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Oscar Best Picture Nominees Get the Honest Trailer Treatment

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

The ever-clever Honest Trailers produced by Screen Junkies just wouldn’t be the same without an Oscar installment. In the newest edition, Hollywood gets roasted for its selection of nine best picture nominees. “They’ve got to stop releasing all these movies at the same time,” the voiceover mocks. With less than a week to go before Hollywood’s biggest night, the industry could probably use a couple lighthearted jokes.

The video runs through all the nominees, beginning with “Arrival” and moving onto “Lion” (“If you say you’ve seen this, you’re probably lyin’.”) “Hell or High Water” gets the same treatment. Paired with clips of “True Grit,” the trailer promises viewers a chance to hear “that one grizzled cowboy voice Jeff Bridges does.”

“For a film that’s so entertaining, straightforward, and unpretentious, it has no chance of actually winning best picture,” says the voiceover. Touche, Screen Junkies. »

- Dani Levy

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Release Dates Confirmed: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

12 hours ago | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Today Disney and Lucasfilm made it official: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity JonesDiego LunaBen MendelsohnDonnie YenMads MikkelsenAlan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker will make its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD debut on April 4th, 2017.

You'll be able to watch Star Wars: Rogue One two weeks prior on March 24th when the first standalone Star Wars film is released exclusively on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. All high definition versions will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

Star Wars: Rogue One was a beast at the box office this past holiday season, earning over one billion at the global box office and proving the Star Wars franchise could stand on its own two feet without the core Skywalker mythology involved.

Bonus features are notably missing any of the deleted and re-shot footage from the third act. »

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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Heads to Netflix From Paramount

21 February 2017 7:49 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman has made the move to Netflix.

The streamer has picked up the rights to the long-gestating gangster movie, which was originally set up at Paramount, sources confirm.

The Irishman will see the director reunite with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Steve Zaillian adapted The Irishman from Charles Brandt‘s book I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the exploits of Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking Teamsters official with ties to the Bufalino crime family. Shortly before his death in 2003, Sheeran confessed that he killed fellow Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has never been found. He also claimed that it was Hoffa who wanted John F. Kennedy killed.

In Cannes, Stx prevailed »

- Mia Galuppo

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Rachel Bloom, Adam Pally Lead Lionsgate Comedy ‘Most Likely To Murder'

16 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rachel Bloom and Adam Pally are set to lead Most Likely to Murder, a mystery comedy acquired by Lionsgate, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The stars of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Making History, respectively, will also produce the film with Petra Ahmann. Dan Gregor will direct from a script he co-wrote with Doug Mand, his writing partner on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Mand, who will also appear in the film, is an executive producer with Gregor.

Lionsgate acquired the title through Lionsgate Digital Studio, which aims to produce low-budget features and episodic series. Production is scheduled to begin next month in New York.

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- Ashley Lee

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Disney, Imax Extend Slate Deal Through 2019, Including ‘Star Wars’ Films

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

Imax and Disney have renewed their longstanding slate deal through 2019, and disclosed that director Rian Johnson shot key sequences of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” using Imax’s extremely high-resolution cameras.

“The Last Jedi” opens Dec. 15. The deal also covers the untitled Han Solo anthology film, which opens May 25, 2018, and “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

Additionally, the deal extends to Lucasfilm’s untitled Indiana Jones film,  Marvel’s “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled Avengers sequel; “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “Mulan”; Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4”; and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel.

The companies noted that they have previously announced that “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled Avengers sequel will be shot in their entirety by the Russo Brothers with Imax cameras.

“The Walt Disney Studios strives to bring great stories from visionary filmmakers »

- Dave McNary

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'X-Men' Stuntman Trevor Habberstad Dies at 27 After Cancer Battle

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 27.

X-Men director Bryan Singer remembered Habberstad as a dedicated professional.

"Trevor was a #stuntcoordinator in his own right and would have gone on to become one of the greats. His skill, commitment to safety and work ethic was second to none. In my 20-year career, I have never lost a friend/colleague this way. He and his entire family are among the kindest people I have ever met. My heart goes out to them. His passing is »

- Aaron Couch

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Japanese Auteur Seijun Suzuki Dies at 93

21 February 2017 11:41 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Japanese director Seijun Suzuki died Feb. 13 at a Tokyo hospital after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which affects the lungs. He was 93. 

