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Despite Some Missteps, ‘The Free World’ Starring Elisabeth Moss & Boyd Holbrook Is An Admirable Indie Drama [Review]

23 September 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Actor and writer Jason Lew, the screenwriter behind Gus Van Sant‘s “Restless,” makes his feature directorial debut with “The Free World,” a sometimes-curious picture that takes on a big story with an intimate execution. “Curious” only because “The Free World” ends up in a place vastly different from where it starts, genre-hopping and taking unexpected turns.

Continue reading Despite Some Missteps, ‘The Free World’ Starring Elisabeth Moss & Boyd Holbrook Is An Admirable Indie Drama [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Katie Walsh

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John Krasinski To Direct Live Read of ‘Good Will Hunting’ For Film Independent

22 September 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Krasinski is taking his directing talents to New York to direct a live read of “Good Will Hunting” for the “Film Independent Live Read New York.” “The Hollars” helmer will be a guest director for the organization’s event that will take place at Nyu Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 7.

“For a whole lot of people ‘Good Will Hunting’ is so good that you’ve watched it more than 10 times,” said Krasinski. “For anyone from Boston, it’s so good… we’ve now made it mandatory to get the poster tattooed on our backs.  As a director, I am more than excited to be a part of this Live Read.  As the president of the Matt Damon fan club… I am just straight fan girling.”

In Live Read tradition, the talent that will be involved will be announced days before the performance via Twitter by Krasinski. »

- Liz Calvario

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Ultra-Realist Abstraction: Discussing "Nocturama" with Bertrand Bonello

22 September 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Bertrand Bonello’s last film, a Yves Saint Laurent biopic, followed the famed 20th century designer from enfant terrible into the 2000s and his doddering old age. Saint Laurent’s fashion may have changed the world, but that world is now being changed by forces far more radical than any of his designs. The enfants terrible of Paris in Bonello's latest movie, Nocturama, aren’t provocative artists but rather a gang of 20-something Parisian terrorists. Shockingly, despite the ties to radical Islam of the attacks in France over the last year and a half, the terrorism of Nocturama’s youths seem to be enacted without explanation, as if in a cultural vacuum. When originally conceived, this cinematic possibility of Bonello’s clearly had the aim of presenting an abstract action. But since the real world has yet again surpassed the cinema by realizing the horrors originally considered on the silver screen, »

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Key West Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Critics Focus Program

22 September 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Key West Film Festival announced today its second annual Critics Focus program, to be curated by David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone and Amy Nicholson, Chief Film Critic of MTV. Attending critics will serve as the jury for the first annual Key West Film Festival Critic’s Prize.

Read More: Key West Film Festival Announces Brett Ratner Scholarship, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn to Curate Critics Focus

As part of the Critics Focus program, Fear has curated Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film “Manchester by the Sea” and will feature a conversation by David and Nicholson after the film. Nicholson will curate the other Centerpiece film, to be announced next month.

Other participating film critics and journalists attending the festival this year include Eric Kohn, Chief  Critic of IndieWire, who serves on the festival’s advisory board; Ann Hornaday, Chief Film Critic of The Washington Post; Steve Dollar, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ Finds New Frontiers Outside the Studio System

14 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You think John Ford ever had to deal with this?” asks director Scott Cooper, gazing at a gnarly gray sky over northern New Mexico. A lightning strike was reported within six miles of the location shoot for his new movie, “Hostiles,” sparking an Osha-mandated, 30-minute production stoppage. It’s just an occupational hazard that comes with shooting during monsoon season.

A period Western with nods to Ford classics like “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “The Searchers,” the picture is filming here at Ghost Ranch — 21,000 acres of God’s country, 60 miles north of Santa Fe — where one-time resident Georgia O’Keeffe painted canvases with images of the mesa that towers in the distance. Though lightening strikes are unpredictable, one thing is certain: Cooper and his cast and crew are far from the artifice of Hollywood back lots.

“The dynamic weather patterns out here are stunning — the big sky, thunderhead clouds »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘The People Garden’ Exclusive Clip: Pamela Anderson Flies For A Music Video In The ‘Suicide Forest’

12 September 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gus Van Sant’s latest film “The Sea of Trees” prominently features the Aokigahara forest, popularly known as “The Suicide Forest” because of its reputation as one of the most popular suicide spots in the world. However, Van Sant isn’t the only director with a film that explores the mystery and danger of the Suicide Forest. First there was the supernatural horror film “The Forest,” and now there’s Nadia Litz’s latest film “The People Garden.”

