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Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung to Star in AIDS Drama '1985'

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gotham star Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis are starring in 1985, an AIDS drama from Yen Tan.

Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp and Big Hero Six's Jamie Chung are also starring in the indie, which will begin shooting late May in Texas.

The indie is based on Tan’s short of the same name, which won the special jury prize at last year's SXSW. He expanded the script for the feature and is directing.

1985 focuses on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his »


- Borys Kit

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A24 After ‘Moonlight:’ Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

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A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased three upcoming A24 releases, all of which seem oddly retro. There’s Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe,” World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. Suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, which tend to follow an established playbook. »


- Anne Thompson

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Amy Madigan, Ken Marino and Sky Ferreira Join Scott Free’s ‘Burning Woman’ (Exclusive)

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Amy Madigan, Pat Healy, Ken Marino, Sky Ferreira, and Macon Blair have joined the cast of Scott Free’s “The Burning Woman” with Jake Scott directing.

The pic currently stars Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Will Sasso. Brad Ingelsby, who wrote “Run All Night” and “Out of the Furnace,” is penning the script.

The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.

Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mike Pruss will produce through the Scott Free banner. Scott Free’s Ryan Stowell will executive produce.

Wme reps domestic rights and Bloom reps foreign with a plan to sell markets in Cannes. The film will start shooting this week in Massachusetts.

Madigan is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Anonymous Content; Healy is repped by the Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin, and Jackoway »


- Justin Kroll

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Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good to Star in Presidential Election Romance Drama

27 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The presidential election is an evening of romance for Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good, who have signed on to star in A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night.

Qasim Basir is directing the romance drama from his script. It sees Hardwick as a Los Angeles club promoter named Cass, who, on the night of the 2016 presidential election, meets a woman named Free (Good). She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams during a series of events that occur as Donald Trump surges ahead over Hillary Clinton in the race for electoral votes to win the White House.

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Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’

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Good news, everyone: Philippe Garrel has made his film again! The French New Wave veteran isn’t as well known among the public as a Godard or a Truffaut (he’s a fair bit younger — he was just 16 when he made his first short film, “Les enfants désaccordés,” in 1964), but among a certain kind of cinephile he’s a hallowed name, either for his experimental early work (which included his collaborations with then-lover Nico in the 1970s), or for his more recent meditations on love, family and politics, often in collaboration with his son, actor Louis Garrel.

Continue reading Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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New Teaser For The Return Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Reintroduces You To The Show’s World [Watch]

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We’re now only three weeks away from the return of “Twin Peaks” to our screens, with the first of 18 episodes directed by David Lynch arriving on Showtime after the first few premiere at Cannes in the early days of the festival. But it’s remarkable, given how keenly anticipated the show is, how much the show remains under wraps.

Read More: The 30 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017

Expect that to change, even just a little, as it gets closer, and to kick off, Showtime just dropped a new teaser.

Continue reading New Teaser For The Return Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Reintroduces You To The Show’s World [Watch] at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

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American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Is a Touching But Superficial Documentary Tribute to a Great Actor Gone Too Soon

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Don’t be fooled by the title. While it’s true that “I Am Heath Ledger” is peppered with home video footage shot by its dearly departed namesake, this somewhat hagiographic documentary isn’t a first-person account, it’s not a direct address from beyond the grave. Brought to you by the same guy who has previously claimed to be Chris Farley, Bruce Lee, and a handful of other Hollywood legends who died at the height of their fame, director Derik Murray is no more Heath Ledger than he was any of those other iconoclasts, but — nauseatingly presumptuous title aside — the newest installment of his non-fiction franchise is a tender, worthwhile remembrance for an irrepressible star whose light continues to shine upon the people he left behind.

Co-directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, “I Am Heath Ledger” is far too loving a portrait to be confused for art — don’t expect another »


- David Ehrlich

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Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Pierce Brosnan To Star In True-Life Prison Escape Movie ‘H-Block’

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Irish director Jim Sheridan is a six-time Oscar nominee for his work on acclaimed films like “My Left Foot,” “In The Name Of The Father” and “In America,” but his career has had ups and downs more recently — he was the decidedly odd choice to make 50 Cent biopic “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”; “Brothers” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire failed to take off; horror-thriller “Dream House” had a troubled production and died at the box office; and Rooney Mara vehicle “The Secret Scripture” got tepid reviews at Tiff.

