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‘Boy Erased’: Director Joel Edgerton and Lucas Hedges Reveal First Footage of Gay Teen Drama at CinemaCon

‘Boy Erased’: Director Joel Edgerton and Lucas Hedges Reveal First Footage of Gay Teen Drama at CinemaCon
At Focus Features’ CinemaCon presentation, Joel Edgerton revealed that “salacious reasons” led him to flip through Garrard Conley’s memoir, “Boy Erased,” which Edgerton (“The Gift”) adapted into his second directed feature. Out September 28, the film casts Lucas Hedges as Jared, a Southern teen who is sent to gay conversion therapy by his religious mom and dad (Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). Edgerton plays the program’s head therapist.

“I’m obsessed with cults and prisons, and I felt like I was going to get this glimpse into a world I’d heard about,” Edgerton told moderator Dave Karger during a luncheon at Casears Palace in Las Vegas. Then he introduced the first footage of the film shared with the public.

In opening scene shown, Jared stands in his kitchen, apologizing to his distressed parents for breaking up with his girlfriend and being attracted to men. Jared seems
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Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Talks ‘Little Dragon,’ ‘Elizabeth: The Dark Age’

Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Talks ‘Little Dragon,’ ‘Elizabeth: The Dark Age’
After his second visit to Macau in two years, Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur will plunge back into work on his Bruce Lee biopic “Little Dragon.”

Kapur, who has credits including “Elizabeth” and “Bandit Queen,” was head of the jury at the first Iffam. This year he is involved in the Crossfire section and presenting Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Variety spoke with him at the Singapore International Film Festival, where he served as the head of the feature awards jury.

“We are still getting the script (of ‘Little Dragon’) ready. We have done all the prep. We took a hiatus to reconsider the script a little bit,” said Kapur. “It is a very important project. As it turns out it is important not only for the rest of the world, but increasingly important for China since they are now saying that Bruce Lee is a Chinese hero.”

“I wasn’t expecting the project to get
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Murder on the Orient Express: Interview with Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne

Clothes on Film were fortunate enough to be invited to a display of costumes from the latest adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (2017), plus interview its costume designer Alexandra Byrne. An Oscar winner for Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008), and well known for her period design work, since 2011 Byrne has become connected to the world of Marvel, her most recent project being Doctor Strange in 2016. Here she chats candidly about recreating the (mainly) glamorous side of the early 1930s and the challenges that faced her and her team.

Alexandra Byrne on shooting in 70 mm:

“Director Ken (Branagh) and I did Hamlet (1996) together which was shot in 70 mm. It just means you learn the hard way – the camera sees Everything. Every stitch, every pile, every detail. Another challenge was that in the story the characters are stuck in an avalanche which meant shooting against a white background so that changed how
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Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in the independent family drama “Hope Gap,” with William Nicholson directing from his own script.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist. Protagonist and CAA will introduce “Hope Gap” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. Principal photography is set to begin in the summer.

Bening and Nighy will portray a couple married for 29 years. The story follows their son’s weekend visit to their seaside home, when Nighy’s character informs him that he plans to leave his wife the following day. “Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution.

“Ever since ‘Shadowlands,’ I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: ‘Hope Gap’ is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud
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Breathe movie review: paralyzed but determined to be mobile (#LFF2017)

MaryAnn’s quick take… A romance and a real-life adventure, full of life-and-death peril and unexpected cheerful good humor, about a pioneer in disability rights and dignity. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

You’ll be dead in two weeks,” growls an unsympathetic doctor to Robin Cavendish, stricken with polio and unable to breathe on his own, as his wife, Diana, springs him from a British hospital. Apparently this was the way things were: Someone like Robin, paralyzed from the neck down and utterly dependent on a respirator, was expected to simply lie in a hospital bed for the rest of his life, presumed to be no more than a few months anyway. I suppose that cantankerous doctor had his patient’s best interests at heart, since no one in Robin’s condition had ever survived outside a hospital before.
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Top Editor Jill Bilcock to Head Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury

Top Australian film editor, Jill Bilcock will head the jury this year for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The annual awards will be presented on Nov. 23 at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Bilcock will be joined on the judging panel by Yoshi Yatabe, programming director of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Completing the jury line-up are the previously announced Chinese actress He Saifei, Filipino writer, director Adolfo Alix Jr and Kazakh writer, director and cinematographer Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

The jury determines the winners of all the major Apsa prizes: best feature film; achievement in directing; achievement in cinematography; best screenplay; and two acting categories, best performance by the actress and actor. They also determine the winner of the cultural diversity award, under the patronage of Unesco. Nominations will be announced on Oct. 13.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Bilcock is an Academy Award and four-time BAFTA nominee. She worked on Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), Sam Mendes
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First Look at Saoirse Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots

First Look at Saoirse Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots
Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.

