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Nick Offerman to star in musical 'Hearts Beat Loud'

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Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette to co-star.

Park Pictures, Burn Later Productions and Houston King Productions have announced that Nick Offerman will star in Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud

The film, co-written by Haley and Marc Basch, is the story of Frank and Sam, a father and daughter who form an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before the daughter leaves for college. 

This marks Offerman’s first leading role as he reunites with Haley after the two collaborated on The Hero.

Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette will also join the previously announced Kiersey Clemons.  

Haley’s film The Hero starring Sam Elliott is currently in theatres. The Hero and Haley’s previous film I’ll See You In My Dreams, both co-written with Basch, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Offerman is an actor, writer, and woodworker best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC »


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TNT orders Chris Pine, Patty Jenkins drama straight-to-series

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Wonder Woman director Jenkins set to direct pilot, potentially more.

TNT has ordered drama One Day She’ll Darken straight-to-series. 

One Day She’ll Darken tells the story of Fauna Hodel who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949.

As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery, the spider in the web around the legendary “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.

Patty Jenkins, fresh of the success of Wonder Woman, is attached to direct the pilot and potentially additional episodes, and will serve as an executive producer. 

Chris Pine reunites with his Wonder Woman director, and is attached to star in all six episodes, while Author Sam Sheridan is set to write the series, inspired »


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Showtime picks up Matt Damon, Ben Affleck drama pilot 'City On A Hill'

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Gavin O’Connor to direct 1990s-set project based on “Boston Miracle”.

Showtime has picked up announced a new one-hour drama pilot called City On A Hill , to be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

In the early 90s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, and then it all suddenly changed. City On A Hill is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” 

At the centre is an African-American district attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. 

Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

The pilot will be written by Chuck MacLean, and directed »


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Sarajevo Film Festival reveals documentary competition titles

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Four world premieres set for competitive strand.

The 2017 Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 11-18) has revealed the titles set to feature in its documentary competition this year.

The programme includes 14 films in total, seven less than last year, focusing on a variety of topics including sexuality, family, love and survival.

Alongside four world premieres - all from Bosnia - there are several high-profile regional premieres that have bowed at other festivals.

City Of The Sun (Mzis Qalaqi) premiered at the Berlinale and had its UK bow at Sheffield Doc/Fest (winning the Art Doc prize), where fellow Sarajevo title Mr Gay Syria [pictured] had its world premiere.

Avec L’Amour premiered at HotDocs in Canada, while the Iggy Pop-narrated In Praise Of Nothing will premiere at Locarno.

Line-up

World premieres

Guidance Through the Black Hole (Vodic Kroz Crnu Rupu)

Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, 2017, 76 min.

Directors: Aleksandar Nikolić, Zlatko Pranjić

Home (Dom)

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Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' to close New York Film Festival

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Wonder Wheel will have its world premiere on October 14.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will be the closing night selection of the 55th New York Film Festival.

The film will have its world premiere on October 14.

Amazon Studios will release Wonder Wheel on December 1, 2017, and will be the first film the studio will distribute independently.

Set in Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) tells a fantastical story about a middle-aged carousel operator (James Belushi) and his beleaguered wife (Kate Winslet), who eke out a living on the boardwalk and are visited by his estranged daughter (Juno Temple) - a situation from which layer upon layer of human complications develop. 

Wonder Wheel’s selection marks the third time the New York Film Festival has showcased Allen’s work, following 1994 Centerpiece Bullets Over Broadway and 1998 opening night selection Celebrity.

Earlier this summer »


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Sarajevo selects 2017 CineLink Drama projects

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Six projects selected for second edition of festival industry event.

Returning in 2017, Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Drama strand has selected six projects for its second edition.

Showcasing television series in development, the aim of the initiative is to bolster regional TV production.

The projects will be shown to European and regional broadcasters, VoD and SVoD Operators, and will include an open pitch session followed by one-on-one meetings.

This year will also see the introduction of a new development award - a €10,000 cash prize sponsored by Film Centre Serbia.

The jury awarding the prize will consist of Meinolf Zurhorst, Tatjana Andersson and Giacomo Durzi, who will select the most promising project out of the six chosen.

Jovan Marjanović, Sarajevo’s head of industry, commented: “We were excited to get so many submissions for the new drama series. The projects that have been selected promise to bring a new chapter to regional screens. The potential »


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Venice Film Festival line-up offers big names and big surprises

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Aronofsky, Clooney and del Toro are heading to the Lido; Alberto Barbera reveals the ones that got away.

