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Gal Gadot's birthday surprise for Ali Fazal

Actor Ali Fazal, who is currently busy shooting in London for his international project "The Death On The Nile", has received a special surprise on his birthday from co-stars Gal Gadot and Annette Bening.

Ali turned a year older on Tuesday and to mark his birthday, Gadot and Bening took him out on an impromptu dinner post shoot.

Posting videos and pictures of the celebratory dinner on Instagram, Ali wrote: "And the birthday ended on a sweet and very co incidental plan manifested at this cute little place with some of my wonderful co actors Annette Bening and Gal Gadot. Thanks for that video Gal, it literally blew the light out of that frame. Also with me was my dear friend Aditya Desai and Sonali cozied up in a booth near the fire.

"I wana thank all my friends and fans from across the globe who poured in with the wishes.
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Film Review: Angelina Jolie in ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’

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With her horned headpiece, impossible alabaster cheekbones and high-camp attitude, Maleficent looms as by far the most iconic villain Disney ever created. Landing Angelina Jolie to play the “Sleeping Beauty” baddie in 2014’s live-action redo was a dream-casting coup for which the studio was rewarded with three-quarters of a billion dollars at the global box office. That’s three-quarters of a billion reasons why the studio would want to dash off a sequel, although I can think of at least one why it should have reconsidered: The “Wicked”-like original went so far in its flip-the-script fairy-tale revisionism that the antagonist had essentially seen the error of her ways by the end — it was her kiss, not Prince Phillip’s, that awakened Aurora — leaving “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” almost no way to live up to its title.

Picking up where the first film left off, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is now
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Idina Menzel in Talks to Play Evil Stepmother in ‘Cinderella’

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Idina Menzel in Talks to Play Evil Stepmother in ‘Cinderella’
Idina Menzel is in negotiations to join Camila Cabello in Sony’s “Cinderella,” portraying the evil stepmother.

The news comes a day after the revelation that Billy Porter was in talks to play Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Sony had no comment on either possible casting.

The stepmother role, also known as Lady Tremaine, is based on the original character from the Cinderella fairy tale created by Charles Perrault in the 17th century.

Menzel is best known as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen,” in which she sang the Academy Award winning song “Let It Go.” She won a Tony for “Wicked” and was nominated for “Rent” and “If/Then.” She reprises her voice role in the upcoming “Frozen 2” and appears in A24’s upcoming crime drama “Uncut Gems.”

Cabello came on to the project in April with “Blockers” director Kay Cannon attached to helm and pen the script.
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Gal Gadot to Play Polish Heroine ‘Irena Sendler’ in Holocaust Drama

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Gal Gadot to Play Polish Heroine ‘Irena Sendler’ in Holocaust Drama
Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot will produce and star in “Irena Sendler,” based on the Polish heroine who saved thousands of Jewish children during the Holocaust.

“Irena Sendler” has been set up with Warner Bros. through Gadot’s newly formed Pilot Wave with producing partner and husband Jaron Varsano. Marc Platt will also produce.

Justine Juel Gillmer, whose credits include “Harry Haft,” will be writing the screenplay, based on Sendler’s work in the Polish underground in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Sendler worked with dozens of others to smuggle out children, provide them with false identification and place them with families. She was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943 and tortured but never revealed any information about the children.

Gadot, a native of Israel, is also producing and starring in “Wonder Woman 1984,” which will open on June 5. She’s starring in Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile
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Gal Gadot Forms Pilot Wave With Jaron Varsano; She’ll Star In & Produce ‘Irena Sendler’ For Warner Bros

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Gal Gadot Forms Pilot Wave With Jaron Varsano; She’ll Star In & Produce ‘Irena Sendler’ For Warner Bros
Exclusive: Gal Gadot has teamed with producing partner and husband Jaron Varsano to form Pilot Wave, a production company that will get started with the fact-based historical thriller Irena Sendler. Gadot will star as the title character for Warner Bros, and she and Varsano will produce with Marc Platt.

Irena Sendler tells the harrowing story of a woman’s defiant stand against Polish Nazi occupation and the incredible network she developed to care for and save 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Following her arrest by the Gestapo during the height of the war, the drama becomes a race against time to save not only herself but the identities of the hidden thousands who’ll face certain execution. Justine Juel Gillmer will be writing the screenplay. She just wrote another harrowing Holocaust film, Harry Haft. Gillmer has worked in film and television in her native Australia, and has worked on numerous shows in the U.
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‘Pose’ Star Billy Porter in Talks to Play Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella’

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‘Pose’ Star Billy Porter in Talks to Play Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella’
“Pose” star Billy Porter is in negotiations to join Camila Cabello in Sony’s reimagined musical version of “Cinderalla.”

If the deal goes through, Porter will play Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Sony had no comment.

