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'Victoria & Abdul' Star Ali Fazal Joins 'Death on the Nile'

'Victoria & Abdul' Star Ali Fazal Joins 'Death on the Nile'
Ali Fazal, who starred opposite Judi Dench in the period drama Victoria & Abdul, is the latest to join Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile.

The director's follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express is based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same name and follows master detective Hercule Poirot, who is on vacation in Egypt and becomes involved in a love triangle gone murderously bad. 

Fazal will join an A-list cast that will see the return of Branagh as Poirot, as well as Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Letitia Wright.

Michael Green wrote the script for the movie, which ...
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Film News Roundup: Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo Join Comedy ‘Covers’

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Film News Roundup: Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo Join Comedy ‘Covers’
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo and Nina Dobrov get cast and Treehouse Pictures is developing John Grisham’s “The Confession” as a movie; Uzo Adaba’s “Miss Virginia” gets sold.

Castings

Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard and Diplo have joined the cast of the Focus Features comedy “Covers” opposite Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Ice Cube.

“Covers” is set within the talent, fame and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene. “Late Night” director Nisha Ganatra is helming from a screenplay by Flora Greeson. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles.

Pullman’s credits include “Battle of the Sexes” and USA Networks’ “The Sinner.” Izzard most recently starred in “Victoria & Abdul.” Diplo has worked with artists including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Madonna. His most recent acting credit was in Detective Pikachu.

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Nina Dobrev is executive producing and starring in the female-driven comedy “Sick Girl,
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‘Enola Holmes’: ‘Murder Mystery’ Actor Adeel Akhtar Joins Legendary Film

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‘Enola Holmes’: ‘Murder Mystery’ Actor Adeel Akhtar Joins Legendary Film
Exclusive: Adeel Akhtar, who was recently seen opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Netflix’s highly-viewed original movie Murder Mystery, has landed a role in the Enola Holmes film adaptation from Legendary. He joins Millie Bobby Brown who will star as the titular character as well as Henry Cavill who is down for the role of Sherlock Holmes and Helena Bonham Carter as Enola’s mother.

Directed by Harry Bradbeer, the pic is based on Nancy Springer’s six-book series, The Enola Holmes Mysteries, which follows the adventures of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ much younger sister, Enola, a highly capable detective in her own right. Jack Thorne adapted the screenplay.

Brown and Paige Brown are producing through their Pcma Productions shingle alongside Legendary, while Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will oversee for the studio.

Akhtar’s credits include The Big Sick, Victoria & Abdul, Killing Eve, and Murdered by My Father,
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Awards Strategist Emily Lu Aldrich Launches Accolade Publicity And Consulting – Cannes

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Exclusive: Veteran publicist and awards strategist Emily Lu Aldrich has founded the new venture Accolade Publicity and Consulting.

The news comes after a successful 2018-2019 awards season for Aldrich in which she led 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody craft awards team to three Oscar wins for sound mixing, sound editing, and for editor John Ottman, who won this season off his first Academy Award nomination.

Aldrich will continue to work with filmmakers and producers as well as longtime clients such as IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures and Oscilloscope Laboratories, along with consulting on awards projects for both Oscar and Emmy seasons. Her new company will focus on artisan/craft and documentary awards campaigns, theatrical and festival launches, and corporate consulting.

Aldrich is highly respected by her clients for her keen sensibility when it comes to positioning films during awards season, her sharp knowledge about the ever-changing entertainment, and her longstanding working relationships with the media.
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Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘Herself’ Adds Cast, Cornerstone Boards Sales (Exclusive)

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Cornerstone Films has boarded sales on “Herself,” the female-driven movie from “Mamma Mia!” and “The Iron Lady” helmer Phyllida Lloyd.

Irish actor Clare Dunne, who starred in Lloyd’s all-female theater production of “Henry IV,” will play a single mother determined to build her own home with a free online plan, rebuilding her life in the process. Dunne co-wrote the screenplay with Malcolm Campbell (“What Richard Did”).

Harriet Walter (“Rocketman”) and Conleth Hill (“Game of Thrones”) have also joined the cast.

The Favourite” producer Element Pictures developed the film with Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s shingle Merman. Element’s Ed Guiney and Rory Gilmartin will produce with Horgan. Screen Ireland, BBC Films and the BFI are backing the film. Mountford, Element’s Andrew Lowe, BBC Films’ Rose Garnett, Mary Burke from the BFI, and Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson are exec producing.

