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HBO Are Making A New Feature Length Steven Spielberg Documentary

12 July 2017 12:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

U.S. cable network HBO are planning a new feature-length Steven Spielberg documentary. Titled simply Spielberg, the new documentary will apparently aim to pull back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before. It will also explore the legendary filmmaker’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time.

Celebrated documentarian Susan Lacy is producing and directing the new Spielberg documentary, which will air on HBO Stateside very soon – October 7th, 2017. It is expected to roll out to internationally affiliates – including Sky Atlantic in the UK – shortly afterwards.

The film will feature insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues – Lacy reportedly interviewed over 80 subjects for the new film, including the likes of J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, »

- Paul Heath

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‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

11 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO will unveil the feature length documentary “Spielberg,” about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on October 7, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by “American Masters” creator Susan Lacy, the doc examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth and draws upon nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his childhood and “lifelong obsession with moviemaking.”

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Spielberg” also includes interviews with the director’s family, friends and colleagues, plus behind-the-scenes footage from films such as  “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Et: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bridge of Spies” and more.

The many film industry figures that appear in the doc include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

11 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO will unveil the feature length documentary “Spielberg,” about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on October 7, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by “American Masters” creator Susan Lacy, the doc examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth and draws upon nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his childhood and “lifelong obsession with moviemaking.”

Read More‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Creepy New Trailer: Sony Teases 40th Anniversary Re-Release — Watch

Spielberg” also includes interviews with the director’s family, friends and colleagues, plus behind-the-scenes footage from films such as  “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Et: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bridge of Spies” and more.

The many film industry figures that appear in the doc include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, »

- Graham Winfrey

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HBO Sets Documentary Feature on Steven Spielberg

11 July 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO is giving the documentary treatment to Steven Spielberg.

Directed and produced by “American Masters” alum Susan Lacy, “Spielberg” is set to air Oct. 7. Lacy conducted more than 30 hours of interviews with the renowned filmmaker for the feature-length doc.

Spielberg himself narrates the documentary, which chronicles his nearly 50-year career.

Among the notables who contribute insights on Spielberg are J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Zemeckis. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Jayne Mansfield: The First Reality Star?

29 June 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For broadcast journalist Elaine Stevens, now 68, it feels like it happened only yesterday. In fact, it happened exactly 50 years ago today.

Stevens answered the door to her parents' Gulfport, Mississippi, home. Her fiance, Ronnie Harrison, stood before her. Describing him today, Stevens still sounds 18: "He looked like Matthew Modine or Ralph Fiennes." The couple was planning to elope three days later; Stevens was carrying their child. "The last thing he said to me was, 'Will you always love me?' And I said, 'Of course I will. I'll always love you.'"

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- Erik Liberman

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Okja is a Devastatingly Beautiful Film [Review]

27 June 2017 2:11 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

There’s a scene in 2005’s The Constant Gardener where Tessa (Rachel Weisz) and Justin (Ralph Fiennes) are driving through a Kenyan town and see a trio of impoverished villagers in need of assistance. Tessa insists they pull over and help out, but Justin denies her by saying, “They all need our help.”

Tessa snaps back with “But these are three we can help.”

The point being, the ability to identify every large-scale problem as a series of interconnected smaller problems is the key to getting anything of vague philosophical importance accomplished. Want to end world hunger? Start by feeding the next hungry person you see. Want to lose weight? Attached a shock collar that administers 50,000 volts every time you look at cheese fries.

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The 25 Best Sexy Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

23 June 2017 7:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s no secret that sex sells, and movies are no exception. But while plenty of films like to show gratuitous sex, they’re not always very good. That’s a problem, since movies have the power to shape not only the cultural norms, but personal ones. And what could be more personal than sex? Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience, not some sensational or shameful ploy to sell tickets (though it doesn’t hurt).

That’s why we think it’s important to single out the very best films that also happen to be incredibly sexy, titillating, and provocative. These are not only some of our favorite films in general, but they’re films that celebrate the broad spectrum of human sexuality while telling stories as cinematic as they are personal. Some don’t have any sex scenes at all, while some are notoriously near-pornographic. When these movies do show sex it is always in service of the story, and always in order to challenge, subvert, or celebrate contemporary beliefs about sexuality.

Turn on (and get turned on) by our list of the 25 best sexy movies of the 21st century (well, so far). You know you want to.

