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Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung to Star in AIDS Drama '1985'
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
A24 After ‘Moonlight:’ Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd
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
Low-Budget Superhero Tale ‘Sleight’ Makes Director J.D. Dillard One To Watch [Review]
“Anyone can learn a trick, but doing something that no one else is willing to do makes you a magician. I can do what no one else can,” Bo (Jacob Latimore) attests in a critical moment of confession, avowing his commitment to achieving the extraordinary in “Sleight.” It’s a line that wouldn’t feel out of place in Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige,” as Christian Bale’s thaumaturge pledges similar sacrifices to his craft at all costs.
- Oliver Lyttelton
IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 146) – Great New Documentaries Not Coming to a Theater Near You
The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has come to an end, but we’re still sorting through which movies deserved attention this year. At IndieWire, we had a woman on the inside — our own Anne Thompson served on the documentary jury — and on this week’s episode of Screen Talk, she shares some of the highlights from that experience, including the films she hopes will get more attention in the weeks to come (currently, they don’t have distribution). But Screen Talk co-host Eric Kohn saw a few documentaries as well, and doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Thompson about all of the highlights.
Meanwhile, Kohn explains why he’s out in Oregon for a new horror film festival, which leads the pair to a discussion of Jason Blum’s influential role in the state of the genre.
Listen to the full episode above.
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- Indiewire Staff
Tom Hanks Needs a Reboot: Why America’s Favorite Actor Is Playing It Too Safe
No actor embodies the American everyman more than Tom Hanks, but that archetype has worn awfully thin. He was ideal as Cpt. Sully Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” a valiant working-class hero who always does the right thing — but at one of the most polarizing moments in this country’s history, roles like like start to seem less hand-in-glove and more like a rut. However, the actor’s earlier credits prove that a much broader range lurks beneath his kindly demeanor, and he’s overdue to unleash that potential once more.
In “The Circle,” which opens today, he plays a scheming tech mogul whose charm belies his nefarious vision. The problem is the material doesn’t give him enough substance. The movie finds one of the character’s young employees (Emma Watson) drawn into the company’s live-video platform even as it holds the potential for widespread invasion of »
- Eric Kohn
Mike Myers Hosting ‘Gong Show’ Revival In Heavy Prosthetic Make-Up As Fake British Comedian
Well, it took ’til the very end, but the strangest story of the week has just arrived, and that’s in a week when it was revealed that Will Smith was on the Cannes jury, and that Fyre Festival thing. It’s a while since we’ve seen much of Mike Myers: the Canadian superstar comedian’s two main franchises, “Shrek” and “Austin Powers,” lie dormant, and Myers hasn’t actually appeared on screen since his cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” in 2009, although he did direct 2013’s documentary “Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon.”
But something of a comeback may be on the way: Myers has been talking about a possible fourth “Austin Powers” film this week to mark the film’s 20th anniversary; he’s starring with Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg in crime thriller “Terminal”; and today, Myers sort-of completes a return to the spotlight in the strangest, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to the Tribeca Film Festival entry “November.” Directed by Rainer Sarnet, the film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel “Rehepapp,” about about a peasant girl in 19th century Estonia who longs for village boy. The story of requited love takes place in an incredibly complicated, dark landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge.
Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thelma,’ Samuel Goldwyn Films Buys ‘Gook’ and More
“’November’ is one of the most unique and stunning films to come along in some time,” Oscilloscope president Dan Berger said in a statement. “It’s equal measures beautiful love story and balls-to-wall bonkers-ass folk tale. »
- Graham Winfrey
‘Psych’ Movie: All Signs Point to Production Beginning as Early as This Summer
A recent Production Weekly entry lists a feature film called “Psych” as one of many shooting beginning in May. This has naturally created speculation among fans who’ve been waiting to hear about their favorite fake psychic detective returning to the screen in some form.
Over at Comicbook.com, the report is that the movie will shoot this summer in Vancouver and San Francisco. This seems to be supported by a stray comment that Cary Elwes made at the Indiana Comic Con.
According to the Herald Bulletin, when the actor was asked for more clarity as to the true identity of his Canadian art thief character Pierre Despereaux, Elwes said, “It’s a good question, and I believe it all will be revealed in the film that we’re making this summer. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Take a Deep, Meaty Dive Into the Gross Story Behind ‘Fight Club’ Sound Effects — Watch
We’re all familiar with how silly movie sound effects can sometimes be, but one of the things that David Fincher’s cult classic “Fight Club” is best remembered for is its willingness to get as down and dirty with its sound design as it did with those bloody fight scenes.
In a new tribute video by Film Radar, “The Beauty of Sound Design” reveals what went into achieving the uncomfortably realistic noises of fists cracking against faces. The truth isn’t for the faint of heart, but then again, neither is the film.
The “Fight Club” sound designers, Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns, discuss how the standard way punching sounds are created — sham-wrapped celery being cracked in half — was not working for the level of realism Fincher’s scenes called for. They decided instead »
- Allison Picurro
‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works As Stars and Producers Plot 8-Episode Event Series
Add “Roseanne” to the list of 1990s series aiming for a short-order revival.
Insiders confirm that star Roseanne Barr has started to pitch an 8-episode reboot of the blue-collar ABC sitcom, which originally ran for nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. The show helped brand a previous generation of ABC family sitcoms (including, later on, “Home Improvement”).
