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New to Streaming: ‘The Untamed,’ Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Whose Streets?,’ 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.

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum (Sophie Bassaler)

When one conjures iconic memories from cinema history, they might be of your favorite shot or sequence, but my mind often travels to behind-the-scenes photos featuring director, cast, crew, and beyond. These photographs often have a unifying connection: they come from Magnum Photos. Since 1947, the photographic cooperative — founded by such iconic names as Robert Capa amd Henri Cartier-Bresson — has been responsible
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Blindness’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Blindness’
The tense, metaphysical drama “Blindness” finds 73-year-old Polish writer-director Ryszard Bugajski (“Closed Circuit”) still working at the height of his powers and revisiting some of the same themes and situations of his harrowing masterpiece “Interrogation.” In “Blindness,” he visualizes a 1962 meeting between Julia Prajs Brystygier (Maria Mamona, stellar), the sadistic head of Department V in the Stalinist-era Ministry of Information who was in charge of persecuting the clergy, and the Polish Primate, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński (Marek Kalita), a man whose 1953 arrest she facilitated. Remarkable for its ability to put viewers inside the head of its complicated protagonist, “Blindness” is a high quality, old-style arthouse drama that will be most appreciated offshore by older, educated viewers.

By 1962, Brystygier, one of the most infamous people in post-war Poland, has tried to remake her life. She works at a publishing house and has even written a novel. But at the age of 59, a mental crisis strikes,
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Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher to Direct World War Z 2

Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher to Direct World War Z 2
Last May, Paramount issued a June 9, 2017 summer release date for the languishing action sequel World War Z 2, which has been in various stages of development shortly after the original movie debuted in 2013. A number of filmmakers have come and gone, but with nearly 10 months until the planned release date, it seems the studio may have finally found a director. While nothing is set in stone yet, David Fincher is reportedly in talks with the studio to reunite with his longtime collaborator Brad Pitt.

Variety reports that Brad Pitt met with a "handful" of directors a few months ago, but the actor/producer is said to be "zeroing in" on David Fincher. The actor and filmmaker have worked together three times before, on 1995's Se7en, 1999's Fight Club and 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The site reports that Brad Pitt and David Fincher met about this zombie sequel two weeks ago,
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Jason Bourne movie review: Bourne again, but why?

Everything looks great on paper here: Damon’s brawny presence; the smartly staged action, etc. And it’s not unfun. But it feels less black ops than old hat. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of the Bourne series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

It’s been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon racing around the world and beating people up as brainwashed assassin Jason Bourne… and the weight of those interim years rests heavily upon this fourth installment. Oh, it’s not that Damon (The Martian, Interstellar), now 46 years old, isn’t up to the physical demands of the role. In fact, his Bourne is significantly beefier here: bigger, more intimidating, just plain more dangerous in an all-muscle kind of way. (Bourne appears to have been scraping out a meager living since we last saw him
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‘The Goldfinch’: Why Director John Crowley Is The Perfect Pick To Helm Donna Tartt’s Literary Masterpiece

‘The Goldfinch’: Why Director John Crowley Is The Perfect Pick To Helm Donna Tartt’s Literary Masterpiece
Hot off a successful awards season run with his latest stirring period piece, “Brooklyn” director John Crowley has been tapped to direct a big screen version of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch.” It’s a gig that the “Intermission” and “Closed Circuit” filmmaker, certainly no stranger to literary adaptations, has apparently been chasing for quite awhile — so he’s likely passionate about the project — and it’s also one that his talents are perfectly suited for.

