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Sundance Film Review: ‘Novitiate’

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Her film may have far too many weighty matters on its mind to leave much room for petty resentments, but one wonders if writer-director Maggie Betts isn’t the teeniest bit annoyed that a certain other prestige drama about Catholic self-doubt and self-sacrifice beat hers to the title “Silence.” It would certainly be the ideal moniker for “Novitiate,” a piercing, immersive, and superbly played convent drama in which the suppression of speech is witnessed at both an individual and institutional level. The film marks an impressive first foray into starring vehicles for Margaret Qualley, ideally cast as a teenage nun-in-training whose devotional conflicts coincide with the Vatican’s radical reform of the Catholic Church in the early 1960s. But the most searing material here is reserved for Melissa Leo, who’s entirely startling as a merciless Mother Superior whose very sense of spiritual purpose is rocked by the new schemata. »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Pet Fooled’ Exclusive Clip: A Documentary on the Inner Workings of the Commercial Pet Food Industry

6 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Many pet owners don’t quite understand the consequences of what they feed their dogs and how the commercial pet food industry is pumping their products full of unhealthy chemicals. The new documentary “Pet Fooled” investigates the inner-workings of the pet food industry and their multi-conglomerate owners. With the help of high profile veterinarians Dr. Barbara Royal and Dr. Karen Becker, the film explores all facets of an industry that has largely gone unchallenged. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below which explores how dog food went from being packed in metal cans to paper bags because of WWII and the modern processing of kibble.

Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Wiener-Dog’ is Todd Solondz’s Angriest Movie

The film is directed by Kohl Harrington. He previously directed the documentary “A Broken System,” about capital punishment in America and the various actors behind the scenes of the death penalty system. He »

- Vikram Murthi

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Adds Hundreds of Theaters Ahead of Oscar Nominations

19 January 2017 5:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Studios is opting to more than triple the number of North American locations this weekend for Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” as Oscar nominations loom Tuesday.

Silence” will expand from 474 sites to 1,580 on Friday. It’s an optimistic move for a film that has failed to catch on with either awards voters or audiences so far.

The movie, set in 1640 Japan, has under-performed in a month of limited release with $3.8 million. During the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, “Silence” had a per-screen average of $5,010 — seventh-highest among the top 20 films.

Scorsese has been trying to make “Silence,” based on the Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuit missionaries, for 28 years. The film stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor — played by Liam Neeson — and spread Catholicism even though the religion has been banned. It was budgeted between $40 million »

- Dave McNary

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Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings

19 January 2017 2:44 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Goodfellas review – a brash, menacing hightail through the death of the mob

19 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece zips along with relish, and his acting A-team – De Niro, Pesci, Liotta – are on top form as this brilliant comic nightmare unfolds

‘Being a gangster was better than being president of the United States!” Is it less of a choice than ever? The rerelease of Martin Scorsese’s brash and brilliant mob masterpiece from 1990 – about the rise and fall of Irish-Italian criminal Henry Hill, from the 60s to the 80s – is a reminder of what his very best work looks like, and you can feel again the stunning impact of his A-team: Robert De Niro as Jimmy “The Gent” Conway and the Oscar-winning Joe Pesci as his psychopathic buddy Tommy DeVito, with Paul Sorvino as the malevolent and slow-moving capo Paulie Cicero and the director’s mother Catherine Scorsese superb in her cameo as Tommy’s artistically inclined mom.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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‘Sneaky Pete’ Renewed by Amazon for Season 2

19 January 2017 1:14 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amazon has renewed “Sneaky Pete” for a second season, less than one week after Season 1 actually arrived. “Sneaky Pete” just premiered on Friday, January 13, when it became the platform’s second most-streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind only “The Man in the High Castle.” The series was co-created and is executive produced by Bryan Cranston and showrunner Graham Yost. Michael Dinner, Fred Golan and James Degus also executive produce the Giovanni Ribisi show. Also Read: Martin Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary Goes to Amazon In addition to the “Boiler Room” alum, the ensemble cast also features Marin Ireland, »

- Tony Maglio

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Sundance 2017: $6 Mill Grateful Dead Docu Deal? Will Streaming Services Drive Deal Avalanche?

