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Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac set for Triple Frontier

According to THR, Ben Affleck (Justice League) and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) are in final negotiations to star in J.C. Chandor’s (A Most Violent Year) as-yet-untitled crime thriller thriller formerly known as Triple Frontier.

The project has been in development since the early 2000s, and has had a host of talent attached over the years, including Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Tom Hardy, Mark Wahlberg, Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali and even Affleck himself.

Chandor has rewritten the script from Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and centres on five friends who reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences which tests their loyalties.

Joining Affleck and Isaac in the cast are Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Pedro Pascal (Narcos), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim Uprising). Filming is slated to get underway this coming week.
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Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck to star in Netflix’s Triple Frontier

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Back in May last year, we reported that both Affleck brothers, Ben and Casey were in talks to join Netflix’s Triple Frontier. However, news has just hit us that Ben has now finally signed on to the project as well as Oscar Isaac – both men will play the leads.

A Most Violent Year’s J C Chandor will take the helm on the production as well having re-written the script from Mark Boal’s draft. Garrett Hedlund, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Adia Arjona will all co-star alongside Affleck and Isaac.

Also in the news – Simon Pegg updates on Tarantino’s Star Trek idea – may not be as R-rated as people think

The new version of the story, which is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge – a haven for organized crime, will focus on five friends who
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‘Triple Frontier’ Back on (Again) with Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac at Netflix

The long, long, long-in-the-works international crime drama Triple Frontier is back on yet again, now with a previously departed cast member once again in the mix. This is a project that originated back in 2010 as a potential follow-up film from Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and that film’s writer Mark Boal, but it has been through multiple permutations since then. Bigelow and Boal moved on to other projects after Paramount balked at the hefty price tag for Triple Frontier, and in 2015 All Is Lost and A Most Violent Year director …
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Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac to Star in J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller

Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac to Star in J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Adria Arjona are starring in J.C. Chandor’s crime thriller, the long-in-development project known as “Triple Frontier.”

Netflix announced Monday that the currently untitled project begins shooting March 26 in Hawaii. It will also shoot in California and Colombia.

The film will be set in South America as five friends reunite to take down a drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.

Chandor, whose credits include “All is Lost” and “A Most Violent Year,” will shoot from a script that he rewrote from Mark Boal. Boal’s credits include “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.”

Producers are Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Andy Horwitz for Atlas Entertainment. Executive producers are Thomas Hayslip, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb.

The project has been in development since 2010. The “Triple Frontier” title comes from the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and
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Netflix’s Triple Frontier Cast Includes Oscar Isaac & Ben Affleck

Both Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck are now confirmed as cast members for Netflix and J.C. Chandor’s action/adventure Triple Frontier. The Triple Frontier project has been in development for several years, going (at least) as far back as 2010. At one point, the film was going to star Tom Hanks, with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal reuniting behind the camera. Actors such as Channing Tatum, Johnny Depp, and Tom Hardy have all either circled the project or been attached to star at different times over the past few years, but have all since passed to work on other films instead.
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Film News Roundup: Burt Young-Sally Kirkland’s ‘Sarah Q’ Wraps Production

Film News Roundup: Burt Young-Sally Kirkland’s ‘Sarah Q’ Wraps Production
In today’s film news roundup, production on “Sarah Q” wraps, Danny DeVito gets an honor, and “Path of Blood” gets distribution.

Production Wrap

John Gallagher’s indie drama “Sarah Q,” starring Academy Award nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, has wrapped production.

The cast includes “The Sopranos” stars Tony Sirico, Vincent Pastore, Federico Castelluccio, William DeMeo, and Artie Pasquale. Emmy James stars in the title role, with newcomers Ashlee Macropoulos, Samantha Scaffidi, Tamara Skylar Jones and Sarah Seeds — alumni of Gallagher’s acting classes at One on One NYC.

Written by Gallagher and Joe Benedetto from a story by Gallagher, the movie is described as a serio-comic tale of a young girl’s struggle to succeed at a Manhattan acting conservatory. Gallagher produced with Benedetto, Shing Ka and Paul Mammano.

