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Willem Dafoe’s Van Gogh Biopic ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ to Close New York Film Festival

Willem Dafoe’s Van Gogh Biopic ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ to Close New York Film Festival
Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate,” which stars Willem Dafoe as artist Vincent van Gogh, will serve as the closing-night attraction at the 2018 New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday.

The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend, Mathieu Amalric and Mads Mikkelsen. It will make its North American premiere at Alice Tully Hall at the festival on Friday, October 12. CBS Films acquired the film earlier this year and plans an awards-qualifying fall release.

Schnabel is a painter and director whose previous films include “Basquiat,” Before Night Falls” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” He has not made a feature since 2010’s “Miral.”

Also Read: Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' to Screen as New York Film Festival Centerpiece

In the press release announcing the selection, Nyff director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said, “‘At Eternity’s Gate’ is such a surprising film,
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‘Westworld’ Star Jeffrey Wright’s Advice to Fans Confused by Season 2: ‘Relax and Surrender’

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‘Westworld’ Star Jeffrey Wright’s Advice to Fans Confused by Season 2: ‘Relax and Surrender’
This story about Jeffrey Wright first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Jeffrey Wright has spent the better part of Season 2 of “Westworld” looking dazed and confused. But to be fair, his onscreen alter ego, Bernard Lowe, has been struggling to piece together a chaotic stream of memories that began the night Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) shot and killed park creator Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) in the first season’s finale–not to mention grappling with the realization he is an android and deciding whether to join the robot “host” uprising against the humans.

So confused might actually not be a strong enough word for what Wright is portraying in the second installment of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series.

“Bernard is trying to rebuild himself mechanically, but he’s also trying to rebuild his relationship to this newly created world
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Women Lead the Specialty Box Office as ‘Rbg’ Enters the Top 10

All hail the notorious Rbg. As Cannes premieres titles that will fill specialized release calendars, Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic “Rbg” made the top 10 — and in just 180 theaters.

Also opening were “The Seagull” and “Beast,” neither of which rose to the level of standout in their initial results. Several other niche titles, led by “Boom for Real,” a new documentary on artist Jean-Michael Basquiat showed initial interest. Directed by Sara Driver, it is one of several standout current specialized titles directed by women, a significant parallel to the Palais protest Saturday in Cannes.

In addition to “Rbg,” co-directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In” is performing ahead of most recent subtitled films. “Revenge” from Coralie Fargeat had strong success in its initial streaming dates along with some theatrical play. Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” is settling in for a decent run, while Lynne Ramsey’s
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running

2018 BAFTA TV Awards complete list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the second year running. See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards nominations below and come back to Gold Derby for complete coverage of the ceremony.

See 2018 BAFTA TV Awards full list of winners (and nominees too!) [Updating Live]

The historical drama “The Crown,” which chronicles the first years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, leads the BAFTA TV Awards nominations for the second year in a row with bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby). Not surprisingly, this lavishly produced series, which screened on Netflix on both sides of the pond, won three of its seven races at last month’s BAFTA TV
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Film Review: ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’

Film Review: ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’
In the three decades since he died, at 27, of a heroin overdose, Jean-Michel Basquiat has come to be thought of in timeless terms. With every passing year, his paintings only rise in acclaim, in price, in the essential perception of where he stands in the pantheon of 20th century art. But it wasn’t always that way. In his time, Basquiat was a celebrated but intensely controversial figure. There are still those who look at Basquiat’s art and don’t see the totemic poetry of it; they see words and blotches and scrawls. Yet if you’re a Basquiat believer, as I am, what’s extraordinary about his work is that it is composed of words and blotches and scrawls — but when you look at the paintings, they’re alive. They pulsate.

There are other painters whose work has this aspect (Jackson Pollock springs to mind), but in Basquiat
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Film Review: ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’

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Film Review: ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’
In the three decades since he died, at 27, of a heroin overdose, Jean-Michel Basquiat has come to be thought of in timeless terms. With every passing year, his paintings only rise in acclaim, in price, in the essential perception of where he stands in the pantheon of 20th century art. But it wasn’t always that way. In his time, Basquiat was a celebrated but intensely controversial figure. There are still those who look at Basquiat’s art and don’t see the totemic poetry of it; they see words and blotches and scrawls. Yet if you’re a Basquiat believer, as I am, what’s extraordinary about his work is that it is composed of words and blotches and scrawls — but when you look at the paintings, they’re alive. They pulsate.

There are other painters whose work has this dimension (Jackson Pollock springs to mind), but in Basquiat
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Benicio del Toro Named President Of Un Certain Regard Jury At Cannes 2018

Benicio del Toro has been named as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The festival made the news public this morning via an officia release.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Pennsylvania, he is an artist who knows no boundaries. He is a great admirer of Jean Vigo and Charlie Chaplin and would have loved to have met Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Toshiro Mifune or Humphrey Bogart. When he was 20 years old, he discovered The 400 Blows and the infinite universe of Fellini, Eisenstein, Bergman, Eustache, Kurosawa… The Naked Island of Kaneto Shindô became his go-to film.

