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First Look: Jesse Eisenberg & Alexander Skarsgård In ‘The Hummingbird Project’

Filmmaker Kim Nguyen has spent the last few years making an impression on arthouse circuit with films like “War Witch” and “Two Lovers And A Bear.” However, the director is now taking a step toward the mainstream with “The Hummingbird Project,” which is now in production.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard, and Salma Hayek, the intriguing story follows ambitious cousins, who deal in the world of High Frequency Trading, who look to get a leg up on their competition by building a fibre-optic cable connection for their business.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Mando

Michael Mando is an actor, writer, and director who was born in Quebec City on July 13, 1981. Although he has a background in classical and contemporary theater, he has also established a successful career in film and television. He is particularly well-known for playing Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Vargo in the television series ‘Better Call Saul’ and for the role of Victor ‘Vic’ Schmidt in ‘Orphan Black’, a science-fiction thriller series. It has now been announced that he is joining the cast of ‘Hummingbird’ directed by Kim Nguyen. In this drama film, he will be acting alongside Salma Hayek, Alexander Skarsgard,

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Mando
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‘Better Call Saul’s Michael Mando Joins Jesse Eisenberg In ‘The Hummingbird Project’

‘Better Call Saul’s Michael Mando Joins Jesse Eisenberg In ‘The Hummingbird Project’
Exclusive: Michael Mando, currently part of the main cast for AMC’s Better Call Saul, has been cast in Kim Nguyen’s drama, The Hummingbird Project, along with previously announced Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek, and Alexander Skarsgard. The film follows New York native cousin, Vincent and Anton, who are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, with a dream to build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Nguyen…
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Toronto: Salma Hayek Joins 'The Hummingbird Project'

Toronto: Salma Hayek Joins 'The Hummingbird Project'
Salma Hayek is joining Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard in The Hummingbird Project, the next project from Kim Nguyen (War Witch, Two Lovers and a Bear), whose latest film Eye on Juliet will screen as a special presentation in Toronto.

Written by Nguyen, The Hummingbird Project will see Eisenberg and Skarsgard play cousins who inhabit the high-stakes world of high-frequency trading and hatch a multimillion-dollar plan that involves plenty of danger if they fail. Hayek will play their nemesis, their brilliant but ruthless former boss. 

The film, which was first introduced to buyers in Cannes by Hanway, who rep international sales...
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Salma Hayek Joins ‘The Hummingbird Project’

Salma Hayek Joins ‘The Hummingbird Project’
Salma Hayek has joined Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård in The Hummingbird Project, the next film by writer/director Kim Nguyen whose new film Eye on Juliet will screen as a Special Presentation in Toronto. Pic is set in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Two cousins dream of building a fibre-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey that will make them millionaires. What could go wrong? Item 7’s…
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Venice Film Review: ‘Eye on Juliet’

Big Brother is always watching, this much we know — but what if he’s also a stand-up guy who really cares about you? That, somewhat dubiously, is the premise of “Eye on Juliet,” a long-distance love story that will surely remain the only film in history to remind viewers at points of both “Eye in the Sky” and “An Affair to Remember.” Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen’s fanciful tale of a Detroit drone operator losing his heart to a North African surveillance subject is naive by design, as it imagines a future utopia where both physical and cultural distances can be bridged through empathy, with a heavy assist from technology. Yet this well-meaning film winds up seeming more than a little obtuse in its flat avoidance of geopolitical detail, not helped by disproportionately faint sketching of its non-western characters — a disappointment from the talented filmmaker behind “War Witch,” 2012’s vivid, Oscar-nominated
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'Eye on Juliet': Film Review | Venice 2017

'Eye on Juliet': Film Review | Venice 2017
A drone operator in Detroit who has just been dumped by his girlfriend adopts a North African girl who is about to be married off against her will as a long-distance pet project in Eye on Juliet, a surprisingly cliched and tone-deaf melodrama updated with some newish technology. This is director Kim Nguyen's second English-language film, after Dane DeHaan vehicle Two Lovers and a Bear from 2016, and like that film the setup and central conceit are promising but the storytelling is more often shaky than smooth. To make matters worse, the dark shadow of a white-savior complex hangs...
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Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen among Tiff Canada line-up

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Festival brass unveil Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and more.

Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen (both pictured above), Ingrid Veninger, and Denis Côté are among the familiar names in the 26-strong Canadian Features slate that Toronto International Film Festival programmers unveiled on Wednesday.

The selection comprises the highest number of feature directorial debutants and films from Western Canada in recent years. More than 30% of the titles are by first-time feature directors.

Festival brass also announced Short Cuts, Tiff Cinematheque, Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and the recipient of the 2017 Len Blum Residency.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17.

