Christopher McQuarrie to direct con man thriller The Chameleon for Netflix

It looks like Christopher McQuarrie may have found his next directorial project after the upcoming spy sequel Mission: Impossible 6, with Deadline reporting that he is attached to an adaptation of David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature The Chameleon, which is being scripted by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and Carl Capotorto.

Described as a psychological thriller along the lines of The Silence of the Lambs and Making a Murderer, The Chameleon tells the true story of Frédéric Bourdin, a young French con man and serial impersonator of missing teenagers who lived with a family in San Antonio, Texas for a time during the mid-1990s, posing under the guise of being their long-presumed missing brother.

McQuarrie is currently in production on Mission: Impossible 6, which is set for release on July 27th 2018.
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Christopher & Heather McQuarrie Team With Rachel & Terence Winter On David Grann’s ‘The Chameleon’ For Netflix

Christopher & Heather McQuarrie Team With Rachel & Terence Winter On David Grann’s ‘The Chameleon’ For Netflix
Exclusive: Netflix has acquired rights to David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature The Chameleon, in a package that has Mission: Impossible MI6 helmer Christopher McQuarrie developing to direct, with Wolf of Wall Street and The SopranosTerence Winter co-writing the script with Carl Capotorto. Winter and his wife Rachel Winter will produce with McQuarrie and his producing partner, Heather McQuarrie. The Chameleon is the chilling true story of Frédéric Bourdin, a young…
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‘Rock The Kasbah”s Beejan Land To Topline ‘Inertia’ (Exclusive)

Marrakech — “Rock The Kasbah” star Beejan Land (@BeejanLand) is set to topline “Inertia,” a thriller penned and to be directed by Campbell Maynes.

The Australian-born actor, who attended the Marrakech Film Festival to present “Rock the Kasbah” along with Bill Murray, will play in “Inertia” a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who starts investigating the mysterious death of his father. Land said the movie will be a psychological thriller. Lambert Road Films is on board to produce.

Lensing is expected to start early next year and Land is currently training for the part. Land, who is fluent in many languages including French, graduated from Ecole Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater in Paris and the Australian Theatre for Young People and Nida, among other schools. Land has had a large body of work in theater, notably with Le Theatre du Soleil on the play “Les Naufrages
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Top 50 modern movie documentaries




50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.

I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.

50. McConkey (2013)

d. Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full.
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Imposters, Intimacy and Filmmaking: Director Christina Choe on Nancy

Nancy is a psychological drama about a female imposter, who lies to gain emotional intimacy and love. The genesis for this script started with my fascination with imposter stories (the literary hoax of Jt LeRoy, Clark Rockefeller, Frédéric Bourdin in The Imposter, Gay Girl in Damascus fake blogger, etc). It’s only now that I’ve come to realize that my obsession with the fine line between truth/fiction, performance/reality and storytelling/confession, is something that started long before my intrigue with imposters. After a stint editing in the documentary world, I decided to try my hand at writing a screenplay. I had no idea what I was […]
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Imposters, Intimacy and Filmmaking: Director Christina Choe on Nancy

Nancy is a psychological drama about a female imposter, who lies to gain emotional intimacy and love. The genesis for this script started with my fascination with imposter stories (the literary hoax of Jt LeRoy, Clark Rockefeller, Frédéric Bourdin in The Imposter, Gay Girl in Damascus fake blogger, etc). It’s only now that I’ve come to realize that my obsession with the fine line between truth/fiction, performance/reality and storytelling/confession, is something that started long before my intrigue with imposters. After a stint editing in the documentary world, I decided to try my hand at writing a screenplay. I had no idea what I was […]
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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In light of these best documentary feature snubs,
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The 10 Most Memorable Documentary Characters Of All Time

I am mostly against the critical valuation of real people in documentaries. I’ve written about this in the past, specifically in response to the reviews of The Imposter that judged subject Frederic Bourdin more than the film itself. I also wondered last fall whether it is okay to highlight the “best” characters of a given year in the form of the Cinema Eye Honors recognition of “The Unforgettables.” On that, I eventually came around to agreeing that memorable documentary characters deserve recognition if not a competitive prize that puts one above the rest (and the Ceh don’t mean for them to be “the best,” just unforgettable). Even calling them characters makes me conflicted at times, but within the film space and narrative, that is what they are. Ranking these characters, though, or calling them “best” or “worst,” isn’t something I feel comfortable doing. However, it is more acceptable to discuss a documentary character positively
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Katherine Butler departs Film4 for Raw

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Katherine Butler, Film4’s Deputy Head of Film, is to become head of film and TV drama at UK indie Raw, producers of TV series Gold Rush and feature doc The Imposter.

