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‘Stillwater’ Director Tom McCarthy on Casting Matt Damon Against Type and Amanda Knox Criticism

In his new film “Stillwater,” co-writer/director Tom McCarthy wanted to present the image of an American hero – and then turn it on its head. The film, now in theaters, stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, a roughneck from the titular town in Oklahoma who travels to Marseille, France to visit his imprisoned daughter Allison […]

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‘Dopesick’ Trailer: Michael Keaton’s Hulu Limited Series Takes on Big Pharma

Michael Keaton is no stranger to true stories where lies are exposed within corrupt organizations, lest anyone forget his Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” or for that matter, the 2010 comedy “The Other Guys.” But he is a relative outsider when it comes to TV. “Dopesick,” an upcoming Hulu limited series about a pharmaceutical company that […]

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Stillwater review – fictionalised Amanda Knox drama is so bad it’s bad

Matt Damon is woefully miscast as a rash, violent loser in Tom McCarthy’s calamitous reworking of the notorious murder caseTom McCarthy is the director who gave us the Oscar-winning Spotlight, an estimable film. But this is one to forget: a muddled, tonally misjudged, badly acted, uncertainly directed and frankly dubious drama, something that falls into […]

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Participant promotes Laura Kim to EVP marketing

Executive joined in 2014.Participant has promoted marketing and publicity veteran Laura Kim to EVP of marketing, effective immediately.Kim will assume broadened executive responsibilities with a focus on independent and international films and series combining with impact work. She continues to report to Participant’s president of worldwide marketing Christina Kounelias.She joined Participant as SVP of film […]

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Focus Features Sets Matt Damon-Tom McCarthy Drama ‘Stillwater’ for July Release

Matt Damon and director Tom McCarthy’s thriller “Stillwater” will be coming to theaters this summer.Focus Features announced the highly anticipated film from the pair of Academy Award winners will hit theaters on July 30, 2021.Damon stars in the drama opposite Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin and César Award nominee Camille Cottin. Damon plays Bill, an oil […]

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The 2020 Black List Presents the Year’s Best Unproduced Scripts

The 16th annual Black List survey was released on Monday, showcasing 80 of the most popular un-produced scripts from up-and-coming screenwriters.This year’s list was compiled from suggestions of over 375 film executives, who contributed up to 10 feature screenplays that were written in, or somehow uniquely associated with 2020 and will not begin principal photography […]

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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ to Campaign All Actors in Supporting Categories for the Oscars

After debuting on Netflix, Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed “The Trial of the Chicago 7” has made one of the key decisions in a successful awards campaign. The film’s robust cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Frank Langella, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong and Michael Keaton, who will all campaign in the supporting […]

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‘Chicago 7’ Cast to Compete for Supporting Actor: Here’s How It Changes the Oscar Race

You can’t accuse Netflix’s awards team of Oscar category fraud. They’re going to push the entire starry ensemble of writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s well-reviewed ’60s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (October 16) for supporting actor, just as “Spotlight” did the year it collected the Best Picture Oscar.The slew of supporting actor candidates in […]

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Producer Michael Sugar to Open D.C. Branch for His Sugar23 Venture (Exclusive)

Michael Sugar, best known for producing “Spotlight” and “13 Reasons Why,” is launching an office in Washington D.C., for his production company Sugar23.The move, announced on Wednesday, makes Sugar23 one of the first major L.A. production companies to anchor itself in the country’s capital and political center.“We believe that D.C. is the epicenter for law, […]

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‘Watchmen’ director Nicole Kassell, Participant team on fishing industry exposé (exclusive)

Project marks acclaimed director’s third feature.Nicole Kassell, riding high after her work on Emmys contender Watchmen, is teaming up with Participant to direct Silver Seas, a feature about the Pulitzer Prize-winning female reporters who exposed slavery in the southeast Asian fishing industry.AP journalists Esther Htusan, Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza became the first […]

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