Dunne will play Sandra, the mother of two young daughters,
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Netflix Sets Liza Chasin To Multi-Year First-Look Film Producing Deal

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Exclusive: Netflix has added Liza Chasin and her 3dot productions banner to its roster of first-look feature film producing deals. Chasin formed her production company early last year after ending a 26-year run as the Los Angeles head of prolific Working Title Films. Her producing credits include Baby Driver, The Theory of Everything and Les Miserables, and she exec produced the Gary Oldman-starrer Darkest Hour, Victoria & Abdul, Mary Queen of Scots, and the upcoming Netflix series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Chasin’s first-look television deal is at Anonymous Content.

Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group, grew up with Chasin when he was a top executive at Universal, where Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have long had their first-look deal.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Liza for over 20 years and have always admired her taste, work ethic, and eye for talent,
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2018 Oscars flashback: How many women were nominated beside the 10 acting contenders (Hint: not enough)

2018 Oscars flashback: How many women were nominated beside the 10 acting contenders (Hint: not enough)
At the 2018 Oscars, Frances McDormand, who won her second Best Actress Academy Award for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” asked all the female nominees to stand. Ten women will always be nominated by the academy: five for Best Actress and another five for Best Supporting Actress. Besides these other nine women, how many others were on their feet in the Dolby Theater?

Of the 20 non-gender specific categories, women were contenders in 17 of them; they were shut out of Original Score (5 men), Sound Editing (9 men) and Visual Effects (20 men). As you can see below, 47 women other than actresses were nominated at the 90th Academy Awards. Of these, only four won Oscars. By comparison, 151 men other than actors were nominated and 32 took home Oscars.

Only one category — Costume Design — had more women contending then men but the winner was a man: Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread”), who also picked up the jet ski for the shortest acceptance speech.
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

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Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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Judi Dench Joins Star-Studded ‘Cats’ Movie

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Judi Dench Joins Star-Studded ‘Cats’ Movie
Judi Dench has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title’s film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats.”

Dench was set to play Grizabella in the original West End production in 1981, but she snapped her Achilles Tendon shortly before previews began and had to withdraw from the show. The project is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.

Idris Elba joined “Cats” on Oct. 16, adding to a star-studded cast that already included Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Taylor Swift. It’s expected that Dench will portray the respected feline Old Deuteronomy in the movie. The character’s name is derived from Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Old Testament of the Bible.

Dench’s recent credits include “Victoria & Abdul,” The “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films, “Philomena,” “Skyfall,” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” She will
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Judi Dench to receive Zurich Film Festival honourary award

Judi Dench to receive Zurich Film Festival honourary award
Dench will also present Trevor Nunn’s ‘Red Joan’ at the festival.

The 14th Zurich Film Festival (September 27-October 7) will present Judi Dench with its Golden Icon honourary award on Wednesday October 3, as part of this year’s event.

The award is given ‘in appreciation of the lifetime achievements of an actor or actress’.

Dench will attend the festival to receive the award, and present a screening of her latest film Red Joan alongside co-star Sophie Cookson.

Cookson plays Joan Stanley, a Cambridge physics student in 1938 who falls for a young communist, while Dench takes up the character in 2000 as
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Judi Dench to Receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

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Judi Dench to Receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award
Judi Dench will be honored with the Golden Icon award at the Zurich Film Festival. The Oscar-winning actress will attend the festival to collect the award and to present her new movie, “Red Joan.”

A longstanding star of stage and screen, Dench has appeared in such films as “Victoria & Abdul,” “Philomena” and “Mrs Brown.” She also played M in several Bond films.

In Trevor Nunn’s “Red Joan,” she plays Joan Stanley, who is enjoying a peaceful retirement when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia. Sophie Cookson (“Kingsman”) plays the young Joan.

Dench, who recently wrapped on Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” won an Oscar and a BAFTA for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love.”

“With an Academy Award and six further Academy Award nominations to her name, along with numerous other awards, Judi is a true icon,” Zurich
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Judi Dench to receive Donostia Award by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-08-28 17:36:05

Judi Dench will receive a Donostia Award Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival

Judi Dench will receive a Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival next month - ahead of a screening of Red Joan.

Dench stars in the film, directed by Trevor Nunn, as a woman whose peaceful life is shattered when she is arrested by MI5 and accused of being a spy for Communist Russia.

It will be the first time the seven-time Oscar nominee has attended the Spanish festival, which runs from September 21 to 29.

