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Patrick Stewart Portraying White Supremacist in ‘Green Room’

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green Pictures has tapped Patrick Stewart to portray a white supremacist in “Green Room” opposite Anton Yelchin.

Stewart will play the leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest. Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair also star.

The thriller centers on a punk rock band finding themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence. They then must fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads.

Bgp is producing and financing the film and plans to release the movie in 2015.  Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”) is directing from his own script and began shooting recently in Portland, Ore.

Producers are Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp of filmscience with Bgp’s Victor Moyers.  Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Bgp and Vincent Savino of filmscience will be exec producing. »

- Dave McNary

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Rome gives industry awards

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Rome’s European co-production market New Cinema Network has awarded the €30,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award to drama 9 Fingers by writer-director F.J. Ossang, produced by Catherine Dussart.

The French-language apocalyptic-noir follows a man who falls in with a dangerous gang, which in turn becomes stranded on a container ship.

The project has an estimated budget of €1.9m and has backing from Cnc.

The jury, which comprised Marie-Pierre Duhamel, Sandra Hebron, and Elena Kotova, described the script as “a project that combines philosophical and narrative qualities in a decidedly original manner”.

A special mention was awarded to 1313 – Dante’s Emperor by Bady Minck, produced by Alexander Dumreicher-Ivancenau, and Menocchio by Alberto Fasulo produced by Nadia Trevisan.

Andrea Paris of Ascent Film was awarded the €5,000 Cubix Award for best emerging European producer, while the Unicef Italia Special Mention went to White Shadows by Fabio Mollo for “having addressed a story of abuse and violation of children’s rights effectively yet with »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look Of Silence’ Documentary: Hot Trailer

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Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence is the follow-up to 2013’s Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing. It won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice earlier this year and was jointly acquired by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media on the eve of that fest. At the time, I posted a clip from the film and above is the first trailer. The Act Of Killing, which had a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and won the BAFTA in the same category, saw Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact assassinations they committed in anti-communist purges after the military coup of 1965. The new movie examines one man’s journey as he searches for, and confronts, his brother’s killers. Both The Look Of Silence and The Act Of Killing were made under circumstances that required most of the crew to be credited as “anonymous” because anyone involved was at grave risk if their identities were revealed. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Watch: Ikea Spoofs 'The Shining' In New Ad Plus Watch 3 Early Short Documentaries By Stanley Kubrick

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It’s been fifteen years since his death but we can’t seem to stop talking about Stanley Kubrick. Just yesterday we saw a brand new trailer cut for the forthcoming U.K. theatrical re-release of his landmark “2001: A Space Odyssey” and now we have entirely different sort of tribute to the iconic director on our hands, one that’s perfect for the holiday next Friday. In honor of Halloween, the Singapore division of Swedish furniture chain Ikea released a minute and a half long commercial-cum-tribute (via Reddit) to Kubrick’s peerless horror classic, “The Shining.” As one would expect, it’s a cute little recreation of the famous scene of Danny riding his tricycle throughout the Overlook Hotel, but with a new twist, of course. If you need a more of a Kubrick fix, you can check out the director’s earliest films, a trio of short documentaries »

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Matthew McConaughey shares life lessons, Miller Lites at American Cinematheque Gala

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The line between Matthew McConaughey the person and Matthew McConaughey the parody is getting blurrier and blurrier, and it was very evident at the American Cinematheque Gala on Tuesday night. The gala, which honors an actor every year for his or her achievement in film, chose to celebrate McConaughey for his 22-year (and counting) career. According to Variety, the night was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who joked about the bro-tastic actor's preeminence in the romantic-comedy genre, while friends and cohorts like Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Woody Harrelson, and Sandra Bullock teased McConaughey and his "Alright, alright, alright" persona. However, no one could top McConaughey's speech, »

- Teresa Jue

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Benedict Cumberbatch Exudes Menace in Smaug Mo-Cap Footage

39 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’re pretty familiar with the sight of good actors jumping and rolling about in mo-cap suits while doing performance capture work for effects-based films. We’re especially familiar with that image when it comes to Peter Jackson‘s Middle-Earth movies. And yet there’s something special about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, whose on-screen presence radiates control and composure, crawling […]

The post Benedict Cumberbatch Exudes Menace in Smaug Mo-Cap Footage appeared first on /Film. »

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Exclusive: Teaser Trailer For Dramatic Mystery 'Desert Cathedral' Wants You To Pick Up The Phone

