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Film News Roundup: ‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright to Be Honored by Cinema Audio Society

Film News Roundup: ‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright to Be Honored by Cinema Audio Society
In today’s film news roundup, Cinema Audio Society will honor “Darkest Hour” filmmaker Joe Wright, and “Life in Reverse” castings are revealed.

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Darkest Hour” director Joe Wright will receive the Cinema Audio Society filmmaker award at the 54th Annual Cas Awards on Feb. 24 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

“The Cas recognized Joe’s commitment to sound when we nominated his film ‘Hanna’ for outstanding sound mixing motion picture,” President Mark Ulano said. “His current film, ‘Darkest Hour,’ with an amazing performance by Gary Oldman, also exhibits Joe’s passion for all the crafts involved in filmmaking. With the director as conductor, Joe knows how to get the best out of every instrument in the filmmaking orchestra which makes him an excellent choice for filmmaker.”

Wright made his feature film directorial debut in 2005 with “Pride & Prejudice,” followed by “Atonement,” “The Soloist,” “Hanna,” “Anna Karenina,” and “Pan.” In 2016, Wright
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Octavia Spencer On Swimming In Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Shape Of Water’ & What Diversity Means In Hollywood

Octavia Spencer On Swimming In Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Shape Of Water’ & What Diversity Means In Hollywood
Even before Octavia Spencer won the best supporting actress Oscar for 2011’s The Help, she managed a hard-worked career that many actresses would envy: Consistent character parts on long-running TV series, read ABC’s Ugly Betty, Comedy Central’s Halfway Home, and TNT’s Raising the Bar, and parts in an array of movies from Martin Lawrence’s Blue Streak to Joe Wright’s The Soloist to the Will Smith movie Seven Pounds. Back in the ’90s, she cut her teeth as a production…
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‘Darkest Hour’s Joe Wright On Making Churchill Human And How ‘Dunkirk’ Comparisons Are “Too Coincidental To Be A Coincidence” – Behind The Lens

‘Darkest Hour’s Joe Wright On Making Churchill Human And How ‘Dunkirk’ Comparisons Are “Too Coincidental To Be A Coincidence” – Behind The Lens
Director Joe Wright dropped by our studio to talk about his latest achievement Darkest Hour and his process of making films in my new video series Behind the Lens, which examines the art of the director. Wright’s career which began with a bang with back-to-back critical and box office successes with 2005’s Pride & Prejudice and 2007’s Atonement, both garnering numerous Oscar nominations. He also scored to varying degrees with the disparate likes of The Soloist, Hanna and A…
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‘Darkest Hour’ Composer on Helping to Bring Joe Wright’s Thunderous Vision of Churchill to Life

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‘Darkest Hour’ Composer on Helping to Bring Joe Wright’s Thunderous Vision of Churchill to Life
Joe Wright, the British maximalist behind some of the most audacious screen adaptations in recent years, is as visually expressive a director as they come, and yet it’s hard to imagine watching his films with the sound off. Removing the music from any of his movies would be like ripping a bandage off an unhealed wound — impossible to remove without taking off some raw flesh. The scores that Wright commissions aren’t merely ornamental; they’re not just a garnish layered over a finished piece of work for added effect. On the contrary, the compositions are utterly inextricable from the films themselves, like a second script that weaves into the first one and knots them both together.

Needless to say, that approach could make things pretty difficult for a director who doesn’t write their own music. Fortunately for Wright, he doesn’t have to — he’s always has
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‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright Describes How His Production Team Re-Created WWII

‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright Describes How His Production Team Re-Created WWII
Focus Features is just starting to roll out “Darkest Hour,” the Joe Wright-directed look at Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II. The film, written by Anthony McCarten and starring Gary Oldman, has been gaining buzz, and Wright spoke with Variety about the artisan contributions of his colleagues.

Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel

We had never worked together, so it meant everything had to be rediscovered — relearning the relationship between the cinematographer and director, which is so pivotal. Bruno and I spent two weeks together going over the script, page by page, figuring out the intention of each scene and how to express it cinematically. The film is set in May 1940, which happened to be one of the hottest Mays on record. We couldn’t convey a sense of heat with many exteriors, so we had to create it with interiors. There are many photos of that time when the sun almost seemed like a
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Casey Affleck Set To Star in Director Joe Wright’s Stoner

Casey Affleck has signed on to star in his first movie since winning the Best Actor Oscar for his heavy and emotional role in Manchester By the Sea. The film is called Stoner and it will be directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna, The Soloist). The movie is based on a novel by the same name written by Jon Williams.

The story will follow the life of William Stoner, “a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th Century.”

