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Jake Gyllenhaal Says Whitewashed ‘Prince of Persia’ Role ‘Wasn’t Right For Me’

Jake Gyllenhaal Says Whitewashed ‘Prince of Persia’ Role ‘Wasn’t Right For Me’
Spider-Man: Far From Home” isn’t just Jake Gyllenhaal’s first Marvel movie, it’s also his first major studio tentpole since the 2010 release of Disney’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” The Mike Newell-directed video game adaptation starred Gyllenhaal opposite Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfred Molina. The film, a critical and box office dud for Disney, is best remembered as being one of the decade’s worst examples of Hollywood whitewashing for casting a white American actor in the lead role instead of a performer of Iranian descent.

The conversation around Hollywood whitewashing became a lot more amplified following the 2017 release of Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost in the Shell,” so Gyllenhaal’s “Persia” casting in 2010 did not cause as much of a controversy or derail Gyllenhaal’s career. Still, the movie follows the Oscar-nominated actor around as one of the biggest missteps of his career.
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‘Russian Doll’: Bringing Natasha Lyonne’s Brash, Trash-Talking Anti-Heroine To Netflix

What’s so riveting about Netflix’s “Russian Doll” is the voice at its center. Brainy narcissist trash-talking hard-living game coder Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) seems to be completely out of control throughout the dizzying rush of eight half-hour episodes, which were tailor-made to binge. The series flies at you with such a saturated flurry of images, sex and death shocks and Altman-speed profane dialogue that it feels exploded out of a cannon. Which belies its precise craftsmanship.

The ever-expanding universe of television programming has created huge demand for shows that pop and grab, that aren’t the same as everything else. You haven’t seen “Russian Doll” before, its brazen female anti-hero, its bravura style. “Nadia was this character I’d created long before ‘Russian Doll,'” said Lyonne, who’s been seeped in show business for 35 years with one dramatic break for rehab. “She’s my alter ego Nadia,
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‘Russian Doll’: Bringing Natasha Lyonne’s Brash, Trash-Talking Anti-Heroine To Netflix

What’s so riveting about Netflix’s “Russian Doll” is the voice at its center. Brainy narcissist trash-talking hard-living game coder Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) seems to be completely out of control throughout the dizzying rush of eight half-hour episodes, which were tailor-made to binge. The series flies at you with such a saturated flurry of images, sex and death shocks and Altman-speed profane dialogue that it feels exploded out of a cannon. Which belies its precise craftsmanship.

The ever-expanding universe of television programming has created huge demand for shows that pop and grab, that aren’t the same as everything else. You haven’t seen “Russian Doll” before, its brazen female anti-hero, its bravura style. “Nadia was this character I’d created long before ‘Russian Doll,'” said Lyonne, who’s been seeped in show business for 35 years with one dramatic break for rehab. “She’s my alter ego Nadia,
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Happy Death Day 2U Review

Happy Death Day 2U offers an unneeded explanation for its time loop to excuse a flimsy sequel...but it has spectacular dark comedy deaths.

Deja vu: It’s that queasy sensation that you’ve seen this all before. In real life, it can be disquieting; in Hollywood it’s lucrative. The greater the sequel number, the greater the interest in revisiting the familiar. Still, this financial philosophy has never been taken to quite so literal an extreme as with Happy Death Day 2U, the go-for-broke and overeager to please sequel to one of 2017’s happiest surprises.

Its predecessor was in that rare breed of genre reinventions of Groundhog Day, the cinematic fable about a man doomed to relive the same day ad infinitum. Happy Death Day also might’ve been the most brazen about that Puxatony inspiration, proudly announcing its appropriation as a chipper slasher movie in which the genre’s prototypical victim,
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Judge Dredd Owner Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio (Exclusive)

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Judge Dredd Owner Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio (Exclusive)
Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper are shooting into action near Oxford, England.

Video-game company Rebellion, which is moving into film and TV, has bought a large former print works that will be converted into studio space for its highly anticipated Judge Dredd TV series, “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One,” and its Rogue Trooper film, directed by Duncan Jones (“Source Code”). Both projects feature characters from the legendary British comic book series “2000 Ad,” which Rebellion bought, appropriately enough, in 2000.

As well as servicing Rebellion’s burgeoning slate of film and TV projects, the studio will also be made available to third parties in a boost for the entertainment industry in Britain, where demand for space is outstripping supply.

The site in Didcot, about 50 miles west of London, was previously a printing press for the Daily Mail newspaper. With large soundproofed spaces already in place, parts of the facility will be ready for use within weeks,
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Duncan Jones to Direct TV Adaptation of ‘Killer Intent’

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Duncan Jones to Direct TV Adaptation of ‘Killer Intent’
Duncan Jones, who won a BAFTA for his debut feature “Moon,” is to direct a television adaptation of Tony Kent’s thriller “Killer Intent.” The series will be produced by Liberty Films, the London- and L.A.-based production company of Stuart Fenegan and Jones, who is David Bowie’s son.

Kent will adapt his novel alongside an “American-style writers’ room of established TV talent,” according to a statement. Jones will executive produce alongside Fenegan, who acquired the screen rights for “Killer Intent” in advance of the hardback release earlier this year.

