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Film News Roundup: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak to Star in Bullying Drama ‘Teacher’ (Exclusive)

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In film news today, David Dastmalchian has been cast as a high school teacher, Paul Greengrass is directing a film about terrorism for Netflix and Pearl Jam is releasing a documentary.


David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak will star in the independent psychodrama “Teacher” with shooting set for this month in Chicago, Variety has learned exclusively.

Dastmalchian, whose credits include “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Blade Runner: 2049,” will portray a high school English teacher who goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies. Pollak  and Dastmalchian will be joined by local Chicago talent that includes Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez, Helen Joo Lee and Matthew Garry.

The film is helmed by writer and director Adam Dick, who previously co-wrote and produced the feature “NightLights” and spent nearly three years developing “Teacher” for screen. Matthew Helderman of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions are producing along with Zachary Kamen.

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- Dave McNary

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Paul Greengrass to direct film about Norwegian terrorist attack for Netflix

10 hours ago | | See recent JoBlo news »

Aside from helming the most successful of the Bourne movies, Paul Greengrass is known for directing movies about troubling, real-life scenarios – such as Bloody Sunday, United 93 and Captain Phillips. Clearly, these troubled waters are where Greengrass feels most at home, as his next project will tackle one of the deadliest terrorist attacks of the 21st century. And, no, it will not star Matt Damon.... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Chad Hartigan To Helm ‘Departure’ From Billy Ray Script For Good Universe

9 August 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking Good Universe has tapped filmmaker Chad Hartigan to direct the romantic sci-fi film Departure, based on an original script by Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray. Inspired by Martin Caidin’s book Ghosts of the Air, which documents real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies, the pic follows a brilliant man in 1973 Miami investigating how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten… »

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'Good Time': How Two Brothers Scuzzed Up Robert Pattinson and Made a Gritty Classic

9 August 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Robert Pattinson can't explain it – he just knew.

It was early 2015, and the Twilight star was now three years removed from Edward Cullen, the iconic vampire heartthrob who made the British actor's name but had also painted him into a corner. Looking to break free, the then-29-year-old star began seeking out daring dramas and working with filmmakers like David Cronenberg, David Michôd, Werner Herzog and James Gray. He was determined to prove that he wasn't just a Ya pinup. And in the midst of that reinvention, Pattinson stumbled upon »

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Robert Pattinson: ‘Good Time’ ‘Helped Me Become a Better Actor’

9 August 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Pattinson is earning rave reviews for his intense and electrifying performance in A24’s crime thriller, “Good Time.” Under the helm of directors and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, the “Twilight” star hides his dashing good looks to portray a grimy, bleached blond, goatee-sporting, crook from Queens, New York, who embarks on a mission to bail his mentally impaired brother (played by co-director Benny) out of prison after a failed robbery attempt. While taking on the demanding role, Pattinson said the experience has helped him mature into a commanding actor.

“I think I’m more confident now; this was a challenging role and I learned a lot about my abilities as an actor,” Pattinson told Variety at the film’s New York premiere on Tuesday evening, held at the School of Visual Arts Theatre. “Every single time I get to do another movie, I get a little more confident. You »

- Paul Chi

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Dana Brunetti And David Beebe Named Keynote Speakers For Buffer Festival

9 August 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

House Of Cards producer Dana Brunetti and digital media executive David Beebe, the former architect behind Marriott’s Content Studio, have been named keynote speakers for this year’s Buffer Festival -- a YouTube film festival and industry convention to be held in Toronto this fall.

Brunetti, the Oscar and Emmy-nominated producer behind The Social Network, Captain Phillips, and Fifty Shades Of Grey, will join Canadian TV personality Amber Mac for a fireside chat about a short film competition he’s been running since 2012 titled Jameson First Shot alongside the famed whiskey brand. Beebe, who also co-founded the Disney-abc Television Group Digital Studio to produce webisodes for Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and more, will discuss the intersection between storytelling and brand marketing.

