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‘True Detective’ and ‘Deadwood’ sound editor Mandell Winter will have Emmy speeches prepared for both shows [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘True Detective’ and ‘Deadwood’ sound editor Mandell Winter will have Emmy speeches prepared for both shows [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was a very surreal morning,” reveals supervising sound editor Mandell Winter, who turned out to be a double-Emmy contender when nominations were announced on July 16. “I was not expecting it at all.” The audio veteran is competing against himself for Best Sound Editing (Movie/Mini) for “Deadwood: The Movie” and “True Detective,” so he’ll “have speeches for both and will double-check” the envelope should he win. Watch our exclusive video interview with Winter above.

See Daniel Minahan interview: ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ director

Set 10 years after the events of its third season, “Deadwood: The Movie” finds saloon-keep Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) once again battling against millionaire George Hearst (Gerald McRaney). Winter had never worked on the show before, but the crew “wanted it to sound familiar” to fans. However, “we were given the directive to make it a larger scale, to make it feel more like a movie.
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MGM Television Inks First-Look Deal With Escape Artists

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MGM Television has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Escape Artists, the company behind Epix’s original series Perpetual Grace Ltd and box office hits such as The Equalizer 2 and The Upside. Under the agreement, the company founded by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and David Bloomfield, will work with Escape Artists Head of Television, Taylor Latham and her team to develop and produce original series across a variety of genres.

“We have had the great pleasure of working with Escape Artists on several projects including the Epix original series Perpetual Grace Ltd and have witnessed their passion and commitment to produce high quality projects, said Mark Burnett, MGM’s Chairman, Worldwide Television Group and Steve Stark, MGM’s President, Television Production and Development. “From concept through delivery, they are consummate professionals and we look forward to working with their very impressive team.”

“We could not be more
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Nate Parker’s ‘American Skin’ Added to Venice Film Festival Slate

Nate Parker’s ‘American Skin’ Added to Venice Film Festival Slate
Nate Parker’s “American Skin” has been added to the Venice Film Festival lineup in the fest’s Sconfini section.

The film, about a black Iraq War veteran who seeks justice for his son killed in a shooting, is the first feature from Parker since his 2016 slavery drama “The Birth of a Nation.”

Parker wrote, directed and stars in the L.A.-set film, which addresses timely subjects like police violence and enduring racism in American society. Co-stars include Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy)” and Beau Knapp (“Southpaw”).

Parker plays U.S. Marine veteran Lincoln Jefferson who is working as a janitor at a prestigious California junior high school in California and trying to mend his relationship with his son after his divorce.

Also Read: Venice Festival Juror Jennifer Kent Disappointed by Lack of Female Directors in Competition This Year

When his son is killed during a routine police check,
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Nate Parker to Premiere ‘Birth of a Nation’ Follow-Up at Venice, Spike Lee Hails Film as ‘Tour de Force’

Nate Parker to Premiere ‘Birth of a Nation’ Follow-Up at Venice, Spike Lee Hails Film as ‘Tour de Force’
The Venice Film Festival has announced Nate Parker’s politically-charged drama “American Skin” will world premiere in its Sconfini section. The announcement brings Parker prominently back into spotlight for the first time since the controversy surrounding his directorial debut, “The Birth of a Nation.” “American Skin” stars Parker as a Marine veteran whose son is killed by a policeman during a routine check. When the policeman is declared innocent, the veteran takes the entire police station hostage and puts on a trial in which the jury is made up of inmates and everyday people.

The world premiere of “American Skin” will be attended by recent Oscar winner Spike Lee. The “BlacKkKlansman” director will sit down with Parker following the screening for a Q&a discussion. Lee said in a statement, “My brother, Nate Parker, has concocted a brave tour de force. I haven’t been affected by a film like
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Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals That He Hopes 'to Be a Father One Day'

Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals That He Hopes 'to Be a Father One Day'
Jake Gyllenhaal is looking forward to starting a family.

During an interview airing Sunday with Willie Geist on Sunday Today, the 38-year-old actor opened up about his desire to be a father while discussing his Broadway play Sea Wall / A Life.

