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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct 'Wild Bunch' Remake At Warner Bros.

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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct 'Wild Bunch' Remake At Warner Bros.
Exclusive: Mel Gibson has been set by Warner Bros to direct The Wild Bunch, a new version of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed classic Western. Gibson is writing the script with Bryan Bagby. Gibson will be executive producer.

In The Wild Bunch, an aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over. They are pursued by a posse led by a former partner they double crossed. Peckinpah wrote the script with Walon Green. The original starred Wiliam Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez and Ben Johnson.

The film was originally considered exceptionally violent, but it later came to be considered a stylistic masterpiece. Warner Bros has tried several times to mount a remake, but it seems in good hands with Gibson. From Best Picture winner Braveheart to films
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Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape, Says Judge

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Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape, Says Judge
Despite heartfelt pleas in victims impact statements and sharp words from lawyers on both sides, Bill Cosby will see the inside of a prison cell for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand for less than three years, the judge in the Cosby criminal case told a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday.

“All I am asking for is justice as the court sees it,” a confident Constand said Monday in a short stint on the stand, looking directly at Judge Steven O’Neill. Referring the court and the nearby Cosby to her detailed testimony in both the original 2017 mistrial and the retrial this spring, the former Temple University employee was followed on the stand by her mother, also a witness in the two trials.

In April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. With each count carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years, the 81-year-old actor could have been hit with a three-decade sentence behind bars.
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'Run': Domhnall Gleeson To Star In HBO Comedic Thriller Pilot

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'Run': Domhnall Gleeson To Star In HBO Comedic Thriller Pilot
In his first major TV series commitment, Domhnall Gleeson, known for his roles in the Star Wars and Harry Potter movie franchise and in Ex Machina, has been tapped to star opposite Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Run, a romantic comedic thriller pilot from Killing Eve creator Waller-Bridge and her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones. Waller-Bridge has a recurring role in the project, which hails from Entertainment One, Jones and Waller-Bridge’s DryWrite and Wigwam Films.

Written by Jones, Run centers on Ruby, a woman living a humdrum existence, who one day gets a text, inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.

Gleeson will play Billy Johnson, a successful life guru from a wealthy Irish family. Born with the gift of the gab, he deftly combines a boatload of charisma with a boundless need for approval.
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"Better Call Saul's" Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig’s 'Little Women' Remake

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Exclusive: Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk is set for Sony PicturesLittle Women, the remake which is being written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The previously announced cast includes Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlon, James Norton, and Louis Garrel.

The pic will reunite Odenkirk and Streep, both of whom starred in the Oscar-nominated feature, The Post. Odenkirk’s recent credits include "Girlfriend’s Day" for Netflix, which he also wrote, The Disaster Artist, and Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

The film is based on the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Amy Pascal is producing the project, along with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord, while Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production via Sony’s label Columbia Pictures.
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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service

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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service
After lengthy negotiations, Zoë Kravitz ("Big Little Lies") has been tapped to star and executive produce "High Fidelity," the reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack with a female point of view, which had been in development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

With Kravitz on board, the project has received a formal 10-episode order. The "High Fidelity" reboot hails from writers Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, the Midnight Radio producing team and ABC Signature Studios (Smilf), and the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios. Midnight Radio is comprised of Scott Rosenberg — who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Kravitz will play the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists, a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack.
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Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75

Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75
Al Matthews, the actor who portrayed Sergeant Apone in Aliens, was found dead in his home in Spain. He was 75.

The actor and Vietnam War veteran was found by a neighbor in his bedroom on Saturday at about 10 p.m., according to Spanish newswire Efe. Details about his death were not immediately available Monday. He lived in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 21, 1942. Matthews was based in the United Kingdom and retired to Spain in 2005, according to El Pais. His film roles extended to Superman III, The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies.
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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook

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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook
Exclusive: Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston, and Will Catlett are attached to star in the dirt-bike drama, 12 O’Clock Boys, with Puerto Rican filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto at the helm. Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins wrote the initial draft for the script, while Sherman Payne did the rewrites.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Marc Bienstock, and Clarence Hammond of Overbrook Entertainment are producing the pic with Sony serving as the studio. Filming will begin next month.

