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Los Angeles Film Festival Moving To Fall Starting In 2018

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The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June.

The fest, run by Film Independent, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East »

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Obama Doc ‘The Final Year’ Heads to Magnolia Pictures

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the HBO documentary “The Final Year,” which chronicles President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office.

Directed by Greg Barker, “The Final Year” was produced by Julie Goldman and John Battsek and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

It will next screen as the Opening Night Selection of Doc NYC on November 9. Magnolia will then launch a multi-city theatrical release on Jan. 19, nearly one year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Is a Bingeworthy Horror Mindtrip That’s Helping Shape TV’s Brand New Rules

8 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wednesday night’s installment of “Channel Zero: No-End House” was an episode-length dose of that universal feeling that comes with watching a piece of finely tuned horror: the tiny voice inside (or outside) that screams, “No! Don’t do it!” As with all on-screen tales of terror, the Syfy anthology series has mined plenty of moments like this in its second season, themed around the all-encompassing psychological consequences of an insidious haunted house. But while “The Damage” was a relative breather in the scope of what’s come before it, “No-End House” as a whole remains an ambitious series that’s building on the innovations of TV’s latest narrative wave.

As two friends who get sucked into the horror of No-End House, a literal end-of-the-road attraction with escalating horrors in each of its six rooms, Margot (Amy Forsyth) and Jules (Aisha Dee) have been fighting memories of their »

- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Review: Who’s in Ctrl and Other Key Takeaways From ‘eps3.1_undo.gz’

8 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3, Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz” follow.]

Booting Up

In an immediately classic opening montage, Elliot embraces his new job at Evil Corp, doing his best to blend into the corporate scene… while still using his hacker superpowers to try to prevent Stage 2 and along the way dish out his own brand of justice against the corruption within the company. But being normal isn’t easy for anyone, especially as he becomes aware that Mr. Robot isn’t gone — he’s just losing control of the moments when that aspect of himself arises.

Whiterose continues to lurk in the shadows, planning for Stage 2 — which will now coincide with a United Nations vote on annexing the Congo, though Phillip Price has his own political conditions. Meanwhile, Joanna Wellick’s plan to clear Tyrell’s name seems to work. Too bad that immediately afterward, her now-former lover Derek confronts her and her driver on the street, and she dies »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Is ‘Three Billboards’ Your Stealth Best Picture Frontrunner? [Contender Countdown]

10 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s the middle of October, do you know where your Academy Award frontrunner for Best Picture is?

Newsflash: no one really cares.

The aftermath of the deluge of sexual misconduct and rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein is all Hollywood is talking about these days.  Speaking to a well-placed Academy member this afternoon, they could not remember the last time so few members were aware of movies in the race or that they were “supposed” to see (and last fall featured the most consequential election in modern times). 

Continue reading Is ‘Three Billboards’ Your Stealth Best Picture Frontrunner? [Contender Countdown] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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