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Focus Sneaks ‘Atomic Blonde’ Footage, Bets on Female Directors

19 May 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features is back in indie territory roughly a year after the label underwent another massive shakeup.

The company’s chairman Peter Kujawski told a crowd of journalists assembled at the beach in front of the J.W Marriott on Friday afternoon that Focus had successfully repositioned itself as a home for top filmmakers. On a balmy day, as the waves lapped against the seashore, he unveiled a slate of films that included movies from Joe Wright, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears and Garth Davis that might in the hunt for Oscar glory.

“We believe filmmakers thrive when they are supported,” said Kujawski.

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Kujawski was named chairman in 2016 in a housecleaning that ousted  Peter Schlessel from the top spot. His talk boasted roughly 20 minutes of clips, including footage of “Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller with Charlize Theron as a »

- Brent Lang

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Viggo Mortensen To Set Off ‘Unabomb’

16 May 2017 12:58 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There’s life before and after “The Lord Of The Rings” for Viggo Mortensen, and the mega-success of that franchise has allowed the actor to be tremendously selective about the roles he takes. While you might think he holds out for obvious, top tier projects like Daniel Day-Lewis, Mortensen tends to favor small projects and indie films, such as last year’s “Captain Fantastic,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance.

Continue reading Viggo Mortensen To Set Off ‘Unabomb’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Making Film at Annapurna

16 May 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annapurna has forged a two-year film production deal with Pastel, the Oscar-winning company behind “Moonlight.” As part of the pact, Annapurna will get the rights to a feature film from Barry Jenkins, the director behind the coming-of-age Oscar best picture winner. That movie is already in development.

Jenkins is writing a script, which will serve as the first project under the deal. Details are being kept under wraps. The pact will also include future films from Pastel partners Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Mark Ceryak.

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Annapurna is backed by Megan Ellison, a film producer and heiress. After making a name for itself backing auteur-driven pictures from the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”) and David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Annapurna has been staffing up and is looking to be a full-fledged distribution company. “Detroit,” a drama from Kathryn Bigelow, »

- Brent Lang

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Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski’s Pastel Inks Two-Year Production Deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

16 May 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna is getting into the Barry Jenkins business.

The production company has just signed a two-year film production deal with Pastel, Jenkins’ own shingle, which aims to be “a home that empowers artists to create provocative, boundary-pushing work in film, television and beyond.” The deal includes a new feature project, set to be helmed by Jenkins, along with future films from Pastel’s four partners, including Jenkins, his “Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Mark Ceryak.

The new deal comes months after Pastel’s big Best Picture win for Jenkins’ “Moonlight” — the company’s very first film — which was produced by Romanski and Plan B.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’ Postmortem: How To Win Best Picture in 5 (Not So) Easy Steps

Jenkins is currently writing a script, which is slated to serve as the first project under the deal. Details on that project are being kept under wraps. »

- Kate Erbland

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Previous Oscar winners will litter the race again this year

15 May 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Some years, it feels like all of the Academy Award contenders are fresh faces. The hopefuls for Oscar nominations and wins are on the scene for the first time and vying to join the club. Other times, it’s a mix between old and new. Still other times, it seems like a disproportionately large amount of would be nominees and prospective winners have been there before. 2017 seems like it’s going to be one of those years. We don’t fully know how it’s going to shape up just yet, but there’s a whole host of golden statue owners who might end up thinking about making room on their mantle for more this time around. If nothing else, this is just a primer to keep in mind when the fall and winter months come calling. Here is the list of all former winners who have something in contention this year. »

- Joey Magidson

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Elle Fanning’s Awful Hair In ‘3 Generations’ Is Why Cisgender Actors Shouldn’t Play Trans Characters

11 May 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Company, and Harvey Weinstein in particular, is notorious for using unconventional tactics to promote its films; he flew Daniel Day-Lewis to D.C. to support the Americans with Disabilities Act during the Oscar campaign for “My Left Foot,” and paraded Martin Scorsese around at a Women In Film luncheon to prove “Gangs of New York” wasn’t too violent.

While “3 Generations” likely won’t be earning Oscar noms, Weinstein did score (orchestrate?) a flurry of good press when the MPAA gave the transgender drama an R rating, citing language and sexual references in its decision. GLAAD sent the MPAA an angry letter; Naomi Watts gave an impassioned statement about the “beautiful and touching story,” and the MPAA changed the rating to PG-13. And for one brief and shining moment, nobody talked about how awful the movie was. (Current Rotten Tomatoes: 35%.)

