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May 2017 Film Preview

27 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Snatched

Women directors are set to dominate screens this May. Everything from luxurious Paris vacations to time travel to narratives about grief and regret are represented in this month’s batch of films.

The month’s releases begin May 3 with Jill Campbell’s doc “Mr. Chibbs,” about a former NBA star figuring out his next phase in life. Then May 5 will bring us Ela Thier’s time travel dramedy “Tomorrow Ever After,” the period drama “A Woman’s Life,” and a story about the intense friendship between two mentally ill women in “Like Crazy.” Also out the fifth is Oscar winner Laura Poitras’ latest documentary, “Risk,” which follows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over six years.

May 5 sees the release of “3 Generations,” a portrait of a young trans man Ray (Elle Fanning) as he begins his transition. Directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Dellal and Nikole Beckwith, “3 Generations” has sparked controversy since its Cannes premiere in 2015. Many critics and activists are disappointed that Fanning, a cis woman, was selected to play a transgender character. The film has also made headlines for its “R” rating, which The Weinstein Company is challenging.

One week later, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer will test their chops as a comedy duo in “Snatched.” Written by “Ghostbusters” scribe Katie Dippold, the film follows a wild daughter (Schumer) who recruits her conservative mother (Hawn) for an exotic vacation that goes horribly wrong.

May’s first few weeks also bring a couple dramas about domestic life to theaters. May 12’s “Paris Can Wait” is Eleanor Coppola’s feature directorial debut and follows one woman’s (Diane Lane) journey of self-discovery as she travels to Paris with a colleague of her inattentive husband. In Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” out May 19, “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston plays a husband and father who chooses to isolate himself from the world in his own attic, giving him time to contemplate his life and the choices he’s made.

May 19 is also the premiere of Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything,” which centers on a teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg), who is physically incapable of surviving the outside world, and her romance with the boy next door (Nick Robinson).

The final weekend in May features the release of director Cate Shortland’s critically-acclaimed “Berlin Syndrome.” In this romance turned thriller, Theresa Palmer stars as a woman locked in a man’s apartment against her will, who must come up with some way to escape his grasp.

Here are all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films premiering in May. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

May 3

Mr. Chibbs” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Jill Campbell (Opens in NY)

Mr. Chibbs

This observational documentary follows NYC basketball prodigy and retired NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson in the midst of a mid-life crisis, on a journey to find himself. Reeling from his mother’s death and a subsequent DUI, “Chibbs” visits people and arenas from his past, confronting haunting memories, and ultimately finding solace in becoming the father he never had time to be. Combining unseen archival footage with raw moments of reflection, “Mr. Chibbs” is a portrait of an athlete coming to terms with his past as he searches for relevancy in his future.

May 5

“3 Generations”— Directed by Gaby Dellal; Written by Gaby Dellal and Nikole Beckwith

“3 Generations”

Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who is in the midst of transitioning from female to male. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.

Risk” (Documentary) — Directed by Laura Poitras

Risk

Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, “Risk” is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Tomorrow Ever After” — Written and Directed by Ela Thier

Tomorrow Ever After

Shaina (writer-director Ela Thier) is a historian who lives 600 years in the future. Humans, at this point, have cleaned up the planet. War, poverty, pollution, greed, exploitation, depression, loneliness — these are things that she’s read about in history books. And while she studied this dark period of history, in which money was viewed as more precious than people, she has never, in the flesh, seen humans hurt other humans — until now. While visiting a group of physicists who experiment with time travel, Shaina is accidentally left stranded in the year 2015. Here she involves herself with a group of friends who are as lovable as they are flawed. As the harsh realities of their lives unfold, she learns what no history book could have taught her.

“A Woman’s Life” — Co-Written by Florence Vignon (Opens in NY)

“A Woman’s Life”

Adapted from the novel “Une Vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

Like Crazy”— Co-Written by Francesca Archibugi (Opens in NY)

Like Crazy

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. “Like Crazy” tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse — the world of sane people.

Lady Bloodfight

Jane (Amy Johnson) is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as “The Kumite.” After months of rigorous preparation, Jane is ready to face off against the deadliest female fighters in the world, including Ling (Jenny Wu), the apprentice of Shu’s nemesis, Wai (Kathy Wu).

