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Oscars: 17 Deserving Contenders From 2018 So Far

Oscars: 17 Deserving Contenders From 2018 So Far
We always seem to get through the first half of the year a lot quicker than the second half, so here we are. Six months of cinema are behind us with another six months (and an annually unrelenting awards season) on the horizon. With that in mind, we’ve put our heads together to shout-out a number of films, performances, and achievements since January that deserve consideration at year’s end, lest they be forgotten by the upcoming onslaught.

Check out Tim Gray’s accompanying story summarizing the awards player so far and looking ahead at what’s to come this Oscar season.

(Note: This list only takes into account films that have been or will be released theatrically in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and June 30. Anything that has debuted at a film festival but not seen its commercial release yet is not eligible.)

Best Picture: “You Were Never Really Here
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Maui Fest Unspools Eclectic Slate While Neighboring Volcano Erupts in Distance

The Maui Film Festival celebrates its 19th anniversary this year, and, despite taking place in an ever-more crowded calendar of summer film fests, its popularity continues to grow. The event attracts locals and mainlanders alike, and draws both casual fans and ardent cineastes with its unique mixture of sun, sand and life-affirming cinema.

And this time around, in an unexpected turn, the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano on the neighboring Big Island of Hawaii has raised the Maui fest’s profile to new highs.

“People shouldn’t worry,” says fest founder and director Barry Rivers. “That’s 100 miles away and we’re not affected at all.”

Rivers stresses that Maui’s rugged beauty, with its beaches, ocean and backdrop of mountains and jungle, makes it “a very special location — and a lot of the festival is held outdoors.” Venues include the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course,
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A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor

On Friday morning, with little fanfare, A24 announced that David Robert Mitchell’s sprawling film noir, “Under the Silver Lake,” would no longer be released June 22. Instead, it’s been pushed to December 7. Nor was the company interested in discussing the six-month time shift. A24 spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg only responded to our query with a cryptic email: “Indeed we moved the date.”

However, in a company known for smart and radical moves, this appears to be another one. Here’s why.

1. Cool Cannes reception

Mitchell had plenty of reasons to be grateful to the festival for supporting his first two films, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and “It Follows,” which both played Critics Week. Positive reaction for his debut gave Mitchell the confidence to quit his editing job and focus on getting “It Follows” made. The festival “helped to make that happen,” he told me at an American Pavilion panel at Cannes.
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A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor

A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor
On Friday morning, with little fanfare, A24 announced that David Robert Mitchell’s sprawling film noir, “Under the Silver Lake,” would no longer be released June 22. Instead, it’s been pushed to December 7. Nor was the company interested in discussing the six-month time shift. A24 spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg only responded to our query with a cryptic email: “Indeed we moved the date.”

However, in a company known for smart and radical moves, this appears to be another one. Here’s why.

1. Cool Cannes reception

Mitchell had plenty of reasons to be grateful to the festival for supporting his first two films, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and “It Follows,” which both played Critics Week. Positive reaction for his debut gave Mitchell the confidence to quit his editing job and focus on getting “It Follows” made. The festival “helped to make that happen,” he told me at an American Pavilion panel at Cannes.
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How ‘Howards End’ and ‘Little Women’ Producer Colin Callender Stays Ahead of the Premium TV Curve

How ‘Howards End’ and ‘Little Women’ Producer Colin Callender Stays Ahead of the Premium TV Curve
Theater-bred UK producer Colin Callender stays ahead of the competition by mining the rich intersection of theater, film, and television. Back in 1983, he produced the Emmy-winning nine-hour miniseries of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” the first original program for Channel 4. He moved stateside in 1986 to shepherd and define the first decade of HBO Films, from Gus Van Sant’s Palme d’Or–winning “Elephant” to Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America,” starring Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, and Meryl Streep.

Callender has chased quality ever since, with such tony productions as “Wolf Hall”, Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and this season’s limited-series Emmy-contending literary adaptations “Howards End” (BBC/Starz) and “Little Women” (BBC/Masterpiece Theater), both directed by women.

“I wanted to take the high road,” he said. “There is an audience hungry for it and not being served, and that only got more true.
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How ‘Howards End’ and ‘Little Women’ Producer Colin Callender Stays Ahead of the Premium TV Curve

How ‘Howards End’ and ‘Little Women’ Producer Colin Callender Stays Ahead of the Premium TV Curve
Theater-bred UK producer Colin Callender stays ahead of the competition by mining the rich intersection of theater, film, and television. Back in 1983, he produced the Emmy-winning nine-hour miniseries of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” the first original program for Channel 4. He moved stateside in 1986 to shepherd and define the first decade of HBO Films, from Gus Van Sant’s Palme d’Or–winning “Elephant” to Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America,” starring Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, and Meryl Streep.

