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Sundance Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Makes the Case for Jason Mantzoukas as a Leading Man

Welcome to the Jason Mantzoukas show. The Long Dumb Road, directed by Hannah Fidell, leans full-tilt into the anarchic charm of the long-time cult comedian to decidedly mixed results. Though it’s hard to blame the actor. Co-starring Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), the film concerns two strangers brought together on the… road. One is Nat (Revolori), an art school-bound teen lacking in experience; the other a recently-fired, middle-aged wanderer named Richard (Mantzoukas). On the way to Los Angeles, the duo become fast friends before it all starts to get complicated. Running 90 minutes and featuring some lovely southwestern scenery (courtesy of Andrew Droz Palermo), the film moves along at a nice clip until it begins to run out of steam.

Revolori’s doing fine work here, but the bulk of the weight lies on Mantzoukas. As written by Fidell and Carson D. Mell, the script demands a lot from the actor.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’
Freshman photography student Nathan (Tony Revolori) is on a quest to find the real America. On “The Long Dumb Road” of director Hannah Fidell’s title, his trek from Texas to Los Angeles, he pulls over to shoot shuttered movie theaters and American flags drooping over drive-thrus, the kind of cynical corporate salute a kid like him considers deep. He’s too snobby to actually eat a fast-food burger, but when his purple minivan breaks down in Fort Stockton, the real America — or at least, an alcoholic mechanic (Jason Mantzoukas) drifting through it — takes the wheel of his trip, with several disastrous detours and stretches of pleasant pointlessness.

The normcore-meets-nutcase road comedy is older than Route 66, and the film’s destination could have been plotted by Google Maps, as well as the familiar screen sight of two men companionably peeing together in the wilderness. Along the way, Nathan and Richard bond and bicker while navigating, and detonating
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Saoirse Ronan: teen talent that grew into true stardom

The Irish-American actor has been tipped for Oscar glory in Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed comic drama

Film stars frequently rise to their place in the showbusiness firmament trailing a glittering series of lead roles and fiery celebrity feuds behind them. Others, like Saoirse Ronan, appear there suddenly, twinkling down benignly.

The Golden Globe-winner, now an A-list performer despite being only 23, is the open-faced, unpretentious Irish-American actor whose starring role in the acclaimed new film Lady Bird, along with forthcoming lead parts in the films Mary Queen of Scots, On Chesil Beach and The Seagull, is about to heavily underline her arrival in the first rank of talent. Yet reaching the top of the casting directors’ wishlists has been quietly achieved, through a succession of carefully delineated roles in unusual and complex films, such as Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Atonement.

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Honors Saoirse Ronan, Thanks Rescue Workers

Santa Barbara Film Festival Honors Saoirse Ronan, Thanks Rescue Workers
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected Saoirse Ronan as recipient its Santa Barbara award for her role in “Lady Bird” — and thanked rescue workers in the Montecito area hit by deadly mudslides.

The festival made the announcement Friday in the aftermath of this week’s devastation with 17 declared dead, more than 40 people missing and hundreds of homes destroyed or badly damaged.

“The Santa Barbra International Film Festival would like to thank the city of Santa Barbara’s first responders and emergency authorities that have assisted with the relief from the fires and flooding that have recently devastated the city,” the festival said. “Their bravery and sacrifice cannot be overstated in providing relief during what has been an increasingly difficult time for Santa Barbara.”

The award had previously been called the Montecito award, a trophy is given to “a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film.”

Past recipients
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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Robert Yeoman Looks Back on Filming Six Wes Anderson Films: ‘We Always Find a Way of Pulling it Off’

Robert Yeoman Looks Back on Filming Six Wes Anderson Films: ‘We Always Find a Way of Pulling it Off’
If you consider yourself a Wes Anderson, then you’re also a Robert Yeoman fan by default. The cinematographer has been behind the camera for every live-action movie Anderson has ever shot, from his directorial debut “Bottle Rocket” through his three-time Oscar winner “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and he has thus helped Anderson hone and perfect his beloved directing style. The Telegraph recently spoke with Yeoman about shooting six Anderson films, and the Dp was eager to share set stories from each film.

