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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives

13 October 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures is teaming up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon through their Pearl Street Films production company to produce The Shadows, based on a true story set in their hometown of Boston. There is no indication that either actor will star in the film, and it seems they will both just be producing at this time. This news comes just days after Ben Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct, for groping actress Hilarie Burton while she was hosting MTV's Trl back in 2004. The actor later apologized for his actions.

The project comes from writer Chris Bremner, who took his pitch to Paramount, which the studio acquired, and now he will be writing the script. The story will be based on Matthew Pearl's Boston Globe Magazine article "Into the Shadows," which chronicles America's first ever undercover police officers, who were based in Affleck and Damon's hometown of Boston. Ben Affleck »

- MovieWeb

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‘Thoroughbreds’ Trailer: Good Breeding Goes Bad in One of Anton Yelchin’s Last Performances — Watch

11 October 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When playwrights make the jump to screenwriting, we get films like Kenneth Lonergan’s “You Can Count on Me,” Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruges,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Brazil.” Joining their ranks is Cory Finley, a New York-based playwright who wrote the script for his directorial debut, “Thoroughbreds,” based on his play of the same name. The film electrified Sundance audiences when it premiered in early 2017, when Focus Features snatched it up for $5m in one of the festival’s first deals. Finley’s skill with dramatic writing is apparent in the first official teaser for the film, which looks like a grown-up version of “Heathers” for 2017.

Thoroughbreds” stars Anton Yelchin in one of his last performances before the actor’s tragic death, as well as Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”) and Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”). In the only full scene show in the teaser, the two young women approach Yelchin »

- Jude Dry

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The time of the harvest moon by Anne-Katrin Titze

8 October 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Serge Bozon having a Hard, Fast And Beautiful First Encounter with Gavin Smith Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

First Encounters at the Quad Cinema have included Kenneth Lonergan and Edward Yang's Yi Yi, John Turturro and Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, and two directors who have films in the Main Slate of this year's New York Film Festival, Greta Gerwig with Lady Bird watched David Lynch's Blue Velvet and The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) director Noah Baumbach's First Encounter was Bruce Robinson's Withnail And I.

Serge Bozon, who is in the Main Slate program with Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde), starring Isabelle Huppert with Romain Duris and José Garcia, chose Ida Lupino's Hard, Fast And Beautiful with Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Robert Clarke, Kenneth Patterson, and Carleton G Young for his First Encounter.

Isabelle Huppert in ‪Serge Bozon‬'s Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde)

Hard, Fast And Beautiful »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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2018 Oscar predictions: Amazon Studios contenders include ‘Last Flag Flying,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ ‘Wonder Wheel’

4 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

At the 2017 Academy Awards, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Best Actor, Casey Affleck; Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan) as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.” This year, the streaming service has partnered with various […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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15 Films to See in October

4 October 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If September was a precursor to the fall season, October delivers beyond imagination with a slate packed with some of the year’s best films (not just limited to arthouse and foreign fare). There’s big-budget sci-fi, jaunts through the French countryside, cinematic social experiments, explorations of cinematic icons, gruesome exploitation films, and much more. Check out our picks of what to see and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Walking Out (10/5), Better Watch Out (10/6), The Mountain Between Us (10/6), Dina (10/6), Breathe (10/13) Man From Earth: Holocene (10/13), The Foreigner (10/13), Human Flow (10/13), Marshall (10/13), Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (10/13), The Killing of the Sacred Deer (10/20), The Strange Ones (10/20), One of Us (10/20), Félicité (10/27), and Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (10/27)

Bonus: Spielberg (Susan Lacy; Oct. 7)

Synopsis: A documentary about the king of blockbusters.

Trailer

Why You Should See It:  What more could we want to know about »

- Jordan Raup

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Amazon Studios’ Best Chance to Disrupt the Oscars Again Lies With ‘The Big Sick’

3 October 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios owns the 2017 New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala October 7, and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” closing it out October 15 — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace and landing Oscar nominations and wins is another matter altogether.

Of course, Amazon has done it before: At Sundance 2016, it paid $10 million for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea” and took the movie (via Roadside Attractions) all the way to six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won two, for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay, and earned a robust $47.6 million domestic.

This year, the deep-pocketed studio challenger — which, unlike Netflix, supports the industry’s established theatrical paradigm, 90-day window and all — has a wider swath of films to compete in multiple awards categories. But there are several key differences this time. »

- Anne Thompson

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Amazon Studios’ Best Chance to Disrupt the Oscars Again Lies With ‘The Big Sick’

3 October 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Amazon Studios owns the 2017 New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala October 7, and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” closing it out October 15 — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace and landing Oscar nominations and wins is another matter altogether.

Of course, Amazon has done it before: At Sundance 2016, it paid $10 million for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea” and took the movie (via Roadside Attractions) all the way to six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won two, for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay, and earned a robust $47.6 million domestic.

