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‘Carol’ Gets A Head Start On Awards Season, ‘Adam Jones’ Retitled ‘Burnt’

29 July 2015 5:19 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Director Todd Haynes’ popular Cannes Film Festival entry Carol is now slotted to open November 20, the Weinstein Company announced today. That four-week head start positions it earlier than its previous pre-Christmas frame of December 18, but puts the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara into a similar awards season slot as prior TWC successes The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech. Those pictures went on to collect multiple Oscar nominations and wins. The King… »

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'Wolf of Wall Street' Backer Says It Has Been Hacked, Surveilled and Harassed

30 July 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Red Granite Pictures, the finance company behind The Wolf of Wall Street, Dumb and Dumber To and the upcoming Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, claims in a new lawsuit that it has been the subject of a malicious hack that has intimidated employees and disrupted its business. According to a complaint filed against anonymous individuals on Wednesday, the film company's employees began receiving mass e-mails beginning on July 10 consisting of "defamatory blog postings or reports alleging improper activities allegedly connected with Plaintiff, often accompanied by sensational or offensive subject lines." Read More Hacked Cheating

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Chris Pine joining DC universe, ‘Wonder Woman’ as Steve Trevor

29 July 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Captain Kirk is jumping into the superhero craze.

The Wrap reported on Tuesday that Star Trek star Chris Pine has closed a deal to play the male lead in DC’s Wonder Woman alongside Gal Gadot. The site adds that the role will be Steve Trevor.

Pine was rumored to be weighing an offer to play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman or Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, but according to The Wrap, it seems like there wasn’t really a choice — Pine was always looking at this project. Now, he joins Gal Gadot in the superhero picture that will follow the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (which just had a Comic-Con trailer) and Suicide Squad (which wowed people at Comic-Con with its trailer).

Wonder Woman has been in trouble behind-the-scenes, but seems to be righting the ship following the departure of Michelle MacLaren. Monster director Patty Jenkins is »

- Zach Dennis

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Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Date for First Original Film ‘Beasts of No Nation’

30 July 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” will hit screens in select U.S. markets on October 16, the same day that it debuts worldwide on Netflix.

Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film in 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres.

“Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.

This allows the Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, to be eligible for Oscar consideration. Its awards season chances were improved earlier this week when the pic was selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

It will go head to head with other awards hopefuls, Steven Spielberg »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Relativity Lets Rights to ‘Hillsong – Let Hope Rise’ Revert to Producers (Exclusive)

30 July 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rights to the faith-based film “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” have reverted back to the documentary’s producers as Relativity Media prepares for bankruptcy.

The embattled studio originally intended to release the film on September 30, but took it off the schedule earlier this month as it struggled to deal with the fallout from a massive missed debt payment. Relativity acquired rights to the film, which focuses on the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong United, in March.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. pulled the movie from its April 1 slot after Alcon Entertainment was unable to secure the rights. The film is a play for faith-based crowds. Hillsong United is led by Joel Houston, the son of Hillsong Church’s founders, an organization that boasts more than 100,000 weekly attendees across its 12 locations.

The film is a co-production of Cantinas Entertainment, Grace Hill Media and MediaWeaver Entertainment.

Relativity is expected to file for Chapter 11 protection on Thursday. »

- Brent Lang

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Emily Dickinson Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

30 July 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The producers of the Emily Dickinson documentary “Phosphorescence: Words Into Shining Light” are launching a Kickstarter campaign to complete the film, narrated by Cynthia Nixon.

The documentary, from U.K.-based production company Hurricane Films, is a companion movie to the recently wrapped Dickinson biopic “A Quiet Passion,” directed by Terence Davies and starring Nixon. Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine also star in “Passion,” which was shot in the spring in Belgium and Massachusetts.

“It’s an honor and a joy to get to narrate her life story in ‘Phospherescence,'” Nixon said. “What a gift to get a chance to bring Emily to life on screen not once, but twice.”

The documentary will explore Dickinson’s life in mid 1800s New England using recovered letters and then-unpublished poems as an entry point. The film will also explore Dickinson’s deep love of horticulture and music, as well as her relationships with friends and family. »

- Dave McNary

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Watch: Full Pilot For Failed 'Clerks' TV Series

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Twenty-one years ago, Kevin Smith splashed onto the indie movie scene (and Hollywood at large) with his first feature, “Clerks.” A genuine labor of love, the filmmaker wrote, directed, produced, edited, and co-starred in the picture, which went on to garner awards at both Sundance and Cannes; win overwhelming critical acclaim; launch Smith’s career; and spawn a sequel (with a third in the works), cartoon, and a failed 1995 live action television pilot. What’s that, you’ve never heard of “Clerks” the TV series? As Av Club reports, such a thing as almost to be. Now, before you wonder how such a potentially groundbreaking show died before leaving the gate, I should tell you that Smith was not involved in any way. Because of his absence, Jay and Silent Bob are noticeably absent (Jay was repurposed by producers as Ray); more so, though, due to his lack of participation, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2015 According to the Criticwire Network

