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Alita: Battle Angel Gets Deadpool Villain Ed Skrein

22 September 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You loved him as the main villain Ajax in Deadpool. Now, actor Ed Skrein is ready to return to the genre that made him semi-famous in producer James Cameron's long anticipated adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. The movie will be directed by action legend Robert Rodriguez.

Alita: Battle Angel is a live-action adaptation of the iconic manga graphic novels. Ed Skrein will once again play the bad guy. He is in the process of closing his deal. He will join a cast that already includes actress Rosa Salazar in the lead role. Christoph Waltz and Jackie Earl Haley have also come aboard.

Battle Angel is being produced by Lightstorm Entertainment, with James Cameron and his longtime partner Jon Landau. The sci-fi adventure will be released by 20th Century Fox. The story is set in the 26th Century, and follows a female cyborg discovered in a scrap yard by a scientist. »

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Ed Skrein in Talks to Join James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

21 September 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Deadpool” villain Ed Skrein is in negotiations to join James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” with Robert Rodriguez directing the ambitious adaptation of the popular manga series.

Skrein will join Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in the movie with Salazar portraying a 26th century cyborg who’s rescued from a scrapyard and reassembled. Her character, Alita, who only remembers her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior who tracks down vicious criminals.

Should Skrein’s deal go through, he’s expected to portray a villain. Haley will play a monstrous cyborg and Waltz will portray Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Salazar joined the project in March. Cameron and Jon Landau, who will produce for Fox under their Lightstorm Entertainment banner, are also currently in pre-production on four “Avatar” sequels.

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Alita: Battle Angel Ropes In Deadpool Villain Ed Skrein

21 September 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

He’s dabbled in the realm of superhuman mercenaries with middling reboot The Transporter Refueled, not to mention going toe-to-toe with the Merc With a Mouth himself in Deadpool; now, Ed Skrein is bound for the dystopian future initially dreamed up by manga artist Yukito Kishiro for Alita: Battle Angel.

News hails from The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Skrein has closed a deal to join the long-gestating adaptation as, you guessed it, a villain – specifically Zapan, a nefarious cyborg who holds control of a powerful weapon called the Damascus blade. Details are thin beyond that; all we know for sure is that he’ll be rubbing shoulders with Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar, who is attached to the title role of a female cyborg, Christoph Waltz and Preacher star Jackie Earl Haley.

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Natalie Dormer thriller underway for 42, company launches new finance venture

12 September 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production is underway in London on thriller In Darkness, starring Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, Emily Ratajkowski, Joely Richardson and Neil Maskell.

UK production and management company 42 is behind the project, which is directed by Anthony Byrne from a script he wrote with Game Of Thrones star Dormer.

Producers are 42’s Ben Pugh and Josh Varney; Wildcard’s Adam Morane-Griffiths; Byrne and Natalie Dormer. Joshua Horsfield and 42’s Rory Aitken are executive producing.

In Darkness follows a blind musician (Dormer) who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. As she gets embroiled in this violent and murky world, it appears she is out of her depth - until we realise that she has been following her own path of revenge.

42 today have also announced a new film finance venture Six Four Eight »

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Voltage launches sales on comedy 'Fun Mom Dinner'

8 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Katie Aselton, Toni Collette and Molly Shannon headline the mom-com from director Alethea Jones.

Voltage Pictures, which is representing five films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Aug 8-18) – Colossal, The Headhunter’s Calling, Lbj, The Secret Scripture and The Journey Is The Destination – will launch international sales this week on Fun Mom Dinner.

The ensemble comedy from June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions stars Katie Aselton, Toni Collette [pictured], Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon and is timely in light of the $100m-plus Us box-office success of Bad Moms.

Alethea Jones wrapped the Los Angeles production in July and makes her feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Julie Yaeger Rudd. Wme Global handles North American rights to the story about a quartet of pre-school mothers who get together for a night of frivolity that takes an unexpected turn.

Adam Scott, who runs Gettin’ Rad Productions with Naomi Scott, rounds out the »

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Mel Gibson to produce adaptation of Australian military drama The Crossroad

4 September 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following his upcoming World War II film Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson is set to turn his attention to the Australian military, with Variety reporting that he’s snapped up the rights to Mark Donaldson’s bestselling autobiography The Crossroad.

Donaldson was a rebellious teenager who decided to enlist in the Australian Army following the death of his father and the disappearance of his mother, who was presumed murdered. Here he worked his way towards his goal of joining Australia’s Special Air Service and his heroics in Afghanistan saw him becoming the first Australian since 1969 to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The book is described as “the journey of a flawed man who turned away from self-destruction to fight his own war and save the life of a man he barely knew.”

