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Anne Hathaway is getting back into the rom-com game. ComingSoon.net reports that the Oscar winner has signed on to star in an untitled romantic comedy from STXfilms penned by writing partners Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“How to Be Single,” “Never Been Kissed”).
“We have been looking for ways to work with Annie since launching Stx, and when she came to us with this idea, we knew right away that we wanted to make this movie with her,” said STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson. “This is a modern-day look at love, dating, and hookups with a very contemporary and authentic voice that speaks to a generation that casually swipes right to find a mate. As technology has allowed for a new era for matchmaking, it also comes with a lot of comedy and consequences and Anne wanted to explore that territory in funny, relevant, and very unexpected ways.”
Hathaway added, “I am excited to be collaborating with STXfilms on this movie. It’s been really heartening how willing they are to take risks and explore what we all hope will be a great and modern comedic story.”
“This project marks the next significant female-driven film produced and distributed by STXfilms (six of its first 11 films starred or were directed by women); the company’s next six releases (‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Gringo,’ ‘A Bad Moms Christmas,’ and ‘The Happytime Murders’) also feature women in leading roles,” the source writes.
Previously released women-directed titles from STXfilms include Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” a period dramedy about a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who gets hired to write dialogue for female characters in propaganda films, and Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age story “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld.
This new project doesn’t have a director attached yet.
While she won an Oscar in 2013 for showing off her dramatic — and vocal — chops in “Les Misérables,” Hathaway’s career has included a number of rom-coms, including “Love & Other Drugs,” “Bride Wars,” and “The Princess Diaries.” She can currently be seen in “Colossal,” an unconventional monster movie in theaters now.
Anne Hathaway to Topline Untitled Romantic Comedy from STXfilms was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
16 May 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Diego Luna is looking for love, signing on to star in romance ensemble film Berlin, I Love You. Sources say Orlando Bloom and Gemma Arterton also are in negotiations to join the anthology film, which already has Jack Huston and Sophie Turner attached to star.
Several directors will each handle one story in the project, with Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger attached to make their directorial debuts as part of the film. They also will star in their segments.
- Rebecca Ford
Star of Joseph Cedar's Footnote and Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, Lior Ashkenazi, spoke with me on growing up seeing Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman movies with his father, Burt Lancaster in Robert Siodmak's The Crimson Pirate being his first, shooting Eytan Fox's Walk On Water at Berlin's Tempelhof airport, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes at the Cannes Film Festival, and performing a silent scene with Richard Gere.
Lior's upcoming films include Julie Delpy's My Zoe (with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, Daniel Brühl); Dragos Buliga's The Wanderers (Armand Assante); Eran Riklis's Refuge (Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin), Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot (Sarah Adler), and José Padilha's Entebbe (Rosamund Pike, Brühl), where he portrays Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
A weak arthouse market was brightened by “The Lovers,” a high-concept A24 release targeted at the usual older specialty demo. Azazel Jacobs, an indie veteran without a breakout film to his credit, returned to the feature world from HBO (“Doll and Em”) with “The Lovers” (A24). Its initial results put it atop the results for the weekend which saw several disappointments.
Read More: A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd
Several top specialized distributors optimistically counter-programmed against Marvel’s May juggernaut “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” hoping to fill the vacuum with no other wide releases to grab attention. That strategy can can launch a film like “Belle,” “Ida,” and “Far from the Madding Crowd” toward a big push in the early summer period including Memorial Day weekend.
Even if “The Lovers” never approaches that level, it is positioned to get »
- Tom Brueggemann
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Blu-ray Review, a movie starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua, Dominique Tipper, and Anamaria Marinca. Release Date: April 25, 2017 Plot “Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems to be [...]
Continue reading: Blu-ray Review: The Girl With All The Gifts (2017): A Zombie Movie with Few Gifts »
- Nick DeNitto
Exclusive: Embankment launches sales on Second World War drama.
Swale has also penned the screenplay of the feature, which is set during the Second World War and stars Arterton in the lead role of Alice.
