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Film investors’ fear of the Bard is burying my Richard II, says James Ivory

12 August 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Veteran director claims financiers think he’s crazy for attempting Shakespeare adaptation

He directed Merchant-Ivory classics such as The Remains of the Day, Howards End and A Room with a View, but American director James Ivory is struggling to interest investors in his latest project. The problem, it seems, lies with his writer: William Shakespeare. For more than five years, Ivory has tried in vain to raise money for a cinema adaptation of Richard II.

Despite 50 years of critical acclaim and Oscar recognition, plus British actors Tom Hiddleston and Damian Lewis lined up to star in his production, financiers are refusing to part with their money. “They look at you like you’re crazy,” he said. “There is an assumption that there is no money to be made from such an investment.”

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- Dalya Alberge

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‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ 4K Blu-ray Trailer: Ridley Scott’s Original Sci-Fi Classic Has Never Looked This Stunning — Watch

12 August 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In what’s surely a coincidence, “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” comes to Blu-ray in a new 4K transfer a month before “Blade Runner 2049” hits theaters. Warner Bros. just released a new trailer for the latest iteration of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, which takes place in a 2019 Los Angeles that, if we’re being honest here, probably isn’t too close to what L.A. will actually look like in a couple years. What’s that line about tears in rain?

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Timeline Tells Us All We Need to Know About What Happens Between the Original and the Sequel

Here’s the synopsis, if you need to refresh your memory: “21st-century detective Rick Deckard brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants — and is »


- Michael Nordine

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Hollywood Slams Trump Refusal To Call Out White Supremacists; Mika Brzezinski Says President Is “Weak & Pathetic”

12 August 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

President Donald Trump’s choice to blame “many sides” for the now-fatal violence in Charlottesville today has drawn outrage and condemnation from Hollywood players, Beltway pundits and even, in a subtler way than some, his old rival Jeb Bush. In his speech from Bedminster, N.J., the president said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides." Today’s “Unite the Right” rally was organized… »


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Charlottesville: Ava DuVernay, J.K. Rowling, Seth Rogen, and More React to Violent White-Supremacist Rally

12 August 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As you might expect of a gathering of self-proclaimed “white nationalists,” today’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent. One person was killed and several more were injured after a car drove into a group of people protesting the event, and a state of emergency has been declared by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Read More:Hollywood Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: The ‘Cruelest’ and ‘Pettiest’ President Here’s how Hollywood is reacting:

“The truth is: we are living at this time. And we are tolerating it.” #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/U4qBQl93qV

Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 12, 2017

By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville

Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 12, 2017

Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet. pic.twitter.com/ABffmwwH8D

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2017

Can y’all stop trying to erase racism from the story of the #Charlottesville white supremacists, »


- Michael Nordine

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When The Silver Sable And Black Cat Spider-Man Spinoff Will Be Released

12 August 2017 1:26 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sony is building their own universe of Spider-Man characters and the second of these films has found itself a release date. Check out when you can see Silver and Black in theaters. »

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Why Thor’s Haircut In Ragnarok Was Liberating For Chris Hemsworth

12 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Thor: Ragnarok will see the hero stripped of his hammer and signature golden locks, and it turns out that Thor's haircut while in captivity was actually helpful for Chris Hemsworth. »

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Officials Angry At Billboard Ban For ‘Architects Of Denial’ Film

12 August 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A California State Senator has weighed in on a controversial decision to ban a billboard advertisement for the film documentary Architects of Denial, which covers the Armenian genocide as told by survivors. Caruso Affiliated Holdings, which runs the Americana at Brand mall in heavily Armenian Glendale, California, reportedly denied an outdoor billboard ad at the mall because it was “too political,” according to the marketing firm that handles its advertising. The film is… »


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Sony Pictures Sets ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off ‘Silver and Black’ for 2019, Pulls ‘Bad Boys 3’ from Calendar

12 August 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Sony Pictures is setting and shuffling a handful of release dates for upcoming movies in 2018 and 2019. Sony and their Columbia Pictures banner have set a release date for their second Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black, as well as the sequel to the hit drug trafficking thriller Sicario. Meanwhile,the release dates for Barbie and […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Channing Tatum Goes Full ‘Magic Mike’ on a Delighted Gas-Station Employee — Watch

12 August 2017 12:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We may not be seeing a third “Magic Mike” movie anytime soon, but at least Channing Tatum isn’t going anywhere. The actor collaborated with Steven Soderbergh once again for next week’s “Logan Lucky,” which sees the director returning to the silver screen for the first time since his retirement/sabbatical began in 2013, as well as in a new Facebook Live video sure to delight fans of the male-stripper dramedy.

Read More:Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tell the Weird, Wild Story Behind ‘Comrade Detective

In it, Tatum makes his way through a gas station looking for snacks and quickly makes friends with Beatrice, the cashier on duty; it isn’t long before they launch into a dance routine and the actor goes full “Magic Mike.”

Read More:‘Comrade Detective’ Review: Channing Tatum’s New Cop Drama Is Not What It Seems — It’s Better

Released in 2012, “Magic Mike »


- Michael Nordine

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The Silence & Stillness Of David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’

12 August 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Twin Peaks” has been a cultural and cinematic phenomenon since its debut in 1990, helmed by cinematic visionary David Lynch. This awesome video essay expertly breaks down the impact of Lynch’s unique directing style and how incorporating stillness is pivotal to the structure and suspenseful nature of the show. Known for his strange and yet fascinating work in both television and film, Twin Peaks is of particular interest because of Lynch’s unique vision, using stillness with great effect leaving the audience spellbound and fully immersed in the mystery of the show.

