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Australian films May Bo scorecard: Modest tally but very bright outlook

‘2040’.

Five months into the year, 18 Australian films and feature docs released in cinemas since the start of the year, plus holdovers, have racked up a modest $14.3 million.

That compares with $37.6 million generated in the same period last year, led by Peter Rabbit’s $26.4 million, Breath’s $3.6 million in four weeks (finishing with $4.6 million) and Sweet Country’s $2 million.

Shawn Seet’s Storm Boy is the top title with nearly $5 million, a creditable result. But almost certainly that would have been rather higher if Sony Pictures had been able to use Geoffrey Rush in the publicity campaign.

Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding has grossed $4.7 million through Sunday, its sixth weekend, and could finish with $5.5 million.

Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai collected $3.3 million, knee-capped by the dreadful co-incidence of opening on the same weekend as the Christchurch massacre.

Damon Gameau’s 2040 has earned $568,000 after its second weekend and, buoyed by word-of-mouth, distributor
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Russell Crowe signs on for road rage thriller ‘Unhinged’

Russell Crowe has signed on the dotted line to star in Derrick Borte road rage thriller ‘Unhinged’ just in time to attract buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Borte from a script by Disturbia’s Carl Ellsworth the film will take an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy, that guy being a slightly ‘Unhinged’ Russell Crowe.

The film will be Solstice Studio’s first production which they are targeting a wide U.S. theatrical release for Q3 2020. The company’s international team, led by acquisitions and international head Crystal Bourbeau, will be selling the film in Cannes this month.

Production is due to commence July 15 in New Orleans.

Also in news – Kristin Scott Thomas to play Mrs Danvers in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’

Borte
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Film4 Development Slate Includes Steve McQueen, Lenny Abrahamson & Jonathan Glazer Projects — Cannes

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Film4 Development Slate Includes Steve McQueen, Lenny Abrahamson & Jonathan Glazer Projects — Cannes
UK funding stalwart Film4 held its annual pre-Cannes bash last night in London where it teased footage of projects in production and whetted industry appetite for films in development.

Film4 is a perennial presence during the awards season and at major festivals. The Favourite and Cold War scored 13 nominations with the Academy this year. At Cannes next week, the Daniel Battsek-led funder will be represented by Asif Kapadia’s anticipated soccer doc Diego Maradona as well as a host of projects in the market such as Olivia Colman starrer The Father.

Last night industry saw impressive sneak peaks of upcoming projects including Justin Kurzel’s The True History Of The Kelly Gang, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Sarah Gavron’s Untitled Girls project and first-time filmmaker Rose Glass’s Saint Maud.

Steve Coogan’s thinly veiled Philip Green satire Greed drew laughter and there were
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Australian films’ April Bo scorecard: Quiet start but bright prospects

‘Top End Wedding’.

It’s been a quiet start for the year for Australian films at the national box office, particularly compared to last year when Peter Rabbit and Sweet Country were drawing crowds.

However exhibitors are very optimistic about the outlook for the rest of the year, including Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding which opened yesterday, Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach and Kriv StendersDanger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (both August 8) and Rachel GriffithsRide Like a Girl (September 26).

Ten new releases plus holdovers collectively racked up $9.06 million through April 30, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

That’s way below the first four months of 2018, which generated $32 million, with Will Gluck’s Peter Rabbit making $25.4 million en route to a final total of $26.7 million and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country $2 million.

Shawn Seet’s Storm Boy pocketed nearly $5 million, not a bad result,
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Nicholas Hoult joins Angelina Jolie in ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’

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This week Nicholas Hoult will be seen taking on the role of J.R.R Tolkien in the biopic on his early life but Hoult has just lined up his next project, Starring alongside Angelina Jolie in the thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’.

Tyler Perry has also joined the project in a currently undisclosed role. Hoult’s role is also currently been kept under wraps. Taylor Sheridan will be taking the helm.

