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Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High

Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High
Exclusive: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency star Hannah Marks wrote and will star in the indie high comedy Banana Split, along with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum Dylan Sprouse and Liana Liberato (If I Stay, 1 Mile to You). Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick's newly formed company, American High, is fully financing the movie, which is currently shooting in Syracuse, New York. Cinematographer Ben Kasulke is marking his feature directorial debut with this film…
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The Best TV Shows Of 2017

It’s always difficult to tell ahead of time which of our year-end lists will prove the most divisive among the usually harmonious Playlist team. But perhaps reflecting the inarguable explosion of quality TV over the past decade, and therefore the fact that not any one of us has seen everything, and every one of us has their favorites among stuff that no one else saw, this year that dubious title may just fall to the feature you are about to read.

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Can’t Stop The Train

It’s the time of year when we’re all eating up prestige pictures, and getting healthy on the best that cinema has to offer. But sometimes you just want to dive face first into a movie that’s high on calories and low on nutrition, so thank god for “The Commuter.”

Liam Neeson is coming to punch people — again — this time on a train, in a movie where he gruffly demands, “Stop this train now!” My ticket is fucking sold.

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‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake

‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake
The success of “Good Time” has kicked open some doors for filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, who have spent years solidifying their indie cred. As they shared last month, some very big projects have started to cross their desk, though the duo are being selective about what they choose to do.

“….we’re talking about doing a remake of a movie. It’s weird, a studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing.

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Net Neutrality Killed, But The Fight To Save Netflix, Twitter and Facebook Isn’t Over Yet

Net Neutrality Killed, But The Fight To Save Netflix, Twitter and Facebook Isn’t Over Yet
The FCC just voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle the set of protections that go by the shorthand “net neutrality,” and it’s bad news for consumers, media-lovers, and small internet businesses alike.

Completely reversing all of net neutrality is a huge departure from what consumers are used to, and in the long run the consequences could be absolutely disastrous. But there’s a lot of confusion and a lack of clarity about how the demise of net neutrality will happen and hurt individuals.

Although the Commission just voted to kill the rules, the internet won’t immediately be split into tiered bundles today or even this year. If it net neutrality does end up doomed, the reality of “how” is slower, more complicated, and more insidious than that. But the good news is, it still may not be doomed at all. Here’s the reality of whether we’ll get there,
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Werner Herzog Is Returning to the Amazon, and He’s Bringing 48 Students With Him for a Filmmaking Workshop

Werner Herzog Is Returning to the Amazon, and He’s Bringing 48 Students With Him for a Filmmaking Workshop
35 years after “Fitzcarraldo,” Werner Herzog is returning to the Amazon. He isn’t going alone: 48 filmmakers will follow the one-of-a-kind auteur into the jungle for “Filming in Peru with Werner Herzog,” a 10-day workshop put together by Black Factory Cinema. One hopes their ordeal isn’t as arduous as those faced both on and offscreen in “Fitzcarraldo” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God.”

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The workshop begins on May 1, 2018 and lasts until the 11th, with each participant developing a short film under Herzog’s tutelage; upon completion, Herzog will select the best work for potential inclusion at international festivals. He’s taught similar courses before, often under less conventional circumstances than most workshops, but never in the same location as his two masterworks from 1972 and 1982.

It isn’t for first-timers, however. The workshop’s
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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018. Lineup

My Own Private HellThe titles for the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam are being announced in anticipation of the event running January 24 - February 4, 2018. We will update the program as new films are revealed.Bright FUTUREThe Flower Shop (Ruben Desiere)Look Up (Fulvio Risoleo)My Friend the Polish Girl (Ewa Banaszkiewicz)Rabot (Christina Vandekerckhove)Respeto (Alberto Monteras II)The Return (Malene Choi Jensen)Windspiel (Peyman Ghalambor)All You Can Eat Buddha (Ian Lagarde)Azougue Nazareth (Tiago Melo)My Own Private Hell (Guto Parente)Ordinary Time (Susana Nobre)3/4 (Ilian Metev)Cocote (Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias)Drift (Helena Wittmann)The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)Gutland (Govinda Van Maele)The Watchman (Alejandro Andújar)Life and Nothing More (Antonio Méndez Esparza)Meteors (Gürcan Keltek)Mama (Jin Xingzheng)The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho)Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Ivana Mladenovic)Sweating the Small Stuff (Ninomiya Ryutaro)VOICESFátima (João Canijo)Anna's War (Alexey Fedorchecnko)Western
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Golden Globes 2018: Actresses Will Wear Black to Protest Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Golden Globes 2018: Actresses Will Wear Black to Protest Sexual Harassment in Hollywood
Actresses attending the 2018 Golden Globes are expected to join forces by wearing all black to protest sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, People confirms. Nominees such as Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone are expected to join the protest. While the plan is for actresses to wear black to the Globes, the protest could extend to other awards shows such as the SAG Awards and the Oscars.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Responds to Salma Hayek: ‘All of the Sexual Allegations Are Not Accurate’

“All female actresses attending the Globes are protesting by just wearing black gowns,” a source told People.

