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Adam Baldwin Cast In ‘The Kid’; Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence Join ‘Pistachio’

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Vincent D'Onofrio’s directorial debut film, The Kid, has added Adam Baldwin to play Bob Orlinger in the film about infamous gunfighter Billy the Kid. He joins Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan as Billy the Kid, and newcomer Jake Schur in a Western, told through the view of a young boy who reaches out to his outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister. The script is by Andrew Lanham with Jordan Schur producing under his Mimran Schur Pictures/Suretone Pictures banner, alongside… »


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Samuel Goldwyn Films Nabs Toronto-Venice Prizewinner ‘Sweet Country’ From Memento (Exclusive)

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Warwick Thornton’s critically lauded “Sweet Country,” a Western set in the Australian Outback, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Variety has learned. The deal is for North American rights.

Sweet Country” won the top prize at Toronto’s Platform, the festival’s only competitive section. At the Venice Film Festival, where it world-premiered, the film won the Special Jury Prize. “Sweet Country” will next compete at the BFI London Film Festival and is generating buzz as a potential Oscar contender.

Memento Films International, which represents “Sweet Country” in international markets, has now sold the film nearly worldwide, including in the U.K. (Thunderbird Releasing), France (The Jokers), Spain (Wanda), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Italy (102 Distribution), Switzerland (Praesens), Greece (One From The Heart), Turkey (Filmarti), Eastern Europe (HBO), Hungary (Ads Services), Romania (Macondo), former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision), China (Lemon Tree) and Middle East (Falcon Films).

Set in Australia’s rugged Northern Territory, “Sweet Country »


- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang

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‘Watchmen’: Why The Length of the HBO Series Will Affect the Story

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[Editor’s note: Mild spoilers for the graphic novel “Watchmen,” written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, below.]

It begins: The build-up to what could be HBO’s next landmark television event. In a photo posted to Instagram, “The Leftovers” showrunner Damon Lindelof announced that it was “Day One” — which HBO later confirmed meant that the writers’ room for his next project, an adaptation of the 1986 graphic novel “Watchmen,” was open:

According to an official statement from HBO, “HBO has committed to the pilot and back up scripts,” but details beyond that haven’t been made available.

However, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel, well known to comic book fans and connoisseurs of great storytelling alike, has enough of a legacy to inspire questions. The biggest question, of course: Will “Watchmen” be a limited series or an ongoing drama?

It’s become an increasingly complicated question of late, as it now seems possible that every TV show, no matter how theoretically close-ended, could potentially be rebooted or continued. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary

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As “The Vietnam War” reaches its halfway point Thursday night with Episode 5, “This Is What We Do,” viewers will recognize a familiar face: John McCain. The Arizona senator is one of the most high-profile POWs during the Vietnam War, and his ordeal was brought back into the spotlight during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump said, “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

The PBS documentary will reveal just a fraction of the ordeal that McCain went through after he was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967. As the son of Admiral McCain, John McCain was an important prisoner and therefore was also interviewed for television at that time. He underwent various beatings and tortures that have left him with lifelong health issues and disabilities.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Riverdale’ Star Kj Apa Involved in Car Crash; Show to Continue Production Uninterrupted

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The show must go on. “Riverdale” will continue production following star Kj Apa’s early-morning car crash, reports Deadline, and Warner Bros. Television has released a statement expressing how “extremely grateful” the studio is that the 20-year-old actor was unhurt. Apa, who plays Archie Andrews on the show, crashed into a lamp post while driving home and was tended to be medical personnel.

Read More:‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Gets a Dark Coming-of-Age Horror Series From the Creators of ‘Riverdale

Here’s Wbtv’s full statement:

“First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that Kj Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of ‘Riverdale’ are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, Kj worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, »


- Michael Nordine

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“Women Don’t Always Get to Play the Funny Parts”: Julie Klaussner Talks Making Difficult People Herself at Ifp Week

4 hours ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

If there’s a common thread that runs through any truly original work, it’s this: The creators saw something that wasn’t in the world, so they created it themselves. You hear that a lot in independent films. You also hear it, increasingly, in TV now too. The lines separating cinema and television are getting blurrier. For further proof, witness Julie Klaussner’s appearance at Ifp Week 2017. Klaussner is the creator of Difficult People, which is not a movie but a hit TV show on Hulu. But the way she approached her TV show sounds a lot the way indie filmmakers talk […] »

- Matt Prigge

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Barry Jenkins Talks ‘Moonlight’ & Filmmaker Therapy With ‘Beach Rats’ Director Eliza Hittman

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Barry Jenkins, following his surprise Best Picture win at the Oscars for “Moonlight,” sits down to chat with Eliza Hittman about her new film “Beach Rats.”  They discuss some of the commonalities between both films, what it was like participating in “filmmaker therapy” and finding their way as a new directors.

Both “Moonlight” and “Beach Rats” share similarities in theme with the representation of youth, identity, masculinity and sexuality.  

