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‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea
Stories of people stranded in the wilderness have always been natural fodder for movies, as ideas of being lost in the jungle or shipwrecked at sea tap into a natural anxiety about the smallness of our place in the world, and the uneasy need for co-dependence that it inspires. And yet, without diminishing some formative examples, or paving over the past’s most hideous aberrations (George C. Scott’s “The Savage Is Loose” springs to mind), it seems as though the whole “lost adventurers” genre is just starting to find itself. “Adrift” may be the first of these movies that actually explains this recent phenomenon.

And it’s been a long time coming: In just the last eight years or so, we’ve seen mainstream American movies about a dude getting wedged beneath a rock (“127 Hours”), an older dude getting stuck in wolf country (“The Grey”), and an even
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Mads Mikkelsen Can’t Save The Survivor Minimalism Of ‘Arctic’ [Cannes Review]

When a director decides to venture into a well-worn genre, comparisons to far superior films are inevitable. And so, a film like Joe Penna‘s feature-length directorial debut, “Arctic,” a survival drama, will no doubt run the risk of being compared to its spiritual predecessors: Danny Boyle‘s “127 Hours,” J.C. Chandor‘s “All is Lost” and Joe Carnahan‘s “The Grey.” The correlation potentially weakens the film, but like all great art, if imitation can transcend or even equal its inspirations, then all the better.
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Cannes 2018: Mads Mikkelsen Gives Everything in Survival Film 'Arctic'

I love a good survival film. I don't really know what it is about them, even though they're all quite similar, I still enjoy every last one - The Grey, All is Lost, Gravity, Styx, Buried, The Martian, Life of Pi, 127 Hours, The Revenant, Tracks, Cast Away, The Way Back, Kon-Tiki. The latest survival thriller offering which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival is a film titled Arctic, about a man trying to survive all by himself in the freezing, cold, snowy arctic. Produced in Iceland and filmed in Iceland, the film is the feature directorial debut of Brazilian filmmaker Joe Penna, and features some very real survival tactics. It also has all of the usual survival film tropes: just when you think everything is fine, something else goes wrong. There's always some animal that makes things worse. Rescuers never see them when nearby. Despite these familiar survival aspects,
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Cannes Film Review: Mads Mikkelsen in ‘Arctic’

Cannes Film Review: Mads Mikkelsen in ‘Arctic’
“Arctic,” a notably quiet and captivating slow-build adventure film, starring Mads Mikkelsen as a researcher-explorer who has crash-landed in the frozen wilderness, is the latest example of a genre we know in our bones, one that feels so familiar it’s almost comforting. It’s another solo-survival movie, one more tale of a shipwrecked soul that derives its spirit and design from the mythic fable of the form, “Robinson Crusoe.”

The challenge of watching a stranded man toil away on his own, of course, is that it seems, on the surface, to be inherently undramatic. That’s why nearly every one of these movies has had a buried hook, a way of turning a barren situation into compulsively watchable and suspenseful storytelling. “Robinson Crusoe” set the template by presenting its tale as one of human ingenuity — in essence, it prophesied the Industrial Revolution in the form of a stripped-down one-man show.
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Fox Searchlight makes high-end TV move

Fox Searchlight makes high-end TV move
David Greenbaum, Matthew Greenfield to oversee division.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is launching a TV division to make scripted series, limited series and documentaries based on original material or adapted from titles in the studio’s feature film library.

Searchlight Television will be added to the responsibilities of David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, who have been promoted to presidents of production for film and television at Fox Searchlight. They were previously co-heads of production at the specialty company.

Fox said that in creating the new TV division it is making Fox Searchlight “a 360-degree hub for creative talent and broadening the
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Exclusive Interview with Jessica Jones Costume Designer Elisabeth Vastola

Tai Freligh chats with costume designer Elisabeth Vastola

Elisabeth Vastola is a film and television costume designer, whose eye for fashion and style has most recently earned her a place outfitting the characters from the new season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones and upcoming season of Daredevil.

Vastola has also had her hands in the clothing racks on set of films and shows including Landline, 127 Hours, The Purge: Election Year, Hap and Leonard, and Beatbox, serving as the costume designer for each project. For Elisabeth, costume design goes beyond an exterior look, and plays a part into who each character really is.

She took time out of her busy schedule to chat with Flickering Myth’s own Tai Freligh about costuming for the second season of Jessica Jones and how the different Marvel Netflix shows work together in terms of tone and color palette.

Questions:

How would you describe Jessica Jones’ style?
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Photo Alert: Anupam Kher meets Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle in New York

Photo Alert: Anupam Kher meets Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle in New York
Veteran actor Anupam Kher recently met acclaimed director Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs fame recently while the former was shooting in New York for NBC’s next.The seasoned actor has been part of notable Hollywood films and TV shows like Bend It Like Beckham, Speedy Singhs, Silver Linings Playbook, among others and having recently met Robert De Niro, also happened to casually catch up with acclaimed director Danny Boyle. The two share a warm equation and in fact, the award-winning filmmaker even held a session at Anupam Kher's acting school during his trip to India.

