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Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl are in talks to topline “Entebbe,” Working Title’s Palestinian drama about the true events surrounding Operation Entebbe and the hijacking of an Air France plane in 1976. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will portray two German hijackers.
In the summer of that year, an Air France plane with 258 passengers was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells. The thriller’s title comes from the hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
- Liz Calvario
Don that hat and grab your umbrella because Meryl Streep in in talks to join the sequel to Mary Poppins, Variety reports. If Streep should accept, the Oscar winner joins Emily Blunt (who plays the titular Poppins) in Mary Poppins Returns, which would reunite the two and director Rob Marshall from Into the Woods — not to mention The Devil Wears Prada for the acting duo. Set in Depression-era London and concerns Jane and Michael Banks, who are now all grown up and have suffered a personal loss when they get a visit from the titular character. There is no news on who will play either Banks, but Hamilton star Manuel Miranda has been cast as Jack, a streetlamp lighter and friend of Blunt’s Poppins who will assumedly play a pivotal role in helping her coax the family out of sadness. The script is penned by David Magee, who recently adapted Life of Pi, »
- Mike Mazzanti
A new thriller is on its way from screenwriter Gregory Burke (’71) and director Jose Padilha (Robocop), based on the real life hostage situation that unfolded at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda in 1976 – and Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike are in talks to star. Entebbe will see the actors play two of four hijackers who took control of a plane full of passengers, and created a week-long ground siege that was ended by Israeli Commandoes.
The Air France flight in question was travelling from Tel Aviv to Paris when it was seized by two people fighting for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as well as two German hijackers from the Revolutionary Cells. After a brief re-fuelling stop in Libya, the hijackers forced the plane to land at Entebbe Airport, as the Ugandan Government was supportive of their action. Approximately half the hostages were released, and the rest were transferred to airport buildings. »
- Sarah Myles
If their deals close, Pike and Bruhl will play German terrorists in the movie, based on the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane headed from Tel Aviv to Paris. A total of 248 hostages were held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, then rescued by Israeli forces.
The plane was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells.
- Dave McNary
Set in 1976, the story follows four hijackers - two Palestinian, two German - who took a plane hostage and diverted it to land in Uganda while they demanded the release of dozens of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian prisoners.
The suspense thriller follows the hijackers, hostages, French crew, and then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and future Pm Shimon Peres as they try to decide whether to negotiate or launch a raid to free the hostages.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl and Vincent Cassel are in talks to board Jose Padilha’s Entebbe for Brit production powerhouse Working Title. Participant is also on board as producer and in negotiations to fully finance. In what is a near-perfect union of filmmaker, subject and cast, this is shaping up to be a major motion picture likely to attract plenty of interest — particularly given recent world events. Greg Burke, who wrote Yann Demange's brilliant '71, is… »
Empire reports that Ben Foster has joined Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s presumably brutal Western Hostiles. Foster and Bale previously worked together on James Mangold’s 3:10 To Yuma, and they’re saddling up again for a Western where Bale plays a Native American-hating soldier whose last assignment before retirement is escorting an ailing Cheyenne chief back to his Montana reservation.
Of course, during the course of the journey, the duo must overcome the challenging landscape and hostile Comanche tribes, and Bale’s character must come to respect the chief. But since Cooper previously directed hard-knock films like Out Of The Furnace (which also starred Bale) and Black Mass, don’t expect things to feel very warm and fuzzy. Rosamund Pike will play a widow the party encounters during their journey, and although there’s potential for a love story between her and Bale’s character, everything will ...
- Matt Wayt
Murtada here. It’s the week of fall film festivals announcements. We just heard that The Bening is going to New York. Lupita Nyong'o and Rosamund Pike are going to both London and Toronto. Let’s check in with a few others who are going to Venice, Toronto and possibly Telluride (Telluride doesn’t announce its program until its first day but if a film is announced as a Canadian Premiere at Tiff, and it hasn’t appeared at Sundance, it’s assumed to be Telluride bound).
Sally, Dakota, Rooney and more after the jump...
- Murtada Elfadl
With the hopeful success of Michael Fassbender jumping off buildings, Ubisoft is gearing up for an adaptation of another one of their video games titled The Division, which already stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, THR reports Jessica Chastain may join the Nightcrawler star in the dystopian action thriller set in New York City after a smallpox outbreak leaves the world torn. Hollywood has long-since tried to bring video games to the big screen, usually with muddled results. Star caliber of this rate is a good starting point, but who is set to helm and pen the film will be the next test to see how serious Ubisoft is to make this work. Chastain was most recently seen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and she’s slated for six films over the next year. Gyllenhaal is also producing the film with Gerard Guillemot of Ubisoft.
In non-button-mashing news, it’s been »
- Mike Mazzanti
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Foster – best known for roles in The Finest Hours and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft: The Beginning – is bound for the frontier alongside Christian Bale and Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike.
Rooted in 1892, Cooper’s follow-up to Black Mass chronicles the remarkable tale of legendary Army Capt. Joseph J. Blocker, who defies orders and common sense in order to “escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains.”