It will be Liberty’s first foray into television. Jones and Fenegan have previously worked exclusively in feature films with credits such as “Moon,” “Source Code,” “Warcraft” and “Mute.”

Jones said: “Tony’s writing style is already so cinematic, working with him and a room of writers to adapt his first book will be a thrill. I’m
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Duncan Jones To Direct First TV Series With Adaptation Of Thriller Novel ‘Killer Intent’

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Duncan Jones To Direct First TV Series With Adaptation Of Thriller Novel ‘Killer Intent’
Warcraft and Source Code filmmaker Duncan Jones is to direct his first TV series: an adaptation of thriller novel Killer Intent.

Liberty Films, the London and La-based indie run by Stuart Fenegan and Jones, will produce the adaptation of boxer-turned-lawyer Tony Kent’s well-received book.

Killer Intent is the first in a series of thrillers about Jack Reacher-type intelligence agent Joe Dempsey. In the novel, when an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of dangerous events across London, Britain’s elite security forces are powerless to stop the chaos threatening to overwhelm the Government. As a dark conspiracy unfolds, three strangers find their fates entwined: Dempsey; Sarah Truman, a CNN reporter determined to get her headline; and Michael Devlin, a Belfast-born criminal barrister with a secret past.

Jones will direct and executive produce the series. Anglo-Irish writer Kent will be adapting his novel alongside an American-style writers’ room of established TV talent,
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Duncan Jones Will Direct A Comic Book Film Next But It Reportedly Won’t Be For DC

Duncan Jones started his filmmaking career with a bang, helming two films that are were fairly well lauded, “Moon” and “Source Code.” Then, last year, he released the big-budget “Warcraft,” which was highly-anticipated but didn’t have the impact that he might have desired. The film was looked at as a disappointment while making a fair amount of money overseas. Then, the most recent film, Netflix Original “Mute,” was released and you probably didn’t even know about it.

Continue reading Duncan Jones Will Direct A Comic Book Film Next But It Reportedly Won’t Be For DC at The Playlist.
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Warcraft Director Takes on Mystery Comic Book Movie

Warcraft Director Takes on Mystery Comic Book Movie
Warcraft director Duncan Jones has revealed that he's directing a comic book movie as his next project. Unfortunately, for the time being, that's all he's really willing to tell us about it. Though, he did add that it's a "special one" and that he would be teasing a bit more about it in a few days. So, the question naturally becomes, what comic book is Jones going to be adapting for the big screen?

Then again, who's to say it's going to be for the big screen at all? Duncan Jones directed Mute for Netflix. Maybe he's got something brewing with the streaming service again? When it comes to what we know for sure, Jones took to Twitter to make the initial reveal, saying that he's nervous but clearly excited about what he's got cooking. Here's what he had to say about it.

"A little nervous about this, but hell,
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Jeff Goldblum joins the cast of The Price of Admission comedic drama

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Jeff Goldblum joins the cast of The Price of Admission comedic drama
Sound the trumpets, roll out the fuzzy, red carpet, and make some noise, because Jeff Goldblum is joining the cast of The Price Of Admission. What's that movie about, you ask? It's an upcoming dramatic comedy that already stars Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) and Michael Sheen (Tron: Legacy). The film will be directed and written by Peter Glanz (The Longest Week) and will center on a... Read More...
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Gaumont Appoints Leslie Belzberg as Senior VP of Production in L.A. (Exclusive)

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Gaumont has appointed former Miramax and Shine executive Leslie Belzberg (“The Bridge”) to the position of senior VP of production at its Los Angeles headquarters.

Belzberg will handle day-to-day scripted production for Gaumont’s projects. She will start working on “Narcos” (pictured), whose fourth season is currently in production for Netflix.

“Leslie’s extensive experience in producing scripted TV series will make her an invaluable member to our team and we’re delighted to work with someone so accomplished,” said Gene Stein, the president of Gaumont’s TV division in the U.S.

Belzberg said Gaumont has a “robust development slate and first-look deals with industry legends.” “As a huge fan of ‘Narcos,’ I’m thrilled that Gaumont and Gene have entrusted me to produce this legacy project,” she said.

The well-seasoned executive recently served as senior VP at Miramax, overseeing both TV and films, including “Bad Santa 2,” and
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Mute and Warcraft Director Duncan Jones Says He Wants To Make A Western

With his fourth feature film Mute now available to stream on Netflix, lots of minds are on director Duncan Jones. The son of David Bowie and talented screenwriter watched his career suddenly skyrocket after the huge success of his debut film, Moon. In the years following Jones' success he has helmed three more films including Source Code and the box office flop, Warcraft. His fourth film starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux is a spiritual sequel to his very first film, Moon.  So far, Mute is getting pretty mixed reviews on both sides of the spectrum but it seems like the majority of people who are fans of Jones' films really like it.  Jones has been working on Mute for the better part of the last 15 years, and calls the movie his "passion project." But now that Mute is behind him, what's next?

