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Emma Thompson Co-Writing and Directing “Nanny McPhee” Stage Musical

Thompson in “Nanny McPhee”

Emma Thompson is stepping into the director’s chair. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Oscar winner will helm and co-write a stage musical adaptation of 2005’s “Nanny McPhee.” The family film, which Thompson wrote and toplined, follows the Brown siblings, mischievous children whose behavior slowly improves with the help of a magical nanny.

Thompson will write the musical’s book and lyrics with singer-songwriter Gary Clark, but is not expected to reprise the role of Nanny McPhee. The production has already had a workshop, with a second planned for later in 2018. No official premiere date for “Nanny McPhee” has been announced yet, but we’ll most likely have to wait at least a year for its West End debut.

This is not Thompson’s first foray into theater: she’s acted in “Short Vehicle,” “Me and My Girl,” “King Lear,” and “Sweeney Todd.” She penned “Short Vehicle” as well.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in Drama ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in Drama ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’
Maggie Gyllenhaal has come on board to star in and produce the independent drama “The Kindergarten Teacher,[/link]” with filming starting on July 10 in New York.

Maven Pictures is producing the film, based on Nadav Lapid’s Israeli film of the same name. Producers on the film are Maven Pictures co-founders Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray, Gyllenhaal, and Talia Kleinhendler.

Sara Colangelo is directing from her own adapted screenplay. Jenny Halper brought the project to Maven.

The story centers on a kindergarten teacher who grows more and more numb each day she remains stuck in her mundane Staten Island life. When she discovers what may be a prodigious five-year old poet in her class, she becomes obsessed with the child and his talent — risking her career, family, and freedom.

Gyllenhaal received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “Crazy Heart.
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Rachel Weisz in Second Trailer for Romantic Thriller 'My Cousin Rachel'

"Don't close the door, I cannot be alone with you." Fox Searchlight has debuted a second trailer for the new romantic thriller My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz in a period piece based on Daphne Du Maurier's novel of the same name. Weisz plays the alluring cousin of a young Englishman, who falls for her as he attempts to seek revenge on her for supposedly murdering his guardian. Sam Claflin co-stars, along with Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Friar. There's some impressive cinematography in this, thanks to Dp Mike Eley (Nanny McPhee Returns), but as for the rest of it I'm not sure if it's for me. There is a great deal of sexual tension and confusion and all that good stuff. Take a peek. Here's the second official trailer for Roger Michell's My Cousin Rachel, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the
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Our Kind of Traitor movie review: ordinary everyday spies

Smartly elegant; the fantastic cast makes it worth your time. But it does feel as if it belongs on the small screen spread across six or eight hours. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

A holiday in Morocco doesn’t seem to be working to respark the romance between mild-mannered professor Perry (Ewan McGregor: Jane Got a Gun) and high-powered lawyer Gail (Naomie Harris: Spectre), but maybe a bit of international intrigue will do the trick? Perhaps it’s rather implausible that Russian mobster Dima (Stellan Skarsgård: Avengers: Age of Ultron) would recruit Perry to act as a go-between for him with MI6 — Dima wants to defect and bring a crapload of info about shady dealings in London’s financial centers — but it’s just plausible
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Ewan McGregor makes his claim for the James Bond role in thrilling John le Carré adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor...

Within the first few scenes of the new John le Carré-inspired espionage thriller Our Kind Of Traitor, Ewan McGregor is rejected by incumbent Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), befriends a Russian gangster, and winds up chatting to an exotic seductress at a snazzy mafia party. Some called Bastille Day Idris Elba’s Bond audition tape, but this 007 application from Mr McGregor is much more blatant.

The good news, since two hours of Bond-aping could get boring, is that this isn’t what the film is all about. McGregor’s character Perry isn’t actually suave, sophisticated or even a spy. He’s a teacher who’s merely stumbled into this world by accident. It’s a neat starting point for an unpredictable narrative, which serves up plenty of
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Miss peregrine trailer unleashed!

