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Atrium TV announces new dramas from Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay and more

Deadline is reporting that Atrium TV has announced four new high-end dramas in development from Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, The Wire creator David Simon and Hartswood Films, the company behind Sherlock.

First up is the Michael Douglas-produced Silo, a violent drama “which takes place in future San Francisco which – because of diminished resources and over population – has become one of the many global cities to have created silos – ultimate gated communities of people gathered behind walls or natural barriers.”

The Last Amazon from executive producer Ava DuVernay and Gaumont (Narcos) is described as “a character-driven epic historical series” and “will focus on the great Amazon Queens such as Antiope and Hippolyta, portraying their loves and major battles, notably, their campaign against the Ancient Greeks.”

David Simon’s A Dry Run: The Lincolns In Spain is set during the Spanish Civil War and revolves around who went to fight fascism in
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Michael Douglas on Atrium TV development slate

Drama commissioning club unveils roster at La Screenings.

Atrium TV, the drama commissioning club with member companies in Europe, Latin America and Asia, has unveiled a development slate including projects from David Simon, Michael Douglas and Michael Hirst.

The four projects on the slate – described by UK- and Us-based Atrium as being in “advanced development” – were pitched to representatives from the club’s members at this week’s La Screenings event.

The members include the UK’s BT TV, Latin America’s Televisa, Viaplay from the Nordic region, France’s Orange, Movistar+ from Spain, Deutsche Telekom from Germany, Iflix from Asia,
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Iff Panama: 'Panama Al Brown' director Carlos Aguilar Navarro Q&A (exclusive)

Director lines up fictional version of boxing biopic next.

Ahead of Friday night’s (April 6) world premiere of Panama Al Brown: When The Fist Opens (Panama Al Brown: Cuando El Puño Se Abre) at Teatro Balboa, Panamanian filmmaker Navarro discusses the story behind his documentary.

Born Alfonso Teofilo Brown in the Panamanian town of Colón, Brown emigrated to the Us where he become a tireless world champion who travelled the globe defending his title, befriended celebrated cultural icons in Paris, and eventually died in poverty in 1951 aged

Navarro recounts the chapters of Brown’s extraordinary life, and examines his significance
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Leisure Seeker In St. Louis

Directed by Paolo Virzì, winner of the 2017 David di Donatello Best Director Award, The Leisure Seeker stars Academy Award-winner® Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe- winner® Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old Rv they call the Leisure Seeker. The couple travels from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, recapturing their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

The Leisure Seeker opens in St. Louis on March 23.

Enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of The Leisure Seeker, March 20, at 7:00 pm in St. Louis.

Tell us your favorite “leisure” activity!

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Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. No purchase necessary.
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Film Review: Helen Mirren Takes Another Ride in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Chicago – Helen Mirren keeps establishing herself as an international treasure with each new role. She is the prime motivator in the new film “The Leisure Seeker,” about a retired couple taking one last spin in their Rv, which takes its nickname from the title of the film. Along the way secrets are revealed and the devastation of dementia is exposed, but the story never gets too serious or heavy handed.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Donald Sutherland portrays the dementia-riddled husband in the couple, and he delivers a spot-on interpretation of the “needle skip” nature of the disease. The film is adapted by four screenwriters, including director Paolo Virzi (“Like Crazy”), from a novel by Michael Zadoorian. The story is the star, and it is rendered precisely by Virzi, with even the supporting roles having interesting significance… kudos to the casting of Janel Moloney and Christian McKay as their nervous adult children. The themes of aging,
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'The Leisure Seeker' Review: Road Movie Drives Acting Legends Into a Ditch

'The Leisure Seeker' Review: Road Movie Drives Acting Legends Into a Ditch
Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland can do anything – except, perhaps, save this sentimental drool bucket of senior cinema. It's not their fault: The Leisure Seeker is a road movie that lets its formidable stars down by shamelessly pandering and following a predictable path to been-there-seen-that.

