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Patty Jenkins to Be Honored With Creative Impact in Directing Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Patty Jenkins to Be Honored With Creative Impact in Directing Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
Variety will honor director Patty Jenkins at an intimate brunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Jan. 3 as part of the 10 Directors to Watch event.

The “Wonder Woman” director will receive the annual Creative Impact in Directing Award — the first female director to receive the honor. Previous recipients of this award have included Jeff Nichols, Charlie Kaufman, David O. Russell, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The award celebrates her career, from the award-winning first feature, “Monster,” to her most recent work directing Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” which was recently named one of AFI’s Best Films of The Year. Jenkins and the film’s star, Gal Gadot, will also receive the National Board of Review Spotlight Award. Gadot, who will receive the Rising Star Award at the fest’s awards gala the evening before, will present the Creative Impact Award to Jenkins.

Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the
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Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds

Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds
Production designer Adam Stockhausen, known for creating much of the fantastical look of Wes Anderson films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” for which he won the Oscar, says he derives much of his inspiration from intensive research.

Working closely with Anderson, Stockhausen most recently designed the upcoming “Isle of Dogs” while also creating the look of adventures inside a video game for Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi actioner “Ready Player One.”

Stockhausen, also known for Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” for which he was Oscar-nommed, has achieved a notably quick rise from theater work in New York through his film debut in 2004, working for production designer Mark Friedberg on the surreal “Synecdoche, New York” by Charlie Kaufman.

The old-fashioned stop-motion look of “Isle of Dogs” is already generating buzz.

It’s an amazing story. I’m so excited for it to come along. The actors
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The Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Anomalisa’ to ‘Spirited Away’

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The Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Anomalisa’ to ‘Spirited Away’
Pixar and Studio Ghibli tend to spring to mind first when discussing great animation, but there’s a world beyond those two giants. Animated films have grown ever more artful and affecting as more and more folks realize that it’s never just been a medium for kids, with studios and indies alike creating stop-motion marvels, hand-drawn standouts, and CGI spectacles.

The genre has grown so much since we entered the current century, in fact, that it can be easy to forget the Academy Awards didn’t even recognize animation until 2001. As few as three movies were nominated per year until 2010, but since then animation’s increased prominence has been reflected in the race’s competitiveness. Not every worthy movie could make the cut on either the awards circuit or this list, sadly, but rest assured that “The Red Turtle,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and “Ernest and Celestine,” to name just a few,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Production Designer Adam Stockhausen to Be Feted at Camerimage

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Production Designer Adam Stockhausen to Be Feted at Camerimage
Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest will be honoring Adam Stockhausen with its prize for production designer with unique visual sensitivity, organizers have announced.

The creative force behind the look of Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” and Kevin Macdonald’s “State of Play,” Stockhausen won an Oscar for his production design on Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was nominated two more times, for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

Stockhausen’s work will be seen next year in McQueen’s “Widows,” a thriller about four women who have to take over a heist when their husbands are killed, and in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated pic “Isle of Dogs,” and Spielberg’s sci-fi action adventure “Ready Player One.”

Stockhausen developed his distinctive style with genre films including Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s “The Switch” and Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” and made his
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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir

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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir
Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”). Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity.
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‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures

‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures
Enough time has passed since the preemptive demise of “The Dana Carvey Show” that Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Robert Smigel, and the comedian who gave the show its name can chuckle a bit. Twenty years after ABC pulled the plug on a subversive primetime sketch show, “Too Funny to Fail” revisits the meteoric rise and spectacular flameout that surrounded the show’s eight-episode run in the spring of 1996. Yet with decades of perspective, Josh Greenbaum’s documentary finds a surprising amount of fondness and wistfulness in a doomed project with such a public end.

Part of that bittersweet satisfaction comes from the retroactive knowledge that some of the major players in this saga would go on to shape the modern comedy landscape. Colbert and Carell got their first big breaks as “Dana Carvey Show” cast members, while Smigel would eventually go on to a vaunted comedy writing career (including being
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‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures

‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures
Enough time has passed since the preemptive demise of “The Dana Carvey Show” that Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Robert Smigel, and the comedian who gave the show its name can chuckle a bit. Twenty years after ABC pulled the plug on a subversive primetime sketch show, “Too Funny to Fail” revisits the meteoric rise and spectacular flameout that surrounded the show’s eight-episode run in the spring of 1996. Yet with decades of perspective, Josh Greenbaum’s documentary finds a surprising amount of fondness and wistfulness in a doomed project with such a public end.

