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‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ Film Review: Margarethe von Trotta Explores Her Love of Swedish Auteur’s Work

‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ Film Review: Margarethe von Trotta Explores Her Love of Swedish Auteur’s Work
In the category of culture-driven documentaries that focus on film history, a particularly enjoyable subset of that subset is the kind made by noteworthy artists themselves. There’s Martin Scorsese waxing luxuriously on Italian cinema (“My Voyage to Italy”), Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow fanboy-interviewing Brian DePalma for “DePalma,” and now, German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta (“Hannah Arendt”) taking us on a personal tour of her lifelong admiration for Sweden’s hallowed grandmaster in the playfully inquisitive “Searching for Ingmar Bergman.”

Von Trotta’s connection to Bergman started when she was a young, New Wave-enamored film lover who responded deeply to his 1957 chess-with-Death masterpiece “The Seventh Seal”; she even opens her valentine of a documentary visiting its famed rocky beach setting, narrating the impact of its establishing shots.

When she blossomed as an artist herself as part of West Germany’s own exciting crush of post-war filmmaking talent alongside
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Cannes boss Thierry Frémaux talks Netflix competition ban: "We'll see about 2019"

Cannes boss Thierry Frémaux talks Netflix competition ban:
Cannes delegate general also reflects on controversial press screening changes and rise of Venice.

Cannes delegate general Thierry Frémaux has addressed the ongoing dispute between the French festival and Netflix during a Q&A at the Rome Film Fest.

He was speaking with Rome director Antonio Monda to an audience composed of industry members, film critics and journalists.

Cannes hosted two Netflix movies In Competition in 2017 (Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories), causing an uproar from French distributors. A Competition ban for all movies that refused to commit to theatrical distribution in France followed in
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Review: Tamara Jenkins's "Private Life"

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Director and writer Tamara Jenkins is a chronicler of what one might call the familial claustrophobia. Characters in close quarters suffer allergies to one another, though apart they don’t fare much better. Her films concern dysfunctional families, its separate units and the whole, and the makeshift homes that they create. For the motherless, rudderless family in her debut, The Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), home is wherever they are, traipsing by the carload from one road-side motel to the next. In The Savages (2007), two disgruntled, unfulfilled siblings try find a home for their father, both unwilling to let him into theirs. Arriving after nearly a decade, her third film, Private Life, probes a married couple exhausting everything in their power to have a child and complete their family. That the film is being released by Netflix seems like both rebuff and blessing; on the one hand, affirmation of the industry
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‘Hamilton’s Jasmine Cephas Jones Inks With ICM Partners

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‘Hamilton’s Jasmine Cephas Jones Inks With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Jasmine Cephas Jones, who played Peggy Schuyler in the original cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-smashing Broadway musical Hamilton, has signed with ICM Partners. The move comes after she recently was set to guest star on the upcoming second season of NBC’s Midnight, Texas which premieres later this month.

Jones, a member of the the LAByrinth Theater Company whose theater credits include the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, has been ramping up on the film and TV side. Her movie credits include Mistress America, the recent Sundance pics Blindspotting and Monsters and Men, and Annapurna’s Dog Days which bowed in August. In TV, she has also appeared on HBO’s Girls, CBSBlue Bloods and Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.

She’s next up in Noah Baumbach’s new Netflix movie.

Jones also recently debuted a fashion collaboration with Lou & Grey.
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Alan Alda Set For SAG Life Achievement Award

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Alan Alda Set For SAG Life Achievement Award
Actor Alan Alda has been named the 55th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, considered SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute.

The award will be presented to the legendary M*A*S*H star at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 8 p.m. (Et)/ 5 p.m. (Pt).

“It is an honor and privilege to announce that our SAG Life Achievement Award will be presented to the fabulous Alan Alda,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is an artist whose body of work is a testament to the craft and the magic of our business. His ability to make us laugh, to think and to feel is extraordinary. From theater to television, movies, and new media Alan’s dedication and talent are exceeded only by his contributions to a just and caring society.
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Playing favourites by Anne-Katrin Titze

Kent Jones with Joe Alwyn, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Tony McNamara on the 56th New York Film Festival Opening Night Gala selection The Favourite Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos with Emma Stone (Abigail), Olivia Colman (Queen Anne), Nicholas Hoult (Harley), Joe Alwyn (Masham), and co-screenwriter Tony McNamara (with Deborah Davis) joined New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones at the press conference for the Opening Night Gala selection of the 56th New York Film Festival.

