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James Gray Reveals Harvey Weinstein’s Proposed Crowd-Pleasing Ending for ‘The Immigrant’

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James Gray‘s The Lost City of Z arrives in the United States in a few weeks and it’s certainly a 180-degree turn — in terms of distributor that clearly cares about the film they are handling — when compared to his last drama, The Immigrant. After premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, The Weinstein Company shelved the Joaquin Phoenix- and Marion Cotillard-led film until a small release a year later. Gray is never one to shy away from expressing his genuine opinion, and now that The Immigrant is behind him and he’s on the press circuit again, he’s much more open about what happened.

“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair,” he tells The Telegraph, when asked about Harvey Weinstein. “I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant »

- Jordan Raup

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Barry Jenkins to Write and Direct Underground Railroad Drama for Amazon Studios

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After his directorial break-through Moonlight picked up three Oscars, including Best Picture, and became the highest-grossing film in A24’s library so far, Barry Jenkins is now looking for his next project — and it won’t be on the big screen. It’s been known since last fall that Jenkins would be involved with an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book, The Underground Railroad, and now the project is moving forward.

Amazon Studios has announced today that Jenkins will write and direct the limited series, although an episode count hasn’t been revealed. “Going back to The Intuitionist, Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and The Underground Railroad is no different,” Jenkins said (via Variety). “It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way. Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, »

- Jordan Raup

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Trailer for ‘The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds’ Explores the Creation of a Landmark Album

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After getting an impressive biopic with Love & Mercy a few years ago, Brian Wilson is back in a new documentary on the formation of The Beach Boys‘ classic album “Pet Sounds.” Aptly named The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, the film goes behind-the-scenes with interviews from the album’s creators, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, as well as former member David Mark.

Ahead of a premiere on Showtime next month, the first trailer has now arrived. While it looks to take the conventional form of a talking heads documentary, the promise of rare footage and outtakes makes it a essential watch for fans of the band. Check out the preview below.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Pet Sounds,’ Brian Wilson and surviving members of The Beach Boys (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) revisit the writing and recording of the »

- The Film Stage

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 233 – Song to Song

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Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Nick Newman to discuss Terrence Malick‘s Austin-set, music-centered drama Song to Song, starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman.

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- Brian Roan

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Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Restored 1987 Drama ‘Daughter of the Nile’

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He’s one of the most praised directors of international cinema, but Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s films haven’t always received a substantial (or even negligible) release here in the United States. With his last film, the quiet epic The Assassin — which he picked up Best Director at Cannes for — getting a proper roll-out here, we hope it provokes distributors to seek out the rest of his catalogue for restoration and release treatment.

While there’s no word if it will arrive in the U.S. yet, one of his earlier films will in fact be getting a new release in the United Kingdom. Daughter of the Nile, his 1987 film which follows a young woman who struggles to support her family in Taipei, will arrive on Blu-ray in the U.K. this summer and a new trailer has now arrived. Showcasing the beautiful restoration, check it out below.

Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien (The Assassin, »

- Jordan Raup

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Passion Ensues in Trailer for Romantic Drama ‘Below Her Mouth’

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A steamy trailer has arrived for Below Her Mouth, the latest drama from actor-turned-director April Mullen. Penned by Stephanie Fabrizi, the film follows Jasmine (Natalie Krill), a successful fashion editor who has a stable relationship until she meets Dallas (Erika Linder) at a club. Though she rejects Dallas’ dogged confidence, she cannot seem to shake the surprise she has been struck by. Soon, she gives in to her baser instincts and the two set off on an affair that causes questions to arise in both their lives.

Judging from this trailer, Below Her Mouth looks to be intimately shot, with striking lighting and lush mise en scéne. The fact that only women wrote and directed the film assures that its focus on female pleasure is rid of the male gaze, a welcome change from the fetishization of lesbianism that is often depicted in Hollywood. Ahead of a release next month, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Wyatt Russell and Alex Karpovsky Go on Tour in Trailer for ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’

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After impressing in 22 Jump Street and Everybody Wants Some!!, Wyatt Russell has teamed with Girls star Alex Karpovsky for a new indie comedy. Folk Hero & Funny Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last fall, follows the two characters as they head out on a a comedy/music tour. Ahead of a release this summer, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “It may read maudlin here, but Grace and his team thoroughly sell it. And despite a somewhat foregone conclusion, Folk Hero & Funny Guy rises above cliché thanks to a sure-handed, thought-out script, and memorable performances.”

Check out the trailer below for the Jeff Grace-directed film also starring Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Michael Ian Black, Heather Morris, and David Cross.

Recently dumped by his fiancée and with a stagnating standup routine, aspiring comedian-slash-copywriter Paul (Alex Karpovsky) is stuck. The manager of the »

- Jordan Raup

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