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Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
Nick Nolte lives in a treehouse in Malibu. It’s an actual house. In a tree. A tree runs through the bedroom. He built it on the property he owns, a rustic 2.5-acre lot on which there are several small houses and an organic fruit and vegetable garden and dogs and cats running around. And every morning the first thing Nolte does when he wakes up is reach out and put his hand on the tree. And he feels the tree’s pulse. And he says to himself, “This is so cool. It’s alive.”

Nolte, who is receiving a star Nov. 20 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bought the property, within faint earshot of the Pacific Ocean, about 40 years ago, 10 years after he moved to L.A. to become a star. The semi-remote location (Kevin Dillon is a neighbor) is something that Nolte relishes; the fresh smell of dirt and grass, the cool shade
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Five Questions for First Reformed Director Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader returns to form with a deeply introspective film, First Reformed, which, following screenings in Venice, Telluride and Toronto, screens tonight at the New York Film Festival, where it was a late addition to the program. The writer of films including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and director of films including American Gigolo and Affliction delivers a new work that both contains echoes of his previous pictures depicting “God’s Lonely Men” while also being quite unlike anything he’s ever done. (Plus, argues Vadim Rizov, something of a treatise on the role of Slow Cinema today.) Ethan Hawke stars as a former […]
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Ethan Hawke-Amanda Seyfried Thriller ‘First Reformed’ Bought by A24 for U.S.

Ethan Hawke-Amanda Seyfried Thriller ‘First Reformed’ Bought by A24 for U.S.
A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Paul Schrader’s thriller “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

The film premiered on Aug. 31 at the Venice Film Festival, followed by screenings at Telluride and Toronto. A24 plans a 2018 release.

Hawke portrays a mysterious reverend based in a small town in upstate New York. When he’s approached by Seyfried’s character, who’s pregnant and struggling with a seemingly unstable activist husband, Hawke’s character gets embroiled in a treacherous scenario that forces him to confront his troubled past.

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Paul Schrader on the Extinction of the Human Race and His New Film ‘First Reformed

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman said in his review, “Paul Schrader courts respectability and leaves it in the dust, getting stoned on excess. But make no mistake: He’s still one hell of a filmmaker.”

The producers are Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Jack Binder, Greg Clark,
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New to Streaming: ‘Carrie,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who
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‘First Reformed’ Review: Ethan Hawke Is Better Than Ever in Paul Schrader’s Tense Eco-Thriller

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‘First Reformed’ Review: Ethan Hawke Is Better Than Ever in Paul Schrader’s Tense Eco-Thriller
For 40 years, Paul Schrader has made movies about serious, driven men isolated by deep-seated philosophical conflicts. From “American Gigolo” to “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” to “Affliction” — not to mention the “Taxi Driver” screenplay for which he’s best known — Schrader’s stone-faced protagonists are guided by a spiritual sense of purpose that reflects his Calvinist upbringing. With “First Reformed,” that obsession takes center stage in an absorbing late period achievement that brings Schrader’s talent back into focus.

First Reformed” consolidates the decades of bubbling guilt and frustration experienced by so many Schrader protagonists into a single enraged priest, played with brilliant layers of guilt and discontent by Ethan Hawke. It’s the best work in years for both men, a fascinating meditation on inner turmoil in which doing the right thing can lead down many wrong directions.

Read More:Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a
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Venice: New Films by George Clooney, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears Expected to World Premiere (Exclusive)

Venice: New Films by George Clooney, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears Expected to World Premiere (Exclusive)
Rome – George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul,” and Paolo Virzi’s “Ella and John,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, are among the titles strongly tipped to world premiere at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival.

Also expected to make their worldwide bows on the Lido are Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama.”

Less than a week before the official announcement, the buzz on the Venice lineup remains somewhat muted, though some locked-in titles have surfaced, including Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” which will open the fest. There’s also certainty over the absence of some titles – especially “Blade Runner 2049” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, both high-profile movies that had been considered as possibilities.

Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac, looks set to be the second Paramount picture to launch from
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9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time

9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.

What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.

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1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942

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Beat Out: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Blossoms in the Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, [link
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture over Shakespeare in Love

Graeme Robertson on why Saving Private Ryan should have won Best Picture at the 71st Academy Awards…

The Oscar ceremony celebrating the best that 1998 had to offer is something an embarrassment looking back.

While many were deserving of the awards they received, such as the legendary James Coburn (one of my favourite actors) finally winning a Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Paul Schrader’s Affliction. Other winners that night are slightly more controversial, with the most controversial and laughable result being the decision to award Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love.

Why in the hell was this film deemed as the best film of 1998, did the members of the Academy not watch the other fucking nominees?

