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I’m not sure if Netflix is trolling Tiff, but while organizers of the festival unveiled the rest of their massive lineup, the streaming service has dropped a teaser trailer for one movie you won’t see in Toronto: Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” And the talent behind the movie is pretty stacked.
Read More: The Essentials: The Films Of Noah Baumbach
Starring Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, and Emma Thompson, with a score by Randy Newman and cinematography by Robbie Ryan (“American Honey,” “Ginger & Rosa,” “I, Daniel Blake“), the film tells the story of adult siblings contending with the influence of their aging father.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Throughout cinema’s history, gangster life has often been depicted in glamorous fashion with an endless access to drugs, guns, women, sports cars, and mansions. Even if these lives are short-lived, filmmakers have long venerated their excess, and one glance at popular culture confirms audiences have reciprocated the fascination. For the characters of Dayveon, however, this way of life is grounded in economic necessity. With the ensemble of mostly non-actors never less than utterly convincing, Amman Abbasi’s debut drama is captivating in its immediacy, despite a script that doesn’t feel fully formed Ahead of a release this fall, the first trailer has now landed.
“Utilizing a 4:3 ratio, cinematographer Dustin Lane takes a page from the Robbie Ryan handbook with his symmetrical framing and vibrant color palette reminiscent of the films of Andrea Arnold, finding beauty in both the Arkansas skyline and the black bodies that command the frame, »
- Jordan Raup
Exclusive: 20th anniversary of awards to see splintering of craft category.
The British Independent Film Awards is set for a significant overhaul ahead of its 2017 ceremony.
Replacing the catch-all outstanding achievement in craft category will be nine separate awards representing different craft disciplines.
They will be: casting, cinematography, costume design, editing, make-up and hair design, music, production design, sound and effects.
Bifa top brass hope that the new system will be “better placed to recognise the wealth of exceptional British talent behind the camera”.
The additions will see the total number of awards categories grow from 19 to 27, including three honorary awards.
At the two most recent editions of the ceremony, the outstanding achievement in craft award had feted Andrew Whitehurst, VFX supervisor on Ex Machina, in 2015, and Robbie Ryan, cinematographer on American Honey, who won last year [pictured]. It was originally introduced in 2001 as the Best Technical Achievement prize.
New system explained
Entries will be open between May 29 and »
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Adam Sandler has acted in nearly 50 feature films, the majority of which he’s played the lead. It won’t come as any great surprise to learn that The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is amongst the best works of his career, comfortably scaling the lower denominators to reach those sparse upper peaks. Director Noah Baumbach draws from the 51-year-old’s main talents as both comedic songwriter (as in his early standup and his time at SNL) and ticking time bomb (his signature switch from toddler-voiced timidity to raging lunatic that Paul Thomas Anderson harnessed so effectively in Punch Drunk Love).
Meyerowitz is a lesser film than that PTA masterpiece, more a scattered selection of parts than any kind of convincing whole (a fact that the cumbersome title in no way excuses). It does, however, have the welcome casual feel of a mid-career Woody Allen New York-set picture — all starry ensemble casting, »
- Rory O'Connor
The celluloid comeback continues. Less than three years ago, Kodak was faced with the prospect of closing its film manufacturing plant in Rochester, New York, which also would have closed the doors on filmmakers’ ability to shoot on film. Now they’re back from the dead, and a number of Hollywood biggest blockbusters are being shot on film (hello, “Dunkirk”), and going analog has become a mark of prestige for award contenders and first-rate TV.
Read More: Cannes 2017 – Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 29 of This Year’s Films
To highlight how integral shooting on film is to the top filmmakers, 15 films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival shot on Kodak stock, according to the company.
Seven of the 15 films are in competition, and among the most highly anticipated of the year:
- Chris O'Falt
Kayti Burt May 16, 2017
Production just wrapped on The Favourite, a film that you may not know about yet given that it just finished filming and isn't even close to beginning its marketing cycle. But you probably should start knowing about it... because it sounds really rather good. Here are the details.
