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Demetrius Shipp Jr. Joins Mystery Drama 'Same Difference'

Demetrius Shipp Jr. Joins Mystery Drama 'Same Difference'
Demetrius Shipp Jr., who played Tupac Shakur in the biopic All Eyez on Me, and Essence Atkins (Marlon) are starring in the mystery drama Same Difference, from writer and director Derege Harding and Datari Turner Productions.

Produced by Datari Turner, Same Difference, shooting in Los Angeles, follows a young woman (Atkins) who is told that her death is imminent by a mysterious group of people who all start dying one by one. The woman must let go of the past and reconcile with her estranged twin sister, also played by Atkins, who is suffering from alcohol...
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‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival

‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival
Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama about a woman who chooses to follow her passion for writing, putting it ahead of her family, was named as the best picture at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film’s lead performer Nato Murvanidze was named best actress.

The Tiantan awards were presented at a spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday night outside the Chinese capital. In attendance at the closing ceremony, local stars included Huang Bo, actresses Lin Chi-ling and Tong Liya.

The prizes had been decided on by a jury headed by Wong Kar-wai. British wartime drama, “Journey’s End” collected two prizes, one for Paul Bettany as best supporting actor, and another for Hildur Gudnadottir.

Caucasus-set drama, “Dede” also won two prizes. Mariam Khatchvani was named best director, while Konstantin Esadze earned the cinematography prize.

Joe Cole was named best actor in Kim Nguyen’s drone romance “Eye on Juliet.” Mina Sadati
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Rakuten’s Movie Plans Take Off with ‘Hurricane’ Starring Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson (Exclusive)

Rakuten’s Movie Plans Take Off with ‘Hurricane’ Starring Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson (Exclusive)
Rakuten TV is making a major movie play in Europe, and will invest millions of Euros into production this year and next. The streamer is on a mission to crunch release windows and the first project it has invested in is “Hurricane.” The World War II action thriller has “Game of Thrones” star Iwan Rheon, and Milo Gibson, who starred in “Hacksaw Ridge.” It will launch on Rakuten TV and in movie theaters in the U.K. on the same date in September.

Rakuten TV, which launched as Wuaki.tv and rebranded after being acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has partnered with Kaleidoscope Entertainment on “Hurricane.” The streaming and download service will also release a yet-to-be-announced Spanish movie this year, and is working up a slate of up to five films from different European territories for 2019.

The plan, company founder and CEO Jacinto Roca told Variety, is to coproduce,
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions
Oscar perennial Meryl Streep may be out of the Best Actress contention this year, but she’s got two Supporting Actress possibilities with sequels “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Other Oscar favorites will turn up in supporting roles this year, from Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”) and Kathy Bates as activist attorney Dorothy Kenyon in “On the Basis of Sex” to Saoirse Ronan as the daughter of Annette Bening in a new film take on Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Also going period is British actress Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in “The Favourite.” Amy Adams and Vera Farmiga play political wives Lynne Cheney (“Backseat”) and Lee Hart (“The Front Runner”) respectively, while Amy Ryan and Nicole Kidman are the mothers of troubled sons in “Beautiful Boy” and “Boy Erased.”

Remember, no film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.

Frontrunner

Lupita Nyong
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: We’ve Been Sent Good Weather With The Brilliant, Challenging Season 2 [Review]

This spoiler-free review is based on the first 6 episodes of Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which were made available to reviewers in advance.

Seldom has any TV show found its moment the way Hulu‘s “The Handmaid’s Tale” did last year. Ending mid-June 2017, it occupied the precise mid-period between the Women’s March, which took place after the comparatively poorly attended January inauguration of a proudly pussy-grabbing President, and the October revelations against Harvey Weinstein.
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Sofia Coppola: Paramount Classics Feared ‘Virgin Suicides’ Release Would Encourage Girls to Commit Suicide

Sofia Coppola: Paramount Classics Feared ‘Virgin Suicides’ Release Would Encourage Girls to Commit Suicide
The Virgin Suicides” is often listed among the greatest coming-of-age films ever made, and this month finds the drama making history as the first Sofia Coppola film to become a member of The Criterion Collection. The filmmaker marked the occasion by sitting down for a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. Coppola remembered not being entirely pleased with the movie’s 2000 theatrical release, noting that distributor Paramount Classics was unsure how to handle the film’s release 18 years ago.

“It didn’t have much of a release,” Coppola said. “Paramount Classics didn’t really know what to do with it. They were afraid that girls were going to commit suicide if they saw it! It had a really small release. We made it for very little, so they didn’t have to do much to make it.”

The film was hardly a box office hit at the time of release, grossing
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Lars von Trier Avoids New Films For Fear Of Getting “Excited” And Discusses Ongoing Struggle With Alcohol

The Sonning Prize is a Danish award given to someone who has made outstanding contributions to European culture. Previous winners include Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell, as well as directors Ingmar Bergman and Michael Haneke. Well, this year, they’re adding another name to the list – Lars von Trier.

