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Oscar Hopefuls Chart the Course With Venice, Telluride and Toronto Bows

28 July 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The early awards season landscape is filling out as selections have been made for the Venice and Toronto film festivals, leaving clues for Telluride in their wake (where seven of the last eight best picture winners have screened).

Venice (Aug. 31-Sept. 10) kicked things off with an interesting opening night choice: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Recent films that have nabbed the slot include Oscar heavyweights like “Gravity” and “Birdman.”

Selections for the festival’s competition lineup were laid out this morning, including Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans,” Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival.”

Earlier in the week, Toronto (Sept. 8-18) announced its first wave of galas and special presentations for the 41st annual event. By parsing language that mostly serves to undercut Telluride (Sept. 2-5) — which keeps its lineup a secret until attendees arrive, and has been »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'The Magnificent Seven' to open Toronto film festival

26 July 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations

The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st Tiff on September 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.

It marks a third visit to the festival for Fuqua, who previously screened Training Day and The Equalizer at Tiff.

The festival will close on September 17 with The Edge Of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

The coming-of-age comedy-drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Oscar-winner James L. Brooks (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets).

Gala world premieres

Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »

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Tiff 2016. Lineup

26 July 2016 8:28 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »

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"Magnificent Seven" To Open Toronto Film Fest

26 July 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Antoine Fuqua's western remake "The Magnificent Seven" will serve as the opening night film of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival which starts in early September. Additionally, the Hailee Steinfeld-led and Kelly Fremon Craig-directed "The Edge of Seventeen" will be the closing night film. Films set to premiere at the fest this year include:

Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama "Arrival"

Jeff Nichols' interracial drama "Loving"

Peter Berg's oil rig disaster film "Deepwater Horizon"

Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal

Christopher Guest's latest mockumentary "Mascots"

Damien Chazelle's Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone-led "La La Land"

Andrea Arnold's Cannes winner "American Honey"

Disney and Mira Nair's "Queen of Katwe" with David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o

Rob Reiner's Presidential film "Lbj" with Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Johnson

Nate Parker's slave rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation"

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Toronto Film Festival to Open With Denzel Washington’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’

26 July 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”

The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as gunslingers who are enlisted to protect a small town, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto. Sony and MGM will release the film stateside on Sept. »

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Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

26 July 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.

There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has »

- Kate Erbland

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Tiff 2016 Line-Up Includes ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘American Pastoral,’ and More

26 July 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting the best films of the year thus far, it’s time to turn our attention to the fall. While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.

The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La LandKim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s Lbj, A Monster Calls, »

- Jordan Raup

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Aaron Sorkin’s Screenwriting MasterClass Now Available — Watch an Exclusive Clip

26 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting MasterClass is now available, and Indiewire has the exclusive clip to prove it. In it, the Oscar winner discusses the importance of rules, which he says are “what make art not finger-painting.” Watch the full video below.

Read More: Watch: Werner Herzog Rips Three Act Structure Screenwriting, Calls It ‘Brainless’

Sorkin’s course will include more than 25 video lessons as well as a 30-page workbook and interactive assignments. (One can only assume that this includes an entire lecture devoted to the walk-and-talk, but we haven’t been able to confirm as of press time.) “There’s a great tradition of writers from one generation giving a hand to the next group coming up — a tradition I got a lot of benefit from,” Sorkin said in a statement when his class was first announced. “I think new screenwriters will come away from the MasterClass with a new sense of confidence. »

- Michael Nordine

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Newswire: Werner Herzog explores the future of sports in an exclusive Lo And Behold... clip

25 July 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

He’s traveled deep into the jungle and to the literal ends of the Earth, stared down the savagery of nature in the Alaskan wilderness, and looked back to the earliest days of human civilization. But for his new movie, Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World, Werner Herzog is turning away from the natural world and exploring its opposite: The virtual world of the internet.

The A.V. Club is premiering an exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary, which promises an in-depth look at “the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works.”

In this particular case, it’s the real world of sports, as a scientist excitedly shows off the soccer-playing robots he and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon predict will be able to defeat the FIFA world champions by 2050. Playing off of his subject’s giggly enthusiasm ...


