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Watch ‘Thunder Road,’ The One-Take Short That Won Sundance

19 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the start, writer, director and star Jim Cummings had always thought of his short “Thunder Road” as something he’d toss up on Vimeo and share with the world.  There’s been some unexpected twists and turns for the filmmaker to get to that point.

As Cummings tells it, the film very unexpectedly got into Sundance, where it then won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film. Of course, this brought some heat to the short and Cummings, which meant attention was also paid to a major question from the film: If he’d secured the rights to Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” which plays during a pivotal scene.  After paying $7,000 for the rights to the song so it could travel the festival circuit, Cummings was faced with a $40,000 to 50,000 licensing fee to put his short online. This prompted Cummings to take his case to Springsteen in the »

- Chris O'Falt

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Steve Rabineau Moves To Wme From UTA, Reuniting With Top Partners

7 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Steve Rabineau has just jumped from UTA to join Wme as a partner in the agency's Motion Picture Literary department. Rabineau, who represents directors and writers, has a strong list that is expected to follow him. That includes Oscar-winning Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuaron, Roger Donaldson, Todd Graff, Gavin Hood, Ron Hutchinson, Phillip Noyce, John Romano, Don Roos, Brad Silberling, John Waters and Simon West. Rabineau had been a partner at UTA, where he spent… »

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FrightFest 2016 Lineup Includes 31, The Devil’S Candy, Abattoir, Beyond The Gates, The Woods

1 July 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Late this summer, West London's Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 will host an eclectic collection of horror films, including Rob Zombie's 31, Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, Darren Lynn Bousman's Abattoir, Jackson Stewart's Beyond the Gates, and Adam Wingard's The Woods:

Press Release: From grindhouse to art-house, feel-good to squeal-good, blockbuster to ghostbuster FrightFest returns in all its gory glory, now housed at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London, from Aug 25 - Aug 29.

In its 17th year, the world renowned genre film festival will present 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents.

The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents. And our »

- Derek Anderson

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Full line-up for Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 announced

1 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced the full line-up of films for 2016, which features a total of 62 new feature films including 19 world premieres and 35 UK and European premieres.

“For seventeen years now FrightFest has led the way through landmark changes in the genre, altered perceptions of fandom and embraced the revolutions in platforms and distribution models,” states Alan Jones, co-director of the festival. “It continues to do so this year with a breathtaking selection of genre attractions with the widest appeal and breadth of focus. We stand out because we stand for something special – a one-stop roadmap through everything you need to see to be totally up to speed with what the next year in horror fantasy will be all about”.

Check out the full line-up from the official press release here…

The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, »

- Gary Collinson

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How ‘Gravity’ Inspired This Summer’s Crazy Shark Movie

24 June 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Identity crisis. Airplane hijinks. Killer sharks. Is there a common thread here? “All my movies have a concept,” director Jaume Collet-Serra recently explained to IndieWire when asked about how his latest film, “The Shallows,” fits into his oeuvre of thrillers like “Non-Stop” and “Unknown.”

This time around, however, the Catalan filmmaker had much bigger fish to fry than “it takes place all in one night” or “everything happens on a plane,” as the Blake Lively-starring nail-biter features a single beach-set location, a compressed timeline and a giant, very angry shark.

Set entirely on a secluded beach in Mexico, “The Shallows” stars Blake Lively as the resourceful Nancy, who has sought out the isolated surf spot because it’s the place that her recently deceased mother loved when she was younger. What starts as a personal pilgrimage swiftly becomes a bloody fight for survival when a rogue shark attacks Nancy, »

- Kate Erbland

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Mexico’s Over-the-Top Chivas TV to Launch in July

20 June 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a sign of its rapidly maturing VOD market, Mexico’s most prominent soccer team Chivas is launching its own Ott platform on July 1, just weeks before the next Liga games kick off on July 23.

Based in Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara, the team is owned by Mexican billionaire Jorge Vergara, founder of dietary supplement firm Omnilife and a sometime film producer who backed Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y tu Mama Tambien” and Niels Mueller’s “The Assassination of Richard Nixon” through his shingle Producciones Anhelo. Vergara is said to be boarding Carlos Saura’s “33 Days,” starring Antonio Banderas. The Spanish actor attended the Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival in March to give a Master Class and meet with Vergara about the long-gestating Pablo Picasso project.

