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Ghost Dog 2 Starting Production in New York Next Month?

Ghost Dog 2 Starting Production in New York Next Month?
Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog came out of left field and introduced Forest Whitaker as a silent warrior nearly 20 years ago, and now, rumblings of Ghost Dog 2 have started to get louder. Back in November of last year, Wu-Tang Clan rapper and producer RZA revealed that he was working on the sequel and announced that both Jarmusch and Whitaker would be returning. However, not a lot has been talked about since then, and RZA was unsure of how the project would take shape, either as a series or a big screen movie. Now, it looks like Jim Jarmusch is working on a mysterious project that begins filming in July.

Omega Underground reports that Tilda Swinton recently teased that she was going to be doing a project with director Jim Jarmusch, but she did not offer any other information on the film. The report goes on to state that the
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‘Hereditary’ and 9 Other Indie Horror Films to Watch Next (Photos)

‘Hereditary’ and 9 Other Indie Horror Films to Watch Next (Photos)
The best scares always come from unexpected places. Within the last few years, there’s been a wake of indie horror films breaking into the mainstream. Without the same star power or effects as your typical studio horror film, these are films that rely on mood, style and character to create a feeling of dread rather than jump scares. The latest is “Hereditary,” the debut film of Ari Aster that premiered at Sundance and is quickly earning a reputation as one of the scariest movies ever. If after seeing it you’ve got a renewed taste for blood, here are nine other recent horror gems that use their modest scale to their advantage.
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Anthony Bourdain: My "Cinematic Dream" Filming With Asia Argento and Christopher Doyle in Hong Kong (Guest Column)

If it's not clear from my shows over the past 16 or 17 years, I like movies. I love movies.

On Parts Unknown, we reference films frequently — and whenever possible, invite filmmakers I admire to talk about their work and the places that inform it. I've been lucky enough over the years to have had a number of great artists on camera: Francis Ford Coppola (for Puglia and Basilicata), Darren Aronofsky, the late, great Vilmos Zsigmond (Hungary) and Abel Ferrara (Rome). In an upcoming episode, we sit down with Jim Jarmusch and Amos Poe.

I have ...
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Horror Highlights: The Axiom Trailer, Release Details for Orion Classics’ The Domestics, Billy Boy Comic Books

The trailer for The Axiom is here (after being shown alongside the poster at Cannes Film Festival) and headlines today's Horror Highlights. Also in today's Highlights: the recently relaunched Orion Classics announced a release date for The Domestics and we have news on a Kickstarter campaign for Billy Boy comics.

Watch The Axiom Trailer: Press Release: "May 28, 2018: Genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the new trailer and poster for The Axiom, which was launched at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

The shingle is repping world rights on the supernatural thriller, which stars The Hobbit’s William Kircher as well as Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, and Nicole Dambro.

At the risk of her friend’s safety, a young woman travels into a National forest, in search for her missing sister. Once in the wilderness, they discover they have entered a multi-dimensional world full of monsters.

The film was written and directed by Nicholas Woods.
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‘Star Wars’ is to Blame for the Delay of Leos Carax’s Next Film

It’s been six long years since Leos Carax premiered Holy Motors at the Cannes Film Festival and we’ve been awaiting his follow-up ever since. Gestating for a many number of years, his English-language musical Annettte tells the tragic story of a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He then finds himself alone with his 2-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift. The project has gone through a number of casting iterations, but the director has been holding out for his lead, Adam Driver, who has now been confirmed to be the main factor for the delay.

Sparks’ Russell Mael, who co-wrote the script with brother and band-mate Ron Mael and whose music will be featured in the film, has spoken to Independent to confirm the great news that the Amazon Studios production is still moving forward. However it is “taking longer than we had hoped” due
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Orion Classics relaunches as specialty distribution platform

Orion Classics relaunches as specialty distribution platform
Label originally launched in 1983; titles included Pedro Almodóvar’s Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.

