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Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch for 2018

Variety has unveiled its fourth edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, highlighting 10 talents from across the Continent who are all poised for breakthroughs in 2018. The group will be feted at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

Mehdi and Milad Avaz

Denmark

The brothers’ debut feature, “While We Live,” is nominated for five Danish Film Academy awards, including best picture. The film was sold at Cannes last year by LevelK and was distributed locally by Sf Studios, receiving critical acclaim. Through production shingle Rocket Road Pictures, they are developing a TV series as well as other features.

Laura Bispuri

Director

Italy

Bispuri’s transgender-themed “Sworn Virgin” was a 2015 Berlinale competition standout and she returns to the festival competition with “Daughter of Mine,” about a young girl torn between her natural and adoptive mother. Germany’s the Match Factory is on board as co-producer and world sales agent.

Linda Hamback
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Shane Black is Developing a Reboot of the Classic 1960s Spy Series The Avengers

Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys, The Predator) has got a new project that he's been digging into. According to his writing partner Fred Dekker, he and Black are working on a TV reboot of the classic 1960s British spy series The Avengers for Warner Bros. Even though Black has already worked with one of the Avengers in Iron Man 3, this is very different than what he did with Marvel.

During a recent interview published in The Dark Side Magazine (via ScreenRant), Dekker said:

“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

That's awesome! The Avengers series ushered in a wave of other spy series at the time that included Mission: Impossible, Get Smart,
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Shane Black is working on The Avengers TV reboot

He’s currently deep in the jungle on post-production with The Predator, so Shane Black has left his long-time collaborator, Fred Dekker, to do the talking about their plans for a reboot of British 1960’s spy series, The Avengers.

Dekker, who directed 1987’s The Monster Squad (co-written by Black), was giving a career retrospective to The Dark Side magazine when he announced their plans for a TV pilot, dusting off the bowler hats and brollies synonymous with 1998’s blockbuster turkey starring Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, and Sean Connery, but made famous by Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. Dekker said:

“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

Created in 1961, The Avengers ran from then until 1969, and focused
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Jessica Chastain Insists That 'Change Is Coming' During Powerful Psiff Awards Speech

Jessica Chastain Insists That 'Change Is Coming' During Powerful Psiff Awards Speech
Jessica Chastain is looking to shake things up in 2018.

At Tuesday night's 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala, the Molly's Game star was presented with the Chairman’s Award by the film's director, Aaron Sorkin, and used her acceptance speech to deliver a powerful message about change.

“I want to acknowledge what a difficult year 2017 has been for all of us,” she said, calling out the need for diversity in Hollywood. “Major change is coming. Change is good. Change is needed. Through a joint effort we will make things better. We must be better -- and we will.”

Chastain went on to acknowledge those that are doing good in the industry. "We have sadly heard a lot about the bad boys of Hollywood, but I would like to send some deserved love to a few of the good guys with whom I've had the pleasure of working," she said, before
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British Film Institute Abandons Plan for $176 Million Film and TV Center

The British Film Institute has abandoned its ambitious plan to build a $176 million center of film and television in London – a victim of uncertain political and economic times in the face of Brexit.

In the works for about a decade, the International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image had been envisioned as a hub for industry professionals, a showcase of British creativity and skill, and a permanent home for the BFI London Film Festival. Leading lights such as Helen Mirren and Ralph Fiennes lent their backing to the center, which was to open in 2022.

But the BFI was forced to scrap the project when it became clear that it would not be able to complete the planning process by the end of 2019, a deadline enshrined in the lease agreement for its chosen site.

