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The Bureau's Bertrand Faivre: “Why shouldn’t all cinemas be premium?"

Film Industry News - 3 hours 36 min ago
45 Years producer Faivre keynoted at the PFM in London about day-and-date and the theatrical experience.
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MEPs vote to reverse Creative Europe budget cuts

Film Industry News - 3 hours 37 min ago
The reformed draft budget will now be put to vote at the European Parliament.
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'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 4 hours 53 min ago

The 28-year-old Londoner plays menacing, white-haired Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, aka Mother of Dragons, in the HBO series, and earlier this year starred as Sarah Connor in 'Terminator: Genisys.'

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Jennifer Lawrence Pens Essay on Hollywood Wage Gap, Sexism: I'm Over Being Likable, "F— That"

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 5 hours 32 min ago

"Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn't completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a 'spoiled brat.' "

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Rumour: Hulk to appear next in Thor: Ragnarok

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 5 hours 37 min ago
The Hulk's next big-screen appearance may well have been revealed, with Mark Ruffalo's rage monster rumoured to be co-starring in Thor: Ragnarok...

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Watch Olivia Wilde Act Out 10 Overused Hollywood Scenes

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 6 hours 30 min ago

"I can honestly say this movie has better songs than 'Les [Miserables]' and 'The Sound of Music' combined," she said of 'Twitter: The 3D Movie Musical.'

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Film News: Film Industry News: Paramount

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Film News: Film Industry News: Paramount, DiCaprio eye VW scandal film

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DC happy with R-rated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 7 hours 37 min ago
DC is apparently open to an R-rated adaptation of animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke, giving Mark Hamill's Joker free rein to do his worst...

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London Film Festival: BBC Documentary Veteran Explains Why He Made 'My Scientology Movie'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 7 hours 51 min ago

The BBC regular's first non-TV feature documentary is having its world premiere at the festival.

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Kim Longinotto to receive BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award

Film Industry News - 8 hours 2 min ago
Documentary filmmaker places a focus on the lives of women across the globe
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'Shaun the Sheep', 'Song of the Sea' get EFA nods

Film Industry News - 8 hours 15 min ago
France’s Adama also nominated for European Film Awards.
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Amma Asante's 'A United Kingdom' begins shoot

Film Industry News - 8 hours 36 min ago
Period drama stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
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Italy Box Office: 'Inside Out' Becomes No. 2 Film of Year

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 24 min ago

Animated films have largely escaped piracy in the country.

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Seth Rogen Plans TV Series For The Boys

Another Garth Ennis comic gets the small-screen treatment

Seemingly on a mission to bring comics writer Garth Ennis to as wide a new audience as possible, Seth Rogen is already neck deep in his TV series of the controversial Preacher. Now it transpires that he's also trying to mount a TV version of Ennis' even stronger The Boys. Rogen and his regular partner-in-crime Evan Goldberg are currently shopping the project to cable networks. Supernatural's Eric Kripke is also involved.

Plot-wise The Boys is about a world where superheroes are a widely-mistrusted annoyance - "absolute scum" in Ennis' own words - leading to the creation of the only marginally preferable anti-cape vigilante group of the title. Membership includes murderous black-ops marine Billie Butcher; Gallic madman The Frenchman; super-strong psychopath mute The Female (Of The Species); and the incongruously decent - but psychologically scarred - Wee Hughie.

Preacher is somehow happening on the relatively mainstream AMC network, but cable would appear to be the only possible way to go for The Boys. An example of the volatile Ennis letting himself complete off the leash, it's a truly savage satire on the superhero genre, replete with sex, violence, sexual violence and violent sex. And jokes. The brutal humour arguably disguises a more subversive agenda than cheap shockery, but it can sometimes be tough to see below that surface. Adam McKay was, a few years ago, talking to Sony about a film version, but we'd imagine it never got anywhere for just those reasons.

In short, it's a "challenging" sell and a difficult property to adapt. We've yet to see what Rogen and Co. have made of Preacher, so we don't yet know whether filing down some of Ennis' sharper teeth is part of the modus operandi. The Boys, as we said, doesn't have a home yet, but Preacher, starring Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joe Gilgun, is due on AMC in the middle of next year.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Plans Volkswagen Scandal Movie

Exhuming the car manufacturer's body of lies

The news has only broken over the last few weeks, but already there's a film in the works about the cloud of scandal surrounding the emission-testing cheating at Volkswagen. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, through their Appian Way production banner, have come aboard to produce Paramount's film, based on the forthcoming book by Jack Ewing.

Ewing is a writer for the International New York Times and the author of the snappily titled Germany's Economic Renaissance. Publishers Norton snapped up his pitch for a book on the VW saga for a reported six figures. The movie deal can't have hurt his coffers either.

