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Jason Connery, Bob Last Wins Screen Scotland Backing for Edinburgh Studio

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Jason Connery, Bob Last Wins Screen Scotland Backing for Edinburgh Studio
First Stage Studios, led by Sean Connery’s son Jason and BAFTA-winning producer Bob Last, has won a Screen Scotland tender to run a large-scale film and TV studio space in Edinburgh.

Screen Scotland plans to invest £1 million ($1.3 million) towards the initial set up, refurbishment and running costs of the studio space in Port of Leith on the outskirts of the city.

The studio sits on an 8.6 acre site, and has already hosted international productions, including Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” The facility has the potential for five sound stages of between 50ft and 100ft in height, as well as production and office space and a backlot for production set-builds and crew, tech and unit base parking.

Scotland has long suffered from a lack of significant studio space, and Screen Scotland said the new facility would benefit both the indigenous sector and the country’s ability to attract high-value international productions.
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Scottish Film & TV Studio Build Enlists ‘Tommy’s Honour’ Producer & Director To Run Edinburgh Project

Scottish Film & TV Studio Build Enlists ‘Tommy’s Honour’ Producer & Director To Run Edinburgh Project
A significant film and TV studio development in Edinburgh, Scotland, has moved a step closer with the appointment of a local company to run the venture.

First Stage Studios, led by film and television producer Bob Last and actor and director Jason Connery (Tommy’s Honour), has been chosen to head the project at the Port of Leith site in the Scottish capital following an open tender process. They will manage, operate and promote the facility to UK and international customers.

The site has already hosted major productions including shooting on Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The plan is to develop it into a fully-functional, full time studio space. Plans include five sound stages, with 160,000 sq ft of adaptive interior shooting space, as well as offices.

Local body Screen Scotland is investing $1.3M towards the initial setup, with a raise of private sector finance planned.

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Screen Scotland greenlights Connery-led studio First Stage with £1m investment

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Screen Scotland greenlights Connery-led studio First Stage with £1m investment
Jason Connery and producer Bob Last have been appointed to run the large-scale film and TV studio in Leith.

In what Screen Scotland’s executive director Isabel Davis is calling a “hugely significant” move for the Scottish and UK film industry, First Stage Studios Ltd, run by BAFTA-winning producer Bob Last and actor/director Jason Connery, has been appointed to run the new Scottish film and TV studio space in Bath Road, Leith, in Edinburgh.

This is the former Pelamis building, the industrial site where Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was partly shot.

Screen Scotland is pumping £1m into “the initial set-up,
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February 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Twilight Zone (2019) Season 1, X: The Unknown, Rasputin: The Mad Monk

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February 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Twilight Zone (2019) Season 1, X: The Unknown, Rasputin: The Mad Monk
We have a relatively quiet week of home media releases coming our way tomorrow, with the first season of the newly revamped The Twilight Zone series leading the charge. Scream Factory is giving both Rasputin The Mad Monk and X: The Unknown the HD treatment this Tuesday, and Mvd Rewind has put together a special edition Blu for Mind Games.

Other releases for February 18th include Killer Weekend, Clown Fear, The Girl in the Mirror, Submission, Feedback, and American Zombieland.

Mind Games: Special Edition

Maxwell Caulfield stars in this taut psychological thriller from director Bob Yari (producer of the Academy Award® winning Crash) about a family's battle for survival against a cruel, scheming stranger.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Dana Lund and his wife, Rita try to breathe new life into their relationship by taking a trip through northern California with their 10-year-old son Kevin. Along the way they pick
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‘Judy’ & ‘The Father’ Star Rufus Sewell Signs With CAA

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‘Judy’ & ‘The Father’ Star Rufus Sewell Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Olivier Award-winning and Tony and Emmy-nominated actor Rufus Sewell has signed with CAA.

Sewell can currently be seen as Sidney Luft opposite Renée Zellweger in Oscar-nominated Judy. He also can be seen in a starring role alongside Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman and Imogen Poots in Florian Zeller’s The Father, which world premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.

