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Humane Society of the United States Supports Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, which marches into theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, was the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, remains the most decorated dog in U.S. Armed Forces history and is widely considered the forerunner to the Army’s working dog program.

From Fun Academy Motion Pictures, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, opening in theaters nationwide on April 13,

Beyond his extraordinary military exploits – well documented in history books, but largely forgotten until now – Stubby’s status as an adopted stray is earning him recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations. As part of that celebration of this four-legged hero, Fun Academy Motion Pictures announces a partnership with The Humane Society of the United States and approximately 90 other regional and
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Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) will attempt to be sixth Best Actor champ as his film’s sole nomination

Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) will attempt to be sixth Best Actor champ as his film’s sole nomination
Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) is a longshot to win Best Actor, sitting in fifth place in our combined Oscar odds. There are lots of things working against him: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hours”) is an indisputable frontrunner; he has zero precursor wins, not even from a tiny regional critics group; it’s hard to win a third acting Oscar (he was much better positioned last year for “Fences”); and his is the only nomination for his film.

In Oscar history, there have only been five times when Best Actor went to a film with no other nominations. Washington will try to join the club that includes inaugural Best Actor winner Emil Jannings (“The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh”), Jose Ferrer (1950’s “Cyrano de Bergerac”), Cliff Robertson (1968’s “Charly”), Michael Douglas (1987’s “Wall Street”) and Forest Whitaker (2006’s “The Last King of Scotland”).

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Netflix Buys Chrissy Metz, Shannon Purser Comedy ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’

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Netflix Buys Chrissy Metz, Shannon Purser Comedy ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’
Two stars from some of the biggest shows on TV — Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” and Shannon Purser of “Stranger Things” — are headed to Netflix with a feature film. The streaming giant has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a modern-day telling of Cyrano de Bergerac set in high school. Ian Samuels directs from Lindsay Beer’s script. Rj Cyler (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Kristine Froseth (“Let The Right One In”), Noah Centineo (“The Fosters”) and Lea Thompson costar. Also Read: Robert Redford Says #MeToo Will Help Women in Hollywood (Video) The rom-com centers on Sierra (played by Purser),...
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Netflix snaps up 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser'

Cyrano de Bergerac retelling to debut on streaming platform this year.

Netflix has pounced on Black Label Media’s high school rom-com Sierra Burgess Is A Loser starring Shannon Purser from Stranger Things.

Ian Samuels makes his feature directorial debut on the Cyrano de Bergerac retelling from a screenplay by Lindsay Beer. The story follows an intelligent teenager who falls into a romantic entanglement over mistaken identity and must team up with the popular girl to win her crush.

Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck and Lea Thompson star.

Black Label Media produced and fully financed Sierra Burgess Is A Loser and Black Label’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill serve as producers

Netflix will debut the film on its streaming platform this year and brokered the deal with Endeavor Content.

Black Label Media’s credits include Sicario, 71, The Good Lie, Rebel In The Rye and Begin Again, and it served
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Netflix Seals Deal For ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’

Netflix has acquired rights to Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, the high school twist on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale that was produced and financed by Black Label Media. Stranger ThingsShannon Purser stars in the romantic comedy. The movie will bow on the streaming service later this year. The pic penned by Lindsey Beer and directed by Ian Samuels centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case…
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Mexico’s Machete, France’s Cine-Sud to Co-produce Federico Cecchetti’s Second Film (Exclusive)

Morelia, Mexico — Mexican producer-distributor Machete and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion are co-producing Mexican-Italian helmer Federico Cecchetti’s next feature, “Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara,” which Cecchetti developed at the Cannes Festival’s directors’ residence Cinefondation last year. Cecchetti’s debut feature “Mara’Akame’s Dream” (“El Sueno del Mara’Akame”) won the Best First Mexican Feature Prize at the Morelia Film Festival in 2016 and a Silver Ariel Award, Mexico’s Oscar equivalent, for Best First Film this year.

Described by Cecchetti as a “fantastic biography,” “Letters” traces the journey taken by French poet, actor and playwright Antonin Artaud in the Tarahumara sierra during the 1930s from the perspective of a young Tarahumara Indian named Rayenari whose life is transformed upon meeting the Frenchman. Their encounter explores the enigmatic bond that exists between magic, poetry, art and madness.

Just as in “Mara’Akame’s Dream,” Cecchetti will be working with non-actors except for one French actor for
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David Oyelowo to star in Disney musical Cyrano the Moor

THR is reporting that Disney is in development on a live-action musical from writer Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) entitled Cyrano the Moor, which is set to star David Oyelowo (Selma).

According to the site, the project will be an amalgamation of William Shakespeare’s Othello and the French play Cyrano de Bergerac. Oyelowo is also attached to produce alongside his wife Jessica Oyelowo and Yoruba Saxon (A United Kingdom).

Oyelowo is currently shooting the Ya adaptation Chaos Walking, and returns to voice the character of Agent Kallus in the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels this month. His upcoming slate also includes the Blumhouse thriller Only You, and the as-yet-untitled 2018 Cloverfield movie.
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Film News Roundup: David Oyelowo Starring in ‘Cyrano the Moor’ for Disney

Film News Roundup: David Oyelowo Starring in ‘Cyrano the Moor’ for Disney
In today’s film news roundup, Disney has hired David Oyelowo to star in “Cyrano the Moor,” “Michelin Stars” gets North American distribution and the comedy “Holly Slept Over” will include Josh Lawson and Britt Lower.

