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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Bart Freundlich’s Wolves

26 November 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This is what we can already confirm. 2016 will be an epic year for Michael Shannon and not because he just received an Indie Spirit nom for Best Supporting Actor in 99 Homes (see pic above). With his services enlisted by Jeff Nichols, Liza Johnson, Tom Ford, Robert Scott Wildes, Werner Herzog and Matthew M. Ross, the versatile actor will be everywhere…including Bart Freundlich‘s sixth feature film. Freundlich got his big start at Sundance back in 1997 for The Myth of Fingerprints and would follow that up by bringing World Traveler (2002) to the fest but he hasn’t been back since. Shot this past June in NYC, Wolves stars Shannon, Carla Gugino and newcomer Taylor John Smith in this tragi-family drama.

Gist: Taylor John Smith will star as an 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University. He seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, »

- Eric Lavallee

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‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy to Receive Palm Springs Film Fest Award

24 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Psiff organizers announced on Tuesday. The award will be presented to McCarthy at the festival’s annual fundraiser, the Psiff Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 2, in the desert resort 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The award typically goes to a director whose film is in the running during awards season, with previous recipients including Richard Linklater (for “Boyhood”), Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”), Danny Boyle (“127 Hours”), Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”), Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) and, in a change »

- Steve Pond

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Quentin Tarantino Documentary in the Works From Tara Wood

9 November 2015 4:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production has begun on the authorized feature-length documentary “21 Years: Quentin Tarantino,” directed by Tara Wood.

The film will examine the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career and will include interviews with frequent collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.

Wood is a co-director on last year’s documentary “21 Years: Richard Linklater.” Both films draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist.

Tarantino’s first film was 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” followed by “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” the two “Kill Bill” movies, “Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.”

“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” said Wood. “There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen. »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘By the Sea’

6 November 2015 4:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Retreating from wartime horrors (“Unbroken,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”) to explore the less perilous minefield of a troubled marriage, Angelina Jolie Pitt pulls off a halfway compelling trick with “By the Sea,” an unabashed vanity project that struggles to turn its own beautiful inertia into a virtue. Drenched in so many photogenic shades of cream, tan and khaki that it might as well have been titled “Beige Valentine,” this glossy Euro-modernist-art-film throwback casts the writer-director and her husband, Brad Pitt, as a gorgeously unhappy 1970s American couple seeking to escape their demons during an extended stay on the Maltese coast. Meandering and overlong in ways that will test the patience of even die-hard Brangelina fans, the film ultimately feels too dramatically reductive and obvious to pull off its desired cocktail of Albee and Antonioni, limiting its appeal primarily to those viewers who can get drunk on visual pleasure alone. »

- Justin Chang

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Police Threaten Quentin Tarantino with Big Surprise

5 November 2015 4:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, The Hateful Eight director Quentin Tarantino took part in an anti-police brutality protest in New York City, which caused plenty of controversy since it happened just days after an NYPD officer was killed in the line of duty. The rally had been planned for months, and the director called the protest's timing "unfortunate," but that didn't stop the NYPD from calling for a New York boycott of all the director's films, including his upcoming revenge Western The Hateful Eight. Shortly thereafter, the Lapd joined the NYPD in the boycott, which has some wondering if this bad publicity could hurt the movie's Oscar chances. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the country's largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, is planning a special "surprise" for the director. Here's what Fraternal Order of Police president Jim Pasco had to say in a statement.

"Tarantino has made a good living out of violence and surprise. »

- MovieWeb

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New ‘The Hateful Eight’ Trailer: Spend the Holidays With Someone You Hate

5 November 2015 9:38 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Look, we know you’re very excited for Star Wars, but if we were able to see one December 2015 release right here, right now, if would be Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight. After the one-two punch of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Tarantino has only confirmed his status as one of the most unique and […]

The post New ‘The Hateful Eight’ Trailer: Spend the Holidays With Someone You Hate appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Why Quentin Tarantino Shouldn’t Apologize (Opinion)

3 November 2015 1:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the hysterical overreaction by police unions across the country weren’t enough of a sign that Quentin Tarantino was right to speak out at last month’s Rise Up October protest, then surely the rumors about Harvey Weinstein’s reaction would be. The distributor may not be chastising Tarantino publicly, but Weinstein is said to be furious with the director for attending the New York rally, where he joined with other marchers in condemning police brutality — all just two months before the Dec. 25 unveiling of Tarantino’s much-anticipated new thriller, “The Hateful Eight.” With box office returns and award nominations waiting to be collected, this was apparently no time to incur a nationwide boycott — or, for that matter, to take a tough public stand on matters of grave moral and sociopolitical importance.

Such controversy is not new to Tarantino. Indeed, the words “such controversy is not new to Tarantino »

- Justin Chang

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Diane Kruger Does "Marie Claire"

2 November 2015 11:12 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images of German actress Diane Kruger ("Farewell, My Queen") in the October 2015 issue of "Marie Claire" (France) magazine, photographed by Daniel Thomas Smith:

The former Elite fashion model is noted for roles including 'Helen' in "Troy" (2004), 'Dr. Abigail Chase' in "National Treasure" (2004) and its sequel (2007), as 'Bridget von Hammersmark' in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), 'Anna' in "Mr. Nobody" (2009), as 'Gina' in "Unknown (2011), "Farewell My Queen" (2012), as the 'Seeker'/'Lacey' in "The Host" (2013) and as 'Detective Sonya Cross' in the FX TV series "The Bridge".

