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Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’
Over the years, a great many actors have taken a turn at playing one of the Kennedy brothers (in made-for-tv movies, on “Saturday Night Live,” in big-screen historical dramas). The vast majority of these performances have been mediocre, a handful have been quite good, and a few have been memorable — like Bruce Greenwood’s cuttingly terse and commanding JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis drama “Thirteen Days,” or Peter Sarsgaard’s tender and battle-scarred Robert F. Kennedy in “Jackie.” To that short list of singular and superb Kennedy performances, we can now add the Australian actor Jason Clarke’s portrayal of Edward M. Kennedy in “Chappaquiddick.”

Clarke, with a bit of makeup, looks the part to an astonishing degree: the squint, the hawkish profile, the wedge of hair combed gently over from the left side, the lips that hang slightly open as if pondering a question, giving Kennedy an aura that’s more tentative, less
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Exclusive Interview with McLaren director Roger Donaldson

Paul Risker chats with McLaren director Roger Donaldson

“Every movie is different” says filmmaker Roger Donaldson. “There are always so many things to keep you interested and so I’m not bored yet.” The story of racing driver, constructor and engineer Bruce McLaren has become the primary focus of Donaldson. It is one that has seen him transition away from a long series of narrative features including: Cocktail, Species, Dante’s Peak and The Recruit, to direct documentary McLaren. While the Cold War drama Thirteen Days indicates his interest in real life stories, his 1971 documentary short Burt Munro: Offerings to the God of Speed, and 2005 narrative feature The World’s Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro, connects merges his three interests of life, fiction and racing.

In conversation with Flickering Myth, Donaldson discussed a career in film that has embraced change, yet is one underpinned by the stability of his choices.
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Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irvine, Sam Neill join 'The Guinea Pig Club'

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Radiant Films International to launch sales in Cannes.

Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irvine, and Sam Neill will star in the historical drama The Guinea Pig Club, which Radiant Films International will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Roger Donaldson is in final negotiations to direct the historical action drama written by Mike Riddell.

The Guinea Pig Club tells the true story of New Zealand surgeon Archie McIndoe who defied the British establishment at the height of the Second World War with his radical treamtment of Battle Of Britain pilots who suffered serious burns.

New Zealand-based Tim Sanders, who produced The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, is producing for Field Theory and industry veteran Penny Wolf serves as executive producer. Production is earmarked for an early 2018 shoot in New Zealand.

Radiant Films International will handle worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand.

“The Guinea Pig Club is an uplifting and heroic story, coupled with moments
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New poster for upcoming sports documentary McLaren

Universal Pictures have released a brand new poster for their upcoming sports documentary McLaren, whuch is releasing later in 2017.

The inspirational documentary account of one man’s pioneering spirit, unswerving tenacity and endless passion, McLaren is the untold story of a motor racing icon, directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The World’s Fastest Indian). Coming to cinemas in 2017, the tale of one of New Zealand’s most treasured sons and the father of Britain’s most cherished motor racing empire is a compelling ode to never giving up on a dream.

Born in New Zealand in 1937, Bruce McLaren’s determination to make it to the summit of global motor racing circles saw his name become synonymous with the sport; displaying an incomparable will to succeed and desire to better both himself and his burgeoning super brand. In following a singular dream, McLaren elicited the loyalty, determination and love of family,
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McLaren feature documentary trailer will send shivers down your spine

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Author: David Sztypuljak

We’ve been rather blessed with wonderful motor racing documentaries and feature films over the past few years. Senna immediately comes to mind bringing unseen footage and a truly inspiring story that was beautiful to watch on the cinema screen. The likes of Tt: 3D based around the Isle of Man Tt was another that stands out introducing the fabulous Guy Martin to the world!

Today we’ve been sent the first look trailer of ‘McLaren’ – a feature-length documentary about Bruce McLaren and the man behind the company that still continues at the top flight of international motorsport to this very day. McLaren takes us through the rise, domination and legacy that Bruce McLaren was able to leave after his untimely death in a crash while testing in 1970 at age of just 32 while testing his new M8D at Goodwood.

The movie trailer gives you an
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Hidden Figures review

Taraji P Henson leads a strong ensemble in Hidden Figures, a story of Nasa's past that makes for compelling and important cinema.

Cinema is good at this. At finding little known stories, and shining a beacon of light on them. In the case of Hidden Figures, arriving in UK cinemas off the back of Oscar nominations and a $100m+ gross at the Us box office, author Margot Lee Shetterly got there first; it’s her best seller that’s the basis of this excellent film. The movie adaptation does it proud.

The story here focuses on the space race in the early 1960s, specifically the moment where it looked as if Russia had firmly seized the initiative. As Nasa was struggling to get an American into space, Russia was having far more success, and the pressure was duly on.

