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Comic-Con: 'Game Of Thrones' panel

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No spoilers but plenty of laughs as cast ponders what they would do if they ruled the land in HBO fantasy series.

In what may be the biggest event at Hall H these days, stars from the HBO cult hit took part in a Q&A days on Friday afternoon moderated by Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor.

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) attended the panel with Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).

When asked what law she would pass if she ruled the land in Game Of Thrones, Christie said: “That women could be knights!” Emmanuel said, “Education for everyone.”

“Maesters have to clean up their own stinking mess,” said Bradley, in reference to the hilarious montage in Episode 1 of Season 7 where his character Samwell Tarley is seen retching as he cleans »


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'Mr. Robot' creator Sam Esmail to direct Bermuda Triangle film

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Project details nowhere to be found.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will direct a film about the infamous Bermuda Triangle for Universal Pictures.

Esmail will write the script from earlier drafts by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White.

The Bermuda Triangle is a region over the Caribbean that earned notoriety several decades ago for press coverage about a number of planes and ships that reportedly went missing after travelling through the area.

Appropriately enough, Esmail, his fellow producers, and Universal are keeping plot details under wraps.

Dylan Clark (Planet Of The Apes series, Oblivion) will produce through his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions, alongside Esmail and Chad Hamilton for Esmail Corp.  Millar and Gough will serve as executive producers

As previously announced, Esmail is lining up the Amazon Studios project Homecoming to star Julia Roberts.

Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous Content will produce that show, based on a fiction podcast by Gimlet Media about a »


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Latido, 'Rara' director Pepa San Martín line up 'La Felicidad'

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Exclusive: Chilean drama to follow well-received Berlin and San Sebastian title Rara.

Following the festival success of her first film Rara, Chilean director Pepa San Martín is lining up drama La Felicidad.

As they did on Rara, Madrid-based Latido Films will handle sales on the project, which San Martín is currently writing with Chilean actress and playwright Elisa Zulueta.

Guillermo Calderon - screenwriting collaborator of Pablo Larraín on The Club and Neruda - is on board as an advisor.

Chile-Argentina coming-of-age drama Rara won Berlin’s Grand Prix in the Generation KPlus strand in 2016. The film followed that accolade with the Horizontes Award in San Sebastian last September and two nominations at the Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, which are held tomorrow in Madrid.

Speaking to Screen in the Spanish capital where she is attending the Platinos, the director said: “Having made my first feature at 40, I want to take my time and work on stories that are »


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Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund backs four projects

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Films from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil selected.

The Hubert Bals Fund (Hbf), which is administered by International Film Festival Rotterdam, has announced the four projects selected for its 2017 Hbf+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme.

The projects, from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil, have been awarded a contribution of €55,000 ($64,000). The selection includes projects from both debut and second-time filmmakers.

They are:

Clara Sola

The debut of Nathalie Álvarez Mésens. the A coming-of-age story of a woman, Clara, and her journey to break free from social and religious oppression. Ciudad Lunar (Colombia), the award-winning production company behind Oscar-nominated El Abrazo de la Serpiente, produces the film in co-production with Swedish producer Hob Ab, who receives the Hbf+Europe grant, and Danish production company Snowglobe Film.

Flatland

Directed by South-African Jenna Cato Bass. A Western about three women who embark on a journey of self-discovery in the Karoo semi-desert. Bass’ previous films include short The Tunnel (which screened at  Sundance »


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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucrecia Martel, Edward Norton

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Argentinian filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying »


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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucretia Martel, Edward Norton

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Argentinean filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying »


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Big rise in tax relief to UK film and TV sector

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T2: Trainspotting, Lady Macbeth and The Crown benefit from creative sector tax reliefs.

The British film sector received £415m in tax relief last year, up from £339 in 2015, the government has revealed.