His other noteworthy credits include Hamlet, A Knight’s Tale, The Illusionist, The Holiday, Paris Je T’Aime, HBO’s John Adams and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which he was nominated for a 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He also starred opposite Jenna Coleman in ITV’s period drama Victoria.

Sewell won the Olivier Award and received a best actor Tony nomination for 2007’s Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Sewell will next be seen opposite Kaya Scodelario in Agatha Christie mystery The Pale Horse for BBC One.
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‘Hustlers’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘I Feel Pretty’ Acquired By Freeform & Hulu In Deal With STXfilms

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Freeform and Hulu have acquired linear and digital rights to three hit films from STXfilms – Hustlers, The Upside and I Feel Pretty, all set to roll out beginning in 2020. This marks the latest collaboration between Hulu and a Disney cable network, following Hulu and FX’s deal with Lionsgate, and is another vivid illustration of the coalescing of assets under the Disney umbrella. The deal was announced Friday ahead of the networks’ presentation at TCA.

Hustlers and The Upside each have generated over $100 million during their North American theatrical run, while I Feel Pretty, has drawn over $94 million worldwide. The films will simultaneously debut on Freeform and Hulu.

Starting with the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty in August 2020, the films will premiere day-and-date on both Freeform and Hulu. The Upside, starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman, and Hustlers, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, will premiere over
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10 Best Animated Films of the 2010s, From ‘Spider-Verse’ to ‘Inside Out’ (Photos)

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10 Best Animated Films of the 2010s, From ‘Spider-Verse’ to ‘Inside Out’ (Photos)
There’s no mistaking it: the animation medium absolutely exploded in the 2010s, with films in all mediums, from everywhere in the world, and for every possible audience achieving incredible artistic heights throughout the decade. Narrowing the best animated movies of the 2010s down to a mere 10 choices was practically a fool’s errand, and led to a great many sacrifices of funny, poignant, thrilling and utterly unique motion pictures that — on any other day, or in any other decade — could have easily comprised this entire list instead. But these 10 animated features are undeniably worthy of celebration and acclaim, and seem destined to enthrall audiences of the future as much as they did the audiences of today.

Runners-Up (alphabetically): “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Illusionist,” “My Life as a Zucchini,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” “Rango,” “Song of the Sea,
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Oscar flashback: ‘Toy Story 3’ director thanks fans for embracing ‘talking toys’ during Best Animated Feature speech [Watch]

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Oscar flashback: ‘Toy Story 3’ director thanks fans for embracing ‘talking toys’ during Best Animated Feature speech [Watch]
Nine years ago, “Toy Story 3” became the first (and so far only) sequel to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. In his acceptance speech, director Lee Unkrich thanked audiences for embracing Pixar’s film about “talking toys that hopefully had something very human to say.” The movie beat out “How to Train Your Dragon” and “The Illusionist” in the animated category, but lost Best Picture to “The King’s Speech.” At the time, “Toy Story 3” was thought to be the final chapter in the blockbuster film series about Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the gang — that is, until “Toy Story 4” was announced four years later. Watch the Oscar flashback video above.

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The fourth movie in the “Toy Story” product line was released on June
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Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci Love Story ‘Supernova’ Closes Multiple Sales (Exclusive)

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Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci Love Story ‘Supernova’ Closes Multiple Sales (Exclusive)
Supernova,” a romance starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as a longtime couple on a road trip, has inked a raft of early distribution deals after having just wrapped a six-week shoot in England’s scenic Lake District.

The Bureau Sales has sold Harry Macqueen’s new feature to territories including the U.K. (Studiocanal), Germany and Austria (Weltkino), Japan (Culture Entertainment), Benelux (Cineart), Taiwan (Catchplay), Penny Black (Airlines) and Scandinavia (Scanbox). The Bureau Sales will shop the film further at Afm next month.

