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BBC Greenlights Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Close to the Enemy’

4 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Director-writer Stephen Poliakoff has started to shoot period drama series “Close to the Enemy,” which has been commissioned by the BBC and will be distributed by All3Media Intl.

Jim Sturgess (“One Day”) heads the cast that includes Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), Charlotte Riley (“Peaky Blinders”), Phoebe Fox (“Woman in Black 2”) and August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”).

The six-part series, which is produced by Little Island Prods. in association with Endor Prods., is mainly set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II.

It follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess), whose last task for the army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (Diehl), starts working for the British air-force on urgently developing the jet engine.

The series is written and directed by Poliakoff, who most recently helmed and wrote “Dancing on the Edge” for the BBC and Starz. It is produced by Helen Flint, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore to star in BBC Two's Close to the Enemy

7 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jim Sturgess and Freddie Highmore have been cast in new BBC Two drama Close to the Enemy.

The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.

Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Alfred Molina (Love is Strange) have also been cast.

BBC Two controller, Kim Shillinglaw, said: "Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country's foremost writers and directors and I'm delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us.

"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, »

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Watch: Tarantino Profiles to the Beat of 'Whiplash'

23 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Rishi Kaneria has put together this excellent 44-second video that simply takes profile shots from Quentin Tarantino's movies, sticks 'em in a circle and sets the beat to the tune of "Snare Liftoff" from Whiplash. Kaneria notes that "certain shots have been scaled, rotated or mirrored from their original format to create the effect seen in this video", but I don't think any of us will have any problem with that. I can't say the video has any measure of educational value as much as it's a fun little watch as it covers much of Tarantino's oeuvre including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Give it a watch below and if you're playing it on your speakers at work, there's a little eff-bomb at the end you may not want coming from your cubicle. via 35mm »

- Brad Brevet

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Quentin Tarantino's List Of His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns

26 March 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is no shortage of places on the web where you can get curated lists of the best films in any genre (including here), but few of them can match the encyclopedic cinematic mind of Quentin Tarantino. A walking library of movie trivia, anecdotes, and much more, the filmmaker's video store roots are apparent anytime he shares his passionate wealth of knowledge. So today, dive deep with the director and his love of spaghetti westerns. Open Culture dug up the list Tarantino provided Swdb circa the filming of "Inglourious Basterds" of this 20 favorite spaghetti westerns. Perhaps he already had "Django Unchained" on the brain. Certainly, many of the film's we surmised as likely influences are found here, including "Navajo Joe," "The Great Silence," and "Tepepa." And it's not a shock that Tarantino is a big fan of Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci. Check out the full list below and let »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Harvey Weinstein Calls for Jews to ‘Fight Back’ Against Anti-Semitic Terror

25 March 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Harvey Weinstein, being honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, says that in the face of threats from Isis and other terror groups, it was time for Jewish people to “get as organized as the Mafia” to fight back against anti-Semitism.

“There is a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s book ‘The Sirens of Titan,’ and it always was the motto of Miramax and now The Weinstein Co., and it says, ‘Good can triumph over evil if the angels are as organized as the Mafia,” Weinstein said to a crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday. “…Unfortunately, we have to get as organized as the mafia. We can’t just take it anymore. We just can’t take these things. There’s got to be a way to fight back.”

He said that Israel showed that “when you fight back you survive and you prosper. And »

- Ted Johnson

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Stargate, Inglorious Basterds, Captain America Props Hit the Auction Block This Saturday

24 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Premiere Props announced they will be auctioning off over 700 movie props and entertainment memorabilia at their Hollywood Extravaganza Auction on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at their headquarters in El Segundo, CA. There will be a preview from 9-11am Pt with the live auction beginning at 11am Pt. Items include: · 2001: A Space Odyssey – Rare screen used Aries 1-b Lunar Spaceship model · The Beatles – All four Beatles signatures from 1963 in a young fan’s autograph book · StargateKurt Russell’s screen worn costume · Inglourious Basterds - Brad Pitt’s stunt bowie knife · August, Osage County - Meryl Streep’s screen worn costume · Silver Linings Playbook - Jennifer Lawrence’s screen worn costume · St. VincentMelissa McCarthy, Bill »

