Frances McDormand to star in, produce ‘Women Talking’ adaptation

Academy Award-nominee Sarah Polley will write and direct the movie
Oscar winner Frances McDormand will star in and produce the upcoming adaptation of author Miriam Toews’ bestselling novel “Women Talking“.

The project hails from MGM’s Orion Pictures and Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt’s banner Plan B Entertainment.

Academy Award-nominee Sarah Polley to write and direct the movie, according to Deadline.

“Women Talking”, which was published in 2018, follows a group of women in an isolated Mennonite religious colony in Bolivia as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.

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“Minari” Director’s Next Setup At MGM

MGM has signed a two-year second-look film production deal with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. As a direct result, several Plan B projects have now been set up at the studio.

The most high profile of these is a new romance drama that hails from celebrated “Minari” writer/director Lee Isaac Chung.

That film centres on a young man lost in New York City’s corporate drudgery who finds love with a beautiful young woman from Hong Kong.

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Tiffany Haddish To Star in Adaptation Of ‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ For MGM And Plan B

After making a name for herself in the comedy realm, Tiffany Haddish has found her first major role in a sci-fi pic. Deadline is hearing she is in final negotiations to star in MGM, Plan B and Annapurna’s adaptation of National Book Award winner M.T. Anderson’s novel Landscape with Invisible Hand. Bad Education director Cory Finley is writing and directing.

Plan B and Annapurna landed the rights in 2017, developed together and brought the package to MGM. The pic will be released theatrically in the U.S. via MGM’s distribution and marketing joint venture United Artists Releasing. Plan B and Annapurna are producing.

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Fundamental Values at Funkhaus Berlin

Nils Frahm has a shared a 14-minute performance from his upcoming concert film and live album, Tripping with Nils Frahm. In the new video, Frahm performs Fundamental Values, a track from his All Melody LP. As with the rest of the film and live album, the performance was shot back in December 2018 at Funkhaus Berlin – where Frahm also recorded All Melody.

In a press statement Frahm said, “It was about time to document my concerts in picture and sound, trying to freeze a moment of this period where my team and I were nomads, using any method of travel to play yet another show the next day.”

“Maybe tonight is the night where everything works out perfectly and things fall into place? Normally things go wrong with concerts, but by combining our favourite moments of four performances, we were able to achieve what I was trying to do in these two years of touring: getting it right! When you hear the applause on the end of the film you should know that I was smiling happily, being a tad proud and feeling blessed to share these moments with you.”

Both the film and the album are slated for release on 3 December, with the film premiering via MUBI and the album dropping via Erased Tapes. The film was produced by Leiter in association with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the production company behind films such as The Departed, Moonlight and 12 Years A Slave.

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‘Lego Masters’: Fox Confirms Season 2 Renewal Of Will Arnett Toy Competition

Fox has confirmed that it has renewed reality competition format Lego Masters – six months after Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch revealed that it had begun preparing for a second season.

The network has ordered a second run of the 10-part series with host and exec producer Will Arnett returning. It will air in 2021.

The show sees pairs of Lego enthusiasts facing off in brick-building challenges. It launched on Fox in February.

Murdoch revealed the second season preparations during the network’s investor call in May, but it took a while for the deal to close. He said at the time that it was planning for another midseason launch.

Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, Lego Masters is produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesday’s Child and Brad Pitt’s Plan B.

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Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt to Produce Adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’ for MGM

Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are teaming up to produce a film adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-selling novel “The Water Dancer” for MGM, Variety has confirmed.

Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Pitt’s Plan B will produce alongside Kamilah Forbes, who is the executive producer of the Apollo Theater. Forbes recently directed the theatrical adaptation of Coates’ “Between the World and Me,” as well as the upcoming HBO adaptation. Plan B and Harpo Films collaborated on the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” in 2014. Coates has adapted the novel for the screen.

“The Water Dancer” follows Hiram Walker, who was born enslaved and lost his mother at a young age. After almost drowning from crashing a carriage into a river, Hiram discovers that he has a mysterious power related to long-lost memories of his mother, and struggles to understand it.

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‘Outer Range’ Mystery Drama Series For Amazon

Lili Taylor (Perry Mason), Tamara Podemski (Four Sheets to the Wind) and Tom Pelphrey (Ozark) are set as series regulars opposite Josh Brolin in Amazon’s mystery drama Outer Range, from playwright Brian Watkins, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios.

Created by Watkins, Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness.

Taylor will portray Cecilia Abbott, the matriarch of the Abbott family. Cecilia is a woman of deep faith, which she finds tested as never before. Podemski will play Deputy Sheriff Joy. A life-long cop, Joy is running for county sheriff, and is the first gay Native American to ever do so in Wyoming. Pelphrey is Perry Abbott, the dutiful, eldest Abbott son, who is torn up inside by the lingering mystery of his missing wife.

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