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Cannes Predictions: From Tarantino to Malick, Americans Should Be Well Represented

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Cannes Predictions: From Tarantino to Malick, Americans Should Be Well Represented
The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival won’t be officially unveiled until April 18, but early indications suggest that Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Kristen Stewart thriller “Against All Enemies” will all make their world premieres on the Croisette in May.

If Cannes director Thierry Frémaux is able to snag those three films, the French festival will already be looking at a starrier and potentially more glamorous edition than last year, when a combination of factors — a royal wedding, an industry-led embargo on Netflix movies, and the perception that fall festivals serve as better launchpads for Oscar hopefuls — led to one of the most underwhelming Cannes competition slates in years. The program itself wasn’t bad, but light on English-language fare and established directors, meaning that for the majority of American press, there literally wasn’t much to write home about.
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Scorsese's The Irishman Won't Be Finished in Time for Cannes

Netflix hoped to screen Martin Scorsese's The Irishman at the Cannes Film Festival this year. However, the movie will not be finished in time to debut at the annual French festival. The streaming platform and the festival had a very public battle last year over the fact that France has a strict policy involving streaming movies playing in theaters. According to laws in France, there must be a 36 month wait before a movie can be shown on a streaming platform, which isn't how Netflix handles its projects. This led Netflix to pull Alfonso Cuaron's Roma and premiere it at the Venice Film Festival instead, along with a lot of confusion surrounding streaming platform projects and their place at film fstivals in general.

A lot has changed in the last year and the Cannes Film Festival has been keeping an open dialogue with Netflix. The streaming platform's Ted Sarandos and
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Kelli Berglund and Tyler Posey on ‘Now Apocalypse’ & Filming Intimate Nude Scenes

From filmmaker Gregg Araki and sex columnist Karley Sciortino, as well as executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Greg Jacobs, the 10-episode, half-hour Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse is a surreal and wild coming-of-age story that follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia) and his friends – Ford (Beau Mirchoff), Carly (Kelli Berglund) and Severine (Roxane Mesquida) – as they explore identity, sexuality and love in the often strange city of Los Angeles. As his premonitory dreams become more troubling and seemingly apocalyptic, Ulysses begins to wonder if something dark and dangerous is going on, or if the weed he’s been …
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Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Won’t Be Finished by Cannes, as Netflix Plans to Skip Festival

Following IndieWire’s report earlier this month that Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival were unlikely to find a solution in order to allow Netflix films to play in competition, Variety now confirms the streaming giant will be skipping the festival entirely for the second year in a row. The move means high profile Netflix titles such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” David Michod’s “The King,” the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems” (Netflix is handling international rights), and an untitled Noah Baumbach film will not debut at Cannes and will most likely wait until fall film festival season.

Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, would have easily been the biggest title at Cannes, but Variety reports the film would not have been ready to debut by May even if Netflix was bringing films to the Croisette. Scorsese is using
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Despite Ongoing Peace Talks, Netflix Won’t Have Any Movies at Cannes 2019 (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Although Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival continue quietly to negotiate a potential settlement to their differences, the streaming giant will be absent from the Croisette again this year with no film in or out of competition, Variety has learned.

The ongoing talks between the two sides have been friendly, including a dinner in Los Angeles just over a week ago with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber and Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who was in town for a summit hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press, one insider said. The meeting was one of several held since Netflix and Cannes’ bitter spat before last year’s festival, which led the streamer to take “Roma” to Venice instead, where it won the Golden Lion.

But no solution has been found yet that would allow a Netflix title to return to Cannes’ competition lineup. In any case, it does not
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The Top 10 Movies On Gambling You Must Watch

Though there are several movies that had come up during the years, there are certain top gambling movies which would provide you with all kinds of relevant information related to gambling. You would be in a hurry especially when you win the risky bets. You would even get to know what people actually do to win the casino games or how someone can prevent cheaters from deceiving the gambling company. Through these movie makers, you can now get all such relevant information. In the initial years, roulette online was not much popular because the spread of the Internet was not much then.

The following are the top 10 gambling movies that are very exciting as gambling is one of the most thrilling activities throughout the World:

Casino: The film has been released by Martin Scorsese in the year 1995. It consisted of star- a studded cast which included Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay
Since the academy expanded the Best Picture category at the Oscars in 2010, Best Original Screenplay has gone to writers of a wide-range of genres: dramas; comedies (“Midnight in Paris”); biopics; true-life stories (“Spotlight”); period pictures (“Django Unchained”); war movies (“The Hurt Locker”); sci-fi (“Her”) and horror (“Get Out”). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Original Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay.)

