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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee casts John Ortiz

As production continues on Bumblebee, Deadline has revealed that John Ortiz (Miami Vice, Kong: Skull Island) has become the latest addition to the cast of the Transformers spinoff, signing on for an unspecified role.

The film, which is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), features a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train) and Grace Dzienny (Zoo).

See Also: Hailee Steinfeld shares set photo from the Transformers Bumblebee spinoff

Meanwhile, in addition to Bumblebee, Ortiz has also been cast alongside Jennifer Garner in the female-led action thriller Peppermint, which sees Garner playing a woman out for revenge
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Certain Women

Is this the new feminist minimalism? Director Kelly Reichart doesn’t like labels, and to her credit as a woman director, her amalgam of three tangential short stories transcends the format in a studious, low-key way. Four interesting actresses present interesting portraits that illuminate the realities of life in the great Middle America.

Certain Women

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The Criterion Collection 893

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 19, 2017 39.95

Starring: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone, Kristen Stewart, Jared Harris, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois.

Cinematography: Christopher Blauvelt

Film Editor: Kelly Reichardt

Original Music: Jeff Grace

Written by Kelly Reichardt from short stories by Maile Meloy

Produced by Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

One of the first things that the interesting director Kelly Reichardt says is that she’d like her movie to not be considered a ‘woman’s picture.’ We at first think she’s kidding herself,
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Paris When It Sizzles: Us in Progress

Paris When It Sizzles: Us in Progress
The heart of Paris beats for film industry in June. Industry Week is the professional part of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival.

The submissions for Us in Progress are now open till August 15th here.

This label includes the Us in Progress (USiP) and Les Arc Film Fesstival’s team presenting the Paris Coproduction Village and La Residence de la Cinefondation which welcomes a dozen young directors who come to Paris to work on their first or second fiction feature project for 4 and 1/2 months. All together, they offer 24 film projects at different stages, from development to post production. More than 200 professionals from the industry, producers, international sellers, distributors, etc. are welcomed.

This year Us in Progress broke out. It has become a top event for discovering American independent cinema not only for the Europeans invited to attend, but for Americans who find themselves in Paris for the event or who even
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Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise: Inside the Making of One of Hollywood’s Steamiest Sex Scenes

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Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise: Inside the Making of One of Hollywood’s Steamiest Sex Scenes
Before fame propelled Brad Pitt above the heights of the Hollywood sign, he was an overly polite, amateur actor who was almost passed over for the role of the seducer-meets-robber J.D. in the 1991 film Thelma and Louise. Now, a new book reveals inside details of his sex scene with Thelma (played by Geena Davis) — a scene so “racy” that it kick-started his reputation as a sex symbol and, if left uncut, would have shot the movie’s rating “past R.”

The young Pitt wasn’t director Ridley Scott’s first (or even second) choice, Becky Aikman reveals in her book,
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Andrew Bujalski Begins Next Film ‘Support the Girls’ Starring Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall & More

After the lo-fi Computer Chess and helping to bring some variety to the rom-com with Results, one of independent filmmaking’s most distinct voices, director Andrew Bujalski, is returning with his next film. Already shooting in August, Texas, the full cast and plot details have now been revealed for Support the Girls.

Haley Lu Richardson (recently fantastic in Edge of Seventeen and Columbus), Regina Hall, James Le Gros, Aj Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer, and Results star Brooklyn Decker round out the cast, according to Screen Daily.

Check out the synopsis below.

The plot centers on Lisa Conroy (Hall) who may not love managing the restaurant Double Whammies, but she loves her employees more than anything, not only Danyelle (McHale), and Maci (Richardson) her closest friends, but also her extended family. Unfortunately, the cheap, curmudgeonly owner Ben Cubby (Le Gros) doesn’t care nearly as much,
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Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson join 'Support The Girls'

Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson join 'Support The Girls'
Aj Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer and Brooklyn Decker also join cast.

