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A24 Makes 72 Films Available to Stream For Free on Kanopy

A24 Makes 72 Films Available to Stream For Free on Kanopy
A24 is closing out November with a bang. Following a victorious night at the 2018 Gotham Awards where A24-backed films “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “Hereditary” all won big prizes, the indie studio is now generating headlines for making almost all of its original filmography available to stream for free on Kanopy.

Anyone who doesn’t know what Kanopy is definitely should take note, especially since FilmStruck is shutting its doors for good November 29. The streaming service is free as long as you register using your library card and it is home to thousands of movie titles, ranging from Hollywood classics to contemporary documentaries, art house fare, and even numerous Criterion Collection titles. IndieWire has hailed Kanopy as the “great hidden gem of the streaming world,” and it should only be more attractive to cinephiles now that 72 A24 movies are available to stream.

The A24 catalogue on Kanopy includes celebrated
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Now That La Film Fest Is No More, AFI Fest Is More Important Than Ever — and These 10 Movies Prove It

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Now That La Film Fest Is No More, AFI Fest Is More Important Than Ever — and These 10 Movies Prove It
Now that the Los Angeles Film Festival is no more, AFI Fest is more important than ever. It was the premier event of its kind even before its crosstown rival announced its permanent closure late last month, but now that it’s the only game in town, it’s unmissable. This year’s edition of the last major festival of the calendar year comes with a handful world premieres — “On the Basis of Sex,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” and “Bird Box” — and a robust slate of offerings from the likes of Berlin, Cannes, and Venice.

AFI Fest’s strength has always been the way it eschews world premieres in favor of high-quality films that premiered elsewhere on the festival circuit; Jacqueline Lyanga, whose eight-year tenure as Festival Director came to an end this summer, likened it to an “almanac of the year in cinema.” With that in mind, seek out
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Robert Pattinson Reveals Why He Wanted To Punch ‘The Witch’ Director On The “Harsh” Set Of His New Movie

Somehow, Robert Pattinson has done what many high-paid young actors haven’t been able to — shed the franchise stigma. Much like his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart, Pattinson took his notoriety gained from being plastered on the bedroom wall of millions of young women and began making bold career choices. Sometimes it works out well (last year’s “Good Time”) and sometimes, not so much (the forgettable “Life”).

Continue reading Robert Pattinson Reveals Why He Wanted To Punch ‘The Witch’ Director On The “Harsh” Set Of His New Movie at The Playlist.
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Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff joins Uncut Gems

Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War star Pom Klementieff has signed on to star alongside Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, the new film from Benny and Josh Safdie, directors of 2017’s acclaimed crime film Good Time.

Uncut Gems has been written by the Safdie brothers and their Good Time collaborator Ronald Bronstein, and is set to see Sandler playing a jewellery store owner and dealer whose life is turned upside down when his merchandise is stolen.

Joining Sandler and Klementieff in the cast of the film are Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You), Idina Menzel (Frozen) and Judd Hirsch (Taxi), while Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) is serving as executive producer.

Klementieff is expected to reprise her Marvel role as Mantis in next year’s as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, although the latter is on hold following Disney’s firing of writer-director James Gunn.
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Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance join Johnny Depp’s ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

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Both Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance will be starring opposite Johnny Depp in Depp’s adaptation of ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’.

As well as starring in the movie, Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production.

The film is an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name and tells the story of the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town after he witnesses the cruel treatment of prisoners of war.

The film will be directed by Embrace of the Serpent’s Ciro Guerra, Andrea Iervolino will also produce alongside Depp for the recently launched social entertainment platform TaTaTu.

“In this era of democratized entertainment, I admire the imaginative ethos of Andrea and look forward to collaborating together in a liberating, progressive manner that will befit the principals of our respective entities,” Depp said.

Iervolino said, “Johnny has the ability to conceptualize
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Robert Pattinson & Claire Denis Discuss ‘High Life’ Casting, Space Films, And Working With Babies [Nyff]

Robert Pattinson has been thrilling audiences and critics alike with his unpredictable film choices. His last film, the Safdie Brothers’ excellent “Good Time,” was a hit with critics and really cemented Pattinson as an indie film staple and an actor who is a force to be reckoned with. Claire Denis, who really needs no introduction, is a fiery, impossibly-talented filmmaking genius, with her projects consistently seen as modern cinematic masterpieces, namely her pivotal films “Beau Travail” and “White Material.” This new partnership between Pattinson and Denis has yielded ripe fruit with their project, space jail odyssey “High Life.”