25. “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)

Undeniably sexy and amusing at once, Woody Allen’s 2008 Spain-set dramedy delights in pushing its various players into all sorts of romantic permutations and configurations. Anchored by Scarlett Johansson in a sneaky performance as the eponymous Cristina (pre-breakout Rebecca Hall is her best pal Vicky), the film follows a pair of friends as they meet and make lots of love with the beguiling Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who isn’t at all thrown off by the possibility of having two lovely ladies in his bed. In fact, he’s got another one to think about too, his free-spirited ex-wife (Penelope Cruz), who he just can’t get out of his head (or heart). On the surface, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is a dead sexy romp about free-wheeling love-makers (complete with plenty of naughty bits), but it’s also a film that boldly explores issues of fluidity and fidelity with an uncharacteristically easy touch. -Ke

24. “Shortbus” (2006)

With its three-person blowjob circle, non-simulated sex scenes including ejaculation, and close-up of a pee stream unleashing into a bathtub, “Shortbus” is not for everyone. It’s an ambitious film, one that attempts to have fun, be sexy, and tell a good story. If anyone could pull it off, it would be the man behind “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” John Cameron Mitchell. “Shortbus” feels as much like an ensemble comedy as a playful experiment, though the two main characters are a sex therapist who’s never had an orgasm and a retired gay sex worker experimenting with opening up his relationship. With their partners, they both begin attending a weekly artist and sex salon, each hoping inspiration will strike. Mitchell wanted to use sex in new cinematic ways, “because it’s too interesting to be left to porn.” If it’s interesting sex you want, “Shortbus” has got it. -Jd

23. “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

The end of this film is so movingly profound that your memory of it might not be that it was all that sexy. The love between these two men, buried under their rugged cowboy exteriors, ends with what can only be described as a sense of life-defining tragedy. Yet it is those brief moments where they let themselves go and unleash their animalistic passion, which “Crouching Tiger” director Ang Lee captures in his normal visceral fashion, that add a level of eroticism and physically affection that nearly makes all the pain worth it. Ennis and Jack rotate from almost fighting, as they pull at each others’ denim-clad exterior, to moments of being naked and incredibly tender. It’s virtually every cowboy fantasy rolled up into one. That they can only be themselves in the privacy of the great outdoors makes everything that much more liberating. Watching this film in 2005 felt taboo and rebellious, which resulted in a charged atmosphere in packed mainstream cineplexes around the country. -Co

22. “In the Cut” (2003)

Jane Campion’s handle on female desire has always been one of her best attributes as a director (and she’s got a lot of them), but nothing in her filmography is as overtly sexy and emotionally challenging as her 2003 Meg Ryan-starrer “In the Cut” (and that includes “The Piano,” which has a sexiness and eroticism all its own). Our first introduction to Ryan’s character is rooted in her coming to heady terms with her own sexuality, a theme that carries over throughout the often grisly drama. Increasingly drawn to Mark Ruffalo as a moody detective looking to solve a local murder that Frannie is tangentially involved in, Ryan’s character pushes the boundaries of “acceptable” desire. It’s a theme that Campion giddily plays into with some of modern cinema’s most satisfying and profound sex scenes, many of which center on — gasp — Frannie’s own pleasure over that of Ruffalo’s character. -Ke

21. “Hustle & Flow” (2005)

Craig Brewer’s crowdpleaser about a pimp dreaming of music fame is anchored by strong performances from Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Taryn Manning. Howard plays Djay, while Henson and Manning are Shug and Nola, two of his girls. Hot-tempered and passionate, Djay begins making tracks with his friend Key (Anthony Anderson), and discovers he has a gift for lyrics. The catchy original soundtrack helps sell the story, as Djay’s songs seem to actually have a chance at getting radio play. While the strip club setting provides ample shots of semi-nude women, Djay and Shug’s sweet romance gives the film its emotional core and shows a softer side to Djay (and his temper). Their undeniable chemistry leads the previously timid Shug to throw down a sexy hook, her raspy croon on “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” making Henson’s star power glaringly obvious. -Jd

20. “Beyond the Lights” (2014)

