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“UnReal” Co-Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro to Make Film About Women Who Fight Isis

21 July 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro: Lifetime/YouTube

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is no stranger to heavy topics. The “UnREAL” co-creator has tackled a racially-charged police shooting, rape, and suicide in her Lifetime hit. And now she’s set to take on more disturbing and timely subject matter. Deadline reports that she’s planning to make her feature directorial debut “on a story garnered from some of the most heroic women in the world: the 100-plus female army fighting against Isis whose members suffered through the Yazidi genocide in Iraq and then turned the tables on the terrorists.” As the source contextualizes, “the Yazidis are the Kurdish religious minority who have been hunted down, enslaved, and killed.”

The as-yet untitled project has found a home at Amazon Studios, and Shapiro is currently writing the script with plans to shoot Asap.

The film’s plot isn’t known at this time, but sources tell Deadline that Shapiro “is in a deep dive into research with a number of experts on the subject — people who have been on the ground, journalists, aid workers, and those who had been held captive. Apparently, she is talking to one of the lead experts in the field and contacts who know well the struggles in Kurdistan, Syria, and Iraq about the plight of the Yazidi sex slaves, specifically those who have escaped their Isis captors, taken up arms, and are training to retake Mosul and kill their rapists.”

Kayla Mueller is one of the women Shapiro is researching. The late Christian aid worker was “held captive and made sex slave with a Yazidi girl at the home of Isis leader Abu al-Baghdadi. Mueller was held captive for 18 months, and it was kept secret by the Obama administration. She often was kept locked by herself in a dark 12-by-12-foot room for weeks at a time,” Deadline writes. There was a great deal of confusion and controversy surrounding how Mueller’s capture was addressed — or not — by the Obama administration, the FBI, and Doctors Without Borders, the org that Mueller was helping with at the time of her imprisonment.

“The Yazidi sex slave eventually escaped and lived to tell the tale, but Kayla did not. So it seems the unlikely but profound bond between these two women might loom large in this female-empowerment film,” Deadline speculates.

But Shapiro isn’t focusing exclusively on this particular story. She’s also researching “European jihadi brides, Twitter-happy teen jihadis who rushed to Syria from France, Australia and England to marry jihadis — some of whom played a central role in torturing their husband’s sex slaves.”

Anna Gerb (“Margin Call”) is among the project’s producers.

Shapiro has won a Peabody and received an Emmy nod for “UnREAL,” a dramedy about what goes on behind the scenes of a “Bachelor”-esque reality dating show.

“In terms of the themes we are exploring, there is an aspect of women hurting and destroying other women. But we also felt we had an absolute priority to create female characters that can be as flawed and complicated as Don Draper or Walter White and Tony Sopranos,” Shapiro has said of “UnREAL.” “There was a great step in that direction with a show like ‘Nurse Jackie,’ that show women who can be both heroic and flawed, terrible and wonderful, strong and scared. All the things male characters on TV are allowed to be,” she observed. “And then there is the fact that we had two female leads who talk all the time, and not about men, but about their fears, ambitions, morals, work. We are very proud that we clobbered the Bechdel Test. Our female characters rarely talk about men with each other, and are very much in control of their own lives.”

Shapiro’s co-creator on “UnREAL,” Marti Noxon, just made her feature directorial debut with “To the Bone,” a semi-autobiographical drama about a young woman (Lily Collins) who is dying from anorexia.

UnReal” Co-Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro to Make Film About Women Who Fight Isis was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Baby Driver movie review: common car-nage

4 July 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Edgar Wright used to send up cinematic clichés with gusto and with huge humor. Here he just embraces them — and his sullen, unengaging hero — unironically. I’m “biast” (pro): love Edgar Wright’s early work

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Baby Driver is so hot, so cool, so exciting! Well, the opening sequence is, at least, the one bit in the movie that actually feels like Edgar Wright directed it. Fresh-faced getaway driver Baby waits in the car and we do too while a bank heist is happening in the background. Haha! A heist movie that isn’t about the heist at all! This is the driver’s movie, and he’s only about the driving, and nothing else. Except the music. He is also about the music — the classic rock and pop and soul »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Baby Driver movie review: common car-nage

4 July 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Edgar Wright used to send up cinematic clichés with gusto and with huge humor. Here he just embraces them — and his sullen, unengaging hero — unironically. I’m “biast” (pro): love Edgar Wright’s early work

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Baby Driver is so hot, so cool, so exciting! Well, the opening sequence is, at least, the one bit in the movie that actually feels like Edgar Wright directed it. Fresh-faced getaway driver Baby waits in the car and we do too while a bank heist is happening in the background. Haha! A heist movie that isn’t about the heist at all! This is the driver’s movie, and he’s only about the driving, and nothing else. Except the music. He is also about the music — the classic rock and pop and soul »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Seth Green to Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With ‘Changeland’

21 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seth Green is making his feature film directorial and writing debut in the independent drama-comedy movie “Changeland,” in which he will also star.

Production begins this week in Thailand. The film centers on Green’s always hesitant character undergoing a personal crisis as he meets up in Thailand with his self-assured best friend, portrayed by Breckin Meyer.

