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‘Detroit’: Annapurna’s Pulse-Pounding Debut Release Aims for Oscar Gold

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

With films like Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” producer and Hollywood patron Megan Ellison has navigated the Oscar circuit with aplomb. She would no doubt like to come out swinging with a sure-fire contender in her first distribution event under the Annapurna banner. Does she have one in Bigelow’s latest film, “Detroit?”

Let’s begin by making one thing abundantly clear: Regarding this and any future assessment of a film’s prospects with the motion picture Academy, it’s worth keeping in mind that around 20 percent of the group has joined in just the last four years, thanks to an ongoing inflation of annual new membership invites. It’s quite alright to say “I don’t know what an Oscar movie is anymore,” though few who trade in this work will have the guts to do so. Sureness »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Spike Jonze is Filming A Secret Project With Frank Ocean and Brad Pitt — Watch

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The wait for a new project from Spike Jonze might be over sometime soon. The Oscar winner was spotted at Fyf Fest in Los Angeles over the weekend filming portions of Frank Ocean’s appearance.

The R&B singer performed covers of Carpenters’ “Close to You” and the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Brad Pitt appeared just off stage and was filmed miming a telephone conversation. The live shoot is the second time Jonze has appeared filming Frank Ocean this month. He was at the Lovebox festival in London two weekends ago.

Read More: Spike Jonze Had Margaret Qualley Dance Like a Tree During Kenzo Commercial Audition

Jonze has not announced any official new project in the works, but clearly him and Frank Ocean are cooking up something. Jonze got his start making music videos for the likes of Beastie Boys, Weezer, and Sonic Youth, among many others, »

- Zack Sharf

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Spike Jonze & Frank Ocean Working On Project, Possibly Involves Brad Pitt

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

Frank Ocean is currently on tour, bringing his jams from Blonde and beyond with him. However, cinephiles might want to keep their ear to the ground, because a director with a rich history in music videos has been seen tagging along.

Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich,” “Her“) has been spotted filming Ocean’s concerts at Fyf Fest in Los Angeles and Lovebox festival in London, and that’s not all.

Continue reading Spike Jonze & Frank Ocean Working On Project, Possibly Involves Brad Pitt at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Brad Pitt Makes Surprise Appearance at Frank Ocean's Fyf Performance

23 July 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Brad Pitt gave Frank Ocean fans a big surprise on Saturday night.

The 53-year-old actor made an amazing cameo during Ocean's set at Fyf Fest. During Ocean's performance of "Close To You," Pitt held up a phone to his ear and pretended to have a conversation.

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Pitt wasn't the only big name in attendance on Saturday -- director Spike Jonze apparently filmed the whole thing.

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While Pitt and Ocean might seem like an unlikely pair, the actor has been a big fan of the singer for years. In fact, Pitt credited Ocean's music for inspiring him post-divorce.

"I find this young man so special," Pitt told GQ Style in May. "Talk about getting to the raw truth. He's painfully honest. He's very, very special »

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Slfs Interview – Alessio Summerfield: Writer and Co-Director of Dev Diary

17 July 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Dev Diary screens Wednesday, July 19 at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.

Ticket information can be found Here

Although St. Louis game designers the Coster brothers — Adam, Sam, and Seth — have a reputation for developing projects quickly, they have spent the last two years working on only one game. Sam’s dream game, “Crashlands” has helped him battle cancer as he struggles with Stage 4B lymphoma.

Alessio Summerfield, co-director of Dev Diary, took the time to answer questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks in advance of it’s screening at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman

Tom Stockman: What was your filmmaking experience prior to Dev Diary? Is this your first feature-length documentary?

Alessio Summerfield: Prior to Dev Diary James Reichmuth and I came from two different backgrounds. »

- Tom Stockman

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Is Suits Romance Right or Wrong? Did Bachelorette Rejects Exist Before? Are Emmy Ballots Pre-Filled? And More Qs!

14 July 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including American Ninja Warrior, The Bachelorette, Suits and Zoo!

1 | Is it kind of a bummer that Killjoys basically “recast” Defiance‘s Stephanie Leonidas in the role of Clara? (Or can the Hackmod easily get her “old” face back?)

2 | What hallucinogenics were circulating at CBS that someone pitched (and another someone signed off on) “Giant Candy Crush meets obstacle course meets Big Brother/Survivor?”

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3 | Anyone notice »

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Film Feature: Best & Worst of 2017 So Far by HollywoodChicago.com

12 July 2017 6:45 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 4th of July holiday is over and the second half of the year looms before us, so what better time than to assess 2017 so far, with the best and worst films of the first half of the year. The film critic contributors of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Jon Espino and Spike Walters – offer up their choices for Best and Worst.