When an evacuee boy arrives out of the blue and is placed in her care, Alice resolves to be rid of him. Yet, as the young boy opens her heart, allowing her to unlock the secrets of her past, Alice begins to realise that sometimes imagination really can set you free.
Swale won Bafta’s Jj Screenwriting bursary for the project in 2012.
Her theatre credits include Blue Stockings, which premiered at London’s Globe theatre in 2013, and Nell Gwynn, starring Arterton, which won her the Olivier Award for best new comedy in 2016.
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
UK producers including Andy Paterson and Rebecca O’Brien back the radical proposal.
On the day that Pact-commissioned report The State Of The UK Independent Film Sector is launched, leading British producers have made a radical new proposal for the UK’s film tax credit to be hiked up to 40% for British films in the £2m to £10m budget range.
The Film Tax Relief (Ftr), introduced in 2007, is acknowledged to have helped spending on UK film production to reach record levels (£1.596bn in 2016) but the plight of independent producers remains dire.
The report, put together by consultancy firm Olsberg Spi and focusing on the period between 2007 and 2017, exposes many of the chronic problems now facing the independent sector.
Prime among these is the struggle for producers to make a living yet alone build a sustainable business when (the report calculates) the international market value for UK independent films has plummeted by 50% since 2007 and continues to fall.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Ryan Lambie Apr 27, 2017
Deciding what film to watch on a plane is fraught with danger - especially if you worry what other passengers might think of your choices...
Nb: The following contains a mild spoiler for Toni Erdmann and descriptions of saucy film moments.
To date, science has yet to bring us matter transporters or suspended animation, but things have moved on considerably when it comes to in-flight entertainment. Once upon a time, watching a movie on a plane meant squinting at a screen a few rows away as a heavily-edited version of a six-month old film played.
Today, most planes come with a little flat screen mounted on the seat in front of you; with a press of a few unresponsive buttons, you »
Given the commercially modest set of new films it was up against, the eighth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise had no problem holding on to the top spot at the UK box office, grossing £3.59m in its second frame, for a 12-day total of £23m. This compares with £26.25m for Fast & Furious 7 after two weekends of play, although that was just a 10-day number.
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- Charles Gant
Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.
Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West.
In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.
The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures.
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Two specialized releases made the top 10 this week: “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight) came in #8 with $4.5 million, while the second weekend of “The Lost City of Z” (Bleecker Street) managed to place 10th in only 614 theaters.
Specialty distributors are pushing their films to more theaters; at nearly 2,000 theaters in its third week, “Gifted” is a wide release. This strategy doesn’t always work: A24 went to over 1,000 theaters initially for “Free Fire” with Brie Larson. It flopped across the board despite its pedigree.
Documentaries continue to stand out among niche limited openers. “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (IFC) scored a strong New York two-theater response despite its parallel VOD option. And food scored again as “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (The Orchard) worked with targeted marketing in its first two cities.
Free Fire (A24) – Metactritic: 64; Festivals include: Toronto 2016
$1,040,000 in 1,070 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $972
Clearly a disappointment considering its »
- Tom Brueggemann
Gemma Arterton shines in a big-hearted and witty drama about the making of a second world war propaganda film
London, 1940. Catrin (Gemma Arterton) is scurrying home through the blitzed streets at dusk. Without warning, she is sideswiped by a bomb blast. Blinking grit from her eyes, she stumbles into a pile of broken bodies. Her initial horror tips into laughter when she realises that they are shop mannequins. Then she notices that one of them is bleeding – a salesgirl lies amid the wreckage of the window display. While the dust and death is still clearing from the air, Catrin vomits from shock, silhouetted in a yawning archway.
The scene elegantly combines twin themes in this bracing second world war romance from Lone Scherfig. It captures the savage uncertainty of life during wartime; and, in a nod to the film’s movie industry backdrop, it deftly peels back layers of reality and artifice. »
- Wendy Ide
Historical comedy-drama Their Finest is an affectionate ode to morale-boosting British Ministry of Information films of the second world war. Gemma Arterton stars as a young copywriter who is brought in to work on a film about the Dunkirk evacuation, while Bill Nighy is a fading matinee idol hoping for one last star turn. The pair discuss the role played by women in the war effort, the timely nature of their film and the challenges of doing a Welsh accent.
