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Catch-22 series in the works from George Clooney

Kayti Burt Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

A six-episode series based on the 1961 novel Catch-22 will mark George Clooney's return to television...

George Clooney is returning to television. The former E.R. star will be directing and starring in a limited series based on Joseph Keller's satirical World War II novel Catch-22.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,  Catch-22 will be written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and will run for six episodes. It's a joint venture of Paramount Television and Anonymous (who also collaborated on 13 Reasons Why and Berlin Station), but the project does not have a network yet. THR reports the series will be shopped to prospective outlets in December.

Catch-22, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century, follows the exploits of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forse B-25 bombardier, and his fellow airmen as they struggle to maintain their
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George Clooney to Star in Catch-22 Limited Series Adaptation

George Clooney to Star in Catch-22 Limited Series Adaptation
George Clooney is set to star in and direct a six-episode adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.

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Previously adapted as a 1970 film directed by Mike Nichols, this Paramount Television/Anonymous Content production will be penned by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (TV’s Animal Kingdom), reports. The limited series will be shopped to prospective outlets in December.

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The novel, published in 1961, is set during World War II and follows Captain John Yossarian,
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This Year’s Oscar Actor Races Could Provide a Lot of First-Time Nominees

This Year’s Oscar Actor Races Could Provide a Lot of First-Time Nominees
There are a number of universal constants every awards season. There will always be at least one upset. There will always be at least one major snub. And, assuredly, there will always be a number of talented contenders knocking on the door trying to break through for that first Oscar nomination.

This season, Sam Rockwell, who has been awards worthy in “Moon” and “Frost/Nixon,” among other films, finds himself a frontrunner his work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Armie Hammer was buzzed about for “The Social Network,” but should have better luck with “Call Me by Your Name.” Adam Sandler is best known for broad comedies, but has earned acclaim for his dramatic work in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Funny People.” He has his best shot at a nomination in years with his role in “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”

But they certainly aren’t alone.

Since first gaining serious worldwide attention in “Animal Kingdom,” [link
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Film News Roundup: See-Saw Hires Libby Sharpe as Head of Production in Australia

Film News Roundup: See-Saw Hires Libby Sharpe as Head of Production in Australia
In today’s film news roundup, See-Saw Films hires Libby Sharpe as head of production in Australia, Three Point Capital expands Louisiana operations, and Screamfest unveils its first titles.

Executive Appointments

See-Saw FilmsIain Canning and Emile Sherman have hired veteran producer Libby Sharpe as head of production, film and television, Australia.

She will oversee the physical production and day-to-day operations of See-Saw’s Sydney office. Sharpe most recently produced See-Saw’s TV series “Top of the Lake: China Girl” and was a producer on “Lion,” which received a best picture Academy Award nomination. She also produced David Michod’s “Animal Kingdom” and “The Rover.”

“Libby has an incredible record of overseeing complex productions with extensive logistical challenges and sensitivities as well as working brilliantly with some of the top creative talent of our day,” Canning and Sherman said. “Working alongside our incredibly talented producer Rachel Gardner, we feel extremely confident in her ability to oversee
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‘The Deep Mad Dark’ Pilot Not Moving Forward At TNT

TNT has opted not to move forward with pilot The Deep Mad Dark, from Animal Kingdom writers-executive producers John Wells and Megan Martin, Deadline has confirmed. The decision was first reported by TVLine. Game Of Thrones Tom Wlaschiha and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) were attached to star in the drama written by Martin, which centered on Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis, who embarked on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma. Wlaschiha was to…
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The Deep Mad Dark: TNT Not Moving Forward With John Wells Mystery Drama Starring GoT's Tom Wlaschiha

The Deep Mad Dark is Doa at TNT.

The cabler has opted not to move forward with the John Wells-produced, Detroit-set mystery drama, which was to co-star Game Of Thrones alum Tom Wlaschiha and Jacki Weaver (Blunt Talk, Gracepoint), TVLine has learned exclusively. A pilot was ordered last December but it never went into production.

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Written by Megan Martin (Animal Kingdom), The Deep Mad Dark centered on Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis (a role that was never cast) as she embarked on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma.
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Rooney Mara drama 'Mary Magdalene' held back for next year's awards season

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Rooney Mara drama 'Mary Magdalene' held back for next year's awards season
Biblical biopic will be ready in March 2018; The Current War to debut in November.

The Weinstein Company has set a March 30, 2018, release date for Garth Davis’ upcoming Biblical drama Mary Magdalene, which means it will not be in contention in the upcoming awards season.

See-Saw Films is producing Davis’ follow-up to last season’s awards contender Lion and has collaborated with Harvey Weinstein several times, most famously on the 2010 global smash and best picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech, as well as on Lion and Macbeth.

Announcing the date on Monday, Weinstein said having Davis direct back-to-back films “was always going to be a race against time” to qualify for the upcoming awards race.

