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Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer (‘Mary Poppins Returns’): The magical nanny is an ‘antidote’ for our troubled times [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer (‘Mary Poppins Returns’): The magical nanny is an ‘antidote’ for our troubled times [Exclusive Video Interview]
When Rob Marshall first contacted Emily Mortimer about “Mary Poppins Returns” she recalls that it was a film “he felt was necessary in this moment that we’re in now. He wanted to bring back Mary Poppins as a sort of antidote to life.” For that reason, she was “totally swept up in the idea of needing to be part of it.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mortimer and her co-star Ben Whishaw above.

SEEEmily Blunt Interview: ‘Mary Poppins Returns

This followup to the 1964 classic finds the title nanny (Emily Blunt) once again floating into the lives of the Banks family and teaching them some valuable life lessons with the help of a little magic and a few catchy songs. Whishaw takes on the role of the now-adult Michael Banks, who’s struggling to raise his three children after the death of his wife. His sister, Jane (Mortimer), tries to help,
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Hugh Grant: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Reminds Him of Brett Kavanaugh

Hugh Grant: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Reminds Him of Brett Kavanaugh
Hugh Grant resisted television, and it took “A Very English Scandal” director Stephen Frears and writer Russell T. Davies to convince him to make the leap. It was his first TV project since the early 1990s — and it just earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, and one from SAG for TV Movie or Miniseries — Male Actor.

“I was the last of the snobs about television,” Grant recently told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “People tell me that everyone else has gone back to television, or what they call television. But it’s not really telly, is it? It’s streaming, really. I’ve only recently worked out how to use this stuff. My 7-year-old daughter teaches me how to use Netflix.”

Grant said he sees the streaming world as a TV/film hybrid,
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Sundance Unveils Indie Episodics Lineup With Nick Hornby, Kyra Sedgwick Series

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The Sundance Institute has unveiled a dozen independent television series for the upcoming festival in the second year of its Indie Episodics section, including works by Nick Hornby and Kyra Sedgwick.

Sundance also announced on Monday that its Special Events section will include the new season of IFC’s documentary parody series “Documentary Now!” and Gregg Araki’s upcoming Starz show “Now Apocalypse,” executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. The shorts section will include 73 short films from 33 countries chosen from 9,443 submissions — 4,720 from the U.S. and 4,723 international.

Of the projects announced on Monday, 53% were directed or created by one or more women, 51% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26% by one or more people who identify as Lgbtqia. And 12 were supported by Sundance Institute in development.

Kim Yutani, the festival’s director of programming, said, “Our newly-expanded programming team took in a full spectrum of human
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New 2019 Sundance Announcements Include Projects By Stephen Frears, Gregg Araki, Amy Berg & Wu-Tang Clan

Sometimes the Sundance Film Festival takes a few weeks to take shape. This year, the festival has taken off like a rocket with its announcements and has already unveiled the bulk of its lineup. Still, that said, there’s always more to come. Today, the festival unveiled works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts, and Special Events sections of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Highlights include new projects from filmmakers like Stephen Frears, Amy Berg and Gregg Araki’s new work with executive-producer Steven Soderbergh.

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Sundance 2019: #MeToo, Time’s Up, IFC’s ‘Documentary Now!’, Wu-Tang Clan & Lorena Bobbitt Part Of Indie Episodic, Shorts & Special Events Slate

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Of the projects announced in the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections by the Sundance Film Festival today, 53% were directed or created by one or more women, 51% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26% by one or more people who identify as Lgbtqia.

Those stats made a difference in yielding a selection of titles which focus on an array of issues impacting our nation at a divided time, and ever since the election of President Donald Trump, the Park City, Utah cinematic confab remains one of the most vital bullhorns –from last year’s Women’s March and last January’s Respect Rally to launching documentaries about political crusaders (Rbg and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power)–in regards to bridging the gap between differences and calling attention to immediate matters which effect us all before the globe goes sideways.

In regards to those projects addressing women’s issues,
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Nick Hornby, Gregg Araki among Sundance 2019 Indie Episodic, Special Events roster

Nick Hornby, Gregg Araki among Sundance 2019 Indie Episodic, Special Events roster
Special Events include Gregg Araki’s Now Apocalypse.

The second year of the Indie Episodic section at Sundance Film Festival brings world premieres of the Nick Hornby marriage therapy comedy State Of The Union directed by Stephen Frears and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, and Kyra Sedgwick’s Girls Weekend, about a queer daughter who returns for a family gathering in Las Vegas.

