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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film 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.)

This week’s question: What filmmaker would you most like to see try their hand at a horror movie?

Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko), Pajiba/Riot Material

I struggled with this question, because a lot of the directors I have adored have worked in horror, be it Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Robert Zemeckis (“Death Becomes Her”), Edgar Wright (“Shawn of the Dead”), Frank Oz (“Little Shop of Horror”), Guillermo del Toro (“Crimson Peak”), Bong-Joon Ho (“The Host”), Jim Jarmusch (“Only Lovers Left Alive”), or Taika Waititi (“What We Do In the Shadows”). Part of what I love about the genre is the way is can be reshaped with vision, color,
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Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot’ Is One Of The Year’s Best [BFI London Film Fest Review]

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Back in 2009, one of the most notable names to appear on the world film scene was Samuel Maoz. The then-47-year-old filmmaker, a former documentarian, made his feature debut with “Lebanon,” a gripping war drama set entirely within a tank during the 1982 conflict between Israel and Lebanon, a conflict which Maoz himself had fought in, in a similar role. Despite Maoz’s first-timer status, it landed in competition at the 2009 Venice Film Festival and, furthermore, took the top prize, the Golden Lion, beating out films including “White Material,” “A Single Man” and “The Road.”

Maoz seemed likely to break out to a much wider audience, and yet, in the last eight years, he has been largely absent.

Continue reading Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot’ Is One Of The Year’s Best [BFI London Film Fest Review] at The Playlist.
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Julianne Moore Praises Harvey Weinstein Accusers: ‘Through Their Bravery, We Move Forward as a Culture’

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Julianne Moore Praises Harvey Weinstein Accusers: ‘Through Their Bravery, We Move Forward as a Culture’
Julianne Moore has been supporting the accusers of Harvey Weinstein ever since the first report from The New York Times broke on October 5. In a pair of statements posted to her Twitter account, Moore praised the likes of Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan for their bravery in revealing Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment, saying, “Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so…through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them.”

Read More:Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership

But that’s not all Moore has said about the Weinstein scandal. The actress appeared on an episode of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” and once again stood by the accusers.

“I think it’s important in any kind of situation to speak up, just the way we kind of speak up about gun violence and gun safety,
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Weinstein Company Declines Outfest’s Corporate Trailblazer Award

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The Weinstein Company will no longer accept a top honor from Lgbtq film festival Outfest, amid the scandal of CEO Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct allegations. Known for Lgbt themed films like Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” and Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” the mini-studio was slated to receive the Corporate Trailblazer Award at an Oct. 22 ceremony also honoring stars Laverne Cox and Rita Moreno. TWC is declining the prize as to not “overshadow” the other honorees, they said in a statement to Outfest members. Also Read: Chaos at The Weinstein Company: Board Mulls Harvey Weinstein's Fate, Demands Investigation
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Venice 2017: Three Billboards, Victoria And Abdul, Lean On Pete and The Third Murder by Damon Wise

'McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand' Photo: Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Before the Best Picture predictions came along, the Venice Film Festival enjoyed an enviable run as a great place to start an actor’s awards campaign: the Lido is where Helen Mirren, Mickey Rourke and Colin Firth all had their first brush with vindication for The Queen, The Wrestler and A Single Man respectively. And although jury head Annette Bening arrived without her latest project – the likely Oscar/Bafta double-threat Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, which will go to Toronto instead – there were enough remarkable performances here to keep everyone guessing as to the likely recipients of the weekend’s awards.

Certainly, some of those performances could be found in one film: Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which
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Toronto Film Review: ‘On Chesil Beach’

Toronto Film Review: ‘On Chesil Beach’
What does it look like when stiff upper lips kiss? In the history of cinema, David Lean’s 1945 “Brief Encounter” stands apart — indeed, virtually alone — in elevating two painfully civilized and polite British lovers into an image of the purest romantic ardor. But now “Brief Encounter” has company.

On Chesil Beach,” which premiered on opening day of the Toronto film festival, is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 novella about two young Brits on their honeymoon in 1962, and it’s a lyrical and rapturous film — a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking. It has an intoxicating quality of emotional wonder it shares with the acclaimed (but not yet released) Sundance hit “Call Me By Your Name,” as well as a talky intimacy that recalls Richard Linklater’s “Before” films. But it also has a quality all its own, a vision of love that’s shockingly old-fashioned and tinglingly audacious. “On Chesil Beach
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Stars Come Out to Venice Film Festival, Which Opens With Buzzy ‘Downsizing’

Stars Come Out to Venice Film Festival, Which Opens With Buzzy ‘Downsizing’
Venice, Italy – A bevy of Hollywood talent — including Oscar winners George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence and Octavia Spencer — is heading to the Venice Film Festival, which opens its 74th edition Wednesday evening amid growing confidence in its role as an awards-season launching pad.

