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Venice International Film Festival Names Juries to Join Presidents Cuaron, Demme and Constanzo

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The three juries at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12,  2015) are: the Venezia 72 Competition; The Orizzonti; and the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for Best Debut Film.   Venezia 72 Competition Jury: President, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, who debuted his Oscar-winning "Gravity" opening night at Venice, has often participated in the Venice Film Festival, where in 2001 he presented "Y tu mama también." He was in competition again in 2006 with "Children of Men."  French author, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrère, author of the bestsellers "Limonov" (2011) and "Le Royaume" (2015) among many others.Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or for "Winter Sleep"Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski ("Ida") winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015Italian »


- Anne Thompson

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'The Guest' Writer Simon Barrett Has a New Japan-Set Horror Project

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"The Guest," directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, was one of 2014's sleeper treats, starring Dan Stevens as an unwelcome man from the past who invades the family of a fellow comrade who died. Horror maestro Barrett, who also wrote Wingard's meta-slasher "You're Next" (2011), now has a new script titled "Temple" to be directed by Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers, according to THR. Set to shoot in Japan this year, "Temple" is cloaked in mystery as of this writing, but the film will deal with ghostly tales surrounding the country's temples. A movie tie-in compilation book of ghost stories by Eiji Otsuka will be published and featured in the film, with a 15-part animated series to follow. Read More: Why Dan Stevens Left 'Downton Abbey' to Make a Rash of Movies The Vicious Brothers directed Tribeca premieres "Grave Encounters" and "Extraterrestrial" in 2011 and 2014 respectively, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan

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You've likely heard by now that, no, Christopher Nolan's next film will not be a spectacularly big blockbuster. Instead, the director will follow up "Interstellar" with "Quay," a short documentary about Stephen and Timothy Quay that will premiere August 19 at a Film Forum series honoring the twins. Nolan has curated a 35mm slate of their most influential works, including "In Absentia" (2000), "The Comb" (1991) and "Street of Crocodiles" (1986). "Crocodiles," unfolding an eccentric and nightmarish world populated by a melancholy puppet unfettered by his master, was the Brothers' first film to be shot on 35mm, and it's streaming on Fandor (as in "In Absentia"). Read More: Stream 5 Essential Experiments in Animation A ton of their shorts can be streamed on the site, along with one of their two features, "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" (2005). The Quays have also rendered their fantastic dreamscapes in »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie

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That's right. Richard Linklater's sort-of sequel to "Dazed and Confused" won't hit theaters until April 15, 2016. Rumors abound that the film's title, formerly "That's What I'm Talking About," is now "Everybody Wants Some" — like the Van Halen track. But Paramount Pictures lists the movie on Rentrak as untitled. That means a Winter 2016 festival berth—where "Boyhood" and "Before Midnight" were slotted in the past, at Sundance and Berlin—could be in the cards, but the film will not be a Fall festival contender as we had hoped. Linklater, whose "Boyhood" won an Oscar for Patricia Arquette as Supporting Actress win, is also in talks to direct Jennifer Lawrence in Sony's "Rosie Project," reports Deadline.  Read More: Fall Fests: What's Coming Up and What's Not? From producer Annapurna and distributor Paramount, Linklater's untitled film is about college baseball players in the 1980s and stars Blake Jenner, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers

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Over the weekend, Jill Soloway brought her articulation and film smarts to the Cinefamily to promote Wifey.tv, a new digital platform for marginalized voices in media-making she co-founded in 2013 with Rebecca Odes. The video website is "a place where you can always go to watch something that's actually compelling. Complicated. Real. Funny. Sexy. Alive. Like you. Welcome," according to Soloway's "Womanfesto." (More on that here.) They partnered with bi-coastal female filmmaking collective Film Fatales to present six short films including Shaz Bennett’s “Alaska is a Drag,” Brooke Sebold’s “The Last Cigarette,” Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s “Sequin Raze," Sian Heder’s “Mother,” Maggie Kiley’s “Some Boys Don’t Leave” and Jennifer Phang’s “Advantageous," which became a Sundance-winning feature now streaming on Netflix. Read More: Female Directors Pick Their Favorite Films Made By Women Soloway kicked off with a moving cry to action for female filmmakers, which. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Kanye West and Steve McQueen Spill Secrets of Their Lacma Video

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The Steve McQueen-directed video for Kanye West's "All Day/I Feel Like That" is on full display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Tuesday as a pop-up installation. The one-take, nine-minute collaboration shot at a dockyard outside London takes up a room, with oversized speakers vaulting the gallery space, where a floor-to-ceiling screen in its center allows visitors to view the performance from either side. At a super secret press preview last Friday, McQueen and West were on hand to discuss the exhibit, with West's wife Kim Kardashian in the audience, according to the Los Angeles Times, who describe the video: "The first half shows [West] moving aggressively and propulsively in a face-to-face dance with the camera; the second sees him collapsed on the ground in exhausted stasis." Reportedly, McQueen shot three takes and the final shot is what we see in the finished product. Read »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: 'The Uninvited' Was a Creepy Dysfunctional Family Ghost Tale

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Directed by Lewis Allen, this elegant ghost story from 1944 is a consistently creepy yet surprisingly moving study of a dysfunctional family whose problems extend into the afterlife. Ray Milland is the skeptical but good-humored leading man and sad-eyed Gail Russell plays the troubled young woman whose mother may (or may not be) haunting her. Stella By Starlight, written especially for this film, went on to become a jazz standard, even showing up as the theme song for The Nutty Professor in 1963. »


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How Brando Narrated Biodoc 'Listen to Me Marlon'

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After a strong debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Showtime Documentary Films is releasing "Listen to Me Marlon" in theaters July 29 before airing on cable, which means it will be eligible for the doc Oscar.  Developed by Showtime and produced by John Battsek's Passion Pictures, "Listen to Me Marlon" delivers a multi-faceted portrait of Brando that is fascinating because it's narrated by Brando himself using never-before-heard audiotapes from his vast archives. Brando talked to himself, essentially, throughout his career, often as part of his preparation for roles, from "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather" to "Last Tango in Paris." And Passion Pictures and writer-director-editor Riley also animated a digital mask of Brando created for "Superman" to deliver some of Brando's dialogue. The movie immerses us in Brando, takes us inside his head. We feel we know him in a way we never did before.  Also »


- Anne Thompson

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'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as Nyff Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (Updated)

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The 53rd New York Film Festival Centerpiece Gala is Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" biopic, adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson's biography, starring Michael Fassbender as the man at the center of the digital revolution, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, and Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, set for Legendary/Universal release on October 9. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Christian Colson. This follows last week's announcement that Don Cheadle’s directorial debut "Miles Ahead," in which he stars as legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, will world premiere on closing night of the upcoming Nyff (September 25 – October 11). Cheadle stars as Davis, during his crazy Manhattan days in the late-70s, opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi as his great love Frances Taylor and Ewan McGregor as »


- Anne Thompson

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