The movie marks actor Macqueen’s second feature as a director following his highly regarded debut, “Hinterland,” in 2014. “Supernova” centers on Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci), partners of 20 years, who are traveling across England in their old Rv visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.
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Edward Norton Hails His ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Crew for Their ‘Career-Best’ Work

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Edward Norton Hails His ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Crew for Their ‘Career-Best’ Work
Edward Norton wrote, directed, produced and stars in Warner Bros.’ “Motherless Brooklyn,” but he’s quick to give credit to his behind-the-camera collaborators. Norton told Variety: “I think this is career-best work for some of these people.” The film is set in 1950s New York, and the team accomplished a lot on a budget of $26 million and a shooting schedule of 46 days.

Joe Klotz, editor

“I said to Joe, ‘I want to start things off with a bang. I want a great car chase through north Manhattan, over the bridge and into Queens. Also, you have to introduce

an unusual character, Lionel [played by Norton], and get the audience to understand a condition that they haven’t seen much of [Tourette’s syndrome]. Also, you have to set up the emotional relationship with his boss and then plant noir-style clues that will become clearer later. And we need to do all that in the first 15 minutes.
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‘Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber’ Limited Series Adaptation From ‘Billions’ Duo In Works At Showtime

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Showtime is taking on the story of Uber, putting in development an untitled limited series based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber, from Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

The book, published by W.W. & Company, Inc. on September 3, chronicles the founding of Uber through its 2019 initial public offering.

Pivoting on Travis Kalanick, Uber’s hard-charging CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup, Showtime says the limited series will depict the roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company, embodying the highs and lows of Silicon Valley. Even amid the radical upheaval generated within the global tech capital, Uber stands out as both a marvel and a cautionary tale, featuring internal and external battles that ripple with unpredictable consequences.

Koppelman and Levien will executive produce and write the series as part of their overall deal with Showtime, which will produce. Isaac will co-executive produce the project.
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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’
Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself in the ambitious drama, which launched in Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reviews and closes the New York Film Festival on Friday. Whatever happens to this movie, it’s Norton’s baby.

At age 50, Norton is always in demand as a canny character actor, but it took nine years to develop, finance and produce “Motherless Brooklyn,” because he wanted to take the helm of a smart, ambitious drama for adults that evokes 50s period film noir New York, complete with a dissonant jazz soundtrack. Whether smarthouse crowds are ready to go there with him remains to be seen.
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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’
Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself in the ambitious drama, which launched in Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reviews and closes the New York Film Festival on Friday. Whatever happens to this movie, it’s Norton’s baby.

At age 50, Norton is always in demand as a canny character actor, but it took nine years to develop, finance and produce “Motherless Brooklyn,” because he wanted to take the helm of a smart, ambitious drama for adults that evokes 50s period film noir New York, complete with a dissonant jazz soundtrack. Whether smarthouse crowds are ready to go there with him remains to be seen.
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The Blacklist Season 7 Premiere Recap: A Game of Katarina and Mouse

The Blacklist’s Season 7 premiere ends in much the same way as it begins: with Raymond Reddington at the mercy of Katarina Rostova.

Ahead of the NBC drama’s return on Friday night, series creator Jon Bokenkamp had called Katarina “the most formidable Big Bad that we’ve introduced,” further describing her as “menacing and powerful and in charge in a way that is weirdly terrifying.” But if the events of this premiere are any indication, even those ominous adjectives may not have adequately described her ruthlessness.

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Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn Enters Awards Season Race

Watch intrigue and drama unfold in the trailer for Motherless Brooklyn, starring Writer/Director Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, with Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe. Only in theaters November 1.

It was announced that the movie will be the closing night selection at the 57th New York Film Festival.

https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019/films/motherless-brooklyn/

This is Oscar/Awards season bait… for sure! We can’t wait for this one!

Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls
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Angel Has Fallen: is Gerard Butler Hollywood's weirdest action hero?

Inane, profane and wholly humourless, the Fallen trilogy would be beyond redemption were it not for the thirsty work of its star

The many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics states that every possible outcome to every decision ever made will each happen, and each outcome exists in its own parallel universe. I am telling you this because Angel Has Fallen – the third of Gerard Butler’s Has Fallen series, is released this week – and I’m taking it as proof that we all live in the wrong universe.

