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New to Streaming: ‘Good Time,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Kedi,’ ‘Blade of the Immortal,’ 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.

Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman)

Burgeoning sexuality is the basis for nearly all coming-of-age films, but with her specific eye, Eliza Hittman makes it feel like we’re watching this genre unfold for the first time. With only two features to her name, she’s captured the experience with a sensuality and intimacy nearly unprecedented in American independent filmmaking. Following 2013’s It Felt Like Love, the writer-director follows it with
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Hilary Swank Toplining Sci-Fi Thriller “I Am Mother”

Swank in “Mary and Martha

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has lined up her next role. Variety reports that Swank will star in “I Am Mother,” a mother-daughter story with a sci-fi twist. The feature has already begun production at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios.

I Am Mother” also stars Clara Rugaard (“Still Star-Crossed”) as “the first of a new generation of humans raised by ‘Mother’ — a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind.” The young woman’s bond with Mother and entire worldview come into question when Swank’s blood-soaked character bursts on the scene.

Director Grant Sputore came up with the original idea for “I Am Mother” and Michael Lloyd Green penned the 2016 Black List script. Producing the film are Anna Vincent, Southern Light Films’ Timothy White, the Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro, and Green. Rhea Films’ Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, and Jean-Luc De Fanti are exec producing, as are Bryce Menzies, Philip Wade, John Wade, and Sputore.

Mister Smith Entertainment will manage “I Am Mother’s” international sales, and Wme Global’s Graham Taylor will handle its U.S. sales. Studiocanal is responsible for the film’s Australia and New Zealand distribution.

“It is a privilege to welcome Hilary Swank to our film,” Sputore said. “She is a remarkable performer who always brings tremendous commitment and honesty to the screen. I’m excited about the journey ahead with Hilary and the talented Clara Rugaard.”

Swank won Academy Awards for her lead performances in sports drama “Million Dollar Baby” and Kimberly Peirce’s transgender-themed biopic “Boys Don’t Cry.” You can catch Swank next in Elizabeth Chomko’s all-star directorial debut, “What They Had,” currently in post-production. Her character returns home to help her brother (Michael Shannon) take of their Alzheimer’s-stricken mother (Blythe Danner) and father (Robert Forster), who is in denial about his wife’s condition. Swank’s recent credits include “Logan Lucky,” “You’re Not You,” and “The Homesman.”

Hilary Swank Toplining Sci-Fi Thriller “I Am Mother” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)

Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at Weta Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

The movie is
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Saban Films executive duo on the rise

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President Bill Bromiley announces two key promotions.

Jonathan Saba and Ness Saban have been promoted at Saban Films.

Saba (pictured at centre) is named senior vice-president of distribution, sales and marketing, while Saban (pictured at right) becomes vice-president of business development.

Saba previously served as vice-president of sales, marketing and distribution since the company’s launch in May 2014.

He has supervised release strategy and marketing campaigns for the entire slate, including Rob Zombie’s 31. Prior to Saban Films, Saba held executive positions in acquisitions, distribution and marketing at Anchor Bay Films, Image Entertainment, Criterion Collection, and Rilean Pictures.

Saban began his career at Los Angeles-based Saban Films, where he has served as director of business development, spearheading the acquisition of close to 50 films in less than three years including Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, and the upcoming 24 Hours To Live with Ethan Hawke and Small Town Crime with John Hawkes.

“Both Jonathan
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“I am in-car-ce-ra-ted!” – hilarious first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky

Author: Scott Davis

Already eagerly anticipated, the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky has arrived this weekend and you can view it in the player below.

After saying he was retiring from film directing, Soderbergh is back behind the camera for his first film since 2013’s Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra and it looks like he has chosen wisely as even from the first couple of minutes of footage seen in the trailer below looks like classic Soderbergh.

Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Magic Mike Xxl) and Adam Driver (Paterson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) stars as Jimmy and Clyde Logan, brothers and petty thieves who decide to attempt to pull of a heist during a Nascar race in North Carolina. A little out of their depth in the planning stage, they decide to try and acquire the help of Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), an incarcerated
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Elizabeth Chomko’s Feature Debut Starring Hilary Swank Acquired by Bleecker Street

Hilary Swank: Time/ YouTube

Elizabeth Chomko’s feature debut has found a home. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Bleecker Street snagged the North American rights to “What They Had,” a family drama toplined by Hilary Swank. Blythe Danner, Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”), Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”), and Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”) co-star in the film, which recently wrapped in Chicago and La.

