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Mongrel picks up 'Adventures Of A Mathematician'

19 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jakub Gierszal already confirmed to play math genius Stanislaw Ulam.

Mongrel International has come on board to handle world sales on Thor Klein’s Adventures Of A Mathematician.

Lead producer Lena Vurma of Dragonfly Films confirmed Mongrel’s involvement in the project, which recently became the first project with a German director to receive support from the Tfi/Sloan Filmmaker Fund. (The production received an initial $75,000 toward production and pre-production.)

“We are very excited to be going on this adventure with our friends, the producers Lena Vurma and Mary Young Leckie. We loved the script immediately. It’s so smart and compassionate, filled with both great joy and stunning gravitas. We are convinced that Thorsten Klein will make an extraordinary movie with enormous contemporary relevance,” Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International, told Screen Daily.

The film is a Germany-Poland-Canada co-production. It tells the story of Polish mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, who will be »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates

16 May 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees on Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, and Edward Zwick at its commencement ceremony on June 5 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Herskovitz and Zwick are graduates of the AFI Class of 1975. The date of AFI’s commencement exercises marks the 50th anniversary of the American Film Institute’s formation in 1967. AFI noted Tuesday that 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Past recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Saul Bass, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Kasdan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler, and John Williams.

Burnett has received six Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards and the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Herskovitz won four Primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive Interview: Director John Madden on Miss Sloane

11 May 2017 2:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Freda Cooper chats with Miss Sloane director John Madden

Elizabeth Sloane lives and breathes politics.  Miss Sloane the film seems to attract them like a magnet.  It premiered in America just after the Presidential Election and arrives in the UK this week in the middle of our own General Election campaign.

The film’s director, John Madden, spoke exclusively to Freda Cooper about its reception in the States, why Jessica Chastain was his first and only choice for the title role and the growth in female-centric films.

The script for Miss Sloane came from a first-timer, Jonathan Perera, who’s an ex-attorney.  How did you come across it?

It was literally almost an unsolicited manuscript.  He wrote the script absolutely outside the context of the industry.  He had no connection with the industry, no representation, and he was prompted by an article that said the Weinstein Company was developing a film on the gun issue. »

- Freda Cooper

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Renewed for a Second Season

3 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered just one week ago, and already we can rest assured knowing that the fun/horror will continue after the first season concludes. Variety reports that Hulu has renewed the Elisabeth Moss-led drama for a second season, set to debut in 2018.

While Hulu didn’t disclose specific numbers, the streaming service did reveal that “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, including both original and acquired series. The show is also a favorite among critics. “The Handmaid’s Tale” has received rave reviews and is already considered a serious contender come awards season. “Meadowland” helmer Reed Morano directed the first three episodes.

An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling dystopian novel of the same name, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. Despite being published in 1985, many have remarked on the story’s timeliness: Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that strips women of their reproductive and economic rights, treating them like property of the state. Plunging birthrates have led to a new caste called Handmaids, the few women who remain fertile and are forced to carry children. The show’s protagonist, Offred (Moss, “Mad Men”), is one of these women. The first season of the show sees Offred serving in a highly-ranked Commander’s household and dreaming of reuniting with the daughter who was taken from her.

“The response we’ve seen to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in just one week since its premiere has been absolutely incredible. It has been an honor to work with this talented team of cast and creators to develop a series that has struck such a chord with audiences across the country,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Svp and head of content. “As we continue to expand our strong slate of original programming, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is exactly the type of gripping and thought-provoking storytelling we want to bring to viewers. We can’t wait to explore the world of Gilead and continue Margaret’s vision with another season on Hulu.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale’s” cast includes Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”), Madeline Brewer (“Hemlock Grove”), and Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”).

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Renewed for a Second Season was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Miramax Hires Veteran Producer Bill Block as CEO

26 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Miramax has named entertainment industry veteran Bill Block as Chief Executive Officer, four months after Steven Schoch left the post.

