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Operation Finale grows with additional casting

MGM’s Nazi-hunt drama Operation Finale, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, has gained several more actors for its cast according to Deadline. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing from a script by Matthew Orton. It is currently filming in Argentina.

Joining Isaac and Kingsley in the film are Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill (The Wolfman’s Hammer), Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez (Honored), Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Narcos).

Isaac will portray legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert mission where Malkin infiltrated Argentina and captured Adolf Eichmann (Oscar winner Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps.
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MGM Rounds Out Cast Of Oscar Isaac-Starring Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

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MGM Rounds Out Cast Of Oscar Isaac-Starring Thriller ‘Operation Finale’
Exclusive: Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill, Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez, Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Netflix's Narcos) have joined the cast of MGM's thriller Operation Finale, which is currently filming in Argentina. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing the project from a script by Matthew Orton. Oscar Isaac stars as legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert…
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International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership

International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership
In today’s International Newswire, Beta and Zdf’s commercial arm mull a partnership for upscale scripted series; Golden Globe-nominated director Klaus Haro delves into the shady side of the art-world; and A+ E’s Edward Sabin headlines Mip Cancun, a Latin American TV event that’s growing in importance.

Zdf Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster Zdf, is in talks with Munich-based Beta Film, one of the key players in Europe’s scripted TV finance and sales, to create a joint venture to develop, finance and produce high-end scripted drama for the international market.

Details of the alliance have yet to be announced. Its rationale, however, is clear. Unlike Sweden or other smaller European countries, Germany has one of the biggest TV markets in Europe. So there’s less pressure to produce for international than, say, in Scandinavia, whose Nordic Noir was part born out of the necessity to reach beyond domestic. But
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International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership

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International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership
In today’s International Newswire, Beta and Zdf’s commercial arm mull a partnership for upscale scripted series; Golden Globe-nominated director Klaus Haro delves into the shady side of the art-world; and A+ E’s Edward Sabin headlines Mip Cancun, a Latin American TV event that’s growing in importance.

Zdf Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster Zdf, is in talks with Munich-based Beta Film, one of the key players in Europe’s scripted TV finance and sales, to create a joint venture to develop, finance and produce high-end scripted drama for the international market.

Details of the alliance have yet to be announced. Its rationale, however, is clear. Unlike Sweden or other smaller European countries, Germany has one of the biggest TV markets in Europe. So there’s less pressure to produce for international than, say, in Scandinavia, whose Nordic Noir was part born out of the necessity to reach beyond domestic. But
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New Trailer for Restored Re-Release of James Ivory's 'Heat and Dust'

"If it gets too boring, I'll run away." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official trailer for the upcoming re-release of the classic romantic adventure Heat and Dust, directed by James Ivory, that was originally released in 1983. Set in India in the 1920s, the story looks back at the life of an English woman named Olivia who becomes fascinated by India and enamored by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. The film's international cast stars Greta Scacchi, Shashi Kapoor, Julie Christie, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover, Susan Fleetwood, Patrick Godfrey, and Jennifer Kendal. This is a brand new, 4K restoration meaning it will look and sound better than ever. I have not seen this film myself, but I have heard it's certainly worth watching. For now, check out the trailer. Here's the new re-release trailer (+ poster) for James Ivory's Heat and Dust,
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Giveaway – Win a DVD bundle with The White King

To celebrate the release of acclaimed dystopia drama The White King starring Game of ThronesJonathan Pryce, we have an amazing Adventure DVD bundle up for grabs featuring Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Cell, The Colony and Robot Overlords.

Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel by György Dragomán, The White King, set in a fictitious dictatorship, can be described as 1984 meets Empire of the Sun with its startling and “all-too-timely” exploration of what the world would, and could, look like. It also portrays life under an oppressive regime and how this impacts each and every person in different ways.

Djata is a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.
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Poster and clip for dystopian drama The White King

Ahead of its UK release next month, a poster and clip have arrived online from the upcoming dystopian drama The White King. Directed by Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrech, the film stars Agyness Deyn, Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Greta Scacchi, Olivia Williams and Lorenzo Allchurch; take a look below…

Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel by György Dragomán, The White King, set in a fictitious dictatorship, can be described as 1984 meets Empire of the Sun with its startling and all- too-timely exploration of what the world would, and could, look like. Djata is a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.

The White King
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Isla Fisher takes out Aacta Trailblazer Award

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Isla Fisher..

Aacta has named Isla Fisher as the recipient of this year.s Aacta Trailblazer Award, designed to recognise .the achievements, abilities and successes of an Australian screen practitioner who inspires others with their portfolio of work."