Revolving around a family in crisis, “What They Had” sees Bridget (Swank) returning home to Chicago after her brother pressures her to “deal with her mother’s (Danner) Alzheimer’s and her father’s (Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together,” THR summarizes. Chomko penned the script, which won her a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

“I was incredibly moved by Elizabeth’s story of a family working through their collective issues and the heartache of dealing with a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s,” Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen commented. “We know audiences will relate to the characters’ love, compassion, and humor in dealing with each other.”

Chomko added, “Making this film has been a true labor of love for me, my creative team, and the magnificent cast. I could not be more delighted to include Bleecker Street among our family and have this film be part of theirs.”

Bleecker Street is planning a theatrical release for 2018.

Swank is among the project’s executive producers. Her recent credits include “You’re Not You” and “The Homesman.” The two-time Oscar winner — who took home awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry” — has previously spoken out about the gender pay gap that persists in the film industry, noting “My male counterpart will get paid 10 times more than me — 10 times. Not double, but 10 times for the same job.” She explained, “Both [women and men] are compelling, interesting, diverse, [and] wonderful in all their own separate ways. And yet there’s an influx of male roles and there’s just not for women.”

Chomko is an actress whose credits include “The Mentalist,” “Common Law,” and “Terriers.”

Elizabeth Chomko’s Feature Debut Starring Hilary Swank Acquired by Bleecker Street was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Hilary Swank Joins FX’s ‘Trust’: Why That’s a Smart Move After 4 Years on the Sidelines

Four years after her last major (and critically acclaimed) role of Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman,” Hilary Swank is returning to the screen – albeit, the small screen. While she does have a couple movies in the works, including the Steven Soderbergh directed “Logan Lucky,” Hilary Swank will also be playing a high-profile role in FX’s “Trust.”

Trust” follows the infamous kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson to the great billionaire oil industrialist. Swank will be portraying the boy’s mother, Gail, who was the first person to receive the ransom request to get her son back.

This meaty role will undoubtedly give Swank a lot to chew on, and cement her back in public consciousness. After all, acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland, and fellow co-star on “Trust,” has made a continuous habit of popping back and forth between TV and film successfully.

Read More: Danny Boyle On How
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Hilary Swank Joins FX’s ‘Trust’: Why That’s a Smart Move After 4 Years on the Sidelines

Four years after her last major (and critically acclaimed) role of Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman,” Hilary Swank is returning to the screen – albeit, the small screen. While she does have a couple movies in the works, including the Steven Soderbergh directed “Logan Lucky,” Hilary Swank will also be playing a high-profile role in FX’s “Trust.”

Trust” follows the infamous kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson to the great billionaire oil industrialist. Swank will be portraying the boy’s mother, Gail, who was the first person to receive the ransom request to get her son back.

This meaty role will undoubtedly give Swank a lot to chew on, and cement her back in public consciousness. After all, acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland, and fellow co-star on “Trust,” has made a continuous habit of popping back and forth between TV and film successfully.

Read More: Danny Boyle On How
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Horror Highlights: Pool Party Massacre, Armed Response, Bethany Q&A, Jenna Coleman to Attend Wizard World Minneapolis

Take a look at the totally killer party in the first trailer for Drew Marvick's Pool Party Massacre. Also in today's Highlights: production details for WWE Studios' and Saban Films' Armed Response, a cool Q&A with Stefanie Estes from Bethany, and details on Jenna Coleman's upcoming attendance at Wizard World Minneapolis 2017.

Check Out the Trailer for Pool Party Massacre: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Floating Eye Films has released the first trailer and stills for the old school splatterfest Pool Party Massacre. The debut feature from horror fanatic Drew Marvick, Pool Party Massacre is an ultra low-budget 80's-inspired slasher that cuts to the flesh and bone of a group of young friends. With a pounding synth score and a heavy metal soundtrack, Marvick has crafted a loving homage to the body count of 80s B-movies.

