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Interview, Audio: Michael Stuhlbarg in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Chicago – The character actor Michael Stuhlbarg is one of the more complete players in today’s show business. His embrace of a role is absolute, and his characters ring with a particular poetry based on his interpretations. His latest role is of an academic and father in the new film, “Call Me By Your Name.”

“Call Me…” is a sensitive and authentic literary adaptation that tells of summer romance between an older grad student (Armie Hammer) – under the tutelage of Professor Perlman (Stuhlbarg) – and the professor’s curious son Elio (Timothée Chalamet). Stuhlbarg’s role is one of commentator throughout the film, until a climatic monologue that assures his son that whatever is right for him is right for everybody. The film is a emotional alternative to the holiday blockbuster.

Michael Stuhlbarg as Professor Perlman in “Call Me By My Name”

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Michael Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach,
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Now Costs $125 Million, Netflix Won’t Confirm Theatrical Release

Martin Scorsese is currently filming his upcoming gangster movie “The Irishman” in and around New York City with a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Ray Romano, but the answer as to whether or not audiences will get to see the film on the big screen still remains open-ended. Netflix is still refusing to confirm or deny “The Irishman” will be getting a theatrical release. “It’s premature to say anything at this point,” Netflix’s head of film publicity Julie Fontaine recently told Variety.

Read More:‘The Irishman’: 9 Things You Must Know About Martin Scorsese’s $100 Million ‘Goodfellas’ Reunion

Considering Scorsese is an outspoken proponent of theatrical exhibition, it’s surprising the streaming giant is refusing to confirm a theatrical release for the movie. Sources close to production say the negotiation between Scorsese’s team and Netflix resulted in a commitment from the
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Wonderstruck – Review

Millicent Simmonds as Rose in Wonderstruck. Photo credit: Myles Aronowitz. Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions ©

Wonderstruck is a beautiful clockwork creation filled with intricate, delicate details, but a film where the parts are greater than the sum of the whole. Like an elaborate cuckoo clock or a old-fashioned doll’s house, it is packed to the roof with little flourishes and charmingly magical images that matter more than the story they are decorating.

Director Todd Haynes’ mystery/drama is divided into two stories of runaway children on a quest, one set in the 1920s and the other in the 1970s, but both taking place in New York and often in the same locations. In this adaptation of Brian Selznick’s young adult novel, the two children have their own mysteries to solve but the additional mystery is what links their two stories besides location. Brian Selznick, who also wrote this screenplay,
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The Full Cast of Jon Favreau's The Lion King Has Officially Been Announced

Director Jon Favreau has assembled quite an incredible cast of actors for Disney's realistic CGI animated remake of The Lion King. Most of the actors on the list we've already known about, but the one big confirmation is that Beyonce will officially be providing the voice of Nala. Here's the synopsis that was released:

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure
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Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Cast Features Beyonce, Alfre Woodard, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver

The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his
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Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced

Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced
The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau's new take on Disney's 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured-but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019. Here's what director Jon Favreau had to say in a statement.

"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyonc&#233 Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba's friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba's wise and loving father,
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‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force

‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force
After working on “Hugo” (based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), costume designer Sandy Powell became the first champion of his follow-up, “Wonderstruck.” In fact, Powell was so taken with his parallel adventures of two deaf children in 1927 and 1977 New York, that she encouraged him to write a screenplay and then gave it to Todd Haynes, who read it and agreed to direct.

“I thought it would make a wonderful movie, and, after Brian finished the script, I joked that I would have to produce it,” said the three-time Oscar-winning Powell (“The Young Victoria,” “The Aviator,” and “Shakespeare in Love”).

“I immediately thought of Todd. He’s so visual and he takes risks, and I was interested in his take on younger people driving the story,” added Powell, who previously worked with the director on “Carol,” “Far From Heaven,” and “Velvet Goldmine.”

