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William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’, With Annette Bening, Bill Nighy & Josh O’Connor, Inks Key Deals For Protagonist

  • Deadline
Exclusive: William Nicholson’s (Gladiator) drama Hope Gap, starring Annette Bening (American Beauty), Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country), has sold into key markets for UK sales firm Protagonist Pictures.

Deals have closed in Germany/Austria (Tobis), Spain (A Contracorriente), Italy (Cloud 9), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Scandinavia and Iceland (Sf Studios), China (Dd Dream), Japan (Kino Films), Latin America (California Filmes), Poland (M2), Former Yugoslavia (McF), Middle East (Front Row), Israel (Forum Films), Hungary (Cinetel) and Airlines/Ships (Eim). CAA co-reps North America.

Hope Gap, currently in final post-production, is Nicholson’s second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight starring Sophie Marceau and Stephen Dillane. The acclaimed writer was Oscar-nominated for his screenplays for Gladiator and Shadowlands and further writing credits include Les Miserables, Breathe and Everest.

Hope Gap charts the unraveling of a marriage after 29 years and the impact on a family unit.
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‘Master and Commander’ Turns 15: James D’Arcy Was Almost an ‘Accomplice’ to Russell Crowe’s Death

  • The Wrap
Though it wasn’t the blockbuster success Fox hoped for, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” — which celebrates its 15th anniversary on Wednesday — is still fondly remembered by those who worked on it, including James D’Arcy, who spoke with TheWrap about his first experience making a big-budget Hollywood film.

D’Arcy recalled he wished Russell Crowe hadn’t risked killing himself for the sake of his craft.

Also Read: 'Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was

The “Broadchurch” star discussed how the crew spent 10 days at sea filming aboard a faithful replica of a 19th century naval ship. For one scene, D’Arcy and Crowe had to climb up to the crow’s nest for a helicopter shot and were given safety harnesses for climbing up the rigging.

D’Arcy, having never worked on a sprawling studio film before, gladly took the harness.
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‘Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was

‘Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was
In the annals of 21st century blockbusters, there is a film that stands out among the slew of superheroes and wizards and Jedi that have come to define modern Hollywood tentpoles. It’s a film that in the 15 years since its release has earned a small but passionate following of cinephiles ready to champion it, but was meant to become something so much more.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” which opened in theaters on Nov. 14, 2003, was Peter Weir’s detailed, gripping adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novel series. Taking its name from two of the 20 novels released by O’Brian in the second-half of the 20th century, the film tells the story of Jack Aubrey, a captain in the British Royal Navy played by Russell Crowe, who was still riding the heights of his “Gladiator” action star popularity.

And it was intended to be
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‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’: First Trailer & Poster

Warner Brothers Pictures has released the very first Pokémon Detective Pikachu trailer and hot-off-the-press poster!

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon – one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The world of Pokémon comes to life!

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that
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‘Green Book’: Even After N-Word Disaster, Viggo Mortensen Is Still a Best Actor Contender

‘Green Book’: Even After N-Word Disaster, Viggo Mortensen Is Still a Best Actor Contender
To land a Best Actor Oscar nod, it takes all cylinders firing smoothly. “Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen was a candidate for the win: He ranked second in a recent Los Angeles Times critics’ poll, he’s a popular and beloved actor’s actor who landed surprise SAG and Oscar nominations for his survivalist single parent in 2017’s “Captain Fantastic,” a decade after his 2007 Oscar nomination as a tattooed Russian thug in “Eastern Promises.”

Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” has played to standing ovations, from Toronto where it won the audience award (often a sign of things to come), to packed screenings in the deep south, to recent guild showings in Los Angeles. But at a November 7 Film Independent Q&A, while making a point about racism in the ’60s versus now, Mortensen threw down the n-word.

How that played in the room is up for interpretation. But safe to
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‘Green Book’: Even After N-Word Disaster, Viggo Mortensen Is Still a Best Actor Contender

‘Green Book’: Even After N-Word Disaster, Viggo Mortensen Is Still a Best Actor Contender
To land a Best Actor Oscar nod, it takes all cylinders firing smoothly. “Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen was a candidate for the win: He ranked second in a recent Los Angeles Times critics’ poll, he’s a popular and beloved actor’s actor who landed surprise SAG and Oscar nominations for his survivalist single parent in 2017’s “Captain Fantastic,” a decade after his 2007 Oscar nomination as a tattooed Russian thug in “Eastern Promises.”

Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” has played to standing ovations, from Toronto where it won the audience award (often a sign of things to come), to packed screenings in the deep south, to recent guild showings in Los Angeles. But at a November 7 Film Independent Q&A, while making a point about racism in the ’60s versus now, Mortensen threw down the n-word.