The film is based on the Lotfy Nathan-directed documentary of the same title. It follows Mouse, a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a part of the Midnight Clique, a tough group of Baltimore bike riders who rule the summertime streets. As he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a complicated world,
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"Harlots" Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Hulu has renewed the period drama "Harlots" for a third season, Variety has confirmed.

The series takes place in 18th century London and follows the Wells family as they try to run a successful brothel despite strong competition from their rival, Lydia Quigley. The third season will consist of 8 episodes, just as the first two have.

The renewal comes despite the fact that series lead Samantha Morton, who plays madam Margaret Wells, has been cast as the villain Alpha in the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead." It is unknown in what capacity Morton will appear in the third season, but she is expected to return.
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'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.

In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal. His career was aligned with that of George Lucas, but the two parted ways after The Empire Strikes Back.

Kurtz had championed Star Wars through multiple drafts and helped Lucas navigate 20th Century Fox’s lack of enthusiasm for a film they dismissed as a B-picture.
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"Game of Thrones" Filming Locations in Northern Ireland to Open as Tourist Attractions

Fans of Westeros will soon be able to step into the actual locations where "Game of Thrones" has been filmed, as HBO's popular fantasy series nears the end of its run.

HBO announced plans to convert several "Thrones" filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions. The premium programmer is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations from the show such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will showcase material from the series spanning all seasons and settings.

HBO is tentatively targeting 2019 to open the attractions,
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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"Maniac" Season 2 Unlikely, Says Showrunner

It appears that "Maniac" will be sticking true to its "limited series" name.

The term has become rather loose lately, as shows like "Big Little Lies" and "The Alienist" have wrapped up their one-season storylines, only for their respective networks to order a second season, thus retroactively turning them into ongoing series. So whenever a limited series comes along, it arrives with the caveat that anything could happen — for better or worse. Netflix's "Maniac," however, appears to be a genuine one-and-done.
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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer

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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Bumblebee, which shows Hailee Steinfeld forming a relationship with the lovable Transformer.

Bumblebee will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. In the trailer, Steinfeld’s character Charlie Watson finds a Vw bug in a Californian junk yard, only to discover that the yellow car isn’t just a vehicle.

Turns out, Optimus Prime (or the ghost of the Transformer) sent Bumblebee on a mission to earth to protect the humans from war — and the Decepticons.
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Sharon Horgan’s Merman Moves Into Digital, Brings On New Team (Exclusive)

Sharon Horgan’s Merman Moves Into Digital, Brings On New Team (Exclusive)
Sharon Horgan’s burgeoning shingle Merman is launching a new digital arm, Mermade, and has brought in a clutch of seasoned industry execs the run the new U.S.- and U.K.-based business. Mermade will focus on shortform series for streamers, brands, and publishers.

Rene Rechtman and Dan’l Hewitt, formerly of Disney-backed Maker Studios, will be non-executive directors. Joshua Buckingham, a former commissioner for Channel 4 and its digital service, All4, will be the U.K. managing director. In the U.S., Melanie Donkers will be Mermade’s development director. She joins from Vice Media-backed
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Basque Production: Higher-Profile Titles at San Sebastian, or Coming Down the Pipeline

A selection of Basque pictures, projects and productions in 2018:

70 Big Ones

Sayaka Producciones, Pokeepsie Films, La Panda Producciones and Setenta Invisibles L.P. Aie produce the next thriller from Basque genre specialist Koldo Serra (“The Backwoods”), starring Emma Suárez, Nathalie Poza and Hugo Silva. It features a desperate woman in need of $41,000, with two muggers in her way. Filmax handles world sales.

Above 592 Metres

Maddi Barber’s latest explores the life chances left when a territory is completely altered by the construction of the Itoiz dam in the Navarrese Pyrenees. Selected by prestigious shorts program Kimuak, “Above” screens at the 9th Zinemira Basque film showcase and competes for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award.

