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‘Darkest Hour’ Composer on Helping to Bring Joe Wright’s Thunderous Vision of Churchill to Life

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‘Darkest Hour’ Composer on Helping to Bring Joe Wright’s Thunderous Vision of Churchill to Life
Joe Wright, the British maximalist behind some of the most audacious screen adaptations in recent years, is as visually expressive a director as they come, and yet it’s hard to imagine watching his films with the sound off. Removing the music from any of his movies would be like ripping a bandage off an unhealed wound — impossible to remove without taking off some raw flesh. The scores that Wright commissions aren’t merely ornamental; they’re not just a garnish layered over a finished piece of work for added effect. On the contrary, the compositions are utterly inextricable from the films themselves, like a second script that weaves into the first one and knots them both together.

Needless to say, that approach could make things pretty difficult for a director who doesn’t write their own music. Fortunately for Wright, he doesn’t have to — he’s always has
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Lena Headey of 'Game of Thrones' Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment

Lena Headey of 'Game of Thrones' Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey added her name to the growing roster of famous actresses coming forward about their alleged encounters with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the British actress detailed two instances wherein she says Weinstein sexually harassed her, leading her to ultimately break down in tears while leaving an L.A. hotel.

"The first time I met Harvey Weinstein was at The Venice Film Festival," she began her statement, noting that she was in town to promote The Brothers Grimm, a 2005 fantasy
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Lena Headey Recalls First Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Had a Strong Sense of Don’t Come Near Me’

Lena Headey Recalls First Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Had a Strong Sense of Don’t Come Near Me’
Lena Headey is recalling her encounters with Harvey Weinstein and how uncomfortable the Hollywood producer made her feel when they first met.

The Game of Thrones star recounted in a series of tweets posted on Tuesday that she first met Weinstein at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, where they were screening her film, The Brothers Grimm, claiming the producer asked her to take a stroll.

"I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off," Headey, 44, wrote, also alleging that she was "subjected to endless bullying by director Terry Gilliam." "I was genuinely shocked. I remember thinking, ‘It’s got to be a joke,'" she added.

She then suggested that they go back and grab a drink with the people they came with, noting that since the alleged incident she "was never in any other Miramax film."

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Lena Headey Reveals Harvey Weinstein Got ‘Really Angry’ After She Denied His Advances

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Lena Headey has come forward to join the 44 women who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein. The “Game of Thrones” actress took to Twitter to share details of more than one terrifying encounter, “The first time I met Harvey Weinstein was at The Venice Film Festival. ‘The Brothers Grimm’ was showing there, (during shooting […]
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Lena Headey Details Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: "I Got Into My Car and I Cried"

Lena Headey has spoken out about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, detailing a disturbing past encounter with the disgraced movie mogul in a series of posts to her Twitter account.

The Game of Thrones star says she met Weinstein at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, which premiered a movie she co-starred in, The Brothers Grimm. The film, which starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, was directed by Terry Gilliam — whom Headey claims subjected her to "endless bullying" — and was distributed by Weinstein's Miramax studio.

"At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water,...
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Lena Headey Details Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: "I Got Into My Car and I Cried"

Lena Headey Details Encounter With Harvey Weinstein:
Lena Headey has spoken out about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, detailing a disturbing past encounter with the disgraced movie mogul in a series of posts to her Twitter account.

The Game of Thrones star says she met Weinstein at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, which premiered a movie she co-starred in, The Brothers Grimm. The film, which starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, was directed by Terry Gilliam — whom Headey claims subjected her to "endless bullying" — and was distributed by Weinstein's Miramax studio.

"At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water,...
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Lena Headey Alleges Harvey Weinstein Was 'Furious' After She Refused His Advances: 'I Felt Completely Powerless'

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Lena Headey Alleges Harvey Weinstein Was 'Furious' After She Refused His Advances: 'I Felt Completely Powerless'
Lena Headey is the latest actress to come forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The Game of Thrones star shared her story Tuesday on Twitter, detailing two alleged encounters with the movie mogul.

