SXSW Adds Jodie Foster, Katie Couric And More As Featured Speakers; PJ Raval, Dawn Ostroff To Keynote Lineup

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The lineup for keynote and featured speakers continues to grow at SXSW with their final round up of guests. Call Her Ganda filmmaker PJ Raval and a conversation with Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, Gimlet co-founder Matt Lieber and Anchor c…

Jodie Foster to Star and Direct English Remake of ‘Woman at War’

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Jodie Foster is set to star in, co-produce and direct an English-language remake of “Woman at War,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“Woman at War” is an Icelandic thriller directed by Benedikt Erlingsson that is the country’s official submission to the upcoming Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (originally played by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a lone eco-terrorist working to disrupt a corporation that’s harming the environment. But she soon becomes torn toward the dedication to her cause when she’s presented with an opportunity to adopt a child from Ukraine after a multi-year delay in her application, causing her to choose between motherhood and her beliefs.

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Foster will, however, relocate the movie from Iceland to the American West. Foster’s Egg Pictures will produce alongside Slot Machine, which produced the original “Woman at War.” No timetable has yet been set.

This is Foster’s fifth directorial effort and will be her follow-up to 2016’s “Money Monster,” which starred George Clooney and Julia Roberts. She also directed a 2017 episode of “Black Mirror” and starred in this year’s “Hotel Artemis.”

“Woman at War” debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May and was a nominee for the Critics Week Grand Prize. It does not yet have American distribution, but it is Iceland’s official submission in this year’s Oscars Foreign Language Film race.

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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

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‘Be Natural’ Acquired By Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber; Docu About Alice Guy-Blaché Screened At Cannes & Telluride

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EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announced today that it has acquired North American rights for Pamela B. Green’s documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.
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10 Best Celebrity Political Endorsements: From Stephen King to Diddy and More

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Ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election, celebrities made their closing arguments Sunday for their favorite candidates and causes — or for voting in general.

Stephen King asked Iowans to vote against the like-named Rep. Steve King “for personal reasons”: He said he’s “tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.”

Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out. I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 4, 2018

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Diddy officially endorsed Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, saying, “It’s time to fight back.”

Attention Georgia!!! I’m officially endorsing @staceyabrams for Governor. She is without a doubt the right person for the job. But the only way this can happen is if you get out and vote. Let your voice be heard, don’t let anything stop you from voting!! IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK. pic.twitter.com/BkaHsEK1kd

— Diddy (@Diddy) November 4, 2018

Adam Scott got right to the point about his feelings for Abrams.

I F**KIN’ LOVE YOU @staceyabrams https://t.co/gvBMzCLY2u

— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) November 4, 2018

Chelsea Handler called Illinois congressional candidate Lauren Underwood “an inspirational leader,” who “needs us to help her amplify.”

Illinois-This woman is neck in neck for her race, and she needs us to help her amplify. She is an inspirational leader and deserves this seat. It’s time for real representation in Congress. https://t.co/Cr7whnIfmg

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 4, 2018

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Zachary Quinto supported Emily Skopov, who is running for state representative in Pennsylvania. He calls Skopov “an everyday citizen compelled to run for office because of the restrictive discriminatory and self-serving policies of the old guard straight white men who have clung to power for far too long.”

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i’m so grateful i got to launch today’s canvas for emily skopov! she is running for state representative in pennsylvania’s 28th district and is an incredible example of democracy in action. an everyday citizen compelled to run for office because of the restrictive discriminatory and self-serving policies of the old guard straight white men who have clung to power for far too long. she is within striking distance of defeating her opponent on tuesday and i couldn’t be more excited to support her and all that she represents – including women’s rights – lbtq rights – education – and important governance reform such as #fairmaps GET UP! GET OUT! VOTE! @emily4pa @demredistrict

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Several stars including Jodie Foster, Kyra Sedgwick and Eric McCormack got behind Katie Hill, who is a congressional candidate in Santa Clarita, California.

I cannot WAIT to go knock@on doors for @KatieHill4CA in #CA25 tomorrow at 9AM!! If you’re in the neighborhood,join me and help #TakeBackTheHouse https://t.co/8LxndYPCYy

— kyra sedgwick (@kyrasedgwick) November 4, 2018

It was great to connect, and remind people how crucial their #VOTE is. Early voting at Lancaster Library till 4 pm today, folks! @KatieHill4CA #VoteBlue2018 https://t.co/Ms3jOLS4cj

— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) November 4, 2018

America Ferrera and Zoe Saldana urged Latino voters to get to the polls:

We’re heading to Miami, FL to rally the Latino Vote!  Meet us at Ball and Chain at 4:00pm https://t.co/fDLPoM1XY1 Join us!  And follow our journey on @nowthisnews #LatinosStandUp @evalongoria @hereisgina @rosariodawson @zoesaldana pic.twitter.com/4KK6gOTvvE

— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) November 4, 2018

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Mark Ruffallo urged voters to “stand for Standing Rock” Native Americans in the Dakotas:

This is another moment to stand for Standing Rock. Native people are here, they’re resilient, and despite the laws trying to suppress them, they’re ready to vote.

