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‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer: Teen Heist Movie Aspires to be A24’s Next ‘Spring Breakers’

‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer: Teen Heist Movie Aspires to be A24’s Next ‘Spring Breakers’
From “Spring Breakers” to “Heavenly Creatures,” the canon of movies about teen girls behaving badly has far too few woman directors, with “The Bling Ring” being a notable exception. Enter “Never Goin’ Back,” the debut feature-length film from actress turned writer/director Augustine Frizzell. The newly released first trailer teases an intimate heist comedy about two high school dropouts who get in all sorts of trouble on the way to their dream beach vacation.

Maia Mitchell (“The Fosters”) and Camila Morrone (“Death Wish”) play the central friends Angela and Jessie, two high school dropouts who would rather rip bongs and draw penises on each other’s faces than work at their depressing diner jobs. Between a manager who has higher hopes for them, nosy neighbors threatening to call the cops, and a creepy roommate Brandon (Kyle Mooney), the girls soldier on towards the promise of one glorious week off in Galveston.
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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Joins ‘Education of Fredrick Fitzell’

‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Joins ‘Education of Fredrick Fitzell’
Dylan O’Brien, whose credits include “The Maze Runner,” “American Assassin” and “Deepwater Horizon,” and Maika Monroe, who appeared in “It Follows,” “I’m Not Here,” “The Guest” and “The Bling Ring,” will star in Christopher MacBride’s “The Education of Fredrick Fitzell.”

Protagonist Pictures will handle international sales and launch the film to buyers in Cannes, with ICM Partners and Endeavor Content handling North America.

The film is written by and will be directed by MacBride, whose last film was the critically acclaimed found-footage thriller “The Conspiracy.” Lee Kim will produce for Resolute Films. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures are executive producing.

“Fred (O’Brien) is not a detective, a secret agent or a philosopher,” according to a statement. “He’s a normal guy approaching 30 and going through an existential crisis as he finds himself on the precipice of full-blown adulthood.”

It adds: “After a chance
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‘State Like Sleep’ Review: Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon Get Lost in a Dreamy Neo-Noir — Tribeca

A narcotized neo-noir that unfolds with the diverting purposelessness of a forgettable dream, Meredith Danluck’s “State Like Sleep” doesn’t really go anywhere, but it lulls you into enough of a stupor to enjoy the time it takes to get there. Much of the credit for that belongs to “The Bling Ring” cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, who coats the (supposedly) Belgian locations of this dead-end story with a shimmer that makes every beat feel a little more beguiling than it should. The rest might have to go to Katherine Waterston, whose “Alien: Covenant” bowl-cut gets the rousing curtain call it deserves (this film was shot back in the summer of 2016).

The basic details of the story are simple, though Danluck presents them in a pleasantly disorienting fashion. It starts with a Belgian movie star named Stefan Delvoe (“Game of Thrones” actor Michiel Huisman) giving a television interview to promote the
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Never Goin’ Back’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Never Goin’ Back’
When you’re 17, and white, and middle class in America, sometimes all that matters is what you’re doing next weekend. And if rent isn’t due until a week or so after that, well, things tend to have a way of working out.

In “Never Goin’ Back,” a delightfully irresponsible — but also refreshingly generous — girls-gone-wild romp from first-time feature director Augustine Frizzell (an indie actress married to frequent collaborator David Lowery), Texas besties Jessie (Camila Morrone) and Angela (Maia Mitchell) want to go to Galveston and eat donuts by the beach. Everything else is secondary — except, to pull off even such a modest birthday getaway, these two high school dropouts turned minimum-wage diner waitresses are gonna need a bit more cash than they have on hand, which means hustling any and every way they know how.