Based on Michael Koryta’s novel, the film will tell the story of a 14-year-old boy who witnesses a brutal murder. He is issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens while the killers are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

Bron Studios and Film Rites are producing and Creative Wealth Media will finance the film. Garrett Basch and Steve Zaillian of Film
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Daniel Henshall finds truth amid lies in ‘Acute Misfortune’

Daniel Henshall and Toby Wallace in ‘Acute Misfortune’

Daniel Henshall plays one of the most challenging roles of his career as gun-toting, manipulative and alcohol and drug-fueled painter Adam Cullen in Acute Misfortune.

Yet when the director Thomas M. Wright sent the actor the source material – Erik Jensen’s book Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen – four years ago, initially he had his doubts.

“I feared the film would sensationalise Adam and his poor behaviour,” Henshall tells If from New York, where he now lives with his wife. “He could be very charming but I did not particularly like the character.”

Wright, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jensen, quickly convinced him otherwise, explaining the film would look at issues such as acclaim and identity, toxic masculinity and how deeply troubled people can create great art.

Romper Stomper’s Toby Wallace plays Jensen, who was an ambitious 19-year-old
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Cannes 2019: improved UK presence in Official Selection thanks to Euro co-pros

Little Joe and Sorry We Missed You both selected for Cannes Competition.

Following last year’s disappointing Cannes showing for UK movies, with only one Polish-language UK co-production in Competition (Cold War), this year’s presence looks to be an improvement.

Following today’s announcement, which saw 90% of the Official Selection titles unveiled, two films with significant UK involvement have been selected for Competition.

Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You sees the director once again break his own record with his 14th selection – his latest film focuses on the UK’s gig economy. Loach’s last film I, Daniel Blake
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Michael Fassbender’s Dmc Films Inks First Look Deal With New Republic Pictures

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Dmc Film, founded by Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan, has signed a first look deal with New Republic Pictures, the company behind the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough join Dmc in this new partnership with New Republic.

The deal was negotiated for New Republic by Lindsay Conner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Jason Sloane at Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern negotiated the deal on behalf of Dmc.

Dmc debut feature came from John Maclean’s Slow West, which won the World Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. Other producing credits include Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, which stars Fassbender. Future projects include Calm With Horses, from director Nick Rowland, Dreadful Ned, written by Joe Murtagh, and The Lesser Bohemians, adapted from the novel of the same name by Eimear McBride.

Founded by Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver, New Republic
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Michael Fassbender’s DMC Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic

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Michael Fassbender’s DMC Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic
Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s production company DMC has signed a first-look production deal with Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures (Nrp).

Producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough are joining the new partnership with Nrp.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Conor and Dmc Film,” Oliver and Nrp vice president of production and acquisition, Angus Sutherland, said in a statement. “At Nrp we strive to align ourselves with partners who are looking to broaden their influence on the industry in innovative ways. Dmc Film embodies this fully and continues to produce dynamic and compelling projects for audiences across the globe. We look forward to this next chapter together.”

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Fassbender added, “At Dmc, we work on ambitious and authored projects with bold and original filmmakers. It’s so exciting to have found the ideal Us partners in Brian,
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Michael Fassbender's Dmc Film Signs First-Look Deal With New Republic Pictures

Dmc Film — the production outfit founded by Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan — has signed a first-look deal with Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures.

Dmc, which also includes producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough, was behind Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and the movie adaptation of game Assassin's Creed.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Conor and Dmc Film. At Nrp we strive to align ourselves with partners who are looking to broaden their influence on the industry in innovative ways,” said Oliver and vp production and acquisition Angus ...
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Emma Booth, Ewen Leslie explore a dark world in ‘The Gloaming’

Ewen Leslie and Emma Booth.

Emma Booth and Ewen Leslie are playing detectives and former lovers who investigate the brutal murder of an unidentified woman in The Gloaming.

Aaron Pedersen, Rena Owen, Matt Testro and newcomer Josephine Blazier are co-starring in the eight-part drama commissioned by Stan and Disney’s ABC Studios International, which is now shooting in Tasmania.

