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Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 Boards Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jeff Robinov‘s Studio 8 and Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group have come onboard Tristar and Film 4’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” to be directed by Ang Lee.

Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing “Slumdog Millionaire,” adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Lee.

Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’

Filming is set for April and casting is now underway.

The dark satire »

- Linda Ge

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Best Picture Winners Based On or Inspired By Real People and Events

10 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.

On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Trash Review

14 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Stephen Daldry.

Cast: Andre Ramiro, Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Selton Mello, Wagner Moura.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 114 minutes

Synopsis: After discovering a wallet at the dumpsite where they work, three young boys in a Brazilian favela must work together to outwit corrupt cops and government officials, while risking their own lives.

The poster for Trash gives a positive and Slumdog Millionaire vibe. It looks bright and cheerful, when in actual fact, Daldry’s rather brilliant and surprising family film (despite the 15 rating) is more of a bittersweet look at childlike innocence in a world corrupted by the greed of adults.

The entire feel of the film is one of many mixed emotions and genres, which so easily could have failed miserably. It’s written by British romantic comedy legend Richard Curtis, yet has no romance and is closer to City Of God than Notting Hill. Taking »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Edgar Wright Pens Steampunk 'Oliver Twist' Sequel 'Dodge And Twist' & Simon Pegg Writing 'Star Trek 3'

26 January 2015 1:37 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You might think a sequel to "Oliver Twist" is unnecessary, and you'd probably be correct. But what if we told you it was written by Edgar Wright? And it was going to take the Dickensian era and throw a little steampunk sauce on it? Yeah, we figured you might be warming up to the idea now. Film Divider reports the Wright has done a full-blown rewrite of "Dodge And Twist" for Sony. Conceived by Ahmet Zappa ("The Odd Life Of Timothy Green"), with Cole Haddon (NBC series "Dracula") working out the story, and Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours") writing an initial draft, Wright's tale brings a new dimension to the long-brewing project that centers on Twist and the Artful Dodger, 20 years after the events in the Dickens novel, and plunks them into a Victorian-era  heist film. But if you think Wright will direct, guess again. He's got "Baby Driver" coming up, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Off the Carpet: 'Birdman' asserts itself as the Oscar frontrunner

26 January 2015 9:36 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We've come to an interesting crossroads in the race. With all eyes on "Boyhood" coming into the weekend, and a few others on "American Sniper" and "The Imitation Game," it was "Birdman" that walked away the PGA champ Saturday. The SAG Awards left some doubt late in the evening Sunday as to whether the film's odds-on favorite status for the ensemble prize was jeopardized by Eddie Redmayne's lead actor win over Michael Keaton, but when the dust settled, "Birdman" was on top once again. So, some notes on the history. Films that have won both of those awards and gone on to claim the Best Picture Oscar: "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Chicago." Films that have won both and gone on to lose the Best Picture Oscar: "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Apollo »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

26 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Movie Review – Trash (2014)

25 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trash, 2014.

Directed by Stephen Daldry.

Starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, Stepan Nercaessian and Eduardo Luis.

Synopsis:

Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.

Trash is the new Brazilian/Hollywood hybrid from Billy Elliot (2000) director Stephen Daldry, and famed writer Richard Curtis (with translation by Felipe Braga). It is set in an unnamed country (Brazil), where a young boy called Raphael (Rickson Tevez) finds a wallet that sets off a chain of events that will change his and his friend’s lives forever. It’s a little less cheesy than it sounds.

Raphael and his two friends Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), set off on an adventure when Raphael decides not to give the wallet to the corrupt police (who he »

- Irwan Lowe

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Is 'Birdman' Now Your Best Picture Frontrunnerc Takes 2015 Producers Guild Award!

24 January 2015 10:28 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It seems the Producers Guild and I have something in common as the 2015 Producers Guild Awards were announced this evening and it was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman taking the the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures with producers Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole accepting. Additionally, the Jerry Seinfeld-created web series, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" won the Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series while "Breaking Bad" won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. This definitely keeps the race for Oscar's Best Picture open as Birdman was up against fellow Best Picture nominees American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash and perceived front-runner Boyhood. Tomorrow evening, January 25, Birdman will have another chance to shine at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards as it's up against Budapest, Boyhood, Imitation and »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

See More: Analysis: ‘Birdman’ Adds Plot Twist at PGA Awards

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, our only ambition was to make a risky »

- Dave McNary

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Robert Yeoman on 'Grand Budapest' and being the only film nominee for cinematography

23 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Something happened with this year's Oscar nominations that marked another milestone on the ongoing sage of film and digital photography. For the first time ever, four of the Best Cinematography nominees were digital productions. The lone celluloid holdout? Robert D. Yeoman's work on Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." It's a noteworthy moment, particularly for a branch that was far more reticent to embrace digital work than members of the American Society of Cinematographers (who nominated "Collateral" and "Apocalypto" in the years before the branch finally gave in with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire"). And as the old world continues to be squeezed out, guys like Yeoman just hope the analog option remains available to them. I hopped on the phone with Yeoman earlier today to discuss that and his work on the film, perhaps his most handsome collaboration with Anderson to date. Read through the back and forth below. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Can 'Frozen' hold off James Brown in Grammys race for Visual Media Compilation?

