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New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘The Tax Collector,’ ‘An American Pickle,’ ‘The Secret Garden’

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New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘The Tax Collector,’ ‘An American Pickle,’ ‘The Secret Garden’
While the Hollywood studios continue to keep their tentpoles locked up till most American cinemas reopen, indie distributors are releasing a handful of smaller movies with big stars in supporting roles this week.

Can’t wait to see Robert Pattinson in “Tenet”? Well, you can always catch him in the festival-anointed imperialist critique “Waiting for the Barbarians.” While the release date for “Dune” remains in question, Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård leads the well-reviewed Scandinavian drama “Out Stealing Horses,” about a widower’s return to the country. And before Liam Neeson returns to action-hero mode with “Honest Thief,” you can watch him playing opposite real-life son Micheál Richardson in “Made in Italy.”

Ok, those pairings probably aren’t for the same potential audiences at all, but it’s still nice to see versatile actors’ more serious work finding its way to streaming. And not all the week’s movies are minor.
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‘I Used to Go Here’ Review: A Writer Returns to College With Much to Learn in This Alexander Payne-Like Comedy

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‘I Used to Go Here’ Review: A Writer Returns to College With Much to Learn in This Alexander Payne-Like Comedy
Likable enough, but a little too tame to make much of an impact, Kris Rey’s slight — and slightly autobiographical — “you can’t go home again” comedy “I Used to Go Here” was supposed to debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, only to have its premiere canceled at the last minute by the coronavirus pandemic. When Rey hatched the idea for the movie, her fourth feature — in which a floundering young novelist returns to her alma mater for an ego boost — she was still going by her married name, Kris Swanberg; she has since split with then-husband Joe.

That makes at least two ways Rey’s already personal project has evolved to more closely mirror her own life, and while any additional hurdle in the uphill path of an indie filmmaker can jeopardize the whole endeavor, this one survived that much more relevant. The movie marks a comeback
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Steve McQueen’s ‘Lovers Rock’ to Open New York Film Festival

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Steve McQueen’s ‘Lovers Rock’ to Open New York Film Festival
Steve McQueen, the Oscar-winning director of “12 Years a Slave” and “Shame,” is best known for his searing big-screen work. So it is fitting that the New York Film Festival would turn to the British auteur to kick off its 58th edition with his new work “Lovers Rock. McQueen joins a long list of cinema legends such as Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and David Fincher, all of whom have had the opening night film at the annual gathering of movie-lovers.

But this is a year unlike any other in the history of film festivals, with the coronavirus scuttling best-laid plans and forcing organizers to change things up on the fly. Thus it makes sense that the film that McQueen is highlighting isn’t a “movie” in the strictest definition. Rather, it is part of the filmmaker’s Small Ax anthology series, a chapter in a collection of original films that
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The 3 TV faces of Reese: Type-a suburban mom (‘Little Fires Everywhere’), no-filter TV host (‘The Morning Show’) and pushy unfaithful spouse (‘Big Little Lies’) — take your pick! [Poll]

The 3 TV faces of Reese: Type-a suburban mom (‘Little Fires Everywhere’), no-filter TV host (‘The Morning Show’) and pushy unfaithful spouse (‘Big Little Lies’) — take your pick! [Poll]
It feels like we all are having a Reese Witherspoon moment this Emmy season while celebrating a culmination of what the actress has achieved since her coming-of-age film debut in 1991’s “The Man in the Moon.” She may be nominated for six Emmys as both an actress and a producer this year for Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” and HBO’s second season of “Big Little Lies.” What is interesting is how each of her roles feature strands of other parts she has played to perfection on the big screen.

Yes, she won a Best Actress Oscar as country singer June Carter Cash in the 2005 biopic “Walk the Line.” It’s the type of female performance that I have dubbed in the past as a “stand-by-your-man” role, as she kept Joaquin Phoenix‘s Johnny Cash to away from drugs and encouraged him to stay
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Venice Film Festival to Kick Off with Daniele Luchetti’s ‘Lacci,’ First Italian Opener in 11 Years

Venice Film Festival to Kick Off with Daniele Luchetti’s ‘Lacci,’ First Italian Opener in 11 Years
The Venice Film Festival has announced that Daniele Luchetti’s “Lacci” will open the 77th edition on September 2, 2020. The decision is a notable one as “Lacci” becomes the first Italian movie to open the Venice Film Festival in 11 years. The last Italian opener was the 2009 opener, with Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baarìa.” Luchetti’s “Lacci” is based on Domenico Starnone’s 2017 novel of the same name about a potential affair that threatens a marriage. The cast includes Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Laura Morante, Silvio Orlando, and Linda Caridi.

