Lily James & Alicia Vikander Set For ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Red Nose Day Return — Watch Teaser Clip

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Lily James and Alicia Vikander have signed on to the cast of the upcoming Four Weddings and a Funeral short film set to premiere on NBC’s Red Nose Day.
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‘Yesterday’ Trailer & Release Date: Remember The Beatles? Only One Guy Does In Danny Boyle’s New Film

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Lily James, Armie Hammer To Star In ‘Rebecca’ From Director Ben Wheatley

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star Lily James and Armie Hammer, who stars in the upcoming On the Basis of Sex film, have signed on as leads in Rebecca, a feature adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, romantic, gothic thriller. British director Ben W…

Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix

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Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in British director Ben Wheatley’s “Rebecca,” a new gothic romantic thriller for Netflix.

The film is an adaptation of English author Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic of the same name. Jane Goldman (“Kingsman” series, “X-Men: First Class”) will write the screenplay.

“Rebecca” tells the story of a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious titular character, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

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Du Maurier’s work has been adapted for the big screen several times, most-notably when Alfred Hitchcock won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar for his version, which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

James starred earlier this year in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which earned $393.4 million worldwide at the box office. She also starred opposite Ansel Elgort in  “Baby Driver” and in the Academy Award-winning “Darkest Hour.” James will soon be seen in the untitled Danny Boyle film for Universal Pictures.

Hammer has worked with Wheatley before in the action-comedy “Free Fire.” Earlier this year, he starred in Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You.” Hammer will next be seen opposite Felicity Jones in Mimi Leder’s “On The Basis of Sex,” and then Anthony Maras’ “Hotel Mumbai” with Dev Patel and an untitled project from Babak Anvari.

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The film will be produced with Working Title, which has made more than 100 films that have grossed more than $7.5 billion worldwide to date and won 14 Academy Awards and 40 BAFTA Awards.

Some of Working Title’s upcoming projects include Josie Rourke’s “Mary, Queen of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie; Joe Cornish’s “The Kid Who Would Be King,” starring Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson and Marjane Satrapi’s Marie Curie biopic “Radioactive,” starring Rosamund Pike.

Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title, along with producers Tim Bevan and Nira Park.

Hammer is represented by WME and Sloane Offer and James is repped by UTA. Wheatley is repped by WME, Independent Talent Group and Bloom Hergott. And Goldman is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group

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Refinery29 to Partner With Neon to Expand Into Feature Films

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Refinery29 will expand into the feature film world in a new partnership with Neon, the independent film studio behind the releases of “I, Tonya” and “Three Identical Strangers,” both companies announced Tuesday.

The two companies will join forces to identify, purchase and co-distribute films. This partnership marks the first time Refinery29 will dabble in feature films.

The first films that will be distributed by Neon and Refinery29 will be Bella Thorne’s “Assassination Nation” and Tessa Thompson’s “Little Woods.” “Assassination Nation,” which also stars Hari Nef, Odessa Young and Suki Waterhouse, will be released on Sept. 21, while “Little Woods,” also starring Lily James, was recently awarded the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Award.

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“Since its inception, Neon has established itself as a major player in the industry, disrupting the way the next generation consumes and views films, which aligns with how we speak to and challenge our audience and the media industry as a whole,” said Amy Emmerich, chief content officer, Refinery29. “Following the success of our short film series, Shatterbox, we are excited to expand our storytelling and experiential offerings and make our mark on the feature film business.”

Neon senior vice president Christina Zisa added, “We’re excited to be working with Refinery29 and launching films like ‘Assassination Nation’ and ‘Little Woods’ for the company’s smart, passionate audience of women and to bolster our shared dedication to female filmmakers and female-driven films. We couldn’t think of a better brand and partner to align with than Refinery29, as their commitment to creating and supporting content that speaks to young women today is unparalleled.”

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Under the deal, Neon will also distribute select Shatterbox short films. Shatterbox is Refinery29’s initiative to help women get behind the camera. Since its launch in August 2016, the initiative has announced the directorial debut of Chloe Sevigny’s short “Kitty,” Kristen Stewart’s short film “Come Swim” and Anu Valia’s “Lucia Before and After.”

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dances to $3.4 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” danced to $3.4 million at the Thursday box office, while Sony’s “The Equalizer 2” took in $3.1 million at the previews.

In 2008, the original “Mamma Mia!” earned a modest $27 million opening weekend while serving as counter-programming to “The Dark Knight,” which opened the same weekend. (The adaptation of a London and Broadway stage hit eventually earned nearly $610 million worldwide on a $52 million budget.)

Independent trackers are expecting that “Here We Go Again” will improve on the opening of the original “Mamma Mia!,” projecting an opening of $32-34 million from 3,200 locations while carrying a higher production budget of $74 million.

