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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun

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Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »


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Jacqueline Bisset to Star in Drama ‘Journey to Miyakojima’ (Exclusive)

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Jacqueline Bisset has been cast in the lead role in the family drama “Journey to Miyakojima,” which will begin filming in Japan in October.

French helmer Slony Sow is directing from his own script. Paul Hoppe is the producer and Nick Kambayashi is executive producing. Aun Entertainment and Licri are the production companies.

Bisset will play a quietly ailing family matriarch and NBA team owner who is hoping to reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home. She persuades her granddaughter, whose eating disorder is escalating, to take up residence at a  guesthouse on the island — where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.

The cast includes Akira Emoto, Eriko Takeda, and Mari Natsuki.

Bisset stars in “L’Amant Double,” a Palme d’Or contender at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, »


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'Spider-Man Homecoming': A Breakdown of the Superhero's Stark Technology

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The kid's got a nice suit. 

On Monday, Marvel shared a fun look at the Stark tech that makes up the new Spider-Man suit, featured in the first standalone film for the Tom Holland incarnation. 

Holland's Spidey got his new suit in Captain America: Civil War, but there are some cool gadgets that will be highlighted in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Most of the new tech was pretty obvious from the trailer, but it is still interesting to either get confirmation or a tad bit more info. 

First, the suit automatically forms to the wearer's body, which is reminiscent of Marty's jacket in Back to »


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Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding

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Other recipients include Virginia Woolf romance Vita & Virginia and new Hong Khaou, Carmel Winters films.

Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions. 

Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West

In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.

The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures

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Burkini celebration planned for beaches of Cannes during festival

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Cannes was among 30 French resorts banning burkinis on the beach last summer.

French-Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who spear-headed a campaign against a controversial ban on burkinis on some 30 French beaches last summer, is calling on people to don the full-body swimsuits and hit the beaches of Cannes during the festival this year.

Nekkaz said he was organising the event to celebrate the August 26 ruling of France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, against the burkini beach ban, “guaranteeing freedom to bathe in burkinis on French beaches.”

He announced the event in front of the court in Paris on Tuesday (April 25) via Twitter.

Headlined “Let’s All Wear Burkinis On The Beaches During The Cannes Film Festival”, Nekkaz wants people in burkinis to hit the beaches flanking Cannes’ beachfront Croisette promenade on the afternoon of May 26, the final Friday of the festival.

Cannes was the first resort to bring in the burkini ban and a €38 fine »


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Embankment hires Content exec to head up business and legal affairs

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Exclusive: UK sales outfit makes new hire.

London-based sales outfit Embankment Films has appointed Libby D’Arcy as general counsel to head up the company’s business and legal affairs.

She joins from her role as vice president of business affairs at Content Media, where she spent a total of eight years. Before then, she was head of business affairs at Odyssey Entertainment.

“Libby is most importantly a highly positive personality, a progressive closer, multitasker and deal-maker. Libby sits comfortably in our ambitious, autonomous, and self-determinated team of executives who typify a thorough understanding of financing, filmmaking and distribution,” commented Embankment head Tim Haslam.

The hire follows the company’s appointment of former Celsius and Independent exec Calum Gray as its head of sales last month.

Embankment’s slate includes McQueen, a documentary about fashion icon Alexander McQueen that was launched at the Efm, Churchill starring Brian Cox, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Submergence with James McAvoy »


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‘Transformers’ Tom DeSanto, China’s Citic Guoan Pact On Co-Productions

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X-Men co-writer and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto has teamed with Citic Guoan, a division of Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, on a series of films for the global market. The pact, which was unveiled at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, is said to include a $120M U.S.-China co-production project. “We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,&#8221… »


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‘Suicide Squad’ VFX Breakdowns: Enchantress Transformation, Diablo’s Firestorm & More

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Suicide Squad has come and gone, but soon enough we’ll see at least one of the bad guy ensemble’s characters return to the big screen with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens. While we’re waiting to see if the movie ends up getting the greenlight to start shooting this […]

The post ‘Suicide Squad’ VFX Breakdowns: Enchantress Transformation, Diablo’s Firestorm & More appeared first on /Film. »


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'Mad Max', '45 Years' producers to speak at Bafta Guru Live

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Second edition of event for aspiring creatives reveals line-up.

Bafta has unveiled the line-up for the second edition of its Guru Live Festival, with speakers including Mad Max: Fury Road executive producer Iain Smith and 45 Years producer Tristan Goligher.

The two-day event will take place at Bafta’s Piccadilly venue in London between May 6-7 and Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts on May 6, featuring creatives from the worls of film, TV and gaming.

Iain Smith, whose credits also include Children of Men. will speak at the Glasgow event, while Tristan Goligher, also the producer of Weekend and the upcoming Lean On Pete, will appear in London.

Other speakers confirmed include writer-directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Notes On Blindness), and producers Camille Gatin (Girl With All The Gifts) and Oliver Roskill (Under The Shadow).

The events will feature talks on telling stories for film, making a debut feature film, pitching and freelancing »


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Hollywood writers' strike looms as union authorisation vote passed

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A high turnout of Writers Guild of America members has voted to take industrial action, as a three-year deal with production studios ends on 30 April

The prospect of a Hollywood writers’ strike has moved closer after a vote of Writers Guild of America (WGA) members resulted in more than 96% backing industrial action.

