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‘The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey & ‘Traitors’ Luke Treadaway Star In ITV’s Adaptation Of ‘The Singapore Grip’

‘The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey & ‘Traitors’ Luke Treadaway Star In ITV’s Adaptation Of ‘The Singapore Grip’
The Walking Dead star David Morrissey and TraitorsLuke Treadaway are to star in ITV’s adaptation of J.G. Farrell’s World War II novel The Singapore Grip.

The pair will feature in the six-part series, which is produced by Victoria producer Mammoth Screen, alongside Game of ThronesCharles Dance, Absolutely Fabulous’ Jane Horrocks and Star Trek: The Next Generation Colm Meaney. Former Coronation Street actor Elizabeth Tan and rising star Georgia Blizzard will also star.

The Singapore Grip, which was part of Farrell’s Empire Trilogy of novels, which also includes Troubles and The Siege of Krishnapur was originally published in 1978. It tells the story of a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.

It follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, played by Morrissey his wife Sylvia, played by Horrocks, and ruthless daughter Joan, played by Blizzard. However, the story takes a turn when the
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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]

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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]
We thought Glenn Close would finally win an Oscar on her lucky seventh try for her role as an underappreciated spouse in “The Wife,” but her surprise loss to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) means that Close is now zero-for-seven. That extends her record as the most nominated living actress without a single victory. But she’s not alone. Other Oscar also-rans this year have racked up multiple nominations without any victories. So who really is the most overdue after the 2019 prizes were handed out? Consider them below, and then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

Diane Warren (10 nominations) — Warren’s loss this year for Best Original Song came with a couple of doses of cruel irony. There was the fact that she lost to Lady Gaga (“Shallow” from “A Star is Born”), whom
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New to Streaming: ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ ‘Mid90s,’ ‘The Turin Horse,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard)

Drew Goddard’s follow-up to The Cabin in the Woods seemed to come and go without much fervor this past fall, but there are more than a few reasons to seek it out. Less labyrinthine-esque plotted than his last film, perhaps the fairly straightforward ending threw people for a loop, but I appreciated the well-spun crime drama, which takes more than a few compelling detours. And if you also thought Cynthia Erivo was wasted in Steve McQueen’s Widows, she gets a much more fleshed-out supporting turn here and reason enough to watch. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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Video Essay. Anaphora: David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis"

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Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors. David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (2012) is showing November 24 – December 23, 2018 on Mubi in the United Kingdom. For the first two decades of his career David Cronenberg was an aerodynamic funnel for an iconoclastic spin on gender, sexuality, media and economic theory. He had the white, North American Homo sapien down to a science. He knew us. Each of his fiction works were a little window under flaps of skin that the forces of capitalism wanted cauterized shut. If we ever pried up the scar tissue we’d become aware of the implanted narratives that drive us. Spend, produce, reproduce. Long before John Carpenter gave us glasses to see the subliminal purpose of capitalism Cronenberg was ripping those messages out from our veins and presenting them to us like a lounging cat, seemingly above our most hideous desires.
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‘Green Book’: Viggo Mortensen Talks Peter Farrelly’s Dramatic Chops, ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & More

Green Book” marks Viggo Mortensen‘s 50th silver screen credit to be released. The diligent actor is constantly looking for the unknown, that project that will challenge him, mentally and emotionally. Since retiring his crown as Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, he’s had a chance to do just that: branch out. “Eastern Promises,” “The Road,” “A Dangerous Method,” “The Two Faces of January,” and “Captain Fantastic” are all examples of diverse parts that showcase the actor’s daring choices and range.

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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival
Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen will receive the American Riviera Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Monday.

In the film, Mortensen stars as Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a real-life bouncer from a New York City nightclub who in 1962 served as the driver and road manager for black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) in a concert tour of the Deep South.

The film was directed by Peter Farrelly and has won 14 audience awards at film festivals around the world since its premiere in Toronto in September.

Also Read: 'Green Book' Film Review: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali Take a Perilous Road Trip Through the Deep South

Mortensen’s previous roles include Oscar-nominated performances in “Captain Fantastic” and “Eastern Promises,” as well as “Witness,” “A History of Violence,” “A Dangerous Method” and the three “Lord of the Rings” movies, in which he starred as Aragorn.
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Why Viggo Mortensen Wasn’t Sure About Starring in Green Book

Don Kaye Nov 15, 2018

The celebrated actor didn’t think he was the best guy to play an Italian-American bouncer in Green Book.

“I had a lot of misgivings about it,” says Viggo Mortensen, seated in a room at the London Hotel in Los Angeles where he is spending the day talking about his new movie Green Book. The “it” in question is the role of Frank Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, an Italian-American bouncer and raconteur who was hired as a driver for famed African-American pianist Don Shirley (played in the film by Mahershala Ali) when the latter toured the Jim Crow South in 1962.

