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Criterion Now – Episode 40 – Othello, Alexander Payne, Tales of Hoffman

After a short break, Aaron returns with Will Remmers’ debut appearance. We discuss a lot of the news that we missed from the past few weeks, including potential Criterion titles like Hard Eight, Margaret, The Virgin Suicides, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We get a little deeper into Orson WellesOthello and his final documentary, Filming Othello. Will is an opera expert, so a few topics are steered towards that topic and we briefly get into The Tales of Hoffman.

Episode Notes

6:30 – New Releases and Criterion News

48:30 – Short Takes (Jim Henson, Jabberwocky)

53:30 – Othello

1:09:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links New York Times – Women in Love Restoration Alexander Payne Closet Video Ask Jim Jarmusch Questions Why Barnes & Noble Wants Smaller Stores Kristopher Tapley Tweet About Hard Eight The BeguiledSofia Coppola Actor from The Breakfast Club Opens Up About John Hughes Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He Can
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Adam Driver: ‘Compared with the military, acting isn't that difficult’

The Star Wars actor on leaving the Marines, filming nude scenes with Lena Dunham and getting in touch with his dark side

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his physiognomy: he has a large head and outsize features that somehow combine to give an impression of gravity. Before the photoshoot, he let it be known that he finds it uncomfortable to have a journalist (me) in his sightline on set, the kind of specification one might expect of a particularly precious Hollywood star. But this turns out to be misleading. Driver’s discomfort is with the entire celebrity aspect of his job, which makes talking about his role in the latest Star Wars trilogy somewhat tricky. I don’t even know where to start with The Last Jedi,
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Women Directors From Europe on Their Foreign-Language Films

Women Directors From Europe on Their Foreign-Language Films
With a record 27 women behind the 92 foreign-language film submissions, Variety posed the same questions to a selection of directors about their experiences. What was your biggest obstacle in making the film? What was the key to your breakthrough? What is your creative goal? Who are your filmmaking heroes? What would you like the world to know about being a woman film director and the message you want to send? Here are their stories.

Anahit Abad

Yeva” (Armenia)

“Funding the project is the biggest obstacle, just like for most filmmakers who are trying to make their first film. Particularly, I can say that some of the most important obstacles I faced during the production of my film are being a woman, being of Armenian descent and of course, the fact that I am shorter than average.

“With all the financial obstacles, the fact that I was raised in the Iranian cinema and the location was somehow unfamiliar … I used
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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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Aborted Justice League post-credit scene, Coco wins the box office weekend, Ben Mendelsohn wants to play Doctor Doom and more – Weekend News Roundup

No Lanterns…

No spoilers for the DC team-up movie Justice League here, but a new post from a Reddit (who claims to be VFX artist on the movie) has said that there was a post-credits scene planned which features the Green Lantern Corps. The scene would have seen Bruce Wayne being awoken in his lake house by a green light, with Kilowog and Tomar-Re then making an appearance. Read more here.

Elfman Scored From Storyboards

A lot has been said about the very troubled production of Justice League, and now composer Danny Elfman has dropped in his own nugget of information saying he scored most of the movie from storyboards. “I got the call from Joss very last-second,” said Elfman. “I got the call and it was, ‘You have to decide now and then go to work tomorrow.’ I had a lot of storyboards in place of action. There would
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A Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai sequel is in development

It seems that writer-director Jim Jarmusch and star Forest Whitaker are gearing up for a return to the world of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, with RZA – who starred in the cult film, as well as providing the score – revealing to Telerama (via The Playlist) that a follow-up is in development.

Jim Jarmusch, my good buddy, and Forest Whitaker, have both signed on with me and another writer named Dallas Jackson, to executive produce another Ghost Dog,” said RZA. “And we already have something written. So maybe Ghost Dog will make its way back to the silver screen, or small screen.”

From the above, it seems the project is still in the early stages, and there’s no indication whether Whitaker will be reprising his role from the original film, where he played a mafia hitman who models himself on the Japanese samurai of old.

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Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch

Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch
There's a huge difference between cult hit and underground cult oddity. The second of which you love but most, or none of your friends have seen. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai definitely falls into that later catagory. And while you've long dreamed of a sequel, no one else really knows what you're talking about. Well, perhaps they'll soon understand, as Ghost Dog 2 is happening nearly 10 years after the first movie arrived.

Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai hit the indie circuit in 2000 and made a little bit of noise amongst genre fans. It starred Forest Whitaker, who didn't necessarily scream silent warrior at the time, and still doesn't, though Rogue One helps his street cred. The movie was directed by Jim Jarmusch who hasn't ever made a mainstream movie his entire life. Now, the pair are back, thanks to Wu Tang rapper RZA. He is writing the sequel to Ghost Dog,
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‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works

‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works
Jim Jarmusch has been keeping it pretty chill since last year’s release of “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger,” but the director always has a couple irons in the fire. Last month, Tilda Swinton revealed she was gearing up to reunite with the filmmaker on a new project, which is yet to be revealed. But it seems that’s not all the director has cooking up.
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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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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Adam Driver Goes Undercover For Spike Lee & Jordan Peele’s ‘Black Klansman’

At 33 years old, Adam Driver has assembled of roster of auteurs he’s worked with that would be impressive for someone twice his age. The actor has crossed Clint Eastwood, Noah Baumbach, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Rian Johnson, J.J. Abrams, Jeff Nichols, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, and Steven Soderbergh off the bucket list, and now he’s getting ready to scratch out another name.

Continue reading Adam Driver Goes Undercover For Spike Lee & Jordan Peele’s ‘Black Klansman’ at The Playlist.
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Adam Driver Joins Spike Lee’s ‘Black Klansman,’ Produced by Jordan Peele

If an actor’s resume throughout their entire career included Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, the Coens, Terry Gilliam, Leos Carax, and Rian Johnson, it’d be one of the most impressive in filmmaking. For Adam Driver, he’s managed to work with all of these directors in just the last five years. He’s now collaborating with another one of the greats, Spike Lee, for a Kkk crime thriller.

According to Deadline, Driver has joined John David Washington (Ballers), and Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) in Black Klansman, which follows black police detective Ron Stallworth in Colorado Springs who went undercover in the Kkk. Driver plays a fellow undercover police offer, named Flip, who is known to be a perfectionist and anti-social.

With Lee at the helm — whose vital, urgent Chi-Raq was one of 2015’s best films — and the producing backing of Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, and distribution from Focus Features,
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Morelia: ‘Tempestad’s’ Tatiana Huezo Adapts ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ for Fiction Debut, ‘Noche de Fuego’ (Exclusive)

Morelia: ‘Tempestad’s’ Tatiana Huezo Adapts ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ for Fiction Debut, ‘Noche de Fuego’ (Exclusive)
Director of “Tempestad,” Mexico’s foreign-language Oscar submission, Tatiana Huezo, already one of Mexico’s most distinguished women filmmakers, will make her fiction feature debut, “Noche de fuego,” adapting Jennifer Clement’s “Prayers for the Stolen.”

One of the most buzzed-up projects at Morelia’s Sundance Lab, “Noche de fuego” is produced by Nicolas Celis and Jim Jarmusch collaborator Jim Stark (“Down By Law”) and is set up at Celis’ Pimienta Films, producer of Huezo’s docu-feature debut “The Tiniest Place” and “Tempestad,” and also a lead-producer on Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming Spanish-language movie “Roma,” and a co-producer on “Pájaros del verano,” also in post, from Academy Award-nominated Colombian Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”).

Tempestad” is also nominated for an International Emmy Award and is Mexico’s candidate for next February’s 32nd Spanish Academy Goya Awards, where it has currently made the last-16 longlist for Best Ibero-American Film.

El Salvador-born,
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Tilda Swinton Reteaming With Jim Jarmusch For New Film

When Tilda Swinton works with a director she likes, there’s a good chance she’ll wind up making another movie with them should the opportunity arise. One of the filmmakers on her Rolodex is Jim Jarmusch, with the pair previously collaborating on “Broken Flowers,” “The Limits Of Control,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Now, it looks like she’s gearing up to re-team with the filmmaker once again.

Continue reading Tilda Swinton Reteaming With Jim Jarmusch For New Film at The Playlist.
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Movie Poster of the Week: “Maigret Sets a Trap” and the Art of Nathan Gelgud

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This beautiful pair of illustrated posters for two late 50s Maigret adaptations by Jean Delannoy is the work of Nathan Gelgud, an artist who by now should be well known to cinephiles in New York and Los Angeles. Nathan is the creator of the auteur tote bag, an essential cinephilic fashion accessory for the 2010s, more on which later. Full disclosure: I was involved in the art direction on these posters at Kino Lorber, whose repertory division is re-releasing Maigret Sets a Trap (originally released in the Us as Inspector Maigret and later re-released as Woman Bait) at Metrograph today and will be releasing both films on Blu-ray in December. I’d been aware of Nathan’s work for a while, but it was his comic-book style resumé poster for Metrograph’s Alain Tanner retrospective this summer that convinced me he’d be perfect for Maigret. And, as luck would have it,
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Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Star Lineup

Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Star Lineup
Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival has boosted the star wattage for its Oct. 21 opening night, with Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis and Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch regular Masatoshi Nagase (“Radiance”) set to attend the seaside event in Turkey.

