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Female Filmmakers Center Stage at Sundance Film Festival London

Female Filmmakers Center Stage at Sundance Film Festival London
Seven of the dozen films screening at Sundance Film Festival: London 2018 are directed by women as the U.K. edition of the indie festival puts female filmmakers center stage.

The selection includes the U.K. premieres of Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (pictured), Crystal Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen,” and the international premiere of Augustine Frizzel’s “Never Goin’ Back.” The organizers said the lineup “champions female voices and highlights some of the broad and excellent women-led work direct from Sundance Utah.”

Other international premieres include Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” and Amy Adrion’s “Half the Picture.” Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn,” Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth,” Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace,” and Jennifer Fox’s “The Tale,” will all have their U.K. premieres, as will Idris Elba’s “Yardie.”

Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” will also have its international premiere and its star,
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Sundance London to screen Idris Elba's 'Yardie', 'Skate Kitchen' at 2018 edition

Sundance London to screen Idris Elba's 'Yardie', 'Skate Kitchen' at 2018 edition
12 features programmed for festival’s 2018 London offshoot.

The 2018 edition of Sundance’s UK festival offshoot, Sundance London, has unveiled its programme.

A total of 12 features will screen, including the UK premiere of Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie and an unannounced surprise film.

The event will open with the UK premiere of Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, and will host the European premiere of Hereditary, with star Toni Collette in attendance for a Q&A.

Further UK premieres include Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s follow up to her Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone, Desiree Akhavan
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Milos Forman (‘Amadeus’) voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s, as orchestrated by you [Poll Results]

Milos Forman (‘Amadeus’) voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s, as orchestrated by you [Poll Results]
Milos Forman, who passed away on April 13, has been voted your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 1980s for his masterwork “Amadeus.” The biopic chronicled the infamous rivalry between Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Much like the film itself being your preferred Best Picture winner of the ’80s, Forman was your choice for the top Best Director winner of the decade in Gold Derby’s recent poll.

Forman won with 22% of the vote, with Oliver Stone (“Platoon”) coming in second place with a respectable 16%. It was a tie for third between James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment”) and Robert Redford (“Ordinary People”) at 11% apiece. Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”) rounded out the top five with 9% of the vote. Next up, Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) came in sixth with 8%, Richard Attenborough (“Gandhi”) came in seventh with 7% and Bernardo Bertolucci (“The Last Emperor”) came in
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‘The Sting’ Theater Review: Harry Connick Jr Aims to Go From Ragtime to Riches

‘The Sting’ Theater Review: Harry Connick Jr Aims to Go From Ragtime to Riches
It’s not hard to see why someone imagined a stage musical could be made out of “The Sting,” the 1973 Oscar Best Picture winner starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Depression-era con artists who pull off the ultimate heist. After all, George Roy Hill’s artfully constructed film leaned heavily on Scott Joplin’s ragtime tunes — providing fodder for many a ’70s-era student-piano recital rendition of “The Entertainer” and “Rose Leaf Rag.”

There’s much to admire in the new stage musical version of “The Sting,” which opened Sunday for a pre-Broadway run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey — starting with the tap-tastic choreography of Tony winner Warren Carlyle, whose ensemble work is truly showstopping here.

The production has found an emerging star in J. Harrison Ghee as Booker, the green hothead con artist that Redford played on screen, even elevating a racial subplot of the film (Redford’s Booker was called a “n-word-lover” for helping a black man on the street) into a front-and-center element of the story. Ghee has a spry energy that suits his impetuous character, and a golden voice to match.

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Ghee almost manages to upstage the show’s above-the-marquee star, Harry Connick Jr., as Booker’s older, wiser con-artist mentor, first played by Newman in the film. Here, his wizard-like character, Gondorff, is introduced as a “piano monkey in a whorehouse” who spends more time tickling the ivories as he does palming cards or picking pockets.

Connick is a wiz at the piano, of course, riffing on Mark Hollman’s deliberately Joplin-esque score on stage, and he also proves to be surprisingly nimble on his feet during dance numbers like the Act 2 curtain-raiser “This Ain’t No Song and Dance.” (He’s also credited with additional music and lyrics.)

The difficulty is that not all of the movie’s virtues have been successfully integrated into the new medium. Hollman (“Urinetown”) serves up mostly jazz-lite pastiche, and the lyrics by longtime collaborator Greg Kotis seldom do much more than advance the plot or bide time till the next dance break.

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As to the plot: Some of the best lines in Bob Martin’s book are lifted directly from David S. Ward’s original screenplay, and the very structure of musical theater allows us to linger over some of the less felicitous elements of the story.

