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More Than Just a Pretty Face: The Talents of Robert Pattinson

Alec Frazier on Robert Pattinson and his casting as Batman…

Recently, Robert Pattinson was confirmed to be playing the next Batman by Warner Bros. Entertainment. He is a tremendously talented actor, and I wish him all the best. However, there has been much antipathy towards him taking the role. Some of the opposition has been reasonable, but most of it has just been hateful and spiteful.

A great deal of the negative feelings towards Robert Pattinson stems from ignorance of his acting career. A decade ago, he starred in a set of romance movies in which a young woman falls in love with someone who just so happens to be a vampire. This, of course, is The Twilight Saga. However, since then, Pattinson has gone mostly underground, and has starred in an endless number of independent films. His detractors act as if these films do not exist. They can be
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Screenwriter Philippa Goslett on Mary Magdalene, Neil Gaiman and the ‘Viewpoint of the Outsider’

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Philippa Goslett is the screenwriter of “Mary Magdalene,” the movie that looks at the life of Jesus from the perspective of his most famous contemporary female follower. The film stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim and is being released by IFC Films in the U.S. on Friday. Goslett’s previous work includes “Little Ashes,” with Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali, and Neil Gaiman adaptation “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” With severalnfilm and TV projects in the works, Goslett tells Variety about world-building and finding the viewpoint of the outsider.

How did the “Mary Magdalene” film come about?

The project originated with Katherine Bridle, head of development at See Saw, who very much wanted to tell stories about characters in history who have been marginalized or forgotten or, in Mary’s case, massively misrepresented over the years. There was a very beautiful script by
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‘I, Daniel Blake’ Actor Dave Johns & ‘Life Is Sweet’ Star Alison Steadman Lead UK Comedy-Drama ’23 Walks’

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‘I, Daniel Blake’ Actor Dave Johns & ‘Life Is Sweet’ Star Alison Steadman Lead UK Comedy-Drama ’23 Walks’
Exclusive: I, Daniel Blake star Dave Johns and Life Is Sweet and Gavin & Stacey star Alison Steadman are starring in UK grey-pound comedy-drama 23 Walks, from the producers of Swimming With Men and Carol Morley’s Out Of Blue.

The film marks a return to the director’s chair after more than a decade for Wondrous Oblivion and Little Ashes director Paul Morrison, whose 2000 drama Solomon & Gaenor was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Morrison has also written the script. Above is a first look.

23 Walks follows pensioners Dave and Fern, two strangers who meet walking their dogs in a North London park. Over the course of twenty-three walks together romance begins to blossom but the two also hide secrets which could derail their newfound love.

Pic is currently in the middle of a production hiatus as it waits for spring to shoot the scheduled second block of principle photography. The
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Trailer Watch: Alien Elle Fanning Discovers Punk Music in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

The trailer for the 1977 London-set “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” begins with Enn (Alex Sharp, Marti Noxon’s “To the Bone”) and his friends attending a concert’s after-party. Hoping to meet some girls, the three punk music lovers encounter Zan (Elle Fanning) and her cohort of orange leather-clad, six-fingered, monotone friends. “They must be from California,” Enn’s buddy guesses. He’s not that off: Zan and company are actually aliens from outer space.

Zan and her fellow extraterrestrials, including Stella (Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”), are visiting Earth a rite of passage — but Zan is bored and ready to break away. In frustration, she cuts up her futuristic dress with a pair of scissors. “Do more punk to me,” she says as she hands the scissors to Enn.

Enn is happy to introduce Zan to London’s punk scene, as is its leader, Boadicea (Nicole Kidman). In punk music you have to “smash the oppressor, tell the truth, be an original, blah blah blah,” Boadicea explains to Zan. And as she falls more in love with punk culture and Enn, Zan realizes she’ll eventually have to speak her truth and choose between Earth and her own planet.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties” is directed by John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), who penned the script with Philippa Goslett (“Little Ashes”) from a Neil Gaiman short story. Mitchell previously directed Kidman in the 2010 drama “Rabbit Hole.” “How to Talk to Girls” made its world premiere earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens theatrically in Japan on December 1, but doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet.

