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Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

29 November 2016 4:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Irish famine drama also stars Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox.

Production has commenced on Irish famine drama Black 47 starring Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris).

The eight-week shoot will take place in Connemara, Kildara and Wicklow.

Black 47 is directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include Life’s A Breeze and Kisses. Daly teamed with Pj Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby) and Eugene O’Brien (The Flag) to write the screenplay.

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger named Feeney, who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, Feeney is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalisation of his people and his family.

When Feeney sets on a destructive path to avenge his kin, an ageing British soldier is sent to stop him before »

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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

29 November 2016 1:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers also among titles to secure German deals.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by Michael Kirk (Find Your Groove), Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Caterina Murino »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

29 November 2016 1:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ascot Elite’s Afm haul also includes Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers.

Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by acclaimed Us doc producer Michael John Kirk, known for his work on PBS documentary series Frontline, Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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10 Ways For Emerging or Foreign Talent To Score With Agents

11 November 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos, Mexico — The biggest panel at the Los Cabos Film Investor Summit was also the most practical. Execs at two Hollywood agencies – Paradigm’s Nick LoPiccolo and United Talent Agency’s Bec Smith – four sales agents – Voltage Pictures; Nicolas Chartier, FilmNation’s Karen Lunder, Alex Walton at Bloom and Sierra-Affinity’s Jonathan Kier – debated how a relatively unknown director, or their producer, can grab their attention, and persuade them to take a chance on them. The repartee was sometimes jocular. That said, the panelists were talking about a subject very dear to them. Of LoPiccolo’s 63 clients, 39 are from international, he said. As the panel’s moderator, Ag Capital’s Laura Walker, observed, the number of stars which sales agents can sell overseas markets on, is finite. And the task of accessing them has grown. The challenge of breaking through is not just one these days for the talent itself. »

- John Hopewell

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Afm: Rooney Mara drama 'Una' secures key deals

3 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: WestEnd inks deals in Germany, Australia, Latin America, and more, on sexual abuse drama.

WestEnd Films has secured a string of deals on hard-hitting sexual abuse drama Una, starring Rooney Mara.

Since debuting at Telluride and Toronto, director Benedict Andrews’ film has sold to Weltkino (Germany, Austria), Madman (Australia, New Zealand), Swen (Latin America), Abmo (Canada), Non Stop (Scandinavia), Splendid Film (Benelux), Ecs (Middle East), United King (Israel), Pris (Portugal), Tanweer (Greece), Top Films (Russia), Mars (Turkey), Edko (Hong Kong), Shaw (Singapore), Encore (Taiwan), Captive (Philippines) and DDDreams (China).

Read: Benedict Andrews talks sexual abuse drama ‘Una

Mara (Carol) stars alongside Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) in Andrews and David Harrowers’ adaptation of the latter’s Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird about a woman struggling with the psychological repercussions of abuse following a relationship she had with an older man when aged 13.

The film is produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly alongside WestEnd »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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'Loving' Review: Historical Drama on Interracial Marriage Is Oscarworthy

1 November 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Construction worker and mechanic Richard Loving marries his pregnant girlfriend, Mildred. But instead of happily ever after, the couple are arrested in their bedroom; they're told to get out of state pronto or face jail time. See, he's white and she's black. This is the state of Virginia in 1958 and interracial marriage isn't just frowned on. It's a crime.

So begins Loving, in which Joel Edgerton as Richard and Ruth Negga as Mildred give performances that will be talked about for years. It's the fifth feature from writer-director Jeff Nichols, »

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‘Loving’ Is Not Boastful, But Jeff Nichols’ Biracial Romance Is Oscar Worthy

31 October 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From the start, Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” didn’t call attention to itself. Although Focus Features paid $9 million for world rights to the drama based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the industry adopted a wait-and-see approach toward the project. After all, Focus had just undergone a major management overhaul, and the acquisition was based on a short screening of footage for buyers at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival — just five minutes of two scenes, cut together with music.

Behind the scenes, however, Focus CEO Peter Kujawski was jubilant over scooping up the project that was based on the 1967 ruling of Loving v. Virginia, with stellar performances by Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga. “This was exactly what we want the company to be,” he told his colleagues. “This kind of movie! We have to have this movie!”

Read More: ‘Loving’: How Jeff Nichols Captures Love »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Loving’ Is Not Boastful, But Jeff Nichols’ Biracial Romance Is Oscar Worthy

31 October 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the start, Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” didn’t call attention to itself. Although Focus Features paid $9 million for world rights to the drama based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the industry adopted a wait-and-see approach toward the project. After all, Focus had just undergone a major management overhaul, and the acquisition was based on a short screening of footage for buyers at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival — just five minutes of two scenes, cut together with music.

