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Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)

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When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels. In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.) “I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself »


- Carli Velocci

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‘Wonder Woman’ London Premiere Called Off in Wake of Manchester Bombing

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The “Wonder Woman” premiere in London has been called off by Warner Bros. following Monday’s terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”

“Wonder Woman” will have its U.S. premiere Thursday in Los Angeles.

Monday’s terrorist bombing left 22 people dead, and dozens more wounded. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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IFC moves into Lars von Trier's 'House That Jack Built'

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Us outfit strikes Cannes deal for upcoming serial killer feature.

As Cannes Marche winds down, IFC has acquired Us rights for Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built.

TrustNordisk’s director of international sales and marketing Susan Wendt negotiated the deal with Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The film, set in the 1970s United States, stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer. The cast also includes Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Grabol.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects said: “Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs. It’s great to be working with old friends and colleagues such as Lars, Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the entire Trust team – we are anticipating audiences will see a Matt Dillon they have never dreamed of before”. 

Wendt added: “IFC did a great job on Antichrist and their »


- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Cannes Competition title 'Redoubtable' gets UK deal

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Exclusive: Wild Bunch sells Michel Hazanavicius’s Jean-Luc Godard biopic to UK.

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable, which premiered In Competition at Cannes Film Festival this week, has been picked up for UK distribution by Thunderbird Releasing.

The deal was negotiated by Kevin Chan, acquisitions manager at Thunderbird Releasing, and Emilie Serres of sales agent Wild Bunch.

The Jean-Luc Godard biopic stars Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin. It tells the story of revered French New Wave director Godard’s relationship with his wife Anne Wiazemsky.

Screen’s Cannes review of the film cited it as a “dazzlingly executed, hugely enjoyable act of stylistic homage” as well as a “poignant story of a dysfunctional marriage and an insightful recreation of a critical and contradiction-ridden period of modern French history”.

Chan commented: “Michel Hazanavicius turns the story of Jean-Luc Godard into a playful and honest film about politics, creativity and love, with extraordinary performances from Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin.

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- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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‘Arrow’: Who Will Survive to See Season 6?

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On one extreme, Season 6 will be business as usual. On the other extreme, it would be a hard (and brutal) reset. »

- Dave Trumbore

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Cast Plays “Would You Rather”

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Would you rather dance the hempen jig or take a caulk? »

- Perri Nemiroff

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‘Shimmer Lake’ Trailer Reveals Twisty Netflix Original Crime Thriller Told in Reverse

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Benjamin Walker, Rainn Wilson, and Wyatt Russell lead the ensemble of this darkly comic crime story. »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘The 100′: 5 Major Questions We Have After that Crazy Finale

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Ok, deep breaths, let's talk about what the hell just happened (plus some insight from the show's EPs). »

- Haleigh Foutch

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12 Jours review – a devastating glimpse into broken souls

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Raymond Depardon’s documentary follows a judge who must decide whether psychiatric hospital patients can be allowed back into society

A young woman stares across a table at the judge who is reviewing her case. Her gaze is both searingly intense and curiously blank. Holding herself preternaturally still, muscles tensed against the turmoil of emotions, she pleads to see the two-year-old daughter who has been removed from her care. “Not all the time, I accept that. But just to change her diaper, to love her.” If there’s a more achingly sad moment in any film of the 2017 Cannes film festival, it’s hard to imagine what it could be. For 12 Jours, veteran documentarian Raymond Depardon (Modern Life, Journal de France) turns his lens on to the desperate, broken souls of the patients who have been involuntarily committed into the care of a Lyon psychiatric institution.

Related: A Gentle Creature »

- Wendy Ide

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‘Wind River’ Trailer: Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen Hunt for a Murderer in Taylor Sheridan’s Thriller

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The first trailer has dropped for the upcoming thriller “Wind River,” which stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. The film is written and directed by “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” scribe Taylor Sheridan, marking his second directorial effort following his 2011 horror film, “Vile.”

Read More: ‘Wind River’ Review: Jeremy Renner Is An Ice-Cold Cowboy In Taylor Sheridan’s Solid Noir — Sundance 2017

Set in the remote Wind River Indian Reservation in the state of Wyoming, “Wind River” centers on the killing of a young woman. When FBI agent Jane Banner (Warren) is called upon to investigate the murder, she must enlist the help of the town’s veteran game tracker Cory Lambert (Renner), who found the dead body, in order to solve the case. The cast also includes Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Eric Lange (“Narcos”), Kelsey Asbille (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), Graham Greene (“The Green Mile”), and Julia Jones »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix, Won’t Get Second Season

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Netflix has decided not to renew Baz Luhrmann‘s stylish ’70s hip-hop drama The Get Down, effectively canceling the show after its first season. Luhrmann’s signature visual flair was a huge component of the Netflix series, with factored into The Get Down‘s 12-episode first season becoming one of Netflix’s most expensive shows, costing about $120 million. […]

The post ‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix, Won’t Get Second Season appeared first on /Film. »


- Hoai-Tran Bui

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‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Breaks Bad in Netflix’s Cartel Crime Drama, With Some Help From Kanye West

38 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Byrdes aren’t bad people, they just did a bad thing.

