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Werner Herzog Talks Cannes Entry, 'The Mandalorian' Role

Werner Herzog Talks Cannes Entry, 'The Mandalorian' Role
Werner Herzog has a near-mythic presence in world cinema. The 76-year-old German director makes brutally authentic features — Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Fitzcarraldo — and, with the likes of Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, fantastically imaginative documentaries. "They are often fictions in disguise," Herzog says, in that ponderous Germanic monotone familiar from the countless voiceovers on his films that has become almost as famous as the filmmaker himself.

The fuzzy and fluid border between the real and the imagined has been a constant in Herzog’s work — as it is in his new ...
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John Boorman To Direct ‘Underground’ In Film Bridge/Merlin Deal; Rocket Science & Front Row Form Middle East Venture Yalla Yalla – Cannes Briefs

  • Deadline
Film Bridge International has entered into a two-picture production deal with Dublin-based Merlin Films headed by Kieran Corrigan and Deliverance director, John Boorman. Film Bridge founder and CEO Ellen Wander will partner with Corrigan and Boorman to produce two features, heist thriller Underground and gritty action thriller Assassins Club. Boorman, whose latest work as director was 2015’s Queen & Country, will helm the former with Stephen Saint Leger (Vikings) on the latter. Worldwide sales will be handled by Wander in Cannes. Underground is set in Boston where an Irish mob family is struggling to get out of the business, but is tempted by the discovery of an abandoned tunnel beneath Tiffany & Co. Assassins Club centers on a man offered a contract to kill seven people from around the globe. The targets, in turn, are also assassins with contracts to kill him. The only way out is to leave a
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Apple Hires Molly Thompson as Head of Documentaries

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Apple Hires Molly Thompson as Head of Documentaries
Molly Thompson has joined Apple’s upcoming streaming service as its head of documentaries.

Thompson previously founded A&E Indie Films, the feature film production unit of A+E Networks. She was also previously the head of documentary films for A+E Networks. Recent documentaries she has executive produced include “The Clinton Affair,” Charles Ferguson’s “Watergate” docuseries, “Studio 54,” and “City of Ghosts.” She was also an executive producer on celebrated documentaries like “Life, Animated,” “Cartel Land,” “Murderball,” and “Jesus Camp.”

She also executive produced Amir Bar-Lev’s “The Tillman Story” and Bart Layton’s “The Imposter,” as well as two narrative features for Lifetime Films. Those were “Lila & Eve,” starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, and “Paris Can Wait,” starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

Additionally, Thompson served as executive producer on all feature films produced under the History Films banner, including Werner Herzog’s “Meeting Gorbachev” and “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,
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A&E’s Molly Thompson Joins Apple As Head Of Documentaries

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Apple has hired A&E IndieFilms founder Molly Thompson as Head of Documentaries.

Thompson, who also served as Head of Documentary films for A+E Networks, has executive produced such projects as The Clinton Affair; the docuseries Watergate; City of Ghosts; Life, Animated; Cartel Land; Murderball; and Jesus Camp.

Thompson served as executive producer on all feature films produced under the History Films banner, including Werner Herzog’s Meeting Gorbachev — which will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival — and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Janet Tobias’ No Place on Earth, Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, Douglas Tirola’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon and the Johnny Knoxville-produced Being Evel.

Among other projects, Thompson also Ep’d Amir Bar-Lev’s Emmy-winning The Tillman Story, Bart Layton’s BAFTA-winning The Imposter and two narrative features for Lifetime Films: Lila & Eve,
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Werner Herzog & Andre Singer Film ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ North American Rights Go To The Orchard

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A film memoir of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev featuring exclusive interviews has had its North American rights acquired by distributor The Orchard from History Films.

Meeting Gorbachev is a documentary directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. The behind-the-scenes look at the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union features interviews of Gorbachev by Herzog on three occasions across a six-month period, capturing a unique look at a politician who changed the world.

