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Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann

Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann
There seems to be something of a trend at the moment for directors making films about other directors. Not only has Susan Lacy directed a movie called ‘Spielberg’ about the life and work of Stephen Spielberg, there was also ‘De Palma’ directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Now there is news of another documentary film about a director in the works. Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes chief, was presenting a new director’s cut of ‘Heat’ recently at the Lumiere Film Festival. While doing so, he took the opportunity to announce that Guillermo del Toro is currently working on a documentary

Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann
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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’

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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’
While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”

No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)

Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”

Film: Heat by Michael Mann. Top three Mann. A film that is part of the lexicon of the medium. A stark Western set in a hyperreal La.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015

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Cannes First Look: Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Starring Adam Sandler & Ben Stiller

While diehard indie types might’ve grumbled about Netflix scooping up Noah Baumbach‘s new film, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected),” the move makes sense. For Netflix, it’s getting a respectable project for one of their most valuable stars, Adam Sandler, onto their roster. For Baumbach, the streaming platform will easily give him the biggest audience of his career. It’s a win-win situation.

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The film brings together a pretty cool roster of talent, including Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, and Emma Thompson, for this intergenerational tale of adult siblings contending with the influence of their aging father.

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Brian De Palma Will Direct Christina Hendricks in ‘Domino’

Brian De Palma Will Direct Christina Hendricks in ‘Domino’
If Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach’s candid and surprisingly intimate doc De Palma left you even more hungry for another Brian De Palma film, then you should be happy to hear the filmmaker will shoot Domino in the coming months. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) are currently in talks to star in the crime […]

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Hoffman and Baumbach by Anne-Katrin Titze

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Noah Baumbach and Dustin Hoffman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Noah Baumbach, Mistress America and Frances Ha director and co-director with Jake Paltrow of the Brian De Palma documentary De Palma, took the stage at the Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center for a Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Dustin Hoffman, who stars in Baumbach's latest, The Meyerowitz Stories alongside Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Candice Bergen, Rebecca Miller, and Mickey Sumner.

Jane Rosenthal: "He's known for his roles in The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie, Wag The Dog and so many others. But, of course, to me he will always be Mr. Focker." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, first introduced the star of The Graduate by quoting from the actor's own notecards that she was given by him after he received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's
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Netflix Will Release Noah Baumbach’s Ben Stiller-Led ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

Netflix Will Release Noah Baumbach’s Ben Stiller-Led ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’
Noah Baumbach is on a roll. Over the last five years, he’s treated us with Frances Ha, While We’re Young, Mistress America, and the greatly revealing De Palma doc, which he co-directed with Jake Paltrow. That’s one delightful, albeit sometimes hilariously awkward and cringe-inducing, movie after the other. His next film, The Meyerowitz Stories, stars Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler and it will officially arrive on […]

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Peter Travers' 2017 Alt-Oscars: From Scorsese to 'Deadpool'

Peter Travers' 2017 Alt-Oscars: From Scorsese to 'Deadpool'
Come Sunday, a.k.a. Oscars night, we'll all be tipping our hats to the year's winners. But before we do that, here's to the "losers" – the worthy ones of 2016 that, for whatever cockamamie reason, didn't even get a nomination.

In an effort to do right where the Academy effed up, I give you the Travers Awards – my own personal version of the Alt-Oscars. (For those of you playing along at home, the award is an engraved image of a critic screaming.) It's one last chance to single out the
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The Film Stage’s Top 50 Films of 2016

For our most comprehensive year-end feature, we’re providing a cumulative look at The Film Stage’s favorite films of 2016. We’ve asked our contributors to compile ten-best lists with five honorable mentions — those personal lists unspool following this one — and, after tallying the votes, a top 50 has been assembled.

It should be noted that, unlike our previous year-end features, we placed no requirement on a selection being a U.S theatrical release, so you may see some repeats from last year and a few we’ll certainly be discussing more during the next. So, without further ado, check out our rundown of 2016 below, our complete year-end coverage here (including where to stream many of the below picks), and return in the coming weeks as we look towards 2017. One can also see the full list on Letterboxd.

