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Jude Law, Carrie Coon to Star in Sean Durkin's 'The Nest'

Jude Law, Carrie Coon to Star in Sean Durkin's 'The Nest'
Jude Law and Carrie Coon are set to star in Sean Durkin's The Nest, a family psychodrama for FilmNation Entertainment and BBC Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Durkin's first film since the critically-acclaimed drama Martha Marcy May Marlene will feature Law as a businessman who brings his American wife and kids home to Britain to pursue new business opportunities, only to be plunged into the despair as their unaffordable new life in an English manor house threatens to destroy the family.

As the eerie isolation of the house pushes the family further apart, each person descends into a self-destructive cycle,...
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Blind Card Magician Richard Turner’s Life Story Being Made Into Feature Film (Exclusive)

Blind Card Magician Richard Turner’s Life Story Being Made Into Feature Film (Exclusive)
Close-up card magician legend Richard Turner will be the subject of a new feature film.

Court Five producers Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky have struck a deal with Keep On Running Pictures and Ralph Smyth Entertainment to develop and produce a feature film based on Turner’s life story, Variety has learned. And what a life it is — Turner became a slight-of-hand master despite the fact that he is completely blind.

Turner was the subject of “Dealt,” an acclaimed Sundance Selects documentary about his life that debuted in 2017. The film went on to win the audience award for documentary at SXSW and became the most watched documentary on iTunes.

The filmmakers behind “Dealt” – director, writer and producer Luke Korem, producer Russell Groves, and writer Bradley Jackson – are all on board to produce the feature film with Court Five.
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‘Duck Butter’ Review: Miguel Arteta’s Lesbian Romance Bodes Well For New Screenwriter Alia Shawkat — Tribeca

‘Duck Butter’ Review: Miguel Arteta’s Lesbian Romance Bodes Well For New Screenwriter Alia Shawkat — Tribeca
There many variations on the premise of “Duck Butter,” in which Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) commit to spending 24 romantic hours talking about life. Richard Linklater made a whole trilogy of them. Nevertheless, this amiable and ambling dramedy directed by Miguel Arteta and co-written by Shawkat in her screenwriting debut has its own unique sensibility, and while it falls short of coalescing into much of a bigger picture, manages to fulfill the expectations of its well-worn trope without screwing it up.

Initially, the movie threatens to become too meta for its own good. As “Duck Butter” begins, struggling actress Naima is driving to the L.A. set of a Duplass brothers movie, while listening to a podcast featuring the sibling filmmakers talking about their work. It’s a peculiar setup, not only because the very concept of a hardcore Duplass brothers fan (a Duplass-stan?) seems like the setup
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: A nominee from HBO or FX has won this category nine times in the last 10 years — Laura Linney’s victory for “The Big C: Hereafter” in 2013 is the lone standout.

Fun Fact: Helen Mirren has the most trophies in this category. She’s won four times, including two for the “Prime Suspect” series.

Can Laura Dern become an Emmy winner two years in a row? After snagging her first trophy last year for “Big Little Lies,” Dern seems fated to snag another nomination (at least) for her hailed turn in HBO’s “The Tale.” The film earned rave reviews out of Sundance before the premium cable network picked it up, and the beloved Dern is front-and-center in the landmark cinematic memoir.

But she’s not the only one earning early Emmy buzz. Jessica Biel generated a
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2018 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Diane,’ ‘Smuggling Hendrix,’ and More Take Top Honors

2018 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Diane,’ ‘Smuggling Hendrix,’ and More Take Top Honors
The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival has announced this year’s award winners, with “Diane,” “Smuggling Hendrix,” and “Island of the Hungry Ghosts” among the honorees. 99 feature-length films screened alongside 55 shorts at this year’s edition of the festival, which is ongoing until this Sunday, April 29.

