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‘Game of Thrones’ Stuntman Talks Being Set on Fire for Horrific Season 8 Premiere Scene

‘Game of Thrones’ Stuntman Talks Being Set on Fire for Horrific Season 8 Premiere Scene
The most horrific moment of the “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere was easily when Beric Dondarrion had to light a young child turned white walker on fire. “Thrones” is well known for featuring graphic violence across its run, but the sight of a small boy screaming while he is burned alive sticks out as one of the show’s most brutal images (it brought back memories of the young Princess Shireen being burned alive in Season 5). Showrunner David Benioff calls the scene “a great horror movie sequence” in HBO’s official behind-the-scenes documentary on the premiere, which also introduces the stuntman who pulled off the horrific moment.

Paul Lowe is probably not a name that rings a bell for most “Thrones” viewers, but it’s likely many viewers are familiar with the stuntman’s work. “Winterfell,” the Season 8 premiere, was Lowe’s ninth “Thrones” episode and a full circle moment
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‘Tomb Raider 2': ‘Free Fire’ Screenwriter Amy Jump Hired to Pen Sequel

MGM has hired Amy Jump, the screenwriter on Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” and “High-Rise,” to write the screenplay for “Tomb Raider 2” starring Alicia Vikander, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Jump is also writing “Freak Shift” with Wheatley, which is currently in preproduction with Film4. Some of her other writing credits include “A Field in England,” “Kill List” and “Sightseers.” She’s also served as an editor on all of Wheatley’s films, and she was an executive producer on “The Duke of Burgundy.”

The rebooted “Tomb Raider” starring Vikander arrived last March and grossed $274.6 million worldwide on a $94 million budget.

Also Read: Camilla Luddington Explains How She Does Lara Croft's Death Screams in 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider'

Roar Uthaug directed the film based on the iconic video game series in which Vikander plays Lara Croft, the daughter of a missing adventurer who must travel
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Universal Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘News of the World’ From Fox 2000

  • Variety
Universal Pictures has picked up rights to the historical drama “The News of the World” with Tom Hanks attached to star.

The project, based on the best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles set in the days following the Civil War, was previously in development at Fox 2000. Disney decided to retire the Fox 2000 label last month as part of its purchase of the 20th Century Fox film studio, opting to go ahead only with projects that were already in production.

Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct and re-unite with Hanks. The duo’s most recent collaboration was “Captain Phillips.”

Luke Davies (“Lion”) wrote the screenplay for “The News of the World.” Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce the film through their Playtone banner with Gail Mutrux through Pretty Pictures. Gregory Goodman also produces.

The novel charts the unlikely friendship between Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an earlier precursor to today’s newscasters,
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Paul Greengrass-Tom Hanks Film ‘News of the World’ Moves to Universal From Fox 2000

Universal has acquired the rights to “The News of the World” from director Paul Greengrass that has Tom Hanks attached to star, shifting the project from Fox 2000, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

The move is the first such deal since Disney finalized their acquisition of Fox and announced that Fox 2000 would be closing.

Greengrass’s film reunites the director with his “Captain Phillips” star. The project is based on a novel by Paulette Jiles, which was nominated for the National Book Award for fiction. Luke Davies, who penned “Lion,” is writing the screenplay.

Also Read: Tom Hanks in Talks to Join Untitled Elvis Biopic as Presley's Manager

The book takes place in the wake of the Civil War and follows Cpt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) as he travels through Northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. He is then
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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero,’ Chinese Propaganda Titles Set as Beijing Festival Highlights

  • Variety
Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero,’ Chinese Propaganda Titles Set as Beijing Festival Highlights
Shah Rukh Khan-starring romance “Zero” has been set as the closing film of the Beijing International Film Festival. The sprawling festival will open with “The Composer,” a forthcoming Chinese-Kazakh co-production, as its opening title.

The festival, which runs April 13 to 20, 2019, has revealed its full selection of 261 titles. The decision to program “Zero” in such a prominent slot underlines the growing success which Indian films are enjoying with Chinese audiences. Directed by Aanand L. Rai and released in December, the Hindi-language “Zero” is Khan’s most expensive film yet. It features the star as a person with dwarfism in a love triangle with a scientist with cerebral palsy (Anushka Sharma) and a famous actress (Katrina Kaif).

