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’78/52′ Review

Featuring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Elizabeth Allan, Judith Anderson, Desi Arnaz, Marli Renfro, Mick Garris, Guillermo del Toro | Written and Directed by Alaxandre O. Philippe

You don’t need to be a fan of Hitchcock to know the Psycho shower scene. It is woven into popular culture and for most of us we’ve seen it all our lives. 78/52 takes a look at the famous shower scene, what makes it so special, and why it is so celebrated….

The name 78/52 represents the 78 shots and 52 cuts that make up the death of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), and the reason it is used as the name for this documentary shows the importance, as well as brilliance. A scene that took 7 days to shoot, it showed an obsession, especially when the film was shot on a 30-day schedule.

In many ways it shows the importance of the scene to Alfred Hitchcock, as if he
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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Can’t Be Stopped

Next year, we’re going to see all kinds of Joaquin Phoenix, and that’s just fine by us. 2018 kicks off with the actor reteaming with Gus Van Sant for “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” which premieres at Sundance, then in the spring he’ll be Jesus in “Mary Magdalene.” However, we’re most looking forward to the sins he’ll be committing in Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here,” which debuted at Cannes to incredible notices (including ours).

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‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes a ‘Star Trek’ Spec Script and Hitchhikes to Hollywood

‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes a ‘Star Trek’ Spec Script and Hitchhikes to Hollywood
There’s a lot going on in the trailer for “Please Stand By.”

The dramedy, set to be released early next year, follows Wendy (Dakota Fanning), a young autistic girl and stalwart Cinnabon employee who becomes consumed by a “Star Trek” scriptwriting contest. She has a sister (Alice Eve), a dog with weak bladder control, and a dream to get to Hollywood to hand-deliver her entry before the deadline. (Judging by her confident strides past Walt Disney Concert Hall, looks like she’s got a decent shot.) And hey, Toni Collette’s here too!

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Credit: “The Many and the Few” is a solid name for a “Star Trek” script. (It’s no “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” but it’s a start.) And, to be fair, we’re a sucker for characters knowing
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First Images from Sundance 2018 Films ‘Futile and Stupid Gesture’, ‘Lizzie’, and More

Yesterday, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival announced its full lineup, and along with the films they mentioned, they released the first images for the indies. The festival looks like it has an incredibly strong lineup next year with new movies from Gus Van Sant, Bart Layton, Reed Morano, Boots Riley, and many more. With such an incredible lineup of movies, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re talking about some of these movies come next year’s awards season. Take a look at images and synopses for some of the higher-profile Sundance movies below. The 2018 Sundance Film …
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15 Most Anticipated New Films From The 2018 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Institute announced the initial slate for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival today and it was chock full of familiar faces to Park City (Kristen Stewart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Offerman, Tessa Tompson, Jason Mitchell) and some highly acclaimed filmmakers (Debra Granik, Gus Van Sant, Joshua Marston). The festival announced a majority of its world premieres, but we’ve heard there will be a second round of premieres coming in December, but for now the U.S.

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8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup

8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup
The end of the year is often seen as a time when awards season gains momentum and critics produce their top 10 lists, but for much of the film industry, it’s also the first big preview of 2018 movies. Thanks to the Sundance Film Festival lineup, which in January will include 110 movies from 29 countries, a fresh crop of films to talk about have just been announced, many of which are certain to continue generating conversations throughout the year.

However, the Sundance program takes its time to gather buzz, and it’s not always obvious which movies deserve the most attention right off the bat. So here’s our annual attempt to take a first crack at some of the surprises and hidden gems in the lineup, with some input from Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth. We’re as excited as anyone to see Paul Dano’s
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First Look: Joaquin Phoenix In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’

We know, it’s not even December, and it seems a bit silly to be thinking about next year’s movies. But when the 2018 Sundance Film Festival lineup is this good, we’re gonna get excited.

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Already high our list of must-see movies is Gus Van Sant‘s wonderfully titled, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot.” Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black, the film tells the true story of John Callahan, who was paralyzed at the age of 21, and turned to cartooning, eventually winning acclaim (and some controversy) for his work that appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, and Penthouse.

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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues
Ten months after the Sundance Film Festival debut of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which terrified and delighted festgoers at a secret screening last January, en route to a $250- million worldwide box office and growing award season haul — festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth talked to IndieWire about their process for finding films for Sundance’s 39th installment (January 18-28) with similar breakout potential, even if the 2018 Sundance slate is less sprawling than its predecessor (104 films vs. 113, culled from 29 countries).