Producer Jason Blum has this to say in a statement:

“Because the novel is so beautiful but not well-known, fans of ‘Stoner’ feel like they’re in a secret club. I’m so excited that Casey, Joe and Andrew have come aboard to help expand this club’s membership. This quintessentially American work is being brought to
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True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis' Family to Open His Funeral to the Public

True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis' Family to Open His Funeral to the Public
Nelsan Ellis' family is opening up his funeral to the public. According to the Ellis family, the celebration of the late True Blood actor's life will happen in Harvey, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and there will be a public viewing on July 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Leak & Sons Funeral Home. His funeral will be held the following day at Holy Temple Cathedral at 11 a.m., according to the Ellis family. Pastor Tyrone Gaston will officiate the service, reports Variety. The 39-year-old Julliard and Oxford-educated actor, who was also known for his roles in The Soloist, The Butler, Elementary, and The Help, died on July 8 from heart failure complications. After his shocking death, his family issued...
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‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies At 39, Series Stars Pay Tribute

Nelsan Ellis, known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, has died at age 39. He died from heart failure, which was confirmed by his manager Emily Gerson Saines. Along with starring in True Blood, Ellis also appeared in Veronica Mars,The Soloist,The Help and Lee Daniel‘s The Butler. HBO said in a statement on Saturday that […]

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Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union and 'True Blood' Co-Stars React to Nelsan Ellis' Death

Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union and 'True Blood' Co-Stars React to Nelsan Ellis' Death
Fans and celebrities alike were devastated to learn of Nelsan Ellis' untimely death. The True Blood star died at the age of 39 after complications with heart failure, Et confirmed.

Related: 'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39

Octavia Spencer, who starred in 2011's The Help alongside Ellis, is one of many who posted her condolences to social media.

"Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial," Spencer, 47, wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the actor and several hashtags including "#RIPNelsanEllis" and "brilliantactor." "My heart breaks for his kids and family."

"It will forever be a point of sadness for me that I never had the chance to work with Nelsan during my time on True Blood," Carolyn Hennesy said in a statement to Et. "He was one of the finest talents I have personally seen on that or any show."

Actress Gabrielle Union shared that she was "blown away" by the tragic news.

"My
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Newswire: R.I.P. True Blood star Nelsan Ellis

Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing flamboyantly gay short-order cook/drug dealer/spirit medium Lafayette Reynolds on seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood, has died. According to Variety, Reynolds, who was 39, died of complications from heart failure.

Born in Chicago, and Julliard-trained, Ellis first broke into TV with a role on Fox’s short-lived crime drama The Inside, playing the tech guy for the show’s Rachel Nichols-led team of crimesolvers. After the series folded, Ellis made a turn into film, giving supporting roles in the Ernie Davis biopic The Express and the Jamie Foxx/Robert Downey Jr. vehicle The Soloist, before scoring a key role in Alan Ball’s campy vampire soap in 2008.

As Lafayette, Ellis presented one of the few True Blood characters who seemed fully clued-in to just how ridiculous Charlaine Harris’ world of repentant vampires, angry Maenads, and rampaging werepanthers actually was ...
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'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39

'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39
Rest in peace, Nelsan Ellis.

The True Blood star has died after complications from heart failure, Et can confirm. Ellis was 39.

Watch: Anna Paquin and the Cast of 'True Blood' Bid an Emotional Farewell to Their Fans

"We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis," HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO." 

"Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me," added True Blood creator, Alan Ball. "Working with him was a privilege."

Ellis starred as Lafayette on True Blood from 2008 to 2014. His character was killed off in the books, but Ellis' portrayal of Lafayette was so beloved that the character survived the HBO series.

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Chapter & Verse Starring Daniel Beaty and Loretta Devine Arrives on Digital HD May 30th and DVD June 13th

Making his feature-film debut as actor and writer, Daniel Beaty stars as a reformed gang leader trying to make a better life for himself in Chapter & Verse, arriving on Digital HD May 30 and on DVD and On Demand June 13 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Co-written and directed by Jamal Joseph (Knights of the South Bronx, Hughes’ Dream Harlem), the emotional drama also stars Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick, Justin Martin, and Selenis Leyva. Hailed as a “powerful movie” by The New York Times, the Chapter & Verse DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (Beaty) reenters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, and unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison, Lance is
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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script
Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.”

The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Grant has also been nominated for a WGA award in the long form original category for “Confirmation.” She will be honored at the Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous — and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft,
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Gary Oldman Is Unrecognizable as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’

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Gary Oldman Is Unrecognizable as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’
Gary Oldman will appear in three films by the end of 2016 — “Man Down,” “Criminal” and “The Space Between Us” — but all in co-starring roles. By this time next year, he will star in a Winston Churchill biopic directed by Joe Wright. The film follows Churchill’s struggle to stand firm against Nazi Germany as an invasion of Great Britain is imminent. Written by Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”), it will co-star John Hurt (“The Elephant Man”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Mississippi Grind”) and Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”). Check out a first look from the film below featuring an unrecognizable Oldman as Churchill, courtesy of The Film Stage.

