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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller

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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is remaking Iceland’s “Woman at War,” the Art Directors Guild honors production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carre, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” gets cast and Melissa Takal directs “New Year New You” for Hulu.

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Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of the thriller “Woman at War,” Iceland’s submission to the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

The Icelandic movie centers on a music teacher who’s escalating her sabotage against the local aluminum industry when she discovers that her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine. The script won the best script prize in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Foster plans to relocate the setting to the American West. It will be her fifth directorial gig following “Money Monster,
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Art Directors Guild Votes Production Designers Anthony Masters & Ben Carré Into Hall Of Fame

Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Masters, who died in 1990, was Oscar-nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other work in a career that spanned 45 years included Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Deep. His sons, Giles and Dominic, both followed in their father’s footsteps. Giles was the art director of such films as The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Women in Gold, while Dominic was the art director of Wonder Woman and Murder on the Orient Express.

Carré, who died in 1978, is best known for his design of the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, the sets for The Jazz Singer,
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Samuel Hadida Dies: French Distributor And Producer Of ‘Resident Evil’ & ‘True Romance’ Was 64

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Samuel Hadida Dies: French Distributor And Producer Of ‘Resident Evil’ & ‘True Romance’ Was 64
Samuel Hadida, the regarded indie French distributor and producer of films including the Resident Evil franchise and the Tony Scott-directed True Romance and Domino, has died at age 64. He passed away Monday at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital after a short illness, according to his brother Victor.

Hadida and Victor owned and managed Metropolitan FilmExport, a top French distributor of American indie films that they founded with their father David. A champion of indie cinema by bringing the likes of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and David Fincher’s Seven to French screens, he was a staple at festivals and markets for the past 40 years.

“Sammy’s passion and humor were infectious and his larger than life presence will certainly be missed,” Victor Hadida said. “We are committed to honoring his life by bringing to fruition the numerous development projects under the Davis Films banner that Samuel so loved as
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William Goldman: Photo Gallery Of A Screenwriting Legend’s Greatest Hits

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You probably can recite some of his lines — from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or All the President’s Men (“Just follow the money”) and likely The Princess Bride (“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” or “Inconceivable!” or “Anybody want a peanut?” etc.)

The man behind the pen for those classic films and many others was William Goldman, who died Thursday at 87. And here is a gallery of some of his most famous works (click on the image above to launch it).

Goldman won Oscars for the buddy Western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and the Watergate movie led by Redford and Dustin Hoffman, and accolades for Rob Reiner’s ever-quotable fractured fairy tale, along with such genre-skipping fare as The Stepford Wives, Marathon Man,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek To Receive Breakthrough Performance Award At 30th Palm Springs Film Festival

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek To Receive Breakthrough Performance Award At 30th Palm Springs Film Festival
Exclusive: Rami Malek has been chosen for this year’s Breakthrough Performance Award at the 30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival for his acclaimed performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The honor will be presented at the Film Awards Gala on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 3-14.

“In the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek fully brings to life and embodies musical legend Freddie Mercury, in what is truly an outstanding performance for this fine actor,” said festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his portrayal that is garnering much critical acclaim, it is our honor to present the 2018 Breakthrough Performance Award to Rami Malek.”

Malek joins previously announced honoree Glenn Close, who will receive the Icon Award. Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mahershala Ali, Mary J. Blige, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Jeremy Renner.
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William Goldman, Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy Writer, Dies at 87

Joseph Baxter Nov 16, 2018

Prolific, two-time Oscar-winning, screenwriter William Goldman has passed away at age of 87.

William Goldman, one of the film industry’s most consistently successful screenwriters, has passed away this morning at his Manhattan home, having succumbed to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia at the age of 87, as confirmed to The Washington Post by his daughter, Jenny. He leaves behind an array of work that, frankly, is too vast to respectfully summarize in one sentence.

Goldman – the Chicago-born screenwriter who helped launch the career of Robert Redford by writing bellwether buddy movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and would one day write generational film favorite The Princess Bride – started his life as a scribe unsuccessfully in the late-1950s as a novelist, publishing works such as The Temple of Gold, Your Turn to Curtsy, My Turn to Bow and Soldier in the Rain, before ultimately finding his voice in screenwriting,
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dead at 87

William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dead at 87
William Goldman, the screenwriter best known for penning “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” has died at age 87. According to Deadline, Goldman’s health had been failing for sometime and he passed away surrounded by friends and family in his Manhattan home. Goldman started his career as a novelist before making the jump to screenwriter with the script for Basil Dearden’s 1965 comedy-thriller “Masquerade.”

“All The President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” are widely considered to be Goldman’s greatest screenwriting achievements. “Butch Cassidy,” featuring the iconic pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, won Goldman the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 42nd Academy Awards. Goldman won over scripts for “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Two for the Road” that year. He earned his second Oscar for “All The President’s Men,” which won Best Adapted Screenplay at the
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Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam Team for Action Thriller Waldo

Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam Team for Action Thriller Waldo
Mel Gibson has been experiencing a bit of a turnaround in his career the past couple of years. He was shunned by Hollywood after several disturbing incidents came to light. Now, he's back on track and continuing the Gibson renascence with a lead role in a new thriller called Waldo.

