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‘Miss Sloane’ to World Premiere at AFI Fest (Exclusive)

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

Miss Sloane,” an upcoming thriller about a top lobbyist who takes on the gun industry, will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest, Variety has learned.

The film will screen on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. “Miss Sloane” joins a lineup that includes “La La Land,” “Jackie,” and the world premieres of “The Comedian” with Robert De Niro and Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.”

A spokeswoman for AFI Fest declined to comment and a spokeswoman for EuropaCorp could not be reached.

Miss Sloane” could land Jessica Chastain her third Oscar nomination for her performance in the title role as an icy and determined Beltway player. She has previously been nominated for “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Chastain’s odds could have improved after Paramount revealed that Viola Davis will campaign in the best supporting actress category. The lead actress race is tight, with Natalie Portman »

- Brent Lang

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Kathryn Bigelow Rounds Out Ensemble Cast for Detroit Riots Film (Exclusive)

18 October 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeremy Strong, Chris Chalk, Austin Hébert, Ephraim Sykes, Laz Alonso, Nathan Davis Jr., Malcolm David Kelley, Peyton Alex Smith, and Leon Thomas III have rounded out the cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film centered on the 1967 Detroit Riots.

They join previously-announced stars John Boyega, John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Jacob Latimore, Joseph David-Jones, Algee Smith, Kaitlyn Dever, and Hannah Murray. Bigelow is directing the crime drama from an original screenplay by Mark Boal. She’s also producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson, with Greg Shapiro executive producing.

The pic, Bigelow’s 10th as a director, is currently in production. The film is being financed and produced by Annapurna Pictures.

The drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. The film explores systemic racism in urban Detroit. »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’: Thea Sofie Loch Næss Cast In HBO Drama Pilot

14 October 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Up-and-coming Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss has landed a key role in HBO’s drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K'naan Warsame and executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow. Mogadishu, Minnesota is a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American – among the Somalis of Minneapolis. Loch Næss will play Lacy, Sameer's (Ezana Alem) girlfriend who is in search of a deeper… »

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Another Crowded Race for Lead Actress Oscar This Year

11 October 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the early talking points of last year’s awards season was the number of female-driven narratives leading the way, including “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Carol.” Naturally, that made for a competitive race for lead actress. But we have an even tighter derby this time around.

Demand for this year’s five actress slots is such that some campaigns would be forgiven for trying their luck in the less competitive supporting field. And it wouldn’t be the kind of “category fraud” that sparked strong feelings last year, when unambiguous leading performances like Alicia Vikander’s in “The Danish Girl” or Rooney Mara’s in “Carol” were shuffled to supporting.

For example, in A24’s “20th Century Women” — which premiered as the New York Film Festival’s centerpiece selection Oct. 8 — Annette Bening could be argued as a force in either category. She’s pronounced as a ’70s Santa Barbara matriarch, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jessica Chastain Covers "Elle"

8 October 2016 2:09 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ new images of Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") in the October 2016 issue of "Elle" (France) magazine:

After graduating in 2003 from New York's Juilliard drama school Chastain nurtured her craft until 2011...

...then appeared in four films in quick succession including "The Tree of Life", "Take Shelter", "The Help" and "The Debt", followed by "Zero Dark Thirty", gaining her an Oscar nomination.

Starring in "Interstellar", Chastain's other features include "A Most Violent Year", "Crimson Peak", "The Zookeeper's Wife" and "The Martian".

"Probably there are some people who feel great about themselves," said Chastain.

"...and don’t second-guess anything they say or do or wear, but that's just not me..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Jessica Chastain...


- Michael Stevens

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‘Succession’: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong & Kieran Culkin Lead Cast Of HBO Drama Pilot From Adam McKay

6 October 2016 3:16 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Brian Cox (The Slap), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs The World) are set to star in HBO’s drama pilot Succession. Sarah Snook (Steve Jobs), Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) round out the cast of the project, directed and executive produced by The Big Short’s Adam McKay. Written by Jesse Armstrong, Succession follows the saga of the Roys, a fictional American global-media family that… »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Purge: Election Year Blu-ray

3 October 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

“I want my candy bar!”

Director and writer James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13, The Negotiator) delivers the best and most action-packed Purge yet when The Purge: Election Year, the third chapter in the thrilling franchise, arrives on Digital HD on September 20, 2016 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on October 4, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. As the government prepares for its annual Purge, the one night a year when all crime is legal, America’s New Founding Fathers are faced with strong opposition from a presidential hopeful and her supporters who wish to abolish the country’s violent tradition. With deleted scenes, a character spotlight, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, The Purge: Election Year offers viewers a closer look at the disturbing, thought-provoking and timely thriller.

