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Applications open for Vice and Screen Australia’s Pitch Australiana

Past Pitch Australiana winners ‘Shooting Cats’ and ‘Burlesque Boys’.

Vice and Screen Australia will once again run the Pitch Australiana competition at the Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) next year.

This is the third iteration of the initiative, which offers filmmakers the chance to pitch for a $50,000 commission for a short-form documentary to be released on Vice.com as part of the digital documentary series Australiana, which is seen in 35 countries. The winning documentary will also air on Sbs Viceland.

The Pitch Australiana competition is open to early career Australian filmmakers that have at least one documentary production credit to their name. Four concepts will be shortlisted to compete, pitching live to an audience and a panel of judges.

Australiana aims to present a raw and diverse portrait of modern Australia. Stories should focus on the perspectives of individuals, communities, and subcultures from across the country that are overlooked or ignored,
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You’re invited to our film experts panel October 22: Meet music composers of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘The King,’ ‘The Report,’ ‘Us’

You are invited to attend our Q&a discussion with four of film’s top music composers who now compete for Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Our event is on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. Academy and guild members will get priority seating.

To RSVP, make your reservation here: https://goldderbycomposerspanel2019.splashthat.com/

Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum will moderate this “Meet the Film Experts” panel with the following contenders for 2019/2020 awards consideration:

Michael Abels represents Universal for “Us”

Abels was nominated at the Black Reel Awards for “Get Out” and at the World Soundtrack Awards for both “Get Out” and Us.” Other films have included “See You Yesterday” and “Bad Education.”

Nicholas Britell represents Netflix for “The King

Britell has been nominated at the Oscars for “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.
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‘Mister America’ Film Review: An Idiot Runs for Office, But That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

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‘Mister America’ Film Review: An Idiot Runs for Office, But That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
What is it about the complete lack of faith in the government and the consistent empowerment of white supremacists that tickles so many so-called liberal filmmakers? Last year it was director Adam McKay’s “Vice,” and now it’s “Mister America,” director Eric Notarnicola’s uncomfortable mockumentary presumably meant to parody modern political decay.

But because it is filmed like a documentary, with an uncomfortably convincing central performance by actor and co-writer Tim Heidecker, it almost does seem like a completely unqualified Tim really is running for San Bernardino district attorney. In today’s political climate, where a man was elected president of the United States just weeks after being accused of sexual harassment, it wouldn’t be unbelievable to watch a similarly unfit white guy, who also narrowly escaped criminal prosecution, confidently run for major office.

Heidecker, most famous for his “Tim & Eric” series on Adult Swim, really leans
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Golden Globes 2020 film nominations: Predictions center event now open for 10 categories!

Every Oscar winner from this past February also prevailed at January’s Golden Globe Awards. They have had a terrific track record in recent years, but these Hollywood Foreign Press voters were absolutely perfect at the 2019 ceremony. How well will they do at the 2020 event on NBC? Jump into our Gold Derby predictions center event now and make your nominee predictions in 10 film categories!

SEE2019 Golden Globes: Complete list of winners in all 25 races

The Golden Globes split up their nominees into drama and comedy/musical categories. Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”) won the drama acting categories, while Christian Bale (“Vice”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) took home the comedy prizes. The two supporting champs were Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). Malek, Colman, Ali and King then won at the Academy Awards a few weeks later.

SEETom Hanks to
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Netflix Sets ‘Shadow and Bone’ Cast as the Hunt for New Franchises Continues

Netflix has revealed the cast of “Shadow and Bone,” an upcoming young adult series that will bulk up the streaming service’s fantasy library.

The eight-part series is adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” and “Six of Crows” fantasy novels. The plot will follow Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a young orphaned woman who discovers a power that could help unite the world, which has been shrouded in darkness and ravaged by war and monsters. Ben Barnes will portray General Kirigan/the Darkling — the commander of a magical military elite who wishes to free his nation the darkness that covers the land.

