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Guillermo del Toro Lists All of His Completed Unproduced Screenplays

Over the years, director Guillermo del Toro has been attached to several projects that never saw the light of day. A lot of these projects came and went and the fans have been excited about a lot of them.

Del Toro recently took to Twitter to share a list of all of the completed unproduced screenplays that he worked on and shared his feelings on how these scripts represent more than a decade of work that he put into developing them and how all of that work is now lost.

It’s actually pretty sad to see all of these exciting projects currently dead or in limbo. Of course, this is just a fraction of the kinds of film projects that have been lost in Hollywood over the years. Every filmmaker has projects they wanted to make that never got the greenlight.

Check out Del Toro’s tweets below:

1/2 Screenplays I have developed,
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An Introduction to the Rivers of London Series

Alana Joli Abbott Nov 2, 2018

We take a closer look at the supernatural book series by Doctor Who writer Ben Aaronovitch in the lead up to the latest book's release.

Lies Sleeping, the seventh book in the Rivers of London, a series that’s wildly-popular in its hometown setting of London, releases on November 20, 2018. Beginning with Midnight Riot (titled Rivers of London in England) in 2011, the Rivers of London series follows Probationary Constable Peter Grant in his journey to detective-hood—with a serious side of magic.

Read Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Peter is a sarcastic and entertaining narrator, and he’s an excellent guide through a world where London isn’t just the setting, but a character itself. If you’ve not yet read any of the books leading up to Lies Sleeping, it’s a good idea to start at the beginning... but even if you leap into the series with both feet,
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The Queen’s Honours To Include Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley

The Queen’s annual Birthday List of honour recipients includes Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley and Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. This year’s honourees, announced by Britain’s Cabinet Office Friday night, are recognized for their merit, service and bravery. Related: Meghan Markle Makes Her Buckingham Palace Balcony Debut For Queen’s Birthday Celebration Thompson will become Dame Emma,
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Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist

Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist
Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth has died at age 85. The novelist was best known for writing the books “American Pastoral,” “The Human Stain,” and “Goodbye, Columbus.” Celebrities such as “The Wire” creator David Simon and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn took to social media following confirmation of Roth’s passing to honor the iconic author.

“This one hurts, both me and all of literature,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “He taught me when I was at Columbia and was a huge influence, impressing upon me the importance of writing through the hard times. I have many favorite books by Roth, but [‘The Counterlife’] is one of them.”

Other celebrities honoring Roth are Marc Maron, Lena Dunham, and St. Vincent. Simon wrote on Twitter that he met Roth just a few months ago to discuss an adaptation of “Plot Against America.”

“At 85, he was more precise and insightful, more intellectually adept and
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Nobel Prize For Literature 2018 Canceled After Sexual Harassment Scandal

The Nobel Prize for literature is the latest casualty of a sexual harassment scandal after the Swedish Academy announced that it would not be handing out a prize this year.

The organization revealed that it had made a decision to delay the 2018 prize until 2019 after being rocked by its own internal scandal. It said that it was in no shape to hand out the award after recent allegations revolving around French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault.

Arnault, who is married to academy member Katarina Frostenson, a poet who also receives financial support from the group. A string of sexual harassment accusations were made against the 71-year old as part of the #metoo campaign and there accusations that members of the academy were aware of the concerns and didn’t report them. A number of members of the academy have left in protest.

It marks the first time since 1943 that the prize has not been handed out.
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks
The brainy 47-year-old son of a British political cartoonist, Alex Garland made his name with novels “The Beach” and “The Tesseract” before moving on to a tortuous relationship with Hollywood. After Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Danny Boyle’s movie version of “The Beach” (Fox), Garland turned to screenwriting on two original grim visions of the future for Boyle and Fox Searchlight, zombiefest “28 Days Later” and sci-fi space trip “Sunshine,” both starring Cillian Murphy, followed by 2012 comic-book flop “Dredd” (Lionsgate).