Dench - who has enjoyed a career spanning stage, film and small screen - made her cinema debut in 1964 and has gone on to work with directors including Stephen Frears, James Ivory, Kenneth Branagh, Franco Zeffirelli, Sally Potter, Clint Eastwood and Sam Mendes. She has collected a raft of

The 83-year-old has garnered dozens of accolades for roles including Queen Victoria
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Film News Roundup: Production Starts on Eddie Izzard-Judi Dench’s ‘Six Minutes to Midnight’

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Film News Roundup: Production Starts on Eddie Izzard-Judi Dench’s ‘Six Minutes to Midnight’
In today’s film news roundup, production starts on “Six Minutes to Midnight,” Artists for Change launches with “Lost Girls: Angie’s Story” and Sundance names five docs for its Edit and Story lab.

Production Start

Production has launched in the U.K. on the period thriller “Six Minutes To Midnight,” starring Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench.

The film also stars Carla Juri, James D’Arcy, Jim Broadbent. Andy Goddard is directing from a script he wrote with Celyn Jones and Izzard. The story, set in 1939, follows a teacher assigned to a finishing school on the south coast of England who becomes alarmed that the students include the daughters of high-ranking Nazis.

Six Minutes to Midnight” is financed by Motion Picture Capital, the Welsh Government, Ffilm Cymru Wales and West Madison Entertainment. Producers are Sean Marley, Andy Evans and Ade Shannon of Mad as Birds, Sarah Townsend producing for Ella Communications
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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"Victoria Day"

Sneak Peek director Stephen Frears' comedy drama "Victoria & Abdul" (2017), based on the book by Shrabani Basu, following the real-life relationship between 'Queen Victoria' of the United Kingdom and her Indian servant 'Abdul Karim', starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar:

"....in 1887, 'Abdul Karim', a young prison clerk from Agra, India, is instructed to travel to England for the 'Golden Jubilee' of 'Queen Victoria' to present her with a 'mohur', a gold coin which has been minted as a token of appreciation from British-ruled India.

"The Queen, who is lonely and tired of her fawning courtiers, develops an interest in and later a friendship with Abdul, spending time with him alone..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Victoria & Abdul"...
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Adeel Akhtar: ‘My wife says I'm a tired, older version of Riz Ahmed’

The actor on a lucky necklace, a brush with the law and putting on his own play

Born in London, Adeel Akhtar, 37, was educated at Cheltenham College. He studied to become a lawyer before attending drama school in New York. His television work includes Utopia, Capital and The Night Manager. In 2016, he starred in the BBC drama Murdered By My Father and became the first non-white actor to win a best actor Bafta. His films include Four Lions, Victoria & Abdul and Swimming With Men, which is released this summer. He is married with a son, and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

At boarding school, I was unable to get the main part in Hamlet, so I put on a production of The Homecoming with my friends. The teachers came to see it and said they didn’t know I had it in me. It felt very good.
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‘First Reformed’ Film Review: Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke Channel Robert Bresson

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‘First Reformed’ Film Review: Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke Channel Robert Bresson
Before he wrote and directed movies, Paul Schrader was a film critic, best known for his book “Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer.” Director Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest” has always been a key film for Schrader, with Bresson’s ascetic Catholicism mirroring Schrader’s fully-absorbed Calvinism. And now Schrader has made “First Reformed,” a film that even freshman film students will be able to easily connect to this influential earlier movie.

First Reformed” is about a country priest, and he keeps a diary. And, like the hero of Bresson’s film (and the Georges Bernanos novel on which it is based), he’s got stomach cancer.

There’s more than homage going on here, though. As Schrader’s hero takes a bleaker look at life, and considers committing an extreme act as a desperate attempt to find resonance and morality in the world, he stands
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Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Stephen Frears talk about the new BBC drama A Very English Scandal

Regarded by those who can still remember it as one of the most baffling, shocking and, at times, utterly ridiculous incidents of the 1970s, the Jeremy Thorpe affair became one of the most talked about political scandals of the decade. Despite thousands of column inches, countless books and even a BBC Panorama special on the subject, people are fascinated to this day by the story of how one of the most promising politicians in the country found himself in the docks accused of attempting to have a former gay lover murdered to stop him from going public about the relationship.

Almost 40 years after the scandal first broke, a new 3 part mini series starring Hugh Grant as former Liberal Democrat Leader and North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe, and Ben Whishaw as his former gay lover Norman Scott, is about to hit the small screen. The series which is based on John Preston
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