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Jodie Foster and Jason Bateman Reveal Directing Secrets: How They Trick Fellow Actors Into Being Better

Jodie Foster and Jason Bateman Reveal Directing Secrets: How They Trick Fellow Actors Into Being Better
While filming Panic Room, Jodie Foster once did 110 takes of a single scene.

Speaking at a Netflix Emmy FYSee event at Raleigh Studios on Friday night, Foster explained that while working with directors like David Fincher was the greatest film school, her style behind the camera is a markedly different approach.

Directors bounce back and forth between controlling and freedom. "I'm the fast and furious one," Foster said. I like the energy of having the actors understand that we are so prepared and we've all organized and orchestrated everything, whether it's the camera moves or the visuals as much as possible. We all know ahead of time what we're going to do because I want them to feel like they're firing. They do two takes and they move on to the next thing. It gives the acting a different energy, because they can't second-guess themselves."
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Former Yellow Bird CEO producer joins Cinenord

Former Yellow Bird CEO producer joins Cinenord
Anni Faurbye Fernandez is also a co-founder of Good Company Films.

Norwegian production company Cinenord has appointed Denmark’s Anni Faurbye Fernandez as a new partner in the company, as it continues its Scandinavian expansion.

Fernandez is formerly CEO of Yellow Bird and co-founder of Good Company Films. Her production credits include the original Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and David Fincher’s Us remake; the Norwegian thriller Headhunters, BBC’s Wallander and Norwegian hit show Occupied.

Cinenord partners Silje Hopland Eik and Alexander Eik have produced and co-produced 28 feature films and three TV shows over the past 14 years,
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IndieLisboa Review: Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s ‘A Paris Education’ is a Nostalgic, Anachronistic Dive Into a New Wave World

Halfway through writer-director Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s cinephile coming-of-age story A Paris Education, a girl confronts a budding filmmaker: “You seem out of touch with reality… like you live an armchair life.” It is not the first time aspiring cineastes in Civeyrac’s IndieLisboa entry get scolded for being self-centered navel-gazers, nor does the slap feel entirely undeserved. A mélange between Garrel’sRegular Lovers (with which it shares a gorgeous black and white cinematography, courtesy of Dp Pierre-Hubert Martin) and Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden (of which it echoes the same affection for deranged, self-destructive loners), A Paris Education follows the solipsistic journeys of a few film students whose only real concern in life seem to be whether or not they’ll ever join the ranks of the auteurs they binge-watch before reality catches up with their dreams.

Long-haired and clean-shaven Etienne (Andranic Manet) is the protagonist. A native of Lyon, he
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Movie Review – Breaking In (2018)

Breaking In, 2018.

Directed by James McTeigue.

Starring Gabrielle Union, Seth Carr, Ajiona Alexus, Christa Miller, Jason George, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Levi Meaden and Damien Leake.


A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

Bless Gabrielle Union for the thoroughly undeserved commitment she lends to this fundamentally naff yet mildly efficient home invasion thriller. You’ve probably seen movies like Breaking In many, many times before, and while this isn’t an especially spirited rendition, its mediocrity is somewhat offset by the solid work both in front of and behind the camera.

In a half-baked attempt to elevate itself above similar entries into the genre, the film sees Union’s Shaun Russell and her two children shacking up at her late father’s high-tech fortress of a home in order to settle his affairs. Before long, a quartet of thieves arrive on the scene, dead set
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‘Breaking In’ Review: Dir. James McTeigue (2018)

Breaking In review: James McTeigue directs this thriller with Gabrielle Union from a screenplay from the writer of The Commuter.

Breaking In review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Breaking In review

Although it has passed us by, Mother’s Day is coming to the Us, and therefore it is time to churn out an easy to market film for those who haven’t planned for the special occasion. With the tagline ‘Payback is a Mother’, and a stern looking Gabrielle Union on the poster, this is a fantasy thriller for audiences that like to whoop at the protagonist’s ability to overcome her assailants. The plot is simple, home invaders come to house looking for a safe, take children hostage, and suffer retribution from the mother. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it also lacks a single original thought. Anyone who has seen any films with a similar plot has
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Cannes Review: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ Leaves a Sour Note on Opening Night

