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16 items from 2017


Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

21 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during »

- David Ehrlich

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Paramount chief Brad Grey departure said to be imminent

21 February 2017 5:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

After a year of flops, executive committee takes helm at the studio.

After weeks of speculation, the studio’s chairman and CEO is on his way out after a disastrous 2016 at the box office, insiders say.

Brad Grey’s tenure at Paramount Pictures had been on shaky ground after a string of releases crashed and burned and now control of the studio is reportedly in the hands of an interim cabal of senior executives until a replacement is found.

The operating committee is understood to comprise Amy Powell, the highly regarded head of TV and digital, film chief Marc Evans, COO Andrew Gumpert, and marketing and distribution supremo Megan Colligan.

The group covers all aspects of the studio and has been given oversight by Bob Bakish, who was appointed CEO of parent company Viacom in December after vice-chairman Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone called off a possible Viacom-CBS merger.

Grey assumed »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: One of the Best Shows on TV Returns More Nihilistic Than Ever

17 February 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO has released a new teaser for the final season of its cult hit “The Leftovers,” and it’s every bit as provocative as the show’s explosive second season.

The third and final season of the wrenching drama heads down under. Series creator Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) told Entertainment Weekly of the decision: “Australia is the end the world geographically, and our show is about the end of the world emotionally.” “The Leftovers” is based on a book by series co-creator Tom Perrotta, whose previous novel inspired Alexander Payne’s “Election.”

Read More: 2017: The Year of ‘The Leftovers’… Plus 9 Other, Less Exciting TV Shows To Look Forward To

The final teaser arrives with a Mature Content warning, as we catch harrowing glimpses of fiery deaths, angry mobs, crucifixions, and a tear-stained Laurie (Amy Brenneman). Kevin (Justin Theroux) looks anxiously over at Carrie Coon (Nora Durst) as she tucks in »

- Jude Dry

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: One of the Best Shows on TV Returns More Nihilistic Than Ever

17 February 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO has released a new teaser for the final season of its cult hit “The Leftovers,” and it’s every bit as provocative as the show’s explosive second season.

The third and final season of the wrenching drama heads down under. Series creator Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) told Entertainment Weekly of the decision: “Australia is the end the world geographically, and our show is about the end of the world emotionally.” “The Leftovers” is based on a book by series co-creator Tom Perrotta, whose previous novel inspired Alexander Payne’s “Election.”

Read More: 2017: The Year of ‘The Leftovers’… Plus 9 Other, Less Exciting TV Shows To Look Forward To

The final teaser arrives with a Mature Content warning, as we catch harrowing glimpses of fiery deaths, angry mobs, crucifixions, and a tear-stained Laurie (Amy Brenneman). Kevin (Justin Theroux) looks anxiously over at Carrie Coon (Nora Durst) as she tucks in »

- Jude Dry

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Why We’re Skeptical About the New Cast — Analysis

8 February 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This week, it was announced German language Oscar nominee “Toni Erdmann,” the third directing effort from writer-director Maren Ade, would be remade in English with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Since IndieWire recently curated a gallery suggesting the cast for this developing project, several members of the editorial team shared the following thoughts on the latest news and whether or not it bodes well for the upcoming film.  

Anne Thompson: So now we know who’s starring in the Paramount remake of Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann.” Jack Nicholson had the sense to like the movie so much that he convinced Paramount chairman Brad Grey to acquire the rights so he could play the snaggle-toothed father. The studio has cast Kristen Wiig as his workaholic achiever daughter, which means that they are chasing a commercial American comedy. (If they were invested in Oscars, they’d have cast deeper actresses Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain. »

- Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Why We’re Skeptical About the New Cast — Analysis

8 February 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week, it was announced German language Oscar nominee “Toni Erdmann,” the third directing effort from writer-director Maren Ade, would be remade in English with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Since IndieWire recently curated a gallery suggesting the cast for this developing project, several members of the editorial team shared the following thoughts on the latest news and whether or not it bodes well for the upcoming film.  

Anne Thompson: So now we know who’s starring in the Paramount remake of Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann.” Jack Nicholson had the sense to like the movie so much that he convinced Paramount chairman Brad Grey to acquire the rights so he could play the snaggle-toothed father. The studio has cast Kristen Wiig as his workaholic achiever daughter, which means that they are chasing a commercial American comedy. (If they were invested in Oscars, they’d have cast deeper actresses Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain. »

- Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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Kristen Wiig to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Alongside Jack Nicholson

7 February 2017 5:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following this afternoon’s news that Jack Nicholson will star in Paramount’s English-language “Toni Erdmann” remake, Variety has more news still: Kristen Wiig will star alongside him. The two will play the roles originated by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller, respectively, in Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated drama.

Read More: Jack Nicholson to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

Toni Erdmann” was up for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film last month and is in contention for the equivalent award at the Academy Awards; it is among the most acclaimed movies of 2016, having won prizes from several critics’ groups as well. Paramount’s remake doesn’t yet have a director attached, but Ade will co-executive produce, with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell among the producers.

Nicholson is essentially coming out of retirement for the role — his last appearance came seven years ago — and reportedly pitched the idea of a remake »

- Michael Nordine

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Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig Team for Toni Erdmann Remake

7 February 2017 5:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just weeks after Peter Fonda hinted his old friend Jack Nicholson was retiring, the Hollywood legend has shot that rumor down. Jack Nicholson has signed on to star alongside Kristen Wiig in Paramount Pictures' English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, one of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Picture. The studio has recently acquired the rights to remake this German-language film, and while there is no writer or director attached, the project does have some top-flight talent producing the remake.

