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‘Based on a True Story’ Review: Roman Polanski’s Latest Doesn’t Meet High Expectations — Cannes

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Four years after “Venus in Fur,” Roman Polanski returns with an adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s “Based on a True Story,” a stylish but ultimately stiff collection of old tropes about writers and their audience, fiction vs. reality, and the Other that becomes you.

Offering little in the way of fresh material and mixing together influences such as “Misery,” “Single White Female,” and Polanski’s own “The Ghost Writer,” this sophisticated French/Polish two-hander is at least a good showcase for the two lead actresses — while the pairing of Polanski and “Personal Shopper” director Olivier Assayas, here solely on scriptwriting duty, does not quite deliver on its promise.

The story of a successful Parisian writer Delphine (Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner) on the verge of starting her new book, the film opens on a point-of-view shot of the author facing a sea of admirers at a signing event. Beneath a well-constructed facade of control, »


- Tommaso Tocci

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Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: ‘SNL’ Parties So Hard They Break Tables

This week: A “BoJack Horseman” character seemingly comes to life, the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writers room gets an upgrade (…maybe), and Lin-Manuel Miranda gets spoiled for “Veep.”

Well, This is a Delightful Image

90%of my Sat mornings for past 5 months r spent in full performance of every Moana song with my Tiny Humans. I do a fine Maui. @Lin_Manuel

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 20, 2017

If you haven’t read it, by the way, Rhimes’ “Year of Yes” is a charming memoir/self-help book. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Anne With an E’: The Secret Weapon Behind Netflix’s Latest Stunning Opening Sequence

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Stranger Things” and “Anne with an E” wouldn’t appear to have much in common. But both Netflix series boast iconic and impactful opening sequences created by the same design studio.

Imaginary Forces creative director Alan Williams, whose company earned lauds for its minimalist title design for “Stranger Things,” reached out to Netflix again when he learned that the streaming service was adapting the novel into a series, “Anne with an E.” Like many, Williams grew up captivated by Anne Shirley, the heroine from author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book “Anne of Green Gables. The lonely orphan had an indomitable spirit, wild imagination, and affinity for the natural world that she brought with her to Green Gables, where she finally found a home.

Read More: ‘Anne With an E’ Review: A ‘Breaking Bad’ Producer Adaptation of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Dares to Darken Its Cheery Outlook

“One huge thing for »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bloodline’ Review: Final Season Struggles to Find Meaning in a Confounding, Non-Committal Finale — Spoilers

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For those curious if the final season of “Bloodline” is worth it — the basest function of a review — I will quickly and succinctly answer: No.

Such efficiency feels refreshing after 10 redundant and listless hours spent with a family stuck in the Florida swamp, drifting through the guilty consciouses of characters who seem eager to move on from their own story, and the only thing holding them back is the need to fill one more season.

At its best, “Bloodline” found tension in the intense moral quandaries drawn out by its central conflict: John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler), the patriarch of the Rayburn family, and his younger brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), couldn’t resolve deep-seeded issues that divided them years before “Bloodline” began; not before it was too late, Danny was dead, and John was the one holding him under water.

Read More: ‘Bloodline’ Recap Video: Relive Every Essential Moment of the »


- Ben Travers

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David Fincher: Discover The Hidden Visual Effects in His Greatest Films — Watch

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When we think of CGI, we don’t exactly think of David Fincher. Known for labyrinthine mystery thrillers, Fincher is unwavering in his dedication to detail, as this gripping new video essay explains. Kaptain Kristian charts Fincher’s obsessive eye, uncovering how the director has used visual effects to achieve a historically accurate skyline or a meticulous timeline of events. But Fincher never sacrifices story for the sake of flashy effects; he only uses CG techniques to enhance his storytelling.

