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Ralph Fiennes to Receive European Achievement in World Cinema Honor

Ralph Fiennes to Receive European Achievement in World Cinema Honor
British actor Ralph Fiennes, the star of The Grand Budapest Hotel and The English Patient, the man who played Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise and "M" in James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, will be honored with this year's European Achievement in World Cinema award at the 2018 European Film Awards.

Fiennes had his international breakthrough playing Nazi psychopath Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List in 1993, a role that won him a BAFTA and earned him an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor. His starring performance as the scarred pilot in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient (1996) ...
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‘Colette’ is sure to look good to Oscar voters

‘Colette’ is sure to look good to Oscar voters
The London Film Festival continued on October 11 with Keira Knightley‘s new period drama “Colette” playing to three cinema screens packed full of press. This biopic of the acclaimed writer is set in turn of the century Paris and is directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). It co-stars the terrific Dominic West as Colette’s husband, Willy. Here’s the official synopsis: Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

The film was very well-received here, with many an appreciative laugh heard during the more relevant jokes and topics raised during the film. This period piece is quite relatable to a lot of people today, with the struggle of gender norms a hot button issue. The filmmakers play on that during several scenes. Colette
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‘Suspiria’: Tilda Swinton Personally Requested a Prosthetic Penis to Fully Transform Into Her 82-Year-Old Male Character

‘Suspiria’: Tilda Swinton Personally Requested a Prosthetic Penis to Fully Transform Into Her 82-Year-Old Male Character
The (not-so-kept) secret is out: Tilda Swinton has confirmed she is the actress playing 82-year-old male psychiatrist Dr. Jozef Klemperer in Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria.” For months now, Amazon Studios and “Suspiria” cast and crew have been claiming the character is played by Lutz Ebersdorf, with Swinton even reading a statement on behalf of Ebersdorf at the film’s Venice Film Festival press conference. The actress finally came forward in an interview with The New York Times about Klemperer’s real identity

“Undeniably, I would have to say, for the sheer sake of fun above all,” Swinton replied when asked why she wanted to take on the role. “As my grandmother would have it — a motto to live and die by — ‘Dull Not To.’”

Swinton was transformed into an 82-year-old man with the help of Oscar-winning makeup artist Mark Coulier. The two worked together on Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,
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You're Not Imagining Things; Lucas Hedges Is Everywhere Right Now

We were so thrilled when we heard that Garrard Conley's memoir Boy Erased was getting a big-screen adaptation written and directed by Joel Edgerton. The story follows Jared, a teenager living in a small Arkansas town who is unwillingly outed to his devout Baptist parents and subsequently must attend a gay conversion therapy program through his church. It's a compelling story that's already been getting a ton of buzz, and we have been counting down the days until its Nov. 2 release.

That excitement quadrupled when we heard the power players who would head up the cast. Ever since Nicole Kidman knocked our socks off in Big Little Lies, we've been patiently waiting for more opportunities to see her own the theater. She has been cast as Nancy, Jared's mother, and we can hear the Oscar buzz already. Then, we have New Zealander Russell Crowe depicting Jared's pastor father, Marshall.
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You're Not Imagining Things; Lucas Hedges Is Everywhere Right Now

  • Popsugar
You're Not Imagining Things; Lucas Hedges Is Everywhere Right Now
We were so thrilled when we heard that Garrard Conley's memoir Boy Erased was getting a big-screen adaptation written and directed by Joel Edgerton. The story follows Jared, a teenager living in a small Arkansas town who is unwillingly outed to his devout Baptist parents and subsequently must attend a gay conversion therapy program through his church. It's a compelling story that's already been getting a ton of buzz, and we have been counting down the days until its Nov. 2 release.

That excitement quadrupled when we heard the power players who would head up the cast. Ever since Nicole Kidman knocked our socks off in Big Little Lies, we've been patiently waiting for more opportunities to see her own the theater. She has been cast as Nancy, Jared's mother, and we can hear the Oscar buzz already. Then, we have New Zealander Russell Crowe depicting Jared's pastor father, Marshall.
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Tony Revolori & Jason Mantzoukas in Trailer for 'The Long Dumb Road'

"You're one of the realest people I think I've ever met." The Film Arcade has revealed the first official trailer for indie comedy The Long Dumb Road, which premiered as the Closing Night film at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Tony Revolori (from The Grand Budapest Hotel) as a boy leaving home to drive cross country towards college. He decides to give a ride to a stranger he randomly meets along the way. The two both find themselves at personal crossroads and decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the American Southwest, ending up in all kinds of trouble. Comedian Jason Mantzoukas co-stars as Richard in this, along with Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Grace Gummer, Casey Wilson, Pamela Reed, Ciara Bravo, and Cynthy Wu. It's a fun road trip film, as mildly amusing as it looks here. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster
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Breaking Bad Star Dean Norris Joins Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

We’ve got some more casting news to share with you for Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Breaking Bad star Dean Norris has joined the cast along with Gil Bellows and Lorraine Toussaint.