The Favourite stars Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and The Night Manager's Olivia Colman, three of the best actresses currently in the acting game. It also features Sherlock's Mark Gatiss, Joe Alwyn, and Mad Max: Fury Road's Nicholas Hoult. The Favourite is being directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek filmmaker behind absurdist dark comedy The Lobster. It also has American Honey cinematographer Robbie Ryan as its director of photography. If you haven't seen The Lobster, so give it a try. »
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.
Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand »
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The Tribeca Film Festival has long boasted hot-ticket events under their “Tribeca Talks” banner, and last night’s hour-long discussion between filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his newly-minted star Dustin Hoffman (who leads the star-studded cast of Baumbach’s next film, the Cannes competitor “The Meyerowitz Stories”) was another insightful entry into one of their best series.
The pair took the stage at New York City’s own Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center to chat about Baumbach’s life and work, and the surprising ways in which he’s changed and evolved as a filmmaker during his two-decade-long career. Her are the best bits (not including a small, but hilarious aside about how Baumbach initially bonded with fellow filmmaker Wes Anderson because they had the same notebook, the kind of detail even those two couldn’t make up).
- Kate Erbland
The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards took place on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles. Many Oscar contenders — such as “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” — were nominated alongside smaller titles such as “American Honey” and “Chronic,” making for a truly unpredictable show.
Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win — Critics Survey
The full list of nominees is below, with winners in bold.
Best Male Lead
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Annette Bening –”20th Century Women” as »
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A24’s drama – and the distributor itself – enjoyed a huge Saturday afternoon at Film Independent’s 32nd annual Spirit Awards ceremony on the beach in Santa Monica.
Best feature winner Moonlight won six awards and took the plaudits on an afternoon that also sends best director winner Barry Jenkins to Sunday’s Oscars in high spirits and recognised Friday night’s César winner Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Casey Affleck for Manchester By The Sea in the lead acting categories.
The film started the ceremony as joint frontrunner with American Honey on six nominations and converted all six, including the previously announced Robert Altman Award. American Honey went away empty-handed.
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The 32nd annual Independent Spirit Awards, sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, kicked off Saturday at the Santa Monica Pier in California, honoring the best independent films of 2016.
Oscar contenders like Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are both nominated for awards, alongside smaller films like American Honey and Chronic, making Saturday's awards ceremony truly anyone's game.
Related: Final Oscars Predictions 2017: Here's Who Should Win and Who Will Win the Biggest Awards!
Check back for updates to see who wins big.
Best Male Lead
Best Female Lead
Annette Bening –20th Century Women
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We learned early last month that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are co-hosting the Independent Spirit Awards, and now IndieWire can exclusively announce the presenters at this Saturday’s ceremony. Nine actors will be lending their talents to the proceedings: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, Miles Teller, Samuel L. Jackson, Freida Pinto, Fred Armisen and Amanda Peet.
In addition, Gary Clark Jr. is serving as the one-man house band for the ceremony, the Spirit Awards’ 32nd. The awards will be broadcast live on IFC at 5 p.m. Est this Saturday. Full list of nominees below.
- Michael Nordine
Throughout cinema’s history, gangster life has often been depicted in glamorous fashion with an endless access to drugs, guns, women, sports cars, and mansions. Even if these lives are short-lived, filmmakers have long venerated their excess, and one glance at popular culture confirms audiences have reciprocated the fascination. For the characters of Dayveon, however, this way of life is grounded in economic necessity. With the ensemble of mostly non-actors never less than utterly convincing, Amman Abbasi’s debut drama is captivating in its immediacy, despite a script that doesn’t feel fully formed.
Following the gang-related death of his brother, the 13-year-old Dayveon (Devin Blackmon) is feeling like a lost soul, not wanting his sister Kim’s (Chasity Moore) live-in boyfriend, Bryan (Dontrell Bright) to replace his recently deceased family member.”Everything stupid,” our lead remarks in the opening scene as he bikes through his decaying Arkansas town. Although he’s quick to smile, »
- Jordan Raup
13 items from 2017
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