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61st BFI London Film Festival Review – Last Flag Flying (2017)

Last Flag Flying, 2017.

Directed by Richard Linklater.

Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and J. Quinton Johnson.

Synopsis:

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Richard Linklater is a director who specialises in on the cusp, transitional dramas. Dazed and Confused sees a group of college kids on kick out day, the Before trilogy picks up with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters at various crossroads points in their lives, and his masterful Boyhood is one glorious study of identity in transition as the central character grows from the age of 7 to 19 in front of our eyes. Even School of Rock culminates in the heartwarming progression from prep school snotnosers into fully fledged rock gods.
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Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’

Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’
The film awards season is barely a few weeks old and it already has a candidate for Mvp: “Battle of the Sexes” and “Last Flag Flying” star Steve Carell.

When Carell first saddled up to prestige projects 11 years ago in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine,” you could swim in the number of stories noting the comedian’s shift into “serious” territory. It was pretty much what you’d expect for someone who had gone from sketch comedy and stealing scenes from Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty,” to dominating air waves with a broadcast sitcom and fronting a major Judd Apatow release, to headlining a high-profile Sundance selection.

A double-dip for indie cred followed soon after with Peter Hedges’ “Dan in Real Life,” but Carell maintained an unpredictable profile. There were humble dramedies (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Way Way Back”) mixed in with glossy studio comedies (“Get Smart,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the
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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President
When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the
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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy
In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents the Oscars for excellence in filmmaking. The decision was made Tuesday night at a monthly meeting of the AMPAS board of governors.

The new Academy leader will succeed exiting president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served a maximum four-year term in the role and, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, oversaw many dramatic shifts in the movie monolith’s demographical makeup and procedural status quo.

Bailey, 74, is a dark-horse winner. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, but he has never received an Oscar nomination.

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Casting director David Rubin (who
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Chloe Grace Moretz to voice Snow White

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Chloe Grace Moretz to voice Snow White
3D animation Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs to be directed by Frozen character designer Jim Kim.

South Korea’s Finecut has announced that Chloë Grace Moretz will provide the voice of the heroine Snow White in its 3D animation Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs, directed by Hong Sungho.

Moretz, whose credits include Kick-Ass 2 and The Equalizer, joins a voice cast that also includes Gina Gershon (American Dresser) and Jim Rash (The Way Way Back). More voice talents will be announced soon. The film is currently in production for completion in early 2018.

Produced by CGI studio Locus Corporation, the $20m family animation tells the story behind Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs by posing the question – what if the seven dwarfs were actually seven cursed princes?

The film’s head of animation, Jin Kim, worked on Big Hero 6, Frozen and Tangled as a character designer.

Finecut’s Cannes slate also includes the two Hong Sangsoo films screening in official
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Nick Meyer Leads Sierra/Affinity to New Heights With Commitment to Quality

On May 21 in Cannes, Sierra/Affinity president and CEO Nick Meyer will receive Variety’s Achievement in International Film award.

“Nick’s earned a place in our business that very few achieve — as an expert in the international marketplace,” says Entertainment One president and CEO Darren Throop. “He’s our main source of advice and information when it comes to selecting and curating content for our platform.”

But the long-term success of his or any production/finance/sales outfit seemed far from certain when Meyer launched Sierra Pictures in 2009, right on the heels of specialty division closings — including one he ran — at the height of a global recession.

“It was the worst economy since the Depression, when the Dow was at its lowest,” Meyer says today. “But if you’re prepared to do the work, there are going to be opportunities.”

So while many were predicting doom and gloom, Meyer
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Lena Headey, Alex Lawther films score deals with new-look Works

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Lena Headey, Alex Lawther films score deals with new-look Works
Exclusive: The Works Group comes to Cannes under new ownership.

The Works International has boarded international sales rights to Trudie Styler’s Berlin title Freak Show and Jordan Ross’s Tribeca title Thumper.

Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), AnnaSophia Robb (The Way Way Back), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), and Bette Midler star in Celine Rattray-produced (Still Alice) comedy-drama about teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.

Ross’s Thumper, which is executive-produced by Cary Fukunaga stars Eliza Taylor (The 100), Ben Feldman (Cloverfield), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).

Set in a town of low-income and fractured families, Thumper follows a group of teens who are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives who hides a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change
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Lena Headey, Alex Lawther films score deals for new-look Works

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Lena Headey, Alex Lawther films score deals for new-look Works
Exclusive: The Works Group comes to Cannes under new ownership.

The Works International has boarded international sales rights to Trudie Styler’s Berlin title Freak Show and Jordan Ross’s Tribeca title Thumper.

Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), AnnaSophia Robb (The Way Way Back), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), and Bette Midler star in Celine Rattray-produced (Still Alice) comedy-drama about teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.

Ross’s Thumper, which is executive-produced by Cary Fukunaga stars Eliza Taylor (The 100), Ben Feldman (Cloverfield), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).

Set in a town of low-income and fractured families, Thumper follows a group of teens who are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives who hides a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change
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Forbidden Tomes: Growing Into Insanity – Shirley Jackson’s Coming-of-Age Stories

Indie films have seen a sudden surge of coming-of-age stories, from Sing Street and The Way Way Back to The Edge of Seventeen and The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Most of these stories, though some are darker than others, offer optimistic visions of growing up. This is arguably one of the most existentially frightening processes human beings have to go through, yet the films themselves are never scary. Then there’s Shirley Jackson, the master of quiet terror. She looks at growing up and finds all the absurdity, the madness, and the horror, along with the liberation.

In Hangsaman, her second novel, Jackson tells the story of Natalie. Just before going off to college, Natalie experiences a horrible trauma that follows her into the dorms and classrooms. She falls into a world of petty students, teacher-pupil love triangles, and bizarre peers, ever haunted by her domineering father and the
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Snowed in by Winter Storm Stella? Here Are the Best Shows and Movies to Binge During the Blizzard

Snowed in by Winter Storm Stella? Here Are the Best Shows and Movies to Binge During the Blizzard
If you’re one of the thousands of people who are forced to stay home on Tuesday due to Winter Storm Stella, there is a bright spot amidst all that snow —getting caught up on all the things you’ve been meaning to stream.

If you’re looking for ideas — or just don’t know where to start — we’ve put together a handy guide on the best TV and movies to stream on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and more. And we’ve broken them down by your moods — from wishing you were on a sunny beach somewhere (then-teenaged Lauren Conrad
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Stephen Karam's 'Speech & Debate' Film Set for April Release

Speech & Debate is ready for the big screen.

Sycamore Pictures and Vertical Entertainment have announced that the film adaptation of Stephen Karam's off-Broadway play will hit select theaters and VOD on April 7.

Directed by Dan Harris, the coming-of-age comedy stars Liam James (The Way Way Back), Sarah Steele (The Good Wife) and Austin P. McKenzie (When We Rise) as teenagers who become an unlikely trio while reviving a defunct school club.

Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Skylar Astin are also featured in the cast, which also includes cameos by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Darren...
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Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Skybound coming to DVD in March

Ahead of the big screen release of The Lego Ninjago Movie in September, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the sixth season of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is coming to DVD on March 14th 2017.

Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Skybound contains all ten 22-minute episodes of the sixth season:

Infamous Public Enemy Number One Enkrypted Misfortune Rising On a Wish and a Prayer My Dinner with Nadakhan Wishmasters The Last Resort Operation Land Ho! The Way Back

After destroying the Cursed Realm and saving Ninjago, the Ninja return home to newfound fame. But with great power, comes great responsibility; it is not just crazy fans girls and autograph signings – the Ninja have made some enemies too. A new villain named Nadakhan the Djinn has been released into the world and a new age of piracy begins.

When the Ninja return from their mission to destroy the Cursed
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Ambi Forms Branding Division With ‘Donnie Darko’ Merchandise

Ambi Forms Branding Division With ‘Donnie Darko’ Merchandise
Ambi Group is launching an in-house brand partnership division, starting with specialized merchandise based on the 2001 sci-fi drama “Donnie Darko,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Veteran marketing executive Keith Snelgrove, who recently oversaw “007” global branding initiatives tied to the James Bond franchise, has been appointed Ambi’s head of global brand partnerships to handle product placement, promotions, licensing and retail engagement, strategic alliance, and sponsorship marketing in TV, film, home entertainment, web, and mobile.

Ambi is partnered on “Donnie Darko” with Funko, a maker of pop culture collectibles. The merchandise includes a collection of Pop! Vinyl Figures and Pocket Pop! Key Chains, which will be introduced in 2017.

Donnie Darko” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the title character along with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell, and Patrick Swayze. Gyllenhaal plays a troubled teenager plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
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‘Cafe Society’ Review

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Sheryl Lee | Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Woody Allen is the kind of director that has cemented a style that is his very own. When the opening music begins to play and the letters appear on the screen you know that you’re about to watch a Woody Allen film. Café Society, Woody’s latest, begins in much the same way as his other cinematic offerings, and the familiar territory almost feels comforting.

