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Ralph Fiennes & Chris Addison Team Up On Comedy-Drama ‘Hallelujah!’ From ‘Rush’, ‘Yardie’ Producers

Exclusive: The Grand Budapest Hotel star Ralph Fiennes is set to flex his comedy muscles again, this time as composer George Frederick Handel in period comedy-drama Hallelujah!, I can reveal. Veep helmer and The Thick Of It star Chris Addison will direct the movie which comes from Rush producer Andrew Eaton and Yardie producer Gina Carter. Jon Croker (The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death) and Nicholas Adams’ (The Boys And Girls From Country Clare) script, set to shoot in…
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This Beautiful Fantastic movie review: this ordinary normal

MaryAnn’s quick take… An ostensible fairy tale of the creative life in London that tries too hard to be eccentric, while also trying too hard to be grounded and realistic. This is one of those idiosyncrasies that you really can’t have both ways. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Bella Brown, orphan of unusual circumstance, is, we are informed, “the oddest of oddballs.” Except she’s not very odd at all. She’s a pretty normal woman with a touch of Ocd, creative aspirations that she can’t seem to bring to fruition, and an inability to get to work on time. (Those might be unusual characteristics for women onscreen, but they are entirely mundane in the real world.
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FilmNation to launch sales on 'The Aeronauts' with Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones (exclusive)

FilmNation to launch sales on 'The Aeronauts' with Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones (exclusive)
Period adventure reunites leads from The Theory Of Everything.

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Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment will launch international sales at the Efm next month on Amazon StudiosThe Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Oscar-winner Redmayne and Jones, his Oscar-nominated co-star in the Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde romance The Theory Of Everything, star in the period adventure as headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy widow Amelia Wren, who mount an expedition to fly higher in an air balloon than anyone has gone before.

Fully aware of the risks, the pair discover things about each other and themselves as they make their perilous ascent.

Mandeville FilmsDavid Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, riding high on the $250m-plus global success of Wonder and 2017 phenomenon Beauty And The Beast, are producing the drama.

Tom Harper, who directed episodes of Peaky Blinders, War & Peace, sci-fi anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon’s Prime Video service
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FilmNation to launch sales 'The Aeronauts' with Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones (exclusive)

FilmNation to launch sales 'The Aeronauts' with Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones (exclusive)
Period adventure reunites leads from The Theory Of Everything.

Source: Wiki Commons

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment will launch international sales at the Efm next month on Amazon StudiosThe Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Oscar-winner Redmayne and Jones, his Oscar-nominated co-star in the Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde romance The Theory Of Everything, star in the period adventure as headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy widow Amelia Wren, who mount an expedition to fly higher in an air balloon than anyone has gone before.

Fully aware of the risks, the pair discover things about each other and themselves as they make their perilous ascent.

Mandeville FilmsDavid Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, riding high on the $250m-plus global success of Wonder and 2017 phenomenon Beauty And The Beast, are producing the drama.

Tom Harper, who directed episodes of Peaky Blinders, War & Peace, sci-fi anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon’s Prime Video service
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eOne acquires TV rights to 'The Rocks'

Mediterranean-set love story is told in reverse

The company announced on Wednesday it has acquired television rights to Peter Nichols’s novel.

BAFTA-nominated Tom Harper (pictured) will direct The Rocks and Laura Eason is attached to adapt the screenplay. Harper’s credits include the War & Peace mini-series and horror feature The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death.

The book was published in 2015 and is a love story told in reverse set on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

The story starts in the present day with the death of an older married couple who fall from a cliff after an argument.

It rewinds through time, following the intertwined lives of the couple and their families over the course of 50 years.

The series, developed in the Us and the UK, is being spearheaded by eOne’s Carolyn Newman and Polly Williams. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.

