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Vir Das to turn hacker for ‘Plan B’

31 July 2015 2:17 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Comedian and actor Vir Das will be portraying the role of a computer hacker and coder in his upcoming film Plan B. The movie also features Surveen Chawla.

According to the sources, Vir will be taking lessons in coding from Indian Institute of Technology (Iit) graduates.

“I will be spending some time with some serious coders and hackers. There’s a specific mindset and discipline to these people that I want to be able to depict. They are the perfect combination of focus and chill at the same time. (I) Need to be able to handle equipment and the scenes the way they would. We are thinking of having a few on set as well,” Vir said in a recent interview.

Produced by V Motion Pictures and directed by Harish Raut, the movie is slated to release next year.

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Locarno Film Festival Changes Name of Israeli Cinema Showcase in Response to Criticism

30 July 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film Fest has changed the name of its special showcase on Israel films in a bid to quell anti-Israeli critics, Israeli media reported Thursday.

Six unfinished Israeli titles will bow at the Swiss fest next month, offering a platform for the Jewish State’s vibrant film industry to show off some of its most promising works in progress. Locarno’s spotlight program has been called Carte Blanche in previous years, but this year the fest has scrapped that name and redubbed it First Look. The decision came after members of the international film community threatened to boycott the fest because of its partnership with the Israeli government-funded Israel Film Fund.

“In light of some of the reactions that this year’s edition has provoked, the festival has decided to change the name of the initiative, renaming it ‘First Look,’ as the previously used ‘Carte Blanche’ did not reflect »

- Debra Kamin

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Patrick Osborne to Direct ‘Battling Boy’ for Paramount

29 July 2015 7:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount has tapped Patrick Osborne to direct its movie adaptation of Paul Pope’s graphic novel “Battling Boy” through Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

Producers on the project are Plan B’s Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg.

Osborne won the best animated short film earlier this year for Disney’s “Feast,” a six-minute film which follows a man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his dog. His animation credits include “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Tangled.”

Battling Boy” centers on a 12-year-old demigod who must rid the dystopian sprawl of Acropolis of monsters and demons following the death of its protector. The book debuted in 2013 and led to the publication of prequels “The Death of Haggard West (The Invincible Haggard West)” and “The Rise of Aurora West.”

Paramount has been developing “Battling Boy” since 2008, when it acquired the rights and set the project at Plan B. »

- Dave McNary

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Locarno Fest Reveals Titles Of First Look On Israeli Cinema Pics-In-Post Showcase

28 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film Festival has revealed the six titles that have made the cut for its First Look On Israeli Cinema pics-in-post showcase.

Formerly known as Carte Blanche, Locarno’s First Look will provide Israel’s vibrant film industry with a prominent platform where directors and producers will screen their unfinished goods for buyers, sellers and fest programmers during the indie-centric Swiss fest’s Industry Days informal mart.

The selected titles are:

– “A Quiet Heart” (Lev Shaket) by Eitan Anner, produced by Gal Greenspan (GreenProductions)

– “Ewa,” by Haim Tabakman, produced by David Silber (Metro Communication) and Ronen Ben Tal (Plan B)

– “Hope” (Amal) by Miya Hatav, produced by Elad Peleg and Haggai Arad (Daroma Productions)

– “Our Father” (Avinu) by Meni Yaesh, produced by Marek Rozenbaum (Transfax Films Production)

– “Sand Storm” (Sufat Chol) by Elite Texer, produced by Haim Mecklberg and Estee Mecklberg (2–Team Productions)

– “The 90 Minute War” (Milhemet 90 Hadakot) by Eyal Halfon, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Movie Review – True Story

17 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

True Story, 2015.

Directed by Rupert Goold.

Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee.

Synopsis:

New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.

Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »

- Gary Collinson

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Mama Director Andy Muschietti to Take on Stephen King’s It?

16 July 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It looks like New Line could have a new director to take us into the haunted town of Derry. A little less than two months ago, Cary Fukunaga departed the adaptation of Stephen King's It, and now Mama director Andy Muschietti is in talks to helm the project.

The news of Muschietti's negotiations for the director's chair on It comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Originally written as a two-part adaptation by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer, the It adaptation's script is now planned to be altered to fit Muschietti's ultimate version of the epic 1986 novel. This new adaptation of It is still expected to comprise two films.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are still on board to produce the project, with Andy's collaborator Barbara Muschietti anticipated to also join the producing front.

On the film's casting side, it's unknown if Will Poulter will be lined up for »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: British Independent Film Award Winner 'Catch Me Daddy'

15 July 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Though appearances in main Competition tend to be restricted to the Loaches and Leighs of the world, the British film industry has done well by the sidebars at Cannes in recent years. Films like "Hunger," "Sightseers" and "The Selfish Giant" all premiered in Un Certain Regard or Directors' Fortnight, and number among the very best films to come out of the U.K. in recent years. This year, along with Andrew Hulme's "Snow In Paradise," the hopes of Britannia rest on "Catch Me Daddy," screening at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The film marks the feature directorial debut of music video helmer Daniel Wolfe (who also co-wrote with his brother, Matthew, who in turn also scores the film, a close enough collaboration that the credits introduce the picture as "A Film By Daniel & Matthew Wolfe"), best known for »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Vir Das and Surveen Chawla in Plan B

