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Saudi Arabia Submits Second Ever Film, ‘Barakah Meets Barakah,’ for Oscar Foreign Language Race

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Saudi Arabia has backed Mahmoud Sabbagh’s “Barakah Meets Barakah” as its 2017 Academy Awards entry for best foreign language film. The movie marks the second-ever Saudi film to be submitted for consideration. “Mahmoud Sabbagh is a representative of a new generation who will soon be a pioneer in the history of filmmaking in Saudi Arabia,”… Read more »

Crackle’s ‘Startup’ Promises to Compete With Netflix, Hulu Originals

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Crackle is spicing up its lineup with a new player, “Startup.” The series, starring Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, Martin Freeman, and Otmara Marrero, follows a group of unlikely allies in the quest to launch a bitcoin-like venture. But how will this newcomer do against heavyweights like Hulu and Netflix originals? “I think there’s room in the… Read more »

San Sebastian: Ethan Hawke Set For Donostia Award

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MADRID– Ethan Hawke will receive a 2016 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 64th San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world. Hawke will be honored Sept. 17 at a ceremony prior to San Sebastian’s gala screening of Antoine Fuqua’s remake of classic western “The Magnificent Seven,” in  which Hawke co-stars alongside Denzel… Read more »

BBC Greenlights Seven New Agatha Christie Adaptations

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — And then there were seven more. The BBC has commissioned a slate of new adaptations of works by mystery writer Agatha Christie following the critical and ratings success of star-studded thriller “And Then There Were None” for flagship channel BBC One last December. Agatha Christie Productions, the production arm of Agatha Christie… Read more »

Wild Bunch’s ‘150 Milligrams,’ From Emmanuelle Bercot, Opens San Sebastian

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MADRID — Emmanuelle Bercot’s “150 Milligrams” (“La Fille de Brest”) will open the 64th San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world. The Sept. 16 opening-night berth marks another step up in status for France’s Bercot, who is fast emerging as one of Europe’s most prominent writer-director-actresses after her annus mirabilis at… Read more »

Director Steve McQueen to Receive British Film Institute’s Fellowship

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Oscar-winning director-writer-producer Steve McQueen will receive the British Film Institute’s highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony Oct. 15 at London’s Banqueting House. Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said: “He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his work,… Read more »

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