A Tale of
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'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder

'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder
Todd Haynes creates movies that feel like part of his DNA. Whether they're originals (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There) or adapted from other works (Carol, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce), they seem to course from his bloodstream into ours. Wonderstruck, gorgeous as it is, feels like something a little less personal, a little less transgressive. Haynes has said he wanted to make a smart film for kids, and as source material, he chose a juvenile-fiction novel illustrated and written by Brian Selznick, whose work also inspired Martin Scorsese's Hugo.
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Todd Haynes explores the world of children with “Wonderstruck”

When a filmmaker known for adult fare tackles something more geared at kids, there’s always a fascination. As we saw with Martin Scorsese and Hugo, there’s also the chance for something that can be widely embraced. It doesn’t happen all that often though, as it can feel limiting. This week, Todd Haynes goes that route with Wonderstruck, which opens in limited release and also like Hugo is an adaptation of a Brian Selznick book. Ever since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, there have been fans of Haynes’ work here, which extended to the New York Film Festival recently, where it was the Centerpiece Selection. It doesn’t have the usual Oscar buzz of his movies, but honestly…that remains to be seen. The film is a coming of age tale, in a way. It tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest named
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Amazon Studios’ Best Chance to Disrupt the Oscars Again Lies With ‘The Big Sick’

Amazon Studios’ Best Chance to Disrupt the Oscars Again Lies With ‘The Big Sick’
Amazon Studios owns the 2017 New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala October 7, and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” closing it out October 15 — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace and landing Oscar nominations and wins is another matter altogether.

Of course, Amazon has done it before: At Sundance 2016, it paid $10 million for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea” and took the movie (via Roadside Attractions) all the way to six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won two, for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay, and earned a robust $47.6 million domestic.

This year, the deep-pocketed studio challenger — which, unlike Netflix, supports the industry’s established theatrical paradigm, 90-day window and all — has a wider swath of films to compete in multiple awards categories. But there are several key differences this time.
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Amazon Studios’ Best Chance to Disrupt the Oscars Again Lies With ‘The Big Sick’

Amazon Studios’ Best Chance to Disrupt the Oscars Again Lies With ‘The Big Sick’
Amazon Studios owns the 2017 New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala October 7, and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” closing it out October 15 — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace and landing Oscar nominations and wins is another matter altogether.

Of course, Amazon has done it before: At Sundance 2016, it paid $10 million for Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea” and took the movie (via Roadside Attractions) all the way to six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won two, for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay, and earned a robust $47.6 million domestic.

This year, the deep-pocketed studio challenger — which, unlike Netflix, supports the industry’s established theatrical paradigm, 90-day window and all — has a wider swath of films to compete in multiple awards categories. But there are several key differences this time.
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Nyff: How America’s Smartest Festival Can Make or Break the Quest for Oscars

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Nyff: How America’s Smartest Festival Can Make or Break the Quest for Oscars
Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne as a trio of Marine vets, met a mixed reception opening night at the 55th New York Film Festival, as attendees of the glittery opening-night gala at Alice Tully Hall read the trade reviews at the Tavern on the Green afterparty.

As a platform, the Nyff is alluring. Not only does it provide Oscar-level prominence, but there’s an element of auteurist approval: It’s the sophisticated American festival that truly loves film for film. However, that’s also one of the reasons that it can be a bigger risk: Like Cannes, highbrow festivals often mean critics with highbrow expectations. And when they aren’t met, the fall can seem extra-steep.

Nyff Director Kent Jones, who calls awards season a “cottage industry,” doesn’t even track the festival’s Oscar record; getting picked for the Nyff is its own reward.
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Horror Highlights: Burning Witches Records’ Halloween Mixtape, Ghost Witch, Kill Or Be Killed

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Burning Witches Records has a new Halloween mixtape cooking in the cauldron for a good cause, and we have details on the fundraising cassette and digital release for the World Wildlife Foundation in today's Horror Highlights, as well as home media release details for Ghost Witch and Kill or Be Killed.

Halloween Cassette Fundraiser for World Wildlife Federation: On Cassette Store Day, October 14th, Burning Witches Records will release Witches' Halloween Brew, a 19-song collection on cassette and digital featuring a wide range of synth-centric composers. Sequenced by Mondo/Death Waltz's Spencer Hickman and featuring artwork by Kimberley Holladay, profits from the collection will go to the World Wildlife Foundation. In addition to the digital release on Burning Witches' Bandcamp page, the album will be released on three cassette variants (see below) limited to 75 apiece. Here's the official track list (via Vehlinggo.com):

Xander Harris – “Burn Slow
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2013 UK-lensed horror ‘Kill or Be Killed’ finally debuts!

British-made, micro-budget independent teen horror Kill Or Be Killed, originally shot back in 2013 under the title Tag, is now finally made available in the United Kingdom – with an apparent independent release on DVD-r via Amazon.