Cabello came on to the project in April with “Blockers” director Kay Cannon attached to helm and pen the script. Cabello will be involved in the music for the project, which grew out of an original idea from James Corden. The film will be produced by Corden and Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell73 banner.

The new “Cinderella” will be a music-oriented version of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother. Disney’s 1950 animated drama has received two live-action remakes: 1997’s iteration starring Brandy and Whitney Houston and Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 version with Lily James. The latter grossed $543 million worldwide.

Porter won his first Emmy in the lead actor in a drama
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Watch: Northern Irish Conflict Film ‘Lost Lives,’ Narrated by Liam Neeson, Kenneth Branagh (Exclusive)

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Footage from Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt’s “Lost Lives” offers a glimpse of some of the victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland, known in Britain and Ireland simply as “the Troubles.”

The nonfiction film has its world premiere at the London Film Festival on Thursday. It has a roster of big-name Irish actors narrating, including Kenneth Branagh, Adrian Dunbar, Brendan Gleeson, Susan Lynch and Liam Neeson.

The film project is based on the book of the same title, which was written over seven years by five journalists. They set out to record the circumstances of every single death in the conflict, which was formally ended by the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, although violence has occasionally flared since. The book has 3,700 entries. The final one is for Lyra McKee, a journalist fatally shot in 2019.

Lavery and Hewitt describe the project not as a documentary but “a filmic response to the book.
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James Cellan Jones obituary

Leading light in the direction and production of television drama who made his name with The Forsyte Saga

James Cellan Jones, who has died aged 88, was one of the outstanding directors and producers of British television drama during the postwar era. His single plays, series and serials, from the 1960s to the late 90s, included seven of the 26 episodes of The Forsyte Saga, televised by the BBC in 1967 and watched by audiences of up to 18 million each Sunday night.

The show was also an international success, viewed by around 100 million people in 26 countries, and set the stage for a long line of period TV dramas to follow, including Jim’s own seven-hour production of Olivia Manning’s Fortunes of War (1987), which made international stars of Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.
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‘The King’ is a showcase for Timothee Chalamet but watch out for scene stealer Robert Pattinson

‘The King’ is a showcase for Timothee Chalamet but watch out for scene stealer Robert Pattinson
Timothee Chalamet was determined not to be typecast after his breakout, Oscar-nominated performance in “Call Me By Your Name” two years ago. Since then he has appeared in an eclectic mix of films, each different from the last. His latest, David Michod‘s “The King,” is based on on several plays from William Shakespeare‘s historical plays, collectively referred to as the “Henriad.” It recently screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival and will be released stateside by Netflix on October 11 before it streams starting on November 1.

As Henry V, Chalamet shows a steely brutality mixed with measured strength in a physical role that presents him as a leader amongst much more experienced men. He redeems himself in a part played on-screen previously by Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh. Those knighted actors headlined straightforward adaptations of Shakespeare’s play “Henry V.” This new film, which was written by
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I May or May Not Be Salivating Over How Good the Cast of Death on the Nile Is

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Kenneth Branagh's determination to bring the tales of Hercule Poirot to the big screen will continue next year when Death on the Nile, the follow-up to 2017's Murder on the Orient Express, arrives in theaters. Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries, you have to admit the cast for the first film was pretty spectacular, right? Fortunately the sequel is just as star-studded, with names like Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright joining Branagh. Check out the rest of the cast ahead!

Related: The Shocking Crime That Inspired Murder on the Orient Express
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The Five Best Kenneth Branagh Movies of His Career

Kenneth Branagh is one of those actors that has been firmly ensconced within show business for a long time and yet is not known to every last person despite the depth to which his career has been seen to go. He’s a great and very professional actor and has taken his career in different directions that have seen him gain just as much success throughout the years. You could say that just like anyone else he’s had his missteps in making certain movies since honestly not everyone is going to make a perfect movie every time they step on screen.

The Five Best Kenneth Branagh Movies of His Career
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Kenneth Branagh's Death On The Nile Starts Filming With An All-Star Cast

Richard Jordan Oct 3, 2019

Kenneth Branagh is back to direct and star in his second Agatha Christie adaptation, which features another A-list ensemble.

Kenneth Branagh's star-studded Agatha Christie adaptation Murder On The Orient Express was a surprise hit back in 2017, grossing over $350 million at the worldwide box office. A sequel was always going to be on the cards, and with Christie having written over 30 novels and numerous short stories about Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, there was plenty of source material to mine from.

As teased at the end of the first movie, Branagh and Co have settled on one of the more famous Poirot tales – 1937's Death On The Nile – to adapt next. And, after a few delays, the film has finally started production with, as you might expect, a bulging cast list chock full of A-listers.

