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“Into the Dark” Celebrates the Ides of March with ‘Treehouse’ Image Gallery

This month, Hulu celebrated Valentine’s Day with the “Into the Dark” episode “Down”, directed by The Last Exorcism‘s Danial Stamm. As previously reported, March’s episode takes on the Ides of March, which is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to the 15th of the month. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans […]
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The Settlers History Collection Is Now Available

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Don't you just love when old games are given a new breath of life on new systems? It's great to see old games coming back around and being playable for the old and new audience alike. The Settlers is getting this treatment with each game in the series and their respective DLCs included in one convenient package called The Settlers History Collection.

Ubisoft announced the release of The Settlers® History Collection for Windows PC on Uplay. Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, The Settlers History Collection contains all seven main titles of the strategy build-up series, along with all expansions. Every game has received updates to run on modern PCs with Windows 10 support as well as other improvements to the original versions. The Settlers History Collection is available digitally on Uplay, and each game can also be purchased individually.

Developed by Blue Byte and created by Volker Wertich, The Settlers games
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Saban Films Acquires Us Rights to Michael Caine’s ‘King of Thieves’

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Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to James Marsh’s “King of Thieves,” starring Sir Michael Caine, Sir Tom Courtenay, Jim Broadbent and Sir Michael Gambon.

Charlie Cox and Ray Winstone also star in the film produced by Working Title FilmsTim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Michelle Wright and Ali Jafaar. Studiocanal financed the film.

Joe Penhall wrote the script based on source material from Mark Seal’s Vanity Fair article and The Guardian’s veteran crime reporter Duncan Campbell. The drama is about the April 2015 Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company burglary in which robbers reportedly stole over £14 million in loot, culminating in being the biggest heist in U.K. history.

Also Read: Saban Films, DirecTV Acquire Johnny Depp's 'Richard Says Goodbye'

“‘King of Thieves’ is led by a stellar British ensemble cast,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley in a statement. “The pedigree of Michael,
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TV Review: ‘Manifest’ on NBC

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TV Review: ‘Manifest’ on NBC
“Funny how one little decision can ruin your life… but also save it.”

So intones Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh) as she makes the fateful decision to split up with most of her traveling party at the start of NBC’s “Manifest.” She, her brother (Josh Dallas) and his son (Jack Messina) end up aboard a flight that experiences a bit of severe turbulence before landing in New York — five years after its scheduled arrival. All the passengers on Montego Air Flight 828 had been presumed dead, leaving the rest of the family to evolve without them. And they seem to have returned with special powers, a sort of second sight enabling them to prevent and solve crimes.

All of which adds up to a “Lost” look-alike that, while it lacks the vision evident in ABC’s classic from its earliest moments, is better than it could be. There’s plenty of grade-a corn here,
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‘Castle Rock’ Finale Teases the Truth About Ruth Deaver’s Condition

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‘Castle Rock’ Finale Teases the Truth About Ruth Deaver’s Condition
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the finale episode of “Castle Rock.”)

Throughout the first season of Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” Ruth Deaver has struggled to deal with her life as an Alzheimer’s patient — but the show has teased that something more might be going on with her.

The finale episode seems to finally come down on the truth, one way or the other. And it seems that the condition Ruth (Sissy Spacek) has been grappling with all season is more than Alzheimer’s disease.

Also Read: 'Castle Rock' Just Explained Everything -- Here's What the Hell Happened

The suggestion that more was going on started back in Episode 7, “The Queen,” when we spent a whole episode seeing everything Ruth was experiencing from her perspective. Her life with her condition means she experiences time out of order and out of sync — sometimes she’s in the present with other people,
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‘Castle Rock’ Review: Season 1 Finale Smartly Fuses Stephen King’s Most Disparate Work for a Haunting End

‘Castle Rock’ Review: Season 1 Finale Smartly Fuses Stephen King’s Most Disparate Work for a Haunting End
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Castle Rock” Season 1, Episode 10, “Romans” — the first season’s finale.]

After a wild episode set in an entirely new timeline, “Castle Rock” used the shaky ground established in “Henry Deaver” to provide moral instability in “Romans,” the Season 1 finale. What could have been a bloodbath, with mankind’s last decent man battling the devil incarnate, turned out to be a consideration of faith, certainty, and moral capability.

In a world of extreme actions, creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason have crafted an ending focused on doubt. One could argue it’s anti-death penalty and even anti-violence, which despite a few narrative hiccups, is quite the unexpected conclusion for a series set in the home of Stephen King’s many evil creations.

As flashed in the catch-up montage, the ending directly connected to the beginning. During our introduction to Henry (Andre Holland), the defense attorney was asking the journey how much
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Castle Rock Season 1 Finale Review – ‘Romans’

Martin Carr reviews the season 1 finale of Castle Rock…

Philosophical notions and alternate dimensions in which mirror images of us exist have been around since words were put to paper, yet Castle Rock makes this idea feel fresh, intriguing and unique. Andre Holland and Bill Skarsgard who own this finale lock stock and barrel draw together inextricable threads, maintain mystery and give away nothing come that inevitable closing gambit. There in lies the draw of this superior serial and that sense that these characters can get out from under which maintains interest, sparks imagination and ultimately keeps us watching.

