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'Super Mario Bros.' Will Be Animated for Next Movie Adaptation

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Nintendo, one of the biggest video game companies in history, hasn't bothered with movie adaptations for almost 25 years. Since the failure of 1993's live-action Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, there's been little to no interest to try again. Rumors have circulated in recent years about deals with Disney or general plans for big screen versions of its properties. But we're now on the verge of something real happening. And again it involves the Mario brand.  According to the Wall Street Journal (via io9), Nintendo is nearing a deal with Universal Pictures and the animation studio Illumination Entertainment, makers of the Minions (via the Despicable Me trilogy and spin-off), plus recent...

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‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie in Development at Illumination

‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie in Development at Illumination
Illumination Entertainment is near an agreement with Nintendo to make an animated “Super Mario Bros.” movie based on the iconic video game franchise about plumbers Mario and Luigi, Variety has confirmed.

The companies denied comment on the report Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal. Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. games and spinoffs have sold more than 330 million units.

Illumination, which is owned by Chris Meledandri and Universal Studios, has produced the “Despicable Me,” “Minions,” and “The Secret Life of Pets” movies. Nintendo agreed in 2015 with Universal Parks and Resorts to build attractions based on Nintendo characters including Mario and Luigi.

Nintendo made a deal for 1993’s live-action “Super Mario Bros.” starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper, but the movie performed poorly at the box office.

The newspaper reported that the “Super Mario” movie would be animated by Illumination’s Mac Guff studio in Paris and that the project is in the early stages of development
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'Super Mario Bros.' Will Be Animated for Next Movie Adaptation

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Nintendo, one of the biggest video game companies in history, hasn't bothered with movie adaptations for almost 25 years. Since the failure of 1993's live-action Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, there's been little to no interest to try again. Rumors have circulated in recent years about deals with Disney or general plans for big screen versions of its properties. But we're now on the verge of something real happening - and it...

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5 Exciting American Indies Hitting Film Festivals in 2018, From Cowboys in China to WWII-Era Russia

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5 Exciting American Indies Hitting Film Festivals in 2018, From Cowboys in China to WWII-Era Russia
Now in its eighth year, the American Film Festival offers a unique perspective on recent developments in U.S. indie filmmaking. That’s because it happens in Poland, staged at the stylish Kino Nowe Horyzonty film center in Wroclaw, also home to the summer New Horizons festival, which has more of a European tilt.

Although the festival, which recently concluded, surveys many favorites from Sundance and South by Southwest, the curation doesn’t merely transpose selections to a new setting. It imports a lively assortment of filmmakers, as well, and creates a cozy, engaged atmosphere more akin to the communal vibe of the Maryland Film Festival. Indeed, to rub shoulders in a crowd that included Jody Lee Lipes, Noel Wells, Dustin Guy Defa, Nathan Silver, producer Mike Ryan, Jessica Oreck and Mike Ott is to experience a deep dive into the creative bustle of current indie ferment.

That spirit is
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A Critic’s Appreciation of Agnès Varda, New Wave’s Leading Lady

A Critic’s Appreciation of Agnès Varda, New Wave’s Leading Lady
In his book “The Judgment of Paris,” art historian Ross King points out that in the 1860s, France’s most esteemed artist was a man named Ernest Meissonier, a celebrated painter of horses and military tableaux whom few recall today. By contrast, many of the Impressionists whose genius we now celebrate were not properly recognized until after their deaths.

It’s a lesson worth remembering when thinking about contemporary cinema, in which pop entertainment earns instant praise, while the work most likely to endure a century from now a century from now goes relatively unrecognized in its time. French director Agnès Varda is the kind of filmmaker whose oeuvre is sure to stand the test of time — because it already has, holding up brilliantly since her 1955 feature debut, “La Pointe Courte,” about which Variety condescendingly wrote, “Main aspect of this film is that it was made for $20,000 by a 25-year-old girl.”

With her tiny seaside romance,
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‘The Other Side of the Wind’: All-Star Team of Oscar Winners Set to Complete Orson Welles’ Final Movie

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‘The Other Side of the Wind’: All-Star Team of Oscar Winners Set to Complete Orson Welles’ Final Movie
The Other Side of the Wind,” Orson Welles’ unfinished last movie, is nearing completion, Variety reports. Netflix announced in March that it was acquiring the movie and funding the competition effort, which has been overseen by producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza. As the movie enters the post-production phase, Netflix and the producers have brought on an all-star team of Oscar winners to help assist with the movie’s restoration, including Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski and sound mixer Scot Millan. Negative cutter Mo Henry is also being brought on.