The first half of 2017 was fairly strong, as the increasingly crowded film marketplace is not necessarily holding the best films until the fall “Oscar season.” Each film critic will offer three films, as Patrick and Jon will assess their personal “Best,” and the virtuous Spike Walters will take on the “Worst.”

Best Of 2017 So Far by Jon Lennon Espino

Baby Driver

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Baby Driver: In the past, Edgar Wright has proven his versatility as a filmmaker by creating distinct genre films while making »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Annapurna, 20th Century Fox Sign Multi-Year Home Entertainment Pact

11 July 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annapurna has tapped Twentieth Century Fox to oversee its home entertainment releases. The indie distributor has made a name for itself by backing acclaimed directors such as Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”), and Spike Jonze (“Her”). Annapurna is now moving into distributing and marketing its own movies.

The deal with Fox is described as a multi-year pact. Fox will oversee the U.S. home entertainment rights for all Annapurna releases across physical, digital, and other platforms. The deal will kick off with “Detroit,” a drama about the 1967 murders in the Algiers Motel, which debuts in theaters on Aug. 4. A home entertainment debut has yet to be announced.

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Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, an Oscar-nominated producer and the daughter of Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

“We are very excited to partner with Twentieth Century Fox Film to extend the reach of our »

- Brent Lang

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Internet Genius Recreates the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' Video with Sesame Street Characters

7 July 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you thought the original Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” music video couldn’t be any more cinematic, try adding Sesame Street characters from the 1985 film Follow that Bird. A fan has combined the iconic ’90s vid with your favorite Muppets, and the result—featuring Big Bird and Cookie Monster—might have topped the Spike Jonze-directed original.

Adam Schleichkorn (a.k.a. Mylo the Cat) posted the mashup on his YouTube channel isthishowyougoviral. The YouTuber explained how the original video was “one of the greatest of all time” and he therefore “couldn’t do a regular old lip sync video.” Other »

- Max Murphy

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Sesame Street Comes For Spike Jonze With This Remake of Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ — Watch

7 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No, it’s not a promo for the all puppet Beastie Boys cover band, The Beastie Birds, but the latest Sesame Street mashup is just as much fun. From the Webby Award-winning genius who set “Rick and Morty” to the mellifluous tunes of Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” comes yet another highly entertaining remake — this time to Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.”

Read More: Sesame Street Spoofed ‘Orange is the New Black’ Without the Lesbian Sex, and It’s Weird — Watch

The original video was directed by none other than Spike Jonze, and this cheeky update follows that one pretty faithfully. Opening with Big Bird on the run in a cornfield, and ending with him lost in a parade, Big Bird’s round eyes and bumbling gait fit fit perfectly with the song’s distorted guitar riffs. Jonze’s original video payed homage to the television crime dramas of the 1970s, »

- Jude Dry

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Sesame Street Comes For Spike Jonze With This Remake of Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ — Watch

7 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

No, it’s not a promo for the all puppet Beastie Boys cover band, The Beastie Birds, but the latest Sesame Street mashup is just as much fun. From the Webby Award-winning genius who set “Rick and Morty” to the mellifluous tunes of Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” comes yet another highly entertaining remake — this time to Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.”

Read More: Sesame Street Spoofed ‘Orange is the New Black’ Without the Lesbian Sex, and It’s Weird — Watch

The original video was directed by none other than Spike Jonze, and this cheeky update follows that one pretty faithfully. Opening with Big Bird on the run in a cornfield, and ending with him lost in a parade, Big Bird’s round eyes and bumbling gait fit perfectly with the song’s distorted guitar riffs. Jonze’s original video paid homage to the television crime dramas of the 1970s, such »

- Jude Dry

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‘Dunkirk’: 6 Movies That Prepared Christopher Nolan’s Go-To Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema

7 July 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hoyte van Hoytema has emerged as one of the great cinematographers of our time: cerebral, emotional, poetic. He creates texture and beauty with formal precision. He’s the thinking person’s cinematographer, who synthesizes the past and the present, but prefers shooting on film for organic, analog warmth.

No wonder director Christopher Nolan was drawn to the Dutch-Swedish cinematographer. They are kindred spirits, and their work on “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk” (shot mostly with the 15-perf IMAX film camera) recalls the scope and intimacy of the legendary David Lean and Freddie Young pairing on “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago.”

In all likelihood, “Dunkirk,” which portrays the heroic evacuation of Allied soldiers from German occupation during the early stages of World War II, should result in Hoytema’s first Oscar nomination. Shot from three perspectives — land, sea, and air — the footage we’ve seen thus far is breathtaking in its visceral force. »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘What Would Diplo Do’ Trailer: James Van Der Beek Does the Impossible in New DJ Mockumentary Series

5 July 2017 11:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the lives of the rich and talented behind closed doors? Or better yet, yearned for a superstar’s guidance? Well, Viceland heard your cries and has answered your prayers (sort of).

