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New Girl, True American, and One Ridiculous, Beautiful Legacy

New Girl, True American, and One Ridiculous, Beautiful Legacy
There's a lot to accomplish during tonight's hour-long series finale of New Girl. The show is about to wrap up after seven seasons with one heavily pregnant wife, one loft about to be evicted, and one wedding to get through despite inevitable shenanigans. But there's also one very important shenanigan to be had, one that creator Liz Meriwether promised us months ago before the final season debuted: the final game of True American. The game first debuted in the season one episode "Normal" as an intense, complicated, extremely active and completely nonsensical drinking game somehow centered around American history, described by Jess (Zooey Deschanel) as "50% drinking game, 50% life-size Candy...
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Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ to Open Cannes Critics’ Week Sidebar

Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ to Open Cannes Critics’ Week Sidebar
“Wildlife,” Paul Dano’s adaptation of a Richard Ford novel starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been chosen to screen in the International Critics’ Week sidebar at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Critics’ Week is run independently of the main festival but takes place concurrently. The selection is devoted to first and second films from new directors — and its directorial debuts, including “Wildlife,” are eligible for Cannes’ Camera d’Or for the festival’s best first film.

“Wildlife” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won positive reviews and was acquired by IFC Films. The only American film screening in Critics’ Week, it will be presented as a special opening-night screening in the sidebar.

Also Read: 'Wildlife' Review: Paul Dano's Directorial Debut Is an Austere Portrait of a Family in Crisis

Guillaume Senez’s “Our Struggles” will also be presented as a special screening, while Alex Katz’s “Guy” will close the section. The seven competition titles in Critics’ Week will include Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “Fugue,” Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War,” Anja Kofmel’s “Chris the Swiss,” Rohena Gera’s “Sir” and Sofia Szilagyi’s “One Day.”

International Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique) is organized by the French Union of Film Critics, which is made up of 244 critics, writers and journalists. The oldest parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival, it began in 1962.

The winners will be chosen by a jury headed by Danish director Joachim Trier and also including American actress Chloe Sevigny, Argentinian actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart, festival programmer Eva Sangiori and French journalist Augustin Trapenard.

Critics’ Week also announced 10 short films in competition and another three in special screenings.

Also Read: Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

Filmmakers who first screened in Cannes as part of Critics’ Week include Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard and Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The other main sidebar that runs concurrently with the festival, Directors’ Fortnight, will announce its lineup on Tuesday.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 8 through May 19.

The Critics’ Week lineup:

Special screenings:

“Wildlife,” Paul Dano

“Nos Batailles” (“Our Struggles”), Guillaume Senez

“Sheherazade,” Jean-Bernard Marlin

Feature film competition:

“Fuga” (“Fugue”), Agnieszka Smoczynska

“Kona Fer I Strid” (Woman at War”), Benedikt Erlingsson

“Sauvage,” Camille Vidal-Naquet

“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt

“Chris the Swiss,” Anja Kofmel

“Sir,” Rohena Gera

“Egy Nap” (“One Day”), Sofia Szilagyi

Closing night:

“Guy,” Alex Lutz

Short films competition:

“Amor, Avenidas Novas,” Duarte Coimbra

“Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias” (“Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year”), Jacqueline Lentzou

“Pauline asservie” (“Pauline, Enslaved”), Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet

“La Persistente,” Camille Lugan

“Rapaz” (“Raptor”), Felipe Galvez

“Schacher,” Flurin Giger

“Tiikeri” (“The Tiger”), Mikko Myllylahti

“Un Jour de Marriage” (“A Wedding Day”), Elias Belkeddar

“Ya Normalniy” (“Normal”), Michael Borodin

“Mo-Bum-Shi-Min” (“Exemplary Citizen”), Kim Cheol-Hwi

Short films special screenings:

“Third Kind,” Yorgos Zois

“La Chute” (“The Fall”), Boris Labbe

“Ultra Pulpe,” Bertrand Mandico

Read original story Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ to Open Cannes Critics’ Week Sidebar At TheWrap
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Warren Ellis' AI Comic Series Injection is Being Adapted Into a TV Series

Warren Ellis' ongoing comic series Injection is set to be adapted into a live-action series by Universal Cable Productions. The Image Comics title launched in 2015 and it centers around artificial intelligence. 

