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'Darkest Hour' Producer On Why WWII Films Are Resonating This Year | Producer Roundtable

'Darkest Hour' Producer On Why WWII Films Are Resonating This Year | Producer Roundtable
"I think that there's a lot going on politically and socially that people can buy into," Darkest Hour producer Eric Fellner told The Hollywood Reporter, on why he believes audiences will resonate with the upcoming film. With two major World War II period dramas as awards contenders this year, (Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk as the other), the Producer Roundtable discussed the renewed relevancy of these films.

"There's nationalism everywhere," continued Fellner. "there's hate and bigotry everywhere, and people are starting to notice and go, 'you know what, we need to stand up.' That's what Churchill did."

Fellner also shared the development process...
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Hulu developing Four Weddings and a Funeral anthology series from Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is developing a Four Weddings and a Funeral anthology series at Hulu.

We learned a couple of weeks ago that Kaling and much of her team from Mindy Project were developing a number of new series with NBC, but now news has broken about a new take on the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, centred on a group of friends dealing with the various issues stemming from life and love while attending different social occasions. The film was incredibly popular and it is perhaps unsurprising in today’s market to see it given a new lease of life.

Kaling and her Mindy Project showrunner Matt Warburton are executive producing the series which would potentially follow a different storyline with each new season.

The movie’s screenwriter Richard Curtis is also on board in an executive producer role, along with Jonathan Prince,
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Four Weddings And A Funeral TV series in development

Kirsten Howard Nov 2, 2017

Mindy Kaling is working on bringing a Four Weddings And A Funeral TV show to Hulu...

Four Weddings And A Funeral appears to be heading to the small screen. 

A series based on the Hugh Grant-starring romantic comedy smash hit is in the works at Hulu, written and produced by the wonderful Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, Deadline reports.

Richard Curtis, who wrote the 1994 film, will be executive producing alongside the pair, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title will also be overseeing the show's development. MGM TV have the rights to the property, and they've struck a deal with Universal to work on the project with Kaling.

The general proposal (sorry) is that the TV version will be an anthology series following a group of pals whose lives intersect through four weddings and, yes, a funeral. The lead character may well always remain the same,
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A ‘Four Weddings & A Funeral’ TV Series Is On The Way From Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is executive producing and writing a Four Weddings & A Funeral TV series for Hulu. The anthology series will be inspired by the 1994 film, and each episode will run at an hour-long each.

The news of the plans for a series comes from Deadline, who report that Richard Curtis, who wrote the original movie is also on board as executive producer, as well as Jonathan Prince, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title.

The original movie starred Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell and grossed a huge $246 million around the world on a $3.7 million budget.

Lovable Englishman Charles (Hugh Grant) and his group of friends seem to be unlucky in love. When Charles meets a beautiful American named Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a wedding, he thinks his luck may have changed. But, after one magical night, Carrie returns to the States, ending what might have been. As Charles
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'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Anthology Series From Mindy Kaling in Development at Hulu

Four Weddings and a Funeral is the latest movie getting the TV series treatment.

Mindy Kaling is developing an anthology series remake of the 1994 romantic comedy at Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Similar to the film, the series follows a group of friends as their lives intersect through the five events. Each season will center on a different story arc.

Kaling will write the new take with Mindy Project showrunner Matt Warburton. The two will executive produce with the original film's writer, Richard Curtis, Working Title's Jonathan Prince, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein...
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Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’

Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’
Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.”

“Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring in about 30% less than the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend easily over “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with $28.5 million and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.

“Boo 2” is a fairly low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production and marketing budget in the $20 million range. Lionsgate is likely to dominate the box office next weekend during the pre-Halloween period with the opening of “Jigsaw,” its eighth movie in the “Saw” franchise, and the second weekend of “Boo 2.”

Geostorm,” a weather
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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend

Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend
Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. The most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “Geostorm,” which is heading for a financial disaster with an opening weekend of $13 million at 3,246 venues for Warner Bros. The studio — which had forecasted a finish in the $10 million to $12 million range — took the unusual step of not holding Thursday night previews, as it had not held screenings for critics.

