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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison in talks for CIA drama The Torture Report

Deadline is reporting that Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Jon Hamm (Baby Driver) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) are all in talks to star in Vice Studios’ upcoming CIA drama The Torture Report, which is being written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter on The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion.

The project is set to explore the CIA’s interrogation program following 9/11, which, as revealed by a 500+ report from the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee, included extreme torture tactics and techniques performed on detainees in the War on Terror.

Bening will next be seen the drama The Seagull, while Driver has Black Klansman and Star Wars: Episode IX on his upcoming slate. Hamm appears in the Warner Bros. comedy Tag and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale, and Morrison recently made her directorial debut with Sun Dogs,
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Bourne Ultimatum Writer Lines Up Big Name Cast For New CIA Drama

Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns has lined up a big-name cast, including Annette Bening, Adam Driver and Jon Hamm, for his new CIA drama The Torture Report. Unlike Bourne Ultimatum, this depiction of the CIA derives from reality. Vice Studios will produce the film which centers on the CIA’s very real post-9/11 rendition and interrogation program, an effort which came under intense scrutiny from the press and Congress.
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Adam Driver and Jon Hamm in talks to join CIA thriller The Torture Report

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Adam Driver and Jon Hamm join the likes of Annette Benning and Jennifer Morrison in talks to join the CIA thriller The Torture Report.

The project is based on the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program following 9/11. Back in 2014, a 500-page dossier was released that revealed eye-opening accounts of extreme interrogation tactics performed on detainees, which was employed by the CIA post 9/11 during the war on terror.

Also in the news – Zachary Quinto updates on the future of the Star Trek film franchise: Three potential new scripts in the works.

The project is to be written by The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns. Vice Studios is producing the project with Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Burns, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh and Kerry Orent.

Driver was last seen in the latest in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. He will reprise his role yet again in Episode IX.
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’

Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’
Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, and Jennifer Morrison are in negotiations to star in CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Scott Z. Burns is directing from his own script. Vice Studios is producing and financing for the project, which centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.

Along with Burns, producers are Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh, and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.

Burns has written screenplays for “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” and “Side Effects.” He was a producer on “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006.

Bening starred in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” and “The Seagull,” which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Driver will again portray Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: Episode IX” and is also set for Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman.
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns’ CIA Drama From Vice Studios

Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns’ CIA Drama From Vice Studios
Exclusive: Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison are all in talks to star in a CIA drama tentatively titled The Torture Report, which will be written and directed by The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns. Vice Studios is handling the financing for this project, which focuses on the CIA's rendition and interrogation program following 9/11. Back in December 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee released a 500+ page…
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Steven Soderbergh Wraps André Holland Film ‘High Flying Bird’ and Has First Cut Done Three Hours Later

Steven Soderbergh Wraps André Holland Film ‘High Flying Bird’ and Has First Cut Done Three Hours Later
Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” doesn’t open in theaters nationwide until March 23, but he’s already gone ahead and finished production on an entire new feature to be released later this year. The director’s “High Flying Bird” was announced at the beginning of February, with Soderbergh planning a two-week shoot at the end of the month with his “The Knick” star André Holland.

Not only is Soderbergh finished with principle photography, but he already has a first cut of the film locked. The director made the announcement on Twitter with some pretty amazing minor details. Soderbergh wrapped filming on “High Flying Bird” on March 15 at 1:09pm. By 3:41pm on the same day, the director already had a first cut of the drama ready to be seen.

While some may be shocked to hear Soderbergh finished and cut a movie in less than three hours, it’s not
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Colin Firth: "The Mercy"

Sneak Peek footage from "The Mercy", the Brit biographical drama, directed by James Marsh and written by Scott Z. Burns, based on a true story, starring Colin Firth ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Jonathan Bailey:

"...'The Mercy', follows the disastrous attempt by amateur sailor 'Donald Crowhurst' (Firth) to complete the 'Sunday Times Golden Globe Race' in 1968 and his subsequent attempts to cover up his failure.