“The Composer” is the first movie to emerge from a cooperation agreement between China and Kazakhstan under Chinese president Xi Jinping’s infrastructure-building project, the Belt and Road Initiative. Directed by Kazakhstan’s Xirzat Yahup,
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Orange Studio, Ocs Join Forces on Flurry of High-Profile Series

  • Variety
Orange Studio, Ocs Join Forces on Flurry of High-Profile Series
Following “The Name of the Rose”(pictured) and “Devils,” France’s Orange has unveiled four internationally-driven series projects as part of its commitment to step into premium original shows with its film/TV division Orange Studio and pay TV group Ocs both of board.

Currently in development, the social western “Cheyenne & Lola,” the dance-filled workplace drama “The Opera,” the French army series “Les Sentinelles” and English-language cyber-thriller “Unpunished” have been added to the company’s rising drama slate.

“Unpunished” is an ambitious series which is being developed with the writers and creators Coline Aubert (“The Returned”) and Fredrik Agetoft (“Arne Dahl: Eye in the Sky”) and the critically-acclaimed Argentine helmer Alex Garcia Lopez, whose credits include “The Punisher” and “Dardevil.”

A European co-production, “Unpunished” is being produced by Sydney Gallonde (“No Second Chance”) and Marc Nowak at Paris-based Make It Happen Studio, as well as Laurent Boissel and Emmanuelle Guilbart at About Premium Content,
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"The Sinner" Renewed for Season 3 at USA Network, Matt Bomer Joins in Major Role

  • Variety
The Sinner” has officially been picked up for a third season, with Matt Bomer set to join the show starring opposite series lead Bill Pullman.

The third season follows Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) as he begins a routine investigation of a tragic car accident on the outskirts of Dorchester, in upstate New York. Ambrose uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career.

Bomer will play Jamie, an upstanding Dorchester resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of an accident. The role marks a homecoming for Bomer, who received one of the breakout roles of his career when he starred in the USA series “White Collar” for six seasons beginning in 2009. He has gone on to star in shows like “American Horror Story,” “The Last Tycoon,” and “Doom Patrol,” the last of which currently airs on DC Universe.
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Rumor: ‘Jason Bourne’ Stunt Show Could Replace Universal Orlando’s Former ‘Terminator 2’ 3D Attraction

Universal Orlando’s Terminator 2 3D attraction closed back in 2017 “to make way for an all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise.” Rumors swirled for months that it might be replaced by a Jason Bourne stunt show, and now those rumors have a bit of new life thanks to Jim Hill, a […]

The post Rumor: ‘Jason Bourne’ Stunt Show Could Replace Universal Orlando’s Former ‘Terminator 2’ 3D Attraction appeared first on /Film.
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Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ Adaptation Set at USA Network With Straight-to-Series Order

  • The Wrap
Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ Adaptation Set at USA Network With Straight-to-Series Order
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order for an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

Based on Huxley’s 1932 novel, “Brave New World” imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.
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‘Brave New World’ Ordered Straight-to-Series at USA Network

  • Variety
‘Brave New World’ Ordered Straight-to-Series at USA Network
The series adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” but not at the network that originally commissioned it.

USA Network has given the project a straight-to-series order. The project had originally been in development at fellow NBCUniversal network Syfy. The adaptation was first announced in 2015.

David Wiener has joined the project, joining previously announced writers Grant Morrison, and Brian Taylor. Wiener will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Morrison also executive producing. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin Television will also executive produce. Owen Harris will direct the first episode and executive produce. Taylor will executive produce the first episode and serve as a consultant moving forward. Universal Content Productions will produce in association with Amblin.

