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Afm: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’

Afm: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’
Brian O’Shea has led the Exchange to strong growth. Launched in 2011, the self-funded finance-sales company has sold and/or financed such notable films as the award-winning documentary “Gleason,” “Chocolate City,” “A Street Cat Named Bob,” “The Spectacular Now” and “Dear White People.” O’Shea recently talked to Variety about the company,

You’re currently working on “A Girl From Mogadishu” from writer-director Mary McGuckian, which tells the story of Somali social activist Ifrah Ahmed and her fight against the horrors of female genital mutilation. It couldn’t be more timely.

Absolutely, and we’ve always been drawn to and driven by unique powerful stories like this, which are a core part of breakout independent filmmaking. Nothing is more truthful than a real life story, and the activist, who’s in the film, is just so inspiring. So we felt this was so relevant in so many ways — women’s rights, globalization, the oppression of minorities,
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The confrontation by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' Una star ‪Rooney Mara‬ on Ben Mendelsohn's Ray: "She can't take her eyes off of him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' harrowing debut feature Una, screenplay by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird (on Broadway with Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels), stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Ruby Stokes with Riz Ahmed and Tara Fitzgerald. The costumes are by Steven Noble (Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting, Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin and Mark Romanek and Alex Garland's adaptation of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, announced today).

Una (as in either the one and only or the first of many) is a young woman (Rooney Mara) who as a teenager (played by Ruby Stokes) was the victim of a sex offender. A decade and a half after the trial that sent him, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) to prison,
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Mahershala Ali Fights Inner Demons in Jay-z's 'Adnis' Music Video -- Watch!

Mahershala Ali Fights Inner Demons in Jay-z's 'Adnis' Music Video -- Watch!
Mahershala Ali fights his inner demons in Jay-z's music video for "Adnis."

The rapper released the black-and-white video starring the Moonlight star and Danny Glover exclusively on Tidal on Friday. The song is a bonus track available on the physical edition of his latest album, 4:44.

Related: Jay-z Seemingly Addresses Beyonce's 'Lemonade,' Becky & That Infamous Elevator Fight on New Album '4:44'

The video is directed by Mark Romanek and features the Oscar winner as a boxer who is dealing with personal issues while he trains with a father-like trainer, played by Glover. The emotional track begins with Jay-z saying that the song is a letter to his father that he never wrote.

Related: The Crazy Link Between Jay-z's '4:44' Album Title and the Infamous Elevator Scuffle With Solange Knowles

Jay-z released 4:44 on June 30 and fans quickly went wild deciphering his lyrics to see if he addressed the [link
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It and Mama director, Andy Muschietti replaces Scott Derrickson on Locke & Key

Author: Zehra Phelan

Doctor Strange director, Scott Derrickson, has been forced to step down from the helm on Hulu’s horror Fantasy Drama, Locke & Key due to a scheduling conflict; however, a key horror filmmaker has already stepped into his shoes.

Related: Andy Muschietti, It news

The Mama and It director, Andy Muschietti has quickly replaced Derrickson on the one-hour long Idw comic adaptation which is written by none other than Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriquez.

Locke & Key tells the story of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.

The comic book narrative of Locke & Key was structured in three acts,
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Jay-z Makes An Amazing ‘La La Land’/’Moonlight’ Oscar Fail Reference on Standout ‘4:44’ Track

Jay-z Makes An Amazing ‘La La Land’/’Moonlight’ Oscar Fail Reference on Standout ‘4:44’ Track
Jay-z is back in the music spotlight with the release of “4:44,” his thirteenth studio album that finds him more vulnerable than he’s ever been. Amongst tracks in which he talks about his martial strife with Beyonce and admits to womanizing, the Brooklyn rapper builds an entire song around the infamous “La La Land”/”Moonlight” Best Picture screw up that was the talk of the Oscars this year.

Read More: Jay-z and Mark Romanek Unveil ‘4:44’ Animated Video for ‘The Story of O.J.’

The eighth song on the 10-track album is called “Moonlight,” and it includes the hook: “We stuck in La La Land/ Even when we win, we gon’ lose/ We got the same fuckin’ flows/ I don’t know who is who.” Speaking with iHeart Radio following the album’s release, the rapper confirmed both the title and the hook was a reference to the infamous Best Picture gaffe.
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Jay-z and Mark Romanek Unveil ‘4:44’ Animated Video for ‘The Story of O.J.’

Jay-z and Mark Romanek Unveil ‘4:44’ Animated Video for ‘The Story of O.J.’
After weeks of hints, teases, trailers, and promos, Jay-z has dropped his latest album “4:44” — available only on streaming service Tidal — along with a much-hyped visual accompaniment in the form of an animated music video directed by the rapper and Mark Romanek.

