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Robert Forster, Oscar-Nominated ‘Jackie Brown’ and ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 78

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Robert Forster, Oscar-Nominated ‘Jackie Brown’ and ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 78
Robert Forster, a character actor best known for “Twin Peaks” and his Oscar-nominated performance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” has died. He was 78.

The New York native, who suffered from brain cancer, died Friday in his Los Angeles home.

Forster made his first impression on Hollywood audiences in back-to-back movies set in the Army, the first being in 1967 playing the free-spirited, birthday-suit-loving Army private Ellgee Williams in John Huston’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. The next year, he played a half-breed scout in “The Stalking Moon” opposite Gregory Peck.

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In the years that followed, Forster had roles in films like “The Lady in Red,” “The Black Hole,” “Delta Force” and “Peacemaker,” but it was Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” that gave his career a boost… and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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Movies about puzzles and why we love them

It is no mystery that a problem-solving film is likely to garner popularity from the audience. After all, solving a problem makes for a good story – you see an obstacle, you figure out how to get around the obstacle and you work towards it. The process fits so incredibly well it to the formula of any story, and it fits so well into the nature of human beings. You can see the popularity of problem-solving simply by looking at the UK London Escape rooms list by NowEscape, which contains hundreds of escape rooms within one city. The concept of solving a problem is integral to human nature, and it translates incredibly well into the film format. So, here are some of the best “puzzle” films out there, which try to work the mind of the viewer into circles and have them rushing to solve the problems that the characters are encountering before them.
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Zoe Saldana to Star in ‘Keyhole Garden’ Romance (Exclusive)

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Zoe Saldana to Star in ‘Keyhole Garden’ Romance (Exclusive)
Zoe Saldana is attached to artist Marco Perego-Saldana’s romance “Keyhole Garden,” the Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea announced in Cannes.

The Exchange is introducing the project to international buyers at the Marché du Film this week. CAA is handling U.S. sales.

Saldana is appearing as Gamora in worldwide blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” and is set to reprise her role as Neytiri in the “Avatar” sequels. Perego-Saldana, who is married to Zoe Saldana, is making his feature debut.

Filming is set to begin this August, with an original screenplay written by Rick Rapoza and Perego-Saldana. “Keyhole Garden” is produced by Julie Horn, Alexandra Milchan (“Wolf of Wall Street”), Perego-Saldana with Robert Kravis (“Lucky Number Slevin”) and Karl Herrmann (“Dinner in America”) under their banner Pioneer Pictures. Rick Yorn is serving as executive producer. Award-winning editor Lee Haugen (“Dope”) is also attached.

“Keyhole Garden” traces the sprawling romance of a man
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Leeding Media Sets Development Deal With Revolution Studios (Exclusive)

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Leeding Media, a company which straddles the U.S. and Chinese film industries, has set up a development deal with prominent Hollywood independent producer Revolution Studios. The agreement follows renewal of most of Leeding’s portfolio of movie rights for China.

“This is a very flexible deal that see the two companies jointly develop film and television properties based on Revolution Studios’ extensive library. We are looking at possible TV adaptations, remakes and Broadway shows,” Leeding Media CEO and founder David U. Lee told Variety. “This deal is possible now that Leeding Media’s China library business is well established. Our new focus on development and production is about achieving global distribution, not just China.”

The development agreement was born from a long-standing personal friendship between Lee, who has previous executive roles at Idg Asia and the Weinstein Company, and Revolution’s co-executive producer Vince Totino. As well as international insight,
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Christian Gudegast To Direct & Co-Write ‘Mafia X’ For Thunder Road, Pioneer

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Christian Gudegast To Direct & Co-Write ‘Mafia X’ For Thunder Road, Pioneer
Exclusive: Christian Gudegast and Jp Davis have closed a deal to co-write Mafia X for Thunder Road Pictures and Pioneer Pictures. Gudegast will direct a film which is based on his original pitch. Basil Iwanyk, Robert Kravis, and Karl Herrmann will produce.

Mafia X is a high concept action thriller inspired by the true stories of organized crime groups banding together to fight terrorism.

It fits in the wheel house of Thunder Road, whose recent films include the Sicario and John Wick franchises and The Town. Pioneer Pictures credits include The Rum Diary and Lucky Number Slevin.

Gudegast made his directorial debut last year on Den Of Thieves, which he also wrote and produced. The film starred Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent, and Pablo Schreiber. Davis wrote for Thunder Road a feature adaption of the French graphic novel Naja.

Gudegast is repped by Wme, Management 360 and Patrick Knapp.
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UK Sales & Distribution Trio Launch New Indie Blue Finch Film Releasing

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Exclusive: International sales vet Simon Crowe, financier Matthew Joynes and former Kaleidoscope executive Michael Chapman are setting up new UK/Ireland distribution company Blue Finch Film Releasing.

The label will look to pick up commercially-oriented and cast-driven movies and is aiming to release up to 20 pics per year, including a select number of theatrical titles.

Officially launching in September, the company is in discussions about first movies on the slate. I understand there are also advanced conversations with at least one other established sales and finance outfit who could join the Blue Finch fold.