Take for instance, the women, who were always more like accessories in the original film and again feel like missed opportunities to flesh out parallel romantic subplots. Connick’s brothel-owning buddy and on-again-off-again lover (Kate Shindle) is given a number or two of her own — but not much real agency, or even a duet with Connick’s Gondorff.

The same goes for Janet Dacal’s waitress Loretta, who gets a first-act duet and a second-act torch song but still feels more like an afterthought. When she agrees to invite Hooker into her apartment late in the second act, you can almost feel director John Rando handing notes to Carlyle to find a dance ballet sequence to fill in the gaps in the storytelling.

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Martin’s script has the unfortunate habit of protracting unimportant elements of the story — the overlong show could easily lose 20 minutes, including a drawn-out scene in a Western Union office — while passing up chances to explore other aspects of the story that the film gave short shrift.

There’s a moment when Hooker is on the spot, cornered by the feds who want him to turn on his partner in crime. But he hastily and uncharacteristically agrees, without a moment of reflection, or a song to explore the upsides, downsides or consequences of his apparent act of betrayal.

Despite these flaws, “The Sting” still has the power to enchant with its deliberate artifice and syncopated charm. There’s good reason why the film has forever been associated with “The Entertainer.”

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‘Start a collective’: Iff Panama gender parity panel advocates industry change

‘Start a collective’: Iff Panama gender parity panel advocates industry change
Panellists discuss mentors, manuals and experiences.

The need for strong mentors, mutual support, and strong workplace boundaries were among the themes that emerged from an Iff Panama panel on the role of women.

“Start a collective of women because that’s the most powerful thing,” New York-based producer Laura Michalchyshyn said. “That’s how you start to make change. As a producer I ask who are the lead and who are the supporting roles. If women are attached to minor roles or demeaning roles without substance, I throw it in the trash.”

Michalchyshyn (pictured far right), who co-founded Sundance Productions
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Panama: Laura Michalchyshyn on ‘Bobby Kennedy for President,’ Women in Film, Projects

Panama: Laura Michalchyshyn on ‘Bobby Kennedy for President,’ Women in Film, Projects
Panama City — Producer Laura Michalchyshyn attended Iff Panama for a 90-minute panel on The Role of Women in a Globalised World, also featuring the Swedish Film Institute CEO, Anna Serner, Brazilian producer Vania Catani (“The Movie of My Life”), and actresses Laura Gomez (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Judith Rodríguez (“Cocote”). The round table was moderated by fest director, Pituka Ortega Heilbron.

Speaking to Variety after the panel, Michalchyshyn talked about the panel and her current projects, including docu “Bobby Kennedy for President,” directed by Dawn Porter (“Gideon’s Army,” “Trapped”), which will world premiere at Tribeca on April 25. It has its global release on Netflix on April 27.

For the series, Porter relied on rare and never-before-seen archival footage – much of it digitized for the first time. Michalchyshyn’s other recent projects include comedy series “Crawford”, with creator/director Mike Clattenburg, and feature documentary “Momentum Generation,” about the surfing world with the Zimbalist Brothers.
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Theatre Review: "The Sting" Starring Harry Connick Jr At The Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey

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By Lee Pfeiffer

I've become somewhat jaded and downright cynical when it comes to the tidal wave of musical stage productions based on popular, non-musical motion pictures. So it was with a sense of wariness that I approached the world premiere engagement of "The Sting" at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. After all, the classic, Oscar-winning 1973 film doesn't need musical production numbers to "improve it". There was already a great deal of interest in the production prior to the relatively last-minute announcement last month that the production would star Harry Connick, Jr. That sent already healthy tickets sales into overdrive and you'd be hard-pressed to find seats for the engagement, which runs through April 29. It doesn't take long to set aside one's suspicions that this might be a lightweight rip-off of a great film. As with all Papermill shows, this one first impresses with its creative and often ingenious
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Cops & Ladies: Sharon Gless Remembers the Original 'Cagney & Lacey' (Exclusive)

Excitement is building over the pilot for cop series reboot Cagney & Lacey, which is set to star Grey Anatomy’s Sarah Drew as Christine Cagney and Blindspot’s Michelle Hurd as Mary Beth Lacey, a pair of New York City police detectives who couldn’t be more different. One of the people feeling that excitement is actress Sharon Gless, who played Cagney against Tyne Daly’s Lacey in the original series from the 1980s. “First of all, imitation is the highest form of flattery, so it’s quite flattering if they want to do it again," Sharon says in this exclusive chat from her Florida home. "It’s certainly time. I haven’t seen any of what they’re doing, but my feeling is that if you do Cagney & Lacey in this day and age, you could make it much darker than we were allowed to in the ‘80s.
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Tiger Woods Docuseries in the Works From Alex Gibney

Tiger Woods Docuseries in the Works From Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions are developing a docuseries based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s new biography on Tiger Woods. The book went on sale Tuesday.

