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‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Carice Van Houten to Star in ‘The Glass Room’ (Exclusive)

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Carice Van Houten to Star in ‘The Glass Room’ (Exclusive)
Carice Van Houten, who plays Lady Melisandre, the Red Priestess, in “Game of Thrones,” will star in “The Glass Room,” an adaptation of Simon Mawer’s novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

The Dutch actress has also appeared in Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book,” Bryan Singer’s “Valkyrie” opposite Tom Cruise, and Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate.” Recent credits include Martin Koolhoven’s Western “Brimstone.”

“The Glass Room” is a love story about the relationship between two women set in an iconic modernist house in Czechoslovakia built by celebrity architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. “Spanning more than 80 years, the story in the vein of ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Carol’ reflects the most dramatic events of the 20th century,” according to a statement.

Also cast in “The Glass Room” are Hanna Alstrom, who appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and its sequel as Princess Tilde, and [link=nm
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Jamie Carmichael steps down as president of film at Kew Media Group (exclusive)

Industry veteran was formerly head of Content Film.

Jamie Carmichael

La-based international sales veteran Jamie Carmichael is stepping down from his role as president of film at Kew Media Group.

The long-time Content Film head is understood to be lining up another venture in the film and TV sector but details have yet to be confirmed.

Kew told Screen in a statement:

”Kew is further combining its film and television units. This allows for more cohesion and synergies across our sales and marketing teams and better positions the company for its growth and expansion. The new joint division will be led by Greg Phillips, President, Distribution. Jamie Carmichael, President of Film, has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.”

Recent titles on the Kew slate include Zach Fox and Omri Dorani’s teen comedy How To Get Girls, Bees Make Honey starring Alice Eve, comedy An Actor Prepares with Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston and sci-fi
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Tribeca 2017: Sex Games and Ticking Clocks in "The Exception"

Here's Jason Adams reporting from the Tribeca Film Festival yet again!

Let me just be clear about his right up front: I like thinking about Black Book. Paul Verhoeven's sexy 2008 Holocaust thriller with Carice Van Houten is one of my favorite movies and I've seen it at least a dozen times by now. And so it turns out that enthusiasm is open to re-interpretations, because a full half of The Exception plays like an off-Broadway re-staging of that earlier movie, and I still liked it plenty. No, director David Leveaux doesn't have nearly the handle on making moral hay of human contradictions so deftly as Verhoeven does, but who does? Leveaux makes a go of it, at least...
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Paul Verhoeven to direct lesbian nun drama Blessed Virgin

Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven has set his next project, with the director set to reteam with Elle actress Virginie Efira and producer Said Ben Said for Blessed Virgin, which is based upon Judith C. Brown’s 1986 book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.

Variety reports that the film will see Efira as Sister Benedetta Carlini, “a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. A companion is assigned to assist her through these visions, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic affair.”

Blessed Virgin will once again team Verhoeven with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman, who was a frequent collaborator with Verhoeven before his move to Hollywood for 1987’s RoboCop. The two most recently reunited in 2006 for Black Book.
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Paul Verhoeven To Reunite With ‘Elle’ Star For Lesbian Nun Drama ‘Blessed Virgin’

We love a good comeback, and few recent comebacks were more deserved than Paul Verhoeven’s last year. The Dutch helmer was once one of the most in-demand directors around thanks to movies including “Robocop,” “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Starship Troopers,” but Verhoeven had fallen out of favor in the 20th century, and made only two movies after his last studio picture, “Hollow Man” — excellent World War 2 drama “Black Book” and the virtually unseen “Tricked.”

But last year, he returned with the provocative thriller “Elle,” which won rave reviews at Cannes, and went on to be one of the most successful foreign films of 2016, and even picked up an Oscar nomination for star Isabelle Huppert.