According to Headey, 44, she first met Weinstein, 65, at the Venice Film Festival, which at the time was showingThe Brothers Grimm, the 2005 Miramax movie she starred in alongside Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. (Headey also alleged that during shooting she was “subjected to endless bullying” by the film’s director Terry Gilliam, though she didn’t elaborate.)

“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water,
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Lena Headey Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment: ‘I Felt Completely Powerless’

Lena Headey Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment: ‘I Felt Completely Powerless’
Lena Headey has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in a series of four tweets posted to her official Twitter page that detail an encounter with the former head of The Weinstein Company that left the “Game of Thrones” star in tears. Headey first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival where she was promoting Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm.” Miramax was co-distributor of the movie that also starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.

“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked,” Headey writes. “I remember thinking, ‘It’s got to be a joke.’ I said something like, ‘Oh come on mate?! It’d be like kissing my dad! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others.
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Lena Headey Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment: ‘I Felt Completely Powerless’

Lena Headey Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment: ‘I Felt Completely Powerless’
Lena Headey has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in a series of four tweets posted to her official Twitter page that detail an encounter with the former head of The Weinstein Company that left the “Game of Thrones” star in tears. Headey first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival where she was promoting Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm.” Miramax was co-distributor of the movie that also starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.

“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked,” Headey writes. “I remember thinking, ‘It’s got to be a joke.’ I said something like, ‘Oh come on mate?! It’d be like kissing my dad! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others.
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The 9 Most Troubled Movie Productions Since 2000

The Dark Tower” is finally arriving in theaters after decades in development. Reports surfaced earlier this week that test screenings for the Stephen King adaptation were so awful that Sony Pictures considered replacing director Nikolaj Arcel and bringing in someone new to oversee post-production and turn the film around.

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Unfortunately, news like this is becoming all too familiar in the age of studio-driven tentpoles. More and more, executives have the final call, not directors, and it’s leading to one production nightmare after another. As the studios become the driving forces behind blockbusters, directors’ voices continue to be stifled. No wonder the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam, and Lynne Ramsay have all struggled in the studio system. Below is a rundown of the 9 most troubled film productions of the 21st century (so far).

The Bourne Identity” (2002)

Nobody expected “The Bourne Identity” to become a worldwide hit and a franchise-starting success story, especially not director Doug Liman and screenwriter Tony Gilroy. The production was living hell from day one as Universal and Liman became mortal enemies. The studio hated Liman’s slow pacing for the film and his execution of small-scale, intimate action scenes (which led to certain set pieces being entirely re-shot so they could be more fast-paced). Liman was forced into filming re-shoots, which raised the budget by $8 million to the $60 million mark. Gilroy was delivering script re-writes throughout the entirety of filming as Universal kept scrapping scenes. Other points of contention included the studio forcing Liman to set some of the film in Paris in order to keep the budget down and Liman’s demand for using a French-speaking crew.

The Brothers Grimm” (2005)

Terry Gilliam needed a hit after the box office failure of his passion project “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and that pressure kept him away from the big screen for seven years. He finally decided to return with “The Brothers Grimm,” a fairy tale blockbuster from MGM and Dimension. Problems started when MGM dropped out after struggling to raise the necessary budget. The movie went into production with an $80 million price tag, but Gilliam always knew a movie of this scale required a budget upwards of $120 million. He ended up in a tense relationship with the Weinstein brothers, who took control of the film away from Gilliam and fired his cinematographer and regular collaborator Nicola Pecorini after six weeks. Things got so bad that filming was shut down for two weeks. Gilliam ended up finishing the project and has admitted the final version is the result of two competing visions and neither winning.

Fantastic Four” (2015)

Fantastic Four” was released in theaters on August 7, but it was not the version director Josh Trank had cut, nor was it the one actors Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbell, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell signed up to make. Trank had originally pitched his movie as a superhero spin on a David Cronenberg body horror film, but this darker version was not what 20th Century Fox ended up wanting. The studio believed the movie hewed too close to Trank’s own “Chronicle” than a superhero tentpole.