MGM-owned Orion Pictures has revived Orion Classics 35 years after its launch, reconfiguring it as a platform for multi-platform and specialised releases that will also use what the company said would be “innovative alternative distribution strategies worldwide.”

The company plans to release eight to 10 films a year across genres starting with Mike P. Nelson’s thriller The Domestics (pictured) starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin in the Us theatrically on June 28 and on VOD and digital a day later.

Orion Classics was formed
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Orion Classics Re-Launching With Kate Bosworth-Tyler Hoechlin’s ‘Domestics’

Orion Classics is relaunching with the thriller “The Domestics” on June 28 in theaters, followed by a video on demand release the next day.

MGM made the announcement Monday, saying the MGM label will focus on multiplatform and specialized releases as well as acquisitions utilizing “emerging and innovative” alternative distribution strategies worldwide. The label will release between eight and 10 films per year across genres.

Mike P. Nelson directed “The Domestics,” starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin. The story, written by Nelson, is set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions as Bosworth and Hoechlin’s characters race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety. The film’s world premiere is set for opening night at the Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago on June 21.

The Domestics” also stars Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno, Dana Gourrier, Thomas Francis Murphy, and David Dastmalchian. The movie was produced by
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Review: ‘Boom for Real’ is an Adequate Overview of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Operating in the subgenre of talking-head art doc, where a filmmaker close to their subject sit and talk with friends about the good ol’ days, Sara Driver’s Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat may not be the most engaging way to tell this story. Basquiat, himself a star of Downtown 81, has been a subject of fascination for many filmmakers from fellow painter Julian Schnabel’s director debut Basquiat in 1996 to Tamra Davis’ 2010 documentary The Radiant Child. Boom for Real, focuses its lens on the Lower East Side of 1978, a waste land of buildings torched by landlords for the insurance money, an open city in the shadows of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Driver tells the story through the eyes of those that were there from gallerists to hip hop icons like Afrika Bambaataa and Fab 5 Freddie who merged new wave and hip hop as the gallery and
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Adam Driver on White Privilege, ‘Star Wars,’ and Why ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Reflects His Desire to Chase His Favorite Directors

Adam Driver on White Privilege, ‘Star Wars,’ and Why ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Reflects His Desire to Chase His Favorite Directors
Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” depicts the experiences of Colorado police officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who impersonates a white man on the phone to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, but it’s not only focused on him. In order to go undercover at Klan meetings, Stallworth sends fellow officer Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) in his place, forcing the white character to confront his own struggles with a Jewish identity he’s repressed for years when experiencing the group’s antisemitism up close.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Driver was still thinking through Zimmerman’s dilemma. “It’s not something where he punches his card each day and doesn’t take it personally,” he said on a terrance overlooking the French Riviera. “He’s affected by what he’s doing as much as he tries to say that he’s not. He’s confronted for the first time in his
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Cannes: Jim Jarmusch Curated An ’80s Playlist to Play Before Directors’ Fortnight Films and You Can Listen to It Right Here

Cannes: Jim Jarmusch Curated An ’80s Playlist to Play Before Directors’ Fortnight Films and You Can Listen to It Right Here
If the pre-show unspooling before screenings at this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section has felt particularly groovy, you can thank filmmaker Jim Jarmusch for assembling his very own ’80s-era playlist to play before various films roll out in the parallel sidebar.

The “Paterson” and “Broken Flowers” director might not have a film at this year’s festival, but he’s apparently contributed quite a lineup of favorite ’80s songs to at least one portion of the fest. Jarmusch has previously screened most of his films at the festival, from “Coffee and Cigarettes” (which won the Palme d’Or for short films in 1993) to his Stooges documentary “Gimme Danger” back in 2006.

Read More: 19 Major Filmmakers Who Broke Out at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, From Martin Scorsese to Sofia Coppola

Thanks to Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan for tweeting a picture of the full playlist, which includes hip hop and rap jams,
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Rebellion, protests and A-list directors: 50 years of Cannes Directors' Fortnight (needs a pic)

Rebellion, protests and A-list directors: 50 years of Cannes Directors' Fortnight (needs a pic)
Conceived amid the French social unrest of 1968, and born in 1969, Directors’ Fortnight celebrates its 50th edition this year.

