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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Film Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

Film Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’
Of all the books Charles Dickens wrote, none has been more often adapted for the screen than “A Christmas Carol,” drawing under its spell stars as diverse as Albert Finney, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Mickey Mouse and the Muppets. Rather than retelling the classic once again, fresh take “The Man Who Invented Christmas” focuses on Dickens himself, revealing the equivalently satisfying story of how the English author conceived his beloved yuletide novella — while offering a chance for a splendidly cast Christopher Plummer to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the process.

Satisfying as it is to see a late-career Plummer tackle the iconic role, the subject of this particular film remains Scrooge’s creator, who may have had more in common with the old miser than audiences realize. The year was 1843, by which time Dickens (played here by “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens) had already tasted success, only to lose his publishers’ confidence after a series of “flops” (although
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Film Review: ‘Pin Cushion’

Cinema was littered with tales of teenage mean girls well before Tina Fey put a tidy name to their ilk in 2004 — rarer, however, are stories that extend their reign of terror decades past the prom. Achingly fragile and genuinely, preciously peculiar, British writer-director Deborah Haywood’s first feature “Pin Cushion” ambitiously examines the psychological damage wrought by bullying at all ages, admitting the painful truth that for some of those mean girls and their beleaguered victims, growing older does not mean growing up. Given human grounding by the wonderful Joanna Scanlan, as a timidly eccentric single mother seeing her naive adolescent daughter slip into the same hellish social no-woman’s-land from which she has never escaped, Haywood’s filmmaking itself marches to a different drummer. That’s a mixed blessing: Cinematically, “Pin Cushion” goes all in on a heightened, macramé-and-macaroons aesthetic that occasionally smothers the rawer nerves of its storytelling.

Having
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Brazil’s Conspiraçao Ups the Ante on TV Production (Exclusive)

Brazil’s Conspiraçao Ups the Ante on TV Production (Exclusive)
Once TV production in Brazil, as over most of Latin America, was near monopolized by the in-house output of its dominant domestic commercial broadcast giants, led by Globo and Televisa.

No more. This month, HBO Latin America went into production on a third season of “Magnifica 70” (pictured, season 2), about a buttoned censor who falls in love with the star of a porn film he’s censoring. He ends up directing her films so they can pass censorship.

Its producer, Rio de Janeiro’s Conspiracao, was once far better known outside Brazil for big art films, such as Andrucha Waddington’s multi-generational ode to womanhood, “The House of Sand,” or more local hits – like Waddington’s own “Party Crashers,” which earned $12.9 million in Brazil in 2012, or Breno Silveira’s “Gonzaga: From Father to Son” ($7.2 million, also in 2012).

Now Waddington, Silveira and Claudio Torres, Conspiracao’s star movie directors and company partners, are
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Cannes: France’s Mpm Film Takes Carolina Jabor’s ‘Liquid Truth’ (Exclusive)

Cannes — Paris-based production-sales company Mpm Film has acquired worldwide rights outside South America to Carolina Jabor‘s “Liquid Truth.”

The feature marks the second fiction feature directorial outing by producer-director Jabor, who debuted with “Good Luck,” a box office hit, and also directed documentary “O mistério do samba.” One of the fast-rising women art film directors in Brazil, Jabor also has a cachet as a TV director, helming multiple episodes of Conspiraçao’s flagship TV hit, “The Invisible Woman.”

Produced by top Brazilian independent company Conspiraçao Filmes, whose credits include Andrucha Waddington’s “Lope,” omnibus feature “Rio, I Love You,” and Globo Filmes –the film arm of Brazilian media giant Globo, “Liquid Truth” was 100% financed by Globo using its access to Brazilian tax-break money.

The international sales agent deal was brokered by Ricardo Monastier for Mpm and Leonardo Barros for Conspiracao.

Based on a recent stage play by Catalan author
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Salon hires Annabel Wigoder to oversee development and production

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Salon hires Annabel Wigoder to oversee development and production
Former Endemol exec will associate produce feature docs McQueen and Breaking Habits.

UK production outfit Salon Pictures (Churchill, My Name Is Lenny) has hired Annabel Wigoder to oversee the development and production side of its business.

