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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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More Competition & Special Films Announced For The 2018 Berlinale

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Another ten films have now been invited to the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong – China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

They come from the likes of Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly, Marcelo Martinessi, Cédric Kahn, Adina Pintilie, Markus Imhoof, Mani Haghighi, Måns Månsson and Axel Petersén, David and Nathan Zellner in the Competition programme and Raman Hui, Fernando Solanas, Paul Williams in the Berlinale Special.

The following films will be celebrating world or international premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2018.

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon
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Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition

Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition
Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly join Berlinale.

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‘Damsel’

Another ten films have joined the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15 - 25). Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong - China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

Joining the main competition are Barbara and Phoenix director Christian Petzold’s new drama Transit, a contemporary reworking of Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel about refugees attempting to flee through Marseille after the Nazi invasion of France in 1940. The film stars Frantz breakout Paula Beer.

Also new to competition is David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel, the western about a Us businessman who travels to join his fiancée
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Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Competition

Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Competition
Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly join Berlinale.

Source: Great Point Media

‘Damsel’

Another ten films have joined the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong - China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

Additional films for both categories are due to be revealed soon. Films announced today are:

Competition

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon)

Germany / Austria / France

By Emily Atef (Molly’s Way, The Stranger In Me)

With Marie Bäumer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek, Denis Lavant

World premiere

Black 47

Ireland / Luxembourg

By Lance Daly (Kisses, The Good Doctor)

With Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, [link
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15 Movies From Female Filmmakers to See in 2018, From ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to ‘The Nightingale’

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

While 2017 was a banner year for female filmmakers — including breakouts like Patty Jenkins, who helmed the second highest-grossing film of the year, and rising stars like Stella Meghie and Amanda Lipitz — next year seems poised to exceed some very high expectations when it comes to both depth of talent and depth of choices.

From new blockbusters from some of our best filmmakers in the business to raucous comedies poised to keep up the reinvention of female-centric comedy, indies from new talents, directing pairs looking to break through, and everything in between, 2018 has a something for every film fan, directed by helmers who just so happen to be women.

Read More:Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark

Keep in mind, this list only includes films that have
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‘Jackie Brown’ at 20: Pam Grier Has a Better Idea for an Ending

‘Jackie Brown’ at 20: Pam Grier Has a Better Idea for an Ending
Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed crime thriller “Jackie Brown,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary on Christmas Day, was the filmmaker’s valentine to stars Pam Grier and Robert Forster.

Grier came to fame as the groundbreaking female action superstar of such Blaxploitation films as 1973’s “Coffy” and 1974’s “Foxy Brown.” Though Grier continued working in film and television, she hadn’t had a meaty leading film role since the demise of the genre.

Forster, who starred in such classics as Haskell Wexler’s 1969’s “Medium Cool,” was primarily doing “B” films and didn’t even have a manager or an agent when “Jackie Brown” came along.

Both veteran actors found their careers revitalized by the film. Grier earned a Golden Globe nomination for “Jackie Brown” and since has appeared in such TV series as Showtime’s acclaimed “The L Word” and films including “Larry Crowne,” and published her autobiography. Forster received a supporting actor nom as bail bondsman
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‘Twin Peaks’: See The Show’s Creepy Cool Golden Globe Awards Mailer — Exclusive

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‘Twin Peaks’: See The Show’s Creepy Cool Golden Globe Awards Mailer — Exclusive
Twin Peaks” is relying on Laura Palmer to help it face off in this year’s Golden Globes race.

IndieWire has managed to secure the Showtime show’s “For Your Consideration” mailer for Hollywood Foreign Press Association members, and it’s definitely a must-see collectible for any fan of the David Lynch revival.

Because “Twin Peaks” aired during the summer, it wasn’t eligible for this past September’s Emmys — which means this represents the revival’s first shot at awards consideration. The show is competing in the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category, and it’s considered a front-runner.

Read More:Twin Peaks’ Season 4: Mark Frost Is Considering Making New Episodes, Showtime ‘Musing as Well’ — Exclusive

But leaving nothing to chance, hellooooo, the awards team at Showtime came up with a rather cool package meant to be sent exclusively to Globes voters.

The
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First Look: Robert Pattinson & Mia Wasikowska In ‘Damsel’

The Zellner Brothers made their distinct, directorial style known with the endearing and oddball, “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.” That put them on the radar of cinephile Robert Pattinson, and now the trio have teamed up for the wacky western, “Damsel.”

Also starring Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster, Joe Billingiere, and the directors themselves, Pattinson has previously described the movie as “a kind of slapstick comedy.” Oh, he’ll also be playing music in it too.

