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Patty Jenkins to Be Honored With Creative Impact in Directing Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Patty Jenkins to Be Honored With Creative Impact in Directing Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
Variety will honor director Patty Jenkins at an intimate brunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Jan. 3 as part of the 10 Directors to Watch event.

The “Wonder Woman” director will receive the annual Creative Impact in Directing Award — the first female director to receive the honor. Previous recipients of this award have included Jeff Nichols, Charlie Kaufman, David O. Russell, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The award celebrates her career, from the award-winning first feature, “Monster,” to her most recent work directing Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” which was recently named one of AFI’s Best Films of The Year. Jenkins and the film’s star, Gal Gadot, will also receive the National Board of Review Spotlight Award. Gadot, who will receive the Rising Star Award at the fest’s awards gala the evening before, will present the Creative Impact Award to Jenkins.

Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the
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Film Review: ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’

Film Review: ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’
If there’s one thing the past year has demonstrated, it’s that American society is not as modern as we thought. In fact, just in the last month, we’ve seen that gender and racial issues still plague the state of Alabama, so Nancy Buirski’s accessible but uneven documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” — about the 1944 case of a 24-year-old black woman abducted and gang raped near her home in Abbeville, Ala., whose white abusers were never so much as arrested, let alone convicted of any crime — arrives at a pivotal moment, nationally and regionally.

Timing alone makes “The Rape of Recy Taylor” something close to essential viewing. But Buirski’s approach is oddly diffuse, lacking the clarity of rage that has informed so many recent touchpoints in social-issue documentary. Instead, the tone is mournful and a little misted over with time (especially in the first half), an effect magnified by Buirski’s evocative but sometime
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Why Annihilation going straight to Netflix matters

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

Alex Garland’s next movie, Annihilation, will bypass cinemas altogether in the UK. A few thoughts on why that matters...

Only a few days ago, we placed Annihilation at the top of our most anticipated films of 2018 list. First, because it’s the next film from Alex Garland, the novelist and screenwriter who made a stunning feature debut with 2015’s Ex Machina - a taut, superbly-made sci-fi drama about the increasingly blurry area between human and sentient machine. Second, it’s a studio film that isn’t part of some huge multi-million dollar franchise - rather, it’s based on a Nebula-winning sci-fi novel by Jeff VanderMeer. And finally, just look at the cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac. It has the hallmarks of a smart, potentially great genre film.

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Michael Shannon on Kubrickian Inspiration, Sex as Storytelling, and Sidney Lumet

Bringing a defining presence to any project he takes part in, Michael Shannon exudes both a controlled menace and an emotional complexity in his wide range of roles, from his collaborations with Jeff Nichols to 99 Homes to superhero villains to his small-screen gangster drama Boardwalk Empire. Following his Oscar-nominated performance in last year’s Nocturnal Animals, he’s back on the circuit with Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War era fantasy tale The Shape of Water.

If one only viewed the trailer, it may be easy to label his character or Strickland as a villain, but, like many of his roles, Shannon carries a beating, humorous heart to this archetype as he wrestles with the pressures of bureaucracy and the discarded promises of the American dream. We spoke with the actor about getting room to breathe on set, being in del Toro’s world, the complications of sex, and working
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Adam Driver Goes Undercover For Spike Lee & Jordan Peele’s ‘Black Klansman’

At 33 years old, Adam Driver has assembled of roster of auteurs he’s worked with that would be impressive for someone twice his age. The actor has crossed Clint Eastwood, Noah Baumbach, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Rian Johnson, J.J. Abrams, Jeff Nichols, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, and Steven Soderbergh off the bucket list, and now he’s getting ready to scratch out another name.

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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

  • DailyDead
She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The Invitation. Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are
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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’
Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Read More:Nicole Kidman Wins Her First Emmy Award and Continues to Dominate 2017

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert.
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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’
Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. Years later, when she encounters the gang’s leader,
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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies

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

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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies
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,
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Wide House, ICM Partners Board Nancy Buirski’s ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ (Exclusive)

After joining forces on Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro,” Wide House is re-teaming with ICM Partners for Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a historical, yet timely documentary which will world premiere at Venice Film Festival.

Wide House handles “Recy Taylor”‘s worldwide sales outside of North America which is being handled by ICM Partners.

