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Interview with Norichika Oba: “I want Japanese people to really see and appreciate how wonderful a movie can be”

Norichika Oba was born 1978 in Fukuoka and graduated from Japan Film School in 2003. Afterwards, he worked as assistant director for Hiroshi Nishitani (“Suspect X” and “Hirugao”), Yu Irie (“The Sun”) and Hideaki Anno (“Shin Godzilla”). His first feature film, “Nora” (2010), received awards at Tama New Wave and at Tanabe Benkei Film Festival. “Cyclops” is his second feature film.

On the occasion of the international premiere of his film “Cyclops” at the Nippon Connection – Japanese Film Festival , director Norichika Oba talks about the current state of the Japanese movie industry, his troubles shooting on a small budget and ultimately reveals the meaning of the Cyclops.

Your debut film “Nora” came out in 2010 and won several awards. “Cyclops” was released eight years after that. What happened in between that?

I had wanted to film another movie for some time. But I didn’t see the point in hurrying the creative process just to shoot a film quickly.
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Bill Hader Reflects on Violence, Female Influence in ‘Barry’ Season 1

Bill Hader Reflects on Violence, Female Influence in ‘Barry’ Season 1
Bill Hader’s HBO series “Barry” is technically a half-hour comedy, but since his character is a hitman who decides he wants to become an actor, it does get very violent.

“We wanted to be very real and for what it is,” Hader said at Variety‘s Tune In! TV Summit in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “We wanted the violence to be incredibly real because it should be a world that he doesn’t want to be in anymore.”

Bill Hader wanted the violence in his new show 'Barry' to be "incredibly real" https://t.co/D4OrJ4SCPA #TVSummit pic.
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Jacqueline Lyanga Exits as AFI Head Bob Gazzale Merges Festival Staffs to Streamline Costs — Exclusive

The 50-year-old American Film Institute is merging the staffs of its two film festivals, Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (November 8–15) and Washington, D.C’s AFI Docs (June 13-17) — and with that, the nonprofit is losing AFI Fest Mvp Jacqueline Lyanga. Over her eight years as festival director, Lyanga built what many say is impossible: a world-class film festival in Hollywood. When AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale began discussions this spring about merging the festivals’ teams, Lyanga chose to leave.

She could have led both festivals, but the conversation didn’t get that far. She wasn’t willing, sources say, to run them with fewer people doing more work. But the budgets for both festivals are going up, Gazzale told me: “Our goal is to be more efficient for the benefit of the films and filmmakers.”

Lyanga will consult with AFI through June. As she looks at other opportunities — there
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Jacqueline Lyanga Exits as AFI Head Bob Gazzale Merges Festival Staffs to Streamline Costs — Exclusive

The 50-year-old American Film Institute is merging the staffs of its two film festivals, Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (November 8–15) and Washington, D.C’s AFI Docs (June 13-17) — and with that, the nonprofit is losing AFI Fest Mvp Jacqueline Lyanga. Over her eight years as festival director, Lyanga built what many say is impossible: a world-class film festival in Hollywood. When AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale began discussions this spring about merging the festivals’ teams, Lyanga chose to leave.

She could have led both festivals, but the conversation didn’t get that far. She wasn’t willing, sources say, to run them with fewer people doing more work. But the budgets for both festivals are going up, Gazzale told me: “Our goal is to be more efficient for the benefit of the films and filmmakers.”

Lyanga will consult with AFI through June. As she looks at other opportunities — there
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French Animation Industry Gets Big Boost From International Tax Rebate (Exclusive)

France’s thriving animation industry has been getting the biggest boost from the international tax rebate since 2013.

Each year on average, animated films and series represent a third of the productions accessing the international tax rebate and 50% of the expenditure of foreign productions in France, according to Xavier Lardoux, head of films at the Cnc National Film Board.

Since the international tax rebate was revamped in 2016, allowing for a rate increase which grew from 20% to 30%, several French studios such as Mikros Animation, Dwarf Labs or Fortiche Production have followed the footsteps of Illuminated MacGuff and have started working on American projects that have brought nearly 30 million euros ($35 million) in expendirure in France, according to the Cnc.

Dwarf Labs, for instance, began working for Cirrina Studios on William Joyce’s animated feature “The Extincts” (pictured), an adaptation of British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s popular children novel.

