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6 Things We Learned About 'Spectre' From the New Teaser

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It's fun trying to piece together the clues from the new "Spectre" teaser trailer, in which Daniel Craig's James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. 1. Personal effects recovered from Skyfall reveal a secret past that Bond has he kept hidden because he "couldn't trust anyone," according to Naomi Harris' Moneypenny: There's a photograph of a man with one arm around a boy, another holding a ski pole and another boy next to him, presumably Bond. 2. We know that Christoph Waltz plays Franz Oberhauser and that it was revealed in Ian Fleming's short story, "Octopussy," that Hans Oberhauser was Bond's ski instructor and father figure. So Franz is probably his son and a boyhood pal to Bond. 3. There's also a document that states "Temporary Guardianship," so apparently this was Bond's family after his parents died. 4. The discovery of »


- Bill Desowitz

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Best of the Week: Best of SXSW, Why Hollywood Is Discovering Colombia and More

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5 Reasons Why Brian Wilson Biopic 'Love and Mercy' Deserves an Awards Push The 10 Best Films I Saw at SXSW Academy: Hire Judd Apatow to Produce 2016 Oscars Academy Governors: Let's Go Back to 5 Best Picture Nominees Arthouse Audit: 'It Follows' Expands as 'Danny Collins' Leads Openers and Unshelved David O. Russell Film Before 'Get Hard,' Ranking 9 Will Ferrell Comedies from Foul to Funny BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday Bollywood Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra Goes Western with 'Broken Horses' How a Film Salon Celebrated Women Directors on Wikipedia How They Did It: Finding Different Sides of Brooklyn for Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' (Video) Late Night's Unfinished Revolution, From Corden to Fallon Noah Baumbach on Career Moves, from Personal 'While We're Young' to Comedy Breakout 'Mistress America' Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns Radius/TWC Takes 'It Follows' Wide in Theaters Friday, Pushing Back »


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Noah Baumbach on Career Moves, from Personal 'While We're Young' to Comedy Breakout 'Mistress America'

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New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and now "While We're Young," which debuted at Toronto 2014. Stiller plays Josh, a blocked and earnest documentary filmmaker stuck in a dead-end career and a tired childless marriage to Cornelia (Naomi Watts). The duo meet and become briefly infatuated by another couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who »


- Anne Thompson

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Focus Features' 'Suffragette' Gets 2015 Awards Season Release Date

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Focus Features, which was reprieved from a weak 2014 slate by Working Title's Oscar-winning "The Theory of Everything," has made a bid to compete in the fall 2015 awards fray by acquiring North American distribution rights from Pathé to British period drama "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"). The film will open in select cities on October 23, 2015 with expansions to follow. Focus is also releasing Working Title's true romance "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Written by Emmy-winner Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "Shame," "The Iron Lady"), "Suffragette" stars Oscar-race vets Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter as well as Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan also toplines Fox »


- Anne Thompson

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Sf Film Fest to Host Us Premiere of 'Mr. Holmes,' Starring Ian McKellen (Trailer)

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Ian McKellen received glowing reviews out of the Berlinale for playing an aged, retiring Sherlock in writer/director Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes." Ahead of its UK premiere in June and Us opening from Roadside Attractions and the reawakening Miramax on July 17, 2015, the film will play the Sf International Film Festival on Saturday, April 25 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown as a Marquee Presentation. This version of the story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes (McKellen) returns from Japan, where he was seeking a restorative plant and witnessed the devastation of nuclear war. Settled at a remote seaside farm, Holmes tends to his bees in the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) with whom he becomes close--and who helps him revisit an unsolved case. Read More: Ian McKellen Stars in Miramax's "Mr. Holmes" Bill Condon previously directed Ian McKellen as "Frankenstein" director James Whale in the. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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How They Did It: Finding Different Sides of Brooklyn for Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' (Video)

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"While We're Young" is a tale of two Brooklyns for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomie Watts) and Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). For Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), who just finished "Bridge of Spies" with Steven Spielberg, it was a return to home in New York after five years of working elsewhere. But with a different character-driven design approach. Read More: First Look at Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller "Bridge of Spies" "The idea was to go find it, so I started way before we officially began looking for locations," Stockhausen said. "I was at the Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn, where artists in the neighborhood open their doors. And so many people are living and working in the same space that we get to peek inside their lives. And I actually walked into the apartment that we ended up using for Jamie and Darby's apartment. »


- Bill Desowitz

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Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen Team for Heist Thriller

