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Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth Join Sam Mendes World War I Drama ‘1917’

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth Join Sam Mendes World War I Drama ‘1917’
Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, and Richard Madden have joined Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917.”

DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures announced Thursday that “1917” will start shooting on April 1 on location in England and Scotland. Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq have also been cast.

The film follows two young British soldiers, previously announced as being played by George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”) and Dean-Charles Cahapman (“Game of Thrones”), on a single day at the height of World War I.

Universal had announced late last year that it had given a limited release date of Dec. 25 to “1917” and then go wide two weeks later on Jan. 10, 2020. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners is producing “1917” through its DreamWorks Pictures brand.

Mendes wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and will direct and produce the film. Pippa Harris, Mendes’ partner at Neal Street Productions, will also produce
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War Doc ‘Combat Obscura’ Is An Unflinching Microcosm Of War In Afghanistan

War is “boredom punctuated by moments of terror,” as the old adage goes. Boredom, however, has never made for a good film, which has led to a cinematic century of war presented as an exciting, if horrifying endeavor. And while some films (“Full Metal Jacket” and “Platoon“) edged ever closer to the ghastly reality, and others (“Jarhead“) captured the tedium, none seem to embody the stark duality as “Combat Obscura” so fully.

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Director Adrian Grunberg Signs With Paradigm

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Exclusive: Paradigm has signed director-screenwriter Adrian Grunberg, whose next film Rambo 5: Last Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his iconic role, will hit theaters September 20 via Lionsgate.

The Spanish filmmaker had been an A-list first assistant director on movies including Man on Fire, Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Jarhead and Gibson’s Edge of Darkness. He made his feature helming debut in 2012 on the Gibson-starrer Get the Gringo which he also co-wrote.

He also has worked as first assistant director on Netflix’s Sense8 and a second unit director on the streamer’s Narcos and Narcos: Mexico.

Grunberg second feature as director is Rambo 5, which co-stars Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Oscar Jaenada. The plot of the franchise’s fifth and final chapter: When the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped, Rambo — who has been working on a ranch — crosses the U.S.-Mexico
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“Donnybrook” Is Deadly Serious About Its Violent Nature

Filmmaker Tim Sutton has a dark view of the world. He’s shown that in previous features, but really doubles down with his newest work. Take any one scene from Donnybrook, Sutton’s new release that opened this weekend, and you’ll see an example of this. Grim and joyless, this portrait of desperate violence and working class Middle Americans is often tough to watch. Well acted and just as disturbing as intended, it’s a very singular vision of society. For some, it may make for an utterly hypnotic experience, while for others, it may be just too much to handle. For yours truly, the truth is somewhere in between. The movie is a gritty drama about the lengths people are willing to go in order to dig themselves out from the pits they’ve fallen into. Specifically, three people in “Jarhead” Earl (Jamie Bell), “Chainsaw” Angus (Frank Grillo
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Sam Mendes’ World War I Drama ‘1917’ Set for Awards-Season Launch on Christmas 2019

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Universal Pictures has given an awards-season release date of Dec. 25, 2019, to Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917.”

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners is producing “1917” through its DreamWorks Pictures brand. “1917” will open in limited release on Christmas Day then go wide two weeks later on Jan. 10, 2020.

Mendes wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and will direct and produce the film. Pippa Harris, Mendes’ partner at Neal Street Productions, will also produce with Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall. George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (“Game of Thrones”) have been cast in the film.

Amblin Partners won a spec package auction for “1917” in June. 1917 was the fourth year of World War I, which ended on Nov. 11, 1918.

“1917” marks a reunion for Mendes and DreamWorks. The British director won an Oscar for his first feature, 1999’s “American Beauty,” and also directed “Road to Perdition” and “Revolutionary Road” for DreamWorks. Mendes also helmed “Jarhead,” “Away We Go,
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‘Scorpion King: Book of Souls’ Review

Stars: Zach McGowan, Nathan Jones, Peter Mensah, Pearl Thusi, Mayling Ng, Inge Beckmann, Katy Louise Saunders, Howard Charles, Rizelle Januk | Written by David Alton Hedges, Frank DeJohn | Directed by Don Michael Paul

A spin-off from 2001′s Mummy sequel, the Scorpion King series – begun in 2002 – has official now out-lived and outlasted the very franchise it was born from. Stephen Sommers Mummy films ran for 9 years and three films, whilst the Scorpion King franchise is now in it’s fifth film with Scorpion King: Book of Souls and has go on for 16 years – with four sequels in the the last ten years alone.

