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San Francisco Film Festival to Present Tributes to Laura Dern, Laura Linney and John C. Reilly

San Francisco Film Festival to Present Tributes to Laura Dern, Laura Linney and John C. Reilly
Laura Dern, Laura Linney, John C. Reilly and director Claire Denis will all be treated to tributes at the 62nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 10-19 at venues throughout the city. Presented by the non-profit SFFilm, the festival, which announced its full lineup today, will screen 163 films, including 46 narrative features and 40 documentary features.

The fest will kick off with the already-announced world premiere of the first episode of upcoming Netflix series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and conclude with Gavin Hood’s political thriller Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley. Lulu Wang’s ...
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Matt Smith, ‘Leave No Trace’ Star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Circle Edgar Wright Movie

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Matt Smith, ‘Leave No Trace’ Star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Circle Edgar Wright Movie
Matt Smith and “Leave No Trace” star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie are in negotiations to join Edgar Wright’s next film, “Last Night in Soho,” sources tell Variety.

Details are vague about the psychological horror movie, other than it being set in London’s Soho district. Anya Taylor Joy is also in the cast. Production is expected to start this summer in London.

Wright most recently directed Sony’s heist film “Baby Driver” starring Ansel Elgort, and is reportedly also working on its sequel. He is co-writing the script for “Last Night in Soho” with “Penny Dreadful” screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Focus Features and Film4 will co-finance the film.

Smith just scored an Emmy nomination for his role as Prince Philip in Netflix’s “The Crown.” He can be seen next in the biopic “Mapplethorpe,” which premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Smith is also in the New Regency movie
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IFC Films Buys Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche Drama ‘The Truth’ (Exclusive)

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IFC Films has acquired North American rights to “The Truth,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” Variety has learned.

The deal was announced at the Berlin Film Festival and comes after an active Sundance for IFC — one in which the indie label picked up rights to the Keira Knightley thriller “Official Secrets” and Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale.”

The Truth” brings together two icons of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, for the the first time on the big screen. It co-stars Ethan Hawke. In a bit of art imitating life, the film centers on Fabienne (Deneuve), a legendary movie star renowned for her talent and beauty. Despite her professional success, Fabienne has a strained relationship with her daughter Lumir (Binoche), a screenwriter. Things reach a boiling point after Lumir and her husband (Hawke) return to Paris and Fabienne publishes a memoir. Instead of a warm reunion,
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Sundance Review: ‘Official Secrets’ Mines Interesting Subject Matter Uninterestingly

In January 2003, British government employee Katherine Gun was emailed a memo that requested she, and those she worked with at the Gchq (Government Communications Headquarters), listen in on the Un offices of six nations: Angola, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Guinea, and Pakistan. These countries held the crucial swing votes on the approval of the invasion of Iraq. Regarding this ask as illegal, Gun leaked the email to a friend with connections to The Observer. The information goes public and Gun’s life changes forever as the government charges her under the Official Secrets Act of 1989.

Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Keira Knightley as Gun, Official Secrets digs into this story with plenty of aplomb if not enough urgency. Such a languid pace at which this movie operates! Running at nearly two hours, the script, spends an admirable amount of time in its first act developing Gun as a character. Unfortunately,
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IFC Films Acquires Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes Sundance Film ‘Official Secrets’

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IFC Films has acquired global rights to the Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes film “Official Secrets” out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor Gavin Hood, “Official Secrets” tells the true story of British secret-service officer Katharine Gun, who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo.

The memo exposed an illegal U.S. and U.K. spying operation against members of the United Nations Security Council and proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war.

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The film is based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion,” by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell.

In addition to Knightley and Fiennes, “Official Secrets” also stars Matt Smith,
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Sundance: IFC Films Buying Keira Knightley Thriller ‘Official Secrets’ (Exclusive)

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Sundance: IFC Films Buying Keira Knightley Thriller ‘Official Secrets’ (Exclusive)
IFC Films has acquired “Official Secrets,” a politically charged thriller with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes that debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Gavin Hood, the film is a ripped-from-the-headlines tale, this one about a Katharine Gun, a British whistleblower who leaked documents to the press. Her goal was to expose an illegal U.S./U.K. spying operation in the lead-up to the Iraq War that she hoped would lead citizens to question the rationale for the invasion. Gun, an intelligence translator, discovered that the governments were trying to strong arm the U.N. Security Counsel members in order to drum up support for deposing Saddam Hussein.

IFC is planning a traditional theatrical release at some point in 2019. The cast includes Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, and Rhys Ifans. Producers include Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, and Melissa Shiyu Zuo.

Hood teamed with Sara Bernstein and Gregory Bernstein
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‘Official Secrets’: Keira Knightley Can’t Save Gavin Hood’s Political Whistleblower Thriller [Sundance Review]

As the year’s pass, the deceitful excuses and the disturbing decision by the Bush Administration to wage war against Iraq in 2003 grow increasingly criminal. The continuous barrage of first-hand knowledge that has been revealed over the last 15 years since the invasion, has made it quite clear that the intelligence community distorted facts and manipulated the American people. This shameful time in American history has resulted in a slew of scathing films (fiction and non-fiction) and the latest zeroing in on this topic— following its recent appearance in Adam McKay‘s satirical Dick Cheney biopic “Vice“— is “Official Secrets,” by South African director Gavin Hood (“Eye in the Sky”).

