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Gillian Flynn Teams Up With Steve McQueen For Heist Movie ‘Widows’

16 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Now here’s an intriguing collaboration as Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and 12 Years A Slave, Shame and Hunger director Steve McQueen are working on a big-screen adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s series Widows.

La Plante’s mini-series originally aired in the UK in 1983 and follows four widows whose other-halves are killed when an armed robbery goes wrong. Getting together, they decide to gather all the information they know to try and pull off the heist themselves. It’s reportedly been a passion project for McQueen for a while now.

It sets up four huge roles for some leading ladies and with a mix of Flynn and McQueen is sure to have a dark, edgy thriller feel as both offer strong female empowerment and aren’t afraid to break the standard Hollywood mould, thankfully!

We’ll bring you all the latest of Widows as it develops and we’re »

- Dan Bullock

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Gillian Flynn To Write Steve McQueen’s Female Heist Flick Widows

27 March 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Gillian Flynn is the Gone Girl novelist who later adapted her own work for David Fincher’s 2014 feature, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. That twisted debauched tale put its creator in the spotlight, quite rightly so, and she’s now landed another adaptation deal. For her next effort, Flynn will collaborate with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Shame) on his upcoming feature Widows.

The movie is based on a UK series than ran for three seasons up until 1995 and revolved around the hijinks of three recent widows. Written by Prime Suspect scribe Linda Laplante, it traced the dalliances of three widows who club together to finish a job after their husbands are killed trying to pull off a heist. Trust us, it’s as brilliant as it sounds, largely thanks to La Plante’s scripting and the cast of characters.

For McQueen’s big screen remake the »

- Gem Seddon

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Focus Features' 'Suffragette' Gets 2015 Awards Season Release Date

27 March 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features, which was reprieved from a weak 2014 slate by Working Title's Oscar-winning "The Theory of Everything," has made a bid to compete in the fall 2015 awards fray by acquiring North American distribution rights from Pathé to British period drama "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"). The film will open in select cities on October 23, 2015 with expansions to follow. Focus is also releasing Working Title's true romance "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Written by Emmy-winner Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "Shame," "The Iron Lady"), "Suffragette" stars Oscar-race vets Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter as well as Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan also toplines Fox »

- Anne Thompson

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Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen to Write Heist Thriller for New Regency

27 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gillian Flynn, who received a Writers Guild of America nomination for adapting her novel “Gone Girl,” has joined “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller for New Regency.

The project is based on the British miniseries “Widows,” written by Lynda La Plante, and follows four widows of robbers who perished in a botched robbery who join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves.

McQueen will also direct the yet-to-be-titled film, which will be produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Canning and Sherman’s producing credits include McQueen’s “Shame” and his upcoming HBO project “Codes of Conduct.”

Flynn also wrote the novels “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places,” the first of which is being developed for TV while the second was adapted into a film. She has been developing the HBO series “Utopia” with “Gone Girl” director David Fincher.

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- Dave McNary

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Gone Girl Scribe Gillian Flynn Boards Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller

27 March 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Adaptations are tricky to pull off. The screenwriter has to please fans of the source material by honoring the spirit of the book/comic book/etc., while also ensuring that the story works as a feature film. Movies and books are very different mediums, and so the screenwriter makes all the difference. Sometimes we get brilliant adaptations like the Harry Potter series, and then other times the films are too slavish to the material, like some of the Twilight movies. A recent example of a great adaptation is last year’s Gone Girl. Obviously having David Fincher as your director gives you a leg up, but the screenplay was particularly impressive, especially considering that it was written by the book’s author, Gillian Flynn. She did a magnificent job of streamlining her story into a feature film that felt complete and satisfying on its own, and it’s no surprise »

- Adam Chitwood

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Gillian Flynn boards New Regency heist thriller

27 March 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Gone Girl author and screenwriter is reuniting with New Regency to co-write the adaptation of UK show Widows with Steve McQueen.

McQueen, who collaborated with New Regency on best picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, will direct and produces alongside his Shame and upcoming Codes Of Conduct collaborators Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films.

New Regency is understood to be in talks with Film4 to co-finance the project and license UK free TV rights.

