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Elizabeth Cantillon Developing Series Based on Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone”

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Producer Elizabeth Cantillon is working on another series. Just a few weeks after news broke about her collaboration with Lynn Shelton, Liz Tigelaar, and Amy Pascal on Hulu’s “La Woman,” Deadline reports that Cantillon is developing a show based on Souad Mekhennet’s bestselling memoir “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” Published in June, the book traces Mekhennet’s experiences as a German-born Muslim journalist reporting on jihadists throughout the Middle East and Europe.

The potential drama series would center on the character Mekhennet “as she pursues Jihadi leaders around the globe, putting her own life on the line to expose the complicated truths behind the War on Terror,” the source details. “While she explores the devastating effects of terrorism, she also finds humor and levity in the most harrowing of moments.”

Cantillon is producing with Brillstein Entertainment PartnersMissy Malkin and Jon Liebman. Laura Quicksilver is overseeing the project for The Cantillon Company.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the Claire Foy-starrer based on David Lagercrantz’s Lisbeth Salander novel, and Michelle MacLaren’s WWII-era drama “The Nightingale” are among Cantillon’s upcoming projects. Her previous credits include “The Banger Sisters” and “Concussion.”

Mekhennet currently works as a national security correspondent for The Washington Post. The Chicago Journalists Association will honor Mekhennet’s contributions to journalism with the 2017 Daniel Pearl Award at its annual dinner on Friday.

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Elizabeth Cantillon & Brillstein Developing ‘I Was Told To Come Alone’ TV Drama Based On Souad Mekhennet Book

Elizabeth Cantillon's The Cantillon Company has teamed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop a drama series adaptation of the book I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, by Washington Post correspondent Souad Mekhennet, based on her life and career as a German-born Muslim journalist. I Was Told To Come Alone will be a contemporary hourlong drama series, which follows Mekhennet as she pursues Jihadi leaders around the globe, putting her…
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Last Chance U: the college that gives young players a final route to the NFL

When film-makers went to the sleepy town of Scooba in Mississippi they expected their documentary to be about gifted athletes, but the Netflix series, Last Chance U, is about education, class, success and the American dream

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The tiny town of Scooba sits in Kemper County in the vast state of Mississippi. Its quiet streets are home to under a thousand permanent residents and there is little excitement to be found. An isolated Subway sandwich shop is the social hub. East Mississippi Community College stands incongruously in Scooba’s streets. The college houses some of the country’s finest student American football players who dream of making the NFL. They find themselves in sleepy Scooba for two reasons: their grades aren’t up to scratch or they need more playing time to prove themselves to larger colleges. For
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'Whisky Galore!' world premiere to close Edinburgh

'Whisky Galore!' world premiere to close Edinburgh
Remake of classic Scottish comedy set for world premiere as 2016 Edinburgh closing night gala.

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival (Eiff) (June 15-26) will close with the world premiere of Scottish comedy remake Whisky Galore!.

A remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s 1949 feature of the same name, the story follows a group of Scottish islanders who enjoy a windfall of whiskey during the Second World War.

The original was based on Sir Compton Mackenzie’s novel of the same name, which was inspired by the shipwreck off the Scottish coast of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during World War II.

The home-grown production was filmed on location in Scotland and features Scottish actors including Gregor Fisher (Love Actually), James Cosmo (Braveheart), Kevin Guthrie (Sunset Song), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets), and Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie).

Gillies Mackinnon (Regeneration, Hideous Kinky) directed from Peter McDougall’s screenplay. Iain Maclean
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'Twilight' Producer Facing Possible Trial This Month for Interfering on Parody

An audacious lawsuit against Lionsgate Entertainment and its subsidiary Summit Entertainment has been whittled away, but perhaps surprisingly, there's one claim of misbehavior surviving against the makers of Twilight that could be tested at a jury trial later this month. Behind the Lines Productions first sued for a whopping $500 million in June 2013, alleging that in getting in the way of a parody film called Twiharder, which lampooned the vampire romance saga starring Kristen Stewart, the defendants violated antitrust law and committed copyright misuse. Among other things, the plaintiff was seeking to cancel all Twilight trademarks. Well, that didn't

