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Back to One, Episode Two: Emily Mortimer talks Her Breakout Film, Being Right and Wrong for the Part, and Aaron Sorkin

Emily Mortimer is perhaps best known for her role as MacKenzie McHale in Aaron Sorkin’s beloved HBO series The Newsroom. Some of her other memorable performances are in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Hugo and, as Phoebe, Jack Donaghy’s love interest, on the NBC series 30 Rock. In this hour she talks extensively about one particular, powerful scene in her breakout film, Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing (which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress), and about what it was like to play a character named “Emily Mortimer” in her HBO series Doll […]
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Back to One, Episode Two: Emily Mortimer talks Her Breakout Film, Being Right and Wrong for the Part, and Aaron Sorkin

Emily Mortimer is perhaps best known for her role as MacKenzie McHale in Aaron Sorkin’s beloved HBO series The Newsroom. Some of her other memorable performances are in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Hugo and, as Phoebe, Jack Donaghy’s love interest, on the NBC series 30 Rock. In this hour she talks extensively about one particular, powerful scene in her breakout film, Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing (which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress), and about what it was like to play a character named “Emily Mortimer” in her HBO series Doll […]
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Cannes 2018: Agnès Varda Film to Screen in Classics Program, Cinéfondation Jury Is 60% Female

Varda’s “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t” will be featured in Cannes Classics

Cannes has announced another program for its 2018 edition. Featuring iconic movies and works from renowned filmmakers, the Cannes Classics category is a celebration of the history of film. The fest also unveiled the Cinéfondation Jury, the panel that will award Cannes’ short film prizes. Three of the five jury members, or 60 percent, are women.

Filmmakers Valeska Grisebach (“Western”) and Alanté Kavaïté (“The Summer of Sangaile”), and actress Ariane Labed (“Mary Magdalene”) will serve on the Cinéfondation Jury. They and their fellow Jury members will select the fest’s Short Film Palme d’or winner as well as the three Cinéfondation Prize recipients. The Short Films Competition includes two women-helmed shorts and Cinéfondation — which showcases students’ short films — features eight women-helmed projects. The Short Film Palme d’or will be awarded during Cannes’ Closing Ceremony on May
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2019 Oscars: Best Director Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Director Predictions
It’s the battle of the returning Oscar contenders this year, as Barry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, Alfonso Cuaron, and Ang Lee are all in the mix. Where they wind up will depend on how well their films balance artful gravitas and mainstream genre elements — that’s also the question for Ryan Coogler. Will he land a nod for historic Marvel entry “Black Panther”?

At this early stage, things are looking promising indeed. Cannes will tell how well Spike Lee’s return after 27 years plays there: he will unveil 1979 drama “BlacKkKlansman,” about a man who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. And David Robert Mitchell is in Competition with film noir “Under the Silver Lake.”

Frontrunners

Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”)

Steven Spielberg (“Ready Player One”)

Contenders

Damien Chazelle (“First Man”)

Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Mimi Leder (“On the Basis of Sex
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The Best Films About Filmmaking — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: In honor of “Godard Mon Amour,” Michel Hazanavicius’ movie about Jean-Luc Godard, what is the best film about filmmaking (or filmmakers)?

Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz), RogerEbert.com

I always thought the best movie about filmmaking, and filmmakers, and about artistry in the commercial system generally, is “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” A lot of people have similar visions based on real life incidents, and pursue it in various creative ways, but only one makes it to the landing site, and he only succeeds because he’s devoted himself to it so singlemindedly that he throws his own family aside. He has the mind of a child and ends the film surrounded by childlike beings. All the scenes of Roy Neary trying to realize the shape through sculpture
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Cannes Classics 2018 line-up includes Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman docs

Cannes Classics 2018 line-up includes Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman docs
Also includes Jane Fonda, Alice Guy-Blaché doc, 2001: A Space Odyssey screening.

The line-up for Cannes Classics section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (May 8-19) includes documentaries about Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman and Jane Fonda.

Mark Cousins will present his video essay The Eyes of Orson Welles, which examines the pictorial world of the Citizen Kane director.

Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching For Ingmar Bergman is one of three films to celebrate the centenary of the Swedish master at Cannes, alongside Jane Magnusson’s Bergman – A Year in a Life and a screening of The Seventh Seal.