This latest comes once again from Universal 1440, the direct to market arm of Universal which has consistently put out direct to DVD sequels to a myriad of different franchises like Death Race, Bring It On, Jarhead, Tremors and more. This film also sees Universal 1440 stalwart Don Michael Paul in the directors chair,
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Creature feature Return of the Killer Shrews gets a poster and trailer

The demented creature feature Return of the Killer Shrews – a follow-up to the 1959 sci-fi The Killer Shrews – is set for release this Halloween season, and you can take a look at the poster, trailer and synopsis here…

In 1959, the original Killer Shrews exploded onto drive-in screens, as a charter boat Captain and a bevy of hapless scientists were besieged by a horde of mutant beasts on a remote, storm-swept island. This classic mad doctor-meets-monster movie mashup featured edgy character actor James Best as Captain Thorne Sherman and famously low-fi special effects, giving birth to one of the most revered genre entries of its era.

Now, more than five decades later, the snarling, blood hungry monsters are back in Return Of The Killer Shrews. Captain Thorne Sherman returns to Shrew Island with a boatload of cargo for a TV crew filming a reality television show. As the cameras roll, cast and
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Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Launch Imagine’s Innovative Pod Producer Program With Bobby Cohen & Julie Oh

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Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Launch Imagine’s Innovative Pod Producer Program With Bobby Cohen & Julie Oh
Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have started an innovative offshoot program to supplement the films they make. In an effort to streamline the movie development process, they’ve thinned the ranks of creative executives and will instead empower entrepreneurial producers who ordinarily take their marching orders from those gatekeeper execs.

Imagine has begun a “Pod” system of producer deals that will start with Now You See Me producer Bobby Cohen, and Julie Oh, who in 2016 joined Imagine as New York-based vice presidents of development and will now be a producer there. Imagine’s core movie business will continue to be steered for Grazer and Howard by Karen Lunder, who in August was named Evp and empowered to oversee the projects that Grazer and Howard produce, and Howard directs.

Cohen, Oh, and several others who are in negotiations to join will come under the Imagine umbrella in producer deals.
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‘Donnybrook’: A Brutal, Blistering Masterwork Of American Desperation [Tiff Review]

“The world’s changed,” the craggy old boatman says at the beginning of the unflinchingly visceral “Donnybrook” as a menacing, operatic piece of music swells, ferrying the naïve hero to a looming Hades while delivering the movie’s aggrieved, despondent manifesto. “Criminals running everything. Got no money, just debt. Only thing worth living for is vice and indulgence.” “Jarhead” Earl (Jamie Bell), the ex-marine in question being shipped across this veritable River Styx, isn’t quite dead yet, nor has he paid Charon his coin for passage, but the toll for crossing over into hell will exact a cruel punishment much more severe than death.

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Donnybrook review – Jamie Bell fights against poverty in shallow drama

A squalid, self-important tale of a man entering a bare-knuckle fighting competition to save his family isn’t quite the bold statement on working-class America it seems to think it is

In a year that’s seen a number of humane, incisive films address the increase in poverty in America, such as Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete and Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, the lumbering arrival of Donnybrook feels like even more of a misstep. It’s a pulpy slab of exploitation masquerading as an important treatise on the struggles faced by the working class in rural America, thumping us in the face with its shallow viewpoint until we beg for mercy. Or at least the credits.

Based on the book by Frank Bill, the barebones plot sees Jamie Bell square up as “Jarhead” Earl, a veteran and father of two who somehow decides that the only way to save his family,
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‘Inferno: Skyscraper Escape’ Review

Stars: Claire Forlani, Jamie Bamber, Riley Jackson, Isaac Rouse, Nigel Barber, Atanas Srebrev, Nathan Cooper, Lorina Kamburova, Delly Allen, J.R. Esposito | Written by Regina Luvitt, Phillip J. Roth | Directed by Eric Summer

Disaster strikes a downtown skyscraper when a gas leak causes a ferocious explosion setting ablaze the towering mass of metal and glass. On the 60th floor Brianna (Forlani) and Tom (Bamber) a couple in the middle of a divorce settlement are forced to work together to help save their two children, Anne and Ben, who are both trapped in the building’s elevator hovering 20 stories above ground. Together Brianna and Tom must fight to stay alive while teaming up to save their children and escape the towering inferno.

Hmmmm, Inferno: Skyscraper Escape? Sounds very much like a product of The Asylum, timed to cash in on That other big-budget Skyscraper movie releasing in July. It’s not though.
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‘Penny Dreadful’ & ‘Revolutionary Road’ Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Chair

‘Penny Dreadful’ & ‘Revolutionary Road’ Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Chair
Penny Dreadful and Revolutionary Road producer Pippa Harris has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Harris will succeed Jane Lush in the position.

Dame Philippa Jill Olivier Harris, Dbe, has recently been deputy chair of the organization and has lead BAFTA’s film committee for a number of years.

