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New to Streaming: ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘The Death of Louis Xiv,’ and More

22 September 2017 5:07 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

Carol (Todd Haynes)

From the first note of Carter Burwell‘s magnificent score and opening shot of Edward Lachman’s ravishing cinematography — introducing a Brief Encounter-esque opening bookend — Todd Haynes transports one to an intoxicating world of first love and its requisite heartbreak. Carol excels at being many things: a romantic drama; a coming-of-age story; an exploration of family dynamics and social constructs of the time; an acting »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch David Lowery's "Prequel" to A Ghost Story

19 September 2017 4:34 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Watch David Lowery's "Prequel" to A Ghost Story »

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[Video] ‘A Ghost Story’ Director Made This “Prequel” When He Was 7

19 September 2017 2:06 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

I suppose you could say this year’s film was 30 years in the making. Filmmaker David Lowery is 36 years old and he’s currently enjoying a whole lot of critical acclaim for A Ghost Story, which he wrote and directed. Ahead of the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release on October 3, it has arrived on iTunes […] »

- John Squires

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David Lowery Directed This ‘Poltergeist’-Inspired Short Film When He Was 7 Years Old — Watch

19 September 2017 11:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The fall movie season introduces a ton of acclaimed titles and potential Oscar contenders that it’s hard sometimes to remember all the other great movies that were released prior to awards season. “A Ghost Story” is one of those movies. David Lowery’s spiritual meditation was released in July by A24 and earned some of the best reviews of the year for any indie film. The movie officially comes to iTunes Movies today, and the distributor celebrated by debuting a film from Lowery’s past on Twitter.

Read More:‘A Ghost Story’ Review: Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Star in David Lowery’s Best Movie

Apparently, Lowery directed “Poltergeist”-inspired short film below when he was only seven years old. Clearly the filmmaker isn’t messing around when he says all he’s ever wanted to do is make movies. Even at seven years old, Lowery knew how to »

- Zack Sharf

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‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

9 September 2017 3:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” was the big winner of the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival, scooping three awards, including the Revelation prize, the Critics prize and the Special Jury Special (shared with Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe”).

Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, won the Grand Prize from a jury presided by Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,””Redoutable”).

Hazanavicius praised “The Rider” for his “humanity and poetry” as well as its “soft political reflection.”

When picking up his award from the Revelation jury president Emmanuelle Bercot, the French actress-turned-director, Lowery paid tribute to his wife and said their relationship served as inspiration for the film.

A Ghost Story” is supernatural drama reuniting Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. The pair starred in Lowery’s last film, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which had also competed at Deauville. “A Ghost Story »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Oscars: ‘Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird’ Stand Out From Reigning Champ A24’s Slate

8 September 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reigning best picture champ A24 is hitting the festival circuit hard this month. Having already world-premiered new films in Venice (Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s “Woodshock”) and Telluride (Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird”), the New York-based distributor heads to Toronto now with five — count ’em — five movies to showcase in four days.

The Florida Project,” from “Tangerine” director Sean Baker, lands once again Sunday after first unspooling at the Cannes Film Festival four months ago. Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” will also resurface following a Cannes bow, while James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” — about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult-favorite “The Room” — will play in the Midnight Madness sidebar after first screening as a work in progress at the South by Southwest festival in March. “Lean on Pete” (expected to be a 2018 release) and “Lady Bird” will transition to Toronto as special presentations as well. “Woodshock »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: 6 Great Directors Who Could Replace Colin Trevorrow

6 September 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The news that director Colin Trevorrow would be leaving the director’s chair on “Star Wars: Episode IX” was just the latest sign of behind-the-scenes challenges facing filmmakers unable to yield to the studio’s plans for the franchise. However, there’s a new hope on the horizon with the impending release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VII — The Last Jedi,” which hits theaters in December and has reportedly made the studio very happy. Johnson, who has indie roots and a strong genre sensibility, may in fact be the most logical choice to take Trevorrow’s place.

So far, however, no filmmaker has been hired to direct multiple “Star Wars” movies since the franchise was resurrected by Jj Abrams. So if the studio decided to bring more talent into this galaxy far, far away, it may want to consider some of these first-rate directors, who all could »

- Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, Anne Thompson, Jude Dry, David Ehrlich and Michael Nordine

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Casey Affleck Lands First Post-Oscar Role in ‘Stoner’ With Blumhouse, Joe Wright

5 September 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following an Oscar victory for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” Casey Affleck has found his next film.

Affleck is set to star in “Stoner,” directed by Joe Wright, and produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.

Cohen Media Group (Cmg) and Film4 will team with Blumhouse on the film.