Regina Hall (pictured), Haley Lu Richardson, and James Le Gros have joined the cast of Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls.

The film is currently shooting in Austin, Texas and centres on Lisa Conroy, who may not love managing a restaurant, but who loves her employees more than anything.

Unfortunately, the cheap, curmudgeonly owner Ben Cubby doesn’t care nearly as much and confronts Lisa when he learns that she’s using the restaurant to raise money for an employee in legal trouble.

To get even, the girls decide to sabotage the restaurant on the night of a major mixed martial arts fight.

Producers Sam Slater and Houston King said: “After we produced Andrew’s Results, we find ourselves again incredibly fortunate to work with him on a comedy that drills into a unique microcosm of American culture while also shedding
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Regina Hall & Haley Lu Richardson Topline Andrew Bujalski’s Indie ‘Support The Girls’

Regina Hall & Haley Lu Richardson Topline Andrew Bujalski’s Indie ‘Support The Girls’
Regina Hall and Split co-star Haley Lu Richardson will star along with James Le Gros, Aj Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer and Brooklyn Decker in Support The Girls, a new indie comedy from writer-director Andrew Bujalski. Shooting is underway in Austin. Sam Slater will produce for Burn Later Productions alongside Houston King of Houston King Productions, reteaming with Bujalski after they produced his 2015 Sundance pic Results starring Guy…
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Blu-ray Review – Phantasm 1-5 Limited Edition Collection

Phantasm 1-5 Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection

Directed by Don Coscarelli/David Hartman.

Starring Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, James Le Gros, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Gloria Lynne Henry, Kevin Connors, Heidi Marnhout, Dawn Cody, Stephen Jutras, and Daniel Roebuck.

Synopsis:

All five Phantasm movies are given the Arrow Video treatment in a limited edition box set filled with extras and presented in rather fetching sphere-shaped packaging.

There’s a good chance that most horror connoisseurs will already own a set of the Phantasm movies as they have been released in splendid DVD box sets before and been treated rather well, coming in exclusive packaging and containing bonus discs full of extra material to give you as much Phantasm-related tomfoolery as you could ever want. But that was before the invention of Blu-ray and back when there were only four movies in the franchise, and things
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Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’

Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’
Dubbed a millennial’s answer to Sex and the City when it premiered, Girls proved itself to be much more than that. Created by Lena Dunham, the show started out as a spotlight on a group of 20-something women -- Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) -- who were as lost as they were indignant about perceived notions of what it means to be an adult, with Hannah proclaiming herself to be a voice of a generation in the pilot episode.

Over the course of six seasons and 62 episodes, the HBO series expanded its world to include as many men -- Adam (Adam Driver), Ray (Alex Karpovsky), Elijah (Andrew Rannells) and Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) -- as there were women while addressing issues of adulthood, addiction, rape, sexism and idealism.

More: The Cast of 'Girls' Looks Ahead to Final Season and a Long Goodbye

Every season, fans followed
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It’s Time to Get Naked With Your Co-Workers

This Week in Home Video‘Toni Erdmann’ Suggests It’s Time to Get Naked With Your Co-WorkersPlus 17 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Pick of the WeekToni Erdmann

What is it? A professional woman and her oddball father dance around their complicated relationship, both in and out of costumes.

Why buy it? Family dysfunction is a longtime staple in cinema, but no film this year captured it with such humor, warmth, and wisdom as Maren Ade’s third feature. Even at 162 minutes our time with Ines and her oddball father feels far too short as their journey of discovery becomes one we don’t want to see end. There’s an honesty here — yes, even with subtitles — about the way we see ourselves through our loved ones
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Movie Review – Certain Women (2016)

Certain Women, 2016.

Directed by Kelly Reichardt.

Starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, Jared Harris and James Le Gros.

Synopsis:

Three intersecting stories against the windswept landscape of Montana. Lawyer Laura (Laura Dern) has to intervene when a disgruntled client of hers takes a hostage. The marriage of Gina and Ryan (Michelle Williams and James Le Gros) starts to show cracks when they start to build their new home. And solitary ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) becomes attracted to a young lawyer (Kristen Stewart) who teaches evening classes.

