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‘Carol’ Gets A Head Start On Awards Season, ‘Adam Jones’ Retitled ‘Burnt’
Director Todd Haynes’ popular Cannes Film Festival entry Carol is now slotted to open November 20, the Weinstein Company announced today. That four-week head start positions it earlier than its previous pre-Christmas frame of December 18, but puts the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara into a similar awards season slot as prior TWC successes The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech. Those pictures went on to collect multiple Oscar nominations and wins. The King… »
'Wolf of Wall Street' Backer Says It Has Been Hacked, Surveilled and Harassed
Red Granite Pictures, the finance company behind The Wolf of Wall Street, Dumb and Dumber To and the upcoming Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, claims in a new lawsuit that it has been the subject of a malicious hack that has intimidated employees and disrupted its business. According to a complaint filed against anonymous individuals on Wednesday, the film company's employees began receiving mass e-mails beginning on July 10 consisting of "defamatory blog postings or reports alleging improper activities allegedly connected with Plaintiff, often accompanied by sensational or offensive subject lines." Read More Hacked Cheating
- Eriq Gardner
Chris Pine joining DC universe, ‘Wonder Woman’ as Steve Trevor
Captain Kirk is jumping into the superhero craze.
Pine was rumored to be weighing an offer to play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman or Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, but according to The Wrap, it seems like there wasn’t really a choice — Pine was always looking at this project. Now, he joins Gal Gadot in the superhero picture that will follow the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (which just had a Comic-Con trailer) and Suicide Squad (which wowed people at Comic-Con with its trailer).
- Zach Dennis
Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Date for First Original Film ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” will hit screens in select U.S. markets on October 16, the same day that it debuts worldwide on Netflix.
Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film in 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres.
“Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.
This allows the Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, to be eligible for Oscar consideration. Its awards season chances were improved earlier this week when the pic was selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
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- Maane Khatchatourian
Relativity Lets Rights to ‘Hillsong – Let Hope Rise’ Revert to Producers (Exclusive)
The embattled studio originally intended to release the film on September 30, but took it off the schedule earlier this month as it struggled to deal with the fallout from a massive missed debt payment. Relativity acquired rights to the film, which focuses on the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong United, in March.
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. pulled the movie from its April 1 slot after Alcon Entertainment was unable to secure the rights. The film is a play for faith-based crowds. Hillsong United is led by Joel Houston, the son of Hillsong Church’s founders, an organization that boasts more than 100,000 weekly attendees across its 12 locations.
The film is a co-production of Cantinas Entertainment, Grace Hill Media and MediaWeaver Entertainment.
Relativity is expected to file for Chapter 11 protection on Thursday. »
- Brent Lang
Emily Dickinson Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign
The documentary, from U.K.-based production company Hurricane Films, is a companion movie to the recently wrapped Dickinson biopic “A Quiet Passion,” directed by Terence Davies and starring Nixon. Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine also star in “Passion,” which was shot in the spring in Belgium and Massachusetts.
“It’s an honor and a joy to get to narrate her life story in ‘Phospherescence,'” Nixon said. “What a gift to get a chance to bring Emily to life on screen not once, but twice.”
The documentary will explore Dickinson’s life in mid 1800s New England using recovered letters and then-unpublished poems as an entry point. The film will also explore Dickinson’s deep love of horticulture and music, as well as her relationships with friends and family. »
- Dave McNary
Ymagis takeover of Eclair Group cleared
Ymagis to acquire Éclair’s operating activities, assets and holdings in subsidiaries in France, Germany and Morocco.
Digital cinema technologies specialist Ymagis Group has had its takeover bid to acquire the Eclair Group’s business accepted by the Nanterre Commercial Court.
The move comes as Eclair face an uncertain future in the wake of declining revenues. The company, originally established in 1907, previously made a large portion of its income from photochemical work and, according to Ymagis, has struggled to adapt “to the transition of the whole industry from film print to digital”.
