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“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” star Joe Alwyn has landed roles in two highly anticipated films.
The actor has joined Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges in Focus’ drama “Boy Erased,” directed by Joel Edgerton. He’s also boarded MGM’s “Operation Finale,” starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in the true story of the hunt for Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
The movie will follow Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Crowe. At age 19, he is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program, or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.
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- Justin Kroll
In today’s film news roundup, Robert Knepper and Armin Amiri join “1st Born,” Cynthia Erivo will star in “Bad Times at the El Royale,” Lior Raz joins “Operation Finale,,” SXSW announces more speakers, Mark Duplass’ “Creep 2” gets a release date and “Dunkirk” gets a special promotion this weekend for the U.S. military.
“1st Born,” a joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood, is set to start filming in Los Angeles next month. It centers on a newlywed couple — Iranian-born Ben and American Kate — who are living the American dream in sunny California. When their first pregnancy has complications, it brings the whole family together.
Amiri will portray Ben and Abdo will play his father. Knepper’s character is a Iraqi War veteran who befriends Abdo’s character »
- Dave McNary
The series follows the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against their parents when the kids discover they are part of an evil underground organization. McMahon will play Jonah. While his origins and ultimate intentions are unknown, he is a pivotal player in the main characters’ rebellion against their parents.
“We’re incredibly excited to add Julian to our exceptional cast and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the world of Marvel’s ‘Runaways,'” said executive producers and showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
This is not McMahon’s first foray into the Marvel world. He previously starred as Dr. Doom in the 2005 version of “Fantastic Four” and its sequel “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He is also well known for his starring »
- Joe Otterson
Eight actors confirmed to join Elle Fanning in the cast of pop music drama.
The film, which stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring pop star, shoots on location in London through July and August.
Eight new actors have also joined the cast. They are Zlatko Buric (Pusher), Agnieszka Grochowska (Child 44), Clara Rugaard (Mother), Millie Brady (Last Kingdom), Olivia Gray (EastEnders), Ruairi O’Connor (Handsome Devil), Archie Madewke (Legacy) and Jordan Stephens (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
On the start of shoot, Minghella (pictured), said: “I’m so grateful to the incredible cast and crew who have made Teen Spirit a reality. In the words of Lizzie McGuire… ‘This is what dreams are made of’.”
The plot sees Fanning plays Violet, who escapes a traumatic life in her small English town and enters a singing competition with dreams of becoming a pop star »
Mena Massoud has come aboard Strange but True, directed by Rowan Athale. He joins Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup in the film about a young woman who suddenly finds herself pregnant five years after the death of her boyfriend. When she confronts his family with the idea that this child could be his, the truth begins to unravel. La La Land producer Fred Berger is producing the film, which was written by Eric Garcia based on the… »
Shooting will begin this fall in Argentina with Chris Weitz to direct the thriller about the capture of Eichmann, who was one of the major architects of the Holocaust. Eichmann organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps, where an estimated 6 million died.
When World War II was ending, Eichmann fled to his home country of Austria and then moved to Argentina. Eichmann was captured in Argentina in 1960 by the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. Following a trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962 at the age of 56.
- Dave McNary
“You really are very much dependent on the kindness of strangers,” he said, quoting Blanche Dubois’ deathless line in Tennesee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” while concluding a conversation with “Shameless” producer John Wells at the Producers Guild of America’s 9th Annual Produced By conference on the Fox lot.
32-year-old Chazelle, who became the youngest recipient of a best director Academy Award for “La La Land” in February, was attempting to explain how he had managed to succeed at a relatively young age. He began work on the comedy-drama musical in 2010, noting he was inspired by the French classic “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.”
Concert Review: ‘La La Land’ Live is a Meta, Magical Experience at the Hollywood Bowl
“It had one foot in the past and one in the new, »
- Dave McNary
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Sam Strike, Kian Lawley and Julian McMahon are starring in Monster Party, a horror thriller that is being directed by Chris von Hoffmann, the filmmaker behind the post-apocalyptic cannibal movie Drifter.
