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‘Inferno: Skyscraper Escape’ Review

Stars: Claire Forlani, Jamie Bamber, Riley Jackson, Isaac Rouse, Nigel Barber, Atanas Srebrev, Nathan Cooper, Lorina Kamburova, Delly Allen, J.R. Esposito | Written by Regina Luvitt, Phillip J. Roth | Directed by Eric Summer

Disaster strikes a downtown skyscraper when a gas leak causes a ferocious explosion setting ablaze the towering mass of metal and glass. On the 60th floor Brianna (Forlani) and Tom (Bamber) a couple in the middle of a divorce settlement are forced to work together to help save their two children, Anne and Ben, who are both trapped in the building’s elevator hovering 20 stories above ground. Together Brianna and Tom must fight to stay alive while teaming up to save their children and escape the towering inferno.

Hmmmm, Inferno: Skyscraper Escape? Sounds very much like a product of The Asylum, timed to cash in on That other big-budget Skyscraper movie releasing in July. It’s not though.
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Pippa Harris named new Bafta chair

Pippa Harris named new Bafta chair
Revolutionary Road and Jarhead producer takes over from Jane Lush.

Revolutionary Road and Jarhead producer Pippa Harris will be confirmed as the new chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) at tonight’s (June 4) Agm.

Harris has been deputy chair since August 2017, and her tenure as chair will run for two years.

She replaces Jane Lush, whose two-year term has come to an end.

Harris joined the board of trustees as deputy chair of the film committee in 2011 and was made chair of the film committee in 2015.

She also chaired Bafta’s recent taskforce examining sexual
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Roger Deakins Explains Why He Insists on Operating the Camera Himself — Watch

Roger Deakins Explains Why He Insists on Operating the Camera Himself — Watch
Roger Deakins is not a cinematographer who likes to be pigeonholed into a particular style of cinematography or film genre. Although known as a meticulous planner, there is an instinctive aspect of his process that is important for him to preserve.

“It’s just experiencing and connecting with what’s around you,” said Deakins in an interview with Arri in conjunction with the company’s 100th anniversary. “I’ve always painted or drawn pictures or taken still photographs; now I shoot movies. It’s just about making images, really.”

It’s for the this reason that the one constant from film to film for Deakins is he’ll always have the same camera operator: himself.

“It’s so much about the movement of the camera and the composition,” said Deakins. “You want to be open to the sort of little things that happen on a set. You can’t be
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'Britannia' is Sky's best-performing original show since 2015

Historical drama scores best ratings since Fortitude.

Source: Sky

‘Britannia’

Britannia, Sky Atlantic big-budget drama about the Roman invasion of Britain, was the channel’s best-performing original show since Fortitude opened in January 2015.

The programme’s two airings delivered a combined total audience of 540,000, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Fortitude scored 724,000 viewers when it premiered. Britannia pushed past recent Sky Atlantic drama launches Riviera (395,000) and Tin Star (340,000).

Britannia is the first TV drama from Vertigo Films (Bronson), made in conjunction with Sam MendesNeal Street Productions (Jarhead, Revolutionary Road).

The show was created by Jez Butterworth, whose credits include Spectre and Edge Of Tomorrow, and the acclaimed plays Jerusalem and The Ferryman. The nine-part series stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Zoë Wanamaker, and Ian McDiarmid.

Read more: Sky CEO warns of ‘uneven playing field’ due to lack of online regulation
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Baby Boy on the Way for Brianne Davis and Mark Gantt

Baby Boy on the Way for Brianne Davis and Mark Gantt
Brianne Davis is going to be a mom!

The star of the History Channel series Six is pregnant with her first child, a baby boy due in April, she confirms to People exclusively, sharing a set of maternity photos taken by husband Mark Gantt.

“Being pregnant is one of the best feelings in the world,” Davis tells People. “As I’m sure many mothers before me can attest, there is nothing like it.”

She explains, “To have this unique individual growing inside of you, and experiencing every little kick and movement … well, it expands my heart with a love that’s difficult to describe.
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Jake Gyllenhaal: Getting ‘Stronger’ and Better as His Career Goes On

Jake Gyllenhaal: Getting ‘Stronger’ and Better as His Career Goes On
When actors become stars, they can choose one of three paths: play a number of roles that will basically repeat the original success; work in projects that are high-paying but undemanding; or take on bigger challenges, dig deeper into themselves and become better actors.

Luckily for audiences, Jake Gyllenhaal took route No. 3. In the past year, he shone as the TV host in Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja,” conquered Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park With George” and capped it all with a career-best performance in “Stronger.”