Make no mistake: “Never Goin’ Back” is a blast, thanks to its high-energy
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‘Take Your Pills’ Review: A Netflix Documentary About Adderall in America that Never Finds its Focus — SXSW 2018

‘Take Your Pills’ Review: A Netflix Documentary About Adderall in America that Never Finds its Focus — SXSW 2018
A comprehensive but aggravatingly myopic look at the recent proliferation of prescription amphetamines like Adderall and Ritalin, Alison Klayman’s “Take Your Pills” is much less interested in the drugs themselves than it is in this country’s unique appetite for them. Nevertheless, Klayman’s conclusions on both subjects — and the scare-mongering tactics she uses to shine light on how they intertwine — result in a reductive documentary that’s far too focused on the big picture to really unpack the human element.

Take Your Pills” might be the first documentary feature to broach this particular subject, but it’s clear from the start that Klayman is gripped with the reactionary zeal of a local TV news segment. The opening credits set the stage for a film so hopped up on graphics that it should come with its own supply of Focalin: 8-bit graphics and glitchy music used in a tired
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Emma Watson In "Vogue"

Take a look at new images of actress Emma Watson in the March 2018 issue of "Vogue Australia", wearing Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Rosie Assoulin and Gabriela Hearst, photographed by Peter Lindbergh:

Watson rose to prominence playing 'Hermione Granger' in the "Harry Potter" film series, starting at the age of nine and appearing in all eight "Harry Potter" movies, earning several awards.

She made her modelling debut for "Burberry's" autumn/winter campaign (2009), with subsequent film credits including "Ballet Shoes" (2007), "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008), "My Week with Marilyn"(2011) and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012).

Other notable features include "This Is the End" (2013), "The Bling Ring" (2013), "Noah" (2014), "The Circle"...

..."Regression", "Colonia", "The Vicar of Dibley" and "Beauty and the Beast".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Emma Watson...
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It never was you by Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurie Simmons on Kurt Weill's It Never Was You: "I love the words to the song because of Ellie [Laurie Simmons] assuming all these characters. It has so many meanings." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurie Simmons has assembled an impressive list of collaborators for her debut feature film My Art, including Barbara Sukowa, Blair Brown, Parker Posey, and Lena Dunham to go along with her film vignette reenactment partners Robert Clohessy, John Rothman and Josh Safdie.

Costume designer Stacey Battat (Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Still Alice, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and The Bling Ring) and production designer Kelly McGehee (Oren Moverman's The Dinner and Time Out Of Mind, Reed Morano's Meadowland and I Think We're Alone Now) dressed up the actors and the sets respectively, and Celia Rowlson-Hall brilliantly recreated choreography from Joshua Logan's Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak.
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‘Flower’ Trailer: Zoey Deutch Is a Teenage Vigilante In Wild and Raunchy Coming-of-Age Tale

‘Flower’ Trailer: Zoey Deutch Is a Teenage Vigilante In Wild and Raunchy Coming-of-Age Tale
When Alex McAuley’s screenplay “Flower” made the Black List of most liked unproduced screenplays back in 2012, its simple logline was eye-popping in its possibilities: “A coming of age story about the unlikely bond that forms between a sexually adventurous teenage girl and her obese, mentally unstable step-brother.” Though it took another five years to be made — thanks to the addition of director and co-screenwriter Max Winkler and his partner, Matt Spicer, who recently broke out with his “Ingrid Goes West” — the final product is a snappy combination of McAuley’s big ideas, Winkler and Spicer’s off-kilter wit, and the full-force charm of star Zoey Deutch.

Read More:‘Flower’ Review: ‘Badlands’ Meets ‘The Bling Ring’ In Strange And Sexy Coming-Of-Age Story That Certifies Zoey Deutch As a Major Star — Tribeca 2017

As 17-year-old Erica Vandross, Deutch is a wild, funny, smart, and unique leading lady, tasked with carrying a coming-of-age tale of a different stripe.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Michael Haneke, German Cinema, Rialto Pictures, and More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Forum

A Michael Haneke retrospective begins as does a restoration of The Crime of Monsieur Lange.

The Film Society Lincoln Center

“The Lost Years of German Cinema” features rare cinematic gems from Fritz Lang, Helmut Käutner, Robert Siodmak, and more.

