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Breaking out of Sundance, Netflix-produced Tamara Jenkins drama “Private Life” (Metascore: 81) stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as a couple struggling with a midlife infertility crisis. They turn to their beloved niece (Kayli Carter) to consider donating some of her eggs to the cause, to the horror of her mother (Molly Shannon). Netflix plans a fall festival break for the movie as an awards season launch.

Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette” (Metascore: 74) is a conventional arthouse play, predictably picked up by Bleecker Street (partnering with 30West). The charming British-accented biopic stars Keira Knightley as a smart young French beauty plucked from the country in Burgundy to marry a sophisticated older Parisian, womanizer Henri Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West). She ghostwrites his “Willy” potboilers for him until she eventually grows into her own identity as a woman writer, stage performer and lover of women. Knightley and West are both superb in the well-mounted period movie,
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Keira Knightley Covers "Elle"

Sneak Peek new images of actress Keira Knightley in the April 2018 issue of "Elle" (Canada) magazine, wearing Chanel, photographed by Liz Collins:

"I was meant to be named 'Kiera', after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day," said Knightley.

"My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me.

"But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled 'ei' instead of 'ie' because my mum's crap at spelling. Apparently, when she came back he said: 'What The Fuck? You’ve spelt her name wrong!' What were they going to do, though? Once it’s on the piece of paper, it’s on the piece of paper. And that’s me. A spelling error..."

Knightley, the official 'face' of Chanel since 2007, continues to rep the company with 'Coco Mademoiselle' fragrances.

New films for Knightley include an adaptation of "The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell.
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David Cronenberg to receive lifetime achievement award at 2018 Venice Film Festival

David Cronenberg to receive lifetime achievement award at 2018 Venice Film Festival
Festival to pay tribute to the Canadian filmmaker of ‘The Fly’, ‘Crash’ and ’Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 75th International Film Festival of the Biennale di Venezia (Aug 29-Sept 8).

“I’ve always loved the Golden Lion of Venice,” said the Toronto-born director. “A lion that flies on golden wings––that’s the essence of art, isn’t it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own.”

Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method screened in Competition at Venice in 2011. The tense drama about Sabina Spielrein,
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Jason Clarke Is In Negotiations To Join The ‘Pet Sematary’ Redo

We last saw him in a magnificent turn in Netflix’s Mudbound, but Jason Clarke may turn to horror next for a role in the redo of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. The Hollywood Reporter says that the Australian actor is in negotiations to join the project, which is being directed by Starry Eyes duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, who are also writing the script.

Here’s the official synopsis for the source novel, which was first published in 1983.

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed.

Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.
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Jason Clarke in Negotiations to Star in ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

Jason Clarke in Negotiations to Star in ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake
Jason Clarke is in negotiations to star in Paramount’s remake of “Pet Sematary.”

The film comes three decades after the original adaptation of the Stephen King classic. If Clarke’s deal goes through, he will play Louis Creed, portrayed by Dale Midkiff in the 1989 movie.

Variety first reported in October that “Starry Eyes” helmers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer would direct the movie. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the remake with Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich writing the script, and Alexandra Loewy executive producing.

The film opens in theaters on April 19, 2019.

The original “Pet Sematary,” directed by Mary Lambert from a script by King, followed the unraveling of a family after moving into a new home in Maine next to a pet cemetery where buried creatures came back from the dead. The original was released in 1989 and grossed $57.5 million on an $11 million budget. “Pet Sematary Two,
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Meghan and Harry's Engagement Photographer Gushes About the Couple Being "Deliciously in Love"

Royal-to-be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding promises to be the wedding of the year. And with that in mind, every single detail about the soon-to-be married couple and their upcoming nuptials has become front-page worthy. Now, Alexi Lubomirski — the photographer behind the couple's stunning engagement photos — has come forward to reveal exactly what went down at their intimate photo session at Frogmore House in Windsor, England. Speaking with E! News while at the Daily Front Row Fashion Awards, he couldn't help but sing the praises of the royal duo. "It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love," Lubomirski said, adding that he told the couple to "just be yourselves and I will take pictures of you." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) He also revealed that he'd never met the royal duo prior to shooting them and was actually discovered over Instagram by one of Meghan's friends.
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EOne Takes U.K. Rights to Gurinder Chadha’s New Springsteen-Inspired Film, ‘Blinded by the Light’

Entertainment One has taken U.K. and Australian rights on Gurinder Chadha’s new film, “Blinded by the Light,” a comedy drama inspired by rock legend Bruce Springsteen. Cornerstone Films has released a first-look image from the film (pictured), which began production last week, and will introduce it to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

The film, described as a “hybrid musical” that weaves Springsteen’s music and lyrics into its narrative, stars newcomers Viveik Kalra and Nell Williams as its romantic leads, alongside Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon in supporting roles. The movie grew out of a shared passion for Springsteen by Chadha, the director of “Bend It Like Beckham,” and British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

“Blinded by the Light” is based on Manzoor’s 2008 memoir, “Greetings From Bury Park,” which chronicles his experience as a British Muslim boy growing up in 1980s Luton, outside London, and
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‘Howards End’ Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s Gorgeous Starz Adaptation Is Filled With Bold Performances and Plenty of Fun

‘Howards End’ Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s Gorgeous Starz Adaptation Is Filled With Bold Performances and Plenty of Fun
For fans of costume dramas, “Howards End” is like a quick hit of “Downton Abbey” cut with the cinematic beauty of any Keira Knightley flick. For everyone else, it’s even better.