- Pietro Filipponi

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First-Look Photo of Bryan Cranston And Diane Kruger In The Infiltrator

11 March 2015 6:10 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Good Films announced today that principal photography on Ellen Brown Furman’s adaptation of The Infiltrator is underway in London, before production moves to Florida at the end of April.

With director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) at the helm, the cast includes Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo, Drive), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Bridge) John Leguizamo (Chef, Kick-ass 2, John Wick), Benjamin Bratt (Love In The Time Of Cholera, Traffic), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) , Juliet Aubrey (The Constant Gardener, The White Queen) and Academy Award and Tony Award nominated Amy Ryan (Birdman, Gone Baby Gone).

Produced by Good FilmsMiriam Segal, the picture is co-financed by Bank Leumi, Good Films and LipSync. Relativity International is handling foreign sales.

Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980s, The Infiltrator tells the story of Robert Mazur Aka Robert Musella, »

- Michelle McCue

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First Look At Bryan Cranston And Diane Kruger In The Infiltrator

10 March 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Production on true story thriller The Infiltrator kicked off in London this week, and to celebrate the beginning of lensing, Good Films has dropped the first still from the movie. This first image showcases its two leads: Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, who stars as an undercover agent, and Inglourious Basterds star Diane Kruger. A straightforward snap from the set, it reveals little about the movie, aside from the pair’s boisterous fashion choices.

Based in part on the true story of fearless federal agent Robert Mazur (Cranston), The Infiltrator follows his experiences during the 1980s. In the daytime, Mazur kept up his Customs and Excise job, before switching to his duty as an undercover DEA agent at night. He became a key player in several international drug cartels as his cover remained securely in place for many years, enabling him to bring down infamous kingpin Pablo Escobar.

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52 Pick-Up | Blu-ray Review

10 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Smack dab in the middle of his fourth decade as a filmmaker, auteur John Frankenheimer would release what would stand as one of his last notable titles with 52 Pick-Up in 1986. The 80s were not really kind to the veteran director, having knocked out one of his silliest titles in 1979 with the environmental horror film Prophecy prior to helming some other oddities, like the Scott Glenn/Toshiro Mifune film The Challenge (1982), the Michael Caine thriller The Holcraft Experiment (1985) and then Dead Bang (1989) with Don Johnson. But it would be his adaptation of this Elmore Leonard novel, a black mail neo noir that really stands out amongst his later works.

Harry Mitchell (Roy Scheider) is a Los Angeles entrepreneur. He’s got a great life, lots of money, a beautiful wife (Ann-Margret) about to enter into the political arena, and a sprawling home. But when three criminals led by pornographer Alan Raimy »

- Nicholas Bell

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First look at Bryan Cranston in 'The Infiltrator'

10 March 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Breaking Bad star has begun shooting Brad Furman’s thriller in London with Diane Kruger.

Principal photography has begun on Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator, with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Inglourious BasterdsDiane Kruger. The thriller will shoot in London before the production moves to Florida at the end of April.

Based on a true story, The Infiltrator is set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980s and tells the story of undercover agent Robert Mazur. Cranston plays Mazur, a customs and excise agent who went undercover as Robert Musella and traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them.