Miss peregrine trailer unleashed!
We’re all peculiar here, no? Well, maybe not as peculiar as some of Miss Peregrine’s menagerie of children. But we’re Monster Kids at heart.

So, having reveled in Ransom Riggs’ best-selling trilogy of Peculiar novels, I’m beside myself in anticipation of the film adaptation of the first in the series, Miss Peregrine’S Home For Peculiar Children. The talent involved is more than enough for hopefulness! It’s got Tim Burton at the helm! And it stars one of the best character actresses of our time, Eva Green, playing a particular movie-star-beautiful version of the titular Miss Peregrine, along with Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Nanny McPhee Returns), Kim Dickens (Fear The Walking Dead, Hollow Man), six-time Emmy winner Allison Janney, Oscar winner Judi Dench and workhorse Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Robocop, 1408, practically everything else filmed in the last three decades). That’s a lotta onscreen talent!
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Chastain To Play Sitting Bull's Friend

Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star in the 19th century America-set drama "Woman Walks Ahead" for Im Global and Black Bicycle Entertainment.

Chastain will portray Caroline Weldon, a woman who moved from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull keep the land for his people.

Weldon penned letters to the federal government on behalf of Sitting Bull and lived on the land for several years with her son.

Susanna White ("Nanny McPhee Returns," "Generation Kill") will direct from a script by Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises," "Peaky Blinders"). Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Rick Solomon and Erika Olde will produce.

Source: Variety
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Jessica Chastain to Star in Sitting Bull Movie ‘Woman Walks Ahead’

Jessica Chastain to Star in Sitting Bull Movie ‘Woman Walks Ahead’
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star as an adviser to Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull in 19th Century drama “Woman Walks Ahead.”

Im Global will begin selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is handling domestic rights.

Susanna White, who directed “Generation Kill” and “Nanny McPhee Returns,” is on board to direct from a script by Steven Knight. Producers are Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Rick Solomon and Erika Olde.

Black Bicycle Entertainment is financing the project. Production companies are Zwick-Herskovitz’s banner Bedford Falls along with Black Bicycle.

Chastain will portray Caroline Weldon, who moved from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull keep the land for his people. Weldon wrote letters to the federal government on behalf of Sitting Bull and lived on the land for several years with her son.

Chastain was most recently seen in “The Martian” and “Crimson Peak.
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Jessica Chastain Eyed To Topline Native American Picture Woman Walking Ahead

The Martian and A Most Violent Year star Jessica Chastain has opened negotiations to topline upcoming Native American feature film, Woman Walking Ahead.

Deadline has the scoop, reporting that the Oscar-nominated actress is circling the role of Catherine Weldon, a real-life Brooklyn artist and activist who marched resolutely to the Standing Rock Reservation in the late 19th century to express solidarity with Sitting Bull, a “Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies.” At the time, Dakota Territory was the topic of heated debate between the government and the tribal resistance. However, despite her best intentions, Weldon was ironically banished from the camp, and the Standing Rock people were pushed into signing away their land.

Lambasted by the American press, Weldon was referred to as “Sitting Bull’s white squaw,” though Chastain’s character stood firm in the face of adversary.
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'Avengers 2': How Did They Bring Vision to Life? | Exclusive

Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced fans to several new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but perhaps none were more unique than Vision. After portraying the voice of Tony Stark's A.I. assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. for years, Paul Bettany finally got a chance to shine in front of the camera, coming to life before our very eyes as Vision. Ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron's debut on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had a chance to speak with prosthetics supervisor Nik Williams, who helped bring Vision to life, designing the intricate makeup that Paul Bettany wore on set.