“It’s a show about faith and family and the mess and comedy of life, you know? It’s really actually about two fathers,” he explained. “And about, for my character, someone who’s just about to become a father. He goes back into his relationship with his own father and the passing of his father and how that
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Antoine Fuqua Inks Overall TV Deal With Propagate

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Antoine Fuqua Inks Overall TV Deal With Propagate
Exclusive: Award-winning filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is expanding his work in television, signing an exclusive multi-year overall production deal with Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate. Under the deal, Fuqua and his production company Fuqua Films, will team with Propagate on both scripted and non-scripted projects.

“Antoine Fuqua has produced and directed some of the most gripping film and television projects of our time and has a singular creative voice,” said Chairman & Co-CEO Silverman. “He is the rare multi-genre hyphenate with deep production experience across fiction and non-fiction. We are thrilled to collaborate with him in delivering powerful new episodic properties and to help support his efforts to turn Fuqua Films into a global-inclusive production powerhouse. “

Fuqua most recently directed and executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary, What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali, for HBO. Fuqua Films is also producing the drama series #FreeRayShawn, starring Laurence Fishburne and Stephan James, for short-form streaming platform Quibi.
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TV tonight: Muhammad Ali as you’ve never seen him before

  • The Guardian - TV News
The first in a two-part documentary featuring unseen footage of the boxer and activist. Plus: things go from bad to worse in Years and Years. Here’s what to watch this evening

“You cannot please God and the devil, too.” The first in a searching two-part HBO documentary about the champion heavyweight boxer and social activist sees director Antoine Fuqua (whose credits include Training Day and Southpaw) trawl through Ali’s life and legacy, taking stock of his many challenges, confrontations, comebacks and triumphs. The hook here is that a number of the most interesting revelations come from previously unseen archive footage and recordings. Mike Bradley
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101 Studios announces key hires to executive suite

Michele Newman, Laurent Ouaknine, previously reported Ennis Hensley on board.

101 Studios co-founders David Glasser and Dave Hutkin have bolstered their executive suite several months after announcing the launch of the company backed by billionaire Ron Burkle among others.

Former studio executive, banker and analyst Michele Newman joins as executive vice-president of finance and strategy, and former president of distribution at The Weinstein Company Laurent Ouaknine is named head of Us distribution.

As Screen reported exclusively in January, former The Weinstein Company president of international sales and distribution Ennis Hensley is on board and takes the role of head of international sales and distribution.
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Bo Report: Solid starts for ‘The Lego Movie 2’, ‘Fighting with My Family’

‘The Lego Movie 2’

The Australian box office slump continued last weekend despite respectable debuts for Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie 2 and Universal’s Fighting with My Family.

Icon’s British comedy-drama Swimming With Men sank while Madman Entertainment’s Destroyer looks like joining the list of Nicole Kidman films which get critical plaudits and play to niche audiences.

Bollywood action film Kesari had an impressive launch while Icon’s Hotel Mumbai held well in its second weekend, suggesting the impact of opening amid the Christchurch massacre is no longer a factor.

The top 20 titles generated $10.6 million last weekend, down 20 per cent on the previous frame, according to Numero.

Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel reigned again despite tumbling by 47 per cent in its third outing, scoring nearly $3.9 million. The sci-fi fantasy co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck advanced to $31.6 million.

The global haul for the movie co-starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson,
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Antoine Fuqua Collaborators Sound Off On Working With Director Ahead Of Golden Reel Honor

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Antoine Fuqua Collaborators Sound Off On Working With Director Ahead Of Golden Reel Honor
Antoine Fuqua, the director behind Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven and Southpaw among other movie hits, is being recognized Sunday by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, who are giving him their Filmmaker Award at the 66th Mpse Golden Reel Awards.

Ahead of the ceremony, sound editors Mandell Winter and David Esparza, both frequent collaborators with Fuqua, reflected on working with the music video director-turned-filmmaker.

“Antoine uses sound as an important storytelling element, often putting the audience in the middle of the action,” said Winter, who has worked with Fuqua on six films including the upcoming documentary What’s My Name: Mohammed Ali. “He wants clarity in the track, but more than anything, he looks to the emotion of the scene.”

Said Esparza, another member of Fuqua’s regular team: “He loves a rich and detailed track and wants it to have a strong point of view. A dangerous location should sound dangerous.
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Chris Evans eyed for Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Infinite’

  • HeyUGuys
Chris Evans is trying to leave the lycra behind by entering talks to star in ‘The Equalizer helmer Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Infinite’.

