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Nate Parker, Fox Searchlight to Host ‘Birth of a Nation’ Press Conference in Toronto

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Fox Searchlight will put Nate Parker front and center at the Toronto Film Festival, following weeks of controversy over a 17-year-old rape case involving the director and star of “The Birth of a Nation.” Parker and the studio will host a press conference at TIFF on Sept. 11, and participate in a junket with international television press the day before, TheWrap has learned. The multi-hyphenate Parker will appear with his cast Armie Hammer, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller and Gabrielle Union. Also Read: Can Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' Still Deliver at Box Office Despite Rape Controversy? »


- Matt Donnelly

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Damien Chazelle’s Bold and Beautiful ‘La La Land’ Puts Oscar Season on Notice

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The first time I heard the name Damien Chazelle, it was at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker Jason Reitman was there as the producer of an under-the-radar short film called “Whiplash,” starring J.K. Simmons as a gnarly band instructor. “This kid is talented,” Reitman said of the film’s young director. I blew it off.

A year later, the feature version of “Whiplash” exploded out of Sundance and then everyone knew the name Damien Chazelle. By the time the awards season rolled around, his tight little potboiler about a battle of wills between a drummer and his instructor was a Cinderella possibility in the Oscar race. But no one expected it to walk away with three Academy Awards until it did exactly that.

If “Whiplash” was the warning shot, “La La Land” is the heavy artillery. A love letter to Los Angeles inspired by the musical stylings of Jacques Demy »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Rupert Wyatt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Captive State’ Lands at Participant Media

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After a heated bidding war, Participant Media has come away with the rights to Rupert Wyatt’s next film, “Captive State.”

Wyatt will direct from a script he co-wrote with his wife Erica Beeney. David Crocket will produce along with Wyatt. Several suitors, including FilmNation, were in the mix, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film will have a sci-fi angle. Variety first reported the news of Wyatt’s next project.

Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media will executive produce. The movie will be released through Participant’s output deal with Amblin Partners, with Focus Features releasing domestically and eOne launching it in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and the Benelux countries.

Wyatt hasn’t directed a movie since Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson’s 2014 drama “The Gambler.” He was once attached to direct “Gambit,” which recently lost its latest director, »


- Justin Kroll

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Derek Cianfrance Says ‘Empire Of The Summer Moon’ Next, Aiming To Shoot In The Spring

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In the six years that have passed since he broke out with “Blue Valentine,” Derek Cianfrance has completed only two films: 2012’s “The Place Beyond The Pines” and this weekend’s “The Light Between Oceans” (read our review). He’s not a filmmaker that cranks them out. However, he is looking to get his next project mounted […]

The post Derek Cianfrance Says ‘Empire Of The Summer Moon’ Next, Aiming To Shoot In The Spring appeared first on The Playlist. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Warcraft’ Director Duncan Jones Interested in Sequel, Says He’s ‘Proud and Furious’ About Film

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Despite a dismal box office performance in the U.S. and a harsh critical reception, “Warcraft” filmmaker Duncan Jones stands behind his film.

“I’m equally proud and furious about ‘Warcraft,'” Jones told Thrillist. “I love it. I spent so much time on it. I put all my heart into trying to make it work. Parts of it, I think, work but it also drives me crazy that I wasn’t able to push through everything that I knew needed to happen in order to make the film I knew it could be.”

One of the things that didn’t quite work for Jones was the pacing of the film. He acknowledges that as one of aspects that critics focused on when reviewing his movie.

“A lot of people have criticized the jumpiness of the pacing. Trust me, if anyone is frustrated about the pacing of the film and how that turned out, »


- Maria Cavassuto

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Mel Gibson Says ‘Passion of the Christ’ Follow-Up ‘The Resurrection’ Will Be ‘A Huge Undertaking’

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Mel Gibson has confirmed what many have long suspected: “The Passion of the Christ” will indeed have a follow-up, though the actor and filmmaker hesitates to call “The Resurrection” a sequel. Speaking to evangelist Greg Laurie as part of SoCal Harvest, Gibson referred to the long-gestating project as “a huge undertaking” for him and screenwriter Randall Wallace.

“And you know, it’s not the ‘Passion 2,'” he clarified to Laurie. “It’s called ‘The Resurrection.’ Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened.” Gibson will soon premiere his latest directorial effort, the Andrew Garfield–starring “Hacksaw Ridge,” at the Venice Film Festival.

