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The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 5 Get Out

Jordan Peele’s sleeper hit was a note-perfect dismantling of white American liberalism – but it was also chilling, hilarious and relentlessly entertaining

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It would be easy enough to make a case for Get Out’s place among the year’s best movies simply by reeling off a list of stats and facts. To date, Jordan Peele’s film has made over $175m at the Us box office, a figure that puts it in the 15 highest-grossing films of 2017, ahead of the likes of Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes and the latest Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean films. Globally it has earned back around 56 times its production budget (as a point of comparison, Beauty and the Beast, the year’s runaway hit, has earned around 10 times its budget), and
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Catherine Keener joins Jim Carrey in Showtime comedy series Kidding

Catherine Keener (Capote, Get Out) has signed on for her first series regular role on the small screen, with Deadline reporting that the Oscar-nominated actress will star opposite Jim Carrey in the upcoming half-hour comedy Kidding from Showtime.

Created by Dave Holstein (Weeds) and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the series will see Carrey as Jeff, a.k.a Mr. Pickles, “an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multi million dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces
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Has Film Declined In The 21st Century?

Tom Jolliffe on whether standards in film have dropped this century…

I’ve made passing reference to it before, but the tail end of the year always brings time for reflection, and I’ve often bemoaned the decline in important cinema being made in recent years. This is the stuff of miserable old git conversations in the pub. I’ve had a few with a couple of mates. We’re all hovering around the mid-30’s mark, so we’re not that old yet but we’ve constructed a faultless conclusion (beer led conclusions following much calculating are always faultless of course)…Film died somewhere in the late 90’s (Died is a little strong I admit). Likewise we’ve discussed exactly the same regarding music (I will say whatever groaning apathy I begin to find about modern film is nothing compared to the music industry now).

I’ve nailed the point of decline (for music,
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Experimental Film Coalition: The Monthly Screenings

This is Part Two in a series about Chicago’s Experimental Film Coalition; and covers their screening series. You can read Part One here.

Formed in 1983, the Experimental Film Coalition started holding regular monthly screenings starting in 1984. The screenings brought to Chicago the work of independent, experimental filmmakers across the country, as well as screening local work.

Screenings were held at the Randolph Street Gallery, an alternative performance and exhibition space located at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave. The Gallery eventually closed down in 1998 and donated their archives to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; which exhibits some of the Coalition’s flyers on their website.

Below is a sample of screening information culled from those archives, listed in chronological order:

1984

March 23

2 Razor Blades, dir. Paul Sharits

Make Me Psychic, dir. Sally Cruikshank

Unsere Afrikareise, dir. Peter Kubelka

Roslyn Romance, dir. Bruce Baillie

Musical Poster #1, dir. Len Lye

April 27

Rainbow Dance,
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Ike Barinholtz rounds out the cast of his directorial debut The Oath

THR is reporting that Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad, The Mindy Project) has filled out the cast of his upcoming feature directorial debut The Oath.

Joining Barinholtz in the film are Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), John Cho (Star Trek Beyond), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Carrie Brownstein (Transparent), Meredith Hagner (Veep), Nora Dunn (Southland Tales), Jon Barinholtz (Dumb and Dumber To) and Chris Ellis (Armageddon).

The film, which Barinholtz has also written, is described as a satirical thriller and takes place in a politically-divided America where citizens are required to take an oath of loyalty. The story revolves around a man who has to make it through Thanksgiving without destroying his family.

Filming on The Oath is set to get underway this coming week, with QC Entertainment (Get Out) producing alongside Barinholtz and David Stassen’s 23/34 Pictures.

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Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch

Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch
Jodie Foster returned to acting for the first time since 2013’s “Elysium” by making a surprise appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” in which she stepped back into the shoe’s of her most iconic character: Clarice Starling.

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Colbert debuted a Donald Trump-themed parody of Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” during the December 15 episode, and Foster actually appeared as Clarice. The FBI agent needed Hannibal Lecter’s help to figure out how deep Donald Trump’s ties go with Russia. It only makes sense Hannibal and Trump are old friends.

Foster has stopped taking screen roles in recent years in favor of the director’s chair. Her last directorial effort, “Money Monster,” played the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and she’s directed episodes of Netflix series “House of Cards
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Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch

Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch
Jodie Foster returned to acting for the first time since 2013’s “Elysium” by making a surprise appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” in which she stepped back into the shoe’s of her most iconic character: Clarice Starling.

