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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Taps New Screenwriter to Rewrite Colin Trevorrow’s Script

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Taps New Screenwriter to Rewrite Colin Trevorrow’s Script
Looks like “Star Wars: Episode IX” is getting a fresh pair of eyes. The Hollywood Reporter reports that rising British screenwriter Jack Thorne will be contributing rewrites to the script of the upcoming ninth installment of the beloved franchise. While Thorne is a relatively new name in Hollywood, he’s already having a big year: his “Wonder” will arrive on November 17.

Read MoreColin Trevorrow Explains Why He Should Still Direct ‘Star Wars’ Despite That Whole ‘Book of Henry’ Thing

As THR notes, “Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derek Connolly, have been working on the script, but sources say a fresh set of eyes was needed. It is unclear how extensive the rewrites will be.” THR is also quick to note that, despite previous reports, the script for “Episode IX” is not based on a treatment from filmmaker Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Margot Robbie to Portray Queen Elizabeth I in Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots”

Margot Robbie in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”: Paramount Pictures/Frank Masi

Margot Robbie is swapping her Harley Quinn pigtails for Queen Elizabeth I’s crown. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the “Suicide Squad” actress will play Queen Elizabeth in Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots.” “Brooklyn’s” Saoirse Ronan is set to star as the titular Mary Stuart, Elizabeth’s cousin.

Written by Penelope Skinner (“How I Live Now”) and Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”), the biopic “will take on the historical family rivalry between Elizabeth and Mary, when the latter attempted to overthrow her cousin’s seat on the English thrown,” THR reports.

The Working Title and Focus Features film will be produced by Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner. The trio previously collaborated on the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything.”

In a Better World” director Susanne Bier was originally linked to “Mary Queen of Scots.” She spoke to Women and Hollywood in 2014 about the project and her collaboration with Skinner. “Mary was very young when she became queen. Basically, she was queen from age five, but she became a real queen when she was 17,” Bier told us. “And we wanted to have that because part of the excitement is to have that young girl have the power of a queen. That was so exciting.”

We don’t know why Bier is no longer involved in the project, but we’re happy that another female director was selected to take the reins. Best known as a theater director, Rourke has previously helmed productions of “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Vote,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and “Saint Joan.” According to Rourke’s IMDb page, “Mary Queen of Scots” marks her feature directorial debut.

The conflict between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart has been explored before in the 1971 Vanessa Redgrave-starrer “Mary, Queen of Scots,” and the 2013 “Mary Queen of Scots,” starring Camille Rutherford (“Blue Is the Warmest Color.” “Elizabeth,” the 1998 film toplined by Cate Blanchett, touched upon the hostility between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart’s mother, Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardant, “Ridicule”).

Robbie has a number of projects on her plate. She stars in “I, Tonya,” a biopic a comedy about controversial Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding currently in post-production. Among Robbie’s other upcoming films are “Marian,” a new iteration of Robin Hood folklore, a spinoff for her “Suicide Squad” character Harley Quinn and other female villains of the DC Comics universe, “Queen of the Air,” in which she’ll play a trapeze artist, and “Beautiful Things,” a thriller set in a zoo.

Ronan is also plenty busy. The Oscar-nominated actress has roles in Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut “Lady Bird” and an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s “On Chesil Beach.” The “Atonement” actress is also set to play a refugee in a big screen adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s best-selling 2007 novel “Sweetness in the Belly.”

Margot Robbie to Portray Queen Elizabeth I in Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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BAFTA announces the nominations for the Ee Rising Star Award 2017

BAFTA has announced this morning that Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga and Anya Taylor-Joy have been nominated for the Ee Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy Film Awards.

The Rising Star Award is designed to honour actors and actresses who have shown truly outstanding talent on the big screen in the past year and captured the attention of both the public and the film industry and is the only award to be decided by a public vote.

Laia Costa starred in Sebastian Schipper’s critically-acclaimed Victoria, a film which was almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take – in turn landing her a series of awards wins. Prior to this, she played the lead role of Lucià in the Russian film Fort Ross, directed by Russian director Yuriy Moroz, and also starred in Palm Trees in the Snow. Costa has
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Tom Holland, Ruth Negga among Bafta Rising Star nominees

Tom Holland, Ruth Negga among Bafta Rising Star nominees
The other nominees are Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Bafta has announced the five actors in the running for the 2017 Ee Rising Star Award.

They are:

Tom Holland

Holland is most famous for playing Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. He also appeared in In the Heart of the Sea and How I Live Now.