In her follow-up to The Kettering Incident, Sweet Potato FilmsVicki Madden is the creator/showrunner, teaming up with Fiona McConaghy and 2 Jons’ John Molloy and Jon Adgemis. Michael Rymer is the set-up director, working with Greg McLean and Sian Davies.

“The plot combines crime, Gothic and the supernatural, a space in which Australia does not do a lot,” Madden tells If.

“Stan and ABC Studios International’s Keli Lee are very collaborative. They are giving me the freedom to tell the story which taps into Tasmania’s convict history.”

Booth plays unconventional Detective Molly McGee.
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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Joel Coen team for Macbeth

Deadline is reporting that Denzel Washington is set to team with fellow Oscar-winners Frances McDormand and Joel Coen for a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Details on the project are scarce, but Coen will direct and write the script for the film, which is being produced by Scott Rudin for A24.

Macbeth tells the story of a Scottish general who is prophesied by a trio of witches to one day become King of Scotland, and with the help of his wife Lady Macbeth, sets out to seize the throne and consolidate his power by any means necessary.

The stage play has been adapted countless times, most recently in 2015, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring and Justin Kurzel directing.

The post Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Joel Coen team for Macbeth appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to star on Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’

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It’s a film that has been done to death but that hasn’t stopped one half of the Coen Brothers, Joel Coen, from venturing out on his own to create a new version. A version which he has already lined up ‘Three Billboards’ Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to star.

Coen will direct from a script he has written, he will also produce the picture alongside Scott Rudin.

The Shakesperian film will see Washington play the leading role, the Scottish nobleman who is convinced by a trio of witches that he’s destined to become the king of Scotland. McDormand will play his ambitious wife who helps him in his quest to obtain the Scottish crown.

Also in the news – Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi reunite for ‘Free Guy

The story of Macbeth was last adapted for the big screen in 2015 by Justin Kurzel, starring Michael Fassbender in the titular role,
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Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand Team for Joel Coen's Macbeth

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand Team for Joel Coen's Macbeth
A new movie adaptation of Macbeth is happening with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. To make it all the more appealing, Joel Coen, one half of the Coen brothers, is set to write and direct the new adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic. This tale has been brought to the screen many times before and, in many cases, any further takes on the material may seem excessive. But with a creative team like this in place, it's hard to argue against.

According to a new report, both Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are in talks to star in Macbeth. Currently, they roles they would play, should the deals close, have not been revealed. Though, one would imagine Washington would play the title role, whereas McDormand would likely play Lady Macbeth. Scott Rudin is on board as a producer and indie studio A24 has stepped in to shepherd the project, with plans to distribute it worldwide.
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Macbeth Movie from Joel Coen Eyes Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand to Star

Joseph Baxter Mar 28, 2019

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand could headline a very different version of Macbeth, adapted by Joel Coen.

Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare’s signature historical tragedies, may have been adapted in myriad form over the past 400+ years on stage and every conceivable form of media. However, something wicked this way comes, taking shape as a developing film project from celebrated cinematic directorial sibling Joel Coen. Moreover, it looks like he’s already got an intriguing headlining duo in mind!

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are being eyed to play the lead roles – presumably as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth – in Joel Coen’s interpretation of Macbeth, reports Deadline. With talks currently underway for the starring duo, Coen has reportedly signed up to direct and write the adaptation. While there’s no word about whether Joel's perennial collaborator, brother Ethan, will get involved, imbuing the project with the label of a Coen Brothers film,
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Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to Lead ‘Macbeth’ from Joel Coen and A24

Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to Lead ‘Macbeth’ from Joel Coen and A24
Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington are teaming up for what is now one of the hottest projects in the industry: “Macbeth.” The latest screen adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play will be written and directed by Joel Coen, making it a rare endeavor without his filmmaking brother Ethan. The project is being set up at A24 with the backing of producer Scott Rudin, who has partnered with the studio before on Oscar-nominated hits like “Lady Bird.”

