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Ralph Fiennes in Talks to Join Mark Strong, Rebecca Hall in ‘The Forgiven’

Ralph Fiennes in Talks to Join Mark Strong, Rebecca Hall in ‘The Forgiven’
Ralph Fiennes is in talks to star alongside Rebecca Hall, Mark Strong and Saïd Taghmaoui in John Michael McDonagh’s “The Forgiven.”

Elizabeth Eves will produce alongside McDonagh through their production company House of Un-American Activities. CAA, which arranged financing, is representing the Us rights, with Imr International handling the foreign rights and introducing the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week.

“The Forgiven” is an adaptation of the novel by Lawrence Osborne that deals with the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of an English couple, their friends and local Moroccans who all converge on a luxurious desert villa during a decadent weekend-long party. Production is slated to commence early next year in Morocco.

Fiennes is known for his roles in the Harry Potter series, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Schindler’s List” and “The English Patient.” He will star in Etan Cohen’s “Holmes and Watson
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Cannes: Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall Tapped for 'The Forgiven'

Cannes: Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall Tapped for 'The Forgiven'
British-Irish helmer John Michael McDonagh is gearing up to work on his next project with Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall and Mark Strong.

On Saturday Imr International announced that Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The English Patient), Hall (Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Christine), Strong (The Kingsman, The Imitation Game) and Said Taghmaoui (La Haine, Wonder Woman) are in talks to star in McDonagh's latest, The Forgiven, an adaptation of the 2012 Lawrence Osborne novel of the same name.

Osborne's novel traces the effects of a tragic accident in the Moroccan desert on an English couple and Moroccan locals who all meet at...
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Fox Searchlight International Promotes Roya Vakili to Svp, Marketing

  • The Wrap
Fox Searchlight Pictures International has promoted Roya Vakili to Senior Vice President Marketing, its president Rebecca Kearey announced today.

Vakili was previously Vice President.

Since joining Searchlight in 2006, Vakili has managed all international marketing functions, working across the entire Searchlight slate, including the recent international campaigns for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,”(international box office of $103 million and still in theaters) and “The Shape of Water” (international box office of $131 million and still in theaters).

Also Read: Fox Searchlight Promotes Executives Katie Goodson-Thomas, Taylor Friedman

“Roya has helped to build the campaigns for many of our most successful international box office hits,” Kearey said in a statement. “She covers the whole gamut of marketing for our films, and her consummate creativity has made her an invaluable member of our team.”

Prior to joining Fox Searchlight Pictures, Vakili was the promotions director for two Clear Channel Washington D.C. radio stations, and also worked for Ubisoft Entertainment in San Francisco as an international product manager. She has an Mba from Pepperdine University and an Mfa from the Producers Program at UCLA. During her time at Searchlight, she has worked on the international marketing campaigns for many of the studio’s most successful films, including “Black Swan,” “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “The Descendants” and “Juno.”

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Ralph Fiennes to star in Chris Addison comedy 'Hallelujah'

Ralph Fiennes to star in Chris Addison comedy 'Hallelujah'
Altitude acquires international rights to the film, which is due to shoot in early 2019.

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) will star in comedy Hallelujah for director Chris Addison (The Thick Of It).

Altitude Films Sales has acquired international rights to the project, which will be introduced to buyers in Cannes. Altitude’s distribution arm will release the film in the UK and Ireland. Lorton Entertainment will co-finance and co-distribute the film.

Andrew Eaton (The Crown) and Gina Carter (Yardie) are producing the project, with shooting due to get underway in early 2019.

Jon Croker and Nicholas Adams wrote the screenplay,
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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 138 – The Films of Wes Anderson

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we’re going through the filmography of director Wes Anderson. We go through each of his films chronologically--Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs--and say where they rank on our personal lists of his films and why. We then finish up with a new, John Grisham-themed installment of Recently Watched. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider Podcast below; click here for the previous episode ("Dwayne Johnson and …
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‘A Quiet Place’ to Lead Box Office, ‘Rampage’ Debuts at $32 Million

‘A Quiet Place’ to Lead Box Office, ‘Rampage’ Debuts at $32 Million
Thanks to strong word of mouth, John Krasinski’s horror film “A Quiet Place” is looking to top the box office for the second weekend in a row with $34 million from 3,589 domestic locations.

Just behind the SXSW success story is Warner Bros.-New Line’s “Rampage” with $32 million from 4,101 sites. Friday’s estimates had adjusted the Dwayne Johnson-starrer’s debut to the $27-$32 million range, with earlier tracking forecasting an opening between $35 and $40 million. “Rampage” earned $11.5 million its opening Friday, including $2.4 million from Thursday previews.
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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Opens Strong, Bringing More Good News to Specialty Box Office

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Opens Strong, Bringing More Good News to Specialty Box Office
Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” continues the welcome trend of limited crossovers that includes “Isle of Dogs” and “The Death of Stalin.” This tough New York-set crime film is the best initial performer in the acclaimed Scottish director’s career, with a Joaquin Phoenix performance that’s viewed as some of his best work.