In the movie, the two men -- who couldn’t be farther apart in their manner and cultural background -- find common ground in challenging the ugly racism of the region and era.

“The last thing I wanted to do was a caricature and (director) Pete Farrelly felt the same,
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Inside Keira Knightley Beats a Genderqueer Heart — Career Watch

Inside Keira Knightley Beats a Genderqueer Heart — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Keira Knightley, who plays with gender identity in the title role of fall hit “Colette,” which is focused on the early career of the flamboyant French literary star.

Bottom Line: Ever since 2002, when Keira Knightley popped at age 17 in TV’s “Dr. Zhivago” and on-screen in Gurinder Chadha’s girl-power soccer movie “Bend it Like Beckham,” the actress has picked her projects well. Still only 33, the screen beauty has earned an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and is equally capable of carrying bodice-ripping dramas and athletic action roles. Perhaps her most charming performance was in Richard Curtis’ holiday comedy “Love Actually,” juggling expressions of affection from swains Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andrew Lincoln.

Although she grew up in London as the child of two actors,
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Keira Knightley Embraces Her Inner Tomboy, from ‘Colette’ to ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ — Career Watch

Keira Knightley Embraces Her Inner Tomboy, from ‘Colette’ to ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Keira Knightley, who plays with gender identity in the title role of fall hit “Colette,” which is focused on the early career of the flamboyant French literary star.

Bottom Line: Ever since 2002, when Keira Knightley popped at age 17 in TV’s “Dr. Zhivago” and on-screen in Gurinder Chadha’s girl-power soccer movie “Bend it Like Beckham,” the actress has picked her projects well. Still only 33, the screen beauty has earned an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and is equally capable of carrying bodice-ripping dramas and athletic action roles. Perhaps her most charming performance was in Richard Curtis’ holiday comedy “Love Actually,” juggling expressions of affection from swains Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andrew Lincoln.

Although she grew up in London as the child of two actors,
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Peter Farrelly, Viggo Mortensen talk 'Green Book' at Zurich opening

Peter Farrelly, Viggo Mortensen talk 'Green Book' at Zurich opening
14th edition of festival got underway on Thursday (Sept 27).

Fresh from their success winning Toronto’s coveted audience award, Green Book director Peter Farrelly and actor Viggo Mortensen kicked off the 2018 Zurich Film Festival on Thursday night (Sept 27).

The crowdpleasing film, now a frontrunner in the Oscar race given its Toronto success, is adapted from the true story of an accomplished black pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian-American driver (Mortensen) navigating a tour of the racist Deep South in the early 1960s.

At the Zurich press conference yesterday, Farrelly said he hoped the film could impact people’s attitudes today.
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Venice Honors David Cronenberg, an Artist Who Likes to Make Waves

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Venice Honors David Cronenberg, an Artist Who Likes to Make Waves
When David Cronenberg accepts his Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival, the occasion will be marked by a screening of one of his 21 films. Cronenberg’s selection? “M. Butterfly,” his 1993 adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning play, about the decades-spanning love affair between a cross-dressing Chinese opera singer and the French diplomat unaware of his lover’s gender identity.

It’s a surprising choice, but then surprises are to be expected from the 75-year-old Canadian auteur, who has consistently evaded predictability across a five-decade career. “M. Butterfly” is rarely spoken of by critics as one of Cronenberg’s essential, or indeed quintessential, works: Reviews at the time were cool, and the film hasn’t built much of a revisionist following since. Yet Cronenberg is said to consider it among his most personal films. On closer inspection, you can see why. In an oeuvre that has
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Netflix Boards Austrian Period Thriller Series ‘Freud’

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Netflix has boarded “Freud,” the upcoming German-language thriller following a young Sigmund Freud as he teams with a medium and a police inspector to track a serial killer in 19th century Vienna.

Netflix will launch “Freud” internationally. It will be its first original drama out of Austria. The streamer is enjoying success with its German scripted series “Dark,” setting an overall deal with its creators and greenlighting a second season. Austria-Germany co-production “Freud” will bow on Austrian pubcaster Orf locally, and Netflix will take it into the U.S., U.K., Germany and other international markets.

Freud studied in Vienna and is considered the founder of psychoanalysis. In the “Freud” series he is on the trail of a killer, alongside medium Fleur Salomé, and a surly war veteran and police inspector, Kiss.

