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Stephen Fry, ‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Join U.K. Drama Overseen by Martin Scorsese

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U.K. actors including Stephen Fry and Game of Thrones stars Paul Kaye and Joss Stone have joined the cast of Tomorrow, a drama being executive produced by Martin Scorsese that began a six-week shoot in London on Monday. Tomorrow, which will delve into the difficulties faced by soldiers after returning from war, is Scorsese's first voyage into U.K. cinema and will mark the directorial debut of his long-time script supervisor Martha Pinson. "I’m honored to join Martha in her directorial debut," said Scorsese. "Through her vision, the great cast, and dedicated team, this story will

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- Alex Ritman

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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it came in a long way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled

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- Gavin J. Blair

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India Needs Film Commissions to Attract More Foreign Shoots, Study Finds

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India can further enhance its position as a shooting destination for foreign productions and boosting tourism and the local economy, according to a new report. “Made in India: Attracting and incentivizing film productions” was presented by the La-India Film Council and consulting firm Ernst and Young. The La-ifc was established in 2010 by a joint declaration between the City of Los Angeles and partners in the Indian film industry along with U.S. film industry bodies to increase cooperation between Hollywood and Bollywood. Read More: India, China Sign Co-Production Treaty The report was unveiled this weekend in

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- Nyay Bhushan

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'Chicago' Editor Martin Walsh to Be Honored at Poland's Camerimage

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Martin Walsh, the Oscar-winning editor of Chicago, will be honored this year with a lifetime achievement award at Poland's Camerimage festival, the world's leading festival for the technical art of filmmaking. Britain-born Walsh, whose editing credits also include Bridget Jones' Diary, Iris, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Kenneth Branagh's upcoming live-action Cinderella, will receive this year's Camerimage Award for an editor with a “unique visual sensitivity.” Announcing the honor, the Camerimage festival called Walsh's work on Chicago, which he took nine months to cut, “an editing marvel... the sequences of numerous songs, shot

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- Scott Roxborough

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Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino Discuss 'Salome' in London

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Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain took to the stage at London’s BFI Southbank following a special screening of Salome, a new film of the pair’s 2006 L.A. stage performance of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated play, and Wild Salome, Pacino’s 2011 documentary chronicling his obsession with the play, Wilde and the difficulties of putting it together. Speaking in a Q&A with Stephen Fry — who is also a noted Wilde expert — Chastain talked about playing the famed princess of Judea and daughter of Herod II, her first film role after having been picked from relative obscurity at the time by

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- Alex Ritman

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Chinese Web Giant Baidu Launches Kickstarter-Style Service

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Chinese web search giant Baidu has launched its own Kickstarter-style investment fund, Baifa Youxi, to help ordinary investors participate in the funding of big movie projects. The online fund, which Baidu is launching with Taiwan's Central Picture Corporation, Citic Bank and the Hong Kong law firm DeHeng, will allow investment of as little as $1.63, with yields based on the box-office performance of the projects. In April, China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba, which had its massive Ipo in New York last week, launched Yulebao, which translates as "Entertainment Treasure," a vehicle similar to crowdfunding that

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- Clifford Coonan

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European Film Academy Names Animated Film Nominees

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The European Film Academy has announced the nominees for the best European animated feature film honor at this year's European Film Awards. Three features – two French, one Italian – will compete at the 2014 EFAs, which take place Dec. 13 in Riga, Latvia. Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, a 3D insect epic from directors Thomas Szabo and Helen Giraud will go up against Tim Burton-esque animation, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart from French directors Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla and the metaphysical East-meets-West drama The Art of Happiness from Italian filmmaker Alessandro Rak.

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- Scott Roxborough

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Irrfan Khan to Star in Indo-French Co-Production 'Divine Lovers'

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Indian star Irrfan Khan and actress Kangna Ranaut will star in Divine Lovers, an Indo-French co-production put together by the French film commission, Film France. Aiming to become the latest project to qualify under an Indo-French co-production treaty, the film is also eyeing a wide release in France. A mixed crew of Indian and French technicians is also expected to work on the film. Read More: India, China Sign Co-Production Treaty Lovers will be directed by Sai Kabir who recently directed Ranaut in the female gangster drama Revolver Rani. The project will be produced by

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- Nyay Bhushan

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Instagram Begins Rollout of Sponsored Ads in U.K.

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Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing phenomenon, will begin introducing advertising to its U.K. service in the "coming weeks," the company announced Monday. The company posted a "sponsored" post of its own as an illustrative example, which was captured by thousands of U.K. Twitter users and met with a mixed reaction to say the least.  'Sponsored Posts' coming soon to #Instagram in the UK.. pic.twitter.com/j1MZdSkITM — Charlotte Williams (@WilliamsCE) September 16, 2014 The moment we have been all dreading: we'll now have #advertising on #Instagram. Thank you Facebook. pic.twitter.com/14jrayp4ui — MadameMarta (@MadameMarta)

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- Abid Rahman

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Mipcom: 9 Story Working on Animated Kids Series 'Super Movers'

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Disney Junior's Imagination Movers are headed back to the TV screen with a planned animated series. Super Movers is based on the four blue-suited musicians based in New Orleans, Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott Smith, who hosted the live-action Disney Junior series over three seasons from 2008. Read More: Morgan Spurlock, Aamir Khan Join Mipcom Lineup of Speakers Ahead of Mipcom, Canadian animation studio 9 Story Entertainment, which recently attracted a strategic investment from a private equity firm, is prepping the animated TV series targeting the pre-school audience.  The animated series will see

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- Etan Vlessing

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Oscars: France Selects 'Saint Laurent' for Foreign-Language Category