Cast also includes Adrian Schiller, Oliver Maltman, Kit Connor, Eleanor Stagg, Andrew Buchan and Geoff Bladon.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Mercy"...
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The Mercy movie review: a sea of troubles

MaryAnn’s quick take… An unsettling true story smartly told, from a moment in time at once uniquely its own and a harbinger of things to come. Colin Firth is subtle, unflinching, extraordinary. I’m “biast” (pro): love Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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If you do not already know the story of Donald Crowhurst, who set off from England in 1968 in an attempt to sail singlehandedly and nonstop around the world, keep it that way. (I knew nothing, and was glad of it.) Don’t even watch the trailer for The Mercy, the genteelly brutal new movie about his adventure, before you see the film. Though his odyssey was global news at the time, he has mostly been forgotten… and whether or not he
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Film Review: Colin Firth in ‘The Mercy’

Film Review: Colin Firth in ‘The Mercy’
The prestige biopic can seem a pretty bolted-down genre in terms of narrative possibility, but that’s not to say it provides a uniform audience experience: To the well-informed viewer and the one with no advance knowledge of the subject, a single film can proceed along very different terms. “The Mercy” is one such biopic. A sober, contemplative study of British amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his ill-fated attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a high-stakes international yacht race, it toggles doughty underdog spirit with insistent melancholy from the get-go — though at what point it tilts from stout-hearted adventure to a more mournful reflection on hubris depends on what you know going in of the race’s outcome.

Directed with even-keeled intelligence by James Marsh, and buoyed by a performance of customary reserve and resolve from Colin Firth, “The Mercy” tells its story — once headline material, now poignantly little-remembered — about as well as it can be told
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The Mercy review

Colin Firth embarks on nautical deception in this surprisingly compelling true-life drama…

I knew very little about Donald Crowhurst walking into The Mercy, and preserving that element of surprise might be the way to get the most out of James Marsh’s true-life drama. A casual Google will quickly throw up some of the finer details of Crowhurst’s story – so if Colin Firth’s latest is on your radar and you’re unfamiliar with what transpired then you may want to keep it that way. Of course, we’d dearly like you to stick around for this review, so bear with us while we navigate around a few spoilers of historical record.

We first meet Firth’s Crowhurst as he’s desperately trying to sell his nautical navigation device the Navicator. Punters won’t bite, and there’s a sense that his business is failing. Crowhurst himself is an amateur weekend sailor and,
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Steven Soderbergh Reteams with André Holland for NBA Drama ‘High Flying Bird,’ Shooting This Month

No rest for the weary when it comes to Steven Soderbergh’s 2018. In between all of his media consumption, the director’s app-turned-tv show Mosiac is now airing on HBO and in just a few weeks he’ll premiere his iPhone-shot psychological horror film Unsane at Berlinale. Then he’s back to New York City to shoot a new film, and more details on the project have now been revealed.

Set to begin production at the end of the month, the NBA drama High Flying Bird will be led by his break-out star of The Knick, André Holland. It will also mark another reunion for Holland as the script is written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning co-writer of Moonlight. While the project was initially revealed last fall, we now know more about the drama thanks to the first logline: “During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean (Holland), presents his rookie client,
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Steven Soderbergh teams with Studio 8 for Planet Kill

Deadline is reporting that Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has snapped up a pitch from Steven Soderbergh for an action thriller entitled Planet Kill, which Soderbergh will produce and potentially direct.

Details on the project are being kept tightly under wraps, but the story has been created by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) and James Greer, the latter of whom penned Soderbergh’s latest feature, the iPhone-shot psychological thriller Unsane, which is set for release in March and stars The Crown’s Claire Foy alongside Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving [watch the first trailer here].

In addition to Planet Kill, Studio 8 has several other projects incoming, including the Ice Age survival thriller Alpha, and the Yann Demange-directed White Boy Rick.

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Stephen Soderbergh Looking To Direct a Film Called Planet Kill

Stephen Soderbergh Looking To Direct a Film Called Planet Kill
Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11, Logan Lucky) is lining up the next film project that he will produce and possibly direct. The film is an action thriller called Planet Kill and it's an original story that comes from Scott Z. Burns (ContagionThe Bourne Ultimatum) and James Greer (UnsaneThe Spy Next Door).