That pressure in part fell on the shoulders of Al Harrison
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Roger Donaldson to Direct Racial Drama ‘Jena Six’ (Exclusive)

Roger Donaldson to Direct Racial Drama ‘Jena Six’ (Exclusive)
Roger Donaldson is directing the independent drama “Jena Six,” with production set to start in April in New Orleans, Variety has learned exclusively.

Donaldson, whose recent credits include “November Man” and “The Bank Job,” is directing from a screenplay by Jonathan Amaret. Producers are Amaret and Dawn Krantz (“Man Down”).

The “Jena Six” were six black high school students in a small Louisiana town who were initially charged with attempted murder in a 2006 attack on a white student. The attack took place several months after a series of racial incidents at the school, including three nooses hanging from a tree at the high school a day after a black student asked the principal if black students could sit under the tree.

The victim of the attacks was treated at an emergency room for several hours and attended a high school dance that evening. The six teenagers were arrested and Mychal Bell,
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25 underrated political dramas

Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017

As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...

Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.

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When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way.
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Watch This: Kevin Costner helps JFK stop a nuclear war

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: With the election almost upon us and the Obama drama Southside With You coming soon to theaters, we tweak an old Watch This topic and hail some of our favorite films about real U.S. Presidents.

Thirteen Days (2000)

After seeking to unravel a conspiracy regarding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1991’s JFK, Kevin Costner opted to spend time alongside America’s 35th commander-in-chief in Thirteen Days, a gripping (if factually suspect) recounting of 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. Based on Ernest May and Philip Zelikow’s book, director Roger Donaldson’s film takes its greatest license with regards to its focus—specifically, on Costner’s Kenneth O’Donnell, the special assistant to JFK, who’s here elevated to the role of prime facilitator during the emergency. It ...
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Bethany Joy Lenz Set As Female Lead In TNT Pilot ‘Home’, Which Rounds Out Cast

One Tree Hill and Dexter alum Bethany Joy Lenz has been tapped as the female lead opposite Andrew Buchan in TNT’s drama pilot from writer Aron Eli Coleite and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Rounding out the cast of the thriller are Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days) and Benito Martinez (The Shield), Nicole Muñoz (Defiance), and Roberta Colindrez (Birdman). In addition to Buchan, they join previously announced JoBeth Williams, Harris Dickinson and Sawyer Barth. Home delves into the…
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Costner & the Cold War: Thn meets ‘The Man Who Saved The World’ director Peter Anthony

The Man Who Saved The World is out to buy this week. An unusual but rewarding true life story of epic magnitude, it takes us back to the era of the Cold War, focusing on Stanislav Petrov, a retired Russian Colonel who was the only thing that stood between the world and nuclear war one fateful night in 1983.

A mix of real life documentary and affecting drama, the film also boasts an array of celebrity cameos, from Kevin Costner to Robert De Niro. Chronicling this journey was Danish writer/director Peter Anthony. We caught up with him for a revealing insight into the making of this ambitious and much-lauded project…

Thn: I found the film very interesting, in that rather than being a straightforward documentary it’s more a drama with documentary elements. Having Mr Petrov as the lead was an unusual move, but a good one. What led you
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Kevin Costner Ate a Lot of Enchiladas for 'McFarland, USA' (Exclusive)

When you watch "McFarland, USA," the wonderful new Disney sports movie about a coach who, in 1987, took a group of untested kids in California (mostly sons of migrant field workers) and turned them into track champions, it's hard to imagine that Kevin Costner, who plays the coach, hasn't been in one of these films before. The actor, who has seen his career rebound in recent years thanks to brief roles in big movies like "Man of Steel" and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is perfect as the grizzled coach who crafted this nearly legendary team.

We got to sit down and chat with Costner recently, which is pretty amazing given his legacy not only as an actor (in things like "Revenge" and "JFK") but as a filmmaker (including the Oscar-winning "Dances with Wolves" and underrated Western "Open Range"). We chatted about a whole range of topics -- everything from how many
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London Film Review: ‘War Book’

London Film Review: ‘War Book’
The Cold War may be over, but our planet is no safer from the dangers of escalating nuclear conflict, according to “War Book,” a modestly achieved British chamber piece that reunites the director (Tom Harper) and screenwriter (Jack Thorne) of 2009’s “The Scouting Book for Boys.” Largely confined to a wood-paneled meeting room, the pic presents animated discussions between a U.K. government minister and several aides as they work through the implications of a nuclear device exploding in South Asia. An alarming (or perhaps alarmist) scenario and cast names should help this verbose drama hit its target as talking-point TV, with occasional theatrical berths.

