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Tarik Saleh To Helm ‘The Red Circle’ Remake From Steven Knight’s Script

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Tarik Saleh To Helm ‘The Red Circle’ Remake From Steven Knight’s Script
Exclusive: The Nile Hilton Incident director Tarik Saleh has become attached to helm The Red Circle, a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s classic 1970 cat-and-mouse thriller. Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, an Oscar nominee for Dirty Pretty Things, has written the script. Arthur Sarkissian Prods and Graham King’s GK Films are partnered to produce with Studiocanal which fully-financed development.

The project has been in the works for a while, but now has real momentum. I understand Knight recently met with Saleh in London to discuss, and Saleh is now doing his own work within the current draft before going out to cast. Miss Sloane scribe Johnathan Perera has also done work on the script.

The updated story follows two escaped criminals from the West and an ex Hong Kong cop who plan an elaborate heist while trying to avoid a local crime boss and a relentless police investigator.

Saleh is a fast-rising talent.
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Cannes 2018: Hot Sales Movie Titles

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Cannes 2018: Hot Sales Movie Titles
The selection of the hot titles can be fluid until the first Friday, when packages either fall together or fall by the wayside when elements drop out, or just don’t coalesce quickly enough. The latter happened on Destroyer, the WWII drama that Mel Gibson will direct from a Rosalind Ross script, with Mark Wahlberg to play Becton, the captain of the USS Laffey who skippered one destroyer sunk by Japanese Kamikaze planes during World War II, and is hellbent on not seeing it happen again. The film got a very important tax break to shoot in Australia, and has strong interest from Warner Bros for a world rights deal and Lionsgate for domestic. The film likely will be Gibson’s next directing project – the visceral war chaos he brought to Braveheart, Apocalypto and Hacksaw Ridge shows how well tailored he is to Ross’s script, but no Cannes do at this market.
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Liam Neeson to star in thriller Charlie Johnson in the Flames

Liam Neeson has signed on to star in Charlie Johnson in the Flames, a thriller from director Tarik Saleh, which is based upon the Michael Ignatieff novel of the same name and has been scripted by Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow).

The film will see Neeson portraying “a BBC war correspondent covering civil unrest in the Congo. When the death of an innocent woman shakes him to his core, he risks everything to expose the truth, only to find himself embroiled in a network of murder, corruption, and violence that forces him to question his humanity.”

See Also: Liam Neeson on the prospect of a Qui-Gon Jinn return for the Obi-Wan Star Wars spinoff

Neeson was last seen earlier this year in The Commuter; his upcoming films include Steve McQueen’s Widows and the action thriller Hard Powder, while he’s also set to appear in the Coen brothers’ Western anthology
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Liam Neeson to star in 'Charlie Johnson In The Flames'

Liam Neeson to star in 'Charlie Johnson In The Flames'
Tarik Saleh (The Nile Hilton Incident) to direct thriller.

Liam Neeson will star in Charlie Johnson In The Flames, a thriller that Michael London will produce via his Groundswell Productions and Sierra/Affinity will introduce in Cannes next week.

Tarik Saleh (The Nile Hilton Incident) will direct from Justin Haythe’s adaptation of the Michael Ignatieff novel, and Jawal Nga and Edward Saxon are producing with London.

Charlie Johnson In The Flames centres on a BBC war correspondent in the Congo who becomes embroiled in murder, corruption, and violence after he sets out to investigate the death of an innocent woman.
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Liam Neeson To Star In ‘Charlie Johnson In The Flames:’ Hot Cannes Package

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Liam Neeson To Star In ‘Charlie Johnson In The Flames:’ Hot Cannes Package
Exclusive: Another hot Cannes package: Liam Neeson, starring in Charlie Johnson in the Flames. Tarik Saleh will direct an adaptation of the Michael Ignatieff thriller novel. Script is by Justin Haythe. Michael London is producing through Groundswell Productions, along with Jawal Nga and Edward Saxon. 30West is financing. Sierra/Affinity will broker international sales and CAA and 30 West will broker U.S. rights. CAA Media Finance arranged the pic’s funding.

Neeson will play the title character, a peerless BBC war correspondent covering civil unrest in the Congo. When the death of an innocent woman shakes him to his core, he risks everything to expose the truth, only to find himself embroiled in a network of murder, corruption, and violence that forces him to question his humanity.

Neeson has as strong a global track record as anyone with a film in the Cannes market, including the Taken trilogy and most recently The Commuter.
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Liam Neeson to Star in Thriller 'Charlie Johnson in the Flames'

Liam Neeson to Star in Thriller 'Charlie Johnson in the Flames'
Liam Neeson has signed on to star in <em>Charlie Johnson in the Flames</em>, an adaptation of a novel by Canadian academic and ex-politician Michael Ignatieff that will be directed by Tarik Saleh, <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> has confirmed.

The thriller revolves around Charlie Johnson (Neeson), an American-born war correspondent reporter who works for the BBC and witnesses the death of a young woman while covering a war in the Congo. Johnson, haunted by her death, returns to find the young woman's killer, only to become entangled in a web of violence and intrigue.

