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Errol Morris’ ‘The B-Side’ Acquired By Neon
Neon has acquired rights to Errol Morris’ latest documentary The B-Side, which turns the lens on photographer Elsa Dorfman. The pic had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in the fall and has been playing the fest circuit. The newbie distributor plans a theatrical release June 2. Dorfman worked with the Polaroid Land 20×24 camera for 35 years, capturing subjects at her studio in Cambridge, Ma. As the photos begin to fade and Dorfman's retirement looms, the… »
Ben Foster to Star in 'My Abandonment' from 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik
Newcomer Thomasin McKenzie (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies) will also star in the project, which will be co-financed and executive produced by Bron Creative and First Look Media.
Granik and Anne Rosellini wrote the script based on Peter Rock’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of 13-year-old Caroline (McKenzie) and her father, Will (Foster), who are found living in Forest Park, a temperate rainforest abutting Portland, Oregon. When authorities pluck them »
- Rebecca Ford
Kristen Stewart May Star in ‘Underwater,’ an Adventure Thriller from ‘The Signal’ Director Will Eubanks
Kristen Stewart’s schedule remains as busy as ever. A few months after premiering her short film “Come Swim” at Sundance and just weeks after her first time hosting “Saturday Night Live,” the actress is in talks to star in “Underwater.” Will Eubanks, who co-wrote and directed “The Signal,” is set to helm the adventure thriller.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the 20th Century Fox project has been described as “an underwater ‘Armageddon'” and is tentatively scheduled to go into production next month in New Orleans. Stewart remains best known for starring in the highly successful “Twilight” franchise, but more recently she’s pivoted toward arthouse fare.
- Michael Nordine
‘Manhattan’ Exclusive Trailer: Woody Allen’s Classic Rom-Com Gets a 4K Digital Facelift — Watch
On March 10, New York’s Film Forum will premiere a new 4K digital print of Woody Allen’s iconic 1979’s romantic comedy “Manhattan.” The director’s black-and-white masterpiece is the first of his films to be made available digitally by Park Circus and MGM, and we have the exclusive brand new trailer and one sheet for the film.
The director’s magnum opus follows the story of Isaac (Allen), a television writer who’s had two failed marriages. Things get complicated for the 42-year-old when he starts dating a teenage girl named Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) and then falls in love with his friend’s lover (played by Diane Keaton).
- Yoselin Acevedo
Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is The Future of Cinema (And That’s Ok)
Depending on what you read and how you browse, Netflix is either destroying our culture or defining its priorities. The platform is a paradigm for impulsive viewing habits and making do with what’s at your immediate disposal. It’s a brand that’s seriously rattled the film industry, since Netflix contradicts the idea of paying to see something on the big screen.
However, we’ve passed the point where Netflix is merely a challenge to the way we understand movies and television. Even if the company inexplicably went bankrupt tomorrow, or its servers got hacked, or Apple bought it out, it no longer matters because another digital giant would take its place. The future has arrived, and for the moment, Netflix owns it.
Each week provides a new example of Netflix’s ubiquity. Standup comedians »
- Eric Kohn
‘Music Is My Mistress’: Kenzo Launches Short Film Directed by ‘Lemonade’ Helmer Kahlil Joseph — Watch
Kenzo has launched “Music Is My Mistress,” a short film by director Kahlil Joseph, the mind behind Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”, Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d” and Flying Lotus’ “Until the Quiet Comes.” The short stars actors Jesse Williams and Tracee Ellis Ross alongside musician Kelsey Lu. Watch the film below.
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“Having Tracee, Jessie, Lu and Ish also collaborate was amazing,” said Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon in a statement. “The atmosphere on set was so unique and we think that’s visible in the film. Everyone brought their diverse talents together to create something beautiful.”
True to the director’s style, the short doesn’t follow a linear pattern, and music definitely takes center stage. It features music by Shabazz Palaces and Lu. “It’s a trailer wrapped in a music video inside a short film. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Kristen Stewart Dives ‘Underwater’
Ever since she wrapped up her work with the “Twilight” franchise, Kristen Stewart has been gone pretty hard on arthouse and auteur fare, adding Olivier Assayas, Woody Allen, Drake Doremus, and Ang Lee to her Rolodex (and that’s the old timey word for the contact list on your iPhone, kids). But she hasn’t entirely stepped away from blockbusters. There was “Snow White And The Huntsman” at Universal, and while she bowed out of the sequel, Stewart is heading over to 20th Century Fox for another movie that will put her back into multiplex.