“Recently, we have all feared that cinema might become extinct,” Luchetti said in a statement (via Deadline). “Yet during the quarantine it gave us comfort, like a light gleaming in a cavern. Today we have understood something else: that films, television series, novels, are indispensable in our lives. Long live festivals, then, which allow us to come together to celebrate the true meaning of our work.
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Venice Film Festival to Open With Italy’s ‘Lacci’ From Daniele Luchetti

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Venice Film Festival to Open With Italy’s ‘Lacci’ From Daniele Luchetti
The Venice Film Festival is set to open with “La Nostra Vita” director Daniele Luchetti’s latest film, “Lacci” (The Ties).

The Naples-set feature, which will play out of competition, stars Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Laura Morante, Silvio Orlando, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Adriano Giannini and Linda Caridi. Set in the early 1980s, the film is based on Domenico Starnone’s eponymous 2017 novel and centers on a marriage that is threatened by a potential affair.

“Recently, we have all feared that cinema might become extinct,” said Luchetti. “Yet during the quarantine it gave us comfort, like a light gleaming in a cavern. Today we have understood something else: that films, television series, novels, are indispensable in our lives.

“Long live festivals, then, which allow us to come together to celebrate the true meaning of our work. If anyone thought it served no purpose, they now know it is important to everyone.
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CAA Promotes Praveen Pandian to Head of Television Literary Department

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CAA Promotes Praveen Pandian to Head of Television Literary Department
Praveen Pandian has been promoted to head of CAA’s television literary department. He previously served as an agent in the TV department.

“Praveen is an exceptional agent with a tremendous work ethic and great taste,” said Joe Cohen, CAA board member and head of scripted television. “He is a shining example of what we stand for at CAA, and I am thrilled to have him serve in this important leadership role.”

Having joined CAA in 2012, Pandian has had a chance to work with some of the agency’s most profile producers and directors and their production banners, including Jason Bateman’s Aggregate, Simon Kinberg’s Genre, Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, Marc Webb’s Black Lamb, Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman’s T Street, Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa, James Wan’s Atomic Monster, and Joe and Anthony Russo’s Agbo.

Also Read: CAA to Keep LA, New York and Nashville
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Praveen Pandian Named CAA’s Head Of Television Literary Department

Praveen Pandian Named CAA’s Head Of Television Literary Department
Creative Artists Agency today announced the promotion of Praveen Pandian to Head of Television Literary department.

“Praveen is an exceptional agent with a tremendous work ethic and great taste,” said Joe Cohen, CAA Board Member and Head of Scripted Television. “He is a shining example of what we stand for at CAA, and I am thrilled to have him serve in this important leadership role.”

Pandian joined CAA from the Walt Disney Company in 2012, and since then has worked with many of the agency’s top producers and directors to create opportunities for their stories around the globe. He works on behalf of such non-writing producers as Jason Bateman’s Aggregate, Simon Kinberg’s Genre, Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, Marc Webb’s Black Lamb, Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman’s T Street, Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa, James Wan’s Atomic Monster, and Joe & Anthony Russo’s Agbo.

He also represents such directors as Lucy Tcherniak,
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Kristen Wiig Signs With CAA

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Kristen Wiig Signs With CAA
Exclusive: CAA has inked Oscar nominee and eight-time Emmy nominee Kristen Wiig.

The Groundlings alum, who went on to a seven year career on Saturday Night Live, has continued to work with such acclaimed filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky (mother!), Alexander Payne (Downsizing), Richard Linklater, Sebastian Silva (Nasty Baby), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

Wiig will star next in the Warner Bros./DC Patty Jenkins-directed sequel Wonder Woman 1984 as Barbara Minerva aka Cheetah, opening on Oct. 2.

Wiig co-produced and co-wrote Bridesmaids in 2011 with her longtime friend and co-writer Annie Mumolo for which they received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 2011.

The duo recently teamed up again for the Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, which they star in, co-wrote and produced together. The film, which completed shooting before the pandemic, was
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Kelly Preston in ‘Jerry Maguire’: Furiously Good, in a Role That Should Have Opened More Doors

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Kelly Preston in ‘Jerry Maguire’: Furiously Good, in a Role That Should Have Opened More Doors
As an actress, Kelly Preston, who died Sunday at 57, was the soul of likability, and that’s no small thing. When she showed up in a movie, she lit it up; she also grounded it. (She had an earthly radiance.) Just think of the scene in “For Love of the Game” where she meets Kevin Costner’s aw-shucks baseball pitcher. Her rental car is stalled by the side of the road, and he stops to help her, all shaggy jockish gallantry. It’s a meet-cute moment, though the offhand way that Preston bristles at being rescued lends it a contemporary vivacity. Then, this being a traditional (and actually rather good) Hollywood movie, he melts her resistance. Just as she has already melted his. The audience melts too.