France’s technical industries, which include animation services,
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Loren Dean Joins ‘The Mule’; Camrus Johnson Boards ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’

Loren Dean is joining Clint Eastwood's next film The Mule as a DEA agent in the film which Eastwood will be producing, directing, and starring in. The Warner Bros.’ movie is based on a 2014 New York Times Magazine piece by Sam Dolnick and follows Earl Stone (Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive—easy enough but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug…
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Jane Fonda to receive France's prestigious Lumière Award

Institut Lumière will also fete late UK filmmaker Muriel Box at 10th edition of festival.

France’s Institut Lumière will honour Us actress Jane Fonda with its Lumière Award at the 10th edition of its annual cinema heritage festival, taking place October 13-21 this year.

She will be the second woman to receive the honorary award after French actress Catherine Deneuve. Other recipients include Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu and Ken Loach.

As well as showcasing a selection of key films from Fonda’s career, the festival will also screen Susan Lacy’s bio-documentary Jane Fonda In Five Acts,
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Jane Fonda to Receive the 2018 Lumière Prize

Jane Fonda to Receive the 2018 Lumière Prize
Jane Fonda will receive this year’s Lumière Award at the 10th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France.

Describing the Oscar-winning actress, festival director Thierry Fremaux said Fonda is “a feminist, activist, and she remains a star.”

The festival said it was honoring Fonda for an “acting career that has led her from Sidney Pollack to Arthur Penn, from René Clément to Roger Vadim; for her willingness to embody fierce independence from a young age …” It also stressed the actress’ work as “a committed, life-long activist, ahead of her time as a vanguard of ideals,” calling her a “symbol of struggles for freedom, anti-racism and peace” as well as “an international star, an icon spanning several decades of audiences.”

“I am honored to be invited to the Lumière Festival in Lyon,” Fonda said, adding that she was “over the moon” upon hearing the news that she would receive the award.

As part of its tribute,
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Michael Pena and Dianne Wiest join Clint Eastwood’s The Mule

THR is reporting that Michael Pena (Ant-Man) and Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters) have joined the cast of The Mule, the next film from director Clint Eastwood, which will also mark the Hollywood legend’s first on screen role since 2012’s Trouble With the Curve.

The Mule will see Eastwood playing Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who – broke, alone and facing the foreclosure of his business – is offered a simple job which turns out to be that of a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. This puts him on the radar of a DEA agent, played by Eastwood’s American Sniper star Bradley Cooper.

Pena is portraying an enforcer for the cartel, with Wiest as Stone’s ex-wife. Also featuring in the cast are Laurence Fishburne (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Alison Eastwood (Absolute Power), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Ignacio Serricchio (Lost in Space).

The Mule has started production in Atlanta,
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Carol Burnett Is in Great Health and Doesn't Plan on Slowing Down Anytime Soon!

Calling all fans of Carol Burnett! The 85-year-old actress known for The Carol Burnett Show is not only alive and well, but she's still working well into her 80s. "It doesn’t feel like work. If it did, I don't think I'd want to do it," Carol said in a recent interview. The comedian made her television debut in 1967 but her decades-long Hollywood career is far from over. She currently hosts A Little Help With Carol Burnett, a series in which a panel of children attempt to solve adult problems, now streaming on Netflix. A post shared by Carol Burnett (@itscarolburnett) on May 4, 2018 at 2:37pm Pdt "I still go on the road and do my one-woman Q&A show," she revealed. "I enjoy that because I never know what anyone is going to ask — it keeps the old gray matter ticking. You have to be on your toes!" Many
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Bradley Cooper Sings With Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer

Bradley Cooper Sings With Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer
Bradley Cooper falls in love with Lady Gaga in Warner Bros.’ first trailer for its remake of “A Star Is Born.”

Cooper, who also directed, stars as veteran singer Jackson Maine. The footage opens with him standing before a massive audience, singing a ballad that includes the lyric “Maybe it’s time to let the old ways down.”

He then discovers Gaga’s character, a struggling artist named Ally who’s short on confidence. “I don’t sing my own songs,” she tells Cooper. “I just don’t feel comfortable. Almost every single person has told me that they liked the way I sounded, but they didn’t like the way I looked.”

A clearly smitten Cooper replies, “I think you’re beautiful.”

The new trailer offers a brief sample of Cooper and Gaga singing together. The film co-stars Sam Elliott, comedian Dave Chappelle, and Andrew Dice Clay.

It’s
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30 Best World War II Movies for D-Day Anniversary (Photos)

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Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb.

Pearl Harbor” (2001).

The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

A Midnight Clear” (1992).

