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Glenn Close to Receive Golden Icon Award at Zurich Film Festival

Glenn Close in “The Great Gilly Hopkins

It’s time for Glenn Close to add another award to her mantle. The six-time Oscar nominee has taken home multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards, and now she’s set to receive the Golden Icon Award at the upcoming Zurich Film Festival (Zff), Variety reports. The “Damages” alumna will also present her latest feature at the fest, “The Wife.”

Close’s career spans over four decades and includes films such as “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “Fatal Attraction.” “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “Albert Nobbs” are among her more recent features. Her stage credits include “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Real Thing.”

“From her commanding portrayal of Patty Hewes in ‘Damages’ to the glorious Marquise de Merteuil in Stephen Frears’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ via Alex Forrest and Cruella De Vil, Glenn Close has brought her extraordinary presence to countless memorable roles over a truly formidable career,” said Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri in a statement.

An adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name, “The Wife” sees Close playing Joan Castleman, a woman best known as the wife of an incredibly successful writer. Joan has dedicated years of her life to nurturing her husband’s (Jonathan Pryce, “Game of Thrones”) career, but a moment of revelation causes Joan to reconsider their relationship and her future. “The Wife” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Close recently signed on to topline “Sea Oak,” a half-hour Amazon pilot about a woman who comes back from the dead.

Zff runs from September 28-October 8.

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Katherine Paterson Ya Works Getting Movie & TV Treatment From Arcady Bay & Meteor 17

Exclusive: Katherine Paterson, whose Ya books were the basis of movies including Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins, will see more of her works hit the big and small screens. Paterson’s production company Arcady Bay and Meteor 17 have inked an exclusive five-picture development deal for the IP. The projects will be adapted by screenwriter and Arcady Bay creative principal David Paterson, who co-wrote Terbithia and wrote Gilly Hopkins. The properties ID’d in…
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Walden Media Co-Founder Chip Flaherty Joins Londonderry Films

Chip Flaherty, co-founder of Walden Media, has been hired as president of Londonderry Films and exec VP of Londonderry LLC, Variety has learned exclusively.

In his new role, Flaherty will oversee the Atlanta-based production and finance company’s original slate working on American storytelling of the past Hollywood era. He’ll work closely with Londonderry founder and CEO Patrick Millsaps, COO Don Grimsley and Cpo John Dauer.

Flaherty had worked at Walden Media, which produced 30 films since its origin in 2000, grossing more than $3.5 billion in worldwide box office including “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Charlotte’s Web” and the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” franchise. Flaherty also oversaw Walden’s entry into the book publishing industry, where he established a co-publishing venture with Penguin Young Readers Group and later founded the imprint Walden Pond as a joint venture with HarperCollins.

Londonderry was founded to tell stories across all media platforms, both
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Mean Dreams movie review: Paxton et justitia

MaryAnn’s quick take… Tepid teen romance turned implausible thriller is just about saved by a powerful, and unusually disturbing, performance from Bill Paxton (one of his last). I’m “biast” (pro): love Bill Paxton

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Alas that the most interesting thing about Mean Dreams is that it is the second-to-last performance from Bill Paxton that we will ever get, and a doozy of a performance at that. (Paxton will also appear in The Circle, opening wide in the Us in April, which I have not yet seen; I don’t think any critics have.) Alas for Paxton fans (I am a huge one); alas for The Movies, which will no longer enjoy the understated appeal of his solid presence; and alas for this particular movie, that he makes the rest of it look just
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Bad Santa 2 movie review: been there, done that, licked the candy cane lasciviously

MaryAnn’s quick take… Hard to believe it took 13 years to get a sequel to our screens and still have it show not a hint of Bad Santa’s inspiration or subversion. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): didn’t see the need for a sequel

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Hard to believe that the notorious anti-Christmas classic Bad Santa is 13 years old. Even harder to believe that this sequel — the unimaginatively titled Bad Santa 2 — took so long to get to our screens and yet show not a lick of the first movie’s inspiration or subversion. It took more than a decade to come up with what is little more than a pale imitation of an original that had wrapped itself up very satisfyingly? Why bother if there isn’t something new to add?

There’s an effortless lightness,
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‘Bad Santa 2’ Director: Billy Bob Wanted ‘Any Crude, Awful Joke’ in Film

‘Bad Santa 2’ Director: Billy Bob Wanted ‘Any Crude, Awful Joke’ in Film
“You can’t do a Bad Santa with just me,” said Billy Bob Thornton at the “Bad Santa 2” premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Center in NYC. “You gotta have Brett [Kelly] and Tony [Cox], because it’s the trio. We’re the Zz Top of nasty Christmas movies.”

It’s been 13 years since “Bad Santa” bowed and now it’s back with even more raunchy jokes and loud-mouthed humor from its original faces – apart from the late Bernie Mac. Thornton reprises his role as Willie, who along with Kelly (who plays Thurman Merman) and Cox (who portrays Marcus), gets into even more holiday shenanigans.

This time around, they’re joined by big names including Kathy Bates, who plays Thornton’s mother, and Christina Hendricks, who is Thornton’s love interest.

