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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

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“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 »


- Trailers From Hell

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

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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, »


- Ruben Guevara

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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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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Foreign Oscar Submissions Trickle In (Video)

26 August 2015 2:26 PM, PDT

Among the foreign-language titles on display at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York are many titles that will wind up in the foreign Oscar race as their countries choose their final official submissions. The Germans are painstakingly narrowing their list.  The Italians and French won't make their picks until September. Will these countries go with Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre," or Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or-winner "Dheepan"? Will Turkey pick festival hit "Mustang" or Brazil "The Second Mother" or Colombia "The Embrace of the Serpent"? Hungary has already picked Cannes prize-winner "Son of Saul" (Sony PIctures Classics), which is expected to play Telluride as well as Toronto and New York (trailer below). Romania's Berlin Silver-Bear winner "Aferim!," a 19th century drama directed by Radu Jude, is also playing Tiff. (Big World has U.S. rights.) Bosnia and Herzegovina selected Sarajevo »


- Anne Thompson

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Critics Less Than Kind to Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' in London

26 August 2015 2:16 PM, PDT

Finally director Lyndsey Turner's experimental dressing-up of "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre has arrived, after previews several weeks ago were plagued by photo-snapping Cumberbitches, and at least two London newspapers breaking review embargo. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Anastasia Hille, Sian Brooke, Leo Bill, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Jim Norton, and running through October 31, the production, according to Nyt, is but "avant-garde window dressing" with an intense but uneven performance from Cumberbatch, and too many literal visual interpretations of the Shakespeare text. The Guardian comes down especially hard on the play. But the stateside trades, however, are more kind. Herewith a smattering of reviews: The New York Times Why, for instance, after Hamlet announces he is going to put on “an antic disposition” (that is, feign madness), does he rummage through a trunk with his ditsy girlfriend, Ophelia (Sian Brooke), in search of a »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' to Get Serious About Comedy

26 August 2015 1:59 PM, PDT

Mike Birbiglia's "overnight success" began way back in 2008, when he performed his one man show, "Sleepwalk With Me" to critical and commercial acclaim in New York City. Four years later, Birbiglia wrote and directed a same-titled semi-autobiographical screen adaptation and simultaneously broke out with strong supporting roles in "Girls," "Orange is the New Black," and most recently, "Trainwreck" (as Amy Schumer's schlubby, but well-intentioned brother-in-law, Tom).  After enjoying an equally forceful auxiliary role in John Green's tearjerker adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars," Birbiglia is once again testing his comedic and dramatic chops to produce a brand new feature length comedy, centering on an improv group who's loyalty is put to the test when they learn that one of their own might have an actual shot at TV stardom.  While success lies at the very core of many great Hollywood spectacles, few rarely »


- Ruben Guevara

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Check Out This Artist's Nifty Concept for a Studio Ghibli Theme Park

26 August 2015 1:08 PM, PDT

What would the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki look like if it actually came to life? That's what Miyazaki superfan and Japanese artist/animator Takumi asked before he conjured the idea for a Studio Ghibli theme park, simply titled "Ghibli Land," as an ode to the director know as the Walt Disney of Japan. While Spain recently announced plans to unveil a theme park dedicated entirely to The Smurfs in their tiny village of Juzcar, it's hard to imagine Japan wouldn't also jump at the chance to assemble a monument to one of the greatest animators who has ever lived. Tokyo's Ghibli Museum, however, is already partly a theme park known for its interactive Cat Bus for kids. (Takumi wants to make that concept into a monorail.) While the acclaimed Ghibli figurehead may be too humble to conceive of an entire theme park built around his work, Takumi spoke with »


- Ruben Guevara

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5 Maurice Pialat Classics Returning to Theaters

26 August 2015 12:15 PM, PDT

Maurice Pialat, canny inquisitor of the French bourgeoisie whose startlingly iconoclastic films include "We Won't Grow Old Together" and "A Nos Amours," will tour Us theaters once again this year. The Cohen Film Collection will present five Pialat gems in New York from September 11 to September 17 at the Lincoln Plaza, and in La from September 25 to October 1 at the Laemmle Royal. The collection includes 1987’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Under the Sun of Satan,” with Gérard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire, the erotic “Loulou,” a tale of tortured love with Isabelle Huppert and Depardieu, “Van Gogh,” about the last days of the artist, Cassavetes-esque family drama “The Mouth Agape,” starring Monique Mélinand as a woman dying of torturous cancer, and the slice-of-life “Graduate First,” centered on teenagers in a French suburb. Later, more Pialat retrospectives will screen at The Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria) from October 17 to October 25 »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Listen to 'Crimson Peak' Sound Artist Randy Thom Talk Dolby, Influence of 'Apocalypse Now'