Read More: Why Roseanne Barr Only Wants to Make Documentaries Now
According to Deadline, which first broke the news, series stars Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert have already been confirmed to join the revival, while others, including Laurie Metcalf, are in talks to join. Original executive producer Tom Werner is back (his Carsey-Werner shingle was behind the original show), as well as Barr and Bruce Helford, »
- Michael Schneider
WGA Strike: Why This Time the Writers, Netflix, and the Public May Have the Upper Hand
Like all labor disputes, the WGA’s strike threat is meant to ensure its members get an equitable share of profits. However, this one contains a particularly potent strain of deja vu. As they did 10 years ago, and even 30 years before that, studios argue that writers want in on a market that doesn’t wholly exist.
The gap between writers’ and producers’ terms are massive: Entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel crunched the numbers for The Hollywood Reporter and estimated the gap to be somewhere in the region of $350 million. The healthcare issue is particularly staggering, with Variety reporting the WGA’s 2020 projected deficit alone to be $65 million.
It sounds dire. Only this time, the public’s rapidly evolving viewing habits could give writers the upper hand.
Read More: WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization, as Contract Negotiations Resume Tuesday
In 1985, the WGA went on strike over the then-burgeoning home video market based »
- Chris O'Falt
‘La 92’ Is A Harrowing, Incendiary Epic Of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots [Tribeca Review]
As heartrending as it is heart-racing, “La 92” will make an uneasy fit when it gets broadcast on National Geographic alongside episodes of “Monster Fish” and “Locked Up Abroad.” Receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s unnerving documentary is one of several retrospectives coming out this year on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Continue reading ‘La 92’ Is A Harrowing, Incendiary Epic Of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist. »
- Chris Barsanti
Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series Is A Hilarious, Provocative Improvement On The Excellent Movie [Review]
With a title meant to inspire, intrigue, and ire, the latest Netflix series “Dear White People” wastes no time in challenging and charming audiences. But it might not always manage both. The moment its trailer hit, online outrage came fast and oblivious from those who threatened to boycott the streaming subscription service, accusing the unseen show of “reverse racism.” Apparently, they’d never heard of creator Justin Simien‘s 2014 film of the same name, which earned rousing critical praise and became the jumping off point for this scathingly hilarious comedy series.
Continue reading Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series Is A Hilarious, Provocative Improvement On The Excellent Movie [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Kristy Puchko
Netflix’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Whitewashing Sparks Petition to Boycott Series
“Iron Fist.” “Death Note.” Now you can add “Legend of the Monkey” to that list of Netflix projects that are feeling the heat from Asians who are crying whitewashing.
“Legend of the Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It tells of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang to obtain sacred texts, aided by three disciples from folklore: Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Zhu Bajie also known as Pigsy, and Sha Wujing, aka Sandy. The tale has been told many times on screen before under various names. Japan had a TV adaptation called “Monkey Magic,” and Stephen Chow released a “Journey to the West” film in 2013 with a sequel in 2017.
Read More: ‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie
In Netflix’s new 10-part series, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Tribeca 2017: Drew Xanthopoulos on The Sensitives
There’s a certain feeling of disappointment when you knowingly choose to keep your cell phone, doubling as your alarm clock, near your face when settling in for an evening’s sleep. Having been warned of radiofrequency waves’ ability to cause cancer, keeping an electronic device that close to your brain for hours on end is not, we’re told, a wise decision to make. There are so many electric and synthetic materials in today’s everyday devices that to avoid them all would be to effectively remove yourself from modern society. You accept the potentially harmful results in order to live and work […] »
- Erik Luers
Exclusive Clip: Cannes 2016 Tragicomedy ‘One Week And A Day’
It’s the last weekend before blockbuster (and blockbuster counter-programming) season, and it’s traditionally one of the quieter ones of the year for new releases. So if you’re looking for something to see in theaters, you could do a lot worse than Israeli comedy-drama “One Week And A Day.”
Read More: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: Blockbusters And Beyond
After premiering at Cannes last year to strong notices, the film opens today, and we’re delighted to say we have an exclusive clip courtesy of Oscilloscope, so you can see the film’s pleasures for yourself.
Continue reading Exclusive Clip: Cannes 2016 Tragicomedy ‘One Week And A Day’ at The Playlist. »
- The Playlist
‘Catastrophe’ Review: Season 3 is the Perfect Comedy For Adults — Parents or Not
Cat out of the bag: I’m not a parent, and that means two things when it comes to reviewing a show about parenthood. First, I don’t know what it’s like to have or raise a child, rendering my opinions on practicing parents utterly moot. But it also means buying into the idyllic qualities commonly associated with being a Parent (capital “p” intended) is difficult. It’s hard to believe the pain of childbirth is worth it the second you see your newborn’s face, or that you won’t sometimes miss the responsibility-free lifestyle you once had, or that you’ll happily do anything — anything — for your family.
Perhaps that’s why “Catastrophe” is the perfect comedy for both groups: parents and non-parents. Or dreamers and realists; the pure of heart and the skeptics. However you want to group people, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s Amazon series feels constantly authentic, »
- Ben Travers
Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot
“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.
Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.
- Michael Nordine
Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’
Good news, everyone: Philippe Garrel has made another film! 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
Behind The Graduate‘s “Leg Shot”: Daniel Raim on Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Two unsung heroes of the American film industry get their due in Daniel Raim’s extraordinary documentary Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story. Most filmgoers – even the most informed ones – have probably never heard of Harold and Lillian Michelson, but the history of movies was forever changed by their contributions to classics like The Ten Commandments, The Graduate, The Apartment, West Side Story, and DePalma’s Scarface. Harold was a storyboard artist and Lillian ran a massive Hollywood research library; separately or together, they were essential resources for directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Coppola, Danny DeVito, and Stanley Kubrick. They […] »
- Jim Hemphill
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