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    Jesse Plemons Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Campion’s ‘Power of the Dog’ (Exclusive)

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    Jesse Plemons Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Campion’s ‘Power of the Dog’ (Exclusive)
    Jesse Plemons is set to co-star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst in Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.”

    Plemons is replacing Paul Dano, who was forced to drop out of the movie due to scheduling conflicts with “The Batman,” for which Dano was recently tapped to play the Riddler. Sources say Netflix and Dano’s team tried to work it out but in the end, the scheduling issues were too difficult to overcome.

    Netflix acquired the pic this summer from See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm, Cross City Films. Variety first reported on the project in May and Cross City Films launched sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Netflix will release the movie in 2021 on the streaming platform and in theaters. Transmission Films will be releasing it theatrically in Australia and New Zealand. The deal excludes United Kingdom TV rights, which are retained by BBC Films.

    Campion directed the movie,
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    ‘Uncut Gems’ & ‘The Lighthouse’ Top 2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

    ‘Uncut Gems’ & ‘The Lighthouse’ Top 2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
    Film Independent announced the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations on Thursday morning and the bigger winner was A24 Films. The indie distributor earned two Best Feature nominees with “The Farewell” and “Uncut Gems” while the later and “The Lighthouse” took five nominations each. Amazon Studios’Honey Boy” and Music Box Films’ under the radar “Give Me Liberty” earned four nominations each.
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    ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Studio Aardman to Make Short Film for Netflix

    ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Studio Aardman to Make Short Film for Netflix
    Shaun the Sheep” and “Wallace and Gromit” producer Aardman is making “Robin Robin,” a short film, for Netflix. The project marks a move away for Aardman from working with the BBC, which has broadcast the Oscar-winning stop-motion specialist’s hit projects over the years.

    “Robin Robin,” which will bow around Christmas 2020, is about a bird raised by a family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on a daring heist to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse. The 30-minute special, which is in production at Aardman’s studio in the U.K., will feature animal characters made from natural materials rather than Aardman’s trademark Plasticine.

    Dan Ojari (“Slow Derek”) and Mikey Please (“The Eagleman Stag”) are the creators and directors of the show. Helen Argo (“Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels”) will produce, and Sarah Cox (“Heavy Pockets) exec produce.
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    The Amber Light review – warming treatise on whisky's liquid gold

    This agreeable documentary combines the social history of drinking whisky with a tour of Scotland

    Adam Park’s documentary opens with a title card acknowledging that “the story of whisky is a familiar one”, before carving out its own distinct and distinctly engaging niche. It’s less interested in the business side of whisky than its social aspect: how this liquid gold has been drunk through the ages.

    To this end, Park joins the whisky scholar Dave Broom on a tour of Scotland, and those sites where the drink was originated, developed, reclaimed and knocked back. Invariably – this having clearly been one of documentary’s more enjoyable shoots – their itinerary involves Broom taking a dram or two himself. The title refers to the impeccably hip watering hole the film concludes in, but also to the warm, convivial glow radiating out from the screen.
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    Graham Norton to host 2020 Baftas ceremony

    The chatshow star will emcee next February’s ceremony following a widely panned two-year run by Joanna Lumley

    Graham Norton will host next year’s Baftas ceremony, taking over the role from Joanna Lumley, who hosted for two years following the departure of longtime emcee Stephen Fry.

    Norton, 56, is best known as the host of the UK’s leading late-night chatshow, broadcast on Friday nights, which regularly features a starry lineup of guests. He hosted the TV Baftas 15 years ago, but this will be his first appearance introducing the film awards.
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    Graham Norton to Host 2020 BAFTA Film Awards Ceremony

    Graham Norton to Host 2020 BAFTA Film Awards Ceremony
    Popular British talk show host Graham Norton has been tapped to host the 2020 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony.

    Norton currently fronts the ratings-winning “The Graham Norton Show“ for the BBC. In assuming hosting duties for the upcoming BAFTA ceremony on Feb. 2, he will be taking over from “Absolutely Fabulous“ star Joanna Lumley, who hosted the previous two years.

    “I’m delighted to be taking the helm of the biggest night in British film. The audience at the Royal Albert Hall will be the biggest sofa I’ve ever faced,” Norton said, referring to the signature couch on which guests of his talk show sit. “I’m honored to be following in the fabulous footsteps of Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley.”

    Added BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry: “With Graham as our host I have no doubt we will deliver a very special celebration of the very best in film, and pay tribute
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    Graham Norton to host 2020 Baftas

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    Cirque du Soleil to perform at the ceremony.

    Graham Norton will host the 2020 British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, February 2.

    The ceremony will again take place in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

    Norton previously hosted the British Academy Television Awards in 2005; this is the first time he has hosted the Film Awards. He takes over from Joanna Lumley, who hosted the previous two ceremonies.

    He is best known for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, which his currently in its 26th season. The show has won six Bafta Television awards,
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    Leonardo DiCaprio Praises Brad Pitt’s ‘Subtle’ Performance At Rare ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Q&a

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are actors that you refer to as “notoriously press shy.” They aren’t necessarily difficult with the media, but something in their DNA has taught them that less is more if you want to keep that increasingly rare genuine “moviestar” status. That’s one reason why the DGA’s 600 seat theater was at capacity for a film that was released four months ago, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” DiCaprio and Pitt rarely appear on stage to discuss their work, even for their fellow actors.

    Continue reading Leonardo DiCaprio Praises Brad Pitt’s ‘Subtle’ Performance At Rare ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Q&a at The Playlist.
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    Blue Story review – inner-city drama told with rap, rhythm and confidence

    This carefully told morality story about life in the shadow of gang violence in south-east London is a strong debut for Andrew Onwubolu, Aka Rapman

    YouTube hasn’t been the best breeding ground for cinematic talent, as 2010’s Fred: The Movie, which grew out of a hit on the video-sharing platform, will attest. This much-hyped inner-city drama – the debut of Rapman, Aka Andrew Onwubolu, whose web series, Shiro’s Story, reached 10m hits – is an assured and capably performed morality play.

    Related: Rapman: the London film-maker who gatecrashed Hollywood in style
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