Text STAND to 788683 to take the #StandNVote pledge. Let’s bring this home. pic.twitter.com/mHYLqrkQ4u

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 4, 2018

And Bellamy Young was “knocking on doors & talking w/ my North Carolina family about the need to vote for #fairmaps candidates”:

State and local politics affect our daily lives just as much as what happens in Washington. That’s why I’m home today knocking on doors & talking w/ my #NorthCarolina family about the need to vote for #fairmaps candidates all the way down the ballot on Election Day!???????????? pic.twitter.com/HK7UfBnWKC

— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) November 4, 2018

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Chloe Grace Moretz, Jack O’Connell to Play Bonnie and Clyde in ‘Love Is a Gun’

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Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell will play Bonnie and Clyde in Kike Maillo’s “Love Is a Gun,” Endeavor Content announced on Tuesday.

“Love Is a Gun” is based on “Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde” by bestselling author Jeff Guinn. Oscar nominee Shelton Turner (“Up in the Air”) wrote the screenplay, while Johnny Newman (“Narcos”) added revisions. “Love Is a Gun” follows the emotional story of two of history’s most famous lovers.

Marissa McMahon and Ashley Schlaifer of Kamala Films are producing alongside Sean and Bryan Furst of Skybound Entertainment.

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“We are excited to reintroduce the iconic story of Bonnie and Clyde. Their story remains ubiquitous in popular culture across the globe, yet few in this generation know the details of their intimate love affair and the circumstances that led to their notorious crime spree that captured the imagination of the world in their time,” said the producing team in a joint statement. “Kike, Chloë and Jack are completely in sync about the character-driven approach we will be taking, and we feel lucky to have a creative team of this high caliber leading us forward.”

Production is set to begin in early 2019.

Endeavor Content is handling the international sales for the film at the 2018 American Film Market. CAA is co-repping the film domestically with the producers.

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Moretz recently starred in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and can now be seen in Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” costarring Dakota Johnson. She will next be seen in the thriller “Greta” opposite Isabelle Huppert. She is represented by WME and T Squared Entertainment.

O’Connell starred in Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” and Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” alongside Julia Roberts and George Clooney. He is represented by CAA and Conway van Gelder Grant.

Maillo’s feature-length directing debut, “Eva,” starring Daniel Brühl, premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

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Cate Blanchett Named BAFTA’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award Winner for Excellence in Film

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Cate Blanchett will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) this year, the organization announced Thursday.

She joins previously announced honoree Steve McQueen, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. This year’s ceremony will take place on Oct. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

“With an impressive and extensive repertoire of work on screen and stage, Cate’s award-winning talent is unprecedented, earning her international acclaim and numerous accolades,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate her brilliant work by honoring her with this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.”

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The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film is awarded to an individual who is credited with “authorship and ingenuity.” Previous recipients include Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney.

Blanchett has had a busy year: This summer she starred in “Ocean’s 8” and will be next seen in “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” She also served as the Jury President of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, a jury that also included director Ava DuVernay, actress Kristen Stewart and director Denis Villeneuve. She will next star in “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and Netflix’s “Mowgli.”

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Blanchett’s previous credits include “Blue Jasmine” — for which she won an Oscar — “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Aviator” — for which she also won an Oscar — “Elizabeth” and “Lord of the Rings.” Her role in “Carol” earned the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes.

Blanchett has always previously been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting in 2007 and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She has also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

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Jodie Foster Signs With CAA

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Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster has signed with CAA in all areas, the agency announced Tuesday.

In the past, Foster was represented for acting by ICM’s Joe Funicello up until his retirement, and by UTA for directing since 2012.

Foster has appeared in more than 40 films, including “Inside Man,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Accused.” Most recently, she starred in Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis.”

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The actress made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with “Little Man Tate,” in which she also starred. Since then, she has directed films like “Home for the Holidays,” “The Beaver” and “Money Monster.” She also made her television directorial debut with episodes of “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards” and “Black Mirror.”

