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Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew & Didn’t Do “Enough” About Harvey Weinstein Allegations

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Quentin Tarantino, 1990s indie cinema and Miramax, the house that Harvey Weinstein built, are virtually synonymous and inextricably linked. Arguably, there would be no Miramax without Tarantino and vice versa. The symbiotic relationship made for a powerhouse studio and filmmaker which led many to ask where the “Pulp Fiction” director was in the middle of Harvey Weinstein-gate: over 40 women have come forward and accused the besieged studio chief with charges of alleged sexual assault, harassment and in some cases, even rape.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Mark Ruffalo & Derek Cianfrance Team For ‘I Know This Much Is True’ At HBO

8 hours ago

Peak TV is gonna Peak TV, and the latest project to get the wheels turning at HBO brings together an auteur, a superhero, and some critically acclaimed source material.

Derek Cianfrance has signed up to direct the limited series adaptation of Wally Lamb‘s acclaimed “I Know This Much Is True.” Mark Ruffalo will pull a James Franco, playing dual roles in the drama about twin brothers, and their lives across the 20th century.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ridley Scott’s ‘All The Money In The World’ To Close AFI Fest

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The clock on the awards season is winding down and there are only a few more movies left to get into the race. There’s Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread,” Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post,” and Ridley Scott‘s “All The Money In The World.” And the latter is getting ready to shine.

AFI Fest has selected the drama to close the proceedings on November 16th.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dierks Bentley Enters The Best Song Fire With ‘Only The Brave’

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A year ago it was pretty much a given that one of the selections from “La La Land” was going to win Best Original Song. This awards season is a completely different story. Original compositions such as “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” “The Mystery of Love” or “Visions of Gideon” from “Call Me By Your Name,” “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall,” “Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Truth to Power” from “An Inconvenient Sequel,” a number of potential players from Pixar’s “Coco” and even “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker” are all in the race for a nomination.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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“We Are Shocked And Surprised”: The Weinstein Company Employees Release Statement

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One of the biggest questions buzzing around the ongoing scandal involving Harvey Weinstein is, “How could nobody know what was going on?” What about the assistants who led actresses and producers to his hotel room? The staffers who endured his abuse and more, day in and day out, for months and years? According to screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, “Everybody-fucking-knew,”  however, that’s not quite true.

The New Yorker recently met with a group of women, former assistants and executives at Miramax and the Weinstein Company, and they claim that while Weinstein’s brash behavior was no secret, that is escalated into criminal acts, is something they can’t fathom.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Jane’ Director Brett Morgen Talks Making Every Moment Count With Jane Goodall [Interview]

9 hours ago

The story of Jane Goodall is well-known. The world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, over the course of a 55-year study of the social and familial interactions of the primates in Gombe, Goodall’s fieldwork has become groundbreaking in making us better understand the connections of humans to primates.  

Using a treasure trove of unseen footage, courtesy of National Geographic, director Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Montage of Heck“) gives us his very best movie with “Jane.” He tells the story of Goodall’s early work in Gombe, which focuses on her groundbreaking approach to studying chimpanzees.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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David Fincher Discusses The High Expectations Of Directing A ‘Star Wars’ Movie

9 hours ago

Before Kathleen Kennedy and co. hired J.J. Abrams to direct “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the movie was one of the hottest gigs in town. Many names circled and were rumored for the job, and David Fincher was among those tossed into the mix. Going to a galaxy far, far away wasn’t a stretch for the filmmaker, who in 1983, was hired by Industrial Light & Magic as an assistant cameraman and matte photographer, and worked on a little movie called “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” Obviously, Fincher didn’t direct ‘The Force Awakens,’ but he’s got a fascinating perspective on what it means for a filmmaker to step into that world.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Card Mechanic Documentary ‘Dealt’ Plays A Winning Hand [Review]

10 hours ago

The nature of the medium of documentary is built around an unknown. Filmmakers journey into a subject or a life without all the answers (the worst documentaries purport to hold all the cards), and what often makes a good documentary riveting is the narrative of exploration, the uncovering of a truth. But, what often defines the best documentaries is their ability to pivot and spot, mid narration, a wellspring of truth more compelling than that of the original focal point of the film.

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- Gary Garrison

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David Fincher Explains Why HBO’s ‘Utopia’ Fell Apart & Updates Status On ‘World War Z’ Sequel

10 hours ago

It’s not unusual for shows not make it through the development process and land a series order, but it’s not often that they are as high profile as David Fincher‘s “Utopia.” The proposed HBO series was a remake of the Brit series on  Channel 4 series which follows a group of people who get their hands on a cult graphic novel called “The Utopia Experiments,” which has predicted no shortage of disasters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Only The Brave’ Is A Touching, Respectful Tribute To Fallen Heroes [Review]

11 hours ago

Joseph Kosinski is a promising director in search of a good script. Or, perhaps, the right script. His starkly beautiful visuals for “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion,” his first two films, prove the special effects-friendly filmmaker knows how to make his movies gorgeous on the surface, yet they were both emotionally distant to a fault. Kosinski made them dazzle from an aesthetic perspective, no doubt, but if you had any connection to the characters and their arcs, that seemed almost incidental.

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- Will Ashton

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‘Get Out’ And ‘The Florida Project’ Dominate The 2017 Gotham Award Nominations

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Ifp announced the 2017 Gotham Awards nominations this morning and it was filled with the usual amount of surprises and snubs that you’d expect for juried honors determined by committees of just five or so critics and media members.

