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Fox Searchlight Buys ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

Fox Searchlight Buys ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’
Fox Searchlight has acquired North American rights to “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name.

The deal comes in advance of the film’s Toronto International Film Festival bow on Sept. 5, as well as its BFI London Film Festival premiere on Oct. 2. The studio plans to release the movie in 2020. Iannucci’s previous films include “In the Loop,” a political satire that nabbed a best original screenplay Oscar nomination, and “The Death of Stalin,” a black comedy about the demise of a very bad man that made President Barack Obama’s list of favorite films from 2018. He also created “Veep,” the HBO series that lampooned Beltway life to great effect.

The Personal History of David Copperfield” stars Dev Patel as the main character, and boasts a thespian-heavy cast that includes the likes of Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi,
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‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix

‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix
Remember Sudden Death? It was a 1995 Die Hard knock-off set in an arena during a hockey game. Jean-Claude Van Damme played a firefighter who has to take on a group of terrorist – lead by Powers Boothe! – holding the entire arena hostage. Oh, and the Vice President is at the hockey game, too. It was pretty damn […]

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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast

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Chris Pratt’s ‘Ghost Draft’ Adds Comedian Theo Von to Cast
Comedian Theo Von is joining the cast of Chris Pratt’s sci-fi film “Ghost Draft,” which will also star Yvonne Strahovski.

Chris McKay (“Lego Batman”) is directing the Skydance project. “Ghost Draft,” a working title, is written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque and is about a man who is drafted to fight in a future war which forces him to confront his past. Sam Richardson, J.K. Simmons and Betty Gilpin have also been in talks to join the project.

Producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner. Matt Grimm is overseeing the project for Skydance. Rob Cowan is serving as executive producer.

Also Read: 'Handmaid's Tale' Star Yvonne Strahovski to Star in Chris Pratt's 'Ghost Draft'

Production is set to begin this summer.

Von, a stand-up comedian and TV personality, was in the middle of his Dark Arts Tour, which
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‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Teaser: One Decade Later, The Showtime Drama Returns With Fresh Faces & Returning Favorites

It’s been a full decade since the critically-acclaimed series “The L Word” left TV back in 2009. Far ahead of its time, “The L Word” was one of the few shows to depict a predominantly female cast, in a series filled with Lgbtq characters. Now, with inclusivity and diversity such a hot-button issue, “The L Word” returns to life with its new spin-off/revival ‘Generation Q.’

The new Showtime series debuts in December and follows the next generation of characters that will comprise the ensemble that is “The L Word.” However, it’s not just new faces.

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First ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Trailer Shows Off Ed Norton’s Direction and a Star-Studded Cast

Edward Norton is back behind the camera for the first time in almost 20 years with Motherless Brooklyn, a crime drama set in 1950s New York. He's also in front of the camera as a private eye who deals with Tourette's while also juggling the complications of the criminal underworld. The first trailer for the Oscar-contender is here and it not only shows off Norton's direction and performance but the incredible cast he's assembled for the piece. Directed and written by Norton, adapted from the novel by Jonathan Lethem, the cast includes Norton, Bruce Willis, …
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‘Greener Grass’ Trailer: It’s Bizarro Time in IFC Midnight’s Surreal Sundance Hit

‘Greener Grass’ Trailer: It’s Bizarro Time in IFC Midnight’s Surreal Sundance Hit
If you like overly saturated pastels, unhinged over-medicated housewives, and vicious takedowns of suburban social hierarchies, then “Greener Grass” is the fall comedy for you. The self-proclaimed “bizarro” film marks the directorial debut of filmmaking duo Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, and was one of the surprise hits of the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section, known for hosting the festival’s zaniest genre offerings. IFC Midnight released the first official trailer today, offering a look at this avant-garde suburban satire from two singular new comedic voices.

The official synopsis reads: “In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (DeBoer) and Lisa (Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of
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Robert Rodriguez Heads to Netflx with Priyanka Chopra for ‘We Can Be Heroes’

Every week, it seems like another high profile filmmaker heads to Netflix to make a movie, and this week it’s Alita: Battle Angel and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez signing up for a new project at the streaming service. We Can Be Heroes will have Robert Rodriguez writing, directing and producing an original story with […]

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‘Jexi’ Trailer: The Writers Behind ‘The Hangover’ Have A New Comedy That Mixes ‘Her’ With ‘Fatal Attraction’

You’ve seen “Her.” And you’ve seen other films that feature artificial intelligence that grows sentient, and in some cases, tries to kill its “master.” But have you seen a film where the AI exists in a phone but grows jealous, “Fatal Attraction”-style? Well, now you have the chance, thanks to “Jexi.”

