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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars

Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars
With a wide field of potential contenders, the Producers Guild of America made some surprise picks and snubs for its seven nominees for Best Feature Documentary on Monday. The films nominated for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures are listed below in alphabetical order:

Chasing Coral” (Jeff Orlowski, Netflix)

City of Ghosts” (Mattew Heineman, Amazon)

Cries from Syria” (Evgeny Afineevsky, HBO)

Earth: One Amazing Day” (Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, BBC Earth)

Jane” (Brett Morgen, NatGeo)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” (Joe Piscatella, Netflix)

The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (John Maggio, HBO)

Among the lauded documentaries left off the 2017 PGA nominations were Cannes documentary winner “Faces Places,” directed by Agnes Varda and Jr, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of Brooklyn Hassidim, “One of Us,” and popular Turkish cat documentary “Kedi.”

While the PGA’s feature nominees often align with Oscar contenders,
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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars

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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars
With a wide field of potential contenders, the Producers Guild of America made some surprise picks and snubs for its seven nominees for Best Feature Documentary on Monday. The films nominated for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures are listed below in alphabetical order:

Chasing Coral” (Jeff Orlowski, Netflix)

City of Ghosts” (Mattew Heineman, Amazon)

Cries from Syria” (Evgeny Afineevsky, HBO)

Earth: One Amazing Day” (Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, BBC Earth)

Jane” (Brett Morgen, NatGeo)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” (Joe Piscatella, Netflix)

“The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (John Maggio, HBO)

Among the lauded documentaries left off the 2017 PGA nominations were Cannes documentary winner “Faces Places,” directed by Agnes Varda and Jr, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of Brooklyn Hassidim, “One of Us,” and popular Turkish cat documentary “Kedi.”

While the PGA’s feature nominees often align with Oscar contenders,
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When Christopher Nolan Met Takanori Iwata: The Director Speaks at Dunkirk‘s Japanese Press Launch

Contrary to popular belief, the Japanese are not totally averse to watching war movies, with Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima and Peter Webber’s Emperor being fairly well-received in recent years. However, those films undoubtedly owed their success to the presence of revered Japanese actors Ken Watanabe and Toshiyuki Nishida, boy-band idol Kazunari Ninomiya and the calmly authoritative Tommy Lee Jones (who is so big over here that he fronts a major coffee brand). Given that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk offers none of the above, one wondered how the Tokyo media conference, held at the plush Roppongi Hills complex on Thursday […]
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BBC Earth Films Sends Family-Friendly ‘Earth’ Sequel To Theaters; Robert Redford Narrates

BBC Earth Films Sends Family-Friendly ‘Earth’ Sequel To Theaters; Robert Redford Narrates
Earth: One Amazing Day, the sequel to Earth, which looks at the best the natural world has to offer in a single day, will be released in theaters nationwide on October 6, 2017 from BBC Earth Films. The family-friendly G-rated film is narrated by environmental activist and Hollywood legend Robert Redford. The film was directed by Richard Dale (The Human Body) and Peter Webber (The Girl with the Pearl Earring). Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring the audience up…
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Colin Firth to star in 'Benjamin’s Crossing'

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Oscar-winner signs on to Second World War escape drama that Fortitude International will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Colin Firth will star in Benjamin’s Crossing as Walter Benjamin, the Jewish philosopher who escaped from the Nazis by fleeing across the Pyrenees in 1940.

Pat O’Connor, who worked with Firth on the Un Certain Regard entry A Month In The County, will direct and production is expected to start this autumn.

Benjamin’s Crossing is based on Jay Parini and Devon Jersild’s adaptation of Parini’s novel of the same name.

Benjamin fled his home in Paris and met Lisa Fittko who agreed to help the ailing man escape over the mountains to Spain.

Carl Effenson of Artimage Entertainment produces with Sally Jo Effenson of Joule Films, and Lucas Jarach, along with Fortitude’s Robert Ogden Barnum and Nadine de Barros.

