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Mira Sorvino To Topline Indie Drama ‘Butter’ From Paul A. Kaufman

Mira Sorvino To Topline Indie Drama ‘Butter’ From Paul A. Kaufman
Exclusive: Mira Sorvino, an Oscar winner for her role in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, has signed on to star in Butter, an indie film written and being directed by Paul A. Kaufman (Run The Wild Fields).

The drama, which will begin shooting in La next month, follows a lonely, obese teenager everyone in his high school calls “Butter.” Tired of his ridiculed life and his inability to lose weight, he is going to eat himself to death – live on the Internet. When he makes the announcement online to his classmates he unexpectedly receives support from morbid cheerleaders rallying around his horrible, deadly plan. Yet as student’s dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that, for the first time, feels awfully good to Butter. But what happens when he reaches his suicide deadline?

Sorvino will play Marian, Butter’s co-dependent mother who can only
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Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’

Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’
Mubina Rattonsey’s recently launched Zero Gravity has secured $100 million in financing to develop and produce film and television content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first movie on the slate will be the ghost story “Wraith” from director Armaan Zorace (“God Is Dead”). The producers are Rattonsey, alongside Rohini Singh and Manmeet Singh of Maurya Entertainment.

Wraith” focuses on a married couple that heads to a new town, only to find an evil presence that surrounds them — requiring them to fight forces from other dimensions to survive. The film will be shot in a yet-to-be announced Islamic nation in documented haunted houses to capture Muslim exorcisms. The producers are developing camera technology specifically for the project, and plan to focus on sound.

“I consider sound to be 50% of the movie-going experience and ‘Wraith’ will feature a special binaural 3D sound which will transport the audience directly into the world of
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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works
Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce a biopic about the late singer, who died in 2011, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the film, while “Kinky Boots” writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and executive produce. Production is set to start in 2019.

Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Representatives for Winehouse’s family have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said in a statement that the family had been repeatedly approached about the rights but never felt the “time was right.”

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said. “And we know through
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‘Iron Fist’: Why Getting Canceled Could Be the Best News Yet For Marvel’s Least-Favorite Superhero

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When Netflix canceled “Marvel’s Iron Fist” — making history as the first-ever official Netflix cancelation of a Marvel show — it might have seemed not a moment too soon for the McU’s least-liked superhero. With his superpowers and inherited wealth, and with the show’s sloppy storytelling, it was never easy to empathize with Danny Rand (Finn Jones). However, now that Netflix has declared the end of his standalone show that disappointed audiences and critics, Danny may finally have a chance to shine.

After all, the best episode featuring the immortal Iron Fist isn’t an episode of “Marvel’s Iron Fist;” it’s the “Luke Cage” Season 2 episode “The Main Ingredient,” in which Danny strolls into Pop’s Barber Shop to spend some quality time with Luke (Mike Colter) as he contends with a personal crossroads.

In “The Main Ingredient,” Danny isn’t exactly a sidekick; after all, his
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Beyond Christopher Nolan: ‘First Man’ Redefines In-Camera VFX

Beyond Christopher Nolan: ‘First Man’ Redefines In-Camera VFX
With inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Damien Chazelle set out to redefine shooting in camera for “First Man,” dramatizing Nasa’s mission to the moon, with Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong. “We had to create a gentle balance using a diverse mixture of visual effects, special effects, archival footage, and scaled models to help create the 1960’s documentary style film that was Damien’s vision,” said production VFX supervisor Paul Lambert of Dneg (this year’s Oscar winner for “Blade Runner 2049”).

The biggest challenge was how to shoot the space and in-flight elements with Dneg’s CG content to fit within the boundaries of a movie being shot 16mm and 35mm (the climactic lunar sequence was shot with IMAX cameras by cinematographer Linus Sandgren for a surreal “Wizard of Oz” effect).

“The effects had to be subtle and shot in a particular way to make it feel like footage from the day,
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Nicole Kidman Says Marrying Tom Cruise Protected Her From Sexual Harassment in Essay About Power in Hollywood

Nicole Kidman Says Marrying Tom Cruise Protected Her From Sexual Harassment in Essay About Power in Hollywood
Ahead of a busy end of the year that finds her starring in awards hopefuls “Boy Erased” and “Destroyer,” Nicole Kidman joined New York Magazine’s The Cut to share an essay examining her own power in Hollywood. Kidman began the article by saying her ultimate power in the industry is in being able to leverage her star power to get challenging projects made, but she said projects like “Destroyer” proved to her how much power she still has left to gain.

“‘Destroyer’ was hard to get made,” Kidman said. “You have a female director, Karyn Kusama. You have me in a lead role as an avenging undercover cop who looks the way I look in that movie — not glamorous. It’s about a very complicated, angry woman. People are not going, ‘We can’t wait to make this film!'”

