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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun production in Malawi on his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which he will also star.

The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood.

The news was announced Thursday by by Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Potboiler ProductionsAndrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s »


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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

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Jordan Peele’s hit horror film “Get Out” led all films in nominations for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Thursday. “Get Out” received four nominations, including Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Other movies nominated for Best Feature at the awards, which are designed to celebrate independent film, are Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Josh and Bennie Safdie’s “Good Time” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” »


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Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)

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Feud: Betty and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh.

The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show.

Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus on the life of the actress and her relationship with Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960.

Leigh won best actress Academy Awards for her portrayal of  Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). She also won a Tony in 1963 for best actress in a musical for “Tovarich.” She suffered from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, and died at the age of 53 in 1967. »


- Dave McNary

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TV Talk: New ‘The Punisher’ Trailer and Release Date

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On this episode of Collider TV Talk (October 19th, 2017), Josh Macuga, Perri Nemiroff and Grace Hancock discuss: New The Punisher trailer & release date Nielsen says it will measure audiences for TV episodes that stream via Netflix Mark Ruffalo to play twin brothers in HBO limited series Casey Affleck and Alfonso Cuaron horror series American Horror Story: Cult review - Perri & Grace Mr. Robot Review - Josh Riverdale Review - Josh & Grace Perri interview clip with Crypt TV's Leeanna Vamp Twitter Questions Pick of the Day - If you could pick a candy to write a sitcom about, what candy … »

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‘The Snowman’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

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Jo Nesbø’s 2007 novel “The Snowman” may have been a critically acclaimed best-seller, but Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation has not impressed critics.

Stars Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson could not save “The Snowman” from critical collapse. So far, reviews have been highly unfavorable for the film about detective Harry Hole (Fassbender) and recruit Katrine Bratt (Fergsuon) who investigate the return of a serial killer when a potential victim disappears during the first snow of winter. Critics decried the film’s scattered and incomprehensible plot line and bemoaned the lack of direction for its main cast members.

The Snowman” descends upon theaters Oct. 20. Here’s what the critics are saying:

Variety‘s Guy Lodge:

“Like a game of narrative Jenga, every excised element appears to have weakened the whodunnit’s overall structure, toward a climax that may well succeed in catching viewers off-guard, but in large part because of how little sense, both practically »


- Taryn Nobil

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Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’

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In an interview with the New York Times, Quentin Tarantino has opened up about his knowledge surrounding the sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have come out against his close collaborator Harvey Weinstein.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admitted in the interview that he had known about the allegations long before the explosive New York Times and New Yorker reports that catalyzed the producer’s fall from grace. Tarantino’s former girlfriend, Mira Sorvino, who has since gone public with her own allegations against Weinstein, told Tarantino »


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New ‘Wonder’ Trailer Is Here To Make You Cry

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Every now and then, you might need to go see a good tear-jerker. Wonder is here to help you out with that. Adapted from R.J. Palacio‘s novel, the film follows a young boy with facial differences who attends public school for the first time after years of homeschooling. The family drama marks the directorial return of The Perks of Being […]

The post New ‘Wonder’ Trailer Is Here To Make You Cry appeared first on /Film. »


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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How VFX Masters Replicated Sean Young as Rachael

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One of the great surprises of “Blade Runner 2049” was a stunning CG recreation of the Rachael replicant played by Sean Young in the original movie. The two-minute sequence brings an emotionally stirring reunion with Harrison Ford’s Deckard that required technical virtuosity and subtle performance. This major step in digital human animation should be rewarded with a VFX Oscar nomination.

Body double Loren Peta played the young Rachael (in costume, makeup, and with dotted face) and performed on set with Ford and Jared Leto (as replicant manufacturer Wallace). She was directed by Denis Villeneuve, with Young on set as well for reference. The goal was to merge the two into a perfect replica.

Facial Capture on a Secret Saturday

“Denis really liked Loren’s performance when it was cut together, but part of our plan was to do a facial capture of Loren and Sean,” said Oscar-winning production visual »


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Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

34 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quentin Tarantino is speaking out about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal to The New York Times, and the celebrated director admits to knowing about the rumors involving Weinstein’s behavior. More than 40 women have accused the former head of The Weinstein Company of sexual harassment and abuse, including Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Tarantino first commented on the allegations in a Tweet posted by Ambery Tamblyn, in which he said he was “stunned” and “heartbroken” and would need a couple days to “process his emotions.”

Read More:  Quentin Tarantino Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’ve Been Stunned and Heartbroken’

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino tells The New York Times in a new interview. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I »


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‘The Killing Of The Sacred Deer’, Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Bow This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Consistent with previous weekends, Friday launches a new pack of Specialty titles in a crowded market. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone are among the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing Of the Sacred Deer from A24, opening in New York and L.A. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are debuting Todd Haynes' latest, Wonderstruck, following recent stops in Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival. Also off the festival circuit is The Orchard's… »


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Mark Ruffalo & Derek Cianfrance Team For ‘I Know This Much Is True’ At HBO

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Peak TV is gonna Peak TV, and the latest project to get the wheels turning at HBO brings together an auteur, a superhero, and some critically acclaimed source material.

Derek Cianfrance has signed up to direct the limited series adaptation of Wally Lamb‘s acclaimed “I Know This Much Is True.” Mark Ruffalo will pull a James Franco, playing dual roles in the drama about twin brothers, and their lives across the 20th century.

