Margot Robbie, Matthias Schoenaerts to Star in World War II Thriller ‘Ruin’ – Variety

Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts will star in the independent World War II thriller “Ruin.”

Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) will direct from a Black List script by Ryan and Matthew Firpo. Marc Butan of MadRiver Pictures is producing alongside Kurzel. MadRiver’s Ara Keshishian is executive producing alongside Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures, who are co-financing. Shooting is set to start in the spring in Prague.

The deal was announced Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival. CAA Media Finance packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights while IMR International is launching foreign sales at TIFF.

Robbie will portray a Holocaust survivor in the ruins of post-WWII Germany, who is forced to make an unlikely alliance with an ex-SS captain, played by Schoenaerts, in her quest to exact revenge. Together, they hunt down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad.

Robbie received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” which she produced as well under her LuckyChap banner. She will next star as Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary Queen of Scots” for Focus Features alongside Saoirse Ronan. Robbie is in production on Quentin Tarantino’s “One Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing Sharon Tate, and will next play Harley Quinn in the untitled “Birds of Prey” film for Warner Bros., which she is also producing.

Schoenaerts can next be seen in David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies,” premiering at the Venice Film Festival; Thomas Vinterberg’s “Kursk,” which will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival; and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s “Mustang,” which Focus Features will be releasing next year.

Kurzel made his debut directing “The Snowtown Murders,” followed by “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and the adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed.”

Robbie is represented by Management 360, CAA, Aran Michael Management and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Schoenaerts is represented by CAA and UBBA in Europe; and Kurzel by CAA and Katie Richter in Australia. Ryan and Matthew Firpo are represented by UTA and LBI Entertainment.

Source: variety.com/

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Management 360 Teams TV Division With MRC, Sets Margot Robbie Amazon Drama.

The talent firm’s production company behind ‘Game of Thrones’ and the producer of ‘Ozark’ together will forge a studio to create, acquire, package, sell, produce and finance content.

Game of Thrones, say hello to Ozark.

Management 360’s television production arm is teaming with Media Rights Capital to form an independently staffed studio with the goal of creating and distributing content for the talent management firm.

The partnership will originate, acquire, package, sell, produce and finance original content for distribution on all platforms. The studio will combine the talent roster, IP origination and packaging skills of Management 360’s Entertainment 360 division with MRC’s production, distribution and marketing expertise. Together, the companies will produce and finance scripted and unscripted offerings and create new opportunities for 360’s roster of clients.

The first project under the new Entertainment 360 studio will be an Amazon take on Amy Reed’s YA novel Nowhere Girls, which Management 360 clients Kieran and Michele Mulroney will exec produce alongside Margot Robbie, Brett Hedblom, Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley and the actress’ LuckyChap (I, Tonya) banner. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will direct the drama.

“Joining forces with MRC on Entertainment 360 is the next evolution of our mission to create extraordinary opportunities for artists,” the Management 360 partners said in a joint statement. “MRC’s impeccable taste, depth of infrastructure and resources to expand our production capabilities make them the ideal partner for a new evolution of a studio purpose-built for the current media landscape.”

Entertainment 360 has produced series including HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s The Terror, ABC’s Designated Survivor, Facebook’s Queen America and the features Lady Bird and Steve Jobs.

MRC, meanwhile, is the independent studio behind Netflix’s Ozark and House of Cards, Starz’s Counterpart and such features as Ted and Baby Driver. The company, part of Valence Media, which also owns The Hollywood Reporter, develops, produces and finances film and TV for distributors including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and Fox as well as HBO, ABC, Netflix, Apple and Amazon, among others. MRC was founded by Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk, who are now co-CEOs of Valence Media.

“360’s track record speaks for itself, having expertly guided the careers of writers, directors, producers and actors for 15-plus years, and packaging and producing award-winning and commercially successful film and television projects under the Entertainment 360 label,” MRC said in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner in this new collaboration.”

The deal arrives as agencies and management companies have increased their push into content creation as they look to create new opportunities for clients and share in the financial success of projects beyond their traditional 10 percent commissions.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com/

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First look at Margot playing Sharon Tate in “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”.

Margot recently posted a photo on Instagram of her in character for her next project currently in the works playing the infamous Sharon Tate who was brutally murdered by cult leader Charles Manson’s followers. The movie titled “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” which has been written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is set to be released in August next year. She stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt amongst other big names.

