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Michelle Dockery Joins Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix Miniseries ‘Godless’ Alongside Jeff Daniels & Jack O’Connell

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Lady Mary is coming to Netflix. The “Downton Abbey” star has been cast in “Godless,” a Western miniseries from Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank, who previously worked on “Out of Sight” together and will co-executive produce along with Casey Silver. Jeff Daniels and Jack O’Connell have already been cast in the 1880s-set drama.

Read More: Read More: Steven Soderbergh To Executive-Produce Scott Frank’s Limited Series Netflix Western ‘Godless

Scott Frank is writing and directing “Godless,” which centers on the blood feud between Daniels and O’Connell’s characters — former partners with a paternal bond whose relationship has turned sour. Daniels’ quest for vengeance leads him to a town whose denizens are entirely female, with Dockery as a rancher in a different location who offers O’Connell refuge.

Read More: Scott Frank Says His Long Developing Western ‘Godless’ Will Be A 6-Hour Netflix Miniseries

This won’t be Frank »


- Michael Nordine

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’Stranger Things’ Season 2: 9 Questions We’re Dying To Have Answered

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One of the joys of Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is the season’s sense of finality. The Duffer brothers excelled at crescendoing the season with action, emotion and heft, yet they left what they’ve referred to as “dangling threads” around the conclusions of Will Byers and Eleven, and we wanted to get in on speculating what Season 2 may answer and where the show could venture to. If you’ve finished the season, read on to find out what we’re asking about Season 2. If you haven’t checked out Season 1 yet, Do That and stop reading here!

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Clues: Does Hopper Know Where [Spoiler] Is & What Happened?

Is Eleven alive, and how?

Last we saw Chief Hopper (David Harbour), he was out in the woods storing Eggo waffles in an enclosure. This could be in an attempt to see if Elle (Millie Bobby Brown »


- Russell Goldman

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Watch ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ Director Brady Corbet’s Short Film ‘Protect You + Me’

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After winning two awards at the Venice Film Festival last year (Best First Film and Best Director in the Horizons section), Brady Corbet’s striking “The Childhood of a Leader” is now in theaters. Le CiNéMa Club is celebrating that release by screening the actor-turned-filmmaker’s short film “Protect You + Me,” which he wrote and directed when he was 18.

Read More: Read More: ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Review: Brady Corbet’s Directorial Debut Is An Enthralling Mind-f*ck

Darius Khondji (“Alien: Resurrection,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Immigrant”) shot the film on 35mm; he and Corbet also worked together on Michael Haneke’s English-language remake of his own “Funny Games.” “Protect You + Me” won an honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Here’s the 11-minute short’s synopsis: “The reminder of a long forgotten event, combined with a challenging situation, provokes a man to extreme reaction while at a dinner with his mother. »


- Michael Nordine

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Marni Nixon, Famous Playback Singer For Movie Musical Actresses, Dies at 86

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Marni Nixon, American soprano and playback singer for actresses in movie musicals, has died at the age of 86 of breast cancer. She is survived by two daughters from her first marriage, three sisters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Read More: Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-Starring Awards Contender ‘La La Land’ Lands a Venice Premiere

Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Nixon was the singing voice for stars in a variety of acclaimed Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story,” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” She also sang for Jeanne Crain in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Janet Leigh in “Pepe,” and Ida Lupino in “Jennifer.” Her performances were frequently uncredited, but she was considered by the press to be “the ghostess with the mostest.” Though Nixon had to sign contracts that stipulated she wouldn’t »


- Vikram Murthi

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‘Nocturnal Animals’: Striking First Images of Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal from Tom Ford’s Thriller

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Six years post–”A Single Man,” Tom Ford is ready to return with his second film. “Nocturnal Animals” was likewise adapted from a novel, this time with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. Entertainment Weekly has premiered the first three images of the world-famous fashion designer-turned filmmaker’s new movie.

