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Katy Perry Opens Up About Being a Judge on American Idol: 'I'm a Straight Shooter'

Katy Perry Opens Up About Being a Judge on American Idol: 'I'm a Straight Shooter'
America, get ready to roar! Katy Perry is searching for the next “Kelly Clarkson.”

People sat down with the “Swish Swish” singer at a special event hosted by a Denver Boys & Girls Club — where lucky members had the opportunity to meet, ask questions, and play Just Dance 2018 with the pop star. There she revealed just how much she plans to idolize authenticity during her first season as a judge on the American Idol reboot.

“My personality is that I’m a straight shooter — almost to a fault,” says Perry. “I just value authenticity so much that it can sometimes get me into trouble,
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Should House of Cards Veto Frank? Was Great News Oddly Spacey? Did Live Get 'Handmaids' All Wrong? And More Qs!

Should House of Cards Veto Frank? Was Great News Oddly Spacey? Did Live Get 'Handmaids' All Wrong? And More Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Stranger Things, The Gifted, Supernatural and Will & Grace!

1 | Regarding the Stranger Things 2 finale, did anyone else chuckle at the parallel between its climactic sequence — involving heroes descending into a cave on a small elevator — and that of Netflix’s own The Defenders? Also, Dustin’s penchant for Dig Dug (in which creatures are confronted in maze-line tunnels) turned out to be a bit of foreshadowing, eh?

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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh
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Trailer Watch: Jennifer Garner’s Family Falls Apart in “The Tribes of Palos Verdes”

The Tribes of Palos Verdes

A trailer for “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” kicks off with a toast — “to new beginnings, to us.” “It was always my father’s dream to move to California — that we could start a whole new life,” explains Medina (Maika Monroe, “It Follows”). So they pack their bags and resolve to do just that.

What begins on an optimistic, idyllic note, complete with picture-perfect California weather, slowly transforms into a nightmare throughout the course of the spot. The trouble is, the “whole new life” Medina’s father (Justin Kirk, “Modern Family”) has been dreaming of apparently doesn’t involve his wife (Jennifer Garner).

“I’ve met someone. I’ve fallen in love,” Medina’s dad announces, after his wife has left everything behind to make his California dreams come true. Heartbroken and lonely, she seems to go down an emotional spiral. And Medina’s twin brother (Cody Fern, “Christmas Eve, 1914”) uses drugs as a coping mechanism as he watches his family fall apart. “Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing,” the film’s synopsis details.

The Tribes of Palos Verdes” hits theaters and VOD December 1. Karen Croner (“Admission”) penned the script.

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4: Teaser Trailer, Episode Titles, Directors and Stars Revealed (Video)

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4: Teaser Trailer, Episode Titles, Directors and Stars Revealed (Video)
For the love of Jon Hamm, there’s been a sizable data dump for the upcoming season of “Black Mirror.” The dystopian hit, created by Charlie Brooker and picked up by Netflix after a two-year run in the U.K., spilled some key details about its fourth season on Friday. In step with the Edinburgh TV Festival, Netflix announced that Rosemarie DeWitt, Jesse Plemmons, Andrea Riseborough, “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, “Westworld” star Jimmi Simpson and more have been cast in the next round of episodes. Also Read: How 'Black Mirror's California Dreams Put Dystopian Netflix Series in
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Film Festival Roundup: AFI Docs Reveals Full Slate, Laff Announces Its Opener, and More

Film Festival Roundup: AFI Docs Reveals Full Slate, Laff Announces Its Opener, and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the full slate of films for AFI Docs 2017, a five-day documentary celebration in the nation’s capital. Each year, the festival is committed to providing artists with the opportunity to present powerfully told, artfully constructed stories — and to connect audiences and filmmakers with policy leaders. AFI Docs 2017 runs June 14 – 18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.

