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Charlize Theron Will Accept the 2019 American Cinematheque Award

The American Cinematheque will present the 33rd American Cinematheque Award to Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) at the 2019 annual benefit gala on Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hollywood assembles at the Cinematheque Ball each year to celebrate the new honoree.

“Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do,” stated American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “It is obvious from her career that her immense talent cannot be categorized or confined.”

The South African actress has shown her range since she broke out early in “The Cider House Rules.” She transformed herself into a serial killer in Patty Jenkins’ “Monster” and earned another Oscar nomination for “North Country.” She demonstrated her physical prowess as Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and in the title role in “Atomic Blonde.” She
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Charlize Theron Will Accept the 2019 American Cinematheque Award

The American Cinematheque will present the 33rd American Cinematheque Award to Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) at the 2019 annual benefit gala on Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hollywood assembles at the Cinematheque Ball each year to celebrate the new honoree.

“Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do,” stated American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “It is obvious from her career that her immense talent cannot be categorized or confined.”

The South African actress has shown her range since she broke out early in “The Cider House Rules.” She transformed herself into a serial killer in Patty Jenkins’ “Monster” and earned another Oscar nomination for “North Country.” She demonstrated her physical prowess as Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and in the title role in “Atomic Blonde.” She
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"Star Trek" Jean-Luc Picard Series Adds Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway & Isa Briones To Cast

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Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) and Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace) are set as series regulars opposite Patrick Stewart in CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek series that will explore the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard.

The new untitled Star Trek series, produced by CBS TV Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment, features Stewart reprising his iconic role as Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and follows him in the next chapter of his life. Pill, Treadaway and Briones join previously announced cast members Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora.

As with the others, no details are being revealed about the characters Pill, Treadaway and Briones will play.

Pill just wrapped shooting season one of the upcoming FX series Devs from Alex Garland, and can be seen in the Oscar-nominated film Vice. Most recently, Pill
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David Oyelowo Sets ‘The Water Man’ As Feature Directorial Debut With Oprah Winfrey As Ep

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David Oyelowo Sets ‘The Water Man’ As Feature Directorial Debut With Oprah Winfrey As Ep
Exclusive: Golden Globe-nominated Selma star David Oyelowo has set his first feature directorial outing with The Water Man, a drama written by Emma Needell (featured on the Black List). Oprah Winfrey, who appeared alongside Oyelowo in the Ava DuVernay-directed Oscar-nominated film, is attached as an executive producer. Oyelowo is pulling triple duty, directing, producing, and starring in the film along with Rosario Dawson, This Is Us star Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes ), Alfred Molina (Vice), and Maria Bello (History of Violence).

Originally set up at Disney, The Water Man is Needell’s first spec script. Shivani Rawat of ShivHans Pictures is financing the project as well as producing with Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.

“We are thrilled to support David on his directorial debut,” said Rawat, CEO of ShivHans. “We can’t wait to start our adventure together in Oregon this Spring.
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Toby Genkel’s ‘Stitch Head’ Readies for Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie

  • Variety
Produced by Germany’s Gringo Films, “Stitch Head” will pitch at March’s Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux, a leading European event for animation coming down the pipeline. Fellow German studios Lavalabs and Studio Rakete co-produce.

“Stitch Head” will be a stereoscopic 3D animated feature directed by Toby Genkel, co-director –alongside Reza Memari– of the successful “A Stork’s Journey,” a German production from Ulysses Filmproduktion which secured a U.S. release through Grindstone and Lionsgate, and was sold by Global Screen.

“Stitch Head” is a family entertainment adventure-comedy intended for mainstream audiences. According to its producers, it’s a fun take on the Frankenstein myth, where the monsters are the good guys, and the humans are scary.

“It’s based on a simple premise: If a mad professor is obsessively bringing monstrous creatures to Almost-Life in his castle’s laboratory… then who takes care of the monsters? Who keeps them fed and clean?
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Anna Brewster, Sharlto Copley and Michael Pitt Join Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’ (Exclusive)

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Anna Brewster, Sharlto Copley and Michael Pitt Join Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’ (Exclusive)
Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, and Sharlto Copley have rounded out the cast of the Netflix pic “The Last Days of American Crime” starring Edgar Ramirez.

Taken 2” director Olivier Megaton is helming with Karl Gajdusek adapting the script.

Based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel “The Last Days of American Crime” by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, the story is set when, in a final response to fight terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke (Ramirez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash (Pitt) and Shelby Dupree (Brewster) to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.

Jesse Berger at Radical Studios will produce along with Jason Michael Berman at Mandalay Pictures, as well as Barry Levine.
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The dark, violent humour of Nash Edgerton: 'I know my stuff is not for everybody'

With a long career as a stuntman, and four collaborations with Bob Dylan, the Australian director – and brother of Joel – has become known for melding comedy with realistic brutality

After Nash Edgerton’s nerve-jolting 2007 short Spider screened at Sundance, a woman in the Q&A audience put up her hand.