The film is an adaptation of the D. Eric Maikranz novel ‘The Reincarnationist Papers’. The novel tells the story of a schizophrenic man who stumbles upon a centuries-old secret society, the Cognomina, which consists of people who possess total recall of their past lives and whose members have been agents of change throughout history.

In order to stop an evil mastermind who wants to destroy the planet, the group must rely on this man who learns his vivid dreams are actually memories from at least two past lives.

Also in news – Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Devil in the White City’ heads to series

Fuqua will helm a script adapted by John Lee Hancock and Ian Shorr. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, John Zaozirny and Mark Vahradian will produce.
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Mark Wahlberg to Replace Chris Evans in Antoine Fuqua Sci-fi Thriller Infinite

Joseph Baxter Jun 28, 2019

Mark Wahlberg is eyeing a starring role in Infinite, a reincarnation thriller from director Antoine Fuqua.

Infinite, a developing sci-fi film from director Antoine Fuqua, is in the midst of a transition. While the imminently-re-releasing Avengers: Endgame is the expected, well, endgame of Chris Evans’s tenure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America (maybe?), the actor has several interesting starring roles on his docket, with one such project being Infinite. However, in the latest news, it seems that, with regards to Infinite, Chris Evans – unlike Cap – can't "do this all day."

Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in negotiations to replace Chris Evans as the headlining star of Inifinite. Evans, who has been attached to the project since February, has dropped out, due to scheduling issues. Star-swap notwithstanding, the fast-tracked movie project will adapt author D. Eric Maikranz’s 2009 novel, The Reincarnationist Papers. Prolific producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
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Chris Evans in Talks to Star in Antoine Fuqua’s Past-Lives Drama ‘Infinite’

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Chris Evans in Talks to Star in Antoine Fuqua’s Past-Lives Drama ‘Infinite’
Chris Evans is in talks to star in director Antoine Fuqua’s past-lives drama “Infinite” for Paramount Pictures.

“Infinite” will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian at Di Bonaventura Pictures, and John Zaozirny. Rafi Crohn is the exec producer.

John Lee Hancock and Ian Shorr are adapting D. Eric Maikranz novel’s “The Reincarnationist Papers,” which is centered on the Cognomina, a secret society of people who possess total recall of their past lives. A troubled young man haunted by memories of two past lives stumbles upon the centuries-old secret society of similar individuals and dares to join their ranks.

Evans will next be seen as Captain America in Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which opens on April 26. He’s also starring in the murder mystery “Knives Out” with Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, and Michael Shannon, set for a Nov. 27 release from Lionsgate.

Fuqua’s
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10 Highest-Grossing Boxing Movies of All Time – From ‘Rocky’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (Photos)

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10 Highest-Grossing Boxing Movies of All Time – From ‘Rocky’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (Photos)
A number of movies with a pugilism theme have cleaned up at the box office — mostly those with Sylvester Stallone starring as Rocky Balboa.

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10. Cinderella Man (2005)

Domestic gross: $61.6 million

Starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti, the film is about a washed-up boxer who returns to the sport in the 1930s.

Also Read: Russell Crowe Eyed to Star in Legendary's 'Kong: Skull Island'

9. Rocky Balboa (2006)

Domestic gross: $70.3 million

30 years after his first fight, Rocky Balboa (Stallone) comes out of retirement and steps into the ring for his final fight against the reigning heavyweight champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon.

8. Rocky II (1979)

Domestic gross: $79. 2 million

Rocky (Stallone) struggles in family life after his losing match against Apollo Creed, but the defeated champ goads him into a rematch so that Rocky can pay his bills.
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Antoine Fuqua Set For Motion Picture Sounds Editors Career Honor

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Antoine Fuqua Set For Motion Picture Sounds Editors Career Honor
The Motion Picture Sound Editors said today that Antoine Fuqua will receive its career honor, the Filmmaker Award, for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. The veteran director will pick up his hardware during the 66th Mpse Golden Reel Awards on February 17 in Los Angeles.

