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‘Transporter Refueled’ Star Ed Skrein Talks Replacing Jason Statham in Action Franchise

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On screen, he may play a steely hero with a penchant for fast driving and pyrotechnics, but during production on “The Transporter Refueled,” star Ed Skrein was perfectly willing to let the professionals handle the dangerous bits.

“I was genuinely happy to let my talented stunt double Pascal Lavanchy take the reins,” Skrein told Variety. “I did the simple fun stuff. But we didn’t use a lot of CGI and he loves smashing up cars.”

Skrein, a former swimming coach and self-confessed fitness nut, did train extensively in martial arts for his breakout role. Despite intense scenes of hand-to-hand combat, he says he emerged from the production relatively unscathed.

“Safety is paramount to our crew,” he said. “I had a couple of bruises and scratches, but nothing some Ibuprofen can’t cure.”

The English actor has been tasked with donning Jason Statham’s impeccably tailored suits as a mercenary »


- Brent Lang

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Toronto: Michael J. Fox to Voice Titular Dog in Family Comedy ‘A.R.C.H.I.E’

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Michael J. Fox has come on board to voice a robotic dog in the upcoming independent family comedy “A.R.C.H.I.E.

Double Dutch International will launch sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Robin Dunne is directing from his own script  in his feature-film directorial debut. The film is produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara Shaak from Trilight Entertainment, and financed by Clairwood Capital.

Katharine Isabelle (“American Mary”) will play a world-renowned roboticist who has created Archie to look like a  normal dog while having super strength, X-ray vision and the ability to talk. While her research program is being shut down by the military, Isabelle helps Archie escape in the hopes of finding a family to care for him — and he winds up in a small town, where he becomes befriends a woman whose uncle is the mayor.

“From the voice of ‘Stuart Little,’ to the hit TV show ‘Family Ties, »


- Dave McNary

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How Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Could Change the Movie Business

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Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the commandant” who recruits an innocent boy into his army of youth soldiers, took Elba into the depths of Ghana’s jungles for a guerrilla-like shoot. One afternoon, as the actor waited for the next scene, he leaned against a tree overlooking a waterfall, lost his footing and fell over the ledge. Luckily, there was a narrow ridge that saved him from a 90-foot drop.

“I remember slipping and catching onto this big branch that was sticking up, and I literally was like, ‘Whoa!’ ” recalls Elba. “It was a moment where I was like, ‘This is the real deal.’ ”

Beasts of No Nation” wasn’t just a high-stakes, death-defying production for its cast and crew. It’s also a dive off the cliff for Netflix, which »


- Ramin Setoodeh

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French Director Pascal Chaumiel Dies

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French director Pascal Chaumeil has died aged 54 in Paris following a battle with cancer.

Chaumeil recently completed post-production on upcoming comedy drama “A Little Job,” which reteamed the director with Romain Duris, who starred in his biggest hit “Heartbreaker.” “A Little Job” sees Duris star as a factory worker who sees his life going rapidly downhill after the factory closes down and his girlfriend dumps him. One day a local bookmaker offers Duris’ Jacques a contract, to kill his wife for €20,000 ($22,500).

Romantic comedy “Heartbreaker” released in 2010 grossing over $47 million worldwide, including $31.9 million in France. It won five Cesar awards in 2011, including Best Film and Best First Film.

Chaumeil followed “Heartbreaker” with 2012 romantic comedy “A Perfect Plan,” which starred Diane Kruger and Dany Boon. His most recent film was the 2014 English-language adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel “A Long Way Down,” taking a humorous look at a group of suicidal strangers, »


- Robert Mitchell

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Oscars: Sweden Selects ‘Pigeon’ as Academy Award Entry

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Sweden has selected Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” as its entry for this year’s foreign-language film Oscar. The decision was announced at the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm on Tuesday (Sep. 1).

“A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” marks Andersson’s first feature in seven years. It is the fourth time one of his films has been selected as Sweden’s foreign-language Oscar entry, following 1970’s “A Swedish Love Story,” 2000’s “Songs From The Second Floor” and 2007’s “You, The Living.”

