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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film This Is Spinal Tap at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert in which they’ll perform as themselves in tribute to the fictional band Spinal Tap. So they won’t specifically be in character as Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls. But they’ll further be joined by This is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These AFI Fest 2018 Movies

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AFI Fest isn’t thought of as an acquisition festival, as most of its offerings are either world premieres about to enter awards season or high-profile selections from Cannes and Venice. Explore the program a bit, however, and you’ll discover any number of under-the-radar titles that have yet to find a home. That’s unsurprising, given how crowded the fall festival season has been, but dealmakers should seek out these worthy titles before it’s too late.

“Amateurs”

Gabriela Pichler’s debut as writer-director, the youth-in-revolt dramedy “Eat Sleep Die,” never got a theatrical release. That was a shame, and it’d be just as much of a disappointment if her follow-up met the same fate. Working from an appropriately zany premise — a small Swedish town attempts to woo a German superstore company into opening a new location via a promotional video — Pichler delivers clever scenarios and a surprising
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‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Van Gogh’s Collision of Painting and Cinema

‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Van Gogh’s Collision of Painting and Cinema
With “At Eternity’s Gate,” painter/director Julian Schnabel uses Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) as a vessel to explore the process of painting as a snapshot in time, shared with the viewer. It’s not about Van Gogh, but how he viewed the world through his hyper-real, sculptural art.

“We never wanted it to look like a Van Gogh painting,” said cinematographer Benoît Delhomme, who’s also a painter. Schnabel told him, “‘Van Gogh lives in the normal world…we just see his style when he’s painting something.’ But, slowly, when we were shooting, I think, Van Gogh’s colors came back to us in an unconscious way, the strong blues and strong yellows.”

Read More:‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Willem Dafoe Talks About a Career-Best Performance As Vincent Van Gogh

At the director’s request, Delhomme even attached Schnabel’s antique yellow-tinted bifocals to the camera lens,
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‘Replicas’ Trailer: Keanu Reeves Dives Back Into The Matrix In The Name Of Family

In the new trailer for “Replicas,” Keanu Reeves has learned how to cheat death. Well, maybe not for himself but for others.

After a car accident kills his family, neuroscientist William Foster (Reeves), an expert on re-creating the human brain for what he thinks is Alzheimer’s research, alters his research to replicate his family. He will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if that means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.

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Sundance Announces New Programming Team in Advance of 2019 Festival

Sundance Announces New Programming Team in Advance of 2019 Festival
After hiring veteran festival programmer Kim Yutani to lead its programming team, the Sundance Film Festival has now announced a brand new batch of further programming hires. Yutani, who was previously a senior programmer for the festival and has worked at Sundance since 2006, was hired in May for the Director of Programming job left vacant by long-time programming head Trevor Groth earlier this year. The long-time programmer has now rounded out her team with a number of fresh faces, while also elevating some Sundance stalwarts.

Yutani commented in an official statement, “This year’s record-breaking number of submissions are phenomenally strong: we’re invigorated and inspired by the work we’ve been seeing. Our incredible — and growing! — programming team has refined our curation processes, ensuring that the conversations we have as we program continue to center, as always, on a Festival that represents a wide range of filmmakers and on-screen experiences.
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Stan Lee Team Fires Back at Bill Maher for ‘Disgusting’ Remarks on Grieving Fans

Stan Lee Team Fires Back at Bill Maher for ‘Disgusting’ Remarks on Grieving Fans
Stan Lee’s team at Pow! Entertainment responded sharply to Bill Maher in an open letter published November 19. The team fired back at comments made by Maher in a November 17 blog post in which the controversial HBO late night host criticized fans of the comic book genius for mourning his death. Stan Lee passed away November 12.

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” Maher wrote. “Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

The Pow! Entertainment team stood up for Stan Lee in the wake of Maher’s comments, writing, “Comic books, like all literature,
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‘Birds of Passage’ Trailer: Colombia’s Oscar Entry Explores the Drug Trade

‘Birds of Passage’ Trailer: Colombia’s Oscar Entry Explores the Drug Trade
The Orchard has released a new trailer for “Birds of Passage,” Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s follow-up to “Embrace of the Serpent.” Guerra directed that hypnotic drama, the first Colombian film ever to receive an Oscar nomination, while Gallego produced. This time around, Gallego joined Guerra behind the camera, and the pair share co-directing credits. Jose Acosta, Carmiña Martínez, and Natalia Reyes star.

