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‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ Film Review: Sisters Hide From the World in Riveting Shirley Jackson Adaptation

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‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ Film Review: Sisters Hide From the World in Riveting Shirley Jackson Adaptation
In Stacie Passon’s dynamic directorial debut “Concussion”, a housewife breaks free of her suburban bubble by taking on sex work in the city. With her sophomore feature “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” adapted by Mark Kruger from the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson, Passon offers a female protagonist who’s the antithesis of her previous one: Merricat Blackwood (Taissa Farmiga) can’t ensconce herself enough from the world outside.

(The heroine of “Concussion” spends most of the film renovating a Manhattan apartment, while Merricat builds her entire world within the walls of the family manse, meaning that someday, someone is going to craft a thesis with a title like “Inquire Within: Real Estate in the Films of Stacie Passon.”)

While this period adaptation sees the filmmaker operating in a more traditional, classical mode, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” allows Passon to work with a larger, more
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Watch: Trailer for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Entry ‘Song Without a Name’ (Exclusive)

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Madrid — Peru’s La Vida Misma and Paris-based sales agent Luxbox have dropped the first trailer and poster of Melina Leon’s “Canción sin nombre” (“Song Without a Name”), selected this week for the Cannes Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.

Written by Leon and Michael J. White, “Song Without a Name” sums up some of ambitions and focus of the section under first-time artistic director Paolo Moretti: A first feature, a movie with a strong auteurist voice, and elements of genre in its slow-boiling thriller thrust and dashes of film noir.

“Song Without a Name” is lead produced by La Vida Misma, in co-production with Spain’s Mgc, Peru’s La Mula Producciones and Switzerland’s Bord Cadre, co-producers of “Monos” and “Divine Love,” well received at this year’s Sundance festival, and 2018 Directors’ Fortnight standout “Birds of Passage.”

Sophie Dulac Distribution, the French distributor of Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship
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Screen Ireland hires new chief executive from Warner Bros

Marketing executive Désirée Finnegan to replace James Hickey.

Irish national film body Screen Ireland has named Désirée Finnegan as its new chief executive.

She replaces James Hickey, who in January announced he was stepping down after eight years in the role. Hickey will remain in situ until August, when Finnegan will take up the role.

Finnegan joins from Warner Bros where she was senior vice president, theatrical marketing and publicity Emea. She has been at the studio for 15 years and was previously based at its HQ in California where she was senior vice president, international publicity. During her time at
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Independent boards Irish cycling drama 'The Racer' from 'Love & Friendship' producer (exclusive)

Independent boards Irish cycling drama 'The Racer' from 'Love & Friendship' producer (exclusive)
Louis Talpe, Tara Lee, Matteo Simoni, Iain Glen board film’s cast.

London-based sales and production outfit Independent has boarded cycling drama The Racer and will be introducing the project to buyers in Cannes.

Louis Talpe (Of Kings And Prophets), Tara Lee (A Date For Mad Mary), Matteo Simoni (Gangsta), Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) and Karel Roden (The Bourne Supremacy) lead the cast of the feature, which is being produced by Katie Holly (Love & Friendship) and Yvonne Donohoe of Irish outfit Blinder Films.

Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira of Calach Films is co-producing with Caviar FilmsRobin Kerremans and Dimitri Verbeeck.
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The Best Romantic Comedies of the Last 10 Years — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What is the best romantic comedy of the last 10 years?

Ken Bakely (@kbake_99), Freelance for Film Pulse

Perhaps its basis on real-life events goes some of the way in getting it there, but “The Big Sick” is a wonderfully affecting and funny movie, and one of the reasons it works is because of how well it examines its characters, their backgrounds, and their personalities. Romantic comedies are dependent on the strengths of how the characters are developed, and while co-writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani may have used autobiographical inspiration in setting the stage, their storytelling talents ensure that the film’s world is thoughtfully realized, richly textured, and fully coherent from start to finish. A superb cast, led by Nanjiani himself, rounds off the film’s
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #140. The Beast in the Jungle – Clara van Gool

