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Women Dominate Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury, from Kristen Stewart to Ava DuVernay

Women Dominate Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury, from Kristen Stewart to Ava DuVernay
While the Competition at the 71st Festival de Cannes (May 8-19) so far includes only three women directors, Cannes has selected many films from women filmmakers in such sidebars as Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week, and Directors’ Fortnight. And the Competition jury led by president Cate Blanchett is dominated by women.

The jury features five women, four men, seven nationalities, and five continents. They will reveal the winners on Saturday, May 19 during the Closing Ceremony.

The 2018 Jury

Cate Blanchett – President (Australian actress, producer)

Chang Chen (Chinese actor)

Ava DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)

Robert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)

Khadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)

Léa Seydoux (French actress)

Kristen Stewart (American actress)

Denis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)

Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)

Cannes Biographies (below):

Chang Chen – Chinese actor

Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s “A Brighter Summer Day.” He rose to
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Different Directors Meant the Same Vision for Cinematographer Bradford Young

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Different Directors Meant the Same Vision for Cinematographer Bradford Young
From Dee Rees’ “Pariah” to David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” to the films of Ava Duvernay (“Middle of Nowhere”) and Andrew Dosunmu (“Mother of George”), no cinematographer in recent memory brings a visual boldness and mastery of craft to independent film quite like Bradford Young. And while Young has demonstrated the ability to work on a larger canvas — most notably with his Oscar-nominated cinematography for Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” — signing up for a franchise film like “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t necessarily seem like a natural career trajectory.

“I still consider myself an independent, low-budget filmmaker,” said Young. “‘Star Wars’ is like a once in a lifetime, unexpected opportunity that you take because [there] might be space for your voice in there, but it’s not something I was asking for, or even envisioned for myself.”

Young made it clear he would never pitch Lucasfilm anything
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Trailer Watch: No One Says What They Mean in Michelle Morgan’s “It Happened in L.A.”

It Happened in L.A.

Remember that episode of “30 Rock” where Liz and her boyfriend go to Ikea and suddenly every conversation they have about furniture turns into a metaphor for their relationship? Well, the couples of “It Happened in L.A.” are doing the same thing, but all the time. Michelle Morgan’s feature directorial debut centers on Annette (Morgan, “Girl Most Likely”), her boyfriend Elliot (Jorma Taccone, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”), and their friends, all of whom talk about their relationships without actually talking about their relationships.

In one of their arguments, Annette complains about how Elliot bugs her to take walks with him. When he reminds her that walking is healthy, she yells, “But I don’t want to walk anymore!” Translation: Annette might not want to be with Elliot anymore.

One of the couple’s friends, Tom (Tate Donovan, “Elvis & Nixon”), has a conniption when his girlfriend plans to buy a new couch for their place. “I know what kind of couch I like and this is not it. And I’m not gonna be manipulated into making a huge decision.” Translation: Stop pressuring me to commit!

And, while hanging out with her best friend Baker (Dree Hemingway, “While We’re Young”), Annette announces, apropos of nothing, that “palm trees are actually very condescending.” Translation: Okay, that could just be her random opinion — or the palm trees in question are an Elliot stand-in.

Morgan previously wrote, directed, and starred in the short film “K.I.T.” a portrait of a yuppie determined to prove she is a good person. She has also penned the screenplays for 2008’s “Middle of Nowhere” and “Girl Most Likely.” Also an actress, Morgan has appeared in projects like “American Dreams” and “Cinema Verite.”

It Happened in L.A.” opens November 3 in New York and November 10 in La. You can catch it on VOD November 14.


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‘L.A. Times’ Filmmaker and Star Michelle Morgan Finds Her Own Voice in Directorial Debut — Sundance Springboard

‘L.A. Times’ Filmmaker and Star Michelle Morgan Finds Her Own Voice in Directorial Debut — Sundance Springboard
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.

Don’t let newly minted multi-hyphenate Michelle Morgan’s resume fool you — she always wanted to be a writer. Although Morgan’s first official forays into the industry included small parts on shows like “CSI: Miami” and, yes, even “Saved By the Bell: The New Class” and an arc on “American Dreams,” she originally went to school for screenwriting and simply fell into acting.

And it wasn’t necessarily something that fueled her creatively, which is why Morgan eventually returned to writing, penning the scripts for John Stockwell’s “Middle of Nowhere” and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Girl Most Likely.” In 2013, she turned to directing, with her amusing short “K.I.T,” which screened at Sundance. This time around at the festival, Morgan has combined all of her skills, and she not only
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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme

You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

The Festival will screen a
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‘Whiplash’ Producer David Lancaster Launches Company (Exclusive)

After eight years as co-president at Bold Films, David Lancaster has launched Rumble as a production-development-financing company.

Rumble has already attached Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct spy thriller “Tin Man” from a script by Seth Lochhead (“Hanna”). The “28 Weeks Later” director is developing “Tin Man” with producer Laura Bickford.

The move comes with Lancaster having a pair of Bold Films titles opening in the fall: Sundance Grand Jury prize winner “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.