The film follows Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway), a young woman who travels to Japan to break up with her rocker boyfriend Jamie (François Arnaud). But when she arrives, Jamie is nowhere to be found and was last seen shooting a music video at the base of the Aokigahara forest. Sweetpea resolves to find him with the help of local ranger Mak (Jai West), but she soon discovers a mystery far larger than she anticipated. »

- Annakeara Stinson

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Tiff 2016. Correspondences #2

11 September 2016 2:21 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NocturamaDear Fern,296 feature films, 101 shorts—are you ready? Could anyone be? I can assure you, as someone lucky enough to travel to several other festivals this year before Toronto, there are many, many great films here, among them Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (as you've already discovered), Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis Xiv, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, and Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion. All easily among the year’s most surprising, most beautiful, most complex works of cinema. Don’t miss them. But what I’ve already seen is a drop in the bucket, and I have the bounty of the short films of the adventurous Wavelengths section (which Michael Sicinski has wonderfully and extensively covered for us) to come; along with not one but two Terrence Malick films (really two cuts of the same film), not one but two Werner Herzog movies »

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A Fine Pair And The Limits Of Claudia Love

11 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This fall semester I started taking an Italian language class two evenings a week with my daughter, and Thursday night I was looking to decompress after our first big quiz. (Scores haven’t been revealed yet, but I think we did just fine.) So I started rummaging through my shelves and came across the Warner Archives DVD of Francesco Maselli’s A Fine Pair (1968), an ostensibly breezy romantic caper comedy which reteams Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, a pairing their public was presumably clamoring for after their previous outing together in Blindfold (1965), a Universal programmer written and directed by Phillip Dunne, the screenwriter of, among many other notable movies, How Green Was My Valley. I’ve had a mad crush on Claudia ever since I first saw her in Circus World (1964) with John Wayne when I was but a youngster, and I always welcome the chance to visit movies of »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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James Franco’s Movie Column: Why Fame Is So Seductive In ‘Author: The Jt Leroy Story’

9 September 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. »

- James Franco

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'Author: The Jt Leroy Story' Review: How to Stage a Literary Hoax

9 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

To some, it was a major con, the kind of hoax that hurts. After all, author Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy hit the literary world hard with his novel Sarah (2000) and his short story collection The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2001). There were copious raves for these raw tales of child abuse, drugs, truck-stop sex and other bumps in the road for this HIV-positive, transgender male. Then, late in 2005, came the revelation that Jt Leroy was the invented male persona of Brooklyn-born Laura Albert, a former phone-sex operator turned San Francisco housewife and mother. »

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‘Nocturama’ Is ‘Elephant’ For The The Age Of Isis — Tiff Review

8 September 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“We did what we had to do,” argues one of the beautiful terrorist teens in Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama,” a vague and intriguingly inert thriller that waits 50 minutes before revealing “what they had to do” and never bothers explaining why they had to do it. It’s hypnotic all the same. Fresh off his emotionally extravagant biopic of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Bonello has returned with another film about the seductive power of surfaces. With his previous project, he presented that idea as his subject — with this one, he sublimates it directly into his style. The result is a portrait of radical violence that has almost no resemblance to terrorism as we know it, and yet sometimes feels all more accurate because of that.

Bonello might keep the context to a minimum, but you can tell almost immediately that something bad is about to go down in the heart of Paris. »

- David Ehrlich

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Matthew McConaughey Directs a Wild Turkey Commercial — Watch

8 September 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now this is a man who really loves his whiskey. It was announced in August that Matthew McConaughey would act as the new creative director for Kentucky bourbon brand Wild Turkey. The fruits of his liquor-inspired labor have been revealed today in his first commercial. The piece serves as the actor’s TV directorial debut, which he also stars in and narrates.

Read More: ‘Gold’ Trailer: Matthew McConaughey’s Wild New Role Is Striving For The Oscar

“We’re not in a rush to be the most popular, we’re not in a rush not to be,” McConaughey purrs in “Wild Turkey: The Journey Begins.” After a generous pour of bourbon into an ice-filled glass, the camera glides through a raucous dance club to an open southern field at dusk, presumably Kentucky, where the party continues. The bourbon is then delivered to McConaughey, who is jamming on a piano, by »

- Annakeara Stinson

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Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners

7 September 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Telluride Film Festival programmers Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger pride themselves on curating the cream of the Hollywood crop, which has included Best Picture Oscar-winners “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

However, even a Telluride hit needs amplification from noisy Toronto as they head into awards season.

Launched at Venice and Telluride, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” has propelled Emma Stone and, possibly, costar Ryan Gosling into awards contention. How the audacious musical fares with critics and audiences will impact how far it goes with the Academy, who will give “Whiplash” nominee Damien Chazelle points for ambition and a relatable showbiz story. This film boasts passionate supporters, while many others don’t get the movie at all. The larger media presence in Toronto and New York will continue to ripple out and build must-see for the movie. So far I am discerning a slight generational divide, »

- Anne Thompson

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Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners

7 September 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Telluride Film Festival programmers Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger pride themselves on curating the cream of the Hollywood crop, which has included Best Picture Oscar-winners “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

However, even a Telluride hit needs amplification from noisy Toronto as they head into awards season.