Gallagher will complete the film in the coming months with his frequent collaborators Ernie Mannix (music composer) and editor Alexander Yew. “Sarah Q” is a
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Paladin Acquires ‘Path Of Blood’ Documentary; Comedy Dynamics Nabs ‘Fury Of The Fist And The Golden Fleece’

Paladin has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Path of Blood, a documentary on jihadi terrorism from director Jonathan Hacker based on his 2014 nonfiction book. Exec produced by Oscar winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, the pic is put together from jihadi home-movie footage that was captured by Saudi security services. It’s the story of Muslim terrorists targeting Muslim civilians and brought to justice by Muslim security…
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Hurt Locker’ wins Best Picture after Golden Globes shutout

Oscars flashback: ‘The Hurt Locker’ wins Best Picture after Golden Globes shutout
At this year’s Golden Globes, four films failed to translate any of their nominations into wins. “The Post” had six bids but was blanked while “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dunkirk” each lost three races and ”Get Out” was bested in two. Do these cross-the-board shutouts by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hurt their hopes with the academy? After all, each of these four films is predicted to score multiple Oscar nominations, including bids for Best Picture.

The producers of these pictures need to remember what happened in 2010, the first year that the academy expanded the Best Picture race from five to 10 nominees. “The Hurt Locker,” which had lost all three of its Globe races, won six Oscars including the top prize. It also took home Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

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2018 NAACP Image Awards Praises Ava DuVernay, “Girls Trip,” and More

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This year, black actresses and female creators alike dominated the NAACP Image Awards in almost every major category. From Entertainer of the Year to Outstanding Motion Picture, last night’s female wins — and their words — were truly a force to be reckoned with.

Per the official press release, the evening opened with a #Timesup presentation led by Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, and Tracee Ellis Ross. The ensemble of women urged both the crowd and viewers to become more active voters and, as Cox eloquently put it, “Stand by us. Stand for us. Stand with us.”

The various outstanding performance categories recognized Octavia Spencer (“Gifted”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”), and Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”).

Women were also recognized for their work in literature, music, and documentary. Amanda Lipitz’s “Step” received Outstanding Documentary.

Furthermore, despite its absence at past award shows,
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‘Detroit’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole | Written by Mark Boal | Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow’s third collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is a powerful, angry drama about racism, police brutality and the complicity of silence. Though it focuses on an incident that took place exactly fifty years ago, it feels horrifyingly relevant today and will leave you shaking with rage.

Detroit begins with white police officers raiding a black, after-hours drinking club in July 1967 and violently mistreating its patrons, an incident that quickly flares up into the Detroit Riots and brings the National Guard to the streets of the city. Meanwhile, at a nearby theatre, aspiring singer Larry (Algee Smith) is devastated when the rioting outside forces the closure of the venue, right before his cusp-of-fame group The Dramatics
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The Power and Timeliness of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s ‘Detroit’

The following content has been sponsored by Annapurna Pictures. “Detroit,” the latest triumph from the award-winning team of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, is a story about both 1967 and 2017. Aided by a skilled ensemble cast, the film dramatizes with vivid and visceral precision the horrors of a particular summer night in Detroit, Michigan, striking at the heart of injustices still urgently relevant to the U.S. today. As they did with “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” Bigelow and Boal bring their cinematically intense focus to recent American history, creating a moviegoing experience resembling both drama and documentary. Nominated for four NAACP Awards including Best Film, “Detroit” features a fiercely committed cast of standout performers: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Hannah Murray, John Krasinski, and more. The cast has been honored with the Actors Fund Community Service Award, recognizing their cohesive ensemble
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Kathryn Bigelow Salutes Her Below-the-Line Colleagues on ‘Detroit’

Kathryn Bigelow Salutes Her Below-the-Line Colleagues on ‘Detroit’
Annapurna’s “Detroit” is being re-released in theaters today, Dec. 1, and awards screeners were recently sent out. The film was written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, their third collaboration after “Hurt Locker” (in which both won Oscars, with the film named best picture) and “Zero Dark Thirty.” In an email to Variety, Bigelow cited the work of her below-the-line colleagues on “Detroit,” set during the 1967 uprising.