Fortitude International, co-founded by de Barros and Barnum, is financing the project and will begin pre-sales
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Jesse Eisenberg, Pierce Brosnan Sail To ‘The Medusa’; Fortitude Selling – Cannes

Jesse Eisenberg, Pierce Brosnan Sail To ‘The Medusa’; Fortitude Selling – Cannes
Diving into the backstory of one of the world’s most famous paintings, The Medusa follows artist Théodore Géricault and his relationship to the tragic events that inspired his harrowing and politically significant masterpiece, “The Raft Of The Medusa.” Jesse Eisenberg is playing Géricault with Pierce Brosnan as his uncle and nemesis, Caruel. Vanessa Redgrave is the painter’s anti-royalist innkeeper. Girl With A Pearl Earring helmer Peter Webber is directing from a script…
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Jesse Eisenberg, Pierce Brosnan, Vanessa Redgrave to star in 'The Medusa'

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Jesse Eisenberg, Pierce Brosnan, Vanessa Redgrave to star in 'The Medusa'
Exclusive: Fortitude International to launch sales in Cannes.

Fortitude International will introduce international buyers in Cannes to The Medusa starring Jesse Eisenberg, Pierce Brosnan and Vanessa Redgrave.

Peter Webber will direct his second film based on a renowned work of art after 2003’s Girl With A Pearl Earring, named after the painting by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.

The Medusa stars Eisenberg as Theodore Gericault, the early 19th century pioneer of the French Romantic movement whose masterpiece The Raft Of The Medusa was inspired by the sinking of a French frigate.

Survivors of the wreck spoke of incompetence and cannibalism and the painting stirred anti-royalist sentiment at the time of King Louis Xviii’s rule.

Brosnan will portray Gericault’s uncle Caruel, the artist’s nemesis who is hell-bent on ruining him, while Redgrave plays the painter’s anti-royalist innkeeper.

Sophia Al-Maria adapted the screenplay from Jonathan Miles’s book The Wreck Of The Medusa.

Production
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'Earth' sequel heads to France, Italy, Benelux, Asia

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'Earth' sequel heads to France, Italy, Benelux, Asia
Exclusive: Goldcrest has secured pre-sales on BBC nature documentary.

Goldcrest Film has revealed a string of deals in key markets for large scale nature documentary Earth: One Amazing Day.

Screen revealed Robert Redford and Jackie Chan’s involvement with the feature yesterday.

Goldcrest has pre-sold the documentary to France (TF1 Studio), Italy (Koch Media), Benelux (The Searchers), South Korea (Mediaday), Switzerland (Impuls Pictures), Turkey (Tanweer Films), Phillippines (Captive Entertainment), (Malaysia/Brunei (Suraya Film) and Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co).

Deals for China with Smg Pictures and Germany with Universum Film were already annnounced.

Currently in post-production, the sequle to box office hit Earth is directed by Peter Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) and Richard Dale (The Human Body).

Script comes from Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man) while score is overseen by Alex Heffes (The Last King Of Scotland).

The film is a co-production between BBC Earth Films (as Earth Film Productions Limited) and Chinese outfit
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Robert Redford, Jackie Chan join 'Earth' sequel

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Robert Redford, Jackie Chan join 'Earth' sequel
Exclusive: Redford, Chan to narrate English and Mandarin versions of BBC documentary sequel; Goldcrest handles sales.

Robert Redford and Jackie Chan have been set to narrate the English and Mandarin versions of documentary Earth: One Amazing Day, the sequel to 2007 box office hit Earth.

Directed by Peter Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) and Richard Dale (The Human Body) the film is currently in post-production at the BBC Earth Films’ studio.

Script comes from Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man) while score is overseen by Alex Heffes (The Last King Of Scotland).

The Mandarin-language version will be co-directed by Lixin Fan (Last Train); screenwriter Geling Yan (Flowers of War) and music producer Roc Chen (Chinese music consultant on Kung Fu Panda 3) are also on board.

The film will tell the story of one day in the life of the planet, “celebrating the billions of real-life dramas that occur in the natural world every day”.

A co-production between
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Colombia ‘safe’ location after plebiscite result

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Colombia ‘safe’ location after plebiscite result
Exclusive: Industry figures in Colombia have moved to reassure international partners that the shock referendum vote rejecting peace talks with Farc guerrillas will not affect the country’s growing reputation as a safe production base.

Their comments follow Sunday’s plebiscite in which approximately 38% of the electorate confounded expectations and voted 50.2% to 49.8% in favour of a “no” result.