Regardless of the type of film, a nominee needs broad academy support to win this race. Indeed, all 10 of these most recent Best Original Screenplay winners were, at the least, Best Picture nominees. And five of them won the big prize, bringing the total number of Best Picture champs with Oscar-winning original screenplays to 17. By comparison, 41 films have done this on the adapted side.

In 2019, four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards
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Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel

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Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel
Antonio Banderas has joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel, with Oscar-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Richard E. Grant signing on to reprise his role in the Lionsgate/ Millennium Media follow-up to the hit 2017 comedy action-thriller. Production is currently underway on The Hitman, with stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, as well as director Patrick Hughes, returning.

Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo are also set to co-star in the film, which will shoot in London, Croatia and Italy.

Set on the Amalfi coast, the pic follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as they battle to save Europe from a vengeful and powerful zealot with a dangerously over-developed sense of national pride.

Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon are producing for Millennium alongside Campbell Grobman Films. Executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date predictions for this year’s Best Picture race.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until
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‘Now Apocalypse’: Gregg Araki and Karley Sciortino on Creating Sexually Adventurous Characters

From filmmaker Gregg Araki and sex columnist Karley Sciortino, as well as executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Greg Jacobs, the 10-episode, half-hour Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse is a surreal and wild coming-of-age story that follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia) and his friends – Ford (Beau Mirchoff), Carly (Kelli Berglund) and Severine (Roxane Mesquida) – as they explore identity, sexuality and love in the often strange city of Los Angeles. As his premonitory dreams become more troubling and seemingly apocalyptic, Ulysses begins to wonder if something dark and dangerous is going on, or if the weed he’s been …

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Sorry, Spielberg, our readers disagree with your crusade against Netflix: ‘They belong at the Oscars’ [Poll Results]

Sorry, Spielberg, our readers disagree with your crusade against Netflix: ‘They belong at the Oscars’ [Poll Results]
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has made no secret of his opposition to streaming movies competing at the Oscars. He thinks they belong at the Emmys with the rest of the small-screen rabble, and he’ll be pushing for rule changes when the academy’s Board of Governors meets. But most of the readers we polled disagree with his position. Scroll down to see our complete poll results.

More than half of our respondents (54%) say, “Movies are movies regardless of their platform, so they belong at the Oscars.” And so far the Oscars themselves seem to agree. The academy nominated a few streaming documentaries over the years before opening the floodgates in 2017 when “Icarus” won Best Documentary Feature and the scripted drama “Mudbound” earned four nominations including Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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This year Netflix did even better.
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Juliet Rylance To Headline ‘The Hypnotist’s Love Story’ ABC Drama Pilot

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Juliet Rylance To Headline ‘The Hypnotist’s Love Story’ ABC Drama Pilot
Juliet Rylance has been tapped as the lead in The Hypnotist’s Love Story, ABC’s drama pilot based on the bestselling book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. She joins the project’s executive producer Heather Graham, who plays the co-lead; Adan Canto, who plays the male lead; and Jane Seymour, who co-stars.

Written by Katie Wech and directed by Francesca Gregorini, The Hypnotist’s Love Story centers on successful hypnotherapist Ellen (Rylance), who after a string of failed romances is optimistic about her current boyfriend, Patrick (Canto), until he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend Sasha (Graham) has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met.

Rylance’s Ellen is a passionate and talented hypnotherapist who has helped countless clients overcome obstacles and achieve their goals but never has
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‘Now Apocalypse’ Review: Gregg Araki’s Apocalyptic Millennial Sex Comedy Is Extra Af

Alien Lizards, provocative pansexual revelry, undertones of doom, and a fresh-faced cast of rising stars -- yep, it must be Gregg Araki! The filmmaker behind many a cult classics brings his flair to TV in the new series Now Apocalypse and it's every kind of crazy you'd expect. Araki brings the playful, candy-colored queerness and decadent weirdness of his films to the small screen with the new half-hour sex comedy/alien invasion sci-fi created executive produced by Steven Soderbergh that launches (appropriately) on Starz this weekend. An essential auteur of New Queer Cinema (the filmmaking …

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Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Midnight Lineup Includes Come To Daddy, Bliss, Something Else

While the SXSW Film Festival is kicking off in Austin this week, the Tribeca Film Festival will continue to shine a spotlight on upcoming genre films in April and May, including Joe Begos' Bliss, Ant Timpson's Come to Daddy (starring Elijah Wood and Stephen McHattie), and Something Else (directed by Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella).