Continue reading ‘Official Secrets’: Keira Knightley Can’t Save Gavin Hood’s Political Whistleblower Thriller [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Official Secrets’ Review: A Dry Chronicle of Doing the Right Thing | Sundance 2019

I hate writing reviews for movies like Official Secrets because these kinds of films lack a pulse. At least bad movies give you something to comment on, but Official Secrets isn’t bad. It’s fine. It’s also, instantly forgettable and completely unremarkable in every conceivable way. The moral crux of Gavin Hood’s movie—doing the right thing in the face of almost certain failure—is lost in a dry recitation of facts that provide a chronicle of the story without ever garnering any depth beyond the obvious. Official Secrets is a movie that happens, exists, and nothing …
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'Official Secrets': Film Review | Sundance 2019

'Official Secrets': Film Review | Sundance 2019
While railing at TV news coverage of Tony Blair's double-speak concerning his position on the George W. Bush government's intention to invade Iraq in 2003, British intelligence translator Katharine Gun, played with the requisite impassioned principles by Keira Knightley, fumes, "Just because you're the prime minister doesn't mean you get to make up your own facts." With administrations on both sides of the Atlantic having lost the trust of their people, that line got a huge laugh at the Sundance premiere of Gavin Hood's political thriller, Official Secrets.

This is the kind of recent ...
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Matt Smith to Star With Jared Leto in ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff ‘Morbius’ (Exclusive)

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Matt Smith to Star With Jared Leto in ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff ‘Morbius’ (Exclusive)
Matt Smith is in final talks to join Jared Leto in “Morbius,” a film based on the Spider-Man villain of the same name.

Safe House” director Daniel Espinosa will helm the movie. Exact details of who Smith would play are unknown at this time, other than it being a major role in the film.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who co-created the Netflix series “Lost in Space,” penned the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing “Morbius” with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee the pic for Sony.

Writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane created Morbius in 1971 for “The Amazing Spider-Man #101.” The character was a scientist who tried to cure himself of a blood disease, with tragic results. He became afflicted with vampiric traits such as fangs and a thirst for blood — and wound up battling Spider-Man.

Morbius appeared sporadically in Marvel Comics in the subsequent years and
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Sundance 2019 unveils feature film line-up

Sundance 2019 unveils feature film line-up
Chiwetel Ejiofor directorial debut, Hilary Swank sci-fi ’I Am Mother’, doc about Harvey Weinstein among roster.

World premieres of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s feature directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind at Netflix, Bart Freundlich’s After The Wedding remake starring Michelle Williams, and the follow-up from the directors of Austrian mystery thriller Goodnight Mommy are among the Sundance 2019 feature film line-up announced on Wednesday (28).

Festival brass unveiled the Us and World dramatic and documentary competitions, the Premieres and Documentary Premieres rosters, and Midnight, Next, Spotlight and Kids. Sundance Film Festival runs from January 24-February 3.

Screening in Premieres alongside Ejiofor
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Keira Knightley Heads Cast of Pathe’s ‘Misbehaviour’

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Keira Knightley Heads Cast of Pathe’s ‘Misbehaviour’
Keira Knightley is set to star in Miss World pageant comedy drama “Misbehaviour” for Pathé. Pathé will present the film, which is directed by BAFTA-winner Philippa Lowthorpe, to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

“Misbehaviour” is based on the true events of the 1970 Miss World pageant in London, when a global audience witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head. The most-watched television show in the world at the time, with more than 100 million viewers, the 1970 Miss World pageant saw the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieve overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast, hosted by Bob Hope, claiming that such beauty competitions demeaned women. When the show resumed, the result caused further uproar when Miss Grenada became the first black woman to be crowned Miss World, beating the favorite. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley co-star in the film.
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Game of Thrones stars join Keira Knightley in Official Secrets

Casting on director Gavin Hood’s (Eye in the Sky) upcoming drama Official Secrets continues, with Deadline reporting that Game of Thrones alumni Indira Varma and Conleth Hill have joined the project.

The new additions join the previously announced Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Matt Smith (The Crown), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and Matthew Goode (The Crown), as well as Tamsin Greig (Episodes), Adam Bakri (Omar), Myanna Buring (Downton Abbey) and John Hefferman (The Crown).

Official Secrets sees Knightley as Katharine Gun, a Mandarin translator working at the British government’s communications HQ, Gchq. Gun leaked a confidential Us National Security Agency email to the Observer newspaper, revealing that she’d been asked to help the Us government spy on Un security council delegations in order to help swing favour towards an invasion of Iraq.

