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Salma Hayek in Talks to Join Angelina Jolie in Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

I love Salma Hayek. I've always loved Salma Hayek. I liked Salma Hayek in The Faculty. I liked Salma Hayek in Dogma. And Everly. And Beatriz at Dinner. I loved the mere sound of Salma Hayek's voice as the bisexual beef taco Teresa Del Taco in Sausage Party. Hell, I even enjoy Salma Hayek in the Grown Ups movies. And I look forward to catching up with The Hummingbird Project soon. This is to say that Salma Hayek is awesome, and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be lucky to have the Oscar-nominated actress. Well, guess what? …
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Watch at home: Aftermath, Dumbo, and Juliet Naked

Nathaniel R giving you the heads up on what's available to you now to screen at home.

New on DVD/Blu-Ray/Rental

• Aftermath Keira Knightley falls for the ever possibly evil and problematic Alexander Skarsgård (it happens to all of us) in this WWII infidelity drama

• Dumbo -not one of Tim Burton's finest but at least the production design is top notch, giving us plenty to look at. Thank you Rick Heinrichs, you're ever dependable.

• The Russian Five - Our documentary guru Glenn highly recommends this sports doc about Russian hockey players

Also out today: Jesse Eisenberg in The Hummingbird Project, the Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif movie The Tamarind Seed. and a Vietnamese action film called Furie. itunes deals and new to streaming after the jump...
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Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson to Star in Amazon’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘Bliss’

  • Variety
Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson to Star in Amazon’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘Bliss’
Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson have signed on to star in Amazon’s science-fiction drama “Bliss,” with Mike Cahill directing from his own script.

Wilson portrays a recently divorced man whose life is falling apart when he meets Hayek’s character, a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh simulated world inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss.

Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing, with the company’s Lucas Smith serving as executive producer. Marsha Swinton will also executive produce. Production began this week in Los Angeles.

Cahill directed “Another Earth” and “I Origins,” which were released by Fox Searchlight. Both films won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival where they premiered.

Hayek will next star alongside Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne
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Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson to Star in Mind-Bending Love Story ‘Bliss’ at Amazon

  • The Wrap
Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson to Star in Mind-Bending Love Story ‘Bliss’ at Amazon
Academy Award-nominees Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson are coming together for a mind-bending love story in “Bliss” from Amazon Studios.

The sci-fi drama was written — and will be directed — by Mike Cahill. Cahill was nominated for two Independent Spirit Award’s for best first feature film and best screenplay for his film “Another Earth,” which he wrote with Brit Marling (“The Oa”).

Bliss” follows recently divorced Greg (Wilson), whose life is falling apart when he meets the enchanting Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. Isabel believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy theory.

Also Read: Adam Driver Political Thriller 'The Report' Gets September Theatrical
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Trans Atlantic Partners unveils 2019 line-up (exclusive)

Trans Atlantic Partners unveils 2019 line-up (exclusive)
Two-part programme will nurture film and TV projects from leading international producers.

The Climb producer Noah Lang, Finnish Making Movies Oy chief Kaarle Aho and Canadian actress and producer Rebecca Gibson are among the 26 producers who will participate in the 11th edition of Trans-Atlantic Partners (Tap).

A joint initiative between Germany’s Erich Pommer Institute (Epi) and the Canadian Media Producers Association (Cmpa), with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, the two-part Tap programme is the only one of its kind devoted to supporting transatlantic film and high-end TV productions.

The first module runs in Berlin
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UK box office preview: 'Men In Black: International' aims to topple 'Aladdin'

’Diego Maradona’ also lands at cinemas.

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Men In Black: International, the latest title in the popular sci-fi secret agent series is hoping to to end the three-week reign of Disney’s Aladdin at the top of the UK box office.

The fourth title in the Men In Black franchise stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as employees of a London branch of the titular agency, who must travel around the globe to counter a series of alien attacks.

Previous Men In Black films have been box office hits in the UK. The first title, Men In Black,
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Movie Review – The Hummingbird Project (2018)

The Hummingbird Project, 2018.

Directed by Kim Nguyen.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Sarah Goldberg, Frank Shorpion, Johan Heldenbergh, and Kwasi Songui.

Synopsis:

Vincent Zaleski (Jesse Eisenberg) and his cousin, Anton Zaleski (Alexander Skarsgård) leave their jobs as high-frequency traders to lay a fibre-optic line across America that could make them millions.

