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Circle Of Confusion Signs ‘24: Legacy’ & ‘House Of Lies’ Director-ep Stephen Hopkins

Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins has inked with Circle of Confusion. The multihyphenate most recently directed and exec produced Fox’s 24: Legacy and Showtime’s House of Lies and also directed and produced the 2016 Jesse Owens biopic Race for Focus Features. The filmmaker’s next project is producing Against All Enemies, the political thriller starring Kristen Stewart as iconic actress Jean Seberg. Hopkins won an Emmy for directing 2004’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
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Circle Of Confusion Signs ‘24: Legacy’ & ‘House Of Lies’ Director-ep Stephen Hopkins

Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins has inked with Circle of Confusion. The multihyphenate most recently directed and exec produced Fox’s 24: Legacy and Showtime’s House of Lies and also directed and produced the 2016 Jesse Owens biopic Race for Focus Features. The filmmaker’s next project is producing Against All Enemies, the political thriller starring Kristen Stewart as iconic actress Jean Seberg. Hopkins won an Emmy for directing 2004’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
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Geoffrey Rush Steps Down from Australia Screen Industry Academy Amidst Allegations

Amidst the current wave of sexual assault cases against Hollywood stars, it now seems that allegations are affecting people across the waters. The latest to be hit by allegations is Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. Veteran actor Rush is one of the few actors to have the honor of winning the ‘Triple Crown of Acting’. This is because he has won an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. Some of the films for which he is best-known are ‘Shine’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Quills’, The King’s Speech’, and ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’. He is also

Geoffrey Rush Steps Down from Australia Screen Industry Academy Amidst Allegations
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Geoffrey Rush ('Genius')

"In Australia, people will call a lemon meringue pie 'genius,' you know," cracks Australian actor Geoffrey Rush — who currently can be seen playing Albert Einstein in National Geographic's 10-part limited series Genius, the network's first foray into scripted entertainment — as we sit down at New York's iconic Empire Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "But," continues the 65-year-old winner of an Oscar (1996's Shine), Emmy (2004's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and Tony (2009's Exit the King), "Einstein? He was such a lateral thinker, daydreamer, thinking 'outside the box,' as...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Geoffrey Rush ('Genius')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Geoffrey Rush ('Genius')
"In Australia, people will call a lemon meringue pie 'genius,' you know," cracks Australian actor Geoffrey Rush — who currently can be seen playing Albert Einstein in National Geographic's 10-part limited series Genius, the network's first foray into scripted entertainment — as we sit down at New York's iconic Empire Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "But," continues the 65-year-old winner of an Oscar (1996's Shine), Emmy (2004's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and Tony (2009's Exit the King), "Einstein? He was such a lateral thinker, daydreamer, thinking 'outside the box,' as...
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Geoffrey Rush will play Albert Einstein

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Geoffrey Rush will play Albert Einstein
National Geographic Channel is venturing into scripted series territory, and for their first drama, the cable network has cast Geoffrey Rush to play Albert Einstein. The Aussie will take on the role of the famed physicist for anthology drama Genius, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be Rush’s first major American series television role. (He did win an Emmy for HBO-bbc collaboration The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a TV movie that aired in 2004.) The first season of the anthology series is based on the acclaimed Einstein biography by Walter Isaacson. Ron Howard is directing the first episode of Genius, and Howard’s longtime collaborator Brian Grazer is producing. The Oscar winner who so entertained us with Shakespeare in Love and Pirates of the Caribbean seems like a solid fit for the iconic scientist. He probably won’t even have to wear a wig for Einstein’s recognizable hair.
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Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Runs to U.K.’s Altitude

Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Runs to U.K.’s Altitude
Liverpool — Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the U.K. distribution rights to Stephen Hopkins’ “Race,” which follows African-American athlete Jesse Owens’ rise to become four-time Olympic gold medallist at the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany. Focus Features released the film in the U.S. on Friday.

In 1936 the Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany. Organized by the ruling Nazi Party, the Games were intended to showcase Hitler’s vision of the supremacy of the Aryan race. That dream was shattered by Owens.

Directed and produced by Stephen Hopkins, who won an Emmy for “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” the film stars Stephan James (“Selma”) as Owens and Jason Sudeikis (“We’re the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses”), and also features Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Carice Van Houten (“Game of Thrones”). The film was written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (“Frankie & Alice”).

