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Game of Thrones: Of Course You Know Who Plays Archmaester Marwyn!

17 July 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Game of Thrones added a new face to its already very large cast of characters with Sunday's season seven premiere. At the Citadel, Samwell Tarly is training to be a maester, learning at the hand of Archmaester Marwyn, played by award-winning star of stage and screen Jim Broadbent. Broadbent got his start over 40 years ago, but his first big role came in the 1985 sci-fi classic Brazil, where he played plastic surgeon to Katherine Helmond's vain Mrs. Ida Lowry in the fictional dystopian urban setting. The 68-year-old actor would go on to appear in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, including Enchanted April, The Crying Game, and Bullets Over Broadway, before his critically acclaimed turn as W.S. Gilbert (of the famed musical theater pair Gilbert and Sullivan) in Topsy-Turvy, a role that earned Broadbent a BAFTA nomination. On the heels of Topsy-Turvy, Broadbent had a big year in »

- Andrea Reiher

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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

10 July 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

10 July 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing »

- Anne Thompson

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Tomorrow’s World: Part 1 – Why Terry Gilliam’s Brazil represents our near future

10 June 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on Terry Gilliam’s Brazil

Over the next week I will be looking at a selection of prescient films (and TV) which represent a cutting depiction of not only our present, but our near future. To start the ball rolling here, I consider Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece, Brazil. A look into a bleak, totalitarian future, filled with bureaucracy. Then next week in part 2, a breakdown of the societal and technological changes predicted in modern Science fiction such as Ex Machina, Black Mirror and more.

The beauty of Science Fiction is that it has the ability to tell a story that relates to the current world, but which can be set in a future of limitless possibilities. Until you reach 2015 and realise self drying clothes, flying cars and hover boards aren’t yet available, there’s no one to tell you, you’re wrong. Writers have been doing it for years. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Terry Gilliam Defies the Universe, Finishes Filming His ‘Don Quixote’ Movie

5 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Terry Gilliam is one of the most unique talents in the history of cinema…but he is also one of the most unlucky. The director of Brazil, Time Bandits, The Fisher King, and 12 Monkeys may be a visionary director with a few bonafide masterpieces under his belt, but it definitely feels like some kind of higher power has […]

The post Terry Gilliam Defies the Universe, Finishes Filming His ‘Don Quixote’ Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Terry Gilliam Wraps On The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

5 June 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Way, way back in 1998, Brazil and Twelve Monkeys director Terry Gilliam embarked on making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a very Gilliam-esque take on Miguel de Cervantes’ 16th century novel Don Quixote. With the original novel concerning an insane Spanish nobleman thinking himself to be a knight bringing back chivalry and justice to the world, Gilliam’s vision saw Johnny Depp as a 21st century marketing executive thrown back in time, and being mistaken for Quixote’s sire, Sancho Panza. Production began in September of 2000, quickly becoming one of the most disastrous shoots of all time. As chronicled in the documentary Lost in La Mancha, weather problems, nervous investors, and even the Spanish military added to the movie’s production woes. The final nail in the coffin came when Dox Quixote himself, Jean Rochefort, was diagnosed with a double herniated disc after attempting to act while riding a horse, »

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Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ Shoot Wraps After 17 Years and Multiple Setbacks

5 June 2017 6:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After almost 20 years of pre-production, principal photography has wrapped on Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”

The shoot for the Don Quixote-inspired feature took place in Spain and Portugal. Gilliam teamed with Tony Grisoni on the screenplay, reuniting the pair who worked together on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” among other titles.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has been notoriously plagued by problems ranging from on-set disasters (including a flash flood) to production and funding issues. Speaking to Variety at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Gilliam said: “I want to get this film out of my life so I can get on with the rest of my life.”

The former Monty Python member has been working on the project since 1989, persevering through setbacks so numerous that they inspired a documentary about the ill-starred project, 2002’s “Lost in La Mancha.”

“Don Quixote is a dreamer, »

- Stewart Clarke

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Terry Gilliam’s 17 year passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, finally wraps filming

5 June 2017 4:06 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Terry Gilliam’s 17-year passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce has finally wrapped principal photography in Madrid.

