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Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in ‘Silent Heart’ Remake

Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in ‘Silent Heart’ Remake
Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, and Mia Wasikowska have signed on to star in “Blackbird,” a remake of Bille August’s Danish-language “Silent Heart,” with Roger Michell directing.

Millennium Films is producing the movie. Producers are Sherryl Clark and Millennium’s David Bernardi. Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger are executive producing.

Mitchell will direct from a script by “Silent Heart” screenwriter Christian Torpe. Shooting is planned for August in London.

Keaton will play a terminally ill mother who brings her family together for one last weekend before she commits suicide. Winslet and Wasikowsa will play her daughters.

In “Silent Heart,” released in 2014, the mother was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was planning to pursue euthanasia with the help of her husband at the end of the weekend. But the decision became difficult to handle for the daughters and brought old conflicts to the surface.
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Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Tales From the Loop’

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Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Tales From the Loop’
Amazon has given a series order to “Tales From the Loop,” a science fiction drama from “Legion” writer Nathaniel Halpern. The project is a co-production with Fox 21 Television Studios.

“Tales From the Loop” is based on the art of Simon Stålenhag, whose paintings blend elements of futuristic science fiction with images of rural life in the Sweden.

“Simon Stålenhag’s paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape. We are looking forward to bringing that to life and sharing it with our Prime Video audience,” said Albert Cheng, co-head of television, Amazon Studios.

Halpern will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Sixth & Idaho’s Matt Reeves (“The Batman”), Adam Kassan (“The Passage”) and Rafi Crohn (“The Passage”) will also exec produce. Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”) will direct the pilot and exec produce the series. Mattias Montero, Johan Lindström and Samantha Taylor Pickett
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‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series in Development at Hulu

‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series in Development at Hulu
The planned series based on Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” has been put into development at Hulu, Variety has confirmed.

The Vampire Chronicles” series follows vampire Lestat de Lioncourt who serves as hero, antihero, and narrator. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will produce. The two companies acquired the rights to the books back in April 2017.

Bryan Fuller was previously attached to the project, but exited earlier this year. Rice will executive produce along with her son Christopher Rice, a best-selling writer in his own right, with Christopher having written the original script for the project. David Kanter and Steve Golin
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Batwoman Series in Development at CW

Batwoman Series in Development at CW
Batwoman could soon be coming to the “Arrow”-verse.

Variety has learned that The CW is developing a series about the DC superhero that would debut in 2019 should it get picked up. News of the development comes after the network announced in May that the character would appear in the annual crossover event between four of the CW’s DC shows: “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.”

In the series, Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Blame ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Rise in Nova Scotia Motorcycle Gangs

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Blame ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Rise in Nova Scotia Motorcycle Gangs
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are blaming former FX crime drama “Sons of Anarchy” for the rise in Nova Scotia motorcycle gangs.

“I can tell you that it’s growing, ever since the phenomenon of ‘Sons of Anarchy,'” Constable Scott Morrison of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia told the Board of Police Commissioners during a recent presentation, according to the Star Halifax. “Where that television show has seemed to almost socialize outlaw motorcycle gang life, more people want to join that life, think it’s a brotherhood, think the camaraderie is there, based on the television show, and they’re joining up.”

“People look at that and they think, ‘Oh that’s an attractive lifestyle. They’re making money, riding their bikes, they’re doing this, they don’t have any problems with anyone,'” Constable Mike Carter of the Nova Scotia Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit added.
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‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Stage Musical in the Works
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” film franchise is getting the stage treatment.

The film is being adapted as a stage musical by Blue Spruce Productions.

Blue Spruce, led by Scott Delman, has acquired the live theatrical rights from Alcon Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment — which teamed on the 2005 movie and its 2008 sequel — and will serve as the project’s lead producer.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcon and Alloy maintain the option to invest in and co-produce the stage project. Both companies retain approval rights and will be involved in the development of the play.

The movies starred Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel, who played best friends about to separate for the summer for the first time in their lives. The four decide to share a pair of jeans that fit them all perfectly over the course of the summer. Both pics were based on
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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 to Have Scenes Set During ‘Breaking Bad’ Timeline, Co-Creator Says

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 to Have Scenes Set During ‘Breaking Bad’ Timeline, Co-Creator Says
Better Call Saul” Season 4 will have its biggest crossover yet with “Breaking Bad,” the AMC series it was spun off from.

Co-showrunner Vince Gilligan divulged that the upcoming fourth season of “Saul” will enter into the “Breaking Bad” timeline. “We have a subplot that very squarely gets into ‘Breaking Bad’ territory and brings us into the world — or at least points us on a path toward the world — of Walter White,” Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. “I can’t wait for folks to see that.”

Gilligan wouldn’t divulge any further details, only saying that the scenes would at least involve Saul. Saul Goodman first appeared in “Breaking Bad” midway through the second season, in an episode aptly titled, “Better Call Saul.”

