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‘Get Out’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut Is A Horror Movie Unafraid To Call Out Racist Bullshit — Sundance 2017

33 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s never a good sign when Catherine Keener is the scariest thing in your horror movie, but if “Get Out” isn’t half as scary as the ideas that inspired it, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is almost certain to be the boldest — and most important — studio genre release of the year. What it lacks in fear, it nearly makes up for in fearlessness.

When Hollywood wants to talk about race, it’s usually an inspirational film, set at some point in the past, that sparks discussion. It doesn’t matter if that setting is the 19th century, the civil rights movement, or even sometime last week; it’s any time that isn’t right this moment. Stories of injustice are always more comfortable being watched over your shoulder, so these films bring a wedge of distance so that (white) audiences don’t feel implicated in the on-screen suffering. »

- David Ehrlich

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Get Out’

37 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives” as a white girl brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, whose superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret, in “Get Out.” Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless. In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery, “Get Out” delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences. But it’s the fact that Peele doesn’t pull a single one of his punches that makes his Blumhouse-backed debut a must-see event.

First teased in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival, “Get Out” represents a searing political statement wrapped in the guise of »

- Peter Debruge

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to horror, Oscar winners to new indies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

Read More: Kristen Stewart And Juliette Binoche Dig Into Their Complex ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ Relationship – Watch

1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (available February 1)

The 1993 stop-motion classic directed by Henry Slick and produced by Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.

2. “The Blair Witch Project” (available February 1)

Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, the 1999 found footage horror film became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released. The movie follows three film students »

- Liz Calvario

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Sundance: Netflix Takes Closing Night Film 'The Incredible Jessica James'

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights, for more than $3 million, to Jim Strouse’s comedy The Incredible Jessica James, which will have its world premiere as the closing-night film at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.

The film, which Strouse wrote and directed, stars Jessica Williams (Girls, The Daily Show) as an aspiring New York playwright recovering from a breakup who goes on a date with a recently divorced man (Chris O'Dowd). Lakeith Stanfield and Noel Wells co-star.

The Incredible Jessica James was produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside and executive produced by Williams and Kerri Hundley.


- Gregg Kilday,Tatiana Siegel

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Can Sundance Love Save Sitcom ‘Downward Dog’ From Summer

19 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Proof that the line between movies and TV continues to blur comes from  the strong response to yesterday’s Sundance screening of four episodes of the ABC sitcom Downward Dog. Now, the question is, can Sundance prove as effective a launch pad that changes the fortunes of a TV show the way it has for features films like Manchester By The Sea and so many others?  Downward Dog is best described as Girls, if Lena Dunham had an adoring talking dog. The show was the first by a… »

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Can Sundance Love Save Sitcom ‘Downward Dog’ From Summer

19 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Proof that the line between movies and TV continues to blur comes from  the strong response to yesterday’s Sundance screening of four episodes of the ABC sitcom Downward Dog. Now, the question is, can Sundance prove as effective a launch pad that changes the fortunes of a TV show the way it has for features films like Manchester By The Sea and so many others?  Downward Dog is best described as Girls, if Lena Dunham had an adoring talking dog. The show was the first by a… »

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Sundance 2017: Behind the Scenes with Jon Hamm, Charlize Theron, John Legend and More

22 January 2017 12:11 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Every year, Hollywood invades Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival.

This year, celebrities like John Legend, Jon Hamm and more are making the most of their time in the snowy small town by rubbing elbows with their fans and hitting up the festival’s biggest parties – and People is there to capture all the fun moments.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Noon – Novitiate‘s Dianna Agron had a very important question to ask the Google Home on display at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher: “What sound does a giraffe make?”

1 p.m. – After leading a crowd of about 8,000 people »

- Patrick Gomez

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Lily Collins Reveals Former Eating Disorder While Promoting ‘To The Bone’ at Sundance (Watch)

21 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lily Collins stars as a young woman battling anorexia in the indie film “To The Bone,” and the actress has a personal connection to the subject matter.

Collins revealed on Saturday at Variety’s studio at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, that she formerly battled an eating disorder.