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Picking up a decade after the first film, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” sees Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) prepare for motherhood by learning about how her mom, Donna (Meryl Streep) became pregnant with her while meeting the three men who later came back into her life as Sophie’s potential father.

The ensemble cast sees Cher, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper and Christine Baranski return, with flashback scenes that include Lily James as a young Donna with Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, and Josh Dylan. Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) wrote and directed the film, which has an early Rotten Tomatoes score of 80 percent.

Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer 2” is also opening this weekend, with Denzel Washington reprising his role from the first action film. 2014’s “The Equalizer” opened to $34 million and made $101 million domestically. The sequel is projected to open to slightly less with $27-30 million from 3,300 locations, though Sony is expecting higher weekday grosses.

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“The Equalizer 2” holds a score of 47 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening in targeted release is BH Tilt’s “Unfriended: Dark Web,” a sequel to Blumhouse’s 2015 social media horror film “Unfriended.” Produced on a $1 million budget and depicted through a computer desktop, “Unfriended” made $64 million worldwide off a $15 million opening. “Dark Web” is expected to make half that opening, with trackers projecting a $6-8 million start. “Dark Web” holds a score of 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Finally, Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Codeblack Films will send in the Oakland race dramedy “Blindspotting” for limited release this weekend.

Earning critical acclaim at Sundance, the film is written by and stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal as a black ex-convict trying to peacefully finish his probation period. The film will open on 14 screens in five markets: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Fransisco and Oakland, where the film takes place. It currently has an 91 percent RT score.

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Film Review: Lily James Makes Up for Near-Absence of Meryl Streep

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“Mamma Mia! The Movie” wasn’t exactly crying out for a sequel. Adapted from a stage musical, which was based in turn on the back catalogue of Sweden’s finest pop group, ABBA, it had barely enough plot to sustain one film, let alone two. But it also grossed $615 million from a $52 million budget, making it the fifth most lucrative film of 2008. Faced with those numbers, which producer was going to quibble about a little detail like plot?

As for the writer-director, Ol Parker, he doesn’t come up with any urgent artistic reasons for the existence of its follow-up,”Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” but he does make it surprisingly watchable, and he manages to overcome some mountainous obstacles. For one thing, the first film, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, was shot on the Greek island of Skopelos, whereas this one has moved to a less idyllic — and less sunny — Croatian location. Parker has to resort to a lot of tight framing — and, by the look of things, a lot of green screen — to disguise the fact that the characters aren’t where they were 10 years ago.

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For another thing, “Here We Go Again” doesn’t have more than a few seconds of the first film’s star, Meryl Streep. “Mamma Mia! The Movie” ended with her character, Donna, living happily ever after with her long-lost true love, Sam (Pierce Brosnan), so it’s depressing to learn in the sequel that she has been dead for a year. Meanwhile, her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who was last seen sailing off into the sunset with her oddly named boyfriend, Sky (Dominic Cooper), has apparently spent much of the last decade restoring her mother’s rustic hotel.

As she prepares for its grand reopening, the narrative flashes back to 1979, whereupon it retells the story that was told in “Mamma Mia! The Movie.” The story, you may remember, is that Donna slept with three men one summer, 20 years earlier, and so she didn’t know which of them was Sophie’s biological father: Sam (Brosnan), Harry (Colin Firth) or Bill (Stellan Skarsgard). “Here We Go Again” shows us exactly what happened, with the twentysomething Donna played by Streep, and given that the first film stated that Donna’s mother was (a) a severe Catholic, and (b) dead. But it’s unlikely that anyone will object to hearing an icon sing “Fernando.”

Besides, if Donna’s mother can return from the grave for “Here We Go Again,” maybe Donna herself can be revived for “Mamma Three-a” a decade from now.

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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Film Review: Boots Riley’s Ambitious Debut Throws a Lot at the Wall

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What a movie has to say can be so important that we forgive its excesses in the telling. Whether it was Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s (or his admirer Gregg Araki in the 1990s), their sprawling, messy movies brought up issues and ideas that other movies didn’t, so even if their films weren’t slick or tidy, they throbbed with a shaggy vitality.

That’s the kind of energy that first-time feature director Boots Riley brings to “Sorry to Bother You,” an outrageous satire that swings for the fences — in about 26 different directions — and even if every hit doesn’t clear, audiences will know they’ve seen something provocative, funny, impolite, meaningful and aimed squarely at the 2018 zeitgeist.

With “The First Purge” in theaters, and “Blindspotting” and “BlackkKlansman” on the near horizon, “Sorry to Bother You” becomes part of an exciting new wave of black cinema, one that’s not afraid of using humor and genre tropes to say real, damning things about the state of the United States and its profoundly toxic history of dealing with its citizens of color. (And by “history,” I mean up to and including this very second.)

