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Sally Hawkins Executive Producing Psychological Thriller ‘Cordelia’ (Exclusive)

Sally Hawkins Executive Producing Psychological Thriller ‘Cordelia’ (Exclusive)
Sally Hawkins, the Oscar-nominated star of “The Shape of Water,” will take her first executive producer role, on “Cordelia,” a psychological thriller about a young woman who is haunted by past events and who starts to unravel when left alone in her apartment.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes (“Lead Balloon”) stars as Cordelia. She co-wrote the screenplay for the movie with Adrian Shergold (“Funny Cow”), who directs.

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), Catherine McCormack (“28 Weeks Later”), and actor and musician Johnny Flynn (“Genius”) round out the cast. Georgina Lowe (“Mr Turner”) will exec produce alongside Golden Globe-winning Hawkins.

The titular Cordelia lives with her twin sister, Caroline, and Caroline’s new boyfriend, Matt, in a basement flat in one of the less salubrious parts of London. She is trying to cope with them, a stalker, and neighbors including a mysterious cellist and an eccentric old man, Mr. Moses (Gambon).

More than a decade earlier,
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Timothy Spall, Vanessa Redgrave’s ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ Wraps Filming, New Image Released (Exclusive)

Timothy Spall, Vanessa Redgrave’s ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ Wraps Filming, New Image Released (Exclusive)
Mrs Lowry & Son,” which centers on the relationship between one of Britain’s leading artists and his mother, has wrapped filming after shooting on location in Manchester, England. Variety has been given an exclusive image of the movie’s stars, Timothy Spall, as L.S. Lowry, and Vanessa Redgrave, as his overbearing mother, who doubts his ability but remains a driving factor in his desire to forge a successful career as a painter. The Little Film Company is handling international sales at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Lowry became well-known worldwide for his depictions of 20th-century industrial life in the North-West of England.

The screenplay is by Martyn Hesford, who wrote the original play on which the movie is based, focusing on the period of Lowry’s life when he balanced caring for his bed-ridden mother with working as a rent collector and attempting to receive merit for his paintings.

“Mrs Lowry & Son” is directed by Adrian Noble, former
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’28 Weeks Later’ Director To Helm Disney’s Live-Action ‘Sword in the Stone’

In Disney’s never-ending quest to reboot their animated films in live-action, they’ve now moved onto a live-action The Sword in the Stone remake. The retelling of the story of King Arthur is moving ahead at the House of Mouse, and the film just knighted its director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the filmmaker behind the horror sequel 28 Weeks Later. Sooner […]

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'28 Weeks Later' Director to Helm Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Remake

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Even though audiences didn't turn up for last year's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Disney is moving forward with its own take on the Medieval icon. In fact, it's a take they've done before, as the studio's project in development is a live-action remake of their 1963 animated feature The Sword in the Stone. Find out the latest, including news of who is directing the fantasy film, below.  Who is directing the movie? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has tapped Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known for helming the zombie movie sequel 28 Weeks Later and the 2011 horror fantasy Intruders. His hire is being seen as a hint of the studio's interest in a darker take on the story of young Arthur.  But isn't the...

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Disney Eyes Director for Live-Action ‘Sword in the Stone’ Remake

Disney is in talks with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm its live-action reimagining of the 1963 animated movie “The Sword in the Stone.”

Fresnadillo, a native of Spain, directed 2002’s “Intacto” as his first full-length feature, followed by the 2006 zombie thriller “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later.” He also directed the 2011 horror movie “Intruders,” starring Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl.

The Sword in the Stone” has been in development at Disney since 2015 when “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman was attached to write the script with Brigham Taylor producing. Louie Provost is overseeing “The Sword in the Stone” for the studio.

The original movie was based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, in which a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur became king after removing a sword from an anvil in London. It was a box office success with $22 million on a $3 million budget. It was also
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The Sword In The Stone Live-Action Remake Now Has A Director

The Sword in the Stone live-action remake just got a director, and it's looking like this film may have a much darker tone than the original animated Disney film. THR reports director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has gotten the job, and will take on the script written by Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman

If the name of the director isn't ringing any bells, perhaps you'll remember him from his film 28 Weeks Later. Now, we're not expecting Disney to let Fresnadillo go quite as dark as he's capable of with this film, but the casting certainly indicates they're not looking to do a live-action shot for shot recreation of the original film. Beyond the zombie film, Fresnadillo has also directed episodes of Falling Water and Salvation, which definitely show Disney has a different vision for this film. 

