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Scene-Stealer Tom Hollander on ‘A Private War,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Bird Box’

  • Variety
Scene-Stealer Tom Hollander on ‘A Private War,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Bird Box’
The holidays have come early for fans of Tom Hollander, with a plethora of new projects for the English actor who has emerged as one of the season’s favorite scene-stealers. Hollander has proven equally at home in period pieces (“Gosford Park”), wordy farce (“In the Loop”), action blockbusters (two “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), or even acting opposite himself (playing twins in last year’s “Breathe.”)

Hollander is now on screens in two films, giving advice and managing Queen in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and playing editor Sean Ryan to Rosamund Pike’s heroic journalist Marie Colvin in “A Private War.” Later this year he’ll bring his special brand of ambiguous menace to “Bird Box” with Sandra Bullock, which premiered Monday night at AFI Fest. He’ll also be heard as Tabaqui the hyena (don’t call him a jackal!) in “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” from his “Breathe” director Andy Serkis.
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‘Bird Box’ Film Review: Sandra Bullock Battles Her Fears in Thoughtful Thriller

  • The Wrap
‘Bird Box’ Film Review: Sandra Bullock Battles Her Fears in Thoughtful Thriller
There is no shortage of post-apocalyptic thrillers in film; audiences seem to be obsessed with watching, analyzing and thinking about when and how humanity will reach its end. “Bird Box,” the upcoming Netflix sci-fi thriller adapted from Josh Malerman’s novel, offers both an interesting take on the end of the world and riveting, emotional insights on survival, parenthood, and humanity itself.

Director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”) uses a very intuitive and keen style that combines the wise use of environment, as well as the innate psychology of a woman facing an uncertain journey that requires her to ultimately face her biggest fear: connection. Many will be tempted to compare it to “A Quiet Place,” and while the two share many similarities, “Bird Box” differs by building its thrills on emotion rather than playing with the quiet anticipation of the unexpected.

The film opens as Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is
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‘Bird Box’ Review: Netflix’s Sandra Bullock Thriller Is So Intense You’ll Want to Cover Your Eyes — AFI Fest

‘Bird Box’ Review: Netflix’s Sandra Bullock Thriller Is So Intense You’ll Want to Cover Your Eyes — AFI Fest
If ever you find yourself trying to survive the end of the world, don’t look to Malorie (Sandra Bullock) for an inspiring pep talk. “Bird Box” begins with her telling two small children to do exactly as she says if they want to survive, with the most important lesson being to never remove their blindfolds — if they look at it, they will die. We won’t know what it is for some time, but the urgency in her voice comes across to us just as clearly as it does to Boy and Girl (the meaning of whose names — or lack thereof — will likewise be made clear in time).

Bullock convincingly transforms herself into a gritty survivalist in Susanne Bier’s gripping thriller, which brings to mind everything from “The Road” to “The Happening” as it carves a space for itself in the post-apocalyptic canon. She’s joined in the ensemble by Trevante Rhodes,
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Insights: Netflix Really Wants To Win Some Oscars, So It’s Changing Its Whole Strategy For Big Films And Filmmakers

As Oscar season grinds into gear, one of the most interesting questions has been whether Netflix would finally bow to old-school tradition or once again try to turn Hollywood convention upside down.

Netflix (and its filmmakers) want to win some Oscars.

The streaming giant has bowed to tradition, it turns out, but only a bit, accommodating the desires of some of the world's best filmmakers for their promising Oscar contenders. It's a notable compromise that could once again nudge the rest of the movie business a little further into the future.

So what happened?

Pretty much at the same time that Netflix reported adding another 7 million subscribers (it's now at 137 million worldwide) and issued $2 billion more in junk-bond debt (it's now at $10 billion), it also set one- to three-week theatrical-only releases for three films before they debut online.

Day-and-date no more.

