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Derek Cianfrance's 'The Light Between Oceans' Starring Michael Fassbender Gets Labor Day Weekend Release Date

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With filming kicking off in the fall of 2014, things have been pretty quiet around "Blue Valentine" and "The Place Beyond The Pines" director Derek Cianfrance's "The Light Between Oceans." The picture didn't pop up as some expected on the festival circuit in 2015, but the official release date for the movie now paints a worrying picture for the movie. Disney has officially slated the drama to hit theaters on September 2nd. Labor Day weekend is traditionally a dumping ground, and this year is not much different, with the Natalie Dormer horror flick "Patient Zero," and Relativity thriller "Solace," starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins, set to arrive (though things could change for this picture, which has already been released internationally, given the instability of the studio). Last year, the big movie wide release movie for the holiday crowd was "The Transporter Refueled." In 2014, it was the horror "As »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult & Thandie Newton Join Xavier Dolan's 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan'

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If there was any doubt that Xavier Dolan can now command A-list casts, this should put it to rest. His upcoming "It's Only The End Of The World" features Marion Cotillad, Vincent Cassel, and Lea Seydoux, and now, for this next feature and English language debut "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan," he's landed some big names to join Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon in the film.  Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton have joined the drama, which takes place in the early 2000’s and centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late twenties (Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions, and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Deadpool' Sequel Greenlit By Fox, Ryan Reynolds Says "X-Force Is My Priority"

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Buoyed by mostly positive reviews (I wasn't so keen), and huge anticipation in advance of its opening weekend, 20th Century Fox think they've got a hit on their hands with "Deadpool." And they're so confident in fact, they're already going ahead with a sequel. THR reports that the studio has given the greenlight to a followup, with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to write the script. Not locked in yet is director Tim Miller, though Fox is obviously keen to bring him to back, as he certainly found the right voice for the Merc With A Mouth.  There's no word yet on plot details, but Ryan Reynolds recently shared that the character may rumble with X-Men a bit more, which isn't a surprise given the current movie's inclusion of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. "There's so much material to mine in just the X-Men universe," he told Filmstarts (via »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Michael Moore's Persistently Stirring 'Where To Invade Next'

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. During Michael Moore’s introduction to the world premiere screening of his “Where To Invade Next,” the man who’s probably the best-known documentarian in the United States—if not the world—explained that he made this movie in secret, not because of any explosive content, but because he and his team wanted to take the time to “quietly focus on our art.” That was an odd thing for him to say, given that even Moore’s biggest supporters rarely tout him as a great artist. He’s a champion rabble-rouser, and has made a handful of docs that are among the most powerful and popular of the past 25 years. But is Moore thought of as a superior visual stylist or master storyteller? Mostly not. With “Where To Invade Next,” though, Moore has made his best film in over a decade, »

- Noel Murray

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Read: Lenny Abrahamson's 5-Page Letter To Author Emma Donoghue That Convinced Her To Let Him Make 'Room'

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The journey to making a movie can be a long one, as finances come together, endless meetings take place, followed by rounds of casting, approvals, and more, but for director Lenny Abrahamson, his Oscar-nominated "Room" started with one thing — a letter. After reading Emma Donoghue's novel on which the movie is based, the filmmaker put down his vision across five pages and sent it to the author, hoping he could convince to entrust her bestseller with his approach.  "Somebody recommended [the book] and I read it. I really loved it, and I’m a parent—I had a boy of nearly four when I read the novel—so I think my feelings for him really transferred into my feeling for the character. I had a very strong impulse to make it into a film and I should make it into a film and nobody else should make it into a film, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: ‘The Greasy Strangler’ Is Disgusting, Deviant And Pleasurably Weird At Heart

