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Elizabeth Olsen Recalls Her ‘Terrible’ Audition for Role of Daenerys in ‘Game of Thrones’

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Elizabeth Olsen Recalls Her ‘Terrible’ Audition for Role of Daenerys in ‘Game of Thrones’
Elizabeth Olsen is now Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she almost could’ve been Queen Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones!”

The actress told Vulture that she once auditioned for the role of Khaleesi aka the Mother of Dragons — using two different accents.

“When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that,” she said. “It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”

Also Read: Loki, Scarlet Witch, More Marvel Characters to Get Standalone Shows on Disney Streaming Service

Olsen explained that she auditioned with the monologue from the end of the first season: “[From] after she just burned. And she’s making this speech to thousands of people about how she’s their queen. They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, you did it in both. It was terrible.
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Michael Caine Sets ‘Best Sellers’, Foresight Unlimited Selling At Cannes

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Michael Caine Sets ‘Best Sellers’, Foresight Unlimited Selling At Cannes
Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine will star in Best Sellers, the directorial feature debut of Lina Roessler.

Pic follows a has-been author, played by Caine, who is on a wild book tour with a young editor trying to save his boutique publishing house. Caine’s author is miserable and sharp-witted and just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and his orange Tabby cat.

The project is based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, and will be an official Canada-uk co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes, Petr Jákl and Wayne Marc Godfrey on the UK side and Jonathan Vanger (Wishing Tree Productions: Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even on the Canadian side.
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Cannes: Michael Caine to Play Miserable Author in 'Best Sellers'

Cannes: Michael Caine to Play Miserable Author in 'Best Sellers'
Cannes legend Michael Caine has marked his 2019 return to the Croisette via a new project in the festival market.

The Oscar winner is set to star in Best Sellers, which will mark the directorial debut of Lina Roessler.

Based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay, which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, Best Sellers will be an official Canada-u.K. co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes (Mudbound), Petr Jákl (xXx) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, Wind River) on the U.K. side and Jonathan Vanger (Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even (The Hummingbird Project) on the ...
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Leone Film Group at 30: From Spaghetti Westerns to Hollywood Movies

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Italy’s Leone Film Group, the company founded by Spaghetti Western master Sergio Leone, has been on a roaring roll since 2012.

That’s when his children, Raffaella and Andrea, who now run the company, spotted a theatrical distribution gap left open by Medusa and Rai Cinema and stepped in to swiftly sign an output deal with DreamWorks. This, in turn, propelled its expansion.

The two Leone siblings hadn’t been idle before then. They were already among the top distributors of TV movies in Italy, having delved into that market in 1989, the year their father founded the company. That was also the year that Leone Sr. died.

In those days, driven by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset, Italian TV was flourishing, recalls Andrea. “For us, movies are a passion; but at the same time they are business,” he says. During that period, “there was serious opportunity to do business in that segment.
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Sylvester Stallone to Remake South Korean Thriller 'The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil'

Sylvester Stallone to Remake South Korean Thriller 'The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil'
South Korean film The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil will get a Hollywood remake, the film's local production company BA Entertainment announced Monday. Balboa Productions, the studio launched by Sylvester Stallone, will helm the English-language adaptation of the crime thriller.

The remake will be jointly produced by Stallone; Braden Aftergood, who executive produced the Jeremy Renner thriller Wind River and co-founded Balboa Productions; Jang Won-seok, CEO of BA Entertainment; Chris S. Lee, CEO of B&C Group; and Don Lee, aka Ma Dong-seok, the Train to Busan star who plays the lead in the original South Korean film. B&C Group is ...
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Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Tyler Perry and more join Angelina Jolie in Those Who Wish Me Dead

Back in January it was announced that Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) is set to star in Those Who Wish Me Dead, a chase thriller from writer-director Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), and now comes word of a host of additions to the cast.