The first thing you’ll notice about Kenneth Lonergan’s superb adaptation is its speed — which is an odd and exciting quality for a four-hour British period drama that begins with, ends on, and is titled after an old house. The focus may be a stationary locale, but the pace is aptly quick. Before you can you stop to think “Why do we need another adaptation of ‘Howards End’?”, 15 minutes have flown by and you’re already enraptured by the Wilcox and Schlegel families.

Credit goes to all the elements that make similar genre fare stand out — the costumes, performances, telling glances, and detailed sets — but what makes this Starz limited series feel all its own is a conscious dismissal of certain civilities.
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Jason Clarke on ‘Chappaquiddick’ and Ted Kennedy: ‘How Do You Get Past What He Did?’

Jason Clarke on ‘Chappaquiddick’ and Ted Kennedy: ‘How Do You Get Past What He Did?’
When casting someone as iconic and all-American as Ted Kennedy, one might not immediately think of Jason Clarke, the Australian actor best-known for films like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Mudbound.” Yet in “Chappaquiddick,” which chronicles the infamous accident and aftermath that nearly took down Kennedy’s rising star, Clarke perfectly channels the complicated politician during a turning point in his life and career.

And if you’re the kind of person who puts any stock in coincidence, consider the following: Clarke was born the day before the July 18, 1969, incident in which Kennedy drove off his car off a bridge and his 28-year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. He even happened to cross paths once with the late Kennedy; the two attended a boating event when he was a relatively unknown actor on the Showtime series “Brotherhood.”

Questions of fate and destiny weigh heavy in “Chappaquiddick,” which hits theaters April 6 and
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‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker

‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker
Lynn Shelton has made six scruffy relationship dramedies, all set in her hometown of Seattle. When she picked up an agent after “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, she figured she’d pay the bills with the occasional TV episode and continue shooting local movies. That’s not the way it turned out.

Over the last eight years, what began as a season-4 episode of “Mad Men” is now an in-demand career as a television comedy director, from Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” and “Casual” to IFC’s “Maron” and nine episodes of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”

So when Shelton finally reassembled her Seattle film crew to shoot her seventh movie, “Outside In” — produced, co-written and starring Jay Duplass opposite Edie Falco and Kaitlyn Dever — everything was different. First, the movie is Shelton’s first drama. And second, she found herself more prepared than she had ever been.
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‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker

‘Outside In’: Television Made Director Lynn Shelton a Better Filmmaker
Lynn Shelton has made six scruffy relationship dramedies, all set in her hometown of Seattle. When she picked up an agent after “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, she figured she’d pay the bills with the occasional TV episode and continue shooting local movies. That’s not the way it turned out.

Over the last eight years, what began as a season-4 episode of “Mad Men” is now an in-demand career as a television comedy director, from Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” and “Casual” to IFC’s “Maron” and nine episodes of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”

So when Shelton finally reassembled her Seattle film crew to shoot her seventh movie, “Outside In” — produced, co-written and starring Jay Duplass opposite Edie Falco and Kaitlyn Dever — everything was different. First, the movie is Shelton’s first drama. And second, she found herself more prepared than she had ever been.
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Sales companies, international buyers on long list of TWC creditors

A creditor filing at a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed celebrities, sales companies and international buyers who are owed money by The Weinstein Company (TWC).

A creditor filing at a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed celebrities, sales companies and international buyers who are owed money by The Weinstein Company (TWC).

TWC also gained approval from a judge for a $25m loan by Union Bank to pay its remaining employees as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Dallas-based private equity company Lantern Capital has bid $310m in cash and $125m in assumed liabilities for TWC,
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Harvey Weinstein's Company Owes Malia Obama, Jennifer Lawrence Money, According to New Documents

Following the news of The Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy filing Monday, the scandal-ridden company released a new set of court documents today revealing that it owes a lot of money to a lot of people and businesses — including several famous faces like Malia Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Seth Rogen and Heidi Klum.

The newly-released set of documents obtained by People includes a 300-page list of creditors owed money that adds up to a reported excess of $500 million in liabilities. The story was first reported by The Blast.

