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Toronto: A24, DirecTV Buy Emma Thompson’s ‘The Children Act’ for U.S.

12 September 2017 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 and DirecTV have bought U.S. rights on the British drama “The Children Act,” starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.

The Children Act” premiered on Sept. 10 at the Toronto Film Festival in the Special Presentations section. Directed by Richard Eyre from a script by Ian McEwan and based on McEwan’s novel, the story centers on a high-court judge who finds personal and professional crises colliding when forced to rule in the case of whether a couple who are Jehovah’s Witnesses can be permitted to deny a life-saving blood transfusion to their leukemia-stricken 17-year-old son, played by Whitehead.

Thompson’s character is married to her work, which has become a problem for her husband, played by Tucci, who announces that he wants to have an affair — resulting in his being kicked out so she can focus on her current case.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Lady Bird’ Writer/Director Greta Gerwig On Putting In Her 10 Years Before Stepping Into The Director’s Chair

12 September 2017 4:37 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A Best Picture Oscar frontrunner since it bowed at the Telluride Film Festival several weeks ago, Lady Bird marks the solo directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, who has risen to become one of the defining voices of contemporary American cinema. Collaborating with iconic indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach in the writing of Mistress America and Frances Ha—and memorably starring in the latter—Gerwig has put in her 10,000 hours as an actress and writer, on the road to directing her… »


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Jason Blum Confirms ‘Glass’ as a “Very Different” Superhero Movie

12 September 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After M. Night Shyamalan wowed audiences with this year's excellent horror film Split, the big twist in this tale was the stunner of an ending, one that connects to his 2000 thriller, Unbreakable. It wasn't long before Shyamalan revealed that not only did Split and Unbreakable exist in the same universe, but that a third film titled Glass would be next, following up on the events of the turn-of-the-millennium film starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. It's Jackson's character, the villainous Mr. Glass, that the film takes its name from, but beyond … »

- Dave Trumbore

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Blumhouse Promises New ‘Halloween’ Movie in 2018, John Carpenter Wants to Score

12 September 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s been years since fans of horror maestro John Carpenter‘s Halloween franchise have been truly thrilled with a new entry in the series, and now we know they’ll only have to wait one more year to see if that streak is broken. Producer Jason Blum, the CEO of the budget-conscious and incredibly successful Blumhouse Productions (Get OutParanormal Activity, Insidious, The […]

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- Ben Pearson

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New iPhone Cameras Let You See Beyond Better Photos and Videos: It’s All About Ar

12 September 2017 4:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We expect smartphones to provide rapidly improving cameras, and the reveal of iPhone 8 and X brings lots of new tech. However, better photos and video are no longer the main objective: The new target is augmented reality (Ar).

While the future of virtual reality entertainment is an ongoing debate, Apple, like other major tech companies, assumes Ar is the future. Much of the new camera’s tech is designed for Ar — the image signal processor, TrueDepth camera, dot projector, ambient light sensor. The iPhone cameras, particularly the completely new iPhone X, can read three-dimensional space and light; the volumetric readings can create a three-dimensional gaming experience, or allow you to point a camera at an object and get information about it. (Apple released the ARkit to developers earlier this year.)

While companies will develop apps to take advantage of the Ar-calibrated iPhone camera, the immediate use is facial recognition capabilities »

- Chris O'Falt

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Addison Timlin on ‘Fallen’, ‘StartUp’, and What It’s Like to Do Wire Work

12 September 2017 4:05 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Lauren Kate, the supernatural drama Fallen tells the story of Lucinda “Luce” Price (Addison Timlin), an ordinary teen girl who ends up at a mysterious reform school after a shocking accident. Once there, Luce finds herself torn between the inexplicable connection she feels with Daniel (Jeremy Irvine) and her attraction to Cam (Harrison Gilbertson), and the fragmented memories that haunt her threaten to shatter everything that she’s ever known. At the film’s press day, actress Addison Timlin sat down with Collider for this 1-on-1 interview about how she got … »

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The Mummy’s Honest Trailer Pokes Fun At The Dark Universe Trying To Be Marvel

12 September 2017 4:04 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A new Honest Trailer for The Mummy completely rips it apart for trying to use the Marvel Cinematic Universe's formula. »

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Star Wars Bits: New ‘The Last Jedi’ Details, Toy Revelations, and Another Death Star?!?

12 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this edition of Star Wars Bits: New official Star Wars: The Last Jedi info revealed! Lots of new Star Wars: The Last Jedi rumors to sort through! Go behind-the-scenes with Grand Admiral Thrawn. Are we really getting another Death Star? And much more! New eps will air on Monday's at 12:30a, 3:00a, 7:30a, 5:30p and 9p. :) — […]

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A24 & DirecTV Acquire Emma Thompson Pic ‘The Children Act’ – Toronto

12 September 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: A24 and DirecTV have teamed to acquire U.S. rights on The Children Act, the Richard Eyre-directed drama that premiered in the Toronto Film Festival’s Special Presentations section Saturday at the Elgin Theatre. The film stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Dunkirk‘s Fionn Whitehead, and has drawn strong reviews for Thompson’s performance. She plays High Court judge Fiona Maye, who’s in personal crisis as her marriage hits the rocks. Professionally, she faces… »


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Papillon review - prison break remake plays it too safe for redemption

12 September 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Noer’s new rendition of the 1973 classic doesn’t take many chances with its faithful retelling as a pair of jail birds contemplate making a run for it

Why are there so many bad remakes of good movies? It’s a fair enough question. When dealing with a text that has already proven itself functional, it takes an active effort to make it worse. The path of least resistance would lead somewhere agreeable if not extraordinary, perhaps not matching the given source’s greatness but at least managing a respectable measure of success.