Kidman also opened up about her experiences with sexual harassment in the industry.
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‘Spring Night, Summer Night’: One Film’s Bizarre 50-Year Journey to Its Long-Delayed New York Film Festival Premiere

‘Spring Night, Summer Night’: One Film’s Bizarre 50-Year Journey to Its Long-Delayed New York Film Festival Premiere
The 1968 film “Spring Night, Summer Night” finally received its much-deserved New York Film Festival premiere last week, 50 years after it was “unceremoniously bumped” — per Nyff’s festival catalogue — to make space for John Cassavetes’s “Faces.” It’s a film of astounding beauty – bringing to life rural life in a way rarely seen on the big screen – but it was never properly exhibited, and faded from existence shortly after it was made.

Long before its restoration, the film was re-cut and re-shot to look like an exploitation picture, with the new title “Miss Jessica is Pregnant.” It was only saved from oblivion decades later, through extensive efforts by the filmmakers’ former students, director Nicolas Winding Refn, and a former Albuquerque theater owner by the name of Peter Conheim, who made it his mission to restore the film after seeing a version of it in 2004.

“I first saw ‘Spring Night, Summer Night
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David Lynch Says Transcendental Meditation Is All We Need To Cure The Current Political Divide

There are two things you should know about David Lynch. First, and foremost, Lynch is still one of the greatest directors on the planet. But secondly, the man loves Transcendental Meditation, aka Tm. And in a new interview with Yahoo, Lynch discusses why he thinks that Tm has not only made him a much better creator but could also cure some of society’s current ills.

Lynch wants to make it abundantly clear that the misconception that an artist must struggle and experience darkness to somehow create is a bunch of Bs.

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‘The Favourite’ Finalizes 2019 Oscar Plan: Olivia Colman Enters Best Actress Race, Stone and Weisz Go Supporting

Fox Searchlight is officially putting Olivia Colman in the best actress race for her acclaimed performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” The studio has confirmed to IndieWire it has finalized its plans for positioning the film for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards, which include campaigning Colman in the lead actress race and her co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, in the supporting category.

Colman’s performance has been lauded at festivals since the film world-premiered at Venice, where she took home best actress honors. Emma Stone won the same prize in 2016 and ended up with the Oscar for best actress in 2017. Since “The Favourite” debuted at Venice, Oscar pundits have been speculating which category Fox would place Colman, Stone, and Weisz. This year’s best supporting actress race is widely seen as less competitive than the main acting race, leading some to believe Fox would submit Colman for supporting to strengthen her chances of winning.
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The Greatest Biopics Ever Made — 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 “First Man,” which is now playing in theaters, what is the greatest biopic of all time?

Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz), RogerEbert.com

The best biographical movie I’ve ever seen was “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould,” because it gets the furthest away from traditional biographical movie structures and has a constant sense of surprise.

Sarah Marrs (@Cinesnark), LaineyGossip.com, Freelance

I’m giving this one to “Amadeus”. It’s not 100% accurate — no biopic is — but where “Amadeus” fudges details it does so in service of its theme. This movie has more to say about competition and rivalry than most sports movies, and it’s one of the only Great Man biopics to observe its subject from the outside. By centering on Salieri, a master in his own right,
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‘Transparent’ Will Conclude With a Musical Episode, Jill Soloway Teases ‘La La Land’ by Way of ‘Yentl’

‘Transparent’ Will Conclude With a Musical Episode, Jill Soloway Teases ‘La La Land’ by Way of ‘Yentl’
There has been much speculation surrounding the final season of “Transparent,” the Amazon Original series created by Jill Soloway. The show’s future was in limbo after the departure of star Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired by Amazon following allegations of sexual harassment on set (Tambor denies the allegations). In an interview with The New York Times, Soloway promised a fitting finale for the Emmy-winning series — complete with musical numbers.

“It will hopefully feel like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in,” Soloway said. “A little ‘Yentl.’”

Transparent” was based on Soloway’s lived experience of seeing a parent transition, and Soloway and their sister, Faith Soloway, had been kicking around the musical idea long before “Transparent.”

“This idea of music rescuing our family was all there,” Soloway said. “So we’re like, Let’s just keep blowing on the flame.
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Goes Back To Basics And Shows Marvel TV Has Some Life Left In It Yet [Review]

In 2015, “Daredevil” marked the first series in the Netflix and Marvel TV partnership. With its decidedly dark take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stylish, unique action, the fledgling superhero series drew critical acclaim and became an instant hit for the streaming service. However, over the next three years, Netflix/Marvel’s iffy output —new shows, returning seasons of previous series’ and the highly-anticipated team-up “The Defenders”— wavered heavily in quality.

