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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Comes Out Swinging With New Footage at CinemaCon

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Sony didn’t pull any punches while kicking off CinemaCon in Las Vegas Monday night, as the studio took a shot at Netflix while debuting dazzling new footage of ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ After previewing an extended clip from the sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner,” Sony chairman Tom Rothman remarked, “Netflix, my ass.”

Blade Runner 2049′: Official Title and First Pic for Sequel Revealed

Star Ryan Gosling was also on hand for the sneak peek, which showed the actor in a doom-laden Los Angeles that looks every bit as hypnotizing as the original film, but set in a future with sharper images, brighter lights, and more vivid colors.

“It was so surreal to be walking around in the universe of ‘Blade Runner,'” Gosling said, adding that the original film had a profound impact on him as a teen. “The craftsmanship on this film was really on another level. Every location was real, »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Psycho’ Gets Woke: Rihanna’s ‘Bates Motel’ Shower Scene is a Progressive Twist on Hitchcock — Showrunner Interview

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[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 6, “Marion.”]

It all seemed so familiar: Marion Crane checked into the Bates Motel. Norman brought her some food. She ate. They talked. Soon after, she climbed into the shower. Water poured from the faucet above. Tension slowly built. Then, suddenly, the curtain was yanked back, and…

“Screw this shit.”

With those words, Marion Crane stepped out of the shower and “Bates Motel” took its “Psycho” plot in a whole new direction. Rather than killing off the woman who stole from her employer in the hopes of starting a new life with her boyfriend — like in Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film that inspired the series — showrunner Kerry Ehrin orchestrated a story that ended with Marion’s cheating beau, Sam Loomis, stabbed to death instead.

“That made me laugh, when she gets out of the shower,” Ehrin said, following a recent early screening of the episode. “That’s one of my favorite moments. »


- Ben Travers

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Why China’s Box Office May Not Save the Film Industry After All — CinemaCon 2017

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Back in October, Dalian Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin had to admit that, after years of exponential growth, the China box office was slowing. The numbers proved him right: 2016’s worldwide box office of $38.6 billion rose just 1 percent, mostly because of a drop in China. While 71% of the global box office is international, it’s now North America that’s growing.

Ouch.

If those are our bragging rights, they come at a very high cost. After several years of massive, 30 percent-40 percent growth, China seemed like the answer to the nagging problem of North America’s thoroughly mature theatrical market. DVDs might be dead, theater chains aren’t growing, admissions are stagnant — but hey, China has more than 1.3 billion people! And suddenly, “Now You See Me” was a global franchise.

Now, the 2016 box office decline in China ($6.6 billion, down from $6.8 billion in 2015) may not bode well for the studios’ current »


- Anne Thompson

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Entries for the Student Academy Awards Are Now Open

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Submissions to the 2017 Student Academy Awards are now open. Aspiring filmmakers currently attending film school have until Thursday, June 1 to send in their work; all Student Academy Award winners are eligible for Oscar consideration.

Read More: 2016 Student Academy Award Winners Named: ‘Cloud Kumo,’ ‘Where the Woods End’ and More

For the first time, students at international film schools will have two options when it comes time to submit their films. Cilect-member schools can still send one movie per category, while international students are now permitted to enter work via festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee. Full-time film students in the U.S. need to submit films made within their respective programs.

Read More: How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

Past winners include the likes of Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis, among others. This year’s Student Academy Awards ceremony, »


- Michael Nordine

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6 Wild (And Early) Emmy Nomination Predictions

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April and May are to the Emmys as November and December are to the Oscars, as networks strive to premiere shows before the May 31 Emmy eligibility cutoff date, in hopes that these shows will be fresh in voters’ minds when filling out ballots.

With that in mind, it may not be too crazy to start looking at what shows could collect nominations this summer, and potentially stand as major players at the Emmys in September. So here are six of our bold predictions for this year’s Emmy’s nominations, and you can hear all of Ben and Liz’s picks in their podcast below.