Here’s the synopsis: “Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s to secure a dowry to marry Zaida (Reyes) and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Raphayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.”

The film premiered at Cannes before screening at the Telluride,
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Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine for Lack of Inclusive Crew During Video Interview

Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine for Lack of Inclusive Crew During Video Interview
Ellen Pompeo took a stand in an on camera interview for Net-a-Porter, calling out the publication during an actress roundtable interview. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star appeared in the video interview opposite Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, and Emma Roberts. When the conversation turned to representation in front of and behind the camera, Pompeo took a moment to address the elephant in the room and advocate for more inclusive sets of all shapes and sizes.

“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But I don’t see enough color,” Pompeo said about the Net-a-Porter set. “I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today.”

“I had a meeting with a director of another endorsement project that I’m doing where I said, ‘You know, when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like
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‘Birds Of Passage’ Trailer: Ciro Guerra’s Cannes Masterpiece Arrives Early Next Year

Embrace of the Serpent” helmsman Ciro Guerra continues with the animal imagery and the ruminations on Colombian history with “Birds of Passage,” a rise-and-fall cartel drama set in the early days of the nation’s illegal drug trade. Though the esteemed director is now at feature film number four, this will be the first that sees him team up with a co-director – one Cristina Gallego, who worked as executive producer on ‘Embrace’ – and adapt a script that he himself didn’t write.

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‘Aquaman’: Jason Momoa Invites Amazon Prime Fans To See “The Most Badass Movie Of The Year” A Week Early

Dceu fans, and fans of wet Jason Momoa in general, we have a treat for you! “Aquaman” is going to screen a full week early for members of Amazon Prime. It was recently announced that the superhero film starring the aforementioned Jason “My Man!” Momoa is coming to theaters on December 15, for an exclusive short run for Amazon Prime members. With your account, you can buy tickets to see the highly-anticipated superhero film earlier than all your friends.

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‘Percy Jackson’ Author Warned Producers About Terrible Script in Scathing Emails

20th Century Fox released “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” in theaters February 2010 with hopes of starting a new “Harry Potter”-sized film franchise. The family epic was even directed by Christopher Columbus, who launched the “Potter” franchise with “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “The Chamber of Secrets.” Unfortunately for Fox, the “Percy Jackson” franchise only lasted two films, neither of which made it to the $250 million mark worldwide.

“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was based on the teen novel “The Lightning Thief,” written by Rick Riordin. The author recently posted on his official website a lengthy blog post in which he detailed the struggles he faced in pleading with the film’s producers to make the first movie as faithful to his book as possible. Riordin said that his contract for the film left him with little creative control or final say about the movie adaptation,
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Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ Has Been Remade as a South African Political Thriller

In “Number 37,” South African writer-director Nosipho Dumisa takes the basic set-up of one of her favorite films, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” and gives the scenario a fresh setting: the poverty-stricken, crime-ridden region of a Cape Town enclave, far removed from the original movie’s upscale Greenwich Village locale. The result is the impressive debut feature “Number 37″ — a grittier spin on the voyeuristic thriller, anchored by a strong performance by star Irshaad Ally, as well as a socially relevant message.

A devourer of cinema from childhood, Dumisa grew up in a small town not unlike the setting of her film, and never imagined a career as a filmmaker. “We’ve had universities that offered media courses and so forth, but actual film schools are still a relatively new concept in South Africa, maybe 20 years old,” Dumisa said. “So I never really conceived of an idea of an industry behind the making of films.
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Robert Downey Jr. To Produce New Comic Book Adaptation For Hulu Titled ‘Sweet Tooth’

Robert Downey Jr. To Produce New Comic Book Adaptation For Hulu Titled ‘Sweet Tooth’
Many assume that Robert Downey, Jr’s superhero days are soon to be over, once the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” star turns in his latest McU film “Avengers 4” next spring. However, it appears that even if Rdj leaves the McU, he has at least one more comic book property he’d like to take a stab at.

Read More: Top Paid Streaming Services For 2018 Include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO &…Starz?

