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“White Boy Rick” is a compelling character study and period piece

True crime stories usually like to focus on the rise and fall of someone we know in our hearts is due justice. We may like him or her, but there’s never a doubt that prison is deserved. With the new film White Boy Rick, opening in theaters this weekend, things are different. Watching a teenager be set up and then go down is not what you normally get. And yet, that’s the story being depicted here. It isn’t always particularly easy to watch, but the heft of the tale is never lost on you. Especially in the final scenes, the cost stays with you. The movie is a biographical drama/crime story, though one more focused on characters. This is the official synopsis on IMDb for the film: “The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and
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‘White Boy Rick’ Clip: Exclusive Look At Matthew McConaughey & Family – Toronto

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‘White Boy Rick’ Clip: Exclusive Look At Matthew McConaughey & Family – Toronto
Exclusive: A rifle, a screaming and half-dressed young woman, squealing tires and a near-miss car incident — it’s just your typical family spat in this clip from White Boy Rick, which is having its international premiere tonight at the Toronto Film Festival after bowing at Telluride last week. Typical, that is, for the Wershe clan. Check it out above.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick follows the true story of a blue-collar father (Matthew McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sent to prison.

Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie co-star in the pic directed by Yann Demange from a
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Toronto-Bound Producers Get Creative on Way to the Big Screen

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As the Toronto Intl. Film Festival welcomes indie fare aimed at adults and awards voters, but the producers of those films aren’t just competing with each other. Many stars and quality mid-level-budget features are being siphoned off by Netflix in the production stage, not to mention by the siren song of the limited series deal. So how are theatrical films attracting financing? “The financial market is pretty strong right now, and that tends to make it an easier time, particularly for the individual investors who love film,” says Maven Pictures partner Celine Rattray, echoing the comments of several producers with top Toronto titles (Maven’s got “Skin” at the fest). Others note an influx of financiers like 30West, well-backed mini-majors like Annapurna and numerous adult dramas and docs that have passed the $10 million mark at this year’s box office, even as companies such as Global Road Entertainment hit troubled waters.
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Nat Geo Alum Tim Pastore Named CEO of All3Media America

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National Geographic Channels alum Tim Pastore has been named CEO of All3Media America.

Pastore’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, fills the void left since the departure of Greg Lipstone from the top job at All3 America in late January after two years in the role.

All3Media America is the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based production group that is home to more than two dozen banners, most of them focused on unscripted programming. All3Media is jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Liberty Global.

“Tim’s reputation as a business leader and his track record as the creator and producer of high quality and popular TV is incredibly impressive,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media. “I’m really excited at the prospect of working with such a talented executive.”

Based in Los Angeles, All3Media America is producer of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” CNN’s “United Shades of America,
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Stars Power Venice’s Vr Competition Lineup

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Stars Power Venice’s Vr Competition Lineup
If 2017 marked the birth of virtual reality on a global scale, this year’s competition roster of 30 world-premiering Vr films at Venice Film Festival shows that the medium is coming of age, with star-powered experiences such as “Spheres” and “Crow: The Legend,” and socially-minded titles like “Home After War: Returning to Fear in Fallujah,”“Borderline” and “Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity.” Vr competition at Venice runs through Sept. 8.

Vr is now luring topnotch talent. “Spheres,” an interactive journey inspired by the iconic “pale blue dot” image of planet Earth, is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and is narrated by Jessica Chastain, Patti Smith and Millie Bobby Brown, while “Crow: The Legend,” an animated piece inspired by a Native American tale, is narrated by John Legend, Diego Luna and Oprah Winfrey, among others.

“We’re seeing that alongside the more experimental Vr experiences, there is a building trend towards experiences with
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Creative Forces in Vr at Venice Festival Learn From the Past

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Director eliza McNitt’s first virtual reality (Vr) experience back in 2013 was not particularly pleasant. The simulated roller coaster ride, viewed through a development kit version of Oculus Rift, made her feel sick and disconnected. But she saw the glimmer of possibility.

“I thought, give this a few years and people are really going to be embracing this as a new medium for storytelling,” recalls McNitt.

Five years later, many filmmakers have tried their hand at Vr, from big name directors such as Doug Liman (“American Made”), who released the five-part Vr series “Invisible” in 2016, to relative unknowns like McNitt, whose Vr docuseries “Spheres” will be among the more than two dozen works presented as part of the Venice Film Festival’s virtual reality section. But they’re still working out the bugs, both technological and narrative.