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- Gwilym Mumford and Jonross Swaby
In the handsomely made World War II period film Their Finest, director Lone Scherfig spins a tale of a young Welsh woman who takes a job as a scriptwriter for the British government’s war propaganda film division. Set up like a 1940s period romance, the director both paints a picture of the treatment of working women in the WWII war effort and, more uniquely, a peek inside script writing and propaganda film making in the 1940s.
The movie poster makes Their Finest look like a period romantic comedy but it is actually more complex than that. Director Lone Scherfig, a Danish-born woman director/writer whose past films include An Education, lulls us into expecting one film but then gives us a different, more complicated one.
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- Cate Marquis
Author: Linda Marric
With its huge catalogue of self-reflexives productions and behind-the-scene musicals, Hollywood could always be relied upon to add to its own legend and mystique. On the other hand, the British film industry has forever shied away from making a song and dance about its own history. Bar a few examples, there’s been little interest in dramas chartering the British film industry’s formative years, and even less in shining a light on the industry’s prolific body of work during WWII. But fear not, because lo and behold, Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest is here to save the day. This beautifully acted and brilliantly written film set in London during the Blitz is a charming and compelling slice of contemporary cinema.
- Linda Marric
Author: Stefan Pape
Out this week is Their Finest, a film that celebrates the act of going to the pictures, which should really be viewed in that very setting. The Lone Scherfig drama takes place during the Second World War, chronicling the rise of a screenwriter tasked with lifting the spirit of the nation with propaganda productions, with a female touch. Played by Gemma Arterton, it was our pleasure, as it always is, to sit down and chat with the talented British star.
“I’d love for people to watch this and think ‘we should go to the cinema more often’, it’s a good thing to do,” she said. “It is a really special thing going to the cinema, the event of watching a film on the big screen and being moved by it, and looking around. Some of my earliest cinema memories are hearing people crying behind you »
- Stefan Pape
Lior Ashkenazi on being Micha Eshel: "He's enjoying himself because it's Manhattan, it's New York, you know." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
On the opening night in New York at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Lior Ashkenazi, star of the Oscar-nominated Footnote and brilliant foil to Richard Gere's Norman in Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, spoke with me following the screening about the rehearsal process, his point of view on politicians, a Gene Kelly kind of freedom, and how he transformed from being the "sexy guy" to becoming two Prime Ministers.
Lior's upcoming films include José Padilha's Entebbe with Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, where he portrays Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and next Julie Delpy's My Zoe with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, and Brühl.
"Richard was leading the whole thing. He was getting down on his knees, trying to »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Chicago – In a combined BBC Films, Welsh Government and Pinewood (London) Pictures production, the British-based “Their Finest” pairs England’s history with authentic and passionate romance, to create a sly and funny riff on propaganda films and the British movie industry during the early days of World War II.
With a top drawer cast – headed by the great scene stealer Bill Nighy – and perfect construction by Danish director Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “One Day”), “Their Finest” is righteous and tear-jerking entertainment, especially in the actualization of a wonderfully recreated example of the early 1940s British film industry. This is one of those rare films where women are all at the top of the credit list… besides Scherfig, the screenplay was adapted by Gaby Chiappe (from a novel written by Lissa Evans) and the lead role is portrayed by Gemma Arterton, who has never been better. Additionally, the black shadow »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
What to see and who to watch it with over the Easter long weekend!What to see and who to watch it with over the Easter long weekend!Zachary Dent4/13/2017 4:04:00 Pm
The Easter long weekend is that time of year where it's finally starting to warm up but not enough to throw on a swim suit and hang out by the pool. You're most likely going to spend a lot of time eating, drinking, and drinking some more with family. It's good to find an activity that gets you out of the house and that everyone can enjoy. That's why we've put together this guide!
Plan a trip to your neighborhood Cineplex and let everyone sit back, relax, and enjoy a much needed cinematic experience. Regardless of who you're with (kids, friends, a date, even if you're stuck at home) we've got you covered. What to Watch with »
- Zachary Dent
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