Chemistry is the name of the game in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s freight-train fast music industry romance, which pairs up rising starlet Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pure charm) alongside pre-“Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker. The pair exhibit major fireworks from the start, imagining Mbatha-Raw as hot new pop star Noni Jean, a big talent who is dangerously close to burning out and fading away, before she falls into the protective arms Parker’s do-gooder cop, Kaz Nicol. Prince-Bythewood’s film cannily sneaks in big questions about fame and the entertainment industry, along with issues regarding what’s actually sexy (Noni Jean is frequently kitted out in teensy costumes that make record execs happy, while diminishing her own humanity with every stitch), deep issues that are lovingly cradled by full-scale love story. When the pair finally give into their obvious attraction, “Beyond the Lights” pulls out the big guns, all gauzy love scenes and one particularly hot trip to Mexico, but the film maintains its sensuality by remembering that nothing is so sexy as mutual respect and admiration. -Ke

19. “In the Mood for Love” (2000)

Every Wong Kar-wai movie contains a kind of visual sensuality in every frame, but “In the Mood for Love” goes one step further — its slow-burning romance between a pair of would-be lovers who live across the hall from each other in sixties-era Hong Kong is rich with unobtainable desire. Much is left unsaid and unachieved about the fantasy of an extramarital affair shared by Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), but the hints of attraction between them, unfolding in small gestures and passing glances, imbues each scene with the intensity of emotions specific to a period of repression. It’s a grand tragedy of issed opportunities framed by erotic implications. —Eric Kohn

18. “Ex Machina” (2014)

If you like high-tech voyeurism and intellectual sparring, you might find Alex Garland’s cerebral sci-fi thriller unearthing some hidden desires. An affable young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), is invited to the secluded jungle home of the CEO of his company, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to participate in a top-secret experiment. Nathan wants to know if the cyborg he has been developing, Ava (Alicia Vikander) can convince Caleb that she has real consciousness. The tension is ripe between Nathan and Caleb as each attempts to alternately impress and control the other, but it is Caleb’s obsession with saving Ava that raises questions about the hero myth. Ava is the embodiment of male fantasy, trapped within a body invented to please and serve. As the two men fight over who best understands her mind, it turns out Ava was pulling the strings all along. There’s nothing sexier than a woman in charge. -Jd

17. “Quills” (2000)

It’s easy enough to get sucked into “Quills” based on the promise of Joaquin Phoenix playing an earnest (and incredibly sexy) young priest tempted by his attraction to a chambermaid. But somehow, much like Kate Winslet’s Madeline, we fall under the spell of the charismatic Geoffrey Rush, who plays his role as the Marquis de Sade with a deliciously dirty panache befitting the notorious French writer. The Marquis’ libertine ways run counter to the no-nonsense Royer-Collard (Michael Caine), who takes over the asylum with the intention of stifling the writer’s creative output. But even his own wife is no match for the words of the Marquis, which ooze both sensuality and liberty. Before long, any initial apprehension to the Marquis de Sade (he is a dirty old man, after all) is fully given over to the hope that his debauchery will win out, and that his desire, as well as that of Madeline and Coulmier (Phoenix) will be fully fulfilled — even though we know this is impossible. -Jr

16. “A Bigger Splash” (2015)

Watching “A Bigger Splash” feels like observing a sizzling chess game of attraction. Luca Guadagnino sticks Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson on the world’s most gorgeous island and lets the sparks fly. Swinton plays a world-famous rock singer vacationing with her lover, a chiseled Schoenaerts who is practically a walking and talking sculpture of male beauty. Their time together is disrupted by the arrival of the rocker’s former lover and his daughter, a promiscuous young 22-year-old. Each character is so ready to succumb to sexual desire and so pent up with sexual attraction that Guadagnino creates the ultimate emotional orgy. The fun is in seeing how each person uses their sexuality to outsmart the next. You’ll be seduced from the first frame to the last. It feels like you’re watching each actor for the very first time. -Zs

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'Saban's Power Rangers' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

13 June 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical John Wick: Chapter 2 (action sequel; Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne; rated R) The Lego Batman Movie (animated; voices: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes; available now to coincide with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release; rated PG) 3 Generations (comedy-drama; Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning; rated PG-13) Frantz (drama; Paula Beer, Pierre Niney; rated PG-13) Bitter Harvest (action-drama; Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper; rated R) Tickling...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Win The Lego® Batman Movie on Blu-ray™

13 June 2017 12:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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Na na na na na na na na Batman! The Lego® Batman Movie comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD June 19 and we’re giving you the chance to win a Blu-ray™ copy!