New York Times best-selling author Benedict and Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Keteyian will executive produce the project with Gibney.

The docuseries, which doesn’t have a home yet, will chronicle Woods’ life, revealing intimate details of his past. Gibney will use “Tiger Woods” — the first biography that offers a comprehensive account of the athlete’s history — as the foundation for the series about Woods’ early years as an introverted child prodigy,
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Hereditary bringing frighteners to UK on June 8

It’s been branded the most frightening film in years. Yes we’ve heard that before, but all the signs are pointing towards Hereditary being the genuine article and the biggest chill since ‘The Beast from the East’. Now British cinema-goers can rest easy (in one way at least), because the date for its UK release has been set.

That’s right folks, put June 8 in your diaries, unless you happen to be Kanye West, who’ll be turning 41 on that day.

From A24, who gave us The Witch, Green Room and Lady Bird, the film is directed by Ari Aster and has a cast that contains two bona-fide stars in Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne. It’s also been branded “the most traumatically terrifying horror movie in ages” by The Av Club, although there hasn’t really been much in the way of competition in ages, something yours truly has bemoaned on several occasions.
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Months of Meryl: "Out of Africa"

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

#12 — Karen Blixen, aristocratic Danish author who owns a coffee plantation in Kenya during the first decades of the twentieth century.

John: Did Karen Blixen once have a farm in Africa? Like a marching zombie with arms outstretched, Karen intones this mantra via voiceover several times during Out of Africa, either because she remains in disbelief at her accomplishment or feels compelled to remind the viewer of a reason to focus on Ms. Blixen amid Sydney Pollack’s African travelogue.

Out of Africa tells the tale of Karen Blixen, a headstrong woman who relocates from Denmark to Kenya circa 1914 to marry her lover’s twin brother (Klaus Maria Brandauer), run a short-lived coffee plantation, and eventually fall in love with English game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). Out of Africa was a project that piqued but ultimately eluded such directors as Orson Welles,
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Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac To Join J.C. Chandor’s Netflix Film ‘Triple Frontier’

Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac are in talks to join the impressive cast of J.C. Chandor’s Netflix film Triple Frontier. The two join the already cast Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Adria Arjona in the film, so reports The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision.

The title refers to the area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, which is known as one of the world’s largest havens for organized crime. The story centres on five friends whose loyalties are tested when they reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences, so reports the trade.

Chandor’s previous films include Robert Redford’s survival drama All Is Lost and A Most Violent Year, which also starred Isaac.

Prep on the film seems to have already started over in Hawaii, where the film will shoot as well as in Columbia, as both actors
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Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s: Oliver Stone x 2, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s: Oliver Stone x 2, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford … ? [Poll]
The 1980s at the Oscars were full of matches between Best Picture and Best Director. Of the 10 Best Director winners, eight of their films won Best Picture, including Robert Redford, Richard Attenborough, James L. Brooks, Milos Forman, Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci and Barry Levinson. The only instances of a Picture/Director split were in 1981 when Warren Beatty won for “Reds” and 1989 when Stone won his second directing Oscar for “Born on the Fourth of July.”

So who is your favorite Best Director winner of the ’80s? Look back on each of their wins and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert Redford, “Ordinary People” (1980) — Redford’s directorial debut proved he had the chops, winning for the harrowing domestic drama “Ordinary People.” Redford’s other Oscar nominations were for “The Sting” (1973) in Best Actor and both Best Picture and Best Director for “Quiz Show” (1994).

SEEDirector Ava DuVernay
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What’s your favorite Best Picture Oscar winner of 1980s: ‘Rain Man,’ ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘Platoon’ … ? [Poll]

What’s your favorite Best Picture Oscar winner of 1980s: ‘Rain Man,’ ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘Platoon’ … ? [Poll]
The 1980s were a big era for the “epic” movie winning Best Picture at the Oscars. “Chariots of Fire,” “Gandhi,” “Out of Africa,” “Platoon” and “The Last Emperor” all share that grand-scale style of film that tends to be rewarded decade after decade at the Oscars. The ’80s also included just as many intense character studies winning Best Picture, including “Ordinary People,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Amadeus,” while others were on the lighter side, like “Rain Man” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

In this divisive decade, which Best Picture-winning film remains your favorite? Let us take a look back on each winner and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Ordinary People” (1980) — “Ordinary People,” Robert Redford‘s directing debut, has gotten a bad rap over the years for beating Martin Scorsese‘s “Raging Bull,” but it remains one of the most moving films to win Best Picture. The film tells
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‘Adrift’ First Trailer: Shailene Woodley and Sam Calflin Get Their Own ‘All Is Lost’ Survival Thriller

‘Adrift’ First Trailer: Shailene Woodley and Sam Calflin Get Their Own ‘All Is Lost’ Survival Thriller
All Is Lost” cast Robert Redford as a sailor struggling to survive while stranded at sea, and the upcoming “Adrift” does the same with Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. The Ya movie favorites are front and center in the latest survival thriller form “Everest” director Baltasar Kormákur.