Ruth Negga

Negga is currently winning rave reviews for her performance in Jeff NicholsLoving, and has also appeared in Preacher opposite Dominic Cooper.

Laia Costa

Costa has appeared in several TV shows in her native Spain, starred in Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria and played the lead role of Lucià in the Russian film Fort Ross.

Lucas Hedges

Hedges is currently starring alongside Casey Affleck in the Oscar contender Manchester By The Sea. His first big role was Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

Anya Taylor-Joy

Taylor-Joy’s breakthrough film was the critically acclaimed horror [link=tt
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The BAFTA Rising Star Nominations 2017

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Author: David Sztypuljak

Every year, Ee sponsor the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards here in London town. The award is always a fascinating one since it’s voted for by the public.

Star WarsJohn Boyega won the 2016 BAFTA Rising Star Award

The nominations have just been announced from BAFTA HQ are in the running for the 2017 spot are all listed below. It’s going to be very interesting to see who takes the win this year with the likes of Tom Holland as Spider-Man being so mainstream and Anya Taylor-Joy appearing in the likes of The Witch.

Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Will Poulter, Jack O’Connell and last year the award was taken by Star Wars star John Boyega.

This year the nominations are as strong as every with Laia Costa,
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Germany’s Filmakademie Graduates Fill Top Animation, VFX Posts

Since its inception in 1991, Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg has not only become a leading international film school but is also home to the country’s renowned Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Post-production.

Among the Filmakamie’s alumni are such diverse industryites as Oscar-winning vfx supervisor Volker Engel, who won an Oscar for “Independence Day” and re-teamed with Roland Emmerich on “Independence Day: Resurgence”; European Film Award-winning cinematographer Franz Lustig (“How I Live Now”); Anne Zohra Berrached, whose acclaimed drama “24 Weeks” screened in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Tanja Krampfert, technical director in Pixar Animation Studios’ character department.

Diversity and learning by doing have been key factors in making the Filmakademie one of Germany’s premiere film schools since its foundation by Albrecht Ade in 1991, according to Managing Director Thomas Schadt. The Filmakademie encourages its students to work and create together and its track record
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The 5th Wave review – sci-fi war games with few surprises

Chloë Grace Moretz battles teen-hating space invaders in this clunky adaptation of a Ya fantasy

This sci-fi fantasy, from the first book in Rick Yancey’s ongoing Ya series, mimics the riffs (feisty heroine, hunky boys, dystopian setting, devious adult corporations, potential love triangles etc) but lacks the cinematic legs of The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. Chloë Grace Moretz is the likable teenager who finds herself fighting a guerrilla war when space invaders (“we call them ‘others’”) terrorise the planet and the army starts rounding up kids to fight in an ugly war. The British director J Blakeson, who worked low-budget wonders on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, handles the shifts and twists of the plot efficiently enough, but the result remains lumpen and crucially lacking in surprise.

At best, this yearns for the youthful grit of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now crossed with the disaster
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Saoirse Ronan Starring in Greta Gerwig’s Drama ‘Lady Bird’

Saoirse Ronan Starring in Greta Gerwig’s Drama ‘Lady Bird’
Saoirse Ronan will star in Greta Gerwig’s drama “Lady Bird.”

Ronan is playing a high-school senior in the film set in Sacramento. Gerwig will direct from her own script. Iac Films is financing “Lady Bird” with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill producing.

The 21-year-old Ronan just receiving an Academy Award best actress nomination. She also nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nods for “Brooklyn,” in which she portrays a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York City in the early 1950s. She also received an Oscar nom for best supporting actress for the 2007 drama “Atonement.”

Ronan’s other credits include “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” “City of Ember,” “The Way Back,” “The Host,” “How I Live Now” and Wes Anderson’s comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Ronan will make her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which Rudin is also producing.
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New Teaser Trailer for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Event Series

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"The past hates trespassers" in the new teaser trailer for Stephen King and J.J. Abrams' 11.22.63 event series, premiering February 15th on Hulu.

"Based upon the best-selling 2011 novel written by King and published by Scribner, 11/22/63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.

A nine-hour event series, 11/22/63 has received a direct-to-series order from Hulu, and the project marks the first original programming collaboration between Hulu and Wbtv. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk are executive producers of 11/22/63. Carpenter will write the teleplay, based on the novel by King. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg is co-executive producer, and Athena Wickham is producer."

