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Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem face the past in Everybody Knows trailer

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Director Asghar Farhadi made a strong name for himself after winning two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for the movies A Separation and The Salesman, and after the latter was released two years ago he’s back with the dramatic thriller Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben in Spanish) starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. The movie was acquired by Focus Features out of…
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Penélope Cruz And Javier Bardem Star In Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows

Penélope Cruz stars as Laura and Javier Bardem as Paco in Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, a Focus Features release.Credit: Teresa Isasi/Focus Features

Here’s a first look at director Asghar Farhadi upcoming film Everybody Knows. The film had its opening-night premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Did you know that Bardem and Cruz have been married since 2010, and they’ve also been acting opposite one another, on and off, for 26 years—from Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008 and Loving Pablo. Read more Here.

Focus Features will release in select
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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Are Under Pressure in Tense ‘Everybody Knows’ English Trailer (Video)

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Are Under Pressure in Tense ‘Everybody Knows’ English Trailer (Video)
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem have told TheWrap how they were in “terrifying pain” while shooting their latest film, “Everybody Knows.” And in this first English language trailer for the film, that intensity shows.

Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows” is in Spanish, but Bardem narrates the opening to this first trailer in English, which is followed by an otherwise dialogue-free but none the less gripping first look.

“Sometimes the past, doesn’t always stay in the past,” Bardem says over an image of Cruz creeping into a dark attic before shrieking in agony.

Also Read: Penelope Cruz on 'Everybody Knows' Director: 'He's Demanding in a Very Good Way' (Video)

The film is about a woman who returns to her hometown near Madrid, Spain, for her sister’s wedding, but endures a state of panic when the sibling goes missing. Ricardo Darin also co-stars.

Everybody Knows” is the Iranian
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‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Team Up to Fall Apart

‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Team Up to Fall Apart
Asghar Farhadi puts Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem through an emotional crisis in the upcoming “Everybody Knows.” The drama opened the Cannes Film Festival this year and will hit theaters in 2019, courtesy of Focus Features. While Farhadi has often competed for the Oscar as Iran’s official submission (he most recently won with “The Salesman” in 2017), “Everybody Knows” is a Spanish-language film and was thus passed over this year in favor of Vahid Jalilvand’s “No Date – No Signature.”

The official synopsis from Focus Features reads: “The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.”

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called
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BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films Ever: 209 Film Critics Crown ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and More

BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films Ever: 209 Film Critics Crown ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and More
The BBC Culture annual critics’ poll has become one of the most anticipated film lists over the last three years. After asking critics to weigh in on the best American films (“Citizen Kane” topped the list), the best films of the 21st century (“Mulholland Drive” in first), and the best comedy movies (“Some Like It Hot” crowned the best), the BBC Culture has turned this year to the 100 greatest achievements in foreign-language film.

This year’s list was curated from top 10 lists from 209 film critics across 43 countries, including IndieWire’s own Kate Erbland and Christian Blauvelt. BBC Culture awarded 10 points to each critics’ first-ranked film, 9 for the second-ranked, and so on down to one. The finalized top 100 list was curated based on this point system.

Sitting on the top of the BBC Culture list is Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” The film’s breathtaking scope and intimate character work has
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Film News: Day Eight of 54th Chicago International Film Festival Features a Top Prize Winner

Chicago – Day Eight of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (Ciff) on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, is filled with two categories of competition films – six in New Directors and three in the International Competition, plus three more “Masters” films, the latest work from today’s most accomplished filmmakers.

’Shoplifters’ on Day Eight of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival/Magnolia Pictures

Events The emphasis is on the New Directors Competition, as six films will be screened on Wednesday. “The Belly of the Whale” is a caper action film from Ireland involving a heist; “Little Tickles” is from France, about a woman who reclaims her power through her art; “Miriam Lies” is a co-produced film from Spain and the Dominican Republic about the title character facing her own biases; “The Third Wife” is from Vietnam, set there in the 19th Century, as a landowner’s third
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Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Film ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open in Time for Oscars

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Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Film ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open in Time for Oscars
Everybody Knows,” the Spanish-language psychological thriller from Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, will be released in theaters on Feb. 8, 2019, with a brief awards qualifying run beginning Nov. 30, the studio announced on Friday.

Focus Features picked up rights to the film ahead of its premiere opening-night screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival back in May.

The film, which stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, is director Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2016 Oscar-winning foreign language film “The Salesman.” Farhadi also previously won the best foreign-language film Oscar for “A Separation.”

Also Read: Penelope Cruz on 'Everybody Knows' Director: 'He's Demanding in a Very Good Way' (Video)

Everybody Knows” follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow,
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‘6 Underground’: Ryan Reynolds Enjoys “The Quiet Moments” On Set Of Michael Bay Action Pic

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‘6 Underground’: Ryan Reynolds Enjoys “The Quiet Moments” On Set Of Michael Bay Action Pic
Ryan Reynolds posted a behind-the-scenes video of Michael Bay’s upcoming 6 Underground on Twitter. Bay has a track record for wildly explosive action sequences, but for Reynolds, he enjoys shooting with the director for other reasons.

