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Exclusive: ‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke, Aaron Paul, more set to present at Spirit Awards

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad fans, here's your latest reason to tune into the Film Independent Spirit Awards this year: Emilia Clarke and Aaron Paul will be among the presenters at the award show later this month, HitFix can exclusively report. Also joining the lineup of presenters today are Jk SimmonsChelsea Handler, Nate ParkerPatricia Arquette, and Michael Keaton. Simmons, Arquette, and Keaton were Spirit Award winners last year for Whiplash, Boyhood, and Birdman, respectively. Among this year's nominees for Spirit Awards, which recognize the achievements of American independent filmmakers, are Keaton film Spotlight, Cate Blanchett for Carol, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Paul Dano for Love and Mercy, Mya Taylor for TangerineMichael Shannon for 99 Homes, and Jason Segal for The End of the Tour. Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 27. The show will broadcast live from Santa Monica, CA on IFC at 2 p. »

- Emily Rome

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Daily | Interviews | Rappaport, Ott, Grandrieux

8 February 2016 7:25 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"I owe a good part of my sensibility, if not my career, to the films of Mark Rappaport, an American director who now lives in Paris," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at the top of his interview for RogerEbert.com. We've also gathered interviews with Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Ben Rivers, Sean Baker, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, Philippe Grandrieux (Malgré la nuit), Peter Greenaway (with Elmer Bäck and Luis Alberti), cinematographer Edward Lachman, Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Lee Grant, Gregory Crewdson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Michael Winterbottom, Owen Wilson—and in Interview, you'll find Peter Dinklage talking with Paul Dano. » - David Hudson »

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War and Peace recap: episode six – bows out with a bonkers beard

7 February 2016 11:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The coincidences continue to come thick and fast as Pierre tries to be heroic, Natasha and Andrei are reunited and the villains get their comeuppance. But didn’t it end well?

No! It’s all over! Bring them back! Make Pierre regrow his bonkers prisoner beard! Make Sonya and Denisov get it on at a mazurka party! Bring Helene back to life and let’s see what a terrible mother she would have made! I can’t believe it’s over. But didn’t it end well? Setting aside the ridiculousness of Nikolai’s Duran Duran hair and peasant costume in the final “bucolic idyll at the dacha” bit. Where none of the actors looked a day older than episode one despite the passing of 15 years.

Related: Paul Dano: a resolutely hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbusiness

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Paul Dano: a resolutely hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbusiness

5 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From indie flicks to big-budget affairs, the enigmatic star of the BBC’s War and Peace leaves admirers heralding his remarkable and intuitive performances

It’s easy to suggest there is a formula for Hollywood success. Youth, good looks, famous other half and well-connected (or pushy) parents do a celebrity make. But occasionally someone stumbles on to our screens who appears not to fit into any of these categories at all, a hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbiz.

Paul Dano, it seems, has become one such rarity. Following in the footsteps of Philip Seymour Hoffman before him, the once awkward kid of indie cinema has – in characteristically subtle fashion – emerged as one of the “greatest actors of his generation”, according to those who have worked with him.

Related: Paul Dano on acting, love and embarrassing parents: 'They have way too many pictures of me'

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Paul Dano: a resolutely hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbusiness

5 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From indie flicks to big-budget affairs, the enigmatic star of the BBC’s War and Peace leaves admirers heralding his remarkable and intuitive performances

It’s easy to suggest there is a formula for Hollywood success. Youth, good looks, famous other half and well-connected (or pushy) parents do a celebrity make. But occasionally someone stumbles on to our screens who appears not to fit into any of these categories at all, a hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbiz.

Paul Dano, it seems, has become one such rarity. Following in the footsteps of Philip Seymour Hoffman before him, the once awkward kid of indie cinema has – in characteristically subtle fashion – emerged as one of the “greatest actors of his generation”, according to those who have worked with him.

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Let My People Link

4 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Daily Beast the Coen Bros on diversity vs the Oscars. But they don't take kindly to complaints about Hail, Caesar!'s whiteness

Decider Joe Reid ranks the top 50 performances in Coen Bros movies. Much to argue with but also to agree with. The #1 is indisputable.

i09 Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) signed as the male lead of X-Men spinoff tv series Legion who may or may not be insane

Variety Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Marathon bombing movie is a go  

Decider "Let My People F***" amusing piece on the conservative sexual morality of the Duplass Brothers filmography 

IndieWire Viggo Mortensen's new film Captain Fantastic, which sounds intriguing, will open on July 8th. It co-stars Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and George Mackay (who played the young photographer in Pride)

