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WB Told Joss Whedon To Change His Comedic ‘Justice League’ Opening Scene

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The common narrative is that Warner Bros., upon seeing the blowback from “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” started pivoting to toward a lighter tone for their superhero franchise. Even DC Films honcho Geoff Johns declared the films needed more “heart, humor, and heroics” and said that the goal was to “make the movies fun.” However, one is beginning to wonder if anybody involved with these movies even knows what they want.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Final Year’ Trailer: Explore The Inner Workings Of The Obama Administration

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If there’s one rule at the dinner table we can all agree on at Thanksgiving, it’s that politics are a verboten topic of discussion. However, Donald Trump makes it almost impossible to avoid the subject, and has made many long for the calm steady hand of Barack Obama in the White House. Well, an upcoming documentary will take you back to those more level-headed days.

Greg Barker‘s documentary “The Final Year” does exactly what the title implies, taking audiences inside the Obama administration during the final twelve months of his time in the Oval Office.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Spike Lee Reveals The Connection Between ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ & ‘Inside Man’

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When it comes to the cinematic universes, Spike Lee was playing that game well before Marvel. The director has long threaded his characters through multiple films, mostly serving as Easter eggs to keen eyed fans. However, Lee reveals that “Inside Man” shares a pretty interesting, little connection with the stone cold classic, “Dog Day Afternoon.”

In an extensive interview with Vulture about his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” Lee touches upon the themes and characters that carry across his oeuvre, and details how his bank heist movie is connected with Sidney Lumet‘s picture:

….this is not the first time I’ve done something like that.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Guillermo del Toro Explains Why He’s Interviewing George Miller & Michael Mann During His Sabbatical

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Last month, Guillermo del Toro announced he was taking a year long sabbatical from directing, but he won’t just be sitting around the house. The director will not only keep his hands busy producing, but he taking some time to interview filmmaking legends Michael Mann and George Miller. It might be for a book or documentary (or maybe none of those things), but for del Toro it’s chance to celebrate their work and learn from the masters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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David Fincher Explains “The Problem With Auteurism”

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The idea of the auteur is a somewhat romantic notion. The term suggests that a director is the sole author of his work, putting an artistic imprint on a film or television show that is so singular, that the vision is solely theirs. However, accepting the idea of auteurism means ignoring the collaborative nature of filmmaking, and the many happy accidents, mistakes, or unavoidable changes that happen along the way to the finished product.

David Fincher‘s films undeniably contain a number of trademarks that are attributable to the director, but don’t you dare call him an auteur.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Discusses The Upcoming New Trilogy

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Earlier this month, Lucasfilm gave us the surprising news that Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” would be starting a brand new “Star Wars” trilogy from scratch and that it wouldn’t be related to the original Skywalker story. Details are being kept hush-hush at the moment, we don’t know necessarily where this latest trilogy would take place nor do we know if any familiar characters would be jumping into this latest vision of the franchise.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Noah Baumbach Defends Netflix, But Explains Why Smaller Movies Must Be Seen In Cinemas

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It didn’t take much time for the screening of Bong Joon Ho‘s “Okja” to create a stir at Cannes. The film started off being booed not for its alliance to producer Netflix, but because of a technical glitch which projected the film in the wrong aspect ratio. The film came to a screeching halt and a seven-minute delay followed. Once the film started again, booing happened for the reason we all thought it would: the Netflix logo appearing on the screen.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Zack Snyder’s Son Says ‘Justice League’ Is “Not What It Could Have Been,” Stuntman Wants Director’s Cut

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Joss Whedon‘s extensive reshoots on “Justice League” no doubt clashed with Zack Snyder‘s original vision. Among the changes, Jesse Eisenberg‘s return as Lex Luthor was reportedly axed, and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman is said to have received more scenes and screentime. It’s not just the characters, the overall mood was rumored to get a lighter makeover with Whedon deviating away from Snyder’s darker palettes for a more colorful tone.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘La Belle Noiseuse’ Is Jacques Rivette’s Epic Ode To The Creative Process [Review]

23 November 2017 1:33 PM, PST

Maybe the fall of 2017 wasn’t the right time for a 4K restoration of “La Belle Noiseuse,”  Jacques Rivette’s four hour ode to the creative process; headlines today are dominated by reports of predatory or simply lascivious men leveraging power to exploit women’s bodies, power being multifaceted by its very definition. Maybe they take advantage through force. Maybe they take advantage using coercion. Either way, this year remains an unflattering lens for revisiting the film, though it’s a comfort to know that it caused a bit of a commotion when it premiered at Cannes back in 1991.

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- Andrew Crump

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The Genius Of ‘Get Out’

23 November 2017 12:00 PM, PST

The critical success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out“ has translated even beyond the box office and this week the film was nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards. This summer’s horror/thriller hit moved audiences to face the conventional terrors of horror films, but also confronted them with the psychological horror of racism juxtaposed to sharp, pungent satire. Beyond the film’s poignantly written story, various elements work in tandem to create one of the year’s best films.