The actor plays Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings; after that, Bauman struggled physically and emotionally, while dealing with a public that made him an instant hero.

It sounds like a seen-it-before movie, but the film (written by John Pollono and directed by David Gordon Green) is much smarter and full of surprises. Gyllenhaal is raw and honest in a performance that Variety
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StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'

StudioCanal to Adapt Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree'
StudioCanal, fresh off the U.K. box-office success of Paddington 2, is building on its slate of family titles.

The growing studio is set to adapt Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree, having teamed with Neal Street Productions, the All3Media-owned company behind TV shows such as Penny Dreadful and Call the Midwife and films including Revolutionary Road and Jarhead.

Simon Farnaby — who co-wrote Paddington 2 with director Paul King — will pen the adaptation, with Neal Street's Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown producing.

Magic Faraway Tree — which will be the first-ever feature film based on Blyton's Magic Faraway...
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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar
Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor
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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar
Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor
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'Jarhead' Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Vice Chair

'Jarhead' Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Vice Chair
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Wednesday said Pippa Harris, a producer of Jarhead and BBC series Call the Midwife, has been elected deputy chair.

Jane Lush will continue as chair of the Academy for the remainder of her two-year term, with Harris, who previously served as chair of the organization’s film committee, becoming her deputy. Harris co-founded Neal Street Productions, now owned by All3Media, with Sam Mendes, who directed Jarhead.

Marc Samuelson has been elected chair of BAFTA's film committee, having held the position of deputy chair for two years. Alison Thompson is the new deputy chair.

Krishnendu Majumdar has...
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The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’

The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’
Ron Perlman would have us believe that war never changes, but the movies about it certainly have. The last 15 years have brought no shortage of films about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (for obvious reasons), but World War II continues to fascinate filmmakers most of all. That includes Christopher Nolan, whose recent hit “Dunkirk” manages to bring something new to a genre that constantly feels at risk of becoming old hat.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Is Too Loud For Some Viewers, But Christopher Nolan Says That’s the Way He Likes It

And while those two conflicts have dominated the genre of late, everything from the Civil War to the Battle of Red Cliffs has found powerful expression onscreen. Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” tells us that “war is a drug,” and the films below suggest that movies about war are just as addictive — maybe even more so.
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Must Watch: Video – The career of cinematographer Roger Deakins

Chances are, even if you’ve never heard of him, you’ve probably seen some Roger Deakins’ work. The legendary cinematographer, hailing from Torquay in Devon, who has been working within the film industry for over forty years, has over 75 credits to his name since he exploded onto cinema screens back in the late 1970s.

Over the years, Deakins has worked on the likes of Sid and Nancy, Barton Fink, Fargo (in fact, most of the Coens’ stuff), The Village, Jarhead, Prisoners, Sicario, The Shawshank Redemption and Skyfall. Obviously there are dozens of other examples, most of which you can take a squint at in this excellent video which has just made it onto YouTube.

Created by film student James Murphy, the ten-minute nod to Deakins, titled Roger Deakins – Story in a Visual Manner, is a love letter to the director of photography which, quite frankly, rocks.

Check out the video below.
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James Bond Director Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct Disney's Pinocchio

Disney Studios is looking to lure James Bond director Sam Mendes into helming their live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. Mendes is a great director and this would be a very different kind of film project for him to take on, which is why I hope it all works out. I think he would do a fantastic job adapting the story of Pinocchio for the big screen.

Pinocchio is one of my favorite Disney animated films. Not only is it one of the most beautifully hand-drawn animated films ever made, the story is the stuff horrific nightmares are made of! Holy Hell! That scene where Lampy turns into a jackass scared the living shit out of me when I was a kid! It made me never want to do anything bad! It was horrific! That's going to be interesting to see in live-action. 

Mendes directing the film isn't set in stone yet,
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I’d Like to See “American Beauty” Sam Mendes Back in the Director’s Chair

When I think of Sam Mendes I think of two movies: American Beauty and Road to Perdition. I think of dark, oddly humorous and twisted plots with music scored by Thomas Newman. I think of once in a while movies that make you think, that make you cry, and that make you “feel.” To a lesser extent I think of Revolutionary Road which was probably too dark. I even think of Away We Go. But I certainly don’t think of Jarhead or Skyfall, or Spectre. I wouldn’t call it selling it out by any means but it’s almost as if

I’d Like to See “American BeautySam Mendes Back in the Director’s Chair
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Scott Stuber to head Netflix original film initiative

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War Machine, First They Killed My Father, Bright among roster of titles scheduled to launch this year.