As part of the takeover, Ymagis will create two new subsidiaries with a view to developing them internationally: Éclair Media Sas, which will absorb Éclair’s content distribution and localisation services; and Éclair Cinema Sas, which will be responsible for post-production and restoration.
Ymagis will take on 233 of Éclair’s 320 staff, and will contribute $238,000 (€217,000) to a redundancy programme for any employees not kept on.
Willem Dafoe joins Noomi Rapace sci-fi; shoot begins
What Happened to Monday? has begun production in Romania; new cast additions include Kon-Tiki’s Pal Sverre Hagen.
Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) has joined Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close in sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, which began principal photography at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest on July 23 .
Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) directs the feature, which is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by Snd, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
Set in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
Rapace - star of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus - plays all seven »
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'Have you no decency, sir?': Vidal v Buckley and the art of killer comebacks
The lifelong feud between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley saw some of the best comebacks anyone has ever uttered. Now as Best of Enemies, the documentary about their falling out, is released we look at the best of the rest
Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s riveting documentary Best of Enemies examines the debates conducted by William F Buckley, one of the fathers of modern American conservatism; and the leftwing novelist, critic and sometime political candidate Gore Vidal, at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions of 1968. It prompts a certain nostalgia for the role of the public intellectual on television over the professional pundits and rent-a-mouths of our own time, and for the demolition of one’s ideological opponents with elegantly crafted (if poisonous) barbs and devastating put-downs over the predictable talking points assembled each morning for recital in tedious unison by political pundits and party hacks today.
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- John Patterson
America's best outdoor movie screenings of the summer – well, what's left of it
Here’s our guide to options across the Us for cinephiles who choose to brave the heat and watch classic films under the stars or hot sun
The warm months of summer are soon coming to an end. That sad truth is especially tough on cinephiles who love to experience their films under the stars on a rooftop, or surrounded by nature.
Luckily, August is a robust month for outdoor movie events, with screening series across the Us going strong up until the end of the summer. From big-budget blockbusters al fresco-style to classic black-and-white films with the Manhattan skyline glowing in the background – we have you covered.
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- Guardian Staff
Pippa Harris to chair BAFTA Film Committee
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed its newly elected chairs and deputy chairs for 2015.
Pippa Harris, the BAFTA-nominated film and TV producer and co-founder of Neal Street Productions noted for Revolutionary Road, Stater For Ten and TV mini-series The Hollow Crown, has been named the new chair of the Film Committee, stepping up from her position as deputy chair.
Harris replaces Nik Powell, director of the National Film and Television School, who will remain on the committee. Marc Samuelson, ex-Board Member of the UK Film Council and Governor of the Nfts, will act as the new deputy chair.
Krishnendu Majumdar has been elected chair of the Television Committee, while [link=nm »
Spread your bets now! The A-listers with more than one horse in the Oscar race
Throwing their hats, scarves and gloves in the ring, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are hoping that betting on more than one film will secure them the prize
While it might seem as if we’re only just catching our breath after the most recent set of awards, we’re already heading into another six months of tireless campaigning, tearful speeches and Weinstein grandstanding.
Related: And the Oscar may go to: 30 movies we've already seen which could win big
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- Benjamin Lee
Ghostbusters producer torpedoes talk of all-male Ghostbusters movie
The producer of the much-hyped female-fronted reboot of the classic 1980s comedy Ghostbusters has denied reports that a rival male team is also heading for cinemas.
Ivan Reitman, who directed 1984’s original Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, said in a statement that the only new film on its way to multiplexes would be the confirmed version overseen by Bridesmaids’ film-maker Paul Feig, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig alongside Saturday Night Live alumni Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Feig’s film is due in July 2016 and has become a major talking point following the director’s decision to gender-swap the original’s central spirit-bashing quartet.
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- Ben Child
Bill Wyman doc leads slate for former Pulse exec
Exclusive: Profile of Rolling Stones bassist leads London-based outfit’s doc slate.