Advantages Of Traveling By Train

Acquired by Entertainment One’s Seville International and produced by San Sebastian-based Sr. y Sra. and Madrid’s Morena Films, this film, starring Luis Tosar and Pilar Castro, marks Aritz Moreno’s feature debut,
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San Sebastian: France’s Logical Pictures, Filmax Board Aritz Moreno’s ‘Advantages’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian: France’s Logical Pictures, Filmax Board Aritz Moreno’s ‘Advantages’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Based in Lyon, France Logical Pictures, proud of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming,” has come on board to co-produce Aritz Moreno’s much-awaited directorial debut “Advantages of Traveling by Train,” starring Luis Tosar and Pilar Castro.

Sold internationally by Entertainment One’s Seville International, Filmax has picked up Spain’s distribution rights to “Advantages,” which is produced by Señor y Señora –an up-and-coming San Sebastian-based production house owned by Moreno and producer-director Leire Apellániz – and Madrid’s Morena Films, producer of Iciar Bollaín’s San Sebastian competitor “Yuli,” Daniel Monzón’s “Cell 211.” “Advantages” marks the first movie produced at Morena Films by Merry Colomer.

Logical Pictures’ DNA is based on innovating and financing new forms of independent cinema. Therefore, betting on the adaptation of such a unique and quirky best selling novel, directed by a promising first-time director, sounded perfect for us,” Logical’s president Frédéric Fiore told Variety.
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Basque Cinema Drives into International Co-production

Basque Cinema Drives into International Co-production
San Sebastian — Kicking off with a kinetic, slinking tracking-shot capturing the energy and Scorsese-ish voiceover of a young but caustic Ryszard Kapuściński during Angola’s 1975 Civil War, Basque animation movie “Another Day of Life” screens at San Sebastian in its best-of-the-fests Perlak section, rubbing shoulders with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Damien Chazelle’s “First Man.”

Dazzling March’s Cartoon Movie and scoring a Cannes Festival Special Screening, “Another Day of Life” is a work of the highest artistic ambition, yoking the documentary passion of co-director Raul de la Fuente and multifold film means: Animation action, nightmares, flashbacks; and live-action cutaways, archive footage, and contemporary interview.

Yet “Another Day of Life” is also a mark of the Basque cinema’s drive into international co-production, in one of the most intricate and demanding pan-European partnerships of recent years, spanning a decade, with San Sebastian’s Kanaki Films involving partners from Poland
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Bolivian Work in Progress ‘Sirena’ Aims to Enchant at San Sebastian

San Sebastian — Carlos Piñeiro’s “Sirena” (“Mermaid”) came into last month’s Sanfic Festival in Santiago Chile buzzing from the news that it had been selected, along with another Sanfic work in progress “The Prince,” to participate in the San Sebastian’s Films in Progress competition.

“Sirena” is a black and white look at the conflict between tradition and modernity. It starts off following the drowning of a well-known engineer in Lake Titicaca, some time in 1984. A commission put together to recover the remains of the man are gathered on a small boat, crossing t0 an island inhabited by a group of indigenous families. Conflict arises when the families who recovered the body refuse to give it up, in fear that it will adversely affect the upcoming harvest. Frustrations boil over and cultures clash as the irritated commission members want little more than to collect the body and leave. One gets drunk,
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Celia Rico on Family, Loving Freely, Being Part of a ‘Generation Without Role Models’

San Sebastian — Acquired by Paris-based Loco Films just before San Sebastian, Celia Rico’s first feature, the contemporary Andalusian village-set “JourneyTo a Mother’s Room,” traces the evolution of two women’s relationship, from mutually dependent mother and daughter to, after the daughter takes an au pair job in London, more healthily independent friendship. Here, mother and daughter are not an emotional weight to each other, but a source of strength. That, however, means with saying goodbye to the daughter’s childhood. Ibon Cormenzano’s Barcelona-based Arcadia Motion Pictures and Amoros Producciones lead produce. Rico, Andalusia-born but Barcelona-settled, is often cited as one of the on-the-rise of a young – often women-lead – Catalan cinema. Variety chatted to her before the world premiere of “Journey To a Mother’s Room” in the New Directors competition at San Sebastian.

When we interviewed you last year for a profile of 10 women to track in in Spanish film,
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