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Cinema history is marked by the efforts of a few genuine provocateurs, and many would-be shock purveyors. But based on his latest feature, director Jim Hosking (“The ABCs of Death 2”) may have precisely the knack to create the uncomfortable, even vile visions required to step out into the front rank of true freaks. "The Greasy Strangler," which debuted in the Midnight section at Sundance 2016, would feel outré in in any collection of audacious, boundary-busting films. It has roots in the patience-testing comedy of Tim and Eric, and 1990s alt-comics such as early issues of “Eightball” by Dan Clowes and Dave Cooper's sweat-drenched “Weasel.” Constructed around three performances that display an utter lack of physical caution, this is a flatulent, filthy, and trying relationship comedy with every corner pushed beyond extremes. If “Barton Fink” was made by John Waters, this is the sort of movie he'd write. Picture this: »

- Russ Fischer

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Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Moves To 2018, Gets Out Of The Way Of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

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While some studios are using the opportunity of the now annual "Star Wars" movie to try some counter-programming, others would prefer to steer clear of anything related to wookies and lightsabres. And for Warner Bros. and Steven Spielberg, they are getting right out of the way. Last month, Disney announced they were moving Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," originally slated to be released on May 26, 2017, to December 15, 2017. That put it on the same date as Spielberg's "Ready Player One." At the time, WB wasn't blinking, but perhaps a few weeks of consideration, and looking at their calendar, has made them change their tune, as they're now setting "Ready Player One" for March 30, 2018. It's a wise move, given that Spielberg's movie is going to be a big one too, an adaptation of  Ernest Cline's novel, penned by  Zak Penn ("X-Men: Last Stand," "The Avengers"), that weaves a. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 2-Hour, 40-Minute Talk With 2016 DGA Nominated Directors Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Ridley Scott, George Miller, Tom McCarthy, And Adam McKay

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It's just a few weeks to go until the Oscars, and it'll be our last chance rubbing digital elbows with the Class of 2015. And it's been a pretty good bunch this year, and only has to look at the filmmakers nominated for Best Director by the DGAs to see how the the high level of talent that have created some of the most memorable films of the year. And before the Oscar show closes the books, the Directors Guild Of America rounded up all five — Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Ridley Scott, George Miller, Tom McCarthy, and Adam McKay — on the eve of their awards, for a lengthy, two-hour, forty-minute conversation. During the discussion, the filmmakers share the advice they've received, casting, the rehearsal process, the happy accidents that occur during production and more. You couldn't ask for a more in depth talk, and you certainly won't see these five on the same stage again anytime soon. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Blu-ray Exclusive: Pam Grier's Got Company In Clip From Blaxploitation Action Film 'Sheba, Baby'

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Of the many faces that defined the Blaxploitation wave in American cinema during the 1970s, Pam Grier is one of the most important. She anchored pictures like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy," while starring in numerous other pictures that became cult favorites and alternatives to the fare Hollywood was churning out. And in 1975, she was busier than ever, with three films hitting cinemas, including "Bucktown," "Friday Foster," and "Sheba, Baby." And today we have an exclusive clip from the latter which has just landed in a fresh edition on Blu-ray. Directed by William Girdler, the story follows Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams, Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away with a fight, and the action ramps up. »

- Edward Davis

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Interview: Roger Deakins Talks 'Sicario,' Partnership With Denis Villeneuve, 'Blade Runner 2,' Digital Vs. Film & More

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It’s the burden on everyone else to lament that Roger Deakins has yet to score an Oscar from his thirteen nominations. Speaking with the famed cinematographer himself, it’s clear he’s honed in on the process and the process only; this year’s nomination is for Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” yet he’s already lensed the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and started prep on “Blade Runner 2” (again with Villeneuve). He’s also uniquely generous in sharing that process, as one of the few DPs to moderate an online forum with discussions and advice on lighting, gear, and narrative techniques. From his early career in documentaries to shooting diverse, high-profile projects like “Skyfall,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and “A Serious Man,” Deakins has fostered a number of creative partnerships while embracing the numerous shifts in technology. A collaborator of the Coens since “Barton Fink, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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SXSW Adds New Fede Alvarez Thriller, Remastered 'Phantasm,' Sundance Hits 'Newtown,' 'Morris From America,' And More

