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Examining The Visual Obsessions Of Director Terrence Malick

The arrival of a new Terrence Malick film used to feel like a blessing it was so rare. The reclusive director vanished for twenty years, only to resurface as if no time went by and then slowly, but surely started to jog and then run. Malick films are no longer like Halley’s Comet and the director has been working at an extremely fast clip ever since 2011’s reinvigorating “The Tree Of Life,” he’s made five films since and been shooting one nearly every year: “To The Wonder” (2012), “Knight of Cups” (2015) “Voyage of Time” (2016), “Song to Song” (2017) and the upcoming “Radegund” which many presume will surface on the fall film festival circuit sometime in 2018.

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ Gets Longer Criterion Version

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ Gets Longer Criterion Version
Terrence Malick has secretly been working on an extended version of “The Tree of Life,” which will be included by the Criterion Collection as a supplement to an enhanced special-edition Blu-ray and DVD release later this year.

The film, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, has grown 50 minutes of new branches — although roots might be a better metaphor, since the additional material focuses primarily on the lives of the O’Brien family (characters played by Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) and the backstory of Jack (Sean Penn), whose search for meaning in the wake of his brother’s death drives a transcendental quest unlike any previously depicted on film.

“Terry doesn’t see this as a director’s cut,” says Criterion president Peter Becker, who insists that the 139-minute theatrical version is the official “director’s cut” and remains the centerpiece of the Blu-Ray edition.
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Film News Roundup: Ruby Modine Returns for ‘Happy Death Day 2’ (Exclusive)

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Film News Roundup: Ruby Modine Returns for ‘Happy Death Day 2’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Ruby Modine reprises her villain role in the “Happy Death Day” sequel, Passionflix has cast its leads for “Driven,” and Breaking Glass sets a June release for Lgbtq story “Hooked.”

Castings

Ruby Modine has signed on to reprise her role as Lori Spengler in Blumhouse Productions’ thriller sequel “Happy Death Day 2” opposite Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, and Sarah Yarkin.

Modine, daughter of Matthew Modine, broke out as part of the cast of Showtime’s “Shameless” in 2016, then scored the role in director Christopher Landon’s “Happy Death Day” as a nursing student at Bayfield University and its campus hospital.

Landon wrote the original script, which he directs. John Baldecchi and Angela Mancuso serve as executive producers. Jason Blum returns as producer with Ryan Turek as co-producer.

Happy Death Day 2” starts shooting in New Orleans in two weeks. Modine is represented by Gersh.
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Jon Hamm in talks to star opposite Natalie Portman in Noah Hawley’s Pale Blue Dot

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Jon Hamm is reportedly currently in talks to star alongside Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight’s forthcoming sci-fi drama Pale Blue Dot.

Pale Blue Dot focuses on a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect life. The film explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time in space lose their sense of reality when they return home.

Hamm would play an astronaut Portman aggressively pursues after returning to Earth.

Also in the news – The Conjuring writers Chad & Carey Hayes to rewrite new Die Hard movie

Legion and Fargo creator, Noah Hawley is set to direct from a screenplay written by Brian C. Brown and Elliott Diguiseppi which took its inspiration from a true-life astronaut love triangle in which a female mission specialist tried to kidnap a rival in 2007.

Reese Witherspoon, who was
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9 Widely Hated Movies that Will Eventually Become Classics — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Inspired by a tweet from Matt Zoller Seitz, what widely despised (and/or financially disastrous) movie from the last few years will eventually be considered a classic?

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film), Freelance for MovieMaker Magazine/Remezcla

The curios case of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” evidences how critical consensus can shift in strange ways from festival premiere to theatrical release, and how easy it is for people to jump on the backlash train. Clearly, not everyone has to love Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel as much as I do, but it was shocking to see how a film that was so instantly beloved at Sundance,
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‘Friday’s Child’ Clip: Tye Sheridan Goes On A Crime Spree In Visionary SXSW Drama

‘Friday’s Child’ Clip: Tye Sheridan Goes On A Crime Spree In Visionary SXSW Drama
Exclusive: Up and coming writer-director A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels) goes bold with his SXSW film Friday’s Child starring a roster of talented actors including Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jeffrey Wright. Edwards comes from the Terrence Malick camp, having worked with him on a number of films including To the Wonder and Song to Song — and it is evidenced in the exclusive clip which showcases his visual eye. Friday’s Child is part of…
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Natalie Portman to star in astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot

Joseph Baxter Jan 12, 2018

Pale Blue Dot will have Natalie Portman play an astronaut who’s dealing with odd after-effects from her time in space.