Although at times it might lull the audience into a sense of ‘based on a true story’, The Hummingbird Project is surprisingly a work of fiction written by the film’s director, Kim Nguyen. Maybe it’s the social political commentary, or that it deals with trading and finance in a way that both The Wolf of Wall Street and The Social Network looked at in their own unique visions. If DiCaprio’s riotous Jordan Belfort was at the top of the money-making chain, the Zaleski cousins are somewhere near the bottom. As the pair
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Exclusive: Jesse Eisenberg and Kim Nguyen on The Hummingbird Project Interview

During the Toronto International Film Festival, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Jesse Eisenberg and Kim Nguyen to discuss their latest collaboration, in the engaging, relevant drama The Hummingbird Project.

We discussed the genesis of this story, and Eisenberg explains why he felt the need to memorise the screenplay. Nguyen talks about the casting of Alexander Skarsgard, who features in the film in a supporting role, and is different to how we’ve ever seen him before. The director also talks about the commitment from his actors – with Salma Hayek, for instance, ringing him up late at night to discuss her character, while finally Eisenberg discusses the forthcoming Zombieland sequel, claiming that after a dozen scripts, they finally got it right.

Watch the full interview below:

Synopsis

Cousins Vincent and Anton are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream
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Art of Self Defense Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg Stars in Karate Comedy

Joseph Baxter May 22, 2019

Jesse Eisenberg stars in The Art of Self Defense, playing a timid man who takes a dark path while toughening himself up with karate lessons.

The Art of Self Defense, an indie comedy film that screened at SXSW this past March, heads to a wide release, tapping into a thematic and topical corner that’s been successfully covered on the small screen with YouTube Premium’s Cobra Kai, showcasing a situation in which the martial art of karate leads bullied people down a destructive primrose path.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, who plays a run-of-the-mill milquetoast, who – after finally being sick of getting shoved around and remaining afraid – decides to sign up for a karate class, run by an eccentric sensei (Alessando Nivola), whose hardline philosophy resides squarely in the toxic masculinity discussion. Indeed, the initially-quixotic karate quest of Eisenberg's Casey appears destined for a dark turn.
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Michael Caine Sets ‘Best Sellers’, Foresight Unlimited Selling At Cannes

  • Deadline
Michael Caine Sets ‘Best Sellers’, Foresight Unlimited Selling At Cannes
Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine will star in Best Sellers, the directorial feature debut of Lina Roessler.

Pic follows a has-been author, played by Caine, who is on a wild book tour with a young editor trying to save his boutique publishing house. Caine’s author is miserable and sharp-witted and just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and his orange Tabby cat.

The project is based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, and will be an official Canada-uk co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes, Petr Jákl and Wayne Marc Godfrey on the UK side and Jonathan Vanger (Wishing Tree Productions: Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even on the Canadian side.
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Cannes: Michael Caine to Play Miserable Author in 'Best Sellers'

Cannes: Michael Caine to Play Miserable Author in 'Best Sellers'
Cannes legend Michael Caine has marked his 2019 return to the Croisette via a new project in the festival market.

The Oscar winner is set to star in Best Sellers, which will mark the directorial debut of Lina Roessler.

Based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay, which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, Best Sellers will be an official Canada-u.K. co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes (Mudbound), Petr Jákl (xXx) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, Wind River) on the U.K. side and Jonathan Vanger (Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even (The Hummingbird Project) on the ...
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Sam Hazeldine to star in First World War drama '100 Feet Below Hell' for Amp international (exclusive)

Sam Hazeldine to star in First World War drama '100 Feet Below Hell' for Amp international (exclusive)
Tom Goodman Hill, Anna Maguire, Sonny Ashbourne Serkis also among cast.

Peaky Blinders actor Sam Hazeldine will lead the cast of 100 Feet Below Hell, Jp Watts’s First World War drama which starts shooting in the UK this week.

The film will tell the true story of ‘Hellfire’ Jack Norton Griffiths who conceived of a plan to dig a tunnel under no man’s land and plant a bomb to break the deadly stalemate of the Battle of Messines. With tens of thousands already dead from the battle, the mission falls to a group of civilian miners with no military training.
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“Avengers: Endgame” and “The Public”: The Best of the First Third of 2019

With April wrapping up, we can once again look back. We’ve officially finished up with the first third of the calendar. As such, I wanted to once again highlight the best of the year so far, consisting of my top ten and various awards for 2019 to date. Much like last time around, when I did the first quarter of the year at the start of April, I’m mostly limiting it to things that have already hit theaters. My only exception in the past has been that I’d include eligible titles from the currently ongoing Tribeca Film Festival, but since that’s still in progress, I’ll hold off. There are some others from the year that I’m fond of and might have otherwise included, but I didn’t want to cheat, so they’re on hold and will be given a special citation. Basically, it’s an arbitrary decision,
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‘The Hummingbird Project’ Review