During the festival, Walken and Lewis will discuss career benchmarks at In Conversation With sessions; Walken will take home an Honorary Golden Orange Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film.

Also on hand will be Sean Baker, screening “The Florida Project,” Ai Wei-Wei producer Chin-Chin Yap, presenting “Human Flow” and Cannes winner Aida Begic with “Never Leave Me.”

In addition, Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will make his way to the historic resort city for a tribute to his work, along with that of late director Ömer Lütfi Akad, a pioneer of post-war Turkish cinema.

Palestinian filmmaker/provocateur Elia Suleiman will preside over a jury composed of Turkish actress, producer and writer
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Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis to Be Honored at Antalya Film Festival

Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis to Be Honored at Antalya Film Festival
Turkey's Antalya film festival will present Christopher Walken with an honorary lifetime achievement award this year.

Walken, who won an Oscar for his performance in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, will receive an Honorary Golden Orange Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Film, organizers said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Juliette Lewis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her part in Cape Fear, will be presented with the key to the city of Antalya by Mayor Menderes Turel.

The actors will be joined by other prominent guests at the Mediterranean resort for the festival. Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch...
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Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast

Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast
Many actors profess to be surprised when they win an Academy Award; few look as sincerely stunned as Tilda Swinton did when she was named Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 ceremony, for her expertly frosted turn as a corrupt corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton.” Her shock, one suspects, had less to do with how favored she was or wasn’t by the bookies than her bewilderment at being in the hunt for Hollywood gold in the first place: Little about the way the iconoclastic British star forges and curates her unusual career has courted the awards and embrace of the mainstream, yet they’ve found her anyway.

The Oscars certainly seemed a world away when the 25-year-old Swinton — who caught the acting bug while studying politics at Cambridge, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating — began her film career with Derek Jarman, Britain’s pioneering godfather of New Queer Cinema. Playing the artist
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Harvey Weinstein Accusations: How Film Festival Environments Provided a Backdrop For Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein Accusations: How Film Festival Environments Provided a Backdrop For Sexual Assault
In 1995, Harvey Weinstein tried to give Mira Sorvino a massage, chasing her around the room when she rebuffed him. In 1996, he sexually assaulted rising French actress Judith Godrèche in a hotel room; a year later, he had another incident with Rose McGowan. In 2008, actress Louisette Geiss fled a hotel room where Weinstein tried to get her to watch him masturbate. In 2010, he tricked another French actress, Emma de Caunes, into visiting a hotel room where he exposed himself and tried to get her lie down.

In all of these accounts, Weinstein seemed to think that the relative privacy of the hotel room provided him with a sanctuary in which he could perform deplorable acts on whomever he pleased, but the context was more specific than that: In every instance, he was at a film festival.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in
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61st BFI London Film Festival Review – Lucky (2017)

Lucky, 2017.

Directed by John Carroll Lynch

Starring Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, and Tom Skerritt.

Synopsis:

The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist.

Late, lamented Hollywood legend Harry Dean Stanton had the sort of face the camera practically keeled over for. Less a visage than an ordnance survey map of Hollywood history, Dean Stanton’s features were testament to his extraordinary 60 year career as a ubiquitous, scene-stealing support player in the likes of Alien and Repo Man.

Small wonder that debut director John Carroll Lynch makes such sublime use of the actor’s wonderfully weathered features in his lyrical small town drama Lucky. Indeed, Stanton’s face practically is the entire story, competing with the sun-baked, cactus-strewn landscapes for sheer ruggedness.

Named after Stanton’s central character, Lucky is that rare movie that gifts the actor a juicy lead role, comparable to his iconic desert-trekking loner in Wim Wenders’ Paris,
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Magnolia Pictures Takes North American Rights To Director Sara Driver’s Boom For Real The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-michel Basquiat

Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Boom For Real The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-michel Basquiat, director Sara Driver’s (When Pigs Fly, Sleepwalk) love letter to New York City’s past through the eyes of people who knew the renowned artist.

The film, which world-premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim, will next screen at the 55Th New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Magnolia plans a 2018 theatrical release.

Boom For Real The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-michel Basquiat follows Basquiat’s life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never before seen works, writings and photographs, Driver worked closely and collaboratively with her friends and other artists who emerged from that scene: Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares,
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