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Is Bride Of Frankenstein Back On The Slab?

Thanks to The Avengers and the success that has followed it, the film industry as a whole is seemingly experiencing what we’ll term “Shared Universe Fever,” a condition that is rivaling the Disco Fever that plagued a nation in the 1970’s, and the Hulkamania that followed in the ’80s.

Truth be told, it actually kind of makes sense in Universal’s case, especially when the studio has a license to some of the most iconic monsters around. Really, they’ve been at this for so long that the lore they’ve established for werewolves, vampires and the like has actually overtaken folklore of centuries past, and is somehow now regarded as being canonical among the public at large.

Unfortunately, though, the studio really put the cart before the horse with this whole Dark Universe concept, hoping that their recent reboot of The Mummy would find the same success that
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It Looks Like Universal's Bride Of Frankenstein is Going Back Into Development

After Tom Cruise's The Mummy bombed, Universal Pictures had to rethink their whole "Dark Universe" plan. The next film that was supposed to be developed in this Universal Monster cinematic universe was Bride of Frankenstein, but the last we heard, the studio shut down the production and removed it from their release schedule.

The reason for the project being shut down was so that director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) and the creative team could rework the script and get the project in a place that everyone is happy with. At the time, Universal said:

"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again,
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Abigail Disney and Killer Content Team Up to Form New Studio Spotlighting Women and Poc

Disney: Twitter

Abigail Disney and Killer Content are joining forces to support projects from women and people of color. Variety reports that filmmaker and philanthropist Disney and media company Killer Content have begun Level Forward, a startup studio that will spotlight female and non-white voices.

“The best stories are birthed from the authentic experiences of the people who tell them,” said Disney. “Level Forward is committed to the vision of unlocking and amplifying storytelling from all corners and perspectives.”

Level Forward will provide its creative partners “a hub for producing a range of content for all platforms.” The new studio will absorb Killer Content’s assets, including Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler’s Killer Films, and launch a fund for victims of sexual misconduct with the New York Women’s Foundation. Level Forward is expected to introduce its first creative partners at Sundance next week.

The idea for Level Forward originated when Disney,
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Competition: Win ‘A Ghost Story’ on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of A Ghost Story – available on DVD and Blu-ray 15th January 2018 – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara star in this critically praised meditation on love and grief from acclaimed director David Lowery.

Casey Affleck follows up his Best Actor Oscar win last year with an extraordinary performance that will surely haunt next season’s awards ceremonies. Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara, twice Oscar nominated for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Carol. There is a wonderful poignancy between the pair, who, torn apart by grief, must come to terms with the implications of their mortality.

Unforgettable and ambitious, like modern art house classics Personal Shopper and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, A Ghost Story is a film that delves deep into the human psyche to explore what it means to exist,
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Cate Blanchett to Serve as Jury President at Cannes 2018

Blanchett in “Truth”

Cate Blanchett is set to serve on one of the world’s most glamorous juries. Cannes Film Festival has announced that the two-time Oscar winner is their 2018 Jury President.

“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere, and in Competition, but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbors,” she said.

Blanchett famously took film execs to task when she accepted an Oscar — her second — for “Blue Jasmine” back in 2014. She criticized those in the industry “who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences.” She declared, “They are not [niche experiences]. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”

Last year Cannes juror Jessica Chastain addressed the depictions of women she saw at the fest.
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Cate Blanchett named 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury president

Cate Blanchett named 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury president
“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story.”

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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett will preside over the jury at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 8-19.

She said: “I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition, but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”

“I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury,” she added. ”This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Pierre Lescure, Cannes president and Thierry Frémaux, general delegate, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Luca Guadgnino Praises ‘Moonlight’ and Doesn’t Mind People Comparing It to ‘Call Me by Your Name’

Luca Guadgnino Praises ‘Moonlight’ and Doesn’t Mind People Comparing It to ‘Call Me by Your Name’
Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” has been used in the same sentence as “Moonlight” numerous times since its debut at Sundance at the beginning of 2017. IndieWire’s A review from David Ehrlich even noted that Guadagnino’s drama was a new queer classic worthy of comparisons to “Moonlight” and “Carol.” So it was only a matter of time before Guadagnino himself was asked to weigh in on the matter, and it turns out the director is quite honored to be in the same company as Barry Jenkins’ Oscar winner.

