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Colin Firth: "The Mercy"

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Sneak Peek new footage from "The Mercy", the upcoming Brit biographical drama, directed by James Marsh and written by Scott Z. Burns, based on a true story, starring Colin Firth ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Jonathan Bailey, opening February 9, 2018 in the UK:

"...'The Mercy', follows the disastrous attempt by amateur sailor 'Donald Crowhurst' (Firth) to complete the 'Sunday Times Golden Globe Race' in 1968 and his subsequent attempts to cover up his failure.

Cast also includes Adrian Schiller, Oliver Maltman, Kit Connor, Eleanor Stagg, Andrew Buchan and Geoff Bladon.

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Scott Z. Burns to direct action thriller The Bunker

Contagion’s Scott Z. Burns is set to direct Amazon Studios The Bunker, according to Deadline. The films comes from a script by former New York Times and Vanity Fair columnist Nick Bilton, making this his first original screenplay, with Burns also producing and developing the project.

The Bunker will see a group of billionaires seeking shelter after a devastating attack against the United States. As they hide out in a luxurious underground bunker, they quickly discover it takes more than money to survive as their worst instincts begin to surface.

Though this is Bilton’s first feature film screenplay, it is not the first time some of his work has been brought to television or film. The Coen Brothers are currently adapting his book American Kingpin, the true story of programmer Ross Ulbritch and his black market website The Silk Road. Meanwhile, Hatching Twitter, another one of Bilton’s
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‘The Bunker’ Acquired By Amazon Studios From Columnist-Turned-Screenwriter Nick Bilton

Exclusive: Some of the best screenwriters have come from journalism. Amazon Studios has acquired the screenplay pitch The Bunker from former New York Times columnist and current Vanity Fair correspondent Nick Bilton. Scott Z. Burns has become attached to direct and produce the project, which marks Bilton’s first original screenplay. Burns, who wrote Contagion and The Informant and wrote and produced Side Effects, is helping to develop the project. The Bunker follows a…
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Alex Gibney to Direct Vietnam Drama 'American Hero' (Exclusive)

Alex Gibney to Direct Vietnam Drama 'American Hero' (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning documentarian (for Taxi to the Dark Side) Alex Gibney will direct the dramatic feature American Hero, based on the true story of U.S. Army Captain Hugh Thompson, who defied orders and saved a number of civilian lives during the Vietnam War’s infamous My Lai massacre. Thompson was eventually awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the highest medal for bravery not involving direct conflict.

It’s the second narrative film Gibney has signed on for, following the political thriller The Action, which was announced last year and for which Scott Z. Burns has written the screenplay.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) — whose...
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Jon Bernthal Wraps Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’, Eyes Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’

Jon Bernthal Wraps Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’, Eyes Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’
Jon Bernthal has wrapped a starring role in the Steve McQueen-directed Widows for New Regency and See-Saw Films. He plays a member of a heist crew in a film that McQueen wrote with Gillian Flynn with a revision by Scott Z. Burns. He stars alongside Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez. This comes as the actor who popped in The Walking Dead completed a summer where he starred in the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver, the Taylor…
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The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made

The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made
Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.

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Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.

With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies,
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Inconvenient Sequel Trailer Has Al Gore Fired Up About Climate Change

Inconvenient Sequel Trailer Has Al Gore Fired Up About Climate Change
Nearly 11 years after the powerful Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth hit theaters, former Vice President Al Gore returns to spread awareness of climate change even further in the highly-anticipated follow-up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. During Paramount's CinemaCon presentation today, the studio released the first trailer for this documentary sequel, which will hit theaters nationwide on June 28. This trailer also includes footage from President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, where he promises to put an end to the Environmental Protection Agency, at a time when we very well may need it the most.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.
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As ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Debuts on Sundance Opening Night, Al Gore Vows ‘We Are Going to Win This’

As ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Debuts on Sundance Opening Night, Al Gore Vows ‘We Are Going to Win This’
This year’s Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday night in Park City, Utah with its traditionally packed opening night offerings on full display — four double features playing at different venues around the festival — but the hottest ticket was unquestionably the world premiere of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which bowed at the Eccles Theatre to a packed crowd, picking up a standing ovation at its conclusion.