“When I read Katharine Gun’s deeply personal story of conscience, I felt that a
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Indira Varma & Conleth Hill Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’

‘Game Of Thrones’ Indira Varma & Conleth Hill Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’
Game of Thrones stars Indira Varma and Conleth Hill and Episodes' Tamsin Greig have joined the cast of Gavin Hood's spy thriller Official Secrets, which kicked off production this week. The trio will join Kiera Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode in the thriller for Entertainment One (eOne), which tells the story of British intelligence whistle-blower, Katharine Gunn. Palestinian-Israeli actor Adam Bakri, who starred in Oscar-nominated feature Omar…
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Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode join Keira Knightley and Matt Smith in Official Secrets

Entertainment One has announced that Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode have joined the previously announced Keira Knightley and Matt Smith in the thriller Official Secrets, which is being directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky).

The film will tell the story of Katharine Gun (Knightley), a a Mandarin translator working at the British government’s communications HQ, Gchq. Gun leaked a confidential Us National Security Agency email to the Observer newspaper, revealing that she’d been asked to help the Us government spy on Un security council delegations in order to help swing favour towards an invasion of Iraq.

Official Secrets is being produced by eOne and The Mark Gordon Company, and is set to begin production on March 12th in Yorkshire, England.

Fiennes was last seen in Hail, Ceasar! and also lent his voice to Kubo and the Two Strings and The Lego Batman Movie, while Goode’s
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Ralph Fiennes & Matthew Goode Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’

Ralph Fiennes & Matthew Goode Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’
Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode are joining Keira Knightley and Matt Smith in Gavin Hood’s next thriller Official Secrets. Hood directed the edge-of-your-seat political/drone thriller Eye in the Sky which was one of the best movies of 2015. The new film is expected to roll before the cameras on March 12 in Yorkshire, England. A previous version had been set up back in January 2016 with Natalie Dormer and Paul Bettany starring and Justin Chadwick directing, but the project…
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Michael Keaton in talks for biographical drama 'What Is Life Worth'

Michael Keaton in talks for biographical drama 'What Is Life Worth'
Biographical story to be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel.

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to star in What Is Life Worth, a biographical drama to be directed by Academy Award-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Band Of Brothers).

Oscar-nominated for his leading role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton would play Ken Feinberg, the D.C. lawyer in charge of the 9/11 fund who fought through years of bureaucracy and cynicism to administer the money.

Keaton, who last year appeared in Spiderman: Homecoming and American Assassin, has recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo ahead of a scheduled 2019 release.

Additional casting for What Is Life Worth is underway, with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight, also starring Keaton) set to produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros.

Riverstone is financing, with Imr launching sales in Berlin on a slate that also includes Sandra Bullock film Vigilance and [link
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Michael Keaton in talks for 9/11 legal drama 'What Is Life Worth'

Michael Keaton in talks for 9/11 legal drama 'What Is Life Worth'
Biographical story to be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel.

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to star in What Is Life Worth, a biographical drama to be directed by Academy Award-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Band Of Brothers).

Oscar-nominated for his leading role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton would play Ken Feinberg, the D.C. lawyer in charge of the 9/11 fund who fought through years of bureaucracy and cynicism to administer the money.

Keaton, who last year appeared in Spiderman: Homecoming and American Assassin, has recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo ahead of a scheduled 2019 release.

Additional casting for What Is Life Worth is underway, with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight, also starring Keaton) set to produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros.

Riverstone is financing, with Imr launching sales in Berlin on a slate that also includes Sandra Bullock film Vigilance and [link
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Gangs of London: Cast and Details for Gareth Evans Gangland Series

Joseph Baxter Mar 19, 2019

Gareth Evans, the action visionary behind The Raid, co-created TV series Gangs of London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Atlantic.

The cult cinema myth of Gareth Evans’s innovative 2011 Indonesian action flick, The Raid: Redemption, is still resonating several years after its release. However, Evans, who tackled the upcoming Netflix horror film, Apostle, and remains in the mix to direct DC's (up-in-the-air) Deathstroke movie, is heeding the call of peak television as the co-creator – with Matt Flannery – of an action series called Gangs of London.

Gangs of London will have Evans in the director's chair for the majority of the 10-part series and use his Raid repertoire to handle complex choreographed fight scenes across the season. However, he'll share the duty of director with Corin Hardy, who will handle three episodes, and French helmer Xavier Gens will shoot two episodes. The series is a co-production
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“Things haven’t changed” – Gillian Anderson on the relevance of Viceroy’s House

Author: Stefan Pape

Though a film set 70 years ago, there’s a profound sense of relevance to Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, and when we sat down with Gillian Anderson – who plays Edwina Mountbatten – she discussed the pertinency of the project at hand.

“Things haven’t changed,” she said. “But can we learn from our mistakes? And what is our moral responsibility to things like immigrants or refugees? It’s a big contemporary topic”.

Anderson also discusses the flaws of her character, and how in spite of her good intentions she remains a part of the problem – which led to the partition. She discusses how this may change the perception of the Mountbattens in India, and whether or not she spoke to relatives of the married couple, and whether it has helped, and informed her performance. Finally she discusses Official Secrets – a picture she was said to be in
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