The film is being directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter) from a script written by Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman and del Toro. Øvredal had this to say about the new cast members:

“Lorraine, Gil and Dean are exceptionally talented actors who also happen to be game for all of the creepy madness that this film entails. We are thrilled to have them aboard our macabre little train.”

The film is based on the wonderfully terrifying book series by Alvin Schwartz and the story will follow “a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.” Specifically
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Additional Cast Members Announced for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Movie Co-Written and Produced by Guillermo del Toro

  • DailyDead
Co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and based on one of the spookiest book trilogies of all time, the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie is now in production. The core cast of young actors for the film was recently revealed, and CBS Films and eOne have now announced an additional trio of actors who will help bring Alvin Schwartz’s creepy prose and Stephen Gammell’s eerie artwork to life on the big screen, including Dean Norris.

Press Release: Los Angeles – September 12, 2018 – CBS Films and eOne announced today that Dean Norris, Gil Bellows and Lorraine Toussaint have joined the cast of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. The film is being directed by André Øvredal. Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman co-wrote the screenplay with Academy Award®-winner Guillermo del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan from the bestselling trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’
Who’s to blame for popularizing reenactments of real-life terrorist attacks? Should we point the finger at “United 93” director Paul Greengrass, or maybe Steven Spielberg’s morally gray “Munich” a year earlier? The entire genre traces back to Gillo Pontecorvo’s game-changing “The Battle of Algiers” in 1966, which challenged our ideas of on-screen realism by posing as a cinema vérité newsreel. Even so, such re-creations didn’t become chic until after 9/11, when action movies in which folks such as Sean Connery and Arnold Schwarzenegger saved the day from terrorist plots gave way to those in which successful attacks became the focus.

There’s little doubt that “Hotel Mumbai” director Anthony Maras has seen all these movies and then some, although what’s not so clear is why he felt compelled to tell the story of the 2008 Mumbai attacks — a series of 12 separate terror incidents that culminated in the bloody siege
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How This Summer Broke Box Office Records by Breaking All the Rules

  • The Wrap
Disney and “Avengers: Infinity War” crushing multiple box office records this summer, headlining the second-most successful hot season ever. Perhaps most surprising is that the wild success spanned from blockbusters to documentaries.

It is thanks to studios that chose to break several of the unspoken rules of film distribution; rules like, “Don’t put a documentary about a political figure in the same month as two Marvel films” or “the summer movie season begins on the first weekend of May.”

We saw from the very start of the season, when Marvel moved “Infinity War” from May 4 to April 27, effectively expanding the summer by a week with a record opening weekend of $257.6 million. Of the $678 million it made domestically, “Avengers” earned $338 million in its first week, practically forcing box office bean counters to include the final days of April to properly gauge Marvel’s impact as the summer blockbuster kings on the season.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Producer Sk Global Hires Fox Exec Xian Li

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, a Fox veteran is hired by “Crazy Rich Asians” producer Sk Global, Garry Pastore will play Albert Anastasia, and Ed Wood’s “Take It Out in Trade” is getting a release.

Executive Hiring

Crazy Rich Asians” producer Sk Global and its Ivanhoe Pictures has hired Fox International Productions executive Xian Li as senior vice president of production.

Li will work alongside the executive teams of Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and will be charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s slate of Asian-focused global film and TV projects.

“After focusing on Asia in the past years, I’m truly inspired by the fascinating creative talents and materials available, and how they differ from the current domestic creative landscape,” Li said. “The success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a strong manifesto that the audience deserves to see more diverse content from Hollywood, and
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Sk Global appoints Xian Li production svp

Executive previously served as director, development and production at Fip.

Busy Sk Global, whose Ivanhoe Pictures label co-produced and co-financed the reigning North American box office champion Crazy Rich Asians, has hired film development and production executive Xian Li as senior vice president, production.

Li will work alongside the executive teams of Sk Global’s two labels, Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and will be charged with enhancing and expanding the slate of Asian-focused, globally minded film and TV projects.

“After focusing on Asia in the past years, I’m truly inspired by the fascinating creative talents and materials available,
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Casting News Revealed For ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

Don’t lie! You know that the classic book “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” absolutely terrified you as a kid, heck, maybe even as an adult too!

CBS Films and eOne announced today that Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn have joined the cast of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. The film is set to be directed by André Øvredal. Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman co-wrote the screenplay with Academy Award®-winner Guillermo del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan from the bestselling trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz. The film is being produced by Guillermo del Toro as well as Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind along with Academy Award®-winner J. Miles Dale and Elizabeth Grave.

