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Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’

Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’
2018 is promising to be quite a year for Emily Blunt. The British actress has received some of the best reviews of her career for the film “A Quiet Place,” which is directed by and co-stars her real-life husband John Krasinski (“The Office”). As a pregnant wife who helps to lead her family to safety by trying to outwit alien creatures by not making a sound, Blunt offers a nearly silent performance with acting registering mostly with her face, a bold move that could result in awards attention later in the year.

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And to top that off in December, Blunt will also play the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” paired up with Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as her third go-round with on-screen nemesis Meryl Streep, with whom Blunt co-starred in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Into the Woods.
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Is The J.J. Abrams Produced Film Kolma with Daisy Ridley Actually Cloverfield 5

J.J. Abrams sure does love playing in the world of Cloverfield. He also seems to enjoy surprising us with the Cloverfield film announcements. 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Cloverfield Paradox, and the upcoming Overlord, were all developed as secret Cloverfield projects. Now, another J.J. Abrams-produced film project called Kolma might end up being a fifth Cloverfield film! That film stars Daisy Ridley. It makes me wonder if Star Wars: Episode IX will actually end up being Cloverfield 6!

Kolma is a remake of a 2003 Israeli TV movie. It was described as “a cross between a loftier, more mystical version of The Notebook and Albert Brooks‘ 1991 fantasy romance Defending Your Life, the project follows a young couple who get in a car accident that leaves the man dead. 50 years later, the old woman is about to cross over and make the choice whether to reunite with her long-lost love in the hereafter
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Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award
Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep — twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Chris Messina and Denis Villeneuve take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.

Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.”

As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.

“I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice
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First Look Media Names New Distribution Heads Todd Green and Carrie Lieberman

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First Look Media Names New Distribution Heads Todd Green and Carrie Lieberman
First Look Media, which co-financed the Best Picture Oscar winner “Spotlight” as its first project and helped produce Laura Poitras’ upcoming Julian Assange documentary “Risk,” has hired Todd Green as its Senior Vice President of Content Distribution and Licensing and Carrie Lieberman as Director of Content Distribution and Licensing.

Read More: Cannes: With ‘Risk,’ Laura Poitras Ignites Demand For Julian Assange’s Release

Green and Lieberman will identify and secure distribution partnerships and licensing deals for content produced and acquired by First Look across film, television and short form digital. Green was previously a Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution at the now-defunct Alchemy, prior to which he was a General Manager at Tribeca Film and a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at AMC Networks.

“Todd brings a wealth of experience with a range of distribution deals, partners and models from his extensive time at AMC Networks and Tribeca Film,
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First Look Media to ramp up film efforts

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The company has hired Annie Marter as senior vice-president, feature film, as it seeks to broaden its activities.

First Look Media, who co-financed best picture Oscar-winner Spotlight, also announced it is developing a screenplay from Dirty Wars writer David Riker.

Marter served in executive roles on films like Sunshine Cleaning, Let Me In, Traitor, and The Visitor.

She also produced Transcendence and reports to First Look Media executive vice-president of programming and content Adam Pincus.

The Riker script is based on unpublished reporting by investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, a founding editor of The Intercept, which is dedicated to producing adversarial journalism.

First Look Media is involved in Laura Poitras’ Cannes selection Risk, which Praxis Films produced in association with First Look Media and Field of Vision.
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‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Tangerine,’ and ‘The End of the Tour’ Directors Plan New Features

Add another title to the ever-expanding Bad Robot slate: according to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley will reunite — this time as producer and star, respectively — on Kolma, a remake of the 2003 Israeli picture All I’ve Got and, it seems, the next directorial effort for Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller. While the outline could (and likely will, in some ways) change from one iteration to the next, it’s worth noting that the original incarnation concerned a woman who, reflecting on the accident that left her then-lover dead, is left to choose between joining him in the afterlife or returning to the day of said accident.

Despite the marshaling of forces, including a new draft by scribe Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), word on when production might kick off remains unclear — though one imagines another Abrams-produced, Ridley-led outing will need to wrap before things move forward.
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Ridley, Abrams, Heller Team On "Kolma"

Having starred in his "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," actress Daisy Ridley is continuing her work with filmmaker J.J. Abrams with the pair set to reunite on the fantasy romance drama "Kolma" at Abrams' Bad Robot.

Marielle Heller ("The Diary of a Teenage Girl") will direct and Abrams will produce this remake of the 2003 Israeli telefilm "All I've Got". The story follows a woman who, after losing the love of her young life, finds new love and a family over the next few decades.

When she finally reaches the afterlife, she's given two choices to return to the world of the living: she can either wake up and continue her life as is or she can forget everything since that first love and wake up young again with him.