Slated for Venice’s Horizons section, the documentary feature tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama.

Although Recy Taylor was represented by Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, her six assailants were never prosecuted. It took nearly 70 years for the rape to be acknowledged by authorities, explained Anais Clanet, the boss of Paris-based Wide House.

Recy Taylor’s courage inspired other black women to speak up and their noble efforts to take back their bodies led
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Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt in Sci-Fi Thriller Ad Astra

Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt in Sci-Fi Thriller Ad Astra
With Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones already set to star, the sci-fi thriller Ad Astra is filling out its supporting cast, with Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga signing on to star. Unfortunately, no details have been given regarding her character yet, and it isn't clear how many more primary roles still need to be filled out for this sci-fi thriller. This film continues the successful partnership between Brad Pitt's production company Plan B and New Regency, who have teamed up on critically-acclaimed films such as The Big Short, Best Picture Winner 12 Years A Slave and director Ryan Coogler's upcoming feature Wrong Answer.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the story centers on one man's journey across the solar system to find his long-missing father, a "renegade scientist who poses a threat to all mankind." The first report on this project back in June revealed that Brad Pitt is playing Roy McBride,
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Ruth Negga Goes Sci-Fi With Brad Pitt In James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’

Blessed with charisma, talent, and range, Ruth Negga has already been turning heads on both the small and big screen. She’s the firecracker Tulip O’Hare on AMC‘s wild, graphic novel adaptation “Preacher,” and last year she showed a completely different side of her abilities, with her lovely, subtle work in Jeff Nichols‘ beautiful “Loving.” Now the actress is headed into outer space with a sci-fi project we can’t wait to see.

Continue reading Ruth Negga Goes Sci-Fi With Brad Pitt In James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ at The Playlist.
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Sam Shepard

  • JoBlo
Sam Shepard Sam Shepard’s death was a major blow. His struggle with Als was fought outside the public eye, and most of his fans never knew he was sick. In fact, Shepard’s career seemed to be going better than ever, thanks to a fruitful series of collaborations with Jeff Nichols (including Mud and Midnight Special). It’s a shame as Shepard was one of those guys everyone loved,... Read More...
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‘Polina’ Trailer: Real-Life Passion and Skill Take Center Stage in Juliette Binoche Ballet Drama — Watch

For her latest film, director Valérie Müller went to the right people to help tell the story of a talented dancer who dreams of more, from her co-director Angelin Preljocaj (who is also Müller’s partner in real life) to her star, a dancing queen in her own right. The result is an energetic, honest look inside the fraught world of dance and the sort of unique people who populate it.

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Shot in Russia, France, and Belgium, “Polina” follows the journey of gifted young dancer Polina — played by real-life Mariinsky Theatre Russian ballerina Anastasia Shevtsova — who has spent her childhood and youth training with a hard-driving classical ballet teacher. Polina’s long-held dreams (or perhaps her teacher’s?) seem ready to finally come to fruition when she’s accepted into Moscow’s highly competitive and prestigious Bolshoi Ballet.
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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive

Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive
Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is launching a similar nonprofit cinephile organization, the Arkansas Cinema Society (Acs), with an inaugural event (August 24-26) called “Premiere.”

Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) and actor Adam Driver (“Girls,” “Paterson,” “The Force Awakens”) will travel to Little Rock and screen their films followed by Q&As with Nichols at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market.

“Premiere” will kick off on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Sundance rap musical hit “Patti Cake$,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Nichols. On Friday, August 25, Acs will host an afternoon showing of Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 Cannes drama “Paterson,” starring Driver as an aspiring poet and bus driver. Friday evening, Acs will screen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in which Driver Plays villain Kylo Ren.
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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive

Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive
Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is launching a similar nonprofit cinephile organization, the Arkansas Cinema Society (Acs), with an inaugural event (August 24-26) called “Premiere.”

Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) and actor Adam Driver (“Girls,” “Paterson,” “The Force Awakens”) will travel to Little Rock and screen their films followed by Q&As with Nichols at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market.