Read More: Guillermo del Toro Analyzes David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac,’ Proves It’s One of the Best Films in ‘Recent Memory’

One example is in “Zodiac,” the 2007 murder thriller set in 1960s San Francisco. Fincher used CGI in almost every background shot in order to achieve the most accurate view of the city as it was. Additionally, Fincher rarely uses make-up blood, preferring CGI splatters. In the bathroom scene in »


- Jude Dry

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Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Are Getting Serious Awards Attention: How Bold DPs are Changing the Race

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Call them the Dp disruptors: “Legion,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Taboo.” It’s one thing to be for cinematography to be cinematic, but quite another to provoke. Here’s a look at the cinematography that was used to explore the impacts of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down and against humanity.

Legion

After re-imagining “Fargo” as a nightmarish crime anthology, Noah Hawley stripped the superhero iconography out of Marvel’s “Legion” by concentrating on schizophrenia and paranoia. Dan Stevens’ troubled mutant, David Haller, proves to be an unreliable narrator, unable to grasp the difference between reality and imagination, who meets the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in a mental hospital and discovers that his psychological instability is a result of special telepathic power.

Cinematographer Dana Gonzales (“Fargo”) liked a story that demanded a shift from naturalistic to heightened. “And there’s a love »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Fargo’: David Thewlis on the Details and Delight of Playing a Bad Guy Who’s ‘Out and Out Foul’

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When “Fargo” Year 3 announced its cast, Ewan McGregor was clearly the biggest name involved, and the fact that he would be playing brothers had everyone intrigued.

But in subsequent weeks, fans aren’t clamoring for McGregor’s Ray or Emmit, but they are obsessed with the character of V.M. Varga. And that’s because David Thewlis is turning in one of the spring’s darkest, most horrifying supporting performances, one that will be hard to overlook this Emmy season.

Read More: ‘FargoReview: A Battle Between Ewan McGregors Has Never Felt So Wretched — And Season 3 Never More Exciting

Varga enters the world of “Fargo” cloaked in mystery, after Emmit (McGregor) discovers that a business deal he made has brought Varga into his business as an investor. As the season has progressed, we’ve come to learn more about the reedy man with a British accent and no scruples — including his eating habits, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Has a Death Wish In Lynne Ramsay’s Meandering Detective Story — Cannes

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Joaquin Phoenix stumbles through every scene in Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” as if he overslept, dashed out of bed, and accidentally rushed into the abandoned set of a film noir, then forgot what he was supposed to do. The results are thrilling and frustrating, often within the constraints of a single scene. It’s an enticing challenge for the writer-director to develop a stylish mood piece out this flimsy material, adapted from a Jonathan Ames novella as a series of textured moments. The movie is an elegant homage to a mold of scrappy detective stories that often collapses into a concise pileup of stylish possibilities.

That’s nothing new for the British director, whose 2002 feature “Morvern Callar” showed a penchant for grim genre exercises that treasured mood over plot and mysteries over solutions; her 2011 thriller “We Need to Talk About Kevin” suggested the prospects for expanding »


- Eric Kohn

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Why the Women Ruled Cannes 2017, Even When the Festival Failed Them

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

As the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival comes to a close, the tide appears to be turning for women. With Sofia Coppola, Naomi Kawase, and Lynne Ramsay in this year’s competition, the lineup included more work from female filmmakers than almost any other year of the aughts, although that still worked out to just 15.8% of the 19-film competition slate. But beyond the numbers, things are changing.

Nicole Kidman, the unofficial queen of this year’s festival thanks to her turns in four of its most anticipated entries (two of which were directed by women), used her platform to call for more female filmmakers across the board. “Still only about four percent of women directed the major motion pictures of 2016,” she said at the press conference for Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” “That there says it all. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘The Bachelorette’ and Lionel Richie Re-Enacted, ‘Veep’s’ Best Insults — This Week’s Best Late Night TV

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With so many shows running every weeknight, it makes sense that you can’t keep up on everything. So here’s a recap of the week’s highlights, thanks to the magic of YouTube.

“Sing After You Cry”

Ben Platt, the star of the Broadway favorite “Dear Evan Hanson,” appeared on “Late Show” this week, and offered some amazing advice on why singing on stage can actually be helped by tears. That’s in the interview below:

And for a taste of what that means, just watch Platt singing a signature number from the show live:

Not bad, sir. Not bad.

