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‘Romy and Michele’ Sequel ‘Getting Closer Than Ever’ to Happening, Mira Sorvino Announces

‘Romy and Michele’ Sequel ‘Getting Closer Than Ever’ to Happening, Mira Sorvino Announces
Romy and Michele are getting closer to that long-anticipated reunion. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow have confirmed in separate interviews that a sequel to their 1997 cult comedy is in the early stages of development, so early that original screenwriter Robin Schiff hasn’t even finalized the idea yet. Sorvino appeared on “Today” (via EW) and teased, “We’re getting closer. Something might be in the works.”

“There’s nothing official to report, but I can unofficially hint that we’re closer than we’ve ever been to getting something to happen,” Sorvino said about a follow-up to “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

Kudrow was interviewed on SiriusXM a few hours later and confirmed Schiff is “thinking about it and coming up with something. Isn’t that thrilling?”

Schiff created the characters of Romy and Michele for her 1988 stage play “Ladies’ Room,” which starred Kudrow. The actor was joined by
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‘Knives Out’ Sequel ‘Glass Onion’ Lands World Premiere at 2022 Toronto Film Festival

‘Knives Out’ Sequel ‘Glass Onion’ Lands World Premiere at 2022 Toronto Film Festival
Detective Benoit Blanc is headed back to Toronto. “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” the sequel to Rian Johnson’s 2019 hit “Knives Out,” will have its world premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

Johnson’s “Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig made its world premiere at TIFF back in 2019, and he’ll now return to the festival with the follow-up film, “Glass Onion.” The film is the first to be announced for the 47th edition of the festival, which kicks off September 8.

Craig is the sole actor from the original film returning for “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” which also stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. In this outing, Craig’s Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving an entirely new cast of colorful suspects.

Also
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Dakota Johnson Speaks Out on ‘Fifty Shades’ Battle Against E.L. James: ‘It Was Mayhem All the Time’

Dakota Johnson Speaks Out on ‘Fifty Shades’ Battle Against E.L. James: ‘It Was Mayhem All the Time’
Dakota Johnson described the making of “Fifty Shades of Grey” as “psychotic” in a new cover story for Vanity Fair magazine. The actor became an international star after being cast as Anastasia “Ana” Steele in the three-film franchise, but she said making the trilogy became complicated in part because of “the author of the books.” That would be E.L. James, who maintained creative control over the film adaptations.

“I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making,” Johnson said. “[E.L. James] had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen. There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy. It wouldn’t work to say out loud. It was always a battle. Always. When I auditioned for that movie, I read
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Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal to Star in Pedro Almodovar’s Western ‘Strange Way of Life’

Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal to Star in Pedro Almodovar’s Western ‘Strange Way of Life’
Ethan Hawke has signed on to star in Pedro Almodóvar’s next film, “Strange Way of Life,” (“Extraña forma de vida”), a half-hour Western.

The Spanish director will shoot the short before making his English-language feature debut, “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” with Cate Blanchett.

Hawke stars opposite Chile’s Pedro Pascal, who portrayed Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones,” in a film which will be “another exercise of freedom in the line of ‘The Human Voice,’” said producer Agustín Almodóvar.

The short will be shot in English. Set up at El Deseo, the Almodóvar brothers’ Madrid-based production company, “Strange Way of Life” begins with a man, Silva, riding on a horse across a desert to Bitter Creek. He has come to visit Sheriff Jake. 25 years earlier, the two men worked together as hired gunmen.

Silva comes with the pretext of re-encountering his friend from youth. They celebrate their re-encounter.
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German-French Funding Commission backs four projects, all by women directors

German-French Funding Commission backs four projects, all by women directors
The biggest recipient is Valeska Grisebach’s fourth feature ‘The Dreamt Adventurer’ (working title).

Four projects, all by women filmmakers, have been supported by the German-French Funding Commission made up of representatives from Germany’s Ffa and France’s Cnc.

The largest single amount of production funding of € 360,000 went to Valeska Grisebach’s fourth feature film The Dreamt Adventurer (Der Geträumte Abenteuer). It will be the latest collaboration between Germany’s Komplizen Films and France’s Kazak Productions, co-producers of Filmfest München’s opening film Corsage, as well as Sebastian Schipper’s 2019 film Roads and actress-director Nicolette Krebitz’s Berlinale
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National funds team for EU-backed European Writers Club initiative (exclusive)

National funds team for EU-backed European Writers Club initiative (exclusive)
Execs from Germany’s Zdf, Denmark’s TV2 also on board.

National film institutes from Denmark, Ireland, Estonia and the Nordics are teaming up to launch the European Writers Club (Ewc), an EU-backed initiative to increase collaboration on high-end series projects across the continent.

The project launches with a panel at 17.00 Cet today at Series Series, the event for European series and creators held in Fontainebleu, France.

The Ewc is created and headed by CEO Thomas Gammeltoft, partner and executive producer at Nordic and Italian production and distribution firm True Content Entertainment. Copenhagen-based Gammeltoft was previously CEO of the Copenhagen Film Fund
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Danish film festival Cph Pix closes down permanently

Danish film festival Cph Pix closes down permanently
Organisers blame lack of funding and increased competition.

