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Oscar® Submission from Slovakia, ‘The Line’

Oscar® Submission from Slovakia, ‘The Line’
You know how, when you finally see a movie you really love, all things seem possible? How a great movie transports you to a new reality? Without that experience, normal life seems drab and dreary unless you use other means of transcendance, like hope, art, music, dancing, religion or drugs.

Have I yet raved about any of the 25 foreign language submissions?

Yes, but it was a long time ago when it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, that I was so enamoured Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s Of Body and Soul (as I was with her previous film, the 1989 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or winner, My Twentieth Century, which was seen by about a .02% of the population). But that was way back in February.

I would put my body on the line for the Israeli film, Foxtrot, but its absurdity is such a downer (like the State of Israel today,
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Practically No One Involved in “Interview with the Vampire” Movie Read Anne Rice’s Book

You might not believe this but almost no one that was involved with the film Interview With The Vampire actually read the book. Tom Cruise managed to read the entire series so he was at least up on what the part had to offer and what the story was all about. However Brad Pitt and the director, Neil Jordan, didn’t bother reading the entire book. In Jordan’s case it’s been said that he was simply too lazy to read the series, while Pitt didn’t get past the first chapter since he thought the book was a waste of time. That’s

Practically No One Involved in “Interview with the Vampire” Movie Read Anne Rice’s Book
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Netflix secures rights to Maika Monroe and Gary Oldman sci-fi Tau

Netflix have acquired the distribution rights to Federico D’Alessandro’s Tau, which judging by the synopsis below sounds like Home Alone meets Room, by way of Ex-Machina. Starring It Follows and The Guest’s Maika Monroe, the sci-fi thriller will also feature Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour).

Tau is penned by Noga Landau and financed by Hercules Film Fund and Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment under his first look deal with Addictive Pictures. David S. Goyer produced under his Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures and Kevin Turen. Rhea Films co-produced the film with Paris Kassidokostas Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti serving as executive producers along with Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne as executive producers.

Tau follows a once street-smart grifter, Julia (Monroe) who is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment.
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Toronto Film: "Locke and Key", "Titans", "Umbrella Academy"

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From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for November 2017 including "Locke and Key", "Titans", "Umbrella Academy" and a whole lot more:

Anne- Season 2

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: John Calvert

Dir.: Various

Oct 2/17 - Mar 20/18

Baroness Von Sketch Show- Season 3

TV Series

Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Dir.: Jeremy Lalonde, Jordan Canning

Aug 21 - Nov 10/17

Cardinal: By The Time You Read This- Season 3

TV Series – Mini

eOne

Prod.: Jessica Daniel

Dir.: Daniel Grou

Sep 19 - Nov 24/17

Decoy

Feature

Decoy Pictures Inc.

Prod.: Andrew Gunn, Michael Bien, Angela Donald

Dir.: Allan Ungar

Nov 1 - Dec 7/17

Designated Survivor- Season 2

TV Series

Designated 1 Ltd.

Prod.: Llewellyn Wells

Dir.: Various

Jul 4/17 - Mar 31/18

Dino Dana- Season 3

TV Series

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Prod.: Eric Beldowski

Dir: Various

Aug 1 – Nov 17/17

Falling Water- Season 2

TV Series

Gep Falling Water Inc.
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South Korean Actor Kim Joo-hyuk Dies in Car Crash

South Korean Actor Kim Joo-hyuk Dies in Car Crash
South Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk, a veteran performer who starred in Hong Sang-soo’s “Yourself and Yours” and “The Truth Beneath”, was killed in a car accident Monday. He was 45.

Local TV broadcaster Jtbc reported that Kim’s car crashed into a wall and flipped over, colliding with another car. When firefighters pulled the actor out of the wreck, he was not breathing.

Two films in which Kim starred have yet to be released. Directed by Cho Geun-hyun, “Heung-bu” is a period drama based on a Korean folktale about two brothers. The film is currently in post-production. Lee Hae-young’s crime action drama “Dok-jeon” is still in production, but Kim is reported to have finished shooting his part of the film. Both films are set for 2018 releases.