Adrift” stars Woodley and Claflin as Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, two avid sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean. Their boat ends up damaged and Richard ends up injured after they travel straight into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history, forcing Tami to fight for both of their lives and find a way back to shore.

“Adrift” opens in theaters on June 1 via Stx Entertainment. Watch the first trailer below.
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Greg Shapiro Joins Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios as Head of Film

Greg Shapiro Joins Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios as Head of Film
Academy Award-winning feature film producer Greg Shapiro is re-teaming with Stuart Ford at his recently launched AGC Studios as head of film.

Ford, who carries the titles of chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement Monday. Shapiro will oversee all feature film development and production activity for the Los Angeles and London based studio.

Agc Studios was announced in February with significant backing from three key strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO Greg Clark; and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Shapiro will also be a stakeholder in Agc Studios alongside senior executives Ford and Chief Operating Officer Miguel Palos.

Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award for Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” which received five Academy Award nominations, and on Bigelow’s 2017 release “Detroit.” Since September, 2016, Shapiro has
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‘Condor’ Review: ‘Three Days of the Condor’ Takes Flight on TV in a Smartly Expanded Adaptation

‘Condor’ Review: ‘Three Days of the Condor’ Takes Flight on TV in a Smartly Expanded Adaptation
A movie based on a book. A TV show based on the movie. “Six Days of the Condor” to “Three Days of the Condor” to just this: “Condor,” the new Audience Network spy series that’s lost five days while expanding to 10 hours. Amid all these changes, something has to go wrong, right?

It’s not just that Sydney Pollack’s 1975 classic feels untouchable (and relatively timeless, despite the fact that part of Robert Redford’s job is reading newspapers); it’s that the series directly lifting from the film comes from a somewhat unproven pedigree and will play on a network only accessible to satellite subscribers.

Well, after the first two episodes, the latter point isn’t a warning so much as a shame. Jason Smilovic (“Lucky Number Slevin”) and Todd Katzberg’s “Condor” isn’t a “drop everything and subscribe to DirecTV” kind of show, but it is
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Captain America: Winter Soldier Changes the Game: Journey to Infinity War Part 9

As we travel the long and winding road to Infinity War with a look back at everything that came before it, there are some interesting bumps and dips. Marvel's Phase 2 got off to a rocky start, as we've discussed in looking back at Iron Man 3, which made a ton of money, but was something of a mixed bag and Thor: The Dark World, which wasn't good when it came out and has aged poorly. However, Steve Rogers came to the rescue with what might still be the best Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel to date.

It took nine movies to get to a place where Marvel started taking some really satisfying risks with their solo movies, but it finally happened with 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is widely regarded as one of the best McU movies to date and it's easy to see why. This is a James Bond
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SXSW 2018: 10 Must-See TV Events, From ‘The Last O.G.’ Premiere to a Real-Life ‘Westworld’

SXSW 2018: 10 Must-See TV Events, From ‘The Last O.G.’ Premiere to a Real-Life ‘Westworld’
TV has been a force at SXSW for years, but never like what’s on display in 2018. Not only are there bigger and better activations than before — including an entire town built to recreate “Westworld” — but the festival is debuting its inaugural Independent Episodics section, highlighting 12 indie TV pilots looking for distribution, pickup, or just the right pair of eyes to see them.

But you don’t have to be in Austin to take advantage of its gangbuster year. Many of the shows premiering at the festival will be hitting your TV screens within days of their debut. Need-to-know information will be spilled at the many panels and post-screening Q&As. Trailers will be released, reports will be filed, and precious tidbits will spread through Twitter.

So below, IndieWire has condensed the lineup to the must-see TV events. Take a scan if you’re planning your trip to Austin, and if not,
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Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]

Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]
The Help” is an Oscar machine. While the 2011 drama didn’t win Best Picture, no film has produced more Oscar winners — and all women at that — in the same amount of time since. With Allison Janney’s victory Sunday night for “I, Tonya,” she is the fourth actress from “The Help” to win an Oscar since the film’s release, following Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. Who will be next?

The first thing the other ladies of “The Help” need to know is that you need to be nominated against Spencer or in the same year as her if you want to win. As we’ve noted before, all three of Spencer’s nominations so far have been against her pals from the Tate Taylor film. She won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help,” defeating co-star Jessica Chastain, while Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). Five years later,
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