Which is in stark contrast to the situation at Volkswagen. If you've missed the story so far, the car manufacturers were rumbled for their policy of cheating the emissions tests for their "clean diesel" cars using "defeat device" software that would meet the required European standards when the car was being tested. Out on the road in normal circumstances, the cars were producing 40% more pollution than was allowed by law. VW's share prices plunged in reaction to the revelations, and CEO Martin Winterkorn was forced to resign.

Ewing's book doesn't exist yet, so clearly neither does the screenplay based on it. The film is obviously some way off then, with no writers, directors or cast attached so far.

DiCaprio himself drives a Toyota Prius and an electric Fisker Karma (not at the same time). We'll forgo the joke about his personal emissions. 

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Ben Foster "Definitely Damaged" Body by Taking Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Lance Armstrong Role

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 10 hours 35 min ago

The actor wouldn't name the drugs he took to research the role in 'The Program,' but says he was "doctor-supervised."

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'The Idol' to open Doha’s Ajyal youth festival

Film Industry News - 10 hours 37 min ago
Doha Film Institute unveils first titles for third edition of Ajyal, confirms second edition of Qumra.
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Thailand Bans Local Horror Film Over "Disrespect" to Buddhism

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 10 hours 42 min ago

Scenes in the film show a monk kissing a woman and taking drugs.

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LFF 2015: Brooklyn Comes To London

Saoirse Ronan brings her latest film to town

Amid whispers of a second Oscar nomination, Saoirse Ronan brought Brooklyn to the BFI London Film Festival last night, and with it a touch of mid-century glitz. Adapted from Colm Tóibín’s 2009 bestseller, the ‘50s-set transatlantic romance is a lavish tearjerker that attracted support from Jim Broadbent, Domhnall Gleeson and a scene-stealing Julie Walters.

Her first lead role since 2013’s How I Live Now sees Ronan lead its stellar lineup as Eilis, who ups sticks and boards a ship to New York having struggled to find work at home in rural Ireland. Despite sunny job prospects and a friendly new home at the heart of Brooklyn’s Irish community, adjusting to life in the States proves tough. Still, before long Eilis has a promising career and a blossoming relationship – until tragedy strikes back home, leaving her torn between her two lives. 

Following an impressively genre-spanning career so far, what drew Ronan in was how similar Eilis’s experiences were to her own. “I didn’t realise how much of a challenge it would be”, she told Empire. “I read the script before moving away, and when it came to shooting a year later I related to it on a much deeper level. I was scared going in. Usually I take on roles that are so different to me, but with this character I couldn’t escape the parallels. There was nowhere to hide.”

{Brooklyn LFF Gala}

Brooklyn marks Nick Hornby’s third adapted screenplay following An Education and Wild. “I was approached with it this time, and responded very strongly”, he told Empire, “but it’s delicate and we had to turn it up a notch for the screen so audiences would be moved more immediately.” As for Hornby’s own novels on film, High Fidelity remains his favourite but it seems there’s more to come. “All the ones that haven’t been adapted, someone’s trying to do – they’re all in various stages of being stuck!”

Ronan and Hornby were joined on the red carpet by novelist Colm Tóibín, director John Crowley and co-stars Emory Cohen, Eve Macklin and Eileen O’Higgins. Brooklyn is released in UK cinemas on 6 November 2015.

​Reporting by Alastair Livesley, with thanks to Go Think Big and O2.

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Charlize Theron To Star In The Gray Man

Taking over the action thriller from Brad Pitt

Perhaps with a revived taste for action following her storming success in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron is grabbing the opportunity to star in what has hitherto been known as The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney's novel. She's prompted a gender switch in the lead role, which once had Brad Pitt attached. 

The story as we currently know it involves the world’s greatest assassin, Court Gentry: a former CIA operative whose name crops up on the “burned” list after a job goes wrong. On the run from unknown forces, without the usual go-to resources, our hero has to get pretty creative to survive. And as an extra headache, Gentry must also save two daughters who have no idea of their true parentage.

When you put it like that, it doesn't seem as if all that much retooling would be required to make Gentry into Theron. It's not without precedent either: Salt had a gender change in the lead when Angelina Jolie took an interest after Tom Cruise dropped out. 

James Gray (The Yards, We Own The Night, name a coincidence) is directing this one. The screenplay was originally by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan) and has since been overhauled by Joe and Anthony Russo, who might have directed it themselves had their destiny not become inextricably linked with Captain America. It'll need a bit more work by somebody before it's ready to go before the cameras with Theron, however, so there's no start date yet.

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