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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun

14 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »


- Steve Seigh

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Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story

23 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Only yesterday, it felt like there were “Star Wars” movies and spin-offs scheduled up the wazoo, but it’s not going to be long before we actually run out of them. If the current release plans hold, we’ll get three films in the mega-franchise in the next twenty-four months — with “The Last Jedi” hitting this Christmas, the Han Solo spin-off landing in May 2018, and Colin Trevorrow’s “Episode IX” following a year later — but there’s nothing solid that’s been publicly announced after that.

Continue reading Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’

20 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.

Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree It Doesn’t Outdo Original

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »


- Carli Velocci

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How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017

20 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.

The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »


- Kate Erbland

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’

23 April 2017 9:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Solange, Pokemon Go, Planned Parenthood Among Webby Awards Winners

34 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Solange, Van Jones and the Women’s March are among the top winners for the 21st Annual Webby Awards. This year’s winners, announced Tuesday, were selected by a panel that included Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Jimmy Kimmel, Questlove and “Making a Murderer” directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. Joel McHale will host the awards ceremony from New York, where Solange will receive a Special Achievement Award for her work with Saint Heron, an online store that allows artists to collaborate and promote their work. The show will be available on-demand on May 16. Also Read: Infowars' Alex. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Humanity Makes Final Stand in 'Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter' Trailer (Exclusive)

34 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The robot overlords better look out. The new trailer for Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter shows humanity is ready to fight back.

Rogue Warrior takes place in a distant future, in which artificial intelligence rules Earth and other planets. A rebel named Sienna (Tracey Birdsall) may have discovered a way to take down the robots and restore humanity to its proper place in the universe.

The sci-fi film from director Neil Johnson is described as a mix of Star Wars and Mad Max — and the footage definitely has that desert dystopian feel. It also stars William Kircher, Daz Crawford, Stephen Manley and Marilyn Ghiggliotti. directs.

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- Aaron Couch

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Tom DeSanto Set For China Project With Citic Guoan

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran U.S. producer, Tom DeSanto (“Transformers,” “X-Men”) has struck a deal to make Hollywood-China co-production films costing $120 million with Citic Guoan, one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises.

“We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,” the company said in a statement at the end of the Beijing International Film Festival. “We hope that Chinese movies can appear on the global film stage to let more movie-goers appreciate Chinese culture’s long history and charm.”

Citic Guoan previously committed to partially finance former Disney boss Dick Cook in the development of his U.S.- and Chinese-based enterprise Dick Cook Studios.

Citic Guoan recently completed the development of Xinqiao VFX City in Beijing. The 30,000 sq m facility for film and television special effects. It is also developing the Citic Guoan Production Base at a »


- Vivienne Chow

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Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, With a Surprise Film and New Audience Award

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.

This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.

“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of »


- Robert Mitchell

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'The Big Sick,' 'Marjorie Prime,' Kristen Stewart's Short Heading to Sundance London

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

The program for the 2017 edition of Sundance Film Festival: London, the Utah festival's British spin-off, has been announced. 

14 feature films have been selected from the offerings at Park City in January, including the Judd Apatow-produced comedy The Big Sick, Jonn Hamm-starrer Marjorie Prime, Brooklyn-based actioner Bushwick and environmental documentary Chasing Coral, which won the U.S. doc audience award. Also in the lineup are 15 shorts, including Come Swim, written and directed by Kristen Stewart, while the festival will close with David Lowery's A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Lowery will also take part in one »


- Alex Ritman

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Salute Mike Loach, James Newton Howard

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Ken Loach, composer James Newton Howard, director Kenji Mizoguchi and cinematographer Jiří Brdečka will be the subject of tributes at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Kviff organizers announced on Tuesday. The annual festival, which takes place in the spa town outside of Prague, Czech Republic, will also premiere a restored version of Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos’ 1966 film “The Shop on Main Street,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Those tributes are among the first batch of programs announced for the festival, which will run from June 30 through July 9. Also Read: Ken »


- Steve Pond

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Ken Loach and James Newton Howard to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary

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British director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and U.S. composer James Newton Howard will be honored at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. Howard (pictured) will also take part in a concert to launch the festival, conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of selected music from his score for the 2018 sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Veteran British director Loach and his regular writing collaborator Laverty will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. The festival called Loach and Laverty “two individuals who together have influenced the history of British cinema, becoming pioneers of British social-realist film with a humanitarian message.” The pair has worked together on 12 features, including 2016 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake.” They first collaborated on Loach’s 1996 film “Carla’s Song” and also teamed for the »


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'I, Daniel Blake' Team of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary Festival

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

British director Ken Loach and his long-time screenwriting partner Paul Laverty are to be honored with Crystal Globes for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this summer.