Plotline: “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”

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Fox News movie: Margot Robbie joins Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron.

(L-R) Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman.

Margot Robbie is reportedly in talks to join Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in Annapurna’s upcoming film about the Fox News sexual abuse scandal, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Kidman is slated to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who blew the whistle on the company’s culture of sexism and harassment when she and more than two dozen other women accused chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who died in 2017, of sexual harassment. Theron, who is also a co-producer, will play Megyn Kelly, another former Fox News anchor who said she experienced “explicit quid-pro-quo sexual harassment” at the hands of her former boss, Ailes.

Robbie, fresh off an Oscar nomination for her role as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, will reportedly play an associate producer at the network. The film, which has yet to be titled, will be written by The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph and directed by Jay Roach, best known for directing 2015’s Trumbo and the Austin Powers films.

The project is the second so far to zero in on Ailes’ 20-year reign at Fox News and the toxic culture that spawned from it. Showtime recently picked up an eight-episode series based on Gabriel Sherman’s Ailes biography and Fox News exposé The Loudest Voice in the Room. Russell Crowe will play the disgraced network chairman.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Annapurna project will be an ensemble, which means other prominent figures in the Fox News orbit – like former 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, former anchor Greta Van Susteren and axed host Bill O’Reilly – may be included.

Theron will be joined by fellow co-producers Beth Kono and AJ Dix, as well as Roach, Randolph and Margaret Riley.

Source: theguardian.com/

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Margot Robbie confirms January production start for Birds of Prey – Flickeringmyth

Margot Robbie is set to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn as many as four times in the next couple of years. For now, though, her mind is on the first of those projects, Birds of Prey. As well as playing Harley, she’s also producing the movie and now she’s confirmed exclusively to Flickering Myth that shooting starts in January 2019.

In an interview to discuss Terminal, her latest film as both star and producer, Robbie pin-pointed January as the start date for Birds of Prey and described the film as “different” from the other DC titles featuring Harley Quinn. Not only will it be R rated but it’ll be made with a “much smaller budget.”

Birds of Prey is a DC Comics series featuring an all-female line-up of heroes. Which characters will appear in the film hasn’t been revealed, but Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress are emerging as the favourites to keep company with Robbie’s Harleen Quinzel. Director Cathy Yan and screenwriter Christina Hodson are already attached.

No release date for the film has been revealed so far, but we may get an official announcement later this month during Warner Bros.’ DC Films panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

Source: flickeringmyth.com/

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Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap & Automatik To Produce True Tale ‘Firefighters’.

LuckyChap Entertainment and Automatik have teamed with Good Films to option Firefighters, based on Jaime Lowe’s New York Times Magazine article The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires. Script will be written by Carly Wray, the Westworld and Mad Men writer/producer who recently was tapped to write one of HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoffs. Good Films will finance. The parties took the article off the table in competitive bidding.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger and Rian Cahill will produce for Automatik, and Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara and Tom Ackerley will produce for LuckyChap Entertainment, with Scott Budnick producing through Good Films. Lowe will serve as executive producer.

Film is based on the true story of a dozen female prisoners as they move from county jail to life in a Malibu fire camp. With only three weeks of training, the diverse crew must bind together not only to fight devastating blazes, but also their own personal demons and a system that seeks to keep them invisible. It is a task they signed up for, and get paid $2 an hour to risk their lives.

LuckyChap Entertainment, which produced I, Tonya and recently wrapped (with Automatik) the Robbie-starrer Dreamland, is repped by Management 360, CAA, and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Wray is repped by WME and Grandview and Lowe by UTA and The Jud Laghi Agency. Automatik is in post on the Karyn Kusama-directed Destroyer with Nicole Kidman, the Chris Weitz-directed Operation Finale with Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, and Dreamland.

Good Films was launched by Budnick to fund films that will engender social change. He recently lobbied for the state of California to hire formerly incarcerated men and women into firefighting careers, and in January, Governor Brown included this program in the state budget, the first program created in California’s history to intentionally train and place released men and woman into careers where they will be fighting wild-land fires and saving communities. Endeavor Content is a lead investor in Good Films.

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Margot Robbie on new Harley Quinn film, Tarantino and what made her love her ‘formal’ name. – USA Today

HOLLYWOOD – “Margot” seems too stuffy for Margot Robbie.