Brave New World” imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx
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Albert Finney’s 15 Most Memorable Roles, From ‘Tom Jones’ to ‘Miller’s Crossing’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Albert Finney’s 15 Most Memorable Roles, From ‘Tom Jones’ to ‘Miller’s Crossing’ (Photos)
This week, the world lost a legendary actor in Albert Finney. He might’ve already been an icon as the handsome, rugged face of the British New Wave of cinema, but he soon transformed into an actor who loved disappearing into roles, whether behind pounds of makeup or thick accents. And in doing so he found himself in everything from Oscar favorites to star-studded blockbusters to auteur-driven indies. Here we’ve compiled 15 of his greatest roles, and that might not even begin to scratch the surface.

“Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” (1960)

Finney’s breakout role in “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” branded him as the first “Angry Young Man,” an archetype that would grow out of the rebellious ’60s and Britain’s rising lower class. From the film’s opening minutes, Finney looks like a British James Dean, and you can immediately sense his disdain at any sort of authority figure, giving
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‘Suits’ Renewed for Ninth and Final Season at USA Network

  • Variety
‘Suits’ Renewed for Ninth and Final Season at USA Network
Suits” has been renewed for Season 9 at USA Network, which will be the show’s last.

The announcement comes ahead of the premiere of the back half of Season 8, which debuts tonight. The final season of “Suits” will consist of 10 episodes. The series, which hails from creator Aaron Korsh, has aired on the cable network since 2011.

“‘Suits’ has played an instrumental role in our network’s DNA for nearly a decade,” said Chris McCumber, president, USA Network and Syfy. “I and everyone at USA Network sincerely thank Aaron Korsh, our partners at Ucp and the entire ‘Suits’ family for their tremendous creativity, devotion and support over a truly amazing run.”

The series currently stars Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, Wendell Pierce, Amanda Schull, and Katherine Heigl. Past stars include Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, and Meghan Markle. Torres is also set to star in a spinoff centered on her character,
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Bourne series Treadstone adds five to its cast

After securing Brian J. Smith (Sense8) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) for the lead roles back in November, USA Network has now filled out the supporting cast of its Jason Bourne spinoff series Treadstone with five new additions.

Set to join Smith and Irvine in the cast of the show are Omar Metwally (The Affair), Tracy Ifeachor (The Originals), Han Hyo-joo (The Beauty Inside), Gabriell Scharnitzky (The Game) and Emilia Schule (Berlin Station). Per Deadline, here are the official character descriptions:

Metwally will play Mr. Edwards, a CIA agent who was ostracized by his colleagues after making a decision that left a fellow operative dead. His willingness to make the hard choice positions him as the most qualified agent for a stealth mission.

Ifeachor will portray Tara Coleman, an investigative journalist who has turned her back on her career after getting too close to a dangerous truth. Now she must
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"Jason Bourne: Treadstone"

  • SneakPeek
According to USA Network, a full season of "Treadstone", focusing on the deep state, 'CIA black ops' organization from the "Jason Bourne" movies, will go straight to series, with production starting in 2019:

"...'Treadstone' will focus on the exploits of 'Operation Treadstone', the program responsible for turning 'Jason Bourne' into a bone-cracking super spy. The first season is reported to follow various other sleeper agents as they're awakened to resume their missions..."

Formed after the Viet Nam war, 'Treadstone' was a top-secret black ops program of the 'Central Intelligence Agency' (CIA), using a behavior-modification program to break down morality, while recruiting 'Us Service' members to turn them into superhuman assassins, in direct response to the 'Congressional Act' which banned the Us from partaking in extra-judicial killings.

'Jason Bourne' appeared in 3 novels by author Robert Ludlum, with a follow-up series,
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Atlantic Nomad, Platform One Media sign pact

Atlantic Nomad, Platform One Media sign pact
Tony Gilroy to direct series The Book Of Guns.

Atlantic Nomad, the new TV and film production operation led by Simon Mirren, David Wolstencroft and Jamie Carmichael, has signed a first-look deal with Us television production and distribution company Platform One Media.

The first series under the deal will be The Book Of Guns, with an original script by Tony Gilroy, best known as co-writer of most of the Jason Bourne films and director of 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. Mirren, best known for writing and producing such series as Criminal Minds and Without A Trace, will serve as executive producer
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Bourne TV series Treadstone casts Jeremy Irvine and Brian J. Smith

Back in April, it was announced that USA Network is working on a TV spinoff of the Jason Bourne franchise entitled Treadstone, and now comes word that Brian J. Smith (Sense8) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) have been cast in the lead roles.

