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Exclusive artwork reveal for The Last Witness starring Alex Pettyfer and Talulah Riley

Thanks to Signature Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive look at the UK artwork for The Last Witness, BAFTA Award-nominee Piotr Szkopiak’s political thriller which is based upon the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940 and stars Alex Pettyfer, Michael Gambon, Talulah Riley, Robert Więckiewicz and Will Thorp.

In post-war England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by resettled Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski (Will Thorp), a Liaison Officer for the resettlement of Polish troops under British command. But the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.

The Last Witness is the fictional re-telling of a bloody and heartbreaking story by director Piotr Szkopiak,
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Liza Minnelli Doesn’t ‘Approve Nor Sanction’ Upcoming Renee Zellweger Judy Garland Biopic

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Liza Minnelli Doesn’t ‘Approve Nor Sanction’ Upcoming Renee Zellweger Judy Garland Biopic
Liza Minnelli does not “approve nor sanction” Renee Zellweger’s upcoming film about her mother Judy Garland, and took to Facebook to share a Radar Online story that was “100 percent fiction.”

“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger,” Minnelli wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100 percent fiction.”

The caption accompanied a Radar Online post that was titled, “Renee Zellweger Bonds With Liza Minnelli While Playing Mom Judy Garland in Biopic.” The story has since been removed from the site.

Also Read: Renee Zellweger's Judy Garland Biopic Finds Home With Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions and Ld Entertainment are distributing “Judy,” which will be directed by Tony-nominated and two-time Olivier-winner Rupert Goold. The script was written by Tom Edge
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Liza Minnelli Does 'Not Approve' of Movie Starring Renée Zellweger as Her Mom Judy Garland

Liza Minnelli Does 'Not Approve' of Movie Starring Renée Zellweger as Her Mom Judy Garland
Liza Minnelli is not over the rainbow about the upcoming biopic about her mother, Judy Garland.

The Oscar winner, 72, took to Facebook on Thursday to make clear that she is not involved with the film, and to deny a report that she had met with Renée Zellweger, who is starring as Garland in the film. (That report has since been removed).

“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger… I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100% Fiction,
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‘Hereditary’: Director Ari Aster Breaks Down the Film’s Ominous Opening Scene — Watch

A24’s “Hereditary” enjoys a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and this weekend the studio hopes horror fans will overrun theaters as they did for “A Quiet Place” earlier this year. In the latest installment of the CineFix Directors Series, writer-director Ari Aster unpacks the opening beats from his first feature — “a family tragedy that curdles into a nightmare” — starring Toni Colette as Annie, a grieving daughter and miniaturist.

“Hereditary” begins with a wide shot of a dollhouse at the center of a room. The camera zooms in on one of the dollhouse’s bedrooms, which flickers to life as Annie’s husband (Gabriel Byrne) enters, carrying a blazer on a hanger. While viewers and the characters are oblivious to the family’s impending troubles, thanks to the film’s dollhouse motif, “there is also the feeling that we’re watching everything from a more knowing, sadistic perspective,” said Aster.
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Ian McKellen Gets Asked About Playing Dumbledore In Harry Potter All The Time

As Gandalf in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit sagas, as well as Magneto in the X-Men movies, Ian McKellen has enough great roles under his belt to make him a cinematic icon and a geek favorite. Some fans, though, like to rewrite history and imagine that he found time to play Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films as well.

While speaking to Time Out, the actor revealed that he often has people approach him and mistakenly think he’s Michael Gambon, another talented British thespian who brought the Hogwarts headmaster to life in six of the eight Potter movies. Though McKellen didn’t play Dumbledore, this confusion is pretty funny, as he was actually in contention for the role once original performer Richard Harris passed away, following The Chamber of Secrets.

“People come up to me and say ‘My son’s seen all the Harry
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Judy Garland biopic lands at Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions

Biopic stars Renée Zellweger, scheduled for delivery in early 2019.

Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have announced a Us deal with Pathé on the Judy Garland biopic Judy starring Renée Zellweger after watching a promo reel in Cannes.

Tony nominee and Olivier winner Rupert Goold (King Charles III) directs Zellweger alongside an ensemble that includes Finn Wittrock from American Horror Story, Jessie Buckley from Beast, and British veteran Michael Gambon.

Principal photography wrapped two weeks ago and Judy is scheduled for completion and delivery in 2019. Tom Edge (The Crown) wrote the screenplay based on the stage play End Of The Rainbow by Peter Quilter.
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Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland Biopic Acquired By Roadside Attractions, Ld Entertainment

Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland Biopic Acquired By Roadside Attractions, Ld Entertainment
Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have bought U.S. distribution rights to “Judy,” the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger. The distributors are planning for a 2019 release.

The film, directed by Rupert Goold, is set in 1968 in London with Garland performing in a sell-out run at the Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. She also embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

The cast that includes Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”), Jessie Buckley and Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”). Principal photography concluded two weeks ago.

