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Film News Roundup: Netflix Buys Clive Owen Thriller ‘Anon’

Film News Roundup: Netflix Buys Clive Owen Thriller ‘Anon’
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix buys Clive Owen thriller “Anon,” Burt Young is cast as a crime underboss in “Vault,” and Bresha Webb will play Kevin Hart’s twin sister in “Night School…”

Acquisitions

Netflix has acquired U.S. and some international rights to the thriller “Anon,” starring Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore, and Sonya Walger, following a pre-festival screening in Toronto.

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Andrew Niccol directed from his own script about a near-future world where there is no privacy, ignorance, or anonymity. Owen portrays a man who, while investigating a series of unsolved murders, finds a young woman (played by Seyfried) who has disappeared with no identity or history.

Niccol also produced with Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur at K5 Film. K5 Media Group financed. CAA arranged the funding and brokered the domestic deal. Sierra
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Netflix Lands Andrew Niccol’s ‘Anon’ For $4 Million – Toronto

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Netflix Lands Andrew Niccol’s ‘Anon’ For $4 Million – Toronto
Exclusive: Netflix has acquired U.S. and some foreign rights to Anon, the Andrew Niccol-directed thriller that stars Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore and Sonya Walger. Word around King Street is that deal came in at $4 million. The picture was one of several that CAA screened last Thursday in Toronto, just before the festival’s programmed slate got underway. Niccol directed Gattaca and wrote The Truman Show and more recently Gemini Man (which Ang Lee will direct…
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Uma Thurman: "DuJour"

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Sneak Peek new revealing images of "Kill Bill" actress Uma Thurman in the Fall 2017 issue of "DuJour Magazine", photographed by David Bellemere, wearing "Dolce & Gabbana", "Emilio Pucci", "Tom Ford" and a whole lot more:

Following appearances on the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of "British Vogue", model Uma Thurman went on to star as a nubile innocent in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988).

She rose to prominence with an Oscar-nominated performance in director Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994)...

...followed by "Batman & Robin" (1997)...

..."Gattaca" (1997), and "Les Misérables" (1998).

Thurman was awarded a 'Golden Globe' award for 'Best Actress in a Television Film' for "Hysterical Blindness" (2002).

She then reunited with Tarantino to play 'The Bride' in both Kill Bill films (2003–2004).

Other acting credits include "Be Cool" (2005), "The Producers" (2005), and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006).

She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her five-episode role in "Smash" (2012) and received critical praise
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Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Reunite for Destination Wedding

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Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Reunite for Destination Wedding
It's the reunion we've waited a lifetime for. Well, not really. The usually stellar Keanu Reeves and the always welcome Wynona Ryder first appeared together in one of Revees' most critically derided and divisive movies. One his most hardcore fans find hard to defend. Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Now, the pair are ready to give the world another taste of their unique chemistry, and it allows both actors to return to a genre they long ago abandoned, the romantic comedy. This is actually pretty exciting.

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter Two) and Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Winona Ryder (Girl Interrupted, Stranger Things) will star in Victor Levin's (5 to 7) comedy Destination Wedding, from Levin's original script. Sunshine Pictures' Gail Lyon is producing with Two Camel Films' Elizabeth Dell. Robert Jones is producing for The Fyzz Facility, which is fully financing the film.
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Winona Ryder And Keanu Reeves To Star In Destination Wedding

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Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter Two) and Academy Award® Nominee and Golden Globe® Winner Winona Ryder (Girl Interrupted, Stranger Things) will star in Victor Levin’s (5 to 7) comedy Destination Wedding, from Levin’s original script. Sunshine PicturesGail Lyon is producing with Two Camel Films’ Elizabeth Dell. Robert Jones is producing for The Fyzz Facility, which is fully financing the film. Elevated’s Cassian Elwes and The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey are executive producing. Principal photography recently wrapped in central California.