Continue reading Barry Jenkins Talks ‘Moonlight’ & Filmmaker Therapy With ‘Beach Rats’ Director Eliza Hittman at The Playlist. »

- Martine Olivier

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Taron Egerton Says ‘Robin Hood’ Is Dark & Gritty, Obviously

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Half of succeeding in Hollywood seems to be telling executives what they want to hear. If you want to keep your job on the studio lot, you’d be best served by digging up some IP they own and pitching a reboot. Even better, if you toss in the words “dark” and “gritty,” you might even get your own reserved parking space. And while the source material for “Robin Hood” is in the public domain, whoever dreamed up turning it into a serious reimagining probably was able to pay for some steak dinners.

Continue reading Taron Egerton Says ‘Robin Hood’ Is Dark & Gritty, Obviously at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jean Rouch, Whose Films Inspired Godard, Receives Eight-Film DVD Box Set From Icarus — Watch

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Jean Rouch may not be a household name, but some of the world’s most revered filmmakers — from Jean-Luc Godard to Werner Herzog — are indebted to him. The French filmmaker pioneered the concept of “ethno-fiction,” fictional films built around the lives of everyday people, and developed the bulk of his filmography out of time spent in Africa. His 1958 feature “Moi, un Noir” follows the daily routine of a trio of Nigerian immigrants off the Ivory Coast who imagine themselves as movie stars, and its blend of jump cuts and amateur performances reportedly inspired Godard’s 1960 debut “Breathless.” Rouch’s documentary “Chronicle of a Summer,” co-directed with Edgar Morin, is considered a foundational achievement of the cinéma vérité movement.

Nevertheless, Rouch has remained a cinephile secret for decades, and in the wake of his death in 2004, much of his work has been unavailable in the U.S. — until now.

On November »


- Indiewire Staff

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‘Baby Driver’: A Lesson In Storytelling

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At this point in his career, Edgar Wright has cemented himself as a brilliant filmmaker. Wright is capable of creating movies that are entertaining, aesthetically pleasing, and with a style of storytelling that continues to grow and get better with each new installment. His latest film, “Baby Driver,” has no shortage of the style and technique Wright has seamlessly has blended into each of his films. Beyond its rollicking soundtrack, “Baby Driver” showcases Wright’s ability to tell a story.

Continue reading ‘Baby Driver’: A Lesson In Storytelling at The Playlist. »

- Julia Teti

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Mexico’s Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive Damaged in Earthquake: ‘These Antique Film Reels Are Irreplaceable’

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The earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday affected every aspect of life in Mexico City and the surrounding area. That includes the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive, whose director has shared a letter detailing the damage done to one of Mexico’s most important cinematic institutions; in addition to movies, Permanencia Voluntaria houses posters, documents, and promotional materials that can’t be found anywhere else.

Read More:‘Narcos’ Location Scout Carlos Muñoz Portal Found Shot and Killed in Mexico

“We are a small town, our buildings are heavily damaged, and we lack the money, means, and manpower to repair the extensive damage wrought by the earthquake,” writes Viviana Garcia Besne, noting that local authorities have barred the archive’s employees from accessing the second floor and surveying the full extent of the damage. Baticine, the community movie theater managed by the archive, has also been destroyed.

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- Michael Nordine

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The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years

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In the days before premium cable, television was a squeaky-clean place for the most part. The traditional networks rarely dared to push boundaries when it came to graphic sexual content for fear of pissing off advertisers. (And when they did, as with ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” affiliates and advertisers did indeed balk on cue.)

But then came HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and a slew of other networks, which asked for a little extra subscriber cash, but offered in exchange unfiltered violence, language, and sex. Without that creative freedom, it’s doubtful that television as a storytelling art form would have evolved in the same way, especially when it comes to sex — one of the most primal aspects of humanity that the broadcast networks kept behind closed doors for far too long.

Because different things are sexy to different people, this list is unranked — streaming platforms and ad-supported cable networks will be saved for future lists. »


- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller and Michael Schneider

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Jon Hamm To Voice Boba Fett In ‘Star Wars’ Audiobook

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There are few characters that have achieved the same level of cult mystique as Boba Fett. The mysterious bounty hunter from the original trilogy has been fleshed out in the following decades, given some backstory in the “Star Wars” prequels, and even more narrative space to play in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” Rumors are ongoing that Lucasfilm will eventually give the beloved character his own spinoff movie, but for now, you’ll have to appreciate him in non-cinematic mediums.

Continue reading Jon Hamm To Voice Boba Fett In ‘Star Wars’ Audiobook at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Loveless’: Russia Chooses an Oscar Entry That Criticizes Its Society

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The question of how Russia’s Oscar committee would vote on its submission has been answered. Andrey Zvyaginstev’s Cannes jury prize-winner “Loveless” (Sony Pictures Classics) is the official entry. And it’s a movie that couldn’t be more critical of Russian society, which is portrayed as consumed by careerism, selfishness, greed, and even profound neglect of its own children. The movie was financed independent of the Russian film industry and government funding.

