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‘Circe’: HBO Looks for Its Next ‘Game of Thrones’ With a Straight-to-Series Order for Ancient Greek Fantasy

Forget dragons, HBO is dealing with gods and goddesses next in the network’s latest post-Game of Thrones acquisition, Circe. Based on Madeline Miller‘s bestselling 2018 novel of the same name, Circe tells the story of the banished nymph who romanced the mortal Odysseus in The Odyssey from her perspective, following her transformation “from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able […]

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‘Event Leviathan #1′ Review (DC Comics)

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Written by Brian Michael Bendis | Art by Alex Maleev | Published by DC Comics

I tend to find that Bendis’s name attached to a huge company-wide crossover can either be a brilliant thing or a terrible one. Bendis at the top of his game is a joy, he can write some cracking dialogue and great tent pole comics. There is, however, the jobbing Bendis, who is sometimes too overcommitted to really shine on every project he works on. As a rule, if Bendis starts with a sound concept, or has a decent editor who can reign him in, or a combination of those two things, then good things happen. Event Leviathan has the look of good things. Although this is Issue 1 of a six issue ‘thriller’, there have been some stories feeding in from regular DC titles, and a Leviathan Rising one-shot, that set the scene, but they aren’t essential to follow this series.
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Russia’s Fedor Bondarchuk Unveils Four New Films in Cannes

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Russia’s Fedor Bondarchuk Unveils Four New Films in Cannes
Cannes — Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk introduced four new productions from his Art Pictures Studio Saturday in Cannes, including “Attraction 2,” the sequel to his 2017 sci-fi blockbuster.

The invitation-only showcase at the Gray d’Albion hotel also unveiled footage from three new features that Bondarchuk is either directing or producing. Sci-fi thriller “Sputnik” is the story of a Russian cosmonaut who returns to earth with an alien inside him; “Ice 2” explores a tragic event that shatters the picture-perfect marriage of a top ice hockey player and a renowned figure skater; and “Fyodor Konyukhov” is an animated feature about a Russian explorer’s solo air balloon voyage around the world.

The films offered the latest evidence of Bondarchuk’s ambitions to break out of the Russian market. “Art Pictures produces films for a wide audience,” he told Variety after the presentation. The company’s global sales, he noted, have been steadily rising in recent years,
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'Sex Education' star Emma Mackey to make French debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé's 'Eiffel' (exclusive)

Martin Bourboulon, whose credits include divorce comedy-dramas Mummy Or Daddy and Divorce French Style, will direct.

Emma Mackey, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit show Sex Education, will make her French-language debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé’s upcoming €22m ($20m) production Eiffel, revolving around the untold love story behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower.

The project is currently in pre-production for an August 2019 shoot. Pathé International kicks off sales at Cannes with Pathé retaining French and Swiss rights.

Mackey will play Adrienne Bourgès, a mysterious, high-born woman linked to celebrated engineer Gustave Eiffel’s past.

Sex Education
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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: The Battle of Winterfell

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: The Battle of Winterfell
What do we say to the god of death? Eat this.

It wasn’t the once and future king Jon Snow who took down the Night King and ended the years-in-the-making assault of the dead against the living. It wasn’t the Queen of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen or the Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark or “the Imp” Tyrion Lannister. With a last-ditch jump and a dagger to the gut, Arya Stark reached the moment she’s been training for practically her whole young life and did exactly what needed to be done,
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Angelina Jolie’s Role In The Eternals Has Been Revealed

Just when fans think the Marvel Cinematic Universe can’t pack any more talent into its movies, in steps Angelina Jolie. The Academy Award-winning actress has now officially been confirmed to star as Sersi in the upcoming film The Eternals.

The pic is expected to be a focal point of the fourth phase of the McU, which will begin this summer with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Little is known about The Eternals, other than the fact that Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani are expected to star, but it’ll revolve around a secret race of mythical creatures created by the Celestials. These beings are graced with superpowers and are known for having abnormally long lives.