Hamish Moseley, Altitude Film Entertainment’s head of distribution,
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Altitude acquires Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' for UK

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Altitude acquires Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' for UK
Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons star in the true story.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK distribution rights to Stephen HopkinsRace, which follows black athlete Jesse Owens’ meteoric rise to become four-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1936 games in Nazi Germany.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude’s Will Clarke and Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett. Focus Features released the film in the Us on February 19, taking $7.35m to date.

The UK release date has yet to be set but is likely to come before the Rio Olympics (Aug 5-21).

Directed and produced by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Race stars Stephan James (Selma) as Jesse Owens and Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses) and also features Jeremy Irons and William Hurt as well as Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones).

Made with the cooperation of the Jesse Owens Foundation as well as the Owens family
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Alititude acquires Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' for UK

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Alititude acquires Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' for UK
Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons star in the true story.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK distribution rights to Stephen HopkinsRace, which follows black athlete Jesse Owens’ meteoric rise to become four-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1936 games in Nazi Germany.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude’s Will Clarke and Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett. Focus Features released the film in the Us on February 19, taking $7.35m to date.

The UK release date has yet to be set but is likely to come before the Rio Olympics (Aug 5-21).

Directed and produced by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Race stars Stephan James (Selma) as Jesse Owens and Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses) and also features Jeremy Irons and William Hurt as well as Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones).

Made with the cooperation of the Jesse Owens Foundation as well as the Owens family
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Race Review

Descriptors that defined Jesse Owens – like speedy, smooth or brave – are not words likely to be associated with Race, the new biopic from director Stephen Hopkins. The 10.3 seconds in which Owens (played by Stephan James) changed the world unfolds over 134 plodding minutes, completely devoid of tension. Race is a story about an incredible man simply “being incredible,” rather than the circumstances that forced him to drastically defy the odds.

In line with expectations for clichéd biopics, Race begins with extraneous expositional dialogue, with Jesse’s mother, Emma Owens (Michèle Lonsdale Smith) informing her son that he’s “the first boy of mine to go to college,” then reminding him of the “lump” she removed from his chest at 5 that left him with a scar. As co-written by Frankie & Alice screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, the screenplay feels stiff on a scene to scene basis, entering its worst stretches whenever
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Exclusive Video Interview: Stephan James Talks Race

Sooner or later we were bound to get a biographical sports movie about Olympic runner Jesse Owens. In fact, it’s pretty surprising that it took this long for it to happen. Now we’ve got one though and it comes to us in the form of Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

The movie takes us back to the 1930’s when Jesse (Stephan James) was a student at Ohio State University and being coached by former running star Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). But while Jesse finds college life challenging, especially with his girlfriend and child back home, he’s soon presented with an even bigger challenge: competing at the Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Despite the oppressiveness he’s made to feel, he’s still determined to triumph in spite of seemingly infinite adversity.

Recently, the press
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Exclusive Video Interview: Stephen Hopkins Talks Race

Sooner or later we were bound to get a biographical sports movie about Olympic runner Jesse Owens. In fact, it’s pretty surprising that it took this long for it to happen. Now we’ve got one though and it comes to us in the form of Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

The movie takes us back to the 1930’s when Jesse (Stephan James) was a student at Ohio State University and being coached by former running star Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). But while Jesse finds college life challenging, especially with his girlfriend and child back home, he’s soon presented with an even bigger challenge: competing at the Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. But despite the oppressiveness he is made to feel, he’s still determined to triumph in spite of seemingly infinite adversity.

Recently, the
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Exclusive Video Interview: Jason Sudeikis Talks Race

Sooner or later we were bound to get a biographical sports movie about Olympic runner Jesse Owens. In fact, it’s pretty surprising that it took this long for it to happen. Now we’ve got one though and it comes to us in the form of Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

The movie takes us back to the 1930’s when Jesse (Stephan James) was a student at Ohio State University and being coached by former running star Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). But while Jesse finds college life challenging, especially with his girlfriend and child back home, he’s soon presented with an even bigger challenge: competing at the Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. But despite the oppressiveness he is made to feel, he’s still determined to triumph in spite of seemingly infinite adversity.

Recently, the
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'Secret Life of Marilyn' & 'Grace of Monaco': Emmys for portraying showbiz legends?

