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Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)

Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)
Lee Daniels has signed on to executive produce the indie urban drama film Pimp.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, the love story stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and Dmx.

Pimp marks the first film that Daniels — the writer-director-producer behind such hits as Empire, Star, Precious and The Butler — has executive produced. The impetus for his involvement stemmed from wanting to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.

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'This Is Us' Actor Lonnie Chavis to Star in Indie 'Sunny Daze'

'This Is Us' Actor Lonnie Chavis to Star in Indie 'Sunny Daze'
Lonnie Chavis, one of the young actors of NBC's This Is Us, is set to star in the indie feature Sunny Daze.

Jason Wiles wrote and will direct the feature, as well as star along with Michael Beach and Ryan Merriman.

The drama centers on a life-altering friendship that is formed when Sunny (Wiles) and 11-year-old Sean (Chavis) grieve the passing of Sean’s father Mickey (Beach), who was Sunny’s best friend.

Wiles and Stephen Peace will produce under the newly formed Sunny Daze banner. Michael O’Shea Jr., Mandy June Turpin, and Christian Briggs will also produce.

Chavis is represented by Randy...
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‘Scarface’ Moderator Defends Michelle Pfeiffer Weight Question: It’s a ‘Comment’ on ‘Political Correctness’— Exclusive

‘Scarface’ Moderator Defends Michelle Pfeiffer Weight Question: It’s a ‘Comment’ on ‘Political Correctness’— Exclusive
Thirty-five years after release, Brian De Palma’s crime classic “Scarface” is still making some big waves. However, at last night’s Tribeca Film Festival anniversary screening and panel, it wasn’t Al Pacino recounting an injury sustained on set, or even Steven Bauer talking about the film’s cultural legacy, that took center stage. Instead, the night took an unexpected turn when moderator Jesse Kornbluth asked star Michelle Pfeiffer a question about her weight during the filming of “Scarface.”

Today, Kornbluth has defended his remarks by criticizing “the knee-jerk political correctness of our time.”

At the event, Kornbluth faced immediate backlash for his question. “As the father of a daughter, I’m concerned with body image,” he asked Pfeiffer. “[During] the preparation for this film, what did you weigh?”

The actress, who plays Pacino’s character’s wife in the film, cocaine addict Elvira, was joined on stage by Pacino,
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Nicolas Cage Teases Acting Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years,’ Wants to Become a Director

Nicolas Cage Teases Acting Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years,’ Wants to Become a Director
Nicolas Cage isn’t going to be acting forever. Speaking to The Blast (via Complex), Cage revealed that he plans to retire from onscreen acting in “three or four years” because he wants to focus exclusively on directing in the next phase of his career.

“Directing is something I look forward to down the road,” Cage said. “Right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years and I’d like to focus more on directing.”

Cage only has one feature directorial effort under his belt, the 2002 crime drama “Sonny.” The movie featured Cage in a cameo appearance and starred a young James Franco in the titular role. Harry Dean Stanton and Mena Suvari appeared in the supporting cast. “Sonny” tells the story of a discharged solider who returns home to New Orleans and tries to break away from
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Cannes Board Member Michel Hazanavicius on Lars von Trier and Godard: ‘You Can Be a Jerk in Your Personal Life and a Great Artist’

Cannes Board Member Michel Hazanavicius on Lars von Trier and Godard: ‘You Can Be a Jerk in Your Personal Life and a Great Artist’
Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius knows about extreme reactions. His film “The Artist” was a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival, and with the support of The Weinstein Company, swept the 2012 Academy Awards. Two years later, his remake of the Fred Zinneman’s classic 1948 film “The Search” was trashed by the press at Cannes and barely received a theatrical release. With “Godard Mon Amour,” his playful look at a young Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel), he landed somewhere in the middle of the spectrum: It divided critics at Cannes and will receive a limited theatrical release in the U.S. almost a year later.

You can’t please everyone all the time and neither has Jean-Luc Godard, as Hazanavicius’ film explains with scenes involving the political radicalization of the character that led some to charge him with anti-Semitism. Sitting down in a New York hotel with IndieWire, Hazanavicius mused on Godard’s modern
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‘Anon’ Trailer: What You See Isn’t Always What’s There In Sci-Fi Thriller Starring Clive Owen And Amanda Seyfried

What if you couldn’t believe what you saw with your own eyes?

That’s the hook of the upcoming sci-fi crime thriller “Anon,” starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried. In the first trailer for this film, premiering next month on Netflix, we are introduced to a world without crime. In the future, due to people having the ability to instantly recognize who you are based on a technology in your eyes, there is no privacy or anonymity.
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Nicolas Cage Wants To Quit Acting In 3 Years And I Beg Him To Reconsider

We might be seeing the last of Nicolas Cage soon. At least, if Nicolas Cage is to be believed.