The late surprise entry to the festival picks up a ten years after Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” which saw former U.S. vice president Al Gore getting brutally honest with audiences, aided by photos, charts and scores of of data that illuminated the impacts of the global climate crisis, the sequel finds a mostly upbeat Gore continuing to work on his mission to spread information about the issue.

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Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Gets Summer Release Date

Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Gets Summer Release Date
An Inconvenient Sequel,” Al Gore’s follow-up to his hit documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” has secured a wide release date the day of its Sundance debut.

The film will be released by Paramount on July 28. “An Inconvenient Sequel” will open against Sony’s “The Dark Tower” adaptation and Focus Features’ thriller “The Coldest City.”

The sequel, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, comes 11 years after “An Inconvenient Truth.” It follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.

An Inconvenient Truth,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won two Oscars — best documentary feature and best original song. The film grossed $49.8 million worldwide.

Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann will produce, while Participant chairman Jeff Skoll, Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns, and Lesley Chilcott serve as executive producers.

Gore and Skoll will also appear on
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Sundance: Al Gore in eco alert to Donald Trump

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Sundance: Al Gore in eco alert to Donald Trump
Former vice-president fires a shot across the bows of climate sceptics on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Former vice-president Al Gore fired a shot across the bows of climate sceptics on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration when he told an opening night Sundance crowd that “no one person” could stop the environmental movement.

Gore was in bullish form as he took to the Eccles Theatre stage following Thursday evening’s world premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, a more personal film than the ground-breaking jeremiad he fronted in Sundance 2006 premiere An Inconvenient Truth.

“This movie gives me an extra burst of hope,” he said, adding later: “We have the capacity to rise above our limitations and whether or not Donald Trump on his inauguration tomorrow will change the kind of approach that continues this progress we will have to see.

“But let me repeat, no one person
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Sundance: Al Gore in eco warning to Donald Trump

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Sundance: Al Gore in eco warning to Donald Trump
The former vice-president fired a shot across the bows of climate sceptics on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration when he told an opening night Sundance crowd that “no one person” could stop the environmental movement.

Gore was in bullish form as he took to the Eccles Theatre stage following the world premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel, a more personal film than the ground-breaking jeremiad he fronted in Sundance 2006 premiere An Inconvenient Truth.

“This movie gives me an extra burst of hope,” he said, adding later: “We have the capacity to rise above our limitations and whether or not Donald Trump on his inauguration tomorrow will change the kind of approach that continues this progress we will have to see.

“But let me repeat, no one person can stop this – it’s too big now.”

Earlier Gore said. “Over the years there have been people who started out as [climate] deniers and changed over time. Whether or not
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Sundance 2017: Al Gore’s Documentary Officially Titled ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’

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Sundance 2017: Al Gore’s Documentary Officially Titled ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’
Al Gore’s follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth” now has an official title: “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Participant Media had yet to settle on a final title upon announcing the movie’s inclusion in the Sundance Film Festival line up last month.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

An Inconvenient Sequel” is one of the very first screenings at Sundance this year, showing at 5:30 on Thursday, January 19 with the former Vice President scheduled to attend.

Like the original film, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary and was directed by Davis Guggenhiem, the documentary will focus on the climate crisis, but instead of relying heavily on Gore’s slide presentation, the film follows Gore as he travels the world to discuss climate change. Paramount Pictures is distributing the film.

The sequel is directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk,
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'An Inconvenient Truth' follow-up to premiere at Sundance

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Paramount will release the eco doc that reunites former Us vice president Al Gore with Participant Media and will premiere on the festival’s opening night under inaugural programme The New Climate.

The announcement is timely, coming 11 years after Gore’s ground-breaking film premiered in Park City and one day after president-elect Donald Trump nominated climate skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk direct The Follow-Up To An Inconvenient Truth, which follows Gore around the globe as he continues his fight to build a more sustainable future for the planet.

Richard Berge and Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann served as producers and Participant Media founder and CEO Jeff Skoll is executive producer alongside Davis Guggenheim (who directed An Inconvenient Truth), Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns, and Lesley Chilcott.