An eight-part event series, the first
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Watch: 'Brooklyn' Nyfcc Winner Saoirse Ronan on Instinct, Insecurity, and Meaty Roles for Women: "It's getting better"

Watch: 'Brooklyn' Nyfcc Winner Saoirse Ronan on Instinct, Insecurity, and Meaty Roles for Women:
The first time most of us saw Saoirse Ronan was in Joe Wright's British period war drama"Atonement," as the little girl who gets her sexy older sister (Keira Knightley) into a heap of trouble. It's been seven years since Ronan earned her first and only Oscar nomination. Since then she played a trained assassin in Wright's "Hanna," and acted for directors Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones"), Gillian Armstrong ("Death Defying Acts"), Peter Weir ("The Way Back"), Kevin Macdonald ("How I Live Now") and Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"). When she inevitably returns to the Academy Awards—she won Best Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle—she'll be a young woman. In a way the movie version of Colm Tóibín's book "Brooklyn," nurtured for years by writer Nick Hornby, has been waiting for Ronan to grow up. She's now 21. When we talked about her growth as an actress,
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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Event Series

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"I'm gonna tell you something that's gonna seem crazy." Readers followed time traveling English teacher Jake Epping back to the ’60s in Stephen King's novel 11/22/63, and soon they'll witness his cautionary adventure on the small screen in Hulu's event series adaption of King's work. Ahead of its February 15th debut, the upcoming series is glimpsed in its first teaser trailer.

The first two-hour portion of the eight-part event series was directed by Kevin Macdonald (How I Live Now, The Last King of Scotland).

In addition to James Franco playing the lead role of Jake Epping, the cast includes Chris Cooper as Al Templeton, Sarah Gadon as Sadie Dunhill, Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald, Daniel Webber as Lee Harvey Oswald, George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald, and Leon Rippy as Harry Dunning. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

"Based upon the best-selling 2011 novel written
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Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Event Series Teased in New Photo

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We're less than four months away from the February premiere of Hulu's event series adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63, and a new photo unveiled by EW offers fans their first look at James Franco as time traveling English teacher Jake Epping.

EW's first photo of Franco in 11/22/63 gives a glimpse into the event series that will follow an English teacher who attempts to stop President John F. Kennedy from being killed on that fateful day in Dallas over fifty years ago. The nine-hour event series premieres February 15th on Hulu.

The first two-hour chunk of the series will be directed by Kevin Macdonald (How I Live Now, The Last King of Scotland). In addition to Franco, the cast includes Chris Cooper as Al Templeton, Sarah Gadon as Sadie Dunhill, Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald, Daniel Webber as Lee Harvey Oswald, George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald,
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'Spider-Man' Star Talks Inspiration and 'Civil War' Injury

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'Spider-Man' Star Talks Inspiration and 'Civil War' Injury
When Captain America: Civil War hits theaters next May, the world will be introduced to a new Spider-Man, played by 19-year-old Tom Holland. We haven't heard anything from the actor since he was cast as the new Peter Parker in June, but he spoke to Hey U Guys during a red carpet premiere in London. When one interviewer noticed a gash on his nose, the actor revealed he had an accident on the Captain America: Civil War set, just before his last shot.

"No, no violence. It was my own mistake. I basically fell over and bashed my face in front of about two hundred crew members, so not my most heroic moment! It was luckily just before my last shot; they were like, 'Roll cameras!', I was getting into position, everything went wrong, and they still did the take anyway. It looks great and they'll probably just CGI out all the blood,
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Lff 2015: Brooklyn Comes To London

Lff 2015: Brooklyn Comes To London
Amid whispers of a second Oscar nomination, Saoirse Ronan brought Brooklyn to the BFI London Film Festival last night, and with it a touch of mid-century glitz. Adapted from Colm Tóibín’s 2009 bestseller, the ‘50s-set transatlantic romance is a lavish tearjerker that attracted support from Jim Broadbent, Domhnall Gleeson and a scene-stealing Julie Walters.Her first lead role since 2013’s How I Live Now sees Ronan lead its stellar lineup as Eilis, who ups sticks and boards a ship to New York having struggled to find work at home in rural Ireland. Despite sunny job prospects and a friendly new home at the heart of Brooklyn’s Irish community, adjusting to life in the States proves tough. Still, before long Eilis has a promising career and a blossoming relationship – until tragedy strikes back home, leaving her torn between her two lives. Following an impressively genre-spanning career so far, what drew
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'Take Me To The River' Director Matt Sobel Makes Studio Leap, Will Helm Ya Adaptation 'The Scorpio Races'