Nik Williams first got his start in animatronics, working on Little Shop of Horrors, How to Get Ahead in Advertising and Frankenstein throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He started working in prosthetics in the 2000s on Stardust, Eastern Promises and Ninja Assassin, while serving as
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Asa Butterfield Joins 'Out of This World'

Asa Butterfield Joins 'Out of This World'
Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield has signed on to star in the sci-fi adventure Out of This World for Relativity Media. Relativity Studios is behind the project, which has Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) set to direct. The story begins with a billionaire entrepreneur's mission to colonize Mars, which results in a female astronaut becoming pregnant on the planet.

The astronaut died during childbirth, but her infant son was raised in secrecy on Mars. 16 years later, after returning to Earth, the teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) enlists the help of a mission specialist and connects with a young woman he has been communicating with. They both set off on a road trip across America to find the father he never knew.

Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma) wrote the original screenplay, with Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay (Hector and the Search for Happiness) providing the most recent revisions.
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Emma Thompson To Receive The Richard Harris Award At 2014 ‘BIFAs’

We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.

The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.

Here’s the full release.

London, Wednesday 19th November – The recipient of The Richard Harris Award was announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Emma Thompson will receive The Richard Harris Award at the ceremony on Sunday 7th December at Old Billingsgate.
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Jeffrey Katzenberg to Headline London Film Festival Industry Program

Jeffrey Katzenberg to Headline London Film Festival Industry Program
London — Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, will headline the industry events program at the BFI London Film Festival in a keynote conversation with fest director Clare Stewart.

Another onstage interview in the program will be with director Stephen Frears, who will be joined by Scott Foundas, chief film critic of Variety, and one of the festival’s Official Competition jurors. They will discuss Frears’ career and approach to directing. The event is presented in association with Variety.

Other interviewees include Bruna Papandrea, producer of “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, and executive producer of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” and British filmmaker Peter Strickland, who has two films in the festival, “Bjork Live: Biophilia” and “The Duke of Burgundy,” and will be joined by his “Biophilia” co-director Nick Fenton.

The festival will bring filmmakers and industry delegates together for a series of debates.

A roundtable session hosted by Ed Vaizey, minister
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Screen, British Council to present Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

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Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry
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Screen to present UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

  • ScreenDaily
Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry
See full article at ScreenDaily »

British cinema celebrated with new bank of film trivia to coincide with the 58th BFI London Film Festival

Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.

“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”

A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia…
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Asa Butterfield Eyes 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'

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Asa Butterfield Eyes 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'
With Eva Green already set to play the title character in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield is circling a pivotal role. The actor doesn't have an official offer at this time, but The Wrap reveals that he is director Tim Burton's choice for the role.

If his deal comes together, Asa Butterfield will play 16-year-old Jacob Portman. Jacob goes on a quest to seek the truth about his grandfather's past, after he is murdered by a "hollow," an evil creature that Jacob only thought to be imaginary. He meets up with a young girl named Emma, who has the ability to control fire, and introduces Jacob to Miss Peregrine and other children with extraordinary abilities.

Tim Burton is directing from an adapted script by Jane Goldman, based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. Shooting is scheduled to begin in February, with 20th
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Asa Butterfield May Unite With Tim Burton For Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Tim Burton’s pending adaptation for 20th Century Fox, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, may have found its lead in Ender’s Game star, Asa Butterfield. According to The Wrap, the actor is being strongly considered for the lead role:

While Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he’s Burton’s choice for the coveted role.

Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, the film has already snagged Eva Green (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) for the titular role. If Butterfield bags the part, he’ll play 16-year old Jacob Portman, “who seeks the truth about his grandfather’s past after he’s murdered by a “hollow,” a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. He quickly meets a young girl named Emma who can control fire, and via a time loop, she
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass Begins Production; New Cast & Plot Details

The sequel to Alice in Wonderland has started filming in England; the sequel will be directed by James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted, a lot of Ali G stuff), and is officially called Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. The first Wonderland excursion took in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, so I’m surprised it took this long.

As per the press release, Through the Looking Glass “revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.” The confirmed new cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans. The returning cast includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and voice performances by Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall.

Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the full cast and who they’re playing. Alice in Wonderland:
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