The #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement was recently named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Men and women have been speaking out against industry harassment more vocally in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and more. Weinstein has been accused of
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Henry Cavill Says Don’t Sweat About How Clark Kent’s Return Will Be Explained

Superman is back, having been resurrected by motherbox power, and helping to slay the villainous Steppenwolf. So what’s next for the man who wears hope on his chest? Well, according to “Justice League,” he’ll go back to farm life, and presumably commute to work every day to The Daily Planet along with Lois Lane. But wait a minute….as far as his colleagues know, Clark just vanished one day (around the same time as Superman, but hey, no coincidence there, right?).

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Ridley Scott Did Not Tell Kevin Spacey He Was Being Replaced from ‘All the Money in The World’

Ridley Scott Did Not Tell Kevin Spacey He Was Being Replaced from ‘All the Money in The World’
Kevin Spacey likely learned that his performance would be omitted from “All The Money in The World” via the Internet, just like everyone else. The film’s director, Ridley Scott, told The New York Times that he did not inform the two-time Oscar winner of his recasting because the actor never called once he had been publicly accused of sexual harassment and worse. Allegations have been made against Spacey by more than 30 accusers, including 16 male staff members from the Old Vic, where Spacey served as artistic director for 11 years.

“A phone call would have been nice,” said Scott, already a Best Director Golden Globe nominee for the film. “At first I was disappointed. Then I was mad.”

The Times article also established the timeline of events that led to the $10 million decision to replace Spacey while still bringing the feature to theaters by Christmas (the original release date was December
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Rian Johnson Interviews Paul Thomas Anderson About ‘Phantom Thread’

If you’re looking for some distraction from the Disney/Fox chatter (that will be going for some time yet), and eager to keep away from any “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” spoilers, there’s 32 minutes you can’t miss it.

Rian Johnson sat down with Paul Thomas Anderson in Los Angeles on December 2nd to discuss “Phantom Thread.” Johnson has already gone on record about his admiration of Daniel Day-Lewis’ final movie, here he gets to go deep.

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Jason Mitchell on the Extreme Empathy of ‘Mudbound’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Jason Mitchell on the Extreme Empathy of ‘Mudbound’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
There are scenes so brutal “Mudbound” that actor Jason Mitchell found himself assuring white audiences that yes, the movie is in fact an accurate portrayal of the violence black people experience. “This is still happening today. They might not make you leave out the back of the store, but they also might not let you in,” Mitchell told IndieWire in the first interview for this year’s Awards Spotlight series. Directed by Dee Rees, “Mudbound” follows two families — one white, one black — living in the Deep South and their parallel journeys adjusting to life after WWII. The film’s hype has grown steadily since its Sundance premiere, where it sold to Netflix for a whopping $12.5 million in the biggest acquisition of the year.

Mitchell enjoyed playing a character unafraid to challenge racists, though he acknowledged that part might have been a touch unrealistic. “Most black men in his situation wouldn’t have said anything,
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‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville on Hollywood for Actresses Over 40: ‘It Is Getting Better’

‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville on Hollywood for Actresses Over 40: ‘It Is Getting Better’
Daniel Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock may be the focus of “Phantom Thread,” but the women rule in Paul Thomas Anderson’s lavish character study. Although the fussy dressmaker is used to getting his way, every element of his professional and personal life is dictated by the women who surround him. And there’s no one more fearsome than his beloved sister and business partner, Cyril (Lesley Manville).

In Manville’s hands, Cyril is iron-willed with a flinty charm that keeps both Reynolds and the audience on their toes. From a particular flick of her eyes to an unnerving scene where she baits Reynolds for a fight he will undoubtedly lose, Cyril never gives anyone — least of all her brother — an inch.

It’s a stunning and subtle performance, and one that subverts what Hollywood expects from and offers actresses over 40. “I’ve got a movie, a TV series, and a play,
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Mark Millar Concerned About Disney/Fox Deal, Says It Could Be Good For X-Men

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives everywhere tomorrow, and while Disney thought it was probably savvy to officially announce their Fox deal today, perhaps they didn’t anticipate that the conversation would pretty much overwhelm the press cycle. Everyone in weighing in on what this might mean for the future of movies and, at least for the purposes of this article, Marvel.