Other cast members include Freddy Carter (“Pennyworth”), Sujaya Dasgupta (“Press”), Danielle Galligan (“Game of Thrones”), Daisy Head (“Harlots”), Archie Renaux (“Voyager”), Amita Suman (“Doctor Who”), and Kit Young (“Endeavour”). Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”), who wrote the screenplay for Netflix’s “Bird Box,” was previously announced as the series’ showrunner and executive producer.
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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)

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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)
Why so serious? While some filmmakers get their start making cheaply made B-movies or horror films, there’s a new crop of directors emerging who previously cut their teeth making classic comedies. And while most haven’t abandoned their sense of humor entirely, they’ve finally been recognized at both the box office and awards circuit by veering into prestige pictures. The latest example is Todd Phillips, the director of “Joker,” which as the darkly disturbed origin story of the iconic Batman villain is no laughing matter. Here are some other directors who have re-emerged as more than just funny men.

Preston Sturges – Comedy Classic: “The Lady Eve”/Dramatic Turn: “Sullivan’s Travels”

Preston Sturges, one of the signature directors of Old Hollywood, would likely still be admired today based solely on the success of his screwball comedies like “The Great McGinty” and “The Lady Eve.” But he took a
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‘The Laundromat’ reviews: Do critics think Meryl Streep deserves another Oscar for Panama Papers caper?

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‘The Laundromat’ reviews: Do critics think Meryl Streep deserves another Oscar for Panama Papers caper?
Steven Soderbergh‘s new Netflix film “The Laundromat” has invited comparisons to Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short” in its exploration of real-life economic malfeasance, but this is about a different kind of financial crisis: the heist perpetuated by the world’s ultra-rich against the rest of us in a massive tax-dodging scheme revealed in the Panama Papers. Will this film be bound for Oscars just like McKay’s was?

The reviews for “The Laundromat” are mixed — which makes it more like McKay’s “Vice” than his “Big Short.” But despite its divided reception “Vice” was still a big Oscar player, earning eight nominations including Best Picture, and ultimately winning for its makeup and hairstyling. So it’s not out of the question for “The Laundromat” to clean up — pardon the pun.

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As of this writing Soderbergh’s film has
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‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Wanted Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur to Look ‘Wolf-Like and Malnourished’

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‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Wanted Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur to Look ‘Wolf-Like and Malnourished’
Joaquin Phoenix lost 52 pounds to play “Joker” in the upcoming film after director Todd Phillips said he wanted his character to look “wolf-like and malnourished and hungry.”

“Neither of us put a number on it,” Phillips told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman in an interview last Friday. “He just started losing weight. When we finally looked at what he lost, it was 52 pounds. He goes hard. That’s my boy, I love him so much.”

“Joker” goes wide on October 4 and is a “deep-dive character study” of the famed Batman villain “in the vein of a Sidney Lumet/Martin Scorsese picture,” according to Phillips. Phoenix is introduced to audiences as Arthur Fleck, a social outcast who begins to rebel against the world around him.

Phillips said that while Phoenix committed to losing all the weight to get into character, Phoenix wasn’t method acting while on set.

“He’s not someone
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‘Booksmart’ Star Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan Among Five Added to HBO’s 1980s Lakers Pilot

  • Variety
HBO’s pilot based on the 1980s Showtime Lakers is rounding out its main cast.

Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, and Delante Desouza have all been cast in the one-hour drama pilot. They join previously announced cast members Jason Clarke (Jerry West), John C. Reilly (Jerry Buss), Quincy Isaiah (Earvin “Magic” Johnson), Solomon Hughes (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), DeVaughn Nixon (Norm Nixon), and Joey Brooks (Lon Rosen).

Gordon will play Linda Zafrani. Zafrani’s intelligence and savvy have earned her a position in the Forum Office, but the arrival of new ownership — Jerry Buss and his ambitious daughter Jeanie –requires her to navigate a complicated web of personal and professional relationships.

Gordon previously appeared in the critically-acclaimed film “Booksmart” as well as the hit R-rated comedy “Good Boys.” Her past TV credits include “Animal Kingdom,” “Ramy,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “Our Cartoon President.”