6 July 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Surveen Chawla, who made her debut in Bollywood with Hate Story 2, and actor-comedian Vir Das have been roped in for a thriller titled Plan B. This is the first time Vir Das and Surveen Chawla will be seen sharing screen space. While Vir Das is currently working on a film based on 1984 riots along with Soha Ali Khan, Surveen will next be seen doing an item number in Welcome Back. Plan B which revolves around a bank robbery will see both the actors playing It professionals based in Singapore, who get trapped in a conspiracy. Directed by Harish Raut, currently the film is under pre-production and is slated to go on floor in September this year. Plan B is produced by V Motion Pictures and is set to release next year. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Netflix Dropped A Surprising Amount To Win Brad Pitt's War Machine

17 June 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

How do we know that Netflix is a legitimate source for original content? Aside from the massive success of shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, landing Brad Pitt seems like a immense leap in the right direction. The streaming service continues to bulk up on its own slate of TV and movie offerings, and it paid some major dollars and cents for Pitt.s military satire.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix dropped $60 million for the rights to release Pitt.s War Machine. The streaming service is always on the hunt for premium content for their subscribers, but this is a major buy. War Machine was originally set up at New Regency through Pitt.s Plan B and RatPac Entertainment, but they wanted the filmmakers, including The Rover director David Michod, to lower their costs. Instead of complying, they put the project up for grabs »

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Whoa: Netflix Actually Paid $60M for Brad Pitt's Politically Charged Military Satire

17 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the June 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Adam Sandler is one thing, but how did Netflix land Brad Pitt? Turns out, money talks. In April 2014, actor-producer Pitt announced he would star in Plan B's adaptation of the late Michael Hastings' book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan as Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan who was forced to resign after mocking Vice President Joe Biden

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- Pamela McClintock

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Atlanta News Roundup: June 15, 2015

15 June 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

“Lewis and Clark” is the latest HBO miniseries to film in Georgia; the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill story takes root in Atlanta; and “Cutting It” makes the cut on We-tv. It’s this week's Atlanta News Roundup. "Lewis and Clark" Travels to GeorgiaHBO’s “Lewis and Clark,” starring Casey Affleck, will be filming in Conyers, Ga., and the surrounding Rockdale County area. Tom HanksPlaytone Productions, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films will produce the six-hour miniseries. The D.C. Saga of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill to Film in AtlantaThough set in Washington, D.C., HBO’s “Confirmation”—about the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings—will be filming in Atlanta, with pre-production set to start soon. Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill, the former Clarence Thomas aide who accused him of sexual harassment, and Wendell Pierce will play Thomas. "Cutting It": The »

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Film Festival Orphans ‘Nightingale,’ ‘Stockholm’ Click with TV Audiences

11 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Elliott Lester’s David Oyelowo starrer “Nightingale” premiered at the L.A. Film Festival in summer 2014. Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco” opened the Cannes Film Festival one month earlier. And Nikole Beckwith’s “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” featuring bravura turns from Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon, bowed in competition this spring at Sundance. All were subsequently picked up for distribution and are expected to cast a serious shadow on the upcoming awards race.

Of course, the awards in question are Emmys, and the distribs are HBO, Lifetime and Lifetime, respectively. While television’s pull on topnotch feature helmers and actors is old news, cable networks have recently started looking to film festivals to supply quality product. And filmmakers are finding a new avenue to chase viewers and laurels outside of the beleaguered indie distribution apparatus.

In the case of “Nightingale,” the film bowed to scant attention while Oyelowo »

- Andrew Barker

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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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‘The Island With Bear Grylls’ -- Mouth To Mouth Saves Endangered Turtle

9 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

A contestant on "The Island with Bear Grylls" set aside his own survival instincts to lock lips with an endangered sea turtle to bring it back from the dead.  On Monday night's episode, hungry contestants accidentally trapped the turtle in one of their fishing nets, and found it drowning. Normally on a 'Bear Grylls' show, wildlife be damned when it comes to survival, but this sea turtle is a protected species, so instead »

- TMZ Staff

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Netflix lands Brad Pitt movie

8 June 2015 4:56 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Netflix has nabbed worldwide rights to a satirical comedy which will star Brad Pitt as a controversial Us military general, directed by David Michôd.

In his follow-up to The Rover, Michôd will write the screenplay of War Machine, adapted from the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story Of America.s War In Afghanistan, by the late journalist Michael Hastings.

Pitt.s Plan B optioned the book, which is inspired by the colourful life and career of General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded the international and Us forces in Afghanistan.

Hastings wrote a story for Rolling Stone, The Runaway General, which quoted McChrystal as badmouthing the White House and its handling of the war. He was ordered back to Washington by President Obama and soon thereafter tendered his resignation.. Hastings died in a car crash in 2013.

The distribution deal represents the biggest investment yet by Netflix in a feature film, »

- Don Groves

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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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Brad Pit heads to Netflix with military film ‘War Machine’

8 June 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If you didn’t think Netflix could become any more powerful, get ready to be incredibly wrong. As reported by Deadline, Netflix has just obtained distribution rights to the film War Machine, which will star Brad Pitt and will be written and directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom and The Rover).

This is pretty big news for the popular streaming site, since this is the first time it’s acquired a film with a huge star such as Pitt. Plus it is the biggest investment Netflix has made to date (around $30 million) and will probably lead the way for them to produce and distribute more films in the future. Netflix has made previous deals to produce and stream four Adam Sandler films and to have the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel be their first feature film. While these deals are substantial, there’s no denying that distributing a Brad Pitt »

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