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Shooting begins on Saoirse Ronan historical drama 'Mary, Queen Of Scots'

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Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on Working Title Films production.

Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen Of Scots in the Us, while Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.

Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the film. 

Beau Willimon wrote the screenplay adaptation based on John Guy’s biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life Of Mary Queen Of Scots.

Mary, Queen Of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1.  Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. 

Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must »


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The Orchard boards Lynn Shelton's 'Outside In'

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Drama will premiere in Toronto, followed by a theatrical release in early 2018.

The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s drama Outside In, starring Jay Duplass and Edie Falco

The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights to Outside In. 

Following The Orchard’s theatrical and digital release, Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform.

Outside In, written by Lynn Shelton and Jay Duplass, centres on Carol (Falco), a high school teacher, and Chris (Duplass), her ex-student, as they explore a relationship after his release from a 20-year prison sentence. While Chris navigates his re-entry into the world, Carol works to rebuild her family, and reconnect with her teenage daughter. 

Kaitlyn Dever and Ben Schwartz star alongside Falco and Duplass in the film produced by Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt.

The film features an original score from singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and was »


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Gkids acquires sci-fi animation 'Napping Princess'

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Film won best animated feature award at Fantasia Film Festival; distributor plans September release.

Gkids has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature Napping Princess

Gkids will release the film theatrically on September 8 in New York City and Los Angeles, with a national expansion to follow.

Napping Princess, a sci-fi fantasy set in the near future, centres on the journey of a young girl, Kokone, and her friend Morio, as they set out to find Kokone’s missing father who has been accused of a crime.

Kokone soon realises she must tap into a world only accessible through her dreams in order to solve the mystery. 

The film is written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, the director of East Of Eden and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. 

Formerly known as Ancien And The Magic Tablet, Napping Princess was an official selection at this year’s Annecy Int’l Animation »


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First Look Media’s Topic studio unveils scripted TV slate

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Slate includes hour-long drama from Channing Tatum’s production company Free Association.

First Look Media’s Topic studio has unveiled its development slate for scripted TV series, with projects from Alex Garcia Lopez, Erin Foley-Chan and Channing Tatum’s production company Free Association

Hunger, written by Garcia Lopez, is a geopolitical thriller about the powerful, covert and dangerous business of the global food industry. With nods to Traffic and The Night Manager, the hour-long series promises to be a provocative, uncompromising and international drama exposing an urgent and imminent crisis relatively unknown to the world.

Trying, written by Foley-Chan, is part of a first look deal with executive producer Daniel Powell. The half hour comedy follows Erin Foley-Chan, a chronic people-pleaser who can’t resist helping everyone around her. When told that she is infertile and cannot have a child without arduous treatments, she’s forced to deal with her own problems, for once.

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Five producers at the Sarajevo Film Festival you need to know

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Screen speaks to up-and-coming producers from Serbia, Greece, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink industry programme is in full flow. Below, Screen highlights five emerging producers from the region who are making waves.

Nataša Damnjanović (Serbia)

Serbian producer Nataša Damnjanović (pictured, top) started out as an editor, and since she founded the production company Dart Film together with Vladimir Vidić in 2006, she is still doing the editing on most of their films as well.

Damnjanović trained at Sarajevo and Berlinale Talents, Torino FilmLab and Eave, and first produced Nikola Ljuca’s short Sergeant in 2010 (which competed at Tampere), as well three shorts by Dane Komljen - A Surplus of Wind (2014), Our Body (2015), and All Still Orbit (2016), which screened at Locarno, Rotterdam, and Sarajevo.

Ljuca’s first feature Humidity world-premiered in Berlinale’s Forum in 2016 and won four national Serbian awards, including best film and best director. The same year, Komljen’s debut »


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Sarajevo: Five producers from the region you need to know

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Screen speaks to up-and-coming producers from Serbia, Greece, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink industry programme is in full flow. Below, Screen highlights five emerging producers from the region who are making waves.

Nataša Damnjanović (Serbia)

Serbian producer Nataša Damnjanović (pictured, top) started out as an editor, and since she founded the production company Dart Film together with Vladimir Vidić in 2006, she is still doing the editing on most of their films as well.

Damnjanović trained at Sarajevo and Berlinale Talents, Torino FilmLab and Eave, and first produced Nikola Ljuca’s short Sergeant in 2010 (which competed at Tampere), as well three shorts by Dane Komljen - A Surplus of Wind (2014), Our Body (2015), and All Still Orbit (2016), which screened at Locarno, Rotterdam, and Sarajevo.

Ljuca’s first feature Humidity world-premiered in Berlinale’s Forum in 2016 and won four national Serbian awards, including best film and best director. The same year, Komljen’s debut »


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Sarajevo's True Stories Market spotlights regional stories

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Filmmakers and broadcasters were presented with an intriguing selection of topics.

Sarajevo Film Festival’s True Stories Market returned in 2017 to offer filmmakers, producers and broadcasters the opportunity to be introduced to important topics and interesting stories from the region.

