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‘The Two Popes’: Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins face off in Fernando Meirelles drama

‘The Two Popes’: Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins face off in Fernando Meirelles drama
Fernando Meirelles‘ “The Two Popes” chronicles the efforts of the conservative Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and the liberal Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) to find common ground and forge a new path for the Catholic Church. This intriguing and entertaining story of two men with different ideologies is a showcase for the two veteran actors. It is a delight to see these titans of British acting go head to head and share the screen together in this film, which Netflix will release in theaters on Nov. 27, in advance of streaming starting on Dec. 20

While Hopkins is given top billing (probbly because he is the bigger name thanks to his Oscar win and three further nominations) this is very much Pryce’s picture. It tells the story of Francis from his days as a young priest and rise to cardinal in war-torn Argentina to his election as pontiff. The actor captures the
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The Winding Journey Of Puritan Western ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’: On-Set Flooding, Three Years In Post, And A Determined Director

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Long-awaited UK movie Fanny Lye Deliver’d, a regular fixture on Cannes prediction lists, has finally been delivered.

Thomas Clay’s third feature, shot in 35mm, bows this week at the BFI London Film Festival after more than three years in post-production, a delay that prompted speculation over the movie’s health and whereabouts. Ahead of the film’s premiere, Deadline had the first opportunity to sit down with multi-hyphenate Clay and get the inside track on his passion project’s winding road to screen.

“It’s going to be strange putting the film in front of an audience, it has been so long,” the 40 year-old director tells us. Clay, whose previous two feature-length films played at Cannes (The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael in 2005 and Soi Cowboy in 2008), has spent the best part of a decade working on this feature.

Styled as a “Puritan Western,” Fanny Lye stars Maxine Peake
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Netflix Brings Out Heavyweights In ‘The Irishman’, ‘The Two Popes’, ‘Marriage Story’ And ‘The King’ – The Contenders London

  • Deadline
Netflix signaled that they had no intention of slowing their investment in top-tier talent in the final panel of The Contenders – London, which featured four of the festival season’s most popular attractions.

In the first panel, Andreas Wiseman spoke to director David Michôd and composer Nicholas Britell about The King, which stars Timothée Chalamet as the young Henry V, who becomes King of England in the 15th century after his brother’s death. Michôd credited his co-writer Joel Edgerton, who also appears in the film as Falstaff, with inspiring him to look again at the story made famous in two of Shakespeare’s best-known history plays.

“I’ve known Joel for many years,” said Michôd. “We live two minutes’ walk from each other in Sydney and we spend a lot of time together. I didn’t know him back then, but when he was fresh out of drama school,
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Middleburg Film Festival kicks off its 7th year with ‘Marriage Story’ and wraps up with Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Middleburg Film Festival kicks off its 7th year with ‘Marriage Story’ and wraps up with Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’
In its seventh year, the four-day Middleburg Film Festival, which takes place in the heart of Virginia’s historic wine and horse country amid gorgeous fall foliage, is bigger than ever as it unspools a record 34 films this year. Running from October 17 to 20, the impeccably curated lineup, overseen by founder Sheila Johnson and executive director Susan Koch, continues to feature some of the year’s Oscar-buzziest films as well as welcome discoveries to be found among the documentaries and foreign films.

The opening-night event will be “Marriage Story,” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a showbiz couple engaged in a contentious divorce. Its director, Noah Baumbach, will be honored with the festival’s Spotlight Director Award and will participate in a Q&a session afterward. The closer will be Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” which just wowed attendees after its premiere at the New York Film Festival.

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BFI London Film Festival: Top 10 films with loudest Oscar buzz

BFI London Film Festival: Top 10 films with loudest Oscar buzz
This year’s London Film Festival includes features from 78 countries with 40% of the 229 movies directed or co-directed by women. The festival opens on October 2 with Armando Iannucci‘s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” and closes 11 days later with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” In between 227 films feature in the diverse line-up. Let’s take a look at the 10 hottest Academy Awards contenders that will unspool on this side of the pond.

