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Emma Thompson’s ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ Acquired by Lionsgate U.K.

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Emma Thompson’s ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ Acquired by Lionsgate U.K.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” starring Oscar and BAFTA winner Emma Thompson and emerging star Daryl McCormack, has been acquired by Lionsgate U.K.

The film is directed by Sophie Hyde (“Animals”) from an original screenplay by comedian and writer Katy Brand (“Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show”).

Thompson stars as Nancy Stokes, a 55-year-old widow yearning for some adventure, human connection and good sex, which she was robbed of in her stable but stale marriage. To make things right, the ex-teacher devises a plan and hires the services of Leo Grande, a sex worker in his early 20s, for a night of bliss.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” is the first joint project between Cornerstone and Genesius Pictures who are partners in The Reset Collective, the Australian production and distribution company that launched last year. Cornerstone is handling international sales and distribution, co-representing the U.S. sales
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Mediawan Takes ‘For The Record’; Lionsgate Boards Emma Thompson Pic; Nent Enters ‘North Sea Connection’; Pluto TV BBC Deal; Czech Oscar Entry — Global Briefs

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Mediawan Takes ‘For The Record’; Lionsgate Boards Emma Thompson Pic; Nent Enters ‘North Sea Connection’; Pluto TV BBC Deal; Czech Oscar Entry — Global Briefs
Mediawan takes ‘For The Record’ rights

Exclusive: French distributor Mediawan has taken worldwide distribution and European/LatAm format rights for For The Record, CBC Gem’s shortform comedy from Suits actor Julian De Zotti. Mediawan will take the comedy, which stars De Zotti alongside The Expanses’ Anna Hopkins, on the road following this week’s Mipcom. The show had its international premiere earlier this year at SXSW and features an interconnected cast of characters who are brought together in each episode by a song from Universal Music’s back catalogue. Mediawan’s move is “part of a larger effort of Canadian content and its creators to cross borders and find success abroad,” according to De Zotti, who was speaking exclusively to Deadline and cited the success of Schitt’s Creek. Mediawan VP content, Charles Touboul, said: “For The Record is a timeless love story with universal themes and unforgettable music, perfect for a global market.
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Roger Michell, Director of ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Venus,’ Dies at 65

Roger Michell, Director of ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Venus,’ Dies at 65
Roger Michell, the director best known for films like “Notting Hill” and “Venus,” has died. He was 65.

Michell died on Wednesday, and his death was announced Thursday by his publicist to the UK Press Association (via The Guardian). No cause of death was given.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22,” his publicist said.

Some of Michell’s other more recent films include “Blackbird,” “My Cousin Rachel” and “The Duke,” a drama starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren that premiered at the 2020 virtual Venice Film Festival and is due in U.S. theaters later this year. The British director also won two BAFTAs for his work in television.

Michell’s 1999 film “Notting Hill,” just his third feature, starred Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant and was a romantic
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‘Free Solo’ Distributor Greenwich Entertainment Sets Canadian Output Deal With LevelFILM — TIFF

‘Free Solo’ Distributor Greenwich Entertainment Sets Canadian Output Deal With LevelFILM — TIFF
Exclusive: Greenwich Entertainment and levelFILM have struck a multi-year partnership for the Canadian distributor to handle all of Greenwich’s films in Canada starting with the upcoming release of Ebs Burnough’s The Capote Tapes, which explores the explosive unpublished novel Answered Prayers by Truman Capote.

The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, its U.S. premiere at Doc NYC and Greenwich is releasing the film in theaters on September 10.

Founded in 2017, Greenwich is led by Co-Presidents Ed Arentz and Andy Bohn and has grown into one of the leading U.S. distributors of arthouse films and documentaries.

Greenwich handled the record-setting theatrical release of Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s Academy Award-Winning documentary Free Solo, which grossed more thhan $17M at the North American box office.

Other Greenwich releases include Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My
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Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood: ‘I was in so much pain underneath it all’

Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood: ‘I was in so much pain underneath it all’
As the high school comedy returns for a third series, its Bafta-winning star talks about stage fright, embarrassing scenes, and the torment that lay behind her desire to please people

In June, Aimee Lou Wood, 26, won a Bafta for best female performance in a comedy programme for her role as another Aimee (a teenager) in the hit Netflix show Sex Education, about a set of sexually active high school students, now returning for a third series. Even before the Bafta, Wood was always being stopped in the street. Fans wanted to talk to her, about Sex Education, about everything, because they related to her so strongly. Wood is naturally so friendly, she’d engage in conversation and make herself late. Then she starred opposite Bill Nighy in the forthcoming Oliver Hermanus film, Living: “Obviously, every single person recognises Bill Nighy, and he handles it with such grace,” Wood says,
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Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood: ‘I was in so much pain underneath it all’

Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood: ‘I was in so much pain underneath it all’
As the high school comedy returns for a third series, its Bafta-winning star talks about stage fright, embarrassing scenes, and the torment that lay behind her desire to please people

In June, Aimee Lou Wood, 26, won a Bafta for best female performance in a comedy programme for her role as another Aimee (a teenager) in the hit Netflix show Sex Education, about a set of sexually active high school students, now returning for a third series. Even before the Bafta, Wood was always being stopped in the street. Fans wanted to talk to her, about Sex Education, about everything, because they related to her so strongly. Wood is naturally so friendly, she’d engage in conversation and make herself late. Then she starred opposite Bill Nighy in the forthcoming Oliver Hermanus film, Living: “Obviously, every single person recognises Bill Nighy, and he handles it with such grace,” Wood says,
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Johnny Depp, BIll Nighy, Hiroyuki Sanada & more talk Minamata

Johnny Depp, BIll Nighy, Hiroyuki Sanada & more talk Minamata
Today we’re pleased to bring you interviews with Johnny Depp, director Andrew Levitas and Hiroyuki Sanada and living legend Bill Nighy for Minamata. The film stars Johnny Depp as celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith, alongside Minami, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryo Kase, Jun Kunimura, Bill Nighy and Katherine Jenkins.

Plot: New York, 1971. Following his celebrated days as one of the most revered photojournalists of World War II, W. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But a secret commission from Life magazine editor Robert Hayes (Bill Nighy) sends him to the Japanese coastal city of Minamata, which has been ravaged by mercury poisoning; the result of decades of gross industrial negligence by the country’s Chisso Corporation.

There, Smith immerses himself in the community, documenting their efforts to live with Minamata Disease and their passionate campaign to achieve recognition from Chisso and the Japanese government.
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Movie Review – Minamata (2020)

Movie Review – Minamata (2020)
Minamata, 2020. Directed by Andrew Levitas. Starring Johnny Depp, Minami, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bill Nighy, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura, Akiko Iwase, and Katherine Jenkins. Synopsis: Veteran photojournalist W. Eugene Smith embarks on a life altering journey to Japan, to document the devastating effects of mercury poisoning in the Minamata coastal community… Johnny Depp is […]

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Brendan Fraser joins cast of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Brendan Fraser joins cast of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Brendan Fraser has joined Martin Scorsese’s ‘ Apple TV+ feature ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’.

Fraser will join Jesse Plemons who is said to be taking on the role of FBI agent Tom White, the role in which Leonardo DiCaprio initially signed up for before opting for the role of Ernest Burkhart, who is the nephew of a powerful local rancher. Plemons also joins Robert De Niro as the strong-handed rancher and Lily Gladstone who will play the role of Mollie Burkhart. Fraser will play lawyer Ws Hamilton.

The true-crime thriller is set in the 1920s and the story focuses on the Osage Nation were the richest people per capita in the world after oil was discovered under their land. And then they were murdered, one by one. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case and unravelled a chilling conspiracy and one of the
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Micheal Ward Is Back on Our Screens in Netflix's New Film, The Beautiful Game

Micheal Ward Is Back on Our Screens in Netflix's New Film, The Beautiful Game
Netflix just released a sneak peek into its newest film, The Beautiful Game, which follows a team of homeless English footballers in their quest for a win. With a stellar cast that includes Top Boy's Micheal Ward, It's A Sin's Callum Scott Howells, Shadow and Bone star Kit Young, Small Axe's Sheyi Cole, and the legendary Bill Nighy, it's safe to say that we aren't likely to be disappointed.

According to the synopsis, "the film follows down-on-his-luck Londoner Vinny, who's enlisted by retired football scout Mal to help him lead a team of homeless players at the Homeless World Cup in Rome. Led by their coach Mal (Bill Nighy), the team travel from London to Rome to compete in a global annual football tournament, called The Homeless World Cup. At the last minute they decide to bring with them a talented striker Vinny (Micheal Ward), but he must
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Bill Nighy & Micheal Ward to lead Netflix feature ‘The Beautiful Game’

Bill Nighy & Micheal Ward to lead Netflix feature ‘The Beautiful Game’
BAFTA and Golden Globe Award winner actor Bill Nighy and BAFTA Rising Star award-winning actor Micheal Ward (Top Boy, Small Axe- Lovers Rock), will lead the cast of ‘The Beautiful Game’, a new Netflix Film from director Thea Sharrock.

Joining Nighy and Ward are Valeria Golino on the cast are, Callum Scott Howells (It’s a Sin), Kit Young (Shadow & Bone), Sheyi Cole (Small Axe – Alex Wheatle), Robin Nazari (Snabba Cash), Tom Vaughan – Lawlor (Avengers Infinity War, The Infiltrator), Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum, Enola Holmes), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The End of the F**king World) and Cristina Rodlo (No One Gets Out Alive).