That's a big step for Netflix, which long maintained
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Netflix Cancels ‘Bird Box’ Red Carpet at AFI Fest Due to Ongoing California Wildfires

In light of the ongoing wildfires in California, Netflix has opted to cancel the AFI Fest red carpet for “Bird Box.” It did the same with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” last night, but in both cases the actual screening is taking place as scheduled. Tonight’s event marks the world premiere of the film, which stars Sandra Bullock and is directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier.

Netflix released a statement announcing its decision:

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned. We thank you in advance for understanding and encourage you to support one of the many organizations who are helping those impacted.

The statement also included contact information for local Red Cross and Humane Society chapters.
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

  • Deadline
Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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Netflix cancels 'Bird Box' red carpet in wake of California fires, shootings

AFI Fest screening to go ahead at Tcl Chinese Theater Hollywood on Monday night.

Netflix has cancelled Monday night’s (12) red carpet for Sandra Bullock horror-thriller Bird Box out of respect for the victims of the California wildfires and last week’s gun massacre in Thousand Oaks.

The AFI Fest screening will go ahead at the Tcl Chinese Theater Hollywood. Netflix cancelled the red carpet for Sunday’s presentation of the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

In a statement Netflix said, “Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires.
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Netflix cancels 'Bird Box' AFI Fest red carpet in response to Woolsey fire, Thousand Oaks massacre

AFI Fest screening to go ahead at Tcl Chinese Theater Hollywood on Monday night.

Netflix has cancelled Monday night’s (12) red carpet for Sandra Bullock horror-thriller Bird Box out of respect for the victims of the Woolsey wildfire and last week’s gun massacre in Thousand Oaks.

The AFI Fest screening will go ahead at the Tcl Chinese Theater Hollywood. Netflix cancelled the red carpet for Sunday’s presentation of the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

In a statement Netflix said, “Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires.
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Netflix Cancels AFI Fest Red Carpet for Sandra Bullock's 'Bird Box' Amid Fires

Netflix has canceled Monday's red carpet for the AFI Fest premiere of Sandra Bullock's Bird Box out of respect for those affected by the southern California wildfires.

The screening for the film, which was directed by Susanne Bier and also stars John Malkovich and Sarah Paulson, will still take place Nov. 12 at the Tcl Chinese Theater.

This is the second red carpet cancellation for the streamer, which axed the AFI carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also canceled the Nov. 11 carpet and after party for their family comedy Instant Family, starring ...
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Giveaway – Win a Mile 22 movie prize package, including Blu-ray, hat, sling bag and more!

Starting on Tuesday, November 13th, audiences will be able to pick up a copy of 2018’s Mark Wahlberg-led action-thriller Mile 22 on 4k, Blu-ray and DVD, as well as rent it at Redbox and on digital platforms; with the film’s home video release date quickly approaching, Flickering Myth has an amazing Mile 22 merchandise bundle to give away to one lucky winner (please note: this giveaway is open to resident of the United States only).

For the promotion, Flickering Myth is teaming up with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Pi-Nutrition to deliver these awesome prizes to our audience. Pi-Nutrition (Performance Inspired Nutrition) is a fitness company co-founded by Wahlberg that aims to inspire people to “live a more active and healthy lifestyle” through its all natural, high-quality sports nutrition and protein supplements. The company also is dedicated to giving back through charitable contributions to the community.

The winner
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Katherine McNamara Boards Charlie Day’s ‘El Tonto’; Brandon Wilson Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘Torrance’

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Katherine McNamara Boards Charlie Day’s ‘El Tonto’; Brandon Wilson Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘Torrance’
Exclusive: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments star Katherine McNamara has joined Charlie Day’s Hollywood satire El Tonto which also stars Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeiks, John Malkovich, Edie Falco and Ray Liotta among others. The comedy tells the story of a mute man, played by Day, who becomes a Hollywood sensation. McNamara’s character is described as a being a campaign manager for the mayor, who is a recent chipper UCLA grad. McNamara recently joined season 7 of Arrow in a pivotal recurring role as Maya, a scrappy street fighter and thief from Star City. The final season of Shadowhunters is airing next year. McNamara is repped by the Gersh Agency, Atlas Artists and Jackoway Austen.

