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Oscar Hopefuls Chart the Course With Venice, Telluride and Toronto Bows

28 July 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The early awards season landscape is filling out as selections have been made for the Venice and Toronto film festivals, leaving clues for Telluride in their wake (where seven of the last eight best picture winners have screened).

Venice (Aug. 31-Sept. 10) kicked things off with an interesting opening night choice: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Recent films that have nabbed the slot include Oscar heavyweights like “Gravity” and “Birdman.”

Selections for the festival’s competition lineup were laid out this morning, including Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans,” Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival.”

Earlier in the week, Toronto (Sept. 8-18) announced its first wave of galas and special presentations for the 41st annual event. By parsing language that mostly serves to undercut Telluride (Sept. 2-5) — which keeps its lineup a secret until attendees arrive, and has been »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Toronto Film Festival 2016: What Films Will Contend For Oscar Gold After Tiff Premieres

26 July 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Toronto Film Festival, which runs September 8-18, announced its lineup today with a ton of potential Oscar contenders — but it’s not the only showcase that some of them will have in the fall. Tiff has been sensitive of late about Labor Day weekend rival Telluride’s annual panoply of unannounced Oscar contenders. However, the two film events work in concert, as the earlier well-curated festival — attended by a small coterie of influencers — builds buzz for the later, sprawling Tiff, with its larger mass of junket media, including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Golden Globes.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

Venice debuts many awards contenders as well, but American awards pundits are in Telluride, where many Oscar calls are made (“The King’s Speech,” “12 Years a Slave”) and surprises »

- Anne Thompson

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Toronto Film Festival 2016: What Films Will Contend For Oscar Gold After TIFF Premieres

26 July 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto Film Festival, which runs September 8-18, announced its lineup today with a ton of potential Oscar contenders — but it’s not the only showcase that some of them will have in the fall. TIFF has been sensitive of late about Labor Day weekend rival Telluride’s annual panoply of unannounced Oscar contenders. However, the two film events work in concert, as the earlier well-curated festival — attended by a small coterie of influencers — builds buzz for the later, sprawling Tiff, with its larger mass of junket media, including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Golden Globes.

Venice debuts many awards contenders as well, but American awards pundits are in Telluride, where many Oscar calls are made (“The King’s Speech,” “12 Years a Slave”) and surprises »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Trainspotting 2’ New Teaser: The Original Characters & Danny Boyle Return to Do What They Do Best

25 July 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been two months since the first teaser for “Trainspotting 2” hit the web, so naturally it was time for an update on Danny Boyle’s first ever sequel. The Guardian posted the exclusive footage of the film’s latest teaser Monday, showing the original cast of Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in their familiar spots on the same train platform where they stood 20 years ago.

Read More: Danny Boyle Partners with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Writer for FX Limited Series on John Paul Getty

“It’s like 20 years later, and it’s the same actors,” Boyle told press at the New York Film Festival last year. “It’s 20 years later in a friendship. Irvine Welsh is involved as one of the partners on the film. We’ve set up a partnership amongst us all and he’s one of the partners. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Le Carre's "Spy" To Be Adapted For Television

20 July 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount Television and The Ink Factory are set to adapt John le Carre's iconic 1963 spy novel "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" into a limited TV series.

Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire") is attached to pen the script set just after the construction of the Berlin Wall. The head of British Intelligence's Berlin Station is offered a unique opportunity for revenge - he sets up to trap deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

Le Carre, Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell and Stephen Garrett will executive produce. The announcement comes on the heels of the success of the Le Carre adaptation "The Night Manager" for AMC and The BBC.

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- Garth Franklin

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John le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold Eyes TV Adaptation

20 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Following the success of AMC’s The Night Manager, Paramount is developing another John le Carré classic in association with Ink Factory, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedEmmys 2016 Nominations List: Game of Thrones and People v. O.J. Lead Pack, The Americans Enters Race

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, the 1963 Cold War novel which was subsequently adapted into a 1965 film starring Richard Burton, is eyeing a limited series remake. Academy Award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is attached to pen the small-screen retelling, while le Carré will serve as an executive producer. A U.S. television network »

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John le Carré’s ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ to Be Adapted for TV By Paramount TV, The Ink Factory

20 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Octogenarian novelist John le Carré is enjoying quite a surge in popularity these days: Paramount Television and The Ink Factory have just put le Carré’s novel “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” into development for TV. Character 7 will also assist with the financing and production.