The film follows a team of English homeless footballers, led by their coach Mal (Bill Nighy), who travel from London to Rome to compete in a global annual football tournament – The Homeless World Cup. At the last minute, they decide to bring with them a talented striker
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Micheal Ward & Bill Nighy Starring In Soccer Pic ‘The Beautiful Game’ For Netflix & Blueprint

Micheal Ward & Bill Nighy Starring In Soccer Pic ‘The Beautiful Game’ For Netflix & Blueprint
Exclusive: Small Axe and Top Boy star Micheal Ward and Emma actor Bill Nighy have been set to lead The Beautiful Game, a Netflix film about a group of English homeless footballers who compete in the Homeless World Cup.

Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) is directing from a screenplay by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man). Producers are Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin with Anita Overland.

Also starring are Valeria Golino (Morning Show), Callum Scott Howells (It’s a Sin), Kit Young (Shadow & Bone), Sheyi Cole (Small Axe), Robin Nazari (Snabba Cash), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers Infinity War), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The End of the F**king World) and Cristina Rodlo (No One Gets Out Alive).

Led by their coach Mal (Bill Nighy), the film follows the soccer team as they travel from London to Rome for the Homeless World Cup. At the last minute they decide to
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Buckley's Chance Trailer: Deep in the Outback

Buckley's Chance Trailer: Deep in the Outback
"Isn't it dangerous?" she asks. "Very," he replies. Lately, I've grown exhausted from all the endless, unimaginative bloodshed that typically marks far too many horror films, so I've been searching out more films marked as 'family fare,' but, really, I'm interested in any film with an atypical edge. Buckley's Chance looks and sounds like many other 'family films,' what with a whiny kid, a concerned mother, a crusty grandfather, a lovable animal, and someone who is lost in the great outdoors. What strikes this North American most, though, is the prospect of seeing someone lost in Australia's version of 'the great outdoors,' namely, the Outback. Also, I'd like he opportunity to see what Bill Nighy can bring to the role of 'crusty grandfather.' He can...

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Over 50 UK films access Production Restart insurance scheme in first year

Over 50 UK films access Production Restart insurance scheme in first year
Across film and TV, the scheme supported over 600 productions.

52 independent films have gone into production in the last year with support from the UK government’s film and TV Production Restart Scheme (Prs), according to statistics published by the government today.

The 52 films had a combined budget of £190.8m.

This formed 10% of the £1.9bn total production budgets of the 640 UK independent film and TV projects supported by the Prs since it was launched in July 2020. The government said this represents 55,000 jobs that may otherwise have been lost.

Titles that secured insurance through the scheme include Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday,
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Minamata Director Puts MGM on Blast for Trying to Bury Johnny Depp Movie

Minamata Director Puts MGM on Blast for Trying to Bury Johnny Depp Movie
MGM is the latest movie studio to come under fire after appearing to distance themselves from embattled actor Johnny Depp, this according to Minamata helmer Andrew Levitas. Following allegations made by ex-wife Amber Heard that Depp had been physically abusive during their brief marriage, the actor says he was fired by Disney from his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. More recently, he was asked by Warner Bros. to resign from his role as Grindelwald from Fantastic Beasts 3.

Johnny Depp has always maintained that he was never abusive to Heard. Over the course of his subsequent legal battles with Heard, Depp's lawyers have released evidence to the public that many fans believe support his side of the story. This includes audio recordings of Heard allegedly admitting to being violent toward Depp and police body cam footage from a night he had allegedly attacked her.
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MGM Says New Johnny Depp Film Still Awaiting Release After Director Claims Studio Is Burying It

MGM Says New Johnny Depp Film Still Awaiting Release After Director Claims Studio Is Burying It
Minamata” director Andrew Levitas has sent a letter to MGM (via Deadline) condemning the studio for allegedly burying his historical drama because it stars Johnny Depp. The film was picked up by MGM’s relaunched American International Pictures last fall after world premiering in February 2020 at the Berlin International Film Festival. MGM told Deadline the film is not buried and is just waiting for a release date. Deadline reports the film initially had a day-and-date push set for February 2021 but did not get released.