Project Development

Walt Disney Pictures has tapped David Oyelowo to star in the movie “Cyrano the Moor” with “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney on board.

The idea, which is in early development, would combine elements of Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac” and William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century.

The idea was conceived by Oyelowo’s development team and sold to Disney, which hired McCraney to write a script. The producers will be Yoruba Saxon, David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for Disney.

McCraney is repped by CAA and Manage-ment. Oyelowo is repped by CAA and Inphenate. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood
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Disney and David Oyelowo to make Othello-inspired musical

David Crow Sep 26, 2017

David Oyelowo and Disney are making a live-action musical based on Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac, and from the writer of Moonlight.

It’s safe to say after La La Land, there is a renewed interest in original movie musicals written expressly for the screen. And who better to take a crack at it than the writer of the movie that infamously toppled La La Land for Best Picture? Thus enter Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney and his newly minted teaming with Disney for Cyrano The Moor.

As revealed via The Hollywood Reporter, McCraney is partnering with David Oyelowo (Selma) and the studio arguably responsible for the musical’s resurged popularity in younger moviegoers, Walt Disney Pictures, for a mashup of the two famous plays, Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac. Indeed, the story will have as much to do with William Shakespeare’s tragic yarn about a
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David Oyelowo to star in live-action Disney musical from Moonlight scribe

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This just in, David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale) has signed on to star in the forthcoming live-action Disney musical penned by Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film, entitled Cyrano The Moor, will borrow from both William Shakespeare's revenge-tale Othello and the French play Cyrano de Bergerac, which tells the story of a large-nosed romantic who uses his linguistic savvy to... Read More...
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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Oyelowo to Take on ‘Cyrano the Moor’ Musical

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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Oyelowo to Take on ‘Cyrano the Moor’ Musical
Disney has enlisted Oscar-winning “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and “A United Kingdom” star David Oyelowo for a musical titled “Cyrano the Moor,” which will blend the classic stories of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Othello,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The live action musical will take place in 19th century region of Bristol in England. “Cyrano the Moor” has been in development for some time at the studio. The film will be produced by “A United Kingdom’s” Yoruba Saxon along with David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney.
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David Oyelowo to Star in Disney Musical From 'Moonlight' Playwright

David Oyelowo to Star in Disney Musical From 'Moonlight' Playwright
David Oyelowo is attached to star in a live-action musical penned by Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney for Disney.  

The project, titled Cyrano the Moor, will take from both William Shakespeare's revenge story Othello and the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac, which tells the story of a large-nosed romantic who uses his words to help another man win the affection of the woman he loves.

Oyelowo would produce along with his wife, English actress Jessica Oyelowo. Yoruba Saxon, who worked with the actor on A United Kingdom, would also produce. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for the studio.

Cyrano the Moor joins the...
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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney & David Oyelowo Join Forces On New Disney Musical ‘Cyrano The Moor’

Exclusive: Walt Disney Pictures is now in business with Moonlight Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to script a musical idea for David Oyelowo to star. Details are under wraps on what is being titled Cyrano the Moor, but we know it’s some kind of musical mash up of two classic stories — Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello — and will be set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century. So that means that the script will take inspiration from the two…
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Tiff Audience Award goes to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their award winners. Notably, the Audience Award, which is the top prize at Tiff, went to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The runner ups were, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slightly surprising, though the word out of Toronto has been incredibly positive. After taking a prize recently at the Venice Film Festival for Screenplay, it’s currently the most awarded contender of the year so far. If nothing else, that’s a nice head start for a movie such as this one. Looking specifically at the Audience Award and thinking in terms of its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri now joins a group that has five prior Best Picture winners,
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Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot

Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot
Kevin Kline has been working in the entertainment business for so long that it may be surprising he’s only been nominated for two Emmys. He contended for Best Movie/Mini Actor in 2009 for “Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances),” and now he’s up for Best Character Voice-Over Performance for his recurring role as Mr. Fischoeder in […]
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Artificial Eye co-founder Pamela Engel dies aged 82

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Engel also co-founded UK distributor New Wave Films.

Art-house “trailblazer” Pamela Engel, known for co-founding distributor Artificial Eye and programming London cinemas including the Lumiere, Chelsea Cinema, Camden Plaza and the Renoir, has died aged 82.

A huge figure in the UK’s independent film business, Engel’s death has sparked messages of praise across the distribution and exhibition sectors.

Born Pamela Balfry in 1934, the UK executive started out in the late 1950s as a secretary for then Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston.

She would go on to work as an assistant to Richard Roud at the London and New York Film Festivals before joining Derek Hill’s art-house venue Essential Cinema in the late 1960s.

Odyssey

Balfry and first husband Andi Engel established distributor Artificial Eye in 1976, thus “beginning an odyssey of distribution and exhibition unlikely ever to be surpassed,” in the words of former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker.

Despite separating
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Janeane Garofalo is a tiny thing, but the air around her crackles

I think about all Garofalo’s combined experience on screen and stage, and smile at how lucky I am to have seen her in the flesh

One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo.

As a teen – and even now – I connected instinctively and intensely with her character: a charming, funny, insecure feminist radio host. I have followed Garofalo’s career ever since, but her lower profile in recent years means I haven’t dedicated much brain space to her.

Related: Why Netflix
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