“It is rewarding to honor films that tell important stories and moved our juries in profound way,” commented Jane Rosenthal, CEO, Executive Chair, and Co-Founder of the festival. “Whether they excite, incite, inspire or simply entertain, it is a privilege to launch this worthy group with this special honor at Tribeca.” Full list of winners:

U.S. Narrative Competition

Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: Diane written and directed by Kent Jones. Winner receives $20,000, sponsored by At&T, and the art award “The Lady of Shalott, Cool Evening” by Stephen Hannock. The award was given by on behalf of the jury by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal joined by Fiona Carter,
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‘Kin’ Trailer: Carrie Coon Chases Jack Reynor and a Mysterious Weapon in Sci-Fi Action Thriller — Watch

‘Kin’ Trailer: Carrie Coon Chases Jack Reynor and a Mysterious Weapon in Sci-Fi Action Thriller — Watch
Carrie Coon’s steady slide into sci-fi territory — including a surprise role in this week’s “Avengers: Infinity War” — appears to be continuing apace, thanks to an intriguing new role in the sci-fi action thriller, “Kin.” The film is the feature directorial debut of brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, based on their short film “Bag Man,” which debuted at SXSW in 2015.

The film follows a young teenager (Myles Truitt) and his adopted brother (Jack Reynor), who are forced to go on the lam when a baddie criminal (James Franco), along with a pack of federal agents (including Coon!), and what’s billed as “otherworldly soldiers” start chasing after them. What’s all the fuss? A mysterious weapon that the brothers possess, one that might not be entirely of this world. The feature will expand out the short’s concept, adding in Reynor’s big brother character, along with Dennis Quaid
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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ May Not Screen at Cannes Due to a Lawsuit Claiming Terry Gilliam Doesn’t Own the Rights to It

‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ May Not Screen at Cannes Due to a Lawsuit Claiming Terry Gilliam Doesn’t Own the Rights to It
After a tortured production process that lasted two decades, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” was recently announced as the closing-night selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Anyone who knows how difficult it was for Terry Gilliam to complete his passion project inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless novel will be unsurprised by the news that it’s hit yet another snag, this time in the form of a lawsuit from a producer who claims he owns the rights to the film.

Paolo Branco and his company Alfama Films Production are seeking an injunction to prevent Cannes from screening “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” with a statement claiming that its rights to the project “have been confirmed in three separate legal rulings.”

“Alfama Films Production has been granted permission to obtain a writ against the Cannes Film Festival and will ask the president of the Paris District
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‘Suspiria’: Luca Guadagnino and Dakota Johnson Bring Bone-Crunching Gore to CinemaCon

Amazon Studios’ CinemaCon presentation teased “Suspiria,” director Luca Guadagnino’s tribute to the namesake ’70s Italian gore-fest. The film stars repeat Guadagnino muses Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, respectively playing a modern dance student and the sinister headmistress at Europe’s most prestigious dance company. For his version, Guadagnino shifted the action from southern Germany to Berlin.

The post-lunch crowd watched an exclusive and graphic scene. A young woman is in the midst of a violent crying jag, clawing against the mirrored walls of an empty studio. In another studio, Susie Bannion (Johnson) is about to perform an exercise for her class. Madame Blanc (Swinton) tells Susie, “If you feel ill at any time, just stop.”

Susie begins to dance, but with each twist and turn, the girl in the other room is flung up against the mirrors. A sinewy mass — possibly a creature — stretches out her flank. During Susie’s performance,
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‘Beautiful Boy’ Sparks Oscar Talk for Timothée Chalamet at CinemaCon, First Footage Earns Rave Reactions

‘Beautiful Boy’ Sparks Oscar Talk for Timothée Chalamet at CinemaCon, First Footage Earns Rave Reactions
Timothée Chalamet earned his first Oscar nomination this year thanks to his breakout lead performance in “Call Me by Your Name,” and it’s possible the 22-year-old actor will have another nomination under his belt this time next year. Amazon debuted the first footage from its upcoming awards contender “Beautiful Boy” at CinemaCon, and the first reactions from press are overwhelmingly positive.

