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Women Directors Dominate SXSW Competition

Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn” will screen at the fest: Mu’min’s official website

The lineup for the 2018 edition of South by Southwest Conference and Festival has been announced, and it’s cause for celebration. Of 10 films screening in the Narrative Feature Competition, eight are directed or co-directed by women, and four of 10 titles in the Documentary Feature Competition are helmed or co-helmed by women. All told, women directed or co-directed 12 of 20 features in competition, or 60 percent overall.

Films up for competition awards include Olivia Newman’s “First Match,” the story of a teenage girl who tries to reconnect with her estranged father by wrestling boys, Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn,” a portrait of a black teen Instagram celebrity who is dealing with her mother’s conversion to Islam, and “TransMilitary,” a doc about transgender troops co-directed by Fiona Dawson.

Ana Asensio’s “Most Beautiful Island” was named Grand
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SXSW 2018 Lineup Includes New Films from Jody Hill, Andrew Bujalski, Julia Hart & More

With Sundance 2018 wrapped up, the next major American festival is South by Southwest Film Festival and today they’ve announced their lineup. Opening with John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place, it also includes some of our most-anticipated films of the year: Jody Hill’s Observe & Report follow-up The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (which Netflix has announced they’ll release), Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls, and Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens follow-up, the sci-fi film Fast Color (pictured above) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Check out the lineup below for the festival that takes place March 9-18 in Austin. It also includes many Sundance 2018 titles, and you can see our reviews of those here.

Narrative Feature Competition

Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,408 narrative feature submissions in 2018.

Family

Director/Screenwriter: Laura Steinel

When an emotionally stunted 30 year-old woman is tasked
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SXSW Film and TV 2018 Lineup: Jordan Peele, Female Directors, and More Lead Latest Announcement

SXSW Film and TV 2018 Lineup: Jordan Peele, Female Directors, and More Lead Latest Announcement
The SXSW Conference and Festivals has announced its features lineup and opening night film, plus a selection of episodic titles for the 25th edition of the Film Festival, running this March in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival will open with John Krasinski’s Paramount-produced “A Quiet Place,” playing as part of the festival’s Headliners section. Elsewhere, the film lineup is stacked with a number of offerings from female filmmakers, including its Narrative Feature Competition, which includes eight films (out of ten) directed or co-directed by women, from Megan Griffiths’ “Sadie” to Stacy Cochran’s “Write When You Get Work.”

Other sections of the festival also include a heavily female bent, including three films in the Headliners section (which currently includes five titles), and the Narrative Spotlight section, which includes new films from Lynn Shelton, Miranda Bailey, Julia Hart, and Suzi Yoonessi. Those titles are joined by a slew of other SXSW regulars,
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SXSW Film Festival Lineup Unveiled, John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Set as Opener

SXSW Film Festival Lineup Unveiled, John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Set as Opener
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s supernatural horror film “A Quiet Place” will launch the 25th edition of the South by Southwest film festival on March 9.

A Quiet Place,” which marks real-life married couple Blunt and Krasinski’s first big-screen effort together, is one of 132 features, including 86 world premieres, playing at the 10-day festival in Austin, Texas. Movies starring Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, Neil Young, and Molly Shannon also made the cut.

Other notable titles unveiled on Wednesday include the comedy “Blockers,” starring Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz; “You Can Choose Your Family,” with Jim Gaffigan; “Final Portrait,” toplined by Geoffrey Rush and Hammer; “A Vigilante,” starring Wilde; “The Legacy of the Whitetail Deer Hunter,” with Josh Brolin; “Boundaries,” toplined by Vera Farmiga; Daryl Hannah’s “Paradox,” starring Young; “Write When You Get Work,” with Emily Mortimer and Finn Wittrock; and “Wild Nights With Emily,” toplined by Shannon.

SXSW director of film Janet Pierson told Variety that “A Quiet Place
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SXSW Film Festival Lineup Unveiled, John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Set as Opener

SXSW Film Festival Lineup Unveiled, John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Set as Opener
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s supernatural horror film “A Quiet Place” will launch the 25th edition of the South by Southwest film festival on March 9.

A Quiet Place,” which marks real-life married couple Blunt and Krasinski’s first big-screen effort together, is one of 132 features, including 86 world premieres, playing at the 10-day festival in Austin, Texas. Movies starring Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, Neil Young, and Molly Shannon also made the cut.