Now, you can win the The Purge: Election Year  Blu-ray! We Are Movie Geeks »

- Tom Stockman

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‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’: Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins Among Nine Cast In HBO Drama Pilot

29 September 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO is building out the cast for its drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K'naan Warsame and executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow. Elvis Nolasco (American Crime), K.C. Collins (RoboCop), Rif Hutton (Hotel Transylvania), Ezana Alem (Oasis), Hanad Abdirahman Abdi, Selam Tadese, Prince Abdi, Yusra Warsama and Liya Kebede (The Best Offer) have joined the cast. All will be regulars if the… »

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Greg Shapiro to head production at Im Global

26 September 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning producer of The Hurt Locker has joined the La-based company as president of feature film production.

Shapiro will oversee all feature production and financing activity at Im Global, which has earmarked an early 2017 start on the Mila Kunis black comedy Jackpot from director Will Gluck.

Im Global handled international sales on awards contenders Hacksaw Ridge from Mel Gibson — on which the company put up more than half the budget as a co-financing partner — as well as Martin Scorsese’s Silence, another film on which it served as co-financing partner.

The company fully financed the Barack and Michelle Obama first date drama Southside With You as well as recent Venice world premiere The Journey.

Shapiro arrives following the departure earlier this year of Matt Jackson, who went to run production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Company last March.

“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Oscar-Winning Producer Greg Shapiro Joins Im Global as President of Feature Film Production

26 September 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro has joined Im Global as president of feature film production, the company’s founder and CEO Stuart Ford announced Monday. Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity. The indie studio is a partner on upcoming projects like “Hacksaw Ridge” from director Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence.” Shapiro executive produced “Zero Dark Thirty” and produced “The Hurt Locker,” which earned him an Academy Award when it won Best Picture in 2010. More recently, Shapiro produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as well as James Gray‘s “The Immigrant,” starring Marion Cotillard, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President

26 September 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hurt Locker” producer Greg Shapiro has joined the independent studio IM Global as president of feature film production.

Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity.

“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team,” Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said on Monday. “We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us even greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”

Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award as a producer on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 drama “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and is producing her untitled project, currently filming in Boston.

Shapiro most recently produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy »

- Dave McNary

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Why you should watch the movies of director Jc Chandor

23 September 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 26, 2016

He’s the director of Margin Call, All Is Lost and A Most Violent Year. Jc Chandor, Ryan argues, is a great modern filmmaker...

Great storytellers can see dramatic possibilities in the most ordinary places. New York filmmaker Jc Chandor has, in his career to date, spun three lean, tense movies out of such unlikely premises as the financial crisis, boating, and a small heating oil business in the early 1980s. 

In the trio of movies he’s made so far, Chandor has, I’d argue, marked himself out as one of his generation’s most exciting filmmakers. As both writer and director, he fills his films with crisis and uncertainty; whether they’re weathering the storm of a banking disaster or bailing out a sinking yacht, his characters are constantly dealing with the ground moving between their feet. Chandor’s movies may be low-concept, but their high-drama makes them endlessly absorbing. »

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Alexandre Desplat to score Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

21 September 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having been replaced on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Michael Giacchino due to scheduling conflicts, Alexandre Desplat has now lined up his next project, with Luc Besson taking to Twitter to reveal that Desplat will be scoring his upcoming sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Alexandre Desplat had to leave the "Black Star" but has a new home in "the city of a thousand planets".

Welcome aboard #Valerian maestro!

Luc Besson (@lucbesson) September 20, 2016

Desplat is an Oscar-winning composer, having won the Academy Award for The Grand Budapest Hotel. His other scores including the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The King’s Speech, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Godzilla. He was forced into leaving Rogue One earlier this month, due to the film’s reshoots pushing back the schedule.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian »

- Gary Collinson

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Jason Clarke to join Helen Mirren in the Spierig brothers' Winchester

18 September 2016 7:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jason Clarke.

Jason Clarke (Everest, Zero Dark Thirty) is set to join the cast of Michael and Peter Spierig.s supernatural thriller Winchester, acting opposite Helen Mirren.

.Jason Clarke is an extremely talented actor and we look forward to seeing him face off against Dame Helen Mirren as well as any vengeful spirits that might be lurking about the Winchester house,. said the Spierigs.