Westworld” Sweeps All Technical Categories for TV Drama

While it’s still early to see whether or not HBO’s new hit series will compete for the ultimate prize of Best TV Drama, it may not be too crazy to think that “Westworld” will, at the very least, »


- Michael Gonzalez

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One-Person Crew: The Pros and Cons of Making a Documentary By Yourself

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The world of nonfiction filmmaking continues to evolve along with its increasingly affordable, professional, and portable equipment. It’s inspired more directors take on the challenging task of shooting a film by themselves — essentially, operating sound and camera while directing.

“I was still a student at Nyu when I started to shoot ‘Hooligan Sparrow,'” said Nanfu Wang about her Oscar-shortlist documentary about a Chinese activist fighting for women’s rights. “I couldn’t afford hiring anyone; the thought didn’t even occur to me. I checked out some equipment from the school and went back to China by myself.”

For a new generation of filmmakers, this freedom also shapes the subjects and type of films they make. In the case of “Hooligan Sparrow,” Wang became part of a small group of activists traveling the country while evading Chinese authorities. The film has an intimacy as the viewer, like Wang, »


- Chris O'Falt

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‘Too Old to Die Young’: Miles Teller to Star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series

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Nicolas Winding Refn has so many projects in one stage or development or another that it can be difficult to glean a sense of which might actually see the light of day first. It now appears that his TV series “Too Old to Die Young” is moving to the front of the line, as “Whiplash” star Miles Teller has just been cast in the upcoming Amazon show.

Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn to Develop Crime Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’ For Amazon

Teller, who’s also appeared in “Divergent,” “Fantastic Four” and an unflattering Esquire cover story, is set to play a grieving Los Angeles police officer navigating an underworld filled with contract assassins representing the Yakuza, Mexican cartels, Russian mob and roving adolescents, among others. The series will follow “killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai,” because this is Nicolas Winding Refn we’re talking about here and what »


- Michael Nordine

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Val Kilmer Really Likes Cate Blanchett and Doesn’t Care Who Knows It

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If you only know Val Kilmer from his movies, you don’t really know Val Kilmer. The actor, who’s played everyone from Batman to Mark Twain onscreen and onstage, has what some might describe as an eccentric streak that most recently manifested in a series of tweets about Cate Blanchett over the weekend. The two appeared in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and, more recently, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song”; their time together appears to have left quite an impression on him.

Read More: Val Kilmer’s Idea For A ‘Heat’ Sequel Involves Marrying Natalie Portman

“Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett,” Kilmer says in the first tweet, which is accompanied by a close-up photo of part of his face. “Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.” He then introduces a hashtag and takes on »


- Michael Nordine

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Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike

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It’s a growing concern that probably hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hard-working staffs of TV’s late-night shows: A Writers Guild strike would silence their shows, right when they’re providing some of the sharpest analysis and critiques of the Donald Trump administration.

The threat of a strike inched closer to reality Friday, as talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers stalled, and members of the WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members asking for a strike authorization vote.

Read More: Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote

Like the last work stoppage in 2007, a strike would likely hit the business hard — particularly in an era of so much new media disruption. But for liberal-leaning Hollywood, here’s another unfortunate truth: Should a strike be called, the earliest — and perhaps only — winner in all of this could be Trump. »


- Michael Schneider

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Hans Zimmer Reteams With ‘Planet Earth II’ Co-Composers for ‘Blue Planet II’ Score

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On the heels of “Planet Earth II” airing its finale on BBC America, the network announced that the musical team behind its breathtaking score will be back for “Blue Planet II.”

