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Abi Morgan Planning a Cleopatra TV series with All-Female Writing Team

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Two-time Emmy winner Abi Morgan is taking on another iconic historical figure. The scribe behind Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” is in early development on a series about Cleopatra, Digital Spy reports.

Titled “Cleopatra,” the 10-part drama will focus on the famed Egyptian Queen as well as her sisters. The story kicks off when Cleopatra is 16.

Morgan spoke about the series at a recent event and revealed that she’s planning to work with an all-female writing team. “I love writing with men, but I also think, in this moment, one of the things I can do is send the elevator down and get more women writing,” the “Suffragette” screenwriter explained.

Cleopatra” is “being pitched for a U.S. streaming service,” but we don’t know which.

The project sees Morgan joining forces with Tessa Ross (“Ex Machina”) and Juliette Howell’s (“London Spy
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David Frankel to Direct 'Beautiful Ruins' Adaptation for Fox 2000

David Frankel to Direct 'Beautiful Ruins' Adaptation for Fox 2000
David Frankel is in negotiations to direct the adaptation of Beautiful Ruins for Fox 2000.

The story centers on an American actress who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of Cleopatra, considered the most expensive flop in Hollywood history. In a plotline spanning decades and locations, the actress' narrative intertwines with Elizabeth Taylor, who starred in the real-life version of Cleopatra, and the subsequent love affair between Taylor and Richard Burton.

Sam Mendes will produce the book adaptation via his Neal Street banner, along with Julia Pastor and Karen Rosenfelt. Author Jess Walter will exec produce with Pippa Harris.

Frankel,...
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‘Assassin’s Creed Origins #1′ Review

Written by Anthony Del Col | Art by Pj Kaiowa | Published by Titan Comics

Seems an age since I reviewed an Assassin’s Creed title, which is a shame as I really enjoy the Assassins Creed universe. Love the games, the novelisations, most of the comics and didn’t hate the movie, though many seemed too. Assassin’s Creed strength has always been twofold. Firstly, the ability to mine any era of history and fit the Assassins/Templar/Precursor narrative into it, using a mixture of fiction and fact. The interweaving of real historical people into the stories is also genius, though their Templar or Assassin affiliation is of course fictional….we think. Secondly, there is the modern aspect. The game within a game as it were, as we also deal with storylines in the ‘real’ world, the modern day, as the historical adventure is used as the backdrop to modern
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Oscars: A Season of #MeToo, Guns, Oprah Winfrey and, Oh Yeah, Awards

Oscars: A Season of #MeToo, Guns, Oprah Winfrey and, Oh Yeah, Awards
Decades from now, film lovers will remember 2017 as the year of “Stronger,” Jake Gyllenhaal, Hong Chau in “Downsizing,” Chadwick Boseman in “Marshall,” and great work by Luca Guadagnino, James Mangold, Alexander Payne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Giacchino. These are just a few of the names who serve as a reminder: Everyone who received an Oscar nomination deserves it, but a lot of deserving people were left out, for whatever reason.

For the entire 2017 awards season, Oscar remained a wide-open race. There is usually a front-runner, maybe two, for best picture. This year, at least five of the nine nominees seem like credible winners, which ensures suspense until the final envelope is opened on March 4. The best-film race includes movies that had been part of the awards conversation for most of the year, such as “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out,” as well as 11th-hour entries “The Post” and “Phantom Thread.”

But
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Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]

Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) is a few weeks away from becoming one of 14 women who’ve won more than one Best Actress Oscar. McDormand, who took home the prize for “Fargo” (1996), would join 12 other women as two-time winners, two shy of Katharine Hepburn’s all-time record of four. Before McDormand joins this elite club, which of the first lucky 13 champs is your favorite?

Luise Rainer was the first actress to win two and the first performer to win back-to-back Oscars, triumphing for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937). Bette Davis (1935’s “Dangerous” and 1938’s “Jezebel”) joined her the following year. Eleven years later, Davis’ pal Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for 1949’s “The Heiress,” three years after her “To Each His Own” victory.

Two years after that, Vivien Leigh, who first took home the award for “Gone with the Wind” (1939), won for “A Streetcar Named Desire
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Bond 25: Danny Boyle ‘High on the List’ to Direct Daniel Craig in Next 007 Movie

Bond 25: Danny Boyle ‘High on the List’ to Direct Daniel Craig in Next 007 Movie
Danny Boyle has emerged as the potential new frontrunner to direct Daniel Craig in Bond 25. MGM and Eon Productions have yet to confirm a director for the next installment in the James Bond franchise, but the clock is ticking since a November 2019 release date has already been set. Variety confirms that Boyle is now “high on the list” of directors being pursued for the gig, though no official deal has been made.