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- Martine Olivier

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Val Kilmer Sets The Record Straight About Kurt Russell And Tombstone

12 August 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tombstone had a notoriously difficult production with rumors that star Kurt Russell was really the one who directed the movie. After all these years, Val Kilmer sets the record straight. »

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Locarno winners include Chinese doc 'Mrs. Fang', Isabelle Huppert

12 August 2017 12:06 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update: Audience award winner revealed; Good Manners, Winter Brothers also among winners.

Documentary filmmaker Wang Bing became the fifth director from China in Locarno’s seven-decade history to win the top honour of the Golden Leopard at this year’s edition.

Mrs. Fang, which is the first documentray ever to win the festival’s top prize, follows the last days of a 67-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in southern China.

Previous Golden Leopard winners from China were Hongqui Li with Winter Vacation in 2010 and Xiaolu Guo with She, a Chinese a year before, as well as Shuo Wang with Father in 2000 and Yue Lü with Mr Zhao in 1998.

The decision by the international competition jury, headed by director Olivier Assayas, reflects a trend at international festivals of recent years for documentaries beating out competition from fiction productions.

While the special jury prize went to the Brazilian writing and directing team Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s Good Manners about »


- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Vampire Comedy ‘Bite Me’: A Love Song to the Weirdos

12 August 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On August 16, 2013, I finished the first draft of my second feature film, “Bite Me.” Today, on August 12, 2017, four years and 48 drafts later, I am riding the subway to our first day of production. But the story I am telling begins far earlier and, with any luck, will last far longer.

I have this memory that still guts me when I think about it today. I’m sitting in a movie theater as a middle-schooler and watching “The Princess Diaries.” I’m not sure if you remember that film, but at the beginning the central character played by a young Anne Hathaway is supposed to be a mega-nerd. To indicate the depths of her social pariah-hood, they made Anne wear glasses and frizzed her hair out a bit. But, if you’ve ever seen Anne Hathaway, you can probably imagine that, even in this state, she still, you know, looked like Anne Hathaway. »


- Naomi McDougall Jones

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Why Studios Aren’t Making as Many Comedies Anymore, According to Judd Apatow

12 August 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For the most part, this was not a satisfying summer for studio comedies. Girls Night is currently on a roll with audiences and at the box-office, but the rest of this summer’s offerings included Baywatch, Rough Night, and The House (although Girls Trip is the notable exception here). All three didn’t connect with audiences. It’s not a great time for studio […]

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- Jack Giroux

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‘Game of Thrones’: Jon Snow Gets to Work Mining Dragonglass in Hilarious Video — Watch

12 August 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We only have three episodes left in “Game of Thrones” season, which means that everyone who’s been ‘shipping Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen might be losing patience. The most recent episode found the King in the North and the Mother of Dragons start to forge a tentative alliance, with Dany agreeing to let Jon mine dragonglass from her humble abode if he agrees to bend the knee — and fans were delighted by the sexual tension between the two, despite(?) the fact that they’re aunt and uncle.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’: Littlefinger’s ‘Fight Every Battle’ Speech Was an Insight Into His Mind — and Advice on How to Watch the Show

A new video shows what that actual work might look — or at least sound — like. In it, Dany tries to strategize with her advisors in Dragonstone; the pow-wow is cleverly edited to make them all look »


- Michael Nordine

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Paramount Wins Bidding War for Leonardo da Vinci Biopic Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

12 August 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount has beaten out Universal in a seven-figure bidding war for the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book on Leonardo da Vinci, Variety can confirm. The biopic will star fellow Leo, Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio will also produce the film under his Appian Way banner alongside president of production Jennifer Davisson.

ICM Partners brokered the deal for Isaacson and his book, “Leonardo da Vinci,” in advance of its release. Universal attempted to outbid Paramount on Friday with bidding continuing into Saturday morning. »


- JD Knapp

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One Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Won’t Be In Much Of The Last Jedi

12 August 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will bring back the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens, but one character will be a smaller role. »

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Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda”

12 August 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Luc Besson‘s filmography is fairly impressive for a director that’s never really received support from critics. He directed “Nikita,” “Leon,” and “The Fifth Element” back to back to back from 1990-1997. Fine. Those three films alone have allowed him enough creative freedom to direct whatever he’s wanted to since. The problem is the ensuing films weren’t very good (“The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,” “Angel-a,” “Arthur and the Invisibles,” “The Family“).

Continue reading Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda” at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘The Simpsons’ First Screenwriter Says She Was Kept Out of the Writers’ Room for Being a Woman: ‘No One Ever Called Me’

12 August 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

126 people have written or co-written an episode of “The Simpsons,” most of whose names you probably don’t know. Among that company is Mimi Pond, who happens to have penned the long-running show’s first episode; in a new Jezebel interview, Pond says that she never became a full-time member of the writing staff because she’s a woman.

Read More:‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker

“I was never invited to be on staff, and I never knew why for the longest time,” she says of her experiences. Eventually the truth came out:

“No one ever called me or explained to me or apologized or anything. And it wasn’t until years later that I found out that Sam Simon, who was the showrunner, didn’t want any women around because he was going through a divorce. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Escape Room’ Trailer: Everyone’s Favorite Craze Becomes a Horror Movie

12 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s been a surge in escape rooms around the country and their popularity doesn’t seem to be waning. If you’ve done one, you know the drill: you and other players have an hour to solve a series of puzzles and escape room. As the craze doesn’t seem to be subsiding, it’s about time for a movie to try to […]

The post ‘Escape Room’ Trailer: Everyone’s Favorite Craze Becomes a Horror Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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