Continue reading Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Pierce Brosnan To Star In True-Life Prison Escape Movie ‘H-Block’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘PACmen’ Clip: Remember That Time Ben Carson Couldn’t Say Words in New Hot Docs Feature — Watch

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Maybe no one is getting too sentimental about Ben Carson’s presence in the public eye, but it’s easy to understand why people might miss the levity his frequent slip-ups allowed. Luke Walker’s documentary, “PACmen,” seeks to remind us of what has turned out to be, bizarrely enough, a much simpler political time.

The film, which will run as part of Hot Docs, follows the super Pac behind Carson’s run for the Republican nomination. (Again, simpler times.) The filmmakers had complete access to the people on Carson’s team, following his stunning rise and fall.

Read More: Alex Gibney Doc ‘No Stone Unturned’ Pulled From Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs

In our exclusive clip, Carson’s infamous hummus/Hamas flub sends the men behind the super Pac into utter bewilderment in a scene that would not be out of place on an episode of “Veep.”

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- Allison Picurro

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Michael Fassbender: Why They Hold the Highest Metacritic Actor Scores

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Nobody picks movies like Daniel Day-Lewis. The three-time Oscar winner has never acted in a film earning a negative aggregate score on Metacritic, giving him an average individual score of 73, higher than any other actor today. Day-Lewis’s highest rated films on the site are “There Will Be Blood” (92) and “Lincoln” (86). Second on the list of highest average scores is Michael Fassbender, at 69, and John C. Reilly, at 66.

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How are these scores calculated? A recent study by Vox analyzed Metacritic data to rate actors based on the reviews of their films. (Metacritic scores films from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews. To earn a “generally favorable” rating, films must have an average score of 61 or greater, while “universal acclaim” requires a score of 81 or higher).

Vox noted that the method it used for its study is far from a perfect science, »


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Watch: First Trailer For Acclaimed Sundance Award-Winner ‘Gook’

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It’s apparently L.A. Riots day — tonight sees the debut of John Ridley’s “Let It Fall,” a documentary pegged to the 25th anniversary of the uprising (which kicked off with the acquittal of the officers caught on video beating Rodney King on April 29th, 1992), on ABC after a brief theatrical run. And the riots will also be captured later in the year with Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Kings” with Daniel Craig and Halle Berry.

Continue reading Watch: First Trailer For Acclaimed Sundance Award-Winner ‘Gook’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Review: Bisexual Subtext is the Documentary’s Most Powerful Reveal — Tribeca Review

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They say Whitney Houston had the voice of an angel. A cousin of Dionne Warwick, she grew up singing in her church choir. She was beautiful, with a smile that could light up a room. Which is why, when she died in 2012, this monumental diva’s fall struck a chord with the entire world. Like so many legends before her, she died of a drug overdose that was a long time coming. Houston had been using for years, but what drove her over the edge remained a mystery to most of the world — until now.

Through interviews with friends and employees (most of her friends were employees), “Whitney: Can I Be Me” filmmakers Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal take a strong stand, connecting the dots between a number of pivotal moments in Houston’s life that led to her heartbreaking decline. Namely: Her controlling parents, the night she was booed »


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‘Hounds of Love’ Trailer: Twisted Australian Kidnapping Thriller Inspired by True Events Will Leave You Reeling — Watch

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The ickiness is obvious from the earliest moments of the newest trailer for Ben Young’s “Hounds of Love,” a twisted kidnapping thriller that’s been picking up major steam on the festival circuit as of late. Young’s film stars Ashleigh Cummings as cool ’80s teen Vicki Maloney, who is seemingly randomly abducted by secret suburban serial killers John and Evelyn White (Emma Booth and Stephen Curry).

Read More: ‘Hounds of Love’ Exclusive Teaser Trailer: Australian Serial Killer Couple Pick Up Unsuspecting Teenager

Set in Perth during the middle of a predictably steamy summer, the Whites have been waging their own private war with the city’s women, and no one seems to realize that they’ve got a pair of serial killers in their midst. Vicki, of course, is about to find out in the most horrific way possible. But there’s hope for her yet.

