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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies

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While some may have expected Cannes faves Jaco Van Dormael and Takashi Miike to wind up in the Official Selection, those auteurs instead lead the 47th Directors' Fortnight lineup, along with American indies “Green Room,” starring Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart, the world premiere of Jeremy Saulnier's punk rock follow-up to Fortnight entry "Blue Ruin,' and two Sundance titles, Chloe Zhao’s Native American drama “Songs My Brothers Taught Me" and the May 24 Fortnight closer, Rick Famuyiwa's L.A. comedy “Dope." After leaking that Competition two also-rans would play in the Quinzaine rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard--Miguel Gomes's three part, six-hour portrait of contemporary Portugal, “Arabian Nights” (The Match Factory) and French Arnaud Desplechin's “My Golden Years" starring Mathieu Amalric-- on Tuesday artistic director Edouard Waintrop laid out the full lineup of 19 »


- Anne Thompson

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Joe Wright's 'Pan' Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News?

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For example, why has Warner Bros. postponed the release of Peter Pan origin tale “Pan” from the height of summer--July 24, opposite Marvel's "Ant Man," followed a week later by Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation”--to a more forgiving October 9th? If they're trying to get out of the line of fire in a competitive marketplace it suggests a lack of confidence that they can compete with the big boys. “We wanted to give ‘Pan’ the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense,” WB distribution exec Dan Fellman said in Variety. In other words, this movie could use good reviews and word of mouth.  Joe Wright is not a blockbuster guy. He's a good choice to handle material with period frills and action pieces--he's a fabulous visual and actor's director often in the awards conversation, from "Atonement »


- Anne Thompson

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Pulitzer Honors Women Film and TV Critics

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After two years as a finalist, La Times TV crit Mary McNamara received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism on Monday. In her columns on "Game of Thrones," "Orphan Black," "Empire" and more, she has championed strong women on the small screen. Read her latest column on how TV series like "Thrones" and "House of Cards" tie into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign here. Two film critics are Pulitzer finalists in Criticism. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis (recently ranked as New York's best film critic by THR) was honored by the board "For film criticism that rises from a sweeping breadth of knowledge – social, cultural, cinematic – while always keeping the viewer front and center." In December, Dargis took off her critic's cap to pen a generous feature on "Selma" that is one of the high points of recent film journalism. The Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek was honored "For film criticism that. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Seeing Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Through Composer Johnny Jewel's Eyes (Stream Soundtrack)

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Johnny Jewel — née John Padgett — is the staggeringly productive force behind that glistening, nocturnal, electro-noir synth pop you heard in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive." Almost four years later, he brings his signature genre-bending style back to the screen for his pal Ryan Gosling's dark fairytale "Lost River." But in between, he juggled running his own label, Italians Do It Better, while playing in several of its bands including Glass Candy and Chromatics, doing for-hire TV work and squirreling money away for his own super-secret side projects. His "Lost River" journey began around 2008 when he supplied tracks for "Bronson" director Refn, who brought Jewel on for the acclaimed "Drive," starring and produced by Gosling. By now, Jewel and Gosling have learned to talk each other in a kind of creative frenzy, a simpatico mind meld that makes for a unique director/composer pairing. "When you're creating a world, there's a. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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CinemaCon: Barco Woos Theater Owners with Panoramic 'Escape,' Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

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The enhancement installation costs about $200,000 for projectors, screens and special servers, says Barco CinemaVangelist Ted Schilowitz, who gave me an advance peek at Cinequest in February. But Barco is working with exhibitors to bring down the cost for them, in an effort to see the format deployed in as many theaters as possible. Jumping on board the Barco train is event-movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Armageddon"), who has joined Barco's board and is partnering with them to develop projects for the format, which will allow filmmakers "to expand the creative vision of our films,” Bruckheimer says. The Hollywood studios and theater owners are more invested than ever in turning multi-plexes into "event" destinations for Big Movies, as they believe that's the best way to lure customers out of their homes and away from their mobile phones. Young men, especially, are proving to be a fickle demo, distracted by video games, online video. »


- Anne Thompson

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3 Women Genre Directors Get Sf Film Society Fellowships

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The state of things for female directors looks bleak in Hollywood, but the San Francisco Film Society is making a difference on the indie side. Three narrative feature filmmakers will receive the San Francisco Film Society's inaugural Women Filmmaker Fellowships, a first-ever suite of services that supports emerging women writer/directors who are working on their second or third feature. The fellowships provide financial backing, mentorship, industry connections and exclusive access to the Bay Area's ever-widening film community. The fellowship, which gave priority to projects in the under-represented genres of sci-fi, comedy, action, thriller and horror, includes: a $25,000-$40,000 cash grant, placement in FilmHouse residency program, one-on-one consultation from industry experts, an expenses-paid three-day networking trip from Sf to La, and more. This year's fellows are: Jennifer Phang Jennifer Phang’s sophomore feature "Advantageous" won the Us Dramatic Competition »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Nick Broomfield's 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' Provokes with Irritating Honesty, Hits HBO April 27

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There’s always been something irritatingly honest about Nick Broomfield’s documentaries, even when they’re not delivering what they’ve promised --- Margaret Thatcher, just for instance, who was never quite tracked down in “Tracking Down Maggie” back in 1994. But in his explorations of Extreme Americana -- exemplified by “Heidi Fleiss,” “Kurt & Courtney” and/or his two films on serial killer Aileen Wuornos -- he’s always an unabashedly goggle-eyed guest engaged in documentary tourism, who invades his own films, uses what he can get, glosses over what he can’t, but usually manages to peel a few scabs off the mottled surface of our national psyche, and psychoses. What the English director does in “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” is take a truism – that the Lapd’s relationship with the city’s minority communities historically sucks – and establish a story of lethal malpractice. When sometime-car-thief Lonnie Franklin was arrested in 2010 (and, »