Brandon Wilson has been added to Gavin O’Connor’s Warner Bros. title Torrance which is currently shooting. Pic follows a former basketball all-star, played by Ben Affleck, who has lost his wife and family in a struggle with addiction.
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'Bird Box' Director on Netflix Film's Theatrical Run, Hollywood Portrayals of Motherhood

'Bird Box' Director on Netflix Film's Theatrical Run, Hollywood Portrayals of Motherhood
Some directors are drawn to a project because of its script. But for Susanne Bier, helmer of Netflix's Bird Box, it came down to a singular image: a blindfolded woman gripping two kids in an unimaginably hostile environment — postapocalyptic America.

The film, which stars John Malkovich, Bd Wong, Lil Rel Howery, Jacki Weaver and Sarah Paulson, follows Sandra Bullock's Malorie, a reluctant mother, as she attempts to keep herself and two children safe after a mysterious, invisible being — one that causes people to kill themselves seemingly for no reason — plagues the world.

Ahead of Bird Box'...
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Ten Best Political Thrillers

  • Cinelinx
With politics on our minds for Election Day, we've created this list of the best politically-motivated films. We promise they will cause less anxiety and be more fun than actual politics.

Although ultimately important, politics can lead to conflict and stress. Also, bureaucracy in action can be just plain boring. Thankfully, when Hollywood makes films about politics, they tend to be exciting, thought-provoking, and empowering. Full of juicy conspiracy theories, shedding light on real life events, and empowering the viewer to make a difference in the world around them, political thrillers are an important and entertaining sub-genre.

To help get your mind off of the turmoil that is election day, I put together this list of the best political thrillers. To be considered for this list, I tried to only consider films where the politics are the main motivation for the films’ plot. Here, I define politics as a struggle
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Clark Duke’s Arkansas adds John Malkovich, Michael K. Williams and Vivica A. Fox

After casting Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective) in Arkansas, the crime drama has added more talent in Clark Duke’s (Kick-Ass) directorial debut. Variety has revealed that John Malkovich (Mile 22), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire) and Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill Vol. 1) will join the pair in the film.

The film will see Hemsworth and Duke as “a pair of low level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin, played by Vaughn, whom they’ve never met. But when a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences ensue.” No details have been given on the roles Malkovich, Williams and Fox will be portraying.

Malkovich will be seen next in the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile while Williams gained a role in Netflix’s Central Park 5 miniseries and will be seen next in HBO’s Lovecraft County.
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Storyboard Media Takes On Sales Rights To Brendan Fraser Starrer ‘Line Of Descent’, First Look — Afm

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Storyboard Media Takes On Sales Rights To Brendan Fraser Starrer ‘Line Of Descent’, First Look — Afm
Exclusive: Storyboard Media will handle worldwide sales on Rohit Karn Batra’s crime-thriller Line Of Descent starring Brendan Fraser, Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, and Max Beesley.

Line of Descent follows an established Indian mafia family after the death of their patriarch. Things brew to boiling point as his three sons go to war over the future of their criminal enterprise, while an accomplished cop conducts an undercover operation amidst their infighting. On the side-lines a manipulative arms-dealer sees an opportunity to increase his bottom line and conspires with all the brothers. Above is a first look still from the movie.

Storyboard is introducing the movie to buyers this week during Afm. Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Guy J. Louthan and Rohit Karn Batra, and Jai Khanna of Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Writer/director/producer Rohit Karn Batra said, “Elisabeth and her team at Storyboard Media bring tremendous credibility,
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‘Bird Box’s Sandra Bullock Donned A Blindfold For Fresh Take On Motherhood – The Contenders La

  • Deadline
‘Bird Box’s Sandra Bullock Donned A Blindfold For Fresh Take On Motherhood – The Contenders La
While Sandra Bullock would eventually fall in love with Bird Box—a Netflix horror-thriller based on a novel by Josh Malerman and directed by Susanne Bier—the Oscar winner had quite a different reaction to the material in her first interaction with it some years ago.

