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Revisiting Hours: ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ and the Dick Biopic

Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie that’s available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. This week: Craig Lindsey on the Chuck Barris “biopic” Confessions of a Dangerous Man.

So, there’s this guy, and he spends most of his youth knocking back drinks, getting into barfights and, of course, trying to get laid. As he gets older and more established, this guy, still
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Rushes. Nicolas Cage's Self-Analysis, Luca Guadagnino Designs a Mansion, Manspreading Cinema

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSJia Zhangke's In the Qing Dynasty, a project the auteur has been preparing since as early as 2007, is set to begin shooting in Spring 2019.

Jia Zhangke's historical epic In The Qing Dynasty, to be produced by Johnnie To, will have action by Ching Siu Tung.— Asian Film Strike (@AsianFilmStrike) April 27, 2017 Recommended Viewinga neon-lit trailer for Harmony Korine's highly-anticipated The Beach Bum, which will be released in March of 2019. For GQ, Nicolas Cage provides a candid self-analysis of his personal favorite characters he has played in his singular acting career, from Castor Troy to Charlie Kaufman (with nods to German Expressionism and Fritz Lang!).Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest, The Wild Pear Tree, has been selected as the Turkish entry for the Foreign Language award at the 91st Academy Awards next year.
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Maniac Director Cary Fukunaga Talks Charlie Kaufman Influence

Alec Bojalad Matthew Schuchman Sep 21, 2018

Netflix's Maniac feels both familiar and utterly unique. Director and showrunner Cary Fukunaga confirms that's by design.

The comparisons between Netflix's trippy new mind drama, Maniac, and the works of prolific screenwriter Charlie Kaufman are inescapable.

Like Kaufman's 2004 romance classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Maniac features plenty of scenes within the architecture of the human brain and even deals with a man and woman whose consciousnesses just can't seem to be separated. In an interview with Den of Geek, Maniac director/showrunner and future Bond director Cary Fukunaga confirmed that these Kaufman influences were very much intentional.

Interestingly it's not Eternal Sunshine that Fukunaga brings up but another Kaufman film (and the first he directed), Synecdoche, New York.

"Synecdoche, New York is what we would have preferred to have as a budget and a timeline of the show to explore until everyone grew old,
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Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’ With Jonah Hill & Emma Stone Is An Absurdist ‘Inception’ Meets ‘Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind’ [Review]

What if I told you someone tried to bridge the gap between the bizarre world of Charlie Kaufman and the fantastic dimensions of Christopher Nolan? And then what if I also told you, a first-rate auteur who still has yet to peak, was behind it all with two top-shelf stars in tow? In theory, the idea of “True Detective” and soon-to-be “Bond 25,” filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga creating an absurdist, surrealist version of “Inception,” meets “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind“— only, instead of dreams and erasure, using mental illness, depression and schizophrenia as a vehicle for exploring memories, fantasy, guilt and regret —sounds mind-blowingly interstellar.

Continue reading Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’ With Jonah Hill & Emma Stone Is An Absurdist ‘Inception’ Meets ‘Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind’ [Review] at The Playlist.
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Stephen Colbert on Dana Carvey, Bill Cosby and the (Alleged) Pee Tape

Stephen Colbert on Dana Carvey, Bill Cosby and the (Alleged) Pee Tape
Stephen Colbert’s Rolling Stone cover-story interview covered a lot of ground, from his battle with anxiety to why Donald Trump is a “heretic against reality.” But there was even more to the conversation.

On the lessons he learned while working on The Dana Carvey Show

I still will pull out things that Dana said about that show. On the show now, sometimes I’ll say, “Right down the pipe,” as Dana. He’s like, “Do the show right down the pipe. Look right down the pipe of the lens.
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Here’s What’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in September

Hulu has announced which films and TV shows will be new to the streaming service next month, and which will be departing. We’ll start with the good news: Charlie Kaufman’s masterpiece Adaptation., Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece There Will Be Blood, and George Clooney’s, uh, not-masterpiece Suburbicon are all films that are coming to Hulu. You’ll also get the chance to prep for Glass with M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, and the filmmaker’s Signs is also being made available. I’d also highly suggest checking out David Gordon Green’s criminally underseen Stronger, which …
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Months of Meryl: Adaptation. (2002)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#28 — Susan Orlean, a New Yorker writer drawn to the eccentric orchid poacher she is profiling.