50. Cemetery of Splendor (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

A note from Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul to the
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The Independent Film Community Picks the Best Films of 2016

The Independent Film Community Picks the Best Films of 2016
Every year, IndieWire looks beyond the countless top 10 lists written by critics to widen the field. We turn to friends and colleagues in the independent film community — programmers, distributors, publicists and others — to give them the opportunity to share their favorite films and other media from the past 12 months. We also invited them to share their resolutions and anticipated events for 2017.

The Best of 2016: IndieWire’s Year in Review Bible

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

I’m limiting my list to films that had Us and Canadian theatrical releases in 2016. I saw far more than 10 this year that I liked, but if I have to be brutal, I’ll limit it to the films that lifted me.

1. “Moonlight

2. “Julieta

3. “Toni Erdmann

4. “Cemetery of Splendor

5. “Arrival

6. “Fences

7. “13th”

8. “American Honey

9. “Things to Come

10. “Moana”

Michael Barker, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics

“Now is the winter of our discontent.
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The Best Movie Posters of 2016

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1. CosmosAdam Maida’s silent scream for Andrzej Zulawski’s swansong Cosmos is a poster that cries out to be noticed. Channeling the starkest of Polish poster design—think Mieczyslaw Wasilewski or Andrzej Pagowski—Maida’s design is as deceptively crude as it is beautifully executed. I love everything about this poster, down to its hand-lettering, that tiny hanged bird and the even tinier—nice if you can get away with it—billing block. Maida’s witty, diagrammatic work has already graced Criterion covers for Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging, John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate, and Costa-Gavras’s The Confession and State of Siege, but it is his eye-catching black-and-white editorial illustration/montages for the New York Times that this most reminds me of. You can see more of his work here.2. The HandmaidenTrees and a hanging also feature heavily in my second favorite poster of the year: an
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The Best Documentaries of 2016

The struggle for racial equality in America, the careers of cinematographers, directors, and photographers, the immigration crisis, music as celebration and grief, and strange conspiracies — these were just a few of the places and stories that this year’s documentary offerings brought us. With 2016 wrapping up, we’ve selected 20 features in the field that most impressed, so check out our list below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites.

13th (Ava DuVernay)

Following the stunning Selma, which conveyed a present-tense urgency sorely lacking in many biopics and radically distributed screen-time away from Dr. King to communicate the collectivity inherent to any reform movement, Ava DuVernay has shifted her rhetorical approach, but her anger remains. Whereas Selma was emotive and explosive, 13th is lucid and level-headed, gradually and methodically making a case that black incarceration is actually just a reconfigured and rebranded form of slavery. Sticking to conventional but
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New to Streaming: ‘De Palma,’ ‘Creed,’ ‘The Childhood of a Leader,’ ‘Boyhood,’ and More

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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

Exactly one year after completing his accomplished Before trilogy at Sundance, writer-director Richard Linklater returned with Boyhood, a film 12 years in the making and worth every minute of the wait. Shot one week at a time over the course of a decade or so, Linklater explores the formative years of a young man named Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane. Born into separated parents, played by Patricia Arquette
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[Review] By Sidney Lumet

In the wake of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s wonderful De Palma, a documentary concerning the life and career of director Brian De Palma, it’s difficult to look at the almost equally enjoyable By Sidney Lumet without comparing. Both explore the careers of vitally important filmmakers whose work has perhaps not attained the mainstream success of their blockbuster-spewing contemporaries. While De Palma contains an undeniable sense of joy in illuminating every facet of the director’s process, By Sidney Lumet instead fixates on a thematic exploration of director Sidney Lumet‘s filmography. It’s an enthralling film, very much worthy of its skillful subject.