Read More: Gary Oldman Doesn’t Think ‘Spotlight’ Had The “Pedigree” Of A Best Picture Oscar Winner

The film will be Joe Wright’s seventh feature. He first garnered acclaim with his 2005 adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” which received four Oscar nominations,
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Jamie Foxx Is On The Hunt In First Trailer For Sleepless

Though his career is far from stalled, Jamie Foxx’s upwards trajectory that started with Ray back in 2004 has considerably slowed down. After his Oscar win for Taylor Hackford’s biopic, he had a few memorable roles in films like Dreamgirls, Law Abiding Citizen, Horrible Bosses and The Kingdom, but most of what he put out was ultimately filed under the “forgettable” category.

Stuff like Rio (and its sequel), Valentine’s Day, The Soloist and Due Date failed to leave much of an impact on audiences or critics. They probably netted the actor a healthy paycheque, but they certainly weren’t worthy of his undeniable talents. 2014 was the last time we saw Foxx on screen, in the wholly mediocre Annie, and though he’s been gone for quite a while, 2017’s looking like his comeback year.

Aside from a sizeable role in Robin Hood: Origins, not to mention a part
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High School Musical 3 Star Justin Martin Opens Up After Pleading Guilty to Gun Charges: 'One Mistake Doesn't Have to Define Your Life'

High School Musical 3 Star Justin Martin Opens Up After Pleading Guilty to Gun Charges: 'One Mistake Doesn't Have to Define Your Life'
High School Musical 3 star Justin Martin is speaking out after being sentenced to 18 months behind bars on Tuesday. "I have matured a great deal in the past year and had to learn some hard lessons because of my actions," Martin, 22, tells People in an exclusive statement. "I should have acted more responsibly and taken my choices more seriously." The actor plead guilty to gun charges related a July 2015 arrest in Massachusetts. Martin says he has been making amends for that incident over the past year. "This last year, I have been speaking at schools in Boston and educating high school students about making good choices,
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High School Musical 3 Star Justin Martin Opens Up After Pleading Guilty to Gun Charges: 'One Mistake Doesn't Have to Define Your Life'

High School Musical 3 Star Justin Martin Opens Up After Pleading Guilty to Gun Charges: 'One Mistake Doesn't Have to Define Your Life'
High School Musical 3 star Justin Martin is speaking out after being sentenced to 18 months behind bars on Tuesday. "I have matured a great deal in the past year and had to learn some hard lessons because of my actions," Martin, 22, tells People in an exclusive statement. "I should have acted more responsibly and taken my choices more seriously." The actor plead guilty to gun charges related a July 2015 arrest in Massachusetts. Martin says he has been making amends for that incident over the past year. "This last year, I have been speaking at schools in Boston and educating high school students about making good choices,
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Amblin CEO: Partnership Marks New Life for DreamWorks, Independent Film

Amblin CEO: Partnership Marks New Life for DreamWorks, Independent Film
Updated: DreamWorks Entertainment was supposed to be a Hollywood player to rival the greatest studios, but after launching two decades ago with grand ambitions, the company has flailed about in recent years as a string of flops and lack of direction prevented it from becoming a force on the entertainment landscape.

Now the company that Steven Spielberg co-founded and was intended to cement his status as both a mogul and creative visionary has won a new lease on life, along with a new name — Amblin Partners. The company is powered by a large cash infusion led by Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media and also by Reliance Entertainment of India and Entertainment One (eOne) of Canada. Equity stakes from the new players are augmented by a $500 million senior secured credit line and more investment could be on the way, if needed, senior company officials said.

The new iteration of Spielberg’s
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Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks To Reboot with $200 Million From Participant and Universal Deal

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks To Reboot with $200 Million From Participant and Universal Deal
A deal will be announced before the end of the year that will deliver Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios a $200 million equity infusion from Participant Media, while also shifting the studio’s distribution deal from Disney to the director’s longtime home at Universal Pictures, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

Final details of the arrangement are still being ironed out, but the deal is expected to be wrapped up within days, bringing Spielberg’s operation a much-needed jump start, both economically and strategically. The transaction will bolster DreamWorks’ finances at a time when the continued commitment of its key equity investor, Reliance Ada Group of India, has come into question. However, one source cautioned that Reliance is expected to remain an active investor under the new deal.

DreamWorks Studios is trying to reboot itself after a series of disappointing films and lack of direction. While he remains
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Andrew Scott joins Rachel Weisz in 'Denial' as shoot begins

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Spectre and Sherlock star joins the cast of the Participant Media and BBC Films production

Principal photography has begun this week in London on Denial, based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier.

Rachel Weisz (The Lobster) will star alongside Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner).

Andrew Scott, star of Spectre, Pride and Sherlock joins the cast in the role of solicitor Anthony Julius.

Supporting cast includes Caren Pistorius (Slow West), Jack Lowden (War and Peace), Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van) and Harriet Walter (Suite Francaise).

Adapted for the screen by David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), the book recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier.

In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused; therefore, it was up
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