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5 items from 2015

European Shooting Stars 2016 jury unveiled

18 November 2015 4:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Also… former Shooting Star joins Jan Forsström’s The Great Bear, pitched at this week’s Baltic Event.

Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and Italy’s Marta Donzelli, producer of this year’s Berlinale competition film Sworn Virgin, are among the jury members selecting the line-up for the 18th edition of the European Shooting Stars showcase to be held at the 66th Berlinale in February.

The decision on the 10 aspiring acting talents from across Europe will also be taken by the Greek film director Constantine Giannaris (Man At Sea), German film critic Tobias Kniebe of Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Danish casting director Rie Hedegaard (Dancer In The Dark, Men and Chicken, Itsi Bitsi).

As in previous years, the European Shooting Stars will be introduced to the international industry and press in a whirlwind three days of workshops, roundtables, press meetings during the Berlinale’s first weekend, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Award »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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First Look: Jude Law Plays Pope Pius Xiii in Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’

26 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The first image has been released from TV miniseries “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius Xiii. The image shows Belardo on a reclining chair under the Rome sun.

The cast also includes Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cecile de France, Javier Camara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell.

Paolo Sorrentino, who directed the Academy Award-winning film “The Great Beauty” and “Youth,” which played in competition in Cannes this year, will direct all eight episodes of the drama, which started shooting recently.

The show is a co-production between pay TV companies Sky, HBO and Canal Plus.


- Leo Barraclough

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Paolo Sorrentino's HBO Miniseries Will Star Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Ludivine Sagnier and More

4 August 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-winning Italo-auteur Paolo Sorrentino knows how to direct Hollywood actors. His Cannes premiere "Youth" starring Michael Caine as a retired maestro languishing in a Swiss health spa will earn distributor Fox Searchlight awards attention this Fall. Sorrentino will next foray into miniseries-making, with "The Young Pope" now fully cast and in production. Jude Law and Diane Keaton, in their first major television roles, will star as a pontiff and a nun, respectively. They will be joined by Silvio Orlando as Cardinal Voiello, the Secretary of State, and Scott Shepherd will play Cardinal Dussolier, from South America. Cécile de France will play Sofia, in charge of marketing in the Vatican City, while Javier Cámara is set to play Cardinal Gutierrez, the Master of Ceremonies of the Vatican City. Read More: Cannes: Michael Caine Will Win Awards for Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' French chameleon Ludivine Sagnier will play Esther, the wife of a Swiss. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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News Bits: Macbeth, Children, Criminal, Women

4 August 2015 5:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


The Michael Fassbender-Marion Cotillard led "Macbeth" is set to stream exclusively on Amazon soon after its December theatrical release. The Weinstein Company has not set the exact release date on Amazon for the film though.

Fassbender stars as the power-hungry Scot with Cotillard playing Lady Macbeth. Justin Kurzel directed from a script by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso. [Source: Variety]

The Children

New Line has closed a deal to acquire Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis' script pitch "The Children" which will be fast tracked to go into production early next year. The story follows a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy. [Source: Deadline]


Lionsgate has pushed back its London-set action thriller "Criminal" from January 22nd to April 15th next year. Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds star in the film in which a dead CIA operative's memories, »

- Garth Franklin

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Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Young Pope’ Rounds Out Cast With James Cromwell And Slew Of Top International Talent

4 August 2015 3:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After casting Jude Law in the title role as a young conservative American pontiff, and Diane Keaton as a nun, the cast for Paolo Sorrentino-directed TV series “The Young Pope” has been rounded out with a slew of top international talent.

Joining the three-way Sky, HBO and Canal Plus papal production as prelates are:

James Cromwell, who will play Cardinal Michael Spencer, who is Lenny’s mentor; Silvio Orlando, a regular in Nanni Moretti movies, who is set for the role of Cardinal Voiello, the Secretary of State; and Scott Shepherd, who will play Cardinal Dussolier, from South America.

Cecile de France will play Sofia, who is in charge of marketing in the Vatican City; while Javier Camara is set to play Cardinal Gutierrez, the Master of Ceremonies of the Vatican City. Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool”) (pictured) will play Esther, the wife of a Swiss guard, and Italian theatre »

- Nick Vivarelli

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