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Casting JonBenet Trailer Brings the Notorious Murder Case to Netflix

12 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix has shared the full-length trailer for filmmaker Kitty Green's Casting JonBenet, a sly and stylized exploration of the world's most sensational child-murder case. The still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has inspired years of media speculation and public fascination, and in Green's film, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.

Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys' Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.

Produced by Green (Ukraine is Not a Brothel; and The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, which premiered at Sundance in 2015 where it was awarded the short film non-fiction jury prize), Scott Macaulay (Raising Victor Vargas; Gummo) and James Schamus »

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Trailer Watch: Kitty Green Returns to the Scene of the Crime in “Casting JonBenet”

13 hours ago | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Casting JonBenet

The 1996 murder of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey made international headlines, but the horrifying crime undoubtedly made the most lasting mark in Boulder, Colorado, where Ramsey’s life was taken. “It was the biggest thing to happen to Boulder in a very long time,” says one of “Casting JonBenet’s” interviewees in a new trailer for the Netflix documentary.

Filmmaker Kitty Green returned to Boulder two decades after the infamous homicide “to audition local actors, unpacking how each remembers and relates to the ill-fated Ramsey family,” the film’s official synopsis details. “A darkly moving exploration of crime, guilt, and personal bias, ‘Casting JonBenet’ expertly blurs the lines between documentary and drama.”

The trailer includes performances from locals who are in character as well as some speculation about who murdered Ramsey. “In cases like that, it’s always somebody you know,” one woman who is auditioning says. Another adds, “The mother had to do it.” Others blame Ramsey’s father and brother.

Green’s previous credits include “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel” and “The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul,” the latter of which received Sundance’s 2015 Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction.

When we asked Green to share some advice for other women directors, she said to “stick with women.” “It is true that the film industry can be a bit of a boys’ club, and as a young female, you can’t just ‘hang out’ with the boys freely,” she observed. “My advice is to seek out the strongest women in the industry any way you can, as the most powerful women will often go out of their way to help you. I’ve had some really inspiring women support my [films].”

Casting JonBenet” made its world premiere at Sundance in January and will begin streaming on Netflix April 28.

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Trailer Watch: Kitty Green Returns to the Scene of the Crime in “Casting JonBenet” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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New trailer for Netflix’s superb, though chilling Casting JonBenet

15 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Casting JonBenet

One of the only films we gave five-stars to at the Berlin Film Festival back in February was the brilliant Casting JonBenet, the docu-drama that examines the unsolved murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsay. Kitty Green directs this well-crafted feature, which hits the streaming service from April.

The film is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, today.  The still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has inspired years of media speculation and public fascination, and in Green’s film, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.

Over 15 months, the filmmakers travelled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behaviour of successive generations of parents and children. »

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Watch First Trailer for Buzzy Docu-Hybrid ‘Casting JonBenet’ (Video)

23 March 2017 6:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s the Sundance documentary that had critics abuzz and now you can get a hint at what’s in store with the first trailer for Netflix’s “Casting JonBenet,” by Kitty Green. Set for both theatrical release and Netflix on April 28, the footage first indicates the film is a true crime drama, but what ensues is a peek at the actors who auditioned for roles in a dramatic retelling of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey. After years of media speculation and public fascination, audiences are presented »

- Meriah Doty

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Today in Movie Culture: More 'Belko Experiment' Claymation Shorts, Fake Bloody 'American Beauty' Sequel and More

17 March 2017 9:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Recreated Movie Scenes of the Day: Animator Lee Hardcastle has released three more commissioned claymation versions of scenes from The Belko Experiment. See one below and the rest at Geek Tyrant.   Fake Sequel of the Day: If that's not enough gore or not realistic enough, check out this horror-themed short inspired by American Beauty (via Film School Rejects):   Meme of the Day: It seems every new movie that comes out has to get a La La Land parody. Below are ones for Kong: Skull Island and Logan. Because why not pic.twitter.com/esptfdAFJT — Kushal Bhola (@kushalbhola13) March 16, 2017 Are you fighting just for me...

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‘American Beauty 2’ is Real, and it is Glorious

16 March 2017 5:02 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Short of the DayA bag, a man, and a story of ruthless, hilarious vengeance.

My three-word, gut-punch review of the short film American Beauty 2: “Best. Sequel. Ever.”

Allow me to expand.