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Trust Season 1 Episode 1 Review: The House of Getty

There's no doubt that FX is the network to turn to for a well-made docudrama.

Trust Season 1 Episode 1 is nothing if not well-made.

However, at least this early in the game, I'm finding it difficult to connect with much of the new series on a deeper level.

In terms of behind-the-scenes aspects, Trust couldn't have dropped at a better time. It premiered right on the heels of the finale of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, another historical crime-based anthology series that was a huge hit for the network.

The FX show also premiered several months after the release of All the Money in the World, the Ridley Scott film that chronicles the same basic story (John Paul Getty III's kidnapping) in an entirely different way.

That said, you can really tell right off the bat that the series premiere was directed by an acclaimed and award-winning
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Bollywood and Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur to perform in London and Birmingham March 27th and 28th

The brilliant Bollywood playback singer and Sufi singing sensation Harshdeep Kaur will be performing two very special concerts in the UK next weekend. Taking place at Barbican Centre (London) on March 27th and Town Hall Birmingham on March 28th, concertgoes can expect a night of brilliant music.

Known for her soulful songs and stunning voice, Harshdeep Kaur is one of the biggest Sufi music stars in the world. After becoming the first female to win two reality show singing titles in India, the Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan described Harshdeep as the ‘Queen of Sufi’.

Harshdeep has established herself as a leading playback singer for Bollywood soundtracks, working with some of the leading directors in the industry, including A R Rahman, Pritam Chakroborty, Vishal-Shekhar and Salim Suleiman.

Her beautiful rendition of ‘Ik Onkar’ under the direction of A R Rahman in Rang De Basanti brought her global recognition in 2006 and became
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Trust review – Danny Boyle's Getty drama offers shallow pleasures

The film-maker’s hyperkinetic style lifts this patchy small-screen take on the same story told in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World

It is not necessarily to the new FX series Trust’s misfortune that it should be aired in such close proximity to All the Money in the World, Ridley Scott’s big-screen take on the same material. While both works center on the 1973 abduction of heir John Paul Getty III in Italy and the desperate efforts to retrieve the 16-year-old, they represent these events with diametrically opposed styles. Scott’s film drew criticism for a certain matter-of-factness in its relation of the narrative, failing to deliver anything that a quick scan of the Wikipedia article would not. Creator Simon Beaufoy and director Danny Boyle, conversely, return to the hyperkinetic aestheticizing that enlivened their earlier collaborations Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. If Scott did not do enough,
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‘Trust’ Review: Danny Boyle’s FX Drama Looks Grand, but Lacks the Getty Mystique

‘Trust’ Review: Danny Boyle’s FX Drama Looks Grand, but Lacks the Getty Mystique
For those who skipped Ridley Scott’s cinematic test to see if all publicity really is good publicity, get ready to spend 10-plus hours with a family of mean, money-grubbing rich folks instead of a mere two. “Trust” swaps in Donald Sutherland for Kevin Spacey and Christopher Plummer, two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank for should-be two-time Oscar winner (and actual four-time nominee) Michelle Williams, and the star of “The Mummy” (Brendan Fraser) for the star of “Daddy’s Home 2” (Marky Mark Wahlberg) and you know what? Everyone considered, it’s a pretty even trade.

But what “All the Money in the World” cultivated through restricted access and implicit understanding, “Trust” loses by overindulging explicit explanations. FX’s drama series lacks the mysterious allure surrounding a man with the wealth of a god. As each of the first three episodes aims to better understand a different character, the story remains stagnant
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‘The Room’ Stars Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Would Like You to Watch Their Two-Part Movie Inspired By ‘Breaking Bad’

‘The Room’ Stars Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Would Like You to Watch Their Two-Part Movie Inspired By ‘Breaking Bad’
“Let me stop you right there,” said Tommy Wiseau, the mastermind behind “The Room.” He doesn’t want to think about how his long-awaited moment of Hollywood glory may have been cut short when James Franco faced accusations of sexual misconduct shortly after he accepted a Golden Globe for his performance in “The Disaster Artist.” Nor is he interested in the lawsuit filed by Franco’s former UCLA student, Ryan Moody, over an associate producing credit on the film. “This has nothing to do with us, let’s talk about the topic of positive thinking.”

What followed was an extended lecture on how “respect equals success,” and “negative always creates negative. This is my new thing for 2018.”

And ultimately, “The Disaster Artist” was nothing but positive for Wiseau and his best friend, “The Room” costar Greg Sestero, who said it provided “a great learning experience of what it’s like to make a good film.
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A. R. Rahman Signs Up for Bollywood Remake of 'Fault in Our Stars'

Acclaimed composer A. R. Rahman will compose the music for the upcoming Bollywood remake of The Fault in Our Stars.

