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Oscar Isaac Joins Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Political Thriller 'A Foreigner'

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Oscar Isaac is teaming up with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon to star in the thriller "A Foreigner," confirms Variety.  The story revolves around a murdered Guatemalan man who arranges for videos of his killers to be distributed after his death in hopes to uncover the corruption that has led to other murders. The story is based on the New Yorker article "A Murder Foretold" written by David Grann in 2011.  The film's script is written by Chris Terrio. The producers are Steve Zaillian through his Film Rites banner, along with Steven Rales, Garrett Basch, Mark Roybal and Mark Johnson. Filming is set to start in the fall. Read More: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Talks “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl,” Brian Eno & The Movie Being Compared To ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Isaac had been in talks to join the project since last year but had previous commitments with other projects. He is currently »


- Liz Calvario

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How Cinema Is Under Attack In The Streaming Era & Seven Other Top Longreads of the Week

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Indiewire's Weekly Reads compiles the week's essential news stories and critical pieces for you. 1. In An Era of Streaming, Cinema Is Under Attack. In the wake of digital overload, with multiple screens constantly vying for your attention, it's tempting to think that the movies as a communal, theatrical experience has gone the way of the dodo. The New York Times' chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis discuss the state of moviegoing in this current era. Manohla Dargis: One of the big, possibly bad movie stories of the last few months has been Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju's proposed new venture, Screening Room, which would bring first-run movies into living rooms for $50 a pop for 48 hours, though customers would also have to pony up $150 for the device to stream these titles. A lot of the news stories on Screening Room have focused on the industry: Theater »


- Vikram Murthi

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Cinema Under Attack In The Streaming Era & Seven Other Top Longreads of the Week

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Indiewire's Weekly Reads compiles the week's essential news stories and critical pieces for you. 1. In An Era of Streaming, Cinema Is Under Attack. In the wake of digital overload, with multiple screens constantly vying for your attention, it's tempting to think that the movies as a communal, theatrical experience has gone the way of the dodo. The New York Times' chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis discuss the state of moviegoing in this current era. Manohla Dargis: One of the big, possibly bad movie stories of the last few months has been Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju's proposed new venture, Screening Room, which would bring first-run movies into living rooms for $50 a pop for 48 hours, though customers would also have to pony up $150 for the device to stream these titles. A lot of the news stories on Screening Room have focused on the industry: Theater »


- Vikram Murthi

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'Captain America: Civil War': Digital Effects Pros Break Down the Advantage of Dolby Cinema

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Editor's note: This post is presented in partnership with Dolby Laboratories and AMC Theatres.  The digital technology that goes into creating today’s blockbusters is constantly improving. The problem for the artisans – specifically sound designers and visual effects artists, whose craftmanship brings to life futuristic worlds and explosive action scenes – is that the technology in most of our theaters has failed to progress as quickly.   "A great deal of work that goes into creating effects is getting stepped on by the time it gets to a movie theater because the display devices are unable to reproduce all that work and detail," explained Stuart Bowling, Director of Content and Creative Relations at Dolby, in a recent interview with Indiewire. To address this problem, Dolby completely redesigned the optical light path of their Dolby Vision Laser projectors and created an imagining process that exceeds 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Compared to the »


- Chris O'Falt

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'The Neon Demon' Poster: Elle Fanning Looks Haunting Covered In Purple Blood

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"Beauty isn’t everything. It’s the only thing," reads the latest poster for the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed film "The Neon Demon." Starring Elle Fanning, the new image, which was first released on IMDb, shows us the actress in black in white, covered in purple-colored blood. Her eyes and the jewels around her face are the only other touches of color. "The Neon Demon" tells the story of the cutthroat modeling world in Los Angeles and follows an aspiring model (Fanning) as her dreams come true. Once she is there, her talent, beauty and youth are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will do anything to have what she does.  Read More: 'The Neon Demon' New Pics: Elle Fanning Goes In For The Kill & More Bloody Images Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone and Abbey Lee round out the cast of the highly-anticipated thriller. "The Neon Demon »


- Liz Calvario

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Alden Ehrenreich Playing Han Solo is Proof That Movie Stardom is Dead

