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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)

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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Gkids, the U.S. distributor of ten Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations including this year’s “The Breadwinner,” has acquired North American rights to Spaniard Salvador Simó’s “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.” Gkids will release the film theatrically next year.

The animated feature is sold worldwide by Spain’s Latido Films; the all-rights deal was negotiated by Gkids’ CEO and founder Eric Beckman and Latido’s Antonio Saura.

The acquisition comes after “Buñuel” world premiered at this year’s Gkids co-run Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles, snagging a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter and positive reviews.

“Frankly, it was a brilliant choice on the part of director Salvador Simo to use such an expressionistic medium [as animation] to examine how surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel bent reality to his own ends in the making of 1933 documentary “Las Hurdes” (aka “Land
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Breaking the Rules of Animation

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Breaking the Rules of Animation
One of the reasons why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has become an Oscar contender and the most honored animated feature this season is because of its bold, innovative style. In bringing Miles Morales to the big screen, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller wanted to break the rules of animation by making a moving comic book.

The producers supplied the vision, assembling a trio of talented directors and an impressive voice cast (led by Shameik Moore as Morales). But Lord and Miller relied on go-to production designer Justin Thompson to design the ambitious look.

“As somebody obsessed with comics my whole life, I had seen films translated from comics and I always thought something got lost in the translation,” said Thompson. “So I thought it would be amazing to make a movie from Miles Morales’ point of view, living inside a comic book and staring out at me: those Ben-Day dots,
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‘The Favourite’: Oscar Nod Likely for Dp Robbie Ryan, But Damned If He Knows Why

‘The Favourite’: Oscar Nod Likely for Dp Robbie Ryan, But Damned If He Knows Why
To hear Robbie Ryan tell it, he was “a glorified camera operator” on “The Favourite.” Shot entirely in natural light, director Yorgos Lanthimos was against his cinematographer cluttering the set with flags, bounce or diffusion in an effort to shape the light. He also picked the lenses, knowing he would rely almost entirely on the extremely wide 10mm lens he experimented with while shooting “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”

“At the end of the job, I said to Yorgos, ‘You should be shooting your own films, ’cause your an amazingly astute cinematographer in your own mind and I’m just kind of a glorified operator on this,’” said Ryan. “And I still kind of stick to that adage, but he’s going, ‘No, no. I like the way we worked.’”

Ryan was in many ways a natural partner for Lanthimos on “The Favourite.” From his collaborations with director Andrea Arnold,
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Marvel/Netflix Fallout: Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage & The Defenders Can’t Appear On Disney+ Until 2020

There’s a lot of wishing, praying, bitterness, resent, and a cavalcade of complicated emotions for fans of the recently-canceled Marvel shows on Netflix. “Daredevil,” the streaming giant’s most popular show has been dropped, and two lesser-successful shows “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage” were deep-sixed earlier this fall (apparently none of the shows were very bingeworthy and didn’t crack Netflix’s top 10 most-watched shows of 2018).

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Lucrecia Martel Turned Down ‘Black Widow’ After Marvel Told Her ‘Don’t Worry About’ Action Scenes

Lucrecia Martel Turned Down ‘Black Widow’ After Marvel Told Her ‘Don’t Worry About’ Action Scenes
The thought of Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel directing a Marvel movie may sound unusual (her challenging style is a far cry from the McU), but she was included on the studio’s shortlist of filmmakers to helm the Black Widow standalone movie, starring Scarlett Johansson. Martel recently told India’s English-language newspaper The Daily Pioneer (via The Playlist) that her interest in the Marvel film didn’t go beyond her first meeting with the studio.

“I received an e-mail from Marvel for a meeting,” Martel said. “So I went to the [Marvel 10th Anniversary] reunion. I actually signed this thing where I can’t talk about that reunion. Marvel and other such production houses are trying to involve more female filmmakers…What they told me in the meeting was ‘we need a female director because we need someone who is mostly concerned with the development of Scarlett Johansson’s character.'”

Martel continued,
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Peter Jackson Would “Love To Help” Amazon With ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & Says ‘Tintin 2’ Isn’t Dead

Sure, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson has a new film coming Friday, “Mortal Engines,” which he co-wrote and produced. But considering the less-than-stellar early reviews, and the absolute bonkers box office competition facing the sci-fi/fantasy film, many are already looking past “Mortal Engines” and focusing on future Jackson projects. Namely, that “Lord of the Rings” TV show and “Tintin 2.”

During a recent interview we conducted with Jackson, we asked about those projects, to see if there were any updates on the status of the filmmaker’s involvement.

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The 20 Best TV Moments in 2018

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More often than not, it’s the heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, or heartbreaking moments which define our memories of great television. Which is why each year, IndieWire chooses to recognize those scenes and twists which keep us enraptured in TV’s variety of narratives.