The legendary Oscar winner Hans Zimmer had put his talents to work for the first time in the natural history genre by composing the theme for “Planet Earth II,” while Bleeding Fingers’ co-composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe tackled the stirring score. For their new venture, the team will score the seven-part series that takes place in each of the world’s oceans.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score

“It’s an incredible opportunity and privilege to be working again with the BBC’s Natural History Unit on such a globally important project,” Zimmer said in a statement. “It’s a joy to compose to such beautiful, powerful and inspiring picture. Once more »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Bryan Cranston Visits the Set of ‘Better Call Saul,’ Jokes That He’s Playing a ‘Geriatric Patient’

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Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!” warns a new behind-the-scenes look at the “Breaking Bad” spinoff’s upcoming third season. That’s unlikely to stop speculation that the former Walter White will do just that, however, as Cranston makes a stop on the show’s set in the same video and insists he’s “here to play a geriatric patient” as series creator Vince Gilligan laughs on. (“No he’s not!” insists onscreen text.) .

Read More: “Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!”

“I’m back here in Albuquerque and I’m on here on a book tour,” explains the multiple Emmy winner of his appearance. “I wanted to come in early to Albuquerque so I could visit the set and just say hello to friends and family. All the cast is changed, but the sensibility is the same »


- Michael Nordine

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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017

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During the final night of PaleyFest La, the always intense “American Horror Story” fanbase zeroed in on fan favorite Sarah Paulson, to the point that Kathy Bates took great pleasure in dubbing Paulson “the People’s Princess.” It was all in good fun, though, as the cast goofily bantered back and forth — and, in the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., twerked.

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at FX

Unfortunately, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear spent the night relatively secretive about the upcoming Season 7 of American Horror Story — all we know, so far, is that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will definitely be returning as leads, and that the season would have something to do with the 2016 election. Falchuk did say, though, that any fan of the series should “set your TiVo.” ‘

The cast was still happy to share details from this past season, »


- Maya Reddy

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‘True Detective’ Season 3 Might Happen After All — and David Milch Is Helping

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True Detective” might not be done after all. Nearly two years after concluding its second season, which was received much less favorably than its first, HBO’s anthology series is showing signs of life. Entertainment Weekly reports that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written at least two episodes for a potential third season; even more exciting, David Milch — late of “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue” — is going to be working with him.

Read More: Matthew McConaughey Says He ‘Wouldn’t Hesitate’ to Return to ‘True Detective’ Season 3

Much remains up in the air, however. “True Detective” has yet to receive the greenlight for a third season, and Milch isn’t expected to be showrunner for this next go-round — his collaboration with Pizzolato will largely entail writing together. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred in the first season, while Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch headlined the second (which, real talk, »


- Michael Nordine

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5 Would-Be Blockbusters That Deserve to Outgross ‘Justice League’ This Year — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

2017 is just getting started, but we’ve already seen an unusually wide variety of hit movies that ranges from corporate behemoths (“Beauty and the Beast”) to culture-shaking phenomenons (“Get Out”). Some of these blockbusters have been safe (it’s hard to imagine that something like “Justice League” won’t make actual buckets of money when it hits later this year), or even cynical (who knew that “Split” could upend the box office so early, and kinda stay there?), while others have pushed the needle forward and inspired the type of fervid conversation that’s usually reserved for television.

Looking at the list of major movies that are »


- David Ehrlich

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Aaron Sorkin Needs to Learn to Love the Internet if He Wants to Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Issues

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“Adapt or die,” Billy Beane shouted in “Moneyball,” words written in the Oscar-nominated screenplay from Steven Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin. And yet, when it comes to the internet, Sorkin refuses to follow his own advice.

Though he’s embraced the personification of “old man screams at clouds” to varying degrees of success, this weekend proved why Sorkin can’t hide from the web any longer — not without becoming the kind of person that he has always despised.

On Saturday, Sorkin took part in a conversation at the Writers Guild Festival where he — by all reports — first learned about diversity issues in Hollywood.

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?” Sorkin asked the audience. Later, he brought the subject up again, asking for clarification. »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds’ Teaser: Showtime Dives Deep on Making of Seminal Album in New Documentary — Watch

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The official fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Beach Boys’ seminal album “Pet Sounds” may have come and gone — it was last May, for those of you keeping track — but Showtime’s newest documentary, “The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds,” uses the ol’ anniversary peg to tout what looks to be a very insightful new look at the band, the album, and its impact on music at large.

