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Richard Kind Sci-Fi Movie ‘Auggie’ Beamed Up By Samuel Goldwyn

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Richard Kind Sci-Fi Movie ‘Auggie’ Beamed Up By Samuel Goldwyn
Exclusive: Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Richard Kind sci-fi movie Auggie from Myriad Pictures.

Directed and written by Matt Kane and co-written and produced by Marc Underhill of Thundercane Productions, Auggie follows early retiree Felix Greystone (Kind) who falls in love with an augmented reality companion, to the detriment of his relationship with his wife and daughter.

At his “early retirement” party, Felix is given a pre-release version of an “Auggie,” a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that project a perfectly human companion onto his world. When Felix’s wife Anne gets a promotion and his daughter Grace gets serious with her boyfriend, Felix suddenly feels very alone. He opens up to his new companion and is recognized and appreciated by her, and begins to fall for her.

Larisa Oleynik, Susan Blackwell and newcomer Christen Harper also star.

Auggie made its world premiere at Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival 2019 and later screened as part of the official selection in the Beverly Hills Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Said Kane, “Marc and I are thrilled to be partnering with Samuel Goldwyn Films, a company with deep roots in the world of quality film. We couldn’t think of a better fit to bring this film to audiences in the U.S.”

The deal was negotiated by Ben Feingold from Samuel Goldwyn with Kirk D’Amico from Myriad on behalf of the filmmakers.

Kind’s credits include Spin City, Gotham, American Dad and Amazon’s Red Oaks as well as such movies as Oscar Best Picture winner Ago, Pixar’s Inside Out and the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man.
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Dragged Across Concrete Trailer Gets Brutal with Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn

Dragged Across Concrete Trailer Gets Brutal with Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn
A new trailer for Dragged Across Concrete is here. This is the latest from filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, who has been thrilling moviegoers who don't get squeamish at the sight of extreme violence since his ultra-violent directorial debut, the 2015 western Bone Tomahawk. Now he's back with an unlikely duo consisting of Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn who play a couple of dirty cops hoping to make a big score to set themselves up for the future.

The trailer kicks off with a darkly comedic bit, but things quickly transition into a dark seriousness. It paints Mel Gibson as an aging cop who has lost touch a bit, while Vince Vaughn, his partner, is pondering his future, leading them to consider stepping on the wrong side of the law. While the footage doesn't do a great job of laying out the story at hand, it does make it clear that this
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To Dust: Asking Life's Big Questions with Matthew Broderick

Matthew Schuchman Feb 8, 2019

We chat with Matthew Broderick about his new film To Dust and how the dark comedy tackles the great mystery of what comes next.

Ashes to ashes, dust to... well, you know the rest. Have you ever thought about the words though? As we pass on from this world, our bodies lowered into the ground—unless you’ve chosen to be cremated, in which case, those words seem all the more pertinent—do you wonder if we actually, become dust? While literally turning to dust may not be what many people expect to be the actual outcome for our mortal bodies, what does actually happen? That is the question Shmuel has after his wife passes away from a battle with cancer. As an Orthodox Hasidic Jew, these are questions his religion has no real answer for. His search for answers lead him to Albert (the incomparable Matthew
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Myriad Pictures to launch Efm sales on Richard Kind sci-fi 'Auggie' (exclusive)

Myriad Pictures to launch Efm sales on Richard Kind sci-fi 'Auggie' (exclusive)
Former Screen International Star of Tomorrow Matt Kane directed.

Myriad Pictures will commence sales at the Efm in Berlin next week on Auggie , an elevated sci-fi in the vein of Her starring A Serious Man’s Richard Kind.

Larisa Oleynik, Susan Blackwell (The Comedian) and newcomer Christen Harper round out the key cast. Former Screen International Star of Tomorrow Matt Kane directed the story and his Thundercane Productions partner Marc Underhill co-wrote the screenplay and served as producer.