While expectations long held that Jay-z would deliver a full visual album to match the new album, likely drawing inspiration from his own wife Beyonce’s work on her lauded “Lemonade,” a lush and compelling visual album that accompanied her latest album while standing magnificently on its own, the result appears to be something much slimmer and more traditional.

Read More: ‘4:44’ With Mahershala Ali and Lupita Nyong’o Is Jay-z’s Nc-17 Mystery Film — Watch New Trailer

In the first clip from the video, Jay-z and Romanek appear to be hard at work twisting and taking back African-American stereotypes, and as Rolling Stone notes, the rapper’s own animated character,
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‘Insecure’ Season 2 Trailer: Emmy Contender Issa Rae Returns For Another Round of Growing Pains

‘Insecure’ Season 2 Trailer: Emmy Contender Issa Rae Returns For Another Round of Growing Pains
Issa Rae was one of the breakout new voices of the 2016 television season thanks to “Insecure,” which found the creator of the successful web series “Awkward Black Girl” bringing her distinct social commentary to the small screen. HBO wisely renewed the series for another round of episodes, and our first look at Season 2 has arrived in the form of an official trailer that proves Issa still has a lot of growing up to do.

Read More: ‘Insecure’ Teaser Trailer Promises the Season 2 of Issa Rae’s Dreams

Insecure” returns to HBO on Sunday, July 23. We’ll know by then if the series found any love among Emmy voters. Issa Rae is currently in the thick of awards season and has been campaigning for the show, which could earn Best Comedy and Best Comedy Actress nominations when the Emmy voting results are announced on July 13.

The series co-stars Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce and Jay Ellis.
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Hulu gives pilot order to Locke & Key, Scott Derrickson to direct

Last year it was announced that Idw Entertainment were developing a small screen adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s acclaimed comic book series Locke & Key, and now comes word that Hulu has officially placed a pilot order, with Carlton Cuse (Lost) set to executive produce and showrun and Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) directing.

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them… and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!

“I love this story,” said Hill during last year’s announcement. “The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life and there still isn’t a day when I don’t think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six
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Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu

Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]

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Isa of the Day: The Exhange Launches a Production Division and HIres Producer Tom McNulty

International Sales Agent of the Day: First of an occasional pre-Cannes series highlighting the “sellers” whose lineups in Cannes will bring in buyers and who are breaking the normal boundaries of what an Isa is.Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange, a leading sales and film finance company, has hired producer Tom McNulty (“The Spectacular Now”, “Date Night” ) to launch their first ever film development and production division.

Collaborative and transparent, The Exchange is an international sales and finance company committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financiers and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. Created Brian O’Shea, the company specializes in high quality, commercial films that appeal to North American audiences and the ever-evolving global film market. Check out his Cannes offerings at Cinando.

With more than $2 billion at the box office under his belt, Tom McNulty’s upcoming projects include Universal’s
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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining Had a Much Darker Alternate Ending

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining Had a Much Darker Alternate Ending
If you look at any list claiming to rank the best horror movies of all time, there's a good chance that you'll see director Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic The Shining either at or near the top of that list 37 years after it hit theaters. The film is still considered a horror classic to this day, with Warner Bros. even developing a Shining prequel entitled The Overlook Hotel, which has Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) attached to direct from a script by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead). While we don't have any updates for that prequel, original Shining producer Jan Harlan and screenwriter Diane Johnson, who co-wrote The Shining with director Stanley Kubrick, shed some light on some of the alternate ending ideas the director had during production. And they were dark.

The film is based on Stephen King's best-selling novel of the same name, and fans of the book
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Christine Vachon reveals the one movie to return profit for Killer

Producer of Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven and Happiness discussed her career at the Glasgow Film Festival.

In a wide-ranging In Conversation session at the Glasgow Film Festival, producer Christine Vachon revealed a surprising truth about Killer Films, the New York City-based company she set up in 1995 alongside Pamela Koffler: Still Alice is the first and only of their productions to return a net profit to the company.

Vachon had previously confirmed the same in her 2006 book A Killer Life: How An Independent Film Producer Survives Deals And Disasters In Hollywood And Beyond.

Even in the tough world of independent film, that admission raised eyebrows given Killer’s role in films including Boys Don’t Cry (1999), which won Hilary Swank the best actress Oscar, Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo (2002) and Todd HaynesFar From Heaven (2002).

Vachon has subsequently produced a string of critical hits, including Haynes
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The first trailer for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is here

Author: Jon Lyus

We’re due for a timely revisiting of a powerful vision of the future with Hulu’s big-budget TV series based on the 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The show stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, and features a cast which includes Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Max Minghella.