See-Saw FilmsIain Canning and Emile Sherman serve as producers alongside Animal Kingdom producer Liz Watts. Mary Magdalene stars Mara in the titular role alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The story takes place around Easter and portrays Magdalene’s relationship with Jesus
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Film Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Film Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is about as close to a live-action cartoon as you’re likely to get this year — you know, the kind where someone blows a cannonball-shaped hole through Wile E. Coyote’s abdomen or a stick of dynamite reduces him to a pile of cinders, and the next thing you know, he’s up and chasing the Road Runner again. That’s not a style that works much of the time (see “Shoot ’Em Up” or early Arnold Schwarzenegger flop “The Villain”), but in the hands of “The Expendables 3” helmer Patrick Hughes — and more importantly, owing to the chemistry of stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds — it makes for a delightfully ridiculous screwball action comedy.

The premise is simple: Jackson plays the hitman, Darius Kincaid, Reynolds plays his bodyguard, Michael Bryce, and they both need to get from London to the Hague without getting killed. That
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‘Angie Tribeca’ Renewed for Season 4 at TBS, ‘Animal Kingdom’ Renewed for Season 3 at TNT

‘Angie Tribeca’ Renewed for Season 4 at TBS, ‘Animal Kingdom’ Renewed for Season 3 at TNT
Angie Tribeca” has been renewed for Season 4 at TBS, while “Animal Kingdom” has been renewed for Season 3 at TNT, it was announced Thursday at the TCA summer press tour.

Rashida Jones plays the title role in “Angie Tribeca,” who is a detective in the Lapd. It also stars Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, Deon Cole, and Andree Vermeulen. The zany comedy series is executive produced by Nancy and Steve Carell along with Ira Ungerleider, who serves as showrunner. In addition, Bobby Cannavale will join the show in its fourth season.

The series has scored two consecutive seasons of growth among adults 18-49, including growing 13% for last year’s second season and another 8% for the just-completed third season. It also ranks as one of cable’s top 10 comedies for the quarter across all key demos. TBS has ordered 10 episodes for Season 4, which is slated to launch in 2018.

Animal Kingdom,” based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, follows
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Cameras roll on second season of Stan's 'Wolf Creek'

'Wolf Creek' season one..

Production has begun in South Australia on the second season of Stan's Wolf Creek, with showrunner Greg McLean once again in the director's chair.

John Jarratt reprises the role of Mick Taylor, and will be joined by Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant), Matt Day (Rake, Paper Giants, Underbelly, Kiss or Kill), Ben Oxenbould (Comedy Inc., The Kettering Incident, The Code), Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit, The Leftovers) and Chris Haywood (Shine, Muriel's Wedding, Dogs in Space).

Of the second season McLean said: "We.ll join an amazing cast on a road trip of a lifetime, as they must draw on their inner strength to outwit the terrifying Mick Taylor. John Jarratt returns to take Mick.s dark arts to a whole new level, showcasing the beautiful and dangerous landscapes of the remote outback..

Joining McLean in directing will be Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here,
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The Pentagon is Obsessed With Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine’

The Pentagon is Obsessed With Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine’
War Machine was nearly destined to become another forgotten film on the dust pile of Netflix’s original movies. On paper it doesn’t seem like that would be the case: War Machine was a $60 million Brad Pitt-starring satirical war movie based on a best-selling book and directed by a fairly established director, David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, […]

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Pentagon Officials Love Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine,’ Even If Others Ignored It

Pentagon Officials Love Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine,’ Even If Others Ignored It
You would think a $60 million Brad Pitt star vehicle wouldn’t have a problem stirring up buzz in the summer movie season, and yet Netflix’s “War Machine” has been completely Doa. The War in Afghanistan satire from director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover”) debuted on the streaming platform May 26, but from the looks of it absolutely nobody is paying attention. While hardly panned, “War Machine” received forgettable critical notices. It boasts a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, with IndieWire’s Eric Kohn giving the movie a B- review, and has hardly become a talking point among anyone, really.

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Except the Pentagon that is. Netflix already has a huge hit among D.C. workers thanks to “House of Cards,” and it appears the Pentagon is about the only place “War Machine” is making a serious impact.
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Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)

Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)
New York-based Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to “Jasper Jones,” hailed by Variety as the best film to date by Australia’s Rachel Perkins (“Bran Neu Dae”) and a “beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia,” capturing “the loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood.”

Michael E. Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, finalized the deal with Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.

Based on a beloved same-titled novel by Australia’s Craig Silver, the coming of age tale and murder mystery will celebrate its North America premiere as the closing night film at the Museum of the Moving Image’s tribute to the distributor, Film Movement: A 15th Anniversary Celebration. It screens on July 2.

Carried by a standout young cast of Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and written by Silvey and Shaun Grant (“The Snowtown Murders
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‘War Machine’ Review (Netflix Original)

Stars: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hayes, Keith Stanfield, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Meg Tilly | Written and Directed by David Michôd

The year is 2010. General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is tasked by a committee of civilian leaders with fixing the mess in Afghanistan. What this actually entails is open to debate. Does it mean winning the hearts and minds of the local populous? Or winning the war against the Taliban? McMahon reckons they’re the same thing.

