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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a real prediction? Or is it just fantasy? Before you assume that I’m caught in a landslide (with no escape from reality), please open your eyes and look up to the skies and see … Here are five reasons why Rami Malek can win the Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

1. He plays a real person And is physically transformed onscreen.

It’s awardsology 101. The combination of portraying an actual individual plus altering one’s outward appearance is the easiest way to ensnare the academy’s attention. In the past twenty years alone, a plethora of people have won lead statuettes for doing exactly just that.

Look at Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line,
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Tony Gilroy shines light on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots

Tony Gilroy has teased the state Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was in when he came in to direct the reshoots.

Today, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story holds a high place in the pantheon of Star Wars films for many a fan, with the movie giving a fascinating look into the pivotal mission to steal the first Death Star plans.

The film wasn’t always looking like a winner, however, as Tony Gilroy was drafted in to fix parts of the film during reshoots. Speaking at a Montclair State University event (via NorthJesery.com), Gilroy said about the characters:

“When things pass through many hands and there’s a great deal of confusion … and there’s all kinds of accessories and jewelleries and bootstraps and zippers, and all the rest of the stuff. The purity for the characters, if it’s not there to begin with, it just
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Nora-Jane Noone, Nika McGuigan to star in 'Wildfire' (exclusive)

Nora-Jane Noone, Nika McGuigan to star in 'Wildfire' (exclusive)
Great Point boards sales on Ireland and Northern Ireland-set project.

Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan will lead the cast of Wildfire, the debut feature of Irish filmmaker Cathy Brady.

The project is being produced by Tempesta FilmsCarlo Cresto-Dina, Cowboy Films’ Charles Steel and Samson Films’ David Collins.

The film follows two sisters who grew up on the fractious Irish border. When one of them, who has been missing, finally returns home, the intense bond with her sister is reignited. Together they unearth their mother’s past but uncovered secrets and resentments which have been buried deep threaten to overwhelm them.
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Oscar for Killmonger? Top 4 reasons Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) could be a contender

Oscar for Killmonger? Top 4 reasons Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) could be a contender
Comic book movies aren’t usually Oscar bait, but “Black Panther” could change that this year. The size and demographics of the motion picture academy are gradually expanding, and we’ve seen genre movies contend in top categories in recent years like “Avatar” (2009), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) and “Get Out” (2017). But while “Black Panther” has looked like a potential Best Picture contender almost since its release (it currently ranks in the top 10 in our odds), what about for acting?

Among the cast members, Michael B. Jordan probably stands the best chance at the Oscars for his role as villain Erik Killmonger. In fact, six of the Expert journalists we’ve polled think he’ll be nominated, and two of them even think he’ll win: Claudia Puig (Kpcc) and Glenn Whipp (La Times). Here are four reasons why I think they might be on the right track.

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David Heyman & Eric Fellner Call London Screen Academy “Most Exciting Project” As They Tackle “Shocking” Lack Of Diversity In UK

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Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Working Title co-chief Eric Fellner lamented the “shocking” lack of diversity on UK sets at the launch event for a new school aimed at boosting skills and diversity within the local film and TV industries.

Heyman and fellow London Screen Academy founders Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon, and producer Lisa Bryer (The Last King of Scotland) are the driving forces behind the government-backed vocational school, which will teach 16- to 19-year-olds practical screen industry skills.

“The need for more highly skilled workers and more diversity in the UK industry is pressing in many ways,” Heyman told us. “I think the lack of diversity you see on so many film sets is shocking. This isn’t a change that can happen overnight, but we need change from top to bottom: ethnic, social and gender. The
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Eon, Working Title, and Heyday Launch London School Specializing in Industry Skills

  • Variety
Some of the biggest names in U.K. film and TV have launched the London Screen Academy. The free school for 16-to-19 year-olds in the English capital will train a new generation of industry professionals. The launch comes as U.K. film and TV boom, but the British Film Institute has warned of a skills shortage.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson from “James Bond” producer Eon Prods., Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title, Heyday Films’ founder David Heyman, and “The Last King of Scotland” producer Lisa Bryer are among the Lsa founders.

They came up with the idea and have played an integral part in creating the curriculum. Under the free school system in the U.K., the department of education will fund the school, which will not charge students any fees.

The Lsa founders want to turn out students who are ready to step straight into
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Working Title, Heyday & Eon Launch London Film & TV School

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Working Title, Harry Potter producer David Heyman, Bond producers Eon and The Last King of Scotland producer Lisa Bryer officially launched the London Screen Academy, their government-backed film and TV-oriented free school for 16-19 year-olds, at an event in North London this morning.

The Islington-based school, which is due to open in autumn 2019, is being set up in a bid to improve skills and diversity within the UK film and TV arenas. It will offer a vocational curriculum including behind the camera skills and teaching from industry professionals, many of whom have worked with the founders.