At 6 feet 2, Benicio Del Toro always dreamt of becoming a basketball player but became an actor instead. His intense and magnetic presence on the screen makes him sleek and attractive. A chameleon with a thousand faces: a mild-mannered gangster (The Usual Suspects, 1995), an eccentric moustachioed lawyer (Las Vegas Parano,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’
The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the first time. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 22 at an evening presided over by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. (Read the full report on the BAFTA TV Awards nominations here.)

Best Drama Series

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

“The End of the F***ing World”

Best Mini-series

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls

Best Single Drama

Against the Law

Black Mirror (Hang the DJ)”

“King Charles III”

Murdered for Being Different

Best Drama Actor

Sean Bean, “Broken

Joe Cole, “Black Mirror

Tim Pigott-Smith,” King Charles III”

Jack Rowan, “Born to Kill

Best Drama Actress

Claire Foy, “The Crown

Sinead Keenan, “Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton,
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Owen Wilson interview: Wonder, art in movies

Ben Mortimer Nov 30, 2017

Owen Wilson chats to us about Wonder, art, writing and more...

Wonder. It started life as an extraordinary book from R J Palacio, and it's now been turned into a hugely impressive film as well. Already a hit in the Us, the movie stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. And on the UK press tour for the movie, Wilson spared us some time to talk about the film...

[As I enter, I notice that Wilson is reading a book about Van Gogh. I make a comment about this just as I’m setting my Dictaphone to record]

Yeah, I just picked it up off the nightstand. But I’ve been there, to the museum in Amsterdam. Do you have a favourite Van Gogh painting?

Not particularly, Van Gogh. I’m more of a Dali fan.

Very trippy.

Have you been to any of the galleries in London while you’ve been here?

I went to go see the Basquiat show, over at the Barbican.

There was a good documentary on Basquiat recently.

My friend, [art dealer] Tony Shafrazi,
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Tiff 2017: Sara Driver’s Basquiat Doc Acquired by The Match Factory

Sara Driver: Unseen Zinema/YouTube

The Toronto International Film Festival hasn’t even begun yet and already a woman-directed selection has been sold. Variety reports that Sara Driver’s doc “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” has been acquired by The Match Factory. The company snagged the film’s international rights ahead of its world premiere in Tiff’s Documentary slate.

“Boom for Real” presents the young adult life of artist Basquiat. According to the official synopsis, the documentary “combines the life of Basquiat, as this effervescent figure, during his late formative years in New York City, and how his vision was embodied not only by the city, but its people and arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s. NYC was changing: the downtown artists were creating their own scene in places which became famous later like Club 57, Cbgb, Mudd Club, and pop-up galleries. Basquiat was emblematical, crossing borders between art forms.”

Driver depicts Basquiat’s story through archival footage and interviews with those who knew the artist, including rapper Fab 5 Freddy, director Jim Jarmusch, and graffiti artist Lee Quiñones.

In addition to directing, Driver produced the doc with Rachel Dengiz (“Medora”).

“I am highly enthusiastic to bring Sara Driver’s film to the world,” Match Factory managing director Michael Weber commented. “Basquiat’s story blew me away by the richness of his art and his personal strength.”

Basquiat’s life has been a film subject before. Tamra Davis directed the 2010 in-depth doc “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” and Julian Schnabel helmed the 1996 narrative feature “Basquiat,” which starred Jeffrey Wright as the artist.

Driver has previously directed narrative films. “You Are Not I,” “Sleepwalk,” and “When Pigs Fly.” “Boom for Real” marks her documentary debut.

“Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” premieres September 8 at Tiff. The fest runs September 7–17.

Tiff 2017: Sara Driver’s Basquiat Doc Acquired by The Match Factory was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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New York Film Festival: Alex Gibney, Vanessa Redgrave, and Abel Ferrara Join Documentary Spotlight Lineup

New York Film Festival: Alex Gibney, Vanessa Redgrave, and Abel Ferrara Join Documentary Spotlight Lineup
The 55th New York Film Festival will debut a starry roster of documentaries featuring giants of the art and literary worlds as well as Alex Gibney’s postponed “No Stone Unturned,” a critical investigation into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Ireland, which was pulled from Tribeca in April.

Other new works include films from directors Abel Ferrara, Sara Driver, Nancy Buirski, Mathieu Amalric, and Barbet Schroeder; Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut “Sea Sorrow,” which played at Cannes; and films featuring Joan Didion, Arthur Miller, Gay Talese, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jane Goodall, plus stories about racism, American immigration, and the global refugee crisis.

Three documentaries spotlight acclaimed writers, including the world premiere of Griffin Dunne’s “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” returning Nyff filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s tender portrait of her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” and the World Premiere of Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s “Voyeur,” tracking journalist Gay Talese
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New York Film Festival: Alex Gibney, Vanessa Redgrave, and Abel Ferrara Join Documentary Spotlight Lineup

New York Film Festival: Alex Gibney, Vanessa Redgrave, and Abel Ferrara Join Documentary Spotlight Lineup
The 55th New York Film Festival will debut a starry roster of documentaries featuring giants of the art and literary worlds as well as Alex Gibney’s postponed “No Stone Unturned,” a critical investigation into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Ireland, which was pulled from Tribeca in April.

