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A Cure for Wellness: Jason Isaacs on His Enigmatic Role

16 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

One would think having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and voicing DC villains like Sinestro and Ra's Al Ghul in animated films--as well as a couple more authoritarian figures in Star Wars: Rebels--would have gotten any desire to be evil out of actor Jason Isaacs’ system.

And yet, he’s playing a more enigmatic character in director Gore Verbinski’s twisted new thriller A Cure for Wellness, which follows Dane DeHaan as a financial broker named Lockhard to Switzerland to retrieve the CEO of his company who is thought to have lost his marble in search of a cure at a spa located at an old castle in the Alps. Once there, Lockhard breaks his leg in a car accident, and he’s put under the care of Isaacs’ Dr. Vollmar, creator of the cure based around the area’s underground waters and their healing properties. »

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BBC Films: who’s in the running for the top job?

14 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen considers potential runners and riders.

The BBC is likely to announce its new head of film within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the process.

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That timetable should come as a relief to those under consideration for the role and to wider industry who will want to begin building or growing their relationship with the new boss.

The job, which is considered one of the UK’s most prestigious posts, became vacant in autumn 2016 following the departure of long-time chief Christine Langan. BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer has been serving as acting head of film since then.

The incoming head of film is expected to have an annual war chest of around £12m for production, cementing BBC Films’ position as one the three mainstays of public funding in the UK along with the BFI and Film4.

The organisation advertised the position (as ‘director »

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First Look At Adaptation Of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach Starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle

12 February 2017 4:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“A shift or a strengthening of the wind brought them the sound of wavelets breaking on the shore below, like a distant shattering of glasses. The mist was lifting to reveal dense trees and foliage curving away above the shoreline to the east. They could see a luminous gray smoothness between the boughs and leaves which might have been the silky surface of the sea itself, or the lagoon, or the sky—it was difficult to tell. The altered breeze carried through the parted French windows an enticement, a salty scent of oxygen and open space that seemed at odds with the starched table linen, the corn-flour-stiffened gravy, and the heavy polished silver they were taking in their hands. The wedding lunch had been huge and prolonged. They were not hungry.” – On Chesil Beach.

Here’s a first look at the Ian McEwan (Atonement) adaptation of On Chesil Beach, directed »

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Anya Taylor-Joy in talks to join 'The Sea Change'

11 February 2017 9:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The rising star is circling the romantic drama that Rocket Science has introduced to world buyers in Berlin.  

Taylor-Joy, the breakout star of The Witch, will play an outspoken young woman whose arrival on a Greek island puts the troubled marriage of a playwright and his complex wife into perspective.

Kristin Scott Thomas will make her feature directorial debut and will play one of the leads, with Mark Strong also in talks to join.

Rebecca Lenkiewicz adapted The Sea Change from Elizabeth Jane Howard’s novel of the same name. Barnaby Thompson will produce for Fragile Films.

Taylor-Joy currently stars in M Night Shyamalan’s hit Split and played one of the leads in the much-fancied Sundance selection Thoroughbred, which Focus Features has acquired. She is in post-production on the thriller Marrowbone for Lionsgate.

Rocket Science’s Efm slate include Bubbles, the stop-motion animation project that Taika Waititi and Mark Gustafson will direct; Harmony Korine’s [link »

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First Look: Saoirse Ronan In ‘On Chesil Beach’

11 February 2017 6:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A year has passed since Saoirse Ronan‘s lovely, Oscar nominated turn in “Brooklyn,” and the actress has been busy making a string of movies. And among the most promising is “On Chesil Beach,” and the first look has landed.

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Based on the book by Ian McEwen, and co-starring Billy HowleDominic Cooke (“The Hollow Crown“) directs the movie, set in the 1960s, that follows Florence and Edward, a virginal young couple, who have their wedding night ruined when a misunderstanding between them arises.

Continue reading First Look: Saoirse Ronan In ‘On Chesil Beach’ at The Playlist. »

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First look: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle in 'On Chesil Beach'

10 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: First look at Brooklyn star in drama from Carol producers.

Screen can reveal the first image of Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan and 2015 Screen Star Of Tomorrow Billy Howle (Sense Of An Ending) in anticipated drama On Chesil Beach.

The 1960’s-set story charts how a blissful honeymoon is ruined by a misunderstanding between nervous virgin newlyweds.

Currently in post-production, Dominic Cooke’s (The Hollow Crown) feature debut is adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2007 Booker Prize-shortlisted novel.

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films produce. Lionsgate will release in the UK.

Rocket Science handles international sales and has previously sold the film to territories including Australia (Transmission), Canada (Elevation), France (Mars) and Japan (Tohokushinsha).

DoP is Sean Bobbitt, known for his work on 12 Years A Slave, Hunger and Shame.

Backing comes from BBC Films, which also developed the film, the Fyzz Facility and Lipsync Post with soundtrack services from Universal Music. »

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The 50 Best Action Movies of the 21st Century Thus Far

7 February 2017 10:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.

With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »

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Newport Beach Film Festival Toasts Brit Buoyancy

7 February 2017 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Newport Beach Film Festival and the U.K. film industry don’t at first appear to go together like tea and scones, but in truth the two have a growing partnership.