Backed by Focus Features, Garland’s stunning directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a tense sci-fi three-hander starring Oscar Isaac as a genius robot designer, Alicia Vikander as his wily femme bot, and Domnhall Gleeson as the gullible man who falls for her, was inexplicably rejected for theatrical release and was taken on by A24. Focus president Peter Schlessel lost his job when the movie scored $25 million domestic and two Oscar nominations (including
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks
The brainy 47-year-old son of a British political cartoonist, Alex Garland made his name with novels “The Beach” and “The Tesseract” before moving on to a tortuous relationship with Hollywood. After Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Danny Boyle’s movie version of “The Beach” (Fox), Garland turned to screenwriting on two original grim visions of the future for Boyle and Fox Searchlight, zombiefest “28 Days Later” and sci-fi space trip “Sunshine,” both starring Cillian Murphy, followed by 2012 comic-book flop “Dredd” (Lionsgate).

Backed by Focus Features, Garland’s stunning directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a tense sci-fi three-hander starring Oscar Isaac as a genius robot designer, Alicia Vikander as his wily femme bot, and Domnhall Gleeson as the gullible man who falls for her, was inexplicably rejected for theatrical release and was taken on by A24. Focus president Peter Schlessel lost his job when the movie scored $25 million domestic and two Oscar nominations (including
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Alex Garland on the ‘Mistake’ That Led to Oscar Isaac’s Robot Dance in ‘Ex Machina’

Alex Garland on the ‘Mistake’ That Led to Oscar Isaac’s Robot Dance in ‘Ex Machina’
As Alex Garland’s well-reviewed “Annihilation” steers into its second weekend at the U.S. box office, Tiff Originals just debuted a clip in which the writer-director details his motives for a beloved scene from his previous Oscar Isaac collaboration. Midway through “Ex Machina,” Bluebook CEO Nathan Bateman (Isaac) jolts his junior employee (Domhnall Gleeson) — and audiences — by joining one of his laboratory robots for a ludicrous, choreographed, much-memed dance sequence.

After adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “Never Let Me Go” into the 2010 film of the same name, Garland realized he made a “mistake,” even though he remains pleased with the final result, directed by Mark Romanek and starring Carey Mulligan. “I felt I hadn’t been bold enough with gear changes,” he said. “It found a tone, and it hit the tone really nicely, but then it kept that tone.”

Thus he included the red-lit shimmying in “Ex Machina
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A Guide to ‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland’s Trailblazing Sci-Fi Career

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[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Paramount’s “Annihilation” – in theaters February 23rd. Click here for more details.]

From his screenwriting debut, the 2002 sci-fi classic “28 Days Later,” to his directorial debut, the 2015 breakthrough “Ex Machina,” filmmaker Alex Garland has proven himself to be a trailblazing force in modern sci-fi cinema.

His latest, “Annihilation,” follows a biologist (Natalie Portman) who teams up with a group of scientists (played by Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, among others) to explore an environmental disaster zone that has claimed the lives of nearly every other person who has entered Area X — including her husband (Oscar Isaac), who is gravely ill.

First reactions to the film have called it “brilliant,” “riveting,” and “wickedly disturbing” — a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Ex Machina.” Ahead of “Annihilation,” which debuts this Friday, get up to speed with the rest of Garland’s oeuvre in this quick primer.

“28 Days Later” (2002)

While Garland first achieved pop culture
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'Peaky Blinders' producer plots Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation

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'Peaky Blinders' producer plots Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation
When We Were Orphans to become TV series.

Caryn Mandabach Productions has obtained the TV rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel When We Were Orphans.

Set in 1930’s London and Shanghai, the book follows detective Christopher Banks as he attempts to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his parents in China where he was growing up.

Published in 2000, it is Nobel Prize-winner Ishiguro’s fifth novel.

He has been named as an executive producer on the project, which would be his first TV adaptation, alongside Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook. Both work alongside Tiger Aspect on BBC2 Birmingham gangster thriller Peaky Blinders.

Ishiguro said: “TV has become such an exciting way to tell stories – so much is possible – and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us Peaky Blinders developing my London /Shanghai ‘detective novel’.”

Glazebrook hailed the novel as a “personal adventure that resonates today”.