Classes will range from writing to production design, hair and makeup to VFX. Training in games and Vr/Ar will be part of a future offering, the founders have said. The school is expected to include a film production studio, workshops, a film theater and a rooftop courtyard with views over London.

In its
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Oscar flashback: Playing a politician is a great way to get elected Best Actor

Oscar flashback: Playing a politician is a great way to get elected Best Actor
In the 90 years of the Oscars, 11 leading men have earned nominations for portraying real-life politicians and five have won an Academy Award for their efforts. This year, a past Oscar winner and Oscar nominee will vie to join this distinguished group of actors. Christian Bale, who won an Oscar for playing a real-life fellow in “The Fighter,” takes on the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice.” And Hugh Jackman, who reaped a bid for the musical “Les Miserables,” headlines Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner” as U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart.

The first performer to earn a Best Actor nomination for portraying a real-life politician was George Arliss, honored for his turn as former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli” (1929). Arliss, who was also nominated in Best Actor for his performance in “The Green Goddess,” emerged triumphant for “Disraeli.”

In the following decade,
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Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie helped re-write Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Chris Weitz, Christopher McQuarrie, and a number of others all helped to re-write Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It’s been common knowledge that Rogue One wasn’t written by a single person, that a number of scriptwriters had a go at the screenplay. But the extent of the re-writes and just how many people had a crack at Rogue One has now been revealed in full by Chris Weitz.

Speaking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via ComicBook.com), Weitz talked about how he, Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie, and a number of others worked on the screenplay:

Gary Whitta did the first draft and then I came in and did a couple of drafts and then after me came Tony Gilroy, Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Burns, I believe David Arndt had some notes on it, and then Tony Gilroy came back on again. And it’s astonishing to me that,
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DNA Films, Passion Pictures Team for Doc on Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

  • Variety
DNA Films and Passion Pictures are partnering for a feature-length documentary about legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, the two companies announced Tuesday. The British production companies, whose credits include Oscar-winning narrative features “The Last King of Scotland” and “Ex Machina” and Oscar-winning documentaries “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugarman,” will co-produce the new project, which is directed by the soccer legend’s son, Jason Ferguson.

The documentary will have exclusive and unrestricted access to Alex Ferguson, his family and friends, offering fans a deeply personal and revealing account of Ferguson’s life from his working-class roots in Glasgow through to his 26-year tenure as the longest-serving manager of world-renowned British soccer team Manchester United. It is scheduled to begin production in October.

“I don’t see this as a [soccer] film,” said Jason Ferguson. “What really appeals to me is to approach the story from a uniquely intimate
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'Trainspotting' Producers Plotting Doc on Manchester United Icon Alex Ferguson

'Trainspotting' Producers Plotting Doc on Manchester United Icon Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager and one of the most successful and well-known figures in the history of soccer, is getting the documentary treatment. 

DNA Films, the multi-award-winning banner behind the likes of Trainspotting, The Last King of Scotland and Ex Machina, is teaming with documentary specialists Passion Pictures, which picked up Oscars for One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man, on the as-yet-untitled film. The doc is set to be directed by Alex Ferguson's son, Jason Ferguson. The news was announced Tuesday by producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, for DNA, and John Battsek, for Passion ...
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An opening crawl was originally planned for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Disney launches its Star Wars Anthology films back in 2016 with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which did away with several Saga traditions, including the Episode title numbering, the John Williams score, and the opening crawl.

However, original screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed to ThatHashtagShow that an opening crawl was initially planned, although he was in favour of the decision to drop it it:

“I did write a crawl, and I remember thinking it was neat that it was the same number of words as the one in A New Hope. This was before the (correct) decision not to have opening crawls for the standalones.”

Do you agree with Whitta that it was the correct decision for Rogue One not to have an opening crawl, or is this something you’d have liked to have seen on all Star Wars movies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

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Doc Corner: Musical Chairs with Whitney, Elvis and Ryuichi Sakamoto

By Glenn Dunks

We’re playing a bit of catch up this week in the lead up to the hectic fall festival and award season. Nathaniel already looked at a bunch of recent indies and mainstream blockbusters. Now it’s my time to look at a trio of recent documentaries all about musicians: Whitney, The King, and Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda.

Why can’t we get a documentary about the one and only Whitney Houston that truly works? Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney follows on a year after Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s Whitney: Can I Be Me, an appalling film that Whitney easily supplants if only by default. Macdonald, an Academy Award-winner for One Day in September brings a glossy sheen to Whitney that was missing in that earlier title, but it still falls short of giving Houston the treatment she deserves.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer originally pitched Darth Vader “slaughtering” Rebels on Scarif

Gary Whitta, one of the writers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has revealed that his original pitch was for Darth Vader’s big scene to be located on Scarif.