Jane Fonda will
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Orson Welles & Ingmar Bergman Documentaries Lead 2018 Cannes Classics Lineup

Due to the childish spat between Cannes and Netflix, it means we won’t be seeing the most monumental release of 2018, Orson Welles’ posthumous film The Other Side of the Wind, premiere at the French film festival. However, even if the streaming giant won’t be bringing the film (nor Morgan Neville’s Welles documentary on its making), Cannes will hold the premiere of another Welles-related project.

Announced today as part of the Cannes Classics lineup, Mark Cousins’ The Eyes of Orson Welles, which explores the drawings, paintings, and early works of the Citizen Kane director, will premiere during the festival. Also amongst the lineup is two Ingmar Bergman documentaries tied to his centenary, as well as the previously-announced 70mm unrestored version of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Check out the full lineup below, which also includes new restorations of films by Jacques Rivette, Djibril Diop Mambety, Agnès Varda, Vittorio De Sica,
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‘Diane’ Review: Mary Kay Place Delivers a Heartbreaking Performance in Kent Jones’ Spiritual Character Study — Tribeca

‘Diane’ Review: Mary Kay Place Delivers a Heartbreaking Performance in Kent Jones’ Spiritual Character Study — Tribeca
There’s a famous passage from Paul Bowles’ “The Sheltering Sky” that continues to resonate because of how plainly it speaks to the bittersweet shortsightedness of being alive: “Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really… And yet it all seems limitless.”

Of all the references sewn into the fabric of Kent Jones’ first narrative feature — the revered film critic and programmer nods to Paul Schrader, Bob Dylan, and executive producer Martin Scorsese among others in his chilly amuse-bouche of artistic inspirations — Bowles isn’t high on the list. Jones is too hyper-literate and omnivorous to be unfamiliar with the book, but even filmmaker Matías Piñeiro and Stephin Merritt serve as more explicit muses for this intimate drama.

And yet, Bowles’ writing — his resigned
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

SEEWho is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine
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Updated Oscar Predictions for April

With the Cannes Film Festival on the horizon and the Tribeca Film Festival starting up yesterday, it seems like a perfect time to check in with some early Academy Award predictions. For the moment, the names and titles you’ll see mentioned are going to be familiar to those of you who read last month’s first set. The ones mentioned below will include Damien Chazelle’s La La Land follow up First Man, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Adam McKay’s Backseat, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Today though, there’s more to it than that. Read on to see what I mean… What you’ll see below are the same predictions as last month, but with one distinction…they now include next in line contenders. Some of them may even be predicted nominees next month, but at this early juncture, we
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Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future

Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future
The Cannes Film Festival is still three weeks away, but we can already agree on its biggest disappointment: the fact that “The Other Side of the Wind” won’t premiere there. For years, it has been the Holy Grail of movie buffs to experience Orson Welles’ final film — or, at least, a scrupulously assembled version of what it might have been. “The Other Side of the Wind” has the potential to be the cinematic equivalent of the triumphant 2004 reconstruction of Brian Wilson’s album “Smile”: the fragments of a (possible) masterpiece pulled together and finally made whole. And Cannes has always felt like the right, reverent place for it.

The reason it isn’t happening, of course, is that “The Other Side of the Wind” is being distributed by Netflix, the streaming colossus that shepherded and financed the film’s reconstruction. Last week, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos,
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Paul Schrader: Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’

Paul Schrader: Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’
Taken from the Rotterdam (Iffr) Blog.Paul Schrader has always been exceptional, Though he is of the period of the first independent filmmakers, Coppola, De Palma, Lucas, Spielberg, he fits into no category. His screenplays and the films he directed are proof of this.Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Pau Schrader at a First Reformed event.

His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. And what is perfect for his attending Rotterdam, is that his ancestors come from the Dutch.

He came Iffr with First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric the Entertainer, a (kind of) spiritual follow-up to his screenplay for Taxi Driver, and in a masterclass he conjured up a cinematic resurrection of a troubled Nic Cage pic. As always with Schrader, the devil is in the detail.