The picks below celebrate on-screen seconds which are the best sort of gut-punches and serve as examples of how this medium can have a genuine impact on how people see the world. From the far-off future to the Biblical past, it was an incredible year for TV, and these moments will be remembered for a long time.

[Editor’s Note: The following article contains light spoilers for the featured series.]

“911”

Bounce House Time!

“9-1-1” is a show built on sheer audacity. What other show would begin with a woman getting slowly constricted to death by a giant snake (and not have that be the craziest thing that happened in the episode)? Showing that no one was truly safe from the whims of Los Angeles-area disasters,
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‘The Mule’: Clint Eastwood Is A Geriatric Gardner-Turned-Outlaw In This Oddly Charming Thriller [Review]

Hats off to Clint Eastwood – not only has the film legend just directed and starred in a new film at the impressive age of 88, but it appears he still has some surprises up his sleeve. Overbearing trailer aside, “The Mule” is not the movie you may think it is. That is, unless you thought it would be an often-comedic riff on aging that takes Eastwood on a journey from being a 78-year-old seersucker-clad champion daylily gardener to an outlaw pushing 90, who has a threesome at a Mexican cartel party.

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‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years

‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years
At 88 years old, Clint Eastwood might be the hardest-working man in Hollywood. And now, with his second directorial outing of 2018 — and his best film since at least “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006, and perhaps 1993’s “A Perfect World” before that — he’s finally explained why.

Inspired by a Sam Dolnick article in the New York Times Magazine called “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule,” “The Mule” is a far cry from the red state fantasy that some people feared from a Maga-era vehicle by an auteur who’s publicly endorsed the Republican Party in the somewhat recent past (two presidential elections and a zillion news cycles ago). On the contrary, Eastwood’s latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves — on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.
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‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Werner Herzog, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers to Cast

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Werner Herzog, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers to Cast
Not only did Werner Herzog get closer to Disney World, it looks like he’s made it onto Disney+ for good measure.

Per an official release through the Star Wars website, the legendary director is part of a handful of new additions to the cast of “The Mandalorian,” the upcoming TV show being made for Disney’s new streaming platform. The official news confirms last month’s reports that Pedro Pascal will star in the series as the title character and that Gina Carano would be joining him.

The latest batch of additions to the growing ensemble include Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Omid Abtahi, and Emily Swallow.

One can only assume that this is the project that Herzog was referencing during a September interview with IndieWire, in which he said he would soon be in “a big franchise film, about which I’m not supposed to say anything.
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‘The Mandalorian’: Werner Herzog & Giancarlo Espisito Officially Join The Cast Of ‘Star Wars’ Series

In September, while promoting “Meeting Gorbachev,” filmmaker (and sometimes-actor) Werner Herzog revealed he would be filming for a “big film franchise” under the code-name “Huckleberry.” At the time, guesses ranged anywhere from a “Star Wars” film to “Top Gun 2.” But now, thanks to a new announcement from Disney, we know exactly what “Huckleberry” actually is.

Read More: Constance Wu Doesn’t Want To Work On A ‘Star Wars’ Film: “It’s Golden Shackles”

Herzog said at the time that he would soon act in “a big franchise film, about which I’m not supposed to say anything.” He continued, “ I can only say the title.

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“Comedy is Hard to Create, but It’s Easy to Evaluate”: Director David Leitch on Blending Action and Laughs in Deadpool 2

Long ago, in the dark ages of my childhood, we watched movies on broadcast television and non-premium cable like savages. In this primordial time, bereft of binging and Blu-rays, TV was where movies went to have their aspect ratios cruelly chopped and all the good bits edited out. The only joy came from seeing how censors would creatively shoehorn nonsensical profanity substitutes into everything from Back to the Future to Scarface. “This town is like a great big chicken waiting to be plucked.” Basically the same thing. “You caused 300 bucks damage to my car you son of a butthead.” […]
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“Comedy is Hard to Create, but It’s Easy to Evaluate”: Director David Leitch on Blending Action and Laughs in Deadpool 2

Long ago, in the dark ages of my childhood, we watched movies on broadcast television and non-premium cable like savages. In this primordial time, bereft of binging and Blu-rays, TV was where movies went to have their aspect ratios cruelly chopped and all the good bits edited out. The only joy came from seeing how censors would creatively shoehorn nonsensical profanity substitutes into everything from Back to the Future to Scarface. “This town is like a great big chicken waiting to be plucked.” Basically the same thing. “You caused 300 bucks damage to my car you son of a butthead.” […]
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Regina Hall In ‘Support the Girls’ Is the Great Underdog Performance of the Year

Regina Hall In ‘Support the Girls’ Is the Great Underdog Performance of the Year
Regina Hall’s career defies easy summation. The NYU journalism grad had an early stint on a soap opera, supporting roles in “The Best Man” and “Love and Basketball,” then mined for comedy in the Wayans brothers’ “Scary Movie.” That was the first year of her movie career. More “Scary Movie” entries followed, in tandem with a range of studio projects primarily aimed at black audiences — many of which did strong business, from “Think Like a Man” to “Law Abiding Citizen.” In 2010, after a nasty breakup, she almost quit acting to become a nun. Then came “Girls Trip,” the 2017 blockbuster comedy that grossed over $140 million worldwide. It’s the sort of massive cultural success that could have catapulted Hall to even greater commercial heights.

