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7 Filmmakers Deeply Influenced by Luis Buñuel

24 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O. Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.

Read More: Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay

Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.

Woody Allen

Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual »

- Graham Winfrey

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Colin Farrell & Yorgos Lanthimos re-team for Amazon series

21 March 2017 1:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Amazon look set to once more throw down the gauntlet to its main rival Netflix with its latest project. The studio has reportedly managed to bag Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, and his lead, Colin Farrell, for a new project. This follows not long after the announcement that they are developing a David O. Russell drama starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. The new project will focus on Oliver North and his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.

The production is still in very early stages, with the script still being written by Enzo Mileti and Scott WilsonBen Stiller and Nicky Weinstock are on-board as executive producers. Lanthimos had this to say about the forthcoming project:

“I’m really excited to be working with Colin again on something quite different to what we have done so far. I look forward to joining forces with Ben and Nicky, who had an »

- Kat Hughes

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Colin Farrell to Star as Oliver North in Iran-Contra Series for Amazon (Exclusive)

20 March 2017 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Colin Farrell is ready to return to the small screen.

Farrell and his “Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos are teaming up again on an Amazon show about Oliver North and his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. Farrell will star as the former U.S. marine in the untitled limited series, which will primarily focus on the Iran-Contra scandal, and Lanthimos will direct.

According to sources, the project is still in development as Amazon awaits scripts from Enzo Mileti and Scott WilsonBen Stiller and Nicky Weinstock are exec producing for Red Hour Films.

“I’m really excited to be working with Colin again on something quite different to what we have done so far,” Lanthimos said. “I look forward to joining forces with Ben and Nicky, who had an excellent casting idea and saw the potential of the material early on and Amazon, who has embraced the project with great enthusiasm. It »

- Justin Kroll

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Trailer Watch: Melissa Leo Is an Atheist with a Cause in “Most Hated Woman in America”

16 March 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Most Hated Woman in America”

Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins — these are the names most closely associated with atheism in the United States. But this wasn’t always the case. It was in fact a woman who founded “American Atheists,” an influential organization dedicated to defending the civil liberties of atheists and the separation of church and state. Described as “the most hated woman in America” by Life magazine, Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s story is brought to life by Melissa Leo in a new Netflix film, for which a trailer has just been released.

“What the hell is going on in here?” Murray O’Hair (Leo) asks as she bursts into her son’s classroom after hearing the children and their teacher recite The Lord’s Prayer. “In the constitution, there’s something called the First Amendment. The school board cannot force my son to pray — or anyone else,” she tells the class. When the teacher glibly suggests that Murray O’Hair sue the school board, she decides to do just that.

Rather than focus on the landmark court cast that followed, the true-crime biopic depicts Murray O’Hair’s disappearance, which occurred in 1995, more than 20 years after a Supreme Court ruling put an official end to Bible-reading in American public schools.

“Most Hated Woman in America’ captures the rise and fall of a complex character who was a controversial villain to some and an unlikely hero to others,” Netflix’s summary reads. The film co-stars Juno Temple (“Vinyl”), Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), and Josh Lucas (“The Mysteries of Laura”).

Leo won an Oscar in 2011 for her supporting role in David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” and received a nod in 2009 for her leading role in Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River.” Her recent credits include Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” “Wayward Pines,” and Margaret Betts’ “Novitiate,” which premiered at Sundance in January.

Directed by Tommy O’Haver (“United States of Tara,” “Ella Enchanted”) and written by O’Haver and Irene Turner (“An American Crime”), “Most Hated Woman in America” hits Netflix March 24.


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- Laura Berger

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Review — ‘Thank God For Jokes’ Cements Mike Birbiglia As Comedy Asmr

14 March 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Soft-spoken and charming, Birbiglia owns his niche as a comedian-storyteller.

Fresh off the release of his second (and first non-autobiographical) film, Don’t Think Twice, Mike Birbiglia brings a new stand-up special to the usurping regent of filmed comedy hours, Netflix. Like Birbiglia’s other stand-up, especially the special My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Thank God For Jokes softly allows the comedian to barge non-threateningly into his audience’s hearts like an old roommate that you’d never thought you’d see again.

Birbiglia’s self-awareness of his own niche appeal, a sleepy introspectively intellectual goofball, is a hallmark of indie success. You have to know yourself before you know your market, but you have to know both to move forward. Birbiglia, a self-described niche comedian and independent filmmaker, has these two ends of an industry-wide production chain wrapped up. His comic anxiety and curtain-parting come from a place of professional savvy as well as personal aptitude. He »

- Jacob Oller

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Focus Features Hires Veteran Publicity Executive Dani Weinstein

10 March 2017 9:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has hired veteran executive Dani Weinstein — who has worked extensively on the Weinstein Company’s awards campaigns — as executive vice president of publicity.