Canadian Features

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,” Tiff senior programmer Steve Gravestock said. “This year’s line-up has a truly international feel to it, too, with a number of features shot all over the globe — something that also
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Tiff Reveals Full Canadian Lineup, Including ‘Alias Grace’ Series Premiere and Restored Classics

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the annual event will pay tribute to its home country with a number of options that span the past, present, and future of Canadian creativity. Per usual, the fest has unveiled a slew of titles that will make up its Canadian feature slate — 26 in all — with an eye towards advancing not only established Canadian filmmakers, but rising stars as well.

This year’s Canadian lineup boasts one of the highest numbers of feature directorial debuts ever, as well as one of the highest numbers of films from Western Canada in recent years. Over 30% of the titles have a first-time feature director, while seven out of nine are Tiff alumni.

Read More:tiff’s Platform Selection: How the Festival’s Buzziest Slate is Pivoting After Launching ‘Moonlight’

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,
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WGN America Nabs Murder Mystery Series ‘Bellevue’ Starring Anna Paquin

WGN America Nabs Murder Mystery Series ‘Bellevue’ Starring Anna Paquin
WGN America has acquired the U.S. rights to new drama series “Bellevue,” starring Anna Paquin, Variety has learned.

Set to premiere on WGN America in early 2018, “Bellevue” hails from Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films. Paquin stars alongside Allen Leech and Shawn Doyle, and will also serve as an executive producer on the series.

Bellevue is a small town with big secrets where 20 years ago, the murder of a young woman traumatized the community. Now the killer is back — or is he? In the series, when a high school hockey star wrestling with his gender identity goes missing and all signs point to foul play, Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin) must unravel all the pieces to this gripping mystery before her own life falls apart. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also confronted by a mysterious person from her past with disturbing answers and a terrifying need to get inside her
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Venice 2017. Lineup

ZamaThe programme for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Darren Aronofsky, Lucrecia Martel, Frederick Wiseman, Alexander Payne, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takeshi Kitano and many more.COMPETITIONmother! (Darren Aronofsky)First Reformed (Paul Schrader)Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzi)Una Famiglia (Sebastiano Riso)Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)The Whale (Andrea Pallaoro)Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)Ammore e malavita (Manetti Brothers)Jusqu'a la garde (Xavier Legrand)The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (Abdellatif Kechiche)Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)L'insulte (Ziad Doueiri)La Villa (Robert Guediguian)The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)Suburbicon (George Clooney)Human Flow (Ai Weiwei)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesOur Souls at Night (Ritesh Batra)Il Signor Rotpeter (Antonietta de Lillo)Victoria
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Venice Days Lineup Includes Works From Chloe Sevigny, Kim Nguyen & China’s Pengfei

Venice Days Lineup Includes Works From Chloe Sevigny, Kim Nguyen & China’s Pengfei
The Venice Film Festival's independently run Venice Days sidebar has unveiled its 12 competition titles, 11 of which are world premieres, which include new projects from Chloe Sevigny, Kim Nguyen and China's Pengfei. The section, which is modelled after Cannes' Directors' Fortnight sidebar, boasts a strong female lineup, seeing Sevigny's short Carmen – her second directorial effort – screen in its Women's Tales section. It stars Spanish-American comedian Carmen Lynch
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Venice Days lineup: Kim Nguyen, Ermanno Olmi, Chloe Sevigny

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Venice Days lineup: Kim Nguyen, Ermanno Olmi, Chloe Sevigny
Venice sidebar to screen eleven world premieres; first screening of Ermanno Olmi doc.

The Venice Film Festival’s (Aug 30 - 9) independently run Venice Days section will host 12 competition titles, 11 of which are world premieres, including new films from Kim Nguyen, Chloe Sevigny, Pengfei, and Sara Forestier.

War Witch director Nguyen will show drama Eye On Juliet, starring UK actor Joe Cole, while M marks the directorial debut of Standing Tall actress Forestier.

Pengfei, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, Underground Fragrance, is returning with followup The Taste of Rice Flower (pictured).

Screening in the special events category will be a never seen before and thought to be lost Ermanno Olmi documentary from the 1960s: Il Tentato Suicidio Nell Adolescenza (Attempted Suicide In Youths).

The documentary follows the pioneering work of the emergency psychiatric branch of the Policlinico di Milano.

Meanwhile, new short films by Sevigny and Us choreographer-director Celia Rowlson-Hall will screen in Venice
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Venice Days lineup: Kim Nguyen, Sara Forestier, Chloe Sevigny

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Venice Days lineup: Kim Nguyen, Sara Forestier, Chloe Sevigny
Venice sidebar to screen eleven world premieres; first screening of Ermanno Olmi doc.

The Venice Film Festival’s (Aug 30 - 9) independently run Venice Days section will host 12 competition titles, 11 of which are world premieres, including new films from Kim Nguyen, Chloe Sevigny, Pengfei, and Sara Forestier.