In “Twins” and “SpaceCamp” and “Mischief” and Alexander Payne’s first film, “Citizen Ruth,” and a great many others, Kelly Preston had scenes like that one,
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A Surprising Adam Sandler Film’s Been Dominating Netflix All Week

A Surprising Adam Sandler Film’s Been Dominating Netflix All Week
I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, a forgotten movie starring Adam Sandler, has been in the Netflix top 10 films list for almost an entire week at this point, currently sitting in the #8 spot on the chart.

Originally released in 2007, the pic stars Sandler alongside Kevin James and Jessica Biel. Directed by Dennis Dugan and written by Barry Fanaro and Alexander Payne, it tells the story of two Brooklyn men who pretend to be a gay couple in an effort to receive domestic partner benefits.

Although the subject matter may be a little bit tasteless by today’s political standards, the film still offers a somewhat decent performance from Sandler, who’s starred in numerous comedies throughout his career that follow a very similar formula as this one does. Most of those efforts, however, were not well-received.

From The Ridiculous 6 to Jack & Jill and even Grown Ups 2,
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Udo Kier, David Hayman Discuss Tragicomedy ‘My Neighbor Adolf’ (Exclusive)

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Udo Kier, David Hayman Discuss Tragicomedy ‘My Neighbor Adolf’ (Exclusive)
“My name is Udo,” says Udo Kier sitting in his home in Palm Springs, a converted library built by Swiss architect Albert Frey. The German actor – whose more than 260 screen credits include films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier and Alexander Payne – has connected by Zoom for our call, which I had been told was no certainty, due to his lack of technical savvy. Before we can start the interview Kier takes me on a video tour of his house – pointing out the art collection, with works by Andy Warhol and David Hockney, and a life-size plastic deer, with a bandaged leg.

We are joined on the call by Scottish actor David Hayman, supping from a pint of Guinness, and Israeli producer Haim Mecklberg. But the subject of our conversation lies elsewhere, in a remote corner of Colombia, the setting for the tragicomedy “My Neighbor Adolf,
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James Ivory movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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James Ivory movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
James Ivory celebrates his 92nd birthday on June 7, 2020. The director, who became an art house favorite thanks to a series of lofty literary adaptations produced by his partner Ismail Merchant, shows no signs of slowing down in his twilight years. In fact, he recently become the oldest Oscar winner in history for penning the script to “Call Me by Your Name” (2017). In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Although the majority of his work takes place overseas, Ivory was born in Berkeley, CA, in 1928. After cutting his teeth as a documentarian, he kicked off a professional and romantic relationship with Merchant, and together they formed the production company Merchant Ivory. Together, with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala serving as the third member of their team, they produced a series of acclaimed films based on the works of E.
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Bruce Dern movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Bruce Dern movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Bruce Dern celebrates his 84th birthday on June 4, 2020. The two-time Oscar nominee shows no signs of slowing down, having most recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” (2019). But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1936, Dern made his film debut with an uncredited appearance in Elia Kazan‘s “Wild River” (1960). He popped up in a number of supporting roles throughout the decade, making a name for himself in exploitation films produced by low-budget king Roger Corman.

Dern hit his stride in the 1970s, when a number of offbeat-looking performers suddenly became leading men. He earned his first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Hal Ashby‘s Vietnam War drama “Coming Home” (1978), playing a Ptsd-afflicted marine whose wife (Jane Fonda) falls in love
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‘Succession’ Director Mark Mylod Replaces Alexander Payne On ‘The Menu,’ Produced By Adam McKay

‘Succession’ Director Mark Mylod Replaces Alexander Payne On ‘The Menu,’ Produced By Adam McKay
The end of 2019 was pretty tumultuous for filmmaker Alexander Payne. Just weeks before he was set to direct a feature for Netflix, starring Mads Mikkelsen, the project was scrapped. Then, his film, “The Menu,” starring Emma Stone, ran into developmental issues. Finally, the filmmaker was able to sign on for a new remake of “Babette’s Feast” and an HBO series, so things seem to be going well.

Continue reading ‘Succession’ Director Mark Mylod Replaces Alexander Payne On ‘The Menu,’ Produced By Adam McKay at The Playlist.
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Searchlight and Adam McKay Tap ‘Succession’s’ Mark Mylod to Direct ‘The Menu’ (Exclusive)

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Searchlight and Adam McKay Tap ‘Succession’s’ Mark Mylod to Direct ‘The Menu’ (Exclusive)
It’s a family reunion between “Succession” producer Adam McKay and series director Mark Mylod as Searchlight is in negotiations with Mylod to direct “The Menu” with McKay producing the dark comedy.