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France has selected Saint Laurent as its submission for the best foreign-language film race at the 2015 Oscars. The Bertrand Bonello-directed biopic of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent premiered in competition at the Cannes film festival to mixed reviews. The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij characterized it as "coasting from party scenes full of drugs and alcohol to work-related drama but rarely managing to get inside the head of the self-destructive character the designer had become by the 1970s." Starring Gaspard Ulliel in the title role, the film tells of the brilliant designer's drug

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- Rhonda Richford

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'Two Night Stand': Film Review

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The idea of starting a movie by depicting a one-night stand and then expanding the story from there is nothing new.  Terrence McNally’s most popular play, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (which was turned into a movie with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in 1991) utilized this premise.  Those with long memories may also recall John and Mary, a 1969 romance starring Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow.  So the new comedy, Two Night Stand, directed by Max Nichols (yes, he’s the son of Mike Nichols, who launched Hoffman’s career with The Graduate), doesn’t

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- Stephen Farber

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South Korean Box Office: Keira Knightley's 'Begin Again' Earns $18.1M

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Begin Again has grossed over $18.1 million in the South Korean box office, surpassing the cumulative $16.1 million that the music drama has earned back home as of Monday. The film starring Keira Knightley as a heartbroken singer-songwriter took second place in the box office for the second consecutive week, accounting for 21.9 percent of the market share from Sept. 19-21. In terms of admissions, which is the primary measure used by local offices, Begin Again has drawn nearly 2.5 million viewers. Pancinema handles distribution for the film. Once, the previous film by director

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- Lee Hyo-won

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Oscars: Iran Selects 'Today' for Foreign-Language Category

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Iran has selected Today as its candidate for the best foreign-language Film at the 2015 Oscars.  Directed by Reza Mirkarimi, Today tells the story of two strangers, an ageing taxi driver Youness (Parviz Parastui) and the desperate young pregnant woman (Soheila Golestani) he rushes to hospital at the end of his shift, neither of them knowing what fate awaits her.  Today had its international premiere at the Toronto Interntational Film Festival and also stars Shabnam Moghadami.  Born in Tehran, Mirkarimi is a well-respected director in Iran, his body of work includes The Child and The Soldier (1999), Under the

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- Abid Rahman

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Leonardo DiCaprio Urges World Leaders To Prioritize Environmental Issues

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Leonardo DiCaprio may not have nabbed any of the four Oscars for which he's been nominated, but his work to protect the environment earned him a prestigious Clinton Global Citizen Award Sunday night. Serving as the kickoff for the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, the 8th annual Citizen Awards honored outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership and impact in addressing global challenges. See more: Hillary Clinton's 2016 Supporters DiCaprio, who has focused his philanthropic efforts on protecting and preserving the planet,

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- Hilary Lewis

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'The Good Wife' Star on Surprising Turn: Everything Changed in an Instant

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[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Sunday's season-six premiere of The Good Wife, "The Line."] How will they get out of this one? The Good Wife took a sharp turn in Sunday's season-six premiere when Cary Agos was unexpectedly arrested on a charge that supposedly stemmed from a routine client meeting in May with Lemond Bishop, Chicago's top drug dealer. Allegations that Cary played a role in helping a transport of hard drugs, he found himself in a prison jumpsuit instead of a tailored suit. His lockup came at the worst time, as Diane Lockhart maneuvers her way into

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- Philiana Ng

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Michael Moore Out as Michigan Film Board Member

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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore no longer will serve on the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council. Watch more: Director Michael Moore Calls the Republican Party "Dinosaurs"  Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has named a suburban-Detroit businessman to replace Moore, who had joined the council as an appointee of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat. Watch more: Michael Moore Calls President Obama "A Big Disappointment"  Snyder announced Thursday he was renominating a second council member whose term expires along with Moore's. The governor says advertising executive Bill Ludwig will remain on the 14-member board, along with new member Ted

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Emma Watson Makes Passionate Plea for Gender Equality in U.N. Address

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Emma Watson spoke at the United Nations Headquarters on Saturday, and it had nothing to do with wizarding.  The actress (Noah, the Harry Potter franchise) gave an address to mark the launch of the HeForShe campaign. The campaign is aimed at encouraging men to support gender equality. Watson, who was named a goodwill ambassador for U.N. Women earlier this year, called herself a feminist but said that the word has become "unpopular" among women because it is seen as carrying a stigma that someone is aggressive.  Read more: 'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Nabs David Yates to Direct "I am from

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Ray Lewis' Remarks on Ray Rice Add to Controversy: "Some Things You Can Cover Up"

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Former NFL star Ray Lewis, no stranger to controversy, has raised some eyebrows with televised comments he made about the Ray Rice scandal. Lewis, who played with Rice on the Baltimore Ravens for five seasons until Lewis' retirement in 2013, spoke on Espn's Sunday NFL Countdown about a recent report that Ravens brass knew Rice beat now-wife Janay Palmer and that the team lobbied the NFL to give the running back a lenient penalty. "Some things you can cover up, and then there's some things you can't," Lewis, now an Espn analyst, said. "Right now is a sad day for

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- Ryan Gajewski

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'Gone Girl': Film Review

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This is one instance in which a writer won't be able to complain about what the movies have done to her book. With a screenplay by the novelist herself, David Fincher's film of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's twisty, nasty and sensational best-seller, is a sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But, like the director's adaptation of another publishing phenomenon, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, three years ago, it leaves you with a quietly lingering feeling of: “Is that all there is?” With a huge built-in audience of readers, this immaculately crafted film will give both

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- Todd McCarthy

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