While many of these Eternals wish to remain separate from humans, Sersi has shown a proclivity to live among them. This, of course, comes with its own set of problems that puts both
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An unknown emotion by Anne-Katrin Titze

Hélène Fillières on Nick Cave's Into My Arms in Raising Colors (Volontaire): "It's probably the most romantic song I've ever heard." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Laure (Diane Rouxel) with Commander Rivière (Lambert Wilson)

The last time I saw Lambert Wilson in person, he was performing his tribute to Yves Montand at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York. He was Jacques Cousteau in Jérôme Salle's The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) and now in Hélène Fillières' Raising Colors (Volontaire), co-written with Mathias Gavarry, he is Commander Rivière at the École Navale. The Commander is lovingly called 'the monk' by the chief training officer Albertini, played by Alex Descas. Laure (Diane Rouxel) in her twenties and with a first-rate education, decides to accept a job offer in the administration of the French Navy. Her mother (Josiane Balasko), a famous stage actress, is particularly upset and vocal about this turn of events.
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The Five Best Songs from the O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack

This is another movie that made it hard to pick between the songs that were featured on the soundtrack since there are just so many that are fun to listen to and really fit with the story. O Brother Where Art Thou is a story based very loosely on Homer’s epic story, The Odyssey, and is one of the better films of its era as well as a very fun and engaging film that offers plenty of laughter and irony aplenty. The whole idea of three men escaping a chain gang and going cross country while meeting so many influential

The Five Best Songs from the O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack
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‘Bitter Wheat’ Trailer: John Malkovich Stars in David Mamet Play As Weinstein-Like “Bloated Monster”

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‘Bitter Wheat’ Trailer: John Malkovich Stars in David Mamet Play As Weinstein-Like “Bloated Monster”
John Malkovich is set to portray a Harvey Weinstein-like “depraved Hollywood mogul” in a world premiere UK production of David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat.

Just how close is the fictional character to Weinstein? In a trailer for the upcoming production at London’s Garrick Theatre, Hollywood is described as a “hell hole” where “bloated monsters devour the young.”

“Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent,” reads the website for the Garrick’s production.

Check out the trailer above.

Mamet’s Bitter Wheat, which the playwright will direct in the Garrick production, will star Malkovich as Barney Fein, described by the theater as, yes, a bloated monster and “studio head, who like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured into his cave. His fall from power to shame is a mythic journey which has been compared to The Odyssey
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Interview: Ben Blacker Talks DC Vertigo’s New Series Hex Wives

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Hex Wives is part of DC's Vertigo relaunch and it couldn't be coming at a better time. Aside from the fact that the first issue will be available on Halloween, witches in pop culture also seem to be at an all-time high with recent releases like The House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Hereditary, and Suspiria. I recently caught up with series creator and writer Ben Blacker to learn all about the origins of Hex Wives and where he plans to take the series:

Can you talk about your inspiration for Hex Wives and your pitch to Vertigo?

Ben Blacker: Hex Wives is the confluence of two ideas I'd been tinkering with in the back of my brain for years while my writing partner and I were working on a few other projects. Maybe five years ago, I caught an episode of “Bewitched” on TV.
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Showcases the Wide-Ranging Brilliance of the Coen Brothers [Nyff]

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Showcases the Wide-Ranging Brilliance of the Coen Brothers [Nyff]
It can be tough to take the Coen Brothers at their word – after all, the duo claims (seemingly in jest) that they never read Homer’s The Odyssey despite basing O Brother, Where Art Thou? on it. But if they were forthright about the origins of their latest work, the anthology film The Ballad of […]

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UK Sales Outfit Great Point Media Hires Trio Including Former Altitude Staffer

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Exclusive: Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi Jr.’s London-based Great Point Media (Gpm) has made three additions to its film and TV sales team.

Jordan Allwood joins as Sales Executive after working most recently at Altitude Film Sales as International Sales Co-ordinator. Joining as Sales Assistant are both Lucas Meurin, formerly a production manager at Canal + in Paris, and Regys Badi, who was most recently a Team Co-ordinator at Discovery Communications.

Last November, sales veteran Nada Cirjanic, formerly of Independent Film Sales, joined as Gpm’s Head of Sales while Peta Browne, Gpm’s Head of International Marketing, joined from Umedia.

In a joint statement, Reeve and Halmi said, “Jordan Allwood brings a superb set of skills and knowledge to Great Point and he is already a firm favorite with international buyers.” Cirjanic added, “We’re delighted to add Jordan, Lucas and Regys to our growing team in time for our autumn slate announcements.
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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Seems to Be a Game at the Top of Its Franchise

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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Seems to Be a Game at the Top of Its Franchise
“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” hopes to live up to its name, but not by having players re-experience the trials and tribulations of Odysseus as told by Homer, but rather by giving players a chance to create their own epic tale, their own odyssey during a time much later and more volatile in Greek history than the mythical Trojan War.

