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‘Thunder Road,’ ‘First Match’ Make a Big Splash at SXSW 2018

An event that started as a few days of local jam bands in 1987 Austin, Texas has grown to The South By Southwest Conference and Festivals (affectionately known as SXSW, or just “South By”), one of the largest and rangiest agglomerations of entertainment on the planet: over a week of film screenings, seminars, concerts, comedy, and gaming and tech demos. It is, in short, Nerd Central. The SXSW Film Festival, which ran its 25th season March 9–17, has become a launching pad for indie projects (it’s where audiences first got a look at “The Disaster Artist” last year, as well as Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” and Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture”), a place to sneak-peek upcoming Hollywood tentpoles, and an exciting opportunity for filmmakers and industry insiders to network, make deals, and schmooze with fans and celebrities in Austin. The festival presents two sets of prizes: juried awards and audience awards.
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SXSW 2018 Winners List: ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘People’s Republic of Desire’ Claim Top Jury and Special Awards

SXSW 2018 Winners List: ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘People’s Republic of Desire’ Claim Top Jury and Special Awards
Juried prizes were presented tonight at the 25th annual Swsw Film Festival. Jim Gaffigan, in Austin to represent the Miranda Bailey-directed ensemble comedy “You Can Choose Your Family,” presided as host. The venue was the Paramount Theatre, a 103-year-old landmark just blocks from the Texas Capitol.

SXSW will continue screening films through Saturday, when most of the festival’s audience awards recipients will be announced. The exception is for the headlining films, such as “A Quiet Place,” “Blockers,” and “Ready Player One” — those verdicts follows on March 19.

This year’s line-up comprised 256 total features and shorts, culled from 8,183 submissions. Best narrative feature “Thunder Road” was adapted from the namesake, one-take short that won a Grand Jury award at Sundance in 2016.

Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” (2010) and Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” (2013) are among the best-known past jury victors at SXSW. IndieWire’s Dana Harris helped choose the Louis BlackLone Star” honoree,
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Michael B. Jordan's Company Will Use Inclusion Riders for All Projects

Michael B. Jordan's Company Will Use Inclusion Riders for All Projects
Michael B. Jordan is taking a stand. The young Black Panther star has promised that his company will use inclusion riders for all upcoming projects. What is that, you may ask? Well, let us explain.

At the end of Frances McDormand's Oscars acceptance speech, she gave a call to action for everyone in Hollywood to adopt an obscure contractual clause known as an "inclusion rider." She later explained it is something that actors and filmmakers can request, or even demand, as part of their contract, which requires the production company or studio to have at least 50% diversity for both the cast and crew. Now Michael B.Jordan revealed on social media that he is answering the call, saying he'll adopt inclusion riders for every project he's working on through his production company Outlier Society. Here's what he had to say in his Instagram post.

"In support of the women
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Legal Drama ‘Just Mercy’ as It Moves to Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

Michael B. Jordan to Star in Legal Drama ‘Just Mercy’ as It Moves to Warner Bros. (Exclusive)
Michael B. Jordan has set legal drama “Just Mercy” as the next feature he will shoot, as Warner Bros. picks up the rights for the story.

The film was originally set up at Broad Green Pictures, but after the studio shuttered earlier this year, producers began looking for a new home, and Warner Bros. was eager to work with Jordan.

Sources say that Jordan would shoot “Just Mercy” at the beginning of 2018, and would follow that up with “Creed 2,” where he would reprise his role as Adonis Creed. “Creed 2” is slated to bow on Nov. 21, 2018. It’s currently unknown if it will stick to that date, but as of now, there’s no plan to move the release.

Short Term 12” director Destin Cretton is helming and co-wrote the script with Andrew Lanham. Jordan will produce with Gil Netter. Niija Kuykendall will oversee for the studio.

Based on the book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice
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‘The Glass Castle’ Giveaway on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (5 Winners)

The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts has just made its home video debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

We have teamed up with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to give the new The Glass Castle Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack, based on the Jeannette Walls memoir, to five lucky readers in this contest.