Read More:Luca Guadagnino Isn’t Remaking ‘Suspiria’: ‘It’s An Homage to the Incredible Emotion I Felt When I Saw It’

When asked by The Guardian whether or not the comparisons to “Moonlight” frustrate him as a director, Guadagnino responded, “No, not at all.”

“I love Barry Jenkins’ film and I am excited by the comparison,” Guadagnino said.
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Cry Me a River: The Radical and Revolutionary Power of Melodrama

Within the first ten minutes of Nicholas Ray’s unimpeachable classic Rebel Without a Cause Jim Stark (James Dean) wails, “You’re tearing me apart!!!!!” This is not an instance where the film crescendos with an emotional breakdown, but begins. Jim Stark is a staggering portrait of apocalyptic masculine adolescence ripping apart a young body through expectations put on him by society and his own self-imposed fears that he could turn into his passive father. Jim Stark is one of the defining characters of cinematic melodrama with his unbridled emotional honesty laid bare for the world to see. He physically cannot keep himself from gnashing, wailing, and screaming in the face of emotions that bubble to the surface. Melodrama opens the lid on these reactions and rides that feeling to cinematic honesty and authenticity. Melodrama is realer than real; a hyper-stylized evocation of feelings that we’re all familiar with as human beings.
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Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs
Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

The commission made the announcement Friday following a meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and venture captialist Freada Kapor Klein.

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” said Kennedy. “The fact that so many industry leaders—across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, Ata, AMPAS, television academy and guilds—came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

Hill went public in 1991 with allegations of sexual harassment during the Senate confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Since then, in addition to teaching law and policy at Brandeis University, Hill has been
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Movie Review – Una (2017)

Una, 2017.

Directed by Benedict Andrews.

Starring Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Ruby Stokes, Riz Ahmed, Tobias Menzies, Natasha Little, and Tara Fitzgerald.

Synopsis:

A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbor, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

The premise of Una is enough on its own to safely say that it’s going to be an uncomfortable, challenging, and possibly upsetting watch (especially considering the current climate of society where every day a few more celebrities or noteworthy public personas are being outed as sex offenders), but it’s worth rolling through every mixed feeling thanks to the electric chemistry on display from the always fearless Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and the severely underrated Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bloodline). Together, they are able to provide layers to the troubling past and present of their characters that,
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Lionsgate Sets January UK Home Release For David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’

Truly one of the best and most original films of the year is David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has just revealed plans to release the film across the home formats in the UK in January, and we have the full details below.

Casey Affleck follows up his Best Actor Oscar win this year with an extraordinary performance in this unique and moving existential fantasy drama that will surely haunt next season’s awards ceremonies.

Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara, twice Oscar-nominated for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Carol. There is a wonderful poignancy between the pair, who, torn apart by grief, must come to terms with the implications of their mortality. The supporting cast includes an inspired appearance by acclaimed musician Will Oldham.

Writer and director David Lowery, who provides a revealing audio commentary on the H.E release, displaying the
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‘Wonderstruck’ Dp Ed Lachman: “I Always Feel Like A Cinematographer Is Another Actor” – The Contenders Video

‘Wonderstruck’ Dp Ed Lachman: “I Always Feel Like A Cinematographer Is Another Actor” – The Contenders Video
Since they first collaborated on 2002's Far From Heaven, Ed Lachman has been an integral part of Todd Haynes' core team, serving as cinematographer on films as complex as the director's experimental 2007 Bob Dylan biography I'm Not There or as straightforward as 2015's Patricia Highsmith adaptation Carol. "He always puts me in places I don’t want to be," Lachman told me during Deadline’s The Contenders event this month in front of an Sro crowd of Academy and guild voters…
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Trailer Watch: Rooney Mara Embarks on a Spiritual Journey in “Mary Magdalene”

Mary Magdalene

Rooney Mara steps into Biblical times in the first trailer for “Mary Magdalene.” The film promises to tell “the untold story” behind one of Jesus’ most famous followers. We’re told the title character has brought shame on her family, but she insists that if there’s a demon in her, “it’s always been them.” She finds a friend in Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix), who believes that she “will do God’s will.”