Martin Scorsese is a filmmaker more associated with Cannes Official Selection than the sidebars running alongside but this year he hit Directors’ Fortnight to receive its honorary Carrosse d’Or and participate in the opening of its 50th edition in a programme of events billed as “an exceptional day with Mr Scorsese”.

The Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning director also assisted in a screening of his breakthrough picture Mean Streets, which premiered internationally in the then renegade section in 1974, and took part
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Amazon Studios Will No Longer Distribute Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Amazon Studios Will No Longer Distribute Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’
American audiences looking forward to streaming Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” on Amazon will have to make other plans. According to a source with knowledge of the production, Amazon Studios is no longer handling the domestic release.

Amazon Studios committed significant financing to the feature, which draws inspiration from Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes’ two-part novel, “Don Quixote,” published in 1605 and 1615. Gilliam wrapped production on June 17, 2017, nearly 20 years after he began his first attempt at the infamously troubled project. Its cursed reputation was again referenced with Tuesday’s reports that 77-year-old Gilliam is now recovering from a weekend stroke.

According to The Telegraph, in early 2016, producer Paulo Branco pledged €16 million (almost $22 million) to help Gilliam finish his magnum opus. Gilliam’s lawyer, Benjamin Sarfati, contends that in the end, “untrustworthy” Branco “didn’t have the money;” producer and director parted ways before “Quixote” finally began shooting.

Terry
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Film Review: ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’

Film Review: ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’
In the three decades since he died, at 27, of a heroin overdose, Jean-Michel Basquiat has come to be thought of in timeless terms. With every passing year, his paintings only rise in acclaim, in price, in the essential perception of where he stands in the pantheon of 20th century art. But it wasn’t always that way. In his time, Basquiat was a celebrated but intensely controversial figure. There are still those who look at Basquiat’s art and don’t see the totemic poetry of it; they see words and blotches and scrawls. Yet if you’re a Basquiat believer, as I am, what’s extraordinary about his work is that it is composed of words and blotches and scrawls — but when you look at the paintings, they’re alive. They pulsate.

There are other painters whose work has this aspect (Jackson Pollock springs to mind), but in Basquiat
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Steve Buscemi and Alexandre Rockwell Revisit ‘In the Soup,’ the Sundance Hit That Left Its Director Struggling For a Purpose

Steve Buscemi and Alexandre Rockwell Revisit ‘In the Soup,’ the Sundance Hit That Left Its Director Struggling For a Purpose
Among the many American independent films made in the ‘90s, few reflect the climate better than “In the Soup.” Director Alexandre Rockwell’s black-and-white comedy, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, follows wannabe New York filmmaker Adolpho Rolo (a young Steve Buscemi) as he attempts to turn his 500-page screenplay into a movie starring his next-door neighbor Angelica (Jennifer Beals). Adolpho’s ambitions are exploited by the mysterious Joe (Seymour Cassel in one of his most endearing performances). The alternately charming and confrontational cigar-chomping raconteur proclaims his desire to produce Adolpho’s movie, while forcing him into a series of strange criminal antics, as Adolpho’s project drifts further away from his original intentions.

The scrappy movie resembles the indie-filmmaking energy at the time — not for nothing does Jim Jarmusch make a cameo — and remains a charming statement on the conflict between artistic passion and
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Blu-ray Review: Dead Man On Criterion Remains One Of Jarmusch's Defining Films

Jim Jarmusch is a filmmaker whose work helped to define me as a young cinephile twenty-five years ago. I was a high school kid in the suburbs and getting to an arthouse theater involved driving upwards of an hour to Berkeley or San Francisco at a time when that wasn't so easy. Lucky for me, there was one American auteur whose work was always available at my local video stores, and that was Jarmusch. I remember being first exposed to his idiosyncratic style by a friend who'd rented Down By Law when we were both about thirteen years old. It was unlike any other film I'd ever seen, certainly strange for a contemporary film. Shot in black and white, frequently odd dialogue and exchanges between...