Pre-credits text explains that, since the 1960s, British civil servants have met to play out war-game scenarios, their discussions helping them to formulate government procedure in the event of nuclear attack. Now, in 2014, eight officials — plus the unexpected bonus of the defense secretary (Nicholas Burns
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'All Quiet on the Western Front' Lands 'November Man' Director

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'All Quiet on the Western Front' Lands 'November Man' Director
The November Man director Roger Donaldson has boarded the gestating remake All Quiet on the Western Front for Radar Pictures. We first reported on the project back in July 2011, when Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) was attached to direct, but she is no longer involved.

The project is based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, a German World War I veteran who described the incredible stress of combat soldiers in his book. The original All Quiet on the Western Front adaptation was released in 1930, taking home Oscars for Best Picture and director Lewis Milestone. The remake is being developed to capture the "gritty realism and unforgiving nature of trench warfare."

Roger Donaldson is directing from a script by Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell. The writers are also producing alongside Radar Pictures' Ted Field, Mike Weber and Michael Napoliello. The director also has a personal connection to this remake,
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Radar Pictures Gears Up ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ with Roger Donaldson (Exclusive)

Radar Pictures Gears Up ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ with Roger Donaldson (Exclusive)
Roger Donaldson (“The November Man”) has come on to direct an adaptation of the iconic World War I novel “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

Donaldson will direct from a script by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson, who are producing with Radar PicturesTed Field, Mike Weber and Michael Napoliello. The project is set to start shooting in March in Europe.

All Quiet on the Western Front” is based on the 1928 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, who was a German veteran of World War I and described the immense stress on soldiers during the conflict. The 1930 film won Oscars for Best Picture and director Lewis Milestone.

The project reunites Field and Donaldson after more than two decades since they teamed on 1988’s “Cocktail.” Donaldson’s other credits include “Thirteen Days,” “The Recruit” and “The Bank Job.”

Donaldson has a personal connection to the material as both of his grandparents fought in Word War I,
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The November Man Prize Pack Giveaway

Relativity’s upcoming movie, The November Man – an espionage thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko, hits theaters August 27th, and to celebrate Wamg is giving away a The November Man prize pack. Hooray!

One lucky winner will receive:

a Branded t-shirt a Branded water bottle a Branded passport case a Mini Poster and a $25 Fandango Gift Card

To Enter:

1. You Must Be A U.S. Resident With A U.S. Shipping Address. No P.O. Boxes.

2. Place Your Name, A Valid Email, And Answer To The Question Below In The Comment Section Of This Post.

3. What is your favorite espionage film?

Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Prizes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged.

Code named ‘The November Man’; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-cia agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission.
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The November Man Interview: Director Roger Donaldson

The November Man Interview: Director Roger Donaldson
Roger Donaldson is one of the most underrated directors out there. While he’s not a household name, his films certainly are, ranging from ‘No Way Out’, ‘Dante’s Peak’, and ‘Thirteen Days’. One Donaldson’s best strengths is that he never allows himself to get in the way of the movie, but guiding it like a true master. Donaldson is back with ‘The November Man’, reteaming with his ‘Dante’s Peak’ star Pierce Brosnan. I was fortunate enough to sit down with the director to discuss the film, his penchant for political thrillers, and working with Brosnan once again. Political thrillers seem to be your calling in life. Is this your favorite genre? [ Read More ]

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Pierce Brosnan to return in The November Man 2

The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan, isn't out yet. But The November Man 2 is already happening...

Well here's some confidence for you. The first film only arrives in Us cinemas at the end of this month, but Relativity has already set the wheels in motion for a follow-up to The November Man. Based on the books by Bill Granger, Brosnan plays an ex-cia agent in an international world of espionage. Stop us if this sounds just a little familiar.

To be fair, Relativity are up front that The November Man mixes in elements of James Bond and Jason Bourne, and the fact that Roger Donaldson is directing (he gave us No Way Out and Thirteen Days in the past) is cause for a lot of optimism.

We seem to be past the mere announcing of a screenplay stage too, as Relativity is "entering pre-production" on The November Man 2 shortly. Here's
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Watch: Jimmy Fallon & Pierce Brosnan Play Nintendo's 'GoldenEye'

For anyone who grew up when Nintendo 64 was new and popular, the James Bond game GoldenEye is easily one of the best games from that time. Today there are still plenty of people who held on to their system and play the game with their friends. But what if you could play the game with James Bond himself? Well, that's exactly what Jimmy Fallon did on "The Tonight Show" last night when Pierce Brosnan came on the show to promote The November Man, the film hitting theaters next week and that also just had a sequel announced to be in development. So did Brosnan hold his own against Fallon at all? Watch below! Here's Pierce Brosnan playing Goldeneye with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" last night: The November Man is directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, Thirteen Days) and written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of The November Man in St. Louis

Code named ‘The November Man’; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-cia agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, The November Man is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, No Way Out, Thirteen Days), the film is produced by
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