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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Susanna Nicchiarelli — “Nico, 1988”

“Nico, 1988”: Magnolia Pictures

Susanna Nicchiarelli has written and directed many short films, documentaries, and two features: “Cosmonaut,” winner of the Controcampo award at the Venice Film Festival, and “Discovery at Dawn.” Nicchiarelli has also made two short animated films in stop-motion: “Sputnik 5,” presented at the Venice Film Festival, and winner of the Silver Ribbon award, and “Esca viva.” “Nico, 1988” is her third feature film and is set for theatrical release on August 1.

“Nico, 1988” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 26.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Sn: It’s the story of model, singer, and composer Nico, aka Christa Päffgen, and what became of her in the years following the time everybody knows about, when she started her own solo career as a musician. The movie is set in the ’80s, after the experience with the Factory and Andy Warhol, when she had moved to England,
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Movie News: James Wan to Produce Stephen King's 'The Tommyknockers'; Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez to Team in Heist Film

The Tommyknockers: Filmmaker James Wan (The Conjuring 2, above) will help bring Stephen King's The Tommyknockers to the big screen. Like last fall's smash hit It, The Tommyknockers was first adapted for television; the sci-fi/horror story follows small town residents as they fall under the spell of a mysterious object. It producer Roy Lee will also work on the new project, along with Larry Sanitsky, who served as executive producer on the 1993 TV version. [THR]   Heist Film: Evan Rachel Wood (TV's Westworld; Allure, above), Gina Rodriguez (TV's Jane the Virgin), Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger will star in the next film by filmmaker Miranda July (The Future). Not yet titled, it will revolve around a woman who was raised by con artists; everything...
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New Mantra: "Miranda July Heist Movie"

Chris here. If that headline didn't already give you a moment of chrystalline mental clarity, perhaps the fact that it's not just fantasy will. That's right, the multi-hyphenate artist Miranda July will be returning to cinemas for her yet untitled third feature, this time with a genre bent. Those unfamiliar with the indie darling would do well to research her performance art and writing, but her filmography is as good a start as any of her other works. Her first two idiosyncratic films were 2005's whimsically sad Me and You and Everyone We Know ("... forever.") and 2011's The Future, which was narrated by a stray cat. Both films are touching and deeply original, so don't expect standard heist fare.

But maybe this could be her most mainstream film yet given the enticing cast she's already assembled: Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez, and Richard Jenkins. Wood will play Old
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Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez Join Miranda July Heist Movie

Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez Join Miranda July Heist Movie
Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, and Debra Winger will star in Miranda July’s untitled heist movie.

Annapurna and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are the production companies. “The Beguiled” producer Youree Henley is also on board for the project, in which a woman named Old Dolio has her life turned upside-down when her parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet.

Wood will portray Old Dolio, while Jenkins and Winger have been cast as the parents. Rodriguez is portraying a woman who learns of the family’s secrets.

The project will be July’s third film and the first she will not star in. July wrote, directed, and starred in the 2005 film “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at Cannes. She also wrote, directed, and starred in 2011’s “The Future.
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Miranda July’s Latest Film With Plan B And Annapurna Starts Production In May

Miranda July is set to start production on her latest film in late May.

The film follows the story of Old Dolio and how her world is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet.

The project will be July’s third film and first she will not star in. Her feature, Me And You And Everyone We Know, which July wrote, directed and starred in, won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; It
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Miranda July Has a New Film On the Way

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Miranda July is stepping behind the camera again. The award-winning writer-director is set to kick off production on her third feature, a press release has announced. Currently untitled, the heist pic is being produced by Plan B and Annapurna and scheduled to start filming in May.

The film “follows the story of Old Dolio and how her world is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet,” according to the release.

Also a well-known writer, novelist, and artist, July made her feature directorial debut with 2005’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know.” She also penned the script and starred in the romance about a performance artist and shoe salesman. The film took home the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July followed it up with 2011’s “The Future,” the story of a
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Miranda July Announces New Heist Film, Produced by Annapurna Pictures and Plan B Entertainment

Miranda July Announces New Heist Film, Produced by Annapurna Pictures and Plan B Entertainment
Filmmaker, artist, and author Miranda July has partnered with her most high-profile producing team yet for her upcoming third feature. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “American Hustle,” “Phantom Thread”) and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment (“The Departed,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Moonlight”) will produce July’s untitled next film. “The Beguiled” producer Youree Henley — a previous Annapurna collaborator on “20th Century Women” — will also co-produce.

