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Barbet Schroeder On His Trilogy Of Evil & Being “Profoundly Scared” In Trump Era – Cannes Studio

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Oscar-nominated Reversal Of Fortune director Barbet Schroeder has sort of completed his “Trilogy of Evil” documentary series with The Venerable W. The Official Selection title here in Cannes is a look at Burma’s Venerable Wirathu, a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk whose Islamophobia and hate speech have led to violence and destruction. But Schroeder, whose narrative films include Single White Female, Kiss Of Death, Murder By Numbers and Barfly, says he’s… »


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Bob Shaye On Helming Return ‘Ambition’ & Festival Stunts Of Yore – Cannes Studio

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Former New Line Cinema co-chief Bob Shaye recently took a two-year break from the Cannes Film Festival, but is back in town this year to tubthump his latest directing project, Ambition. The story, Shaye tells me in the video above, is about a young woman “who is extremely ambitious as a musician and she gets herself into really, really big trouble and then there's a twist in the end.” Shaye and his Unique Features partner Michael Lynne are producing the previously-titled G… »


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Focus Features Acquires Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ – Cannes

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Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger, excluding the UK, France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. The chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the UK this summer with a planned 2018 release, stars Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Abrahamson, who directed the 2015 Oscar-nominated pic Room, will direct. Lucinda Coxton, who wrote the screenplay adaptation… »


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Dina Merrill Dies At 93: American Heiress, ‘BUtterfield 8’ Actress And Philanthropist Was Quintessence Of Elegance

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The family of Dina Merrill Hartley confirmed Tuesday morning that the actress and philanthropist, an icon of taste and sophistication in both worlds, died at home Monday in East Hampton, NY, surrounded by her family. The cause was Lewy Body dementia, the family said. She was 93. Merrill’s remarkable career – it could aptly be described as exquisitely curated – spanned more than half a century and included memorable roles in films from the serious (Daniel Mann’s 1960 BUtter… »


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Hollywood Remembers Roger Moore: “A Wonderful Actor & Lovely Man”

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Refresh for latest…The entertainment world is reacting to the death today of English actor Sir Roger Moore. Mia Farrow wrote, “Few are as kind and giving as was Roger Moore.” Piers Morgan tweeted of Moore: “A wonderful actor & lovely man.” Duran Duran, the band who wrote the theme song for the 1985 film a A View To A Kill, the last of Moore’s seven 007 movies, tweeted simply "Rip Roger." The actor, known best for his roles as the iconic James Bond and Simon Templar in TV… »


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Annabelle Wallis Tapped For ‘Tag’; Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms Comedy From New Line

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Exclusive: Annabelle Wallis is Tag‘s it girl. She’s been set to star in the New Line comedy alongside Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress. The film is based on a true story featured in the Wall Street Journal about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children's game for the last 30 years. Jeff Tomsic is directing from a script by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick. Wallis, who’s next up in Universal’s The Mummy with… »


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Roger Moore Dies: Iconic James Bond Actor Was 89

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Sir Roger Moore, the suave English actor best known for playing James Bond and Simon Templar in The Saint TV series, has died at age 89 in Switzerland. His family announced the news on Tuesday on Twitter saying: "he passed away today…after a short but brave battle with cancer." With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg — Sir Roger Moore… »


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Manchester Attack: Cannes Film Festival Holds Minute Of Silence & Cancels Fireworks; ‘Cars 3’ Event Called Off

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Updated with photo and Thierry Frémaux comments: The Cannes Film Festival observed a minute of silence at 3 Pm local time today in solidarity with the city of Manchester where at least 22 people, including some children, were killed in a suicide bombing attack on Monday night. A fireworks display to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival has also been canceled. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux announced the plans ahead of the morning screening of 24 Frames, the final… »


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Sundance Selects Acquires Directors’ Fortnight Pic ‘A Ciambra:’ Cannes

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Update, May 23, 6:15 Am Pst: What we broke earlier today has been officially announced: IFC’s Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s Italian-language film A Ciambra. IFC’s Evp Acquisitions and Productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Wme on behalf of the filmmakers. A Ciambra premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Sundance Selects also distributed Carpignano’s Mediterranea in 2015, which also played at Cannes. Exclusiv… »


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Cannes Film Fest 70th Anniversary Family Portrait Captures International Cinema

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The Cannes Film Festival held its 70th anniversary family portrait session this afternoon, with more than 100 veterans of the event posing for cameras. Prizewinners and jury members numbering 115 in total gathered outside the Palais for the snap above. The photo session was held amid the aftermath of the devastating attack in Manchester last night which left 22 dead and dozens injured at an Ariana Grande concert. The suicide bombing has cast a pall over the festival today… »


