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'Galaxy Quest' Eyes Maiden Voyage At Amazon

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"Galaxy Quest," the surprisingly heartfelt 1999 homage to "Star Trek" and Trekkie fans alike, is hoping to secure a series release through Amazon and is currently in the early development stage at the studio. Not unlike CBS' planned "Rush Hour" and "Limitless" movie-to-television series orders, "Galaxy Quest" is yet another nostalgia-soaked cult favorite that has found new life born out of obscurity in the post-Blockbuster rental world (and back into our PC and Mac connected TV sets). Not only was it surprisingly lucrative and entertaining, the beloved film launched the careers of Sam Rockwell and Justin Long, helped Tim Allen and Alan Rickman boast strong career comebacks, and was heralded as the seventh greatest "Star Trek" film by fans at the 2013 annual Star Trek Convention. "Star Trek Into Darkness," unsurprisingly, was ranked as the worst of the bunch.  No word yet on whether Sigourney Weaver, Tim »


- Ruben Guevara

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Screen Talk: Spike Lee's Oscar, Tarantino Talks, Whither Weinstein Co?

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Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Co. harbor awards hopes for "The Hateful Eight," a claustrophobic western with Shakespearean dimensions. Will the movie deliver at Oscar time? In an interview with New York, Tarantino compares himself to other Oscar-winning screenwriters Billy Wilder and Woody Allen. What's going on with his patrons, the Weinsteins, who are undergoing turbulent management shifts? Eric Kohn and I also debate the merits of the Academy Governors Awards picks, including an honorary Oscar for youngish Spike Lee, 58. Is it hypocritical for the Academy to give him an honorary Oscar when the studios are no longer making the kinds of films that made his name? We also talk festivals and upcoming movies. Per usual! »


- Anne Thompson

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Watch: 'Gimme Shelter' Tolled the Death Knell of '60s Counterculture

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The Dark Side of Woodstock? The death knell of ’60s counterculture? The End of peace and love? Pretty much. Maysles-Zwerin’s now-classic documentary about the 1969 Rolling Stones American concert tour inadvertently captures the darkest side of the American psyche as a murder takes place during a free performance at Altamont Raceway, CA. Essential, but let’s face it, a bummer. Read More: TCM to Host Albert Maysles Retrospective »


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Welles Whiz Peter Bogdanovich Says 'Other Side of the Wind' Will Start Editing This Fall

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It's a long, hard long on the way to "The Other Side of the Wind" as Peter Bogdanovich and other post-production supervisors begin beavering away to complete the 15-year-long passion project Orson Welles abandoned when he died in 1985. Despite raising only $400,000 via a long-running Indiegogo campaign, the producers are indeed moving forward with the project, as 1,083 reels of footage were shipped from a warehouse near Paris to California this summer. Editor Affonso Gonçalves will begin working on the footage thanks to some private investors in the wings. And Bogdanovich, one of the avant-garde Hollywood satire's stars, offered another dose of hope in a new interview with The Film Stage: "The only update I can give you is that I’ve been told by the people who are handling it that we expect to able to start editing in September. I don’t know if that’s going to be true, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Finally, A Plum Role for Michelle Pfeiffer

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Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as Ruth Madoff in HBO Films' "Wizard of Lies," a look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme uncovered in 2008, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family. Pfeiffer joins Robert De Niro, previously cast as Bernie Madoff. The movie icons were last seen together in Luc Besson's 2013 "The Family." Alessandro Nivola will play Mark Madoff, the older of the two sons, who hanged himself in 2010 on the second anniversary of his father's arrest. Younger son Andrew Madoff (not yet cast) died in 2014 after battling cancer. The long-in-the-works project, based on Diana Henriques' same-titled book, could offer Pfeiffer a real platform — and on TV, natch, where the meaty roles live nowadays. The Oscar-nominated actress has been selective about projects in recent years, appearing in indies, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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With 'A Sinner in Mecca,' Parvez Sharma Puts His Soul and More on the Line (Exclusive Clips and Poster)

