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‘Krisha’ Sweeps the First-Ever American Independent Film Awards
“Krisha” was the big winner at the inaugural American Independent Film Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Director (Trey Edward Shults), Original Screenplay (Shults) and Lead Performance (Krisha Fairchild). Anna Rose Holmer’s “The Fits” was the Best Film runner-up and was nominated in 12 different categories, while Robert Greene won two different awards for “Kate Plays Christine.”
The Aifa’s voting body consists of festival programmers and film critics, who cast their ballots in 14 different categories online. Full results below.
Read More: ‘It Comes at Night’ Teaser Trailer: The Director of ‘Krisha’ Returns with More Psychological Madness
- Michael Nordine
‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Meyer Compares Being an Ex-President to ‘Being a Man’s Nipple’ — Watch
“Veep” is set to return for its sixth season this spring, and for the first time in the acclaimed series’ run it may have difficulty keeping pace with the absurdity of real-life politics. HBO just released a teaser for the upcoming season, which you can watch below.
Taking place in the wake of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) electoral defeat, the next round of episodes finds our embattled heroine contemplating her future. “Being an ex-president is like being a man’s nipple,” she says as the teaser opens. Still, she adds hopefully, “this is my second act: Selina Meyer travels the globe spreading democracy like patient zero.” Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons co-star in the show, which recently won the Emmy Award for »
- Michael Nordine
‘Krisha’ Leads The Winners At The Inaugural American Independent Film Awards
It’s one down and hopefully many more to come for the American Independent Film Awards. The group issued their inaugural awards over the weekend, celebrating the best films of 2016 that worked with budgets of $1 million or less.
Continue reading ‘Krisha’ Leads The Winners At The Inaugural American Independent Film Awards at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Dan and Dietrich Play Would You Rather’ Exclusive: Get a Bikini Wax or Choose Something Potentially More Horrible? — Watch
There are some choices in life that are too difficult to make. Fortunately, you can watch two guys make them for you.
On Comcast Watchable’s new series “Dan and Dietrich Play Would You Rather,” the two suckers hosts put themselves on the line to play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather?” in which they actually have to perform the task they choose. As expected, the choices push the limits of grossness, discomfort, humiliation or pain. You know, typical guy stuff!
At stake is some sort of prize, which we feel better be damn good to warrant this kind of sacrifice. And there’s always bragging rights, such as they are.
In the exclusive sneak peek below, Dan and Dietrich must choose between getting a bikini wax and spending a round in the ring with an Mma fighter. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Where To Watch All The 2017 Oscar Nominees
We’re less than a week away from the big show. On February 26, first-time host Jimmy Kimmel will lead us into another night of surprises, upsets, disappointment, elation, fancy suits, lovely dresses, golden statues, cheers and jeers. We can practically smell the microwave cooked popcorn and homemade chili dip as we speak. The Oscars are nothing without ferocious opinions, hard-wrought cynicism and reformed faith in the (supposedly) “dying” art of cinema.
Continue reading Where To Watch All The 2017 Oscar Nominees at The Playlist. »
- Will Ashton
John Oliver Explains Trump-Russia Insanity with the Help of ‘La La Land’ and ‘The Human Centipede’ — Watch
In the latest “Last Week Tonight” segment, John Oliver goes long on the special relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. One moment feels especially apt. While discussing the false equivalencies made between Russia and the United States — a favorite tactic of Putin, who’s known for deflecting criticisms of his government by pointing out that things aren’t perfect in America either — the host uses an unexpected analogy: “La La Land” and “The Human Centipede.”
“Not all problems are the same,” Oliver explains. “It’s like comparing ‘La La Land,’ an Academy Award–nominated movie with glaring flaws, to ‘The Human Centipede,’ a thing that barely counts as a film. Yes, one movie is people sewn mouth-to-anus, but, you know, Ryan Gosling looks at his feet when he dances, so it all evens out in the end. »
- Michael Nordine
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: Designing the Immigrant Experience
For three-time Oscar winners Stuart Craig and Colleen Atwood, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” offered fascinating stylistic departures. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” standalone takes place in New York in 1926 — a time, of course, when the immigrant experience flourished.
“New York was all about diversity, and [director] David Yates wanted [to express that],” Atwood told IndieWire. “There were people new to New York and there were people that had been there for a generation — and it was an open-minded time.”
Thus, for both production and costume design, there was great class and cultural diversity to explore in architecture and wardrobes. Although they considered shooting in New York City, that proved to be impractical, so they returned to the back lot of Leavesden Studios outside of London.
“J.K. Rowling identified particular buildings in her script, including the Gothic Woolworth [for the Magical Congress headquarters], which at that time was the largest building in the world,” Craig told IndieWire. »
- Bill Desowitz
‘The Predator’ Cast Photo Revealed: Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and More
30 years ago, Shane Black had a supporting role in the original “Predator.” Now the actor-turned-filmmaker is at work on “The Predator,” the first installment in the franchise since 2010’s underrated “Predators.” He’s both co-writing and directing the film, which begins filming today. That’s according to a tweet from Black, which also offers our first glimpse of the cast. View it below.
Featured in the photo are Sterling K. Brown (who won an Emmy for his performance in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Keegan-Michael Key, Boyd Holbrook (“Narcos,” “Logan”), Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay (“Room”). Black, who’s pictured alongside the youngest of the bunch, describes his ensemble as “beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers.”
- Michael Nordine
Charlie Hunnam Seizes The Crown In New Trailer For ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’
Guy Ritchie’s speed-ramping, slow-motion hyper kinetic filmmaking served him well for “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels,” and “Snatch,” but maybe he needs to ease off it for period piece films. Both the “Sherlock Holmes” films and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” suffered from stylistic overkill, and his latest, “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword,” looks much the same.