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- Geoff Weiss

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'Good Time' Review: Robert Pattinson Delivers the Performance of His Career

8 August 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

By now, Robert Pattinson shouldn't have to prove he can act. Cosmopolis, The Rover, Maps to the Stars and The Lost City of Z – they all show that his brooding Twilight days have passed into teen-movie myth. But if doubters still need proof, check out the Pattinson tour de force in Good Time. The title makes the movie sound like a romp. Instead, it's a hellish ride through a New York night. As directed by the Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, the movie rips through 100 minutes of screen time like Wile E. »

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No Matter How Well Made, Bigelow Depiction of Detroit Rebellion Both Condescending and Self-Serving

6 August 2017 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the city of Detroit, from July 23 through July 27 of 1967, the people rebelled against the conditions of their existence. Some call this the 1967 Detroit Riot; it's also known as the 12th Street Riot and the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. I prefer the latter. During the rebellion, 43 people died – 33 of whom were black, 10 were white. Twenty-four of the black victims were shot by police officers and National Guardsmen, while six were shot by store owners or security guards. Three of those killings are the subject of Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, her itinerant The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty scenario writer Mark Boal (who also wrote Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah), and »

- Tim Cogshell

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Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer Channel Old Hollywood Glamour at ‘The Last Tycoon’ Premiere

28 July 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House.

The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and creator Billy Ray, to tell a story set in 1936 Hollywood.

The Last Tycoon” chronicles the narrative of Bomer’s Monroe Stahr, a dapper studio executive who battles his boss and mentor, Pat Brady (Grammer), for the soul of the studio. Grammer says his character is a self-made mogul and “the epitome of the American Dream.” The hostile world depicted in the series almost parallels the current atmosphere, he noted.

“The glitz and the glamour are still attractive and alluring, but the underbelly of it all, accomplishment, has a shabby childhood usually,” Grammer told Variety. “It »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Oscars: Venice, Telluride, Toronto Lineups Provide Awards Season Snapshot

27 July 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As it does every July, just after the Comic-Con dust has settled and the year’s third quarter begins barreling toward a close, the fall festival landscape is coming into focus, providing an Oscar season snapshot before we dive headlong into the fray.

Announcements emanating from Venice, Telluride, Colo., Toronto, New York, and London have signaled the starting gun as studios jockey to best position their prestige product — with an eye toward leveraging the awards circuit, of course.

Kicking things off will be the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 30 and the world premiere of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” news of which was broken by Variety. That early drop ought to help rip the band-aid off the film’s bizarre logline — a man agrees to have himself physically shrunk in order to live out the rest of his days in one of many government-subsidized mini-resorts — and set Paramount’s central player up for a run at the gold »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'Dunkirk' Heading Toward $51M Debut, 'Girls Trip' Strong, 'Valerian' Sinks

20 July 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Saturday a.m. Update: With an estimated $19.8 million, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is heading toward an opening weekend right around $50 million to $52 million. It's a great start for the WWII feature, especially given the holds Nolan's films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response and now the "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a notch above the "B+" audiences gave Interstellar. Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. We'll have more on the overall international performance with tomorrow morning's report. In second is Universal's release of Girls Trip, which is scorching the weekend, delivering an estimated $11.68 million on Friday, heading toward a $29+ million opening. The film should also show long legs looking ahead after receiving a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Finally, Stx's release of EuropaCorp's »

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How Amazon's 'The Last Tycoon' Brought 1930s Hollywood Glamour Back to Life

20 July 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

"The closest template was always going to be a Downton Abbey," says writer-director Billy Ray (whose screenplay credits include The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips) of the look of Amazon's adaptation of The Last Tycoon, out July 28.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished roman a clef of Hollywood's golden age during the Depression, the series deployed a dream team of Oscar-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus) and Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men). Both drew inspiration from Edward Steichen protege and MGM photographer George Hurrell, known for his black-and-white images of 1930s stars, to dress and give »

- Cathy Whitlock

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The Last Tycoon Review: Cut! Rewrite! Amazon's Dreary Showbiz Drama Belongs on the Cutting Room Floor

19 July 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

There are quite a few puzzling aspects to The Last Tycoon, but the biggest head-scratcher of all is: If your studio executive looks like Matt Bomer, why not just put him in all your movies?

Bomer’s matinee-idol looks are certainly put to good use in Amazon’s retro Hollywood drama (debuting Friday, July 28) — he looks damn good in a tailored suit and fedora — but like a lot of The Last Tycoon, the substance falls far short of the image. Plagued by corny dialogue and clumsy plotting, this ambitious series aims for the stars but plays more like a first-weekend flop. »

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Sony Boards ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ for France, U.K. (Exclusive)

18 July 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures International Productions has come on board “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” Ken Scott’s comedy adventure starring Indian actor Dhanush, Bérénice Béjo (“The Artist”), Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Erin Moriarty (“Blood Father”) and Abel Jafri (“Timbuktu”).

