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Meghan Won't Be Wearing Kate's Wedding Tiara on Her Big Day — Find out Why!

There are just a few months left before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's lavish wedding takes place so, naturally, royal fans can't help predict what the bride is going to wear on her big day! Though we already know a bit about what Meghan's wedding dress may look like, we don't yet know much about what tiara the former actress could don as a headpiece. But, People just interestingly pointed out that Meghan likely won't wear Kate Middleton's wedding tiara to her nuptials because the Cartier Halo tiara — which Kate borrowed from Queen Elizabeth — will be on display at the National Gallery of Australia on Meghan's wedding day. So, if Kate's tiara is out, what will Meghan wear? Thankfully, The Australian Women's Weekly's editor and royals correspondent Juliet Rieden just made her predictions — scroll down to see 6 royal tiaras Meghan could wear at her wedding! The Lover's Knot
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Making Matilda by Amber Wilkinson

Matilda and Nicholas. Alexey Utichel: 'It was quite unusual before the film was screened because, no one saw it but we had those very grave accusations that I believe were undeserved' Photo: Courtesy of Kinostar Films Aleksey Uchitel on the set of Matilda Photo: Courtesy of Kinostar Films Aleksey Uchitel's Matilda (Mathilde) - which closes London's Russian Film Week tonight (November 26) tells the story of Tsar Nicholas II's (Lars Eidinger) romance with ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya (Michalina Olszanska) prior to becoming emperor and his marriage to Alexandra Feodorovna (Luise Wolfram). Given its Merchant Ivory-style sumptuousness and fairy tale-inflected storytelling, it may seem an unlikely candidate for controversy, but before its release in Russia it sparked mass protests and even terror attacks because Nicholas is now considered a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church.

During the first Fipresci colloquium on Russian Cinema, Uchitel was on hand to introduce the film
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International Newswire: ‘Mathilde’ Director to Helm Biopics about Shostakovich, Soviet Rock Star

International Newswire: ‘Mathilde’ Director to Helm Biopics about Shostakovich, Soviet Rock Star
In today’s International Newswire, the director of the controversial Russian film ‘Mathilde’ pushes forward with his follow-up projects, A&E puts more focus on producing local content, and Women and Hollywood celebrates London ‘trailblazers’.

Director Alexey Uchitel, whose sumptuous period melodrama “Mathilde” elicited a hostile response from some religious and nationalist groups in Russia, has spoken about his upcoming projects to international press at the first Fipresci colloquium dedicated to Russian cinema in St. Petersburg. “Mathilde’s” sales company has also disclosed the latest deals on the pic.

Uchitel’s next feature will center on the late Soviet rock-star Viktor Tsoi, he said. He is also developing a project about Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The helmer will no doubt be hoping for a warmer reception for these movies than that which greeted “Mathilde,” which recounts the passionate affair between the future Tsar Nicholas II and the Imperial Ballet star Mathilde Kschessinska.

The film almost
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Russian Orthodox Church Takes Aim at Film About Last Tsar's Affair

Russian Orthodox Church Takes Aim at Film About Last Tsar's Affair
In the latest salvo in a dispute over a Russian film about the last tsar's affair with a ballerina, the Russian Orthodox Church has put up 300 billboards in Moscow displaying what it called "words about love" exchanged between the tsar and his wife.

The posters, which do not explicitly refer to the release of Aleksey Uchitel's upcoming feature Matilda, carry images of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra and quotes affirming the loving bond the couple had. The church says they are taken from the tsar's letters and diaries and affirm family values of  "faith, love and mutual respect."

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'Wonder Woman' star joins Anastasia Romanov project

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Exclusive: Feature marks second collaboration between Swen Group and Conglomerate.

Emily Carey, who plays the young Diana in global smash Wonder Woman, will star in the live-action family feature Anastasia: Once Upon A Time.

The feature is a retelling of the Anastasia Romanov story and marks the second production between Swen Group, the Latin American giant that recently established a Us distribution arm, and Conglomerate, the Florida-based production company behind Walt Before Mickey and the upcoming Little Mermaid.

Anastasia: Once Upon A Time begins in 1917 as the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II flees Lenin’s troops through a time portal, emerging in 1988 when she befriends a young American girl.