The cold, sweeping landscape goes on for ever. Set against it are three small human figures, three women trying to make their way in life and while they’re diminished by their surroundings, what’s happening to them is big and significant in different ways. The audience, just like the never-ending train that crosses the screen at the start of Kelly Reichardt
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Film Review: ‘Stray Bullets’

Film Review: ‘Stray Bullets’
Major allowances would normally be made for any movie made by a 16-year-old. But in the case of “Stray Bullets,” a polished first feature from teenager Jack Fessenden, fairly minor ones will suffice. Though this suspense drama about two small-town youths who run afoul of fleeing big-city criminals feels a couple story beats short of a satisfying whole, it’s admirably well-crafted within its mostly savvy limitations. The film opens Feb. 10 in 11 U.S. cities.

Fessenden is the son of actor-turned-busy indie producer and sometime writer/director Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter,” “Wendigo”), who not only plays an onscreen role here but serves as Dp. It’s also dad’s connections that doubtless coaxed a number of veteran performers he’s worked with in the past to join the project, and none of them treat this assignment as a favor-among-friends lark.

Ash (Asa Spurlock) and Connor (the junior Fessenden) are
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Horror Highlights: Scooby-doo Pop! Vinyl, Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets, Black Fawn Films & Breakthrough Entertainment, Friday The 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, The Tribe

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The Creeper would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids! Funko presents an Emerald City Comicon Pop! vinyl figure for The Creeper from Scooby-Doo. Also: a new clip for the latest episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets release details, Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment’s renewed partnership, a complete look at Friday the 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, plus a new clip and trailer for The Tribe.

Funko’s Emerald City Comicon The Creeper Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figure: Part 1 of Funko’s Emerald City Comicon exclusives includes the Pop! vinyl figure of The Creeper from Scooby-Doo.

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New Paranormal Lockdown Episode Details: “About This Week’S Episode: Friday, February 10 at 9/8c.

Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman travel to small-town Iowa where Malvern Manor – and its elusive entities – await. Investigator Johnny Houser claims an overwhelming rage came over him after encountering a shadow figure.
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Horror Highlights: Jim Henson’S The Dark Crystal Tales Graphic Novel, Stray Bullets, Paranormal Lockdown

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In today’s Horror Highlights we gather around the campfire for Boom! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales graphic novel. We also have screening details and a trailer for Jack Fessenden’s Stray Bullets and a promo video for tonight’s episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales Graphic Novel: Press Release: “Los Angeles, Calif. (February 2, 2017) – Boom! Studios and The Jim Henson Company are proud to announce Jim Henson’S The Dark Crystal Tales, a new children’s book set for release this summer by acclaimed writer and artist Cory Godbey (Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella). The publication is a follow-up to last fall’s best-selling Jim Henson’S Labyrinth Tales, also written and illustrated by Godbey.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales delves deep into the Skeksis-ruled land of Thra in this beautiful look at some of
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James Le Gros to Star in Melora Walters Drama ‘Waterlily Jaguar’

James Le Gros to Star in Melora Walters Drama ‘Waterlily Jaguar’
James Le Gros is starring in Melora Walters’ feature directorial debut “Waterlily Jaguar” with shooting starting this week, Variety has learned.

The production company is Lexicon Entertainment, in association with Room in the Sky Films. Production began Wednesday in Los Angeles with shooting planned for several weeks.

Producers on the project are Mark Mathias Sayre, Troy Daniel Smith, Walters and Jonathan Piumelli. Executive producers are Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Swadling, and Larry Nealy with Justin Foia co-producing.

Walters is directing from her original screenplay, in which Le Gros portrays a famous novelist seeking to write a more serious book, only to find himself tumbling down a spiral of obsession that may leave his most important relationships in shambles, including his marriage.