Not That We’ll Admit to Watching “The Bachelorette,” But…

A truly horrific dude made his primetime debut during the season premiere, and the best way to process it is to watch two true gentlemen of The Roots reenact a key interaction on “The Tonight Show. ”

Coach Gonna Coach »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’: Watch Wyatt Russell Croon Two Songs Live on the Set of Indie Charmer

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Jeff Grace’s indie charmer “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” follows a pair of seemingly mismatched childhood friends who have taken wildly divergent paths in life — Wyatt Russell as a good-time-having folk singer and Alex Karpovsky as a struggling standup comedian who just ended an engagement — when they hit the road for concert tour that soon turns into something else. Rest assured, though, in between the big questions about life and a love triangle that threatens to split the long-time pals, there is plenty of guitar-picking.

Read More: ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’ Review: Wyatt Russell and Alex Karpovsky Hit the Road in Year’s Most Charming Buddy Comedy

Over the course of the film, Russell’s Adam Ezra croons a ton of really excellent folk songs (his character is on tour, after all). And it’s really Russell who is singing them, too, as “Folk Hero” took a cue from films »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6

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Team “Veep” had a busy day on Thursday.

Bright and early, HBO announced the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series had been renewed for a seventh season. The cast and crew took to social media to celebrate.

Happy to spend another year with these clowns! Yay! https://t.co/7na2OEF4hI

Anna Chlumsky (@AnnaChlumsky) May 26, 2017

#Veep is returning for another season! pic.twitter.com/3AUwmRcEFh

Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) May 25, 2017

But they didn’t have long. The entire squad — including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Sam Richardson, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, and Reid Scott — made their way to Burbank to record “Conan” for air that night. Take a look at their appearance below.

Read More: ‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller Part Ways: How Season 5 Can Survive Without Him

Conan O’Brien, citing how he’s always a bit hurt when a scripted insult aimed at his »


- Ben Travers

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Bryan Fuller Has Pitched ‘Hannibal’ Season 4 to Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and They’re ‘Keen On It’

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The road to “Hannibal” Season 4 continues with another very, very small step forward.

As a guest on Entertainment Weekly’s “Post Mortem” podcast (via The Playlist), Fuller revealed that he still intends on moving forward with new episodes of the acclaimed television adaptation, which ran for three seasons on NBC from 2013-2015. But the newest development is that he has actually pitched his “great idea” to leading men Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and it appears they’re on board with the direction as well.

Read More: Bryan Fuller Reveals How ‘Hannibal’ Could Continue In a Potential Fourth Season

“I have [had] conversations with Mads and Hugh,” Fuller said. “We’re are all excited about the prospect of returning to the story. There’s some hurdles to get through…[But] I just had a great idea for season 4. There’s an interesting next chapter in the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal »


- Zack Sharf

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Film Festival Roundup: Laff Adds ‘The Beguiled’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation,’ Frameline41 Announces Lineup and More

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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Frameline, the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, is pleased to announce that Frameline41, the San Francisco International Lgbtq Film Festival, will take place June 15-25, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Festival celebrates the spectrum and intersection of identities that make up the worldwide Lgbtq community.

With an expected attendance of 65,000 at its five venues, including a full week of programming in the East Bay, Frameline41 will draw film lovers, media artists, and Lgbtq communities from across the globe to discover the best in queer cinema among its 147 films. More than 19 countries will be represented, including Armenia, Cuba, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The 2017 slate proudly comprises 40 percent of films from women directors.

“Frameline41’s films shine a »


- Kate Erbland

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Studio Ghibli is Hiring Animators to Work on Hayao Miyazaki’s New Film, and You Can Apply Right Now

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After months of speculation, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki confirmed earlier this year that company co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was officially heading to work on his first feature since 2013. The movie, which is rumored to be a feature adaptation of Miyazaki’s short film “Boro the Caterpillar,” is expected to be released sometime in 2019 before Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympic games. The director is currently gearing up production on Tokyo, and it appears he’s going to need some help.

