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Today in Movie Culture: Darren Aronofsky, 'Big Trouble in Little China,' Hayao Miyazaki, 'The Maze Runner' and More

2 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   A supercut of Darren Aronofsky movies this good deserves a name, and it has one: "Pupil" (via The Playlist):   One mom turned her kids' room into a shrine to Toy Story. For more pics, visit the woman's Facebook gallery (via Cinema Blend):   Check out a rocket-powered cat in alternate early scenes that didn't make it into Big Hero 6 (via USA Today):   It sure didn't take long for someone to mash the new Fantastic Four trailer with the Interstellar trailer (via Reddit):   ReAction Figures has a new Big Trouble in Little China series of toys. My favorite is Lo Pan, seen below...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Sundance Quickies: Dope, Last Days in the Desert, Nasty Baby

6 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel reporting from Sundance with three quick takes

Dope

The biggest sale at Sundance was this no-stars comedy about three geeky high school seniors who are obsessed with 90s hip hops (that's a character detail and joke factory -- not the plot). Malcolm (Shameik Moore joyfully charismatic in the lead role) a Straight A student who dreams of Harvard and his two best friends Jib (Tony Revolori - just as strong as he was in Grand Budapest Hotel) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons from Transparent in her feature debut) live in "The Bottoms" an impoverished crime-ridden neighborhood. Malcolm gets mixed up with Dom (Rakim Mayers aka A$AP Rocky), a local dope dealer, and soon the three friends are on the run from cops, drug dealers, gang members and continually out of frying pans and into other fires. The film it most reminded me of is Go (1999) for its parade of memorable characters, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: Stare Into The Eyes Of Darren Aronofsky's Films With This 4-Minute Supercut

11 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s kind of hard to believe Darren Aronofsky only has six features to his name, especially since his first one, “Pi,” came out in 1998. Still, the director has proven a unique talent over his sparse career, one deemed worthy of an Oscar nomination in 2011 for his work on “Black Swan.” Among the many idiosyncrasies of an Aronofsky film, Vimeo editor WarmBakedBread argues that an emphasis on his characters’ eyes is a key feature. And he made a four-minute video titled “Pupil’ to prove his point. The short cuts together every single Aronofsky feature, including the aforementioned two, as well as “The Fountain,” “The Wrestler,” “Noah,” and “Requiem for a Dream.” (Side note – remember “The Wrestler”? Damn, that was some good filmmaking.) At first, watching the video, you might think, “yeah, actors have eyes; point made.” (And okay, is it just us, or does the rock monster from “Noah” looks »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Audrey Tautou, Daniel Bruhl among Berlin film fest jury

17 hours ago | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Amelie actress Audrey Tautou and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner will be among the eight jury members for this year's Berlin Film Festival.

Festival boss Dieter Kosslick said Tuesday that Rush actor Daniel Bruhl, The Host director Bong Joon-ho, "Hannibal" producer Martha De Laurentiis and Claudia Llosa, the director of The Milk of Sorrow, will also be among those deciding who gets the Berlinale's Golden Bear and Silver Bears awards.

The jury will be led by director Darren Aronofsky, who was previously announced.

The Berlin event, which runs Feb. 5-15, is the first of the year's major European film festivals.

Terrence Malick's new film Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman, will have its world premiere in the event's competition. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Daniel Brühl, ‘Mad Men’ Creator Among Berlin International Film Festival Full Jury

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky will preside over seven-person group

Daniel BrühlBong Joon-hoMartha De LaurentiisClaudia LlosaAudrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner are heading to Berlin.

Those six, bookended by the “Rush” star Brühl and the “Mad Men” creator, will join previously announced Darren Aronofsky as the jury at the 65th Annual Berlin International Film Festival. Aronofsky is the group’s president.

Also Read: TheWrap’s Exclusive Sundance Portraits (Photos)

Boon Joon-ho directed “Snowpiercer”; de Laurentiis and her husband’s production company is behind NBC’s “Hannibal”; Llosa is a Golden Bear winner whose “Aloft” is currently at »

- Tony Maglio

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Berlin Film Festival Reveals International Jury Members, Includes Matthew Weiner

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.

The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.

Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin Announces International Jury, Matthew Weiner And Audrey Tautou Among Line-Up

22 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Berlin International Film Festival, which opens Feb 5 with Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night, has announced its international jury line-up, with Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner joining Jury President Darren Aronofsky.

This year’s jury has a typically cosmopolitan composition with leading German actor Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin; Rush) joined by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), producer Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal), Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow), French actress Tautou (Amelie) and U.S. showrunner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).

The festival runs through Feb. 15.

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- Ali Jaafar

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Emma Watson Will Star In Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

26 January 2015 8:29 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After years of involvement with the project, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been officially cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Watson was previously attached to a Warner Bros. adaptation of the classic fairy tale back when Guillermo del Toro was set to direct, but she fell off at the same time that helmer departed. Since then, that studio’s take has hit some significant stumbling blocks, but as Disney locked in Condon and began to search for actresses for its own take on the story, Watson’s name came up again. One source states that Disney believes Watson will be “perfect” for the part and was thrilled to court her.