Production of the film is set to begin in early 2017, following confirmation of Screen Australia Production Investment earlier this month.

The film is also being financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment with further assistance from Film Victoria.s Production Incentive Attraction Fund and production investment from Screen Queensland.

Winchester follows firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren) who, after the sudden deaths of her husband and child, believed she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle.

But when »

- Jackie Keast

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‘Rogue One’: New ‘Star Wars’ Film Swaps Out Composer Three Months Ahead of Release

16 September 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.

Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film

Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Matt Zoller Seitz on ‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ and the Decline of American Cinema

15 September 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s safe to say Oliver Stone isn’t exactly fashionable these days, a matter apparent in how the trailer for Snowden instantly became a punching bag on this writer’s Twitter feed. Yet film critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s behemoth of a book, The Oliver Stone Experience, should, with any luck, shift the conversation. Framed as a series of interviews with Stone conducted over the past half-decade or so and interspersed with everything from personal photos to studio-executive notes to archival reviews, this feels like the definitive text on someone once at the center of American cinema. It might not change anyone’s mind on Stone’s films, but with the man being such a raconteur, you’ll still find yourself tearing through it.

We were lucky enough to chat with Seitz over the phone about his undertaking, as well as some thoughts on American politics and cinema in general. »

- Ethan Vestby

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Watch Jessica Chastain Takes on Gun Control in 'Miss Sloane' Trailer

14 September 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jessica Chastain has built an impressive career over the past few years, earning Academy Award nominations for her performances in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty while also appearing in popular blockbusters like Interstellar and The Martian. She's starred in genre fare like Mama and Crimson Peak and is apparently open to a wide variety of projects. Her next movie steers her back toward a collision of drama and current affairs. In Miss Sloane, Chastain plays a political lobbyist who attempts to help pass a bill on gun control. Have a look at the first trailer below.   Gun control legislation is, of course, a hot-button issue, especially in the current election climate. But the volatility of the subject matter also drives interest for certain viewers, including film...

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- Peter Martin

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Detroit Riots Biopic Casts Jack Ryan Star John Krasinski

14 September 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If the formative years of John Krasinski’s acting career were defined by comedic, wholly light-hearted turns across The Office, Away We Go and It’s Complicated, thanks to the likes of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Amazon’s upcoming Jack Ryan series, we’re beginning to see the actor make a foray into the action genre across screens both big and small.

His latest, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will send Krasinski back in time – all the way back to the blistering hot summer of 1967 for Kathryn Bigelow’s as-yet-untitled Detroit Riots biopic.

Tackling the systemic racism of the time head on, Bigelow’s latest – one which heralds an exciting new collaboration with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal – has spent the past few months assembling a who’s who of acting talent, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, Will Poulter, »

- Michael Briers

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Jessica Chastain Throws Her Hat Into the Oscar Ring

14 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Is this the year of the long-overdue film actor? While Meryl Streep could well be looking at a record 20th Oscar nomination for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” a number of performers for whom the golden statue feels like a long time coming could populate this year’s list. Two-time nominee Viola Davis in “Fences,” three-time nominee Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea,” and five-timer Amy Adams in both “Arrival” and “Nocturnal Animals,” for example, may all be vying for awards season glory. Jessica Chastain, whose new movie “Miss Sloane” checks many of the boxes necessary for big awards consideration, is the newest such star to join the race. Oscar-nominated for both “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” the actor is known for her productivity (she’s appeared in almost 20 feature films in the last five years) as much as for her brilliantly crafted performances (she’s earned praise for all »

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Jason Clarke to Co-Star with Helen Mirren in Haunted House Movie Winchester

14 September 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Company is coming to visit Helen Mirren's character in the upcoming haunted house movie Winchester, as CBS Films announced that Jason Clarke has joined the cast as a psychiatrist who gets a lot more than he bargained for when he's sent to the haunted Winchester mansion to check on Sarah Winchester's (Helen Mirren) mental well-being.

Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination, Daybreakers), Winchester will begin filming early next year in Melbourne, Australia, before coming stateside to shoot in the real-life Winchester Mystery House. For more information, we have the official press release with full details:

Press Release: Los Angeles – September 13, 2016 – CBS Films announced today that Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty) is joining Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Eye in the Sky) in the supernatural thriller WinchesterMichael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination) are directing the film based on their screenplay with Tom Vaughan. »

- Derek Anderson

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