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While it’s not as overstuffed as “Blindspotting,” this is definitely a new director cramming a lot of ideas into one movie. Where “Blindspotting” overdoes its rhetorical flourishes, “Sorry” leans toward science fiction in a way that exceeds Riley’s grasp, but those surreal touches — Riley’s Oakland is both as familiar and otherworldly as Alex Cox’s L.A. in “Repo Man” — underscore the points he’s making.

Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, an underemployed man who gets a gig as a telemarketer. (When Peter Weller made sales calls in “The New Age,” he appeared in the same room as the people he was phoning; Riley one-ups that idea by having Cassius literally crash through the ceiling, still at his desk, into people’s kitchens.) It’s not going well for him, until co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) advises him to put on a “white voice”; when Cassius starts using one, we hear the words of David Cross coming out of his mouth.

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His success gets him kicked upstairs to the “power callers” office, but of course, there’s a catch; Cassius is now plying his trade on behalf of a nefarious corporation run by Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who has made a fortune on a “live and work” labor force that looks an awful lot like slavery. As Cassius sells out for success, he becomes a viral video sensation after crossing a picket line, alienates his old friends, and risks losing girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson). (Detroit is no stranger to code-switching; her performance art involves using a white voice of her own, provided by Lily James.)

The cast delivers on Riley’s vision, making the absurd seem real and vice versa. Stanfield radiates a low-key sweetness and empathy which makes us follow Cassius down the film’s twisted trails, and Thompson brings the eccentric, sexy Detroit to life as far more than a stock girlfriend character, even when Riley tosses her into a thoroughly extraneous love triangle subplot with union organizer Squeeze (Steven Yeun).

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Most importantly, these characters live and breathe, which keeps them from being mere megaphones for the bigger issues that the film makes about being black in 21st century America. Even Hammer’s glad-handing cokehead is a delicious portrait of smarmy fake-wokeness, although his character’s ultimate scheme is one of the areas where “Sorry to Bother You” gets lost in trying to achieve the director’s vision. But whatever doesn’t work here is far outweighed by all the things that do, from the inspired costume and set design choices to blistering commentary on race relations and corporatization.

Ultimately, “Sorry to Bother You” does what every great first film should: it heralds the arrival of an exciting new talent and generates enthusiasm for what’s going to be in that second feature.

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‘Mamma Mia 2’ Trailer: Watch Cher as Meryl Streep’s Mom (Video)

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The final trailer for Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” has been released, and in it, we get a bigger glimpse at Cher’s grandmotherly role in the film.

In the trailer, Amanda Seyfried’s character Sophie tells her fathers (played by Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgård) that she is pregnant.

“I never did ask you guys, what happened when you met my mother?” she asks her dads, at which point the trailer pivots to telling the story of a young Donna (Meryl Streep’s role), who is played by Lily James.

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Of course, Streep played the family matriarch in the 2008 adaptation of the famous Broadway musical.

Sophie’s grandmother, Cher, shows up to a party that she’s not invited to after she commits “to being a grandmother.”

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“That’s the best kind of party, little girl,” Cher’s character says.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” will hit theaters on July 20.

Watch the trailer above.

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How Tessa Thompson & Nia DaCosta Grew ‘Little Woods’ – Tribeca Studio

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Film Review: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

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If your first instinct upon seeing the title “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is to say, “Well, that’s a mouthful,” rest assured that Mike Newell’s film has you covered, for a secondary character does the very same. Indeed, pretty much everyone in this crumbly oatmeal biscuit of a movie does and says […]

Danny Boyle’s Lily James-Kate McKinnon Comedy Gets Fall 2019 Release

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Universal Studios has set a Sept. 13, 2019, release date for its untitled comedy with director Danny Boyle and  Lily James, Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon. Boyle will be directing from a script by Richard Curtis. The Irish writer-director said last month that he’s also been working on script for the 25th James Bond movie […]

Ed Sheeran In Talks For Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Music-Themed Comedy Movie

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After cameo roles in Game Of Thrones and Bridget Jones’ Baby, Brit singer Ed Sheeran is in talks to make an appearance in Danny Boyle’s upcoming music-themed comedy movie, we can confirm. No word yet on whether he will contribute to the movie’s score though the singer has previously expressed interest in doing more of this.
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Tribeca-Bound Western ‘Little Woods’, Starring Tessa Thompson & Lily James, Scores International Sales Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca-bound ‘modern Western’ Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, has been picked up for international sales by UK outfit Independent. In the debut from writer-director Nia DaCostaThor: Ragnarok and Creed star Thompson and Cinderella and Baby Driver star James play two estranged sisters who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives in a fracking boomtown in North Dakota.
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