Former Booker Prize winner Ishiguro
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Caryn Mandabach Prods Developing Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions has optioned the TV rights to Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's psychological mystery novel, When We Were Orphans. The Peaky Blinders producer will develop the book, which was first published by Faber & Faber in 2000 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as a limited series. The story centers on Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery…
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Heritage, opera and war by Anne-Katrin Titze

Don Rosenfeld on Cate Blanchett and Emma Thompson: "They've never been in a movie together. I think they need to be." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Over sea bass at Sette Mezzo on New York's Upper East Side, Don Rosenfeld, founder of Sovereign Films (with Andreas Roald) and the former head of Merchant Ivory Productions, discussed with me his upcoming projects and the twisting history behind filming Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains Of The Day, which included Mike Nichols, Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Susan Sarandon, Harold Pinter, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and James Ivory.

Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in Remains Of The Day

Rosenfeld, who worked as producer on Howards End, The Remains Of The Day, and Richard Laxton's Effie Gray (starring and written by Emma Thompson), sees her teaming up with Cate Blanchett (who narrated Terrence Malick's fantastic Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey) on a film
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The week in TV: Alias Grace; Blue Planet II; Trust Me I’m a Doctor and more

Netflix’s Margaret Atwood adaptation is every bit as mighty as The Handmaid’s Tale. And David Attenborough’s oceanic survey is a gorgeous triumph

Alias Grace Netflix

Blue Planet II (BBC1) | iPlayer

Trust Me I’m a Doctor (BBC2) | iPlayer

Bounty Hunters Sky1

Man Down (C4) | All 4

Strike Back Sky1

Another month, another Margaret Atwood tale making it to the small screen and, if there’s any justice, getting us all talking, all enthralled, once again. Atwood has hardly been unacknowledged in the book world – Kazuo Ishiguro recently said she, not he, should have taken this year’s Nobel for literature – but it is surely splendid to see her work so richly and newly imagined.

Related: ‘Like running a marathon – with 100 sharks on your tail’: behind the scenes of Blue Planet II

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is a British writer who was born in Japan but moved with the rest of his family to England when he was still at the age of five. Primarily, he is famous for being a novelist, but it should be noted that he has written other things such as screenplays and short stories. Recently, Ishiguro has been in the news because he has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, thus cementing his status as one of the leading writers in the English-speaking world. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Kazuo Ishiguro:

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Kazuo Ishiguro
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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Anti-Nuclear Weapons Group (Video)

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Anti-Nuclear Weapons Group (Video)
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons on Friday. In its explanation of the award the Nobel Committee said it was honoring the group’s “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” It was a notably safe choice for the Nobel committee, coming in a year in which the nuclear ambitions of countries such as Iran and North Korea have dominated international news. Also Read: 'The Remains of the Day' Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel.
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The confrontation by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' Una star ‪Rooney Mara‬ on Ben Mendelsohn's Ray: "She can't take her eyes off of him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' harrowing debut feature Una, screenplay by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird (on Broadway with Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels), stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Ruby Stokes with Riz Ahmed and Tara Fitzgerald. The costumes are by Steven Noble (Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting, Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin and Mark Romanek and Alex Garland's adaptation of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, announced today).

Una (as in either the one and only or the first of many) is a young woman (Rooney Mara) who as a teenager (played by Ruby Stokes) was the victim of a sex offender. A decade and a half after the trial that sent him, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) to prison,
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‘The Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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‘The Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British author of novels like “The Remains of the Day,” was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday. In a statement on its website, the Nobel committee said that Kazuo’s work demonstrated “great emotional force” and “has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” The 62-year-old is perhaps most famous for his 1990 novel “The Remains of the Day”– which was adapted into director James Ivory’s 1993 movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson that collected eight Oscar nominations. Also Read: Bob Dylan Did His Required Nobel Lecture - and Got His.
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Movie Review – Howards End: 25th Anniversary 4k Restoration (1992)

Howards End: 25th anniversary 4k restoration , 1992.

Directed by James Ivory.

Starring Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, Samuel West, and Prunella Scales.

Synopsis:

Based on the novel by E M Forster, the story of three families. The Schlegels, two educated, politically minded sisters and their scholarly brother. The Wilcox family, headed by a wealthy businessman. And the Basts, she with a shady past and he constantly struggling to keep enough money coming into their down at heel home. They are all linked by the country house called Howards End.

In the late 80s and early 90s, the combination of producer Ishmael Merchant and director James Ivory could do no wrong. It had been a long haul – their company was founded in 1961 – but A Room With A View (1986) changed all that and they reached their peak with another E M Forster adaptation, Howards End (1992), followed swiftly by
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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist
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