A total of 175 films claimed film tax credits with those productions ranging from Wonder Woman to T2: Trainspotting and Lady Macbeth,

Overall the treasury awarded £751m in tax relief to the creative sector. £163m went to high-end TV productions including The Crown and Game Of Thrones, up from £104 last year, with 45 shows making claims. The rest was received by video games, animations and children’s TV shows.

Both film and TV programmes have to pass the cultural test administered by the BFI, or qualify as a co-production to benefit from tax relief. For films, at least 10% of total costs must relate to activities in the UK.

Some other films that were certified as British through the BFI’s cultural test include: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, [link »


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Unstable Ground, Federgreen, Raven Banner, Uncork’d plot 'Lifechanger'

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Exclusive: Partners to gather at Frontières Co-Production Market this week.

Justin McConnell of Unstable Ground is at the Frontières Co-Production Market in Montreal this week with distribution and sales partners to strategise on horror-thriller Lifechanger ahead of a late October start.

McConnell has joined forces with Canadian producers Federgreen Entertainment, Us distributor Uncork’d Entertainment, and Toronto-based Canadian distributor and global sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment.

McConnell will direct from his own screenplay, which he described to Screen as “a murderous shape-shifter on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves”. His directing credits include Broken Mile and documentary Skull World.

Avi Federgreen and McConnell are producing, while Keith Leopard of Uncork’d and Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt serve as executive producers with Pasha Patriki of 9 Light Entertainment.

George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), Adam Mason (The Devil’s Chair) and Serena Whitney (Mark Of Kane) are on board »


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Unstable Ground, Federgreen, Raven Banner, Uncork’d plot 'Lifechangers'

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Exclusive: Partners to gather at Frontières Co-Production Market this week.

Justin McConnell of Unstable Ground is at the Frontières Co-Production Market in Montreal this week with distribution and sales partners to strategise on horror-thriller Lifechangers ahead of a late October start.

McConnell has joined forces with Canadian producers Federgreen Entertainment, Us distributor Uncork’d Entertainment, and Toronto-based Canadian distributor and global sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment.

McConnell will direct from his own screenplay, which he described to Screen as “a murderous shape-shifter on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves”. His directing credits include Broken Mile and documentary Skull World.

Avi Federgreen and McConnell are producing, while Keith Leopard of Uncork’d and Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt serve as executive producers with Pasha Patriki of 9 Light Entertainment.

George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), Adam Mason (The Devil’s Chair) and Serena Whitney (Mark Of Kane) are on board »


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German sales outfit boards int'l co-pro 'Black Sun'

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Exclusive: Ireland-Finland-Germany drama set to shoot later this year.

Berlin-based sales outfit Pluto Film has boarded international sales rights to Ireland-Finland-Germany co-production Black Sun from Finnish writer-director Maria Ruotsala (Apeiron).

The English-language drama, currently in pre-production, is aiming to shoot in Ireland, Latvia and Finland during late 2017 and early 2018.

Set shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union in a former satellite state, the film follows a small band of idealists who seek to establish an artists’ retreat.

Producers are Finnish company Greenlit Productions (War/Peace), Irish film and TV outfit Abú Media Film Productions (TV series An Klondike) and German partners Cornelsen Films (Berlin Dance Battle 3D), marking the first co-production between the three countries.

Attached cast includes Chloé Farnworth (Soy Nero), Nicolas Fagerberg (Imperial Blue) and Johan Hwatz.

Around 65% of the €1.3m budget is in place with funders including the Finnish Film Fund and Finnish national broadcaster Yle. The production »


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'The Endless' wins top prize at Bifan festival

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Sci-fi by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.

Asia’s largest genre film event, the 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan), awarded its Best Of Bucheon prize to The Endless.

Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson receive a cash prize of $17,900 (KW20m).

The Us sci-fi horror thriller follows two brothers who return to visit what they believe to be a UFO death cult that they escaped at a younger age.

Benson and Moorhead also star and the innovative team has previously been noted for co-directing genre favorites Resolution and Spring.