There is no denying that Darth Vader’s corridor scene where he mows his way through Rebels in an attempt to retrieve the stolen Death Star plans is one of the film’s most memorable sequences.

But this fan-favourite moment wasn’t what Rogue One writer Gary Whitta originally had in mind. Taking to Twitter, Whitta has revealed that he originally pitched a scene where Vader arrived on the ground at Scarif and engaged in an action-packed scene where he battled Rebels.

“The version I pitched (but never wrote) had Vader on the Scarif beach single-handedly slaughtering his way through a Rebel blockade at the base of the Imperial tower. The version in the Raddus hallway works much better because it’s so contained,
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Movie Review – Whitney (2018)

Whitney, 2018.

Directed by Kevin MacDonald.

Synopsis:

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Before her death in 2012, Whitney Houston had become a punchline to a bad joke and her career had nose-dived after years of drugs and tabloid scandals. Her phenomenal voice had been forgotten. Following her death, people seemed to remember the huge talent that she had and her diverse career. In this intimate documentary by Kevin MacDonald he takes us on a journey from her humble upbringing to mega stardom and the fall from the top.

No dark aspect of Houston’s life is left off the table during the 2 hour run time. Told via archive footage and interviews with family, friends and colleagues they give an overview of Houston’s sheltered life away from the ghettos of Newark and her Mother’s desire to have Houston become a star – something she was never able to achieve.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Whitney’ Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald Partnering With Docsville

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, “Whitney” filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is partnering with Docsville, “Marfa Girl 2” is getting distribution, and a Dave Gurney mystery series is heading into development.

Partnerships

Documentary streaming service Docsville has signed a partnership with “Whitney” filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, Variety has learned exclusively.

Macdonald’s credits include “Touching the Void,” “One Day in September,” “The Last King of Scotland,” the thriller “State of Play,” “How I Live Now,” and the upcoming Whitney Houston documentary “Whitney,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

He won an Academy Award for best documentary in 2000 for “One Day in September,” working with Docsville co-founder Nick Fraser on the film.

“It’s been a joy to work with Kevin over many years, from our collaboration on ‘One Day in September’ up until our most recent efforts with Docsville,” Fraser said. “Having such a talented director on board will surely
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Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ Gets A UK Release Date & New Poster

The UK release date for Room and Frank filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson’s next film The Little Stranger has been revealed, along with a new poster. The street date for the film, which is based on Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, will be the 21st September 2018. We also have a brand new poster for the feature.

Having watched the film, Sarah Waters commented:

“The moment The Little Stranger finished, I wanted to watch it again. The product of a perfect combination of things – genius direction, a great script, masterly acting, lush cinematography – it’s a complex, poignant, terrifically unsettling film. I couldn’t wish for a better adaptation of the novel.”

The film stars Domhnall Gleeson (Brooklyn) as Dr Faraday; Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Caroline Ayres; BAFTA winner Will Poulter (The Revenant) as Roderick Ayres; and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) as Mrs Ayres.

The Little Stranger is
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'Whitney' Director Kevin Macdonald Teaming With U.K.'s Channel 4 on Lockerbie Bombing Drama (Exclusive)

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, whose latest film Whitney bowed in Cannes to critical acclaim, has teamed up with British network Channel 4 on a drama series based around the 1988 Lockerbie, Scotland, bombing and the alleged conspiracy around it, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The filmmaker — whose credits include The Last King of Scotland and the Academy Award-winning documentary One Day in September, about the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics — has been working on a project about the terrorist attack for some time alongside playwright David Harrower.

Last year, it was reported that the project would be a ...
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Whitney’ Documentary

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Whitney’ Documentary
“Whitney” is the second documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston to come along in a year, and it’s also the second one that’s entrancingly well-done. Here’s the thing about Whitney Houston: She was so incandescent that if you sat through nine documentaries about her, you’d probably experience, each time, what I did during the early scenes of “Whitney” — the hope that somehow, this time, the beautiful enraptured young singer in front of you will find a way to defeat her demons, that they won’t drag her down, that the story will turn out different.

Because surely, it’s one of the most tragic — and, its way, inexplicable — downfalls in the history of American show business. Cocaine addiction, of course, is an insidious monster, but Houston, even after rehab, kept returning to it, as if she wanted to destroy herself. To see her life story is always,
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2018: Full line-up of events

This year’s programme will focus on Brexit and Inclusion Riders.

The UK Film Centre has announced its full line-up of events and talks for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s programme includes Brexit briefing, a discussion on the UK film sector’s European partnerships; How to Budget the Inclusion Rider with speakers including Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen; and a series of Talent Talks with filmakers whose work is screening at the festival.

UK Film Centre partners include the British Film Institute (BFI), British Council, British Film Commission (Bfc), Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset, Film Export UK, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen.
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