As revealed by Deadline, Jolie will be joined in the adaptation of Michael Koryta’s book by Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Tyler Perry (A Madea Family Funeral), Medina Senghore (Happy!), Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead) and Finn Little (Tidelands).

Described as “a hard-boiled chase thriller set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness”, Those Who Wish Me Dead follows “a teenage boy who, after witnessing a brutal murder, is given a new identity and placed in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens as he is being pursued by said killers.”

The post Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Tyler
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Angelina Jolie Thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Lands at New Line

New Line Cinema is teaming up with Bron Studios on the Angelina Jolie-led “Those Who Wish Me Dead.” The film is directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) from his screenplay based on the bestselling novel by Michael Koryta, which was previously adapted by Charles Leavitt and Michael Koryta.

A female-driven neo-Western set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness, “Those Who Wish Me Dead” begins principal photography this month.

Along with Jolie, the film stars Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry, Aidan Gillen, Medina Senghore (“Blindspot”), Finn Little (“Storm Boy”) and Jake Weber.

Also Read: Angelina Jolie to Star in Taylor Sheridan's 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Sheridan will produce alongside Garrett Basch, Steven Zaillian, with Aaron L. Gilbert and Kevin Turen producing for Bron Studios. Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media, Kathryn Dean and Michael Friedman are also executive producers.

Those Who Wish Me Dead
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Bron Sets Taylor Sheridan-Angelina Jolie Thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ At New Line

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Bron Sets Taylor Sheridan-Angelina Jolie Thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ At New Line
Exclusive, updated with quotes: New Line Cinema has come aboard to partner with Bron Studios on Those Who Wish Me Dead, the thriller written and directed by Wind River‘s Taylor Sheridan that stars Angelina Jolie. Principal photography now is set to begin this month.

In the deal, New Line will co-finance the pic with Creative Wealth Media, while Warner Bros will handle worldwide marketing and distribution. Film Rites and Bron Studios are the producers.

“Taylor Sheridan is an exceptional filmmaker, and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Angelina Jolie, Bron and the entire filmmaking team on this exciting project,” New Line’s Carolyn Blackwood and Richard Brener said in a joint statement.

As Deadline broke in January, Sheridan and Jolie are teaming on the film based Michael Kortya’s bestselling novel, which previously was adapted by Charles Leavitt and Koryta. Sheridan penned the latest draft of the script,
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Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen, Medina Senghore + More Join ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Thriller From Taylor Sheridan

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Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen, Medina Senghore + More Join ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Thriller From Taylor Sheridan
Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen (Game Of Thrones), and Medina Senghore (Syfy’s Happy! series) are officially set to co-star in Taylor Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, Deadline has confirmed. Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Finn Little, and Jake Weber have also joined Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie in the thriller written and to be directed by Sheridan.

The pic, which hails from Bron Studios and Film Rites, is based on the novel of the same title by author Michael Koryta. The film is described as a hardcore chase thriller set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness. The story centers on a teenage boy who, after witnessing a brutal murder, is given a new identity and placed in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens as he is being pursued by said killers.

Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron is producing the
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Nicholas Hoult Joins Angelina Jolie in Taylor Sheridan's 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Nicholas Hoult Joins Angelina Jolie in Taylor Sheridan's 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'
Nicholas Hoult will join Angelina Jolie in Wind River filmmaker Taylor Sheridan's next feature, Those Who Wish Me Dead.

The thriller is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Michael Koryta, which centers on a teen in a witness protection program hiding out from a pair of killers in a wilderness skills program while a fire engulfs Montana. Sheridan, who penned the script for Hell or High Water (2016), will adapt the book for the screen.

Garrett Basch and Steve Zaillian of Film Rites and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert are producing. Creative Wealth Media arranged financing, with Jason Cloth ...
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101 Studios Adds Physical Production, Acquisition Heads to Executive Ranks

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The recently launched 101 Studios announced on Monday that it has tapped former The Weinstein Company executive James Allen as the company’s head of acquisitions and Tom Prince as executive vice president and head of physical production.