This year, the deep-pocketed studio challenger — which, unlike Netflix, supports the industry’s established theatrical paradigm, 90-day window and all — has a wider swath of films to compete in multiple awards categories. But there are several key differences this time. »

- Anne Thompson

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Exclusive Interview: Emily Beecham discusses her new film Daphne

29 September 2017 2:02 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Bates chats with Daphne star Emily Beecham

Manchester-born actress Emily Beecham is perhaps most recognised for her role in AMC’s martial-arts themed Western series Into The Badlands, but this weekend the 33-year-old can be seen as the titular lead in Daphne, a Fleabag-esque, London-set drama about an ordinary young woman who begins to reassess her life in the wake of a tragic incident.

I talk to Beecham on the afternoon of opening day – later in the evening she’s doing a Q&A session following a screening of the film in central London, and she’s done plenty of others in the past few weeks, so I try not to give her questions she’s heard too many times. I can’t help but ask her though, what drew her to Daphne? “She’s very relatable, I related to many parts of Daphne, not just myself, but »

- Scott Bates

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‘Atlanta’ Star Brian Tyree Henry Joins Michael Cera, Chris Evans in Broadway’s ‘Lobby Hero’

6 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brian Tyree Henry, an Emmy nominee this year for NBC’s “This Is Us,” has joined the cast of this spring’s Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero.” Henry, who’s best known for his work opposite Donald Glover in the FX comedy “Atlanta,” joins Michael Cera and Chris Evans in the starry production, the first at Second Stage Theater’s new Broadway venue Hayes Theater. Trip Cullman will direct the show, which begins previews on March 1, 2018 in advance of an official opening on March 26. Also Read: Chris Evans to Make Broadway Debut in Kenneth Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero' First performed in 2001, “Lobby. »

- Thom Geier

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Venice Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

4 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the third feature written and directed by the playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”), sets itself up with no time to spare. A trio of old, weathered, falling-apart billboards stand in the morning fog, like broken dominoes, along a sparsely traveled road on the outskirts of Ebbing. Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), her face bent into a scowl of despair and resolve, marches into the advertising office that controls the billboards and draws up a contract to rent them for a year, offering a one-month down payment of $5,000. She then has the billboards painted red and adorned with three linked messages in black capital letters: “Still No Arrests?” “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” And finally, “Raped While Dying.”

Mildred, we learn, lost her teenage daughter, Angela, seventh months before, when the girl was raped, killed, and set ablaze (not necessarily in that order). The billboard messages are an attack on the »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Trailer for ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Previews Amy Ryan’s Career-Best Performance

25 August 2017 6:37 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Having worked under the direction of Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet, Ben Affleck, Bennett Miller, Lodge Kerrigan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Greengrass, Joachim Trier, Tom McCarthy, and more, it’s astounding that Amy Ryan has never had a leading role — until now. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a Best Screenplay jury award, Angus MacLachlan’s Abundant Acreage Available will now get a release this fall and the first trailer has landed.

“MacLachlan’s latest is a departure from his previous work: a quiet, powerful portrait of two families at a crossroads, featuring the middle-aged Ledbetters — including the reformed alcoholic Jesse (Terry Kinney) and his adopted sister Tracy (Amy Ryan) — and three aging brothers (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, and Steve Coulter),” we said in our review.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, see the trailer below featuring our quote.

On a fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina, »

- Jordan Raup

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Film News Roundup: Michael Watson Boxing Drama Casts Louis Cordice, Jared Harris (Exclusive)

22 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, boxing drama “Michael” gets its leads, Common joins ‘The Hate U Give,”  3D documentary “Cuba” gets a release date and the Austin Film Festival unveils its first wave of titles.

Castings

Louis Cordice and Jared Harris have joined the cast of Magnificent Films’ upcoming boxing drama “Michael,” based on the story of Michael Watson, Variety has learned exclusively.

Cordice, who appeared in the final three “Harry Potter” movies, will be playing the title character and Harris will portray neurosurgeon Peter Hamlyn. Watson suffered a near-fatal injury during a loss to Chris Eubank for the World Boxing Organization super-middleweight title in 1991.

The film will also highlight the changes that resulted in ringside medical care as a result of Watson’s injuries, his court battle with the British Board of Boxing Control, his triumph over adversity, and journey to run the London Marathon.

Harris recently received a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of »

- Dave McNary

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'Manchester by the Sea' Star Lucas Hedges Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

21 August 2017 3:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Manchester by the Sea star Lucas Hedges has signed with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He was previously with Paradigm.

Since receiving a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his performance as Casey Affleck’s nephew and ward in Kenneth Lonergan’s tearjerker, the young actor has remained busy. He’ll next be seen opposite Frances McDormand in Martin McDonagh’s dark dramedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and opposite Saoirse Ronan in the comedy Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut. Both films are set to be released Nov. 10, by Fox Searchlight and A24, respectively.