In 2013, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Lifetime Achievement. In 2016, Foster also received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from BAFTA Los Angeles. She received an Emmy nomination and DGA nomination for “Best Directing in a Comedy Series” for “OINTB” and a DGA nomination for “Best Directing in a Drama Series” for “House of Cards.”

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Foster will continue to be represented by attorney Matt Saver.

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Hilary Swank, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman Audition for ‘Batgirl’ (Video)

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Hilary Swank, Wanda Sykes and Nick Offerman were just a few of the actors who showed up for a mock audition for “Batgirl” on “Conan.”

In the spoof, Kristen Schaal was up first, bringing a baby with her into the audition.

“I hope that doesn’t mess with your emotions at all or make you feel like you have to hire me,” she said, adding, “I really need this job.”

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“This is my audition right here,” Swank says, holding up an Oscar, presumably from winning Best Actress both in 2000 for “Boys Don’t Cry” and in 2005 for “Million Dollar Baby.”

“Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch came in, wanting to audition for the role of the waiter in the diner. Jodie Foster also wanted to audition for the superhero movie, but seemed a little annoyed that Swank brought an Oscar with her.

Offerman then came in to read for the lead role, but when he was told that the producers were only looking at women for the role, he said, “oh, of course, this is the same bulls— I got on ‘Ocean’s 8.’ I bet Sandy Bullock gets this one, too!”

Lastly, Sykes popped in, asking, “How are you still making superhero movies? The world is on fire, the polar ice caps are the size of basketballs, Trump is putting babies in cages, and you’re making ‘Batgirl?’”

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But that didn’t stop her from gearing up and reading for the role.

In reality, screenwriter Christina Hodson was hired in April to write “Batgirl” for Warner Bros. and DC Films. Joss Whedon stepped down as director of “Batgirl” in February, saying in a statement at the time, “Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

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Dave Bautista, Drew Pearce Dipped Into Own Pockets Out of ‘Love’ for ‘Hotel Artemis’

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“Hotel Artemis” writer and director Drew Pearce can’t stop raving about his A-list cast, especially the ones that pitched in some money in to elevate the low-budget production into what it turned out to be.

“We had no money, and no one was getting paid,” Pearce told TheWrap. “This is literally a movie where Dave Bautista wanted to have a neck tattoo for his character and I didn’t have enough money to do that, but there was so much love in this movie that Dave surprised me and had the tattoo designed and had a guy come to set every day and put it on for him.”

Additionally, Pearce explained, Pearce “bought the bank robber masks on my credit card. It’s that movie!”

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Pearce said the film’s budget was $15 million, which he explains is a lot less than you make a movie for about a guy who goes to Idaho to see his family and ends up learning about himself.

“Here, we are building an entire universe with an A-list cast,” he added. “It was a giant challenge and we shot it in 33 days in downtown L.A. last summer.”

The cast includes Jodie Foster in the lead role, as well as Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Brian Tyree Henry.

“We were like a gang, a rolling crew, but what’s interesting is that there was never a day when the whole cast was there and there will never be a time when the entire cast will be in one place at the same time,” he explained. “That will never happen… but it gives the movie a certain magic because it’s only in the film that the characters will ever be together.”

A major component of the film is the relationship between Foster’s Nurse and Bautista’s Everest, who will do anything to protect the 68-year-old woman who runs the hospital reserved just for criminals — to atone for what she believes are her own sins.

“I do think they have incredible chemistry,” said Pearce. “They couldn’t come from more different worlds. Dave held his own incredibly and I think that there’s soulfulness in Dave and that’s what makes the relationship between the two characters so sweet and maybe the most emotional relationship in the movie.”

This is Pearce’s directorial debut — his writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” And he says never in “his wildest dreams” did he think Foster would be in his movie.

“I feel like I should answer that question like ‘oh absolutely,’” Pearce said when asked whether he always had Foster in mind for the lead role. “This is my directorial debut — I would have to be insane if I thought Jodie Foster would play the Nurse!”

The film has been dubbed as a mix of “John Wick” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” but Pearce said he “literally never thought” about “John Wick” for a second while making the movie. He thought more about “Casablanca,” he said.

“I think people are coming to the film from lots of different angles, which is really nice,” he said. “Because for me, that means I haven’t made something that’s too linear. I wanted to make something that’s more esoteric, that reminded me of the films I loved when I was younger, that didn’t feel too cookie-cutter or overly stream-lined.”

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It has been five years since Elysium, the last time Jodie Foster headlined a movie on camera, and for her return she has chosen another futuristic tale, Hotel Artemis — a rather odd duck of a project. In this dystopian crime thriller, she is cons…