The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.
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Ranking All Five Dirty Harry Movies

Dirty Harry is legendary to a lot of people since Clint Eastwood is an epic-level actor that has done so much to this point that it’s hard for people to pick out a favorite moment of his in films. Those partial to the Dirty Harry movies however no doubt still have a tough time deciding just which one is their favorite since all of them are pretty awesome in their own right. There are a few things that make a couple of them better than the others however, but that’s not saying much since most fans would likely agree that

Ranking All Five Dirty Harry Movies
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Dianne Wiest, Michael Pena Join Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' (Exclusive)

Dianne Wiest, Michael Pena Join Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' (Exclusive)
Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Michael Pena have joined Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper in Warner Bros.' crime drama The Mule.

Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio have also boarded the production, which began shooting Monday in Atlanta.

Eastwood is directing the project and is also starring, marking the first time since 2012’s Trouble With the Curve that the veteran Hollywood actor will appear onscreen.

The story, per the studio, focuses on Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a ...
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‘Jurassic Park’ At 25: 25 Facts You Never Knew

Jurassic Park at 25: Facts You Never Knew

On the 16th July 1993, cinema as patrons of the Unites Kingdom knew it, was changed forever. How? With the release of a little film called Jurassic Park. Released just over a month after the Us’ launch on 11th June 1993, the film was an instantly beloved masterpiece, capturing the imagination of an entire planet, and for a while, held the title of highest grossing film of all time.

Now, twenty-five years on, a fifth film in the franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be released, proving that people still love dinosaurs. That wouldn’t have been possible though without Jurassic Park and Steven Spielberg’s mastery. The film, based on the novel by Michael Crichton, told of a new theme-park that had managed to successfully bring back-to-life creatures that hadn’t existed for 65 million years or so. It’s a film
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‘Black Panther’ Continues Reign Atop DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Marvel’s “Black Panther,” distributed by Walt Disney Studios, held back a pair of newcomers to handily top the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week.

The top new release on Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 26 was 20th Century Fox’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” which debuted at No. 2 selling 22% as many discs as the returning superhero actioner.

“Sparrow” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who is forced into becoming a seductive secret agent after her dancing career is cut short due to injury. It earned $46.9 million at the domestic box office.

No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s “Game Night,” a comedy about a group of friends who are caught up in a life-and-death caper that they believe is an elaborate role-playing game. It took in $68.9 million at U.
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast suggestions: Jc Chasez, Billy Zane and more would be welcome additions

The four-week, all-athlete edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” got mixed responses from fans, but the show’s 27th season coming up this fall will return the show to its normal schedule, and there’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on the dance floor. Below is a list of male celebs I think the show should consider inviting to the ballroom to vie for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Do you agree with my picks? Check them out below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which you’d most like to see on “DWTS.” And feel free to let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see when the show comes back in September.

Jc Chasez

Chasez was a cast member on “The Mickey Mouse Club” along with other future stars like Britney Spears,
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Months of Meryl: The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#22 — Francesca Johnson, an Italian war bride-turned-American housewife who falls in love with a visiting photographer.

John: Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) is sipping a beer in a bathtub while a charming stranger waits for her to eat dinner downstairs. Francesca’s husband and two children have left for a trip to the Iowa state fair, but her few days of solitude have been quickly interrupted by the welcome arrival of Clint Eastwood’s Robert Kincaid, a travelling National Geographic photographer on assignment to shoot Madison’s quaint covered bridges. With her brunette bangs and stray wisps of hair dangling out from her updo, Streep lounges in the bath, watching the water from the shower head above drip down into her hands. Robert has just showered, and, in voiceover, Francesca relates the eroticism of the moment, their sharing the bathtub only minutes apart.
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Happy 88th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 88 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit.

We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here

Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man

By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances.

Drawing upon Eastwood’s love of both music and period history,
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Kevin Conroy Thought Christian Bale’s Batman Voice Was Weird

Whenever you have a character such as Batman who’s been around for 79 years, it’s only natural for him to be portrayed by a variety of actors over time. As such, it’s not uncommon for each of the men occupying that exclusive club to be asked opinions regarding the rest making up the brotherhood.

Having voiced the Caped Crusader for twenty-some years in projects such as Batman: The Animated Series and the Arkham video games, Kevin Conroy is viewed by many was being the definitive voice of the character – and is often asked his opinion concerning the performances of others like we just mentioned.

So, when Conroy appeared at McM Comic Con London, not only did he once again have nice things to say about Ben Affleck, but he also had this to offer when it came to Christian Bale’s take:

“It sounded weird! What can I say?
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