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Throughout the year, members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network -- comprised of nearly 500 critics from around the world -- have been adding their grades and reviews to our database of film pages. Below is a collection of documentaries that have been released in theaters (or on widely available streaming sites) during that time that have a) received 10 or more reviews and b) maintained a grade average of "B+" or higher. Averages and totals are subject to change, but we'll update the list with new additions as notable titles make their way onto theaters or VOD screens across the country.  This is just one of our running list of the best-reviewed films of the year. For more of the top titles of 2015, be sure to peruse our collections of the best documentaries and the best overall films. Every time we update any of these lists, we gather the analysis of the overall »

- Steve Greene

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Watch: Pregnant Actress Goes 'Black Swan' Crazy in Exclusive 'Olmo and the Seagull' Trailer

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Read More: Watch: Petra Costa On 'Elena,' Brazilian Documentary Films and More For their first collaboration, directors Petra Costa and Lea Glob have developed a dark look into the mind of a pregnant actress and the challenges she faces when trying to succeed. In "Olmo and the Seagull," actress Olivia prepares for the starring role of Arkadina in a theatrical production of Chekhov's "The Seagull." As she begins to prepare for the role, she learns that she is pregnant. At first, she is ready to take on both the pregnancy and the character, but she soon faces setbacks that threaten her pregnancy and clash with her success as an actress. In "Black Swan" fashion, Olivia looks into the mirror and sees herself as both female characters of the play: Arkadina, the aging actress, and Nina, the increasingly chaotic actress.  The film is set to screen at the 2015 Locarno »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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First Photos And Official Synopsis For 'The Leftovers' Season 2

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Though it took five seasons for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to more or less catch up to its still-unfinished source material – George R. R. Martin is currently writing the penultimate novel of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series – the TV adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s “The Leftovers” has completely exhausted its source material in only one season. As such, showrunner Damon Lindelof made the bold decision to relocate the setting of the show from upstate New York to Texas. Now more details are being shared about the Texas-set second season, including a full synopsis and the premiere date. “The Leftovers” will be returning this fall on October 4th, and with the change of scenery, a large portion of first season’s cast won’t be making the move, leaving Justin TherouxCarrie CoonMargaret QualleyChristopher EcclestonJanel MoloneyAmy BrennemanChris Zylka and Liv Tyler as »

- Cain Rodriguez

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9 Cult Films That Deserve a Television Prequel Series

54 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: How 'Wet Hot American Summer' Creators David Wain and Michael Showalter Got the 'Camp' Back Together "Airplane!" (Jim Abraham, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)Office-set high jinks have long made for excellent television show fodder -- from "Night Court" to "Taxi," "The Office" to "Cheers," the landscape has always been vast and chockfull of possibilities -- and a fresh television take on "Airplane!" could easily take off using that kind of framework. The original Zaz feature film made generous use of flashbacks (including literally haunting disco melodies) and frequently alluded to pre-existing relationships, so while it may sound a little silly (fine, even surely silly) to claim that the film has a rich universe of information to pull from, the signs are there. Just imagine the possibilities: a Mash-like treatment of Ted Striker's time in the war, a goofy workplace sitcom about whatever the hell happens »

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Ymagis Acquires France’s Oldest Film Lab Eclair Group

56 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– The French commercial court of Nanterre has greenly the acquisition of Gaul’s 108-year old film lab Eclair Group which was placed under bankruptcy protection in June.

Priced at $742,000 (670,000 Euros), the acquisition by Ymagis covers Eclair Group’s businesses, assets and holdings in France, Germany and Morocco.

Ymagis will split the company into two subsids: Eclair Media Sas, which will be dedicated to content distribution and localisation services, and Eclair Cinéma Sas, which will handle postproduction and restoration.

Out of the 320 people on Eclair Group’s payroll, 233 will join the pair of newly-created Eclair Media Sas, Eclair Cinéma Sas as well as the subsidiaries acquired.

Eclair Group’s businesses will complement Ymagis Group’s existing “content services” division, providing digital content delivery to movie theatres, and opening the group up to new developments in video biz, such as services for TV channels, VOD platforms in international markets.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Cinedigm Reaches Agreement With Activist Shareholders (Exclusive)

58 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinedigm Corp. will appoint four new directors to its board after reaching a settlement agreement this week that ends a protracted standoff with a group of activist investors.

The digital distribution company was heavily criticized by its largest shareholder, Ronald Chez, and by another investor, Sabra Capital, about the performance of the stock. In a series of sharply worded communiques, they pushed for a $15 million share buy-back, tighter cost control and more board representation.

Cinedigm’s stock closed Thursday at 64 cents, down 3%. It was trading at $2.33 a year ago. Last month, Nasdaq said it would delist Cinedigm in December if the stock hit $1 for 10 days.

The new independent directors include Blair Westlake, Andrew Schuon, Patrick O’Brien and Zvi Rhine of Sabra Capital. The board will expand its size from 8 to 12 directors.

Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk noted that the new directors are the results of a plan announced in »

- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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Jason Segel on Why He Wants 'The End of the Tour' Audiences to Forget They're Watching Him on Screen

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Read More: James Ponsoldt on Why 'The End of the Tour' Is Not a David Foster Wallace Biopic David Foster Wallace is not the sort of role that an actor takes lightly. When Jason Segel (known primarily as the self-effacing funnyman who starred in Apatow joints "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "I Love You, Man" as well as happily married Marshall on ubersitcom "How I Met Your Mother") signed on to portray the celebrated writer in James Ponsoldt’s "The End Of The Tour," he exercised due diligence. The result was a performance of unanticipated nuance and power, uncannily replicating the Wallace preserved in interview clips and writing samples while also unearthing hidden depths of personality that only a premise this intimate could afford.  Jesse Eisenberg joins Segel as small-time novelist David Lipsky, sent by Roling Stone to cover the tail end of Wallace’s book tour in support of "Infinite Jest. »

- Charles Bramesco

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‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’ Headed To CNN Next Month – Update

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Update, 8:20 Am: CNN just announced it has pushed the premiere date for Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie to Thursday, August 20. It will air at 9 Pm and 11 Pm Et. Previous, July 9, Am: CNN Films has acquired the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie and has set its TV premiere for August 13 at 9 Pm Et on CNN. Produced and directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films, the Evocateur documents the… »

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Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Makes a Bang With $4 Million on Thursday

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Tom Cruise has arrived back in theaters with a bang, with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” reeling in $4 million on Thursday night.

The preview showings began at 8 p.m. at 2,764 locations. The gross is comparable to “Mad Max,” which earned $3.7 million in evening shows; “World War’s” $3.6 million; and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'” $4.1 million.

Paramount’s fifth “Mission: Impossible” expands to 3,956 locations on Friday. The studio’s extensive marketing campaign has centered on the 53-year-old Cruise clinging to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff.

The action adventure, which carries a hefty $150 million budget, is on pace to open to $40 million over the weekend. Some analysts think that number could rise to $50 million, given the strong critical support for the film.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is set in Morocco, Austria and the U.K. as Cruise’s Ethan Hunt tracks a organization hellbent on mucking »

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Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger team up for record label drama

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Set in 1970s New York, Vinyl will explore the drug-fuelled music business at the dawn of punk and disco, starring Olivia Wilde and Jagger’s son James

A new TV series about the music industry co-produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger will premiere on HBO in 2016, it has been announced. The “rock’n’roll drama”, Vinyl, will star Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale, House’s Olivia Wilde and Jagger’s son James.

Set in New York in the 1970s, it will tell the story of a fictional record label called American Century records, exploring the drug- and sex-fuelled music business when the punk and disco scenes were emerging.

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- Nadia Khomami

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Watch: Full Length 'Making Batman Begins' Doc, Christopher Nolan Talks Legacy Of Film On 10th Anniversary

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Ten years ago, Batman was a Warner Bros. property that had run its course, and needed a reboot delivered with fresh, creative insight. That job landed in the lap of Christopher Nolan, and on June 15, 2005 his vision of The Dark Knight arrived with "Batman Begins," and it was a game changer. Gone were the toy-sale-oriented incarnations of the past, and instead there was an adult, thematically rich approach that went far beyond its darker surface. Speaking with Forbes, Nolan reflects on how he and screenwriter David Goyer decided to tackle the iconic character. "I think the idea that Bruce Wayne perceived of Batman as a symbol that could rally the good people of Gotham was something that very much came to David Goyer and myself as we explored the logic behind his actions. We were setting out to try and tell a more realistic version of the story, and of the origin story, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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MoMA to Honor Robert Zemeckis in Retrospective, Includes 'The Walk' Special Screening

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Read More: Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a 'Man on Wire' in Thrilling 'The Walk' Trailer Director Robert Zemeckis, known for creating blockbuster franchises such as "Back to the Future" and dramas like "Forrest Gump," will be honored by the Museum of Modern Art in the retrospective "What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis."  The retrospective will open with a special screening of Zemeckis' latest film, "The Walk," which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as high-wire artist Philippe Petit during his walk between the Twin Towers. On October 3, MoMA will celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Back to the Future" by screening all three of the franchise's films back to back, just in time for October 21, 2015, when Marty McFly travels to the future in "Back to the Future II."  Zemeckis' "The Walk" will premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 26. "What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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Willem Dafoe Joins Noomi Rapace In Sci-Fi Pic ‘What Happened To Monday?’

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Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Noomi Rapace-starrer What Happened to Monday? The film, directed by Tommy Wirkola, has started shooting  in Bucharest at the Castel Film Studios. Dafoe and Rapace are joined by Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy) in the sci-fi action thriller, which takes place in the not so distant future. Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck and Pal Sverre Hagen have also boarded the project, in which overpopulation and famine have forced governments to… »

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