And before von Trier can accept the prestigious award, he sat down with Peter Schepelern, an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen to give one of the most interesting interviews you’ll watch all year.
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The Best Films About Filmmaking — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: In honor of “Godard Mon Amour,” Michel Hazanavicius’ movie about Jean-Luc Godard, what is the best film about filmmaking (or filmmakers)?

Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz), RogerEbert.com

I always thought the best movie about filmmaking, and filmmakers, and about artistry in the commercial system generally, is “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” A lot of people have similar visions based on real life incidents, and pursue it in various creative ways, but only one makes it to the landing site, and he only succeeds because he’s devoted himself to it so singlemindedly that he throws his own family aside. He has the mind of a child and ends the film surrounded by childlike beings. All the scenes of Roy Neary trying to realize the shape through sculpture
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‘Infinity War’ Screenwriters Markus & McFeely Talk Villains, Hawkeye, R-Rated Movies & More [Interview]

Screenwriting partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely work in what they describe as the “best place in town.” They mean, Marvel Studios in Los Angeles, and they have a rare seat at the table of one of Hollywood’s biggest empires. The writers have become go-to Marvel writers, practically the in-house crew. Starting with “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011, they’ve written every Cap movie, “Thor: The Dark World,” wrote on ABC’s “Agent Carter,” were reportedly behind some “Ant-Man” rewrites (uncredited) and were given one of the most prestigious tasks on the planet: writing one of the biggest movies of all time “Avengers Infinity War” and the ‘Untitled Avengers 4‘ movie that will arrive in 2019.
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Chloé Zhao Dives Into How She Brought Her Moving Masterpiece ‘The Rider’ To Life [Podcast]

There is a movie slowly expanding across the country by the next great auteur you may not have heafd about yet. Actually, calling her “the next” insinuates she isn’t there yet. Based on “The Rider” it’s pretty clear Chloé Zhao has arrived and an auteur filmmaker that demands your attention.

Chloé Zhao’s deeply moving, entrancing western “The Rider” [Cannes Review]

Zhao’s second directorial effort debuted at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and impressively screened afterward at Telluride, Toronto, New York and Sundance (a rare film to hit all four major fests).
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‘Better Things’ Season 3: Pamela Adlon Announces New Writers’ Room After Louis Ck’s Departure

‘Better Things’ Season 3: Pamela Adlon Announces New Writers’ Room After Louis Ck’s Departure
Pamela Adlon cannot turn off her mothering instinct, nor the need to make others feel at home around her. This was in evidence last week in North Hollywood when the Fyc panel for “Better Things” took place on a stage dressed to look like an everyday living room. The setting also felt like a safe space for women since every person on the stage was female, from Adlon and moderator Debra Birnbaum of Variety, to the cast playing Adlon’s on-screen family: Celia Imrie, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, and Olivia Edward.

The pro-woman message wasn’t overt, but it was nevertheless important in the wake of the sexual harassment revelations from last year involving Adlon’s mentor, writing partner and good friend Louis C.K. His name wasn’t mentioned during the panel at all, and instead the mood was one of loving support and celebration for what the cast and
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Netflix Teaming Up With Dreamworks Animation For A ‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series

Admittedly, watching the last few ‘Fast and Furious‘ films feels like you’re watching a cartoon. So, today’s news, while seemingly crazy and strange, should have made perfect sense. The mantra surrounding all the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies is that they’re “all about family.” And for the upcoming Netflix animated series based on the popular franchise, apparently, they’re taking that to heart.

According to Netflix, the streaming service has teamed up with Dreamworks Animation to begin work on a kids series based on the mega-franchise.
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Netflix Announces ‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series, Introduces New Member of Toretto Family

Netflix is getting into business with Vin Diesel and the “Fast & Furious” franchise. The streaming company and DreamWorks Animation Television have announced a “Fast & Furious” animated series that will serve as a spinoff to the hugely successful live-action film franchise. The show will be the latest collaboration between the two studios after “Trollhunters,” “Spirit Riding Free,” and “All Hail King Julien,” among other titles.

The “Fast & Furious” animated series will center around Tony Toretto, the younger cousin of Vin Diesel’s Dom. Tony and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league that involves a crime organization bent on world domination. The series will be executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, who all serve as producers on the live-action “Fast & Furious” franchise.

“We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next
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‘Archer’ Creator on the (Possible) Death of Sterling Archer and Why Season 10 Might Not Be the End

‘Archer’ Creator on the (Possible) Death of Sterling Archer and Why Season 10 Might Not Be the End
“Archer” creator Adam Reed knows that on modern television, death can be disposable.

“If you think interest is flagging, that’s always a great way to make people pay attention,” Reed said in an interview with IndieWire. Even though Reed said he’s “always volunteering to kill Ray,” the character he’s voiced for nine seasons, the writer doesn’t treat his characters as a mere means to make headlines — even the small ones. In Season 5, a perpetually bulletproof recurring character named Brett Bunson took a fatal shot to the head.