For a chance to win one simply fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Glass Castle Blu-ray Starring Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson

Based on the best-selling memoir written by Jeannette Walls, Oscar winner Brie Larson (2015, Best Actress, Room) and Oscar Nominee Woody Harrelson (2009, Best Supporting Actor, The Messenger) star in The Glass Castle, arriving on Digital HD October 24 and Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand November 7 from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the must-see movies of 2017” (Vanity Fair), The Glass Castle chronicles the adventures of a young girl growing up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. From the producer of The Shack and The Blind Side, the film also stars Oscar® Nominee Naomi Watts (2012, Best Actress, The Impossible) and Golden Globe® Nominee Max Greenfield (2013, Best Supporting Actor – Television, “New Girl”).

Now you can own The Glass Castle on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Woody Harrelson ? (mine
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The Glass Castle – Starring Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson – Available on Blu-ray Nov. 7th

Based on the best-selling memoir written by Jeannette Walls, Oscar winner Brie Larson (2015, Best Actress, Room) and Oscar Nominee Woody Harrelson (2009, Best Supporting Actor, The Messenger) star in The Glass Castle, arriving on Digital HD October 24 and Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand November 7 from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the must-see movies of 2017” (Vanity Fair), The Glass Castle chronicles the adventures of a young girl growing up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. From the producer of The Shack and The Blind Side, the film also stars Oscar® Nominee Naomi Watts (2012, Best Actress, The Impossible) and Golden Globe® Nominee Max Greenfield (2013, Best Supporting Actor – Television, “New Girl”).

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild
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‘The Glass Castle’ Review: Dir. Destin Daniel Cretton (2017)

The Glass House review: Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson deliver knock-out turns in this involving family drama, performances worth the admission price on their own.

The Glass House review by Paul Heath.

Based on the 2005 personal memoir of the same name by Jeannette Walls, this involving, sometimes deeply moving drama features a stunning cast, including Oscar winner Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts.

The story revolves around the Walls family, Rex (Woody Harrelson), his wife Rose Mary (Watts), and their four children Jeannette (Larson), Lori (Sarah Snook), Brian (Josh Caras) and Maurenn (Bridget Lundy-Paine). The family are constantly uprooted from their lives, squatting in empty, run-down properties, and constantly living in poverty. They must learn to take care of themselves as their apparent free-spirited parents both hinder and inspire their growth, salt-of-the-Earth-type tortured soul Rex, willing his kids on to find their wild side, falling in and out of sobriety,
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Charles King’s Macro Sets $150 Million in New Financing

Charles King’s Macro Sets $150 Million in New Financing
Charles King’s Macro, the production banner behind “Fences” and “Mudbound,” has raised another $150 million to help finance an annual slate of four to six film and TV projects.

The debt and equity financing comes from Emerson Collective, the investment venture headed by Laurene Powell Jobs, who was already a backer of Macro; as well as the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Libra Foundation. The new coin follows an initial eight-figure round of investment that Macro had at its launch in January 2015.

Macro’s mission of developing content that authentically represents the broad spectrum of stories and experiences among people of color has been a draw for foundations and other private equity sources looking for what has become known as “impact investing.”

“In supporting Charles and his extraordinary vision, I am thrilled to see the success Macro has generated in such a short period of time,” said Jobs, founder
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The Glass Castle review

Brie Larson takes the lead in The Glass Castle, that lands in UK cinemas today. Here's our review...

The Glass Castle is the kind of film which used to be more common but doesn’t appear so often anymore – at least to this extent of quality, profile and budget. 'Based on a true story about a dysfunctional family' films tend to appear on tv at anti-social times and on anti-social channels, which varying degrees of success. Thankfully, for the most part, The Glass Castle is a real success. It’s a moving tale of a family across the decades, overcoming obstacles thrown at them by the outside world and each other.

