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Judith Light, Roberta Colindrez to Star in Drama ‘Ms. White Light’ (Exclusive)

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Judith Light, Roberta Colindrez, Zachary Spicer, Carson Meyer, and John Ortiz will star in the independent drama “Ms. White Light,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Paul Shoulberg will direct the film from his own script. The movie will be produced by Spicer and John Robert Armstrong for their Indiana-based company Pigasus Pictures. Shooting begins Oct. 27 in Bloomington, Ind.

Ortiz and Colindrez portray a father-daughter team who operate Cordova Mortality Solutions, counseling terminally ill clients, while Light plays a sharp-tongued free spirit who has no time for her own mortality. Spicer is a psychic medium and Meyer portrays a woman dying of a terminal blood disease.

Ms. White Light” is the first in Pigasus Pictures’ slate of six films to be produced locally in Indiana over the next three years. Spicer and Armstrong previously teamed with Shoulberg to produce “The Good Catholic,” starring John McGinley and Danny Glover.

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‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers to Make Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

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Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering announced on Monday that their next documentary will tackle systemic sexual abuse in Hollywood, continuing their look into sexual abuse that began with their 2015 film, “The Hunting Ground.” “Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter,” said Kirby Dick. “What our film will capture, especially at this pivotal turning point in Hollywood history, is the underlying current of abuse and manipulation at the hands of power. Our film will also underscore the courage it takes to come forward and be a catalyst for »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Contest: Win ‘Spirited Away’ Prize Pack Including Tickets For Ghibli Fest Screening

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If the real world is getting — well, too real — the films of Hayao Miyazaki are always a wonderful escape. And today we want to whisk some readers into the wonderful world of “Spirited Away” with a terrific prize pack including a Blu-ray copy of the film, Hayao Miyazaki pins, and tickets to the Ghibli Fest screening of the film in your town.

A massive box office hit at home in Japan, and an Academy Award-winning masterpiece, the film follows Chichiro, who thinks she is on another boring trip with her parents.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Woody Allen’s New Film Includes a Sexual Relationship Between an Adult and a 15-Year-Old Girl — Report

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Woody Allen’s new movie, “Wonder Wheel,” doesn’t open until December, but he’s already at work on his next project starring Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet. The movie is reportedly called “A Rainy Day in New York,” and its story could end up resulting in another controversy for the director. Page Six reports the movie stars Law as a middle-aged married man who “makes a fool of himself over every ambitious starlet and model.” The 44-year-old character allegedly has a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old “concubine,” played by Fanning.

According to Page Six: “In the scene, the so-called concubine acknowledges her relationship with Law’s much-older character, but then protests that she is 21 years old. After a discussion about his infidelity, Fanning’s character then asks Law, ‘Were all these women for pleasure, or were you researching a project?'”

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- Zack Sharf

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‘Wonderstruck’: Todd Haynes Blows Up Cinema, One Genre at a Time

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Maybe Todd Haynes has always been too smart for his own good. The 56-year-old director has been making films for nearly 40 years, but in some ways he’s still the Brown semiotics grad who can’t resist the siren’s call of form. As he admits, “I like to set up obstacles at times, because movies are ultimately about what the spectator brings to them.”

That would seem to make him an unlikely candidate to direct a young-adult adaptation, but his “Carol” and “Velvet Goldmine” costume designer Sandy Powell knew better. When she discovered Brian Selznick’s 2011 graphic novel “Wonderstruck,” which intertwines stories from 1927 and 1977 in a young-adult mystery with little dialogue, she encouraged him to adapt it for Haynes on spec.

Indeed, Haynes found the “Wonderstruck” screenplay downright Haynesian. “Brian’s script was so ornately and attentively cinematic,” he said. “Not just the movie references, but the use of »


- Anne Thompson

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Matt Damon & George Clooney Talk Harvey Weinstein: “It’s Beyond Infuriating”

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If and when Harvey Weinstein decides to try and return to Hollywood for a comeback, he won’t find too many friendly faces welcoming him. On the business end, almost anybody with a project associated with The Weinstein Company is trying to sever ties. Heyday Films and StudioCanal are trying to reclaim “Paddington 2,” one of the movies Bob Weinstein recently said was the next release from the company.

Continue reading Matt Damon & George Clooney Talk Harvey Weinstein: “It’s Beyond Infuriating” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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IndieWire Announces Lineup for Inaugural IndieWire Honors

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IndieWire, the definitive outlet for creative independence in film and TV, will launch IndieWire Honors — celebrating six of the biggest names in entertainment with an event November 2 in Los Angeles as well as video coverage and interviews with the honorees that will be featured on Indiewire.com.

