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‘High Flying Bird’ Review: Soderbergh Soars with Brilliant Netflix Basketball Drama — Slamdance 2019

‘High Flying Bird’ Review: Soderbergh Soars with Brilliant Netflix Basketball Drama — Slamdance 2019
Steven Soderbergh loves making heist movies. That was obvious from the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, and the more recent “Logan Lucky;” in less explicit ways, it’s also evident in many of his other films. And while it’s likely that Soderbergh has a soft spot for thieves, it’s more accurate to say that he’s drawn to stories about people who try to steal back a measure of self-worth.

“Erin Brockovich” has the trappings of a legal drama, but it builds to a final scene in which its heroine scores a personal supply of restorative justice from the pockets of a corrupt system. “The Informant!” is an off-kilter comedy about a whistleblower who embezzled millions from his own company while snitching on his employers to the FBI, but Soderbergh can’t resist asking why someone would commit fraud after being granted amnesty. “Side Effects” might be misdiagnosed as a psychological thriller,
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Tony Gilroy & Scott Frank Tell How William Goldman’s Mentorship Left As Lasting A Hollywood Legacy As Oscars & Dialogue

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Tony Gilroy & Scott Frank Tell How William Goldman’s Mentorship Left As Lasting A Hollywood Legacy As Oscars & Dialogue
Exclusive: There are dozens of dialogue lines that made William Goldman an iconic screenwriter — “Follow the money” from All the President’s Men, and “Is it safe?” from Marathon Man among them — but to a legion of top screenwriters whom Goldman helped find their voices, here’s a lesser-known signature line just as memorable: “I’m in the book.”

That is what Goldman said to many young screenwriters who dared ask a legend for help, back when people actually thumbed through the white pages of the New York City phone book. That’s where Goldman left his Manhattan number, which led to tutorials over lunches at places like The Carlyle Hotel, where Goldman held court and spread the gospel of good writing to so many. Even though he wrote many a withering column about movies he didn’t love — the manipulative bookend-ed start and end of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan
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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Lineup

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Around The World When You Were My AgeThe titles for the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam are being announced in anticipation of the event running January 23 – February 3, 2018. We will update the program as new films are revealed.Tiger COMPETITIONSons of Denmark (Ulaa Salim)Take Me Somewhere Nice (Ena Sendijarević)Present.Perfect. (Shengze Zhu)Sheena667 (Grigory Dobrygin)Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them (Camila José Donoso)Koko-di Koko-da (Johannes Nyholm)Els dies que vindran (Carlos Marqués-Marcet)Bright Future COMPETITIONAlva (Ico Costa)Chèche lavi (Sam Ellison)De nuevo otra vez (Romina Paula)Doozy (Richard Squires)Dreissig (Simona Kostova)Ende der Saison (Elmar Imanov)Fabiana (Brunna Laboissière)The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain (Ridham Janve)Heroes (Köken Ergun)Historia de mi nombre (Karin Cuyul)Last Night I Saw You Smiling (Kavich Neang)Lost Holiday (Michael Kerry Matthews/Thomas Matthews)Maggie (Yi Okseop)Mens (Isabelle Prim)No Data Plan (Miko Revereza
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Good Trouble Ep Previews The Fosters Spinoff's Sexier Vibe, Cinematic Look

Good Trouble Ep Previews The Fosters Spinoff's Sexier Vibe, Cinematic Look
The Fosters siblings Callie and Mariana are setting off on their own adventure in the Los Angeles-set spinoff Good Trouble (premiering Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform), and their new life will look and feel much more mature.

“We love The Fosters, and we would’ve done it forever,” executive producer Joanna Johnson tells TVLine. “But because the network was really trying to be a network about and for millennials and Gen Z-ers, they sort of felt like it was time to grow the show up, and you know, it’s true. These actors have been playing younger than themselves for a long time.
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‘Green Book’ costume designer Betsy Heimann shares how Viggo Mortensen ‘was torturing me, but in a fun way’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

One of the perks of having the son of one of the film’s subjects be its co-writer is that the production gets all kinds of access for research. That’s exactly what it was like for Betsy Heimann, who created the vintage ‘60s looks on “Green Book,” which chronicles the friendship between pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his one-time driver Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen).

