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Ben Mendelsohn And Rooney Mara Begin Shooting Blackbird

18 June 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Australian stage director Benedict Andrews has performed quite the coup for his cinematic directorial debut, by recruiting two of the most sought after names currently working in film. Ben Mendelsohn has been steadily working within Hollywood for some time, but his most recent turn in the Netflix Original series Bloodline has drawn all the right attention to his extraordinary talent.

Likewise, Rooney Mara has been quietly building an impressive resume, culminating in her co-lead role in the upcoming Carol – for which she has already bagged Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. These two compelling performers are about to tackle some difficult and challenging material together in the form of Blackbird.

The film is based on the award-winning, one-act, 90 minute play by David Harrower that debuted in 2005. This source material is partly inspired by the case of Toby Studebaker, who was convicted of sex offences in 2004 after grooming a pre-teen »

- Sarah Myles

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Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn to Star in the Love Affair Drama Blackbird

17 June 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are two terrific actors, and they’re coming together to star in Benedict AndrewsBlackbird. The upcoming drama from playwright David Harrow stars Mendelsohn as Ray, who “is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new life for himself; she is looking for answers.” From the sound of the plot and caliber of the lead actors, I would expect for this to show up on the festival circuit sometime next year. In the meantime, Mara is coming off a Best Actress award at Cannes for her performance in Carol, and she’ll be seen later this year in Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel, Pan. As for Mendelsohn, he’s signed on to play the »

- Matt Goldberg

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'Blackbird,' Starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, Starts Filming in England

17 June 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Principal photography has begun on psychological thriller "Blackbird," which will shoot five weeks in the south of England.  Recent Cannes Best Actress winner Rooney Mara ("Carol") stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom," "Bloodline") in David Harrower's adaptation of his Olivier Award-winning stage play, which was an intense examination of the damaged love between ex-con Ray (Mendelsohn), who is trying to get beyond his imprisonment after his affair with underage Una (Mara) 15 years ago. Then she suddenly shows up at his office.  “I am relishing the opportunity to bring this vital, highly-charged story to the screen," said Australian stage director Andrews, who is making his directing debut. "David has written a beautiful, brutal script and I have two outstanding actors in the roles of Ray and Una."   Andrews' most recent plays include London »

- Anne Thompson

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Rooney Mara Starrer ‘Blackbird’ Starts Shooting in Southern England

17 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Benedict Andrews’ “Blackbird,” which stars Rooney Mara, has started shooting in the South of England. Pic, which is described as “an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love,” is produced by Jean Doumanian, whose credits include “August: Osage County,” “Saturday Night Live” and several Woody Allen movies, and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Prods., alongside Maya Amsellem for WestEnd Films.

Mara, who won the actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last month for her role in “Carol,” will play opposite Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom,” “Starred Up”). Scottish playwright David Harrower penned the screenplay, which is based on his Olivier Award-winning play of the same name.

In the film, Ray (Mendelsohn) is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new »

- Leo Barraclough

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Round-Up: Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Figures, L.A. Slasher Poster, Kill Me Three Times Blu-ray

12 June 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the first time, Entertainment Earth has created six-inch-tall Penny Dreadful action figures to be sold at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Also in this round-up: a new poster and release details for L.A. Slasher and Blu-ray details for Kill Me Three Times.

Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Figures: Both the Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler figures are six inches tall and will be available at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. Also included as a Comic-Con 2015 exclusive is the Frankenstein Sketchbook Deluxe Journal made to look just like the one on the show. If supplies remain after the convention, you can order these items online and they will be shipped to you at the end of July. Each action figure / item comes with accessories specific to that character / item. More details below:

Vanessa Ives - "Includes the mysterious heroine’s set of fanned tarot cards (1 piece) in addition to a single tarot card. »

- Tamika Jones

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Industry mulls Netflix ‘War Machine’ deal

9 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

The general consensus is the streaming giant offered the clearest evidence yet of its ability to fully finance studio-level budgets with A-list talent in pursuit of more subscribers.

Yet opinion is divided on whether the War Machine arrangement will turn out to be an ally or an enemy for the business in its current iteration.

The studios are watching closely. The project could have ended up at a Us major had New Regency and RatPac proceeded with the Afghan War satire under their three-year production deal with Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B.

New Regency co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave but along with Ratpac passed on War Machine, an adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Industry mulls ‘War Machine’ deal

9 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

The general consensus is the streaming giant offered the clearest evidence yet of its ability to fully finance studio-level budgets with A-list talent in pursuit of more subscribers.

