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Berlin Film Festival Adds Competitive Section, Removes Two Strands; UK Deal For Animals — Global Briefs

The new Berlinale director duo – artistic director Carlo Chatrian and executive director Mariette Ri..

The new Berlinale director duo – artistic director Carlo Chatrian and executive director Mariette Rissenbeek – have introduced a new competitive section to sit alongside the Competition and Berlinale Shorts programs.

According to the festival, Encounters will look to “foster aesthetically and structurally daring works from independent, innovative filmmakers. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official selection.”

The lineup will comprise a maximum of 15 works – world or international premieres of fiction or documentary films at least 60 minutes in length. A three-member jury will choose winners for best film, best director and a special jury award.

Also announced today, the festival will be discontinuing sections NATIVe and Culinary Cinema.

“The 21st century with its technological and economical shifts has changed film production in many ways, making boundaries between fiction and documentary, film essay and genre, less stable and more porous. As the Berlinale is committed to propelling the market and discovering new cinematic visions, we have decided to create a competitive section which, alongside the international Competition, will allow us to fully embrace this changing world,” commented artistic director Chatrian.

Berlin has also revealed the following programming delegates: Jacob Wong (China, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Ryan Werner (USA), Paz Lázaro (Latin America), Eduardo Valente (Brazil), Meenakshi Shedde (India and South Asia), Maryanne Redpath (Australia and New Zealand) and Dorothee Wenner (Sub-Saharan Africa).

The director duo have also appointed as advisors Norman Wang, Luciano Monteagudo, Dennis Lim, former long-time EFM director Beki Probst, and Jason Ryle.

Picturehouse has picked up UK rights to Sundance title Animals, based on the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth and starring Holliday Grainger (Cinderella) and Alia Shawkat(Transparent) as best friends Laura and Tyler, two girls who like to party. As tRead More – Source

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Meghan Markle film: When is Escaping the Palace released?

MEGHAN MARKLE may have left the Royal family, but she and Prince Harry will still be the focus of ma..

MEGHAN MARKLE may have left the Royal family, but she and Prince Harry will still be the focus of many royal-themed movies to come. When is Escaping the Palace released?

Fans have been enthralled by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ever since they stepped onto the scene. Their fairytale meeting, wedding and now domestic bliss has been a fixture of the UK news since their love was made known to the world. Now, the pair will be the subject of a new movie, Escaping the Palace, telling all about their decision to back away from royal life.

When is Escaping the Palace released?

Escaping the Palace will become the third in the Harry and Meghan Lifetime trilogy, from the US channel Lifetime, following Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance, and Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal.

The movie will be aired on Lifetime, but as very little has been revealed about the film so far.

At the moment, sadly, there is no news on the release date or much information about the movie itself.

What is Escaping the Palace about?

Needless to say, Escaping the Palace will follow the couples decision to step back from royal duties, with the official synopsis explaining how it will follow “the couples controversial conscious uncoupling from the crown, after the birth of their son Archie.”

The synopsis continues: “The movie details the struggles of the new parents and unique challenges of being part of the royal family, which ultimately led Harry and Meghan to give up their royal ties to forge a new life on their own terms.”

Harry and Meghans struggles have been widely publicised, and will likely form a basis of the movies plot, as well as the birth of their son, though more will be made clear when further news comes out.

Who will be in the cast of Escaping the Palace?

At present there is no casting news, but we have some clues in previous movies.

The first in this Harry and Meghan trilogy, A Royal Romance, starred Murray Fraser as Prince Harry and Parisa Fitz-Henley as Meghan.

The 2019 follow up, Becoming Royal, starred Tiffany Smith as Meghan Markle, while Prince Harry was played by Charlie Field.

It may be that either of these pairs reprise their roles, however time will tell as further details are released.

Harry and Meghans departure from the Royal family has been worldwide news, with the pair settling in Los Angeles after they left the UK.