“I don’t think it’s going to have any impact,” said Andres Calderon, the CEO at the country’s largest producer-financier that has four projects in production or about to start filming. “In the last four years our industry has worked and will probably work better.

“We don’t know how strong the dollar will be against the peso, but in terms of security, it’s not going to affect anything. We’ve shot everywhere in the last four years.

“I know the perception of people outside is [an issue], but the mindset has to be that there’s been
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Odessa's Grand Prix goes to UK's 'Burn Burn Burn'

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Odessa's Grand Prix goes to UK's 'Burn Burn Burn'
Directors Chanya Button, Adrian Sitaru, Xavier Seron scoop prizes; festival reveals works in progress winners.

UK filmmaker Chanya Button’s debut feature as director and producer, Burn Burn Burn, was voted by the audience at the Odessa International Film Festival (Oiff) as the winner of this year’s Grand Prix.

Producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper accepted the Golden Duke statuette on behalf of the production team from Oiff’s festival president Victoria Tigipko during the gala closing ceremony in the Black Sea city’s historic National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

Button’s melancholic comedy had premiered at last year’s London Film Festival and is being handled internationally by Urban Distribution International.

International Competition

Meanwhile, the International Competition jury - headed by the UK writer Christopher Hampton and also including Oiff 2015 winner Eva Neymann, Us writer-director-actor Alex Ross Perry, producer Rebecca O’Brien and producer-director Uberto Pasolini - gave the Golden Duke statuette for Best Film to
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BBC's 'Earth' sequel gets world sales deal ahead of Cannes Marché

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Exclusive: Goldcrest boards sequel to doc which took more than $110m worldwide; film is first under UK-China co-pro treaty.

Goldcrest Films has boarded world sales rights (excluding China, Germany, Hk, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and UK) to BBC Earth Films and Smg Pictures’ nature documentary Earth: One Amazing Day, the sequel to Earth, the 2007 box-office hit that grossed more than $110m worldwide.

Goldcrest cut the all-rights deal with BBC Worldwide and while some key territories are off the table Goldcrest will crucially handle sales in Us, where the original made more than $30m, and France, where it scored more than $11m.

BBC Worldwide will retain rights in all excluded territories to the standalone feature.

The film is directed by Oscar-nominated Peter Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earing) and BAFTA nominee Richard Dale (The Human Body). The film will tell the story of one day in the life of the planet, “celebrating the billions
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Sherlock: The Movie? The Christmas special will be screened in cinemas

Sherlock: The Movie is finally happening. Well, sort of.

The next episode of the BBC hit - a special set in Victorian London - will be screened in cinemas in China later this year.

The 'global cinema event' is part of a deal between BBC Worldwide and China's Shanghai Media Group, planned to capitalise on the show's large international audience.

The first three series of Sherlock have already been licensed to 224 territories - more than any other BBC programme.

BBC Earth Films and Smg Pictures - the film and television production arm of Shanghai Media Group - will also collaborate on an unrelated feature film, Earth: One Amazing Day.

The movie will be directed by Girl with a Pearl Earring filmmaker Peter Webber and will tell the story of one day in the life of the planet.

It's slated for release in 2017 - which is likely when we'll get
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BBC, Shanghai Media Group Conquering ‘Earth’ In First UK/China Feature Co-Pro

With China/UK media day underway in London, BBC Earth Films and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have set the first feature to be produced under the countries’ nascent co-production treaty. With the working title Earth: One Amazing Day, it’s set to be directed by Girl With A Pearl Earring and Hannibal Rising helmer Peter Webber. An as-yet unnamed Chinese helmer will collaborate. Earth: One Amazing Day is the sequel to the 2007 nature documentary, Earth, which went on to…
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BBC, Shanghai Media Group Conquering ‘Earth’ In First UK/China Feature Co-Pro

BBC, Shanghai Media Group Conquering ‘Earth’ In First UK/China Feature Co-Pro
With China/UK media day underway in London, BBC Earth Films and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have set the first feature to be produced under the countries’ nascent co-production treaty. With the working title Earth: One Amazing Day, it’s set to be directed by Girl With A Pearl Earring and Hannibal Rising helmer Peter Webber. An as-yet unnamed Chinese helmer will collaborate. Earth: One Amazing Day is the sequel to the 2007 nature documentary, Earth, which went on to…
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BBC, Shanghai Media Group strike first official UK-China co-pro

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BBC, Shanghai Media Group strike first official UK-China co-pro
Documentary Earth: One Amazing Day to be the first feature produced under the UK-China film co-production treaty; new Sherlock special to screen in Chinese cinemas.