At last year’s True Stories Market in Sarajevo, the inaugural edition, Al Jazeera Balkans picked up one of the projects, Restless Dreams, directed by Bosnian filmmaker Muris Beglerović.

The now completed film is screening in Sarajevo this week and will premiere on Al Jazeera English on September 15, followed by a broadcast across all of the network’s channels.

The documentary tells the story of a Bosnian man who spends his days wandering through the woods around Srebrenica in search of human remains. Over the past 22 years, his discoveries have led to the identification of 250 Srebrenica massacre victims.

“We made the film in the way that it can communicate with the whole world,” producer Djani Hasečić »


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German co-productions getting harder, say Sarajevo panel

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Eastern European productions are struggling in Germany due to a crowded marketplace.

At a Sarajevo Film Festival CineLink panel on Tuesday (Aug 15), three representatives of the German film industry discussed the challenges facing regional producers who are attempting to set up their projects as co-productions with Germany.

The speakers offering insight into the current situation were the heads of three German funds: Brigitta Manthey of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Malika Rabahallah from the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, and Claas Danielsen of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (Mdm).

Germany remains one of the most important and desirable partners for co-productions in Southeast Europe, the panel admitted, but a crowded marketplace has left those co-productions looking largely undesirable for distributors.

Manthey highlighted the example that only one Eastern European-produced film with Germany as a minority co-producer reached the top 100 of the German box office in 2016 – Poland’s Marie Curie: The Courage Of Knowledge.

“It is getting more difficult to get your co-production done with »


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Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies board UK gothic drama 'Carmilla'

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Exclusive: Production gears up on debut feature from Emily Harris.

Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) and Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game Of Thrones) have boarded UK gothic drama Carmilla as the production gears up for a September shoot.

They join rising UK talent Hannah Rae (Broadchurch, City Of Tiny Lights) and young German actress Devrim Lingnau (Under Suspicion) in the cast alongside illusionist Scott Silven.

Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel of the same name, which is considered to be one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla is a dark coming-of-age love story set in the 1780s.

Raine plays Miss Fontaine, governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship. However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the »


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Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies board UK horror 'Carmilla'

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Exclusive: Production gears up on debut feature from Emily Harris.

Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) and Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game Of Thrones) have boarded UK Gothic feature Carmilla as the production gears up for a September shoot.

They join rising UK talent Hannah Rae (Broadchurch, City Of Tiny Lights) and young German actress Devrim Lingnau (Under Suspicion) in the cast alongside illusionist Scott Silven.

Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel of the same name, which is considered to be one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla is a dark coming-of-age love story set in the 1780s.

Raine plays Miss Fontaine, governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship. However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the »


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San Sebastian to debut Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'

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Festival adds three special screenings.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has added three special screenings, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger-narrated and produced nature documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D, which is due to get its world premiere at the event.

The film, shot underwater over three years in locations from Fiji to the Bahamas, is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, together with Jean-Jacques Mantello.

Also added are Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There and Japanese animation Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?, both of which get their international premieres.

These three films make up the Official Selection special screenings section together with the already-announced Morir by Fernando Franco.

The festival has announced 18 of the Official Selection titles with more films still to be revealed.

Special screenings (synopses provided by San Sebastian):

Au Revoir LÀ-haut / See You Up Therealbert Dupontel (France)

November 1919. Two survivors of the trenches set up »


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San Sebastian adds Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'

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Festival adds three special screenings.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has added three special screenings, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger-narrated and produced nature documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D.

The film, shot underwater over three years in locations from Fiji to the Bahamas, is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, together with Jean-Jacques Mantello.

Also added are Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There and Japanese animation Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?.

These three films make up the Official Selection special screenings section together with the already-announced Morir by Fernando Franco.

The festival has announced 18 of the Official Selection titles with more films still to be revealed.

Special screenings (synopses provided by San Sebastian):

Au Revoir LÀ-haut / See You Up Therealbert Dupontel (France)

November 1919. Two survivors of the trenches set up a scam based on war memorials. One is a brilliant illustrator, the other an »


- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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UK exhibitors' conference This Way Up reveals 2017 topics, keynote speakers

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Event to move to Hull, the UK City Of Culture 2017, for fourth edition.

The 2017 edition of annual UK exhibitors’ industry conference This Way Up has revealed its key topics.

Set to take place November 7-8 at Hull’s Truck Theatre, this year’s event will focus on four subjects: the power of culture (which will look at the role of the film industry as the world sees seismic cultural and political shifts); technological change (how exhibitors can harness new technologies); ethics and resilience (how to preserve cultural values in the face of commercial pressure); places, spaces, and global community (as content becomes more available on small devices, how to cinemas remain important spaces to consume culture?).

The event has also announced two keynote speakers.

Jenny Sealey, winner of the Liberty Human Rights Award, co-director of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, CEO-artistic director of Graeae Theatre since 1997, and a pioneer in disabled-led theatre.

