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Oscar Submission Deadlines Loom

8 hours ago

The Oscar submission process may be initiated online.  (The entire list of key dates and complete rules are here.) Submissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (Osc) form are due by 5 p.m. Pt on the following dates: Scientific and Technical Awards  Friday, July 10Documentary Short Subject   Tuesday, September 1Documentary Feature    Monday, September 21Animated Short Film  Thursday, October 1  Live Action Short Film    Thursday, October 1Foreign Language Film   Thursday, October 1Animated Feature Film   Friday, October 30Original Score     Wednesday, December 2Original Song     Wednesday, December 2General Entry/Osc Form   Wednesday, December 2 The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network »


- Anne Thompson

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'James Bond: The Musical' Could Spell Another Screen-to-Stage Disaster

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The queen's most intrepid secret agent is jumping off the screen and onto the stage in his first ever Broadway musical. Per Playbill, "James Bond: The Musical" will be written by novelist Dave Clarke, with music and lyrics by country singer Jay Henry Weisz (um, what?). With an array of new villains, new Bond girls, and new narrative heights, Bond on Broadway may well be a crowd-pleaser, if not a casualty of cultural and corporate stratagem. Aiming for a 2017-2018 release, producer Merry Saltzman (daughter of longtime Bond producer Harry Saltzman) hopes to invigorate the franchise with some highbrow thrills and lowbrow panache.  Take Our Poll: Who Should Play the Next James Bond? No word yet on who will play the legendary spy, but he'll have some big (and expertly fitted) shoes to fill. Broadway has been ponying up for Hollywood properties recently -- to varying success. (This year's Tony Awards, »


- Ruben Guevara

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Today in Streaming: Netflix Dates First Original Features, Showtime Debuts Streaming Service and More

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1. Netflix has set dates for its first slate of original feature films. Leading the pack is Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation," which Netflix pushes into the awards corridor day-and-date on October 16. Since Netflix outbid Fox Searchlight for the film back in March, ticked-off exhibitors have dropped out of screening "Beasts," which shares its opening date with Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" and Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak," and will be distributed in theaters by Netflix partner Bleecker Street. The first of four Adam Sandler vehicles set for Netflix, "The Ridiculous Six," will premiere in time for the holidays on December 11. A sendup of classic Westerns, the film is directed by co-writer Sandler's buddy Frank Coraci. Read More: Why Netflix Shelled Out for Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation,' Shunned by Exhibitors Two titles, however, we won't see until next year. "Pee-wee's Big Holiday" »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: 'The X-Files' Returns with 201-Episode Marathon

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For fans who've been anxiously awaiting the new "X-Files" resurrection in 2016, Fox is ramping up to a grandiose comeback with a 201-episode complete series marathon starting today. Fox also unveiled a pulse-pounding promo, chockfull of nostalgic throwbacks and a brief glimpse at Mulder and Scully continuing to dig deeper, metaphorically and figuratively, for signs of extraterrestrial life.  The move is a welcome marketing and branding push for the network, which seems to be taking cues from "Seinfeld's" recent Hulu playbook. It's a brilliant slow burn to get viewers back into the swing of the series, and Fox will reportedly air one episode per day (in order) until the season premiere arrives on January 24th, 2016. It's a massive undertaking, but for those who have been living aimlessly for the past 13 years without aliens, government secrets, or screwball antics taken to perilous depths, let the binge-watching begin, here.  Read More: Why You. »

- Ruben Guevara

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Orson Welles' 'The Other Side of the Wind' Producers Move to Plan C

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It's a long, hard long on the way to "The Other Side of the Wind," apparently. The Indiegogo crusade for "The Other Side of the Wind," a 15-year-long passion project abandoned when Welles died in 1985, attracted the support of Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Peter Bogdanovich and Brett Ratner. But what went wrong? Despite celebrity backing, and a goal whittled down from $2 million to $1 million, the crowd-funding effort didn't make the finish line.  The campaign for the film's postproduction costs only raised $406,405 from 2,858 funders, including the inevitable last-minute donation: $50,000 courtesy of "How to Train Your Dragon" director Dean Deblois.  Read More: Here's How You Can Help Finish Orson Welles' Final Film But no matter, because the producers are moving forward with the project anyway, producer Filip Jan Rymsza told The Nyt. The film's 1,083 reels of footage will be shipped from a warehouse outside of »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Broad Green Sets 'Brain on Fire' with Chloë Grace Moretz and Jenny Slate

