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Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic

Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic
Morgan Freeman has signed on to play former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a new biopic entitled Powell, which is being set up at Hyde Park Entertainment. Reginald Hudlin, who directed Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic that hit theaters last weekend, is attached to direct, from a script by Ed Whitworth, which landed on the coveted Black List back in 2011. No production schedule has been given thus far, but with a major star like Morgan Freeman on board, it's possible that this could move forward very quickly.

The script follows Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, following his service as a decorated U.S. Army General. He was the first ever African-American Secretary of State in U.S. history. He initially did not approve of the President's plan to invade Iraq, since he didn't believe that they possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – Marshall (2017)

Marshall, 2017.

Directed by Reginald Hudlin.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Keesha Sharp, John Magaro, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jussie Smollett, Derrick Baskin, Barrett Doss, Ahna O’Reilly, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Andra Day, Marina Squerciati, and James Cromwell.

Synopsis:

A young Thurgood Marshall battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Chadwick Boseman may be most known to the mainstream eye for portraying superhero Black Panther in the current crop of Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters, but when not suited up for battle he often finds himself playing real-life historical figures (his performance as Jackie Robinson in 42 is criminally overlooked) that have influenced humankind and the world for the better. And his greatest crusade won’t be collaborating with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to save the universe, instead, it will be biopics like Marshall that simultaneously showcase his serious acting chops while instilling hope for social justice
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IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 58 Movies We Want to See Most

IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 58 Movies We Want to See Most
“Dunkirk” aside, deep summer looks like a fallow season for major films — but appearances are deceiving. This is perhaps their most-essential moment on the movie calendar, as it’s when distributors huddle, haggle, and negotiate to determine which movies will head for the almighty awards-season launch festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York.

From the festivals’ perspectives, they’re vying for the starriest red-carpet gala world premieres. (The exception is Telluride, which doesn’t have to vie; it gets to cherry pick its impeccably curated four-day Labor Day Weekend selection in secret.) Ahead of next week’s rollout of announcements, we called around for intel on what we can expect to see.

Read MoreRichard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival

Of course, some films either won’t be ready to screen until year’s end, or will skip festivals and go straight to audiences.
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IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 56 Movies We Want to See Most

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IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 56 Movies We Want to See Most
Dunkirk” aside, deep summer looks like a fallow season for major films — but appearances are deceiving. This is perhaps their most-essential moment on the movie calendar, as it’s when distributors huddle, haggle, and negotiate to determine which movies will head for the almighty awards-season launch festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York.

From the festivals’ perspectives, they’re vying for the starriest red-carpet gala world premieres. (The exception is Telluride, which doesn’t have to vie; it gets to cherry pick its impeccably curated four-day Labor Day Weekend selection in secret.) Ahead of next week’s rollout of announcements, we called around for intel on what we can expect to see.

Read MoreRichard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival

Of course, some films either won’t be ready to screen until year’s end, or will skip festivals and go straight to audiences.
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Marshall Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall

Marshall Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall
Open Road Films has released the first trailer and eight new photos for the upcoming biopic Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. While superhero fans will get to see this talented actor portray T'challa in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War next year, this year they'll get to see him play a real-life hero, attorney Thurgood Marshall. Before making history as the first African-American justice to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall took on one of his most important cases ever in the early 1940s.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days, a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

The supporting cast includes Dan Stevens as Lorin Willis, who prosecuted the case against Joseph Spell, James Cromwell as the judge presiding over the case, Keesha Sharp as Thurgood Marshall's wife, Buster, Rozonda Thomas as prominent African-American author Zora Neale Hurston and Jussie Smolett as author, poet and activist Langston Hughes. Open Road Films has set Marshall for release on October 13, which puts it up against Paramount Pictures' mother!, Universal Pictures' Happy Death Day and Stx Entertainment's The Foreigner. It will also debut between Blade Runner 2049 and My Little Pony on October 6, and an October 20 weekend with six wide releases, Warner Bros.' Geostorm, Sony's Granite Mountain Hotshots, PureFlix's Same Kind of Different As Me, Universal's The Snowman, Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and The Weinstein Compan's War With Grandpa.

Reginald Hudlin directs Marshall, his first feature directorial effort since 2002's Serving Sara, although he has been keeping busy in other areas, producing Django Unchained and The Boondocks, while becoming a prolific TV director, helming episodes of New Girl, Modern Family, The Middle and more. It was also announced earlier this month that Reginald Hudlin will direct a Shadowman movie for Valiant Comics. The screenplay for Marshall is a unique collaboration between renowned trial lawyer, Michael Koskoff, and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff (Macbeth). Marshall is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.

Reginald Hudlin also produces alongside Paula Wagner and Jonathan Sanger, with Peter Luo and Belton Lee serving as executive producers. While he has gained a huge fan base for playing T'challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman is also becoming quite adept at portraying historical figures. Marshall marks the third biopic for the talented actor, following his breakout performance in 42, as Jackie Robinson, the first big league baseball player to break the color barrier, and his 2014 biopic Get on Up, where he played the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Take a look at the new trailer and photos for Marshall below.

