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Ice Cube to Star in High-Tech Crime Thriller From ‘Patriots Day’ Writer

Ice Cube to Star in High-Tech Crime Thriller From ‘Patriots Day’ Writer
Ice Cube will star in Universal’s high-tech crime thriller “Before I Disappear” from “Jason Bourne” producer Captivate Entertainment.

Captivate’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are producing. The screenplay, written by “Patriots Day” scribe Josh Zetumer, centers on a clandestine high-tech version of the witness protection program, which makes clients disappear by offering them seamless exits into new lives.

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“When Ice Cube appears on screen, there is an instant credibility that is undeniable,” Smith said. “We’re excited to be working with such a talented actor on this project.”

Cube was most recently seen in “Fist Fight” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” He starred last year in “Ride Along 2” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” Universal is also developing “Ride Along 3” for him and Kevin Hart. Cube was a producer on “Straight Outta Compton” and on the “Ride Along” franchise.
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New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform in May. Next month will see the streaming release of Oscar-nominated films such as Debra Granik’s 2010 drama “Winter’s Bone,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama “Big Fish.”

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Hulu’s origial series “Casual” returns for a third season on May 23. The original documentary “Becoming Bond,” about the life of George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” will debut on May 20. Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in May below.

May 1

Line of Duty: Complete Season 4 (BBC One)

South Park en Español: Complete Season 20 (Comedy Central)

48 Hrs. (1982)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

Arrowhead (1952)

A View to a Kill (1985)

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Bad Influence (1990)

Bait Shop
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A24, DirecTV Acquire Logan Lerman Sundance Mystery ‘Sidney Hall’ (Exclusive)

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A24, DirecTV Acquire Logan Lerman Sundance Mystery ‘Sidney Hall’ (Exclusive)
Logan Lerman’s mystery “Sidney Hall” has sold distribution rights to reigning Best Picture-winner A24 and DirecTV, TheWrap has learned. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival selection will have a 30-day exclusive prerelease on DirecTV before A24 rolls it out in theaters. “Sidney” stars Lerman as a literary prodigy whose insights into his suburban town have serious consequences — bringing shame and forcing the young author into hiding. It costars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, Blake Jenner, Margaret Qualley and Tim Blake Nelson. Also Read: Neon Acquires Buzzy SXSW Thriller 'Gemini' Shawn Christensen, who helmed the Oscar-winning short “Curfew” and the feature “Before I Disappear,
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'Sidney Hall': Film Review | Sundance 2017

'Sidney Hall': Film Review | Sundance 2017
How a brilliant and clean-shaven young novelist could end up living like a bearded hobo is the central mystery of Sidney Hall, the sophomore feature from writer-director Shawn Christensen (Before I Disappear). The good-looking film scrambles three different timelines to tells its needlessly complicated — rather than complex — story: Sidney as a high-school student, being egged on by an inspirational teacher and interested in the cute girl across the street; Sidney as a young married man and successful author whose world starts to collapse around him; and finally Sidney as an aimless drifter, a poète maudit who has abandoned and...
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Sundance Review: ‘Sidney Hall’ Squanders a Talented Cast

Sometimes a movie just does not have any reason to exist. That would be the case with Shawn Christensen‘s misbegotten Sidney Hall, a film which offers a mystery that never feels mysterious, falls so flat one is bewildered as to why and how such a project could even be green lit.

Squandering a fine class of young talent, which includes Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning, the drama is tediously realized on page by screenwriter Jason Dolan and director Shawn Christensen (Before I Disappear), who appears to be game with stylish visual decisions, but can’t find a way to get the audience engaged.

The film begins with its titular character, Sidney (Lerman), reading aloud to the class an essay that ends up being a masturbatory fantasy about a cheerleader. The conservative teacher, who asked for an essay on the meaning of life, is obviously appalled. A particularly questionable decision
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sidney Hall’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Sidney Hall’
There are few things more frustrating than a mystery without a satisfying conclusion, unless it’s a mystery that didn’t need to be a mystery in the first place. “Sidney Hall” strings its audience along on a tedious journey that runs out of steam long before reaching an embarrassingly overwrought finale. A cast of promising young talent, led by Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning, struggle with a messy script co-written by Jason Dolan and director Shawn Christensen (“Before I Disappear”), but this shouldn’t register as more than a blip in long careers.

We’re introduced to precocious protagonist Sidney (Lerman) as he reads aloud his sexually explicit story about a popular cheerleader to his high school English class. The teacher had assigned students to write about the meaning of life, and Sidney’s effort is masturbatory in more ways than one. The lurid introduction is played as a joke,
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Our 20 Most-Anticipated Films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 39th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.

While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the event, below one will find our 20 most-anticipated titles. Check out everything below and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TheFilmStage, @jpraup, @djmecca and @FinkJohnJ), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here.