Other notable titles unveiled on Wednesday include the comedy “Blockers,” starring Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz; “You Can Choose Your Family,” with Jim Gaffigan; “Final Portrait,” toplined by Geoffrey Rush and Hammer; “A Vigilante,” starring Wilde; “The Legacy of the Whitetail Deer Hunter,” with Josh Brolin; “Boundaries,” toplined by Vera Farmiga; Daryl Hannah’s “Paradox,” starring Young; “Write When You Get Work,” with Emily Mortimer and Finn Wittrock; and “Wild Nights With Emily,” toplined by Shannon.

SXSW director of film Janet Pierson told Variety that “A Quiet Place
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Second Trailer for Teen-Angst Dramedy 'Flower' Starring Zoey Deutch

"So what's the plan?" The Orchard has debuted the second official trailer for an teen-angst dramedy titled Flower, from director Max Winkler (of the film Ceremony). This follows up the first red band teaser trailer. Flower stars the awesome Zoey Deutch as a young rebellious teen who decides to act out and band with her two friends to expose the kinky secrets of sexy high-school teacher Will, played by Adam Scott. Things get wacky and weird. The film's full cast includes Kathryn Hahn, Joey Morgan, Tim Heidecker, Dylan Gelula, Maya Eshet, plus Eric Edelstein. This looks hilarious, there's a few times I actually laughed out loud watching this trailer. Really looking forward to seeing this! Damn, where did it come from? Have fun. Here's the second official trailer for Max Winkler's Flower, direct from The Orchard's YouTube: You can still watch the red band teaser + see the poster for Flower here,
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Zoey Deutch in First Red Band Teaser for Teen-Angst Dramedy 'Flower'

"We're vigilantes - it's our moral obligation." The Orchard has debuted the first red band teaser trailer for an teen-angst dramedy titled Flower, from director Max Winkler (of the film Ceremony). You wouldn't expect a young adult comedy to need a red band trailer, but this gets wicked fast. It's only red bad for the language, nothing else, so don't expect too much with this teaser. Flower stars the awesome Zoey Deutch as a young rebellious teen who decides to act out and band with her two friends to expose the kinky secrets of sexy high-school teacher Will, played by Adam Scott. Things get wacky and weird. The full cast includes Kathryn Hahn, Joey Morgan, Tim Heidecker, Dylan Gelula, Maya Eshet, plus Eric Edelstein. This looks very funky and very angsty, which seems like it may be fun sometimes, but annoying other times. Here's the first red band teaser trailer for Max Winkler's Flower,
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‘Drunk History’: Derek Waters Previews Season 5 and Acknowledges the Insanity of Getting Oscar-Winning Guest Stars

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‘Drunk History’: Derek Waters Previews Season 5 and Acknowledges the Insanity of Getting Oscar-Winning Guest Stars
Ten years after the invention of the “Drunk History” format, comedian Derek Waters is reconsidering how to describe the performers who get wasted, then narrate their take on a pivotal moment in history. “I want to start calling them ‘storytellers,'” he said. “It sounds more important. I think ‘narrator’ sounds like a voiceover actor.”

Indeed, the term “narrator” doesn’t quite do justice to what intoxicated celebrities bring to the series, which returned to television Tuesday night after nearly 13 months off the air.

Tuesday’s “Drunk History Christmas Special” will be followed by the show’s full return on January 23. It’s been a long time since new “Drunk History” episodes premiered, something Waters (who co-created the show with Jeremy Konner) acknowledged. “If I was a fan, I’m thinking the show’s over,” he said. “‘I thought you were dead.’ But that’s better like that than people going,
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A Woman Becomes a Dog in First Trailer for Dark Comedy Film 'Bitch'

"Maybe Jill is doing you a favor? Maybe it's the life you're supposed to be living..." The official trailer has debuted for a bizarre dark comedy film titled Bitch, from indie writer/director Marianna Palka (Always Worthy, Good Dick), who also co-stars in the film. The film is about a woman who assumes the psyche of a vicious dog as her checked-out, philandering husband attempts to keep the family together. Palka stars as Jill, and Jason Ritter stars as her husband (the same duo who co-starred in Palka's Good Dick in 2008, though I don't think these are shared universes). The cast includes Jaime King and Brighton Sharbino, with appearances by Sol Rodriguez, Roger Guenveur Smith, Eric Edelstein, and Martin Starr. This looks totally wacky and biting (no pun intended) and comedic in the weirdest of ways. Worth a quick look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Marianna Palka's Bitch,
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 13 Recap: What Is This, Kindergarten?