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Serbia and Greece sign co-operation agreement

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Pact will focus on mutual support in distribution.

Head of Film Centre Serbia, Boban Jevtić, and director of the Greek Film Centre, Electra Venaki, signed an agreement on business co-operation between the two funds yesterday (Aug 16) at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

The agreement focuses on mutual support in distribution. When a Serbian distributor buys a Greek film for theatrical release, the Film Centre Serbia will cover the expenses of translation and subtitling and potentially provide financial help to the distributor. The scheme will work the same way in Greece with Serbian films.

Despite the strong historical ties between the two countries, there has not previously been much collaboration between their film industries.

“Serbia had more co-productions with South Korea than with Greece, which is really strange,” Jevtić told Screendaily. 

This summer saw the first Greek-Serbian co-production since the mid-90s wrap principal photography: Her Job (pictured) by Greek director Nikos Labot, a project »


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LevelK joins Venice-bound teen punk drama 'Team Hurricane'

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Exclusive: Danish film directed by Annika Berg and produced by Katja Adomeit.

LevelK has boarded international sales for Annika Berg’s feature directorial debut Team Hurricane, which has its world premiere in Venice Critics’ Week.

Katja Adomeit of Adomeit Film, co-producer of Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square, produces. 

The film is about eight teenage girls whose bond strengthens over one summer. Berg cast the non-professional actresses after scouting them on social media; they collaborated to develop the characters and style of the film.

The film, formerly titled Forever 13, described as a  “punk chick flick”, mixes documentary with stylized fiction.  

The eight actresses — Eja Penelope Roepstorff, Ida Glitre, Maja Leth Bang, Mathilde Linnea Daugaard Jensen, Elise Pedersen, Sara Morling, Zara Munch Bjarnum, and Ira Rønnenfelt — will attend Venice and document their experience on social media.

Team Hurricane’s budget of €400,000 was financed by The Danish Film Institute and The Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Angel Film is »


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Emma Stone named 2017's highest paid female actor

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Stone’s earnings came in ahead of Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence on Forbes’ annual list of Hollywood’s top earners.

At 28 years old, Emma Stone has been named as this year’s highest-paid actress, taking home $26m in the last 12 months.

Stone earned the bulk of her earnings from her portrayal of Mia in La La Land, which earned her an Oscar for best actress. The film has grossed more than $445.3m worldwide.

Stone spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood, revealing in an interview with Out Magazine that some of her male co-stars have taken pay cuts to ensure parity. Stone will next be seen alongside Steve Carell in upcoming film Battle Of The Sexes.

Jennifer Aniston comes in a close second, earning $25.5m in the last 12 months.  While Aniston continues to star in films regularly, like Office Christmas Party and The Yellow Birds, the majority of her earnings come from endorsing brands »


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Own orders series by 'Moonlight' co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Creed’s Michael B Jordan set to serve as executive producer on coming-of-age drama.

Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has announced a new one-hour drama series from Moonlight co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner.

Michael B Jordan is also joining as an executive producer via his Outlier Productions banner. 

Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, the drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.

Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher »


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Own orders drama series from 'Moonlight's Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Creed’s Michael B Jordan set to serve as executive producer on coming-of-age drama.

Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has announced a new one-hour drama series from Moonlight co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner.

Michael B Jordan is also joining as an executive producer via his Outlier Productions banner. 

Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, the drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.

Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher »


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Point Grey, Good Universe to produce 'Good Boys'

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Comedy will be in vein of Sausage Party, Superbad.

Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe will produce Good Boys, a comedy said to be in the vein of Sausage Party and Superbad.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will make their feature directorial debut from their screenplay about four 12-year-olds from the Los Angeles area who undertake an epic quest to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.

Point Grey principals Seth Rogen (pictured), Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will serve as producers, and Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake are executive producers. 

Josh Fagen is overseeing Good Boys for Point Grey and Brady Fujikawa for Good Universe.

Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are a writing-directing/producing team who won the 2007 WGA Comedy Series award for The Office.

They also wrote Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz.

Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated the deals on behalf of the producers. 

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Writers Guild blasts Trump comments on Charlottesville unrest

16 August 2017 2:21 PM, PDT

President Trump legitimises hate speech and violence, and disgraces our nation.’

The Writers Guild Of America West (Wgaw) on Wednesday condemned president Trump’s response to the fatal unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“The Writers Guild of America West believes in free speech – even from Nazis and white supremacists,” a statement read. “But we completely disavow their views, which reflect the worst stains of American history, a history that still lives through racism, prejudice and systematic inequality of opportunity.

“We demand that violence in support of such views be properly punished. President Trump legitimises hate speech and violence, and disgraces our nation.”

The statement came after Trump was roundly criticised for not condemning white supremacist groups including neo-Nazis following violent clashes in Virginia at the weekend.

Instead he blamed both sides and went as far as to say parties on both sides, which included neo-Nazis, were “very fine people”.

One person, paralegal and Charlottesville »


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