Read More: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Are ‘Virtually Assured’ to Premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Nocturnal Animals” is based on Austin Wright’s “Tony and Susan,” first published in 1993. It takes its title from that of a manuscript its lead character (Adams) receives in the mail from her estranged ex-husband. Gyllenhaal will play the lead of the story-within-a-story, with Isla Fisher as his wife, Ellie Bamber as their daughter, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the leader of a gang Gyllenhaal encounters on the road and Michael Shannon as a detective. Read more about the project at EW. »


- Michael Nordine

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Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’ Gets Awards-Friendly Release Date From Amazon And Bleecker Street

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Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes premiere “Paterson” will hit the big screen just in time for this year’s awards season, thanks to Amazon and Bleecker Street. Variety reports that the Adam Driver-starring film will get a platform release at the end of the year, debuting on December 28 — just in time to make the awards-qualifying cut-off — and will expand its theatrical release in subsequent weeks.

The film, about a New Jersey bus driver going about his daily routine, was hailed at Cannes, where it premiered in May. Our own Eric Kohn wrote in his Cannes review that it’s Jarmusch’s most personal film yet, good enough for the film to earn an A rating.

Read More: Cannes Review: Adam Driver Stars in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson,’ His Most Intimate Film

Although the film doesn’t offer much in the way of plot, Kohn found much to be admired in its style and tone, »


- Kate Erbland

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Jared Hess’s ‘Peluca’ Short Film: Watch The Early Blueprint for ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

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If you’ve ever wondered where writer-director Jared Hess came up with idea for his debut feature film, 2004’s deadpan cult comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” Hess’s 2002 short film “Peluca” holds the answer. Hess shot the nearly nine-minute short for an assignment at Brigham Young University and premiered it the following year at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Watch: New Trailer For the Jared Hess Comedy ‘Masterminds

Shot on black and white 16mm film, the short stars Jon Heder as “Seth,” who is Napoleon Dynamite to a T, just with a different name. Hess shot the short in his hometown of Preston, Idaho over the course of just two days, shooting at many of the same locations seen in the feature film, like the local high school and thrift store. The title “Peluca,” the spanish word for wig, refers to a wig Seth and his friends Giel and Pedro purchase in the short. »


- Graham Winfrey

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Review: ‘The Lure’ Is The Best Goth Musical About Man-Eating Mermaids Ever Made

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Imagine if Gaspar Noé and (the late) Andrzej Zulawski collaborated on a remake of “The Little Mermaid” and you’ll have a faint idea of what to expect from Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “The Lure,” a wonderfully demented new musical that bridges the gap between Hans Christian Andersen and Nine Inch Nails.

The fun begins in Communist-era Poland, where a mopey young musician named Mietek (Jakub Gierszal) stands by the waters of Warsaw and strums a folksy lament. If Mietek doesn’t seem all that surprised when two comely sea sirens pop their heads out of the surf and sing a reply (promising not to eat him, natch), perhaps that’s because he’s a little tipsy — given the strange energy that pumps through Smoczynska’s film from start to finish, it won’t be long before you know just how he feels.

Their names are Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Stolen Innocence’ Charts the Multiple 1970s Kidnappings of an Idaho Girl

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Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Stolen Innocence

Logline: 12-year-old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her parents’ best friend and trusted neighbor. Twice.

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In 1974, Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her parents best friend, Robert Bechtold. He drugged her and strapped her to a bed in the back of a motorhome, and drove to Mexico. Upon awakening, Jan heard high-pitched voices, repeating commands through a small intercom, leading her to believe that she and Berchtold had been abducted by aliens. The FBI conducted a nationwide manhunt and found Jan 5 weeks later. Jan’s family remained oblivious to Berchtold’s diabolical intentions towards their daughter. His calculated »


- Steve Greene

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Weekend Box Office Takeaways: What’s Smarter Bet? Costly Franchise ‘Star Trek Beyond’ or Low-Budget Horror Flick ‘Lights Out’?

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Justin Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond,” the third installment in the J.J. AbramsStar Trek” series, boosted the summer of 2106 back into positive territory.

That doesn’t make “Beyond” a big moneymaker for Paramount. It falls into the middle ground of big-budget films of late. It’s not a domestic bomb like “Warcraft” or “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” nor is it a too-expensive minor dud like “Ghostbusters” and “The Legend of Tarzan.”