The acquisition was jointly announced Thursday by Mickey Liddell of Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff.

“Judy Garland remains one of the quintessential legends of stage and screen and this chapter of her life is particularly riveting” said Cohen,
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'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'Tomb Raider' Come Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Annihilation The Last Witness   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the same movies listed above on cable Mod are also...
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Review: ‘The Last Witness’ is a Predictable Post-wwii Drama

Soviet secret police began a series of mass executions circa 1940 of Polish citizens they knew would reject foreign occupation upon WWII’s completion. Some of the resulting graves were discovered in the Katyn Forest three years later with more found elsewhere totaling 22,000 bodies. Because of the diplomatic relations necessary to join the Allied nations with the “enemy-of-my-enemy” Ussr, official word on the Katyn massacre stated Nazi Germany was to blame. This lie was crafted with obvious intentions: America and Britain needed to placate Joseph Stalin and the Soviets needed Poland to retain a modicum of good will towards their new rulers by manufacturing a worse villain. Writer/director Piotr Szkopiak’s grandfather was one of the innocents murdered and The Last Witness is his way of honoring their memory.

He and co-writer Paul Szambowski have built their historical fiction as a means of exposing the horrific lengths all these different
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Ian McKellen Hated Using Green Screens While Making ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy: ‘I Was Miserable’

Ian McKellen Hated Using Green Screens While Making ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy: ‘I Was Miserable’
One of the major criticisms made against Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy is the over reliance on visual effects and green screens. Unlike “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which garnered acclaim for its practical effects and makeup, Jackson relied on VFX for many of the settings and creatures in “The Hobbit.” The decision made “The Hobbit” feel less grounded than “The Lord of the Rings” and more like a video game, and it’s a choice that not even Ian McKellen enjoyed.

“I was miserable,” McKellen told Time Out about predominantly acting in front of green screens during the making of “The Hobbit.” The actor brings up his frustration with the VFX work in “The Hobbit” during an interview in his documentary, “McKellen: Playing the Part.” When asked to elaborate on why “The Hobbit” made him miserable, McKellen told Time Out that he preferred the location shooting of “The Lord of the Rings.
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"Victoria Day"

Sneak Peek director Stephen Frears' comedy drama "Victoria & Abdul" (2017), based on the book by Shrabani Basu, following the real-life relationship between 'Queen Victoria' of the United Kingdom and her Indian servant 'Abdul Karim', starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar:

"....in 1887, 'Abdul Karim', a young prison clerk from Agra, India, is instructed to travel to England for the 'Golden Jubilee' of 'Queen Victoria' to present her with a 'mohur', a gold coin which has been minted as a token of appreciation from British-ruled India.

"The Queen, who is lonely and tired of her fawning courtiers, develops an interest in and later a friendship with Abdul, spending time with him alone..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Victoria & Abdul"...
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Cannes: Pathe Intl. Scores Renee Zellweger’s ‘Judy,’ ‘The Wolf’s Call,’ ‘Aladdin’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Cannes: Pathe Intl. Scores Renee Zellweger’s ‘Judy,’ ‘The Wolf’s Call,’ ‘Aladdin’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Pathé International is rolling off a strong Cannes film market with major pre-sales closed on Renee Zellweger starrer “Judy,” submarine action thriller “The Wolf’s Call,” and French comedy “The Brand New Adventures of Aladdin.”

“Judy,” Rupert Goold’s anticipated film starring the Oscar-winning Zellweger as Judy Garland, has been sold to Japan (Gaga), Australia (EOne), Italy (Notorious), Spain (Vertice 360), Cis (Paradise), China (Polar Light), Czech Republic (Aqs), Former Yugoslavia (Fox Vision), Greece (Spentzos), Middle East (Empire International) and India (Venus).

Deals are currently being negotiated for other territories, including North America. Pathé will release “Judy” in the U.K., France and Switzerland during the second half of 2019. The movie was written by Tom Edge and Peter Quilter, who penned the stage play “End of the Rainbow” on which the movie is based. Zellweger stars in the film opposite Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon.

Meanwhile, Antonin Baudry’s
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From ‘Little Women’ to ’Stranger Things,’ Maya Hawke Turns Her Famous Parents’ Legacy Upside Down

From ‘Little Women’ to ’Stranger Things,’ Maya Hawke Turns Her Famous Parents’ Legacy Upside Down
A strange alchemy is at work when Maya Hawke comes on screen as a young Victorian lady in PBS’ miniseries “Little Women.” Although this is her professional acting debut and therefore technically presents a fresh new face, there’s something familiar about her. It could be that she’s portraying Jo March, a much-beloved literary figure whose struggles are readily recognizable across generations. It could also be that despite wearing a corset and petticoats, the character speaks with such a modern voice that she feels as if we know her.

