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New York Film Critics 2022: ‘Tar’ Named Best Film

New York Film Critics 2022: ‘Tar’ Named Best Film
Todd Field’s dark drama “Tár” has been named the best film of 2022 by the New York Film Critics Circle, the oldest film-critics association and the first major critics’ group to vote on year-end awards.

In the NYFCC’s most shocking decision, the Indian “Tollywood” director S.S. Rajamouli was voted the best-director award for the wildly over-the-top action movie and musical extravaganza “Rrr.”

Colin Farrell was named the year’s best actor — not just for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” for which he is a strong Oscar contender, but also for director Kogonada’s gentle and provocative Sundance movie “After Yang.” The best-actress award went to Oscar favorite Cate Blanchett for “Tár.”

In the supporting actor category, the award went to “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star Ke Huy Quan four days after he won in the same category at the Gotham Awards. In a surprise choice, Keke Palmer won the supporting actress award for “Nope.
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‘Violent Night’ Decks the US Box Office With 1.1 Million in Thursday Previews

‘Violent Night’ Decks the US Box Office With 1.1 Million in Thursday Previews
Universal’s “Violent Night” took in 1.1 million at the Thursday evening box office, kicking off what the studio projects to be a 10 million opening weekend.

It played in 3,000 theaters starting at 5:00 p.m. and will expand to 3,682 theaters this weekend.

The action-comedy stars David Harbour as a rough-and-tumble Santa Claus who steps in to save a family that’s been taken hostage on Christmas Eve. John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson and Beverly D’Angelo round out the cast. Tommy Wirkola directs, from a script by “Sonic the Hedgehog” duo Pat Casey and Josh Miller.
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Julia Reichert, Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Documentarian, Dies at 76

Julia Reichert, Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Documentarian, Dies at 76
Julia Reichert, whose 50-year career as a documentarian included a 2020 Oscar win for American Factory, has died after a battle with bladder cancer. She was 76.

Reichert died Thursday night, her frequent collaborator Steven Bognar told The Hollywood Reporter. Despite undergoing chemotherapy ahead of her Oscar triumph, she attended the 2020 Academy Awards and walked to the stage with Bognar to accept their award.

Long regarded as a godmother of the indie film industry, the director, producer and writer also received Oscar nominations for Union Maids (1976), Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1983) and The Last Truck: Closing of a Gm Plant (2009).

Her first film, Growing Up Female (1971), was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry by being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

American Factory, about a Chinese billionaire who reopens an abandoned Gm plant outside Dayton, Ohio, to make car windshields, shows Chinese
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Pedro Almodóvar Says His Gay Western, Starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, Will Premiere at Cannes

Pedro Almodóvar Says His Gay Western, Starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, Will Premiere at Cannes
Pedro Almodóvar revealed that “Strange Way of Life,” his Western short film starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, will premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival. The director broke the news on Dua Lipa’s “At Your Service” podcast.

Almodóvar described the half-hour film as a “queer Western, in the sense that there are two men and they love each other.” He added that Pascal and Hawke’s characters “behave in that situation in an opposite way.”

“It’s about masculinity in a deep sense, because the Western is a male genre,” Almodóvar said. “What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western — it has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has the sheriff — but what it has that most Westerns don’t have is the kind of dialogue that I don’t think a Western film
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Mylene Demongeot Dies: French Film Actress Known For Comedy Was 87

Mylene Demongeot Dies: French Film Actress Known For Comedy Was 87
Mylene Demongeot, whose career spanned 70 years of French and British cinema appearances, died today at age 87 in a Paris hospital. No cause of death has been reported.

Demongeot was best known for comedies in France, including two trilogies that appeared a half-century apart, the Fantomas films in the 1960s and Camping in recent years.

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She was also known for her role as Milady de Winter in the 1961 version of The Three Musketeers and her appearance alongside David Niven in Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse in 1958.

One career highlight was being nominated for a BAFTA for best newcomer for her part in 1957’s The Crucible, adapted by Jean-Paul Sartre from the Arthur Miller play.
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Brad William Henke Dies: ‘Orange Is The New Black’, ‘Justified’ & ‘Dexter’ Actor Was 56

Brad William Henke Dies: ‘Orange Is The New Black’, ‘Justified’ & ‘Dexter’ Actor Was 56
Brad William Henke, a former NFL player who segued to acting and appeared in TV series including Orange Is the New Black, Justified and Lost and such films as Pacific Rim and World Trade Center, has died. He was 56. His family said Henke died in his sleep November 29, but no cause was given.