Carey will star alongside Kendall Vertes as Tana and Aliyah Moulden from TV show The Voice, who will write and perform original songs. Blake Harris directs, as he did on Little Mermaid.

Although rumours of the real Anastasia’s escape endured for years, in reality
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Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne Join Cast of ‘Hamlet Revenant’

Cannes: Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne Join Cast of ‘Hamlet Revenant’
Oscar-nominated actor Ian McKellen has joined the international cast of Ken McMullen’s “Hamlet Revenant,” which Danish sales company TrustNordisk has boarded for worldwide sales. Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne and “Gladiator” star Connie Nielsen have also been announced for the film, to be presented to buyers in Cannes.

An original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the film explores the violence and destructive instincts that haunt the human psyche through the story of a man caught in a vortex of revenge, doubt and madness. It is scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2017.

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard will head the international cast playing the Danish prince. The actor is best known for his lead role, opposite Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen, in Nikolaj Arcel’s Oscar-nominated “A Royal Affair.” Newcomer Maria Boda is set to play Ophelia. The cast also includes French actors Lambert Wilson and Dominique Pinon and British actor Lex Shrapnel.
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‘Mad Men’ Creator Matt Weiner Reveals Details of New Amazon Drama ‘The Romanoffs’

‘Mad Men’ Creator Matt Weiner Reveals Details of New Amazon Drama ‘The Romanoffs’
Matt Weiner is back in his element – a writers room stocked with “Mad Men” alums as he tackles his ambitious and unconventional new series, Amazon’s “The Romanoffs.”

“Romanoffs” will consist of eight hourlong episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. The only common thread is that each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.

Czar Nicholas II, empress Alexandra and their five children were sent into exile and brutally murdered by a Bolshevik execution squad in July 1918. The Romanoffs’ legend has been burnished for a century by the lore that daughter Anastasia survived the slayings and wound up taking on a new identity.

For Weiner, creator and exec producer of AMC’s hallowed period drama “Mad Men,” the attraction of “Romanoffs” is not to revisit
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Russian Cinema Looks Beyond Borders for Greater Traction

Russian Cinema Looks Beyond Borders for Greater Traction
This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and based on Western media coverage alone, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Russia has turned back the clock to the Soviet era and reverted to an isolationist standpoint. But for film industry folk at least, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Russian arthouse films have been earning plaudits on the international festival and awards circuit recently, most notably Andrei Konchalovsky’s “Paradise,” which won Venice Film Festival’s director award and was Oscar shortlisted. But Western audiences expecting deep philosophical insights in the tradition of such auteurs as Andrei Tarkovsky are often surprised by the number of crowdpleasers from Russia, says Filip Perkon, general producer of the Russian Film Week in London. Among the upcoming Russian films he is looking forward to: Aleksey Uchitel’s lavish period drama “Matilda,” which follows the real-life love affair between a leading
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Rasputin the Goat’s Record-Breaking Horns Help Him Get Cool Goat Girlfriend

Rasputin the Goat’s Record-Breaking Horns Help Him Get Cool Goat Girlfriend
This is goat is Goat, as in the Greatest of All Time, when it comes to horn span.

Rasputin is a Walliser black-necked goat who lives in Austria and has the world’s largest horn spread for a living goat, as verified by Guinness World Records.

The 8-year-old’s horns measure 53.23 in. from tip to pointy tip. But Rasputin, who is named for Russia’s Czar Nicholas II’s nefarious adviser, doesn’t let his horns go to his head. His owner, Martin Pirker, says he is a good goat who is a great to his lady Lily and their son,
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10 Cloverfield Lane Director to Helm a Film Inspired by Legendary Magician Harry Houdini

Director Dan Trachtenberg did a fantastic job on the J.J. Abrams-produced film 10 Cloverfield Lane. I loved that movie, and now the director is in talks to join a whole new film project based on the legendary magician Harry Houdini.

The film is set up at Lionsgate, and they've been trying to get it into production for years. The project is based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.

The book dives into some fun and interesting details about Houdini including that it was believed that he was a British spy, in cahoots with police organizations, and at one point was even asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II's court in pre-revolutionary Russia. These are real theories about the magician, and this movie will obviously elaborate on those stories.