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Trailer Watch: Alien Elle Fanning Discovers Punk Music in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'

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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'
Exclusive: Oliver Parker is directing the synchronised swimming comedy.

Screen can reveal the first look at Dad’s Army director Oliver Parker’s comedy Swimming With Men, produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch (The Infidel) of Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance (Brotherhood), in association with Amp Film.

Aschlin Ditta wrote the screenplay.

Exec producers include Paul Webster (Atonement) and Guy Heeley (Locke) of Shoebox Films and Al Morrow (Sour Grapes) and Jonny Persey (Little Ashes) of Met Film. Umedia are also on board as co-producers and financiers

The picture depicts (from left) Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Daniel Mays (Rogue One), Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager), Rob Brydon (The Trip) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).

Also starring are Charlotte Riley (Edge Of Tomorrow) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice).

HanWay handles sales on the movie, currently in production, about a man (Brydon) who finds new meaning in his life
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Creativity Media appoints Matthew Troughton as head of picture post-production

Exclusive: He joins the London post-house from Met Film Post.

London post-house Creativity Media has appointed Matthew Troughton as its senior colourist and head of picture post-production and technology.

Alongside his work as a colourist, he will oversee the company’s picture post-production department as well as managing its technology and systems.

Troughton joins from Ealing Studios-based Met Film Post where he was head of post production and senior colourist.

His colouring credits include Little Ashes, How To Change The World and the forthcoming Stratton.

Creativity Media was set up in 2010 by Richard Kondal, Patrick Fischer and Alex Joseph. The company has amassed more than 50 credits to date, including 2015 breakout horror Under The Shadow and the forthcoming BBC Films and Harbour Pictures production Swallows And Amazons.

Creative director Richard Kondal commented: “Matt’s eye for the cinematic look has not only created beautiful films but close bonds with many cinematographers and directors. As such we
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Four UK financiers found guilty in major film fraud case

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Four UK financiers found guilty in major film fraud case
Estimated £100m ($145m) of tax repayments claimed through fraudulent film investment scheme.

Four UK film executives have been found guilty of operating a fraudulent film investment scheme that was used to claim an estimated £100m ($145m) of tax repayments.

The men were found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court after they were shown to have falsely claimed to have invested £275m ($400m) in feature films and used offshore companies to hide their activities, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

The four executives comprise former Little Wing Films partners Charles Savill and Keith Hayley; Robert Bevan, a former co-director at film sales company Salt; and Monaco-based accountant and corporate services provider Norman Leighton.

More than 275 investors contributed more than £76m ($110m) to the scheme, according to Hm Revenue & Customs. The scheme used tax breaks to attract investment from footballers, investment bankers and a pop star.

The men claimed to have spent more than £250m ($365m) on pre-production and development
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Joaquin Phoenix Aligns with Jacques Audiard and Rooney Mara for Next Projects

Continuing the very-much-appreciated streak of doing seemingly whatever he wishes (translation: not playing a Marvel or Star Wars villain), Joaquin Phoenix has found a very promising set of collaborators for his next projects. The most concrete of these is a teaming with Jacques Audiard and John C. Reilly, who’ve already been set for the western The Sisters Brothers. [Deadline]

A previous report had informed us it’s an adaptation of Patrick deWitt‘s novel, which itself tracks two hired killers, Charlie and Eli Sisters, from Oregon to the Sierra Mountains while in search of a prospector, Herman Kermit Warm. This story is set around the California Gold Rush, and the encounters include, per Amazon, “a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.” Phoenix and Reilly in that together? Whatever you make of Audiard, there’s reason to be intrigued.
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Rooney Mara Circles Mary Magdalene Biopic; Pope Francis Makes Film Debut; Asghar Farhadi Resumes New Feature

Being that some of us hold Rooney Mara as the closest thing to a modern-day Christ, it’s only fitting that she’d end up playing one of His closest compatriots. Or so her Lion director, Garth Davis, is hoping will be the case when it comes to a new biopic — described as “an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history” — handled by Universal and See-Saw Films. [Deadline]

Playwright Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) penned the screenplay; production will commence this summer and the film is expected to arrive in 2017.