“For more than 20 years, IndieWire has celebrated the fresh talent who help advance unique and original storytelling,” said IndieWire Editor in Chief Dana Harris. “This event highlights the best and brightest who remain true to their voice.”

“At the heart of this event is IndieWire’s mission to advocate for distinctive artists who push boundaries,” said IndieWire Publisher James Israel. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have this amazing group for our first IndieWire Honors.”

Selected by IndieWire’s editorial team, the first-ever honorees are familiar names on the cusp of even greater success. They include:

Mary J. Blige — Breakthrough Performance (Film »


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‘Stranger Things 2’ Review: Season 2 Is Nothing But a Good Time, But Bigger Isn’t Exactly Better

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stranger Things 2” is big. Everything about it is big. Its story is big, its emotions are big, its music cues, homages, and characters are all big, big, big. With an additional episode, a handful of new faces, more money in the budget and inflated ideas to match, the sequel season to Netflix’s breakout original series is a conscious move to broaden its scope and lengthen its story. Season 2 takes a while to get going, and there are more growing pains other than additional setup, but the first season’s lively spirit perseveres for a largely thrilling adventure that’s hard not to enjoy.

All that bigness is somewhat fitting: After all, “bigger is better” is a time-honored rule for movie sequels, and “Stranger Things” Season 2 wants you to think of it as a movie — all the way down to its creators’ preferred title, “Stranger Things 2” (not “Stranger Things” Season 2). Whatever you call it, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Trailer: Joe Berlinger Reexamines the Crime Made Famous by Truman Capote — Watch

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SundanceTV has released the full-length trailer for “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” Joe Berlinger’s docuseries about the crime that inspired Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” That nonfiction novel (a phrase Capote coined) was adapted by Richard Brooks into an acclaimed drama starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for portraying its author in “Capote.”

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The quadruple murder took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Two men, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, entered the home of their victims in the belief that Herbert Clutter, the family patriarch, kept as much as $10,000 in his safe; there was less than $50 in the house. Clutter, his wife, and their two young children were all killed after being bound and gagged.

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- Michael Nordine

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Dissecting The Whimsical Melancholy Of ‘Garden State’ & ‘Comfort And Joy’ [Over/Under Movies Podcast]

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Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we choose one overrated film and one underrated film – similar in tone, style, genre, or however we may see fit – and discuss them.

On this episode, my co-host Oktay Ege Kozak and I are joined by Robert Ham (Paste Magazine, Portland Mercury, XRay.fm) t0 tackle two whimsical, melancholic comedies about moving on when you’re stuck. We turn things around and start with the underrated pick on this episode, which is Bill Forsyth‘s underseen 1984 gem “Comfort and Joy” (not to be confused with the 2003 Lifetime movie of the same name).

Continue reading Dissecting The Whimsical Melancholy Of ‘Garden State’ & ‘Comfort And Joy’ [Over/Under Movies Podcast] at The Playlist. »

- Ryan Oliver

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‘Mudbound’ Finally Hits Netflix Next Month, Plus Music and Film Documentaries

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Fall is upon us, and with it a fresh new crop of Netflix movies to curl up with when the weather starts to turn. Next month’s most exciting addition to the streaming service is “Mudbound,” the Southern World Ward II epic from up-and-comer-turned-force-to-be-reckoned-with Dee Rees. Netflix sealed the biggest deal of this year’s Sundance Film Festival when it paid a whopping $12.5 million for “Mudbound,” setting a high bar for the drama. Balancing out the heavier fare are classic comedies like “Men In Black” and “Scary Movie,” as well as “Field of Dreams” and “42” for the baseball lovers.

The fresh crop also includes a bevy of critically acclaimed documentaries, such as “Eventual Salvation,” “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” and “Cuba and the Cameraman.” Jim Carrey’s creative process gets a deep dive in “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which includes never-before-seen behind the scenes footage from Milos Forman »


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Matt Damon Admits He Heard About Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassing Gwyneth Paltrow

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Suburbicon” director George Clooney and star Matt Damon have started to make the press rounds for their drama, which opens October 27, but their taped appearance on “Good Morning America” was more memorable for their new comments on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Both actors condemned Weinstein’s actions in previous statements while stressing that they never knew about the extent of his behavior, but on “Good Morning America” the two admitted to at least knowing Weinstein was having affairs.

“When people say ‘everybody knew’  – Yeah, I knew he was an asshole,” Damon said. “He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself. And I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy. But that’s not my business.”

