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Pornhub Offers to Stream Germany’s Oldenburg Film Festival Amid Coronavirus Shutdown (Exclusive)

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Pornhub Offers to Stream Germany’s Oldenburg Film Festival Amid Coronavirus Shutdown (Exclusive)
Digital juggernaut Pornhub has offered itself as a streaming partner to Germany’s Oldenburg Film Festival, a 26-year-old indie movie event known for edgy programming and quirky celebrity tributes.

The offer, extended by Pornhub vice president Corey Price, comes nearly a week after the festival announced it will forge ahead as planned for a September run. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the festival is aiming for a combination of physical and virtual screenings. The move is yet another recent sign of Pornhub’s seriousness about participating in mainstream cinema.

While the festival has a lower profile than its sisters in Berlin and Munich, it is labelled by some as Germany’s Sundance, and touts an “openness to extremes” on its website. It’s also got history with Pornhub, having premiered an original short from the company called “Her & Him” in 2019, directed by former Disney star Bella Thorne.

“We’d love
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Daft Punk tapped to score new Dario Argento giallo Black Glasses

Daft Punk tapped to score new Dario Argento giallo Black Glasses
Italian filmmaker Dario Argento is working on his first film since 2012’s Dracula 3D, and this is his return to the crime thriller genre he helped shape. The new Giallo film titled Occhiali Neri or Black Glasses will star his daughter and frequent collaborator Asia Argento and feature French music duo Daft Punk as its […]

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Daft Punk to Score Dario Argento’s New Film Black Glasses

Daft Punk to Score Dario Argento’s New Film Black Glasses
It’s been eight years since the last film from Italian master Dario Argento, but we recently got the news he would finally be returning with a new feature titled Occhiali Neri (aka Black Glasses). The project would reunite him with his daughter Asia Argento, who would lead the film, following up their last collaboration Dracula 3D. We now have a few more details on the film, including a mightily enticing tidbit regarding the soundtrack.

“It will be my return to crime films,” the director tells the Italian outlet Repubblica. “It’s the adventure, in the nocturnal Rome, of a Chinese girl and child. In the second part, the escape takes them into the rocky, bushy countryside of Lazio. [It’s] different from the sweetness of the Tuscan valleys, but for me beautiful.”

In major news, he then revealed the involvement of Daft Punk, who will score the film. “They are my admirers,
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Filmmaker Shares What It’s Like to Cancel Festival and Theatrical Plans — and Bounce Back

Filmmaker Shares What It’s Like to Cancel Festival and Theatrical Plans — and Bounce Back
Before the brakes of civilization screeched to a halt, 2020 was shaping up to be an exciting year for me: “Agony,” a psychological thriller I produced and directed in Italy starring Asia Argento, was set for a 10-city theatrical release via our distributor Gravitas Ventures. One week before the April 3 release, I received a phone call from Gravitas’s VP Brendan Gallagher, asking if we should agree to forfeit the theatrical release and shift focus on the VOD day-and-date release that was planned. Just like that, the assembly line of Dcp’s, theatrical bookings and PR halted. It was a mutual decision that reflected some of the bigger questions in relation to what filmgoers have witnessed as the moviegoing experience vanished from our culture.

Filmmakers make films to see them projected in the collective dream space of cinematic cathedrals, but for a film of the “Agony” scale it has always seemed
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Asia Argento Says Harvey Weinstein's Guilty Verdict 'Goes Out to' Anthony Bourdain

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Asia Argento Says Harvey Weinstein's Guilty Verdict 'Goes Out to' Anthony Bourdain
Asia Argento is taking a moment to “celebrate” Harvey Weinstein‘s recent guilty verdict.

On Monday, a New York City jury found the 67-year-old film producer guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, according to The New York Times. He was acquitted on three other charges.

Although more than 80 women — including Argento, 44 — have claimed they were victimized by Weinstein, according to the Times, the charges in the Manhattan trial were focused on only two women: former production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

In October 2017, Argento came forward with her story,
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Harvey Weinstein Accusers and Their Supporters React to Guilty Verdict: 'Beginning of Justice'

Harvey Weinstein Accusers and Their Supporters React to Guilty Verdict: 'Beginning of Justice'
Some of Harvey Weinstein‘s accusers are reacting after the former producer was found guilty of two charges after a trial in New York.