Ahead of the world’s oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.

However, the flavour to this year’s Venice line-up is noticeably different from recent editions with an emphasis on internationalism, discoveries and innovation over large canvas studio fare.

If last year’s Venice lineup was a veritable treasure trove of big name Us and international filmmakers, this year’s lineup has a slightly more tempered feel to it, which nonetheless remains full of intrigue.

In the last four years Venice has kickstarted major Oscar runs for four Us movies [Gravity, Birdman, Spotlight and La La Land], however last year, for the first time in three years, it missed out on hosting the best picture winner [Moonlight, which went to Telluride].

Buzzed-about early awards contenders in this year’s 21-strong competition include Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly »


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Hammer Films plots immersive cinema event in London

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Secret Cinema and Crystal Maze creatives hired for October event.

Hammer Films, the iconic British horror production house, is planning an immersive cinema/theatre event that will run in London in October.

Dubbed Hammer House of Horror Live, the newly-commissioned experience will welcome up to 200 visitors a night to Hoxton Hall in east London, with the event running October 3-31.

Based on an original script, the experience will give participants the opportunity to witness a vampiric ritual, including elements of live theatre, immersive film and digital technology.

The event’s production team is being headed up by Anna Söderblom, founder of theatre-focused entertainment company Storia, with production manager Andy Reader, whose credits include three major Secret Cinema productions: Star Wars, Dr Strangelove and 28 Days Later.

Söderblom will direct and has co-written the experience with Oscar Blustin, founder of theatre company Specifiq, who has worked on previous immersive productions including The Crystal Maze.

Stewart Pringle of London »


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London Mayor donates £40,000 to Dalston's iconic Rio Cinema

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Fundraising campaign supported by Edgar Wright, Luke Evans, Russell Brand and Ed Skrein.

The London Mayors Regeneration Fund donated £40,000 ($52,553) to Dalston’s Rio Cinema to aid its expansion and restoration, it was announced yesterday (July 26).

The cinema received the joint highest donation from the Regeneration Fund, which has funded 25 Spacehive community projects. The donation will help to complete the East London cinema’s RioGeneration campaign.

The cash will help fund a second screen, new facilities and restore the features of the Grade II listed building, including its 1937 entrance. The new facilities include a bar, multi-function community space in the basement and improvements to the foyer.

The Rio Cinema plans to have the second screen finished in time for the release of Blade Runner 2049 (October 6, 2017).

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The Rio is one of London’s most iconic cinemas and an important cultural asset to the diverse community of Dalston. It’s fantastic »


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'The Other Side Of Hope' to open Sarajevo Film Festival

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Aki Kaurismaki’s latest set as festival opener.

Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side of Hope will open the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival on August 11.

The Finnish director’s latest will screen at the National Theatre and the Raiffeisen Open Air Cinema in Sarajevo.

It premiered earlier this year in Berlin, where it won the festival’s Silver Bear award for best director.

Screen’s review claimed that “Kaurismaki fans will not want to miss this one”. It also topped Screen’s 2017 Berlin jury grid.

The Finnish-German production is the director’s first film in six years and follows Khaled, who flees to Finland from war-torn Syria and meets restaurateur Wikstrom, who has recently left his alcoholic wife.

The film is Kaurismaki’s 12th feature and is being touted as the thematic twin to his 2011 picture Le Havre, which opened the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival.

The stars of The Other Side of Hope, actors Simon Al-Boozen »


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Venice contender 'Ex Libris' scores key deals for Doc & Film

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Exclusive: Company also takes on Venice Out of Competition title Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda.

Paris-based sales company Doc & Film has unveiled a slew of deals on Frederick Wiseman’s Venice Golden Lion contender Ex Libris – The New York Public Library.

The documentary, going behind the scenes of the world-famous public library, was revealed on Thursday as being one of the titles in the Venice Film Festival’s main competition.

Doc & Film CEO Daniela Elstner said the feature had pre-sold to Spain (La Aventura Audiovisual), Korea (Jinjin), Taiwan (Joint Entertainment), China (Lemon Tree) and Switzerland (Xenix).

“Other territories are under negotiation and it will be released in France on 1st November by Meteore Films,” she added.