In Puerto Rico to promote his newest film, “Primal,” Cage confessed that he only has “three or four more years” of acting left in him. After that, the Academy Award-winning actor will be gracing the silver screen no more. But Cage won’t be leaving Hollywood, nor will he be pursuing any other creative endeavors outside of filmmaking like, say, painting or full-time podcasting (though can you imagine what a Nicolas Cage podcast would be like?
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‘Westworld’ Audience Q&A Ends Abruptly After Fan Asks to Share Script With Jonathan Nolan — Watch

‘Westworld’ Audience Q&A Ends Abruptly After Fan Asks to Share Script With Jonathan Nolan — Watch
Anyone who has attended a film festival and sat through a post-screening audience Q&A knows that fan questions can been hit or miss. The audience at the “Westworld” Season 2 event at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 20 learned this fact the hard way after the audience Q&A session ended abruptly after only one question.

The first fan chosen to ask the “Westworld” panel a question was a male who proceeded to use his time with the microphone not to ask a question but to tell co-creator Jonathan Nolan that he one day hopes to get a screenplay in front of him. Nolan co-wrote the films “The Prestige,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Interstellar” with his brother, Christopher Nolan.

“We love the show and how it’s able to keep the audience captivated,” the audience member said. “We love this show. We can’t wait to
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10 Films Directed By Female Filmmakers You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — a selection of features directed (or co-directed) by female filmmakers to get excited about seeing, including works from rising stars, indie favorites, and more.

Read More: Check out our entire Summer Preview right here

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When she was growing up, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s beloved mother Celia gave her two
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‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More

‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More
We have reached the point in the Disney/MarvelAvengers: Infinity War” Hype Machine where the actors are doing their press junkets. Based on the sheer size of the cast, secrets and news was bound to slip out of the mouths of these actors. And it looks like Sebastian Stan was one of the first Avengers to fall victim to the dreaded “verbal vomit.”

During an interview with the Independent, Stan let out that there is one scene in particular in ‘Infinity War’ where they have pulled together “everybody.” Now, he prefaces by saying he can’t name names but then proceeds to do just that.
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Natalie Portman Refuses to Visit Israel to Accept Award Because of ‘Extremely Distressing’ Events in the Country

Natalie Portman Refuses to Visit Israel to Accept Award Because of ‘Extremely Distressing’ Events in the Country
Natalie Portman has declined to accept the 2018 Genesis Prize in person. The award is a major honor in Israel and is given each year to an individual who has “attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional field” and “embodies the character of the Jewish people.” The award was intended to be given to Portman at a ceremony in June, but the Genesis Foundation cancelled the event after Portman’s representative told them she wouldn’t be traveling to Israel.

“Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,” said Portman’s representative, adding that the actress “cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

The Genesis Foundation responded to Portman with a statement that reads: “Ms. Portman is a highly accomplished actress, a committed social activist and a wonderful human being. The staff
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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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‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Trine Dyrholm Brings the Chelsea Girl Back to Life in a Singular Biopic — Tribeca

‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Trine Dyrholm Brings the Chelsea Girl Back to Life in a Singular Biopic — Tribeca
A little girl stands on the outskirts of Berlin and watches from a distance as orange fire melts the city into a shapeless candied glow. Twenty years later, she reappears as a blonde chanteuse in Andy Warhol’s New York City, her stage name attached to one of the most influential records in the history of popular music. Twenty years after that, she sits in a Manchester radio station, patchy and strung out and shutting down any questions about her stint with The Velvet Underground — she’ll be dead in two years, but it looks as if she’s already decomposing.

The first 90 seconds of Susanna Nicchiarelli’s gloomy and grounded biopic visit all three of these periods (though the rest of it is almost exclusively set in the last one), “Nico, 1988” introducing its subject as someone who can’t extricate her present from her past. Several decades into a tortured and compelling solo career,
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“Success Is More Disorienting Than Failure”: Guillermo del Toro & William Friedkin Talk Their Oscar Experiences & More

Dislike the competitive sports nature of awards season and the Oscars? This podcast is probably for you. On the most recent episode of the excellent Talk House podcast, cinema titans (and old friends judging by the rapport of the chat) William Friedkin and recent Best Director and Best Picture winner Guillermo del Toro sat down to talk about many things, but thematically, their discussion centered around the seduction of success and getting lost in accolades and awards.
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‘Scarface’ Reunion: Audience Erupts in Boos As Michelle Pfeiffer Asked Question About Her Weight — Tribeca

‘Scarface’ Reunion: Audience Erupts in Boos As Michelle Pfeiffer Asked Question About Her Weight — Tribeca
One of the Tribeca Film Festival’s greatest draws in recent years has been cast reunions for some of cinema’s most treasured modern films. Last year, the festival screened all three “Godfather” films before reuniting director Frances Ford Coppola with the remaining cast for an onstage panel. This year, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” De Palma was reunited with stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer to look back the iconic gangster classic.