Weinstein, 67, faced two counts of rape, one count of criminal sexual act and two counts of predatory sexual assault based on the accusations of two women — former actress Jessica Mann and former Weinstein production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi.

He was convicted of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Haleyi and actress Annabella Sciorra, as well as actress Rosie Perez in support of Sciorra, took the stand during trial to testify against the former mogul.
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Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Sexual Assault and Rape

Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Sexual Assault and Rape
David Crow Feb 24, 2020

Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of sexual assault and third-degree rape while being acquitted on other charges.

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein can now also be described in print as a convicted rapist. The fallen Hollywood mogul was found guilty Monday by a jury of his peers of committing a “criminal sexual act” and third-degree rape, even as he was acquitted on the two most severe charges of predatory sexual assault.

Facing a maximum prison sentence of 25 years, Weinstein was convicted on the charge of sexually assaulting Miriam Haley in his Soho apartment on July 10, 2006; he was further convicted of third-degree rape on the charge of assaulting Jessica Mann, an aspiring actress who he attacked at a DoubleTree hotel in New York City on March 13, 2013.

However, the jury found Weinstein not guilty on two charges of predatory sexual assault. These were apparently the charges that forced them to
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Asia Argento Says #MeToo Has Become “Silly, Fake, Reactionary” & Credits Gaspar Noé For Helping After Anthony Bourdain’s Death

In the realm of the #MeToo discussion, there is quite a bit of discussion about actress-filmmaker Asia Argento. When the movement originated, the actress found herself in one of the most high-profile positions, speaking out about sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, particularly perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein. However, things changed last year, when it was alleged by an actor that worked with Argento on a film when he was underage that she assaulted him.

Continue reading Asia Argento Says #MeToo Has Become “Silly, Fake, Reactionary” & Credits Gaspar Noé For Helping After Anthony Bourdain’s Death at The Playlist.
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Dario Argento Reteams with Daughter Asia for ‘Black Glasses’

Dario Argento has returned from beyond.

The Italian horror filmmaker, best known for his expressive (bordering on psychedelic) chillers like “Deep Red,” “Suspiria” and “Opera,” hasn’t made a feature since 2012’s genuinely bonkers “Dracula 3D.” But according to Bloody Disgusting, the once-celebrated director is set to return with another Giallo, one that he’s been working on for the past few years, called “Black Glasses.”

Making

things infinitely more problematic is the fact that it’s set to star his

daughter, actress Asia Argento.

Continue reading Dario Argento Reteams with Daughter Asia for ‘Black Glasses’ at The Playlist.
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Harvey Weinstein Charged with Rape in Los Angeles, Faces 28 Years in Prison

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Harvey Weinstein Charged with Rape in Los Angeles, Faces 28 Years in Prison
Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing two new sexual assault charges. The charges were brought against him by Los Angeles prosecutors. Weinstein is being charged with the rape of one woman and the sexual assault of another. Both incidents are said to have occurred in 2013. These new charges have been brought to light just as Weinstein's long-awaited criminal trial in New York City is getting underway.

According to the Los Angeles district attorney's office, the first incident took place on February 28, 2013. Harvey Weinstein is said to have forced his way into the woman's hotel room and raped her. The second incident allegedly took place the following night, with Weinstein accused of sexually assaulting a different woman in a Beverly Hills hotel. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey had this to say in a statement.

"We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence
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Anthony Bourdain Documentary in the Works From ’20 Feet From Stardom’ Director Morgan Neville

  • The Wrap
Anthony Bourdain Documentary in the Works From ’20 Feet From Stardom’ Director Morgan Neville
A documentary on the life and times of late celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain is in the works from the director of the Oscar-winning doc “20 Feet From Stardom” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Morgan Neville.

CNN Films HBO Max and Focus Features are partnering for the documentary film, which Focus Features will release in theaters before it makes its TV premiere on CNN and streams on HBO Max. CNN Films and HBO Max will executive produce the film. Neville’s Tremolo Productions will produce the film.