There are ingenious films, there are hilarious films, and then there is Zak Stoltz’s American Beauty 2, which is both of these things and so very much more. It doesn’t deal with any of the human characters from the first film, rather the empty white plastic bag floating in the breeze, who we all know was the real star anyway.

More than a decade has passed since last we saw ole baggy (Rite Aid Bag #54987, according to the credits), and he’s still doing his thing, drifting along metropolitan alleyways waiting to inspire pretention in any aspiring artist who comes along, or, alternately, smite any fool who dares offend him. Thus enter said fool (Brooks Morrison), who callously douses baggy in neon-colored Big Gulp »

- H. Perry Horton

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Heathers Reboot, Alicia Silverstone's American Woman Leaving TV Land — Find Out Where They'll Air

16 March 2017 2:43 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Heathers have a new home — before their series even gets underway.

The 1988 cult film’s TV-series reboot, as well as the Alicia Silverstone-led dramedy American Woman, will make their debuts on Paramount Network, per The Hollywood Reporter. Both series had originally been planned to air on TV Land.

Both Paramount Network (which is what the cable channel now known as Spike TV will be called, come January) and TV Land are owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

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Annette Bening Joins Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’

13 March 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annette Bening has joined Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde in the romantic drama “Life, Itself.”

This Is Us” creator and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer Dan Fogelman is directing from his own script.

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FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill are producing the multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades — from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside. Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Alex Monner also star. Principal photography is beginning in New York City and will continue in Spain in May.

FilmNation will fully finance, produce, and handle international sales for the film. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with FilmNation, along with Fogelman. Wme Global will handle the U.S. sale on behalf of FilmNation.

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- Dave McNary

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Where do “Moonlight” and the other Oscar winners rank all time?

1 March 2017 12:57 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

With the dust settling from an Academy Awards unlike any other, we can turn our attention a bit to the results, as opposed to how the results were delivered/handled. This is something that’s probably best to take more time to think about, but I’m always fascinated by instant rankings. As such, I wanted not just to do the piece I always do on where the newest Best Picture winner stacks up all time, but also how the other main Oscar winners do. There will be expanded articles in the next month or so going over them in more detail, but for now, this is just a quick glance at where the new class ranks, all time. Before I get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, »

- Joey Magidson

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12 People with 10+ Oscar Nominations and No Wins

26 February 2017 8:07 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.

Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.

Greg P. Russell

O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »

- Alex Heigl

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Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings?

25 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

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By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The time has arrived: the 89th Academy Awards will occur tomorrow, February 26, and we’ll finally know which films and which stars will take home those coveted statues. This is one of the most talked-about events on TV each year but, while everyone is excited for the spectacle and excitement of it all, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t garner critics. Before you go complaining about the show, let’s educate you on some statistics.

With Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show on ABC — at 8 p.m. Et and 5 p.m. Pt, of course — we know we’re all in for quite the entertaining three-plus hours of glitz and glamour. It’s almost certain that La La Land will dominate the awards and it’s almost a given that a ton of people will utter Donald Trump’s name in some way. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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17-Year-Old Diana Award Recipient on Fights Against Bullying After Suicide Attempt: ‘I’m Doing It for My Entire Community’

17 February 2017 7:06 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Murphy knows first-hand the devastation bullying can cause. Growing up in Airdrie, Canada, the teen was bullied both online and in person.

In December 2012, the severe bullying she experienced culminated in an attempt to take her own life.

“That dark point brought me to such a motivating place,” she tells People of her suicide attempt.

“I remember sitting on my hospital bed and my mom called me and told me that one of my friends was getting bullied for defending me. So I said, ‘Enough is enough, I’m no longer fighting this battle for just myself — I »

- Erin Hill

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14-Time Oscar Nominee Thomas Newman on Scoring Space Drama ‘Passengers’

14 February 2017 1:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This is not a typo: Thomas Newman has earned 14 Oscar nominations without a win. The composer behind such iconic scores as “The Shawhsank Redemption” and “American Beauty,” son of legendary composer Alfred Newman, finds himself back in the race with director Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi romance “Passengers.” Though he’s tackled countless genres, Newman spoke to Variety about the unique challenges of composing the sound of outer space.

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How did you come to be involved with “Passengers?”

For me, it was space. I’ve done space a little bit with “Wall-e,” but I’d never really done a space movie and the idea of floating through space interested me.

How do you go about creating the sound of the future?

