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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSThis year's Cannes Film Festival has concluded, and Hirokazu Kore-eda took home the Palme d'Or for Shoplifters, while Jean-Luc Godard won a Special Palme d'Or for The Image Book—the latter of which Mubi has picked up for distribution in the UK. You can find the rest of the awards here, and our extensive coverage of the festival, including reviews and interviews, here.A most remarkable website and organization has launched: Fondation Chantal Akerman, which among many other admirable efforts offers guidance on screening, exhibiting, and supporting the artistic project of one of cinema's greatest filmmakers.The Criterion Collection has announced its next releases, including Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece, The Tree of Life, which offers a new "extended" cut of the film. Variety has further details on the release.One of our favorite contemporary genre filmmakers,
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Trailer Watch: Women Directors Share Their Stories in “Half the Picture”

Karyn Kusama in “Half the Picture”

A new documentary has assembled some of the most prominent women directors, and they’re speaking out about why there are so few of them. There’s plenty of female filmmakers out there, but as a new trailer for Amy Adrion’s “Half the Picture” explains, the directors on most people’s radar — including those who are doing the hiring — are “overwhelmingly white and overwhelming male.”

A Wrinkle in Time” helmer Ava DuVernay recalls being told “no, we’re not going to accept you in the festival and no, we’re not going to give you money,” and others speak out about the “heartbreaking” experience of going into “meetings and meetings” and coming up short. “It’s just me. I’m not good enough. Just gotta work harder and be more brilliant,” “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke remembers thinking. Karyn Kusama, whose credits include “The Invitation” and “Girlfight,
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'Half the Picture' Trailer: Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke Speak About Struggles as Female Directors

'Half the Picture' Trailer: Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke Speak About Struggles as Female Directors
Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke, Lena Dunham and Sam Taylor-Johnson speak out about their struggles as female directors and the power of Hollywood entrusting high-profile projects to women in the trailer for Amy Adrion's new documentary, Half the Picture, which The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively debuting.

In the trailer, above, for the doc, which premiered at Sundance, DuVernay recalls hearing, "No, we're not going to accept you into this festival, and, no, we're not going to give you money."

And Hardwicke reveals that she took the resistance she faced personally. 

"I thought, Ok it's just me,...
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Quentin Tarantino tells CinemaCon next film will be closest to 'Pulp Fiction' in tone

Quentin Tarantino tells CinemaCon next film will be closest to 'Pulp Fiction' in tone
Director discusses Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio capped off Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Monday evening as the filmmaker promised his upcoming August 2019 release would be closest to Pulp Fiction in tone and deals with “wild characters”.

The writer-director said he will shoot Once Upon A Time In Hollywood in Los Angeles this summer and plans to take the city back to its counter-culture heyday. DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star in the prokecy that references the Manson Family murders.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood takes place during that Hollywood era of 1969,” Tarantino said,
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Quentin Tarantino says next film will be closest to 'Pulp Fiction' in tone

Quentin Tarantino says next film will be closest to 'Pulp Fiction' in tone
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio capped off Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Monday evening as the filmmaker promised his upcoming August 2019 release would be closest to Pulp Fiction in tone and deals with “wild characters”.

Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio capped off Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Monday evening as the filmmaker promised his upcoming August 2019 release would be closest to Pulp Fiction in tone and deals with “wild characters”.

The writer-director said he will shoot Once Upon A Time In Hollywood in Los Angeles this summer and plans to take the city back to its counter-culture heyday. DiCaprio and
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‘Miss Bala,’ Animated Spider-Man Show Sony’s Commitment to Diverse Heroes

Latina action stars, mixed race superheros, and blaxploitation icons took center stage at Sony Pictures’ CinemaCon presentation on Monday. At a time when the movie business is being heavily criticized for offering up a glut of films about white men, the studio’s upcoming slate is notable for highlighting an array of ethnically diverse leading men and women.

Miss Bala,” a thriller about a Mexican woman (Gina Rodriguez), who becomes entangled with a drug cartel; “Superfly,” a remake of the 1972 crime classic about an African-American cocaine dealer; and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which reimagines the wall-crawler as a black teen named Miles Morales, are among Sony’s most-promising upcoming releases.

