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Requiem for a Dream Director’s Cut Gets 4K Restoration Trailer

Requiem for a Dream Director’s Cut Gets 4K Restoration Trailer
Released 20 years ago this fall, Requiem for a Dream was one of the most unforgettable movies of the 2000s, regardless of how you may feel about it. Darren Aronofsky’s sophomore feature has now been restored in all of its traumatic glory, getting a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray combo release on October 13. Following his debut Pi, Aronofsky brought Hubert Selby Jr. novel to vivid life in the story about four people whose lives become tragically intertwined through drug addition.

Starring Ellen Burstyn in a tour-de-force, Oscar-nominated performance, she plays Sara Goldfarb, a lonely widow who becomes addicted to diet pills after being tricked into thinking she will be appearing on a game show. Her son Harry (Jared Leto) and his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) are struggling with heroin addiction and drug dealing, alongside their friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans).

As one can see in the first trailer, Matthew Libatique’s cinematography
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HBO Max New Releases: August 2020

HBO Max New Releases: August 2020
It’s August 2020 and that can only mean one thing: HBO Max is about to enter Lovecraft Country.

Over the years HBO (and by the transitive property its new HBO Max streaming offshoot) has grown accustomed to debuting a buzzworthy new TV show or limited series every couple of months. For August 2020 that will almost certainly be Southern Gothic horror series Lovecraft Country. The J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele-produced thriller arrives on August 14 on HBO and HBO Max.

Other strong HBO Max originals arriving in August include the documentary Class Action Park (release date Tbd), Seth Rogen-starring comedy An American Pickle (Aug. 6), and finales for I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Doom Patrol, and Perry Mason.

Of course, HBO Max is designed to house much of WarnerMedia’s content across many mediums. That means some recent movies on note like Jojo Rabbit (Aug. 1), Richard Jewell (Aug. 8), and Birds of Prey (Aug.
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My streaming gem: why you should watch Institute Benjamenta

My streaming gem: why you should watch Institute Benjamenta
Continuing our series of writers picking out under-appreciated films is a recommendation for a gothic and visually spectacular fantasty

Among independent cinema’s many trends during the halcyon 1990s was the nostalgic revival of German expressionism and monochrome. Films such as Guy Maddin’s Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Ildikó Enyedi’s My 20th Century, Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog, Christopher Nolan’s Following and Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, along with the music videos and art photography of Rocky Schenck and the short films of Jan Švankmajer, imagined the millennium’s last decade using the gothic palette of the 1920s.

Related: My streaming gem: why you should watch The Point
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10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain

10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain
Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain is one of the most curious cinematic cases of the past decade and a half. After making a name for himself with the stylish low-budget Pi and Requiem for a Dream in the late 90s and early aughts, Aronofsky seemed poised to become the next major cinematic wunderkind.

Related: Darren Aronofsky's Top 10 Films (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

Alas, Aronofsky ran into massive production woes when it came time to make The Fountain, a sprawling sci-fi epic that spans 1,000 years in time. The ambitious story of a scientist determined to cure his wife's terminal cancer ran into several production problems along the way. Here are a few more hidden details about the film, its origins, and its production.
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Irrfan Khan, Bollywood Icon and Slumdog Millionaire Star, Dead at 53

Irrfan Khan, Bollywood Icon and Slumdog Millionaire Star, Dead at 53
Irrfan Khan, whose icon status in Bollywood earned him international acclaim in movies like Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, died on April 28 at the age of 53. Earlier this week, Khan was admitted to the ICU in Mumbai, India, due to a colon infection. In 2018, he announced that he had been

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Darren Aronofsky Says He Wanted Joaquin Phoenix To Star In His Failed ‘Batman’ Film But WB Had Other Ideas

Darren Aronofsky Says He Wanted Joaquin Phoenix To Star In His Failed ‘Batman’ Film But WB Had Other Ideas
Back before Christopher Nolan saved Batman from the clutches of Joel Schumacher’s campy, ridiculous Gotham, helming 2005’s “Batman Begins,” Warner Bros. had famously approached another auteur filmmaker to direct the superhero reboot—Darren Aronofsky. The director had just come off “Requiem for a Dream,” with his debut “Pi” being his only other film.