“The 2017 slate of films reflects AFI Docs’ mission to celebrate powerfully told stories and the people at the heart of them,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI Docs. “Documentaries continue to play an important role in our country regardless of partisan lines. No matter your background, these human stories have the power to inform and inspire. We look forward to another year of dynamic nonfiction cinema.
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Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (Exclusive)

Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (Exclusive)
Amazon has swept up streaming rights to 40 films that screened the 2017 SXSW Film Festival — including “Most Beautiful Island,” the Grand Jury Award winner for narrative feature — saying it will pay out at least $1.9 million in upfront cash bonuses for the titles.

The ecommerce giant snagged the SXSW selections through Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to be a streamlined, no-haggle way for independent filmmakers to get paid for digital distribution. Amazon acquired 15 films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the program; it extended a similar offer to entrants in the Tribeca Film Festival and plans to take it to the Toronto International Film Festival, too.

Since Amazon launched Avd a year ago, the company says users have streamed “billions of minutes” of content distributed through the program and Amazon has paid “tens of millions” of dollars in royalties to distributors, filmmakers and content creators across genres including independent films,
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Film Review: ‘Animals’

Film Review: ‘Animals’
If you can’t trust the talking cat — or perhaps the question should be if you can — whom do you trust? Such are brain-frying quandaries viewers may face deep into the darkness of “Animals,” a deliciously unhinged, blood-laced adult fairy tale from Swiss-Polish writer-director Greg Zglinski. Setting out with real-world levels of macabre nastiness as it wittily probes the marital faultlines between a bourgeois Viennese couple attempting a restorative Alpine getaway, the film takes a smooth, almost imperceptible left turn into Lynchian realms of illogic that will leave adventurous audiences both rapt and dazed, dreamily uncertain of where exactly they lost the plot. Unraveling this cat’s-cradle isn’t half as important or pleasurable as getting entangled in it to begin with; Zglinski’s espresso-dark humor and icy formal precision may nod to a host of expert cinematic mind-gamers, from Polanski to von Trier, at different intervals, but “Animals” gleefully
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Music Box Lands Chavela Vargas Documentary for U.S., Plans October Release

Music Box Lands Chavela Vargas Documentary for U.S., Plans October Release
Music Box Films has bought U.S. rights to the documentary “Chavela” and plans an October theatrical release, Variety has learned exclusively.

Chavela,” directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, follows the life of the iconic singer Chavela Vargas, who ran away from Costa Rica to Mexico City in her early teens and began singing in the streets. She became successful during the 1950s and challenged mainstream Mexican morals, by her life and her art, especially by singing searing love songs originally intended for men wooing women.

She also became a muse to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. Vargas died in 2012.

Chavela” premiered in February at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the second place Panorama Audience Award. Jay Weissberg said in his review for Variety that the film was “a justifiably laudatory love letter to a woman whose voice drew forth a song’s every emotion, and whose life as
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Oscilloscope Takes North American Rights to Berlinale Winner ‘Summer 1993’ (Exclusive)

Oscilloscope Takes North American Rights to Berlinale Winner ‘Summer 1993’ (Exclusive)
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993,” which won the best first feature prize at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

The Spanish film also took home the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus section for young people’s cinema in Berlin. It recently screened at the Malaga Film Festival of Spanish-Language Cinema, where it won the Golden Biznaga for best Spanish film. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in late 2017.

“Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside,” according to a statement.

“Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming-of-age drama, set amongst summery hues,
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SXSW 2017 Dispatch: Coverage Wrap Up & Killer Poster Gallery

Reviews 68 Kill Review by J Hurtado Baby Driver Review by Peter Martin Bad Lucky Goat Review by Peter Martin California Dreams Review by Peter Martin David Lynch - The Art of Life Review by Zach Gayne The Disaster Artist Review by Zach Gayne Divine Divas Review by Peter Martin The Honor Farm Review by J Hurtado Hounds of Love Review by Tom Kiesecoms Infinity Baby Review by Zach Gayne Mayhem Review by Peter Martin Small Crimes Review by Peter Martin T2 Trainspotting Review by Peter Martin Interviews & Features The Big Sick Interview by Zach Gayne Preview 1: Headliners, Midnight, & Visions Preview 2: Documentaries Preview 3: Narrative Comp, Spotlight, & More SXSW Dispatch: Early Buzz by Ryland Aldrich SXSW Dispatch: Crime Films...