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"Gone Girl" scribe Gillian Flynn has come aboard Steve McQueen's heist thriller for New Regency. This marks the British director's first feature film since his "12 Years a Slave," also financed by New Regency, won Best Picture in 2014. The yet-to-be-titled heist thriller thriller is based on the 1983 Brit miniseries "Widows," which was penned by Lynda La Plante, who wrote the original six-part series as well as Helen Mirren starrer "Prime Suspect." "Widows" is about a caper gone awry after four armed robbers are killed in a botched heist. Their widows team up to finish what they started. It will be interesting to see what McQueen does with what is perfect terrain for Flynn. According to THR, the film won't be titled "Widows" and it will be set in a modern-day American city that isn't London. This more commercial-sounding McQueen outing is expected to enter pre-production in the Fall, with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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How Wenders and Father and Son Salgado Brought 'Salt of the Earth' to Life

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You've seen Sebastião Salgado's photographs, even if you did not know who shot them. The Brazilian photographer has been wandering the globe, seeking out some of the most benighted places on earth and finding hideous beauty there. Even more than some war photographers, he has seen the worst of humanity. And after decades he did burn out on The Horror and had to go home to the plantation where he grew up to find renewal. Read More: "Watch: Provocative New Clips from Wim Wenders doc 'The Salt of the Earth'" German filmmaker Wim Wenders, who has been experiencing his own artistic renewal via documentaries that serve to showcase other people's art, such as 3D masterpiece "Pina," joined forces with Salgado's filmmaker son Juliano on "The Salt of the Earth," which debuted at Cannes and went on to play the fall festivals to much acclaim. Juliano shot much of the »


- Anne Thompson

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Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson Star in 'Alone in Berlin,' Now Filming

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Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl star in "Alone in Berlin," an adaptation of Hans Fallada's novel about the true story of working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel who, after their son dies on the battlefield, stage a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime. Written by Achim von Borries, who cowrote the marvelous 2003 "Good Bye Lenin!" which also starred Bruhl, the film is directed by Swiss actor/filmmaker Vincent Perez. Former Focus Features head James Schamus is among the film's producers including X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni, and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits. Thompson also stars in the upcoming period piece "Effie Gray," and has "A Wak in the Woods," "Survivor" and "Adam Jones" coming up. Gleeson will be seen in Ron Howard's December adventure "In the Heart of the Sea" opposite Chris Hemsworth and Cillian. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Circling 'Force Majeure' Remake; Who Should Play the Male Lead?

26 March 2015 8:01 PM, PDT

THR reports that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks to star in Fox Searchlight's remake of "Force Majeure," the hilarious and critically adored comedy directed by Ruben Ostlund.  This film about a family vacationing in the French Alps, whose lives take a turn for the comically dysfunctional after an avalanche, won Cannes' Un Certain Regard jury prize in 2014, picked up a Golden Globe nomination and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Magnolia opened the film last Fall to rave reviews, and it's now streaming on Netflix. Read More: Ruben Ostlund on Directing "Force Majeure" THR's sources say the multi-Emmy-winning "Veep" star is also attached to produce the project. She will presumably play Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli, fabulous, in the original), a woman who slowly comes unhinged after her husband Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) chickens out on her and their kids during the false-alarm force of nature that threatens them. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Academy: Hire Judd Apatow to Produce 2016 Oscars

26 March 2015 4:02 PM, PDT

This year's meeting on Tuesday night was no exception. At the "Mad Men" final premiere Wednesday night, several board members confirmed that they did discuss the show but not the number of Best Picture nominees--that will be decided this summer when the rules committee has weighed in. While Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are claiming that it is their decision, the news that they are not returning was confirmed today.  It's no surprise. Their first Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, boasted great music and great ratings--even if the host was a disappointment. Their second Oscars also boasted great music and a superb host, Ellen DeGeneres, along with great ratings. So the musical duo were asked to produce for a third time, which was not the charm. They allowed rookie host Neil Patrick Harris too much leeway with new writers and the show fell flat in all departments. (Personally, I loved »


- Anne Thompson

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BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

26 March 2015 2:19 PM, PDT

It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »


- Demetrios Matheou

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How a Film Salon Celebrated Women Directors on Wikipedia

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT

To celebrate Women's History Month, I bring your attention to a monthly Women in Film Salon run by Seed&Spark producer and founder Emily Best. Rather than belly-ache about the sad state of women in Hollywood, cinematographer Elle Schneider and director Jen McGowan ("Kelly & Cal") pulled together 13 women for an edit-a-thon to create new Wikipedia pages. They whipped out their laptops and wrote  21 entries for women directors or women filmmaker organizations that did not have pages before. They were inspired by Wikipedia edit-a-thons for women artists as well as black women in history to create or strengthen Wikipedia entries about women who are notable but rarely written about. "Wikipedia is one of the most trafficked sites on the internet and a huge resource for people searching for women filmmakers, even though very few are listed," wrote Schneider in an »


- Anne Thompson

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TCM Film Fest: How 'Sound of Music' and '1776' Were Restored for Their Big Screen Returns

