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Level 33 Entertainment Buys World Rights To UK Thriller ‘Eve’

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Level 33 Entertainment Buys World Rights To UK Thriller ‘Eve’
Exclusive: Level 33 Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based sales and distribution outfit, has taken global rights to British thriller Eve ahead of the film’s world premiere at the San Diego International Film Festival on Saturday (October 19).

Set in London’s Notting Hill, the film follows two actresses who have auditioned for the role of Eve in a screen adaptation of Paradise Lost. When one of them is awarded the role, her excitement is quickly tempered by a distributing home invasion. Unsure of who or what is tormenting her, her sense of reality starts to spiral out of control, threatening her sanity.

Rory Kindersley directed the project, his feature debut, with Toby Cook and Matt Cook producing for their outfit Fablemaze.

Christine Marzano stars, with Rachel Warren, Andrew Lee Potts, Elizabeth Healey, Lex Shrapnel and Jonathan Forbes also in the cast.

Level 33 is lining up a release in early spring 2020. The deal
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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Marry Me’ Adds ‘Always Be My Maybe’s’ Michelle Buteau (Exclusive)

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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Marry Me’ Adds ‘Always Be My Maybe’s’ Michelle Buteau (Exclusive)
Comedian Michelle Buteau is joining Jennifer Lopez in her new comedy “Marry Me.”

Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman and “Game of Thrones” actor John Bradley are also on board to star in the Universal film. Kat Coiro is directing the movie from a script by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill.

Universal recently acquired “Marry Me” from Stx after the studio, in turn, nabbed the film from Universal in April. The studio plans to begin shooting in the fall.

The musical-comedy is based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, and is described as a cross between “Notting Hill” and “A Star Is Born.” The pic explores the possibilities of what might happen when a superstar marries an average Joe as a joke and discovers that perhaps there are no accidents.

Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will produce alongside Rogers. Willie Mercer, Alex Brown and J.B. Roberts will executive produce.
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Rhys Ifans: ‘My best kiss? It was long, slow and forbidden’

The actor on an embarrassing wetsuit incident, an evangelical Sunday school and spontaneous combustion

Born in Haverfordwest, Wales, Rhys Ifans, 52, was Bafta-nominated for the 1999 film Notting Hill. In 2005, he won a Bafta for playing Peter Cook in Not Only But Always. His other films include Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Mr Nice. He stars in On Bear Ridge at Cardiff’s Sherman theatre until 5 October, then at London’s Royal Court from 24 October.

When were you happiest?

I look at my nephew, who is five years old and in a perpetual state of bliss; I imagine that’s what I was like when I was five. That’s not to say I am unhappy now; I was on top of the world walking through a park to work this morning.
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New to Streaming: ‘Upstream Color,’ ‘The Third Wife, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid,’ ‘Yesterday,’ and More

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

The Sound of Silence (Michael Tyburski)

What if our happiness wasn’t solely predicated on our fruitful relationships, career success, or spiritual fulfillment, but rather the sounds around us? It’s this idea that drives music theorist and self-proclaimed house tuner Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) to the point of maddening obsession in The Sound of Silence. The directorial debut of Michael Tyburski has a compelling hook as we go on this journey of aural perfection, but the follow-through leaves something to be desired. In terms of its thematic predecessors, The Conversation and Blow Out set an impossibly high bar, but even the narrative propulsion of those classics
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14 Buzziest Movies for Sale at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival (Photos)

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14 Buzziest Movies for Sale at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival (Photos)
“Bad Education”

Perhaps one of the biggest titles for sale, “Bad Education” stars Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano and Alex Wolff and is based on the real-life events that took place at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school.

Citizen K

Following his critically lauded “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” Alex Gibney is back with “Citizen K,” a documentary about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who went from communist to political prisoner in a 20-year battle with Putin.

The Friend

Based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film follows a man (Jason Segel) who puts his life on hold to help his friends though a terminal cancer diagnosis. Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck also star in the Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) film.

How to Build a Girl

Everyone is obsessed with Beanie Feldstein following her performance in “Booksmart,” so naturally, this film has become a buzzy title for Tiff buyers.
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Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Turns Into ‘Friends’… And That’s Ok

Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Turns Into ‘Friends’… And That’s Ok
The first thing to know about Four Weddings and a Funeral, the series, is that it bears virtually no resemblance to Four Weddings and a Funeral, the Oscar-nominated 1994 romantic-comedy. It takes place in London, yes. There are four weddings and one funeral, sure. There is a floppy-haired fellow who is always late to the weddings, but, alas, he is no Hugh Grant. A beautiful American is one half of the central love story, but rather than elusive and enigmatic (a clever cover for Andie MacDowell’s wooden screen presence in
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‘Blackbird,’ with Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Opens San Sebastian Festival

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‘Blackbird,’ with Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Opens San Sebastian Festival
Madrid — Starring Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Mia Wasikowska, “Blackbird,” an English-language remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish-language movie “Silent Heart,” will open the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival on Sept. 20.

World premiering at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival as a Gala Presentation, “Blackbird” will play in competition at what will be its European premiere.