Ok, maybe that’s the wrong Netflix crime drama about a family that finds itself in over their head after some poor decision-making by a character played by someone who previously starred in one of the greatest TV shows of the 2000s.

Read More: The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Reading Subtitles For, Part 1

“Bloodline” jokes aside, this is a fine-looking teaser for “Ozark,” the latest drama series from Netflix, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Bateman plays Marty, your ordinary family man, who just so happens to be in charge of a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel. When Marty’s unconventional occupation suddenly shifts from a viable way of supporting a family to a surefire way to endangering one, the race is on to flee their comfy Chicago life into the wooded, aerial-photography-friendly environs of the Ozarks. »


- Steve Greene

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The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Reading Subtitles For, Part 2

38 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix continues to have such a vast array of acquired TV series from around the world that it’s difficult to know what to give a chance. While British shows like “Peaky Blinders” have recognizable faces and don’t require translation, it’s a bit more daunting to commit to a foreign-language series. That requires time and reading before you even know if it’s worth a binge.

Read More: The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Reading Subtitles For, Part 1

As part of IndieWire’s ongoing mission to uncover some of the best global series that aren’t getting the attention they deserve, here are some of the best foreign language shows available for streaming on Netflix right now. (For more recommendations, check out Part 1.)

“Atelier”

Premise: Think “Devil Wears Prada” set in the world of Emotion, a boutique lingerie company in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district. Mayuko is »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Universal cancels 'The Mummy' London premiere after Manchester attack

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Studio cancels next week’s event “out of respect to those affected”.

Universal Pictures has cancelled next week’s London premiere of the The Mummy in the wake of Manchester terror attack.

The attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people, took place at Manchester Arena during a pop concert on Monday (May 22).

“All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers,” a statement from the studio read, “Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy scheduled to take place next week.”

Yesterday, Warner Bros. cancelled its planned London premiere of Wonder Woman, which was due to take place on May 31.

The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise and was directed by Alex Kurtzman, was scheduled to have its London premiere next Thursday, June 1.

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- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Brigsby Bear review – The Truman Show meets Room in overly whimsical comedy

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A children’s TV show produced for an audience of one – a kidnap victim – pushes the narrative plausibility, but that won’t stop it becoming a festival hit

Inevitably evoking comparisons with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Room, The Truman Show, Dogtooth and Bad Boy Bubby (but not as funny, sincere, resonant, original or weird, respectively, as any of the above), whimsical comedy Brigsby Bear revolves around a young man named James (Kyle Mooney) who has been raised in a desert bunker by Ted and April (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams) ever since they kidnapped him when he was a baby. Ted and April tell him that the air outside is toxic, breathable only through a gas mask, but they can all survive so long as James keeps topping up the bicycle-powered electric generator and doing his maths homework. Sort of like a Steiner school but without the organic food and self-righteousness. »

- Leslie Felperin

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Director Josh Boone Says ‘The New Mutants’ Will Be “A Full-Fledged Horror Movie”

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20th Century Fox seems to be tossing out the playbook and embracing new things with their comic book properties. They let Ryan Reynolds and co. go R-rated for “Deadpool,” and were rewarded with a massive box office success. That paved the way for this year’s moody and affecting “Logan,” also R-rated, but a picture that played more like a character drama than a superhero film.

Continue reading Director Josh Boone Says ‘The New Mutants’ Will Be “A Full-Fledged Horror Movie” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Baywatch’ Take On Memorial Day: Which Beach Will Win?

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” lead what could be the best Memorial Day weekend in three years. But as holidays go, Memorial Day isn’t what it used to be.

The schedule’s changed. More of the top summer releases go for early May, and given that many studio blockbusters must divide their loyalties between the international and domestic calendars, the last weekend of May has lost some of its appeal.

Holding the record for the biggest-ever opening on Memorial Day weekend is “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. This the first “Pirates” in six years; is the audience still there? (We’ve seen the pessimistic take on that question with “Alien: Covenant,” which came five years after its last.)

“Pirates: Dead Men”  should outgross any three-day Memorial Day weekend opening since 2014, but even so will rank at the low end of the franchise’s debuts. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Twin Peaks’: Why It Shouldn’t Have Changed Its Opening Titles

48 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s more than a few cast members from the original “Twin Peaks” who did not return for the latest batch of episodes that dropped late Sunday night. Some have retired from acting, while a number of others are memorialized in the episodes’ closing scrolls.

But there’s one non-holdover from the original “Twin Peaks” run that might indicate the biggest change in what the show has become: the opening credits bird.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Bible: Here’s IndieWire’s Full Coverage of the David Lynch Revival

When Showtime unveiled the first look at the opening credits, gone was the unassuming footage of a quiet Washington logging town, replaced by a more overtly ominous intro. While the updated opening credits prime the audience for an aggressively weirder spin on this otherworldly murder mystery, it loses some of the subtle punch and the humble, twisted-fairytale rhythms that used to kick off each installment. »


- Steve Greene

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Can We Ever Make Peace with the ‘Star Wars’ Special Editions?

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The overall films vs. regrettable changes. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Exclusive: Check out This Exclusive ‘Heat’ Poster Designed by Maria Suarez Inclan

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The "Director's Definitive Edition" of Michael Mann's crime epic is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. »

- Adam Chitwood

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