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Exclusive Interview – The Lion King cinematographer Caleb Deschanel gives behind-the-scenes look at bringing Disney classic to life

Justin Cook chats with The Lion King cinematographer Caleb Deschanel… When it comes to cinematographer Caleb Deschanel’s filmography, he’s shot a little bit of everything. Throughout his four-and-a-half decade-long career, he’s ventured into the worlds of fantasy and adventure with National Treasure and The Spiderwick Chronicles to adult-focused indie movies like Killer Joe and Never […]

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Motion Picture Association Debuts New D.C. Theater At ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Screening

  • Deadline
The Motion Picture Association recently moved into a redesigned headquarters, just a couple blocks from the White House, and on Monday night the trade organization debuted the signature feature of their glassy new space: a 118-seat theater.

The occasion was a screening of Motherless Brooklyn, the new Edward Norton drama that opens on Nov. 1, but the studio hopes are that the venue will again become a focal point for D.C.’s social scene.

The theater replaces a smaller, 70-seat one that was part of a Brutalist-style structure opened in 1969.

Back then, with Jack Valenti at the helm, the theater became “one of the most exclusive invitations in Washington,” as The New York Times once described it. Lady Bird Johnson attended one of the first events, and President Gerald Ford, Vice Presidents Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and Jordan’s King Abdullah were among those who attended screenings there.
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HBO Max Names Billy Wee, Nikki Reed to Animated, Scripted Originals Exec Posts

  • Variety
HBO Max is filling out more executive posts, this time in its family friendly divisions.

Billy Wee has been named senior vice president of original animation, and Nikki Reed has been tapped as vice president of kids and family scripted originals at the upcoming streaming platform, which debuts in the spring of 2020. Both report to Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of original non-fiction and kids at HBO Max.

“The kids and family space has a long history at WarnerMedia, from our legendary animation to classic motion pictures, and is now an essential part of HBO Max,” said HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly, who also serves as the president of TNT, TBS and truTV. “We now have a top-notch team to create a slate of original content appealing to kids, tweens, young adults and the whole family.”

Wee, who will oversee all original animated programming for HBO Max, previously
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HBO Max Hires TBS And Nickelodeon Execs To Bolster Animation, Kids & Family Originals

  • Deadline
HBO Max said Wednesday that it has hired TBS original programming executive Billy Wee as Svp Original Animation and former Nickelodeon and Disney development exec Nikki Reed as VP Kids and Family Scripted Originals. The team will create the slate of family-oriented, animated and scripted originals for the direct-to-consumer service now set to launch spring 2020.

The latest hires for WarnerMedia’s streaming service will report to Jennifer O’Connell, HBO Max’s Evp Original Non-Fiction and Kids.

WarnerMedia has been filling out its exec structure for HBO Max. On Tuesday, it solidified its digital media and tech exec team.

“Our kids and family team is extraordinary,” O’Connell said in a release announcing the hires. “Billy has extensive experience in animation and strong relationships within the animated creative community, as well as substantial ties with our colleagues at both Warner Brothers Animation and Cartoon Network. Nikki has worked for the
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Charming teaser trailer for ‘The Secret Garden’ released

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Studiocanal has released a first look image and teaser trailer for the adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett classic children’s novel ‘The Secret Garden’.

BAFTA-winning Marc Munden directs this new adaptation which stars Dixie Egerickx as Mary Lennox, Colin Firth as Archibald Craven, Julie Walters as Mrs. Medlock and Amir Wilson.

Also in trailers – Rosamund Pike stars as Marie Curie in teaser trailer for ‘Radioactive

The film hits UK cinemas April 17th 2020.

The Secret Garden Synopsis

The film tells the story of Mary Lennox, a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents.

When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after meeting her sickly cousin Colin, who has been shut away in a wing of the house.
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‘The Serpent’: Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle & Ellie Bamber Join BBC/Netflix Drama

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Victoria’s Jenna Coleman, Dunkirk’s Billy Howle and Nocturnal AnimalsEllie Bamber are to lead BBC/Netflix drama The Serpent.

The trio join Tahar Rahim, who plays Charles Sobrhaj, one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century. Filming has begun in Thailand on the eight-part Mammoth Screen-produced series.

Coleman will play Marie-Andrée Leclerc, Sobhraj’s partner and frequent accomplice, with Howle and Bamber cast as Herman and Angela Knippenberg.