Yet opinion is divided on whether the War Machine arrangement will turn out to be an ally or an enemy for the business in its current iteration.

The studios are watching closely. The project could have ended up at a Us major had New Regency and RatPac proceeded with the Afghan War satire under their three-year production deal with Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B.

New Regency co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave but along with Ratpac passed on War Machine, an adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Industry chews over ‘War Machine’ deal

9 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer War Machine that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

The general consensus is the streaming giant offered the clearest evidence yet of its ability to fully finance studio-level budgets with A-list talent in pursuit of more subscribers.

Yet opinion is divided on whether the War Machine arrangement will turn out to be an ally or an enemy for the business in its current iteration.

The studios are watching closely. The project could have ended up at a Us major had New Regency and RatPac proceeded with the Afghan War satire under their three-year production deal with Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B.

New Regency co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave but along with Ratpac passed on War Machine, an adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators: The Wild »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Brad Pitt’s War Machine To Air Exclusively On Netflix

9 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Netflix original film, War Machine, a provocative satirical comedy from David Michôd with Brad Pitt set to star in the leading role, will be exclusively available to members of the leading Internet TV service globally and in select theaters next year.

Produced by Netflix and Pitt alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce (World War Z, Saving Private Ryan), War Machine brings together Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z, Moneyball) with Michôd, the acclaimed Australian writer and director (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). Principal photography is scheduled to start in August.

Inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings, War Machine concerns a four star, “rock star” general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Netflix Buys Brad Pitt's War Machine

8 June 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Netflix has been making big inroads to acquire original content to go alongside the back catalogues it buys up. The company has made plenty of moves with TV, but is ramping up its efforts to make movies, dropping cash on deals with the likes of Adam Sandler and Idris Elba. Now it has made its biggest commitment yet, grabbing distribution rights to War Machine, which will star Brad Pitt.Animal Kingdom and The Rover’s director David Michôd will be behind the camera, and he’s also adapted the script from late journalist Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan. Pitt will star as a top general in the Us armed forces, overseeing the conflict and a mission that is riddled with problems, corruption and cock-ups. It’s all loosely based on General Stanley McChrystal, who oversaw the Us »

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Netflix acquires ‘War Machine’

8 June 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The streaming giant has made its biggest statement yet with regard to studio-level production, swooping on world rights to the Brad Pitt satire and committing to a budget understood to be in the $70m range.

David Michôd of Animal Kingdom fame will direct Pitt as a brash Us commander modelled on the four-star General Stanley McChrystal, whose lifestyle was documented in the book by the late Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan.

Netflix will orchestrate a limited theatrical release while focusing on the main play, a worldwide digital launch in late 2016, by which time the company aims to have achieved its oft-stated goal of streaming from around 200 countries. Earlier this month Netflix unveiled plans to be in Italy, Portugal and Spain by October.

The company will produce with Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, as well as »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Netflix Picks Up ‘War Machine’ Film Starring Brad Pitt

8 June 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix has picked up an impressive new title for streaming release. The video subscription platform has acquired distribution rights to the satirical comedy War Machine, starring Brad Pitt.

Written and directed by David Michôd (of Animal Kingdom fame), War Machine is based on the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings. That book tells the story of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who served as the commanding general of international and U.S. forces during a portion of the Afghanistan conflict. Pitt will play a four-star general inspired by McChrystal’s story.

According to Deadline, who originally broke the story, Netflix’s acquisition of War Machine is the largest film project the streaming service has picked up to date. Deadline reports Netflix may have spent somewhere around $30 million to gain distribution rights for the film.

“War Machine is a rip-roaring, »

- Bree Brouwer

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Netflix Picks Up Brad Pitt Satire ‘War Machine’, From ‘Animal Kingdom’ Director David Michôd

8 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Netflix’s movie distribution arm has just landed a major coup. The company has picked up the rights to War Machine, which is not another Marvel spinoff (sorry, Don Cheadle) but rather a satirical wartime comedy starring Brad Pitt. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) is directing. Read all about the Netflix War Machine movie after the jump.  Deadline broke news of the deal. Michôd […]

The post Netflix Picks Up Brad Pitt Satire ‘War Machine’, From ‘Animal Kingdom’ Director David Michôd appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Netflix Acquires David Michôd's 'War Machine' Starring Brad Pitt