Wiseman’s film delves into how the New York Public Library continues traditional activities while adapting to the digital age.  

Venice sales pick-up

In other Venice-related news, Doc & Film has also taken on sales of Stephen Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda »


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Venice Film Festival unveils 2017 line-up

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Downsizing to open 2017 edition of Italian festival.

The line-up of the 74th Venice Film Festival has been revealed.

As previously announced, Alexander Payne’s latest film Downsizing will open the 2017 festival and is in competition.

CompetitionDownsizing, Alexander Payne (opening film)Human Flow, Al Weiweimother!, Darren AronofskySuburbicon, George ClooneyThe Shape Of Water, Guillermo del ToroL’insulte, Ziad DoueiriLa Villa, Robert GuediguianLean On Pete, Andrew HaighMektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, Abdellatif KechicheSandome No Satsujin (The Third Murder), Hirokazu KoreedaCustody (Jusqu’a La Garde), Xavier LegrandAmmore e Malavita, Manetti BrosFoxtrot, Samuel MaozThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonaghHannah, Andrea PallaoroJia Nian Hua (Angels Wear White), Vivian QuUna Famiglia, Sebastiano RosaFirst Reformed, Paul SchraderSweet Country, Warwick ThorntonThe Leisure Seeker, Paolo VirziEx Libris – New York Public Library, Frederick WisemanOut Of Competition (fiction)Our Souls At Night, Ritesh BatraVictoria And Abdul, Stephen FrearsLa Melodie, Rachid HamiOutrage Coda, Takeshi Kitano (closing film)Loving Pablo, Fernando León de AranoaIl Signor Rotpeter, Antonietta de LilloDiva »


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Venice Film Festival unveils 2017 line-up (live)

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Downsizing to open 2017 edition of Italian festival.

The line-up of the 74th Venice Film Festival is being revealed at a press conference in the Italian city. Refresh this page to read the line-up as it is announced.

To watch the press conference live, click here.

As previously announced, Alexander Payne’s latest film Downsizing will open the 2017 festival and is in competition.

CompetitionHuman Flow, Al Weiweimother!, Darren AronofskySuburbicon, George ClooneyThe Shape Of Water, Guillermo del ToroL’insulte, Ziad DoueiriLa Villa, Robert GuediguianLean On Pete, Andrew HaighMektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, Abdellatif KechicheThe Third Murder, Hirokazu KoreedaJusqu’a Le Garde, Xavier LegrandAmmore e Malavita, Manetti BrosFoxtrot, Samuel MaozThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonaghHannah, Andrea PallaoroJia Nian Hua (Angels Wear White), Vivian QuUna Famiglia, Sebastiano RosaFirst Reformed, Paul SchraderSweet Country, Warwick ThorntonThe Leisure Seeker, Paolo VirziEx Libris – New York Public Library, Frederick WisemanOut Of Competition (fiction)Our Souls At Night, Ritesh BatraVictoria And Abdul, Stephen FrearsLa »


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Stan Lee licenses The Unknowns to Arcana's 'Panda vs Aliens'

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Film being lined up for release in 2018.

Stan Lee’s Pow Entertainment has licensed its animated alien characters, The Unknowns, to be used in animated feature Panda vs. Aliens, which is currently in production at Canada’s Arcana Studios.

Co-produced by China’s Yisang Media and Los Angeles Beijing Studios (Labs), the film is about aliens landing on an animal planet and seeking the power of a panda that they’ve seen through satellite broadcasts of a TV show.

Gill Champion and Stan Lee will executive produce the film, which is directed by Arcana Studios founder Sean O’Reilly and is being lined up for release over Chinese New Year 2018.

Sc Films International has also come on board the project as international sales agent.

The Unknowns is a TV series about a group of aliens who land on Earth disguised as a touring rock band, which is based on an original idea created by Stan Lee and developed »


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Yann Demange early frontrunner to direct 'Bond 25'

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Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie also rumoured to be on the list.

Having set a release date for Bond 25, Eon and MGM are weighing up who will be best suited to direct 007’s next adventure.

According to reports Yann Demange (pictured), the wunderkind who directed Ira thriller ’71 and is working on White Boy Rick, is on the shortlist.

So are Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and another Briton, David Mackenzie, whose stock rose with 2016 awards season release Hell Or High Water.