Anthology Film Archives

“Generation Wealth” kicks off with The Bling Ring, Spring Breakers, L’Argent,
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Ingrid Goes West review – social media satire is a horribly watchable carnival of narcissism

Aubrey Plaza plays an obsessive young woman who worms her way into the life of an Instagram star in Matt Spicer’s acrid comedy

Writer-director Matt Spicer makes his feature debut with a horribly enjoyable satire, painted in hard-edged, acrid colours: the colours of an Instagram post, in fact. Seeing those filters and tints up on the movie screen is an eerie, unearthly experience, supersaturating the film with unease. The visuals reminded me of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which created the same affectless glaze by flashing up selfies of supercool perfection – or Levan Gabriadze’s horror film Unfriended, which found something candidly scary in the alienated world of Facebook. Ingrid Goes West sees social media as a carnival of narcissism, sociopathy and that most toxic, most ubiquitous and least acknowledged of the seven deadly sins: envy.

Comedy star Aubrey Plaza hits a career best playing Ingrid, someone who is,
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Starz Sets Cast For ‘Vida’ Drama Series: Mishel Prada, Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon Among Regulars

Mishel Prada (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage), Karen Ser Anzoategui (East Los High), Chelsea Rendon (A Better Life), Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring) and Maria Elena Laas (Suffering Man’s Charity) have been cast as series regulars alongside Melissa Berrera (Club de Cuervos) in Starz new Latinx drama series Vida from showrunner Tanya Saracho (How To Get Away With Murder). Vida focuses on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn…
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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Is Going To Deliver Six New Surprises Very Soon

Hey, Grey's Anatomy fans. We've got a new report for you guys via the folks over at TV Line. It turns out that your favorite show will be offering up six new surprises as early as this Thursday night, October 12,2017! That's right. In the 4th new episode of this current 14th season, Grey's Anatomy is going to debut 6 new castmembers! They are all interns. And just to be all the way accurate, technically five of the six new castmembers will make their debut. One of them already debuted during the big two hour premiere episode. That one was actor Jake Borelli who plays character Levi. He is Jo's new intern. Levi will be a recurring character. Jake Borelli's acting resume includes roles in Psych, ICarly, The Forgotten, Parenthood, CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles,True Jackson, Greek, Suburgatory, Elf Employment, Supermoms, Nesting, a short called, "Meanamorphosis," a TV series called,"CeReality,
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Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola to Receive Tributes at 2017 Gotham Awards

Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola to Receive Tributes at 2017 Gotham Awards
Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola will be honored at the 2017 Gotham Awards, joining a lineup of tribute recipients that already includes Nicole Kidman and Al Gore, among others.

Handed out annual by the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the Gothams dole out a handful of pre-announced tribute awards as part of a ceremony that focuses on indie films. Hoffman, whose career includes films such as “The Graduate,” “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” “Tootsie” and “Rain Man,” has a movie out this awards season with “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”

Coppola, meanwhile, get the tribute for director. Her latest, the well-received “The Beguiled” (with a cast that includes Kidman), was released in June after previous credits that include “Lost in Translation,” “Somewhere,” “The Virgin Suicides” and “The Bling Ring.”

Hoffman and Coppola join a lineup of tributees that also includes honorees for actress (Kidman), humanitarian (Gore), cinematographer (Ed Lachman) and industry achievement (Jason Blum). Prior years have seen tributes go
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Emma Watson Covers "Elle"

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Take a look @ images of  actress Emma Watson in a recent issue of "Elle" (UK) fashion magazine, photographed by Kerry Hallihan:

Watson rose to prominence playing 'Hermione Granger' in the "Harry Potter" film series starting at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. She starred in all eight "Harry Potter", earning her several awards and millions of dollars.

Watson made her modelling debut for "Burberry's" autumn/winter campaign in 2009. Her film credits include "Ballet Shoes" (2007), "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008), "My Week with Marilyn"(2011) and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012).

