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Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast

Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast
Many actors profess to be surprised when they win an Academy Award; few look as sincerely stunned as Tilda Swinton did when she was named Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 ceremony, for her expertly frosted turn as a corrupt corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton.” Her shock, one suspects, had less to do with how favored she was or wasn’t by the bookies than her bewilderment at being in the hunt for Hollywood gold in the first place: Little about the way the iconoclastic British star forges and curates her unusual career has courted the awards and embrace of the mainstream, yet they’ve found her anyway.

The Oscars certainly seemed a world away when the 25-year-old Swinton — who caught the acting bug while studying politics at Cambridge, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating — began her film career with Derek Jarman, Britain’s pioneering godfather of New Queer Cinema. Playing the artist
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‘Scandal’ Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: Olivia Pope Goes Off The Deep End

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In episode 2 of Scandal‘s seventh season, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) goes more and more off the deep end. Scandal Season 7, Episode 2 Recap This season is focusing more on the characters the show has grown with, and now we’re seeing Olivia with Curtis instead of Fitz. Olivia is trying to plan a state dinner […]

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Mindy Newell: Piggy

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Get ready for some brouhaha. Actually, the brouhaha has already started.

As I was reading the Friday issue of The New York Times, my eyes fell upon this: “In ‘Lord of the Flies’ Remake, Girls Survive Instead.”

The film will be under Warner Bros.’ auspice and will be written and directed by Scott McGhee and David Siegel, who co-directed The Deep End (2001) and What Maisie Knew (2013). Two men. But that’s not what bothers me – although I’m sure others will certainly be bothered. On a business level, McGhee and Siegel were the ones who brought it to Warner Bros., so they certainly have the right to want to write and direct the film. (I don’t know whether or not the deal includes a clause in which Warner Bros. has the right to “exchange” (i.e. fire) them if the studio isn’t happy with their work, and even if it does,
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All-Female Version of ‘Lord of the Flies’ Faces Backlash

All-Female Version of ‘Lord of the Flies’ Faces Backlash
The classic 1954 William Golding novel and freshman English class staple “Lord of the Flies” is getting another reboot — this time with an all-female cast, from male screenwriter-directors, Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Since so many people are familiar with the story, the decision to make a female version quickly reverberated across the internet.

Fans of the book took to Twitter to express their anger over the Warner Bros. project, saying that the intention of the novel was to explore how the savagery, machismo, and competitive masculinity leads to the downfall of the young boys stranded on an island. According to the fans, telling the same story with all female survivors is implausible and misses the point.

The film “is aggressively suspenseful, and taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, is that it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story
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Lord of the Flies Is Getting an All-Girl Reboot

Lord of the Flies Is Getting an All-Girl Reboot
The classic William Golding novel Lord of the Flies, which has been adapted twice for the big screen, will be adapted yet again, only this time, with a huge twist. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) to write and direct a new version of Lord of the Files, which will have an all-female cast. The filmmakers will reportedly be incredibly faithful to the original novel, while, at the same time, gender-swapping all of the character.

Deadline reports that it took some time to get the film rights intact, since the whole situation is rather complicated. The original novel, which was published in 1954, was adapted into the 1963 film Lord of the Files, which starred James Aubrey, Tom Chapin and Hugh Edwards, and was directed by Peter Brook. Then in 1990, Castle Rock released a new adaptation from director Harry Hook, which starred
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The List of Movies Leaving Netflix in September Might Make You Scream

It's that time again: Netflix is purging some of our favorite titles to make way for some fresh movies and TV shows. Although we'll be sad to lose movies like Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street right before Halloween, the list of new options (Beauty and the Beast!) is equally exciting. Without further ado, here are all of the movies and TV shows you'll need to say goodbye to this September. Sept. 1 Better Off Ted, season two Do Not Disturb Frailty Hope Floats Jackass: The Movie Julia Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja Rv The Batman, seasons one-five The Deep End, season one The Omen Wilfred, seasons one-two Something's Gotta Give Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tears of the Sun Scream A Nightmare on Elm Street Sept. 3 Drumline: A New Beat Sept. 4 The A-List Sept.
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Remembering Unusual Post-wwii Novel That Led to 2 Movie Adaptations: One 'Straight,' One 'Gay'

