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Sean Baker on Bringing Comedy to ‘Tangerine,’ Identity, the American Dream, and More

12 November 2015 12:01 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Doused in luscious color and comedy, Sean Baker’s Tangerine dares to do a handful of things, but its greatest feat is how unradical its radicalism is. At the heart of the screwball antics of Mya Taylor and Kiki Rodriguez is simplicity: friendship, broken hearts, and aspirations towards comfort, accepted identity, and social mobility.

That it’s filmed on iPhones isn’t some mere gimmick, but crucial to its examination of self-identity in a world where exploration of such is a luxury for the privileged. We talked to Sean Baker about working with his two stars, the American Dream, and self-actualization through selfies.

The Film Stage: One of the things I noticed about Tangerine was that the stars, Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, really seem to dictate where the camera goes. The camera is fascinated by and in adoration of these characters.

Sean Baker: Yeah, when we settled on »

- TFS Staff

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Lea Michele, Claire Danes Pay Tribute to Fox Television Chiefs in Cannes

8 October 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — “Scream Queens” and “Glee” star Lea Michele and “Homeland’s” Claire Danes were surprise guests at an awards dinner at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes Wednesday held to pay tribute to the achievements of the chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

Walden and Newman, who were being honored as Mipcom’s Personalities of the Year, were also joined by Chris Carter, the creator of “The X-Files,” whose rebooted series had its world premiere at Mipcom on Tuesday.

Michele, who had flown from the New Orleans set of “Scream Queens,” said she felt very grateful to be working with Walden and Newman on her second show with Fox, and that she didn’t know how to say thank you, so would give them a gift of a few songs. Michele said she had been planning to wear her neck-brace from “Scream Queens” while she sang, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Fast & Furious 8 May Have Found its Director, Straight Outta Compton

6 October 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Fast & Furious 8 is eyeing the director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray.  Read on for more details.

As soon as Furious 7 ended, Vin Diesel announced that there would be a Fast & Furious 8. However, with James Wan not returning, the super-charged ship was without a captain.  Although, that may be soon changing as it appears Universal Pictures may have selected its next director.

After the recent success of Straight Outta Compton, Director F. Gary Gray has been a hot commodity in the movie world.  Until now, he was rumored to be one of the final four director's for Marvel's Black Panther movie.  However, if the picture above and Vin Diesel's words are true, he may be scrapping the vibranium claws for a super-charged v6 turbo.

If anyone were to take the helm of this franchise, I'd want it to be F. Gary Gray, especially after Straight Outta Compton. »

- (Matt Malliaros)

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Angelina Jolie to Direct Netflix's 'First They Killed My Father'

24 July 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Word of mouth about Netflix must be pretty damn good in the Jolie-Pitt house. Almost two months after Brad Pitt shook hands with the company to have them distribute his upcoming star/producer project War Machine, a satirical comedy and departure-from-the-norm for Animal Kingdom/The Rover director David Michod, Angelina Jolie is teaming with the streaming site for her fourth directorial effort, the Loung Ung biography First They Killed My Father. amz asin="0060856262" size="small"The feature is an adaptation of Ung's best-selling memoir of the same name, who helped co-adapt the screenplay with Jolie. The two are reported to be very close friends from a bond beginning in 2001, one year after her book was published to wide-spread acclaim. The superstar reached out to her at the time with her love and praise for her words, and they've tried to turn this into a feature since. Jolie is also on board to produce the feature, »

- Will Ashton

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Movie News: 'Fatal Attraction' Ready to Reboot ... on TV; Watch the Action-Packed 'Transporter Refueled' Trailer

2 July 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fatal Attraction: Back in 1987, Fatal Attraction captured the zeitgeist of the nation, as cheating husband Michael Douglas pays a heavy price when he has a one-night stand with Glenn Close, who declares, "I'm not gonna be ignored." Adrian Lyne's thriller will now be transformed into an "event series" by Mad Men veterans Maria and Andre Jacquemetton, who will write and produce a new version for television that will once again explore the consequences of adultery. Maybe this time the rabbit lives? [Deadline]   Kong: Skull Island: Sad to say, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have both departed Kong: Skull Island, a prequel set on the island where King Kong lives amidst an army of dinosaurs. Reportedly, it's because the production start date...

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‘Glee’ Cast Looks Back on Six Seasons of Music

18 March 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With a catalog that spans from Barbra Streisand to Queen, the Beatles to Adele, original songs and many more, the “Glee” cast has quite the menu to choose from when it comes to naming musical highlights from the past six seasons. The group took time out at PaleyFest to talk about some of the most memorable numbers from their years at McKinley High, including the most challenging.

In season one the show took on its first tribute episode, “The Power of Madonna,” and  Jane Lynch says one song required more rehearsals and pre-production meetings than any other and was still quite the undertaking: “Vogue.”

“There was one step that I just didn’t get until they started rolling the cameras and it just happened magically,” Lynch said of the sequence, which re-creates Madonna’s music video for the hit tune. She laughed that she told the crew the one take »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Alive Day': Train in vain

24 February 2015 8:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I come across a chupacabra... "Maybe this time, things end different." -Boyd Last week, I wrote that I looked forward to "seeing the very stupid way" in which Choo-Choo would died, thinking about the accidental demises of White Boy Bob in "Out of Sight," or Danny Crowe when he tried to test his 21-foot rule theory on Raylan last season. "Alive Day" appears to kill off our latest impulsive man of violence, who fails to get crushed by his namesake, but instead expires from wounds acquired in a shootout with Raylan, Tim, Ty Walker and some of Avery Markham's other mercs. And it's not just the method of Choo-Choo's death that's a surprise, but the tone of it. Introduced as perhaps the dumbest and strongest of the series' many dumb strong guys, he instead turns out to be someone »

- Alan Sepinwall

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