Le Carré’s seminal 1963 novel was already adapted for the screen, an Oscar-nominated 1965 film Paul Dehn wrote for Paramount, and he’ll serve as an executive producer on the TV project. The Ink Factory’s Stephen and Simon Cornwell will executive produce as well, along with Character 7’s Stephen Garrett.

Simon Beaufoy, who penned Oscar-winner “Slumdog Millionaire,” will write. “Adapting one of the best thrillers ever written is a rare privilege,” he said.

The story centers on British intelligence operative Alec Leamas, the titular spy who adopts the guise of a turncoat to wreak vengeance on the East German Intelligence Service deputy director responsible for the death of one »

- Oriana Schwindt

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John le Carré’s ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’ To Be Developed As Limited Series By Paramount TV & Ink Factory

20 July 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Paramount TV and The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory are teaming to develop a limited series based on another John le Carré novel, the New York Times bestselling espionage tale The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is attached to write the adaptation. This is the first TV series treatment for the book, that was the basis for the 1965 Paramount feature film starring Richard Burton. Le Carré, who served as a… »

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Lack of New Releases Keeps ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ and ‘Zootopia’ at Top of Disc Sales Charts

14 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With almost no high-profile new releases to impact the charts the week ended July 10, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, earned a second week atop the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Holding onto the No. 2 spot on both charts for a second week was Walt Disney Studios’ “Zootopia,” which in its fifth week sold 78% as many copies as the “Panda” sequel in its second (and 71% as many Blu-ray copies).

Moving up a spot to No. 3 on both charts was Fox’s “Deadpool,” in its ninth week.

Universal Pictures’ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” dropped to No. 4 on the overall chart, with Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” taking No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, “13 Hours” was No. 4, with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moving back up to No. »

- John Latchem

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Demi Moore shoots for Indian film on human trafficking

14 July 2016 3:32 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

For the first time the very sexy Demi Moore will be seen in an Indian film. In Tabrez Noorani's Love Soniya, Ms Moore plays an activist. While the nature of her part is being kept under wraps, she is apparently playing the role of a strong reformist who helps rescue victims of human trafficking. Tabrez says it was relatively easy to get Demi Moore on board. "It wasn't that difficult at all. Demi has been involved in campaigns against human trafficking for years and has her own non-profit organization called "Thorn" which helps such victims. She loved the script and was happy to play the part of the social worker." Another American actor Mark Duplas, plays a wealthy man who encounters the protagonist Sonia (Riya Sisodia) in La. Says Tabrez, "He was a delight to work with as well. Both Demi and Mark shot in La and we are »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Film Education and Brexit Major Issues at Europa Distribution Confab

8 July 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary — While film education was top of the agenda at Europa Distribution’s 10th annual conference, the Brexit hangover loomed large among attendees this year.

Members of the independent distributor’s network met over several days at the Karlovy Vary Festival and Europa Distribution general manager Christine Eloy told Variety that a Brexit could have a detrimental affect on Creative Europe, the E.U.’s €1.46 billion ($1.62 billion) support program for cultural and creative sectors across the 28-member trading bloc. Creative Europe’s Media program, which invests in the film, television and games industries, is responsible for more than half its budget and has backed 29 films screening at Karlovy Vary this year.

Eloy adds that if there is a Brexit — “and that it’s still a very big question,” she stressed — it would be critical for the British industry to fight to remain part of Creative Europe, which could be a possible outcome. »

- Ed Meza

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A.R. Rahman Announces Exciting UK Tour!

6 July 2016 6:31 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

A.R. Rahman is a man that needs no introduction. The multi-talented, internationally renowned composer, musician, singer and record producer is set to bring his spectacular live show to the UK this September. The A.R. Rahman UK Intimate Tour will be a feast for the senses, showcasing his inimitable style and mix of eastern classical music with modern electro, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.

The A.R. Rahman UK Intimate Tour kicks off at London’s Sse Arena Wembley on 22 September, then heads to Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on the 24th and for the first time ever, A.R. will be performing in Leeds on the 29th and Manchester on the 30th of September.

A.R. commented “After the successful 18-date ‘Intimate’ tour in the Us last year, we really wanted to bring it over to the U.K. The show has all kinds of songs, some are Hindi, some Punjabi – there »

- Stacey Yount

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TVLine Items: Alias Grace Casts 11.22.63 Star, Top Gear USA Stalls and More

28 June 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sarah Gadon, the female lead of Hulu’s time travel series 11.22.63, is set to live even further back in the past, as the star of Netflix’s upcoming Alias Grace miniseries, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name.

