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Emily Mortimer Signs With UTA

Emily Mortimer, who is in Disney’s big Christmas release, Mary Poppins Returns opposite Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, has signed with UTA. Most recently, Mortimer starred in Stacy Cochran's drama Write When You Get Work and Sally Potter's The Party and will next star in Isabelle Coixet's The Bookshop — which was released in Europe earlier this year, and for which she received a Goya Award nomination. On the television side, Mortimer…
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Emily Mortimer Signs With UTA

Emily Mortimer, who is in Disney’s big Christmas release, Mary Poppins Returns opposite Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, has signed with UTA. Most recently, Mortimer starred in Stacy Cochran's drama Write When You Get Work and Sally Potter's The Party and will next star in Isabelle Coixet's The Bookshop — which was released in Europe earlier this year, and for which she received a Goya Award nomination. On the television side, Mortimer…
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Maui Fest Unspools Eclectic Slate While Neighboring Volcano Erupts in Distance

The Maui Film Festival celebrates its 19th anniversary this year, and, despite taking place in an ever-more crowded calendar of summer film fests, its popularity continues to grow. The event attracts locals and mainlanders alike, and draws both casual fans and ardent cineastes with its unique mixture of sun, sand and life-affirming cinema.

And this time around, in an unexpected turn, the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano on the neighboring Big Island of Hawaii has raised the Maui fest’s profile to new highs.

“People shouldn’t worry,” says fest founder and director Barry Rivers. “That’s 100 miles away and we’re not affected at all.”

Rivers stresses that Maui’s rugged beauty, with its beaches, ocean and backdrop of mountains and jungle, makes it “a very special location — and a lot of the festival is held outdoors.” Venues include the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course,
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Seattle International Film Festival Program Includes ‘The Bookshop,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Blaze’

Seattle International Film Festival Program Includes ‘The Bookshop,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Blaze’
The lineup for the 44th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest film gathering in the U.S., was announced on Wednesday, with 433 films set to screen.

Among this year’s projects include Siff Gala screenings of Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson in “The Bookshop,” “Sorry to Bother You,” with Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield and “Don’t Worry, He won’t Get Far on Foot,” starring Joaquin Phoenix. The festival, which runs from May 17 to June 10, will include six world, 32 North American, and 16 U.S. Feature premieres.

Ethan Hawke will be honored during the three-week event with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award and will screen “Blaze,” the new film he wrote, produced and directed, on June 8, followed by an on-stage interview.

Melanie Lynskey will also make an appearance at the festival for a discussion and screening of her new film “Sadie” on May 27.

Among the more than 400 films screening
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Tribeca 2018: Producer Ron Perlman for New Film ‘To Dust’

New York City – The actor side of Ron Perlman has made his mark in films/TV like the “Hellboy” series and “Sons of Anarchy.” But he has put on a producer’s cap for the new film “To Dust,” which features Matthew Broderick. The film made its Red Carpet premiere at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival on April 23rd, 2018.

Ron Perlman and Emily Mortimer on the Red Carpet for “To Dust” at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival

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To Dust” is a fascinating study of death’s finality and strangeness. When a Hasidic cantor named Shmuel (Geza Rohrig) loses his beloved wife, he becomes obsessed with the nature of her decaying body (she was buried without embalming due to religious reasons). In order to move on, he decides – against his Jewish faith – to study the process, and enlists the aid of a community college
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Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Wright, ‘To Dust’ Win Top Awards at 17th Tribeca Film Festival

The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival wrapped its celebration of film April 29 in downtown New York City. Presented by At&T and the Tribeca Film Institute, the 12-day fest concluded with a top prize for “To Dust,” written and directed by Shawn Snyder. “To Dust” was singled out in the narrative category the prestigious Audience Award, voted upon by attendees. The film stars Matthew Broderick and Geza Rohrig, the latter playing a Hasidic cantor obsessed with how his late wife will decompose in the earth. “Mapplethorpe,” directed and written by Ondi Timoner and starring Matt Smith as the titular notorious photographer and artist, was the runner-up for the prize. “I’m both ecstatic and bowled over by this news. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival has been a dream and a homecoming, as Tribeca Film Institute was one of the earliest supporters of this strangely personal and oddly specific film,” said Snyder in a statement.
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Tribeca Film Festival Audience Awards announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2018-04-29 11:53:03

Tribeca Film Festival's Best New Narrative Director Shawn Snyder for To Dust also wins an Audience Award Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The winners of the Tribeca Film Festival Narrative Feature and Documentary Audience Awards were announced on April 28. The Narrative Feature Audience Award went to Shawn Snyder's To Dust, starring the dynamic excavating duo of Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig. On Thursday night, Shawn Snyder was awarded Best New Narrative Director from jurors Josh Charles, Joshua Leonard and Zosia Mamet. The film is produced by Alessandro Nivola (last year's Tribeca Best Actor), Emily Mortimer, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook, and Scott Lochmus. Ondi Timoner's Mapplethorpe, starring Matt Smith as Robert Mapplethorpe captured second place.