She is repped by UTA and Burstein Company.
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TVLine Items: Blythe Danner Joins Gods, Ray Donovan Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Blythe Danner Joins Gods, Ray Donovan Trailer and More
A new goddess is coming to American Gods: Blythe Danner (Will & Grace) will recur during Season 3 of the Starz drama as Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest.

Demeter and Mr. Wednesday have an unresolved romantic history — seriously, this guy gets around! — and he’ll try to recruit her help in the coming war. But her involvement will come at a price: getting her out of the mental institution where she’s been involuntarily committed.

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‘Vice’ Docuseries to Return at Showtime

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“Vice,” the weekly newsmagazine series launched by Vice Media and HBO back in 2013, is being revived by Showtime.

The cabler has acquired the rights to the docuseries from HBO, which aired six seasons before ending its relationship with Vice Media in June.

A new 13-episode season of “Vice” is set to premiere on Showtime in spring 2020. News of the acquisition was announced by Showtime Evp of nonfiction programming Vinnie Malhotra.

“As so much of television news has moved in a direction of partisan coverage and talking heads, the team behind Vice continues to delve deep into the global issues, conflicts and newsmakers affecting our everyday lives,” said Malhotra. “They also do it with an incredibly diverse cadre of journalists – both in front of and behind the camera. Their dogged pursuit of award-winning journalism, is matched by stellar filmmaking and craft in this weekly documentary series. We’re honored and excited
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Jesse Plemons & ‘The Deuce’ Actress Dominique Fishback Join Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield In WB’s Black Panthers Pic ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’

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Jesse Plemons & ‘The Deuce’ Actress Dominique Fishback Join Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield In WB’s Black Panthers Pic ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’
Exclusive: Jesse Plemons (The Post) and The Deuce actress Dominique Fishback are joining Warner Bros’ and MacRo’s anticipated Black Panthers pic Jesus Was My Homeboy, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta).

The Ryan Coogler-produced film will follow the rise and untimely demise of iconic Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton (Kaluuya) as seen through the eyes of William O’Neal (Stanfield), the man who betrayed him to the FBI. It will explore how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers, the psychology of their informant and the notorious assassination of the young political leader who died aged only 21. Production is due to start in mid-late October. Fishback, the female lead, will play Hampton’s lover Deborah Johnson, the mother of activist Fred Hampton Jr. Plemons will star as Roy Mitchell, one of the primary FBI agents assigned to pursue Hampton and get intelligence from O’Neal.
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Christian Bale tells Pattison to forget Batman haters and own the role

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After starring as the Dark Knight for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Vice actor Christian Bale knows a thing or two about swinging through the streets of Gotham City as the World's Greatest Detective. While doing press for his latest film, Ford V Ferrari, in which Bale stars alongside Matt Damon, the method acting maniac was asked repeatedly about what he thinks of…
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Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell Set For ‘American Buffalo’ Broadway Revival

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Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell Set For ‘American Buffalo’ Broadway Revival
Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, lead producers Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler and Stephanie P. McClelland announced today.

Directed by frequent Mamet collaborator Neil Pepe, American Buffalo will begin previews in March 2020 with an official opening on Tuesday, April 14. The theater has not been announced.

Fishburne, last on Broadway in 2008’s one-man play Thurgood, will play the character Donny. Rockwell, returning to Broadway after 2014’s Fool For Love by Sam Shepard, will play Teach.

The duo’s casting leaves the play’s third character, Bobby, as yet unfilled or unannounced.

After Chicago and Off Broadway productions in 1975 and ’76, American Buffalo premiered on Broadway in 1977, with Ulu Grosbard directing Robert Duvall as Teach and Kenneth McMillan as Donny. John Savage played Bobby. In a 1981 Off Broadway production at Circle in the Square starred Al Pacino, Thomas Waites and Clifton James.
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Adam McKay Reportedly Interested In New Project Focused On Jeffrey Epstein

After a string of comedy classics like “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” and “Step Brothers,” filmmaker Adam McKay has decided to take a bit of a left turn out of the realm of raunchy humor and into the world of political and financial dramas. He’s done this with equal success thanks to films like “Vice,” “The Big Short,” and his Showtime series “Succession.” So, while it would have been an odd match a decade ago, it’s completely unsurprising that McKay has his sights set on Jeffrey Epstein for a potential future project.

