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Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award

Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award
The Directors Guild of America has awarded Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement.

The award will be presented to Apted, who currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer, at the 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Michael is a game changer for our guild and our industry,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “Whether having the foresight as a young man to conceptualize the revolutionary documentary series “7 Up” — still going on decades later — or guiding Hollywood through a digital revolution, he is a fearless, visionary leader, and we are all the beneficiaries.”

Schlamme noted that Apted has served as either president or co-chair for every major new media and Svod negotiation.

“Michael has skillfully navigated the DGA through times of great change, setting the path for our members and our industry to flourish. His search
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Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers
Variety speaks to British director Michael Apted, who has served as president of the Directors Guild of America, and as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He talks about his approach to working with cinematographers, how he gets the best out of actors, and how Hollywood should respond to the sexual harassment crisis. Apted heads the jury at Camerimage, a film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. The event wraps on Saturday.

Apted has received numerous accolades for his films. The “Up” documentary series, which has followed the same group of people since they were 7 years old, has won two BAFTAs.

His Hollywood movies have included “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, and was nominated in six other categories including best picture, “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was nominated for five Oscars, and “Nell,” which earned Jodie Foster an Oscar nomination. His other pictures
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Messiah: Netflix orders new faith-based series

David Crow Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

At Netflix, Messiah will chronicle the world's reaction to a man thousands call "the Messiah" emerging from the Middle East...

The Word of God is good. It is also very lucrative. Ever since the days of silent films, the Bible has been big business in Hollywood. And as we travel ever further into 'peak television’s' new era of streaming, that one constant remains. However, the officially greenlit series Messiah, at least on its premise, promises to be a challenging new take on faith-based content.

First announced as in-development last spring, Netflix officially ordered a 10-episode series of Messiah yesterday, which is likely to be a controversial and highly publicised series when it eventually drops. Created by Michael Petroni, who has developed the project with producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the series looks to provocatively consider the emergence (or reemergence?) of a figure claiming
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Netflix Orders Modern-Day Messiah Drama From Ep Mark Burnett

Netflix Orders Modern-Day Messiah Drama From Ep Mark Burnett
Netflix is having a come-to-Jesus moment.

The streamer has ordered to series Messiah, a 10-episode drama “exploring the lines among religion, faith and politics,” from exec producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The modern-day epic, created by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), is set for release sometime in 2019.

In the series, a mysterious figure surfaces in the Middle East and cultivates a large following who believe him to be the Messiah. This in turn begs the question, “Is he sent from God, or is
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Narnia: The Silver Chair Wants Stranger Things Star as The Lead

Narnia: The Silver Chair Wants Stranger Things Star as The Lead
Now that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has a filmmaker in place, with Joe Johnston set to direct, the producers are shifting their focus to casting. A new report reveals that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has been offered the lead role of Jill Pole in The Silver Chair. While it's unclear if the young actress is considering this offer or not, it seems clear that this project will take a much different approach than the first Narnia movie, 2005's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which cast then-unknown actors as the young child stars.

Thanks to her breakout role as Eleven on Netflix's Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown may be one of the most popular and in-demand child stars in the world, which she has already parlayed into one huge movie role. She joined the cast of Godzilla 2 back in January, which will serve as her feature film debut,
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Friend Request movie review: Facebook, a horror story (again)

MaryAnn’s quick take… We’ve literally just seen this, in 2015’s Unfriended. Tedious wannabe scarefest misses the true horrors of Facebook and cultivates a personality-free blandness. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a big horror fan

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you’ve seen 2015’s Unfriended — about a bunch of high school students who are tormented online by the evil spirit of a classmate who was recently bullied into suicide — then you’ve already seen Friend Request, which is about a bunch of college students who are tormented online by the evil spirit of a classmate who recently committed suicide as the ultimate passive-aggressive response to being ignored. And in fact, this “new” movie has been languishing unreleased in the Us for a year and a half, perhaps to get more air between it and the earlier film.
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Unlocked: Director Michael Apted Talks About Grounded Reality of Spy Thrillers and Female-Centric Role in This Film

The world today is a more dangerous place.

Veteran director Michael Apted returns to the spy thriller genre with Unlocked that stars Noomi Rapace in the lead role as a CIA interrogator.

The film also stars Michael Douglas, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Orlando Bloom.

After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Unexpectedly, she is called back into action by her mentor, Eric Lasch, when the CIA discovers intel of another imminent attack. While “unlocking” the suspect, Alice discovers that the classified information she has uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, Alice turns to ex-soldier Jack to prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.

Lrm had a telephone interview with director Michael Apted earlier this month. We discussed the grounded reality of Unlocked to
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'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' animator's debut feature get sales deal

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'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' animator's debut feature get sales deal
Exclusive: Concourse Film Trade launches sales on Alex Williams-directed animation.

