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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander Got Married in an Ultra-Private Ibiza Ceremony, People Confirms

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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander Got Married in an Ultra-Private Ibiza Ceremony, People Confirms
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander have officially tied the knot!

The happy couple got married over the weekend in Ibiza, sources confirmed to People.

The pair exchanged vows at the luxurious La Granja farmstead resort surrounded by friends and family, according to the sources.

In photos on the Daily Mail, both Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, sported bands on their ring fingers on Sunday.

Ahead of the ceremony, Fassbender and Vikander were spotted hanging out with friends and family on the Spanish island Friday, with the Swedish actress wearing a white, summery gown with matching heart sunglasses. Meanwhile, the Irish-German actor showed
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Abi Morgan's female lawyer series 'The Split' casts up

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BBC One, Sundance TV series heading into production.

Abi Morgan’s BBC One and Sundance TV drama The Split has cast up ahead of production, which kicks off in London next week.

Nicola Walker [pictured centre] (Four Weddings And A Funeral) will lead the six-part drama, alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan [pictured right] (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human), Barry Atsma (Hector And The Search For Happiness) and Stephen Tompkinson (Dci Banks).

Written by Morgan [pictured left], whose credits include Shame, The Iron Lady and The Hour, the series counts Jane Featherstone as an executive producer under her new banner Sister Pictures.

Broadchurch director Jessica Hobbs is directing, with Black Mirror’s Lucy Dyke producing.

The series is an exploration of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce told through the lens of the Defoes, a family of female lawyers working in London’s divorce circuit.

It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC
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Carrie Coon joins Steven McQueen’s Widows

The Leftovers and Fargo star Carrie Coon has become the latest addition to the cast of Widows, the next film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave). Coon will start work on the film once she completes production on The Papers for director Steven Spielberg.

Widows is based upon the 1983 Lynda La Plante crime series has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. It follows a group of  women who team up to complete a heist when their husbands are killed on the job. Coon will play one of the widows who declines to join the heist.

Production on Widows is set to get underway this summer, with a cast that includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Andre Holland, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Garret Dillahunt.
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Carey Mulligan to Star in War Correspondent Movie ‘On the Other Side’

Carey Mulligan to Star in War Correspondent Movie ‘On the Other Side’
First Look Media’s newly branded entertainment studio has come on board to co-produce and finance “On the Other Side” with Carey Mulligan attached to star.

The pic tells the true story of Kate Webb, the war correspondent who was held in captivity during the Vietnam War.

Mulligan will also produce the film, alongside Margot Hand of Picture Films and Edet Belzberg of Ebm Productions. First Look Media’s Adam Pincus, executive vice president of programming and content, and Annie Marter, senior vice president of narrative film, will oversee for Topic.

“As one of the few women reporters to cover the Vietnam War, Kate Webb endured and ultimately survived the most harrowing experiences a war correspondent could ever face,” said Michael Bloom, president of First Look Media. “In a time where journalism is being tested today, we’re excited that Carey will portray this fearless woman and look forward to partnering with her,
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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them.
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Rocket Science firms up head of marketing

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Exclusive: Jonathan Lynch Staunton confirmed for marketing role.

UK sales outfit Rocket Science has confirmed the appointment of former HanWay executive Jonathan Lynch-Staunton as head of marketing.

Lynch-Staunton has been working with the company in recent months on a freelance contract but his move became full-time and permanent late last month.

Based in the London office, Lynch-Staunton will oversee all marketing efforts for Rocket Science, including coordinating release plans with distributors and preparing launches at key markets and festivals.

Thorsten Schumacher, CEO of Rocket Science commented: “This appointment underpins the steady expansion of Rocket Science as we continue to ensure the business is well-positioned to grow amid the rapidly diversifying international market. Jonathan brings unique strategic insight and invaluable experience to our team and will be integral as we continue to grow our company.”

Prior to Rocket Science Jonathan worked at HanWay Films between 2000-2016, where as director of the marketing and publicity departments he worked on titles
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Tupac Shakur Will Get a Documentary Directed by Steve McQueen

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Tupac Shakur Will Get a Documentary Directed by Steve McQueen
We’re going to be getting tons of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur in our theaters soon, with the upcoming biopic All Eyez on Me, and now a fully authorized feature length documentary helmed by Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave. This will be the first documentary from the director of Hunger and Shame, though he […]

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Feature-Length Tupac Shakur Biopic In The Works From Steve McQueen

All Eyez on Me? Deadline is reporting that an authorized, feature-length Tupac Shakur biopic is in the works from the Oscar-winning Steve McQueen.

The director, best known for his acclaimed work across 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, and Shame, is set to work closely with the late rapper’s family in order to craft an authentic portrait of Shakur’s life and legacy. Though it’s yet to nail down an official title, McQueen’s Tupac Shakur biopic will foster a collaboration between Amaru Entertainment, a banner created by his mother Afeni Shakur, and White Horse Pictures. Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) is on board to produce, while Gloria Cox, Shakur’s aunt, will executive produce.

Striking up a partnership with the surviving family of Tupac Shakur will no doubt lend Steve McQueen and Co. unprecedented access to the archives of an icon who many believe to be one of
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Steve McQueen to direct authorised Tupac Shakur documentary

12 Years A Slave and Shame director Steve McQueen will direct a feature documentary on rapper Tupac Shakur. A Deal has been made with Shakur estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment to bring a new documentary to the screen which will be a fully authorised documentary on the life of late hip-hop artist, writer and poet.

Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will produce the film with McQueen helming. Sinclair is responsible for the recent Ron Howard directed Beatles documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week–The Touring Years so the picture is in great hands.