The Endless made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been snapping up distribution deals since. Read about those here and here.

The Bucheon Choice: Features jury was made up of Train To Busan actor Kim Eui Sung, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival director Angel Sala, Korean producer Shin Chul (My Sassy Girl), programme director of the Hong »


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'Bright' director David Ayer: Netflix let you be a filmmaker

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Streaming giant stages first film panel at Comic-Con in support of Bright, Death Note.

Bright director David Ayer unsurprisingly enthused over the freedom Netflix grants directors during a lively and opinionated session on Thursday afternoon.

Tough guy actor Terry Crews hosted Netflix’s first Hall H session and introduced Ayer, who reunites on the upcoming supernatural crime thriller with his Suicide Squad star Will Smith. They were joined on stage by Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, Con debutants Edgar Ramirez and Lucy Fry, as well as producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless.

The session kicked off with a first-look at the new trailer, which sets the scene of a Los Angeles where humans live side-by-side with magical creatures. Smith’s Lapd officer teams up with an orc police officer played by Edgerton as they get involved in the hunt for a magic wand with devastating power. Max Landis wrote the screenplay.

“This isn’t some »


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'Bright' director David Ayer on Netflix: 'They let you be a filmmaker'

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Streaming giant stages first film panel at Comic-Con in support of Bright, Death Note.

Tough guy actor Terry Cruise hosted Netflix’s first Hall H session and introduced Bright director David Ayer and his cast in a lively and opinionated session.

The supernatural thriller that shot in Los Angeles reunites Will Smith with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer, who were joined on stage by Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry, and producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkleless.

The session kicked off with a first-look at the new trailer. “This isn’t some bullshit standard issue PG-13 studio move,” Ayer, whose directing credits include Fury, said. “I was able to do my shit… You haven’t seen this before.”

The director reserved special praise for Netflix and the company’s well documented support for filmmakers. “They let you be a filmmaker. They said, ‘What’s the best place to shoot this?’ and they gave »


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Comic-Con: Netflix brings 'Bright', 'Death Note'

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Streaming giant stages first film panel in San Diego.

Actor Terry Cruise moderates the panel, which marks Netflix’s first Hall H session, and introduced Bright director David Ayer and his cast.

The supernatural thriller reunites Will Smith with his Suicide Squad director Ayer, who were joined on stage by Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry, and producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkleless.

The session kicked off with a montage of footage. “This isn’t some bullshit standard issue PG-13 studio move,” Ayer said. “I was able to do my shit… You haven’t seen this before.”

“It is such a bizarre world,” Smith said, adding, “[This film] was the hard grime of Training Day “smashed with Lord Of The Rings.” Noting how his character teams up with an orc police officer, Smith said this was an opportunity for an Lapd officer “to find something else to be racist against.”

“Driving down La »


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Cassian Elwes, Anna Serner in Tiff Conference schedule

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Programme reflects cross-border uncertainty in time of Trump.

Co-production opportunities between Canada and the Us will come under the spotlight as part of the Tiff Industry Conference that runs from September 8-13.

A panel of legal experts will discuss cross-border relations and the uncertainty that hovers over joint ventures between the neighbouring countries in the time of the Donald Trump administration.

The Tiff Moguls sessions feature producer and former packaging agent Cassian Elwes, and Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner, who will talk about fostering gender parity.

New to the conference is Foundations, a programming strand for up-and-comers that will include workshops, talks, and trade shows focused on creative and business development.

The six days encompass networking opportunities through an expanded Breakfast At Tiff series, with events hosted by agencies such as Telefilm Canada, South Africa’s Nfvf, German Films, New Zealand Film Commission, Caribbean Tales, CinemaChile, Unifrance and Sodec.

The Connections »


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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award

20 July 2017 3:04 PM, PDT

Comedian ‘apologises’ for Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award For Excellence In Television from BAFTA La in October.

The celebrated actor and comedian will collect his honour at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards on October 27 in Beverly Hills.

