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Egypt’s El Gouna Fest Kicks off Freshman Edition

Egypt’s El Gouna Fest Kicks off Freshman Edition
On the banks of the Red Sea, in a man-made Egyptian oasis better suited to snorkeling than cinema, a new Middle Eastern festival is hedging its bets on the future of Arab film.

The inaugural El Gouna Film Festival will kick off Sept. 22, bringing with it a polished lineup of both Middle Eastern and global cinema and a slew of roundtables, meet-and-greets and networking opportunities between emerging young filmmakers and industry heavyweights.

At El Gouna’s core, says co-founder Intishal Al Tamini, is a commitment to humanitarian content, and the use of film as a bridge for dialogue and creative intellect.

Those are lofty goals for a freshman festival in a region mired by conflict and marked by decades of censorship, but the odds that lay stacked against the fest, Al Tamini says, have actually helped draw a wellspring of international support and cooperation.

“When you take the Middle East and North Africa, you
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Marvel Royalty Features In This Blistering New TV Spot For Black Panther

With Inhumans screening in select IMAX theaters, Marvel’s Royal Family is currently stealing headlines left, right, and center – for all the wrong reasons, it appears – but come 2018, the prolific studio will be shedding light on another regal dynasty via Black Panther.

Headed up by writer-director Ryan Coogler, not only is Black Panther a historic addition to the McU in its own right – Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation began life as the first black superhero in mainstream comics – but coming out of his appearance in Civil War, fans are curious to know more about the fictional nation of Wakanda.

Built on a vast reserve of vibranium, the super-powered metal responsible for Cap’s shield (and T’Challa’s skin-tight suit!), Wakanda is situated in a radically advanced corner of Africa. Still licking his wounds after the events of Civil War, T’Challa then returns home to find his
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Alan Root obituary

One of the first film-makers to bring African wildlife to television

Alan Root was a pioneering wildlife film-maker whose life often seemed to be something out of an Indiana Jones movie. Yet despite his larger-than-life character he always put the animals’ story at the heart of his films, and prided himself on “keeping it real” throughout his long and innovative career. In the words of Sir David Attenborough, “Alan Root made natural history film-making grow up.”

Alan, who has died aged 80, was one of the first people to bring Africa’s wildlife to our screens. He was best known for his contributions to Anglia Television’s long-running series Survival, many made in partnership with his first wife, Joan. One of these – the 1978 film Mysterious Castles of Clay, about the hidden life of a termite mound – was nominated for an Academy Award. He also introduced Dian Fossey to her first mountain gorillas,
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Marvel’s 'Black Panther' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Lead New Era of Diverse Superhero Films

Marvel’s 'Black Panther' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Lead New Era of Diverse Superhero Films
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Spider-Man movie for a new generation -- a generation that desires to see a franchise reflective and representative of the world they currently live in. Yes, Tom Holland's Peter Parker still has to balance crime fighting with homework; and yes, he's still white, but the cast of characters around him are not.

"That was the intention. You know, because it’s 2017," John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the film with Jonathan Goldstein, told Et at the movie's Los Angeles premiere on June 28.

"It was also important to make this the real world. The Marvel universe lives in a real sort of place, so we wanted to be a part of a real school. The real school is in New York," added Goldstein.

The Spider-Man first created by Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the 1960s did live in a "real sort of place," but a seemingly
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Letitia Wright says her Black Panther character is “vibrant” and has an “innovative mind”

Marvel Studios has become well-known for assembling star-studded casts for each of its productions, and by the look of it, the company’s first movie of 2018, Black Panther, will be no exception. However, in a cast that includes such heavy hitters as Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and many more, some lesser-known but equally talented actors could get lost in the shuffle. So, while Letitia Wright’s name may not jump out at you now, this time next year could tell a different story depending on the success of the McU’s eighteenth outing.

In a recent profile with Interview Magazine, Wright, best known for her work on Humans and Doctor Who, spilled the beans about Shuri, her character in Black Panther. The actress stated, “She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind,
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The Lrm Interview with David Oyelowo on A United Kingdom

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Actor David Oyelowo has been impressing people with his skilled performances on stage and screen for quite a number of years, but his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava Duvernay’s Selma certainly turned a lot more heads and made him much better known.

That increased popularity for his acting has helped Oyelowo get films like A United Kingdom made.

Directed by Amma Asante (Belle), Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, the future king of the African nation of Botswana, who while attending college in England during the ‘40s, falls in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a working class British woman, only for them to learn that their interracial love wouldn’t be accepted by either of their countries. On returning home to be inaugurated, the obstacles become clearer as Seretse’s regent uncle and various British politicos want to separate him from Ruth even after they’ve been married.
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Richard Curtis Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award

Richard Curtis Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award
Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service.

Curtis’ screenplay credits include “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “War Hose” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“The Valentine Davies Award is given to that Wgaw member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“We can think of no better recipient than Richard Curtis. He is not only one of our best screenwriters but a man who has used his gifts and his position to combat poverty and injustice. Curtis is an exemplar of empathy. His work resonates strongly on the screen, and his charitable efforts have
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Every Oscar Nominee and Winner of Color in Acting Categories Post-2000

  • Scott Feinberg
By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The Oscars have been a source of contention for the last two years — but that is poised to change this year. At the source of the controversy is a lack of non-white performers among the 20 slots in the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress categories. Let’s see just how many minorities — of black, Asian, and hispanic descent — have been honored by the Academy since 2000.