Treadstone “explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins.”

Deadline reports that Smith will play Doug McKenna, an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself; Irvine meanwhile is J. Randolph Bentley, a spy who is dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target but instead finds himself embroiled in an international conspiracy.

Treadstone has been created by Tim Kring (Heroes) and has a full season order from USA Network. Production is slated to get
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‘Bourne’ Spinoff Series Casts Alums of ‘Sense8,’ ‘Mamma Mia 2’ as Leads

  • The Wrap
USA has cast the two leads of its upcoming “Bourne” spinoff series “Treadstone,” the network said Thursday.

Jeremy Irvine, who recently played a young Pierce Brosnan in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” will play J. Randolph Bentley in the series, a spy dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target, but ends up embroiled in an international conspiracy. “Sense8” alum Brian J. Smith will play Doug McKenna, an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself. Both are series regulars.

Treadstone,” a TV spinoff of Universal’s “Bourne” film franchise that starred Matt Damon, will explore the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins.

Also Read: USA Orders 'Bourne' Franchise Spinoff TV Series 'Treadstone'

Irvine is
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Vietnam Film Business Comes of Age With Action-Thriller ‘Furie’

  • Variety
Vietnam Film Business Comes of Age With Action-Thriller ‘Furie’
Veronica Ngo, who had a brief but memorable role as Paige Tico in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is returning to her Vietnamese roots with the action-thriller “Furie.”

Ngo, who has credits dating back to 2005’s “Saigon Love Story,” produces, writes, and stars in “Furie.” Arclight Films is selling the movie at the American Film Market, and Well Go USA has bought U.S. rights.

“The appetite for more cross-cultural and strong female empowerment stories is accelerating at a rapid pace,” said Arclight chairman Gary Hamilton. “Now more than ever, it’s important for us at Arclight to bring hidden gems that would not ordinarily be accessible such as ‘Furie’ to audiences around the world. We are thrilled to partner with Well Go USA to showcase Vietnamese filmmaking at its finest. Well Go’s expertise in distributing content for the global audience makes them the perfect partner to put this Asian,
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’22 July’ Film Review: Paul Greengrass Calms Down but Still Packs a Powerful Punch

  • The Wrap
’22 July’ Film Review: Paul Greengrass Calms Down but Still Packs a Powerful Punch
Paul Greengrass is the master of the moment, of a muscular and immersive style of filmmaking that plunges us into the thick of the action. But “22 July,” the Greengrass film that premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, is a movie not about the moment, but about the aftermath.

Make no mistake, “22 July” is also immersive and visceral. But in its slow move from action to consequences, from terror to something close to healing, it feels new from the veteran British director.

This might be the first Greengrass movie that doesn’t just make you flinch, it makes you cry.

Also Read: Director Paul Greengrass Tackles Norway's Deadliest Terrorist Attack in '22 July' Trailer (Video)

The film is based on the attacks carried out in Norway in July 2011: A far-right, anti-Muslim zealot named Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb near a government building in Oslo, and 90 minutes
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Willem Dafoe and Paul Greengrass to Receive Tributes at Ifp Gotham Awards

  • Variety
Willem Dafoe and Paul Greengrass to Receive Tributes at Ifp Gotham Awards
The Independent Filmmaker Project announced Wednesday that Willem Dafoe and Paul Greengrass will receive an actor and director tribute respectively at the 2018 Ifp Gotham Awards.

As one of the first awards shows of the season, the Ifp Gotham Awards provides early recognition for independent films and their writers, directors, producers and actors in ten different awards categories. The show also honors select film industry icons as tributes at each year’s ceremony, which will be held this year Nov. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Dafoe has appeared in more than 100 films and plays and has been nominated for three Academy Awards, following his roles in “Platoon,” “Shadow of the Vampire” and “The Florida Project.” He has also won two Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit Award and a Berlinale Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement.
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