The developing drama, Pale Blue Dot, appears to be putting an outer space spin on post-traumatic stress disorder, this time as experienced by a female astronaut, rather than armed service personnel. The project, which had originally tapped Reese Witherspoon as its star, is, instead, looking at a headliner in Natalie Portman, who’s logged plenty of space time in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Portman is in talks with Fox Searchlight to nab the lead role in Pale Blue Dot, reports Variety. Should the deal be finalised, she'll play a successful astronaut who returns home – presumably to fantastic fanfare – only to experience a bizarre change in personality; perhaps the result of a very real phenomenon that occurs after a person is stuck in space for long periods of time.
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Natalie Portman in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in Pale Blue Dot

if you cast your mind back to 2015, you may recall that Reese Witherspoon signed on to produce and star in the sci-fi drama Pale Blue Dot for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Well, having subsequently departed the role due to a scheduling conflict with season two of Big Little Lies, it seems that director Noah Hawley (Fargo) may now have found his replacement in Natalie Portman.

According to Variety, the Oscar-winner is in final talks to join the picture, with Fox now looking to cast her male co-star and begin shooting in the Spring once Hawley is finished up with season two of FX’s Marvel series Legion.

Pale Blue Dot tells the story of a female astronaut whose life begins to unravel after she returns to her seemingly perfect American dream life after a long space mission.

Portman was recently seen in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, and will next
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Jared Mobarak’s Top 10 Films of 2017

We pretty much knew last year’s Best Picture Oscars race was coming down to La La Land and Moonlight right after the completion of the Toronto International Film Festival in September. But while there’s something to be said about the strength of films able to ascend to frontrunner position, I can’t help loving the idea of heading into March without a clue as to who might win. Ask ten different critics what their favorite of 2017 is and I’d estimate hearing at least eight unique titles. There’s a level of excitement to this reality that we frankly haven’t had in quite some time. It’s anyone’s game.

Unlike past years where the safe nominees were lacking that sense of out-of-nowhere creativity and pathos beyond tried-and-true molds, 2017’s field is inspiring in its diversity. And those twenty or so films with a real chance at a nomination are legitimately good.
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‘Not Directed by Terrence Malick’ Shows the Master Filmmaker’s Huge Influence — Watch

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‘Not Directed by Terrence Malick’ Shows the Master Filmmaker’s Huge Influence — Watch
Terrence Malick is one of the most influential filmmakers alive, with everyone from Christopher Nolan and David Gordon Green to John Hillcoat and Andrew Dominik citing him as an inspiration. To show the extent to which the “Badlands,” “The Thin Red Line,” and “The Tree of Life” director has left his mark on a generation of directors, Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney made a video called “Not Directed by Terrence Malick” made up of shots from other filmmakers whose work bears a distinct resemblance to Malick’s. Watch below.

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Borrowing the music that graced the trailer for “To the Wonder,” the strikingly made video cuts between Malickian footage from a range of films: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “George Washington,” even “Man of Steel” (whose first teaser had a heavy Malick influence that was sorely lacking from
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The Best Double Features of 2017

Few things are more sublime than finding back-to-back features that hit some specific thematic sweet spot. Drive-in theaters may not be the popular viewing spot they once were, but with the overwhelming accessibility we now have, one can program their own personal double bill. Today, we’ve run through the gamut of 2017 films to select the finest pairings and tried to sway from the most obvious (i.e. a combination of Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and The Finest Hour). Check out list the below, and we’d love to hear your own picks, which can be left in the comments.

