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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Cannes 2015Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition shows attempt to shake things upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don »

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

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Live Blog: Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Click here for the line-up of titles as they are announced

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don’t know Mel »

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

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Suffragette Teaser Trailer Has Mulligan and Streep Fighting for Women’s Voting Rights

15 April 2015 7:41 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Film 4 has released the first Suffragette trailer online. Written by Abi Morgan (Shame) and directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane), the film stars Carey Mulligan as a working-class women’s rights activist in the early days of the feminist movement. As you can see from this trailer, this isn’t just marching with signs. This is throwing rocks and getting hardcore when it comes to fighting for voting rights. It’s an encouraging trailer because it looks like it will get to the nitty-gritty of the suffragist movement rather than just ladies marching around with signs. Check out the Suffragette trailer below. The film opens October 23rd, and also stars Helena Bonham-Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep. Here’s the official synopsis for Suffragette: Suffragette is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch Carey Mulligan & Meryl Streep Fight For Women’s Rights In The First Teaser Trailer For ‘Suffragette’

15 April 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rev your BAFTA-appealing engines, the first teaser for “Suffragette” is here. Is this Oscar-bait from U.K. giants, Pathé and Film4 Productions? It sure sounds like it. About the British women's suffrage feminist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, the drama boasts an all-star cast of British heavyweights. Carey Mulligan stars and the movie also features Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West The script was penned by Abi Morgan— “Shame,” “The Iron Lady” and the BBC miniseries “The Hour”—and while she’s never been nominated for an Oscar yet, she's been awarded up to the hilt including Primetime Emmy win for "The Hour," and two BAFTA wins from six nominations. Here’s the official long-form synopsis. Suffragette is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Trailer For Civil War Drama 'Echoes Of War' Starring James Badge Dale & 'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe

7 April 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’ve been delighted in the last few years to see veteran character actor James Badge Dale break out to bigger and better things. The actor’s been a familiar face for a while thanks to “The Departed” and “The Pacific,” but racked up a string of high-profile credits and scene-stealing performances in things like “Shame,” “The Grey,” “Flight,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Parkland,” and finally looks to be graduating to lead roles, with horror-actioner “Spectral” due in 2016.  Read More: The Breakout Performances of 2012 First up though is something smaller in scale, as Badge Dale takes the lead in indie Civil War drama “Echoes Of War,” which hits theaters next month. Written and directed by Australian helmer Kane Senes, it sees the actor play a haunted soldier who returns home to Texas from the conflict, only to spark up a conflict between his family and a cattle rancher neighbor. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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30 Ways Michael Fassbender Puts the Sex in Sexy

2 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Michael Fassbender is one fassinating actor. We first set our sights on the sexy Irishman when he bared it all as a sex addict in Shame. Then he spanked Keira Knightley as psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, and he's done more than one striptease in magazine photo shoots over the last few years. Did we mention he speaks fluent German and is set to star in an upcoming Western movie? Besides his devilish grin and proclivity toward playing naughty bad boys, here are a few of the many reasons Michael Fassbender is on our sexy radar. »

- Tara-Block

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Steve McQueen To Helm BBC Series

30 March 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Those keenly awaiting "Shame" and "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen's next film are going to have to wait a while longer it seems.

On top of the already ordered six-part series "Codes of Conduct" he's developing and directing for HBO, the filmmaker is set to do another six-part series, this one a period drama commissioned by The BBC.

Rainmark Films is set to produce the show which deals with the experiences of a black community in west London in a period covering between the 1960s and the present day.

McQueen will direct and co-write the show alongside several other writers including Debbie Tucker Green ("Random"). BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson took the unusual step of commissioning the series before reading a script in order to secure McQueen.

The show is currently untitled and will begin shooting Spring next year.

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- Garth Franklin

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

29 March 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | 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.

Source: The Live Feed »

- 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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