“Beyond” likely will end up, like earlier summer recoupers “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in profit. Yet the returns on these franchise tentpoles compared to cost pales versus the massive numbers seen for a slew of animated hits and far less costly real blockbusters “Deadpool” and “The Jungle Book.”

Star Trek Beyond” came in 16% ($11 million) lower than its preceding franchise entry. That’s an improvement over “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which fell 26% from its last edition. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Blame!’ Trailer: Netflix’s New Anime Film Is a Manga Adaptation Where Humankind Faces Extinction

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Netflix has added the anime feature film “Blame!” as an original title that will premiere in 2017, Anime News Network reported. The film is an adaptation of Japanese magna artist Tsutomu Nihei’s 10-volume 1998 cyberpunk story for Kodansha Comics.

“Blame!” is set in a distant dystopian future where a loner named Killy is on a quest to save civilization with the help an incredibly powerful weapon called the Gravitational Beam Emitter. Tokyo Pop describes the story this way:

Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gargantuan labyrinth of concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, searching only for something called Net Terminal Genes. And he has a very powerful gun, which he uses without hesitation whenever anything resembling danger rears its ugly head. Who is this quiet, violent, determined man and what are these Genes he seeks? The small communities he »


- Graham Winfrey

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What Is The Best Short Film Ever Made? — Critics Survey

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Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: This past weekend saw the release of  “Lights Out,” which is based on a horrifying short film. Shorts can have tremendous value, though even the best of them tend to fly under the radar. What is your favorite short film, and why?

Miriam Bale (@mimbale), freelance

I count this Resnais film about plastics, “La chant de la styrene,” and an industrial film by Les Blank about factory farm chickens, “Chicken Real,” among the best films, and certainly best docs, I’ve seen. And the Safdies’ short “John’s Gone” is probably my favorite of their movies, if not their best. »


- David Ehrlich

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South By Southwest Announces Select Speakers For 2017

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Today, South by Southwest has announced its first group of speakers for the 2017 event. The diverse array of speakers cut across tech, entertainment, and journalism, but all reflect SXSW’s spirit of championing emerging talent.

Read More: SXSW 2016: How This Year’s Films Found Their Financing

The 2017 speakers include two keynotes from Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon’s original series “Transparent,” and Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of Crispr-Cas9, a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes. Soloway will be a part of the Film conference and Doudna for the Interactive conference.

Other speakers for the 2017 conference include Dan Lyons, author of the New York Times best-seller, “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble,” and a former writer on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”; Adam Savage, internationally renowned television producer, and former host of “MythBusters” and “Unchained Reaction”; and Nadya Tolokonnikova, political activist and member of punk rock group Pussy Riot.

Along with these speakers, »


- Vikram Murthi

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‘The House of Tomorrow’: Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman and Maude Apatow Join Film Adaptation of Award-Winning Novel

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Peter Livolsi’s big screen adaptation of Peter Bognanni’s award-winning novel “The House of Tomorrow” has added a slew of impressive new cast members. The film, which has already started shooting in Minnesota, is set to star Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins.

The film follows “futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school.” The book was published in 2011.

Read More: Watch: Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn and Danny Glover Team Up in Exclusive ‘About Scout’ Trailer

The film is Livolsi’s feature debut, and he is set to serve as both writer and director on the project. He previously participated in the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the project was a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Grant.

Of the news, Livolsi commented, “Peter Bognanni »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Clues: Does Hopper Know Where [Spoiler] Is & What Happened?

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Netflix’s new original series “Stranger Things” is a hit with critics and the public alike. People love the show’s cast, central mystery, and its various homages to ’80s legends like Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, but most of all, they can’t wait for a second season. In a new interview with Variety, the series’ creators Matt and Ross Duffer, colloquially known as The Duffer Brothers, discussed creative choices regarding the season at large, including how to pace out the extent of Eleven’s powers and her true origins, whether the government conspiracy angle will be a long-term mystery for the show, and the Upside Down monster.

