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Women to Watch: Roxanne Messina Captor Writer/Director of the Upcoming Film 'Pearl'

After many years of a varied theater, dance and film career, Roxanne Messina Captor will be directing her script “Pearl” starring Juliette Binoche along with Leehom Wang (“Blackhat”) and Jing Tian (“Great Wall”). Based upon the life of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck, who was in China during the upheaval of the 1920s. The story follows the “Ten Years Civil War” which took place between the Communists and Nationalists after the Nanking Incident of 1927. Her family escaped Nanking with the help of her family’s nanny and moved to Shanghai. She left China in 1934 and never returned.

Buck won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931 for her novel “The Good Earth,” about the struggle of Chinese farmers, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.” She also wrote “Peony” a deeply moving romance about the last Jew in K’aifeng in the province of Hunan.

The 1937 movie “The Good Earth” starred Paul Muni and Luise Rainer, who won an Academy Award for best actress.

During the Beijing Film Festival 2012, writer/ producer/ director Roxanne Messina Captor tied in China Film Group to co-finance and co-produce her project. About 85% of the film will be shot in China.

Binoche, who won an Oscar for “The English Patient,” recently starred in “Clouds of Sils Maria” and will be seen next in Mike Medavoy’s mining rescue drama “The 33″ opposite Antonio Banderas. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Roxanne and the project are also repped by CAA.

Roxanne has also been invited by the Pearl Buck foundation to present her research paper on Buck in the Pearl Buck Symposium to be held in Zhenjiang early September. This is Pearl’s hometown and museum.

Pearl” is scheduled to start production in 2016 in Zhejiang Province, Shanghai and Prague. Vilmos Zsigmond has been attached as the cinematographer.

"I found so many parallels in Pearl's life. At twelve I followed my two professional passions, writing and dancing. Both stayed with me as my career expanded to directing. Pearl and I believe anything can manifest with passion and determination."

A Juilliard Theater School graduate, Roxanne Messina Captor was with Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, Harkness Ballet, New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet and performed as a guest artist with Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has performed On and Off Broadway under the direction of Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Uta Hagen, Robert Lewis (Yale Repertory Theatre).

As a theatre director and choreographer working in Regional and Off-Broadway theatre. Francis Ford Coppola chose Captor to assist Gene Kelly with the choreography of "One From the Heart." She danced in the films “Cotton Club”, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Xanadu" and "Pennies From Heaven. Other film producing and directing include: Emmy-nominated "Home Sweet Homeless”, "A Clean Kill” starring Daniel Benzali, “Her Married Lover” prime time premiere Lifetime Television. "Dead On Sight,” starring Jennifer Beals, and Oscar nominated William H. Macy ("Fargo").

In 2001 she was the Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival and one of the few Americans to moderate a panel at the Havana International Film Festival. She received international recognition and was awarded the prestigious Chevalier du Ordre des Arts and Lettres, Republic of France in 2005. One of the original programming executives who formed Turner Network Television.
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Keanu Reeves Set For Rain

Keanu Reeves Set For Rain
The lines between film and TV have long since blurred, with the biggest names in film merrily heading off to TV in search of premium storytelling. Now Keanu Reeves is making his way to the gogglebox, as he’s attached to produce and star in a new series called Rain.Reeves will be the focus of the show, playing John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American contract killer whose speciality is making it look like his victims died of natural causes. But while he harbours dreams of living a more normal life – or indeed simply connecting with someone – his regular gig makes it impossible and he remains an outsider.The show will be drawn from Barry Eisler’s series of novels, which includes the books A Clean Kill In Tokyo, A Lonely Resurrection, Winner Take All, Redemption Games, Extremis, The Killer Ascendant, The Detachment, and Graveyard Of Memories. So don’t go
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Keanu Reeves To Front New TV Show ‘Rain’

Once upon a time television was seen as the rejected cousin of film. Budgets were small and should a movie star appear in a show they were pretty much acknowledging that their film career was over. For want of a better way to explain it television was where movie stars went to retire. Thankfully now though everything has changed and the ‘small’ screen is well and truly fighting the big screen.

You only have to look at the popularity of shows such as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, 24, Arrow and Breaking Bad to see this. Budgets have clearly gotten bigger and all genres are covered these days; action, horror, science fiction, crime thrillers, super heroes, you name it television has it. Due to how successful television has become there is no longer that stigma for actors starring in them, in fact appearing in shows can actually boost their movie careers and profile.
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Keanu Reeves to Star in and Executive Produce John Rain TV Series Adaptation

Keanu Reeves is aiming to take his talents to the small screen. Slingshot Global Media announced today that Reeves is attached to star in and executive produce Rain, a TV series adaptation of author Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series. Described as “a globe-trotting action drama”, the story revolves around a half-Japanese, half-American assassin who specializes in making his marks look like they died from natural causes. The first John Rain book, A Clean Kill in Tokyo, was published in 2002 and was followed by six more novels in the series, with another on the way. This is Reeves’ first major starring role in a TV show, and the press release notes that Rain is planned as “limited-run programming”. Rain isn’t yet set up at a network, and one imagines today’s press release was an effort to drum up interest as Slingshot Global Media sets out to shop
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Keanu Reeves Will Star in and Produce 'Rain' TV Series

Keanu Reeves Will Star in and Produce 'Rain' TV Series
Keanu Reeves is taking on his first role in a TV series, starring in the hour-long action drama Rain for Slingshot Global Media.

Keanu Reeves will produce Rain, which is based on the globetrotting novel series by Barry Eisler. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, who recently directed Keanu Reeves in the action thriller John Wick, will also produce alongside author Barry Eisler.

The story will follow Keanu Reeves as John Rain, a half-japanese, half-American hitman for hire who makes it look as though his targets have died from natural causes. Rain travels to various different locations around the world to carry out his many jobs, and because of his chosen career, he finds it difficult to let anyone else into his life. The series will be based in part on the novels A Clean Kill in Tokyo, A Lonely Resurrection, Winner Take All, Redemption Games, Extremis, The Killer Ascendant, The Detachment and Graveyard of Memories.
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On My Way (Elle s’en va) review: life goes on and on

A beautifully observant meander through the difficulties and discoveries of wise but still confused advanced age, led by a gorgeous, vital, 70-odd Catherine Deneuve. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ah, Catherine Deneuve. Gorgeous, vital, and sexy at 70-odd — and in a way completely suited to her age, and not like she’s aspiring to youth long gone — she remains a goddess. Even as– nay because she here portrays a down-to-earth, realistically human woman whose life is a mess. Deneuve’s (Persepolis) Bettie runs a financially strapped restaurant in the small French village she grew up in. Her very elderly mother is a stroppy handful. Her married lover has just left his wife… for a much younger other other woman. Fed up with it all, she gets in her car one Sunday afternoon, right in the middle of lunch service,
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