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Alejandro González Iñárritu Tells Marina Abramovic Why He Loves Virtual Reality — Tribeca 2017

13 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alejandro González Iñárritu is no longer interested in making realistic movies. The Mexican filmmaker — who is one of only three directors to win consecutive Oscars — Iñárritu told performance artist Marina Abramovic during a conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday that ever since 2009, he’s increasingly disliked exploring realism in movies.

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“It was not adding anything, enhancing anything or revealing another reality to me,” Iñárritu said. “Our internal reality is more important, or is the only one that exists to ourselves. I love to play that cinematically and perceive characters through that state of consciousness.”

While his 2009 film “Birdman” is one the strongest examples of Iñárritu letting the inner thoughts of a character take over the narrative, he said he will never make a film like “Birdman” again, in part because the elaborate »

- Graham Winfrey

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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

20 April 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is »

- Dave McNary

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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

20 April 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is exactly what we have in Mandy and »

- Dave McNary

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12 Movies to Watch After You See ‘The Fate of the Furious’

14 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Assorted recommendations inspired by the multifarious sequel.Sorry, Marky Mark, but you’ve already got a car-based franchise.

By the time you’re done watching The Fate of the Furious, you’re likely to have forgotten some of its distinctly differing parts. The sequel begins as one thing then becomes another and another and another, delivering a thrilling mix of action sequences that don’t quite fit together as a fluid and cohesive whole.

I was reminded of a number of dissimilar movies while watching the eighth Fast and the Furious installment, so this week’s list of recommendations could be an even more mixed assortment than usual. But I have no interest in prescribing bad-tasting medicine like The Game Plan in response to Dwayne Johnson’s soccer dad scene. I’m also ignoring Jason Statham’s cheeky insult reminding Johnson and us all of his dumb Hercules movie.

Instead of going with the usual chronological trip »

- Christopher Campbell

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What ‘The Master’ Tells Us About Scientology

4 April 2017 7:04 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A closer look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s handling of religion.

Throughout his filmography, Paul Thomas Anderson has covered a myriad of highly specific topics. Whether it’s Hard Eight’s focus on the gambling underworld, Boogie Nights’ portrayal of the pornography business, or There Will Be Blood’s handling of the oil industry, Anderson rejoices in exploring the nooks and crannies of the lives that exist within these strange worlds. His 2012 film The Master was no exception to this, and is perhaps the most dangerous example of them all.

Based heavily on the teachings of Scientology — as well as the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard — The Master explores the cryptic relationship between the unstable, primal sailor Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) and the intellectual Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). This relationship is dissected and observed in many ways throughout the film, but never as engrossingly as during Freddie’s “processing” scenes with Dodd. These »

- Fernando Andrés

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The Hills’ Jason Wahler Celebrates His Sobriety with ‘Before and After’ Photos

24 March 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jason Wahler has reason to celebrate!

The Hills alum, who also appeared on MTV’s Laguna Beach, took to Instagram on Thursday evening to celebrate his sobriety with his fans and followers.

Wahler, 30, shared a three-photo collage in the social media post, which included his old mugshot and a current picture of himself with arms wide open. The photo, which showcased the National Addiction Foundation’s logo at the top, also included the phrase, “You will never know how good it is until you get sober.”

Since overcoming his battle with addiction, the reality star has been open about his past struggle with substance abuse. »

- Natalie Stone

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Not Be Changed In Light Of Carrie Fisher’s Passing

23 March 2017 3:24 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The passing of an actor is always a difficult thing to deal with when it happens prior to the finish of a production. There is no cut-and-dry way to deal with it, and in the past, studios and filmmakers have taken different measures to help hide the fact that their actor was unable to complete reshoots. With the case of Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, some made changes to the script work around the footage they had shot already. In the case of Furious Seven, they utilized CG and Paul Walker’s brothers to shoot the remaining footage they needed for the film.

However, as great as those respective films turned out, neither actor had quite the iconic nature of Carrie Fisher. This was a woman who had been seen as Princess Leia for the better part forty years. This is a role that is not »

- Joseph Medina

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‘The Savages’ Director Tamara Jenkins Returns with ‘Private Life’

15 March 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This year will mark a decade since the release of The Savages, the second feature from Slums of Beverly Hills director Tamara Jenkins. Starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, it was a powerfully-acted, perceptive look at familial struggle, and we’ve been waiting ever since for her follow-up. 10 years later, it is finally coming and a cast has already been set.

