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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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Woody Harrelson’s ‘LBJ’ to Hit Theaters in November

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Woody Harrelson’s “LBJ” has landed a November 10 release from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, the company announced Wednesday.

Rob Reiner directed the Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, was produced by Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White and Tim White.

The film follows Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) after he loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey. »

- Thom Geier

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First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details

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The cautious curtain raising for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues this week as Vanity Fair reveals more from their latest issue dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster. And some fresh details have spilled about a couple of a new characters joining the ranks of the franchise.

Most significantly, it’s been revealed that Benicio Del Toro will be playing the enigmatically named DJ (which I’m sure is short for a much longer, more spoilery name), who plays an “unscrupulous drifter,” which the galaxy seems to be filled with.

Continue reading First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Russian Director Detained in $3.5M Fraud Probe

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Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained after state investigators and security forces raided his Moscow theater, the Gogol Center.

Serebrennikov, whose The Student won the Francois Chalais award in Cannes last year after competing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, was arrested at his Moscow home Tuesday following the raid on the theater during a rehearsal for a performance of Nikolai Gogol's satire Dead Souls.

Around 50 actors and members of theater staff were held, and their mobile telephones confiscated during the raid, which investigators say is linked to a probe into suspected fraud between 2011 and 2014 of 200 million »

- Nick Holdsworth

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‘Arrow’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “Lian Yu” – The Island Is Really Blowing Up Right Now

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Season 5 closed with a bang and no indication of where Season 6 will be going. That's a very good thing. »

- Kayti Burt

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Netflix series The Get Down reportedly axed as Baz Luhrmann says he will focus on film

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Australian director describes hip-hop show’s revival as unlikely and says ‘the simple truth is, I make movies’

The Netflix series The Get Down has been cancelled after just one two-part season, according to Variety, with director Baz Luhrmann taking to Facebook to describe an exclusivity deal that became a “sticking point” for Netflix and Sony Pictures Television, precluding him from working on a new film project.

The show – an extravagant Us$120m retelling of the founding of hip-hop, executive produced by Grandmaster Flash and narrated by the rapper Nas – was plagued by a revolving door of crew and beset by a series of delays. By the time it premiered in August 2017, to a polarised critical reception, it had become the most expensive series in Netflix’s history; but when part two debuted in April, the buzz had largely died down.

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- Steph Harmon

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‘Resident Evil,’ ‘xXx’ Sequels Take Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

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Two new releases, both sequels, snagged the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ended May 21.

Sony Pictures’ “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” the sixth film in the movie series based on the survival horror video game franchise, topped the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, despite a box office of less than $27 million.

Paramount’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” the third installment in the action series, debuted at No. 1 on Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

On the overall disc sales chart, “Xander Cage” bowed at No. 2, with 93% as many total unit sales as “The Final Chapter,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. Npd data shows that “The Final Chapter” generated 53% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 58% for “Xander Cage.”

The previous week’s top seller, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘The Get Down’: The Cast Reveals What Could Have Happened in Season 2

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When IndieWire spoke with Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola and Shameik Moore in the lead-up to “The Get Down” Season 1, Part 2, Moore mentioned that he thought the show would probably go three seasons, tops.

“I think we should keep it short and simple, and make it an iconic thing,” Guardiola added.

Read More: Netflix Cancels ‘The Get Down’ — Read Baz Luhrmann’s Goodbye Message to Fans

She probably didn’t mean this short, however. Netflix’s decision to cancel the ’70s hip-hop drama, revealed today, doesn’t necessarily come as a huge shock, given how expensive the show was to produce, but it is a bit of an aberration for the streaming giant (which tends to give its shows more of a chance).

Here’s what we’re missing out on: the next evolution in R&B music, as the show would push further toward the future. While the cast already »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Netflix Cancels ‘The Get Down’ — Read Baz Luhrmann’s Goodbye Message to Fans

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Netflix is bidding goodbye to the Bronx.

According to a report from Deadline, “The Get Down” will not be returning for a second season.

Originally conceived by show co-creator Baz Luhrmann, who directed the pilot, the ambitious drama followed a group of young aspiring artists in the Bronx during the ascension of hip hop. Set in the 1970s, the show also worked in plots of family, faith and political corruption.

Read More: ‘The Get Down’ Season 1 Will Change the Way You Binge Netflix

It’s hardly a secret how much the show cost to produce, with some budget estimates ballooning as high as $120 million. Though the first season of “The Get Down” contained 12 episodes in total, Netflix released the series in a pair of six-episode “parts,” the second of which debuted this past April.

Boasting a strong cast that included Giancarlo Esposito, Jimmy Smits, Daveed Diggs, Jaden Smith and an »

- Steve Greene

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First ‘Castlevania’ Animated Series Trailer Reveals Netflix’s Video Game Adaptation

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The Belmont clan gets animated in this ultra-violent adaptation. »

- Dave Trumbore

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BAFTA announces 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards finalists

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Finalists were chosen from the previously announced 45 shortlisted films.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nine finalists for the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards. 

This year, select film schools worldwide were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes: the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by Laika, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):


Adam directed by Evelyn Jane Ross, Rhode Island School of Design

Once Upon A Line directed by Alicja Jasina, USC

The Wishgranter directed by Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu, Ringling College


4.1 Miles directed by Daphne Matziaraki, Uc Berkeley

The Female Voice directed by Julia dos Santos of Goldsmiths, University of London

Living Behind Numbers directed by Martin Read, University »

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Nfts appoints school director

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Dr John Wardle succeeds Nik Powell at UK film school.

The National Film and Television School has appointed Dr Jon Wardle as the new director of the school, effective from 1 August 2017. 

Wardle, the current depity director, will succeed Nik Powell who has been director since September 2003.

He will become the fifth director in the school’s 46-year history. 

Commenting on his appointment, Wardle said: ‘I am thrilled to be taking over the running of the National Film and Television School, and will work hard to ensure that it builds on its world-wide reputation as one of the top institutions for learning about film, television and games. 

“I am looking forward to leading the school through its continuing and exciting period of growth and development towards and beyond the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding.”

Patrick McKenna, chair of the National Film and Television School’s board of governors, added: “I am delighted that Jon has accepted »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Superhero Bits: Awful Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster, Wonder Woman UK Premiere Canceled & More

2 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What the hell went wrong with the new posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming? Could we see new human characters appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Would you believe that Hugh Jackman didn’t know that a wolverine was a real animal until after he signed on for X-Men? Will we get more of T.J. Miller […]

The post Superhero Bits: Awful Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster, Wonder Woman UK Premiere Canceled & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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