Other new works include films from directors Abel Ferrara, Sara Driver, Nancy Buirski, Mathieu Amalric, and Barbet Schroeder; Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut “Sea Sorrow,” which played at Cannes; and films featuring Joan Didion, Arthur Miller, Gay Talese, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jane Goodall, plus stories about racism, American immigration, and the global refugee crisis.

Three documentaries spotlight acclaimed writers, including the world premiere of Griffin Dunne’s “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” returning Nyff filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s tender portrait of her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” and the World Premiere of Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s “Voyeur,” tracking journalist
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On This Day: Basquiat, Last Temptation, Cleopatra

on this day in history as it relates to showbiz

30 BC Cleopatra commits suicide, allegedly by purposeful snake bite. I don't remember that scene in Liz Taylor's Cleopatra but it might have been at the four hour mark and t'was possibly asleep

How to honor this day: play with someone's snake. In the absence of a suitable one, wink at someone as saucily as Liz

← 1915 "Of Human Bondage" by W Somerset Maugham published. 19 years later it becomes a movie and marks Bette Davis's ascent to superstar actress

How to honor this day: Let it all out like Bette in that performance that's pure
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 10: Jeffrey Wright

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. Another Emmy winner joins the ranks of our podcast guests in this week’s episode! Jeffrey Wright is considered acting royalty. The Washington, D.C. native’s prowess on both stage and screen was proven in 1994 and 2004 when he won a Tony and Emmy, respectively, for Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.” As Belize and Mr. Lies, Wright captured the hearts of Broadway and then HBO audiences with his humanity, precision, and imagination. Those qualities make him the kind of performer who commands attention by doing very little; his ability to listen intently and organically to his scene partners in everything from “Basquiat” to “The Hunger Games,” is a particular strength. Wright
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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars
The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars
The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze
See full article at Indiewire »

Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look

Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look
If anyone can show us something we haven’t seen before about Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, it’s Oscar-nominated painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who announced at Cannes that he will direct “At Eternity’s Gate” starring Willem Dafoe (who also stars in Director’s Fortnight entry “The Florida Project”) as the world’s most acclaimed Post-Impressionist painter, who died at age 37 before he was recognized for his gifts.

“I’ve been working on it for a couple of years,” said Schnabel on the phone from Montauk. “It has to do with trying to make a work of art. By making a film about him, I might shed a little light on what it is to be doing what he’s doing, who he really was, and what his issues were, what somebody needed to do to do what he did, and what he’s not going to do.”

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Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look

Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look
If anyone can show us something we haven’t seen before about Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, it’s Oscar-nominated painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who announced at Cannes that he will direct “At Eternity’s Gate” starring Willem Dafoe (who also stars in Director’s Fortnight entry “The Florida Project”) as the world’s most acclaimed Post-Impressionist painter, who died at age 37 before he was recognized for his gifts.

“I’ve been working on it for a couple of years,” said Schnabel on the phone from Montauk. “It has to do with trying to make a work of art. By making a film about him, I might shed a little light on what it is to be doing what he’s doing, who he really was, and what his issues were, what somebody needed to do to do what he did, and what he’s not going to do.”

Produced by
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Jaime King Recalls Her First Celebrity Crush, Red Carpet Dress and More

Jaime King Recalls Her First Celebrity Crush, Red Carpet Dress and More
Jaime King can't remember for sure what she wore to her first red carpet, but she thinks she has an idea. "I think it was the premiere for Basquiat, and I went with [sisters] Lola Schnabel and Stella, cause their dad [artist Julian Schnabel] made that movie and it was the first movie premiere that I had ever seen," the model-turned-actress says. "We were just kids, we were babies...It was in the '90s so probably some sort of slip dress." This was just one of the many firsts that King recalled when I sat down with her at the Sundance Film Festival to promote her new indie Bitch. The 37-year-old's first celebrity crush? "Eddie Furlong, from The Terminator, because his hair...
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The Man Who Fell To Earth Falls to Earth on Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray January 24th

“Television. The strange thing about television is that it – doesn’t *tell* you everything. It *shows* you everything about life on Earth, but the true mysteries remain. Perhaps it’s in the nature of television. Just waves in space.”

Relive the imaginative cult classic, The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring international icon David Bowie, when the Limited Collector’s Edition arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital HD) January 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Relive the imaginative and compelling cult classic, The Man Who Fell to Earth, when the Limited Collector’s Edition arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital HD) January 24 from Lionsgate. International icon David Bowie stars in his unforgettable debut role as an alien who has ventured to Earth on a mission to save his planet from a catastrophic drought. In honor of David Bowie’s legacy, the limited collector’s edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes never-before-seen interviews,
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