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Budding Broad Green Pictures has wrangled a strong cast for its upcoming "Brain on Fire," adapted from Susannah Cahalan's lauded 2012 memoir and directed by Irish indie Gerard Barrett. The film will star two kickass women — Chloë Grace Moretz and Jenny Slate — and emerging young star Thomas Mann, the "Me" of Sundance smash "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." Moretz plays rising New York Post journalist Cahalan who starts having seizures and hearing voices, rapidly descending into insanity and violence. A series of outbursts, misdiagnoses and a prolonged hospital stay lead her to a doctor who finally gives her a diagnosis, and hope to rebuild her life.  Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix and Beth Kono of Denver & Delilah, and Rob Merilees and Lindsay Macadam of Foundation Features are producing. Broad Green will distribute in the Us, with studio partner Mister Smith Entertainment shopping international rights following a European Film »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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The 'Radical Belief' of Sundance Channel's Extraordinary 'Rectify'

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As former death row inmate Daniel Holden (Aden Young) addresses the press in the pilot episode of "Rectify" (Sundance TV), the camera moves like a supplicant shifting from one foot to the other. His conviction in the rape and murder of 16-year-old Hanna Dean two decades earlier vacated due to new DNA evidence, Daniel speaks with the soft assurance of a philosopher, or a priest, explaining the ordeal as a "strict routine" of despair suddenly disrupted by new hope. "I had convinced myself that kind of optimism served no useful purpose in the world where I existed," he says. "Obviously, this radical belief system was flawed and was, ironically, a kind of fantasy itself. At the least, I feel that those specific coping skills were best suited to the life there behind me. I doubt they will serve me so well for the life in front of me." Faith, broadly defined, »


- Matt Brennan

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Santa Barbara Breaks Wave Film Festival Lineup of 11 French Films

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) has revealed its third annual Wave Film Festival, running July 15 through July 19. This festival highlights eleven brand new French films at the historic Riviera Theatre. Herewith the lineup, with language courtesy of the festival. Read More: Locarno to Honor French Actress Bulle Ogier, Favorite of Rivette, Chabrol and Fassbinder "A Perfect Man" / (Director: Yann Gozlan, Screenwriters: Yann Gozlan, Guillaume Lemans, Grégoire Vigneron) - Mathieu Vasseur is an aspiring writer. But as the refusal letters pile up, he takes a part-time job as a mover. Going through the contents of a recently deceased old soldier’s home, Mathieu discovers a dusty, hand-written diary. Intrigued, he takes the manuscript home to read. And he can’t put it down! Indeed the soldier’s story is captivating. Mathieu submits the book as its own to a publishing house. And he gets his first publishing deal. And the book is a huge. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Karlovy Vary: Mel Gibson Plays Mel Gibson in B&W Festival Trailer

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Among the many small pleasures of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival are the trailers featuring recent recipients of the main award, the Crystal Globe For Artistic Contribution to World Cinema — this may be the only award that is easier to say in Czech— including Helen Mirren, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Miloš Forman, John Malkovich, Andy Garcia, Jiří Menzel and Czech actress Věra Chytilová. The trailers gently spoof the prizewinner interacting with the physical award itself, a solid glass globe held aloft by a golden female figure. The best of them has the now elderly Chytilová trying to put a smashed globe back together with scotch tape, then eyeing her little coffee-table Frankenstein while blowing her nose loudly. I’m not sure I get the specific joke, but it’s funny anyway. This year’s trailer features last year’s winner, Mel Gibson, and plays on the actor’s reputation for, »


- Tom Christie

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Why 'Jenny's Wedding' Went Indiegogo

6 July 2015 6:03 PM, PDT

In February 2014, writer-director Mary Agnes Donoghue ("Beaches") and producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin launched a  campaign on Indiegogo to raise post-production finishing funds for indie romantic comedy "Jenny's Wedding," starring Katherine Heigl, Grace Gummer and Alexis Bledel. The movie will debut at Outfest on July 10 and will open via IFC Films On Demand and in theaters on July 31. "Jennifer's Wedding," which wrapped production in Cleveland, Ohio in November 2013, is about what happens when Jenny (Heigl), the daughter of a close-knit family, finally decides to marry. Her old-fashioned parents (Tom Wilkinson and Linda Emond) want her to settle down, but react badly when she announces that she is going to marry a woman.  While the producers successfully financed the film via Merced Media Partners and PalmStar Media Capital (executive producers are PalmStar’s »