But don’t worry, “Jexi” isn’t some erotic thriller featuring a phone AI.

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Box Office: ‘Ready or Not’ Finds $2 Million on Opening Day

Box Office: ‘Ready or Not’ Finds $2 Million on Opening Day
Horror movie “Ready or Not” scared up a $2 million opening day at 2,244 North American locations as Fox Searchlight got a two-day jump on the weekend.

The figure includes $730,000 from Tuesday night previews. “Ready or Not” centers on a bride’s wedding night turning deadly when her new in-laws force her into a strange game of hide and seek. Samara Weaving stars as the bride who marries into a rich family.

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, “Ready or Not” has scored well with critics with a 91% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience have given the movie a CinemaScore grade of B+. Forecasts for the low-budget film had been in the $8 million to $12 million range for its first five days of release. Mark O’Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell also star.

“Ready or Not” will face competition starting Thursday evening when Lionsgate’s actioner “Angel Has Fallen” begins preview showings.
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Lance Reddick on His ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Role and Yale Acting Classmate Paul Giamatti

Lance Reddick on His ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Role and Yale Acting Classmate Paul Giamatti
Lance Reddick, known for tough-cop roles on such shows as “The Wire” and “Fringe” — and as a city councilman who used to be a tough cop in “Bosch” — will play the director of the Secret Service in “Angel Has Fallen,” the third installment of the “Olympus Has Fallen” series, coming to theaters Aug. 23. When Reddick was younger, though, his dreams were of composing music, not acting. Here, he describes his preparation for his role in “Angel Has Fallen” and his unexpected path to becoming an actor.

What surprised you most when researching your “Angel Has Fallen” character?

I had to talk to senior-level ex-Secret Service agents. Before I signed on to it, I was a little hesitant to play another “top cop” character. But this was a different animal. One of the things that was amazing to me was understanding how stressful it is because you have to be on all the time.
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“It’s a Choice: To Be a Filmmaker or a Human”: Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska on Honeyland

The award-winning documentary Honeyland marks the second collaboration between directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska. Set in Bekirlijia, a rural village in Macedonia, it focuses on Hatidze Muratova, who follows ancient beekeeping traditions while caring for her ailing mother Nazife. Despite her efforts to be self-sufficient, political and economic decisions have a profound effect on Hatidze and her ability to survive. Synopses of Honeyland can make it seem like a dull, self-righteous nature documentary. Instead, it’s a film filled with contradictions and narrative reversals. Characters make self-destructive, at times inexplicable choices, often under the guise of kindness and generosity. Hatidze […]
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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Trailer: Director/Star Edward Norton Tunnels Into the Secret History of Modern New York

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Trailer: Director/Star Edward Norton Tunnels Into the Secret History of Modern New York
The trailer for Edward Norton’s Jonathan Lethem adaptation “Motherless Brooklyn” has arrived and, fun fact for Radiohead fans, it features a new Thom Yorke song that is achingly good. Norton’s latest directorial effort — which he recently likened to “Chinatown” — trails lonely private eye Lionel Essrog (Norton), who’s afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna, played by Bruce Willis.

The rest of the cast is a bounty of riches, with co-stars Leslie Mann, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Fisher Stevens, and Cherry Jones. Norton has been sitting on the script since 2012, with the director/writer/star being attached to the project as early as two decades ago, when Lethem’s crime novel was published in 1999. While the novel is set in modern day, Norton opted to set his take in the 1950s.
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Stan Lee’s Daughter Speaks Up About ‘Spider-Man’ Drama & Has No Problem Throwing Disney/Marvel Under The Bus

Day 3 of the “Spider-Man: Homeless” (my proposed sequel title) saga is upon us. You may have gone to bed praying to the superhero gods, hoping that by the time you woke up this morning, the crisis of whether or not Peter Parker will continue to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be over. Unfortunately, it isn’t. Sony and Disney appear truly done negotiating and are willing to move on without each other.