Continue reading First Look: Robert Pattinson & Mia Wasikowska In ‘Damsel’ at The Playlist.
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Bww Review: Chasing Mem'ries Shows Us the Path to a Happier Life

lyrics by Alan amp Marilyn Bergmanmusic by Bill Cantos amp Mari Falcone, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Johnny MandelGeffen PlayhouseGil Cates Theaterthrough December 17 When I first heard about the premise of Chasing Mem'ries, I thought, 'Oh no, a musical about death and grieving...and with a ghost on tap...spare us' Well, sometimes first thoughts are terribly wrong. As it turns out Josh Ravetch's world premiere is a complete joy to watch. Ravetch skillfully directs, allowing the brilliant Tyne Daly plenty of space to pursue her journey as Victoria. Also starring Robert Forster as Franklin and Scott Kradolfer as their son Mason, this piece not only tugs at your heartstrings but will make you cherish every moment of living, through December 17 at the Gil Cates Theater of the Geffen Playhouse. Subtitled A Different Kind of Musical, ...Mem'ries is more a play with music in which the songs,
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Watch the new trailer for thriller Small Town Crime

Ahead of its arrival on DirecTV next month, a new trailer has been released for the upcoming thriller Small Town Crime. Written and directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms, the film stars John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Caity Lotz, and Robert Forster; watch it below…

Ex-cop Mike Kendall (John Hawkes) discovers the body of a young woman and, in an act of self- redemption, becomes hell bent on finding the killer. While his uncouth and quirky detective style helps break open the case, his dogged determination unwittingly puts his sister (Octavia Spencer) and best friend (Anthony Anderson) in danger. Additional cast members include Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott and Dale Dickey.

Small Town Crime is set to arrive on DirecTV on December 21st and for a theatrical release on January 19th.
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Official Trailer for Indie Film 'Small Town Crime' Starring John Hawkes

"We do this - there is no half way." Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for an indie dark comedy titled Small Town Crime, which played at the SXSW and London Film Festivals. The "small town" crime film stars John Hawkes as an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way. Sounds fun, no? The ensemble cast includes Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott, and Dale Dickey. This looks pretty much exactly as it sounds, but at least it's nice to see Hawkes in another lead role. Here's the first trailer (+ posters) for Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms's Small Town Crime,
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Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’

Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’
In today’s film news roundup, Disney Channel star Mollee Gray lands the lead in “A Night to Regret,” Sentient Entertainment signs an output deal with Italia Film, and Bleecker Street dates five movies.

Casting

Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray will star in the upcoming film “A Night to Regret,” opposite Marguerite Moreau, Variety has learned exclusively.

Tom Shell is directing from Christine Conradt’s script. Liz Vacovec is producing and Chris Lancey is the executive producer.

Gray will portray a pre-law college student and aspiring filmmaker who makes a careless choice one night that could cost her her life. When she goes missing, her mother and friends band together to do everything in their power to bring her home.

Gray is best known for her role as Giggles in the Disney Channel original movie “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2.” She also starred in Lifetime movie “Double Daddy,” and the indie
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Film Review: ‘Acts of Vengeance’

Film Review: ‘Acts of Vengeance’
Revenge for the death of family members is a frequent boilerplate hook for mid-budget action movies, and that formula could hardly get a more perfunctory recycling than in “Acts of Vengeance.” This slick-enough mediocrity will pass the time tolerably for less discriminating genre fans. But it’s a little sad to see Antonio Banderas reduced to a B movie with grade-c material, even if you’re curious to see him, at age 58, rise to the occasion of the requisite training montage and kick-boxing moves that martial arts-oriented helmer Issac Florentine serves up here.

Frank Valera (Banderas) is a high-powered corporate defense lawyer who lives for his wife and daughter, but unfortunately has little time for them. Typically, he’s stuck at the office, then in downpour-stalled traffic long enough to miss his child’s talent-show recital. (Unfortunately, the audience catches her singing performance.) Remorse turns to concern when the duo don’t return home that night. Later
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Hilary Swank Toplining Sci-Fi Thriller “I Am Mother”

Swank in “Mary and Martha

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has lined up her next role. Variety reports that Swank will star in “I Am Mother,” a mother-daughter story with a sci-fi twist. The feature has already begun production at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios.

I Am Mother” also stars Clara Rugaard (“Still Star-Crossed”) as “the first of a new generation of humans raised by ‘Mother’ — a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind.” The young woman’s bond with Mother and entire worldview come into question when Swank’s blood-soaked character bursts on the scene.

Director Grant Sputore came up with the original idea for “I Am Mother” and Michael Lloyd Green penned the 2016 Black List script. Producing the film are Anna Vincent, Southern Light Films’ Timothy White, the Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro, and Green. Rhea Films’ Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, and Jean-Luc De Fanti are exec producing, as are Bryce Menzies, Philip Wade, John Wade, and Sputore.

Mister Smith Entertainment will manage “I Am Mother’s” international sales, and Wme Global’s Graham Taylor will handle its U.S. sales. Studiocanal is responsible for the film’s Australia and New Zealand distribution.

“It is a privilege to welcome Hilary Swank to our film,” Sputore said. “She is a remarkable performer who always brings tremendous commitment and honesty to the screen. I’m excited about the journey ahead with Hilary and the talented Clara Rugaard.”