“I had access to some fabulous photographs of Tony at the Copacabana with Tom Jones and Don Rickles and all kinds of characters,” Heimann shared at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “I had some pictures of his mother and [Tony and Dolores’] wedding. And I had a few pictures of the family.”

It was a Vallelonga family affair on the project, which was co-written by Tony’s son Nick. Vallelonga family members were also in the movie,
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How Abandoned Thanos Narration Helped Perfect the Infinity War Villain

How Abandoned Thanos Narration Helped Perfect the Infinity War Villain
It turns out, Infinity War was almost a very different movie than what we ultimately got. Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, who are currently hard at work finishing up next year's sequel, the currently untitled Avengers 4, had the seemingly impossible task of bringing virtually every character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe together to do battle with Thanos, a villain that had been built up since that famed post-credit scene in 2012. By most accounts, they did an admirable job, but that involved a lot of working the story over in the development process. More than we may have realized as an early draft features narration from Thanos.

The Russo brothers participated in a lengthy Q&A recently following a screening of Infinity War. Even though we didn't get the title or trailer for Avengers 4 during the event, which many were hoping for, the filmmakers did drop quite a few interesting tidbits about the movie.
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Avengers: Infinity War Almost Had Thanos Narrate The Film

Avengers: Infinity War teased the potential for 14,000,605 possible futures, but back in the film’s early stages of development, there were apparently just three radically different paths that the team were considering, and one of them would’ve put us right in the head of the Mad Titan himself.

Last night, directors Anthony and Joe Russo hosted an Infinity War screening and Q&A, where the filmmaking pair reflected on the long journey that the year’s biggest blockbuster took to theaters. Among the various insights offered, Joe recalled how a draft script saw Thanos narrating the events as part of a non-linear structure:

“We did three drafts of this that were all radically different. One draft involved Thanos as the narrator of the film. It was non-linear in structure, it had backstories for the Black Order, and they were all introduced in very cool sequences. But it ended up
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Russo Brothers Ditched Thanos as Infinity War Narrator

Kirsten Howard Nov 30, 2018

An earlier draft of the Avengers: Infinity War script had Thanos telling the story of how the Avengers finally met their match...

In the lead up to the April, 2019 release of their final (for now) McU instalment, Avengers 4, the Russo brothers have taken part in a new Q&A with Collider, where they both spoke about a broad range of subjects after a special screening of Avengers: Infinity War.

The directing team revealed to the site that several storytelling approaches for this year's mammoth, Earth-shattering superhero team-up movie were attempted when collaborative writing with scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely began, including a version of the script where Thanos (Josh Brolin) narrated the Avengers' downfall... but it all quickly spiralled out of control.

“We did three drafts of [Infinity War] that were all radically different," confirmed Joe Russo. "One draft involved Thanos as the narrator of the film. It was non-linear in structure,
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Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin

Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin
With just six weeks left for 2018, Gold Derby celebrates over 40 celebrities and entertainers who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to 25 losses from this year so far.

Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes, died on November 12 at age 95. For Marvel Comics and later many films and TV programs, his characters included Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the Avengers.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died on October 15 at age 65. He and Bill Gates helped start the microcomputer revolution in the mid-1970s by creating the world’s largest PC software company.

Burt Reynolds died on September 6 at age 82 in Florida. He was an Oscar nominee for “Boogie Nights” and an Emmy winner for “Evening Shade.” He was one of the top box office stars of the 1970s with movies such as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard,
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Cate Blanchett To Star In ‘Mrs. America’ Limited Series Ordered By FX

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FX has given a nine-episode order to Mrs. America, a timely limited series starring Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actor Cate Blanchett in her first role on American television. The series hails from Emmy-winning writer Davhi Waller (Mad Men), Oscar-nominated producer Stacey Sher and FX Productions. Blanchett also executive produces Mrs. America with Sher; Waller, who also serves as showrunner; and Coco Francini (The Hateful Eight). Production is scheduled to begin in 2019.