Hedges will next star in »

- Rebecca Sun

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Amazon Studios Buys ‘Cold War’ From Oscar Winner Paweł Pawlikowski (Exclusive)

21 August 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has acquired “Cold War,” a period romance from Oscar-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski.

The film takes place across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, and is set in the 1950s — a time when the forces of democracy and communism were clashing throughout Europe. The terms of the deal are being kept under wraps, but it has been in the works for months. The movie was first presented to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. »

- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy

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‘Patti Cake$’ Opens Soft as ‘Ingrid Goes West’ and ‘Wind River’ Hold Strong

20 August 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A slew of hit-and-miss indie films from Sundance and elsewhere continue to roll out at the specialty box office. Fox Searchlight took another blow as high-end Sundance acquisition “Patti Cake$” fell below the expectations set by its expensive $9.5 million price tag.

“Gook” (Goldwyn) and “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios/IFC) both enjoyed respectable initial limited responses ahead of other openers. A24’s Robert Pattinson actioner “Good Time” also showed some promise in its second weekend.

The most encouraging news comes from the second weekend of Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West” and third for The Weinstein Co. breakout “Wind River.” Both look positioned to dominate the specialized scene over the next few weeks in advance of upcoming fall post-festival releases.

Opening

Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 65; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors/New Films 2017

$66,000 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $4,714

Fox Searchlight won an intense Sundance acquisition battle with its reported $9.5 million offer. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Viennale Taps Franz Schwartz as Interim Artistic Director, Following Passing of Hans Hurch

19 August 2017 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Viennale has appointed Franz Schwartz as interim artistic director, following the death of Hans Hurch. The plan of how to carry on with this year’s festival, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2, was announced on Thursday, as colleagues and friends gathered for the funeral of the Austrian film festival’s longtime leader. Hurch, who was 64 years old, died of heart failure on July 23, while visiting director Abel Ferrara in Italy.

Of all the festivals of its stature or larger, it’s hard to imagine one that might be more impacted by the passing of its director than the Viennale. Hurch was an iconoclastic figure who, although assisted by a programming team, personally shaped the lineup of each edition to reflect the extremely refined taste for which he was known. He had a tendency to invite films that no one else on his team understood, and might veto those he disliked, despite »

- Peter Debruge

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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

19 August 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

Related

Locarno: Wang Bing’s ‘Mrs. Fang’ Wins Golden Leopard

“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Why the Coen Brothers’ Netflix Series Could Be Good News for the Film Industry

10 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“We are streaming motherfuckers!” That was the full text of Ethan and Joel Coen’s statement on the news that Netflix would be distributing the brothers’ anthology miniseries “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” There was an exclamation point, but no comma. They’re not streaming, motherfuckers. They are streaming motherfuckers. They’re not doing something, they’re becoming something. In this context, “streaming” isn’t a verb, it’s a noun.

This point did not go unnoticed. Maybe it was the result of a careless intern in the PR department; more likely, it was just the kind of thing that happens when revered artists are forced to participate in a press release (especially when said revered artists’ have spent much of their careers chortling at the absurdity of capitalism and its systems). To that point, the Coen brothers don’t really do typos — they’ve been making period movies for more than 30 years, »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Manchester by the Sea’ to Get China Release via Art House Alliance

8 August 2017 7:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-winning, “Manchester by the Sea” has been granted a release date in China at the end of this month. It is the first title to be imported for the National Arthouse Film Alliance.

The Aug. 25 release date comes some nine months after the film was released in North America and more than two months after it was given local approval from China’s censors. The date is the same as that of three other western titles – “Cars 3,” “Baby Driver” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – effectively marking the end of the state-operated blackout period.

“Manchester,” however, is unlikely to have to head-to-head with the commercial titles as it will be principally released in the 100-odd screens in 31 cities operated under the Alliance banner. The Alliance was formed in October last year in order to help improve the chances of art house film and to cater for a broadening of Chinese »

- Patrick Frater

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'Manchester By The Sea' secures China theatrical release

8 August 2017 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning drama to be first imported title released by China’s National Arthouse Film Alliance.

Oscar-winning drama Manchester By The Sea has been set as the first imported title to be released by China’s National Arthouse Film Alliance.

The film, which was sold internationally by Sierra/Affinity, will be released on August 25 in 185 cinemas with 270 screens across the country. It passed censorship at the Film Bureau of China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft) in May.

In North America, the film was released in November 2016 by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios, which acquired the title at Sundance. It picked up Oscars for best original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) and best actor (Casey Affleck) and has received theatrical releases in close to 50 other territories.

China’s National Arthouse Film Alliance was launched late last year in a bid to bring more diversity to the China film market. Beijing-based China Film »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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