“This movie was really important to me to be a part of because, as a teenager, I suffered from eating disorders,” Collins said.

“This is the first time I’m talking about it. This is my moment of talking about it,” Collins shared. “It’s important. It’s really important. It’s something that a lot of young women go through and there’s no shame in it, and this movie is about that — it’s about embracing your past and about realizing it’s something that doesn’t define who you are, but it’s about your experiences, »

- Variety Staff

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Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Ariana Grande and More Attend Women's Marches Across the Nation

21 January 2017 12:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country gathered together on Saturday to march for women's rights.

Just one day after Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, Americans walked together in protest at Women's Marches in various cities to "stand together in solidarity" and defend the protection of "our rights, our safety, our health and our families."

Watch: President Obama Thanks Americans in Parting Letter: 'You Have Made Me a Better Man'

"We have people power and we will use it," women's rights activist, Gloria Steinem, told the crowd at the Women's March on Washington, which The New York Times reported is expected to be the largest inauguration-related protest in U.S. history. "Thank you for understanding that sometimes we have to put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough."

"This is the upside of the downside," she continued »

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‘City of Tiny Lights’ Trailer: Riz Ahmed Is a Neo-Noir Private Eye

21 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Riz Ahmed seemed to be freaking everywhere in 2016, from The Night Of to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any in 2017. He’s got a guest spot on Girls and a supporting role in Una, and he’ll be getting a lead role all to himself in City of Tiny Lights. Ahmed […]

The post ‘City of Tiny Lights’ Trailer: Riz Ahmed Is a Neo-Noir Private Eye appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Landline’

20 January 2017 6:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When a director crafts a youth comedy that’s also a pop-culture period piece, like “Everybody Wants Some!!” or “Twentieth Century Women,” it’s important for the audience to feel they know why — to know what it is about that moment that ignited the filmmaker’s imagination, beyond his or her desire to sprinkle a movie with the mix-tape nuggets, hipster TV choices, and hairstyles of their youth. “Landline,” the pleasingly spiky and confident second feature directed and co-written by Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”), is set in Manhattan in the long-ago, far-away, now-exotic year of 1995, and it’s fun to hook into the movie’s remember-this? vibe — the references to slam poetry and Lorena Bobbitt and eyebrow rings and Must-See TV, to renting “Curly Sue” at Blockbuster (and actually thinking it’s funny), to Hillary Clinton as a fashion role model, to second-hand CD stores with world-music listening stations. But »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Little Hours’

20 January 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.

Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »

- Peter Debruge

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Incredible Jessica James’

20 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some people are born to be movie stars, and “The Incredible Jessica James” successfully makes that case for leading lady Jessica Williams. Best known as a former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” the assertive actress commands every frame of a vehicle that feels built to transport her to even bigger and better things to come. It’s the sort of ingratiating crowdpleaser that would’ve sparked a modest bidding war at past Sundance festivals. But even in a less frenzied atmosphere, the film (which serves as this year’s closing night selection, yet screened for press on day one) should be able to land a distributor savvy enough to maximize its commercial appeal.

It almost feels like a throwback to see a breakout star headline a modest relationship comedy for the indie film crowd at a time when many of Williams’ peers are making their mark on the more expansive canvas of television. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Malia Obama to Intern With Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

20 January 2017 9:35 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Malia Obama is headed to show business!

Former president Barack Obama's eldest daughter will be interning with super producer Harvey Weinstein, a source confirms to Et.

Exclusive: Michelle Obama on Sasha and Malia's First State Dinner -- 'They Got to Do the Big Girl Dress-Up Thing'

Malia, 18, will begin work in February at the New York Office of The Weinstein Company in the marketing or development department, after the Obama family's vacation in Palm Springs, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Upon completion of her internship, Malia will begin school at Harvard University in the fall. She took a year off after graduating high school last June.