“Meeting Gorbachev is an enthralling look back at a fascinating leader and diplomat, all the more impactful based on what the world looks like today,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s Evp film and television. “Werner and Andre’s own sensibilities make the film engaging and personal in a way no other filmmakers could.”

The documentary is produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer. The executive producers
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The Orchard Buys Werner Herzog Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ (Exclusive)

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The Orchard Buys Werner Herzog Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ (Exclusive)
It’s a meeting for the ages. In one corner, the architect of Perestroika. In the other, the director who nearly tamed Klaus Kinski.

“Meeting Gorbachev,” a nonfiction film documenting a series of interviews between filmmaker Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, has been acquired by the Orchard. The indie distributor plans to release the film theatrically in 2019. “Meeting Gorbachev” premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and played at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is directed by Herzog and his longtime collaborator André Singer.

Herzog, famous for “Fitzcarraldo” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” interviewed Gorbachev on three separate occasions over six months. He captured the last leader of the Soviet Union’s thoughts on peace and history.

“’Meeting Gorbachev’ is an enthralling look back at a fascinating leader and diplomat, all the more impactful based on what the world looks like today,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard’s Evp of film and television.
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Werner Herzog teases acting role in a "big franchise film"

  • JoBlo
Werner Herzog has re-entered the zeitgeist in a big way over the last several years thanks to directing stirring movies like Rescue Dawn, and documentaries like Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and Into The Inferno. But every now and again he gets to bring that gruff, German persona and voice to an acting role, and the legendary filmmaker recently teased a new acting gig in a major blockbuster movie – of...
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Molly Thompson Reigns Over A&E Documentaries and an Expanding Series Universe

Tonight, A&E IndieFilms’ latest documentary, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” opens Outfest in Los Angeles before hitting theaters via Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber in October. Unusually, A&E IndieFilms senior VP Molly Thompson believes in theatrical play for her documentaries as a way to build awareness before they hit the air.

With streaming, she said, “it’s harder for the films to stand out. Theatrical is good for films. You have a whole year to go out to festivals and theaters before they come to A&E. We’re the opposite of HBO and Netflix.”

All these funding and distribution options make it “a great time for documentary filmmakers,” she said. “Even seven years ago people were starving. It was a difficult time. We were a big whale for filmmakers. Now they have so many options, and people are able to pay their bills.”

Thompson’s first job was
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Molly Thompson Reigns Over A&E Documentaries and an Expanding Series Universe

Tonight, A&E IndieFilms’ latest documentary, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” opens Outfest in Los Angeles before hitting theaters via Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber in October. Unusually, A&E IndieFilms senior VP Molly Thompson believes in theatrical play for her documentaries as a way to build awareness before they hit the air.

With streaming, she said, “it’s harder for the films to stand out. Theatrical is good for films. You have a whole year to go out to festivals and theaters before they come to A&E. We’re the opposite of HBO and Netflix.”

All these funding and distribution options make it “a great time for documentary filmmakers,” she said. “Even seven years ago people were starving. It was a difficult time. We were a big whale for filmmakers. Now they have so many options, and people are able to pay their bills.”

Thompson’s first job was
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‘Book Club’ Film Review: Women-of-a-Certain-Age Sex Comedy Has Poignancy Beneath the Pratfalls

‘Book Club’ Film Review: Women-of-a-Certain-Age Sex Comedy Has Poignancy Beneath the Pratfalls
It’s a credit to TV’s greater curiosity and openmindedness that when I beheld the four stars of “Book Club” — actresses ranging in age from 65 to 80 — my thoughts turned to how recently I’d seen them on their respective shows or in headlines about their upcoming series.

The ensemble romantic comedy benefits enormously from Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen keeping their comedic and dramatic muscles warmed up. None of the women are asked to do anything too strenuous in “Book Club,” but their collective charisma — along with their male co-stars’ — add up to an irresistible charmfest.