Justin Haythe penned the adapted screenplay, with Michael London ...
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Letters: Michael Kustow's thinking was bold, his ambition high

Jeremy Isaacs writes: Channel 4 was charged, by Act of Parliament, with providing a "distinctive" service; as its commissioning editor for the arts, Michael Kustow did much to make that promise good. His thinking was bold, his ambition high. Peter Brook's Hindu saga, The Mahabharata; Peter Hall's masked Oresteia; Pina Bausch's Bluebeard's Castle and Tony Harrison's V, directed by Richard Eyre, tumbled on to the screen one after the other. BBC2 commissioned an opera from Harrison Birtwistle, Yan Tan Tethera, but declined to broadcast it. Kustow snapped it up for Channel 4; the television version we made was simulcast with the BBC's Radio 3. He brought together the artist Tom Phillips and the film-maker Peter Greenaway to attempt A TV Dante: eight episodes of The Inferno resulted. Kustow behaved as a patron of the arts in a grand manner.

Himself an unreconstructed egghead, Kustow also offered highbrow argument.
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Toronto adds 75+ titles to line-up

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Toronto adds 75+ titles to line-up
World premieres of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Fred Schepisi’s Words And Pictures and John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo are among the Tiff line-up of galas and special presentations.

The Contemporary World Cinema strand includes first views of Jan Hrebejk’s Honeymoon, Donovan Marsh’s iNumber Number and Fernando Coimbra’s A Wolf At The Door.

The Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Sept 5-15.

Wp = World premiere

IP = International premiere

Np = North American premiere

Cp = Canadian premiere

Tp = Toronto premiere

GALASBlood Ties Guillaume Canet (France-us) NAPBright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) Marion Vernoux (France) NAPWords & Pictures Fred Schepisi (Us) Wpspecial Presentationsa Promise (Une Promesse) Patrice Leconte (Belgium-France) NAPThe Armstrong Lie Alex Gibney (Us) NAPBlind Detective Johnnie To (Hong Kong) NAPChild Of God James Franco (Us) NAPThe Face Of Love Arie Posin (Us) WPFading Gigolo John Turturro (Us) WPThe Finishers Nils Tavernier (Belgium-France) WPHow I Live Now Kevin Macdonald (UK) WPThe
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Toronto unveils gala, special and world line-ups

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Toronto unveils gala, special and world line-ups
World premieres of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Fred Schepisi’s Words And Pictures and John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo are among the TIFF line-up of galas and special presentations announced on Tuesday [13].

The Contemporary World Cinema strand includes first views of Jan Hrebejk’s Honeymoon, Donovan Marsh’s iNumber Number and Fernando Coimbra’s A Wolf At The Door.

The Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Sept 5-15.

Wp = World premiere

IP = International premiere

Np = North American premiere

Cp = Canadian premiere

Tp = Toronto premiere

GALASBlood Ties Guillaume Canet (France-us) NAPBright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) Marion Vernoux (France) NAPWords & Pictures Fred Schepisi (Us) Wpspecial Presentationsa Promise (Une Promesse) Patrice Leconte (Belgium-France) NAPThe Armstrong Lie Alex Gibney (Us) NAPBlind Detective Johnnie To (Hong Kong) NAPChild Of God James Franco (Us) NAPThe Face Of Love Arie Posin (Us) WPFading Gigolo John Turturro (Us) WPThe Finishers Nils Tavernier (Belgium-France) WPHow I Live Now [link
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Toronto International Film Festival Announces International Guest List Of Filmmakers And Actors To Walk Red Carpet

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival® will roll out the red carpet for hundreds of guests from the four corners of the globe in September. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Rian Johnson, Noah Baumbach, Deepa Mehta, Derek Cianfrance, Sion Sono, Joss Whedon, Neil Jordan, Lu Chuan, Shola Lynch, Barry Levinson, Yvan Attal, Ben Affleck, Marina Zenovich, Costa-Gavras, Laurent Cantet, Sally Potter, Dustin Hoffman, Francois Ozon, David O. Russell, David Ayer, Pelin Esmer, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Andrew Adamson, Michael McGowan, Bahman Ghobadi, Ziad Doueiri, Alex Gibney, Stephen Chbosky, Eran Riklis, Edward Burns, Bernard Émond, Zhang Yuan, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Newell, Miwa Nishikawa, Margarethe Von Trotta, David Siegel, Scott McGehee, Gauri Shinde, Goran Paskaljevic, Baltasar Kormákur, J.A. Bayona, Rob Zombie, Peaches and Paul Andrew Williams.

Actors expected to attend include: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Chan, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Bill Murray, Robert Redford,
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The world still thinks Americans are "coolest": poll

The world still thinks Americans are
London (Reuters) - They may be witnessing their global superpower influence decline in the face of challenges from other emerging players on the world stage, but Americans have been voted the world's "coolest nationality" in an international poll.