The film just wrapped principal photography and is being produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Insidious) and Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik. Also producing are Eric B. Fleischman of Diablo Entertainment and Jesse Berger of Radical Studios.
Monster Party follows three teenaged thieves as they infiltrate a mansion dinner party, unaware that it is secretly being hosted by a serial killer cult for the social elite.
The cast also »
- Borys Kit
“La La Land” producer Fred Berger has set multilayered noir thriller “Strange but True” as his next project. British sales company Bankside Films is handling international sales on the film, which it will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
Academy Award nominees Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear will lead the cast, which also includes rising stars Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup, and Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner. The film, which is based on a 1994 novel by John Searles, is directed by British filmmaker Rowan Athale from an adaptation by Eric Garcia, and is scheduled to begin shooting in Toronto in June.
“Strange but True” tells the story of a woman who, five years after the tragic death of her boyfriend, arrives on the doorstep of his family to tell them she is pregnant with his child. Though skeptical, the family find themselves trying to prove her right, »
- Robert Mitchell
“I feel like I’m back in ‘Richard III,'” Vanessa Redgrave notes solemnly at one point in her impassioned refugee-crisis documentary “Sea Sorrow.” Diagnosing Shakespearean levels of villainy and hubris in many of today’s political leaders — with a particular swipe at Britain’s Conservative government — she continues: “Those appalling historical figures are reemerging today.” It’s a dramatic analogy in all senses, though that is to be expected from a great classical actress making her debut as a documentarian. Sincere, sometimes impressionistic and formally naive, Redgrave’s 72-minute cri de coeur feigns neither tough investigative nous nor lofty aesthetic artistry as it commendably implores politicians and citizens to open their hearts, minds and borders to those affected by war in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Shot on rudimentary digital, it’s more extended PSA than cinema, but one senses the filmmaker herself knows her message outranks her method. As such, »
- Guy Lodge
Variety is reporting that Fox 2000 has picked up the rights to The Battered Bastards of Bastogne, George Koskimaki’s book about World War II’s Battle of Bastogne, and is adapting it for the big screen under the title of Liberty Road.
The book follows the defense of Bastogne in Belgium between December 1944 and January 1945, as the Nazis launched their final major offensive, with 400,000 troops attacking the Allied forces, leading to heavy causalities on both sides.
Liberty Road is being penned by Gavin James and Neil Widener, who wrote the 2016 Black List script The Battle of Alcatraz. They will be overseen by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), who is also producing alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik Entertainment. »
- Gary Collinson
Margot Robbie is set to star in Dreamland, an emotionally-charged thriller written by Nicolaas Zwart and to be directed by Sundance winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (As You Are). With his family's farm on the precipice of foreclosure amid the devastation of the Dust Bowl, Dreamland follows fifteen year old Eugene Evans on his quest to capture a fugitive bank robber (Margot Robbie) and collect the bounty on her head. Against all odds, he beats out the FBI and the local police to find her, only to discover that she's far more than what the authorities claim her to be. Here's what Margot Robbie's production company Lucky Chap had to say in a statement.
"We are excited to work with Miles, a great new talent whose vision and understanding of the period is perfect for the material. He is going to brilliantly balance the nostalgic beauty and gritty realism of such »
Fox 2000 is developing the World War II action movie “Liberty Road,” based on one of the 1944 battle at Bastogne in Belgium, Variety has learned exclusively.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik Entertainment are attached to produce with Chernin Entertainment. Matt Charman, who received an Academy Award nomination for his “Bridge of Spies” screenplay, is also attached to produce and oversee the writers, Gavin James and Neil Widener.