Charles Sobhraj (Rahim) was the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of up to 20 young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976. Psychopath, con man, thief and master of disguise, having slipped repeatedly from the grasp of authorities worldwide, by 1976 serial killer Sobhraj was Interpol’s most wanted man and had arrest warrants on three different continents.

When Herman Knippenberg (Howle), a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, unwittingly walks into
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Running with the Devil Trailer Teams Nicolas Cage & Laurence Fishburne in Cocaine Thriller

  • MovieWeb
Quiver Distribution dropped the trailer for the Nicolas Cage-led thriller Running with the Devil today. The National Treasure actor stars alongside the Matrix's Laurence Fishburne in the drug trafficking flick where, "From the fields to the streets, everyone is running with the devil."

When a cocaine shipment is compromised, the drug cartel's CEO, known as The Boss (Crawl's Barry Pepper) orders his most trusted henchman, Cage's The Cook, to audit the company's supply chain. Or as Nicolas Cage says in the trailer, he has "administrative issues [he has] to attend to." Joining him on the dangerous journey is a master drug trafficker known as The Man (Academy Award Nominee Laurence Fishburne).

The drugs are making their "perilous trek across international borders past gangsters, refiners, and couriers," but they're also being tracked by Federal Agents under The Agent in Charge played by Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) who, the trailer tells us,
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Nicolas Cage Opens Up About His Quest For the Holy Grail, Both Literal and Metaphorical, and How It Compared to National Treasure

Guys, this is probably not a shock to anyone who knows anything about Nicolas Cage, but in case you ever had any doubt, the guy is a weirdo. Fun, interesting, decent actor, and so weird. In a recent in-depth interview with the New York Times, Cage talked a bit about his acting methods, being brought up in the family business of show business, and his own quest through spirituality over the course of his life.

While chatting about his unfortunate and strange investments, Cage kind of ventured off and began telling the interviewer that he went through a period of time where he was meditating multiple times a day, and spending all his spare time reading philosophy and mythology, which led him to lead his own grail quest. Here’s what he had to say about it:

It was almost like “National Treasure.” Of course, that didn’t sustain. On top of which,
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Nicolas Cage Talks Holy Grail Searches and Monopoly With Johnny Depp

  • Variety
Nicolas Cage Talks Holy Grail Searches and Monopoly With Johnny Depp
Nicolas Cage is opening up about some wild new life stories.

In a New York Times Magazine profile, the “National Treasure” actor detailed some of his crazier experiences with dangerous king cobras, his friendship with Johnny Depp and a very literal search for the Holy Grail in Rhode Island. See the biggest talking points from the conversation below.

1. Cage’s pet king cobras inspired his “Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance” character after they tried to kill him.

When Cage’s two pet cobras tried to attack him, they didn’t just threaten his life — they also inspired his character in “Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance.” As the two snakes prepared to strike, Cage says they swayed from side to side, a motion Cage adopted for Johnny Blaze who does a similar movement before attacking. But don’t worry, he’s since gotten rid of the snakes. “After I told that story on
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Of Course Nicolas Cage Once Went On A ‘National Treasure’-Style Quest for the Holy Grail

Of Course Nicolas Cage Once Went On A ‘National Treasure’-Style Quest for the Holy Grail
Nicolas Cage is known to many as the treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates from Disney’s “National Treasure” and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” but it turns out the Oscar-winning actor dabbles in treasure hunting in his personal life. In an extensive, career-spanning interview with The New York Times, Cage reveals to reporter David Marchese he once went on a real-life “quest” to find the legendary Holy Grail.

“That was the time when I almost went on — you might call it a grail quest,” Cage said. “I started following mythology, and I was finding properties that aligned with that. It was almost like ‘National Treasure.’ Of course, that didn’t sustain.”

Cage continued by saying he became obsessed with figuring out the Holy Grail’s location. Asked by Marchese to clarify his “quest,” Cage explained, “You read a book, and in it there’s a reference to another book, and then you buy that book,
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Truth Behind Nicolas Cage's Real-Life Hunt for the Holy Grail & Dinosaur Skull Fraud

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Truth Behind Nicolas Cage's Real-Life Hunt for the Holy Grail & Dinosaur Skull Fraud
Nicolas Cage actually went out searching for the Holy Grail. No, he's not kidding. The actor also discussed the time he got ripped off while purchasing a dinosaur skull. Cage is an intense guy and he often takes his acting roles to the extreme, which he has been praised for a number of times over the years. However, the intensity within the actor has been bringing him out on some real-life adventures, which makes everyday life for the rest of us seem pretty boring.