The Aacta Trailblazer Award is a discretionary award, determined by the board and president of AFI | Aacta..It was first awarded to Rose Byrne.at the 4th Aacta Awards.

After her start on Home and Away, Fisher broke in the States with 2005 comedyThe Wedding Crashers. She has since gone on to star in the likes of.Definitely, Maybe; Confessions of a Shopaholic;.and The Brothers Grimsby.alongside husband Sasha Baron Cohen. Despite being a self-described 'comic actress', Fisher has also appeared in.The Great Gatsby and the recent Nocturnal Animals.

Outside of acting, Fisher also published two teen novels at age 18; 'Bewitched' and 'Seduced by Fame'. She has also co-written two scripts
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The Little Film Company to sell 'The White King'

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Exclusive: Robbie Little has picked up worldwide sales rights to the dystopian drama by husband-and-wife team Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel ahead of its international premiere at Tallinn Black Nights next month.

Agyness Deyn stars alongside Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Greta Scacchi, Ross Partridge, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and feature debutant Lorenzo Allchurch.

Philip Munger and Teun Hilte produced The White King, which relocates the Romanian setting of György Dragomán’s award-winning novel to a totalitarian regime in a nameless locale, where a young boy sets out to find his imprisoned father.

The film will play in the First Features Competition at Tallinn Black Nights in Estonia, which runs from November 11-27. It received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Robbie Little, co-president of The Little Film Company, said, “Alex and Jörg are tremendously impressive filmmakers who along with their producers, Philip Munger and Teun Hilte, have managed to put together an incredibly talented cast and
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Tallinn Black Nights: 'The White King' among first features competition

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Tallinn Black Nights: 'The White King' among first features competition
UK dystopian drama starring Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn will have its international premiere at the festival.

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 11-2) has revealed the line-up for this year’s First Features Competition, which is returning after a successful debut in 2015.

Comprised of 14 world and international premieres, the programme includes the international premiere of Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel’s The White King, which world premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

The dystopian drama stars Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn in the story of a precocious 12-year-old coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home. The film shot entirely on location in Hungary.

World premieres in the selection include Hadi Ghandour’s Lebanon-France co-pro The Traveller (Le Voyageur), Kira Kovalenka’s Russian drama Sofichka, and Iranian director Navid Danesh’s debut feature Duet.

Festival director
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Hazel Douglas obituary

Actor whose best known role in a seven-decade career came in a Harry Potter film in her 80s

The actor Hazel Douglas, who has died aged 92, landed her most prominent role in her 80s, when she joined the starry cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), as Bathilda Bagshot, the author of A History of Magic, a textbook used at Hogwarts school, and great-aunt of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. And there were more performances to come in a stage and screen career that altogether spanned seven decades.

In the ITV series Vicious, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi played Freddie and Stuart, a longstanding and quarrelsome couple. Hazel joined them in 2013 as Mildred, Stuart’s no-nonsense mother, failing to understand the relationship between the two men. In Elephants Can Remember, an episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot from the same year with David Suchet, Zoë Wanamaker and Greta Scacchi,
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Sean Penn Gets Hot and Heavy With Another Actor's Daughter in Hawaii

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Sean Penn Gets Hot and Heavy With Another Actor's Daughter in Hawaii
Sean Penn hit the beach with a young woman in Hawaii last week who was later revealed to be Leila George, the 24-year-old daughter of actor Vincent D'Onofrio. Sean was spotted taking a dip with the bikini-clad blonde and sharing a steamy kiss while swimming in the ocean. Also on hand for the sunset swim were Sean's 23-year-old son Hopper, whom he shares with ex-wife Robin Wright, and Australian actress Gracie Otto. Sean's Pda-filled beach day marks the first time he's been seen getting romantic with a woman since his split from fiancée Charlize Theron back in June 2015. On Thursday, People reported that Leila is an Australian native, born in 1992 to the former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star and his then-girlfriend, Greta Scacchi. While Sean was rumored to be hooking up with Minka Kelly back in April, the reports were never confirmed, and he and Charlize kept things friendly and
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Sales Agent Fortissimo Films to Close on Quiet Note

Sales Agent Fortissimo Films to Close on Quiet Note
Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based sales agent Fortissimo Films is to close its doors after more than 20 years as a pioneer of Asian and art-house cinema.

The company filed for voluntary bankruptcy Tuesday in The Netherlands. The filing was accepted by the court and notification posted. Separate filings need to be made for individual subsidiaries.

The court has appointed an administrator, known as a ‘curator’ according to the Dutch system. The curator will decide the next moves. These could range from a refinancing, to the sale of the company to a third party, or its breakup.