Blair Winthorpe, a high-maintenance young socialite, is having
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Saban’s Feature Film Label Banks on VOD Releases, Genre Breakouts

In 2014, after financing features and TV shows for some three decades, Haim Saban was ready to establish a North American film label of his own. “With the very rapid expansion of distribution platforms, we want to be in the supply chain with as many types of programs as we can,” he says.

Yet when former Rlj Entertainment exec Bill Bromiley approached the billionaire’s L.A.-based investment firm Saban Capital Group with the idea for Saban Films, it took a bit of convincing.

“I pitched a business plan based in the premium VOD world, and there were many people that I had to get through in order to get Haim to approve it,” says Saban Films president Bromiley. “He was concerned that the film business could be very volatile, and wasn’t interested in taking huge chances, so he asked lots of questions.”

Bromiley sold him on a business
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Saban Renews President Bill Bromiley’s Contract Through 2020

Saban Films has renewed the contracts of president Bill Bromiley and chief financial officer Shanan Becker for a further four years, it announced Thursday. Bromiley and Becker will remain with the U.S. distributor through at least 2020.

“Bill and Shanan have exhibited the financial discipline necessary to guide the company to its second year of profitability in its short history. This extension shows our confidence in what they have built and their ability to guide the company into its next stage of growth,” said Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group.

Before joining Saban Bromiley and Becker worked together as Rlj Entertainment, where Bromiley was responsible for content acquisition and Becker oversaw finance, planning, and analysis.

Saban acquires films for U.S. distribution across theatrical and various digital platforms. It has released 21 films since its creation in 2014, starting with Tommy Lee Jones’s western “The Homesman.” Other titles
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Saban Films duo extend contracts through 2020

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Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and CFO Shanan Becker have renewed their contracts with the Los Angeles-based distributor through 2020.

Since it launched in May 2014, Saban has released 21 films including Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman and Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic thriller The Girl With All the Gifts.

The company has another 16 lined up for its theatrical and digital platforms through 2018 and they include and Walter Hill’s The Assignment.

“Bill and Shanan have exhibited the financial discipline necessary to guide the company to its second year of profitability in its short history,” Saban Capital Group chairman and CEO Haim Saban said.

“This extension shows our confidence in what they have built and their ability to guide the company into its next stage of growth.”
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Saban Films Re-Ups President Bill Bromiley & CFO Shanan Becker

Saban Films has re-upped President Bill Bromiley and Chief Financial Officer Shanan Becker for another four years through to 2020. The Los Angeles-based film acquisition and distribution company has launched 21 films with another 16 to be released through 2018 since it's inception nearly three years ago. Its slate ranges from theatrical releases such as Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman to VOD titles such as I Am Wrath, starring John Travolta and one of the biggest Fathom…
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The Best Movie Scores of The 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Movie Scores of The 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey
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.)

This week’s question:

Last Friday saw the release of Garth Davis’ “Lion,” the musical score for which is the gorgeous result of a collaboration between two giants of the neo-classical movement, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. It’s just the latest indication that we’re living in a fascinating, vibrant time for movie music, and December boasts a number of films that will only add more fuel to that fire. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite film score of the 21st Century.

Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson), The Verge

There are some really striking contenders out there, topped by Susumu Hirasawa’s manic,
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Vertigo takes Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' for UK

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Vertigo takes Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' for UK
Distributor sets December release for whistleblower biopic.

London-based distributor Vertigo Releasing has struck a deal with sales agent Wild Bunch for UK rights to Oliver Stone’s biopic of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The company has set a December release for Snowden, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the titular role alongside Shailene Woodley (Divergent) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek).

The film’s UK release is expected to be around 150 sites.

Snowden premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and also played Zurich Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.

Read: Oliver Stone: making ‘Snowden’ was a “desperate venture”

Multi Oscar-winner Stone directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman). It was based on two books: The Snowden Files by Luke Harding, and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

Producers are Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Philip Schulz-Deyle and Fernando Sulichin.

