The film chronicles the decision by the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers in defiance of the Nixon administration in 1971. The award is given each year for the script that “best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”
Hannah and Singer will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.
“Liz and Josh’s work on ‘The Post’ embodies what the Selvin Award is all about. Using the lens of history, they’ve created a movie that dramatizes a timeless struggle: the vital importance of journalists holding our government accountable in the face of public servants’ bald and desperate efforts to hinder freedom of speech and the press. The Wgaw Board
Hulu and Amazon’s TV adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “The Looming Tower” also features in the lineup, which is rounded out by Danish series “Liberty,” Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” and Norway’s “Heimebane” (“Home Ground”).
Although hailing from different parts of the world, all the projects deal, in one form or another, with power structures and resistance to them, say the organizers of Berlinale Series, which is open to the public and has been growing in size and importance.
“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and acknowledgment,” organizers said. “They depict reactionary political systems, but also turmoil
The Berlin Film Festival (Feb 15-25) has unveiled the seven titles set to be screened in this year’s Berlinale Series programme.
The Looming Tower
Opening the festival’s TV strand is Australian series Picnic At Hanging Rock, FremantleMedia’s Natalie Dormer-starring TV adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which previously spawned Peter Weir’s Bafta-winning 1975 feature.
The series tells the story of a strict headmistress at a boarding school whose dark past catches up with her after three pupils mysteriously disappear during a school outing.
Also in the selection is Legendary Television and broadcaster Hulu’s The Looming Tower, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning book of the same name. Chronicling the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the series stars Jeff Daniels as counter terrorism expert John O’Neill and is being exec produced by Alex Gibney.
Further series in the
The Terror, based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons, will have its world premiere in Berlinale while The Looming Tower, which bows on Amazon outside North America, will celebrate its international premiere.
Also in the lineup are critically acclaimed Australian series Picnic at Hanging Rock, starring Game of...
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Per the official synopsis: “Set in the real life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, ‘Everything Sucks!’ is a quirky, funny coming of age story that revolves around Boring High School’s A/V Club and Drama Club— two crews of nerdy-edgy outsiders, who join
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We sure as hell have to hope they have.
Hulu is bringing to the small screen an adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."
The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11.
The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.
Needless to say,
“My main sources were terrorists and intelligence agents,” Wright said Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “They’re not the most open people to deal with. But honestly it was a mission for me. It’s probably the most important thing I’ll do in my professional life.”
Wright said that he “had to find a way to take this vast tragedy and make it human,” and his approach was to find key individuals and focus on their stories. One of those was individuals was John O’Neill, a counter-terrorism expert who became focused on Al Qaeda, was forced out of the FBI, and was hired as head of security at the World Trade Center — a job he
La-based international sales veteran Jamie Carmichael is stepping down from his role as president of film at Kew Media Group.
The long-time Content Film head is understood to be lining up another venture in the film and TV sector but details have yet to be confirmed.
Kew told Screen in a statement:
”Kew is further combining its film and television units. This allows for more cohesion and synergies across our sales and marketing teams and better positions the company for its growth and expansion. The new joint division will be led by Greg Phillips, President, Distribution. Jamie Carmichael, President of Film, has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.”
Recent titles on the Kew slate include Zach Fox and Omri Dorani’s teen comedy How To Get Girls, Bees Make Honey starring Alice Eve, comedy An Actor Prepares with Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston and sci-fi
To be directed by Adrain Noble, former head of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the film will shoot from mid-January in Greater Manchester and London. Production is by Geniuses Pictures in association with Moya Productions and Ipg Media in Australia. International sales are being handled by Robbie Little for The Little Film Company.
Known for his unique depictions of the industrial northwest of England, Lowry lived all his life with an overbearing, bedridden and depressed mother. He spent his days as a rent collector and his evenings at art classes, undeterred by his antagonistic mother’s criticism.
The screenplay is by Martyn Hesford (“Fantabulosa!”), adapted from his stage play of the same name. The producer is Debbie Gray (“Northern Soul,” “Maxine Peak as Hamlet,
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The streaming service released the first full look at “The Looming Tower,” the upcoming original drama charting the extensive counterintelligence efforts in the U.S. as the efforts of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda began to come into view.
Jeff Daniels stars as John O’Neill, an FBI Special Agent whose pursuit of bin Laden played out against a divide between the FBI and the CIA. Peter Sarsgaard, Tahar Rahim, Bill Camp, Wrenn Schmidt, and the ever-present Michael Stuhlbarg round out one of the most promising casts of the new year.
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The series is based on the Pulitzer-winning book of the same name by author Lawrence Wright, whose work also led to the 2015 Alex Gibney doc “Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief.
The series will offer us an "up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal and corruption in the world of business." Some of the subjects of the series include Vw, Big Pharma, Hsbc, Trump Inc, and more. Watch the trailer and then below that you'll find information on each of the six episodes of the series:
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“The expectations are there, and you have to keep that in mind when you make your next round of choices,” said Stillerman, speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment Summit at CES 2018.
“Handmaid’s Tale” preceded Stillerman’s arrival at Hulu last summer, after he spent nearly a decade as head of original programming at AMC Networks. “If there’s a career tip in this session, it’s to take a job at Hulu after ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,'” Stillerman quipped.
Stillerman described Hulu’s approach to originals as being in “three lanes”: 1, continuing to “double down on big, broad, hopefully event-series television in both comedy and drama” — which Hulu loosely calls “core content”; 2, “brand elevating” content aimed at garnering critical acclaim and awards recognition; and 3, “emerging content
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Written and Directed by Alex Gibney
An in-depth examination of the unsolved pub massacre that took place in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland, as the locals were watching World Cup ’94.
Revered documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has deconstructed icons (The Armstrong Lie, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine) and shined a light on impenetrable organisations (Going Clear, My Trip to Al-Qadea), but by examining ‘the troubles’ that plagued Northern Ireland, he has perhaps chosen his most complicated subject matter yet. One with hidden shades of grey, folds in history that are still to be unturned, and which begins in a sleepy rural pub in Loughinireland.
It was here on the eve of The Republic of Ireland’s World Cup ’94 triumph over Italy, that unidentified assailants gunned down six men as they watched the match on television. To this day the murder remains unsolved, caught in a tangled web of purported collusion,
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