The English-language feature, set up as a co-production between France, India and Belgium, will be distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing International in France and the U.K. next spring.

Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Stefano Cassetti have joined the cast of the film, which was penned by Romain Puértolas and Luc Bossi, who is also producing via his Paris-based company Brio Films. Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures and Impact Films are also co-producing.

Adapted from Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages, the film follows a hustler from Mumbai who embarks on an »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Midnight, Texas Sneak Peek: A Dead Woman Needs Help, Is Kinda Gross

17 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The town of Midnight, Texas may reside on a veil between the world of the living and literal hell, but the ghostly vision in this exclusive sneak peek definitely feels like a dip into the underworld.

Adapted from the best-selling book trilogy from True Blood author Charlaine Harris, NBC’s upcoming supernatural drama follows newly relocated psychic/medium Manfred (The Borgias’ François Arnaud) as he adjusts to life in the titular town. His new neighbors (of both the human and supernatural variety) include: a witch (Luke Cage’s Parisa Fitz-Henley); an angel (Sex and the City’s Jason Lewis); a »

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Dunkirk: How Christopher Nolan's film found real war ships for epic battle scenes

17 July 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Despite working on the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, 'Castaway' and 'Captain Phillips', nothing could have prepared marine coordinator Neil Andrea for the scale of the 'Dunkirk' shoot »

- Chris Evans

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Radha Mitchell to star in 'The World Without You' adaptation

6 July 2017 3:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Australian actress to lead feature film based on Joshua Henkin’s book.

Silent Hill and The Shack actress Radha Mitchell will lead the cast of The World Without You, a feature adaptation of Joshua Henkin’s novel.

Marking the directing debut of Damon Shalit, the novel has been adapted by screenwriter Dan Pulick. The plot explores how a family cope with the death of a son, a journalist killed on assignment in Iraq.

Shalit produces with Bradley LaRocco and Charles Mudd for Sb Productions. Mitchell will star and serve as an executive producer. Valerie McCaffrey is casting director.

The cast is rounded out by Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Perrey Reeves (Famous In Love), James Tupper (Big Little Lies), Pj Byrne (Wolf Of Wall Street), Annika Marks (Anguish), Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow), Lynn Cohen (Hunger Games), and Suzanne C. Johnson (Empty Space).

Shooting will get underway in Chicago next week. »

- (Tom Grater)

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Midway Oscars Forecast: Studios Aim for Gold With Spectacle and Zeitgeist

30 June 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the upcoming slate of indie Oscar hopefuls promises to be packed with the kind of risky mid-budgeted visions corporate cultures aren’t often eager to back, then the major studios are teeing up exactly what they’re capable of when they throw money at the right talent. Bold genre filmmaking and superhero yarns with actual meat on their bones dot the landscape, while a few of-the-moment dramas and comedies aim to get their licks in as well.

Twentieth Century Fox has a trio of prestige plays in store. For the holidays, Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” though that could register more as a family film than an awards juggernaut. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh aims to dust off an Agatha Christie classic with the star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express.” But if ever there was a project that, sight unseen, felt destined for gold baubles, it »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Good Time: See the Trailer For the Robert Pattinson Movie That Blew Cannes Away

30 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Robert Pattinson's Twilight days are long, long behind him. In Good Time, the Cannes Film Festival darling that blew critics away this year, he plays a bleached-blond criminal from Queens desperately trying to figure out a way to get his younger brother out of Rikers Island after a bank robbery gone bad. Directed by New York filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie and costarring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Captain Phillips's Barkhad Abdi, the dark heist drama will be in theaters sometime this year. Check out the first trailer below, and the latest release above. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Paramount sets October 2018 release date for Bad Robot’s WWII supernatural thriller Overlord

20 June 2017 5:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paramount Pictures has announced that it has set an October 26th 2018 release date for the J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot-produced supernatural WWII thriller Overlord, which is heabily rumoured to be the fourth instalment in the Cloverfield cinematic universe after this year’s God Particle.

The official synopsis for Overlord reads:

On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success.  But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.

Overlord is being directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) from a script by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). Featuring in the cast are Jovan Adepo (Fences), Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Dominic Applewhite (The King’s Speech), Pilou Asbaek »

- Gary Collinson

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