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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in May

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New titles available to stream with your Amazon Prime membership next month include Season 5 of BBC’s “Orphan Black,” and several new Amazon Original series, including “Last Flag Flying,” “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” and “Diablo Guardian.”

Movies available include 2017’s “Baywatch,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” and “Rocky” I through V. Beginning May 1, you’ll also be able to rent “Annihilation,” “12 Strong,” James Corden’s “Peter Rabbit” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”

See the full list below. For our May Hulu roundup, head over here.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's New Sci-Fi Series 'The Peripheral' Lands at Amazon

Available May 1

3 Ways to Get a Husband (2009)

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Baby Boom (1987)

Back to School (1986)

Bad News Bears (1976)

Barefoot (2014)

Beyond Borders (2003)

Blame (2017)

Brother Nature (2016)

Bull Durham (1988)

Cool World (1992)

Cyborg (1989)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Dr. No (1962)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Evolution (2001)

Foxfire (1996)

Frailty (2001)

From Russia with Love (1964)

Gator (1976)

Ghost Town (2008)

Goat (2016)

Goldfinger (1964)

Holy Air (2017)

Hot Boyz (2000)

Immigration Tango (2011)

Insomnia (2002)

Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack (1999)

Kalifornia (1993)

Live and Let Die (1973)

Love Is A Gun (1994)

Also Read: Amazon in Talks to Develop Series About Young Moammar Gadhafi's Rise to Power in Libya

Manhunter (1986)

Men with Brooms (2002)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

New Rose Hotel (1999)

Ninja Masters (2009)

Octopussy (1983)

Outcast (2014)

Perfect Score (2004)

Perfume: Story of a Murderer (2006)

Psychopaths (2017)

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

Sabrina (1995)

Saturday Church (2017)

School Ties (1992)

Set Up (2011)

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

The Benchwarmers (2006)

The Benefactor (2015)

The Box (2007)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

The Crow (1994)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Golden Compass (2007)

The Hangman (1959)

The House I Live In (2013)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Last Castle (2001)

Also Read: Amazon Studios Shakes Up Under Jennifer Salke: Albert Cheng Named Co-Head of TV

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Saint (1997)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Thief (1981)

Thirst Street (2017)

Thunderball (1965)

Twisted (2004)

Untamed Heart (1993)

Wild Thornberrys (2002)

Wish Upon a Star (1996)

Wonder Boys (2000)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Aristocrats: Limited Series

Banished: Limited Series

Charles II – The Power and The Passion: Limited Series

Daniel Deronda: Limited Series

David Copperfield: Limited Series

Desperate Romantics: Limited Series

Ivanhoe: Limited Series

Jane Eyre (1983): Limited Series

Jane Erye (2006): Limited Series

Life in Squares: Limited Series

Little Dorrit: Limited Series

Lorna Doone: Limited Series

Love in A Cold Climate: Limited Series

Mansfield Park: Limited Series

Martin Chuzzlewit: Limited Series

Middlemarch: Limited Series

Oliver Twist (1985): Limited Series

Oliver Twist (2007): Limited Series

Our Mutual Friend: Limited Series

Pride and Prejudice: Limited Series

Sense and Sensibility (1981): Limited Series

Sense and Sensibility (2008): Limited Series

Sinbad: Limited Series

Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Limited Series

The Buccaneers: Limited Series

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Limited Series

The Lost World: Limited Series

The Office: Limited Series

The Pickwick Papers: Limited Series

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Limited Series

The Way We Live Now: Limited Series

Tom Jones: Limited Series

Vanity Fair (1998): Limited Series

Available May 4

Last Flag Flying

Available May 5

Warrior (2011)

Diablo Guardian (Prime Original series), Season 1

Available May 11

Rocky & Bullwinkle (Prime Original series), Season 1

Available May 12

Baywatch (2017)

Still Mine (2012)

Orphan Black, Season 5

Available May 15

How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)

Available May 18

You Are Wanted (Prime Original series), Season 2

Available May 19

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Shooters (2003)