Festival programmers have lined up 12 Episodic works, alongside four special events, among them Gregg Araki’s half-hour Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse about the misadventures of four friends in Los Angeles. Steven Soderbergh is among the executive producers.
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Sundance: Rosamund Pike, Wu-Tang Clan, Jordan Peele-Produced Lorena Bobbitt Series Added to Fest

Sundance: Rosamund Pike, Wu-Tang Clan, Jordan Peele-Produced Lorena Bobbitt Series Added to Fest
The Sundance Film Festival on Monday unveiled its lineup of the indie episodic, shorts and special events. Among the standouts are a documentary series from producer Jordan Peele about the infamous case of John and Lorena Bobbitt dubbed Lorena and a comedic series with Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd in the leads titled State of the Union, which was created by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears. Also of note is the series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, which traces the arc of iconic rappers and features the participation of every member. 

Given the impressive list of names ...
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Hollywood Film Tribute: Glenn Close for her excellent performances

We are recognizing Glenn Close for her excellent performances. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking. A six-time Academy Award nominee, Glenn Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp, earning her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction and Stephen FrearsDangerous Liaisons (for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee). Close stars in the title role of Jane Anderson’s film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel, The Wife, with Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater for Swedish director Björn Runge, which opened earlier this year. Close also stars in the title role of Jane Anderson’s stage play, Mother of the Maid,
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The Renaissance Of Hugh Grant: Celebrating Oddities And Torturing Ben Whishaw In ‘Paddington 2’ And ‘A Very English Scandal’

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The Renaissance Of Hugh Grant: Celebrating Oddities And Torturing Ben Whishaw In ‘Paddington 2’ And ‘A Very English Scandal’
Hugh Grant really, really does not like Ben Whishaw. “I want him dead,” he says, softly, as he sips on a cup of tea at the Ritz hotel in London. “He was my wife and I’ve clearly done terrible things to my wife. Then I put him in prison. I tried to kill him on a train. I seduced him, raped him, and tried to have him murdered. He’s been very nice about it.”

It might be the kind of confession he would be best advised to keep to himself, if it hadn’t all happened on screen. Grant’s homicidal leanings are just part of the job. First there was Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis’ wonder which cast Whishaw and Grant in multiple roles, including one pairing as husband and wife. Then, this year, Paddington 2 and A Very English Scandal; two polar opposite projects that nonetheless both
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Daniel Day-Lewis might be retired, but Christian Bale takes up the thesping slack as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’

Daniel Day-Lewis might be retired, but Christian Bale takes up the thesping slack as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’
The first rule about “Vice” is that I can’t reveal much about “Vice” right now, which opens on December 25. There is a massive wall of an embargo in place that I shall not cross. But I will tell you about a thought that floated through my mind multiple times while watching Christian Bale’s transfixing transformation into the venomous, vile and wholly reprehensible political animal known as Dick Cheney.

I don’t feel so bad about Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting anymore.

What this 47-year-old Welsh-born Englishman does in “Vice” is the towering equal of Day-Lewis’ Oscar-winning role as Abraham Lincoln – save for the fact that, instead being inspired, one leaves Bale’s biopic with an overwhelming dread that our country’s ideals that were endangered during the George W. Bush era continue to be put through the shredder.

As for his acting, Bale pulls off quite a feat.
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

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Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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Road Trip Movie ‘Yomeddine’ Wins at Geneva Film Festival

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Road Trip Movie ‘Yomeddine’ Wins at Geneva Film Festival
“Yomeddine,” a road-trip movie about an Egyptian leper and a young orphan journeying in search of family, won the Reflet d’Or for best feature film at the 24th Geneva Intl. Film Festival Saturday. The character-driven drama, Egyptian-Austrian director A.B. Shawky’s feature debut, premiered in competition in Cannes, and is Egypt’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar.

The features jury, led by Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé, gave a special mention to Bi Gan’s languorous noir love story “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” The director’s sophomore feature tracks a lovelorn drifter’s return to his hometown in Southwest China.

Autonomies,” written and created by Yehonatan Indursky and Ori Elon, and directed by Indursky, received the Reflet d’Or for best TV series. In the alternate-reality drama, Israel has split in two states: Jerusalem is ultra-Orthodox, while Tel Aviv is a secular state. The action focuses on two
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Darren Criss won the Emmy, but the equally fiendish Hugh Grant is breathing down his neck at the Golden Globes

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Darren Criss won the Emmy, but the equally fiendish Hugh Grant is breathing down his neck at the Golden Globes
Darren Criss won the Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Actor for playing Andrew Cunanan, the real-life killer who took the life of the title fashion designer in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” He’s the front-runner to win at the Golden Globes as well, but this time he’s got stiff competition from another real-life killer — or at least an attempted killer. Hugh Grant is breathing down his neck for his starring role in “A Very English Scandal.”

