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Park Chan-wook and Florence Pugh Teaming Up for John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

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Park Chan-wook and Florence Pugh Teaming Up for John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’
Park Chan-wook isn’t done adapting English novels. After bringing Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” to the silver screen in the form of last year’s masterful “The Handmaiden,” the Korean auteur is now set to direct a six-part adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Little Drummer Girl” starring Florence Pugh.

Read More:‘Lady Macbeth’ Review: Florence Pugh Is a Persecuted Woman Who Takes Control In Powerful Dark Drama

The news comes courtesy of the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who adds that the BBC TV project begins shooting next year. Pugh has won acclaim for her lead performance in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” itself a literary adaptation; she’ll next appear opposite Liam Neeson in “The Commuter.” Le Carré’s novels have been adapted for the screen more than a dozen times, including the films “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Constant Gardener,” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

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‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie

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‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie
The Oscar race isn’t over until the last movie screens, and this year one of the final contenders to be unveiled will be “Phantom Thread.” The drama marks the hugely anticipated reunion between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, who last worked together a decade ago on “There Will Be Blood.” The Upton Sinclair-inspired drama earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and gave Day-Lewis his second trophy for Best Actor (he’d make history and win a third for “Lincoln” five years later), so anyone would be foolish to underestimate just how big “Phantom Thread” will be this awards season.

Focus Features has been keeping a majority of the details surrounding the movie under lock and key, although the official trailer was finally released on October 23, teasing a gorgeously shot drama about the romantic obsessions of a self-destructive artist. “Phantom Thread” seems to operating
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International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation

International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation
In today’s International Newswire, MipJunior sees a growing flow of kids’ content coming onto the market, Chiwetel Ejiofor starts to shoot his directorial debut in Malawi, five feature debuts compete at the European Film Awards, a report finds scripted TV production in the U.S. declined last year, and Showmax is to make a Polish version of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Cannes’ Mipcom trade-fair, which closed on Thursday, was the first in several years when unscripted was as much part of the conversation as scripted. In fact, it was a tale of three markets. If Mipcom was “bright, brisk and bustley,” as ReedMidem’s TV division director Laurine Garaude described it at her customary last day of the market wrap, MipJunior was one of the busiest events in recent years, judged by news flow, and big company presence – Mattel tub-thumping its overhaul of the “Thomas the Tank Engine” IP, for instance.

Buyers, whose
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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)
Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun production in Malawi on his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which he will also star.

The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood.

The news was announced Thursday by by Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Potboiler ProductionsAndrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s...
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Gets An Official Title & Synopsis

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film has received an official title and new synopsis. They were released by Focus Features on the film’s official website. The name of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, will be Phantom Thread, the story set in the fashion industry in 1950’s London.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Phantom Thread from Paul Thomas Anderson. The writer/director will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

Lesley Manville (Maleficent), Camilla Rutherford (The Darjeeling Limited) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man) are also amongst the cast.

Phantom Thread will be produced
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‘Stoner’: Casey Affleck Set to Star in Joe Wright-Directed Adaptation of John Williams’ Novel

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Blumhouse Productions, Cohen Media Group (Cmg), and Film4 have today announced a massive team-up: a big screen adaption of John Williams’ novel “Stoner” that will pair up Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck (in the title role) and multiple BAFTA-winning director Joe Wright, aided by a Andrew Bovell-penned screenplay. Based on Williams’ 1965 novel, the film will follow “the hardscrabble life of William Stoner, a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th century.”

While Williams first published the book in the mid-sixties, but reissues by both Vintage and New York Review Books Classics in the early aughts helped propel it to the admiration that previously eluded it (the book sold just 2,000 copies in its first run, and went out of print a year later). Blumhouse optioned the book in 2011.

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Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author

Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author
British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos (“Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”) and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will produce.

The project is based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1987 novel about the lives of immigrants who played a large role in the building of the city of Toronto in the early 1900s. The story focuses on romance and class conflict amidst the clash between immigrant workers and the ruling elite.

“In the Heart of a Lion” introduced the characters Hana and David Caravaggio, who were also in Ondaatje’s 1992 novel “The English Patient.” The Anthony Minghella adaptation of the novel won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche in the role of Hana.
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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'

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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'
Simon Beaufoy to adapt screenplay about immigrant workers in Toronto.

Serendipity Point Films, Film4 and Potboiler Productions are partnering on a feature version of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin Of A Lion.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer whose credits include 127 Hours and The Full Monty, will adapt the screenplay.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood are on board as producers on Ondaatje’s sweeping 1987 saga of love and class.

In The Skin Of A Lion takes place in Toronto in the early 1900s and chronicles the lives and loves of immigrant workers who built the city.

The book set the scene for Ondaatje’s The English Patient, which is regarded as a sequel of sorts. The late Anthony Minghella adapted that novel, which famously went on to win nine Oscars .

Serendipity Point’s recent productions include Barney’s Version and the drama Remember starring Christopher Plummer.

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'The Night Manager' firm hires former Film4 exec Anna Higgs

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The Ink Factory makes three hires.

The Night Manager outfit The Ink Factory has made three hires, including former Film4 executive Anna Higgs.

Higgs, most recently creative director at digital channel Nowness will join as head of story worlds and marketing.

She will work alongside Emma Broughton, head of development. According to the company, Higgs will lead on strategy for building film and TV projects into immersive narratives across different platforms.

Based in London, she will also be tasked with growing the company’s in-house digital team and overseeing audience development and marketing functions.

Meanwhile, Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb both join Broughton’s team as script executives.