The Weinstein Co., which is run by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, is behind numerous acclaimed films, including Oscar-winning movies The King's Speech and The Artist, as well as this year's Oscar contender, Lion. Over the years, Harvey has held several fundraisers for Malia's father, and also supported »

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Win Girls: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray

20 January 2017 1:41 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

Before the highly-anticipated final season kicks off next month, we’re giving away three copies of the “spectacular” (Vulture) fifth season of the Emmy ® – and Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy Girls!

Starring and created by Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, the hit series follows the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s—each facing new challenges in life and love.

As Season 5 begins, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has put her writing ambitions aside and is teaching alongside Fran (Jake Lacy), her new boyfriend. Marnie (Allison Williams) realises that she needs more space after her honeymoon with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). While working towards becoming a therapist, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) also manages a budding relationship. And Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is thriving at her new job in Japan, flirting with her boss despite her long-distance relationship with Scott (Jason Ritter). Honest and uproarious, »

- Competitions

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Lena Dunham Reveals What It’s Like Living with Endometriosis in Latest Podcast Episode

19 January 2017 8:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Lena Dunham shared her recent health troubles in Thursday’s Women of the Hour podcast episode, in which she revealed she had been hospitalized for the fourth time.

The Girls star recorded herself from the Lennox Hill Emergency Room, saying she forced her podcast producer to accompany her to show everyone the effects of endometriosis.

“This is my fourth time in the last three-and-a-half months being in the Lennox Hill Emergency Room,” she says. “Third time for ovarian troubles: once was a broken radial head elbow fracture caused by tripping over a flip flop. But this is my fourth time »

- Alexia Fernandez

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Every Bizarre, Twisted, F*cked-Up Thing That Happens in M. Night Shyamalan's Split

19 January 2017 8:30 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

M. Night Shyamalan first gained fame with The Sixth Sense, thanks to its brilliant, original twist ending. Since then, the director has been chasing the ever-elusive high of a similarly successful and mind-blowing surprise, which he's attempted in his successive horror and sci-fi films like The Village, Signs, and Unbreakable. Although those failed to deliver the same impact, his 2015 found-footage flick The Visit seemed to herald a return to form for Shyamalan with its simple story and fantastic, shocking conclusion. With that in mind, the writer-director's latest entry into the horror genre, Split, looked like it might be a twist-filled slam dunk at the box office. Although the film suffers from a few bloated, meandering storylines and the ending will leave some rolling their eyes, there are enough creepy, terrifying moments (and incredible performances) scattered throughout Split that will no doubt make it a notable notch on Shyamalan's belt of accomplishments. »

- Quinn Keaney

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The Updated Price Tag for Will & Grace’s New York Apartment Is Shocking

19 January 2017 1:53 PM, PST | | See recent news »

TV’s take on New York City living is notoriously too good to be true. Monica and Rachel’s palatial apartment on Friends and Carrie Bradshaw’s gorgeous uptown spread are some of the most notorious offenders. But multiply that already unrealistic apartment by the inflation rates during a decade or two off the air, and you’re looking at a truly shocking rent check.

So when NBC announced on Wednesday that they’ll be ordering a 10-episode revival of Will & Grace, the real estate experts at Trulia went to work figuring out just what it would cost for Debra Messing »

- Mackenzie Schmidt

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Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)

19 January 2017 11:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo and Rosanna Arquette are starring in Sook-Yin Lee’s ghost story “Octavio Is Dead!” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Octavio” will shoot in and around Toronto between Jan. 22 and Feb. 13. Written and directed by Lee, the film is produced by the Film Farm’s Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl and Jamie Manning.

Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.

The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.

Gadon will be seen in the title role »

- Dave McNary

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Riz Ahmed Goes Gumshoe In First Trailer For ‘City Of Tiny Lights’

19 January 2017 9:15 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Riz Ahmed is the man of the moment. The actors seems to be everywhere right now, popping up in blockbusters (“Jason Bourne,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story“), TV shows (“The Oa,” the upcoming final season of “Girls“), and acclaimed limited series (“The Night Of“). He’s also knocking about in indie projects, too, and his latest, “City Of Tiny Lights,” is headed to the big screen.

Continue reading Riz Ahmed Goes Gumshoe In First Trailer For ‘City Of Tiny Lights’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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