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‘The Circle’ Review: Tom Hanks and Emma Watson Star In a Misguided Story of Technology Gone Wrong — Tribeca 2017

27 April 2017 7:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The core of “The Circle” is a dumb movie trying to be smart. The premise begs to provoke contentious debate around privacy laws in an age of boundless innovation, but it can’t seem to find steady footing in that dialogue, in part because it lacks a substantial means of asking the right questions.

Young brainiac Mae (Emma Watson) scores a plumb job at technology empire The Circle, a palatial Bay Area company developing cutting-edge video technology at the behest of the smiley CEO Bailey (Tom Hanks). With time, Mae becomes immersed in a scheme to develop live-streaming video with lightweight cameras at a low cost, and eventually signs up to wear one of the devices 24/7. As she transforms her life into a 21st century Truman Show, with millions of online observers commenting on her existence in real-time, Mae’s trapped by the powerful ramifications of the technology and the »

- Eric Kohn

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Bryan Cranston Remembers Jonathan Demme and The Film They Never Got To Do Together

26 April 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and director Jonathan Demme had long wanted to work together, and came close in 2013.

Demme had tapped Cranston to star in “Old Fires,” playing a man who emerges from a coma and discovers that his family has moved on. Jason Segel and Jennifer Ehle were also attached to the film, which was written by Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”).

“It made me very sad this morning to hear the news [of Demme’s death],” Cranston told IndieWire on Wednesday. “He was such a kind man and I was so looking forward to working with him. Even though that project didn’t materialize, we were talking about other projects to do together.”

Old Fires” ultimately didn’t move forward when Demme couldn’t secure the proper funding for the film.

Read More: Jonathan Demme’s Last Project, ‘Shots Fired,’ Airs Tonight — Remembering His Best TV Work

“There are so many aspects to putting a film together, »

- Michael Schneider

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Director, Dies at 73

26 April 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died on Wednesday in New York of esophageal cancer complications. He was 73 years old.

The filmmaker is perhaps best known for directing the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs, which earned a Best Picture Oscar along with Academy Awards for stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins as well as Demme himself. He went on to direct such films as Philadelphia in 1993, the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate and Rachel Getting Married in 2008.

One of his last director credits is for his work on the Netflix documentary Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids that was released last year.

Last October, Et's Cameron Mathison sat down with Demme and Timberlake, where the filmmaker revealed his plans to direct the triple-threat star in a movie. "It's big in my life to want to work with Justin," he said. "Justin and Jason Segel. I want you guys to do a movie together with me."

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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

26 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | 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. 

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends 

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle »

- Edward Douglas

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7 Netflix Original Movies That Are Worth Seeking Out

24 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week, in response to the news that Netflix had finally cracked the Cannes competition lineup (a breakthrough that inspired the Federation of French Cinemas to question if a movie that skips theaters should even be considered “a cinematographic work”), I wrote about the streaming giant and how they’ve performed as a distributor. My conclusions were, uh, not super favorable. Criticizing the company’s penchant for pricing out the competition, hoarding the hottest indies on the festival circuit, and burying them on their site without the benefit of a proper release, I argued that Netflix isn’t a distributor so much as “a graveyard with unlimited viewing hours,” and that “it doesn’t release movies, it inters them.” It’s a problem that extends to the well-funded features that Netflix produces themselves, a problem that’s only going to get worse as those titles continue to get better.

See MoreNetflix Keeps Buying Great Movies, »

- David Ehrlich

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Pot TV: Celebrate 4/20 By Watching the Most Memorable Stoner Shows

20 April 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s not a federally recognized holiday, but the peaceful spirit of April 20 – otherwise known as the marijuana-enhanced 4-20 – is one worth celebrating. While still technically an illegal substance in most areas of the world, some of our favorite TV shows are clearly enhanced by being under the influence. Pot imbues them with a certain sensibility that may heighten the mood, even without chemical assistance.

Here are some of our favorite series, all available on streaming services, that acknowledge weed as a normal part of life for many Americans (even though a lot of the characters on this list probably shouldn’t be described as “normal”).

“Bored to Death”

Jonathan Ames’ HBO comedy was a celebration of both pot’s mellow and extreme mind-altering states. On the one hand, a little bit of suspension of disbelief was needed to buy into the oddball adventures of Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman), a novelist turned unlicensed private investigator. »

- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller, Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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Pot TV: Celebrate 4/20 By Watching the Most Memorable Stoner Shows

20 April 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s not a federally recognized holiday, but the peaceful spirit of April 20 – otherwise known as the marijuana-enhanced 4-20 – is one worth celebrating. While still technically an illegal substance in most areas of the world, some of our favorite TV shows are clearly enhanced by being under the influence. Pot imbues them with a certain sensibility that may heighten the mood, even without chemical assistance.