Lancaster has hired Jon Shiffman, formerly of Comerica Bank and Media Rights Capital, as the CFO and COO. Stephanie Wilcox, former director of development at Bold, has come on as VP of development and production.

Rumble’s slate is focused on auteur-driven film and TV projects with appeal to a global marketplace. Its first project is “Children of the Gun,” a dystopian parable written by Will Dunn
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Chris McKay to direct The Lego Movie sequel

Warner Bros. wasted little time in giving the go ahead to a sequel to The Lego Movie, kicking off development before this year's animated smash hit even opened in cinemas, and now Deadline has revealed that Chris McKay will take over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct the 2017 follow-up.

McKay is no stranger to the world of The Lego Movie, having served as co-animation director on the first movie. Lord and Miller will remain involved in a producing capacity with Dan Lin and Roy Lee, while Jared Stern (The Internship, Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere, Girl Most Likely) will write the script.

The Lego Movie sequel is set for release on May 26th, 2017.
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The Lego Movie sequel to arrive in 2017

Warner Bros. wasted little time giving the go ahead to a follow-up to The Lego Movie, announcing that a sequel was in the works before the animated smash hit had even arrived in cinemas. But now, with the film out to near-universal acclaim and big box office receipts, the studio has set a release date for The Lego Movie 2, which will hit cinemas on May 26th 2017. Yes, that's an awful long wait.

The Lego Movie 2 is currently being written by Jared Stern (The Internship, Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere, Girl Most Likely). At this point it's unknown whether directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return - they chose to hand over directing duties on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but did stick around for the upcoming 22 Jump Street, so obviously they aren't averse to revisiting material.

The Lego Movie is out now,
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New UK Trailer for Girl Most Likely with Kristen Wiig

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Debuting out in Toronto last year, originally under the name Imogene, Girl Most Likely is finally about to arrive in cinemas on our shores here in the UK.

The comedy sees Kristen Wiig front and centre – something we don’t get to see often enough at all. And ahead of its most welcome arrival next month, Lionsgate have released a new UK trailer to get you in the mood.

Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss and Matt Dillon headline in Girl Most Likely, a hilarious comedy about Imogene, once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled, thanks to a crisis of confidence.

Heavily in denial about being dumped by her high society boyfriend, Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate meltdown as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she’s put into the custody of Zelda, her estranged gambling addict
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Girl Most Likely In St. Louis

Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she’s forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald).

Adding further insult to injury, there’s a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom (Darren Criss) and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother’s bed (Matt Dillon). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she’s ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.

Girl Most Likely is in theaters July 19.

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Casting Net: Russell Crowe in talks to direct and star in post-wwi pic; Plus, Alison Brie's inter-dimensional romantic comedy, more

Casting Net: Russell Crowe in talks to direct and star in post-wwi pic; Plus, Alison Brie's inter-dimensional romantic comedy, more
Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]

• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Quvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book,
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Kristen Wiig is High Strung in First Trailer for Quirky 'Girl Most Likely'

After the success of Bridesmaids, former "SNL" cast member Kristen Wiig could have done anything, and she decided to move away form studio comedies towards a passion project called Imogene. The indie comedy follows a woman (Wiig) who ends up in the custody of her obnoxious, gambling addicted mother (Annette Bening) after faking a suicide attempt to get her ex-boyfriend back. Now the first trailer is here, with the new title Girl Most Likely, and it looks mildly amusing. Wiig is doing her best, but it almost seems like it's trying too hard to be that quirky comedy, especially with Matt Dillon's character. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's Girl Most Likely, from Yahoo: Cinema Verite directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are at the helm of Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene), an indie comedy from writer Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere
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'The Office' star Craig Robinson stays at NBC with comedy pilot

NBC is trying to keep at least some of "The Office" family in the fold after the show ends.

Craig Robinson, who plays warehouse manager Darryl Philbin on the show, is teaming up with "Office" executive producer Greg Daniels and writer Owen Ellickson for a comedy pilot. Robinson will play a musician who gets a job teaching music at a middle school (Robinson himself is a proficient piano player).

Ellickson, who's also worked on "The King of Queens" and "Friends With Benefits," is writing the pilot and executive producing with Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein and Mark Schulman. Robinson will have a producer credit.

Other pilot pickups and castings:

- CBS has greenlit a comedy pilot based on the movie "Bad Teacher." Hillary Winston ("Community," "Happy Endings") is writing it, and the movie's writers, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, are among the executive producers.

- Also at CBS, drama pilot
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Sundance: How are the big films of 2012's drama competition faring at the box office?

Sundance: How are the big films of 2012's drama competition faring at the box office?
As this year’s Sundance Film Festival winds down, there’s a collection of stand-outs, films that have already sparked bidding wars among distributors and are gaining buzz that filmmakers hope turns into success beyond the festival.

