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‘The Impossible’ Screenwriter Signs With Verve

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Exclusive: Grant Nieporte, best known as the scribe of Will Smith's film Seven Pounds, has signed with Verve. Nieporte is currently writing The Impossible for 2oth Century Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin. The pic tells the miraculous, true story of 14-year-old John Smith, who drowned in Lake St. Louis (outside of St. Charles, Mo) and was dead for nearly an hour. CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then Smith’s mother, Joyce, entered the room…
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CBS Exec Scott Koondel Uses Personal Story to Help Lives of Foster Kids and Charity One Simple Wish

Many industry executives have hosted fundraising events for favorite charities at their homes. But few have packed the emotional punch that CBS Corp.’s Scott Koondel delivered in the backyard of his Brentwood home in May when he made the pitch for One Simple Wish, a Trenton, N.J.-based nonprofit organization that aids kids in foster care.

Koondel, 53, spoke publicly for the first time about the trials he faced as a youth shuttling through foster homes until he struck out on his own as a young teenager. Today, Koondel, who is CBS Corp. exec VP and chief licensing officer, is determined to use his eye-popping story of survival to help raise money and awareness about the needs of kids in foster care, particularly as they enter adulthood.

“I feel like I’ve cleansed myself of a childhood that I was ashamed of,” Koondel told Variety. “I’m now in a position to really do some good
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James Mangold and Taylor Sheridan Team for ‘Disorder’ Remake

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It's about to get gritty af in here, guys. Logan helmer James Mangold is teaming with Sicario and Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan for a remake of the 2015 French thriller Disorder. Deadline reports that Sony is "fast tracking" the project with Escape Artists' (The Equalizer, Seven Pounds) Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch producing. The original film, alternately titled Maryland, was written and directed by Mustang scribe Alice Wincour and starred Matthias Schoenaerts as an ex-Special Forces soldier struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who is hired to protect the wife (Diane Kruger) and …
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Cannes 2017: The Beguiled review: Dir. Sofia Coppola (2017)

The Beguiled review: Sofia Coppola enters the official competition in Cannes with this new version of the 1966 novel full of Southern Belles and battered soldiers.

The Beguiled review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

The Beguiled review

Sofia Coppola revives one from the Universal Pictures archive with The Beguiled, a redo of the 1971 Clint Eastwood starrer, directed by Don Siegel, which was itself based on the 1966 novel ‘A Painted Devil’ by Thomas P. Cullinan.

We open to Angourie Rice in the woods picking mushrooms. It’s 1864 Virginia, three years into the America Civil War. Rice’s young Jane is enrolled at Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies, a twelve-year-old comes across a wounded soldier hunched beneath a tree out of the enemy’s line of fire. Said solider is Colin Farrell’s Corporal John McBurney, a blue ‘Yankee’ suffering from a severe injury – a gash on his left leg.
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Exclusive Interview – Philip Adkins on his new film The Summoning

In an exclusive interview, Flickering Myth sat down with Hollywood actor/producer Philip Adkins to talk about his latest film The Summoning, with Eric Roberts, set for release January 10th, 2017.

FM: You have been an actor in Los Angeles for a while now, was it always your dream to be an actor? How did acting come about for you?

It really was. I have always been happy when I am acting. I do have other interests, but nothing has made me feel more alive, more excited than acting. I love portraying a character. I love having the ability to affect and influence the audience’s emotions and state of mind (If your production is good enough). Acting came about through high school. I took an elective drama class and was hooked. I never had so much fun at doing anything before.

FM: I understand you were born in Chicago. How
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Rogue One Lands with Huge $71M Opening Day Box Office

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Rogue One Lands with Huge $71M Opening Day Box Office
Ok, so it's no The Force Awakens. But it was never supposed to be. Instead, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still one of the biggest openers of 2016, bringing in an estimated $71M on Friday, its first day in theaters. This includes the $29M it pulled in from Thursday night previews, the biggest preview night of 2016. With the year winding down, we doubt anyone will be able to steal this record away from the Disney and Lucasfilm release.