After a Thursday evening screening of the film at New York City’s Beacon Theater, the stars came out for a Q&A and were greeted with rapturous applause and cheers. Pacino, who plays Cuban gangster Tony Montana in the film, was given a standing ovation when he came out and greeted the crowd.

But the brief Q&A took a strange turn when moderator Jesse Kornbluth asked Michelle
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‘Beyond the Clouds’ Review: Iranian Auteur Majid Majidi Reaches for Familiar Themes in the Slums of Mumbai

‘Beyond the Clouds’ Review: Iranian Auteur Majid Majidi Reaches for Familiar Themes in the Slums of Mumbai
In 1998, director Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven” was nominated for an Academy Award, establishing the Iranian auteur’s international reputation for weaving disarming power into uncluttered yet poetic, emotionally resonant human stories. Two decades and nine films later, Majidi revisits those themes, but this time, ventures beyond his native Tehran with his first India-based, Hindi language feature, “Beyond the Clouds.” The setting may be a first for the director, but the slum-laced margins of Mumbai also seem like an ideal backdrop for his comfort zone of poignant relationships laced with subtle social commentary.

At the epicenter of the city’s poverty-stricken underbelly is protagonist Amir (Ishaan Khattar). A street-smart twenty-something who has found a skill and some degree of success in drug-dealing for a brothel owner, Amir’s sketchy choice of profession makes for explosive verbal tussles with his concerned older sister, Tara (Malavika Mohanan), who works at a
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‘Safe’ Trailer: Netflix Kidnapping Drama Series Finds Michael C. Hall Tapping His Inner Liam Neeson

‘Safe’ Trailer: Netflix Kidnapping Drama Series Finds Michael C. Hall Tapping His Inner Liam Neeson
Michael C. Hall has long been a central part in shows closely associated with danger, whether it comes from the characters he plays (“Dexter”) or his characters deal with what comes after (“Six Feet Under”). From the looks of his new Netflix show “Safe,” he’s moved on to playing someone stuck between the two.

In “Safe,” he plays Tom, a surgeon still dealing with the aftermath of his wife’s death a year after it happened. Raising the rest of his family alone, his world gets upended again when one of his daughters goes missing. To make matters even more complicated, he finds out that the community he’s raised his kids in for so long is made up of at least a few people who are not exactly as they seem.

“Safe” also stars Amanda Abbington as a detective who helps Tom in his pursuit of answers. The series’ ensemble includes Audrey Fleurot,
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‘2001: A Spacey Odyssey’ 50th Anniversary Trailer: This Stanley Kubrick Kid Seems Like A Winner

Director Stanley Kubrick proved himself as a master at tapping into human nature. He showcased some of our worst fears with the horror classic “The Shining,” while depicting the monster within all of us with the futuristic satire “A Clockwork Orange.” But with the sci-fi epic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Kubrick managed to focus on the past and future of mankind and despite ‘2001’ being way ahead of its time when it was first released, the film still has become a cultural touchstone and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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‘2001’ Unrestored 70mm Trailer: Christopher Nolan Presents the Definitive Edition of Kubrick’s Masterpiece

‘2001’ Unrestored 70mm Trailer: Christopher Nolan Presents the Definitive Edition of Kubrick’s Masterpiece
Fifty years later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” remains one of the most essential theater experiences a cinephile can have in his or her lifetime. Warner Bros. is gearing up to debut an unrestored 70mm print of the science-fiction landmark at Cannes next month, and the official trailer has premiered the jaw-dropping first footage. The unrestored print has the backing of none other than Christopher Nolan.

“For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative,” Nolan explains. “This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film – that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago.”

The trailer begins with the iconic image of Hal’s red eye and includes a montage of so many of Kubrick’s iconic shots
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‘Archer: Danger Island’ Review: Season 9 Brilliantly Embraces ‘Indiana Jones’ for One Helluva Fun Adventure

After eight seasons, to credit “Archer” for being funny, clever, or visually stimulating is like calling the latest James Bond film sexy and action-packed — it’s redundant enough to be unnecessary. Of course those elements remain a part of the franchise that, season to season, has never once eased up on amplifying its core values.

Yet given the Fxx comedy’s new anthological format — last season told a standalone story in the L.A. noir “Dreamland,” and Season 9 takes place in the WWII-era tropical locale of “Danger Island” — how the series maintains its unique tat-a-tat dialogue and rambunctious action scenes needs to be acknowledged.

Season 8 was rooted in tragedy. On screen, Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) sought vengeance for the death of his partner, Woodhouse, formerly played by the late George Coe. Dedicating the season to his memory gave the beautifully realized episodes a darker tint and tone than the series had yet broached.
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