Lady Bird and Princess Cyd

On paper, too easy a pairing: coming-of-age stories that are too intelligent to propose that this, here, is the end of a journey; characters (titular characters, no less) whose impulsiveness, close-mindedness, and selfishness are, of course, part of what makes them so empathetic; portraits in miniature
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Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’
Natalie Portman was only 11 years old when she auditioned for and won the role of Mathilda in Luc Besson’s “Léon: The Professional,” and after more than two decades making moves in Hollywood and abroad she has her own share of harassment and sexism stories. During a conversation at Vulture Fest in Los Angeles, Portman was asked about the many sexual harassment and abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood, to which she got incredibly candid about her own experiences facing similar issues.

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“When I heard everything coming out, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky that I haven’t had this.’ And then, on reflection, I was like okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way,
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Movie News: 'Shazam!' Villain Touted; Natalie Portman to Produce, Lend Voice to Animated 'Foxy Trotter'

Shazam!: Zach Levi has been confirmed to star in DC's Shazam!, but every superhero needs a villain, so Mark Strong (above as a villain in Green Lantern) is in talks to join the cast as archenemy Doctor Sivana. Also, Grace Fulton is in negotiations to play a friend of Billy Batson, the young man who can transform into a superhero by uttering a single word. Fulton worked with director David F. Sandberg recently on the horror hit Annabelle: Creation. [The Wrap/Variety]   Foxy Trotter: Natalie Portman (Song to Song, above) will produce and voice a role in the animated movie Foxy Trotter. Director Chris Prynoski describes it as "a wild mix of Barbarella meets Sausage Party meets Easy Rider," following a rock and roll photographer in the early 1970s who rides a...

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Where to Stream the Best Films of 2017

As 2017 winds down, like most cinephiles, we’re looking to get our hands on the titles that may have slipped under the radar or simply gone unseen. With the proliferation of streaming options, it’s thankfully easier than ever to play catch-up, and to assist with the process, we’re bringing you a rundown of the best titles of the year available to watch.

Curated from the Best Films of 2017 So Far list we published for the first half of the year, it also includes films we’ve enjoyed the past few months and some we’ve recently caught up on. This is far from a be-all, end-all year-end feature (that will come at the end of the year), but rather something that will hopefully be a helpful tool for readers to have a chance to seek out notable, perhaps underseen, titles from the year.

Note that we’re going by U.
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
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 Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
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 Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Can Michael Fassbender survive his year of flops?

The Snowman is melting at the box office. It only continues what Assassin’s Creed and Song to Song started, threatening to ruin this actor’s previously sparkling career

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The Snowman is a turkey. Everyone saw it coming, and now it’s happened. Audiences simply did not want to see Michael Fassbender play a man called Harry Hole in a film that was released before it was finished and marketed by a drawing of a Snowman who calls everyone “Mister Police”, like some sort of cut-price children’s entertainer. Lessons have been learned and everyone will move on.

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‘The Snowman’: First Reviews Are Chilly For Michael Fassbender’s Thriller

Michael Fassbender has been going through a bit of a rough, cinematic patch since “Steve Jobs.” The blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse” wasn’t what fans were looking for, Disney pretty much gave up on the (underrated) “The Light Between Oceans,” the indie “Trespass Against Us” didn’t connect, Terrence Malick fatigue hit (the also underrated) “Song To Song,” while “Alien: Covenant” underwhelmed.

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New to Streaming: ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘Marjorie Prime,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ ‘Landline,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Abundant Acreage Available (Angus MacLachlan)

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars
The good news about “Blade Runner 2049,” which Warner Bros. and Alcon have been showing gingerly to thin slivers of press, is that it’s a gorgeous cinematic spectacle that more than lives up to its advance hype. What are they so worried about?

Well, the epic sequel set 30 years after the brilliant Ridley Scott 1982 original looks a lot more expensive than its $150 million official budget, and the original movie — which this builds and expands upon with care and finesse — was a critically hailed succès d’estime that failed at the box office. Scott’s influential future noir, which inspired generations of subsequent cinematic dystopias and came remarkably close to predicting what big-scale megalopolises like Los Angeles and Beijing look like today, has built its cult cred over decades.

Read More:Denis Villeneuve Is Eyeing ‘Cleopatra’ Remake After Conquering ‘Blade Runner 2049’

So following up that accomplishment with another one
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