The Aeronauts

Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.

Director: Tom Harper

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel, Tom Courtenay

The last time Redmayne and Jones starred together was in 2015’s “The Theory of Everything,” which reaped both of them Oscar nominations and the former a win. They’ll be hoping for the same here.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
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Will Oscars prefer bio-history to biopics? ‘The Irishman,’ ‘1917,’ ‘The Two Popes’ …

Will Oscars prefer bio-history to biopics? ‘The Irishman,’ ‘1917,’ ‘The Two Popes’ …
Time to get real, folks! Looking at Gold Derby’s ranking of Academy Award Best Picture contenders, it shocks me just how many in the running are based on or inspired by true events both historical and personal.

On top for now is Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which dares to toy with the Manson family murders that occurred in 1969. In a close second is Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” which spans decades of gang violence as committed and witnessed by a mob hitman (Robert De Niro) who acts as a kind of Forrest Gump of organized crime.

Other movies that fit the description include “1917,” about two heroic soldiers in World War I in a race against time to save lives. “Ford v Ferrari” focuses on a hotshot racer and a car designer who attempt to build a American car that can beat the Italian auto company at its own game.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor (Updated: September 30)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor (Updated: September 30)
Historically the Best Actor Oscar has gone to men with a little grey in their hair while Best Actress is usually given to an ingenue. However, we could be seeing a shift in that bias on both sides. At the 2019 Oscars, Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) won Best Actor at age 37 over a past winner and three previous nominees. Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) did likewise in 2017. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Actor.)

While Affleck won for a fictional role, Malek prevailed for portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Of the 10 most recent Best Actor champs at the Academy Awards, seven of them won for bring life to real-life fellows: Colin Firth; Daniel Day-Lewis; Matthew McConaughey; Eddie Redmayne; Leonardo DiCaprio; and Gary Oldman.

Malek was a first-time nominee while each of his four rivals in the 2019 Best Actor race had contended multiple times at the Oscars.
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Oscars: 'Two Popes' Screenplay Categorization Locked (Exclusive)

Oscars: 'Two Popes' Screenplay Categorization Locked (Exclusive)
There has been some uncertainty about which Oscar Anthony McCarten's script for Fernando Meirelles' The Two Popes — an acclaimed drama about the relationship between the former Pope Benedict XVI and the current Pope Francis — will be promoted for this awards season: best original screenplay or best adapted screenplay.

The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively confirm that McCarten regards it as an adapted screenplay, and that Netflix will push it accordingly. McCarten previously wrote the scripts for the films that three of the last five best actor Oscar winners landed their statuettes — Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, Gary Oldman in Darkest ...
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Oscars 2020: Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions
As always, the crowded Adapted Screenplay category ranges over source material from novels and plays to magazine articles. And late-inning eligibility changes can move some originals to adapted, and vice versa.

Never underestimate Anthony McCarten. He’s the Oscar whisperer: three Oscar-winners based on his scripts — “The Theory of Everything,” “Darkest Hour” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — have nabbed a total of 16 Oscar nominations. Thus, it should not have been a shock when his latest played well at the fall festivals. “The Two Popes” is a two-hander he adapted from his own play and pitched to Netflix, starring Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict. Oscar-nominated Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God” and “The Constant Gardener”) creates a riveting sparring match as the two men debate the future of the Catholic Church.

After improbably winning the Golden Lion in Venice, Todd Phillips’ controversial “Joker” wowed audiences but
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Oscars 2020: Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions

  • Indiewire
Oscars 2020: Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions
As always, the crowded Adapted Screenplay category ranges over source material from novels and plays to magazine articles. And late-inning eligibility changes can move some originals to adapted, and vice versa.

