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Steven Soderberg’s ‘Unsane’ Added to Berlin Film Festival Competition

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Steven Soderberg's Unsane, starring Claire Foy, Rosamund Pike-fronted 7 Days in Entebbe and Gael García Bernal's Museum have been added to the Competition section at the Berlin Film Festival, while a number of titles including Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince has been added as a Special Gala. Horror thriller Unsane, which centers on a young woman, played Foy, who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest… Read


SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal: Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: In the biggest deal on the ground at Sundance so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights deal to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the NEXT section at the Ray at 6:30 PM, focuses on the relationship between a father and his high school… Read


Wanda Chief Predicts Comeback In 2018 After 10.8% Revenue Drop In 2017

Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin has presented a look back at a challenging 2017, and a look ahead to what he says will be a plan for the group to gain RMB 247.9B ($38.7B) in annual revenue in 2018. On Saturday, the embattled Chinese conglomerate reported Wanda Group operating revenue of RMB 227.37B ($35.5B), down 10.8% from 2016. Largely that was the result of the sale of some $9.4B in hotels and tourism projects which Wang said over the weekend was a main achievement of the… Read


BBC Worldwide Investment; Banff Names Honouree; Sky Vision Closes ‘Britannia’ Sales – Global Briefs

BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in Clerkenwell Films, the British production company behind Netflix co-production The End of the F***ing World. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster has increased its stake from 25% to 48% in the Murray Ferguson-run firm, which also produced series including Misfits and Lovesick. Clerkenwell is the latest production company that BBCWW has increased its ownership stake in; it previously increased ownership of The Trip… Read


Caryn Mandabach Prods Developing Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions has optioned the TV rights to Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's psychological mystery novel, When We Were Orphans. The Peaky Blinders producer will develop the book, which was first published by Faber & Faber in 2000 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as a limited series. The story centers on Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery… Read


Peter Jackson To Direct First World War Feature Documentary

The Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson is to direct a feature documentary about the First World War. The film will use exclusive archive footage from the Imperial War Museums' film archive and audio from the BBC archives. The untitled documentary will receive its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 with Trafalgar Releasing co-ordinating a simultaneous screening of the film in cinemas around the UK. It will subsequently aired on BBC One, where it will be… Read


Andrea Riseborough And ‘Nancy’ Director Christina Choe On Finding Truth In Fiction – Sundance Studio

Continuing her banner year at the Sundance Film Festival, with four films in the program, Andrea Riseborough made her second trip to Deadline’s Sundance Studio with her producorial debut, Nancy. Bringing with her writer/director Christina Choe, Riseborough expounded on the power she felt in Choe’s script, about a young woman (played by Riseborough) with a habit for spinning fantastical stories around her quiet life as a temp. When she sees a report on TV about parents… Read


SAG Awards Analysis: ‘Three Billboards’ Rebounds From PGA Loss, But Oscar Race Still Too Close To Call; NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ Shakes Things Up On TV Side

In a nearly surprise-free show that went across the board for the favorites in movies, and past winners in television, the 24th annual SAG Awards was a predictable affair that gives momentum in the Oscar race to the big winner of the night: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept its categories after leading the nominations with four. No surprise there. This is an actor’s movie if ever there was one and it essentially repeated its Golden Globe triumph of a couple… Read


SAG Awards Backstage: Allison Janney Calls #MeToo Movement “Watershed Moment” For Hollywood

The changes sweeping Hollywood in response the #MeToo movement weren’t just visible on stage at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards – with all-female presenters and a female host – those changes were also evident backstage. After picking up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in I, Tonya, Allison Janney said the #MeToo movement is making people think. “I love that everyone is talking about it,” the actress… Read


Sterling K. Brown Makes SAG Awards History; Talks Being The “Minority” In The “Majority World”

Sterling K. Brown made history again tonight at the SAG Awards as the first black actor to win Best Actor in a Drama Series. He was also the first black actor to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Drama and was the first black actor in nearly 20 years to win an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama. Brown has become the man of the moment and a shining star among the bright stars for playing Randall Pearson in This Is UsThe NBC drama also won for Best Ensemble in a Drama… Read


Nicole Kidman Praises Actresses Before Her: “We Have Proven We Are Potent And Powerful” — SAG Awards

As Nicole Kidman continues to dominate awards shows with her role in HBO’s Big Little Lies, the actress used her acceptance speech not to sing her own praises, but to admire her fellow nominees and the trailblazing female actors who came before her. Recovering from the flu and shaking off a character from a film she is working on, Kidman said, “I am here, and I am incredibly grateful.” She added, “To receive this at this stage in my life is extraordinary — and in this… Read


Morgan Freeman Teases Rita Moreno; Talks Career Longevity: “I Thought My Time Was Up” — SAG Awards

“This man is a national treasure,” said Rita Moreno before presenting the Life Achievement Award to Morgan Freeman at tonight’s SAG Awards. The Oscar-winning actor stepped on stage as the 54th recipient of the honor, wearing a hip baseball cap. But before he spoke, Moreno said, “Lift your cap up…now they can see you.” “You see what I had to put up with?” Freeman joked. Moreno and Freeman are friends and Electric Company colleagues, and it showed in their talk show-worthy… Read