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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director Blasts Mike Pence for Anti-Gay Policies

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

One of the buzziest films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival is “Call Me By Your Name,” a love story set in 1980s Italy between an American visitor (Armie Hammer) and a local teenager (Timothee Chalamet). But although the movie takes place in the past, it feels politically timely, given questions about Lgbt rights under a Trump administration.

On Monday afternoon, director Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) talked to Variety about showing the movie under an administration where the vice president, Mike Pence, has a record of opposition to gay rights. He zeroed in on accusations that Pence supports conversion therapy, a practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The conviction of Mr. Pence, the idea that you can revert the identity of someone, particularly the non-normative identity into a normative identity, it speaks to me of his own identity,” Guadagnino said. “I am »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Review: Luca Guadagnino Delivers A Queer Masterpiece — Sundance 2017

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Is it better to speak or to die?” That’s the core question of “Call Me By Your Name,” which surfaces in a scene where a character reads the words of Marguerite of Navarre in “The Heptaméron,” but it’s an idea at the heart of all queer narratives. It’s been especially present in queer cinema, where muteness and survival are often the most bittersweet bedfellows. But “Call Me By Your Name” not only quotes Marguerite’s words, it suffuses them into every fiber of its being. It’s a great film because of how lucidly it poses her question, and an essential one because of how courageously it answers it.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino with all of his usual cool (“I Am Love”) and adapted from André Aciman’s beloved 2007 novel of the same name, the rapturous “Call Me By Your Name” nearly rates alongside recent Lgbt phenomenons “Carol” and “Moonlight, »

- David Ehrlich

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2016’s films ranked

20 January 2017 1:20 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)

Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)

A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)

Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)

Moana (11.16/11.23/12.02)

Jackie »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Linky Pudding

18 January 2017 3:55 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Buzzfeed It's official Will & Grace (& Karen & Jack) is returning to NBC for a ninth season. The series ended on May 18th, 2006 over 10 years ago but their recent one-off election special got everyone excited again. 

Av Club supposedly that long hinted at Eastern Promises sequel will start shooting in only two months and supposedly Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassell will return. We'll believe this when I see it but would be happy to do so

Criterion Ira Sachs on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic Fox and His Friends

Arnaud Trouvé offers up César nomination predictions. If you can read French you'll enjoy it more

THR It's Octavia Spencer for "Woman of the Year" and Ryan Reynolds for "Man of the Year" at Harvard's annual Hasty Puddings celebration. Someone cast them in a rom-com together!

Coming Soon Sony Pictures Animation slate to come from The Smurfs onward

About Last Night a long »


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Sundance 2017: 10 Reasons Why This Year’s Festival Is Essential for Queer Cinema

18 January 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Film historian B. Ruby Rich credits the 1992 Sundance Film Festival as the cradle of New Queer Cinema, and a quick survey of this year’s festival lineup confirms that Lgbt films stand an excellent chance of attracting audiences. Lesbian filmmaker Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is one of the most talked about films of the year, trans director Yance Ford’s deeply personal “Strong Island” has been years in the making, and we may have the British “Brokeback Mountain” (but better) with Francis Lee’s “God’s Own Country.”

Perusing the slate of queer films, filmmakers, and performers at Sundance this year, 2017 is set to be the best year queer cinema has seen in a long time. Here’s 10 reasons why:

Read More: 10 Surprises and Hidden Gems from the 2017 Sundance Lineup

Dee Rees is About to Become the Most Successful Black Lesbian Director in Hollywood

Queer audiences have known Dee Rees since »

- Jude Dry

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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

17 January 2017 10:15 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.

Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.

Most of the films I’ve selected »

- Edward Douglas

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11 Indie Distributors’ Awards Season Contenders

17 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

A Bigger Splash”: Jack English; “I, Daniel Blake”: Courtesy IFC Films; "Miss Sloane”: Kerry Hayes Awards season campaigns are an alchemical combination of politics, word of mouth, and sheer luck, and there’s often no telling where the chips may fall. We’re breaking down which major distributors have which horses in which races. Smaller-scale, independent films have triumphed at Oscar ceremonies in recent years. After a particularly strong year for filmmaking outside of big studios, it’s time to take a closer look at the 2016 contenders for Oscars, SAG Awards, and other upcoming accolades. (While it’s difficult to define “indie” precisely, we’re including in our definition films with smaller budgets and off-the-beaten-path distributors.) Read on for a breakdown of where the buzziest projects stand in an increasingly competitive era for indie film. Read: 7 Major Studios’ Awards Season Contenders A24Despite having only existed for four years, »

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Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

11 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Sundance Film Festival is mere days from unspooling in snowy Park City, Utah and, with it comes a brand new year of indie filmmaking to get excited about. As ever, the annual festival is playing home to dozens of feature films, short offerings and technologically-influenced experiences, and while there’s plenty to anticipate seeing, we’ve waded through the lineup to pick out the ones we’re most looking forward to checking out.