Read More:Netflix Acquires ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ Orson Welles’ Unfinished Swan Song

After all these years, I can’t quite believe we are starting post production on ‘The Other Side of the Wind,'” Marshall told Variety. “Thanks to Netflix, we have been able to assemble an amazingly talented post-production team to take on the exciting and daunting
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Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)

Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)
Orson Welles’ unfinished final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” is nearing completion following the hiring of Academy Award winners Bob Murawski as editor and Scott Millan as sound mixer.

The producers have also tapped negative cutter Mo Henry, who has worked on more than 300 films, along with Ruth Hasty as post-production supervisor.

Netflix acquired global rights in March to ‘The Other Side of the Wind” and is financing the completion of the movie with plans for a 2018 release. The film was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar. It stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart, and Dennis Hopper.

Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a production manager on the original production and has led efforts to complete this film for more than 40 years, is overseeing completion of the film with consultation from Bogdanovich
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NYC Weekend Watch: Stephen Cone, Dennis Hopper, ‘Lady Bird,’ Sam Shepard & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

The warm and wise films of Stephen Cone are given a retrospective, overlapping with the theatrical release of his new film, Princess Cyd.

Metrograph

Dennis Hopper, Philippe Garrel, Samuel Fuller, and Forman & Passer all have films screening.

Quad Cinema

The likes of Truffaut, Akerman, Lucas, De Palma, and Fellini screen
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‘Along For The Ride’ Needlessly Adorns Dennis Hopper’s Legacy With Saintliness [Review]

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Dennis Hopper was a legend. His tumultuous career — replete with soaring highs and harrowing lows — was matched only by his turbulent and unruly personal life. The director behind the prototype for American independent cinema, the classic “Easy Rider,” Hopper’s career began alongside that of James Dean, whom he shared the screen with twice, before bottoming out with his ambitious disaster “The Last Movie” when he was blackballed by the industry for his indignance and difficult attitude.

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Contest: Win George A. Romero’s Land Of The Dead Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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Along with their special Dawn of the Dead remake release, Scream Factory has a Halloween treat in store for horror fans with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, and in the spooky spirit of the season, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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October 31st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Dawn Of The Dead (2004) and Land Of The Dead Collector’s Editions, Slaughter High

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Happy (almost) Halloween readers! With October 31st falling on the weekly home entertainment release day, that means we have extra reasons to get excited this Tuesday. Scream Factory has put together two absolutely incredible collector’s edition Blu-rays for George A. Romero’s underrated modern classic Land of the Dead as well as Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which fans are going to want to add to their own personal collections.

For those of you who may have missed it in theaters, The Dark Tower comes home on Halloween, and Lionsgate has given the cult classic Slaughter High the Vestron Video treatment for their brand new Blu. Blue Underground is also keeping busy this week with a pair of Collector’s Edition sets, too—The Lift and Down—and the complete series of Orphan Black makes its home release bow on Halloween, too.

Other notable Halloween
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The Official Trailer for ‘Along for the Ride’ Documentary on Dennis Hopper

Along For The Ride is a documentary detailing the life of famed actor Dennis Hopper. While Hopper passed away in 2010 his story is still one that is set to electrify Hollywood since he was such an interesting and legendary character within the industry. Nick Ebeling has directed this in-depth look at the man and Hopper’s right hand man, Satya De La Manitou, have come together to tell the story of this Hollywood icon and give a better idea of just who he was and what he did for the industry. The documentary is set to be released in early

The Official Trailer for ‘Along for the Ride’ Documentary on Dennis Hopper
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‘Along For The Ride’ Trailer: Documentary Unveils Revealing Portrait Of Dennis Hopper

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If you heard there was a documentary about a filmmaker as told by his assistant, you would have every right to think that it was going to be some salacious garbage. Luckily, that’s not what they’re presenting in the upcoming documentary “Along for the Ride,” which focuses on the life and career of Dennis Hopper, as told by his “right-hand man” Satya de la Manitou.

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Official Trailer for 'Along for the Ride' Documentary on Dennis Hopper

An official trailer has arrived for a documentary titled Along for the Ride, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. Along for the Ride profiles the life and career of actor Dennis Hopper, who you will recognize from all kinds of different movies over the years. Hopper passed away in 2010, but earned two Oscar nominations over his long career. "Method actor, filmmaker, photographer, fine artist, art collector, and all-American madman." The doc includes a score by Gemma Thompson of the critically acclaimed band Savages, along with plenty of interviews with his friends and colleagues including Wim Wenders, Dwight Yoakam, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, Dean Stockwell, and many others. "Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of The Last Movie, the overlooked masterpiece Out of the Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along for the Ride is a vivacious work of
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Doc NYC 2017: Early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jr's Faces Places (Visages villages) co-director Agnès Varda at her Blum & Poe exhibition Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year's Doc NYC Short List programme had the five Documentary Feature Oscar nominees - Ava DuVernay's 13th; Roger Ross Williams's Life, Animated; Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro; Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare), and the 89th Academy Award winner, Oj: Made In America, directed by Ezra Edelman.

