Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers (Exclusive)
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
Billy Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’
Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots, Dunkirk) are now attached to James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut Made In Italy. The comedy, set in Tuscany, is about a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is slated to go before the cameras next year in both Tuscany and London. The film was developed by London-based… »
Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow
Exclusive: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. They dropped a dozen minutes from the running time, moved up a key scene, dropped another, and radically changed the musical backdrop. Sony… »
‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ Remake Hires Andrew Kevin Walker to Pen Screenplay For Justin Lin
Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker has been tapped to pen a new adaptation of the manga Lone Wolf and Cub. Previously adapted into a six-film series in the 1970s, the new take on Lone Wolf and Cub will be produced by Justin Lin, who will likely direct as well. Hop into a baby cart to hades and […]
- Chris Evangelista
‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview
For a second weekend in a row, a low-budget movie will take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20 million-$25 million in a crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros/Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film Geostorm, Universal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label Media’s forest firefighter movie Only the Brave »
Director Tomas Alfredson Says 10-15% Of ‘The Snowman’ Script Wasn’t Filmed
“The Snowman” hasn’t had an easy ride to the big screen. The adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s best-seller may have assembled a helluva cast including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloe Sevigny, and more, and snared director Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Let The Right One In“), but the production wasn’t easy, and early reviews weren’t kind.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kevin Smith Says He Will Donate His Future Weinstein Residuals to Women in Film
Kevin Smith says he intends to donate all future residuals from his Miramax and The Weinstein Company-produced films to the organization Women in Film, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. “My entire career is tied up with the man,” Smith said in the latest episode of his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On. “”It’s been a weird f–ing week. I just wanted to make some f–ing movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made Clerks. And no f–ing movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Los Angeles Film Festival Moving To Fall Starting In 2018
The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June.
The fest, run by Film Independent, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East »
Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin, Donald Trump and disappearing democracy – video interview
Backstabbing and deceit are the order of the day in the Veep creator’s historical satire, which stars Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale and Jason Isaacs as underlings vying for power in the wake of the Soviet dictator’s death. Its creator and cast explain why their film resonates in our current political climate and the parallels between Trump and Stalin
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- Gwilym Mumford
Danielle Darrieux Dies: Grande Dame Of French Cinema Was 100
Danielle Darrieux, who made more than 100 films in a career that spanned eight decades, has died. The French actress and singer’s passing was reported by Afp citing her companion Jacques Jenvrin who said she died at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France on Tuesday. She turned 100-years-old on May 1. Over the course of her long career, Darrieux worked with such directors as Max Ophuls, Jean Cocteau, Claude Chabrol, Henri Ducoin, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Jacques Demy, André Téchiné… »
Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’
Eddie Izzard will star in “The Call Back,” and filming will start on the Australian movie later this month in and around Adelaide. Izzard (“Victoria & Abdul”) will play Henry, a British actor who has a relationship with an Australian restauranteur.
The film is Marion Pilowsky’s (“Sleuth”) feature debut and follows a struggling restaraunteur (Taheny), mired in debt, and who has had a short-lived relationship with Henry. She subsequently settles with a new partner (McKenzie), but her world is turned upside down when Henry comes back into her life, along with his new French girlfriend (Guide).
Fox International Productions, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation (Safc) are the investors in the film and it will be distributed in Australia via 20th Century Fox Film Australia. London-based [link=co »
- Stewart Clarke
Unrest review – powerful documentary about chronic fatigue syndrome
Jennifer Brea uses her own experience and others to build up a multifaceted portrait of the condition and the toll it takes
Jennifer Brea, the director of this powerful documentary about chronic fatigue syndrome or Me (the condition’s many names is a subplot here), was a bubbly, intelligent young woman pursuing a post-graduate degree at an American ivy league school. It all went terribly wrong when she developed a very high fever and found herself completely depleted of energy, barely able to get out of bed on most days. Lucky for her, she could call on just enough inner strength to work on this filmic inquiry into the condition that affects millions worldwide.
Related: ‘It was like being buried alive’: battle to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome
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- Leslie Felperin
Apsa to Honor Late Abbas Kiarostami, Newcomer Ilgar Najaf
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are to honor the late Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami with a special prize. It has commended Kiarostami’s final feature “24 Frames” and will give him posthumous admission to the Apsa Academy.
“’24 Frames’ is an exquisite reverie on scenes from nature. Through still, but precise frames, and aided by subtle staging or effects, he captures the haunting, haiku-like poetry of nature, its beauty, amorousness and brutality. The play with the double meaning of ‘frame’ reflects his profound mediation on the cinematic form,” said Kim Hong-joon, hair of the Apsa international nominations council.