Mrs. America tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that era — both Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus — the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to
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Podtalk: Rujanee Majakanjana for 6th ‘Shortcut 100’ at Logan Theatre, Sep. 29, 2018

Chicago – The short film gets its due at one of Chicago’s premiere micro-lengthed movie festivals. Eleven shorts from around the world – presented by Nebula Creatives – will unspool at the 6th “Shortcut 100” International Film Festival at the Logan Theatre in the Logan Square neighborhood on September 29th, 2018. For more details and tickets, click here.

September 29th, 2018, at Chicago’s Logan Theatre

Photo credit: NebulaCreatives.com

The event takes place from 5-9pm and will feature the following films: “Spanish Onion,” “The Noise of Light,” “The Empowered Women of Korogocho,” “Bliss Blue,” “The Untold Story of Romeo & Juliet,” “Acting Her Age,” “Ponytail,” “Akashi,” “The House,” “Hammersmith: Hurdle of Dreams” and “Fupa.” The Founder and Curator of Shortcut 100 is Rujanee Majakanjana of Nebula Creatives, the company that produces the festival. She is a filmmaker, whose works include the short film “Out of Sight” and the feature “Parallel Universe.” She is currently working on her latest film,
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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Old Man & the Gun’

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Old Man & the Gun’
When Robert Redford was younger, the matinee-idol handsome actor would make it a point to give the camera his “good side,” and audiences would melt. He’s older now and makes no attempt to hide it, but then, he doesn’t need to. People don’t forget a performer like Redford, whose movie-star charisma idles low and sexy like a Harley Davidson motor even when he’s not doing anything, and that means a movie like David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun” — a dapper, low-key riff on the bank-robber genre — can play things soft, counting on Redford’s charm to fuel the show.

In what the actor has indicated is likely to be his final film role, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a certified rascal who, in 1981 at the spry age of 76, was busted for a series of small-time heists. More than 80 stick-ups, all told. Tucker was caught
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‘Godless’: Scott Frank & Steven Soderbergh Talk Western Clichés And Being Labeled A “Feminist Western”

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‘Godless’: Scott Frank & Steven Soderbergh Talk Western Clichés And  Being Labeled A “Feminist Western”
Godless marks Scott Frank’s first foray into the western genre. One could argue that his screenplay for Logan was western-adjacent, but Godless is a tried and true western complete with outlaws, gunfights, a town tragedy, a drifter and horses — an animal that executive producer Steven Soderbergh fears.

Created and written by Frank, the seven-part limited series — which was originally conceived as a feature film — reunites the Out of Sight writer with director Soderbergh and executive producer Casey Silver. Hitting the beats of a traditional western, Godless follows criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of menacing outlaws as they set out on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a son-like protégé who betrayed them. While on the Run from Frank and his goons, Roy finds refuge with tough-as-nails Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery) in the isolated mining town of La Belle which is populated by mostly women.
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MTV VMAs 2018: God Is a Really Bored Woman

There was something poignant about MTV’s big question this year: How the hell can we keep people from noticing the Video Music Awards? Bump it to a Monday night in August? Not enough. Give Jennifer Lopez a lifetime achievement award for her singing? Not enough. Make Aerosmith jam with Post Malone? Allow DJ Khaled near a mic? Getting warmer, but not quite. Most years the VMAs bash is a surreal tour of pop culture’s dizzy highs and comic lows. But last night was pretty far from any kind of show.
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Jennifer Lopez VMAs performance: Watch her Video Vanguard medley of ‘Jenny from the Block,’ ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and more

Jennifer Lopez VMAs performance: Watch her Video Vanguard medley of ‘Jenny from the Block,’ ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and more
Jennifer Lopez was the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards recipient of the Video Vanguard Award and she celebrated that victory with an epic 10-minute medley of some of her biggest hits: “Waiting for Tonight,” “On the Floor,” “Dance Again,” “Ain’t Your Mama,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get Right,” “All I Have,” “Jenny from the Block,” “I’m Real (Murder Remix),” “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)” and her latest single “Dinero,” for which she also won Best Collaboration with Cardi B and DJ Khaled. Watch her performance above, and check out the complete list of Vma winners here.