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‘Blessed Virgin’: Paul Verhoeven’s Lesbian Nun Movie Casts ‘Elle’ Star Virginie Efira

‘Blessed Virgin’: Paul Verhoeven’s Lesbian Nun Movie Casts ‘Elle’ Star Virginie Efira
Paul Verhoeven will team up with “Elle” producer Saïd Ben Saïd for “Blessed Virgin,” a drama about a lesbian nun set int he 17th century. “Elle” actress Virginie Efira has been cast in the lead role of Sister Benedetta Carlini, a visionary nun whose rise to power was thwarted when church authorities discovered evidence of a love affair with another nun, imprisoning her for 35 years.

Read More: ‘Elle’: Isabelle Huppert on Why Her Controversial Film About Rape Is ‘Post-Feminist’

The film will be shot entirely in French, and is based on the 1986 book “Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy,” written by historian Judith C Brown. Gerard Soeteman, co-writer on Verhoeven’s “Black Book,” will pen the screenplay.

Ben Saïd announced the project on Twitter:

Sainte Vierge de Paul Verhoeven avec Virginie Efira. En tournage prochainement. pic.twitter.com/kCnSqGYyVc

Saïd Ben Saïd (@saidbensaid66) April
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Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Blessed Virgin,’ Based on True Story of Lesbian Nun

Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Blessed Virgin,’ Based on True Story of Lesbian Nun
Paul Verhoeven’s next project will be “Blessed Virgin,” which will see the director re-team with producer Said Ben Said and actress Virginie Efira from “Elle” on a film about a lesbian nun.

The new French-language project was revealed late Tuesday night in a tweet by Said and confirmed by production company Sbs on Wednesday.

In “Blessed Virgin,” Belgian actress Efira, who had a key role in “Elle,” will play a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. A companion is assigned to assist her through these visions, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic affair.

The film is based on a 1986 book by Judith C. Brown, “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.” Based on candid archival documents, “Immodest Acts” tells the true account of the rise and fall of Sister Benedetta Carlini, abbess of the Convent of
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Paul Verhoeven plots lesbian nun drama with 'Elle' star Virginie Efira

Paul Verhoeven plots lesbian nun drama with 'Elle' star Virginie Efira
Producer Saïd Ben Saïd announces production of Blessed Virgin on twitter.

Paul Verhoeven is gearing-up to shoot his second French-language production Blessed Virgin (Sainte Vierge), an adaption of Judith C. Brown’s academic work Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy.

Paris-based producer Said Ben Said, who previously collaborated with Verhoeven on Isabelle Huppert-starrer Elle, confirmed the production via twitter on Tuesday evening.

Sainte Vierge de Paul Verhoeven avec Virginie Efira. En tournage prochainement. pic.twitter.com/kCnSqGYyVc

Saïd Ben Saïd (@saidbensaid66) April 25, 2017

Sbs confirmed the news on Wednesday but had no further details to add.

Belgian actress Virginie Efira – who played a devout Catholic wife in Verhoeven’s last film Elle – has signed to play the central role of controversial 17th century abbess Benedetta Carlini.

Having entered a convent in the Tuscan town of Pescia as a child, Carlini rose-up the ranks, propelled by her claims of a series of lurid
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Newswire: The stars are aligned and Paul Verhoeven is making a nunsploitation movie

The last time Paul Verhoeven made a comeback—with the caustic Dutch resistance thriller Black Book—audiences had to wait a decade for him to make another feature. But the success of last year’s superb Elle seems to have ensured that one of our greatest living filmmakers won’t have to struggle to get his next project off the ground. And it appears that, having turned the rape-revenge thriller into a corrosive critique of social mores with Elle, the Dutch filmmaker has set his sights on another staple of ‘70s Euro sleaze: nunsploitation.