Director and producer, Ilgar Najaf has been awarded the Apsa Young Cinema Award in partnership with Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac) and the Griffith Film School for his second film “Pomegranate Orchard” (aka “Nar Bagi”).
The story involves a man returning »
- Patrick Frater
NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Announces Winners
After more than 4200 submissions, the 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival announced the winners from a slate of nine finalists in the grand finale event in Los Angeles tonight. The competition was stiff as the nine short films and web series presented were amazingly crafted and thoughtful entries, but the two shorts that came out on top were Cynthia Kao’s Groundhog Day For A Black Man and Cullan Bruce’s Lost Dogs. Groundhog Day For A Black Man tells a hilarious… »
Earth: One Amazing Day review – wild pussycats and daft zebras run riot
This perfectly serviceable and somewhat conventional documentary tracks the daily struggle to survive for an assortment of wild animals. Adhering to the tried and tested tropes of nature documentaries, this one offers a discreet set of vignettes featuring assorted fauna in the full spectrum of landscapes (tropical, arctic, deserts and so on), usually in danger from predators or environmental risks. It subtextually reinforces the usual message about the diversity and resilience of nature and is sprinkled with a smattering of anthropomorphism.
So here are many of the usual suspects: tenacious reptiles, adorably fierce pouncing pussycats (in this case servals, a type of African wild cat), daft zebras, bears rubbing themselves on trees set to corny lounge music, and so on. Judging by the release date, the intended audience is families, »
- Leslie Felperin
Rob Reiner, Woody Harrelson & Lawrence O’Donnell Talk ‘Lbj’ In The Trump Era
Rob Reiner’s film Lbj, with Woody Harrelson in the title role, was unveiled at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, but will be in theaters November 3. Those dates provide viewers a twist of the kaleidoscope, from pre-election to the end of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Any political movie is bound to provoke comparisons, but the ones between Johnson, the master deal-maker of his turbulent time, and Trump, the “artist” of the deal in his time, should prove… »
‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Is a Bingeworthy Horror Mindtrip That’s Helping Shape TV’s Brand New Rules
Wednesday night’s installment of “Channel Zero: No-End House” was an episode-length dose of that universal feeling that comes with watching a piece of finely tuned horror: the tiny voice inside (or outside) that screams, “No! Don’t do it!” As with all on-screen tales of terror, the Syfy anthology series has mined plenty of moments like this in its second season, themed around the all-encompassing psychological consequences of an insidious haunted house. But while “The Damage” was a relative breather in the scope of what’s come before it, “No-End House” as a whole remains an ambitious series that’s building on the innovations of TV’s latest narrative wave.
As two friends who get sucked into the horror of No-End House, a literal end-of-the-road attraction with escalating horrors in each of its six rooms, Margot (Amy Forsyth) and Jules (Aisha Dee) have been fighting memories of their »
- Steve Greene
‘Mr. Robot’ Review: Who’s in Ctrl and Other Key Takeaways From ‘eps3.1_undo.gz’
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3, Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz” follow.]
In an immediately classic opening montage, Elliot embraces his new job at Evil Corp, doing his best to blend into the corporate scene… while still using his hacker superpowers to try to prevent Stage 2 and along the way dish out his own brand of justice against the corruption within the company. But being normal isn’t easy for anyone, especially as he becomes aware that Mr. Robot isn’t gone — he’s just losing control of the moments when that aspect of himself arises.
Whiterose continues to lurk in the shadows, planning for Stage 2 — which will now coincide with a United Nations vote on annexing the Congo, though Phillip Price has his own political conditions. Meanwhile, Joanna Wellick’s plan to clear Tyrell’s name seems to work. Too bad that immediately afterward, her now-former lover Derek confronts her and her driver on the street, and she dies »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Village Rockstars,’ ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival
Rahul Jain’s “Machines” took the silver gateway prize in the India Gold competition while Dipesh Jain’s “In the Shadows” won the grand jury prize. There were jury mentions for Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s “Sexy Durga” and Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar’s “Up Down and Sideways.”
Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993” (Spain) won the best film prize in the international competition and Jonathan Olshefski’s “Quest” (U.S.) won the silver gateway prize. John Trengove’s “The Wound” (South Africa/Germany/Netherlands /France) won the grand jury prize and there was a jury mention for Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother” (Georgia/Estonia).
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- Naman Ramachandran
Is ‘Three Billboards’ Your Stealth Best Picture Frontrunner? [Contender Countdown]
It’s the middle of October, do you know where your Academy Award frontrunner for Best Picture is?
Newsflash: no one really cares.
The aftermath of the deluge of sexual misconduct and rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein is all Hollywood is talking about these days. Speaking to a well-placed Academy member this afternoon, they could not remember the last time so few members were aware of movies in the race or that they were “supposed” to see (and last fall featured the most consequential election in modern times).
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- Gregory Ellwood
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