Inspired by one of the most terrifying book series of all time, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark follows a group
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Main Cast Announced for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Adaptation Co-Written and Produced by Guillermo del Toro

Co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and based on one of the most spooky book trilogies of all time, the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie now has a full core cast of young actors to bring Alvin Schwartz’s creepy prose and Stephen Gammell’s eerie artwork to life on the big screen:

Press Release: Los Angeles – August 27, 2018 – CBS Films and eOne announced today that Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn have joined the cast of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. The film is set to be directed by André Øvredal. Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman co-wrote the screenplay with Academy Award®-winner Guillermo del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan from the bestselling trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz. The film is being produced by Guillermo del Toro as well as Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of
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Guillermo Del Toro & André Øvredal Set Ensemble Cast For ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

  • Deadline
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the CBS Films/eOne feature adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s Ya novel series, has added Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn to the cast as production commences this week. They join Zoe Colletti in the André Øvredal-directed movie, who Deadline exclusively announced last week.

In Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark a group of horrific deaths have impacted a small town and it’s up to a group of teens to solve them.

“We spent months searching for and assembling the perfect group of actors to help us realize the most terrifying adaptation that we could conceive,” said André Øvredal. Producer and screenwriter Guillermo del Toro agreed, adding, “I am honored
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Ben Is Back Trailer Brings an Emotional Reunion for Julia Roberts

Ben Is Back Trailer Brings an Emotional Reunion for Julia Roberts
For awhile there, it seemed as though Julia Roberts had fallen off the face of the earth. We haven't seen the actress do much in quite a while. Now, she returns in a heartfelt drama that is sure to bring some tears this winter. Today, we have the first teaser trailer for Ben Is Back, and it brings a mother and son reunion between Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.

Ben is Back will have its World Premiere as a special presentation at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. Ld Entertainment, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will then release Ben is Back in theaters December 7, 2018. The movie is written and directed by Peter Hedges, and also features Courtesy B. Vance and Kathryn Newton.

In Ben is Back, 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but
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Wes Anderson Plans Early 2019 Shoot in France for 10th Film

This spring saw the release of Wes Anderson’s ninth feature film and his second stop-motion animation, Isle of Dogs, an ode to Japanese cinema and specifically the films of Akira Kurosawa. For the filmmaker’s follow-up, he looks to be inspired by another country’s cinema: France. The first details are now trickling in for his tenth film, which will begin shooting early next year.

Update: The film will be a musical, Charente Libre reports.

The French publication Sudoest reports that The Grand Budapest Hotel director–who is currently living in France–will embark on a four-month shoot for this new film in the southwest commune of Angoulême this February. The only story detail thus far is that the project will take place just after World War II. Considering the deep influence of the French New Wave on the director’s work, one wonders what he’s conjured up here.
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Alamo Drafthouse Sets ‘Isle of Dogs’ Showings for National Dog Day

  • Variety
The Alamo Drafthouse chain will hold encore screenings of Wes Anderson’s animated “Isle of Dogs” on National Dog Day on Aug. 26, Variety has learned exclusively.

The screenings will be held at 25 locations and will be followed by a conversation recorded exclusively for this event between Anderson and co-star Bob Balaban. Additionally, 10% of all ticket sales for the event will be donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“What a combination: the Aspca, Alamo Drafthouse, and Mr. Bob Balaban,” said Anderson. “I leapt at the chance to be a part of this little shindig and share our movie during its last days on the big screen.”

Isle of Dogs” has grossed nearly $32 million domestically for Fox Searchlight since its launch in March. It’s set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. Besides Balaban, the voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham,
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Edward Norton Is Still Roasting ‘The Incredible Hulk’ 10 Years Later: ‘I Wanted a Better Script’

Edward Norton Is Still Roasting ‘The Incredible Hulk’ 10 Years Later: ‘I Wanted a Better Script’
Iron Man” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, which means it’s been a decade since the Marvel Cinematic Universe first launched with Robert Downey Jr. stepping into the billionaire shoes of Tony Stark. Summer 2008 was a milestone year for superhero cinema with “Iron Man” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” but a third superhero movie opened in between those two titles: “The Incredible Hulk.”

Directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, “The Incredible Hulk” was the second entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike “Iron Man,” however, the release was met with poor reviews and lackluster box office returns. Norton famously fought producers behind the scenes for script and editing changes both during and after production, so much so that he was removed from the role and replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the McU. Ten years later, Norton is still roasting his ill-fated superhero movie.
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Ralph Fiennes joins Terry Gilliam’s next film Mr. Vertigo

While we’re still waiting on a resolution to the saga of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, it seems that Terry Gilliam is turning his attention to his next film as he dusts off another long-gestating project in Mr. Vertigo.

According to The Playlist, Ralph Fiennes has signed on to appear in the film, an adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel of the same name, which Gilliam has been working on since 2011.

The official Amazon description for the book reads:

“A dazzling, picaresque novel set in the late 1920s – the era of Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone. Walter Claireborne Rawley, renowned nationwide as “Walt the Wonder Boy,” is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets by a mysterious Hungarian Jew, Master Yehudi, who teaches Walt to walk on air. Master Yehudi brings Walt into a Kansas circus troupe consisting of Mother Sioux and Aesop, a young black genius.
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