Bates, however, is not your typical mom.

“She doesn’t take crap from anybody. She drinks hard, smokes hard, she’s a tough lady,
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Film Review: ‘Bad Santa 2’

Film Review: ‘Bad Santa 2’
Timing is everything. When Terry Zwigoff’s “Bad Santa” drunkenly blundered its way through so many tripwires of polite discourse back in 2003, its commitment to extreme foulness and political incorrectness had an undeniably bracing effect, especially considering it hit theaters within weeks of the likes of “Love Actually,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” and “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

Thirteen years later, we finally have a sequel, and even if new director Mark Waters had managed to strike the same delicate balance as his predecessor with “Bad Santa 2,” it’s hard to imagine a worse time for a film whose entire raison d’être is the willful violation of cultural norms and good taste than a period of history where the exact same things are occurring at the highest levels of government. Asking audiences to laugh during periods of strife can be noble; asking them to gasp-laugh at jokes about child abuse,
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Film Review: ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’

Film Review: ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’
Gilly Hopkins is 12 years old. Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse is not (she’s four years older), but in many ways, that’s ultimately to the advantage of director Stephen Herek’s respectful adaptation of the 1979 National Book Award-winning kid-lit classic “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” in which a kid who’s been passed from foster home to foster home reluctantly warms to the evangelical old “hippo” (Kathy Bates) who smothers her with unconditional love.

By casting an actress a bit older than Gilly was on the page, Herek factors in the way naturally aspirational younger moviegoers tend to prefer identifying with characters a bit older than themselves (the way no 17-year-old would be caught dead reading Seventeen magazine, which targets kids in the 12-16 range). So, on one hand, Nélisse is the right choice to help to capture audiences who might benefit most from the movie’s message — in a phrase,
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for October 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for October 2016
October is upon us. The leaves are changing. Sweaters are becoming more abundant. Awards contenders are popping up in theaters nationwide. But those are far from the only films opening throughout the coming weeks. Below, you’ll find every planned theatrical release for the month of October, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Stay warm and happy watching!

Week of October 7 Wide

The Birth of a Nation

Director: Nate Parker

Cast: Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Junior, Nate Parker

Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth
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The Great Gilly Hopkins movie review: a girl’s anger

A tough, simple story about a foster kid whose path to finding a family and a home is not an easy one. There are no platitudes here, just bittersweet truth. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about girls and women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Another beloved children’s novel by Katherine Paterson — she also wrote Bridge to Terabithia, which became a lovely and heartbreaking film a few years back — comes to the big screen… though mostly to the small one, because The Great Gilly Hopkins is being released on only a handful of screens; most fans of the book will have to catch it on VOD (or on DVD in a few months). For those not familiar with the book, it’s not about wizards and it’s not set in a postapocalyptic dystopia,
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The Weekend Warrior 10/7/16: The Girl on a Train, Birth of a Nation, Middle School, Newtown

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.

The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the
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Movie Review: The Great Gilly Hopkins is faithful to the letter but not always the spirit

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Kids seeing their favorite books turned into movies can be a pop-culture rite of passage, whether the results are satisfying or heartbreakingly disappointing. To that point, the movie version of Katherine Paterson’s classic children’s novel The Great Gilly Hopkins may serve as an early lesson for young readers and movie-watchers on the way that a film can be utterly faithful to its source and still not feel quite right.

This particular lesson has been a long time coming. Paterson’s book came out in 1978, and it’s surprising that it’s taken nearly 40 years for a feature version to materialize—not because its story of headstrong 11-year-old Galadriel “Gilly” Hopkins entering a new foster home is irresistibly cinematic, but because usually its status as a beloved piece of children’s literature is more than enough. But Gilly Hopkins turns out to be deceptively difficult to crack ...
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Kathy Bates Reveals Her Toughest Role, Looks Back on Career Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Kathy Bates Reveals Her Toughest Role, Looks Back on Career Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
When Kathy Bates receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 20, the moment will hold much significance. “It’s a big deal to me,” the Oscar winner admits. “It’s going to be right in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre. I just discovered that and kept asking, ‘Are you sure?’”

Bates adds that this is meaningful to her for several reasons. “I have a photograph from around 1956 with my Aunt Lee, right in front of the theater,” Bates says of the location, which was then known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. “She and my grandmother lived out here and we came often to visit them, driving cross-country from Memphis.” Bates can recall spending the day with her mother’s sister, having tea at Bullock’s department store, and walking around the theater. Her aunt died of breast cancer over 40 years ago, but Bates holds her memory dear.
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Lionsgate adopts 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' for Us

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Lionsgate adopts 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' for Us
Exclusive: Stephen Herek family film starring Sophie Nelisse set for October release.

Lionsgate Premiere, the studio’s specialty division, has boarded Us distribution on completed comedy-drama The Great Gilly Hopkins.

The Katherine Paterson adaptation, directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), will get a multiplatform release from October 7, with theatrical distribution in key cities.