The house was packed with an audience — most of whom hadn
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Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio to Present Martin Scorsese With Robert Osborne Award

Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio to Present Martin Scorsese With Robert Osborne Award
In today’s film news roundup, Leonardo DiCaprio has been named to present Martin Scorsese with the Robert Osborne Award, Edward James Olmos launches a film festival, and Amanda Seyfried lands a part.

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Turner Classic Movies has selected Leonardo DiCaprio to present Martin Scorsese with the inaugural Robert Osborne Award as part of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival’s opening.

DiCaprio has appeared in five of Scorsese’s films, beginning with 2002’s “Gangs of New York” and most recently in 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” DiCaprio will present the award April 26 in Los Angeles to the filmmaker for his decades-long commitment to the legacy and preservation of classic films.

In 1990, Scorsese established the Film Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. The foundation has funded the restoration of over 800 films and its World Cinema Project has restored 31 films from 21 countries.

The Robert Osborne
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Present Martin Scorsese With Inaugural Robert Osborne Award At TCM Classic Film Fest – Update

Leonardo DiCaprio To Present Martin Scorsese With Inaugural Robert Osborne Award At TCM Classic Film Fest – Update
Updated, 12:14 Pm: Organizers of the TCM Classic Film Festival said today that Leonardo DiCaprio will present the fest’s inaugural Robert Osborne Award to his frequent director Martin Scorsese. The hardware will be bestowed on opening night, April 26, at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Previously, March 1: Martin Scorsese has been chosen as the first recipient of the TCM Classic Film Festival’s Robert Osborne Award in recognition of “his work as a film…
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Present Martin Scorsese With Inaugural Robert Osborne Award At TCM Classic Film Fest – Update

Updated, 12:14 Pm: Organizers of the TCM Classic Film Festival said today that Leonardo DiCaprio will present the fest’s inaugural Robert Osborne Award to his frequent director Martin Scorsese. The hardware will be bestowed on opening night, April 26, at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Previously, March 1: Martin Scorsese has been chosen as the first recipient of the TCM Classic Film Festival’s Robert Osborne Award in recognition of “his work as a film…
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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Lineup Boasts Colombia’s ‘Birds of Passage,’ Nicolas Cage in ‘Mandy’

The 50th edition of Directors’ Fortnight, the section running parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, will open with Colombian directors Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s “Birds of Passage.”

The lavishly shot “Birds of Passage,” which marks Guerra’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent,” takes place in Colombia in the 1970s, when the demand for marijuana hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. Unfolding in the Guajira desert, “Birds of Passage” follows a Wayuu indigenous family who take a leading role in this new drug trade and discover the perks of wealth and power but also encounter violence and tragedy.

Edouard Waintrop, who is serving his last turn as Directors’ Fortnight chief, said he was particularly happy to welcome back Guerra, who had presented “Embrace of the Serpent” in 2015. “‘Birds of Passage’ is a magnificent film and a powerful, epic mafia story filled with crime and treason,
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Debra Granik, Gaspar Noe Films Selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Lineup

Debra Granik, Gaspar Noe Films Selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Lineup
Debra Granik, Romain Gavras, Ciro Guerra and Gaspar Noe are among the directors whose films will be included in the 50th Directors’ Fortnight, an independent sidebar that will run concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Granik will go to Cannes with “Leave No Trace,” her first narrative film since the Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone” in 2010, and a film that received strong reviews when it premiered at Sundance in January.

Gavras, best known for his videos for M.I.A., Kanye West and Jay-z and others, will be there with “Le monde est a toi,” while Guerra and his co-director Cristina Gallego, who made the Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent,” will bring “Birds of Passage” to Directors’ Fortnight.

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The Argentinian provocateur Noe will bring “Climax” to the festival.

Also in the selection: Panos Cosmatos’ horror film “Mandy,” which features what is reportedly another wild performance from Nicolas Cage.

Of the 20 feature films in the section, 15 are directed by men and four by women, with “Birds of Passage” a collaboration between male and female directors.

Also Read: Majority of Cannes Critics' Week Competition Films Were Directed by Women

Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs) was established in 1969, in the aftermath of a 1968 Cannes Film Festival that was canceled midway through in solidarity with the protests sweeping through France. It was set up to offer a more daring and experimental slate than the main festival, and over the years provided the first Cannes exposure for such directors as Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Michael Haneke and Spike Lee.

Directors’ Fortnight will open on May 9 and run through May 19.