Here are some of our favorite series, all available on streaming services, that acknowledge weed as a normal part of life for many Americans (even though a lot of the characters on this list probably shouldn’t be described as “normal”).

“Bored to Death”

Jonathan Ames’ HBO comedy was a celebration of both pot’s mellow and extreme mind-altering states. On the one hand, a little bit of suspension of disbelief was needed to buy into the oddball adventures of Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman), a novelist turned unlicensed private investigator. »

- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller, Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

17 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt »

- Jenny Bullough

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

17 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt »

- Jenny Bullough

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Cristian Mungiu Is a World-Famous Auteur, But In Romania, He Self-Distributes His Movies

7 April 2017 6:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Cristian Mungiu goes to the Cannes Film Festival, he’s an internationally renowned filmmaker, with the distinction of being the first Romanian to win the venerated Palme d’Or. That was over a decade ago, when Mungiu’s abortion thriller “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” took the festival’s top prize. His subsequent features, “Beyond the Hills” and “Graduation,” have also played in its Official Selection. Mungiu continues to travel the world and land raves for his sociopolitical cinema, which explores the country’s problems on an intimate scale.

But that hasn’t made it any easier to get his movies seen back home.

Read More: Cristian Mungiu’s ‘Graduation’ Trailer: Father-Daughter Relations Get Tense In The Cannes-Bound Family Drama

Ever since the success of his sophomore feature “4 Months,” Mungiu has self-distributed his work in Romania, reviving a caravan-style approach to screening movies in small towns that was once used »

- Eric Kohn

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FilmBookCast Ep. 56 – The Discovery

6 April 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Discovery Review Podcast. FilmBookCast Ep. 56 – The Discovery (2017), is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio discuss their thoughts on the newest film from director Charlie McDowellThe Discovery. The Discovery is a movie directed by Charlie McDowell and starring Jason SegelRooney MaraRobert RedfordJesse Plemons, and Riley Keough, among others. The […] »

- Michael Smith

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‘Colossal’ Is the Monster Movie No Studio Would Ever Make, And It’s Teaching Hollywood a Lesson

5 April 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Part monster movie, part romantic comedy, part feminist manifesto: Nacho Vigalondo’s “Colossal” is a lot of things. But Anne Hathaway’s first impression of it was much simpler than that.

“I think the exact email I got from my agent was, ‘This might be too weird, but it might be the right weird,'” the actress recently told IndieWire when asked about her first introduction to the project. “I read it and it felt like it the right weird.”

An innovative blend of high concept sci-fi and romcom tropes, “Colossal” gives “Kong: Skull Island” a run for its money as the disaster movie of the year, which is why it’s somewhat of a shock to consider that it almost didn’t get made at all. Vigalondo first gained exposure among genre fans for his labyrinthine time-travel comedy “Timecrimes,” but it has taken years for him to make a more widely-accessible crowdpleaser. »

- Kate Erbland

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Review — ‘The Discovery’ Hides Purgatory Behind a Promising Premise

3 April 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Discovery’ Hides Purgatory Behind a Promising PremiseWhy prove there’s an afterlife if you don’t engage with it?

Sometimes you hear a premise that’s worth seeing through even if you know the film can’t possibly live up to it. Netflix’s The Discovery, the second film by writer/director Charlie McDowell, is one of those. Science has proven, beyond doubt, that we exist beyond life. Brainwaves have been measured and in some peer-reviewed sense, the afterlife exists. The only problem is — if it’s even a problem at all — the suicide rate has skyrocketed. People have some certainty so they’re getting out while the getting’s good. What’s on the other side, what they’re escaping the pain and suffering of this mortal coil into, well, that’s something the scientists haven’t quite gotten to yet.