- Anne Thompson

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Ned Kelly Heads Back to Big Screen for Director Justin Kurzel's 'True History Of The Kelly Gang'

6 July 2015 4:42 PM, PDT

Fresh off a strong showing at Cannes in May for Weinstein Co's "Macbeth," writer-director Justin Kurzel shows no signs of slowing down. Kurzel and "Snowtown Murders" collaborator Shaun Grant are retracing their Australian crime roots with an upcoming adaptation of Peter Carey's novel, "True History of the Kelly Gang." The story chronicles the life and death of one of the most wanted bushrangers in Australian history, told in autobiographical splendor by Kelly himself. Read More: Murderous 'Macbeth' is Perfect Fit for Justin Kurzel Backed by Australia's Porchlight and the UK's Daybreak Pictures, likeminded duo Kurzel and Grant will return to their native Australia to bring Kelly's fourth cinematic incarnation back to life. Aussie Heath Ledger made the role famous back in 2003 when he played the beloved titular outlaw. Presumably Kurzel should have no trouble luring another star to play one of history's »


- Ruben Guevara

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Rip Producer Jerry Weintraub: He Navigated Hollywood 'His Way'

6 July 2015 2:58 PM, PDT

"Oceans Eleven" producer and one-time United Artists chairman Jerry Weintraub died on Monday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 77. His film credits include “The Karate Kid,” “Nashville” and “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.” He won Emmys for 2014 climate change documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” and Steven Soderbergh's HBO Liberace biopic, “Behind The Candelabra.” Weintraub was one of those larger-than-life Hollywood figures who helped to define the image of what a movie producer is. Well into his 70s he was enjoying a resurgence that began with Steven Soderbergh's "Oceans Eleven" series and continued with his bestselling autobiography "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead" and the entertaining 2011 Doug McGrath HBO doc "His Way." "I'm an event guy,"  Weintraub told me on the phone from his desert hideaway. "Billy Friedkin used to call me 'Presents.' I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and »


- Anne Thompson

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Holiday Box Office Totals Are In: Here's What Actually Ruled the Weekend

6 July 2015 1:58 PM, PDT

Studios have reported weekend actuals, and as seemed possible yesterday, "Inside Out" ended up edging out "Jurassic World" for top spot, reaching number one in its third week. This ends the dinos' three-week run at the top. Why? "Inside Out" had a smaller shortfall than the other two tightly bunched of the three. Disney's guess actually was close — "Inside Out," at just under $29.8 million, was about 1% below the initial $30.1 million estimate. But "Jurassic" was more than 5% lower: $29.2 million compared to the original $30.9 million. "Terminator: Genisys" dropped 6%, coming in at $27 million rather than the earlier estimated $28.7 million, thus remaining in third place. Reversing the trend, "Magic Mike Xxl" came in an almost unprecedented — and ever more remarkable considering the overall trend — 10% higher than the earlier estimate, grossing $12.9 million rather than $11.6 million. This suggests a »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Tab Hunter, Out of the Hollywood Closet and in His Own Words

6 July 2015 1:57 PM, PDT

Why did Tab Hunter, 1950s all-American adonis and Hollywood star, want to make a movie about his life? "I figured, 'Get it from the horse's mouth, not from some other horse's ass after I'm dead and gone." You might not know this blond-headed hunk (now 83) from the days of Tinseltown's yesteryear because he wasn't exactly a marquee idol. He enjoyed a mid-sized movie career, starring in war pictures in the 1950s before landing a plum contract at Warner Bros. — all the while keeping his private life off the record, on the Q.T. and very hush-hush. Well, almost. Director Jeffrey Schwarz un-closets this Fifties Golden Boy in "Tab Hunter Confidential," the documentary film version of Hunter's memoir, co-penned by noir czar Eddie Muller nearly a decade ago. Schwarz discovered Hunter's story while interviewing him and his longtime partner (and former Fox executive) Allan Glaser for Schwarz's "I Am Divine," a documentary portrait of none-other-than Divine, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Sci-fi 'Z for Zachariah,' Starring Robbie, Ejiofor and Pine, Heads for Late August Release

