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Watch U.S. Trailer of Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (Exclusive)

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Watch U.S. Trailer of Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (Exclusive)
Manolo Caro’s pan-Latin American version of movie franchise hit “Perfect Strangers” is set for a Dec. 25 release in Mexico by its producer-distributor Cinepolis, followed by a Jan. 11 U.S. bow from Pantelion. Variety has been given exclusive access to the dark ensemble comedy’s official U.S. trailer and poster.

Perfect Strangers” revolves around a circle of friends who decide to lay bare all their secrets at a dinner, placing their smartphones on the table to share any incoming messages or calls that evening. What starts as a parlor game takes an unexpected, disastrous turn.

“The premise cleverly zeroes in on a fear few want to even contemplate: Being found out,” said Variety critic Jay Weissberg in his review. “Once upon a time secrets were shared between friends, but now the cell has become the repository of our illicit behaviors, and the moment that’s exposed, all is laid bare,
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Morelia: Pantelion to Release Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ in the U.S. (Exclusive)

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Pantelion Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Manolo Caro’s Latin American version of Italian hit “Perfect Strangers” (“Perfectos Desconocidos”). The dark comedy is Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis’ first foray into feature film production and will have its world premiere at the 16th Morelia Int’l Film Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Cinepolis Distribution is aiming for its widest nationwide release ever in Mexico on Dec. 25 while Pantelion will release the film in the U.S. on Jan. 11, 2019.

“Manolo Caro is one of the most brilliant directors of this generation and we are thrilled to distribute ‘Perfect Strangers’ in the U.S.,” said Pantelion CEO Paul Presburger.

Perfect Strangers” centers on a circle of friends who decide to lay bare all their secrets at a dinner, placing their smartphones and their respective contents on the table for all to see. What starts as an innocent game takes an unexpected,
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Mexican Exhibition Giant Cinepolis Wades into Production (Exclusive)

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Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis is venturing into production with Manolo Caro’s Latino remake of Italian hit comedy “Perfect Strangers.” Now ranking second in the world in terms of admissions, this move marks the exhibitor’s first foray into feature film production.

Spain’s Alex de la Iglesia made a Spanish version of the dark comedy last year, which did gangbusters at the local box office, earning $25.8 million, and will make its L.A. debut at the revived Los Angeles Latino Int’l Film Festival in June.

Perfect Strangers” revolves around a circle of friends who decide to lay bare all their secrets at a dinner, placing their smartphones and their respective contents on the table for all to see. What starts as an innocent game takes an unexpected, disastrous turn.

A stellar ensemble cast for the Latino version includes Cecilia Suárez, Manuel García Rulfo, Mariana Treviño, Miguel Rodarte, Bruno Bichir,
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Blood Money Starring John Cusack Arrives on Blu-ray December 19th

The intense nail-biting thriller starring Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (Best Actor, High Fidelity, 2000) and Ellar Coltrane, Blood Money, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital, December 19 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. A modern retelling of the 1948 action film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Blood Money stars Cusack as a dangerous criminal who will stop at nothing to retrieve his money after a robbery gone wrong. From award-winning cult director Lucky McKee (May, “Masters of Horror”), and written by Jared Butler and Lars Norberg, the Blood Money Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Three friends on a wilderness excursion stumble upon bags of money and suddenly must outrun a white collar criminal (John Cusack) hell-bent on retrieving his fortune. Soon, greed and mistrust turns the friends against each other as they wage a desperate fight for survival.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Last Flag Flying In St. Louis

Opening Wednesday, November 22nd is Last Flag Flying.

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with Former Marines Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.

A thoughtful and moving road movie from Oscar®-nominated director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, 2014), Last Flag Flying brims with humor, melancholy and regret as it examines the lasting effect of choices made in the crucible of war.
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The Cinematic Kinship of Richard Linklater and Hal Ashby

The latest stage of Richard Linklater’s freewheeling career takes him back to the 1970s with Last Flag Flying, a 44-years-belated sequel to Hal Ashby’s masterpiece The Last Detail. It’s difficult to call much of anything from Linklater a surprise at this point: he seems as comfortable at the helm of a studio comedy powered by Jack Black’s manic energy as he does a decade-plus-spanning epic about the journey from childhood to adolescence. Last Flag Flying may not stand as one of Linklater’s defining works, but it does signal a kinship with the New Hollywood director, whose run from 1970-1979 was as inspired as any other from that era — before he got burned (and burned-out) and died too young at the age of 59. Ashby and Linklater have a shared ability to make a film built on discursive moments flow narratively, an affinity for counterculture movements or
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‘Okja’ Review: Bong Joon Ho Delivers His ‘E.T.’ With Delightful Tale of a Mutant Pig and the Girl Who Loves Her — Cannes 2017