The two reported frontrunners for months had been Denis Villeneuve and “’71” director Yann Demange. Villeneuve spoke a lot of about his love for 007 during the “Blade Runner 2049” press tour last fall, but his schedule is jam packed with reboots of “Cleopatra” and “Dune” in various stages of development. Variety says Demange has been a real contender for the spot, although MGM and Eon would prefer to land a bigger directing name. Fan favorite Christopher Nolan, who has
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2018 Oscars: Michael Stuhlbarg is the sixth actor to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year

2018 Oscars: Michael Stuhlbarg is the sixth actor to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year
Michael Stuhlbarg may not have received an Oscar nomination Tuesday, but he did join a very exclusive club: He’s the sixth performer to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year and the first to do so in 15 years.

Stuhlbarg had supporting roles in “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Post” and “The Shape of Water” — a third of the nine-nominee Best Picture lineup. The last person to accomplish this feat was John C. Reilly for his 2002 slate of “Chicago,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Hours.” Before Reilly, you have to go all the way back to the ‘30s for the first four instances. They are:

1934: Claudette Colbert, “It Happened One Night,” “Cleopatra” and “Imitation of Life

1935: Charles Laughton, “Mutiny on the Bounty,” “Les Miserables” and “Ruggles of Red Gap

1937: Adolphe Menjou, “One Hundred Men and a Girl,” “Stage Door” and “A Star Is Born

1939: Thomas Mitchell,
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Cleopatra Series Headed to Freeform

Cleopatra” by Michelangelo: WikiCommons

Looks like Elizabeth II and Victoria won’t be the only queens with their own TV shows. Deadline reports that Freeform is close to giving the green light to “Cleopatra,” its first period drama. The series will follow the titular ruler as she fights for the power that is her birthright and navigates a love triangle with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony.

Michael Seitzman (“Quantico”) is writing and exec producing alongside former CBS head Christina Davis via their Maniac Productions. The project has begun the hiring process for writers, a casting director, and a line producer.

“After being exiled as a young woman, Cleopatra decides to stand up against the patriarchy and fight back for her freedom and rightful place as heir,” Deadline summarizes. “This tale will follow her rise and transition to becoming not only the first, last, and only female pharaoh, but also the
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Freeform developing a Cleopatra TV series

Freeform is looking to get into the period drama business, with the network announcing that it is developing a Cleopatra series from Michael Seitzman, executive producer on Quantico and Code Black, as well as Christina Davis and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The project is described as “an epic, female-centric adventure series following the life of the most beloved ruler in Egyptian history. After being exiled as a young woman, Cleopatra decides to stand up against the patriarchy and fight back for her freedom and rightful place as heir. This tale will follow her rise and transition to becoming not only the first, last and only female pharaoh, but also the world’s most powerful person — all while engaging in a classic love triangle that changed the map of the world forever.”

“Our show is an adventure story that centers on a young Cleopatra during the period of her life when she
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Rumorville: Freeform’s ‘Cleopatra,’ Netflix’s ‘Chewing Gum,’ + a ‘Fire and Fury’ Adaptation Are Going Into Production

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. “Cleopatra” Freeform has been hard at work filling its “Harry Potter” weekend void with original programming. The latest is in the form of a “Cleopatra” series, which is in the process of putting together scripts from a newly assembled writers’ room and hiring a casting director. The show doesn’t have a green light from the cable network just yet, but the series is expected to be given the go ahead. It will be an adventure series with a young version of the beloved Egyptian leader at its center, with strong feminist themes. Since no casting director is confirmed yet, casting has not begun, but expect it to start any day,
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Oprah Winfrey Uses Cecil B. DeMille Award to Spotlight #MeToo Movement: ‘A New Day Is on the Horizon’

Oprah Winfrey Uses Cecil B. DeMille Award to Spotlight #MeToo Movement: ‘A New Day Is on the Horizon’
It seemed preordained. On a night when so many members of the entertainment industry came together to make their dedication to female-centric movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo, one of Hollywood’s most prolific pioneers would be on hand to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her massive contributions to the world. Oprah Winfrey was announced as this year’s recipient of the award back in December, but tonight’s speech couldn’t have been more timely.

The HFPA’s version of a Lifetime Achievement award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given to recipients for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Named after the legendary director of such films as “Cleopatra,” “Samson and Delilah” and “The Ten Commandments,” the award was first given out in 1952 and has been doled out continuously since, save for the 1976 and 2008 ceremonies, where it was not awarded to anyone.