Behind the scenes, however, Focus CEO Peter Kujawski was jubilant over scooping up the project that was based on the 1967 ruling of Loving v. Virginia, with stellar performances by Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga. “This was exactly what we want the company to be,” he told his colleagues. “This kind of movie! We have to have this movie!”

Read More: ‘Loving’: How Jeff Nichols Captures Love »

- Anne Thompson

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Anthony Hayes to direct crime thriller Stingray

20 October 2016 7:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Anthony Hayes.

Anthony Hayes (The Boys, Animal Kingdom) will direct crime thriller Stingray, set to start shooting next year in Canada.

Hayes wrote the script and will produce with John and Michael Schwarz. He will also appear in the film alongside American actor Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, Sicario).

The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, describes Stingray as the story of "a young man (Bernthal) caught up in organized crime who accidentally kills the brother of a powerful crime figure. He must then kill one of his own family in the next two days to pay off his blood debt."

The project is being shopped at the American Film Market next month.

It's been a big week for Hayes, who received Screen Australia development funding only a couple of days ago for another writing-directing project: Gold follows two men who find a huge gold nugget in the desert. »

- Harry Windsor

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Jon Bernthal Starring in Crime Thriller ‘Stingray’

17 October 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jon Bernthal has been set to star in the independent crime thriller “Stingray,” with sales starting at the upcoming American Film Market.

Anthony Hayes is directing from his own script. John and Michael Schwarz of Deeper Water are also producing.

Bernthal will play a man who accidentally kills the brother of a powerful crime figure. He’s then required to kill one of his own family in the next two days.

Producers are aiming to begin shooting “Stingray” in April in Canada.

Bernthal starred opposite Ben Affleck in “The Accountant,” portraying the brother of Affleck’s character. He also starred as Shane Walsh on the first two seasons of “The Walking Dead” and as The Punisher in Netflix’s season two of “Daredevil” and will next be seen in Edgar Wright’s crime thriller “Baby Driver.”

Hayes is a prominent Australian actor with credits on “Animal Kingdom,” “Rabbit Proof Fence” and “The Slap. »

- Dave McNary

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Crime Thriller Stingray Taps Jon Bernthal

17 October 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jon Bernthal is an actor that has been appearing across screens big and small since the turn of the millennium, but it was only when the actor landed the complex, scenery-chewing role of Shane in The Walking Dead that the industry began to stand up and take notice. In those intervening years, Bernthal’s career has been on the up and up, nabbing a series of supporting roles in the likes of The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Daredevil and, more recently, Ben Affleck’s The Accountant.

We can now add Stingray to that ever-expanding résumé, as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Jon Bernthal has secured a leading role in Anthony Hayes’ crime thriller. Already in pre-production, the pic follows Bernthal’s young man as he is “caught up in organized crime who accidentally kills the brother of a powerful crime figure. He must then kill one of his »

- Michael Briers

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R.I.P. #OscarsSoWhite: Why 2017 Will Be The Most Diverse Awards Season In Decades

26 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.

Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).

However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.

Read More: Oscars: Diversity »

- Anne Thompson

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R.I.P. #OscarsSoWhite: Why 2017 Will Be The Most Diverse Awards Season In Decades

26 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.

Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).

However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.

Read More: Oscars: Diversity »

- Anne Thompson

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First look at Sa apocalyptic thriller Cargo

22 September 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The first production still has been released from Cargo, starring Sherlock.s Martin Freeman.

Currently shooting in South Australia, the film is based on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling.s 2013 Tropfest short. Ramke wrote the script, and tshe and Howling are making their feature directorial debuts.

Causeway Films producers Samantha Jennings (The Pretend One) and Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook) are working alongside Addictive Pictures. Russell Ackerman (Hellboy II) and John Schoenfelder, with Mark Patterson attached as South Australian producer.

Cargo follows an infected man stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic. He desperately seeks a new guardian for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his burgeoning zombification.

Salvation may lie with an isolated Aboriginal tribe, but to gain access he must first earn the allegiance of a young Indigenous girl on a tragic quest of her own.

