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Alicia Vikander in Negotiations to Star in Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’ (Exclusive)
The film is based on J.M. Ledgard’s eponymous novel which ranked second in New York Magazine’s list of the 10 Best Books of 2013.
Penned by Erin Dignam (“The Last Face”), “Submergence” centers on two lovers, immersed in life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles, who find solace in memories of their intense romance the previous Christmas after a chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast. One is enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia while the other is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.
The Swedish-born Vikander currently stars opposite Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” which had a robust bow in the U.S., grossing $185,000 over Thanksgiving weekend, and has earned solid awards buzz since opening at the Venice Film Festival. »
- Elsa Keslassy
'Bones' Stars File New Lawsuit for 'Tens of Millions of Dollars' in Fox Profits (Exclusive)
The litigation over Bones profits is getting some star power. Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, stars of the longest-running drama series in Fox history, along with author and executive producer Kathy Reichs, have filed their own lawsuit claiming they have been shortchanged "tens of millions of dollars" in profits by producer 20th Century Fox Television, the Fox network and affiliated companies. The trio's lawsuit claims they saw zero profits for years despite the success of the show. The suit follows a similar case filed Wednesday by Barry Josephson, one of the show’s executive producers, who also cried foul over
- Austin Siegemund-Broka, Matthew Belloni
‘Supergirl’ Lands Full First Season Pickup at CBS
One of the fall’s top-rated new shows, “Supergirl” has averaged 11.24 million viewers a week since it premiered on Oct. 26.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the title character, “Supergirl” follows Superman’s cousin Kara Danvers, who decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be after years of hiding her abilities. Along with Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan and David Harewood round out the cast.
“Supergirl” has had faith from the CBS from the get-go. The drama was the first new series to get the greenlight at the network for the 2015-16 season.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Walking Dead’ Fans Complain About ‘Weak,’ ‘Bland’ Midseason Finale
(Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the season six midseason finale of “The Walking Dead”) “The Walking Dead” aired the Season 6 midseason finale on Sunday, and fans were split on the quality of the episode. While some mourned Deana’s death and said the episode left them with their heart in their throat, others described it as “boring” and “weak.” Regardless, AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse drama has left the door open to plenty of action when season six resumes in February, including the unveiling of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the villain Negan. See video: »
- Joe Otterson
Ron Howard Will Direct a Thrilling Adaptation for the Unreleased Book The Girl Before
Ron Howard's latest project pick-up involves another book-to-screen adaptation, Deadline reports. This one will be based on J.P. Delaney's The Girl Before, a thriller novel (which the trades say might really be best-selling author Tony Strong's) that hasn't come out yet, but is coming soon. The Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House book will tell the story of "a traumatized woman [who] falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it," according to Deadline. "But when she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before." Even though it hasn't been released, something about Girl Before's scaled-back Crimson Peak approach or trendily simple-but-cryptic-Girl title evidently caught Howard's eye (that or he's really trying to busy himself to avoid future Star Wars offers). The director's also reportedly attached to help produce, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Peter Jackson Will Draw Out the Announcement of Him Directing Doctor Who As Long As He Can Because He Loves Torturing You
Peter Jackson could turn a visit to the dog-food store to buy dog food into an eight-hour, three-part epic adventure, so I don't know why you would expect anything less from any of his other projects. In a video posted to his Facebook wall, the Hobbit director luxuriously teased a potential turn behind the camera on Doctor Who, languorously polishing his Oscars and discussing the shoot schedule he pitched Steven Moffat (one episode, six months, filmed in New Zealand). Jackson had previously been rumored to direct, and, despite a visit from the doctor himself, you'll notice he still doesn't actually say he's doing it. Oh, he's good. Look for Jackson's official conformation Christmas 2015, 2016, and 2017, because that man is going to milk this for all the sweet, sweet anticipation he can. »
- Halle Kiefer
'Beasts of No Nation': After Indie Spirit Awards nominations windfall, is Oscar next?
"Beasts of No Nation" was truly a beast at the Indie Spirit Awards when nominations were announced. It scored five bids, making it the second most recognized film, behind only "Carol" with six. That's more nominations than the current Oscar frontrunner, "Spotlight," which contends for four. Does that mean "Beasts" might be stronger than we're anticipating at the Oscars? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions At the Indie Spirts, "Beasts" contends for Best Feature, Best Director (Cary Joji Fukunaga), Best Actor (Abraham Attah), Best Supporting Actor (Idris Elba) and Best Cinematography. It earned that Best Feature bid over another high profile film, "Room," which is a more likely Best Picture nominee at the Oscars according to our racetrack odds. So is it just the independent film community that admires "Beasts o..." »
Ventana Sur: Puenzos, Demente Back Guillermo Helo’s Film Debut
Chilean companies Altirosapiens and Demente Producciones are teaming with Argentina’s Historias Cinematograficas, the shingle run by the Puenzo family, to co-produce social comedy “Spider Thieves,” the feature directorial debut of Chile’s Guillermo Helo.