Related Fall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 90+ Season and Series Premiere Dates

Alias Grace centers around the true story and controversial conviction of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who becomes a Canadian domestic servant and is later sentenced to prison for the murders of her employer and his housekeeper in 1843.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the casting. »

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Pinto Scores Lead In "Guerrilla" Mini-Series

28 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Slumdog Millionaire" and "Immortals" actress Freida Pinto has scored the female lead role in Showtime and Sky Atlantic's six-part mini-series "Guerrilla" which is being produced by Green Door Pictures, Fifty Fathoms, ABC Signature and Stearns Castle.

Idris Elba and "12 Years a Slave" scribe John Ridley serve as executive producers on the story about a politically active couple whose relationship is tested when they liberate a charismatic political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.

Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Pinto will play the wife of the couple, the husband has yet to be cast. Elba has a supporting role in the production, though details of it have yet to be revealed.

Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and direct the first two, while Sam Miller »

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Freida Pinto Joins Idris Elba in Showtime-Sky Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’

28 June 2016 5:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Freida Pinto, best known for “Slumdog Millionaire,” has joined Idris Elba in the cast of the Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla.” John Ridley, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” will write, direct and executive produce.

The six-part drama centers on a couple, Jas and Marcus, whose “passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy,” Sky said in a statement. Pinto, whose credits include Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” plays Jas; Marcus has yet to be cast. As well as co-starring, Elba serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures.

Ridley, whose credits include “American Crime,” will write the majority of the episodes, and will direct the first two and the finale, with Sam Miller taking on the other episodes.

In the miniseries, Jas and Marcus’ “relationship and values are tested when »

- Leo Barraclough

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Freida Pinto To Star In John Ridley’s Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’ For Showtime & Sky

28 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto is set as the female lead in John Ridley’s six-part limited series Guerrilla, for Showtime and Sky Atlantic, which has Idris Elba co-starring and executive producing. Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two episodes and the finale of the project, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of Jas (Pinto) and Marcus (not cast… »

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Freida Pinto to make her first appearance at Iifa

23 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global star Freida Pinto is all set to have everyone’s tongues wagging this year and believed to be making her first ever appearance at an Indian awards show this year with Iifa in Madrid, Spain. Not only can we expect her to rule the red carpet but we are also told by insider sources that she will be presented with the award for “International Icon” as a celebration of how she’s shaped her career in the international arena.

Says an industry source, “Slumdog Millionaire was that massive breakthrough point for India in the international film market. While we did see Indian actors be a part of Hollywood films, Slumdog ensured that Indian talent was looked at far more seriously. Freida’s fame and her journey post Slumdog has been incredible – working with some of the most coveted names in the business like Christian Bale, Woody Allen, Tarsem Singh, »

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Freida Pinto to make her first appearance at Iifa

23 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global star Freida Pinto is all set to have everyone’s tongues wagging this year and believed to be making her first ever appearance at an Indian awards show this year with Iifa in Madrid, Spain. Not only can we expect her to rule the red carpet but we are also told by insider sources that she will be presented with the award for “International Icon” as a celebration of how she’s shaped her career in the international arena.

Says an industry source, “Slumdog Millionaire was that massive breakthrough point for India in the international film market. While we did see Indian actors be a part of Hollywood films, Slumdog ensured that Indian talent was looked at far more seriously. Freida’s fame and her journey post Slumdog has been incredible – working with some of the most coveted names in the business like Christian Bale, Woody Allen, Tarsem Singh, »

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EU Referendum: Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote

22 June 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.

Heavyweight figures in the film and TV business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

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Some 23 major producers have co-signed a letter to industry, arguing that remaining in the EU was the “right thing to do for our industry”.

The King’s Speech and Top Of The Lake producer Iain Canning, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Big Talk’s Nira Park, Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson and Monumnetal duo Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, have all signed the letter.

They highlighted that the EU’s Media and Creative Europe Programme had delivered £100m to UK producers in the past 10 years, which has helped support thousands of creative and technical jobs nationwide.

They noted that one benefit of being a member of the EU was that »

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Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote

22 June 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.

Heavyweight figures in the film and TV business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

Full letter below

Some 23 major producers have co-signed a letter to industry, arguing that remaining in the EU was the “right thing to do for our industry”.

The King’s Speech and Top Of The Lake producer Iain Canning, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Big Talk’s Nira Park, Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson and Monumnetal duo Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, have all signed the letter.

They highlighted that the EU’s Media and Creative Europe Programme had delivered £100m to UK producers in the past 10 years, which has helped support thousands of creative and technical jobs nationwide.

They noted that one benefit of being a member of the EU was that »

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