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Watch The Nsfw Full Trailer For Francois Ozon’s Thriller ‘L’Amant Double’ With Jeremie Renier & Marine Vacth

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There are few filmmakers that can match Francois Ozon for versatility or for sheer volume of output. The acclaimed French helmer has made 16 films in his 20-year career, and his latest “L’Amant Double,” will be his eighth movie in ten years, arriving barely six months after his last film, “Frantz,” screened in theaters. Ozon has many modes — he’s recently made comedy-of-manners with “Potiche,” “Belle Du Jour”-style character study with “Young & Beautiful,” transgender comedy-drama with “The New Girlfriend,” and period romance with “Frantz,” but his latest sees him return to the sexy-thriller territory of some of his best movies, like 2003’s “Swimming Pool.”

Set to premiere in competition at Cannes in a few weeks, “L’Amant Double,” reteams Ozon with two previous stars: Dardennes favorite Jeremie Renier (“Potiche”), and “Young & Beautiful” lead Marine Vacth, with Jacqueline Bisset also in the cast.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie

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Back in March, an online petition popped up over on Care2, calling for a boycott of Netflix’s newest feature film, the Adam Wingard-helmed “Death Note.” The petition was seemingly sparked by the release of the film’s first trailer, which showed off actor Nat Wolff as the film’s lead, a role that is Japanese in the original source material. As of this writing, the petition has nearly 16,500 signatures (close to its goal of 17,000).

Over at BuzzFeed, “Death Note” producer Roy Lee has a few words for the sudden and swift backlash to his latest property, most of them just kind of baffled (and more than a little ill-informed). The producer is no stranger to adapting remakes of popular Asian properties for Hollywood consumption, including “The Ring,” “The Grudge” and “The Departed,” but he says that the ire he’s experiencing with “Death Note” is totally new to him. »


- Kate Erbland

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Bingeworthy Breakdown: Should You Be Watching Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’?

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The Bingeworthy Breakdown is an occasional look at new TV shows. An estimated 500 scripted seasons of TV will air in 2017, and to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to look at the first episodes of the most notable of these to help you work out whether it’s worth tuning in every week for them, waiting to binge later, or using the time to finally catch up on “13 Reasons Why” or whatever else you’ve been waiting for.

Continue reading Bingeworthy Breakdown: Should You Be Watching Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’? at The Playlist. »

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Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ Getting A Remake From ‘Get Out’ Producers

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To say that veteran horror author Stephen King is having a moment is probably a bit simplistic — he’s one of the most popular and successful authors of all time, and his work has been the source material for classics including “The Shining” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” so it’s pretty rare that he hasn’t been having a moment. But King looks to be more present on screen than ever across 2017 and 2018, even by his prolific standards.

Continue reading Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ Getting A Remake From ‘Get Out’ Producers at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kristen Stewart’s Intimate and Lush Music Video for Chvrches Shows Off Burgeoning Director’s Style — Watch

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Burgeoning filmmaker Kristen Stewart — perhaps you’ve heard of her? — is continuing to enhance both her style and her profile with a brand new music video for Chvrches, first teased earlier this month.

The full video has now arrived, and it shows off an intimate and lush approach to the material, which features the band recording a new live version of their “Down Side of Me,” which first appeared on their album “Every Open Eye.” The band has recorded this new version to appear on “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” a compilation of records and digital singles all released to benefit Planned Parenthood. The “7-inches for Planned Parenthood” vinyl boxset should hit stores this fall.

Read More: How Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas Bring the Dead Back to Life in ‘Personal Shopper

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- Kate Erbland

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Kurt Russell Stalks James Corden in Hilarious ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch

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James Cordon can’t escape Kurt Russell. In the hilarious new sketch “Escape from Kurt Russell” that aired Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Russell and Corden run into each other in an office building, where Russell engages in some friendly sparring and jabbing.

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“Let’s see it!” Russell says, throwing up his hands like a fighter while Cordon awkwardly tries to play along. “Come on baby. Get em up. Let’s see what you got. You still got it?” Russell then lands a thunderbolt of a dead arm on Cordon, before saying a friendly goodbye. “Ow!” Cordon says, writhing in pain and clutching his arm.

The pair run into each other twice more, with each encounter more violent than the last. We won’t spoil it, but Russell makes a references to both “Enter the Dragon »


- Graham Winfrey

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