San Sebastian’s competition normally mixes larger world cinema auteurs with a few choice first features. “Silent Heart” brings it large star-laden independent which promising to be an audience-friendly tearjerker.

Directed by Roger Michell, “Blackbird” turns on terminally-ill matriarch, Lily (Sarandon). who reunites three generations of her family at their country house for one final time.

Lily informs them that she will soon put an end to her life via euthanasia, but her daughters (Winslet and Wasikowska), whose tensions already threaten a peaceful sending off, discover family secrets which make the situation even more complicated.
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Mischa Barton Signs With Alex Kovacs At Untitled Entertainment

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Mischa Barton Signs With Alex Kovacs At Untitled Entertainment
Actress Mischa Barton has signed with manager Alex Kovacs at Untitled Entertainment.

Barton’s career includes her memorable stint as Marissa Cooper in the Fox series The O.C., and she has joined MTV’s The Hills: New Beginnings, which is starting production soon on a second season.

Her film resume includes Lawn Dogs, Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense. In 2012, she returned to the stage, performing in the Irish production of Steel Magnolias.

Barton continues to be repped by Wme Entertainment.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral Stars, Ep Talk Adapting the Classic Rom-Com, Championing 'Nice Love Stories'

Turning a universally beloved British romantic comedy into a TV series centered on a cast of American characters… piece of (wedding) cake, right?

Hulu’s new adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral — premiering this Wednesday on the streamer — has some huge shoes to fill, and executive producer Tracey Wigfield (an Emmy winner for her work on 30 Rock) admits to being “a little nervous” when she first signed on. After rewatching the original 1994 Hugh Grant/Andie MacDowell film, Wigfield remembers thinking, “‘Why are we even doing this? This feels like a death mission!'” But rather than try to remake a classic,
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How ‘Yesterday’ became a summer counter-programming hit in the Us

How ‘Yesterday’ became a summer counter-programming hit in the Us
Why Arizona is hot for the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis film but Texas can let it be.

Universal Pictures’ musical fantasy Yesterday has become a summer counter-programming hit in North America, approaching $60m box office amid a sea of tentpoles. It is presently fifth in the chart going into its fifth weekend on release.

Jim Orr, Universal’s president of distribution, told Screen the key to the campaign has been not to over-saturate the markets and let potential word of mouth build.

“It’s a great romantic comedy with a very unique mechanism to tell that story,” Orr said. “It
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Four Weddings and a Funeral Review: Hulu's New Take Is a Witty, Old-Fashioned Love Letter to Rom-Coms

Four Weddings and a Funeral Review: Hulu's New Take Is a Witty, Old-Fashioned Love Letter to Rom-Coms
You’ll be happy to know, Four Weddings and a Funeral fanatics, that Hulu’s adaptation of the beloved British rom-com does in fact open with its main character suddenly waking up and shouting the word “F—k!” repeatedly. Aside from that winking homage, though, the new Four Weddings — debuting Wednesday, July 31 on the streamer; I’ve seen the first five episodes — isn’t actually a straight rehash of the Hugh Grant/Andie MacDowell film we know and love, but rather, Fargo-style, a new tale with new characters told in the same vein. And while it might not quite reach the heights of the original,
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Helen Mirren is Catherine the Great in trailer for HBO miniseries

HBO has released a trailer for the historical drama miniseries Catherine the Great which stars Helen Mirren in the title role as the 18th century monarch and follows the story of her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke) towards the end of her reign; watch it here…

Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Russian empress Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) develops a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke) as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern-day Russia.

Catherine the Great premieres this Autumn on HBO and features a cast that also includes Joseph Quinn (Game of Thrones), Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Richard Roxburgh (Rake), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Clive Russell (Game of Thrones), Lucas Englander (Genius), Antonia Clarke (Les Miserables), Paul Ritter (Cold Feet), Paul Kaye
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Sarah Silverman and ‘Game of Thrones’ Star John Bradley Join Universal’s ‘Marry Me’ (Exclusive)

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Sarah Silverman and ‘Game of Thrones’ Star John Bradley Join Universal’s ‘Marry Me’ (Exclusive)
Sarah Silverman and “Game of Thrones” star John Bradley are in negotiations to join Jennifer Lopez comedy “Marry Me” at Universal.

Owen Wilson is also on board to star. Kat Coiro is directing the film and the script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill.

Universal recently acquired the pic from Stx after the company took the film from Uni in April. The studio is now aiming to begin shooting in the fall.

The musical comedy is based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, and is described as a “Notting Hill meets “A Star is Born” that lifts the curtain on celebrity, relationships, and social media. The film explores the possibilities of what might happen when a superstar marries an everyman as a joke and discovers that perhaps there are no accidents.

Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will produce alongside Rogers.
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New to Streaming: ‘Ash Is Purest White,’ ‘Blow Out,’ ‘Sword of Trust,’ ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ 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.