Read More: ‘3 Generations’ Featurette: Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts »

- Jude Dry

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Bradley Cooper Explains Rocket’s Voice in ‘Guardians': ‘Gilbert Gottfried Meets Joe Pesci’ (Video)

5 May 2017 6:38 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bradley Cooper stops by Ellen DeGeneres couch on Friday and shares some details about how he got into character as a talking raccoon named Rocket in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. “We came up with a totally different voice,” Cooper told DeGeneres on her show to promote the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The actor said that he approached the films’ writer-director James Gunn wanting to use a gravelly voice like Daniel Day Lewis’ miner character Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood.” Also Read: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Post-Credits Scene Explained: Who is 'Adam'? »

- Thom Geier

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Mindhorn: Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby interview

3 May 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane May 4, 2017

The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt and Yonderland’s Simon Farnaby talk to us about their Isle of Man action comedy, Mindhorn...

When you get to chat to two comedy geniuses at once, it doesn’t feel much like an interview. It’s more like sitting in on some well-honed hilarity, and trying not to make a tit of yourself when you try and interject with a question. This is what it felt like when I sat down with Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby for twenty minutes, in a snazzy central London meeting room, to talk about Mindhorn.

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The film, if you’re unfamiliar, casts The Mighty Boosh alum Barratt as a washed up actor by the name of Richard Thorncroft. His heyday was way back in the 1980s, when »

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Jonny Greenwood to Score New Film Starring Joaquin Phoenix

2 May 2017 6:53 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will score a new film starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here, that will premiere at Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 17th through 28th, The Playlist reports.

Lynne Ramsay directed You Were Never Really Here, which is an adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novella of the same name. The film tells the story of a war veteran who tries to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring. Greenwood previously scored Ramsay's 2011 thriller, We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Ramsay is the only »

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‘The Leftovers’: Scott Glenn Wasn’t Looking for a Sign, But What He Found Changed His Life Forever

30 April 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Scott Glenn has been acting for 48 years, and anyone who’s going to share the screen with him better be prepared.

“When I hear an actor say, ‘I don’t want to rehearse this too many times because I want to keep it fresh,’ well, excuse my French, but that just tells me they don’t know what the fuck they’re doing,” Glenn said to IndieWire. “There is no such thing as too much rehearsal. When Daniel Day-Lewis told Steven Spielberg he needed a year for ‘Lincoln,’ I understand that.”

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Review: Season 3, Episode 3, ‘Crazy Whitefella Thinking’

But no amount of time could have prepared Glenn for what happened when he tried out a new acting technique during an episode of “The Leftovers” — not a two-and-a-half month heads up from Damon Lindelof; not receiving the script three weeks before he even left for Australia; not a »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Leftovers’: Scott Glenn Wasn’t Looking for a Sign, But What He Found Changed His Life Forever

30 April 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Scott Glenn has been acting for 48 years, and anyone who’s going to share the screen with him better be prepared.

“When I hear an actor say, ‘I don’t want to rehearse this too many times because I want to keep it fresh,’ well, excuse my French, but that just tells me they don’t know what the fuck they’re doing,” Glenn said to IndieWire. “There is no such thing as too much rehearsal. When Daniel Day-Lewis told Steven Spielberg he needed a year for ‘Lincoln,’ I understand that.”

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Review: Season 3, Episode 3, ‘Crazy Whitefella Thinking’

But no amount of time could have prepared Glenn for what happened when he tried out a new acting technique during an episode of “The Leftovers” — not a two-and-a-half month heads up from Damon Lindelof; not receiving the script three weeks before he even left for Australia; not a »

- Ben Travers

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Film Review: ‘Rupture’

28 April 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There appears to be no onscreen torture we can invent but some producer’s first thought is “I’d like to see Noomi Rapace undergo that in a movie.” Graphic sexual violence? Niels Arden Oplev’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” Excruciating self-surgery? Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” Strangulation by a dead woman’s identical twin? Brian De Palma’s “Passion.” And now we get “Rupture,” perhaps the sine qua non of the “let’s torture Noomi Rapace” subgenre in which she is tased, kidnapped, tied to a gurney, repeatedly drugged, forced to wear a helmet full of spiders and other things too spoilery, and too daft, to go into here.