8 June 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Ted Sarandos Attacks Studios and Theaters for Stifling Innovation Netflix has acquired distribution rights to "War Machine," a satirical comedy from "Animal Kingdom" and "The Rover" writer-director David Michôd set to star Brad Pitt in the leading role. The film, produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce ("World War Z"), will be exclusively available to Netflix members next year and will also open in select theaters. Principal photography is set to begin in August. Here's the film's synopsis per Netflix: "Inspired by the best-selling book 'The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan' by the late Michael Hastings, 'War Machine' concerns a four star, 'rock star' general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Determined to win the 'impossible' war. »

- Nigel M Smith

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Netflix is making its biggest-ever movie with the Brad Pitt-starring War Machine

8 June 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Netflix is making its biggest movie ever, the Brad Pitt-starring dark comedy War Machine.

The streaming giant has inked a $30 million deal to bring writer David Michôd's movie exclusively to its subscribers, according to Deadline.

Netflix has already made a multi-picture agreement with Adam Sandler for a series of exclusive comedies, but War Machine will be produced with a larger budget and with one of Hollywood's leading dramatic actors.

War Machine is very loosely patterned on the story of Us General Stanley McChrystal, whose charismatic presence made him a media superstar when he led Us forces in Afghanistan.

Pitt will play a McChrystal-like character in the darkly comic film about a larger-than-life military figure whose candour proves to be his undoing.

War Machine follows Pitt's more serious war movie Fury from last year.

"We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to »

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Netflix buys Brad Pitt's military comedy War Machine

8 June 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The streaming service makes its biggest movie purchase yet with Animal Kingdom director David Michôd’s next project

While many predicted that this year’s Cannes market would see Netflix ramp up their visibility as a film studio, there was a distinct lack of big purchases. But just a few weeks after the festival ended, the company has bought the rights to Brad Pitt’s army satire War Machine, according to Deadline.

Related: The tyranny of Netflix: you must watch this movie. Now!

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- Benjamin Lee

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Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine’ to Stream on Netflix

8 June 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brad Pitt‘s “War Machine” will stream on Netflix, and be seen in select theaters next year. The company announced the acquisition of the satirical comedy directed by David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) on Monday. Michôd is also writing the movie based on Michael Hastings‘ bestselling book “The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” while Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce, along with Ian Bryce (“World War Z”). Also read: 'Sense8' Review: Wachowskis Sketch Fascinating Characters in New Netflix Series “War Machine” follows a four star general (Pitt »

- Greg Gilman

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Netflix Picks Up David Michod's 'War Machine' Starring Brad Pitt

8 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Maybe it's time to stop being surprised every time Netflix picks up a high profile movie and just accept that the streaming company is now a major player along with the Hollywood studios. And certainly, with the majors putting their focus on blockbusters, there's more room for guys like Netflix to snap up the kinds of movies that in days of yore, would've been at a studio. And so bear that in mind as Deadline reports that Netflix has acquired the distribution rights to "War Machine." Last year, "Animal Kingdom" and "The Rover" helmer David Michôd signed up to write and direct the movie based on Michael Hastings' best-seller "The Operators," that tells the true story of the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Brad Pitt was previously signed up to produce and will now star was well, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Lands Brad Pitt's Next Movie, 'War Machine' from 'The Rover' Director

8 June 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Big news just arrived as Netflix is continuing to up its profile, this time landing Brad Pitt's next movie War Machine with director David Michod (Animal Kingdom). The film is a satirical comedy that will find Pitt playing a four-star U.S. military general patterned after Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Michod penned the script which was inspired by Michael Hastings' "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan". Word is the budget will be in the $30 million range and the priority is Netflix's streaming service, which is to say there are no guarantees as to how, or even if, the movie will play theatrically. "War Machine is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, from the corridors of power to the distant regions of America's ambitions," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix. "Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, »

- Brad Brevet

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Netflix Acquires Brad Pitt’s Satirical Comedy ‘War Machine’

8 June 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has nabbed distribution rights to Brad Pitt’s “War Machine.”

The satirical comedy, directed by David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) and based on Michael Hastings’ bestselling book “The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” marks the biggest film acquisition to date for the streaming service.

Michôd also wrote the film, which will be produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, along with Ian Bryce (“World War Z”).

“We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience,” Pitt said in a press release.

“I’m humbled to be making a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches,” Michôd added.

“War Machine” follows Pitt, a four-star U.S. military general, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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