20. Come Swim (Kristen Stewart)

With her pair of career-best performances under the direction of Olivier Assayas, as well as working with Kelly Reichardt, Woody Allen,
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Sundance Film Festival: Elle Fanning In ‘Sidney Hall’

It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into another movie starring Elle Fanning these days, and that’s just fine by us. The actress is one of the finest talents of her generation, and next month she’ll be at the Sundance Film Festival to get the word out about “Sidney Hall.”

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Co-written and directed by Shawn Christensen (“Before I Disappear“), and co-starring Logan Lerman, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Lane, and Margaret Qualley, in a movie that follows the titular character across a dozen years.

Continue reading Sundance Film Festival: Elle Fanning In ‘Sidney Hall’ at The Playlist.
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Exclusive Interview With Before I Disappear Actor/Director Shawn Christensen

One in a great while, you come across a film that not only entertains you, but one that really resonates with you on a very personal level. When these films come along, it’s important as cinephiles and also just as admirers of personal storytelling, to embrace those films and champion them as much as you can. Last year, while going through what could be easily described as a hellish time in my life, I was skimming through Netflix and I was caught by the title Before I Disappear. Not knowing that it was spawned from the Oscar-winning short film Curfew, or that it was written/directed and starred Shawn Christensen, the vocalist for a band I was quite fond of for quite some time (Stellastarr*), I watched it. Experiencing the film was like those special experiences I wrote about above, ones that touch your soul in very profound ways.
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Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning to Star in Shawn Christensen’s ‘Sidney Hall’ (Exclusive)

Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning to Star in Shawn Christensen’s ‘Sidney Hall’ (Exclusive)
Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler and Nathan Lane are set to star in Shawn Christensen’s indie drama “Sidney Hall.”

Christensen is on board to direct from a script he co-wrote with Jason Dolan. “Like Crazy” producer Jonathan Schwartz is on board to produce through his Super Crispy Entertainment banner with Christensen and Lerman exec producing.

Story follows three stages in the life of the title character, who writes the book of his generation before disappearing without a trace. The film begins production next week in New York City.

Sources say almost every young actor met with Christensen and Schwartz for the part after the script hit the market, but Lerman was particularly believable at playing all three stages of Hall’s life — he plays a 19, 24 and 30 year old in various parts of the film.

Fanning, who recently turned 18, has already gained recognition in box office successes like “Super 8” and “Maleficent.
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Under The Shadow to Receive Global Release from Vertical Entertainment, Xyz Films, Netflix

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It sounds like we already have our first great horror movie of 2016. Following its much talked about screenings at Sundance, the Farsi-language horror movie Under The Shadow is set for a worldwide release, thanks to Vertical Entertainment, Netflix, and Xyz Films:

Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered for global distribution of the Farsi-language horror thriller Under The Shadow, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release on digital and VOD platforms, alongside a targeted theatrical release in select territories. Netflix will release the film worldwide shortly after the theatrical and transactional debut. The release date is still to be announced.

Under The Shadow is written and directed by British / Iranian Babak Anvari and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi. The film is produced by Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo of Wigwam Films.
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Slamdance Film Festival Juries Revealed

Slamdance Film Festival Juries Revealed
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled jury members for its feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.

Notable members include Steve Yu, director of “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake,” and Damon Russell, producer of “Before I Disappear.”

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.”

Along with Peli, the best-known Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”

The Slamdance feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million and made by first-time directors. The awards will be presented Jan. 28 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah.

Narrative features jury members include Russell,
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Before We Go | Review

Here We Go Again: Evans’ Nondescript Venture a Familiar Recipe of Whirlwind Romance

Love is not a many splendored thing in actor Chris Evans’ directorial debut, Before We Go, a mediocre two-hander requiring a certain finesse not in evidence either before or in front of the camera, at least enough to believably carry us off into the sunset of illogical romantic inclinations. That’s not to say the film is terrible or even evidence that Evans should quit his day job, but mostly how it unfortunately elicits an overall and achingly constant ‘meh.’ Saddled with one of those vaguely poetic titles reminiscent of a slew of emotionally malleable indie films like Before I Disappear or Away We Go, even though it probably wants to be comparable to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy, perhaps we shouldn’t be disappointed since the comfortably predictable narrative can’t be accused
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Beyond Fright Review: Comet

We’ve all been there, crossing paths with someone who is able to completely take you back and keep you enthralled just at the idea of spending more time talking to them. That awkward feeling in your stomach and the adrenaline-filled, almost child-like excitement that makes you think or at least hope that you’ll be able to spend many moments like the one you’re experiencing. Chances are, if you’ve felt that and experienced that, you’ve also experienced the pain of things just not working out, further down the road. The change of personalities, the little things you once thought were adorable leading to the time in which you now find them annoying and hard to tolerate. It’s a sad and unfortunate part of life and of love, and without a single ounce of pretension or sappy cliches, these transitions are what make up Sam Esmail’s Comet,
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Electric closes $20m production facility

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Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, in town with a slate that includes Anthony Hopkins thriller Go With Me, has closed a $20m production facility with First Republic Bank (Frb) to finance the second season of TNT show The Librarians.