It’s been seven years since July released “The Future,” and she’ll be back onset in late May. Her latest tale centers on a character named Old Dolio, “and how her world is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet.” Unlike with her previous films — which include her Camera d’Or and Sundance Special Jury Prize winner “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005) — this time July will stay behind the camera.
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Annapurna, Plan B to Produce Miranda July’s Family Heist Movie

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Annapurna, Plan B to Produce Miranda July’s Family Heist Movie
Annapurna and Plan B will produce the third film to be directed by Miranda July, the two companies announced Thursday. July will not star in the as-yet untitled film that follows a character named Old Dolio whose world is turned upside down when her criminal parents decide to invite a new person to scheme their biggest heist yet. July’s 2005 feature “Me And You and Everyone We Know,” which she wrote, directed and starred in, won the Camera d’Or at Cannes as well as the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Her second film was titled “The Future.” This film will mark her...
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Miranda July Teaming With Annapurna & Plan B For New Film

Ever since “Me and You and Everyone We Know” hit the scene in 2005, winning the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, writer/director/actress Miranda July has been a filmmaker to watch out for. Six years after that film was released, July came back with the film “The Future,” but since then, the filmmaker has been fairly quiet. But that’s about the change.
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Miranda July Sets Family Drama Movie With Plan B, Annapurna

Miranda July Sets Family Drama Movie With Plan B, Annapurna
Miranda July will start production on an untitled family drama in late May with Plan B and Annapurna producing.

The companies made the announcement Thursday. The film follows the story of a character named Old Dolio and how her world is turned upside-down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet.

The project will be July’s third film and the first she will not star in. The cast has not been announced. Youree Henley will also produce. Henry’s credits include Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” and Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.”

July wrote, directed, and starred in the 2005 film “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at Cannes. She also wrote, directed, and starred in 2011’s “The Future.”

July’s most recent book is the novel “The First Bad Man.
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‘This Is Us’ Cast and Creator Break Down Finale Twists and Unveil Plans for Season 3

‘This Is Us’ Cast and Creator Break Down Finale Twists and Unveil Plans for Season 3
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for the “This Is Us” Season 2 finale as well as the preceding season.]

This Is Us” wrapped up a season dominated by speculation with one definitive, and much-needed, ending: no more doting on Jack’s death. The untimely demise of Milo Ventimiglia’s Pearson family patriarch stole a lot of focus in Season 2, but that’s over: Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), Randall (Sterling K. Brown), and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) all said a special ceremonial goodbye during Kate’s wedding reception.

“We wanted to give closure to the storyline of the family moving past Jack’s death and tell other stories about Jack and his family,” creator Dan Fogelman said, speaking at a SXSW screening of the finale on Monday afternoon. “We’re going to go for it in Season 3. It’s going to be our most ambitious [season yet].”

Fogelman said he and the writers have been breaking Season 3 for the past few weeks,
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The Walking Dead: Carl's Death Is a Mistake — Here's the Real Reason Why

The Walking Dead: Carl's Death Is a Mistake — Here's the Real Reason Why
There are as many arguments against The Walking Dead killing off Carl as there are walkers. Chandler Riggs is one of the AMC drama’s only remaining original cast members, and every time another is cut, viewer engagement is diminished. Carl is beyond popular; since viewers have watched him grow over eight seasons from a cute little kid to a brave young man, he’s downright beloved. The series is carrying a lot of, ahem, dead weight that could and probably should be axed before Carl’s head ever found itself anywhere near the chopping block. And the list goes on.
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How Josephine Decker Convinced Miranda July To Appear On Screen For ‘Madeline’s Madeline’ — Sundance Studio

One of the most celebrated female directors of recent years—recognized as part of Time Warner’s OneFifty and Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film—who brought her first two narrative features to the Berlinale Forum, Josephine Decker’s latest, Madeline’s Madeline, premiered at Sundance on Monday. Starring House of CardsMolly Parker, newcomer Helena Howard and celebrated indie filmmaker Miranda July (whose distinctive features The Future and Me and You and…
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The Top 10 TV Shows of 2016, So Far

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The Top 10 TV Shows of 2016, So Far
10. “The Night Manager

It took Oscar-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier to finally bring John Le Carre’s espionage thriller to life, and boy, did she ever. The miniseries was striking in every way, from the global locales and picturesque hotels to the way characters were displayed upon such backdrops. More than just eye candy, Tom Hiddleston as soldier-turned-spy Jonathan Pine was a man with a mission, quietly stoic in the face of his nemesis Richard Roper, played with dangerous glee by Hugh Laurie. Olivia Colman brought the heart, Elizabeth Debicki the heartache and Tom Hollander a sense of impotent rage. The storytelling was large in scale yet intimate in how it played out, and it’s no wonder that viewers are hoping for more, even though Le Carre never wrote a sequel.