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego® Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The Lego® Movie” as the voice of Lego® Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson »

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Giveaway: Win ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (3 Winners)

7 June 2017 7:27 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Batman gets the camera all to himself in Warner's hilarious The Lego Batman Movie, the second of at least four films in the Lego Movie universe. The Lego Batman Movie comes to Blu-ray and DVD on June 13th to join The Lego Movie in your home video collection.

We have teamed up with Warner Home Video to offer three readers each a copy of The Lego Batman Movie on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo in his superhero charged giveaway.

For a chance to win please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stopped back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay and stars the voice talents of Will Arnett, »

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Digital Review: The Lego Batman Movie

5 June 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

Director: Chris McKay

Synopsis: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

“You can’t be a hero if you only care about yourself.”

The Lego Batman Movie has arrived on the home formats following a hugely successful release in cinemas earlier this year. We first saw Will Arnett’s version of the Caped Crusader in 2014’s The Lego Movie, a huge smash at the box-office worldwide, and the actor reprises the role here. »

- Paul Heath

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Rlj Entertainment Picks Up Us Rights to The Limehouse Golem, Starring Bill Nighy & Olivia Cooke

1 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you're already having Bates Motel withdrawals and you're going to miss Olivia Cooke's performance as Emma, Rlj Entertainment might have just the cure for what ails you, as they've just acquired the Us rights to The Limehouse Golem, a new serial killer thriller set in London and starring Cooke alongside Bill Nighy.

Keep an eye out for The Limehouse Golem in theaters and on VOD beginning September 8th, and check out the official press release with full details on the film:

Press Release: Los Angeles, June 1, 2017 – Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired U.S. rights to the thriller The Limehouse Golem. Based on the novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” by Peter Ackroyd, the film was written by the acclaimed writer Jane Goldman (Kingsmen, The Woman in Black), directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) and produced by Stephen Woolley (Their Finest, Interview with a Vampire), Joanna Laurie »

- Derek Anderson

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HanWay Films’ Gabrielle Stewart on What Independent Distributors Look for in Acquiring Films

26 May 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-based sales and finance house HanWay Films, which was set up almost 20 years ago by Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, and is aligned with Thomas’ production company Recorded Picture Company, is in Cannes with four films in the festival’s official selection, led by Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Variety spoke to HanWay’s managing director, Gabrielle Stewart.

What sets HanWay apart from other film companies, and defines it?

It’s a big company that is privately owned, and has never, in all its history, gone through a year without profit. Its taste has very much been defined by the fact it is headed up by a very successful filmmaker, Jeremy Thomas, and it has always been known as a filmmaker-friendly company. We have always followed certain filmmakers’ work and been bold in our choices.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Redgrave confronts refugee crisis by Richard Mowe

20 May 2017 11:52 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Vanessa Redgrave Photo: Richard Mowe

Vanessa Redgrave received her first award in Cannes for Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment in 1966. Last year she was in attendance for a restored copy of Howard’s End in Cannes Classics. Now she has returned again to make her debut as a director at the age of 80 with Sea Sorrow, a documentary about the refugee crisis, directed by her son Carlo Nero. It features such star performers as Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thompson and a key agitator in Parliament for helping the plight of refugees, Lord Alf Dubs.

Q: What was the impetus for making Sea Sorrow at this particular time?

"It became obvious that it would be her film and she would have to direct it" - Carlo Nero Photo: Richard Mowe

Vanessa Redgrave: The refugees started having a hard time escaping a long time ago because the wars have been going for ages. »

- Richard Mowe

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Sea Sorrow’

17 May 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I feel like I’m back in ‘Richard III,'” Vanessa Redgrave notes solemnly at one point in her impassioned refugee-crisis documentary “Sea Sorrow.” Diagnosing Shakespearean levels of villainy and hubris in many of today’s political leaders — with a particular swipe at Britain’s Conservative government — she continues: “Those appalling historical figures are reemerging today.” It’s a dramatic analogy in all senses, though that is to be expected from a great classical actress making her debut as a documentarian. Sincere, sometimes impressionistic and formally naive, Redgrave’s 72-minute cri de coeur feigns neither tough investigative nous nor lofty aesthetic artistry as it commendably implores politicians and citizens to open their hearts, minds and borders to those affected by war in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Shot on rudimentary digital, it’s more extended PSA than cinema, but one senses the filmmaker herself knows her message outranks her method. As such, »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Sea Sorrow’ Review: Vanessa Redgrave’s Directorial Debut Is a Plain But Passionate Call to End the Refugee Crisis — Cannes 2017