Also Read: 'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Teaser: Jimmy McGill Starts to Become a Truly Criminal Lawyer (Exclusive Video)

It’s possible that “Better Call Saul” will show
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'My Friend Dahmer' Filmmaker Tackling Tragic Love Story 'All My Life' for Universal (Exclusive)

'My Friend Dahmer' Filmmaker Tackling Tragic Love Story 'All My Life' for Universal (Exclusive)
Marc Meyers, the indie filmmaker behind My Friend Dahmer, is making the jump to studio filmmaking.

Meyers has closed a deal to direct All My Life, a dramatic comedy based on the true story of a couple’s bittersweet love story.

The movie tells of a man from an Asian background and a Caucasian woman who are engaged to be married when the man finds out he has cancer and only a year to live. The two carry on with their plans to marry anyway, vowing to live life to the fullest until his passing.

The story is based on the real-life ...
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Amazon, TF1 Go Behind the Scenes With French World Cup Team (Exclusive)

Amazon, TF1 Go Behind the Scenes With French World Cup Team (Exclusive)
The coaches and players who went on to lift the World Cup trophy for France will be shown up-close in a new documentary project for Amazon and French channel TF1. Superstar soccer players such as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, plus their now-legendary coach, Didier Deschamps, were followed around by filmmakers who embedded themselves with the soon-to-be championship team as the squad prepared for the tournament.

“Les Bleus 2018, Au Coeur de l’Épopée Russe” is the first project from a newly minted documentary division at Federation Entertainment. Already one of France’s best-known producers, the company has specialized in scripted and kids’ fare,
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Yvonne Blake, 'Superman' Costume Designer, Dies at 78

Yvonne Blake, 'Superman' Costume Designer, Dies at 78
Yvonne Blake, designer of the iconic costumes for the 1978 box-office hit Superman, has died. She was 78.

Blake died Tuesday in Madrid, a spokesperson for the Spanish Film Academy told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been the academy's president since October 2016 but suffered a stroke in January.

She shared an Academy Award with Antonio Castillo for the three-hour-plus 1971 costume drama Nicholas and Alexandra, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. "I suppose all one can say is that if it wasn't for the Russian Revolution, I wouldn't be here," Blake said when accepting her award.

Her work ...
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‘The Crown’: Netflix Releases First Look at Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret

‘The Crown’: Netflix Releases First Look at Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret
Fans of “The Crown” are starting to get a closer peek at the new-look royals for Seasons 3 and 4, with the first image of Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret released Wednesday.

Netflix’s hit show, fresh off of 13 Emmy nominations, is headed into its next two runs with a cast refresh. Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II was seen for the first time earlier this week.

Bonham Carter (“Ocean’s Eight”) steps into shoes previously filled by Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in the first two seasons and just landed an Emmy nomination as Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
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Stephen Curry Takes a Shot at a New Game: Producing for Hollywood

Stephen Curry Takes a Shot at a New Game: Producing for Hollywood
There are fleeting moments when even the sport that made Stephen Curry famous is far from the front of his mind.

Take one late June morning in a Mediterranean mansion in Walnut Creek, Calif., he has on the market. With few sticks of furniture left inside, he thinks back to his decision weeks earlier to move his family out at perhaps the worst time on the calendar for him: smack in the middle of the NBA conference finals. “We thrive in chaos,” he recalls with a chuckle.

Now that the season is behind him and his Golden State Warriors have collected their third championship in the past four years, he’s chosen to not play any basketball for a three-week period, something he’s never tried before. It’s a new adjustment to his typical off-season regimen after the normally stout Curry missed 31 regular season and six playoff games due to recurring ankle sprains.
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Locarno: B For Films Launches ‘With the Wind,’ ‘Those Who Work,’ ‘Genesis’ (Exclusive)

Handling more films than any other international sales agent at this year’s Locarno Festival, Europe’s biggest mid-summer film event, Brussels-based B For Films will represent new films by Bettina Oberli, one of Switzerland’s most popular cineasts, Canadian Philippe Lesage’s return to A-fest international competition after debut “The Demons” dazzled at San Sebastian, and Antoine Russbach’s first feature, the highest-profile Swiss debut this year at the Swiss festival.

The two Swiss titles are for “no special reason,” said B For Films Pamela Lau, who set up the sales company with pan-European sales-financing-production company Playtime.

But Lau recognized that Be For Films has been approached by Swiss producers since the success of Lisa Brühlmann’s “Blue My Mind,”which sold 15 territories off a San Sebastian Festival world premiere last year.

Only about half B For Films’ titles are Belgian, and often minority co-productions. Reteaming Lesage with producer
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Colbert: Trump Earned a Spot in the ‘Lying Hall of Fame’ for His Russia Walkback (Video)

Colbert: Trump Earned a Spot in the ‘Lying Hall of Fame’ for His Russia Walkback (Video)
The Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin news train kept going at full speed on Tuesday as Trump tried to convince everyone that he simply misspoke when he said in front of Putin and the world that he didn’t think he had any reason to believe Russia tried to influence the 2016 election. And, likewise, Stephen Colbert kept pace with his monologue on “The Late Show” Tuesday night.