Read More: Tom Hiddleston: How His Passion For Challenging Roles Led From Asgard To Nashville & Potentially Bond (Exclusive Video)

9. “Silicon Valley

To many,
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Sundance ’16: Lebanese Comedy ‘Halal Love (and Sex)’ is a Hilarious Discovery from Razor Film

My major discovery -- though it may yet win the Audience Prize at Sundance in the World Dramatic Competition, is the new “Divorce, Italian Style”. Or as my friend Gary Meyer said, maybe it’s more like the great Norman Lear’s “Divorce, American Style”. “Divorce, Sharia Style” is actually entitled “Halal Love (and Sex)” and depicts four tragi-comic interconnected stories about devout Muslim men and women as they try to manage their love lives and desires without breaking any of their religion’s rules.

Halal Love (and Sex)” is hilarious and eye-opening, culturally open and sharing, and God knows, we all need a good laugh about what we spend 90% of our mental life wishing for…good sex.

The film opens in an elementary school classroom as the teacher begins to explain to the young girls how babies are made.

In Beirut, Awatef is recruiting a second wife to help her satisfy her overly loving husband. The jealous Mokhtar needs to find his ex-wife another man to be able to marry her again, for the 4th time. Lubna, freshly divorced, can finally marry her true love, but on a short-term contract only. Everyone tries to live and love, by the rules of Islam.

This is a sophisticated, bourgeous comedy, somewhat French in character but most likely 100% Lebanese in its warm humor and its depiction of love and sex in civilized society today. Assad Fouadkar, the writer and director and the two Razor Film producers Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner are all fully educated in the U.S. as well as their own respective countries of Lebanon, Australia and Germany and their understanding the meaning of cross-cultural brings special veritas to this comedy of manners.

Assad Fouladkar was born in Lebanon where he taught at the Lebanese American University before going to study filmmaking at Boston University. His thesis short, “God Have Mercy” was a finalist at the Student Academy Awards. Fouladkar’s debut feature, “When Maryam Spoke Out” won major awards worldwide and was selected as Lebanon’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Recently he has also directed the sitcom “Ragel W Sit Sitat”.

He originally took the treatment of his idea to Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors and while it attracted interest, no company came aboard definitively until the script was developed.

Roman Paul says, "We met Assad via the commissioning editor of 'Wadjda', Layaly Badr. Then we teamed up with Sundance to further develop the script."

That development took place with the Sundance Institute’s own Paul Federbush who felt it merited his personal efforts outside of any Lab. Assad was already an alumnus of the Sundance Institute. Being head of the international labs however, Paul had the protection of a firewall between the lab and the festival, so its ultimate selection for this year’s festival was not a result of his involvement or the lab’s involvement. The film was accepted on its own merits. The Guardian gave it four out of five stars. Assad will be interviewed by Newsweek Magazine; the BBC has taken note of the film and U.K. is now awakening to the film’s attractive merits. And I was not alone in my surprise at encountering such a fun film here in Sundance; I have heard many others buzzing about it too.

Producers Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner have been focused on international feature film production for worldwide distribution since forming Razor Film Produktion in 2002. Their movies have premiered and been awarded at major festivals all over the world. They have won two Golden Gloves and one Emmy, were nominated twice for an Academy Award and received the Bernd-Eichinger Award for Outstanding Achievements in Production at the German Film Awards in 2014. They have been codirectors of the International Productions Masterclass “Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris” at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and La Femis Paris. Roman Paul studied at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and in Paris, the U.S., and Japan. He holds a Masters Degree in Theater, Film and Media Studies and American and German Literature. He started his career in the film business as an assistant of acquisitions for the arthouse distributor Prokino in Munich which is, I think, where I met him one year at the Hof Film Festival. In 1999 he took over as head of international acquisitions at Senator Film Distribution in Berlin and Los Angeles. He is a member of the European and the German Film Academy and Ace (Atelier du Cinema Europeen) initiated by the late Claudie Cheval.