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‘Cleopatra’ Writer Says the Movie Won’t Be a Prestige Picture, Will Instead Be a Visceral Political Thriller

‘Cleopatra’ Writer Says the Movie Won’t Be a Prestige Picture, Will Instead Be a Visceral Political Thriller
A couple of months ago, we learned that Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve was in talks to direct Sony Pictures’ long-brewing Cleopatra movie about the famed Egyptian queen. Hollywood has been attempting to make a movie about her for the better part of the last decade, with directors like David Fincher and Ang Lee attached, and while Sony was once […]

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Denis Villeneuve's Cleopatra Movie is Described as a Dirty and Bloody Political Thriller

As you may have heard, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is currently in talks to develop and direct Sony Pictures' new Cleopatra movie which is being written by David Scarpa, Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland. Scarpa wrote the script for All the Money in the World and and in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter he talked about what we can expect from the film, calling it a "lean, mean political thriller":

“It’s similar [to All the Money in the World] in that there’s a lot of research involved and there’s a question with all that of how do you want to do it and how do you make something new out of it? With Getty, part of the idea was to take two genres we felt we knew, which was the kidnapping genre and what we’ll call the “great man” genre — the
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What We Know about the New Cleopatra Movie So Far

At the moment, there is a new Cleopatra movie being made at Sony Pictures. For those who are curious, David Scarpa, Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland are the ones who have been mentioned as writing the script for the upcoming movie, which is interesting because Scarpa was involved with All the Money in the World as well. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that Denis Villeneuve was mentioned as being the choice for the director of the new Cleopatra movie back in September, though it remains to be seen what has come of that. What Does the New Cleopatra Movie Promise

What We Know about the New Cleopatra Movie So Far
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Cleopatra’ Will Feature “Lots Of People Swearing And Having Sex”

Earlier this fall, it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was in talks to helm “Cleopatra.” The film has essentially been stuck in development hell for years, with David Fincher at one point slated to direct Angelina Jolie in the adaptation of Stacy Schiff‘s “Cleopatra: A Life,” in its most high profile incarnation. It never came together and the project languished.

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Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio’s 102-Year History

Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio’s 102-Year History
Movies weren’t yet talkies and the headquarters were located in New Jersey when Fox Film was founded in 1915. William Fox couldn’t have imagined that his modest film company would get bulked up by merging with 20th Century, produce some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and become a global empire. Here’s a look back at Fox’s long history as it prepares to merge with Disney.

Fox Studios’ East Lot on Western Avenue at Sunset in Hollywood

1915 Fox Film Corp. created by William Fox. A key element was the Fox Theatres, which went into bankruptcy in 1933 and sold to National Theatres. The company moved from New Jersey to Echo Park and then Hollywood before settling in its present location west of Beverly Hills in 1926.

1935 On May 31, Fox merges with 20th Century, created by Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck, and becomes the last of the “big six” studios to be established (though film historians
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Denver Film Festival Premieres Emilie Upczak’s human trafficking drama ‘Moving Parts’

Denver native Emilie Upczak moved to Trinidad and Tobago and became Creative Director of the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival where she worked for ten years. At that time, she not only helped set up the only Caribbean Film Industry Center but began making a fiction feature film about human trafficking.

She enlisted the prize winning Dp Nancy Schreiberwho also recently shot Ondi Timoner’s Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe who was recently honored at the High Falls Film Festival, an annual event celebrating female filmmakers with the Susan B. Anthony “Failure is Impossible” Award “in recognition of her contributions to the art of filmmaking as one of the few female cinematographers working today.”

Moving Parts is about an illegal Chinese immigrant who, after being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago to be with her brother, discovers the true cost of her arrival.

See the trailer here.

Emilie Upczak’s films reflect her
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Is Old Taylor Swift Really 'Dead'? A 'Reputation' Rundown!

Is Old Taylor Swift Really 'Dead'? A 'Reputation' Rundown!
Taylor Swift is back… but are fans "...Ready for It?"

After what seems like forever, the 27-year-old singer is releasing Reputation on Friday, Nov. 10, the follow-up to her massively successful 1989. In anticipation of what's to come, Et's breaking down everything we know about the album so far, and this new, edgy side of Swift, along with our predictions on what fans can expect from the rest of the tracks.

Watch: Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' Video: Everything We Know About the Snakes, Diamonds, Dancing & More

What We Know From the Songs We've Heard So Far:

"Look What You Made Me Do"

"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she's dead!"

Photo: YouTube

That's what Swift proclaims on the debut single from her sixth studio album, which took us all by surprise when she dropped it unexpectedly after swiping everything from all her social media accounts in August
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap
With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

I’m not the only one who came out of this complicated two-hour, 43-minute
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap
With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

I’m not the only one who came out of this complicated two-hour, 43-minute
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