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How Donald Trump Could Help Michael Moore Return as the King of Documentary Box Office

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” (Briarcliff Entertainment) opens Friday in over 1,700 theaters. The release comes in a year that has seen three documentaries gross over $10 million: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “Rbg,” and “Three Identical Strangers.” But those successes pale against Moore’s: Three of his films grossed over $30 million at 2018 ticket prices, with “Fahrenheit 9/11” at a staggering $178 million.

As always, Moore is his film’s marketing campaign; he’s gambling that he can recreate the appeal of “Bowling For Columbine” and “9/11″after a decade of seeing his films face declining results. His biggest hits came in the early George W. Bush years, when he was positioned as part of the resistance. (His last two documentaries came while Obama was president.) His last film, “Where To Invade Next,” grossed just $3.8 million in February 2016 — but that was months before anyone took Donald Trump seriously.

This cycle works both ways. Moore
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Tiff 2018: ‘What They Had’ Review: Dir. Elizabeth Chomko (2018)

What They Had review: Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon play brother and sister in this light-hearted though sometimes hard-hitting drama about a family who pulls together when their mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s takes a turn for the worse.

What They Had review [Tiff]

Swank leads the cast as Bridget Ertz, a mother living with her teenage daughter (Taissa Farmiga) and husband (Josh Lucas) in California. A call out of the blue sees her rush back to the family home in Chicago where her ailing mother, Ruth, played by Blythe Danner has disappeared. Her father, Burt (Robert Forster), is clearly distraught, and it is the consensus that Ruth belongs in a home, something that he is unwilling to commit to after the fifty or so years that they haven’t left one another’s side and the retirement that are both trying to enjoy.

Shannon’s bar owner Nick is
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Morgan Freeman Receives Emotional Tribute at Deauville Festival

  • Variety
Morgan Freeman Receives Emotional Tribute at Deauville Festival
Celebrated with a career tribute at Deauville Film Festival on Friday, Morgan Freeman was moved to tears and said in French that he was “grateful” for “reasons that are deeper than usual this year.”

Freeman, who was targeted earlier this year by a CNN report about his alleged sexual misconduct, said he’s been a “lover of French cinema, history and art for most of his life.”

The 81-year old Oscar-winning actor was greeted in Deauville by hordes of fans and introduced on stage by prominent French actor Vincent Lindon (“The Measure of a Man”).

Lindon delivered a poignant homage to Freeman, praising him for paving the way for other African American actors by accessing non-stereotypical roles at a time when “the only condition for producers to cast African-American actors was to play Black characters.”

“Almost all the characters he’s played on screen could have been played by white folks,
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From Bradley Cooper to Jonah Hill, the lastest crop of actors who direct could catch Oscar’s eye this season

  • Gold Derby
From Bradley Cooper to Jonah Hill, the lastest crop of actors who direct could catch Oscar’s eye this season
Looking back on last year’s Oscar race as this year’s contest starts to heat up, it struck me that not enough was made of the fact that Greta Gerwig with “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele with “Get Out” achieved what they did as actors who went behind the camera. Both made history as only the fifth woman and the fifth African-American to be nominated for Best Director. Peele also became the first black winner of Best Original Screenplay.

It also got me thinking how some actors often fare better in the industry once they redefine themselves as filmmakers. Who knows? Clint Eastwood might still be making spaghetti Westerns, doing “Dirty Harry” sequels or working with an orangutan if he didn’t shoot his first feature, “Play Misty for Me,” in 1971. Instead, he won both Best Picture and Best Director for 1992’s “Unforgiven” and 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby.”

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AFI Taps Former Warner Bros. Evp Publicity Juli Goodwin As Chief Communications Officer

  • Deadline
The American Film Institute has appointed former Warner Bros. Pictures Evp of Domestic Publicity Juli Goodwin as its new Chief Communications Officer.

She will serve on AFI’s senior management team, leading communications strategies for AFI’s national arts and education programs.

“Juli’s commitment to AFI is a seismic moment in the history of the Institute,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO in a statement. “Her peerless experience and passion for the art form will serve to strengthen AFI’s national mandate — to educate today’s audiences and tomorrow’s artists.”

“I am truly honored to join this historic organization and have the chance to work with Bob and his talented team,” said Goodwin. “I have long admired the good work done by the AFI on behalf of our industry and their commitment to educating future storytellers. I am thrilled to join them in that mission.”

Goodwin held a leadership position at Warner Bros.
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Morgan Freeman movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Morgan Freeman movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Morgan Freeman once quoted the nautical saying “long foretold, long last; short notice, soon past” to describe his acting career. He meant that it took him along time to achieve success in the acting profession but he hoped his long struggle would mean his career would last and not prove to be just a flash in the pan. His career has lasted and Freeman has had a nearly 30-year film career in major movies.

Freeman’s career started on the New York stage in the musical theater when he took over the role of Rudy the Maître d’ of the restaurant where the famous title number is performed. He was part of the groundbreaking moment when Pearl Bailey led an all-black cast into the production which had been running for years with white performers.