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Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air review – something wild

21 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Phillip Warnell’s film about a man who kept a tiger and an alligator in his New York apartment questions the mysteries of animal consciousness

A strange film about a very strange episode in the life of New York City: it’s a filmic B-side to Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. In 2003, Antoine Yates was arrested for keeping a full-size tiger named Ming in his apartment in Harlem – and also an alligator named Al. They seemed happy enough, until Ming playfully got Antoine’s leg in his mouth and a call to the emergency services had to be made. Without ever questioning Yates that closely about how he got the animals, or what it was like to live with them, film-maker Philip Warnell interviews him generally about how these animals’ captivity must have felt – and he includes ambient footage of local residents drifting about, his camera regarding them as incuriously »

- Peter Bradshaw

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‘Fan-o-Rama — A Futurama Fan Film’ Trailer: Watch the Heartfelt Tribute to the Cult Cartoon

19 July 2016 4:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The fan-made film “Star Trek: Axanar” may still be in limbo due to a pending lawsuit with Paramount Pictures and CBS, but it would appear that “Fan-o-Rama: A Futurama Fan Film” has avoided the legal wrath of 20th Century Fox. The first trailer for the film has been released, introducing viewers to Fry and Bender’s “single-minded mission for the sweet elixir of life: beer.”

Read More: ‘Star Trek: Axanar’ Teaser: Fan-Made Film Forges Ahead Despite Lawsuit

The filmmakers have given themselves a Q rating (for “questionable”), as “audiences will no doubt question the creators’ motives, self-respect, and sanity.” What may first surprise viewers is that “Fan-o-Rama” is a live-action affair, with practical effects and prosthetic costumes that bring to mind a “Mario” or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie from the early ’90s.

Read More: The 10 Most Touching Episodes in the Surprisingly Poignant Seven-Season Run of ‘Futurama’

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- Michael Nordine

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Who Should Receive Honorary Oscars Next?

19 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're about one month away from the announcement of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients. They're usuallly announced at the end of August for a November Governor's Awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will be on November 12th. Last year rumors circled that it was Doris Day's turn but that didn't turn out to be accurate. For the past two years, The Film Experience has tried to make up for the dearth of movie site reporting about the Oscar Honorary careers (beyond the sharing of press releases / YouTube videos of their speeches) with mini-retrospectives so we're always hoping they'll choose well to give us wonderful careers to discuss right here. 

Let's reprint a list of worthies we shared a year or so ago, with a few adjustments, in case any of the elites in the Academy are undecided about who to put forth or get behind for these coveted honors.


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Werner Herzog Talks His Favorite Directors, the Future of Humankind, and More in Reddit AmA

18 July 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are filmmakers who earn the title of mad genius, but Werner Herzog is one of the few where his films, his personality, and his teaching dictate and demand that the phrase be conjured. The German director recently sat down to answer questions for a Reddit AmA, where he discussed everything from his craft to finding inspiration, and some of his favorite books. Check out the best responses below, along with a trio of new posters for his upcoming documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.

On remaking Nosferatu:

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On being focused for film ideas and work:

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On his favorite directors:

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On his favorite documentary filmmakers: 

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Werner Herzog’s Way of Life: How He Makes a Living and Why He Teaches Filmmaking

15 July 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog is not your average film school teacher. A self-taught director, his globe-trotting adventures and chaotic man-versus-nature dramas are not the easiest projects to transform into a curriculum, but that hasn’t stopped him from giving it a shot.

Whether it’s through his Rogue Film School or, most recently, as one of the A-list instructors featured on online learning empire MasterClass, Herzog has no interest in teaching the technical elements of moviemaking. The German-born filmmaker, whose career includes epics like “Fitzcarraldo” as well as idiosyncratic documentaries such as “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”  wants to create what he calls “soldiers of cinema,” and the path to victory can be stoking his students’ appetites for experiencing life.

Read More: 12 Things I Learned at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School

He finds his lessons in obscure corners: Herzog touts Icelandic poetry for its ability to teach editing, and believes digging a »

- Dana Harris

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The Black List Expands This Year’s Cassian Elwes Screenwriting Fellowship for 2017

15 July 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When The Black List launched the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship launched in 2013, the goal was to foster a talented, up-and-coming writer by bringing them and their script to the Sundance Film Festival. Elwes and Black List founder Franklin Leonard have announced that, beginning in 2017, the fellowship will double its efforts and bring at least two writers.

Next year won’t be the first time that multiple screenwriters get the opportunity to accompany their work to Park City. Back in January, both Kristina Zacharias and Terrell Garrett made the Sundance trip after both were chosen for the program. “That experience was so wonderful for all of us that it makes total sense to formalize this and now bring two writers very year. I can’t wait to read the finalists scripts and find this year’s fellows,” Elwes said in a statement.

