cubs' improbable comeback win, the team's first since 1908.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the movie will go under the shortened title Teammate: My Life in Baseball, based on the book that will be published on May 9 by Hachette Books. Ram Getz and John Corcoran (Whisper of the Wolves) will write the adapted screenplay based on this book. Ram Getz is also producing with Radar Pictures' Ted Field, »

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Chicago Cubs World Series Movie in Development

21 March 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ted Field’s Radar Pictures is developing a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series — their first in 108 years — with the team and its recently-retired catcher David Ross.

Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.” The book is co-written by sportswriter Don Yaeger and will be published May 9 by Hachette Books.

The book centers on the final game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, during which the 40-year-old Ross became the oldest player to homer in a Game 7 of the World Series.

The Cubs won the game 8-7 in 10 innings. Ross had announced that he would retire at the end of the season following a 15-year career in Major League Baseball.

Radar has titled the movie project “Teammate: My Life in Baseball. »

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Win A United Kingdom on DVD

13 March 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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The irresistible love story of the year – Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom – arrives in the UK on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD through Twentieth Century Fox and Pathé on 20 March 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 3 DVDs!

The film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

A United Kingdom is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. The cast is led by David Oyelowo (Selma) as Seretse Khama, with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) playing his future wife Ruth Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden »

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Win Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom on DVD

9 March 2017 11:22 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The irresistible love story of the year – Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom – arrives in the UK on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD through Twentieth Century Fox and Pathé on 20 March 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2x DVDs!

The film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

A United Kingdom is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. The cast is led by David Oyelowo (Selma) as Seretse Khama, with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) playing his future wife Ruth Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden (’71) and »

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Interview: Actor David Oyelowo Presides Over ‘A United Kingdom’

4 March 2017 4:17 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Actor David Oyelowo is very familiar with portraying a man of consequence put into a difficult leadership role. In 2014, he took on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” Currently, he is in theaters with “A United Kingdom,” which tells the story of an African prince who led his country to a new mindset in the 1950s.

Oyelowo portrays Seretse Khama, the first democratically elected president of the African country of Botswana. To get to that point, he first had to abdicate his right to ascend as king of the country, mostly because he had met and married a white British commoner (Rosamund Pike) while studying in England. Angering both his fellow countryman and the British government (who was the “protectorate” of Botswana), Khama used the exile as a strategy, and inspired his people through his call for acceptance of his situation and autonomy from colonization. »

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Ryan Gosling Developing Jeff Lemire’s ‘The Underwater Welder’ as Movie

3 March 2017 9:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao, and Anonymous Content have come on board to produce a movie adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel “The Underwater Welder.”

The New York Times bestseller details a man in the dangerous profession of underwater welding, who has a supernatural encounter at the bottom of the sea. Lemire, Chris Staros (Editor–in–Chief at the Top Shelf imprint) and Ted Adams (CEO at Idw Publishing) are attached as executive producers.

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No actors, screenwriters, or director is attached to “The Underwater Welder” at this point. Gosling was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for “La Land Land” and worked with Kao and his Waypoint Entertaiment in “The Nice Guys” and on Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” which opens SXSW on March 10 and also stars Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Rooney Mara. »

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Elite Squad director to helm Arc of Justice

28 February 2017 8:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop, Narcos) has signed on to helm an adaptation of historian Kevin Boyle’s award-winning 2004 non-fiction book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age.

Arc of Justice “tells the true story of a racial incident in 1925 Detroit that put African American doctor Ossian Sweet on the stand for murder. His defense was funded by the nascent NAACP and was led by legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow.”

Brazilian filmmaker Padilha has recently wrapped filming on Entebbe, which stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl and explores the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, and the Israeli commando raid to free them. »

- Gary Collinson

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Study Ranks American Actors’ British Accents, and Vice Versa

27 February 2017 4:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone who’s seen “Mary Poppins” knows what a bad Cockney accent sounds like. But for the first time, British actors have ranked Dick Van Dyke’s “mockney” as the worst attempt at a U.K. accent in a pool of the highest grossing films’ leads.