Gerhard Meixner originally trained in economics before working in marketing. He went on to study film production and media studies at the Hochschule fur Fernsehen and Film in Munich and at UCLA in Los Angeles. He worked for MGM/ United Artists. After graduating, he worked as a freelance story editor and script reader for various companies in film and TV. He began working as a producer for Senator Films in Berlin before setting up Razor Film. He too is a member of the German and European Film Academy.

Razor’s past films, the Uruguayan coproduction "Mr. Kaplan" 2014, the groundbreaking "Wadjda" 2012, the sleeper of Tiff 2012 "The Patience Stone" (coprod), "The Future" 2011, "Goodbye First Love" 2011 (coprod), "Womb" 2010 (coprod), "Paradise Now" 2005, the debut film they coproduced, "The Wind Journeys" by Cirro Guerro (current nominee for Oscar Award Best Foreign Language Film "Embrace of the Serpent") 2009 prove that Roman and Gerhard have a sharp eye for talent and good material as well as the broad cross-cultural understanding which makes for international film successes.

"Halal Love" was not produced by Razor alone however. Sabbah Media is the Lebanese production company, a company established in the 1950s. Aside from producing they distribute for Dreamworks, Warner Bros., BBC and others and have two other media companies. Sadek and Ali Sabbah currently lead and manage the full line of the whole business, to preserve a leading market position and carry on their ancestors' dear mission: honoring the past and promoting the future.

It is refreshing to see a comedy from the region and particularly one that bucks traditional stereotypes and depicts strong women in control of their own lives within their respective relationships.

Halal Love (and Sex)” is edgy but it just skirts the far edge of propriety and never oversteps what is halacha or kosher. I think Americans and other citizens of the world will get great enjoyment out of these human stories and it will soften the hard edges of mistrust growing around religious factions today much to the rest of our collective distress. Laughter is the best medicine and this provides plenty of laughs.

Sundance 2016 – World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Rt: 94min

International Premiere

Lebanon

Director: Assad Fouladkar

Writer(s): Assad Fouladkar

Producer: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Sadek Sabbah

Starring: Darine Hamze, Rodrigue Sleiman, Mirna Moukarzel, Ali Sammoury, Zeinab Khadra, Hussein Mokadem, Fadia Abi Chahine

International sales agent: Films Distribution.
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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in January

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in January
It's January, and if your new year's resolution was to watch better movies, then good news: We've got you covered (The bad news: You have terribly low ambitions). From comfort-food classics to a new Netflix documentary series that finds a comedian completely reinventing herself (and does not involve murder cases), there's a hot, hungover mess of great new things to stream this month. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our guide to the best of what's new to view during the first month of 2016. Because you don't have to get
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Humans: 6 Things to Know About AMC's Eerie New Android Drama

Humans: 6 Things to Know About AMC's Eerie New Android Drama
No need to fear the moment that artificial intelligence invades every aspect of our lives, say those involved with AMC’s Humans: It’s already here.

And within the universe of the cabler’s new drama, AI takes the form of human-like androids who make every aspect of life easier… and also may be plotting your death.

Video Watch the Chilling Humans Teaser Trailer

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The sci-fi series from Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (Mi:5) and based on Sweden’s Real Humans is set in suburban London in the “parallel present,” where incredibly
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Listen: Jon Brion Talks The Tyranny Of Temp Film Scores & More In Fascinating 1 Hour Talk

Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a.
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Stewart Joins Another Prestige Low-Budget Effort

Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Video of the Day: Miranda July’s short film (and messaging app)

Miranda July, indie filmmaker and artist behind Me and You and Everyone We Know and her latest from 2011 The Future, is something of a polarizing director, to say the least. The perception of her work ranges from quirky, colorful and enchanting to quirky, colorful and insufferable. Her latest short film, Somebody, premiering at the Venice Film Festival, might win over a few more fans for its charming real-world/absurdist conceit and hilarious execution, but it might polarize a few more with an arguably creepy project she’s associated along with it.

In the short film, people send text messages along with indicated emotions, but rather than being delivered directly to the person via text or email, a third party stranger within the message recipient’s vicinity reads the message aloud, emotions and all. The receivers of the message can then even rate the stranger on their delivery. It leads to some hilarious,
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