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The Mediapro Group Launches Master’s Program at Madrid’s Complutense University

  • Variety
Madrid-based production hub The Mediapro Studio has announced finalized details of an arrangement with Madrid’s Complutense University (Ucm) and the National Film and Television School of London (Nfts) on a new Master’s program designed to develop new screenwriting talent.

Mediapro general director Juan Ruiz de Gauna, Ucm dean of information sciences Jorge Clemente and Irene Ortega, who will fill the role of director for the new program, made the announcement at Madrid’s Matadero, an early 20th century slaughterhouse now converted into an arts center, where the course will be taught.

Ran Tellem, Daniel Burman, Maikol Sánchez Romero (“The Intermediate”), Fernando León de Aranoa (“A Perfect Day”), Iván Escobar (“Locked Up”), Fernando González Molina (“Palm Trees in the Snow”), Diego San José (“Vota Juan”) and Marc Cistaré (“Victim Number 8”), among others, will tutor or lecture in the program’s first year.

Classes will prepare the students – as many
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New Comedy From ‘Fleabag’ Producers Sets Cast, Starts Production (Exclusive)

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New Comedy From ‘Fleabag’ Producers Sets Cast, Starts Production (Exclusive)
“Back to Life,” a new comedy from the producers of “Fleabag,” has set its cast and entered production. Daisy Haggard co-wrote the series and plays the lead character, Miri Mattheson, an ex-con returning to her seaside hometown after 18 years in prison. Geraldine James (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Richard Durden (“Harlots”) will play Miri’s parents as she readjusts to life on the outside.

They appear alongside a roster of British talent in the series for online network BBC Three, including Adeel Akhtar (“Murdered by My Father”), who plays Miri’s neighbor, and Jamie Michie (“Game of Thrones”), who plays her first love.

All3Media-baked Two Brothers Pictures, the hot British shingle behind shows including “Fleabag” and “Rellik,” is on production duty. Liam Williams (“Pls Like”), Souad Faress (“Bridget Jones’s Baby”), Jo Martin (“Been So Long”), Christine Bottomley (“The End of the F***ing World”) and Frank Feys (“A Perfect Day
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Gary Sinise Helps Wounded Navy Seal Land Hawaii Five-0 Acting Gig: He's Someone 'I Admire Very Much'

Gary Sinise Helps Wounded Navy Seal Land Hawaii Five-0 Acting Gig: He's Someone 'I Admire Very Much'
Retired Navy Seal Jason Redman is getting ready for his close up.

Severely wounded in Iraq in 2007, the highly decorated special ops vet – and winner of the American History Channel’s 2017 Red Bandanna Hero Award — will be making his TV debut on Friday’s episode of the hit CBS series Hawaii Five-o – thanks to his longtime friend, actor Gary Sinise.

Peter Lenkov, who runs Hawaii Five-0, used to be one of our top writers and producers over at CSI:ny,” Sinise tells People.

“He contacted me saying he was looking for a veteran for a part,” says Sinise, who has spent
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Lena Dunham Says She Felt Lost After Girls Ended

Lena Dunham Says She Felt Lost After Girls Ended
Lena Dunham thought she was prepared for the end of her HBO series Girls.

Yet after the finale aired earlier this year after six seasons, the actress, 31, “found myself wandering around my house eating crackers at night and feeling confused about what my life meant,” she tells People in this week’s issue. “Then I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I’m a little more emotional about this than I thought!’ ”

Dunham is now channeling her energy into her work. Lenny Imprint, her company with Jenni Konner, just released its first non-fiction book, Courage Is Contagious, a collection of essays about Michelle Obama.
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The Death of Stalin movie review: the great dictator

MaryAnn’s quick take… Audacious, outrageous, bleakly funny. Not since Charlie Chaplin sent up Hitler and invited us to laugh at terrible reality has there been a movie like this. I’m “biast” (pro): love Armando Iannucci’s work

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Presenting… Monty Python’s production of George Orwell’s 1984. Or damn close to it. So The Death of Stalin is akin to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, then? Well, sort of. (I definitely scribbled “Brazil” in my notes while watching.) But Brazil was fiction; clearly inspired by actual totalitarian regimes, but entirely fictional. Stalin, however, is based on terrible reality. Perhaps not since Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 satire The Great Dictator has a filmmaker taken on such awful personalities and events and attempted to make us laugh about it all.
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Ariel Winter Celebrates Boyfriend Levi Meaden’s 30th Birthday in White Mini-Dress: Pics!

Ariel Winter Celebrates Boyfriend Levi Meaden’s 30th Birthday in White Mini-Dress: Pics!
Birthday bliss! Ariel Winter celebrated her boyfriend Levi Meaden’s 30th birthday in style, and it seemed like a perfect evening for the passionate pair.

More: Ariel Winter Receives Firearm Safety Certificate After Licking Her Gun: 'Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse'

Photo: Splash News

The Modern Family actress, 19, took to Snapchat as the couple went out to dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, California.