In Auggie, Kind stars as Felix Greystone, a lonely man forced into early retirement who receives a pair of augmented reality smart
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‘The Social Ones’ Trailer: Social Media Influencers Get Rightfully Skewered In New Mockumentary

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Exclusive: In the first trailer for the social media influencer send-up The Social Ones starts with influencers sitting in a circle in what looks like a support meeting as the words, “Everyone has forgotten the truth that we are humans not handles” flashes on the screen. This mockumentary from writer/director Laura Kosann is the perfect remedy to the onslaught of likes, retweets, Insta-fame that has been furiously raining down on culture for the past decade.

Premiering at the 2019 Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival this March in Silicon Valley, The Social Ones is basically a skewering answer to Netflix’s documentary The American Meme. Starring Richard Kind, Stephanie March (Law & Order Svu), Jackie Hoffman (Feud), Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show), and Peter Scolari (Girls), the mockumentary is a parody that highlights the pitfalls of the emerging takeover of social media in our everyday lives,
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2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?

The PGA Awards has a stellar success rate at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. When the academy expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the Academy Awards shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders (though it had 11 last year due to a tie). That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster.

Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. So how many of this year’s 10 PGA nominees — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice” — will make the cut with the academy?

Let’s look back at each year’s PGA Awards nominees in this new era of voting for Best Picture to see
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2019 Producers Guild Awards nominations preview: Oscar Best Picture line-up?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America announces its nominees for Best Picture on Friday (Jan. 4)? How closely will the guild’s top 10 preview the Academy Awards line-up that will be revealed on Jan. 22?

When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the academy shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster. Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Last year, the guild went seven for nine: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other three guild nominees were “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Wonder Woman” while the Oscars rounded out their
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Oscars’ Best Picture Category Needs Fixing – Here’s an Easy Way to Do It

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A version of this story first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscars magazine.

Will this be a thin year in the Best Picture race? In some ways, it looks as if it might. We know the usual suspects– “Roma” and “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite” and a few others — but there’s precious little on that list that doesn’t have some kind of vulnerability, and even less off that list that seems positioned to grab a spot.

And yet I keep thinking of a different kind of Oscars race, one in which Pawel Pawlikowski’s luminous “Cold War” has a real chance, along with the Coen brothers’ brilliantly dark and wickedly funny “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and Paul Greengrass’ harrowing but triumphant “22 July,” and Jason Reitman’s
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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’
Joel Coen celebrates his 64th birthday on November 29, 2018. Alongside his younger sibling Ethan Coen, the four-time Oscar winner has created a number of quirky, singular titles spanning a variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 18 of the Coen Brothers films, ranked worst to best.

The Coens made their feature debut with the Southwestern neo-noir “Blood Simple” (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget with a then largely unknown cast, the film established the brothers’ talent for visually striking, wholly original stories.

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They followed their breakout hit with a series of increasingly ambitious, wildly different features: the wacky Southern farce “Raising Arizona” (1987), the moody gangster saga “Millers Crossing” (1990), the bizarre Hollywood satire “Barton Fink” (1991), and the nostalgic screwball comedy “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994).

It wasn’t until “Fargo” (1996), a comedic thriller about a pregnant police
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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films ranked worst to best

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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films ranked worst to best
Joel Coen celebrates his 64th birthday on November 29, 2018. Alongside his younger sibling Ethan Coen, the four-time Oscar winner has created a number of quirky, singular titles spanning a variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 18 of the Coen Brothers films, ranked worst to best.

The Coens made their feature debut with the Southwestern neo-noir “Blood Simple” (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget with a then largely unknown cast, the film established the brothers’ talent for visually striking, wholly original stories.

They followed their breakout hit with a series of increasingly ambitious, wildly different features: the wacky Southern farce “Raising Arizona” (1987), the moody gangster saga “Millers Crossing” (1990), the bizarre Hollywood satire “Barton Fink” (1991), and the nostalgic screwball comedy “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994).

It wasn’t until “Fargo” (1996), a comedic thriller about a pregnant police officer (McDormand) investigating a murder-kidnapping gone awry in Minnesota, that
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ reviews: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix anthology is ‘funny,’ ‘mournful’ and ‘jauntily morbid’

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ reviews: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix anthology is ‘funny,’ ‘mournful’ and ‘jauntily morbid’
Joel and Ethan Coen have tackled the Western genre before with “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) and “True Grit” (2010), but their new Netflix anthology film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is a marked departure from those, if only in its structure. It tells six disconnected stories that range from upbeat to tragic, to both all at once. How are critics responding to this latest offbeat genre piece, which started streaming on Friday, November 9?