No offense to the fancy French Margots of the world, but Aussie actress Robbie, 27, is more exuberant than her name. Hours before the premiere of her new movie Terminal, she’s approachable in jeans and a T-shirt, and lights up when talking about her love of hockey, haunted houses and “any high-adrenaline activity,” as she says.

“I have such a weird, formal name,” the Oscar-nominated actress concedes. “It’s kind of like an old-lady name.”

Maybe she’s more of an Annie?

That’s the name of her mysterious protagonist in Terminal, a twisted neo-noir film that arrives Friday in theaters and on digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. The Vaughn Stein-directed movie was the first Robbie produced through her company, LuckyChap Entertainment. It was shot in 2016, back “when we had no idea what we were doing, to be honest,” she says, and before Robbie starred in and produced her acclaimed I, Tonya.

A lot has happened since: In 2017 alone, Robbie worked on five films.

So there was plenty to discuss when she sat down to chat with USA TODAY, including what made the star love her name and why she pushed for a female director on the forthcoming Harley Quinn film.

Question: Your Terminal character is given pet names “Bottled Blond” and “Sugarplum,” which she clearly doesn’t appreciate. Do you like nicknames?

Robbie: At school, I was called “Maggot,” which was horrible and so traumatic and a reason I despised my name. But now I love (my name because) my mom named me after a girl she grew up with.

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Chanel picks Margot Robbie as face of Coco Neige line.

Just weeks after being introduced as the latest brand ambassador for Chanel, Margot Robbie has stepped in front of the lens of creative director Karl Lagerfeld to appear in her debut advertising campaign for the French luxury house.

The Australian actress has been selected as the face of Chanel’s first Coco Neige collection, set to hit Chanel boutiques in July and August in tandem with its fall ready-to-wear. The line, dedicated to winter sports and après-ski, mixes technical pieces with classic Chanel codes like tweed, leather and camellia motifs.

Robbie is pictured against a background of blue sky and clouds wearing items including a soft chunky sweater, a parka or a down jacket. The eight visuals will break from June 10 in the July editions of leading international magazines.

“This shoot was one of the greatest experiences of my career. The energy and vibe on set was so wonderful and collaborative,” Robbie said in a statement

“One of the first things Karl Lagerfeld said to me was that we never need to take ourselves too seriously. He has such a creative mind and he knows exactly what he wants and the minute he captured it, we were moving onto the next shot. It was amazing.

“Karl Lagerfeld is a creative mastermind. I already knew he was a genius but to be able to spend time with him in person, I now know he is also just a wonderful human being,” said the actress, who flew to Paris last week to attend the Chanel cruise show and shoot the campaign.

Robbie made her breakthrough in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and has since appeared in films including “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Suicide Squad” and “I, Tonya,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe.

She has a raft of projects in the works, including “Mary Queen of Scots,” in which she stars as Queen Elizabeth I opposite Saoirse Ronan’s Mary Stuart, and Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which she is set to play murdered actress Sharon Tate opposite Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Lagerfeld has worked with a host of bold-faced names in recent years, casting the likes of Kristen Stewart, Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne, Lily-Rose Depp and Willow Smith in a variety of Chanel campaigns.

Source: latimes.com/

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‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Set for 2020, Will Gluck Returning to Direct.

Sony Pictures has dated “Peter Rabbit 2” for Feb. 7, 2020, in the U.S. and March 27, 2020, in the U.K., and is bringing back Will Gluck to return to direct and write the sequel.

“Peter Rabbit” has taken in $115 million in the U.S. and is Sony Pictures’ biggest ever non-Bond film in the UK, with a $55.7 million total in that market after holding the top spot for four weeks in a row.

The CGI-live action comedy-drama showed staying power in North America among the family audience in the pre-summer season, taking in an impressive 4.5 multiple off its $25 million domestic opening weekend.

The movie is based on an original story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars Rose Byrne as Bea, Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, and James Corden.

The story involves the titular bunny — voiced by Corden, in battle with the heir to Mr. McGregor’s garden.

“Peter Rabbit” has grossed $325 million worldwide. The film notched first-place finishes in 22 territories internationally, including Australia, Russia, Germany and Spain and surpassed both “Paddington” movies. Key markets in South Korea and Japan will launch in mid-May.

Gluck’s other directing credits include “Easy A,” “Annie,” and “Friends with Benefits.”

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