Sony’s opening of firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is heading for about $6 million at 2,575 locations — a disappointing result, given its $38 million budget. Universal’s murder mystery “The Snowman” is faring even worse with about $5 million at 1,813 North American theaters, well below muted estimates in the $8 million to $12 million range. And Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is underperforming
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “The Snowman” starring Michael Fassbender!

The Snowman,” which opens on Oct. 20, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Jamie Clayton and James D’Arcy from director Tomas Alfredson and writers Hossein Amini and Peter Straughan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “The Snowman” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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Working Title’s Eric Fellner “Thrilled” About Harvey Weinstein Scandal: “I Cannot Stand The Man”

Working Title’s Eric Fellner “Thrilled” About Harvey Weinstein Scandal: “I Cannot Stand The Man”
Reaction continues to roll in amid the Harvey Weinstein affair, and today we’re hearing from a voice across the pond. Eric Fellner, who has led London-based Working Title Films alongside Tim Bevan since 1992, put out a blistering takedown of the former Weinstein Company exec that’s more personal than most we’ve heard. Fellner actually welcomes the scandal because, he told Screen Daily, “Hopefully now, the people in our industry doing this will be exposed and the practices…
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Watch Top Movie Producers Debate Harassment in Hollywood: "There's a Culture of Paying People Off"

Watch Top Movie Producers Debate Harassment in Hollywood:
Just two days after an explosive exposé by The New York Times surfaced decades of harassment allegations leveled against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, fellow film producers weighed in on how the revelations may impact the larger industry during a wide-ranging discussion for The Hollywood Reporter's annual TV producer roundtable.

Sitting down with THR editorial director Matthew Belloni, Judd Apatow (The Big Sick), Seth Rogen (The Disaster Artist), Amy Pascal (The Post, Molly's Game), Jason Blum (Get Out), Ridley Scott (Blade Runner 2049, All the Money in the World) and Eric Fellner (Darkest Hour) addressed the claims that Weinstein reached at least eight monetary settlements with women...
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Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years

Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years
Liza Chasin, president of the U.S. operations of U.K.-based Working Title, is departing the company after 26 years.

Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner made the announcement to staff in an email on Monday. The missive included a note from Chasin, who said she is moving on to an unspecified gig elsewhere: “Now, I am very excited for my next chapter, where I will continue to create original content with great talent.”

Chasin joined Working Title in 1991 as its director of development and was promoted to vice president of production and development. She became president of the company in 1996.

Her credits include Cate Blanchett’s “Elizabeth,” 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” 2002’s “About a Boy,” “Les Miserables,” “The Danish Girl,” “Victoria & Abdul,” and Edgar Wright’s “At World’s End,” “Baby Driver,” and his upcoming “The Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman.

Read the note from Bevan and Fellner below.

Dear Colleagues,
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Working Title Prexy Liza Chasin To Segue To Producer After 26 Years With Prestige Shingle

Working Title Prexy Liza Chasin To Segue To Producer After 26 Years With Prestige Shingle
Liza Chasin, the longtime president of Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner’s Working Title Films who joined the company 26 years ago, will leave at year’s end to transition into producing. The move has just been announced internally at Working Title (see the memo below). This comes at a time when the Universal-based production company has come through a prolific period that included the Edgar Wright-directed summer sleeper hit Baby Driver, the Stephen Frears-directed Victoria & Abd…
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Liza Chasin to Exit Working Title After 25 Years (Exclusive)

Liza Chasin to Exit Working Title After 25 Years (Exclusive)
Liza Chasin, who has spent 25 years at Working Title Films and is the president of the British company’s U.S. arm, is leaving the firm.

Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner made the announcement to staff Monday in an email. The two will immediately seek to find a replacement for Chasin, who will segue to the role of an independent producer. The trio will still collaborate as Chasin becomes a producer on several Working Title projects.

Chasin joined Working Title in 1991 as its director of development, working her way up the ranks to president of production.

Her...
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The Guardian at Tiff 2017: Darkest Hour producers on Brexit and Churchill – video

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the co-chairs of celebrated British production outfit Working Title talk to the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw about their long and varied careers, including the glory days of the Richard Curtis romcoms Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and their newest films Victoria & Abdul and Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour.

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Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson in talks for Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King

Back in May it was announced that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) is set to direct the fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King, and now comes word from The Tracking Board that Patrick Stewart (Logan) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) are in talks to join the cast.