Available May 22

Dino Dana (Prime Original series), Season 2

Available May 23

Beast of Burden (2018)

Available May 25

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Prime Original series), Season 1

Available May 27

Just Getting Started (2017)

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Available May 29

Howards End, Season 1

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‘Beautiful Boy’ First Look: Timothée Chalamet Eyes Another Oscar Nomination as Meth-Addicted Teen

The Oscars may have just taken place at the start of March, but the 2018-19 awards season is already looming with the Cannes Film Festival just two months away. One of next year’s big contenders for Amazon Studios is “Beautiful Boy,” which marks the English-language debut of Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen. The filmmaker is best know for “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Beautiful Boy” is adapted from David Sheff’s biographical book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” which recounts his struggle watching his son, Nic, fall into methamphetamine addiction. Steve Carell is playing David in the movie, while indie breakout Timothée Chalamet is playing the meth-addicted son. The role is expected to bring Chalamet back into the awards conversation less than a year after “Call Me by Your Name” earned him his first Oscar nomination.

Amazon missed the mark during last year’s
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Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]

Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]
The Help” is an Oscar machine. While the 2011 drama didn’t win Best Picture, no film has produced more Oscar winners — and all women at that — in the same amount of time since. With Allison Janney’s victory Sunday night for “I, Tonya,” she is the fourth actress from “The Help” to win an Oscar since the film’s release, following Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. Who will be next?

The first thing the other ladies of “The Help” need to know is that you need to be nominated against Spencer or in the same year as her if you want to win. As we’ve noted before, all three of Spencer’s nominations so far have been against her pals from the Tate Taylor film. She won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help,” defeating co-star Jessica Chastain, while Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). Five years later,
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Transmission Set as Amazon’s Theatrical Distributor in Australia, New Zealand

Australia’s Transmission Films has been set as the exclusive theatrical distributor of Amazon Studios’ movies in Australia and New Zealand.

The deal covers Amazon Studios’ acquisition and production titles. They include Mike Leigh’s anticipated historical drama “Peterloo,” and Tom Harper’s romantic epic “The Aeronauts,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

“(Amazon Studios) taste in quality, commercial cinema and respect for the theatrical window makes Amazon the perfect partner,” said Transmission joint managing directors Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie.

Transmission’s emphasis on respect for theatrical scheduling is telling. Only a few years ago, Australian distributors and exhibitors were regularly accused of inciting the use of piracy through the long holdback of many titles which had already been released in other territories, and through the poor availability of streaming video services.

In the last couple of years, however, the market has changed rapidly as streaming services Netflix and Stan have enjoyed strong success – causing problems
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Review: Last Flag Flying

This is the Pure Movies review of Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell, J. Quinton Johnson, Deanna Reed-Foster and Yul Vazquez. Leaving behind the trials and tribulations of youth to take a look at life on the other side of the hill, Richard Linklater cuts an older and more contemplative figure in his latest. Much like the wrinkles lining the faces of our trio of leads, the ravages of time echo throughout the film and lend an understated note of melancholy to every exchange, every scenario, even every relationship. The plot begins when Doc enters the bar of ‘Nam buddy Sal, but the story proper begins long before that. As we spend time with this erstwhile band of brothers we get to know more and more about their shared past - particularly the parts they’d rather forget - and we
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Amazon Studios’ Bold New Leader Faces a Film Division With an Identity Crisis

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Amazon Studios’ hire of NBC Entertainment veteran Jennifer Salke as its new president should bode well for its TV production, which needs a seasoned hand to develop its own must-see TV. However, while she has no background in film development or production, Amazon’s film division will also need her leadership to focus its own strategy.

Read More:Amazon Officially Names NBC’s Jennifer Salke To Head Up Its Studio, Overseeing Both TV and Film

Amazon Studios’ chief operating officer Albert Cheng, who served as its interim head following Roy Price’s resignation last fall, will report to Salke, as will Jason Ropell, VP and worldwide head of motion pictures for Amazon Studios and Prime Video. This resolves one matter up front: After Price’s exit, Ropell refused to report to Cheng and reported directly to Seattle-based Amazon senior VP Jeff Blackburn. With new leadership in place, however, the deep-pocked production
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Richard Linklater Sets Sights on 1969 Moon Landing for Next Film

Richard Linklater Sets Sights on 1969 Moon Landing for Next Film
With Boyhood in the rearview and a few years until he may return with another Before movie, Richard Linklater is continuing his prolific streak. After last fall’s Last Flag Flying, this May will see the release of his Cate Blanchett-led Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and now he’s already prepping to shoot his next film.