How that played in the room is up for interpretation. But safe to
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‘Outlaw King’ Review: Bloody Epic Proves Chris Pine Is Brave of Heart

‘Outlaw King’ Review: Bloody Epic Proves Chris Pine Is Brave of Heart
It starts with a close-up of a candle and ends with flaming debris being flung at a castle wall by a catapult — in terms of kicking off a period-piece epic with a single unbroken shot, you could say that Outlaw King sets a high bar. This serpentine opening sequence establishes that, in 1304, England’s King Edward seizes power over Scotland after an eight-year-rebellion; the regent forces the country’s lords, including former heir-to-the-throne Robert Bruce (Chris Pine), to bend the knee; his son, Prince Edward II (Billy Howle), has an ax,
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Allison Janney cast in J.J. Abrams thriller ‘Lou’

  • HeyUGuys
Award-winning actress, Allison Janney has been cast in J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot thriller ‘Lou’ which will be made independently from Paramount Pictures.

The story follows a young woman and her landlord, Lou, who team up to track down the former’s child after the girl is kidnapped by the woman’s estranged husband. The story has been described as being a tonal mix of ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘Taken’.

Janney will play the landlord, a hard-shelled and rule-breaking woman that has unexpectedly impressive tracking abilities, among other skill sets.

Also in the news – Ridley Scott dives into development on a Gladiator sequel

Outlander and Jessica Jones’s Anna Foerster will take the helm on a script by Maggie Cohn with revision by Jack Stanley. Abrams and Braden Aftergood (‘Hell or High Water’) are producing. At the moment, Janney is the only star attached but expect further casting news in the coming weeks.
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Poll: Thumbs up to another round of ‘Gladiator’ if Ridley Scott is involved

Poll: Thumbs up to another round of ‘Gladiator’ if Ridley Scott is involved
We asked whether you would be excited to see a planned sequel to ‘Gladiator,’ the Best Picture picture winner from 2000 that earned Russell Crowe his lone Oscar as Best Actor. Alas, his warrior Maximus died at the end of the first movie, which will likely cancel out its star’s return.

However, most respondents seem to care more about director Ridley Scott‘s involvement than what actor is in the ring, with 54 percent saying they would definitely see it if the British filmmaker was behind the camera. Still, 40 percent felt that there is no reason to do a sequel without Crowe returning.

Rotten Tomatoes reports the sequel would take place years later and center upon Lucius Verus, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen in the first movie), and the nephew of the late emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).

That brings up another question. Who would be a good replacement as the hero,
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Pop Culture Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Battle, ‘Gladiator 2′ In the Works, and More

Welcome back to The Collider Pop Culture Review, in which Collider’s weekend editor Vinnie Mancuso wakes up only slightly hungover on a Saturday to rate the week’s biggest stories in film and television on a scale from 1 to 10. This week: Game of Thrones is going to end on a pants-shittingly large battle scene, Ridley Scott is working on a Gladiator sequel, Ewan McGregor has been cast as Birds of Prey's Black Mask, and James Cameron will be making Avatar films long after any of …
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Russell Crowe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gladiator,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’

  • Gold Derby
Russell Crowe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gladiator,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’
Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe has returned to the nation’s movie screens in Joel Edgerton‘s latest acclaimed film, “Boy Erased,” in which he plays a small-town Baptist minister, who, upon learning that his son is gay, orders him to undergo conversion therapy. After seeming to be starring in every other film in the early 2000s, Crowe has become more selective in recent years, so that when he does appear onscreen in a film, it feels like more of an event.

Crowe is one of only a handful of actors to have been Oscar-nominated for a leading role in three consecutive years — 1999’s “The Insider,” 2000’s “Gladiator” (win) and 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” all of which were also nominated for Best Picture (with “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind” winning). He has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and 10 Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning in both cases for
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Russell Crowe movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Russell Crowe movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe has returned to the nation’s movie screens in Joel Edgerton‘s latest acclaimed film, “Boy Erased,” in which he plays a small-town Baptist minister, who, upon learning that his son is gay, orders him to undergo conversion therapy. After seeming to be starring in every other film in the early 2000s, Crowe has become more selective in recent years, so that when he does appear onscreen in a film, it feels like more of an event.

Crowe is one of only a handful of actors to have been Oscar-nominated for a leading role in three consecutive years — 1999’s “The Insider,” 2000’s “Gladiator” (win) and 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” all of which were also nominated for Best Picture (with “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind” winning). He has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and 10 Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning in both cases for
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Daily Podcast: Parenting Advice For Film Fanatics, Avatar, Inside Man 2, Doctor Who, Gladiator, The Time Machine & Penny Dreadful

Daily Podcast: Parenting Advice For Film Fanatics, Avatar, Inside Man 2, Doctor Who, Gladiator, The Time Machine & Penny Dreadful
On the November 2, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Avatar, Inside Man 2, Doctor Who, Gladiator, The Time Machine and Penny Dreadful. And a new edition of Advice Corner with Chris […]

The post Daily Podcast: Parenting Advice For Film Fanatics, Avatar, Inside Man 2, Doctor Who, Gladiator, The Time Machine & Penny Dreadful appeared first on /Film.
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Will you be entertained by a sequel to ‘Gladiator’ directed by Ridley Scott? (Poll)

Will you be entertained by a sequel to ‘Gladiator’ directed by Ridley Scott? (Poll)
After reviving the “Alien” franchise, it looks as if Ridley Scott is ready for another round of “Gladiator.” The 2000 film that was nominated for 12 Oscars and won five, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe as Roman warrior Maximus, was responsible for a boom in historical epics as the 21st century dawned, including “Troy,” “King Arthur,” “Alexander,” Scott’s own “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Robin Hood.” There was even a gladiator scene in “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”

As Deadline originally reported, Paramount is gung-ho to revive the later-day “Spartacus” with a screenplay by Peter Craig (“The Town”). However, it isn’t clear yet what path the follow-up will take, considering that Maximus dies at the end of the original film.

