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2017 BFI London Film Festival Programme Revealed

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It will soon be that time again. 15 cinemas involved. Spread over 12 days. 243 films in all.

Taking place from Wednesday 4th October until Sunday 15th October, today has seen the unveiling of this year’s BFI London Film Festival line-up and it is nothing short of stellar.

Building upon the initial announcements of Andy Serkis’ Breathe opening the festival starring Andrew Garfield and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri headlined by Frances McDormand, the headline galas will involve new films from the likes of Richard Linklater (Last Flag Flying), Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape Of Water) and Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here).

Other notable mentions are LFF Connects talks with director David Fincher as he showcases the first two episodes of Netflix mystery Mindhunter and Cate Blanchett, who stars in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto. Whilst fellow Brits Andrew Haigh, Clio Barnard and Paddy Considine serve up their latest directorial efforts Lean On Pete, Dark River and Journeyman.

HEADLINE GALAS:

Breathe (Andy Serkis)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Battle Of The Sexes (Valerie Faris/Jonathan Dayton)

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)

Downsizing (Alexander Payne)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (Paul McGuigan)

Journey’s End (Saul Dibb)

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater)

Mudbound (Dee Rees)

The Shape Of Water (Guillermo Del Toro)

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

Dark River (Clio Barnard)

A Fantastic Woman (Sebastian Leilo)

The Final Year (Greg Barker)

Happy End (Michael Haneke)

Looking For Oum Kulthum (Shirin Neshat)

Mindhunter (David Fincher)

The Party (Sally Potter)

Zama (Lucrecia Martel)

The remainder of the London Film Festival programme can be found HERE

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx Join Untitled Netflix Sci-Fi

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.

The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, on-going relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove.  He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.

Unkeless recently produced the three-time Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; the latter winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Unkeless’ film First Match, which he produced for Netflix, won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year.

Ray Oscar best actor winner Foxx is currently shooting the courtroom drama, Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson for director Destin Cretton.  Foxx can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on Nov. 21 and his Fox show Beat Shazam, which he serves as EP and hosts, was recently renewed for a third season. Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in the airline hijacking thriller, 7500 from Patrick Vollarth. Gordon-Levitt is a two-Golden Globe nominee in the comedy/musical lead actor category for 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer.

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Birds Of Prey: WB Considers Sofia Boutella, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, More For All-Female Superhero Team

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Despite ostensibly being six years into their DC Comics shared universe experiment, Warner Bros. still seem to be trying to get things figured out, with more films supposedly in the works than most independent studios’ next decade of plans. To date, we know of Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman 1984, Man of Steel 2, Supergirl, The Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash: Flashpoint, and Birds of Prey.

Now, news is trickling through that Birds of Prey is at least making some serious headway, with Warner Bros. compiling shortlists for casting the film’s key roles.

Even though she’s supposedly a villain, we know that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will reprise her role as a member of the film’s titular all-female super-team, and the characters she’ll be joined by are set to be Helena Bertenelli / Huntress, Dinah Lance / Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain (presumably in her role as the vigilante Orphan, as opposed to the role of Batgirl that she has played in the comics – Warner Bros. have made clear that the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl will be getting her own film later down the line, despite the fact the character has traditionally been a mainstay of the team), as they take on the villainous Black Mask.


On the shortlist for the Huntress – mob boss daughter turned crossbow-wielding superhero – are Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers).


For the sonic-powered siren Black Canary, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Underground’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell are both up for the part. Lady Gaga was reportedly offered the role, but turned it down.


Finally, Gotham City detective, and ally to Commissioner Gordon, Renee Montoya will reportedly be portrayed by either One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado or Vida’s Roberta Colindrez.

No decisions have been made surrounding the potential casting of Cassandra Cain or the film’s antagonist Black Mask as of yet, but more news is expected shortly as roles begin to fill up.

Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs), and has a script from Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). No release date has yet been set.

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Chris Hemsworth Shares First Look At Men In Black Reboot

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When the original Men in Black hit way back in 1997, it was like an adrenal shot to the blockbuster scene, deftly balancing humour, science-fiction, and action set-pieces. However, neither of the film’s two sequels managed to manage to capture audience’s hearts in quite the same manner, so now Sony Pictures has endeavoured to reboot the franchise with a brand new cast.

Chief amongst that cast are Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. Yesterday, Hemsworth himself even posted a picture of the two on set to his social media. Check it out below.


The Untitled Men in Black will be directed by F. Gary Gray (Fast and Furious 8), and will also star Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani. It is eyeing a 14th of June, 2019 release date.

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