He and his ego-stroking team take a tour of the country, to see the meagre and underfunded efforts being made by the allies to make good on their promise of roads, schools, democracy, and all that good stuff. McMahon finds a desert of broken dreams.

He requests forty thousand extra troops, so that he might exorcise Helmand Province of its elusive evil. In return he gets minimal reinforcements,
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Movie Review – War Machine (2017)

War Machine, 2017.

Written and Directed by David Michod.

Starring Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Anthony Michael Hall, Rj Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Emory Cohen, Meg Tilly, Alan Ruck, Will Poulter, Aymen Hamdouchi, Daniel Betts, Lakeith Stanfield, Nicholas Jones, Justin Rosniak, Josh Stewart, Kola Bokinni, Griffin Dunne, Pico Alexander, Derek Slow, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Kingsley.


An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command Nato forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken
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How ‘War Machine’ Director David Michôd Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Impending Void

How ‘War Machine’ Director David Michôd Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Impending Void
It might be hard to believe based on his movies, but David Michôd isn’t all doom and gloom.

“I feel now quite zen about the impending void,” the “War Machine” writer/director said during a recent interview about his new Netflix drama starring Brad Pitt, which takes a farcical approach to the absurdities of our unending War in Afghanistan. It’s not that Michôd is optimistic about where things are headed — it’s just that he isn’t surprised.

Like a lot of movies, TV shows and books released in the last six-odd months, the “Animal Kingdom” and “The Rover” director’s latest feels especially timely given current events. Set in 2009 and based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” it serves to remind that perception mattering more than reality is neither a new phenomenon nor one
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Movie Review: The smug satire War Machine can’t wipe that look off its face

The nicest thing one can say about David Michôd’s maladroit, Netflix-produced Afghan War satire War Machine is that despite the high statistical likelihood of its existence (A-list star, bestselling source material, obvious political angle, semi-established writer-director), nothing in the movie suggests that it was made to please anyone. Whether it’s intentionally off-putting is a different matter. An adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan (itself expanded from Hastings’ 2010 Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General”) that bears almost no resemblance to Michôd’s earlier films Animal Kingdom and The Rover, the film casts Brad Pitt as General Glen McMahon, a fictional stand-in for Stanley McChrystal, the onetime commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan whose career was destroyed by Hastings’ all-access profile. This is the most bizarre lead performance of Pitt’s career, as
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Brad Pitt Looks Effortlessly Handsome While Promoting 'War Machine' in Tokyo

Brad Pitt Looks Effortlessly Handsome While Promoting 'War Machine' in Tokyo
Brad Pitt is really nailing the rugged, understated look.

On Sunday, the 53-year-old actor showed up to a press conference for his upcoming Netflix movie, War Machine, in Tokyo, Japan, and was casually dressed in a trendy black jacket and green T-shirt. While Pitt has been rocking baggy pants for many of his recent appearances, this time he was wearing a pair of more fitted, off-white trousers and matching sneakers.

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War Machine, directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), is a half parody, half reality movie that has Pitt starring as U.S. General Glen McMahon, and shows the military leader's rise and fall during the war in Afghanistan. During this weekend's press conference, which was attended by The Associated Press, Pitt opened up about what attracted him to the role.

"I saw at the center of it was
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Film Review: Brad Pitt in ‘War Machine’

Film Review: Brad Pitt in ‘War Machine’
Everyone has a different idea of what’s funny, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being amused by “War Machine,” a colossally miscalculated satire about a U.S. general who thought he could “win” the war in Afghanistan at precisely the moment President Obama announced he would be pulling troops out of the country. A costly flop from Netflix’s newish “Originals” division, “War Machine” stars a cockeyed Brad Pitt — who spends the entire film with his left brow cartoonishly arched and his right eye squinched half-shut — in the sort of role that really ought to have gone to John Goodman, or some comparably gifted character actor.

But bless their hearts, the execs at Netflix still believe in stars, which is sort of a radical notion in an era when the old-school studios have consistently hyped visual effects ahead of the interchangeably handsome hunks selected to play Spartan warriors,
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War Machine: let battle commence in Netflix assault on cinema

It has already seized prime-time TV territory. Now Netflix has cinema in its crosshairs – with War Machine, a big-budget battle movie starring Brad Pitt. Director David Michôd outlines the plan

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Netflix’s new feature film is a big deal in many ways. Called War Machine, it combines the star power of Brad Pitt and the indie credibility of David Michôd, the director of Animal Kingdom. It boasts big themes: the absurdity of war and the ambition of men. Based on The Operators, a book about controversial Us army general Stanley McChrystal, the film takes place on a big scale, across Afghanistan and along the corridors of power in DC. An investment in the range of $60m also makes it Netflix’s biggest-budget feature to date. Most of all, though, War Machine is big on expectation: this
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