6 July 2015 1:07 PM, PDT

Whenever a movie lands a late August release date, the warning flags go up in Hollywood. Why? Well, if it's a studio, the movie is going out during what is considered not prime summer playing time. This is when "Exorcist," "Halloween" and "Expendables" movies get to play. That doesn't mean that a word-of-mouth hit can't break out during this usually less-than-competitive period ("Superbad," "Bring It On," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"). And distributors can decide that they need a little extra playing room, because maybe their elements aren't that strong, or they're afraid of going up against the big summer guns. As for the indies, there's more room to play in August. But opening then often signals: "This is not an awards movie." If it were, distributors would wait just a few more weeks for the fall festivals and the adult quality film season. (Historically, the Weinstein brothers have done well in this. »


- Anne Thompson

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Listen to James Gray Talk Fellini, 'The Immigrant' and His Favorite Movies

6 July 2015 12:59 PM, PDT

James Gray has, since 1994 debut "Little Odessa," enjoyed a fruitful American indie film career despite studio pressures and tussles, including TWC's infamous dumping of "The Immigrant," his 2013 Cannes premiere that became a critics' cause celebre.  Gray, now foraying into television with a hardboiled animated series for adults, joins host Peter Labuza on the latest episode of The Cinephiliacs podcast to unpack his work, thoughts on indie filmmaking and Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" whose streetwalker with a heart of gold played by Giulietta Masina influenced Marion Cotillard's tragic heroine of "The Immigrant." Listen to the podcast here. Read More: From 'The Immigrant' to 'Two Days, One Night': Oscar Nominee Marion Cotillard's Amazing Year »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams Are Actors with a Capital A in 'Southpaw' Clip

6 July 2015 11:33 AM, PDT

The Weinstein Company opens the Oscar hopeful on July 24. Back at Cannes, Weinstein promised the Oscar nomination for Gyllenhaal that he didn't get for "Nightcrawler." In "Southpaw," he plays a troubled, muscled-up fighter opposite Rachel McAdams as his wife, and Rita Ora. Read our review roundup here. Read More: Weinstein Says Jake Gyllenhaal Will Land Oscar Nom for 'Southpaw' »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Exclusive 'Paulo Coelho's Best Story' Trailer Is Stranger Than Fiction

6 July 2015 10:17 AM, PDT

Already released in Brazil, "Paulo Coelho's Best Story" recounts the ups and downs in the life of author most famous for "The Alchemist," the 1988 novel about an Andalusian shepherd boy's journey to Egypt. Starring Julio Andrade and Paz Vega ("Sex and Lucia," "Talk to Her," "Spanglish"), the film features art direction from Pedro Almodovar regular Antxón Gómez and Oscar-winning make-up artists Montse Ribé and David Marti. The film traces the prolific author's journey, which begins humbly in Brazil, to his triumph as an international literary celebrity who endured bouts of mental disorders, drug-taking and success as a rock musician and lyricist. Look for the film on July 31. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Stations of the Cross,' a Christ Story in 14 Tableaux (Review)

6 July 2015 9:35 AM, PDT

“Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross),” which won the 2014 Best Script Silver Bear at Berlinale, is a well-designed and constructed portrait of a young, devout Catholic girl trying to make her way through a maze of satanically influenced culture (i.e., normality) and sin (e.g., attraction to a boy) while meeting the absurdly high personal standards demanded by her overbearing mother, her priest and her God. Directed by Dietrich Brueggemann, the German-language “Stations” is a sly look at religious conservatism, period – sly because it could just as easily be about Islam but is in many ways more thought provoking as a study of an otherwise typical white German family.  Made up of 14 titled segments, Brueggemann’s reworking of the stations of the cross, the film begins in Maria’s confirmation class, in which her Society of St. Pius Xii priest teaches a traditionalist interpretation of Catholicism, encouraging his young students »

- Tom Christie

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Long-Distance Romance '10,000 Km' Chronicles Love and Sex in the Modern World

6 July 2015 9:23 AM, PDT

Carlos Marques-Marcet's lovely, lovely debut "10,000 Km" opens with an impressively staged single take that manages to convey the entire universe of a longterm relationship in just 23 minutes. We meet Alex (Natalia Tena) and Sergi (David Verdaguer), two Barcelonans of millennial age, in the middle of sex. It has the hot abandon of a new courtship, except they've been together for seven years. Later in the same take, delicately choreographed by the first-time director and his Dp Dagmar Weaver-Madsen, Alex opens her computer to an unexpected email announcing she has been offered a year-long residency in Los Angeles. She's a struggling photographer who, amid the tough economic realities for creative types in the post-Internet Age, can't afford to say no to the offer, and doesn't. Save that long take and a (devastating) closing scene, the rest of this subtly melancholic, modern romance spans a year of Alex and Sergi nobly »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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