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Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.Much of David Lynch's work is about regression, or regressiveness, about people who are most comfortable when indulging (really, hiding behind) their baser instincts. An acid-jazz saxophonist with murder on his mind might take refuge in the body and soul of a teenage delinquent (Lost Highway), or a midwestern girl who has played and lost the Hollywood game might concoct a candy-colored dream-life in which she finally attains Tinseltown stardom (Mulholland Dr.). But these escapes always prove to be traps, and cyclical ones at that. What goes around comes around. What has happened before will happen again. Even Blue Velvet's Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), finally liberated from her abusive sexual relationship with Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), "still can see blue velvet through my tears.
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 9 Recap: Whatever This Is

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.There's a brief, very beautiful moment in Part 7 of the new Twin Peaks, during the scene in which hotelier Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer) and his secretary Beverly Paige (Ashley Judd) are investigating a strange sound emanating from the walls of the Great Northern. Ben points in the direction that he thinks the soft, soothing tone is coming from, and for a second he seems to be pointing right at the camera—past it, really…toward our world, at those of us on the other side of the fiction/fact divide. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it breach, but it lays some subtle groundwork for what follows: The aesthetically and thematically provocative Part 8 fitted the Twin Peaks mythos into our very real history of atomic destruction. And this week's
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 7 Recap: …And That's Enough Said About That

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.So that's how David Lynch does an info dump. First, with a cheeky, knowing scene featuring the brothers Horne: "Jerry, what's going on?" asks Ben (Richard Beymer) after his cannabis-infused sibling (David Patrick Kelly) phones him from the woods. "I think I'm high!…I don't know where I am!" Jerry screams, perhaps speaking for a good subsection of the Twin Peaks revival audience, who have, over the six prior installments, been given only glimpses of a larger picture. Narrative momentum comes in asides; the more prevalent longueurs are reserved for atmosphere and mood, for full immersion in apparent stasis.Part 7 shakes things up, following the brotherly freak-out with several story reveals that come in quick succession. But there's a niggling sense throughout all the
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The Pickle Recipe – St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Review

Review by Mark Longden

The Pickle Recipe Screens Wednesday, June 7, at 1 Pm, Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The St Louis Jewish Film Festival is now in its 22nd year, and it’s to be commended for bringing so many interesting and stimulating movies to us here in the Midwest. This year has documentaries, dramas, and plenty of comedy too, of which The Pickle Recipe is perhaps the standout.

First up, in case you’re wondering about bias, I love Jon Dore. His Canadian show, a forerunner to “Inside Amy Schumer” (which he guested on), a mix of sketches, standup and interviews with interesting people, was brilliant, and since then he’s appeared in lots of movies and shows and is always hilarious. Here, he’s Joey, a musician / party organiser, who specialises in mitzvahs (both bar and bat), who seems to genuinely love his work.

But, a happy chap doing his job
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Sundance London 2017 Review – Bitch (2017)

Bitch, 2017.

Directed by Marianna Palka.

Starring Caroline Aaron, Eric Edelstein, Kingston Foster, Jamie King, Ren Hanami, and Jason Ritter.

Synopsis:

An ordinary suburban family descends into chaos when the mother suddenly and unexplainably takes on the psyche of a rabid dog.

There are few experiences like sitting through Marianna Palka’s violently off-beat Bitch. What hooks with a fascinating set-up very, very quickly loses itself in some of the most frenzied and uncomfortable editing this side of a half-forgotten Taken sequel, and winds up doing nothing short of totally defecating over every last drop of its potential. It’s easily one of the most grating 90-minute indies in recent memory; a talented lead and a powerful initial by-line, totally squandered.