Destination Wedding tells the story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, both pariahs at this affair, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves. But to act on those feelings would be to trust hope over experience, a foolish choice indeed.

Destination Wedding sees Reeves and Ryder renew a fan-favorite on-screen partnership that began with
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Cannes 2017: Uma Thurman Set to Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury

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Cannes 2017: Uma Thurman Set to Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury
This year’s Cannes Film Festival has announced their pick for President of their Un Certain Regard jury — Cannes regular and American icon, actress Uma Thurman.

Per an official statement from the festival, “In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks. She made her debut aged 17, in Stephen Frears’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and in Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.’ She became Quentin Tarantino’s muse, playing in ‘Pulp Fiction’ (Palme d’or winner, 1994) and in ‘Kill Bill’ (volumes 1 & 2), both presented at the Festival de Cannes. Since then, Uma Thurman has worked with many directors, including Andrew Niccol (‘Gattaca’); Woody Allen (‘Sweet and Lowdown’); Roland Joffé (‘Vatel’) and Ethan Hawke (‘Chelsea Walls’). She recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project, ‘The House that Jack Built,’ alongside Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz.”

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Uma Thurman will preside over Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes 2017

The organisers of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 17th in the south of France, have announced that Uma Thurman will preside over the Un Certain Regard jury the 70th festival.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks. She made her debut aged 17, in Stephen FrearsDangerous Liaisons and in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. She became Quentin Tarantino’s muse, playing in Pulp Fiction (Palme d’or winner, 1994) and in Kill Bill (volumes 1 & 2), both presented at the Festival de Cannes.

Since then, Uma Thurman has worked with many directors, including Andrew Niccol (Gattaca); Woody Allen (Sweet and Lowdown); Roland Joffé (Vatel) and Ethan Hawke (Chelsea Walls). She recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project, The House that Jack Built, alongside Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz.
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Uma Thurman to Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury

Uma Thurman to Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury
Paris – Uma Thurman is set to preside over the jury of Un Certain Regard at the upcoming 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks….Whether playing crazy, sexy or dominant, the woman whose namesake is the Hindu goddess of beauty and light has definitely entered the pantheon of movie greats, with several of her scenes attaining cult status,” the festival said in a statement.

The actress delivered notable performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” which won a Palme d’Or in 1994, as well as in “Kill Bill” Volumes 1 & 2, which were both presented at Cannes.

Thurman has since worked with a wide range of auteurs, including Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”), Woody Allen (“Sweet and Lowdown”), Roland Joffé (“Vatel”) and Lars von Trier (“Nymphomaniac”).

She is set to re-reteam with Von Trier on his next project,
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Call Of Duty: a cinematic universe is being planned

Simon Brew Apr 6, 2017

The Call Of Duty videogames are heading to the movies, as Activision Blizzard eyes a Marvel-style cinematic universe.

Notwithstanding the fact that the games themselves are suffering from their strict adhesion to an annual publishing cycle, the Call Of Duty series of first person shooters nonetheless remain some of the most popular videogames on the planet.

It’s perhaps, then, something of a surprise that – until now – there’s not actually been a movie take on the series, not least given how cinematic many of the moments in the games are. You don’t have to look far to see the cinema influences, and this is has been something that’s been part and parcel of Call Of Duty since day one (or, going even further back, Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault).

The day when you see Call Of Duty at your local Odeon is coming,
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character
Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyberpunk opus, “Ghost in the Shell,” was one of the first Japanese anime titles to cross over to Western audiences, and it’s been reissued and repackaged so often since the millennium that it’s scant surprise studio execs seized upon it as reproducible property. Possibly it was a matter of waiting: for digital effects houses to get up to spec, the right deals to be struck, and any accusations of cultural appropriation to blow over. Paramount’s all-new live-action “Ghost,” powered by hefty reserves of American and Asian money, emerges as a dazzling logistical display with a missing file where the human interest might once have been stored.