“One day after his disastrous summit with Vladimir Putin, it’s starting to dawn on some people: Trump may be a bad president,” Colbert said. “Even Trump officials are embarrassed by his Putin show. Now they’re embarrassed? ‘I was with him with the Nazis and imprisoning children, but siding with the Russkies? They killed Apollo Creed! Wolverines! Wolverines! Different movie but similar idea!’

“Now, right after the summit, Trump thought he did great. Until he got on Air Force One and ‘his mood
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British Film Institute Sets Out Proposals to Boost U.K. Indie Film Sector

The British Film Institute outlined a range of proposals Wednesday to boost the U.K. independent film business, including a new development fund that has already attracted the interest of Amazon, a new investment scheme, and an effort to engage younger moviegoers. Also included in a detailed report are recommendations to the British government for boosting the film industry, which continues to grapple with seismic industry and consumer changes.

Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa chaired the BFI Commission into independent film. “One of the things I wanted to steer the commission into focusing on was [producing] something that was collaborative, industry-led and actually coming up with schemes and ideas that we could work together on…rather than just saying, ‘We need more money,’” Kamasa said.

The report details four key proposals for industry: maximizing the value of rights; growing younger audiences through special screenings and a better understanding of how they engage with U.
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Chinese Version of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Yanked From Youku

Chinese Version of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Yanked From Youku
China’s version of “Saturday Night Live” has been taken down from streaming platform Youku, as has another talk show featuring famous presenters from Taiwan. The removals come during a time of heightened political control of the media by the Chinese government.

The Chinese version of “SNL” on Youku was announced last year. The show has been running for a few weeks on Alibaba-owned Youku, but it is no longer available. The fourth episode was supposed to drop this past Saturday but did not. Previous episodes were also taken down.

Another program pulled from Youku is “Zhenxiang Ba! Huahua Wanwu” (roughly translated as “Truth!
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Hungary Raises Production Incentive from 25% to 30% (Exclusive)

Hungary Raises Production Incentive from 25% to 30% (Exclusive)
Hungary, which has hosted numerous Hollywood blockbuster shoots and ranks as Europe’s second most popular filming destination after Britain, has raised its production incentive from 25% to 30%. Hollywood movies filming in the country include the sixth installment of the “Terminator” franchise, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Will Smith’s thriller “Gemini Man,” directed by Ang Lee.

Other movies shot in Hungary in recent years include “Robin Hood,” with Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx; Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow”; Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde”; Keira Knightley’s “Colette”; “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon; and “Blade Runner 2049.” TV shows to have shot in Hungary include Nat Geo’s “Genius: Picasso,” starring Antonio Banderas, TNT’s “The Alienist,” starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans, and season 8 of “Homeland.”

The Hungarian National Film Fund submitted the tax rebate rise to the European Commission, which has given its approval.
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Global Broadcasters Score Big With Live World Cup Final Ratings

The days of regular TV ratings bonanzas may be over because of an increasingly fragmented viewing environment, but the World Cup, which wrapped July 15, underscored the enduring power of linear TV when it comes to broadcasting live events.

While the Olympics are the biggest TV event globally, the World Cup final remains the single most-watched sporting event. Although the global viewing figure for this year’s deciding match, which saw France beat Croatia, has yet to be determined, it’s expected to be on par with the estimated 900 million people worldwide who tuned in to watch Germany defeat Argentina in 2014, according to Kantar Media.
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Film Review: ‘King Cohen’

One of the loopier careers in and on the fringes of mainstream Hollywood is paid loving tribute in Steve Mitchell’s documentary “King Cohen.” There’s nothing particularly inspired about Mitchell’s treatment here — he’s directed a lot of DVD extras, and this first feature feels like a plus-sized version of one — but there’s considerable entertainment value in its subject. Particularly these days, when most commercial cinema seems given over to cookie-cutter sequels, spinoffs and remakes, a wellspring of original (not to mention frequently bizarre) ideas like those of producer-director-writer Larry Cohen seems akin to a fabled magical fountain.

Even back in his 1970s and ’80s heyday, when the ebbing drive-in theater market and growing presence of home-video got a lot of goofy genre exercises greenlit, Cohen’s films were notable for their eccentric individuality. Those who haven’t tasted the hybrid delights of “God Told Me To,
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Kimmel: ‘I Would Rather We Had a Chimpanzee As President’ Instead of Trump (Video)

Kimmel: ‘I Would Rather We Had a Chimpanzee As President’ Instead of Trump (Video)
Donald Trump’s week, and consequently our week as well, just keeps getting weirder, particularly with Trump’s attempt on Tuesday to say that he meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would” when he declared during his press conference with Vladimir Putin that he saw no reason to think Russia was involved in the foreign interference in the 2016 election. And Jimmy Kimmel was miffed by the whole thing.

“I have to say, we thought yesterday was the craziest day of this ridiculous presidency. Turned out, today made yesterday feel like a visit to historic Gettysburg,” Kimmel said to begin his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue Tuesday night.

“The news today is that our President is a liar. And not even a good one. President Trump today, in an attempt to explain what the Helsinki was going through his cotton candy-covered head, when he stood next to Vladimir Putin, of all people,
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