A tale of fantasy and adventure inspired by the legendary protagonist of Miguel De Cervantes’ literary classic Don Quixote, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote tells the story of a deluded old man who is convinced he is Don Quixote, and who mistakes Toby, an advertising executive, for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza. The pair embarks on a bizarre journey, jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and magical 17th century. Gradually, like the infamous knight himself, Toby becomes consumed by the illusory world and unable to determine his dreams from reality. The tale culminates in a phantasmagorical and emotional finale where Toby takes on the mantle of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Writer/ director Terry Gilliam, who has been »

- Zehra Phelan

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Beau Travail,’ Lubitsch, Varda, Spielberg Summer & More

2 June 2017 10:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

The Marlene Dietrich retrospective continues, while a series of contemporary French classics begins running.

Miracle Mile and The Spirit of the Beehive also screen.

Film Forum

One of the greatest filmmakers, comedy or otherwise, is put center stage in “The Lubitsch Touch.”

Léon Morin, Priest continues playing, while The Bad News Bears screens on Sunday. »

- Nick Newman

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‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’ Director Matt Tyrnauer on Urban Planning, Syd Mead, and More

19 May 2017 4:49 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, Matt Tyrnauer‘s Citizen Jane: Battle for the City has received rave reviews across the country as it opened in limited release last month. Centering on Jane Jacobs — a journalist, author, and activist — the film showcases the problems inherent to how urban planners in the mid-twentieth century worked.

One of the key proponents of this movement to teardown what he deemed “slums” for new, mammoth housing projects of concrete erasing the very communities they sought to “save” was New York’s Robert Moses. His power and reputation allowed him to force his ideas through the legislature for decades until Jacobs caught wind professionally and personally (he would eventually target her neighborhood). She ignited to take a stand and share her own beliefs in writing and via protest on city living, safety via “eyes on the street,” and the notion that cities are defined by its people, »

- Jared Mobarak

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First film from Martin Scorsese fund for emerging directors to launch at Cannes

12 May 2017 2:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Scorsese’s producing partner Emma Tillinger Koskoff talks to Screen about the venture.

The first project from Martin Scorsese’s as-yet-unnamed fund to help emerging filmmakers will be unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May).

The Cannes Director’s Fortnight entry A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano is the first film to be produced under the fund, which is a partnership between Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff’s Sikelia Productions and Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features.

The idea was first floated in 2013, with the fund launching in 2014. It has taken until now for the first film to come to fruition.

For the first time filmmakers will be able to submit projects for consideration by the fund, taking it beyond the scouting network.

Development process

Sikelia president of production Koskoff spoke to Screen about the venture at the Nettia Off Camera Film Festival in Krakow, where she was on the main feature film competition jury.

She »

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Martin Scorsese fund for emerging directors to launch at Cannes

12 May 2017 2:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The director is scouting for projects from first and second-time directors.

Martin Scorsese’s as-yet-unnamed fund to help emerging filmmakers will be unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May).

The Cannes Director’s Fortnight entry A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano is the first film to be produced under the fund, which is a partnership between Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff’s Sikelia Productions and Brazil-based Rt Features.

The fund will have an official launch at Cannes to coincide with the screening of A Ciambra.

An idea first floated between the companies in 2014, it has taken three years for the fund to come to fruition, as a model for choosing projects and a submissions process has been devised.

For the first time filmmakers will be able to submit projects for consideration by the fund, taking it beyond the scouting network.

Development process

Sikelia president of production Koskoff spoke to Screen about the venture at the »

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Film and TV shows that would have been very different if people had just done their jobs properly

12 April 2017 4:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The storylines of some of our favourite films and TV shows have been centred on the imprudent use of a contract, the loss of a letter, tampering with documentation and even something as simple as a typo.

But what if the characters had followed correct protocol and protected their sensitive information? Well, firstly, the shows wouldn’t have been as entertaining and secondly, they would have ended a lot differently. Albeit abruptly.

*Spoiler Alert* – we run down some of the best examples of file and contract mismanagement and what the film or TV shows would have been like if that fateful event had never happened?