Winter rocked a white satin mini-dress while her man wore a jacket and a big grin. At one point she even snapped a selfie playfully licking the side of his face.

Photo: Snapchat

They dined on a steaming crab starter and a tasty birthday dessert, later returning to the home they share to play with their dogs.

Meaden took to Instagram to thank his girlfriend for the special day, writing, “Amazing birthday thanks to this one!!! Just old movies, us and the dogs. A perfect day!!!”

Winter also posted
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Ariel Winter, 19, Pens Sweet Tribute to Boyfriend Levi Meaden on His 30th Birthday: ‘You Are the Most Incredible Man’

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Ariel Winter, 19, Pens Sweet Tribute to Boyfriend Levi Meaden on His 30th Birthday: ‘You Are the Most Incredible Man’
Ariel Winter‘s boyfriend has reached a milestone.

The Modern Family actress, 19, wished her boyfriend Levi Meaden a happy 30th birthday on Tuesday.

“Happy 30th my loveEvery single second I spend with you I fall more in love,” Winter wrote in the caption. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be your partner in crime. You are the most incredible man, and I love you more than absolutely anything. I can’t wait to celebrate you Here’s to many, many more birthdays together ❤️”

Meaden also took to Instagram to thank his girlfriend for spending the day with him, along with their dogs.
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Drive-in Movie Theaters In St. Louis – Movie Geek Lecture at Missouri History Museum September 12th

I will be speaking about The History of St. Louis Drive-In Movie Theaters on Tuesday September 12th at 10:30am at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri)

The I-44 Drive-in Movie theater was a regular hangout for me in the late 1970’s. A perfect day was to spend the daylight hours at Six Flags in Eureka, then head East on 1-44, get off at Highway 141 and spend the evening watching a double feature at that Drive-In. The I-44 had the worst location for a drive-in. It sat in the valley wedged between a landfill, railroad tracks, and the Meramec river. The fog would settle in the Valley and block out the projector’s beam, the train noise would often drown out the sound, and the mosquitos loved the river, the landfill, and the taste of those attending the drive-in. But I still loved it there.
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Inside Ciara and Russell Wilson's Romantic 1-Year Anniversary Celebration

Inside Ciara and Russell Wilson's Romantic 1-Year Anniversary Celebration
Everything's coming up roses... One year after Ciara and Russell Wilson's fairytale wedding in England, the two are still all about the passion as they celebrate their anniversary with some seriously romantic gestures during their vacation to Mexico. Of course, it was definitely still a family affair as the couple brought along their daughter Sienna and Ciara's son Future from a previous relationship. On Sunday, Ciara took to Instagram to post a sumptuous photo of a dreamy white bed covered with red rose petals, even spelling out "R + C." Along with the enviable image, the singer wrote, "I tried to plan things for the day, but he wouldn't let me.'Twas A Perfect Day. The...
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2016’s films ranked

04.27.17: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2016, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/05.12.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/02.24.17/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake
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Help New Girl’s Lamorne Morris Protect These Bachelor Penguins on World Penguin Day

Help New Girl’s Lamorne Morris Protect These Bachelor Penguins on World Penguin Day
It’s World Penguin Day! A perfect day to help the penguins of this world, and you’ll be in good company if you do.

New Girl‘s Lamorne Morris and Original Penguin are partnering with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) to launch Project #ShareConservation.

This campaign is dedicated to protecting the Earth’s endangered species. Among these animals are numerous penguins, like the bachelor birds in the video above, whose population numbers are dropping due to overfishing, illegal dumping of oil and garbage, habitat destruction and more.

You can easily help protect these sweet birds in three simple ways.
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Jillian Michaels Reveals Her Fiancée Heidi Had Mild Postpartum Depression: ‘I Didn’t Know How to Help Her’

Jillian Michaels Reveals Her Fiancée Heidi Had Mild Postpartum Depression: ‘I Didn’t Know How to Help Her’
Jillian Michaels is opening up about the challenges she and fiancée Heidi Rhoades faced after the latter gave birth to their little boy.

“The fourth-trimester stuff is so important because I wasn’t able to recognize that she had a certain amount of postpartum,” the 42-year-old fitness guru, who just released her new book Yeah Baby!: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better Than Ever, tells People.

“I didn’t know what was wrong, I didn’t know how to help her,” she adds. Writing the book allowed Michaels to share their journey.
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Pacific Northwest Pictures acquires 'David Lynch: The Art Life'

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: The Vancouver-based distributor has picked up all Canadian rights to the documentary by Rick Barnes, Jon Nguyen, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm.

Pacific Northwest Pictures (Pnp) plans a spring release for the film, which chronicles the artist and filmmaker’s life from his roots in small town America.

David Lynch: The Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films to reveal the creative forces that drove him from an early age.

The film premiered in Venice last September and will open in the Us theatrically in spring through Janus Films and proceed to the small screen in the summer via Amazon Studios and Criterion Collection.

Pnp negotiated the Canadian deal with Fabien Westerhoff’s Film Constellation.

