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Steven Yeun’s Action-Thriller ‘Mayhem’ Lands at Rlj Entertainment, AMC Shudder (Exclusive)

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rlj Entertainment and AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American release of action-thriller “Mayhem,” starring Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead.”

The deal was finalized Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in a story of an airborne virus infecting the corporate tower of a major law firm on the day an attorney, played by Yeun, is wrongfully fired. The infection is capable of making people act out on their most erratic impulses and viral rage takes over. Trapped in the quarantined building, Yeun’s character is forced to fearlessly fight for his job, his redemption, and his life.

Joe Lynch directed from a Matias Caruso script. Samara Weaving, Steven Brand (“The Scorpion King”), and Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) also star.

Joe Leydon wrote in his SXSW review for Variety: »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Cowboy Drama ‘The Rider’ (Exclusive)

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Sony Pictures Classics has landed North American rights to “The Rider,” Variety has learned.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight to strong reviews on Saturday. It’s the second project from writer-director Chloe Zhao, who made the 2015 Sundance drama “Songs My Brother Taught Me.”

The Rider” tells the story of a cowboy (played by Brady Jandreau) who embarks on a road trip through America after a near-death accident. In his review for Variety, Guy Lodge wrote that “The Rider” “could be the stuff of many a corn-syrup country ballad, but gains artful integrity from Zhao’s favored docu-fiction technique — roughly tracing a script around the experiences of her non-professional actors — and dusty-dreamy visual style.”


Cannes Film Festival: 7 Biggest Winners and Losers

It was produced by Caviar and Highway Films, including Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, and Mollye Asher.

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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Broad Green To Release ‘The Good Catholic’ In Select Theaters

23 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Broad Green Pictures is releasing the first feature film from three year-old Indiana-based production company Pigasus Pictures with The Good Catholic. The romantic comedy will bow on September 8 in select theaters at the same time it his VOD. The Good Catholic, from writer/director Paul Shoulberg's follows a priest who suffers a crisis of faith when he falls for a young woman and is inspired on a true story — that of Shoulberg’s own family. His father, Donald (who has… »

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Toni Collette Options Graeme Simsion Novel ‘The Best of Adam Sharp’ For Her Vocab Films

23 May 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Toni Collette has just optioned the novel The Best of Adam Sharp from hot author Graeme Simsion who also penned The Rosie Project set up over at Tri-Star. Adam Sharp, which is kind of a High Fidelity for 40-somethings, is one of the first that Collette has brought to her newly formed production company Vocab Films. Her producing partner is Jen Turner. The Best of Adam Sharp (published via St. Martin’s Press) is about a man (Adam) on the cusp of fifty who is… »

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‘Arrival:’ Video Essay Examines How the Script Helps Us Further Understand Ourselves — Watch

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In his latest Lessons from the Screenplay video, YouTube user Michael Tucker takes a look at Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” the film adaptation of the short story by Ted Chiang “Story of Your Life.” He focuses on the changes made to the original story by screenwriter Eric Heisserer and the further tweaks made by Villeneuve and editor Joe Walker, “in order to bring the essence [of the story] into the cinematic realm.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on Writing the Unfilmable Story

“Pure, thoughtful science fiction is never just about aliens or other worlds, or exciting visions of the future. At its core, hard sci-fi is about humanity, our hopes and fears, and behaviors,” Tucker says at the beginning of the video, adding that Chiang’s short story “is a great example of exactly this kind of science fiction.”

Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette

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While “Twin Peaks” may be stealing some of the Cannes Film Festival’s spotlight since this weekend’s premiere of the new season (the first two episodes of the series screen this week), there’s still lots of talk swirling around the most prestigious film festival in the world. And no, we don’t mean the walking-talking-dancing-robot installation that’s been striding up and down the Boulevard de la Croisette. Read below for the highlights, the lowlights and the major discussions that have been dominating conversations in line-ups and press rooms.

Continue reading Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Great War Arrives In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer

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Game Of Thrones” left its fans with a longer wait between seasons than usual, with the series returning this summer after wrapping up its previous season in June of last year. And with the announcement that HBO could expand George R.R. Martin’s universe with four potential spinoffs, anticipation for season 7 of the massive hit is at a fever pitch.

Read More: The 20 Best TV Shows Returning In 2017

Naturally, spoilers for the new seven-episode season are nonexistent, but last year left us with plenty to speculate over.

Continue reading The Great War Arrives In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer at The Playlist. »

- Anthony Casella

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3 Key Questions for Indie Filmmakers Building a Career in the Age of Netflix and Amazon

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The Cannes Film Festival — impossibly glamorous, unapologetically auteurist — is the world’s most aspirational film festival. And this week, it’s hosting filmmakers like Bong Joon Ho and Noah Baumbach as they premiere films that will skip theaters entirely in favor of a Netflix premiere. So, for those up and coming filmmakers who aspire: Is it time to exchange dreams of the big screen in favor of the red logo?