Weinstein will oversee theatrical publicity efforts for the entire Focus Features slate, including all awards campaigns. She will be based in New York and report to Jason Cassidy, Focus Features’ president of marketing.

“Dani is a consummate professional who has an incredible track record for spearheading breakthrough publicity campaigns for specialty titles,” said Cassidy. “Her breadth of experience working with world class filmmakers and talent, and collaborative style of leadership, makes her uniquely qualified. We’re thrilled that she is joining the Focus team.”

Weinstein has spent two decades in the entertainment industry. She has spent most of the last 17 years with TWC and Miramax, culminating as the studio’s president of publicity.

Her tenure included the campaign for “The King’s Speech,” which won »

- Dave McNary

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Tyrese Gibson Finally Explains Why He Built a Benihana-Style Restaurant, Coffee Shop and Nightclub In His Backyard

9 March 2017 9:49 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tyrese Gibson is known for many things, but his L.A. backyard has taken on a semi-mythical status.

For years, rumors of a Benihana-like restaurant in Gibson’s backyard sparked the interest of Aziz Ansari, who tweeted about it in the hopes of meeting the Fate and Furious actor and landing an invite. At a 2016 Oscars party, Ansari’s dream finally came true.

“Aziz just walked up to me and was like, ‘Dude, you have no idea,'” Gibson tells People. “He literally saw me from across the room and walked straight towards me. I was like, ‘What the hell is going on? »

- Maria Yagoda

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Still a Showcase for New Talent

24 February 2017 12:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In its earliest days, the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ choices appeared to emanate from a parallel universe to those of the Academy Awards. In its first decade, the fledgling organization’s best picture winner lined up with the Oscars only once, but the distinction went even further that that: Aside from both awards bodies naming “Platoon” best picture in 1986, there was not a single overlap between the Academy and the Indie Spirits’ nominees for the latter’s first nine editions.

Needless to say, things have changed. The American indie film movement managed to break its way into the august halls of the Academy in the 1990s, gradually took over, and the Spirit Awards have never seemed quite so radical since then. For the past three years in a row, the Spirits and the Oscars have lined up in the best pic category, and only three times in the current millennium »

- Andrew Barker

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Exclusive Interview: Alexandra Rosario talks California Dreams

23 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In an exclusive interview, Flickering Myth sat down with New York-based actress Alexandra Rosario to talk about acting and the release of her latest film California Dreams

Have you always wanted to be an actress? How did acting come about for you?

Yes, I always wanted to be an actress, since I was 6 years old. I have no idea where that desire came from, I just always had an internal certainty of acting being my calling in life. And that has never changed!

What and who inspired you to become an actress?

When I was growing up I used to watch a lot of movies. At times I would get deeply touched by an actor’s great performance and it would stay with me for a while. I used to dream that one day I would be able to do the same. Some of the actors that have inspired me are Meryl Streep, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Hold the Popcorn! Isabelle Huppert Has a No-Snack Rule for Watching Movies

17 February 2017 10:26 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Watch out for those munchies: When it comes to seeing a movie, Isabelle Huppert means business.

The Elle Oscar nominee dished on all of her moviegoing habits to People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle for The Cagle Exercise.

“No snack, no drink, no food,” she explained. “ just am focused on the movies — no noise.”

Huppert also revealed that when she’s watching a movie at home, her outfit of choice is pajamas, that her first movie-star crush was the iconic Bette Davis, and the movie that makes her laugh the hardest is Flirting with Disaster

“It’s hilarious, »

- Brianne Tracy

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‘La La Land’ Dp Linus Sandgren On The Challenges Of Capturing The Poetic La Musical In Long, Fluid Takes

15 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Undoubtedly, award-winning Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren has worked with the best. With a resume comprised of collaborations with David O. Russell (American HustleJoyLasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey) and other auteurs, Sandgren found an exciting energy in wunderkind writer/director Damien Chazelle that inspired him to shoot a musical. The recipient of a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, Chazelle’s La La Land also recently received 11 BAFTA… »

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race

10 February 2017 8:36 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am

This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.

Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.

Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats. »

- Adriana Floridia

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Harvey Weinstein Taps Trump’s Travel Ban for New ‘Lion’ Oscar Messaging

9 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it comes to awards season, Harvey Weinstein has a long history of tethering his contenders to the zeitgeist, or at least to a wider-ranging socio-political concern. And it usually happens in phase two, as campaigns begin to pivot toward a win.

For “Philomena” in early 2014, writer-star Steve Coogan and the film’s eponymous subject Philomena Lee were shuffled off to Rome for an audience with Pope Francis. They were there as representatives of the Philomena Project, which aims to raise public awareness in Ireland and around the world on the issue of forced and illegal adoptions and to help reunite families with the advancement of open records legislation in Ireland.