Macbeth” was first adapted for the big screen in 1948 by Orson Welles and was most recently done in 2015 with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. Justin Kurzel directed the 2015 adaptation. Coen’s take on the material will have Washington star as the Scottish lord who discovers in a prophecy from three witches that he’s to become the king of Scotland. Macbeth works with his quietly mischievous wife to assume the title.
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Joel Coen to Direct Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington in ‘Macbeth’ Adaptation

As history has proven, it’s not long after a Coen brothers film arrives that we learn of their project. Following their Netflix anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs last fall, we now know what the prolific filmmakers are up to–or at least what one-half of the duo is concocting. In surprising news, only Joel Coen is attached to write and direct this new film: an adaptation of Macbeth.

Deadline reports that Frances McDormand will star in the project and Denzel Washington is in talks to join. Produced by Scott Rudin and distributed by A24, no other details regarding the time period or setting of this update has been revealed, but it was only a few years ago we got Justin Kurzel’s take on the Shakespeare classic, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

The oft-adapted tragedy of a Scottish lord and his wife’s descent into power-fueled
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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen Teaming For ‘Macbeth’ Movie

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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen Teaming For ‘Macbeth’ Movie
Exclusive: When you have eight Oscars between you, it becomes less daunting to take on Shakespeare. I’m told that Denzel Washington is in early talks to team with Frances McDormand in a screen adaptation of Macbeth that will be directed by Joel Coen, from an adaptation he is writing. Scott Rudin is producing, and the plan is for A24 to distribute worldwide.

The Shakespeare classic was first turned into a film by Orson Welles in 1948 and numerous adaptations have followed. The storyline is that a Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he is destined to become king of Scotland. With the help of his ambitious wife, he does what he has to with the goal of seizing the crown. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starred in the last version, directed by Justin Kurzel.

Washington won his Oscars for Training Day and Glory, while McDormand won
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Cannes Intrigue Spikes: Tarantino, Almodóvar, Malick Trending Up; ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Against All Enemies’, Netflix Not Expected

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Cannes Intrigue Spikes: Tarantino, Almodóvar, Malick Trending Up; ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Against All Enemies’, Netflix Not Expected
We’re just a few weeks away from the annual unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival lineup, and, as ever, speculation is running high about what will and won’t strut down the Croisette from May 14-25. Also as usual, nothing is set in stone until fest chief Thierry Frémaux makes the announcement. However, we’ve been able to glean some intel into what’s likely to be in store for the official selection — and what is not.

Regarding the big-ticket titles, the one on everyone’s lips is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. While we’ve heard a possible May 21 date floated — which would slot in nicely given it would mark 25 years to the day that Tarantino debuted Pulp Fiction, going on to win the Palme d’Or — and sources have indicated the film is likely to make it, we also understand that no firm
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Ausfilm names film and TV producers delegation to La

Top row (l-r) Polly Staniford, Sarah Shaw, Tania Chambers, Clayton Jacobson; middle: Jason Byrne, Rikki Lea Bestall, Dena Curtis, Liz Watts, Vincent Sheehan, Anna Vincent; bottom: Steve Jaggi, Scott Corfield, Kristian Moliere.

Polly Staniford, Sarah Shaw, Tania Chambers, Kristian Moliere, Liz Watts and Vincent Sheehan are among a delegation of 13 film and television producers who will travel to Los Angeles to meet with more than 30 development companies and streaming services next month.

The mission is led by Ausfilm as part of its annual Partner with Australia producer connection program. The goal is to provide strategic opportunities for Australian producers with commercially viable feature and TV projects that hold international appeal.

The initiative also supports Ausfilm’s corporate membership of screen services businesses by connecting these companies to Us film and television executives and Australian producers. The program runs from April 14-17.

Supported by Create Nsw, Film Victoria, Screen Queensland, the
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