From returning filmmakers like Alex Ross Perry and Gillian Robesepierre to a handful of long-gestating passion projects and at least one film about a ghost, we’ve got a little something for every stripe of film fan.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Ahead, check out 20 titles we’re excited to finally check out at this year’s festival.


The trifecta behind previous Sundance »

- Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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What’s the Most Exciting Movie of 2017 That No One’s Talking About? — IndieWire Critics Survey

9 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Here we are again, staring down the barrel of another year at the movies, one sure to be filled with its fair share of discoveries, disappointments, and trucks that are powered by monsters. Many of our most anticipated new films can be seen coming a mile away, but what’s the most exciting movie of 2017 that no one is talking about?

Angie Han (@ajhan), Slashfilm.com

I haven’t seen much talk about “The Glass Castle,” Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir, maybe because it doesn’t have an actual release date yet. But I’ve been interested in the project since it was first announced, »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Call Me by Your Name’: Sufjan Stevens Wrote and Performed the Soundtrack to Luca Guadagnino’s Sundance Drama

8 January 2017 3:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before his “Suspiria” remake reunites him with “A Bigger Splash” stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, Luca Guadagnino will next be seen at Sundance for the world premiere of “Call Me by Your Name.” A gay love story set in Northern Italy, the film starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet has already been acquired  by Sony Pictures Classics — and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will feature an original soundtrack by Sufjan Stevens.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Luca Guadagnino’s Gay Romance ‘Call Me By Your Name

Stevens — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter best known for his 2005 album “Illinois” — both wrote and performed the tunes. “Visually rich, stunning, deeply emotional and sensual, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ confirms Luca Guadagnino as one of the world’s master filmmakers,” says an Spc rep in a statement. “It will be a privilege to bring the movie to audiences around the world. »

- Michael Nordine

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David Lowery Says ‘A Ghost Story’ Isn’t a Horror Film; A24 Announces Acquisition

8 January 2017 1:34 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Less than a day after Sony Classics picked up Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name, another acquisition of a highly-anticipated film has been announced before Sundance kicks off. A24 has picked up the rights to David Lowery‘s A Ghost Story, which reunites him with his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Shot secretly in Texas this summer — around the time Lowery’s big-budget debut Pete’s Dragon arrived in theaters — Variety reports the film was picked up sight unseen by A24. While not much was known about the project when it was recently announced, Sundance have now shared an official synopsis, which reveals Affleck plays a “a spectral figure who was once a man” as he observes his grief-stricken lover (Mara), along with other unexpected plot details.

Check out the synopsis below, along with an Instagram post »

- Jordan Raup

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Sufjan Stevens Has New Original Songs in ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Picked Up By Sony Classics

8 January 2017 9:54 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While the Sundance Film Festival 2017 doesn’t quite have the auteur-driven major premieres such as Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women last year, near the top of our most-anticipated films is Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name. Ahead of the premiere later this month, it’s now been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for around $6 million, according to THR.

An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, it follows a 17-year-old boy who begins a romance with his father’s house guest. Taking the role of the boy is Interstellar star Timothée Chalamet while Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) plays his father and Armie Hammer takes the role of the house guest. It’s also been revealed that Sufjan Stevens, whose last album Carrie & Lowell was one of 2015’s best, has written and performed original songs for the film. »

- Jordan Raup

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Spc acquires Sundance entry 'Call Me By Your Name'

7 January 2017 10:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a second notable pre-festival buy, the distributor has picked up worldwide rights to Luca Guadagnino’s anticipated drama from Wme Global and UTA Independent Film Group.

Call Me By Your Name will premiere in Park City in the Premieres strand and stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Guadagnino’s follow-up to A Bigger Splash centres on a privileged youngster on summer holiday at his parents’ Italian villa when his father’s academic friend arrives.

James Ivory, Walter Fasano and Guadagnino adapted the screenplay from André Aciman’s novel of the same name.

Peter Spears, Emilie Georges, Guadagnino, Ivory, Marco Morabito, Howard Rosenman and Rodrigo Teixeira produced, with Naima Abed, Tom Dolby, Sophie Mas, Lourenco Sant’Anna, Derek Simonds, Margarethe Baillou and Francesco Melzi on board as executive producers.

Guadagnino is next directing a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian horror Suspiria.

Last week Netflix announced it had acquired worldwide rights to Us Documentary Competition »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance 2017: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Luca Guadagnino’s Gay Romance ‘Call Me By Your Name’

7 January 2017 8:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Classics has bought the worldwide rights to Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” ahead of the Sundance Film Festival. The movie reportedly attracted interest from several buyers and sold for a price in the low to mid-seven figures.

One of the hot acquisition titles at the festival identified by IndieWire last month, the film centers on the romance between an adolescent boy played by Timothée Chalamet (“Homeland”) and a summer guest (Armie Hammer) at his parents’ mansion on the Italian Riviera. Guadagnino previously directed 2015’s “A Bigger Splash” and 2009’s “I Am Love,” both of which starred Tilda Swinton.

Read More: Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights To Sundance Documentary ‘Casting JonBenet

Call Me By Your Name” also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, who appeared in 2016 films “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange” and “Miss Sloane.”