The question now is, will the movie continue to be strong with the Force as the weekend continues? Or will it falter on its way to what should be a very good Sunday? It could play like one of the Twilight movies, where it settles in and reaches a mighty fine $140 million over the course of these three days. Or it could continue to improve, and bring in numbers that
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Why Did Will Smith Choose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2?

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Why Did Will Smith Choose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2?
Will Smith was faced with a very tough decision last year. He could either zip up his flight suit and take on aliens once again in Independence Day: Resurgence, a sequel to his smash hit 1996 blockbuster ID4, or he could cover his entire face and blast aliens of a different race in DC Films' Suicide Squad. As we all know, he chose the later, and that seems to have been the better option.

Though, many wonder why he chose to go with Deadshot instead of Captain Steven "Steve" Hiller, Usmc. Hiller did, after all, put him on the map as one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. But that may have been the problem. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor explains his decision in moving forward with a new franchise as opposed to returning to the past.

This Christmas, Will Smith stars in the spiritual sequel to his
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ to Remain Quiet Until December

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ to Remain Quiet Until December
Paramount is currently set to unspool Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” for guilds and critics’ groups in December. It’s unusual for an Oscar player to be unveiled that late, as it risks missing the deadline for early looks from organizations like the National Board of Review, the New York and Los Angeles critics’ groups, and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., whose nominations and superlatives often set the tone for the awards season. Thanksgiving week is usually when stragglers aim to screen in order to meet those groups’ deadlines.

But for Academy viewers, it can sometimes be good to go later, keeping a contender fresh in the minds of voters as Oscar ballots arrive. “True Grit,” “War Horse,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Zero Dark Thirty” screened as late as the last week of November on their way to nominations for best picture. Other late screeners, like “Joy” and “Unbroken,
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Collateral Beauty Poster: Will Smith Connects with Love, Time and Death

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Collateral Beauty Poster: Will Smith Connects with Love, Time and Death
When Will Smith opened Seven Pounds way back in 2008, he declined to discuss the plot beforehand, believing his sheer star power was enough to open a mysterious movie on. The actor is back up to his old tricks with the similarly themed Collateral Beauty, which tackles a lot of the same ideas as that previous drama about the power of redemption. Today, we have a new poster for Collateral Beauty. It doesn't really tell us much, except that Will Smith has surrounded himself with some outstanding co-stars.

The new Collateral Beauty one-sheet carries the tagline 'We're All Connected'. And it unites Will Smith with an award-winning ensemble cast. Included are Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pe&#241a, Naomie Harris,&#160Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, and Helen Mirren. Positioned to debut on December 16, the movie is sitting smack-dab in prime Oscar real estate.

David Frankel is directing the movie from a screenplay by Allan Loeb.
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Woody Harrelson To Be Lost In London For Directorial Debut

Woody Harrelson is an actor that has been captivating audiences for the better part of three decades, and in that time, we’ve witnessed some truly stellar performances ranging from a cripplingly polite blind man opposite Will Smith in Seven Pounds to The Hunger Games franchise, where Harrelson brought the inimitable character of Haymitch Abernathy to the big screen like few could.

Adding another proverbial feather to his cap, Screen Daily brings word that Oscar-nominated star is primed to make his directorial debut with Lost in London. Little is known about the project at this early stage, only that it will be rooted in the English capital. Will Harrelson also headline said feature? Who knows, but you can readily expect that we’ll be keeping track of the actor’s feature film debut as it develops.

In town at the Zurich Film Festival to promote his title role in Rob Reiner’s new biopic Lbj,
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A look at the evolution of Will Smith on his birthday

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A look at the evolution of Will Smith on his birthdayA look at the evolution of Will Smith on his birthdayAdriana Floridia9/25/2016 11:35:00 Am

Will Smith is one of the biggest movie stars we have, and today on his 48th birthday, we're taking a look at his evolution.