Andrew Bovell will adapt the script based on the novel of the same name by John Williams. The movie will follow the life of William Stoner, a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th Century.

“Because the novel is so beautiful but not well-known, fans of ‘Stoner’ feel like they’re in a secret club. I’m so excited that Casey, Joe and Andrew have come aboard to help expand this club’s membership,” said Blum, who optioned the book in 2011. “This quintessentially American work is being brought to the screen »

- Justin Kroll

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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies

2 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Nichols launched Premiere, the first event of his newly minted Arkansas Cinema Society. The writer-director of “Loving,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special” screened a selection of smart movies, including Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” hosted by star Adam Driver, whose family spent summers in Arkansas. Austin-based David Lowery brought “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story” and producer Noah Stahl came with current release “Patti Cake$.”

I interviewed Driver, Lowery, and Nichols about how they define creative independence as they balance high- and low-budget movies. (It has been edited for length and clarity.)

Working with the studios

Jeff Nichols: I’m smack dab in the middle of the first draft of “Alien Nation” for Fox, trying to balance sensibilities. When you set out to work on something with a big price tag on it in terms of production cost, »

- Anne Thompson

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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies

2 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Nichols launched Premiere, the first event of his newly minted Arkansas Cinema Society. The writer-director of “Loving,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special” screened a selection of smart movies, including Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” hosted by star Adam Driver, whose family spent summers in Arkansas. Austin-based David Lowery brought “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story” and producer Noah Stahl came with current release “Patti Cake$.”

I interviewed Driver, Lowery, and Nichols about how they define creative independence as they balance high- and low-budget movies. (It has been edited for length and clarity.)

Working with the studios

Jeff Nichols: I’m smack dab in the middle of the first draft of “Alien Nation” for Fox, trying to balance sensibilities. When you set out to work on something with a big price tag on it in terms of production cost, »

- Anne Thompson

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A24, Curzon Artificial Eye Team on U.K. Release of ‘Good Time’

25 August 2017 4:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 is further extending its distribution activity in the U.K. by partnering with British independent distributor Curzon Artificial Eye on the release of the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time,” starring Robert Pattinson. The crime film is set for a Nov. 3 theatrical release in the U.K.

It marks the third time this year that A24 has partnered with a British distributor, following collaborations with Altitude Film Distribution on Oscar-winner “Moonlight” in February and Picturehouse Entertainment on David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” earlier this month.

A statement from A24 said: “We are thrilled to be furthering our direct distribution in the U.K. with ‘Good Time.’ This is exactly the kind of film A24 was designed to do – a bold, original, and exhilarating vision, created by two of the most talented filmmakers working today.”

Josh and Benny Safdie’s film, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May, sees »

- Robert Mitchell

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Deauville Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Doug Liman’s ‘American Made’ Set to Open Festival

22 August 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doug Liman’s “American Made,” an action-packed biopic headlined by Tom Cruise, is set to open the 43rd edition of Deauville American Film Festival.

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” and Marc Webb’s “Mary” are among the 14 films on track to compete at the festival.

A Ghost Story,” a supernatural drama which reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara after Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” premiered at Sundance.

The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and nabbed the Art Cinema Award, centers on a young cowboy who embarks on a road trip across America after suffering a near fatal head injury.

“Mary” stars a Chris Evans as a single man raising his child prodigy niece who is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Several competition films deal with race relations in America. Daryl Wein’s “Blueprint,” for instance, centers around a young Black man in South »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Movie Review – A Ghost Story (2017)

19 August 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Ghost Story, 2017.

Directed by David Lowery.

Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Synopsis:

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

On paper A Ghost Story shouldn’t work. A slow paced examination of grief and time showed through the eyes of a ghost covered in a traditional Halloween sheet outfit with two eye holes. There’s an excruciatingly long scene of Rooney Mara’s character eating a pie and the narrative is challenging and unusual. Yet somehow A Ghost Story is a success and simultaneously heart breaking, creepy and in some ways romantic.

After her husband C (Affleck) dies in a car accident, M (Mara) is constantly watched by his presence and he is tied to the single storey house that they occupied. As time »

- Helen Murdoch

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Interview: Capturing a Conversation with a Ghost Story’s David Lowery

18 August 2017 11:46 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The 21st annual Fantasia Film Festival, held every year in Montreal, has come and gone and, yet, it was, once again, filled with indelible treats that highlighted a broad range of genre cinema. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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How ‘Patti Cake$’ Transformed an Actress Who Can’t Rap Into a Hip Hop Star

17 August 2017 1:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most unexpected breakouts at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Danielle MacDonald for playing Patricia Dombroski — aka Patti Cake$ — a 23-year-old, heavy-set Jersey girl with dreams of rap stardom. MacDonald carries the film not only with her acting, but her hip hop performances. There was just one problem that the Australian actress faced: She had never rapped before in her life.