Read More: ‘Nirvanna The Band The Show’ Review: Spike Jonze-Produced Viceland Comedy is Here to Gleefully Entertain Us

“What Would Diplo Do?” is Viceland’s first fully scripted comedy series and centers around the everyday life of superstar DJ and producer Diplo. James Van Der Beek writes and stars as Diplo, showcasing his many talents, faults, and ninja moves.

According to Viceland, the series can be described as “a loving send-up of the electronic dance music scene.” Described as a hybrid of “Louie” and “World Star Hip Hop” crossed with “This Is Spinal Tap,” the “Dawson’s Creek” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” star plays a »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘What Would Diplo Do’ Trailer: James Van Der Beek Does the Impossible in New DJ Mockumentary Series

5 July 2017 11:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the lives of the rich and talented behind closed doors? Or better yet, yearned for a superstar’s guidance? Well, Viceland heard your cries and has answered your prayers (sort of).

Read More: ‘Nirvanna The Band The Show’ Review: Spike Jonze-Produced Viceland Comedy is Here to Gleefully Entertain Us

“What Would Diplo Do?” is Viceland’s first fully scripted comedy series and centers around the everyday life of superstar DJ and producer Diplo. James Van Der Beek writes and stars as Diplo, showcasing his many talents, faults, and ninja moves.

According to Viceland, the series can be described as “a loving send-up of the electronic dance music scene.” Described as a hybrid of “Louie” and “World Star Hip Hop” crossed with “This Is Spinal Tap,” the “Dawson’s Creek” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” star plays a »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

28 June 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »

- Michael Schneider

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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

28 June 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »

- Michael Schneider

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Scarlett Johansson sharpens her comedic chops in “Rough Night”

14 June 2017 3:58 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Despite having yet to receive an Academy Award nomination, Scarlett Johansson has developed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s best actresses. Whether she’s in art house fare, kicking ass as part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, or anchoring her own bigger budget flicks, she a true A-lister. One of the things she hasn’t done too much of late, but that she has a real aptitude for, is make people laugh. Yes, Johansson is an underrated comedic actress. Whenever she’s gone for humor, she’s succeeded in a big way. With a new release this weekend focusing on that, not only is it a good time to discuss her comic talents, but to reiterate her skill level overall. This week, she stars in the raunchy female centric comedy Rough Night. In it, Johansson plays Jess, a bride to be who is about to have a bachelorette party to remember. »

- Joey Magidson

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Fox Promotes Rick Phillips at Newly-Acquired Game Studio FoxNext

8 June 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

FoxNext Games — the virtual reality and gaming division launched in January at 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group — has promoted Rick Phillips to President of Licensing and Publishing. The move follows FoxNext’s acquisition of mobile gaming developer Aftershock earlier this week. Also Read: Fox's New Virtual Reality Unit Plans 'Planet of the Apes' Experience, Spike Jonze Project Phillips previously oversaw Fox’s game licensing across mobile, console, PC, social and online gaming. He’ll work with former Aftershock exec Aaron Loeb, President of Studios at FoxNext. In an interview with TheWrap, Phillips said FoxNext will »

- Sean Burch

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in June

30 May 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The major online streaming platforms know they've got to haul out the big guns when those lovely summer days try to tempt viewers outside, i.e. that place with sunshine and fresh air. (Nice try, summer!) This month, Hulu revives David Lynch's crowning achievement; Amazon's adding two of 2016's best films not named Moonlight; Netflix trots a recent Cannes smash involving Tilda Swinton and a superpig; and even minor-leaguer Acorn gets in the game with a handsome crime procedural to fill that Borgen-shaped hole in your heart. And of course, »

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Amir Bar-Lev’s ‘Long Strange Trip’ to Making the Definitive Grateful Dead Documentary

25 May 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2003, Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story”) had just one film under his belt, “Fighter,” and a lofty idea for his next project: the definitive Grateful Dead documentary. It was a daunting task that would end up taking 14 years, 11 of them trying to get the band’s blessing and the proverbial ball rolling, and another three producing and shooting the film. “Long Strange Trip” finally opens in theaters on May 25 and arrives to Amazon Prime Video on June 2.

Clocking in at just under four hours and divided into six acts, the doc chronicles the Bay Area band’s incredible journey from the early days of the San Francisco Acid Tests to the death of legendary guitarist and co-founder Jerry Garcia.

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Bar-Lev, a self-described Deadhead, first discovered the Dead’s music as a teenager in Berkeley, California. He is quick to note that 1973 is »

- Jeff Cornell

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