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‘Follies’: Stephen Sondheim Musical Getting Film Treatment From ‘On Chesil Beach’ Director Dominic Cooke, Heyday, BBC Films

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‘Follies’: Stephen Sondheim Musical Getting Film Treatment From ‘On Chesil Beach’ Director Dominic Cooke, Heyday, BBC Films
Follies, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical, is being adapted into a feature film by On Chesil Beach filmmaker Dominic Cooke.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Marriage Story producer David Heyman is overseeing the project with Rosie Alison at their banner Heyday Films. Rose Garnett of BBC Films is executive producer.

Four-time Olivier Award-winner Cooke will adapt the screenplay and direct the feature. He previously helmed the 2017 stage revival of Follies at the National Theatre in London, which returned in 2019 due to popular demand.

Based on the book by James Goldman, and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Follies first ran in 1971. It features the songs Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind. Set in a Broadway theater scheduled for demolition, the story follows a reunion of former performers in the crumbling building.

“Over the years, there have been many attempts to bring Follies to the screen,
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'Ford v Ferrari' & 'Charlie's Angels' Look to Lead the Weekend

'Ford v Ferrari' & 'Charlie's Angels' Look to Lead the Weekend
Last weekend saw the top ten deliver the lowest combined total for the same weekend since 2007, bringing in just over $100 million. This weekend, should our forecast hold, we'll be looking at a sub-$100 million weekend for the top ten and what could be one of the worst weekends of the year. Among the week's new releases, Fox's Ford v Ferrari hopes to prove there is still an audience for adult-targeted, larger budget features alongside the release of Sony's Charlie's Angels and WB's The Good Liar.

At number one, look for Fox's Ford v Ferrari to pull into the winner's circle. A few months before Disney's acquisition of Fox was final, the decision was made to move director James Mangold's story of Ford's attempt to challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 from a summer release to a more awards-friendly Fall release. The film
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'Deep Water': Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi & Dash Mihok Among Cast To Join Ben Affleck & Ana De Armas In Adrian Lyne Thriller, Cameras Roll

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'Deep Water': Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi & Dash Mihok Among Cast To Join Ben Affleck & Ana De Armas In Adrian Lyne Thriller, Cameras Roll
Exclusive: Filming is underway on Deep Water, the first movie from Indecent Proposal and Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne in almost two decades. Among cast joining Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts and Rachel Blanchard are Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Jacob Elordi (The Kissing Booth), Kristen Connolly (House Of Cards), and Jade Fernandez (Little).

This is Lyne’s first movie since 2002’s Unfaithful. New Regency fully financing. Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria) have adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel, and Garrett Basch and Steven Zaillian are producing with Entertainment 360’s Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner, and Anthony Katagas (12 Years A Slave). Arnon Milchan is also producing.

Pic is an erotic thriller, right in Lyne’s wheelhouse. Affleck and de Armas play Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a
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Taika Waititi Fox Searchlight Pic ‘Next Goal Wins’ Rounds Out Cast

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Taika Waititi Fox Searchlight Pic ‘Next Goal Wins’ Rounds Out Cast
Taika Waititi’s next movie Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight has added to its cast Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale (Hawaii Five-0), Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo (Harry), Uli Latukefu (Alien: Covenant), Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok) are joining the cast with Kaimana in her debut role.

Searchlight has global rights to the pic, which is their second with Waititi following this fall’s Jojo Rabbit which has racked up north of $10M in its specialty release stateside. Production began last week in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Pic tells the story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the worst loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001. With the 2014 World Cup approaching, the team recruits a down on his luck, maverick coach (Michael Fassbender) to help turn their fate around. Waititi and Iain Morris wrote the script.
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United Media Asia strikes first-look deal with Kompas Gramedia conglomerate

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First two projects in local-language pipeline are The Villa, The Betrayal.