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Zoe Kravitz on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel, Donald Trump and SXSW Drama ‘Gemini’

Zoe Kravitz on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel, Donald Trump and SXSW Drama ‘Gemini’
At 28, model and actress Zoe Kravitz has scaled TV series, studio tentpoles, and small indies. She stopped by SXSW this week with her drama “Gemini,” a film noir in which she portrays an A-list celebrity caught up in a whodunit that involves her assistant. On HBO’s mini-series “Big Little Lies,” she plays a housewife in the outer circle of a group of suburban California women. In J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” she’s Leta Lestrange, a witch who befriends our protagonist (played by Eddie Redmayne).

Kravitz, the daughter of rock singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, has also been vocal on social media about the 2016 election. After backing Bernie Sanders and then Hillary Clinton, she’s criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and participated in women’s marches. She spoke to Variety about her projects and politics.

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Amber Rose Gets the Hollywood Sign Tattooed Across Her Forearm

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Amber Rose Gets the Hollywood Sign Tattooed Across Her Forearm
Hollywood is known as the place where all the magic happens, where stars are born, and where dreams come true…or at least that’s what the movies they produce love to have us believe. As anyone who’s actually tried to move there and make it as a model/actress/musician will tell you, however, the everyday hustle of pursuing your fantasy career is anything but the glamorous fairytale we’ve been taught it to be. But then again, sometimes all of your California dreams really do come true, just ask Amber Rose who celebrated the city that helped her swift rise to celebdom,
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Eva Green, Gemma Arterton to Star in Virginia Woolf Movie ‘Vita & Virginia’

Eva Green, Gemma Arterton to Star in Virginia Woolf Movie ‘Vita & Virginia’
Eva Green and Gemma Arterton are set to star in Chanya Button’s “Vita & Virginia,” which Protagonist Pictures will launch to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market this week.

The movie tracks the friendship and love affair between Virginia Woolf (Green) and Vita Sackville-West (Arterton), which formed the inspiration for Woolf’s novel “Orlando.”

Button commented: “Focusing on the time in 1927-8 during which Woolf wrote ‘Orlando,’ the novel their relationship inspired, ‘Vita & Virginia’ will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energized perspective on one of our most iconic writers.”

Button added: “We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what ‘Vita & Virginia’ offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost.”

Button, who made her feature debut in 2015 with “Burn Burn Burn,
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James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’ Premiering at SXSW

James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’ Premiering at SXSW
James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist” has been set for a world premiere the upcoming South by Southwest film Festival.

SXSW made the announcement Tuesday. Franco directed “The Disaster Artist,” based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s incomprehensible “The Room,” which some describe as the “’Citizen Kane’ of bad movies.” Franco also stars along with sibling Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver and Alison Brie.

The program is also attempting to set up a screening of the original “The Room,” which first screened in 2003.

The festival, which is heading into its 24th year, will open March 10 in Austin with the previously announced Terrence Malick movie “Song to Song” with Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman. It announced most of the lineup a week ago, including world premieres of “Baby Driver” and “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.”

The new announcement includes the SXSW Midnighters section of 10 genre films,
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Berlinale: Canales’ Film Factory Presents Musical Comedy ‘Holy Camp!’ at the European Film Market (Exclusive)

Berlinale: Canales’ Film Factory Presents Musical Comedy ‘Holy Camp!’ at the European Film Market (Exclusive)
Vicente CanalesFilm Factory Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi’s offbeat musical comedy “Holy Camp!,” the film adaptation of hit stage play “La llamada.”

One of the top sales agents in the Spanish-speaking world, Film Factory will be presenting “Holy Camp!” and showing its first teaser promo to international buyers at the upcoming Berlin European Film Market.