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Every Movie and Show Expiring on Netflix in February

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Goodbyes are never easy, especially when you have to say it to dozens and dozens of movies and TV shows. Netflix is retiring a full list of titles in February (as it does every month), and this time, it's hitting us right in the heart parts. Classics like Clueless, gems like Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and treasures like Trainspotting are all about to disappear! Good thing there's a whole new catalog of movies coming in February to take our minds off of these losses. Expiring Feb. 1 A.C.O.D. An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky An Inconvenient Truth Ashby Black Hawk Down Bratz: Babyz: The Movie Bratz: Super Babyz Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Clerks Elizabeth Extract Failure to Launch Frida Girls Just Want to Have Fun Jackass 2.5 Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School Last Holiday Mission Impossible: III Sahara
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Paramount Vault Includes 100 Free Titles From Noah Baumbach, John Cassavetes and More

Paramount Vault Includes 100 Free Titles From Noah Baumbach, John Cassavetes and More
Read More: Why You Should Care About Paramount's Distribution Experiment (Podcast)  The latest major player in the world of online streaming is Paramount, who has just announced that the Paramount Vault will offer over 100 titles from their collection that are free to stream via their YouTube channel. Though many of the titles read a bit like bargain-bin picks, the channel also includes critically lauded films like "The Devil and Miss Jones," "Margot at the Wedding," and "Love Streams."  Here are all of the films on the Paramount Vault channel available to stream in their entirety, including Indiewire's picks on what not to miss.  Comedy"Funny About Love" (1990) "A New Life" (1988) "A New Kind of Love" (1963) "Serving Sara" (2002) "The Busy Body" (1967) "Festival in Cannes" (2001) Indiewire Pick: "Margot At the Wedding" (2007)In "Margot at the Wedding," Noah...
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Paramount Launches a YouTube Vault Where You Can Watch Great Movies For Free

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Do you like to stream movies for free online? You can find plenty of them on YouTube, though not all are legitimate. Fortunately for those of us wishing to respect copyrights, Paramount has a channel featuring tons of its titles in full at no cost. The Paramount Vault, as this new channel is called, has been tested for a few months now, but it's finally going wide. A recently posted "sizzle reel" draws attention to its content, which includes a plethora of clips of favorite movie moments.  The catalog seems pretty random, representing dramas, comedies, Westerns, horror, action, sci-fi, documentary, "classics," etc., a lot of them lesser-quality works like Masters of the UniverseServing Sara and the first three American...

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'The Smurfs' Writers Jay Scherick & David Ronn Will Ruin 'Popeye' This Time

Back in 2003, people were surprised when Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, writers of “Cats & Dogs,” followed up that piece of fluff with the smart and filthy “Bad Santa.” Ficarra and Requa have gone to direct “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and nobody talks about "Cats & Dogs" anymore. Then are there are people like Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a couple of writers who have willfully doled out garbage for more than a decade. From “Serving Sara” to “I, Spy” and “Guess Who,” the only team that can touch these trash men is Friedberg…
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Elizabeth Hurley Brings Payne to Gossip Girl Season 5

The last time I watched Elizabeth Hurley was way back in 2002 when she starred in that awful Matthew Perry movie, Serving Sara. Her career hasn’t been that hot in recent years, only appearing in a couple of films. She co-starred in the Wonder Woman pilot earlier this year, but that burned up pretty gloriously. Now TV Line brings the news that she’s landed a gig on Gossip Girl.

Hurley will join the teen drama for multiple episodes as Diana Payne. Executive producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran describe her as a “a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with. Diana’s entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters — including, and especially, Gossip Girl herself.” Sounds pretty typical of Gossip Girl. Everyone always seems to be causing somebody grief for some silly reason. Oh the drama.

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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 4)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fourth of a six part feature... read parts one, two and three.

For over a decade filmmaker George Lucas had been developing a project which was a gender reversal of the Biblical story about Moses being hidden as a baby in the bulrushes. When asked to describe Willow (1988), Lucas called it “an adventure fantasy that takes place a long time ago in a mythical land.” Cast as the title character who becomes the guardian and defender of the wayward baby from an evil sorceress was Warwick Davis who made a name for himself playing the Ewok known as Wicket. “I was on holiday in southwest England when I got a call from George to come to Elstree – one of the major British studios – and audition for the part,” remembers Davis. “Actually, I did four auditions altogether; three in England and one in America.
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Elizabeth Hurley Getting Role On Gossip Girl

Los Angeles, California (X17online) -- Elizabeth Hurley will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Gossip Girl, The CW has confirmed. Hurley will play Diana Payne, who producers describe as "a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with." Hurley became famous as a model, but also starred in the Austin Powers franchise and in films such as Serving Sara and Bedazzaled. She was playing a role in the Wonder Woman pilot set for fall, but the pilot was not picked up to series.
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Indie Filmmaking Guide: Know Your Role! Part I

It pays to remember your place on the Industry Food Chain.

The numerous events I have had the (somewhat) dubious privilege of being privy to over the years have born the inspiration to assist those new to the industry. Defining the primary roles that are involved in any production, can be a big help to those not in the know.