Swank won Academy Awards for her lead performances in sports drama “Million Dollar Baby” and Kimberly Peirce’s transgender-themed biopic “Boys Don’t Cry.” You can catch Swank next in Elizabeth Chomko’s all-star directorial debut, “What They Had,” currently in post-production. Her character returns home to help her brother (Michael Shannon) take of their Alzheimer’s-stricken mother (Blythe Danner) and father (Robert Forster), who is in denial about his wife’s condition. Swank’s recent credits include “Logan Lucky,” “You’re Not You,” and “The Homesman.”

Hilary Swank Toplining Sci-Fi Thriller “I Am Mother” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Weider biopic Bigger casts its young Arnold Schwarzenegger

Beeholder Productions has announced that it has found its young Arnold Schwarzenegger for Bigger, director George Gallo’s biopic of Joe and Ben Weider, with Mr. Universe 2014 Calum Von Moger set to take on the role of the Austrian Oak.

The film, which is in production now stars Tyler Hoechlin and Aneurin Barnard as bodybuilding pioneers Joe and Ben Weider, while the rest of the cast includes Julianne Hough, Victoria Justice, Robert Forster, Tom Arnold, Max Martini, DJ Qualls and Steve Gutternberg.

Bigger tells the story of the two brothers, who went on to revolutionise the sport of bodybuilding, co-founding the International Federation of Bodybuilding, Mr. Olympia, and launching a host of nutritional products, fitness equipment and publications.
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Isaac Florentine & Antonio Banderas team for ‘Acts of Vengeance’

If you’re one of the many, many people who bought and enjoyed Security, the Die Hard-esque actioner starring Antonio Banderas – be prepared for even greater things from Banderas’ latest action flick, Acts of Vengeance.

Why? Well this time round the direction comes from Isaac Florentine – he of Savate, Cold Harvest, Us Seals 2, Undisputed 2 and 3, Ninja, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear and Close Range fame…. Yeah, quite the action-orientated CV right? Florentine is one of those action directors whose films I, personally, will watch sight unseen, knowing that I’m in for a fantastic fight-filled time. If you aren’t versed in the ways of Florentine yet I urge you to rectify that Asap!

Not only am I excited to see Banderas and Florentine teaming up, but Acts of Vengeance, which sees a fast-talking lawyer (Banderas) take a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who
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Poster and trailer for action thriller Acts of Vengeance starring Antonio Banderas and Karl Urban

Saban Films has debuted a poster and trailer for the upcoming action thriller Acts of Vengeance. Directed by Isaac Florentine, it stars Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Paz Vega, Robert Forster, and Johnathon Schaech; take a look below…

A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.
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Antonio Banderas & Karl Urban in First Trailer for 'Acts of Vengeance'

"I had been punishing the wrong person..." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for an action thriller titled Acts of Vengeance (originally titled Stoic), about a lawyer who goes for revenge after his wife and daughter are killed. Yes, we've heard that exact emotional plot description 100 times before, so here's yet another vengeance movie for those who want it. Starring Antonio Banderas as Frank Valera, with a cast including Cristina Serafini as his wife, plus Karl Urban, David Sakurai, Paz Vega, Robert Forster, Lillian Blankenship, and Clint Dyer. This film is obviously all about the action, and the act of getting vengeance (hence the title) though I doubt it has much more to offer. Check it out below if you're interested. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Isaac Florentine's Acts of Vengeance, direct from YouTube: A fast-talking lawyer (Antonio Banderas) transforms his body and takes a vow of silence,
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Julianne Hough cast in Weider biopic Bigger

Grease: Live! star Julianne Hough is set to take on the role of fitness pioneer Betty Weider in Bigger, the upcoming biopic of Joe and Ben Weider from director George Gallo (Middle Men).

The film will explore the rags to riches story of the Weider brothers, Jewish immigrants who rose from poverty to change the face of professional bodybuilding, launching the Mr. Olympia contest, and building an empire of fitness equipment and nutritional supplements. Betty, a former pinup model, and her husband Joe also co-founded Shape magazine, the most successful women’s health and fitness publication in the United States.

Bigger sees Tyler Hoechlin and Aneurin Barnard as Joe and Ben Weider, while the cast also includes Kevin Durand, Colton Haynes, Victoria Justice, Max Martini, Robert Forster, Tom Arnold and Calum Von Moger.
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: King Cohen is a Lively and Entertaining Celebration of a Filmmaking Pioneer

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While his roots may be in television, it’s most likely his indelible work in cinema as a writer/director/producer that has made filmmaking maverick Larry Cohen such an influential force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. With a professional career that kicked off in the late 1950s, Cohen has yet to slow down at all, and it’s that enduring creative spirit that King Cohen documentarian Steve Mitchell celebrates in his loving and lively look back at the brazen trail that Cohen has journeyed on thus far.

In King Cohen, Mitchell takes us all the way back to the beginning of Cohen’s life, as we hear stories about Larry’s childhood in New York City, and how his experiences growing up there continued to define him, especially in his film work, which was usually set around the Big Apple, or in New York in general. Cohen also
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