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Film Review: ‘Castles in the Sky’

Film Review: ‘Castles in the Sky’
“Making the invisible visible” is the objective that Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt repeatedly claims to pursue in “Castles in the Sky.” It’s also what Gillies MacKinnon’s staid but affable biopic seeks to do for its human subject, placing a soft spotlight on a little-portrayed figure whose greatest innovation — radar technology — is so essential as to be easily taken for granted. Focusing on Watson-Watt’s collaboration with the British air ministry prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, this blandly crafted BBC production counts on star Eddie Izzard’s warm eccentricity to animate dry material; bound for television screens at home, the Edinburgh fest premiere will raise only modest ancillary airwaves elsewhere.

The film’s opening credit sequence, with its typewritten text and bloodstained archive images of Nazi activity, establishes that we’re very much in war-by-numbers territory here, and some distance from the sensory specificity of MacKinnon’s 1997 Wwi drama,
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"Syria" Can Help You Stop Lying When You Say You Know What's Going On In Syria

As Americans, it’s all too easy for us to write off the entire Middle East as an unsolvable problem. To be fair, it certainly isn’t solvable by us, and the region as a whole is unlikely to be littered with olive branches any time soon, but there’s a complexity, a depth, and a genuine desire for change that it behooves us to appreciate. Enter Syria Behind The Lines, a Frontline special on the international humanitarian crisis of the moment. You might not walk away from this documentary with any more hope on the topic, but you might be hard-pressed to say that you wouldn’t be part of the problem were you placed in those circumstances.

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Twilight Parody Producers Sue Studios For $500 Million

And here I thought the Twilight Saga films Already were a parody. Even if that.s the case, a separate parody film called Twiharder was scheduled to reach theaters last year when Lionsgate and Summit had Breaking Dawn Part 2 on the docket. However, a cease-and-desist order prevented the producers at Behind The Lines from releasing their comedy, and now EW says they're filing a lawsuit to seek damages (and free up the restraints for future projects). The lawsuit . a 219-page complaint that.s seeking $500 million in damages . says: .independent filmmakers, parodists and other .counter-cultural. artists who create separate or derivative works that may be related to, inspired by or comment upon the pop culture events that dominate the national Cineplex and, by extension the attitudes, perspectives and behaviors of the populace.. The site says that Lionsgate and Summit have registered so many Twilight-related trademarks that it potentially creates an intellectual
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'Twilight' parodists sue Lionsgate and Summit for $500 million. Do they have a case?

'Twilight' parodists sue Lionsgate and Summit for $500 million. Do they have a case?
A clan of faux-fiends is plotting to suck Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment dry.

Behind the Lines Productions, the company behind a Twilight parody called Twiharder, has filed a $500 million suit against the makers of the Twilight films. In a 219-page complaint obtained by EW, the parodists write that they were planning to release their film last fall — around the same time that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hit theaters. A trailer for the movie was posted to YouTube last June:

But after Summit and Lionsgate sent out a cease-and-desist letter, the plaintiffs claim, potential distributors grew skittish about risking
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'Twilight' parody company sues Lionsgate

'Twilight' parody company sues Lionsgate
A company responsible for a Twilight parody has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Lionsgate, the makers of the original franchise.

Behind the Lines Productions is seeking damages after the release of its feature-length film Twiharder was allegedly blocked.

The plaintiff claims that the film - which features exaggerated versions of the Stephenie Meyer creations - had passed the scrutiny of lawyers, insurers and fair use experts.

Several major distributors had apparently expressed an interest in the film, but backed out after Lionsgate allegedly delivered a "sham" cease and desist order.

The defendant is accused of "anticompetitive conduct" in the 219-page lawsuit.

Courtney Love claimed this week that her then-13-year-old daughter Frances Bean turned down the starring role of Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga series.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two completed the film franchise last year. Watch a trailer for the film below:
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Flemyng & Scott To Feature At McM London Comic Con!