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Alden Ehrenreich is the new Han Solo. “The new Han Solo.” Since when do we live in a world where that doesn’t seem like a particularly strange thing to say? In the age of Ultron, elaborately interconnected franchises, and secret semi-sequels that are marketed on the faintest whiff of brand recognition, everyone seems to have accepted the idea that actors are merely stewards for the roles that they inhabit. We have come to grips with the understanding that Disney will be making Star Wars movies until long after any of us are still alive to watch them, and that Han Solo will survive Ford, Ehrenreich, and the rest of us, too. For 30 years, Harrison Ford had been the Han Solo, but by the time "The Force Awakens" came out last year, moviegoers had already been conditioned to accept the idea that he was just a version of the character. »


- David Ehrlich

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'The Night Manager' Design: Tom Hiddleston Goes Glam as John le Carré Spy (Emmy Watch)

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"The Night Manager" proves that John le Carré is as adaptable and as appealing as ever, with Tom Hiddleston's former Brit soldier Pine getting sucked into the inner world of arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie) and having trouble resisting the dubious morality he's been fighting. It's a clever cat-and-mouse spy game, directed by Susanne Bier with a lushness not normally associated with le Carré. Production designer Tom Burton found striking locations in Mallorca (Spain), Marrakesh, (Morocco), Zermatt (Switzerland) and Hartland (Devon), and cinematographer Michael Snyman captured a a tantalizing beauty together with the inevitable chaos. Read More: 'The Night Manager' is Thrilling and Boasts One Director: Susanne Bier  "My brief was to get as much contrast as possible, going from Switzerland, which is cold and icy, to Cairo, which is hot and dusty, to the Mediterranean, which is crystal clear and blue," recalled »


- Bill Desowitz

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Jon Stewart Could Return To TV Before The Presidential Elections, HBO CEO Reveals

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If you were wondering when Jon Stewart would return to television it might be sooner than you thought.  HBO CEO Richard Plepler told CNN’s Brian Stelter Thursday in a Paley Media Council interview that he is "hopeful" that viewers could expect to see Stewart on HBO before the November presidential election.  The former host of "The Daily Show" left the Comedy Central gig back in August of 2015. He then signed a four-year production deal with HBO and started working with 3D graphics company Otoy on the creation of short-form video projects for the platform. When asked what we can expect from Stewart Plepler replied: "I think he’s clamoring at the bit to do something that he knows is going to stand out and be a new part of his artistic expression." Read More: Here's Why Jon Stewart Quit 'The Daily Show' Plepler did state that Stewart »


- Liz Calvario

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'Game of Thrones': What It's Like to Be Melisandre the Red Woman, According to Carice van Houten

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Starring on "Game of Thrones" is like playing a sport — one where dodging and weaving is necessary, if you're going to promote the show without saying anything at all. Carice van Houten thrives on it, in case you couldn't tell from her Twitter feed. "I’ve never been in something that’s so secretive and that’s so loved. There’s such mystery in this," she recently told Indiewire. "I really love to play this game." Read More: 'Game of Thrones': First Photos From Sunday's Episode 'Oathbreaker' Indiewire talked to the actress, who's at the center of some of the show's most controversial moments, after the second episode of Season 6, "Home," to learn more about life as Melisandre, the Red Woman whose secrets are vast as her powers. HBO hasn't released screeners for "Game of Thrones" this season, which means no one on the outside knows what happens »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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'The People Garden' Trailer: See Dree Hemingway Search A Japanese Forest For Her Rock Star Boyfriend

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In Nadia Litz's new feature film "The People Garden," the mysterious Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway) travels to Japan to break up with Jamie (Francois Arnaud), her rock star boyfriend who's currently shooting a music video there with '90s sex symbol Signe (Pamela Anderson). When she arrives, the production crew informs her that Jamie has gone missing and was last seen deep in the forrest shooting the video. Sweetpea pledges to solve Jamie's disappearance with the help of cagey ranger Mak (Jai West), but she soon discovers a mystery far larger than she anticipated. Watch the trailer for "The People Garden" above. Read More: Monterey Media Acquires Female-Centric Western 'Big Muddy' "The People Garden" is Nadia Litz's second feature film after 2014's "Hotel Congress." She is best known as an actress, performing in such films like Jeremy Podeswa's "The Five Senses," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Fear X, »