According to Deadline, the WGA’s strike authorisation ballot resulted in 96.3% approval from the 6,310 voters, which represents 67.5% of eligible members. The ballot was held ahead of the expiry of the current writers’ contract, which ends on 30 April. If no agreement is reached between the union and studio representatives the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) in the intervening period, then strike action could begin in early May.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: More Pastiche, More Gadgets, More Channing Tatum

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In case you were expecting Matthew Vaughn’s follow-up to his spy action-comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” to be typical sequel fare, you might want to think again. If the new trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is anything to go by, things seem to be bigger, brassier, and bolder.

Read More: Looks Like Colin Firth Is Back For ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ After All

The sequel catches us up with Eggsy (Taron Edgerton), Merlin (Mark Strong), and Harry (Colin Firth), who seems to be alive and well despite definitely being shot in the head the last time we saw him. The Kingsman are jetting off to the United States to join forces with their American counterparts, the aptly named Statesman. Together, the two organizations set out to take down a criminal mastermind and member of The Golden Circle, a secret new world order group.

With an expanded, all-star cast that includes Julianne Moore, »


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Amazon, Facebook & Vevo join Media Summit

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Digital heavyweights to speak at two-day event

Executives from Amazon, Facebook and Vevo will give their take on the future direction of the media industry at next month’s Media Summit.

Amazon Prime managing director Alex Green will offer an insight into the online giant’s strategy in the TV and video space following original commissions including The Grand Tour and The Man In The High Castle.

Elsewhere Vevo’s head of Europe Jon Gisby, a former board member of Channel 4 who helped launch its initial on-demand service 4oD, will also speak.

Gisby will offer insight into the way the music and entertainment platform uses data, premieres, archive and original content to over 21bn video views each month, including one-third of young adults in the UK.

Other highlights include Facebook Emea regional director Rob Newlan, who will explore how branded content is becoming an increasingly important area for brands and businesses and outline his view of »


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Sundance Film Festival: London 2017 line-up revealed

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The festival will close with A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

The line-up for the 5th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4) has been announced.

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The festival will comprise 14 UK and international feature film premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to new UK shorts.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek.

It will close with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story [pictured], starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Other highlights from this year’s programme include Bushwick, starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow; true-life crime drama Crown Heights, which won the Us dramatic audience award; jury prize-winning documentary Dina, Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, starring Jon Hamm and Geena Davis, and Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which Amazon »


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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight adds Portuguese debut 'The Nothing Factory'

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Comedy-drama added to Cannes sidebar.

Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight sidebar has added Portuguese director Pedro Pinho’s feature debut The Nothing Factory to its 2017 selection.

The comedy-drama (with an occasional music number, according to a Cannes release) will play as a special screening. The majority of the Directors’ Fortnight line-up was revealed last week.

The film was produced by João Matos and Jorge Silva Melo for Portuguese outfit Terratreme. Pinho co-wrote the script with Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha and Luisa Homem.

It follows a group of factory workers who go on strike in an attempt to block the relocation of their workplace by its crooked owners.

Vasco Viana was the cinematographer and the film was shot on 16mm. Cláudia Oliveira was the editor and João Gazua handled sound.

According to a statement from Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Édouard Waintrop, the film “dissects and riffs on the subject of de-industrialization, unemployment, and the »


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Tom DeSanto Set For China Project With Citic Guoan

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Veteran U.S. producer, Tom DeSanto (“Transformers,” “X-Men”) has struck a deal to make Hollywood-China co-production films costing $120 million with Citic Guoan, one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises.

“We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,” the company said in a statement at the end of the Beijing International Film Festival. “We hope that Chinese movies can appear on the global film stage to let more movie-goers appreciate Chinese culture’s long history and charm.”

Citic Guoan previously committed to partially finance former Disney boss Dick Cook in the development of his U.S.- and Chinese-based enterprise Dick Cook Studios.

Citic Guoan recently completed the development of Xinqiao VFX City in Beijing. The 30,000 sq m facility for film and television special effects. It is also developing the Citic Guoan Production Base at a »


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Sundance London Announces Lineup; ‘A Ghost Story’ Set To Close Event

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Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event. The fest, which will take place in London's Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery's critically acclaimed film and the previously announced… »


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Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, With a Surprise Film and New Audience Award

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David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.

This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.

“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of »


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Karlovy Vary to fete Ken Loach, James Newton Howard

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Kenji Mizoguchi, Jirí Brdecka tributes planned for 52nd edition.

The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30 - July 8) will present a Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema to British director Ken Loach.

The award will be shared with his long-time screenwriter Paul Laverty. The pair have collaborated on twelve feature films and two shorts, including The Wind That Shakes The Barley and more recently the Palme d’Or and Bafta-winning I, Daniel Blake.

Loach has a long and fruitful relationship with the Karlovy Vary festival. In 1968, his feature debut Poor Cow won a special jury prize and best actress for its star Carol White. A year later, his second film Kes won the festival’s Crystal Globe, and he has been a guest at the festival on numerous occasions since.

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Karlovy Vary will also celebrate the work of composer James Newton Howard, whose credits include Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, [link »


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Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs

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Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… »


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Annecy unveils 2017 line-up

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Zombillenium announced as opener; China named as guest country, Guillermo del Toro to return.

French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year. 

It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.

Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.

Other contenders for Annecy’s Cristal for best feature film include Iranian director Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo, exploring sexuality »


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