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'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival

'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival
Cult filmmaker and scriptwriter Mariano Llinas' epic 14 hour-long film La Flor (The Flower) topped the 20th edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, which began on April 11 and ends Sunday. The film also won the best actress award for its four leads Pilar Gamboa, Valeria Correa, Elisa Carricajo and Laura Paredes.

A record-breaking, 840-minutes film – the longest fiction feature in Argentine history – La flor consists of six different episodes, all starring the same four actresses, who form the acting company Piel de Lava ("Lava Skin"). Shot independently throughout a nine-year period across three continents,...
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Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ and More Added to Cannes 2018 Lineup

Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ and More Added to Cannes 2018 Lineup
The Cannes 2018 lineup is growing. A few days following the initial announcement comes word that Terry Gilliam‘s long-delayed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Lars von Trier‘s The House That Jack Built and more are coming to the prestigious film festival. The Cannes lineup has added some exciting new films (though, sorry, none of them are from […]

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Robert De Niro Praises Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born,’ but the First-Time Director Owes His Success to Lady Gaga

Robert De Niro Praises Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born,’ but the First-Time Director Owes His Success to Lady Gaga
After starring opposite one another in four films — “Limitless,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “Joy” —Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro reunited for a one-on-one conversation at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The hourlong discussion found Cooper looking back at his Oscar-nominated career and included David O. Russell being invited onstage to co-moderate. De Niro started the conversation with a revelation: He has already seen Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.”

A Star Is Born” marks Cooper’s directorial debut and is the third time the property has been remade since the original opened in 1937, starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. The remakes have included a 1954 musical, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and a 1976 rock musical, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

“It’s terrific and Bradley is excellent in it,” De Niro raved. “The movie is wonderful. I hope it gets the attention I feel it should when it opens.
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James Cameron Hopes for ‘Avengers’ Fatigue: ‘There Are Other Stories To Tell’ In Sci-Fi

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James Cameron Hopes for ‘Avengers’ Fatigue: ‘There Are Other Stories To Tell’ In Sci-Fi
As it appears that this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to an end with “Avengers: Infinity War,” sci-fi aficionado James Cameron says that’s probably for the best.

The man behind legendary sci-fi franchises such as “Terminator” and “Avatar” told reporters on Saturday that he’s a fan of the “Avengers” movies, but he fears that they have dominated too much of the genre as of late.

“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon,” Cameron said. “Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”

Cameron has been thinking a lot lately about the history and state of sci-fi as the host and executive producer of “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.
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‘Aggretsuko’ Review: Netflix’s Animated Series About a Red Panda Who Loves Death Metal Is a Subversive Gem

So cute. So cuddly. And Retsuko’s death-metal vocals will shred your clothes and melt your face off. Netflix’s newest animated series is raging against the machine and looks adorable doing it.

Starring Retsuko, a red panda character developed from the same company that masterminded Hello Kitty, “Aggretsuko” (a portmanteau of “aggressive” and “Retsuko”) depicts the life of the 25-year-old accounting clerk by day who deals with workplace frustrations and injustices by growling death metal at her local karaoke joint at night. More than just escapist fare, Netflix’s anime series manages to fit in a remarkable amount of insight about society within 10 brief, 15-minute episodes.

The injustices seen at Retsuko’s workplace are typical: her overly demanding boss Director Ton who literally is a pig just practices his golf swing all day, the fawning brown-noser Tsunoda gets special treatment, and the office busybody doesn’t seem to have
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me From ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me From ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at 49. A message posted on the actor’s Facebook and Instagram pages confirms his passing and mentions the battles he’s fought throughout life, noting that “unfortunately this time was too much.” He had been hospitalized earlier this month.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the message reads. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

It continues, “Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but
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‘The Bleeding Edge’ Review: Netflix Doc Proves That the Medical Device Industry is Destroying Lives — Tribeca

‘The Bleeding Edge’ Review: Netflix Doc Proves That the Medical Device Industry is Destroying Lives — Tribeca
Activism can take many forms — on one extreme, the empirical argument, appealing to reason above all else; on the other, the pure visceral nature of an emotional response. “The Bleeding Edge” oscillates between those two extremes. The latest alarming documentary from “The Invisible War” and “The Hunting Ground” director Kirby Dick is a shocking expose of the medical device industry, and while the stories of the many lives destroyed by technology resonate, the unsettling imagery of the damage caused by those devices goes much further.