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15 Short Films Now Streaming From Great Directors: Nolan, Waititi, and More

15 Short Films Now Streaming From Great Directors: Nolan, Waititi, and More
Before Martin Scorsese became one of the greatest directors of all time there was “The Big Shave.” Before Taika Waititi directed a Marvel movie and won an Oscar for “Jojo Rabbit” there was “Two Cars, One Night.” Before Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay become two of our best working directors there was “Wasp” and “Small Deaths.” Most great directors start their careers with a great short film, several of which IndieWire has rounded up below for your streaming pleasure.

Of the selection below, short films by Andrea Arnold, Taika Waititi, Nacho Vigolando, and Marshall Curry all landed Oscar nominations in the Best Live Action Short Film Category. Both Arnold and Curry won the Academy Award for their shorts in their respective years. For Scorsese and Darren Aronofsky, the shorts below served as breakthrough moments as film school students at New York University and the American Film Institute, respectively.

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Hulu in March: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

Hulu in March: Here’s Everything Coming and Going
Hulu is out with its list of everything new coming and going in March, and the new additions include the three-episode series premiere of “Little Fires Everywhere” starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, and the premiere of the Hillary Clinton documentary “Hillary.”

Those two shows premiere March 18 and March 6, respectively. Other highlights include “Into the Dark: Crawlers,” about body-switching aliens and also out on March 6; the complete second season of “Love Island: Australia” coming March 13, and the two-episode series premiere of “Devs” starring Nick Offerman on March 6.

Movies leaving the site on March 31 include “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Precious” and “Big Fish.”

Also Read: Hulu's 'Into the Dark' Sets Body-Switching Aliens Thriller 'Crawlers' as March Movie (Exclusive)

Here’s everything coming and going to and from Hulu in March:

Arriving March 1

Ok K.O, Let’s Be Heroes!: Complete Season 3 (Cartoon Network)

50/50 (2011)

Abduction (2011)

Blue City (1986)

Cantinflas (2014)

Charlotte’s Web
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Olivia Wilde Directs Margaret Qualley in Short Film Shot by Matthew Libatique — Watch Trailer

Olivia Wilde Directs Margaret Qualley in Short Film Shot by Matthew Libatique — Watch Trailer
Olivia Wilde and Margaret Qualley are coming off a breakthrough year in their respective careers. Wilde emerged as a one of the best new directors working today with her critically adored feature debut “Booksmart,” while Qualley delivered the one-two punch of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Fosse/Verdon,” the latter of which earned her an Emmy nomination. Now, these two are keeping their career momentum burning bright in 2020 by teaming up for the new short film “Wake Up,” shot by the great cinematographer Matthew Libatique. The Wilde-directed short will have its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

“Wake Up” stars Qualley as Jane Doe, a woman forced to rediscover her humanity in an increasingly digital world. Wilde told People magazine about the short film, “It was such a thrill to collaborate with Margaret Qualley to tell this story about what it means to be human. With legendary cinematographer Matty Libatique,
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Amazon Prime Video: Here’s Everything New Coming in January

Amazon Prime Video: Here’s Everything New Coming in January
Amazon Prime Video is out with its list of everything new coming to the streaming service in January 2020.

New Prime Original, “Troop Zero,” is out Jan. 17. It stars Viola Davis and Allison Janney and “tells the story of a misfit girl dreaming of life in outer space but living in rural 1977 Georgia. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on Nasa’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond,” according to Amazon.

Other Prime Originals include the five-part docuseries “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer,” out Jan. 31, and new standup special “Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning,” out Jan. 3.