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For every success story like Colin Trevorrow and his billion dollar breaking transition from "Safety Not Guaranteed" to "Jurassic World," there are countless others who couldn't quite make the indie leap. Sometimes it's the scale of the project that's overwhelming or the machinations of studio politics that does them in, but it's not an easy journey to make. However, Matt Sobel is going to give it a try. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Take Me To The River’ Features Solid Performances In A Genuinely Peculiar Film The indie director who made his feature debut with "Take Me To The River," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, has been tapped to helm the adaptation of Maggie Stiefvater’s Ya bestseller, "The Scorpio Races." The project has some heavy talent behind it with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg producing, and Jack Thorne ("How I Live Now," "This Is England," "Skins") penning.
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Me, Earl And The Dying Girl Review

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Fresh off a tremendous run at Sundance where it scooped both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, Me, Earl And The Dying Girl manages to triumph where movies like How I Live Now and The Fault In Our Stars flounder. It's the story of Greg and Earl, best friends and socially awkward teenagers who just want to skate through school under the radar, while indulging in their passion for making home movies. Their lives get thrown upside down though when Greg befriends Rachel, a girl dealing with leukemia and the two friends find themselves putting together a movie just for her, hopefully before Rachel runs out of time. What separates this from other recent films that deal with themes of adolescence and death is that Me, Earl And The Dying Girl keeps the focus on the three leads and how they each deal with life. Its a marvellous and quirky story,
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Watch Tom Holland Test His 'Spider-Man' Skills

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Watch Tom Holland Test His 'Spider-Man' Skills
Earlier this week, an image surfaced that reportedly features our first look at Tom Holland as Spider-Man, which will be featured as a part of Disney's D23 Convention this weekend in Anaheim. The authenticity of this photo has yet to be verified, and we'll find out soon enough when the convention gets started. Until then, Tom Holland himself has posted two videos that don't feature the actor in his Spider-Man suit, but do display some of the skills he very well may be using in the Spider-Man reboot.

Holland posted these videos to his Instagram page, which were taken on his family vacation. The first video showcases his impressive rock-climbing skills, which will surely come in handy as Peter Parker. The second features the actor pulling off a huge leap into water. The young actor only has a handful of film and TV credits to his name, and, impressive as they may be (The Impossible,
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'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling join 'The Sense of an Ending'

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'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling join 'The Sense of an Ending'
Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) to begin shooting next week.

Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery have joined Jim Broadbent in the film adaptation of The Sense Of An Ending, Julian Barnes’ 2011 Man Booker Prize winning novel.

Broadbent will play divorced retiree Tony Webster, who learns that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica, left in her will a diary kept by his best friend who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways.

Tony’s quest to recover the diary, now in Veronica’s possession, forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self.

Also joining the cast are rising British actors Billy Howle, soon to appear opposite Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan in the big screen adaptation of Chekov’s The Seagull; Freya Mavor (Sunshine on Leith, The White Queen); and Joe Alwyn; recently cast as the eponymous star in Ang Lee’s upcoming
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‘Downton Abbey’s’ Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling Join ‘The Sense of an Ending’

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling Join ‘The Sense of an Ending’
London — “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Emily Mortimer have joined the cast of “The Sense of an Ending,” which stars the previously announced Jim Broadbent.

Rampling’s recent credits include “45 Years,” for which she won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, while Mortimer appeared in Martin Scorsese’s movies “Hugo” and “Shutter Island,” and Aaron Sorkin’s TV drama “The Newsroom.” Walter has been in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel” and Joe Wright’s “Atonement.”

Playwright Nick Payne wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from the 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes. The film is directed by Ritesh Batra, who helmed BAFTA-nominated “The Lunchbox.” It starts to shoot on Aug. 16. Shooting takes place over seven weeks on location in London and Bristol.

Also joining the cast are three up-and-coming British actors: Billy Howle (soon to appear opposite Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play to open in London next year; Not a prequel

We have some very exciting news this morning for fans of Harry Potter. Author J.K. Rowling took to her Twitter account earlier to announce that a new stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would open in London’s Palace Theatre next year.

Rumours have been rampant for a few years that a West End play was in the works however now it is official. The new play will apparently explore the early days of Harry’s life and even delve further into the lives of Harry’s parents James and Lily before they were murdered by Lord Voldermort. But in a strange twist – and despite what a lot of other websites are reporting – Rowling also revealed that the play won’t be a prequel and “will tell a new story”.

The play was written by Jack Thorne (This Is England ’90, How I Live Now) from a story
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