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Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)

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When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels. In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.) “I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself »

- Carli Velocci

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‘Wonder Woman’ London Premiere Called Off in Wake of Manchester Bombing

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The “Wonder Woman” premiere in London has been called off by Warner Bros. following Monday’s terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”

“Wonder Woman” will have its U.S. premiere Thursday in Los Angeles.

Monday’s terrorist bombing left 22 people dead, and dozens more wounded. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Woody Harrelson’s ‘LBJ’ to Hit Theaters in November

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Woody Harrelson’s “LBJ” has landed a November 10 release from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, the company announced Wednesday.

Rob Reiner directed the Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, was produced by Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White and Tim White.

The film follows Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) after he loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey. »

- Thom Geier

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First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details

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The cautious curtain raising for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues this week as Vanity Fair reveals more from their latest issue dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster. And some fresh details have spilled about a couple of a new characters joining the ranks of the franchise.

Most significantly, it’s been revealed that Benicio Del Toro will be playing the enigmatically named DJ (which I’m sure is short for a much longer, more spoilery name), who plays an “unscrupulous drifter,” which the galaxy seems to be filled with.

Continue reading First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Russian Director Detained in $3.5M Fraud Probe

24 May 2017 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained after state investigators and security forces raided his Moscow theater, the Gogol Center.

Serebrennikov, whose The Student won the Francois Chalais award in Cannes last year after competing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, was arrested at his Moscow home Tuesday following the raid on the theater during a rehearsal for a performance of Nikolai Gogol's satire Dead Souls.

Around 50 actors and members of theater staff were held, and their mobile telephones confiscated during the raid, which investigators say is linked to a probe into suspected fraud between 2011 and 2014 of 200 million »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Studiocanal, Universal Music Group partner with Terra Mater

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Trio form co-development partnership for feature films.

Vivendi-owned Studiocanal, Universal Music Group and Terra Mater Film Studios have entered into a co-development parternership to produce feature films with a ‘strong European narrative’ for the global market

Red Bull-owned Terra Mater recently produced the Oscar-shortlisted documentary The Ivory Game [pictured] and science-fiction drama Mindgamers.

Projects developed under the deal will be distributed internationally by Studiocanal, with music partnerships being handled by Universal.

“Partnering with such industry forces as StudioCanal and Universal Music Group is a thrilling prospect for us,” commented Terra Mater Film Studios’ Walter Koehler, “We each hold a shared belief in the films we would like to make together and I can’t wait to bring those ideas to fruition through our co-development partnership.” »

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Cannes Doc Day: Transparency is key in post-truth world

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Panelists emphasise importance of diverse voices on Cannes panel.

The non-fiction community isn’t stuck in a “liberal bubble,” said Kathy Im, director journalism & media, The MacArthur Foundation, during a Cannes Doc Day panel of documentary experts discussing the challenges and opportunities of making non-fiction films in the “post-truth” era.

“I don’t think that we should apologise that we care about human rights, we care about health care, we think climate change is real,” Im said. “These things are universal. If we look carefully at some of the documentaries that are being made in the Us, if you look at the body of work supported by liberal foundations or public television, there is quite a bit of diversity.”

Diversity of voices and reaching a diverse audience is important, added Carrie Lozano, director of Ida’s Enterprise Documentary Fund. “I want to urge filmmakers that you can be creative to be more universal. We can tell »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Doha Film Institute partners on 'Loving Vincent'

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Dfi reveals co-funding partnership on world’s first fully painted feature

The Doha Film Institute has boarded animated feature Loving Vincent as a co-financier ahead of the film’s premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival next month.

Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the film tells the life story of painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Each of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting, hand-painted by a team of 125 professional artists from across the world.

The artists worked from footage of live performances by actors including Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending), Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones) and Saorise Ronan (Brookyln) working against green screen, or sets designed to look like Van Gogh’s paintings.

The film is produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films and the UK’s Trademark Films, and co-produced by City of Wroclaw.

The film is also supported by Silver Reel, Rbf Productions, Sevenex Capital »

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‘Claws’ Digs In With a Sneak Peek and 4 More Things to Watch on Thursday, May 25

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Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra. 

Thursday, May 25 What Happened Last Night?!

(So many questions. So. Many. Questions. See what else got raised last night in our TV picks for Wednesday.)


“Sneak Peek,” TNT – 9:00 p.m.