From the Press Release: "New York – March 5, 2019 – The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by At&T, today unveiled its feature film lineup. Continuing its tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling rooted in today’s global film communities, the 18th annual Festival will showcase debut works from emerging talent and new works from notable filmmakers. The program includes discoveries, comedies, music-centered, political and social films. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 24 - May 5.

The feature program includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers. The films selected in the three competition sections consist of 50% women directed films. The lineup includes 81 World Premieres,
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Now Apocalypse Review (Spoiler-Free)

Filmmaker Gregg Araki’s new apocalyptic Starz comedy is as original as it is derivative, but at least it’s having some fun.

The following review contains no spoilers.

Much like the James Joyce novel from which his name derives, Now Apocalypse’s Ulysses (Avan Jogia) finds himself on an increasingly surreal-yet-mundane journey that begins in ends in similar fashion. In the first moments of the premiere, he has a vision of sexual violence and quickly escapes from it by bike. Toward the episode’s end, said bike collapses underneath him in front of the very place his vision occurred.

Of course, that’s not all that creator Gregg Araki manages to fit into “This Is the Beginning of the End” and subsequent episodes. Known for his so-called “Teen apocalypse trilogy” of the ‘90s, the filmmaker is widely known for a visual and narrative style that seemingly favors bright colors and hypersexuality.
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Film Comment Selects Shines a Light on Desolation, Despair and Destruction

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The Hidden CityEarlier this month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted its 19th annual Film Comment Selects festival, a weeklong showcase of standout feature films from the past year’s international festival circuit, curated by the Film Comment editorial team. Despite the buzz surrounding the more anticipated titles including Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird and Laszlo Nemes’ Sunset, which were the Centerpiece and Opening Night selections, respectively, the festival also featured some more obscure gems that sought to transport us to places we likely wouldn’t have seen otherwise—from the underground sewers of Madrid, to the war zones in Ukraine, and remote rural villages in India—and ingratiate ourselves with people for whom death and desolation are specters that hover over their daily life in one way or another. The Hidden City opens with a shot of what look to be twilight stars, tiny flecks of light
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‘The Favourite’, ‘Bumblebee’ Among 2018 Films To Get ReFrame Stamp

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ReFrame, the coalition formed by Women in Film, the Sundance Institute and IMDbPro, has designated a total of 20 films among 2018’s 100 highest-grossing titles to receive the ReFrame Stamp, which recognize standout, gender-balanced films.

The list released Wednesday includes Fox Searchlight’s Oscar Best Picture-nominated The Favourite, Paramount’s Transformers pic Bumblebee, Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, Stx’s I Feel Pretty and Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me. Nine additional films outside the top 100 were awarded stamps after applying (see the full lists below).

The stamp, launched last June, awarded 12 film stamps in 2017. But the group’s 2018 study found continued disparities in female representation and women of color, with just 4% of the top 100 films directed by a female (down from 6% a year ago), and 23% written by a female. A total of 37% featured female leads, with only 9% being women of color.

“While 2017 saw an uptick in films directed by women,
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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Kyle MacLachlan Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot

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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Kyle MacLachlan Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot
Former Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan is set to co-star opposite Patricia Heaton in CBS comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Heaton. It hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers on Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: She’s going to become a doctor.

MacLachlan will play Dr. Frost. Handsome, affable and accomplished, he is the Senior Attending Physician on the ward (as well as the Department Chair) and thinks he’s funnier than he is. Considerably more empathetic than Dr. Maya (Ito Aghayere), Dr. Frost takes an immediate shine to Carol. Bonnie Dennison also co-stars.

Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton,
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ReFrame, IMDBPro Announce 20 Certified Gender-Balanced Films

  • Variety
The ReFrame coalition of industry leaders and IMDBPro have unveiled 20 movies certified as gender-balanced productions among the top 100 box office films released in 2018.

The list includes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Favourite,” Stx’s “I Feel Pretty,” Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Fox’s “The Hate U Give,” and Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians.”

ReFrame, founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, launched the data initiative last June in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows. It said Wednesday that the increase in recipients of the ReFrame Stamp from 12 in 2017 to 20 stemmed from gains in the roles of department heads and women-of-color leads and co-leads. Still, the report noted that there remained shortfalls in several key areas.

“This positive news within the top 100 films is offset by the significant discrepancy in female hires with
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