“Due to the project’s ambitious scale and complexity, a turbulent economic climate and shifting political environment, meeting this deadline
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In Case You Forgot: 13 Places You've Seen Adrien Brody Before His Stint on Peaky Blinders

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Image Source: Everett Collection We're currently enjoying Adrien Brody as Luca Changretta on Peaky Blinders, but his stint on TV certainly isn't his first big gig. Throughout his long and successful career, the American actor has appeared in more than 62 films and TV shows (as well as in one of our all-time favorite Christmas commercials) and has won 13 awards, including the Oscar for best actor in a leading role. But in case you need a refresher (or would like to see more of his work), here's where you might have seen Brody before. Related10 Places You've Seen Game of Thrones's Lena Headey Before Dummy, 2002 Image Source: Everett Collection In Dummy, Brody plays the role of Steven Schoichet, a man who decides to pursue his dream of becoming a professional ventriloquist. The Pianist, 2002 Image Source: Everett Collection In this critically acclaimed biographical film, Brody appears as a Polish Jewish radio
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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“Soon to be a major motion picture.” From its publication in 1986, that was what British actor-writer Peter Turner expected of his Gloria Grahame memoir “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” But it took three decades for the May-December romance starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell to finally hit theaters December 29.

This could have been yet another film that never got made. But James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli knew Turner back when the young actor was in love with Grahame, his fellow lodger twice his age at a Primrose Hill rooming house. “I’ve known Peter Turner for 40 years,” said Broccoli. “I met him and Gloria together. It was a special relationship. Sometime after she passed away he wrote the memoir, and gave me the manuscript. I thought it was so beautiful.”

Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam optioned the book shortly after its publication, but the project went into turnaround
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Promo images for The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Series 2 revealed

Lego has released a batch of official promotional images for the second series of The Lego Batman Movie minifigures which are set to go on sale January 1st, the wave includes Friends and Family Harley, Friends and Family Alfred, Clock King, Hugo Strange, Mermaid Batman, Swimming Pool Batman (With Dolphin), Tropical Joker, Vacation Robin, Vacation Batgirl, Vacation Alfred, Soccer Mom Batgirl, Killer Moth, Jayna, Zan, Apache Chief, Jor-El, General Zod, Doctor Phosphorus, Black Canary, and Black Vulcan; click on any of the images for hi-res versions, and let us know in the comments below which of these you’re most excited to get your hands on…

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets revealed, including the Bat-Space Shuttle and Justice League Anniversary Party

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.
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Gary Oldman Marvels At Churchill’s ‘Superhuman’ Achievements In ‘Darkest Hour’ [Interview]

The list of incredible actors long deserving of an Academy Award that haven’t found their way to Hollywood’s most exclusive club is almost embarrassing. Sigourney Weaver, Ian McKellen, Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes and Amy Adams, just to name a few. This year one of the most prominent names on that list, Gary Oldman, may finally get his due.

In Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour“ Oldman takes on the challenge of portraying one of the most important men of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill.

Continue reading Gary Oldman Marvels At Churchill’s ‘Superhuman’ Achievements In ‘Darkest Hour’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Beauty vs Beast: Lady (Bird) You Are Doing Just Fine

Jason from Mnpp here, fresh off of standing five feet away from Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach just hanging out at MoMA yesterday (Baumbach had actually just done a Q&A for The Meyerowitz Stories, so "hanging out" might be a stretch I suppose) to take us yonder Sacramento way. I think it's time for Lady Bird to get the "Beauty vs Beast" treatment, you guys.

The film has a perfect score at Rotten Tomatoes and it just crossed 10 million bucks at the box office, which is about what it cost to make. So it's all profit from here on out for Greta & Co, and all signs points towards plenty. It's in around 800 theaters and doing terrific - I can see it playing well all holiday-season. Hooray for good things doing good! Now let's pit the film's complicated mother/daughter core (and eventual Oscar nominees) against one another.