Born on April 10, 1966, in Columbus, Ne, and raised in Littleton, Co, Henke played college football at the University of Arizona, where he was team captain and an All-Academic student journalist. Drafted by the New York Giants in 1989, he went on to play on the defensive line for the Denver Broncos and appeared in Super Bowl Xxiv.

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After injuries forced him
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Frank Vallelonga Jr., ‘Green Book’ Actor and Son of Tony Lip, Found Dead in the Bronx

Frank Vallelonga Jr., ‘Green Book’ Actor and Son of Tony Lip, Found Dead in the Bronx
Green Book” actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. has died at the age of 60, Variety has confirmed.

The NYPD responded to a call early Monday morning just before 4 a.m. in the Bronx and found Vallelonga Jr. laying unconscious and unresponsive on the ground. Following the arrival of Ems to the location, the actor was pronounced dead on the scene. The NYPD also confirmed the arrest of a 35-year-old man named Steven Smith on charges of concealment of a human corpse.

Vallelonga Jr. was the son of late actor Tony Lip, whose real name was Frank Vallelonga. Before Lip died in 2013, he consistently took on roles as mafia crime bosses throughout his acting career, notably portraying Carmine Lupertazzi in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Lip also portrayed mobster Philip Giaccone in “Donnie Brasco” and real-life Lucchese crime family mobster Francesco Manzo in “Goodfellas,” in addition to playing a small role in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.
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‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Recasts Villain For Season 2, Adds Seven to Cast

‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Recasts Villain For Season 2, Adds Seven to Cast
Season 2 of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” has added seven actors in recurring roles.

Gabriel Akuwudike, Yasen “Zates” Atour, Ben Daniels, Amelia Kenworthy, Nia Towle (“Persuasion”), and Nicholas Woodeson have all joined the show in new roles, though exact character details are being kept under wraps.

In addition, Joseph Mawle will no longer play the orc leader Adar in Season 2, with Sam Hazeldine stepping into the role. The second season of the epic fantasy series is currently in production in the U.K.

“Since its premiere, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ has been bringing audiences together to experience the magic and wonder of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent Middle-earth,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television for Amazon Studios. “To date, season one is the top Original series for Prime Video in every region and has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide,
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Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Renée Zellweger To EP Thriller Series ‘Raising Wild’ In The Works At Apple

Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Renée Zellweger To EP Thriller Series ‘Raising Wild’ In The Works At Apple
Exclusive: Cynthia Erivo and Renée Zellweger have teamed up for a thriller series that is in the works at Apple TV+.

Raising Wild will star Erivo, with Zellweger exec producing the series, which is produced by MGM and comes from Damian Kindler and Amber Alexander.

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The project is at early script stage, we understand, and is being showrun by Kindler (American Gods) and created by up-and-coming scribe Alexander, both of whom are exec producing. MGM is the studio behind
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The Conners Casts Jane Curtin as Dan's New Mother-in-Law — First Look

The Conners Casts Jane Curtin as Dan's New Mother-in-Law — First Look
An original Not Ready for Primetime Player is headed to Lanford, just in time for the holiday season.

TVLine can exclusively reveal that The Conners has cast two-time Emmy winner (and Og Saturday Night Live cast member) Jane Curtin as Doris Goldufski, mother of Dan’s wife Louise (played by Katey Sagal) and Jackie’s husband Neville (Nat Faxon). We also have a first look at her debut:

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‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ Director Shekhar Kapur, Writer Jemima Khan Discuss Politics, Culture, Climate Change

‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ Director Shekhar Kapur, Writer Jemima Khan Discuss Politics, Culture, Climate Change
“When I was invited to the Red Sea Film Festival, I saw it as a big opportunity,” says Oscar-nominated director Shekhar Kapur of his romantic comedy “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” opening the sophomore edition of the Red Sea Film Festival.

“For all the politics, and let’s leave that aside, I think this region is becoming more and more important. I think the resources this region can put into a festival can make it a really important event, and we need an important festival that comes from this region, something that can go out and compete with the big Western film festivals. We need other narratives, so I love the idea of being here.”

