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Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy & Alec Baldwin Set For Comedic Thriller ‘Pixie’

  • Deadline
Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy & Alec Baldwin Set For Comedic Thriller ‘Pixie’
Exclusive: Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, and Daryl McCormack will star in Pixie, a comedic thriller directed by Oscar nominee Barnaby Thompson and written by Preston Thompson. Rounding out the cast are Colm Meaney (Layer Cake), Dylan Moran (Black Books), and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin.

Filming is currently underway. The plot centers on Pixie (Cooke), who wants to avenge her mother’s death by masterminding a heist, but her plans go awry and she finds herself on the run with two young men who are way out of their depth being chased across the Wild Irish countryside by gangsters. She has to pit her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life.

Thompson, who picked up an Oscar nom as a producer of the short film Dear Rosie,
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Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Alec Baldwin Team for Comedy Thriller 'Pixie'

Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Alec Baldwin Team for Comedy Thriller 'Pixie'
Rising Brit actress Olivia Cooke, who broke out in Me, Earl and the Dying Girl and last year starred in Ready Player One, is set to play the lead in upcoming comedic thriller Pixie. 

The film, being directed by Barnaby Thompson (St. Trinian's 1&2), will also star Ben Hardy (Bohemian Rhapsody, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Daryl McCormack (A Very English Scandal, Peaky Blinders), with Colm Meaney (Layer Cake, Con Air), Dylan Moran (Shaun of the Dead) and Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live, Mission: Impossible - Fallout).

Thompson, who will direct from an original script by Preston Thompson (Kids in Love), also produces alongside James Clayton ...
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu
In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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Academy Reaches Gender Parity in 2019 New Member Invitations

  • Variety
Half of the 842 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are women, the group announced on Monday.

The organization behind the Oscars also disclosed that 29% of the new invitees are people of color. Should those people accept, and they almost universally do, the Academy will have doubled the percentage of nonwhite people in their ranks in four years.

In 2015, people of color accounted for only 8% of the Academy body. In 2019, it stands at 16%, the Academy reported. As it stands, the Academy counts 8,946 active members, with 8,733 eligible to vote on the Oscars. The total membership including retired members is 9,794. This year’s number falls short of 2018’s record of 928 invitations.

New members in this round include “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu, actors Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, and screenwriters Ritesh Batra (“Photograph”), Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Park Young-soo (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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Lady Gaga, Claire Foy Lead Oscars Academy’s 842 New Member Invitations

Lady Gaga, Claire Foy Lead Oscars Academy’s 842 New Member Invitations
Lady Gaga, Claire Foy and Sterling K. Brown are among the 842 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Monday.

The announcement came two days after the Academy’s Board of Governors spent a Saturday meeting going over the lists of prospective members drawn up by each of the Academy’s 17 branches. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which several hundred film professionals have been invited to join the Academy. This will easily push the number of active Academy members over 9,000 and the number of Oscars voters over 8,000 for next year’s Academy Awards.

As usual in recent years, the huge list of new-member invitations was heavily weighted toward women, who made up 50 percent of the invitees (up from 49 percent last year), and non-white film professionals, who made up 29 percent. The list was also heavily weighted toward international members,
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‘Rocketman’ Helmer & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Finisher Dexter Fletcher Signs With CAA

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‘Rocketman’ Helmer & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Finisher Dexter Fletcher Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Director Dexter Fletcher has just signed with CAA, on the eve of Thursday’s world premiere of his Elton John musical film Rocketman at Cannes. Paramount releases the film May 31.

Fletcher, who had been at Wme, is rocketing off replacing Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody for the final weeks of production and post production. Though Singer remained the credited director, Fletcher’s contributions were widely noticed in a film that became an out-sized success, with Rami Malek winning the Oscar for Best Actor, the film nominated for Best Picture and a whopping global gross north of $900 million.

Fletcher’s star is rising fast, but he certainly has been at it a long time, first as an actor and then as producer, writer and director. He began as an actor at age nine, and as an adult was part of the casts of films including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,
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From Superhero Movies to Intimate Dramas, Dp Ben Davis Can Shoot It All

  • Variety
From Superhero Movies to Intimate Dramas, Dp Ben Davis Can Shoot It All
Cinematographer Ben Davis is often credited with a crucial role in creating the visual tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In films including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Doctor Strange,” he proved that big-budget superhero films can offer strong characters and soulful visuals.