In the 1970s Freeman appeared for seven years and 680 episodes of the children’s television series “The Electric Company.
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Morgan Freeman movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’

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Morgan Freeman movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’
Morgan Freeman once quoted the nautical saying “long foretold, long last; short notice, soon past” to describe his acting career. He meant that it took him along time to achieve success in the acting profession but he hoped his long struggle would mean his career would last and not prove to be just a flash in the pan. His career has lasted and Freeman has had a nearly 30-year film career in major movies.

Freeman’s career started on the New York stage in the musical theater when he took over the role of Rudy the Maître d’ of the restaurant where the famous title number is performed. He was part of the groundbreaking moment when Pearl Bailey led an all-black cast into the production which had been running for years with white performers.

In the 1970s Freeman appeared for seven years and 680 episodes of the children’s television series “The Electric Company.
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Paul Haggis Issues New Response in Sexual Assault Case

Update: In new court documents obtained by E! News, Paul Haggis claims that any and all sexual interactions between him and Haleigh Breest were consensual. In Haggis' response to Breest's lawsuit, he denies forcing her to give him oral without her consent. In addition to Haggis' claims, dozens of women are quoted in the documents offering "statements of support" that paint the director in a positive and professional light. ------ Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning director of Crash and screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby, is the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual misconduct, including alleged rape of two women. The married, 64-year-old filmmaker, who years ago...
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Drake to kick off Toronto Film Festival, introduce 'Monsters And Men'

Drake to kick off Toronto Film Festival, introduce 'Monsters And Men'
Festival announces special events, In Conversation With… participants.

Canadian rap superstar Drake will introduce the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) screening of police violence drama Monsters And Men in one of four special events announced on Thursday (August 23).

Following the film’s Canadian premiere on September 6 Drake will activate Tiff Bell Lightbox during the festival’s opening night party. Neon is Us distributor on the film, which premiered at Sundance, and HanWayFilms handles international sales.

Other special events include a live reading by Jason Reitman and guests of The Breakfast Club, and sneak peaks of the upcoming How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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France's Deauville Film Festival to Honor Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker

France's Deauville Film Festival to Honor Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker
Morgan Freeman and Sarah Jessica Parker are set to receive honors at the Deauville Film Festival later this month.

Freeman, the Oscar-winning actor from Million Dollar Baby, Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy, will be feted with a career homage at the upcoming edition of the fest, while Parker, the Sex and the City star, will receive Deauville's Talent prize. The annual event, which is held in Northern France and focuses on American cinema, is set to run Aug. 31-Sept. 9.

Freeman is a particularly interesting choice for Deauville. The festival will honor the 81-year-old actor just months after an explosive CNN story in ...
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Hilary Swank Secretly Marries Philip Schneider

Hilary Swank Secretly Marries Philip Schneider
Hilary Swank is a married woman! This weekend, the Million Dollar Baby star secretly married her boyfriend, Philip Schneider. The couple tied the knot at the Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel, Calif., according to a statement. Swank's wedding dress was designed by Elie Saab Haute Couture Atelier. The gown was made of chantilly lace, silk chiffon and organza silk. It took six meters (about 19 feet) of tulle to create the veil. The embroidery on her dress took 70 hours to complete, which is nearly half of the time it took to piece together the entire dress, which took 150 hours. "I've loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress," she told Vogue.  The...
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Nicolas Cage Joins Thriller 'Grand Isle'

Nicolas Cage Joins Thriller 'Grand Isle'
Nicolas Cage is to star in a crime thriller about a man framed for murder.

The Oscar-winning actor has been attached to star in 'Grand Isle' and will play a character named Walter, according to sources close to the production.

The story centers on a father who is framed for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a twisted and dark sequence of events.

It is set to be directed by Stephen S. Campanelli and Iver William Jallah. Campanelli previously directed the Olga Kurylenko thriller 'Momentum' and indie drama 'Indian Horse, but is also known for his camera work on several Clint Eastwood movies, including 'Sully,' 'American Sniper,' and 'Million Dollar Baby.'

Jallah is a newcomer, who is credited alongside Rich Ronat on the script for 'Grand Isle.' The movie is being produced by Jeff Rice Films and Village Studios.

Cage has most recently been seen in genre movies 'Mom and Dad' and 'Mandy' and heard in animated features 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.'

Film News Roundup: Hilary Swank to Star as Detective in Thriller ‘Fatale’

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Film News Roundup: Hilary Swank to Star as Detective in Thriller ‘Fatale’
In today’s film news roundup, Hilary Swank will play a seductive detective, “Dora the Explorer” starts production, and Richard Stanley’s “Malware” gets an additional producer.

Casting

Hilary Swank has come on board Deon Taylor’s thriller “Fatale,” which begins shooting in September in Los Angeles.

“Fatale” centers on a married man being tricked into a murder scheme by a seductive female police detective, portrayed by Swank. Taylor is directing and producing with his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith. David Loughery wrote the screenplay.

Endeavor Content will handle worldwide sales. Avent will oversee the production for Hidden Empire Film Group, which is fully financing the movie.

