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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy
More than six years after the Best Picture nominee The Help took the careers of Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to new heights, the actresses are reuniting for an untitled Christmas comedy. The project was at the center of a huge bidding war that Universal eventually won, over 20th Century Fox and Paramount, with the pitch coming from Jessica Chastain herself and her Freckle Films production president Kelly Carmichael, who both wrote the treatment, with Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians) attached to write the script. Both Chastain and Carmichael are set to produce through their Freckle Films banner, alongside Maven Pictures' Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.

Both Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will portray two women who are trying to brave the elements and get back home for Christmas, although no further story details were given for this Jessica Chastain Holiday Comedy. Executive VP of production Erik Baiers and
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Jessica Chastain and Sarah Jessica Parker Speak Out About Making Hollywood Sets More Inclusive

Jessica Chastain and Sarah Jessica Parker Speak Out About Making Hollywood Sets More Inclusive
This weekend at the PGA’s Produced By: New York — the very same conference where Anthony Bourdain criticized longtime Harvey Weinstein collaborator Quentin Tarantino for his “life of complicity and shame and compromise” — women’s-rights champion Jessica Chastain called her former self “complicit” in another Hollywood epidemic: systematically denying women equal pay, screen time, and ownership of their work.

Seated alongside fellow actress-producer Sarah Jessica Parker, their producing partners Alison Benson and Kelly Carmichael, and PGA president Lori McCreary, the two-time Oscar nominee explained that she founded Freckle Films in February 2016 “because I was realizing that being part of the industry meant that I was a part of the problem.” She added that “we don’t acknowledge the fact that we’re complicit in our inaction — and that goes across many areas.”

Even if she didn’t explicitly mention them, Chastain had Weinstein’s alleged victims on her mind. Following
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Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released

Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released
Rome – The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main competition jury, which will include actress Rebecca Hall, “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright, and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, whose “On Body and Soul” won this year’s Berlin Golden Bear.

They will decide the fest’s main prizes alongside French actress Anna Mouglalis, Mexican film director and producer Michel Franco, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, and Hong Kong-based film director and photographer Yonfan.

As previously announced, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will preside over the main jury, the first woman since 2006 to head the panel.

The festival also announced Sunday that U.S. director John Landis will head the jury of the new Venice Virtual Reality section, which organizers tout as the first-ever competition for Vr works launched by a major film fest.

Of the main competition jurors, Franco, whose latest feature as a director is “April’s Daughter,” produced
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Alan Glynn's "Paradime" Adapted

ITV Studios America and One-Two Punch Productions have optioned Alan Glynn's upcoming psychological thriller novel "Paradime" with plans to adapt it into a scripted TV series.

The story follows Danny Lynch, a man who has returned to New York City after a stint in Afghanistan. Trying to make ends meet, he gets a job as a line cook in a high end restaurant.

From his prep station he views the privileged clientele including a billionaire tech mogul who couldn't be more different to him except for one thing: in appearance, they are identical.

The closer Danny looks at Trager's life, the more fixated he becomes. His reality blurred, Danny starts making decisions that will irrevocably change his life.

"Medium" creator Glenn Gordon Caron is attached to write and direct. Caron, Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso will executive produce. Glynn's novel "The Dark Fields" served as the source material for
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Kristen Stewart Emerges as a Real Oscar Threat

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Earlier this year, Kristen Stewart became the first American actress to earn a César Award (France’s Oscar), in the best supporting actress category, for her performance as a movie star’s assistant in Clouds of Sils Maria. Earlier this month, Stewart also received the best supporting actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle and from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Boston Online Film Critics. If that weren’t enough praise for her performance, Stewart was also the runner-up for the best supporting actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics (losing out to Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina).

Prior to this recent slew of awards, Stewart’s performance had all but fallen off the Oscar radar, as Clouds of Sils Maria was initially released far too early in the season to be considered a legitimate threat (it was released in May of 2014). However,
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Every Movie is a TV Show is a Book is a Broadway Play is a Video Game

Here’s something to think about when you go looking for your favorite movie: it might be a TV show. Stephen King first published “The Mist” in 1980, Frank Darabont adapted it as a movie in 2007, and now The Weinstein Company is developing it for television. That’s similar to what happened to “The Dark Fields,” which was turned into Limitless in 2011, and is currently on CBS on a TV near you. Going in reverse, the late ’80s TV show 21 Jump Street has been converted into two films (with probably more on the way, which also happened with The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, Dark Shadows, Mission: Impossible and Veronica Mars (although that last one is admittedly a spin-off film featuring most of the same actors in their original roles). However, Veronica Mars (like Entourage) helps illustrate an interesting difference from all of the TV shows that decided they needed a movie (not
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Oscar mystery: Is Alicia Vikander this year's Jessica Chastain?'