19 January 2017 10:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Today marks the start of a 2017 Sundance Film Festival that many feel could be dominated by the streaming services that are reshaping the independent film ecosystem. The signs of brisk action are there already, even before the auctions start this weekend. Yesterday, Amazon paid a whopping sum in excess of $6 million for Long Strange Trip, the 4-hour documentary on The Grateful Dead by director Amir Bar-Lev and producer Martin Scorsese, before the film's premiere. Amazon… »

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Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner Builds Hollywood Production Powerhouse

19 January 2017 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Brett Ratner and James Packer joined forces to create RatPac Entertainment in late 2012, Hollywood took notice.

Warner Bros. soon got onboard with the company, entering into a co-financing partnership, with RatPac that replaced Legendary as Warner’s key investor. RatPac operates as a production company and financing entity, and has a $450 million deal that covers 75 pictures with Warner Bros. over four years.

“Warner Brothers is the greatest partner anyone could ever have,” Ratner says. “It’s truly a family business there, and I know that sounds weird, because they’re a massive corporation, but you get that vibe with them, starting with Kevin Tsujihara. Warner’s has always been like that, and they still operate like that. It’s a very friendly, encouraging place to make movies. I’m hoping to direct my next picture there.”

And the feeling is mutual. “We’ve known and worked with Brett for years, »

- Nick Clement

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How the awards season has evolved

19 January 2017 6:59 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Time for something a bit fun and potentially a little bit embarrassing for me. What could it be? Well, looking back on how the season has evolved by checking my initial Oscar predictions for this year, of course! In past years, this has been occasionally cringe inducing, while sometimes it’s actually been a point of pride. This year, spoiler alert, it’s somewhere in between, which is probably where it should be. That’s the nature of the beast though, as it’s impossible to know what will play during an upcoming precursor season. You basically just either back an obvious prestige picture or try and pick out one of the promising things at the Sundance Film Festival. I mixed and matched this past time, to mostly solid effect. Below you will see my first set of Academy Award predictions, which you can compare to my most recent ones. »

- Joey Magidson

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Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire goes on tour

19 January 2017 6:55 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

BFI and Film 4 funded throwback, gun-slinging movie Free Fire, directed by Essex-born Writer and Director Ben Wheatley, is set to go on tour around the UK and Ireland with special preview screenings.

Wheatley, whose films such as Sightseers and High-Rise have won critical acclaim will join the tour, appearing for special Q&A’s with appearances from the cast at select screenings – but of course, that all remains hush-hush right now. Be prepared as any member of the tremendous cast, including Sharlto Copley (Hardcore Henry), Armie Hammer (Nocturnal Animals), the new Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Anthropoid), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Babou Ceesay (Eye in the Sky), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy), Sam Riley (Maleficent), Michael Smiley (The Lobster) and Noah Taylor (Submarine).

Why not have a read through the cities below to see if you can spot your hometown, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Qui-Gon: A Star Wars Story' Fake Trailer, 'The Witch' Lego Figures and More

18 January 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: Video essayist Dominick Nero mashed up Martin Scorsese's Silence with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace for a fake trailer for a standalone Qui-Gon spinoff: @starwars fans, i made a trailer for a Qui-Gon standalone film. @disney please don't destroy me pic.twitter.com/wOwlYMawKn — Dominick Nero (@filminick) January 18, 2017   Fake Trailer Remake of the Day: One of the fake movie trailers from Rick and Morty has been remade with footage from actual live-action movies and it's awesome (via Geek Tyrant):   Toys of the Day: These probably aren't real, but A24 shared this glimpse at a set...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Final Oscar Predictions: 5 Lingering Questions With Nominations on the Way

18 January 2017 5:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ballots were due on Friday and the nail-biting will finally cease at 5am on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s been another jam-packed phase one for Oscar season, though one that didn’t have quite as many twists and turns as you’d expect. After all, a certain musical started the season as the presumed frontrunner, and it hasn’t budged since.

Of course, as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, the Academy keeps you on your toes. So how will the nominations for the 89th annual Oscars play out next week? There will be surprises, surely. There always are. Figuring out what they might be is the fun. Check out my final picks if you’re curious to know one guy’s opinion, but as we head into this final lap, a few lingering questions remain.

How many best picture nominees will there be?

In the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Amazon Video Direct: Here’s What the Deal Really Means for Sundance Filmmakers

18 January 2017 3:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon has announced a special distribution deal exclusively for Sundance filmmakers, but weighing the pros and cons can be tricky. As a new feature of Amazon Video Direct, the video distribution service launched last May, Amazon is offering all official Sundance selections a one-time cash bonus and increased royalty rates for filmmakers who hand over worldwide streaming VOD rights to their films for 24 months, with the first 12 months exclusive to Amazon.

