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Interview with Kristína Aschenbrennerová: “We have aimed to actually rediscover the popular cinema in countries of East and South-East Asia for Slovakia”

Since early age, Kristína Aschenbrennerová (1980) had planned to become a film actress like Greta Garbo. Fortunately, quite soon she realized her qualities lie elsewhere and graduated in film theory and history. She works at Slovak Film Institute/National Cinematography Centre as Slovak cinema promotion officer and event coordinator. Since 2009, she programmes, until recently with Adrián Žiška, Eastern Promises, a section of Iff Art Film Fest Košice dedicated to mainstream and genre films from East and Southeast Asia. On not that regular basis, she gets to select (Asian) or recommend shorts for Isff Brno 16, and in 2017 she proudly recommended a few fabulous films to Slovak Queer Film Festival. Occasionally writes and tries to keep a Wp blog under an alias Anomalilly. Talks a lot.

We speak with her about Eastern Promises and Art Film Fest, Asian cinema, the Slovak audience, and many more topics.

Eastern Promises is not a festival, but
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Veteran Film Executive Kahli Small Dies at 53

  • Variety
Kahli Small, a veteran film executive who worked on “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Milk,” died on Sunday. She was 53.

Small joined Focus Features as a production exec in 2004 and contributed to the production of several films, including “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Milk” and “Eastern Promises.” She also worked on “Sin Nombre” and advocated strongly for then-first-time filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga. She later joined the production company Gk Films as executive vice president of production and development, and was involved in the development of the Oscar-winning movie “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Like many independent film executives, she later moved into television, becoming senior vice president of drama development at NBC and later an executive vice president at the network.

“This is heartbreaking. Kahli Small was first and foremost a filmmaker’s executive,” Focus Features CEO James Schamus, co-founder David Linde and former president John Lyons said. “For Kahli, a project was only
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Scribe Bringing Special Forces Story ‘Sas: Rogue Heroes’ to TV

  • Variety
‘Peaky Blinders’ Scribe Bringing Special Forces Story ‘Sas: Rogue Heroes’ to TV
Steven Knight is adapting “Sas: Rogue Heroes,” bringing the story of the elite British special forces unit to TV.

Knight has enjoyed enormous success with his series “Peaky Blinders,” and also penned “Taboo” and the feature films “Locke” and “Eastern Promises.” His Sas series will be based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling non-fiction book “Sas: Rogue Heroes” and produced by Endemol Shine drama banner Kudos.

Knight’s scripts will cover the creation of the Sas along with a new form of combat and warfare. The producers said the series will cover the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of the Sas story, and delve into the psychology of the mavericks who formed the Sas in the darkest days of WW2.

“This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back into the shadows. We will shine
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Vincent Cassel Joins ‘Westworld’ Season 3

  • The Wrap
Vincent Cassel Joins ‘Westworld’ Season 3
Vincent Cassel is the newest recruit for “Westworld” Season 3.

“We’re incredibly excited to work with Vincent Cassel. We’ve been longtime fans of his and are thrilled for him to join the ‘Westworld’ team,” HBO sci-fi series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said in a statement.

Cassel is the latest newcomer for “Westworld’s” third season, following the castings of Lena Waithe and Aaron Paul. No character details have been given for the actor’s role on the upcoming installment, which just went into production last month and will not air until some time in 2020.

Also Read: Lena Waithe Joins Cast of 'Westworld' Season 3

The series’ second season starred Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, and Tessa Thompson and wrapped in June 2018.

Based on the film of the same name written by Michael Crichton, “Westworld” was created by husband and wife producing team Nolan and Joy.
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Adds Vincent Cassel

  • Variety
‘Westworld’ Season 3 Adds Vincent Cassel
Vincent Cassel has signed on for “Westworld” Season 3 at HBO.

Like most things “Westworld,” the exact nature of Cassel’s role is being kept under wraps. He joins previously announced “Westworld” Season 3 cast members Lena Waithe Aaron Paul. Production recently began on Season 3 and the show is not expected to air again until at least 2020.

Cassel is known for his starring role in “Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct” and “Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1.” His previous credits also include “Black Swan,” “Ocean’s 12,” and “Eastern Promises.” He will next be seen in “Underwater” directed by William Eubanks.

He is repped by CAA and Agence Adéquat.

The series, based on the Michael Crichton film of the same name, was created for television and executive produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot Productions also executive produce along with Richard J. Lewis and Athena Wickham.
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"Westworld": Vincent Cassel Joins HBO Sci-Fi Series Cast For Season 3

  • Deadline
HBO’s sprawling sci-fi drama series Westworld is getting a another major new cast addition. French actor Vincent Cassel is joining the upcoming third season of the series.

The producers are being tight-lipped on the character but I hear Cassel will play a new villain and will be a series regular. He will co-star another high-profile new series regular for Season 3, Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie, the sci-fi thriller is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth.