Wigoder was previously head of development for Buckland Pictures and worked in production for Endemol Shine.

She has also worked in script development for Headline Pictures, where she was involved with features including Quartet and The Invisible Woman and TV drama The Man In The High Castle.

She has also worked in a freelance capacity for Film4, BBC Writers Room and Focus Features, and was chosen as ‘One to Watch’ by the Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Wigoder now board as associate producer on Salon Pictures’ feature documentary McQueen, about fashion designer Alexander McQueen, and Breaking Habits, a feature documentary project about a convent of nuns in California who grow marijuana.

Salon founder Paul Van Carter commented: “We have been searching for the
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Kristin Scott Thomas to Play BMW Heiress in Alexandra-Therese Keining’s “Paramour”

Kristin Scott Thomas in “I’ve Loved You So Long”: Columbia/TriStar

Kristin Scott Thomas has signed on to star in “Paramour,” a thriller about a doomed romance. Swedish helmer Alexandra-Therese Keining will direct the film, Deadline reports.

Inspired by the true story of BMW heiress Susanne Klatten (Scott Thomas), “Paramour” follows the “powerful woman who chooses to lead a reclusive existence away from the limelight. When the mysterious and seductive Helg Sgarbi enters her life, they embark upon a passionate, illicit affair — but once she is well and truly hooked, Helg reveals his sinister true intentions,” the source summarizes.

Jordan Katz (“Valiant”) penned the script. Meredith Vieira ProductionsAmy Rapp (“Tower”) is producing alongside Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter (“The Hallow”). Vieira will serve as exec producer. Sales for the project, scheduled to shoot in Germany and Italy this fall, will launch next week in Cannes.

“‘Paramour’ is a thrilling and provocative story about the dangers and responsibilities that one uber-wealthy woman is forced to confront,” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “Jordan Katz’s script intelligently captures the intriguing dilemmas facing these two highly flawed characters. The combination of exciting filmmaker Alexandra-Therese Keining and the always compelling star Kristin Scott Thomas make for a heady cocktail which will appeal to adult audiences around the world.”

Keining’s most recent film, supernatural coming-of-age story “Girls Lost,” made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. When we asked her about the biggest misconception about her and her work, she said, “That as a female director, I am only able to do rom-coms.” Keining is currently in pre-production on AnnaSophia Robb-starrer “Just Like Beauty,” a dramedy set in a dystopic future.

Scott Thomas will make her directorial debut with “The Sea Change,” a drama about an unhappy married couple who travel to a remote Greek island. She earned an Academy Award nomination in 1997 for her role in “The English Patient.” Her recent credits include “Suite Française,” “The Invisible Woman,” and “Only God Forgives.” She’ll next be seen in Sally Potter’s “The Party,” which just secured U.S. distribution. Scheduled to hit theaters in February, the black and white dark comedy co-stars Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom”), Patricia Clarkson (“The Maze Runner” franchise), Cillian Murphy (“Inception”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Timothy Spall (“Harry Potter” franchise), and Bruno Ganz (“The Reader”).

Kristin Scott Thomas to Play BMW Heiress in Alexandra-Therese Keining’s “Paramour” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Bitch Planet: Triple Feature set for release in June

Image Comics has announced the upcoming release of Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, a new anthology series featuring satirical stories born from the pages of Bitch Planet.

Ripped directly from the world of Bitch Planet, a crack team of creators spin three teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution, and ridicule—plus essays, a letter column, and more! Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 includes Windows, by Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Maria Fröhlich; Without and Within, by Andrew Aydin and Joanna Estep; and The Invisible Woman, written by Conley Lyons with art by Craig Yeung; all with lettering by Clayton Cowles.

“For me, the most fascinating thing about working on the anthology has been that very few of the initial pitches that came in were satirical,” said DeConnick. “Most were heavy (tonally) and very straight-forward, which made me reconsider our approach to the main title—because these young people were pitching based on what they perceived our tone to be.
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Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev

Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev
Ralph Fiennes will direct The White Crow, a biographical drama about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The new project by Fiennes, whose previous directorial efforts are Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman, will be based on Julie Kavanagh's book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

David Hare, nominated for Oscars in the best screenplay category for The Hours and The Reader, will write the script.