Sam Mendes has said he would not return after directing Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), which earned $1.1bn and $880m worldwide, respectively.

CAA, which represents Demange and Villeneuve, would not comment on the speculation. Screen was unable to reach representatives for Mackenzie.

Daniel Craig, who has played the superspy for the last four instalments, is expected to don the tuxedo one last time.

What also remains to be decided is who will distribute the film. Sony »


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Eon, MGM circle 'Bond 25' directors

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Yann Demange understood to be frontrunner.

Having set a release date for Bond 25, Eon and MGM are weighing up who will be best suited to direct 007’s next adventure.

According to reports Yann Demange (pictured), the wunderkind who directed Ira thriller ’71 and is working on White Boy Rick, is on the shortlist.

So are Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and another Briton, David Mackenzie, whose stock rose with 2016 awards season release Hell Or High Water.

Sam Mendes has said he would not return after directing Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), which earned $1.1bn and $880m worldwide, respectively.

CAA, which represents Demange and Villeneuve, would not comment on the speculation. Screen was unable to reach representatives for Mackenzie.

Daniel Craig, who has played the superspy for the last four instalments, is expected to don the tuxedo one last time.

What also remains to be decided is who will distribute the film. Sony’s contract »


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Hollywood fury over Trump transgender military remarks

26 July 2017 12:25 PM, PDT

“You just pissed off the wrong community,” actor-activist George Takei says.

Hollywood reacted with anger on Wednesday morning over the president’s latest comments on Twitter that transgender people should not serve in the military.

Trump posted three tweets that read: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming….. victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon Studios’ hit show Transparent, which stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman and also features transgender actor Alexandra Billings, tweeted: “I can’t think of any situation where banning certain himans makes sense. It only works as hate-normalizing. #overthrow.”

Actor and activist George Takei tweeted: “Donald: With your »


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Ifp sets Gothams 2017 awards date

26 July 2017 11:24 AM, PDT

Eight categories up for grabs.

Ifp top brass announced on Wednesday they had set the dates for the 27th annual Gotham Awards in New York.

The show will take place on November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street. Nominations are announced on October 19.

Submissions open on August 1 in eight of the competitive categories: best feature, best documentary, best actor, best actress, best screenplay, breakthrough actor, breakthrough series long form and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award.

Deadline for submissions is September 14. Click here for further details.

Last year’s major winners included Moonlight (pictured)for best feature, O.J.: Made In America for best documentary, Casey Affleck for best actor (Manchester By The Sea), Isabelle Huppert for best actress (Elle), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for breakthrough series – long form, and Her for breakthrough series – short form. »


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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films board 'The Sound'

26 July 2017 10:17 AM, PDT

Rose McGowan and Christopher Lloyd star in supernatural thriller.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured Us rights to Jenna Mattison’s directorial debut The Sound.

The film centres on Kelly, a writer and a skeptic of the supernatural. As a specialist in acoustic physics she uses low frequency tactile sound waves to debunk reported paranormal activities for her online blog.

When presented a new case about a supposedly haunted subway station, Kelly sets off to uncover the truth behind the hoax that involves a 40-year-old unexplained suicide.

Rose McGowan, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Eklund, Richard Gunn, and Jane Moffat star in the supernatural thriller written and directed by Mattison.

Geoff Hart, Jenna Mattison, Allan Ungar, Michele Weisler produced the film, while Cody Hackman, Mike Hattim Louie Maisano and Bruno Marino served as executive producers.

Ben McConley, Jason Van Eman, Vincenzo Varallo, and Marino Kulas also served as executive producers. 

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Afm launches writers workshop series

26 July 2017 6:20 AM, PDT

Topics include rewrites and turning a premise into a script.

Afm hierarchy will launch the Writers Workshops series in November.

The sessions will feature instructors from universities including USC and UCLA and take place on November 5 and 6.

‘You Had Me At Page One’ on November 5 will focus on techniques to make the script sparkle and will look at word choice, scene direction, dialogue approach, and the nuances of the page. Pilar Alessandra will serve as instructor and consultant.

‘ReVision: Seeing Your Script With New Eyes’ on November 6 explores how to rewrite and concludes with a hands-on exercise. Ken Lazebnki from USC is the instructor.

Sessions include how to write compelling characters, and how to transform a premise into an engaging screenplay. For more details click here.

The 38th Afm runs from November 1-8 in Santa Monica. »


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