Fledgling Singapore and Indonesia-based finance, production and distribution company United Media Asia (Uma) has announced an exclusive first-look deal with Southeast Asian media conglomerate, Kompas Gramedia.

The partnership provides Uma with access to Kompas Gramedia’s network, which includes 150 brands of print, online and broadcast media, 115 retail stores, 18 regional newspapers, and seven publishing houses that is said to represent a combined library of more than 100,000 works of IP with a reach of 150m people.

The deal comes as Uma, backed by private Indonesian investors who have put money into an investment fund for the company,
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Film News Roundup: Joaquin Phoenix Honored by Palm Springs Film Festival

Film News Roundup: Joaquin Phoenix Honored by Palm Springs Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Joaquin Phoenix is honored for “Joker”; Legion M backs Joe Manganiello’s “Archenemy”; sales have launched on “Lev Yashin: The Dream Goalkeeper”; Warner Bros. shuffles execs and Universal launches a first-of-its-kind animation writing program.

Honor

Joaquin Phoenix has been selected as the recipient of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s chairman’s award for his performance in “Joker.”

The award will be presented by “Joker” co-writer/director/producer Todd Phillips on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“Joaquin Phoenix mesmerizes audiences in ‘Joker’ with a performance that elicits empathy and reminds society on the whole that we can be better,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.

Financing

Legion M has joined SpectreVision as executive producer and financier in the upcoming feature “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello.

Adam Egypt Mortimer is directing from his own script about Max Fist, who claims to be a hero
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Danny Huston Discusses the Significance of ‘Last Photograph’

Danny Huston Discusses the Significance of ‘Last Photograph’
In the decades since Danny Huston made his feature directing debut with “Mr. North,” his 1988 film adaptation of the Thornton Wilder novel “Theophilus North,” he has kept busy in front of the cameras as one of film and television’s most versatile and sophisticated character players. In just the past year, small-screen viewers have been treated to his essential work on “Yellowstone” and “Succession,” and big-screen aficionados have watched him move deftly from intimate Guillermo Arriaga’s “No One Left Behind” to the blockbuster hit “Angel Has Fallen.” Perhaps closest to his heart is the recently released film “The Last Photograph,” which he directed and stars in.

You have something from the film to show us.

Yes, it’s “The Last Photograph” of the title. It’s the center of the story because it represents something that means something significant to one person unlike its meaning for anyone else. We all have something like that,
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Superhero Bits: Canceled Superman Game Concept Art, Complete ‘Teen Titans’ Series Comes to Blu-ray & More

Superhero Bits: Canceled Superman Game Concept Art, Complete ‘Teen Titans’ Series Comes to Blu-ray & More
Will you get the celebratory 750th issue of The Flash? Did you know there was an open-world Superman game once in the works? Will Marvel’s Moon Knight series tie into the Blade movie? When does the complete series of Teen Titans arrive on Blu-ray? Which Avengers: Endgame deleted scene almost upended the McU timeline? Why […]

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Hear an Exclusive From the ‘Dark Waters’ Soundtrack

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Hear an Exclusive From the ‘Dark Waters’ Soundtrack
Composer Marcelo Zarvos teams with director Todd Haynes for Dark Waters, a legal thriller about an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who ties one of the world’s largest corporations to a series of unexplained deaths. The film opens this month, and ahead of the release, we’re debuting an exclusive from Zarvos’ Dark Waters soundtrack. Hear it below. […]

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‘Rocketman’: Chris Dickens Discusses the Inside Story of Editing ‘I’m Still Standing’

‘Rocketman’: Chris Dickens Discusses the Inside Story of Editing ‘I’m Still Standing’
Endings are so important and how the viewer leaves the cinema is crucial. For editor Chris Dickens, finding the perfect ending for “Rocketman” was paramount, but it was also a challenge. Elton John’s hit “I’m Still Standing” was going to end the film with the original idea of going to Cannes to recreate the video for the movie. However, the shooting schedule didn’t allow for the planned ending.