Financed and distributed by Netflix, Private Life stars Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Shannon, and John Carroll Lynch. Jenkins’ script follows a married couple (Giamatti and Hahn) who are struggling with infertility and its damaging effect on their relationship, but when their niece offers up her eggs, things change. Shannon, who picked up an Indie Spirit award for Other People this year, will play the niece’s mother, while Lynch plays Giamatti’s brother and Shannon’s husband.

Produced by Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu (Enough Said, Indignation »

- Jordan Raup

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The Most Disappointing: Peter Jackson’s King Kong

4 March 2017 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we gear up for a return to Skull Island, Anghus Houvouras revisits Peter Jackson’s King Kong

I can still remember seeing Return of the King for the first time, and the annual Butt Numb-a-Thon hosted by Harry Knowles from Ain’t It Cool News. It was a room full of ridiculously excited film geeks seeing the most anticipated movie of the year with Peter Jackson in attendance. It was one of those cinematic moments I’ll never forget, watching the amazing final installment of one of the best (if not The best) film trilogies ever assembled with a cheering crowd and the man who had put it all together in the audience watching alongside us.

If you had told me then that Peter Jackson would follow-up the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a series of tepid, lifeless blockbusters, I might have slapped you in the face. Not just out of anger, »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Terrence Howard Says He Got Oscar Robbed, So Watch Out, Denzel (Video)

26 February 2017 6:45 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_vvbspnqo"]] Terrence Howard  isn't so sure Denzel Washington will bring home the Oscar, because he says he deserved it back in the day but went home empty. We got the "Empire" star Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards when he groused that he should have won best actor in 2006 for "Hustle & Flow." Btw ... it went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Capote."  Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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A Movie Marathon for Sports Films Lovers

19 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some of the quintessential movies of all time are sports themed, and they are memorable for a good reason. Many of these films include suspense, excitement, and a good moral lesson to tug on the heartstrings. Below you will find a good place to start your next sports movie marathon, a list of some iconic sports films:

RushThe first movie in our marathon is about the sport of Formula One Racing. Rush stars Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde and tells the story of a 1970’s racing rivalry in Germany. Bonus point for this movie because it is based on a true story.

Million Dollar Baby – Starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman, this popular movie is about a persevering woman who wants to be trained to be a professional boxer and the life changing results for both her and her trainer.

Silver Linings Playbook – This 2012 movie stars Bradley Cooper, »

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Hollywood Flashback: When Julianne Moore's 'Magnolia' Monologue Bloomed in Berlin

13 February 2017 10:59 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin Film Festival attendees were dropped into the San Fernando Valley back in 2000, when Paul Thomas Anderson screened his California-set ensemble drama Magnolia, Julianne Moore’s second film with her Boogie Nights director. Also starring Tom Cruise, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Robards and Patton Oswalt, among many others, the 188-minute tapestry of intertwining Los Angeles lives and their coincidental losses already had been met with mixed reviews in the weeks before its Berlinale gala screening.

The Hollywood Reporter summarized the debate as either “a masterful work of the cinematic arts or a self-indulgent day-in-our-lives concept »

- Ashley Lee

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Exclusive: The Impact and Legacy of ‘Law & Order: Svu’ 400 Episodes Later

7 February 2017 8:20 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

On September 20, 1999, audiences were invited to explore another side of New York City, where crimes were “especially heinous.” The first spinoff of creator Dick Wolf’s successful Law & Order series, Special Victims Unit introduced viewers to a new team of “dedicated detectives” -- Oliva Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Monique Jeffries (Michelle Hurd) and John Munch (Richard Belzer), led by Capt. Don Cragen (Dann Florek) -- tasked with bringing justice for sexually based crimes.

Their stories quickly became beloved by audiences as the series not only became a ratings hit for NBC, but also earned critical acclaim -- including a historic run of Emmy nominations and wins for its guest stars -- and adoration among the many actors who passed through on their way to stardom.

“At its heart, it's a show about good versus evil,” Michaela McManus, who played Ada Kim Greylek on season 10, tells Et. “In a world that's increasingly scary and uncertain »

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‘The Master: How Scientology Works’ Video Essay Shows Similarities Between the Religion and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Film

26 January 2017 10:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 drama “The Master” follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a Naval veteran who arrives home unsettled and uncertain of his future after fighting in the war. He then meets Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), a leader of a religious movement known as “The Cause” who accepts him and takes him under his wing.

The film drew comments that it had some similarities with Scientology and its belief system, though Anderson denied that it was about the religion. Although, the filmmaker did say that the movie was partly inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and his book “Dianetics,” among other stories and people.

