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Andy Serkis’ ‘Breathe’ to Open London Film Festival

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Love story “Breathe,” Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, is set to open the BFI London Film Festival with its European premiere.

The “Lord of the Rings” actor’s production company The Imaginarium made the movie, which is based on the story of Imaginarium co-founder Jonathan Cavendish’s parents. It follows Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), and the attempts by his wife Diana, Claire Foy (“The Crown”), to help him lead a normal life after he is paralyzed by polio.

Both stars, Serkis, and Jonathan Cavendish will be at the premiere at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on Oct. 4, and the film will play simultaneously in cinemas across the U.K. ahead of its Oct. 27 general release in the country by Stx International. Bleecker Street and Participant Media  are distributing in the U.S., and it has already been tipped for an Oscar run.

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- Stewart Clarke

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‘Wonder Woman’ on Brink of Beating ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ at Box Office

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There’s no Lasso of Truth like box-office numbers: Wonder Woman is about to conquer Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn and all her Suicide Squad comrades. As it approaches its fifth weekend in theaters, “Wonder Woman” is set to pass its DC Extended Universe predecessors, “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” at the domestic box-office with a $325 million total and counting. After grossing $3.9 million on Tuesday, “Wonder Woman” is less than $6,000 away from passing “Suicide Squad” and its $325.1 million domestic take. If “Wonder Woman” maintains its current pace, it should pass “BvS” and its $330 million total by the end of Thursday. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Darth Vader Almost Appeared in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ – No, Really

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Did you know that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige — who, by the way, is a huge “Star Wars” nerd — almost had Sith Lord Darth Vader appear in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”? At the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” junket, Feige told Mashable: “Always, we wanted to reveal at a certain point in the movie that Peter Quill was a human from Earth. And for a long time, I really thought it was going to be the greatest thing in the world that you’re in a spaceship and he’s talking to one of the alien characters and he knocks over his. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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First ‘Valerian’ Reactions Praise the Spectacle, Creatures, and World-Building

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Getting an original movie made these days is hard enough, let alone one with a massive budget and complicated visual effects. But that’s essentially what filmmaker Luc Besson has done with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is based on an old French comic book (so not 100% original, but how many moviegoers have actually heard of Valerian before?). The movie takes place in the 28th century, where a duo of special operatives—Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne)—are tasked with maintaining order throughout the human territories. They’re given their toughest assignment yet: … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Yes, Paul Thomas Anderson Is Serving as His Own Cinematographer on ‘Phantom Thread’

38 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When Focus Features announced the official start of production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie this past February, there was a conspicuous absence: an official director of photography. The then-untitled film, currently being referred to as Phantom Thread, takes place in the 1950s fashion world in London and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a dressmaker, but in terms of plot that’s pretty much all we got. Anderson is certainly one of the most distinct filmmakers working today, and his films have always been notable for striking cinematography. Robert Elswit is his go-to Dp having shot Boogie … »

- Adam Chitwood

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San Francisco Film Society Awards Night Moves Out of April To Join Year-End Oscars Chase

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San Francisco can claim more Oscar voters than any other city except Los Angeles and New York. (Many Los Angeles residents also live in the Bay Area.) That’s one reason the San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan, who witnessed the power of the Oscar race during his years at the Toronto International Film Festival, is jumping into the awards fray.

He’s moving the annual Sffilm Awards Night film achievement fundraiser out of the sprawling April festival, where it can get lost, and into the heart of awards season. The new Sffs Awards will take place December 5 at San Francisco’s renovated Palace of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Sffs’s 60th anniversary.

Per usual, the program will honor contemporary cinema greats with onstage tributes including directing, acting, and storytelling awards. Past Sffs awards have gone to Robert Altman, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Ford Coppola, Judy Davis, »


- Anne Thompson

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San Francisco Film Society Awards Night Moves Out of April To Join Year-End Oscars Chase

43 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

San Francisco can claim more Oscar voters than any other city except Los Angeles and New York. (Many Los Angeles residents also live in the Bay Area.) That’s one reason the San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan, who witnessed the power of the Oscar race during his years at the Toronto International Film Festival, is jumping into the awards fray.

He’s moving the annual Sffilm Awards Night film achievement fundraiser out of the sprawling April festival, where it can get lost, and into the heart of awards season. The new Sffs Awards will take place December 5 at San Francisco’s renovated Palace of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Sffs’s 60th anniversary.

Per usual, the program will honor contemporary cinema greats with onstage tributes including directing, acting, and storytelling awards. Past Sffs awards have gone to Robert Altman, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Ford Coppola, Judy Davis, »


- Anne Thompson

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How Donald Trump and James Comey Destroyed the Way Film and TV Depict the FBI and CIA

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Donald Trump’s battles with intelligence agencies and the many controversial moves by former FBI director James Comey may change the way Hollywood approaches stories from that world.