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“So many times he would say to me, ‘Oh, this is the kind of shot I’m looking for,’ and I’ll think to myself, ‘How am I going to do that?’ and it’s impossible!” Yeoman told The Telegraph about working with Anderson. “But we always find a way of doing it, and that’s a big
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ To Open 2018 Glasgow Film Festival

It has already been confirmed to open this year’s Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival), and now Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs is set to come to the UK to open the Glasgow Film Festival shortly afterward in late February. The Isle Of Dogs Glasgow announcement was made by Screen Daily. More below.

Isle Of Dogs Glasgow debut confirmed

Anderson’s film will open the festival, the first major in the United Kingdom in 2018 on February 21st, before Fox Searchlight Pictures release the film in the UK on March 30, 2018.

Here’s the plot:

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide
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Isle Of Dogs to open Glasgow Film Festival by Jennie Kermode - 2018-01-04 01:16:12

Isle Of Dogs

Wes Anderson's eagerly awaited animated film Isle Of Dogs is to open this year's Glasgow Film Festival, it was announced today. This will be the second film by the cult director to be selected for the festival's opening gala, after The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014.

Set in a future world where dogs have been exiled to giant rubbish dump Trash Island, the film follows one boy's quest to recover his beloved pet. It features the vocal talents of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Frances McDomand, Tilda Swinton and more.

"Wes Anderson is one of the most imaginative, beguiling filmmakers working in world cinema and we are thrilled to open Gff 2018 with the UK premiere of his brand new film," said festival co-director Allan Hunter. "It will be a night to remember and the best possible start to a great festival."

Tickets for the gala go on sale on Monday.
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Glasgow Film Festival to open with Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs'

UK premiere of movie will take place February 21.

Source: Fox Searchlight

Isle Of Dogs

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will open on 21 February with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs.

The latest film from the director of The Grand Budapest Hotel (which had its UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2014) and Fantastic Mr Fox, tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi.

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture.

Voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, [link
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Bechdel Test 2017 Breakdown: Which Blockbusters Passed, Failed, and What Needs to Happen Next

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

The Bechdel Test is not perfect — even the creator of said test, prolific author and cartoonist Alison Bechdel agrees, and when I spoke to her in 2014 on the occasion of her winning a MacArthur Genius Grant, she was open about the test and its limitations. “I’m not a stickler about the Test — if I were, I wouldn’t see many movies,” she said at the time. She even ticked off a handful of films she had recently enjoyed that didn’t pass her own metrics (“Jackie Brown,” “About Time,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” for those interested).

There are only three requirements for passing the test, which aims to determine how active and present women are in a film: It must feature at least two women in speaking roles, who have names, and who talk
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Adrien Brody Just Might Be the Best Peaky Blinders Guest Star Yet

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When it comes to Peaky Blinders guest stars, we didn't think anything could beat Tom Hardy's deranged cockney gangster, Alfie Solomons, who steals every scene he's in during seasons two and three. But from the moment Luca Changretta makes his first appearance in season four, gleefully confirming that his trip to the UK to seek revenge against the Shelby family is "pleasure," it's clear we were wrong. There's a reason the cult crime drama attracts A-list stars, and Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is just the latest in a long line of recognizable faces to hit the streets of Small Heath. The appeal of Peaky Blinders is obvious; not only does showrunner Steven Knight create one of the coolest worlds on TV with his stylized 1920s Birmingham, but he then allows stars to live out their bad-guy fantasies within it. It's no surprise that Brody saw this as the perfect
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Oscars 2018: Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist Includes ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ and More

The Oscar race for Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist has been revealed, with 7 movies making te Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ shortlist for the Oscar. Three of the shortlisted films will earn nominations, which are set to be revealed next month. Hairstyling and makeup from “Bright,” “Darkest Hour, “I, Tonya,” and more all made the shortlist this year.

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The Best Makeup & Hairstyling category has been one of the more surprising ones in recent years. Last year, the critically-derided blockbuster tentpole “Suicide Squad” became an Oscar winner thanks to the category, while Oscar favorites “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” have also prevailed in recent years.

