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‘Amélie’ Musical Coming To The UK In 2019

Amélie The Musical, an adaptation of the much-loved 2001 award-winning film Amélie, is coming to the UK next year.

According to an official press release, received by Thn this morning, the production will have its UK stage premiere at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury from 11 April to 18 May, and then embark on an extensive UK tour from 20 May.

With music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar®-nominated film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, will be directed by Michael Fentiman, with star casting to be announced.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way,
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The Most Comforting Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: The last few days have been extremely trying. And sometimes, when the world feels like it’s folding in on itself, people turn to the movies for a pick-me-up or some other kind of self-care.

To that end, we asked our panel of critics to select their favorite comfort film. Their choices run the gamut from Busby Berkeley musicals to “The Tree of Life.”

Mae Abdulbaki (@MaeAbdu), The Young Folks, Movies with Mae

When things seem at their worst or even when I’m having a bad month (or year), “13 Going on 30” is one of my go-to comfort films for many reasons. There’s the idea that no matter how bad things may seem and no matter the mistakes made, things can get better and sometimes
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Robin Wright set to return as General Antiope in Wonder Woman 1984

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Robin Wright is all set to reprise her role of General Antiope for Wonder Woman 1984. Although Antiope was killed off, Wright will be joining Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in returning from the dead for the sequel.

However, General Antiope’s return is looking like a more plausible one. She is expected to appear in a flashback scene with co-star Connie Nielson as Diana’s mother Queen Hippolyta.

Patty Jenkins returns to take the helm after the Super Hero’s first outing saw it take a record-breaking $822 million at the worldwide box office. Gal Gadot also returns as the titular superhero.

Joining Gal Gadot on the cast list is Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal who could possibly be playing Max Lord, a razor-sharp and powerful businessman who was a thorn in the side of the Justice League. Chris Pine
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Hans Zimmer set to score Wonder Woman sequel

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The prolific composer Hans Zimmer has been confirmed to score the Wonder Woman follow-up, 1984.

This will be the first time Zimmer has returned to the DC universe after effectively ‘retiring’ from the comic book genre after Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He vowed never to return only to be swayed into producing the score for the troubled X-Men: Dark Phoenix which is currently undergoing reshoots.

Patty Jenkins returns to take the helm after the Super Hero’s first outing saw it take a record-breaking $822 million at the worldwide box office. Gal Gadot also returns as the titular superhero.

Also in the news – Channel 4 and Netflix co-commission season 2 of The End of the F***ing World

Joining Gal Gadot on the cast list is Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal who could possibly be playing Max Lord, a razor-sharp and
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9 Female-Directed Films to See This Season, From ‘Destroyer’ to ‘Capernaum’ and More

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This week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual fall preview, including the very best indie movies coming out this year, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even some blockbuster fare that will please the most discerning viewers. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer. Be sure to check out our list of indie gems and festival favorites to see this season, plus our look at blockbusters worth your movie-going buck and the films destined to impact the awards conversation.

“I Think We’re Alone Now” (September 14)

Game of Thrones” fan (and critic) favorite Peter Dinklage shares the small screen with one of TV’s biggest casts. Besides an international company of actors, his scene partners include dragons, giants, and manticores. So for her sophomore feature — and the first from screenwriter Mike Makowsky — director/cinematographer Reed Morano (“Meadowland
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Patty Jenkins reveals first look image of Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman sequel WW84

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has taken to social media to share the first look image of classical ’80s looking Pedro Pascal in the Wonder Woman sequel, WW84.

Although no character details have been revealed for Pascal’s role, speculation is mounting – especially since this image has been released – that he could be playing Max Lord, a razor-sharp and powerful businessman who was a thorn in the side of the Justice League.

Patty Jenkins returns to take the helm after the Super Hero’s first outing saw it take a record-breaking $822 million at the worldwide box office. Gal Gadot also returns as the titular superhero.

See the tweet below for the new image.

Can't…Stop… Watching… @PedroPascal1 !!! #WW84 pic.twitter.com/6s7YdkGQNL

— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) July 30, 2018

Joining Gadot on the cast list is Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal. And
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Director Patty Jenkins Reteams With Gal Gadot For DC Super Hero’s Return In Wonder Woman 1984

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office.

Wonder Woman 1984 will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.

As previously announced, the film also stars Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal. And Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor.

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot are producing the film. Rebecca Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada are the executive producers.