Stories of the FBI and CIA usually focus on a simple good guy/bad guy approach. The agencies, with the backing of the United States government, take on evildoers. On CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” that means chasing down brutal killers. On Fox’s “The X-Files,” that has meant exploring a shadowy conspiracy by a cabal far removed from the elected government.

But that’s all starting to change, and the battle between government officials and the intelligence community, which might have seemed an unnecessary plot a few years ago (“Wait? Who are audiences supposed to root for? Aren’t they on the same side?”) is now front and center.

Read More: FBI TV Album: From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘The Americans,’ Here Are The »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Big Sick’: Kumail Nanjiani Explains Why Racist Jokes Are Ok on ‘Silicon Valley’ And How He Avoids Stereotypical Roles

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One of the most outrageous running gags on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” involves the rivalry between geeky coders Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), who trade insults even when they’re on the clock. The pair’s invective knows no bounds, and in Gilfoyle’s case, that includes Dinesh’s ethnicity. Over the course of the show, Gilfoyle has referred to Dinesh as “a Pakistani Mr. T.,” joked that he “might be the first Pakistani killed by a drone inside the U.S.,” and even made a reference to suicide bombers.

See More‘The Big Sick’: 6 Ways to Create a Summer Indie Hit and an Oscar Contender

But Nanjiani’s unfazed by the offensive nature of the material. “Obviously, on ‘Silicon Valley,’ people make jokes that are racist,” the comic actor said in an interview last week. “So you just have to figure out — is the show saying this is good, »


- Eric Kohn

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Video Game Release Dates for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and PC Gaming Titles

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When it comes to scheduling out your entertainment, you've got a lot of options these days. We're in the age of Peak TV, Superhero Cinema, and have an unparalleled amount of content available across a wealth of online providers. It's hard enough to keep release dates straight for your favorite TV shows, movies, and superhero films let alone staying on top of when the latest and greatest video games are due to hit shelves. Add in the fact that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo's various gaming systems--not to mention PC gaming--sometimes have pre-order specials … »

- Dave Trumbore

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Laura Poitras on her WikiLeaks film Risk: ‘I knew Julian Assange was going to be furious’

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Oscar-winning director made her name with the Edward Snowden revelations. In turn, that led to the opportunity to closely film Assange. But the more she filmed, the more critical she became

Laura Poitras wants to make one thing absolutely clear. She still admires Julian Assange despite everything that has happened. But, it soon emerges, this is a mighty caveat.

Risk, Poitras’s film on Assange, six years in the making, is finally finished. During this time she has gone from being an Assange supporter given privileged access to an outsider banished from the WikiLeaks inner sanctum; she has exposed the National Security Agency’s global spying programme (a lot of it published in Britain by the Guardian) after being the first journalist to make contact with whistleblower Edward Snowden, and she has made an Oscar-winning documentary about Snowden called Citizenfour.

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- Simon Hattenstone

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Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Gets a $5.7 Million Head Start

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Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” has driven to a respectable $5.7 million at 3,226 North American locations on its first day on Wednesday.

Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, has gotten a head start on the Independence Day weekend before “Despicable Me 3” and “The House” open on Friday. The studio is projecting an opening in the $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other pre-release forecasts have been in the $20 million area.

The opening day number includes $2.1 million from Tuesday night previews.The film received an A CinemaScore from audiences under 25 and an A- overall.

Baby Driver,” released from Sony’s TriStar Pictures and Mrc, has received strong critical support since its South by Southwest premiere in March and has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In a sign of confidence, Sony announced at CinemaCon in March that it had moved the release up by six weeks from Aug. 11 with »


- Dave McNary

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Why Paul Thomas Anderson Didn’t Hire a Cinematographer For His New Movie

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Focus Features announced in February that production began in the U.K. on Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, one notable role wasn’t on the production’s creative roster: director of photography. It’s not unusual for Anderson’s movies to be shrouded in secrecy, with crew members required to sign non-disclosure agreements, but in this case the answer hid in plain sight: Anderson worked as his own Dp.

Read More: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Scenes, Ranked

What will be Daniel Day-Lewis’ last movie was known as “Phantom Thread” during production, but that will not be the title when the film hits theaters Christmas Day, IndieWire has learned. Written and directed by Anderson, the movie set in 1950s London stars Day-Lewis as a dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

Anderson toyed with the idea of working as both director and Dp on one of his movies for years, »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Death Note’ Trailer: Netflix Reveals Our First Official Look At Willem Dafoe’s Shinigami — Watch

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Before Adam Wingard takes the reins on the upcoming Legendary blockbuster “Godzilla vs. Kong,” he’s got a Netflix adaptation of the popular manga series “Death Note” set for release this summer. The streaming giant has released the official trailer, featuring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and “The Leftovers” breakout Margaret Qualley.