It’s not a simple question; to pose it suggests cinephile disloyalty. However, the increasing artistic acceptance of Netflix, along with its overwhelming ubiquity, means that independent filmmakers owe it to themselves to consider the facts on all sides.

Read More: Cannes 2017 – Will Smith Clashes With Pedro Almodóvar Over Netflix

Digital-first distribution is a fact, not a question.

Even if a filmmaker swears undying loyalty to theatrical distribution, subscription-based VOD like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu already control the game. While »

- Chris O'Falt

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer: Daenerys Is Coming — Watch

53 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” books, on which HBO’s epic fantasy series is based, are collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and in the first official trailer for Season 7, it looks like that song is about to begin in earnest.

Now that winter has finally arrived thanks to Westeros’ weird climate change issues and the creepy White Walkers, that accounts for the ice element. As far as fire goes, the followers of the Red God love to play with fire, but let’s not discount Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her dracarys-breathing dragons. Furthermore, she is known as The Unburnt and has been known for her pyromaniac theatrics as well.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs: Of the Four Options, There’s Already an Obvious Winner

We see in the trailer below that the convergence of ice and fire we’ve been waiting for will finally happen. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Tom Hardy Is Raising Funds to Support Victims of the Manchester Attack

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Actor Tom Hardy is fundraising for the victims of Monday night’s attack in Manchester, England, that left 22 dead and over 50 injured during a concert tour for the singer Ariana Grande. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” star, who originally hails from London, wrote an impassioned plea for donations on the fundraising site Just Giving.

Read More: Manchester Concert Attack: Ava DuVernay, Mark Ruffalo and More Creators Mourn Victims

“What happened last night at the [Ariana Grande] concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert,” said Hardy. “I am truly saddened by what I have witnessed…I hope between us we can raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love to help in some small way towards repairing some if any of the damage done in the wake of last night’s events.”


- Jude Dry

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Heads Toward The Sunset In The First Trailer For The Final Season

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That pesky vampire epidemic is finally coming to an end. “The Strain,” FX’s adaptation of the book trilogy of the same name executive-produced by Carlton Cuse and authors Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season this summer. Always intended for a short-lived run, the show follows Dr. Goodweather (Corey Stoll) as he and his team investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with marks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism in New York City that threatens the fate of humanity.

Continue reading FX’s ‘The Strain’ Heads Toward The Sunset In The First Trailer For The Final Season at The Playlist. »

- Anthony Casella

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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Getting Another Big Screen Reboot

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As this weekend’s “Baywatch” proves, studios are more eager to turn whatever intellectual property they have on hand into a movie, rather than try bring something original to the big screen. The working theory is that it’s easier and cheaper to sell audiences on something they already kinda know, rather than getting them interested in something new. The practice is hardly groundbreaking, and way back in 2000, Sony/Columbia Pictures had some success turning the kitschy ’70s TV series “Charlie’s Angels,” into a kitschy movie. 

Continue reading ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Getting Another Big Screen Reboot at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Twin Peaks’: Former Series Star Joan Chen Pitches Her Character’s Wild Return to David Lynch

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David Lynch’s wildly anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival is kitted out with plenty of talented faces — over 200, both old and new — but there’s still a handful of original stars who were not tapped to return for the Showtime series. One of them is Joan Chen, who played Josie Packard during the show’s original run (and, incidentally, was the very first face to appear in the series’ very first episode, way back in 1990).

Chen, however, is eager to change that, and The Hollywood Reporter shares a compelling — and kind of wild — letter from the actress that she sent to Lynch, asking for her role to be reprised. Given that Chen’s character ended her “Twin Peaks” run as a drawer knob, it’s obviously written from a unique perspective.

“Dear David, »

- Kate Erbland

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Bruno Dumont’s ‘Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc’ Is An Unbearable, Shallow Provocation [Cannes Review]

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Countless masters of cinema have tried their hand at the historic Joan of Arc story, including Carl Theodor Dreyer, Victor Fleming, Robert Bresson and Jacques Rivette. Any of these filmmakers would make for a tough act to follow, but that didn’t dissuade Bruno Dumont from realizing his own take on the material, “Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” premiering in the Director’s Fortnight program of the Cannes Film Festival.

Continue reading Bruno Dumont’s ‘Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc’ Is An Unbearable, Shallow Provocation [Cannes Review] at The Playlist. »

- Bradley Warren

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‘Pop Aye’ Trailer: A Man Finds Himself with the Help of an Elephant in Sundance Drama

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After premiering in the World Dramatic section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Pop Aye” is ready for its theatrical release this summer. Kino Lorber, which holds the North American rights to the film, has revealed the official trailer for the elephant dramedy, which marks the debut feature for Singaporean writer-director Kirsten Tan, who had previously written and helmed seven short films, including 2014’s “Granny” and 2007’s “Fonzi.”