John: “Why can’t there be a movie simply about flowers?” asks perspiring screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) to film executive Tilda Swinton from across a table at a posh Hollywood restaurant. “I don’t want to cram in sex or car chases or guns.” One could imagine that Meryl Streep, who has resolutely avoided nudity, drugs, and violence throughout her career, has contemplated this same question. As Susan Orlean, Streep’s outwardly demure and professional demeanor is irreversibly shaken by the oddly captivating John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a Florida orchid hunter, nursery owner, and part-time porn site operator. To watch Streep, at age 53, fire guns, appear nude (read: blatantly Photoshopped) on Laroche’s site, straddle him, and, most incredibly, snort an orchid-based narcotic,
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John Malkovich Joins Jude Law in HBO, Sky’s ‘The New Pope’

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John Malkovich Joins Jude Law in HBO, Sky’s ‘The New Pope’
John Malkovich has signed on to star opposite Jude Law in “The New Pope,” the follow up to Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope,” Variety has learned.

It was previously said that the series, an original production of HBO and Italy’s Sky, will not be a second season of “The Young Pope.” Rather, HBO and Sky described it as Sorrentino’s second limited series set in the world of the modern papacy.

Law starred in “The Young Pope” as Lenny Belardo, who took the name Pius Xiii as he became the first American pope in history. Whether or not Law will reprise that role, given the uncertainty of the character’s future at the end of the first series, is unknown. It is rumored that Malkovich will play the new pontiff, though no official description of either actor’s character has been released.

Malkovich has twice been nominated for
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Robert Pattinson, Taika Waititi to attend Karlovy Vary

Robert Pattinson, Taika Waititi to attend Karlovy Vary
Waititi’s ’What We Do In The Shadows’ and ’Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ previously screened at the festival.

Robert Pattinson will receive the honorary festival president’s award at the closing ceremony of this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Kviff) on July 7. The festival opens on June 29.

The festival presents the award to ”outstanding personalities of world cinema”. Previous recipients include Jean Reno, Charlie Kaufman, Susan Sarandon and last year’s winner, Casey Affleck. The closing night film is Gilles Lellouche’s Sink Or Swim.

Pattinson, who recently appeared in David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel and will soon
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Being John Malkovich

Spike Jonz directed this one-of-a-kind mind bender from the master of meta, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman’s Kafka-esque fantasy revolves around a down-and-out puppeteer (played by John Cusack) who discovers a hidden portal into the brain of an unsuspecting John Malkovich. Kaufman builds on the premise in one absurd scene after the other to create a new age screwball classic. Co-starring Cameron Diaz, Charlie Sheen and Malkovich as “himself”.
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Fangoria Film Shingle Springs For Grady Hendrix Horror Comedy Script ‘Satanic Panic’

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Exclusive: Fangoria, the branded horror magazine being turned into a film shingle by Dallas Sonnier, has acquired the Grady Hendrix spec Satanic Panic. Sonnier will produce with Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm and Cinestate’s Amanda Presmyk. Phil Nobile Jr. will be exec producer. The search for a director will begin shortly.

Hendrix is a bestselling author who has been at Book Expo this week promoting his Bram Stoker Award-winning Paperbacks From Hell with We Sold Our Souls, a dark Faustian tale set in the heavy metal world. Book is published in September from Quirk.

Hendrix hatched the Satanic Panic story with Ted Goeghegan. It’s an After Hours-esque dark comedy in a supernatural setting. A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life — and her tips — when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.
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Mark Ruffalo movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Foxcatcher’

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Mark Ruffalo movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Foxcatcher’
Although highly regarded as a theater star — he earned a Tony nomination in 2006 for “Awake and Sing!” and just returned to Broadway last season in “The Price” — Mark Ruffalo is for most people a bona fide movie star. For his film performances, he has been nominated for three Oscars, two Golden Globes and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one as part of the ensemble cast of “Spotlight” in 2015.

See‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer: Thanos plots destruction with ‘the snap of his fingers’ [Watch]

These days, however, Ruffalo’s greatest fame is largely thanks to his being part of the Marvel universe, having taken over the roles of Dr. Bruce Banner and The Hulk in 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.” After a cameo performance in 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” Ruffalo’s Hulk also appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015, “Thor: Ragnarok” in 2017 and is now in theaters in “Avengers: Infinity War.
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‘Too Funny To Fail’: Hulu Docu Explores Ill-Fated ‘Dana Carvey Show’ And Its “Fiery Spectacular Wreck” Of An Ending

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Can there be such a thing as a successful failure? In the case of The Dana Carvey Show, the answer might be yes.

The sketch comedy show only ran for seven episodes on ABC in 1996 — an eighth episode was uncharitably yanked in favor of a Coach rerun. The program’s brief rise and rapid flame-out is told in the Hulu documentary Too Funny to Fail, now in contention for Emmy nominations.