But where are the films that were in the midst of this festival frenzy a year ago? Now that 13 of the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition have opened in theaters nationwide, they yield a list that’s mainly box office duds, but there was one movie that had plenty of life in it post-Sundance — the acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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The 25 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

We're barely into 2013, and already the film festival circuit is kicking off again. It's only a matter of weeks since The Playlist hung up our collective traveling pants from our last festival trip of 2012 (Marrakech), but even ahead of Berlin next month, we're packing our bags again for one of the major dates in the cinephile calendar -- the Sundance Film Festival. For over thirty years, the festival has served as a major showcase for independent cinema both from the U.S. and abroad, helping to discover the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson and David O. Russell, among many others. And the 2012 edition brought with films that were talked about for the rest of the year including "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Middle Of Nowhere," "The Sessions," "Searching For Sugar Man," "Smashed," "Room 237" and many others. Now, we're only a...
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News Nuggets: Alliance of Women Film Journalists honor 'Zero Dark Thirty'

News Nuggets: Alliance of Women Film Journalists honor 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Alliance of Women Film Journalists picks Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" as Best Film; star Jessica Chastain wins Best Actress and the Female Icon Award. Awfj Rihanna and Taylor Swift will perform on the Grammy telecast, as well as top nominees Mumford and Sons, Fun., and the Black Keys. MTV -Addprediction:76:347:Click to predict Best Album Grammy:addprediction- Meryl Streep and George Clooney among all-star presents announced for this weekend's Golden Globes. USA Today Classical pianist Glenn Gould, who died in 1982, will posthumously be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. Globe And Mail Third annual Athena Film Festival will showcase women in film, including "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Middle of Nowhere," and "Brave." A...
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Screenplays of '12. Pg 12. "Lincoln"

I didn't forget about my page 12 sharing in honor of 2012 but the year slipped away from me. Let's resume, at least in brief, for a moment from Lincoln as scripted by Tony Kushner based in part on two chapters from "A Team of Rivals" (a book I'm continually hearing great things about).

Tony Kushner speaking about Lincoln at Harvard

Two soldiers fasten a flag to the halyards. Lincoln moves into places; as the crowd applauds, he takes a sheet of paper from inside his hat and glances at it. Then he looks up.


The part assigned to me is to raise

the flag, which, if there be no

fault in the machinery, I will do,

and when up, it will be for the

people to keep it up.

He puts the paper away. The audience waits, expecting more.

        Lincoln (Cont'd)

That's my speech.

He smiles at them. They applaud,
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Fleming Q&A’s Participant’s Jeff Skoll And Jim Berk On What The eBay Billionaire Wants Out Of Hollywood (It’s Not More $$$)

Fleming Q&A’s Participant’s Jeff Skoll And Jim Berk On What The eBay Billionaire Wants Out Of Hollywood (It’s Not More $$$)
Exclusive: After Jeff Skoll made his fortune turning eBay into a juggernaut, he turned to Hollywood as the first financier/producer not looking to make more money and rub elbows with the stars. Skoll formed Participant Media — and hired former Hard Rock Cafe CEO Jim Berk to run it — as part of his mandate to use his fortune for good causes forged by his belief that movies can illuminate important issues more powerfully than any other medium. After eight years, Participant has done that — its films have won five Oscars and 22 nominations — and shown there’s a sound business in issue-oriented films. They are in the Oscar hunt this year with three films: Lincoln, Promised Land and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; and Middle Of Nowhere created buzz at Sundance on the indie film circuit. Deadline: Jeff, before eBay made you a zillionaire, you wanted to be a writer. Will
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Top 7 Contenders I Hope Become First-Time Oscar Nominees

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Oscar nominations are right around the corner (January 10), so I thought I’d use the opportunity to highlight some people I really hope get nominated. It would be easy to make this an overall list of things I want to happen – basically Les Misérables and Django Unchained for everything (it was a very merry Christmas, indeed) – but I wanted to narrow it down a bit more. While there are a lot of Oscar veterans in the running for nominations, I’ll be focusing on some folks who are vying for their first.

Now, to keep it somewhat manageable I’ll only be including people who have some modicum of hope, however slim at this late stage. Take Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild. She still has a real shot, so she might be on here (spoiler alert: she is not
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Third Athena Film Festival Lineup Includes 'Beasts,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'Brave'

Third Athena Film Festival Lineup Includes 'Beasts,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'Brave'
The 2013 Athena Film Festival, positioned as a celebration of women and leadership, runs February 7-10. The lineup of feature, documentary and short films is now announced and listed below. The festival is in its third year and takes place at Barnard College's campus in Morningside Heights. Among the titles playing in this years fest are "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Middle of Nowhere," "Ginger & Rosa," "Women Aren't Funny," "Brave," Birth Story" and many more. Co-founder and artistic director Melissa Silverstein (of Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog) states, “The balanced mix of films represents the breadth and depth of the Festival’s mission. Each year we strive to select films that inspire filmmakers and industry members. This year’s slate is our strongest yet and continues to convey this focus.” The festival will honor Gale Anne Hurd (producer of "The Walking...
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