The feature is based on Lynda La Plante’s UK miniseries Widows, in which the wives of four armed robbers killed during a heist resolve to complete the job themselves.

Flynn is currently developing the HBO series and UK TV adaptation Utopia with her Gone Girl director David Fincher.

New Regency’s slate includes True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco set to open on April 17 through Fox Searchlight, Cameron Crowe’s Aloha that arrives on May 29 through [link=co »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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HBO & McQueen Set "Codes of Conduct"

20 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO is moving forward with "Codes of Conduct," the new drama series they've been developing for almost two years with "Shame" and "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen.

The story centers on a young African-American man with a mysterious past, who emerges on the scene in New York high society. Devon Terrell, Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall star.

The network has reportedly handed out a six-episode order for a limited series, with McQueen to direct each of the six episodes. Matthew Michael Carnahan serves as co-writer while Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Alan Poul will executive produce.

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- Garth Franklin

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Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan will fight on in 'Suffragette' this awards season

17 March 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Focus Features officially has two films in the 2015-2016 awards season game.  The mini-major recently announced they would distribute Tom Hopper's adaptation of "The Danish Girl" with this year's Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. That contender will hit theaters on Nov. 27.  Their next player?  "Suffragette," another period drama that just happens to star Ms. Meryl Streep. Directed by BAFTA winner Sarah Gavron, "Suffragette" features a noteworthy ensemble including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw (also in "Danish Girl"), Brendan Gleeson and the aforementioned Streep.  The film’s original screenplay is by Abi Morgan who previously scripted "Shame," "The Iron Lady" and the Emmy-winning "The Hour." With Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat also on board this is one project that is bursting with pedigree players. According to a release from the studio "Suffragette" is a "moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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How Michael Fassbender Looks Dressed As Steve Jobs

17 March 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There have been a few set photos floating around of Michael Fassbender playing Apple CEO Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle.s upcoming biopic - simply titled Steve Jobs - but now our best look at the star has weirdly come in the form of a fake advertisement. We have our first real look at the Shame actor as the tech icon in this photo of a reproduction of an old ad. Check it out below. #michaelfassbender A photo posted by @seannung on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:29pm Pdt Posted by Instagram user seannung, this is an imitation of a vintage advertisement for NeXT computers, which is the company that Jobs founded in 1985 after being ousted from Apple, and before returning to the company he founded in the late 1990s. You see Fassbender.s rendition of Jobs leaning on his creation, as well as a quote about the future of the »

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Film Review: ‘Zurich’

27 February 2015 1:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An arrestingly broken-backed story structure offers more surprises than the story itself in “Zurich,” Dutch helmer Sacha Polak’s grim but glisteningly crafted sophomore feature. Confirming the promise of her remarkable 2012 debut “Hemel” without quite advancing upon it, this bisected study of a young woman cast adrift — physically and psychologically — by personal tragedy unfurls its tale of woe in furtively non-linear fashion, but it shouldn’t take viewers long to surmise the root of her trauma. Still, Polak’s formal nerve and frankly feminine perspective just about retrieve this Berlinale Forum selection from the realm of artsy miserablism. Distributors may regard “Zurich” with a degree of Swiss neutrality; festival programmers, however, are likely to reach out.

Despite alluring outward trappings and strong reviews that pitched it as a feminist spin on Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” “Hemel” received less international exposure than it deserved. With a less immediate premise and a »

- Guy Lodge

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Watch: How Steve McQueen Turned Horrific Material Into a Universally Beloved Survival Story

26 February 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's Throwback Thursday selection is "12 Years a Slave." This article originally ran during the 2013 awards season.]At this point, hardly anyone would mistake Steve McQueen -- the British-born, Amsterdam-based African-American director of "12 Years a Slave" -- with the late "Bullitt” star of the same name. The living McQueen started out as an acclaimed experimental shorts filmmaker before landing critical acclaim with his 2007 directorial debut "Hunger,” a spare, haunting portrait of an Ira fighter on a hunger strike during the late 1970's; he followed that up with another unsettling treatment of male physicality in crisis, the sex addiction drama "Shame.” Both movies starred Michael Fassbender as deeply troubled souls, and "12 Years a Slave” is no exception, though it has much bigger »