Read More: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: While Director Adam Wingard Is Hollywood’s Gain, Indie Film Loses a Talent

Death Note” centers around a high school loner who discovers a notepad that ends up killing the names he writes down. His efforts are aided by a Shinigami death spirit known as Ryuk, voiced by Willem Dafoe. Paul Nakauchi and Shea Whigham co-star.

The movie is at the center of whitewashing backlash despite Wingard’s insistence that he simply put a “fresh take” on the story by moving its setting from Japan to Seattle, Washington. In a statement to Buzzfeed in April, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Death Note': New Trailer Reveals Adam Wingard’s Terrifying Netflix Adaptation

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Netflix has released the new, full-length Death Note trailer for the highly anticipated adaptation. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film follows a high school student (Nat Wolff) who comes across a supernatural notebook that has the power to kill those whose names are inscribed upon it. The film is directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next) with a script by Charley & Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and Jeremy Slater (TV’s The Exorcist). Wingard has been vocal about the fact that this is a new interpretation of the manga and not a straight adaptation (he … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Chubby Funny review – terrifically funny post-Withnail satire

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Two young actors share a London flat, then one of them lands a gig. What ensues is a smart tale of quarterlife crisis and white, middle-class privilege

Harry Michell’s low-budget debut feature is a terrifically funny and smart quarterlife-crisis comedy with great dialogue riffs and a nice line in insouciant gloom. Two young actors share a flat in London: the pudgily insecure Oscar (played by Michell) and his more attractive, high-cheekboned mate, Charlie (Augustus Prew).

The film starts where Withnail & I ended: with one of them getting cast. Charlie gets a part in a classy stage Shakespeare, but poor Oscar has only a telly advert for chocolate and a day job as a door-to-door charity mugger. Charlie and Oscar have the same agent (Alice Lowe), who says Charlie is the attractive romantic lead, while Oscar must accept his professional destiny of playing the unthreatening cuddly friend: “chubby funny”.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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New Trailer For Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Changes A Dangerous World

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier this year, the live action “Ghost In The Shell” unsuccessfully fought off criticism about its whitewashed remake of the source material, and now Adam Wingard‘s “Death Note” is facing much of the same feedback. However, the director defended his adaptation of the manga by saying his was a “fresh take” that simply takes the story the stateside.

There is no conspiracy to remove Japanese culture from Death Note.

Continue reading New Trailer For Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Changes A Dangerous World at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rob Lowe is Convinced He Met Bigfoot and Doesn’t Care If He Sounds Like A ‘Hollywood Kook’ — Watch

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Has Rob Lowe lost his marbles? You might think so after watching the first trailer for A&E’s upcoming docuseries “The Lowe Files,” which finds Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, setting out to solve paranormal mysteries and legendary myths across the country. Let’s just say this is not what we expected Lowe to be doing after “The Grinder” was cancelled.

Read More: Rob Lowe on Grinding On After ‘The Grinder

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lowe teases the new series by spoiling what will surely be one of its most talked about episodes. The season finale finds the Lowe gentlemen searching for the one and only Bigfoot, and it turns out they actually saw him with their own eyes. Lowe tells the magazine he saw a creature known as the “wood ape,” which is the Ozark version of Bigfoot.

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- Zack Sharf

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8 Reasons Why CBS’ ‘Zoo’ Is the Most Insane Summer Series You’re Not Watching

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

CBS’ Zoo, much like the establishments that give the series its name, has a lot of shit going on. Basically, a cataclysmic event caused every animal on Earth to rise up and turn against the human race. It’s up to a rag-tag team—zoologist Jackson Oz (James Wolk), journalist Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly), safari guide Abraham Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie), intelligence agent Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder) and pathologist Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke)—to develop a cure. Honestly, the details don’t matter. What actually does matter is the fact Zoo is a beautiful, preposterous summer slice of sensory overload. … »

- Vinnie Mancuso

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Hoot Comedy execs launch UK production outfit Bad Owl Films

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Exclusive: Company reveals debut slate of comedy, horror projects.

Fledgling UK production outfit Bad Owl Films has launched its debut slate, including two features made in co-production with India’s Cinestaan.

Ben Bond [pictured], whose credits include Killing Bono as a writer and the upcoming The Hungry as executive producer, will head up the company as creative director, alongside producer Iona Sweeney.

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Andy Brunskill will provide consulting services.

Bond is the co-founder of commercials and TV production outfit Hoot Comedy, where Sweeney is head of broadcast. Going forward, they will continue in their positions at both companies.

Their new outfit Bad Owl Films will aim to produce between one and two feature films a year, focused on comedy and horror, with budgets in the £1-15m range.

Films on the company’s initial slate include: The Hungry, a co-production with Film London and Cinestaan, which is a retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy [link=nm »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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