Previously You guys surprised me!
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Box art for The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets revealed

Last week we saw a batch of promotional images for The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets [take a look here], and now the box art has been revealed for the new wave, which we have for you here…

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Wave 2 revealed

The Bat-Space Shuttle (70923)

The Bat-Dune Buggy (70918)

The Justice League Anniversary Party (70919)

Egghead Mech Food Fight (70920)

Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack (70921)

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie Joker Mansion set revealed

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Lego Batman Movie sees
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
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Beauty vs Beast: The Bigger Boys

Jason from Mnpp here, ready to pop some peach champagne for the release of Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, which finally hits theaters in New York and La on Friday. The thing is, although I personally have already seen the film six times (if you've been to Mnpp at any point in the past three months you're more than aware of my obsession but if you missed my first take on the movie out of Nyff it's one of the most meaningful pieces of writing I've ever done, says me), it seems that some of you have not seen the film six times yet. Since it's not in theaters yet, and all. So I probably can't devote this week's "Beauty vs Beast" to it then!

So we'll do the next best and look back at Luca's last movie, A Bigger Splash. When Abs came out we polled
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The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets revealed, including the Bat-Space Shuttle and Justice League Anniversary Party

A batch of official images have arrived online for The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets which are set to go on sale in January and includes The Bat-Space Shuttle, The Bat-Dune Buggy, The Justice League Anniversary Party, Egghead Mech Food Fight, and Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack; check them out below…

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Wave 2 revealed

The Bat-Space Shuttle (70923)

The Bat-Dune Buggy (70918)

The Justice League Anniversary Party (70919)

Egghead Mech Food Fight (70920)

Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack (70921)

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie Joker Mansion set revealed

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe,
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Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?

Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?
Five years ago, Skyfall made its way into U.S. theaters. It remains the most financially successful James Bond movie of all time and, in the eyes of many, it's the best entry of the Daniel Craig era (though, Casino Royale might have something to say about that). While we wait for Craig to make his last turn as 007 in James Bond 25, let's take a look back at Skyfall and what makes the movie so special in the long, storied history of Bond on the big screen.

Let's rewind the clock a little bit and try and put ourselves in the shoes we were wearing in 2012. The last James Bond movie fans had seen was the much-maligned Quantum of Solace in 2008. Coming off the truly fantastic Casino Royale, which is quite possibly the best debut movie for a Bond actor in the history of the franchise, the movie was,
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As Warner Bros. Cuts Ties With Brett Ratner, Here’s What’s at Stake for RatPac

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As Warner Bros. Cuts Ties With Brett Ratner, Here’s What’s at Stake for RatPac
Monday’s Brett Ratner investigation in the The Los Angeles Times, with testimonials from a half-dozen women accusing him of sexual harassment, continued what’s become a familiar pattern. First-hand accounts. Apologies and/or denials. And now, the career blowback begins.

Depending on who you ask, Warner Bros. cut ties with Ratner late this afternoon — or to hear Ratner tell it, he made the decision. Ratner said in a statement, “In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”

The news came after Ratner lost his biopic on former Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. “We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further,” a Playboy Enterprises spokesman told The Wrap today.
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads 2017 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) announced this morning by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires at The London Edition.

Debut features dominate the nominations list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country all recognised in the three newcomer categories – Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film.

Included in Lady Macbeth’s 15 nominations are nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Naomi is nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition. The film has also been nominated for five technical categories, newly introduced this year, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design,
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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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Christoph Waltz Won't Return as Blofeld in Bond 25

This is certainly an interesting development for James Bond 25. It was confirmed recently, after months of uncertainty, that Daniel Craig is set to return as the titular MI6 spy in the next installment of the series, which will be his last go as 007. So it has been assumed that, given the way Spectre left things, that Christoph Waltz would be reprising his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond 25. But that's not going to be the case, as Waltz says he's not coming back.

The actor was revealed to be the classic Bond villain toward the end of Spectre, despite denying that he was taking up the mantle of Blofeld prior to the movie's release. However, in a recent interview, Christoph Waltz was asked point blank whether or not he'll be coming back to finish the job in James Bond 25. He, sadly, stated that he's not,
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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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