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Amid ongoing concerns about companies closing factories and outsourcing jobs to maximize profits, “Catch the Wind” offers an unlikely scenario: What if an employee simply followed her job overseas? That idea sounds absurd to everyone but Edith, a textile factory worker who doesn’t think twice about forfeiting her severance, abandoning her home and heading from France to Morocco for a new life. Director Gael Morel shines a light on the appalling labor conditions to come, but “Catch the Wind” isn’t the next “Norma Rae” by any stretch. Instead, it’s a toothless vehicle for the great Sandrine Bonnaire, who plays Edith as a stubborn introvert turned accidental adventuress. The film undergoes a surprising evolution from righteous exposé to picture-postcard travelogue, losing much of its potency in the process.
As her labor union roils at the threat of outsourcing, Edith chooses to keep her head down and continue the punch-clock drudgery of her quality-control job. She »
- Scott Tobias
Happy September, guys! This month’s home entertainment releases are wasting no time, as Tuesday looks to be another stellar day of horror and sci-fi titles coming our way. For those of you excited for Blade Runner 2049, Warner Bros. is putting out The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece in 4K Ultra HD, and Criterion is giving Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca their trademarked HD treatment with a stunning new release.
As far as new indie horror movies go, both A Dark Song and Raw come home this Tuesday and are well worth your time, and for those of you Winchester brothers fans out there, the 12th season of Supernatural is being released this week, too.
- Heather Wixson
First there was Carrie, then there was Rita. Both on-screen characters were picked on mercilessly by their classmates, and both sought revenge through their own unique powers. Scream Factory celebrates the latter character with their Blu-ray release of The Spell (1977) on September 5th, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
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- Derek Anderson
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There have been countless films about immigrants from Africa or the Middle East making their way to Europe in the hopes of finding employment and, if possible, a better life. But what happens when it's the other way around?
Such is the premise for writer-director Gael Morel’s Catch the Wind (Prendre le large), which stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a middle-aged French seamstress who, after her company relocates to Morocco, decides to move over there to keep on working. It’s a rather far-fetched idea that the excellent Bonnaire, who’s shown a knack for playing working-class outsiders in modern French classics like »
- Jordan Mintzer
Helen Hunt has called it quits with her longtime boyfriend, People confirms.
The actress, 54, and her writer-producer boyfriend Matthew Carnahan, 56, split after 16 years together. They share a 13-year-old daughter, Makena Lei, born in 2004.
A source tells People the former couple, who started dating in 2001, have broken up before in the past and “have had trouble getting along for several years.”
Hunt took a step back from the spotlight after she started dating Carnahan and welcomed their daughter. She told People back in 2008 that becoming a mother changed her priorities in life.
“My family came to life. I had my daughter »
- Ale Russian
ThelmaA selection of films from the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films by Sebastián Lelio, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Darren Aronofsky, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo Del Toro, Joachim Trier, Wim Wenders, and many more.Special PRESENTATIONSOpening Night: Ladybird (Greta Gerwig)Closing Night: Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama)Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton)Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)The Brawler (Anurag Kashyap)The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)Catch the Wind (Gaël Morel)The Children Act (Richard Eyre)The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie)The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois)Hostiles (Scott Cooper)The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee)I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie)Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)Novitiate (Maggie Betts)Omerta (Hansal Mehta)Plonger (Mélanie Laurent)The Price of Success (Teddy Lussi-Modeste)Professor Marston & the Wonder Women »
Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.
This year, Tiff offers a refreshed, more tightly curated Festival, with a renewed commitment to bold, director-driven programming, continued support of female filmmakers, and enough star power to fuel 400,000 festival-goers.
Today’s announcement cements that the future is female (and so is Tiff’s programming), with Gala films from emerging and established filmmakers that include Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose 2015 Festival feature Mustang earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film; Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Dee Rees’ Mudbound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel about racial tensions »
- Sydney Levine
Exclusive: Company also takes on Venice Out of Competition title Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda.
Paris-based sales company Doc & Film has unveiled a slew of deals on Frederick Wiseman’s Venice Golden Lion contender Ex Libris – The New York Public Library.
The documentary, going behind the scenes of the world-famous public library, was revealed on Thursday as being one of the titles in the Venice Film Festival’s main competition.
Doc & Film CEO Daniela Elstner said the feature had pre-sold to Spain (La Aventura Audiovisual), Korea (Jinjin), Taiwan (Joint Entertainment), China (Lemon Tree) and Switzerland (Xenix).
“Other territories are under negotiation and it will be released in France on 1st November by Meteore Films,” she added.
Wiseman’s film delves into how the New York Public Library continues traditional activities while adapting to the digital age.
Venice sales pick-up
Scream Factory will release Lee Philips' The Spell on Blu-ray on September 5th. A list of final special features have been revealed, and fans can look forward to a high-definition transfer of the movie, a new audio commentary, and more.
From Scream Factory: "The 1977 Carrie-esque TV movie gets a considerable upgrade from its only-released-on-vhs-format days! Our final specs:
- New High-Definition Transfer Of The Rarely-Seen 86 Minute Cut Of The Film (Taken From Best Available Elements)
- New Audio Commentary By Made-For-tv-Movie Historian and Author Amanda Reyes
- New Interview With Writer Brian Taggert
Official street date is Sept 5th. Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-spell… for early shipping.
Synopsis: Her thoughts cast a deadly spell of terror!
15-year-old Rita lives in an ordinary town, attends an ordinary high school and wants to lead an ordinary life … but Rita is far from an ordinary teenager. Overweight and self-conscious, »
- Tamika Jones
Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings (above), David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.
Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s immigration drama A Season In France, and two from The Weinstein Company: The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, and Nicholas Hoult, and Neil Burger’s Intouchables remake starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and [link=nm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.
Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour (above) starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.
Toronto promgrammers updated the premiere status of each film announced in Galas and Special Presentations on Tuesday morning. Darkest Hour is a Canadian premiere, suggesting Telluride and possibly Venice berths, while mother! is a North American premiere, which indicates a world premiere slot in Venice.
Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, [link »
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Even though Toronto International Film Festival have reduced their lineup by around 20% when compared to past years, there’s no shortage of high-profile premieres and potential discoveries. Ahead of the festival, which runs from September 7 through 17, they’ve now unveiled the first look at their lineup, including Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, George Clooney’s Suburbicon, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird (opening the festival), Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, and many more.
There’s also past festival favorites, including Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square, The Rider, Mudbound, and more. Other highly-anticipated projects include Joachim Trier’s Thelma, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience (whose A Fantastic Woman is also in the lineup), the Jessica Chastain-led Woman Walks Ahead, »
- Jordan Raup
Films by Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and Alexander Payne will hit the Toronto International Film Festival, hoping to build buzz as they head into a crowded awards season.
Jolie will be on hand with “￼￼First They Killed My Father,” a drama about the Cambodian genocide that she made for Netflix. Aronofsky will present “mother!,” a horror film he made with Jennifer Lawrence; Clooney will offer up “Suburbicon,” a Coen brothers’ scripted crime comedy; and Payne is presenting “Downsizing,” a satire in which Matt Damon will shrink to the size of a saltine cracker.
None of those films will get gala presentations, however. That’s either because they have previously stated that they will premiere at other film festivals — “Downsizing” will bow at Venice, for instance — or they’re in line for a Telluride or Venice berth.
The gala section boasts Wright »
- Brent Lang
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival still is over a month from kicking off, but the starry annual event is pulling out zero stops when it comes to its first official slate announcement. The festival will close out with Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo’s “C’est la vie!,” and the Special Presentations section will open with Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” and close with Amr Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson.”
Today’s first glimpse of this year’s programing include a slew of 2017’s most anticipated features, including Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” Alexander Payne’s Matt Damon-starring comedy “Downsizing,” Darren Aronofsky’s secretive “mother!,” George Clooney’s reportedly uber-violent “Suburbicon,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
And that is just the tip of a very big iceberg, one that today includes the announcement of both Gala and Special Presentations titles. »
- Kate Erbland
As special guests on the Shock Waves podcast, the fine folks at Scream Factory just gave horror fans four big reasons to look forward to September, as they announced Blu-ray releases for The Spell (September 5th), Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected, aka Shatterbrain (September 12th), After Midnight (September 26th), and A Quiet Place in the Country (September 26th).
From Scream Factory: "We just announced four new upcoming titles on the Shockwaves podcast (which you can listen to and hear a lot more Scream Factory scoop @ http://www.blumhouse.com/podcast/ ). Here’s are the early details!
The Resurrected (also known as Shatterbrain) (1991) – Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night), a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the »
- Derek Anderson
With the untimely death of one of the most underrated actors of our time, Bill Paxton, came the death of the television series “Training Day” that he was starring in at the time of his death. It was a follow-up to the film “Training Day”, which starred Denzel Washington in the Paxton role of a dirty cop and Ethan Hawke as his sidekick, a young impressionable rookie/trainee. The talented Paxton will always be remembered for his iconic roles as a storm chaser in “Twister” and a polygamist in “Big Love”. But, he also appeared in “Agents of Shield”, “Aliens”, “Apollo
- Nat Berman
Amblin’s predecessor DreamWorks acquired the film rights in 2015 to “Micro” with Frank Marshall attached to produce. The story follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company, only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
“Micro” was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008, then was completed by author Richard Preston and published by HarperCollins in 2011. Crichton had teamed with Steven Spielberg for mega-hit “Jurassic Park” in 1993, a year before Spielberg co-founded DreamWorks Skg »
- Dave McNary
Bill Paxton‘s son is remembering his late father.
On Friday, 23-year-old actor James Paxton shared a touching tribute to his father on Instagram.
“Forever smiling with you,” he wrote, captioning a selfie of he and his father standing courtside at a basketball game.
On March 17, James posted a throwback photo of the two — showing Bill pushing his then-infant son on an oversized toy train.
“I’ll love you forever, Dad,” James wrote. “Could never possibly put into words how I feel about you.”
Bill died of a stroke last month after complications arose during heart surgery to replace a »
- Dave Quinn
Rest in peace, Chuck Berry.
The legendary musician died on Saturday, according to the St. Charles County Police Department. He was 90 years old.
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A post on the Missouri police department's Facebook page announced the news, sharing that first responders entered a residence early Saturday afternoon to treat Berry, who did not respond to lifesaving techniques.
"St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques," the post read. "Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m."
"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry," the statement continued. "The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."
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Bill Paxton took a dark turn in one of his final roles.
The late actor, who died last month, was a master of embodying a wide variety of characters, and his bone-chilling performance as a dirty cop and abusive dad in the Canadian thriller Mean Dreams is no exception.
Pegged as a coming-of-age tale turned crime caper, Mean Dreams — which arrives in theaters on Friday — tells the story of the young romance between two teenagers, Jonas (played by Josh Wiggins) and Casey (played by Sophie Nélisse). When Jonas sees Casey’s dad Wayne, a police sergeant played by Paxton, beating her, »
- Mike Miller
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