The line up of films that competed against Shakespeare in Love included some of the fiercest competition possible and many are certainly more deserving of the top award than John Madden’s historical romance.
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Cedric the Entertainer Joins Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ (Exclusive)

Cedric the Entertainer Joins Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ (Exclusive)
Cedric the Entertainer has been cast in Paul Schrader’s upcoming religious drama “First Reformed” opposite Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

Cedric will portray a pastor at a mega-church and a rival to Hawke’s character, an ex-military chaplain wracked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide and sets the plot in motion.

Killer Films is the production company. Producers are Gary Hamilton, David Hinojosa, Victoria Hill, Frank Murray and Christine Vachon.

Schrader is directing “First Reformed” from his own script. His writing credits include the Martin Scorsese films “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Raging Bull.” His directing credits include “Hardcore,” “American Gigolo,” “Affliction,” “Cat People,” “Auto Focus,” “The Canyons,” “Patty Hearst,” and most recently “Dog Eat Dog.”

The project was unveiled with the Hawke and Seyfried castings in September
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‘Graves’ Exclusive Clip: The Former President and His Family Have It Out In Therapy

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‘Graves’ Exclusive Clip: The Former President and His Family Have It Out In Therapy
The new Epix series “Graves” follows former President of the United States Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he learns how his policies have damaged the country twenty years after leaving office just as his wife Margaret (Sela Ward) starts following through on political ambitions of her own. The show has garnered mostly positive reviews, with IndieWire’s Ben Travers giving it a B+ and saying that it’s a “well performed, warmly funny tale.” Watch an exclusive clip from this Sunday’s episode featuring the Graves family in therapy and Margaret unleashing a string of criticism against her husband two children (Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell).

Read More: Nick Nolte Knows What’s Wrong With America, and It’s Not Racism

The series is created by Joshua Michael Stern. He previously wrote and directed the film “Swing Vote,” about a U.S. presidential election that’s determined by the vote
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‘Graves’ Exclusive Clip: The Former President and His Family Have It Out In Therapy

‘Graves’ Exclusive Clip: The Former President and His Family Have It Out In Therapy
The new Epix series “Graves” follows former President of the United States Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he learns how his policies have damaged the country twenty years after leaving office just as his wife Margaret (Sela Ward) starts following through on political ambitions of her own. The show has garnered mostly positive reviews, with IndieWire’s Ben Travers giving it a B+ and saying that it’s a “well performed, warmly funny tale.” Watch an exclusive clip from this Sunday’s episode featuring the Graves family in therapy and Margaret unleashing a string of criticism against her husband two children (Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell).

Read More: Nick Nolte Knows What’s Wrong With America, and It’s Not Racism

The series is created by Joshua Michael Stern. He previously wrote and directed the film “Swing Vote,” about a U.S. presidential election that’s determined by the vote
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Paul Schrader Reveals How Xavier Dolan Influenced ‘Dog Eat Dog’

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As the screenwriter behind “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” and the director of films like “Affliction,” “Auto Focus,” and “Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters,” Paul Schrader really doesn’t need to be taking tips from anybody. But at 70 years old, with decades in the business behind him, the filmmaker is still finding inspiration in the work of young directors, and for his wild, envelope-pushing “Dog Eat Dog,” Schrader cites an unlikely name as an influence on the movie.

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Paul Schrader interview: Dog Eat Dog, Cage, Pryor

Wil Jones Nov 15, 2016

Paul Schrader chats to us about Dog Eat Dog, working with Nicolas Cage, Richard Pryor, and Taxi Driver...

Paul Schrader’s place in film history is assured, just for the fact that he wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. But to only remember him for those two Martin Scorsese movies would be ignoring a nearly 30 year directing career.

From his brilliant 1978 debut movie Blue Collar - starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto as Detroit auto workers planning to rob a union boss - he has never shied away from controversy, both on screen and behind the scenes. All the way from Blue Collar, which had a notoriously racially-charged atmosphere on set, all the way through to 2013’s infamous Lindsay Lohan-starring The Canyons, the stories behind his movies have often been as interesting as the films themselves.

And despite turning 70 this year, he doesn’t
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Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a 70-Year-Old Titan of American Cinema Is Fighting to Stay Relevant

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Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a 70-Year-Old Titan of American Cinema Is Fighting to Stay Relevant
Paul Schrader has the outsized personality of a cigar-chomping studio mogul, the soul of a cinephile, and the Diy filmmaking ethos of a millennial. His career stretches back decades, but he never stops living in the moment.

He wrote “Taxi Driver” 40 years ago, kickstarting a collaborating with Martin Scorsese that continued with “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and “Bringing Out the Dead.” The former film critic also has forged his own path as a director, with seminal portraits of intense masculinity like “American Gigolo,” “Affliction” and the astonishing epic “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” He’s never really slowed down.