Also Read: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Renewed For Season 4 at Amazon

Here is the full list of titles coming to Amazon Prime Video in January.

January 1

Amores Perros (2000)

Arbitrage (2012)

Captivity (2007)

Cinderfella (1960)

The Conspirator
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Hulu in January: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

Hulu is out with its list of everything new coming in January, as well as everything that’s leaving at the end of the month.

Highlights include the Season 24 premiere of “The Bachelor,” available the day after it airs first on ABC — so Jan. 7 for Hulu subscribers. Get ready to see Peter Weber in all his glory.

Homeland” Seasons 6 and 7 will be available Jan. 10, following CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

Also Read: 'The Bachelor' Goes Retro in Cheesy 70s-Themed Promo (Video)

U.K.’s “Love Island” Season 6 will premiere on Jan. 20, sans Caroline Flack. The second seasons of “Lodge 49” and “Shrill” premiere Jan. 13 and the 24th respectively.

Leaving on Jan. 31 are “The Fantastic Four,” “Crazy For Christmas,” and a handful of others.

Here’s the full list of everything coming and going to and from Hulu in January.

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Friends Co-Creators Address the Possibility of a Reboot, Revival, or Reunion

Say it ain't so!

Marta Kauffman, co-creator and executive producer of Friends, had some chilling news to offer to fans of the series during the Tribeca TV Festival today.

If you're spending time swirling ideas around your head about what a Friends reunion or revival could bring, you're gonna need a new hobby.

There will be no reboot. There will be no revival. Heck, there won't even be a reunion.

17 Things We Would Need from a Friends Revival

“We will not be doing a reunion show, we will not be doing a reboot,” Kauffman said.

“The show was about that time in life when friends are your family,” she explained, adding that life changes when your family becomes your family.

And if you're reeling from the news and hoping that her co-creator and executive producer David Crane might come to the rescue, think again.

“We did the show we wanted to do.
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Empathy Inc. Director Yedidya Gorsetman Talks About Creating His Sci-Fi Thriller [Exclusive]

Hotshot venture capitalist Joel has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus and his business partner Lester, who are seeking investors in a new technology known as Xvr-Xtreme Virtual Reality-from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech's creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn't virtual.

What's it like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes? In Yedidya Gorsetman's imaginative new sci-fi thriller Empathy, Inc. is in theaters today from Dark Star Pictures (L.
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Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’

Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’
Audiences have been comparing Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” to a cocaine rush since it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. I wouldn’t know, but it’s a trip all right: (Adam Sandler), which is not a place most moviegoers would care to spend much time. That’s because most moviegoers are looking for simple escapism, whereas “Uncut Gems” feels like being locked inside the pinwheeling brain of a lunatic for more than two hours — and guess what: It’s a gas!

Howie runs a by-appointment-only jewelry store in New York’s diamond district, a humming network of tiny stands and private showrooms where specialists handle the bulk of the city’s precious stones. It’s a traditionally Jewish enclave, and everyone there seems to know Howie, who’s well-liked but an obvious loose cannon: A reckless adulterer, an incorrigible gambling addict and a borderline con artist,
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Composer Clint Mansell Reteaming With Director Ben Wheatley On Hitchcock Remake ‘Rebecca’

Composer Clint Mansell had a hell of a beginning to his film career. His first two scores were featured in the films “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Not a bad way to start your film career, huh? Since then, Mansell has composed music for a huge number of high-profile film and TV projects, including “Moon,” “Stoker,” “High-Rise,” and most recently, “Out of Blue.” Not to mention, he has continued to score the films from Darren Aronofsky.

Continue reading Composer Clint Mansell Reteaming With Director Ben Wheatley On Hitchcock Remake ‘Rebecca’ at The Playlist.
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Lincoln Center 50th Gala Adds Scorsese, Aronofsky, Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has added Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees, and Martin Scorsese as guest speakers for the 50th Anniversary Gala on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Alice Tully Hall. They will join previously announced Pedro Almodóvar, Marielle Heller, Tilda Swinton, and John Waters, who will also be feted.