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“I Wanted to Do for Adam What Demme Did for David Byrne [in Stop Making Sense]”: Steven Brill Talks About Directing Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Adam Sandler may have chosen to title his Netflix stand-up special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh as an impudent jab at the critics who consistently trash his comedies, but it’s garnering the actor some of the best reviews of his career. That’s deservedly so, given that the special contains Sandler’s funniest and most wide-ranging material in years. The act, written by Sandler with an assist from Paul Sado and Dan Bulla, veers back and forth between razor-sharp observational material, unapologetically juvenile (and hilarious) obscenity, […]
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“I Wanted to Do for Adam What Demme Did for David Byrne [in Stop Making Sense]”: Steven Brill Talks About Directing Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Adam Sandler may have chosen to title his Netflix stand-up special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh as an impudent jab at the critics who consistently trash his comedies, but it’s garnering the actor some of the best reviews of his career. That’s deservedly so, given that the special contains Sandler’s funniest and most wide-ranging material in years. The act, written by Sandler with an assist from Paul Sado and Dan Bulla, veers back and forth between razor-sharp observational material, unapologetically juvenile (and hilarious) obscenity, […]
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Alexandra Billings Won’t Be Silent on Jeffrey Tambor Allegations: ‘He Is Lying’

Alexandra Billings Won’t Be Silent on Jeffrey Tambor Allegations: ‘He Is Lying’
As the first openly transgender woman to play a transgender character on TV, Alexandra Billings has earned the right to speak to her mind. Best known for her role as Davina on Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning series “Transparent,” the actress stopped by Wnyc’s Nancy Podcast last week to discuss her recent Broadway debut in comedy “The Nap.” Not one to mince words, she also spoke candidly about Jeffrey Tambor’s unceremonious exit from the groundbreaking Amazon series, which came following multiple allegations of sexual harassment from the set. (Tambor denies the allegations.)

“When this happened…it was very easy for me to say, ‘yes they’re absolutely right.’ Because people were going, ‘well, it’s opinion.’ … No, it’s not opinion. They’re absolutely correct. I believe them,” Billings said, emphasizing each word. “Even if I didn’t see absolutely everything, I can tell you without equivocation, they are not lying.
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John Williams To Compose New ‘Star Wars’ Music For Upcoming Disney Theme Park Attractions

Sure, John Williams has already announced that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last film to feature a score from the iconic composer, but it appears that Disney isn’t ready to let him go just yet. According to a new report from Variety, Disney has enlisted Williams to create new music for the “Star Wars” universe. However, you’re not going to be able to hear it in an upcoming film or TV series.

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‘The Bisexual’: Desiree Akhavan on Making a ‘Chasing Amy’ Show From Amy’s Pov

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‘The Bisexual’: Desiree Akhavan on Making a ‘Chasing Amy’ Show From Amy’s Pov
An easy way to describe “The Bisexual” is “What if ‘Chasing Amy’ was not directed by Kevin Smith, but a bisexual woman?” — and it’s a description that creator Desiree Akhavan appreciates. “I’ll take it,” she said to IndieWire in a recent interview. “I 100 percent agree with that synopsis.”

Akhavan, who also directed this year’s Sundance favorite “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” didn’t have anything against “Chasing Amy.” But, she felt, “what if it was written from the perspective of Amy? Which is what I care about more. That’s why I like that film — I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a story I can relate to.’ That’s comedy, that’s something really intriguing to me. But, I didn’t want to know it from Ben Affleck’s point of view.”

The Hulu series mirrors the 1997 Miramax film when it comes to its central premise: A
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Albert Brooks Once Pranked Oscar Isaac by Screwing With His ‘Star Wars’ Offer

Albert Brooks Once Pranked Oscar Isaac by Screwing With His ‘Star Wars’ Offer
The day Oscar Isaac learned J.J. Abrams wanted to meet him in Paris about a secretive role in his upcoming blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the actor was hard at work filming “A Most Violent Year.” Directed by J.C. Chandor, the crime drama cast Isaac opposite Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks. When Brooks found out about the pending offer, the industry veteran decided to pull Isaac’s leg with a phone prank.

“I actually still have the voice message saved,” Isaac recently told GQ. “I remember in between shooting I got a message from an unknown caller, and it was a voice. It was like, ‘Hey Oscar, it’s J.J. Ya know, you don’t have to come all the way out to Paris. What’re you gonna do, play a droid? You don’t need to be doing that…actually, this is Albert Brooks.'”

Even with the footer,
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Report: Character Breakdowns Reveal Thanos’ Brother Could Appear In Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Marvel’s Phase Four, which is slated to kick off after next year’s “Avengers 4,” is still shrouded in mystery. Through interviews with Kevin Feige (and a healthy dose of common sense), we can deduce quite a few of the films that should factor in, but by and large, we honestly don’t have much of a clue about what happens post-2019. However, one thing that seems like a lock is “The Eternals.” And now, thanks to a new report, we have an idea of what Eternals Marvel hopes will be your new favorite characters.

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