Remembering Unusual Post-wwii Novel That Led to 2 Movie Adaptations: One 'Straight,' One 'Gay'
Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. The Blank Wall is a classic depiction of an attempted cover-up being much more serious than the actual crime. Sound bites: Remembering the classic crime novel 'The Blank Wall' and its two movie adaptations – 'The Reckless Moment' & 'The Deep End' Crime novel writer Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889–1955) is not a name familiar to many, and yet Raymond Chandler described her as “the top suspense writer of them all. She doesn't pour it on and make you feel irritated. Her characters are wonderful; and she has a sort of inner calm which I find very attractive.” Holding has been identified as “The Godmother of Noir” and, more
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The Deep End Retitled 12 Feet Deep; New Trailer and VOD Release Info

When last we heard about the new film 12 Feet Deep, it was titled The Deep End; and aside from the major players and a brief synopsis, we didn’t know all that much about it. But now a trailer and… Continue Reading →

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Psychological horror adventure Perception coming to scare the pants off you, watch the trailer here

Fans of psychological horror games will be excited to know that the first-person psychological horror title Perception will be available this Tuesday on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. Developed by The Deep End Games, Perception takes players on a nightmarish adventure around a New England estate. A new trailer has been released which provides insight into the horror, and you can watch it below…

Perception puts players in the role of Cassie, a blind researcher who is investigating the mysteries surrounding an abandoned mansion house. Armed only with a mobile phone and cane, Cassie must venture into the mansion to solve the mystery of the ‘Presence’ that has tormented the mansion’s residents for generations. However, the ‘Presence’ has its eyes set on Cassie and she faces the risks of becoming one of its victims.

To find their way around the mansion Cassie can see via echolocation, players will be
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Horror title Perception coming to Xbox One, new teaser released

Perception, a horror title being developed by ex-members of the Bioshock team, was initially only announced for Playstation 4, and PC. However, The Deep End Games and publisher Feardemic have just announced that Perception will also be coming to Xbox One. A teaser was unveiled along with the announcement:

Here is the game’s synopsis via press release:

“After months of research, Cassie has discovered an abandoned mansion in Gloucester, Mass. Once there, she finds that Echo Bluff is worse than her nightmares. A ghostly Presence has tormented its inhabitants for generations, and it now hunts Cassie. She must solve the estate’s mysteries or become one of its victims.”

Cassie navigates through the mansion by tapping her cane, which functions as a form of echolocation. This will briefly outline Cassie’s surroundings, but will also reveal her locations to the malevolent forces that reside in the house.

There is no
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Former BioShock And Dead Space Devs Announce New Horror Game Perception For PS4

Horror is a genre that so often fosters experimentation in the video game industry. From Among the Sleep to the wildly successful Five Nights at Freddy’s, in recent years genre fans have found themselves awash with intriguing experiences that aren’t afraid to stray from the beaten path.

Ditching the blockbuster spectacle that has defined more recent installments in the series, Resident Evil 7 is one such title that will hope to recapture its industry-defining legacy in little over a week’s time, but there’s another first-person horror game in the works for PS4, and it’s coming from a team of developers whose credits include BioShock and Dead Space. It’s called Perception, and will have players creeping gingerly through the corridors of an old, abandoned mansion as Cassie, a blind heroine who must call upon her extraordinary hearing (echolocation?) to avoid a malevolent force known only as the Presence.
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SpectreVision And MarVista Seal Deal For Four Films

Exclusive: MarVista Entertainment is pacting with SpectreVision on four films over two years where MarVista will finance and co-produce genre films — horror and thrillers. MarVista is the privately-held firm behind the titles Most Likely to Die, Satanic, and A Deadly Adoption starring Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig. They are also in production on the thriller The Deep End. The two companies plan to go into production on their first project this summer. The size of the…
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'Film Hawk' Reflects on Bob Hawk's Life Well-Lived Through American independent Cinema

Bob Hawk is the Pierre Rissient of American Independent Films. Pierre was for French cinema what Bob is to American independent cinema. When he discovered a film and told Cannes about it, Cannes programmed it. Those who know Pierre and those who know Bob know that their influence cannot be quantified by the number of films they have fostered in one way or another. Bob’s influence extends in innumerable ways throughout the independent film world. Independent films are Bob Hawk's life, and now his life is an independent film.