Lean on Pete” from Andrew Haigh, another established British director working in an American setting, had a more modest but credible opening. The business needs a consistent supply of films like these, which can fill top specialized theaters.

Opening

You Were Never Really Here (Amazon) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Cannes 2017, Sundance 2018

$129,911 in 3 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $43,304

Ramsay’s acclaimed drama stars Phoenix as a tortured soul rescuing young girls from sex slavery. Similar to her earlier “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” this is tough material, told in unflinching form centered on stark,
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The Secret Weapon on ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘Isle of Dogs’: Production Designer Adam Stockhausen

The Secret Weapon on ‘Ready Player One’ and  ‘Isle of Dogs’: Production Designer Adam Stockhausen
For Adam Stockhausen, it was a wild ride doing back-to-back world building on Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” and Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” It was not only the production designer’s first foray into stop-motion and CG animation, but he also got to incorporate a cornucopia of cinematic references: ’60s Japanese movies for Anderson, and ’80s classics for Spielberg.

However, while the analog-driven “Isle of Dogs” was low-tech with puppets and scaled sets, “Ready Player One” offered cutting-edge digital tech for the eye-popping Vr gaming world of Oasis. Yet both had to be built from scratch, piece by piece, and both started off with traditional sketching and concept art before intertwining with their respective animation and visual effects teams. The common denominator was: “How do we make this feel real?” said Stockhausen (who won the Oscar for Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” before entering Spielberg’s
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Review

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum | Written by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura | Directed by Wes Anderson

Isle of Dogs? I love dogs, too. There’s something about their wide-eyed inquisitive faces that makes them an ideal fit for Wes Anderson, the modern master of deadpan whimsy. Using stop-motion puppetry techniques (as simultaneously ultra-modern and old-fashioned as the name of his hero, Atari) Anderson crafts an animated odyssey which is wholly original in art design and conception, if not its broader structure.

Anderson and co-writers Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Kunichi Nomura throw in a ton of world-building exposition, but the film is visually compelling and strange enough that it never feels like a drag.

Though the chronology hops about like an excited puppy, the basic story – set twenty years in the future – is that dogs have been outlawed in the Japanese archipelago,
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Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel Begins Production – Brie Larson Stars

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Brie Larson (left) gets hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander (right), on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.”

Photo: Brad Baruh ©Marvel Studios 2019

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay,
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New Captain Marvel Cast Revealed As Production Gets Underway

  • Cinelinx
Production for Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel has begun and with the announcement comes a cast list that may surprise you! Take a look!

For months, we've known that Brie Larson would be making her superhero theatrical debut as Captain Marvel in 2019. We've also known that Jude Law would be playing the Kree counterpart, Mar-Vell. However, as production begins in La, there comes a cast list that includes members of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, as well as an agent that's been out of the films for several years now.

Below is the full cast list, provided by Disney PR:

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,
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Captain Marvel Begins Production! Agent Coulson and Two Guardians of the Galaxy Characters Will Return

Marvel Studios has officially started production on Captain Marvel and we have some cool news details to share! A synopsis has been released for the film and we've also learned that some other characters from previous Marvel films are set to return.

According to the press release sent out Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Coulson, which was awesome to hear! It's also been revealed that two villains from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film will also return. Those characters include Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou. The press release doesn't say who they are playing, but it's safe to say they will be back as the Kree villain Ronan the Accuser and his henchman Korath the Pursuer.

They will join previously cast Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Gemma Chan and Lashana Lynch. Other new cast members include Algenis Perez Soto (Sugar), Rune Temte
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‘Isle of Dogs’: Stream Alexandre Desplat’s Score to Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Film

‘Isle of Dogs’: Stream Alexandre Desplat’s Score to Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Film
Not one to rest on his laurels, Alexandre Desplat is back in theaters mere weeks after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” As fate would have it, his latest score is for the same filmmaker he won his first Oscar for: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” director Wes Anderson, who’s made his second stop-motion film with “Isle of Dogs.” Listen below.

Set in near-future Japan, “Isle of Dogs” follows a group of canines who’ve been exiled by the villainous mayor of fictional Megasaki City, whose anti-dog agenda is rooted in centuries of family history. Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Harvey Keitel all lend their voices to “Isle of Dogs,” which has earned widespread acclaim but also faced
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Roars as Wes Anderson’s Box Office Winning Streak Continues

‘Isle of Dogs’ Roars as Wes Anderson’s Box Office Winning Streak Continues
If there was any doubt about Wes Anderson’s continued draw as a contemporary auteur, “Isle of Dogs” removes them. His latest stop-motion epic boosted the dragging post-Oscar specialty market, opening in 27 theaters in six markets to a massive $1.5 million with a mighty per theater average of $58,000. The result came from a range of upscale theaters, not just core art houses. Fox Searchlight has a breakout.