Smith's journey has been both entertaining and impressive. From his days on television, starring as "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", to space westerns, actual westerns, and a couple of Oscar nominations, let's take a look at the career of one of our favourites, Will Smith.

You may not have realized it, but before he was the Fresh Prince, Will Smith already had begun his work in film, and a franchise that would continue to garner success through the years, with the first Bad Boys movie. Co-starring Martin Lawrence, the two played bad-ass detectives who protect a witness to a murder while solving a drug crime.
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Italy’s Leone Group, Rai Cinema Board Lionsgate’s ‘Soldado’ (Exclusive)

Rome — Italy’s Leone Film Group and Rai Cinema are linking up with Lionsgate on Mexico-set thriller “Soldado,” a follow-up of sorts to Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” to be directed by Italian helmer Stefano Sollima with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin attached to star.

Under the agreement with Lionsgate, Rai Cinema will have a producer credit on the English-language pic now set to start shooting in coming weeks in New Mexico. Rai Cinema, which is the theatrical distribution arm of Italian pubcaster Rai, and Leone Film Group, a distributor which has an output deal with Lionsgate, will jointly handle theatrical distribution of “Soldado” in Italy.

“We are proud to be contributing to an important Italian genre-movie director making a big international movie in the U.S. with A-list stars,” said Rai Cinema Managing Director Paolo Del Brocco.

Del Brocco added that “Soldado” is “proof that Italian directors can make Hollywood movies,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Summertime’

Venice Film Review: ‘Summertime’
Gabriele Muccino is an Italian filmmaker (“The Last Kiss,” “Ecco Fatto”) who had a high-profile moment of going Hollywood. He was handed the plum of directing two Will Smith vehicles in a row, “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006) and “Seven Pounds” (2007), and he was able to bring his earthy intelligence and humanity to at least one of them. (The less said about “Seven Pounds” the better.) One way to talk about Muccino’s new film, “Summertime,” which premiered tonight at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, is to say that he is once again an “Italian filmmaker.” But that wouldn’t be quite accurate. “Summertime” is more like an American film embedded in an Italian one.

It’s about Marco (Brando Pacitto), a sulky curly-haired cherub from Rome, and the fussbudget princess Maria (Matilda Lutz), also from Rome, who he doesn’t know well and doesn’t get along with. The
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L’estate addosso (Summertime) Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)

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L’estate addosso (Summertime) Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)
Title: L’estate addosso (Summertime) Director: Gabriele Muccino Starring: Brando Pacitto, Matilda Lutz, Taylor Frey, Joseph Haro. Gabriele Muccino began his conquest of America through Will Smith’s support who wanted him to direct both ‘In Pursuit of Happyness’ and ‘Seven Pounds.’ Muccino’s star and stripes adventure continued directing actors of the calibre of Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid and Jessica Biel (‘Playing For Keeps’), as well as Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried (‘Fathers and Daughters’). In his latest film Muccino tries to go indie bringing Italy and the USA together…but the outcome is disastrous. The coming-of-age story of two adolescents, the naive Marco (Brando Pacitto) and the bigot [ Read More ]

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‘Summertime’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Italian Teens And A Gay Couple Explore San Francisco In An Unforgettable Summer

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‘Summertime’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Italian Teens And A Gay Couple Explore San Francisco In An Unforgettable Summer
The summer after high school graduation is a contemplative time, a period when the future seems so frightening and yet so filled with possibility. Gabriele Muccino’s latest film “Summertime” follows Marco (Brando Pacitto) and Maria (Matilda Lutz), two Italian teens uncertain about their future but eager to embark on a road-trip through America. They land in San Francisco where they meet Matt (Taylor Frey) and Paul (Joseph Haro), a gay couple who take them in and show them around the city. Soon, the four become fast friends and embark on enthusiastic explorations of love, life, and themselves, trying to discover and define who they are during a summer they’ll never forget. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: ‘Fathers and Daughters’ Trailer: Amanda Seyfried Learns To Love Again With The Help of Aaron Paul