In the family title, Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief) plays as a wisecracking 11-year-old who is moved between foster homes but meets her match in the shape of foster mum Maime Trotter (Kathy Bates).

Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close co-star.

Script comes from David Paterson (Bridge To Terabithia) who produced with Bill Teitler (Jumanji) and home improvement and energy sector businessman Brian Kennedy of Latium Enterprises, majority owner of UK rugby leage team Sale Sharks.

The film marks Kennedy’s second signficant film investment after 2014 Cannes drama The Homesman.

William Kay and Eve Schoukroun are executive producers
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Benicio Del Toro’s ‘A Perfect Day’ Proves to be Global Sales Hit (Exclusive)

Benicio Del Toro’s ‘A Perfect Day’ Proves to be Global Sales Hit (Exclusive)
Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day,” which stars Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko, is proving to be an international sales hit for WestEnd Films, following its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.

WestEnd confirmed Monday that U.S. rights have been taken by IFC ( Variety exclusively reported that final negotiations were underway), and also revealed that rights have also gone to Australia (Madman), Scandinavia (Smile), Japan (Respect), Italy (Teodora), Turkey (Mars), Hong Kong (Edko) and Bulgaria (A Plus). This is in addition to previously announced sales to France (TF1 Da), Germany (X Verleih), Benelux (September Films), Switzerland (Praesens), Israel (United King), Middle East (Ecs), Greece (Spentzos), former Yugoslavia (Vti), Malaysia (Suraya) and South Africa (M-Net). Universal is handling distribution in Spain, and will release the film on Aug. 28.

The movie centers on a group of aid workers as they
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Afm: WestEnd Steers Sales for ‘Learning to Drive’ (Exclusive)

Afm: WestEnd Steers Sales for ‘Learning to Drive’ (Exclusive)
WestEnd has sold Isabel Coixet’s “Learning to Drive,” which stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, to buyers from several major territories.

The romantic drama, which played at Toronto, has been sold to Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Madman), Spain (A Contracorriente), Japan (Longride), Middle East (Front Row),Switzerland (Praesens) and Jaguar for airline rights.

Broad Green Pictures is producing and will distribute the film in the U.S., with a minimum P&A spend of $4 million, no later than September.

Kingsley plays driving instructor and Clarkson a Manhattan writer, both of whom are experiencing marriage troubles and whose lives change when they meet over driving lessons.

The film is screening Friday and Monday at the Afm.

Coixet’s pics include Berlin pic “My Life Without Me,” Venice player “The Secret Life of Words” and Cannes’ entry “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo.”

Another WestEnd pic, Stephen Herek’s “The Great Gilly Hopkins,
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Glenn Close Heading to Sweden to Star in ‘The Wife’

Glenn Close Heading to Sweden to Star in ‘The Wife’
Glenn Close will star in the title role of “The Wife,” based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel about a marriage collapsing during a journey to Scandinavia.

The film will be directed by Swedish director Bjorn Runge and shot in Sweden next winter and spring. Producers are Rosalie Swedlin for Anonymous Content together with Meta Louise Foldager for Meta Film Stockholm and Swedish producers Maria Dahlin and Gila Ulfung.

Producers are starting the process of casting the male lead.

Wolitzer’s novel, published in 2003, centers on a 64-year-old woman deciding to leave her novelist husband during a trip to receive the fictional Helsinki Prize. Jane Anderson’s adaptation shifts the setting to Stockholm during the couple’s journey to the Nobel Award ceremony in Stockholm.

The film will shoot primarily in Stockholm in both English and Swedish languages.

“The first time I read ‘The Wife,’ I was instantly inspired by the story of love,
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Casting: Russell, Highmore, Stiles, Sulkin

Pacific Standard Time

Alex Russell ("Chronicle"), Willa Holand ("Arrow") and Miguel Gomez ("The Strain") are set to join Benjamin and Orson Cummings' "Pacific Standard Time".

The story is described as a dark and sexy thriller involving 20-somethings trying to live above their means and getting involved in a love triangle that goes terribly wrong. [Source: THR]

The Canterville Ghost

Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Imelda Staunton ("Maleficent") and Toby Jones ("The Hunger Games") have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon's animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost".

Old comedy chums Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, along with Miranda Hart, are also part of the comedy which follows a ghost who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England for three centuries. He's successfully scared off every previous tenant, until the Otis family from America moves in. [Source: THR]

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Julia Stiles ("The Bourne Ultimatum") and Bill Cobbs
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Casting Net: Charlize Theron in talks to star in, produce 'American Express'; Plus, Alec Baldwin, more

Casting Net: Charlize Theron in talks to star in, produce 'American Express'; Plus, Alec Baldwin, more
Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to star in and produce American Express, an indie for director Nash Edgerton. Plot details are being kept under wraps as the film is shopped at Cannes. Theron can be seen next in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30). [The Wrap]

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) has been cast in Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes pic about the reclusive mogul’s assistant (Alden Erenreich) and his burgeoning relationship with Lily Collins. Baldwin will play Hughes’ lawyer Bob Mayhew. Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, and Matthew Broderick will also star. [Deadline]

Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games
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