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Ridley Scott Sort of Addresses Whitewashing in Exodus: Gods And Kings

28 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings opens this December, and the casting for the film has been controversial to say the least. Although Ancient Egypt was a racially diverse society, the lead cast — Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua — is as white as it gets. That's unfortunately standard for a Hollywood movie, but things took a turn when the above photo hit the Internet. As you might have noticed, the important people are white, the slaves and servants are black. People had a problem with that, especially when they found that black and non-white actors were mostly credited with roles like "Egyptian Thief" and "Egyptian Lower Class Civilian." Yikes. Scott recently spoke to Yahoo Australia, and this is what he said about casting the film.

“Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result »

- Mily Dunbar

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Adele Haenel, Anais Demoustier and Reda Kateb Among Unifrance’s 10 Talents To Watch

25 August 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Adele Haenel (“Love at First Fight”), Anais Demoustier (“The New Girlfriend”) and Reda Kateb (“Lost River”) are among the 10 Talents to Watch selected by Unifrance, the French film promotion org.

The other actors and directors selected by Unifrance are actors Raphael Personnaz, Celine Salette, Gaspard Ulliel and four femmes directors Celine Sciamma, Mia Hansen-Love, and Alix Delaporte and Melanie Laurent, who is also a popular actress.

Haenel, who delivered a breakthrough performance in Katell Quillevere’s “Suzanne,”  showed her range in  Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” (“Les Combattants”), in which she played the lead actress. A fresh romantic dramedy set in an Army survival program, “Love at First Fight” proved to be Directors’ Fortnight hit, winning a record four awards.

Haenel also starred in Andre Techine’s “French Riviera” which played at Cannes in the official selection.

Demoustier made her debut at age 13 in Michael Haneke’s »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cara Delevingne May Sing And Surf All Summer Long In Beach Boys Musical

20 August 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Are you ready for a Beach Boys musical? Fox 2000 is reportedly moving ahead with All Summer Long, having tapped The Vow helmer Michael Sucsy to sit in the director’s chair on the project, and now we’re hearing that English model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is in talks for the lead role of Caroline.

Further plot details are being kept under wraps, but Fox 2000 paid $2 million to buy the pitch by Susannah Grant, along with rights to the Beach Boys catalog. All Summer Long is reportedly a 1960s California-set story inspired by the band’s music.

After breaking out as a model for Victoria’s Secret, Burberry and Dkny, Delevingne successfully managed to transition into acting with a small role in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. Since then, she’s been keeping busy with a number of high-profile parts.

In the can, Delevingne has mystery thriller London Fields with Johnny Depp, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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How Steven Soderbergh Made 'The Knick' Must-See TV

13 August 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On the occasion of the Karlovy Vary Film festival tribute to Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, I sat down with the veteran manager who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott BurnsCary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As we talked, HBO's "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, is competiing for multiple Emmys and coming up was Soderbergh's elegant new Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital.  How long have you been working with Steven Soderbergh? I’ve been working with him… it’s now been six years. And so you’ve navigated this interesting career trajectory. Soderbergh is like the canary in the coal mine: someone who sees the future sooner than others. What did he go. »

- Anne Thompson

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Below the Line Bookings

8 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”

Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett »

- Peter Caranicas

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Below the Line Bookings

8 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”

Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett »

- Peter Caranicas

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‘Star Wars’ Actor Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’ (Exclusive)

30 July 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” thesp Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in New Regency’s “The Revenant,” sources confirm.

Will Poulter also stars in the Western with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directing.

Pic will shoot this fall.

Based on the Michael Punke novel, “The Revenant” centers on a 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Mark L. Smith and Inarritu penned the adaptation.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce along with Inarritu, Arnon Milchan and James Skotchdopole. New Regency is co-financing the film with RatPac.

Paul Green, Brett Ratner and James Packer are exec producing.

After playing Bill Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, Gleeson has been on a roll with parts in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina and a starring role in Focus’ “About Time.” Gleeson »

- Justin Kroll

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Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders Of Pern Optioned By Warner Bros.

30 July 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This December, Warner Bros. will release the final installment in Peter Jackson’s mega-successful Hobbit trilogy, and execs over at that studio are already scrambling to find a fantasy franchise capable of replacing it. The studio, which also released all eight Harry Potter films, already has Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin tale Pan, David Yates’ Tarzan and Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur on the docket, but none of those exactly scream ‘franchise.’ Recently, Warner Bros. announced that it was optioned another sprawling fantasy series with plans to create a franchise – Anne McCaffrey’s bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series.