Death On The Nile is set aboard a luxury steamer in 1930’s Egypt, as
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Full Cast Revealed For Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile

2017’s Murder on the Orient Express boasted a star-studded cast and made $350 million on a $55 million budget. With those numbers it was inevitable that Kenneth Branagh, who both starred in and directed the movie, would be called back to adapt another Agatha Christie classic. That’s set to be Death on the Nile, which sees iconic detective Hercule Poirot traveling to Egypt to unravel the mystery behind a series of murders.

In keeping with its predecessor, Death on the Nile has an impressive cast. Branagh is returning as Poirot alongside Tom Bateman’s Bouc. They’ll be meeting a cast of characters played by Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

There are definitely some interesting choices here: Russell Brand has been rather quiet on the movie front of late, and I’d wager
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Full Cast List for Death On The Nile Revealed in Photo as Shooting Has Begun

The director and star of the upcoming murder mystery Death on the Nile, Kenneth Branagh, has begun production on the film, and we now have a visual released by 20th Century Fox that shows us the whole lineup for the star-studded film. The first Agatha Christie adaptation that Branagh took on was the 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express, which was also full of star power and was a super fun film to watch. This next story should hold up as well.

The cast for the film includes Branagh back in the role of Hercule Poirot, Annette Bening (Captain Marvel), Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek), Ali Fazal (Victoria & Abdul), Dawn French (French and Saunders), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther
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I May or May Not Be Salivating Over How Good the Cast of Death on the Nile Is

I May or May Not Be Salivating Over How Good the Cast of Death on the Nile Is
Kenneth Branagh's determination to bring the tales of Hercule Poirot to the big screen will continue next year when Death on the Nile, the follow-up to 2017's Murder on the Orient Express, arrives in theaters. Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries, you have to admit the cast for the first film was pretty spectacular, right? Fortunately the sequel is just as star-studded, with names like Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright joining Branagh. Check out the rest of the cast ahead!

Related: The Shocking Crime That Inspired Murder on the Orient Express
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Death On The Nile (2020) Officially Begins Production & Cast Image Released by 20th Century Fox

Death on the Nile Production Begins and Cast Image Released A press release has been issued for Death on the Nile, which will be released in theaters by 20th Century Fox. The press release consists of the full cast listing, its director (Kenneth Branagh), screenwriter (Michael Green), the plotline for the film, location [...]

Continue reading: Death On The Nile (2020) Officially Begins Production & Cast Image Released by 20th Century Fox
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Death on the Nile Cast Revealed as Filming Begins

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Production on Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express sequel, Death on the Nile, has started and will bring together a Stacked cast of suspects. Detective Poirot returns to the big screen for Death on the Nile next, but today, Kenneth Branagh has begun filming the sequel/remake to his previous adaptation of Murder on the […]

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‘Death on the Nile’: Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie Sequel Snags Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, and Armie Hammer

‘Death on the Nile’: Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie Sequel Snags Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, and Armie Hammer
Kenneth Branagh’s first foray into the rich world of Agatha Christie murder mysteries, the 2017 surprise hit “Murder on the Orient Express,” boasted a starry cast of big names, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Lucy Boynton, and Daisy Ridley, so it’s no surprise that his imminent sequel is just as star-studded. As production commences on “Death on the Nile,” based on Christie’s novel of the same name, the full cast has been announced, and it’s a doozy.

Branagh returns as both director and star, slipping back into the famed mustache that makes his hairy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot so hard to miss. He’ll be joined by a motley assortment of potential murderers, including Tom Bateman (who reprises the role of Bouc from “Murder on the Orient Express”), Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey,
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Full ‘Death on the Nile’ Cast Image Reveals Kenneth Branagh’s List of Murder Suspects

Full ‘Death on the Nile’ Cast Image Reveals Kenneth Branagh’s List of Murder Suspects
Kenneth Branagh has finalized his list of suspects for his upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation. 20th Century Fox has released the full Death on the Nile cast list, which is led by Branagh as the famed mustachio-ed detective, Hercule Poirot. After his time on the Orient Express, Poirot finds himself in the Nile, where he must find the […]

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Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile Begins Shooting, Full Cast for Agatha Christie Adaptation Announced

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Production has officially begun on 20th Century Fox's Death on the Nile with director Kenneth Branagh at U.K.'s Longcross Studios and on location in Egypt. Agatha Christie's mystery-thriller reunites the filmmaking team from 2017's Murder on the Orient Express and features an all-star cast Including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

It was announced that shooting on Twentieth Century Fox's Death on the Nile a mystery-thriller based on the book by famed author Agatha Christie, has begun. Based on another celebrated Christie novel, Death on the Nile will be released on October 9, 2020.

Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh returns as director and once again stars as famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. He is joined by an all-star cast of suspects which includes: Tom Bateman
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