Never underestimate Anthony McCarten. He’s the Oscar whisperer: three Oscar-winners based on his scripts — “The Theory of Everything,” “Darkest Hour” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — have nabbed a total of 16 Oscar nominations. Thus, it should not have been a shock when his latest played well at the fall festivals. “The Two Popes” is a two-hander he adapted from his own play and pitched to Netflix, starring Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict. Oscar-nominated Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God” and “The Constant Gardener”) creates a riveting sparring match as the two men debate the future of the Catholic Church.

After improbably winning the Golden Lion in Venice, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” wowed audiences but divided critics in Toronto.
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New U.K. Trailer For ‘The Aeronauts’ Presents Our Best Look Yet At Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones’ Latest Film

When you have an acting duo like Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones tear it up on screen in an Oscar-winning film such as “The Theory of Everything” (where the former won the Oscar and the latter was nominated), then you do whatever you can to put them back on screen together. And sadly, since a sequel to ‘Everything’ doesn’t seem to be in the cards, Amazon Studios did the next best thing — put the two folks in a hot air balloon in the new film “The Aeronauts.”

As seen in the UK trailer for “The Aeronauts,” Redmayne plays a 19th-century meteorologist that has the crazy idea that if you study the atmosphere, you might actually be able to predict the weather.

Continue reading New U.K. Trailer For ‘The Aeronauts’ Presents Our Best Look Yet At Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones’ Latest Film at The Playlist.
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Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star in new trailer for The Aeronauts

A new trailer and poster have been released for The Aeronauts, the upcoming biographical adventure from writer-director Tom Harper. Inspired by true events, the film follows the story of a wealthy young widow and a scientist (played by The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne) as they undertake a perilous balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history; take a look here…

Set in 1862 and inspired by true events, The Aeronauts follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other – and themselves – that helps each of them find their place in
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Jonathan Pryce Says He Was Destined to Play Pope Francis in ‘The Two Popes’ (Video)

  • The Wrap
Jonathan Pryce Says He Was Destined to Play Pope Francis in ‘The Two Popes’ (Video)
Was it divine intervention that led Jonathan Pryce to portray Pope Francis in “The Two Popes,” or was it just an Internet meme?

Pryce said he knew he might eventually play His Holiness after side-by-side comparisons posted online showed the actor’s remarkable resemblance to Francis.

“It seemed it was going to be on the cards for quite awhile,” Pryce told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto International Film Festival. “The day Pope Francis was declared Pope, the Internet was full of images of me and him, and ‘Is Jonathan Pryce the Pope?’ Even my son texted me, ‘Dad are you the Pope?'”

Also Read: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce Are Pope Benedict and Francis in 'The Two Popes' Teaser (Video)

Pryce stars in “The Two Popes” opposite Anthony Hopkins, who portrays Pope Benedict. Anthony McCarten wrote the screenplay about what compelled one of the most
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Original Screenplay include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Marriage Story’ and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Original Screenplay include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Marriage Story’ and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race for Best Original Screenplay, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, many were recently seen by film industry insiders at the Toronto, Telluride and/ or Venice Film Festivals. We’ve confirmed most category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. The whole bottom three of this list from last month — “Us,” “Queen and Slim” and “The Lighthouse” — have been replaced by a trio of film fest faves.

Here are the current top 10 original screenplay picks according to racetrack odds based upon our users’ predictions as of Sept. 17:

1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Quentin Tarantino‘s ode to hippie-era Tinseltown has many of his big-screen trademarks, from bare female feet and rambling speeches to spot-on vintage music cues and over-the-top violence.
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Jack O’Connell to play Shaun Ryder in Twisting My Melon

Variety is reporting that Jack O’Connell is set to take on the role of Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder in the feature film Twisting My Melon, which is being produced and directed by Matt Greenhalgh, whose screenwriting credits include the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and Ian Curtis film Control.