Oscar mystery: Is Alicia Vikander this year's Jessica Chastain?'
Back in 2011, he same red-haired woman seemed to be in every movie you saw. That was Jessica Chastain who by year's end had racked up six roles on her resume -- “Coriolanus,” “The Help," “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields.” “The Tree of Life” and “Wilde Salome,” The buzz was so hot for her that she landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for “The Help." She may have lost that race to co-star Octavia Spencer, but a star was born nonetheless. This year another fresh-faced ingenue has arrived in town by the name of Alicia Vikander. -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Over the past several years, this Swedish import has been slowly building her profile with small roles in “A Royal Wedding” (2012), “Anna Karenina” (2012), and “The Fifth Estate” (2013). This year, she’s been just...'
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Limitless episode 1 review: Pilot

The latest movie-turned-tv-show is CBS’ Limitless, which wraps slick visuals around a generic, empty centre…

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 Pilot

The thematic centre of Neil Burger’s 2011 feature Limitless, based on Alan Glynn’s novel The Dark Fields, was what we’d all be willing to sacrifice for knowledge and power. If you were offered a psychotropic devil’s bargain that would make you an uber-capable genius at the cost of your safety, would you take it?

The CBS spin-off show poses no such question. Not in the pilot at least. It doesn’t use its neural-enhancement-drug premise to probe the ethics of an issue that’s recurred in myth for centuries, from Prometheus to the Garden of Eden to Doctor Faustus to a shelf of comic books a mile long. Instead, it uses it to populate network TV with yet another super-powered crime-solver.

Because by the end of the Limitless pilot,
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From Home and Away to Everest, Jason Clarke is reaching new peaks

The Australian actor has found himself working for Oliver Stone, Michael Mann and Terrence Malick but can also lend blockbusters a more thoughtful face

Jason Clarke, the star of Everest, is a mountain of a man: six foot two with square shoulders and a vast sheer cliff of a forehead. When Christian Bale dropped out of this adventure story, based on real events, it was Clarke who stepped into his climbing boots to play Rob Hall, leader of a commercial expedition to the summit in May 1996 that went horribly wrong. Clarke, blokey and dependable, has the look of someone you would follow confidently into a fight, whereas Bale comes across as the sort of man who would start one. What makes the 46-year-old Australian more intriguing than a standard tough nut is the wounded quality in his eyes. Easygoing in nature, he always seems to have something on his mind.
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Review: 'Jackie & Ryan' Starring Katherine Heigl And Ben Barnes Lacks Authenticity

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even a “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of
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Jackie & Ryan | Review

Ballad of the Sad Doublet: Mann’s Warm, Simplistic Tale of Lonely Hearts

Recalling an era of simple, but warmly rendered studio features fitted specifically for their romantic lead properties, Ami Canaan Mann’s sophomore film Jackie & Ryan is indeed as plain as its aseptic title would indicate. A portrait of Middle American woes that could have easily been set in the Depression era, Mann’s straight laced storytelling makes for a surprisingly pleasant venture, even as top lined by a pair of dubious leads. But as warmly rendered as the film happens to be, it’s doubtful whether anything will remain very memorable once the credits roll.

Modern day drifter Ryan (Ben Barnes) is an aspiring folk singer, hopping around the country by train, the happy-go-lucky sort who seems to be engaged with life exactly as he wants to be. He stops off in Ogden, Utah, and while performing one day,
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7 Minutes – The Review

The criminal caper that goes wrong is always good for a suspenseful, absorbing thriller movie. Just from memory there is The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, (almost any classic film noir dealing with a criminal undertaking, if it didn’t go wrong it wouldn’t be noir now would it?) Odds Against tomorrow, Reservoir Dogs, Bob Le Flambeur, Rififi, and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

The list is just about endless, in fact, precious few movies about criminals show the heist going off without a hitch. Add to that list 7 Minutes, a tough, unblinking look at a caper done by amateurs so desperate they are willing to risk everything to try and pull it off.

Sam (Luke Mitchell), Mike, (Jason Ritter, son of John and showing some good acting chops) and Owen (Zane Holtz) lead small town lives of quiet desperation. They try and make some money through drug
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Hill Harper Books Co-Starring Role in CBS' TV Pilot Adaptation of 'Limitless'

Hill Harper has booked a co-starring role opposite Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter in CBS’ drama pilot, "Limitless," which is based on the 2011 feature that starred Bradley Cooper, itself based on the novel, "The Dark Fields," by Alan Glynn. The film told the story of a struggling writer who becomes a financial wizard, with the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of their brain abilities; but it also thrusts him into a dangerous new world. The TV pilot adaptation, which will be executive produced by Bradley Cooper, follows a similar narrative, except the lead character will use his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to...
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John Friedberg to leave Qed International

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John Friedberg to leave Qed International
International sales exec follows Bill Block out of the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

John Friedberg, evp of international sales and distribution at Qed International, is the latest high profile exec to exit the La-based production, financing and sales distribution company.