Freeman stars alongside David Gulpilil (Charlie.s Country, »

- Staff Writer

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[Tiff Review] Goldstone

21 September 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Another missing girl has Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) on the move while the world continues to turn a blind eye. This time it isn’t an aboriginal, though, the aftermath of his work in Mystery Road culminating in a shootout with everyone dead but he a distant memory. The case that has him traveling to Goldstone concerns a young Chinese girl, her place in the desert a curiosity Jay cannot ignore. Haunted by demons that go much farther back than anything writer/director Ivan Sen introduced in his last installment, Swan is taking to the bottle and in desperate need of a win to repair his damaged soul. Unfortunately for him it doesn’t appear anyone in this desolate mining town is able—or willing—to provide assistance.

We reunite with Jay piss drunk and behind the wheel as Goldstone’s solitary law enforcement agent (Alex Russell‘s Josh) approaches. »

- Jared Mobarak

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Sister Cities Stars Sound Off on the Lifetime Movie's All-Star Cast

17 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sister Cities, the Lifetime movie premiering on the network tonight, scored a pretty fantastic all-star cast. The indie film nabbed Castle's Stana Katic, The Good Wife's Jess Weixler, Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario and Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg to play a group of four estrange sisters who reunite to mourn following their mother's alleged suicide—only to find a mystery surrounding her death. The mother? Played by Animal Kingdom (the movie) star Jacki Weaver (and Amy Smart in flashbacks). "They are divine," Weaver told E! News of her TV daughters at Lifetime's premiere for the film. While she didn't get to share the screen with them very much, considering her »

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Joel Edgerton Reveals How ‘Loving’ Can Change the Conversation About Racism in America (Video)

16 September 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski had been on the job for all of five days when footage screened for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ interracial biopic “Loving” at the Berlin Film Festival. He jumped on the opportunity, buying all available world rights for $9 million.

Fall festival showings in Cannes and Toronto reveal a full-fledged Oscar contender. It’s a sincere, restrained portrait of a biracial Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga), who were arrested under miscegenation laws in 1962 after marrying in Washington, D.C. In order to avoid prison time, a local judge demanded they leave the state for 25 years if they wanted to stay together. Eventually, the Aclu supported their landmark civil rights case and took it to the Supreme Court; its 1967 ruling struck down all miscegenation laws nationwide.

In our video interview in Cannes, Edgerton, who co-starred with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in Nichols’ “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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Joel Edgerton Reveals How ‘Loving’ Can Change the Conversation About Racism in America (Video)

16 September 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski had been on the job for all of five days when footage screened for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ interracial biopic “Loving” at the Berlin Film Festival. He jumped on the opportunity, buying all available world rights for $9 million.

Fall festival showings in Cannes and Toronto reveal a full-fledged Oscar contender. It’s a sincere, restrained portrait of a biracial Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga), who were arrested under miscegenation laws in 1962 after marrying in Washington, D.C. In order to avoid prison time, a local judge demanded they leave the state for 25 years if they wanted to stay together. Eventually, the Aclu supported their landmark civil rights case and took it to the Supreme Court; its 1967 ruling struck down all miscegenation laws nationwide.

In our video interview in Cannes, Edgerton, who co-starred with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in Nichols’ “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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Quickie Reviews: The Light Between Oceans and The Jungle Book

2 September 2016 5:32 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

Apologies that there's no big review this weekend but I do hope you'll check out the Fassbender & Vikander flick. Here are two quick takes on movie options this weekend.

In Theaters

The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)

Story: A war veteran (Michael Fassbender) takes a position as a lighthouse keeper where he falls in love with a local girl (Alicia Vikander). Their lives change irrevocably when they discover an orphaned baby in a boat.

Review: A pop quiz. Which is more ravishing?

Real life romantic chemistry that translates intact to movie screens. Romantic dramas that don't stop at sexy but get across how comforting and life-changing love and companionship can be. Picturesque rocky islands and lighthouses softened at their edges by grassy tenderness and the windswept beauty of two definitely cinematic brunettes.

Trick question -- they're all super ravishing! I've heard the complaints that The Light Between Oceans »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Light Between Oceans – Review

1 September 2016 8:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The lushly beautiful The Light Between Oceans is a three-hankie historic drama set on the coast of Western Australia. With heart-tugging performances by an attractive trio of Oscar nominees (with two winners), Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, the film is an adaptation of M. I. Stedman’s 2012 bestseller of the same name. The tale set in a remote corner of the world, in the years after the devastation of World War I, which nearly wiped out a generation of young men in Europe and left those who survived scarred by this most brutal of wars.

Derek Cianfrance, whose previous films include Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines, both wrote the script and directs, and it is hard to imagine a more perfect director for this moody historic tale of moral choice. The title refers to the story’s setting, a remote lighthouse in Western Australia, at »

- Cate Marquis

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