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Stars: Jessie Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa, Mark Slacke, Sarah Goldberg, Frank Schorpion, Kwasi Songui, Conrad Pla, Julian Bailey, Jessica Greco | Written and Directed by Kim Nguyen

In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to breaking point on their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Hayek) a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and
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The Hummingbird Project – Review

Here’s an interesting movie hybrid, a flick that’s both a wall street drama, a family character study, and a chase thriller. Really, that’s because in the financial world, speed is everything (or perhaps the only thing). It’s the old adage, “he who hestiates is lost”, though in split-second trades and deals, the hestitant can lose a fortune. Hold up, a split-second is too long, it’s now down to a millisecond, or (as one character calls it) one flap of that teeny bird’s wing. That quest to be a jump ahead of your competitors forms the family scheme known as The Hummingbird Project.

After a brief prologue detailing the ins and outs of “high frequency trading” (older info for fans of the Wall Street flicks), we’re in 2011 as “idea man” Vincent Zaleski (Jesse Eisenberg) is meeting (and selling) with the silver-haired veteran exec that will bankroll his plan.
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The Orchard film and TV head Paul Davidson to exit

The Orchard film and TV head Paul Davidson to exit
Executive was invited to stay on but will look to ’build something new’.

Paul Davidson is stepping down as executive vice-president of film and television of The Orchard in a move that follows the recent sale of the film group to investor 1091 Media.

Davidson has led the division for five years, overseeing acquisitions and releases on such titles as Birds Of Passage, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Neruda, El Angel, American Animals, and The Hummingbird Project.

At time of writing sources could not expand on the succession plan, nor did they elaborate on 1091 Media’s plans for the film and television business.
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Best Among New Specialized Releases as ‘Gloria Bell’ Reaches Top 10

Gloria Bell” shows some traction and enough heft to reach the Top Ten in its third weekend, and “Apollo 11” continues to grow, but overall the top adult-audience specialized titles see mixed results. This weekend’s releases also includes “Hotel Mumbai” which, like last week’s “The Mustang” and “The Aftermath,” will see wide national releases with hopes of some crossover success. The reality is limited openings with openings similar to “Hotel Mumbai” and others usually don’t break out beyond a modest level.

Opening

Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 61; Festivals include: Toronto 2018

$86,492 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,623

This recreation of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai’s most famous hotel got the highest theater placement in New York and Los Angeles. Starring Dev Patel, it received mildly favorable reviews. It is expanding quickly, with a limited initial run in contrast to Bleecker Street’s kidnapping thriller “Beirut” last year,
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Movie Review – The Hummingbird Project (2019)

The Hummingbird Project, 2019.

Written and Directed by Kim Nguyen.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa, Mark Slacke, Sarah Goldberg, and Frank Schorpion.

Synopsis:

A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal.

It would be stupid to write off The Hummingbird Project as uninteresting due to its subject matter, which is improving high-speed fiber-optic connections in a straight shot from Kansas City to New York. Part of the general moviegoing experience is finding empathy and relating to characters and stories of all different kinds, many of which are inherently about things we don’t necessarily care about. As a young adult obsessed with director Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan instantly became one of my favorite movies of all time despite me never once caring about ballet beforehand. On a grander scale,
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‘The Hummingbird Project’ Infographic Tells You How to Make $500 Million a Year

‘The Hummingbird Project’ Infographic Tells You How to Make $500 Million a Year
The Hummingbird Project hopes to expose the “ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world.” The film focuses on two cousins trying to win big in the world of high-frequency trading, a complicated subject I won’t pretend I’m smart enough to understand. It all comes down to quick timing – milliseconds, really. In a Hummingbird Project infographic below, […]

The post ‘The Hummingbird Project’ Infographic Tells You How to Make $500 Million a Year appeared first on /Film.
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Back to One, Episode 50: Michael Mando

Michael Mando is best known for his captivating portrayal of “Nacho” Varga on the hit AMC series Better Call Saul. You might also know him from Orphan Black, Spider-man: Homecoming, or Far Cry 3. In his latest film, The Hummingbird Project, he plays the chief engineer of a massive high frequency trading operation opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård. In this half hour he talks about his interest in the metaphysical aspects of the craft, his beginnings as a hungry but happy acting student, and how he doesn’t let fame get to his head but he’s open to the changes […]
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