In an elaborate sting, the operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, with arrests that led to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Based on Mazur »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Academy Considering Going Back to Only Five Best Picture Nominees

4 March 2015 6:49 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This doesn't surprise me in the least, but I personally don't believe it's a good idea. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the Academy is considering a move back to only five Best Picture nominees after opening the field to ten nominees back in 2009 when then Academy president Sid Ganis said, "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize." The decision came shortly after films such as The Dark Knight and Wall-e did not receive Best Picture nominations at the 2009 Oscars. The THR report says a large portion of the Academy's governing board has been pushing for the change behind the scenes, arguing that having too many best picture nominees has watered down the prestige of a nomination and »

- Brad Brevet

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Fury Blu-Ray Review

21 February 2015 2:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 134 Minutes

Extras: Blood Brothers, Director’s Combat Journal, Armoured Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans, Taming the Beast: How to Drive, Fire & Shoot Inside a 30 Ton Tank, Deleted and Extended Scenes.

With the films End Of Watch, Sabotage and the Academy Award-winning Training Day (Dark Blue, Street Kings and Harsh Times also noted), David Ayer has crafted a series of brilliantly layered, American crime-themed, impactful street warfare flicks, intent on shocking and running its viewer through the proverbial mill. Employing a gung-ho, significantly unique shooting style with his directorial efforts, Ayer also makes us sit up and take note with underlying political messages combined with streams of in-your-face bloody movie violence. It is no surprise that the filmmaker has chosen to focus his attention on Fury, an action-drama set during the »

- Paul Heath

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"Captain America: Civil War" Updates

20 February 2015 1:20 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actress Scarlett Johansson will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Russian agent 'Black Widow', with actor Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") as a Marvel Comics' super-villain in Marvel Studios' third "Captain America" solo feature, "Captain America: Civil War":

Brühl will play Third Reich maniac 'Baron Zemo'.

The original Marvel Comics' 'Zemo' was one of the top scientists in the Third Reich, creating weapons of mass destruction, including a large-scale death ray cannon, a disintegration pistol and androids of considerable strength and invulnerability, resulting in Zemo becoming one of the most reviled figures throughout Europe.

In an attempt to regain a level of anonymity, Zemo began wearing a reddish-pink hood over his face as he continued to build weapons.

His scientific breakthroughs also included 'Adhesive X', which after a confrontation with Captain America, bonded to his face, quickly seeping inside and permanently attaching the hood to his flesh, »

- Michael Stevens

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Win Fantastic ‘Fury’ Merch!

20 February 2015 10:31 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of David Ayer’s Fury on Blu-ray™ and DVD this February 23rd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we’ve got three goody bags to giveaway!

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Written and directed by David Ayer, Fury was executive produced by Brad Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott and Ben Waisbren, with Bill Block, David Ayer, Ethan Smith and John Lesher serving as producers.

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us the name of Pitt’s character in ‘Inglourious Basterds’…

Send your answer, »

- Dan Bullock

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Melanie Laurent’s ‘Respire’ probes the depths of a toxic friendship

19 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Respire

Written by Melanie Laurent and Julien Lambroschini

Directed by Melanie Laurent

France, 2014

What is love? Love is a pain, love is death, love is a bitch. But friendship, that’s even worse. Friendship is nebulous; it’ll steal your affections, spread rumors about you, scrawl dirty lies on your locker. Life-affirming and, ultimately, life-ending, friendship is like coffee laced with slow-acting poison. At least that’s how it works in Melanie Laurent’s gorgeous Respire, an unsettling usurpation of your usual coming-of-age story, and one of the most confident sophomore films of recent memory.

A staggeringly tragic story of adolescent amity turned toxic, Laurent’s film taps the rhythm of high school life: the petty banter and cafeteria gossip, the birth and death of fleeting crushes, the caustic politics of inner-friend circles. Charlie (Josephine Japy), a mild-mannered young girl, has her circle of friends. Victoire (Roxane Duran) has been »

- Greg Cwik

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Diane Kruger Joins Bryan Cranston For The Infiltrator

16 February 2015 2:21 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Inglourious Basterds star Diane Kruger has joined DEA thriller, The Infiltrator. Per Deadline, the actress has signed on to star opposite Breaking Bad alum Bryan Cranston in what’s been previously described as an “investigative thriller.” The sole scrap of information about Kruger’s involvement is this: she’s involved. Kruger is currently shooting Sky and the Penelope Cruz-starrer This Man, This Woman, so, it’s expected that she’ll be tackling this role upon completion of her previous commitments.