Following TheWrap’s scoop on the story, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Emma Watson to Star in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Exclusive)

26 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Bill Condon has cast the “Harry Potter” actress as Belle in the live-action adaptation

Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast,” TheWrap has learned.

Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)

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- Jeff Sneider

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Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Steps Down

23 January 2015 4:15 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michelle Raimo Kouyate will move forward as a producer with a first-look deal at the studio

Michelle Raimo Kouyate has stepped down as President of Production at Sony Pictures Animation, a rep for the studio told TheWrap.

After five years in her post, Raimo Kouyate will transition to a producer role with a first-look deal at Spa.

During her tenure, the company released titles like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Smurfs” and the Adam Sandler-voiced “Hotel Transylvania.”

Also Read: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Testament of Youth,’ Starring ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kit Harington

Raimo Kouyate will oversee »

- Matt Donnelly

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You Rank the Best Movies That Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival

22 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

As of today, another Sundance is upon us. For more than 30 years now, from a time before it was even called the Sundance Film Festival, we've been looking to the Park City, Utah event as a beacon and a tastemaker of independent cinema. What will be the breakouts of 2015? And how will they fit into such a rich history? Sundance has seen major breakouts and/or introduced us to the work of such filmmakers as the Coen brothers, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Rian Johnson and, out of last year's fest and now an Oscar darling, Damien Chazelle. Below you'll find 20 titles that not only screened but world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival between its years of 1985 and 2014. You won't find some of your favorites if they debuted...

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Daily | Berlinale 2105 Lineup, Round 13

22 January 2015 2:17 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Berlinale will be presenting premieres of several television series this year, including the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, the latest from the Danish creators of Borgen and more. Also, "2015: A Space Discovery" is the title of the focus at this year's Berlinale Talents, a program of master classes, discussions and workshops. Among the participants in the various programs are Jury president Darren Aronofsky, Bong Joon-Ho, Andreas Dresen, Joanna Hogg, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Marcel Ophüls, Joshua Oppenheimer, Laura Poitras, Walter Salles, Sebastian Schipper, Wim Wenders and the Yes Men. » - David Hudson »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Won’t Replace Tom Hardy In Suicide Squad

21 January 2015 8:27 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last week, we received the sad news that Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy had dropped out of David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation, but were informed that Jake Gyllenhaal (who worked with Ayer in 2012’s End of Watch) was being eyed to replace him. Unfortunately, it appears that that’s not the case, and that the Squad is still one member short.

According to Variety, Gyllenhaal has passed on the offer to play Rick Flagg, who works for Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and leads the titular ragtag group of supervillains that includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress.

For those upset about the fact that Gyllenhaal won’t be in the film, I suspect that this won’t be the last time he’ll up for a comic book movie role. »

- James Garcia

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Four Sundance Titles Slated for New York’s New Directors/New Films Festival

21 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the movie industry gearing up for the start of Sundance 2015, New Directors/New Films, the annual New York festival presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, has tapped four movies soon to screen in Park City for slots at part of the 44th outing of Nd/Nf.

Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again” (pictured above), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe,” Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment” and Kornel Mundruczo’s “White God” will all follow their Sundance stints with a showcase in the March festival.

Also on Nd/Nf’s 2015 roster are Chaitanya Tamhane’s Indian tragicomedy “Court,” Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Austrian chiller “Goodnight Mommy”  and Sarah Leonor’s French drama “The Great Man.” “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Nadav Lapid’s Israeli-French project, and Naji Abu Nowar’s Middle Eastern adventure tale “Theeb” round out the initial slate.

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- Gordon Cox

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Sign Language Film ‘The Tribe’ Features In 44th New Directors/New Films Series

21 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the first nine films in the long-lived showcase for new work. They include Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s winner of the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes, which is set in a Ukrainian school for deaf and mute coeds and is told entirely in sign language, with no subtitles. The Tribe is one of four films that will make their way to Manhattan from Park City, Utah, where they’re also on the Sundance roster: Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again, about a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman; Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, a follow-up to The Comedy, about a broken-down comedian doing stand-up across the Mojave Desert and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes about a dog’s journey back to its owner after being abandoned in the city.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings movie review: whites only

21 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…

I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

14 January 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

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- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work »

- Jen Yamato

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Mpse Announce Golden Reel Nominations

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2015 Golden Reel Nominations The 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards 2015 Mpse Filmmaker Award Darren Aronofsky 2015 Mpse Career Achievement Award Skip Lievsay 2015 Mpse Golden Reel Award Nominees »

- Ryan Adams

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Book Review - 'Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life'

13 January 2015 8:42 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

We should begin here with a simple truism: Those who control the narrative of history also control the narration of the present. The struggle for racial inclusiveness in the White-washed narrative of history has many battlefields.  In the battlefield of the cinematic art we were recently confronted with the epic biblical stories like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014) which featured no people of color at all and Ridley Scott’s, Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) which relegated Blacks to servant roles in open defiance to historical veracity.  Both of these films, no matter the excuses of the filmmakers, are in total adherence to the White supremacist ideal of a White dominated racial »

- Andre Seewood

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