Mel Gibson will be starring alongside Sons of Anarchy fan-favorite Charlie Hunnam in the movie, which is set to be directed by Tim Kirby. The casting was announced by Imr International, who also revealed that Eiza Gonz&#225lez has signed on for the project. Imr has noted that they will be handling all foreign sales, launching the movie at the American Film Market.

Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, Charlie Hunnam and Eiza Gonz&#225lez are attached to star in Tim Kirkby's Waldo, which is based on Howard Gould's novel Last Looks.

The action-packed thriller follows brilliant ex-detective gone rogue: Charlie Waldo,
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FilmStruck Shutdown: Directors, Fans React to End of Cinephile Streaming Service

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On the news that FilmStruck has been struck down, fans — including Hollywood directors Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro and Rian Johnson — vented their shock, sadness and anger on social media.

FilmStruck will cease operations on Nov. 29 after two years in operation, Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced Friday. The move comes amid a strategic shift to mainstream direct-to-consumer entertainment services by WarnerMedia, which is now owned by At&T.

The service hosted hundreds of classic, arthouse, indie and foreign films — many of them exclusively, including titles from the Criterion Collection catalog.

Jenkins, Oscar-winning director of “Moonlight,” initially tweeted a one-word, all-caps reaction to FilmStruck’s imminent closure: “F—.”

He followed with a more thoughtful post, saying about the FilmStruck team, “these were flesh and blood people who really, truly cared about the work they were doing and the people who made and appreciated film.”

Like… I went into @FilmStruck a
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23 of the Sexiest Charlie Hunnam Pictures Out There

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23 of the Sexiest Charlie Hunnam Pictures Out There
What better time than now to feast your eyes on some of Charlie Hunnam's sexiest moments? The British actor has been in the spotlight for more than a decade, and his talent and good looks have made him a true Hollywood heartthrob. Over the past few years, he's starred in films like The Lost City of Z, King Arthur, and Papillon, and we're already excited for his upcoming Netflix project, Triple Frontier. For a fun dose of eye candy, relive Charlie Hunnam's sexiest moments on Sons of Anarchy, then take a peek at 23 times he looked really, really good.

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Ridley Scott Sci-Fi Series Raised by Wolves Ordered by TNT

Joseph Baxter Oct 8, 2018

TNT is moving forward with series Raised by Wolves, an interplanetary TV series developed by Ridley Scott.

TNT appears to be boosting its lineup of genre television with the help of the legendary Ridley Scott for a TV offering, called Raised by Wolves. The drama-driven Turner cable channel – which announced a creative partnership with Scott last year – has officially given the other-planet-set TV project a straight-to-series order.

Scott won’t be the only notable creative name on the proverbial marquee for Raised by Wolves, since it is primarily the brainchild of Aaron Guzikowski, writer of director Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama Prisoners, Jason Momoa TV series The Red Road and the recent Rami Malek-starring remake of Papillon. Indeed, Guzikowski will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner. Scott will serve as an executive producer via his Scott Free shingle alongside David W. Zucker,
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TNT Orders Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Drama ‘Raised by Wolves’

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TNT Orders Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Drama ‘Raised by Wolves’
TNT has given a straight-to-series order to a sci-fi drama project that hails from executive producer Ridley Scott.

Titled “Raised by Wolves,” the series centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

Aaron Guzikowski will serve as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the series. Guzikowski previously wrote the sceenplay for the acclaimed film “Prisoners” and most recently wrote the screenplay for the remake of “Papillon.”

Scott will executive produce via his Scott Free Productions banner along with David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan. Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger will also executive produce.

“Ridley Scott is simply the best there is in the sci-fi genre,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT.
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Red Granite Pays Off $60 Million Settlement in Malaysian Corruption Case (Exclusive)

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Red Granite Pictures has paid off the balance of its $60 million settlement with the U.S. government, bringing an early end to its involvement in a $4.5 billion Malaysian corruption case.

The production company behind “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Daddy’s Home” reached a deal with federal prosecutors in March. Under the agreement, the company did not admit wrongdoing and promised to pay the settlement amount in three installments over the course of nearly a year. The company has now paid the final installment four months ahead of schedule, officially ending the case.

Red Granite paid its obligation to the government in full,” they said in a statement. “The company is pleased to put this matter behind it.”

Red Granite was accused of using more than $100 million embezzled from 1Mdb, a Malaysian development fund. The 1Mdb scandal led to the downfall of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was recently
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: Before the Frost

Making it two for two, with the premiere of Before the Frost following 2017’s Papillon as Tiff premieres, Michael Noer landed in Toronto with players Jesper Christensen (vet actor who most recently appeared in the 007 films as Mr. White and who we’ve noticed him in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Clara Rosager – a model turned actress also from Denmark. This fifth feature is about a one family’s survival in the worst of seasons.

