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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Could Get Caught In Legal Crosshairs

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Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is ready to go, right? The film was all set to be financed by Gaston Pavlovich‘s Fábrica de Cine with distributors lined up worldwide to release the movie. But things took a massive shift this week, when the project was repackaged and an industry-shaking, sound-the-alarm deal with Netflix was made to release the film worldwide on the streaming channel (a day after doing so the filmmaker knocked the idea of watching films on TV, the exact domain of Netflix). 

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- Edward Davis

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What To Expect From The 2017 Academy Awards Telecast: Matt Damon, Sara Bareilles, Politics

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The Oscars are only days away and while nominees anxiously wait to find out how their long awards season journeys will end (spoiler: “La La Land” nominees will be happy), first-time producers Jennifer Todd and Mike De Luca are trying to keep as many aspects of the telecast they can secret.  Of course, there are still a number of thing we know about the world’s most prestigious awards show.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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SXSW: Discover An Unsung Genius In Trailer For Documentary ‘Bill Frisell, A Portrait’

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Now here is a documentary I’m excited about. While Bill Frisell may not be a household name, I first discovered him on the soundtrack for “Finding Forrester“, and Frisell’s music has been part of my life ever since.

For the few of you who don’t follow jazz guitar, Bill Frisell is one of the most respected studio guitarists working today. He has been featured on albums for such musicians as Elvis Costello, Loudon Wainwright II, and Bonnie Raitt, in addition to putting out his own records, my favorite being History, Mystery.

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- Christian Gallichio

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Sally Hawkins Captures The Enduring Spirit Of Canadian Folk Artist ‘Maudie’ In New Trailer With Ethan Hawke

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Sally Hawkins captures the enduring spirit of painter Maud Lewis in the new trailer for the biopic, “Maudie.” Directed by Aisling Walsh, the film focuses on Lewis’ early life and her struggle to become one of Canada’s best-known folk artists. The biopic made its world premiere at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival before screening at several Canadian film festivals.

The trailer opens with the desperate artist taking a job as a live-in housemaid for gruff, local fish peddler, Everett Lewis, played by Ethan Hawke.

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- Tess Bonn

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Warner Bros. Adds ‘Nightwing’ Movie To Superhero Slate

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It’s not fair to keep drawing comparisons to Marvel, but Warner Bros. and DC Films feel like such a mess at times. Marvel carefully makes a plan and almost always stick with it through each phase of their movie universe. Over at WB, their upcoming spandex slate that still theoretically includes “Cyborg,” “Shazam,” “Black Adam,” “Gotham City Sirens,” “Suicide Squad 2” and “Green Lantern Corps,” and I will not be surprised if one or two of those movies don’t get made.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Discover The Mysterious Power In New Trailer For ‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ From Ex-Studio Ghibli Team

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While Studio Ghibli has become synonymous with Hayao Miyazaki’s work, and the films that touch upon similarly inspired approaches, the company is ceasing production of new projects and now their workers have had to find a new outlet. And so, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiaki Nishimura, and several former employees, started Studio Ponoc. With their new movie, “Mary And The Witch’s Flower,” it looks like they’re hoping to build their brand on the same vibe as Studio Ghibli.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 15 Best Oscar-Nominated Performances In Foreign-Language Films

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We only have a few more days to wait before we’ll see if any film or person can pull off a major upset (in any category) and beat out “La La Land” which, last time we checked, was tracking to pick up more Oscars on Sunday than there are categories. It seems mathematically impossible, but that’s the magic of the movies for you. One of the most hotly contested, though, is Best Actress — a category which Emma Stone seems to be steamrolling her way through to victory.

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- Jessica Kiang

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Matt Reeves Directing ‘The Batman’ After All

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The pendulum has swung back on “The Batman.” With Ben Affleck leaving the director’s chair, Warner Bros. needed a name to assure everyone the film was still on track. And initially they thought they had it with Matt Reeves (“Let Me In,” “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes“) — only for him to break off talks last week.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Producers Turned Down James Gunn’s Attempt To Make An R-Rated ‘Hitman’ Movie

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The video-game-to-movie adaptation is an ongoing problem in Hollywood. There is a plethora of games that fans would love to see on the big screen, but it never seems to go smoothly, and “Hitman” is just one title in the pantheon of failed video-game movies. An engaging tale of an assassin filling contract killings for the International Contracts Agency, the premise could’ve gone somewhere interesting, but unfortunately after two failed attempts, the “Hitman” movie series is seemingly finished (and honestly, “John Wick” is the hitman franchise kicking ass and taking names at the moment).