Changeland” is produced by Corey Moosa (“Margin Call”). Executive producers are Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner; Living FilmsChris Lowenstein and Oliver Ackermann; and Karivara Films’ Jimmy Matthews and John Lee.

Also starring are Brenda Song, Clare Grant, Macaulay Culkin, Rose Williams, Kedar Williams-Stirling and WWE’s Randy Orton.

“It feels like a dream to be filming in Thailand with an incredible crew and some of my closest friends,” Green said. “We are one of the first films to take advantage of Thailand’s new incentive measures from the Thailand Film Office and the Department of Tourism. I am very excited to share this story.”

Green’s acting credits include the Austin Powers trilogy, “The Italian Job,” “Party Monster,” “Without a Paddle,” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Green portrays Christopher Guest in Netflix’s upcoming National Lampoon origin film, “A Futile & Stupid Gesture.”

Green is the co-creator/executive producer/primary voice talent and a writer/director on “Robot Chicken” and has voiced Chris Griffin on “Family Guy” since the series’ inception. Green’s deal was handled by UTA, Untitled, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, Llp’s David Weber.

Related storiesThis Buddy System Produces Animated Hits for Adult Swim, NetflixBurt Ward, Seth Green, Julie Newmar Remember Adam West: 'He Was Truly the Bright Knight'Michael Cera, Seth Green, Sarah Silverman Get Xbox Series »

- Dave McNary

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The Best Movies About the End of the World, From ‘Melancholia’ to ‘Dr. Strangelove’

5 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Apropos of absolutely nothing (and definitely not in response to a certain world leader taking disastrous steps towards dooming the environment of the only inhabitable planet we have), what is the best film about the end of the world?

Erin Whitney (@Cinemabite), ScreenCrush

It’s a hard tie between “Melancholia” and “Take Shelter.” One is a devastating meditation on depression, isolation and death, and the other is a dramatic masterpiece that evokes the dread and anxiety of a looming end. They’re very different films (and coincidentally opened within months of each other), but both end on final shots that left me breathless. »

- David Ehrlich

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Ben and Casey Affleck to star in Triple Frontier as Netflix step in to save J.C. Chandor’s film

2 May 2017 5:58 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Praise Netflix! It seems that the latest film from acclaimed director J.C. Chandor, Triple Frontier, may have just been saved by the subscription service after it seemed the project had died last month.

The film, which has been written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), details the story of “drug-running on the border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil” was set to be made at Paramount Pictures but a few weeks ago the film was scrapped by the studio after a change in management, and left its future in making it to the big screen looking grim. This is despite Chandor having secured the services of Tom Hardy (Taboo), Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), though the latter is still attached.

In fact, Will Smith (Suicide Squad), Johnny Depp (Black Mass) and Tom Hanks (The Circle) had circled the project at one time or another. »

- Scott Davis

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Netflix may resurrect Triple Frontier with Ben and Casey Affleck

2 May 2017 1:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

A few weeks back, plans for a film named Triple Frontier was shelved over at Paramount Pictures and, as a result, the film’s two leading men, Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy, dropped out. Well, now it looks like the online streamer Netflix may be interested in bringing the film back to life.

The film was set to be directed by Margin Call‘s J.C. Chandor with the story set in the notorious crime-ridden border zone with Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge, so reports Deadline. The same outlet reports that if the deal goes through, the streamer would offer lead roles to Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck, who would join Mahershala Ali who is already cast.

Previously attached to the project were the likes of Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Johnny Depp, all before Tatum and Hardy. Kathryn Bigalow was also previously attached to direct, »

- Paul Heath

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Netflix In Talks To Save J.C. Chandor’s ‘Triple Frontier,’ Ben & Casey Affleck Replacing Channing Tatum & Tom Hardy

1 May 2017 12:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

J.C Chandor has been owed a break in bad luck for a little while. The writer-director got his career off to a sterling start: an Oscar nomination for debut “Margin Call,” a Cannes bow and great reviews for the Robert Redford-starring “All Is Lost,” and more stellar notices for the Oscar Isaac/Jessica Chastain team-up “A Most Violent Year.” Chandor had marked himself as one of the most interesting young filmmakers out there, but the last few years have been made up of false starts: he fell off “Deepwater Horizon,” which he was going to direct, and then just a few weeks ago, Paramount scrapped his new project, “Triple Frontier.”

Read More: Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum & Paramount All Exit J.C.

Continue reading Netflix In Talks To Save J.C. Chandor’s ‘Triple Frontier,’ Ben & Casey Affleck Replacing Channing Tatum & Tom Hardy at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Seven Deadly Sins On Screen

25 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A new video looks beyond Fincher at the Evil Men Do

Sin, as defined by most major religions and moral institutions, is as old as man. It is inherent to our nature, because ultimately sin is self-serving, and at the end of the day we are all self-serving creatures. Wrath, pride, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony, greed — as opposed to the Ten Commandments of Christianity which include distinct acts like adultery and murder, the seven deadly sins are things of which most all of us are guilty of multiple times over. We’ve all committed them, even on a minor scale. Ever think someone has a nicer car than you? Envy. Ever gotten a touch of road rage? Wrath. Ever hit the snooze button more than once? Sloth.