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of “Miss Bala,” argued that a major studio film about a kick-ass Latina heroine was long overdue.

“The time is right for an action movie where a Latina actress is number one on the call sheet,
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Evan Rachel Wood: ‘Westworld’ Fans Hoping For Season 2 Queer Storyline Won’t Be Disappointed

Evan Rachel Wood: ‘Westworld’ Fans Hoping For Season 2 Queer Storyline Won’t Be Disappointed
Few actors have weathered childhood fame as gracefully as Evan Rachel Wood. From an early lead role on ABC’s “Once and Again” to a star-making turn in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen,” Wood came of age in the public eye and lived to tell the tale. Unlike many who peak young, she sustained a career spanning critical hits like “Across the Universe” and “The Wrestler” to prestige television such as “True Blood,” “Doll & Em,” and now, “Westworld.” Wood hasn’t come out entirely unscathed; in 2016 she revealed that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times in her life. In February, she testified in Congress about surviving sexual abuse.

“I never did what I did to be famous, and it’s something that can cause great anxiety in me,” Wood said in a phone interview last month. “But, I had to use it for a purpose. Otherwise, it was going to be too much.
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We'll Never Stop Shipping Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

Ah, young love. It seems like just yesterday Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were #RelationshipGoals, but now it's been five years since the famous duo split. However, following Rob's split from former fiancée* *Fka twigs, fans were once again shipping the couple. Sooo... are they back on or aren't they? Keep scrolling for a complete timeline of their relationship history, plus get all the deets on their lives in 2018! How did Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson meet? Most Twi-hard fans already know that the soon-to-be couple met during auditions for the film. Kristen and Rob were cast, respectively, as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, with Kristen later opening up about the casting process and her first choice for a romantic lead. "I basically cast him," she told Vanity Fair. "We did one day of auditions and a bunch of guys came in. Catherine Hardwicke, the director,
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Gina Rodriguez to Star in Netflix’s Live-Action “Carmen Sandiego” Film

Rodriguez in “Jane the Virgin:” The CW

With “Annihilation” still in theaters and more than one Netflix project on the horizon, Gina Rodriquez is on fire — and she isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. According to Deadline, the Golden Globe-winning star has just signed on to Netflix’s forthcoming live-action “Carmen Sandiego.”

Though a standalone adventure, this film is one of many Carmen Sandiego properties expected over the next few years. Netflix has already ordered 20 episodes of an animated series following the red-caped thief, which is also voiced by Rodriguez. Additionally, a line of Carmen Sandiego books will accompany the release of the series.

No director or writer has been announced yet, Rodriguez will produce through via her I Can I Will Productions banner alongside Caroline Fraser and “Miss Bala” producer Kevin Misher.

Last year, Rodriguez and I Can I Will signed a multi-year overall deal with CBS,
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ReFrame Pushes for More Inclusive Hiring in Hollywood with New Handbook

Some of the ReFrame members: Women In Film

ReFrame, a Hollywood inclusion program that boasts 50 industry leaders among its ranks, has set its sights on updating show business’ current hiring practices — i.e. its habit of employing mostly white men. According to Deadline, the initiative has put together a handbook “with numerous key proposals its organizers believe will help promulgate meaningful reform and diverse hiring practices in the film and TV businesses.”

One of the handbook’s recommendations is a sponsorship program that will see industry professionals mentor protégés at companies across Hollywood.

Speaking to Deadline, ReFrame organizer and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig touted the sponsorship program. “What I like about this is that it is very well researched and thought out, with real tangible steps that over time will help,” he said. Feig himself sponsored “Smilf” creator Frankie Shaw.

“What I like about [the sponsorship program] is that it is very well researched and thought out,
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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Hannah Marks — “Shotgun”

“Shotgun”

Hannah Marks is an actress, writer, and director known for her roles in the BBC America/ Netflix series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and films such as “Anesthesia,” “Southbound,” and “Hard Sell.” She was recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 25 under 25 for her work as co-writer/director of “Shotgun,” her feature directorial debut.