Directed by B.L. Parker and written by Aaron Ellis, Kill Or Be Killed stars Ed Sanders (Sweeney Todd, Hugo), Jordan Quinn, Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Aaron Ellis, Ollie Locke, Tom Bott, Montanna Thompson with Georgina Sherrington, Kim Sønderholm and Jack Binstead.

Five years after the unusual deaths of a group of teenagers, paranormal investigator Max Archer interviews survivor Matt Swanson who is serving life in prison for the murder of his classmates – but Matt claims he is innocent and that the inhuman force that killed his friends is still after him. Matt recalls how he and his best friend Liam were ensnared into a deadly game of tag with their friends and why the game still isn’t over…
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'Kill or Be Killed' releases to DVD

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UK Teen Horror feature "Kill Or Be Killed" is now released onto DVD in the United Kingdom.

The film was shot back in 2013 under the title "Tag", but is now finally made available.

Directed by B.L. Parker, while written by Aaron Ellis, the film stars Ed Sanders (Sweeney Todd, Hugo), Jordan Quinn, Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Aaron Ellis, Ollie Locke, Tom Bott, Montanna Thompson with Georgina Sherrington, Kim Sønderholm and Jack Binstead.

Five years after the unusual deaths of a group of teenagers, paranormal investigator Max Archer interviews survivor Matt Swanson who is serving life in prison for the murder of his classmates.

Matt claims he is innocent and that the inhuman force that killed his friends is still after him.

Matt recalls how he and his best friend Liam were ensnared into a deadly game of tag with their friends and why the game still isn't over...

Order "Kill Or Be Killed
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UK Teen Horror feature "Kill Or Be Killed" finally on DVD

UK Teen Horror feature "Kill Or Be Killed" is now released onto DVD in the United Kingdom.   Directed by B.L. Parker, while written by Aaron Ellis, the film stars Ed Sanders (Sweeney Todd, Hugo), Jordan Quinn, Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Aaron Ellis, Ollie Locke, Tom Bott, Montanna Thompson with Georgina Sherrington, Kim Sønderholm and Jack Binstead. Five years after the unusual deaths of a group of teenagers, paranormal investigator Max Archer interviews survivor Matt Swanson who is serving life in prison for the murder of his classmates - but Matt claims he is innocent and that the inhuman force that killed his friends is still after him. Matt recalls how he and his best friend Liam were ensnared into a deadly game of tag with their friends...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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New York Film Festival: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See This Year, From ‘Lady Bird’ to ‘Last Flag Flying’

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New York Film Festival: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See This Year, From ‘Lady Bird’ to ‘Last Flag Flying’
The New York Film Festival kicks off later this week, sending us straight into the second half of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the festival, we’ve pinpointed its most exciting offerings, from never-before-seen narratives to insightful new documentaries, and plenty of previously-screened features looking to capitalize on strong word of mouth coming out of fellow tests like Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. In short, there’s plenty to experience in the coming weeks, so consider this your roadmap to the best of the fest.

Read More:Bryan Cranston Enters Oscar Race with New York Film Festival Opener ‘Last Flag Flying

Ahead, 13 essential titles — from buzzy world premieres to highlights from the 2017 circuit— that we can’t wait to see at this year’s New York Film Festival.

Arthur Miller: Writer

Documentaries about family members are always a dubious proposition. Some can also come across as overindulgent exercises,
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Two Kids From Different Era's Embark on a Quest For Answers in Spellbinding Trailer For Wonderstruck

A fantastically captivating new trailer has been released for an upcoming new film called Wonderstruck, which has been met with a lot of positive buzz from critics. I loved what I saw in this first trailer as it has a mysterious magical element as two kids from completely different eras embark on a journey to find answers to what they are looking for.

Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

This is very much a
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‘Wonderstruck’: New Trailer for Todd Haynes’ Latest Follows Two Kids Across Two Eras

Amazon Studios has released a new Wonderstruck trailer. Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, the film traverses two different time periods and follows two young children—a boy in 1977 and a girl in 1927—who make curious discoveries that set them on paths to unfold their mysteries in dazzling symmetry. I run hot and cold on Todd Haynes’ movies, but I’m intrigued by what he’s doing here, and while the film doesn’t seem to be making any traction in the awards race despite being received warmly at Cannes, …
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