Disregarding the vomitus of clichés with which Asghar Farhadi introduces the rural Spanish milieu of Everybody Knows, for the first half-hour or so, the Iranian director actually appears to be trying something more structurally daring and compelling than in any of his previous work. In depicting Laura’s (Penélope Cruz) return from Argentina to attend a family wedding in her native village, the film flits through a vast number of characters and locations, drawing a complex web of connections amongst family members, friends and other villagers. The rapid succession of very short scenes disallows for a clear character configuration to emerge. Instead, a feeling of intimate acquaintance between all inhabitants of the small village is established, while the uneasy mix of social classes and scattered intimations of discontent amongst some of the characters hints at a rotten underside to the pastoral joviality on show. The ominous disorientation that arises almost
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'Puzzle': Film Review

'Puzzle': Film Review
A bored businessman looking for a bit of excitement gets up to no good while his wife is away, and is ultimately caught in a nebulous conspiracy determined to unravel his picture-perfect life, in writer-director Lim Jin-Seung's Puzzle. A slow, respectably compelling start that recalls David Fincher's The Game (narratively, if not tonally) eventually gives way to a more rote thriller with a less-than-satisfying conclusion that's sure to infuriate many, many viewers.

A more cohesive film, with a sturdier foundation, than Lim's earlier, serviceable thriller Outdoor Begins and the prison romance Eun-ha, Puzzle is a modest genre piece that will...
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Showbiz Celebrates 45 Years of Victor Loewy’s Impact on Independent Cinema

Victor Loewy overcame a childhood of adversity to make a mark on the landscape of Canadian cinema and worldwide film distribution.

“I grew up in Romania, and my childhood was not normal in any traditional sense,” Loewy says.

Both his parents’ families died in the Holocaust. His father left the family when he was only a year old, and he lived with his mother and sister in communist Bucharest until age 18.

Then, in 1964, they were allowed to immigrate to Montreal. Loewy went on to graduate with a B.A. in German and economics from McGill U. in 1971, before jumping head-first into an industry of which he wasn’t exactly.

“I was most intrigued by the business side of filmmaking, the dealmaking world and distribution. Before that, I’d seen films strictly as entertainment, but I figured I could do something exciting within the world of cinema.”

While music, food, clothing design
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Win a Copy of New Horizons! [Contest]

We're giving away three eBook copies of Christopher Webster's survival adventure "New Horizons"! The novel, inspired in equal parts by "Lord of the Flies" and David Fincher's "The Game" follows the story of 15 year-old Marcus Riley who is forced to survive when he is sent to a "brat camp" that is mysteriously free of adults.

"New Horizons" was published by StoryFix Media.

About New Horizons:

Kids call it The Compound - an endless wilderness enclave where teens rule and every day is a fight for survival. A world out-of-time where an elaborate culture has arise
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‘A Simple Favor’ Trailer: Anna Kendrick Tries to Uncover Why Blake Lively is Gone, Girl

‘A Simple Favor’ Trailer: Anna Kendrick Tries to Uncover Why Blake Lively is Gone, Girl
Forget the wine: grab your martini glasses and get ready for the next steamy suburban thriller of 2018. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in the mystery thriller A Simple Favor, which looks like it’s the next lurid adaptation that will try to recapture the popularity of David Fincher’s Gone Girl. A Simple Favor Trailer A Simple Favor follows […]

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Mark Ruffalo movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Foxcatcher’

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Mark Ruffalo movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Foxcatcher’
Although highly regarded as a theater star — he earned a Tony nomination in 2006 for “Awake and Sing!” and just returned to Broadway last season in “The Price” — Mark Ruffalo is for most people a bona fide movie star. For his film performances, he has been nominated for three Oscars, two Golden Globes and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one as part of the ensemble cast of “Spotlight” in 2015.