Production designer Jeremy Hindle

Jeremy Hindle is a master craftsman. Sifting through hundreds of photographs from the time period, Jeremy can identify the handful of frames necessary to create an entire three-dimensional universe in which the story may live, and out of a single image he creates a color palette which will influence and guide all aspects of the film, from photography to sets to wardrobe. Jeremy not only provides a visual landscape, but he burrows far beneath the surface, meeting with people from the period, discovering the narrative
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Past Is Prologue in Awards Contenders Based on Historical Moments

Past Is Prologue in Awards Contenders Based on Historical Moments
This year’s awards contenders are hoping to take home prizes in 2018, but many are firmly affixed in the past. Stories this year are being told about Amazon jungle explorers (“The Lost City of Z”), World War II in Europe (“Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk”), a 1967 inner-city riot (“Detroit”), Queen Victoria’s friendship with a citizen of one of her colonies (“Victoria & Abdul”) and post-wwii veterans in America’s deep South (“Mudbound”).

That’s hardly unusual; movies frequently plumb the past for its rich store of stories, told and untold, particularly during awards season. And each of these films have found tales to spin from history that are both familiar and fresh. But none of these films — in fact, few period films, aside from documentaries — are merely the sum of their parts. Whether audiences are aware of it or not, filmmakers are not simply tugging narrative threads from history’s tapestry: there’s a much more subtle art at
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The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars

The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars
“Shitty is shitty,” new Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg told me of the vote to expel a member for the second time in AMPAS’ 90-year history. As everyone in Hollywood struggles to keep their head straight amid a flood of sexual harassment scandals, this year’s crop of Oscar contenders braved Hollywood and Highland traffic snarls to charm a room full of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members, including the 54 Governors who voted for this year’s five Honorary Oscars, presented at the 9th (untelevised) Governors Awards.

Behind the scenes, Oscar campaigners had pushed their clients as presenters. Clearly, it was a no-brainer to put Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”) on stage to present to her “Hunger Games” costar Donald Sutherland (“M.A.S.H.,” “Klute,” “Don’t Look Now”), who never scored one Oscar nomination. “It’s odd that he never won an Oscar,” said Lawrence, thanking him for his generosity and
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The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars

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The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars
“Shitty is shitty,” new Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg told me of the vote to expel a member for the second time in AMPAS’ 90-year history. As everyone in Hollywood struggles to keep their head straight amid a flood of sexual harassment scandals, this year’s crop of Oscar contenders braved Hollywood and Highland traffic snarls to charm a room full of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members, including the 54 Governors who voted for this year’s five Honorary Oscars, presented at the 9th (untelevised) Governors Awards.

Behind the scenes, Oscar campaigners had pushed their clients as presenters. Clearly, it was a no-brainer to put Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”) on stage to present to her “Hunger Games” costar Donald Sutherland (“M.A.S.H.,” “Klute,” “Don’t Look Now”), who never scored one Oscar nomination. “It’s odd that he never won an Oscar,” said Lawrence, thanking him for his generosity and
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman presented a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman accepted a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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‘Detroit’s Will Poulter On His Visceral Response To Historical Drama – The Contenders London Video

‘Detroit’s Will Poulter On His Visceral Response To Historical Drama – The Contenders London Video
“It was kind of frightening to come across the script in 2017 and have it bear such a strong and unfortunate resemblance to the events that we've seen all too recently, as far as police brutality is concerned, and innocent people of color dying at the hands of law enforcement,” Will Poulter said at Deadline’s The Contenders London event of Detroit, the latest minutely observed historical drama from Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Set during the 1967 Detroit
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Annapurna Moves Toward Bond 25 With New MGM Distribution Deal

Annapurna Moves Toward Bond 25 With New MGM Distribution Deal
When Annapurna Pictures moved into distribution, Hollywood viewed the move as bold but bizarre. In a market where indies struggle to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model. Now after several costly, high-profile failures, Annapurna and MGM will work together to distribute their films theatrically in the U.S.

Annapurna hired veteran talent — from ex-Weinstein distribution president Erik Lomis and studio marketing exec Marc Weinstock to Focus Features’ publicity chief Adrienne Bowles — but they inexplicably chose “Detroit” as its first release. From director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind “The Hurt Locker” and Annapurna’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” this intense recreation of the 1967 race riot in Detroit is a tough sit and demanded special handling from the neophyte distributor.

The movie (Metascore: 78) opened well in 20 theaters in late July, but collapsed when it went wide to 2,800 screens the following weekend. (It topped out at $16.8 million domestic.
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