Under the program, which is called Film Festival Stars, Sundance’s U.S. Premieres and U.S. Dramatic Competition films are eligible to receive $100,000 for their rights, while U.S. Documentary Premieres and U.S. Documentary Competition films will receive $75,000. Films in the World Dramatic, World Documentaries, Next, Spotlight, Kids, Midnight, and New Frontier sections would receive $25,000. The royalty rates offer 30 cents per hour for movies viewed in the U.S. and 12 cents per hour for movies viewed internationally, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Seth Gordon to Direct Film Based on Boston College Basketball Point Shaving Scandal

18 January 2017 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line Cinema has landed an untitled pitch based on the true story of Boston College’s point shaving scandal. “Baywatch” director Seth Gordon will helm the upcoming film from a script by “30 Rock” co-showrunner Robert Carlock.

Brett Ratner and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment will produce with Gordon’s Exhibit A banner. Mary Rohlich will exec produce with Steel Titan’s Cayman Grant, Terry City, and Paula Gregg.

Originally seen as a documentary on Espn’s “30 for 30” series, the story revolves around the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team, which was infiltrated by a group of Pittsburgh gangsters and forced to participate in a point shaving scheme. It was eventually uncovered by the FBI, forever changing the program and the landscape of college basketball.

Two of the mob men involved in the scandal, Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke, have already had their day in the Hollywood limelight as the two »

- Justin Kroll

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Film Editors Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga to Receive Career Achievement Awards

18 January 2017 2:02 PM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Thelma Schoonmaker: MovieZine/YouTube

The American Cinema Editors will present Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga with Career Achievement awards during the Ace Eddie Awards, Deadline writes. The event will be held in Beverly Hills on January 27.

Schoonmaker has worked with Martin Scorsese as an editor since 1967. Her collaborations with Scorsese have led Schoonmaker to seven Oscar nods, and three wins (for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator,” and “The Departed”). Schoonmaker’s most recent editing credits include Scorsese’s “Silence,” “Bombay Velvet,” and “Learning to Drive.”

Ashikaga has been nominated for 10 Emmys, and has won four times for her work on “Seinfeld,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Sports Night,” and “The West Wing.” She has also edited episodes of “Frasier,” “Medium,” and “Franklin & Bash.”

Women accounted for just 17 percent of the editors who worked on the top 250 highest-grossing films of 2016.

Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker have helped create some of the most iconic films and television programs in entertainment,” the Ace Board of Directors announced in a press release. “[W]e are thrilled to honor them with Career Achievement awards for their indelible contributions to the craft and community of film editing.”

Film Editors Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga to Receive Career Achievement Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Newswire: Amazon takes a Long Strange Trip towards distributing Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 12:16 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Four-hours might seem like a long running time for documentary about a rock band, unless that band is the Grateful Dead—unnecessarily drawn-out is kind of its brand. Jerry Garcia & Co. logged performances of “Darkstar” back in the early ‘70s that went on practically that long. With that in mind, Amazon Studios probably knew what it was doing when it picked up Long Strange Trip, the new film from documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story)

“I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003,” the filmmaker said via press release. “Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter.”

One of those people on board the project is another filmmaker known for blurring the line between music and cinema. Martin Scorsese—who dabbled in rock documentary with The Last ...

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- Dennis DiClaudio

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Amazon Video Direct Launches Film Festival Stars Program At Sundance

18 January 2017 9:49 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amazon has a premiere of Jill Soloway's new series I Love Dick at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will undoubtedly be looking for a repeat of its successful acquisition last year of the acclaimed Manchester By The Sea, and has already snagged the Martin Scorsese executive produced Grateful Dead documentary. However, throwing a potential wild card into the festival circuit, the House of Bezos is also putting a special new offer out there for filmmakers in… »

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Amazon Video Direct Launches Film Festival Stars Program At Sundance

18 January 2017 9:49 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Amazon has a premiere of Jill Soloway's new series I Love Dick at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will undoubtedly be looking for a repeat of its successful acquisition last year of the acclaimed Manchester By The Sea, and has already snagged the Martin Scorsese executive produced Grateful Dead documentary. However, throwing a potential wild card into the festival circuit, the House of Bezos is also putting a special new offer out there for filmmakers in… »

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Amazon picks up Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Amazon picks up The Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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