Spacek, Glenn, Holland and Skarsgard help shape these people, providing dimension and motive, while flashbacks either dementia driven or trauma induced give insight which feels intrinsic to circumstance. Castle Rock still requires its audience to pay attention but now that focus has been lessened as sense of place and familiarity allow
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‘Castle Rock’ Reveals What Really Happened to Henry Deaver’s Dad

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‘Castle Rock’ Reveals What Really Happened to Henry Deaver’s Dad
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sept. 11 episode of “Castle Rock.”)

The final episode of “Castle Rock” runs two stories in parallel: the present action that has the Kid trying to convince Henry to help him, and the past, in which we finally see (some of) what happened to Henry when he was 12.

We’ve been getting tidbits of this story all season, partially because Henry doesn’t seem to remember all of it, and partially because he refuses to tell anyone what really happened. The broad strokes that everyone in Castle Rock knows are these: One day, Henry Deaver went into the woods with his adopted father, Reverend Matthew Deaver (Adam Rothenberg).

Also Read: 'Castle Rock' Just Explained Everything -- Here's What the Hell Happened

Later, Matthew was found at the base of a cliff, badly hurt from a fall and near death, and Henry had disappeared.
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‘Castle Rock’ Review: ‘Romans’ Makes for an Unsatisfying Conclusion

  • Slash Film
Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series.. This week we look at the season finale, “Romans”. Romans After a season full of mystery, Castle Rock comes to a curious close, leaving questions still up in the air. What […]

The post ‘Castle Rock’ Review: ‘Romans’ Makes for an Unsatisfying Conclusion appeared first on /Film.
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‘Castle Rock’ Season Finale Recap: Regarding Henry

We’ve seen the face of evil. It belongs to Henry Deaver. Sort of.

Castle Rock‘s first season finale — “Romans” — is a tale of two Henrys. There’s “our Henry,” played by André Holland: a beleaguered lawyer haunted by his unexplained disappearance as a teenager. And there’s “alt-Henry,” aka The Kid, a.k.a. Bill Skarsgård’s man from a parallel reality marooned in the wrong dimension or … well, something ancient, and evil.

In hour after hour, the show slowly built up the mysterious menace of the Kid.
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Saban Films, DirecTV Acquire Johnny Depp’s ‘Richard Says Goodbye’

  • The Wrap
Saban Films and DirecTV have acquired North American rights to Johnny Depp’s latest indie drama, “Richard Says Goodbye,” a person with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap.

This is the third project Saban Films has picked up at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, kicking off the 10-day fest by buying the rights to the Orlando Bloom sexual abuse drama “Romans,” followed by the Olivia Wilde film “A Vigilante.” “Richard Says Goodbye” stars Depp as a terminally ill college professor who decides to live his final days in hedonistic fashion.

Also Read: Amber Heard Resolves Lawsuit Over 'London Fields,' Clearing Path for Release

Set for release in 2019, “Richard Says Goodbye” is directed by Wayne Roberts and also stars Zoey Deutch and Rosemarie DeWitt. The deal was handled by CAA Media Finance.

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Johnny Depp’s Drama ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ Sold to Saban, DirecTV

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Johnny Depp’s Drama ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ Sold to Saban, DirecTV
North American rights to Johnny Depp’s drama “Richard Says Goodbye” have been sold to Saban Films and DirecTV for about $3 million with a 2019 theatrical release planned.

Depp portrays the titular Richard — a college professor who is given a life-changing diagnosis and then decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible. He smokes, drinks, has sex, and insults anyone who annoys him. The cast also includes Zoey Deutch and Rosemarie DeWitt.

CAA Media Finance brokered the deal. The film was screened in Toronto on Sept. 6, the opening day of the Toronto Film Festival, but was not part of the official festival lineup.

Wayne Roberts directed from his own script. The project was first announced last year at the Cannes Film Festival with Stuart Ford’s Im Global — which was subsequently acquired by the now-bankrupt Global Road — fully financing the project.
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Toronto 2018: Here’s Every Movie Sold So Far, From ‘Wild Rose’ to ‘Stan & Ollie’

  • The Wrap
Buyers are putting down their Momofuku cookies and handing over the cash, as film sales are in full swing at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Saban Films and Neon, who have made waves this past year by acquiring several titles at previous festivals, each secured deals, while usual players Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia, Focus Features and Netflix have also picked up some titles.

While “Wild Rose,” arguably one of the hottest titles for sale at Tiff, has been snatched up by Neon, there are still various hot films up for grabs. For example, Natalie Portman’s “Vox Lux” still has no distributor, neither does Elisabeth Moss’ “Her Smell.”