It was back to the drawing board for ideas until they perfected the scene.

Editing “I’m Still Standing”

There’s a little complicated story to that sequence. The end of the film was always written more or less as it’s played in the film. But, we had this idea where Elton was reunited with his younger self as a child in rehab. They embrace and hug.

In the scene, he hugs his younger self, he feels better
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‘Prince of Cats’: Spike Lee’s Next Movie is an ’80s Hip-Hop Spin on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

‘Prince of Cats’: Spike Lee’s Next Movie is an ’80s Hip-Hop Spin on ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Hot off the Oscar success of 2018’s BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee has signed onto his next project. Lee is heading back to the ’80s with Legendary’s Prince of Cats, which he is set to write and direct. Described as an ’80s-set “hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet,” Prince of Cats is based on the graphic novel by Ron Wimberly. According to […]

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United Media Asia Strikes Deal With Indonesian Giant Kompas Gramedia

Newly-formed content finance, production and distribution company United Media Asia has struck a first look deal, brokered by Hollywood talent agency CAA, with Indonesian media giant Kompas Gramedia. United has also unveiled its first two feature films.

The partnership provides Uma with access to Kompas Gramedia’s media network and its 100,000 pieces of intellectual property, from which it may develop film and TV content. Kompass is a newspapers, magazines and books publisher established 50 years ago. It also has diversified into regional radio broadcast operation and controls Indonesia’s TV7 television channel.

Uma, which is Singapore- and Indonesia-based, and which claims a “substantial content investment fund,” is headed by Michy Gustavia, a former actress who was until recently Svp of acquisitions and development at Go-Jek, an Indonesian tech unicorn with roots in transport, but which has recently branched into streaming video.

“Uma’s mission is to empower local creatives and creators, by
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Taron Egerton’s Stylist Used Elton John as Inspiration on Press Tour

Taron Egerton’s Stylist Used Elton John as Inspiration on Press Tour
Showstopping looks: For Taron Egerton’s “Rocketman” tour, stylist Gareth Scourfield nodded to Elton John’s iconic wardrobe with bold colors, patterns and silhouettes: “We got a bit more eccentric.”

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“Elton is the real original showman,” says Scourfield, who met Egerton through another client, Egerton’s “Rocketman” co-star Richard Madden. “Part of Taron as a man — and this is why [he] and Elton got on so brilliantly — he has a flamboyant side. So he’s like, ‘I want to bring some of that character into the outfits and nod to the film and the man I played.’” This floral-print Etro suit Egerton picked for his Cannes photocall was a hit. That he matched John was coincidence: “No one knows what Elton’s wearing — he doesn’t, until 20 minutes before he leaves. It was just ironic that he picked up the blue in the Gucci outfit Elton wore.”

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“We decided
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Werner Herzog Says ‘The Mandalorian’ Is ‘Cinema Back at Its Best’

Werner Herzog Says ‘The Mandalorian’ Is ‘Cinema Back at Its Best’
Werner Herzog has never watched a “Star Wars” film, but the celebrated director fit right into the mythology as a mysterious client with Imperial connections in “The Mandalorian,” the flagship launch title of the Disney+ streaming service.

Herzog was one of several cast and crew members who took part in a panel on the first “Star Wars” live action series during its premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Disney celebrated the evening with a Q&a before screening the show’s first three episodes.

