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‘The Rider’ Director Chloé Zhao Treats Non-Actors Like Pros: ‘Once Upon a Time, Our Greatest Actors Were Discovered’ – Podcast

‘The Rider’ Director Chloé Zhao Treats Non-Actors Like Pros: ‘Once Upon a Time, Our Greatest Actors Were Discovered’ – Podcast
Chloé Zhao’s breakout second feature film, “The Rider,” is based on the real life of the film’s star Brady Jandreau – a young rodeo rider who, after suffering a massive brain injury while competing, faces an existential crisis about his place in this world. In the film, Jandreau draws on his life experiences and is surrounded by a cast of his real-life family and friends, but his quiet and introspective character (Brady Blackburn) is the polar opposite of his real-life personality.

“Brady Blackburn is very somber, Brandy Jandreau isn’t – he’s the happy kid trying to make everyone laugh,” said Zhao when she was guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast. “When I first saw him, I didn’t speak to him. I was in the basement and he walked in and I just immediately thought, what a great face and the camera was going to love his face.
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John David Washington Receives IMDb STARmeter Award

John David Washington Receives IMDb STARmeter Award
John David Washington, star of Spike Lee’s 'BlacKkKlansman,' has been honored with an IMDb STARmeter Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The award recognizes entertainment industry luminaries who are fan favorites on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the page views of more than 250 million monthly visitors worldwide to IMDb.

Previous IMDb STARmeter Award Recipients include Sam Rockwell, Bill Skarsgård, Tatiana Maslany, Brie Larson, Felicity Jones, Peter Dinklage, Miles Teller, and Pom Klementieff.

Washington is in Cannes this week with 'BlacKkKlansman,' which is in Competition at the film festival and received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered on Monday (May 14).

In the movie, Washington plays Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, who successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.

The actor, who is the son of Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, is also set to be seen in David Lowery’s upcoming crime drama 'The Old Man & the Gun' and has appeared on four seasons of "Ballers" on HBO. Washington recently starred in race drama 'Monsters and Men,' which won the Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Video of Washington accepting his IMDb STARmeter Award from Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb, can be seen by clicking here.

‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer: Teen Heist Movie Aspires to be A24’s Next ‘Spring Breakers’

‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer: Teen Heist Movie Aspires to be A24’s Next ‘Spring Breakers’
From “Spring Breakers” to “Heavenly Creatures,” the canon of movies about teen girls behaving badly has far too few woman directors, with “The Bling Ring” being a notable exception. Enter “Never Goin’ Back,” the debut feature-length film from actress turned writer/director Augustine Frizzell. The newly released first trailer teases an intimate heist comedy about two high school dropouts who get in all sorts of trouble on the way to their dream beach vacation.

Maia Mitchell (“The Fosters”) and Camila Morrone (“Death Wish”) play the central friends Angela and Jessie, two high school dropouts who would rather rip bongs and draw penises on each other’s faces than work at their depressing diner jobs. Between a manager who has higher hopes for them, nosy neighbors threatening to call the cops, and a creepy roommate Brandon (Kyle Mooney), the girls soldier on towards the promise of one glorious week off in Galveston.
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Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone Fall Off the Deep End in First ‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer (Video)

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Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone Fall Off the Deep End in First ‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer (Video)
A24 has released the first red-band trailer for “Never Goin’ Back,” a raunchy comedy starring Cami Morrone and Maia Mitchell.

In the trailer, Angela (Mitchell) gets her friend Jessie (Morrone) a trip to Galveston, Texas, for her birthday. But of course, in the midst of preparing for their trip, everything goes wrong.

The film, written and directed by Augustine Frizzell, debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery and Liz Cardenas produced.

Also Read: Sundance, SXSW Comedy 'Never Goin' Back' Sells to A24

Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II and Joel Allen also star in the film.

A24 picked up the rights to the film in March, a week before the comedy was set to screen at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

“Never Goin’ Back” hits theaters Aug. 3.

Watch the trailer above.