Earlier today, Elle producer Saïd Ben Saïd announced that Verhoeven’s next project would be Blessed Virgin, with Belgian actress Virginie Efira—who played Rebecca, the neighbor’s wife, in Elle—in the lead role. (You can see the Nsfw announcement from Ben Saïd’s Sbs production company here.) Like Elle, Blessed Virgin will be a
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Brimstone | Review

The Love of a Preacher Man: Koolhoven’s Pseudo-Feminist Western an Ambitiously Grotesque Affront

Unveiling the most expensive Dutch film production since Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book (2006), Martin Koolhoven’s epically structured Brimstone is a dizzying revision of the spaghetti Western, prizing the perspective of a female protagonist (although no less rape filled than the frames of Sergio Leone) and featuring a concoction of varied international flavors in this cruel portrait of the American frontier.

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Paul Verhoeven interview: Elle, creative risks and RoboCop

Ryan Lambie Mar 7, 2017

Legendary director Paul Verhoeven talks to us about his unmissable new drama-thriller, Elle, and the relevance of his 80s classic, RoboCop.

For well over 40 years now, director Paul Verhoeven has thrilled and horrified audiences with his bold, confrontational films. Whether they’re war dramas (Soldier Of Orange, Black Book), sci-fi action movies (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers) or thrillers (The Fourth Man, Basic Instinct), Verhoeven’s movies are smart, sometimes violent and frequently threaded with a sense of mischief.

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In Michele, the central character played by Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Verhoeven might have found his fictional muse. A Parisian businesswoman who plays by her own rules, Michele’s fearless, often bewildering approach to life is fascinating to watch. Nominally, Elle’s a thriller, but like Philippe Djian’s source novel,
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Saluting the film scores of Paul Verhoeven movies

Sean Wilson Mar 16, 2017

From Total Recall and RoboCop through to Turkish Delight and Flesh+Blood, we look at the musical scores of Paul Verhoeven films...

The Netherlands' arch-provocateur and filmmaker extraordinaire Paul Verhoeven is back in cinemas right now with Elle. A characteristically confrontational and provocative thriller, it spins a rape-revenge storyline into a mordantly funny, blackly comic and off-kilter odyssey, and has garnered an Oscar nomination for extraordinary lead Isabelle Huppert in the process.

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It's exactly what we've come to expect from a veteran director who's done it all, having made jaws drop in both Europe and Hollywood - but beneath Verhoeven's love of excess and shock tactics lurks real artistry, and nowhere is this more evident than in the remarkable run of film scores
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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a
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Women Composers Look to Even Up the Movie Score

Women Composers Look to Even Up the Movie Score
As the movie business struggles with diversity and gender equality issues, there are signs of progress on the music front: At least four features being released between now and year’s end have been scored by women, and at least two are expected to be major awards contenders.

That may not sound like much. But consider this: No female composer has been nominated for an original-score Oscar in the past 15 years, and only four women have been nominated in the entire 81-year history of the category. Two have won: British composers Rachel Portman, for “Emma,” and Anne Dudley, for “The Full Monty.”

Rainbow Time,” scored by Heather McIntosh, opened Nov. 4. “Elle,” with music by Dudley, opened Nov. 16; “Manchester by the Sea,” with music by Canadian composer Lesley Barber, opened Nov. 18; and “Jackie,” with music by English composer Mica Levi, was released Dec. 2.

“What films you get to work on is a roll of the dice,
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The 50 best films of 2016 in the Us: No 3 Elle

As our countdown continues, Benjamin Lee applauds, in joint third place, Paul Verhoeven’s devious Elle, which gave full rein to a fearless Isabelle Huppert

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Before this year’s Cannes film festival, the idea of a new Paul Verhoeven thriller was undeniably intriguing but hardly the suggestion of a sure thing. The once infamous film-maker has been rather quiet since 2006’s Black Book and, as much fun as it is to get drunk and rewatch Showgirls, it’s still a remarkably awful and hilariously self-serious piece of work.