In his first English-language feature, Italian director Paolo Virzì (Human Capital) shows he has his heart in the right place – it's just his knack for pacing, surprise and blunt truth that's M.I.A. here. Mirren plays Ella Spencer, a steel magnolia who decides it's time to get herself and her husband,
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‘The Leisure Seeker’ Film Review: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland Highlight Touching Road Movie

‘The Leisure Seeker’ Film Review: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland Highlight Touching Road Movie
An American road movie made by an Italian director with Canadian and British stars, “The Leisure Seeker” is a gentle but pointed lament for things that are lost and things that are fading, be they personal memories or a national sense of community. The film, which premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, takes director Paolo Virzi down the east coast of the U.S., as stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren drive a battered 1975 Winnebago (which she’s dubbed “the Leisure Seeker”) from their home in Massachusetts to Ernest Hemingway’s house in the Florida Keys. It is in parts...
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Donald Sutherland talks his new film The Leisure Seeker

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Donald Sutherland talks his new film The Leisure SeekerDonald Sutherland talks his new film The Leisure SeekerMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine1/17/2018 10:56:00 Am

Hemingway House is okay, I assure Donald Sutherland, having just read an update online earlier that morning.

His home in Miami Beach is okay too, he tells me, as we sit down to discuss his movie The Leisure Seeker at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The day before our interview, and just two days after the film that follows senior couple Ella and John (Sutherland and Helen Mirren) on one last road trip down the Florida coast premiered in Toronto, Hurricane Irma beat down on much of the same territory covered in the film — lovely long roads, pristine beaches, and the couple’s ultimate destination, Ernest Hemingway’s old house on Key West.

There was nothing Sutherland — who, at 82, is still an imposing figure, both
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Sony Pictures Classics’ The Leisure Seeker Now Opening March 9, 2018 Starring Helen Mirren And Donald Sutherland

Sony Pictures Classics announced today they will now release The Leisure Seeker in select cities starting March 9th, 2018 as Spring season gets under way. This is a move from their original late January release date.

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland star in the film, directed by Paolo Virzi, winner of the 2017 David di Donatello Best Director Award. Mirren has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

The film world premiered at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival with subsequent premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival.

Mirren and Sutherland star as a runaway couple on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old Rv they call the Leisure Seeker. The couple travels from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, recapturing their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation
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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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All the Money in the World review – raucous crime thriller banishes ghost of Kevin Spacey

Ridley Scott’s drama about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III looked sunk after allegations were made against the actor, but Christopher Plummer excels as his last-minute replacement

‘The rich are different from you and me,” said F Scott Fitzgerald, to which Ernest Hemingway is famously alleged to have replied: “Yes, they have more money.” This film suggests they also have more fear of their own children – fear that they will parasitically suck away energy that should be devoted to building up riches and status; that they will fail to be worthy inheritors of it, or waste it, or cause it to be catastrophically mortgaged to their own pampered weakness. This fear is the driving force of Ridley Scott’s raucous pedal-to-the-metal thriller about the ageing and super-rich oil tycoon J Paul Getty, freely adapted by screenwriter David Scarpa from the 1995 page-turner Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes
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Fishes Out Of Water: Characters Out Of Place and Time

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series follows the last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), who has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), and is determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower which holds the universe together. Roland reluctantly helps earthborn Jake (Tom Taylor) who has unimaginable power that the Man in Black wants to exploit, and in doing so both Roland and Jake are transported in to worlds unknown to them. To celebrate the film adaptation of The Dark Tower arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on December 11th we take a look at other great characters who have seemed out their depth in a new place and time.

Back To The Future

Perhaps an obvious choice, but Marty McFly’s adventures in the Back to the Future series are the most notable when thinking of a classic fish out of water scenario.
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Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)

Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)
Orson Welles’ unfinished final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” is nearing completion following the hiring of Academy Award winners Bob Murawski as editor and Scott Millan as sound mixer.

The producers have also tapped negative cutter Mo Henry, who has worked on more than 300 films, along with Ruth Hasty as post-production supervisor.

Netflix acquired global rights in March to ‘The Other Side of the Wind” and is financing the completion of the movie with plans for a 2018 release. The film was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar. It stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart, and Dennis Hopper.

Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a production manager on the original production and has led efforts to complete this film for more than 40 years, is overseeing completion of the film with consultation from Bogdanovich
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‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
English novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Ishiguro is best known for writing “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” two acclaimed best-sellers that were later adapted for the screen. The prize committee in Sweden said Ishiguro’s works contained “great emotional force” that “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

The Nobel Prize is considered to be literature’s top honor. Past recipients include Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, and Ernest Hemingway. Last year’s honoree, Bob Dylan, was a controversial selection, because he was best known for his music, and because he opted not to attend the ceremony to pick up his prize in person.