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Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek Crack Up During a Sons of Anarchy vs. Mr. Robot Debate

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Who do you like more: Jax Teller or Elliot Alderson? Papillon costars Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek compared their fan-favorite TV characters during an appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly, and there was a clear winner. Well, to be fair, as soon as the actors were asked which show was better, Hunnam jumped in to say Mr. Robot, explaining, "I've certainly seen more episodes of Mr. Robot than Sons of Anarchy." And asked whether he could ever play Jax Teller, Malek joked, "Who?"

The actors have been making the rounds to promote their new movie, making one very handsome pair on the red carpet. Check out the full video to hear what they have to say about working together, then watch the trailer for Papillon.
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Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek Crack Up During a Sons of Anarchy vs. Mr. Robot Debate

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Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek Crack Up During a Sons of Anarchy vs. Mr. Robot Debate
Who do you like more: Jax Teller or Elliot Alderson? Papillon costars Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek compared their fan-favorite TV characters during an appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly, and there was a clear winner. Well, to be fair, as soon as the actors were asked which show was better, Hunnam jumped in to say Mr. Robot, explaining, "I've certainly seen more episodes of Mr. Robot than Sons of Anarchy." And asked whether he could ever play Jax Teller, Malek joked, "Who?"

The actors have been making the rounds to promote their new movie, making one very handsome pair on the red carpet. Check out the full video to hear what they have to say about working together, then watch the trailer for Papillon.
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‘Ya Veremos’ Arrives To A Good Start; ‘Eighth Grade’ Passes $13M: Specialty Box Office

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‘Ya Veremos’ Arrives To A Good Start; ‘Eighth Grade’ Passes $13M: Specialty Box Office
Mexican drama Ya Veremos is dominating the slew of specialty newcomers this Labor Day weekend, though overall limited release launches are trending slow. IFC Films doc Pick Of The Litter, however, is showing some gusto, scoring the weekend’s highest per-theater average among the specialties. Sony Classics, meanwhile, expanded Glenn Close starrer The Wife, crossing $1M, while A24’s Eighth Grade is expected to go over $13M by the end of the holiday weekend.

Pantelion/Lionsgate Ya Veremos opened in 369 locations, grossing an estimated $1,800,000 in the three-day. The company is estimating a $2.27M gross for the entire weekend, for a 4-day $6,165 average. Pantelion has had a good run with Labor Day weekend period releases including Instructions Not Included, opening at the end of August, 2013, eventually totaling over $44.46M, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film stateside. There was also Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos which opened in early September 2015, which had a cume of $9M.
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‘Papillon’ Director Michael Noer on Finding the Humanity in His Prison Movie

From director Michael Noer and based on the international best-selling autobiographical books from Henri Charrière, the prison drama Papillon follows the epic and harrowing tale of a safecracker from the Parisian underworld, known as Papillon, who is framed for murder and condemned to life in prison on Devil’s Island. Unbreakably determined to regain his freedom by escaping, Papillon forms an unlikely bond with convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, who agrees to finance what will inevitably be a harrowing escape, in exchange for his …
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John Cho’s ‘Searching’ Grabs Specialty Crowd as ‘Papillon’ and ‘Support the Girls’ Struggle

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John Cho’s ‘Searching’ Grabs Specialty Crowd as ‘Papillon’ and ‘Support the Girls’ Struggle
The dog days of summer are a dropping ground– just before the festival launch of many major award season entries –for weaker commercial entries that need room to breathe. Still, multiple new titles opened this weekend. One, Sundance grad “Searching” (Sony), looks set for wider interest ahead.

Remake “Papillon” (Bleecker Street) opened in 544 theaters, neither platform nor wide, but standard for general interest openers that still require special handling. Results were desultory, but without a lot of competition the grim period prison drama probably could have done no better, with a chance of some Labor Day holiday playtime ahead.

The Wife” (Sony Pictures Classics) showed some real strength on its second weekend and should play well for the next few weeks. A standout run could help position Glenn Close for awards ahead of the glut of new contenders that will soon arrive.

Opening

Papillon (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 52; Festivals include: Toronto
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'Crazy Rich Asians' Dominates the Competition in Its Second Weekend

'Crazy Rich Asians' Dominates the Competition in Its Second Weekend
It was another crazy rich weekend for Warner Bros.'s Crazy Rich Asians, which dropped just 5.7% in its second weekend based on estimates, and if last weekend's performance is any indication, don't be surprised to see that weekend number climb once actuals are received on Monday afternoon. As for the weekend's new wide releases, both The Happytime Murders and A.X.L. struggled, though Sony's limited release of Searching delivered a chart-topping per theater average in limited release, in advance of going wide next weekend. With an impressive $25 million, WB's Crazy Rich Asians dropped just 5.7% compared to its opening weekend, easily remaining the #1 film at the weekend box office. The film's domestic gross now totals over $76 million after just 12 days in release, on its way to what looks like it could be a $150+ million domestic run. The film's second weekend drop is one of the smallest of all-time
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