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What if you suddenly decided to disappear without a trace? What would you leave behind to explain your actions? In 1992, a real estate developer did indeed vanish into thin air, with only VHS tapes left to  detail to his loved ones the reasons as such. Writer/director Travis Gutiérrez Senger has used this story as inspiration for his debut feature "Desert Cathedral." Starring Lee Tergesen, Chaske Spencer, and Petra Wright, this moody picture blends found footage elements, archival video, and more to create a unique setting for this based on a true story tale, in which a wife hires a private investigator to track down her missing husband. Aside from the intriguing teaser trailer which you can see below, the talent assembled for the film is strong, with Lincoln Leopard Films and Chip Hourihan ("Frozen River") producing, a score from excellent, on the rise composers Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi ("Enemy, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Powerful Short Film 'The Slaughter' Brings Light To The Process Of Humane Animal Slaughter

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Today we're sharing a short film, "The Slaughter," that garnered festival attention last year at the SXSW, BFI London and Locarno film festivals, and was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards. This week, it's the current Vimeo Staff Pick, as well as the Featured Short on Short Of The Week. Shorts don't get much attention outside of festival programming, but many are able to pack more of an emotional punch in just 15 minutes than many studio feature films. "The Slaughter" is no exception, coming with a strong message inspired by director Jason B. Kohl's background.  Kohl's father breeds and sells Mangalista pigs, and after witnessing a humane pig slaughter, he was inspired to explore the process onscreen. "The Slaughter" features the story of a father and son who are negotiating their troubled relationship, as the father attempts to pass on his knowledge of pig farming and humane slaughter to his son. »

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Patrick Stewart Playing White Supremacist for ‘Blue Ruin’ Director

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. […]

The post Patrick Stewart Playing White Supremacist for ‘Blue Ruin’ Director appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Watch: Make The Choice With TV Spot For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Plus new Pics

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1" is on the way, and Lionsgate wants to make sure that you're uh, hungry for it. And so, via one of the weirdest corporate team-ups ever, Doritos, Whole Foods and Mazda are combining forces for the app, Our Leader The Mockingjay, that will help fans unlock exclusive content, give to charity, and possibly win tickets to the premiere screening. So you know, standard blockbuster marketing, which in this case means branded TV spots with new footage.  And so here's the latest Doritos presented promo, which runs for thirty seconds and provides a new look at the 'Mockingjay,' Peeta's duplicity, Katniss' concern and resulting wild emotions. And of course, there's lots of fighting and explosions. If that's not enough, a handful of new images are here too, highlighting the characters you already know and love, the dystopian future, and some behind-the-scenes material. 'Mockingjay' gets its wings on November 21st. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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BAFTA Appoints Emma Baehr as Director of Awards

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London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has appointed Emma Baehr as its director of awards, a new role that oversees all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies, including November’s British Academy Children’s Awards and next February’s Ee British Academy Film Awards.

The role will be responsible for the ongoing development of BAFTA’s awards, ensuring output reaches a wide and diverse audience, increasing engagement with the film, television and games industries, and “identifying the strategic partnerships that will be essential to ensure the awards remain the gold standard,” BAFTA said. Baehr will report directly to BAFTA’s chief executive, Amanda Berry.

Baehr also joins Berry on BAFTA’s senior management team, whose members are Clare Brown, director of production; Gilly Burgess, director of finance; Tim Hunter, director of learning and events; Kevin Price, chief operating officer; and Julian Shaw, director of BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.

As part of the restructure, »

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Susanne Bier Says 'Serena' Was "Never A Mainstream Film," Talks "Anxious" Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence

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After a long, long wait, Susanne Bier's "Serena" finally emerged at the BFI London Film Festival, and it isn't a lost classic, or even a so-bad-it's-good future cult move. As our own Oli Lyttelton wrote in his D- grade review, the movie is simply "tedious" and that "given the result, you can see why people might be keen to sweep this one under the rug." For the most part, Bier and the cast have kept quiet on the long delayed movie, but with "Serena" hitting UK cinemas this weekend, the director is now opening up about the movie, and what she doesn't say is an interesting as what she does. Speaking with The Times, Bier insists her vision for the Depression-era drama was never one for mass consumption, but things changed as the film's stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence became more famous. "I had to fight for Jennifer »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Look of Silence’ Trailer: Joshua Oppenheimer Follows Up ‘The Act of Killing’

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One of the most acclaimed films of 2013 was The Act of Killing. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, the searing documentary chronicled the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s from the perspective of the killers. Now, for his follow-up The Look of Silence, Oppenheimer is back to cover the same ground, only this time with a focus […]

The post ‘The Look of Silence’ Trailer: Joshua Oppenheimer Follows Up ‘The Act of Killing’ appeared first on /Film. »

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BAFTA Names Emma Baehr To New Director Of Awards Post

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As film awards season gets underway, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has created a new post overseeing all five of its London-based prize ceremonies. Previously the Acting Head of Film, Emma Baehr has been named Director of Awards and will be responsible for the ongoing development of the British Academy’s kudos, including the BAFTA Film Awards that fall just ahead of the Oscars in February. She is charged with ensuring that output reaches a wide and diverse audience; increasing engagement with the film, television and games industries; and identifying strategic partnerships. Baehr will also join BAFTA Chief Exec Amanda Berry on the senior management team. Jim Bradshaw who is currently Head of Membership, will become Acting Head of Film with responsibility for the film awards and will be supported by Awards Officer Bradley Down. Berry said today, “The Director of Awards role is a key one for BAFTA. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Bad Santa 2 won't be as good as the original, says Billy Bob Thornton

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Billy Bob Thornton has given a frank opinion about the upcoming Bad Santa sequel.