Instead, she starred in “Support the Girls,” a modestly budgeted character study from writer-director Andrew Bujalski. The endearing slice-of-life dramedy centers on Hall as Lisa, the
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Amblin Shuts Down Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’ Starring Eddie Redmayne

After languishing in the studio system for over a decade, it appears that “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is destined to go back to the drawing board after Amblin Entertainment pulls the plug on the Aaron Sorkin-directed project during pre-production.

Originally scheduled to get made in 2008, with Will Smith attached to star and Steven Spielberg directing, the Sorkin-penned film was never able to go in front of cameras.

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Hugh Grant: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Reminds Him of Brett Kavanaugh

Hugh Grant: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Reminds Him of Brett Kavanaugh
Hugh Grant resisted television, and it took “A Very English Scandal” director Stephen Frears and writer Russell T. Davies to convince him to make the leap. It was his first TV project since the early 1990s — and it just earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, and one from SAG for TV Movie or Miniseries — Male Actor.

“I was the last of the snobs about television,” Grant recently told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “People tell me that everyone else has gone back to television, or what they call television. But it’s not really telly, is it? It’s streaming, really. I’ve only recently worked out how to use this stuff. My 7-year-old daughter teaches me how to use Netflix.”

Grant said he sees the streaming world as a TV/film hybrid,
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Film Comment’s Top 10 Of 2018 Focuses On International Films With Only 3 American Releases Chosen

If you were to guess which films would top the list of the best films of 2018, as chosen by Film Comment magazine, you’d probably think that the publication would tend to go a bit more art-house and international than your average critic. And with the robust selection of incredible foreign-language films in 2018, it’s no surprise that the Film Comment top 10 has only three English-language films.

Read More: The 25 Best Films Of 2018

Topping the list is a film that was critically lauded after its debut at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, “Zama.” After making the fall festival rounds, Lucrecia Martel’s film got a formal release in early 2018 and has largely been overlooked by many of the Best Of lists so far.

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Benjamin on ‘Mrs. Maisel’: He’s Just a Tall, Handsome Prop — And That’s Ok

Benjamin on ‘Mrs. Maisel’: He’s Just a Tall, Handsome Prop — And That’s Ok
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Season 2, mainly about Benjamin.]

When Zachary Levi wanders onto screen about midway through “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Season 2, it’s a bit of a shock. After all, this is Chuck from “Chuck.” He’s Shazam from “Shazam!” (aka DC’s funny new superhero movie). He’s at least kind of a big deal, and even though his casting was announced in May, he wasn’t touted in the trailers or built up to in the story. He just sort of… shows up.

And then, just as abruptly, he’s gone. Despite the actor’s pedigree and the prominent amount of screen time Benjamin occupies in Amazon’s second season, he’s ditched as unceremoniously as he arrived. It’s not that Benjamin doesn’t matter; he’s perhaps the most integral aspect of a season that regularly drifts from Midge’s journey to stand-up stardom. Still: He’s not a fully-formed,
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‘The Quake’ Exclusive: A Man Must Save His Kid Atop A Falling Skyscraper In This Anxiety-Inducing Clip

If you believe that the best disaster movies made today star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, then you are sorely mistaken. The action star that every film fan should be following nowadays is none other than actor Kristoffer Joner. The Norwegian actor is the star of the criminally underrated disaster film “The Wave” and the upcoming sequel “The Quake.” And with his everyman father character, Kristian, Joner has created a hero that you not only root for but you actually care about.

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Miley Cyrus in ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5? Actress Confirms Role, but She Can’t Say More

Miley Cyrus in ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5? Actress Confirms Role, but She Can’t Say More
Miley Cyrus might be in big trouble with Netflix. After a month of rumors regarding her involvement in the new season of “Black Mirror,” Cyrus went ahead and confirmed to Howard Stern that she’s got a role in an upcoming episode (via Billboard). “If you guess it, then I will shake my head ‘yes,'” Cyrus told Stern when he asked about the rumors. Stern then revealed Cyrus confirmed her “Black Mirror’ role, although the actress added she wasn’t allowed to mention “Black Mirror” by name because she’s not allowed to speak about it further.

The rumor was first introduced last month by the South African news website Iol. The outlet spoke with a hotel manager in Cape Town, South Africa who said Miley Cyrus had stayed at the facility while shooting “Black Mirror.” Cyrus’ sister Brandi made the rumor go viral during the December 11 edition of her podcast “Your Favorite Thing.
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