Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Opposite Florence Pugh
Big Little Lies Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgard is dancing to the beat of The Little Drummer Girl, the recently announced John le Carré adaptation from The Night Manager team of The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC. Florence Pugh was already aboard the espionage thriller which has Park Chan-wook directing. Production on the six-part mini begins early next year with global sales handled by Endeavor Content/IMG.
Skarsgard is playing Becker, an intriguing stranger with whom Pugh… Read
‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten
Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. The director of such films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Noah and others doesn't care about either group, but wears the disparate opinions… Read
‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Director On Exploring World Of Magic Through The Eyes Of A Young Girl
Coming up in the animation ranks at Studio Ghibli as an in-between and key animator before making his directorial debut with The Secret World of Arrietty, and earning his first Oscar nomination for 2014’s When Marnie Was There, Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi struck out on his own this year with Mary and the Witch’s Flower.
Based on The Little Broomstick by English novelist Mary Stewart, this dynamic first feature from Yoshiaki Nishimura’s Studio Ponoc tells the… Read
Dan Gilroy Encouraged Denzel Washington To Change Lanes For ‘Roman J. Israel Esq.’
For his second film as a director, Roman J. Israel, Esq. helmer Dan Gilroy has written another drama that hinges on a star coming out of his comfort zone. Just as Jake Gyllenhaal inhabited a sociopath in Nightcrawler, so Denzel Washington is '70s activist throwback Israel–an attorney whose strong morals are threatened when he takes charge following his law partner's heart attack.
"Denzel is a deeply empathetic guy in person, but he has this shell in his films of being… Read
Amazon Prime Takes French Thriller ‘Black Spot’ In Global Streaming Deal
French mystery thriller Black Spot has been acquired by Amazon Prime Video for exclusive SVOD rights outside Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourgh. The eight-episode series from Ego Productions is the first French TV show to be distributed globally by Amazon. Airing on France 2 locally, it’s sold internationally by Groupe AB.
Created by Mathieu Missoffe, Black Spot is set in a small isolated town in the middle of a gigantic forest — a green labyrinth of… Read
‘The Divine Order’ Director Petra Volpe On The Crumbling Of The Swiss Patriarchy
On the world stage, Switzerland is often thought of as a neutral, progressive and all-around first-rate country—so much so, that it may surprise some to learn that Swiss women only got the vote in 1971. This is the basis for The Divine Order, the Swiss Oscar entry this year from director Petra Volpe, who appeared recently for an Awardsline panel, following a screening of the film.
“It's kind of hidden in plain sight because everybody knows about it. It's not that you… Read
‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical
Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a… Read
Oscars 2018: A Look At Contenders In The Best Animated Feature Race
With only a handful of Oscar-nominated directors in the running for Best Animated Feature this year, the race feels wide open, with no obvious frontrunners and the potential for any number of up-and-coming helmers to break through.
Winning for Zootopia last year, Walt Disney Studios should be in the mix with Lee Unkrich's anticipated Pixar entry Coco—a Day of the Dead- themed musical feature centering on a young boy's journey through the Land of the Dead.
‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele: Scaring Up Racial Dialogue By Fusing Genre With Polemic
While he built an Emmy-winning career in socially aware comedy, those who knew Jordan Peele weren't surprised when he married a polemical theme to the horror genre for his feature directorial debut Get Out. Peele grew up a self-described movie nerd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, and after Get Out became one of the most wildly profitable films in memory, with a $253 million global gross on a $4.5 million budget, the film's clever play on race relations in… Read
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fall Finale Cliffhanger: Hacked Computers, Surprise Returns & One Very Sick Kid
SPOILER ALERT! This article contains details of tonight's fall season finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
The sound of a hospital getting hacked is the cacophony of flatliners, beeps and buzzes, and tonight’s winter finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was loaded with it all, leading to a cliffhanger that had the life of an adorably precocious sick kid hanging in the balance.
Written by William Harper, directed by cast member Kevin McKidd and titled “Out of Nowhere,” the last… Read
‘White Sun’ EP Danny Glover On The Hope Children Bring For The Future Of The Political Process
In pre-production on Nepal’s Oscar entry White Sun, where intergenerational and complex national politics are at the forefront, director Deepak Rauniyar elected, in unorthodox fashion, to cast actors whose political sympathies aligned with their characters, believing that it would otherwise be too difficult to live with them for an extended period of time.
“In our society, we rarely talk with our children or our elders about what we went through. We went through a… Read
‘The Breadwinner’ Director Nora Twomey On Life In An Imbalanced Society: “Inequality Hurts Everyone”
“It’s always relevant,” Irish director Norah Twomey says, reflecting on the treatment of women in society. Indeed, in light of myriad sexual abuse scandals that have rocked Hollywood over the last several months, it feels like there is no better time to see her animated feature The Breadwinner than the moment that’s transpiring right now.
Based on a best-seller by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner follows Afghani adolescent Parvana, who sees her father unjustly torn from… Read