Player choice is key among several major shifts in this latest “Assassin’s Creed,” due out later this year. Constructed to tell a story more driven by player choice than ever before in the franchise, in a place more storied than ever visited.

In “Odyssey,” players take on the role of mercenary, a Spartan abandoned as a child to fend for himself who has grown to become a masterful Spartan soldier. In their own adventures, crafted by how they tackle the story and how they talk with other characters, players will battle with shield and spear,
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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Revealed, More Details at E3

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“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” the next game in the long-lived action adventure game that puts players in the shoes of a member of an ancient order of assassins, will be shown at E3, Ubisoft announced Thursday night.

The announcement was made on Twitter along with a five-second video showing what appears to be a Spartan soldier kicking a Spartan officer from a mountaintop.

The announcement comes hours after gaming site JeuxVideo posted a keychain showing the same logo and name for the now-verified “Assassin’s Creed game.” The keychain itself is of the Spartan helmet.

The timing of the peak of the Spartan era, which peaked around the 6th to 4th Century Bce, doesn’t exactly fit with rumors that the game will be a sequel to the ancient Egyptian “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which occurred during the 1st Century Bce.

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Assassin's Creed
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‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ And The Road To Redemption

The Coen Brothers film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” is heavily influenced by Homer’s “The Odyssey.” It is a story rife with moral conflict for both the characters to traverse and the audience, in turn, to justify and empathize. With both works existing in a time of changes, symbols and characters are borrowed and reimagined for the Coens to build upon. The path audiences are lead down is one of winding, ambiguous principles to the final destination of redemption.
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The Reality of a Reflection: An Exploration of Jean-Luc Godard's Filmography

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Mubi's retrospective For Ever Godard is showing from November 12, 2017 - January 16, 2018 in the United States.Jean-Luc Godard is a difficult filmmaker to pin down because while his thematic concerns as an artist have remained more or less consistent over the last seven decades, his form is ever-shifting. His filmography is impossible to view in a vacuum, as his work strives to reflect on the constantly evolving cinema culture that surrounds it: Godard always works with the newest filmmaking technologies available, and his films have become increasingly abstracted and opaque as the wider culture of moving images has become increasingly fragmented. Rather than working to maintain an illusion of diegetic truth, Godard’s work as always foreground its status as a manufactured product—of technology, of an industry, of on-set conditions and of an individual’s imagination. Mubi’S Godard retrospective exemplifies the depth and range of Godard’s career as
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19 Books That Scored Better Movie Titles, From ‘Cruel Intentions’ to ‘Die Hard’ (Photos)

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19 Books That Scored Better Movie Titles, From ‘Cruel Intentions’ to ‘Die Hard’ (Photos)
It’s #BookLoversDay! So for all you book worms out there, we explored movies that had better titles than the books they were based on. Based on William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the adaptation starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger brought things to the present day and gave it a more timely title, “10 Things I Hate About You.” This very loose adaptation of Greek poet Homer’s “The Odyssey” from the Coen brothers changed many details to fit their trademark style, including the title to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Choderlos de Laclos’ “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” got a
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The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked
Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh. This bizarre, in-progress century has already produced any number of great comedies, which is to say that many of your (and our) favorites were left out: sorry, “Toy Story 3”; sorry, “Knocked Up.” As we tend to lean toward the indie side — and away from certain men-behaving-badly movies — there are also some titles on here that you might not have seen.

There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive
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Jason And The Argonauts, and more Greek myths

Aliya Whiteley Jun 2, 2017

If Clash Of The TItans or Jason And The Argonauts are your thing, then a few book recommendations right here...

This month, with help from BookBeat - who we thank very much for their support - we're trialling a book club series of features, where we look at books, how they translate to movies, how they work in audiobook form, and just generally chat about a certain title. You can get a free trial of BookBeat - a sort-of Netflix for audio books - right here. Den Of Geek readers get a full month free trial, as opposed to the usual two weeks. But you need to click on that link to get it!

This week? We're looking at Greek myths...

The 1963 film Jason And The Argonauts, directed by Don Chaffey, with a soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann and featuring the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, was my
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