With 23 volumes, McCaffrey’s series is one of the biggest selling science-fiction series of all time. Dragonriders of Pern centers on a prestigious group of warriors who fly on the backs of dragons with whom they have developed a telepathic link. These dragonriders are the »

- Isaac Feldberg

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First Trailer For ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

24 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Once set to heat up the summer next month, Fifty Shades of Grey will now be arriving as a Valentine’s Day present next year. While we’d mostly scoff off the adaptation, our curiosity can’t helped but be piqued when the project attracted such attention from Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright. Produced by The Social Network‘s […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Rooney Mara Signs On For Jim Sheridan’s ‘Secret Scripture’

23 July 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After wrapping Joe Wright’s Pan picture in London, Rooney Mara will head for the Jim Sheridan-helmed The Secret Scripture. The drama, about a 100-year-old woman named Roseanne who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir, is gearing up for a September shoot in Ireland. Jessica Chastain was previously attached to star alongside Vanessa Redgrave, but now Mara will play the younger Roseanne, who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest. Pic reunites Sheridan with his My Left Foot producer Noel Pearson and is adapted by Johnny Ferguson […] »

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News Bits: 999, Terminator, Tarzan, Foxcatcher

30 June 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Triple Nine

She's been filming her role as Wonder Woman on "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and now Gal Gadot has posted several behind-the-scenes images from her currently in production thriller "Triple Nine". One with Kate Winslet and one with Aaron Paul. [Source: Twitter]

Terminator

Still in production after several months of shooting, Paramount's upcoming "Terminator" reboot/refresh has gone by several titles so far - most notably "Terminator: Genesis". Others have said the film will simply go by the title "Terminator".

Now, Bleeding Cool reports that various tie-in merchandise, licensing and toys have been branded with just the name "Terminator" - no "The Terminator" and no "Terminator: Genesis" in sight.

Leavesden Studios

The Warner Bros. Studios at Leavesden in the UK is set to add three sound stages and a further 100,000 square feet of office space. The three new sound stages are set to be completed by the end of »

- Garth Franklin

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Warner Bros. Leavesden to expand

30 June 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plan unveiled as David YatesTarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is to add three sound stages and a further 100,000 square feet of office space.

Construction of the three new sound stages, comprising one 35,000ft² and two 17,000ft² buildings, with 20,000ft² of adjacent office space, is set to be completed by the end of 2014, bringing the studios’ total number of sound stages to 13.

The news comes as production kicks off at the studio on action-adventure Tarzan from director David Yates and starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz.

The film will join Warner Bros.Pan, directed by Joe Wright, which has been filming at the studios and on location since April.

The announcement comes ahead of an industry reception tonight, hosted by the Prime Minster and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid at No10 Downing Street, aimed at celebrating the UK’s creative industries.

Guests include »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Warner Bros. Expands Leavesden Studios as 'Tarzan' Begins Production

30 June 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just two years after opening, Warner Bros. has announced its plans to expand Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, building three new state-of-the-art stages and adding a further 100,000 square feet of office space. The Studio also revealed that its new Tarzan action adventure started shooting in the UK today and will film at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and on location.

The announcements were made ahead of a reception celebrating the Creative Industries, hosted by Pm David Cameron at No10 Downing Street and attended by Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros. and Josh Berger, President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK.

The expansion of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will see the construction of three new sound stages comprising one 35,000 square-foot and two 17,000 square foot buildings, with 20,000 square feet of adjacent office space. Work is set to be completed by the end of 2014, bringing the studios' total number of sound stages to 13.

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- MovieWeb

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Warner Bros. to Expand Leavesden Studios as ‘Tarzan’ Starts Filming

30 June 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two years after planting a flag in the U.K. with the opening of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Warner Bros. will expand its facilities there with three new sound stages and an additional 100,000 square feet of office space.

WB announced the expansion at the same 10 Downing Street event where the studio announced that helmer David Yates’ new take on “Tarzan” — starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz — began shooting today at Leavesden, joining Joe Wright’s “Pan,” which has been shooting there since late April.

Leavesden’s trio of new sound stages will consist of one 35,000 square foot building and two 17,000 square foot edifices, with along with adjacent office space. When the new spaces are completed at the end of this year, Leavesden’s tally of sound stages will rise to 13.