Megan Holley ("Sunshine Cleaning") penned the most recent draft while Rolin Jones, Karen Moncrieff and Sarah Polley also previously worked on the script.
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Daisy Ridley To Star In Thriller 'Kolma,' Directed By Marielle Heller, And Produced By J.J. Abrams

For a few years now, J.J. Abrams has been trying to get a remake of the 2003 Israeli TV movie, "Kol Ma She'Yesh Li" ("All I've Got") off the ground. Back in 2013, he rounded up Ron Howard to direct, but the version didn't get in front of cameras. But now he's got some new talent to help bring the story to life. "The Diary Of A Teenage Girl" helmer Marielle Heller will direct "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star Daisy Ridley in the fantasy thriller. Megan Holley ("Sunshine Cleaning") has penned the script for "Kolma" that centers on a young, in-love couple who get into a car accident where the man is killed. The woman moves on, marries, has three children, but 50 years later when she faces her own end, she's given the choice of living again as a 22 year-old, or being reunited with her first love. The original movie was
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Daisy Ridley In Talks To Join Kolma For Bad Robot

Bless J.J Abrams, for he delivered to us the glorious Daisy Ridley, when he cast her as the lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With few screen credits to her name, the actress and her co-star John Boyega strolled off into the history books, having successfully re-booted the most legendary film franchise in history. Little wonder then, that Ridley is now reportedly circling another female-led film produced by Abrams and his Bad Robot banner – this one titled Kolma.

The movie is an exciting prospect – not just because Daisy Ridley may star, but also because it will be the second feature length movie from director Marielle Heller, who debuted with The Diary Of A Teenage Girl in 2015. In addition, while Heller is set to work on the script prior to shooting, it is written by Megan Holley, who scripted 2008’s Sunshine Cleaning – which starred Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin.
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X-Men series Legion adds Amber Midthunder

According to Deadline, Amber Midthunder is the latest addition to the cast of FX’s Legion, an upcoming TV series set in the X-Men universe. The actress has joined the project to play Kerry, “a woman of action with a childlike sense of wonder.” The article also describes her as “a true savant,” who has lived a “sheltered, but never dull life.”

Midthunder has several acting credits to her name, including appearances in such films and TV shows as Sunshine Cleaning, Banshee and Longmire.

Legion is one of two X-Men TV shows currently in development; while Legion was ordered by FX, the other series, Hellfire, will be heading to Fox in the near future.

Legion tells the story of X-Men founder Charles Xavier’s mutant son, David Haller. Struggling with mental illness (specifically schizophrenia) since he was a teenager, Haller is ready to give up on “finding his way back to sanity.
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Banshee Actress Amber Midthunder Joins The Cast Of FX's Legion As 'Kerry'

Joining Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Jeremie Harris in FX's Legion will be Amber Midthunder (Banshee, Spare Parts, Sunshine Cleaning) as a character named Kerry. Deadline describes her as “a woman of action with a childlike sense of wonder. A true savant, Kerry has lived a sheltered, but never dull life.” It's possible this Kerry will turn out to be an established Marvel Comics character, but for the time being we'll have to assume she's been created for the show. It's not even clear whether Stevens' take on David Haller will be tied to the X-Men universe or not - let alone Charles Xavier's son as he is in the comics. Legion is set to kick off production early next month, and is expected to premiere on FX sometime during the fall.
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Banshee Actress Amber Midthunder Joins The Cast Of Legion As 'Kerry'

Joining Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Jeremie Harris in FX's Legion will be Amber Midthunder (Banshee, Spare Parts, Sunshine Cleaning) as a character named Kerry. Deadline describes her as “a woman of action with a childlike sense of wonder. A true savant, Kerry has lived a sheltered, but never dull life.” It's possible this Kerry will turn out to be an established Marvel Comics character, but for the time being we'll have to assume she's been created for the show. It's not even clear whether Stevens' take on David Haller will be tied to the X-Men universe or not - let alone Charles Xavier's son as he is in the comics. Legion is set to kick off production early next month, and is expected to premiere on FX sometime during the fall.
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Toronto: Why 'Sicario' Star Emily Blunt Keeps Getting Put On the 'Strong Woman' Short List

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Toronto: Why 'Sicario' Star Emily Blunt Keeps Getting Put On the 'Strong Woman' Short List
Read More: Producers Wanted Emily Blunt's Character in "Sicario" to Be a Man In Hollywood parlance, Emily Blunt has "done it all," from indies like "Sunshine Cleaning" to historical dramas like "The Young Victoria," though her recent roles in films like "Edge of Tomorrow" and the Toronto International Film Festival entry "Sicario" have suddenly shoved her to the top of any and all "short lists" for other action-heavy roles. But just because Blunt knows how to wield a gun and isn't afraid to mix it up with more standard-issue action hero guys doesn't mean that the British actress is ready to make that her entire career. (And don't believe the rumors that's she going to do just that.) In Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario," Blunt plays Kate Macer, a well-meaning FBI agent who is suddenly pulled into a shady operation -- led by Josh Brolin and assisted by Benicio Del Toro
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Oscars news: Emily Blunt goes 'Into the Woods,' Brad Pitt ('Selma') honored by Producers Guild