Over 1,000 Gold Derby users are currently predicting the Golden Globe nominations for TV, and when you combine all their forecasts Criss is ahead with leading odds of 10/3. That includes a landslide of support from 20 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Globe noms, and 23 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Globe predictions. And the Globes often
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Here’s What Sacha Baron Cohen Had Planned For Bohemian Rhapsody

Between Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and the up-and-coming Rocketman, you could certainly say that we’re truly spoilt for choice right now when it comes to music-fueled biopics centered on great singer-songwriters.

A Star is Born is the real outlier, of course, as it’s already been made several times, but in the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, we’re given a chance to watch Rami Malek disappear into the role of Freddie Mercury, Queen’s iconic frontman who redefined the parameters of pop music.

But things could’ve turned out very differently if the original iteration of the project went ahead, as Sacha Baron Cohen was once set to star and now, in an interview with Vulture, Stephen Frears (who was initially set to direct) has opened up about what the actor had envisioned.

“Sacha wanted to make a very outrageous film, which I would imagine Freddie Mercury would have approved of.
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bohemian Rhapsody would have been much more “outrageous”

Some eight years after it was first announced, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody finally made it to the big screen this past weekend, with Mr. Robot star Rami Malek taking on the role of the iconic Queen frontman, and earning rave reviews for his performance.

Long before Malek’s casting, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen spent a couple of years attached to the role of Freddie, only to depart the project over creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. And, speaking to Vulture, filmmaker Stephen Frears – who was attached to direct Cohen – has revealed that they were planning a much more “outrageous” take than what we got from the final film.

“Sacha wanted to make a very outrageous film, which I would imagine Freddie Mercury would have approved of,” said Frears. “Outrageous in terms of his homosexuality and outrageous in terms of endless naked scenes. Sacha loved all of that…
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ A Killer Queen at the Box Office

The year-end holiday box office got underway this weekend with the rockin’ arrival of Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The musical drama about the rock band Queen sent thunderbolts and lightning in the direction of fellow newcomers The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Nobody’s Fool, both which stumbled out of the gate.

Without a Marvel blockbuster to kick off the year-end business, the top ten this weekend dipped 22% from one year ago at this time when Thor: Ragnarok arrived with $122 million. It was also down 29% from 2016 when Doctor Strange conjured up $85 million in its domestic debut.

It’s been a long, troubled road to bring Bohemian Rhapsody to the big screen. The biopic about the legendary rock band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury is a project that has been trying to reach theaters for the better part of a decade. At one point, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen
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Sacha Baron Cohen Met With Directors Tom Hooper And David Fincher About His “Outrageous” ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

As is the case with many films, “Bohemian Rhapsody” didn’t have the smoothest road to the big screen. However, well before the highly-publicized drama surrounding star Rami Malek and director Bryan Singer, ‘Rhapsody’ was an entirely different film, with a totally different star and director attached. Almost five years ago, Sacha Baron Cohen was signed to portray Freddie Mercury on the big screen and director Stephen Frears was on board to direct.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody:’ A History of Making the Freddie Mercury Biopic (Photos)

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody:’ A History of Making the Freddie Mercury Biopic (Photos)
Mamma Mia Figaro! We’ve been anticipating a movie about the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for the last seven years, when it looked like Borat himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, might play the flamboyant singer. And at long last, we got images from the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” signaling it would finally come to pass. Now director Bryan Singer has been fired from the film, but there’s still hope it will be released by December of 2018. Here’s a brief history of the long road the film has taken to hopefully get made.

September 2010

Sacha Baron Cohen, a spitting image of Mercury and with just the right amount of flamboyance, is locked in to play Freddie Mercury in the untitled film written by “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan, with Graham King, Tim Headington, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal all attached to produce. Supposedly the film would not focus on
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s R-Rated Freddie Mercury Movie Would’ve Been ‘Outrageous in Terms of His Homosexuality’

Sacha Baron Cohen’s R-Rated Freddie Mercury Movie Would’ve Been ‘Outrageous in Terms of His Homosexuality’
Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in theaters nationwide November 2 with “Mr. Robot” Emmy winner Rami Malek starring as Queen frontman and rock legend Freddie Mercury, but nearly a decade ago it was “Borat” comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who was planning to step into the role for a Mercury biopic. Cohen’s movie started as an idea from “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan, who began working on a script in 2010 about Queen and the buildup to the band’s legendary Live Aid performance.

The project ultimately attracted “The Queen” director Stephen Frears, who recently looked back at the unmade project during an interview with Vulture. Cohen first courted the likes of “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper and David Fincher to direct the film before Frears landed the job. The director said Cohen’s vision for the film was explicit and true to Mercury’s spirit.

“Sacha wanted to make a very outrageous film,
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