In a new interview, Nicolas Cage talks about a variety of subjects, including the time he went on a "quest" in search of the Holy Grail. "That was the time when I almost went on - you might call it a grail quest," Cage says. The actor states, "I started following mythology, and I was finding properties that aligned with that. It was almost like National Treasure.
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BBC Orders Family Drama ‘Best Interests’ From ‘National Treasure’ Writer Jack Thorne

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BBC Orders Family Drama ‘Best Interests’ From ‘National Treasure’ Writer Jack Thorne
National Treasure” scribe Jack Thorne is penning “Best Interests” for the BBC, a drama series about a family’s fight to save their sick young daughter after doctors say the child should be allowed to die. The four-part series is the first commission for Chapter One Pictures, the U.K.-based producer set up by Anonymous Content, Casarotto Ramsay, and United Agents.

“As a parent of a three year old I’ve looked at the cases in the media about ‘best interests’ with some fascination and a little dread,” said Thorne, whose TV credits include “His Dark Materials” and “The Virtues.” He added: “We are going to try and tell a nuanced story that talks about this issue from all sides.”

Filming commences in 2020. Piers Wenger, controller of drama for U.K. pubcaster the BBC, commissioned the series. “This heartbreaking story delves deep into the inner turmoil these two parents
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Anonymous Content-Backed Chapter One Pictures Scores First Commission With BBC One Family Drama From ‘His Dark Materials’ Writer Jack Thorne

Anonymous Content-Backed Chapter One Pictures Scores First Commission With BBC One Family Drama From ‘His Dark Materials’ Writer Jack Thorne
Exclusive: His Dark Materials writer Jack Thorne is writing four-part family drama Best Interests for BBC One. It marks the first commission for Chapter One Pictures, the Sophie Gardiner-run production company set up by Anonymous Content, Casarotto Ramsay and United Agents.

Deadline revealed that the trio of management and talent agencies had established the indie in March 2018 with Gardiner, who was previously head of drama at Howards End producer Playground Television, set as Managing Director.

Its first order is a “compelling” and “thought-provoking original” from the prolific Thorne, who is also behind series including The Virtues, National Treasure and This Is England as well as the Harry Potter musical.

Best Interests is the story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best
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Katherine Waterston, Paddy Considine, Emily Watson board Sky/HBO series ‘The Third Day’ (exclusive)

Katherine Waterston, Paddy Considine, Emily Watson board Sky/HBO series ‘The Third Day’ (exclusive)
Trio join Jude Law in series, which is set to shoot in the UK.

Casting is rounding out on Sky/HBO series The Third Day, which starts shooting in the UK this month.

Screen understands that Katherine Waterston, Paddy Considine, and Emily Watson have all joined the previously announced Jude Law in the project.

The six-part high-end TV series comes from Us producers Plan B Entertainment and UK producer Adrian Sturges. Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk International is also involved in the production of the series, a first venture into TV for the company.

Marc Munden (National Treasure) is directing. Dennis Kelly
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International TV Newswire: Latest on ‘Money Heist,’ Sheffield Doc/Fest, ‘Dark Money’

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International TV Newswire: Latest on ‘Money Heist,’ Sheffield Doc/Fest, ‘Dark Money’
In this week’s International TV Newswire, “Money Heist’ fanbase heaves with anticipation at Part 3, two prominent European doc fests change directors, All3Media confirms “Dark Money’s” pre-sales credentials; Zfd favorite “Worst Witch” gets an Nhk makeover; and Econet Media’s satellite TV biz goes into administration:

Money Heist’ Part 3 Anticipation Boils

Two weeks out from its July 19 Netflix global release, expectation for “Money Heist” Part 3 (aka “La Casa de Papel” Temporada 3) is coming to a boil. “Money Heist” Parts 1 and 2 ranked as the second most-binged Svod Spanish-language show in the world in June, app TV Time revealed to TodoTVNews this week, beaten only by “Alta Mar,”· the latest from “Velvet’s” Bambu and another Netflix show. Adding to the excitement, “Money Heist” Part 3 does not now appear to be just an extra season, moreover, but creator Alex Pina’s ambition to create the biggest Spanish series ever. Already, at a June 20 Madrid press conference,
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Jonny Campbell, Olivia Hetreed mentor rising talents at Young Films' Skye residency (exclusive)

The scheme is open to writers, directors and producers who are Scottish residents.