The premise of “Book Club” sounds, to be honest, excruciatingly dumb: A quartet of elderly friends are inspired by the “50 Shades of Grey” books to spice up their sex lives. But first-time director Bill Holderman, who penned the script with Erin Simms, smartly adds a pinch of salt to the sweetness
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Shane Black’s The Predator Confirmed For 3D Release

3D was a fad, and it’s on the way out. There were a couple of films (Gravity, Life of Pi, Coraline, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and, of course, Avatar) for which it seemed absolutely crucial, but for the most part, it adds nothing to a movie other than the annoyance of having to wear silly plastic glasses.

Frankly, the novelty wore off a pretty long time ago, something borne out by the death of 3D televisions and the gradual reduction in 3D screenings for major blockbusters. All this makes the news that Shane Black’s take on the galaxy’s fiercest big game hunter – The Predator – is due to get a 3D post-conversion a bit underwhelming.

I guess the Predator’s signature triple-laser sight sweeping through the smoky night could look pretty cool in 3D, and it might make some of the action scenes a little more visceral – especially
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Smt Thursday Trailers: ‘Zoombies,’ ‘Thoroughbreds’ and More

(Aotn) You’ve never seen the undead like you’ll see them in Asylum’s “Zoombies”! Shamblers, streakers and crawlers got nothing on these guys. This edition of Smt seems to be going to the dogs…

Check out the trailer and find your Cinemark theater for your Thursday 10/19 showing:

Zoombies Starring Marcus Anderson, Kaiwi Lyman, Kim Nielsen Playing Exclusively At Cinemark Theaters On October 19, 2017 When a strange virus quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead, those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city. Zoombies Directed by: Glenn R. Miller Writer: Scotty Mullen Cast: Marcus Anderson, Kaiwi Lyman, Kim Nielsen Language: English Genre: Horror

Zoombies Theater Listings: Thursday, October 19 (One Night Only!)

Movies 16 + Xd (Lubbock, TX) Hollywood 17 (Mcallen, TX) College Station + Xd (College Station, TX) Tinseltown 17 (Erie, Pa) Cinemark Movies 16 + Xd (Somerdale, NJ) Movies 14 (Mishawaka, In) Cinemark Tinseltown 17 + Xd (Grapevine,
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Ridley Scott interview: Blade Runner 2049, Alien and more

Ryan Lambie Oct 2, 2017

We talk to director Ridley Scott about Blade Runner 2049, the lasting influence of the 1982 original, ancient aliens, flutes, and more...

It's mid-September, and a rug-thick layer of secrecy lies over Blade Runner 2049, the belated sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic. Before our interview with Scott, who executive produces, we're shown approximately half an hour of footage: Ryan Gosling trudging moodily through futuristic landscapes as a new Replicant hunter, K; glimpses of Jared Leto as a new creator of artificial life, named Niander Wallace.

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival), Blade Runner 2049 looks spectacular, with the same measured, ethereal pace that made the original film such a masterpiece. Exactly what K's mission is - and how it ties
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Time To Ponder Cinematic Pre-History: Exactly What Is A Solutrean?

Time To Ponder Cinematic Pre-History: Exactly What Is A Solutrean?
So exactly what is a Solutrean? With the possible September 15 release date of Albert Hughes' The Solutrean approaching — late summer/early fall plans are still in flux across Hollywood — it's worth pausing to ponder the historical, or rather pre-historical, context of a film that promises to combine the chilly solitude of The Revenant with the mysterious antiquity of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams and a proposed title as challenging as any since Comancheria…
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Salt And Fire Review

There ain’t no party like a Werner Herzog party. His latest, Salt and Fire, feels like a mashup of his current preoccupations – combining philosophical volcanology (Into the Inferno and Encounters at the End of the World), ecological apocalypticism (Lessons of Darkness), historical/cultural analysis (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), and his penchant for having very intense men delivering very cryptic dialogue (basically everything he’s ever done).

The narrative centres on a team of scientists travelling to Chile to deliver a report on an ongoing ecological disaster. They’re Professor Laura Sommerfeld (Veronica Ferres), Doctor Cavani (Gael Garcia Bernal), and Doctor Meier (Volker Michalowski), who are on a Un mission and are expecting to be met by government officials once they land.