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It is forbidden. Like a good Muslim, Parvez Sharma ("A Jihad for Love") was ready to take his pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As someone who documents his life, for his second documentary, he decided to shoot his journey. In 2011, he went alone, accompanied only by his iPhone4S. Now that the film is finished and hitting screens, he is paying a heavy price. Was it worth it? Chills went up my spine when I saw his footage of the Ka'ba, the Great Mosque, surrounded by a giant mass of humanity. Sharma joined the swirl, steered himself to the holy stone cube at the center, and filmed himself touching it. Over the course of his haj security guards stopped him from filming and even deleted video several times, but fortunately they always returned his iPhone. Some footage survived. "A Sinner in Mecca" puts Sharma front and center as the subject and the filmmaker, »


- Anne Thompson

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Laura Poitras' Work Isn't Finished: Talking Her Whitney Exhibit, Lawsuit, and Why It's "Kafkaesque"

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It's been less than a year since "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras's unflinching look at Edward Snowden's final days before blowing the whistle on Nsa surveillance, premiered at the New York Film Festival and then won the Best Documentary Oscar. The journalist turned filmmaker, now up for four Primetime Emmys, still has work to do. "I haven't had a lot of down time, I can tell you that," Poitras, who likes to keep her whereabouts a mystery, said over the phone. She's busily attending to a massive Whitney exhibit slated for February, and she's fighting six years of harassment by the Us government. More than 50 times over six years, in fact, she underwent repeated searches and interrogations at the border and in foreign airports. Having not heard back on her 2013 request to obtain documents that explain her repeated targeted, Poitras is fighting back. She's suing the U.S. government in »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Jonathan Demme to Receive Visionary Award in Venice

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Director Jonathan Demme, who this year released "Ricki and the Flash" starring Meryl Streep as a rocker mom who lets down her kids, will receive the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival (September 2 through 12). The awards ceremony to confer the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2015 to Jonathan Demme, who is the President of the Orizzonti Jury, will be held on Thursday September 3rd at 3:00pm. Demme's long and storied career goes all the way back to the 1970s, through "Crazed Mama," "Melvin and Howard" and more, and into 1980s comedy "Something Wild," 1991 Best Picture winner "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," remakes "The Truth About Charlie" and "The Manchurian Candidate" and his more idiosyncratic late-career efforts, including "Rachel Getting Married," "A Master Builder" and now "Ricki and the Flash." His films have »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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How Quentin Tarantino Resurrected Ultra Panavision 70 for 'The Hateful Eight' Roadshow

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The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War Western "The Hateful Eight." Shot on 65mm film with classic Panavision lenses in the widest aspect ratio of 2.76:1, this marks the first anamorphic 70mm theatrical release in nearly 50 years. The two-week roadshow engagement in 50 theaters (with the Cinerama Dome in contention for La, of course) will be the best holiday gift for cinephiles. "The Hateful Eight" will also pit three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "JFK") in a shoot-out with Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who's going for a third Oscar in a row for his own frozen wilderness adventure, "The Revenant," from "Birdman" director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. (Both films are racing to the editorial finish line for a Christmas Day »


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Christopher Nolan to Address Film Preservation at London Film Fest

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Christopher Nolan is among the filmmakers headlining the 2015 BFI London Film Festival's first-ever Lff Connects, a new series of provocative conversations about the future of film and its impact on other creative industries, from TV and music to art, games and technology. Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, celebrated for her grand-scale Tate Modern exhibition Film in 2011, will launch the talks on Friday, October 9 at the BFI Southbank in a conversation about the importance of film projection—which is something Nolan has long-advocated with his films including 70mm-exhibited "Interstellar," and his position on the board of Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. Christoper Nolan most recently premiered his new documentary "Quay," about identical twin stop-motion animators The Quay Brothers, in New York. Read More: Cate Blanchett to Receive BFI Honor They will be joined by Austrian Film Museum director Alexander Horwath, an expert on film preservation and archiving. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Stream the Nightmarish 'Queen of Earth' Score Composed by Keegan DeWitt (Exclusive)