Here’s another bit of news that will spark Christian interest: Pope Francis will soon stand as the first Pope to appear in a feature film — in this case, Beyond the Sun, “a family adventure based on the Gospels.” Ambi Pictures are financing and producing, while Graciela Rodriguez is helming
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Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman begin 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' shoot

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Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman begin 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' shoot
“Punks and aliens” feature from director John Cameron Mitchell [pictured] also stars Alex Sharp.

Sci-fi romance How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Tony Award-winning Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Nicole Kidman, has begun principal photography in the UK, where it will shoot for six weeks.

Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus), the film is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman (Coraline) from his collection “Fragile Things”.

The screenplay has been written by Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) with Mitchell. Kidman reunites with Mitchell, who directed her Oscar-nominated performance in Rabbit Hole (2010).

The cast also includes Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids) and Joanna Scanlan (The Invisible Woman).

The story centres on a shy teenage punk in 1970s London (Sharp) who falls for an alien girl (Fanning) whose race plans a showdown with humans.

Producers are [link
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Major film fraud trial underway

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Major film fraud trial underway
The trial of five UK executives charged with film tax relief fraud has begun at Birmingham Crown Court.

UK film executives Robert Bevan, Cyril Megret, Keith Hayley, Charles Savill and Norman Leighton each face charges of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to falsify documents, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. All five deny the charges.

Andrew Penhale, deputy head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said in 2013: “Following an investigation by Hm Revenue and Customs, we have authorised charges against five individuals in connection with a tax relief fraud that allegedly cost the public revenue in the region of £125 million.

“It is alleged that, between 1 January 2002 and 11 July 2011, a tax relief that allows investors in the British film industry to offset losses against other tax liabilities was abused and dishonestly marketed in order to cheat the public revenue.

“The evidence suggests that the value of allowable losses was falsified
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Major film fraud trial underway in UK

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Major film fraud trial underway in UK
The trial of five UK executives charged with film tax relief fraud has begun at Birmingham Crown Court.

UK film executives Robert Bevan, Cyril Megret, Keith Hayley, Charles Savill and Norman Leighton each face charges of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to falsify documents, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. All five deny the charges.

Andrew Penhale, deputy head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said in 2013: “Following an investigation by Hm Revenue and Customs, we have authorised charges against five individuals in connection with a tax relief fraud that allegedly cost the public revenue in the region of £125 million.

“It is alleged that, between 1 January 2002 and 11 July 2011, a tax relief that allows investors in the British film industry to offset losses against other tax liabilities was abused and dishonestly marketed in order to cheat the public revenue.

“The evidence suggests that the value of allowable losses was falsified
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A24 Acquires New John Cameron Mitchell Film

A24 Acquires New John Cameron Mitchell Film
The acquisitions scene has been quiet in Toronto this year, though A24 has just nabbed one of the big pre-buys off the market with John Cameron Mitchell's "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." The film will unite Mitchell with Alex Sharp, Tony winner from Broadways "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," and once again with Nicole Kidman, Oscar-nominated for his 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole." Based on a story by cult author Neil Gaiman, who executive-produces alongside producers Howard Gertler and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, "How to Talk to Girls" starts shooting in November. The film centers on a teen punk rocker, Enn, in 1970s suburban London who, with his two close friends, crash a party of otherworldly women they soon realize are actually aliens from another planet, and they have a malevolent plan in mind. Mitchell cowrote the script with Philippa Goslett ("Little Ashes") and,
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Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Steve Jobs: 7 actors who don't resemble real-life counterparts

Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Steve Jobs: 7 actors who don't resemble real-life counterparts
Say what you like about Ashton Kutcher's Jobs movie, but it did hold one ace up its sleeve that the Danny Boyle-directed biopic doesn't - an actor who actually resembles the character they're playing.

We take a look at a handful of stars who don't look anything like the real-life people they played.

1. Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

As brilliant an actor as the Shame star is, it's clear from the trailers for Danny Boyle's biopic that little has been done to make Fassbender look like the man he's portraying. Ashton Kutcher has him beat in that department (as does Noah Wyle if you go all the way back to Pirates of Silicon Valley), but with the talent involved here we're expecting Steve Jobs to be a cut above Jobs.