This isn’t to say that Palka’s ideas are anything but solid; there’s a relatively firm central push towards the meaningful here, covering everything from gendered roles in the family,
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Clarence: Ending; No Season Four for Cartoon Network TV Series

It's official. The animated Clarence TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season four on Cartoon Network. The voice cast includes Spencer Rothbell, Tom Kenny, Sean Giambrone, Katie Crown, Roger Craig Smith, Eric Edelstein, and Grace Kaufman."Head of Story" Rothbell, who took over as the voice of Clarence, after creator Skyler Page departed the Cartoon Network production, confirmed season three will be the last. In a bit of good news, though, Rothbell also said that season three episodes will air into 2018. In addition, the animated TV show will have a proper TV series finale.Read More…
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‘Fallen Stars’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Lost Souls Develop a Friendship in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Neighborhood

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‘Fallen Stars’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Lost Souls Develop a Friendship in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Neighborhood
This past year, actress Michelle Ang’s performance in the web series “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. But Ang’s work in 2016 doesn’t stop there, as she also co-stars in the new indie drama “Fallen Stars” alongside Ryan O’Nan (“Fargo,” “Ray Donovan”), which will finally see a theatrical release this week.

Read More: 2015 Austin Film Festival Unveils First Slate, Including ‘Carol,’ ‘Youth’ and More

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, the film chronicles the unexpected friendship that develops between Cooper (O’Nan), a burnt-out bartender in her mid-30s who still isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life, and Daisy (Ang), an accomplished, socially awkward girl in her early 20s. Despite differences in age and background, the two gradually get to know each other and begin to share their lives together.
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We Bare Bears: Season Three Renewal for Cartoon Network Series

Cartoon Network has renewed its We Bare Bears TV show for a third season. Season two, which premiered in February, is set to conclude on November 3, 2016. The animated comedy features three brothers trying to fit in and make friends, which Cartoon Network notes, "Can be kind of hard to do when you’re a bear."We Bare Bears stars Eric Edelstein as Grizzly, Bobby Moynihan as Panda, and Demetri Martin as Ice Bear. Charlyne Yi voices their best human friend, Chloe. Patton Oswalt is Nom Nom, a fame-flaunting Koala. Jason Lee plays their neighbor, a.k.a. Bigfoot. We Bare Bears was created by Daniel Chong.Read More…
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‘We Bare Bears’ Exclusive Clip: Charlyne Yi and Demetri Martin Duet on a Song About Friendship

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Cartoon Network has ordered a third season of “We Bare Bears,” the endearing animated comedy starring Bobby Moynihan, Demetri Martin and Eric Edelstein as three awkward siblings who are trying to fit inside a human world.

Read More: Cartoon Network Announces ‘Adventure Time’ Will End After Season 9

Daniel Chong created the show, which also features the voices of Patton Oswalt, Charlyne Yi, Jason Lee, Ellie Kemper and Cameron Esposito. Guest stars next season include Ron Funches and John Dimaggio.

Season 3 premieres early next year, and will continue to explore the world of Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear “as they traverse through the Bay Area and beyond.”

Read More: Cartoon Network To Premiere ‘Mighty Magiswords’ Television Series, Expands Interactive World

Here’s a clip from this Thursday’s episode, “Everyone’s Tube.” In the episode, Chloe (voiced by Charlyne Yi) and Ice Bear (voiced by Demetri Martin) sing a sweet duet
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‘We Bare Bears’ Renewed For Season 3 At Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has greenlit season three of the hit animated series We Bare Bears. Created by Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong, the comedy series follows bear siblings Grizzly (voiced by Eric Edelstein), Panda (Bobby Moynihan), and Ice Bear (Demetri Martin) as they attempt to assimilate into human society. Episodes from season two began airing earlier this year, with the series averaging a global reach of 29.5 million kids for 2016 to date. In the U.S., the series has…
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‘We Bare Bears’ Renewed for Season 3 by Cartoon Network

‘We Bare Bears’ Renewed for Season 3 by Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network has renewed animated series “We Bare Bears” for a third season, the cable channel announced Tuesday.

Starring Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, and Demetri Martin, “We Bare Bears” tells the story of three bear siblings struggling to assimilate into human society. The series has averaged a global reach of 29.5 million kids so far in 2016, including 8.4 million in the United States.

Slated to debut in 2017, season three finds Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear traveling through the Bay Area and beyond. Patton Oswalt, Charlyne Yi, Jason Lee, Ellie Kemper, and Cameron Esposito are set to reprise their guest roles in the upcoming season, with new guest stars Ron Funches and John Dimaggio also making appearances.

New episodes from season two of “We Bare Bears” are currently airing Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on Cartoon Network. The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
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