Continue reading Mark Ruffalo & Derek Cianfrance Team For ‘I Know This Much Is True’ At HBO at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Wes Anderson-Inspired Airbnb Costs Around $200 Per Night, So Book a Trip to Ontario Asap

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Wes Anderson fans traveling to Ontario, Canada have a new destination where they need to stay. Introducing Mr. Anderson’s House, a two-bedroom Airbnb house located in Prince Edward County where every single room is devoted to a different Wes Anderson movie. The house is listed at approximately $186 per weeknight and $206 per weekend night and comes with free wi-fi. The home sleeps four people and has ample backyard space, including a fenced-in yard, a large deck, and a BBQ.

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The official Airbnb description for the home reads: “Each room in this home is themed after a different film in director Wes Anderson’s repertoire, some more subtly than others. This house is a love letter to him, and an ever-evolving design project. Mr. Anderson’s House is a century home in the wine and culture-rich County of Prince Edward. It »


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‘Only the Brave’ Taps Trump Digital Guru Brad Parscale (Exclusive)

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Brad Parscale, the digital media director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was hired by the makers of “Only the Brave” to help the action-drama appeal to red-state moviegoers, Variety has learned.

Black Label Media, the film’s financier, retained Parscale to supplement online and social media marketing efforts. Sony Pictures is distributing the $38 million production, which is on track to open to a weak $6 million when it debuts this weekend. “Only the Brave” centers on a crew of firefighters battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013. It was one of the worst wildfires in American history, having killed 19 firefighters.

“Black Label Media used several different data analytics firms and consultants to test new marketing approaches to complement Sony’s marketing efforts on the film with the goal to reach the broadest possible audience,” Black Label Media said in a statement to Variety.

Parscale advised the filmmakers to retain Marcus Luttrell, a former »


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Colin Powell Movie Will Star Morgan Freeman as the Former Secretary of State

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The life of retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is receiving the biopic treatment, and one of the best actors in the biz has just signed up to play the part. Morgan Freeman will play Powell in a new film from Marshall director Reginald Hudlin. The future Colin Powell movie is being […]

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Movie Talk: Will ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Unite All Three Trilogies?

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Thursday October 18th, 2017) Perri Nemiroff, John Rocha Mark Reilly and Wendy Lee discuss the following: Will Star Wars: Episode IX unite all three trilogies? The Snowman director says they didn’t get to shoot 10-15% of the script New clip released for Jigsaw New featurette released for Bright The first trailer released for The Ballad of Lefty Brown starring Bill Pullman Mail Bag Live Twitter [caption id="attachment_669763" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Universal Pictures[/caption]… »

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Ridley Scott’s ‘All The Money In The World’ To Close AFI Fest

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The clock on the awards season is winding down and there are only a few more movies left to get into the race. There’s Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread,” Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post,” and Ridley Scott‘s “All The Money In The World.” And the latter is getting ready to shine.

AFI Fest has selected the drama to close the proceedings on November 16th.

Continue reading Ridley Scott’s ‘All The Money In The World’ To Close AFI Fest at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Princess Cyd’ Trailer: An Entertaining Coming-of-Age Tale About Fluid Teen Sexuality

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Too often, the nuances of female desire and exploration are painted with broad strokes by filmmakers of all stripes, but especially male ones. Which is why Stephen Cone’s beautifully rendered portrait of one teen’s innocent romantic experiments comes as such a delightful surprise. But there is more at play in “Princess Cyd,” which also explores a middle-aged woman’s relationship to her sexuality in equally delicate measures. The relationship between the two women is the film’s major driving force, which is apparent in the first trailer for the engaging and understated film.

Princess Cyd” follows 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin (Jessie Pinnick) over a summer visit to her novelist aunt (Rebecca Spence) in Chicago. Estranged since the death of Cyd’s mother, Miranda and Cyd gently dance around each other as they re-establish an adult relationship. Meanwhile, Cyd seeks guidance during her dalliance with cute neighborhood barista Katie »


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Dierks Bentley Enters The Best Song Fire With ‘Only The Brave’

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A year ago it was pretty much a given that one of the selections from “La La Land” was going to win Best Original Song. This awards season is a completely different story. Original compositions such as “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” “The Mystery of Love” or “Visions of Gideon” from “Call Me By Your Name,” “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall,” “Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Truth to Power” from “An Inconvenient Sequel,” a number of potential players from Pixar’s “Coco” and even “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker” are all in the race for a nomination.

Continue reading Dierks Bentley Enters The Best Song Fire With ‘Only The Brave’ at The Playlist. »

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Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (Exclusive)

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With Sean Baker, Trey Edwards, Chris Newman, Ed Lachman, Peter Webber and Mike Hausman among its board members, a new film festival of classic films will unspool from Nov. 10 -13 in Bogota, Colombia.

Dubbed The Classics – Festival of the Films That Will Live Forever, the new film fest is founded by producer Ivonne Torres and Juan Carvajal, co-founder and artistic director of the three-year old Bogota Independent Film Festival, IndieBo.

Buoyed by sell-out crowds at IndieBo last July when the festival screened restored classics via a new pact with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Carvajal said: “I saw how these movie gems – rescued and restored with the support of the Film Foundation – deserved nothing better than to be enjoyed where they belong: the big screen.”

For many moviegoers in Bogota, it was the first time to see such classics as Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” and [link=nm »


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Weinstein Company Staffers Pen Statement About “Monster” Harvey Weinstein

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Updated with full statement: The New Yorker was first to publish a statement signed by “select members of the Weinstein Company staff” in the wake of that magazine’s exposé on the company’s co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The group, which did not sign individual names but is said by the magazine to number about 30, says among other things that they “did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator” and that the TWC board “failed” in its duty to keep Weinstein in… »


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