How do you feel about a darker Sword in the Stone? I'll be
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Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)

Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, perhaps best known for directing the zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later, is in negotiations to helm The Sword in the Stone, Disney's live-action reimagining of the studio's 1963 animated fantasy.

Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, wrote the script for the project, which is being produced by Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book).

Stone was the final movie released by the studio before Walt Disney’s death; it takes a lighthearted and musical view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin.

It was loosely based on T.H....
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Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Set for ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’

Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Set for ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’
Leading British actors Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave will head the cast of “Mrs. Lowry & Son.” The film examines the relationship between early 20th century British painter L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth.

To be directed by Adrain Noble, former head of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the film will shoot from mid-January in Greater Manchester and London. Production is by Geniuses Pictures in association with Moya Productions and Ipg Media in Australia. International sales are being handled by Robbie Little for The Little Film Company.

Known for his unique depictions of the industrial northwest of England, Lowry lived all his life with an overbearing, bedridden and depressed mother. He spent his days as a rent collector and his evenings at art classes, undeterred by his antagonistic mother’s criticism.

The screenplay is by Martyn Hesford (“Fantabulosa!”), adapted from his stage play of the same name. The producer is Debbie Gray (“Northern Soul,” “Maxine Peak as Hamlet,
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Dredd Remake Was Possible Because Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd Failed

While promoting "Dredd," writer Alex Garland spoke about the movie, revealing that it would not have been possible unless the Sylvester Stallone version didn't fail at the box office. "[That] made it possible for us to get the license, because if it had been a smash hit, we couldn't have made our film," he explained, adding: "We were in post-production on 'Sunshine' and in pre-production on '28 Weeks Later,' and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] said, 'I think we can get the rights to 'Dredd,' because nobody wants them and nobody realizes how good a license it is. Do you want to do it?' And I immediately said 'yes.'" Of course these comments now sound funny, since "Dredd" is failing much worse than "Judge Dredd" did. "Dredd" grossed only $6 million this weekend on a $50 million budget, while "Judge Dredd" took in $113 million globally on a $90 million budget.
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Sarah Paulson cast in 'Cupid'

Sarah Paulson cast in 'Cupid'
Sarah Paulson has been tapped as the female lead in ABC's one-hour pilot Cupid, Jeremy Renner will play the lead on ABC's one-hour pilot The Unusuals, while Sharon Lawrence has joined another ABC drama pilot, The Prince of Motor City.

The ABC Studios-produced Cupid is an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy for ABC. It centers on the manic Trevor Hale (Bobby Cannavale), who thinks he is the Roman god of love, Cupid.

Paulson will play Claire Allen, a psychiatrist specializing in affairs of the heart. Paula Marshall played the role in the original.

On the feature side, Paulson next appears opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit. She is repped by ICM and manager Judy Hofflund.

Unusuals, from Sony, is a dramedy set at a New York police precinct. Renner (28 Weeks Later) will play Det. Joe Walsh, who sets out to solve the murder of his ex-partner with the help of his partner (Amber Tamblyn).

Also cast in the pilot are Terry Kinney (Canterbury's Law) as Sgt.

'Shrek the Third' in first at Friday boxoffice

Paramount's Shrek the Third left a big footprint Friday as the DreamWorks Animation film scared up an estimated $38.1 million on its first day of release to easily outdistance its rivals, according to estimates from boxofficemojo.com.

Unspooling in 4,122 theaters, the PG-rated Shrek was the only new wide release this weekend. The DreamWorks Animation tale also garnered just under $1 million in receipts from late Thursday screenings.

Sony Pictures' Spider-Man 3 gave up the top spot as it entered its third week of release, coming in second Friday with an estimated $8 million in receipts. The webslinger's domestic cume stands at $261.3 million.

Among recent holdovers, Fox's 28 Weeks Later claimed third place Friday with an estimated $1.7 million, bringings it's cume to $15.1 after one week.

Paramount's Disturbia continues to perform well in its fifth week of release, bringing in $1.2 million to place fourth. The thriller starring Shia LaBeouf has earned $68.8 million.

In fifth place, Universal's family drama Georgia Rule garnered an estimated $1.1 million.

