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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

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Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »


- Anne Thompson

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Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)

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After headlining two movies that debuted on the fall festival circuit — “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing” — Matt Damon has found a new project. He’s set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence, in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned.

The movie marks another collaboration for Damon as a producer with Kimberly Steward, who worked together behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea.” Steward’s company K Period Media, which she launched in 2013 with a mandate to tell edgy stories, will co-produce the movie with Damon’s Pearl Street Films alongside Jennifer Todd.

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The independent film is based on a best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” by Pope Brock. The screenplay will be adapted by the writing team of Brian Koppelman and »


- Ramin Setoodeh

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Harry Dean Stanton Fest Will Go on Following Actor’s Death

18 September 2017 5:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Harry Dean Stanton is no longer with us as of Friday, but the Harry Dean Stanton Fest will go on, the annual event’s founder told TheWrap on Monday. “We will be proceeding with the festival as scheduled. In fact, it feels more important to do so now than ever. Usually we celebrate his work, but this year we will celebrate his life,” Lucy Jones, founder of the annual Lexington, Kentucky-based fest said. Jones added that, while the festival made its programming choices months in advance, some of them will carry a particular resonance following Stanton’s death, culminating with the screening of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture

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Please realize this is not an exaggeration. This is very, very, very strange Best Picture race. Yes, there are always a ton of contenders vying for a Best Picture nomination after the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto unofficially kick off awards season. Yes, many of those players often fall to the wayside. It’s how the Best Picture race works. But you can pretty much figure out at least five to six of the nominees by now (eh most of the time).

Continue reading Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Director Oscars Predictions

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This is a very fluid field with likely only Nolan and del Toro the only locks for a nomination at this point. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water

Luca Guadagnino,”Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Steven Spielberg, “The Post

Joe Wright, “The Darkest Hour

Almost there

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson

Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit

Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman

Angelina Jolie, “First They Killed My Father”

Yorgis Lanthimos, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Dee Rees, “Mudbound

Ridley Scott, “All The Money In The World

Michael Showalter, “The Big Sick

Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049

Longshots

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Darren Aronofsky, “Mother!”

Noah Baumbach, “The »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Original Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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Who said original ideas are dead in Hollywood? This year the Original Screenplay race is at least 10 times more competitive than the Adapted Screenplay category. In fact, it’s so competitive that who makes this five may be a major indicator of your eventual Best Picture winner. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Guillermo del toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick

Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post

Anthony McCarten, “The Darkest Hour

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Almost there

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project”

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Simon Beaufoy, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

David Scarpa, “All the Money in the World

Edgar Wright, “Baby Driver

Longshots

Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, “The Greatest Showman

Mark Boah, “Detroit”

Noah Baumbach, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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How weak is this year’s Adapted Screenplay category? If you can get the rights to something, write your screenplay, shoot, edit and release by the end of December…you’ve got a shot. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, “The Death of Stalin

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green, “Logan

Scott Neustadter, Michael H.

Continue reading 2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Tomb Raider’ First Trailer: Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft and She’s Ready to Be An Action Star

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Update (9/19/17): The trailer has been temporarily pulled from Instagram and will be back up at 9:50pm Et. 

Lara Croft just keeps attracting Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners. Not soon after winning for “Girl, Interrupted,” Angelina Jolie signed on to play the globe-trotting hero in the first film adaptation of the popular video game series. Now it’s Alicia Vikander’s turn. The actress has appeared in big budget fare like “Jason Bourne” since winning the Oscar for “The Danish Girl,” but playing Lara Croft will be her first major headliner performance.

Tomb Raider” is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”) and is the first Lara Croft big screen adventure since “The Cradle of Life” in 2003. Vikander plays a 21-year-old Croft, who is a bike courier in London investigating her father’s disappearance from seven years ago. Her search takes her to his last know location: a »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Bodied’: Joseph Kahn Crafts A Visually Dynamic Rap Battle [Tiff Midnight Madness Winner]

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Movies about rap battles are a rare breed. Of course, there’s the blisteringly ill rhymes in 2002’s Eminem-led drama “8 Mile,” and, more recently, this summer’s Sundance sensation “Patti Cake$,” featured a white New Jersey teenager dreaming of rap-stardom. But Hollywood has mostly stayed away from this incredibly popular urban underground activity where rappers battle in improv-filled, braggadocio-laden, lyric spouting contests.