Read More:‘Black Mirror: Arkangel’ Trailer: Jodie Foster’s Season 4 Episode Gives New Meaning to Helicopter Parenting

Colbert debuted a Donald Trump-themed parody of Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” during the December 15 episode, and Foster actually appeared as Clarice. The FBI agent needed Hannibal Lecter’s help to figure out how deep Donald Trump’s ties go with Russia. It only makes sense Hannibal and Trump are old friends.

Foster has stopped taking screen roles in recent years in favor of the director’s chair. Her last directorial effort, “Money Monster,” played the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and she’s directed episodes of Netflix series “House of Cards
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Homeland: Quinn Will 'Color Carrie's Every Thought' — 2018 First Look

Homeland: Quinn Will 'Color Carrie's Every Thought' — 2018 First Look
Yes, Quinn is gone. But forgotten? Pshaw. Not by a long-shot.

When Homeland returns with Season 7 on Feb. 11 (9/8c, Showtime), “Quinn’s death and Carrie’s grief for him are everywhere – coloring her every thought,” shares co-creator and showrunner Alex Gansa of Rupert Friend’s dearly departed, death-defying hitman, who perished in the Season 6 finale. Gansa adds that the loss of Quinn will also inform Carrie’s “contempt for President Keane” and “push her to reassess what’s really important in her life.”

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Speaking of Homeland‘s first female Potus, Carrie’s
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'It' Kids Cast Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and More in Dream Sequel (Exclusive)

The kids from It have some pretty genius ideas about which actors should be cast in the sequel.

Et caught up with some of the stars of director Andy Muschietti’s remake of the 1990 miniseries at a press junket for the movie's home entertainment release in Los Angeles on Thursday, where they revealed which celebrities they'd love to see portray their adult counterparts in It: Chapter 2.

Jeremy Ray Taylor, who plays the beloved Ben, says it would be awesome to see a certain Avengers star in the sequel, which will focus on the Losers' Club reuniting 30 years after their first encounter with Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Needless to say, we think it's perfect!

"Probably Chris Pratt," he exclaimed.

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Seeing as his costar, Wyatt Oleff, worked alongside Pratt as young Peter Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, this dream casting isn't too far fetched.

"He becomes a big, hunky boy, so I think
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Phoebe Tonkin to Appear in The Affair Season 4, Get Involved With Cole

Phoebe Tonkin to Appear in The Affair Season 4, Get Involved With Cole
Cole’s personal journey in the fourth season of The Affair will put him the path of two very familiar-looking artists.

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Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) and Amy Irving (Alias) will guest-star in an episode of the Showtime drama’s upcoming season, TVLine has learned exclusively. Irving will play Nan Perino, a sculptress from Morro Bay, Calif., with a “mysterious” connection to Cole’s father. Tonkin will play Daphne, Nan’s protégé, who “guides” Cole through his quest for answers.

In addition to The Originals, which returns
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‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast

‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast
Despite casting Willem Dafoe and working with a $2 million budget — the biggest in Sean Baker’s career — the director knew that his sixth feature, “The Florida Project,” couldn’t abandon what’s become his personal trademark: populating his films with untapped talent.

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“For me, Spike Lee was always one that really did it right,” Baker said. “He would have big A-list stars in his films, and then he would always give fresh faces to some of the bigger supporting characters. He would be introducing so many new faces to the world, new talent to the industry, which is I think really important.”

The Florida Project” has received glowing reviews (IndieWire gave it an A-, and it’s currently rated 95 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and received multiple awards, including Golden Globes and SAG nominations for Dafoe.
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Brains Behind Palm Springs Festival Programming Grilled

Variety asked three people involved with programming films for the Palm Springs film festival to talk about their roles at the festival, what gives them a thrill and where the next big filmmaking wave is coming from.

Michael Lerman is the artistic director, “which means I oversee all artistic decisions involved in the film festival. The bulk of the job is, of course, the program itself, but there’s also the artwork and a lot of presentational aspects.”

David Ansen is the lead programmer and he says he gets to “poke my nose into everything, from documentaries to features from all over the world.”

Lili Rodriguez is the director of programming and handles African and Middle Eastern films. I do a fair amount of promotional work for the festival, alongside artistic director Michael Lerman, and of course write my fair share of program notes. She works closely with the artistic director on the festival’s overall program
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10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017

10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017
Music and film formed a potent partnership over the past 12 months, whether it was Hans Zimmer’s jarring score for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which served as another character in providing the on-screen tension, or the choreographed mayhem of Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and David Leitch’s “Atomic Blonde,” or Iggy Pop’s sepulchral presence in Oneohtrix Point Never’s stunning soundtrack for the Safdies’ “Good Time.”