Since its launch in late January, 101 Studios — founded by former TWC top executive David Glasser — has worked to solidify its executive ranks. Prince and Allen are the latest additions after the production and distribution company added Michele Newman, Laurent Ouaknine and Ennis Hensley last month.

Allen will oversee all aspects of curating, building and maintaining the studio’s growing roster of film and television projects, while Prince will manage all areas of physical production for the studio’s feature film and television slate.

Also Read: David Glasser's 101 Studios Production Company Sets New Executive Leadership

“It’s an honor to have such seasoned professionals joining the 101 Studios ranks. The addition of James and
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Hawkeye Series Starring Jeremy Renner in the Works at Disney+ (Exclusive)

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Hawkeye Series Starring Jeremy Renner in the Works at Disney+ (Exclusive)
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is the latest member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to line up his own Disney+ series.

Variety has learned from sources that Disney’s upcoming streaming service is officially developing a limited series based on the archery ace Marvel character with Renner attached to star. The project is said to be an adventure series in which Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, will pass the torch to Kate Bishop. Bishop is a Marvel Comics character who took up the Hawkeye mantle after Barton. She is also a member of the group known as the Young Avengers.

Disney and Marvel declined to comment. Reps for Renner declined to comment.

Renner has been a part of the MCU since he first appeared as Hawkeye in an uncredited cameo in “Thor.” He has since played the role in “Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Captain America: Civil War.” He
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Yellowstone Season 2: First Look and Premiere Date!!

Today, Paramount Network released the official trailer for Yellowstone Season 2, which premieres Wednesday, June 19 at 10/9c.

The full-length, action-packed trailer picks up with the Dutton family still fighting for their ranch and foreshadows new dangers that threaten to upend their home and their lives.

The first season averaged 5.1 million total viewers per episode, making it 2018’s most-watched new cable series and ranking second across all cable TV series for the year.

Related: The Hills - New Beginnings Gets Premiere Date and First Look!

Starring world-renowned actor and Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Yellowstone is co-created by critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, and John Linson.

The impressive cast list for Yellowstone also includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, and Gil Birmingham.

Related: The Society First Look and Premiere Date!

Yellowstone returns to the air after its hit first season, in which it was 2018’s
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101 Studios Sets Michele Newman, Laurent Ouaknine, Ennis Hensley In Top Exec Posts

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The upstart 101 Studios has hired Michele Newman to be Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy, Laurent Ouaknine to head U.S. Distribution, and Ennis Hensley to head International Sales & Distribution.

“Michele, Laurent and Ennis bring with them a wealth of experience that will help 101 Studios become the home to talent who are looking for high-quality collaboration and innovative teamwork,“ said 101 Studios CEO David Glasser and COO David Hutkin.

Newman, who served exec roles at New Line and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment before a career as a commercial banker and Wall Street analyst, will oversee financing, strategic planning, business development and operations. Ouaknine, the former distribution president at The Weinstein Company, will be tasked with overseeing all facets of domestic theatrical rollout for the studio’s films. Hensley, who served as president of International Sales and Distribution at TWC, will oversee international distribution in addition to managing the studio’s
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With Barack & Michelle Obama Chasing For Netflix, Warner Bros In Final Talks For Will Smith ‘King Richard’ Williams Tennis Sibs Deal

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Warner Bros is looking like the favorite to capture King Richard, a spec script by Zach Baylin that has Will Smith poised to play Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. This deal will fall in the $60 million budget range, making it as big an auction as we’ve heard of this year, this side of the Lisa Joy-directed package Reminiscence, a film that Warner Bros also landed that has Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson starring. In both cases, Warner Bros essentially guaranteed green lights and agreed to budgets and production start dates for later this year. Smith dropped out of the Suicide Squad sequel, and has an opening in the latter part of the year.