The Favourite, shot by Robbie Ryan (Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), John Maclean's Slow West, Andrea Arnold's American Honey, Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake) has costumes designed by three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell, and also stars Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah.

Yorgos Lanthimos on the roles for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz in The Favourite
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Peter Bogdanovich on How Art Reflects Society, ‘The Sopranos,’ and His Darkly Prophetic ‘Targets’

Peter Bogdanovich loves Hollywood. For well over half of his life, the 79-year-old actor/director/film historian has been an insatiable participant in the American film industry on all sides of the camera. An icon of the 1970s New Hollywood movement, Bogdanovich’s unbridled enthusiasm for the achievements of Tinseltown’s 1920s to 1960s “Golden Era” informs a truly chameleonic and deeply influential filmmaking aesthetic. As an artist, his projects have consistently defied pigeonholing. His directorial work spans a host of genres – from screwball comedy in 1973’s Paper Moon to tragic drama in 1971’s The Last Picture Show to unnerving postmodern thriller in 1968’s Targets, among many others – all informed by a layered reverence for the past. As an actor, his sardonic, witty screen persona and sonorous New York drawl are forces to be reckoned with, appearing in films by Orson Welles and Quentin Tarantino and landing a memorable recurring
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‘100% Fresh’ First Look: Adam Sandler’s Netflix Stand-Up Special Is His First in Over Two Decades — Watch

‘100% Fresh’ First Look: Adam Sandler’s Netflix Stand-Up Special Is His First in Over Two Decades — Watch
Adam Sandler’s quest to be the king of Netflix continues next month with the debut of his live stand-up comedy special, entitled “100% Fresh.” Netflix has released a first look teaser at the special. Sandler’s first official stand-up release in over two decades. “100% Fresh” is directed by Sandler’s longtime collaborator Steven Brill, but does feature some portions filmed by Paul Thomas Anderson, reuniting with the actor for the first time since “Punch-Drunk Love.”

“100% Fresh” is the latest collaboration between Sandler and Netflix following films such as “The Ridiculous Six” and “The Week Of.” The pair’s most acclaimed release thus far has been Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories,” which was a festival favorite last year and earned Sandler some of the best reviews of his career thus far. The actor was filming his latest Netflix movie, “Murder Mystery,” opposite Jennifer Aniston this summer. The film is expected
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Jesse Eisenberg on Woody Allen, anxiety and fatherhood: ‘Now I get to worry about something visible’

A little bit difficult, a little bit intense: the star of The Social Network has often seemed more comfortable with a film script than with messy human emotions – including his own. But that’s changed…

Jesse Eisenberg has a reputation for not suffering fools, for witheringly knocking down any stupid questions that are put to him. In the 12 years since his breakout role as a callow, Kafka-referencing teen in Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale, he has made his name with characters who are – or at least believe they are – the smartest person in the room: the snarky theme-park attendant in Adventureland; the college kid bon-moting his way through the apocalypse in Zombieland; and, of course, his sociopathically still performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, for which he received an Oscar nomination for best actor.

In person, speaking at the Toronto international film festival, the 34-year-old is disarmingly
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Ladies Love Cool De Palma

by Jason Adams

It's the 78th birthday of the director slash living legend Brian De Palma today. Did everybody watch Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow's 2015 documentary aka an excuse to listen to Brian De Palma tell movie stories for two hours? I've watched it four times now and I'm still nowhere near sick of it - I wish they'd just release the hundreds of hours of raw footage they took so I can just wade in there and never come back again.

Anyway I decided that the best way to celebrate one of my favorite movie-makers today is to celebrate a few of the great roles he's given actresses over the years. Here are five favorites (well technically six but you can't make me choose between the first two) -- feel free to add your own in the comments!
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Brian De Palma movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Carrie,’ ‘Scarface,’ ‘Dressed to Kill’

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Brian De Palma movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Carrie,’ ‘Scarface,’ ‘Dressed to Kill’
Brian De Palma celebrates his 78th birthday on September 11, 2018. While his films have ranged from the sublime to the atrocious, there’s no denying the impact he’s had on cinema. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

De Palma began his filmmaking career directing underground features shot on a shoestring, many of which starred a young Robert De Niro. He came into his own with the Hitchcock-inspired thriller “Sisters” (1973), starring Margot Kidder as a pair of killer Siamese twins. The Master of Suspense would serve as a muse to De Palma throughout his career, influencing such films as “Obsession” (1976), “Dressed to Kill” (1980), “Blow Out” (1980) and “Body Double” (1984) both in style and substance.