"...the reason I became an actor was that I love cinema and I love the language," said Kruger, "the universal language of making films whether it's in French or German or English.

"So it's always been my dream to be an international actress, to not be pinned down by my nationality, my accent.

"I sort of want to do it all and so I guess »

- Michael Stevens

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Quentin Tarantino Teases the Colorful Character Traits of 'The Hateful Eight'

2 November 2015 8:08 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As the cinephile crowd readies for the 70mm Christmastime roadshow of Quentin Tarantino's snowbound Western "The Hateful Eight"—followed two weeks later by a more traditional wide release—the director shares his take on each member of the octet with the L.A. Times, and he doesn't stint when it comes to his trademark pulp poetry. The writer/director's descriptions only emphasize his continued interest in examining Hollywood and historical archetypes, as in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) and "Django Unchained" (2012)—Samuel L. Jackson's bounty hunter, Maj. Marquis Warren, is "Cool as a cucumber, deadly as a viper strike!"; Kurt Russell's John "The Hangman" Ruth possesses "the ferocity of a bull [and] the subtlety of a buffalo." The brief character synopses are also a reminder that "The Hateful Eight" is designed as a group portrait, or social experiment, in which there's no clear hero. As Tarantino told Vulture »

- Matt Brennan

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Weinstein Co. Acquires Star-Studded World War II-Era Thriller 'HHhH'

28 October 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Weinstein Company, which found success with Quentin Tarantino's Nazi-killing counter-history "Inglourious Basterds" (above) in 2009, is returning to the period with "HHhH," director Cédric Jimenez’s World War II-era drama about the true-life pair of exiled operatives who assassinated Nazi official and Holocaust architect Reinhard Heydrich. The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. distribution rights for the film, based on Laurent Binet’s 2012 novel and currently in production in Budapest. "HHhH," whose title is shorthand for "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich," follows Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. The film, adapted by Jimenez, David Farr, and Audrey Diwan, stars Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, and Mia Wasikowska. »

- Matt Brennan

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Weinstein Company Picks Up U.S. Rights to Nazi Thriller 'HHhH'

28 October 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The Weinstein Company Picks Up Natalie Portman's Long-Delayed 'Jane's Got A Gun' After finding success with "Inglourious Basterds" and "The Imitation Game," The Weinstein Company is heading back to World War II, having announced its acquisition for U.S. rights to the French Nazi thriller "HHhH." Based on the international bestseller of the same name by Laurent Binet, "HHhH" is director Cedric Jimenez's follow-up to "The Connection." "HHhH" is an acronym for “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich” (“Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”). In the film, Jason Clarke ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") plays Reinhard Heydrich, perhaps the most lethal man in Hitler's cabinet until he was killed in 1942 by two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech. The film traces the journey of those two operatives from their initial escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia up through their assassination of Heydrich and its own »

- Tarek Shoukri

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Can Genre Films Like ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Spectre’ Break Into Best Picture?

27 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in March, shortly before the release of “Furious 7,” Vin Diesel threw out a bold prediction about his movie’s chances in the forthcoming awards season. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars,” he told Variety, “unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”

Box office domination is a lousy measure of relevance, let alone quality, but Diesel’s comment did carry a valid point about the Academy’s historic disregard for genre movies, the occasional best-picture win for a “French Connection,” a “Silence of the Lambs” or a “Lord of the Rings” finale notwithstanding. Still, to its credit, the organization has taken some welcome steps toward acknowledging that movie greatness doesn’t always come laden with self-evidently worthy themes; sometimes it shows up swinging a sword, driving a car, or toting a cattle gun.

And things have arguably improved since the Academy expanded its »

- Justin Chang

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Flesh and Bone: Watch New Starz Series Sneak Peeks

21 October 2015 5:36 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Flesh and Bone, an eight-hour limited series, premieres on Starz, Sunday November 8, 2015; check local listings for times. Starz says, “Flesh and Bone follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York." The series was created by Breaking Bad writer and Executive Producer, Moira Walley-Beckett. John Melfi (House of Cards, Sex and the City), Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting) and Kevin Brown (Roswell) are Executive Producers. Australian filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, Rover) directed the first episode.

Flesh and Bone stars Black Swan's Sarah Hay as Claire. Per Starz, there are 22 ballet dancers in the cast, including Irina Dvorovenko (Kiira), Sascha Radetsky (Ross), Raychel Diane Weiner (Daphne) and Emily Tyra (Mia) from Boardwalk Empire. Rounding out the cast are Josh Helman, Damon Herriman, Tina Benko, and »


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Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Focus on WWII and Holocaust

15 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year, 81 films have been submitted to the Academy for the best foreign-language feature category, marking the second highest total of foreign-language films ever submitted, just behind last year’s record of 83.