26 March 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

This weekend's annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about "History, According to Hollywood," and you couldn't find two more diverse musical examples than "The Sound of Music" (kicking things off tonight at the Tcl Chinese Theater IMAX in honor of its 50th anniversary, with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in attendance) and "1776" (screening Saturday at the Chinese IMAX). Both tout digital restorations to show off their compelling stories of nonconformity and revolution. FotoKem did "The Sound of Music" digital restoration a while back and the uber 5-disc 50th Blu-ray edition is currently available from Fox Home Entertainment. They scanned a new 65mm intermediate on the Imagica and then a completely 4K workflow was used for the rest of the restoration. FotoKem colorist Mark Griffith particularly addressed flicker, density fluctuation and variable color fading. "While the fading wasn't as challenging, the density »


- Bill Desowitz

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Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Cast for His Next Film, 'Silencio'

26 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT

Pedro Almodóvar has announced the cast for his women-led drama "Silencio." Earlier this year, the iconoclastic director of "Talk to Her" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" stated that casting for the film would be "complicated because what I’ve written doesn’t quite work with my actores amigos." Thus, he has gone with actresses relatively unknown in the states. Goya winner Emma Suarez ("The Dog in the Manger") and Goya nominee Adriana Ugarte ("Doghead") will play the same character, Julieta, in a drama that plays in typically Almodóvarian terrain: guilt, loss, destiny and abandoning the people you love. Read More: Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Why He Turned Down "Brokeback Mountain" His brother Agustín Almodóvar will also be producing the $9.8 million "Silencio" via their El Deseo banner when it starts shooting this April in Madrid and »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Magnolia Buys Sundance Drama 'Experimenter' Starring Peter Sarsgaard

26 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT

Ahead of the film's Closing Night screening at the Sf International Film Festival, the psychological drama "Experimenter" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which plans a 2015 theatrical release. Directed by Michael Almereyda (2000's brainy Shakespeare update "Hamlet"), the film stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram whose 1961 "obedience" experiments at Yale asked participants to send harmful electric shocks to strangers in order to test their will toward authority.  Read More: Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films From Sundance and SXSW The rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. "Experimenter" was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof. Sundance reviews were mostly positive. Variety wrote: "Michael Almereyda dissects the »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams Eye Tom Ford's New Film

26 March 2015 10:27 AM, PDT

Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams are reportedly circling writer/director Tom Ford's postmodern thriller "Nocturnal Animals," to be produced by George Clooney. The Hollywood Reporter says Gyllenhaal is attached to star, and that Adams is currently in talks. There's also talk of Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who played John Lennon in "Nowhere boy" and is married to "Fifty Shades" director Sam Taylor-Johnson) potentially being chased for roles. Gyllenhaal has just finished his Broadway stint in "Constellations" and has Antoine Fuqua's gritty boxing drama "Southpaw" coming this year along with Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition." Adams will also be working with the busy Vallee on "The Story of Your Life" and reprises her role as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," which is in post-production. Read More: Tom Ford Finally Unveils First Film Since "A Single »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns

26 March 2015 10:16 AM, PDT

Currently filming in rocky Colorado, Tarantino's 70mm western "The Hateful Eight" is headed for a Fall release from The Weinstein Company. Ahead of that, you can catch up on the movie-geek auteur's top 20 Italian-produced spaghetti westerns. (Hat tip: Open Culture.) Read More: Production Begins on Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" The list runs the gamut from under-seen obscurities to more obvious favorites, including the original "Django" series starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. In 2007, Tarantino hosted a massive retrospective of spaghetti westerns at the Venice Film Festival and continues to program his favorites at his New Beverly in Los Angeles. His idol, Sergio Leone, makes more than one appearance throughout the countdown below. What did he leave off? Read More: 12 Must-See Modern Westerns 1. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Sergio Leone, 1966) 2. "For a Few Dollars More" (Sergio Leone, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Downton Abbey' Announces Final Season, and Possible Movie

26 March 2015 9:55 AM, PDT

Updated: On the heels of announcing the final season today, "Downton Abbey" producers are contemplating a movie. Gareth Neame nixed hopes for a spinoff but did say in the press conference: “We would be very interested in [a movie]... it's definitely something we’re contemplating, it would be great fun to do.” (Entertainment Weekly reports.) Earlier: The rumors are true. "Downton Abbey"'s sixth season will be its last, said Executive Producer Gareth Neame on Thursday morning. "We wanted to close the doors of 'Downton Abbey' when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up," said Neame in today's press conference. Writer/creator Julian Fellowes' »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: James Corden's Carpool Karaoke Session with Mariah Carey

26 March 2015 9:04 AM, PDT

What better way to kill time in the hideous La traffic than with a little karaoke? Watch as Corden butchers Mariah Carey songs and as The Voice herself, from the passenger seat, reprises hits including "Always Be My Baby" and the Bad Boy remix of "Fantasy." "The Late Late Show" plays weeknights at 12:35am on CBS. Read More: Late Night's Unfinished Revolution, From Corden to Fallon »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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