The White Crow is being developed by the BBC Films and produced by Oscar-nominated Gabrielle Tana through Magnolia Mae Productions, with Francois Ivernel through the French branch of his company Montebello Productions.

"This is a story of an uncompromising...
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Richard Armitage Joins Julie Delpy’s ‘My Zoe’ — Berlin

Richard Armitage Joins Julie Delpy’s ‘My Zoe’ — Berlin
Exclusive: Richard Armitage has joined the cast of Julie Delpy's My Zoe, which is being sold at the Efm in Berlin by Protagonist Pictures. He'll join Daniel Brühl, Lior Ashkenazy and child actor Sophia Ally in the pic, which is written and directed by Delpy and produced by Philomena and The Invisible Woman producer Gabrielle Tana. Armitage, who's renowned for playing Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, will play the role of James, the ex-husband of…
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Location manager Michael Harm dies aged 51

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Location manager Michael Harm dies aged 51
Experienced location manager worked on World War Z, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Harry Potter and Match Point.

UK-based location manager Michael Harm has died unexpectedly in London aged 51.

Harm, who was born in the Netherlands and moved to the UK in the early 1990s, started his career on BBC mini-series You, Me and It before working on features such as Restoration, Bent and My Son The Fanatic.

Harm served as unit manager on UK hits including Elizabeth, Notting Hill, Dirty Pretty Things and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, before taking on location manager duties for Woody Allen duo Match Point and Scoop.

In 2009 he served as location manager on Jane Campion’s Cannes competition entry Bright Star and Rob Marshall’s musical-romance Nine.

In 2011, Harm renewed scouting for the Harry Potter franchise on Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and in the following year took on Disney juggernaut Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

In recent
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Kate Mara Flashes Her Diamond Ring After Engagement to Jamie Bell

Kate Mara Flashes Her Diamond Ring After Engagement to Jamie Bell
The Invisible Woman is rocking a not-so-invisible engagement ring!

Fantastic Four star Kate Mara stepped out in New York City on Friday, showing off her diamond ring hours after her rep confirmed her engagement to her costar in the film, Jamie Bell.

The 33-year-old actress was seen walking around the Big Apple in the evening, flashing her finger while wearing a plaid trench coat, black and white striped shirt, and blue hoodie.

Earlier in the day, the House of Cards alum was seen carrying a blue bag in a similar outfit — though swapping the trench coat for a black leather jacket.
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Rebel with a Cause: Interview with the star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Felicity Jones

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Rebel with a Cause: Interview with the star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Felicity JonesRebel with a Cause: Interview with the star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Felicity JonesIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine12/14/2016 9:42:00 Am

Can you feel it — an imbalance in the force?

It’s been there since 1977 when Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope arrived in theatres with young Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) appearing as the film’s single female lead opposite a galaxy full of male heroes and villains.

Although a princess, Leia was also a leader in the rebel force fighting the evil Empire. Unfortunately, her place in the Star Wars universe took a turnfor the worse in the next two films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as her role devolved into that of Han Solo’s maybe girlfriend and, worst of all,
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Felicity Jones Opens Up About Anton Yelchin’s ‘Devastating’ Death: ‘He Was Like No One Else’

Felicity Jones Opens Up About Anton Yelchin’s ‘Devastating’ Death: ‘He Was Like No One Else’
Felicity Jones is on the verge of becoming a household name thanks to starring roles in the upcoming Rouge One: A Star Wars Story and Inferno. However, the movie that jump-started her Hollywood career also brought a friendship that ended too soon.

Jones was cast in 2011’s Like Crazy opposite Anton Yelchin, with whom she formed a bond offscreen until the actor’s tragic death in June after his Jeep Cherokee rolled down the driveway to his Los Angeles home and fatally pinned him to a gate. He was 27.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jones opens up about coping with the unexpected tragedy,
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Britannia honour for Felicity Jones

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Britannia honour for Felicity Jones
The Oscar-nominated actor will receive Batfa Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for British Artist Of The Year presented by Burberry in October.

Jones, who will be seen in A Monster Calls and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year, will collect the honour at the 2016 Britannia Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on October 28.

British Artist Of The Year “pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship… a person who represents the best of British talent.”