The Beast in the Jungle

Dutch director Clara van Gool tackles the Henry James novella The Beast in the Jungle, adapting the text as a dance-based romantic melodrama, stretching the narrative from its 19th century setting to the present. Produced by Hanneke Niens and Hans de Wolf of KeyFilm, with co-production credit for Bady Minck and Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu of Amour Fou Luxembourg, the film is lensed by Richard Van Oosterhout and stars South African choreographer/dancer Dane Jeremy Hurst and Irish dancer Sarah Reynolds. Clara van Gool won an Emmy Award for performing arts for 1996’s Enter Achilles.…
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The Favourite review – Colman, Weisz and Stone are pitch-perfect

Yorgos Lanthimos’s tragicomedy set in the court of Queen Anne boasts daring performances from its three female stars and lashings of lust, intrigue and deceit

A trio of pitch-perfect performances from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone drive Yorgos Lanthimos’s spiky period drama – a tragicomic tale of personal and political jealousy and intrigue in 18th-century England. Set in the court of Queen Anne (the last of the Stuart monarchs), it balances foreign wars with home-grown tussles in often uproarious and occasionally alarming fashion. Written by Deborah Davis (whose original script dates back to the late 90s) and Tony McNamara, this boasts razor-sharp dialogue which at times reminded me of Whit Stillman’s deliciously acerbic Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship – albeit with more sex and swearing.

Colman is Queen Anne, overweight and depressed, riddled with gout, and plagued by suicidal thoughts. An unconfident ruler, she relies upon
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Rotterdam's co-pro market CineMart unveils 2019 selection

A total of 16 projects selected for Rotterdam industry event.

CineMart, the co-production market held during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), has named the 16 feature projects to be showcased at next year’s edition.

Held January 27-30 during the festival (which runs Jan 23 – Feb 3), the event invites filmmakers to pitch their projects to a host of attending film professionals in tailored one-to-one meetings, as well as presentations that are open to all CineMart guests.

This year’s selection features one returning filmmaker, Nathalie Teirlinck, who previously presented her project Past Imperfect at CineMart in 2015 – that film went on to play
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Movie Review – The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite, 2018.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Featuring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Mark Gatiss, and James Smith.


18th century England. A sickly Queen Anne (Colman) has her closest friend and confidant, Lady Sarah (Weisz), mostly governing the country for her. But when new servant Abigail (Stone) starts to threaten the pair’s relationship, Lady Sarah looks to consolidate her hold on the crown any way she can.

Fans of Yorgos Lanthimos’s past work will know exactly what they’re getting themselves in for here, but for the uninitiated: don’t expect a high-brow regal drama. As pretty much the self-appointed ‘Master of Uncomfortable Black Humour’, Lanthimos seems to regularly go out of his way to make films that are dark, troubling and hilariously slapstick in equal measure, often all at the same time. And while it’s definitely true that The Favourite very much falls into this camp,
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Revolver Amsterdam Adapting ‘Takeover’ From ‘Department Q’ Writer for TV (Exclusive)

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Revolver Amsterdam is working up a 10-part adaptation of “Takeover,” the thriller from Jussi Adler-Olsen, the Nordic crime writer behind the “Department Q” series. Adler-Olsen has sold over 20 million books globally. Several of his “Department Q” books have been successfully adapted for the big screen in the author’s native Denmark.

Dutch director Hanro Smitsman, whose previous credits include Berlin Golden Bear-winning short film “Raak,” is attached and will helm the series. The producers are at Afm with the package to meet with potential partners.

“Takeover” follows a cynical businessman who specializes in bringing down major businesses. He finds himself in hot water when the Syrian intelligence service assigns him to bring down a great a large corporation.

The TV series will be produced by Raymond van der Kaaij and Germen Boelens of Revolver Amsterdam. Jointly, their producer credits include Sundance audience award-winner “I Dream in Another Language,” and “Love & Friendship” by Whit Stillman.
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Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis Part Of Big-Name Ensemble Cast Nearing Deals For Charlie Day’s ‘El Tonto’

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Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis Part Of Big-Name Ensemble Cast Nearing Deals For Charlie Day’s ‘El Tonto’
Exclusive: Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, Edie Falco, John Malkovich and Jillian Bell are closing deals to join Charlie Day’s feature directorial debut El Tonto which starts shooting this month in Los Angeles.