Featuring interviews with Brian Wilson and surviving members of The Beach Boys — including Alan Jardine, David Marks, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and more — the new doc revisits the writing and recording of the landmark album.

Read More: ‘Love & Mercy’ Director Made You A Soundtrack Featuring Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys

The film’s latest teaser trailer is set to the classic sounds of the song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” using it as both canny background and actual inspiration for »


- Kate Erbland

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Hanna Schygulla Remembers Rainer Werner Fassbinder: ‘I’m One of the Survivors’

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder made more than 40 features in his 37 years on this planet, 23 of which starred Hanna Schygulla. The two first met in their early 20s when they were attending acting school in Munich, hitting it off instantly: “It suddenly became crystal clear to me that Hanna Schygulla would one day be the star of my films,” the New German Cinema stalwart wrote. “Maybe even something like their driving force.”

Schygulla was recently interviewed by the Guardian on the eve of an extensive BFI retrospective dedicated to Fassbinder, referring to herself as “one of the survivors” of the “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” and “The Marriage of Maria Braun” director.

Read More: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Top 10 Favorite Films

“He had a strong smell about him,” she recalls. “He smelled how he looked. Like a spotty rebel filled with angst.” Fassbinder, who died of an overdose in 1982, cast the actress in his debut film. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘El Chapo’ Trailer: Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Lord Blasts His Way to TV — Watch

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El Chapo may be short — after all, his nickname means “Shorty” — but his influence has been huge. One TV show will attempt to show just how vast his drug empire and reputation extended.

Univision’s “El Chapo,” which premieres on April 23, will cover three decades of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s life. Starring Marco de la O as the notorious drug lord himself, the series starts in 1985 when he was a lowly member of the Guadalajara Cartel, before following his rise to power, multiple jailbreaks and finally his downfall.

Read More: El Chapo TV Series in the Works From ’Narcos’ Co-Creator

El Chapo” is a co-production between Story House Entertainment and Netflix and only recently began production once it cast Marco de la O, known from the world of telenovelas.

“We are thrilled to have Marco take on the role of ‘El Chapo’ as we begin to unfold the real »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg’ Trailer: Raw Doc Explores Millennial Traversing of A Comedic Icon — Watch

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A comedic genius who inspired some of the greats, Robert Klein has conquered comedy since the early days of “Saturday Night Live.” “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg,” directed by Marshall Fine is set to premiere on the Starz network on March 31, and we’ve got your first look at the exclusive trailer.

Read More: Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld Eat Pie On Season 9 Premiere of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ — Watch

According to the official synopsis, “‘Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg’ blends vérité and archival footage with fresh interviews to look at Robert Klein in the 21st century – still performing, still creating new material, now an icon but forever an influence on a generation of comedians. The film offers an affectionate profile of a comedy giant, capturing the humanity that brought his humor to life and made his comedy a touchstone for a generation. »


- Kerry Levielle

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Quentin Tarantino Video Essay Asks If Filmmaker Is a Feminist, Unearths Some Surprising Truths — Watch

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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has long trafficked in features that exalt — and often twist — the concept of the “strong female character,” from “Jackie Brown” to the “Kill Bill” franchise, “Django Unchained” to “Inglourious Basterds,” and the subject of his stance on feminism has shaped countless discussions about his work.

After the release of his “The Hateful Eight,” which featured Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character getting absolutely wrecked at the hands of a number of men, Tarantino’s treatment of his female characters again became prodigious fodder for the cultural zeitgeist. It’s that topic that is explored in a nifty new video essay, one that comes complete with some surprising answers and insights.

Read More: Quentin Tarantino’s 7 Best Scenes As a Director

Over at Fandor, Philip Brubaker has released his latest video essay, entitled “Is Quentin Tarantino a Feminist?,” and it tackles the concept in a minimum of time and »


- Kate Erbland

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