Read More: How ‘Brooklyn’ Director John Crowley Avoids Earnestness In His Emotion-Driven Films

When IndieWire spoke to Crowley at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival in support of his “Brooklyn,” the filmmaker summed up his aims when crafting a film pretty succinctly: “I don’t trust earnestness in storytelling, I try to avoid it.” For a director who has often helmed extremely emotion-driven films — from the wonderfully human “Brooklyn” to
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‘The Goldfinch’: ‘Brooklyn’ Director John Crowley to Adapt Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize–Winning Novel

‘The Goldfinch’: ‘Brooklyn’ Director John Crowley to Adapt Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize–Winning Novel
John Crowley is set to bring another acclaimed New York novel to the silver screen. Deadline reports that the “Brooklyn” director has been hired to helm the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” a bestseller that won the Pulitzer Prize two years ago. RatPat Entertainment and Warner Bros. are developing the project with a script by “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” screenwriter Peter Straughan.

Read More: Donna Tartt, Annie Baker Win Pulitzers

James Packer will serve as executive producer, with Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson producing alongside RatPac co-founder Brett Ratner. Crowley, who’s worked extensively in theater on both sides of the Atlantic, also directed “Boy A,” “Closed Circuit” and an episode from the underrated second season of “True Detective.” “Brooklyn” received three Oscar nominations: Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Adapted Screenplay for Nick Hornby and Best Picture.

Read More: How They Transported Saoirse Ronan
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Saoirse Ronan Gives One-Hour BFI Talk as New Trailer For ‘Brooklyn’ Sets Sail

Although she’s only 21, Saoirse Ronan has carved out quite a career working with Wes Anderson, Studio Ghibli, Peter Weir, Neil Jordan, Joe Wright, Peter Jackson, Andrew Niccol, and more. So, while it might seem a bit early for a career-spanning conversation, she had much to discuss when she came to the London Film Festival for a screening of Brooklyn, featuring perhaps her most acclaimed performance.

Adapted from Colm Toibin‘s novel by Nick Hornby with direction by John Crowley (Boy A, Closed Circuit), the period drama Brooklyn was one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance. Ronan leads the story about a young woman’s emigration from Ireland to America in the fifties, caught in the middle of two romances (between Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). We also have a new U.K. trailer for the film tied to its BFI premiere.

We said in our review,
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’24: Live Another Day’ Team Wins U.K. Production Guild Award

London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.

The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said.
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Warner Bros’ Roy Button to receive Production Guild award

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Producer Mairi Bett named Inspiration award winner.

Roy Button, Evp and MD at Warner Bros. Productions, is to receive the Production Guild Contribution to the Industry Award for his outstanding contribution to the development and sustainability of the UK film and TV industry.

The industry veteran will receive the honour at the Production Guild of Great Britain Awards, set to be held on Saturday (Sept 19) at The Grove, just outside of London.

The awards pay tribute to leading UK film and TV industry professionals working in production, locations, VFX, prod-production and assistant directing.

As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions, Button is responsible for all of the Us studio’s films based out of the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

He has also been the driving force for the studio’s investment in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Europe’s largest studio and the production base for films including the Harry Potter franchise, [link
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Trailer for Soairse Ronan's Brooklyn

Fox Searchlight has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Brooklyn" film, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, and Julie Walters. Check it out below. Plot: Tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The new movie is directed by John Crowley (Closed Circuit) from a script by Nick Hornby (Wild). It's set to hit select theaters on November 6th. Trailer:
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First Trailer For Acclaimed Sundance Drama ‘Brooklyn’ Finds Saoirse Ronan Searching for Home

Adapted from Colm Toibin‘s novel by Nick Hornby with direction by John Crowley (Boy A, Closed Circuit), the period drama Brooklyn was one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance. Saoirse Ronan leads the story about a young woman’s emigration from Ireland to America in the fifties, caught in the middle of two romances (between Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). […]
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First Look: Trailer for Shanghai Competition Title ‘Carte Blanche’ (Exclusive)

First Look: Trailer for Shanghai Competition Title ‘Carte Blanche’ (Exclusive)
London — Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for “Carte Blanche,” which has been selected to play in competition at next week’s Shanghai Film Festival.

The Polish film, which is written and directed by Jacek Lusinski, is a feel-good movie inspired by a true story.