There are no details on what the story for this film will entail, but judging by the title, it sounds like it could turn out to be a fun flick! It's the kind of title you would see for a grindhouse type film and I'm really curious to know what the story will entail. The title is similar to Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse film Planet Terror.

Soderbergh and Greer previously worked together on the upcoming psychological horror thriller Unsane, which was shot entirely on an iPhone. That movie looks great, and you can watch the trailer for it here.
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Colin Firth: "The Mercy"

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Sneak Peek new footage from "The Mercy", the upcoming Brit biographical drama, directed by James Marsh and written by Scott Z. Burns, based on a true story, starring Colin Firth ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Jonathan Bailey, opening February 9, 2018 in the UK:

"...'The Mercy', follows the disastrous attempt by amateur sailor 'Donald Crowhurst' (Firth) to complete the 'Sunday Times Golden Globe Race' in 1968 and his subsequent attempts to cover up his failure.

Cast also includes Adrian Schiller, Oliver Maltman, Kit Connor, Eleanor Stagg, Andrew Buchan and Geoff Bladon.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Mercy"...
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Scott Z. Burns to direct action thriller The Bunker

Contagion’s Scott Z. Burns is set to direct Amazon Studios The Bunker, according to Deadline. The films comes from a script by former New York Times and Vanity Fair columnist Nick Bilton, making this his first original screenplay, with Burns also producing and developing the project.

The Bunker will see a group of billionaires seeking shelter after a devastating attack against the United States. As they hide out in a luxurious underground bunker, they quickly discover it takes more than money to survive as their worst instincts begin to surface.

Though this is Bilton’s first feature film screenplay, it is not the first time some of his work has been brought to television or film. The Coen Brothers are currently adapting his book American Kingpin, the true story of programmer Ross Ulbritch and his black market website The Silk Road. Meanwhile, Hatching Twitter, another one of Bilton’s
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‘The Bunker’ Acquired By Amazon Studios From Columnist-Turned-Screenwriter Nick Bilton

Exclusive: Some of the best screenwriters have come from journalism. Amazon Studios has acquired the screenplay pitch The Bunker from former New York Times columnist and current Vanity Fair correspondent Nick Bilton. Scott Z. Burns has become attached to direct and produce the project, which marks Bilton’s first original screenplay. Burns, who wrote Contagion and The Informant and wrote and produced Side Effects, is helping to develop the project. The Bunker follows a…
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Alex Gibney to Direct Vietnam Drama 'American Hero' (Exclusive)

Alex Gibney to Direct Vietnam Drama 'American Hero' (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning documentarian (for Taxi to the Dark Side) Alex Gibney will direct the dramatic feature American Hero, based on the true story of U.S. Army Captain Hugh Thompson, who defied orders and saved a number of civilian lives during the Vietnam War’s infamous My Lai massacre. Thompson was eventually awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the highest medal for bravery not involving direct conflict.

It’s the second narrative film Gibney has signed on for, following the political thriller The Action, which was announced last year and for which Scott Z. Burns has written the screenplay.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) — whose...
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Jon Bernthal Wraps Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’, Eyes Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’

Jon Bernthal Wraps Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’, Eyes Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’
Jon Bernthal has wrapped a starring role in the Steve McQueen-directed Widows for New Regency and See-Saw Films. He plays a member of a heist crew in a film that McQueen wrote with Gillian Flynn with a revision by Scott Z. Burns. He stars alongside Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez. This comes as the actor who popped in The Walking Dead completed a summer where he starred in the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver, the Taylor…
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The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made

The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made
Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.

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Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.

With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies,
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Inconvenient Sequel Trailer Has Al Gore Fired Up About Climate Change

Inconvenient Sequel Trailer Has Al Gore Fired Up About Climate Change
Nearly 11 years after the powerful Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth hit theaters, former Vice President Al Gore returns to spread awareness of climate change even further in the highly-anticipated follow-up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. During Paramount's CinemaCon presentation today, the studio released the first trailer for this documentary sequel, which will hit theaters nationwide on June 28. This trailer also includes footage from President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, where he promises to put an end to the Environmental Protection Agency, at a time when we very well may need it the most.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.
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