After nine years at Channel 4’s film arm Film4, Butler will move to work alongside Raw’s Founder Dimitri Doganis, Creative Director Bart Layton, new CEO Joely Fether and head of development Zander Levy.

According to Raw, Butler will spearhead the company’s drive to become “a major force in film and drama production building a slate of bold, authored UK and Us productions”.

Butler will leave Film4 at the end of February.

Raw’s TV output includes Gold Rush, which airs on the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic’s Locked Up Abroad, as well as Channel 4 series Blackout.

Ties between Raw and Film4 are strong. While at Film4 Butler executive-produced Raw’s BAFTA-winning feature The Imposter about serial imposter Frederic Bourdin and the
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IMDb Names 13 Best Horror Movies / TV Episodes

Looking for suggestions of what to watch this Halloween night? Well, the Internet Movie Database may just have the exact recipe you're looking for to add a heaping helping of spooky to your evening!

1. Hellraiser

"Not long after the Rubik's cube was introduced to Americans came this tale of a different kind of puzzle box, the kind you really don't want to solve...or open. While the creepy Cenobites promise their victims eternity in a world of pleasure, pain and suffering, we only get see the pain and suffering part of that guarantee, underscored by the demon Pinhead's assurance that, in his words, "We'll Tear Your Soul Apaaaaart."

2. "The X-Files" episode "Home"

"There are many episodes of "The X-Files" that will keep a person up at night, but "Home" took the show's queasiness factor to new levels of ickiness by liberally playing with the horror trope of backwoods murderous maniacs.
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13 Scariest Things to Watch This Halloween

13 Scariest Things to Watch This Halloween
While we anxiously await the return of Spooker Washington and his Halloween picks this year, IMDb (the 'self-proclaimed' authoritarian voice on movies and TV) have revealed their top 13 must-see movies and TV episodes to watch this Halloween, as selected by their own team of experts. From sinister classics like Hellraiser (which we included in our own classic horror movies list), The Shining and Alien, to family fare like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the diverse list covers a spectrum of genres and tones. Also included among the (un)lucky 13 are episodes of The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as a documentary on the history of witchcraft called H&#228xan: Witchcraft Through the Ages*. And if that wasn't enough, our own Spooker Washington has chimed in with alternative picks in case you've already seen these.


Not long after the Rubik's cube was introduced to Americans came
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Compliance: would you strip-search a colleague if the police ordered you to?

Director Craig Zobel talks about Compliance, his new film based on a real-life hoax caller who preyed on fast-food chains

It's a busy Friday night in a branch of the Us fast-food chain ChickWich. A harassed, middle-aged manager takes a call from a police officer, who informs her that there is a thief on the premises: a female employee has stolen money from a customer's purse, and it is up to her to detain the teenage miscreant until the police arrive. As a law-abiding member of the public, the manager is eager to help. Eager to a fault, in fact. "I'll do everything you need," she says, as she prepares to carry out his first task: a strip-search of the employee. There's just one problem. The voice belongs not to a policeman but to a hoax-caller determined to test the limits of human subservience to authority.

Although this is the
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Bafta judges share the love

Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for Lincoln but the night belonged to the thriller Argo, and its director Ben Affleck

This was a Bafta ceremony which shared the prizes and spread the love.

The vast landslide for any one single film did not quite materialise, and Daniel Day-Lewis's much-expected best actor award for Lincoln was in fact a rare moment of Bafta love for Spielberg's very fine historical drama.

Yet the evening's big winner was unquestionably Ben Affleck's Argo, with best film and best director, an interesting, lightly fictionalised, intensely patriotic true-life historical caper-thriller about a CIA scheme to spirit Us embassy staff out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis by concocting a phoney movie, with elaborate script and set designs – and attempting to pass off the prisoners as film professionals who've been scouting locations in downtown Tehran and now need to leave, thank you very much.

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Riva Among Precious Few non-Hollywood, non-Anglo-American British Academy Winners

British Academy Awards 2013: As in past years, strong Hollywood presence The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the (mostly Hollywood-made and/or co-produced and/or distributed) BAFTA 2013 winners. For starters, as mentioned in the previous Alt Film Guide article, the Warner Bros. release Argo took home BAFTAs for Best Picture, Best Director (Ben Affleck), and Best Editor (William Goldenberg). (Pictured above: The Avengers star and British Academy Award presenter Tom Hiddleston on the red carpet.) American auteurs David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino won the screenplay awards in, respectively, the adapted and original categories for two movies distributed by The Weinstein Company in North America: the comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook and the violent, socially conscious period comedy-drama Django Unchained. In addition, Django earned Christoph Waltz his second British Academy Award -- Waltz's first win, also as Best Supporting Actor, was for another Tarantino effort, Inglourious Basterds
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The Imposter DVD Review