When writer-director Eric Darnell first took the plunge into Vr with his Emmy-winning short “Invasion!
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The 2018 IndieWire Telluride Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

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The 2018 IndieWire Telluride Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival
Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Telluride Reveals 2018 Full Lineup: ‘Destroyer,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ and ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Set for World Premieres

Pre-Festival Analysis

Welcome to the Telluride Film Festival, Your Oscar Race Crucible

Telluride 2018 Analysis: Why This Year’s Oscar Season Feels Different — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Film Reviews

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Gives Her Best Performance as a Forger Who Dreams of Fame — Telluride

‘Boy Erased’ Review: Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman Lead Joel Edgerton’s Powerful Gay Conversion Drama

‘Fistful of Dirt’ Review: An Original Fantasy Set in the Destruction of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — Telluride

White Boy Rick’ Review: Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt Can’t Salvage Bland Tale of Teen FBI Informant

‘Reversing Roe’ Review: Netflix Documentary Condemns the Politicization of Abortion — Telluride

‘Destroyer’ Review: Nicole Kidman Takes No Prisoners as a Badass Detective in Karyn Kusama’s Twisty L.
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‘Spheres’: Darren Aronofsky and Creator Eliza McNitt on ‘Making It Strange’ For Their Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Project

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‘Spheres’: Darren Aronofsky and Creator Eliza McNitt on ‘Making It Strange’ For Their Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Project
Scientists believe the Big Bang was silent … and then came sound. Eliza McNitt’s three-part virtual reality project “Spheres,” the first to play at the Telluride Film Festival, uses the most current research as a starting point to imagine the music of the cosmos.

After debuting at Sundance earlier this year (where it became the first Vr experience to be acquired in a seven-figure deal), “Spheres” will screen at Telluride in three parts, including “Pale Blue Dot” (narrated by Patti Smith), “Songs of Spacetime” (narrated by Jessica Chastain), and “Chorus of the Cosmos” (narrated by Millie Bobby Brown). The full program will screen, free of charge, at the Sheridan Opera House Gallery, this weekend.

McNitt recently spoke with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, the project’s executive producer, about roller coasters, “spaghettification,” the cosmos, the future of Vr, and much more. A shorter version of the interview (also attached) will run in The Film Watch,
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New to Streaming: ‘Support the Girls,’ Venice 2018 Premieres, ‘mother!,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Disobedience (Sebastían Lelio)

It starts with a London-based rabbi speaking from his heart about the complexities of life. He stammers through — obviously ailing — until collapse. Suddenly we’re in New York City watching a photographer in-session with tattooed seniors. The phone rings and we know. She (Rachel Weisz’s Ronit Krushka) is the daughter of that rabbi and he has passed away. The assumption is that both these worlds will subsequently collide in reunion. Tears will be shed and hugs had. But that’s not quite the case with Sebastían Lelio’s Disobedience. Ronit has been gone for some time and the leaving wasn’t under good terms.
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Darren Aronofsky's 'Spheres' to Be First Virtual Reality Film to Screen at Telluride (Exclusive)

Darren Aronofsky's 'Spheres' to Be First Virtual Reality Film to Screen at Telluride (Exclusive)
Spheres, the three-part film from writer-director Eliza McNitt, is making history as the first and only virtual reality project to screen at the Telluride Film Festival this year. The high-concept CGI project also made waves when it was acquired by distribution venture CityLights in a deal valued in the low- to mid-seven figures at Sundance, billed as the world's first acquisition of a Vr experience. 

The project was executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures, and produced by Jess Engel, Dylan Golden and Arnaud Colinart

The film is split into three parts, with the ...
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Spheres / 1943: Berlin Blitz review – Vr becomes reality in Venice

★★★☆☆ / ★★★★☆

A cosmic trip produced by Darren Aronofsky and an immersive Lancaster bombing raid were highlights of the film festival’s virtual reality strand

The virtual reality section at Venice is growing at an almost exponential rate: two years ago it was low-key, notable mainly for a demure Sunday-school retelling of the life of Jesus. In 2018, it is a substantial exhibition featuring state-of-the-art tech and an almost overwhelming range of entries, some of them “full body” concepts in which audience members suit up for a complete immersion. Interestingly, the vocabulary is still in a state of flux: are they “projects”, “installations”, “films”? The festival has intriguingly repurposed a building on a once deserted island to house the event: the Lazzaretto Vecchio, home to a 16th-century plague hospital which has now been imaginatively converted into an exhibition space.

Perhaps the biggest film in the competition is Spheres, written and directed by artist
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Arrow Video FrightFest Review – Climax (2018)

Climax, 2018.

Directed by Gaspar Noé.

Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull, Giselle Palmer, and Taylor Kastle.

Synopsis:

When a contemporary dance troupe have wrapped rehearsal for their 90s infused choreographed set-piece, they decide to throw a party to celebrate. What they don’t know is that someone has spiked the punch, and what starts out as a good natured boogie to the likes of Daft Punk and Soft Cell, soon descends into bloody hedonism.

Gaspar Noé is all up in your grill again with ninety minutes of garish excess that might as well be called “Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight”, although you can add self-mutilation, flaming scalps, and suicide to that heady concoction. Whether you walk to its beat or not is another question altogether.

Setting his stall out from the off, Noé hints that this particular party
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Jennifer Lawrence Kisses Boyfriend Cooke Maroney After Romantic European Vacation

Jennifer Lawrence Kisses Boyfriend Cooke Maroney After Romantic European Vacation
Things are heating up for Jennifer Lawrence and her boyfriend Cooke Maroney!

The Oscar-winning actress, 28, was photographed kissing Maroney, 34, outside of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Thursday.