The story revolves around "a group of five highly specialized individuals who are brought together by the British government to hypothesize about the future of human culture. After discovering the results, the group decides to act on it by creating an unusual artificial intelligence using a combination of technology and shamanistic magic, which makes its way into our world. Now, the five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life. Injection is also about how loud and strange the world is getting,
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‘Frozen’: Get Your First Look at Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Hans in Upcoming Musical Adaptation

‘Frozen’: Get Your First Look at Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Hans in Upcoming Musical Adaptation
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Frozen, Disney’s Oscar-winning animated movie about two young princesses, is headed for the stage in a musical adaptation set to debut on Broadway in February 2018.

Ahead of its long awaited debut, Disney Theatrical Productions has released the first official look at its stars in costume. Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff) and John Riddle (Hans) are seen in designs by Tony winner Christopher Oram.


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Inspired by the animated film, composers and lyricists Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and book writer Jennifer Lee expand The Snow Queen-inspired fairy tale and its Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle to present a unique live experience for audiences. Lopez previously told Et the story “comes from a very personal, emotional place of what happens when a family is dealing with secrecy and shame and how you heal that.” As a result
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Producers join Gearshift Films’ 'All The Rage'

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Producers join Gearshift Films’ 'All The Rage'
Exclusive: Dallas Buyers Club executive producer Tony Notargiacomo and Die Hard With A Vengeance executive producer Robert Lawrence have boarded the Canada-us project as producer and executive producer, respectively.

Carl Bessai (pictured), whose credits include Emile and Normal, will direct from a screenplay by Shannon Beaty.

Gearshift principals Borga Dorter and Jordan Barker will produce alongside Notargiacomo and Beaty.

All The Rage is based on Margaret Atwood’s critically acclaimed short story Hairball and follows a driven career woman in her 30s.

When she is lured from a cutting edge magazine in Berlin to a conservative, male-run publishing company in Toronto that stifles her ambitions, the woman plots revenge.

Production is earmarked for spring in Canada.
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Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘King Lear’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘King Lear’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall and Sean Astin are starring in “The Lears,” a comic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” Variety has learned.

It’s the first in-house production for distributor NeoClassics Films and has started production in Malibu and other parts of Los Angeles. Aly Michalka, Victoria Smurfit and Nic Bishop are also starring.

Carl Bessai is directing from his own script. NeoClassics Films’ CEO Irwin Olian is producing in association with Bessai’s Raven West Films Ltd. NeoClassics will also serve as the film’s international sales agent.

“Carl’s script is a smart, modern day derivative of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear,'” said Olian. “In the classic play, the old King wanted each of his three daughters to prove their love so that he could determine who was most worthy of his kingdom. In our modern spin, iconic architect Davenport Lear has created a family
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Chuck Adds Matrix Spy, Powers has a Kingpin

According to Adam Baldwin, “Casey has either met his match, or his love match,” as TVLine brings word that Carrie-Anne Moss (the Matrix trilogy) joins the NBC spy-thriller-comedy, Chuck.

Moss, who recently starred in the Lifetime drama pilot, Normal, is joining the gang as Gertrude Verbanski, a former spy that runs Verbanski Corp., which happens to be the chief rival of Chuck and Sarah’s company. Gertrude is “ruthless and deadly,” but her one vulnerable spot is Casey (Baldwin).

The love interest/foil will be making her appearance in a multi-episode arc in the upcoming fifth and final season of Chuck, along with Craig Kilborn and Mark Hamill, who will be spicing up the season premiere as a couple of new bad guys.

Switching from spies to people with super powers, Deadline brings word that Vinnie Jones (The Cape, The Midnight Meat Train) has joined the FX pilot, Powers, the
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'Chuck' enters the matrix with Carrie-Anne Moss

"Chuck" has cast a love interest for Adam Baldwin's character, and she should be more than up to the task of keeping pace with John Casey.