Former Pulse Films head of music Jamie Clark (The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders) is to produce a documentary about Bill Wyman, the former bassist for The Rolling Stones, under the banner of his new production outfit My Accomplice.
Documentary It’s Always the Quiet Ones, made in collaboration with Wyman, will chart the highs and lows of the musician’s career and include unseen film footage and photographs captured by Wyman during his time with the Stones, who he played with from 1962 to 1993.
Ollie Murray will make his feature debut on the project, which was presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June and is currently in pre-production.
On the development slate for the Shoreditch-based company is The Goal Is Rio, about British teenager Lorn Mayers who became the youngest ever player to sign »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Jeremy Renner: five best moments
Having hit the bullseye as Marvel’s ace archer Hawkeye in the Avengers franchise, he is back this week as Agent Brandt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Here, we celebrate his best performances
It’s been a blockbusting summer for Jeremy Renner that continues with this week’s release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, where he stars as right-hand man Agent Brandt. The 44-year-old actor scored a bullseye when he was cast as a reoccurring character in Marvel’s The Avengers franchise. He’ll be on the big screen again as ace archer Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War next year but it’s often forgotten that he started out as more of a character actor, with intense performances in smaller films, often playing unstable characters. Here’s a list of Renner’s non-Marvel career highlights.
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- Marnie Langeroodi
'Ida' producer readies first project with own company
Speaking to ScreenDaily during this week’s Polish Days in Wroclaw, Puszczynska said Lodz-based Extreme Emotions is managed with her daughter Emilia and is in addition to her work as a producer and head of development at Opus Film (Ida).
Puszczynska was at the Polish Days’ pitching session on Thursday (July 30) with Aa, the planned feature film debut by the Israeli-born writer-director Jack Faber, which she has been accompanying in its development for the past 18 months
Based on actual events, the film centres on the last night of a heritage tour in Poland by a group of Israeli high-school students when a prank quickly spins out of control and exposes the violent nature of the young people’s present lives.
Faber had initially started working on the project during his studies at the Netherlands Film Academy »
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'The Crow' remake "suspended"
Pinewood Cardiff shoot for Relativity-backed remake put on ice.
Production on the remake of cult classic The Crow has been “suspended”, according to multiple sources close to the film.
Pre-production on the multi-million pound feature, which was due to be the first shot at Pinewood Cardiff, has halted, with crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation.
While the latest delay to the anticipated film correlates with the financial woes of the film’s Us backer Relativity Media, a source close to Relativity told ScreenDaily that the company still “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
As Jk Rowling turns 50, here's Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best
Jk Rowling has been winning at life so consistently lately that her 50th birthday - which is today, July 31 (a birthday she shares with Harry himself) - feels like even more of a cause for celebration than it already would.
To mark the conclusion of Rowling's fifth decade, Digital Spy is taking on the challenge of ranking the Harry Potter movies in order from worst to best.
Additional writing by Simon Reynolds
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Lacking the 'brand new franchise' sheen and the sheer sense of wonder that Philosopher's Stone had, Christopher Columbus's second outing was always going to come up slightly short. But his sentimental approach really rubs up awkwardly against Chamber's sinister central mystery, »
Don't cross the streams: There is only one Ghostbusters film in the works
It looks like Ghostbusters isn't going to cross its streams any time soon, with the confirmation that only one film is in the works.
The internet has been abuzz in recent weeks with rumours of a male-focused reboot starring Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum, but a producer on Paul Feig's upcoming movie has dashed our hopes/quashed our fears.
Screenwriter Drew Pearce got fans excited »
Paper Towns author John Green defends 'dehumanised' Cara Delevingne
Novelist criticises Good Day Sacramento presenters for asking ‘annoying’ questions after video of awkward interview with model-turned-actor goes viral
Related: Cara Delevingne: 'Some people just don't understand sarcasm'
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- Ben Child
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