Up against Warner Bros was Universal and Netflix, the latter of which had a bid bolstered by an alignment to another all-star duo, Barack & Michelle Obama. Word was that Warner Bros
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Warner Bros. Nears Deal for Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’ Movie (Exclusive)

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Warner Bros. is in final negotiations to buy “King Richard,” a movie starring Will Smith that centers on the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, sources tell Variety.

The studio had no comment.

The film, based on a script by Zach Baylin, will center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were 4 years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis. Baylin’s script was runner-up on the 2018 Black List.

Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, starting with the Us Open in 1999. Venus Williams has seven Grand Slam singles, starting with Wimbledon in 2000. The sisters have combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles championships.

Tim and Trevor White will produce under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, which has backed “The Post,” “Wind River,” and “Ingrid Goes West.” Smith will
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Will Smith attached to play Serena and Venus Williams’ Father in ‘King Richard’

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Will Smith may be heading to the big screen as a giant blue genie in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ soon enough but the Fresh Prince is also now attached to play the Father of Tennis greats, Serena and Venus Williams in ‘King Richard’.

The straight biopic will focus on Richard William’s bringing up his two daughters and training the girls without any background in the sport. Williams overcame tremendous hardship, scepticism and his a troubled past to raise two of the game’s greatest players.

Richard Williams drew up a 78-page plan for their professional tennis careers when the girls were only 4 years old. He began giving them tennis lessons and the girls learned the game on cracked, weedy public courts in Compton, reportedly after their father brawled with young toughs who were not fans of the sport and would not make way. The Williams sisters went on to become
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Will Smith to Play Venus and Serena Williams’ Dad in ‘King Richard’

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Will Smith to Play Venus and Serena Williams’ Dad in ‘King Richard’
Will Smith will play Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in the movie “King Richard.”

The film, based on a script by Zach Baylin, will center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were four years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis. Baylin’s script was runner-up on the 2018 Black List.

Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, starting with the Us Open in 1999. Venus has seven Grand Slam singles, starting with Wimbledon in 2000. The sisters have combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles championships.

Tim and Trevor White will produce under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, which has backed “The Post,” “Wind River,” and “Ingrid Goes West.” Smith will also produce under his Overbrook Entertainment company. The executive producers include Allan Mandelbaum from Star Thrower
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‘Yellowstone’ to Roll Out Overseas on Paramount Network International

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Paramount Network International has acquired the first two seasons of “Yellowstone,” the hit Paramount Network original drama series created by Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and starring Kevin Costner.

The series, which launched last year in the U.S., will roll out on Paramount’s channels in the Nordics, Hungary and Poland in the spring, followed by the U.K. and Latin America in October, and Spain and Italy in early 2020. “Yellowstone” will also be available on Paramount+ in selected territories.

“We’re excited to bring this riveting dramatic story to Paramount’s international audiences,” said Jill Offman, executive VP of Paramount Network International. “Coming off its tremendous success in the U.S. as last summer’s most-watched series on cable, ‘Yellowstone’ will complement the outstanding lineup on Paramount’s international channels.”

Co-produced and co-financed by 101 Studios, “Yellowstone” is headlined by Costner, who stars opposite Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley,
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‘The Liberator’: Martin Sensmeier To Star In Netflix’s Animated World War II Drama Series

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‘The Liberator’: Martin Sensmeier To Star In Netflix’s Animated World War II Drama Series
Martin Sensmeier (Westworld) has been cast as a lead alongside Bradley James in The Liberator, Netflix’s four-part animated World War II drama series based on the book by Alex Kershaw, from writer Jeb Stuart, A+E Studios, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne’s Unique Features and School of Humans.

The Liberator is the first project produced in Trioscope, a new enhanced hybrid animation technology that combines state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance. It allows creators to tell a visually compelling story with rich detail in a way that conveys the human emotion and drama of the serious subject matter.

Created, written and executive produced by Stuart, The Liberator is based on Kershaw’s book The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey. It tells the riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield
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