Read More: The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2017 (A Running List)

Set in Thailand, “Pop Aye” follows a once-successful architect in the midst of a midlife crisis. After running into an elephant he knew growing up, he buys the animal and the two embark on a road trip across Thailand, back to the small village where they grew up. Along the way, they meet some interesting characters, including a lonely transgender sex worker and a very wise drifter. The film was developed at Berlinale Talents Program, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Cannes 2017. Caged In—Sofia Coppola's “The Beguiled”

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What do we mean when we say that a filmmaker is “limited”? Is it that their talents are relatively confined? Or is it that because of their particular sensibilities, they choose to make films within a specific arena? Perhaps the better question is: How much does that matter? A filmmaker like Hong Sang-soo, for example—at Cannes this year with both The Day After and Claire's Camera—could certainly be described as “limited” in some respects; but he still produces some of the most consistent and interesting work in the contemporary cinematic landscape. It can't be denied, though, that it's always exciting when filmmakers push themselves and make films squarely outside their comfort zones, which could be said of Sofia Coppola who returns to Cannes this year with The Beguiled. Adapted from Thomas P. Cullinan’s gothic novel A Painted Devil as well as the original 1971 movie adaptation by Don Siegel, »

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‘Okja’ Cinematographer Darius Khondji On the Camera and Film That Made Him Fall in Love with Shooting Digital

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Few master cinematographers working today are more associated with a classical approach to shooting on film than Darius Khondji. The very look of his movies has the feel of celluloid – the “China ink” blacks, the shadow detail, the softness and uniquely rich, but not sharp color palette, along with a density of image that comes from literally putting the silver back on the film in a special lab process.

It’s not surprising then that Khondji hasn’t been shy about his distaste for shooting digitally.

Read More: Cannes 2017 – Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 29 of This Year’s Films

“I felt we left film for digital too early, not in the right way and not for the right reasons,” Khondji told IndieWire in a recent phone interview from Cannes, where his new film “Okja” premiered. The great cinematographer’s opinion was not changed shooting Michael Haneke’s Palme »

- Chris O'Falt

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‘Wonder’ Trailer: Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson Lead An Uplifting Tearjerker — Watch

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Get the tissues out, this one is going to tug at your heartstrings. (Unless you’re a monster).

In the first official trailer for “Wonder,” Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play the parents of Auggie, a fifth grader born with severe facial differences who is struggling to fit in at a new school. Played by up-and-comer Jacob Tremblay, who wowed audiences for his performance in “Room,” Auggie just wants to be treated like any other kid. His concerned parents know how cruel children can be, but maybe it’s really the adults who have the problem.

Read More: ‘The Book of Henry’ Trailer: Colin Trevorrow Returns to Indie Filmmaking Between ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Star Wars

Another literary adaptation from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” director Stephen Chbosky, “Wonder” is based on the 2012 New York Times bestseller by R.J. Palacio (née Raquel Jaramillo). Palacio began writing the book after an »

- Jude Dry

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Tom Cruise Says ‘Top Gun 2’ Is “Definitely Happening” In The Next Year

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For almost as long as The Playlist has existed on the interwebs, there has been talk about a sequel to “Top Gun.” In fact, five years ago, Paramount had planned to make “Top Gun 2” before “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” but those plans fell apart. And over the years, numerous screenwriters have come and gone on the project, and the passing of director Tony Scott also added to the long wait.

Continue reading Tom Cruise Says ‘Top Gun 2’ Is “Definitely Happening” In The Next Year at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Alien: Covenant’: How the VFX Team Engineered Those Terrifying Xenomorph and Neomorph Creatures

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For “Alien: Covenant,” Ridley Scott not only redesigned H.R Giger’s iconic Xenomorph creature from the first movie, but also unveiled the new Neomorph. They’re a fascinating study in contrast (and brilliantly animated by Mpc), especially in light of the director’s passion for sentient life forms.

The Xenomorph contains a subtle shift between fleshy skin and a harder exoskeleton, while the Neomorph offers more humanoid qualities with its elegant simplicity. Yet it packs a deadly bite with a double-jointed, protruding jaw, which strikes without warning.

Read More: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ Franchise Is Becoming the Perfect Organism — and ‘Covenant’ Is the Missing Link

However, there’s at least one tender moment, in which Michael Fassbender’s android gazes upon the Neomorph and blows on his face the way you’d blow into the nostril of a horse. It’s a mutual fascination between creator and creation that »

- Bill Desowitz

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