Continue reading Kristen Stewart Dives ‘Underwater’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“I Have a Problem with that Whole Narrative of Coming from Someplace Bad and Getting Out of It”: Micah Magee on Her Debut Feature, Petting Zoo
Favorably compared by Variety to fellow Texas filmmakers Terrence Malick and Rick Linklater, San Antonio-raised Micah Magee has been based in Europe for over a decade. But despite having made several shorts there, when it came time to direct her first feature her heart returned to the Lone Star state. Petting Zoo, shot in San Antonio and cast primarily with locals with little acting experience, is a deeply felt coming-of-age story that captures what its like to be young in Texas as perhaps no film has before. Based on Magee’s own experiences of teenage pregnancy, Petting Zoo follows Layla (in […] »
- David Barker
New Video Essay Looks At The Noirish Beauty Of Black & White
With the prevalence of 3D and IMAX and every other visual innovation taking place in cinema right now, it’s easy to understand why black and white might not seem appealing to the average filmgoer. Where 3D and IMAX are exciting and loud, black and white is tempered and quiet, a stylistic choice that seems to intuit a film more interested in the complex interiority of characters than the grand spectacle of a Hollywood blockbuster. Or so it may seem.
Continue reading New Video Essay Looks At The Noirish Beauty Of Black & White at The Playlist. »
- Gary Garrison
‘Shadow of Truth’ Exclusive Trailer: Netflix’s Israeli True Crime Docuseries Could Be the Next ‘Making a Murderer’ — Watch
What happens if you suspect your judicial system of being unjust?
That’s the question many Israelis faced in Netflix‘s “Shadow of Truth,” a four-part documentary series about the murder of a 13-year-old girl, Tair Rada, in Golan Heights during the daytime at her high school in 2006. Although a suspect was questioned, confessed and was eventually found guilty, his conviction has been the subject of wide controversy in the country.
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Rada’s murder case was a matter of intense scrutiny by the public who didn’t want their own children to fall victim to such a senseless crime. Unfortunately, the conviction didn’t mollify the public because there were far too many pieces that didn’t add up. From the inaccurate confession and crime reenactment to a lack of DNA or fingerprint matches, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Will Donald Trump Watch the Oscars for a ‘Meryl Streep Kind of Moment?’ Sean Spicer Says No
Other than a lot of awards going to “La La Land,” another certainty at this weekend’s Oscar ceremony is a lot of jokes (and criticisms) being directed toward Donald Trump. Asked whether the president will be watching for “a Meryl Streep kind of moment,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said earlier today that he expects not. Given Spicer’s unblemished track record regarding the truth — to say nothing of Trump’s habit of watching coverage of himself on TV — we can rest assured that it’s absolutely the case.
The question, posed by Debra Saunders of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, referred to Streep’s fierce criticism of Trump while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last month’s Golden Globes. The actress never mentioned him by name during her speech, »
- Michael Nordine
David Lynch Turns ‘La La Land’ into a Twisted Drama in Mashup Video — Watch
One of this year’s Academy Awards darlings, “La La Land,” is a love story full of music, dance, dreams and colors. But in a new recut version, Damien Chazelle’s happy musical gets the David Lynch treatment, and it turns into a moody suspense drama/thriller. The mashup video was released this Wednesday on the Trailer Mix YouTube channel.
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This version of “La La Land” features the filmmaker’s distinctive dark, surrealist style, a far cry from Chazelle’s original film. “Everyone knows that ‘La La Land’ is the feel-good, singing and dancing movie of the year,” reads the description of the clip on the Trailer Mix YouTube page. “And with Damien Chazelle nominated for Best Director in this weekend’s Academy Awards, we wondered what the film would look like with an entirely different director and tone. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Home Video Trailer ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Brings You Back To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Lucasfilm‘s marketing and release strategy for their “Star Wars” movies has so far fallen into a familiar pattern: December release, followed by spring home video bow, and concluded by a second home video release in the fall. At least that’s how it played out for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and it’s safe to say “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is going by the same playbook as Disney has unveiled their “in-home” trailer for the spinoff.
Continue reading Home Video Trailer ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Brings You Back To A Galaxy Far, Far Away at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
How the Oscar-Nominated ‘Fire at Sea’ Changed The Life of Its Heroic Doctor
Years before Pietro Bartolo became the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary, he nearly drowned at sea. Bartolo began his career as a fisherman, trawling the same Mediterranean waters between Italy and Libya where countless rickety boats carrying desperate immigrants sink beneath the waves. One day, the rough waters capsized his boat. He spent the night adrift and was rescued by a passing ship the next day.