Variety reports that Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will produce with their Gloria Sanchez Productions partner Jessica Elbaum. Gloria Sanchez Productions is a division of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions, which is dedicated to female-driven film and TV projects. They will all produce alongside original Toni Erdmann writer-director Maren Ade and Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski, who produced the original movie.

Toni Erdmann centers »

- MovieWeb

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Laura Dern Week: Rambling Rose (1991)

7 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Jason Adams

When it came time to choose a performance to honor here for Laura Dern Week I was a bit flummoxed - how does one on narrow it down? She's one of my favorite actresses, maybe the most favorite. So I did what any (semi)sane person in such circumstances would do: I made our host Nathaniel choose for me. I gave him two choices - I am pro-choice! One was my favorite performance of hers as Ruth in Alexander Payne's brutal abortion comedy Citizen Ruth, which I've written about a million times. And there was the one I said I had never seen before. Nathaniel went for freshness...

... but I realized ten minutes into 1991's Rambling Rose that I had actually seen it before. And I hadn't liked it! I'd blocked out the whole damn thing, actually. But a funny thing happened this time around - I found myself charmed. »

- JA

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Santa Barbara Raises Curtain on Restoration Project at Star-Studded Fest

1 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Santa Barbara became a movie town in 1912, when the American Film Co., aka the Flying A, set up shop there. The studio began cranking out shorts at a rapid pace, producing an estimated 1,200 silent movies before its demise in 1921.

But Santa Barbara’s showbiz embrace didn’t end there: It has long served as a favored tryout city, film and TV location, and industry playground.

Since 1986, the coastal community 89 miles north of Hollywood has also been home to the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The festival, which kicks off Feb. 1, will feature a jam-packed lineup of premieres, starry events, and panel discussions. In a nod to Santa Barbara’s storied past, the fest will also serve as the formal curtain-raiser of its major capital project, the renovation of the city’s historic Riviera Theater.

The Riviera Theater, recently acquired by the Sbiff through a 30-year lease, has long been symbolic »

- Jerry Roberts

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The Honorees at the 2017 PGA Awards

25 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A TV legend, big screen players, and one of the year’s most celebrated films earn honors.

James L. Brooks

Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television

To build a highlight reel of memorable moments from the television career of Brooks is a challenge that few editors would want to undertake. But the 20-time Emmy winner, whose CV includes such groundbreaking series as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” and is this year’s recipient of the Producers Guild Awards’ Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, was recently charged with just such a task. Brooks found that the easiest path to a solution was to recall the program where the collaboration between talent in front of and behind the camera gelled. “Everything is a marriage of actors and writers, and what makes those stories happen is that if it’s a good coupling,” he says. To that end, »

- Paul Gaita and Dave McNary

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Indie Movie Guide: What's Hot at Sundance This Year?

18 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest and most important fests of the year, and with good reason: some of our most famous and venerated directors working today premiered their first work there, people like Darren Aronofsky (Pi), Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee), Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth) and Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape). This year should be no different, as a host of new faces and cool newcomers are making appearances with films like Newness,...

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 221 – Silence

10 January 2017 8:46 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Bill Graham to discuss Martin Scorsese‘s religious drama Silence, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson, which expands wide this weekend.

Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream download (right-click and save as…).

M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 221 – Silence

00:00 – 6:54 – Introductions

6:55 – 1:00:19 – Silence Discussion

1:00:20 – 1:49:50 – Silence Spoiler Discussion

The Film Stage is supported by Mubi, a curated online cinema streaming a selection of exceptional independent, classic, and award-winning films from around the world. Each day, Mubi hand-picks a new gem and you have one month to watch it. Try it for free here.

Bonus: Listen to a 33-minute discussion between Scorsese and Alexander Payne.

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E-mail us or follow on Twitter and Facebook with any questions or comments. »

- Brian Roan

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Martin Scorsese & Alexander Payne Talk ‘Silence’ In New 33-Minute Podcast

6 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Martin Scorsese has perhaps taken the hardest 180 of his career by following up the free-wheeling debauchery of “The Wolf Of Wall Street” with the pious rigor of “Silence.” The pictures are completely different in almost every way imaginable, and certainly it’s the latter that offers far more food for thought long after the credits have rolled.

Read More: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Is A Beautiful Passion Project For The Devoted Only [Review]

Last month, Scorsese discussed his then-recently completed movie with Alexander Payne at a DGA screening in New York City.

Continue reading Martin Scorsese & Alexander Payne Talk ‘Silence’ In New 33-Minute Podcast at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Awards Roundup: Publicists Awards Set to Honor Jeffrey Katzenberg, Golden Globes Reveal Presenters and More

5 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild (Icg, Iatse Local 600) Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2017.

In making the announcement, Henri Bollinger, chairman of the Publicists Luncheon Awards Committee, commented, “.From the outset of his career, Jeffrey has demonstrated an ability to incorporate the essence of entertainment into a wide spectrum of projects. This has led to an unprecedented track record which continues to evolve with each passing year..”

Icg national president Steven Poster Asc added, .”Jeffrey Katzenberg is one of the giants of our industry, a man who has brought us some of the greatest films of our generation, be they live action or animation..”

.”I am thrilled and honored by this recognition,.” Katzenberg said of the honor. »

- Kate Erbland

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Jason Sudeikis Signs With UTA

4 January 2017 10:37 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: UTA has signed Jason Sudeikis, the Saturday Night Live alum who transitioned to movie star in Horrible Bosses and We’re The Millers. He most recently appeared in the Stephen Hopkins-directed Jesse Owens film Race, opposite Anne Hathaway in Colossal, and starred off-Broadway in Dead Poet’s Society. Sudeikis also just wrapped the Alexander Payne-directed Downsizing, starring with Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Alec Baldwin. He separately voices… »

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