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Here’s our breakdown of this year’s thematic trends and hot buys.

African-American stories

“We saw a real increase in [stories told from] the unique perspective and experience of African-American males in American society right now,” said Cooper, citing four of the 16 films in 2018’s U.S. Dramatic Competition alone: “Monster,
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2018 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Revealed: Robert Pattinson, Gus Van Sant, Jake Gyllenhaal, More

It might seem a bit crazy to start thinking about next fall’s awards season, but Hollywood players are already planning ahead.

Each year, the industry flocks to the Sundance Film Festival hoping to uncover the next gem that will win over critics, and bring in those box office dollars. This year, “The Big Sick” and “Call Me By Your Name” were the breakout movies from Park City, which should tell you everything you need to know about why going to Utah is so vital for tastemakers.

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Sundance: Keira Knightley, Daisy Ridley and #MeToo Movement Films Make Lineup

Sundance: Keira Knightley, Daisy Ridley and #MeToo Movement Films Make Lineup
The #MeToo movement is hitting Sundance.

A Gloria Allred documentary titled Seeing Allred will make its world premiere at Sundance 2018, joining a lineup of films that also includes the Keira Knightley-starrer Colette, Gus Van Sant’s Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot and the Daisy Ridley post-Star Wars vehicle Ophelia.

This year’s incarnation of the annual indie festival is chock-full of ripped-from-the-headlines fare, including the Trump-Russian propaganda doc Our New President, the Koch brothers exposé Dark Money, the Ku Klux Klan drama Burden (starring Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker) and Desiree Akhavan’s gay conversion dramedy The Miseducation of Cameron...
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‘Mary Magdalene’ Trailer: Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix Get Biblical

After collaborating for the first time in Spike Jonze’s Her, five years later, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are back together in two films. Before Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives later in 2018, this Easter we’ll be getting a biblical epic starring the duo and today the first trailer has arrived.

Mary Magdalene features Mara as the title character and Phoenix as Jesus, which will certainly pique anyone’s interest. Direction comes from Garth Davis who recently transitioned from Top of the Lake to the Best Picture-nominated Lion and the cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas. While it will be difficult for the final project to live up to this set image, one can get the first glimpse below with the debut trailer.

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Turkeys

Each year the film industry sacrifices one of its blockbusters to the movie gods, in the hope that its other releases will be spared the vicious lash of mass opprobrium. This year the designated victim was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Critics spotted Luc Besson’s space opera on the horizon, sensed weakness, singled it out from the big budget herd, and moved in for the kill, savaging it as, “a stinker”, “a travesty of storytelling” and, “one of the worst films I have ever seen”. Social media gleefully swooped on the carcass to declare it the year’s biggest Doa turkey. And all this before the public had even had a chance to see it.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Valerian a 49% rating, but looking at the site’s reviews round-up (something I do only when writing a piece like this), I’m struck now by how many
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Spike Lee: Why I Turned 'She's Gotta Have It' Into a TV Series

Spike Lee: Why I Turned 'She's Gotta Have It' Into a TV Series
"I want you to know the only reason I'm consenting to this is because I wish to clear my name." With those words, a twentysomething Brooklyn artist named Nola Darling introduced herself to the world – and, in the process, so did Spike Lee, a prodigiously talented twentysomething writer-director who invented the character for She's Gotta Have It, which hit theaters in the summer of 1986. Speaking directly to the camera, Nola (played by Tracy Camilla Johns) laid out her life's fundamental dilemma: how to be a free-thinking, independent woman who refused
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Marc Meyers – Director of My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer screens Friday, November 10th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Director Marc Meyers will be in attendance. . Ticket information can be found Here.

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the acclaimed graphic memoir by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf — who was a teenage friend of the nascent serial killer and nearly became his first human victim — My Friend Dahmer chronicles the origins of the man, the monster — and the high-school senior. Ross Lynch portrays Dahmer in a performance that Paper Magazine describes as “haunted, sad, scary, and unforgettable,” and the exceptional cast includes Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts,
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78/52 review

Psycho’s shower scene is one of the most iconic scenes ever filmed. But does just one 45 second scene warrant an entire documentary?