A unit, unlike any other, who spent the childhood of their four children squatting in homes and living in poverty – second eldest Jeannette wrote her memoir in 2005, sharing the story of her unconventional childhood and her deeply dysfunctional parents with the world.
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Brie Larson Hopes Her Whimsical Directorial Debut ‘Unicorn Store’ Will Inspire Other Artists, Even If They Hate It

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Brie Larson Hopes Her Whimsical Directorial Debut ‘Unicorn Store’ Will Inspire Other Artists, Even If They Hate It
But what she’s always wanted to do is direct. For Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, moving behind the camera wasn’t the sort of career change she envisioned only after years in the business — it was something she grew up doing. Her own opportunities just had to catch up to her first.

“I’ve just made movies my whole life,” Larson recently told IndieWire. “Every summer, I would write and direct a film that I would direct my cousins in. It mostly took place in the garage, and I would just hang up different sheets and use our storage containers as different heights for things. I had a disco ball that I put outside the garage door, and when I turned it on, it meant we were rolling.”

She added, “I guess this has been part of my way of expressing myself for a very long time.”

Read More:‘Unicorn Store
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Charles King’s Macro Bolsters Executive Team With CFO Hire

Charles King’s Macro has recruited Eric Briggs to serve as chief strategy officer and chief financial officer.

Macro has grown quickly in the more than two and a half years since former top Wma agent King launched the banner, with backing from Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective. The company’s aim is to make movies, TV shows and digital content for multicultural audiences.

Macro is among the producers of the buzzy Netflix film “Mudbound,” and it was a producer on last year’s Oscar-nominated film “Fences.” It’s also a producer on the Denzel Washington starrer “Roman Israel, Esq,” due out from Sony Pictures in November.

Briggs “brings more than 20 years of strategic and financial expertise to our company. Additionally, his depth and breadth of knowledge serving the media and entertainment sectors further strengthens Macro’s market position,” said King, who is founder and CEO of Macro.

Briggs most recently worked as a senior advisor Fti
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First UK Trailer & Poster For ‘The Glass Castle’ With Brie Larson & Woody Harrelson

Lionsgate UK have released the very first trailer and UK quad poster for their upcoming motion picture drama The Glass Castle, which stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. We saw this film a little while ago and were absolutely blown away by it, particularly by the performances of those three actors. Watch The Glass Castle UK trailer below.

The Glass Castle UK trailer – Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson give two of the best performances of the year.

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar® winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

The screenplay is by Destin Daniel Cretton
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Deauville Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Doug Liman’s ‘American Made’ Set to Open Festival

Deauville Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Doug Liman’s ‘American Made’ Set to Open Festival
Doug Liman’s “American Made,” an action-packed biopic headlined by Tom Cruise, is set to open the 43rd edition of Deauville American Film Festival.

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” and Marc Webb’s “Mary” are among the 14 films on track to compete at the festival.

A Ghost Story,” a supernatural drama which reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara after Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” premiered at Sundance.

The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and nabbed the Art Cinema Award, centers on a young cowboy who embarks on a road trip across America after suffering a near fatal head injury.

“Mary” stars a Chris Evans as a single man raising his child prodigy niece who is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Several competition films deal with race relations in America. Daryl Wein’s “Blueprint,” for instance, centers around a young Black man in South
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Harrelson and Pattinson head for Deauville by Richard Mowe - 2017-08-22 12:02:10

Deauville bound: (from left) Sadie Sink, Charlie Shotwell, Woody Harrelson, Ella Anderson, Naomi Watts and Eden Grace Redfield in The Glass Castle, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Photo: Jake Giles Netter/Lionsgate Both Woody Harrelson and Twilight star Robert Pattinson have been added to the pool of stellar talent who will receive a special focus at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, it was announced today (August 22) by the organisers.

