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The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Fall 2019 Release Date

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The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Fall 2019 Release Date
We first heard about The Current War way back in 2014, but a lot has changed since then. The Thomas Edison biopic has been languishing for awhile, with a first look at Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role arriving in January, 2017. A trailer washed up several months later in September, 2017. Now, a few years removed, we're finally getting news that the movie has an official release date.

Newly formed 101 Studios has announced the release date of the studio's debut film release The Current Wars. The film's limited release begins on October 4, 2019 followed by wide release on October 11, 2019. The Current War is the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world.&#160

Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner,
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release
David Glasser’s 101 Studios is positioning the long-shelved and revamped “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, for an awards-season release in October.

101 Studios announced Tuesday that the film would open in limited release on Oct. 4, then go wide on the following weekend. The film presents the story of the “war of the currents” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over which electrical system would power the modern world. Cumberbatch stars as Edison while Shannon portrays Westinghouse. Nicholas Hoult stars as Nikola Tesla.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, was to be distributed later that year by the Weinstein Company but was shelved following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. 101 Studios bought the North American rights several months ago from Lantern Entertainment, which handled the TWC assets.

The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland and Matthew Macfadyen. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has added
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‘The Current War’ Gets Release Date; 101 Studios’ First Film Was Caught In Weinstein Co Bankruptcy

‘The Current War’ Gets Release Date; 101 Studios’ First Film Was Caught In Weinstein Co Bankruptcy
The Current War finally is ready to plug in. The film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as his rival George Westinghouse is set to open October 4 as the first release from 101 Studios.

The pic had been set for a Thanksgiving 2017 release via the Weinstein Company before it filed for bankruptcy protection and was sold to Lantern Entertainment amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The Current War will bow in select theaters before going wide October 11.

It’s the story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Edison is the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman Westinghouse, who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation,
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A New Cut of Long-Delayed ‘The Current War’ Will Open This October

The Current War, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film about the battle over electric current between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 where it was poorly received and then its release was plunged further in doubt when its distributor, The Weinstein Company, imploded. The film has been stuck in limbo since then, but then it was picked up by newly formed 101 Studios, which gave Gomez-Rejon permission to create a new cut of the movie. 101 Studios has now announced that the new cut will hit theaters in …
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First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Thomas Edison In The Current War Movie

The Current War Photo: Dean Rogers

Newly formed 101 Studios has announced the release date of the studio’s debut film release The Current War.

The film’s limited release begins on October 4, 2019 followed by wide release on October 11, 2019.

Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first
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Broadway Box Office Finds Pre-Tony Groove At $35M; ‘Tootsie’, ‘Cher Show’ & ‘Hadestown’ Score $1M+

Broadway settled into its pre-Tony wait-and-see groove last week, with box office for most shows hovering just above, below or on par with the previous week. In all, the 37 productions took in $35.1 million for the 2018-19 season’s Week 51, a small 5% dip from the previous week. Total attendance was 310,574, a 2% drop.

The previous week, not so incidentally, had one additional production on the boards – Morrissey’s $1.9 million seven-night residency at the Lunt-Fontanne – which certainly accounts for a hefty chunk of last week’s $1.8 million drop in overall box office.

Also contributing to the week’s slip: Burn This, starring Keri Russell and Adam Driver, played only six performances (two fewer than usual) to accommodate Driver’s trip to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his upcoming film The Dead Don’t Die. The play grossed $177,919 less than the previous week, coming in at $676,047. The Hudson Theatre was 96% full for those six shows,
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Hilary Swank Opens Up About ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Backlash, and Examines Its Legacy

Hilary Swank Opens Up About ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Backlash, and Examines Its Legacy
The independent film boom of the 1990s launched many brilliant actors, but perhaps none flew higher than Hilary Swank. She took the chance on a risky role in a micro-budget film with a provocative subject matter and an unknown director — and walked away with an Oscar. Then a relatively unknown TV actress, she was paid $3,000 for the film. However, in a recent interview at the Crosby Street Hotel to promote the Netflix movie “I Am Mother,” she lit up when discussing the heyday of independent film.

“I thought, ‘Wow this is my opportunity to break into film,” she said. “Famous people weren’t taking the risk on independent film, and they weren’t getting paid to do independent film, so there was no interest for them. But, newcomers couldn’t break into film because the studio system was like, ‘We only use famous people.'”