Muccino first role to prominence with his 2001 film “The Last Kiss,
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[Review] Fathers and Daughters

The works of director Gabriele Muccino aren’t for everyone. I can’t speak on his Italian films, but the American ones are unavoidably cloying and sentimental in a way that must be accepted or ignored to find resonance. Despite being the one showered with praise, The Pursuit of Happyness didn’t quite do enough for me. I appreciated the story and performances, but felt the artifice. For Seven Pounds, however, I didn’t care. The entire film proved one giant manipulative contrivance yet it unexpectedly hit me with depth and power just the same. So when the opportunity to watch his latest Fathers and Daughters arrived, I was optimistic. It looked ripe for that same emotional catharsis and as such possessed the potential to also crash and burn magnificently.

It’s reality lies somewhere in the middle. Brad Desch‘s script is everything that detractors say it is, but
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Sergio Leone's "Colt" Becomes A Mini-Series

The Leone Film Group has begun developing an English-language TV series titled "Colt," based on an idea developed by the late and great iconic spaghetti western filmmaker Sergio Leone.

The concept centers around the six-shooter gun packed by Clint Eastwood in "For a Fistful of Dollars." In 1987 Sergio Leone hooked up with his old writing partners Sergio Donati and Fulvio Morsella to work on an idea for a TV series about a Colt revolver that passes from owner to owner throughout the Old West.

Leone was said to be interested in a more naturalistic take on the Spaghetti Western genre than his earlier works, hoping to show the Old West "like it really was." Donati wrote a treatment draft, but then the project was abandoned.

Italian director Stefano Sollima (Sky's "Gomorra") will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner along with writing the screenplay alongside Luca Infascelli and Massimo Gaudioso.
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Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)

Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)
Rome — Italy’s expanding Leone Film Group is venturing into the Spaghetti Western territory so dear to its late great founder with an English-language TV series titled “Colt,” based on an idea developed by Sergio Leone, master of the genre.

The concept is centered around the six-shooter packed by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.”

“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” said Raffaella Leone, who now runs Leone Film Group with her brother Andrea.

“We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” she added.

Italian director Stefano Sollima, who has made a name for himself helming Sky’s naturalistic Neapolitan mob drama “Gomorra,” which is Italy’s all time top TV export, will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner.
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Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)

Sergio Leone’s Heirs to Produce Spaghetti Western TV Series Titled ‘Colt’ (Exclusive)
Rome — Italy’s expanding Leone Film Group is venturing into the Spaghetti Western territory so dear to its late great founder with an English-language TV series titled “Colt,” based on an idea developed by Sergio Leone, master of the genre.

The concept is centered around the six-shooter packed by Clint Eastwood in “For a Fistful of Dollars.”

“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” said Raffaella Leone, who now runs Leone Film Group with her brother Andrea.

“We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more,” she added.

Italian director Stefano Sollima, who has made a name for himself helming Sky’s naturalistic Neapolitan mob drama “Gomorra,” which is Italy’s all time top TV export, will direct the first two episodes and act as showrunner.
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Exclusive: Official ‘Dances with Films Film’ Festival Poster

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True to independent films, Dances with Films film festival will be celebrating its 19th year and sharing the festival week with the Los Angeles Films Festival in June.

Over 100 independent films will be shown from June 2nd through June 12th at the family Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theaters.

The festival based solely on merit and discoverability and mandating that all competitive films have no known actors, writers, directors or producers.

Legendary producer Steve Tisch joined the Dwf esteemed Advisory Board last festival season. One of the most successful producers in the motion picture industry, Steve has produced such films as Risky Business, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Seven Pounds, Knowing, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Back-Up Plan, and Hope Springs. A pantheon of industry heavyweights, Dwf’s Advisory Board also includes: Cindy Cowan, Jonathan Dana, Steve Elzer, Kevin Kasha, Eriq La Salle, Michael Lehmann, Mike Macari, Valerie McCaffrey,
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