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A24 Plants Oscar Season Seeds for Toni Collette in Horrifying ‘Hereditary’ (Exclusive)

A24 Plants Oscar Season Seeds for Toni Collette in Horrifying ‘Hereditary’ (Exclusive)
Indie distributor A24 rarely leads a marketing push with awards at the fore. After all, movies like Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina,” Lenny Abrahamson’s unsettling adaptation “Room” and Barry Jenkins’ micro-budgeted intersectionality drama “Moonlight” don’t exactly scream “Oscar!” from the outset. But the New York-based company nevertheless found an awards-season stride with those films and more.

The plan with “Hereditary,” Ari Aster’s terrifying Sundance entry that has been hailed as a new generation’s “Exorcist,” is to launch the film on June 7 as a summer horror movie, seek out its audience, and if all the pieces fall into place, establish the foundation for a campaign in the fall.With a stack of glowing critical notices already fanning the flames, and on the heels of a year that saw genre embraced by the Motion Picture Academy in interesting ways — from best picture victor “The Shape of Water
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Guillermo del Toro Mourns Three Film Students 'Killed and Dissolved in Acid' by a Mexican Cartel

Guillermo del Toro Mourns Three Film Students 'Killed and Dissolved in Acid' by a Mexican Cartel
Guillermo del Toro is offering his condolences after three film students from his hometown were brutally murdered by members of a Mexican cartel.

“Words are not enough to understand the dimension of this madness,” del Toro, 53, wrote in Spanish on Twitter on Wednesday. “Three students are killed and dissolved in acid. The ‘why’ is unthinkable, the ‘as’ is frightening.”

Aspiring directors Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Daniel Díaz and Marco Ávalo, all from Guadalajara, Mexico, went missing in late March while on vacation near the city of Tonala.

Las palabras no alcanzan para entender la dimensión de esta locura. 3 estudiantes son asesinados y disueltos en ácido.
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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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‘Gehenna: Where Death Lives’ Review

Stars: Doug Jones, Lance Henriksen, Patrick Gorman, Simon Phillips, Sean Sprawling, Daniel Joo, Eva Swan, Katherine Taylor, Justin Gordon, Matthew Edward Hegstrom, Mauricio Gomez Amoretti | Written by Hiroshi Katagiri, Nathan Long, Brad Palmer | Directed by Hiroshi Katagiri

I have to admit that what drew me most to Gehenna: Where Death Lives was the appearance of Doug Jones (most recently seen in the Oscar winner The Shape Of Water) in the movie. I suspected it might be just a cameo but it was enough to at least get me interested.

We start with a group of investors head up by Lance Henriksen, in a short cameo via phone call, who are looking for the perfect spot for a new resort. When they seemingly find this, they also find a hidden Japanese bunker from World War 2, which they decide to explore. This is a horror movie, so obviously exploring an abandoned war
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‘The Lion King,’ ‘Dumbo,’ and ‘Aladdin’ First Footage Delights Disney’s CinemaCon Crowd

Disney didn’t trot out the talent at its CinemaCon presentation Tuesday morning in Las Vegas, and they didn’t need to. Chairman Alan Horn, outgoing president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis, and Hollis’ replacement, Cathleen Taff, let their footage speak for itself.

Perhaps the greatest excitement came with the presentation of a dialogue-free sequence from the live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Taff tried to cap audience expectations, saying that the footage from director Jon Favreau was only a proof of concept.

First, the sun rose over Africa’s Pride Lands, signaling rhinos, antelope, gazelles, and zebras to make their journey to Pride Rock. Once they’ve gathered, Baboon shaman Rafiki (John Kani) used red powder to mark cerulean-eyed cub Simba (Donald Glover) as their new prince. Rafiki then lifts up Simba — as his parents look on — and presents him to his thousands of future subjects for the first time,
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'Son Of Sofia' dominates Greece's Iris Awards

Presenters and winners voice concerns about lack of funding in Greek film industry.

Elina Psykou’s drama Son Of Sofia was the big winner at the Iris Hellenic Film Academy (Helfiac) Awards on Monday evening (April 23), winning five prizes from 13 nominations, including best film and director.

The Last Note from veteran director Pandelis Voulgaris and Dora Masklavanou’s Polyxeni won four awards each.

Son Of Sofia, which won the best international narrative feature award at Tribeca 2017 and played at Sarajevo, Jeonju, Moscow, Stockholm, Cottbus, Gijon, Kolkata and Carthage festivals, was also awarded best screenplay for Psykou, best supporting actor for
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Indies Fight to Survive as Marketplace Undergoes Radical Changes

Indies Fight to Survive as Marketplace Undergoes Radical Changes
For CinemaCon’s annual gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas, the Motion Picture Assn. of America released a new report showing a 6% drop in theatrical attendance in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, representing a 22-year low.

Though the breakout success of “Black Panther” is likely to quiet some worries about superhero fatigue, distributors and exhibitors working the mid-range and low-budget end of the spectrum are facing some doubts about the viability of their product in the age of tentpoles and streaming media.