Café Society has a cast of both Woody Allen alumni and first-timers, and it’s a good one. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reconnect after appearing together in Adventureland and American Ultra. Steve Carell (The Office), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris) and Ken Stott (The Hobbit) among others grace the screen in a gathering of acting talent that really dive in head-first and do their director proud.
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Horror Highlights: Morgan, The Dark Tapes, Deimosimine, Puff 2016 Lineup, Adam K

20th Century Fox has provided another look at Morgan. ‘It’ gets out on September 2nd. Also in this morning’s Horror Highlights: four, count ’em, four videos as well as new details for The Dark Tapes, a Deimosimine teaser trailer, the lineup at this year’s Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, and Adam K on home video.

New Clip from 20th Century Fox’s Morgan: “A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.”

20th Century Fox will release Morgan in theaters on September 2nd. Directed by Luke Scott, written by Seth Owen, and produced by Ridley Scott, the film stars Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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King Jack Review

In a very Harmony Korine kind-of-way, feature-debuter Felix Thompson spotlights the pain of maturation in his Tribeca Audience Award winner, King Jack.

Well, maybe “pain” isn’t the right word. Humbling humility? Hormonal rampage? Award social excursion through the bowels of embarrassment and conflict? A child coming-of-age is often thought of as a beautiful thing, but Thompson’s honest suburban tussle pays homage to the licks that shaped our makeup. I should mention how Thompson carves a sweet tale of family and friendship, but growing up ain’t easy – we like to reminisce about the good, while burying the pain. Necessary pain that molds, shapes, and baptizes our better-selves by fire.

Charlie Plummer stars as Jack, a typical teenage freshman trying to navigate the diabolical halls of high school. It’s summer, yet Jack still finds himself in summer school due to his inattentive nature. When he’s not sending his crush shirtless pictures,
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Ambi Group Launching Chinese Partnership With SinoLicensing

Ambi Group Launching Chinese Partnership With SinoLicensing
Ambi Group is partnering with Beijing-based SinoLicensing to form Ambi-Sino China — a finance, production and distribution company.

SinoLicensing CEO Chuan “Melody” Bi and and Ambi co-owner Andrea Iervolino will oversee the day-to-day operations. The deal was announced Monday in Beijing.

In addition to expanding Ambi’s distribution to China, Ambi-Sino will finance and produce Chinese original content, co-produce English-language content with Chinese partners, and serve as a local production partner for Ambi’s productions and third-party projects.

Ambi-Sino will be able to exploit the Ambi library, which includes the Exclusive Media library it acquired last year. That acquisition covered remake and sequel rights for about 400 titles, including “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back.”

“These properties, and more, will be considered for local remake opportunities in the Chinese language with cooperation from local and international financing partners,
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First Look At Bel Powley Film Ashes In The Snow

Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming Wonder Woman, Force Majeure), Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Peter Franzen (History Channel’s ‘Vikings’, The Gunman) have joined 2016 BAFTA Rising Star nominee Bel Powley (upcoming Carrie Pilby, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl), Jonah Hauer-King, and Martin Wallstrom (FX series ‘Mr. Robot’) in Marius Markevicius’ riveting Ashes In The Snow, it was announced by Radiant Films International President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.

Rounding out the newly announced cast are Sam Hazeldine (The Huntsman: Winter’S War, Monuments Men), James Cosmo (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, upcoming Ben-hur), Adrian Schiller (The Danish Girl, Suffragette) and Tom Sweet.

Currently in production, Radiant will present the project to international buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.

Ashes In The Snow is the poignant story of a 16-year-old heroine Lina Vilkas (Powley) who is separated from her family amidst Stalin’s reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII.
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Lisa Loven Kongsli, Sophie Cookson Join Bel Powley’s ‘Ashes in the Snow’

Lisa Loven Kongsli, Sophie Cookson Join Bel Powley’s ‘Ashes in the Snow’
Lisa Loven Kongsli, Sophie Cookson and Peter Franzen have joined Bel Powley in the World War II drama “Ashes in the Snow.”

Radiant International is launching sales at the Cannes Film Festival on “Ashes,” which is currently in production. Jonah Hauer-King, Martin Wallstrom, Sam Hazeldine, James Cosmo, Adrian Schiller and Tom Sweet also star.

Powley portrays a 16-year-old aspiring artist who is separated from her family amidst Stalin’s reign of terror in the Baltic region during World War II. She risks her life and uses her art to secretly send messages to her imprisoned father to let him know she is still alive.

Ramunas Greicius filmed the winter scenes earlier this year in Lithuania. The final summer scenes will shoot this May and June.

“Ashes” is based on Ruta Sepetys’ 2011 novel “Between Shades of Gray,” based on the true story of Irena Spakauskiene. The film adaptation is written by
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