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- Michael Nordine

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CBS All Access Offers a Commercial-Free Subscription For a Few Dollars More

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I haven’t subscribed to the new CBS All Access streaming platform yet, but I will. In fact, I know exactly when I will give them my credit card number: in January 2017, when Star Trek: Discovery premieres and becomes available exclusively through this new service. Yes, CBS – you got me hook, line, and sinker with […]

The post CBS All Access Offers a Commercial-Free Subscription For a Few Dollars More appeared first on /Film. »


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‘La La Land’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Details the Film’s Songwriting Process (Exclusive)

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Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” has landed on the Lido as the 73rd Venice Film Festival is officially underway. The film has dazzled critics and made an undeniable splash as an awards season prospect, creatively dabbling in the musical genre to tell a story of dreamers dreaming and the electricity that comes from chasing what makes you happy.

The DNA of those thematic strokes can be found in the original songs crafted for the film, six in all, which carry the viewer through the journey of jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone). The film’s composer, Justin Hurwitz, spoke exclusively to Variety about the process as he and Chazelle sought to turn something traditional and classic on its ear.

Light spoilers follow…

(Note: All songs feature music by Hurwitz and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, save for “Start a Fire,” which was written by Hurwitz, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Jesus Vr: The Story of Christ,’ the First-Ever Feature-Length 360-Degree Film, to Screen at Venice Film Festival

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Following the likes of “Last Days in the Desert,” “Risen” and “Ben-Hur,” 2016 is about to see another film about Jesus — albeit of a different kind. “Jesus Vr: The Story of Christ,” a feature-length 360-degree movie, is set to screen in an abbreviated form at the Venice Film Festival.

Read More: Mel Gibson Says ‘Passion of the Christ’ Follow-Up ‘The Resurrection’ Will Be ‘A Huge Undertaking’

“We are particularly pleased about the opportunity to present the first feature film in the world made entirely for virtual reality,” said festival director Alberto Barbera. “‘Jesus Vr’ will serve to demonstrate the narrative and dramatic potential of the new technology, which has since been limited to short movies.” The news comes just days after “Passion of the Christ” director Mel Gibson confirmed that he and screenwriter Randall Wallace are working on “The Resurrection,” a follow-up to their massively successful 2004 film. Continued Barbera, “The fact is of particular value, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Shameless’ Season 7 Trailer: William H. Macy Declares War On His Family

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The Gallaghers and their dysfunctional lives are back for Season 7 of the hit Showtime series “Shameless,” with a new trailer that features the family’s patriarch declaring war on his loved ones.

“You threw me in,” Frank (William H. Macy) angrily says to the members of his clan after awakening from a coma and learning that they tossed him in the river. The new season picks up a month after the last episode and will follow Frank as he tries to replace his kids with new ones he handpicks from a shelter.

Read More: Emmy Rossum to Make Directorial Debut in ‘Shamless’ Season 7

It’s also clear that Fiona (Emmy Rossum), after being left at the alter, is going through a hard time trying to get her life back in order. As the eldest child and caretaker of everyone, she tries to get her siblings to contribute to the household and clean up their acts. »


- Liz Calvario

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ABC & The Academy Extend Broadcast Deal Through 100th Academy Awards

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the organization extended their current agreement with ABC to broadcast the Academy Awards until 2028. In a press release Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs remarked, “We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most […]

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Peter Facinelli & Others Pump ‘Heartthrob’; Chloe Lukasiak Digs ‘Loophole’

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Peter Facinelli, Keir GilchristAubrey Peeples, Ione Skye, Jimmy Bennett, Felicity Price and Taylor Dearden are cast in Heartthrob, an indie from writer-director Chris Sivertson. The film is described as a teen romance that spirals out of control and becomes a teen thriller, but details of the plot and the characters were not provided. Production is under way on the feature from Citizen Skull Productions, which also features Jimmy Bennett. Mark Myers and Michael Moran… »


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Venice Film Review: ‘Summertime’

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Gabriele Muccino is an Italian filmmaker (“The Last Kiss,” “Ecco Fatto”) who had a high-profile moment of going Hollywood. He was handed the plum of directing two Will Smith vehicles in a row, “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006) and “Seven Pounds” (2007), and he was able to bring his earthy intelligence and humanity to at least one of them. (The less said about “Seven Pounds” the better.) One way to talk about Muccino’s new film, “Summertime,” which premiered tonight at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, is to say that he is once again an “Italian filmmaker.” But that wouldn’t be quite accurate. “Summertime” is more like an American film embedded in an Italian one.