On its third weekend, IFC’s comedy “The Death of Stalin” continues its strong run with over $1 million. Audiences that were flocking to award season contenders are carrying over to these two new releases. As the rest of the indie pack with more niche appeal play to more routine numbers, these box office breakouts are critical to the health of the specialized film community.

Opening

Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 80, Festivals include: Berlin, South by Southwest 2018

$1,570,000 in 27 theaters; PTA (per theater average):
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Every Film By Wes Anderson Wrapped Up in a Single Honest Trailer

Wes Anderson is one of my favorite filmmakers. I enjoyed the guy's sense of humor and his filmmaking style. I know his film's aren't for everyone, but they bring my happiness and entertainment. Now the Screen Junkies is here to make fun of his films in their recent episode of Honest Trailer thanks to the release of his new film Isle of Dogs.

This one Honest Trailer encompasses all of Wes Anderson's films including Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. FoxThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Darjeeling Limited,  and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Before you see the latest animated feature from your barista's favorite director, relive his meticulous works from the past that made you kind of happy, kind of sad, and kind of unsure

What is your favorite Wes Anderson movie? For me... it's Rushmore.
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Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’…

Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’…
Wes Anderson has never won an Oscar, much to the consternation of many indie film lovers. With six career nominations to his credit, he’s certainly a chief member of the Overdue Auteurs Club. But he could cash in that awards Iou with “Isle of Dogs,” an animated fantasy about a future where Japan has banished pups to a remote island to combat a strain of canine flu. It opens on Friday, March 23. Could the academy finally reward him with a Best Animated Feature win? And how does this latest effort compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of all nine of Anderson’s films ranked from worst to best.

Anderson made his directorial debut with “Bottle Rocket” (1996), released when he was just 27-years-old. He received his first Oscar nomination five years later: Best Original Screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001). He followed that eight
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Review: Isle of Dogs

  • JoBlo
Plot: In hopes of finding his loyal guard dog Spots, a young boy travels to an island inhabited only by the sickly dogs who were banished from their homes in Japan. While on the search, he is helped by a group of one time pets who take pity on the desperate child. Review: Wes Anderson has the knack for crafting uniquely entertaining features like Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.... Read More...
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The 5 Biggest Indie Auteurs at the Box Office: Wes Anderson, PTA, and More

The 5 Biggest Indie Auteurs at the Box Office: Wes Anderson, PTA, and More
Where studio distributors have tentpole titles, specialized releasing has platform princes. These filmmakers are intellectual property: They will never produce blockbusters, at least not in the traditional sense, but their names trigger a passionate, arthouse fanbase eager to devour their work. And in the kingdom ruled by per-theater averages, Wes Anderson is the crown prince.

Dozens of directors have found massive success with a platform release: Clint Eastwood, Darren Aronofsky, Jason Reitman, Tom Hooper, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Richard Linklater, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Other directors to achieve over $100,000 per-theater averages in the last decade include Kevin Smith, Damian Chazelle, Morten Tyldum, Terence Malick, Lee Daniels, Luca Guadagnino, and Barry Jenkins. (Among women, Kathryn Bigelow came closest with “Zero Dark Thirty.”)

However, Anderson is among the few whose work consistently thrives not only in its initial limited release, but also expands to find a larger audience. That’s rare; in my film-buying days,
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‘Isle of Dogs’: How Team Wes Anderson Created a Stop-Motion Love Letter to Japanese Cinema

‘Isle of Dogs’: How Team Wes Anderson Created a Stop-Motion Love Letter to Japanese Cinema
For “Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson created an epic love letter to Japanese cinema of the ’60s wrapped in a canine buddy movie. And like “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” the quirky, detail-oriented director once again embraced the old-school roots of stop-motion animation, luxuriating in its crude, analog charms (the antithesis of Laika’s acclaimed polish).

Isle of Dogs” was conceived by Anderson and his screenwriting collaborators (Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura) as a pack of alpha dogs exiled to a garbage-dump as a result of a political conspiracy in Japan. So they cross-bred the urban milieu of Kurosawa’s “High and Low” with the tech surroundings of “Godzilla.”

The adventure they fashioned involved 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin) and intrepid teenage reporter Tracy (Greta Gerwig) taking on corrupt and intolerant Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura), and rescuing their city and the dogs (voiced by Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray,
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Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best

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Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best
Wes Anderson has never won an Oscar, much to the consternation of many indie film lovers. With six career nominations to his credit, he’s certainly a chief member of the Overdue Auteurs Club. But he could cash in that awards Iou with “Isle of Dogs,” an animated fantasy about a future where Japan has banished pups to a remote island to combat a strain of canine flu. It opens on Friday, March 23. Could the academy finally reward him with a Best Animated Feature win? And how does this latest effort compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of all nine of Anderson’s films ranked from worst to best.

Anderson made his directorial debut with “Bottle Rocket” (1996), released when he was just 27-years-old. He received his first Oscar nomination five years later: Best Original Screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001). He followed that eight
See full article at Gold Derby »
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