Brett Morgen's Jane Goodall documentary Jane with a score by Philip Glass; Ceyda Torun's KEDi, and Agnès Varda and Jr's Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award winner Faces Places (culminating in a visit to Jean-Luc Godard's front door) from the Doc NYC Short List selections and Blue Velvet Revisited (featuring David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Jack Nance), directed by Peter Braatz (who was second unit on...
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Nicolas Winding Refn Is Launching A Free Streaming Service Online

Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn has revealed that he is setting up his own online streaming service, which will be 100% Free. byNWR.com will launch in February and is currently allowing users to subscribe early.

The service is a quarterly curated digital platform dedicated to restored movies and other cultural content with a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, and photography.

The first volume will apparently focus on the exploitation works from the American South and will include a restored version of the rate 1965 cult film The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, and will be guest edited by Russ Meyer biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough.

The second segment will be edited by Britain’s own Little White Lies and will feature forgotten works of American independent cinema, including a newly 4K restored version of Curtis Harrington’s 1963 Night Tide,
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Lumière Festival: Nicolas Winding Refn Unveils New Streaming Platform byNWR

Lumière Festival: Nicolas Winding Refn Unveils New Streaming Platform byNWR
Lyon, France — Director Nicolas Winding Refn on Monday announced an ambitious new online project at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon that will showcase restored films and other content with the aim of inspiring a new generation of cinephiles.

Dubbed byNWR.com, the site, set to launch in February, will offer rare and forgotten films that have been restored as part of an ever expanding free content platform.

“I thought it was interesting coming to the place where cinema was born because now we can celebrate the death of cinema,” Refn said at a press conference. “So for the next 10 seconds, we should wait in silence and experience whatever we go through in our minds,” he added, remaining silent for 10 seconds before exclaiming, “And now, cinema is reborn.”

Refn is developing the project with London-based agency Bureau, the Harvard Film Archive, streaming service Mubi and music production and promotion firm Milan Records. Mubi members
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Nicolas Winding Refn is Launching a Free Curated Website of Films, Essays, and More Art

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Nicolas Winding Refn is Launching a Free Curated Website of Films, Essays, and More Art
Nicolas Winding Refn has announced he is launching a curated website of films, essays, photography, and more art in February 2018. The website, entitled “byNWR.com,” will be completely free for users, including the streaming films. Refn made the announcement during an appearance at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France, where he described the project as “an unadulterated cultural expressway of the arts” that will “create a modern idea of what cinema will become.”

Read More:Nicolas Winding Refn Teases ‘Too Old To Die Young’ TV Series With Punk Track

The website’s mission statement reads: “byNWR shares Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Quarterly volumes of content divide into three monthly chapters, each featuring a fully-restored film. These revived cinematic gems inspire a wealth of original content, curated by special Guest Editors.”

The
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Criterion Reflections – Episode 3 – Spring 1969

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Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe, Trevor Berrett, Keith Enright, John Laubinger, and Robert Taylor to discuss five titles from the Spring of 1969: Ingmar Bergman’s The Rite, Louis Malle’s Calcutta, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Masahiro Shinoda’s Double Suicide and John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy.

Episode Time Markers: Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:11:00 The Rite: 0:11:01 – 0:45:20 Calcutta: 0:45:21 – 1:02:12 Easy Rider: 1:02:13 – 2:00:17 Double Suicide: 2:00:18 – 2:33:06 Midnight Cowboy: 2:33:
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Film Review: ‘Leatherface’

Film Review: ‘Leatherface’
Considering the game-changing stature of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original in the annals of horror cinema, it’s odd that “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has had such a peculiar, erratic life in franchise terms. Odder still then that after so many re-inventions of this particular wheel, to varying artistic and box-office rewards, that “Leatherface” should quietly premiere on DirecTV a month before being dumped into a handful of U.S. theaters on Oct. 20.

Written by Seth M. Sherwood and directed by the French duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Inside”), this “origin story” is a somewhat mixed bag. But it’s also an earnest and well-crafted attempt at course-correction, straying from stock slasher recyclage to provide a different story that actually connects a few dots in the very tangled cinematic “Chainsaw” universe to date. Particularly given the angry popular rejection just handed genre rule-breaker “Mother!,” you’d think this respectable addition to an uneven but name-brand horror pic
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