Block’s best known for serving as the founder and CEO of production company-financier Qed. Prior to that, Block was the president of Artisan Entertainment and headed West Coast operations for ICM.

“Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman of Miramax and beIN Media Group. “Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in film and television and Bill’s strong leadership will surely lead Miramax successfully into the future, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”

Miramax was founded in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein and sold to the Walt Disney Company in 1993 — by which time, it »

- Dave McNary

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‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough

25 April 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In accomplishments, impact, and general appearance, there are few figures in history who need an introduction less than Albert Einstein, a man whose impact on global culture is well-documented and rarely disputed. “Genius,” National Geographic’s largest foray into scripted drama to date, wants to make the point that, even in his day, Einstein was already a celebrity.

Out on the streets of Berlin as a rally passes or in a lecture hall with eager observers lining the rafters, the Einstein of “Genius” becomes a figure that demands attention. His scientific insights made him a target for fascist suppressors and inquisitive thinkers alike, which makes the show’s continuous decision to boldly intone Einstein’s greatness, as if it were something to be proven, all the more curious. Context is vital to understanding the man’s true achievements, but the self-imposed, continuous weight of history somehow robs this series of »

- Steve Greene

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‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough

25 April 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In accomplishments, impact, and general appearance, there are few figures in history who need an introduction less than Albert Einstein, a man whose impact on global culture is well-documented and rarely disputed. “Genius,” National Geographic’s largest foray into scripted drama to date, wants to make the point that, even in his day, Einstein was already a celebrity.

Out on the streets of Berlin as a rally passes or in a lecture hall with eager observers lining the rafters, the Einstein of “Genius” becomes a figure that demands attention. His scientific insights made him a target for fascist suppressors and inquisitive thinkers alike, which makes the show’s continuous decision to boldly intone Einstein’s greatness, as if it were something to be proven, all the more curious. Context is vital to understanding the man’s true achievements, but the self-imposed, continuous weight of history somehow robs this series of »

- Steve Greene

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Weinstein Try & Deliver The Cure For ‘Tulip Fever’ With New Trailer

25 April 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After two push backs on its release date and a lack of promotion for “Tulip Fever,” The Weinstein Company has finally presented an “official character teaser poster” for the period drama starring Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, and Christoph Waltz. The film reportedly had polarizing results in test screenings dating back to 2014.

Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017

The film is produced by Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein, penned by “Shakespeare In Love” writer Tom Stoppard (based off the book by Deborah Moggach), and directed by Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”).

Continue reading Weinstein Try & Deliver The Cure For ‘Tulip Fever’ With New Trailer at The Playlist. »

- Joseph Marconi

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My Heart Belongs On A Trash Cinema Menu

21 April 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Let me see your heart!

Let me break something down real quick. I justifiably catch a reputation as being someone who likes to like things. And that’s true. Whenever I have time to share movie talk with folks, I want to talk about the things I love. Because, for me, it’s just too darn easy to fall down a rabbit hole of negativity. When I stumble across something that thrills me, I want to share it. Even still, sometimes I’m a bit abashed when it comes to how enthusiastic I tend to be about things. This is especially true when I find a great new-to-me trash-cinema film. Over Easter Weekend, I got stuck on a “Blood” film kick. Don’t judge me. I like topical themes. Any road, that’s when I ran into Blood Diner. I had no idea this movie existed until I saw the poster flipping through movies on Shudder. When »

- William Dass

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Celebrity Second Acts: When Hollywood Takes a Backseat to a Multimillion-Dollar Business Empire and Real Power

19 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Winning an Oscar used to be the end-all and be-all of an actor's career. Nowadays, Hollywood may just be the launching pad to something much, much bigger. It's been 18 years since Gwyneth Paltrow won her Best Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, a crowning achievement at only 26 years old—one that usually ensures the descriptor "Oscar winner" precedes an actor's name at some point in every story about her forever after. But for at least the last several years, Paltrow is more likely to be referred to (putting aside all interest in her personal life for a moment) as the founder of goop. Goop goddess. Goop guru. Lifestyle maven. The second coming of Martha »

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Harvey Weinstein on Jay Z, Trump and His Dream to Produce the Oscars (With Spielberg)

17 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ask Harvey Weinstein if he's mellowed with age, and the famously brash mogul acknowledges "mellow" may not be the most apt descriptor. "Sometimes I wake up in the morning and just have to be tenacious," says the Queens-born co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. "That's what the job calls for."