Fans need not blubber unduly. As overseen by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, this transliteration would seem faithful enough to satiate those who just want to see favorite scenes and characters redrawn on the biggest screen imaginable.
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Ethan Hawke to Get Tribute at San Francisco Film Festival (Exclusive)

Ethan Hawke to Get Tribute at San Francisco Film Festival (Exclusive)
The San Francisco Film Society will honor Ethan Hawke during the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The event will take place on April 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and include a conversation with the actor-filmmaker, followed by a screening of his new film, “Maudie,” directed by Aisling Walsh.

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Ethan Hawke is worthy of celebration on so many levels,” said Rachel Rosen, director of programming. “It’s been a pleasure to experience his work as a director of both fiction and documentary, alongside his countless indelible performances. He effortlessly communicates his artistic vision across his various creative pursuits, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor him for the full scope of his work in film.”

Hawke has been nominated twice for a best supporting actor Academy Award — for “Boyhood” and “Training Day” — and
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Arrival

Yep, yet another fleet of giant alien spaceships has Earth surrounded, but Denis Villeneuve’s movie is not your garden variety invasion fantasy. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communcate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown. It’s a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level — while teaching us how to converse in coffee stain hieroglyphics.

Arrival

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Paramount

2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.99

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma.

Cinematography: Bradford Young

Film Editor: Joe Walker

Production Design: Patrice Vermette

Original Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Written by: Eric Heisserer based on The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Produced by: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

A few science fiction entertainments in the last twenty-odd years
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Beauty Break: Jude Law

Jude Law is 44 years old today and what better way to shake off the blues than to appreciate extremely vivid talent that's still very much with us and has always comes in such delicious wrapping? Next up for Jude Law is the intriguing but-who-knows HBO series The Young Pope.

But until then we gawk at the beauty for with Jude Law the beauty never ends, no matter what phase of life he's hit or what character he's lurking within. He began as callow twinks, moved into suave young guns, aced the sexually promiscuous twenty-something swingers and wounded thirtysomething romantic. And now he charms whether purposefully going to seed or cleaning up real nice in middle age.

We've loved him since his film breakthrough in 1997 (Wilde, Gattaca, Bent). Twenty years later after offering up many great performances and generous eye candy to his fans, he has yet to give us a reason to stop.
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‘Arrival’ review [Tiff ’16]

Arrival review: Denis Villeneuve enters the realms of science fiction with a first-contact movie with a glittering cast, including Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

Arrival review by Paul Heath, Tiff ’16.

Arrival comes to Toronto following an impressive debut at Venice where awards buzz fermented for Denis Villeneuve‘s latest a sci-fi marvel ambitious in approach though grounded in realism and scientific accuracy.

Amy Adams plays the lead role of Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist who is recruited by the Us government – specifically Forest Whitaker’s military guy Colonel Weber – to help them decode intricate messages delivered by alien crafts that have popped up at various locations throughout the world. Banks is aided by Jeremy Renner‘s Dr. Ian Connelly who is supporting on the scientific side of things at one of the twelve craft sites in rural Montana. With constant communication between them and the other eleven sites, the duo
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Snowtown, The Babadook composer Jed Kurzel signs with Music Sales

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Jed Kurzel.

Mess Hall star turned film composer Jed Kurzel has signed a deal with Chester Music/G.Schirmer Australia, representing his publishing rights for all projects..

Kurzel broke out by doing the score for his brother Justin's debut feature Snowtown. He's since composed the music for Slow West, The Babadook, Son of A Gun, All This Mayhem, and Benedict Andrews' upcoming Una, starring Ben Mendelsohn and set to premiere at Tiff next month..

Andrews and the Kurzels go way back, with Justin designing some of the productions directed by Andrews when he was a resident director at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Jed Kurzel is currently based in London, where he worked on the score for his brother's Macbeth and is currently scoring his first studio film, Assassin's Creed: Time Out Of Mind, again directed by Justin and starring Michael Fassbender. .