Lopez started her career as a dancer, appearing as a Fly Girl on the sketch comedy series “In Living Color”. She transitioned to acting in the mid-1990s, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her breakthrough role as the title slain singer in “Selena” (1997) and co-starring with George Clooney in
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‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight’s Shades of Blue series finale.

“You’ve got all your tomorrows lined up,” Ray Liotta’s on the run NYPD Lt. Matt Wozniak unintentionally ironically reassured his Jennifer Lopez played protégée Det. Harlee Santos tonight on the Season 3 ender and series finale of Shades of Blue.

While a Goodfellas alum led spinoff for the low rated cliché filled corrupt cop drama could feasibly be launched off the close of Shades, the fact is unless World of Dance judge JLo is looking to crossover to the next season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, the NBC show’s tomorrows will thankfully be no more.

Oddly, with months to finesse things since the end of the series was announced in April and the “By Virtue Fall” episode that just aired, Shades of Blue failed the clutch test. Full of courtroom drama
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AFI Names Taryn Proscal As Inaugural Recipient Of Kirk Douglas Fellowship

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The American Film Institute announced today that AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellow Taryn Procsal will be the first recipient of the Kirk Douglas Fellowship.

Proscal, a single mother of three, was recognized for her unique voice and will receive a full-tuition two-year scholarship. The inaugural Kirk Douglas Fellowship is awarded to an AFI Conservatory Fellow and Proscal is set to enter the Conservatory in the fall as one of a full-class of 140 first-year Fellows.

“I am honored and pleased to have Taryn Procsal receive the first Kirk Douglas Fellowship,” said Kirk Douglas in a statement.

As an AFI Conservatory screenwriter, Proscal joins a prestigious list of talent including Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Liz Hannah (The Post), Brad Falchuk, Scott Frank, Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Latoya Morgan.

Douglas, an AFI Life Achievement Award honoree, is known for championing screenwriters
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Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar

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Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar
Exclusive: Sonar Entertainment has set Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction to a first look deal for television and digital platform content. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Michael Shamberg.

Shamberg brings several projects to the table under the new deal. They include adaptions of two best-selling books: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg.

In Am I There Yet? writer/illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew uses essays and illustrations to capture the feelings and comical complexities of millennials. In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? From creating a home in
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Jennifer Lopez To Star In Strip Club Crime Film ‘Hustlers’ From Director Lorene Scafaria

Jennifer Lopez’s filmography is a bit of a rollercoaster. There are some really decent movies like “Selena” and “Out of Sight.” But those films are buried under what feels like a ton of other middling rom-coms and thrillers. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress/singer/celebrity is hoping to bring home a quality film with her next movie “Hustlers.”

The film, based on the New York magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” tells the true story of a group of former strip club employees that create a scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from their Wall Street clientele.

Continue reading Jennifer Lopez To Star In Strip Club Crime Film ‘Hustlers’ From Director Lorene Scafaria at The Playlist.
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Emmys: 'Godless' Producer on Why the Series Didn't Work as a Feature

Emmys: 'Godless' Producer on Why the Series Didn't Work as a Feature
odless took a lot of faith to get to the screen. Screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Logan) originally envisioned an epic feature film employing classic iconography of the American Western — just as that genre was experiencing one of its falling-out-of-favor cycles in Hollywood. But Frank and producing partners Steven Soderbergh and Casey Silver (who had collaborated on 1998's Out of Sight) persisted for more than a decade, finding a home for their story — about a group of widows defending their mining town — in the wide-open vistas of streaming content at Netflix (the series, which stars Michelle Dockery and ...

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