Oscars news: Emily Blunt goes 'Into the Woods,' Brad Pitt ('Selma') honored by Producers Guild
Anthony Delassandro kicks off this engaging profile of Emily Blunt thus: "As an actress from across the pond, [she] stood the risk of falling into the period film trap. Blunt did period earning a Golden Globe nom for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in 'The Young Victoria' but it’s her gutsiness and rawness that has allowed her to show off her range, playing everything from a stoner in 2008’s 'Sunshine Cleaning' to a gun-wielding militant in last summer’s 'Edge of Tomorrow.' This season, Blunt takes another leap with sublime ease: She shows the world that she can sing as the Baker’s Wife in Disney’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical 'Into the Woods.'" Deadline -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 19 categories Brent Lang reports: “'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' bested all comers at the foreign box office this weekend,
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Cinedigm Promotes Theatrical Acquisition Exec

Multiplatform distributor Cinedigm today promoted Director of Theatrical Releasing Kristin Harris to a newly expanded Senior Director position following the exit of Svp of Theatrical Releasing Vincent Scordino. In her new role, Harris will focus on acquisition titles and will also help develop Cinedigm’s slate of star-driven co-productions with label partners like Great Point, Vmi and Rapid Eye Studios. She’ll report to Yolanda Macias, Evp Acquisitions. Harris has been with Cinedigm since 2011. She previously worked on films including The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Crazies, Sunshine Cleaning, and Law Abiding Citizen while a creative exec at Overture Films. Harris also did stints at Starz Media and Cinema Management Group. At Cinedigm she’s worked on an acquisition slate that includes indies Short Term 12, Open Windows, English Teacher, and The Invisible War.
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Cinedigm reshuffles theatrical acquisitions

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Top brass are restructuring theatrical acquisitions in light of the sudden departure of svp of theatrical releasing Vincent Scordino.

Kristin Harris has been promoted from director to executive director of theatrical releasing to fill the role and will report to evp of acquisitions Yolanda Macias.

Harris will oversee Cinedigm’s growing focus on star-driven co-productions with label partners. She has played pivotal roles in the acquisition of Short Term 12, Open Windows, English Teacher and The Invisible War.

The company declined to comment on the reason behind Scordino’s departure. The executive joined the company in July 2012 from Millennium and had previously served at Apparition and Picturehouse.

“We are delighted to expand Kristin’s critical role within the company,” said Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim.

“She has repeatedly shown a gift for script development – which is proving crucial as we increasingly focus on co-production label partnerships such as Great Point, Vmi and Rapid Eye Studios.

“Our acquisitions
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The Pact II | Review

Murky Contract Part Deux: Hallam & Horvath Continue to Stir a Slushy Cauldron

A vaguely administered narrative continues to plague the concept of what comprises The Pact 2, the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 first film, which had been based on his original short. Directing duo Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath take over the directorial and screenwriting reigns for this revolution. However, despite sharing the title and star of the predecessor, there’s little to significantly link this to the skimpy entrails of the first chapter, itself a film criticized for ambience but faltering in nearly every other department. This latest installment suffers from the same derivative issues, though correctly straddles a menacing tone, while at the same time offering up a committed cast this time around.

June Abbott (Camilla Luddington) is a young woman plagued by nightmares. This should come as no surprise considering her grisly occupation as someone who cleans up crime scenes.
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Big Beach Films Launches TV Division Headed by IFC’s Dan Pasternack (Exclusive)

Big Beach Films, the 10-year-old film production and financing shingle, is launching a TV division to be headed by former IFC exec Dan Pasternack.

The Gotham-based company run by Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub has been behind such pics as “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Sunshine Cleaning” and “Safety Not Guaranteed.”

Saraf said the move into television was a natural at a time when the market for programming is expanding and business models are changing in a way that is creating openings for indie players. The company aims to develop scripted and unscripted projects, including possible adaptations of Big Beach features.

Pasternack will be based in Gotham but will also work closely with Big Beach’s new L.A.-based wing, Beachside, focusing on micro-budget features and digital content.

“It really felt like this is the right time for us to dive in to television in a focused way,” Saraf told Variety.
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Madeleine Stowe Gets Caged For ‘The Runner’

She’s arguably one of the most underrated actresses in recent history, within the ballpark of greatness during the Nineties for The Last Of The Mohicans and Twelve Monkeys. Then Madeleine Stowe faded away a bit and Hollywood lost a strong female presence. She returned to prominence as the apex of small screen bitchiness for Revenge, but I for one couldn’t help wondering if a bigger project was going to come along more worthy of her talents.

With The Runner this could well be her time to shine. Co-starring Nicolas Cage as a love rat congressman, Stowe plays the wife who turns a blind eye to his deceptions with the other firmly on the glory of elected office. Sounds like a case of “been there, done that”, but when the setting involves the Bp oil spill that wrecked the Gulf Coast in 2010 my appetite is whetted, or at least slathered in black gunk.
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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
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