Theater Mania Mark Rylance, fresh off his Oscar nomination, returns to the New York stage with Nice Fish (and possibly Farinelli »

- NATHANIEL R

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Review: Youth

4 February 2016 2:55 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This the review of Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Harvey Keitel. A profound story of art and ageing, love and pain: this beautifully shot film will leave with you a feeling of warmth, and a gratitude for both the simple and grand pleasures in life. Youth is full of the weird and wonderful, with elements of comic relief providing a lift from the more resonating messages of the film. Set in a luxurious spa hotel in Switzerland, we meet Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) on holiday with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and old friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). Fred, a retired composer and conductor, receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Fred declines this invite because of “personal reasons” which become apparent as the events unfold. Meanwhile Mick, a film director beset by his lost youth, »

- Helen Chapman

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Bong Joon-ho, Netflix and Darius Khondji join forces for Okja

3 February 2016 4:45 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Darisu Khondji (Se7en, Evita, Midnight in Paris) is the latest addition to Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming film Okja. The renowned cinematographer has come on board the South Korean director’s project.

Netflix is funding the film and Brad Pitt’s production, Plan B Entertainment (World War Z, 12 Years a Slave), is the co-producer. With a budget of $50 million, it is on track to become one of the most expensive Korean films ever to be made.

Its star studded cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Tilda Swinton and Bill Nighy.

Bong described the project as a “great opportunity” as a filmmaker which granted him absolute creative freedom as well as a large budget.

Despite initial reports about the film being a monster movie, Bong explained the character is not a typical monster but rather a kind spirited animal.  During his interview with Variety, he said “The film is about a warm »

- Stellarise

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Behind the Scenes at the Variety Shutterstock Portrait Studio in Sundance (Video)

2 February 2016 6:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham, Kate Beckinsale, Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Spike Lee were among the actors and actresses that paid a visit to the Variety Shutterstock portrait studio over the course of 2016’s Sundance Film Festival.

Variety‘s chief photographer Michael Buckner strayed from a generic backdrop for this year’s studio, instead fashioning a rustic, industrial set that featured a stained pallet floor.

“Every event has its own pressures, even though it seems like it’s the same kind of product,” said Buckner of his inaugural experience shooting the Variety Studio.

“Actors and actresses know what they’re doing and that’s a big help, so they kind of do 20-30% of your job for you,” he admitted. “When an actor wants to do something, you don’t stop them because that one thing that they want to give you will always lead into something else. Once people start having fun with it, »

- Alyssa Sage

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Sundance: Looking Beyond the Winners’ Circle

2 February 2016 9:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Chang: Well, I called it. Then again, who didn’t? Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” cemented its standing as the sensation of Sundance 2016 by winning the grand jury prize and audience award on Saturday night — an outcome that was hardly surprising, in light of recent double winners like “Precious,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Whiplash” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” as well as the undeniable cultural weight that a film about slavery, featuring a black hero and told from a black filmmaker’s perspective, now carries. Later this year, when Fox Searchlight launches its not-so-secret weapon to prevent another #OscarsSoWhite, there will be plenty of opining (as there is already) that “The Birth of a Nation” is a cultural landmark but a far-from-great movie, one whose import and relevance overshadow some of its artistic shortcomings.

I’ve written plenty about Parker’s film, which strikes me »

- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge

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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano on the Farts and Brilliance of 'Swiss Army Man' (Sundance Exclusive)

1 February 2016 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No Sundance movie made a louder impression last week than Daniel Scheinart and Daniel Kwan's "Swiss Army Man." The filmmakers, known together as "The Daniels," rocked the festival to its core thanks to a farting corpse, a phallic compass and a handful of other unforgettable visuals. While their film ended up being the love-it-or-hate-it cult hit of the festival, it impressed enough people at A24 to be picked up for U.S. distribution and it blew away enough members of the Sundance jury to earn the filmmaking duo the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. Read More: Watch: Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon on the Trials and Tribulations of 'Other People' (Sundance Exclusive) The survival indie stars a bearded Paul Dano as Hank. As he prepares to commit suicide on a deserted island, Hank discovers a corpse on the shore (Daniel Radcliffe) and uses it as a survival »

- Zack Sharf

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Review: Swiss Army Man (Sundance)

31 January 2016 12:45 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A man (Paul Dano) stranded on a deserted island is elated when a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on the shore to keep him company as he tries to find a way home. Review: Only one week after its Sundance world premiere, Swiss Army Man has become infamous. Apparently, during its premiere screening at the Eccles, audience members walked out en-masse, put off by the film.s premise, which essentially... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Sundance: what were the buzz titles of 2016?