Read More: ‘High Life’: Claire Denis Makes Strange, Scary, Kinky Sci-Fi With Robert Pattinson [Tiff Review]

With “High Life,” Denis embarks on two firsts in her long career, the first being the Robert Pattinson film is her first English language work to date, and the second being this is her first interstellar drama — one that,
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That ‘Pulp Fiction’/Brett Kavanaugh Mashup Came From ‘Good Time’ Directors Josh and Benny Safdie — Exclusive

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Little of what emerged from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh’s dueling testimonies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee can be described as good, but there are a few exceptions. Samantha Bee delivered a poignant (and humorous) message the next day, and Matt Damon’s impression of Kavanaugh was the highlight of last night’s “Saturday Night Live” season premiere.

No less funny is a minute-long mashup of the Supreme Court nominee’s testimony with Samuel L. Jackson’s famous “Pulp Fiction” monologue (below), which IndieWire has confirmed was made by “Good Time” and “Heaven Knows What” directors Josh and Benny Safdie.

“You’re Brett, right?” Jules (Jackson) asks as it opens. “Correct,” Kavanaugh responds. “I got into Yale Law School.”

“Check out the big brain on Brett!” Jules says. “You a smart motherfucker, that’s right.” Kavanaugh’s love of beer gets a lot of attention,
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The Color of Money: Depicting Poverty from a New Perspective

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Think pink. What comes to mind? Perhaps Molly Ringwald’s polka-dot number designed to seduce the rich boy at her preppy school. Or the candy floss colored facade of Wes Anderson’s dollhouse-esque Grand Budapest Hotel. Or the French fondant fancy aesthetic of Marie Antoinette. Or the excessively stylised nursery in The Wolf of Wall Street and that hot pink bodycon dress that put Margot Robbie on the map. Or the tremendously tailored two-piece worn by Natalie Portman’s Jackie Kennedy, before it’s ruined by her dead husband’s splattered blood. Although the implications of the color pink run the gamut from delicate and pristine to trashy provocation (see the ribbed vest top in Erin Brockovich), it features considerably in cinema in coloring the world of the rich or royal and in a wider sense, the use of color favors evocations of abundance and opulence. However, there have been
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‘Frozen’ Star Idina Menzel Joins The Safdie Brothers’ Crime Pic ‘Uncut Gems’

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‘Frozen’ Star Idina Menzel Joins The Safdie Brothers’ Crime Pic ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Singer and actress Idina Menzel (Frozen) is joining Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the cast of the Safdie Brothers’ A24 movie Uncut Gems.

Set in the Diamond district of New York City, Sandler will star as a jewelry store owner with a gambling addiction who is juggling two relationships and escalating debts. Menzel will play Sandler’s wife. Casting is ongoing.

As we revealed yesterday, Netflix has taken all international rights to the movie. A24, which also handled the Safdies’ Robert Pattinson crime-drama Good Time, retains U.S. rights.

Pic’s script comes from the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and regular writing collaborator Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Productions and Elara PicturesSebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. Martin Scorsese & Emma Tillinger Koskoff are executive producers.

Menzel won a Grammy and was Oscar-nominated for her songs in Frozen.
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A24 Loves the Robert Pattinson Business, and Business Is Booming as ‘High Life’ Gets Picked Up

A24 Loves the Robert Pattinson Business, and Business Is Booming as ‘High Life’ Gets Picked Up
A24 is back in the Robert Pattinson business. The company that released “The Rover” and “Good Time” has picked up Claire Denis’ science-fiction movie “High Life.” The indie studio has purchased North American distribution rights to the filmmaker’s English-language debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

High Life” centers around a group of criminals aboard a spaceship. The convicts have been tricked into thinking they are on a mission towards a black hole to find alternate energy sources when in reality they are being used by the spaceship’s lead scientist (Juliette Binoche) for sexual experiments. Pattinson is joined by Mia Goth and Juliette Binoche in the film.