- Eric Kohn

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How Does Fifty Shades of Grey Compare to Other Films' in Sex-to-Runtime? (Yes, We Timed Them)

14 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How much sex is actually in Fifty Shades of Grey? A recent Washington Post article placed the actual runtime of "actual sex and sexual-related activity" at 14 minutes and 17 seconds out of the movie's 125-minute runtime. Fun trivia fact. But it also led us to the question, "How does that fit in with the pantheon of sexy movies?" That is to say, of all the movies that are ostensibly sex-focused in the history of films (and sex), how many of them actually devote large portions of their runtime to Nsfw moments? With a subscription to nude-scene compiling web site Mr. Skin, »

- Kelli Bender and Alex Heigl

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How Does Fifty Shades of Grey Compare to Other Films' in Sex-to-Runtime? (Yes, We Timed Them)

14 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How much sex is actually in Fifty Shades of Grey? A recent Washington Post article placed the actual runtime of "actual sex and sexual-related activity" at 14 minutes and 17 seconds out of the movie's 125-minute runtime. Fun trivia fact. But it also led us to the question, "How does that fit in with the pantheon of sexy movies?" That is to say, of all the movies that are ostensibly sex-focused in the history of films (and sex), how many of them actually devote large portions of their runtime to Nsfw moments? With a subscription to nude-scene compiling web site Mr. Skin, »

- Kelli Bender and Alex Heigl

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Berlin Review: François Delisle's Family Tragedy 'Chorus' Stuns in Black-and-White

10 February 2015 8:47 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Beginning with an unsettling, long-take interrogation scene, the first moments of François Delisle's "Chorus" establish a lethally entwined triptych of souls: an incarcerated pedophile who confesses to an appalling crime, handsome but visibly haunted Christophe (Sébastien Ricard) adrift in Mexico, and Irene (Fanny Mallette), a Montreal choir singer perpetually moments away from a full-bore panic attack. These delicately stitched, emotional telegrams reveal that Christophe and Irene are ex-lovers, estranged for a decade since their eight-year-old son vanished inexplicably. Christophe leads a dissolute life of empty sex and self-numbing habits, as seen in a jaggedly cut sequence that recalls Steve McQueen's "Shame" as a picture of one man's dismal sexual reality: the naked woman sleeping in his bed is replaced by a sudden vision of Christophe's presumably dead son. Meanwhile, the medicated and deeply depressed Irene trudges through the days, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Sundance 2015 review: James White – upscale indie flick intent to impress

24 January 2015 3:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A new movie from the same Sundance-friendly stable which produced Simon Killer and Martha Marcy May Marlene proves itself easily their equal – and often their superior

Calling card movies usually serve their casts or their directors, they seldom favour both. James White, however, is a rare exception: a story that showcases subtlety and technique on both sides of the camera. But what’s just as surprising about such a tender and emotional project is that it comes from Borderline Films, a New York based trio whose excellent output to date has tended towards the dark, with the likes of Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer – the latter two also premiered at Sundance – dealing with subjects such as teenage morality in the internet age, modern-day cults and twisted male sexuality, in that order.

At first Josh Mond’s film promises something in the latter vein, recalling Steve McQueen’s »

- Damon Wise

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Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis

23 January 2015 1:53 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It might be a little while before we get another feature film from Steve McQueen. He's currently at work on his HBO pilot, "Codes Of Conduct," and only after that will he get cracking on his all female heist flick, "Widows." So, perhaps it's time to take another look at "Shame," and this time from a slightly different angle. A new video essay by Kingdom Of Shadows argues that "Shame" is actually a critique of the modern metropolis, and that Michael Fassbender's sexual addiction in the movie is a metaphor for the bigger theme at play. Using clips from film, along with context form Woody Allen's "Manhattan," Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," and interview footage with McQueen, the eight-minute look at the movie is a compelling, well-reasoned alternate theory about the picture. It's sure to spark some debate, so watch below and leave your thoughts in the comments section. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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36 British films to look out for in 2015

5 January 2015 8:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…

Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.

We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).

In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »

- louisamellor

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