War Witch director Nguyen will show drama Eye On Juliet, starring UK actor Joe Cole, while M marks the directorial debut of Standing Tall actress Forestier.

Pengfei, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, Underground Fragrance, is returning with followup The Taste of Rice Flower (pictured).

New short films by Sevigny and Us choreographer-director Celia Rowlson-Hall will screen in Venice Days’ Women’s Tales Project, sponsored by Miu Miu, the women’s fashion brand.

Screening in the special events category will be a never seen before and thought to be lost Ermanno Olmi documentary from the ’60s: Il Tentato Suicidio Nell Adolescenza.

Iranian director
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Venice Days: Works by Chloe Sevigny, Canada’s Kim Nguyen, China’s Pengfei in Lineup

Venice Days: Works by Chloe Sevigny, Canada’s Kim Nguyen, China’s Pengfei in Lineup
Rome – The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a promising lineup mixing known auteurs and potential discoveries, with 11 of 12 competition titles slated for world premieres.

New works from China’s Pengfei; Canada’s Oscar-nominated Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”); Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang (“Last Life in the Universe”); U.S.-based Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat (“Women Without Men”); and Italy’s Vincenzo Marra (“La Prima Luce”) are among competition highlights.

Pengfei, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, “Underground Fragrance,” is returning with followup “The Taste of Rice Flower” (pictured), a mother/daughter drama set in a village in China’s Yunnan province.

Venice Days will also play an active role in a “Focus on China” film industry forum being held during the fest this year.

Kim will world premiere “Eyes of Juliet,” a love story seen from the point of view of
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Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard set for The Hummingbird Project

Variety is reporting that Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard have signed on to star in The Hummingbird Project, a tech drama from writer-director Kim Nguyen (The War Witch).

The project will see the duo as “players of high frequency trading, where winning is measured in nanoseconds. Their dream is to build a fibre-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. They are opposed by their old boss, a psychopathic trader who will stop at nothing to see them fail.”

“This is a film that talks about caveats in our financial system, but at its core it is an adventure with heart and soul,” Nguyen said. “When I started writing the story I immediately thought that it had a really, really cool plot, and that there was a genuine purpose for bringing it to the screen. Jesse and Alexander are the ideal duo for this project, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
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Jesse Eisenberg & Alexander Skarsgard To Star In ‘War Witch’ Director Kim Nguyen’s ‘The Hummingbird Project’

Kim Nguyen is a celebrated filmmaker, but one whose achievements are mostly known on the arthouse circuit. If you’re a cinephile familiar with the Canadian director, then you’ll likely have heard of “War Witch” and his most recent effort, “Two Lovers And A Bear.” But now the director is going a bit more mainstream with tech thriller “The Hummingbird Project.”

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Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard Tapped for Drama 'Hummingbird Project'

Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard Tapped for Drama 'Hummingbird Project'
Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard are to topline The Hummingbird Project, an upcoming drama set in the high-stakes world of high frequency trading, where winning is measured in nanoseconds. 

Coming from Kim Nguyen (Two Lovers and a Bear, War Witch), the film will see the two play cousins who hope to make millions from a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey. One the hustler, the other the brains, the two push all around them to breaking point, while a psychopathic trader and former boss will stop at nothing to see them fail. 

The Hummingbird Project is being produced...
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Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard Flit To Kim Nguyen’s ‘The Hummingbird Project’ – Cannes

Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard Flit To Kim Nguyen’s ‘The Hummingbird Project’ – Cannes
Exclusive: War Witch and Two Lovers And A Bear director Kim Nguyen is prepping his follow-up, The Hummingbird Project, with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard set to star in the high-speed drama. Written by Nguyen and produced by Pierre Even of Item 7 in Montreal, the project is exec produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Loving) and Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik. Production is slated to begin in Montreal in October with HanWay handling international sales. CAA…
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‘Orphan Black’ Cast and Crew Share 14 Secrets of the Sestrahood — PaleyFest 2017

‘Orphan Black’ Cast and Crew Share 14 Secrets of the Sestrahood — PaleyFest 2017
The Clone Club has gone Hollywood. (Okay, maybe only Crystal did.)

The cast and creators of “Orphan Black” hit PaleyFest on Thursday night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for its first ever panel to look back on the past four seasons and hint at the fifth and final season. The night kicked off with more than just a hint though. The Paley audience was given an exclusive early screening of the Season 5 premiere.

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It was the best 44 minutes of Helena scarfing down food that we’ve ever seen. We’re kidding, of course, but we’d totally watch that. In the interests of not spoiling the fifth season, we’ll just say that the premiere picks up where Season 4 left off. When last we left the sestras, Rachel (Tatiana Maslany) was
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