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There are few things bigger than Texas, but the SXSW sometimes feels like it can't be contained by the state. Year by year, the festival seems to get bigger and bigger, and 2016 is no exception. Today organizers have unveiled their Midnight lineup and more, and as always, there's plenty to pay attention to. Read More: The 18 Best Films Of The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Perhaps the most interesting addition is the new film from "Evil Dead" remake director Fede Alvarez, which will be making its World Premiere. It's still untitled, but it has a promising premise, centering on a group of teens who break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime only to find out they're wholly mistaken. Due in cinemas later this year, this should be a very hot ticket. So too will be the J.J. Abrams produced remaster of Don Coscarelli's cult fave "Phantasm. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'In Bruges' Director Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Starts Shooting This Spring

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Say the words "In Bruges," and you'll see the eyes light up among a certain set of cinephiles. Martin McDonagh's blackly funny cult film has earned him a following, and while his followup "Seven Psychopaths" wasn't quite as winning (though it has its champions too), the writer/director's unique voice is always one to keep an eye on. And once again, he has a great new movie coming with a great premise, and terrific title. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Film4 and Fox Searchlight Pictures are teaming up for Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Last fall, Frances McDormand was said to be starring in the movie, and described the plot. “It’s about a 50-year-old woman, whose daughter is murdered, and she goes to war with the police in her home town because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Lobster' Director Yorgos Lanthimos To Helm Revenge Tale ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’

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There's striking when the iron is hot, and then there's Yorgos Lanthimos' ever growing schedule. While he took two years between "Dogtooth" and "The Alps," and another four until "The Lobster" which debuted on the festival circuit last year, and comes to U.S. cinemas this spring, the director is now starting to up the pace. He's already in pre-production on "The Favorite," a period drama that will star Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and now he's got another gig brewing. Read More: Watch: U.S. Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux & Ben Whishaw Deadline reports that Lanthimos will co-write and direct "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer" (good title).  Described as a psychological thriller with a supernatural touch, the story is about a young man seeking vengeance, and a doctor fighting for the survival of his family. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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22 Essential Films About Hollywood

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Last week, we riffled through the films of Joel and Ethan Coen and assembled our ranking of the 65 best Coens characters. Today, we pay tribute instead to the spirit of their newest film "Hail Caesar!" by running through some of our favorite films on the same topic: Hollywood and the follies and foibles of the world's most famous industry town. Almost as long as there's been a "Hollywood" — a part of Los Angeles that is synonymous with the movie industry and especially with the studio system that perseveres in one form or another to this day — there have been filmmakers who wanted to take it as their subject. And almost always, those films have contained more than a hint of caution. When Hollywood takes a hard look at itself, it rarely has any illusions that it is the Tinseltown dream factory of lore. And it rarely sees itself as anything but dazzlingly white. »

- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Honest Trailer For 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' Highlights The Film's Pure Nerd Wish Fulfillment

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This week, the folks at Screen Junkies have decided to put Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" on the carving block with their latest Honest Trailer, and they certainly kick the movie around a bit. Read More: Interview: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End,' Completing The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Ant-Man' & Much More  I was under the impression that everyone thought 'Scott Pilgrim' was pretty rad, but Screen Junkies declare the movie to prioritize style over substance, to be filled with unlikeable characters, and to feel like you're watching someone else playing a video game. Ouch. For me, as a slice of the moment of adolescence where you have to start thinking outside your own self-involved box funneled through indie rock, video games, and manga and realized with genuine passion, it's pretty terrific.  Give the Honest Trailer a look below, and let us know if Screen »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Disruptors: How Netflix & Amazon Are Creating Greater Tumult In The Independent Film Industry