Intriguingly, prior to Fassbender's casting Christian Bale was circling the role before bowing out due to worries
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Nicole Kidman Boards John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Nicole Kidman is in "advanced talks" to re-team with Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell for his punks and aliens sci-fi romance, How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Ruth Wilson (Luther) and Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids) are also in talks to join previously announced lead Elle Fanning (Maleficent). Mitchell co-wrote the screenplay with Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) based on Neil Gaiman's Hugo Award-nominated short story of the same name about “a schoolboy ‎punk who uses music and art as a way to escape, and a female alien tourist (Fanning) who wants to escape her tour group and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon.” Speaking with ScreenDaily about the film, Producer Howard Gertler said, “Nicole responded very quickly and enthusiastically to the script when John sent it to her...This is a story that appeals to teens and adults, something John and Neil Gaiman’s work also achieves,
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Nicole Kidman Learning How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Though she’ll be venturing to the small screen for HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman is simultaneously lining up some very promising gigs in Hollywood. Today brings word that she’ll reteam with Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story.

Elle Fanning was already set to lead a cast that now also includes The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland). The strange-sounding project (I mean, this is Gaiman we’re talking about) will follow an alien tourist (Fanning) who breaks away from her tour group to explore the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon, and a punk schoolboy who uses music and art as a way to escape the doldrums of his daily existence.

The soundtrack is said to be
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Kidman Joins Gaiman & Mitchell's "Parties"

Nicole Kidman is in advanced talks to join Elle Fanning ("Maleficent"), Ruth Wilson ("Luther") and Matt Lucas ("Alice in Wonderland") in John Cameron Mitchell’s anticipated rom-com "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" at See-Saw.

Based on Neil Gaiman's short story, Fanning plays an alien touring the galaxy who breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. ​

Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") and Philippa Goslett ("Little Ashes") have worked on the screenplay and filming begins this Fall in the UK. Howard Gertler, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce.

The production is also in talks with major musicians to score the film while some of the cast are also due to lend their voices to songs.

Source: Screen
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Nicole Kidman set to join See-Saw's 'Parties'

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Nicole Kidman set to join See-Saw's 'Parties'
Exclusive: Cast rounds on John Cameron Mitchell’s “punks and aliens” feature adapted from a Neil Gaiman story; HanWay boards sales.

Nicole Kidman is in advanced talks to join John Cameron Mitchell’s anticipated comedy-romance How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which is readying for an autumn shoot in the UK.

Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland) are also set to join the previously announced Elle Fanning (Maleficent) on the buzzy package, which has been newly boarded by production outfit See-Saw and sales firm HanWay, which will launch the project in Cannes this week.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch director Mitchell and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) have written the screenplay, which is adapted from Neil Gaiman’s short story of the same name in which an alien (Fanning) touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London
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Elle Fanning to Star in 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

Elle Fanning to Star in 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'
Elle Fanning is attached to star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2006 short story which was nominated for a Hugo Award.

The short story is set in 1970s London, following two teenage boys who attend a party. While one boy has no trouble mingling with the female guests, the other shy boy comes to learn that the girls aren't exactly human. The feature adaptation, written by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) focuses on a punk kid versed in music and the arts, and a female alien tourist (Elle Fanning), who wants to break free from her tour group to explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon.

John Cameron Mitchell is directing and producing alongside Neil Gaiman and Howard Gertler (How to Survive a Plague, World's Greatest Dad), with
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Saddam Capture Thriller to Look for New Lead After Busy Pattinson Leaves Project

Robert Pattinson out of ‘Mission: Blacklist’ movie (photo: Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in ‘Life’) Robert Pattinson and Mission: Blacklist have parted ways. Pattinson, whose name had been attached to the project for two years — since Cannes 2012 — has reportedly dropped out due to scheduling issues. Now, what could those issues be? Well, Robert Pattinson, best known (at least for the time being) as the vampire Edward Cullen in the immensely popular Twilight movie franchise, has no less than two movies opening at Cannes 2014: David Michôd’s thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, which will be shown as one of Cannes’ Midnight Screenings, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, also featuring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Carrie Fisher, and which is in the running for the Palme d’Or. There’s more: Robert Pattinson has recently completed work on Anton Corbijn’s Life, with Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock,
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