The Documentary Audience Award goes to United Skates, directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown. Second place went to Momentum Generation, directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist.

Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award winners and second place
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CinemaCon 2018: Disney tempts with 'Nutcracker', 'Infinity War', 'Lion King'

Outgoing head of distribution Dave Hollis attends final show.

Disney executives treated CinemaCon attendees on Tuesday (April 24) to early footage from its impressive live-action slate encompassing The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, Mary Poppins Returns, and The Lion King.

The session at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace took place without talent appearances and kicked off with a sequence from the imminent worldwide release Avengers: Infinity War.

After Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn delivered the obligatory pledge to exhibitors – “The Walt Disney Company is committed to the theatrical window. Period.” – outgoing president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis offered a potted
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Back to One, Episode Two: Emily Mortimer talks Her Breakout Film, Being Right and Wrong for the Part, and Aaron Sorkin

Emily Mortimer is perhaps best known for her role as MacKenzie McHale in Aaron Sorkin’s beloved HBO series The Newsroom. Some of her other memorable performances are in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Hugo and, as Phoebe, Jack Donaghy’s love interest, on the NBC series 30 Rock. In this hour she talks extensively about one particular, powerful scene in her breakout film, Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing (which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress), and about what it was like to play a character named “Emily Mortimer” in her HBO series Doll […]
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Back to One, Episode Two: Emily Mortimer talks Her Breakout Film, Being Right and Wrong for the Part, and Aaron Sorkin

Emily Mortimer is perhaps best known for her role as MacKenzie McHale in Aaron Sorkin’s beloved HBO series The Newsroom. Some of her other memorable performances are in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Hugo and, as Phoebe, Jack Donaghy’s love interest, on the NBC series 30 Rock. In this hour she talks extensively about one particular, powerful scene in her breakout film, Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing (which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress), and about what it was like to play a character named “Emily Mortimer” in her HBO series Doll […]
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Good grief by Anne-Katrin Titze

Alessandro Nivola on finding Géza Röhrig for To Dust: "Dylan Leiner who is one of the guys who runs Sony Pictures Classics. He knew Géza because they released Son of Saul." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Alessandro Nivola stars with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in Sebastián Lelio's Disobedience and he is a co-producer with Emily Mortimer, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook, and Scott Lochmus of Shawn Snyder's To Dust with the dynamic excavating duo of Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, two highlights of the Tribeca Film Festival.

If you expect Géza Röhrig to stay in the register of desperate, detached compulsion that he perfected in László Nemes's 2016 Oscar winner Son Of Saul, you're in for a surprise. To Dust strikes a most unusual chord. What does it mean to mourn? Rituals put in place to aid the process of coming to terms with a death may also throw the
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Emily Blunt on taking over from Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins Returns

Following her role in husband John Krasinski’s acclaimed horror A Quiet Place, Emily Blunt will next be seen taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

Speaking to Variety, the actress has been chatting about stepping into the shoes of Julie Andrews and what drew her to the film, which reunites her with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall.

“Rob Marshall called me a couple of years ago and pitched it to me,” said Blunt. “The script hadn’t been written and they hadn’t written the songs, they were just crafting a narrative. He explained that this was much more in the same world as the books. It’s set in the ’30s during the Great Depression, which is when P.L. Travers wrote them. It was the idea of having a darker backdrop in which hope could reappear from the skies.
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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’

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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’
You’ll often hear directors say that each movie is really three movies: The one on the page, the one you shoot, and the one you end up with in the final cut. That gives you three chances to get it right or mess it up even more, but nothing beats a solid foundation and well-crafted blueprint. At least with a great screenplay, you know it will be a lot harder to mess up the other two phases.

Any consideration of the best movies of the past 18 years takes on new context when considered exclusively in terms of their screenplays. There are some obvious masters of the form, such as Charlie Kaufman and Kenneth Lonergan, not to mention the clockwork-like precision of the Pixar story factory, which is why they all have two films on this list. Many of the films here were robbed of Oscar nominations, including from David Fincher
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Feeling the character by Anne-Katrin Titze

Alessandro Nivola stars with Jesse Eisenberg in Riley Stearns's ‪The Art Of Self-Defense‬ and Gideon Raff's The Red Sea Diving Resort with Chris Evans and Ben Kingsley Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year's Tribeca Film Festival Best Actor winner Alessandro Nivola, comes back this year in a new position as a co-producer with Emily Mortimer, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook, and Scott Lochmus of Shawn Snyder's To Dust, starring the dynamic, excavating duo of Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick. You can also find Alessandro in another highlight at the festival, Sebastián Lelio's Disobedience where he stars with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.