Committing a crime for money makes sense to people.  But when someone pulls off an elaborate, astonishing crime for no monetary gain, it can be baffling.  Bart Layton's documentary The Imposter tells one of these such cases.  It's a shocking, damn near unbelievable true story filled with more twists and shocking secrets than a conventional thriller.  Perhaps even more shocking is that it wasn't nominated for an Academy Award.  Anyways, more about The Imposter's DVD after the jump. In June 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went out to play basketball with his friends in San Antonio, TX.  He never returned home and as the years went on, the Barclay family lost hope.  Then in 1997 they got a call from authorities who told them that Nicholas had surfaced in southern Spain.  When he was flown back to the U.S., instead of being greeted by their blue-eyed, Texas born and raised Nicholas,
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New On DVD And Blu-Ray: January 22, 2013

Pick Of The Week: New The Imposter (Indomina) In 1994, a San Antonio teenager stormed out of his home, and efforts to track him down failed. Two years later, his family received a call from a Spanish juvenile center claiming that the boy had been found. But the boy was in fact Frédéric Bourdin, an older French con artist whose appearance (and accent) bore little resemblance to missing teenager. Incredibly, the family brought Bourdin into their home, apparently deluding themselves into believing that this disturbing character was their kin. The entire true story is recounted masterfully in The ...
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The Guardian first film award 2013: the shortlist

We reveal the 10 debut films in the frame, which include a documentary that doubles as a thriller, an urban drama set in east London, and a postmodern horror

Each year, the Guardian does its bit to contribute to the annual hysteria that is the movie awards season; though ours steers clear of glitzy dance routines, on-camera meltdowns and off-colour jokes about interpersonal relationships.

The Guardian first film award is designed to reward debut directors whose films went on release during 2012 in UK cinemas (festival screenings don't count), and the rollcall of previous winners comprises Joanna Hogg's Unrelated, Gideon Koppel's Sleep Furiously, Clio Barnard's The Arbor and, last year, The Guard, directed by John Michael McDonagh. There may have been a preponderance of British films there, but Britishness is certainly not a requirement: we are looking for ambition of theme, originality of vision, and proficiency of achievement. In other words,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: The Imposter Director Bart Layton Discusses Life Five Months On

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2012 was a strong year for documentaries, and the pick of them all was arguably The Imposter, and ahead of the film’s DVD release, which is today, we were fortunate enough to catch up (once again) with director Bart Layton.

The Imposter tells the story of Frédéric Bourdin, a French con-artist who miraculously impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a missing child a few years his junior. Taking place in 1997, Bourdin moved to America to live with the family who had been searching for their son for a number of years.

Having interviewed Bart (alongside Charlie Parker, a detective from the picture) prior to the film’s cinematic release, we have been given the chance to discuss with the talented filmmaker his life five months on, and how this extraordinary film has changed the prospective fortunes for him, as he begins a new project with Hollywood star James Franco.

He also discusses his
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Lawless; The Girl; The Imposter

Australian-born film-maker John Hillcoat is an often underrated auteur whose arresting filmography spans the broiling prison rebellion of Ghosts… of the Civil Dead, through the rugged western terrain of The Proposition to the bleak apocalypse of The Road, the last beautifully (but unpopularly) adapted from Cormac McCarthy's famously "unfilmable novel". Collaborating frequently with writer and composer Nick Cave, Hillcoat returns obsessively to themes of familial loyalty and modern mythology, with a quasi-biblical sense of archetypal justice and retribution often firing the infernal engine of his dramas.

Fittingly, family, mythology and vengeful justice are all at the heart of Lawless (2012, Momentum, 18), screenwriter Cave's adaptation of Matt Bondurant's visceral historical novel The Wettest County in the World. Handsomely set in prohibition-era Virginia (Benoît Delhomme's location cinematography conjures a perfect blend of pastoral lyricism and brutal violence), the film follows the changing fortunes of the Bondurant brothers,
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DVD Review: The Imposter

The Imposter

Stars: Adam O’Brian, Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Anna Ruben | Directed by Bart Layton

I was sorry to have missed The Imposter in the cinema last year, so I was very glad to get the chance the chance to cover the DVD review. As you may be aware, The Imposter is a documentary about Frédéric Bourdin, a French conman who impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a Texan teenager who had been missing for three years. The film is comprised of interviews with Bourdin, Barclay’s family and authorities involved with the case, as well as dramatic reconstructions of key events in the story.

Although the events portrayed by the film are all matters of fact, it’s easy to use words such as ‘story’ and ‘plot’ to describe it given how similar it is to a tightly wound potboiler thriller. As well as the Frederick Forsyth-style intricacies of the intrigue,
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