After the Academy overlooked Zvyagintsev’s film “Elena” in 2011 in favor of Oscar perennial and Russian film leader Nikita Mikalkhov’s “Burnt By the Sun 2,” Russia’s top auteur helped foment a revolution inside the Oscar committee. It underwent an overhaul following a press outcry about clandestine behind-the-scenes manipulations and a lack of transparency. Since then the committee has doubled in size, to about 25 filmmakers.

Read More:Cannes Review: In ‘Loveless,’ Russia Is the Place Where Families »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Denounces Fans Who Harassed Female Writers’: ‘I Loathe These People’

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Rick and Morty” now has gender parity in its writing room, which has unsurprisingly come as unwelcome news to a certain segment of the animated comedy’s audience. Jane Becker and Jessica Gao were reminded of this the hard — and all-too-common — way when they found themselves not only harassed but the victims of doxxers who leaked the two writers’ personal information online.

Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the incident, calling it “disgusting” and thoroughly denouncing anyone and everyone involved: “It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”

Read More:‘Rick and Morty’: 10 Reasons Why ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ is a Great Place to Start for New Viewers

“I was familiar going into the third season, »


- Michael Nordine

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Andrew Garfield And Claire Foy ‘Breathe’ Deep For History [Review]

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Toronto – Imagine performing a scene without moving anything but your lips, eyes and maybe your neck.  And the neck can move, but just slightly. Everything else has to stay completely immobile.  That includes your hands and legs. No, you can’t even shift your weight an iota. Sounds easy, right? Test it out for a minute. Maybe five. Dare you to try 10 minutes. It’s O.K., we’ll wait.

Harder than you thought, wasn’t it?

Continue reading Andrew Garfield And Claire FoyBreathe’ Deep For History [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race

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Aiming to make an impact this Oscar season, the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival from GKids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and Acifa-Hollywood launches October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater.

The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, with juried and audience prizes and filmmakers attending most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a Vr lounge.

Aif seems well timed: The Academy now allows all members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to be seen what the dynamic will be in terms of mainstream versus indie nominees.

GKids, which has nine Oscar nominations (including this year’s “My Life as a Zucchini”), has seven movies in contention this season; four showcase in competition at Aif. The highlight is “The Breadwinner” (October 20), a coproduction of Ireland, »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Twin Peaks’: 10 Behind-the-Scenes Photos to Help You Cope With the Series’ End

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For anyone who has been having troubling processing the fact that “Twin Peaks: The Return” is over, which could very well mean the end of the franchise as we know it, let the cast’s wonderful behind-the-scenes photos shine a light upon you. Kyle McLachlan, Sabrina Sutherland, and more have taken to social media in the weeks after that mind-blowing finale to share never-before-seen looks at “The Return” set, and man does David Lynch seem to be having the time of his life.

Read More:David Lynch Finally Shares His Thoughts on the ‘Twin Peaks’ Finale, Confirms Season 4 is Possible

Lynch has teased the possibility of continuing the series with Season 4, though nothing is confirmed. He joked that time is the biggest factor standing in his way, given it took over four years to write, direct, and edit “The Return.” The filmmaker is remaining ambiguous about the finale, telling »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Kingsman’ Director Matthew Vaughn Explains Why So Many Action Scenes Are Boring

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In an age where Hollywood is making fewer movies, they are also making bigger ones, with more explosive special effects. In the midst of what can feel like a CGI arms race, IndieWire has argued that big budget action scenes have become boring. “Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle” writer-director Matthew Vaughn agrees.

“I look at some action sequences and it’ll be like watching a football game and everything is on a mid-shot and shaking the camera around,” said Vaughn in an interview this week. “After a while, I’m thinking, this is really boring, I’m reading the impact but I’m not knowing where the ball is or who is winning, who is losing and how close [we are] to the end.”

Vaughn thinks the biggest problem is screenwriting 101: make sure the action is fully integrated into the narrative and the audience is emotionally invested in the action scenes. »


- Chris O'Falt

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Reacts to ‘F’ CinemaScore, Says ‘Some People Are Not Going to Want to Listen’

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“mother!” isn’t exactly cleaning up at the multiplex, not that Darren Aronofsky seems terribly let down. His enigmatic thriller scored a rare “F” from CinemaScore, a dubious badge of honor shared with movies both good (Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris”) and bad (“I Know Who Killed Me”); the writer/director has responded to that failing grade on Kpcc’s the Frame, expressing neither surprise nor disappointment.

Read More:Paramount Defends ‘mother!’ Against Bad Box Office and ‘F’ CinemaScore: ‘This Movie is Brave’

Aronofsky, who most recently directed “Noah” and “Black Swan,” calls his movie a reflection of the way currently things are in the world — so of course it isn’t winning audiences over en masse. Here are his full comments:

“What’s interesting about that is, like, how if you walk out of this movie are you not going to give it an ‘F?’ It’s a punch. It’s a total punch. »


- Michael Nordine

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