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Into a shattering mind goes composer Keegan DeWitt with his scary-beautiful score for "Queen of Earth." Writer/director Alex Ross Perry keys into Polanski, Bergman and early Altman territory as he drives two girlfriends on edge, Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston, insane. (Stream the Soundcloud exclusive soundtrack below.) DeWitt, who supplied the kinky jazz score for Perry's previous "Listen Up Philip," bravely follows his director's lead into dark places. Tonally, he too tapped into Polanski's paranoid thriller "The Tenant." "That movie is terrifying because of how methodically and persistently and slowly it unravels," the composer said. He also, like Perry, takes his cues from Altman's '70s psychodramas "Images" and "3 Women." Already a dark horse contender for his original song in Sundance premiere "I'll See You in My Dreams" (which was the first screener sent to Oscar voters this year), DeWitt stretched »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Turns 40

27 August 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

“Let’s do the Time Warp again!” And again. And again. Although virtually ignored in its initial rollout, Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien’s movie version of their wacky horror musical stage show has since become the longest running theatrical release in movie history through endless audience-participation midnight screenings. This knowing spoofery of '40s and '50s sci-fi/horror movies was actually shot at Bray Studios, home of the Hammer Films it lovingly lampoons. Read More: Why the Midnight Madness of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Still Matters 40 Years Later »


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Watch: 'Black Mass' Director Scott Cooper Dissects Whitey Bulger's Bloody Rise to the Top

27 August 2015 1:07 PM, PDT

Whitey Bulger wore many hats during his ascent to power in Boston: Criminal, drug kingpin, murderer and, of course, rat. Well, almost. In a new featurette, "Black Mass" director and producer Scott Cooper unpacks the mythology of a mastermind, showing us how Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) became a most wanted man. "Black Mass" is set to world-premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival. When FBI Agent (and childhood friend) John Connolly seeks Whitey's help to alleviate crime in the city, Whitey jumps at the chance to become an informant. Not because he relishes the chance to do some good, but so that he can take out the competition. Bulger equates the move to a cunning "business opportunity... Get the [FBI] to fight our wars — while they protect us, we do whatever we want." With that mantra, Whitey takes aim at the Italian Mafia and prepares to annihilate his adversaries in an all out turf war, »


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Rialto Acquires Cannes Doc 'Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words' (Video)

27 August 2015 11:27 AM, PDT

Rialto Pictures has acquired Us and Canadian theatrical rights to director Stig Björkman's "Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words," a feature-length documentary tribute to the icon. The documentary has also been selected for this fall’s New York Film Festival and is set to open at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on November 13 and L.A.’s Nuart on December 11. This could be good fodder for the Academy to honor one of its own. "In Her Own Words" met warm reception out of this year's Cannes Classics program, where it received a special Golden Eye for Best Documentary. Melding home movies, rare personal effects and more, the documentary charts the life and career of the three-time Oscar winner, including her notorious love affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, whom she married and with whom she moved to the Italian arthouse, collaborating on "Stromboli" and "Voyage to Italy" and more. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Angelina Jolie's 'By the Sea' to Open AFI Fest (Trailer)

27 August 2015 11:05 AM, PDT

AFI Fest 2015 will kick off with the Opening Night Gala premiere of "By The Sea," starring writer/director Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, on November 5 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This is the film's world premiere, which means we won't see it at any of the other fall fests this year. (Trailer below.) Universal Pictures opens intense marital two-hander "By the Sea" on November 13. AFI often lands studio pictures just ahead of their release. Last year late entries "American Sniper" and "Selma" both went on to Best Picture Oscar nominations. (Check the Gurus 'O Gold to see what they think of its awards potential.) "By the Sea" follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis.  As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and. »


- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio

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The Academy Governors Do the Right Thing

