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Chloë Sevigny thriller 'Lizzie', Berlin winner 'Mug', horror 'Possum' seal UK deals (exclusive)

Bulldog adds four titles to burgeoning slate.

Craig William Macneill’s psychological thriller Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, has been picked up for the UK by Bulldog Film Distribution. The company has bolstered its slate with three further acquisitions.

Based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family in Massachusetts, the film was also produced by Sevigny, who stars as Lizzie Borden. Stewart plays a house maid. Lizzie premiered at Sundance in January and will receive its UK release on November 16. The Solution has sales rights.

The company has also moved for Małgorzata Szumowska’s Berlinale Silver Bear-winning satirical drama Mug,
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Chloë Sevigny thriller 'Lizzie', Berlin winner 'Mug', horror 'Possum' land UK deals (exclusive)

Bulldog adds four titles to burgeoning slate.

Craig William Macneill’s psychological thriller Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, has been picked up for the UK by Bulldog Film Distribution. The company has bolstered its slate with three further acquisitions.

Based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family in Massachusetts, the film was also produced by Sevigny, who stars as Lizzie Borden. Stewart plays a house maid. Lizzie premiered at Sundance in January and will receive its UK release on November 16. The Solution has sales rights.

The company has also moved for Małgorzata Szumowska’s Berlinale Silver Bear-winning satirical drama Mug,
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Tiff Veteran Piers Handling on the Festival’s Most Exciting Lineup and Why Oscar Season Is a Threat to Risk-Taking Films

For much of the film industry, the Toronto International Film Festival is a major player in Oscar season, and the 2018 edition is no exception. Over the last two decades, Tiff’s director and CEO Piers Handling has witnessed this evolution, which began with the explosion of attention around Tiff premiere “American Beauty” in 1999 that culminated in its best picture win. Despite the hype that launching Oscar titles can bring, however, Handling — who wraps up his nearly 40 years at the festival this year — has some reservations about its impact on the festival as a whole.

“Obviously, those films don’t need publicity help,” he said in a phone interview. “They have their own machines behind them.” To remedy that, the festival launched its Platform section four years ago, and it has quickly grown into the most exciting aspect of the lineup — a competition section of 12 titles, primarily from younger filmmakers who
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'Ghajinikanth' review: A forgettable film about a forgetful man

KollywoodThe film ticks every cliché along the way, making it an exasperating watch.Sowmya RajendranYouTube screenshotThe more Tamil films I watch, the more convinced I become that a lot of directors seem to believe half their job is done if they come up with a "unique" title for the film. This week's release, Ghajinikanth, is one such. Santhosh's comedy (and I'm being generous here) is the remake of the Telugu film Bhale Bhale Magodivoy. I looked up the Telugu film, wondering if it was made in the '80s or '90s but apparently, it was released just three years ago. So, we have a hero who gets easily distracted from performing tasks or even finding routes - but it never occurs to him to set reminders or check Google maps when driving. Those around him don't think of this either. If you believe this must be because he doesn't have a phone,
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Film Academy Challenges Fans to Sum Up Movies in Five Words, Succinct Hilarity Ensues

  • The Wrap
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a call for five-word movie summaries on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. And thousands of people responded — including “Terminator” star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Share the plot of your favorite movie in five words.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 31, 2018

It’s a refreshingly off-brand idea from the Academy, being a hell of a lot more succinct than the typical Oscar acceptance speech, and the responses have been pretty fun and often very clever. For instance, Schwarzenegger, who not surprisingly picked the plot of his career-defining hits “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2.”

Machine sent back to save.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 31, 2018

Also Read: 'Billionaire Boys Club' Film Review: Kevin Spacey Stuck in Convoluted True-Crime Remake

CNN anchor Bill Weir picked Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir “Chinatown,” though his contribution is less a summary of the plot and more just a recitation
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‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Amy Adams Is Straight Fire in HBO’s Exquisite Slow-Burn of a Horror Show (Spoiler-Free)

‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Amy Adams Is Straight Fire in HBO’s Exquisite Slow-Burn of a Horror Show (Spoiler-Free)
Sharp Objects” is a story told in flashes: flashes of bright light interrupting long streaks of black shadows; flashes of people, long dead, popping into empty mirrors; flashes of haunting memories burning with more potency than the grisly murders disturbing the present day town of Wind Gap, Missouri.