Two buildings that neighbor Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden have also been aquired, adding additional production space. »

- Gordon Cox

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Rooney Mara turns producer-star for 'A House in the Sky'

25 June 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rooney Mara has been playing things pretty cool since picking up a Best Actress Oscar nomination two years ago for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." The franchise initially beckoned by David Fincher's Scandi-thriller remake hasn't come to pass, which has left Mara room to be discerning: she had classy leading roles last year in David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects," though neither one was built entirely around her; a tart supporting role in Spike Jonze's Best Picture nominee "Her" further added to her credibility. Mara's upcoming slate is pretty high-end, too, with Todd Haynes' "Carol," Stephen Daldry's "Trash" and Joe Wright's "Pan" all at various stages of production, while she'll appear (or not -- who knows?) in one of Terrence Malick's upcoming endeavors. Still, even with all these offers coming along, it never hurts to start developing your own projects. »

- Guy Lodge

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Rooney Mara Teams with Annapurna for 'A House in the Sky'

25 June 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a competitive pursuit, Annapurna Pictures, in tandem with actress Rooney Mara, has optioned the New York Times bestseller A House in the Sky by co-authors Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. The memoir will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna's Megan Ellison. Annapurna's Chelsea Barnard will be the executive overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the project.

A House in the Sky is the dramatic and redemptive memoir of Amanda Lindhout, whose deep passion for exploration of the world's most remote and perilous places, took an unexpected turn when she was abducted in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia by a rebel terrorist group.

An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout's fifteen months in captivity, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her captors all the while as she is kept in chains, nearly starved, »

- MovieWeb

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Rooney Mara Joins Somalia Drama ‘A House in the Sky’

25 June 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rooney Mara will produce, and may star in, Annapurna Pictures’ abduction drama “A House in the Sky,” the story of Amanda Lindhout’s 15-month imprisonment.

Annapurna has optioned the memoir by co-authors Lindhout and Sara Corbett and will develop the project.

Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will also produce and Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will be the executive overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the project.

Lindhout was abducted in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia, by a rebel terrorist group and kept in captivity for 460 days with photographer Nigel Brennan before they were released following ransom payments by their families. “A House in the Sky” details the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her captors as she is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to abuse.

The book, published by Scribner, was first brought to the attention of Mara through her team at Management 360. They then approached Annapurna.

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- Dave McNary

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Rooney Mara To Star In Memoir Adaptation A House In The Sky

25 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since her transformative performance in David Fincher’s amazing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, Rooney Mara has been highly in-demand. She’s had her pick of projects over the past few years, appearing in such great films as David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Spike Jonze’s Her. Mara’s upcoming schedule looks equally promising – she’s got Stephen Daldry’s Trash, a Terrence Malick film, Todd Haynes’ romantic drama Carol and Joe Wright’s blockbuster Pan on the way. Now, the actress has joined another exciting project – Annapurna Pictures’ memoir adaptation A House in the Sky.

Mara will star in and produce the adaptation, based on Amanda Linhout’s account of the ordeal she underwent after being abducted by a rebel terrorist group whilst exploring Somalia in 2008. Amazon’s synopsis for the book reads as follows:

As a child, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Hugh Jackman shows off bald head and Blackbeard facial hair at Wimbledon

25 June 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hugh Jackman showed off his freshly shaved head and impressive Blackbeard facial hair as he attended Wimbledon yesterday (Tuesday, June 24).

The 45-year-old actor, who recently revealed the new look for his role as the notorious English pirate in Pan on Instagram, turned heads with his thick handlebar moustache and black, bushy beard.

Jackman was seen in the Royal Box watching Sabine Lisicki beat Julia Glushko 6-1 6-2 on Centre Court during day two of the tennis championships in SW19.

15 celebrity close shaves: Beckham, Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron

Joe Wright's upcoming Pan, a Peter Pan origin story, follows the story of an orphan boy who is spirited away to a place known as Neverland, where pirates rule the high seas.

Amanda Seyfried will star as Mary, newcomer Levi Miller has been cast as Peter Pan, while Garrett Hedlund will play Hook and Rooney Mara is portraying Tiger Lily.

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Siddharth | Review

23 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In a Child’s Name: Mehta’s Sophomore Film a Gripping Ordeal

Following up on his 2007 debut, Amal, Toronto based filmmaker Richie Mehta returns to Delhi for his sophomore feature, Siddharth, a rather somber affair about one working class family’s tragedy. With narrative and visual strengths that recall the works of Satyajit Ray and Vittorio Di Sicca, Mehta’s film falls short of being a true comparison to scions of neorealism with a gradual dependence on manipulation via an ever encroaching score that hardly seems at home amidst the jarring bustle of urban squalor. Despite a tendency to force the tragic consequences of the situation, some first rate performances tend to override the film’s smaller faults to concoct a gravely serious and affecting film.

As the opening credits roll we overhear a father, Mahendra (Rajesh Tailang), bid adieu to his young son, Siddharth, off-screen. Upon returning home to his wife, »

- Nicholas Bell

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