The show stars Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane and John Larroquette and features Noah Wyle and is scheduled to begin production in June.

The funding is part of an overall $75m credit line spanning three years to allow Electric to expand its film, TV and sales operations.

The feature sales slate includes crime drama The Wannabe that premiered in Tribeca and has Martin Scorsese, Devlin and Traction Media on board as executive producers.

Electric recently acquired international sales rights to SXSW 2014 selections Kelly & Cal and Before I Disappear and the sales slate includes The Better Angels produced by Terrence Malick.

Devlin (pictured) recently wrapped on his feature directorial debut Geostorm, which Warner Bros will distribute in October 2016.

Devlin produces
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Cannes: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Secures $75 Million

Cannes: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Secures $75 Million
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has announced that it has secured $75 million in credit facilities from First Republic Bank.

Electric has closed a $20 million production facility with the bank to finance the second season of the TNT show “The Librarians,” starring Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane and John Larroquette and featuring Noah Wyle. Production is slated to begin in June.

Electric has now closed over $75 million in financing with First Republic Bank in the past three years to facilitate Electric’s expansion of its operations in TV and feature film production, along with growth of its worldwide sales arm.

In addition to “The Librarians,” Electric is selling international rights to Civil War drama “Mercy Street,” produced by Ridley Scott and scheduled for a winter 2016 premiere on PBS.

The company is also selling “The Wannabe,” which premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is executive produced by Martin Scorsese,
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What’s New on Netflix: May 2015

In May we will see almost 60 titles leave Netflix, but nearly 60 titles are being added. One of the big warnings I will heed is that you’ve got until May 5 to watch Skyfall, so get on that. The Netflix original Grace & Frankie makes its debut on May 8 and stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, The Boxtrolls, and Fruitvale Station are just some of the great titles heading your way next month. Check out the full list of new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix.

Available May 1

Beyond Clueless (2014)

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

Longmire: Season 3

No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

Shameless: Series 10

The Last Waltz (1978)

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

Underclassman (2015)

Witnesses: Season 1

Available May 2

Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (2015)

LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015)

Available May 3

Anita (2013)

D.L. Hughley
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Here’s What’s New to Netflix in May

Some new titles are slated to hit Netflix next month, but things are a bit thin in the quality department. Highlights include Quentin Tarantino’s WWII saga Inglourious Basterds, Laika’s delightful The Boxtrolls, the emotional 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, and…not much else. On the Netflix Originals front, however, we do have the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin comedy Grace & Frankie coming on May 8th. Check out the full list of new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May below, via THR. Available May 1 Beyond Clueless (2014) Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) Legally Blonde (2001) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Longmire: Season 3 No No: A Dockumentary (2014) Shameless: Series 10 The Last Waltz (1978) The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) Underclassman (2015) Witnesses: Season 1 Available May 2 Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (2015) LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015) Available May 3 Anita (2013) D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014) Royal Pains: Season 6 Available May 5 A Few Best Men
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New on Netflix: May 2015

May on Netflix brings more high-profile original series, including "Grace and Frankie," starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women who bond when their husbands -- Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen -- reveal they're gay and leave their wives to be together. It's from Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of "Friends."

Also new, the sci-fi mystery series "Between," in which a disease has wiped out everyone over 21. Unlike other Netflix series, "Between" will air a new episode every week for six weeks, beginning on May 21. Jennette McCurdy from "iCarly" stars.

And debuting on May 22: A comedy special from Jen Kirkman, best known for her appearances on "Chelsea Lately" and "Drunk History."

Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in May 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in May 2015, in case you were wondering.
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Xyz boards Babak Anvari's Tehran-set horror

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Xyz boards Babak Anvari's Tehran-set horror
Exclusive: Wigwam FilmsUnder the Shadow underway in Jordan.

Farsi-language horror film Under the Shadow, written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Babak Anvari (Two & Two), has begun shooting in Amman, Jordan.

Set in post-revolution Tehran, during the Iran-Iraq war, the film a follows a young mother who remains with her six-year-old daughter when others are fleeing local fighting.

The mother soon begins to believe an unexploded missile has carried evil spirits into her home and possessed her daughter.

The film is produced and financed by London-based Wigwam Films, and is supported by the Doha Film Institute, Creativity Capital and Mena Film.

Narges Rashidi (Æon Flux) leads the cast, with Bobby Naderi (Argo) and Ray Haratian (Argo, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) also set to appear.

Producers for Wigwam are Lucan Toh, Emily Leo, and Oliver Roskill with Donall McCusker on board as co-producer.

Xyz Films is handling North American sales.

Todd Brown, head of
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