“I thought it was intriguing, but there was something about it that didn’t click,” she told Deadline’s Pete Hammond during the Netflix film’s panel at Deadline’s The Contenders award-season event Saturday at the DGA Theater. “I don’t relate to someone who doesn’t want to be a mother; I don’t relate to someone who isn’t warm and can’t love freely. Then I read it a few years ago and it hit me in a way that I can’t explain.”

Directed by Bier from Eric Heisserer’s script, Bird Box follows Malorie (Bullock), a woman who
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Steven Quale Directing Shark Thriller ‘Alphas’ for Voltage Pictures

  • Variety
Steven Quale Directing Shark Thriller ‘Alphas’ for Voltage Pictures
Aliens of the Deep” director Steven Quale is set to direct aquatic thriller “Alphas,” based on the screenplay by Frank Hannah. Finance and sales are by Voltage Pictures.

The story sees a school of great white sharks terrorize a coastal town. The town’s only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer.

Production is by Nicolas Chartier for Voltage, Pierre Morel (“Taken”) and Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin. Jonathan Deckter, president and COO of Voltage, will executive produce. The film is being pitched at the American Film Market.

Describing “Alphas” as “highly commercial yet sophisticated,” Chartier said: “Steven Quale has a formidable track record of bringing beautifully made blockbusters.” Quale, a protégé of James Cameron, has credits that also include New Line Cinema’s “Final Destination 5” and action thriller “Into the Storm.”

Hannah is a Scottish-born screenwriter and filmmaker,
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Steven Quale Will Direct Aquatic Thriller ‘Alphas’ For Voltage Pictures

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Steven Quale Will Direct Aquatic Thriller ‘Alphas’ For Voltage Pictures
Steven Quale is set to direct the upcoming aquatic thriller Alphas, based on the screenplay by Frank Hannah (The Cooler).

The deep sea epic centers on a school of great white sharks terrorizing a coastal town. The only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer.

Producers include Academy Award-winning Nicolas Chartier for Voltage Pictures, Pierre Morel and Sentient Entertainment’s, Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin. Jonathan Deckter, President and COO of Voltage Pictures will executive produce.

In addition to producing, Voltage Pictures will also finance the film and is handling worldwide sales for the VFX thriller.

“Alphas typifies the kind of highly commercial, yet sophisticated films that attract buyers to the Voltage slate,” said Nicolas Chartier, CEO of Voltage Pictures. “Steven Quale has a formidable
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Jessica Chastain is All Bloodied Up in This First Photo From Her Action Film Eve

Jessica Chastain recently started shooting her upcoming action thriller Eve, and as you can see it looks like she’s gone through one hell of a beating.

Chastain takes on the role of a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, “traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival.”

Eve is being directed by Tate Taylor and it also stars Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths), Common (The Hate U Give), John Malkovich (Red), Geena Davis (A League of Their Own) and Joan Chen (Judge Dredd).

I’m a fan of Jessica Chastain’s work and this sounds like it’s going to be an awesome film project for her to take on.
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John Malkovich, Michael K. Williams, Vivica Fox Join ‘Arkansas’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
John Malkovich, Michael K. Williams, Vivica Fox Join ‘Arkansas’ (Exclusive)
John Malkovich, Michael Kenneth Williams and Vivica A. Fox have joined Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn in Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut “Arkansas.”

The film follows a pair of low-level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, portrayed by Hemsworth and Duke, who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin, played by Vaughn, whom they’ve never met. But when a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences ensue. Principal photography began this week in Alabama.

Producers on “Arkansas” are Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock and Storyboard Media. Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman funded the film and will serve as executive producers alongside Hercules Film Fund. Executive producers include Rhea Films’ Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti, Don Kee Prods.’ Jason Allison, Michael S. Smith and Franchesca Lantz, Andre Relis, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Phil Kim.

Vmi Worldwide is handling sales
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