But at the same time, Davis has kept one foot solidly in the real world, shooting intimate dramas like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Most recently, the Dp handled cinematography on Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” and “Captain Marvel,” the latest comic-book adaptation from Marvel. Both films are being released this month.

That enviable versatility is reminiscent of the classic and beloved Brit DPs under whom he trained, including Douglas Slocombe and Billy Williams, known for their extraordinary adaptability and for lending each film its own singular aesthetic.

“I learned so much from watching them create images, but
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Sky Drama Chief Cameron Roach On Scripted Plans, Development Pipeline & Finding The Next ‘Patrick Melrose’

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Sky Drama Chief Cameron Roach On Scripted Plans, Development Pipeline & Finding The Next ‘Patrick Melrose’
Fresh from the success of drama hits such as Patrick Melrose and A Discovery of Witches, Sky drama chief Cameron Roach is looking to take advantage of a confidence at the Comcast-owned pay-tv giant as it looks to expand its scripted pipeline.

This comes after Roach was promoted to the top drama job, as revealed by Deadline this morning, following the departure of Anne Mensah to Netflix.

Roach, who worked under Mensah for over five years, admits that the next few years at Sky will be more of an “evolution” and a “continuation” of the strategy that the pair built together.

“I don’t think me stepping up means there’s going to be any kind of sea-change. Genuinely, we’re in a very confident place having built this over the last five years and I think now we have a good ecology of returning series and standalone event pieces.
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IMDb Launches Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service

Like it or not, the world has yet another new streaming service available for movie and TV lovers to enjoy. IMDb has officially launched a new ad-supported streaming video service titled IMDb Freedive which is, as of today, available for anyone with an Amazon Fire TV device or a computer with an internet connection.

While there are an increasing amount of streaming services being unleashed upon the world, to the point that it can be frustrating for consumers, IMDb Freedive has the added benefit of being free. The catch is that those who use the service will have to suffer through ads now and again, but again, it is otherwise free. IMDb is owned by Amazon and this represents a push by the company to get into the increasingly popular ad-supported streaming game, as this will be totally separate from their already popular Amazon Prime Video service. Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb,
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Toronto Kicks Off With Hot Package: Daniel Craig Stars, Rian Johnson Directs & Scripts Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’

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Toronto Kicks Off With Hot Package: Daniel Craig Stars, Rian Johnson Directs & Scripts Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’
Exclusive: In a move that will surely swing some of the focus from awards season launches to the acquisitions market at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, U.S. and foreign distributors will be bidding for Knives Out, a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve the crime, with Rian Johnson directing.

Craig has committed to star in November, while his James Bond 25 film regroups following the exit of director Danny Boyle. Johnson, who wrote the script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman, will make the movie before setting off to direct a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe. Knives Out will be the first film he’ll direct since 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which grossed over $1.3 billion.

The film is best described as a modern day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s
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Matthew Vaughn plotting Kick-Ass reboot and Kingsman Universe via new studio

  • JoBlo
Matthew Vaughn, director of such films as Layer Cake, Kick-ass, and the Kingsman series has announced the setup of Marv Studios, "the modern version of what a studio can be," says Vaughn. As a part of the Marv Studios initiative, Vaughn is planning a reboot of the Kick-ass series, which may or may not involve the familiar Dave Lizewski character originally played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in... Read More...
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Matthew Vaughn Plans ‘Kick-Ass’ Reboot & Massive ‘Kingsman’ Spin-Off Expansion

If one made a list of all the film producers turned successful film directors, British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn might be at the very top of that list. The director, who started out as Guy Ritchie’s producer and then began to chart his own path with the similar British crime film “Layer Cake,” has arguably surpassed his former collaborator. Vaughn’s already created two mega-million dollar franchises—the “Kingsman” spy series and the “Kick-Ass” comic books series—while taking on major studio work like rebooting the “X-Men” series and adapting the celebrated graphic novel “Stardust.” He’s also just recently launched his own mini-studio called Marv Studios, and he plans on charting his future through it.