Read original story Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone Fall Off the Deep End in First ‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer (Video) At TheWrap
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Intense Trailer For The War Thriller The Yellow Birds with Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan

The first trailer has been released for the upcoming Iraq war thriller The Yellow Birds. The film has a talented cast of actors that includes Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jason Patric, Toni Collette, and Jennifer Aniston.

I didn't get a chance to see this film at Sundance this year, but I heard good things about it. I like what I'm seeing in this trailer and it looks like a great film worth watching for those of you who are into war dramas.

Twenty-one-year-old Bartle (Ehrenreich) and 18-year-old Murph (Sheridan) become fast friends in army training before shipping off to fight insurgents in Iraq. Taken under the wing of a hot-headed sergeant (Huston), they wander into the fog of war, but Murph never comes back. Bartle returns home with the secrets of Murph’s disappearance held close to his aching chest,
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Alden Ehrenreich Endures the Aftermath of War in First Trailer for ‘The Yellow Birds’

Alexandre MoorsBlue Caprice was a harrowing, stunningly-shot depiction of the D.C. sniper attacks. The director made his return at last year’s Sundance with the war/Ptsd drama The Yellow Birds, co-written by David Lowery, and now it’s finally getting a release some 17 months later. The delay seems to be two-fold as we imagine the distributors were waiting for its star, Alden Ehrenreich, to have his Solo break-out, and also, the drama comes up short.

Dan Mecca said in his review, “Moors is a filmmaker with immense talent, as demonstrated in his Sundance film Blue Caprice from a few years back, but the beats don’t quite align this time around. This kind of film is important and should be made and made often. Perhaps the problem is that this kind of film has been made, and made often, and made a bit better.”

Also starring Jennifer Aniston,
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‘Strange Angel’ Trailer: David Lowery Heads to TV for Crazy Story of Occult Rocket Scientist

An innovative rocket scientist from humble origins who eventually came to be an occult disciple of Aleister Crowley: The story of Jack Parsons is so bizarre, it’s hard to believe it’s taken this long to turn it into a TV show. Given that it takes Parsons’ story from earth to the cosmos, it’s no surprise the new CBS All Access show “Strange Angel” turned to David Lowery as a director.

The streaming service released the first trailer and images for the upcoming series, highlighting every part of Parsons’ legendary past. “Free Fire” and “Sing Street” star Jack Reynor leads the way as Parsons, tracking from his La beginnings through his twin fascinations. From creator Mark Heyman and based on George Pendle’s 2005 book, “Strange Angel” also stars Bella Heathcote and Rupert Friend.

It’s not the first TV trip for Lowery, who was also behind the
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ First Look: Spike Lee Infiltrates the Kkk With Adam Driver and John David Washington

‘BlacKkKlansman’ First Look: Spike Lee Infiltrates the Kkk With Adam Driver and John David Washington
Focus Features stirred up buzz for Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” at CinemaCon last week, and now the indie studio has debuted the first official look at the 1970s-set drama. “BlacKkKlansman” tells the true story of an African-American detective who infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs and became one of its leaders.

The first look photo above highlights the film’s two leads, John David Washington and Adam Driver. Washington, son of actor Denzel Washington, is best known for his role on HBO’s “Ballers” and has a supporting turn in David Lowery’s upcoming “The Old Man and the Gun.”

“The most outrageous part [about the film] is that it’s factual, that this happened,” Washington tells Entertainment Weekly about the movie. That’s why it’s so…everything in it, you’ll see, how extreme and eye-opening and surprising the events that happened are, but what tops it off [for] me,
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Fox Searchlight promotes production duo

Fox Searchlight has promoted Katie Goodson-Thomas to senior vice-president of production, and Taylor Friedman to vice-president of production.

Fox Searchlight has promoted Katie Goodson-Thomas to senior vice-president of production, and Taylor Friedman to vice-president of production, effective immediately.

Goodson-Thomas (pictured at left) heads the London production team and works closely with president of Fox Searchlight International Rebecca Kearey. She joined the company in 2015 and is in post on Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite and Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien. She has overseen eight films for the studio, among them Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Far From The Madding Crowd.

Friedman helped
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Fox Searchlight production duo on the rise

The Favorite, Wendy in post.

