Yesterday’s News: Weekend Roundup


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Editor’s Note: Yesterday’s News covers the most important news of the previous day with a focus on film, television, and trailers.

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Adam Driver named Best Actor at Venice Film Festival


Director Choi Dong-hoon gathers Gianna Jun, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Oh Dal-su, and Lee Kyoung-young for his period action-thriller Assassination (Twitch).

Lotus Entertainment acquires rights for multiple international territories of Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King, starring Tom Hanks (THR).

By Way of Helena adds William Hurt and Alice Braga to its cast (Variety).

Japan selects The Light Shines Only There from director Mipo Oh as its candidate for the Foreign Language Oscar (THR).

Vampire mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows, written, directed, and starring Jemaine Clement gets US distribution deal (The Wrap).

Sean Harris offered villain role in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5 (Deadline).

Saban Films purchases US rights to Taylor Lautner starring Tracers (Deadline).

Director of V for Vendetta James McTeigue set for Alien Sleeper Cell (THR).

RADiUS nabs North American rights to Richard LaGravenese’s musical adaptation The Last 5 Years, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (The Wrap).

Drew Barrymore set to star in drama Miss You Already alongside Toni Collette (Variety).

Chadwick Boseman sells untitled thriller pitch to Universal Pictures (Deadline).

Robert Downey Jr. says that there is currently no plan for a fourth Iron Man (Variety).

First image of Avenger: Age of Ultron’s Vision (Slashfilm).

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractices near $2 million deal for the U.S. rights to The Reach, starring Michael Douglas (Deadline).

Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy starring St. Vincent gets earlier limited release date (Variety).

Lavazza Italian Film Festival announces lineup (Twitch).

Mexican actor and director Eugenio Derbez developing remake of the French film The Valet (Variety).

AFI Latin American Film Festival announces lineup (Indiewire).

Cinelicious Pics acquires North American rights to Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild & Lovely, both from performance artist and director Josephine Decker (Indiewire).

China Lion Film acquires North American distribution of Breakup Buddies (Indiewire).

Next two Terminator films, to follow the horribly titled Terminator: Genisys (actual spelling), show the utmost confidence and set release dates (Deadline).

Matt Damon set to star in Kenneth Lonergan’s Machester-By-The-Sea (Empire).

Steve Coogan to star in adaptation of play Boswell For the Defence (The Wrap).

Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom join Noomi Rapace in Michael Apted’s Unlocked (THR).

Production designer and art director Karel Cerny dies at 92 (Variety).

Distrib Films picks up US rights to Italian comedies Viva Liberta and The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (THR).

Production on the documentary based on Robert Sullivan’s book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Residents set to begin early next year (Variety).

Arclight Films acquires international rights to psychological thriller The Deathday Party from first-time director Eddie Tse (THR).

Millennium Entertainment nears deal for US rights to Madame Bovary (Deadline).

Starz buys North American rights to Courtney Cox’s directorial debut Just Before I Go (Deadline).

The Farewell Party lines up a slew of distribution purchases (Variety).

Venice Film Festival announces winners, including A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting on Existence and Adam Driver (Deadline).

Relativity Studios nabs US rights to Kidnap, starring Halle Berry (Variety).

Director Shawn Levy claims to have been secretly developing a Real Steel sequel for the past three and a half years (ComingSoon).

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Justin Lin in talks for True Detective season 2


The Got Talent franchise expands its reach to Asia with Asia’s Got Talent set to debut on Sony’s AXN in early 2015 (Variety).

Peter Gallagher will join the cast of Law & Order: SVU as Deputy Chief William Dodds (Variety).

The Walking Dead set to get a companion series, set in the same world but in a different location with different characters (EW).

Austin Butler gets romantic recurring role on Arrow (THR).

HBO in talks with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin for two episodes of the next season of True Detective (THR).

Esquire’s Anthony Bourdain produced The Getaway gets second season and lines up Chrissy Teigen, Adam Pally, Jack McBrayer, Kyle MacLachlan, and David Koechner to appear (EW).

Werner Herzog says that he shot a bit role for the new season of Parks and Recreation (Flavorwire).

TV Land gives 12-episode order to The Exes (Deadline).

Madeline Carroll is out as first daughter Karen Grant on Scandal, Mary Mouser is in (EW).

Lyndsy Fonseca gets co-starring role in Amazon comedy pilot Down Dog (THR).

Alexander Dreymon gets lead role in BBC historical drama series The Last Kingdom (Deadline).

Showtime puts series based on the memoirs of poet/essayist Mary Karr into development with the producers of Masters of Sex. Mary-Louise Parker eyeing lead role (Deadline).

Jack Black’s HBO comedy series The Brink adds Rob Brydon and Michelle Gomez to cast (THR).

Discovery Channel hints that they may not be done with former Mythbusters co-hosts Kary Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara (The Wrap).

Upcoming NBC comedy Bad Judge already loses its showrunner over creative differences (Deadline).

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Felony - starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson


First trailer for Flirting in the Air, starring Chapman To (Twitch).

First trailer for documentary I Am Ali (First Showing).

Trailer for director James Napier Robertson’s The Dark Horse, featuring Cliff Curtis (Indiewire).

Full trailer for Donnie Yen’s Kung Fu Jungle (Twitch).

First trailer for Black and White, starring Kevin Costner (The Film Stage).

Green band trailer for horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2 (Slashfilm).

Trailer for Chinese comedy Breakup Buddies (Next Projection).

US Trailer for Felony, starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson (The Film Stage).


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Derek was the only engineer at Northeastern University taking a class on German film and turning a sociology research paper into an examination of Scorsese’s work. Still living in Boston, MA, he blatantly abuses his Netflix account, but can never seem to get his Instant Queue below 200. He continues to fight the stigma that being good at math means you are not any no good at writing. I good write, very much.