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‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Tangerine,’ and ‘The End of the Tour’ Directors Plan New Features

19 April 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Add another title to the ever-expanding Bad Robot slate: according to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley will reunite — this time as producer and star, respectively — on Kolma, a remake of the 2003 Israeli picture All I’ve Got and, it seems, the next directorial effort for Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller. While the outline could (and likely will, in some ways) change from one iteration to the next, it’s worth noting that the original incarnation concerned a woman who, reflecting on the accident that left her then-lover dead, is left to choose between joining him in the afterlife or returning to the day of said accident.

Despite the marshaling of forces, including a new draft by scribe Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), word on when production might kick off remains unclear — though one imagines another Abrams-produced, Ridley-led outing will need to wrap before things move forward. »

- Nick Newman

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Us briefs: June Pictures backs Sean Baker’s 'Tangerine' follow-up

18 April 2016 10:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Los Cabos, Tfi, Gabriel Figueroa, Labodigital renew association; D Films picks up Canadian rights to Oasis doc; and more…

June Pictures will produce and finance The Florida Project from Sean Baker, the writer-director of last year’s acclaimed Indie Spirit best feature nominee (pictured).

The Florida Project centres on a precocious seven-year-old and her friends who enjoy a summer filled with adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

Baker reteams with Chris Bergoch on the screenplay but will not repeat another element of Tangerine and will shoot on 35mm rather than the iPhone.

Production will commence in Florida this summer on the June Pictures, Cre Films, and Freestyle Picture Company project. ICM Partners represents Us rights and cast will be announced shortly.

The Los Cabos Film Festival has renewed its association with the Tribeca Film Institute and Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund and announced on Tuesday that Gaz Alazraki’s Cabos Discovery 2015 project Casi El »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Tangerine DVD Review

22 March 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Sean Baker

Written by: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Starring: Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian and Mickey O’Hagan

There were some big runaway smashes in 2015, but nothing got the film world talking like Sean Baker’s Tangerine. Talks about revolutionary use of iPhones and real life comedy were all the rage on film blogs everywhere, even as film festival season passed. So what exactly made this the most talked about film in 2015?

Tangerine follows transgendered sex worker Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) as she is released from jail following a 28-day prison sentence. When she meets with her friend Alexander (Mya Taylor), she reveals that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend and pimp Chester has been having an affair with a cis gender prostitute called Dinah. Sin-Dee goes on a voyage round the city to try and find her, while Alexander tries to get some trade and people »

- Lucy Cave

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Does Writing the Screenplay to Your Film Help Best Director Chances?

12 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.

This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »

- Patrick Shanley

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Variety Critics Pick Their Oscar Nominees

5 January 2016 11:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.

Because we chose from the full spectrum of studio, independent and foreign-language films released in the U.S. in 2015, it’s exceedingly unlikely that our selections will match or even resemble whatever the Academy comes up with on Jan. 15. And a good thing, too. Quality doesn’t limit itself to those movies with the marketing dollars to support a full-fledged Oscar campaign, and there are any number of worthy films and performances that Academy members — who are in the business of making movies, »

- Variety Staff

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