- John Anderson

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Stunning 'James White,' Starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, Heads for Awards Season

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The Film Arcade will release "James White" theatrically this Fall followed by an awards campaign, which the La-based indie distributor promises to be "aggressive," for the career-topping work of Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon. No release date has been set. Based on writer/director Mond's real-life ordeal, this devastating drama hits like a brick through a windshield. Abbott, who left HBO's "Girls" to pursue film, is deeply affecting as a twenty-something alcoholic caught in arrested development, and eliciting concern from his best friend (Kid Cudi). He channels Marlon Brando as the self-destructive son of his strong-willed mother — played by a brutally committed and amazing Nixon — who is rapidly dying of cancer. Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call co-star. Read More: Cynthia Nixon on Facing Death in "James White" and the Hard Hours of "Sex and the City" "James White" comes from Borderline Films, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Here's Why Jon Stewart Quit 'The Daily Show'

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“These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s Ok. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realise, ‘Ok, I’m on the back side of it now,’” Stewart told The Guardian in his most candid interview yet about why he's leaving "The Daily Show" for other pastures. As Hillary Clinton mounts her bid for presidential candidacy, Stewart also fessed up to feelings of disenchantment about covering the campaign trail. “I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one." And after 16 years helming one of America's most iconic satirical news programs, for Stewart, those feelings were inevitable. “It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailers From Hell Savors Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita,' Now 55

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Federico Fellini casts a serio-comic eye on the modern day decay of man, morals and civilization circa 1960. Stunningly photographed by Fellini’s long time collaborator, Otello Martelli, the film avoids any number of pretentious pratfalls due to the self-mocking demeanor of its world-weary leading man, Marcello Mastroianni. Nominated for four Oscars and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is that rarity, an esoteric product of the arthouse that was also a formidable box office hit. »


- Trailers From Hell

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Cannes Critics' Week Lineup: Louis Garrel's Debut, SXSW Winner Among Highlights

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We've seen a lot of great films and budding filmmakers break out of charming Critics' Week artistic director Charles Tesson's annual slate of 10 films, seven in competition and three out-of-competition. Last year, the sidebar world-premiered the 2015 indie horror hit sensation "It Follows," which is now breaking Us box office precedent as a little indie that could, and did. This year, Critics' Week opens with Elie Wajeman's fin de siècle period drama "The Anarchists," led by hot young international stars Adele Exarchopoulos and Tahar Rahim. The lineup, typical, tips toward French film, including actor Louis Garrel's feature debut "Les Deux Amis" — which from the title already sounds alluringly like a film in his father Philippe Garrel's footsteps. Garrel cowrote the film with Christophe Honoré, who cast Garrel in many of his whimsical films including "Love Songs," "Dans Paris" and 2011 Critics' Week »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Russell Crowe's Debut 'Water Diviner' Packs Potent Anti-War Message

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Russell Crowe’s first film as director isn’t a war film as such, but deals with the consequences of war, particularly for those families whose loved ones never return. It’s made with the brio one would expect from this energetic actor, as well as enormous sensitivity and cultural empathy, offering equal weight to those who opposed the Anzac forces. This even-handedness is immediately apparent as the film opens on the battlefield in Gallipoli, with the Ottomans. As Major Hasan (the charismatic Yilmaz Erdogan) somberly leads his troops over the top, across no man’s land and down into the opposing trenches, it’s only to find them deserted; after eight months of fighting, their enemy has retreated. Rather than euphoria, there is anti-climax, the Turks almost shrugging at the pointlessness of it all. Moving forward to 1919, we find farmer Joshua Connor (Crowe) working his land in Victoria, expertly »


- Demetrios Matheou

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Watch: From Tarantino to Cronenberg, Great Directors Talk the Art and Anxiety of Filmmaking

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Film4 sits down with great directors including Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Joe Carnahan and Lone Scherfig to candidly talk the art of filmmaking, where and how they got started, and their fears.  One thing, which is said by Mark Romanek, is true for even the most ruthless of the bunch: "Every director... goes in in the morning terrified that what they're doing is not going to work." Read More: David Fincher Reveals "Gone Girl" Secrets, and Whose Side He's Really On Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for Toh at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Tribeca: Why Courtney Love Asked Brett Morgen to Film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck': “I wanted someone to tell the truth"

20 April 2015 4:21 AM, PDT

“Montage of Heck,” director and abstract expressionist Brett Morgen’s extraordinary doc on Kurt Cobain, got its Tribeca premiere Sunday night followed by a chat among journalist Neil Strauss, Morgen and Courtney Love. She said she’d felt different things while watching the movie this time around.  Among them:  “Shame,” she said, sitting alongside Morgen (“I like him; I trust him”). It was her fourth trip though the movie, which debuted at Sundance, followed by Berlin and other festivals. “Usually I get sad, but I also felt guilt about what I could have done differently. The first time it was beautiful… I got to spend time with this beautiful man I was married to 21 years ago,” at which point Love and the most of the rest of us had to adjust our mascara. Morgen who, courtesy of Love, had access to and use of all the late Nirvana star’s extant papers, »


- John Anderson

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