She also appeared in "This Is the End" (2013), "The Bling Ring" (2013), "Noah" (2014), "The Circle", "Regression", "The Colony" and "The Vicar of Dibley".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Emma Watson...
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‘Good Time’ Has One of the Most Memorable Original Scores of the Year — Stream It Now

‘Good Time’ Has One of the Most Memorable Original Scores of the Year — Stream It Now
The list of the best scores of the year already includes “A Ghost Story,” “War of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Dunkirk,” and as of this weekend we can officially add “Good Time” to the roster. The Safdie Brothers’ wild New York City drama features original music from Oneohtrix Point Never, and it’s so effective in building the movie’s sense of unpredictable danger that even listening to it without the film is an anxiety-inducing experience.

Read More:Why the Safdie Brothers Decided to Put Robert Pattinson in Their Gritty World of New York Amateurs

Good Time” stars Robert Pattinson as Constantine “Connie” Nikas, a small town criminal who embarks on a dangerous journey to get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery goes wrong. The supporting cast includes Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The movie premiered to acclaim at Cannes, where IndieWire called
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Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark

Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Thank Patty Jenkins — and then thank all the other wonder women who lit up this summer at the box office. This summer, studios released only seven films directed by women (that’s including speciality arms, and even a co-directed production), but the massive success of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is poised to push the total take of female-directed studio films over $1 billion.

Nothing sings quite like “a billion dollars” in Hollywood, but what’s even more heartening is the variety of films in this small group.

Wonder Woman” is the story of the summer, an $800 million superhero that established Jenkins’ supremacy as director of the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman and reestablished the solvency of the creatively stifled Dceu. It also made plain just how desperate audiences are for female-focused blockbusters. The film stayed in
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Movie Review – The Beguiled (2017)

The Beguiled, 2017.

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell and Angourie Rice.

Synopsis:

During the American Civil War, a girl from a Confederate boarding school discovers a wounded Union soldier. She takes him back to the school, where his wounds are looked after by the headmistress, her assistant and the other pupils. As he recovers in this all-female world, his presence affects everybody and they all vie for his attention.

Sofia Coppola films always seem to grab attention at Cannes, either by accident or design. Remember The Bling Ring (2013), when life bizarrely imitated art? This time round, she won the Best Director accolade for a film that could far too easily be described as yet another re-make. That would be too easy – and nothing less than facile.

The original version of The Beguiled (1971) is usually described as a Clint Eastwood movie, with the film
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Why Sofia Coppola Should Not Make a Studio Movie

Why Sofia Coppola Should Not Make a Studio Movie
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Armed with an Oscar and a distinctive filmmaking sensibility, Sofia Coppola may seem like the sort of filmmaker primed to make the jump to big studio movies. Who wouldn’t want more money and a bigger stage to spend it on? Well, Coppola doesn’t — and she’s right to stay away.

A recent article in Variety questioned if Coppola “may be trapping herself in a boutique bubble of her own,” asking if “perhaps her next move should be to work on a larger scale, to mix it up in some way, to shake herself out of her comfort zone.” Yet the filmmaker has roundly rejected such demands to somehow inflate her portfolio in the name of “growth,” balking at blockbusters and sequels, and resisting the notion that her projects should primarily exist to make a lot of money.
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Sofia Coppola: Do Audiences Still Want to Look Through Her Gaze?

Sofia Coppola: Do Audiences Still Want to Look Through Her Gaze?
Is Sofia Coppola ever going to take it to the next level? The answer may be no, and that could be fine. I consider myself a Coppola fan (though I didn’t care much for “The Beguiled”), and part of me thinks that she’s in the perfect place and always has been. In a directorial career that stretches back 18 years, she has made just six features. Only one of them, “Lost in Translation” (2003), ever put her at the center of the white-hot center. Tellingly, it was the one time that she deigned to build an entire film around the personality of a movie star (no slight to Scarlett Johansson, who’s terrific in it, but that movie is defined by Bill Murray), and I feel like I understand why she hasn’t done it since. It’s part of her lone-wolf art mystique. The real star of her movies is Sofia Coppola. Which
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