Fox Searchlight has promoted Katie Goodson-Thomas to senior vice-president of production, and Taylor Friedman to vice-president of production, effective immediately.

Goodson-Thomas (pictured at left) heads the London production team and works closely with president of Fox Searchlight International Rebecca Kearey. She joined the company in 2015 and is in post on Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite and Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien. She has overseen eight films for the studio, among them Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Far From The Madding Crowd.

Friedman helped to oversee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and is in post on David Lowery
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Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Shocks CinemaCon, First Footage Reveals a Kkk Buddy Comedy No One Is Expecting

Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Shocks CinemaCon, First Footage Reveals a Kkk Buddy Comedy No One Is Expecting
Before Spike Lee brings “BlacKkKlansman” to the Cannes Film Festival next month, he let CinemaCon debut the new movie’s first look. Focus Features’ premiere footage makes it clear that Lee is doing what he does best: Subverting genres and taking on a politically-charged story with his bracing comedic style.

BlacKkKlansman” tells the true story of an African-American detective who infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs and became one of its leaders. The film stars John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington, in the lead role. The actor is best known for his role on HBO’s “Ballers,” and has a supporting turn in David Lowery’s upcoming “The Old Man and the Gun.”

“When I heard the name ‘Spike Lee’ and ‘true story,’ I was in right there,” Washington told press at CinemaCon. “I was hooked. There’s no sides or point of views.
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‘The Eyeslicer’ Season 1 Is Now Streaming Online: Amy Seimetz, David Lowery, and More Featured In Punk Rock Variety Series

“The Eyeslicer” is ready to blow your mind again. Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell’s crazy variety series made waves when it premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, making a name for itself as a unique, boundary-pushing amalgamation of 55 short films across 10 episodes. Now, in conjunction with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for Season 2, the first season has been made available for streaming on the show’s official site for the next month.

The first season, which was also funded through a Kickstarter campaign, featured work from a number of emerging film auteurs at various stages of their careers, including David Lowery (“A Ghost Story”), Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), and Amy Seimetz (“The Girlfriend Experience”). Each episode was a “mixtape-style” compilation of short films from these directors, and each was certifiably mind-blowing. Topics ranged from dreams to the fall of Blockbuster, but if that wasn’t enough for you,
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2019 Oscars: Best Director Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Director Predictions
It’s the battle of the returning Oscar contenders this year, as Barry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, Alfonso Cuaron, and Ang Lee are all in the mix. Where they wind up will depend on how well their films balance artful gravitas and mainstream genre elements — that’s also the question for Ryan Coogler. Will he land a nod for historic Marvel entry “Black Panther”?

At this early stage, things are looking promising indeed. Cannes will tell how well Spike Lee’s return after 27 years plays there: he will unveil 1979 drama “BlacKkKlansman,” about a man who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. And David Robert Mitchell is in Competition with film noir “Under the Silver Lake.”

Frontrunners

Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”)

Steven Spielberg (“Ready Player One”)

Contenders

Damien Chazelle (“First Man”)

Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Mimi Leder (“On the Basis of Sex
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First images of Robert Redford in his final film Old Man and the Gun

Fox Searchlight has released two first look images for the upcoming comedy crime drama Old Man and the Gun featuring Robert Redford in his final role alongside Sissy Spacek. Directed by David Lowery (A Ghost Story), the film also stars Elisabeth Moss, Casey Affleck, Keith Carradine, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.; take a look here…

“Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.”

Old Man and the Gun is set for release on October 5th.

Photo credit: Fox Searchlight

The post First images of
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First Images Arrive From David Lowery’s ‘The Old Man & The Gun’

Two images have been released from David Lowery’s upcoming film The Old Man and the Gun, a film which is allegedly Robert Redford’s final screen performance. Lowery is the man responsible for the remake of Pete’s Dragon, as well as last year’s Sundance hit A Ghost Story.

Deadline previously reported that the film is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford) who escaped from San Quentin at the age of 70 and the unprecedented string of heists that perplexed law enforcement and enamoured the public. Casey Affleck will assume the role of Detective John Hunt, the man on the trailer of Tucker, while Sissy Spacek will play Tucker’s love interest.