Andersson, who is currently working on a new project with the working title “On Eternity,” said he wanted to see “more poetry in film in general.”

The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2014. It is produced by Pernilla Sandstrom for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion and co-produced by Societe Parisienne de Production in France, 4 ½ in Norway »


- Robert Mitchell

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Idris Elba ‘Too Street’ to Play James Bond, 007 Author Says

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Although a fan and studio favorite to play James Bond, 007 author Anthony Horowitz thinks Idris Elba is “too street” for the role.

The English novelist, whose latest book in the Bond series, “Trigger Mortis,” hits stores on Sept. 8, told the Daily Mail that the actor is simply not suave enough to succeed Daniel Craig.

Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he said. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

Horowitz also said that “Skyfall,” the last and highest-grossing Bond film to date, is his “least favorite” movie from the franchise.

“Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond,” Horowitz said. “Secondly, the villain wins. »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Nico Hofmann Appointed Co-ceo of Ufa Group

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FremantleMedia has appointed German film producer Nico Hofmann (pictured above left, with “Physician” director Philipp Stolzl) as co-ceo of Ufa Group, the company’s German production arm. Hofmann will form a new joint leadership team for Ufa with current CEO Wolf Bauer, with Hofmann set to take over as sole CEO in September 2017. The pair will both serve on the FremantleMedia Operating Board.

Hofmann and Bauer will share overall management responsibilities with dedicated responsibilities for certain operations and units. They will have joint responsibility for the holding company and will both play a key role within the FremantleMedia global network, working closely with the global production, licensing and sales operations.

“After 25 years of leading Ufa to its outstanding market position, Wolf proposed to me a succession plan which made sense for both Wolf and the business and I happily accepted,” said FremantleMedia CEO, Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “Nico is one of Europe »


- Robert Mitchell

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Michael Fassbender Rises to Power in ‘Macbeth’ First Official Trailer

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“All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!”

Michael Fassbender rises to power in the first official trailer for “Macbeth,” released by the Weinstein Company on Tuesday. The haunting trailer shows the titular Scottish lord’s bloody journey to the throne. Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth, who feeds her husband’s insatiable appetite for power.

Justin Kurzel’s highly anticipated reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Kurzel is also directing Fassbender and Cotillard’s videogame adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” with “Macbeth” co-writer Michael Lesslie writing the screenplay.

Macbeth” also stars Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, David Thewlis and Jack Reynor. It hits theaters on Dec. 4.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Sam Neill Joins Cast of ‘Tommy’s Honor’

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Sam Neill has joined the cast of Jason Connery’s “Tommy’s Honor.”

Peter Mullan stars as golfing pioneer Tom Morris in the true story of Morris’ complex relationship with his son Tommy (Jack Lowden), who matched his father’s achievement of four Open wins, managing the feat in consecutive championships. Although both father and son profited from their share of rich gamblers’ side bets on their matches, times were still hard and life for the Morris family in mid-Victorian Scotland brought tragedy.

Neill will play Alexander Boothby, the Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Ophelia Lovibond also stars as Tommy’s wife. The film is current in production in Scotland.

“I am thrilled to have an actor of this calibre join our great cast,” said Connery of Neill’s casting. “He brings another element to the film with his experience and captivating on screen persona. »


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Spanish Writers Guild Alma Joins Hollywood’s The Black List

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Spain’s writers’ guild Alma Sindicato de Guionistas as of today has become officially partnered with The Black List, marking the second non English-language writers’ org after Italy’s Writers Guild Italia whose members’ scripts will have the opportunity to appear on the prestigious Hollywood-based online scripts database.

The agreement, which will open up new avenues for Spanish scribes, follows similar partnerships The Black List has with the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw), the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae), the Writers Guild of Great Britain (Wggb), the Writers Guild of Canada (Wgc), and The Writers Guild of Ireland (Wgir).

All Alma members will now be able to list their scripts online in The Black List, adding their script titles, loglines, tags, and representative information, and also monitor their work’s ratings and user traffic.