Probably anywhere that gives you an idea. You just want to have an idea and if it’s a success, you ask where else it can go. It’s a »

- Jenelle Riley

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Berlin: Cameron Monaghan, Peyton List to Star in 'Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet' (Exclusive)

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Shameless star Cameron Monaghan and Bunk'd actress Peyton List will star in Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, a coming-of-age tale based on a popular Ya novel.

The film, described as Perks of Being a Wallflower meets American Beauty, is an adaptation of Joanne Proulx's novel about Luke (Monaghan), who foresees the death of his new best friend Stan, the most popular guy in school. When the premonition becomes reality, Luke is ostracized and labeled a freak, while at the same time he's falling for Stan’s girl Faith (List) and dealing with more premonitions.

Robin Hays, an award-winning commercial director, will make her »

- Rebecca Ford

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20th Century Women review – tiresomely smug coming-of-age yarn

9 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Annette Bening gives a fine central performance but this kooky comedy suffers badly from unfocused direction and an unmistakable air of self-indulgence

With tender, personal movies such as Thumbsucker (2005) and Beginners (2010), director Mike Mills has tested taboos and shed light on family, identity and masculinity. His quirkily intimate work has always needed a certain level of indulgence and in the past I’ve been happy to give it. But 20th Century Women tests this tolerance to breaking point. Annette Bening is well cast, and gives a well judged performance, a variation on her uptight and self-questioning mom from American Beauty. However, the film is exasperatingly supercilious and smug – unfocused, self-consciously cute, nostalgic and empathetic, but never properly funny. It feels like someone else’s long therapy session.

The setting is Santa Monica, 1979, and Dorothea (Bening) is a fiftysomething single mother with bold progressive instincts. She is bringing up her teenage »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Netflix Update #2: The Oa, Girlboss, 13 Reasons and more!

9 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the the Netflix Update – our news round-up where we bring you the highlights in the world of Netflix’s original programming, exclusives and more! This edition brings news on The Oa Part II, Orange is the New Black: Season 5, Girlboss, Casting JonBenet, and 13 Reasons Why.

The Oa Part II

Something always survives. Coming: The Oa Part II.

Prairie Johnson, a missing blind girl, returns to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven missing years with anyone except four teenage boys whom she tells her story to in order to recruit them for a mission.

Orange is the New Black: Season 5

Launching exclusively on Netflix 9th June 2017, Orange is the New Black is the outrageous and critically-acclaimed series from Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan about a diverse group »

- Phil Wheat

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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

6 February 2017 1:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »

- Jordan Raup

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American Crime Story: Annette Bening Joins FX Anthology for Katrina Season

6 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

She’s put in time with The American President, and now Annette Bening is turning her attention to state-level government.

The Oscar-nominated actress has joined the Hurricane Katrina-focused Season 2 of FX’s American Crime Story, TVLine has learned. She will play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led the state during and after the devastating 2005 storm.

RelatedLady Gaga Isn’t American Crime Story‘s Donatella Versace, Ryan Murphy Says

Bening recently was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 20th Century Women; other notable films include American BeautyThe Kids Are AlrightBugsy and The Grifters. Early in her career, »

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Annette Bening to Star in FX’s Next ‘American Crime Story’ Installment, ‘Katrina’

6 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Annette Bening has signed on to star in “Katrina: American Crime Story,” the next installment in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series.

Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, who was Governor of Louisiana during and after Hurricane Katrina, in the limited-run series from Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Read More: ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Atlanta’ Delays: Why FX Hits Sometimes Go On Long Hiatuses

FX announced last month that “Katrina,” which is the follow-up to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” won’t be ready until 2018. That’s to allow producers more time to craft the story; but the delay was also attributed to Hurricane season-related insurance issues.

Production on the series’ third installment, about the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, will actually take place before “Katrina.” That will allow FX to air both editions within six months of each other in 2018, and perhaps put the »

- Michael Schneider

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Annette Bening to Star in FX’s Next ‘American Crime Story’ Installment, ‘Katrina’

6 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Annette Bening has signed on to star in “Katrina: American Crime Story,” the next installment in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series.

Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, who was Governor of Louisiana during and after Hurricane Katrina, in the limited-run series from Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Read More: ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Atlanta’ Delays: Why FX Hits Sometimes Go On Long Hiatuses

FX announced last month that “Katrina,” which is the follow-up to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” won’t be ready until 2018. That’s to allow producers more time to craft the story; but the delay was also attributed to Hurricane season-related insurance issues.

Production on the series’ third installment, about the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, will actually take place before “Katrina.” That will allow FX to air both editions within six months of each other in 2018, and perhaps put the »

- Michael Schneider

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