Chapman, who recently left UK distributor Kaleidoscope after six years, will serve as COO while Crowe will be acting CEO. The latter will continue to run his sales outfit Sc Films.

Well-liked sales vet Crowe set up Sc Films with financier Joynes in 2008. The company has ploughed a furrow in animation working on movies such as
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Lucy Liu, Thomas Sadoski To Star In ‘The Last Weekend In May’ For Director Matthew Lillard

Lucy Liu, Thomas Sadoski To Star In ‘The Last Weekend In May’ For Director Matthew Lillard
Exclusive: Lucy Liu and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces) have signed on to lead the cast for director Matthew Lillard’s upcoming romance/drama, The Last Weekend in May. The project mark’s the helmer’s feature directorial follow-up to Fat Kid Rules the World which took home the SXSW Audience Award in 2012.

Producing the feature film is Gabriela Revilla Lugo (The Tribes of Palos Verdes) of Revek Entertainment and Andrew Carlberg (Sun Dogs). Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International will handle financing and worldwide rights to the film.

The film will start production early next year in Liu’s hiatus from the popular CBS TV series Elementary.

Scripted by Jeffrey W. Ruggles, The Last Weekend in May tells the story of Paul and Leah, two people caught in the throes of an extramarital affair. Knowing that the situation is untenable, they decide to rent a house and turn their
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‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch

‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch
Max Irons will soon follow in the formidable onscreen footsteps of Robert Redford. The forthcoming Audience Network series “Condor” casts the second-generation English actor (dad is Jeremy Irons) as avian-nicknamed CIA analyst Joe Turner, the role Redford originated in Sydney Pollack’s 1975 film, the Oscar-nominated “Three Days of the Condor.” Entertainment Weekly debuted the first trailer today, along with production photos.

The TV version adapted material from both the feature and its inspiration, James Grady’s novel “Six Days of the Condor.” Unlike its predecessors, this 10-episode telling is set in Washington, D.C. instead of New York City. Available to DirectTV subscribers, Audience Network is perhaps best known for another show based on a book, “Mr. Mercedes,” overseen by showrunner David E. Kelley.

In the trailer’s opening beats, praying Muslims are unaware that the world is at risk for a weaponized plague outbreak. Its engineer, Nathan Fowler (Brendan Fraser
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‘Condor’ Review: ‘Three Days of the Condor’ Takes Flight on TV in a Smartly Expanded Adaptation

‘Condor’ Review: ‘Three Days of the Condor’ Takes Flight on TV in a Smartly Expanded Adaptation
A movie based on a book. A TV show based on the movie. “Six Days of the Condor” to “Three Days of the Condor” to just this: “Condor,” the new Audience Network spy series that’s lost five days while expanding to 10 hours. Amid all these changes, something has to go wrong, right?

It’s not just that Sydney Pollack’s 1975 classic feels untouchable (and relatively timeless, despite the fact that part of Robert Redford’s job is reading newspapers); it’s that the series directly lifting from the film comes from a somewhat unproven pedigree and will play on a network only accessible to satellite subscribers.

Well, after the first two episodes, the latter point isn’t a warning so much as a shame. Jason Smilovic (“Lucky Number Slevin”) and Todd Katzberg’s “Condor” isn’t a “drop everything and subscribe to DirecTV” kind of show, but it is
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Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool – Review

Annette Benning as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner, in Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics ©

Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool is based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name, about his relationship with 40s Hollywood star Gloria Grahame. If one is expecting a biopic on the Oscar-winning Grahame’s career, you won’t find it here. Instead, this is about love and friendship that grew out of a chance meeting and unlikely love affair between an older woman and younger man. Although the affair didn’t last, the fondness did.

Aspiring young actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) did not even know who Gloria Grahame was when he met her at a British boarding house the catered to actors. Grahame was appearing in a local theater and although middle-aged, still beautiful. When she asked the young actor to help her practice her dancing,
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The Collider Podcast: Episode 125 – Sundance 2018 Roundup and Oscar Nominations

This week on The Collider Podcast, we're covering two topics. First up, we look back at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, talk about how it was kind of a mediocre year for the fest, some of the standout movies, the disappointments, and more. Then we move on to talking about the Oscar nominations, the snubs, the surprises, and the state of the race. We finish up with a reader hot take regarding Lucky Number Slevin which leads us to just start talking about Josh Hartnett's career. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider Podcast below; click here …
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Movie Review – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, 2017.

Directed by Paul McGuigan.

Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham, Leanne Best, Frances Barber, Kenneth Cranham, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Synopsis:

A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

Apparently, getting Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool off the ground and into production has been a long-gestating process upwards to nearly two decades, which is quite a shame considering how tender, genuine, and unique a romantic story it is, playing with generational gapped relationships, Hollywood fading star insecurities, life-threatening cancer, and conflicted emotions. More importantly, Annette Bening taps into some classical Golden Age actress beauty portraying Oscar-winning Gloria Grahame with an appropriately seductive voice, in turn, pulling off an irresistible charm. It’s all crucial to the performance as she locks into an intimate, semi-serious rapport in 1979 with Peter Turner, a 28-year old lad half her
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Win 6 Below on DVD

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To mark the release of 6 Below on 15th January, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett; TV’s Penny Dreadful, Lucky Number Slevin) is a thrill-seeking snowboarder with a weight of personal demons on his back. When he gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierra Mountains, LeMarque is pushed to the limit and forced to battle those demons head-on as he fights against the worst the elements can throw at him.