Part of that bittersweet satisfaction comes from the retroactive knowledge that some of the major players in this saga would go on to shape the modern comedy landscape. Colbert and Carell got their first big breaks as “Dana Carvey Show” cast members, while Smigel would eventually go on to a vaunted comedy writing career (including being
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Remembering 'The Dana Carvey Show' in 'Too Funny to Fail' Doc Trailer

"We had hired badass nerd pirates to blow up the system." Hulu has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Too Funny to Fail, looking back at the short-lived comedy show "The Dana Carvey Show". Does anyone remember this show? Dana Carvey's "The Dana Carvey Show" launched in spring of 1996 and only lasted 7 episodes before it was cancelled. This doc examines how it all happened, how it came together, and how it all went wrong. It features Carvey and former Carvey Show cast members/writers Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Steve Carell, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Jon Glaser, and more in a look back at why the ABC sketch show would "crash and burn so spectacularly." The show had such an amazing set of writers and comedians, it's fascinating to examine its failure. Hulu also has all the episodes available for you to watch. Here's the official trailer for Josh Greenbaum
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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’
Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free.
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Kate Winslet Wants to Play Her ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ Character Again

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Kate Winslet Wants to Play Her ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ Character Again
Kate Winslet was onstage at Lincoln Center for the world premiere of Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” at the New York Film Festival last night, but it wasn’t the only movie she discussed. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” was brought up as well, and the Oscar winner said she wouldn’t mind revisiting the character of Clementine.

Read More:‘Wonder Wheel’ Review: Kate Winslet Is Stunning In Woody Allen’s Gorgeous ’50s Romance — Nyff

“Actually, she’s one I’d love to play again because it was just so much fun,” Winslet said. “And the possibilities for the hair colors were just endless. Wouldn’t you like to see Clementine as a 42-year-old woman? I’d love to know what happened to her. I love the idea that she just let herself get really fat and just totally let go of her hangups about her body and just
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Julianne Moore in Suburbicon and 5 more movie "twins"

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Julianne Moore in Suburbicon and 5 more movie "twins"Julianne Moore in Suburbicon and 5 more movie "twins"Adriana Floridia10/13/2017 1:48:00 Pm

There must be a shortage of actual twins in Hollywood, because actors increasingly have been taking on double duty when the role calls for it.

We're going to see it again this month in George Clooney's Suburbicon, which has Julianne Moore playing twin sisters. Suburbicon follows a seemingly normal family whose lives are rocked after a home invasion. Written by the Coen Brothers, this is going to be one wild family "drama". It's also got us thinking about more occasions when one actor took on the role of siblings. 

Here are our five favourite times one actor played twins:

Armie Hammer, The Social Network

It was a pretty bold move for Armie Hammer to have his breakout role as the Winklevoss twins. We were pretty convinced that the
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Chaos Walking Has Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland Joining Forces

Chaos Walking Has Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland Joining Forces
Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland are seen together for the first time on the set of the Chaos Walking movie. Lionsgate acquired the rights to make a big screen adaption of the Chaos Walking Trilogy by author Patrick Ness not long ago and the Ness has written the screenplay with Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). Doug Liman (American Made) is directing after Robert Zemeckis was previously attached to direct. Production started in August of this year in Montreal, Canada and we now have our first look at a blonde Daisy Ridley on set with Tom Holland.

Actress Daisy Ridley shared the first photograph from Chaos Walking on her Facebook page and it features the young actress looking like she's been through the ringer while wearing some orange pants and sporting blonde hair. Tom Holland also looks like he has been
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‘The Art of Mondo’: 12 Amazing Alternative Movie Posters for ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘2001,’ and More

‘The Art of Mondo’: 12 Amazing Alternative Movie Posters for ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘2001,’ and More
Celebrate the release of Mondo’s eye-popping new anthology book with 12 posters too beautiful for words.

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25 Films With the Best Cinematography of the 21st Century, From ‘Tree of Life’ to ‘In the Mood for Love’

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25 Films With the Best Cinematography of the 21st Century, From ‘Tree of Life’ to ‘In the Mood for Love’
Cinematography is tough to judge on its own merits, because it can be hard to extract it from the other powers of great visual storytelling. At the same time, every beautiful movie shows the signature of a talented director of photography as much as a filmmaker. In the process of considering the finest cinematographic achievements of this decade, this list includes on gorgeous films that — in some cases — achieve more on the level of cinematography than anything else. The past two decades have found the craft of cinematography making extraordinary advances on the level of digital technologies and other innovations, but at the end of the day, these particulars matter less than the sheer impression left by the images and movements captured by cinematographers operating at the peak of their abilities. Here are some of the best examples from this young century.

25. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007)

Ever since
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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October
Sure, there's a chewy Lgbtq true-crime doc, a stand-up comic's most personal special yet, another new anthology show, a late-night talkfest starring Sarah Silverman, a standout movie from Noah Baumbach and not one but two historical serial-killer dramas. But what you're waiting for is the return of Stranger Things, and rest assured, you're about to have your Reagan-era nostalgia itch oh-so-mightily scratched. Here's the lowdown on what you'll be streaming over the next month.

Acceptable Risk (Acorn, Oct. 16th)

Say a guy gets killed while on business in Berlin. Chances
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Pulp Fiction to Magnolia: the best films of the 90s – as chosen by critics

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Five critics choose their favourite film of the decade, from Charlie Kaufman’s surreal journey into John Malkovich’s mind to Baz Lurhmann’s Shakespearean tragedy with guns and Hawaiian shirts

From Clueless to Tarantino: why the 90s was Hollywood’s fairytale decade

For me, it’s still the most potent 1990s timecapsule; from a time before Cool Britannia. Quentin Tarantino’s noir shocker Pulp Fiction arrived in Britain having just defeated Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Red to win the Cannes Palme d’Or. The movie-brat had beaten the arthouse master; a key moment in 90s cinema. With its verbal riffs and inspired narrative switchbacks, Pulp Fiction was a revelation – this is what it must have felt like hearing Elvis Presley for the first time. This touchstone of cool seemed to extend its influence everywhere in the 90s: movies, fiction, journalism, media, fashion, restaurants. Everyone was trying to do irony and incorrectness,
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San Sebastián Review: ‘The Motive’ is a Smart Spanish Comedy

Writer’s block as a theme has given us subversive movies like Barton Fink and Adaptation, films that visualize creative impasse through contorted narratives and stylized cinema. The Motive (El Autor), a smart Spanish comedy from director Manuel Martín Cuenca, doesn’t get close in quality to those stand-out films, but in echoing Deconstructing Harry or Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, it deftly shows that the dividing line between fact and fiction has always been blurred.

Javier Gutiérrez is Álvaro, a notary in the southern Spanish city of Seville and a wannabe novelist who elevates his hum-drum life for years at a creative writing evening class where his amateurish writing is given short shrift by his irascible tutor (a great Antonio de la Torre).

His life is quickly overturned when his wife Amanda’s (Maríá León) debut novel becomes an overnight hit on the best-seller lists, and his ambitions
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Jim Carrey & Michel Gondry Reteam For Showtime Series ‘Kidding’

If someone were to suggest that Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry‘s finest work to date is “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” I wouldn’t necessarily argue with them. The film remains a landmark, a tender and raw look at a dissolution of a relationship, cleverly told thanks to a genius script by Charlie Kaufman. However, can Carrey and Gondry spark similar magic without the screenwriter’s talent to balance them out?

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Spike Jonze Nearly Directed ‘Ace Ventura 2’ But Jim Carrey Vetoed Him

Jim Carrey and Spike Jonze seem like such a perfect fit together that it’s amazing that it’s taken this long for them to work together. Carrey’s the comic genius with a serious side that verges on the provocative at times, Jonze is the acclaimed, inventive auteur who enjoys pranks as much as he enjoys making awards-friendly movies, and clearly they share a facility for Charlie Kaufman, with Carrey having starred in “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” and Jonze directing “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.

But so far, their first and only collaboration comes with the new documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring A Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton,” produced by Jonze and directed by “American Movie” helmer Chris Smith, which examines the making of “Man On The Moon,” and Carrey’s relationship with his subject of that film, comic genius Andy Kaufman
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‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is Streaming Online For Free One Night Only — Watch

Focus Features has been celebrating its 15th anniversary with special theatrical screenings of their most acclaimed titles, but they’ve also been streaming select titles on Facebook Live for one-night-only events in which movie lovers from all over the world can come together in a virtual theater and watch some movie magic. The last two Fridays saw “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Constant Gardener” stream for free online, and tonight it’s “Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Minds'” turn.

Read More:‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ TV Series in Development

Michel Gondry’s iconic 2004 science-fiction romance will begin streaming on Focus Features’ official Facebook page at 6pm Pt/9pm Et tonight. The film will only be streaming once and won’t be able for re-watching, making the stream a one-night-only opportunity to watch “Eternal Sunshine” for free online. If you have somehow never seen the movie, then consider this stream mandatory viewing.
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