Following its premiere at Tiff, “High Life” was met with extreme reactions from film critics for its grotesque and unexpected storyline. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich adored Denis’ vision, hailing the movie as a “horrifying and ambiguous a space odyssey” in his A- review.
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Lakeith Stanfield Joins The Safdie Brothers’ ‘Uncut Gems’ As Netflix Signs On For International Distribution

Lakeith Stanfield Joins The Safdie Brothers’ ‘Uncut Gems’ As Netflix Signs On For International Distribution
Welcome to my latest call to action to get everyone who hasn’t seen the Safdie Brothers’ “Good Time” to go watch it. Actually, this is really an update about the writing/director duo’s latest film, “Uncut Gems,” which is finally to start to come together, with an exciting addition to the cast and an international distributor.

First, and foremost, we have to talk about how the Safdie Brothers have hit it out of the park, yet again, with another exciting casting announcement for “Uncut Gems.” In addition to Adam Sandler, returning to drama work, and Eric Bogosian and Judd Hirsh, we can now add Lakeith Stanfield to the mix, according to Deadline.

Continue reading Lakeith Stanfield Joins The Safdie Brothers’ ‘Uncut Gems’ As Netflix Signs On For International Distribution at The Playlist.
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Netflix Takes International Rights To A24 & Scott Rudin’s Adam Sandler Pic ‘Uncut Gems’, Lakeith Stanfield Joins Cast

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Netflix Takes International Rights To A24 & Scott Rudin’s Adam Sandler Pic ‘Uncut Gems’, Lakeith Stanfield Joins Cast
Exclusive: Sorry To Bother You and Atlanta star Lakeith Stanfield is joining Adam Sandler in the Safdie Brothers and A24’s crime-dramedy Uncut Gems while Netflix has boarded all international rights. This one is heating up.

Set in the Diamond district of New York City, Sandler will star as a jewelry store owner with a gambling addiction who is juggling two relationships and escalating debts. Stanfield will play a key ally to a famous client of the jewelry store. As we previously revealed, Eric Bogosian and Judd Hirsch are also set to star in the film, which is likely to shoot later this year. Casting is ongoing.

Pic’s script comes from the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and regular writing collaborator Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Productions and Elara PicturesSebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. Martin Scorsese & Emma Tillinger Koskoff are executive producers.
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Robert Pattinson Won’t Rule Out a ‘Twilight’ Reunion: ‘I’m Ready to Play 17 at a Moment’s Notice’

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Robert Pattinson Won’t Rule Out a ‘Twilight’ Reunion: ‘I’m Ready to Play 17 at a Moment’s Notice’
Robert Pattinson may have graduated from “Twilight” to increasingly out-there auteur projects, but that doesn’t mean he’d rule out a return to the franchise that made him a star. Speaking to Variety from Tiff, where he’s premiering “High Life” alongside Claire Denis, the actor was asked about the vampiric Ya series he starred in alongside Kristen Stewart — and, whether joking or not, appeared enthusiastic about a potential reunion.

“Whenever anyone says [‘Twilight’]’s their guilty pleasure, it’s like, you say guilty, what you really mean is just pleasure,” he said. “The amount of time I’ve spent moisturizing, I am ready to play 17 at a moment’s notice. Ready!”

Pattinson also discussed his transition to director-driven projects like “Good Time,” “The Lost City of Z,” and “The Childhood of a Leader,” calling them “just the stuff that appeals to me…Pretty much everything I’ve done are these massive processes…
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Chris Evans, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson enter talks for The Devil All The Time

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A whole host of stars are lining up to be in the Jake Gyllenhaal-produced feature, The Devil All The Time. Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Chris Evans and Tracy Letts have all entered into talks to join the cast of the adaptation.

Christine and Simon Killer director Antonio Campo will take the helm on the adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel.

The plot of the story is based in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods of this country – a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, our protagonist Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. His son Arvin (Holland) is growing from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action. The cast of characters includes a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff (Evans) in
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12 Hottest Toronto Movies for Sale, From ‘Wild Rose’ to ‘Vox Lux’ (Photos)

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12 Hottest Toronto Movies for Sale, From ‘Wild Rose’ to ‘Vox Lux’ (Photos)
Wild Rose” [UTA]

Wild Rose” was the first title numerous industry players said was their most anticipated movie of the festival. It follows a young musician from Glasgow who wants to become a star in Nashville. Julie Walters and Jessie Buckley star in the Tom Harper-directed film.