Director Josh Greenbaum was in high school when The Dana Carvey Show premiered.

“I vividly remember sitting down to watch the first episode with great anticipation,” he recalls. “I was a huge fan of Dana Carvey and here he was with his own show on the No. 1 network in the primetime slot with the No. 1 lead-in. So it seemed like the perfect formula.”

Carvey, coming off his run on Saturday Night Live and the Wayne’s World movies, qualified
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

SEEWho is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine
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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’

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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’
You’ll often hear directors say that each movie is really three movies: The one on the page, the one you shoot, and the one you end up with in the final cut. That gives you three chances to get it right or mess it up even more, but nothing beats a solid foundation and well-crafted blueprint. At least with a great screenplay, you know it will be a lot harder to mess up the other two phases.

Any consideration of the best movies of the past 18 years takes on new context when considered exclusively in terms of their screenplays. There are some obvious masters of the form, such as Charlie Kaufman and Kenneth Lonergan, not to mention the clockwork-like precision of the Pixar story factory, which is why they all have two films on this list. Many of the films here were robbed of Oscar nominations, including from David Fincher
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Chaz Ebert on 20th Anniversary of Ebertfest, Where Roger Was Like Beyonce (Guest Column)

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When Roger was asked to start a film festival by Kim Rotzoll, the dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, we had no idea it would exist 20 years later. The idea was to do a one-time festival as a follow up to the successful Cyberfest, the birthday party for Hal 9000, the computer in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who says in the movie that he was born in Urbana, Illinois. Roger had something in common with Hal 9000, he too was born in Urbana. And so Roger agreed to undertake the task. Besides, Roger was a proponent of the civilizing effect that watching movies communally could have. He said that movies are a giant machine that generates empathy, letting us know about the different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears of others and helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.
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Anonymous Content Acquires Iain Reid Psychological Thriller Novel ‘Foe’

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Exclusive: Anonymous Content has acquired screen rights to Foe, the upcoming thriller novel by Iain Reid which drew other bids. Reid’s previous novel I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is in the works at Netflix with Charlie Kaufman attached to direct and write. Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin will produce and the author will be exec producer.

The novel is set slightly in the future, after severe climate change has ruined the farmlands across the north and created devastating fires that has scarred the landscape. A farmer and his wife live a solitary life, struggling on one of the last remaining farms, where they raise cattle and harvest grain. A knock on the door changes things. A stranger tells the farmer he has been selected to travel far from the farm, with a group of settlers looking to relocate. Arrangements have been made so that when he leaves,
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Pixar Oscar Winner Lee Unkrich Wants Live-Action Directors to Follow Wes Anderson’s Lead and Make Animation

With two Oscars under his belt, Pixar’s Lee Unkrich is one of the most prolific directors in animation today. The “Toy Story 3” and “Coco” director makes an appearance in Little White Lies’ March/April 2018 issue to talk about the future of animation, and one point Unkrich stresses is the desire to have more live-action filmmakers cross over to animation storytelling. Unkrich notes how effortless Wes Anderson can pivot from live-action to animation without losing his signature style, and he’d love to see other directors make a similar transition.

“I’ve actually liked seeing some traditional live-action filmmakers make steps into animation, like Wes Anderson,” Unkrich said. “I don’t think the two worlds need to be so segregated. I think the work that we’re doing in animation is very much on par with what’s being done in live-action, and the way we make the films is similar,
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SXSW Movie Review – Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You, 2018.

Directed by Boots Riley.

Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Danny Glover, and David Cross.


In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.

Being able to attend film festivals, one is prone to see several feature film debuts by promising filmmakers. Most of these turn out to be very personal dramas or films about walking and talking, but every once in a while, you get a bat-shit insane film that hits you in the head with a sledgehammer of originality and satire that leaves you dumbfounded and excited to see what’s next for the filmmaker. This time the filmmaker is Boots Riley, and the film is Sorry to Bother You.

Lakeith Stanfield finally gets an iconic character in Cassius Green, a struggling young man
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Meryl Streep in ‘Adaptation’: A look back at her 13th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Adaptation’: A look back at her 13th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 13 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1998, journalist Susan Orlean authored “The Orchid Thief,” based on her investigation of oddball horticulturalist John Laroche who, hellbent on finding and cloning the rare ghost orchid for profit, was arrested in 1994 for allegedly poaching the endangered orchids at a state preserve in Florida. The book, an instant best seller, was hailed not only for its engrossing profile of Laroche but also the other many colorful characters the author came across along the way and Orlean’s own introspection as she yearned for the same enthusiasm in life that these plant aficionados felt.

Not long after its release, filmmaker Jonathan Demme
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