Producers Hutch Parker and Simon Kinberg rewrote Trank’s original script and gave the film a different ending during filming. Fox still didn’t like Trank’s theatrical cut, so they began making changes to certain scenes and omitting entire set pieces without Trank’s knowledge. The director bashed the film on Twitter when it was released, claiming it was entirely different than the version he originally cut. Only later was it revealed that the poor relationship between the studio and the director led the latter to completely shut down on set. Trank reportedly trashed some of the sets and appeared intoxicated during filming. The film never recovered and was a box office flop.

The Fountain” (2006)

It was only inevitable that a movie as ambitiously conceived as Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” was going to have production troubles. The director originally planned to kick off filming in summer 2002 with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but Warner Bros. got nervous over the budget and threatened to drop out if a co-financier wasn’t found. Aronofsky brought in Regency Enterprises and a start date was set for October 2002 with a $70 million budget. It would have been smooth sailing, but Pitt wanted script revisions and left the movie just seven weeks before production was set to begin. Warner Bros. dropped the film and expensive sets and props had to be auctioned off. Aronofsky remained committed to the film and rewrote it from the ground up in order for it to be made on the cheap. His revision did the trick. Warner Bros. returned and signed on to make the movie for $35 million.

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"Game Of Thrones" - Lena Heady In "The Edit"

Sneak Peek new images of "Game Of Thrones" actress Lena Headey aka 'Cersei Lannister' in HBO's "Game Of Thrones", in the July 2017 issue of the "Net-a-Porter" digital magazine "The Edit", photographed by Stefano Galuzzi:

Headey worked as a film actress in small and supporting roles throughout the 1990's, before finding fame in big-budget films including "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "300" (2007) and "The Red Baron" (2008).

Her best known role to date is 'Cersei Lannister' in HBO's 'Game of Thrones', earning Heady three consecutive Emmy award nominations for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series'. 

She is also noted for playing 'Sarah Connor' in the 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" TV series and as drug lord 'Ma-Ma Madrigal" in the feature "Dredd".

In 2017, Heady became one of the highest paid actors on TV, earning $2 million per episode for "Game of Thrones".

"But I hate being looked at," she said.
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Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay Join Daisy Ridley’s ‘Ophelia’

Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay Join Daisy Ridley’s ‘Ophelia’
Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay, and Devon Terrell have joined the cast of Daisy Ridley’s romantic tragedy “Ophelia.”

Producer and Covert Media CEO Paul Hanson made the announcement Tuesday. The film begins principle photography later this month on location in Prague with Claire McCarthy directing.

Ophelia” is based on the novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”). Covert Media is financing the feature and producing with Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger (“The Brothers Grimm”) and Sarah Curtis (“Hysteria”). Executive producers include Covert’s Elissa Friedman and Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine (“Fading Gigolo”).

Covert is handling international rights to the film, which will be sold at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged the financing, represents the film’s U.S. rights.

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Heath Ledger Memorable Film Roles

Heath Ledger Memorable Film Roles
Nine years after Heath Ledger’s death, members of his inner circle share memories of his zest for life and his troubled final days. Subscribe now for the emotional new details and never-before-seen photos — only in People.

It’s been almost a decade since Heath Ledger‘s death. The actor, who died from an accidental mixture of prescription drugs in 2008, would have been 38.

Despite having led a short life, the Australian actor and aspiring director accomplished plenty in his career, which consisted of coveted Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations and subsequent wins.

He may have preferred a quieter life to the bustle of Hollywood,
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Richard Ridings interview: Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig

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The voice of Daddy Pig, Richard Ridings, chats to us about the character, Terry Gilliam, Roger Rabbit and more..

Don't tell anyone under the age of nine, but Richard Ridings is the man who gives voice to Peppa's very own Daddy Pig. That's right, he's not a real pig.

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Ridings' is a beautifully well-judged performance; just one of a number on his varied resume. I was delighted to chat with him recently about the new Peppa Pig cinematic experience, while also making time to speak a little about Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his motion capture work with Andy Serkis and Ninja Theory and, best of all, the after-dinner exorcism of Terry Gilliam.