Leading a robust roster of studio pics premiering on the Lido is social satire “Downsizing,” the festival’s opening film, directed by Alexander Payne and starring Damon, Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau, who will all be on the red carpet for the opening ceremony Wednesday evening.

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Venice: Matt Damon, Hong Chau, and Director Alexander Payne Talk ‘Downsizing

At a press conference earlier in the day Damon said that “Downsizing,” in which he plays a man who agrees to have himself shrunk down in order to live luxuriously in a government resort, “shows a likeable character whose life is different from our own, but whom we can find common cause with
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A Discovery Of Witches To Hit the Small Screen with Matthew Goode & Teresa Palmer

It seems audiences can't get enough of vampires. Sky has announced an adaptation of the popular All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, shortly to begin production in Wales and Oxford. Not only will the show star Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, A Single Man), but the first three episodes will be directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless, The Limehouse Golem). Palmer will star as Diana, an Oxford scholar and descendent of the Salem witches. When she discovers an ancient manuscript, she is forced to acknowledge the magic in her blood, and enters into a forbidden lover affair with a strange geneticist (Goode), who happens to be a vampire. The producers at Sky see this as an adult romance, set against a...

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Founder and CEO Stuart Ford forced out at Im Global

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Exclusive And Updated: Shock departure due to shareholder dispute.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford has been forced out of the company he founded 10 years ago, Screen has learned.

It is understood the departure happened over the weekend following ongoing disagreement with the shareholders over the direction of the company and matters had escalated in recent weeks to the point of rancour.

Tang Media Partners (Tmp), which acquired a 60% stake in Im Global last year, notified Im Global staff on Monday morning at the company’s West Hollywood offices. Im Global employs around 60 people and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.

Im Global was riding high in its tenth anniversary year. Among the company’s typically robust volume of films was recent Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge. Besides a busy sales business, the company’s growing roster of self-produced and financed features includes three that had been put
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Im Global founder Stuart Ford departs

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive And Updated: Shock departure due to shareholder dispute.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford has departed the company he founded 10 years ago, Screen has learned.

It is understood Ford was forced out following a disagreement with the shareholders over the direction of the company and matters had escalated in recent weeks to the point of rancour.

Tang Media Partners (Tmp), which acquired a 60% stake in Im Global last year, notified Im Global staff on Monday morning at the company’s West Hollywood offices. Im Global employs around 60 people and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.

Im Global was riding high in its tenth anniversary year. Among the company’s typically robust volume of films was recent Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge. Besides a busy sales business, the company’s growing roster of self-produced and financed features includes three that had been put into production in the last
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Nicholas Hoult May Be Playing J.R.R. Tolkien In New Biopic

X-Men and A Single Man actor Nicholas Hoult is the current hot favourite to play the role of J.R.R. Tolkien in a new biopic over at Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

According to trade bible Deadline, the new film ‘explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.’

It’s early days in terms of casting, but the actor is said to be in early talks for the movie, which will be written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.

Hoult will next be seen in as Nikolas Tesla in The Current War, which will debut at the Toronto Internation Film Festival. He is currently filming X-Men sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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The House movie review: burn it down

MaryAnn’s quick take… The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script’s rough first draft instead of shooting it. I’m “biast” (pro): like Amy Poehler

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of studio comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere, buried so deep within The House that even it doesn’t seem to know that it is there, is the glimmer of the hint of the seed of a dark, bitter satire on collapsing America, on the suburban malaise and economic anguish that has driven the nation collectively to despair. Desperate parents start an underground casino to pay their daughter’s college tuition, descending into a life of crime and violence that rips the veneer of respectability off the upscale McMansion lifestyles of them and their neighbors.
See full article at FlickFilosopher »

The House movie review: burn it down

MaryAnn’s quick take… The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script’s rough first draft instead of shooting it. I’m “biast” (pro): like Amy Poehler

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of studio comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere, buried so deep within The House that even it doesn’t seem to know that it is there, is the glimmer of the hint of the seed of a dark, bitter satire on collapsing America, on the suburban malaise and economic anguish that has driven the nation collectively to despair. Desperate parents start an underground casino to pay their daughter’s college tuition, descending into a life of crime and violence that rips the veneer of respectability off the upscale McMansion lifestyles of them and their neighbors.
See full article at FlickFilosopher »

Kirsten Dunst-starrer Woodshock gets an atmospheric and intoxicating first trailer

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Author: Scott Davis

The first trailer has debuted for the upcoming drama Woodshock, the new film from A24, and you can view the beautiful first look in the player below.