All have a connection with the New York Film Festival and Fslc. Darren Aronofsky’s feature debut Pi (1998) was chosen for the 27th New Directors/New Films, and his 2008 film The Wrestler closed the 46th New York Film Festival; Jake Gyllenhaal’s film Wildlife, which he starred in and produced through Nine Stories, premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival; Dee Rees’s feature debut, Pariah (2011), was selected for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films, and her follow-up, 2017’s Mudbound, screened at the 55th New York Film Festival. Scorsese has had seven films screen in the New York Film Festival,
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Sundance 2019 Finally Looks Like the Future, But Will Audiences Embrace It? — Analysis

Sundance 2019 Finally Looks Like the Future, But Will Audiences Embrace It? — Analysis
For 34 years, Robert Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival with a freewheeling press conference in which he juggled questions from the press. This year, after a brief introduction, he stepped aside to let the programming staff handle the hard part. The move had symbolic resonance: Redford is the Sundance’s founder and figurehead, but the festival’s reputation has evolved far beyond the long-standing appeal of the white male artist. So has the lineup.

Thirty years ago, Steven Soderbergh created the Sundance breakout with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape;” a decade later, the honor fell to Darren Aronofsky with “Pi.” While those success stories remain key aspects of the festival’s mythology, they don’t carry the same charge for audiences, or for the marketplace.

However, Sundance remains vital. Reflecting the concerns of the industry as a whole, the festival has moved beyond the notion of diversity as a buzzword to
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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage

‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage
The EnergaCamerimage fest’s main lineup, its competition for best cinematographer, covers a vast range of styles, and honors several fresh visual stylists along with many legends in the field.

As festival director Marek Zydowicz puts it, this year’s selection “was particularly tough because of the variety of visual means used to enhance the stories being told. I am still amazed of the number of possibilities modern equipment give to cinematographers to complete their vision without going to any compromise.”

With entries shot in monochrome and others “sparkling with color,” he says, “we have films presenting different points of view, cultures, ways of living.”

Those screening represent films gleaned from “quite a long, long list of films” by veteran cinematographers, “and the lesser known but truly beautiful artists of light and camera who astonished me with their visions.”

In addition, the fest’s traditional audience, consisting of a high
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Best Jokes From the 2018 Emmys Monologue: ‘Roseanne was Canceled by Herself, Picked Up by White Nationalists’

Best Jokes From the 2018 Emmys Monologue: ‘Roseanne was Canceled by Herself, Picked Up by White Nationalists’
At the top of the 70th Emmys, the conversation went right to two areas expected to dominate the entire night. Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che opened up their part of Monday night’s telecast with a flurry of jokes, mostly centered on diversity in the industry and the growing #MeToo movement.

Without mentioning the hashtag itself or any of the prominent men in the TV industry who have come under scrutiny for their past actions, Che and Jost still found a way to address things right away.

“It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven’t been caught yet,” said Che.

“This year, the audience is allowed to drink in their seats,” Jost added. “Because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function.” (It is unclear whether
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New to Streaming: ‘Support the Girls,’ Venice 2018 Premieres, ‘mother!,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Disobedience (Sebastían Lelio)

It starts with a London-based rabbi speaking from his heart about the complexities of life. He stammers through — obviously ailing — until collapse. Suddenly we’re in New York City watching a photographer in-session with tattooed seniors. The phone rings and we know. She (Rachel Weisz’s Ronit Krushka) is the daughter of that rabbi and he has passed away. The assumption is that both these worlds will subsequently collide in reunion. Tears will be shed and hugs had. But that’s not quite the case with Sebastían Lelio’s Disobedience. Ronit has been gone for some time and the leaving wasn’t under good terms.
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