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Russell Crowe is Roger Ailes in first trailer for The Loudest Voice

Showtime has debuted the first teaser trailer for its upcoming drama The Loudest Voice. The limited series sees Russell Crowe lead the cast as Roger Ailes and primarily explores the past decade of events surrounding the disgraced Fox News founder; watch it here…

Via Showtime: “In today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, molding Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of Donald Trump, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including an initial meeting with Richard Nixon on the set of The Mike Douglas Show that gave birth to
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Black Widow Movie Eyes Rachel Weisz for Major Role

Joseph Baxter Apr 3, 2019

The long-planned Black Widow solo movie is finally getting off the ground, and is in talks with Rachel Weisz to co-star.

For years, we’ve been hearing about a prospective Black Widow solo movie showcasing Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel Cinematic Universe character, a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff. Indeed, had plans been more expedient, it would have been the first female-led feature for the Marvel Studios branding; an honor that would ultimately go to the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel. However, after years of inertia, things appear to be moving quickly for the Black Widow project, which is now rapidly announcing cast members!

While it was just reported that Stranger Things and Hellboy star David Harbour was cast for the Black Widow movie, a subsequent report from Variety has revealed that Oscar winning actress Rachel Weisz is now in talks for what is being called a key role in the film.
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Screen Media Parent Chicken Soup For The Soul Sets Senior Executive Trio

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, whose holdings include established specialty distributor Screen Media, has appointed three top executives to its management team.

Philippe Guelton has been named Evp of Css Entertainment and president of VOD networks. David Fannon has been promoted to Evp of distribution for Css while remaining president of Screen Media. And George Lansbury has been named Evp of content strategy for Css and president of Css originals.

Css Entertainment operates six owned and operated ad-supported VOD networks, including Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Frightpix, Popcornflix Comedy, Espanolflix, and Truli. Its subscription VOD technology platform Pivotshare, acquired last year, caters to paid video subscribers across hundreds of independent channels. It bought Screen Media in 2017.

The company also makes original TV series and short-form videos, most of them funded by sponsors. Current series include Hidden Heroes on the CW, Vacation Rental Potential on A&E and Being Dad on Netflix.

With roots in brick-and-mortar home video,
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Russell Crowe is Roger Ailes in first look at Showtime’s The Loudest Voice

Showtime has unveiled a first look photo from its upcoming limited series The Loudest Voice, which features Oscar-winner Russell Crowe as disgraced Fox News founder Roger Ailes.

The Loudest Voice is based upon Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room, along with his reporting for New York magazine regarding the allegations of sexual harrassment and misconduct which led to his ousting from Fox News back in 2016, less than a year before his death.

Written by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the series stars Russell Crowe (Boy Erased) as Roger Ailes, Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks) as Gretchen Carlson, Seth MacFarlane (The Orville) as Brian Lewis, Sienna Miller (Live By Night) as Beth Ailes, Simon McBurney (The Mercy) as Rupert Murdoch, and David Whalen (American Pastoral) as Steve Doocy, and Jenna Leigh Green (Skin) as Irena Briganti.

The post Russell Crowe is Roger Ailes in first look at Showtime’s The
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Legion M And Chicken Soup For The Soul Form Film And TV Partnership

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Legion M And Chicken Soup For The Soul Form Film And TV Partnership
Exclusive: Legion M, the fan-owned entertainment company known for backing specialty film titles like Mandy and Colossal, has formed a broad film and TV partnership with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

The arrangement will see the two companies jointly source, develop and produce community-driven, original content. The deal will also offer fans the opportunity to potentially invest and receive equity in the projects. Css Entertainment, which owns established film distributor Screen Media, will gain exclusive rights to several TV series in the works at Legion M, while Legion M will participate in forthcoming Screen Media film titles.

Initial titles on the partnership slate include Positv, a weekly package of uplifting news and unscripted fare curated by the Legion M community; sketch comedy competition show Comedy Royale; the Shark Tank-esque entrepreneur show Up$ide; and weekly music showcase New York Rock Exchange. Another series, simply titled Legion M, brings
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Movie Review – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Ken Stott, Eleanor Stagg, Finn Elliot, Kit Connor, Oliver Maltman, Mark Gatiss, Simon McBurney, Sam Hoare, Avye Leventis, Andrew Buchan, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, Simon Chandler, Genevieve Gaunt, Alexia Traverse-Healy, Dorothy Atkinson, Sebastian Armesto, and Martin Marquez.