His death was announced by Nikkatsu, the studio that famously fired him in 1967 after 12 years and 40 films, for what is now seen as his masterpiece, Branded to Kill. The film was made in black and white as a punishment for his work on Tokyo Drifter — now also considered a classic — the year before. Both films were intended by Nikkatsu to be straightforward, B-movie yakuza gangster flicks, but Suzuki’s experimental style, »

- Gavin J. Blair

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Toronto top brass to trim 2017 festival

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City To City, Vanguard axed from 2017 edition.

With seven months to go before this year’s event, the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) hierarchy has unveiled a slimmed-down event while preserving its status as an awards season platform.

Both the City To City and Vanguard strands are being retired, while several programmers will not return including, as recently announced, the popular Midnight Madness master of ceremonies Colin Geddes.

Total festival selections will drop by 20% amid a tacit acknowledgement by the leadership that historical levels had a tendency to overwhelm visitors, especially working press. Based on last year’s level of 397 films, a 20% cut would mean a total selection of about 318.

This year’s festival will comprise 14 programmes and a programming team of 21 that contains two new recruits: Kiva Reardon, a programmer at the Miami Film Festival who previously worked at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, will programme Africa and the Middle East; while curator, producer and writer »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Ken Loach for kids': the minds behind My Life As a Courgette

51 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A boy who kills his alcoholic mum is the unlikely star of this Oscar-nominated family film. Its makers tell us about taking young audiences seriously and planning to ‘crush their little hearts’

Animations made outside of the Us rarely get a look-in come Oscar night, Aardman and Studio Ghibli being the only non-American studios to win since animation was given its own category in 2001. On top of that, a “family film” whose nine-year-old protagonist kills his mother might seem a tad dark for voters. And who could fancy the chances of any film, for any prize, when it has the name of a vegetable in its title?

That said, Ma Vie de Courgette, nominated as My Life As a Zucchini and described by its director as “Ken Loach for kids”, has already been breaking the mould. With a clutch of film festival prizes and a European film award, it happens »

- Demetrios Matheou

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WGA Meeting Shows Guild On Strike Footing As Contract Talks Loom

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Bargaining on a new contract isn’t expected to begin until next month, but if tonight's informational meeting is any indication, the Writers Guild of America is definitely on a strike footing. "It seems that if they took a strike authorization vote tonight, it would be favorable," said a seemingly dismayed writer upon leaving the meeting. "They were cheering speakers who were in favor of a hard line, and booing those who expressed trepidation." Non-members weren't allowed… »

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‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’

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[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “The Expanse” Season 2, Episode 5, “Home,” below.]

If you’ve never read the books written by James S.A. Corey upon which “The Expanse” is based, then Episode 5 of the second season more than likely came as a massive shock. As a show adapted from a popular book series with serious genre roots, “The Expanse” has elicited comparisons to “Game of Thrones” before. But the series reached Red Wedding-levels of surprise with “Home,” in which Miller (Thomas Jane) bonds with the protomolecule-infected Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) to prevent the Eros station from crashing into Earth.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

It’s a surprisingly romantic sequence, dense with visual effects to capture the depths to which Julie has become bonded with the protomolecule. But the actual filming featured none of those trappings: Jane and Faivre were acting, according to executive producer Mark Fergus, in “a big empty room with just a chair. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Alien: Covenant’ ‘Prologue’ Video Introduces The Colony Ship’s Crew Before Cryosleep

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Teased during the latest episode of Legion on Fox, fans got a new look at Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant in The Prologue: Last Supper video, a short that introduces the crew of the colony ship, Covenant. Set on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter (Michael Fassbender), enjoy one last meal together before cryosleep. The latest chapter in the Alien franchise, follows the crew as they reach the far… »

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Serves Up 5-Minute ‘Last Supper’ Prologue

5 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With Neill Blomkamp‘s “Alien” looking unlikely to happen, the future of the franchise rests on the shoulders of the man who started it all: Ridley Scott. He’s back with “Alien: Covenant,” which for fans will have to show some improvement over the beautiful looking, viscerally engaging, but kinda really dumb “Prometheus.” And he’s going to try, bringing buckets of blood along with him.