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- Jay Hunter

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Toronto International Film Festival Shrinking Its Lineup Is A Much Needed Change

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To outsiders, the grumbling each year from press and industry folks as the Toronto International Film Festival unveils its lineup can seem precious. The common complaint is that there’s simply too much, leading to screening conflicts and an impression that programmers will pretty much slot anything into the lineup. (We know, we know, boo hoo, you have too many movies to choose from at Tiff.) Well, no more, because in 2017, things are going to change at Tiff.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Richard Gere Is Making Deals In New Trailer For ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer’

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Making movies means dealing with people who have plenty of opinions about how things should be done, but I find it remarkable that no one involved with “Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer” said anything about the title. One of the longest, and blandest, movie titles in recent memory, I’m not even halfway through reading the name when I’ve checked out. But luckily the star-studded cast is drawing me back in.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Gemma Arterton Creates Movie Magic In New Trailer For Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest’

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Entering the Trump years, if there’s any silver lining to be taken from his rule, it’s how the public has been galvanized to act, coming together to stand up for everything from healthcare to refugees to Lgbt rights. So perhaps the timing is perfect for Lone Scherfig‘s “Their Finest.”

Read More: Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest’ Starring Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy Is A Charming Feminist Love Letter To Filmmaking [Tiff Review]

Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, and Richard E.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Join The Brotherhood In New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Burning Sands’

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As long as there have been fraternities, there’s been hazing, but the hallowed tradition of humiliation is coming under increasing scrutiny. Incidents that have left pledges gravely injured have made headlines, and schools are no longer turning a blind eye to this often brutal activity. And the movies are paying attention too, with “Goat” recently taking viewers inside the world of brotherhood via James Franco and Nick Jonas.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cynthia Nixon Gets Poetic As Emily Dickinson In New Trailer For Terence Davies’ ‘A Quiet Passion’

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Terence Davies‘ upcoming biopic “A Quiet Passion” has a new UK trailer, bringing viewers a taste of the drama that follows the story of famed American poet Emily Dickinson played by Cynthia Nixon of “Sex and the City” fame.

The drama takes us into the life of Dickinson, with Davies delivering his third straight woman-led drama, following 2011’s “The Deep Blue Sea” and 2015’s “Sunset Song.” Here’s the official synopsis:

The story of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson is brought to vivid life, in a remarkably sensitive biopic by director Terence Davies, exploring her early days as a young schoolgirl, through to her later years as a recluse.

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- Jay Hunter

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Get Ready To Rock With New Images Of Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & More In Terrence Malick’s ‘Song To Song’

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While the trailer for “Song To Song” shows that Terrence Malick‘s style hasn’t changed that much, perhaps the musical milieu of his new movie will show a different side of the filmmaker. All we know is that we’re ready to watch Rooney Mara rock out.

Some new images from the film have landed (via IMDb), and sadly the remainder, featuring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman, fall into the Pensive Moods Of Malick that we’re used to these days.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steve McQueen’s Scrapped HBO Series ‘Codes of Conduct’ Still Alive, Seeking New Home

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It was almost exactly a year ago when HBO was at their peak of executive and creative turmoil. The hugely expensive “Vinyl” had premiered to dismal ratings and reviews (and the second season would be canceled a couple months later), and a multitude of high profile projects — David Fincher‘s “Videosyncrazy” and “Utopia,” the miniseries “Lewis And Clark” — all stalled out.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Predicting The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Winners Because Why Not?

23 February 2017 7:16 AM, PST

The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards are upon us and beyond the anticipation of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the 32nd annual indie film shindig, there is actual suspense over who will take home the top prizes.

Over the past decade or so, the casual chic Spirits have featured many of the nominated films battling for the glamorous Academy Awards just the next day. This year there is some obvious duplication with “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Hell or High Water” all earning key nods, but there is a lot more variation in the nominees than many would have expected.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Fresh Off Netflix Deal For ‘The Irishman,’ Martin Scorsese Says Watching Movies On TV “Is Not The Best Way”

23 February 2017 6:56 AM, PST

While Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence” is easily his most powerful exploration yet of the devout having their faith tested, the filmmaker, who once considered becoming a priest, has long prayed at the altar of cinema. There are few advocates for the medium as eloquent or knowledgeable as Scorsese, and even as a Netflix deal is inked for his upcoming “The Irishman,” his soul will not be bought so quickly or converted to the temple of convenient streaming at home.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Drew Goddard Joins ‘Deadpool 2’ Writing Team, Joe Carnahan Penning ‘X-Force’

23 February 2017 6:18 AM, PST

Still without a release date, it seems Ryan Reynolds wants “Deadpool 2” to be the best it can be, and if the rumors are to be believed, he’s flexing all the creative muscle he has on the sequel to realize his vision. Last fall, “Deadpool” director Tim Miller exited the picture, with “John Wick” co-helmer stepping in to replace him.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Serves Up 5-Minute ‘Last Supper’ Prologue

22 February 2017 7:21 PM, PST

With Neill Blomkamp‘s “Alien” looking unlikely to happen, the future of the franchise rests on the shoulders of the man who started it all: Ridley Scott. He’s back with “Alien: Covenant,” which for fans will have to show some improvement over the beautiful looking, viscerally engaging, but kinda really dumb “Prometheus.” And he’s going to try, bringing buckets of blood along with him.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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