Harris, who runs All3Media-backed TV and film production company Neal Street Productions, which she co-founded in 2003 with Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, has a number of high-profile film and TV credits in the UK and U.S. including The Hollow Crown and Jarhead.

“The last year has been a difficult and turbulent time for many in our industry, and I want to pay tribute to the calm, determined leadership that Jane has shown,” Harris said. “Now more than ever it’s vital that we continue to expand our outreach initiatives, scholarship program and talent
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Pippa Harris named new Bafta chair

Pippa Harris named new Bafta chair
Revolutionary Road and Jarhead producer takes over from Jane Lush.

Revolutionary Road and Jarhead producer Pippa Harris will be confirmed as the new chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) at tonight’s (June 4) Agm.

Harris has been deputy chair since August 2017, and her tenure as chair will run for two years.

She replaces Jane Lush, whose two-year term has come to an end.

Harris joined the board of trustees as deputy chair of the film committee in 2011 and was made chair of the film committee in 2015.

She also chaired Bafta’s recent taskforce examining sexual
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'Penny Dreadful,' 'Jarhead' Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Chair

'Penny Dreadful,' 'Jarhead' Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Chair
Pippa Harris, a hugely respected name in British film and TV, has been appointed as the new chair of BAFTA.

The news was unveiled Monday, with Harris — who has been deputy chair for the past year and closely involved with BAFTA for a decade — set to succeed Jane Lush. Her tenure will run for the next two years.

Harris is best known as having established Neal Street Productions, which she set up with Sam Mendes and Caro Newling in 2003 and continues to run its film and TV division with Nicolas Brown. The banner — which was ...
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Roger Deakins Explains Why He Insists on Operating the Camera Himself — Watch

Roger Deakins Explains Why He Insists on Operating the Camera Himself — Watch
Roger Deakins is not a cinematographer who likes to be pigeonholed into a particular style of cinematography or film genre. Although known as a meticulous planner, there is an instinctive aspect of his process that is important for him to preserve.

“It’s just experiencing and connecting with what’s around you,” said Deakins in an interview with Arri in conjunction with the company’s 100th anniversary. “I’ve always painted or drawn pictures or taken still photographs; now I shoot movies. It’s just about making images, really.”

It’s for the this reason that the one constant from film to film for Deakins is he’ll always have the same camera operator: himself.

“It’s so much about the movement of the camera and the composition,” said Deakins. “You want to be open to the sort of little things that happen on a set. You can’t be
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'Britannia' is Sky's best-performing original show since 2015

Historical drama scores best ratings since Fortitude.

Source: Sky

‘Britannia’

Britannia, Sky Atlantic big-budget drama about the Roman invasion of Britain, was the channel’s best-performing original show since Fortitude opened in January 2015.

The programme’s two airings delivered a combined total audience of 540,000, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Fortitude scored 724,000 viewers when it premiered. Britannia pushed past recent Sky Atlantic drama launches Riviera (395,000) and Tin Star (340,000).

Britannia is the first TV drama from Vertigo Films (Bronson), made in conjunction with Sam MendesNeal Street Productions (Jarhead, Revolutionary Road).

The show was created by Jez Butterworth, whose credits include Spectre and Edge Of Tomorrow, and the acclaimed plays Jerusalem and The Ferryman. The nine-part series stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Zoë Wanamaker, and Ian McDiarmid.

Read more: Sky CEO warns of ‘uneven playing field’ due to lack of online regulation
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Baby Boy on the Way for Brianne Davis and Mark Gantt

Baby Boy on the Way for Brianne Davis and Mark Gantt
Brianne Davis is going to be a mom!

The star of the History Channel series Six is pregnant with her first child, a baby boy due in April, she confirms to People exclusively, sharing a set of maternity photos taken by husband Mark Gantt.

“Being pregnant is one of the best feelings in the world,” Davis tells People. “As I’m sure many mothers before me can attest, there is nothing like it.”

She explains, “To have this unique individual growing inside of you, and experiencing every little kick and movement … well, it expands my heart with a love that’s difficult to describe.
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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar
Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor
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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar
Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor
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The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’

The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’
Ron Perlman would have us believe that war never changes, but the movies about it certainly have. The last 15 years have brought no shortage of films about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (for obvious reasons), but World War II continues to fascinate filmmakers most of all. That includes Christopher Nolan, whose recent hit “Dunkirk” manages to bring something new to a genre that constantly feels at risk of becoming old hat.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Is Too Loud For Some Viewers, But Christopher Nolan Says That’s the Way He Likes It

And while those two conflicts have dominated the genre of late, everything from the Civil War to the Battle of Red Cliffs has found powerful expression onscreen. Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” tells us that “war is a drug,” and the films below suggest that movies about war are just as addictive — maybe even more so.
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