"The Matrix" star Carrie-Anne Moss has signed on for a multi-episode run on the NBC series' final season, EW reports. She's the second big guest star to join Season 5 of the show; it was announced at Comic-Con that Mark Hamill will appear in the season premiere.

Moss will play a character named Gertrude Verbanski, who despite her ungainly name is a ruthlessly efficient spy. She runs a private firm that competes with Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) newly launched enterprise.

Gertrude also has a history with Casey, and though they've been professional rivals they have clicked personally. That sound you may have just heard is a bunch of "Chuck" fans squee-ing.

In addition to the "Matrix" trilogy, Moss' credits include "Memento,
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Chuck Scoop: Carrie-Anne Moss To Recur as Casey's Romantic Foil

Chuck Scoop: Carrie-Anne Moss To Recur as Casey's Romantic Foil
Things are looking up for one John Casey.

Matrix stunner Carrie-Anne Moss is joining Chuck‘s final season as a love interest/foil for Adam Baldwin’s lovelorn spy, sources confirm to TVLine.

Chuck Exclusive: Craig Kilborn Spies Villainous Season Premiere Guest Spot

Her character, Gertrude Verbanski, is a former spy who now runs Verbanski Corp. — the chief rival of Chuck and Sarah’s new company. She’s ruthless and deadly, yet she also has a weak spot for Casey, her old rival. The character was described in one casting breakdown as, “Miranda Priestly meets Lara Croft, with a rather wicked sense of humor.
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2011 Sundance Film Festival In-Competition Line-Up Announced

The films playing in-competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced. Some of this year’s competitors include Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground, Paddy Considine’s feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur, Matthew Chapman’s thriller The Ledge, Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life (which is about the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest), and a documentary about lovable Sesame Street resident Elmo (or rather, his puppeteer).

However, the movies playing in-competition at Sundance are only a fraction of the total number of films that play at the festival. This will be my first year attending the festival and I’m super-excited about going. Hit the jump for a full list of the in-competition films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.

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U.S. Dramatic Competition

Another Earth (Director: Mike Cahill; Screenwriters: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling) – On the
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Camille Sullivan Joins Global's 'Rookie Blue'

As Global's Rookie Blue is shooting its second season in Toronto, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Camille Sullivan has joined the cast.

Sullivan will play detective Jo Rosati. Besides her, Lauren Holly will also guest-star in Rookie Blue.

Obviously, the ensemble cast of this show about five young police officers who got out of the academy will be back: Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne, Ben Bass, Eric Johnson, Matt Gordon, Noam Jenkins, Melanie Nicholls-King and Lyriq Bent.

Prior to Rookie Blue, Camille Sullivan has appeared in feature films such as Mount Pleasant, Mothers and Daughters and Normal. As for her TV credits, they include CBC's Intelligence and Shattered, which is currently airing on the Canadian TV network Global.

Source: Matt Gordon's Twitter page [1] and [2].
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Sarah Michelle Gellar & Kevin Zegers Discharge CAA And Return To ICM

Sarah Michelle Gellar & Kevin Zegers Discharge CAA And Return To ICM
The more things change in Hollywood, the more they stay the same. So Sarah Michelle Gellar has left CAA and returned to ICM and Eddy Yablans. When ICM last repped her, she starred in the iconic Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series, and feature films including Cruel Intentions and The Grudge. She's still managed by Joanne Colonna at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Leaving CAA to go back to ICM agent Brian Bunnin is Kevin Zegers, who had a breakout performance in Transamerica and whose other credits include 50 Dead Men Walking, The Perfect Age Of Rock 'N Roll, The Jane Austen Book Club, Normal, and The Narrows. He's still managed by Jason Weinberg and Justin Grey Stone at Untitled.
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Teaser and New Poster of 'Repeaters'

In April, we saw the first images of the upcoming Canadian thriller Repeaters. Now, we get to see a new poster and a first trailer.

This film shot in Mission, B.C. was directed by Carl Bessai (Normal).

The story revolves around drug addicts at a rehab centre who fight their inner demons and live the same day over and over again. While each have some degree of volition and are able to use this day to play out fantasies seemingly with no long term consequences, none has power to change the truth that tomorrow will be the same as yesterday. Ultimately, all are forced to make choices that will affect not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.