Seventy-eight. Fifty-two. Just numbers, sure, but also the precise alchemical formula for creating the most iconic scene in cinematic history. In around 45 seconds, the legendary auteur Alfred Hitchcock used seventy-eight setups and fifty-two cuts to craft Psycho’s shower scene, an unforgettable sequence that transcended the confines of the screen into immortality. Not only are film students destined to pore over it for generations to come, trying to unlock its many secrets, but it has also shaped key areas of our shared cultural consciousness. How? As well as restyling the depiction of violence on screen for future filmmakers to come, the shower scene reimagined the representation of violence onscreen towards women, with Karyn Kusama, director of several thrillers herself, calling it the "first modern expression of the
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James Franco Explains Why He Couldn’t Stop Working, Slowed Down, and Got Better As a Result

James Franco Explains Why He Couldn’t Stop Working, Slowed Down, and Got Better As a Result
James Franco is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Franco is recognized here for his transformative portrayal of the star and director of “The Room” in A24’s upcoming “The Disaster Artist” (In theaters nationwide December 8), which Franco also produced and directed. He will receive the IndieWire’s Vanguard Award (Film).

For a few years, James Franco was everywhere: Hosting the Oscars. Getting college degrees. Teaching college courses. Directing movies. Acting in movies. Writing about movies. Making art. Writing novels. Starting a band. Every now and then, he would penetrate the mainstream, with commercial releases like “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Interview.” By and large, however, the affable face from “Freaks and Geeks,” Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” movies, and “127 Hrs” had grown so ubiquitous it had become difficult to discern the big picture.

Now, he’s
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Fests from American Indian Film Festival to Winter Film Awards Celebrate Differences and Diversity

Global gatherings celebrate cultures, ethnicities and people from all walks of life. Variety has compiled a list of these notable upcoming festivals for the 2017-18 year.

American Indian Film Festival

As the “oldest and best known” Native American cinema outlet, the Aiff aims to increase mainstream awareness of Native American cinema, develop an audience, and create authentic representations of native peoples in cinema. Nov. 3-11

Asian World Film Festival

The Los Angeles-based fest showcases films from 50 countries across Asia and aims to create better recognition for its filmmakers and strengthen the Asian film market. All films selected to represent their country at the Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. awards are automatically invited to be exhibited and have an opportunity to display their films to Oscar, Golden Globes and guild voters. Oct. 25-Nov. 2

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

In 2015 Ajff became the largest Jewish film festival in the world; now it continues to showcase international cinema through a Jewish
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Danny Elfman’s Score For Justice League Set To Drop On November 10

WaterTower Music is proud to announce the November 10 release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Justice League. The album features one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished film composers, Danny Elfman, who is returning to score a DC Super Hero film for the first time since 1992’s Batman Returns.

While bringing his celebrated and unique approach to the Justice League score, Elfman also gives DC fans some special familiar moments. Utilizing memorable character themes to tell the musical story, he incorporates and re-interprets iconic music from past films, including John WilliamsSuperman theme, Hans Zimmer’s Wonder Woman theme, and his own Batman theme. “I’m using the same thematic material that I used back then,” Elfman told Billboard Magazine. “It never actually went away. We’ve got these iconic bits from our past and that’s part of us, that’s part of our heritage.
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Max Landis Hopes To Court Original Stars Back For American Werewolf In London Remake

Though there’s no official guarantee that his proposed remake will see the light of day, filmmaker Max Landis continues to field questions on his rendition of An American Werewolf in London.

Almost a year has passed since Landis took on the somewhat daunting task of modernizing a cult classic, and we understand he’s already drawn up the foundations of a screenplay. Beyond that, little is known about the mooted redo, though the writer did provide a brief status report while appearing at New York Comic Con earlier this month.

Perhaps in an effort to honor the spirit of the original, Max Landis revealed his ambitions to court many of the stars back for cameos, including Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter. In fact, if the outspoken writer and director had his way, he’d bring back the entire cast from John Landis’ 1981 horror flick.

Griffin Dunne… what about Jenny Agutter?
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78/52 review – Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene gets an expert autopsy

An array of film-makers and writers line up to praise the skill of the iconic sequence – but leave the trickier issues frustratingly unaddressed

The title is a technical term: 78 camera setups and 52 cuts, the extraordinarily labour-intensive work that went into the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 shocker Psycho, a sequence which took fully seven days of a 30-day schedule.

Alexandre O Philippe’s documentary is a tribute to this extraordinary moment in film history: electrifying, audacious, a smash-and-grab raid on on territory previously considered impossible or unacceptable. Philippe assembles a mighty chorus of directors and cinephile heavy-hitters such as Walter Murch, David Thomson, Sam Raimi, Eli Roth, Peter Bogdanovich, Bret Easton Ellis and Guillermo del Toro to rave enthusiastically about this scene – where it came from, how it was put together, and where it took cinema from then on (though disappointingly this lineup doesn’t include Gus Van Sant,
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