Produced by Enrique López Lavigne (“The Impossible,” “A Monster Calls”) and Toni Carrizosa and Kike Maíllo (“Barcelona Summer Night”), “Holy Camp!” production teams Madrid-based outfit Apache Films with Barcelona’s Sábado Películas.

Currently in post-production, the film will be released by DeAPlaneta this year in Spanish cinemas.

Described by Film Factory as “a zany, romp coming-of-age musical comedy that brings to mind Almodovar at his funniest,” the film centers on María and Susana, two rebellious teens who spend their summer in a catholic camp,
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Alexander McQueen Movie Boarded by Embankment

Alexander McQueen Movie Boarded by Embankment
Embankment Films is launching worldwide sales at Berlin’s European Film Market on “McQueen,” a feature-doc about Alexander McQueen, “the working-class boy who rose from Savile Row tailor’s apprentice to become the most celebrated and controversial fashion designer in the world,” according to a statement.

The film is directed by Ian Bonhote, director of international campaigns for brands including Gatorade, Puma, Nike and Pepsi, and music promos for artists including Mumford & Sons, Morcheeba, Tom Jones and Jamie Cullen.

Bonhote has directed films for fashion designers Matthew Williamson and Hussein Chalayan, and partnered with model Lily Cole for her film “Perfection.” His latest fashion industry film, “La Lucha,” won multiple awards at La Jolla Intl. Fashion Film Festival, the Miami Fashion Film Festival and the Bruxelles Intl. Fashion Film Festival. Bonhote recently directed his first feature film, “Alleycats,” starring Eleonor Tomlinson and Sam Keeley.

Bonhote said: “I moved to London
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Saved by the Bell Producer Peter Engel Dishes on “I’m So Excited”

Peter Engel, one of the most prolific producers in television with more than 1,000 episodes produced under his banner, single handedly created the teen sitcom with Saved By The Bell, which he executive produced through all of its many incarnations, and which led to his many other teen series, including California Dreams, Hang Time, City Guys, and USA High. As if defining and conquering the teen arena wasn’t enough, Engel produced the iconic Last Comic Standing, enabling the discovery of an entirely new, fresh generation of comedians. All of this would be more of a career than any producer could

Saved by the Bell Producer Peter Engel Dishes on “I’m So Excited”
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Saved by the Bell's 'Jessie's Song' Turns 25 — But Is It Really Teen TV's Best Pill-Related Freakout?

Saved by the Bell's 'Jessie's Song' Turns 25 — But Is It Really Teen TV's Best Pill-Related Freakout?
Young-ish people with Wi-Fi connections everywhere are heralding the 25th anniversary of Saved by the Bell‘s iconic “Jessie’s Song” episode, and it’s really got me thinking… about another show.

PhotosSaved By the Bell Turns 25: Tara Reid and 14 Other Forgotten Guest Stars

For those of you who are tragically unfamiliar with 1990’s “Jessie’s Song,” allow me to begin with a recap: Upon discovering that his three best girl friends are super hot and (at least somewhat) musically inclined, über schemer Zack Morris turns them into a pop music trio. (Empire‘s Hakeem could learn a
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3D in the 21st Century. True Starts and Second Truths: "Katy Perry: Part of Me" (3D)

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"Dance, dance, feel it all around you Dance, dance, dance, Never thought love had a rainbow on it See the girl dance See the girl dance."- Neil Young, "Dance, Dance, Dance"***When I watched Katy Perry’s recent Super Bowl performance I got very excited. There was a lot of shrieking. So much so that my roommate, who had been diligently watching screeners of important art films one floor below, came up to see what was happening. A friend who was over to watch the game, who I often go to repertory movies with, later told another friend he had never seen me so excited. The third friend watching it with us, she’s a writer, was also excited. In her excitement she sent all of her twitter friends a picture. In my own excitement I sent yet a fourth friend a text message. ******My text message may have been sent off haphazardly,
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