May 10

“Manifesto”

“Manifesto”

Already respected as one of the best actresses in film, Blanchett raises the bar even higher by playing 13 different roles in “Manifesto,” embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history. (Sundance Film Festival)

The Drowning”— Directed by Bette Gordon

The Drowning”: Paladin

The Drowning” is the story of a forensic psychologist (Josh Charles) who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy (Avan Jogia) to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.

May 12

Snatched” — Written by Katie Dippold

Snatched

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter — in unpredictable, hilarious fashion — is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Paris Can Wait” — Written and Directed by Eleanor Coppola

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful and driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights.

The Wedding Plan” — Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein

The Wedding Plan

At 32, Michal (Noa Koller) is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations, and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother (Irit Sheleg) and sister look on with trepidation.

Urban Hymn” (Also Available on VOD)

Urban Hymn

A redemptive coming of age story about wayward teen Jamie (Letitia Wright), who is encouraged by an inspiring and unconventional social worker Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Tracktown” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Alexi Pappas (Also Available on VOD)

Twenty-one-year-old Plumb Marigold (Alexi Pappas) is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind the counter catches her eye.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — Co-Written and Directed by Maria Schrader

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish-Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader), his inner struggle for the “right attitude” towards the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.

Dead Awake

Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced, by-the-books social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of deaths involving people who died in their sleep. The victims all reported being terrorized by a dark entity that paralyzed and tormented them, before eventually killing them. Kate is joined in this quest by Evan (Jesse Bradford), an artist who is slow to believe that something supernatural is occurring.

Hounds of Love” (Also Available on VOD)

Hounds of Love

Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth). As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

“Hindi Medium”— Written by Zeenat Lakhani

“Hindi Medium” is a light-hearted romantic film about a young couple, Raj and Mita (Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar) who live in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, with aspirations to move into English-speaking society for their daughter’s sake. The film traces their trials and tribulations on this journey and the impact it has on their relationship on their family.

May 19

Everything, Everything” — Directed by Stella Meghie

Everything, Everything

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a smart, curious, and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together… even if it means losing everything.

Wakefield” — Written and Directed by Robin Swicord

Wakefield

Who among us has never wanted to walk away from it all? It is a cold fact of modern life that, some days, everything becomes too much. For Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), New York City lawyer, husband, and father of two, the overwhelming impulse to just leave arises one night as he stands in his own suburban driveway. Howard, however, does not run far. Inspired (or led?) by a raccoon, he enters the attic of his two-car garage, and proceeds to hide there for weeks.

Paint It Black” — Co-Written and Directed by Amber Tamblyn

Paint it Black

Paint It Black” is the story of the aftermath of Michael’s (Rhys Wakefield) death, and Josie’s (Alia Shawkat) struggle to hold onto the true world he shared with her. As Josie searches for the key to understanding his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael’s pianist mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer), who holds Josie responsible for her son’s torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need.

Icaros: A Vision” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Leonor Caraballo (Opens in NY)

Icaros: A Vision

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman (Ana Cecilia Stieglitz) travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her “susto”: the disease of fear.

Champion” — Written by Missy Reed and Sarah Inabnit

Dirt track racer Sean Weathers (Andrew Cheney) was at the top of his game — an unstoppable career, scores of fans, and an adoring daughter. When a rivalry with another racer turns personal, the ego that propelled him to success causes a tragedy, sending his life into a tailspin. Jack Reed (Gary Graham) was attempting to make up for past mistakes. He had prospered as a businessman but failed as a family man. In a sudden turn of events, his chances for reconciliation are ripped from his grasp. Sean and Jack’s lives collide, and an unexpected bond forms between them. Working through a painful journey of healing together, they each learn about second chances and the true freedom only forgiveness can offer.

“The Woman Who Left” (Opens in NY)

“The Woman Who Left” tells the story of Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being convicted for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.

May 24

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Linda Saffire (Opens in NY)

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to Nycb and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create “Restless Creature,” a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

May 26

Berlin Syndrome” — Directed by Cate Shortland

Berlin Syndrome

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.

May 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Cannes Directors' Fortnight line-up announcement: watch it live

19 April 2017 6:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

When the Cannes parallel section line-ups will be announced, and how to watch them live.

This announcement is being broadcast in French without English translation. Watch on mobile Here.

Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight has pushed forward the announcement of the line-up for its 49th edition to this Thursday (April 20), a week earlier than the previously announced date.