The lineup:

“Pajaros de verano” (“Birds of Passage”), Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego (opening film)

“Amin,” Philippe Faucon

“Carmen Y Lola,” Arantxa Echevarria

“Climax,” Gaspar Noe

“Comprama un revolver” (“Buy Me a Gun”), Julio Hernandez Cordon

“Les Confins du Monde,” Guillaume Nicloux

“El motoarrebatador” (“The Snatch Thief”), Augustin Toscano

“En Liberte!,” Pierre Salvadori

“Joueurs” (“Treat Me Like Fire”), Marie Monge

“Leave No Trace,” Debra Granik

“Los Silencios,” Beatriz Seigner

“Ming wang xing shi ke” (“The Pluto Moment”), Ming Zhang

“Mandy,” Panos Cosmatos

“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda

“Le monde est a toi,” Romain Gavras

“Petra,” Jaime Rosales

“Samouni Road,” Stefano Savona

“Teret” (“The Load”), Ognjen Glavonic

“Weldi” (“Dear Son”), Mohamed Ben Attia

“Troppa Grazia,” Gianni Zanasi (closing film)

Also Read: Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

Short films:

“Basses,” Felix Imbert

“Ce Magnifique gateau!,” (“This Magnificent Cake!”), Emma De Swaef & Marc Roels

“La Chanson” (“The Song”), Tiphaine Raffier

“La Lotta,” Marco Belocchio

“Las Cruces,” Nicolas Boone

“La nuit des sacs plastiques” (“The Night of the Plastic Bags”), Gabriel Harel

“O orfao” (“The Orphan”), Carolina Markowicz

“Our Song to War,” Juanita Onzaga

“Skip Day,” Patrick Bresnan & Ivette Lucas

“Le Sujet” (“The Subject”), Patrick Bouchard

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight unveils 2018 line-up

Cannes: Directors' Fortnight unveils 2018 line-up
Noé, Faucon and Rosales feature in 50th anniversary edition marked by strong Hispanic, French presence.

Gaspar Noé’s Climax, Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage, and Mamoru Hosoda’s feature animation Mirai are among the features that will premiere in the 50th anniversary edition of Directors’ Fortnight this year.

Artistic director Edouard Waintrop unveiled his final selection, ahead of his departure this autumn, at a press conference at the Forum des Images in Paris on Tuesday (April 17). The 50th edition line-up – running May 9-19 - comprises 20 features and another 11 short films.

“I would like to thank the
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Kyle Mooney Stars as Out-of-Work Fish Man in Cut 'SNL' Sketch

John Mulaney’s hosting stint on this weekend's Saturday Night Live may have included a number of celebrity cameos and absurd looks, but one sketch that was cut for time brought about the most impressive costume of the week.

In the short titled Fish Dreams, Kyle Mooney plays The Shape of Water's star, Fish Man. While his acting prospects seem positive — including Martin Scorsese requesting he topline a mob movie set in Atlantis called Fishfellas — Fish Man clearly wants to take a new professional path: pursuing his passion of creating art.

When his best friend and fellow fish-man Roger (Mulaney) shows...
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Driver Filmed a Surprise Cameo for Unaired ‘Shape of Water’ Sketch

‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Driver Filmed a Surprise Cameo for Unaired ‘Shape of Water’ Sketch
The Amazonian creature from “The Shape of Water” had a difficult decade after he and Sally Hawkins sought their happily-ever-after in a Baltimore canal — at least according to the collective imagination of the “Saturday Night Live” writing staff. A cut-for-time taped sketch from this weekend’s John Mulaney-hosted episode follows the downward career trajectory of amphibious actor Fish Man (Kyle Mooney), star of Guillermo del Toro’s recent Best Picture Oscar winner. The character was actually played by six-time del Toro collaborator Doug Jones, who answered to the onset nickname “Charlie Tuna.”

“Fish Dreams” opens in agent (Beck Bennett)’s office, where Fish Man passes up a part in Martin Scorsese’s ocean-set “Goodfellas” remake (“Fishfellas”), eager to stock his just-leased gallery space with his original photographs. At Fish Man’s art opening, his pal and fellow gilled actor, Roger (Mulaney) gets his permission to pursue the role instead.
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