The director blends action with character-driven storytelling in such films as The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter and Training Day. “Antoine Fuqua has elevated the action film genre by introducing complex characters, nuanced storytelling and deep emotion, and audiences the world over have responded at the box office,” said Mpse President Tom McCarthy. “The Mpse is proud to recognize his achievements and add his name to the list of distinguished recipients of our Filmmaker Award.”

Said Fuqua: “I have always believed that sound is the element that elevates a film to its maximum potential. I am fortunate to have worked
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Boxer Victor Ortiz Pleads Not Guilty To Forcible Rape, Smiles After Court

  • TMZ
Boxer Victor Ortiz Pleads Not Guilty To Forcible Rape, Smiles After Court
Ex-boxing champ Victor Ortiz pled not guilty to 3 felony sexual assault charges Wednesday -- including forcible rape -- and then smiled on his way out of court.  The 31-year-old former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant appeared in a courtroom in Ventura County, CA wearing a tie and a black vest ... flanked by a team of lawyers.  As we previously reported, Ortiz -- who appeared in movies like 'Expendables 3' and "Southpaw" -- was arrested last
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Boxer Victor Ortiz Arrested for Rape, Charged with 3 Felonies

  • TMZ
Boxer Victor Ortiz Arrested for Rape, Charged with 3 Felonies
Ex-boxing champ Victor Ortiz -- who appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" -- has been charged with 3 counts of felony sexual assault, including rape ... officials say.  The 31-year-old -- who also had roles in 'Expendables 3' and "Southpaw" -- surrendered to authorities in Oxnard, CA on Tuesday. According to court records, the alleged incident took place inside of a home in Oxnard on March 19. The female accuser contacted police that same day and filed a
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‘Empire’: Skylan Brooks & Meta Golding To Recur On Season 5

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‘Empire’: Skylan Brooks & Meta Golding To Recur On Season 5
Skylan Brooks (The Get Down) and Meta Golding (Behind the Movement) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of Fox’s hit musical family drama Empire.

Brooks will play Quincy, a young man wrongly incarcerated who develops a relationship with Andre (Trai Byers). Golding will portray Teri, the mother of wrongfully incarcerated Quincy (Brooks). She is a heartfelt beauty who works with Andre (Byers) while they fight to free her son.

Empire, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, hails from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John executive produce. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner.

Brooks, one of the breakout stars of Netflix’s The Get Down, plays Chubs in The Darkest Minds opposite Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore. His other credits
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Pennsylvania’s 30% Transferrable Tax Credit Pulls in Productions

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Pennsylvania’s 30% Transferrable Tax Credit Pulls in Productions
Pennsylvania is firmly rooted in the American imagination as the nation’s birthplace. After all, Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The state also boasts a strong industrial tradition, centered on Pittsburgh and its steel industry, and a placid countryside of picturesque towns and traditional Amish population. In addition to these location goodies, Pennsylvania also offers filmmakers a transferrable tax credit of up to 30%.

Specifically, Pennsylvania’s program provides a 25% transferrable tax credit for above-the-line and below-the-line work. In addition, it makes available a 5% bonus to producers who use qualified production facilities and meet minimum stage requirements.

A film production is eligible for the tax credit program if Pennsylvania production expenses comprise at least 60% of the film’s total production expenses. The minimum spend must be 60% of production costs, and the compensation cap for above-the-line labor is set at $15 million. The program itself has an overall cap of $65 million.
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Antoine Fuqua on Clearing Paths for Black Filmmakers, Taking Denzel International

  • Variety
Antoine Fuqua on Clearing Paths for Black Filmmakers, Taking Denzel International
Locarno, Switzerland — Originally announced as a movie re-teaming, post “Southpaw,” Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “The Man Who Made It Snow” is now set up at Epix as a limited TV series, Fuqua said Saturday at Locarno Festival, where he will present Denzel Washington-starrer “The Equalizer 2” at the 8,000 seat Piazza Grande, one of the biggest open-air cinemas in Europe.

Inspired by the true story of Max Mermelstein, a Jewish hotel engineer who becomes embroiled unwittingly and then unwillingly in the building billion-dollar U.S. drug trade of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel, “The Man Who Made It Snow” was originally written by Michael Kingston and Brett Tabor. A new screenwriter is now being brought in to transform the movie into a drama series. Gyllenhaal may or may not be involved, according to his schedule, said Fuqua.

“What I love about it is that Max was a nerd,
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