“Dark, funny and romantic, with a unique
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'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend

'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend
Last year three new films debuted over Super Bowl weekend and only one of the three (Hail, Caesar!) managed to top $10 million. In fact, Super Bowl weekend last year was the fourth worst overall weekend of 2016 as the top twelve managed to only gross a combined $82 million. As for Super Bowl weekend this year, it's only looking mildly better as Universal's Split will tussle with Paramount's Rings in an attempt to threepeat atop the weekend box office. Elsewhere, Stx's The Space Between Us may struggle to debut within the top five while the Weinstein Co. hopes their Oscar-nominated feature Lion finds its way into the top ten as it expands into over 1,400 theaters nationwide. Last weekend saw Universal's Split finish atop the weekend box office for a second week in a row, dropping only 36%, much better than previous horror films with similar openings. This weekend Split will have to contend
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Hammer Films, Motion Picture Capital team for movie fund

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The Hammer Films Eis Fund will back film and TV projects.

UK financier Motion Picture Capital, the Reliance Entertainment Group subsidiary, has formed a partnership with iconic UK production company Hammer Films.

The two companies are teaming on a new film fund called The Hammer Films Eis Fund which will offer private investors the opportunity to invest in a slate of Hammer branded film and TV productions.

The new fund will sit alongside Motion Picture Capital’s existing Eis fund and will only be accessible through a financial adviser.

Iconic horror label Hammer, best known for gothic horror films of the 1950’s including The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and Christopher Lee’s Dracula, made a splash in 2012 with UK horror The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, which became the highest-grossing British horror film on record, taking £21.3m in its home territory and going on to gross over $130m worldwide.

2014 productions included
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True-Life Drama The Aeronauts Recruits Jack Thorne And Director Tom Harper

If Jack Thorne was considered hot property before Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, penning the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s wildly successful story has only ensured Thorne is one of the most in-demand writers on the other side of the pond. Soon after breaking onto the scene with British teen drama Skins, the screenwriter enjoyed a streak that comprised award-winning contributions to This Is England ’88, The Fades, Don’t Take My Baby and This Is England ’90.

Imagine our excitement, then, now that Deadline has relayed news that Jack Thorne was inked a deal to collaborate with War & Peace helmer Tom Harper for The Aeronauts, a true-life period drama said to revolve around two enthused hot air balloonists who scaled higher than anyone else in the 19th century. Both Thorne and Harper are currently in possession of a spec script, meaning this project won’t be ready to fire up production anytime soon.
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Phoebe Fox joins Sam Rockwell in 'Blue Iguana'

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Phoebe Fox joins Sam Rockwell in 'Blue Iguana'
Exclusive: Woman In Black 2 star joins comedy, which is set to shoot this month.

Phoebe Fox has joined Sam Rockwell in Blue Iguana, a comedy from writer-director Hadi Hajaig, who last directed Charlotte Rampling-Sean Bean thriller Cleanskin in 2012.

The project, which will be financed by UK Film Studio Productions, will start principal photography in London this month.

Hajaig also produces with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Tom Lassally, who is also working on the Edge of Tomorrow sequel at Warner Bros.

The black comedy centres on a low level criminal (Rockwell) with no future who is just out of prison. Fox will play a low level lawyer who falls in love with him. The cast also includes comedy actor Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation, House Of Lies).

Fox, a Screen International Star Of Tomorrow in 2011, is perhaps best known for her role in horror sequel The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death (2014) but was more recently seen in
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Eli Roth to direct Jim Carrey in Aleister Arcane

After more than a decade in development, Steve Niles’ horror comic Aleister Arcane looks set to hit the big screen, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Amblin Entertainment has picked up a package which has Eli Roth (The Green Inferno) directing, Jim Carrey (Dumb and Dumber To) starring, and Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) penning the script.

Published in 2004, Aleister Arcane follows “a Los Angeles weatherman named Aleister Green who returns to his hometown to host a midnight horror show a la Elvira. Under the guise of a mad scientist named Aleister Arcane, Green performed little skits until the local sponsors balked at the gore. An incident with two kids leads to him to be put on trial, breaking his spirit and into an early grave. Not long after, grisly activities begin to occur and only the kids have the power to thwart the curse
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"Aleister Arcane"

According to reports, the 2004 Idw, 3-issue comic book series "Aleister Arcane", written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Breehn Burns, about a late night horror movie host, will star Jim Carrey for director Eli Roth and Amblin' Entertainment:

Screenplay is by Jon Croker ("The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death") for producers David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films, with Michael Aguilar.