Loach and Laverty have a lifelong commitment to powerful polemical films with strong humanitarian messages, most recently seen in Cannes Palm d'Or and BAFTA award-winning I, Daniel Blake - a searing story set within Britain's de-humanizing and cruel system of state social welfare.

Loach has long had close ties with the festival, based in the Czech Republic's Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. »


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China's Citic Guoan Partners With 'Transformers' Producer Tom DeSanto on $120M Co-Production

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

Chinese investment company Citic Guoan Group will invest $120 million in a large-scale U.S.-China co-production from producer Tom DeSanto.

The partnership was announced by Citic's vice general manager Cui Minghong at the conclusion of the Beijing International Film Festival. DeSanto, who is best known for his work co-writing and producing the first films in the Transformers and X-Men franchises, had been linked to Citic Guoan, a division of the state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, for over a year. Further details of the planned co-production were not disclosed.

"We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture »


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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Boss Previews Lineup, Explains What Makes the Sidebar Special

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In his sixth year at the helm of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, former Liberation film critic Edouard Waintrop has seen his sidebar expand impressively on two fronts.

On one hand, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (as it’s called in French) has grown under Waintrop's reign into a launching pad for emerging talents in the world of genre filmmaking, with directors like Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room), Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold In July) and Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) premiering some of their earliest work there before moving on to bigger projects.

On the other hand, the Fortnight has »


- Jordan Mintzer

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Launches Publication to Fight Fake News

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has started a new online operation that will pair paid journalists with volunteers with an eye on beating back the tide of fake news. Wikitribune, launching April 25, will pay reporters through a crowdfunding campaign. People who contribute to the campaign will in turn be given some say on the topics and stories covered by Wikitribune, which Wales tells The Guardian will cover a range of issues from politics to science. Volunteer community contributors meanwhile will be able to fact-check and subedit articles, similar to the way Wikipedia is operated. Also Read: Prosecuting WikiLeaks Endangers All Reporters, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Netflix Signs Licensing Deal With China's iQiyi

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

Blocked by regulators from setting up shop within China's massive entertainment market, Netflix has instead signed a licensing deal with one of its most powerful local counterparts in the country.

The global streaming giant said Tuesday that it has reached a content agreement with Beijing-based video service iQiyi. The deal was revealed Tuesday during the kickoff to Apos, an industry conference held annually in Bali, Indonesia.

"China is an important market for obvious reasons; it's also a challenging market for obvious reasons," said Robert Roy, Netflix's vice president of content acquisition. "Right now what we will do is look to »


- Patrick Brzeski

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United Airlines Ad Pulled From Tribeca Film Festival

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

The fallout from United Airlines' forcible removal of passenger David Dao on April 9 has spread to the Tribeca Film Festival. A United Airlines 30-second spot — advertising its Polaris Business Class — had been running before film screenings (United serves as one of the fest's Signature Partners) but has since been pulled following a wave of comical reactions from audiences.

On opening night, April 19, prior to the world premiere unveiling of the Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, the spot "touting United Airlines' pampering of passengers drew so much derisive laughter it drowned out the next ad »

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Apple Music Delays Launch of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series

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Apple is pumping the brakes on its own original-series version of “Carpool Karaoke,” the viral recurring sketch that originated with “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Originally scheduled to launch on Apple Music in April, the tech giant told Reuters on Monday that the debut has been pushed back to a still-to-be-determined date “later this year,” according to a statement the company issued that didn’t explain why the postponement was made.

CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, also issued a statement. “We’re excited about our ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for Apple Music, and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year.”

As recently as February, Apple content czar Eddy Cue had been promoting the upcoming launch, sharing a trailer at an industry conference. Unknown is the fate of another original series, “Planet of the Apps,” that Apple had designated for spring.

“Karaoke,” will feature a unique pairing of celebrities in each episode, such »


- Andrew Wallenstein

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