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Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh & Rebecca Root Round Out Cast For ‘Colette’

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Exclusive: Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh and Rebecca Root have joined Keira Knightley and Dominic West for upcoming production Colette, which is set to begin shooting this week in the UK, Hungary and France. Still Alice helmer Wash Westmoreland will direct the project about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Cheri. He co-wrote the script with the late Richard Glatzer with revisions by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Killer Films' Pamela Koffler and Number 9 Films'… »


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Sam Mendes In Early Talks To Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

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Exclusive: Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio; Chris Weitz wrote the current version of the script and will also be producing through his production company, Depth of Field. The move would push forward yet another live-action reboot of the old tried and true animated classic for the studio. Disney’s feature film strategy has been working well as its live-action Beauty And The Beast has made $1.2 billion worldwide and the photorealistic Th… »


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Joss Whedon To Wrap Up ‘Justice League’ Movie After Snyder Family Tragedy

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Zack Snyder and his producer-wife Deborah Snyder have stepped aside from Warner Bros’ Justice League tentpole to deal with a family tragedy, and The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has stepped in to wrap up some reshoots and postproduction, a source close to the movie has confirmed to Deadline. Whedon and Snyder had been collaborating for the past month after the death by suicide of the Snyders’ daughter Autumn. Whedon was already in the studio family, having just… »


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Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles & More Join ‘Slender Man’ From Director Sylvain White

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Exclusive: Joey King and The Affair‘s Julia Goldani-Telles have been tapped to co-star the Sylvain White-directed horror thriller Slender Man, along with Captain Fantastic actress Annalise Basso, Jaz Sinclair (When The Bough Breaks) Talitha Bateman (upcoming Annabelle: Creation) and Alex Fitzalan. Screen Gems will distribute the film May 18, 2018, and co-producing with Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment and It Is No Dream Entertainment. Written by David Birke… »


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Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors

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Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about… »


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When The Film Academy Invites New Members, Keep An Eye On That Growing Documentary Branch

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When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reveals its list of new invitees next month, shrewd observers will have an eye on the documentary branch. Lately, attention has fallen mostly on race and gender, as the Academy scrambles to reach its goal of doubling female and ethnic minority membership by 2020.  But another deeply consequential shift has affected the group in recent years: That is, the relative weight of its 17 branches has been changing. And none has… »

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The Orchard Lands Cannes Competition Pic ‘Bpm’; Samuel Goldwyn Inhales Tribeca’s ‘Holy Air’

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The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Bpm (120 Battements Par Minute), Robin Campillo’s feature which is playing in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. A 2017 theatrical release is planned. The pic, which centers on a group of AIDS activists in the early 1990s in Paris, has been one of the more well-received pics in the lineup so far when it debuted Saturday, after Campillo made Deadline’s Ones To Watch list heading into the festival. The deal is the… »


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‘The Originals’ Danielle Campbell Boards ‘You Can Choose Your Family’

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Exclusive: Danielle Campbell, who starred as Davina Claire for four seasons on CW's The Originals, has joined first-time feature director Miranda Bailey’s comedy You Can Choose Your Family, from Imagine Entertainment and Cold Iron Pictures. The film, which is currently in production in New York, stars Jim Gaffigan along with Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky and Logan Miller. The pic follows 17-year-old Philip (Miller) who, while on spring break, learns his… »


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Why ‘Alien: Covenant’ Lost Its Bite At The B.O. With $36.1M Opening, -34% From ‘Prometheus’ — Box Office Final

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Final Update, 2Pm Monday: So Aliens: Covenant fell very short of expectations with only $36.1M (yikes) and we don’t see it holding strong against two newcomers next weekend; Everything, Everything which appealed to young females grossed around $11.7M, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will likely be the last in the franchise after a dismal performance of only $7.1M. However, all eyes are on what’s upcoming — the Memorial Day holiday which is a big moviegoing time… »


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‘The Wizard Of Lies’ Production Designer Laurence Bennett On Crafting A Dickensian Nightmare

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From acclaimed, Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, HBO’s television movie The Wizard of Lies is a case study of the way in which the external shadings of production design can reflect the interior. Approaching the project, Oscar-nominated production designer Laurence Bennett was of course attracted by the opportunity to collaborate with Levinson for the first time, alongside Robert De Niro; equally compelling, though, was the prospect of a distressing deep dive into… »


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