'Secret Life of Marilyn' & 'Grace of Monaco': Emmys for portraying showbiz legends?
Lifetime's "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" and "Grace of Monaco" each earned Emmy nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries Hairstyling; the former also contends for Best Movie/Miniseries Makeup. These telefilms tell the stories of two of the most famously glamorous women in show business history: Marilyn Monroe (Kelli Garner) and Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman). Will one of these period pieces prevail at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 12? -Break- Who are this year's famous Emmy-nominated producers: Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga ... Since 2000, the Emmys have honored four films about Hollywood legends -- "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (2000), "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" (2001), "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2005) and "Behind the Candelabra" (2012) about the life of Liberace -- with Best Movie/Miniseries Hairstyling. Other films about i...
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Geoffrey Rush: My only ambition is to keep on putting 'actor' on my tax form

The Australian actor talks working with Johnny Depp, humankind’s flaws and discovering a musical ancestor thanks to TV series Who Do You think You Are

You’re about to kick off a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? Have they been asking you for years?

They’ve been asking me since the very first season. It only takes three weeks to make, but you have six months of preliminary meetings with genealogists and historians before that and up until now, I haven’t been assured of that gap. I was definitely interested in the show. As long ago as 2003, I was shooting The Life and Death of Peter Sellers with Stephen Fry who’d just done an episode and he said: “Do it, Geoffrey.” It’s not like shooting reality TV or I’m A Celebrity. This is a show made by experts wanting to find
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Geoffrey Rush: My only ambition is to keep on putting 'actor' on my tax form

The Australian actor talks working with Johnny Depp, humankind’s flaws and discovering a musical ancestor thanks to TV series Who Do You think You Are

You’re about to kick off a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? Have they been asking you for years?

They’ve been asking me since the very first season. It only takes three weeks to make, but you have six months of preliminary meetings with genealogists and historians before that and up until now, I haven’t been assured of that gap. I was definitely interested in the show. As long ago as 2003, I was shooting The Life and Death of Peter Sellers with Stephen Fry who’d just done an episode and he said: “Do it, Geoffrey.” It’s not like shooting reality TV or I’m A Celebrity. This is a show made by experts wanting to find
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Confirms 'Captain America' Writers

'Avengers: Infinity War' Confirms 'Captain America' Writers
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely will follow Captain America as they head to Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2! The duo behind the screenplays for Marvel'captais Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War will once again team with directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo for the two-part climax to Phase 3 of the . Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will hit theaters May 4, 2018, with the second part following on May 3, 2019. Here's what producer Kevin Feige had to say in a statement.

"Chris and Steve have been an integral part of the Marvel family since the early days of Phase 1, and their work speaks for itself. We couldn't be more excited to have them with us to help guide the Avengers through their biggest story yet."

In addition to writing all three films in Marvel's Captain America franchise, Markus & McFeely also created Marvel's Agent Carter,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Movies Land ‘Captain America’ Writers

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Movies Land ‘Captain America’ Writers
Marvel has tapped Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to write “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2”

The duo has written the scripts for Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Captain America: Civil War.” They will collaborate again with directors Joe and Anthony Russo for the two-parter.

Disney will release “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” on May 4, 2018, with the second part following on May 3, 2019.

“Chris and Steve have been an integral part of the Marvel family since the early days of Phase 1, and their work speaks for itself,” said producer Kevin Feige. “We couldn’t be more excited to have them with us to help guide the Avengers through their biggest story yet.”

Markus and McFeely also created “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” which premiered this year on ABC, and co-wrote Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” They also wrote the three “Chronicles of Narnia” films,
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Casting Net: William Hurt joins ensemble of Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'

Casting Net: William Hurt joins ensemble of Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'
• Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the ensemble of Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) as the legendary track and field star. Hurt will play the president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler. Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) is directing the production currently filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. In addition to James, Hurt joins Jeremy Irons as future International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, Jason Sudeikis as Osu
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Christopher Markus interview: writing Captain America 2 and 3

Ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's release on disc, we talk to Christopher Markus about sequel screenwriting and Peggy Carter...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Together with regular collaborator Stephen McFeely, screenwriter Christopher Markus has enjoyed a decade-long career in the film industry, having co-written such films as The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers, the three Chronicles Of Narnia movies and Michael Bay's Pain & Gain.

Most recently, Markus and McFeely have been working closely with Marvel, having produced the screenplays for Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World. This year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier represented a new challenge for the duo, however: their aim was to not only follow the success of Cap's debut outing in 2011, but also forge a mature, conspiracy-thriller inspired storyline which would also be accessible to family audiences.

As The Winter Soldier arrives on DVD and Blu-ray,
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