17 May 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Less a documentary than it is a 74-minute infomercial trying to sell European politicians on their own humanity, Vanessa Redgrave’s “Sea Sorrow” neither qualifies as art nor aspires to be considered as such — it’s far too urgent for interpretation. Funded by and featuring the legendary actress (newly minted as a director just a few months after her 80th birthday), this glorified PSA is essentially the negative image of Gianfraco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea.” Redgrave’s film is as direct as Rosi’s film is impressionistic, her plea as haphazard as his is elegant. Of course, the world is wide enough to support both approaches, and the situation is dire enough to demand them.

While much of “Sea Sorrow” speaks to its audience in the abstract language of history and statistics, Redgrave is wise to ground this portrait on a personal level. The film begins with a devastating »

- David Ehrlich

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5 Secret Symbols Hidden in the Interiors of The Handmaids’ Tale

16 May 2017 5:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hulu’s haunting hit series The Handmaid’s Tale may not immediately get you thinking about home design —it’s set in a dystopian near-future that looks more like the 1600s — but the interiors featured in the show, from Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) Spartan attic bedroom to the eerily familiar grocery store, were all carefully decorated by production designer Julie Berhoff to hold clues about the characters and the world they live in. “Everything was very purposeful,” Berghoff tells archdigest.com. Here, five subtle decor moments you might have missed.

1. The Outline in Offred’s Room 

As a handmaid in the fictional nation of Gilead, »

- Mackenzie Schmidt

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Cannes: Rafe Spall Heads to ‘Denmark’ for WestEnd Films

15 May 2017 8:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor Rafe Spall is set to star in bittersweet comedy “Denmark,” which worldwide sales company WestEnd Films will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Market this week. The film sees the actor teaming with director Adrian Shergold, who directed his father Timothy Spall in 2005 biopic “Pierrepoint” about Britain’s last hangman.

Described as “a bittersweet comedy about one man’s pursuit of a dream no more ridiculous than the times we live in,” “Denmark” sees Spall star as a down-on-his-luck Welshman without a job or access to hot water, who makes a decision to change his life for the better. With nothing to lose, and everything to gain, he travels across Europe with one crazy goal: to get himself arrested and sent to a Danish prison where the beds are warm and the water is hot.

Hyde Park on Hudson’s” David Aukin will produce the film alongside and Ed Talfan, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Newswire: Thom Yorke to use his musical witchcraft to score the Suspiria remake

10 May 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

He’s no Goblin, and we’re not just defending the guy’s appearance: It’s been announced that Radiohead frontman and sentient conception of “ennui” Thom Yorke has been hired to score the upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s Italian horror classic Suspiria. The film, which moved from “ghastly idea” to “let’s give it a shot” when I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino and his A Bigger Splash cast (Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts) signed on to the project, is about a young American woman who travels to 1977 Berlin to join a dance company, only to suspect it may be hiding a dark secret. In that respect, it’s the perfect project for Yorke, who already looks as though he’d like to time travel to 1977 Berlin and lounge around the back room of a languid salon, giving readings of Thus Spoke Zarathustra »

- Alex McLevy

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Autlook boards Vanessa Redgrave's 'Sea Sorrow'

10 May 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary will premiere as a Special Screening at Cannes.

Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook Film Sales has picked up worldwide rights to Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut Sea Sorrow.

The documentary has been selected for Cannes Special Screenings and is framed as a personal meditation on the refugee crisis.

It features contributions from Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thompson, and is produced by Vanessa Redgrave and her son Carlo Nero of Dissent Projects.

Vanessa Redgrave is an human rights campaigner who deeply cares about the situation of very young refugees,” Autlook Film Sales CEO Salma Abdalla commented.

“She investigates the role of Europe with a personal narrative that organically compares the situation of children during WWII with today’s situation.

Sea Sorrow is a very moving and important film that will resonate with audiences all around the world.”

Autlook’s sales roster at Cannes includes three-time Tribeca-winning documentary Bobbi Jene, biography of ‘star-chitect’ Bjarke Ingels Big Time, and Goddesses »

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