- Edward Davis
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, J.J. Abrams and More Grill Daisy Ridley for ‘Star Wars’ Spoilers — Watch
Now that we know the title of the next “Star Wars” movie, everyone wants to know what actually happens in “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” And who better to ask than Daisy Ridley, one of the new faces of the revitalized sci-fi franchise? That, at least, seems to be the mentality of Josh Gad, who’s on a mission to get answers from the actress. Watch his latest attempt below.
“Please don’t say you’re setting me up this time,” she says in the video, which looks to have been shot on Gad’s phone; that he used portrait mode, rather than landscape, suggests the actor would be on the dark side of the Force if he were ever to appear in “Star Wars.” Gad assures her he isn’t tricking her again, which is of course a lie. »
- Michael Nordine
Catching Bullets in the Rye: On Movies, Dreams, Propaganda and Trump
Hitler believed that movies were much better for propaganda than books or newspapers. He thought a pictorial presentation of an idea could reach more people, faster, with no effort needed on the viewer’s part. His minister of Nazi propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, emphasized the escapism aspect of film. Goebbels wanted movies that were big and loud and glamorous, and that would be distracting to the population, with dark subliminal messages wrapped inside the pizzazz. Researchers recently reported that the rate of gun violence in American PG-13 motion pictures is now higher than that of R-rated films. When we see these gun […] »
- Noah Buschel
Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Berlin Film Festival Movies
“The Other Side of Hope”
Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry
Why Richard Linklater, Robert Downey Jr., and Documentarian Penny Lane All Fell In Love With A Liar
Pj Vogt, co-host of the popular Gimlet Media podcast Reply All, went on vacation; when he got back, he had a movie deal. The January 19 program, “Man of the People,” had been optioned by Annapurna Pictures, with Richard Linklater directing and Robert Downey, Jr. as producer and star.
“It’s absolutely surreal,” Vogt said.
“Man of the People” profiled John Brinkley, the radio pioneer and medical salesman whose self-proclaimed miracle cures ranged from impotence to infertility. Vogt said he stumbled on the story after visiting his cousins in Texas.
“They were saying I should move there because they were a bunch of radio stations hidden in ranches,” he said. “For a while, we thought it was going to be a story about border blasters.”
Instead he found the strange tale of Brinkley, one that also encompasses a state governor’s race, the national popularization of country music, and the rise of the American Medical Association. »
- Steve Greene
First Look: The Cast Of Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’; Arnold Schwarzenneger Likely Not Part Of Cast
“There’s one of two ways we can go,” writer/director Shane Black said in May of 2016. “We use [Arnold] Schwarzenegger or we don’t. And there’s advantages to using him and there’s a story to be told if we don’t, and I’m not going to tell you which one we chose, but we made a choice that I think is cool and we’ll see what happens,” Black said.
- The Playlist
Gone Girls: Close-Up on "Bunny Lake Is Missing" and "Picnic At Hanging Rock"
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) is showing January 31 - March 2 and Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) is showing February 2 - March 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the double feature Gone Girls.In Peter Weir’s Australian classic, Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975), an injured, delirious Englishman being ferried away by doctors hands over a piece of lace he found on “the Rock,” as the locals refer to it. It is a scrap torn from the dress of one of three schoolgirls who went missing days earlier during a lunchtime picnic, and who all believe are lost, surely dead. This, his desperate look says, is proof the girls are up there somewhere. Halfway through Otto Preminger’s late masterpiece Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), a distraught mother seizes upon a paper stub that she finds in a wallet, »
Love Actually: Close-Up on Albert Brooks’ "Modern Romance"
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981) is showing February 17 - March 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations. She’s out of my lifeShe’s out of my lifeAnd I don’t know whether to laugh or cry—Michael Jackson, “She’s Out of My Life”“cras amet qui numquam amavitquique amavit cras amet”—The Magus (John Fowles) Life comes at you fast. As someone recently on the receiving end of an unexpected breakup, I was a little cool on the idea of watching Albert Brooks’ 1981 film Modern Romance—whose premise was summarized, on the one-sheets at the time, in the following terms: “Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with Robert. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do… they broke up.” But then, in that brutal darkness of heartache, »
Aki Kaurismaki Says ‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Might Be His Last Movie, But Also Teases His Next Film
Here’s a pro-tip for directors: don’t announce your retirement or even a plan to chill on filmmaking because you will never hear the end of it. Just ask Steven Soderbergh who took a break from features to focus on television and other projects, or Quentin Tarantino, whose declaration he’ll be done after his tenth film will follow him around forever. Now comes Aki Kaurismaki, the Finnish arthouse filmmaker whose latest, “The Other Side Of Hope,” just premiered in Berlin, and he says he’s probably finished while also making plans for this next movie.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stanley Tucci’s Sprightly, Winning ‘Final Portrait’ With Geoffrey Rush & Armie Hammer [Berlin Review]
If ever there was a film summed up by its opening shot, “Final Portrait,” the gentle two-hander from mostly-actor-occasional-director Stanley Tucci (“Big Night“) is it. In an art gallery, underneath a white wall emblazoned with his dynamic, carelessly elegant signature slouches, famous Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), a rumpled, untidy assemblage of a man, stares morosely at the floor.
- Jessica Kiang
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation
Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.
Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »
- Graham Winfrey
The King Comes Into View In 5 Clips From ‘Kong: Skull Island’
While the longstanding view is that the early part of any cinematic year is usually a wasteland for movies, 2017 has been pretty good. “Split,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” and “John Wick: Chapter 2” have been early highlights this year, and we’re hoping the trend continues with next month’s bonafide blockbuster, “Kong: Skull Island.”
Read More: What Will Be The Biggest Box Office Blockbuster of 2017?
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- Kevin Jagernauth
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