Directed by Kimberly Peirce and
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Morrissey Sings $1.9M Tune At Lunt-Fontanne; Total Broadway Weekly Box Office Hits $37M

No moping for Morrissey’s Broadway box office: The former Smith’s frontman grossed $1.9M for his seven-night residence at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, playing to near-capacity crowds.

The strong showing was typical of a generally upbeat Week 50 on Broadway (ending May 12), with 38 productions taking in $36,855,347, an 8% bump over the previous week. Total attendance was up 7%, to 316,359.

The well-reviewed Morrissey, though not officially a part of the Lunt-Fontanne’s upcoming In Residence On Broadway series, suggests producers might be on to something with the idea – at least with performers backed by a fan base as loyal as the one that’s stuck with Morrissey all these years. Attendance for the seven performances – which spanned two Broadway weeks – was 10,085, about 96% of capacity. Average ticket price was $187.

Elsewhere in the district, the new strong just got stronger, with Tootsie settling into the $1M+ turf, grossing $1,409,488, a solid $150,000+ over the previous week, with attendance at 92% capacity at the Marquis.
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Michael Shannon Now on Board Rowing Drama Swing

Oscar nominated actor Michael Shannon is now on board the movie Swing that is described as a “romantic coming-of-age drama set in the world of elite varsity rowing.” The movie is being directed by Howard Deutch and written by Vojin Gjaja, “a former armor officer in the United States Army, the screenplay is based on his experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University.”

The story is said to be similar to Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society. “Set in 1999, it centers on a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.”

This sounds like Shannon will be playing sort of a heartwarming role. I think this will be a stretch, as he is generally super creepy. If he can pull it off, I’ll be impressed. I
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Hilary Swank stars in trailer for Netflix film ‘I Am Mother’

Netflix has launched a trailer for its upcoming sci-fi thriller ‘I Am Mother’ starring Hilary Swank and the voice of Rose Byrne.

Grant Sputore directs from a script by Michael Lloyd Green, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne and Clara Rugaard make up the cast.

Anyone else think the robot looks like a relative of the cyborg from Doctor Who, or is that just us?

Also in trailers – Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon butt heads in trailer for ‘The Current War

The Netflix film will launch on the service June 7th

I Am Mother Synopsis

A teenage girl (Clara Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind. But the pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon butt heads in trailer for ‘The Current War’

Entertainment Film Distributors has released a trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Current War’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison.

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the great American inventor Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as his rival, revered entrepreneur, George Westinghouse. Nicholas Hoult plays the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, Katherine Waterston is Westinghouse’s outspoken wife Marguerite, Tom Holland is Edison’s confident young secretary Samuel Insull, Matthew Macfadyen is the famous financier and banker J.P. Morgan, and Tuppence Middleton is Edison’s supportive wife Mary.

Also in trailers – Adam Driver and Bill Murray take out a few zombies in trailer for ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

The film hits cinemas July 26th

The Current War Synopsis

In the late 19th century, Edison, famous, iconoclastic and unwaveringly wed to his direct current system of electricity, begins a battle with publicity-shy industrialist Westinghouse, and his system of alternating current.
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Mel Gibson Is Playing a Rowdy Santa Claus in Fatman

Nadine de Barros, Fortitude CEO, announced today that Mel Gibson is attached to play Santa Claus in the action comedy feature Fatman.

Starring award-winning actor Mel Gibson, Fatman will be directed by filmmakers Ian and Eshom Nelms, based on their original script. The film will be produced by Brandon James of Rough House, Nadine de Barros (Jt Leroy) of Fortitude and Lisa Wolofsky (White Crow) of Skywolf.

"I am Excited to be working with the incredibly talented Nelms Brothers who have written a unique, highly entertaining script. Mel is the perfect choice as Kris Kringle like we've never seen him before. I couldn't be more thrilled to watch this darkly comedic Christmas film come to life," said de Barros of Fortitude.

Executive producers include James' Rough House Partners, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Scheduled to film early 2020 in Canada, Fatman is the story of a rowdy, unorthodox
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‘The Current War’ To Finally Get A Release: Full Info & New Trailer

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We finally have some info on the release of The Current War, the true story of the creation of electricity that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) back in 2017, but hadn’t received a release date. Until today.

Entertainment Film Distributors will release the film in the UK in the summer. Benedict Cumberbatch appears as the great American inventor Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon plays his rival, revered entrepreneur, George Westinghous. It will land on Friday 26th July.