He enjoyed his first box office success with “Carrie” (1976), an adaptation of Stephen King’s chilling novel about a shy teenager (Sissy Spacek) with telekinesis.
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Brian De Palma movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Brian De Palma movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Brian De Palma celebrates his 78th birthday on September 11, 2018. While his films have ranged from the sublime to the atrocious, there’s no denying the impact he’s had on cinema. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

De Palma began his filmmaking career directing underground features shot on a shoestring, many of which starred a young Robert De Niro. He came into his own with the Hitchcock-inspired thriller “Sisters” (1973), starring Margot Kidder as a pair of killer Siamese twins. The Master of Suspense would serve as a muse to De Palma throughout his career, influencing such films as “Obsession” (1976), “Dressed to Kill” (1980), “Blow Out” (1980) and “Body Double” (1984) both in style and substance.

He enjoyed his first box office success with “Carrie” (1976), an adaptation of Stephen King’s chilling novel about a shy teenager (Sissy Spacek) with telekinesis.
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Adam Sandler movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Happy Gilmore,’ ‘Punch Drunk Love,’ ‘The Wedding Singer’

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Adam Sandler movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Happy Gilmore,’ ‘Punch Drunk Love,’ ‘The Wedding Singer’
Adam Sandler celebrates his 52nd birthday on September 9th, so in celebration of that event, Gold Derby chooses his 15 greatest film performances.

Like many popular comedic actors of the day, Sandler got his start on “Saturday Night Live” first as a writer and then as a cast member. He was spotted by weekend update anchor Dennis Miller doing stand-up comedy and Miller recommended him for the show. Sandler was a big success on the show, particularly doing song parodies during the Weekend Update segments. Sandler left the show in 1995 after only five years on the program. Years later when Conan O’Brien was having his own problems with NBC, Sandler admitted to O’Brien that he was actually fired from “SNL” and didn’t leave voluntarily as had been assumed.

Sandler started off doing comedy films after that but has evolved into doing dramatic work at times. While he has
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Andrew Lauren & DJ Gugenheim Talk Natalie Portman In ‘Vox Lux’, ‘High Life’ & Their ‘Shrooming’ Movie With Free Association

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Andrew Lauren and producing partner DJ Gugenheim are behind two of this autumn’s most anticipated movies: Natalie Portman starrer Vox Lux, which debuts in Venice next week, and Claire Denis’ Toronto-bound sci-fi High Life, starring Robert Pattinson.

In writer-director Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux, Portman plays a successful pop star who is also trying to raise a teenage daughter. Jude Law and Jennifer Ehle are among co-stars while Killer Films and Bold are also producers. Denis’ English-language debut High Life focuses on a group of criminals taking part in space a mission to find alternative energy. Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth and Andre Benjamin are also among cast.

Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren, is part of a wave of wealthy young sons and daughters who have over the past decade set up U.S. production shops [Annapurna, K-Period Media etc]. He made his entree with Noah Baumbach’s 2005 pic The Squid And The Whale,
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Locarno 2018. Who’s Afraid of Smartphones?

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LikemebackSmartphones took center-stage in three of the films featured at this year’s edition of the Locarno Festival, each exploring so-called “selfie culture” and its purportedly noxious effects on teenagers, especially teen girls. More than being a simple critique of modern forms of narcissism, these male-helmed films also reveal an underlying aversion towards how females are specifically interacting with social media.Until recently, cellphones were conspicuously absent from most films (one may even wonder whether some are set in the nineties simply to avoid the hassle of representation), or relegated to the status of simple plot devices, Chekhovian guns which only helped set the narrative in motion. I can think of only a few counterexamples in which smartphones are used casually by protagonists, such as Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha. There, the titular character has relatively mundane experiences with her cell, ranging from her checking in on friends who are late for a meeting,
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‘Father of the Year’ Review (Netflix Original)