Staff have been informed of the situation by the existing management. The curator is expected to meet with the Amsterdam-based employees this week.

Fortissimo has represented titles by auteurs including Wong Kar-wai, Jim Jarmusch, Peter Greenaway, Tsai Ming-liang, Hal Hartley, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Brillante Mendoza, Tsui Hark and Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Its catalog spans some 300 titles.

With
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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 43 – The Player

Mark and Aaron welcome old friend, Doug McCambridge to talk about Robert Altman’s “Don’t call it a” comeback film. We touch on the opening tracking shot, what Altman is saying about Hollywood, and yes, we even go into the ending — or both of them. On top of that, we give some tidbits on how to be economical with the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.

About the film:

A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher,
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TV Review: James Franco’s ‘Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?’

TV Review: James Franco’s ‘Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?’
James Franco makes “art” at the rate most people eat breakfast — he has over 20 projects (no exaggeration) in various stages of production this year — and so exactly where Lifetime’s remake of the 1996 telepic “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” rates among his priorities is hard to guess. Franco executive produced, has a minor supporting role, and is credited with the “story” for this subversively desperate (or maybe desperately subversive?) reimagining that takes a shopworn woman-in-peril story and turns it into a slightly less shopworn lesbian vampire romance.

Franco’s vision for “Mother” isn’t so much influenced by the kitschy appeal of the original movie (or the novel by Claire Rainwater Jacobs, which no doubt has zero overlap with what’s here beyond the title), as it is by “Twilight,” queer theory, college theater, and Smashing Pumpkins music videos. We know this because all of these things are directly referenced on camera (except Smashing Pumpkins, though
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Teaser trailer for The White King

Ahead of its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this Saturday, a trailer has arrived online for Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrech’s upcoming drama The White King which stars Agyness Deyn, Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Greta Scacchi, Olivia Williams and Lorenzo Allchurch. Check it out here…

The White King is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed award winning Hungarian novel of the same name, written by György Dragomán. Also shot entirely on location in Hungary, the film follows Djata, a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother (Agyness Deyn) are forced to navigate through the world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.
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The Player

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail,
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Fortissimo sells 'The White King' to Signature for UK

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Fortissimo sells 'The White King' to Signature for UK
Exclusive: Signature has picked up rights for the UK and Ireland on Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht’s sci-fi.

Fortissimo Films has sold UK and Ireland rights to futuristic drama The White King to Signature Entertainment.

Signature is planning a theatrical release in the fourth quarter of 2016, followed by a home entertainment and digital release in early 2017.

The film, which marks the feature debut of UK co-directors Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht, stars Agyness Deyn, Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Greta Scacchi and Lorenzo Allchurch.

Teun Hilte (Black Book) and Philip Munger are producers on the film.

Based on the award-winning Hungarian novel of the same name, the film follows a 12-year-old boy coming to terms with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state in which he lives.

The deal for UK rights was finalised by Fortissimo executive vice president of international sales Nicole Mackey and Signature’s head of acquisitions Elizabeth Williams.

“This
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11 New Movies to Watch at Home This Week

Deadpool, Michael Moore, and a few indies worth adding to your collection.Pick of the Week

Wildlike

What is it? Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a teen in crisis. Her father has died, and her mother’s addictions have forced her into rehab, so with no other resources she’s sent to stay with an uncle in Alaska for the summer. He shows her kindness, showers her with gifts, and sneaks into her bed at night to do unspeakable things. It may not be the first time, and she knows it won’t be the last, so when the opportunity arises she runs away. Her luck changes when she crosses paths with a hiker named Rene (Bruce Greenwood) in Denali. He wants nothing to do with her at first, but when the two of them end up on the same deserted trail in the park he quietly allows her to join his party of one. What
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Cannes Market: Fortissimo Picks Up ‘White King’

Cannes Market: Fortissimo Picks Up ‘White King’
Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up rights to “The White King,” a dark fable that boasts a starry British cast.

Starring Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn, Greta Scacchi, Fiona Shaw, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Olafur Darri Olafsson, the film is an adaptation of a Hungarian novel by Gyorgy Dragoman set in a fictional country ruled by a brutal and high tech autocratic regime.

It is the feature debut of married couple Joerg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht and was produced in Hungary by Oiffy, run by Tittel, Helfrecht and producer Philip Munger, and by producer Teun Hilte (“Miss Julie,” “Black Book”.)

Fortissimo will screen footage and begin sales at Cannes, ahead of an anticipated launch at a major festival later this year.

“’The White King’ depicts a society and a way of life that is all the more unsettling in this current period of global uncertainty. This film will be
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