Taking him back to the summer of 1969 in Houston, Linklater’s new, currently untitled film (aka Untitled Space Age Movie) will take place from a boy’s perspective as he witnesses the moon landing, launched from the Nasa base in his hometown. While one can expect a fitting soundtrack for the era, not much else is known about the film, including the cast, but the director has put a call out if you have any materials from the era. See the notice below from Texas Film Commission (via The Playlist).

Where were
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Richard Linklater Is Shooting a Mysterious 1960s-Set Movie in Houston

Filmmaker Richard Linklater can’t stop, won’t stop. The director made massive waves a few years ago with the release of his masterful Boyhood, but that project didn’t spur Linklater to take some time off or jump into a much higher profile kind of project. Instead, the Dazed and Confused filmmaker kept making movies like he always does, using his Boyhood clout to get his long-developing Everybody Wants Some!! off the ground—to tremendous results, I might add. And while last year saw the release of the engaging if not wholly engrossing Last Flag Flying and Linklater …
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Richard Linklater’s Secret Movie: The Director Confirms 1969 Coming-of-Age Film and Needs Your Help

Richard Linklater’s Secret Movie: The Director Confirms 1969 Coming-of-Age Film and Needs Your Help
Richard Linklater is up to his old tricks again. The director has confirmed to The Houston Chronicle that he’s currently at work directing a secret project in Houston, Texas. Linklater isn’t ready to reveal any cast or plot details, but he’s ok with letting everyone know the film will be a coming-of-age story that takes place in 1969 and centers around the moon landing.

Read More:Richard Linklater On Sexism In the Film Industry, From Austin to Hollywood: ‘It’s a Design Flaw’

“You had so much going on in Houston at once: Nasa, the Medical Center, the Astrodome,” Linklater said. “There was a communal atmosphere. You had all these kids with parents working at Nasa for a common goal.”

The Chronicle says the new film was partly inspired by Linklater’s time shooting his magnum opus “Boyhood.” The film got the director thinking about his own childhood and
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Richard Linklater Shooting A Mysterious New 1960s Set Movie

Richard Linklater Shooting A Mysterious New 1960s Set Movie
As per usual, Richard Linklater follows nobody’s path but his own. His last few films have seen him zig and zag from “Dazed & Confused” spiritual sequel “Everybody Wants Some!!” to “The Last Detail” followup “Last Flag Flying” to the upcoming dramedy “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” However, it looks like the filmmaker is going a bit undercover again, just like he did with “Boyhood.”

Announced at the end of December, but seemingly lost amidst year-end coverage and general exhaustion, The Houston Chronicle revealed that Linklater is currently at work on “a film set during the summer of 1969” in Houston.
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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'Darkest Hour' nudges out 'Coco' at UK box office

The Greatest Showman and Call Me By Your Name post impressive holds.

Source: Universal

Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £2.64m £15.19m 3 2 Coco (Disney) £2.33m £8.18m 2 3 Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox) £2.24m £2.24m 1 4 The Greatest Shownman (Fox) £2.04m £19.6m 5 5 Early Man (Studiocanal) £2.02m £2.02m 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate – 1.41

Universal

In its third week, awards contender Darkest Hour returned to top of the UK box office with another strong hold, dropping a slim 19% with Fri-Sun takings of £2.64m. The film has now crossed the £15m mark, currently sitting on £15.19m, making it director Joe Wright’s highest grossing release in the UK.

Disney

Pixar animation Coco dropped marginally behind table-topper Darkest Hour in its second week, posting £2.33m. Looking at the Fri-Sun from its opening weekend, that’s a moderate drop of 30%. The film now sits on £8.18m.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi added £325,000 this
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Movie Review – Last Flag Flying (2017)

Last Flag Flying, 2017.