The Orange County festival will present its third annual U.K. Honors on Feb. 9 at the Bulgari Hotel in London. British photographer David Bailey and actors Miranda Richardson and Charles Dance will receive the icon awards, while Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” will be honored for achievement in global cinema.

Other awards will go to the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, Pinewood Studios, Creative Scotland, and the Ink Factory as arts champions.

Variety, HMV and Visit Newport Beach California are also hosting the Feb. 9 event. Variety also curated the 10 Brits to Watch this year. One Direction singer Harry Styles, “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen and theater director Kate Hewitt are among this year’s honorees.

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Matthew McConaughey to Star in Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’

7 February 2017 2:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” will star in comedy “The Beach Bum,” which Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) will write and direct. Rocket Science will handle international sales commencing at the European Film Market in Berlin.

LeGrisbi Productions’ John Lesher, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, and Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce, with principal photography scheduled to begin in July.

Creative Artists Agency arranged financing for the film and will represent its North American distribution rights.

“’The Beach Bum’ follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious and loveable rogue who lives life large,” according to a statement.

Korine said: “’The Beach Bum’ will be a wild, audacious ride! And I can’t think of anyone better than Matthew McConaughey to play our hero Moondog, a rebellious charmer in this fast-paced, uplifting and irreverent comedy.”

Lesher said: “In ‘The Beach Bum, »

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Berlinale: Kristin Scott Thomas to Direct and Star in ‘The Sea Change’

4 February 2017 12:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristin Scott Thomas will direct and star in “The Sea Change,” a romantic drama which will mark her directorial debut. Also starring Mark Strong, “The Sea Change” will be brought onto the international market by Thorsten Schumacher’s Rocket Science at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Set on a remote Greek island, “The Sea Change” is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Jane Howard written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, whose writing credits take in Academy Award winning film “Ida” and “Disobedience,” with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, which is in production. Barnaby Thompson (“The Importance of Being Earnest”) produces for London-based Fragile Films.

Scott Thomas (“I’ve Loved You So Long,” “The English Patient”) will play Lillian, witty, complex, married to Emmanuel, a successful London playwright. Their marriage, on the rocks, is rescued by the arrival of a outspoken young girl, Alice. Strong »

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Kristin Scott Thomas to Make Directorial Debut with Sea Change

4 February 2017 11:16 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Rocket Science announced today that Academy Award Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long, The English Patient, The Darkest Hour) is set to make her directorial debut with romantic drama, The Sea Change, based on Elizabeth Jane Howard's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Rebecca Lenkiewicz, writer of the Academy Award winning film Ida and Disobedience (currently shooting with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) has adapted the novel for screen, and Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue, The Importance of Being Earnest, St Trinian's) will produce for Fragile Films.

Scott Thomas will also star as Lillian, and Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Kingsman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is in talks to play her husband, Emmanuel. Principal photography is scheduled to begin later this year in the UK and Europe. Rocket Science will handle international and Us domestic sales commencing at Berlin Efm.

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Saoirse Ronan to Play a Refugee in “Sweetness in the Belly” Adaptation

1 February 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Last year Saoirse Ronan earned an Oscar nomination for playing a young Irish immigrant who moves to New York in “Brooklyn,” and now the…

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Sweetness In The Belly Reunites Brooklyn Duo Saoirse Ronan And Alan Moloney

31 January 2017 11:37 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though she ultimately lucked out of the Oscar for Best Actress – Brie Larson took home the iconic statuette for her breakout performance in Room – Irish starlet Saoirse Ronan delivered an impressive tour-de-force in Brooklyn, John Crowley’s sweeping romantic drama that follows one young woman on her immigration to the Us of A.

Released in 2015, the film also allowed Ronan to strike up a partnership with producer Alan Moloney and now, two years later, Deadline is reporting that the creative duo are set to reunite for Sweetness In The Belly. Camilla Gibb’s bestseller will serve as the jumping-off point for director Zeresenay “Zee” Berhane Mehari, who is no stranger to Hollywood’s festival circuit after Difret impressed attendees at 2014’s Sundance Film Festival.

Taking point as Lilly Abdal, Saoirse Ronan’s lead character is described as a woman caught between two places: one of her birth parents and the other, »

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Saoirse Ronan to star in Sweetness In The Belly

31 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Saoirse Ronan has been cast in another immigration-themed romance based on a bestselling novel.

Saoirse Ronan is taking on another immigration-themed drama for her next project. According to Deadline, the Irish actress will be starring in Sweetness In The Belly, a film adaptation of the bestselling novel from Camilla Gibb. If Sweetness In The Belly is half as mesmerising as Brooklyn, then this film will be one to anticipate. (Not to mention, immigration is kind of a timely subject right now... you know, even more than it always is.)