I recently sat down with Jones to discuss Mute,
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Second Opinion – Mute (2018)

Mute, 2018.

Directed by Duncan Jones.

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Seyneb Saleh, Noel Clarke, Robert Sheehan, Sam Rockwell and Robert Kazinsky.

Synopsis:

A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

Filmmakers should really stop saying how it took them a decade to get a film made. Nine times out of ten, the final product is disappointing. Case in point, Duncan Jones made the first script for Mute 16 years ago, and the hype has only (understandably) increased since his first two films Moon and Source Code became hits. That his previous film, Warcraft, received poor reviews meant only that a return to sci-fi was a good thing for Duncan, who’s been open about his passion for this brainchild project. Add in a Netflix release and the hype only got bigger, as people all over
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Sci-fi Noir Thriller Mute was Originally Written As a Modern-Day Mobster Film

Duncan Jones' 15-year passion project, Netflix's sci-fi noir thriller Mute feels like it could perfectly fit into the Black Mirror universe, but it wasn't originally conceived that way. I recently sat down and talked to the director about the film and he explained that when he and co-writer Michael Robert Johnson first started writing what was supposed to be Jones' first film it was set in modern times.

The project was shelved when Jones and actor Sam Rockwell decided to do what turned out to be Jones' very first film Moon. Then in the years that followed, Jones did two studio films, Source Code followed by Warcraft only to return to his original project to find it slightly dated. 

"We wrote it around the same time that Sexy Beast came out and Layer Cake and these kind of a new wave of British gangster films that were coming out.
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‘Mute’ Director Duncan Jones on His Strange and Deranged Sci-fi Passion Project [Interview]

‘Mute’ Director Duncan Jones on His Strange and Deranged Sci-fi Passion Project [Interview]
Writer-director Duncan Jones‘ new movie, Mute, has been a long time coming. “I’ve finally got this boulder up the hill,” he told us with a laugh and a sense of relief. The filmmaker behind Moon, Source Code, and Warcraft originally envisioned his bleak, surprisingly old-school sci-fi mystery as his directorial debut, but the project faced its share of challenges over […]

The post ‘Mute’ Director Duncan Jones on His Strange and Deranged Sci-fi Passion Project [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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‘Mute’: Duncan Jones’ ‘Blade Runner’ Wannabe Lacks Mystery & Depth [Review]

Watching the noir-ish sci-fi movie “Mute,” from English filmmaker Duncan Jones (“Source Code,” “Warcraft“), I couldn’t help wondering about the intended audience the director made the film for, and whether I’d spent the last few years awaiting its 16-years-in-the-making release in vain. Watching its credits, I didn’t need to wonder. “Mute” attempts to take Jones back to the type of filmmaking of 2009 when his feature debut, “Moon,” premiered, dazzled us and proclaimed the helmer a new and exciting talent to watch.
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Check out a huge batch of images from Duncan Jones’ Mute

Coinciding with its arrival on Netflix this Friday, a huge batch of images have been released for director Duncan Jones’ hotly-anticipated sci-fi mystery Mute featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, and Seyneb Saleh; check them out in the gallery below and click on any of the images for hi-res versions…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Mute here

“Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent Us army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code,
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Where Do You Recognize The Cast of Mute From?

Director Duncan Jones is bringing his latest movie, Mute, to Netflix. Jones has previously seen success with movies such as Moon, and Source Code, but his 2016 adaptation of World of Warcraft did not impress the critics at all. However, most will be pleased to note that Mute is in a much more similar vein to his earlier projects; in fact, he wrote the movie in 2004 and while not a sequel to Moon, it does exist in the same universe, and Sam Rockwell’s protagonist (or at least a version of him) does appear. Mute is set in 2052 in a dystopian Berlin and focuses on Leo, a mute bartender, who is searching for his missing girlfriend. The cast is full of names that you’ll recognize, but where do you know them from?
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Mute review

Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones returns to sci-fi with Mute. Here's our review of a left-field, downbeat thriller...

Great science fiction is more than just window dressing - it's metaphorical. In Blade Runner, the future Los Angeles of lost souls and runaway replicants was intrinsic to its themes of memory and mortality. Likewise the spare, cold lunar base in Moon, director Duncan Jones' superb debut: it underpinned the story's sense of loneliness and isolation.

Mute, Jones' first film since his 2016 videogame adaptation, Warcraft, takes in touches of Blade Runner's noir thriller atmosphere and Moon's quirky characters and poignant otherness. The result, however, is a genre piece that doesn't hang together as well as either of those films.

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Leo, a 30-something bartender working in a near-future Berlin. Among a high-tech cultural melting pot, Leo stands apart from everyone else: a childhood accident robbed him of the ability to speak,
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Short And Sweet New Promo Spot For Duncan Jones' Mute

A short trailer has appeared online for Netflix's Mute and it just solidified my plans for Friday night! There's only about 30 seconds of footage in this trailer, but I'll be damned if they aren't captivating and interesting as hell the entire way through. Plus, I'm a big fan of Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, and Duncan Jones so I was going to watch this film anyway.

Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent Us army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi
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