Concourse Film Trade, the global sales and financing arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ [pictured] Concourse Media, has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature animation My Haunted House.

Animation veteran Alex Williams directs the feature about Charlie, a normal 14-year-old who lives in a haunted house with his supernatural family made up of Frankenstein, Count Dracula, mummies and zombies.

Williams brings a wealth of experience, having worked as an animator on The Lion King, Robots, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, among others.

The UK’s Tigon Entertainment is producing My Haunted House in association with Vancouver-based studio Liquid Media Group (Lmg), which has a first-look deal with Concourse finance partner Productivity Media. Bob Thompson is the producer in charge of animation.

“We have been seeking a strong animation title for several market
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Unlocked movie review: the spy who broke the female mold

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s stuff in this spy thriller that’s fresh, and lots that’s familiar, but Noomi Rapace using her brains and brawn to fight bad guys is a genuine thrill. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories women; love a good spy movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Is “unlock” genuine spook-speak, like the way it’s used in Unlocked: to get useful information out of a suspect during an interrogation? It makes sense, but who knows. Does the CIA actually have agents working as “community embeds,” as Noomi Rapace’s Alice Racine is as Unlocked opens? Cuz that would be authentically insidious: she seems to be a kindly public advocate in a poor London neighborhood, the sort of person you might go to if you were having trouble with your landlord or something,
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Unlocked review: Dir. Michael Apted (2017)

Unlocked review: Celebrated filmmaker Michael Apted unlocks some major Hollywood talent for this sub-par British crime thriller.

Unlocked review by Paul Heath.

Unlocked comes to the screen from directing legend Michael Apted, the man responsible for the likes of Gorillas In The Mist, Bond movie The World Is Not Enough and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, amongst many others. His six-decade career has seen Apted tackle many genres with varying budgets, but the filmmaker turns his hand to the world of crime in England’s capital with this new thriller loaded with tons of Hollywood talent.

Noomi Rapace leads the cast as Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who is lured back into action when London is put in danger of a biological attack. Racine is working as a social worker in the capital after failing to contain a terrorist attack in Paris five years
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Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair Gets Captain America Director

Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair Gets Captain America Director
After announcing last year that the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will be "restarted" with the new movie The Silver Chair, the producers have finally found their director. Joe Johnston has signed on to direct this fantasy adventure, marking his first movie since the 2014 thriller Not Safe For Work. No cast members have been set at this time, but this story will feature characters from the original C.S. Lewis novels, who haven't been featured in any of the previous movies.

Variety broke the news today, which comes eight months after producer Mark Gordon joined forces with Sony's TriStar Pictures, eOne and The C.S. Lewis Company for this restart. David Magee came aboard to write the screenplay in 2013, although the studios haven't set a release date or a production start date at this time quite yet. Here's what producer Mark Gordon had to say about bringing Joe Johnston in to direct The Silver Chair.
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Joe Johnston To Direct Chronicles Of Narnia Revival The Silver Chair

When the Chronicles of Narnia first started hitting theaters in the mid-2000s, it was seen as the more kid-friendly Lord of the Rings. Obviously, the books were huge hits in their own right, but the approach Disney seemed to be taking the film had a huge emphasis on the battle scenes, giving it a real high fantasy aesthetic that was popular at the time. However, over the course of two films, enthusiasm petered out. Disney dropped Narnia, and soon after, Fox picked it up, producing the third film in the franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The film didn’t do horrible, but in true Narnia fashion, it seemed to underwhelm at the box office, only taking in $415 million worldwide. Again, not a huge failure by any means, and when all said and done, it likely made some money by the time it got
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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Developing Religious Drama ‘Messiah’ for Netflix

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Developing Religious Drama ‘Messiah’ for Netflix
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are developing a scripted religious drama entitled “Messiah” for Netflix, Variety has confirmed. The project is in the very early development stages, but would be set in the modern day and tell the story of the world’s reaction to a man who appears to be performing miracles in the Middle East.

Burnett and Downey will exec produce along with Andrew Deane​. Michael Petroni is the creator of the series, and will also serve as an executive producer. Petroni’s previous credits include the creating the ABC drama “Miracles,” which starred Skeet Ulrich as an investigator working on behalf of the Catholic Church.

He also wrote the screenplay for the feature film adaptation of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and the 2011 Anthony Hopkins exorcism horror-drama “The Rite.” Netflix is producing the series, while MGM Television, of which Burnett is the president, is
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Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus

Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus
Bydgoszcz, Poland — For Michael Apted, it’s not critical whether a story is told as a documentary or as a narrative, he says. He’s done both, having begun his film career with the almost accidental invention of the “longitudinal documentary” with 1963’s “7 Up!” and its follow-up editions every seven years, following 14 Britons throughout their lives.