The film revolves around a group of kids who embark on an epic quest to thwart a Medieval menace named Morgana who is the half-sister of King Arthur. Andy Serkis’ son Louis Serkis (Taboo) is set for the lead role of Alex, a young boy who discovers the mythical sword Excalibur. He is joined in the cast by Tom Taylor (The Dark Tower) Rhianna Dorris (Secret Life of Boys), Angus Imrie (Kingdom), Denise Gough (Guerrilla) and newcomer Dean Chaumoo.

The site reports that Stewart is in talks to play the older incarnation of Angus Imrie’s Merlin, while Ferguson
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‘Victoria and Abdul’ Leads Indie Box Office as Awards Season Kicks Off

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The indie box office got its biggest jolt in quite some time this weekend, as three releases from Toronto had limited rollouts. Leading the way was Focus Features’ “Victoria and Abdul,” which made $152,000 from four screens for the top per screen average of the weekend with $37,933. The period piece stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal as Queen Victoria and Indian clerk Abdul Karim and explores the pair’s unlikely friendship during the later years of the British monarch’s rule. Stephen Frears directed from a script by Lee Hall, with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron and Tracey Seaward producing.
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Stephen Frears interview: Victoria And Abdul

Ben Mortimer Sep 14, 2017

Director Stephen Frears chat to us about British cinema, Victoria & Abdul, and directing Dame Judi Dench...

Arriving in cinemas tomorrow is Victoria & Abdul, a film that tells a previously little-known story of a friendship between Queen Victoria and a man called Abdul towards the end of her life. It's a thematic follow on from director John Madden's Mrs Brown, and this story is directed by Stephen Frears. He took some time out to chat to us abou tit...

You spent the whole day talking about the film. One of the things I’m sure you’ve been asked, and I apologise for asking it, but I think the answer may inform where the rest of this interview goes. There’s an obvious similarity, particularly with casting, to Mrs Brown.

Yeah.

What was it you felt you could do differently?

Didn’t think about it.

You completely
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ABC Developing Drama Inspired by Life of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star Kyle Richards

ABC Developing Drama Inspired by Life of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star Kyle Richards
ABC is developing a drama series inspired by the life of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards, Variety has learned.

Titled “Glass Houses,” the potential series would follow the financially overextended Anisa Shattenkirk-Glass as she launches her own company to challenge her former employer and mother-in-law Dahlia for control of the L.A. real estate market, all while trying to court and please L.A.’s most lucrative and elite clients.

Universal Television will produce in association with NBCUniversal International Studios and Working Title. “The Good Wife” writer and executive producer Leonard Dick will write and executive produce “Glass Houses.” Richards will also executive produce along with Working Title’s Andrew Stearn, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner.

Richards and Working Title are repped by UTA. Dick is repped by Wme.

Richards has been a main cast member on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” since its first season along with her sister, Kim
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Michael Fassbender Tracks Down a Killer in New Trailer for Tomas Alfredson’s ‘The Snowman’

After Let the Right One In led to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson could have easily continued down a trajectory that saw him take on more prestigious awards season fare. Thankfully, he seems to be defiantly bypassing that entirely with The Snowman, which looks to be a shlocky, rancorous crime drama, I noted in our fall preview. Starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson as their characters uncover clues leading them to a serial killer, hopefully Alfredson’s distinctive formal style is on full display for this grim-looking procedural.

Ahead of a release next month, a new international trailer has landed for the thriller. Also starring Chloë Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, James D’Arcy, and Toby Jones, this one seems to be skipping the fall festival circuit entirely, but nonetheless I’m still looking forward to whatever Alfredson has in store. Check out the trailer below, along with a new poster.
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Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver Zooms for Home in October

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Culver City, Calif. – Fasten your seat belts as the year’s must-own action-packed thrill ride, Baby Driver, which just sped past $100 million at the box office, accelerates home on digital September 12 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD October 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), this fast-paced and furiously stylish heist movie stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a young getaway driver who steers to the beat of his own playlist. With an all-star cast that includes Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Lily James (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Eiza González (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), with Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx (2004, Best Actor, Ray Charles), Baby Driver pulls up on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and
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