Director Joseph Kahn — the filmmaker behind “Detention” and dozens of iconic music videos for artists, most notably Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood”– acts like he doesn’t care about what might be his audiences lack of knowledge of the topic.  

Continue reading ‘Bodied’: Joseph Kahn Crafts A Visually Dynamic Rap Battle [Tiff Midnight Madness Winner] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer: Alicia Vikander Becomes Lara Croft

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After a fifteen-year break, next spring the adventures of Lara Croft will once again grace the silver screen. The “Tomb Raider” reboot will have something of a Nordic flavor, bringing together the talents of Norwegian director Roar Ulthaug (“The Wave”) and Swedish star Alicia Vikander (“Ex-Machina,” “The Danish Girl”).

While the young Oscar winner may seem a curious choice for the role, having established herself mainly in dramas and independent films that never suggested the rough and tumble physicality of Lara Croft, Vikander recently explained to EW that she’s portraying Lara at the start of her adventures.

Continue reading ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer: Alicia Vikander Becomes Lara Croft at The Playlist. »

- Joe Blessing

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‘A Fish Out of Water’: Kuo-An’s Feature Length Debut Slips By With Visual Flair [Tiff Review]

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Taiwanese music video and commercial director Lai Kuo-An has established quite the extensive career collaborating with the best Taiwanese cinema has to offer. Now, for the first time in his career, Lai Kuo-An grabs the reins as a full-feature length director with “A Fish Out of Water,” a project so confoundedly ambiguous, frustration overwhelms the film’s intrinsic poignancy and its breathtaking touch of sentimentality.

A festering memory torments the mind of Yi-An, a young boy who insists his parents help him find his…well, past parents, who allegedly resided alongside a small fishing village by the sea.

Continue reading ‘A Fish Out of Water’: Kuo-An’s Feature Length Debut Slips By With Visual Flair [Tiff Review] at The Playlist. »

- Kyle Kohner

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Get Ready For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With High-Res Images Of Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Poe, More

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It looks like we’re still a few weeks away from the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and the marketing campaign will pause a moment before it truly takes off. Today, Walt Disney and Lucasfilm announced the global brands that will be part of the massive number of tie-in products associated with the film. But for the rest of us, they’ve finally dropped a batch of high-res images from the sequel, all in one place, and without various website watermarks or grainy web resolutions.

Continue reading Get Ready For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With High-Res Images Of Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Poe, More at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rithy Panh 101: How the ‘First They Killed My Father’ Producer Put Cambodian Cinema on the Map

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[Editors Note: This article is presented in partnership with Netflix’s original film “First They Killed My Father” – now streaming on Netflix and in select theaters.]

“First They Killed My Father” producer Rithy Panh is arguably the most influential Cambodian director in history. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge who escaped to Thailand in 1979, Panh found his footing as a filmmaker while living in Paris before returning to his native country 10 years later. Over the past 27 years, his work has largely taken a biographical focus, as he confronts the trauma of his family’s struggles from a number of cinematic perspectives. Viewed in full, his filmography tells the modern story of the Cambodian people, from their struggles to survive against an oppressive regime to the reverberations of those experiences in modern times. 

Panh has always taken a personal approach to his filmmaking. His first widely acclaimed project, 1994’s “Rice of People,” blends professional and amateur performers in the spare tale of an impoverished family attempting to make ends meet in a world still reeling from the horrors of the past. »


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Matt Damon Tries to Get It Up As A ‘Charlatan’

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You’re not going to be able to turn around over the next few months without running into Matt Damon. The actor leads both George Clooney‘s noirish romp “Suburbicon,” and Alexander Payne‘s ambitious “Downsizing.” And if you think the actor is returning to punching in the throat as Jason Bourne, guess again, though he is going for the groin….