Harrelson will be present at the Normandy resort to present his new film The Glass Castle, based on Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir about her family's tortured upbringing moving around the country and living in poverty with parents who were obsessed with being free of convention. The cast features Brie Larson as Jeannette, Naomi Watts as her mother and Harrelson as her dad, Rex, an alcoholic whose rages and redemptions loomed large over his family. Harrelson is currently shooting a
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Why Oscar-Winning Stars Flopped at the Summer Box Office

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Why Oscar-Winning Stars Flopped at the Summer Box Office
In what’s been a fairly wretched summer box-office season, Oscar-winners Casey Affleck, Brie Larson, and Matthew McConaughey had some of the worst of it with “A Ghost Story,” “The Glass Castle,” and “The Dark Tower.” Casting didn’t drive those failures, but possessing Hollywood’s most-coveted award offered little or no bottom-line benefit.

Read More:The Most Surprising Movies of the 2017 Summer Movie Season

Beyond creating certain mention in the first sentence of an obituary, the long-term impact of an Oscar is never clear. In the 15 years since Halle Berry won an Oscar for “Monster’s Ball,” her roles have ranged from decorative to derivative — a trend that continued with this late-summer’s release of the low-budget, don’t-mess-with-Mama thriller “Kidnap.”

Still, is it too much to expect a short-term uptick in interest and box office? The summer of 2017 suggests that may be the case.

Brie Larson

Best Actress, 2016

Oscar-winning film: “Room,
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/Filmcast Ep. 431 – The Glass Castle

/Filmcast Ep. 431 – The Glass Castle
With David out sick, Devindra and Jeff team up this week to chat about The Glass Castle, the latest film from Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play in Browser: Subscribe to the /Filmcast: Shownotes What We’ve Been Watching Devindra (03:45): Annabelle: […]

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Box Office Weekend: Annabelle: Creation Takes Top Spot

The latest installment of the Conjuring franchise (yes, such a franchise exists), Annabelle: Creation took the top spot of this week’s box office with $35 million. While director Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk pulled in another $11.4 million, bringing its domestic total to slightly over $150 million.

Finishing in a distant third place was the critically-detested animated feature The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature with an opening-week total of $8.9 million. Elsewhere, The Dark Tower fell to fourth place, earning $7.9 million (and a two-week total of $34.3 million) while the abysmal The Emoji Movie finished in fifth place with a weekend total of $6.6 million (and a three-week total of $63.6 million).

The little comedy that could, Girls Trip, finished the weekend with $6.5 million, which was good enough to not only land it in sixth place, but bring its four-week total to $97.2 million as it begins its crawl out of the top ten. Spider-Man: Homecoming continued
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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Leads Another Weekend of Plummeting Box Office

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Leads Another Weekend of Plummeting Box Office
The good news: the Top Ten grosses dropped a bit over one third from the same weekend last year with a total of $97 million. That’s compared to last weekend, which was down more than half.

The bad news: despite a profitable showing for producer James Wan’s horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation” (Warner Bros.), August could wind up with the worst ticket sales in decades. Year-to-date grosses, which have been keeping pace with 2016 most of the year, are now over four per cent lower. The summer results will be much further down from last year, with the month likely to be off something like 40 per cent.

While this could be an aberration with an autumn rebound just ahead, it comes in the face of disconcerting news that “Wolf Warrior 2,” a Chinese-made period sequel, has grossed $681 million on its home turf. China has produced its own hits before, but lately has struggled with home product.
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Box Office: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Levitates to No. 1 With $35 Million

Box Office: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Levitates to No. 1 With $35 Million
Annabelle: Creation” may not be able to save the summer — which, after this weekend, will only fall farther behind last year’s pace — but it is doing its part to frighten audiences into theaters.

The latest from New Line and Warner Bros, which serves as the fourth installment in what has become the “Conjuring” extended universe, is casting its evil eye on $35 million from 3,502 locations. That’s a strong start for the horror flick, which was made for about $15 million.

The track record for the franchise is strong — “Annabelle” ($37.1 million); “The Conjuring” ($41.9 million); and “The Conjuring 2” ($40.4 million). David F. Sandberg directed the sequel about a dollmaker whose creation terrorizes a group of orphan girls. For those invested in the “Conjuring” canon, it serves as a prequel to the first “Annabelle.” Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony Lapaglia, and Miranda Otto star in the pic that critics have generally given a thumbs up
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