The inaugural El Gouna Film Festival will kick off Sept. 22, bringing with it a polished lineup of both Middle Eastern and global cinema and a slew of roundtables, meet-and-greets and networking opportunities between emerging young filmmakers and industry heavyweights.
At El Gouna’s core, says co-founder Intishal Al Tamini, is a commitment to humanitarian content, and the use of film as a bridge for dialogue and creative intellect.
Those are lofty goals for a freshman festival in a region mired by conflict and marked by decades of censorship, but the odds that lay stacked against the fest, Al Tamini says, have actually helped draw a wellspring of international support and cooperation.
“When you take the Middle East and North Africa, you
Headed up by writer-director Ryan Coogler, not only is Black Panther a historic addition to the McU in its own right – Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation began life as the first black superhero in mainstream comics – but coming out of his appearance in Civil War, fans are curious to know more about the fictional nation of Wakanda.
Built on a vast reserve of vibranium, the super-powered metal responsible for Cap’s shield (and T’Challa’s skin-tight suit!), Wakanda is situated in a radically advanced corner of Africa. Still licking his wounds after the events of Civil War, T’Challa then returns home to find his
Alan Root was a pioneering wildlife film-maker whose life often seemed to be something out of an Indiana Jones movie. Yet despite his larger-than-life character he always put the animals’ story at the heart of his films, and prided himself on “keeping it real” throughout his long and innovative career. In the words of Sir David Attenborough, “Alan Root made natural history film-making grow up.”
Alan, who has died aged 80, was one of the first people to bring Africa’s wildlife to our screens. He was best known for his contributions to Anglia Television’s long-running series Survival, many made in partnership with his first wife, Joan. One of these – the 1978 film Mysterious Castles of Clay, about the hidden life of a termite mound – was nominated for an Academy Award. He also introduced Dian Fossey to her first mountain gorillas,
"That was the intention. You know, because it’s 2017," John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the film with Jonathan Goldstein, told Et at the movie's Los Angeles premiere on June 28.
"It was also important to make this the real world. The Marvel universe lives in a real sort of place, so we wanted to be a part of a real school. The real school is in New York," added Goldstein.
The Spider-Man first created by Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the 1960s did live in a "real sort of place," but a seemingly
In a recent profile with Interview Magazine, Wright, best known for her work on Humans and Doctor Who, spilled the beans about Shuri, her character in Black Panther. The actress stated, “She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind,
That increased popularity for his acting has helped Oyelowo get films like A United Kingdom made.
Directed by Amma Asante (Belle), Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, the future king of the African nation of Botswana, who while attending college in England during the ‘40s, falls in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a working class British woman, only for them to learn that their interracial love wouldn’t be accepted by either of their countries. On returning home to be inaugurated, the obstacles become clearer as Seretse’s regent uncle and various British politicos want to separate him from Ruth even after they’ve been married.
Curtis’ screenplay credits include “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “War Hose” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“The Valentine Davies Award is given to that Wgaw member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.
“We can think of no better recipient than Richard Curtis. He is not only one of our best screenwriters but a man who has used his gifts and his position to combat poverty and injustice. Curtis is an exemplar of empathy. His work resonates strongly on the screen, and his charitable efforts have
The Oscars have been a source of contention for the last two years — but that is poised to change this year. At the source of the controversy is a lack of non-white performers among the 20 slots in the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress categories. Let’s see just how many minorities — of black, Asian, and hispanic descent — have been honored by the Academy since 2000.
#OscarsSoWhite is the term that has been used to describe the phenomenon of having non-white thespians completely shut out of the acting categories at the 2015 and 2016 ceremonies. Nearly all of Hollywood and the press have spoken out about this occurrence, though it looks like the 2017 ceremony could shape up to be one of the most diverse in history. Here is a breakdown of every nominee and winner post-2000:
For the 2000 ceremony, there was one minority for each acting category.
Ramonda was a woman from South Africa who won the heart of T'Chaka King of Wakanda after his previous wife N'Yami died giving birth to T'Challa. She was surrogate mother to Hunter and T'Challa and with T'Chaka produced a daughter named Shuri.
Bassett makes a great addition to an already fantastic cast that includes Chadwick Boseman in the title role alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.
Black Panther is being directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), and the film arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018. To catch up on all of our previously released Black Panther movie news,
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Joffe is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ashton based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist.” Whitaker portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana).
The film is currently in production. Wme Global handled North American rights, with 13 Films handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market.
Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is also producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”) and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said: “The depth in ‘The Forgiven’ is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of
Sierra/Affinity will introduce to international buyers at the Afm this week.
Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer have joined Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams on Brad’s Status, which Mike White is currently shooting about a father who still harbours feelings of jealousy towards his old school friends.Ske, Plan B and Dave Bernad are producing.
Saban Films has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm. Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. The film is currently in production and Joffé produces alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat
Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa.
The story charts Tutu’s struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld, played by Bana, over issues of redemption. The film is currently in production.
Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films. The Fyzz Facility provides financing.
Ddi has acquired worldwide sales rights to the comedy Ripped starring stand-up comic Russell Peters, Faizon Love, Kyle Massey and Alex Meneses. Brad Epstein’s feature directorial debut centres on two stoners who fast forward 30 years to 2016 after smoking top-secret CIA pot. Epstein produced
Now, thanks to a casting notice, we have answers to both of those questions.
Tammy Smith Casting has put up a notice, seeking African-American actors to be extras in Black Panther,
Whitaker (Roots, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he’ll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa.
Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
Whitaker (Roots, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he'll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa. Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.