The situation isn’t dire. A largely tepid year for specialty releases was offset by a strong awards-season showing for a handful of films. The breakouts of 2017 included “The Shape of Water” ($63.5 million), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” ($54.2 million), “Lady Bird” ($48.9 million), “The Big Sick” ($42.8 million) and “Wind River” ($33.8 million).

“It’s definitely a tough time,” says Jeff Bock, box office analyst for the tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.
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‘Greatest Showman’ Tops Disc Sales Charts as ‘Last Jedi’ Slips to No. 2

After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts to a new release from 20th Century Fox.

The Greatest Showman,” a musical biopic about circus showman P.T. Barnum, took the No. 1 spot the week ended April 14 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“The Last Jedi” slipped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about one-third as many discs as the Fox musical, which earned over $173 million in U.S. theaters.

No. 3 on both the overall and Blu-ray disc sales charts was Sony Pictures’ successful “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The No. 4 spot on the two sales charts went to two different new releases. On the overall disc chart, season three
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“Success Is More Disorienting Than Failure”: Guillermo del Toro & William Friedkin Talk Their Oscar Experiences & More

Dislike the competitive sports nature of awards season and the Oscars? This podcast is probably for you. On the most recent episode of the excellent Talk House podcast, cinema titans (and old friends judging by the rapport of the chat) William Friedkin and recent Best Director and Best Picture winner Guillermo del Toro sat down to talk about many things, but thematically, their discussion centered around the seduction of success and getting lost in accolades and awards.
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‘The Old Man and the Gun’ First Look: David Lowery Directs Robert Redford’s Last Film Performance

Fox Searchlight had an incredible 2017-18 Oscar season thanks to awards darlings “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water,” and now the studio is turning its eyes to the upcoming race. The studio has announced David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” will bow in October, which is right in the middle of awards season. The date suggests a fall film festival debut at Venice, Telluride, or Tiff.

“The Old Man and the Gun” is notable for starring Robert Redford in his alleged final screen performance. The actor announced his retirement in 2016, saying he had two acting projects left before officially saying “goodbye to all that.” The first project, “Our Souls at Night,” debuted on Netflix last fall, and the second is the Lowery star vehicle.

The film stars Redford in the true story of Forrest Tucker, who escaped prison at age
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Guillermo del Toro signs multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation

Guillermo del Toro signs multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation
Mexican auteur takes office on Glendale campus.

Guillermo del Toro has struck a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films.

The pact, which comes hot on the heels of del Toro’s expansive deal with Fox Searchlight after they collaborated on the Oscar-winning The Shape Of Water, will see the Mexican auteur take office on the studio’s Glendale campus.

Del Toro’s most recent association with DreamWorks Animation was for the television division as creator and executive producer in the Netflix series Trollhunters.

That show is part of his Tales Of Arcadia trilogy.
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Guillermo del Toro Extends DreamWorks Animation Partnership with Exclusive Deal

Guillermo del Toro may have won his first Oscar(s) for The Shape of Water, but I'm of the opinion that his best work still lies ahead of him, and it might just be in the medium of animation. One studio that's betting big on this prediction is DreamWorks Animation, a production house that's been in the Gdt business since at least 2010 when their partnership included development of feature films and TV series. The deal lead to del Toro acting as creative consultant for Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind with executive producer credits on Rise
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Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation

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Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation, the studio announced Thursday.

Del Toro will write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio, and as part of the arrangement, he has taken up offices at the Glendale campus.

Del Toro’s most recent collaborations with DreamWorks Animation Television was when he created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning series “Trollhunters.” The series, part of del Toro’s “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy, will continue with “3 Below” and “Wizards,” set to debut on Netflix in 2018 and 2019.

Also Read: Guillermo del Toro Signs Overall Production Deal at Fox Searchlight

He also served as an executive producer on “Rise of the Guardians,” “Puss in Boots” and “Kung Fu Panda 3,” as well as a creative consultant for “Kung Fu 2” and “Megamind.”

During his agreement, he will work with DreamWorks Animation Film Group president Chris deFaria and the studio’s other artists and technologists on the pilot programs and other storytelling methods on multiple content platforms.

“We are thrilled that Guillermo is adding a film partnership to the already successful television relationship he has with DreamWorks Animation,” said deFaria in a statement. “He is truly a one- of-a- kind artist, and we are eager to see his imagination on full display in the family animated feature space. Guillermo has a unique talent for creating memorable worlds and characters, and we believe the films we create with him will resonate with animation audiences for many generations to come. I am personally very excited to extend the long working relationship I have enjoyed with Guillermo and look forward to him also collaborating with us on some of our breakthrough advancements in technology and innovation.”

Also Read: Oscars: Guillermo del Toro Gets Fourth Mexican-Born Best Director Win in 5 Years

Del Toro added, “Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood. To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have worked with DreamWorks for about a decade and the horizon just keeps getting wider.”

Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” recently won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director after receiving 13 nominations. His other credits include “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Book of Life” and “Blade II.”

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Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films

Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio.

The Oscar-winning director of “The Shape of Water” is taking an offices at the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, Calif., as part of the deal.

The filmmaker, who won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for “The Shape of Water,” signed an overall deal earlier this month with Fox Searchlight to write, produce and direct live-action feature projects.

“Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood,” said del Toro in a statement. “To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have
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Guillermo del Toro Signs Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation

Guillermo del Toro Signs Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multiyear exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio.

As part of the arrangement, del Toro has taken up offices at the Glendale, California, campus. 

This is the latest deal for the filmmaker, who is coming off numerous Oscar wins for The Shape of Water and who earlier this month signed an overall deal with Fox Searchlight to write, produce and direct live-action feature projects.

"Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood," del Toro said Thursday in a statement. "To me,...
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Cameron Bailey Promoted to Co-Head of Toronto Film Festival

Cameron Bailey Promoted to Co-Head of Toronto Film Festival
Cameron Bailey​ has been promoted to the newly created position of artistic director and co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Bailey is one of the public faces of the annual celebration of moviemaking, helping to select the productions that debut up north as the artistic director, a post he has held since 2012, and often introducing the films to the crowds on opening nights. The Toronto Film Festival has become an essential stop for awards-season hopefuls. Oscar-winning films such as “Argo,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Spotlight” have all used the gathering to generate buzz and fuel their campaigns.

The move comes following CEO Piers Handling’s announcement last July that this year’s festival will be his last. As part of the leadership shift, the board reviewed the organization’s current structure and decided on a two-headed structure for the festival. Bailey will focus on the artistic direction of the organization.
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Jordan Peele Honors Guillermo del Toro in Time 100 Essay: ‘To Watch His Masterpieces Is an Experience in Wonder’

Jordan Peele Honors Guillermo del Toro in Time 100 Essay: ‘To Watch His Masterpieces Is an Experience in Wonder’
Time Magazine has announced its picks for the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, and included among the group is this year’s Oscar winner for Best Director, Guillermo del Toro. “The Shape of Water” visionary is honored by fellow Oscar winner Jordan Peele in the magazine. The “Get Out” writer-director praises del Toro as the “auteur whom artists adore” in a short essay.

“To watch one of Guillermo’s masterpieces is an experience in escapism and wonder,” Peele writes. “To gnaw on the totality of his work reveals an obsession with the eternally forbidden romance between beauty and beast.”

“Guillermo is in love with monsters and lives to show us that we are too,” he continues. “With each fable he weaves, he pushes us closer to acceptance of a primal truth: that we each have a deep connection to the spectrum of otherness.”

Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water
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29 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — 29 indie standouts and festival favorites bound for a big screen near you.

“Tully,” May 4

A very different kind of adult fairy tale (one that frequently doubles as a feature-length advertisement for tubal ligation), “Tully” is a fantasy of the highest order; it might look like an episode of “This Is Us,” but this story is every bit as magical as “The Shape of Water.” Think
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‘Angels Wear White’ Trailer: Vivian Qu’s Venice Competition Contender Is a Prescient Piece of #MeToo Cinema

‘Angels Wear White’ Trailer: Vivian Qu’s Venice Competition Contender Is a Prescient Piece of #MeToo Cinema
At last year’s Venice Film Festival, just one film from a female filmmaker — Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White” — was counted amongst the starry competition titles, and while Qu’s film didn’t win the big prize, it walked away with its own timely distinction: it’s a #MeToo film made before #MeToo swept Hollywood. Just weeks after Venice wrapped, disgraced producer Harvey Weintsein was accused of multiple acts of sexual assault and harassment, setting loose a new era in the industry.

Qu’s film proved to be a prescient piece of #MeToo cinema during its premiere, and its power has only increased during the subsequent months between its Venice debut and its domestic release.

Half-noir, half-human drama, the film follows young hotel clerk Mia (Vicky Chen), who witnesses a horrific sexual assault perpetrated against a pair of young schoolgirls by a middle-aged man during a night shift. Terrified of losing her job,
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Cinematographer Revealed for the It Sequel

They defeated It when they were kids, but the Losers' Club will have to face the ancient entity again as adults in It: Chapter Two, and following recent potential casting reveals for the sequel, a new cinematographer is reportedly on board for the anticipated film.

Collider reports that Checco Varese will be the cinematographer for It: Chapter Two. Chung-hoon Chung served as the director of photography on the first It film, but as Collider points out, director Andy Muschietti could be looking for a different visual style in the sequel, which will take place around 27 years after the 1989-set first film, with the Losers' Club inevitably returning to their hometown of Derry to face the return of It, aka Pennywise. This change in visual style is also reflected with The Shape of Water production designer Paul Austerberry coming on board for the It sequel (Claude Paré was the production designer
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