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‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ Trailer: Annette Bening Plays a Classic Film Star

Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for the true story drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film revolves around the relationship between Academy Award-winning Oklahoma! and The Bad an the Beautiful actress Gloria Grahame (Annete Bening) and Turner (Jamie Bell) in 1978 Liverpool, at which point Grahame had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was trying to come to terms with her dwindling career. Lucky Number Slevin and Victor Frankenstein filmmaker Paul McGuigan directs this intriguing drama, and the trailer does a fine job of showcasing Bening’s …
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‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ Trailer: Annette Bening Enters the Race for Her First Oscar

‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ Trailer: Annette Bening Enters the Race for Her First Oscar
It’s hard to believe that Annette Bening has never won an Oscar. The 59-year-old actress has been nominated four times and got incredibly close to landing her fifth nomination last year for her wonderful lead role in Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.” The Academy snubbed her, but she’s not wasting any time out of the awards season. Bening is back with “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”

“Liverpool” is based on the memoir by British actor Peter Turner and recounts his romance with the legendary and eccentric Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame during the last years of her life. Grahame won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1952’s “The Bad and the Beautiful” and appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, and Kirk Douglas.

Bening takes on the role of Grahame, while Jamie Bell plays Turner. The supporting cast includes Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave.
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Watch an exclusive clip from 6 Below starring Josh Hartnett

The survival thriller 6 Below opens in UK cinemas and on demand tomorrow, and we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film starring Josh Hartnett, which you can watch below courtesy of Signature Entertainment; take a look…

See Also: Watch the trailer for 6 Below here

Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett; TV’s Penny Dreadful, Lucky Number Slevin) is a thrill-seeking snowboarder with a weight of personal demons on his back. When he gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierra Mountains, LeMarque is pushed to the limit and forced to battle those demons head-on as he fights against the worst the elements can throw at him.

6 Below is set for release on October 13th.
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New trailer & poster for ’6 Below’

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A recreational trip to the mountains becomes a test of human endurance and a fight for survival in 6 Below, arriving in cinemas and on demand on October 13th courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film stars Josh Hartnett as Eric LeMarque, a snowboarder that went missing during a storm in the High Sierra Mountains.

Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett; TV’s Penny Dreadful, Lucky Number Slevin) is a thrill-seeking snowboarder with a weight of personal demons on his back. When he gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierra Mountains, LeMarque is pushed to the limit and forced to battle those demons head-on as he fights against the worst the elements can throw at him.

Directed by Scott Waugh (Need For Speed, Act Of Valour), 6 Below also stars Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, TV’s The Royals) and Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino (Summer Of Sam,
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UK poster and trailer for survival thriller 6 Below starring Josh Hartnett

Ahead of its release next month, a UK poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming survival thriller 6 Below. Based on a true story, the film stars Josh Hartnett as Eric LeMarque, a snowboarder that went missing during a winter storm in the High Sierra Mountains; take a look below…

Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett; TV’s Penny Dreadful, Lucky Number Slevin) is a thrill-seeking snowboarder with a weight of personal demons on his back. When he gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierra Mountains, LeMarque is pushed to the limit and forced to battle those demons head-on as he fights against the worst the elements can throw at him.

6 Below is set for release on October 13th.
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Tiff 2017: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Review: Paul McGuigan (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review: Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin) brings this stunning portrait of love in the late 70s to screens. Will it be this year’s runaway Oscar success?

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review by Paul Heath.

Eon Productions choose their projects well. The company behind the James Bond movies rarely venture outside of that franchise, but when they do, you know you’re in for something special – and that is exactly what you get from Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, an absolute masterpiece in film-making.

Annette Benning plays Gloria Grahame, an ageing Oscar-winning actress who we meet in her dressing room preparing for a performance in a theatre somewhere in the north of England, Elton John’s ‘Song For Guy’ playing over the soundtrack. However, all is not well as she attempts to head to the stage,
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Why the 2018 Best Actress Oscar Race is Crowded, Again

For the second year in a row, the Best Actress Oscar race looks more competitive than Best Actor. Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman could score for her canny schoolmarm in Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama “The Beguiled,” while Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) is superb as a southern farmer’s wife in Dee Rees’ Sundance hit “Mudbound” (Netflix). Coming up this month is Sundance musical “Patti Cake$” (Fox Searchlight, August 18), starring Australian breakout Danielle Macdonald.

As the make-or-break fall festivals loom, Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) could land an eighth nomination for either Woody Allen’s Nyff closer “Wonder Wheel” (Amazon Studios) or for survival drama “The Mountain Between Us” (Fox, October 6), opposite Idris Elba. Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) also has two plummy roles, as an arthritic artist (Spc’s in-release “Maudie”) or a mute (Fox Searchlight’s festival entry “The Shape of Water,” December 8). Also performing in
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