The line-up of some 18 to 20 feature-length titles and around a dozen short films will be unveiled at the Cinéma Le Grand Action in Paris at 11.00 Cest (10.00 BST).

The press conference will also be broadcast live in French on Facebook and Twitter. No subtitles or voiceover translation is planned.

Under the artistic directorship of Edouard Waintrop since 2012, Directors’ Fortnight has given Cannes Official Selection a run for its money in recent years. Films premiering in the selection last year included Divines, Neruda and Like Crazy.

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Cannes Directors' Fortnight line-up announcement moved forward

19 April 2017 6:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

When the Cannes parallel section line-ups will be announced and how to watch them live.

Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight has pushed forward the announcement of the line-up for its 49th edition to this Thursday (April 20), a week earlier than the previously announced date.

The line-up of some 18 to 20 feature-length titles and around a dozen short films will be unveiled at the Cinéma Le Grand Action in Paris at 11.00 Cest (10.00 BST).

The press conference will also be broadcast live in French on Facebook and Twitter. No subtitles or voiceover translation is planned.

Under the artistic directorship of Edouard Waintrop since 2012, Directors’ Fortnight has given Cannes Official Selection a run for its money in recent years. Films premiering in the selection last year included Divines, Neruda and Like Crazy.

Critics’ Week and Acid

Cannes Critics’ Week and the increasingly followed selection of France’s Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema (Acid) have also moved their announcements forward »

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Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Critics' Week line-ups moved forward

19 April 2017 6:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

When the Cannes parallel section line-ups will be announced and how to watch them live.

Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight has pushed forward the announcement of the line-up for its 49th edition to this Thursday (April 20), a week earlier than the previously announced date.

The line-up of some 18 to 20 feature-length titles and around a dozen short films will be unveiled at the Cinéma Le Grand Action in Paris at 11.00 Cest (10.00 BST).

The press conference will also be broadcast live in French on Facebook and Twitter. No subtitles or voiceover translation is planned.

Under the artistic directorship of Edouard Waintrop since 2012, Directors’ Fortnight has given Cannes Official Selection a run for its money in recent years. Films premiering in the selection last year included Divines, Neruda and Like Crazy.

Critics’ Week and Acid

Cannes Critics’ Week and the increasingly followed selection of France’s Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema (Acid) have also moved their announcements forward »

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Film Festival Roundup: Tribeca Announces Jury, Sarasota and Dallas Pick Winners, and More

13 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Cardiff Animation Nights will be returning to run a dedicated animation strand at Cardiff Independent Film Festival (C.I.F.F.) for a second year this May. This year’s animation strand at C.I.F.F. will comprise three programs of animated short films in competition for the Best Animation Award, as well as an Animated Family Shorts program curated by renowned Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation, networking events, and an Animation Quiz run by the team at Skwigly Animation Magazine.

The competition program features animated short films from across Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia, including Mikey Hill’s The Orchestra, Anete Melece’s Analysis Paralysis, Chris Shepherd’s Johnno’s Dead, Ross Hogg’s Life Cycles and Alois Di Leo’s Way of Giants. »

- Kate Erbland

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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

6 April 2017 7:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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- Kate Erbland

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'Like Crazy,' 'Nocturnal Animals' Honored at Italy's David di Donatello Awards

27 March 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy was the big winner at Monday night's David di Donatello Awards in a decadent ceremony in Rome that aired on Sky Italia.

Like Crazy, the story of two women who escape a Tuscan psychiatric home to confront their pasts, won honors for best film, director and actress (for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), as well as prizes for production design (for Tonino Zera) and hair (for Daniela Tartari).

Virzi previously won David di Donatello best film awards for Human Capital and August Vacation.

Best foreign film honors went to Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, which also also took home the Venice Film Festival's Silver »

- Ariston Anderson

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'Like Crazy', 'Indivisible', 'Italian Race' triumph at David di Donatello Awards

27 March 2017 4:25 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Trio dominates Italian film awards on Monday night.

Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy (pictured) won five awards, including best picture, best director and best leading actress for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis won six, among them best screenplay and best supporting actress for Antonia Truppo.

Matteo Rovere’s Italian Race also won six mostly technical awards, although it claimed best leading actor for Stefano Accorsi.

Like Crazy from Lotus Productions (Perfect Strangers) and Manny films (7 Minutes) premiered in last year’s Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and began the night on 17 nominations.

