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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Final Score & Several Others Won’t Be Eligible For Oscar Consideration

Green Book,” “The Other Side of the Wind,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Mandy” make for odd bedfellows. You see, if you were asked to tell someone the one thing that each of those four films shared in common, you’d probably be stumped. Well, if you guessed “All films that have their respective scores deemed ineligible for Oscar consideration by the Academy,” then you’re right!

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Disney Confirms More Marvel Theme Park Details, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange Among the Line-Up

The Avengers Initiative is spreading from movie theaters into the real world, and soon fans will be able to interact with their favorite cinematic and comic book superheroes in Disney theme parks across the globe. The studio has confirmed several details about its Marvel theme park characters, and below you can find a breakdown of […]

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“Star Trek: Discovery’: Doug Jones Gets a Saru Backstory — With Michelle Yeoh

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“Star Trek: Discovery’: Doug Jones Gets a Saru Backstory — With Michelle Yeoh
Doug Jones has worn countless pieces of latex and make-up over his career to play dozens of strange and unusual creatures — but the one role he finds uncomfortable is “teacher.”

Jones, who currently stars on “Star Trek: Discovery” as Kelpien Starfleet officer Saru, is often asked to coach his fellow actors on how to create the right kind of body movement for the various aliens and monsters he plays. “When I do a role like that, and they bring in more to play my type, I find myself in a tutorial position,” he said. “Because I’m the first person to play a Kelpien, I guess we all figured that I must know how they move more than anyone else.”

The third installment of “Star Trek: Discovery’s” series of Short Treks films brought viewers to a brand-new world — but one with some familiar-looking residents. “The Brightest Star,” set on the pre-warp planet of Kaminar,
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The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Wayne’s World 2’ is Better Than the First Movie

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: the sequel to Wayne’s World is actually better than the beloved original.) In 1993, just one short year after Wayne’s World transitioned from SNL […]

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Participant Media Partners With Filmmaker Steve James on Documentary ‘Chicago Story’ (Exclusive)

Participant Media is reteaming with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James and his longtime production home, Kartemquin Films, on his latest documentary, “Chicago Story.”

Participant Media will finance the project, which will be produced by James and Zak Piper. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann will executive produce with Alex Kotlowitz and Gordon Quinn. James, Piper, and Kotlowitz previously collaborated on “The Interrupters.”

The doc will be a portrait of Chicago today, captured at this crucial juncture in the city’s history – the upcoming mayoral election in February 2019. Principal photography is already underway.

“This is a film I’ve wanted to do for years, and right now seems the perfect time to make it. Chicago finds itself at a significant crossroads in so many ways as its citizens grapple with its future and who will lead them,” says James. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Participant again after our wonderful collaboration on America to Me.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek & More Headline Sally Potter’s New Drama

It was five long years between the release of Sally Potter’s last two films, 2012’s “Ginger & Rosa” and last year’s “The Party.” However, the filmmaker isn’t about to take that long for her next feature film, as production has begun on a brand-new untitled drama with a stellar cast.

Bleecker Street and HanWay Films have announced that Potter has begun production on a new film that will feature the acting talents of Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Laura Linney, and Chris Rock.

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to Vg24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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The Next ‘Transformers’ Movie Won’t Be a Reboot, But It Will Be “Different” [Exclusive]

The Next ‘Transformers’ Movie Won’t Be a Reboot, But It Will Be “Different” [Exclusive]
Rumors of a Transformers reboot earlier this year confused fans. While a spin-off like this month’s Bumblebee makes sense within the world of the five live-action films, a total reboot would leave a lot of threads hanging. Transformers: The Last Knight was originally planned to launch an extended Transformers universe. Even if that scaled back, it […]

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The 25 Best Films Of 2018

Karma, they say, is a bitch. Yet it must be down to some cosmic law of balance that as terrible as things have been on a daily basis in other spheres of life, 2018 has been among the most remarkable years for cinema in recent memory. Maybe it’s that the instability and uncertainty of the zeitgeist has ignited channels of creative expression that might have remained dormant in more complacent times; maybe it’s that 2-hour breaks from the constant blithering nonsense that is being alive in 2018 are precious even if you’re watching the “Overboard” remake.