Weinstein, 65, once churned out Oscar bait (Shakespeare in Love, The Artist) like an unrivaled heavyweight, but as the industry has become dominated by $200 million studio films, and deep-pocketed streaming services stalk the festival circuit, he has shifted his attention and enthusiasm elsewhere: His TV division, which he tried and »

- Lacey Rose

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Trailer Watch: Elisabeth Moss Wakes Up in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

23 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen,” says Offred (Elisabeth Moss) in a powerful — and disturbingly timely — new trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “When they slaughtered Congress we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution we didn’t wake up then, either. Now I’m awake.” Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. While the book was published in 1985, its storyline and themes about a horrifying government and women’s reproductive rights being taken away remain all too relevant today.

“Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world,” the show’s official synopsis details. “In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids — where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.”

“You girls will serve the leaders and their barren wives. You will bear children for them,” Offred and the other Handmaids are informed.

When the man who rules the household Offred lives in tells her, “We only wanted to make the world better,” she is incredulous, and asks, “Better?” “Better never means better for everyone,” he says. Yep, Gilead is a patriarchal hellhole, and the trailer does a beautiful job of establishing this fact.

Golden Globe winner Moss is supported by a cast that includes Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”), and Yvonne Strahovski (“Dexter”).

“The Handmaid’s Tale” isn’t the only high-profile Atwood adaptation in the works. Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Sarah Gadon (“Belle”) are set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Atwood’s “Alias Grace,” a drama inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks (Gadon), a young Irish immigrant and domestic servant living in Upper Canada. The miniseries is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). The project will debut sometime in 2017.

High-Rise,” “Truth,” and “Meadowland” are among Moss’ recent credits. The “Mad Men” alumna will reprise her role as detective Robin Griffin for Season 2 of “Top of the Lake,” also due sometime this year. This season of the feminist murder mystery series, co-created by Jane Campion (“The Piano”), will feature Nicole Kidman and “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” hits Hulu April 26. Reed Morano (“Meadlowland”) helmed the first three episodes of the 10-episode drama.

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Trailer Watch: Elisabeth Moss Wakes Up in “The Handmaid’s Tale” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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First Look at Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

3 March 2017 12:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just weeks after production began on Disney's highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, the studio has released the first photo of Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in this all new sequel to Disney's 1964 film Mary Poppins. The first look photo shows Emily Blunt in full costume, although her face is obscured by her large hat. It remains to be seen if the studio plans on releasing more images with the rest of this diverse and talented cast, while filming continues.

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is »

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‘Moonlight’ Postmortem: How To Win Best Picture in 5 (Not So) Easy Steps

1 March 2017 9:28 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Let’s talk about the biggest news of an unforgettable Oscar night — and it’s got nothing to do with the Twitter-happy accountant who apparently gave Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. Here’s the real story: A $1.5 million gay, African-American, coming-of-age movie won Best Picture.

It’s the first gay movie to grab the big prize, one that was denied “Brokeback Mountain” a decade ago. It’s the first Best Picture winner with an all-black cast. It also showed that when a small-scale indie is involved, guild wins (“La La Land” won the PGA,”Hidden Figures” took SAG Ensemble) are no longer reliable Oscar predictors.

And never underestimate the potential of the underdog to come from behind (See: “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” “Argo”). This year’s passion vote was split among three movies: “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester By the Sea.”