Vergara, who purchased the Chivas soccer club in 2002, announced in May that the club would not renew its broadcasting pact with Televisa, thus ending a 22-year run. “In »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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New to Streaming: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Mountains May Depart,’ ’45 Years,’ ‘Eye in the Sky,’ and More

17 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. »

- The Film Stage

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Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-Starring Awards Contender ‘La La Land’ Lands a Venice Premiere

17 June 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated post-“Whiplash” feature, a Hollywood-centric musical with the adorable moniker “La La Land,” will open the 73rd Venice Film Festival. The Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-starring film will have its world premiere on August 31, and will be part of the competition slate of the fest, which runs through September 10.

The film, billed by Variety as “a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, also stars John Legend and Chazelle’s “Whiplash” Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. The musical centers on Gosling’s character, a jazz pianist, who falls in love with Stone’s character, an aspiring actress. Per the film’s official synopsis, their budding romance is threatened by outside forces and passions and, “as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in »

- Kate Erbland

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Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ to Open Venice Film Festival in Competition

17 June 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — U.S. director Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend and J.K. Simmons, will be the opening film of the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

La La Land,” a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, will world-premiere in competition from Venice on Aug. 31. The festival runs through Sept. 10.

Chazelle’s “Whiplash” won three Oscars in 2015, including a Best Supporting Actor statuette for Simmons.

In “La La Land,” Gosling plays a jazz pianist Emma Stone an aspiring actress. The pair fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful. Chazelle directed from his own script.

The film is produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Black Label Media, Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures, Marc Platt Productions. It will be released in the U.S. by Lionsgate on Dec. 2 in limited release and then expand wide on December 16.

La La Land” is a film »

- Nick Vivarelli

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Femme Fatale,’ Hou Hsiao-hsien, ‘Pusher,’ Maya Deren & More

16 June 2016 6:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

The Brian De Palma retrospective has its best weekend yet: Carlito’s Way and Raising Cain on Friday; Body Double and Femme Fatale on Saturday; and, this Sunday, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes, and the underseen, Paul Schrader-penned Obsession.

A program of Chuck Jones shorts plays on Saturday; Party Husband screens this Sunday.

Museum of »

- Nick Newman

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New to Streaming: ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘A War,’ ‘The Treasure,’ ‘Le Amiche,’ and More

10 June 2016 6:32 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda)

Two worlds collide once young Kyuta (Shôta Sometani) and warrior Kumatetsu (Kôji Yakusho) meet in Mamoru Hosoda‘s The Boy and the Beast. The former was recently orphaned after his mother’s death (she had divorced his father years ago and her family refuses to get in touch with him), currently working his way towards becoming a solitary street »

- The Film Stage

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Gael Garcia Bernal’s Immigration Thriller ‘Desierto’ Gets October Release

9 June 2016 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stx Entertainment has set Gael García Bernal’s immigration thriller “Desierto” for an Oct. 14 release in North America — three weeks before the U.S. presidential election.

Desierto” is the closing film at the La Film Festival, which ends Thursday night.

The film deals with a hot-button political issue that’s been brought to the forefront of public debate, thanks largely to the proposal by presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.

The film was directed by “Gravity” screenwriter Jonás Cuarón and co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”). It debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received strong reviews for its performances and direction, and won the special presentation prize from the International Federation of Film Critics.

“‘Desierto’ operates on a level that is swift, primal and unrelenting,” wrote Justin Chang for Variety in a review at Toronto. »

- Dave McNary

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Aussie Framestore whiz Ben West reimagines Detroit in Venice Biennale film

7 June 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Aussie native Ben West started his career as an architect, studying at Sydney's Uts before launching a career as a designer with Cox Architects..

While at Cox, West developed advanced techniques for filmmaking and architectural design on various international projects, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

West is now creative director and architect of VFX shop Framestore's La office, best known for its work on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

His most recent project was directing a film visualization of architect Greg Lynn's speculative redesign for Detroit's abandoned automobile factory, the Packard Plant.

The film, Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge, and Innovation, will exhibit at the Us Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The project reimagines the plant - a 1.7 mile-long, 3.2 million square foot abandoned automobile factory - as a "factory and fulfillment center for both things and ideas."