McKay will produce through his Hyperobject Industries banner and will be joined by his partner Betsy Koch to produce.

The film is a darkly comedic psychological thriller set in the world of eccentric culinary culture, centering on a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu.

Will Tracy and Seth Reiss penned the script. DanTram Nguyen, Searchlight’s Svp of Production and Searchlight’s director of production Zahra Phillips will oversee for the studio.

The film originally had Alexander Payne to direct and Emma Stone to star but scheduling conflicts led to all parties having to leave the project. This left the door open for
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Judy Greer Boards Universal’s Rachel Morrison Boxing Drama ‘Flint Strong’

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Judy Greer Boards Universal’s Rachel Morrison Boxing Drama ‘Flint Strong’
Exclusive: Judy Greer has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ Flint Strong, in what we hear is a key role.

Rachel Morrison, who made history as the first female Dp to be nominated for an Oscar on Mudbound and was also the cinematographer on the $1.3 billion grossing three-time Oscar winner Black Panther, is making her feature directorial debut on Flint Strong. Oscar winner Barry Jenkins wrote the script adapted from the 2015 boxing documentary T-rex made by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper.

The documentary T-rex follows 17-year-old Claressa “T-rex” Shields, a Flint Michigan native whose dreams of becoming the first woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in Boxing are realized at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Universal acquired Shields’ life rights and rights to the documentary in 2016. Greer joins Ryan Destiny (Fox’s Star and Freeform’s grown-ish) who is starring as Claressa “T-rex” Shields, and Ice Cube
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Braddock: Pandemic Parade VI

Braddock: Pandemic Parade VI
Helping you stay sane while staying safe… featuring Leonard Maltin, Dave Anthony, Miguel Arteta, John Landis, and Blaire Bercy from the Hollywood Food Coalition.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Plague (1979)

Target Earth (1954)

The Left Hand of God (1955)

A Lost Lady (1934)

Enough Said (2013)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Down to Earth (2001)

Down To Earth (1947)

The Commitments (1991)

Once (2007)

Election (1999)

About Schmidt (2002)

Sideways (2004)

Nebraska (2013)

The Man in the Moon (1991)

The 39 Steps (1935)

Casablanca (1942)

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The Night Walker (1964)

Chuck and Buck (2000)

Cedar Rapids (2011)

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Duck Butter (2018)

The Good Girl (2002)

The Big Heat (1953)

Human Desire (1954)

Slightly French (1949)

Week-End with Father (1951)

Experiment In Terror (1962)

They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (1969)

Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall (1987)

Airport (1970)

Earthquake (1974)

Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Pushover (1954)

Waves (2019)

Krisha (2015)

The Oblong Box (1969)

80,000 Suspects (1963)

Panic In The Streets (1950)

It Comes At Night (2017)

Children of Men (2006)

The Road (2009)

You Were Never Really Here
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Edgar Wright Shares 100 Favorite Comedy Films to Help You Get Through Tough Times

Edgar Wright Shares 100 Favorite Comedy Films to Help You Get Through Tough Times
Thank God for Edgar Wright. The “Shaun of the Dead” and “Baby Driver” director has teamed up with Letterboxd to publish a giant list of his 100 favorite comedy films. Wright stresses these 100 films are just a selection of some of the best comedies ever made and not his definitive list of the absolute best. Regardless, Wright has offered up an amazing list just when cinephiles need it most. The list is presented in chronological order, starting with Harold Lloyd’s 1923 silent comedy classic “Safety Last” and ending with Shinichiro Ueda’s zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead.” Wright did not include any of his own comedies on the list.

Any Wright fan won’t be too surprised to see Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films dominate the early side of his list. Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” “The Circus,” and “City Lights” all appear in the first 10 selections, as do Keaton’s “Our Hospitality,
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German-language adaptation of ‘Sideways’ in the works (exclusive)

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German-language adaptation of ‘Sideways’ in the works (exclusive)
Alexander Payne’s 2004 version starred Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church.

German wunderkind filmmaker and wine lover Felix Starck has optioned Rex Pickett’s Sideways and will shoot a $5 million German adaptation later this summer.

The novel follows two male friends at a pivotal point in their lives who head off together on a trip to wine country. It has already been adapted for the screen successfully by Alexander Payne in his 2004 comedy-drama starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. Now, Pickett has given his blessing to the new version by Starck, which is backed by StudioCanal and is currently being cast by Simone Bär.
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