Continue reading ‘Alien: Covenant’ Serves Up 5-Minute ‘Last Supper’ Prologue at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The ‘X-Force’ Movie Will be Written by Joe Carnahan

5 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The last time we heard anything solid about Fox’s X-Force movie, X-Men franchise mainstay Simon Kinberg was working on the screenplay. Then there were rumblings that this team of mutant heroes, darker and a bit more violent than your typical X-Men team, would be introduced in the third Deadpool movie (never mind that Deadpool 2 […]

The post The ‘X-Force’ Movie Will be Written by Joe Carnahan appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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David Stratton on bad reviews, director tantrums and watching a new film every day

5 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As the documentary about him, A Cinematic Life, screens in cinemas, the esteemed film critic reminisces about a life lived in front of the silver screen

Luke Buckmaster: As in your autobiography, I Peed on Fellini, the documentary David Stratton: A Cinematic Life reminisces on the time Geoffrey Wright – the director of Romper Stomper – hurled a glass of wine at you at a party. Do any other stories come to mind, about film-makers who reacted badly to what you’ve written or said?

David Stratton: When I was writing for Variety, way back in the mid-to-late 80s in Cannes, in the first week of the festival I’d been assigned to review an Icelandic film. Reviews in those days were sent off by telex or something, then they’d be printed in the weekly Variety in New York and shipped back to Cannes. So always, the reviews of the »

- Luke Buckmaster

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Dance Documentary ‘Step’ Gets July Release Against ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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

Fox Searchlight Pictures has set a July 7 release for Amanda Lipitz’s documentary “Step” — making it the first title to go up against Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Fox Searchlight bought rights to the movie last month following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat, documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Each student is trying to become the first in their families to attend college and striving to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

Step” is a Stick Figure, Impact Partners, Vulcan, and Scott Rudin production, and produced by Lipitz and Steven Cantor. Exec producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Micheal Flaherty, Valerie McGowan, »

- Dave McNary

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George Clooney: Trump is a 'Hollywood elitist', Bannon is a 'failed director'

7 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Clooney criticized the president, who still collects a substantial sum from prior film and TV roles, as part of the elite he regularly rails against

George Clooney has accused Donald Trump of being part of the Hollywood elite he has regularly criticized, adding that his chief strategist Steve Bannon is “a failed film writer and director.”

Related: The new culture war: how​ ​Hollywood took on​ ​Trump

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- Guardian staff

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George Clooney: Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Are the Real Hollywood Elites

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If you’ve ever heard the term “Hollywood elite” used as an insult, it likely came from a Republican politician. George Clooney takes issue with that characterization in a new Canal+ interview, noting that Donald Trump and his advisor Steve Bannon fit the term as well as anyone. “Donald Trump has 22 acting credits,” the actor says. “He collects $120,000 a year in his Screen Actors Guild pension fund. He is a Hollywood elitist.”

Read More: Stephen K. Bannon’s Indie Film Career Contradicts His Alt-Right Vision

Trump has made a number of cameos in movies and television shows dating back decades, increasing his profile further with “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Bannon, meanwhile, has produced a number of films of his own — and unsuccessfully tried to make several more. “Steve Bannon is a failed film writer,” Clooney says of former Breitbart editor, whose unrealized projects include a Shakespearean rap movie about the L. »

- Michael Nordine

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Demi Lovato on Her New Documentary: Mental Health Is ‘Just as Important as Physical Health’

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

In 2008, at age 16, Demi Lovato became a rising star, landing the lead role in Disney Channel’s hit original movie “Camp Rock” alongside the Jonas Brothers, rapidly becoming a teen icon. That same year, she signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records, releasing her debut album “Don’t Forget,” which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100. Before the release of the album, Lovato began her own tour, and appeared on the Jonas Brothers’ Burnin’ Up Tour.

Though Lovato’s success was apparent, her internal struggles were largely shielded. In 2011, with a history of drug abuse and self-harm, she entered rehab, where she was diagnosed with bipolar depression. Since her diagnosis, Lovato has been vocal about living with a mental illness and her journey through recovery. She is the spokesperson for Be Vocal, an initiative focused on helping individuals and communities with mental illness advocate for themselves and for others. »

- Sarah Ahern

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Superhero Bits: Possible Deadpool Promo for Logan, Infinity Stone Side Effects, Logan Posters & More

7 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Does touching the Infinity Stone have a longer term effect on Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Where can you get exclusive Logan posters when you see the movie next week? Could Hidden Figures director Theodore Melfi end up directing a future Marvel movie? Will new Deadpool footage be used to promote Logan? […]

The post Superhero Bits: Possible Deadpool Promo for Logan, Infinity Stone Side Effects, Logan Posters & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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