Social networking site Badoo.com (www.badoo.com) asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to name the coolest nationality and also found that the Spanish were considered the coolest Europeans, Brazilians the coolest Latin Americans and Belgians the globe's least cool nationality.

"We hear a lot in the media about anti-Americanism," says Lloyd Price, Badoo's Director of Marketing. "But we sometimes forget how many people across the world consider Americans seriously cool."

Of course, not all Americans are cool far from it. Some like Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Depp and Quentin Tarantino are way cooler than others.

Americans, however, are the dudes who invented cool and who still embody it
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper joining Akshay Kumar at Thank You Premiere in Brampton

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to unveil his party's election platform in the Toronto-area Friday, not far from where his chief rival Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is touting his party's health care policies.Harper is expected to unveil the Conservative Party's five-point platform at a Mississauga, Ont. convention centre Friday, in a town hall-style format that could be interpreted as an attempt to answer allegations of undue security screening at Tory campaign events.The platform itself, which bears the title "Here for Canada," will feature a collection of new crime bills, new policies for seniors and the details of government Arctic investments. It is otherwise expected to rehash the priorities -- job creation, support for families and deficit reduction -- outlined in the federal budget plan tabled the week before the election call.The platform will also include the party's promise to compensate Quebec for harmonizing its sales tax,
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Libya Conference in London Falls Short

London's Lancaster House has witnessed historic meetings, but Tuesday's conference on Libya was not among them. Instead, Salil Tripathi says, the event revealed the limited power of post-Iraq Western governments.

As foreign ministers and senior officials from 40 countries and international organizations arrived at London's stately Lancaster House on a mildly wet, bleak morning, they had hoped to present the blueprint of what post-Gaddafi Libya would look like. It may be an Arab Spring, but in London, Tuesday was a typical cold day. The gray sky dampened some enthusiasm, and the leaders went back with less clear directions than they would have liked but with greater realization that they couldn't afford to get the intervention in Libya wrong.

Related story on The Daily Beast: My Harrowing Libya Escape

Lancaster House is the site of many a historic conference, including the 1979 agreement that paved the way to the independence of Zimbabwe. On that scale,
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Schwentke To Helm "Osterman" Remake?

German director Robert Schwentke ("Flightplan," "Red") is under consideration to direct a new adaptation of 'Bourne Identity' author Robert Ludlum's 1972 novel "The Osterman Weekend" at Summit Entertainment reports Pajiba

The second and shortest of Ludlum's works, the story has the host of an investigative news show becoming convinced by a CIA agent that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a Kgb conspiracy that threatens national security.

The book was adapted once before in 1983 and marked the final film of trend-setting helmer Sam Peckinpah's career. John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Rutger Hauer, Dennis Hopper, Meg Foster, Burt Lancaster and Chris Sarandon all starred.

Despite the book's acclaim, the resulting film was a legendarily incomprehensible mess thanks mostly to a convoluted script which took many liberties with the book. Peckinpah's ill health and slow psychological breakdown brought on by years of major substance abuse also didn't help.
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Exclusive: Robert Schwentke in Talks to Direct "The Osterman Weekend" Remake

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The early buzz on Red (a.k.a. the Helen Mirren machine gun movie) has been largely positive on the basis of the trailers alone, and director Robert Schwentke looks to be going in to Comic-Con with a head of steam, the awful adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife notwithstanding. Schwentke, who also directed 2005's Flightplan, may in fact become a very much in-demand director in the next few years.

One of the projects he's now considering, according to The Hollywood Cog, is Summit Entertainment's The Osterman Weekend, which has the double marketing advantage of both being a remake of a 1983 Sam Peckinpah film starring Rutger Haur and Dennis Hopper, as well as being another adaptation for Schwentke to tackle, this one from author Robert Ludlum, he of Bourne fame.

The Osterman Weekend follows a hardworking attorney and loving husband, John Tanner, who is convinced by a CIA agent
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Top 10 Films of 2009

First of all, I apologize for not having the time to see films like An Education, Thirst, Bright Star, The Road (hey, I'm reading the novel) or Moon just to name a few films that were lauded by critics. Nonetheless, here are my choices for 2009.

#10: Inglourious Basterds

I certainly didn't put it there because of the quality of its script. In fact, I found it as simple as - minus the violence - a comic book for children (the fight of the good against the evil). However, let's render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's: Christopher Waltz, Mélanie Laurent and Brad Pitt rock!

#9: In the Loop

What happens when you give a comedy to an aficionado of politics like me? You get an aficionado of politics who wish he did In the Loop, despite its few flaws, in order to laugh at politicians regardless of their nationalities.
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Writers Festival recap II - Michael Ignatieff

(Cult)ure is at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, at the St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and Humanities, in the Byward Market, from April 22nd to May 2nd.

On Friday night, Michael Ignatieff discussed his new book, "True Patriot Love," with Adrian Harewood of CBC Radio. It was a great opportunity to learn more about a man who may one day become Prime Minister of our country.

Ignatieff was at pains to point out, though, that he had not written a political manife [...]
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