Built from these literal and figurative flashes are long stretches of arresting inspiration. Producer Jason Blum, showrunner Marti Noxon, and director Jean-Marc Vallée each find ways to enliven a slow-burn limited series that amounts to a lot, even if it takes its time cluing in the audience. “Sharp Objects” is a small town murder mystery that can, at times, be perplexingly personal. But with Amy Adams delivering career-best work and a transportive diegetic nurtured to great effect, the HBO drama pays off on a simple premise twisted into one dark, nasty story.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name,
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Blu-Ray Review: Guy Pearce Powers Twisty Thriller ‘Spinning Man’

One of Guy Pearce’s best known roles was as an amnesiac whose memory slightly comes back to him via Polaroid pictures in Memento, and in Spinning Man he’s afflicted with a similar condition.

Evan Birch (Pearce) is a college philosophy professor who, although being a family man (Minnie Driver plays his wife), has lecherous tendencies to [...]

The post Blu-Ray Review: Guy Pearce Powers Twisty Thriller ‘Spinning Man’ appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Coming to 4K This Fall (Video)

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Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to 4K Ultra HD this fall! Here are the details!

Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the renowned director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic will be released on 4K Ultra High Definition (Uhd) Blu-ray™ in premium collectible packaging and 4K Uhd Digital on October 30.

Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey returned to U.S. theatres in May following the debut of an “unrestored” 70mm print at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is playing throughout the summer at select theatres.

For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked
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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Coming to 4K This Fall (Video)

  • Cinelinx
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to 4K Ultra HD this fall! Here are the details!

Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the renowned director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic will be released on 4K Ultra High Definition (Uhd) Blu-ray™ in premium collectible packaging and 4K Uhd Digital on October 30.

Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey returned to U.S. theatres in May following the debut of an “unrestored” 70mm print at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is playing throughout the summer at select theatres.

For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked
See full article at Cinelinx »

Kendrick Lamar, Jk Rowling, Jonathan Nolan and 20 Other Surprising New Academy Members

  • The Wrap
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.

Some of the 928 invitees were quite curious, either because it was surprising they weren’t already members — or that the Academy would even think to induct them.

Consider French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry, who won an Oscar for co-writing his 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but somehow never snagged an invite from the Academy until now.

Also Read: Oscars Academy Has Doubled Non-White Members Since 2016, on Track to Double Women Too

Or Jonathan Nolan, who earned a nomination with his brother Christopher for 2000’s “Memento,” but has been passed over all these years despite his acclaimed scripts for “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”

Then there’s “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling.
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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room

The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room
This Wednesday, the famed Magno Screening Rooms in New York, at 729 7th Ave. (near the corner of W. 49th St.), will close their doors for the very last time. They’ve been there for 68 years, and for those of us who are lucky enough to include watching a movie in the middle of the day as part of our jobs, and who have spent more of our daily lives watching movies in those two rooms — especially the main one, Magno 1 — than we have anywhere else, it feels like the curtain is coming down on something. Apart from the boilerplate end-of-an-era nostalgia that always accompanies a moment like this, I wonder, in a way, if it is the end of an era. I wonder if it’s one more telling, creeping example of the metaphysic of movies transitioning from a shared experience to a solitary-viewer-fixed-on-the-small-screen transaction.

I suspect I speak for
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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room

  • Variety
The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room
This Wednesday, the famed Magno Screening Rooms in New York, at 729 7th Ave. (near the corner of W. 49th St.), will close their doors for the very last time. They’ve been there for 68 years, and for those of us who are lucky enough to include watching a movie in the middle of the day as part of our jobs, and who have spent more of our daily lives watching movies in those two rooms — especially the main one, Magno 1 — than we have anywhere else, it feels like the curtain is coming down on something. Apart from the boilerplate end-of-an-era nostalgia that always accompanies a moment like this, I wonder, in a way, if it is the end of an era. I wonder if it’s one more telling, creeping example of the metaphysic of movies transitioning from a shared experience to a solitary-viewer-fixed-on-the-small-screen transaction.

I suspect I speak for
See full article at Variety »

Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff

Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff
The total number of women on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors is now 22, one more than last year. That’s because producer Jennifer Todd not only beat her Oscar show co-producer Michael De Luca as a finalist to represent the producers branch, but in a run-off election to resolve a tie vote, beat horror maestro Jason Blum as well.

Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, where she produced “Live by Night” and executive produced last year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her credits also include “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie, “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the
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Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff

Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff
The total number of women on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors is now 22, one more than last year. That’s because producer Jennifer Todd not only beat her Oscar show co-producer Michael De Luca as a finalist to represent the producers branch, but in a run-off election to resolve a tie vote, beat horror maestro Jason Blum as well.

Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, where she produced “Live by Night” and executive produced last year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her credits also include “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie, “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the
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Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Out Jason Blum in Academy Governors Runoff Election

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Oscars telecast producer Jennifer Todd has won the runoff election for the open Producers Branch seat for 2018-2019. Todd and producer Jason Blum tied for the seat in the Board election last week.

This is the fourth time in Academy history that a tie occurred in the balloting. Runoff elections were also held in 2009 (Directors Branch), 2015 (Writers Branch), and 2016 (Film Editors Branch).

Todd produced the 89th and 90th Oscars telecasts along with producer Michael De Luca. She received an Emmy nomination for the former, which infamously ended in the mishandling of the best picture envelope, resulting in the wrong film being announced as the winner. Her film credits include “Memento,” “Across the Universe,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Live by Night.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in leading the branch, and will take her post on July
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Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Out Jason Blum in Academy Governors Runoff Election

  • Variety
Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Out Jason Blum in Academy Governors Runoff Election
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Oscars telecast producer Jennifer Todd has won the runoff election for the open Producers Branch seat for 2018-2019. Todd and producer Jason Blum tied for the seat in the Board election last week.

This is the fourth time in Academy history that a tie occurred in the balloting. Runoff elections were also held in 2009 (Directors Branch), 2015 (Writers Branch), and 2016 (Film Editors Branch).

Todd produced the 89th and 90th Oscars telecasts along with producer Michael De Luca. She received an Emmy nomination for the former, which infamously ended in the mishandling of the best picture envelope, resulting in the wrong film being announced as the winner. Her film credits include “Memento,” “Across the Universe,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Live by Night.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in leading the branch, and will take her post on July
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Interview: Sculpting Fragments Filmmaker Guy Pearce on Japanese Cinematic Influences and Directing Difficulty Breathing and The Rope Maiden

There are lots and lots of different movies on the indie horror market these days, but very few of them feel anything like those of Sculpting Fragments’ Guy Pearce. No, not the Memento star, the former YouTube film critic turned underground horror director. While he only has two short films currently available—the comedic Guinea Pig send-up The Rope Maiden (2013) and the highly disturbing psychological horror movie Difficulty Breathing (2017)—he’s already defined a unique voice built on a deep knowledge and real burning passion for bizarro cinema.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to Guy and picking his brains about Japanese cyberpunk, aggressive soundscapes, meeting oddball filmmaker extraordinaire Shozin Fukui, and more.

It’s clear you take a ton of cues from underground Japanese cinema, particularly Japanese cyberpunk and extreme horror. What about these films inspires you?

Guy Pearce: The Japanese cyberpunk genre defies all law and logic of cinema—it’s great!
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Jennifer Todd, Alfred Molina And Susanne Brier Elected To Academy’s Board of Governors

Update June 20: The Academy announced today that Jennifer Todd has defeated Jason Blum in a runoff election that was held earlier this week. Todd, who produced the last two Oscar telecasts and films such as “Memento” and “Alice In Wonderland,” joins Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the Producers Branch.

Original Post: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the results of the 2018-2019 Board of Governors election.

Continue reading Jennifer Todd, Alfred Molina And Susanne Brier Elected To Academy’s Board of Governors at The Playlist.
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Watch Christopher Nolan Explain the Structure of ‘Memento’

Watch Christopher Nolan Explain the Structure of ‘Memento’
Memento wasn’t Christopher Nolan‘s first film, but it was the film that put him on the map. In a vintage interview, Nolan breaks out the chalkboard to break down the complex narrative structure of Memento. Christopher Nolan Memento Video Just in case you need a refresher, Memento is Christopher Nolan’s 2001 mystery film starring Guy Pearce. Pearce […]

The post Watch Christopher Nolan Explain the Structure of ‘Memento’ appeared first on /Film.
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The Latest Honest Trailers Episode Takes on Every Christopher Nolan Movie

Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker that has made some incredible films in his career. Some are better than others, but all of them are great! In my opinion, the guy hasn't made a bad movie and I don't think he ever will. Just in case you need a reminder of the films Nolan has made, here's the list: Following (1998), Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).

The latest episode of Honest Trailers takes on all of these films and has a good time poking fun at Nolan's signature style and the things that we see from him in most of his films. Some of the things that the video targets are the plot twists, how every Nolan protagonist is basically the same kind of guy, the style of his films, the music and more. 

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