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Noam Murro To Direct Black List Script ‘Blink’ For Atlas Independent – Berlin

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As the European Film Market approaches, Atlas Independent has set Noam Murro to helm Blink, the 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Murro, who recently directed Warner Bros' 300: Rise Of An Empire, is gearing up for a summer production start. Highland Film Group is launching international sales next week in Berlin. Perla's story centers on a man left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery. Years later, he is taken hostage for the secrets in his… Read

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UTA Signs ‘Imitation Game’s Matthew Beard

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EXCLUSIVE:  He helped crack the almost uncrackable Enigma Code in the Morten Tyldum directed Oscar nominee and now he's taking a big crack at Hollywood with some heavyweight help. Having signed with agency, Matthew Beard will now be joining fellow The Imitation Game actor Benedict Cumberbatch at UTA. Having also recently also signed up with Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management, the BAFTA and recent SAG Awards nominee will continue to repped by Troika in the UK. It's… Read

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Mister Smith To Handle Dakota Fanning’s ‘Brain On Fire’

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David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will handle international sales at Berlin’s EFM on director Gerard Barrett’s Brain On Fire, starring Dakota Fanning. Deadline previously broke the news that Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films had optioned Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness as a star vehicle for Fanning. Barrett’s latest feature Glassland, starring Toni Collette, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter, just premiered in the… Read

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‘The Water Diviner’, ‘Babadook’ Share Australian Academy’s Top Film Prize

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Before bestowing its international awards in LA on Saturday, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts handed out trophies for homegrown titles in Sydney on Thursday. In a rare, but not unprecedented turn of events, the Best Film prize was a split. Both from first-time helmers, Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent's The Babadook shared the win. Kent also took home the Best Directing trophy — Crowe was not nominated in the category. The Water Divi… Read

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Entertainment Film Distributors In Talks To Board Feature Adaptation Of Hit Brit TV Comedy ‘Bad Education’

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EXCLUSIVE- Entertainment Film Distributors is in early talks to board the feature adaptation of hit Brit TV comedy series Bad Education, Deadline understands. The project, which has not yet been greenlit, is being produced by Ben Cavey, with Elliot Hegarty (The Middle) directing and Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall writing. Whitehall is also set to reprise his role as the role of Alfie, arguably the worst teacher to ever grace the British education system. The series… Read

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IM Global Boards Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Starring Andrew Garfield

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Stuart Ford’s IM Global will handle sales on Mel Gibson’s directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge. Deadline first broke news of Gibson’s return behind the camera in November. As Deadline also first reported, Andrew Garfield will take on the lead role in the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. The project is being led by producer Bill Mechanic (Coraline) through his Pandemonium banner, with David… Read

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Geoffrey Rush To Play ‘Oliver!’ Composer Lionel Bart In Vadim Jean’s ‘Consider Yourself’

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EXCLUSIVE: Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) will play composer-lyricist Lionel Bart, who famously wrote the score for Oliver!, in Vadim Jean’s musical feature Consider Yourself. Joining Rush is a stellar cast including Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Eddie Marsan (Snow White And The Huntsman), Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Al Weaver (Marie Antoinette) as the younger Bart. Consider Yourself (the title… Read

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Sierra/Affinity Boards Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Gold’ – Berlin

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As Deadline revealed exclusively in August last year, Matthew McConaughey will star in Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, a Black Bear Pictures film written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has come on-board to handle sales at Berlin. Black Bear's Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) will… Read

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Henry Lloyd-Hughes Conjures Role In ‘Now You See Me: The Second Act’

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EXCLUSIVE: Fast-rising British actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes has been set to play tech whiz kid Allen Scott-Frank in Lionsgate’s heist sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act. Production is underway on the Jon M Chu-helmed pic that stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Caine along with Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou who are new to the franchise. Scripted by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon, the sequel picks up a year after the… Read

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BAFTA To Honor BBC Films With British Contribution To Cinema Award

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BAFTA has in recent years honored such filmmakers, executives and companies as Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross and Working Title — as well as the Harry Potter franchise. This year, the org is giving its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award to BBC Films. The feature branch of the broadcasting giant is 25 this year and, along with Film4 and the BFI, is one of the main backers of local movies. BBC Films, run by Christine Langan, has earned more than 20 BAFTAs and… Read

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César Nominations: ‘Saint Laurent’, ‘Timbuktu’, Kristen Stewart In Mix – Full List

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UPDATE, 2:25 AM PT: Last year’s dueling Yves Saint Laurent biopics each picked up several nominations this morning for France’s César Awards. Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, the country's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar, leads the pack with 10 mentions, followed by Thomas Cailley's Directors' Fortnight title Les Combattants with nine, and Oscar nominee Timbuktu with eight. Yves Saint Laurent, from helmer Jalil Lespert, took seven nods. Otherwise, there are a number… Read