'Spider-Man 3' still rules boxoffice with $60 mil

With four new wide releases entering the marketplace this weekend, for the most part moviegoers in North America only had eyes for Sony's Spider-Man 3 as everyone's favorite webslinger left theaters with an estimated $60 million on its sophomore frame, off a relatively modest 60% from its staggering record breaking debut of $151.1 million. The third installment based on the Marvel Comics character has racked up a riveting estimate of $242.1 million in 10 days.

On the international stage, the Tobey Maguire starrer pulled in an estimated $85.5 million during the weekend, advancing the cume to $380 million, and combined with domestic for a worldwide boxoffice tally of an amazing $622.1 million for the Sam Raimi-helmed feature.

Of the weekend's new arrivals, 20th Century Fox's 28 Weeks Later, from Fox Atomic, had the best showing. The sci-fi thriller is an apocalyptic sequel to 28 Days Later, a story about a deadly virus that infects London, and easily captured the second spot with a somewhat disappointing estimate of $10 million from 2,303 theaters. The R-rated 28 Weeks, from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and starring Robert Carlyle, opened near the first film's $10.1 million debut, but Days accomplished that feat with just 1,260 theaters.

In a counterprogramming move Universal's Georgia Rule put in its bid for female moviegoers this weekend, but the R-rated drama failed to generate much interest at the boxoffice with a third-place finish and an estimate of a weak $5.9 million from 2,523 sites. Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman star in the Morgan Creek production, which was directed by industry veteran Garry Marshall. As projected, the audience was largely older females.

Holding up nicely in the fourth slot -- thanks to positive word of mouth -- was Paramount's Disturbia, which slipped a meager 18% in its fifth weekend to scare up an estimated $4.8 million. Produced by DreamWorks and Montecito Pictures, the PG-13 film has collected an estimated $66.3 million so far.

Lionsgate's Delta Farce didn't provide much firepower at the boxoffice on its debut this weekend as the comedy marched into the fifth spot with an estimated $3.5 million from 1,931 theaters. Not surprisingly, the PG-13 picture, starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and DJ Qualls and helmed by C.B.

'Spider-Man 3' poised to remain No. 1

Right now, the boxoffice belongs to Spider-Man 3, and after destroying every record in sight with its $151.1 million opening weekend, the webslinger is on track to continue his triumphal march. Given that schools aren't yet out for the summer, the Sony Pictures release lost a little momentum during the week, but it should rebound this weekend.

The previous opening-weekend record holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, dropped 54% in its second weekend back in July, picking up $62.4 million after having bowed to $135.6 million. But even if

Spider-Man dropped 55%, it still would take in $64 million, so it's a safe bet to enjoy another bonanza.

Of the weekend's new arrivals, the one with the best chance of posting a solid number is 20th Century Fox's apocalyptic sequel 28 Weeks Later. Universal Pictures' femme-centric Georgia Rule might give it some competition as it bids for older women, but Lionsgate Films' Delta Farce and The Ex, from MGM and the Weinstein Co., probably are fated to be footnotes in the ongoing story of Spider-Man's boxoffice domination.

28 Weeks is looking to attract some of the same genre fans who rushed to see Spider-Man 3 on opening weekend, so if that segment of the audience has had its fill of Spidey and his assorted nemeses, the ongoing tale of a deadly virus wrecking havoc on London could be just the ticket.

Perrineau to face 'Demons' for CBS

Perrineau to face 'Demons' for CBS
Former Lost cast member Harold Perrineau has sailed to a co-starring role on CBS' drama pilot Demons.

The project, from CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on Gus, an ex-Jesuit priest-psychologist who performs exorcisms. Perrineau will play a priest who has known Gus since seminary and is his confessor, confidante and good friend.

For two seasons, Perrineau co-starred on Lost as single father Michael Dawson who sailed off with his son in the show's Season 2 finale.

There has been talk about Perrineau possibly returning to the Emmy-winning adventure series, but sources said the sides could not reach an agreement.

Perrineau will next be seen in the features 28 Weeks, Gardens of the Night and Your Name Here. He is repped by APA.

Perrineau hits a triple on film side

Perrineau hits a triple on film side
Harold Perrineau, seen regularly on ABC's hit drama Lost, is ramping up his film career. The actor has lined up three film roles in recent weeks, including Fox Atomic's 28 Weeks Later, the follow-up to the hit sci-fi indie 28 Days Later. In the sequel, directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto), Perrineau will play an upbeat American Special Forces pilot who documents and leads to safety the families returning to London after the viral outbreak.

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