Get Out” earned the most nominations with four including Best Feature, Breakthrough Director (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Peele) and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).  “The Florida Project” earned three nominations including Best Feature, Best Actor (Willem Dafoe) and Breakthrough Actor (Brooklynn Prince). 

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Stream Carter Burwell’s “Dioramas” From The ‘Wonderstruck’ Score [Exclusive]

12 hours ago

If you’re looking for a little movie magic at the cinema, Todd Haynes‘ “Wonderstruck” is arriving just in time. And the ambitious picture once again sees the director getting the Midas touch from Carter Burwell. The composer has previously worked with Haynes on “Carol,” “Velvet Goldmine,” and “Mildred Pierce,” and this time around he creates a lovely music box of sounds to accompany Haynes’ new movie.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reviews: Marvel’s Might Be Too Funny For Its Own Good

12 hours ago

A couple weeks back, Marvel cracked open the door for social media reactions to “Thor: Ragnarok.” The buzz was very strong, but it seems that now the reviews have hit, there are some quibbles critics are having with the movie.

While fans seemed to be dying for a fun and breezy Thor movie, ‘Ragnarok’ seems to be almost too funny for its own good. More than a few reviews are wondering where the dramatic stakes are in this lead up to “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Frankly, I’m kinda glad I can walk into a Marvel movie and not really care about the story too much, but diehard McU fans might find out they wanted something more grounded all along.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ Trailer: Jim Carrey Becomes Andy Kaufman

13 hours ago

If “The Truman Show” showed that Jim Carrey was more than just a rubber-faced comedian, it was “Man On The Moon” that displayed the extent of his gifts. The actor committed deeply to playing legendary comic Andy Kaufman and his alter ego, Tony Clifton, never breaking character while on set, which led to some baffling moments for his co-stars. Now, Carrey has provided reams of his behind-the-scenes footage which has helped shape the documentary, “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton.”

Produced by Spike Jonze, the film looks at Carrey’s work in the movie, with the actor sharing insights about his experience making “Man on The Moon.” Here’s the official synopsis:

Director Chris Smith’s fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘I, Tonya’ Trailer: Margot Robbie Faces The Haters

14 hours ago

One of the best-reviewed films out of Tiff, “I, Tonya” just had its first trailer released, and it’s looking more and more to be an awards contender (especially for Margot Robbie). Our own A- review, by Kevin Jagernauth, was enamored with the film, as he called it, “the best work of director Craig Gillespie’s career, and a terrifically entertaining picture.” The official synopsis reads:

Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) was the first American woman to achieve figure skating’s holy grail move, completing a triple axel in competition in 1991.

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- Christian Gallichio

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‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Trailer: Jean-Claude Van Damme Goes Undercover

14 hours ago

I feel like I’ve been hearing about “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” forever by this point, so I’m kind of surprised to learn that the first season hasn’t arrived yet. At any rate, the high concept comedy literally packs a punch, and it’ll be interesting to see how Jean-Claude Van Damme pokes fun at his action hero legacy.

Created and written by Dave Callaham (“The Expendables“) and directed by Peter Atencio (“Keanu“), with Ridley Scott surprisingly among the producers, the series follows Van Damme (playing “himself”), who uses his Hollywood fame as cover for dangerous, undercover missions.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Punisher’ Trailer: Frank Castle Violently Faces The Truth

14 hours ago

Comic book fans are getting Christmas one month early. November will bring the big screen launches of “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Justice League,” while on the small screen, the highly anticipated “The Punisher” will finally be unleashed. And it looks like it means business.

Read More: 11 TV Shows To Watch In October

Jon Bernthal finally comes out of the shadows from “The Defenders,” with the ex-Marine using his best Batman voice, getting every gun that he can, and waging a personal war on… well, it looks like everybody. 

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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’12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Saddles Up For War

15 hours ago

Hollywood has not made many movies about America’s longest war, the one still taking place in Afghanistan, mostly because it’s hard to find a feel-good narrative in a sixteen-year morass of bloodshed and confusion. However, by looking back to the more naive early days of the conflict, Jerry Bruckheimer thinks he may have found one in Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book “Horse Soldiers.” Here’s the synopsis:

“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S.

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- Joe Blessing

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‘The End Of The F***ing World’ Trailer: Teens Get Nihilistic In New Netflix Series

15 hours ago

It is a fairly certain fact that the end is nigh. Whether it’s a sudden nuclear attack, or a somewhat gradual descent into anarchy remains to be seen, but there’s no debate that it’s just about the end of the fucking world. But let’s all hope we aren’t obliterated before the debut of a new Netflix show, appropriately titled, “The End of the Fucking World.”

Netflix has partnered with E4 for the upcoming series based on Charles Forsman’s 2013 wildly beloved, critically acclaimed, and award-winning comic book series, titled – you guessed it – “The End of the Fucking World.” According to Digital Spy, director Jonathan Entwistle calls it “a live action version which will transport Charles’s visions of the Us to a nihilistic, recession-laden UK.”

Channel4 gives us a delightfully moody taste of what to expect:

James, 17, is pretty sure he’s a psychopath – emotionally detached, »

- Halli Goldman

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‘The Snowman’ Is So Bad It’s Depressing [Review]

16 hours ago

As long as there have been procedurals, there have been burnt out, down on their luck cops, but Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) seems to have hit every branch on the cliché tree. An alcoholic prone to long leaves of absence when he’s boozing, Harry also claims that he can’t sleep, except when he drinks enough to pass out, which more often than not, will be a street curb or park bench, rather than his own bed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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