“Morgan is the top of the game when it comes to documentary filmmaking and we’re delighted to be working with him again on this project with our great collaborators at CNN Films and HBO Max,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

Also Read: Anthony Bourdain Gets 2 (More) Posthumous Emmy Nominations for 'Parts Unknown'

Bourdain, who died
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Reincarnation of Cool: Bertrand Bonello and "Zombi Child"

  • MUBI
Bertrand Bonello's Zombi Child is having its exclusive online premiere on Mubi in the United Kingdom. It is showing from October 18 - November 17, 2019.Zombi ChildIt’s never unusual for someone to end a conversation and begin dancing in the cinema of Bertrand Bonello. His fealty is to rhythm, to fabric, to swagger, to the perfect song, to what’s cool—and there is nothing cooler than the best Bonello films. He has turned insouciance into a bedrock style; his sense of the aesthetically voluptuous is ironclad and whatever point he’s in the mood to make will have to pass through the aura of manicured diffidence. This has made him a polarizing figure in critical circles. Is he charlatan or genius? Why not both? Investing so much of his gifts as a visual storyteller to reveling in what’s fashionable may give the impression of a shallow mind at work,
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Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s Debut ‘The Platform’ Tops Sitges Awards

  • Variety
Barcelona — Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s debut feature “The Platform” was awarded best film, and best F/X at the 52nd Sitges’ Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Gaztelu-Urrutia also snagged the Citizen Kane Award for an up-and-coming director and the Audience Award for best picture. The prizes come off the back of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at Toronto’s Midnight Madness.

Produced by Carlos Juárez at Bilbao-based outfit Basque Films in co-production with Barcelona’s Mr. Miyagi, Gaztelu-Urrutia’s debut offers a harsh survival parable of power human relationships in a dystopic multi-floor dungeon prison. Its oft-starving dwellers handle the situation with existential and cannibalistic inclinations. The nightmarish script was co-written by successful Catalan playwright David Desola (“Warehoused”) and Pedro Rivero, co-director of Gkids U.S. pick-up “Bird Boy.”

Bilbao-born Gaztelu-Urrutia is an experienced producer at Basque Films and has directed commercials as well as two shorts. One,
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Dario Argento Lines Up TV Series ‘Longinus’ With Wild Bunch’s New Italian Production Firm

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Dario Argento Lines Up TV Series ‘Longinus’ With Wild Bunch’s New Italian Production Firm
Horror icon Dario Argento (Suspiria) is lining up his first TV series in decades in the shape of Italian production Longinus.

The episodic drama, created by Argento, has been announced by Italian firms Publispei, whose Verdiana Bixio will produce, and recently launched Bim Production, which is part of the Wild Bunch Group. Riccardo Russo will produce for Bim.

Little has been revealed about the series but the producers promise “mysterious murders, suspense and unexpected revelations, esoteric elements and ancient enigmas” in the “international thriller suspended between reality and the supernatural, set among the French Alps of Grenoble and Siena, during the Palio.”

The celebrated Palio is a horse race held twice each year the Tuscan city of Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in different colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards.

Former Leone Film Group exec Riccardo Russo was announced earlier this week
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Dario Argento to Direct Horror Series ‘Longinus’ for Wild Bunch-Owned Bim and Publispei

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Dario Argento to Direct Horror Series ‘Longinus’ for Wild Bunch-Owned Bim and Publispei
Italian horror master Dario Argento (“Suspiria”) is set to direct a TV series titled “Longinus” involving mysterious murders, esoteric elements and ancient enigmas.

The show is the 79-year-old cult helmer’s first project since 2012 and is his most ambitious TV project. It is being co-produced by new Italian shingle Bim Production and Publispei, the company founded by the late great Italian TV producer Carlo Bixio and now run by his daughter Verdiana.

The Argento TV series is the first project announced by the new production unit of Bim, which was announced last week and is owned by Wild Bunch. The Bim Production banner is being spearheaded by Riccardo Russo, who was previously in charge of international TV productions at Lux Vide, where he produced the series “Medici: Masters of Florence,” which Wild Bunch TV sold to key territories.