Joining her behind the scenes are several members of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen,
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Steve Trevor Returns In First Official Still From ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Ever since her scene-stealing debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot has single-handedly carried Warner Bros troubled DC movie universe on her shoulders. The Israeli actress has captivated audiences around the world with her outstanding portrayal of Wonder Woman.

Last year’s excellent solo outing for the amazonian princess was applauded by fans and critics alike. The Patty Jenkins-directed origin story went on to gross over $800 million worldwide, leading to a drastic re-positioning of the characters role in the series. Gadot’s part in last years ill-fated Justice League was then quickly beefed up in substantial reshoots. Ultimately though, it wasn’t enough to save the disastrous team-up flick in the end.

Warner Bros went on to fast-track her standalone sequel, which is once again directed by Jenkins. Now, the studio has officially announced that cameras have begun rolling on the film. Check out the press release below,
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New images, new setting and a new title released for Wonder Woman 2 as production starts

To mark the start of production on Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman sequel two new images and the film’s official title have been released.

In the follow-up – titled Wonder Woman 1984 – Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince lands in the 80’s and finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah.

Patty Jenkins returns to take the helm after the Super Hero’s first outing saw it take a record-breaking $822 million at the worldwide box office. Gal Gadot also returns as the titular superhero.

Joining Gadot on the cast list is Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal. And Chris Pine returns from the dead as Steve Trevor.

Also in the news – John Cena to partner up with Jackie Chan in new action thriller

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot are producing the film. Rebecca Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle,
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2018 Cannes Film Festival Movies

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2018 Cannes Film Festival Movies
At its start, the 2018 Cannes Film Festival wasn’t perceived as a big market for buyers, but many U.S. distributors came home happy: A24 acquired Gaspar Noé’s psychedelic dance thriller “Climax,” and Neon scored fantastical Un Certain Regard winner “Border.” Sony Pictures Classics picked up Lebanese crowdpleaser “Capernaum,” while Magnolia Pictures landed Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters.” Even Jean-Luc Godard’s unclassifiable experimental essay film “The Image Book” found a home, with Kino Lorber, and the festival closed out with Netflix picking up prize winners “Happy as Lazzaro” and “Girl.”

Still, there were plenty of Cannes highlights that ended the festival with their futures uncertain. Here are some of our favorites that deserve to get out there. So long as buyers are still keen on acquiring foreign language films, they might want to consider these options.

“Asako I + II”

Smart indie distributors should be celebrating the fact that
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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in May 2018

It’s almost summer, and you know what that means: Some of last year’s best films are finally beginning to stream on Netflix! It means other things too, we suppose, but none of them could possibly be as important as the ability to watch Agnès Varda heart-bursting new documentary whenever the mood strikes (even die-hard defenders of the theatrical experience can appreciate the magic of being able to re-visit their favorite part of “Faces Places” anywhere they can find a cell phone signal).

Fingers crossed that the streaming giant will give a second life to the under-seen “God’s Own Country,” a beautiful 2017 release that never got the degree of attention — or the number of screens — that it deserved when it came stateside in October. These recent essentials highlight the strong crop of movies that are new on Netflix this month, as the service complements the best of 2017 with
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Movies New to Netflix in May: ‘Coco,’ ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army,’ ‘Amélie,’ and More

Spring is in the air, and with it the sweet smell of fresh new Netflix movies. The streaming giant announced a slew of fresh content arriving to the site in May, and there is plenty to keep you entertained as the weather starts to turn. Though we have to wait almost the entire month, the most exciting addition is Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” on May 29. Fo those who missed it in theaters, the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature will surely find a whole new audience once it’s available to stream.

Keeping up with this year’s Oscar winners, “Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” arrives next month, as well as Agnès Varda’s Oscar nominated documentary “Faces Places.” Other standouts include intimate gay drama “God’s Own Country,” as well as “Amélie,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
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Why Olympic Figure Skaters Are Competing to AC/DC, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Madonna

Why Olympic Figure Skaters Are Competing to AC/DC, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Madonna
Audiences at the figure skating competitions in the 2018 Winter Olympics have been treated to the usual mix of Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky — but, for the first time at a Games, the song selections here are mixed with Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Coldplay and Madonna.

A change in the rules that kicked in after the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, now allows athletes to skate to music with lyrics and many have embraced the opportunity.