The seeds of Lumet’s career as director lie in his childhood and his relationship with his father, Baruch, a director in the Jewish Theater. As a boy, Lumet worked under Baruch as a child actor, even taking a crucial role in the film One Third of a Nation.
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Movie Review: By Sidney Lumet takes an uncritical stance on a departed icon’s career

The late Sidney Lumet, a quintessential “actor’s director” who spent his entire life around the profession, is an engaging enough interviewee to qualify the documentary By Sidney Lumet as indifferently watchable. The format is very close to Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach’s recent De Palma (even the running time is the same): The filmmaker slouches in a low-backed chair in a dark room presumed to be somewhere in Manhattan and gives his version of his career, illustrated with plenty of clips and photos. But while De Palma zinged along on the strength of its subject’s bitchy ego and the fact that even the worst Brian De Palma movies can be visually interesting, By Sidney Lumet has no clue how to make a case for its subject’s movies. Lumet (filmed in 2008, some years before his death) can’t separate good from bad in his work, and
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De Palma review – engaging, alarming and very entertaining tribute

This genial, celebratory interview with the director – richly interspersed with movie clips – hits a note of excitable cinephilia throughout

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Is the jury still out on whether Brian De Palma is America’s greatest neglected auteur? Film-makers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow bring in their own celebratory verdict in this highly engaging, sometimes alarming documentary tribute to the man himself, hitting a note of excitable cinephilia throughout.

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De Palma review

Ryan Lambie Published Date Friday, September 23, 2016 - 06:17

If director Brian De Palma was sometimes criticised for settling for style over substance in his thrillers, this feature-length documentary about his career is reassuringly basic in its approach. Barring archive footage and one, solitary moment, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow divide their retrospective between sequences from De Palma’s movies and interviews with the filmmaker himself, seated in front of a grey fireplace.

It’s the kind of move that could be regarded as lazy or tentative in some circumstances, but Baumbach and Paltrow are shrewd enough to recognise that a director known for his technical flourishes needs room to breathe; and besides, De Palma and his movies are interesting enough subjects that they hardly need further embellishment.

Even De Palma’s structure is straightforward: we start at the beginning, when the future director of Carrie and The Untouchables was a kid,
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Movie Review – De Palma (2016)

De Palma, 2016

Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.


A documentary exploring the life, work and influences behind the films of Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma may be popular among cineliterate enthusiasts but he’s never had the same popularity elsewhere. When you list his movies, it’s easy to imagine audiences being taken aback by the sheer quantity of classics he has under his belt. Carrie, Scarface and Mission Impossible are difficult to group together, spanning vividly different genres, and yet they fall under the impressive banner of Brian De Palma. De Palma, jointly directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, is primarily an interview, but it fills the screen with footage from each of his movies (and the classics that inspired them) and weaves this chronological canon together effortlessly.

Discussing each and every film in his eclectic filmography, De Palma is affably honest. He’s outspoken
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De Palma Review

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Even for fans of Brian De Palma and Noah Baumbach, this documentary co-helmed by the latter (with Jake Paltrow) about the former, awkwardly clunks together clips and stock footage from the great film-maker’s career and life yet falters due to a banal formation and overall lack of panache. De Palma relays directly to the camera […]

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Film Review: De Palma

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★★★★☆ It is both continually amusing and rather unexpected that the most offensive exclamation uttered by a director famed for gun battles, bloody violence and pushing the barriers of visual storytelling is "Holy mackerel!" De Palma is an illuminating, engrossing and reverent documentary from fellow filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow that benefits from mild manners and not taking itself too seriously. It will certainly appeal to film buffs and fans of the New Hollywood alumni's scintillating back catalogue but it's not a stuffy or supercilious look at the industry and neither is its principal subject.
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Contest: Win ‘Raising Cain’ Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Plus Check Out An Exclusive Bonus Feature Clip

If you watched “De Palma” this summer, you know that the terrific documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow made you want to immediately want to track down all of Brian De Palma‘s films for a fresh viewing. And if you haven’t quite caught up with “Raising Cain,” we’re going to make that job a little bit easier for you, by giving away some copies of Shout!

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