Bob Iger has already said that Disney won’t try and mess with the R-rated success of “Deadpool,” but the larger question is whether or not a behemoth sized mouse house would even dare to make something like that movie to start with.

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Disney/Fox Deal: How The Battle to Beat Netflix Starts Today, What Happens to the Fox Network, And Other Burning Questions

Rupert Murdoch is cashing out. The idea of 21st Century Fox being consumed by Disney in a $52.4 billion all-stock deal has shocked Hollywood, where industry players never thought they’d see the powerful Fox behemoth be largely consumed, rather than do the consuming. But as one insider noted, Murdoch is looking toward his final legacy — and turning in his chips while the getting’s good.

“Rupert is 86. He’s looking toward setting up [his family],” one observer said. The industry is rapidly changing, and as the Disney deal currently values the 21st Century Fox assets at more than $66 billion, it’s probably never going to get better than that. Fox shareholders, including the Murdochs, could hold around 25 percent of a new mega-Disney, which will now be supremely positioned to face off with Netflix and other giants in the new media landscape.

The Murdochs got their start in the newspaper business, so it
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‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns

‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns
The Western is the quintessential American movie genre. Its iconography has been seared into our collective conscious: the solitary cowboy riding the endless frontier, towns struggling to survive in a lawless land, the quick-drawing gunfighter. Generations of filmmakers have engaged with those symbols, building an entire cinematic language on a genre that began with the simple premise of good “white hats” vs. bad “black hats.” In doing so, they have created mythologies, torn down legends and subverted what it means to be an American.

My exposure to the West began in the living room of my parents’ house. My father, a Sephardic Jew born and raised in Greece, shared with me the movies he loved as a child. Over the years my enthusiasm for the genre only grew as I became a history buff, a lover of myths, and eventually a filmmaker. In interviews, I’m often asked to name my favorite Western,
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James Wan Shoots Down ‘Aquaman’ Villain Rumors

To be honest, the last thing I care about are rumors about “Aquaman.” If I never see another DC Films production, at least in its current incarnation, it won’t be too soon. But there are those invested in the watery standalone, enough that whispers and speculations are flying around, to the extent that director James Wan has had to comment on them.

Apparently, certain corners of the internet have been tossing around the idea that “Aquaman” will feature three villains: Aquaman’s half-brother Orm, Black Manta, and King Nereus.

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‘The Simpsons’ Producers on How They Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox 19 Years Ago

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‘The Simpsons’ Producers on How They Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox 19 Years Ago
The Disney-Fox merger is one of the biggest industry stories of the year, and it turns out “The Simpsons” saw it coming 19 years ago. The show has always managed to predict the future, be it Trump’s presidency or the FIFA corruption scandal, and it appears Matt Groening and company somehow knew their series would one day be opened by Disney.

Read More:Disney is Buying A Majority of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 Billion Deal

In the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” Homer becomes the personal assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger after they leave Hollywood behind and move to Springfield. When Ron Howard comes to visit the actors, Homer pitches a time-tralveing robot movie. Later in the episode, Howard is seen pitching Homer’s script to 20th Century Fox, and the sign in front of the studio lot reads “a division of Walter Disney Co.” You can
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The Best Male Movie Performances of 2017

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The Best Male Movie Performances of 2017
For many reasons, 2017 was an important year to celebrate actresses, and there were many great women in front of the cameras. However, this year’s best performances by men also stood out for pushing against commercial standards and delivering some of the most exciting characters of the year: Men conflicted about their desires, their responsibilities, and their identities as a whole. While a few of these roles may look more traditional than others, none of them are easy, and as a whole they stand out as major accomplishments that either challenge conventional notions of masculinity or scrutinize them with renewed vigor.

Of course, many of the best male performances of 2017 aren’t great because they’re guys; they’re great because they’re memorable performances, period — loaded with intrigue, thrills, and pathos. Here’s the best of the bunch.

15. Harris Dickinson, “Beach Rats

For his very first feature, British actor
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Disney’s Bob Iger Says ‘Deadpool’ Will Stay R-Rated

There are many, many questions that will be asked the days, weeks, and months ahead following Disney‘s deal for Fox. One of the many queries being pondered is whether or not the squeaky clean Disney will be willing to sully their family brand with some adult oriented grit. Back in the day, the studio reached the non-kid market thanks to movie arms like Miramax and Touchstone Pictures, but in recent years, they’ve strictly stayed in the all-ages, four-quadrant vein.

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