“For me, it’s the stillness…it’s the quiet moments,” says Reynolds about working with the man who brought the frenetic action-packed adaptation of Transformers to the big screen.

As the Deadpool actor enjoys an intimate moment, he is unfazed by a crazy, off-the-rails car crash and explosion behind him. When the dust settles, Reynolds can be heard again talking about feelings and getting “lost in a character’s eyes” while making a Michael Bay film.

The plot details on 6 Underground have been kept under wraps, but what we do know is that Reynolds will reunite with Deadpool executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The big-budget movie also stars Mélanie Laurent
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Penelope Cruz on ‘Everybody Knows’ Director: ‘He’s Demanding in a Very Good Way’ (Video)

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Penelope Cruz on ‘Everybody Knows’ Director: ‘He’s Demanding in a Very Good Way’ (Video)
Penelope Cruz says that her character Laura in the new film “Everybody Knows” is the most difficult role she’s played in her career. But she told TheWrap at the Toronto Film Festival that her performance wouldn’t have been possible without the “demanding” influence of director Asghar Farhadi.

“We all know he’s very special, very clever and very demanding. I say he’s demanding in a very good way. For me, that’s a virtue, not something bad,” Cruz told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman. “I don’t think how I could’ve done that with somebody that didn’t have what he has.”

Farhadi, an Iranian director whose films “A Separation” and “The Salesman” both won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, returns with “Everybody Knows” about a woman who returns to her hometown near Madrid for her sister’s wedding, but endures a state of panic when her sister goes missing.
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Melanie Laurent Joins Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ for Netflix

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Melanie Laurent Joins Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ for Netflix
French actress Melanie Laurent has joined the cast of Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” for Netflix and Skydance Media, the streaming giant announced Wednesday. U.S.-born Iranian actor Payman Maadi has also joined the production, which will start shooting later this month.

An actor and director in her native France, Laurent is best known to international audiences for her breakout lead role as the vengeance-seeking Shosanna in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds.” Other English-language roles have included Mike Mills’ “Beginners” and Denis Villenueve’s “Enemy.” Laurent most recently co-starred opposite Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin in French period comedy “Return of the Hero.” She’ll next be seen in Chris Weitz’s English-language true-story drama “Operation Finale,” which stars Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley.

Maadi, who starred in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning Iranian drama “A Separation,” previously worked with Bay on the 2016 film “13 Hours.”

6 Underground” stars Ryan Reynolds,
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Mélanie Laurent & Payman Maadi Join Michael Bay’s Big-Budget Netflix Pic ‘6 Underground’

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Mélanie Laurent & Payman Maadi Join Michael Bay’s Big-Budget Netflix Pic ‘6 Underground’
Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) and Payman Maadi (A Separation) are joining Ryan Reynolds in the cast of Michael Bay and Skydance’s big-budget Netflix movie 6 Underground.

The $100M+ action pic will be directed by action supremo Bay and is based on an original idea from writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, best known for their irreverent work on the Deadpool franchise. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce along with Bay and Ian Bryce.

The previously announced ensemble cast to date includes Corey Hawkins (BlacKkKlansman), Adria Arjona (Triple Frontier), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Sicario: Day Of The Soldado), Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) Lior Raz (Fauda), and Dave Franco (Now You See Me).

Filming is due to begin later this month with a 2019 release on Netflix.

This is the first major feature collaboration between Ellison’s Skydance and
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Netflix, Skydance add Mélanie Laurent to '6 Underground' cast

Netflix, Skydance add Mélanie Laurent to '6 Underground' cast
César Award winner joins Michael Bay action film.

Mélanie Laurent and Payman Maadi have joined Ryan Reynolds on Skydance Media and Netflix’s 6 Underground.

Michael Bay directs the action film from an original idea by Deadpool writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Production is scheduled to begin later this month in time for a worldwide release in 2019.

Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce 6 Underground along with Bay and Ian Bryce.

César Award winner Laurent heads to Toronto with her English-language directorial debut Galveston starring Elle Fanning and Ben Foster.

She will
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Penélope Cruz: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Charts Her Course As a Great Character Actress — Career Watch

Penélope Cruz: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Charts Her Course As a Great Character Actress  — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on global star Penélope Cruz, who’s delivering lauded performances on multiple platforms, in English and her native Spanish.

Bottom Line: Cruz is a Goya and Oscar-winner (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) who chases challenging material around the globe. This year she and husband Javier Bardem not only opened Cannes with Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish mystery drama “Everybody Knows” (Focus Features) — which went on to rack up over $6.5 million in France — but Cruz transformed herself into blonde Italian fashion icon Donatella Versace for her first-ever foray into television. Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) scored 18 Emmy nominations last week including Supporting Actress in a Limited series for Cruz. Next, she’ll play her sixth role with mentor Pedro Almodovar, playing his mother
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Penélope Cruz: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Charts Her Course As a Great Character Actress — Career Watch

Penélope Cruz: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Charts Her Course As a Great Character Actress  — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on global star Penélope Cruz, who’s delivering lauded performances on multiple platforms, in English and her native Spanish.