According to the drama’s official synopsis, Mary leaves her home behind “to join a radical new social movement” led by Jesus, “who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day.”

“Are [women] so different from men you must teach us different things?” Mary asks in the spot. Paul the Apostle (Chiwetel Ejiofor) doesn’t appreciate her candor.
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Apply Now: Win a Trip to Sundance with The Horizon Award

2017 Horizon Award recipients Andrea Villanueva and Brittany Fennell

Head’s up, female filmmakers: The Horizon Award is now accepting applications. If you’d like the chance to attend the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and have your work seen by industry vets, this one’s for you. The annual competition “seeks to balance the Hollywood scales by giving emerging female directors the opportunity to have their work viewed by some of Hollywood’s most influential directors and producers and providing mentorship for two emerging female directors who win an All expense paid trip to the Sundance Film Festival,” according to a press release.

The two winning filmmakers will attend workshops, parties, screenings, and networking events. They’ll also receive mentorship from award-winning producers Christine Vachon (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Carol”), Lynette Howell (“Big Eyes,” “Captain Fantastic”), and Cassian Elwes (“Mudbound,” “Dallas Buyer’s Club”).

In order to apply you must submit a
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Beauty vs Beast: The Bigger Boys

Jason from Mnpp here, ready to pop some peach champagne for the release of Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, which finally hits theaters in New York and La on Friday. The thing is, although I personally have already seen the film six times (if you've been to Mnpp at any point in the past three months you're more than aware of my obsession but if you missed my first take on the movie out of Nyff it's one of the most meaningful pieces of writing I've ever done, says me), it seems that some of you have not seen the film six times yet. Since it's not in theaters yet, and all. So I probably can't devote this week's "Beauty vs Beast" to it then!

So we'll do the next best and look back at Luca's last movie, A Bigger Splash. When Abs came out we polled
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Blu-ray Review: Landmark Lesbian Drama Desert Hearts Looks Tremendous and Feels Almost as Good

A woman arrives in Reno by train and will leave the same way, with one seismic difference: she has met and fallen in love with Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a local artist and resident free-spirit. The year is 1959, and Vivian (Helen Shaver) is in Reno to get divorced. (In 1959, did people always have to go to Reno to get divorced?) She's an academic leaving a loveless, functional marriage. The idea of falling for a woman has never entered her wildest speculations. Modern audiences will inevitably connect Donna Deitch's 1985 independent film, Desert Hearts, with Todd Haynes' masterpiece of twenty years later, Carol. Both are set in the 1950s and feature older/younger relationships forming between an experienced woman and a woman only beginning to discover...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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‘Wonderstruck’ Colorist Joe Gawler on How Film’s Multi-Period Look Was Created

‘Wonderstruck’ Colorist Joe Gawler on How Film’s Multi-Period Look Was Created
Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which screened in the main competition at Camerimage, tells the complicated story of two children, both deaf, growing up in New York during different historical periods, whose paths strangely and magically converge.

To tell this multi-layered story, Dp Edward Lachman, a Camerimage regular and frequent Haynes collaborator (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not There,” “Carol”) shot the film on black and white and color film, as well as on digital. Joe Gawler, partner and senior colorist at New York post-production studio Harbor Picture, who has also worked with the two men, tells how he graded the widely varying footage to give the film a seamless look.

How did you happen to get the “Wonderstruck” assignment?

I’ve had a relationship with Ed Lachman for a number of years. I’ve remastered maybe 100 titles for the Criterion Collection, and they brought on Ed to consult on the color. Ed is a real encyclopedia of filmmaking.
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