Read More: Studio Ghibli Producer Confirms Hayao Miyazaki is At Work On His First Feature Since 2013

In a job listing posted to Studio Ghibli’s official website this week (via CartoonBrew Animation Jobs), the company is looking to hire animators and background artists for the upcoming feature. Jobs start on October 1 and have been posted as 3-year contracts, which makes sense given the movie’s expected 2019/2020 release date. Speaking Japanese is mandatory. »


- Zack Sharf

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Hugh Grant Dancing to Drake Isn’t Even The Most Painful Part Of The ‘Love Actually’ Sequel — Watch

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Love Actually” fans outside the U.K. finally get to catch up with all of their favorite characters from the Christmas tearjerker, almost fifteen years after its 2003 release. The 15-minute special originally aired in the U.K. in March as part of Red Nose Day, an international day of giving organized by the charity Comic Relief.

Spoilers Ahead for the “Love Actually” reunion:

Read More: ‘Love Actually’ Reunion Trailer: Andrew Lincoln Picks Up His Cue Cards (Again) in New ‘Red Nose Day Actually’ Teaser

The special opens with Juliet and Peter (Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor) finishing up a screening of “Love Actually,” which presumably they’ve been watching on repeat every two hours since the last time we saw them. When bearded Mark (Andrew Lincoln) shows up to disrupt their now fifteen-year marriage yet again with his poster board confessions, it turns out he’s only there to brag that he married Kate Moss. »


- Jude Dry

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Awards Go to ‘The Rider,’ ‘Let the Sunshine In’ and More

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Though Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight section is technically a non-competitive one, each year, various partners and sponsors of the slate give out awards to a number of films that screen in the well-regarded section. If you’re looking to catch up on the next big thing to come out of the festival, these awards offer a smart look at exactly that (with a few well-known names, too, just for good measure).

This year’s winners include a number of very buzzy titles, including Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” (which was recently picked up by Sony Pictures Classics), Claire DenisJuliette Binoche-starring “Let the Sunshine In” (picked up at the festival by Sundance Selects), along with Philippe Garrel’s “Lover For a Day” and Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra” (which was also bought by Sundance Selects at the fest).

Read More: Cannes 2017 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases

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- Kate Erbland

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Cannes Award Winners Announced in Cinéfondation Selection of Student Films

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Read More: Cannes Critics Week Awards: ‘Makala,’ ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ Take Top Honors

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The winners are:

First Prize

“Paul Est Là” (“Paul Is Here”)

Directed by Valentina Maurel

The Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (Insas), Belgium

Second Prize

“Heyvan” (“Animal”)

Directed by Bahram Ark and Bahman Ark

Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

Third Prize

Deux Égarés Sont Morts” (“Two Youths Died”)

Directed by Tommaso Usberti

La Fémis, France

The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the first prize, €11,250 for the second and €7,500 for the third. The winner of the first prize is also guaranteed the presentation of his or her first feature film at the Cannes Film Festival. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Black Mirror’: Why Charlie Brooker Wrote ‘San Junipero’ To Screw with His Netflix Critics

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When Netflix announced it would finance the third season of the British sci-fi anthology “Black Mirror,” series creator Charlie Brooker knew he’d be accused of selling out. And then, the much-regarded, much-discussed “San Junipero” episode seemed to confirm his critics’ worst fears. For a show that revolved around dark stories of the future in which technology wreaks havoc, here was a fairly optimistic story about two women failing in love in the virtual-reality world of a sunny California beach town in the ’80s.

“‘San Junipero’ was the first script I wrote for season three, and it was partly I thought I’m going to blow up my idea of what a ‘Black Mirror’ episode is, so it has a very different tone,” said Brooker, who joined IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast with executive producer Annabel Jones. “And partly, I’d read people moaning, ‘Oh, I see Black Mirror’s gone to Netflix, »


- Chris O'Falt

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys ‘The Little Stranger,’ Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Brimstone & Glory’ and More

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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Little Stranger,” excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. Academy Award nominee Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”) will direct the film, a chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer for release in 2018. “The Little Stranger” will star Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ acclaimed 2009 novel of the same name.

In a remote English village after the close of World War II, a local practitioner, Dr. Faraday (Gleeson), is called to the »


- Graham Winfrey

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