Here is a countdown of the individual songs — some original, others re-contextualized — which provided those magic cinematic moments where sound and vision perfectly meshed to become seamlessly part of a greater whole.

1. The Damned, “Neat Neat Neat” (“Baby Driver”): Wright’s heist movie re-genrefication is a feature-length music video choreographed to the nines with a decibel-raising soundtrack of ‘70s and ‘80s new wave, none better than this revved-up speed-punk blaring in star Ansel Elgort’s ubiquitous headphones as he gets set to put pedal to the metal. “Wait
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Blindspot Video: Reade and Zapata Get Really Close on an Undercover Op

Blindspot Video: Reade and Zapata Get Really Close on an Undercover Op
If you’re of the opinion that Blindspot‘s Reade and Zapata are meant to be together, you’re going to like our exclusive sneak peek at the drama’s upcoming episode.

In tonight’s installment (NBC, 8/7c), the task force is determined to unearth FBI Director Hirst’s shady secrets, leading to an undercover operation at a medical center that pairs up Reade and Zapata.

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As evidenced by the two-minute clip above, their stint in the building’s server room is brief but eventful.
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The Ranch Part 4 Premiere Recap: What Happened With Heather and the Baby?

The Ranch Part 4 Premiere Recap: What Happened With Heather and the Baby?
Warning: The following contains spoilers from the Part 4 premiere of The Ranch.

(Note: On Dec. 5, Danny Masterson was fired by Netflix. Because of The Ranch‘s accelerated production schedule, Masterson appears in all 10 new episodes. His character’s departure will take place during Part 5, to be released in 2018. The series has already been renewed through Part 6.)

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Here’s something we never thought we’d live to see: The Man Formerly Known as Red Forman sharing a drink — and a smile! — with the
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Women Screenwriters and Animation Pros Open Up About Sexism in Hollywood

Animator/director Nora Twomey: Dylan Vaughan/Cartoon Saloon

In 2016 women represented only 13 percent of the writers on the top 250 films, and according to 2015 research, women comprise only 10 percent of animation directors and producers. Obviously Hollywood’s misogyny problem is no secret, but it’s hard to appreciate just how systemic it really is until you consider the data. Or hear from the women themselves.

In separate conversations, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with screenwriters Lindsey Beer (“Barbie”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (the new “Tomb Raider,” “Captain Marvel”), and Amanda Silver (“Planet of the Apes” franchise), and with animation filmmakers Nora Twomey (director of “The Breadwinner”) and Lori Forte (producer of “Ferdinand”) about how women are treated in the industry. During their chats, the women revealed the difficulties of writing female characters while adhering to (male) executives’ notes, and discussed the importance of inclusivity and encouraging other women in their fields.

Here are
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A new set of December Oscar predictions

The precursors are almost a daily occurrence now, so why not make new Academy Award predictions a weekly one too? That’s the goal here, as we enter the middle of December. The weather on the east coast is frigid, but the Oscar season is heating up, that’s for sure. The last X factors are revealing themselves (at least for me today, as I go see All the Money in the World and The Greatest Showman right after publishing this), so the guilds and precursors are separating things into contender and pretender categories. It’s almost all done. Yet, there’s still plenty to figure out. Working off of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, plus the announced short lists for Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Language Feature, among others, we have some changes here. Notably, Get Out has shot up in a number of categories,
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‘Good Time’ Tops Film Comment’s 20 Best Films of 2017; Safdies to Remake ’48 Hrs.’

One of the most electrifying, thrilling, and funny films of the year was Safdies’ Good Time, featuring Robert Pattinson in a career-best performance. While it didn’t exactly ignite the box-office, as the crime drama is now available to stream we hoped it would spur more year-end conversation and that looks to be the case. It’s now topped Film Comment’s best films of 2017, an eclectic list which also includes personal favorite such as A Quiet Passion, Nocturama, Personal Shopper, Dawson City: Frozen Time, Phantom Thread, and more.

In related news, Benny and Josh Safdie have found a new major project. THR reports the duo will remake Walter Hill’s 1982 buddy comedy 48 Hrs., which starred Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. Scripting the project will be Josh Safdie, frequent collaborator Ronald Bronstein, and Jerrod Carmichael. There’s no word yet on casting or how updated the plot will be (the
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Catherine Keener signs on for Jim Carrey's sad puppeteer Showtime show

Fresh off of scaring the shit out of us in Get Out, Catherine Keener is set to add another tally mark on her very niche list of sad puppeteer TV shows or films. The former Being John Malkovich star has signed on for Jim Carrey’s new Showtime series Kidding, about a cheerful children’s entertainer whose life suddenly…

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