Rahman, 51, is one of India's most successful composers, whose multiple awards include an Oscar and Grammy for his work on Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008). He worked again with Boyle on the 2010 release 127 Hours starring James Franco

The Hindi-language remake of The Fault in Our Stars is produced by Fox Star Studios India and was first unveiled back in 2014. Based on John Green's novel of the same name, The Fault In Our Stars...
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‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars
The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt
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Bond 25: Danny Boyle High on MGM’s List to Direct (Exclusive)

Bond 25: Danny Boyle High on MGM’s List to Direct (Exclusive)
With Daniel Craig already on board to return as 007, MGM and Eon are looking to hire a director for the next installment of the James Bond franchise. High on their list is “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle, though sources tell Variety that no formal offer has yet been made.

Boyle has keen interest in the project and has always wanted to direct a Bond film. He is currently developing a project for Working Title, but with no cast currently attached, there is always the possibility of pushing that movie back to direct the 25th installment in the series.

Boyle has long been in MGM and Eon’s sights to direct a Bond movie, going back to 2012’s “Skyfall” and 2015’s “Spectre.”

Daniel Craig is set to return to star in the new Bond movie and MGM is expected to distribute domestically. MGM had no comment.

Sources tell Variety that “White Boy Rick” director Yann Demange was considered
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Oscars 2018: James Franco Shut Out of Best Actor Race Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Oscars 2018: James Franco Shut Out of Best Actor Race Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
James Franco’s name was left off the Best Actor race when the 90th Academy Awards were announced earlier this morning. Franco was in contention for a nomination thanks to his lead role in “The Disaster Artist.” The actor is currently at the center of several sexual harassment allegations. Franco was last nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for his role in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours.”

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The Los Angeles Times published a report on January 11 in which five women went on record accusing Franco of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behavior. Four of the accusers were Franco’s former acting students. Franco has not commented publicly on the allegations outside of appearances on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” He called the allegations “not accurate.”

Many prognosticators expected Franco
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James Franco Snubbed for Oscar Nomination Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

James Franco Snubbed for Oscar Nomination Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
James Franco was snubbed for a best actor Oscar nomination for his performance in “The Disaster Artist,” just as he’s fielding accusations of sexual misconduct.

Instead, Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”),

and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) were nominated.

In a Los Angeles Times report, five women accused Franco of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior, particularly while they were students at Franco’s Studio 4 or Playhouse West. The report ran on Jan. 11, just days after he won a Golden Globe and wore a Time’s Up pin to the ceremony, and only one day before Oscar nomination ballots were due.

Franco was nominated for a SAG Award in December and attended the Jan. 20 ceremony, where Gary Oldman won for “Darkest Hour.” The allegations may have affected SAG Awards voting. Ballots weren’t due for the Screen Actors Guild’s ceremony until Jan
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James Franco Detailed Sexual Escapades with 'Young Girls' in 2013 Book

James Franco Detailed Sexual Escapades with 'Young Girls' in 2013 Book
James Franco gave a detailed description of his methods for seducing “young girls” in a 2013 book he authored.

The Disaster Artist star’s novel Actors Anonymous includes chapters from “more than fifty men and women,” including Franco himself, who related their “experiences in dealing with existence, modern society and identity, in order to find suitable ways of acting and being in the world,” according to the book’s preface.

Passages from chapters of the book written by Franco began circulating on social media after five women came forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate behavior in the Los Angeles Times.
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James Franco’s 2013 Novel ‘Actors Anonymous’ Describes How Actor Approached Women

James Franco’s 2013 Novel ‘Actors Anonymous’ Describes How Actor Approached Women
Passages from James Franco’s 2013 novel, “Actors Anonymous,” describing how the actor-director allegedly seduced “young girls” began circulating on social media Wednesday night, just days after the recent Golden Globe winner faced allegations of sexual misbehavior by his former acting students.

The Los Angeles Times on Thursday reported that five women, including four former students of Franco, who once ran an acting school, said he took advantage of them and pressured them to engage in sexually charged situations, including expectations of nudity and simulated sex acts.

Franco is denying the allegations, calling them “untrue.”

The novel, which received scathing reviews, is billed as a meditation on acting. The collection of confessional tales by anonymous actors, including Franco himself, blurs the lines between fiction and memoir, but in some chapters, Franco describes in graphic detail how he approaches women.

In one chapter, Franco described how he kept a steady stream of sexual partners: “I had something going with most
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‘Trust’ Trailer: Danny Boyle’s FX Show Puts A Stylish Spin On A Familiar Story

‘Trust’ Trailer: Danny Boyle’s FX Show Puts A Stylish Spin On A Familiar Story
It took a tremendous amount of restraint for me not to include the words “Brendan Fraser” and “cowboy hat” somewhere in the headline of this article, and after you watch this trailer for the new FX series Trust, you’ll see what I mean. Danny Boyle, the director of movies like Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, and 127 Hours, is heading to […]

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