Unfortunately for them, they’re actually met by a team of black-clad paramilitary soldiers who kidnap them and whisk them away to an isolated villa. They’re led
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Werner Herzog: The Art of Being a Death-Defying, Gonzo Filmmaking Genius

Werner Herzog: The Art of Being a Death-Defying, Gonzo Filmmaking Genius
Dan Winters for Rolling Stone

Not far from the big round dome atop the Griffith Observatory, leaning on a railing that overlooks the Greater Los Angeles sinkhole, the German director Werner Herzog, 74, removes a tissue from his pocket and dabs at his eyes. His eyes are leaking. They've been leaking for the past hour or so. The tear fluid builds up in the corner of one of his blue eyes, then starts to cascade down his cheeks, halted only when he dab, dab, dabs.

He does not explain this. In fact,
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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World documentary review: digital crazy quilt

MaryAnn’s quick take… Skips away every time it seems like it’s about to delve deeply into something odd and fascinating. Feels like teases from a slew of other Herzog films. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Werner Herzog; huge Internet nerd

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I love Werner Herzog. I love his unique perspective on the world. I love how, in the opening moments of Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World — his stream-of-consciousness documentary look at the Internet, what it hath wrought, and what it may yet bring — he chooses to describe as “repulsive” the university corridor that leads to the room where the very first computer on the Internet still stands today. (That’s the machine pictured above, with Internet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock. That node of the Net is no longer active. Kleinrock is still a prof at UCLA.
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IFC Films to distribute 'Queen Of The Desert'

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IFC Films to distribute 'Queen Of The Desert'
The distributor has acquired Us rights to Werner Herzog’s drama starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco and will release in spring 2017.

Benaroya Pictures financed Queen Of The Desert and Michael Benaroya produced with Cassian Elwes and Nick Raslan.

Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis also star in the Berlin 2015 world premiere about British explorer, cartographer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell on an epic odyssey to chart the borders of the modern Middle East.

Jonathan Debin, Cathy Gesualdo, James Lejsek, Ben Sachs, D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro served as executive producers on Queen Of The Desert.

“The entire team at IFC Films is thrilled to be working once more with Werner Herzog who is undoubtedly a modern master of cinema,” said IFC, which brokered the deal with Elwes, Lawrence Kopeikin and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Having previously worked with him on his award-winning Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Werner continues
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Cinema Eye Names Top Documentaries and Directors of the Past Decade

  • Indiewire
Cinema Eye has named 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been voted as the top achievements in documentary filmmaking during the past 10 years. Founded in 2007 to “recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film,” Cinema Eye polled 110 members of the documentary community to determine the winning films and filmmakers just as the organization kicks off its tenth year.

Read More: Behind the Scenes of Cinema Eye’s Secret Field Trip for Nominees

Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.

“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a
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Horror Highlights: Roseanne Halloween Shirt, AC/DC Stern Pinball Vr Game, Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack, Salt And Fire

  • DailyDead
Available for only 24 hours starting at midnight tonight, Fright Rags presents a Conner family Halloween shirt of epic proportions featuring the "original Becky"! Also in today's Horror Highlights: Stern Pinball Arcade virtual reality AC/DC experience details, Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack release details and cover art, and details on XLrator Media's acquisition of Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire.

Fright Rags' Roseanne Halloween Midnight Madness Shirt: This new Fright Rags shirt shows the Conner family from Roseanne getting into the Halloween spirit.

Priced at $18.00, the new shirt will be available for a 24-hour period beginning at 12:01 am Edt on Saturday morning and ending at midnight on Saturday night.

It will never be reprinted by Fright Rags, so if you're interested in purchasing this latest Midnight Madness shirt, then keep an eye on Fright Rags' official website this weekend.

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Stern Pinball AC/DC Vr Game: Press Release: "Elk Grove Village,
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