- Vikram Murthi

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'The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki' Trailer And Poster Shows The Inspiring Boxer Falling In Love

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"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki" directed by Juho Kuosmanen is an upcoming film that will be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Indiewire has your exclusive first look at the new trailer and poster for the Finnish movie that will have you smiling.  The black and white feature is based on the true story of the Finnish boxer Olli Mäki and his highly hyped 1962 championship match against the American featherweight champion Davey Moore. The film follows Olli as he unexpectedly falls in love and becomes more committed to pursuing a budding romance than training for his greatest fight. Read More: 2016 Cannes Film Festival: What You Need To Know About These 6 Un Certain Regard Titles The movie stars Jarkko Lahti as Olli, Oona Airola as Raija, Eero Milonoff and John Bosco Jr. The poster shows Olli in the bottom corner concentrated »


- Liz Calvario

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Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion Move Their Web Series 'Con Man' to Comic-Con HQ

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"Firefly" pals Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have found a new home for their crowd-funded web series "Con Man." The new streaming service Comic-Con HQ, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Comic-Con International, has picked up the show and ordered a second season. Previously produced episodes of "Con Man" will appear on Comic-Con HQ starting next month, and the series' second season will premiere later this year. Comic-Con HQ actually launches this Saturday in beta mode. Read More:Comic-Con HQ Streaming Service to Offer Convention Panels and Pop Culture Shows Author P.J. Haarsma is also behind "Con Man" with Tudyk and Fillion. The project was funded by more than 46,000 fans, who raised $3.2 million on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. "Con Man" is about the stars of a canceled sci-fi TV series, and is loosely based on the post-"Firefly" careers of both Tudyk and Fillion. Tudyk plays Wray Nerely, who winds up on the sci-fi. »


- Michael Schneider

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2016 Cannes Film Festival: What You Need To Know About These 6 Buzzy New Titles

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All this week, Indiewire will be rolling out our annual Cannes Film Festival Preview, including just about everything you need to know about the festival's offerings, from the talent behind their creation, to why it's at Cannes and what we can expect from the final product. Consider these your Cannes cheat sheets, packed with the kind of information and insight you can't get anywhere else. Check back every day this week to learn more about the films that are poised to make this year's festival one to remember.  Read More: Indiewire's Complete 2016 Cannes Film Festival Preview "The Bfg" Who Made It? A filmmaker you've probably heard of, one Mr. Steven Spielberg, who served as Cannes’ Jury President in 2013. Why It Might Be Great: Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic book, "The Bfg" marks Spielberg’s first live-action 3D film. The movie stars recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, »


- Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Steve Greene, Riyad Mamedyarov and Kristen Santer

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Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon to Receive Cannes' Women in Motion Awards — Indiewire's Friday Rundown

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The Provincetown International Film Festival has announced its Opening and Closing night films, spotlight selections, special screenings and narrative and documentary features for its 18th edition. The festival will open with "Captain Fantastic" and close with "Strike a Pose." Other highlights include "Political Animals," "Indignation" and "Our Kind of Traitor." The festival will also play home to a number of honors, including the presentation of two-time Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee will be honored with the festival's annual Filmmaker on the Edge Award while Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon will be presented with the Excellence in Acting Award. Filmmaker Effie T. Brown will provide the keynote address at the Evan Lawson Filmmakers' Brunch on Sunday, June 19. The festival runs from June 15-19. You can find out more right here.  Stay up to date on all of today's buzziest industry news »


- Zack Sharf

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Ben Affleck's New Batman Movie Will Reportedly Feature All Your Favorite Villains

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Now that he's battled Superman (sort of), Lex Luthor (kind of) and a large, pulsating mass meant to approximate a very badly damaged Michael Shannon, who else could Ben Affleck's Batman feasibly take to task in the actor-director's reported solo Batfleck offering? According to a new report, everybody. Or at least, everybody a Bat-fan would love to see on the big screen. Read More: Here's the Problem With 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' (Review) birth.movies.death reports that their sources have told them that, "many, if not most, members of Batman's rogue's gallery will be making appearances in the film. It's going to be crammed with Bat villains, which means that just about every major bad guy you've ever wanted to see in a movie will be in this movie." Furthermore, the outlet's sources also tell them that "Affleck and Geoff Johns, who has been »