31 January 2016 12:37 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.

Sundance is a festival unsullied by headline-sucking studio ‘out-of-competition’ launches, making it purely about the programming line-up, split neatly between docs and dramatic, world and Us, premieres and competitive. In that sense, there was one big winner: Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Us Dramatic section and also walked away with the Audience Award and a record-breaking $17.5m deal from Fox Searchlight.

Netflix had actually offered more for the confrontational, provocative, agenda-changing film which will be pushed for next year’s awards to put a halt to Oscars-being-so-white. In fact, Netflix and Amazon were active throughout Sundance, chasing down quality, prestige English-language projects as opposed to bulk-buying. (This isn’t cable programming; this is taste-making. If a film »

- finn.halligan@screendaily.com (Fionnuala Halligan)

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners revealed

31 January 2016 3:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation

Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.

We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S. »

- Paul Heath

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Sundance: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Sweeps Top Prizes

30 January 2016 6:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The Birth of a Nation,” writer-director-star Nate Parker’s stirring drama about the life of Nat Turner and the slave rebellion he led in antebellum Virginia, won the grand jury prize and the audience award for American dramatic features at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. The film’s double-fisted victory sealed its standing as the sensation of the festival’s 2016 edition, following its record-shattering $17.5 million acquisition earlier in the week by Fox Searchlight.

This is the fourth year in a row that a single film has taken the top two prizes in the U.S. dramatic competition, following “Fruitvale Station” (2013), “Whiplash” (2014) and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (2015). That general trend aside, many had anticipated precisely this outcome for “The Birth of a Nation,” whose rapturous reception on Monday seemed to chime with a number of issues affecting the culture in general and the film industry in particular. »

- Justin Chang

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Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances

30 January 2016 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.

(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »

- Variety Staff

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Rotting, Farting Corpse Claimed By A24: Deal For Sundance Polarizing Puzzler ‘Swiss Army Man’

29 January 2016 4:35 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A24 has acquired North American rights to Swiss Army Man, the pic starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe (as a corpse) that directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert described as a “fart drama” during its premiere at Sundance last week. The film was the most polarizing of the festival, which says a lot considering that Sundance usually has their fair share of them. There were plenty of walkouts during the premiere screening, enough that Deadline and others wrote stories… »

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'Swiss Army Man' and Daniel Radcliffe's Farting Corpse Head to A24

29 January 2016 3:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No Sundance movie premiered to as much love-it-or-hate-it buzz than Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's "Swiss Army Man." While some people utterly despised the film and walked out of its screenings, others found much to praise, and the movie has since grown into some kind of instant cult film over the past week. Fortunately, audiences will eventually get to see what the fuss is about as A24 has picked up North American distribution rights. Read More: Sundance Review: Daniel Radcliffe's Farts Tell Us Something Profound About This Year's Festival The survival indie stars a bearded Paul Dano as Hank. As he prepares to commit suicide on a deserted island, Hank discovers a corpse on the shore (Daniel Radcliffe) and uses it as a survival resource after it comes to life; this includes using the farting corpse's body as a jet ski and its penis as a compass. No »

- Zack Sharf

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Farting Corpse Movie ‘Swiss Army Man’ Sells to A24

29 January 2016 3:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Following a divisive premiere screening that saw more than 30 walkouts, the Paul Dano-Daniel Radcliffe movie “Swiss Army Man” has sold to A24, an individual familiar with the sale has told TheWrap. A24 acquired North American distribution rights in a low seven-figure deal, beating out several other distributors. The company plans to release the film this summer, when it will serve as counter-programming to all the big-budget blockbusters that crowd theaters that time of year. Music video directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert directed the offbeat film, which was produced by Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, »

- Jeff Sneider and Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sundance: A24 Lands Daniel Radcliffe Corpse Movie ‘Swiss Army Man’ (Exclusive)

29 January 2016 3:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 has landed North American distribution rights to “Swiss Army Man,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, Variety has learned.

Several distributors had bid on and were circling the project. A24, which landed the film in the low seven-figure range, will give “Swiss Army Man” a robust theatrical release over the summer.

The film premiered at Sundance last Friday, where it became one of the festival’s most talked-about titles. The story about a man (Dano) who comes across a corpse (Radcliffe) that comes to life divided audiences. But it also received standing ovations in later screenings and good reviews from critics who liked the offbeat directorial debut from the music video duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

“Imagine ‘Cast Away’ meets ‘Weekend at Bernie’s,’ as directed by Michel Gondry,” wrote Variety chief international critic Peter Debruge. “The result represents not just independent cinema, but an emerging strand of »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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