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Ted Bundy was one of America’s most notorious serial killers, and in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” Zac Efron stars as the murderer, alongside Lily Collins, Jim Parsons and Kaya Scodelario. While it’s not screening in-competition, one major buyer told TheWrap, producers are screening the film outside the festival for potential suitors.

“Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” [CAA]

If you think Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern isn’t the dream casting of the century, what actually is wrong with you? Justin Kelly directs the film based on the true story of a woman who writes under a pseudonym,
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Hot Titles at Toronto Film Festival 2018

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Hot Titles at Toronto Film Festival 2018
The Toronto International Film Festival is a launching pad for Oscar-hopefuls, but it’s also a thriving market. In the past, movies such as “I, Tonya” and “Still Alice” have scored major deals at the Canadian gathering, going on to enjoy critical success and awards love.

That’s always the dream. But for every “I, Tonya,” the festival is littered with examples of sales that sputtered out when the movies finally saw the light of day. Remember “Hardcore Henry,” “Top Five,” or “Begin Again”? Didn’t think so. However all of those films inspired bidding wars up north. Their failure is a reminder of the very real dangers of festival fever, the virus that encourages normally level-headed studio executives to keep sweetening their offers beyond the point of reason.

Which movies will inspire big bids at this year’s fest? Here are a few that have buyers buzzing.

Hot Titles
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Eric Bogosian Set To Star Opposite Adam Sandler In The Safdie Brothers Next Film ‘Uncut Gems’

One of 2017’s most underrated films, without a doubt, is “Good Time” from the Safdie Brothers. With an incredible visual style, a career-best performance from Robert Pattinson, and one of the best scores of the year, “Good Time” fully established the Safdie Brothers as filmmakers to watch. However, once awards season came around, the film was unfortunately left out in the cold. And with their next film, it looks like the duo is putting together a pretty interesting cast.

Continue reading Eric Bogosian Set To Star Opposite Adam Sandler In The Safdie Brothers Next Film ‘Uncut Gems’ at The Playlist.
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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Actor-writer Eric Bogosian is finalizing a deal to join Adam Sandler in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems for A24. The Law & Order alum will have a key role opposite Sandler, I understand.

Pic’s script comes from the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Produtions and Elara PicturesSebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. Rudin and Bush team frequently with A24 — most recently on Lady Bird — and the Safdies recently worked with the distributor on Robert Pattinson-starrer Good Time. Martin Scorsese & Emma Tillinger Koskoff are executive producers.

I gather the movie will be set in the diamond district of New York and Sandler will play a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous whose life becomes complicated when some of his merchandise is stolen.

Bogosian has most recently been seen in HBO
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Infinite Fest

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The first installment of Infinite Fest, a monthly column by festival programmer and film critic Eric Allen Hatch, author of the recent “Why I Am Hopeful” article for Filmmaker Magazine, tackling the state of cinema as expressed by North American film festivalsIllustration by Alice Meteignier.The first film festival I ever attended was the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) in 1998. I was there, improbably, as a bonus from my retail job as a manager at Video Americain, Baltimore’s late, great rental shop immortalized in John Waters’ Serial Mom. With me was the manager of another Video Americain location, Sean Williams (perhaps now better known as the cinematographer of films like Queen of Earth and Good Time). It was a whirlwind trip on a tight budget: a frighteningly compact puddle-jumper from Delaware to Buffalo; a rental-car jaunt across the border; two days, one night in Toronto.I was young, glum,
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‘I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians’ Takes Top Honor at Karlovy Vary

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‘I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians’ Takes Top Honor at Karlovy Vary
Radu Jude’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, the top jury prize at the 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The international competition winner tells of an artist who reenacts a real-life ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Romanian army in 1941, this time as an artistic installation.

The movie is a coproduction of six countries, led by Romania. In 2015, Jude won Berlin’s Silver Bear for best director for his film “Aferim!”

Also Read: Belarus to Enter Oscar Race After 22 Years With Indie Gem 'Crystal Swan'

The festival at Karlovy Vary, nestled in a spa town outside Prague, Czech Republic, also awarded a special jury prize to Ana Katz’s “Sueño Florianópolis,” and awarded a best director prize to Olmo Omerzu for “Winter Flies.” Mercedes Morán (“Sueño Florianópolis”) and Moshe Folkenflik (“Redemption”) won best actress and best actor, respectively.

Vitaly Mansky’s “Putin’s Witnesses,
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