2017 Tribeca Best Actor award winner ‪Alessandro Nivola‬: "Sometimes the creative process can feel more real than life itself." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Over breakfast before the start of the Tribeca Film Festival, Alessandro gave me some background on The Art of Self-Defense and The Red Sea Diving Resort.
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Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Jacqueline Bisset has joined “Honey in the Head,” Freestyle Digital buys “Carter and June” and the editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio have unionized.

Casting

Jacqueline Bisset is set to join the cast of “Honey in the Head” opposite Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer, Variety has learned exclusively.

She will play the mother of Mortimer’s character, and likes to playfully flirt with Nick Nolte’s character whenever she has the opportunity. “Honey in the Head,” the English-language remake of the 2014 German drama “Honig Im Kopf,” will start production in May in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

The original movie, produced by Barefoot Films, was directed by and starred Til Schweiger as the son of a retired veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who convinces his widowed father (played by Dieter Hallervorden) to move in with him. The film, co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros.
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Emily Blunt: ‘If Women Are Given a Voice, They Use It’

Emily Blunt: ‘If Women Are Given a Voice, They Use It’
Emily Blunt discussed how women are transforming the world during Variety’s Power of Women event in New York.

Blunt said the topic of girls’ education “moves and matters” to her greatly. After recounting daily conversations with her 4-year-old daughter, Hazel, about what she learned in school, the actress said she learns from her children.

“They yearn to learn, they crave it,” she said of her daughters. “They are lucky enough — and as was I and as were most girls that I knew growing up — that your dreams were never going to fall on deaf ears, and that your thoughts and voice mattered and could make a difference.”

Blunt then praised the work of the Malala Fund, the nonprofit funded by Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, in 2013. Malala Yousafzai has “the most compassionate of hearts, but courage and will of steel.”

“When the bullets rained down on these girls,
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Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” Acquired by Greenwich Entertainment, Emily Mortimer Stars

The Bookshop

The Bookshop” is making its way to the United States. Isabel Coixet’s award-winning drama has been acquired by Greenwich Entertainment, Deadline confirms. The Emily Mortimer-starrer screened at the Berlinale in February.

An adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel, “The Bookshop” is set in 1950s England. A widow living in a seaside village (Mortimer) “pursues her lifelong dream of opening a bookshop. As she introduces the townsfolk to the world’s best literature and stirs a cultural awakening, her efforts are ruthlessly opposed by a powerful local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson), causing a reclusive resident (Bill Nighy) to join the fight to keep the bookshop open.”

The film hits U.S. theaters August 24.

The Bookshop” took home trophies for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at Spain’s prestigious Goya Awards.

“We’ve always admired Isabel’s work and her great leads so it’s
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Greenwich Entertainment acquires Isabel Coixet’s 'The Bookshop'

Drama won three Goyas, played in Berlinale.

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Isabel Coixet’s Goya best film winner and Berlinale special gala selection The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson.

Coixet adapted Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel about a widow in 1950s England who locks horns with a local grand dame when she opens a bookshop.

The Bookshop won three Goya Awards for best film, director, and adapted screenplay.

Greenwich Entertainment will release the film theatrically in the Us on August 24. It opened in Spain recently and grossed $3.5m locally.

Jaume Banacolocha, Joan Bas, Adolfo Blanco
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‘The Bookshop,’ Starring Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy Acquired By Greenwich Entertainment

The Bookshop, which played in Berlin and was the winner of three Goya awards in Spain, was just acquired for U.S. distribution by Greenwich Entertainment. Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive) and based on a Man Booker Prize short-listed novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, the film stars Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Patricia Clarkson (House of Cards). Greenwich Entertainment will…
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Greenwich Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights to Isabel Coixet’s ‘The Bookshop’ (Exclusive)

Greenwich Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights to Isabel Coixet’s ‘The Bookshop’ (Exclusive)
New York-based Greenwich Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to “The Bookshop,” directed by Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me,” “Elegy”), one of Spain’s most international auteurs. ”The Bookshop” is sold by Thierry Wase-Bailey’s U.K.-based Celsius Entertainment.

Greenwich Entertainment was founded last year by veteran arthouse distributor Ed Arentz, formerly managing director of Music Box Films.

“It’s a wonderful film with a significant potential in the U.S.,” Arentz said enthusiastically. He added: “The film is the film and now it’s up to us to release it properly, to find a good slot and encourage the exhibitors to support it. If all goes well, the release could do very well.”

Coixet’s twelfth feature, “The Bookshop” is produced by Spain’s A Contracorriente Films and Diagonal TV, the U.K.’s Zephyr Films and Germany’s One Two Films. It stars Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.
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