An Inconvenient Truth opened through Paramount Vantage in 2006 and won Oscars for best documentary feature and best original song. Paramount
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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Debut at Sundance

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Debut at Sundance
Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is getting a sequel.

Paramount Pictures and Participant Media will release the follow-up to the critically acclaimed documentary next year.

The film will premiere on Jan. 19 — the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.

“Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis,” Gore said Friday. “But we have reason to be hopeful; the solutions to the crisis are at hand. I’m deeply honored and grateful that Paramount Pictures and Participant Media have once again taken on the task of bringing the critical story of the climate crisis to the world.”

Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said, “We are honored to be working again with Al, Jeff Skoll, and everyone at Participant
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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Will Open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Will Open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Among the opening night films for Sundance 2017: a sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s two-time Oscar-winning documentary about the climate crisis.

Paramount Pictures will release the film, which was directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and produced through Participant Media. It does not yet have an official title, and is being referred to as “The Follow-Up to ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’”

Participant also backed the original film, which Davis Guggenheim directed.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

While the first movie focused on Gore’s slide presentation, the new film has Gore traveling the world to discuss climate change. Producers are Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann, and it’s executive produced by Jeff Skoll, Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns, and Lesley Chilcott.

The film will also be the centerpiece of Sundance’s The New Climate program,
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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Premiere at Sundance

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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Premiere at Sundance
Paramount Pictures will debut a sequel to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” on the opening night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows the former vice president as he travels the world and tells a more optimistic story about how the earth is adapting to climate change. The film, from Participant Media, was directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann produced the film, with Jeff Skoll, Davis Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns and Lesley Chilcott as executive producers. Also Read: Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth
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Fox Searchlight Taps Meredith Milton As Svp Production

Meredith Milton is joining Fox Searchlight as Svp of production effective immediately, reporting to co-heads of production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. Prior to Fox Searchlight, Milton oversaw her own indie producing venture, developing a slate with such talent as Scott Burns, Alex Gibney, Anne Hathaway, John Pollano, Jonathan Levine, Josh Radnor and Adam Shankman. She also spent 12 years between Summit and Lionsgate, rising from director of development at…
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Steven Spielberg Fires Haunted Director and Cancels Movie

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Steven Spielberg Fires Haunted Director and Cancels Movie
Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks have pulled the plug, at least for now, on an under-the-radar upcoming horror movie that they have been developing for some time. Haunted was being produced by Steven Spielberg and was going to be directed by 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but he has been fired and any form of production on the project has halted. What is perhaps most surprising is that the movie was supposed to start shooting in a few weeks, meaning that this project was very far along in the development process.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the studio and Steven Spielberg had decided to give the project the axe. According to the report, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns were doing some additional work on the script, which halted pre-production for a couple of weeks. As it turns out, the pair wound up doing a
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DreamWorks Axes Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s ‘Haunted,’ Penned By Scott Z. Burns

Well, in terms of keeping the project under wraps, DreamWorks can probably find a silver lining from “Haunted” in that no one knew it existed until today. But the circumstances around why people know about this horror film are probably not what they wanted.

THR reports that the movie, which was set to start filming within weeks, and had Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later,” “Intruders“) directing a script by Scott Z.

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Directors Behind ‘Cheap Thrills,’ ‘Complete Unknown,’ and More Set Next Features

Before he gets biblical in Mary Magdalene, Chiwetel Ejiofor is going to play… an evangelical minister. The Netflix-distributed Come Sunday is based off an episode of This American Life from 2005, THR reports, and follows celebrated pastor Carlton Pearson, who causes quite the huff in Oklahoma when he states his profound revelation that there is no Hell. With Ejiofor as Pearson, he would play opposite Robert Redford, who will take the role of Oral Roberts. The film is helmed by Joshua Marston, whose latest film Complete Unknown is slated for a release next month. Ejiofor can be seen next in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

In more Netflix news, they have teamed with John Wells (The Company Men: August: Osage County) for a film about the infamous Panama Papers, Deadline reports. They have secured the rights to the book Panama Papers: Breaking The Story Of How The World’s Rich And Powerful Hide Their Money,
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