Less cohesive documentary than feature-length red flag, “The Bleeding Edge” assembles a range of talking heads and upsetting case studies to target several key villains: Essure, the permanent contraceptive implant used by millions of women, has left many of them with long-lasting pain and endless surgeries as the small, snake-like device worms its way into the uterus. The “vaginal mesh” approach yields even more gruesome results.
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A Brief History of Movies So Unsettling They Caused People to Faint, Vomit, or Even Die

A Brief History of Movies So Unsettling They Caused People to Faint, Vomit, or Even Die
Among the many differences between William Friedkin’s newest film and his most famous, one is considerably more visceral than the rest: “The Devil and Father Amorth” probably won’t make anybody faint and/or vomit. The Academy Award–winning director has revisited “The Exorcist” 45 years later with a documentary about an actual priest who performs actual exorcisms, making a kind of companion piece to his horror classic.

The Exorcist” was ahead of its time in many ways, not all of which were confined to the screen. Reports abounded — some confirmed, some not — of audience members having extreme physical reactions to the film. Nearly half a century later, that tradition continues in fits and starts — someone might even make a documentary about it one day.

The most recent of these is Julia Ducournau’s instantly infamous “Raw,” a cannibalistic horror offering that proved so unsettling to two attendees of the
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That Disastrous ‘Scarface’ Discussion Was Supposed to Have a Different Moderator, but Brian De Palma ‘Kicked Him Off’

That Disastrous ‘Scarface’ Discussion Was Supposed to Have a Different Moderator, but Brian De Palma ‘Kicked Him Off’
Scarface” was back in the news this week thanks to a disastrous panel during which Michelle Pfeiffer was asked how much she weighed while filming Brian De Palma’s crime drama. Jesse Kornbluth, who moderated said panel as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, told IndieWire yesterday that his question was intended as a “comment on the knee-jerk political correctness of our time,” arguing that asking Robert De Niro how much weight he gained for “Raging Bull” wouldn’t have stirred any controversy.

Now another strange twist to the story has come to light: Kornbluth wasn’t even supposed to moderate the discussion.

The original host, “Billions” creator/showrunner Brian Koppelman, explained what happened on Twitter after being misreported as having asked Pfeiffer the offending question: “I prepared really hard to do the panel and was really looking forward to it. But someone on here sent DePalma an old quote of mine,
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‘Rick and Morty’ Creator on the Szechuan Sauce Catastrophe: ‘I Wouldn’t Wish That Show’s Fans on Any Fast-Food Restaurant’

‘Rick and Morty’ Creator on the Szechuan Sauce Catastrophe: ‘I Wouldn’t Wish That Show’s Fans on Any Fast-Food Restaurant’
“Rick and Morty” fans are known to be, well, fanatical in their devotion to the animated series created by Dan Harmon. Just ask the McDonald’s employees who had to put up with them last year when, due to a gag on the show that went too far, the fast-food chain brought back its Szechuan Sauce for a limited time. Speaking to Vulture from the Tribeca Film Festival, Harmon denied the rumors that he got a cut of those sales — and put some of his own fans on blast for their behavior.

“It’s weird to get mugged by McDonald’s. It’s kind of an honor,” he said in regards to the fact that no one from the show was informed of the promotion, which was not-so-subtly a response to the show featuring said dipping sauce. As for his devotees’ insane response, Harmon said he “wouldn’t wish that show
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‘The Rider’ Director Chloé Zhao to Helm Biopic About Bass Reeves, the First Black U.S. Marshall, for Amazon Studios

‘The Rider’ Director Chloé Zhao to Helm Biopic About Bass Reeves, the First Black U.S. Marshall, for Amazon Studios
Don’t expect Chloé Zhao to ride off into the sunset anytime soon. With her acclaimed new film in theaters after winning acclaim on the festival circuit over the last year, she’s now set her follow-up: a biopic about Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Deputy Marshall, for Amazon Studios. It will be her third feature, following “Songs My Brother Taught Me” (which premiered at Sundance in 2015) and “The Rider.”

