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Pattinson to Play E.T. Spaceman in Mystery Sci-Fier for Veteran Auteur Denis

26 August 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »

- Zac Gille

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Black Radical Imagination Screening at McA in Chicago Sunday Feb. 22

16 February 2015 9:21 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The 2015 Black Radical Imagination film series continues its current tour with a screening this coming Sunday at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago showcasing the Chicago premieres of experimental films by Terence Nance, Mati Diop and Loretta Fahrenholz. Programmed by Chicago-based filmmaker Amir George and L.A. based curator Erin Christovale, the goal of Black Radical imagination, according to both George and Christovale, is "to invoke a futurist aesthetic of the black image on screen. The visual pieces delve into the worlds of video art, film animation, narrative storytelling, and new media. Each artist contributes their own vision of a free changing world in a »

- Sergio

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NYC: Week-Long Theatrical Run for Mati Diop’s 'Thousand Suns' & Uncle Djbril Diop Mambéty’s 'Touki Bouki'

20 January 2015 7:08 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In what will be a special week-long theatrical run at MoMA in NYC - for which the filmmaker, Mati Diop, will be present - two of her films ("Atlantiques" (2009) and "A Thousand Suns" (2013)) will be paired, along with the seminal 1972 film, "Touki Bouki," made by her uncle, the late Senegalese auteur, Djibril Diop Mambety.  The week-long (January 20–27, 2015) run is a collaboration between MoMA and UniFrance Films, whose new initiative, Young French Cinema, promotes emerging French filmmakers in North America in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. "Touki Bouki" will also be shown 3 times over the course of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Daily | Goings On | Andrews, Sallitt, Doillon

16 January 2015 9:20 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of goings on here and there: Films by and about Giuseppe Andrews plus Djibril Diop Mambety's Touki Bouki (1973) and Mati Diop’s A Thousand Suns (2013) in New York, a John Waters exhibition and a Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective in Los Angeles, films by Dan Sallitt, Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Doillon in Chicago, a Billy Wilder retrospective in Berkeley, Noir City in San Francisco, shorts in London, a Vittorio De Sica retrospective in Vienna and a documentary festival in Tokyo. » - David Hudson »

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