Synopsis:

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

If the first act of The Mercy feels somewhat rushed, that’s because director James Marsh is more interested in the psychological effects of failing an extremely ambitious goal. Having made Man on Wire (the outstanding documentary detailing the before and after of Philippe Petit’s insane tightrope walk between New York skyscrapers), it’s clear that the
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The Mercy | Review

Come Sail Away: Marsh Gets Morose with Tale of Doomed Sailor

Director James Marsh tackles the tragedy of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst in The Mercy, his first theatrical feature since his 2014 Oscar winning portrait of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Starring Colin Firth as the doomed competitor (who is nearly twenty years older than Crowhurst at the time of his death), Marsh’s film arrives shortly after Simon Rumley’s 2017 Crowhurst, which covers the same ground, but thanks to the headlining Oscar winners of Firth and Rachel Weisz, the latter film is destined to reach a wider audience.…
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Orion Unleashes ‘Anna And The Apocalypse’; Colin Firth Sets Sail In ‘The Mercy’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Orion Unleashes ‘Anna And The Apocalypse’; Colin Firth Sets Sail In ‘The Mercy’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Following last weekend’s big roll out of The Favourite from Fox Searchlight, this weekend will likely see a pause for awards contenders making splashy Specialty box office numbers. Orion Pictures is giving a limited start to comedy-horror-musical Anna And the Apocalypse, starring Ella Hunt and Malcom Cumming. Timed to the holiday season, the title fits the company’s strategy of releasing films that target specific audiences. Screen Media, meanwhile, has two very different features heading out, though both will have one-time event screenings around the country (on different dates) in addition to specific targeted regular runs. James Marsh’s The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz opens Village East in New York through the distributor, while animated feature Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer will have regular engagements starting in New York and L.A. Friday in a day and date release in addition to event screenings in over 100 cities.
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‘The Mercy’: A Stellar Colin Firth Performance Helps Keep This Sailing Drama Afloat [Review]

When men and women dream, they can literally fly, yet like Icarus’ journey, triumph can just as easily transform into tragedy if exuberance overcomes common sense. Indeed, what brings out the best in people can also lead to the worst when good intentions are met with the harsh realities of science and nature. Director James Marsh takes this up in “The Mercy” with an exploration of real-life sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), whose attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1968 and ’69 shook the sailing community to its core.

Continue reading ‘The Mercy’: A Stellar Colin Firth Performance Helps Keep This Sailing Drama Afloat [Review] at The Playlist.
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Review Round-Up: “Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer” and “The Mercy”

For this week’s review round-up, we have a pair of little films to discuss. They couldn’t be more different, save for the fact that they’re both opening on this rather light new release weekend. One is the animated holiday family flick Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, while the other is a biopic in The Mercy. These movies may be looking at limited audiences, considering how almost nothing of large scale not is hitting theaters, but are they worth seeing? You’ll be able to find out below, so why don’t we get right down to it? Sound good? Thought so. Now, on with it… Here we go: — Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer Animated films for kids usually fall into one of two groups. Either they’re made as much for adults and are full of meta humor and jokes that go over a child’s head, or they
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Review: ‘The Mercy’ Sympathetically Captures a Hubristic, Failed Voyage

I had never heard of Donald Crowhurst before seeing James Marsh’s film The Mercy. This is unsurprising since the British Sunday Times‘ Golden Globe Race of which he was a competitor occurred in 1968, not quite fifteen years before my birth. And if his would-be return-date to Teignmouth, England of July 1969 after yachting around the world without stop or assistance was ingrained in my mind for any event — auspicious or infamous — it was the moon landing. So when the synopsis described this amateur sailor as a man who sought to fabricate said journey despite never leaving the Atlantic Ocean due to seven months of disastrous circumstances, I obviously believed him to be a charlatan. As written by Scott Z. Burns, however, the truth proves much more complex.

Crowhurst (Colin Firth) was like many of us: an ambitious working class citizen with a good life who yearned for more. He was an inventor of nautical instruments,
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The Sea Shows No Mercy in First Trailer for Colin Firth's New Film The Mercy

Colin Firth takes on the role of Donald Crowhurst in an upcoming film The Mercy, which tells the inspirational true story of an amateur sailor who decided to build a boat and sail around the world without making any stops along the way. What follows is a harrowing adventure as his wife (Rachel Weisz) stays behind with the kids and hopes that he comes homes alive!

The Mercy was directed by James Marsh, who is the Oscar-nominated director of The Theory of Everything. I enjoy these kinds of stories, and this one looks like it made for a great movie. It might not be for everyone, but stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things inspire me.

Here’s the synopsis:

Following his Academy Award® nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the
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New Us Trailer for Sailing Drama 'The Mercy' Starring Weisz & Firth

"We're always connected, no matter how far apart we are." Screen Media Films has debuted a new official Us trailer for the indie sailing drama The Mercy, which tells the story of a humble middle-aged man who takes an unfinished boat on a race around the world to add some adventure in his life. This already opened in Europe earlier this year, but is just getting a special theatrical Us release in November (and on December 6th). This film tells the triumphant, inspiring, incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who decided to take on the task of competing in the 1968 Golden Globe Race - sailing around the world solo. Colin Firth stars as Donald Crowhurts, along with Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare, plus David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Tim Downie, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve Gaunt, Adrian Schiller. It still looks like your standard sailing survival, look-how-crazy-it-is adventure movie.
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Wants To Sail Around the World