Preceded by good buzz, “Spider Thieves” screens Dec. 1 at Ventana Sur’s 7th Primer Corte pix-in-post competition, which takes place Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Buenos Aires.
The humor-laced “Thieves” follows three dirt-poor adolescent girls who dream of having the material wealth they see in TV commercials. To fulfill their dreams, they decide to climb buildings and plunder expensive apartments. They become media celebs, heroines for some.
The film is based on real events that happened in 2005, in Santiago, which inspired playwright Luis Barrales to write the play “Spider Girls,” from which the script is adapted.
“The issue of criminals who become media ‘stars’ has been addressed many times in cinema. What makes this story different it is that they are girls. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Latin America: Up Next! Jayro Bustamante, the Prodigal Son
Jayro Bustamante finds inspiration at home but applies the filmmaking skills he learned in Paris and Rome. His feature debut “Ixcanul” (“Volcano”) is only the second Guatemalan pic to vie for a Foreign Language Oscar, and has been reaping awards across key festivals including the 2015 Berlinale Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. Film school studies in Paris and Rome have informed Bustamante’s work, which includes his Cannes-winning short “Cuando Sea Grande.” “I knew its ending first and worked my way backwards,” says Bustamente of penning “Ixcanul.”
Now shuttling between Paris and Guatemala, Bustamante credits his multilingual skills to his early Montessori education in Guatemala where he lived in the highlands populated by the Kaqchikel (Mayan) tribe until age 14. Between the ages 17 to 19, he was an in-house commercials director at Ogilvy and Mather where he saved to fund his European film education. “I learned a lot from the creative people around me, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Abu Dhabi To Host ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Middle East Premiere
After hosting a portion of its shoot Abu Dhabi will also host the Middle East premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on December 16, prior to its launch via Disney in the region on December 17.
The exclusive red carpet gala to be held at Abu Dhabi’s sumptuous Emirates Palace will be attended by a host of as yet unspecified A-list Middle East stars but sans “Star Wars” talent in tow. Instead it is highly likely there will be props from the pic’s Abu Dhabi shoot in the Liwa desert, sources said.
In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abu Dhabi plays Jakku, “a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories,” according to StarWars.com.
“Having Star Wars: The Force Awakens screen in Abu Dhabi prior to its general release is a real validation for how successful the filming was whilst the production was here, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Latin America Up Next! Oz-Educated Laura Mora on Breaking the Mold
One of the few femme action thriller helmers in Colombia, Mora, 34, is poised to shoot her feature debut “Matar a Jesus” in March. A Medellin native, she co-directed the epic Caracol TV series “Escobar, El Patron del Mal” with Carlos Moreno, who tapped her after seeing her award-winning shorts “West,” “Salome” and “Brotherhood.” “We shot 60 episodes in 10 months,” says Mora of the ambitious “Escobar” series, noting that Moreno teased her that the grueling experience was her “baptism in blood.”
The Rmit Melbourne graduate drew from her personal experience for her feature debut about a girl who witnesses her father’s assassination. “I’ve been writing it for the past 10 years but I felt I needed to prepare for it physically, emotionally and technically for it.“ Her short “Salome” turns on a young girl grieving over her deceased father.
“I guess I belong to a whole new generation of Colombian filmmakers, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Ventana Sur: ‘The Clan’ Sells Out Worldwide (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires – Adding another achievement to its blockbuster Argentine box office bow, Venice Fest best director win, upbeat critical reception and selection by Argentina as its Oscar entry, Pablo Trapero’s true-life crime thriller “The Clan” has now sold out worldwide.
Doing so in just three months after its Venice international premiere, “The Clan” – a bracing indictment of Argentine state collusion in the Puccio’s family’s true-life abduction and murder of multiple victims under and after Argentina’s military dictatorship – has recorded an exceptional performance for a Latin American – and indeed foreign-language – movie.
Closed by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, the Barcelona-based sales company that also licensed Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” in unannounced deals, Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribution, the country’s top distribution op, has claimed rights to Italy, NonStop Ent. those for Scandinavia; Filmcoopi bought Switzerland, Broadmedia Studios picked up Japan; Russia has gone to Cinema Prestige, which also bought “Wild Tales. »
- John Hopewell
Bvi, Fox Take Burman’s ‘Rey del Once’ for Latin America
Buenos Aires — In increasingly customary moves on top-flight Argentine titles, two studios – Disney and Fox – have moved to acquire Latin American rights on “El Rey del Once – The Tenth Man,” from Daniel Burman (“Lost Embrace,” “Family Law”).
Buena Vista Intl. has secured theatrical rights for Latin America, Fox Plus, one of the region’s most powerful cable/satellite operations, premium pay TV/Svod.
One of the most anticipated of titles from Argentina, where it is expected to see box office traction, “El Rey” is tipped for a major festival berth. Sold by Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl., and ready for delivery first quarter 2016, it also reps the latest movie from Burman whose 2004 “Lost Embrace” swept Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler.