“We’re incredibly excited to work with Vincent Cassel,” Nolan and Joy said. “We’ve been longtime fans of his and are thrilled for him to join the Westworld team.”

Westworld, from Warner Bros. TV, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films,
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Spc acquires Tim Roth, Clive Owen drama 'The Song Of Names'

Serendipity Point Films reunites with Spc on sixth film.

Spc has picked up Us rights from worldwide sales agent HanWay Films to The Song Of Names starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen.

François Girard (The Red Violin) directed from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) based on the novel by music scholar Norman Lebrecht.

The Song Of Names is described as “an emotional detective story spread over two continents and half a century, culminating in the titular Song. The film shows that within the darkest of mysteries sometimes only music has the power to illuminate the truth,
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Win Red Joan book

  • HeyUGuys
Red Joan starring Dame Judi Dench is releasing in cinemas nationwide from Friday 19 April and to celebrate we are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the novel on which the film is based on.

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

Cut to 1938 where Joan is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.

Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan must choose between betraying her country
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Vladimír Smutný, Youssef Chahine

Festival will also pay tribute to Velvet Revolution, unveils industry strands.

The 54th Karlovy Vary Film Festival (June 28-July 6) will honour Czech cinematographer Vladimír Smutný and Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.

Smutný, a seven-time winner of the Czech Lion for best cinematography, will receive the Kviff President’s Award. His best-known work includes films with Jiří Svoboda and Jan and Zdeněk Svěrák.

Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926-2008), a five-time Palme d’Or nominee and Silver Bear winner (for Alexandria Why? in 1979), will be honoured at Kviff with a retrospective of 11 remastered films, comprising early lesser-known works and internationally recognised classics.

The

Laura Linney Joins Viggo Mortensen’s Family Drama ‘Falling’

  • Variety
Laura Linney Joins Viggo Mortensen’s Family Drama ‘Falling’
Laura Linney, Hannah Gross, and Terry Chen have joined the cast of Viggo Mortensen’s family drama “Falling.”

The movie will be Mortensen’s directorial debut. He’s also producing, wrote the screenplay, and is playing one of the two leading roles in a story about a son’s relationship with his aging father. Production is currently underway in Toronto. It will also shoot in Los Angeles.

Mortensen will portray a man who lives with his male partner, played by Chen, and their adopted daughter in Southern California. Linney will play his sister and Gross will portray his mother. Lance Henriksen will play the father, a farmer whose attitudes and behavior belong to a far more traditional era and family model. He travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with his family as he deals with memory loss.

“Falling” is produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films and Chris Curling
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Laura Linney, Terry Chen & Hannah Gross Join Viggo Mortensen’s Directorial Debut ‘Falling’, Shoot Underway In Toronto

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Laura Linney, Terry Chen & Hannah Gross Join Viggo Mortensen’s Directorial Debut ‘Falling’, Shoot Underway In Toronto
Exclusive: Three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney (Kinsey), Hannah Gross (Mindhunter), and Terry Chen (House Of Cards) have joined the cast of Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut Falling, which is now underway in Toronto.

Green Book star Mortensen wrote the script and leads cast alongside previously announced Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Sverrir Gudnason (The Girl In The Spider’s Web). The Captain Fantastic and Eastern Promises star will play John Peterson, a gay man whose conservative father moves from his rural farm to live with his son’s family in Los Angeles.

Ozark and Tales Of The City star Linney will play Peterson’s sister, Gross has been cast as his mother and Chen will play his partner. Henriksen plays the father.

Producers are Daniel Bekerman (The Witch) of Scythia Films and Chris Curling (The Bookshop) of Zephyr Films together with Mortensen, who previously produced Everyone Has A Plan, Far From Men
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Here’s a List of Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in April

  • The Wrap
Hulu’s list of comings and goings for the month of April is out, and the roster for new content on the streaming service includes two Hulu Originals — the first season premiere of “Ramy,” and the seventh episode of “Into The Dark: I’m Just F*cking With You,” with other highlights including Season 3 of Freeform’s “The Bold Type” and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place.”

“Ramy,” debuting April 19, tells the story of first generation Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan as he finds himself in his New Jersey neighborhood, stuck at a crossroads between the morals of his Muslim community and the moral ambiguity of his millennial generation. “Into The Dark: I’m Just F*cking With You,” coming April 1, finds two siblings in a secluded motel, where they become subject to practical jokes of an increasingly frightening nature.

Also Read: Oscar-Winning Documentary 'Free Solo' Now Available for Streaming on Hulu
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Canneseries 2019 reveals full line-up

Canneseries 2019 reveals full line-up
The line-up includes new TV projects from Hirokazu Kore-eda, Gurinder Chadha and Gregg Araki.