"...Los Angeles weatherman 'Aleister Green' returns to his hometown to host a midnight horror movie show. Under the guise of mad scientist 'Aleister Arcane', Green performed little skits until the local sponsors balked at the gore.

"Then an incident with two kids leads to him to be put on trial, breaking his spirit and into an early grave. Not long after, grisly activities begin to occur and only the kids have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town..."

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Eli Roth to Direct Horror Film Aleister Arcane, Starring Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey will executive produce and star in a new Eli Roth film about a late night horror TV show host seeking revenge from beyond the grave.

Earlier today, THR broke the news that Eli Roth will step behind the camera for Aleister Arcane, an adaptation of Steve Niles’ 2004 comic book series of the same name that centers on a curse cast on a small town by the recently deceased Aleister Arcane, a weatherman-turned-horror-tv-host who was pushed off the air by upset viewers.

Jim Carrey will executive produce the project, which is moving forward at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, and while his character in the film has yet to be revealed, the titular role sounds right up his alley. Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) will adapt Niles’ comic book for the big screen.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Roth will also direct the Bruce Willis
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John Boyega Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Drama, Jim Carrey Teams With Eli Roth & More

After signing up for Pacific Rim 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack the Block star John Boyega has found his next role. He revealed on Twitter (seen below) that he’ll take part in Kathryn Bigelow‘s follow-up to her Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty. Penned by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker), the currently untitled film will be set in Detroit during the 5-day riots that took place there in 1967, and will explore the systemic racism of the city. With plans to shoot this summer in Boston and Detroit, the film is slated as an ensemble piece with Hannah Murray (God Help the Girl, Game of Thrones) also on board.

I've teamed up with Kathryn Bigalow for a movie based on the Detroit riots in 1967. #12thstreet

John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 21, 2016

With plans already in place to remake Death Wish, THR reports that Eli Roth has now lined up another project,
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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Disappoints: Does Hollywood Have a Sequel Problem?

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Disappoints: Does Hollywood Have a Sequel Problem?
Hollywood is fighting off a nasty illness.

“Sequelitis,” the entertainment industry equivalent of the Zika virus, has gripped major studios. Its symptoms include sluggish box office, feverish critical take downs and disdainful social media reactions.

At least, that’s what analysts and executives are telling themselves after “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” became the latest sequel to disappoint. It follows a long line of follow-ups and spinoffs that flopped or failed to live up to their predecessors — a group of underachievers that includes “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.”

“Audiences are challenging us to make excellent movies,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, the studio behind “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” “The fact that it’s part of a franchise or sequel doesn’t let you off the hook. You need to raise the bar and make the story exciting,
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Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Teaming for Horror Movie 'Aleister Arcane' (Exclusive)

Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Teaming for Horror Movie 'Aleister Arcane' (Exclusive)
Jim Carrey and Eli Roth are teaming to adapt Aleister Arcane, a comic book from horrormeister Steve Niles. Amblin Entertainment has picked up the package as a pitch that includes Jon Croker, the scribe behind The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, attached to pen the script, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films producing along with Michael Aguilar. Carrey will star in and executive produce the project. Aleister Arcane, published in 2004, told the story of a Los Angeles weatherman named Aleister Green who returns to his hometown to host a midnight horror show a la

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Weekend Box Office Top 10 Takeaways: 'Deadpool' Outgrosses Three Openers