Zhao will both write and direct the historical Western, reports Deadline, which “follow Reeves’ journey as a young man born into slavery in 1838 who fled to the Indian Territory in search of freedom and went on to become one of the greatest lawmen of the American West.”

The Rider” premiered at Cannes, where it won the Art Cinema Award, and went on to receive Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Director, Editing, and Cinematography; Zhao was also
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‘Westworld’: Thandie Newton Will Receive Equal Pay for Season 3, Says ‘F—k That’ to Making Less Than Her Male Co-Stars Again

‘Westworld’: Thandie Newton Will Receive Equal Pay for Season 3, Says ‘F—k That’ to Making Less Than Her Male Co-Stars Again
Westworld” may be even more futuristic and outlandish than we realized. In addition to highly advanced robots and immersive theme parks, it envisions a future in which women are actually paid the same amount as their male co-stars. Evan Rachel Wood recently confirmed that she’ll receive equal pay on the HBO drama starting next season, and now Thandie Newton has done similarly: “We’re all equal across the board,” she tells Vanity Fair.

“It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s — goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it,” Newton adds. And now that she’s gotten what she deserves, she doesn’t plan on being involved with projects that don’t follow suit in the future. “I wouldn’t do anything if it didn’t. Definitely not. Fuck that. It literally sets a precedent, and [HBO is] leading the way, which is amazing.”

Wood
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‘Duck Butter’: Alia Skawkat Rushes Love In Sexy Lesbian Drama [Tribeca Review]

For the curious, “Duck Butter” is Nsfw. Or at least, it’s not the kind of film title you want to Google from your work computer. Like a naïf (or an old), I wasn’t familiar with the phrase “Duck Butter,” but figured that I probably wasn’t about to watch a foodie documentary. As its title implies (if you’re cooler than I am), this comedy from Miguel Arteta is sexy and sexually frank in its depiction of a relationship in fast forward.
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Another ‘Doom’ Movie Is in the Works, Says Actress Nina Bergman, but What About Dwayne Johnson?

Another ‘Doom’ Movie Is in the Works, Says Actress Nina Bergman, but What About Dwayne Johnson?
2005’s “Doom” is not regarded as a good movie, as its own star was happy to remind us last week. The second time may prove to be the charm, however, as actress/musician Nina Bergman tweeted that she’ll be appearing in a new adaptation of the demonic video game.

“I’m doing the next ‘Doom’ movie w Universal Pictures!” she wrote, adding that production will be in Bulgaria with a “super cool” director who has yet to be named. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Karl Urban starred in the 2005 version of the first-person shooter, which earned just $56 million against a budget of $60 million and received poor reviews. When Johnson tweeted about the film being a “stinker,” the official “Doom” account responded simply, “Dwayne.”

No word yet on who else might be involved in the next “Doom,” which hasn’t been confirmed by Universal. Renewed interest in the series may
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‘The Devil And Father Amorth’ Continues William Friedkin’s Obsession With Evil [Review]

One question looms evocatively over the 69 minutes consuming “The Devil and Father Amorth,” Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin‘s (“The French Connection”) latest documentary about real-life exorcisms: “is this really the random invasion of an external force?” A question that has perpetuated the widening of the gap between science and religion, the Vatican’s performance of exorcisms continues to be subject to scrutiny by both non-believers and even those who proclaim belief in Christ.
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‘Pretty In Pink’ Reunion: Watch Molly Ringwald Take Down Jon Cryer With Her Rap Battle Skills on ‘Drop The Mic’

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‘Pretty In Pink’ Reunion: Watch Molly Ringwald Take Down Jon Cryer With Her Rap Battle Skills on ‘Drop The Mic’
It’s the “Pretty in Pink” sequel that no one saw coming: Andie (Molly Ringwald) and Duckie (Jon Cryer) finally resolve a few things, via sick burns on TBS’ hip-hop battle series “Drop the Mic.” On this Sunday’s episode, Ringwald and Cryer lay it all out: Cryer proclaims, “You’re not Julianne Moore, you’re Julianne less!” But Ringwald hits him back hard: “You’re 5-foot-6, weigh 110, now were you the half man in ‘Two and a Half Men’?”