A new video essay, “The Master: How Scientology Works,” by YouTube user Nerdwriter1 explains how Scientology’s practice of auditing is used in the film and how the movie features other techniques used by the religion.

Read More: John Travolta Had Scientology Head »

- Indiewire Staff

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Great Job, Internet!: The Master’s harrowing auditing scene explains how Scientology works

26 January 2017 9:23 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Paul Thomas Anderson has had a cagey relationship with the notion of The Master being “his Scientology movie.” He’s been clear that while it’s based on portions of L. Ron Hubbard’s life, its influences are wider than that, and its true focus is on soldiers after World War II. The film rarely delves into the outrageous space-alien lore of the actual religion, focusing instead on the psychological interplay of its main characters. A new video from Nerdwriter1 explores how that psychology is manipulated in one of the film’s most memorable scenes: the initial audit between Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Lancaster Dodd and Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Quell.

Dodd’s questions are drawn almost directly from the Church’s own Oxford Capacity Analysis, which bears no affiliation with the actual Oxford University. The scene grows more intense as Quell is forced to repeat his own name and »

- Clayton Purdom

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Lionsgate U.K. Takes Stake in Drama Production Company Potboiler Television

26 January 2017 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lionsgate U.K. has continued to ramp up its investment in the television business, purchasing an undisclosed stake in Potboiler Television, the new high-end television drama company set up by Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland,” HBO’s “Generation Kill”) and Gail Egan (“The Constant Gardener”).

Lionsgate has also signed a first-look deal for global distribution of Potboiler’s television product.

The deal marks the latest step in the global expansion of Lionsgate’s television business. In the U.K., the company has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment, co-financed the Channel 4 comedy “Damned,” and hired leading ITV executive Steve November as creative director of U.K. television.

The investment in Potboiler Television builds on the relationship between Lionsgate and Potboiler Productions, which have collaborated on several film projects, including Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Punch-Drunk Love’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

19 January 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis GuzmanMary Lynn Rajskub | Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

If you’re Paul Thomas Anderson, how do you follow up a succession of sprawling epics like Boogie Nights and Magnolia? Why, you make a small-scale rom-com, of course. Except this is PTA, so it’s not that simple. On the surface, Punch-Drunk Love looks like the runt of Anderson’s litter – perhaps not helped, in retrospect, by Adam Sandler’s steady decline since 2002 – but looking again, it has a good deal to offer.

Sandler plays Barry, a blue pill guy in a bad blue suit. He owns a warehouse company that sells … well, who knows? Plungers, certainly. Barry is socially awkward and thoroughly single, and he’s under the thumb of his seven bullying sisters. One day his one vaguely agreeable sibling, Elizabeth (Mary Lynn Rajskub), introduces Barry to »

- Rupert Harvey

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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Hector Cabello Reyes on ‘An Indian Tale,’ Directing Actors, Its Characters Connecting With Life

16 January 2017 3:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes his feature debut  directing Belgium’s Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”), France’s Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) and India’s Bollywood and Hollywood actor Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”).

Inspired by Ricardo Darin starrer “Chinese Take-Out,” “An Indian Tale” is an odd couple/second-chance-in-life dramedy, kicking off when Pierre, (Poelvoorde), an irascible, short-fused stand-offish hardware store owner with a compulsive obsession disorder rebuffs the love interest of Jeanne (Lamy), the beautiful and life-loving sister of a client. Then he stumbles across a Bengali immigrant, Ajit (Pitobash), who doesn’t speak a word of French. Pierre does everything to get Ajit off his hands, taking him to the police station, the Indian Embassy and to meet possible relations, but ends up having to put him up in his home, »

- John Hopewell

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New to Streaming: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Operation Avalanche,’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘Tower,’ and More

6 January 2017 8:55 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

As we await Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film later this year, one now has the chance to see his sprawling second feature about the world of pornography in a 70s and 80s Los Angeles on Netflix. Boogie Nights, which features much of the ensemble — including Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham — at their best, »

- The Film Stage

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Slender Man film gets a director and it's not who you're expecting

5 January 2017 4:18 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

It has recurred time and again in the history of film and TV that two projects based on the same subject come into existence at similar times; it's happened with Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winner Capote and Infamous starring Toby Jones), The Jungle Book (last year's Disney box office smash forced Andy Serkis to push his version to 2018) and even the tragic suicide of Christine Lubbock (this month's Christine starring Rebecca Hall and documentary Kate Plays Christine). »

- Jacob Stolworthy

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