Synopsis: A series preview of “Claws,” a dark comedy centering on five hardworking yet treacherous manicurists at a Florida nail salon.

Why You Should Watch: Fair warning: there’s a good chance that this timeslot might get invaded by a Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Championship celebration. (LeBron James delivering a “I want Balboa”-style challenge to the Golden State Warriors might make for equally high drama.) But should audiences see a first glimpse at TNT’s new nail salon, we’re ready for the Niecy Nash-led roller-coaster to begin. »

- Steve Greene

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Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary, Part 4: The Fatigue Edition

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Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his fourth entry; click here for them all. Day 6 Woke up late on account of having actually slept. I bailed on the morning Kawase screening, which is a major faux pas […] »

- Sam Kuhn

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Spike Lee honoured in Cannes

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Director honoured alongside collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith.

Spike Lee, along with his long time collaborator actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith, were honoured at a black tie gala in Cannes on May 22.

The event, which is benefitting Planned Parenthood, was held at the American Pavilion.

Lee delivered a special keynote conversation with Smith during the event. 

Lee and Smith’s most recent collaboration is the Netflix original film Rodney King, a history-infused one-man show film that is currently streaming worldwide.

Rodney King producers, and Smith’s partners at his production company Luna Ray Media, Steven Adams and Bob L Johnson were also in attendance along with Spike’s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, among others.

Smith and Lee previously adapted Smith’s Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning made for TV film, directed by Lee.

The pair collaborated on Lee’s School Daze, Do The Right Thing, [link »

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Cannes: Alfonso Cuarón On Del Toro, ‘Chivo’ And Giving It All He’s Got

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In Cannes Wednesday. Alfonso Cuarón gave a Masterclass spanning his life and passions: Friendships and films, made in both Mexico and Hollywood.

As Cuarón gave the class, he said, proving humble throughout his interview with Michel Simon, that the “true masters” were elsewhere in the festival, hinting that he doesn’t count himself among them. He pointed out that his was “a journey filled with insecurities,” which he considers a catalyst for his friendship with fellow Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who Cuarón called a fellow “blue collar” filmmaker.

The two met making TV when del Toro complimented the Steven King story which Cuarón had based one of his pieces on, commenting that, “The story is so good, so why did your short suck so bad?” Although the words surprised Cuarón he says del Toro was right, and since then the two have been fast friends.

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- Jamie Lang

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Robert Pattinson Gives a Career-Best Performance in the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Good Time’ — Cannes 2017 Review

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In the opening minutes of Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time,” Robert Pattinson bursts into the room and it’s clear he’s trying something different. With his black hair tousled above an angry stare and a silvery earring peering out from one side, he’s a scruffy, irrepressible ball of fury, eager to fix a problem and on the verge of making it worse. He’s abrasive, clumsy and a little bit fearsome. In other words: He’s in a Safdie brothers movie.

Anyone familiar with the sibling directors from their dreary NYC junkie drama “Heaven Knows What” or gritty urban comedy “Daddy Longlegs” knows how the brothers have assembled a universe of grimy characters enmeshed in bizarre, dangerous circumstances that can seem at once naturalistic and surreal. With “Good Time,” they transform that focus into a Kafkaesque heist movie, populated by maniacal characters careening through Queens on »

- Eric Kohn

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Cannes Film Review: Robert Pattinson in ‘Good Time’

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Those already acquainted with the young oeuvre of Benny and Josh Safdie — the multitasking fraternal auteur duo with a joint eye to the social fringes of New York City — may see the title of their third narrative feature as a kind of perverse in-joke. “Good Time” is not the first term you’d use to describe “Daddy Longlegs” or “Heaven Knows What,” two sensitive but skin-prickling studies in human breakage; nor does it entirely apply to this nerve-raddling heist-within-a-heist thriller, which merges the Safdies’ signature gutter realism with tight genre mechanics to discomfiting but exhilarating effect.

A career-peak performance from Robert Pattinson, as a scuzzy Queens bank robber on a grimly spiraling mission to break his mentally handicapped brother out of jail, will attract more eyeballs to this A24 release than the rest of the Safdies’ oeuvre combined, though this “Good Time” is still no commercial picnic. Rather, it’s »

- Guy Lodge

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Cannes: Vis a Vis Program Showcases China’s Arrival in Global Cinema

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A tribute to cinematographer Chris Doyle on Friday night in Cannes will bring to a close the first edition of China Vis a Vis. A new Chinese cultural outreach program, it has run the duration of the Cannes Film Festival.