They also dropped a tiny clue about whether Chief Jim Hopper knows the true extent of Eleven’s whereabout at the end of the season, and potentially putting Hopper and Eleven together in upcoming episodes.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful »


- Vikram Murthi

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Conan O’Brien Spoofs Major ‘Game Of Thrones’ Character Reveal – Watch

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What better way to unwind after a long, hard day at Comic-Con than with a restful repose in your San Diego hotel room? That’s exactly what “Conan” host Conan O’Brien thought this weekend during the annual festivities, and a brand new clip from the host’s late night show gives us a terrifying look inside what should have been a mostly peaceful nighttime routine.

Read More: Conan O’Brien on Why He’s Happy to Return to Comic-Con This Week While Everyone Else Gets Political

In a word, O’Brien is going full Melisandre. Inspired by one of this year’s most shocking “Game of Thrones” reveals — and that’s saying something — O’Brien manages to navigate a hilarious and heinous exchange with an overeager bellhop (Andy Daly) before retiring to his room for the evening, where he can finally remove his ruby-studded necklace and assume his true form: Really, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Bad Santa 2’ Trailer: Billy Bob Thornton’s St. Nick is Back, Learned Nothing From The First Movie

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After nearly five years of rumors about a “Bad Santa 2” being in the works, we finally have a trailer for the much anticipated holiday movie. Judging by the looks of things, star Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Soke hasn’t warmed up to his job as jolly old St. Nick one bit.

So what took so long getting the sequel off the ground? “The writer is still working on the script. He’s doing his rewrite right now,” Thornton told The Playlist way back in 2012. “We saw the first draft and we just had a few little things we wanted to take away or add and he’s doing that. The plan is to shoot that in the fall.” As is frequently the case in Hollywood, unanticipated script revisions can add years to a project’s timeline.

Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are releasing the movie in November. Thornton »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Trainspotting 2’ New Teaser: The Original Characters & Danny Boyle Return to Do What They Do Best

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It’s been two months since the first teaser for “Trainspotting 2” hit the web, so naturally it was time for an update on Danny Boyle’s first ever sequel. The Guardian posted the exclusive footage of the film’s latest teaser Monday, showing the original cast of Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in their familiar spots on the same train platform where they stood 20 years ago.

Read More: Danny Boyle Partners with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Writer for FX Limited Series on John Paul Getty

“It’s like 20 years later, and it’s the same actors,” Boyle told press at the New York Film Festival last year. “It’s 20 years later in a friendship. Irvine Welsh is involved as one of the partners on the film. We’ve set up a partnership amongst us all and he’s one of the partners. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Ballers’ Season 2 Episode 2: How Hard Did ‘Enter the Temple’ Ball?

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Last Week: ‘Ballers’ Season 2 Premiere: Dwayne Johnson’s Return Rocks, But Doesn’t Ball Super Hard

Ballers” continues to engage on a real-world level with the folks who circulate around football culture — the journalists, the entourages, the agents. Because those who play for the NFL might technically be considered the most baller of all to the outside, but on the inside, the real baller-ing may just be found elsewhere.

But as always, here’s what really matters…

The Rock was still feeling his wounds from last week’s scuffle with Terrell Suggs. And there’s nothing so un-baller as finding out your Vicodin prescription has run out – and that your doctor is deeply concerned about prescribing you more pills.

The Rock might not need the pills, but he does need the emotional reinforcement of taking down a man who he once trusted but is now no longer a hero. We »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Review: ‘Preacher’ Goes To A Very Repetitive Hell

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Last Week’S Review: ‘Preacher’ Gets Gross As It Emulates The Alamo

In The Beginning

Time to check back in with The Cowboy, because the show’s got big plans for him. He returns to Ratwater seeking revenge, and lives up to his sterling murder reputation by killing every single person in a crowded bar in about 60 seconds. He even insists on musical accompaniment, and concludes his slaughter by decapitating the singer, proving he’s a one-of-a-kind homicide showman. “Preacher’s” at its best in its action sequences, and this one’s no exception. The goal was to show how dangerous The Cowboy can be when he chooses, and it delivered.

Send Me An Angel

Fiore and DeBlanc, meanwhile, are looking to go to Hell. With their heaven phone stolen (by Cassidy, it turns out) they’re forced to turn to an underground angel tourism service. The bit where they »


- Jeff Stone

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