Following in the footsteps of fellow fashion icon Tom Ford (A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals) into directing, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy are heading behind the camera for their debut film. And while the first trailer looks stunning, they have also managed to secure the talents of Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia, The Beguiled) to star in the film, who incidentally is a friend of the duo.

The film sees Dunst play a young woman who’s real and fantasy world begin to blur under the influence of drugs after she suffers a terrible loss. Dunst has been on something of a hot streak in recent years: having been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the second season of Fargo,
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Judy Greer Goes Behind the Camera: Why Hollywood’s Most Beloved Co-Star Finally Directed Her Very Own Film

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Judy Greer Goes Behind the Camera: Why Hollywood’s Most Beloved Co-Star Finally Directed Her Very Own Film
The summer of 2015 could have been the summer of Judy Greer, with the long-time character actress snagging roles in massive tentpole features like “Jurassic World,” “Ant-Man,” the “Entourage” movie and “Tomorrowland,” but what stood out most about Greer’s turns in those blockbusters was just how little they did to capitalize on her talent or charms. In three of those films, Greer was cast as a mostly ancillary mother character, while “Entourage” didn’t even bother to give her role a name (she was just “Casting Director”).

Instead of offering the actress, a two-decade veteran of the industry who has worked in both film and television, a chance to make a well-earned splash on a giant scale, she was mostly pushed to the background. That was nothing new for Greer, but even as she’s struggled from a phenomenon described by Scott Meslow of The Week (which asked, “How did
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘The Salesman,’ ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ & More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand turns out to be a worthy choice that makes
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Rumble Fish,’ ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Kaili Blues,’ ‘La La Land,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg)

Josef von Sternberg called Anatahan his best film. Borne from more than a decade’s worth of frustration with the studio system, it was, as the last picture he completed, his stamp on his time as a director. Even then, when released in 1953, it was only released in a butchered format, and, as it often goes in such cases, was subsequently abandoned by popular consciousness. But a few times each year, cinephiles (at least
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I’d Be Lying If I Said I Wasn’t Excited for Transformers: The Last Knight

Some things go without saying. These aren’t questions up for debate – like Pirates vs Ninjas or Superman vs Goku – but absolute facts that are beyond reproach. The Simpsons jumped the shark in Season 10. A single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are the worst thing to happen to cinema since Batman & Robin. And certainly, there is some truth to these assertions. The change in creative teams following Season 9 fundamentally changed the direction of The Simpsons as a series. The British are too stiff-lipped

I’d Be Lying If I Said I Wasn’t Excited for Transformers: The Last Knight
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TVLine Items: Meet Quantico's New Operative, SNL Vet Is Happy! and More

TVLine Items: Meet Quantico's New Operative, SNL Vet Is Happy! and More
Priyanka Chopra has let slip with some top-secret intel — a new player on ABC’s Quantico.

Spanish supermodel Jon Kortajarena will recur on the ABC thriller’s second season as political operative Felix Cordova, TVLine has confirmed. A senior legislative assistant for the Speaker of the House, Cordova is willing to do anything to be on the right side of history. His first appears in Episode 17, airing in April.

Chopra first touted Kortajarena’s casting on Twitter.

Aside from modeling, Kortajarena has appeared on Skins and the film A Single Man, as well as music videos for Fergie and Madonna.
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Giveaway: Win Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ on Blu-ray

One of our favorite films of last year, Tom Ford‘s dark, gorgeous thriller Nocturnal Animals, arrives on Blu-ray this week. We’ve teamed with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give it away three copies to our readers. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Monday, February 27th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

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3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your pick for the film with the best fashion/costumes.

4. Retweet the following tweet:

We're giving away #NocturnalAnimals on Blu-ray! Rt this & follow us to enter. See more details: https://t.co/dfmta60UpY pic.twitter.com/ZD5x04I0v3

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