The following films have been included on the Oscars shortlist for Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist:

“Bright”

Darkest Hour

Ghost in the Shell

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

“I,
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It’s official, Disney acquire 20th Century Fox media assets for $52.4bn (£39bn)

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Disney are well and truly on the road to world domination as news trickles in that a deal between 21st Century Fox and themselves has finally be reached that see’s Disney acquire 20th Century Fox movie studio and the 20th Century Fox Television production company, along with other media assets like FX Networks and National Geographic, 22 regional sports networks, as well Fox’s stake in Hulu and its stakes in Sky and Star for a staggering $54.4 billion.

Not only does this mean that Disney can now incorporate the likes of Deadpool and the X-Men Franchise to the Marvel catalogue of films, but they will now take over ownership of James Cameron’s Avatar, in which he is filming four new sequels, as well as other franchises that include Alien, Predator, Planet of the Apes, Kingsman and the best “Christmas” movie ever made – Die Hard. Disney is
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Wes Anderson Announces Cast of His Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Watch)

Wes Anderson Announces Cast of His Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Watch)
Wes Anderson posted a video on Monday to formally announce the large voice cast for his upcoming animated movie “Isle of Dogs.”

The cast includes many of the usual suspects, as well as some unexpected names: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Courtney B. Vance, Liev Schreiber and Yoko Ono round out the ensemble.

“Isle of Dogs” is Anderson’s first film since 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and his second foray into animation after 2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The director’s video announced the cast, confirmed the title and included an appearance from Norton in the background.

Anderson gave a three-second sideways glimpse of Rex, the dog that Norton is voicing. The actor said in response, “I think it’s terrific.
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'Rogue One' Looks to Deliver One of the Top 15 Openings of All-Time

'Rogue One' Looks to Deliver One of the Top 15 Openings of All-Time
There may only be 16 days left in 2016, but one of the most anticipated movies of the year is only just hitting theaters this weekend. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will begin holding preview screenings tonight before setting its sights on what could end up the largest opening weekend of the year. Also hitting theaters this weekend is Will Smith's sentimental, holiday weeper Collateral Beauty to go along with the expansion of La La Land, which had the largest opening weekend per theater average of the year last weekend, and the nationwide expansion of Manchester by the Sea into over 1,200 theaters.
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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight,
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‘Darjeeling Limited’ Actor Barred From Plane Because of Turban

‘Darjeeling Limited’ Actor Barred From Plane Because of Turban
Waris Ahluwalia, a Sikh actor known for roles in Wes Anderson films, was turned away from an Aero Mexico plane because of his turban.

Ahluwalia, who is also a designer and has appeared in films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” was held until everyone else had been boarded before he had his bag searched. He was also swabbed and patted down. When the actor was asked to remove his turban he refused.

“That is something that I would not do in public,” he told the N.Y. Daily News. “That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.”

When he refused he was told that he would have to find another plane. Ahluwalia posted a picture of himself with his plane ticket after being turned away.

This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban.
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Oscar Wins By Studio: Fox Searchlight Tops Again

Oscar Wins By Studio: Fox Searchlight Tops Again
The 87th Oscars on Sunday marked the second consecutive big Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight, which on the strength of its second Best Picture winner in a row (Birdman, after 12 Years A Slave in 2014) and its Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel ran away with top studio honors with eight wins overall out of a leading 18 nominations going in. Only five studios had more than two trophies last night, with Sony Pictures Classics second overall with four nods, followed…
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Oscar Scorecard by Movie and Studio

Oscar Scorecard by Movie and Studio
It was a grand night for Fox Searchlight, which scored the most wins at the 87th Academy Awards with its top two films: “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The two films were awarded 4 statues each, after also tying in nominations (9 each).

Birdman” took home the top prize for Best Picture, as well as Best Director for Alejandro Inarritu. The Michael Keaton-starrer also won for Cinematography and Original Screenplay.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” shined in below-the-line categories, winning for Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design and Costume Design. Alexandre Desplat, a double nominee (he was also in contention for his work on “The Imitation Game”), won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Sony Pictures Classics also saw a successful evening, with “Whiplash” taking home 3 awards for J.K. Simmons, Editing and Sound Mixing, and Julianne Moore scoring Best Actress for “Still Alice.”

See the film scorecard below:

Birdman”: 4

“The Grand
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