The Fargo actor has signed up for a follow-up to the 2003 festive comedy, and despite looking forward to filming, he isn't sure it will match the original.

"We're just waiting for a script," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're never gonna beat the first one, but you got to get as close as you can. You just can't go and do it halfway so we're waiting for something that's close enough.

"It'll do real well, I imagine, and people will say, 'Well, it wasn't as good as the first one' and we'll say, 'Yeah, we knew it wouldn't be', but I think it should be fun and I think people who liked [the first one] will enjoy it and hopefully we'll get it off."

Bad Santa 2 will be directed by Doug Ellin, who is currently working on the Entourage movie. »

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Good Films secures backing; Danis Tanovic to direct Invisible

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Exclusive: British producer Miriam Segal of Good Films has secured backing from Bank Leumi for her slate of seven new features.

Bank Leumi is providing debt financing that can help cover the “lion’s share” of the costs of the films, with budgets ranging from $12-$40m.

As previously announced, the first film into production will be the $28m The Infiltrator starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston alongside John Leguizamo.

Brad Furman is directing the film, which Relativity will be presenting to buyers at the Afm (Nov 5-12).

The Infiltrator, which will shoot in London, Paris and Florida, is based on Robert Mazur’s book about his experiences infiltrating the criminal hierarchy of Colombia’s drug cartels.

Tanovic to direct Invisible

Good Films has also confirmed that Oscar winner Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) is to direct Invisible, scripted by Croatian playwright Tena Stivicic about the plight of immigrants in Britain.

Speaking to ScreenDaily »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Matthew McConaughey defends rom-coms: 'Criticism is completely unfair'

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Matthew McConaughey has defended the romantic comedy genre.

The True Detective star said that criticism of rom-coms is "completely unfair".

"These things aren't easy," he told GQ. "What's hard is to make them look easy.

"Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair.

"There's a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy. And some of the shoots were very difficult, with me trying to fight for the balls on the guy."

He continued: "What's a romantic comedy? Boy meets girl. They get together. Something happens. Girl takes off. Boy chases girl. They get back together. The end.

"A lot of times the male is somewhat emasculated, meaning he has to crawl back and say, 'I'm nothing without you. If you don't take me back, »

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Watch: Return To Eel Marsh House With Trailer For Horror Sequel 'The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death'

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The horror sequel is in tricky territory: it must find fresh scares and must push the story forward to new places. But often, that means either a) having the same characters get terrified again, or b) putting new characters in the old location where spooky happenings occurred. And for "The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death," they're taking the latter route with a bit of time jump too. The sequel to the very good 2012 "The Woman In Black," starring Daniel Radcliffe, now finds Jeremy Irvine in the lead. The year is 1941, the blitz is on, and some schoolteachers evacuate children and take them to Eel Marsh House. And of course things get creepy. On the plus side, the setting ripe with potential and thematic resonance, but on the other, this trailer makes the movie seem like your standard jump-scare routine. But perhaps that's just the marketing, and hopefully this followup »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Curzon VOD service set for Amazon Fire TV

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Curzon Home Cinema’s On Demand service to be available through Amazon Fire TV at launch.

Curzon’s Film On Demand service is to be made available to users of Amazon’s Fire TV streaming device when it launches in the UK tomorrow (Oct 23).

The new player, created by Curzon Home Cinema and curated by Curzon’s cinema team, gives Fire TV viewers the opportunity to use their account to watch the latest cinema releases On Demand.

Films can then be viewed on Fire TV and other Curzon Home Cinema registered devices. Viewers only pay for the films they watch and are not charged an ongoing monthly subscription fee. Many films will be made available for streaming for as little as £1.

Titles to be made available include music biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Dardenne Brothers’ Cannes title Two Days, One Night, and thriller Life of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Pathe to bring Frears, Streep drama to Afm

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Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.

Pathe International is to shop one of the hottest drama scripts at the Afm (Nov 5-12), Stephen Frears biopic Florence.

Meryl Streep is set to star as the eponymous Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York heiress determined to become a famous opera singer in the early 20th century, despite her lack of talent.

Grant will play her partner and manager, actor St. Clair Bayfield.

Script comes from Nicholas Martin. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce.

The casting news was first reported by The Daily Mail.​ »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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