Danish international film festival Cph Pix has been shut down, with its organisers citing a lack of funding and increased competition for the decision to close the event after 12 editions.

Copenhagen Film Festivals, the organisation which has run Cph Pix since 2008, says it will now focus on strengthening its international documentary film festival Cph:dox and Buster Film Festival for children and youth.

Cph Pix was launched in 2008 by Jacob Neiiendam, who was festival director until 2018, following the merger of the Copenhagen International Film Festival and NatFilm Festival.

In 2019, Cph Pix was relaunched
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Stranger Things Has A Secret Weapon For Getting Its '80s Period Details Right

Stranger Things Has A Secret Weapon For Getting Its '80s Period Details Right
As anyone who's seen a period piece knows, the secret to getting the era right lies in the details. However, as anyone who's worked on a film or television set before knows, making sure of the details can be a monumental task. After all, there exists a position on most production crews where someone just watches the sets, props, and dialogue for internal continuity, never mind for historical aspects.

Netflix's "Stranger Things" is a show where its chosen period of 1980s America acts like a character unto itself, but it's certainly far from the only defining element. The series also juggles such unwieldy...

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Taiwan and France to Be Feted at Bumper Venice Gap Financing Market

Taiwan and France to Be Feted at Bumper Venice Gap Financing Market
Film and immersive video projects from Taiwan and France will be put in the spotlight at the Venice Gap-Financing Market, a project support event that is part of the Venice Production Bridge and the Venice International Film Festival.

The three-day market will present a huge 63 projects from around the world in the final stages of development and funding, setting up one-to-one meetings and giving them the opportunity to close their international financing.

The selected projects include: 33 feature-length fiction film and documentary projects, 16 immersive projects; 11 Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality projects; and 3 Biennale College Cinema projects.

The market will operate as an in-person event Sept. 2-4, 2022, while the festival runs Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2022.

Among the highlight films from the featured territories are: “Be With Me,” a fiction film project by Taiwan’s Hwarng Wern Ying; “Tales of Taipei,” a fiction film with multiple directors; and “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” by Su I-Hsuan.
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Post your questions for Tom Courtenay

Post your questions for Tom Courtenay
Ahead of the release of The Railway Children Return, here’s your chance to ask the legendary actor about his extraordinary career. Leave your questions in the comments – all aboard!

Along with Michael Caine and Terence Stamp, Tom Courtenay is a living link to British cinema’s 1960s glory years, when his performances in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Billy Liar were key to the success of the British new wave. Courtenay is also a master of the theatre, having originated the title role of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests in 1974, and another Norman, in The Dresser in 1980, which he reprised in the successful film adaptation a few years later which nabbed him an Oscar nomination.

More recently, the Rada-trained actor won awards opposite Charlotte Rampling in the wintry marriage drama 45 Years; reimagined Clive Dunn’s Lance Corporal Jones for the 2016 cinematic update of Dad’s Army
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Pact warns UK TV producers over BBC plans to create five-year window on sales to Netflix, Amazon, Disney +

Pact warns UK TV producers over BBC plans to create five-year window on sales to Netflix, Amazon, Disney +
Release of BBC dramas like ’Peaky Blinders’ and ’Line Of Duty’ on SVoDs would be significantly delayed.

UK producers organisation Pact has written to its members warning them of BBC plans to ban the sale of all commissions to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ in the UK for five years.

According to a note from the trade body, seen by Screen’s sister paper Broadcast, the corporation is to put a stop to UK secondary window sales of independent TV commissions for a period of five years from July 1.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed it is reviewing its commissioning policies but
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Teaser of Fantasia Opening Night Film ‘Polaris’ Reveals Dystopian Perpetual Winter (Exclusive)

Teaser of Fantasia Opening Night Film ‘Polaris’ Reveals Dystopian Perpetual Winter (Exclusive)
Opening the 26th Fantasia Int’l Film Festival in Montreal on July 14, writer-director Kc Carthew’s “Polaris” is her sophomore pic after her multi-award-winning debut feature, “The Sun at Midnight” (2017). A teaser, bowing exclusively in Variety, reveals a dystopian thriller set in a frigid, snow-blanketed wasteland.

An expansion of her award-winning short film “Fish out of Water,” which also bowed at Fantasia in 2015, “Polaris” turns on Sumi, a young girl who has been raised by a polar bear. Set in 2144, it follows Sumi as she tries to evade capture from a ruthless Morad hunting party. She stumbles across Frozen Girl with whom she strikes an unlikely alliance. “Together they race ahead of the vindictive hunters towards the only guiding light Sumi knows, the Polaris star,” the synopsis goes.

The teaser opens on Sumi as she plays and rides on her polar bear mother, played by the only professional acting polar bear in the film industry,
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Producers explore UK-German co-production opportunities at Filmfest München

Producers explore UK-German co-production opportunities at Filmfest München
Inaugural conference heard from UK and German co-producers.