The studio has acquired movie rights to George Koskimaki’s book “The Battered Bastards of Bastogne,” about the contributions of the 530 soldiers who were on the ground or in the air over Bastogne. The attack was part of a surprise Nazi offensive with more than 400,000 soldiers that launched in mid-December of 1944, in which the Allied troops were caught off guard by what turned out to be the final major Nazi offensive of the war. After heavy casualties on both sides, the Nazis withdrew in early January. »
- Dave McNary
Hanway Films is launching sales at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 17. CAA is handling domestic sales.
Nguyen (“The War Witch”) will direct from his own script. The film is produced by Nguyen’s production partner Pierre Even of Item 7 in Montreal. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Loving”) and Fred Berger (“La La Land”) of Automatik will executive produce.
Eisenberg and Skarsgard will portray 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.
- Dave McNary
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… »
Commentary Commentary“There’s no number in this movie that we didn’t try cutting at some point.”
La La Land may not have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but it’s still a delightfully mesmerizing experience with one of last year’s best endings. It hits Blu-ray/DVD next week, and along with an 80 minute making-of documentary the disc features a commentary with the film’s award-winning writer/director and composer.
Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary for…
La La Land (2016)
1. Chazelle wanted his Cinemascope opening to replicate the widening aspect ratio he recalled seeing in Frank Tashlin’s 1956 film, The Girl Can’t Help It.
2. The opening scene is modeled in some ways on 1932’s Love Me Tonight which “begins with a cacophony of street noises, Paris »
- Rob Hunter
Director Tom Harper, whose credits include “War & Peace” and “Peaky Blinders,” has boarded “The Rocks,” a TV adaptation of Peter Nichols’ novel, with “La La Land” producer Fred Berger attached as one of the executive producers.
Entertainment One acquired the TV rights to the book and controls worldwide rights to the series. Laura Eason (“House of Cards,” “Sex with Strangers”) will write the show, and Harper will also produce. Josh Varney, Ben Pugh and Eleanor Moran of 42, and Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) of Automatik serve as executive producers.
Set on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, “The Rocks” is a love story and a mystery, told in reverse. “It begins in the present day with the death of an older married couple who fall from one of the island’s many cliffs after an argument,” according to a statement. “From this striking opening, the story rewinds through time, following the intertwined lives of the duo and »
- Leo Barraclough
Entertainment One has picked up television rights to Peter Nichols' best-selling novel The Rocks, with War & Peace helmer Tom Harper on board to direct. Laura Eason (House of Cards, Sex With Strangers) is attached to adapt the series. Harper, one of the hottest directors coming out of the UK at the moment, will produce along with Josh Varney, Ben Pugh and Eleanor Moran of 42 while La La Land producer Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will exec produce via their… »
Ryan Lambie Mar 28, 2017
Nb: The following contains some saucy language and discussions that some may consider Not Safe For Work.
Half an hour out east on the Hammersmith & City Line, across a busy dual carriage way, just down from a branch of Tesco’s and tucked away in an old warehouse, about 200 people are making a horror film.
The warehouse interior is now, thanks to the ingenuity of production designer Matt Gant and a few dozen set builders, a basement mortuary in Virginia. There are long corridors. Low lighting that picks out the Victorian wallpaper but leaves corners shrouded in deep shadow. A junk-strewn room houses a man-sized furnace, something the production designer jokingly refers to as “the pizza oven”, but is actually a place where »
When Barry Jenkins returned to his hotel suite at the Four Seasons Monday at 3 a.m. after a surreal night at the Oscars, he slept for a couple of hours, then watched a clip of the show’s ending on his cell phone, finding something oddly enchanting about those final shocking moments that unfolded on live TV Sunday night.
“It’s messy, but it’s kind of gorgeous,” says the writer/director of “Moonlight,” describing the instant that he, the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and 33 million viewers were stunned to learn that his movie, not Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” had actually won the best picture prize. “You have these two groups of people who came together for a second. There’s a picture with me hugging Jordan [Horowitz, a producer of “La La Land”], and Adele [Romanski, producer of “Moonlight”] has her arm on his shoulder. That’s what the moment was.”
Gavin Bond for Variety
In an odd way, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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