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Film Review: ‘Jirga’

Film Review: ‘Jirga’
Buried within the closing crawl of writer, director, cinematographer and co-producer Benjamin Gilmour’s unfortunately cryptic but nonetheless fascinating debut film “Jirga” are shout-outs for security, political and cultural liaisons, as well as an Afghan film advisor. These credits speak, however quietly, to the no-doubt-delicate and clearly arduous making of a film that finds a guilt-ridden Australian soldier returning to Afghanistan three years after mistakenly killing a married father during a village raid to make monetary amends to his widow and orphaned sons, only to be waylaid by a small, cave-dwelling Taliban squad along the barren route.

Warmly received on the festival circuit — almost certainly as much for its spectacular scenery as the frustrating wisp of a plot — “Jirga” (which means “a tribal council” in the film’s predominant Pashto language) has emerged as Australia’s official entry for the Oscar foreign language race as well as the winner of
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Amy Adams is Pretty Sure She’s Done Playing Lois Lane, Says Dceu is Being “Revamped”

Amy Adams is Pretty Sure She’s Done Playing Lois Lane, Says Dceu is Being “Revamped”
Here’s your big scoop on the DC Extended Universe for the week: Amy Adams is out. The Vice actress has played Lois Lane, intrepid reporter and Superman’s longtime girlfriend, in three movies now, but as Warner Bros. takes the DC films in another direction and as her onscreen love interest hangs up the cape himself, Adams […]

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Fox Names Benjamin Bach MD for Germany, Replacing Vincent  De La Tour

Twentieth Century Fox has upped Benjamin Bach to managing director, theatrical, for Austria and Germany. In Germany he takes over from the long-serving Vincent de la Tour who is leaving after 27 years.

Bach has been MD of Fox’s operations in Austria since 2012 and he steps into his new, expanded, role immediately. He will continue oversee Austria as well as managing Germany.

The company said he will have strategic and operational responsibilities for Fox Germany and will continue to report to Paul Higginson, Evp, Emea, 20th Century Fox, in the new role.

“I have known Benjamin for 15 years,” Higginson said. “He has exceptional experience and business acumen. He is an accomplished executive and I am delighted that he has agreed to manage our German operation in addition to his responsibilities in Austria.”

Prior to Fox, Bach was sales director, TV distribution, for Universal Pictures, based in London. He also worked at the Bollywood studio Eros,
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New Synopsis For Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Follow-Up ‘Us’ Reveals A Fairly Basic Horror Premise

Academy Award winner Jordan Peele is about to unleash his second film on the world, simply titled “Us.” Even though, after the monster success of “Get Out,” the filmmaker has been attached to a “Candyman” reboot, “Toy Story 4,” and about 4000 TV series, the biggest project that fans are anticipating most of all is his follow-up to his directorial debut.

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Alex Pettyfer on Making His Directorial Debut with ‘Back Roads’

From first-time feature director Alex Pettyfer (who also plays the lead role in the film), the dark indie drama Back Roads, tells the story of Harley Altmyer (Pettyfer), a young man in a rural Pennsylvania town who’s been taking care of his three younger sisters since their mother went to prison for murdering their abusive father. Uneducated and working two dead-end jobs just to try to hold his family together, Harley connects to an older, married woman (Jennifer Morrison) and shocking family secrets threaten to destroy them all. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, …
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Is The End Nigh for Fandor?

On the heels of FilmStruck’s closure, independent film streaming services have taken another hit as Fandor laid off about 40 employees towards the end of last week. The company’s CEO, Chris Kelly, announced that their assets were sold to a newly formed entity — Fandor ABC LLC, which is managed by GlassRatner — and that Fandor.com “will continue streaming movies without interruptions.” Their homepage now features a very small header that, once clicked upon, offers up the following statement: Fandor has prided itself on providing access to great film and visual expression to a broad audience. While we have had […]
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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Season 3 Trailer: The End is Here

All things must come to an end, including Netflix adaptations of gothic children’s books. A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3 will bring a close to the streaming service’s take on Lemony Snicket‘s delightful, ghoulish books, adapting the four final books in the series. Neil Patrick Harris is back once again as the scenery-chewing Count Olaf, who will […]

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Lynne Ramsay Recently Wrote A New ‘Epic Environmental Horror’ Script & Dreams Of Making A Comedy

Lynne Ramsay is one of the most acclaimed and unique filmmakers working today. And with her previous films, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and most recently, “You Were Never Really Here,” the filmmaker is no stranger to the darker side of life and people. So, it makes perfect sense that horror might be in her future, even though the idea of a straight up jump-scare fest is probably not Ramsay’s style.

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