Malia, 19, interned for The Weinstein Company in 2017, before news of the scandals broke,
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Sales companies, celebrities on long list of Weinstein Company creditors

Beleaguered company gets approval for emergency loan to pay employees.

A creditor list filed with a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed The Weinstein Company (TWC) owes money to a host of celebrities and entities from Prince Charles to Keira Knightley, and Huayi Brothers to Netflix.

On the same day TWC got approval from a judge for a $25m loan by Union Bank for ongoing payment to its remaining employees as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Dallas-based private equity company Lantern Capital has bid $310m in cash and $125m in assumed liabilities for TWC, whose long
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Sales companies, celebrities on long list of TWC creditors

Beleaguered company gets approval for emergency loan to pay employees.

A creditor list filed with a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed The Weinstein Company (TWC) owes money to a host of celebrities and entities from Prince Charles to Keira Knightley, and Huayi Brothers to Netflix.

On the same day TWC got approval from a judge for a $25m loan by Union Bank for ongoing payment to its remaining employees as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Dallas-based private equity company Lantern Capital has bid $310m in cash and $125m in assumed liabilities for TWC, whose long
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Game of Thrones stars join Keira Knightley in Official Secrets

Casting on director Gavin Hood’s (Eye in the Sky) upcoming drama Official Secrets continues, with Deadline reporting that Game of Thrones alumni Indira Varma and Conleth Hill have joined the project.

The new additions join the previously announced Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Matt Smith (The Crown), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and Matthew Goode (The Crown), as well as Tamsin Greig (Episodes), Adam Bakri (Omar), Myanna Buring (Downton Abbey) and John Hefferman (The Crown).

Official Secrets sees Knightley as Katharine Gun, a Mandarin translator working at the British government’s communications HQ, Gchq. Gun leaked a confidential Us National Security Agency email to the Observer newspaper, revealing that she’d been asked to help the Us government spy on Un security council delegations in order to help swing favour towards an invasion of Iraq.

“When I read Katharine Gun’s deeply personal story of conscience, I felt that a
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Keira Knightley Covers "Elle"

Sneak Peek new images of actress Keira Knightley in the March 2018 issue of "Elle" (France) magazine wearing fashions by Chanel, photographed by Jan Welters:

"I was meant to be named 'Kiera', after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day," said Knightley.

"My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me.

"But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled 'ei' instead of 'ie' because my mum's crap at spelling.

"Apparently, when she came back he said: 'What The Fuck? You’ve spelt her name wrong!' What were they going to do, though? Once it’s on the piece of paper, it’s on the piece of paper. And that’s me. A spelling error..."

Knightley is the official 'face' for Chanel since 2007 and continues to rep the company including 'Coco Mademoiselle' fragrances.

New films for Knightley include an
See full article at SneakPeek »

Production Is Officially Underway On Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’

Entertainment One has announced that principal photography commenced this week in Yorkshire on Official Secrets, a new feature based on the dramatic true story of British intelligence whistle-blower, Katharine Gun. Academy Award® nominee actress Keira Knightley will star alongside Matt Smith, Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode. They lead a fantastic supporting cast including Tamsin Greig, Indira Varma, Adam Bakri, John Heffernan and Myanna Buring with Conleth Hill taking on the role of legendary editor of The Observer, Roger Alton. The film will be shooting on location across the UK.

Whistle-blower Katharine Gun (Knightley) leaked a top-secret Nsa memo exposing a joint Us-uk illegal spying operation against members of the Un Security Council during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion. The memo, which proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war, was leaked to Observer journalist Martin Bright who published the memo to great international uproar.
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Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of The Good Liar

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X-Men’s Ian McKellen and Red’s Helen Mirren have been cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of psychological thriller, The Good Liar.

The project, which is directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Condon from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr Holmes), has been adapted from Nicholas Searle’s debut novel. The story focuses on the career of con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring for her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Also in the news – Denis Villeneuve reveals his plans to make Dune into two films

McKellen and Condon have also previously worked together before on pictures such as Beauty and the Beast, Gods and Monsters and Mr Holmes.
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Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode join Keira Knightley and Matt Smith in Official Secrets

Entertainment One has announced that Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode have joined the previously announced Keira Knightley and Matt Smith in the thriller Official Secrets, which is being directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky).

The film will tell the story of Katharine Gun (Knightley), a a Mandarin translator working at the British government’s communications HQ, Gchq. Gun leaked a confidential Us National Security Agency email to the Observer newspaper, revealing that she’d been asked to help the Us government spy on Un security council delegations in order to help swing favour towards an invasion of Iraq.

Official Secrets is being produced by eOne and The Mark Gordon Company, and is set to begin production on March 12th in Yorkshire, England.

Fiennes was last seen in Hail, Ceasar! and also lent his voice to Kubo and the Two Strings and The Lego Batman Movie, while Goode’s
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