One of the biggest open secrets in Hollywood was confirmed on Tuesday as it emerged Scott Stuber, the former vice-chairman of worldwide production at Universal, will head Netflix’s original film initiative.

The appointment is a coup for deep-pocketed streaming service as it attempts to draw big names and big productions into the fold beyond those that are already lined up for release this year (see below).

Stuber had been courted for the top job at Paramount and will now lead the development, production and acquisition of Netflix’s growing slate of original films for a global subscriber base the company said currently numbered more than 93m.

The new hire most recently founded and ran Bluegrass Films, the Universal-based production company behind such hits as Ted, and Central Intelligence. Bluegrass will transition to partner Dylan Clark and continue its TV
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Scott Stuber to head Netflix film division

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War Machine, First They Killed My Father, Bright among roster of titles scheduled to launch this year.

One of the biggest open secrets in Hollywood was confirmed on Tuesday as it emerged Scott Stuber, the former vice-chairman of worldwide production at Universal, will head Netflix’s original film initiative.

The appointment is a coup for deep-pocketed streaming service as it attempts to draw big names and big productions into the fold beyond those that are already lined up for release this year (see below).

Stuber had been courted for the top job at Paramount and will now lead the development, production and acquisition of Netflix’s growing slate of original films for a global subscriber base the company said currently numbered more than 93m.

The new hire most recently founded and ran Bluegrass Films, the Universal-based production company behind such hits as Ted, and Central Intelligence. Bluegrass will transition to partner Dylan Clark and continue its TV
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Watch: Video of The Silhouettes of Cinematographer Roger Deakins

The use of silhouettes in cinematography can be powerful and evocative. One of the masters of silhouettes is cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has earned 13 Academy Award nominations over three decades (but never actually won one yet). One Perfect Shot video editor H. Perry Horton put together this compilation titled "Paint it Black: The Silhouettes of Roger Deakins" profiling some of his best silhouette shots. There's footage from Skyfall, True Grit, Sicario, Assassination of Jesse James, The Hurricane, Jarhead, Prisoners, The Shawshank Redemption, and even the new Blade Runner (because why not?). Watch below. Description from YouTube: "Roger Deakins is quite simply the most accomplished cinematographer of his time, responsible for some of the most breathtaking imagery of the last 30+ years. In particular his acumen with using figures in silhouette to evoke an array of emotional atmospheres is unparalleled. Here are his best." This video was edited by H. Perry Horton,
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Important War Films From Our Lifetime

By Sofia Smith-Londono.

War films are often great sprawling stories of sacrifice, heroism, the atrocities and intricacies of war. For many of us, these visceral, telling tales of war are as close as we’ll get, but behind the camera lies an important story of a real life event that has to be told.

Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge out in cinemas on 26th January displays the horror of war and one man’s determination to put a little bit of the world back together again. This is the story of Desmond Doss (BAFTA nominated Andrew Garfield) how he overcame monumental adversity and how he miraculously saved 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without carrying a weapon

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Steven Spielberg brings to light the reality of one of the bloodiest wars and most brutal scenes in recent history. The film opens on 6th June 1944, D-Day with the allied invasion of Normandy.
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TV News Roundup: NBC to Air ‘SNL’ Election Special on Nov. 7, New Judge Joins ‘Hot Bench’

TV News Roundup: NBC to Air ‘SNL’ Election Special on Nov. 7, New Judge Joins ‘Hot Bench’
In today’s TV news roundup, NBC will air it’s 2016 “SNL Election Special” the day before the presidential election, History’s Navy Seal drama starring Walton Goggins gets a premiere date, “Hot Bench” gets a new jurist, and more.

Dates

NBC will air “The 2016 ‘SNL’ Election Special” on Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. The special will retrace the highlights and most controversial moments of the 2016 presidential campaign through recent political “Saturday Night Live” sketches. And for the trivia buffs out there: Not only is that the day before the election, it is also the one-year anniversary of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hosting the show.

Showtime has moved up the world television premiere date of the film “Zero Days“ to Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility that spreads beyond
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Navy Seal Drama Six Gets Premiere Date at History, Badass Cast Photo

Navy Seal Drama Six Gets Premiere Date at History, Badass Cast Photo
History’s highly anticipated Navy Seal drama, Six — led by Justified favorite Walton Goggins — will begin its mission on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the cable network announced, while also releasing a cast photo.

RelatedWalton Goggins Joins Six, Replacing Joe Manganiello in History Drama

Inspired by real missions and promising to “authentically capture the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit,” Six‘s eight-episode first season follows members of Navy Seal Team Six, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.

The series opens with troop
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