Beautiful Boy” marks the English-language debut of Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen, best known for “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” The story is adapted two memoirs: David Sheff’s biography “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” recounts watching his son Nick struggle with a methamphetamine addiction; Nick Sheff authored, “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.” Steve Carell is playing David in the movie, while Chalamet takes on the role of the troubled son.

Amazon premiered a scene featuring an emotional confrontation between Chalamet and Carell’s characters.
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‘Succession’ Trailer: HBO’s Series About An Aging Patriarch Of A Media Conglomerate Has A Clear Murdoch Influence

You might see the new trailer for the HBO series “Succession” and immediately think of the Murdoch family, best known for running Fox. That’s because the series creator, Jesse Armstrong hit the coveted Black List with an unproduced script about the family. However, with “Succession,” Armstrong decided to pull from various major families and corporations to tell the story of a major family-controlled media company that is going through a transition.
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Sean Durkin Returns: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Filmmaker to Direct Carrie Coon and Jude Law in Psychodrama

Sean Durkin Returns: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Filmmaker to Direct Carrie Coon and Jude Law in Psychodrama
Sean Durkin is finally returning to independent cinema. The “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director has cast Carrie Coon and Jude Law in his family psychodrama “The Nest,” which marks his first indie film since “Martha Marcy” made him a breakout director in 2011. While Durkin directed four episodes of the television miniseries “Southcliffe,” the upcoming film will be his first feature in eight years. Variety first reported the news.

The Nest” is being described as “part psychological thriller, part family drama.” Law plays an entrepreneur named Rory, who brings his American wife and kids to live with him in England so that he can look for new business ventures. The family leaves the American suburbs and move into an isolated house that pushes them a part and “plunges them into the despair of an archaic ’80s Britain.”

The movie gives Coon one of her biggest lead roles in a film to date.
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ Trailer Shows Joaquin Phoenix Is Still On A Whole Different Level

Joaquin Phoenix is on a bit of an incredible acting run, lately. This year along, Phoenix has already wowed audiences with his heart-stopping performance as Joe in Lynne Ramsay’s dark thriller “You Were Never Really Here.” However, before that, he gave remarkable performances in films like “Inherent Vice,” “Her,” and “The Master.” And it looks like he’s about to unleash another world-class acting performance in the upcoming film, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

In the first trailer for the Amazon Studios film, we meet John, a struggling alcoholic, who, after a car accident, is left in a wheelchair.
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill Make an Excellent Duo

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill Make an Excellent Duo
Joaquin Phoenix has already had one incredible performance hit the big screen this year thanks to Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” and the actor is set to dazzle us again in Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.” The film marks the first time Phoenix and Van Sant have worked together since 1995’s “To Die For.”

“Don’t Worry” is based on John Callahan’s memoir of the same name. Phoenix plays the controversial cartoonist as he struggles with alcoholism and recovers from a car accident that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. The supporting cast includes Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black.

Van Sant debuted the drama at Sundance earlier this year, where Phoenix instantly became an early contender for the Oscars. The actor gives a transformative performance in the lead role, but it’s really Jonah
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Tom Cruise Talks About Almost Being Cast As Tony Stark In ‘Iron Man’

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the first “Iron Man” hit theaters. Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone on to be the biggest franchise going today, perhaps the biggest of all time, and it all started because of one actor – Robert Downey, Jr. However, he wasn’t the first choice to play the Iron Avenger.

No, the prevalent rumor back in the day was that none other than Tom Cruise would be Tony Stark in the “Iron Man” film.
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Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End,’ and Why She May Be Done with Agent Carter and Broadcast TV — Turn It On Podcast

Hayley Atwell on ‘Howards End,’ and Why She May Be Done with Agent Carter and Broadcast TV — Turn It On Podcast
As an actress growing up in the United Kingdom, Hayley Atwell knew there were a handful of strong, compelling female characters she wanted to play: Margaret Schlegel, the lead of “Howards End,” was one of them.