McQueen was quoted on Deadline in saying: “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended Nyu film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way.
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Steve McQueen to Direct Tupac Shakur Documentary

While he’s currently set to begin shooting his next drama Widows this summer, acclaimed filmmaker Steve McQueen has set his sights on helming a documentary about the life of hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. Per Deadline, the doc is fully authorized by Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur. “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” said McQueen. “I attended Nyu film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”

Shakur’s recording career was brief, lasting only five years before his murder in 1996, yet the artist’s legacy has continued to thrive, selling 75 million records worldwide. Last month, Shakur became
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Steve McQueen Directing Tupac Shakur Documentary

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It looks like we’re in for a couple of years of Tupac Shakur appreciation. This summer, the late iconic rapper gets the biopic treatment with “All Eyez On Me” which looks….serviceable. But the project that we’d bet will be the authoritative take on the rapper’s life, career, and legacy will be the one coming from Steve McQueen.

The director of “Hunger,” “Shame,” and “12 Years A Slave,” will helm a documentary about Shakur, with Gloria Cox, Tupac Shakur’s aunt and Afeni Shakur’s only sister, among the producers.

Continue reading Steve McQueen Directing Tupac Shakur Documentary at The Playlist.
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Russell T Davies and Stephen Poliakoff lead BBC drama line-up

BBC drama boss Wenger orders over 25 hours of drama.

Russell T Davies, Stephen Poliakoff and Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas have penned dramas for Piers Wenger’s inaugural slate, reports Broadcast.

The BBC drama boss unveiled over 25 hours of new drama commissions across BBC1 and BBC2 at an event co-hosted by director general Tony Hall.

The nine series, seven for BBC1, one for BBC2 and one for BBC3, join recently announced Wenger commissions including Kudos’ Gunpowder and The Forge’s Carey Mulligan-fronted crime drama Collateral.

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Doctor Who writer Davies has written A Very English Scandal, a 3 x 60-minute series directed by Stephen Frears.

Based on the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John Preston, it follows the true story of Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s conspiracy to kill his ex-lover Norman Scott.

Commissioned by Wenger and BBC director of content Moore, it
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Robert Duvall the latest addition to the cast of Steve McQueen’s Widows

Shame and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is certainly assembling quite the cast for Widows, his big screen adaptation of the Lynda La Plante TV miniseries, with Variety reporting that Robert Duvall has become the latest addition to the film.

Widows revolves around the wives of a group of armed robbers, who team up to complete the heist when their husbands are killed on the job. The script has been written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, while Duvall joins a cast that includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Andre Holland, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell.

Production on Widows is set to get underway in the summer. A release date is yet to be set.
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Aftermath review

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the moody drama, Aftermath. Ryan takes a look...

The films Arnold Schwarzenegger was making at the peak of his career weren’t exactly known for their dramatic understatement, so if the likes of The Terminator and Predator are still fresh in your mind, then the Austrian Oak’s more recent appearances may seem a little jarring to you. Coming not too long after the downbeat zombie drama Maggie, Aftermath, produced by Darren Aronofsky, sees Schwarzenegger drift further into sadness and introspection - and, we have to say, he acquits himself extremely well.

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Aftermath’s loosely based on the true story of a real accident that happened 15 years ago in Germany, when a pair of passenger planes tragically collided in mid-air. Screenwriter Javier Gullon (who wrote Denis Villeneuve’s fabulously strange Enemy) moves the story to Ohio,
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Colin Farrell in talks for Steve McQueen’s Widows

As casting continues on Widows, Variety is reporting that Colin Farrell is in final talks to board the new film from director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave).

Should a deal be reached, Farrell will join Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Andre Holland and Liam Neeson in the film, which has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and is based upon Lynda La Plante’s 1983 British TV miniseries.

Widows revolves around the wives of a group of armed robbers, who team up to complete the heist when their husbands are killed on the job. Farrell is reportedly set to play a politician who finds himself mixed up on the widows’ plans.

Farrell has recently signed on to portray Oliver North in an Amazon series about the Iran-Contra scandal, and is also attached to Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo remake, as well as Dan Gilroy
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Colin Farrell Eyes Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ With Viola Davis (Exclusive)

Colin Farrell Eyes Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ With Viola Davis (Exclusive)
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to join Viola Davis in Steve McQueen and New Regency’s heist thriller “Widows.”

Farrell also recently signed on to star in Disney’s “Dumbo.” Production on that movie, however, was pushed back one month, allowing Farrell to squeeze “Widows” into his schedule.

Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya, and “Moonlight” actor Andre Holland are also on board. “Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn will write the script with McQueen.

Based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.

Details behind Farrell’s role are vague, aside from the fact that he’ll play a politician that finds himself mixed up in the widows’ plans.
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Liam Neeson in Talks to Play Viola Davis’ Husband in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ (Exclusive)

Liam Neeson in Talks to Play Viola Davis’ Husband in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ (Exclusive)
Liam Neeson is in talks to play Oscar winner Viola Davis‘ husband in Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Widows.”

Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya, and “Moonlight” actor Andre Holland are also on board. “Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn will write the script with McQueen.

Based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.

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The movie will be produced by McQueen, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with McQueen on “Shame” and also produced the best picture Oscar winner “The King’s Speech.” Film4 is co-financing with New Regency.

The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the best picture Academy Award for
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Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya joins Steve McQueen’s Widows

Fresh from the box office success of Jordan Peele’s horror movie Get Out [read our review here], actor Daniel Kaluuya has signed on to star in Widows, the new film from Shame and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen.

Widows has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and is based upon the British TV series created by Lynda La Plante. It follows the widows of a group of armed robbers, who team up to complete a raid when their husbands are killed on the job. Kaluuya joins a cast that so far includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Rodriguez.

British actor Kaluuya is currently shooting Marvel’s superhero movie Black Panther, where he plays the character of W’Kabi.
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