Doyle, an Australian former sailor who has been based in Hong Kong for decades and was the close collaborator of Wong Kar-wai on many films, is a clever choice for Vis a Vis. As well as being an iconic director of photography with credits that include Wong’s “In the Mood for Love” and Zhang Yimou’s “Hero,” Doyle is a gifted, idiosyncratic artist who also puts on art installations and photographic shows, and is an occasional movie director himself.

Doyle directed “Hong Kong Trilogy,” a film set within Occupy Central, the failed 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy movement which collapsed under pressure from the mainland Chinese government. But Vis a Vis organizers – ticketing firm Weying Technology, »

- Patrick Frater

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Spark review – cosmic monkey business is a load of space junk

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This misconceived animation draws its influences from Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and Hamlet to no good effect

This egregiously bad cartoon posits a universe in which a race of upright, vaguely simian creatures have mastered interplanetary travel. The title character (voiced by Jace Norman) is a gauche teenager mad keen on adventure who has been living on a remote garbage asteroid with only a vixen skilled in martial arts and a nerdy tusked boar for company, along with a babysitter robot named called Bananny (Susan Sarandon). However, it seems that Spark is not just some lowly nobody, but the son of a great warrior who was murdered, like Hamlet’s father, by his own brother, the tyrant Zhong (Alan C Peterson), who then imprisoned Spark’s mother (Hilary Swank) in their palace on home planet Bana. Now Spark hopes to join the resistance, overthrow his evil uncle, and so on, »

- Leslie Felperin

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Frost’

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For a while the general consensus on Sharunas Bartas, founded mostly on regular international festival appearances, suggested that the Lithuanian filmmaker was more adept as a cameraman — his prior profession — than a storyteller. “Frost,” which debuts in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes, somewhat addresses that reputation, though not in the direction one would hope. Less an odyssey than a snowbound slog, “Frost” is not only severely hobbled by the almost complete absence of drama and characterization, but is also delivered in relentless, claustrophobic, tiresome medium-to-close shots that don’t even provide us with enough background information to lend the film a sense of place.

This is hugely detrimental, as it’s essentially a road movie designed to bring us into the heart of darkness that is the current conflict in Ukraine. But with the visual style remaining so uninspired, and the somnolent performances giving the story’s tepid romance no purchase, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul review – road trip to nowhere

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A fourth big-screen outing for the amiable family franchise features a new cast but it’s run out of fun

Faced with ageing or refusenik performers, the amiable family franchise’s fourth big-screen outing elects for ruthless, root-and-branch recasting. Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott are new and 33% blander as the Heffley elders, while Jason Drucker succeeds Zachary Gordon as eponymous weakling Greg, here caught plotting to reroute the clan’s road trip towards a much-anticipated gaming expo. Returning director David Bowers gives it sporadic pep: there’s a fun Psycho homage, and CGI projectile vomit. Elsewhere the books’ stick-figure illustrations get converted into banal, overlit, primetime sitcom images, and the endless off-route wheelspinning makes that subtitle lamentably apt. For once, it’ll be the grownups asking the kids: “Are we there yet?”

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- Mike McCahill

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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 81 – The Legacy

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Stephen remembers a couple of things he forgot. One of them is in his suitcase. The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and Hollywood, as told by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. You can e-mail Stephen at stephentobolowsky(At)gmail(Dot)com. You can also follow […]

The post The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 81 – The Legacy appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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Cannes: Studiocanal’s ‘Radioactive,’ ’Russian Spy’ Nearly Sell Out International (Exclusive)

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Cannes —  European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has nearly sold out in international at Cannes on its two big new English-language projects: Working Title-produced “Radioactive,” director Marjane Satrapi’s story of the loves, life and lasting importance of Marie Curie; and “The Tracking of a Russian Spy,” produced by The Picture Company and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”).

In further business, Studiocanal’s two new French productions, the Gilles Lellouch-directed “Sink or Swim” and mainstream comedy “Marry Me, Dude” have proved market breakouts, pre-selling much of the world, a feat for French-language movies.

The robust business on Studiocanal’s Cannes market debutants proves that there is still a global market for high-profile larger upscale movies with pedigree producers. It also underscores something of a late surge in business announcements at Cannes this year, driven by its big sales players, from both the U.S. and Europe – and that much of the »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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