Read More: Meet 12 Participants in Fall Black List »

- Steve Greene

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“I Tried Not to Be Didactic”: Werner Herzog on His MasterClass

14 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

A frequent and vocal opponent of film schools, the director Werner Herzog founded his own, the Rogue Film School, in 2009. He teaches students in weekend seminars held at varying locations around the world in what it feels like an oppositional practice to the standard four-year university programs. Now, Herzog has taken the Rogue Film School concept one step further by devising his own online program through MasterClass. The course is available online for $90 and offers 26 video lessons with accompanying exercises and course materials. I spoke to Herzog about the production of the class, his expectations for the course, […] »

- Marc Nemcik

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IndieWire Turns 20: An Oral History of Supporting Filmmakers and Partying at Sundance From Those Who Lived It

14 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On July 15, 1996, IndieWire launched as an e-mail newsletter providing “the daily news service for independent film.” (See the first newsletter here.) The original iteration of the site was the brainchild of Cheri Barner, Eugene Hernandez and Mark Rabinowitz, three recent college students obsessed with the movies. In the ensuing years, IndieWire grew and changed hands many times over. Barner now works as a talent manager in Los Angeles, Hernandez is the deputy director of the Film Society Lincoln Center, and Rabinowitz is a freelance publicist, consultant and programmer.

But they have remained a part of our close-knit community. As IndieWire arrives at its 20th anniversary, the trio gathered together for their first joint interview to recall the early days of IndieWire — as well as the thriving American independent film scene that inspired the publication. 

Eugene Hernandez: IndieWire was an outgrowth of something that Mark, Cheri and I had started in 1995. At the time, »

- Eric Kohn

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On this day: Billy the Kid, The Dark Knight, Hello Nasty

14 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Happy Bastille Day! Isn't it weird that violent/bloody days often become holidays later on?

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

Howard Hughes The Outlaw (1943)

1862 The Artist Gustav Klimt is born. Later Dame Helen Mirren will fight for custody of one of his most famous paintings in the bad movie Woman in Gold (2015).

1868 Explorer Gertrud Bell is born. Nicole Kidman played her in an ill-fated unreleased Werner Herzog movie Queen of the Desert

1881 Outlaw Billy the Kid is shot and killed outside Fort Sumner. Numerous stars have played him in movies including Roy Rogers (Billy the Kid Returns), Kris Kristofferson (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid), Emilio Estevez (Young Guns), and Paul Newman (The Left-Handed Gun). The most famous film version of his story may well be The Outlaw (1943) the Howard Hughes film which starred Jack Buetel as Billy and Jane Russell, in her star-making role, »


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6 More Filmmaking Tips from Werner Herzog

13 July 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

6 More Filmmaking Tips From Werner Herzog

If there’s anyone who deserves a second Filmmaking Tips column, it’s Werner Herzog. It’s been almost four years since we posted the first list of his advice to fellow soldiers of cinema, and there’s just so much more to learn from the legend. He actually has his own Rogue Film School, where he directly imparts his wisdom to students during weekend seminars. He also leads a new online course at MasterClass, which began this week, where he talks about all facets of fiction and nonfiction filmmaking in a six-hour video course. He does many interviews (this week he participated in a Reddit Ama) and shares his philosophies and strategies often. Not even two of these columns properly sums it all up.

So, as is often the case, this is just an introduction to some essential tips from a unique artist and craftsman. Herzog »

- Christopher Campbell

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Harmony Korine Directs Gucci Mane In New Supreme Ad — Watch

13 July 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director Harmony Korine and Gucci Mane have teamed up for a new ad for the apparel brand, Supreme. Filmed at the rapper’s home, the one-minute clip starts off with him playing the piano, singing and talking about the brand. Gucci, dressed in white shirt with the Supreme logo, red pants and scarf, talks about his shopping habits and how he never goes into the store, just simply online shops and “hits the button.”

At the end of the video, the rapper is seen entering his recording studio and jamming to some music. Both Gucci and Korine worked together on the 2012 film “Spring Breakers.” The director also recently visited him while he was in prison at the beginning of the year.    

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The indie helmer is known for his cult classics such as “Gummo” and “Julien Donkey-Boy. »

- Liz Calvario

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