Related: The Current War review [Tiff]

Official synopsis:

In the late 19th century, Edison, famous, iconoclastic and unwaveringly wed to his direct current system of electricity, begins a battle with publicity-shy industrialist Westinghouse, and his system of alternating current. The rivalry begins in his lab at Menlo Park, New Jersey, and spills onto the country’s front pages into a bitter court case.
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Mel Gibson attached to play Santa Claus in dark comedy 'Fatman'

Mel Gibson attached to play Santa Claus in dark comedy 'Fatman'
David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill on board as executive producers.

Mel Gibson is attached to play Santa Claus in the action comedy Fatman, which Fortitude will introduce to buyers in Cannes next week.

Ian and Eshom Nelms (Small Town Crime) will direct the story about a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus whose business is in decline. Meanwhile, Billy, a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

Brandon James of Rough House, Nadine de Barros of Fortitude and Lisa Wolofsky of Skywolf will produce. The Nelmses wrote the
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Mel Gibson attached to play Santa Claus in action comedy 'Fatman'

Mel Gibson attached to play Santa Claus in action comedy 'Fatman'
David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill on board as executive producers.

Mel Gibson is attached to play Santa Claus in the action comedy Fatman, which Fortitude will introduce to buyers in Cannes next week.

Ian and Eshom Nelms (Small Town Crime) will direct the story about a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus whose business is in decline. Meanwhile, Billy, a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

Brandon James of Rough House, Nadine de Barros of Fortitude and Lisa Wolofsky of Skywolf will produce. The Nelmses wrote the
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Michael Shannon to Star in Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Swing’ From Howard Deutch

Michael Shannon to Star in Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Swing’ From Howard Deutch
Michael Shannon is set to star in a romantic coming-of-age drama from director Howard Deutch (“Pretty in Pink”) that Fortitude will present to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, the company announced Wednesday.

Shannon will star in “Swing,” which has been compared to “Friday Night Lights” and “Dead Poets Society.” The story is set in 1999 and tells the story of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Vojin Gjaja, a Ranger-qualified former armor officer in the United States Army, wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University.
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Michael Shannon Gets Into The ‘Swing’; Rowing Drama To Be Directed By Howard Deutch – Cannes

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Michael Shannon Gets Into The ‘Swing’; Rowing Drama To Be Directed By Howard Deutch – Cannes
Oscar nominee Michael Shannon has boarded Swing, a romantic coming-of-age drama set in the world of elite varsity rowing. Howard Deutch is directing with principal photography set for September in New Jersey. Fortitude International will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

Written by Vojin Gjaja, a former armor officer in the United States Army, the screenplay is based on his experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University. The story is said to be in the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society. Set in 1999, it centers on a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Swing is produced by Lucas Jarach, Robert Ogden Barnum, Daniel Dávila, Shannon and Byron Wetzel. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros is exec producing alongside writer Gjaja.
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Michael Shannon Boards Romantic Drama ‘Swing’

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Michael Shannon Boards Romantic Drama ‘Swing’
In a pre-Cannes Film Festival deal, Michael Shannon has come on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama “Swing” with Howard Deutch directing.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence in September in New Jersey. Fortitude will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming Cannes market, which opens May 14.

Shannon is also producing along with Lucas Jarach, Robert Ogden Barnum, Daniel Dávila and Byron Wetzel. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros is executive producing alongside writer Vojin Gjaja.

The film, described as being in the tradition of “Friday Night Lights” and “Dead Poets Society,” is set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999. The story is centered on a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet, played by Shannon, takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Gjaja, a former officer in the United States Army,
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Michael Shannon, Fortitude to tempt Cannes buyers with 'Swing'

Fortitude CEO Nadine de Barros announced today that Academy-award nominee

Michael Shannon has come on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama Swing, which Fortitude will introduce to buyers next week in Cannes.

Howard Deutch will direct the film, described as being in the vein of the Dead Poets Society and Friday Night Lights.

Set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999, Swing tells of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of university whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Former soldier Vojin Gjaja
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Cannes: Michael Shannon Boards 'Pretty in Pink' Director Howard Deutch's 'Swing'

Cannes: Michael Shannon Boards 'Pretty in Pink' Director Howard Deutch's 'Swing'
Michael Shannon is on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama Swing, to be directed by Howard Deutch (The Replacements, The Great Outdoors, Pretty in Pink). 

Fortitude will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes next week.

In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society, the film, set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999, tells the story of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team. Written by Vojin Gjaja, a ranger-qualified ...
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