Later, filming the story of a shootout involving Native Americans in South Dakota, which resulted in the deaths of two FBI agents in 1975, he first took on the story as the docu “Incident at Oglala” in 1992.

He then retold a related story loosely in the narrative “Thunderheart,” starring Graham Greene and Val Kilmer and several of the subjects of the original nonfiction film that same year.

What’s important is not to blur the border between fact and fiction, says Apted.

The recipient of a lifetime achievement award in directing at Camerimage, Apted is
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Kenny Baker dies by Jennie Kermode - 2016-08-13 21:12:09

Kenny Baker as adventurer and thief Fidget in Time Bandits

Kenny Baker, the much loved actor who played Star Wars' R2D2, has died at the age of 81. The Birmingham-born star, who also had memorable roles in Time Bandits and Amadeus, is understood to have been ill for some time.

Baker, who began his acting career on the stage in 1950, had a particular love of fantasy and science fiction films, starring in popular favourites like Flash Gordon, Labyrinth, Willow and, more recently, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. He also appeared in dramatic roles in the likes of Mona Lisa and The Elephant Man.

Tributes to Baker have been pouring in from friends and co-stars. Mark Hamill described him as a lifelong friend and Ewan McGregor said it had been lovely to work with him. He will be much missed by fans, having spent his later years travelling around.
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TriStar, eOne, Mark Gordon journey to 'Narnia'

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TriStar, eOne, Mark Gordon journey to 'Narnia'
Eleven years after Disney and Walden Media launched The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise in theatres, a new jigsaw of partners has come together to adapt the fourth book in C S Lewis’ fantasy classic.

Sony’s TriStar Pictures label has teamed up with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company and ambitious eOne on The Silver Chair, which TriStar, The Mark Gordon Company and eOne will finance.

The parties did not reveal the precise distribution strategy on Tuesday, however the elements raise the prospect of a desirable tentpole presenting itself to international buyers.

Sony and eOne will handle distribution. Screen understands TriStar will release the film in the Us, while eOne would appear likely to release the fantasy in Canada and could also handle in other markets where it distributes directly, namely the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Spain and Benelux.

Sierra/Affinity has a deal to sell territories outside these markets on films produced and acquired
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‘Transylvania’: Laura Brent Cast As Female Lead In The CW Pilot

Young Australian actress Laura Brent (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) has been cast as the female lead in the CW genre-themed drama pilot Transylvania. Written by Hugh Sterbakov and directed by Jason Ensler, Transylvania is set in 1880 and centers on Victoria (Brent), a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together…
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Michael Apted, Thomas Schlamme Head Directors Guild Negotiations

Michael Apted, Thomas Schlamme Head Directors Guild Negotiations
The Directors Guild of America has tapped secretary-treasurer Michael Apted and third VP Thomas Schlamme as co-chairs of its negotiating committee for the successor deal to its master contract.

The current deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires on June 30, 2017. No start date has been set for the contract talks, but they are likely to launch before the end of the year.

Apted and Schlamme chaired the committee in 2013 when the current contract was negotiated. The DGA national board approved the appointments at its board meeting on Feb. 7.

“As a key part of our extensive preparation, we have asked two of our most experienced feature and television leaders, Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme, to once again lead our negotiations and serve as co-chairs,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “Michael and Tommy, who successfully were co-chairs in 2013, have graciously accepted. We are incredibly fortunate to have the benefit of their experience.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair set to reboot the franchise

The next film in the Narnia franchise, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the fourth in the series, will reboot the franchise and will have a new director and new cast, so says producer Mark Gordon.

Speaking with Collider, Gordon said that we could see the film start shooting very soon.

“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly,” states Gordon. “We’re very excited about it.”

David Magee, who wrote the Academy Award-winning Life Of Pi, has scripted The Silver Chair. Despite the fact that the movie features Eustace Scrubb, played by Will Poulter in the last movie, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, it seems that Gordon and co. are going with a completely new cast, despite Poulter’s star shining brighter than it has ever been (he appears in this weekend’s big opener, The Revenant).

“No, it
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'The Silver Chair' Will Completely Reboot 'Narnia' Franchise

'The Silver Chair' Will Completely Reboot 'Narnia' Franchise
Just over 10 years ago, The Chronicles of Narnia franchise launched with the big screen adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which paved the way for 2008's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and 2010's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. It's been over two years since we heard anything about the fourth installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, with a December 2013 report that Life of Pi writer David Magee came aboard to write the script. Today we have a new update from producer Mark Gordon, who reveals that The Silver Chair will reboot the franchise entirely. Here's what he had to say, when asked if any characters from the first three movies would be involved.

"We're hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We're very excited about it. No, it's all going to be a brand new franchise.
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