26 August 2015 11:18 AM, PDT

The Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have launched a series of 10 “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcasts, kicking off this week with Randy Thom, Skywalker Sound’s director of sound design. Thom discusses what makes great soundscapes with the Dolby Institute’s Glenn Kiser and the influence of "Apocalypse Now" on modern sound design (listen to a clip below). Thom, a two-time Oscar winner got his break working as one of Walter Murch’s mixing assistants on "Apocalypse Now," and it provides a crucial lesson in teaching the viewer how to listen to sound. Indeed, the film memorably opens with an unforgettable sound: “a ghostly synthesized helicopter,” Thom recalled. As with great visual storytelling, the best sound design provides questions and a sense of mystery. “We don’t understand this ourselves — the filmmakers — you bring your history and your knowledge and your imagination into this,” Thom added. “Here are some clues that we have and. »


- Bill Desowitz

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What Happened to 'Lewis And Clark'? HBO Miniseries Resumes Production in Spring

26 August 2015 10:23 AM, PDT

The series depicting the epic early American journey of Meriwether Lewis (Casey Affleck) and William Clark (Matthias Schoenaerts) is back on schedule, Deadline reports. In early August production was halted due to "creative" and "weather-related" reasons, and director John Curran and director of photography Rob Hardy were taken off the project. Now it is set to resume filming in the spring in Calgary with the original cast, though this Plan B, Playtone and Class 5 co-production is still shopping for a director.  Curran was to be HBO's latest filmmaker turned television-maker. HBO has tussled with uncompromising filmmakers before, including most recently David Fincher, who had a rash of projects fall off the network. Read More: Lynch, Fincher, 'True Detective' and the Unknowable Future of Auteur TV Playtone, Plan B and Class 5 produce, with Michelle Ashford, Curran and Edward Norton as writers. Executive producers are Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Norton, Brad »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Elisabeth Moss Goes Next-Level Insane in Alex Ross Perry's 'Queen of Earth'

26 August 2015 9:27 AM, PDT

Elisabeth Moss plays a young woman in total psychological breakdown mode in Alex Ross Perry's Berlin premiere "Queen of Earth," a startlingly audacious departure for the writer/director that also feels like a natural progression for an auteur in the making. In a wildly unpredictable, rangy lead performance, Moss shows us dark sides of her we've never seen before. Perry tears shamelessly from the pages of the hysterical women canon, keying into Polanski's "Repulsion" and "The Tenant," Altman's "Images" starring Susannah York, a sort of proto-"3 Women" about a splintering female psyche, with shades of Bergman and, yes, Woody Allen's own strained Bergman homage "Interiors." The creeping zooms of Sean Price Williams' 16mm camera close in on the faces of Moss and studio turned indie starlet Katherine Waterston, framed in "Persona"-like juxtaposition to instill in us the sickening feeling that these two women are two »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Student Academy Award Winners Revealed

25 August 2015 4:29 PM, PDT

This year, the Academy received a record number of entries — 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities — which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. Past winners of this honor include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis. The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title): Alternative “Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California “Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York Animation “An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts “Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco “Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts Documentary “Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University “I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University “Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California Narrative “Day One,” Henry Hughes, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Academy Governors Meet to Pick Oscar Show Producers and Governors Awards Winners

25 August 2015 3:13 PM, PDT

Now that musical producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed off running the Oscar telecast after a three-year stint that peaked with selfie-taking Ellen DeGeneres in 2014 and descended from there, Hollywood is waiting to find out who their replacements will be for the Oscar show on February 28, 2016. The vote takes place at the August 24 meeting of the Academy Board of Governors, where the likes of Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, John Lasseter, Amy Pascal, Kathleen Kennedy, Alex Gibney and Mark Johnson will vote for the next Oscar producers.  With that choice comes a possible change in direction: the Academy is under some pressure from ABC to improve their declining ratings. (The 2015 show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris was down from 2014's 43 million by almost 15 percent, or 36.6 million viewers.) Some ludicrous proposals have been made over the years to turn the Oscars into something more resembling the Grammies, MTV Movie. »


- Anne Thompson

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