Top British actors Jason Flemyng and Dougray Scott are familiar faces to sci-fi fans, film buffs and telly addicts alike, so it’s only fitting that both will be special guests at this month’s festival of all things pop culture, McM London Comic Con!

After making his mark Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Flemyng has gone on to star in a raft of major feature films, including X-men: First Class, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Clash Of The Titans, as well as a duo of Alan Moore comic book adaptations – From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Meanwhile, notable TV roles include maverick ex-cop Danny Quinn in sci-fi show Primeval, and Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-wining series Black Mirror.

Currently playing Dr. Norman Godfrey in Eli Roth horror series Hemlock Grove, Dougray Scott’s extensive feature film appearances include Hitman, Mission: Impossible II, Dark Water,
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Ben Whishaw: 'I feel I'm always in the dark' – interview

From Hamlet to Skyfall, The Hour to Cloud Atlas, Ben Whishaw's success and versatility are in no doubt. Yet, as he takes on a new role in Peter and Alice opposite his heroine, Judi Dench, he reveals that he is still unsure of himself

Ben Whishaw has just walked into the Jerwood Space – where he has been rehearsing. Slight and boyish, he is wearing a shirt and T-shirt in jostling colours – plum reds and pinks – as if he has grabbed the first clothes he could find. He certainly does not look as if he has spent hours communing with his mirror. Like Hamlet – the part in which, at 23, he made his name in Trevor Nunn's production – there is distraction in his aspect. When he talks, he has a way of tugging at his hair – as if trying to pull it out. There is a sweetness in him too – evident straight away.
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From Castlemilk to California: the scheme which became a star factory

Once infamous for its deprivation and crime, Castlemilk in Glasgow has its rough edges. It also has a new reputation, for producing actors and film stars honed in schools where drama is now seen as 'hardcore'

Ask an outsider what they think of Castlemilk and they'll probably say alcoholism, poverty and poor housing. The estate, on Glasgow's southern edge, has been ranked among Scotland's most deprived places.

But in recent years the area has gained a reputation for something altogether more glamorous: film stars.

Directors Ken Loach and Peter Mullan have cast residents in critically-acclaimed films including Sweet Sixteen, The Angels' Share and Neds, and local talent regularly appears in television productions such as Rab C. Nesbitt, Taggart and soap opera River City.

Castlemilk stars like Stephen McCole, William Ruane and binman-turned-actor Gary Maitland have appeared in major productions and caught the attention of industry figures in Hollywood and Cannes.
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10 of the best films set in Edinburgh

Edinburgh on film isn't just Trainspotting it's classics: Chariots of Fire, romance: One Day and thrills: Burke and Hare. Here are 10, picked by Andrew Pulver, film editor of the Guardian

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Ronald Neame, 1969

Muriel Spark's celebrated 1961 novella was, until Trainspotting, Edinburgh's most readily identifiable contribution to modern literature. Inspired largely by Spark's own time at [James] Gillespie's school, this elaborate, empathetic satire on a fascism-admiring teacher would not have been expected to be a major candidate for Oscar attention, but Maggie Smith won the best actress award in 1969, after Ronald "Poseidon Adventure" Neame directed the film version. Sixties Edinburgh has no problem standing in for 30s Edinburgh: the Marcia Blaine school is sited in the Edinburgh Academy building in Henderson Row, while it's possible to stand in the exact same spot as Maggie Smith on the Grassmarket and bellow: "Observe,
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Susan Jacobson On Tense Psych Horror "The Holding": A Slow Burning Thriller

It’s hardly surprising that Susan Jacobson’s thriller The Holding is her [feature] directorial debut. Susan is an individual who is fascinated by human nature and the extremes of the individual, so this meditation on secrets and violence – from a script by James Dormer – gives her plenty of room to display her exceptional skills as a genre filmmaker.

The tense psychological thriller has Jacobson described by eyeforfilm as ‘definitely a new British talent to watch’ and stars Kierston Wareing and Vincent Regan with Lionsgate distributing.

She is a Guiding Lights Alumni and was mentored by Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinkey, Regeneration). Her work has been described as ‘Elegant’ (Time Out), and ‘Hearteningly diverse in style and subject’ (The Independent). Her films have been selected by Women in Film and Television International for their worldwide showcase.