BBC Earth Films and Smg Pictures have announced a partnership to create new feature film Earth: One Amazing Day (working title), with release set for 2017.

The documentary is the sequel to the BBC’s 2007 documentary, Earth, and is the first feature film to be produced under the UK and China film co-production treaty, signed last year.

It will be directed by British filmmaker Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Emperor, Hannibal Rising), working with the BBC’s nature filmmakers, together with an as-yet-unnamed Chinese director.

The deal will be signed at a ceremony in London today (Sep 21) with Wang Jianjun, director-general and president, representing Smg and Paul Dempsey, president, global markets, representing BBC Worldwide.

The signing ceremony will take place at the creative showcase being held at Lancaster House in London
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Jurassic Park's Sam Neill and Max Irons will search for King Tut's tomb in ITV's event series Tutankhamun

Jurassic Park's Sam Neill and The White Queen's Max Irons will mine the treasures of ancient Egypt in ITV's Tutankhamun.

Hannibal Rising director Peter Webber doesn't actually focus on King Tut's life, rather setting the drama in the historic discovery of his tomb.

Inspired by a real-life dig, Tutankhamun will chronicle the rise, fall and redemption of archaeologist Howard Carter (Irons).

The disgraced Carter's career is saved when he's hired by an eccentric aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) to search for the famous tomb in the 1920s.

ITV is set to begin filming on writer Guy Burt's scripts later this year in South Africa.

Meanwhile, the channel also announced today that ex- Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman will front a new drama based on the life of Queen Victoria.
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Irons, Neill Board "Tutankhamun" Mini-Series

Max Irons and Sam Neill have joined the cast of ITV's event series "Tutankhamun".

Peter Webber ("Emperor") will direct and Guy Burt ("Jekyll and Hyde," "The Borgias") is writing all the episodes of this epic story of Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb.

Starting from 1905, Carter (Irons) was an eminent British archaeologist in his twenties whose license is revoked by Cairo's Antiquities Service.

After years spent broke and ostracised, a chance meeting with the dashing British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) begins an unlikely friendship. The pair ultimately discover the last resting place of the boy-king in 1921 against all odds and at great personal expense.

Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield will executive produce and Simon Lewis will produce. Filming will take place in South Africa during the winter and early 2016.

Source: Deadline
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Max Irons And Sam Neil Board Cast Of ITV Event TV Series ‘Tutankhamun’

Exclusive: Max Irons and Sam Neill have boarded the cast of the ITV’s event series Tutankhamun. Acclaimed directer Peter Webber (Emperor) will be at the helm for the whole series, which follows the epic story of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt's forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun. Irons (Woman In Gold) will play Carter. Sam Neill will play Lord Carnarvon, who sponsored Carter’s expeditions. Guy Burt (Jekyll And Hyde, The Borgias)…
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Cambridge Film Festival reveals full line-up

Cambridge Film Festival reveals full line-up
UK premieres include Palio, The Company You Keep and Infinitely Polar Bear.Scroll down for full programme

The 35th Cambridge Film Festival (Sept 3-13) has revealed its full line-up for this year, including titles from over 30 different countries.

Star*Men, a documentary from debut director Alison E. Rose will open the festival. The film follows four UK astronomers, Donald Lynden-Bell Frs and Roger Griffin of the University of Cambridge, and Wal Sargent Frs and Neville Woolf of Manchester University, on a road trip to the United States.

The festival’s closing night gala will be the UK premiere of Palio, Cosima Spender’s documentary about the world’s oldest horse race, which debuted at Tribeca in April before playing at Karlovy Vary in July.

The main programme will feature the UK premiere of Robert Redford’s political thriller The Company You Keep, which he directrs and stars in. The festival will also screen the Redford-starring A Walk In The Woods, from
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