He joined the business in 2006 and his responsibilities crossed into all areas of the company.

In 2011, Friedberg was promoted to vp of international sales and was involved in sales and distribution on films including Sabotage, directed by David Ayer and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Fading Gigolo, directed by John Turturro and starring Turturro and Woody Allen; and Alex Cross, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Tyler Perry.

He took on his most recent role in 2013 and handled international sales on David Ayer’s tank thriller Fury, starring Brad Pitt, which reportedly carried a $68m production budget and has grossed more than $211m worldwide.

Friedberg was also instrumental in bringing equity to [link
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‘American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper On Less Is More, And Other Lessons Learned From Eastwood, De Niro And David O

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‘American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper On Less Is More, And Other Lessons Learned From Eastwood, De Niro And David O
Exclusive Q&A: It arrived too late to factor in guild and critics awards, but the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has established such a connection with American movie audiences that its dark horse chances of upsetting the Oscar status quo cannot be ignored. It passed Saving Private Ryan to become the highest domestic grossing war movie ever; it even shot past the U.S. gross of Bradley Cooper’s previous biggest hit, The Hangover, and trails only The Passion Of The Christ for biggest-ever R-rated domestic grosser. This, for a hard R film about the wartime exploits and horrors faced by the most dangerous sniper in U.S. military history, and the price paid by Chris Kyle, wife Taya, and his fellow soldiers tasked with door to door searches in Sadr City when it was the most dangerous place in Iraq.

Nominated for Best Actor for his spare portrayal of the Navy Seal sharpshooter,
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Jessica Chastain’s Incredible Rise

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

From a newcomer award at the Deauville Film Festival in 2011 to a career tribute this fall, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has come a long way in just three years. This year, she has been a part of four films: Christopher Nolan’s potential best picture nominee Interstellar, which opens in select theaters Nov. 5; J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which is opening AFI Fest Nov. 6; Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is a combination of 2013’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him.

After graduating from Juilliard in 2003, Chastain was plucked from relative obscurity by Al Pacino to star in his production of Salome at Los Angeles’ Wadsworth Theatre in 2006. Pacino chronicles
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Venice 2014: 'Jackie & Ryan' review

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★★☆☆☆Returning to the Venice Lido in the Orizzonti sidebar after her mildly gripping thriller Texas Killing Fields premièred here back in 2011, Ami Canaan Mann's Jackie & Ryan (2014) is a fleetingly entertaining romantic drama set in the world of street music. Former Prince Caspian Ben Barnes plays Ryan, a postmodern train-hopping troubadour, whose Athena poster boy looks and guitar plucking skills intrigue ex-pop country singer Jackie (rom-com regular Katherine Heigl). She first sees him busking with a buddy on the street and asks if he ever plays his own material. He shrugs her off, but later when Jackie is lightly knocked down by a car while texting, Ryan escorts her back to her mother's house in the Utah wastes.
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Venice Review: Ami Canaan Mann’s 'Jackie & Ryan' Starring Katherine Heigl And Ben Barnes

Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of the characters start or end in particularly interesting places, and the journey is
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Venice Spotlight: Ami Canaan Mann On ‘Jackie & Ryan’

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Venice Spotlight: Ami Canaan Mann On ‘Jackie & Ryan’
Since she is the daughter of iconic filmmaker Michael Mann, it seems surprising that director Ami Canaan Mann’s first screenplay would focus on a modern-day train-jumper musician who sneaks onto freight cars, armed with guitar and Sterno to cook and make coffee as he heads from city to city to busk on the streets and stay true to a century-old music and lifestyle.

That is the subject of Jackie & Ryan, a collision between the singer (Ben Barnes) and a married woman and former singer (Katherine Heigl) who is nearly broke after fleeing with her daughter from a loveless marriage in New York to go home to Portland with her litigious husband in hot pursuit.

This is Mann’s third film as a director, the most recent being the gritty thriller Texas Killing Fields. From the Coppolas on down, there have been enough cross-generational director success stories to make you
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Venice Film Review: ‘Jackie & Ryan’

Venice Film Review: ‘Jackie & Ryan’
There was a time when a major studio might have made “Jackie & Ryan,” a wholesome, female-skewing heartland romance, with a Sandra Bullock in the lead and reaped the profits; today, it’s a wing-and-a-prayer festival film that marks Katherine Heigl’s introduction to independent cinema. That’s more of a knock on the shifting biases of mainstream audiences than it is on the ample cornball charms of Ami Canaan Mann’s third feature, which casts Heigl as a hard-up single mother and former country star who’s brought out of her shell by dreamy, drifting busker Ben Barnes. , and merits a carefully targeted release from a nurturing distributor.

The Venice Lido is a curious place to unveil a not-especially-arty film this cozily American in flavor and focus. Everything about “Jackie & Ryan” (filmed under the initial title “Your Right Mind”) seems geared more toward a Sundance berth, right down to its
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