His latest movie, “Dog Eat Dog,” might not look like the work of a veteran director. A wacky, discursive adaptation of Eddie Bunker’s 1995 novel (scripted by Matthew David Wilder), it takes the elements of a grimy heist movie and turns them inside out.

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Hey New York! Paul Schrader Retrospective at the Metrograph Starts This Week

If you are a Paul Schrader fan and happen to be in the New York area this coming weekend then the stars have aligned specifically for you.    There is a retrospective program playing at The Metrograph this coming weekend, October 29th through November 1st. The program features Schrader's films Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters, Dog Eat Dog, American Gigalo, Patty Hearst, Blue Collar and Affliction.   Schrader will be at the screening of Dog Eat Dog and will participate in a Q&A afterwards. You will find all the information you need about each film and tickets at the event page here.    As an influential film critic, screenwriter, and director, Paul Schrader has always gone his own way, whether picking fights with auteurist...

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Toronto: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried Team on Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

Toronto: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried Team on Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’
Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried will star in “First Reformed,” a new thriller from “Raging Bull’s” Paul Schrader.

Arclight Films and Killer Films are teaming on the picture out of the Toronto International Film Festival. The picture overflows with institutional intrigue and shadowy corporate forces. It follows an ex-military chaplain (Hawke), who is wrecked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.

Schrader who wrote “Taxi Driver” and directed “American Gigolo” and “Affliction,” most recently helmed “Dog East Dog.”

Hawke appeared in “The Magnificent Seven,” which kicked off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. His other credits include “Boyhood” and “Training Day.” Seyfried’s work includes the HBO series “Big Love” and the films “Dear John” and “Mama Mia.”

Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films are producing,
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Dog Eat Dog: Rlj Entertainment Grabs North American Rights For Paul Schrader's Kindnapping Flick

Ahead of it's North American premiere here in Toronto next month Rlj Entertainment has acquired the North American rights for Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. As you will read in the press announcement excerpt below Rlj plans to release the film in cinemas and On Demand in November. I presume there will be a hard copy release shortly after that.    Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated action thriller Dog Eat Dog.  Based on the novel by Edward Bunker, Dog Eat Dog was written by Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here) and directed by Paul Schrader (Affliction, American Gigolo, Taxi Driver).  The film stars Nicolas Cage (Snowden, Leaving Las Vegas), Willem Dafoe...

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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Scheduled for November Release

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Scheduled for November Release
RLJ Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the action thriller “Dog Eat Dog,” starring Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Matthew Cook.

Paul Schrader directed from a script by Matthew Wilder, based on the novel by Edward Bunker. The film first premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival as the closing night title in the Directors’ Fortnight and will have its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Rlj plans a November release in theaters and on demand. The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward on behalf of Rlj Entertainment and Mark Earl Burman of Adme on behalf of the filmmakers.

Dog Eat Dog” focuses on a trio of ex-cons who botch a kidnapping, get on the wrong side of the mob and become the city’s most wanted fugitives.

The film is produced by Mark Earl Burman, Gary Hamilton, Brian Beckmann and David Hillary
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‘Taxi Driver’ Writer Paul Schrader Tapped for Final Draft Hall of Fame Honors

‘Taxi Driver’ Writer Paul Schrader Tapped for Final Draft Hall of Fame Honors
Final Draft Inc. has announced Paul Schrader as its Hall of Fame Award honoree for the 11th annual Final Draft Awards.

The Hall of Fame Award honors a writer whose work has had a profound influence on the industry. Schrader has written many classics, including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Mosquito Coast” and “Bringing Out the Dead.” He also wrote and directed “Affliction,” “American Gigolo” and “Mishima: A Life in four Chapters.”

“As we mark our 25th year in business, we have so much to celebrate at the Final Draft Awards this year. I’m especially honored to bestow iconic screenwriter Paul Schrader with our Hall of Fame Award during this historic year,” said Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft, Inc. “In addition, our partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation is another great way to observe our anniversary and helps to further our mission of
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’: Could Harrison Ford Get a Supporting Actor Nomination?

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With presales for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens amounting in over $6.5 million dollars nearly a month and a half before the film is released in December, the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise is destined to be a massive commercial success.

The film will feature performances by the stars who helped make George LucasStar Wars a hit nearly 40 years ago, as original stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford all appear in the latest film. Of that trio only Ford has received an Oscar nomination, for best actor in his role as a cop aiding a young Amish boy in 1985’s Witness, and his reprisal of his iconic role as Han Solo may just earn him his second nom.

The Academy, as is often forgotten, is made up of human beings and, just like the rest of us, they
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