Launched at Venice and Telluride, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” has propelled Emma Stone and, possibly, costar Ryan Gosling into awards contention. How the audacious musical fares with critics and audiences will impact how far it goes with the Academy, who will give “Whiplash” nominee Damien Chazelle points for ambition and a relatable showbiz story. This film boasts passionate supporters, while many others don’t get the movie at all. The larger media presence in Toronto and New York will continue to ripple out and build must-see for the movie. So far I am discerning a slight generational divide, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Sea of Trees’ Starring Matthew McConaughey Is A Theatrical Bomb – And Why That May Not Matter

4 September 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gus Van Sant is the Oscar-nominated, critically acclaimed director of “Milk” and “Good Will Hunting,” but his career also has seen a few misses — and none more so than “The Sea of Trees.” Released to derision at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and recently acquired by A24, the film stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts and made $2,894 in its first week at the box office.

Granted, that was on two screens. But by jumping from two screens to 101 in its second weekend, that total will likely rise to around $6,500. Or to look at it another way: By adding 99 screens, each should generate about $36 in the second weekend.

That’s a dreadful theatrical release by anyone’s standards, but this wasn’t a standard theatrical release; it’s closer to what retailers like to call a loss leader, a product that loses money because it brings people to the store. And in »

- Dana Harris

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Weekend Box Office: September 2-4 (As Summer Winds Down, the Winners, Losers and a Dim Future)

4 September 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The image above is from the film “Sea of Trees” which opened in a few theaters last weekend, and completely disappeared by Friday. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, and directed by Gus Van Sant, and interestingly co-produced… Continue Reading → »

- Sergio Mims

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Kevin Smith on the Future: Why He Wants to Release Other People’s Films and How He Cracked the Self-Distribution Game

3 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few filmmakers are better self-promoters than Kevin Smith, who has mastered the art over the course of two decades. Ever since the breakout success of 1994’s “Clerks,” Smith has developed his public persona as a hilarious foul-mouthed geek in tandem with movies that often reflected that sensibility. Today, Smith remains as visible than ever, less because of his movies than because of countless public appearances, a regular podcast, two television series and social media. He’s less pure filmmaker than self-made media machine.

But Smith still makes movies: He took a hiatus after the self-distributed “Red State,” and has since launched into his so-called “True North” trilogy of wacky Canadian tales. After the absurdist comedy-horror of “Tusk,” Smith premiered “Yoga Hosers” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which stars his daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp (her dad also plays a small »

- Eric Kohn

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Lucy Walker Embraces Vr: Why The Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker is Focused on the Future of Cinema

2 September 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The dinosaurs still making films better embrace virtual reality, according to director Lucy Walker.

Her impressive roster of documentaries have earned her two Oscar nominations: One for her feature, “Waste Land,” and one for a short, “The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom.” She was recently tapped to direct the followup to Wim Wenders’ “Buena Vista Social Club.” Filming “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” sparked an interest in Cuban music and dance, which led Walker to make “A History of Cuban Dance,” a lively Vr short chronicling Cuban history through its many dance styles. The feature will also have an accompanying Vr film.

Walker is also currently a creator with Chris Milk’s Vr company, Within (formerly Vrse), a prolific production house making some of the most narratively compelling virtual reality films out there.

“I love using documentary films to take the viewer on a journey to a world they’re not physically in. »

- Jude Dry

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Telluride Film Festival: These 7 Films Could Change the Awards Conversation

2 September 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s as reliable as a compass: Every year, on the Thursday before Labor Day, the Telluride charter from Los Angeles to Montrose, Colo. is a core sample of hopes for the Oscar season. (The contenders on my flight included executives from Amazon, Netflix, The Orchard, Open Road, Paramount, Plan B, and Fox Searchlight, along with movie stars Rooney Mara and Isabelle Huppert.)

It’s an honor to be selected for Telluride, certainly, but everyone’s nerves are tuned for the films’ receptions. The Labor Day weekend festival has launched a number of eventual best-picture winners, including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “Spotlight,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave.” The buzz that begins here (or doesn’t) determines strategies as the films move on to future festivals in Toronto and New York.

1. “La La Land” (December 2, Lionsgate) opened the Venice Film Festival and will continue to Toronto. Reviews were upbeat »

- Anne Thompson

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Casey Affleck’s Career-Spanning Q&A: How Lessons from Gus Van Sant, Joaquin Phoenix and More Led To ‘Manchester’

2 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 41, Casey Affleck still has the air of a young man, but he’s hardly a newcomer. Once primarily known as the younger brother of movie star Ben, the Massachusetts native has paved his own path. With prominent roles in idiosyncratic American indies ranging from Gus Van Sant’s “Gerry” to “Lonesome Jim,” Affleck carved out a niche with his fragile, unassuming screen presence and the flashes of intensity that occasionally broke through. Those attributes have served him well in roles as diverse as his unsettling psychopathic turn in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” to Andrew Dominik’s poetic western “The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford,”  which landed Affleck his first Oscar nomination.

See More‘Manchester By The Sea’ Trailer: Discover Why Kenneth Lonergan’s Acclaimed Indie Is A Major Oscar Frontrunner

Now he’s back on the awards circuit with “Manchester By the Sea, »

- Eric Kohn

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