The distributor’s slate includes Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Lavender starring Abbie Cornish, A Perfect Day starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Julie Delpy’s French rom-com Lolo, and The Legend Of Barney Thomson starring Robert Carlyle, [link
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Afm: Olga Kurylenko joins 'Jane Millen' for 13 Films

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The actress will play the lead in the thriller which the Los Angeles-based company will finance and introduce to worldwide buyers next week.

Jane Millen is scheduled to begin shooting in April 2017 and centres on a veteran detective battling her inner demons who is assigned to investigate the murder of wealthy couple.

Cynthia Mort, whose credits include The Brave One and Nina, will direct from her screenplay.

13 Films president Tannaz Anisi will produce the film alongside Karen Kehela Sherwood and former Endgame executive Greg Schenz.

Jai Khanna of Brillstein Entertainment Partners also serves as executive producer.

Kurylenko most recently appeared in Giuseppe Tornatore’s La Corrispondenza alongside Jeremy Irons and A Perfect Day with Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins.

The 13 Films sales roster features family action adventure Four Kids And It starring Michael Caine, Bill Nighy, Paula Patton and Mathew Goode; political thriller Public Affairs with Thora Birch, Adrien Grenier and Mimi Rogers;sci-fi thriller Spectrum
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Peter Sarsgaard to Hunt Javier Bardem in ‘Escobar’

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Peter Sarsgaard to Hunt Javier Bardem in ‘Escobar’
If you thought we were finished seeing Pedro Escobar portrayed onscreen anytime soon, think again. After being played by Benicio del Toro in “Escobar: Paradise Lost” and Wagner Moura in Netflix’s “Narcos,” the infamous drug lord will next be portrayed by Javier Bardem in the creatively titled “Escobar.” According to Variety, the Oscar-winning actor will be joined in that endeavor (albeit on the opposite side of the law) by Peter Sarsgaard.

Read More: Peter Sarsgaard Q&A: Why ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Villain Isn’t Interested In Leaving Indies Behind – Tiff 2016

Sarsgaard, who’s had a busy 2016 with Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” and Pablo Larraín’s upcoming “Jackie,” will play a DEA agent aiming to bring down Escobar. Penelope Cruz also stars in this latest biopic, which Fernando León De Aranoa (“Mondays in the Sun,” “A Perfect Day”) is writing and directing.

Read More: Universal Monsters
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Sing Street,’ ‘A Touch of Zen,’ ‘To Have and Have Not,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Night & Fog (Alain Resnais)

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates humanity’s capacity for violence, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again. – Criterion

Sing Street (John Carney)

Returning
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Drive-in Movie Theaters In St. Louis – Movie Geek Lecture at Missouri History Museum June 2nd

I will be speaking about The History of St. Louis Drive-In Movie Theaters on Thursday June 2nd at 10:30am at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri)

The I-44 Drive-in Movie theater was a regular hangout for me in the late 1970’s. A perfect day was to spend the daylight hours at Six Flags in Eureka, then head East on 1-44, get off at Highway 141 and spend the evening watching a double feature at that Drive-In. The I-44 had the worst location for a drive-in. It sat in the valley wedged between a landfill, railroad tracks, and the Meramec river. The fog would settle in the Valley and block out the projector’s beam, the train noise would often drown out the sound, and the mosquitos loved the river, the landfill, and the taste of those attending the drive-in. But I still loved it there.
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

New to Streaming: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ ‘The Mermaid,’ ‘Triple 9,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here.
See full article at The Film Stage »

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem to star in Escobar

In casting news coming out of Cannes, Deadline is reporting that Javier Bardem (Skyfall) and Penelope Cruz (Zoolander 2) are set to star in upcoming film Escobar.

Based on a true story, Escobar will be directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (A Perfect Day) who has also written the script for the film. The story tells of “the unlikely relationship with his polar opposite, the upscale TV host Virginia Vallejo, which she detailed in her book Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar”.

Millenium Films are behind the project and are busy selling the film at Cannes right now, with Bardem and Dean Nichols producing.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Brett Ratner to head Beijing film festival jury

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Brett Ratner to head Beijing film festival jury
Director-producer Brett Ratner will head the competition jury of this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), which runs April 16-23.

Ratner will preside over the jury for the festival’s Tiantan Awards, along with German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic, Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu, Japanese filmmaker Yojiro Takita, Hong Kong director Teddy Chen and Chinese actress Xu Qing.

Films selected for the Tiantan Awards include Spanish titles A Perfect Day and Tiempo Sin Aire, Canada’s Grand Unified Theory, Russia’s I Am A Teacher, Polish director Piotr Chrzan’s Klezmer, Danish director Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine and Chinese titles The Master and Go Away, Mr Tumor.

Ratner was an executive producer on Oscar-winning movie The Revenant, which has grossed $55.55m in China after 17 days.

Guests expected at the festival include Natalie Portman, who is attending with her film A Tale Of Love And Darkness, and Oscar-winning
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