A very loose follow-up to “Lost Embrace,” “King” shares the setting of Buenos Aires’ Jewish district, is again a father-son dramedy, »
- John Hopewell
Sarah Paulson on her 'secret history' opposite Cate Blanchett in 'Carol' [Exclusive Video]
"It's always hard to play a person who has a secret history in life that's not something out on the table," reveals Sarah Paulson in our recent interview (watch below) about her role in the new film "Carol." She plays Abby Gerhard, the former lover of married woman Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) who has now moved on but remains one of her closest friends. The movie is set in 1950s New York, an era when a lesbian romance was simply not discussed in public. -Break- Related: Watch our chats with 'Carol' stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Paulson adds, "A lot of the performances are in a style connected to the time period where not everything is said. We're in an age now when people say anything and everything 25 times a day on Twitter and everywhere else. This is a movie that really, really captures the unspoken and unsaid. »
Rachel Weisz ('Youth') dishes being both daughter and assistant to Michael Caine [Exclusive Video]
"Her whole life was her dad. He's the center of her universe," says Rachel Weisz about her role as Lena Ballinger in the new film "Youth." Her character is not only the daughter of famed composer/conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) but also his assistant. In our recent interview (watch below), she adds, "She still sleeps in the same bed as him. She hasn't flown the coop, shall we say. She's regressed and childish and hasn't become a grown-up. For her, she has to leave her youth. She's been in her youth way too long." -Break- Related: Watch our chats with 'Youth' stars Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda The two characters are on a vacation in the Swiss Alps along with Fred's best friend, director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). She has been married to Boyle's son, but he is now leaving Lena for another woman. Over the course of the movie, »
William Ireton to Receive Golden Gross Award From Japanese Industry
Tokyo — Former Warner Entertainment Japan CEO William Ireton will receive the “Golden Gross” Special Recognition Award from the Japan Association of Theatre Owners.
The ceremony for the award, which recognizes Ireton’s contributions to the Japanese film industry over a three-decade executive career, will be held Tuesday at Tokyo’s Grand Takanawa Prince Hotel and is organized by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren).
Ireton, usually known as ‘Bill,’ joined Warner in 1988 as MD and was appointed CEO in 2006. In charge of all the company’s businesses in Japan, from theatrical distribution and production to television and home entertainment, Ireton oversaw some of Warner’s biggest releases in the Japanese market, including the “Harry Potter” series and the “Matrix” trilogy. On Ireton’s watch “The Last Samurai” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” earned more in Japan than they did in the U.S., while topping the local box office. »
- Mark Schilling
‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Wins Iffi Goa Festival
British filmmaker Peter Greenaway was adjudged best director for his English and Spanish language “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” which is a Netherlands, Mexico, Finland, Belgium and France co-production.
Vincent Lindon won best actor (male) award for Stephane Brize’s French film “The Measure of a Man.” Actresses Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan and Ilayda Akdogan shared the best actor (female) award for their ensemble performance in Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Turkish film “Mustang”.
Indian filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly received the newly introduced Unesco-Fellini medal for his Bengali-language “Cinemawalla.”
- Naman Ramachandran
Director F. Gary Gray ('Straight Outta Compton') talks race, diversity & the story of Nwa [Exclusive Video]
"I'm hoping it helps with pushing for real change," says director F. Gary Gray in our recent video chat about his hit music biopic "Straight Outta Compton." The acclaimed film traces the rise of inner-city rap group Nwa amid racism and police violence. "I was listening to Marvin Gaye yesterday and his song 'Make Me Wanna Holler,' and he talks about police brutality. The line is, 'Don't punish me with brutality.' He was talking about that in the '70s. Nwa's 'Fuck the Police' song is a version of that in the next decade, so it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same." Watch our complete video chat with Gray below. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Gray didn't intend for the movie to address the current strained state of race relations in America, "but if it can »
Supergirl Recap: Hot Fuss
Making Jimmy Olsen hot is one of the best things Supergirl has done. I don't mean that in the eye candy sense — although Mehcad Brooks is one handsome man — it made him interesting and a substantial character within the show's world. He is, like Kara, connected to Superman. He's even connected to him in a way that remains incredibly, admirably true to the kitschy Silver Age comics. He's Superman's best friend, the guy who gets to hang out with the most powerful hero the world has ever known. He even has a direct hotline to the guy strapped to his wrist. James Olsen is awesome.One of the worst things Supergirl has done, on the other hand, is immediately tie him up in a relationship for the most whiplashed love triangle I've ever seen. "Red Faced" is a relatively straightforward episode, content to spin the handful of plates Supergirl »
- Joshua Rivera
China Box Office: 'The Martian' Rockets to $50 Million, 'Mockingjay 2' Disappoints
Matt Damon and Ridley Scott's The Martian made a smooth descent into China over the weekend, grossing a whopping $50.1 million and easily winning the week at the local box office. The Martian's success in the world's second-largest movie market has been variously attributed to its China-friendly story elements, the popularity of high-concept sci-fi among Chinese filmgoers and a strong local marketing push, headlined by a Beijing press junket featuring Damon, Scott and other cast members — not to mention leading Chinese studio Bona Film Group's recent $235 million equity investment into 20th Century Fox's
- Patrick Brzeski
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