Swank’s family drama “What They Had” opens in October through Bleecker Street. She won Oscars for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Swank and Taylor are both represented by Wme. Swank’s attorney is Jeffrey Bernstein.
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All 72 Exciting New Movies and TV Shows Hitting Netflix in August

  • Popsugar
The last month of Summer is upon us, and for some, that might be reason enough to feel down. But hey, look on the bright side - a new month means a ton of new titles hitting Netflix. The full list of what's going to replace the streaming giant's July selection has officially been unveiled, and it includes stuff like Million Dollar Baby, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the sequel to The Princess Diaries, and The Good Place season two. But don't just take our word for it - check out the rest of what's coming to Netflix in August ahead!

Related: Watch Them Before They're Gone! These 28 Movies and Shows Are Leaving Netflix in August
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All 72 Exciting New Movies and TV Shows Hitting Netflix in August

The last month of Summer is upon us, and for some, that might be reason enough to feel down. But hey, look on the bright side - a new month means a ton of new titles hitting Netflix. The full list of what's going to replace the streaming giant's July selection has officially been unveiled, and it includes stuff like Million Dollar Baby, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the sequel to The Princess Diaries, and The Good Place season two. But don't just take our word for it - check out the rest of what's coming to Netflix in August ahead!

Related: Watch Them Before They're Gone! These 28 Movies and Shows Are Leaving Netflix in August
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What’s Coming to Netflix in August 2018

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Netflix has big end-of-summer plans for original content. August 2018 will see the returns of eight original series from the streaming giant, as well as the premieres of several original films.

Ozark,” “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” and “The Investigator: A British Crime Story” are among the service’s shows slated to debut new seasons next month, while “Like Father,” starring Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen, and “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” starring Lily James, are some of Netflix’s new films set to launch. Additionally, August will introduce various original freshman series, including Debby Ryan’s controversial black comedy “Insatiable.”

The final month of summer will also bring a wealth of acquisitions to the site in the form of popular films, franchises, and TV shows. Inaugural titles in the “Lord of the Rings” and Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” franchises are a couple of the incoming films, while the fifth
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in August 2018

Netflix has confirmed that four dozen new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in August, including the second season of the Emmy contender “Ozark” and the premiere of Matt Groening‘s new animated series “Disenchantment.”

And there will also be new to Netflix seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 5 of both “The 100” and “The Originals.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the Oscar winners “The Aviator,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “No Country for Old Men” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Available August 1

Batman Begins

Chernobyl Diaries

Clerks

Constantine

Dreamcatcher

Edge of Fear

Eraser

Gran Torino

House of Deadly Secrets

Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar: Season 1

Million Dollar Baby

No Reservations

Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Moby

Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Nile Rodgers

Once
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Here’s Everything Coming and Going at Netflix in August

  • The Wrap
August signals the best and worst parts of summer — still plenty of time for beach days, but we’re reminded that the back-to-school frenzy is just around the corner.

We choose to procrastinate thinking about summer’s end as long as possible, and there are plenty of new titles dropping on Netflix to help us escape. Season 2 of the recently Emmy-nominated “Ozark” arrives on August 31, teaching us that the money laundering business knows no off-season.

Matt Groening’s new series “Disenchantment” will debut on Aug. 17. The show follows princess Bean, played by “Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson, her elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon) and her own personal demon Luci (Eric Andre). Dropping that same day is the Ya movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Also Read: 'The Good Cop': Tony Danza Bad-Cops Son Josh Groban in First Trailer for Netflix Dramedy (Video)

Other new Netflix
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Anthony Mackie to Star in Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2

Netflix has renewed the Sci-Fi original series Altered Carbon for a second season, and in a piece of inspired casting has landed Anthony Mackie as the new series lead.

Mackie will play Takeshi Kovacs, the show's central protagonist played by Joel Kinnaman during the first season. Kovacs inhabits many different bodies over the course of Richard K. Morgan's novels from which the series is based. In theory, Netflix could bring back a new actor to portray Kovacs for each new season.

Mackie is best known for playing Sam Wilson/The Falcon in multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He's also starred in Million Dollar Baby, The Hurt Locker, and several other high profile films.

Newcomer Alison Schapker will become co-showrunner alongside co-showrunner Laeta Kalogridis who returns from Season 1.

Altered Carbon Season 2 will span eight total episodes and is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
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‘Altered Carbon’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix With Anthony Mackie in Lead Role

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‘Altered Carbon’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix With Anthony Mackie in Lead Role
Altered Carbon” has been renewed for a second season at Netflix, but another actor is taking over the role of Takeshi Kovacs from Season 1 star Joel Kinnaman.

Anthony Mackie is joining the series in the lead role. The change up in the show’s main character is not unexpected given that it takes place In a futuristic world where the human mind has been digitized and a person can transfer their consciousness from one body to the next. The series is based on the science fiction novels written by Richard K. Morgan.

In addition, Laeta Kalogridis will return as showrunner and executive producer, with Alison Schapker joining the series as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television. James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.

Mackie is a Julliard-trained actor known most recently for his role as Sam Wilson,
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