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- Julia Teti

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Greta Gerwig Wants Laurie Metcalf To Win Every Award Possible For ‘Lady Bird’ [Interview]

23 November 2017 11:42 AM, PST

It’s the Friday before Halloween which means it’s a day before the Saturday before Halloween and when Halloween doesn’t occur on a weekend it means that Saturday is party central in Los Angeles. I’ve spent most of the day multitasking to extremes as I alternate a slew of time-sensitive interviews while running around town trying to get my costume together. That means when I spoke to Greta Gerwig about her indie hit “Lady Bird“ it was a phoner that took place in, of all places, a car with my laptop propped open on my lap to record it somewhere in the depths of the San Fernando Valley.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Greece’s Right Wing Women Step Up In Chilling Doc ‘Golden Dawn Girls’ [Idfa Review]

22 November 2017 1:41 PM, PST

It could be the name of a seniors-only a capella group, but the chummy, sunny title is misleading. If “Golden Dawn Girls,” which premiered in the main competition at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (Idfa), represents any celestial event, it might well be an eclipse. The film follows a brief moment in recent Greek political life during which, with the (almost exclusively male) leaders of the movement all imprisoned, the womenfolk of the nation’s far-right party, Golden Dawn, literally stepped up to the mic.

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- Jessica Kiang

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Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’: Nearly Quitting Movies After ‘Pan,’ ‘Dunkirk’ Connections & More

22 November 2017 1:28 PM, PST

When director Joe Wright, the filmmaker behind “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina,” finished the movie “Pan,” and it was released into the world, he felt shattered. The expensive, big budget spectacle bombed at the box office and he wasn’t sure he’d go on.

Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Review]

“I had just made this $100 million flop.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Quentin Tarantino Talks Netflix And Why He Doesn’t Like It

22 November 2017 1:09 PM, PST

It’s no secret that dedicated cinephile and 70mm advocate Quentin Tarantino is not a fan of Netflix. After all, this is a director who still watches VHS and tapes things off television. However, Tarantino’s resistance to the digital future isn’t simply borne from an irrational nostalgia to the past. Instead, the former video store employee believes that Netflix has created in audiences an unwillingness to take a chance on something completely unknown to them and stick with it to the end, instead of tuning out if it doesn’t grab their attention immediately.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Noël Wells’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt’ Is An Original, Endearing First Feature [Review]

22 November 2017 12:32 PM, PST

It’s no secret that the film industry is dominated by men. Even the indie game mostly touts male-led films by male directors. As a result, there are a lot of slice-of-life films out there that bravely explore what a bummer it is to be a white dude with depression. While I adore some of those movies, they can be petri dishes for poorly-written women, as the aforementioned dudes usually relearn the value of life from Manic Pixie Dream Girls.

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- Lena Wilson

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Jude Law Joins ‘Captain Marvel’

22 November 2017 12:18 PM, PST

It’s not often that single character from a TV series becomes a meme, but Jude Law‘s titular “The Young Pope” enjoyed a brief life on the Twittersphere earlier this year. Cinephiles in particular were charmed by the eccentric character. And while that probably had little bearing on Marvel‘s decision to recruit the actor for their cinematic universe, it does remind us that the only superhero we want Law to play is The Young Pope.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Franco Shot 25 Minutes Of Recreated Scenes From ‘The Room’

22 November 2017 11:59 AM, PST

The canon of movies about passionate, yet awful filmmakers isn’t very large, but Tim Burton‘s terrific “Ed Wood” is about to be joined by James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist.” The story about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s cult favorite “The Room” is both hilarious and heartbreaking, with Franco going full Franco, not only directing the movie, but taking the lead role.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Gives Dan Stevens A Charming Yet Formulaic Holiday Biopic [Review]

22 November 2017 11:36 AM, PST

Movies that center around writers tend to vary. The process of writing is so inherently introspective that trying to make that narratively interesting can be tricky. There are exceptions, of course. There are great movies, like Spike Jonze‘s “Adaptation,” that found ingenious, heartbreaking ways to depict what it means to be a writer without overdoing the showmanship. There are films, like “Barton Fink” and “The Shining,” that use different genres and dark comedy to translate the madness that comes in trying to jot down your thoughts.

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- Will Ashton

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Alternate Studio Logo Treatment For ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Revealed

22 November 2017 11:02 AM, PST

Every movie starts with a handful of distributor and producer logos, and most of the time, they give you a few extra seconds to get comfortable before the film actually starts. However, every now and then filmmakers use that corporate branding as one more element to pull viewers into the world of their movie. And Denis Villeneuve accomplished that very thing with “Blade Runner 2049.”

With Warner Bros., Sony, Columbia, and Alcon Entertainment logos to run through, the director had the team at Prodigal Pictures gave them a glitchy, noir-ish, futuristic sheen.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Can’t Charm Its Way Out Of Its Flaws [Review]

22 November 2017 10:28 AM, PST

In 1986, Spike Lee wowed the world with “She’s Gotta Have It,” an homage to black female sexuality. With its jazzy score, sumptuous visuals, and a frank attitude toward sex, the film perfectly combined arthouse innovation and contemporary cool. Its characters were unique without seeming overwrought, and its story was fresh without seeming too precocious.

Over 30 years later, Lee and Netflix have attempted to revive that classic by adapting it into a miniseries.

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- Lena Wilson

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