It’s about Marco (Brando Pacitto), a sulky curly-haired cherub from Rome, and the fussbudget princess Maria (Matilda Lutz), also from Rome, who he doesn’t know well and doesn’t get along with. The »


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Adorable ‘Finding Dory’ Clip Reminds You to Catch the Film’s Theatrical Re-Release This Weekend

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Audiences had no trouble finding Finding Dory this summer, as evidenced by the Pixar sequel’s $930 million worldwide gross. But in case you missed her the first time around, or in case you just want to see her again, everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang will be swimming back into theaters. Disney has announced a Finding Dory re-release […]

The post Adorable ‘Finding Dory’ Clip Reminds You to Catch the Film’s Theatrical Re-Release This Weekend appeared first on /Film. »


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New Trailer For Paul Verhoeven’s Provocative ‘Elle’ Starring Isabelle Huppert

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Paul Verhoeven and controversy go hand-in-hand, but it was a bit surprising that his latest, “Elle,” didn’t receive any boos at the Cannes Film Festival this spring. Tackling the thorny subjects of rape, revenge, and placing the subjects the in the realm of a black comedy seems like a recipe for a heated response. But alas, […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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AMC Offers Reserve Seating at All Manhattan Theaters

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For New Yorkers, going to the movies often means camping out for an hour before the show starts. Stragglers know that arriving late can be the difference between seeing the movie unfold in comfort and watching the action from the front row, with their necks craned uncomfortably heavenward.

“Growing up the rule I had with my friends was if you were going to go to the theaters, you had to get there an hour early or there’d be a huge line,” said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango and a New York-based entertainment reporter. “Even if you got a ticket in advance, you’d have to get there a half hour in advance or you’d have the worst seat in the theater.”

That could change. Beginning Friday, AMC Theatres is offering reserve seating at all of its Manhattan locations.

The chain had allowed customers to call dibs on »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Adds Jim Broadbent in a ‘Significant’ Role

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Among its many other merits, “Game of Thrones” has served valiantly as a showcase for esteemed British actors. Series regulars (Charles Dance, Jonathan Pryce) and guest stars (Ian McShane) have added to Westeros’ impressively deep roster, and those who haven’t already departed the series in a violent fashion will soon be joined by Jim Broadbent.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’: Maisie Williams Says ‘It’s Time To Wrap This Up’

The Oscar winner will have a “significant” role on the show’s seventh (and penultimate) season, reports Entertainment Weekly; as is custom for “Thrones,” no more information is being divulged. Speculation as to who he might play is sure to run rampant online for quite some time, as the next season doesn’t begin until summer of 2017 — now that winter has finally arrived in Westeros, production can’t begin until later in the year than it has in past seasons. »


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‘Scrubs’ Star Zach Braff Returns To TV With ‘Start Up’

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Fending off multiple networks who wanted to the show for themselves, ABC has ordered a put pilot for the new series “Start Up,” bringing “Scrubs” star Zach Braff back to the small screen. He’ll be directing the pilot and starring in the series, that reunites him with “Scrubs” co-executive producer Matt Tarses. Based on the podcast of […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Casts Oscar Winner Jim Broadbent

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It looks like Game of Thrones landing Ian McShane for a guest spot in season six was just the beginning of a welcome new trend. The extraordinary Jim Broadbent has joined the cast of HBO’s still popular, still excellent fantasy series and will play a “significant” role in the seventh season. This news comes our […]

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- Jacob Hall

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‘Arrival’ Clips: Amy Adams Prepares to Make First Alien Contact After Invasion

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Amy Adams is pulling double duty at the Venice Film Festival, starring in the noir drama “Nocturnal Animals” and Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction thriller “Arrival.” Tomorrow the alien drama will be screened for critics, and before they praise or shoot down the Oscar contender, two new clips, via The Film Stage, have been released.

Set in the aftermath of an alien invasion, the government brings in an esteemed linguist, Louise Banks (Adams), to attempt to decipher their language and figure out their intent on Earth.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Teaser Trailer: Denis Villeneuve Sends Amy Adams On A Dangerous Alien Mission

Based on Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life,” which Eric Heisserer adapted, Villeneuve told The Film Stage that he loved that the short story had a lot of layers to it.

“One of them that deeply touched me is this idea that someone is in contact with death. What »


- Liz Calvario

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