The studio's plan for
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MipTV: ‘Public Enemy’ Tops First MipDrama Screenings

MipTV: ‘Public Enemy’ Tops First MipDrama Screenings
Cannes – Belgian serial killer suspenser “Public Enemy,” one of a clutch of thrillers at the inaugural MipDrama Screenings, won its first Cri de Coeur Award, awarded Sunday on the eve of MipTV in Cannes.

Sold by Zodiak Rights, airing May on Belgian pubcaster Rtbf, and the first TV production of Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films, the 10 one-hour-seg “Public Enemy” charts the impact on a community of an ex-child killer’s release from prison. He is given shelter at the local monastery – just as a new wave of child murders breaks out. Some community members want to take justice into their own hands. The female cop on the case is equally conflicted, having had her own younger sister disappear when she was a small girl.

“The series asks: ‘What do you do with monsters like child killers? After a serial killer is released from prison, can we forgive him?
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"Witch" Director Plans "Rasputin" TV Series

Robert Eggers, the filmmaker behind this weekend's acclaimed horror smash "The Witch," has been set to pen and direct a 6-8 episode event series based on the life of Grigori Rasputin.

Media Rights Capital and Parts and Labor are producing the project which will explore the mad monk's rise to power as both advisor to the Russian Imperial family and personal physician to Tsar Nicholas II's young son along with his bloody death in St. Petersburg in 1916.

The project is separate from the film take in the works with Jason Hall ("American Sniper") penning and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to potentially play him. Eggers is also working on a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent vampire classic "Nosferatu".

Various acclaimed actors like Christopher Lee, Gerard Depardieu, Tom Baker, and most famously Alan Rickman have portrayed Rasputin over the years - Rickman scoring an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for his performance.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #15. Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodsworth’s Kebab Royal

Kebab Royal

Directors: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodsworth

Writers: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodsworth

Another Belgian directing duo we’re committed to championing is Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodsworth (who we also included prematurely on our 2015 list). Starting out as documentarians, they segued into narrative film with 2006’s Khadak, eventually spinning a loosely related trilogy with 2009’s Altiplano and 2012’s The Fifth Season (2012). While it’s possible to obtain copies of the first two, for some confounding reason, their last feature never received distribution in the Us even though it’s a fascinating, transfixing film. They filmed their latest, Kebab Royal, past March, which is now in post-production. Their films are often characterized by offbeat, surreal flourishes, and their latest concerns Nicolas II, the onerous Belgian King. Stuck on an economic mission in Istanbul, he learns of Flanders’ declaration for dependence while he’s away, and a simultaneous solar storm knocks out communication and airplanes.
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Dazzling-Looking Russian Revolution Epic Much Too Old-Fashioned

'Nicholas and Alexandra': Movie starred Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. The elaborate sets and costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush musical score, and frequent David Lean collaborator Freddie Young's richly textured cinematography provide the perfect period atmosphere for this historical epic. Missing, however, is a screenplay that offers dialogue instead of speeches, and a directorial hand that brings out emotional truth instead of soapy melodrama. Nicholas and Alexandra begins when, after several unsuccessful attempts, Tsar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) finally becomes the father of a boy. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife, the German-born Empress Alexandra (Janet Suzman), have their happiness crushed when they discover that their infant son is a hemophiliac. In addition to his familial turmoil, the Tsar must also deal with popular
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Kozlovsky to star in Russian epic Mathilde

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Kozlovsky to star in Russian epic Mathilde
Exclusive: “Russia’s Brad Pitt” to star in Alexey Uchitel’s period drama.

Danila Kozlovsky, known as Russia’s Brad Pitt, is to star in Alexey Uchitel’s historical drama-thriller Mathilde (working title) - set to be the biggest Russian production to be filmed this year.