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)

For over two decades the filmmaker Jia Zhangke has, through his movies, shown Western audiences a barometer of life in 21st Century China. Ash is Purest White was both the most expensive and, arguably, least political film that Jia has made (read into that what you will) but it was also his most shape-shifting, adventurous and heart wrenching work, too. The director’s partner Zhao Tao provides that heartbeat as the wife of an absent mob guy who goes on an odyssey to find him. The film–and perhaps the world of Jia itself–would simply evaporate without her. – Rory O.
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‘Bodyguard’ star Gina McKee, Douglas Hodge of ‘Catastrophe’ join ‘A Grand Romantic Gesture’ (exclusive)

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Ontario Creates among financiers.

UK actors Gina McKee from drama series Emmy nominee Bodyguard and Douglas Hodge from Catastrophe have joined the cast of Paragraph Pictures and Highfield Grange Studios’ A Grand Romantic Gesture.

Shooting on the Canada-uk comedy drama is underway in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Linda Kash, Rose Reynolds, Rob Stewart, and Dylan Llewellyn round out the key cast and Joan Carr-Wiggin directs from her screenplay.

McKee plays Ava, who is encouraged by her husband (Stewart) and pregnant daughter (Reynolds) to take up gourmet cooking after she loses her job. Instead, she signs
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Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com ‘Marry Me’ Heads to Universal From Stx Entertainment

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Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com ‘Marry Me’ Heads to Universal From Stx Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez’s forthcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me” is leaving Stx Entertainment go to Universal Pictures, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

Stx originally picked up the project, which is also set to star Owen Wilson, in April. The film was supposed to be the third collaboration between the studio and Lopez, following last year’s “Second Act” and the upcoming stripper revenge flick “Hustlers,” which is slated to hit theaters in September.

A representative for Stx did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Also Read: Oren Aviv to Step Down From Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group

STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in April that the studio was looking forward to continuing its relationship with Lopez.

The film is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby and centers around a pop superstar (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rock star fiancé at Madison Square Garden,
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Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com ‘Marry Me’ Jumps From Stx To Universal; Maluma Joins Cast

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Exclusive: We hear that the Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romantic comedy Marry Me is returning to Universal after it was set-up at Stx. Going way back, the movie was initially set up at Uni by studio brass Donna Langley and Peter Cramer, and now the Kat Coiro-directed feature is back there with all elements intact.

In addition, we hear that Colombian-singer rapper Maluma has joined the cast and will play the fiance to Lopez’s pop star. Marry Me goes into production this October in New York.

Described as Notting Hill meets The Proposal, Marry Me centers on a pop superstar (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rock-star fiancé at Madison Square Garden, finds out he was cheating with her assistant and spontaneously melts down onstage and picks a random math teacher (Wilson) out of the crowd to marry instead. What starts as a goof ends up becoming an exploration of relationships,
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Peter Bart: ‘Yesterday’ Trying To Keep Romantic Drama Genre From Being Thing Of The Past

Peter Bart: ‘Yesterday’ Trying To Keep Romantic Drama Genre From Being Thing Of The Past
Writer-director Richard Curtis has reduced film audiences to tears for a generation, but this weekend when I left a screening of his new Beatles fantasy Yesterday, I noticed something was wrong: There was not a wet eye in the house. The film was entertaining, even funny here and there, but it was also a bit chilly.

I cite this not to pick on Curtis but to point up a question: Are audiences in general suffering from emotional deprivation? Critics puzzle over box office disappointments like Booksmart and Late Night or rave over TV shows like Euphoria or Gentleman Jack without noting their shared syndrome: an absence of empathy.

Curtis should understand this: He’s kept the tears flowing in Love Actually, the Bridget Jones movies, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. By contrast, the only current tear-generating movies are about canines, not humans (some exhibitors distribute towels at
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How Yesterday Imagines a World Without the Beatles

Don Kaye Jul 1, 2019

Yesterday writer Richard Curtis explains how the script came together and whether the Beatles could make it today.

Yesterday is the story of a struggling singer/songwriter named Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) who’s tired of grinding it out in local bars in the English county of Suffolk and ready to throw his dreams of musical stardom away. That is, until one night when he hits his head in an accident at the exact moment that a mysterious blackout flickers across the face of the Earth.

When Jack wakes up, he seems to be the only person on the planet who can remember the Beatles and knows their songs -- which he promptly passes off as his own and becomes a star. But how long can he maintain the façade and, by pursuing his goals under false pretenses, does he risk throwing away the one true relationship in his life,
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'Big Little Lies' Finale to 'Bohemian Rhapsody': What's Coming to HBO in July

'Big Little Lies' Finale to 'Bohemian Rhapsody': What's Coming to HBO in July
The Monterey Five may take their final bow as Big Little Lies comes to a close on July 21, but a number of movies are just making their first appearance on HBO

Also bowing out at the end of July will be Years and Years and El Jardin de Bronce. To fill their spots on the HBO lineup this month will be titles hailing from the early 2000s all the way to 2018's hits. 

Movies from the early 2000s include Me, Myself & Irene, Rush Hour 2 and Notting Hill. Recent films coming to the premium cable network include Fantastic ...
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