They will also receive a 20% discount on all Black List paid services, which are script hosting and evaluations. »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’ Starts Shoot in India

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Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson have started production in Jodhpur, India on director Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House.” The “Downton Abbey” and “Hannibal” stars play Lord and Lady Mountbatten in the film which will shoot in Jodhpur for eight weeks after commencing on Sunday (Aug. 30).

Set in 1947 it sees Bonneville’s Lord Mountbatten assuming the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rules of India, while 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants live downstairs. Against this turbulent backdrop, the personal and political become deeply entwined and a decision was taken that continues to reverberate through history.

Chadha directs from a script written in collaboration with Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The cast also includes Lily Travers, Michael Gambon and Simon Callow, while the Indian and Pakistani cast are led by Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, »


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London Film Festival: Women In Film to Be Key Discussion Issue

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London — The issue of diversity in film is set to be a key theme of this year’s BFI London Film Festival (Lff). Both Festival Director Clare Stewart and BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill were quick to highlight the issue at the launch for the Lff program on Tuesday morning (Sep. 1).

“The natural quintessence of the festival lies in its diversity,” said Nevill, referring to the ‘Three Ticks’ guidelines for receiving Lottery funding, designed to ensure film productions represent UK diversity, that the BFI introduced last December.

“UK film is creatively strong but we are deluding ourselves if we believe we can continue without finding a new generation of talented people from every corner of the UK and every background,” continued Nevill. “The three ticks guidelines are not just about diversity but also about creating opportunity and securing the economic future of the UK film industry. We need to invent »


- Robert Mitchell

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Eddie Redmayne Transforms Into Woman in ‘The Danish Girl’ First Trailer

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The first trailer for Eddie Redmayne’s transgender drama “The Danish Girl” has arrived online.

“I believe that I am a woman,” Redmayne’s character tells his wife in the teaser. “And I believe you too,” she says supportively.

Redmayne plays Danish artist Einar Wegener, later known as Lili Elbe — one of the first people to undergo a sex-change operation. The trailer begins with the early days of their marriage, when Einar’s wife, Gerda (played by Alicia Vikander), painted him while dressed in women’s clothes. The lines get blurred when Einar kisses a man in secret during an evening out with Gerda.

“This is not my body, I have to let it go,” Einar later says before undergoing a life-threatening sex-change surgery.

The film, based on David Ebershoff’s 2001 novel of the same name, reteams Redmayne with his “Les Miserables” director, Tom Hooper. Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay. »


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Indie Sales Acquires Malian Crime Thriller ‘Wulu’ (Exclusive)

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Indie sales has boarded daring Africa-set crime thriller “Wulu,” the feature debut of Malian-French helmer Daouda Coulibaly.

Produced by Eric Névé at Paris-based company La Chauve-Souris and pitched as a ‘Malian Scarface,’ “Wulu” depicts the journey of Ladji, a neglected Malian youth working as a trainee bus driver who becomes a top-level drug lord.

Now in post, “Wulu” lensed on location in Senegal and in Mali under “very harsh conditions,” said Indie Sales.

“Wulu” toplines Ibrahim Koma (“The Crocodile Of Botswanga,” “Asphalt Playground”) and singer-turned-these Inna Modja.

Daouda Coulibaly is one of today’s most talented Franco-Malian filmmakers and Ibrahim Koma a promising actor. For the first time in (the African) cinema, the film takes us into a shady world of west African poverty and drug trafficking, and I am confident that the story of Ladji will manage to connect to the audience worldwide”, said Indie Sales’ topper Nicolas Eschbach. »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Sweden Sends Roy Andersson’s ‘Pigeon’ to Foreign-Language Oscar Race

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Paris– Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” has been chosen to represent Sweden in the foreign-language Oscar race. Pic is also selected for the European Film Awards, along with another Swedish arthouse hit, “Force Majeure.”

“A Pigeon” won last year’s Golden Lion at Venice and earned critical acclaim in Sweden and abroad.

Variety’s Peter Debruge said the film was “a master class in comic timing, employing pacing and repetition with the skill of a practiced concert pianist.”