Framestore animators, producers, and designers created the five-minute film to showcase the design and functionality of Lynn's plant, »

- Staff Writer

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Fantasia International Film Festival Celebrates Epic 20th Anniversary with First Wave Film/Guest Announcements

5 June 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests.  Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantasia 2016 to Honor Guillermo del Toro, First Wave of Films Include Lights Out and Under The Shadow

26 May 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:

Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »

- Derek Anderson

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley Among 290 U.K. Celebrities Backing E.U. Membership

20 May 2016 12:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Steve Coogan are among 290 actors, directors, writers, musicians and other leading lights of the world of entertainment, the arts and culture calling for the U.K. to remain part of the European Union in an open letter published on British news sites Friday.

Britons vote in a June 23 referendum on whether to withdraw from the E.U., and the letter is the latest effort by those against a “Brexit” to sway public opinion. Polls show the vote too close to call.

Among the other actors signing the letter, derided as “luvvies” by the right-wing Daily Mail, are Helena Bonham Carter, “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Stewart and “The Wire” star Dominic West.

The letter states: “From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital E. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jungle Book: Origins Targeting “Slightly Older Audience” As Andy Serkis Teases Darker Story

17 May 2016 8:11 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Andy Serkis’ postponed Jungle Book: Origins will offer up a “darker, scarier” version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure tale.

That’s according to the writer-director-actor himself, who revealed the tonal differences with Disney and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book in an interview with Vulture. There, Serkis likened Origins‘ target audience to that of Fox’s lucrative Apes franchise, bringing it closer to the tone found in Kipling’s original story.

As such, it seems safe to assume the 2018 release will be aligning itself with a PG-13 rating, and here the performance maestro touched base on how it’ll differ from this year’s The Jungle Book.

“Ours is for a slightly older audience,” Serkis said. “It’s a PG-13, more a kind of ‘Apes’ movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s. It’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, »

- Michael Briers

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Serkis Talks "Jungle Book" Differences

17 May 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In the wake of the success of Disney's "Jungle Book" film, you wouldn't think another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's tale would be required. Nevertheless, director Andy Serkis is progressing with that and has spoken with Vulture this week about how a much more adult tone distinguishes his mo-cap version from Favreau's more family-friendly take:

"Ours is for a slightly older audience. It's a PG-13, more a kind of 'Apes' movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling's. It's great to scare kids in a safe environment because it's an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn't overly protect them. Kids are so sophisticated, and that is why our 'Jungle Book' is quite dark.

It's a story of an outsider, someone who is trying to accept the laws and customs of a particular way of living and »

- Garth Franklin

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Berlin European Film Market’s Selects Mexico as First Country in Focus

17 May 2016 3:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Berlin’s European Film Market is launching a new Country in Focus program, selecting Mexico for its inaugural 2017 edition.

Focus features look set to include a panel, targeting international producers, on Mexican funding, co-production and shoot facilities and a focus on Mexico’s vibrant documentary production, Efm Director Matthijs Wouter Knol told Variety at a Monday evening Cannes Croisette press presentation and cocktail. There will also be a panel discussion on Mexican drama series production at Berlin’s Drama Series Days, running Feb. 13-14.

Carin and Inarritu are working in big series. Netflix and Televisa’s ambitious Svod service Blim are both producing original series.

The Efm hopes to welcome a large number of producers.

Mexico, as Latin America in general, has had a strong movie presence at the Berlin Festival. As Jorge Sanchez, director of the Imcine Mexican Film Institute reminded the audience at Monday night’s presentation at Cannes, »

- John Hopewell

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Do Not Publish Inarritu Exec Produces Mexican Rural Community Movie (Exclusive)

16 May 2016 9:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alejandro G. Inarritu is teaming with Mexican producer-distributor Julio ChavezmontesPiano for the third feature from Jose Alvarez (“Canicula”).

Film centers on a Veracruz fishing village community leader, a charismatic woman and former prostitute. Now in her 50s, she is still in mourning the lives lost at sea in one of the largest storms in recent memory. Her search for closure leads her to Don Gabriel, an enigmatic 95-year-old shaman in a remote village, who claims to have control over the storms and the sea.

“Canicula” was co-written by Sebastian Hoffman (“Halley”), with cinematography by director Pedro Gonzalez Rubio (“Alamar”), figures who are beginning to attract far more attention in the U.S. and Europe, as is Chavezmontes. Starring Luis Gerardo Mendez (“The Noble Family”), Miguel Rodarte (“Saving Private Perez”) and  Cassandra Ciangherotti (“The Hours With You”), “Tiempo Compartido,” Hoffman’s second film as a director, and a black comedy »

- John Hopewell

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