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 80 based on 25 reviews, all of them classified as positive, though a few of them more ambivalent than others. And the film has a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of 95% based on 55 reviews (only 3 classified as “rotten”). Taken together, those scores indicate a lot of love for this collection of short stories, and very little outright dislike.

Individual reviews are describing the film as “another piece of Coen
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Sliff 2018 Review – Zama

Zama screens Tuesday November 6th at 9m and again Friday November 9th at 9:30pm as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Both screenings are at the Plaza Frontenac Theater. Ticket information can be found Here and Here

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama is the type of comedy that is found in the details. There’s a particular one, that always got me every single time I saw it. As Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a powerful yet pitiful member of a Spanish colonial government, goes into every house he must, he must brush the poop off his shoes that he picked up while walking there. Not only is the movement within the frame objectively funny, there is a whipping motion to it that comes off of like a child who won’t get his candy back, it’s a joke baked into the very theme of the movie.
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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant

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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant
Ranking the Coen Brothers’ movies is nothing new, but using emoji to do it is. Actor Paul Rust has done just that on Twitter, and it’s a testament to both the cinematic siblings’ singular body of work and Rust’s emoji-choosing abilities that it’s surprisingly easy to decipher his choices. When #1 is signified by a pregnant woman and a female cop, for instance, it’s clear he’s chosen “Fargo” as his top choice; a bowling ball and pins can only mean that “The Big Lebowski” has come in at #5.

Here are all of his choices:

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— Paul Rust (@paulrust) October 20, 2018

And here they are decoded (#9 wasn’t so easy to figure out):

Fargo” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” “Barton Fink” “No Country for Old Men” “The Big Lebowski” “Blood Simple” “Raising Arizona” “The Hudsucker Proxy” “Hail, Caesar!” “A Serious Man” “Burn After Reading
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Campfire stories by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bill Heck, Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen with 56th New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Leave it to Joel and Ethan Coen to assemble a cast that includes Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan (who co-wrote Paul Dano's Wildlife a highlight of the festival), Tyne Daly, Tom Waits, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Bill Heck, and Brendan Gleeson for their latest feature The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs which is screening in the Main Slate of the 56th New York Film Festival.

Ethan Coen with Joel Coen: "We had an oxen wrangler, because we wanted the oxen to do something specific in a take." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Coen brothers worked again with longtime collaborators. This is the 16th time with composer Carter Burwell, who started out with Blood Simple, then Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, and The Hudsucker Proxy,
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Trailer: The Best Horse Around is Back as a Gritty TV Detective

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Trailer: The Best Horse Around is Back as a Gritty TV Detective
BoJack Horseman” is poised to become Netflix’s longest-running comedy. But if this first look at the latest chapter is any indication, we’re in for a little more introspection than even “BoJack” fans are used to.

Last season, BoJack (Will Arnett) found an unexpected new family member in Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla). With Season 5, BoJack’s return to the small screen finds the rest of the usual cast of characters back in their own personal journeys: Princess Caroline’s learning the ropes of a new job, Hollyhock is off away from Chez Horseman, and Mr. Peanutbutter is back as a working actor, just like his equine pal.

This season is headed to Netflix later this year, but as announced last month, “BoJack” repeats will air on Comedy Central in the fall. (Time will tell if this is all a secret plan for a “Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know?
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The Oscar Legacy of ‘The Dark Knight': Christopher Nolan’s Hit Changed the Rules, But Did That Even Matter?

The Oscar Legacy of ‘The Dark Knight': Christopher Nolan’s Hit Changed the Rules, But Did That Even Matter?
The release of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” 10 years ago led directly to a decade in which big commercial hits like “Wonder Woman,” “Deadpool,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Skyfall,” “Bridesmaids” and “Star Trek” received Best Picture nominations.

Best picture nominations, that is, from the Producers Guild Awards. Not the Oscars.