Shotgun” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 9. The film is co-directed by Joey Power.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Hm: “Shotgun” is not a cancer love story, though it may seem like it at first. It’s really an exploration of a young marriage and how Ptsd from an illness affects the relationship later. The main characters are 23-year-olds Elliot and Mia, who fall for each other under the cloud of life or death stakes.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Hm: Joey
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‘Mary Magdalene’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Drama is the Definition of a Mixed Blessing

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‘Mary Magdalene’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Drama is the Definition of a Mixed Blessing
For 14 years, the heathens of Hollywood have struggled to build on the lightning-strike success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” with its bizarre combination of torturous piety and throat-grabbing showmanship. Gibson infamously became persona non grata shortly after submitting his softer 2005 recut; the studios’ initial response – 2006’s “The Nativity Story,” overseen by a pre-Twilight Catherine Hardwicke – sunk without much trace; the gap in the market came to be flooded, and eventually saturated, by those evangelically funded indies (of which 2014’s “God’s Not Dead” remains the most prominent) preaching wholeheartedly, if not always so elegantly or competently, to the converted.

Universal’s “Mary Magdalene” might, then, be counted as the first serious mainstream reckoning with faith for almost a generation. Toplined by the ever-committed, never-smiling pair of Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, helmed by “Lion” director Garth Davis, and produced by the team behind “The King’s Speech,
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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ TV Series: Beanie Feldstein, Doug Jones, and More Join Taika Waititi’s FX Comedy

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ TV Series: Beanie Feldstein, Doug Jones, and More Join Taika Waititi’s FX Comedy
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do in the Shadows” television series is going to be in some very funny hands. Not only are the creators and stars of the cult favorite comedy film going to be involved behind the scenes (Waititi is directing, Clement is writing), but the cast in front of the camera is shaping up to be a winner. Variety confirms that “Lady Bird” breakout Beanie Feldstein and Guillermo del Toro’s go-to creature actor Doug Jones are joining the cast.

Feldstein was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble as part of the cast of “Lady Bird,” where she earned rave reviews as the central character’s best friend Julie. She previously starred in a supporting role in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” Jones has worked with del Toro numerous times, playing creates in “The Shape of Water,” “Hellboy,” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.
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“Advocating For the Civil Rights of Women”: Editor Kate Hackett on Half the Picture

The title of Amy Adrion’s Half the Picture should be taken semi-literally: if women are half the population but severely underrepresented behind the camera, what’s being lost? Her documentary interviews a number of female directors (including Gina Prince-Blythewood, Catherine Hardwicke and Penelope Spheeris) on their experiences, good and bad, while (not) making movies. Editor Kate Hackett explained her work on the film and why she found it inspiring prior to the film’s premiere. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Hackett: I […]
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Film News Roundup: Juno Films Buys Chilean Night-Sky Documentary ‘Cielo’

In today’s film news roundup, Juno Films buys “Cielo,” Sally Kirkland comes out against a new tipping policy, and Film Independent selects its Directors Lab participants.

Acquisition

Juno Films has acquired all U.S. rights for Cielo, the night-sky feature documentary directed and produced by Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine through Second Sight Pictures.

“Cielo,” co-produced with Paola Castillo of Errante Producciones, premiered at the New York Film Festival. “Cielo” will be shown at other film festivals, leading to a summer theatrical release. The documentary explores the beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert in Chile — regarded as one of the best places on the planet to study the sky.

“‘Cielo’ caught my eye and then my breath,” Juno Films founder Elizabeth Sheldon said. “It is a cinematic mediation on the stars for anyone who has gazed at the night sky and contemplated the heavens.”

Sheldon negotiated the U.S. deal with
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Female Filmmakers Dominated the Sundance Awards, But That Doesn’t Guarantee a Career Boost

Female Filmmakers Dominated the Sundance Awards, But That Doesn’t Guarantee a Career Boost
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the annual event broke some of its own barriers, doling out each of its four directing awards to female filmmakers. For the first time in the festival’s 34-year history, directing prizes went only to women, spanning all four major categories — narrative and documentary, U.S. and world cinema: Sara Colangelo (“The Kindergarten Teacher”), Alexandria Bombach (“On Her Shoulders”), Sandi Tan (“Shirkers”), and Isold Uggadottir (“And Breathe Normally”). The festival’s juries also awarded Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” the Grand Jury Prize, the festival’s highest honor; Sundance’s sole dedicated screenplay honor, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, went to Christina Choe for “Nancy.”