Kim was also set to make a cameo appearance in Kim Sung-hun’s “Chang-gweol,” but he had not yet started shooting his part.

Related storiesKorea's
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Korea’s Showbox to Co-produce Neil Jordan’s ‘Widow’

Leading South Korean investor-distributor, Showbox is co-producing “The Widow,” Neil Jordan’s thriller film starring Chloe Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, alongside Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures.

“This co-production and investment [in “The Widow”] is a step beyond the partnership deal that Showbox signed with Ivanhoe Pictures in 2015,” said the Korean company in a statement. “This deal will help (Showbox’s) future expansion into production and investment in Hollywood.”

Set for a 2018 release, “The Widow” sees the story of a young woman who has a chance meeting with a mysterious widow who approaches her with malicious intentions. Jordan has credits including: “The Crying Game,” “The End of the Affair,” and “Interview With the Vampire.”

Showbox is also co-producing a romantic comedy, “Forever Holiday in Bali.” The film will be its first in Indonesia. Starring K-pop boy band Mblaq’s Thunder, “Holiday” will be directed by Ody C. Harahap, who previously directed “Sweet 20,” Cj Entertainment’s Indonesian
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Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations
In this week’s missile of a The New York Times story about the many alleged indiscretions of Harvey Weinstein, one of his past colleagues, former Miramax Los Angeles president Mark Gill, describes Weinstein’s professional climb from indie producer to Hollywood titan. “From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact.” Yet Gill said the persistent whispers that Weinstein was mistreating women were in fact “the biggest mess of all.”

While The Weinstein Co. co-founder publicly championed women’s rights, his accusers say that he was a hypocrite, secretly propositioning them for massages, kisses and more. One month after Weinstein distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rapes on university campuses, he allegedly groped a college-aged woman in his office. Weinstein, 65, has a well-documented, on-the-record history of unflattering behavior, even against women (like in 2002, when he publicly berated director Julie Taymor at a screening of her film,
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Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller

Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Stephen Rea and Colm Feore join “The Widow,” 30 West buys rights to the thriller “Beast,” and AFI Fest announces a Robert Altman retrospective.

Castings

Stephen Rea, Colm Feore, and Zawe Ashton have joined the previously announced cast of the thriller “The Widow,” opposite Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe.

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Neil Jordan, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Crying Game,” will direct from a screenplay by Ray Wright. The project re-teams Jordan with Rea, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for “The Crying Game.”

The film begins principal photography this month. The story is set in New York and follows Moretz’s character as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow, played by Huppert, whose motives are gradually revealed to be sinister. Rea
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Stephen Rea, Colm Feore & Zawe Ashton Join ‘The Widow’ From Director Neil Jordan

Stephen Rea, Colm Feore & Zawe Ashton Join ‘The Widow’ From Director Neil Jordan
Oscar nominee Stephen Rea, Colm Feore and English actress Zawe Ashton are set for Neil Jordan’s upcoming thriller The Widow from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The pic, which begins filming this month, also co-stars Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe. Written by Ray Wright, the film, set in New York, follows a young woman named Frances (Moretz) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow named Greta (Huppert) whose motives are gradually…
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Tiff Review: ‘Lady Bird’ is Wise, Funny, Remarkably Assured, and One of the Year’s Great Joys

Lady Bird is one of the year’s great joys. Greta Gerwig’s debut as a solo writer-director is so wise, so funny, and so remarkably assured that it seems to have flown in out of nowhere. Where did this nearly perfect coming-of-age comedy and emotionally affecting study of youth, social status, and financial malaise come from? The answer has been hiding in plain sight. As an actress, Gerwig has shown inimitable intelligence in films such as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women. She has now moved behind the camera for a 2002-set study of a Sacramento teen’s final year of high school, starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, and Timothée Chalamet, with music by Jon Brion.