Sure, the Academy changed its rules in the aftermath of the notorious 2009 snub of “The Dark Knight” in an attempt to increase the likelihood of well-reviewed commercial hits landing nominations for the top category, but the change has mostly resulted in nominations for even more little indie films, not more big studio ones.

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And if this year’s biggest hit, “Black Panther,” doesn’t get a nomination in the top category this January, the Academy will find itself asking the same question it asked in
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever
In late 2008, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” — a zeitgeist-infused superhero sequel that would come to be widely regarded as the best in the genre — was on a crash-course with major Oscar recognition. Nominations from the producers, directors, and writers guilds, as well as a monster domestic box office haul north of $500 million, only firmed up expectations.

Then, “The Reader” happened. The Stephen Daldry drama, steeped in Oscar-friendly Holocaust trappings, was muscled into the race by Harvey Weinstein at a time when the now-disgraced mogul’s Miramax glory days were fast-becoming a distant memory, and the awards outlook for his newly formed Weinstein Co. was increasingly dim. (Movies like “Mrs Henderson Presents” and “Bobby” had failed to connect with voters.) “The Reader” nailed down nominations for best picture, director, and adapted screenplay, effectively boxing out Nolan’s critically acclaimed blockbuster in the top fields.

It was the last time the
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‘Burning’ Review: Lee Chang-dong’s Adaptation of Haruki Murakami Story Is a Mesmerizing Tale of Working Class Frustrations – Cannes 2018

‘Burning’ Review: Lee Chang-dong’s Adaptation of Haruki Murakami Story Is a Mesmerizing Tale of Working Class Frustrations – Cannes 2018
Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami share distinct fixations — loneliness and desire — so the combination of their talents feels like a natural fit. No surprise then that “Burning,” Lee’s first feature in eight years, expands Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning” into an enthralling look at working-class frustrations in which a sad figure chases elusive possibilities

As with “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry,” Lee takes his time combing through a scenario rich with the ineffable sadness of people at the mercy of a cruel world. The result is a haunting, beautiful tone poem. Lee takes his forlorn character to unpredictable places, leading to an outcome that dangles tantalizing questions and potent themes.

Murakami’s abstract narrative provides an ideal template for Lee’s standard fixations, resulting in a dark and often gripping look at the soul-searing plight of an alienated young man. That’s Lee Jongsu (Ah-in
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Emmys 2018: Will Michael Stuhlbarg be redeemed after Oscar snub with an Emmy bid for ‘The Looming Tower’?

Emmys 2018: Will Michael Stuhlbarg be redeemed after Oscar snub with an Emmy bid for ‘The Looming Tower’?
Will Michael Stuhlbarg earn his first career Emmy nomination for “The Looming Tower”? He co-stars in the Hulu limited series as Richard Clarke, the real life chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council in the years leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This role follows an awards season in which the actor achieved the rare feat of appearing in three Best Picture nominees: “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Post” and the eventual winner “The Shape of Water.” But Stuhlbarg himself wasn’t nominated. Emmy voters may want to make it up to him.

It’s perhaps surprising that Stuhlbarg hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar yet given his roles in numerous Oscar contending films including “A Serious Man” (2009), “Hugo” (2011), “Lincoln” (2012), “Blue Jasmine” (2013) and “Arrival” (2016), in addition to his three nominated films from 2017. But you might say the same thing about the Emmys. Stuhlbarg spent four
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Oscars flashback: Joel and Ethan Coen win Best Picture for ‘No Country for Old Men’ 10 years ago [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Joel and Ethan Coen win Best Picture for ‘No Country for Old Men’ 10 years ago [Watch]
Producer Scott Rudin made one of the greatest decisions of his life when he approached Joel and Ethan Coen about directing a project for him in 2005. He had purchased the film rights to “No Country for Old Men,” a new novel by Cormac McCarthy about a drug deal gone wrong on the United States/Mexico border in the 1980s. But they were hesitant to accept since they were known for writing their own original movies, including an Oscar victory for the screenplay of Fargo” in 1996.

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The finished film brought them back to the Academy Awards 10 years ago and became the Best Picture of 2007 at the ceremony in 2008 (watch the video above). They would also take home trophies for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay that evening. With this triumph the Coen brothers joined James Cameron as the most recent
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