Continue reading Matthew Vaughn Plans ‘Kick-Ass’ Reboot & Massive ‘Kingsman’ Spin-Off Expansion at The Playlist.
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Netflix’s Layer Cake Sequel Series May Start Filming In March

A follow-up to Daniel Craig’s British gangster film Layer Cake has been in development for years, but it’s being reported that Netflix’s sequel series Viva La Madness is scheduled to finally start filming this March. The project was previously announced as far back as 2013, when it was stated that Jason Statham would be replacing Craig as the lead character, but little has happened to move the production forward in recent years – until now.
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‘Yardie’ Review: Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut Is Hard to Enjoy and Even Harder to Understand — Sundance 2018

‘Yardie’ Review: Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut Is Hard to Enjoy and Even Harder to Understand — Sundance 2018
It’s easy enough to understand why Idris Elba would choose to make “Yardie” for his directorial debut. For one thing, it’s the kind of story that seems pretty hard to mess up: Adapted from Victor Headley’s 1992 novel of the same name, “Yardie” is a nuts-and-bolts revenge saga about a young Jamaican kid who survives the gang warfare in his home country, grows up to be a low-level hood, and then traffics a brick of coke to London with the ulterior motive of finding the man who killed his brother. Borrowing heavily from the likes of “City of God,” “Goodfellas,” and “Layer Cake,” it’s a premise so familiar that even a first-time filmmaker should be able to wrangle it into decent shape. And yet…

And yet it’s hard to understand virtually anything else about “Yardie.” Literally. This flat and formulaic crime yarn has all sorts of flaws — woefully under-developed characters,
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Jamie Cymbal & Ryan Simons talk ‘Seizure’

  • Nerdly
Seizure is new gangster horror from Jamie Cymbal and Ryan Simons, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 21st January. I got chance to ask them a few questions about what we can expect, their influences for the film, and the process of working together both in front and behind the camera.

What can we expect from the film Seizure?

Jamie – A fast paced, entertaining gangster horror that’s well acted and puts people on edge of their seats.

Ryan – A fast paced ghost story seen through the eyes of gangsters who wonder whether they’re losing their minds.

What was your inspiration for writing the film Seizure?

Jamie – Ryan and I had played around with a few scripts ideas over the years and to be totally honest very few were horror. I grew up loving the obvious Robert De Niro classics, Once upon a time in America (1984), Goodfellas,
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Giveaway – Win Rise Of The Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Rise Of The Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story which releases on DVD & Blu-ray 26th December 2017, we have a copy of the Blu-ray up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

On the 10th anniversary of the release of the smash hit gangster classic Rise Of The Footsoldier comes this no-holds- barred prequel, telling the tale of real life Essex Boy Pat Tate, a man mountain with a hair-trigger temper, a serious fondness for pills and cocaine, and an unquenchable hunger for power. The Scarface of Southend is a role Craig Fairbrass was born to play, and he grips the role between his teeth and does not let go. It’s a towering performance that cements Fairbrass’s reputation as a screen hard man of the top rank.

The rest of the cast is a veritable who’s who of the creme de
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Gangs of London: Cast and Details for Gareth Evans Gangland Series

Joseph Baxter Mar 19, 2019

Gareth Evans, the action visionary behind The Raid, co-created TV series Gangs of London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Atlantic.

The cult cinema myth of Gareth Evans’s innovative 2011 Indonesian action flick, The Raid: Redemption, is still resonating several years after its release. However, Evans, who tackled the upcoming Netflix horror film, Apostle, and remains in the mix to direct DC's (up-in-the-air) Deathstroke movie, is heeding the call of peak television as the co-creator – with Matt Flannery – of an action series called Gangs of London.

Gangs of London will have Evans in the director's chair for the majority of the 10-part series and use his Raid repertoire to handle complex choreographed fight scenes across the season. However, he'll share the duty of director with Corin Hardy, who will handle three episodes, and French helmer Xavier Gens will shoot two episodes. The series is a co-production
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