Jemima Khan, who wrote the script about a documentarian (played by Lily James) following her friend’s arranged marriage process, adds: “Art and culture have the capacity of bringing people together. I know we’re saying politics aside,
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Zainab Shaheen Set to Direct Adaptation of Book Series ‘Mountain Boy’ (Exclusive)

Zainab Shaheen Set to Direct Adaptation of Book Series ‘Mountain Boy’ (Exclusive)
CEO of Desert Rose Films Nancy Paton has joined forces with Meredith Brett of Flying Tiger Entertainment to produce a family-friendly adaptation of Michele Ziolkowski’s children’s book trilogy “The Boy Who Knew the Mountains,” to be titled “Mountain Boy.”

The project is supported by Creative City Fujairah and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission. Emirati filmmaker Zainab Shaheen is set to direct, with Paton co-authoring the screenplay and Miranda Davidson attached as casting director.

The film will follow the adventures of Suhail, a young boy who lives alone in the mountains of Fujairah due to the local villagers’ lack of understanding of his differences. The story combines Ziolkowski’s own experiences of raising a son on the spectrum, and her memories of life in a small mountain village in the United Arab Emirates. The film will aim to celebrate the little-depicted natural majesty of the UAE, showcasing the landscape,
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Oliver Stone Talks Human Rights in Middle East: ‘America Should Look to Itself Before They Start Criticizing Other People’

Oliver Stone Talks Human Rights in Middle East: ‘America Should Look to Itself Before They Start Criticizing Other People’
As jury president of the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, Oliver Stone is taking his role seriously. He sees the festival as an opportunity to explore the cinema being made in a region of the world he views as being misunderstood: “It’s a chance to really dip into the very fascinating Asian and African cinema. There’s a lot of big changes going on. You know, there’s a whole new world and they’re learning how to use film to tell their stories.”

Stone alluded to these changes in his remarks at the opening ceremony: “You see the changes that are coming here, the reforms. I think people who judge too harshly should come and visit this place and see for themselves.”

It was a remark that was bound to cause controversy among critics of the Kingdom’s human rights record. But Stone is unrepentant. “I meant what I said,
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Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and Stars of ‘1923’ on Joining Taylor Sheridan’s Universe: “There’s Nothing Else Quite Like It”

Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and Stars of ‘1923’ on Joining Taylor Sheridan’s Universe: “There’s Nothing Else Quite Like It”
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Taylor Sheridan isn’t one for big Hollywood shindigs.

On Friday night while Paramount+ presented the world premiere of the newest installment of the Sheridan universe — the Yellowstone prequel 1923 starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren — the Oscar-nominated creator was miles away doing what his close collaborators say he does best: working.

“He’s in a hotel room in Las Vegas right now cutting future episodes of this show,” confirmed 101 Studios CEO David Glasser, executive producer of Sheridan shows like 1923, Yellowstone, 1883, Tulsa King, Mayor of Kingstown and more. “Taylor is one of those people that, at the end of the day, is really good in his element. He loves being on the ranch, living the ranch life and writing — that’s where he’s most comfortable. It’s his cathartic way of doing everything, and when he’s in that zone, he’s great.
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Mad Solutions Takes Arabic Distribution Rights to Yemeni Abortion Drama ‘The Burdened’ at Red Sea Souk (Exclusive)

Mad Solutions Takes Arabic Distribution Rights to Yemeni Abortion Drama ‘The Burdened’ at Red Sea Souk (Exclusive)
Prominent film distributor Mad Solutions has taken pan-Arab rights to abortion-themed Yemeni drama “The Burdened” (“Al Murhaqoon”), which is among works-in-progress presented at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Souk project market.

Produced and directed by Amr Gamal, “The Burdened” scooped an award among works-in-progress at the industry section of the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival in July.

The story, written by Gamal and Mazen Refaat, centers on Ahmed, Isra’a and their three children in Aden, Yemen, in 2019. It is based on true events experienced by the director with one of his close friends. Due to the country’s economic crisis both parents lose their jobs. The drama starts with Isra’a finding out about her fourth pregnancy at a time when they cannot cover the expenses of a new child, leading them to make difficult decisions, amid their community’s conservative stance, in order to survive.