Read More:Matt Damon Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Am Not the Story Here. The Story is These Women’

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- Zack Sharf

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Needs His Special Skills Once Again

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Liam Neeson, cinematically speaking, is just trying to live his life when, lately, things have been getting very real. Three “Taken” movies, that one where he was supposed to fight wolves but mostly didn’t, that other one where he ran all night, that time he stopped airplane trouble, and that other time Common was an assassin — dude can’t be chill for five minutes without something going wrong.

Continue reading ‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Needs His Special Skills Once Again at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Woody Allen’s Next Film Reportedly Features Controversial Sexual Relationships

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Woody Allen‘s comments on the Harvey Weinstein scandal haven’t endeared him to those who already have a low opinion of the filmmaker due to his personal life. “The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he said last week. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”

However, the director’s additional comments that, “you also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself,” raised eyebrows, to put it lightly.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ And A Recording Malfunction

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Honestly, I was mortified.

I’ve done more phoners than I can recall. There have been times where I spoke with  three well known actors, directors or producers for back to back-to-back interviews within less than 90 minutes.  I’ve taken phoner interview calls at 7 Am (not my favorite) and at 1 Am (handy for those London based folks).  I’ve had Ups and delivery men interrupt calls with Oscar winners.  I’ve made it through interviews where I could barely hear the subject on the other line, yet still found a way to pull out a coherent quote or two. 

Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ And A Recording Malfunction at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Phantom Thread’: 20 Gorgeous Shots From Paul Thomas Anderson’s Cinematography Debut

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Paul Thomas Anderson is his own cinematographer on “Phantom Thread,” and the results look absolutely jaw-dropping.

Related stories'Phantom Thread' First Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson Gives Daniel Day-Lewis A Knockout Final RoleFocus Features Has Finally Confirmed the Title for Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis' New MovieThe Complete Paul Thomas Anderson Music Video Collection, From Fiona Apple to Radiohead -- Watch »


- Zack Sharf

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Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux On Harvey Weinstein Scandal: ‘It’s Not a Problem For the Film Community, It’s a Problem For the World’

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Revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault jolted the film industry around the world. Yet even as victims continue to speak out, much of the community has been stunned into another silence.

Generations of former Weinstein employees, including those who toiled on his staff during the seminal Miramax days, refuse to speak publicly for fear that the association could make them complicit. Others who collaborated with Weinstein — an expansive Venn diagram of publicists, sales agents, programmers, and their institutions — remain wary of saying anything that could somehow drag them further into his orbit.

The Cannes Film Festival, where Weinstein was the steward for Palme d’Or winners “sex, lies and videotape” and “Pulp Fiction,” is no exception. Taking precedence over any other conversation, the world’s most revered gathering of international cineastes prefer to fixate on the art form. Cannes didn’t create Weinstein, but it was the »


- Eric Kohn

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Kevin Feige Reveals How Women Could Contribute to the Marvel Universe After Phase Three

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As the Marvel Cinematic Universe readies for its Phase Three finale — the culmination of what will end up being a 22-film run of interconnected feature films, starting with 2008’s “Iron Man” and concluding with its still-unnamed fourth Avengers feature, set to open on May 3, 2019 — the multi-billion dollar blockbuster machine is already looking to the future.

But even with a pair of “post-Phase Three” films already on the docket, including a Spider-Man sequel and a third Guardians of the Galaxy film, the future of the McU still looks overwhelmingly male, and Marvel’s bent towards superhero (not heroine)-dominated features doesn’t seem to be changing directions. Yet.

Before Phase Three wraps, the McU will finally roll out its first superheroine-centric feature: the Brie Larson-starring “Captain Marvel,” which will open just before that final “Avengers” film. The long-rumored feature will also mark another sea change for the company, as it »


- Kate Erbland

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Michael Mann Talks New Project ‘Comanche,’ Praises ‘Avatar’

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Michael Mann doesn’t put projects in front of the camera, until they’re absolutely ready, but it doesn’t mean he’s some kind of Stanley Kubrick perfectionist. The director still has “Ferrari” brewing, and is at work on the TV series “Hue 1968,” however, there’s a couple more feature film projects cooking on the stove.

Stopping in Paris for the Lumière de Lyon Film Festival, the director spoke with Liberation and revealed he’s got an intriguing sounding western on his desk.

Continue reading Michael Mann Talks New Project ‘Comanche,’ Praises ‘Avatar’ at The Playlist. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Trailer Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread

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“There is an air of quiet death in this house.” In the 1950s London of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest feature, Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis is a dress maker with a personal secret and Lesley Manville is his latest muse. In these two minutes, their relationship is marked by a guarded formality but there’s just enough here to suggest something more than a stately period romance of sorts. We’ll have to wait until Christmas — or the next trailer — to find out more…. »

- Scott Macaulay

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