“She said, ‘Is there something wrong with me? Because everyone was laughing but I found that really disturbing,’” Edgerton recalls. “I said, ‘No, there’s nothing wrong with you. There’s something wrong with everybody else here.’”

Related: 10 best Australian films made by first-time directors

Related: Gringo review – muddled drugs thriller
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Inside Jennifer Salke’s Amazon Film Shakeup

  • Variety
Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke made it clear on Wednesday that big changes are coming to the company’s struggling film business.

Less than a week after Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself” flopped, the executive moved quickly to stabilize her film team and to encourage the faltering division to start developing more commercial fare. As part of that push, Salke promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of the film division and tasked her with producing bigger-budget films that will appeal to broader tastes. The restructure puts a band-aid on the “Life Itself” debacle and echoes the same marching orders given to the TV division last year from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself: Deliver hits.

Indeed, the pressure is on for a division that’s been operating in limbo for the better part of a year. The ouster of Salke’s predecessor Roy Price, an eccentric executive who was fired after being accused of sexual harassment,
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Nicole Kidman, Amazon Studios Nab Meg Wolitzer Novel ‘The Female Persuasion’ (Exclusive)

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Nicole Kidman, Amazon Studios Nab Meg Wolitzer Novel ‘The Female Persuasion’ (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to “The Female Persuasion,” an acclaimed best-seller by Meg Wolitzer.

The movie will be produced by Lynda Obst (“Contact”), Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, and Per Saari (“Big Little Lies”). Blossom Films, Kidman’s production company, recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon — this film will be a part of that pact.

“The Female Persuasion” centers on Greer Kadetsky, a college student who is groped at a fraternity party and becomes emboldened to speak up for women’s rights. But her assailant turns out to be a serial abuser and her university fails to take action. In addition to Greer, Wolitzer’s book follows several other characters, including Zee, a fellow student with an activist streak, and Faith Frank, a feminist icon. Reviews for the book were sterling, with The Guardian praising it as “warm and witty, and necessary.”

The book is being adapted and
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Get the Gringo director rumoured for Rambo 5

Back in May it was confirmed that Sylvester Stallone will be reprising the role of Vietnam war veteran and killing machine John J. Rambo for a fifth instalment in the action franchise, and now comes word from Geeks Worldwide that Get the Gringo helmer Adrian Grunberg is set to direct.

Rambo V will pick up with Rambo living on a ranch in Arizona, “deeply troubled and wrestling with Ptsd as he picks up casual work wherever he can. When long-time family friend and estate manager Maria informs Rambo that her grand-daughter has gone missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, he sets off with her to find the youngster. What ensues is a violent descent into hell as Rambo uncovers a sex-trafficking ring. He teams up with a journalist whose half-sister has also been kidnapped and must deploy all his skills to save the girls and bring down a vicious crime lord.
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Rambo 5 Has Found Its Director, And It’s Not Stallone

Slowly but surely, Rambo 5 is finally – finally – beginning to fall into place.

Yes, casting is now officially underway for Sylvester Stallone’s action sequel (codenamed Rambo: Last Blood), in which his beefed-up John Rambo will be coming up against the Mexican cartel.

He won’t be doing so alone, mind you, as the titular hero will be currying favor from an unnamed member of the press as he seeks to dismantle the dangerous trafficking ring responsible for kidnapping his friend’s daughter. Imagine Taken, except on steroids. But who will be calling the shots from behind the camera for the iconic action star’s new effort?

Though some thought that Stallone himself may take on that duty, we’re now hearing that Rambo 5 has tapped Get the Gringo and Narcos director Adrian Grunberg for the job. Given his work and experience with those two aforementioned projects, he seems
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‘Mr. Inbetween’ Trailer Shows off FX’s Criminal Family Man Drama

FX has released the first trailer for Mr. Inbetween, a half-hour drama starring Scott Ryan as a violent criminal juggling the demands of the underworld with the needs of his family and friends. The series, co-produced by Nash Edgerton (Gringo), is based on a mockumentary short that Ryan shot on a shoe-string budget and released in Australia all the way back in 2005. The trailer itself looks interesting enough, thanks in large part to the Dangerous Man charisma Ryan seems to be able to bring to the role of Ray Shoesmith. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering it's the …
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in August 2018

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in August, including the first season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” John Krasinski, who is red-hot following the success of his winter hit “A Quiet Place,” takes on the role of the CIA spy that has been played on the big screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video including the action comedy “Gringo,” which stars David Oyelowo as a businessman who unwittingly becomes involved with a Mexican drug cartel.

Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and unearthed a few titles that will be exiting Amazon Prime Video in the first week of August. News
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The 12 Best Trash Movies of 2018 So Far, from ‘Den of Thieves’ to ‘Skyscraper’

From me, the “trash” moniker is high praise. These are movies that are not appreciated by the greater culture — none have earned a Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — but which instead are B-style movies that are more concerned with delivering feels, thrills and titillation than with “respectability.” For me, this is the good stuff — the best of Hollywood’s delightful blue collar flicks.

12. “Proud Mary” — This is the story of a depressed assassin (Taraji P. Henson) who wants to get out of the life but is just too damn tired to take the initiative. It’s a weird story for a movie, but one that is probably the most relatable movie about a hitman ever.

11. “The Hurricane Heist” — This one is surprisingly topical. It’s got climate change, economic anxiety, corrupt trigger-happy cops, and a situation too dire for anyone not in the immediate area to be able to help.
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Film News Roundup: Supernatural Romance Movie ‘Hush, Hush’ Taps Kellie Cyrus as Director

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Film News Roundup: Supernatural Romance Movie ‘Hush, Hush’ Taps Kellie Cyrus as Director
In today’s film news roundup, “Hush, Hush” is heading for the big screen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop are cast in Jordan Peele’s “Us,” and Paris Jackson gets a part as a singer.

Director Hired

Television veteran Kellie Cyrus has been tapped to direct a movie adaption of Becca Fitzpatrick’s bestselling supernatural romance saga “Hush, Hush,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Cyrus will direct from an adaptation by Peter Hutchings. Producers are Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of Bcdf Pictures, along with Irfaan Fredericks of Kalahari Film & Media. Fitzpatrick, Hutchings, Simon Swart, and Kalahari’s Michael S. Murphey are the executive producers.

“Hush, Hush,” published in 2009 as the first of a four-title series, was a New York Times Bestseller for more than 50 weeks. It has sold over five million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 35 languages. All four books — “Hush,
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Paris Jackson To Play Sultry Singer In Indie Film ‘The Space Between’

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Paris Jackson To Play Sultry Singer In Indie Film ‘The Space Between’
Exclusive: Paris Jackson is continuing to make inroads on her acting career, and might even be doing a little singing to boot. She has landed a co-starring role in The Space Between, an indie comedic drama starring Kelsey Grammer and Jackson White. Rachel Winter, who produced the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, is directing the pic being described as a love letter to music and revolving around the record industry. Shooting is now underway in Los Angeles.

The film, penned by Will Aldis, is set during the mid-1990s L.A. music scene. It centers on wannabe record exec Charlie Porter (White) who, struggling to get out of the mail room, is tasked with forcing forgotten rock star Micky Adams (Grammer) out of his contract at his longtime label.

Jackson will play Cory, Charlie’s love interest and a sultry singer desperate for her big break.

Michael Roiff (Waitress), Milan Popelka
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‘Solo’ In-home Release Will Be Loaded With Extras

Solo: A Star Wars Story is ready to fly into your home in under twelve parsecs! The Ron Howard film is hitting in-home release in September with digital, 4K Ultra HD pack and Multi-screen Edition. You can get all the details on the in-home release below and be sure to check out our review of the film.

Burbank, Calif. — Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett
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Underappreciated Solo hits Home Video in September

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Burbank, Calif. — Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Parenthood and Splash—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.

Solo: A Star Wars Story bonus content takes fans behind the scenes to experience compelling discussions with
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Here’s Everything You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in August

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Here’s Everything You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in August
Your wait for Jack Ryan is almost over.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” premieres on Amazon Aug. 31, starring John Krasinski as a CIA analyst who’s thrust into a dangerous field assignment. Another new Prime Original series, “All or Nothing: Manchester City” will premiere next month, though the specific date is yet to be announced. It follows Pep Guardiola, the legendary coach and the team’s 2017/2018 season.

Other titles coming to Amazon in August include 2004’s “A Cinderella Story” and 2008’s “Hurt Locker” on Aug. 1. “Mother!,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, will be available on Aug. 26.

Also Read: Emmys and #MeToo: 'Transparent' Shut Out of Nominations

See the complete list below.

August 1

Series

#MeToo: Now What?, Season 1

Movies

A Cinderella Story (2004)

American Gigolo (1980)

American Ninja (1985)

American Ninja III: Blood Hunt (1989)

Be Cool (2005)

Black Mask (1996)

Black Rain (1989)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

Boomerang (1992)

Cold War (2012)

Csny/Déjà Vu
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Amazon Studio’s Prime Original ‘Gringo’ Hit Amazon Prime Video This August

We are super excited to share the trailer for the upcoming Amazon Studio’s Prime Original “Gringo” which will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on August 17th!

The Amazon Prime Video App is also now available on Apple TV !

Directed By Nash Edgerton

Screenplay By Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone

Produced By Rebecca Yeldham, Nash Edgerton, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Charlize Theron and Anthony Tambakis

Starring Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, Sharlto Copley and Harry Treadaway

An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question:
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