Callender has chased quality ever since, with such tony productions as “Wolf Hall”, Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and this season’s limited-series Emmy-contending literary adaptations “Howards End” (BBC/Starz) and “Little Women” (BBC/Masterpiece Theater), both directed by women.

“I wanted to take the high road,” he said. “There is an audience hungry for it and not being served, and that only got more true.
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Kevin Smith talks Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, will start shooting in August

Back in February of last year, Kevin Smith announced that he’d be returning to the View Askewniverse, not with the long-planned Clerks 3 or Mallrats sequel series, but with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. After recovering from his recent heart attack, Smith is now in final preparation on the movie ahead of an August shoot, and during a recent live Q&A, the filmmaker has been talking about the project, its storyline, and his inspirations.

“We’re doing a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and it’s called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” said Smith (via Comic Book). “It’s us, it’s me and Jay so it’s not really strictly a reboot in the way that people think of a reboot. If you remember Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back it was a movie in which Jay and Silent Bob found out Hollywood was making
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Kevin Smith Details Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Announces Production Start

Kevin Smith Details Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Announces Production Start
Kevin Smith first announced Jay & Silent Bob Reboot last year and the script has been finished for nearly a year now. But a lot has happened since then. Smith suffered a massive heart attack back in February of this year and has been taking time to fully appreciate everything in life, and now, it's time for Jay and Silent Bob to officially ride again. While speaking at a Fatman on Batman live Q&A session, Kevin Smith detailed some plans for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and also announced that production is set to begin this summer.

We've known for a while that Jay and Silent Bob Reboot isn't going to be a normal reboot by today's standards and Kevin Smith is now doubling down on that idea. It's going to be a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, while making fun the reboot. We're going to see the same story told again,
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Kevin Smith Discusses His Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Film and Compares it to Gus Van Sant's Remake of Phycho

Last year Kevin Smith announced that he would be making a new Jay & Silent Bob film called Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. When previously talking about the film, Smith said:

"It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You Can do anything you want in life, so long as you're patient and malleable."

We now have an update on the project thanks to a recent Q&A on Smith's podcast Fat Man on Batman. During that update, he revealed a few new details on what he is looking to do with the film and that he would start shooting it in August.

He explains that while the film is being labeled a reboot,
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15 Wild Secrets Behind River And Joaquin Phoenix's Family

Although siblings Joaquin, River, and Liberty Phoenix were acting as early as 1982 and appeared in several movies and TV shows over the next few years, the world was first properly introduced to the talented family when River starred in the iconic 1986 coming-of-age film <em>Stand By Me</em>. He quickly established himself as one of the hottest "next big thing" actors around, earning an Oscar nomination for 1988's <em>Running on Empty</em> and playing young Indy in <em>Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade</em>.

At the same time, Joaquin was also slowly carving out his own acting career, appearing in Ron Howard's ensemble family comedy <em>Parenthood</em>. Their sisters were also slowly beefing up their resumes with appearances in hit movies and television shows. River was definitely the Phoenix family member to watch-- that is, until his untimely passing at 23 when he succumbed to his hard-partying Hollywood lifestyle.

After taking a break from acting,
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‘The Image Book’ Review: Jean-Luc Godard’s Supercut Makes the Case That We’re All Doomed — Cannes 2018

‘The Image Book’ Review: Jean-Luc Godard’s Supercut Makes the Case That We’re All Doomed — Cannes 2018
In the final seconds of “The Image Book (aka Image and Word),” Jean-Luc Godard’s rapid-fire montage of movies and media set to his fragmented pronouncements, a dancer twirls around and falls to the floor. Despite the dense and murky assemblage leading up to this climax, it’s one of the most authentic endings in the filmmaker’s nearly 60-year career. It speaks to the intentions of a filmmaker who excels at messy, singular polemics: Have all the fun you want, because everybody’s doomed anyway.

Godard has a lot to say in “The Image Book,” in fits of inspired poetry and angry asides, in tune with the apocalyptic dimensions that characterize much of his late-period work. His raspy, bitter voiceover emanated from different channels throughout the theater at the Cannes premiere, his lyrical pronouncements rooting audiences in the confines of his restless mind. You choose to engage, or reject the entire endeavor outright.
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Fiona Dourif Joins the Cast of The Purge TV Series

The world of The Purge has so much potential, with so many facets of society and the current political landscape to explore, so I'm really excited for the TV series. Casting is currently underway, and we've received word that Fiona Dourif has joined the series as a charismatic cult leader:

"Fiona Dourif has been casting in a recurring role in USA Network/Syfy’s The Purge. Dourif will recur as the cool and offbeat, Good Leader Tavis, the much-adored, charismatic cult leader, dispensing blessings to her fawning followers.

From Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions (Amazon’s Homecoming and USA Network’s Mr. Robot and The Sinner), The Purge, which will air on USA Network and Syfy, will be executive produced by the film franchise creator James DeMonaco and led by Jason Blum. Additionally, the entire team behind the blockbuster franchise ‎are on board to executive produce: Michael Bay with
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Rushes. What Does "2001" Look Like?, Claire Denis's Rare Dance, Singular Women

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGThe conversation surrounding the liberties of restorations continues with this eye-opening new video from Krishna Ramesh Kumar comparing different versions of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.With Claire Denis's new film Let the Sunshine In currently in cinemas, we're delighted to discover that one of the director's rarest films, her 2005 documentary Towards Mathilde—which was for a long time only available on Mubi, back when the platform was called The Auteurs—will finally be receiving distribution in the Us. Below is the magnetic new trailer for this largely undiscovered gem:Gus Van Sant returns to the biopic genre with Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, about Portland cartoonist John Callahan, played in the film by Joaquin Phoenix. We caught it at the Berlin Film Festival and found it sweet and moving,
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BAMcinemaFest Announces 2018 Lineup, Including ‘Madeline’s Madeline’ and ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Bam has announced the lineup for the 10th annual BAMcinemaFest, which takes place June 20–July 1. The festival will open with Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” and end with Josephine Decker’s “Madeline’s Madeline,” with Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace,” Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” and many more playing in between.

In a message shared exclusively with IndieWire, Riley said he is “beyond honored and excited to have ‘Sorry to Bother You’ open BAMcinemaFest — especially on their 10th year anniversary. This festival is definitely one that celebrates new notions in film. Knowing the artistry and prestige that has occupied this spot previously, I am trying not to let it go to my head. You may see me act a little fancier after this. I will be holding all of my drinks with one pinky up — even bottles of water.”

Other standouts include Robert Greene’s “Bisbee ’17,” Gus Van Sant
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New Trailer Released For Joaquin Phoenix's Wonderful Film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

If you're a fan of Joaquin Phoenix, his latest film project Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a must watch because he gives one of his best performances in it. I had a chance to see the film at Sundance and I thought it was a wonderful film and one of director Gus Van Sant's best movies to date.

The movie is based on a true story and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, a slacker alcoholic from Portland whose life is turned upside down when he is paralyzed in a car accident. This difficult journey leads him on a path to becoming a cartoonist.

The movie has a great supporting cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. Here's the synopsis:

The last day Portland slacker John Callahan is able to walk, he wakes up without a hangover — because he’s
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Review: ‘And Then I Go’ Lays Out a Dark Path Fostered by Teenage Alienation

The Columbine massacre happened in 1999. It’s crazy to think it’s been over twenty years because we seem to have a new school shooting every month now. And as they grew in prevalence, the conversation surrounding them shifted from tragedy to politicization. Gus Van Sant’s Elephant arrived in 2003 as a poetic psychological display unconcerned with pretending to know answers. It documented the experience of this tragic event as an emotional confluence between troubled souls on both sides of the gun — the mundane taking on meaning beyond its façade. With the help of a 24-hour news cycle, however, this notion of problematic complexity has been erased. Now it’s monster versus victim. It’s mental illness versus gun control. The empathy necessary to solve this terrifying epidemic ceases to exist.

Choosing to tell a story on this subject in 2018 must therefore combat many more prejudices and preconceptions than at
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Second Trailer for Van Sant's 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'

"You're a very special person." Amazon Studios has revealed a second trailer for Gus Van Sant's film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, which premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals earlier this year. Based on John Callahan's memoir, the story follows a Portland slacker who nearly loses his life in a car accident, and lives in wheelchair after, becoming obsessed with drinking. He tries to give up alcohol and figure out how to live a better life, discovering a love for drawing "edgy, irreverent" newspaper cartoons. Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, and the cast includes Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Beth Ditto, Olivia Hamilton, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, and Carrie Brownstein. I saw this at Sundance and didn't care much for it, mostly a film about AA and giving up alcohol, if you want that. Jonah Hill is the best part. Second trailer (+ poster
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New ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Trailer Finds Joaquin Phoenix Struggling

Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Written and directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), the film is based on the memoir of the same name by cartoonist, artist, and musician John Callahan. Joaquin Phoenix plays Callahan, who becomes a quadriplegic in a car accident at the age of 21 after a day of drinking. Thereafter, he finds friendship in a local AA group spurred by his honesty and wicked sense of humor, which he also channels into his talent for drawing irreverent and …
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