A brief statement from Bim and Publispei said that Argento will lead
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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Assistant’

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Assistant’
It’s a woefully familiar situation when the dramatic arts try to engage with current events, only to falter because they arrive before audiences are willing to confront the real-deal traumas they seek to explore. “Too soon,” say the critics, as if engaged filmmakers were just a bunch of ambulance-chasing opportunists. But in the case of Australian director Kitty Green’s “The Assistant” — an exasperatingly low-key look at gender dynamics in the workplace that began as an exposé of sexual misconduct on college campuses and morphed into a commentary on the Harvey Weinstein scandal — the world is more than ready, and it’s more a case of “too little, too late.”

Yes, society must push itself to understand how an entire industry could ignore — much less accept — predatory and misogynistic practices. But we can’t pretend that the evidence wasn’t hidden in plain sight. More daring films than this
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Venice 2019 Line-Up Reminds Us Gender Equality Has a Long Way to Go (Commentary)

  • The Wrap
Since the #MeToo movement began sweeping across the entertainment industry nearly two years ago, few corners of the film world have made as many significant strides in gender equity in film as the festival circuit.

As Hollywood studios move at a pace slower than melting glaciers to hire female filmmakers, curators and organizers have stepped in to give women a platform to screen their movies, find mentors, network with industry insiders, compete for prizes or distribution and so on. Major players like Sundance, Berlin and next week’s Toronto International Film Festival have pushed their programming toward gender parity in percentages never seen at the studio level.

That’s not the case for the Venice Film Festival, whose organizers seem to have washed their hands of the equality agreement they signed just last year. That was when Jennifer Kent was the only woman in the main competition with her film,
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Romero & Argento's Two Evil Eyes 4K Restoration Gets Limited Edition Blu-ray in October

Romero & Argento's Two Evil Eyes 4K Restoration Gets Limited Edition Blu-ray in October
The Masters of Modern Horror - George A. Romero and Dario Argento - bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In Romero's The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau of The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento's The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel of From Dusk Til Dawn) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend's new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own?

Martin Balsam (Psycho), E.G. Marshall (Creepshow), John Amos (The Beastmaster) and Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps) co-star in this wild horror hit that also features grisly makeup effects by Tom Savini (Maniac). In celebration of its 30th Anniversary,
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Catherine Breillat Says Abdellatif Kechiche Spent ‘Way Too Long’ Shooting ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Sex Scenes

Catherine Breillat Says Abdellatif Kechiche Spent ‘Way Too Long’ Shooting ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Sex Scenes
Never a stranger to controversy, “Fat Girl” director Catherine Breillat made some provocative remarks during a recent Variety interview in the lead-up to her new role as Locarno Film Festival jury chief. The interview runs the gamut of topics, with Breillat touching on everything from Tunisian-French director Abdellatif Kechiche to disgraced #MeToo crusader Asia Argento, with whom Breillat worked on 2007’s “The Last Mistress.”

Breillat said she feels that Kechiche, whose 2019 Cannes film “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo” appalled audiences with its graphic and some say misogynistic depictions of sex and nudity, overdid it with the sex scenes in 2013’s Nc-17-rated lesbian romance “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

“Well, I do think Kechiche spent way too long shooting that sex scene. He shot it over two weeks, whereas I would have done it in a day,” Breillait said. “You can’t put actresses in that position for 15 days. I’ve
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Fantasia 2019: ‘Alien Crystal Palace’ Review

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Stars: Arielle Dombasle, Nicolas Ker, Asia Argento, Michel Fau, Theo Hakola, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Christian Louboutin | Written by Arielle Dombasle, Florian Bernas, Jacques Fieschi, Nicolas Ker | Directed by Arielle Dombasle

Apparently something of a well-renown socialite in France, I admit I’d never heard of singer turned actress turned director Arielle Dombasle, yet after watching Alien Crystal Palace I don’t think I’ll Ever forget that name! And that’s undoubtedly because I will Never forget this film – the freakish, hypnotic, erotic fantasy that Dombasle and writers Florian Bernas, Jacques Fieschi, and co-star Nicolas Ker created.

Let me explain.

The official synopsis for Alien Crystal Palace reads like this: “A crazy scientist, Hamburg, is on a quest to create a new, immaculate, androgynous being. This transformation is only possible through the alchemy of two old souls: Dolorès (Arielle Dombasle), an avant-garde filmmaker, and her reincarnated lover Nicolas (Nicolas Ker), a confused rocker.
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