Although Herzog revealed in previous interviews that his decision to sign on to “The Mandalorian” was primarily a financial one, the longtime director was nonetheless effusive about his time on set during Wednesday’s chat. It took less than a minute after meeting “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau for Herzog to be sold on the concept, and he noted that the
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‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho is Called to Star in Amazon’s ‘The Power’ Series

Following her live TV musical debut as in ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live!, Auli’i Cravalho will show you just how far she’ll go as a bonafide TV star. The Moana star has been cast in Amazon’s new thriller series The Power opposite Leslie Mann, in Cravalho’s first major role in a scripted series since the short-lived 2018 NBC series Rise. Cravalho has […]

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Looking to Indie and Genre Performances in the Best Actress Oscar Race

Looking to Indie and Genre Performances in the Best Actress Oscar Race
This year’s race for lead actress could yield some surprising nominations, outside of some clear front-runners including Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”), and Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”). It’s been a terrific year for female performances, with a wide selection of talent taking on challenging roles spread over various genres. The recent societal demand toward getting more films made with female protagonists seems to be paying off. And even if some of the better performances of the year are contained in smaller films, that doesn’t diminish the quality that’s on display.

Julianne Moore delivered one of the best and most soulful performances of her career in “Gloria Bell,” from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio. The emotionally resonant film examines painful and harsh truths about intimate relationships and the trust that people put into one another. Moore stars as a divorced mother charting a new course for her life,
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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Back to the Future’ Production Designer Lawrence Paull Dies at 81

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Lawrence Paull, the Oscar-nominated production designer of director Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” passed away on November 10 in La Jolla, Calif. of heart disease. He was 81.

Per a statement shared with Variety, director Ridley Scott said, “I was always struck by his staunch and faithful support of the strange plan for the unique world of ‘Blade Runner.’” Indeed, Paull’s vision of a dank, industrially ravaged, dystopian future — one not far from our own, as the film was set in Los Angeles 2019 — remains iconic. Director Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sequel “Blade Runner 2049” heavily homaged Paull’s vivid, almost steampunk imagining of a city on the brink of collapse. (That film’s production design team also received an Academy Award nomination.)

Paull also dabbled in time travel, creating the nostalgic mise en scène of “Back to the Future,” which spanned decades from the 1980s to the midcentury, as Michael J. Fox’s
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Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Follies’ in the Works as a Movie From Heyday, BBC Films

David Heyman’s Heyday Films, whose credits include “Gravity,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Marriage Story” and the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, and BBC Films have secured the film rights to Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical “Follies.”

“Follies” will be adapted for the screen and directed by Dominic Cooke, a four-time Olivier Award winner, who directed the critically acclaimed 2017 revival of “Follies” at London’s National Theatre, which won best musical revival at the Oliviers, and returned this year due to popular demand. Cooke also directed the film “On Chesil Beach,” starring Saoirse Ronan, and the BAFTA nominated TV series “The Hollow Crown.”

Based on the book by Goldman, and with music and lyrics by Sondheim, “Follies” features classic songs including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind.” It first appeared on Broadway in 1971, going on to be nominated for 11 Tony Awards and winning seven.
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Heyday Films, BBC Films secures rights to Stephen Sondheim classic 'Follies'

Heyday Films, BBC Films secures rights to Stephen Sondheim classic 'Follies'
Dominic Cooke to direct, adapt screenplay.

Heyday Films and BBC Films have secured film rights to Follies, the iconic musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman.

Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) will direct and adapt the screenplay, based on the book by Goldman and with music and lyrics by Sondheim. Cooke directed the acclaimed revival at National Theatre in London in 2017, which starred Imelda Staunton and returned this year.

Follies is famous for musical numbers like Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here, and Losing My Mind and first appeared on Broadway in 1971, when it won seven Tony Awards.

The story
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Gabrielle Carteris Preps for 26th Annual SAG Awards

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris is already looking forward to the 26th SAG Awards on Jan. 19, held in its usual location at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“One of the best things about the SAG Awards is that it’s a peer-to-peer recognition,” she says. “It’s the highest honor for performers to be recognized by their community. Another important aspect of the SAG Awards is that it truly reflects what takes place culturally and inspires us all to do better.”

It will be fourth ceremony at which Carteris delivers a speech as the elected chief of the 160,000-member performers union.

“I usually only have a couple of minutes for my remarks and I feel that it is really important for me to be concise and precise,” she says. “For example, during the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the public recognition of the #MeToo movement, it was important to speak
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