Canneseries, the annual TV festival running alongside the Miptv content market in Cannes, has unveiled the competition line-up for its second edition (April 5-10).

The first two epsidoes from 10 new international series will screen in the main competition.

Titles include Channing Powell’s London-set psychological thriller The Feed for Amazon and Liberty Global. David Thewlis stars in the dystopian tale as the inventor of a brain implant that allows people to share thoughts and emotions alongside Guy Burnet, Michelle Fairley and Nina Toussaint-White as his family members.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Oscars’ ‘Best Picture’ The Green Book on Blu-ray

Two men from different worlds form an unexpected friendship in the incredibly moving film Green Book, coming to Digital February 19, 2019 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 12, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. With exceptional filmmaker lineage, Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book is directed by Peter Farrelly, and stars 2019 Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen and 2019 Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali alongside Linda Cardellini. The critically acclaimed and “hugely entertaining” Green Book is the winner of three 2019 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahersala Ali and Best Original Screenplay.

Now you can win the Win the Blu-ray Combo Pack of The Green Book. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what your favorite movie starring Viggo Mortensen is. (mine’s A History Of Violence). It’s so easy!

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Oscar Winning Best Picture Green Book Coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 12th

Two men from different worlds form an unexpected friendship in the incredibly moving film Green Book, coming to Digital February 19, 2019 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 12, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. With exceptional filmmaker lineage, Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book is directed by Peter Farrelly, and stars 2019 Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen and 2019 Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali alongside Linda Cardellini. The critically acclaimed and “hugely entertaining” Green Book is the winner of three 2019 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahersala Ali and Best Original Screenplay.

Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist,
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Movie Review – Serenity (2019)

Serenity, 2019.

Directed by Steven Knight.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, and Djimon Hounsou.

Synopsis:

A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

Quietly dumped in a smattering of cinemas and on VOD in the UK this week following its disastrous late-January U.S. release, Serenity is destined to be remembered for several things, but none of them good. In addition to being thoroughly panned by critics stateside, stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway reportedly made every effort possible to distance themselves from the impending dud.

Despite his general inconsistency as a screenwriter, writer-director Steven Knight has truly outdone himself with this fascinatingly off-key misfire, which begins as a seemingly self-consciously trashy thriller before transitioning into ill-advised territory with a mind-boggling plot twist that, in a better movie, might be called “ambitious.”

The
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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar

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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar
After Olivia Colman upset the heavily favored Glenn Close to win the best actress Oscar on Sunday, Close became the new record-holder among actresses for most Oscar nominations without a win.

Colman gave a gracious acceptance speech, admitting she wished the veteran actress took home the big prize: “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”

Close now has seven nominations and no wins for “The Wife,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Natural.”

Close had been tied with the late Thelma Ritter and the late Deborah Kerr for most nominations without a win, with six. On Sunday, Amy Adams joined Ritter and Kerr for having six nominations without a win following her loss for “Vice.” She was previously nominated for “Junebug,” “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” “The Master,” and “American Hustle.
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2019 Oscar Previews: Part 2

  • Cinelinx
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

For Part 1 of this year's Oscar Previews, click here.

Best Actor Nominees

Christian Bale - as Dick Cheney in Vice

Age: 45

Previously Best Known For:

Nolan Batman Trilogy

American Hustle

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 2011 - Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2014 - Irving Rosenfeld American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 2016 - Michael Burry in The Big Short

Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character in a film, he will use an American accent in his interviews because he does not want to confuse the audience.

Bradley Cooper as Jack in A Star Is Born

Age: 44

Previously Best Known For:

American Sniper

The Hangover
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Exclusive Interview – Filmmaker Steven Knight talks Serenity, plot twists, and Peaky Blinders

Red Stewart chats with Serenity director Steven Knight

Steven Knight is an English screenwriter and director who has been working in the film and television industries since the early-1990s. He is best known for his work on projects like Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders, and Locke. His latest work was for the mystery thriller Serenity.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

I know you began your career in the 90s doing a lot of writing and screenwriting. And though you did do some directing with The Detectives in 1995, your cinema directorial debut came with Redemption in 2013. I’m wondering, did your approach to writing change after sitting in the director’s chair?

It made me appreciate how difficult directing is. And also inevitably, when you’re writing, you shouldn’t feel like this person. You do understand, when you’re writing a scene,
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Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway Are Sunk in ‘Serenity’

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway Are Sunk in ‘Serenity’
How can you miss with a film noir starring Matthew McConaughey as a fisherman tempted by femme fatale Anne Hathaway to feed her sadistic husband to the sharks for $10 million? And, hell, the script is by Steven Knight, who did himself proud with Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises and directed the formidable Locke with Tom Hardy. And yet the batshit bonkers Serenity fails on every level, first as entertainment and then as a new-agey thumbsucker about a magical, mystical tour through the subconscious.

But almost doesn’t cut it.
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