How much of a time commitment has it been for you, so far, for all of the Peppa Pig to date?
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Rats of Nimh Gets Iron Man 2 VFX Specialist as Director

Nearly two years after first being set up at MGM, the long-awaited adaptation Rats of Nimh finally has a director. James Madigan, a visual effects specialist who has worked on Iron Man 2, The Da Vinci Code and HBO's Rome, just to name a few, has come aboard to direct Rats of Nimh. This adaptation will mark the feature film directorial debut for James Madigan, after spending the past 16 years working in various areas of visual effects. He recently transitioned to second unit director, and worked on the giant shark thriller Meg.

When MGM first picked up the rights to this adaptation in March 2015, we reported that the movie will be an origin story about an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as
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Syfy Renews 12 Monkeys for a Third Season

The time traveling chess match between James Cole and the Army of the 12 Monkeys will continue next year, as Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode third season:

Press Release: Los Angeles – June 29, 2016 – Syfy has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode Season 3 order, with new episodes expected to air in 2017. From Universal Cable Productions, 12 Monkeys is co-created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”) and is based on the 1995 Oscar® nominated and Golden Globe-winning film of the same name. Matalas serves as the showrunner and executive producer. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, “Suicide Squad”) who produced the original film, and Richard Suckle (“Suicide Squad”, “American Hustle”) also serve as executive producers. Season 2 of the series currently airs on Monday nights at 9/8 c on Syfy.

“In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series,” said Chris Mc Cumber, President, Entertainment Networks. “Terry and the
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Daisy Ridley In Talks To Play Ophelia In Title Role

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (Divergent series, The Impossible) and rising superstar Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) are in final negotiations to star in Ophelia, the highly-anticipated and dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focusing on the untold story of Ophelia’s (Ridley) tragic romance with the prince and her relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude (Watts), it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson.

To be directed by Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), Ophelia is based on the award winning novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by the acclaimed and award-winning writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”).

“Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I’m so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective,
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20 Best & Worst Movies From 2016 Oscar Nominees

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The time has come once more for the movie world to hold its breath temporarily as a committee of white old men decide to give awards to entirely the wrong movies and ignore what sparse diversity Hollywood allows to flourish. Curiously, though it”s now almost fashionable to rag on the Oscars (or boycott them entirely), they remain the standard for performance and technical quality and millions are invested in “campaigning” for their attention. So of course we all still pay attention.

And to give the Academy their dues, there are almost no decisions they could make that wouldn’t see them torn apart by wolves.

When the dust settles and all of the speeches have bored their way into our heads, new winners will be crowned and we’ll have a whole new stock of actors to lavish praise on and over-hype until they make a
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Stage Fright

The late ‘80s signaled the end of my first golden age of horror. Which is to say two things: adulthood beckoned, and horror films – especially slashers - were running low on inspiration (remember the early ‘90s wasteland? Brr.). However, looking across the waters, some veteran Italian filmmakers weren’t throwing in the towel yet. Michele Soavi’s Stage Fright (1987) stands apart from the crowd because it proved that not only was the beaten and flogged sub-genre alive, it was still capable of surprising fans with enough fresh blood pumping through its weary veins to make you sit up and notice. Just when you thought you couldn’t survive another hack ‘em up, Stage Fright made you a believer again.

Stage Fright, Aka StageFright: Aquarius, Deliria, and Bloody Bird, whatever you’d like to call it – is a triumphant call back to a half decade earlier when slashers were full of kinetic energy,
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Matt Damon to Receive Chairman's Award at 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Matt Damon, who was so good in carrying "The Martian," is being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He will join previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander. Here's the full press release from Psiff:

Palm Springs, CA (December 15, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Matt Damon with the Chairman.s Award at its annual Awards Gala. This year.s Awards Gala will be hosted by Mary Hart on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.

.Since his breakthrough role in Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has taken on a series of challenging roles through his career,. said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .In his latest film, The Martian, Damon dazzles yet again as Mark Watney, an astronaut desperately trying to survive on Mars,
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