After spending several years in The Wilderness following his battle with alcoholism and anti-Semetic comments, Gibson in the »

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Aokigahara Beckons In First Trailer For The People Garden

2 September 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

You wait for a Hollywood movie to feature the legendary Japanese forest known as Aokigahara – Aka the suicide forest – and suddenly three arrive (almost) at once. The first two, The Sea of Trees and the Natalie Dormer-fronted horror pic The Forest, ultimately failed to impress. But third time’s a charm, right?

The latest movie to take place under the shadow of Mt. Fiji is The People GardenNadia Litz’s character-driven drama that follows Dree Hemingway into the bowels of Aokigahara. Having made the long trip to Japan to severe ties with her rock star boyfriend Jamie, Hemingway’s Sweetpea is a woman on a mission, but our lead character soon begins to suspect something is amiss when her significant other is nowhere to be found.

Last seen shooting a music video with Pamela Anderson’s aging lingerie model, The People Garden chronicles Hemingway’s desperate journey deep into the forest, »

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Icon Productions acquires 'The Crossroad'

1 September 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s Icon Productions announced on Thursday they have acquired Mark Donaldson’s novel.

The Crossroad recounts Donaldson’s life story, from troubled teenager to an elite soldier in Afghanistan who became the first Australian to receive the Victoria Cross since 1969.

Donaldson’s split-second decision under heavy fire in 2008 to save the life of an interpreter whom he barely knew changed the course of both men’s lives and enabled him to defeat his own demons.

These are busy times for Gibson, whose Hacksaw Ridge gets its world premiere out of competition in Venice.

Days later, Voltage Pictures will launch sales in Toronto on long-gestating Oed project The Professor And The Madman, which will star Gibson, Sean Penn and new addition Natalie Dormer. »

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Natalie Dormer joins Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman

1 September 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has signed on to appear alongside Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman.

Based on Simon Winchester’s book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and directed by Farhad Safinia (screenwriter of Apocalypto), The Professor and the Madman will see Gibson as Professor James Murray, who began compiling the Oed in 1857, while Penn plays contributor and asylum inmate Dr W.C. Minor. Dormer is set to portray a widow whose husband was killed by Minor and whose family he wants to help, leading to a complicated romance.

Gibson has been looking to get the project off the ground since 1998, and cameras are finally set to start rolling later this month.

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Movie News: Sebastian Stan Joins 'Logan Lucky'; Watch Naomi Watts in First Disturbing 'Shut In' Trailer

1 September 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Logan Lucky: Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War) will costar in Logan Lucky. Steven Soderbergh is directing; the cast already includes Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. The heist movie is currently in production in Atlanta. [THR]   The Professor and the Madman: Natalie Dormer (The Forest, above) has joined the cast of The Professor and the Madman. Mel Gibson will star as a professor who began to compile the famed Oxford English Dictionary in 1857. Sean Penn will play an imprisoned murderer who helps with Gibson's work; Dormer will costar as the widow of the man killed by Penn's character. [THR]   Shut In Trailer: Naomi Waltts stars in the first trailer for Shut In as a widowed...

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Newswire: Natalie Dormer to keep the old-timey thing going for Mel Gibson’s dictionary movie

1 September 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Believe it or not, Natalie Dormer does in fact exist in the year 2016 along with the rest of us, even though she seems to spend high percentage of her workdays in period costume. Perhaps it’s that mysterious compulsion for old-timey clothes that attracted her to Mel Gibson’s long-planned origin tale of the Oxford English Dictionary, The Professor And The Madman.

In the Farhad Safinia-directed film, Dormer will be taking on the role of a 19th Century woman who grieves the death of her husband while entering into a strange love affair with his murderer, the brilliant but psychotic Dr. William Chester Minor (Sean Penn), The Hollywood Reporter disclosed. (It might also be worth noting that mourning slain husbands is also well-trod territory for the Game Of Thrones star.)

Dormer, who was actually born in the year 1982, made her film debut as an 18th- century Venetian ...

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News Briefs: Sebastian Stan Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky'

31 August 2016 10:19 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Logan Lucky: Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War, above) will costar in Logan Lucky. Steven Soderbergh is directing; the cast already includes Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. The heist movie is currently in production in Atlanta. [THR]   The Professor and the Madman: Natalie Dormer (The Forest, above) has joined the cast of The Professor and the Madman. Mel Gibson will star as a professor who began to compile...

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Professor And The Madman Lands Game Of Thrones Star Natalie Dormer

31 August 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer has landed a role opposite Sean Penn and Mel Gibson in the upcoming adaptation of Professor and the Madman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In the works at Icon Productions, it’s understood the addition of Dormer is one of the final pieces to fall into place for the long-gestating project, which will now be readied to shop to international buyers at Tiff 2016 before entering production in earnest late September. It hasn’t been for lack of trying, considering that Gibson – who embodies one half of that title duo as Professor James Murray – has been attempting to nudge the wheels into motion for close to 18 years with little success. That’s all changed now, thankfully, and Simon Winchester’s bestseller is finally bound for the silver screen.