.We first met Jed when he was
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San Sebastian: Ethan Hawke Set for Donostia Award

San Sebastian: Ethan Hawke Set for Donostia Award
Madrid– Ethan Hawke will receive a 2016 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 64th San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.

Hawke will be honored Sept. 17 at a ceremony prior to San Sebastian’s gala screening of Antoine Fuqua’s remake of classic western “The Magnificent Seven,” in which Hawke co-stars alongside Denzel Washington. The film will close the Venice Festival and then segues to Toronto, where it opens the festival.

“Hawke’s career, spanning thirty years and four Academy Award nominations, has solidified his reputation as a truly multifaceted artist, challenging himself as a screenwriter, director, novelist and actor of the stage and screen,” the San Sebastian Festival said in a statement.

An actor who has also leveraged his fame to give more prominence to high-profile independent titles – as with his fruitful partnership with Richard Linklater which takes in titles such as “Boyhood,” “Before Midnight” and
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Official Us Trailer for Natalie Portman's 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'

"Your innocence will never abandon you..." Focus World has debuted a brand new official Us trailer for Natalie Portman's directorial debut, a drama called A Tale of Love and Darkness, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Natalie Portman plays Fania Oz, the mother of Amos Oz, a person from real life who eventually becomes a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses mostly on his youth and his relationship with his mother. The cast includes Amir Tessler as the young Amos Oz, as well as Gilad Kahana, Ohad Knoller, Makram Khoury and Rotem Keinan. This looks powerful with some stunning cinematography by Slawomir Idziak (of Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look below. Here's an official Us trailer for Natalie Portman's A Tale of Love and Darkness,
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U.S. Trailer For Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

Natalie Portman will be seen in a second Terrence Malick film soon (fingers crossed), as well as new films from Xavier Dolan, Alex Garland, and Pablo Larraín within the next year, but before that, she’ll finally debut her first directorial effort in U.S. theaters this summer. Following a premiere at Cannes Film Festival last year, we now have the U.S. trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Based on a bestselling book of the same name by author Amos Oz, it chronicles Oz’s early life during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the beginning of the new formed Jewish state. With cinematography from Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down, Gattaca), the reception thus far has been a bit muted, but we’re looking forward to see what Portman can do behind the camera considering the great directors she’s worked with thus far.
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The Furniture: Orlando's Otherworldly Pageantry

"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber...

Sally Potter’s Orlando is a work of otherworldly character. It does not take place in a fantasy land or on a distant planet, but all the same it does not really seem to take place in our own reality. This might seem an obvious thing to say about a movie whose protagonist is an Elizabethan nobleman (Tilda Swinton) who lives for centuries and abruptly becomes a woman midway through the story, but there’s more to it than that. Its mood is one of near-anachronistic magic, built with a narrative logic that resists the strict signposts of linear storytelling, and lit by a shimmering queer sensibility.

Each of the film’s changing atmospheres has something quite specific to say. The central Istanbul section, filmed in the ancient walled city of Khiva, Uzbekistan, uses architecture to isolate
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Harker’s Seven Sci-Fi Thrillers

Harker’s Seven Sci-Fi Thrillers
The 30th anniversary of Aliens got me thinking about Sci-Fi thrillers. Not every one is a home run, but there are so many that are! So while revisitng Aliens, maybe check out some of these other classics, too!

Gattaca

This is one of the most beautiful and most frightening looks at a future that is right around the corner: parents given the ability to genetically manipulate a fetus so that it contains the best traits of its lineage, everyone else be damned. Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Jude Law play the pretty people and those who just miss the mark.

Buy Gattaca here!

Under The Skin

Scarlett Johansson as an unnamed sexy alien who picks up and seduces men in a creepy black, liquid void. More something to just take in versus a straight-ahead narrative, Under The Skin will get under yours, even if you don’t understand it all!
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