The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Mis&#233rables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.
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Mary, Queen Of Scots First Look Photo From Film Starring Saoirse Ronan And Margot Robbie

photograph by John Mathieson

Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I.

Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.

The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for “House of Cards”, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My
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The 80th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

Here we go again folks! As promised (though perhaps a bit later than initially planned), I’m diving back into the world of previous Oscar ceremonies. This time, I have my sights set on the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. You should know the drill by now. I’m going to state what I would have picked in the major eight categories if I had been lucky enough to have been able to vote. In most cases, it deviates from the actual winner. You’ll see how much that was the case this time around, and sit tight, as I do hope to make this a bit more of a consistent thing (excuse the gap again) and really go back as far as I can go. Until then, just enjoy this new one… Alright then, once again here goes nothing ladies and gentlemen…behold my picks for this particular ceremony: Best
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San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — “Marrowbone,” the awaited directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, screenwriter of “Jurassic World 2” director J.A. Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen at this year’s San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

As will Florida-set “Life and Nothing More,” Spaniard Antonio Mendez Esparza’s follow-up to Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Aquí y Allá”; “Fe de Etarras,” Netflix’s second original movie in Spain, and Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño’s anticipated “Handia,” a flagship of new Basque cinema.

San Sebastián’s Perlas, a fest standouts section, closes with Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “Loving Pablo,” announced yesterday as Venice-bound and a true-event tale of Pablo Escobar’s love affair with a TV presenter. Javier Bardem plays Escobar, Penelope Cruz his unlikely lover.

“Handia,” “Life and Nothing More” and “El Autor,” directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Canibal”), vie in San Sebastian’s main competition for its top Golden Shell award
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San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — “Marrowbone,” the awaited directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, screenwriter of “Jurassic World 2” director J.A. Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen at this year’s San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

As will Florida-set “Life and Nothing More,” Spaniard Antonio Mendez Esparza’s follow-up to Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Aquí y Allá”; “Fe de Etarras,” Netflix’s second original movie in Spain, and Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño’s anticipated “Handia,” a flagship of new Basque cinema.

San Sebastián’s Perlas, a fest standouts section, closes with Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “Loving Pablo,” announced yesterday as Venice-bound and a true-event tale of Pablo Escobar’s love affair with a TV presenter. Javier Bardem plays Escobar, Penelope Cruz his unlikely lover.

“Handia,” “Life and Nothing More” and “El Autor,” directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Canibal”), vie in San Sebastian’s main competition for its top Golden Shell award
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Andy Serkis' Breathe Trailer Unites Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy

Andy Serkis' Breathe Trailer Unites Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy
Bleecker Street has released the first trailer and photo for their amazing true story adaptation Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield as the incredible Robin Cavendish, and Claire Foy as his wife Diana. Robin Cavendish was one of the longest-living "responauts," those who are permanently dependent on a mechanical ventilator to keep breathing, after he was stricken with polio at the age of 28. This trailer could be our first look at a potential awards season favorite, which also marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help
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TNT’s ‘Will’ Producer on Show’s Shakespeare Adaptation: ‘Theater Then Was Like Punk Rock’

TNT’s ‘Will’ Producer on Show’s Shakespeare Adaptation: ‘Theater Then Was Like Punk Rock’
Olivia DeJonge isn’t just a cast member on TNT’s new series “Will.” To hear the actress tell it, she’s also the target audience for the program, which tells the story of William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson), an English playwright of some renown in 16th century London, before he went on to write “Hamlet” and many other classic plays.

“I wasn’t even interested in the show, I wasn’t a Shakespeare fan,” she told Variety. But executive producer Craig Pearce “changed my mind on that, and I am excited to see him change the mind of every other young person who sees Will Shakespeare as a dusty old man.”