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Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Gets Fox Searchlight Distribution for 2020

Fox Searchlight Pictures on Thursday announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” — a display of early enthusiasm and faith in the satirist’s latest film two weeks before its word premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Fox Searchlight is planning a 2020 theatrical release for the Scottish director’s film based on the Charles Dickens novel, which stars Dev Patel in its titular role

“Armando Iannucci is a wonderfully original filmmaker and expert storyteller; he brings his irreverent and imaginative take to this iconic and beloved story,” said Fox Searchlight chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said in a statement. “As for Dev, he has consistently impressed since his unforgettable breakout roles in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’

The satirist’s last two films, “The Death of Stalin” and “In the Loop” were distributed
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Official U.S. Trailer for ‘Synonyms’ Shows Off Nadav Lapid’s Award-Winning Film

I'll be the first to say that Synonyms does not look like the film for me. It does, however, look like a film for people who are better versed in cinéma vérité, and the work of co-writer/director Nadav Lapid, or who are more familiar the conflicts a young Israeli Jewish man experiences when attempting to assimilate to French culture. Obviously the jury of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival are such fine folks since they award the Israeli-French film, which also closed out the event, the top award, the Golden Bear. More awards are …
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Small-Screen Stream: 13 Great Superhero Shows You Can Stream Right Now

(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.) Hi nerds! I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking over the Small-Screen Stream column from here on out. We’ve had a bit of a hiatus, which means the world of streaming has gotten even bigger since […]

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‘Villains’ Trailer: Bill Skarsgård & Maika Monroe Break Into The Wrong House In Horror-Thriller Standout From SXSW

With low-budget horror films becoming so ubiquitous, for a film to succeed, it has to break the mold. Judging by the first trailer for “Villains,” the new stylish, but twisted, horror film definitely takes the typical home invasion thriller and turns it on its head.

Villains” tells the story of a Bonnie & Clyde-esque couple that is on the run, looking for a place to hide out. They break into what seems to be a nice home, while the residents aren’t there.

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‘The Pretenders’ Trailer: We Just Can’t Keep Up With All These James Franco-Directed Films Anymore

Sometimes there’s a film that falls between the cracks and doesn’t make much of an impact when it debuts at a film festival, even if the project is written by a big-time filmmaker, directed by a huge name, and has an impressive cast. Case in point — “The Pretenders.”

The plot for ‘Pretenders’ is pretty easy to sum up. A film student meets a girl that makes a huge impact on his life.

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How AI Tech Is Changing Dubbing, Making Stars Like David Beckham Multilingual

How AI Tech Is Changing Dubbing, Making Stars Like David Beckham Multilingual
David Beckham does not speak Arabic, Hindi or Mandarin. But when the soccer legend starred in a PSA for malaria awareness this spring, he effortlessly switched among these and six other languages, thanks to cutting-edge technology that could soon change how Hollywood localizes its movies and TV shows.

The PSA in question was produced with technology from Synthesia, a London-based startup that uses artificial intelligence for dubbing. In Beckham’s case, the company recorded video footage of the soccer star as well as native speakers in each of the languages it wanted to use.

Then it fed all that raw footage to an algorithm that “learned” the facial expressions for each word in languages like Spanish and Yoruba, and tweaked video of Beckham’s face accordingly. “You puppeteer video,” explains Synthesia co-founder and chief operating officer Steffen Tjerrild. “We have actual lip-sync.”

AI-based video editing has gotten a lot of attention for its darker side,
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China Is Now Using ‘Mulan’ as a Weapon Against Hong Kong Protesters

As Twitter and Facebook took steps earlier this week to mitigate the alleged state-sponsored misinformation campaign against anti-government protesters, many accounts continue to push similar content, with some using Disney’s “Mulan” as a symbol of Chinese strength and loyalty to the state. Disney is set to release the Niki Caro-directed remake of the animated classic next March.

The correlation began after the movie’s Chinese-born star, Yiu Lifei (also known as Crystal Liu), who is an American citizen, voiced support for Hong Kong police on Weibo, the country’s largest social media platform. The actress shared an image from China’s Communist party newspaper The People’s Daily that read ‘I support the Hong Kong police; you can beat me up now’ in Chinese and ‘What a shame for Hong Kong’ below in English. Since its posting last week, Liu’s post has been liked over 75,000 times and shared over 65,000 times.
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