Marvin Kren is attached to direct, off the back of working on TNT Serie’s hit original drama “4 Blocks.
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‘Everest’ Director Baltasar Kormakur Opens Iceland Studio, IMAX India Deals, Venice To Fete David Cronenberg — Global Briefs

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Everest and Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur, along with his production company Rvk Studios, have officially opened a large film studio near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, the first step towards the launch of Reykjavik Studios, a full-service production facility and ‘film village’. The studio is a 3,200 m² space with a highest point of 18m. Spanning 20,000m of land, Icelandic director Kormakur has spent the last two years in between shoots working on the larger Studio project. The next phase of construction will add private offices, dressing and wardrobe rooms, meeting areas, sun decks, cafeterias and parking, making it one of the largest production studios in Scandinavia. The film village is also due to have a residential area along with hotels. Movies shot in Iceland in recent years include Fast & Furious 8, Letters From Iwo Jima and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kormakur’s upcoming adventure movie Adrift stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.
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Scott Reviews Wash Westmoreland’s Colette [Sundance 2018]

About a quarter of the way through the film that shares her name, Colette (played by Keira Knightley) sits down to write what I gather became quite a famous opening line – “My name is Claudine, I live in Montigny; I was born there in 1884; I shall probably not die there.” We hear this line again and again throughout the film, as Claudine à l’école spawns not only a series but an entire culture. But it never has the same power as that first time, when Colette smiles in amazement at having written it. Not because she’s particularly taken with her own cleverness, or foresees the success it may spawn, but for the very act of having written it at all. For the act of creating something new, something personal and true. For realizing one’s thoughts have a shape and some value; for the sudden confrontation with one’s own personhood.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sarah Gadon

Born on April 4, 1987, Sarah Gadon is a renowned actor who has featured in several top-rated films. She first earned her fame when she made an appearance in the films Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method. With the experience gained in these appearances, her career continued to grow and she was booked to take up roles in other TV series including Mutant X, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Life with Derek, Oracle, and In a Heartbeat. Sarah has also been doing voice acting and in this role she has lent her voice while featuring in Wayside, Ruby Gloom, and

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sarah Gadon
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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J. Hoberman’s Best Movies of the 21st Century

There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission.

People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.

There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.

My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.

Christian Marclay: “The Clock

Lars von Trier: “Dogville” & “Melancholia” (and none of his others)

Hou Hsiao Hsien: “The Assassin” & “Flight of the Red Balloon

Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”

David Cronenberg: “Spider,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises,” & “A Dangerous Method

David Lynch: “Mulholland Drive” & “Inland Empire

Ken Jacobs: “Seeking the Monkey King,” “The Guests” (and more)

Cristi Puiu: “The Death of Mr Lazarescu” & “Aurora

Chantal Akerman: “No Home Movie” & “La Captive” (assuming that 2000 is part of the 21st Century)

Paul Thomas Anderson: “The Master” & “There Will Be Blood

Kathryn Bigelow: “The Hurt Locker” & “Zero Dark Thirty

Alfonso Cuarón: “Gravity” & “Children of Men

Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”

“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera

“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow

“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing

“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas

“Che” — Steven Soderbergh

“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami

“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov

“The World” — Jia Zhangke

Citizenfour” — Laura Poitras

Day Night Day Night” — Julia Loktev

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Wall-e” — Andrew Stanton

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Rocket Science firms up head of marketing

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Exclusive: Jonathan Lynch Staunton confirmed for marketing role.

UK sales outfit Rocket Science has confirmed the appointment of former HanWay executive Jonathan Lynch-Staunton as head of marketing.

Lynch-Staunton has been working with the company in recent months on a freelance contract but his move became full-time and permanent late last month.

Based in the London office, Lynch-Staunton will oversee all marketing efforts for Rocket Science, including coordinating release plans with distributors and preparing launches at key markets and festivals.

Thorsten Schumacher, CEO of Rocket Science commented: “This appointment underpins the steady expansion of Rocket Science as we continue to ensure the business is well-positioned to grow amid the rapidly diversifying international market. Jonathan brings unique strategic insight and invaluable experience to our team and will be integral as we continue to grow our company.”

Prior to Rocket Science Jonathan worked at HanWay Films between 2000-2016, where as director of the marketing and publicity departments he worked on titles
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Why Viggo Mortensen’s Surprise Oscar Nomination Is So Fantastic

Why Viggo Mortensen’s Surprise Oscar Nomination Is So Fantastic
Viggo Mortensen has just come in under the radar. But that’s what he tends to do.

One of the biggest surprises in Tuesday’s Oscar-nomination rollout was a Best Actor nomination for the 57-year-old star of Captain Fantastic, an indie movie that, unlike the highly acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, has pretty much remained one since its release in July.

Mortensen is best known for his work as strapping, noble Aragorn in the colossal Lord of the Rings movies but, before and since, he has taken on roles in an unpredictable string of well-directed, carefully chosen movies (Eastern Promises,
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