Watch the full clip below!

Both stars hold their own, but it’s a bit of an unfair fight: Ringwald dated the Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock in the late 1980s, and she clearly picked up some rap skills and pointers while they were together.

Drop the Mic,” based on the segment from “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” is a bit of a celebrity roast, as stars come on and
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Toned-Down ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Prizes Refinement Over Ribaldry [Review]

Last year, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan‘s HBO sci-fi drama “Westworld” dropped jaws with its balls-to-the-wall first season finale. Set in the future in a Wild West theme park where morality is removed and human desire is indulged without consequence, “Westworld” follows the park’s hubristic engineers, uncannily humanoid hosts, and often-sadistic guests as they embark on paths of dark, twisted fantasies. The show’s Shakespearean axiom, “These violent delights have violent ends,” proved true in the final hours of season one, as once-mild-mannered country girl host (aka artificial intelligence android) Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) gained sentience and murdered Westworld genius and creator Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins).
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‘Night Eats the World’ Review: Here’s the Most Innovative Zombie Movie Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Tribeca

‘Night Eats the World’ Review: Here’s the Most Innovative Zombie Movie Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Tribeca
Over the decades, zombie movies have evolved into the pop songs of the horror genre, following the same familiar beats with varying results. Typically, they involve some kind of sudden outbreak, followed by an act or two in which survivors figure out that carnivorous undead lurk around every ominous corner. There’s usually some combination of decomposing flesh, frantic musings on morality, and dime-store social commentary. “Night Eats the World” checks all those boxes, but this first feature from French director Dominique Rocher fuses them into an extraordinary meditation on loneliness and despair. For the recluse at the movie’s center, zombies provide just another excuse to shun the outside world.

As “Night Eats the World” begins, moody instrumentalist Sam (the great Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie) attains a lively party where he feels out of place. Heading to an empty room to brood, he promptly falls asleep; when he wakes up,
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‘Jane the Virgin’ Finale: 5 Theories Explaining That Massive Twist

‘Jane the Virgin’ Finale: 5 Theories Explaining That Massive Twist
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Jane the Virgin,” Season 4, Episode 17, “Chapter Eighty-One.”]

Well, we really didn’t see that one him coming.

While “Jane the Virgin” hinted that something huge and unforeseen would happen in the finale, that felt as if it were an obvious promise. After all, it’s a show based on a telenovela. But what would it be this time? Many hints pointed to another death or a deep, dark secret in Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) past that would put a monkey wrench in his future happiness with Jane (Gina Rodriguez).

Viewers had become somewhat used to the usual twists — dead bodies! secret twins! — by now. Besides, after the show killed off Jane’s husband Michael (Brett Dier) before the third season even reached its halfway point, it felt as if viewers couldn’t be that blindsided again… until Friday’s Season 4 finale.

Throughout the episode, Rafael had acted despondent and upset
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‘Genius: Picasso’ Review: Antonio Banderas Spices Up a Painfully Banal Portrait of the Great Abstract Artist

“Genius: Picasso” is a telling title in how it orders those two words. Though last year’s debut season of the National Geographic anthology series didn’t feel the need to incorporate “Einstein” into its name, the second season makes sure the brand takes priority over the subject — and the creative elements follow suit.

Season 2 is a painful bore. Using the same formula devised for an entirely different character, “Genius: Picasso” short-shrifts the few compelling angles it touches upon in favor of covering a wide swath of the painter’s life. Again, there are two stories running in parallel to each other: One is of Picasso in his early twenties, with Alex Ross depicting a passionate artist finding his vision. The other, largely framed around the Nazi occupation of Paris, follows an older Picasso played by Antonio Banderas.

Each timeline has its strong points (Ross and Banderas both among them
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