Weekend Box Office Top 10 Takeaways: 'Deadpool' Outgrosses Three Openers
Per usual, a bevy of long-playing releases are positioned in the mid-level of weekend results below the top performers.  Three new films opened to little interest, reinforcing a 2016 so far that has been mostly feast or famine among new wide releases. Through nine weekends last year, ten films had opened to over $15 million (hardly stellar, as "The Woman in Black 2" and "Jupiter Ascending" accomplished that much). Only six have achieved that so far this year. Eleven managed that level in 2014. So while "Deadpool" continues to thrive, it's hard not to see serious defects in the market at the moment. The Top Ten 1. Deadpool (20th Century Fox) Week 3 - Last weekend #1 $31,500,000 (-44%) in 3,856 theaters (+134); PTA (per theater average): $8,169; Cumulative: $285,639,000 2. Gods of Egypt (Lionsgate)  New - Cinemascore: B-; Criticwire: C-; Metacritic: 24; est. budget: $140 million $14,000,000 in 3,117 theaters; PTA: $4,491; Cumulative: $ 3....
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News Bits: Live, Serpent, Ruins, Private, Rift

Live By Night

Ben Affleck has posted the first photo from the set of "Live By Night", the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era crime thriller which Affleck is both starring in and directing. The shot includes both Affleck and his cinematographer Robert Richardson in between takes conversing. The film itself is slated for release in 2017. [Source: Twitter]

The Serpent

Ciro Guerra ("Embrace Of The Serpent") has signed to make his English-language directing debut on the dystopian adventure "The Detainee" for Thunder Road Pictures and Film House Germany.

An adaptation of Peter Liney's trilogy by scribe Grant Myers ("The Maze Runner"), the story is set on an island from which there's no escape. Christian Angermayer and Basil Iwanyk will produce. [Source: Deadline]

The Ruins

Fox Searchlight and Joe Wright's Shoebox Films are teaming to develop the India-set supernatural thriller "The Ruins" with Jon Croker ("Desert Dancer," "The Woman In Black 2:
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Movie News: Demian Bichir Joins 'Alien: Covenant;' Joe Wright Developing Supernatural Thriller 'The Ruins'

Alien: Covenant: Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight, above) has joined the cast of Alien: Covenant, which will be directed by Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterstone and Danny McBride lead the cast; Bichir's role has not yet been disclosed. The movie is scheduled for release on October 6, 2017. [Deadline]   The Ruins: Filmmaker Joe Wright (Pan, above left) is developing supernatural thriller The Ruins, with the idea that he might direct it. Not to be confused with the same-titled 2008 horror movie, Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) is writing the new project; all that's known about the story is that it's set in India. [Deadline]   Kill Your Friends Trailer: Nicholas Hoult stars in Kill Your Friends as a British music...

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You Can’t See The Forest for the Jump Scares

The Woman in Black 2. Devil’s Due. Texas Chainsaw 3D. The Devil Inside. The Rite. The Unborn. Horror films released in January don’t have the best track record when it comes to quality, but while the majority leave a lot to be desired they can’t all be complete busts, right? I mean there’s Daybreakers and, well, parts of Mama were creepy I guess. This year’s entry in the January horror sweepstakes wisely leaves the devil behind as it takes viewers on a nightmare journey to a foreign land where it proceeds to waste one hell of a spectacular locale. Sara (Natalie Dormer) wakes from a nightmare and feels that her twin sister, Jess (Dormer), is in trouble. The last Sara knew, Jess was trying to get her life back on track and was teaching English in Japan, but she can tell that something is wrong. A
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'The Revenant' Storms the Box Office; 'Star Wars' Opens with $53M in China

'The Revenant' Storms the Box Office; 'Star Wars' Opens with $53M in China
The Revenant exploded this weekend as audiences showed up in droves to see Leonardo DiCaprio brave the elements in his quest for revenge. The strong Oscar contender expanded into 3,375 theaters and amassed an impressive $38 million taking second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which not only finished #1 domestically but started its China release strong. Meanwhile The Forest continues to prove there's a reliable audience willing to show up for low budget, PG-13 horror at the beginning of the year. First for The Revenant, which not only decimated BoxOfficeMojo projections, but seems to have proven the idea of a star's drawing power is not as dead as some may have you believe. DiCaprio's last five films that opened in over 3,000 theaters have all grossed $30 million or more in their opening weekend. And that doesn't include Shutter Island, which opened in 2,991 theaters back in 2010 and brought in $41 million. The $38 million for
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