Weinstein himself hit the morning shows on behalf of “The Imitation Game” in early 2015, calling on the British government to pardon the thousands whose lives had been ruined with convictions under laws forbidding homosexuality, which was not decriminalized in the U. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Amazon Boards TV Crime Series From Nicolas Winding Refn (Exclusive)

8 February 2017 12:59 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon is teaming up with “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn on new crime thriller, Variety has learned exclusively.

The drama, titled “Too Old To Die Young,” has been greenlit with a straight-to-series order with 10 episodes, according to sources. The show will shoot this fall in Los Angeles.

“Too Old To Die Young” explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles. The series is described as being in a similar vein to Refn’s Pusher trilogy, which looked at Danish criminals caught up in the drug trade. It explores various characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurai’s in the city of angels.

Refn will serve as co-writer with Ed Brubaker, who will be an executive producer. Refn will also direct the series and produce it.

Amazon has past ties to Refn, as the company previously released “The Neon Demon,” his recent horror film and fashion satire with Elle Fanning. His »

- Brent Lang and Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The 12 Mark Wahlberg films where he holds a gun on the poster

7 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jake Wilson Feb 28, 2017

From The Big Hit to Patriots Day, we explore Mark Wahlberg's dozen films where he holds a gun on the promo poster....

Mark Wahlberg is a man of many talents. His rhymes are fresh, his frown is legendary, and it turns out he’s pretty decent in a bout of fisticuffs. 

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And then there's his acting. He has been in a wealth of films, usually fighting for, or alongside, the American flag. He's a gun-toting ass-kicker, and the world seems to dig it.

This is his game, his brand. Wahlberg moves between moral, no-nonsense cop and powerful, maverick law breaker and whilst he doesn’t always play armed characters, it is through these films that we can see the strands that »

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Awards Roundup: Peter Morgan Set for BFI Fellowship, Richard Curtis Picked for WGA Humanitarian Award and More

3 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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


– The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that director Johnny Ma has won the Academy’s Best First Feature award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, for his feature film, “Old Stone.” This award celebrates the outstanding debut of a first-time filmmaker. The film had its North American premiere at Tiff in the Discovery Programme and was awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The film can be pre-ordered on iTunes for viewing after April 7, 2017.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12.

– Acclaimed screenwriter-director Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service, which have achieved a »

- Kate Erbland

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How ‘La La Land’ Cinematographer Linus Sandgren Taught His Cameras to Dance

1 February 2017 2:12 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When looking for a cinematographer who could handle shooting his modern-day musical, “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle saw something in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” that caught his attention. While Russell’s acidic worldview bears little resemblance to the candy-colored fantasy of “La La Land,” his camera is often moving, almost swirling, as it mirrors the often frenetic internal state of his characters. When Chazelle saw the film, he thought cinematographer Linus Sandgren might be someone he should meet.

“The reason Damien was interested in me was from camera movement in that film,” said Sandgren. “He knew he wanted the camera telling the story in a physical and interactive way.”

Read More: Oscars 2017: Best Actor is Now Denzel Washington vs. Casey Affleck

Sandgren and Chazelle agreed that the camera would be like a musical instrument. They wanted the camera movement to have a rhythm that would enhance »

- Chris O'Falt

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Amy Adams Is Spellbinding in ‘Arrival’

26 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The following content has been sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Amy Adams has been nominated for a whopping five Oscars—and zero wins!—since she broke onto the Hollywood scene in 2005 with “Junebug.” Wracking up additional supporting actress nods in “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” and “The Master,” the actor then earned a spot on the shortlist for leading actress in 2013’s “American Hustle.” She’s also earned her status as a movie star with bona fide acting chops, as her recent turn in Paramount Pictures’ “Arrival” proves. With the announcement of the 89th Academy Awards nominations, “Arrival” has joined the ranks of sci-fi feature films that have received Oscar recognition for best picture. Netting an impressive eight nods total, the drama’s success is due largely to the magnetic talents of its star. “Amy Adams, she was the actress I was dreaming of,” says director Denis Villeneuve in the above clip. “She »

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Hail Mary: Why Mary Tyler Moore Was the Greatest

25 January 2017 3:15 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The most unforgettable moment from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, out of dozens of contenders: Mary sits at the bar with her newsroom co-workers, drinking their sorrows away. They've had a grim day – her cranky boss Lou Grant just attended his ex-wife's wedding, while he's still reeling from the divorce, so the others tagged along for moral support. Pompous anchorman Ted Baxter tries to lighten the mood with a knock-knock joke. Lou growls, "Ted, this better be a pretty funny knock-knock joke. I lost a wife today." It's a godawful joke. »

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The Weekend Warrior 1/27/17: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, A Dog’s Purpose, Gold

25 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.   

This Past Weekend:

As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.

This »

- Edward Douglas

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