The story of two fun-seeking, mentally disturbed women on the run from their clinic was the most successful of the three films at the box office, earning $6.5m to become one of the biggest local hits of 2016. Its five di Donatello wins included best production design and best hairstyling.

Indivisible also also earned 17 nominations and is the pulp story of two conjoined sisters exploited »

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Paolo Virzi’s ‘Like Crazy’ Takes Top Honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards

27 March 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy,” a road movie about two women who escape from a mental institution in Tuscany, took top honors Monday night at Italy’s 61st David di Donatello Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The film took home five statuettes, including prizes in the key categories of best picture, best director, and best actress, which went to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The evening’s two other big winners were “Indivisible,” a neo-Gothic drama set in Naples and directed by Edoardo De Angelis, about teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices, and Matteo Rovere’s “Italian Race,” set in the world of Gt racing. “Indivisible” took five nods, including for best screenplay, producer, and supporting actress, and “Italian Race” won six statuettes, including best actor for Stefano Accorsi, cinematography, and editing.

Virzì’s “Like Crazy” launched last year from Cannes and sold widely internationally, with Strand Releasing »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Remembering Anton Yelchin on His Birthday: 9 of the Late Actor's Films You Can Watch Right Now, Plus 1 More Still to Come

11 March 2017 5:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Anton Yelchin's life was tragically cut short last June, his death coming before he had received the widespread credit for his acting chops that he so rightly deserved. He was best known to theatergoers for his essential role as Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, but at 27 he had already amassed quite the resume with a wide range of roles, from the dark misfit-teen comedy Charlie Bartlett to the star-crossed romance Like Crazy and the gritty white-knuckle thriller Green Room. The Russian-born and Los Angeles-bred actor made his onscreen debut at 11 in an episode of ER and never looked back, spending the rest of his life doing what he knew as a child he was »

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Rogue One DVD Trailer Announces Digital Release Date, Special Features and More

22 February 2017 1:25 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. Rogue One has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. LucasFilm has also released a new Blu-ray trailer, plus the artwork for the official release, and several retailer exclusive packages, which you can see below.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie's diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. »

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The Mission Comes Home: Rogue One Blu-Ray/Digital Arrives This Spring

22 February 2017 1:11 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The mission to steal the plans to the Death Star is about to make its way to your home on Blu-Ray/Digital!  Come inside to find out how you can watch this stellar Star Wars story early.

The film dubbed as one of the best Star Wars films ever made is finally coming home!  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the tale of the brave few who infiltrated, fought, and stole the plans of the Death Star so Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the rebellion could take it down, is coming to Blu-Ray Combo Pack on April 4, 2017!  That's a week after the Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere copy arrives on March 28, 2017.

If you haven't seen it, check out our official review of what was one our favorite movies of 2016!

Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Berlinale: Ad Vitam to Produce Bruni Tedeschi Pic, Acquires Lelio’s ‘Fantastic Woman’ (Exclusive)

11 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin– Ad Vitam, one of France’s leading independent distribution companies, is set to produce Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Les estivants,” the actress-turned-director’s follow-up to “A Castle in Italy” (pictured above) which competed at Cannes

Launched in 1998 by Gregory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau and Alexandra Henochsberg, Ad Vitam has been raising its profile and scope lately with the launch of sales outfit Alma Cinema in partnership with Charles Gillibert’s production company CG Cinema (“Mustang,” “Personal Shopper”).

Although Ad Vitam is usually mainly involved in distribution and co-production, it boarded Tedeschi’s project as a full-on producer because of Henochsberg’s close relationship with Tedeschi. A popular actress in Europe, Tedeschi recently starred in Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy,” which played at Directors’ Fortnight in cannes, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” a competition entry at Cannes in 2016.

Budgeted at 6 million euros ($6.8 million), “Les estivants” was written by Bruni Tedeschi »

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'Newness': Film Review | Sundance 2017

1 February 2017 3:37 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In Drake Doremus' 2011 breakthrough Like Crazy, a beautiful pair of young lovers (Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones) face a situation in which they should break up, but don't — creating much misery, however bittersweet and beautifully photographed, for themselves. In Newness, the director (and his Like Crazy co-writer Ben York Jones) again puts a young couple through self-inflicted trials, inspiring viewers who've been around the block to wince at the pain sure to come. While it (appropriately) lacks the first-love poetry of the earlier film, the picture benefits from two strong lead performances (from Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa) »