Young Films Foundation’s second-annual residency on Scotland’s Isle of Skye welcomed mentors including producer Margaret Matheson, actor Joe Thomas, director Jonny Campbell, writers Olivia Hetreed (Girl With A Pearl Earring) and Francesca Gardiner and more to mentor six selected rising Scottish film and TV creatives.

Other top industry attendees included Dan MacRae (StudioCanal), Dionne Farrell (BBC Films), Celine Coulson (Film4), Isabel Davis and Sean Greenhorn from Screen Scotland, producers Beth Willis and Liz Lewin (Derry Girls).

The six participants, selected from more than 100 applicants, were:

Daisy Costello,
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Oren Aviv to Step Down From Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group

Oren Aviv to Step Down From Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group
Oren Aviv, an executive within Stx Entertainment’s motion picture group and previously its president and chief content officer, is stepping down from the company.

Aviv, who is an executive producer on films including “Bad Moms,” “The Edge of Seventeen” and “Molly’s Game” and is a producer and story writer on the original “National Treasure” film, is negotiating his exit and is expected to transition to a consultant role within the company.

Aviv was tasked with overseeing Stx’s “Uglydolls,” an animated film based on a series of toy dolls that cost roughly $95 million between production and marketing spend and brand tie-ins. But it brought in only $26.4 million worldwide at the box office.

Also Read: Jennifer Lopez Reunites With Stx Entertainment for Rom-Com 'Marry Me'

“Oren is transitioning from his full-time duties at Stx and I’m happy to say that he will remain on as a
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‘Westworld’s Sidse Babett Knudsen Joins Jack Thorne’s C4/Hulu Disaster Drama ‘The Light’

‘Westworld’s Sidse Babett Knudsen Joins Jack Thorne’s C4/Hulu Disaster Drama ‘The Light’
Westworld and Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen has joined Channel 4 and Hulu drama The Light (w/t).

Babett Knudsen, who plays Theresa Cullen in the HBO sci-fi thriller, is joining Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire in the four-part series, which is the follow-up to National Treasure and Kiri.

The cast also includes Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Mark Lewis Jones (National Treasure), Jade Croot (Casualty), Shaun Parkes (Line of Duty), Ruth Madeley (Years and Years), Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Adrian Scarborough (Gosford Park), Genevieve Barr (Press) and Eiry Thomas (Rillington Place).

Written by Jack Thorne and produced by The Forge, it is currently in production in Wales with Anne with an E’s Sandra Goldbacher directing and Killing Eve’s Morenike Williams producing. George Ormond and George Faber are Executive Producers.

The Light is set in the fictional town of Glyngolau and explores a forgotten community devastated by disaster. An explosion
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Insane Biopic of Crazy Eddie Coming from Jon Turtletaub

Tony Sokol Jun 17, 2019

You've seen it in person, you've read the book, and bought the T-Shirt, now see the movie about Crazy Eddie's, it is Insane.

Everyone in the tri-state area shopped at the Crazy Eddie's store on Canal Street in the mid-seventies. His prices really were insane, just like his brilliant commercials, which ran incessantly in the neighborhood, promised. There was a feel to the place that you were buying prime consumer electronics which fell off a truck. This may have been because the chain, which was started in Brooklyn in 1971 in by Eddie and Sam M. Antar, was a front for something else. Jon Turteltaub will direct the biopic Insane about "Crazy" Eddie Antar, who did time on one of the greatest securities frauds in history, according to Deadline. The film is being financed by eOne. The screenplay was written by Peter Steinfeld.

Insane will focus on Sam E.
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Jon Turteltaub Will Direct a ‘Crazy Eddie’ Movie, Instead of Giving Us the Third ‘National Treasure’ Movie We All Crave

Jon Turteltaub Will Direct a ‘Crazy Eddie’ Movie, Instead of Giving Us the Third ‘National Treasure’ Movie We All Crave
Jon Turteltaub could give us all what we really want: a third National Treasure movie. Instead, he’s going to direct Insane, a movie about Crazy Eddie Antar, the owner of an electronics chain who ended up in jail after committing one of the greatest securities frauds in history. It will no doubt make for a crazy true story – […]

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