Even after mentioning the involvement of such an ensemble of talent, I’m not sure anyone could have anticipated just how strong a film Lady Bird would be, or
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New to Streaming: ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Paris Can Wait,’ ‘Harmonium,’ ‘Lost in Paris,’ 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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)

From start to finish, The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, works as a lovingly-rendered, cinematic answer to the dinner party question: “So how did you two meet?” Based on comedian Kumail Nanjiani‘s real life (he co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Emily V. Gordon), we meet Kumail (Nanjiani) as he finishes a stand-up set in Chicago. He becomes fast friends with a
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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017
The idea of a “fall TV season” feels particularly antiquated in 2017, as two of the year’s buzziest series (“Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks”) have already wrapped for the year. Fall may even be a bit of an afterthought now compared to spring, as networks aim to catch Emmy voters with prestige TV premieres when campaign season gets underway.

And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.

This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017
The idea of a “fall TV season” feels particularly antiquated in 2017, as two of the year’s buzziest series (“Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks”) have already wrapped for the year. Fall may even be a bit of an afterthought now compared to spring, as networks aim to catch Emmy voters with prestige TV premieres when campaign season gets underway.

And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.

This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
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Maika Monroe cast in Neil Jordan thriller The Widow

Maika Monroe (It Follows) has signed on to join Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Bad Neighbours 2) in the cast of The Widow, the new thriller from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game).

Written by Ray Wright (The Crazies), The Widow sees Moretz as Frances, a young woman who returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems and that she’s downright dangerous.

Monroe – who is currently gearing up to shoot the thriller Stockholm for writer-director Matt Spicer – is set to portray Erica, Frances’ protective best friend who is living large on her father’s dime and helps her college pal acclimate to the city.
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‘It Follows’ Breakout Maika Monroe Joins Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’

‘It Follows’ Breakout Maika Monroe Joins Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’
After the one-two punch of The Guest and It Follows, we knew actress Maika Monroe had one hell of a career ahead of her. Monroe subsequently starred in The 5th Wave and Independence Day: Resurgence, and up next she’s working with Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Byzantium)! Deadline reports that Maika Monroe has joined the […]
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Maika Monroe Set For Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’

Maika Monroe Set For Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’
Exclusive: Maika Monroe has joined Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in The Widow, the Neil Jordan-directed thriller for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Ray Wright (The Crazies) wrote the script. Ske, Lawrence Bender, James Flynn and Karen Richards are producing. Moretz plays Frances, a young woman who returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems…
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Maika Monroe boards Ske’s 'The Widow'

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Maika Monroe boards Ske’s 'The Widow'
Neil Jordan preparing to direct New York-set thriller.

It Follows star Maika Monroe has joined Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz in Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s (Ske) The Widow.

Sierra/Affinity represents international sales, and CAA and Wme Global co-represent Us rights.

Neil Jordan will direct the New York-set thriller about a woman who befriends an older widow with cruel intentions. Monroe will play Moretz’s savvy best friend and roommate.

Ray Wright wrote the screenplay and his credits include The Crazies.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lawrence Bender, James Flynn, and Karen Richards serve as producers.

Ske’s produced Hell Or High Water with OddLot Entertainment, and its next theatrical release is Brad’s Status starring Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and Jenna Fischer.

Ske produced Brad’s Status with Plan B, while Amazon Studios co-financed the dramedy and will distribute in North America. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
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Sundance Now Orders ‘Back,’ Sets Premieres for ‘Riviera’ and ‘Rillington Place’

Sundance Now Orders ‘Back,’ Sets Premieres for ‘Riviera’ and ‘Rillington Place’
Streaming service Sundance Now is beefing up its slate with a new original comedy along with two acquisitions.

Back,” a six-part comedy, is created and written by Simon Blackwell (“Veep”), directed by Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners”) and starring David Mitchell (“Peep Show”) and Robert Webb (“Peep Show”).

The comedy, which will premiere on Sundance Now in fall 2017 and on SundanceTV in 2018, follows Stephen (Mitchell) as he tries to follow in his recently deceased father’s footsteps and take over the family business, but his plans are foiled by the unexpected return of his estranged foster brother, Andrew (Webb).

“Funny and clever with a strong emotional heart, ‘Back’ is an auteur-driven series that brings together a unique pairing of some of today’s best comedic minds,” said Jan Diedrichsen, general manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “It is the perfect entrée into comedy for Sundance Now, with its compelling yet relatable characters and hilarious storylines.”

The
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