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Claire Denis: ‘I couldn’t care less about the Weinstein affair'

French director and critics’ darling Claire Denis talks about her new film with Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu, the appeal of Robert Pattinson – and why the Weinstein affair has changed nothing

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In her new film, Let the Sunshine In, Juliette Binoche plays an intelligent, creative, beautiful woman who seeks sexual rapture with men who are variously pompous, self-absorbed, rebarbative and physically unprepossessing. We’ve seen this scenario before in countless French films – but they’re usually directed by pompous, self-absorbed, rebarbative, physically unprepossessing men. It’s unusual to see this story told by a woman – and especially by Claire Denis, one of the most challenging and innovative film-makers at work today.

Denis is a writer and director with a ferociously individual vision: her output is unpredictable, sometimes intransigently tough. Formerly assistant director to Jim Jarmusch,
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‘Night Eats the World’ Review: Here’s the Most Innovative Zombie Movie Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Tribeca

‘Night Eats the World’ Review: Here’s the Most Innovative Zombie Movie Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Tribeca
Over the decades, zombie movies have evolved into the pop songs of the horror genre, following the same familiar beats with varying results. Typically, they involve some kind of sudden outbreak, followed by an act or two in which survivors figure out that carnivorous undead lurk around every ominous corner. There’s usually some combination of decomposing flesh, frantic musings on morality, and dime-store social commentary. “Night Eats the World” checks all those boxes, but this first feature from French director Dominique Rocher fuses them into an extraordinary meditation on loneliness and despair. For the recluse at the movie’s center, zombies provide just another excuse to shun the outside world.

As “Night Eats the World” begins, moody instrumentalist Sam (the great Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie) attains a lively party where he feels out of place. Heading to an empty room to brood, he promptly falls asleep; when he wakes up,
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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Emma Forrest — “Untogether”

“Untogether”: Untogether Films LLC

Emma Forrest is a columnist, novelist, screenwriter, and director. Her novels include “Namedropper,” “Thin Skin,” and “Cherries in the Snow,” and she penned the acclaimed memoir “Your Voice in My Head.” “Untogether” is her directorial and screenwriting feature film debut.

Untogether” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Ef: How to create a loving relationship when you both feel damaged and dangerous. It’s funny-sad — like life.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Ef: I started writing it after a one night stand with the man who would become my husband. I was trying to make sense of feeling so incredibly, chemically drawn to someone I didn’t feel I could make it work with. By the time we started shooting we’d been married almost five years, and had
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K5 International Buys into Blockchain Group White Rabbit

German-British production and sales group K5 is teaming up with Norwegian blockchain company White Rabbit in the latest partnership between the old school film business and the cutting-edge tech of blockchain, the foundational technology behind Bitcoin.

K5 announced Wednesday its K5 International division would take a financial stake in Oslo-based White Rabbit and that K5 co-founder Daniel Baur would join White Rabbit's advisory board. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the agreement, K5 will give White Rabbit access to its library of feature films, which include Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, a co-production with Amazon Studios, and Martin...
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Blockchain Firm White Rabbit Signs Movie Deal With K5 Intl. (Exclusive)

K5 Intl., part of film financing and production company K5 Media Group, which has produced movies starring Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irons, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Paul Walker and Ethan Hawke, has inked a strategic partnership with and will financially back White Rabbit, a company that employs P2P streaming and blockchain technology to distribute films and TV shows.

K5 will provide access to its library of 50-plus films to White Rabbit, and K5 co-founder Daniel Baur will join the White Rabbit advisory board. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

“I have been actively searching the blockchain space for over a year, looking for companies that can have a massive impact on the film industry,” Baur said in a statement. “With White Rabbit, I saw a product that properly integrates blockchain and embraces the existing entertainment industry and fans in a unique way. We believe White Rabbit will disrupt the film and television industry,
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