Even after a cursory Google search turns up what must be the answer — that she’s the grown daughter of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke — that still doesn’t seem sufficient. It’s only when speaking to her that it becomes apparent the feeling of familiarity, of knowing, stems from Hawke herself. Whether it’s acting for the camera,
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TV Review: ‘Little Women’ on PBS

When the three hours of PBS’ “Little Women” finally draw to an end, it feels less like a coming-of-age saga than a mystery. How it is possible to make Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic so dull that you start to envy the characters who die of scarlet fever?

Although snuggled on the couch watching Marmee raise four independent daughters sounds like the perfect end to Mother’s Day, the biggest takeaway from the two-parter is endurance. Years on screen pass in what feel like real time.

It’s particularly disappointing because “Little Women” is from the same station that brought us “Downton Abbey.
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: PBS ‘Masterpiece’ categories for ‘Little Women,’ ‘The Child in Time’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for PBS under their legendary “Masterpiece” umbrella. For this season, the public network has TV movie “The Child in Time” (Benedict Cumberbatch), limited series “Little Women” (Angela Lansbury) and drama series “The Durrells in Corfu” (Keeley Hawes), “Poldark” (Aidan Turner) and “Victoria” (Jenna Coleman) as their 2018 campaign.

Seea long overdue Emmy awaits Angela Lansbury (‘Little Women’), 73 percent of readers believe [Poll Results]

Below, the list of “Masterpiece” lead and supporting submissions for these programs. Keep in mind that other shows and specials not under the “Masterpiece” label will also be submitted. More names might be added by the network before final Emmy paperwork deadlines. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

The Child In Time

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'The Theory of Everything' director James Marsh boards 'The Loney' for DNA, Film4 (exclusive)

'The Theory of Everything' director James Marsh boards 'The Loney' for DNA, Film4 (exclusive)
The Night Manager screenwriter working on modern gothic drama adaptation.

James Marsh, the Oscar-winning director behind The Theory Of Everything and feature doc Man On Wire, has signed up to direct modern gothic horror The Loney for DNA Films and Film4.

Screen has learned that Marsh will direct from a screenplay by The Night Manager writer David Farr, who is adapting Andrew Michael Hurley’s novel of the same name.

Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich’s UK outfit DNA Films and Film4 acquired the rights to the book in 2016 and have been developing the project since then.

The film, set
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10 Best TV Shows to See in May: 'Fahrenheit 451,' Drunk Cumberbatch and Nyt v. Trump

Here comes summer TV! HBO's got a doc on a world-class athlete on the docket, as well as two much-touted TV movies over the course of four weeks. Speaking of premium cable: Showtime's ready to pull back the curtain on a nonfiction project from an Oscar nominee and an expensive-looking miniseries featuring a bona fide movie star. (Your time has come once more, Cumberbitches.) Even Starz is getting in on the action with a double-shot of envelope-pushers that put women first. Check out your best TV bets for May.
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May TV Premieres: 12 New Shows to Look Out for This Month

May TV Premieres: 12 New Shows to Look Out for This Month
And so, we reach the final month before Emmys eligibility closes once more. As the mad rush intensifies before the official start of summer, a number of returning TV shows will definitely be vying for your attention.

But amidst all the chaos of those shows making their way back into living rooms, some new series will also be vying for your attention. As is our custom at the beginning of each month, we’ve collected a rundown of the shows that might just be worth your time across broadcast, cable, and streaming.

(Missed our picks of what the first part of the year had to offer? Here are some notable TV premieres from February, March, and April.)

Being Serena

As one of the great athletes of her generation embarks on the new quest of being a mother, this five-part HBO series tracks her life on and off the tennis court.
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Blu-ray Review – Paddington 2 (2017)

Paddington 2, 2017.

Directed by Paul King.

Starring Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Marie-France Alvarez, Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Miller, Jessica Hynes, Robbie Gee, Richard Ayoade, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Peter Capaldi.

Synopsis:

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Paddington 2 sees the return of the friendly bear Paddington with much of the first film’s cast returning as the Brown family and their neighbours while Paul King takes the director’s chair once again. What results is a fun family film that works even as Paddington is separated from the Brown’s for much of the film, opening doors to new story beats
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Alex Pettyfer in First Trailer for Post-wwii Thriller 'The Last Witness'

"He dragged you into all of this, not me." Momentum has debuted a trailer for a post-wwii thriller titled The Last Witness, from director Piotr Szkopiak. In the film, Alex Pettyfer stars as an "ambitious young journalist" who uncovers the true story of a horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during WWII, shot by Stalin's secret police shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland. The film seems to feature flashbacks in addition to the main storyline set later on, with Pettyfer trying to uncover the truth. The full cast includes Michael Gambon, Talulah Riley, Robert Wieckiewicz, and Will Thorp. This seems quite good, but oddly it's going out straight-to-vod without any festivals premieres, so I'm not too sure. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Piotr Szkopiak's The Last Witness, direct from YouTube: An ambitious young journalist (Alex Pettyfer) uncovers the horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during the Second World War.
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