At Tuesday night’s premiere of the series, held at New York’s Bryant Park with an after-party at the nearby Bryant Park Grill, DeJonge says she was attracted to the contemporary, rebellious energy Pearce brought to the proceedings, especially
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Shekhar Kapur set to direct the authorised Bruce Lee biopic

Shekhar Kapur, the director such films as Elizabeth and its sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age as well as The Four Feathers and Bandit Queen will helm the planned authorised Bruce Lee biopic, Little Dragon.

The news comes via Variety who report that the story is a contemporary dramatisation of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher.

The trade adds that the film will be produced by Bruce Lee Entertainment, headed up by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, as well as Convergence Entertainment.

Pre=production has already kicked-off for a planned July shoot.

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Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic, Little Dragon, Lands A Director, Summer Shoot

In wake of her own research into her late father's history, craft and overall legacy, actress and entrepreneur Shannon Lee has been actively developing her own Bruce Lee biopic in the last few years, on top of several other projects. News of this has since been made more clearer with word of the newly titled Little Dragon which is set to go before cameras in Malaysia in July.  Lee, whose Bruce Lee Family Company shingle, Bruce Lee Entertainment, is heading the production with Los Angeles-based Convergence Entertainment. Shekhar Kapur who helmed the Oscar-nominated Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) has been tapped to direct the film in addition to having co-written the film's screenplay with Lee. Via Variety: The story is a contemporary dramatization...

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Young Bruce Lee Film 'Little Dragon' to Begin Shooting This Summer

Young Bruce Lee Film 'Little Dragon' to Begin Shooting This Summer
The formative years and young adventures of martial arts legend Bruce Lee are set to get the big-screen treatment.

Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, director of the Oscar-nominated biopics Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), has signed on to co-write and direct Little Dragon, a feature film about Bruce Lee's early days in the colorful world of 1950s Hong Kong.

Veteran Hollywood casting director Mary Vernieu is currently leading a worldwide search for the actor to play the charismatic teenage Lee.

The film will be co-scripted and produced by Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, who runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, a...
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Check Out Entertainment Weekly’s Exclusive First Look at Murder on the Orient Express

Check Out Entertainment Weekly’s Exclusive First Look at Murder on the Orient Express
To read more on Murder on the Orient Express, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

All aboard! And we mean all aboard!

It is no exaggeration to say that a goodly portion of planet Earth’s most famous residents have gathered today at Longcross Studios outside London to shoot a scene set at Stamboul (now Istanbul) train station for director Sir Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (out Nov. 22). Branagh,
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch These Movies on Netflix

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It's that time again. Netflix has released its list of films and TV shows that are leaving the streaming service in December. A lot of movies are hauling out at the beginning of the month, but a few gems are making their way out closer to the holidays. If you were hoping to get some good binge-watching in over Thanksgiving weekend, then you better add these to your list. Related:25 New November Additions to Netflix That Will Complement the Cozy Weather Expiring Dec. 1 50 First Dates American Beauty Black Ops: Series 2 Camp Takota Carmen Jones Cats & Dogs Curious George: Swings Into Spring Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Elizabeth: The Golden Age Event Horizon Frequencies McConkey Medora Monkey Business Myth Hunters, series one-two Neil Young: Heart of Gold Paycheck Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie River of No Return
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Will ‘Allied’ Be the Next Film on Marion Cotillard’s Flawless Résumé?

Marion Cotillard (Courtesy: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Marion Cotillard has been in the business since the age of 18 and, within the more than two decades of churning out more than 50 feature movies, has rarely — if ever — turned in a bad performance no matter which role she inhabits. And now, with Allied set to hit theaters on November 23, the French-born actress is expected to wow us once more.

Allied, which is directed by Robert Zemeckis, stars Cotillard as a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour and Brad Pitt as an intelligence officer in North Africa named Max Vatan who begin a relationship while behind enemy lines. The two decide to take their romance to London — where they marry — but their love is tested by the pressures of World War II.

While moviegoers have yet to see anything beyond the teasers and trailers for the Paramount flick,
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Gary Oldman And Kristin Scott Thomas To Star As Winston And Clementine Churchill In Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Winston Churchill

Continuing creative collaborations that began over a decade ago, premier specialty label Focus Features is reteaming with both Working Title Films, one of the world’s leading film production companies, and director Joe Wright on Darkest Hour. Focus will hold worldwide rights to the film as part of the company’s renewed global initiative; Focus will release Darkest HOURdomestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film around the world, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.

Production on Darkest Hour begins this fall.

Mr. Wright will direct Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
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