“Burdened” will be
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Locarno Film Festival Director Giona A. Nazzaro, at Red Sea Film Fest as a Red Sea Souk Juror, Talks Arab Directors Breaking Away From ‘Poverty Porn’

Locarno Film Festival Director Giona A. Nazzaro, at Red Sea Film Fest as a Red Sea Souk Juror, Talks Arab Directors Breaking Away From ‘Poverty Porn’
Locarno Film Festival artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro has come to Saudi Arabia for the first time to serve on the jury panel for the works-in-progress showcase at the Red Sea Film Festival’s industry section, the Red Sea Souk. A former head of the Venice Critics’ Week, Nazzaro has been tracking Arabic cinema for a while and programming pics that are breaking its mold. He spoke to Variety about the challenges directors from the region face as they try to do new things.

My impression is that Arab directors these days are less beholden to an auteur vision of cinema. Do you agree?

This is something that has been going on for quite some time. The fact is there has been a great change of paradigm within cinema from the Arab world and from the Mena region at large. This is largely because institutions such as the Doha Film Institute
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Post Malone Gives TMZ the (Probably Not True) Scoop on Who’ll Join Rihanna at the Super Bowl (Exclusive Video)

Post Malone Gives TMZ the (Probably Not True) Scoop on Who’ll Join Rihanna at the Super Bowl (Exclusive Video)
It’s nearly Christmas and we’ve got a present for you. Next week is TMZ’s (clearly delightful) holiday special “Merry Elfin’ Christmas,” but you don’t have to wait to see some of the yuletide, uh, delights from the snarkiest Tabloid show in America. Because we’ve got an exclusive sneak peak featuring rap star Post Malone.

In the clip, which you can watch exclusively on TheWrap at the top of the page, Post (Mr. Malone?) reveals to the TMZ gang one of the performers who’ll be joining Rihanna when she headlines Super Bowl Lvii in February: Himself.

“So if you had to guess – like, she hasn’t said who is coming out with her,” TMZ host Harvey Levin says in the clip.

“Sure,” Post Malone replies.

“Who do you think?” Levin asks.

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Is Lack of Star Power on ‘The Crown’ Season 5 Tanking Demand for the Show?
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There has been increased interest in Netflix’s “The Crown” this year given the death of Queen Elizabeth in September. From January-October, “The Crown” had 26.7 times the average series demand globally, with a notable spike in interest in September (peaking at 59 times the average series demand).

Compare this to January-October 2020, before season 4 premiered on Nov. 15, 2020, when the show averaged 25 times the average series demand around the world.

However, elevated attention for the show driven by real world events hasn’t translated to a more successful season 5 premiere, which debuted on Nov. 9, as can be seen below.

Global demand for “The Crown” season premieres (Parrot Analytics)

Global demand for this season of “The Crown” peaked at 63 times the average series demand on Nov. 11, compared to season 4’s peak at 71 times two days after it premiered. This is notable given how demand for the show has consistently grown each season up to this point.
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Thilo Kuther, Founder of VFX Company Pixomondo, Dies at 58

Thilo Kuther, Founder of VFX Company Pixomondo, Dies at 58
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Thilo Kuther, the German founder of the international visual effects company Pixomondo, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Marina del Rey, his nephew, Niklas Fissel, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 58.

A native of Frankfurt, Kuther launched Pixomondo in 2001 out of Stuttgart, creating video installations and 3D animation for corporate clients before jumping into films four years later. By 2012, it had offices in those two cities and 10 others: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Toronto, Santa Monica, Burbank and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

By 2018, Pixomondo had added branches in Vancouver and Montreal to go with its two offices in China, plus London, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

“It’s about finding a spot that is capable of doing great work and then joining the other facilities to share the work [among them],” he said in 2012.

Pixomondo’s notable credits include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), which won five Oscars,
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Matthew Duckett in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Demonstrates Importance of Authentic Casting in Disability-Specific Roles

Matthew Duckett in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Demonstrates Importance of Authentic Casting in Disability-Specific Roles
Staying true to the D.H. Lawrence classic, theater actor Matthew Duckett, who has cerebral palsy, made his feature film debut with “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” — the first disabled actor to play the part of Clifford on a Netflix production. The film started to stream Dec. 2 on the platform.

“I’ve been in a great many productions where I’ve been allowed to live in my disability, which has been incredibly freeing as an actor,” Duckett said, describing the differing approaches to how productions address the accessibility needs of their actors. “But something I was really grateful to see happen was to have someone on-set dedicated to my needs as a disabled artist and to the honesty of the production of a disabled character.”

Netflix enlisted help of C Talent, a talent management company led by and catered to the disability community, specifically hiring lead disability and access consultant Dan Edge to
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