#OscarsSoWhite is the term that has been used to describe the phenomenon of having non-white thespians completely shut out of the acting categories at the 2015 and 2016 ceremonies. Nearly all of Hollywood and the press have spoken out about this occurrence, though it looks like the 2017 ceremony could shape up to be one of the most diverse in history. Here is a breakdown of every nominee and winner post-2000:

For the 2000 ceremony, there was one minority for each acting category.
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Idfa Film Review: ‘How to Meet a Mermaid’

There’s something in the water — no threat so tangible as a shark or a stingray, but a seductive, insidious pull into the blue — in “How to Meet a Mermaid,” and the more writer-director Coco Schrijber attempts to identify it, the more tauntingly it floats away from us. A distinctly personal expression of mourning that shifts, by turns, into a more esoteric rumination on man’s ever-uneasy relationship to the ocean, this visually and sonically imposing essay pic is most effective (and affecting) when it concentrates on Schrijber’s first-hand investigation into the unexplained maritime disappearance of her older brother. Attempts later in the film to weave his tragic story with two unrelated tales of the sea’s secrets are less immediately involving, though the whole is elegantly enigmatic enough to snag the attention of further doc-fest programmers and perhaps some boutique-label buyers.

“I would prefer breathing to not breathing,
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Marvel Studios 'Black Panther' schedules open casting call

Marvel Studios 'Black Panther' has now scheduled open casting calls for Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studios will begin shooting on the live-action film in January, 2017. Filming will continue through May, 2017. Production will be taking place in Atlanta, Ga with additional filming in Africa. Starring in "Black Panther" is Saturn Award winner Danai Gurira as Okoye, two-time Black Reel Awards nominee Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, and Golden Globe Award nominee Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue/Klaw. Also joining the cast are Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, CinemaCon Award winner Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Golden Globe Award nominee Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, and Florence Kasumba as Ayo.
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Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana

Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana
Roland Joffe's upcoming drama about South African icon Desmond Tutu has found a North American home. Saban Films on Monday announced it has acquired domestic rights to The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Oscar-winner Joffe and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play The Archbishop and The Antichrist, the drama follows Archbishop Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption. The film is currently in production. { "nid": 942417, "type": "news", "title":

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AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban

AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé’s South African drama “The Forgiven,” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.

Joffe is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ashton based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist.” Whitaker portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana).

The film is currently in production. Wme Global handled North American rights, with 13 Films handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is also producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”) and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.

Saban FilmsBill Bromiley said: “The depth in ‘The Forgiven’ is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of
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Saban Films Takes Roland Joffe’s ‘The Forgiven’ Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana

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Saban Films Takes Roland Joffe’s ‘The Forgiven’ Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé's dramatic film The Forgiven which is based on the Michael Asthon play The Archbishop and The Antichrist and stars Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Joffé and Ashton, the story follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over…
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Us Briefs: Amazon Studios to co-finance, distribute 'Brad's Status'

  • ScreenDaily
Amazon Studios will co-finance the dramatic comedy with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) and distribute in North America.

Sierra/Affinity will introduce to international buyers at the Afm this week.

Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer have joined Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams on Brad’s Status, which Mike White is currently shooting about a father who still harbours feelings of jealousy towards his old school friends.Ske, Plan B and Dave Bernad are producing.

Saban Films has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm. Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. The film is currently in production and Joffé produces alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat
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Us Briefs: Saban Films acquires 'The Forgiven'

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The distributor has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm.

Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa.

The story charts Tutu’s struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld, played by Bana, over issues of redemption. The film is currently in production.

Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films. The Fyzz Facility provides financing.

Ddi has acquired worldwide sales rights to the comedy Ripped starring stand-up comic Russell Peters, Faizon Love, Kyle Massey and Alex Meneses. Brad Epstein’s feature directorial debut centres on two stoners who fast forward 30 years to 2016 after smoking top-secret CIA pot. Epstein produced
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Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’

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Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’
Exclusive: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton. The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and…
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Start Date And Location For Black Panther Filming Revealed

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Earlier today, I wrote about one of the new Avengers we're going to be meeting soon: Doctor Strange. Now I've got an update on another hero that's going to be a part of that team soon, and that's Black Panther. We got to meet Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, aka Black Panther, in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, and since then there's been plenty of updates about how his solo flick is shaping up. Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) has spent this time assembling an impressive cast, and helping get the script where he wants it to be. So when will Black Panther enter production? And what location will serve as the stand-in for the fictional nation of Wakanda?

Now, thanks to a casting notice, we have answers to both of those questions.

Tammy Smith Casting has put up a notice, seeking African-American actors to be extras in Black Panther,
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Forest Whitaker Will Be In Marvel's Black Panther

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Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel StudiosBlack Panther. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.

Whitaker (Roots, Lee DanielsThe Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he’ll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa.

Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
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Black Panther Gets Forest Whitaker as Wakanda Statesman Zuri

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Black Panther Gets Forest Whitaker as Wakanda Statesman Zuri
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Black Panther. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.

Whitaker (Roots, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he'll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa. Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
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Film Review: ‘The Fight Within’

Film Review: ‘The Fight Within’
We’ve already had faith-based dramas involving baseball (“Where Hope Grows”), football (“Woodlawn,” “Facing the Giants”), boxing (“Carman: The Champion”) and even competitive skateboarding (“Hardflip”), so it probably was only a matter of time before someone offered us a mashup of Bible-thumping and butt-whipping like “The Fight Within,” a dutifully sincere but ponderously predictable drama about a young mixed martial arts fighter who returns to the cage after a self-imposed sabbatical because somebody up there likes him. Actually, the guy has other good reasons for brawling again after being born again — he needs to help his brother pay the bills at their family gym and wants to smite a nasty opponent who has threatened his sweetheart. But the film is filled with so many admonitions to follow God’s heed, and play your role in His grand plan, that there’s never any real doubt here about what the main event is,
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