Margaret Atwood’s novel imagines a war-torn future in which part of a fractured United States of America is a theocractic Republic named Gilead. Human sterility is a casualty of war, and in Gilead the subjugation of women is pillar on which its dictatorship is borne.

A movie adaptation of Atwood’s disturbing story made its way to the cinemas in 1990 with Volker Schlöndorff’s adaptation starring Natasha Richardon and Faye Dunaway. The film has aged less well than the novel, though Harold Pinter’s screenplay keeps up the unease and increasing urgency extremely well.
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Snapshot 1988: Joe Hill's new story heading to the movies

Tony Sokol Sep 26, 2016

Snapshot 1988, from Stephen King's son Joe Hill, has been picked up by Universal Pictures...

Universal Pictures is known for its monster collection and it just nabbed Stephen King’s son and threw him in the vault with Dracula and Frankenstein. That's because the studio is developing a feature film based on Joe Hill’s yet-to-be-published novella Snapshot 1988.

Snapshot 88 is being compared with the Netflix TV series Stranger Things, which paid homage to the Stephen King’s 80s books. King’s son chose to write under the pen name Joe Hill to hide his connection to his horror icon dad and make it on his own. This is actually a kind of family tradition, as King wrote under the name Richard Bachman just to see if people would like his books without his too-famous name. They did.

Hill’s novel Horns was loosely adapted to film by
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Mark Romanek to direct rom-com Septillion to One

  • JoBlo
Mark Romanek is one of those directors you'd think would have a bigger career than they do. I mean, One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go are amazing, and what I wouldn't give to see his version of Wolf Man (I love Joe Johnston, but it seems pretty obvious he was brought on because he'd make safe choices that Romanek wouldn't have). Not only that, but many of my favorite music videos were... Read More...
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Kiefer Sutherland Will Only Return as Jack Bauer in a 24 Movie

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Kiefer Sutherland Will Only Return as Jack Bauer in a 24 Movie
Shortly after Fox announced their new series 24: Legacy, there were rumors that Kiefer Sutherland would return as his iconic character Jack Bauer in a cameo role. The show centers on a completely new character, Corey Antonio Hawkins' Eric Carter, but many fans had hoped that Jack Bauer would be back in at least a smaller capacity. Today we have word from Kiefer Sutherland that Jack Bauer may in fact return one day, but it will only be in the long-awaited 24 movie.

Adweek caught up with Kiefer Sutherland, who is promoting his new ABC series Designated Survivor, which premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 10 Pm Et on ABC. The actor confirmed that there is "absolutely no plan" to appear as Jack Bauer, but if he does return as this beloved character, "it will not ever be a series again." Here's what he had to say, when asked if we would never see Jack Bauer again.
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Paul Schrader, Mark Romanek, and Taylor Sheridan Set Up New Projects

Let’s start with this bit of good news: Paul Schrader‘s Dog Eat Dog will begin its U.S. release on November 4, courtesy of Rlj Entertainment. Although our review out of Cannes was a bit lukewarm — we started with “Paul Schrader might want to consider expanding his thematic scope a little” and didn’t get much nicer from there — one must work hard to tamper my excitement for a hardcore crime tale starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe.

More good news: Christine Vachon‘s Killer Films will back Schrader’s next feature, First Reformed, which is set to star Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried. Per a press release, the picture concerns “an ex-military chaplain Toller (Hawke) who is tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces.” After discovering the dark truth of “his church’s complicity with unscrupulous corporations,” he “embarks on
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FBI Rom-Com Septillion To One Taps Director Mark Romanek

Septillion To One, the FBI rom-com in the works at Stx Entertainment and OddLot Entertainment, has found its director in Mark Romanek.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that the filmmaker – best known for One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go – will now direct from a treatment pitched by Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack. Having cut his teeth in the music industry, crafting high-profile videos for the likes of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and, more recently, Justin Timberlake’s catchy hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” today’s news marks the welcome return of Romanek into the realm of feature films, and Deadline also outlined the premise at hand.

In what can be seen as a slightly more ambitious venture for the filmmaker, Septillion to One chronicles the story of an “overzealous former FBI agent who has been relegated to the fraud unit of the Texas State
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Mark Romanek Gambles on ‘Septillion to One’

Mark Romanek Gambles on ‘Septillion to One’
It’s been a while since Mark Romanek put out a feature film — six years, to be exact, but it sounds like he could have another one gearing up in the not-too-distant future. The Never Let Me Go director has just been set to helm Septillion to One, a romantic comedy that has been described as “Silver Linings […]

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