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‘Jane’ Trailer: Documentary Highlights The Trailblazing Jane Goodall

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Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen has turned his camera on no shortage of fascinating subjects, in films like “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” “Chicago 10,” and “Cobain: Montage Of Heck.” Now, he’s profiling a woman whose work has inspired generations around the world.

Jane” tells the story of conservationist Jane Goodall, whose pioneering work and research chimpanzees gave the animals a necessary voice and champion.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Margot Robbie Eyes Oscars With ‘I, Tonya’ Awards Season Release Date

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The Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival gives awards season films a big boost. This year the surprise winner was Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which certainly elevates its profile in the months to come. But another favored pic, that many expected to take the prize, isn’t going to be forgotten.

Craig Gillespie‘s “I, Tonya“— which was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award — has now been set for limited release on December 8th in New York and Los Angeles by Neon.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Academy Making Changes To Foreign Language Film Voting Process

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The Playlist has learned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a change to the voting process for the Foreign Language Film category that will go into effect this year. These new rules were explained in a letter recently sent to volunteer committee members.  And, no, they aren’t allowing members in New York and London to join Los Angeles members in the first round of the voting process, but they are hoping a change to the current system will allow smaller films to flourish.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Study Confirms Everyone Wants Netflix Originals

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While many thought the big wins by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” at the Emmy awards marked an victory for appointment viewing, don’t cry for Netflix or Amazon just yet. While some argued that having episodes drop week-by-week helped those award winning shows take home trophies, at the end of the day, when it comes what people are actually watching — or at least want to watch — Netflix remains king.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ With Lady Gaga Moves To Summer 2018

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For his directorial debut, you gotta given Bradley Cooper some credit for swinging for the fences. He’s behind the camera for Warner Bros. long developing remake of “A Star Is Born” and not only is he behind the camera, he’s in front of it too. If that’s not enough Lady Gaga is taking co-starring role, and writing and performing original songs for the film too.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Martin Scorsese MasterClass Trailer: The Legend Has Some Lessons For You

22 hours ago

There are few guides through cinematic history as genuinely exciting or enthusiastic as Martin Scorsese. “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” and “My Voyage to Italy” are absolutely vital viewing, and any interview with the filmmaker is more than ample proof he knows the medium almost better than anyone. And if you ever dreamed of having Scorsese teach you the craft, well it’s happening.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Bursts Into The Future With Over 20 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes

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In two weeks the verdict on “Blade Runner 2049” will be in when the reviews roll out, but until then, we’re trying to keep our high expectations reasonable about the sequel to one of the all time great sci-fi films. But it’s hard to stay reasonable, especially when you see the passion put into the movie in these new behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Vice has the most substantive fare, serving up two generous videos about the making of “Blade Runner 2049,” and the legacy of the original movie.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Discover The Magic Behind The Dolly Zoom

23 hours ago

The dolly zoom is synonymous with some of the most memorable films and movies from the classic and modern periods of cinema. It’s an innovative technique that disorients audiences and creates an effective feeling of emotional significance for characters and specific points in narratives. But there is more to this technique than meets the eye.

Now You See It explores the visual device in a video essay. Originated by Alfred Hitchcock in his film “Vertigo,” the technique earned its nickname “the Vertigo Effect” from its use in the film.

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- Julia Teti

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‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’: Vince Vaughn & Don Johnson Talk Praise “Genius” Director Craig S. Zahler

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In “Brawl in Cell Bock 99” Vince Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas. With a cross tattooed on the back of his skull, and impressively added muscle tissue to his physique, Vaughn’s transformation is a harrowing but impressive feat for the 47-year-old actor best known for his comedic roles in “Old School” and “Wedding Crashers.”

Bradley, the violent, but honorable man he plays in the film is sentenced to seven years for selling drugs, and is then blackmailed by none other than 72-year-old Udo Kier, and is forced to cause as much damage to get transferred to the incarceration hell that is “Red Leaf.” The warden of that prison is played by none other than Don Johnson who runs the place like a psycho bent on behavioral punishment. 

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Mel Gibson’s ‘The Professor And The Madman’ Runs Nearly 3 Hours As Legal Woes Continue

22 September 2017 8:53 AM, PDT

On paper, there’s no reason why  “The Professor And The Madman” shouldn’t work. An adaptation of the great book by Simon Winchester, it tells the story behind the creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary by Professor James Murray (played by Mel Gibson), whose work became complicated thanks to the participation of Dr. W. C. Minor (played by Sean Penn), an inmate at an insane asylum.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘1922’ Trailer: The Dead Don’t Stay Dead In Latest Stephen King Adaptation

22 September 2017 8:33 AM, PDT

As a Stephen King agnostic myself, I have remained largely indifferent to the ubiquity of King-related film and television content this year. This hasn’t been easy, as 2017 is angling — as aggressively as possible — to be the Year of Stephen King. I feel as though I’ve been bombarded with promos for (and breathless articles about) “The Dark Tower,” “It,” “The Mist,” and, to a lesser extent, “Mr.