Mira Sorvino stars as his wife, Stacey Oristano is his assistant and Dominic Monaghan is his agent. “Waterlily Jaguar” also stars Christopher Backus and Steven Swadling.

Walters and Sayre
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Bleecker Street picks up 'Nostalgia' starring Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn

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Bleecker Street picks up 'Nostalgia' starring Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn
The New York-based distributor anounced in Sundance it has acquired North American rights to Mark Pellington’s film starring Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn and Catherine Keener.

Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy negotiated the deal for Bleecker Street with UTA Independent Film Group, CAA and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

Nostalgia explores the process of finding love and solace in the artefacts and memories people share with one another.

Rounding out the cast are Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz, James LeGros, Patton Oswalt, Annalise Basso, Larry Wilmore and Joanna Going.

Alex Ross Perry wrote the screenplay based on an original idea he created with Pellington. Producers are Pellington, Tom Gorai and Braun, while Perry serves as executive producer.

Bleecker Street holds Us rights to Pellington’s The Last Word that gets its world premiere in Sundance on Tuesday and will open on March 3.

“Mark has assembled an incredible cast to share
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Bleecker Street picks up 'Nostalgia'

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Bleecker Street picks up 'Nostalgia'
The New York-based distributor anounced in Sundance it has acquired North American rights to Mark Pellington’s film starring Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn and Catherine Keener.

Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy negotiated the deal for Bleecker Street with UTA Independent Film Group, CAA and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

Nostalgia explores the process of finding love and solace in the artefacts and memories people share with one another.

Rounding out the cast are Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz, James LeGros, Patton Oswalt, Annalise Basso, Larry Wilmore and Joanna Going.

Alex Ross Perry wrote the screenplay based on an original idea he created with Pellington. Producers are Pellington, Tom Gorai and Braun, while Perry serves as executive producer.

Bleecker Street holds Us rights to Pellington’s The Last Word that gets its world premiere in Sundance on Tuesday and will open on March 3.

“Mark has assembled an incredible cast to share
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Sundance: Bleecker Street to Release Mark Pellington's 'Nostalgia'

Sundance: Bleecker Street to Release Mark Pellington's 'Nostalgia'
Extending its relationship with director Mark Pellington, Bleecker Street announced Sunday that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the filmmaker’s upcoming drama Nostalgia. Bleecker Street also is releasing Pellington’s The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, which will premiere Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to open in theaters on March 3.

Nostalgia, which concerns a group of people connected through loss, features a cast including Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz, James LeGros, Patton Oswalt, Annalise Basso, Larry Wilmore and Joanna Going. The drama...
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Bleecker Street Acquires Domestic Rights to Jon Hamm Drama ‘Nostalgia’

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Bleecker Street Acquires Domestic Rights to Jon Hamm Drama ‘Nostalgia’
Bleecker Street has picked up the North American rights to Mark Pellington’s “Nostalgia,” an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. The drama stars Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz and James LeGros, and was written by Alex Ross Perry. The film follows the lives of people connected through loss and analyzes the way people find love and solace in memories and objects they share with one another. Patton Oswalt, Annalise Basso, Larry Wilmore and Joanna Going also star. Also Read: Dianna Agron, Margaret Qualley Drama 'Novitiate' Picked
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Bleecker Street Nabs ‘Nostalgia’ With Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn

Bleecker Street Nabs ‘Nostalgia’ With Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn
Bleecker Street has nabbed North American distribution rights to “Nostalgia,” a drama about the memories that certain artifacts evoke. Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road”) directs the film with a cast that includes Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz, and James LeGros. Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”) wrote the screenplay.

Bleecker Street already has a relationship with Pellington. The indie label is distributing “The Last Word,” a drama with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried that premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film makes its way to theaters in March. Bleecker Street’s films include “Denial,” “Captain Fantastic,” and “Eye in the Sky.”

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“Mark has assembled an incredible cast to share this story of family, memories and loss,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen in a statement. “‘Nostalgia’ is one
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