- John DeFore

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‘Newness’ Review: Drake Doremus’ Sexy, Raw Portrait of Love in the Age of Tinder [Sundance]

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

Back in 2011, director Drake Doremus made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his indie romance Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic category. Since then, his films Breathe In and Equals haven’t really reached the same level of praise. But with his latest work behind the […]

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Writers to Adapt Drake Doremus Web Series ‘The Beauty Inside’ Starring Emilia Clarke

27 January 2017 12:19 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have been busy this week, pitching their idea for adapting the web series-turned-Korean film “The Beauty Inside.” Now, The Hollywood Reporter states the duo have found a home for their pitch in Fox 2000 and Temple Hill, and, in addition, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) has been attached to star in the lead female role.

Read More: ‘Newness’ Review: Nicholas Hoult And Laia Costa Can’t Save Drake Doremus’ Dating App Drama — Sundance 2017

In 2012, Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”) directed the unique web-series “The Beauty Inside,” starring Topher Grace and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The show centers around a man named Alex, who has a different body every day. This causes problems as he falls in love with a woman, played by Winstead. Every different body Alex finds himself in is played by a different actor, and the film will follow the same path as it »

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It’s a Girl! Lee Brice Reveals Sex of Third Child in Adorable Family Clip

25 January 2017 8:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lee Brice‘s third child is going to be his first daughter.

The “Love Like Crazy” singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a sweet black-and-white video of himself, wife Sara and their two sons — Ryker Mobley, 3, and Takoda, 8 — finding out the sex of the baby on the way.

“We got the family together last night for a little gender reveal, and we’re having a … ” Brice captioned the clip.

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The family is gathered around a table, »

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Sundance Review: ‘Newness’ is a Stagnant Look at Modern Love

25 January 2017 6:43 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Drake Doremus‘ assured and incisive take on long-distance love, Like Crazy, won Sundance’s top prize six years ago. If his latest sci-fi romance Equals did not meet its high expectations, it certainly inspired the director to go back to the basics of the winning formula that heralded his break-out.

Newness, his latest handheld-shot drama, captures love in the age of Tinder hook-ups (replaced here by the fictitious app Winx) and millennials completely turning their backs on commitment by replacing it with open-ended relationships. The two millennial leads this time are Nicholas Hoult as Martin, a pharmacist addicted to his hook-up app, and Laia Costa as Gabi, a Barcelona-born physical therapist that uses the same app to hook-up and, as she says, to “find someone that can actually make me come.”

Both coming from failed Winx hook-ups that same evening, the two meet and grab some drinks. After some loose and effortless banter, »

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‘Newness’ Review: Nicholas Hoult And Laia Costa Can’t Save Drake Doremus’ Dating App Drama — Sundance 2017

24 January 2017 3:10 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Have you guys heard about millennials? Well, Drake Doremus has — he’s one of them! — and he’s got some thoughts about all that random sex they’re having. Doremus, who won Sundance with 2011’s sensitively simple “Like Crazy,” has never met a flimsy romantic premise he couldn’t populate with beautiful people and banal observations. It was only a matter of time before this prolific indie auteur turned his eye toward the hedonistic thunderdome of dating apps.

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, “Newness” tells the story of two horny (but also sad) twentysomethings who mysteriously regain their feelings and fall in love, causing tensions between themselves and their society. This is not to be confused with Doremus’ last film, the sci-fi slog “Equals,” which was set in an emotionless utopia where two horny (but also sad) twentysomethings mysteriously regain their feelings and fall in love, causing tensions between them and their society. »

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Newness’

23 January 2017 3:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Newness,” Drake Doremus’ drama about love in the age of the endless sex-shopping-mall hookup app, is a movie that wants to look and feel like “life.” It’s shot with a handheld camera, and with a lot of quick cuts and natural light — though this translates into every room being cast in slate-gray shadow, as if life were the ultimate designer beer commercial. (One of the film’s producers is Ridley Scott, who along with his brother Tony pioneered this sort of thing making British TV commercials in the 1980s; it’s nice to know that some traditions live on.) Gliding through the murk of existential images are a lot of very pretty millennials, notably the two leads: Nicholas Hoult as the world’s sexiest pharmacist, and Laia Costa as an expatriate from Barcelona who’s working as a physical therapist. Tale, pale, and lightly bearded, Hoult looks like Ethan Hawke »

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