There’s also a creative reunion in the cards as Apocalypto scribe Farhad Safinia is set to »

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Natalie Dormer to Star With Sean Penn, Mel Gibson in ‘Professor and the Madman’

31 August 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Natalie Dormer has been cast in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of “The Professor and the Madman,” also staring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, TheWrap has learned. The film, based on of Simon Winchester’s best-selling novel about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, is being produced out of Icon Productions. Farhad Safinia, who wrote Gibson’s “Apocalypto,” is directing. It’s been a passion project for Gibson since 1998, who hasn’t been able to get the movie made until now. Cameras start rolling toward the end of September. Known for her roles on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and also the “Hunger Games” series, »

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North American briefs: Andrea Calderwood to deliver Strategic partners keynote

30 August 2016 4:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Distribbber.com, Abramorama team up; and more…

The Last King Of Scotland producer Andrea Calderwood will deliver the opening keynote at the Strategic Partners market in Halifax, Canada, next month.

Calderwood, of Potboiler Productions, most recently produced Trespass Against Us starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, set to screen in Toronto and Strategic Partners’ sister event the Atlantic Film Festival.

Other keynote speakers include Marc Hustvedt, the founder and CEO of Peter Chernin-backed Supergravity Pictures, as well as Scandinavian TV producers Liselott Forsman and Lars Hermann.

“The programme this year is dynamic, progressive, and mindful of the issues and opportunities facing producers across the globe,” said programme manager Laura Mackenzie.

“Our speakers are able to provide a unique perspective because of their background and experience, but they are living and breathing the very same challenges facing producers daily.”

Strategic Partners runs from September 15-17. For the full line-up of panels and events click here.

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The Sea Of Trees Review

29 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After watching Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees, I’m convinced that composer Mason Bates was shown a completely different movie to score. How else can you explain the gentle woodland nymph-y aesthetic that Bates favors as Matthew McConaughey stumbles frantically around Aokigahara, otherwise known as The Suicide Forest?!

Last time I checked, suicide forests weren’t happy-go-lucky camping sites, and actor Ken Watanabe wasn’t a magical forest creature. The Sea Of Trees is such a strange, bi-polar fever-dream, far beyond Bates’ ill-fitting – and never ceasing – musical accompaniment, but it’s a damn good place to start. Then we can get to how a famed location known for unspeakable sorrow is barely characterized and defined, as yet another movie wastes Japan’s deadliest landmark.

McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, an adjunct college professor who buys a one-way ticket to the Aokigahara forest. Arthur can’t bear to live another day alone, »

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Natalie Dormer Dishes on Writing a Movie With Fiancé Anthony Byrne: 'It’s Tough!'

20 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Natalie Dormer and fiancé Anthony Byrne may be totally in love - but that doesn't mean it makes it easier to work together. The couple recently collaborated on the script for the upcoming indie thriller In Darkness - and the 34-year-old actress revealed it was not as easy as she thought it would be. "It's tough!" Dormer told People before speaking at the World Humanitarian Day event at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday. "I don't know if you've ever been in a writing room but I wouldn't recommend it with your other half." But as tough as it may have been, »

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Natalie Dormer Dishes on Writing a Movie With Fiancé Anthony Byrne: 'It’s Tough!'

20 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Natalie Dormer and fiancé Anthony Byrne may be totally in love - but that doesn't mean it makes it easier to work together. The couple recently collaborated on the script for the upcoming indie thriller In Darkness - and the 34-year-old actress revealed it was not as easy as she thought it would be. "It's tough!" Dormer told People before speaking at the World Humanitarian Day event at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday. "I don't know if you've ever been in a writing room but I wouldn't recommend it with your other half." But as tough as it may have been, »

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Feminist Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Breaks Down the Misogyny Dogging Hillary Clinton - Starting with 'She Doesn't Smile'

19 August 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie cares deeply about American politics, not only because of the years she's spent here. "What happens in America, just by virtue of being really the most powerful country in the world, will in some ways affect other people who are not necessarily Americans," the Americanah author and 2008 MacArthur Grant recipient tells People. Adichie, who splits her time between the States and Nigeria, has been profoundly frustrated by the news coverage of the 2016 election. "It's sad reputable media houses have to say things like, 'We have to make sure that President Obama did not found Isis, »

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Feminist Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Breaks Down the Misogyny Dogging Hillary Clinton - Starting with 'She Doesn't Smile'

19 August 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie cares deeply about American politics, not only because of the years she's spent here. "What happens in America, just by virtue of being really the most powerful country in the world, will in some ways affect other people who are not necessarily Americans," the Americanah author and 2008 MacArthur Grant recipient tells People. Adichie, who splits her time between the States and Nigeria, has been profoundly frustrated by the news coverage of the 2016 election. "It's sad reputable media houses have to say things like, 'We have to make sure that President Obama did not found Isis, »

- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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