- Kate Erbland

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Beyond 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' — The Best of Blake Edwards

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With the birthday of its star Audrey Hepburn and a 55th anniversary screening at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts theater in Los Angeles this past Wednesday, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was on our minds this week. The film is a window into a culture in transition, a preservation of some of the lavish decadence and puzzling perspectives of the early 1960s. While "Breakfast at Tiffany's" might be the film from director Blake Edwards' career with the most iconic character at its center, it's far from his final contribution to the movie landscape. In honor of other potential impending anniversary celebrations, we wanted to compile some of our suggestions for other places to turn for cinephiles who might only be familiar with the filmmaker via Holly Golightly. Edwards' filmography had a distinct flair that ran through his on-screen output across the years, but he also showed a versatility that led to »


- Kate Erbland, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene and Liz Shannon Miller

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Viggo Mortensen and His Family Get Wild in Exclusive 'Captain Fantastic' Photos

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Out of all the movies that made the 2016 Cannes Film Festival lineup, Matt Ross' "Captain Fantastic" had to be one of the most surprising. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it quickly earned a passionate group of critical followers, but no one really expected the film to be the Sundance entry to make its way to Cannes, especially in the wake of the awards behemoth "The Birth of a Nation." But the fact that it is heading to the Croisette is further proof at just how smart, delightful and expertly crafted this indie family drama is. It may center around a peculiar family, but its themes resonant deeply with each and every viewer. Read More: Watch: Viggo Mortensen on the Controversial Family Behind 'Captain Fantastic' (Sundance Exclusive) The official synopsis reads: "Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, »


- Zack Sharf

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First Look: Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges Face Off in New Images From Cannes Contender 'Hell or High Water'

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Director David Mackenzie is getting back into a world of crime (and, presumably, also a world of hurt) with his latest film, "Hell or High Water," previously known as "Comanchiera." The film follows a pair of brothers (played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who cook up a totally great, really workable plan to rob a bank to get some cash, who soon find their plans outed by a hardened Texas ranger, obviously played by Jeff Bridges. Read More: 'Starred Up' Director David Mackenzie Now Shooting 'Comancheria' With Chris Pine, Ben Foster, And Jeff Bridges The film features a script from rising scribe Taylor Sheridan, who most recently wrote "Sicario." By the looks of our first peek at the film, it looks gritty, moody and dangerous. Sort of the perfect tone for a crime thriller from Mackenzie, right? The film will make its debut at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section later this month, »


- Kate Erbland

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Let This First Poster For 'Tickled' Gently Caress Your Documentary-Loving Eyes

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David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's scintillating Sundance documentary premiere, "Tickled," boasts one heck of a strange premise: It follows Farrier as he falls down a web-based rabbit hole after discovering a strange subculture of online tickling contests. You read that correctly: Tickling contests. What starts off as another investigation for the journalist soon turns into something confusing, threatening and more than a bit stimulating.  Read More: 'Tickled': Why The Online Fetish Doc Was Hit With A Defamation Lawsuit The film debuted at Sundance, where it soon picked up a strange reputation for attracting audience members who feel uniquely compelled to bring it down. "Tickled" has been hit with a series of defamation lawsuits from a "media company" that, according to the film, stages these tickling contests and pay men to participate in them. Farrier originally discovered the group advertising their, uh, products on the »


- Kate Erbland

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'Vaxxed': Controversial Anti-Vaccine Documentary Set To Open Wider in the United States & Will Head To Asia

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Cinema Libre Studio and China’s Gaia Studio are teaming up to distribute the controversial documentary "Vaxxed" to U.S. theaters.  The film was directed by Andrew Wakefield, former UK surgeon and medical researcher, known for claiming  that there was a direct link between vaccination and autism in his 1998 research paper, which later was declared fraudulent.  It was originally set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival but was pulled from the schedule over outcries against it. The topic sparked controversy for being anti-vaccine, with not enough credible proof that the result of the shots would lead to autism.  "We recognized early on that the false controversy associated with the film would influence the big players that might normally partner with us to expand this film in the U.S," Philippe Diaz, founder of Cinema Libre Studio stated. "I looked for a partner who would believe in the compelling messages, »


- Liz Calvario

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