But if anyone can work a miracle, it is Scott, considering he was able to save his film about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III,
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‘Gladiator’ & ‘Shadowlands’ Writer Bill Nicholson On “Hope Gap”, His “Most Intense And Loving” Movie Yet — Afm

  • Deadline
‘Gladiator’ & ‘Shadowlands’ Writer Bill Nicholson On “Hope Gap”, His “Most Intense And Loving” Movie Yet — Afm
Hope Gape is a cove on the south-east of the UK. “It’s where I went as a child,” Shadowlands, Gladiator and Les Miserables scribe William ‘Bill’ Nicholson tells me. “It was a place to be alone. “When the waves recede it leaves a vast expanse like the surface of the moon. It was like a secret world where you’re like a giant or a god. It was a place of escape, otherness.”

Hope Gap is also the name and location of Nicholson’s second feature as a writer-director. Bill Nighy, Annette Bening and Josh O’Connor star in the UK drama about the unraveling of a family unit after a father tells his son he plans on leaving his mother. Producers are Sarada McDermott (Fighting With My Family) and David M. Thompson (Woman In Gold).

Currently in post-production, the feature is a deeply personal one for the two-time Oscar nominated screenwriter.
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Ridley Scott dives into development on a Gladiator sequel

  • HeyUGuys
18 years after Ridley Scott delivered Russell Crowe in ‘Gladiator’, the filmmaker has finally started the development of the film’s sequel.

12 Strong’ scribe, Peter Craig has come on board to write a script for the follow-up. Rumours have it that the plot of the movie will follow the now grown up Lucius, son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). This would make some sense as Crowe’s Maximus was slain at the end of the film, making it impossible for him to feature. However, never rule out the impossible.

The film which was released in 2000 was Set in Roman times, the story of a once-powerful general forced to become a common gladiator, Maximus (Crowe). The emperor’s son, Phoenix’s Commodus, is enraged when he is passed over as heir in favour of his father’s favourite general. He kills his father and arranges the
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Ridley Scott moving ahead with Gladiator sequel

Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott is moving ahead with the long-discussed sequel to his 2000 Best Picture winner Gladiator, with the filmmaker tapping Peter Craig (The Town) to work on a script.

The original Gladiator starred Russell Crowe as Maximus, a Roman General who is betrayed by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the son of the Emperor, who murders his father and seizes the throne. With his family murdered, Maximus is reduced to slavery, and is forced to enter the coliseum where he rises through the ranks as he plots his revenge.

A sequel to Gladiator was first mentioned in 2001; originally, it was to have taken place 15 years after the original film until Russell Crowe expressed his interest in returning as Maximus, despite the character’s death in the first movie. Nick Cave was subsequently brought on board to write a script which would have seen Maximus reincarnated as an immortal who
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Movie Talk: ‘Gladiator 2’ in the Works with Ridley Scott Directing

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Mark Reilly and Claire Lim discuss the following: Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott is moving forward on a sequel to his 2000 film Gladiator which starred Russell Crowe. Peter Craig is set to write the script for Paramount. TheWrap is reporting that Ewan McGregor is joining the Birds of Prey film as its main villain, Black Mask. In an interview with EW, Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff revealed that they considered ending the show with a trilogy of theatrically-released movies. Voltage Pictures released an …
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Ridley Scott is making a Gladiator sequel, but it won't star Russell Crowe

  • The AV Club
Proving that what we do in life really does echo in eternity—especially if it earned us a truckload of Oscars and cash in the process—Ridley Scott has confirmed that he’s moving forward with plans for a Gladiator sequel. This isn’t the first time Scott has floated the idea of a follow-up to his Best Picture winner in…
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Ridley Scott Planning ‘Gladiator 2’ with ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Screenwriter

The day is young, but this has got to be the forerunner of news I did not expect to hear today. After returning to Alien and Blade Runner as a director and producer, respectively, on the recent sequels, Ridley Scott is teeing up a return to his Best Picture-winning film Gladiator. Deadline reports that Scott has “begun forward progress” on a sequel to the 2000 film, which starred Russel Crowe in the Best Actor-winning role of the Roman soldier-turned-gladiator-turned-resistance leader Maximus. Of course, Crowe’s haunted hero died at the end of Gladiator, and …
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