After the thrill of watching the documentary “Film Hawk” by Jj Garvine and Tai Parquet whose first, ever-so-shocking film “Keeping the Peace” in 2009 was about the brutal and first such beheading in Iraq, I was whisked off to lunch with Bob and the filmmakers Jj Garvine and Tai Parquet. It seemed as if our lunch were a continuation of the film, so alive and vivid was the film and so full of references and ideas was our conversation.

We immediately began a non-stop talk of passionate love for movies. Bob showed me the tee shirt he wore just for our lunch, a Filmmaker Magazine tee from the early days when Indiewire’s offices were upstairs in the Filmmaker offices. In all the scenes of this film, his tee shirts are remarkable for titles he primarily has worked on or been somehow attached to. He must have hundreds of such mementos of his life.

So how did you make this film? I finally asked, because even if this is “the usual sort of question we get” according to Jj, it is really of interest to me.

Jj and Tai ‘s first film, “Keeping The Peace”, premiered and won the Audience Award at the 2009 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and went on to be selected for the PBS Pov "United States of Documentaries” series. They are often indistinguishable themselves in their simultaneously answering questions or commenting on the talk. “We decided to make this movie on the day before his 74th birthday when we all went to the IFC Center in New York to see the Spalding Gray movie by Steven Soderbergh. We had a three hour dinner and learned so much about Bob. We then met Soderbergh. Going home we thought his life would make a great story. We knew him because he helped us with our film ‘Keeping the Peace’ but we had never talked about anything but the movie at that time. We said to him, ‘What if we made a short about your life?’ He said ‘What?’ And that was it.

Film Hawk” itself is a broad swatch of a life well-lived with honesty and integrity. Surrounded by loving family and friends – although he and his brother as boys fought hard and often with each other as they grew up in very different ways. Bob veered toward art and his brother toward sports. Bob knew at an early age he was gay but his brother was strictly sports and girls. They were the sons of a minister, a minister who preached love. Their mother was a copy editor and proofreader – initially of insurance documents -- and Bob credits her with his own love for editing and proofreading. He proofread auction catalogs and the Sharper Image catalog at one point in his life.

Bob: “My mother, who lived to be 97, was a proofreader to the end. She edited and proofed the monthly newsletter of the home in which she lived in good health until she died. In fact, she proofread the April edition of the home’s newsletter, the very month she died.”

He did not like having to be the exemplary son of a minister and he had a stutter. At one point, hearing his father’s oratorical voice in the church, he realized there was a thin line between the church and theater and he choose theater as a young child and he credits his father for his love of dramaturgy and theater.

When he acted, his stutter disappeared and so he acted, though he much preferred working behind the scenes.

Our conversation switched between talk of film and talk of Bob the man. For he is incredibly full of love and life, a man whose boundaries include public and private love and film in one full embrace.

Bob grew up loud and proud, working as a techie Off Broadway in New York City. Even as a high school student he often went to New York City and explored both live theater and underground movies like Jean Genet’s “Un Chant d’Amour” and Kenneth Anger’s “Scorpio Rising”. Those were the predecessors to independent movies, he says.

Eventually he moved to stage managing in San Francisco where he met filmmaker Rob Epstein and contributed his thoughts to the seminal gay-themed documentary “Word Is Out”, made by a film collective that included Rob.

Tai: “Bob was an activist and that led him to film. In 1976 ,when the five hour rough cut of “Word is Out” was previewed for the public in a work-in-progress screening, Bob’s notes as a member of the audience were volumes of comments. In 1978 when Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were shot and killed by another supervisor, he and Rob, with whom he had become friends, both knew a film had to be made, but it took five years of grassroots fundraising.

Bob: “Rob and producer Richard Schmiechen initially went to Kqed, San Francisco’s public television station, but they turned it down, saying the story was too local. So they went to Wnet in New York, who provided funding for a one hour version. Then we realized that ‘The Times of Harvey Milk’ needed to be a feature, so we went again to Wnet and they gave us the additional money. This was the first film I worked on, as print media researcher and archivist.”

Jj: “Bob researched not only Harvey Milk but the whole era.”

