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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun
Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Jacqueline Bisset to Star in Drama ‘Journey to Miyakojima’ (Exclusive)
Jacqueline Bisset has been cast in the lead role in the family drama “Journey to Miyakojima,” which will begin filming in Japan in October.
French helmer Slony Sow is directing from his own script. Paul Hoppe is the producer and Nick Kambayashi is executive producing. Aun Entertainment and Licri are the production companies.
Bisset will play a quietly ailing family matriarch and NBA team owner who is hoping to reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home. She persuades her granddaughter, whose eating disorder is escalating, to take up residence at a guesthouse on the island — where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.
Bisset stars in “L’Amant Double,” a Palme d’Or contender at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, »
- Dave McNary
'Spider-Man Homecoming': A Breakdown of the Superhero's Stark Technology
The kid's got a nice suit.
On Monday, Marvel shared a fun look at the Stark tech that makes up the new Spider-Man suit, featured in the first standalone film for the Tom Holland incarnation.
Holland's Spidey got his new suit in Captain America: Civil War, but there are some cool gadgets that will be highlighted in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Most of the new tech was pretty obvious from the trailer, but it is still interesting to either get confirmation or a tad bit more info.
First, the suit automatically forms to the wearer's body, which is reminiscent of Marty's jacket in Back to »
- Ryan Parker
Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding
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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Sundance Film Festival: London 2017 line-up revealed
The line-up for the 5th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4) has been announced.
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The festival will comprise 14 UK and international feature film premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to new UK shorts.
Other highlights from this year’s programme include Bushwick, starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow; true-life crime drama Crown Heights, which won the Us dramatic audience award; jury prize-winning documentary Dina, Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, starring Jon Hamm and Geena Davis, and Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which Amazon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
Cannes: Directors' Fortnight adds Portuguese debut 'The Nothing Factory'
Comedy-drama added to Cannes sidebar.
Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight sidebar has added Portuguese director Pedro Pinho’s feature debut The Nothing Factory to its 2017 selection.
The comedy-drama (with an occasional music number, according to a Cannes release) will play as a special screening. The majority of the Directors’ Fortnight line-up was revealed last week.
It follows a group of factory workers who go on strike in an attempt to block the relocation of their workplace by its crooked owners.
According to a statement from Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Édouard Waintrop, the film “dissects and riffs on the subject of de-industrialization, unemployment, and the »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, With a Surprise Film and New Audience Award
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.
This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.
“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of »
- Robert Mitchell
Karlovy Vary to fete Ken Loach, James Newton Howard
The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30 - July 8) will present a Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema to British director Ken Loach.
The award will be shared with his long-time screenwriter Paul Laverty. The pair have collaborated on twelve feature films and two shorts, including The Wind That Shakes The Barley and more recently the Palme d’Or and Bafta-winning I, Daniel Blake.
Loach has a long and fruitful relationship with the Karlovy Vary festival. In 1968, his feature debut Poor Cow won a special jury prize and best actress for its star Carol White. A year later, his second film Kes won the festival’s Crystal Globe, and he has been a guest at the festival on numerous occasions since.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs
Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… »
Annecy unveils 2017 line-up
French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year.
It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.
Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.
Ken Loach and James Newton Howard to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary
British director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and U.S. composer James Newton Howard will be honored at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. Howard (pictured) will also take part in a concert to launch the festival, conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of selected music from his score for the 2018 sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Veteran British director Loach and his regular writing collaborator Laverty will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. The festival called Loach and Laverty “two individuals who together have influenced the history of British cinema, becoming pioneers of British social-realist film with a humanitarian message.” The pair has worked together on 12 features, including 2016 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake.” They first collaborated on Loach’s 1996 film “Carla’s Song” and also teamed for the »
- Robert Mitchell
Kingsman: The Golden Circle – first trailer released for spy movie sequel
Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, the council estate kid who is improbably chosen as a recruit for a mysterious, elite spy agency, and finds himself entangled in a dangerous mission to save the world. The sequel appears to have all the same building blocks in place, with the major addition, as the plot synopsis reveals, of a Us version of the agency.
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Eggsy Returns In The First Trailer For ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’
No one could’ve guessed that a little spy movie led by rising actor Taron Egerton, would’ve grossed over $400 million, and one could argue that even before “Deadpool” became a monster success, it was “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that was breaking the R-rated mold. Now a sequel is one the way, with Colin Firth returning from the dead, Julianne Moore of all people joining in on the mayhem, and screenwriter Jane Goldman promising to buck expectations.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Avengers disassemble: is Marvel's cinematic universe set for a reboot?