Until further details roll in on her female lead part, let’s take a look at the rest of the movie. The thriller is in part based on the autobiography of Robert Mazur, a Floridian who worked as an undercover DEA agent. Cranston will portray Mazur, who during the daytime operated as a customs and excise agent, before taking down big name criminal enterprises in his off-time. A Good Films production, »

- Gem Seddon

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Diane Kruger Finds The Infiltrator

15 February 2015 9:39 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Bryan Cranston and Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman locked in to reunite for a new thriller called The Infiltrator, they’ve now found someone to co-star with the artist formerly known as Walter White. Inglourious BasterdsDiane Kruger is that someone.Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from customs and excise agent Robert Mazur’s autobiography, the film will find Cranston as Mazur, who must investigate dodgy dealings by going undercover as a man named Bob Musella. There’s no word on what part Kruger will be playing in the film, but she’s snatched the second lead role.While Furman had hoped to be rolling the cameras last month, he’s had to wait a little longer to get cracking on this one, with shooting set to start shortly.Kruger, most recently seen here as an alien in The Host, has several films in the works including Fathers And Daughters, »

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Exclusive Portrait: B.J. Novak Authors ‘The Book With No Pictures’

11 February 2015 2:07 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s easy to recognize the author, producer and actor B.J. Novak from his many years on the TV series “The Office.” His latest project is his children’s title, “The Book with No Pictures,” and he came to Chicago last fall, for an appearance sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, Ill.) at North Central College.

B.J. Novak, October of 2014, at North Central College (Naperville, Illinois)

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Benjamin Joseph Novak grew up in Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 2001. He moved to Los Angeles afterward to pursue stand-up comedy, It led to a stint on MTV’s “Punk’d,” and helped to land him the gig as the character of Ryan Howard in “The Office.” He also wrote several episodes, and eventually served as an executive producer on the show. He also appeared in the films “Inglourious Basterds” and “Saving Mr. Banks. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Selma’s DuVernay, Oyelowo On Oscar Snubs, Activism & Repentance – Berlin

10 February 2015 10:47 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Discussing Selma‘s role in educating American children about the past, and advancements in the film industry that allow for such films to be made, star David Oyelowo described himself and helmer Ava DuVernay as “cinemactivists.” The comment came during a press conference this evening for the Martin Luther King drama that’s showing in the Berlinale Special section here. The pair, joined by co-star Colman Domingo, spoke thoughtfully about Selma, race relations, and how Germany has dealt with its own dark past. Among the other subjects discussed was Selma‘s Oscar nominations — or lack thereof.

Asked what she thought about the Oscar noms, DuVernay said, “I think we were nominated in some categories and not in others. People act like we got dragged out of there with nothing.” DuVernay added she hadn’t had any expectations for herself. “I’m a realist and there was no precedent for a »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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StreamFix: 5 Amazing 'Best Supporting Actor' Winners to Watch Now

9 February 2015 3:58 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Now that these damn Grammys are out of the way, we can focus on the only meaningless award that matters: the Oscar. The Best Supporting Actor category has a varied and interesting past, and if you check out Netflix right now, you can drink in these legendary performances that picked up a trophy. George Sanders in "All About Eve" This is my personal pick for the best win in the Supporting Actor category. George Sanders plays the deadly droll Addison DeWitt, a theater critic whose snipes make or break thespian careers. He's enchanted (but not fooled) by the manipulative sociopath Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), who sets out to supplant veteran actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis) as the reigning doyenne of the New York stage. Though Sanders is hilarious throughout "All About Eve," he rather poetically articulates the pleasure of theater (and, in doing so, sums up "Birdman") during his finest »

- Louis Virtel

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