Gottlieb previously script-edited Hooten And The Lady for Red Planet Pictures, and was a story producer at Nutopia, script consultant for Euston Films, head of development at MakeFilm, and acquisitions assistant at Fine Line Features.

Johnston began work as a script editor on The Bill before joining Kudos where she
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Turkish Horror Hilm Naciye Flips the Script on the Home-invasion Sub-Genre

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Now Available on VOD and Digital Download on AmazonVideo and Vimeo OnDemand, with Other Platforms Coming Soon! (Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2017) Award-winning Turkish actress Derya Alabora (“Innocence,” “When We Leave,” “A Most Wanted Man”) stars as the title character “Naciye” (pronounced Na-djee-a) in Lütfü Emre Çiçek’s feature directorial debut “Naciye.” The film …

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Turkish Horror ‘Naciye’ is Finally on VOD

Turkish Horror ‘Naciye’ is Finally on VOD
Award-winning Turkish actress Derya Alabora (Innocence, When We Leave, A Most Wanted Man) stars as the title character Naciye (read our review) in Lutfu Emre Cicek’s feature film directorial debut, which originally premiered at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in 2015. It’s now on VOD with a DVD release set for April 11th, Bloody learned. In Naciye, “a pregnant couple (Esin […]
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Film Gets Christmas Day Release

After the announcement that production kicked off on Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-LewisThere Will Be Blood reunion, things have been fairly quiet from the London set. With a working title of Phantom Thread, we know the film “illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society,” but not much else. Also starring Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies, Another Year), Richard Graham (Vera Drake, Titanic), and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man, Hanna), another piece of the puzzle has arrived: we now know when the film will arrive.

Considering PTA’s usually extensive post-production process and the initial vague release window of late 2017, it’s not necessarily a surprise, but during the Focus Features presentation at Cinema Con today, a Christmas Day release was confirmed. Presumably a limited debut with a wider release in January, there’s currently no other limited releases scheduled
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Dave Bautista to Co-Star with Jodie Foster in New Thriller Hotel Artemis

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Daily Dead recently caught up with Dave Bautista at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of his new film Bushwick, and it's been announced at the European Film Market in Berlin that the actor has now joined Jodie Foster in the thriller Hotel Artemis, which will take place in a hospital for criminals.

Press Release: Berlin – The Ink Factory, a multi-platform production company dedicated to high-end story telling through film, television and on digital, today announced that Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) will join Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) in Drew Pearce’s (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) much-anticipated directorial debut Hotel Artemis. Lionsgate launched international sales on the Ink Factory financed and produced action thriller at this week’s Berlin Efm (European Film Market), with Wme Global handling U.S. rights.

Best Picture Academy Award nominee Marc Platt (La La Land,
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Production underway on Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ latest film

Focus Features has announced that production is underway on Paul Thomas Anderson’s as-yet-untitled new film, which reteams him with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis.

The film is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London, and “illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.”

Day-Lewis will be joined in the cast of the film by Lesley Manville (Another Year) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man).
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Paul Thomas Anderson Begins Shooting New Movie with Daniel Day-Lewis

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Paul Thomas Anderson Begins Shooting New Movie with Daniel Day-Lewis
Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus Features' Hanna. Focus holds worldwide rights to the film, and will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.

The film's producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna. Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century.
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Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama Rounds Out Cast

Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama Rounds Out Cast
Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps have joined Daniel Day-Lewis in the Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled film about the world of high fashion in 1950s London.

Production began this week in the U.K. for Focus Features, which announced in September that it had obtained worldwide rights to the project.

Manville has been in several of Mike Leigh’s films including “Secrets and Lies” and “Another Year,” for which she received a BAFTA Best Actress nomination. Krieps’ credits include “A Most Wanted Man” and Focus FeaturesHanna.

Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution. The film’s producers are JoAnne Sellar; Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures; and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.

The collaboration between Anderson and Day-Lewis
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Production Begins On Paul Thomas Anderson Film Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus FeaturesHanna.

Focus holds worldwide rights to the film, and will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.

The film’s producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century.
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Lesley Manville and Richard Graham Join Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Film

At long last, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-LewisThere Will Be Blood reteam — which is set in the 1950s fashion industry in London — began production over the last few days, but aside from some photographic proof, Focus Features have been silent regarding the additional cast and crew. With a working title of Phantom Thread, a few readers have done some digging and we’ve got a few more members to add to the ensemble.

First up, taking a page from Mike Leigh’s handbook, Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies, Another Year) and Richard Graham (Vera Drake, Titanic) have both joined the film, as noted on talent agency pages. An actress spotted in set photos has also been identified as Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man, Hanna). For hailing from Luxembourg, she’d certainly fit the initial casting net of “young actresses of Eastern European descent” for the female lead, so
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Sundance: Salma Hayek’s ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ Goes to Roadside, FilmNation

Sundance: Salma Hayek’s ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ Goes to Roadside, FilmNation
Roadside Attractions and FilmNation Entertainment have bought North American rights to “Beatriz at Dinner.” The comedy debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, earning praise for Salma Hayek’s lead role as a holistic healer. Although written and produced before Donald Trump assumed the presidency, many critics also noted that the picture had a topical air. It follows Hayek’s character, an immigrant from Mexico, as she faces off with a tough-minded real estate mogul and billionaire, played by John Lithgow. The parallels are difficult to miss.

Beatriz at Dinner” was written by Mike White and directed by Miguel Arteta, the team behind “Chuck & Buck.” In a Variety review, chief film critic Owen Gleiberman praised the directing and writing duo, writing that “they’ve created the kind of Trump-tweaking film that specialty audiences will surely want in 2017: one that says there are two American destinies now, and that
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