Ishiguro’s most recent novel, 2015’s “The Buried Giant,” was a departure for him. It was set just after the fall of the Roman empire and involved mystical creatures. The
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Watch: Take a Ride on the Whimsical Trailer for ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland lead Italian director Paolo Virzì’s “The Leisure Seeker,” following an elderly couple’s Rv voyage from Boston to the home of Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida. Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film, hitting theaters Jan. 19, 2018. Check out the charming new trailer below: Check out Backstage's film audition listings to book a gig yourself!
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Lillian Ross, Longtime New Yorker Reporter, Dies at 99

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Lillian Ross, longtime reporter for The New Yorker, died Wednesday at the age of 99, according to her editor, Susan Morrison. Ross (pictured above left with Anjelica Huston) joined The New Yorker in 1945, writing short articles on New York’s social scene. Later, she became a staff writer with her own Talk of the Town column, getting her big break in 1950 with a profile piece on Ernest Hemingway. Also Read: Jake Lamotta, Boxing Legend Who Inspired 'Raging Bull,' Dies at 95 Later, Ross took on Hollywood with a series of articles about the making of John Huston’s 1951 adaptation of “The.
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Martin Campbell signs on for Treasure of Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves

According to Deadline, Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) has signed on to direct the upcoming adventure Treasure of Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves, based upon the classic One Thousand and One Nights tale.

The new film has been written by Dave Holstein from an original draft by Mansur Ahmed and Ehud Bleiberg, and its official logline reads: “An adventure novelist gets caught up in a global conspiracy and a hunt for a mysterious antiquity after discovering that his father had a map to the legendary treasure of Ali Baba. He must team up with a brilliant cartographer to locate the artifacts before they fall into the hands of the 40 Thieves — an ancient group who has quietly become a powerful, international syndicate of criminals in high-ranking corporate positions.”

“This is a great opportunity to do something with international appeal and huge franchise potential,” said Campbell. “I want this to be my Indiana Jones.
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Michael Keaton: ‘There was a lot of bad taste in the 90s and I contributed to that’

From Beetlejuice to Batman to Birdman: the actor on superheroes, surprise roles and his second act

The thick black curls that helped make Michael Keaton look so manic in all those 1980s comedies, and which he then tore at as a tormented Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s Batman movies, are long gone; but the satyr-like eyes are unchanged. As he walks into a London hotel room on a grey Saturday morning, holding a cup of coffee, he looks strikingly different from the man I have spent four decades watching on screen: he has the trim, spry build of a wiry woodsman rather than a 66-year-old actor, thanks to half a lifetime spent in rural Montana, fishing and hunting. His walk is reminiscent of a rooster’s strut, with his chest puffed out and a bounce on his toes; that swagger we saw in 2014’s Birdman, for which Keaton won
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‘The Leisure Seeker’ Toronto Review: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland Highlight Touching Road Movie

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‘The Leisure Seeker’ Toronto Review: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland Highlight Touching Road Movie
An American road movie made by an Italian director with Canadian and British stars, “The Leisure Seeker” is a gentle but pointed lament for things that are lost and things that are fading, be they personal memories or a national sense of community. The film, which premiered on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, takes director Paolo Virzi down the east coast of the U.S., as stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren drive a battered 1975 Winnebago (which she’s dubbed “the Leisure Seeker”) from their home in Massachusetts to Ernest Hemingway’s house in the Florida Keys. It is in parts.
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Mariel Hemingway Tells Manager of Hemingway House, Get the Hell Out!!!

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[[tmz:video id="0_99s93fsl"]] Mariel Hemingway is pleading for the 72-year-old manager of her grandfather's Key West home to evacuate before Hurricane Irma hits ... just take the cats and get out of Dodge. The Oscar-nominated actress and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway tells TMZ ... she thinks it's noble Hemingway Home's manager, Jacqui Sands, plans to stay put to hold down the fort and take care of its kitties -- but it's just not worth it. Mariel offers Jacqui another option
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