Directed by Richard Linklater.

Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, J. Quinton Johnson, Deanna Reed-Foster, Yul Vasquez, Graham Wolfe, Jeff Monahan, and Cicely Tyson.

Synopsis:

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Richard Linklater finds the intimate amongst the grandiose. His films tackle glancing moments within sweeping vistas. Where Boyhood and the Before Trilogy – his two magnum opus’ – placed focus on the small conversations, the quiet moments that a decade later take on far larger meanings, his latest, Last Flag Flying, a spiritual sequel to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail ruminates on memory and the fractious manner in which nostalgia is warped.

Steve Carrell (in a career best performance) is Larry “Doc” Shephard,
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Last Flag Flying review – Richard Linklater's treacly trip goes nowhere

Bryan Cranston leads a spiritual sequel to The Last Detail that squanders its promise with a heartwarmer-by-numbers script

A sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 American new wave classic The Last Detail from the director of Boyhood? That should theoretically be something special. But what a bland and sugary texture there is to this very conservative, undemanding oldster roadtrip.

Related: Richard Linklater on Last Flag Flying: 'We're not meant to kill. We're not cut out for it'

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Aarp The Magazine Announces Nominees For The 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, with Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri contending in the Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category.

The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them. Award-winning film and stage actor Alan Cumming will host the star-studded evening at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills on Monday, February 5.

In the Best Actress category, nominations go to Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Meryl Streep (The Post). In the Best Actor category, Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes), Daniel-Day Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks
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Exclusive: Bryan Cranston talks the patriotic and critical combination behind Last Flag Flying and old mobiles phones

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Author: Scott Davis

One of the many new releases this week is the long-awaited UK debut of Richard Linklater’s latest film, Last Flag Flying. A “spiritual” sequel to 1973 Jack Nicholson-starrer The Last Detail, the new drama stars Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston as three Vietnam veterans who reunite to help Carell’s character bury his son who has was killed in Iraq. To celebrate the release, we sat down to chat to Cranston about the film.

Both a heart-warming film about friendship and the bonds of Army life as well as being patriotic, it’s also a commentary on the Us government and their treatment of their veterans and Cranston says it was the combination and bravery of both that drew him to the material, saying:

“Absolutely, I don’t think you can have one without the other. In the great war, World War II, the
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Richard Linklater on Last Flag Flying: 'We're not meant to kill. We're not cut out for it'

He set out to make a black comedy about the Iraq war and ended up with a film about Trump. Richard Linklater talks soldiers, psychopaths – and doing another Before film

In the quest to make the perfect film for the age of Trump, some strive for success and others stumble upon it. In the former camp, there’s Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama The Post, a tale of journalists battling government corruption, hurried through production so that it could be in multiplexes before Trump’s first year was over.

And then there’s Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, a film about three retired soldiers on a quest to give one man’s son a full military burial. Set at the time of the second Iraq war, Linklater’s film is poignant and blackly funny, but not something that felt particularly specific to today. Or at least it didn
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Last Flag Flying on Blu-ray

The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh heartfelt comedy, Last Flag Flying, starring Oscar nominees Steve Carell (Best Actor, Foxcatcher, 2014), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor, Trumbo, 2015), and Laurence Fishburne (Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993) arrives on Digital January 16 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 30 from Lionsgate and Amazon Studios. Based on Darryl Ponicsan’s book of the same name and directed by Oscar nominee Richard Linklater (Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Writing, Boyhood, 2014), Last Flag Flying reunites three Vietnam War veterans 30 years later when one of their sons tragically dies in the Iraq War. Jointly written for the screen by Ponicsan and Linklater and considered “one of the very best films of the year” (Clayton David, AwardsCircuit.com), the warmhearted film about the bonds of brotherhood also stars Oscar® nominee Cicely Tyson (Best Actress, Sounder, 1972) and Yul Vazquez. Featuring new bonus content including never-before-seen deleted scenes,
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