Read More:‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017

“I just wanted an actress first,” said writer-director Jasper in an interview for IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast this week. “We decided to cast an actress over a musician just because there are so many heavy scenes, there’s comedic scenes, there’s dramatic scenes, she had to do some much – she had to carry the film, she’s in every single scene.”

Jasper, who was musician before he was a filmmaker, »

- Chris O'Falt

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Interview: David Lowery (A Ghost Story)

16 August 2017 1:05 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Just prior to immersing himself into editing dock mode with the feature he shot earlier this summer (Old Man and the Gun – with Elisabeth Moss, Casey Affleck, Robert Redford), David Lowery was on the last legs of his film fest and press tour for the A24 release of A Ghost Story.

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- Eric Lavallée

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Why Oscar-Winning Stars Flopped at the Summer Box Office

16 August 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In what’s been a fairly wretched summer box-office season, Oscar-winners Casey Affleck, Brie Larson, and Matthew McConaughey had some of the worst of it with “A Ghost Story,” “The Glass Castle,” and “The Dark Tower.” Casting didn’t drive those failures, but possessing Hollywood’s most-coveted award offered little or no bottom-line benefit.

Read More:The Most Surprising Movies of the 2017 Summer Movie Season

Beyond creating certain mention in the first sentence of an obituary, the long-term impact of an Oscar is never clear. In the 15 years since Halle Berry won an Oscar for “Monster’s Ball,” her roles have ranged from decorative to derivative — a trend that continued with this late-summer’s release of the low-budget, don’t-mess-with-Mama thriller “Kidnap.”

Still, is it too much to expect a short-term uptick in interest and box office? The summer of 2017 suggests that may be the case.

Brie Larson

Best Actress, 2016

Oscar-winning film: “Room, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Ifp Week Lines Up Chats With Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Gillian Robespierre, Julie Klausner, and More

15 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ifp’s signature event, Ifp Week, has this year expanded to include a slew of public screenings, talks, meet ups, and exhibitions, all centered on cutting-edge independent content for the big screen, small screen, and Internet. This year will play home to faces old and new — including a number of exciting speakers who return to Ifp Week after launching their careers at the annual event, including speakers like Barry Jenkins and Dee Rees.

Read More:Why the Safdie Brothers Decided to Put Robert Pattinson in Their Gritty World of New York Amateurs

Under the leadership of Head of Programming Amy Dotson and producer Erik Luers, the Ifp Week talks and events will run September 17 – 21 in and around Brooklyn, NY at Bric, The William Vale Hotel, and Ifp’s headquarters, Made in NY Media Center by Ifp.

Check out the newest additions to the Ifp Week schedule, including Filmmaker Magazine Talks, the Ifp Screen Forward Conference, »

- Kate Erbland

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David Lowery interview: A Ghost Story, Peter Pan, producer notes and more

15 August 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jules-Pierre Malartre Aug 17, 2017

Director David Lowery takes us through A Ghost Story, as well as what his plans are for the live action Peter Pan...

Most moviegoers know David Lowery for his very successful remake of Pete’s Dragon, but some will also know him for his indie breakout film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. His latest project, A Ghost Story was a very personal project for Lowery who launched into it only a few days after Pete’s Dragon wrapped. Lowery has a few other projects coming along, including the highly anticipated Peter Pan remake.

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Hiding an Oscar-winning actor under a white sheet for almost an hour and a half was a very bold idea. What made you decide to go ahead with that approach, »

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Independent Filmmaker Project’s Ifp Week expands in 2017

14 August 2017 5:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Organisers introduce Ifp Direct Access & Meet the Decision Makers.

This year’s Ifp Week (September 17-21) in Brooklyn is set to include public screenings, talks, meeings, and exhibitions focused on independent content for the big screen, small screen, and internet.

Anticipated highlights includes kick-off event Filmmaker Magazine Talks @ Bric, when Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski (pictured), Mudbound director Dee Rees, and the Safdie brothers are expected to take part in on-stage conversations.

The Ifp Screen Forward Conference @ Made in NY Media Center by Ifp comprises three days of conversations with storytellers and industry leaders, including Cenk Uygur, Julie Klausner, and Mark Douglas.

Ifp Direct Access & Meet the Decision Makers @ Made in NY Media Center by Ifp is new to Ifp Week, and offers advice from industry leaders through small workshops on how to launch narrative features, documentaries, and serialised content.

The ‘Meet the Decision Makers’ track offers face-time with prominent companies such as [link »

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