Studio president Kevin Feige has suggested the possibility of an end-date for the superhero saga, and its key stars’ contracts are running out. But behind the scenes, producers seem to be planning a future way beyond 2020
The only thing surprising about the spectacular success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is that all those box-office greenbacks and all that critical fervour haven’t really inspired other studios to simply swipe the blueprint, like a scheming supervillain who’s managed to hack his way into Tony Stark’s mainframe and build his or her own shiny supersuit. Sure, both Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox have made tentative steps towards launching their own shared big screen worlds for costumed crimefighters to inhabit. But each has stubbornly refused to ape the Marvel way of doing things.
The two best recent movies in Fox’s X-Verse, Deadpool and Logan, are only vaguely linked to the main X-Men saga, »
- Ben Child
Writers in overwhelming strike authorisation vote
Action will commence on May 2 if no deal in place.
Writers Guild Of America (WGA) membership on Monday voted 96.3% in favour of striking on May 2 should no agreement be in place with studios and networks.
The move came as both sides prepared to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday following a recess and memories of the devastating 2007 strike loomed large.
The current three-year contract with the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on May 1.
The WGA is seeking higher payments and a health plan bailout that would amount to an extra $178m from the AMPTP.
The AMPTP released a statement on Monday that read: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working.
“The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. We remain »
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer Debuts (Watch)
The trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” has debuted, with new cast members Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Elton John joining returning stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth.
Matthew Vaughn the action-packed and humor-filled second installment of the story.
Firth, donning an eye-patch, once again plays Harry Hart — even though he died in the 2014 original.
Vaughn co-wrote the script with Jane Goldman. The original “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was based on the comic book “The Secret Service,” created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Vaughn also produced the original, which grossed a surprisingly healthy $415 million worldwide.
Fox is opening “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” for release on Sept. 22.
Related storiesChanning Tatum Makes Deadly Debut in 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Trailer at CinemaConChanning Tatum Joins the Cast of 'Kingsman' Sequel'Narcos' Star Pedro Pascal Joining 'Kingsman' Sequel »
- Pat Saperstein
Netflix to Debut in China Via Original Content Licensing Deal With iQIYI
Global streaming giant Netflix has struck its first licensing deal in China with one of the massive market’s leading streaming platforms, iQIYI.
To date, Netflix has been blocked by Middle Kingdom regulators from operating its own service in the world’s most populous nation.
The deal comes just over a year after Netflix took its service global with just a handful of territories — including China, Iran and North Korea — missing from its planet-wide strategy.
The announcement was made on the sidelines of the annual Apos conference in Indonesia, by the streaming service’s VP of content acquisition, Robert Roy. Netflix spokesmen told Variety that the deal was too new to provide many details, such as when the content will make its Chinese debut.
However, it is understood that Netflix Original content will be available on a day-and-date or near simultaneous basis, along with availability in other territories.
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- Patrick Frater
Dustin Hoffman Grills Noah Baumbach (And Gets Grilled Too): Tribeca Film Festival
Noah Baumbach’s new film, The Meyerowitz Stories, stars Dustin Hoffman as the aging father of adult children. Hot on the heels of its acquiring by Netflix (reported exclusively here) and winning a slot in the competition at Cannes, the celebrated actor sat down with the writer-director for a conversation before a crowd tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. Usually, of course, it’s Hoffman who’s being interviewed; for an hour or so, the roles were reversed, as he prodded… »
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: Are You Ready For More Ultra-Violent Super-Spy Adventures?
There are quibbles to be had with director Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Secret Service, but it has such a fresh, bizarre, and anarchic energy – it’s easy to forgive the hiccups and speed bumps and embrace the bigger picture. When the credits roll, you’re ready to see more ultra-violent spy adventures starring this crew. With the set-up […]
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- Jacob Hall
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum & Jeff Bridges Join The Action For Round 2
"Eggsy, I saw in you what someone once saw in me. Something that can't be taught, the makings of a Kingsman.” Welcome to the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the over-the-top 2015 spy action that returns stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth — though the latter’s character had survival issues in the original. A number of big names are aboard for Round 2 including Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and one Sir Elton John… »
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