The acquisition two weeks before Sundance begins is just the latest example of distributors buying »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance: Gay Love Story ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Sells to Sony Pictures Classics (Exclusive)

6 January 2017 5:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the buzziest titles to debut at this month’s Sundance Film Festival is already off the market. “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay love story in the tradition of “Brokeback Mountain,” has sold to Sony Pictures Classics, Variety has learned.

The deal for worldwide rights, estimated to be in the low to mid-seven figures, was struck after several buyers expressed interest. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will handle the international rights for the drama, which will debut in the upcoming festival’s Premieres section.

Call Me By Your Name,” adapted from the beloved 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, follows a love story that spans 20 years after a chance meeting in 1980s Italy between a 17-year-old boy (Timothee Chalamet from “Homeland”) and a twentysomething man (Armie Hammer). It’s not clear what the movie will be rated, but the book involves a sexually explicit act with a peach and other sexually charged moments. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum Circle ‘Triple Frontier,’ Adam Driver Teams With Sylvester Stallone & More

6 January 2017 4:50 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Mark Boal-scripted Triple Frontier, once attached to longtime collaborator and director Katherine Bigelow, perhaps as a follow-up to Zero Dark Thirty, appears to finally be materializing after a period of insufferable gestating. According to Deadline, the Paramount-backed thriller set in the “notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge” is currently involved in ongoing talks with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy.

Replacing Bigelow at the helm is J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, A Most Violent Year) on a project that Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and Johnny Depp all originally circled. Produced by Chandor alongside Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner, nothing’s been made official yet on the Tatum and Hardy front, but the news is much-welcomed progress.

In more casting news, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that two-time Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and two-time Golden Globe winner »

- The Film Stage

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Dear Academy: Please Keep These Oscar Contenders in Mind

5 January 2017 3:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nomination ballots for the 89th annual Oscars have been mailed, or beamed out, to the nearly 7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Voting is scheduled to run Thursday through Friday, Jan. 13, with nominations to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The group-think of awards season can be overwhelming and sometimes it can be all too easy to just fall in line. But we’d like to offer a few humble, off-the-beaten-path suggestions for voters to keep in mind as they sit down to make their decisions this week and next. Spare a thought for these contenders?

Best Costume and Production Design

Kubo and the Two Strings

It’s time for the Academy’s craft branches to take below-the-line work on animated films seriously. Laika has been deserving in both of these categories virtually every step of the way, and “Kubo and the Two Strings” is the glorious »

- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley

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Michael Snydel’s Top 10 Films of 2016

5 January 2017 7:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The dominant conversation about film in 2016 was its impending end. Just about every sphere of the cinematic world from filmmakers to established critics to loudmouth pundits had a doomsday proclamation about film, conflating national anxiety and middling blockbusters with far-flung conclusions. With the year in the books, it’s pretty easy to disagree with them. And I say that even as I diverge with public opinion on some of the biggest films of the year – Jackie, La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, etc.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my favorite experiences with film this year were less my most-anticipated than the ones that defied easy description. They weren’t always my favorites but films like The Love Witch, Lemonade, Operation Avalanche, Kate Plays Christine, and Aferim! were welcome reminders of the myriad ways that film could feel strange and new – and in »

- Michael Snydel

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More pain, more gain in the new trailer for Fifty Shades Darker

3 January 2017 5:54 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

One of the most anticipated sequels out this year is James Foley’s follow-up to Sam Taylor-Johnson’s knee-trembler Fifty Shades of Grey starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. On Valentine’s Day we’re in for a deeper tone of love and pain with Fifty Shades Darker, and a new trailer has made its way out into the wild today.

Following the much-hyped first film Johnson made quite an impression in Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash while Dornan continued his terrifying role in The Fall on the BBC with Gillian Anderson and the World War II drama Anthropoid with Cillian Murphy. With a fandom to rival that of Messrs. Potter and Everdeen the Fifty Shades bandwagon keeps on rolling, and all eyes will be on the latest installment to see how the peptic chemistry between the two leads has evolved.

Kim Basinger is a new addition to the cast, »

- Jon Lyus

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Christopher Schobert’s Top 10 Films of 2016

2 January 2017 6:52 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ignore any suggestion that 2016 was not a fantastic year for cinema. Moments linger (the campfire dance in American Honey, the final encounter in Certain Women, the Tracy LettsLogan Lerman debate in Indignation, the first ten minutes of High-Rise, both “Camelot”-soundtracked sequences in Jackie, any scene that featured Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash) and performances resonate (everyone in Moonlight, Emma Stone in La La Land, Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters).

Choosing ten favorites and five honorable mentions is nasty business; I wish I could have included Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, a ridiculously underrated film that does not deserve to be remembered as a flop. But it just missed the cut. (Also, I was unable to see Silence in time for end-of-year consideration.) What these fifteen films have in common is the ability to surprise, confound, and delight in equal measure. Let’s see 2017 top that.

Honorable »

- Christopher Schobert

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