McDowell’s debut film The One I Love has a similarly tantalizing premise that »

- Jacob Oller

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Movie Review – The Discovery (2017)

1 April 2017 6:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Discovery. 2017

Written and Directed by Charlie McDowell

Starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Ron Canada, and Mary Steenburgen

Synopsis:

A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

While browsing the selection of available Sundance Film Festival titles to check out, The Discovery stood head and shoulders above the rest of the wide variety of offerings, solely for its heavy (possibly offensive to some) premise of an alarming increase in suicides due to scientific proof of the existence of an afterlife. Sci-fi is about exploring the impossible, challenging the mind, and diving into deep discussions regarding moral ethics, so it’s sufficient to say that the thought of watching a movie about characters potentially contemplating suicide to rejoin loved ones or push the reset button on a disappointing life, is exploding with intrigue. The Discovery might have the »

- Robert Kojder

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‘The Discovery’: Why Jason Segel Emerged From His Self-Imposed Acting Exile to Star in Charlie McDowell’s Dark Netflix Drama

31 March 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Jason Segel, the Muppet-loving, butt-baring star of modern comedy classics like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Knocked Up” as some kind of Sundance darling, but that’s exactly how the actor found his unexpected second act.

When Segel was picked to star as the lauded and immensely troubled late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” the filmmaker’s decision to cast the lovably goofy “This is 40” and “How I Met Your Mother” star was met with plenty of skepticism. Segel, however, dove deeply into preparing for the role, listening to the recordings of journalist David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg in the 2015 drama) and watching clips of Foster online to get a sense of the writer’s presence. He even started his own book club to read and discuss Foster’s “Infinite Jest. »

- Kate Erbland

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Jean-Pierre Léaud Speaks: How a Cinematic Icon Nearly Killed Himself for His Best Role Since ‘The 400 Blows’

31 March 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

I was standing outside the hotel room of a movie icon, unsure quite what I would find on the find on the other side of the door. It was the final day of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and after a week of frantic coordinating with various schedulers, I’d finally managed to land an interview with Jean-Pierre Léaud. He had just played the lead role in “The Death of Louis Xiv,” and still endured the impact of enacting his death for the cameras. 

Léaud became one of international cinema’s most famous faces at 14, when he starred in Francois Truffaut’s seminal French New Wave debut “The 400 Blows.” As the adolescent Antoine Doinel, who spends much of the movie acting out at school and at home while witnessing the dissolution of his parents’ marriage, Léaud quickly became the defining face of angst-riddled youth. The movie’s memorable closing freeze-frame »

- Eric Kohn

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The Discovery Review

31 March 2017 8:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If the existence of an afterlife were scientifically proven beyond doubt, would you commit suicide to get there? This is the question facing the world in The Discovery, where Robert Redford’s Dr. Thomas Harber has discovered concrete proof of consciousness leaving the mind upon death. Upon publicizing this revelation, the mass suicides begin. After all, if you’ve got problems, why try to solve them when you can take the plunge and start afresh in the next world?

The film is set two years after the discovery, and by now, millions of people have shuffled themselves into the hereafter (the government helpfully keeps count by putting the death total on Led billboards). Writer/director Charlie McDowell quickly establishes a humanity that’s going out with a yawn rather than a bang. The roads are empty, there are enough seats on a public transport to put your feet up, hospitals are unmanned, »

- David James

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Ghost In The Shell And Boss Baby Take Another Crack At The Box Office Beast -- The Weekend Warrior

31 March 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | 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.

Two Very Different Movies Look to Divide Up the Weekend Box Office Business

With Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continuing to dominate at the box office with $90 million this past weekend, and Saban’s Power Rangers (Lionsgate) also doing exceedingly well with $40 million in second place, you wouldn’t think anyone would try to release a movie that might get overshadowed by those two blockbusters.

That said, what’s interesting about this weekend is the fact there are two very different movies that are competing very heavily for second place with DreamWorks Animation’s latest animated family film, The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox), taking on the live action English remake of Ghost In The Shell (Paramount), starring Scarlett Johansson. In most cases, »

- Edward Douglas

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Review: The Discovery starring Jason Segel & Rooney Mara

30 March 2017 12:11 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Discovery was previously reviewed as part of our 2017 Sundance coverage.  Plot: A scientist (Robert Redford) is able to prove the existence of the afterlife, a discovery that leads to millions of suicides all over the globe. Years later, his son (Jason Segel) returns home with a mysterious woman (Rooney Mara), and both find themselves drawn into his father’s new project, which... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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New images from The Discovery featuring Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara

29 March 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its arrival on Netflix this Friday, six new images have arrived online from the upcoming sci-fi romance The Discovery. Directed by Charlie McDowell, the film received its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and features a cast that includes Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Riley Keough, and Jesse Plemons; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Discovery here

One year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to “get there”. A man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife.

The Discovery is set to premiere on Netflix on March 31st. »

- Amie Cranswick

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