Language-learning app Babbel commissioned ex-pat professional actors from both the U.K. and U.S. to vote on a five-point scale on how convincing the accents were for leading parts in blockbusters grossing over $100 million.

For the United States accent, American Actors UK awarded British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor a 4.5/5 for his work as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Tied for second are the DC superheros; Christian Bale as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman both garnered 4.2/5 scores.

Best in show for the Americans attempting the over-the-pond accents, awarded by British Actors in La, are Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger. Streep’s »

- Dani Levy

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Logan: Director James Mangold on His Second Wolverine Movie

27 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

These days, it feels like a director returning to do another installment of a comic book movie is a rarity, but that’s especially true for James Mangold, whose teaming with Hugh Jackman for 2013’s The Wolverine was quite a departure for a filmmaker who had already made a legit Western (3:10 to Zuma) and an Oscar-winning film (Walk the Line).

What Mangold did in The Wolverine, as far as dealing with that character’s history in Japan, Logan does with “Old Man Logan,” which was also meant to be the very last Wolverine story. The film follows Logan, Patrick Stewart’s now somewhat senile Charles Xavier, and a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), who has a lot in common with Logan, on a journey to find the girl a safe haven as one of the few mutants in a world where most of them have already been wiped out. »

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Arthouse Audit: ‘My Life As a Zucchini’ Tops New Limited Releases

26 February 2017 10:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The marathon run of specialized awards contenders reaches its climax tonight. Only a handful will get a further boost. It has been a strong season, with business spread out among multiple films.

Meantime, a handful of releases outside the awards world, led by cat documentary “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) and the wider decently performing “A United Kingdom” (Fox Searchlight) will need to make up the gaps ahead.

One final Oscar nominee, the Swiss animated feature “My Life As a Zucchini” (Oscilloscope) had a decent start in a single theater each in New York and Los Angeles. This will see some niche life ahead as arthouses look for needed supplementary releases.

In every previous case of the first release of a Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition winner would be the top story in this report, as was the case for “The Birth of a Nation” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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A United Kingdom – Review

24 February 2017 5:21 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Rosamund Pike as “Ruth Williams” and David Oyelowo as “Seretse Khama” in the film A United Kingdom. Photo by Stanislav Honzik. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

A United Kingdom is one of those movies where one is compelled to say “based on a true story” lest viewers scoff that such a thing couldn’t happen. Set in the late 1940s, the film is based on a real-life romance between a white middle-class English office worker and an African prince attending college in London but due to return home to ascend as king of his country. In this visually beautiful, romantic historical drama, the two meet, fall in love and marry, which sparks not only outrage in both their families but an international crisis.

The story takes place shortly after World War II, when European colonial powers still controlled most of Africa and apartheid was just taking hold in South Africa. »

- Cate Marquis

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The Weekend Warrior 2/24/17: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog

22 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop.  Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »

- Edward Douglas

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Get Out: Jordan Peele Explores Race With His Social Horror Flick

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

After many years establishing himself as a comedian--first on Mad TV and then teaming with that show’s Keegan--Michael Key for the equally successful Comedy Central show Key and Peele--Jordan Peele has decided to go behind the camera to make his directorial debut with the horror-thriller Get Out.

It stars Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) as Chris Washington, whose girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams of Girls) wants to take their relationship to the next level by having him meet her parents, who she hasn’t told that her boyfriend is black. At first, it doesn’t seem to matter, but as they spend the weekend together at her parent’s remote house, they’re joined by family friends who are acting equally oddly around Chris.  As Chris tries to figure out what is happening, he is led down a dark path towards something quite malevolent and deadly.

It’s »

- Edward Douglas

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Arthouse Audit: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Soars as ‘Kedi’ Continues Strong

19 February 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A successful Oscar season is wrapping up, as multiple contenders from the specialty world continuing their long runs. Last out of the gate is Documentary Feature contender “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia) which is rapidly expanding far beyond most similar nominees in an era when most documentaries do not play outside their Oscar-qualifying theatrical runs.

