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‘Entourage’ Star Emmanuelle Chriqui to Star in Thriller ‘Hospitality’ (Exclusive)

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emmanuelle Chriqui has joined the cast of the crime thriller “Hospitality” opposite “True Blood” star Sam Trammell.

Chriqui plays Donna, a woman with a checkered past who must protect her son when a man brings trouble to her isolated bed and breakfast. Jr Bourne (“Teen Wolf”), Jim Beaver (“Supernatural”), and Conner McVicker (“Vice Principals”) have also joined the cast.

The film is written and directed by David Guglielmo and Nick Chakwin (“No Way to Live”) and is produced by Howard Barish (“13th”) through his Kandoo Films production banner.

This film is the third in a slate of eight indie films being produced by Barish and Kandoo Films. Barish began this initiative last year to provide opportunities to emerging artists, up and coming directors, and passionate storytellers.

Chriqui was most recently seen in the Hulu series “Shut Eye” starring Jeffrey Donovan and can be seen next in “Super Troopers 2” which bows April 20, 2018. She is repped by Management 360 »


- Justin Kroll

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Netflix to Release Gay Talese, Joan Didion Documentaries

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has unveiled a pair of documentaries — Gay Talese’s “Voyeur” and “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” — and plans to release both later this year.

Both titles are due to premiere first at the 55th New York Film Festival in October.

“Voyeur” follows Talese as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades, Foos secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s attic and kept detailed journals.

Talese had originally published the story about Foos in the New Yorker, then set up the project at Amblin with Sam Mendes attached to direct, but the “Voyeur’s Motel” project was dropped from development after questions emerged about the veracity of some of the details of the story.

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- Dave McNary

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Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.

The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.

“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist. »


- Robert Mitchell

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LevelK Climbs ‘The Butterfly Tree’ With Melissa George Ahead of Toronto (Exclusive)

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

LevelK has acquired world sales rights to Priscilla Cameron’s feature debut “The Butterfly Tree,” an Australian drama starring Melissa George (“The Slap”) and Ewen Leslie (“Top of the Lake”) in the run-up to Toronto, where the movie will play in the Discovery section.

A coming-of-age tale, “The Butterfly Tree” centers on a widowed father, Al, and his teenage son, Finn, who fall for the same woman, Evelyn, a former burlesque queen-turned-florist. As father and son eventually discover that they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Finn’s mother.

The Butterfly Tree” just had its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It previously participated in the Berlinale Project Talent Market and was developed through the Binger International Film Lab. The film’s script won the Australian Writers Guild award.

The movie was produced by Bridget Callow-Wright and financed by Screen Queensland, Cowlick »


- Elsa Keslassy

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‘The Sinner’: Why This Mystery Is Swapping Out Red Herrings for Something Much More Satisfying

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In the lead-up to “The Sinner,” the creators, actors, and loglines stressed the idea that this was a crime story that concerned itself more about the “why.” But Wednesday night’s episode, down to the horrific discovery that closed out the show’s fourth installment, proved that the show has still been concerned with plenty of those other “w” questions, particularly “what” it is that every character in this USA drama thinks they’re pursuing.

The murder that opened the series has been combed over by all the show’s major players: possibly unwitting perpetrator Cora (Jessica Biel), detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman), and Cora’s husband Mason (Christopher Abbott). Determined to stumble on some sort of meaning to a senseless act of violence, each of them have had to confront times when they were not who they purported to be. Harry is struggling through his infidelities and Mason even »


- Steve Greene

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Report: Matt Reeves’ ‘Batman’ Movie Won’t Star Ben Affleck

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Seriously, I do not know what to make of the DC Films and Warner Bros. strategy. Grab a pen and paper. Ok, the world of “Batman V Superman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Suicide Squad”? That’s one timeline and one extended universe (the Dceu). But there are two films apparently coming that are going to live outside of the extended universe. One of them is a Joker origin story that won’t star Jared Leto (something gritty, like an early Martin Scorsese film) and the other is Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film which was revealed to be a stand-alone movie that also exists outside of the current continuity.

Continue reading Report: Matt Reeves’ ‘Batman’ Movie Won’t Star Ben Affleck at The Playlist. »

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A Joker & Harley Quinn Movie Is Coming From The ‘Crazy.Stupid.Love’ Directors

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What.is.going.on over at DC Films and Warner Bros? The film industry is suffering from whiplash in the last 24 hours thanks to schizophrenic news coming out of Warner Bros.’ Dceu. First up, you’ve got a spin-off origin Joker film announced last night coming from producer Martin Scorsese and director Todd Phillips, and it was meant to live outside of the current DC Films continuity; yes, this would be a new Joker not played by Jared Leto but possibly someone much younger.

Continue reading A Joker & Harley Quinn Movie Is Coming From The ‘Crazy.Stupid.Love’ Directors at The Playlist. »

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