No word yet on what role Foster has nabbed, but we do understand the remainder of the casting docket features Wes Studi, »
- Michael Briers
Set in 1892, Christian Bale plays legendary Army Capt. Joseph J. Blocker who, after stern resistance, begrudgingly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief named Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands.
Making the perilous journey from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. She joins them as they try to overcome the hostile Comanche tribes.
Adam Beach, Q'orianka Kilcher, Jonathan Majors, Timothee Chalamet, Paul Anderson, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Peter Mullan, Michael Parks and Ryan Bingham also star John Lesher and Ken Kao are producing and filming kicked off this week in Sante Fe.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Ben Foster has joined the cast of Hostiles, the frontier drama that Scott Cooper began filming this week in Sante Fe. Pic, produced by John Lesher and Ken Kao, stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Q'orianka Kilcher, Jonathan Majors, Timothée Chalamet, Paul Anderson, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Peter Mullan, Michael Parks and Ryan Bingham. Bigham was in Cooper’s Crazy Heart and is writing some original songs for Hostiles. Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the… »
It’s part of a star-studded lineup that boasts everything from Sundance darling Manchester By the Sea to Nate Parker’s Oscar-tipped epic, The Birth of a Nation. They’ll filter into the Special Presentations category at Tiff 2016, while The Magnificent Seven will be joined on opening night by Juan Antonio Bayona’s hotly-anticipated A Monster Calls – part The Bfg, part Pan’s Labyrinth – and Snowden, Oliver Stone’s timely biopic that was turned down by “every major studio.”
Included below is the detailed overview of every film to feature at Toronto International Film Festival, beginning with those features slated to premiere on opening night, September 8.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings »
- Michael Briers
After highlighting the best films of the year thus far, it’s time to turn our attention to the fall. While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s Lbj, A Monster Calls, »
- Jordan Raup
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Chalamet now joins a cast that boasts Christian Bale – reuniting with Cooper after Out of the Furnance – Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons and Adam Beach, who will soon be rubbing shoulders with the remainder of Task Force X in next month’s Suicide Squad.
Chalamet, meanwhile, will assume the role of Private Philippe DeJardin, a member of the military stationed at an outpost in New Mexico. From what we understand, Scott Cooper’s period Western chronicles the story of an Army captain (Christian Bale) who escorts a Cheyenne chief through war-torn territory, utterly ignoring common sense and the very near and present danger.
- Michael Briers
After winning the original song Oscar in 2010 for his soulful ballad “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart,” singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham is saddling up with director Scott Cooper once again for the upcoming western “Hostiles.”
Bingham will write a pair of songs for the film. Cooper describes them as “in the vein of a murder ballad.”
In an email blast to fans, Bingham explained that scheduling meant he would have to cancel four shows from his upcoming fall tour in Boise, Spokane, Portland and Seattle
“Sincere apologies to the fans who already bought tickets,” Bingham wrote. “I am sad to miss these shows and I will make sure to be back to make them up in the future. Thank you for understanding and for your continued support.”
- Kristopher Tapley
Isn’t it about time we had another buzzy thriller novel adapted for the big screen? Particularly one starring the sensational Emily Blunt? After the success of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and an Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike, audiences are surely thirsting for another bone-chilling story of adultery, deceit, and unreliable narrators. Enter “The Girl on the Train,” Paula Hawkins’ best-selling erotic mystery novel about an alcoholic commuter who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees every day through a train window—and then embroiled in their affairs after a mysterious disappearance. With a screenplay adaptation by Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary”) and direction from Tate Taylor (“The Help”), “The Girl on the Train” stars Blunt as Rachel, the alcohol-abusing divorcée struggling to come to grips with her husband Tom’s (Justin Theroux) new life with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson). Co-starring Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, »
Based on the cyborg created to do Skynet’s bidding from the Terminator series, this T-800 endoskeleton maquette from Sideshow Collectibles is made up of 100+ pieces of polystone and Abs plastic elements. Also: details on the Plutona comic book movie rights being acquired by Waypoint Entertainment and a look at the Cryptocracy #2 cover plus release details.
Terminator T-800 Maquette Photos Revealed Plus Release Details: From Sideshow: “Is it a good idea to keep on building Terminators while living this close to Los Angeles? What could go wrong?
Sideshow’s Terminator Endoskeleton Maquette is a painstakingly detailed recreation of the iconic T-800, the Terminator that first struck fear into would be freedom fighters everywhere. Our version features Polystone and premium grade Abs plastic elements in order to maintain the crisp details that one would expect to find in a machine crafted by machines. The piece is also made up of over 100 pieces. »
- Tamika Jones
“Plutona” centers on a group of kids who find the body of a famous dead superhero in the woods. Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive Pictures’ Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.
Image Comics released “Plutona,” a five-issue limited series, in September.
Lemire is the author of the Essex County Trilogy, “Sweet Tooth,” “The Nobody” and a run of “Animal Man.” Lenox is known for her diary comic “Emitown.”
Waypoint Entertainment acquired the rights in April to two Mark Millar properties, “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks,” which Ken Kao and Dan Kao will produce with Addictive Pictures. It is also in pre-production on the sci-fi thriller “Tau,” directed by Federico D’ Alessandro and starring Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein. »
- Dave McNary
Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016
Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...
Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.
We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »
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