Bottom Line: Cruz is a Goya and Oscar-winner (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) who chases challenging material around the globe. This year she and husband Javier Bardem not only opened Cannes with Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish mystery drama “Everybody Knows” (Focus Features) — which went on to rack up over $6.5 million in France — but Cruz transformed herself into blonde Italian fashion icon Donatella Versace for her first-ever foray into television. Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) scored 18 Emmy nominations last week including Supporting Actress in a Limited series for Cruz. Next, she’ll play her sixth role with mentor Pedro Almodovar, playing his mother
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French mid-year box office report: admissions down amid heatwave and World Cup

Preliminary figures show admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of 2018.

A heatwave and World Cup fever, as the French team secured its place in the semi-finals of the World Cup, taking place in Russia throughout June and July, have dented France’s box office for the first half of 2018.

Preliminary figures released by the Cnc on July 6 showed admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of the year, coming in at 103m entries against 105m in the same period for 2017. On a sliding year basis, admissions for the 12-month period to end-June stood at 207.4m against 211m for the period in the previous year,
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‘Custody’ Review: You Don’t Have to Be a Child of Divorce to Appreciate This Tense Drama, but It Helps

‘Custody’ Review: You Don’t Have to Be a Child of Divorce to Appreciate This Tense Drama, but It Helps
“Joint custody blows.” That poignant declaration, made by one of the kiddos being fought over in Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale,” succinctly summarizes the entire custody-battle genre to which it belongs. Seven years after reaching its high-water mark with Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” that genre continues with Xavier LeGrand’s “Custody.” Less nuanced than some of its predecessors but far more stressful, it isn’t an easy watch — nor is it meant to be.

It’s also Legrand’s debut feature, arriving four years after his Oscar-nominated short “Just Before Losing Everything.” The first-timer won the Silver Lion for Best Director at last year’s Venice Film Festival, and his control over the material is on clear display throughout all 93 nail-biting minutes: “Custody” begins with an air of documentary reality before evolving into a thriller so claustrophobic its climax fits inside the bathroom of a modest apartment.
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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room

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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room
This Wednesday, the famed Magno Screening Rooms in New York, at 729 7th Ave. (near the corner of W. 49th St.), will close their doors for the very last time. They’ve been there for 68 years, and for those of us who are lucky enough to include watching a movie in the middle of the day as part of our jobs, and who have spent more of our daily lives watching movies in those two rooms — especially the main one, Magno 1 — than we have anywhere else, it feels like the curtain is coming down on something. Apart from the boilerplate end-of-an-era nostalgia that always accompanies a moment like this, I wonder, in a way, if it is the end of an era. I wonder if it’s one more telling, creeping example of the metaphysic of movies transitioning from a shared experience to a solitary-viewer-fixed-on-the-small-screen transaction.

I suspect I speak for
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Jacqueline Lyanga Exits as AFI Head Bob Gazzale Merges Festival Staffs to Streamline Costs — Exclusive

The 50-year-old American Film Institute is merging the staffs of its two film festivals, Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (November 8–15) and Washington, D.C’s AFI Docs (June 13-17) — and with that, the nonprofit is losing AFI Fest Mvp Jacqueline Lyanga. Over her eight years as festival director, Lyanga built what many say is impossible: a world-class film festival in Hollywood. When AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale began discussions this spring about merging the festivals’ teams, Lyanga chose to leave.

She could have led both festivals, but the conversation didn’t get that far. She wasn’t willing, sources say, to run them with fewer people doing more work. But the budgets for both festivals are going up, Gazzale told me: “Our goal is to be more efficient for the benefit of the films and filmmakers.”

Lyanga will consult with AFI through June. As she looks at other opportunities — there
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Jacqueline Lyanga Exits as AFI Head Bob Gazzale Merges Festival Staffs to Streamline Costs — Exclusive

The 50-year-old American Film Institute is merging the staffs of its two film festivals, Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (November 8–15) and Washington, D.C’s AFI Docs (June 13-17) — and with that, the nonprofit is losing AFI Fest Mvp Jacqueline Lyanga. Over her eight years as festival director, Lyanga built what many say is impossible: a world-class film festival in Hollywood. When AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale began discussions this spring about merging the festivals’ teams, Lyanga chose to leave.

She could have led both festivals, but the conversation didn’t get that far. She wasn’t willing, sources say, to run them with fewer people doing more work. But the budgets for both festivals are going up, Gazzale told me: “Our goal is to be more efficient for the benefit of the films and filmmakers.”

Lyanga will consult with AFI through June. As she looks at other opportunities — there
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The Best Movie Plot Twists of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: Last weekend saw the release of “Adrift,” a true-life survival story that builds to an improbably big plot twist.

With that example fresh in our minds, we asked critics to pick the most satisfying plot twist they’ve seen in a film, and to expound upon why it worked so well for them.

This should go without saying, but spoiler alert.

Emma Stefansky (@stefabsky), Vanity Fair, Uproxx

I tend to miss out on classic film twists that have become so deeply entrenched in the culture that it’s easy to have them casually spoiled for you. I knew about the Keyser Söze thing before I watched “The Usual Suspects,” and I don’t think “I am your father” really registered for me when I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” as a kid.
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