‘Okja’ Review: Bong Joon Ho Delivers His ‘E.T.’ With Delightful Tale of a Mutant Pig and the Girl Who Loves Her — Cannes 2017
Nobody makes entertaining movies with purpose better than Korean director Bong Joon Ho. Both the dystopian train ride of “Snowpiercer” and the environmentally-conscious “The Host” combine outrageous, effects-driven showdowns with real ideas. The charming “Okja” continues that welcome trend, following the peculiar exploits of a mutant pig and the girl who loves her, while using that blatantly silly premise to assemble a savvy anti-corporate screed.

The director’s sixth feature takes place in an alternate present in which the bioengineering entity known as the Mirando Corporation has figured out a technology for growing animals in laboratories for food. In the snazzy, over-the-top opening sequence, CEO Lucy Miranda (Tilda Swinton with a sinister grin, revisiting the role of zany villain after a similar turn in Bong’s “Snowpiercer”) unveils a new challenge: The company will disseminate its baby pigs to farmers around the world, then recollect them in a decade for a beauty pageant.
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Exclusive: The Meteoric Rise of ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Scream Queens’ Star Glen Powell

Exclusive: The Meteoric Rise of ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Scream Queens’ Star Glen Powell
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“I’m still working my way up the food chain,” Glen Powell tells Et of his breakthrough in Hollywood, which over the past two years includes celebrated roles in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! and Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens, as well as portraying John Glenn in the Academy Awards Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures. His latest is playing an Army sergeant in Sand Castle, a film inspired by true events that took place during the Iraq War, debuting on Netflix Friday, April 21. Co-starring Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill and Logan Marshall-Green, it’s the latest film to earn buzz for the actor, who has been dubbed one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars.

While the Austin, Texas, native’s recent breakout success has elevated him to a new level of attention -- fashion spreads in Interview and Coveteur magazines, an invitation to the 2017 Academy Awards -- Powell has been
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11 Surprising Facts About the Real History of McDonald’s

11 Surprising Facts About the Real History of McDonald’s
Richard and Maurice McDonald revolutionized the way that billions of people around the world eat – and produce – fast food.

The business they started in the 1930s as a hot dog stand near a racetrack is now valued at over $110 billion with more than 36,000 locations in over 100 countries around the world.

But McDonald’s wouldn’t be the global force it is today if not for the man who bought the family business and turned it into an empire.

The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, tells the story of Ray Kroc, a one-time traveling salesman who joined McDonald’s as a franchise
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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year
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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres

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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the competition are

18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

The Berlinale Special will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries, and extraordinary formats, as well as brand new series from around the world.

Berlinale Special Galas will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and Zoo Palast. Other Special premieres will take place at the Kino International. Moderated discussions will follow the screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year. Audiences
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Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny review – intelligent examination of an 'American flaneur'

The director of films from Slacker to Everybody Wants Some!! is all enigmatic affability, concealing what is clearly an obsessive dedication to his art form

A long overdue documentary study of Richard Linklater, a film-maker whose lo-fi 90s debut Slacker pretty well reinvented “indie” as a genre, who created one of the great love stories with his Before Sunrise trilogy and whose real-time masterpiece Boyhood dominates the skyline of modern American cinema. Like Gus van Sant, Linklater has an auteur signature that he can set aside for a regular studio paycheck – and this film tactfully hints that his mainstream movies of the noughties like Bad News Bears, Fast Food Nation and Me and Orson Welles were forgivably disappointing because he had his mind on Boyhood the whole time. However, this was the time he also made very interesting movies A Scanner Darkly (2006) – and of course Before Midnight (2013).

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Neon Demon Blu-ray

“I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I can’t write… no real talent. But I’m pretty, and I can make money off pretty.”

Amazon Studio’s The Neon Demon directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is a sumptuous horror-thriller, set in the highly competitive and often vicious world of fashion modeling, where the term “eat their own” takes on a decidedly new meaning. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. The film is co-written by Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), Mary Laws (”Preacher”) and Polly Stenham; and stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent,Super 8), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt, Max Max:
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'Command and Control': How Close We Were to Nuclear Armageddon

'Command and Control': How Close We Were to Nuclear Armageddon
If you lived on the East Coast on September 18th, 1980, you probably have no idea how close you were to death.