Elle was predicted to be nothing but a curio, tagged on to the end of a festival filled with more obvious surface-level substance and pomp. But it turned out we were all underestimating what perverted pleasures he had in store. How on earth could we have prepared for something quite so brazen and demented as Elle?
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Paul Verhoeven to head Berlin jury

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Paul Verhoeven to head Berlin jury
Dutch director of Elle and RoboCop will serve as jury president at the 67th Berlinale.

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven will serve as jury president of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

“With Paul Verhoeven as jury president, we have a filmmaker who has worked in a variety of genres in Europe and Hollywood. His creative, multifaceted boldness and his willingness to experiment are reflected in the spectrum of his works,” said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale.

After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, about two prostitutes who dream of a conventional middle-class life, Verhoeven directed the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a big hit in the Netherlands that also garnered a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1974 Academy Awards.

Following his international breakthrough Soldier of Orange (1977) - which was nominated for a Golden Globe - and The Fourth Man (1983), Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood. There he made
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The Lrm Interview with Elle Director Paul Verhoeven

If you were alive in the ‘80s or ‘90s, it was impossible to avoid the ever-presence of Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, whether it was science fiction hits Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers or his erotic thriller Basic Instinct. His 1995 film Showgirls has alternately been cited as a campy classic and one of the worst films ever made.

After 2000’s Hollow Man, Verhoeven turned his back on Hollywood, in a sense, by returning to Holland to make the World War II film Black Book with Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones), but now Verhoeven is back with Elle, a French revenge thriller starring French femme fatale Isabelle Huppert as a woman raped in her home who decides to get revenge in a rather unconventional way.

Lrm sat down with the veteran filmmaker to talk about his new film—and there’s a mild Spoiler Warning here, since he does allude
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A Season For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. After the past year of tumult, anger and divisiveness we’ve experienced in this country and around the world, to say nothing of the past couple of weeks, the concepts of thankfulness and appreciation may seem somewhat more distant and difficult to access than they might otherwise normally be. At any rate, Thanksgiving Day itself seems of late to be more about gorging on gigantic meals and, more distressingly, rampant consumerism, as Black Friday ever threatens to overtake the spirit of the day, and even the day itself—how many more seasons before it officially becomes Black Thursday? Yet here we are, a few days before that very American occasion inspired by the desire to show our gratitude for our many blessings. So in the hope of reclaiming some of the original intent of our national holiday, I’d like to send out some brief thoughts on a few
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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood

‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood
These are challenging times for any filmmaker who doesn’t want to be told what to do. Chasing a slice of the Hollywood studio pie almost always brings compromise, and many foreign-born directors return to their home countries and assemble independent film and television projects.

That was the path of Dutch-born Paul Verhoeven, whose career began in his own language with “Soldier of Orange” and the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight.” From there he forged an A-list career that included “Basic Instinct” (which played competition in Cannes) “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers,” and, yes, “Showgirls.” His last Hollywood movie was “Hollow Man” with Kevin Bacon in 2000.

When Verhoeven could no longer find material that suited him, he went back to Holland. His 2006 Dutch World War II drama “Black Book” (Sony Pictures Classics) starred Carice Van Houten, before she joined “Game of Thrones,” and was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar.

Now he has
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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood

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‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s 10 Tips For a Successful Career After Hollywood
These are challenging times for any filmmaker who doesn’t want to be told what to do. Chasing a slice of the Hollywood studio pie almost always brings compromise, and many foreign-born directors return to their home countries and assemble independent film and television projects.

That was the path of Dutch-born Paul Verhoeven, whose career began in his own language with “Soldier of Orange” and the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight.” From there he forged an A-list career that included “Basic Instinct” (which played competition in Cannes) “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Starship Troopers,” and, yes, “Showgirls.” His last Hollywood movie was “Hollow Man” with Kevin Bacon in 2000.

When Verhoeven could no longer find material that suited him, he went back to Holland. His 2006 Dutch World War II drama “Black Book” (Sony Pictures Classics) starred Carice Van Houten, before she joined “Game of Thrones,” and was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar.

Now he has
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