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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Wants To Sail Around the World
In The Mercy, Colin Firth plays real-life figure Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who decided to sail around the globe without stopping. Meanwhile, Donald’s wife (played by Rachel Weisz), gets to wait at home, worrying and comforting their children. The Mercy has already opened in the UK, and now it’s sailing to U.S. shores. But there’s a […]

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Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth Head to Sea in U.S. Trailer for ‘The Mercy’

Rachel Weisz is heading into a major fall with her supporting turn in The Favourite, but it’s not the only film from the actress arriving this month. She also stars alongside Colin Firth in The Mercy, which follows infamous yachting fraud Donald Crowhurst, who sent falsified reports of his location as his vastly underprepared crew tried to stay the course.

Coming from The Theory of Everything and Man on Wire director James Marsh, Screen Media and Trafalgar Releasing will release the film on November 30th in limited release, followed by nationwide, one-night-only screenings on December 6. Check out the trailer below.

Following his Academy Award nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping.
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz Star In New Sailing Drama From Director James Marsh

If you thought there couldn’t possibly be another way to put Colin Firth on a boat, you’d be wrong. While this time he isn’t hiding on one to avoid Meryl Streep or rowing while listening to poetry being read, Firth is back, not only on a boat but building a boat in hopes of sailing it around the world in the new film “The Mercy.”

Following his Academy Award-nominated film “The Theory of Everything,” James Marsh is back, this time directing the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Firth).

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Film Review: ‘King of Thieves’

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Film Review: ‘King of Thieves’
Nobody has as much energy as they used to in “King of Thieves,” which is partly the point. James Marsh’s true-crime heist movie is built around two remarkably high figures: first, the £14 million value of the loot, making the burglary in question the largest in British legal history, and more crucially, the average age of the culprits, almost all of whom were veteran criminals well into retirement.

The Hatton Garden jewelry heist made international headlines in 2015, but could have been a story dreamed up in Ealing Studios’ midcentury prime: A Vanity Fair article on which this film is based was even titled “The Over-the-Hill Mob.” Small wonder, then, that British film producers have been swift to jump on it. Yet this proficiently polished thriller (the second big-screen treatment of the story in two years) seems to feel a creak in its own joints: Torn between jaunty genre hijinks and a bleaker streak of realism,
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'The Nun' holds off 'The Predator', 'Crazy Rich Asians' at UK box office

Four new films land in the top five.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.31. *P = previews

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Sept 14-16) Running gross Week 1 The Nun (Warner Bros) £1.8m £7.7m 2 2 The Predator (20th Century Fox) £1.7m £2.6m 1 3 Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros) £1.6m £1.6m 1 4 King Of Thieves (Studiocanal) £1.5m £1.5m 1 5. The House With A Clock In Its Walls (eOne) £1.1m £1.1m P* Warner Bros

Us horror The Nun retained its place at the top of the tree this weekend, adding a further £1.8m for a cume of £7.7m after two weeks. The film is a spin-off of The Conjuring franchise,
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Screen Media Picks Up U.S. Rights To Colin Firth-Rachel Weisz Sailing Biopic ‘The Mercy’ From Studiocanal — Toronto

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Screen Media Picks Up U.S. Rights To Colin Firth-Rachel Weisz Sailing Biopic ‘The Mercy’ From Studiocanal — Toronto
Exclusive: Screen Media has picked up U.S. rights to James Marsh’s sailing biopic The Mercy, starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz and David Thewlis.

Seth Needle of Screen Media negotiated the deal with Loubna Berrada on behalf of Studiocanal and the former is planning to release stateside this December. Pic was released in UK in February.

Based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst’s 1968 attempt to circumnavigate the world, solo, without stopping, the film was produced by Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin of Three Billboards outfit Blueprint Pictures. Script comes from Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum).

Firth stars as Brit Crowhurst, who with an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, left his wife Clare (Weisz) and their children behind to compete in the perilous and controversial Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.

“The Mercy is a combination of elite filmmaking and acting,
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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms

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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms
The World Soundtrack Academy has released early nominees for the 2018 World Soundtrack Awards, celebrating 2017-18 films and series for their musical soundtracks and scores.

Contenders include award veterans John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, and Carter Burwell in the film composer of the year category, recognizing a large body of film scores from Williams’ “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to Desplat’s “The Shape of Water,” which also took home the 2018 original score Oscar.

Among the TV composers nominated are Ramin Djawadi, composer for “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” Adam Taylor, composer for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer for “The Crown” and “The Alienist.”

Meanwhile, in the original song written for a film race, Kendrick Lamar and the “Black Panther” team scored a nod for the superhero blockbuster’s title track, 2018 Oscar winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez received a nomination for “Remember Me” from “Coco,” while “The Greatest Showman
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