That night, Air Force Airmen David Powell and Jeffrey Plumb arrived at the Titan II missile silo in Damascus, Arkansas to perform routine maintenance on the massive nuclear missile. "Routine" is a relative word, of course, when dealing with a nine-megaton warhead whose destructive power was 600 times that of the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima. Powell, then 21, began to go through the standard maintenance checklist when the unthinkable happened:
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‘Command and Control’ Exclusive Clip: Robert Kenner’s Documentary Examines America’s Weapons of Mass Destruction

Robert Kenner’s 2006 documentary “Food, Inc.” examined corporate farming in the United States and came down hard on agribusiness. Executive produced by “Fast Food Nation” writer Eric Schlosser, the film was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar and was a critical and commercial success. Now Kenner and Schlosser have reunited for “Command and Control,” based on Schlosser’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist book of the same name, about a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980, as well as the history of America’s weapons program. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Command and Control’ Trailer: Robert Kenner’s Documentary Tells the Hidden Story of a Deadly Nuclear Accident

Kenner’s credits include the Peabody Award-winning “Two Days In October,” about the Battle of Ong Thanh and the protest at the University of Wisconsin–Madison during the Vietnam War, and most recently “Merchants of Doubt,
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James Franco’s Movie Column: How Richard Linklater Inspired My Work

James Franco’s Movie Column: How Richard Linklater Inspired My Work
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me.
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‘Little Men’ Exclusive Clip: Greg Kinnear Stars In a NYC-Based Drama About Friendship & Family Turmoil

‘Little Men’ Exclusive Clip: Greg Kinnear Stars In a NYC-Based Drama About Friendship & Family Turmoil
When Greg Kinnear is not making goofy, self-deprecating guest appearances on “BoJack Horseman,” he’s also starring in indie dramas about New York City, young friendships, and family turmoil, like Ira Sach’s new film “Little Men.”

Read More: Growing Up at Sundance, Being Rejected from Film School and More Highlights from Ira Sachs’ Masterclass

The movie follows 13-year-old Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz), an aspiring artist living in Manhattan with his struggling actor father Brian (Kinnear) and psychotherapist mother Kathy (Jennifer Ehle). When Jake’s grandfather dies, the family moves back into his Brooklyn home where Jake quickly befriends Tony (Michael Barbieri), the son of Chilean dressmaker and single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop in the building. Though the kids become close friends, the adults are at each other’s throats when Brian and Kathy ask Leonor to sign a steeper lease on the store, an untenable
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Wilmer Valderrama Joins Cast of CBS’ ‘NCIS’

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Wilmer Valderrama Joins Cast of CBS’ ‘NCIS’
The actor Formerly Known As Fez has a new mission. Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast of “NCIS,” playing a NCIS field agent who’s been under deep cover for years – and has finally resurfaced.

“Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive,” according to CBS’ logline. “Now, he’s back and his dedication to job and country has left him an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.”

Valderrama helps fill a void left by departing “NCIS” castmember Michael Weatherly. The actor recently recurred on “Grey’s Anatomy” and also appeared on “Minority Report,” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “Awake.” He first came to fame as “Fez” on Fox’s “That ’70s Show.”

The actor’s film credits include the indie dramas “To Whom It May Concern,” from French director Manu Boyer, and “The Adderall Diaries,” opposite Amber Heard and James Franco,
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Fantasia 2016 to Honor Guillermo del Toro, First Wave of Films Include Lights Out and Under The Shadow

The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:

Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron.
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Anatomy of a Cannes Disaster: What Happened After 'Southland Tales' Was Booed

Anatomy of a Cannes Disaster: What Happened After 'Southland Tales' Was Booed
On May 21, 2006, director Richard Kelly was standing on the red carpet outside the Grand Theatre Lumiere, ready to unleash his two-hour-and-40-minute postapocalyptic satire <em>Southland Tales</em> on a curious Cannes crowd. It was one of three American films competing for the Palme d'Or (along with Richard Linklater's <em>Fast Food Nation</em> and Sofia Coppola's <em>Marie Antoinette</em>).

Kelly knew his film wasn't finished and the visual effects were underwhelming. But the clock had run out, and no one turns down an in-competition invitation. "I wanted to go into Cannes and tell everyone that it was a work in ...
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