Cast your mind back to 2013. As with The Prestige and The Illusionist in 2006, or Armageddon and Deep Impact in 1998, two films with the same premise were released in quick succession. In both, terrorists storm the White House. But only one of them was any good. That film was White House Down, in which Channing Tatum, in his first charismatic rush of true moviestardom,
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Lionsgate acquires Neil Burger sci-fi ‘Voyagers’

Lionsgate acquires Neil Burger sci-fi ‘Voyagers’
Viveik Kalra, Quintessa Swindell, Archie Madekwe, Archie Renaux join cast.

Lionsgate has acquired Us rights to Agc Studios and Thunder Road’s sci-fi Voyagers starring Tye Sheridan as Neil Burger commences production this week in Romania.

Described as being in the vein of The Lord Of The Flies, Voyagers takes place in the near future, as an odyssey of 30 young men and women on a multi-generational deep space mission in search of a new home descends into madness.

Starring alongside Sherdian are Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, and Colin Farrell, alongside new cast additions Viveik Kalra, Quintessa Swindell, Archie Madekwe,
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Lionsgate Acquires Neil Burger’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Voyagers’

Lionsgate Acquires Neil Burger’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Voyagers’
Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. rights to “Voyagers,” a sci-fi thriller from director Neil Burger that stars Colin Farrell and Tye Sheridan, the studio announced on Friday.

“Voyagers,” which is described as “Lord of the Flies” for a new generation, is produced by Agc Studios and Thunder Road, and it is Burger’s follow-up to “The Upside,” the remake of “The Intouchables” that hit No. 1 at the box office earlier this year for Stx Entertainment.

Rounding out the cast of “Voyagers” are Fionn Whitehead, Lily-Rose Depp, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Chanté Adams. Lionsgate also announced Friday that Viveik Kalra, Quintessa Swindell, Archie Madekwe and Archie Renaux will also be joining the cast of the film. Production began this week in Romania.

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Set in the near future, the film chronicles the odyssey
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‘Billions’ Co-Creators Brian Koppelman & David Levien Ink Overall Deal With Showtime

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‘Billions’ Co-Creators Brian Koppelman & David Levien Ink Overall Deal With Showtime
Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien are expanding their relationship with Showtime, signing an overall deal with the network behind the hit drama series. Under the pact, the duo, who co-created Billions alongside Andrew Ross Sorkin, will continue to serve as showrunners of the series which was recently greenlit for a fifth season, while also developing new projects exclusively for the network.

“Brian and David are uniquely talented creators and producers, with the ability to deliver dynamic, meaningful drama week after week that not only taps into the zeitgeist, but also redefines it,” said Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. “They are both wildly imaginative and able to tell stories that are emotionally grounded — a truly compelling combination. We look forward to enjoying future seasons of Billions, as well as seeing what other exciting series will emerge from their incisive minds.”

Koppelman and Levien’s credits include Rounders,
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Voyagers: Colin Farrell Leads Packed Cast of Neil Burger Sci-Fi Film

Joseph Baxter Apr 26, 2019

Limitless director Neil Burger taps Colin Farrell to headline Voyagers, a space-set sci-fi ensemble film.

Voyagers is a film project that’s emerged from the pipeline from Agc Studios and Thunder Road with a lot of momentum, notably with the attachment of Limitless and Divergent director Neil Burger, and a space-set sci-fi premise that’s effectively described as Lord of the Flies in space.

Colin Farrell, who's just coming off Dumbo, will headline Voyagers, according to a report by Deadline, which also reveals the rest of the primary cast and an intriguing prospective supporting roster. While character details were not provided for anyone, Farrell will be joined in the main cast by fellow confirmed cast members in Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead and Kean Johnson.

Additionally, discussions are reportedly underway to add Kelvin Harrison, Chanté Adams, Madison Hu and Isaac Hempstead Wright is on the verge
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