20 January 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Disney musical "Frozen" is the only film nominated across all three Grammy races for film and television music: Best Visual Media Compilation, Score, and Song. Will it win the Compilation category on the strength of its massive record sales and ubiquitous crossover hit "Let it Go"? Or can legendary singer James Brown surprise? -Break- The producers of the "Frozen" soundtrack include songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won an Oscar for "Let It Go," and that's good news when you consider other films with Oscar-winning music that previously won here, like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Crazy Heart." Neil Patricks Harris may get closer to Egot with Grammy for Musical Theater Album But that doesn't necessarily make "Frozen" a slam dunk. It faces "Get On Up," the soundtrack for the 2014 biopic about famed singer James Brown, which includes some of the artist&#3 »

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Controversy From SAG To The Academy As Issue Turns To Diversity: Is It Fair? – Oscar Watch

18 January 2015 1:21 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

One week from today, the #allwhite SAG movie awards will take place at the Shrine. For the film categories that will appear on the Jan. 25 telecast, the actors union managed to nominate not a single black actor in any of its four film acting categories. SAG also didn’t nominate any black performers among the 42 additional actors named as part of its Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture (nominees are Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything).

So that’s a total of 62 performances nominated, all of them white, with the closest thing to any level of diversity being Grand Budapest Hotel co-star and Cast nominee Tony Revolori, a Southern Californian of Guatemalan descent.

Yet did SAG, a union run by white actor Ken Howard, get anywhere near the level of flak and criticism and outrage the Academy of Motion »

- Pete Hammond

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Books Return to Theaters and ‘Birdman’ Doubles Run

16 January 2015 11:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” returned to theaters Friday and “Birdman” doubled its run, as Fox Searchlight looked to take its bounty of Oscar nominations to the box-office bank.

Wes Anderson’s elegant, zany period comedy will be in around 35 theaters across the country, even though “Budapest” has been available on DVD since June. And director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s surreal showbiz sendup “Birdman” will be in more than 450 locations over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, then look to double that next weekend.

The newly minted Best Picture contenders combined with the Reese Witherspoon survival saga “Wild” to deliver »

- Todd Cunningham

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Obama to Host 'Selma' Screening

16 January 2015 10:10 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While "Selma" did land Best Picture and Best Original Song nominations, many were not happy with yesterday's Oscars announcement. A day after director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo were snubbed, President Obama is hosting a screening of the film at the White House. (Variety reports.) In the past, Oscar nominees "Lincoln," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Slumdog Millionaire" have been screened by the President, who has long revealed himself to be a pop culturally savvy figure. (Indiewire's Eric Kohn argues here that he is, in fact, a cinephile.) Cast and crew are expected to attend this private event at the presidential 40-seat Family Theater. A White House screening will certainly help boost the profile of this film, which may be gaining momentum with viewers but not, it seems, among Oscar voters. Critics took to Twitter yesterday, igniting fierce debate over the nature of the snubs. Read More: Why "Selma" Didn't. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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28 Month Later is Being Seriously Considered Again

15 January 2015 11:27 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) has been talking about directing the third installment in the "28 Days Later" franchise for many years. Today we have an update from Alex Garland, the writer of the original film. "We've just started talking about it seriously. We've got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility," he explained. "It's complicated. There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, but there's a possibility." We know that there were some rights issues, but everything worked out back in 2010. And regarding the idea, Boyle previously confirmed that the story would take place in Russia. Stay tuned. »

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Oscar nominations: The good ('Boyhood'), bad ('Selma') and ugly (Jennifer Aniston)

15 January 2015 8:52 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Good Oscars frontrunner "Boyhood" secured all of the key nominations it needs to win Best Picture, as predicted by our Experts: Best Director, Editing, Original Screenplay plus acting (it got two in supporting Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). But beware: "The Imitation Game" also bagged bids in all key slots and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" snagged them all except for acting. And maybe a nomination for acting isn't essential: "Slumdog Millionaire," "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "The Last Emperor" prevailed without one. Bradley Cooper proved his naysayers wrong again, bagging his third nomination in a row. "American Sniper" pulled off five impressive nominations in all. Bravo, Bradley & Team! Heart-breaking Oscars snubs: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, 'Lego Movie' and ... -Break- Marion Cotillard surprises again! "Whiplash," the little ind...' »

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Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to begin Lion shoot

15 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography to begin in India this week.

Filming will begin in Kolkata, India, this week on new Australian feature film Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel.

Adapted from the true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Lion will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) with a screenplay by Luke Davies (Candy, Life).

The project is being produced by See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producing with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

The film centres on five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

The Indian cast includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

Producer Sherman noted that Kidman would not be filming in India »

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

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Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to star in Lion

15 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography to begin in India this week.

Filming will begin in Kolkata, India, this week on new Australian feature film Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel.

Adapted from the true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Lion will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) with a screenplay by Luke Davies (Candy, Life).

The project is being produced by See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producing with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

The film centres on five-year-old Indian boy gets lost thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

The Indian cast includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

Producer Sherman noted that Kidman would not be filming in India »

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

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Ava DuVernay is the 9th Woman Snubbed a Best Director Nomination for a Best Picture Nominee

15 January 2015 7:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ava DuVernay's snub in the Best Director category for "Selma" at this morning's Oscar nominations is disappointing, but not unprecedented. Prior to DuVernay, eight different women were denied Best Director nominations for movies that garnered Best Picture nominations. They are: 1. Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) 2. Barbra Streisand, "Prince of Tides" (1991) 3. Valerie Faris (co-director with Jonathan Dayton), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) 4. Loveleen Tandan (Danny Boyle's co-director in India; he won the award), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) 5. Lone Scherfig, "An Education" (2009) 6. Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right" (2010) 7. Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" (2010) 8. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" (2013) Meanwhile, only four women have actually earned nominations for Best Director in the history of the ceremony: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Bigelow is the only woman to win the award.  »

- Louis Virtel

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