The Lawrence kept things casual as she wore a black jacket, cropped jeans, a white T-shirt and black flip-flops as she kissed the art gallery director.

The sweet moment between the two comes after they spent time together on a romantic European vacation. They were spotted in Paris earlier this month.

A source told People at the time the two “seemed happy, occasionally holding hands” while in the French capital.
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Venice Imposes Embargo on Journalists to Cut Down on Twitter Critics

Venice Film Festival is easily one of the best early testing grounds for a film, as 2,000 journalists from around the world gather and very vocally cheer or boo a film for its press and industry screenings. 

Early reactions on Twitter can have a strong impact on a film, as last year's critical pan of Mother! caused Darren Aronofsky to be overly defensive of his film at the ensuing press conference. 

Venice was one of the few major film festivals left that didn't have a major embargo on its journalists, but now the festival is ...
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New Trailer for Paranoia Horror 'Retina' About Side Effects Gone Awry

"Are there any side effects I should know about?" Screen Media Films has debuted an official trailer for a sci-fi horror thriller titled Retina, from filmmaker Carlos Ferrer (Scallop Pond). The film is about a woman who participates in a medical study, but starts to experience nightmares and unusual side effects. One early review calls it a "low-budget but polished little thriller that invokes the spirit of 70s paranoia thrillers like The Parallax View or The Conversation and 90s indie equivalents like Darren Aronofsky’s Pi." Retina stars Lindsay Goranson as April, with Gary Swanson, Ian Temple, Ron Haxton, and Jamie Fedorko. The footage doesn't look that impressive and the poster is way more explosive than the trailer. Take a look. Here's the official trailer (+ two posters) for Carlos Ferrer's Retina, direct from YouTube: A young woman (Lindsay Goranson) participates in a medical study. After a series of nightmares and unusual side effects,
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Jennifer Lawrence Holidays in Rome with Boyfriend Cooke Maroney After Her 28th Birthday

Jennifer Lawrence Holidays in Rome with Boyfriend Cooke Maroney After Her 28th Birthday
Jennifer Lawrence is having her very own Roman holiday!

The 28-year-old actress, who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, was photographed holding hands with boyfriend Cooke Maroney in Rome on Thursday.

The couple took in the sights of the historic city as they walked alongside each other.

Lawrence wore a black loose-fitting dress with straps around her neck, black sunglasses and a pink sun hat while wearing her short blonde hair in gentle waves.

Maroney looked relaxed in a white T-shirt, khaki colored pants and black sunglasses.

The duo was last spotted in Paris enjoying a stroll a week ago.

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Darren Aronofsky Vr Series ‘Spheres’ Will Premiere at Venice Film Fest, Narrated by Millie Bobby Brown

Darren Aronofsky Vr Series ‘Spheres’ Will Premiere at Venice Film Fest, Narrated by Millie Bobby Brown
While we all wait for Darren Aronofsky‘s feature follow-up to mother!, we can make due with the Vr series he produced – Spheres. The three-part series is set to premiere in full at the Venice Film Festival, with a new entry narrated by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. More on the Darren Aronofsky Vr series below. Maybe […]

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25 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From ‘Roma’ to ‘The Favourite’ to ‘First Man’ and More

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This week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual fall preview, including the very best indie movies coming out this year, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even some blockbuster fare that will please the most discerning viewers. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer. Be sure to check out our list of indie gems and festival favorites to see this season, plus our look at blockbusters worth your movie-going buck.

White Boy Rick” (September 14)

Hollywood has been courting British TV vet Yann Demange ever since Film Four’s war drama ”’71,” which broke out Jack O’Connell at Berlin 2014 (and went on to play some 33 festivals). Some wondered if Demange was having way too much fun to get serious, as he flirted, took meetings, hung out. Finally after four years of false starts at the likes of Annapurna,
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‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown to Narrate Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Spheres’

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown to Narrate Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Spheres’
Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown is set to narrate an episode of Darren Aronofsky-produced Vr series “Spheres,” which will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Aronofsky revealed that Brown had joined the voice cast of the three-part series “Spheres” on his Instagram account Wednesday.

The young actress, who plays Eleven in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Stranger Things,” follows in the footsteps of Jessica Chastain and Patti Smith, who narrated the first and third episodes, respectively. Directed by Eliza McNitt, the series’ third episode was showcased at Tribeca, and the first installment was shown at Sundance.

All three episodes will be shown together for the first time in Venice as part of the festival’s Vr section.

“Spheres” is an interactive journey inspired by the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” image of planet Earth. Antoine Cayrol, Pierre Zandrowicz, Arnaud Colinart and Fred Volhuer at Paris-based outfit
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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part Vr Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part Vr Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment
Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the universe from the vantage point of earth.

Spheres made history as the first Vr project to land a seven-figure deal at the Sundance Film Festival, where it screened Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, a journey into a black hole that’s narrated by Jessica Chastain. That second chapter in the series is an Emmy finalist in the 2018 jury category “Innovation in Interactive Media.”

Patti Smith narrated the third installment (and second to screen), Spheres: Pale Blue Dot,
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