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These days, however, Ruffalo’s greatest fame is largely thanks to his being part of the Marvel universe, having taken over the roles of Dr. Bruce Banner and The Hulk in 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.” After a cameo performance in 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” Ruffalo’s Hulk also appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015, “Thor: Ragnarok” in 2017 and is now in theaters in “Avengers: Infinity War.
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Sharp Objects Trailer: Amy Adams Finds An Unsafe Place In HBO’s Miniseries

The first trailer for HBO’s upcoming Amy Adams-starring limited series, Sharp Objects, has arrived and it’s as unsettling a story as you’d expect from the author of Gone Girl. The miniseries is an adaptation of the novel of the same name from Gillian Flynn, who was in the news recently for signing an overall deal with Amazon. Oddly, that deal was to deliver an adaptation of the U.K. conspiracy series Utopia, which HBO passed on over budgetary concerns, despite having David Fincher on board to direct.
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David Fincher will make another season of Mindhunter before World War Z 2

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David Fincher’s World War Z was a fairly big hit, but Fincher, Paramount, and original star Brad Pitt have had a surprisingly difficult time getting a sequel off the ground.For one thing, the original came out in 2013—which is like 12 Marvel movies ago, if that’s how you keep track of time—and the sequel burned…

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Mindhunter: Season Two Directors Revealed for Netflix Series

Mindhunter has some new company. According to The Playlist, Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin will direct season two of the Netflix TV show alongside David Fincher.The crime drama centers on FBI Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), who realizes the bureau needs a deeper understanding of violent psychopaths’ motivations. The cast also includes Holt McCallanay, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross, Cotter Smith, Stacey Roca, Joe Tuttle, Alex Morf, Duke Lafoon, Peter Murnik, Sonny Valicenti, Cameron Britton, and Happy Anderson.Read More…
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World War Z sequel reportedly pushed back, yet again

Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures announced that it had pushed back production on the zombie blockbuster sequel World War Z from the summer to the fall, and now comes word of another delay, this time preventing the movie from shooting this year.

The original decision to move back production was to allow returning star Brad Pitt time to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but with director David Fincher now turning his attention to the second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter, it seems the plan is to begin production on World War Z 2 some time in 2019.

The Playlist reports that the sequel remains firmly in development, and locating scouting in Spain, Sweden and Texas has taken place. However, it’s said that the script – which last had Steven Knight and Dennis Kelly attached – “isn’t quite there” and still needs work before the project moves ahead.
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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’

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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’
You’ll often hear directors say that each movie is really three movies: The one on the page, the one you shoot, and the one you end up with in the final cut. That gives you three chances to get it right or mess it up even more, but nothing beats a solid foundation and well-crafted blueprint. At least with a great screenplay, you know it will be a lot harder to mess up the other two phases.

Any consideration of the best movies of the past 18 years takes on new context when considered exclusively in terms of their screenplays. There are some obvious masters of the form, such as Charlie Kaufman and Kenneth Lonergan, not to mention the clockwork-like precision of the Pixar story factory, which is why they all have two films on this list. Many of the films here were robbed of Oscar nominations, including from David Fincher
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World War Z 2 Production Delayed Again, Will We Ever See It?

World War Z 2 Production Delayed Again, Will We Ever See It?
For those of you hoping that World War Z 2 was actually going to begin filming this year, now would be a good time to start tempering expectations. David Fincher, the director behind such cinematic masterworks as Seven and Fight Club, has been courted to direct the long-awaited sequel, with the help of his frequent collaborator Brad Pitt, who is set to reprise his role in the follow-up. While Fincher coming on board seemed great, it's been troublesome actually getting the movie in production and it looks as though things are going to be delayed even further, as Fincher is busy shooting Mindhunter for Netflix.

According to a new report, David Fincher is deep into production on Mindhunter season 2, which should last through the summer, with post-production taking him into the fall. Unfortunately, that presents a bit of a conflict. We last reported that World War Z 2 was finally aiming
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World War Z 2 Pushed Back To 2019 As Fincher Zeroes In On Mindhunter

We have a status report for World War Z 2, and it’s bad news for those of you out there pining for David Fincher to direct a big-budget blockbuster.

Despite tentative plans for the zombie sequel to begin filming sometime this year, The Playlist is reporting that Paramount has shelved production until 2019 so that David Fincher can shift his focus over to Mindhunter season 2 ahead of its own start later this month. Word is the Powers That Be had been scouting for possible locations across Bilbao, Spain, Sweden, and Texas, before deciding that the World War Z 2 script still needed a little more time in the oven before Fincher and his team can yell “action!” for the first time.

Previous drafts have been turned in by Steven Knight (Locke) and Dennis Kelly (Utopia), though it’s unclear as yet who – if anyone – is tackling the screenplay for Paramount at the moment.
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