“I was convinced I was going to die,” he said in a conversation through a translator during a recent visit to New York. “Finding a shipwrecked victim in the middle of the Mediterranean is like finding a needle in a haystack. I was lucky, but many of these people don’t have that same fortune.”
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Bartolo knows that better than anyone. A doctor treating thousands of North African migrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, »
- Eric Kohn
SXSW Books ‘Atomic Blonde’ Starring Charlize Theron & ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal And Ryan Reynolds
Well geez, SXSW, you’re really bringing the heat this year. With the fest scooping Terrence Malick‘s “Song To Song” to kick things off, and featuring highly anticipated pictures ranging from Edgar Wright‘s “Baby Driver” to James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist,” organizers have landed two more big movies.
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Set to close things off in Austin this year will be the sci-fi “Life.” Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds, directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House“), and written by “Deadpool” duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, this one follows a mission to Mars that goes wrong.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oliver Stone and the Cast of ‘Snowden’ Discuss the Challenges of Tackling a Historic Decade
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s flashback winner is “Snowden.”]
The opening titles of “Snowden” explain that the film dramatizes events from 2004 to 2013, but the film was clearly designed to speak to audiences years after that.
“Snowden” is the latest effort from polarizing filmmaker Oliver Stone, who finds himself back in familiar territory, in a firmly political realm. It’s the story behind Edward Snowden’s rise through the CIA before his 2013 whistleblowing efforts, all the way up through the events detailed in Laura Poitras’ documentary “Citizenfour.”
In addition to tackling the timeline that took Snowden from army recruit to figure of global import, “Snowden” contextualizes the full scope of his revelations. What doesn’t come through in heated arguments and hushed conversations is on display in hypnotic sequences of psychedelic digital networks, all made up of personal data.
Bouncing around the nine years of Snowden’s life up until his public reveal is a tricky proposition. But using the »
- Steve Greene
Debra Granik Lines Up ‘My Abandonment,’ Her First Narrative Feature Since ‘Winter’s Bone’
Back in 2014, we put together the feature 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood, inspired by the data collected at the time that showed women had dismal representation behind the camera. Not much has changed since, and perhaps it’s not a big shock that it’s taken another three years for Debra Granik to finally line up her first narrative feature since 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” — you know, the movie that launched Jennifer Lawrence‘s career, landing the actress her first Oscar nomination.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Life’ Will Close South by Southwest
Daniel Espinosa’s “Life” will serve as the Closing Night Film at South by Southwest on March 19, the festival has announced. Starring an ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds and Hiroyuki Sanada, the sci-fi thriller is due in theaters the following week.
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“We are thrilled to close out the 2017 SXSW Film Festival with such a special film as Life,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Director of Film. “Our audiences will love this taut space thriller’s twists and turns as well as its amazing cast.”
“I’m so honored that ‘Life’ has been chosen as the closing film at South by Southwest,” added Espinosa. “The people that flock to Austin each year are some of the most engaged and passionate fans of film out there and are the perfect audience to introduce our visceral sci-fi thriller. »
- Michael Nordine
Yvette Nicole Brown Debuts an Animated New Look in Crackle’s ‘SuperMansion’ — Exclusive
Yvette Nicole Brown is tackling Season 2 of Crackle’s “SuperMansion” in her upcoming turn as Portia (formerly known as the superhero Zenith). The series which began in 2015 and produced by Seth Green and his production company, Stoopid Monkey, follows in the footsteps of “Robot Chicken” in its distinctive stop-motion style. Brown joins a star-studded cast of recurring characters, with Bryan Cranston serving as executive producer and starring as Titanium Rex, with whom Portia has a complicated past muddled by Portia’s struggle to hold on to both sides of herself.
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A regular guest on “Talking Dead,” the after show for “The Walking Dead,” Brown never shies away from expressing her love for media she finds great. As a self-described fangirl, she embraces exciting and fun television wholeheartedly, which is why she had »
- Maya Reddy
~27 Movies Shot on 35mm Released In 2016
This is my third time rounding up the previous year’s Us theatrical releases shot in 35mm, and this year’s number is substantively lower than 2014 (39) and 2015 (~64). This seems like an anomaly, not a permanent trend: following the high-profile push by J.J. Abrams et al. to force studios to pony up for a certain amount of Kodak celluloid for the forseeable future, the company seems solvent enough (and they’re bringing back Ektachrome!). Some celluloid regulars (Spielberg, Nolan, Abrams, Tarantino) sat the year out, while Woody Allen jumped to digital, and there are fewer straggler releases that were completed three […] »
- Vadim Rizov
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