The film stars Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Benjamin Ratner, Gabrielle Rose, Teach Grant, Anja Savcic and Emily Perkins. A release should take place in 2011.
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Canadian Director Carl Bessai Premieres New Thriller Repeaters at Tiff

Interesting fact: veteran Canadian director Carl Bessai has had a film featured at Tiff every year since 2006 – Cole (2009), Mothers & Daughters (2008), Normal (2007) and Unnatural & Accidental (2006). This year, he brings a dark, fast-paced thriller to the Festival, Repeaters, starring Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, and Richard de Klerk. The story focuses on three young addicts in a rehab centre who attempt to make a path to recovery but live through a strange, eerie repetitiveness in each day. A new trailer popped up today for the film and can be seen below. There’s a little bit too much unrealistic gunfire for our tastes, but it does seem to be loaded with action and thrills.
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3 saisons (2009)

Sometimes, urban dramas try to have so much sub plots that it becomes next to impossible to make a link between them. However, this isn't the case with Jim Donovan's lovely film 3 saisons, which takes place in Montreal. The film owes its quality not only to the cast's performance, but also to the way Donovan links 3 saisons's three different sub-plots.First of all, Carmine (Romano Orzari), a wealthy publicist, and Sasha (Caroline Néron), an actress stuck in playing in commercials, know that they want a child. The news that Sasha is pregnant should elate the couple. Unfortunately, behind their image of a happy couple, Carmine and Sasha might divorce. Besides, Sasha contemplates aborting her child, because she feels that Carmine cheats on her.

Secondly, Justine and Seb, two vagrants who like "freedom", live in the streets of Montreal. While he learns that Justine is pregnant, Seb tells her that
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First Images of 'Repeaters'

A few days ago, the first images of the film Repeaters were uploaded on the film's official Facebook fan page. For the moment, this film from Canadian director Carl Bessai (Normal) is in post-production.

The film is a paranormal drama penned by Arne Olsen (Here's to Life!) and was shot in Mission, B.C.

The story revolves around drug addicts at a rehab centre who fight their inner demons and live the same day over and over again. While each have some degree of volition and are able to use this day to play out fantasies seemingly with no long term consequences, none has power to change the truth that tomorrow will be the same as yesterday. Ultimately, all are forced to make choices that will affect not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.

The film star Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Benjamin Ratner,
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[DVD Review] The Matrix: The 10th Anniversary Edition

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If you've seen The Matrix you know why the film community heralds it as a benchmark achievement in filmmaking. Just as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars set the bar for film special effects, The Matrix came along and made us re-examine everything we thought a movie could do. Revolutionary, groundbreaking, mindblowing - these are all terms people use to describe The Matrix. It's certainly all true, but up until now, what I'd appreciated most about The Matrix was this: it packaged a Philosophy 101 course into a digestible Sci-Fi flick with a raging techno/rock/orchestral score and jaw-dropping action sequences. The Blu-ray release of The Matrix turns this scale on its head bringing the action scenes to the level they were always meant to reach - now the film is superb all the way around.

Andy and Larry Wachowski invited
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Genie Awards 2009

2009 Genie Awards 2009 Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Genie Award nominations: Feb. 10, 2009 2009 Genie Award winners: Ottawa, April 4, 2009 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Best Motion Picture / Meilleur Film Amal - David Miller, Steven Bray Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life - Bernadette Payeur, René Chénier Normal - Andrew Boutilier, Carl Bessai * Passchendaele - Niv Fichman, Francis Damberger, Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine - Nicole Robert Best Documentary / Meilleur Documentaire Infiniment QUÉBEC - Jean-Claude Labrecque, Yves Fortin, Christian Medawar My Winnipeg - Guy Maddin, Phyllis Laing, Jody Shapiro * Up The Yangtze - Yung Chang, Mila Aung-Thwin, John Christou, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong Best Direction / Meilleure RÉALISATION Richie Mehta - Amal Lyne Charlebois - Borderline * Benoit Pilon - Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life Carl Bessai - Normal Yves-Christian Fournier - Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine Performance By
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Nominees for the 29th Annual Genie Awards Unveiled

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (Acct) have announced the nominees for the 29th Annual Genie Awards. Leading the pack for the awards honoring the best in Canadian film was "The Necessities of Life". The movie about an Inuit hunter stranded in a Quebec hospital collected eight gongs, including best picture, best director for Benoit Pilon and best original screenplay for Bernard Emond.