Also Read: Neon Acquires Buzzy Toronto Title 'Wild Rose'

Additionally, many of Tiff’s biggest titles that are coming from immediate festival predecessors Venice and Telluride have distribution in place and are vying for awards attention: Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,
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Olivia Wilde’s ‘A Vigilante’ Picked Up by Saban Films and DirecTV

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Olivia Wilde’s ‘A Vigilante’ Picked Up by Saban Films and DirecTV
Olivia Wilde’s “A Vigilante” has sold to Saban Films, along with DirecTV, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sarah Daggar-Nickson wrote and directed the crime drama. “A Vigilante” follows a once abused woman, Sadie (Wilde), who devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers. Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, Chuck Cooper, Betsy Aidem, Judy Marte also star.

The film first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, and was nominated for a SXSW Gamechanger Award.

Also Read: Netflix Acquires Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart' in Worldwide Deal

“Olivia plays a badass vigilante which is refreshing and relevant while also shining a much-deserved light on domestic abuse,” Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley said in a statement. “This role shows a side of Olivia that we haven’t seen before and audiences will love.”

“A Vigilante” will be released theatrically by Saban in the first
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Netflix Acquires Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ in Worldwide Deal

  • The Wrap
Netflix has acquired the rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” out of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The global rights deal comes ahead of the film’s Saturday premiere.

Nnaji, a notable Nigerian film star, plays an enterprising daughter competing with her crude and eccentric uncle to control her family business when her father falls ill.

Also Read: Saban Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to Orlando Bloom's 'Romans'

The film was produced by The Entertainment Network. The sale was brokered by Mpm Premium, and represents the first ever Nigerian sale to Netflix.

The full “Lionheart” synopsis:

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother,
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Saban Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to Orlando Bloom’s ‘Romans’

  • The Wrap
Saban Films has made one of the first acquisitions of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, buying the rights to the sexual abuse drama “Romans” starring Orlando Bloom, the studio announced Thursday.

Directed by Ludwig and Paul Shammasian, the film stars Bloom as a man struggling to cope with the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of a priest, and who now has the opportunity to demolish the church where his abuse occurred.

The drama is written by Geoff Thompson, who previously worked with the Shammasians on “The Pyramid Texts,” and produced by Jasper Graham of Dreamscape along with James Harris and Mark Lane of The Fyzz Facility and Sheetal Vinod Talwar of Vistaar Film Fund, in association with Zee International.

Also Read: Toronto Film Festival Market: Will Streaming Giants Spend Big Again and 5 Other Things to Watch

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the
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Saban Films Picks Up Orlando Bloom Priest Abuse Drama 'Romans'

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ludwig and Paul Shammasian’s Romans. The drama stars Orlando Bloom, Janet Montgomery, Charlie Creed-Miles, Josh Myers and Anne Reid.

Written by Geoff Thompson (The Pyramid Texts), the film centers on Malky (Bloom), a man who struggles to come to terms with the abuse he suffered by a local priest when he was a child. Now, set on demolishing the church in which the abuse took place, he finds himself on an unlikely path towards forgiveness.

Romans made its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, where Reid took home the prize for ...
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Hulu Renews Castle Rock For A Second Season

It’s turning into a bit of a golden age for Stephen King. It cleaned up at the box office last year, with the sequel currently filming with an all-star cast. On top of that, there’s an interesting sounding adaptation of Pet Sematary currently being shot and a fresh take on The Dark Tower in development. Given all these lucrative King-related projects, then, it’s perhaps no surprise that Hulu has officially renewed psych-horror hit Castle Rock for a second season.

The show, which is currently midway through its first season, is based on characters and settings from various Stephen King stories. For example, we have Diane “Jackie” Torrance, the niece of the famously axe-happy former (and current and future) resident of the Overlook Hotel, Bill Skarsgard as an inmate of Shawshank State Penitentiary and Alan Pangborn, a King character who’s cropped up in the The Dark Half,
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Orlando Bloom Jon Hamm among Ddi Berlin sales slate (exclusive)

Nostalgia, Romans head to Efm.

Jason Moring’s Toronto-based Double Dutch International (Ddi) has come on board to handle two new sales titles in Berlin, boarding international rights to Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia and Romans starring Orlando Bloom.

Nostalgia stars Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn and explores the meaning of objects, artifacts and memories that shape our lives.

Pellington co-wrote the screenplay with Alex Ross Perry, who wrote the upcoming Disney release Christopher Robin, and produced the film with Tom Gorai, his collaborator on Arlington Road. Bleecker Street will release Nostalgia theatrically in North America on February 16.

Romans stars Bloom as a sex abuse survivor whose attacker reenters his life after he is hired to demolish the church where the abuse took place. The man realises forgiveness is his only viable course of action.

Cannes Young Director Award winners Ludwig and Paul Shammasian directed Romans from Geoff Thompson’s screenplay. Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Mark Lane, James
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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival

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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival
Daphne, Glory also scoop prizes.

Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country has won the top prize at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The well-received drama, which premiered in Sundance and had its UK premiere in Edinburgh, took the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film.

The prize was awarded by a jury consisting of composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam artistic director Bero Beyer, and Bafta-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb.

The jury commented: “We present the Michael Powell Award to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, a film with a singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision. Assured direction with raw and endearing performances result in a film that has an authenticity that is both tender and brutal, a juxtaposition of landscape and emotion, which explores the question of what it means to be a man.”

On hearing the news, director Francis Lee said: “I am thrilled with this
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