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‘Bodyguard’ Trailer: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Richard Madden Must Save A Politician In New Netflix Thriller

Fresh off the entirety of the UK believing he’s next in line to take over the role of James Bond, Richard Madden is a name on many people’s minds over the last couple days. In a bit of fortuitous timing, Netflix has just released the trailer for his upcoming, highly-anticipated series “Bodyguard,” to give viewers a chance to see Madden in action.

Bodyguard” tells a story that seems very simple on the surface.

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First Look At HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Introduces Fans To A New Character Wearing A Familiar Color

We’re still probably close to a year away from HBO premiering the upcoming “Watchmen” TV series. But yet, thanks to a new Instagram account for the series, we get our first look at…something.

For a while now, it’s been known that series creator Damon Lindelof planned on “remixing” Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic comic book series, but we didn’t know exactly what that meant.

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Academy Award-Winning Actress Rita Moreno Is “Nervous” About Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

To most film fans, the idea of a remake, especially of a classic film, is a bit sad. Why remake something that already exists and is damn good? Well, when you look at the upcoming remake of “West Side Story,” the justification behind its existence is clear — Steven Spielberg is directing. Sure, that’s enough of a reason to give the film a chance for many fans, but for some, including one of the stars of the original film, there’s still a serious amount of trepidation surrounding the project.

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James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ Moves To May 2019, Conveniently Following Cannes

Good news bad news time. The bad first, always. James Gray‘s sci-fi movie “Ad Astra” will not be coming out this fall. While the movie did have a January 2019 release date, many hoped/prayed/presumed the movie would receive 2018 Oscar-qualifying run. And truthfully, reps for the film were quietly preparing for that possibility, including the picture in their fall preview offering for journalists in the off chance that the film was ready and 20th Century Fox was willing to find a slot for it in November or December.

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Melissa McCarthy Starred in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Because She Related to Complicated Alcoholic Forger Lee Israel

Melissa McCarthy Starred in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Because She Related to Complicated Alcoholic Forger Lee Israel
For her most dramatic film role to date, Melissa McCarthy followed a familiar path: a transformative role in a big-screen biopic about a singular (and very real) person. But as alcoholic forger Lee Israel in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” McCarthy isn’t a particularly well-known character, nor does the film try to dull down the very rough edges of its subject. The film follows the downswing of her once-profitable career of a biographer to the stars, and McCarthy slips into the part of the brash and criminally clever Lee with ease and affection.

It’s smart subversion of on-screen expectations that embraces the real Lee while also letting McCarthy tap into darker material than she — and Hollywood — are used to seeing from actresses.

“I think there’s been far too much of the ‘perfect woman’ [on-screen], who I’ve personally never met,” she said, during a post-screening
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‘Watchmen’ First Look: HBO Teases New Damon Lindelof Series with Instagram Picture of Law Enforcement Character

‘Watchmen’ First Look: HBO Teases New Damon Lindelof Series with Instagram Picture of Law Enforcement Character
It wouldn’t be “Watchmen” without some of that iconic bright yellow.

As part of its first look at the upcoming Damon Lindelof-led series, HBO launched an official Instagram account to provide some gradual new information. Offering no other clarification beyond the caption “Who Watches the Watchmen” (invoking the phrase that peppers Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original graphic novel), it’s a tantalizingly small glimpse at one of this series’ new characters.

We’ll leave it to facial feature analysts to parse which of the main cast this could be showing. As of now, the show has revealed an impressive ensemble, including Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., and Don Johnson.

Still, there’s that unmistakable yellow color, which seems to support something that Lindelof has said publicly ever since the project was announced. The original dozen issues of “Watchmen,” he said in an
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Netflix’s ‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Casts A Wickedly Wonderful Coming-Of-Age Spell [Review]

The witching hour is most definitely upon us, and as Halloween draws near, streaming giant Netflix is adding a new original series to its ever-growing catalog of titles. Inspired by the Archie comic of the same name, “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina” is a spooky and stylish adaptation of the devilish coming-of-age tale. However, don’t expect this to be a reboot of the late-’90s “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” as ‘Chilling Adventures’ has more in common with the CW’s “Riverdale” than the ABC sitcom.

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Edgar Wright Urges Moviegoers to See ‘Roma’ in Theaters, Not at Home: ‘It Demands to Be Seen on the Big Screen’

Netflix has still not announced official theatrical release plans for Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed new drama “Roma,” but fellow director Edgar Wright is already stumping for moviegoers to make sure they see the movie in theaters. The film has been a critical favorite since premiering at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Golden Lion, and it most recently screened at the New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival, where it made a huge admirer out of Wright.

“‘Roma’ is a stunning film. Manages to [be] both intimate, personal, but yet on a sweeping scale,” Wright wrote on social media. “A most engrossingly detailed study of a family and a time, an immersive experience I wanted to dive back into as soon as it finished. Demands to be seen on the big screen.”

While the specific number of theaters has not yet been revealed, Netflix has
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