“Premiere” will kick off on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Sundance rap musical hit “Patti Cake$,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Nichols. On Friday, August 25, Acs will host an afternoon showing of Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 Cannes drama “Paterson,” starring Driver as an aspiring poet and bus driver. Friday evening, Acs will screen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in which Driver Plays villain Kylo Ren. Both films will be followed by a conversation between Nichols and Driver.

Read More‘Loving’ Director Jeff Nichols Launches Arkansas Cinema Society, With a Festival in 2018 — Exclusive

On Saturday, August 26, writer and director David Lowery will close out the event with a screening of his 2016 Disney remake of the 1970s musical “Pete’s Dragon,” as well as his latest drama, Sundance breakout “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck as a ghost haunting the home of his widow, followed by conversations with Nichols.

The Acs is looking to renovate a theater in Little Rock; longer term, Nichols wants to send programs to enlightened theaters around the state and create a grant program to help upgrade needy cinemas. “It’s a shame ‘Moonlight’ can’t be seen in southeast Arkansas, which has a massive African-American population,” said Nichols. “Come on! Let’s get these films to the further reaches of the state.”

Nichols is also impressed with Afs’s Texas filmmaker production fund, which gives rising filmmakers grants that help them cover costs while taking their films to festivals. He vividly recalls being put up in fancy hotels while taking “Shotgun Stories” and “Take Shelter” at festivals where he couldn’t afford to buy a meal.

Nichols recently taught a course with Matthew McConaughey on “Mud” at the University of Texas, and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame last March. Next up: he’s writing his first studio movie from scratch, “Alien Nation.”

McKibbon Hospitality, which manages five hotels in Arkansas, is presenting sponsor of “Premiere.”

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Sam Shepard’s Quiet Battle with Als: ‘He Didn’t Want to Waste Time Talking About That,' Says Mud Director Jeff Nichols

Sam Shepard’s Quiet Battle with Als: ‘He Didn’t Want to Waste Time Talking About That,' Says Mud Director Jeff Nichols
The last place Jeff Nichols remembers hanging out with Sam Shepard could have been ripped from the pages of one of the late actor’s short stories: a run-down roadside BBQ joint somewhere in Austin, Texas.

“Sam didn’t like flying,” Nichols, who directed Shepard in 2013’s Mud and 2016’s Midnight Special, told People. “So one time when he was driving through Texas, we met up at this BBQ place in Austin. He wanted to talk to me about his writing because he was working on something new. So here I am sitting in this booth eating some pretty mediocre brisket,
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Matthew McConaughey Has a Tearjerking Reaction to Sam Shepard's Death on the Red Carpet

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Matthew McConaughey Has a Tearjerking Reaction to Sam Shepard's Death on the Red Carpet
Matthew McConaughey is making the press rounds to promote his new science fiction film The Dark Tower, but things took a decidedly sad turn when the actor stopped for an interview during the red carpet premiere of the movie in NYC on Monday night. After an Associated Press reporter asked him a question about the sudden passing of actor and playwright Sam Shepard, who died of complications from Als on July 27, Matthew looked stunned, asking, "Sam Shepard moved on?" While visibly trying to process the news, Matthew gave a heartfelt tribute to Sam, whom he costarred with in 2012's Mud: "I'm not going to trivialize that situation . . . But I always told [director] Jeff Nichols this, I said the whole trailer for Mud could be Sam Shepard sitting in that green chair telling the boy about who Mud is." He added, "We lost one of the great ones. Great writer, great mind.
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Matthew McConaughey Learned About Sam Shepard’s Death on Red Carpet

Matthew McConaughey Learned About Sam Shepard’s Death on Red Carpet
Matthew McConaughey’s reaction to first hearing about the death of acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard was caught on camera while the actor was on the red carpet for his upcoming film “Dark Tower.”

Sam Shepard moved on?” McConaughey asked the Associated Press reporter who broke the news to him.

McConaughey worked with Shepard, who died on Thursday following complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease, on the 2012 coming-of-age drama “Mud.”

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“Look, I’m not going to trivialize that situation, I just heard about it for the first time,” the actor said. “But I always told [director] Jeff Nichols this, look in ‘Mud,’ the whole trailer for ‘Mud’ could be Sam Shepard sitting in that green chair telling the boy about who Mud is. It would be about a two-and-a-half minute trailer, but it would have been really badass.”

“We
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