27 August 2015 9:55 AM, PDT

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted August 25 to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. The coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Debbie Reynolds, best known for classic "Singin' in the Rain." They'll pick up their gold statues at Hollywood and Highland at the untelevised Governors Awards on November 14. (There's no Thalberg award this year; no word yet on who will produce next year's Oscar show.)  Read More: Academy Governors Meet to Pick Oscar Show Producers and Governors Awards Winners Spike Lee was memorably "robbed," 25 years ago, when he was nominated for screenplay but not directing for his breakout hit "Do the Right Thing." Nyu's graduate school artistic director, who at age 58 is on the young side for this award, made his debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student »


- Anne Thompson

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Germany Submits 'Labyrinth of Lies' as More Foreign Oscar Picks Emerge (Exclusive Trailer)

27 August 2015 9:38 AM, PDT

Giulio Ricciarelli's directorial debut "Labyrinth of Lies," based on the true story of a young lawyer fighting to bring Nazi war crimes to trial after World War II, is Germany's official selection for the 2015 foreign Oscar, beating out seven other buzzy titles including "13 Minutes" and one-shot wonder "Victoria." Sony Pictures Classics releases the film--which screened at Tiff 2014 and boasts a riveting trailer, below-- stateside on September 30. As usual, Spc will have several candidates fighting for the five final foreign Oscar slots, among them Hungary's Cannes-winning holocaust drama "Son of Saul."  Read More: Germany Picks 8 Titles to Vie for Oscar Submission In Germany, producers submit films for consideration as the German entry for Oscars. The official submission is chosen by an annually appointed selection committee of independent representatives from nine associations and institutions. German Films, the responsible umbrella »


- Anne Thompson

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Robert Pattinson Teams with Another Auteur: Claire Denis

27 August 2015 9:08 AM, PDT

Robert Pattinson will take the lead role of an extraterrestrial astronaut in Claire Denis' upcoming sci-fi film, Screen Daily reports. The yet-to-be-titled film, set in outer space, is being written by Denis, British novelist Zadie Smith and Smith's writer husband Nick Laird. Based on an idea by Denis and her longtime writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau, the film's plot remains under wraps "but it is known to take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’." This is the latest idiosyncratic casting choice from Pattinson, who's also starring in Harmony Korine's Miami-set revenge thriller, "The Trap," and he will next be seen in Anton Corbijn's 1950s Americana ode "Life" as James Dean's friend and photographer Dennis Stock. Read More: Robert Pattinson Follows Harmony Korine to Miami for Revenge Thriller 'The Trap' Producers at Alcatraz Film, which also handled Denis' 2013 "Bastards, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cate Blanchett to Receive BFI Honor

27 August 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

On Saturday, October 17, at the BFI London Film Festival awards ceremony, Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI Fellowship. The prize will be bestowed the same night as the UK premiere of "Truth," starring Blanchett as onetime "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather. "Carol," starring Blanchett as one half of a lesbian love affair opposite Rooney Mara, also screens at the festival this year following a rapturous premiere at Cannes, and a likely North American debut in Telluride. Previous BFI Fellowships include Stephen Frears, Sir Christopher Lee, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Al Pacino and Mel Brooks have also received BFI Fellowships. Read More: Todd Haynes' Oscar Contender 'Carol' Heads for London (Trailer) »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Fest Hit 'The Second Mother' Brings Success--and Pain

27 August 2015 6:36 AM, PDT

Oscilloscope opens the film this Friday. Brazilian Anna Muylaert started as a critic and television and film writer; she originally wrote the script for "The Second Mother" 20 years ago, intending to direct it as her first feature. But she went on to shoot "Durval Discos" (2001) instead, and seven years later, made "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," followed by "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" and finally, she overhauled and updated the script for her fourth film, "The Second Mother." The Brazilian Oprah, Regina Casé, wasn't willing to smoke cigarettes for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," but was happy to take on the juicy role of Val, a live-in domestic in São Paulo whose life is thrown into disarray when her grown daughter Jessica arrives from Val’s hometown to study for her college entrance exams. The understood boundaries that rule Val's life with her employer Bárbara (Karine »


- Anne Thompson

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