Pic is produced by Pernilla Sandström for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, and co-produced by France’s Société Parisienne de Production, as well as Norway’s 4½ and Germany’s Essential Film Production.

Andersson is currently working on a new project, whose working title is “On Eternity” ((Om det oändliga).

Although he ranks as one of Sweden’s most popular directors, Andersson hasn’t made many films. “A »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Alibaba Pictures Group To Distribute ‘Little Door Gods’ Animation

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Alibaba Pictures Group has boarded “Little Door Gods,” an animated feature that is the first film from Beijing-based studio Light Chaser Animation.

Apg, the film-making and investment arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is set as investor and principal distributor of the film. Release is set for January 1, 2016.

Light Chaser was founded by Gary Wang, founder and former CEO of Chinese video streaming site Tudou.com. It raised $20 million in a 2014 funding round that brought in investors including Ggv Capital and Chengwei Capital.

The company decided to work with Apg because of its ability to deliver online and offline distribution, as well as handle ticket and merchandize sales.

“Alibaba Pictures has successfully positioned itself in various areas of the movie industry over the past year, demonstrating the internet giant’s ambitions to upgrade and transform the Chinese culture and entertainment industry,” said producer Yu Zhou.

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- Patrick Frater

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BFI London Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 59th Edition

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London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.

The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”

As previously announced, the festival will open and close with the European premieres of Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” and Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” respectively. »


- Robert Mitchell

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Thx in Pact With China’s Cinema Quality Inspectors

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Cinema technology company, Thx has pacted with a Chinese government testing institute to develop standards and services for China’s booming theatrical exhibition sector.

The deal sees Thx work with the Film Technology and Quality Inspection Center, a unit of the media regulator State Administration for Press Publication Radio Film & Television (Sapprft). They will set up a lab that provides testing, evaluation and certification services for audio-visual professional products and relevant cinema equipment.

The companies also aim to create specialized training courses for cinema technicians, calibrators and projectionists for the technical installation, adjustment, operation and maintenance of Chinese cinemas.

“The feverish pace of construction has outpaced the education of cinema design, installation and maintenance professionals – often resulting in poor architectural and acoustic design as well as underperforming audio and video systems,” said Thx in a statement.

Though it may now be slowing, China’s film exhibition sector has grown at unprecedented rates. »


- Patrick Frater

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Classics to Unspool At Singapore Festival Anniversary Edition

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Eric Khoo’s first feature “Mee Pok Man” and Yonfan’s “Bugis Street” will play in a special classics section of the Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff).

“’Mee Pok Man’ and ‘Bugis Street’ are two classics that not just tell a Singapore story, but also reflect a milestone of an era for our filmmaking industry. They have inspired bolder voices since their premieres in 1995 and are exemplary of the quality storytelling our filmmakers are capable of. As both films mark their 20th anniversaries this year, it is fitting for the Festival to celebrate their legacies,” said Sgiff executive director, Yuni Hadi.

Mee Pok Man,” about a street food vendor who falls in love with a prostitute, played at over 30 festivals including the first Busan festival. Set in a more liberal era than today, “Bugis Street” is a glossy tribute to a time of multicultural and sexual mixing. It will be »


- Patrick Frater

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China Box Office: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Stays Strong

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Terminator Genisys” took the top spot at the Chinese box office over the week to Sunday. Its China score puts it on course to overtake its gross from North America.

It earned $58 million from 9.83 million ticket sales scored at some 363,000 screenings. Having been released on Aug. 23, the film sees its eight-day total lifted to $84.9 million, according to data from Entgroup.

The Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions movie is released in China by China Film Group and Huaxia Distribution.

The North American cumulative after nine weeks of release is $89.4 million.

In second place was “The Hundred Regiments Offensive,” a patriotic war action film made by a state-owned studio and released to coincide with celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of WWII hostilities in Asia. It grossed $22.8 million in three days. Unconfirmed reports point to the film having been given a major boost with exhibitors exempted from having to pay film rentals for a week. »


- Patrick Frater

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