Read: Gordon-Levitt talks Snowden: “I know he would love to come home”

Vertigo’s MD Rupert Preston
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Thoughts I Had While Staring at The Edge of Seventeen Poster

Manuel here. How do we feel about Hailee Steinfeld? I have never seen her Oscar nominated turn in True Grit so I'm obviously at a disadvantage in discussing her career but really enjoyed her in Pitch Perfect 2, The Homesman and Begin Again. I may give the Coens film a chance but if the upcoming The Edge of Seventeen is my first chance to see Steinfeld carry a movie, I think I'll be okay.

Kelly Fremon (who wrote the Rory Gilmore Alexis Bledel pic Post Grad) wrote and directed the teen flick and it may very well be this year's Perks of Being a Wallflower. We finally got a chance to see a poster and a trailer so check out unfiltered thoughts after the jump...
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Is the Sky Falling for Independents? Film Execs Say Not Yet

A trio of newbie distribution outfits — Bleecker Street, Broad Green Pictures and Saban Films — remain upbeat amid the profound changes percolating through Hollywood.

Execs with each, plus “Sicario” producer Molly Smith, appeared Saturday at the Produced By conference at the Sony lot on the panel alarmingly titled “Is the Sky Falling? The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Independent Film Producers.”

“I don’t think the sky is falling,” said Bleecker Streets’s Andrew Karpen. “There’s clearly a market for over-35 audiences in theatrical releases.”

Bleecker Street’s successes so far include “Eye in the Sky” with $18 million, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “Trumbo” — the latter two with over $7 million each, despite limited theatrical release. Karpen noted that it’s crucial to not overreach with more screens than needed, and to recognize where the audience is going to be.

“If we can’t determine who that core audience is,
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Lionsgate adopts 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' for Us

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Lionsgate adopts 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' for Us
Exclusive: Stephen Herek family film starring Sophie Nelisse set for October release.

Lionsgate Premiere, the studio’s specialty division, has boarded Us distribution on completed comedy-drama The Great Gilly Hopkins.

The Katherine Paterson adaptation, directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), will get a multiplatform release from October 7, with theatrical distribution in key cities.

In the family title, Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief) plays as a wisecracking 11-year-old who is moved between foster homes but meets her match in the shape of foster mum Maime Trotter (Kathy Bates).

Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close co-star.

Script comes from David Paterson (Bridge To Terabithia) who produced with Bill Teitler (Jumanji) and home improvement and energy sector businessman Brian Kennedy of Latium Enterprises, majority owner of UK rugby leage team Sale Sharks.

The film marks Kennedy’s second signficant film investment after 2014 Cannes drama The Homesman.

William Kay and Eve Schoukroun are executive producers
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Cannes: Saban Films Buys Glenn Close Thriller ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’

Saban Films is close to a deal for U.S. distribution rights to “The Girl With All the Gifts,” the company said Friday. The film unfolds in an underground bunker, where children are being examined by scientists in the hopes of finding a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet.

The post-apocalyptic thriller stars Glenn Close (“Dangerous Liaisons”), Gemma Arterton (“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”), Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) and newcomer Sennia Nanua.

The BFI (British Film Institute) and Creative England financed the film, with Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont producing the picture. Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films out of Cannes with Altitude’s Mike Runagall representing the filmmakers.

Launched in 2014, Saban Films has released such films as “The Homesman” starring Tommy Lee Jones, “Tracers” with Taylor Lautner and “A Hologram for the King” toplined by Tom Hanks. Recent
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'The Duel' Trailer: Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth Go Mano-a-Mano in New Western

'The Duel' Trailer: Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth Go Mano-a-Mano in New Western
Westerns never truly went away, but there sure does seem to be heightened activity coming from the genre lately. "The Hateful Eight" found Quentin Tarantino even deeper into that narrative territory than "Django Unchained," "The Homesman" provided Hilary Swank with the best non-Oscar-winning role of her career and Ti West's "In a Valley of Violence" is among the more anticipated genre films of the year. You can add "The Duel" to that list, a new oater starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Watch its first trailer above. Read More: Review: 'The Hateful Eight' Proves Quentin Tarantino Can Get Away With Anything As you can imagine, the two are fated go go mano-a-mano as only cowboys in the 1880s can. Hemsworth plays Texas Ranger David Kingston, whose duties take him to the frontier town of Helena. There, he's told that he "needs to meet the Preacher." That'd be Harrelson.
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