Johnny Depp stars in “Minamata” as photojournalist Eugene Smith, who takes an assignment from Life magazine to expose “decades of gross negligence by the Chisso Corporation.” Bill Nighy and Hiroyuki Sanada co-star in the movie alongside Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, and Akiko Iwase. Depp’s star has fallen in recent months after he lost a libel case against The Sun, which referred to Depp as a
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Did Johnny Depp’s Fall From Grace Prompt MGM To “Bury” Japan Mercury Poisoning Drama ‘Minamata’? Read Letter Director Andrew Levitas Sent To Studio

Did Johnny Depp’s Fall From Grace Prompt MGM To “Bury” Japan Mercury Poisoning Drama ‘Minamata’? Read Letter Director Andrew Levitas Sent To Studio
Exclusive: Director Andrew Levitas has sent a letter of complaint to MGM and others to protest what he claims is a decision to “bury” the film Minamata because of the personal baggage of its star, Johnny Depp. The film lays bare the scandalous neglect that the Chisso Corporation displayed in the Japanese coastal city where locals were ravaged by mercury poisoning from chemicals dumped into the waters by a factory, which spread to local population through the ingestion of fish. It was exposed in the 1950s.

In the film, Depp plays Eugene Smith, a famed photojournalist who has disconnected from the world but takes a final assignment from his Life magazine editor (Bill Nighy). He is accompanied by a Japanese translator (Minami) and encouraged by a local villager (Hiroyuki Sanada) as he helps expose decades of gross negligence by the Chisso Corporation. Minamata also stars Jun Kunimura, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano and Akiko Iwase.
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Cannes Deals For ‘Givers Of Death’ And ‘Last Of The Grads’; Bill Nighy’s ‘Buckley’s Chance’ Gets U.S. Deal; GLAAD List Submissions Open; Topic Takes ‘Los Últimos Frikis’ – Film Briefs

Cannes Deals For ‘Givers Of Death’ And ‘Last Of The Grads’; Bill Nighy’s ‘Buckley’s Chance’ Gets U.S. Deal; GLAAD List Submissions Open; Topic Takes ‘Los Últimos Frikis’ – Film Briefs
Buffalo 8 has acquired worldwide rights at the just-wrapped Cannes virtual market to Givers of Death, an apocalyptic sci-fi thriller written and directed by and starring Addison Henderson. The pic, which is coming off its world premiere at the American Black Film Festival, will hit U.S. theaters and Premium VOD sometime in 2022.

The film, which is set in a world obliterated by a deadly virus that has killed a third of the population, centers on a the quest for peace for a hitman (Henderson) in a post-apocalyptic world where those who are too afraid to end their own lives from the painful virus hire hitmen to do it for them. Jonathan Sterritt, Lou Lombardi, JJ Alfieri, Jason Delane Lee and Yvonne Huff Lee also star.

Henderson said his film “was born from my own personal tragedies and was inspired by the citizens of Otsuchi, Japan who lost loved ones to a horrific tsunami.
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‘The Gateway’ With Frank Grillo, Olivia Munn, Taryn Manning & Shea Whigham Sells To North America, UK, Oz, Germany — Cannes Market

‘The Gateway’ With Frank Grillo, Olivia Munn, Taryn Manning & Shea Whigham Sells To North America, UK, Oz, Germany — Cannes Market
Exclusive: Grindstone Entertainment Group has picked up North American rights to The Gateway, the crime thriller starring Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Frank Grillo, Bruce Dern, Taryn Manning, Keith David and Mark Boone Junior.

Michele Civetta directs the feature about a social worker who intervenes when a family is led towards a life of crime by a patriarch newly out of prison. We can reveal some first-look images from the movie.

Grindstone will distribute in September and international sales firm WTFilms is screening the movie for the first time during the Cannes virtual market this week. The movie has already pre-sold in 15 territories including Signature Entertainment for UK and Aus/Nz, and Splendid for Germany.

Pic was written by Alix Felix, Civetta and Andrew Levitas. Producers are Levitas and Stephen Israel. Levitas recently wrote, directed and produced MGM’s upcoming Minamata starring Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and Hiroyuki Sanada.

“The phenomenal
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‘Devils’ Producer Lux Vide Adapting Italian Drama ‘Sandokan’ With ‘The Shield’s Scott Rosenbaum As Part Of Push Into U.S.

‘Devils’ Producer Lux Vide Adapting Italian Drama ‘Sandokan’ With ‘The Shield’s Scott Rosenbaum As Part Of Push Into U.S.
Exclusive: The Shield exec producer Scott Rosenbaum is developing an adaptation of Italian drama series Sandokan with Devils producer Lux Vide.

Rosenbaum, who was also an EP on NBC’s Chuck, is set as showrunner for the project, which will refocus the popular European pirate story with a female focus.

It is part of a push into the U.S. and international markets for Luca and Matilde Bernabei’s Italian production company, which has also set Andrew Levitas to develop series about Caravaggio and Michelangelo.

Eight-part series Sandokan is a fresh take on the 1970s series from public broadcaster Rai. It was developed by Italian writers Alessandro Sermoneta and Davide Lantieri and will lean heavily into a female perspective, as told by our heroine, Lady Marianna – a noble woman who has been kidnapped by Sandokan and his band of pirates, eventually, willingly joining their crusade and becoming one of the
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