In short, it was a big festival for women. But what does winning an award at Sundance actually mean for female filmmakers? How does it impact future projects? Does it guarantee further success in the industry?
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Sundance Veterans Taika Waititi, Justin Lin, and Catherine Hardwicke Talk Diversity and Directing Tentpoles — Watch

Three directors who have had a film surpass $340 million at the worldwide box office revisited how Sundance launched their careers. On January 26, “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood,” brought together Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarock”), Justin Lin (“Star Trek: Beyond”), and Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) to discuss the challenges of adjusting to the studio system, their desire for the industry to be more inclusive, and how to keep their stories personal when they’re part of a juggernaut franchise.

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Waititi, a New Zealander, has premiered four pictures in Park City: “Eagle vs Shark” (2007), “Boy” (2010), “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”(2016), and “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014), which is now being adapted for television. Taiwan-born Lin — a veteran of four “The Fast and the Furious” sequels (with more to come) — has attended the festival as a buyer and seller: his features “Better Luck Tomorrow
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Annapurna Lands ‘Sorry to Bother You’ for Seven Figures — Sundance 2018

Musician Boots Riley’s first foray into cinema, “Sorry to Bother You, ” sold to Annapurna Pictures at Sundance for a reported seven figures. The comedy/sci-fi/magical-realism hybrid premiered in Park City on January 20 as part of the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition. “Get Out” actor Lakeith Stanfield plays Cassius Green, a black telemarketer from Oakland who realizes that it’s more lucrative for him make his voice sound like a white person’s.

Read More:Sundance 2018 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

In his B+ review, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn praised the “whip-smart satire of racial dynamics in the workplace,” which “leaves you with the impression that even the most ridiculous moments contain some tidbits of truth.” Numerous bidders were said to vie for the film’s worldwide rights. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) is among the producers (his Significant Productions also backed “Fruitvale Station,
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Gina Rodriguez: The Lack of Latino Representation Onscreen Is ‘Heartbreaking and Dehumanizing’

Gina Rodriguez: The Lack of Latino Representation Onscreen Is ‘Heartbreaking and Dehumanizing’
Gina Rodriguez has written an open letter in Variety condemning Hollywood for the lack of Latino representation in front of and behind the camera in film and television. The letter arrives following this year’s Oscar nominations, which did not include a single Latino actor or actress in the four performance categories. Rodriguez tweeted the following quote from Viola Davis following the nominations on January 23: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

Read More:‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez on Advocacy and Supporting Women in This New Age

“To be seen and heard is a simple human need. To be invisible in a world of loud voices is heartbreaking and dehumanizing,” Rodriguez writes in Variety. “The under-representation of Latinos in Hollywood both on and off screen is not just a feeling; it’s a sad reality…Latinos are not only prominent and
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Horizon Award winners unveiled at Sundance 2018

Horizon Award winners unveiled at Sundance 2018
Giselle Bonilla and Benita Ozoude prevail in pool of 380-plus submissions.

Source: Horizon Award

Horizon Award co-founders Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon on Saturday (January 20) announced the winners of the fourth annual Horizon Awards in Park City.

Giselle Bonilla (pictured second from left) and Benita Ozoude (pictured third from left) were announced as the winners for their short films of two minutes or less. The awards received a record 380-plus submissions from 275 films schools worldwide.

Bonilla (New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts) directed her short Virgencita about a woman who confesses her desire to abort a probable pregnancy.

University of Texas at Austin graduate Ozoude’s short Queen Of Rosewood centres on a Cajun food restaurant owner from East Austin who devotes her spare time to feeding the homeless.

Elwes (pictured far left), Howell Taylor (pictured third from right), and Vachon joined Sundance Feature Film Program founding director Michelle Satter to choose
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