Prior recipients include Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz and James Cordon.

Jones earned a lead actress Academy Award nod in 2015 for her role opposite Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything. She also stars in December release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Felicity Jones is one of the finest, most sought-after
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In (partial) defence of Fantastic Four

One year after the release of the universally castigated superhero movie, Sean Wilson pops the question: is it really That bad?

Amidst a disappointing 2016 blockbuster movie season I’m struggling to identify any genuine underdog movies, ones that received their fare share of critical bile but which I actually liked. (Case in point: Suicide Squad, which has been near-universally hated and which I detested too.)

2015 however was slightly different. I can pinpoint at least three summer releases that I felt were unfairly treated: Tomorrowland, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and, most controversially, Fantastic Four. All of these movies tanked at the box office (Tomorrowland was considered a colossal live-action write-off for Disney) and received middling-to-poor reviews, slipping from the minds of most viewers whilst lingering in mine. True they are all considerably flawed but I can think of several, far more hateful 2015 releases that really got my back up.
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Christine Langan exit: industry reacts

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Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.

There have been warm tributes to Christine Langan as news broke yesterday of her impending departure from BBC Films to join UK production outfit Baby Cow.

Attention is also now beginning to turn to who is likely to be her successor and what plans the BBC has for its film arm in the long run.

“Christine leaves BBC Films in good shape,” commented producer Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures, who worked with the broadcaster’s film arm on titles including Quartet and The Invisible Woman, among other projects.

Pride producer David Livingstone noted Langan’s “incisiveness.”

“The thing I remember particularly about Christine is her giving very good notes about the final editing of the film (Pride). She was very clear and very precise, and with a light hand on the tiller,” Livingstone said.

“Obviously
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BBC Films boss Christine Langan set to step down

Philomena producer is to join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions.

Christine Langan is set to step down as head of BBC Films and replace Henry Normal as CEO of Baby Cow Productions.

A spokesperson for BBC Films told Screen the organisation “could not comment on speculation” but Screen sources have subsequently confirmed the departure, which was first revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Langan’s contract and a timetable for the exit are currently being ironed out but Screen sources have indicated that a late October departure is possible.

Langan, producer of Oscar winners The Queen and Philomena, will work closely with Baby Cow co-founder and actor Steve Coogan to shepherd the company through its next phase of growth.

Baby Cow co-produced Philomena, in which Coogan starred and co-wrote, as well as other Coogan vehicles including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, 24 Hour Party People and A Cock And Bull Story.

At the company
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Silver Sable Movie to Be First Spider-Man Spinoff at Sony?

Silver Sable Movie to Be First Spider-Man Spinoff at Sony?
Are we about to get a Silver Sable movie? Sony has been in control of everything related to any and all Spider-Man movies for quite some time, but they recently struck a deal with Marvel Studios to allow Spidey into the McU. Sony still owns the rights to the character and his rogues gallery, but they seem to be letting Kevin Feige and Co. drive the ship. That said, Sony still never much has hopes of making more movies with other Spider-Man characters. As it turns out, we may already know one of the movies that Sony is planning as a Spider-Man spinoff for what has widley become known as 'The Spider-Verse'.

A new report from ComicBookMovie suggests that Sony is planning a Silver Sable movie, with Abi Morgan, the writer of The Invisible Woman, attached. The rumor comes from former editor of The Wrap Jeff Sneider, who is claiming
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Sony’s Spider-Man Expanded Universe May Include Silver Sable Movie

Sony’s Spider-Man movie universe received a boost yesterday when chairman Tom Rothman confirmed that the studio still plans to push forward with some of those long-rumored webslinger spinoffs. Sinister Six and Venom were two projects in development years ago that may be back on the table, and according to a new rumor, there’s another fan favorite character earmarked for a solo outing: Silver Sable.

Silver Sable hails from Marvel comics, and as part of Sony’s Spider-Man licensing deal from decades ago, the studio is entitled to use her on the big screen. She’s a spy, mercenary and generally a bit of an antiheroine, so that makes her perfect franchise fodder. After material like Deadpool proved audiences are happy to back an antihero, Silver Sable’s a solid choice for a Spidey spinoff.

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