Related: A Ghost Story review

A release date of October 5th Stateside has been announced by Fox Searchlight, which suggests that the movie will play at one of the autumn film festivals.

Here are the two images.
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‘Old Man & The Gun’ Gets Release Date From Fox Searchlight

Old Man & The Gun has been slated for a fall, Oct. 5 release date by Fox Searchlight. The ensemble heist thriller led by Robert Redford and written and directed by David Lowery also stars Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Tika Sumpter. It will have a platform release as it is clearly being positioned for Awards season. The Oct. 5 release date is currently occupied by Warner Bros. with its own Oscar hopeful A Star is Born. Other films on the date…
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‘The Old Man and the Gun’ First Look: David Lowery Directs Robert Redford’s Last Film Performance

Fox Searchlight had an incredible 2017-18 Oscar season thanks to awards darlings “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water,” and now the studio is turning its eyes to the upcoming race. The studio has announced David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” will bow in October, which is right in the middle of awards season. The date suggests a fall film festival debut at Venice, Telluride, or Tiff.

“The Old Man and the Gun” is notable for starring Robert Redford in his alleged final screen performance. The actor announced his retirement in 2016, saying he had two acting projects left before officially saying “goodbye to all that.” The first project, “Our Souls at Night,” debuted on Netflix last fall, and the second is the Lowery star vehicle.

The film stars Redford in the true story of Forrest Tucker, who escaped prison at age
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Robert Redford’s ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ Lands Awards-Season Opening

Robert Redford’s ‘The Old Man and the Gun’ Lands Awards-Season Opening
Fox Searchlight has given an awards-season launch date of Oct. 5 to Robert Redford’s heist thriller “Old Man and the Gun.”

The Endgame Entertainment production was shot last year in Cincinnati, Ohio. The film is written and directed by David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”) based on a short story by David Grann for the New Yorker, published in 2003.

The film also stars Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Tika Sumpter. Producers are Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern, Condé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler, Wildwood Enterprises, Identity FilmsAnthony Mastromauro, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston, and Bill Holderman.

Executive producers on the film are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Patrick Newall, and Tango Entertainment’s Tim Headington.

Redford portrays Forrest Tucker, who escaped from San Quentin State Prison at the age of 70 and pulled off an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities.
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Different Directors Meant the Same Vision for Cinematographer Bradford Young

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Different Directors Meant the Same Vision for Cinematographer Bradford Young
From Dee Rees’ “Pariah” to David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” to the films of Ava Duvernay (“Middle of Nowhere”) and Andrew Dosunmu (“Mother of George”), no cinematographer in recent memory brings a visual boldness and mastery of craft to independent film quite like Bradford Young. And while Young has demonstrated the ability to work on a larger canvas — most notably with his Oscar-nominated cinematography for Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” — signing up for a franchise film like “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t necessarily seem like a natural career trajectory.

“I still consider myself an independent, low-budget filmmaker,” said Young. “‘Star Wars’ is like a once in a lifetime, unexpected opportunity that you take because [there] might be space for your voice in there, but it’s not something I was asking for, or even envisioned for myself.”

Young made it clear he would never pitch Lucasfilm anything
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Movie Review – Ghost Stories (2017)

Ghost Stories, 2017.

Directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson.

Starring Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Andy Nyman.

Synopsis:

Professor Philip Goodman (Andy Nyman) is a sceptic, making TV documentaries on clairvoyants and mystics, exposing them as frauds. So he definitely doesn’t believe in ghosts. He’s contacted by a predecessor, another sceptic, who has three cases he’s never been able to crack – and he’s starting to believe that everything he’d de-bunked during his career might actually be true. It’s down to Goodman to solve them and finally prove that ghosts are simply nonsense. Or are they?

Don’t make the mistake of confusing Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s Ghost Stories with David Lowery’s piece of indie perfection from last year. This is a very different ball game and a very British one at that, adapted from the duo’s hit stage show,
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