“We all took that really hard at the office because Neal Holman, our art director, has always voiced Brett,” Reed said. “We all miss Brett, but we can’t bring him back unless you want to do some crazy retcon, and then it sort of lowers the stakes.”

The death of a minor character like Brett may not be
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Kevin Feige on Inclusion: Marvel Movies Are Now ‘Required’ to ‘Reflect the World in Which They Are Made’

Marvel Studios is always looking to the future. With the imminent release of this week’s “Avengers: Infinity War” — the nineteenth film in a series that started in 2008 with the release of “Iron Man” — the studio is grappling with what’s to come, especially after Phase Three wraps up in 2019 with the release of the currently untitled fourth “Avengers” film, long touted as a conclusion of sorts.

According to studio head Kevin Feige, there’s still plenty of material to mine, and much of it is likely to spring from a hunger for more diverse and inclusive stories.

“I think that’s what’s fun to us, to continue to go to different places, different genres of film, which you hear us talk about a lot,” Feige said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I do think that Marvel Studios is only limited by the imaginations of the filmmakers that we collaborate with,
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What James Cameron’s Controversial Comments Get Right and Wrong About Marvel Movies and Studio Sci-Fi

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What James Cameron’s Controversial Comments Get Right and Wrong About Marvel Movies and Studio Sci-Fi
James Cameron made waves over the weekend when he confessed to hoping for some “Avengers fatigue” at the box office, at least enough for the studios to turn to “other stories” to tell within the genre. Cameron knows his way around the space, but his comments didn’t gel with everyone. Ahead, IndieWire grapples with Cameron’s comments and his take on how the always-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe and its ilk are changing moviemaking today.

Eric: I know everyone wants to slam James Cameron for hypocrisy, but I’m going to start this off by playing devil’s advocate, even though I’m not the biggest “Avatar” fan. (It’s underwritten and cheesy as hell. Deal with it!) Because here’s the thing: He has a point. The sprawling tales of superheroes can feel a bit redundant after a while, especially when they’re stuffed into a dense feature-length running time.
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Producer Admits That J.A. Bayona Was First Choice To Helm ‘Jurassic World’ Before Colin Trevorrow

Filmmaker J.A. Bayona is making the leap from moderately-budgeted films to massive blockbusters this summer with the release of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” Previously, the director was best known for his films “A Monster Calls,” “The Orphanage,” and “The Impossible,” but now will have a (probable) billion-dollar film under his belt. And in a recent interview, a “Jurassic World” producer admits Bayona’s transition to blockbuster filmmaking might have happened sooner.
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Macaulay Culkin Doesn’t Watch ‘Home Alone’ During Christmas, Goes Out Less to Avoid Being Recognized

Macaulay Culkin Doesn’t Watch ‘Home Alone’ During Christmas, Goes Out Less to Avoid Being Recognized
Macaulay Culkin just wants to be left alone during the Christmas holiday season. The 37-year-old actor revealed during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he refuses to watch “Home Alone” during Christmas and finds it both “flattering and creepy” when people ask to watch his 1990 family comedy with him.

“I don’t really watch them all that often,” Culkin said, replying, “No, not really” when asked if he watches the holiday classic on Christmas like many fans do each year. “It’s my season….It’s Macaulay season. I try to go out less and less around that time of year.”

Culkin admitted he can no longer watch the film like many do with an endearing outlook. He said he avoids going out a lot during the Christmas season because he gets recognized more than usual and is often asked to make his character’s legendary screaming face.

“I’ve been there,
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‘Westworld’: Those Drone Hosts Were a Ready-Made Response to Facebook’s Growing Problems

‘Westworld’: Those Drone Hosts Were a Ready-Made Response to Facebook’s Growing Problems
Much of Season 1 of “Westworld” was built around the idea that mankind’s creations can (and in some ways are meant to) rebel against their makers. The creeping consciousness that built up over the entire 10 episodes was part of what made the hosts such imposing figures. And it all happened right under the noses of the people meant to protect against it.

Where their predecessors did all this planning in plain sight, with Season 2 properly underway, those same creations are now creeping up behind. It’s a short scene, but the sequence with Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) in the underground lab certainly stands out from the rest of the 75-minute premiere. It’s not just because of what is slowly lurking behind Bernard, but the things we find out about what they’re doing while no one’s watching.

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 1, “Journey Into Night.”]

With no faces and sinewy white limbs,
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Kevin Feige Says No Marvel Phase 4 Announcement Until Next Year And Confirms ‘Eternals’ Rumor

This is it, everybody. We are in the home stretch of “Avengers: Infinity War” promotion. After numerous clips, rumors, interviews, and a seemingly never-ending amount of marketing materials assaulting our eyeballs, the film is actually going to be in theaters at the end of the week. So, now’s normally the time when we start to turn our focus to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, outside of what’s already announced, that future is pretty unclear.
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