Among limited films, the new releases are mainly niche items without high expectations, and will add little in upcoming weeks. However, strong new Los Angeles dates on the second week of cat documentary “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) showed that its big New York opening was no fluke.

Opening

Everybody Loves Somebody (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 74; Festivals include: Palm Springs 2017

$1,000,000 in 333 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,003,000

The second 2017 release from Lionsgate’s Mexico producing partner Pantelion is a rom-com with a rare female director for this commercial general (mostly Latino) audience. Bilingual, it centers on an Los Angeles-based »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win Passes for an Advance Screening of A United Kingdom in St. Louis

17 February 2017 8:27 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win two seats to the advance screening of A United Kingdom on February 21st at 7pm in the St. Louis area.

To Enter, Add Your Name And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening. »

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‘A United Kingdom’: Why David Oyelowo’s Passion Project Is Competing for Audiences With Oscar Contenders

17 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A United Kingdom” has taken in more than $6 million at the international box office since its U.K. premiere in November, but actor-producer David Oyelowo’s passion project faces its first real test in the U.S. this weekend. After opening in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles last week, generating a promising $70,000, the historical drama expands to 45 theaters on Friday. Fox Searchlight Pictures bought the North American theatrical distributions rights to the film out of the Toronto International Film Festival, and is expected to make an aggressive national push to hundreds of theaters.

Read More: ‘A United Kingdom’ Review: David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike Bring Historical Love Story to Satisfying Life – Tiff Review

Directed by British filmmaker Amma Asante, the movie is based on Susan Williams’ book “Colour Bar,” which tells the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana’s marriage to Ruth Williams, a white woman from London, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Q&A: ‘A United Kingdom’ Director Amma Asante on Her Epic True Tale

14 February 2017 2:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a postcard of a painting that inspired director Amma Asante’s 2013 movie “Belle,” the little-known true story of a mixed race woman raised among aristocracy. For her new film, “A United Kingdom,” Asante delves in a true-life tale of epic romance and political intrigue in the 1940s that is all the more shocking because it’s so unknown. The film details the marriage of Ruth Williams (played by Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, and Seretse Khama (portrayed by David Oyelowo, who also produces), the Prince of Bechuanaland (now known as Botswana). Their relationship faced not only disapproval from their families, but from both their governments.

How did “A United Kingdom” come to you?

It was David Oyelowo. David and I go back at least two decades — he was in the first thing I ever wrote for television, (“Brothers and Sisters.”) He rang me up one evening, »

- Jenelle Riley

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The Lrm Interview with A United Kingdom’s Rosamund Pike

13 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Hard-working British actress, Rosamund Pike, has remained quite visible in a number of films since her breakout role as “Bond girl” Miranda Frost in Die Another Day. Despite the vast number of films she’s appeared in, Pike only started to really get recognition on these shores when she starred in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, for which Pike received an Oscar nomination.

In between, she could be seen in a wide variety of films that include Pride and Prejudice, Doom, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher. After a maternity break, Pike is reunited with another star from that latter film, David Oyelowo, for A United Kingdom from director Amma Assante (Belle).

In the film, Pike plays Ruth Williams, a British working class woman in the ‘40s, who encounters Oyelowo’s Seretse Khama, who happens to be the heir to the king’s thrown of Bechuenaland, »

- Edward Douglas

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Interview: Amma Asante on balancing both sides of A United Kingdom’s uncomfortable history

12 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Amma Asante directs romances, but according to her, she’s “never going to tell a pure love story.” That’s in part because her films like Belle and the newly out A United Kingdom focus on couples who engage in political acts simply by falling for one another. She’ll next do so in the WWII-set Where Hands Touch, but her latest casts David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as real-life couple Seretse and Ruth Khama, whose interracial relationship becomes the center of international controversy. The 1948 marriage between a prince of what was then Bechuanaland—who would ultimately go on to become the first president of Botswana—and a white Londoner is seen as a threat to many nations’ interests. The A.V. Club spoke with Asante at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.

The A.V. Club: David Oyelowo came to you with Seretse’s story, right ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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