(Ice dancing’s rules vary slightly compared to the other three Olympic skating disciplines, as it has allowed music with lyrics for years but restricts the available options
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet Accuses Guillermo Del Toro of Copying ‘Delicatessen’ Dance Scene in ‘The Shape Of Water’

Jean-Pierre Jeunet Accuses Guillermo Del Toro of Copying ‘Delicatessen’ Dance Scene in ‘The Shape Of Water’
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the celebrated French director of “Delicatessen” and “Amélie,” has accused Guillermo del Toro of plagiarizing a scene from “Delicatessen” in his 13-time Oscar nominee “The Shape of Water.”

The scene in del Toro’s movie features the characters played by Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins performing a charming two-step dance while sitting on a sofa watching an old Hollywood movie. Jeunet thinks del Toro stole the moment from a similar one between two children in “Delicatessen.” The French director explained to Ouest-France (via The Playlist) that he confronted del Toro about the scene.

“I told [del Toro]: ‘You have a lot of imagination, a lot of talent. Why go and [steal] the ideas of others?'” Jeunet told the French publication. “[Del Toro] said, ‘We owe Terry Gilliam everything.’ According
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Pam MacKinnon Will Head San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater

MacKinnon: Internet Broadway Database

Broadway director Pam MacKinnon will soon be making her way to the West Coast. The New York Times confirms that the “Parisian Woman” helmer will succeed Carey Perloff as American Conservatory Theater’s (Act) next artistic director. MacKinnon will officially take over as of July 1.

The Tony winner told Nyt she plans to split her time between New York and San Francisco and will “absolutely continue to direct on Broadway.” MacKinnon explained, “I’ve always been a freelance director, but now I feel ready to build something bigger than myself — to put myself into an institution, producing a body of work, and trying to learn as well as grow from a particular audience.” “San Francisco is a great city,” she added.

As Act’s new leader, MacKinnon plans to bring more plays from young writers to the stage. She also wants to put on productions from
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Phillipa Soo on Playing a Young Activist in “The Parisian Woman” and Her Thoughts on #MeToo

Soo: Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Phillipa Soo is no stranger to the Broadway stage. In the last few years, she has had leading roles in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” “Hamilton,” and “Amélie.” The Julliard graduate, who primarily studied acting and not music, has a pivotal role in a new drama called “The Parisian Woman,” now playing at the Hudson Theatre. Written by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and directed by Pam MacKinnon, the play also stars Uma Thurman and Blair Brown. It’s modern tale of politics, relationships, and scandals, and is painfully relatable to the times we are living in.

We spoke to Soo recently about what it’s like being in a politically charged show in 2017, her collaborations, and the #MeToo movement.

“The Parisian Woman” is now playing on Broadway.

W&H: What’s it like going from mainly musicals to a full-fledged drama?

Ps: I had
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Locarno Festival 2017 Lineup: The Best Summer Movie Counterprogramming You Could Ask For

Locarno Festival 2017 Lineup: The Best Summer Movie Counterprogramming You Could Ask For
The summer movie season may start winding down by early August, but for cinephiles, that’s when the real fun begins. While the fall season festivals — epitomized by the trio of awards season influencers Telluride, Toronto and New York — are a massive platform for major prestige titles at the end of the year, the Locarno Film Festival has the jump on all of them, and provides the most diverse range of cinema you’ll see anywhere in the world.

The 70th edition, announced this week, provides the latest example. No festival embodies the “something for everyone” philosophy better than Locarno, which complements its cinephile-oriented sections with another one exclusively designed for wider audiences. That would be the Piazza Grande, where 16 features screen outdoors for an audience of 8,000 people. But rather than simply showcasing the same summer blockbusters that have dominated the box office, the Piazza features international efforts well suited to pleasing massive crowds,
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Watch the UK trailer for Jacques Cousteau biopic ‘The Odyssey’

Altitude have released the UK trailer for the upcoming Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey, which is being directed by Jérôme Salle (Zulu, Anthony Zimmer) and starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Lambert Wilson (Ernest & Celestine, Of Gods and Men) and César Award winning actor Pierre Niney (Frantz, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 18 August 2017.

The film examines the life of ocean-explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau, one of the iconic figures of the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing
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Why Ridley Scott Needs to Stop Making Alien Movies

Why Ridley Scott Needs to Stop Making Alien Movies
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.

When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time.
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