While these roles can be broken down into numerous positions, the guidelines that follow mercilessly pertain to each and every one of them. Knowing and following them to the letter will enable anyone to conduct themselves in a professional manner while working with their fellow teammates. Filmmaking, while creative and fun, is a business and that is one fact that must never be forgotten.

Executive Producer - The Ep or more commonly known Executive Producer is a role essential to any production as the project likely will never happen without one.
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Elizabeth Hurley to Appear in Wonder Woman

With a new TV adaptation of Wonder Woman gearing up for production, model-turned-‘actress’ Elizabeth Hurley has tweeted this bit of scoop:

“Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait.”

Not sure if fans of the comic book will be quite as thrilled to discover this. Away from cinema and TV screens for almost a decade now, this would appear to be something of a comeback for Hurley, but considering she appeared in the likes of Serving Sara and Bedazzled before her self-enforced semi-retirement, not sure if the phrase ‘comeback’ is appropriate.

Let’s hope she’s killed off in the first episode before executives at NBC go to the unprecedented length of cancelling a series at that stage, purely on the strength (or weakness) of one of its supporting players.
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Elizabeth Hurley Confirms Her Villainous Role in the Wonder Woman Pilot

The British actress/model recently tweeted about her involvement in the not-too-anticipated TV series which follows the DC heroine's re-imagined life in the City of Angels. No other details were revealed except for what the Bedazzled star wrote via her Twitter account, which read, "Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait." Hurley is credited for her role in Mike Myers' Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, as well as co-starring in Serving Sara alongside Matthew Perry. The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a/k/a Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman...
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Elizabeth Hurley...the Vampire?

Some interesting casting updates on a project that has been gestating since late 2008. When we first told you about High Midnight , the vampire western directed by Pet Sematary 's Mary Lambert, we had learned William Baldwin, Thomas Kretschmann, Ted Raimi and Kevin Weisman were the first to join the cast. An exec at production outfit Treasure Entertainment has informed us that Vincent D'Onofrio, Elizabeth Hurley (!), Taylor Nichols and Emilio Rivera are also set to star. Hurley has been sporadic in her film appearances over the last decade having starred in films like Serving Sara and Method . Recently, she was attached to voice a character in the animated The Wild Bunch . We're not certain how close High Midnight is to filming. We'll keep you posted!
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How To Stuff Up A Retired Bikini? Baywatch's New Writers Look Right For The Job

Is there such a thing as screenwriters apologizing for what they're about to do? Paramount has hired Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka to take a crack at the big-screen version of Baywatch. Director Jeremy Garelick, who delivered unto us The Break Up, has already re-written the first script from the team of Jay Scherick and David Ronn, who probably owe a mea culpa for the likes of I Spy, Norbit, Serving Sara and National Security. And now the appointment of new guys seems to confirm that Garelick's taking things in a comic direction. But wait: insiders are saying it'll also be about female-driven action, just like Charlie's Angels.
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Cinematical Seven: The Best of Bruce Campbell

Okay. Deep breath. Today I am just going to go all-out fangirl, unabashedly, unashamedly. Next week you can ask me to discuss the Bechdel rule or the future of the term "mumblecore." But on Sunday, My Name is Bruce comes to Austin as part of a tour around the country, with its filmmaker-star Bruce Campbell in attendance, and my goofy inner fan is taking the upper hand over the professional film critic.

I realize that My Name is Bruce is unlikely to be one of the great films of the century, or even as fun as Army of Darkness. I'm fine with that. Look, I paid to see Man with the Screaming Brain in a theater (also with Campbell in attendance). I don't care. All of you who would go see anything touched by Joss Whedon, even if he remade an Oscar-Meyer Wiener commercial, can have your sweet revenge on me now.
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BET names Hudlin chief of programs

BET names Hudlin chief of programs
BET has hired veteran filmmaker Reginald Hudlin as its chief programmer, a move that industry observers hailed as a positive sign for a channel that has long faced criticism over the quality of its programming. As president of entertainment at BET, Hudlin will oversee all of the network's programming divisions, including development and acquisition of series, music, sports and news. He will split his time between BET's production hubs in New York and Los Angeles, and its headquarters in Washington. "For me, the opportunity to work on such a giant canvas, in the form a 24/7 network, is just incredible," said Hudlin, whose film credits include The Great White Hype and Serving Sara. "It's a great entrepreneurial opportunity." Upon being named successor to the network's founder and CEO, Robert Johnson, last month, BET president and chief operating officer Debra Lee identified naming a programming chief as one of her priorities.

Hurley Scores Another Movie Flop

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Actress Elizabeth Hurley is suffering the humiliation of being attached to another movie flop - which has so far bombed in her native Britain. Double Whammy has pulled a measly $40,000 in its first two weeks in British cinemas, despite a promotional campaign which cost the film's bosses $400,000. Kevin O'Sullivan, movie critic for Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, says, "I hesitate to use the words 'Liz', 'Hurley' and 'actress' in the same sentence for fear of prosecution under the Trades Description Act." Her latest flop adds to Hurley's long list of box office disasters. The leggy brunette's last film Serving Sara, in which she starred alongside Friends favorite Matthew Perry, went straight to video after critics slammed it.
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