The 91-year-old entertainer has earned five Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into in Television Hall of Fame in a career spanning more than seven decades.

Television credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, Jake And The Fatman, and Diagnosis Murder. In film he famously appeared in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as Dick Tracy, and more recently the Night At The Museum films. He won a Tony for Bye Bye Birdie.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said »


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'Scaffolding', Hong Sang-soo triumph in Jerusalem

20 July 2017 12:43 PM, PDT

Festival reveals the award winners from its 34th edition.

Scaffolding has won the best Israeli feature film prize at the 34th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The debut feature from director Matan Yair – produced by rising Israeli production outfit Green Productions – takes home a prize worth $28,000 (100,000 Ils).

Scaffolding also scooped the best actor prize for debutant Asher Lax and an honorary mention in the best cinematography category for DoP Bartosz Bieniek.

A jury consisting of Elle producer Saïd Ben Saïd, artist Yael Bartana, cinematographer Agnès Godard and Cíntia Gíl, director of film festival Doclisboa, said of the film: “For a film that combines the reality of a group of teenagers and the will of questioning cinema and the role of filmmaking. For its capacity of capturing the tenderness sometimes behind these kids’ violence, their capacity for love, their surprising imagination, in a society that places them in a marginal role forever.”

The festival »


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Comic-Con: Halle Berry downs 'whiskey' on 'Kingsman' panel

20 July 2017 12:39 PM, PDT

Oscar winner accepts challenge at San Diego convention.

Halle Berry appeared to drink a large glass of whiskey in one go at Thursday morning’s Comic-Con panel for Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

The Oscar winner, who plays logistics officer Ginger Ale at Kingsman’s Us sister operation Statesman in the upcoming action sequel, accepted a dare rather than answer an audience question about whether Kingsman or James Bond represented the definitive British spy.

Earlier cast members had poured small glasses of a dark liquid in recognition of the fictitious liquor business that serves as a front for Statesman’s operation.

When panel host Jonathan Ross urged her to “chug it”, Berry downed her glass of liquid in one gulp and theatrically fell off her seat on stage. As the panel wore on she got laughs for looking increasingly bamboozled.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges were among the talent on show at »


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Comic-Con: Halle Berry downs glass of 'whiskey' on 'Kingsman' panel

20 July 2017 12:39 PM, PDT

Oscar winner accepts challenge at San Diego convention.

Halle Berry appeared to drink a large glass of whiskey in one go at Thursday morning’s Comic-Con panel for Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

The Oscar winner, who plays logistics officer Ginger Ale at Kingsman’s Us sister operation Statesman in the upcoming action sequel, accepted a dare rather than answer an audience question about whether Kingsman or James Bond represented the definitive British spy.

Earlier cast members had poured small glasses of a dark liquid in recognition of the fictitious liquor business that serves as a front for Statesman’s operation.

When panel host Jonathan Ross urged her to “chug it”, Berry downed her glass of liquid in one gulp and theatrically fell off her seat on stage. As the panel wore on she got laughs for looking increasingly bamboozled.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges were among the talent on show at »


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Comic-Con: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' cast toast Hall H

20 July 2017 12:39 PM, PDT

Fox session kicks off film presentations at annual San Diego convention.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges took to the Hall H stage to talk up the action comedy sequel in Thursday’s first film session of Comic-Con.

Jonathan Ross hosted the panel at the San Diego Convention Center and director Matthew Vaughn kicked off proceedings by introducing the opening sequence of the film from London, where he is in the final stages of editing.

The footage showed Egerton in the lead role as Eggsy eluding would-be assassin and failed Kingsman applicant Charlie in a high-speed cab chase through London.

Joining the aforementioned stars on stage were Pedro Pascal, screenwriter Jane Goldman, and comic book co-creator Dave Gibbons.

“I seem to do a lot of shaving but that’s really all I can say,” Firth, who reprises his role as dapper senior spy Harry Hart, said of his »


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