Stars: David Spade, Nat Faxon, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively, Bridgit Mendler, Jackie Sandler, Mary Gillis, Jared Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Peyton Russ, Moses Storm | Written by Brandon Cournoyer, Tyler Spindel | Directed by Tyler Spindel

To really delve into Father of the Year would be both a waste of your time and mine. Netflix exclusives are elusive and baffling at best. Seemingly dropping down from the cinematic gods themselves onto our TV screens with little to no fanfare or anticipation. We are far beyond the realm of hit and miss, more so in the age of a constant state of bizarre. The dumping ground of studio productions has only hailed one or two inspiring pieces of cinema, most notably in Alex Garland’s Annihilation, but with each positive success, a Cloverfield: Paradox waits in the winds to pounce upon significant interest with disastrous outcomes. Its the nucleus of Netflix produced content that worries the most.
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These Are the 7 Highest-Paid Actresses in the World

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Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood has been unveiled. Last year, La La Land star Emma Stone reigned supreme, raking in a cool $26 million for her Oscar-winning performance. She surpassed Jennifer Lawrence, who claimed the top spot in both 2016 and 2015, and who also found herself on 2018's list despite underperforming films like Mother! and Red Sparrow. But at the top of this year's ranking? Scarlett Johansson.

The 33-year-old actress earned $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. Last year, she appeared in Rough Night and Ghost in the Shell, the latter of which stirred up a whitewashing controversy. In 2018, she popped up in Isle of Dogs and Avengers: Infinity War, and recently found herself in hot water yet again after she announced she'd be portraying a transgender character in an upcoming film. With that project no longer in the works following a tidal wave of backlash,
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Narrative PR Hires Publicist Alex Schack In Latest Ramp-Up

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Exclusive: Alex Schack, who has spent the past seven years at Slate PR most recently as VP, is moving to Narrative as the entertainment public relations company continues to grow its staff. Schack’s roster of clients at Slate included Bryce Dallas Howard, Madeline Brewer, Katherine McNamara and Dove Cameron among many others, and all are expected to follow her, we hear.

Narrative was formed in December by Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon and Bryna Rifkin (from ID PR) and Heidi Lopata (42West). Based in New York and Los Angeles, their client list already includes the likes of actors Amy Adams, Josh Brolin, Marion Cotillard, Emilia Clarke, Chris Evans, Sasha Lane, Jennifer Lawrence, Ewan McGregor, Ruth Negga, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Gina Rodriguez, Sam Rockwell, Michael Shannon, Alicia Vikander, Rebel Wilson and Kate Winslet.

The also rep filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Joel and Ethan Coen, Greta Gerwig, Simon Kinberg, Brit Marling,
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These Are the 7 Highest-Paid Actresses in the World

Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood has been unveiled. Last year, La La Land star Emma Stone reigned supreme, raking in a cool $26 million for her Oscar-winning performance. She surpassed Jennifer Lawrence, who claimed the top spot in both 2016 and 2015, and who also found herself on 2018's list despite underperforming films like Mother! and Red Sparrow. But at the top of this year's ranking? Scarlett Johansson.

The 33-year-old actress earned $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. Last year, she appeared in Rough Night and Ghost in the Shell, the latter of which stirred up a whitewashing controversy. In 2018, she popped up in Isle of Dogs and Avengers: Infinity War, and recently found herself in hot water yet again after she announced she'd be portraying a transgender character in an upcoming film. With that project no longer in the works following a tidal wave of backlash,
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Laura Dern in negotiations to join Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

  • HeyUGuys
Laura Dern looks all set to join a stellar cast on the Greta Gerwig directed Little Women adaptation, The Tale star has entered into negotiations for the film.

The undisclosed role could see Dern join the likes of Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh who will play Amy, Saoirse Ronan who will play Jo, Emma Stone who will play Meg and Eliza Scanlen who will play Beth.

On the male side of the cast, both Timothee Chalamet and James Norton are also said to be in talks to join the adaptation.

Gerwig has adapted the screenplay, Amy Pascal will produce alongside Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia.

Also in the news – Tessa Thompson is Lady in Disney’s Live Action/CGI remake of Lady and the Tramp

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), which was originally published in two
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