These are petty examples to be sure, but they illustrate how commonplace the seven deadly sins are in our daily lives, and thus they prove why the seven deadly sins »

- H. Perry Horton

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Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum & Paramount Pictures dump Triple Frontier

13 April 2017 5:09 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

The J.C. Chandler production of Triple Frontier has had yet another blow to bare with both its leading men, Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum along with Paramount Pictures all pulling out of the film just before shooting was about to commence.

Related: Previous Triple Frontier News

With production due to start this month, the reported cause of Hardy (who was only recently on our TV screens in Taboo) and Tatum departing this ill-fated picture is being put down to them both being unhappy with the latest version of the script – which quickly saw Paramount dis-associating themselves after losing their biggest stars with such a tight schedule to keep to.

Triple Frontier, which was penned by Kathryn Bigelow’s filmmaking partner Mark Boal is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge – a haven for organised crime. »

- Zehra Phelan

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Bruce Willis Confirms $5.9 Million Arbitration Win Over Aborted Film

27 March 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has entered judgments totaling $5.9 million in favor of Bruce Willis for a deal the actor made to star in a film titled Wake about a sociopath who attempts to reconnect with his estranged family.

The production was originally handled by Exclusive Media before being taken over by Benaroya Pictures, run by Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Lawless, The Words). According to court documents, Willis was offered $7 million and 10 percent of backend net profits for a $25 million budgeted film to be shot in Georgia.

The parties, including CAA on behalf of Willis, negotiated an escrow »

- Eriq Gardner

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Mayhem’

21 March 2017 4:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you can imagine a multi-movie-mashup of boardroom suspenser, “Die Hard” redux and zombie apocalypse — well, too bad, director Joe Lynch and scripter Matias Caruso have already beat you to the punch. “Mayhem,” their rousingly gonzo thriller about the violent commingling of infectious disease and corporate malfeasance, is a smartly constructed and sardonically funny indie with attitude that somehow manages the tricky feat of being exuberantly over the top even as it remains consistently on target.

The opening minutes briskly establish the B-movie premise, as a cable-newscaster explains the growing threat of the “ID7 virus,” a mind-twisting, id-unleashing scourge that drives the infected to such unseemly extremes as uninhibited public fornication, high-decibel screaming matches, and, in some cases, rage-fueled slaughters. (“Basically,” someone helpfully explains, “human dignity takes a sick leave.”) Attorneys for the corporate law firm of Towers & Smyth Consulting manage to clear an accused killer by arguing that ID »

- Joe Leydon

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New to Streaming: ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ and More

10 February 2017 8:40 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro)

Crimson Peak works as many things: a melodramatic romance; both the recreation of a period and a revival of the way movies have made us perceive it; a genre-jumping comedy; and a critique of capitalistic excess. It does these things earnestly and without compromise, and it’s far braver — far more admirable — for having done so. What Guillermo del Toro’s new film doesn »

- The Film Stage

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Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy may team up for J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier

6 January 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

J.C. Chandor’s next movie, Triple Frontier, may see two major stars leading the cast if conversations are successful and deals go through. According to Deadline, Channing Tatum (Hail, Caesar!) and Tom Hardy (Taboo) are circling the project, and Paramount has been interested in getting them on board since last month. 

Triple Frontier takes place in a haven for organized crime where the borders of three countries, Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, meet. If that description doesn’t immediately grip you, the talented people behind the project should be able to get you more interested. 

Chandor, who is set to helm the film, has yet to have a misfire when it comes to his previous directorial efforts. He came on the scene in 2011 with Margin Call, followed that up two years later with All is Lost and most recently helmed A Most Violent Year. The film’s screenwriter, on the other hand, »

- Justin Cook

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Tom Hardy And Channing Tatum Eyeing J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier

5 January 2017 2:55 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Triple Frontier, the Mark Boal-scripted thriller, has been simmering away in development for a while now, flirting with plenty of big stars but ultimately, not really having much to show for it. If you cast your mind way back, you’ll remember that Katheryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) was set to direct, with Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Johnny Depp all close to signing on for lead roles.

Unfortunately, that fell apart and Margin Call‘s J.C. Chandor hopped on board alongside producers Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Now, Paramount is gearing up to cast the pic and Deadline tells us tonight that they’re in talks with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy for the film, which is set in the “notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.”

Nothing’s been made official just yet, but the actors are certainly interested »

- Michael Briers

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5 Box Office Lessons From 2016: From Franchise Fatigue to Fading Movie Stars

1 January 2017 8:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002. The record came from a new high-water mark in ticket prices, as well as the added cost that comes with Imax and 3D releases.

Overseas, the numbers are still being tallied, but many experts believe that a slowdown in China will lead to revenue declines.

The story of 2016, when it is written, will be a mixed one. Despite the rise of streaming services and quality television, the movie business continues to be resilient. Audiences are still turning up en masse for the new Star Wars or Avengers films, regardless of how adept “Game of Thrones »

- Brent Lang

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