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"It's tough for film in general," Robert Redford said off the top of this year’s Sundance Film Festival keynote address. "There's threats in distribution that take away from what used to be a simple equation. There's streaming, online, all kinds of new distribution, all these other areas that didn't exist way back, so as a result, it kind of bleeds away from film." Any concerns Redford may harbor for the health of independent cinema are understandable given the sea change that the festival confirmed. Two years ago, the biggest Sundance buy was “The Skeleton Twins,” with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, at $3.5 million. But with the aggressive and cash-flush Amazon and Netflix on the scene, encroaching on old territories and driving the competition skywards, the sales narrative has radically changed. Top 2016 prize-winner “Birth Of A Nation” shattered all existing records in a $17.5 million mega-deal by Fox Searchlight, and there were. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kristen Stewart, James Franco, And Helena Bonham Carter to Star In Drama 'Jt LeRoy'

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There are few celebrity stories as fascinating as Jt Leroy's. The author behind the beloved "non-fiction" bestseller “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things” (which was turned into a 2004 film by Asia Argento) earned the kind of status the writer's don't often receive, rubbing shoulders with folks like Marilyn Manson, Shirley Manson, Courtney Love, and Billy Corgan. But all of that changed when, in 2006, Jt Leroy was revealed to be the creation of Laura Albert, who furthered the duplicity by having Savannah Knoop play LeRoy in public. And now, that wild story is coming to the big screen. THR reports that Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter will star in "Jt LeRoy." Justin Kelly, who previously directed Franco in "I Am Michael," will be behind the camera and pen the script for this one, which is based on Knoop's memoir. Kyle Buchanan at Vulture adds that Stewart would play Knoop, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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2016 Oscars Will Introduce Ticker Tape Thank-Yous During Acceptance Speeches

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Among the many complaints about the annual Oscar show — the length; the gaudy musical numbers; the endless tributes; and dear god, the length — is how the ceremony's producers tend to have a heavy hand when prompting the exit music during the winners' speeches. But this year, there's going to be a change which producers hope will allow winners to ensure they get to thank everybody while also keeping the show humming along. Read More: 2016 Oscar Nominations Led By 'The Revenant' & 'Mad Max: Fury Road' During yesterday's Oscar-nominee luncheon, Deadline chatted with Oscar producer David Hill, who revealed that this year, during acceptance speeches, a ticker tape will run at the bottom of the screen, including everyone the winner wants to thank. The show's organizers have asked all nominees to submit who they want to thank in advance, so when their name is called, the tape can start rolling. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ava DuVernay & Lupita Nyong'o Teaming For Sci-Fi Thriller 'Intelligent Life'

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Well, that was fast. It was just yesterday with word that "Selma" director Ava DuVernay had a couple projects being floated her way, Disney's fantasy "A Wrinkle In Time," and Amblin's sci-fi 'Intelligent Life,' and less than 24 hours later, the wheels are starting to turn. THR reports that DuVernay is now circling "Intelligent Life," with "12 Years A Slave" Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in negotiations to star. Penned by Colin Trevorrow and his "Jurassic World" collaborator Derek Connolly, it's actually a new version of "The Ambassador" that tells the story of a low-level worker at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs who accidentally makes first contact with a beautiful woman from another world, and risks his job and more when they are threatened from things at home and beyond. Nyong'o would be playing the alien. Production on the film begins this summer, but don't count »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Smith's 'Collateral Beauty' To Open The Same Day As 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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On paper, it sounds like a crazy idea, opening a movie against "Star Wars." But this holiday season showed it can be done. Universal decided to gamble on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy "Sisters," having it debut the same weekend as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The result? The counter-programming move worked, with the comedy quietly going on to bank over $100 million worldwide, and showing some impressive legs in its first couple weeks of release (in fact, it had nearly zero percent audience dropoff from week one to week two). So, this winter, Warner Bros. is going to give it a try. The studio has decided to open the Will Smith-starring "Collateral Beauty" on December 16th, the same day as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Gasp! Helen MirrenEdward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris are »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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