Bob: “I had volumes -- over 600 news and magazine articles -- all organized by 20 main topics like Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Trial, Verdict, Riot, Gay Climate, Dan White and they were cross referenced, so when we had to speak about any subject, we had it ready.”

Says Tai , “Bob’s emphasis is always on storytelling. He even has a sense of arc in his copy editing.”

Tai thought he was a great writer, but Bob is not so sure.

Says Jj : “Bob is not good at original copy because he’s such an editor himself.”

Bob: “Yes, when I write, I feel my editor self looking over my shoulder.”

“The weakness of some narrative indies is that the filmmakers are so eager to shoot that they do not fully develop the script beforehand.”

So Bob is the articulate but silent spokesman for indies, always behind the scenes, editing and tightening scripts, reading copy and imperceptibly influencing a vast body of independent film today.

Tai: “He is like a drop of water in a small stream which he knows runs to the sea and which affects the very water of the ocean.

“Bob is not about connections. He’s about connection.”

There was so much research done for Film Hawk, you must have worked very hard.

Jj: We just listened to Bob and followed all the leads he gave us.

Tai: “Bob is not associated as strictly ‘gay’ or for gay films only. You can see that in his long term relationship to ‘Brothers McMullen’ in the film, but homosexuality is as intrinsic to him as is his whole childhood. He is secure in himself as a person”.

Bob Hawk’s keen insights and feedback became the precious wind that provided flight for many filmmakers. This fiery, eccentric fairy Godfather of indie film not only battled depression, but was the first to discover and champion the talents of Kevin Smith (“Clerks”, “Chasing Amy”), Edward Burns (“The Brothers McMullen”, “Purple Violets”), Ira Sachs (“Keep The Lights On”, “Love Is Strange”) and Scott McGehee and David Siegel (“The Deep End”, “What Maisie Knew”).

Here are what a few have to say about him:

"I didn't ever consider myself an artist, I was just a guy who wanted to make ‘Clerks’, until Bob Hawk started talking about it."

- Kevin Smith

"Bob was always there to encourage me. Bob is a friend and a mentor"

- Ed Burns

With his 30+ year Sundance presence - including work as consultant, programmer, moderator, juror, and impassioned viewer - usually seated front-row and often asking the first question (as in the case of the “Sex, Lies and Videotape” world premiere) Bob deserves kudos and honors and yet has never sought the spotlight for himself.

Not only is this a film about film, but about a man who is as intrinsic to indie films as is the drop of water in a stream that goes into the ocean, but this film should also stand up in educational venues – whether about filmmaking or about standing proud as a gay man in the world.

In many ways this film recalls the classic “Bill Cunningham” that Zeitgeist had such success with in that both films are quintessentially New York films about men whose calling is their life-long love; each is a living example of the importance of love for one’s self and for one’s life lived with passion. “Film Hawk” deserves to be seen at the IFC Center, in the center of New York.

Bob grew up in that time in the 50s when to be gay meant very little to society. Gay men married, had children and if they were lucky they did not find their dual role in life unsettling. He was just at the edge and realized he did not have to go the marriage route and have children, and so he went the art route and his children are numerous.

Bob will be speaking at the Berlinale Queer Academy during the 30th Anniversary of the Teddy Awards and a clip of the film will accompany him. He is also receiving a Maverick of the Year Award from Cinequest this month.
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[Sundance Review] Film Hawk

Perhaps the most inside-baseball of films at Sundance this year, Jj Garvine and Tai Parquet’s Film Hawk is an intimate look at film consultant extraordinaire Bob Hawk. Followers of Kevin Smith will know him as the man who discovered Clerks one Sunday morning in the bowels of the Angelika Film Center during the New York Film Market. (Here Kevin Smith provides his usually hilarious and often sincere commentary, often alongside Hawk.)

Checking in with luminaries and friends, Garvine and Parquet have constructed a loving tribute to 76-year-old Hawk, the openly gay son of a Methodist minister who joined the queer immigration to San Francisco in the 1960s, and later to New York. As it turns out, per Smith, Hawk is a Jersey boy at heart, as we discover in a heartbreaking passage later in the story. Hawk’s early interest included theatre prior to the discovery of independent – then
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Quantico: Three Lingering Fall Finale Qs (Liam? Shelby? Raina?) Answered

Quantico: Three Lingering Fall Finale Qs (Liam? Shelby? Raina?) Answered
Now that the dust has settled (too soon?) after Quantico‘s perilous midseason finale, it’s time to address a few unresolved moments from Sunday’s episode.