“There tends to be the wish list of the kinds of characters that you hope to play one day, whether it be Lady MacBeth or Hedda Gabler or Cleopatra or these other great heroines, if it’s in a Jane Austen novel or any kind of novel,” Atwell told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. That included Margaret, whom she plays in the Starz limited series version of “Howards End,” adapted for TV by Kenneth Lonergan.

“I had a chance to play a fully formed, interesting woman so different to me that I had to [do it],” she said. “I would love to be more like her but it felt like a fulfilling creative challenge to bring her to life.
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Canyon Cinema 50, Art of the Real and Emile de Antonio in NYC, Week of 4/27

A few weeks ago my Twitter feed abruptly devolved into a long argument about The Canon: is it just an ossified collection of movies made by white men that should be junked? I don’t think The Canon is a fixed, immutable body of work, never to be added or subtracted to — it’s being constantly reshuffled, with films and filmmakers rising and falling in prominence. Repertory houses have a major part to play in that process, which I note while in the position of wanting to commend a smattering of series and screenings kicking off this weekend in NYC, none of […]
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Canyon Cinema 50, Art of the Real and Emile de Antonio in NYC, Week of 4/27

A few weeks ago my Twitter feed abruptly devolved into a long argument about The Canon: is it just an ossified collection of movies made by white men that should be junked? I don’t think The Canon is a fixed, immutable body of work, never to be added or subtracted to — it’s being constantly reshuffled, with films and filmmakers rising and falling in prominence. Repertory houses have a major part to play in that process, which I note while in the position of wanting to commend a smattering of series and screenings kicking off this weekend in NYC, none of […]
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Throwback Thursday: Steven Spielberg Reveals 8-Hour Long ‘A.I.’ Conversation With Stanley Kubrick

Hey, it’s #ThrowbackThursday and each week we look to the past and highlight something in cinema history that’s fascinating, amusing, perhaps something you never knew or have seen, you name it.

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we bring you this diamond-in-the-rough interview with the great Steven Spielberg, in which he discusses his relationship with master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Very much a maestro-studente relationship, it would lead to Spielberg taking the reigns of Kubrick’s final project, “A.I.,” after the legendary director’s untimely death.
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‘Widows’: Steve McQueen’s Female-Led Crime Thriller Launches First Trailer at CinemaCon

A first peek at “Widows” — the new heist film “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn wrote with Oscar-winner Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) — intrigued CinemaCon spectators. Also directed and produced by McQueen, the script follows a quartet of grieving, debt-strapped wives, intent on pulling off the robbery that killed their thieving husbands (led by Liam Neeson as Davis’ other half). Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, and Lukas Haas co-star, with Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Brian Tyree Henry playing debt collectors so persistent they crash the dead mens’ funerals.

The Obama-era trailer opened with a person dressed in black (including a plastic mask), tapping a gun barrel on a cop’s door. Loving moments between each couple followed, spliced with high-speed car chases and shots of money wads being stuffed into duffle bags. Soon each widow is wracked with despair; Davis’s character is seen letting out a wail and placing
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‘Leave No Trace’ Trailer: ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director Debra Granik Returns With a Father/Daughter Drama — Watch

‘Leave No Trace’ Trailer: ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director Debra Granik Returns With a Father/Daughter Drama — Watch
Leave No Trace” premiered at Sundance and will next screen at Cannes, which means the movie gods have deemed this the perfect time for a trailer. “Winter’s Bone” director Debra Granik directed the film, starring Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as a father and daughter living in the wilds of Oregon. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here’s a brief synopsis: “Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.” The trailer shows a glimpse of dather and daughter’s off-the-grid living, which is reminiscent of Viggo Mortensen’s journey in “Captain Fantastic.”

Jeff Kober and Dale Dickey co-star in the film,
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