She has won critical acclaim worldwide. Most notably, her short film One Hundredth Of A Second
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Heather Graham Sends Out the "ExTerminators," "The Goonies" Return and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"ExTerminators" (2010)

Directed by John Inwood

Released by Image Entertainment

Also appearing on VOD, Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge team up to launch a service that will permanently wipe away your exes from your address book (and life) under the cover of Coolidge's bug extermination business in this comedy from cinematographer-turned-director John Inwood.

"Bad Ass" (2009)

Directed by Adamo Cultraro

Released by Well Go USA

A hitman (Tom Sizemore) has a change of heart when his latest job leaves the nurse of an aging mob boss as the prime suspect in Adamo Cultraro's feature debut. Frank Stallone co-stars.

"Centurion" (2010)

Directed by Neil Marshall

Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

Following "Doomsday," Marshall returns to Hadrian's Wall in England for the story of surviving group of Roman soldiers in 117 A.D., including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Liam Cunningham among their ranks, who defend
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Giveaway: Win Universal Soldier: Regeneration on DVD or Blu-ray!

Action movie junkies, listen up! Universal Soldier: Regeneration, the true conclusion to the Universal Soldier trilogy, is hitting stores today. The movie stars Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski, Dolph Lundgren, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and seems to be getting some good buzz. Fortunately for you, we've got two copies to give away right here on Film Junk: one on DVD, and one on Blu-ray. To sweeten the deal, the Blu-ray is actually a two-pack that also includes Universal Soldier: The Return. To enter, just send your name and mailing address to filmjunk@gmail.com [1] with "Universal Soldier Giveaway" in the subject line. Be sure to specify if you want the DVD, Blu-ray or if you have no preference. We'll randomly pick two winners from all the entries we receive and notify them by next Tuesday (Feb. 9th). Note: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Extras include: Audio commentary
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Universal Soldier: Regeneration Blu-ray Details and Release Date

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is keeping the Universal Soldier franchise alive with the direct-to-video release of Universal Soldier: Regeneration aka Universal Soldier 3 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD February 17.

Jean-Claude Van Damme returns for a third turn as Luc Deveraux while Dolph Lundgren makes his first appearance since being fed through a chipper in the original. Former Ufc champ Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski also joins in the Unisol fun.

Universal Soldier: Regeneration comes to Blu-ray in 2.35:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

A director and cast commentary along with a Behind the Lines featurette are shared bonus features between Blu-ray and DVD with Blu-ray also including the exclusive movieIQ Bd-Live feature.

Click here to pre-order Universal Soldier: Regeneration on Blu-ray at discounted price from Amazon.com.

With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With
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Universal Soldier: Regeneration Comes Alive on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2010.

You can bring home a brand new robotic adventure with Jean-Claude Van Damme at the start of 2010. Universal Soldier: Regeneration, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2010. The standard DVD will be priced at $24.96 Srp while the Bd will go for $34.95 Srp. We have also been provided with the first trailer for this film, so click below to watch this brand new trailer for the upcoming action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.

With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this "UniSol" (Former Ufc Heavyweight Champion Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud. The only one who can stop them is Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a UniSol who's been decommissioned for years. Reactivated and retrained,
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'In Treatment' addicts: Help is at hand (well, at a bookstore)

If you’re an "In Treatment” fan, you’re probably in a state of withdrawal right now. As it happens, last week, when the show aired its final three episodes, I read a book that reminded me a lot of the HBO drama.

Pat Barker’s “Regeneration” (Plume), which came out in Britain in 1991, may be set during World War I, but its parallels to “In Treatment” are remarkable.

This graceful and affecting novel tells the story of Siegfried Sassoon, a decorated British Army officer and poet who, in 1917, said he would no longer fight because he had no faith in the way the war was being conducted.

The military authorities diagnosed shell shock and sent Sassoon to Craiglockhart, a psychiatric hospital in Scotland. At the heart of the book are the encounters between Sassoon and W.H.R. Rivers, the empathic and unconventional doctor treating him.

As depicted in the novel,
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