The $30m production by Rock Films and the single purpose company Mathilda Ltd., with backing from the Russian Cinema Fund, centres on the love affair between the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and the legendary ballerina Mathilde Kshesinskaya.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily last week in St Petersburg, producer Kira Saksanganskaya explained that Kozlovsky, who was the lead in last year’s box-office hit Legend No 17 and made inroads into a Hollywood career with a part in Vampire Academy, plays a rival to Tsar Nicholas II, played by German actor Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria)

Other Russian actors in the cast include Evgeny Mironov, Grigory Dobrygin, [link
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Russian Cinema: ‘Issue’ Pictures Earn Acclaim Abroad

Russian Cinema: ‘Issue’ Pictures Earn Acclaim Abroad
While President Vladimir Putin has been cracking down on opposition to his rule within Russia and across its borders, a small band of Russian arthouse filmmakers have been taking a critical look at his Russia, and winning the approval of festival juries,

film critics and distributors abroad for their work.

Among the recent successes are Yury Bykov’s “The Fool,” which won lead actor for Artem Bystrov’s perf at Locarno, and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” which took the screenplay award at Cannes. Both pics tackle corruption and the lack of justice head-on, while being watchable enough to attract international buyers.

“The Fool” is the latest pic from St. Petersburg’s Rock Films. The company previously produced Bykov’s “The Major,” which played in Cannes and Toronto, and Alexey Uchitel’s “Break Loose,” which premiered in Toronto.

Uchitel, Rock Films’ CEO, says those festival successes and the rise of new directors give cause for hope,
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Johnny Depp may Play Houdini in Action-Packed Spy Thriller

Johnny Depp is currently in negotiations to play the legendary magician Harry Houdini in Lionsgate's The Secret Life of Houdini. The movie is set to be directed by Dean Parisot, who has developed films such Red 2 and Galaxy Quest. He's a solid director, and this should make for a great film project for him.

Depp has had a rough go at the box office recently with The Lone Ranger and Transcendence. Neither of those films were very good either. Depp will soon be back on top with with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, both of which are sure to blow up at the box office. He's currently shooting the crime drama Black Mass. He's a crazy talented actor and I think it would be cool to see him take on the role of Houdini. If the negotiations go over well, I think he'll be great in the part.
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Glenn Close to Bring Royal Craziness in Anastasia Imposter Flick ‘Duchess’

Continuing her track record of portraying mentally unstable, fabulously coifed broads (see: Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmatians), Glenn Close has signed on to play Anna Anderson, the real woman who once claimed to be the famed Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. You know, the one who’s definitely dead and not a lady named Anna Anderson. Duchess, helmed by Close’s The Chumscrubber directer Arin Posen, follows the imposter through a “dark road trip comedy based on true events.” Anderson, a formerly institutionalized Prussian woman, changed her name to that of the doomed Russian royal and convinced the public that she was actually the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra, the girl thought to have been executed along with the rest of her family in 1918. Even though people eventually wised up and decided to check that she was actually a Romanov (Surprise! Just Crazy!), the media and public kept the story going because it’s hard
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Glenn Close Will Play A Half-Crazy Imposter In Darkly Comedic True Story Duchess

For his most recent film The Face of Love, director Arie Posin worked with a trio of amazing actors . Ed Harris, Robin Williams and Annette Bening . all of whom are between 55 and 65 years old. His next film, Duchess, also has a middle-aged character at its center, and Glenn Close has signed on for the lead part. While ageism is obviously alive and well in Hollywood, it.s great to see youngish directors keeping such elite thespians working. A young actress wouldn.t even work here, as Close will be portraying Anna Anderson, the formerly institutionalized Prussian woman who changed her name and claimed to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra, who was long thought to have been killed along with the rest of her family in 1918. Even though she was proven to be an imposter, public opinion and media outlets kept
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Glenn Close Will Play The Duchess

Glenn Close Will Play The Duchess
Famous for playing French noblewoman the Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons, Glenn Close will next play the Russian grand duchess Anastasia Romanov in The Duchess... except it's not quite that simple. Close will actually be playing Anna Anderson, one of several imposters who claimed to be Anastasia in the decades before the fact of her 1918 assassination was finally proved. Arie Posin (The Chumscrubber) will direct this new version of Anderson's story.If you're unfamiliar with the history, Anastasia was killed along with most of her family, including her sisters and father Tsar Nicholas II, by the Bolshevik secret police in July, 1918. But the location of her death remained unknown (only finally discovered in 2007), leading to rumours of her escape that endured for decades - immortalised, among other things, in the cartoon Anastasia in the 1990s.Anderson was institutionalised in Berlin after a suicide attempt in 1920, and began claiming she
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