“Shaun Ryder is the son of John Lennon, Johnny Rotten with a few kilos of John Belushi stamped in,” said Greenhalgh. “He’s risen from the dead more times than anyone can remember, and his poetry will last forever. Shaun, and the last true working-class band – the Happy Mondays – mainlined into my musical DNA when I was 16 years old. Like millions of others I readily boarded their ecstatic revolution. And thanks to Agc, I feel honoured to be able to author the only rock’n’roll movie I want to see”.

According to Variety, the film “will look at
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The Aeronauts review – charming balloon adventure way up where the air is clear

Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reunite for a sweet tale of daredevil balloonists in Victorian England

Some tremendous effects and sweet-natured romantic imaginings lift this Victorian ballooning adventure – as Mary Poppins might have put it – up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear.

It’s a likably unworldly flight of fancy, or semi-factuality. Tom Harper directs, reuniting Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who last appeared together in 2014 as Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane in The Theory of Everything. Now Redmayne is once again playing a scientist, the real-life pioneer James Glaisher, here dead set on proving to his pompous, mutton-chopped and top-hat-wearing colleagues that meteorology is more than a fad and if he can only get way up in one of these outrageously dangerous hot-air balloons he can make some some serious atmospheric readings.

Jones plays a fictional aeronaut, Amelia (as in Earhart) Wren,
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The Aeronauts Tiff Premiere: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones & more on the new aerial adventure film

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We present our interviews from the Tiff premiere of The Aeronauts, which reunites The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. It is directed by Tom Harper and written by Jack Thorne. The film stars Yesterday’s Himesh Patel, Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Phoebe Fox, Tim McInnerny, Rebecca Front, Robert Glenister and Vincent Perez.

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and these are our interviews from the red carpet.

Synopsis:

Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon. In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps
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Gwen Available on DVD and Blu-ray on October 8, 2019

Shudder and Rlje Films (Nasdaq: Rlje) will release Gwen on October 8, 2019 on DVD and Blu-ray. Written and directed by William McGregor (“Misfits”), the film stars Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Maleficent) and Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything). Rlje Films will release Gwen on DVD for an Srp of $27.97 and Blu-ray for an Srp of …

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From ‘Marriage Story’ to ‘The Irishman,’ Netflix’s Oscar Stock Is On the Rise

Promoting two features and three documentaries, Netflix’s Telluride Film Festival dinner at Rustico spanned two long tables crammed with journalists, staff, and stars like Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Adam Sandler, and Laura Dern. This was Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ third year in Telluride, only this time he was accompanied by the largest team of any Hollywood entertainment company.

It was an impressive showing, but the world has shifted dramatically since Netflix spent $50 million promoting last year’s Oscar title, “Roma.” On February 25, the morning after Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama won three of Netflix’s 15 Oscar nominations (but not Best Picture), Netflix stock opened to $367.01. At this writing, the price hovers around $288.

That makes the paradigm-busting Netflix look more human, less Pennywise, but the more complicated truth is Netflix can no longer occupy the role of studio bogeyman: Between Disney +, Hulu, Apple+, HBO Max, and Amazon, there’s too much competition.
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From ‘Marriage Story’ to ‘The Irishman,’ Netflix’s Oscar Stock Is On the Rise

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Promoting two features and three documentaries, Netflix’s Telluride Film Festival dinner at Rustico spanned two long tables crammed with journalists, staff, and stars like Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Adam Sandler, and Laura Dern. This was Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ third year in Telluride, only this time he was accompanied by the largest team of any Hollywood entertainment company.

It was an impressive showing, but the world has shifted dramatically since Netflix spent $50 million promoting last year’s Oscar title, “Roma.” On February 25, the morning after Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama won three of Netflix’s 15 Oscar nominations (but not Best Picture), Netflix stock opened to $367.01. At this writing, the price hovers around $288.

That makes the paradigm-busting Netflix look more human, less Pennywise, but the more complicated truth is Netflix can no longer occupy the role of studio bogeyman: Between Disney +, Hulu, Apple+, HBO Max, and Amazon, there’s too much competition.
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