TV Shows Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul is the spin-off TV series from Breaking Bad creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. The show focuses on criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman’s life before the Breaking Bad show begins, whilst Saul is still known by his real name, »

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John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs

12 April 2017 2:24 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a… »

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John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs

12 April 2017 2:24 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a… »

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John Cleese to Star in ‘Edith,’ First BBC Sitcom Since ‘Fawlty Towers’

11 April 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

British comedy legend John Cleese is returning to the small screen in his first BBC sitcom since “Fawlty Towers,” the network announced Tuesday. Cleese will co-star along with Alison Steadman (“Orphan Black,” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”) in “Edith,” a six-part comedy series created and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown (“Brazil”). Cleese and Steadman previously played husband and wife in the 1986 film “Clockwise.” The series follows a widow — named Edith, of course — whose life is put on hold after her son hits rock bottom and moves back in with her. Cleese will play Phil, an old boyfriend and neighbor of. »

- Carli Velocci

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John Cleese to Star in a British Sitcom for First Time in Nearly 40 Years

11 April 2017 4:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Cleese is set for a return to a BBC sitcom for the first time since “Fawlty Towers,” the broadcaster said Tuesday. The “Monty Python” legend will co-star alongside actress Alison Steadman in new six-part comedy series “Edith,” which has been commissioned for BBC One.

Created and written by Charles McKeown, who was Oscar-nominated for 1985’s “Brazil” directed by Cleese’s fellow Python Terry Gilliam, “Edith” will also star Jason Watkins, Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo and Peter Egan. The show re-teams Cleese and Steadman, who played husband and wife in Christopher Morahan’s 1986 film “Clockwise.”

“If you had carte blanche on your fantasy BBC One comedy cast then you’d not be far off the ‘Edith’ line-up,” said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC. “It’s also a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom – his last one did all right.”

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- Robert Mitchell

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Film Review: ‘Leaning Into the Wind’

9 April 2017 2:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You can walk down the path, or you can walk through the hedge,” says Andy Goldsworthy in Thomas Ridelsheimer’s second documentary about the British sculptor. That Goldsworthy invariably chooses Plan B goes to the heart of the fascination with his site-specific, variably ephemeral work, in which elements of the natural surroundings are altered into striking yet harmonious new shapes. “Leaning Into the Wind” is not so much a sequel to as simply an extension of the prior film, “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time,” sharing the same meditative, episodic, visually seductive appeal — albeit spread out on a somewhat wider globe-trotting canvas this time, reflecting its subject’s increased fame 16 years later.

That earlier study was a surprise breakout hit, grossing $2.3 million for Roxie Releasing in U.S. theatrical release alone. While it may not match that unusual success for a contemporary-art doc, “Wind” is sure to »

- Dennis Harvey

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‘Ride Upon the Storm,’ ‘Babylon Berlin’ Top 2nd MipDrama Screenings

2 April 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Two eagerly-anticipated shows which underscore the ambitions of high-end European TV drama – “Ride Upon the Storm,” from “Borgen” creator Adam Price, and “Babylon Berlin,” co-directed by “Cloud Atlas’” Tom Tykwer – topped Sunday’s 2nd MipDrama Screenings, the jewel in MipTV’s industry crown.

BBC’s “Clique,” Globo’s “Jailers” and “Missions,” airing on pay TV Ocs in France, also scored prizes whose allotment underlined the current market demand, in the words of multiple jurors, for “bold,” “different” shows with distinctive voices.

On these scores, both ““Ride Upon the Storm” and “Babylon Berlin” delivered. Created and lead written by Price, “Ride Upon the Storm,” a contemporary faith-fused family drama sold by Studiocanal, won two of the three plaudits it competed for: Both the TV Critics’ Jury and Buyers’ Coup de Coeur Award for series screened as works in progress.

Sneak-peaked at Cannes via a 15-minute scene assembly and two-and-a-half minute trailer presented by Price and series star »

- John Hopewell

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Iff Panama: Tribeca Film Institute Seeks to Expand Partnerships in Central America

1 April 2017 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

José F. Rodriguez, director of Documentary Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute, attended a panel at the 6th Iff Panama dedicated to support schemes for documentary filmmakers, which also featured Yissel Ibarra, at Mexico’s Imcine Film Institute, and Idfa Bertha Fund’s managing director, Isabel Arrate Fernández.

Speaking to Variety after the panel, Rodriguez explained that Tribeca is looking to expand its partnerships with festivals in Central America. Panama is one possible option, because of the fest’s growing international profile and the launch of initiatives such as the Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar and the new Campus Latino initiative. organized in partnership with the Goethe Institute.

“I know a lot of the people who work at the Panama Film Festival, the programming is stellar,” enthused Rodriguez. “And with new initiatives such as Campus Latino, it has a very strong profile. We’d certainly be interested in increasing our involvement next year, »

- Martin Dale

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