Continue reading Adam McKay Reportedly Interested In New Project Focused On Jeffrey Epstein at The Playlist.
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New Trailer, Poster For ‘Le Mans ’66’/’Ford V Ferrari’

20th Century Fox has released the brand new trailer for Le Mans ’66/ aka Ford V Ferrari which is speeding into cinemas later this year. I’ve already managed to check this movie out and I can tell you that it is simply magnificent. Matt Damon and Christian Bale lead the cast of the James Mangold-directed film about the ferocious battle between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari to win the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour race in France in the 1960s. It really is superb.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in Le Mans ‘66, based on the true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on
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Ava DuVernay, Sam Rockwell to Receive Gotham Awards Honors

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Ava DuVernay, Sam Rockwell to Receive Gotham Awards Honors
Ava DuVernay will receive the Director Tribute and Sam Rockwell will be presented with the Actor Tribute at the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards.

The 29th Ifp Gotham Awards will take place this year at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Dec. 2 in the first awards show of the season.

“Ava DuVernay is a groundbreaking and influential filmmaker whose work casts an overdue and much needed light on the history of our nation’s systemic racism embedded in our institutions of justice today,” said Jeff Sharp, executive director of Ifp and the Made in NY Media Center. “She is enlightening and impactful to a new wave of filmmakers and her films are profoundly consequential to our nation’s continued endeavor to provide equal justice for all.”

DuVernay directed “Selma,” the Oscar-nominated criminal justice documentary “13th” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Her most recent project is
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Ava DuVernay and Sam Rockwell to Be Honored at 2019 Ifp Gotham Awards

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Ava DuVernay and Sam Rockwell to Be Honored at 2019 Ifp Gotham Awards
Ava DuVernay and Sam Rockwell will be honored with tributes at the 2019 Ifp Gotham Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced Thursday.

DuVernay, the “When They See Us” and “Selma” filmmaker, will receive the Director Tribute, and Rockwell, the star of “Fosse/Verdon,” will receive the Actor Tribute at what is typically the first major awards show of the long awards season. This year’s ceremony will be held Monday, Dec. 2, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

“Ava DuVernay is a groundbreaking and influential filmmaker whose work casts an overdue and much needed light on the history of our nation’s systemic racism embedded in our institutions of justice today. She is enlightening and impactful to a new wave of filmmakers and her films are profoundly consequential to our nation’s continued endeavor to provide equal justice for all,” Jeff Sharp, executive director of Ifp and the Made in NY Media Center,
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‘When They See Us’ video interviews: Jharrel Jerome, Niecy Nash, Michael Kenneth Williams and more exclusive chats [Watch]

Netflix’s “When They See Us” burst into the Emmy race with 16 nominations, including Best Limited Series. Directed by Ava DuVernay, it tells the true story of the Exonerated Five, who were wrongfully convicted of raping a jogger in New York City in 1989. Gold Derby recently spoke with several of the show’s contenders, including stars Jharrel Jerome, Niecy Nash, Asante Blackk, Michael Kenneth Williams and Marsha Stephanie Blake, plus composer Kris Bowers, as well as editors Terilyn Shropshire and Michelle Tesoro. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

See ‘When They See Us’ Emmy voter event: Ava DuVernay and cast say there was no way they could turn down this story [Listen]

The show was a particular challenge for Jerome, who was the only actor in the cast to play one of the accused as a young teenager and also as an adult.
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Now Stream This: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, ‘A Simple Favor’, ‘Climax’, ‘Vice’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) A long holiday weekend is upon us, marking the end of summer. What will you do? Get together with friends for an end-of-summer BBQ? Or stay the hell inside and watch movies? […]

The post Now Stream This: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, ‘A Simple Favor’, ‘Climax’, ‘Vice’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, and More appeared first on /Film.
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