The Armory Films and Metalworks Pictures financed and produced independent follows Day, who also wrote El Tonto, as a mute simpleton who gets off a bus in Los Angeles and by happenstance suddenly rises through the Hollywood scene to become a celebrity, only to then lose it all. Beckinsale will play a Hollywood starlet while Sudeikis will portray a film director who Day’s mute encounters.

John Rickard and his Wrigley Pictures (Rampage) banner is also producing the Hollywood satire with Alex Saks via her Page Fifty-Four Pictures. Rickard is coming off this past spring’s success, the Dwayne Johnson action pic Rampage which reaped $426.2M at the global box office. He previously worked with Day
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Kate Beckinsale on ‘Farming,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ and Why She Won’t Return for ‘Underworld’

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Kate Beckinsale on ‘Farming,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ and Why She Won’t Return for ‘Underworld’
Kate Beckinsale is a revelation in “Farming,” portraying a working-class woman whose Nigerian-born foster child joins a skinhead gang.

The low-budget drama premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and marks the feature directorial debut of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, an actor who drew on his own troubled youth to make the movie. “Farming” doesn’t just explore hot-button issues such as racial prejudice, xenophobia, and urban poverty, but pulls back the curtain on a little-remembered social experiment in the U.K. during the 1960s that involved the farming out of Nigerian children to white families.

Beckinsale, best known for portraying elegant leads in the likes of “Pearl Harbor” and “Love & Friendship,” or the kick-ass vampire Selene in the “Underworld” franchise, completely transforms herself. With a thick Tilbury accent, dowdy clothes, and a sharp tongue, she creates a complex, flawed, and compelling woman. Ingrid Carpenter, Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s foster mother,
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U.K. Greenlit: Children’s TV Series ‘Horrible Histories’ Will Shoot a Film + More

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Horrible Histories”Long-running and much-loved children’s TV series “Horrible Histories” is moving to the big screen, with a first feature shooting this year. Veteran TV comedy director Dominic Brigstocke is directing as he did for the series and writer Jessica Swale is confirmed to be scripting. “Love & Friendship” casting director Colin Jones is attached to the project, which begins filming soon. “The Mallorca Files”New daytime TV crime drama “The Mallorca Files” (Working Title) follows British and German detectives in Mallorca and the conflict caused by their starkly different approaches to policing on the island. For BBC One, it’s scripted by Dan Sefton and casting is by Vicki Thompson Casting. Episodes
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Pick a Director’s Brain + More Events for London Actors in the Know

The World Cup is over and done with and it’s time for normal life to resume. For most of us that means work, work, work. Often, inspiration can be hard to come by but sometimes you can just walk out into the big city and find it all around you. This week we’ve rounded up some of London’s most inspiring voices to help get our our creative juices flowing. Better understand your director.Do you struggle with getting inside a director’s head? Struggle no more! This week there are two opportunities to find out what makes quirky, Oscar-nominated film director Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”) tick as he talks about two of his best loved movies. On 20 July, he’ll be talking about Last Days of Disco and the next night he’ll chat about all things connected with period drama Love & Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.
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Point of view by Anne-Katrin Titze

Whit Stillman on overcoming drawing a "blank" for ‪The Last Days Of Disco‬: "I was very helped by the fact that a magazine sent me Anthony Haden-Guest's book about Studio 54 to review."

In the final instalment of my conversation with Whit Stillman we go on a "magical" stroll connecting Fred Astaire and Joan Fontaine in George Stevens's A Damsel In Distress to Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody in Whit's Damsels In Distress, Ryan Paris's Dolce Vita, Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Matt Keeslar, Mackenzie Astin, and a Dean Martin song in The Last Days Of Disco.

The director/screenwriter talks about adapting Jane Austen's Lady Susan for Love & Friendship, the possible influence of his children on The Wizard Of Oz costumes turning up in his films, and a Peter Afterman comment about baroque music and Jamaican music that matches for Whit a Procol Harum Whiter
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Creating within constraints by Anne-Katrin Titze

Whit Stillman on getting confirmation of John Kelly's comment that Stanley Kubrick really loved both Barcelona and The Last Days Of Disco: "I went to the première of Eyes Wide Shut in Paris. And Nicole Kidman said the same thing." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Whit Stillman is currently working on episodes for The Cosmopolitan Amazon television series. The pilot TV movie starred Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody (Damsels In Distress).