In the category of best pictures, Pilon's film will be up against "Amal", "Normal", "Passchendaele" and "Everything Is Fine". Meanwhile, for the best original screenplay title, it placed Bernard Emond in competition with Deepa Mehta of "Heaven on Earth", Travis McDonald of "Normal", Randall Cole of "Real Time" and Guillaume Vigneault of "Everything Is Fine".

While "The Necessities of Life" took the most nominations, "Fugitive Pieces", the Samuel Goldwyn Films drama based on best-selling novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels grabbed six nods. Some of the
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Pusan International Film Festival

BUSAN, South Korea -- Like the high-profile Reservation Road and White Night (also screening at PIFF), Normal tracks the after-effects of a devastating accident. Constructed like an interconnected character piece a la Short Cuts or Crash, the film doesn't have as much finesse as the former, but is a good deal less manipulative than the latter.

Carl Bessai's latest is intermittently affecting, though too often it wallows in soap opera. Carrie-Anne Moss' dramatic star turn could generate interest for a limited release in its native Canada and possibly on the festival circuit. Theatrical distribution elsewhere seems a long shot.

Catherine (Moss) is the grieving mother of teenager Nicky, traumatized to the point of near paralysis following his death in a drunk-driving accident. She's distanced herself from her husband and neglected her younger son Brady (Cameron Bright, Birth) for two years. Jordie was Nicky's best friend, just out of juvenile detention, and living once again with his overbearing father Carl (Michael Riley) and his young wife Elise (Camille Sullivan). Professor Walt Callum Keith Rennie), who has an autistic brother and a failing marriage, is overwhelmed with guilt at causing the accident that killed Nicky.

For most of its running time, Normal unfolds as a series of vignettes, some vivid and compelling. Catherine's anger and suffering are palpable, as is her family's frustration. Their weariness with her extended mourning is understandable too. The troubled Jordie, with his own burden to bear, is equally believable in his unfocused rage, and Walt's resigned responsibility toward his brother rings true.

When Jordie begins an affair with his stepmother, it's straight out of daytime television, and adds a good dose of unnecessary sordidness to narrative. Not to be outdone, Walt gets in on the sexy plot turns as well, with a student. It's here that Normal steps into the realm of melodrama in its attempt to investigate life in an affluent and white Vancouver suburb.

From the beginning, it's clear that the grief-stricken Catherine and the guilt-ridden Walt are on the sort of collision course. This results in mutual redemption, yet the catharsis is only mildly satisfying.

Bessai gets the strongest performances from Moss, the underrated Rennie (possibly best known now as the Cylon Leoben on Battlestar Galactica) and Zegers, who makes a cliche character believable. Normal functions best as a series of snapshots about lingering guilt, the desire for redemption, and the dangers in allowing grief. But as a whole, Normal isn't quite convincing.


A Mongrel Media, Raven West Films, Submission Films production


Director: Carl Bessai

Screenwriters: Travis McDonald, Carl Bessai

Producers: Andrew Boutilier, Carl Bessai

Executive producers: Stephen Hegyes, Shawn Williamson, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross

Director of photography: Carl Bessai

Production designer: Nancy Mossop

Music: Clinton Shorter

Co-producer: Rajvinder Uppal

Costume designer: Michele Maillet

Editor: Lisa Binkley


Catherine: Carrie-Anne Moss

Jordie: Kevin Zegers

Walt: Callum Keith Rennie

Dale: Andrew Airlie

Brady: Cameron Bright

Dennis: Tygh Runyan

Abby: Allison Hossack

Sherri: Lauren Lee Smith

Running time --100 minutes

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