It centers on Kacper, a high-school teacher who starts to lose his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves little hope: Due to a genetic disorder, chances are high he’s facing permanent blindness. Initially heartbroken, he decides to hide his disease, fearing it will cost him his job, which he loves. The pretense demands a lot of effort – remembering his daily routine by heart, pretending to look people in the eye, and so on.

The film stars Andrzej Chyra (“In the Name Of…,” “Elles,” “All That I Love”), Arkadiusz Jakubik (“The Mighty Angel,” “Life Feels Good”) and Urszula Grabowska (“The Closed Circuit”).

Leszek Bodzak produces for Aurum Film.
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Movie News: 'Fast 8' Set for 2017, While 'Warcraft' and 'Pacific Rim 2' Shift Dates; New 'Jurassic World' Clip

Fast 8: As Furious 7 passes the $1.1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, the next installment in the Fast & Furious saga has received a release date: April 14, 2017. In addition, video game adaptation Warcraft has moved from March 11, 2016, to a prime summer date, June 10, 2016, while 'giants vs. robots' sequel Pacific Rim 2 shifted dates into summer the following year, from April 7, 2017, to August 4, 2017. [Deadline]   Star Wars: Rogue One: Riz Ahmed (Closed Circuit, above left) is in talks for a supporting role in Star Wars: Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Meanwhile, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, above right) is under consideration for a starring role opposite Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn. The...

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Seventh Son in St. Louis

Wamg has your passes to see Universal PicturesSeventh Son early!

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

Academy Award nominee Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan, Nomad: The Warrior) directs Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, upcoming Warcraft) and Steven Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Closed Circuit) and a screen story by Matt Greenberg (Reign of Fire).

Joining director Bodrov behind the screen is a stellar crew led
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Darkroom (1981)


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Created by Peter S. Fischer

Produced by Universal TV

Aired on ABC for 1 season (7 episodes; 16 segments) from November 27, 1981 – January 15, 1982


James Coburn as the Host

Show Premise

Darkroom was a thriller anthology series, much in the vein of Night Gallery, where each story had an image to present before it began. The series was hosted by James Coburn, who introduced each story segment as a photographer in his darkroom, developing photographs and tales. The innovative aspect of this particular anthology series was that the story segments had free range to be as long or as short as the story needed to be, as long as the segments fit within the hour duration. Most episodes contained two stories, but at times there were three.

The tone of the stories presented on the series were mostly frightful tales, with grim twist endings that were enhanced with dark humor. The
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Roland Joffe to Head Camerimage Jury

Roland Joffe to Head Camerimage Jury
London — Roland Joffe, helmer of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is to be president of the main competition jury at Camerimage film festival, which focuses on cinematography.

Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).

Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique,
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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer:
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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac
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How Do You Say Boring In Italian? "Closed Circuit Extreme"

The amateur camera trend in horror films has now extended to Italy for “Circuito chiuso,” or Closed Circuit Extreme as its English name. While not actually in spoken Italian, the characters speak English with such heavy Italian accents that the film still requires subtitles. But, surprisingly, that’s the least egregious aspect of Closed Circuit Extreme.

As films continue to strive for authenticity, Closed Circuit purports to tell the closed file case of two vigilante friends trying to find the suspected serial killer who killed their friend. Lots of expositional information is delivered as case information that serves as the easy way to reveal each of the limited characters in the film. But with such a limited scope, the film almost could not make sense without it.

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The Boxtrolls movie review: avert your eyes

There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque, between gaudy and repellent… and The Boxtrolls crosses it to plop into a strange land of unpleasant visual muck. But not before it has already demonstrated a woeful lack of giving a damn about creating appealing characters, a compelling fantasy world, or a story to care much about. So it’s all good in the ways it goes about being all bad.

In a vaguely late Victorian/Edwardian steampunkish town called Cheesebridge — “a Gouda place to live”; Gromit’s owner, the cheese-loving Wallace, would disagree — a human
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