A hot topic for past foreign films has been stories set in and around World War II, with particular emphasis on the Holocaust and the Jewish experience throughout that time period. This year continues that trend as a number of international films focus on WWII.

The German film Labyrinth of Lies, was the country’s selection for this year’s foreign language Oscar. Centered on a largely forgotten piece of German history, the film looks at the German efforts to prosecute Nazi criminals after WWII. The film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and was quickly acquired by Sony, who handled the last German film to win the foreign language Oscar, »

- Patrick Shanley

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What are the top 25 movies of the past 25 years? IMDb users reveal their list of the best of the best

14 October 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

IMDb is a dangerous place, full of knowledgeable people packing hella big opinions. Now, the Internet Movie Database - to use its full title - has unveiled something extraordinary: what its users think are the best films from the past 25 years.

To be clear, these are the top 25 films from the last 25 years, as voted for by millions of IMDb-ers on an individual basis. So these, in effect, are the highest-voted films on IMDb, each year, for the past 25 years.

It's simpler that it sounds, honest. All you need to know is that IMDb users love them some Christopher Nolan, some Martin Scorsese and some Quentin Tarantino.

2014: Interstellar

2013: The Wolf of Wall Street

2012: Django Unchained

2011: Intouchables

2010: Inception

2009: Inglourious Basterds

2008: The Dark Knight

2007: Into the Wild

2006: The Departed

2005: Batman Begins

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »

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Quentin Tarantino Has Cut Two Different Versions of ‘The Hateful Eight’

12 October 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Throughout the fall of film and the rise of digital, Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) has firmly stuck with film. Tarantino has discussed his plans to retire at 60, but he’s even gone as far to say, if theaters can’t show 35mm anymore, he “won’t even make it to 60.” Tarantino shot his upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, on 70mm. […]

The post Quentin Tarantino Has Cut Two Different Versions of ‘The Hateful Eight’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Tarantino Talks 'The Hateful Eight,' 'The Big Valley' and Pauline Kael with Bret Easton Ellis

12 October 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

They discuss Quentin Tarantino's latest, 70 mm western opus "The Hateful Eight" (Weinstein Co., December 25) in this interview written up in The New York Times Magazine. Their conversation ranges around critic Pauline Kael, whose "high-low trash-art aesthetic" was clearly an influence on Tarantino, the differences between writers’ medium TV and directors medium movies, losing the Best Picture and Screenplay Oscar for "Inglourious Basterds" to "The Hurt Locker," and quick takes on his contemporaries: Ava DuVernay —‘‘She did a really good job on ‘Selma’ but ‘Selma’ deserved an Emmy," David Fincher—‘‘Even when I don’t like his movies I walk around thinking about them for a week or so," Wes Anderson— ‘‘ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is not really my thing, but I kind of loved it. The fact that I wasn’t a die-hard fan before made me even more happy that I could finally embrace him,’’ and Judd »

- Anne Thompson

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BFI London Film Festival 2015: ‘Assassination’ brings the Tarantino touch to an important period of South Korean history

11 October 2015 8:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Choi Dong-hoon and Lee Ki-cheol

Directed by Choi Dong-hoon

South Korea, 2015

Assassination is pure entertainment. Director Choi Dong-hoon pulls together an astonishing group of talent both in front and behind the camera to portray a story close to South Korea’s heart with humour, pathos, gorgeous cinematography and a series of impressively bombastic action scenes to create one of the most exciting adventure films in recent years. Comparisons will and have been made with Quentin Tarantino and his similarly set Inglourious Basterds, but where the American filmmaker’s story veers wildly from historical fact, Choi, while still playing fast and loose with history, keeps as close to at least the essence of the facts as much as he can, as he portrays a very important period in South Korea’s history when the Independence Army fought against the country’s Japanese oppressors at the dawn of the Second World War. »

- Liam Dunn

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Cinematography Race Gives “Sicario”’s Roger Deakins a Chance to Earn Lucky Nomination # 13

8 October 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Cinematography is perhaps the most revered of cinematic art forms. The reason for this is simple – our films would literally not exist without the camera. From crafting mood and atmosphere to wowing us with the sheer ability to have “pulled off” a shot, cinematographers (also known as directors of photography or “D.P.s”) are the amazing talents responsible for realizing a director’s vision through command of the camera. And after the director, D.P.s are arguably the most important person on a film’s set. The cinematographers’ branch in the Academy is a group that loves epic luscious landscapes and war films. The branch is also relatively keen on foreign-language titles. And there is usually – though by no means always – significant overlap between the Cinematography race and the Best Picture race. (An unfortunate bizarre fact – this is the only Oscar category outside of Best Actor and Best »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Christoph Waltz: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the Actor

4 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The German, Austrian-born actor has garnered global attention for his Oscar-winning roles in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, and will soon command the big screen again when he stars in November’s release of Spectre as Franz Oberhauser opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond. But beyond his recognition as the bad guy in an array of films (including Water for Elephants), The Hollywood Reporter looks at five facts you probably didn't know about Waltz. See more Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz Spar in Final 'Spectre' Trailer

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- Natalie Stone

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