Related: From Papillon to Prison Break: the greatest escapes

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- Charles Bramesco in Toronto

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‘Wonder Woman’s Jason Fuchs To Write ‘Robotech’ For Sony

12 September 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Sony's adaptation of Robotech found its director in Andy Muschietti back in July, and now Jason Fuchs is on board to write the screenplay for the feature based on the popular 1980s anime TV series. Fuchs, who co-wrote the story for Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman with Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg, will be working with Muschietti to create the new Robotech from scratch, I've learned. The high-priority Robotech takes place in an era when Earth has developed giant… »


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Filmmakers Hoping Audience Reaction Propels Richard Gere-Starring ‘Three Christs’ To Strong Distribution Deal (Watch) – Toronto

12 September 2017 3:43 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Coming late into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Three Christs, a psychiatric drama with one of the fest’s most impressive casts, hopes to swoop in a find a distributor without showing it around pre-tiff. The film had its first press and industry screening today in advance of its Gala unveiling in about 48 hours. Watch an exclusive clip above. Richard Gere, coming off a superlative and Oscar-worthy career-best performance in Norman earlier this… »


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Colin Farrell's Role In Minority Report Almost Went To Another A-Lister

12 September 2017 3:38 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Before Colin Farrell was cast in Minority Report, Steve Spielberg was looking at a different actor to play Danny Witwer. »

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Alec Baldwin To Play John DeLorean In Scripted Scenes For Docu About Famous Automaker

12 September 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Alec Baldwin is stepping into the driver’s seat for Xyz Films’ forthcoming documentary about John DeLorean. The docu will be fused with scripted scenes which will feature Baldwin will playing the iconic automaker. To give him the look of the man who brought us the iconic, cutting-edge car of the ’80s, Baldwin has enlisted the help from his hair and makeup team from Saturday Night Live. The film is directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal, Last Days… »


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AMC Developing Black Lives Matter Series Based on Book ‘They Can’t Kill Us All’

12 September 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Black Lives Matter is not going away. And as more cases of police brutality are unveiled each day, Hollywood begins to take more notice. Television was the first to address the ongoing movement calling for less police violence targeting African Americans, with episodes of Scandal, Black-ish, and Dear White People setting aside their sleek or comedic facades to […]

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The Disaster Artist review – James Franco's ode to bad film-making is a riot

12 September 2017 3:21 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The story behind cult movie The Room is brought to life with affection and painstaking detail and features a staggering transformation from the lead

One of the overriding questions one has while enduring a particularly awful film is, with all of the talented out-of-work film-makers in Hollywood, just how on earth did this get made? Did no one take the time to really read the script? Couldn’t someone spot the signs during production? Didn’t anyone try to burn all available copies of the film before it limped onto the screen? There’s a certain sadistic pleasure in not only watching a “so bad it’s good” movie (a hobby that’s grown in popularity in recent years) but also to explore the tortured story behind the scenes.

Related: The Wife review – Glenn Close is unreadably brilliant as author's spouse plunged in late-life crisis

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‘El Chicano’ Producer Joe Carnahan: Safety Rules “Followed To A T” Before Crash That Injured Stuntman

12 September 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: El Chicano producer Joe Carnahan said that "all safety protocols were followed to the T" in the run-up to last week's on-set accident in Calgary when a stunt car and a taco truck collided and sent another car crashing into the camera platform as the camera crew went scrambling. He said a cameraman's claims that the shot was unsafe and poorly planned are "simply not true." Stuntman Greg Harris was injured in the accident. "He was there to safety our director of… »


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Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’ Serves Up Revelatory Humor As Dark And Sweet As Pecan Pie [Bingeworthy Breakdown]

12 September 2017 3:10 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s time for another Bingeworthy Breakdown, where we look at the hottest new TV shows and separate the wheat from the chaff. The biscuits from the grits. The chicken-fried steak from the regular steak. The crawfish pie from the file gumbo. If you’re wondering why my proverbs just went South, it’s because today we’re entering the weird and witty world of Amazon’s “One Mississippi.” This hard-hitter co-created by legendary comedian Tig Notaro and irreverent screenwriter Diablo Cody launched its second season just last week, which means it’s high time for an evaluation.

Continue reading Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’ Serves Up Revelatory Humor As Dark And Sweet As Pecan Pie [Bingeworthy Breakdown] at The Playlist. »

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Nicolas Cage to Play a Big-Game Hunter in Action Movie ‘Primal’

12 September 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nicolas Cage will star in the independent action movie “Primal” as a big-game hunter. Production is scheduled to start on Oct. 23 in Puerto Rico.

The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, where the Exchange is launching international sales.

“Primal” is the first project for Wonderfilm Media, launched by Kirk Shaw, Daniel Grodnik, Jeff Bowler, and Bret Saxon as a finance, development, and production entity based in Vancouver and Beverly Hills. Grodnik, who has credits on “Heist” and “Bobby,” is producing and Michael Becker is executive producing.

The film will be directed by Nick Powell, who is a veteran stunt coordinator with credits on “The Bourne Identity,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “Resident Evil.”

The script, written by Richard Leder, centers on a big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a »


- Dave McNary

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‘Big Mouth’ Trailer: Nick Kroll Gets Gross About Puberty in Netflix Animated Series

12 September 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Puberty is the worst, but at least you can laugh about it thanks to Nick Kroll‘s new animated comedy series, Big Mouth. The Netflix comedy follows the pitfalls of growing up as a teen dealing with raging hormones in the American suburbs, and features some of today’s funniest comedians voicing the animated teenagers. Netflix has released […]

The post ‘Big Mouth’ Trailer: Nick Kroll Gets Gross About Puberty in Netflix Animated Series appeared first on /Film. »


- Hoai-Tran Bui

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