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- Eli Fine

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Steven Spielberg’s Editor Attempted 2 Hour Cut Of ‘The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford’

22 September 2017 7:45 AM, PDT

Andrew Dominik‘s “The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” turns ten years old this month, and there’s never a bad time to shine some light on one of the best westerns of contemporary cinema. But any discussion of the terrific film must be paired with a reminder of the uphill battle the director faced in the editing room. Long story short, thinking they had invested in a rootin’ tootin’ shoot-em-up starring hunky Brad Pitt, Warner Bros.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Racer And The Jailbird’ Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts & Adèle Exarchopoulos Accelerate Their Passion

22 September 2017 6:57 AM, PDT

We don’t always have the same opinions here at The Playlist, and “Racer And The Jailbird” is one such case. Where Jessica was able to roll with the film’s “drunken romanticism,” when I caught the movie at Tiff I thought it was just plain drunk. The overly long, two-hour-plus film lurches from one unbelievable plot twist to the next, in a crime picture/love story that never knows when to slow down.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daniel Craig Reportedly Wants Denis Villeneuve To Direct Next James Bond

22 September 2017 6:23 AM, PDT

Denis Villeneuve‘s career thus far has been marked by a desire to pursue original storytelling. From his breakthrough, Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” the filmmaker has climbed his way up the ladder, taking on great scripts, and turning out unique, intelligent, and stylish films like “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” “Sicario,” and “Arrival.” But for the first time in his nearly three-decade career, Villeneuve is being lured by blockbusters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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M. Night Shyamalan Taps The M. Night Shyamalan Universe For ‘Unbreakable/Spilt’ Sequel

22 September 2017 4:31 AM, PDT

Sometimes a filmmaker appears down and out and destined for director’s jail, but M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” proved going back to low budget basics can regalvanize a career. “Split” was an unqualified success at the box office with a haul grossing $277 million worldwide off a $9 million dollar budget. If you saw “Split,” you know that the twist ending reveals that the film is a “soft sequel” to Shyamalan’s 2000 film “Unbreakable.” Shyamalan will be exploring more of this territory with his newest film “Glass,” set to be released in 2019.

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- Jacob Siegel

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Barry Jenkins Talks ‘Moonlight’ & Filmmaker Therapy With ‘Beach Rats’ Director Eliza Hittman

21 September 2017 2:08 PM, PDT

Barry Jenkins, following his surprise Best Picture win at the Oscars for “Moonlight,” sat down to chat with Eliza Hittman about her new film “Beach Rats.”  They discussed some of the commonalities between both films, what it was like participating in “filmmaker therapy” and finding their way as new directors.

Both “Moonlight” and “Beach Rats” share similarities in theme with the representation of youth, identity, masculinity, and sexuality.  

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- Martine Olivier

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Taron Egerton Says ‘Robin Hood’ Is Dark & Gritty, Obviously

21 September 2017 1:57 PM, PDT

Half of succeeding in Hollywood seems to be telling executives what they want to hear. If you want to keep your job on the studio lot, you’d be best served by digging up some IP they own and pitching a reboot. Even better, if you toss in the words “dark” and “gritty,” you might even get your own reserved parking space. And while the source material for “Robin Hood” is in the public domain, whoever dreamed up turning it into a serious reimagining probably was able to pay for some steak dinners.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Baby Driver’: A Lesson In Storytelling

21 September 2017 1:17 PM, PDT

At this point in his career, Edgar Wright has cemented himself as a brilliant filmmaker. He’s is capable of creating movies that are entertaining, aesthetically pleasing, all with a style of storytelling that continues to grow and get better with each new installment. His latest film, “Baby Driver,” has no shortage of the style and technique Wright has seamlessly has blended into each of his films. Beyond its rollicking soundtrack, “Baby Driver” showcases Wright’s ability to tell a story.

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- Julia Teti

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Jon Hamm To Voice Boba Fett In ‘Star Wars’ Audiobook

21 September 2017 12:31 PM, PDT

There are few characters that have achieved the same level of cult mystique as Boba Fett. The mysterious bounty hunter from the original trilogy has been fleshed out in the following decades, given some backstory in the “Star Wars” prequels, and even more narrative space to play in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” Rumors are ongoing that Lucasfilm will eventually give the beloved character his own spinoff movie, but for now, you’ll have to appreciate him in non-cinematic mediums.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Andrew Garfield And Claire Foy ‘Breathe’ Deep For History [Review]

21 September 2017 11:41 AM, PDT

Toronto – Imagine performing a scene without moving anything but your lips, eyes and maybe your neck.  And the neck can move, but just slightly. Everything else has to stay completely immobile.  That includes your hands and legs. No, you can’t even shift your weight an iota. Sounds easy, right? Test it out for a minute. Maybe five. Dare you to try 10 minutes. It’s O.K., we’ll wait.

Harder than you thought, wasn’t it?

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- Gregory Ellwood

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