What’s with Raina’s disappearing act? How will Caleb move forward after Shelby’s rejection? And did Liam make Alex’s ball drop on New Year’s, if you know what we mean?

Read on for some scoop from executive producer Joshua Safran.

RelatedQuantico Ep on the Bomber’s Identity, Ryan’s Sad Love Song and the Reveal That [Spoiler] ‘Definitely Is a Terrorist’

Did Alex And Liam Hook Up On New Year’S Eve?
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Criterion’s February Line-Up, Roger Deakins, Jonathan Rosenbaum & Danny Boyle Talks, and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

The Criterion Collection have revealed their February 2016 line-up (click titles for more information):

On The Cinephiliacs, Peter Labuza talks with Jonathan Rosenbaum about his career and Out 1.

Watch Roger Deakins talk Sicario and more in a recent talk, and read our interview with him:

David Bordwell discusses the women crime writers of the 1940s and 1950s:

You might say that Double Indemnity and Out of the Past are quintessentially 1940s-1950s films, and I’d agree. But so too are works based on women writers. The list of Highsmith adaptations, starting with Strangers on a Train (1951), is too long to recite here, but let’s remember that
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'The D-Train' Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens on Trying to Get the 'Film Look' Digitally

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'The D-Train' Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens on Trying to Get the 'Film Look' Digitally
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The D-Train," is available now On Demand.]  Giles Nuttgens, the British cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Deepa Mehta ("Fire," "Earth," "Water," "Midnight's Children") as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("The Deep End," "Bee Season," "What Maisie Knew") had two indie films out in 2014, both of which debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival: Stuart Murdoch's musical "God Help the Girl" and Jake Paltrow's dystopian "Young Ones." His latest project couldn't be more different. Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, "The D-Train," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a dark dramedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. Read More: Jack Black...
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Fear Is Blind In Trailer For Intriguing First-Person Horror Title Perception

Echolocation, a form of sonar that helps bats and dolphins navigate around their natural habitat, is one of nature’s fascinating survival instincts. Not only does it aid Matt Murdock in his quest to rid Hell Kitchen of its criminal underbelly, but it underpins The Deep End Games’ intriguing first-person horror title, Perception.

The studio, comprised of former BioShock and Dead Space developers, launched the project on Kickstarter just yesterday in the search for funding, asking for a total of $150,000 before June 25. Toplined by former Irrational veteran Bill Gardner, Deep End Games is hoping to create an immersive horror experience that boasts all of the narrative qualities you’d expect from a studio well versed in the BioShock series.

Per Eurogamer:

You’ll see the same commitment to the level of quality, but also a lot of the core elements of trying to make sure the narrative is done in the right way.
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'The D-Train' Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens on Trying to Get the 'Film Look' Digitally

'The D-Train' Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens on Trying to Get the 'Film Look' Digitally
Giles Nuttgens, the British cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Deepa Mehta ("Fire," "Earth," "Water," "Midnight's Children") as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("The Deep End," "Bee Season," "What Maisie Knew") had two indie films out in 2014, both of which debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival: Stuart Murdoch's musical "God Help the Girl" and Jake Paltrow's dystopian "Young Ones." His latest project couldn't be more different. Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, "The D-Train," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a dark dramedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. Read More: Jack Black and James Marsden Saved Their 'D-Train' Sex Scene for Last Indiewire talked to Nuttgens late last year about "God Help the Girl" and "Young Ones" and followed up with him again recently to discuss the...
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Animal Planet Orders ‘Insane Pools’ Series

Animal Planet already has series about extravagant tree houses (Treehouse Masters) and aquariums (Tanked). Now the network is taking the same approach to swimming pools with Insane Pools: Off The Deep End, set to debut February 20. The six-episode series from Fishbowl Worldwide Media follows award-winning pool designer Lucas Congdon as he turns regular homes into exotic waterfront properties through grand, nature-inspired designs. Vin Di Bona, Beth Greenwald and Juliana…
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