Ronan will play Lily Abdal, a woman who was orphaned in Africa as a child only to return to her English homeland as an adult refugee, fleeing from a civil war. Once there, she is caught between the homeland of her birth parents and the home she grew up in. Lily quickly becomes the heart of a London community of disenfranchised immigrants, »

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Saoirse Ronan to star in immigrant drama 'Sweetness In The Belly'

31 January 2017 8:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

HanWay to sell film based on the novel by Camilla Gibb.

Brooklyn and The Grand Budapest Hotel star Saoirse Ronan is attached to star in Sweetness In The Belly, adapted from the novel of the same name by Camilla Gibb.      

Zeresenay “Zee” Berhane Mehari, whose first feature Difret won the audience award at Sundance in 2014, directs with Laura Phillips writing the screenplay.

Two-time Oscar nominee Ronan stars as a woman who is orphaned at a young age in Africa. Forced to flee her adopted home years later due to civil war, she becomes a refugee in England and works to reunite disenfranchised people with their scattered families. Her motive isn’t just altruistic though, with a passionate lost love affair revealed between Lilly and Aziz, an idealistic doctor.

HanWay Films will handle worldwide sales and will take the package to the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

Sienna Films optioned the novel and developed the screenplay and were »

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Saoirse Ronan to Star in Immigrant Romance 'Sweetness in the Belly'

31 January 2017 7:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Saoirse Ronan is set to star in the immigrant romance Sweetness in the Belly.

Zeresenay "Zee" Berhane Mehari will direct the adaptation of Camilla Gibb's best-seller, from a screenplay by Laura PhillipsBrooklyn producers Alan Moloney and Susan Mullen of Parallel Films are producing with Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films, who optioned the novel and developed the screenplay. Mehret Mandefro and Adrian Sturges are executive producers. HanWay Films will shop the title to buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

The two-time Oscar nominee will play Lilly, who was orphaned in Africa as a child and experiences her parents’ homeland of England for the first »

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Saoirse Ronan to Star in Romantic Drama ‘Sweetness in the Belly’

31 January 2017 7:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saoirse Ronan, who was Oscar nominated for her performance in “Brooklyn,” is attached to star in “Sweetness in the Belly,” based on the novel written by Camilla Gibb. HanWay Films is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market next month.

The film will be directed by Zeresenay “Zee” Berhane Mehari, whose first feature film “Difret” was executive produced by Angelina Jolie and won the audience award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Sienna Films optioned the novel and developed the screenplay, and are now joined by Parallel Films, co-producers of “Brooklyn.” Laura Phillips wrote the screenplay.

Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films are producing along with Alan Moloney and Susan Mullen from Parallel Films. Mehret Mandefro and Adrian Sturges are executive producers.

Ronan plays Lilly, a refugee living in London.

“Orphaned in Africa as a child, Lilly’s first experience of her parents’ homeland of England is as a refugee, »

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Saoirse Ronan Attached To ‘Sweetness In The Belly’ — Berlin

31 January 2017 7:28 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Saoirse Ronan is attached to star in Sweetness in the Belly, based on the bestselling novel by Camilla Gibb. The project, which Hanway Films is shopping to buyers in Berlin next month, will reunite Ronan with Irish producer Alan Moloney and his Parallel Films banner – the duo worked together on 2015's Oscar-nominated Brooklyn. Zeresenay “Zee” Berhane Mehari is set to direct the project. The Ethiopian helmer's debut feature Difret was exec produced by Angelina… »

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Stephen Karam’s ‘Speech & Debate’ Movie Set for Release in April

27 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The movie version of “Speech & Debate,” the first play by “The Humans” Tony winner Stephen Karam, has lined up a day-and-date release in theaters and on VOD in April.


Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and More Broadway Stars Turn Out For Stephen Karam’s First Movie

Karam adapted the screenplay for the film, directed by Dan Harris and featuring a cast that includes “Humans” actress Sarah Steele, who also starred in the original Off Broadway premiere of “Speech & Debate.” Production company Sycamore Pictures (“Begin Again,” “The Hollars,” “The Way, Way Back”) has partnered with independent distributor Vertical Entertainment for the movie’s release, which will see the film hit iTunes, VOD and select theaters on April 7.

With Liam James (“The Way, Way Back”) and Austin P. McKenzie (“Spring Awakening”) also playing lead roles, the cast includes Kal Penn, Janeane Garofalo and Roger Bart, along with cameos by theater names including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Darren Criss. »

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Framing Wes Anderson’s Memories

17 January 2017 9:43 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The frames-within-frames Wes Anderson uses in his work show his filmography’s obsession with memory.The Grand Budapest Hotel (Anderson, 2014).

The artist Joseph Cornell took glass-fronted boxes and placed things such as birds, springs, ice cubes, and balls inside them, turning these everyday and otherwise benign objects into microcosms for something bigger than any of us can ever be. These boxes were referred to as “shadow boxes”, “memory boxes” and “poetic theaters,” and with each box the viewer is given an invitation to enter a new world. This world is not unknown to the individual viewer, but instead a collective and shared world in which memories exist. As the artist’s website states: “using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” The boxes, both tragic and beautiful, present an artist trying as hard as they can to turn something intangible, something »

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