But maybe the cruellest extreme rendition to be visited on Rapace is her ongoing, tantalizing proximity to the A-list, where despite an impressive resume, she’s never quite managed to establish herself. And that is one effort in which “Rupture” does her no favors. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Michael Fassbender: Why They Hold the Highest Metacritic Actor Scores

28 April 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nobody picks movies like Daniel Day-Lewis. The three-time Oscar winner has never acted in a film earning a negative aggregate score on Metacritic, giving him an average individual score of 73, higher than any other actor today. Day-Lewis’s highest rated films on the site are “There Will Be Blood” (92) and “Lincoln” (86). Second on the list of highest average scores is Michael Fassbender, at 69, and John C. Reilly, at 66.

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How are these scores calculated? A recent study by Vox analyzed Metacritic data to rate actors based on the reviews of their films. (Metacritic scores films from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews. To earn a “generally favorable” rating, films must have an average score of 61 or greater, while “universal acclaim” requires a score of 81 or higher).

Vox noted that the method it used for its study is far from a perfect science, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s Latest Work: Haim’s ‘Right Now’ Music Video (Video)

27 April 2017 7:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paul Thomas Anderson’s followup to “Inherent Vice,” a London-set fashion drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, doesn’t open until Christmas. To satiate his fans, the Oscar-nominated director made a surprise collaboration ahead of that film’s release: a music video for Haim’s new single, “Right Now.” The song is the lead song off the band’s sophomore album “Something to Tell You,” which arrives July 7, four years after 2013’s hit record “Days Are Gone.” Anderson’s video is one long take of a live studio recording of the single. Also Read: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis Mystery Movie Plot »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Paul Thomas Anderson Directs Haim in One Intimate Long Take in ‘Right Now’ Music Video — Watch

27 April 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was already going to be a great year for Paul Thomas Anderson fans given that his London fashion drama with Daniel Day-Lewis opens this Christmas, but it turns out we’re getting some surprise new Anderson content today. Pop rock band Haim has released the new music video for “Right Now” and lo and behold: It’s directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

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Anderson is well-versed in the music video space, having worked with artists like Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann and Joanna Newsom in the past. He collaborated with “Radiohead” on three videos last year for songs off their acclaimed album “A Moon Shaped Pool.” The “Right Now” video for Haim captures the same intimate performance vibe of his Radiohead clip for “The Numbers.”

Haim rocketed to stardom in 2013 with their breakout debut album “Days are Gone, »

- Zack Sharf

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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Music Video For Haim’s ‘Right Now’

27 April 2017 6:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, this is an unexpectedly awesome way to kick the day off. Paul Thomas Anderson is currently in production on his latest film, a re-team with Daniel Day-Lewis on a drama set in the fashion world in the 1950s, so we figured we wouldn’t hear much from him anytime soon. But suddenly, this morning, a new music video dropped from the awesome band Haim — their first new music in several years — and it’s Anderson that’s directed the clip (which was shot last November).

Continue reading Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Music Video For Haim’s ‘Right Now’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Best Actor - April Foolish Oscar Predix

20 April 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This year's best actor race could well be entirely composed of famous stars playing real life people... as is not unfortunately uncommon as creating a wholly original character from the imagination to the point where they feel three dimensional to the audience without any "borrowed glory" can be just as if not more difficult! But awards are what they are and "true stories" are preferred. This year Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Benedict Cumberbath as Thomas Edison, Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne, Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, and Chadwick Boseman asThurgood Marshall. And that's just the famous real life people. Other actors going the true story / real life character route include Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Bell, Miles Teller, and Tom Hanks.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon bombing survivor in Stronger

I didn't mean to predict two movies that feature stars in wheelchairs »

- NATHANIEL R

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Luke Newberry interview: In The Flesh, Home Front

20 April 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 21, 2017

We chatted to actor Luke Newberry about his BBC Radio 4 Home Front role, In The Flesh, getting his start in acting and more…

“I’m still umm-ing, how annoying for you!” he says, but interviewing Luke Newberry isn’t annoying in the least. He’s at pains to give proper answers to questions, literally so judging by some of the noises he makes in our half-hour chat. His frustrated ‘aaghs’ and ‘ooohs’ and ‘umms’ are the sound of someone who doesn’t have a ready-made patter and who doesn’t want to just say any old thing.

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When I ask him who would be his dream director, for instance, Newberry pauses, asks if we can come back to it later, pauses »

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