Here’s how everything went right for “Moonlight. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Moonlight’ Postmortem: How To Win Best Picture in 5 (Not So) Easy Steps

1 March 2017 9:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Let’s talk about the biggest news of an unforgettable Oscar night — and it’s got nothing to do with the Twitter-happy accountant who apparently gave Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. Here’s the real story: A $1.5 million gay, African-American, coming-of-age movie won Best Picture.

It’s the first gay movie to grab the big prize, one that was denied “Brokeback Mountain” a decade ago. It’s the first Best Picture winner with an all-black cast. It also showed that when a small-scale indie is involved, guild wins (“La La Land” won the PGA,”Hidden Figures” took SAG Ensemble) are no longer reliable Oscar predictors.

And never underestimate the potential of the underdog to come from behind (See: “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” “Argo”). This year’s passion vote was split among three movies: “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester By the Sea.”

Here’s how everything went right for “Moonlight. »

- Anne Thompson

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Study Ranks American Actors’ British Accents, and Vice Versa

27 February 2017 4:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone who’s seen “Mary Poppins” knows what a bad Cockney accent sounds like. But for the first time, British actors have ranked Dick Van Dyke’s “mockney” as the worst attempt at a U.K. accent in a pool of the highest grossing films’ leads.

Language-learning app Babbel commissioned ex-pat professional actors from both the U.K. and U.S. to vote on a five-point scale on how convincing the accents were for leading parts in blockbusters grossing over $100 million.

For the United States accent, American Actors UK awarded British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor a 4.5/5 for his work as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Tied for second are the DC superheros; Christian Bale as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman both garnered 4.2/5 scores.

Best in show for the Americans attempting the over-the-pond accents, awarded by British Actors in La, are Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger. Streep’s »

- Dani Levy

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Harvey Weinstein On Oscar Races & The Truth Behind ‘Shakespeare In Love’ Vs ‘Saving Private Ryan’

26 February 2017 10:03 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Harvey Weinstein is an occasional contributor to Deadline when he has something on his mind. Before he put on the tux to root for his Best Picture nominee Lion, his mind was on Oscar races past and present; the higher purpose of these golden trophies beyond commerce, and a revisit of the circumstances behind his biggest Best Picture upset, when Shakespeare in Love won the Oscar over Saving Private Ryan.   People often ask me: how do you win an Oscar? The answer is simple… »

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Final Oscar Predictions !

25 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

With the Oscars nearly upon us, it's time for final predictions. I've written up a lengthy piece for Towleroad which I hope you'll read and you can also compare my predictions to the other Gurus of Gold at Movie City News. I shan't reprint the whole thing here since we have all those charts you can peruse and months of articles on these very races. 

While nearly everyone expects La La Land to be the major champion of the night, I don't think it will be record breaking. Damien Chazelle’s popular musical would need 12 Oscars to beat the record of 11 which was set by Ben-Hur back in 1959 and then tied by both Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) and Titanic (1997). West Side Story (1961), yours truly's all time favorite movie, is the runner up to "most wins" with 10. La La Land might tie West Side Story but I'm predicting 9 wins. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings?

25 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Jimmy Kimmel (Courtesy: ABC/Jeff Lipsky)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The time has arrived: the 89th Academy Awards will occur tomorrow, February 26, and we’ll finally know which films and which stars will take home those coveted statues. This is one of the most talked-about events on TV each year but, while everyone is excited for the spectacle and excitement of it all, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t garner critics. Before you go complaining about the show, let’s educate you on some statistics.

With Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show on ABC — at 8 p.m. Et and 5 p.m. Pt, of course — we know we’re all in for quite the entertaining three-plus hours of glitz and glamour. It’s almost certain that La La Land will dominate the awards and it’s almost a given that a ton of people will utter Donald Trump’s name in some way. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time

24 February 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.

What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.

Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942

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Beat Out: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Blossoms in the Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, [link »

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