When I brought up to Whit Tony Zierra's Filmworker, the documentary on Leon Vitali and his all-encompassing role in the life and work of Stanley Kubrick, Stillman elaborated on his own Kubrick connection - from his love of Barry Lyndon to Barcelona and The Last Days Of Disco cinematographer John Thomas and how Thomas Gibson ended up in Eyes Wide Shut.

Whit Stillman on Filmworker, Tony Zierra's documentary on Leon Vitali: "I'd love to see that. You know, we have a slight Kubrick connection.
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Whit Stillman Reflects on the 20th Anniversary of ‘The Last Days of Disco’

Among the memorable scenes from The Last Days of Disco is the easily discouraged Josh Neff’s (Matt Kesslar) dissection of Lady and the Tramp. Just as Disney released the pups from their vault this year, director Whit Stillman and select cast will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Disco at select screenings this summer.

The third film in the director’s “Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series” follows what today we call “frenemies,” Alice Kinnon (Chloë Sevigny) and Charlotte Pingress (Kate Beckinsale), as they spend their days working their way up the ladder at a New York publishing house and their nights dancing and romancing at a Studio 54-style nightclub.

Cinephiles on both coasts and London (with more screenings to come) have that rare opportunity to see Disco with the filmmakers in person. The Film Society of Lincoln Center kicks off the summer tour with Stillman, Chloë Sevigny, Michael Weatherly, and Mackenzie Astin
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Grace Jones movie dances to Us, Europe, Asia (exclusive)

Kino Lorber has acquires North American rights from WestEnd Films.

Source: © Grace Jones / Sligoville Limited / Blinder Films Limited / The British Film Institute / British Broadcasting Corporation 2017

Grace Jones

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Toronto title Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami and is lining up a theatrical release in early April with a VOD and home entertainment release set for autumn 2018.

WestEnd Films, which handles world sales, has also sold the documentary about the iconic singer and performer to Germany (Ascot Elite), Switzerland (Praesens), Italy (Offine Ubu), Benelux (Arti Film), China (Lemon Tree), Scandinavia and Baltics (Non Stop), Poland (Against Gravity), the Middle East (Front Row), Ex-Yugoslavia (Demiurg) and Australia (Umbrella).

The well-received film, part music documentary and part biopic, was released by Trafalgar in the UK last October.

The deal between Kino Lorber and WestEnd Films was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Eve Schoukroun and Sofia Neves at WestEnd.

In addition to the
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The Widow: Kate Beckinsale signs up for new Amazon drama

Tony Sokol Kirsten Howard Jan 4, 2018

Kate Beckinsale will brave the Congo in a new Amazon series called The Widow, from the producers of Fleabag...

Kate Beckinsale will make her TV series debut on Amazon’s eight-episode drama The Widow. The series comes from writers and executive producers Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing).

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Beckinsale will play Georgia Wells, a woman who has cut herself off from her previous life but is pulled back to get the truth about her past after seeing her 'late' husband on the news. The search for answers leads her to the Congo.

“Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey — we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role,” the Williams brothers said in a statement via Deadline. “The Widow is our most
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Kate Beckinsale to Topline Amazon Series “The Widow”

Beckinsale in “Absolutely Anything”: Giles Keyte

Kate Beckinsale is coming to the small screen for her first series regular gig ever. The “Underworld” actress has signed on to star in “The Widow,” an eight-episode thriller for Amazon Studios from ITV, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Scheduled to kick off production later this month in South Africa, Wales, and the Netherlands, the project sees Beckinsale playing Georgia Wells, a woman who has left her former life behind and “is no longer the woman she once was,” THR writes. “After seeing her ‘late’ husband on the news, Georgia is pulled back to face the world and will stop at nothing until she gets the truth about her past.” Her journey takes her all the way into “the depths of the African Congo where danger and revelation will greet her at every turn.”

Beckinsale earned raves for her role as a widow in 2016’s “Love & Friendship.
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