The first edition of Filmfest München’s Cine CoPro Conference opened this week with a focus on the opportunities for co-production between the UK and Germany.

The conference first presented a guide to funding opportunities offered by the UK’s BFI, the German Federal Film Board (Ffa) and its Dfff cash rebate scheme as well as the Bavarian regional Fff Bayern fund.

Then the conference heard from UK and German producers who have worked on co-productions between the two countries.

Zoranna Piggott, UK producer of Thomas Clay’s 2019 film Fanny Lye Deliver’d,
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Denise Richards: ‘If there’s a lost dog in the neighbourhood, they will always find me’

Denise Richards: ‘If there’s a lost dog in the neighbourhood, they will always find me’
The Starship Troopers and Wild Things star answers your questions on her canine charity work, being a Real Housewife and the embarrassment of shooting sex scenes

Do you reflect on the characters you’ve played once filming has finished? Did Carmen from Starship Troopers live to regret dumping the film’s hero, Johnny Rico, or did she live her happily ever after? RoteHahn

I usually think more about what happened off camera and where I was in life at that time. Starship Troopers was pretty much our first movie, we were all unknowns, so it was a wonderful bonding moment. Some of the characters I’ve played have died, so I know what happened to them. But I don’t think Carmen regrets breaking up with Johnny. She probably misses him but it was important for her to grow into a woman.
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New York Asian Film Festival reveals Screen honourees and full line-up

New York Asian Film Festival reveals Screen honourees and full line-up
The 20th edition of the festival will return as a full in-person event in July.

The New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff) has unveiled the full line-up for its 20th edition, which will include honorary awards for Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu, acclaimed Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe and South Korean rising star Kim Hye-yoon.

This year will mark Nyaff’s fully-fledged return to the big screen, following a virtual 2020 edition and a hybrid event in 2021. More than 60 new and classic titles from Asia, including six world premieres, will be presented as in-person screenings at Film at Lincoln Center (Flc) and the Asia Society,
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Matilda musical movie starring Emma Thompson to open London film festival

Matilda musical movie starring Emma Thompson to open London film festival
World premiere of the film version of the Roald Dahl-based musical also stars Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough

Matilda, Matthew Warchus’s film version of the hit West End musical based on the Roald Dahl children’s story, is to open this year’s London film festival.

The musical, which stars Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey and newcomer Alisha Weir in the title role, will kick off the 66th festival on 5 October, two months before its nationwide release.
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‘Matilda the Musical’ to Open BFI London Film Festival

‘Matilda the Musical’ to Open BFI London Film Festival
The world premiere of “Matilda the Musical” will open the 66th BFI London Film Festival.

The Netflix adaptation stars Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough and Sindhu Vee and introduces Alisha Weir as Matilda.

Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapted the Tony and Olivier award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company theater production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Directed by Tony award-winning director Matthew Warchus, who also developed and directed the stage show for both London’s West End and Broadway, the film is produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title and Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company.

Matilda Wormwood (Weir) is a little girl with big curiosity whose parents (Graham and Riseborough) content themselves with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes. On meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins conjuring her own fantastical tales.
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World premiere of ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical’ to open BFI London Film Festival

World premiere of ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical’ to open BFI London Film Festival
Matthew Warchus directs for Sony, TriStar and Netflix.

The world premiere of Matthew Warchus’ Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will open the 66th BFI London Film Festival on October 5.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, who developed and directed the stage show Matilda the Musical from Dahl’s 1988 book, the adaptation stars Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee and introduces Alisha Weir as the eponymous Matilda.

It is produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Films and Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly has adapted the
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Stars of Tomorrow pair team with Independent and Trademark for ‘Black Dog’ (exclusive)

Stars of Tomorrow pair team with Independent and Trademark for ‘Black Dog’ (exclusive)
Independent to handle sales, David Parfitt to exec produce UK feature.

Independent Entertainment has boarded and will handle international sales on UK feature Black Dog, which brings together two of Screen’s 2022 Stars of Tomorrow, director George Jaques and writer-actor Jamie Flatters.

Black Dog, which wraps principal photography this week, is directed by Jaques who also wrote the script with Flatters, with Flatters starring alongside Keenan Munn-Francis, who is making his feature debut.

Jaques is producing through Athenaeum Productions alongside Ken Petrie through 27 Ten Productions, with Ian Sharp and Flatters also producing. Trademark Films’ David Parfitt, whose credits include
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Jerusalem Film Festival unveils Israeli competition titles

Jerusalem Film Festival unveils Israeli competition titles
Festival reveals 13 features set to receive their world premieres.

Jerusalem Film Festival (Jff) has revealed its line-up of Israeli films for its 39th edition, which includes world premieres for anticipated features by Michal Vinik and Yona Rozenkier.

A total of eight features have been selected for the Haggiag Competition for Israeli features while seven titles make up the Diamond Competition for Israeli documentaries.

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The Haggiag Competition includes the world premiere of Valeria Gets Married by Israeli filmmaker Vinik, who previously made waves internationally with her 2015 drama Blush about a relationship between two Israeli schoolgirls.
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