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My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…

My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…
My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia, ‘The Line’You know how, when you finally see a movie you really love, all things seem possible? How a great movie transports you to a new reality? Without that experience, normal life seems drab and dreary unless you use other means of transcendance, like hope, art, music, dancing, religion or drugs.

Have I yet raved about any of the 25 foreign language submissions?

Yes, but it was a long time ago when it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, that I was so enamoured Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s Of Body and Soul (as I was with her previous film, the 1989 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or winner, My Twentieth Century, which was seen by about a .02% of the population). But that was way back in February.

I would put my body
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Interview: David Gordon Green for ‘Stronger’

Stronger is receiving its UK cinema release this week. This powerful but surprisingly humorous film tells the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and rebuilt his life. He also struggled with a new identity as a national hero after helping police track down one of the perpetrators.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bauman and the director is David Gordon Green. His diverse CV includes Pineapple Express and Our Brand Is Crisis. He’s soon to add horror to the list with a much-anticipated sequel to Halloween.

We chatted to David about the making of this impressive drama and the challenges inherent in realizing someone’s real-life trauma onscreen…

Thn: What brought you to the project initially?

David Gordon Green: The humour and the depth of the story. I found it complicated, with layers – it wasn’t what I thought when I heard about the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)

Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)
Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Amy Mastriona has joined Miramax as executive vice president of film production, Variety has learned exclusively.

Mastriona comes to Miramax with a lengthy background in creative advertising and marketing from her tenure at Paramount Pictures, where she was an exec VP. Mastriona will be joining Miramax following its new focus toward growing its footprint with creative storytellers across a substantial production platform.

“Amy’s distinct skill set in creative advertising makes her a perfect selection to lead our decision making and development process,” CEO Bill Block said. “She understands the ever-changing audience base and will be instrumental in bringing Miramax’s production to a wide variety of global audiences. I couldn’t be happier to have Amy join the Miramax team and contribute in our mission to create high quality content.”

Mastriona joined Paramount in 2009 and has overseen the creative campaigns for more than 40 films, including the “Paranormal Activity,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Star Trek” franchises, along with “Selma,” “Arrival,” and “Daddy’s Home.”
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Korea’s Showbox to Co-produce Neil Jordan’s ‘Widow’

Leading South Korean investor-distributor, Showbox is co-producing “The Widow,” Neil Jordan’s thriller film starring Chloe Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, alongside Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures.

“This co-production and investment [in “The Widow”] is a step beyond the partnership deal that Showbox signed with Ivanhoe Pictures in 2015,” said the Korean company in a statement. “This deal will help (Showbox’s) future expansion into production and investment in Hollywood.”

Set for a 2018 release, “The Widow” sees the story of a young woman who has a chance meeting with a mysterious widow who approaches her with malicious intentions. Jordan has credits including: “The Crying Game,” “The End of the Affair,” and “Interview With the Vampire.”

Showbox is also co-producing a romantic comedy, “Forever Holiday in Bali.” The film will be its first in Indonesia. Starring K-pop boy band Mblaq’s Thunder, “Holiday” will be directed by Ody C. Harahap, who previously directed “Sweet 20,” Cj Entertainment’s Indonesian
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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.”

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged
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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.”

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged
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Emma Thompson says ‘Hollywood can and must change’ in Wake of Harvey Weinstein

Emma Thompson says ‘Hollywood can and must change’ in Wake of Harvey Weinstein
Updated Oct. 13: Producer Stephen Woolley reacts to Thompson interview, talks about Weinstein

Emma Thompson has called on Hollywood to heed the lessons of the Harvey Weinstein saga and said many opportunities were missed to bring his actions to wider attention.

In a lengthy interview with BBC news program “Newsnight,” the British actor (“Nanny McPhee”) said the allegations against Weinstein did not come as a shock.

“I didn’t know about these things but they don’t surprise me at all and they are endemic to the system anyway,” she said. “What I find extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg. He’s a Predator. What he is top of the ladder of, is a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference.”

She said she had angry run-ins with Weinstein when negotiating over “Nanny McPhee” rights, and applauded the women who have spoken out against the Hollywood producer
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Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive
Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.

This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.

Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female

Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy
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Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive
Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.

This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.

Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female

Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy
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The Fall of Harvey Weinstein: From Indie Powerhouse to Hollywood Pariah

The Fall of Harvey Weinstein: From Indie Powerhouse to Hollywood Pariah
Over the course of five days, Harvey Weinstein went from a powerhouse player to a Hollywood pariah. His career is in tatters, and the company he co-founded has been wrested from his control following the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times exposé featuring multiple on-the-record interviews with women accusing him of sexual harassment that occurred over three decades.

Arguably, no one did more to shape the world of indie film in the 1990s and early aughts than Weinstein. With a combination of sterling creative taste and a pugilist’s instinct for going for the jugular, he helped push edgy or emotionally potent films such as “The Crying Game,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The King’s Speech” into the mainstream, while fashioning himself into a mogul. That legacy has been tarnished. Weinstein now sits in ignominious company alongside Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, L.A. Reid and Bill Cosby — a symbol of a casting couch culture that is being
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Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made

Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made
How are the mighty fallen. I first met Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in 1986, where he had a tiny room at the Majestic Hotel and ran around the festival looking for movies for Miramax Films to acquire. The former Buffalo concert promoter was an anxious and eager hustler. He eventually picked up Lizzie Borden’s realistic look at New York hookers, “Working Girls,” out of Director’s Fortnight and took it to Sundance, where it won a 1987 jury prize. Even back then, as Peter Biskind reported in “Down and Dirty Pictures,” while the Weinsteins did a good job releasing the movie ($1.7 million domestic), the producers audited Miramax’s books and found some inappropriate expenses that the Weinsteins were forced to reimburse.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey

That was the template. Stories about dodgy business practices continue to this day, as vendors complain
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Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made

Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made
How are the mighty fallen. I first met Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in 1986, where he had a tiny room at the Majestic Hotel and ran around the festival looking for movies for Miramax Films to acquire. The former Buffalo concert promoter was an anxious and eager hustler. He eventually picked up Lizzie Borden’s realistic look at New York hookers, “Working Girls,” out of Director’s Fortnight and took it to Sundance, where it won a 1987 jury prize. Even back then, as Peter Biskind reported in “Down and Dirty Pictures,” while the Weinsteins did a good job releasing the movie ($1.7 million domestic), the producers audited Miramax’s books and found some inappropriate expenses that the Weinsteins were forced to reimburse.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey

That was the template. Stories about dodgy business practices continue to this day, as vendors complain
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'Carol' Producer Says Young Miramax Staffer Told Her of Naked Harvey Weinstein Encounter

'Carol' Producer Says Young Miramax Staffer Told Her of Naked Harvey Weinstein Encounter
As fresh allegations continue to mount against Harvey Weinstein in the aftermath of the New York Times' bombshell exposé, a major producer in London has come forward with a story she heard first-hand from an alleged victim nearly three decades ago.

Elizabeth Karlsen, the acclaimed Oscar-nominated producer behind films such as Carol, Youth, The Crying Game and this year’s Toronto International Film Festival entry On Chesil Beach, says she was approached by a young female exec who had been working for Miramax as the company expanded its operations in the U.K. in the late 1980s and early '90s.

"She came...
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Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations
In this week’s missile of a The New York Times story about the many alleged indiscretions of Harvey Weinstein, one of his past colleagues, former Miramax Los Angeles president Mark Gill, describes Weinstein’s professional climb from indie producer to Hollywood titan. “From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact.” Yet Gill said the persistent whispers that Weinstein was mistreating women were in fact “the biggest mess of all.”

While The Weinstein Co. co-founder publicly championed women’s rights, his accusers say that he was a hypocrite, secretly propositioning them for massages, kisses and more. One month after Weinstein distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rapes on university campuses, he allegedly groped a college-aged woman in his office. Weinstein, 65, has a well-documented, on-the-record history of unflattering behavior, even against women (like in 2002, when he publicly berated director Julie Taymor at a screening of her film,
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Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller

Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Stephen Rea and Colm Feore join “The Widow,” 30 West buys rights to the thriller “Beast,” and AFI Fest announces a Robert Altman retrospective.

Castings

Stephen Rea, Colm Feore, and Zawe Ashton have joined the previously announced cast of the thriller “The Widow,” opposite Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe.

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Neil Jordan, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Crying Game,” will direct from a screenplay by Ray Wright. The project re-teams Jordan with Rea, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for “The Crying Game.”

The film begins principal photography this month. The story is set in New York and follows Moretz’s character as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow, played by Huppert, whose motives are gradually revealed to be sinister. Rea
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Miramax Fires Another 20 Employees

Miramax Fires Another 20 Employees
Miramax has laid off 20 more employees as part of ongoing cost-cutting efforts under CEO Bill Block, who joined the independent studio in April.

It’s the second round of dismissals at Miramax under Block. The studio fired 25 employees, comprising most of its TV production staff, in May.

Miramax was sold by its private equity owners last year to beIN Media Group, which owns 100% of the company. The company is a subsidiary of Qatar’s Al Jazeera.

Miramax, which is based in Santa Monica, Calif., has a library consisting of nearly 800 titles from the late 1980s to the present. Its recently-announced productions include the Johnny Depp police drama “Labyrinth,” which Miramax will co-finance with Open Road Films. It also acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie.

Miramax was founded in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. and sold to the Walt Disney Company in 1993 — by which time, it
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“I love watching old movies…” Stephen Woolley interview: ‘Their Finest’

Their Finest is out to buy this week. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, it tells the story of British propaganda during the Second World War and the strong bond developed between people from all walks of life in the face of conflict.

This warm-hearted and intelligent film is co-produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley (of A Company Of Wolves and The Crying Game amongst others), who with Amanda Posey and Elizabeth Karlsen delved into the archives and uncovered the fascinating truth behind the celluloid war effort. We caught up with Stephen for an in-depth chat about the production…

Thn: How did the project come to your attention?

Stephen Woolley: I was given the book (Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) and I loved it. The humour of it was exactly on my level. People were saying “You’d love it because it’s
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Maika Monroe cast in Neil Jordan thriller The Widow

Maika Monroe (It Follows) has signed on to join Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Bad Neighbours 2) in the cast of The Widow, the new thriller from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game).

Written by Ray Wright (The Crazies), The Widow sees Moretz as Frances, a young woman who returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems and that she’s downright dangerous.

Monroe – who is currently gearing up to shoot the thriller Stockholm for writer-director Matt Spicer – is set to portray Erica, Frances’ protective best friend who is living large on her father’s dime and helps her college pal acclimate to the city.
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‘It Follows’ Breakout Maika Monroe Joins Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’

‘It Follows’ Breakout Maika Monroe Joins Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’
After the one-two punch of The Guest and It Follows, we knew actress Maika Monroe had one hell of a career ahead of her. Monroe subsequently starred in The 5th Wave and Independence Day: Resurgence, and up next she’s working with Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Byzantium)! Deadline reports that Maika Monroe has joined the […]
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Game of Thrones: Of Course You Know Who Plays Archmaester Marwyn!

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
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