Continue reading Matt Damon Tries to Get It Up As A ‘Charlatan’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Why Emma Stone’s Performance as Billie Jean King Deserves a Much Better Movie

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For her first post-Oscar role, newly minted Academy Award winner Emma Stone doesn’t disappoint, bringing sensitivity and nuance to her part as Billie Jean King in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ fact-based “Battle of the Sexes.” It’s just too bad that the film — a broad drama that gets a major status boost from the full force of Stone’s performance — isn’t a better fit for the work she’s turning in.

“Battles of the Sexes” essentially stuffs a long-necessary King biopic, one that follows the most personally formative experiences of the tennis champ’s life, into a crowd-pleasing story about the infamous sporting event from which it takes its title. It’s a character-driven drama crammed inside a sports film, and while that sort of engineering has often led to some revelatory offerings (think “Ali” or “The Fighter,” “Rudy” or “The Babe,” and scores more), “Battle” does not join their ranks. »


- Kate Erbland

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David Lynch Explains David Bowie’s Return to ‘Twin Peaks,’ Wishes He Could Work With Him Again

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Twin Peaks: The Return” may be over, but David Lynch isn’t done talking to the press just yet. In a new interview with Pitchfork, the filmmaker gets more candid than usual while talking about his process, and he gets downright sentimental while remembering David Bowie and what it took to bring him back as Phillip Jeffries in the new batch of episodes. “Twin Peaks” executive producer Sabrina Sutherland revealed on Reddit earlier this month that Bowie gave Lynch his approval, but now the director is explaining Bowie’s appearance in his own words.

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’ Ending Explained: How to Make Sense of David Lynch’s Baffling Finale

“I never even talked to him, but I talked to his lawyer, and they weren’t telling me why he said he couldn’t do it. But then, of course, later on we knew,” Lynch said. “We got permission to use the old footage, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘mother!’ Divides, But There’s So Much To Discuss! [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I dig into the career thus far of Darren Aronofsky, the filmmaker behind last weekend’s “mother!“, a fascinating film that’s swiftly divided audiences and critics even after a less-than-stellar box office haul. It’s undeniably mind-boggling to consider a studio exec reading the script and greenlighting the film, but that’s what happened and now we’ve got the glory or pain (depending on your feelings of the finished result) of “mother!” to relish in and discuss.

Continue reading ‘mother!’ Divides, But There’s So Much To Discuss! [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast] at The Playlist. »

- Erik McClanahan

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Harry Dean Stanton Remembered By the Director of His Last Film: ‘An Acting Legend Who Insisted He Didn’t Act’

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The following was written by John Carroll Lynch, whose directorial debut “Lucky” stars Harry Dean Stanton in his last film performance. 

Harry Dean Stanton was an acting legend who insisted he didn’t act. It was his touchstone. It was horse shit. I’ll give you examples.

We did a reading of “Lucky.”  We wanted to hear the piece out loud and give our investors a chance to hear it. Harry came. One of the agreements made for his participation, of course, was that he could smoke onstage. Apologies to the fire marshall.

As we began, Harry’s voice was weak, his reading slow. Hell, the print in his script was so big, he had to turn the page every half sentence. I was more than worried that this was going to scare off our investors.

Then we got to the scene in the alley. The person reading screen directions described the alleys’ red lights. »


- John Carroll Lynch

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HBO Renews ‘The Deuce’ For Season 2

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After Martin Scorsese‘s very expensive “Vinyl” failed to connect with the critics and audiences, HBO swiftly — after flirting with a possibly retooled second season — canceled the series. Which made it all the more surprising when they went ahead and pursued “The Deuce,” another show set in the ’70s, but instead of tackling the music industry, the show takes on the seamy underbelly of the world of pornography.

Continue reading HBO Renews ‘The Deuce’ For Season 2 at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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