The family have been isolating along with many of us dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this family has very famous friends to help them.

Earlier this year, it was reported the couple were living near Elton John, a close pal who had offered his home in Nice, France as a base for them last year, and has since defended them on several occasions.

Whether Elton John appears in the film is, however, yet to be confirmed.



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Next James Bond odds: Tom Hardy OVERTAKES Richard Madden in race to replace Daniel Craig

NEXT JAMES BOND odds favourite Tom Hardy has overtaken Richard Madden in the race to replace Daniel ..

NEXT JAMES BOND odds favourite Tom Hardy has overtaken Richard Madden in the race to replace Daniel Craig after No Time To Die.

Daniel Craigs fifth and final James Bond movie No Time To Die hits cinemas this November. But after its release producers will begin their search for the next 007. There are a number of stars who are favourites with the bookies and most recently Tom Hardy has seen his odds cut.

According to Coral bookmakers, the Venom stars odds have been slashed from 8-1 to 4-1.

This sees Hardy overtake both Jack Lowden and Richard Madden.

However, McMafias James Norton is still the big favourite on 2-1.

A Coral spokesman said: “Tom Hardy is a real mover in our next James Bond betting and, as a result, he has only James Norton ahead of him now for the role as 007.”

They added: “Hardy ticks all the right boxes, and we think he has to be on the shortlist, at the very least, to replace Daniel Craig.”

Below are the best odds for the next James Bond right now

They include: “2-1 James Norton, 4-1 Tom Hardy, 5-1 Richard Madden, 6-1 Jack Lowden, 8-1 Tom Hiddleston, 8-1 Sam Heughan, 8-1 Michael Fassbender.”

Also: “10-1 Idris Elba, 10-1 Jamie Bell, 12-1 Aidan Turner, 12-1 Cillian Murphy, 12-1 Henry Cavill, 20-1 Henry Golding, 33-1 Tom Ellis, 100-1 Liam Gallagher.”

Earlier this year, James Bond expert and author of new book Quantum of Silliness: The Peculiar World of Bond, Robbie Sims argued: “Idris Elba would be great as Bond.

“I think hes missed the boat unfortunately since hes in his late forties now.

“So if they wanted him to do more than one film, theres a danger hes going to go into A View To Kill territory where hes a lot older than his leading lady.”

Despite his doubts surrounding Elbas chances, Sims reckons Hardy is still within a chance.

The Bond expert added: “Tom Hardy would be alright.

“And if Christopher Nolan got his hands on it, he might want to cast him as theyve worked together before.”

The 007 expert also brought up Superman star Henry Cavill, who lost out to Craig in the final round of auditions for Casino Royale.

Cavill was director Martin Campbells choice but was considered too young for the role being in his early twenties.

Sims said: “Hed be great, but its nice when they go for somebody who isnt already an established star. Im not sure you should have one actor playing two icons, its just too greedy.

“Youve got to get someone whos at least young in the tooth, to begin with.

“It means you can look at the character and not have him tainted by other things.”



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This is how coronavirus has changed the film and TV industry

As countries begin to ease lockdown measures put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve, film and TV..

As countries begin to ease lockdown measures put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve, film and TV studios are working out how to get back to the business of show.

  • Australian soap Neighbours restarts production, with social distancing to protect cast and crew.
  • Cinemas closed around the world; revenues could fall by $17 billion by May.
  • Netflix and the straight-to-digital release of Trolls: World Tour have benefited.
  • When cinemas open, social distancing and hygiene measures will be needed.

In Australia, production is resuming on long-running soap opera Neighbours
– with the cast social distancing on set and special camera angles to make characters appear closer together.

The new normal will include having no more than 100 people in any area of filming per day; no intimate scenes; the male actors wont wear make-up, and there will be a nurse on set, Chris Oliver-Taylor, the chief executive of the shows production company Fremantle Australia, told ABC News.

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