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Terrence Malick-Produced Costume Drama ‘The Book of Vision’ to Open Venice Critics’ Week (EXCLUSIVE)



Terrence Malick-produced English-language costume drama “The Book of Vision,” directed by Italy’s Carlo Hintermann, will open the Venice Film Festival’s independently-run Critics’ Week section on Sept. 3. (Watch an exclusive clip from the film above.)

Venice, barring complications, is set to be the first major international film event to hold a physical edition after the coronavirus crisis, with dates set for Sept. 2-12.

The high-concept pic — which toplines “Game of Thrones” star Charles Dance, Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek (“Outlander”), and rising Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason (“Borg/McEnroe”) — focuses on the history of the doctor/patient relationship told from the perspective of a female medical student named Eva (Verbeek).

She leaves graduate school to take a deep dive into the history of medicine and toggles between the present and the 18th century. It’s Hintermann’s feature film debut following several English-language documentaries, including one about Malick, for whom Hintermann also served as second-unit director on the Italian shoot of Palme d’Or-winning “The Tree of Life.” 

Malick, who is the film’s executive producer, has been involved in “The Book of Vision” from the outset. He helped assemble a top-notch team that includes cinematographer Joerg Widmer (“Inglourious Basterds”) and set designer David Crank (“Lincoln”), according to Hintermann and “Vision” producer Gerardo Panichi.

The “Days of Heaven” director’s support also came in the form of his telling Hintermann to go “make the movie that’s in your mind,” Hintermann told Variety.

Hintermann and Panichi belong to Rome filmmaking collective Citrullo International, who are also film scholars and co-producers of films by Amos Gitai, including “Rabin: the Last Day,” and U.S.-based Iranian auteur Amir Naderi’s “Monte,” which premiered at Venice in 2016. Panichi said Hintermann’s feature film debut is “an important milestone in our journey.”

Meanwhile, Hintermann called “Vision” “a game of mirrors between two dimensions” and said the temporal leaps are partly “inspired by the type of storytelling in video games.” He also pointed out a tight 90-minute running time “gives it the right pace to create a continuous vortex that hopefully really draws you in.” He also noted that in creating its tone, he made no distinction between highbrow and genre. “It mixes ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘Labyrinth,’” he said.

Charles Dance plays a Prussian 18th-century doctor and also Eva’s doctor in the present day. Gudnason plays Eva’s research tutor. Other key cast members include Italy’s Filippo Nigro, who stars in Netflix’s first Italian original, “Suburra,” and Russia’s Isolda Dychauk (“Faust”).

Though it’s highly unlikely that Malick will show up in Venice, Hintermann said he is working on having the film’s cast present on the Lido to launch the hotly anticipated film, which is a three-way co-production between Citrullo and Rai Cinema for Italy, Belgium’s Entre Chien et Loup, and Luminous Arts in the U.K.

On premiering his “Vision” at physically-held Venice, Hintermann commented that “nothing happens by chance” since his film “is about rebirth” and, this year, Venice will “by definition be a re-invention after the trauma we went through.”

“We’ve given this edition lots of thought,” said Venice Critics’ Week General Delegate Giona Nazzaro, who thanked the Venice Biennale, which oversees the main Venice fest, for “sharing with us their findings about the complexities of this (upcoming) edition,” which won’t be easy, he noted, but will convey “an important signal.”

Nazzaro also praised Hintermann as “a really unique type of cinephile.”

“For us to have him open the 35th edition of the Critics’ Week is pretty amazing because it’s a sign that filmmaking evolves thanks to the people who have a lifelong passion for cinema and keep searching and asking questions,” Nazzaro said.

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Malia’s Boyfriend Tom Checketts Is The New Chef on ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’



Talk about some perfect timing! Just as Malia White’s boyfriend Tom Checketts was passing through Spain to see her, he picked up a job too! That’s right, the latest episode of Below Deck Mediterranean made it official: Tom is the new chef.

While Tom was only planning to stay in Spain for a few days to see Malia as he was on his way back to the UK to see his sick uncle, Captain Sandy buttered him up and asked for a favor and just like that, the galley has a new occupant.

It’s kind of amazing that he even agreed to stay as he met half of the crew while Bugsy was ripping back hair off of Alex, but the chance to work with his girlfriend was what got him to commit. We learn that Tom and Malia originally met in Fiji, worked together for about a month, and since then have been traveling the globe in different directions. “When you get time together, it’s amazing,” Malia said. “He’s definitely worth fighting for, he’s like…I was about to say the one but hang on,” she laughed when describing her man.

Oh, and if you think that is gushy, just wait until you hear what Captain Sandy said to hook him. “Malia’s told me about your mad skills in the galley,” she starts, then telling him she’s “been reading all about you.”

“Your resume to me is what I’ve always wanted,” she tells Tom. “You worked your way up, you were a sous chef, and then you were formally trained, you did Michelin star,” she goes on, admiring that he was a head chef on an 80-meter boat, but what really sold her is that, “You were a sole chef on a 50-meter and you’re able to cook for 12 guests,” as well as up to 11 crew members on board. “I’m asking you, could you help me out this season?” she pleads, even though he does seem a bit reluctant at first. But he agrees, saying, “It means spending more time with Malia so that helps.”

“I am so grateful and I cannot wait to see what you can do,” Captain Sandy tells him, though he does say the one caveat is his sick family member and that “if anything were to happen there I’d have to [go].”

In his first interview, Tom can only say, “What the fuck has Malia got me into this time?” and telling her that he’s “a little bit nervous, but nice to work with you again though, that’s the important thing.” He also says of his decision, “If you overthink it you’d never do anything, so just go for it and work it out while you’re there. That’s my mentality anyway. I’m sure it will get me into trouble someday.”

Sandy announces the new hire to the group who all seem pretty thrilled, except for Hannah who employs that same expressionless face (that still says it all) that we first got a glimpse at when Bugsy’s arrival was announced. “The good thing with Tom is that he seems to have a lot of experience,” she says, looking on the bright side. “On a personal level, I know that if I have an issue with Malia, I’m also gonna have an issue with him,” and vice versa, she says, looking on the realistic side. She doesn’t know how right she is when she says, “I foresee trouble on the horizon.”

So who is Tom Checketts?

Well, here’s what we know about him so far: he tells Alex that he used to work with Gordon Ramsay in London and that his mom was disappointed that he wanted to become a chef, even though she herself cooked for the queen but she hated it. Also, Tom’s dad was a “raging alcoholic” who he hasn’t seen since he was young, and since his mom didn’t want him to go down the same path, she told him, if he was going to be a chef, he had “to do it properly,” and so far, he has!

And there’s one other person who has a message for everyone watching, and that’s the former chef, Kiko. He exclusively told Decider, “I don’t know Tom, but I met him after the show one day. He seems like a very nice guy and a very nice chef. I’m afraid people [will] come to him and say, “Kiko was so much better.” No. I’m Kiko, he’s Tom. We have different personalities. That doesn’t mean anything. I don’t know how he did there, but I feel like [he’s] a good guy.”

Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. 

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MacGruber: Peacock Orders Action-Comedy Series Based on SNL Skit (Video)



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Could Coming To America 2 Be Heading To A Streaming Service?



Based on a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Coming 2 America is a follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy classic Coming To America, which saw the star as an African prince who travels to the United States in search of true love. The sequel will catch up with him as his reign as king is disrupted by the news that he has a long lost son. The film co-stars Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.

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