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Blumhouse films on Film Sales Company Cannes slate (exclusive)

Blumhouse films on Film Sales Company Cannes slate (exclusive)
Seann William Scott among stars on genre slate.

Film Sales Company head Andrew Herwitz has ventured into new terrain and will launch sales in Cannes on a trio of genre films produced by Jason Blum’s prolific Blumhouse label.

New York-based Herwitz will commence talks with international buyers on Bloodline, a thriller starring Seann William Scott and Dale Dickey about a high school counsellor who takes his job of protecting his students a little too seriously.

Henry Jacobson makes his feature directorial debut on the project, which also stars Mariela Garriga, Kevin Carroll, and Christie Herring. Scott’s credits include the American Pie films,
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Cynthia Erivo To Lead Cast On & Co-Produce QCode Podcast ‘Carrier’ Following Firm’s Rami Malek Hit ‘Blackout’

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Exclusive: Widows and Bad Times At The El Royale star Cynthia Erivo is to lead voice cast on, and co-produce, the upcoming podcast Carrier from burgeoning La audio firm QCode, which recently launched with hit Rami Malek pod Blackout.

Erivo stars in the scripted thriller with Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Elliott Gould (Ocean’s Eight), Robert Longstreet (The Haunting Of Hill House), Dale Dickey (Hell Or High Water) and Chris Ellis (The Oath). Also in the mix are Steve Howey, Oliver Cooper, Byron Bowers and Joel McKinnon Miller.

Tony Award-winner Erivo (The Color Purple) plays a long-haul truck driver who during her all-night trip across rural America discovers she’s transporting a trailer with disturbing, mysterious contents. The seven-episode series, QCode’s second narrative show, is in post-production and aims to launch in coming months.

Writer-director is Dan Blank who was a
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Film Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’

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Film Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’
The sober and gripping “Dead Women Walking” focuses on the final days of a series of female inmates facing the death sentence. Divided into nine chapters, each inching its way inexorably closer to the moment of execution, the drama turns the fragmentation of its approach to a powerful advantage. Not only do the individual stories — hard, jagged and persuasive — become tiles in a more complex mosaic, taken together they also give a peculiar experience of time that judders and halts, elongates and foreshortens. It’s impossible for most of us to say if this is an accurate representation of temporal reality for these characters, but it makes even those of us who are convinced we understand the issues around capital punishment consider it in a stark new light. This is not a film about the death penalty; it’s a film about the systems and practices we collectively call Death Row.
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How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might be surprised

How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might be surprised
The Film Independent Spirit Awards began in 1984 as a way to shine a spotlight on smaller art-house movies that often were made on a shoestring budget and came from entities outside the major studios. From its inception as an alternative to the likes of the Academy Awards, titles that were eligible have been required to have a budget cap of $20 million, although exceptions could be made. It is also a more populist organization. While a select group of committee members choose the nominees, anyone who can afford to pay a yearly $95 fee can vote on the final outcomes online.

With Friday morning’s announcement of this year’s slate of Spirit contenders (see the full list of nominees here), it is as good a time as any to investigate just how independent these awards are these days.

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Since 1984, The Film Independent Spirit Awards began as a way to shine a spotlight on smaller art-house movies that often were made on a shoestring budget and came from entities outside the major studios. From its inception as an alternative to the likes of the Academy Awards, titles that were eligible were required to have a budget cap of $20 million, although exceptions could be made. It is also a more populist organization. While a select group of committee members choose the nominees, anyone who can afford to pay a yearly $95 fee can vote on the final outcomes online.

With Friday morning’s announcement of this year’s slate of Spirit contenders, it is as good a time as any to investigate just how independent these awards are these days. Check out how many times that Oscar and its spunkier low-budget sibling have agreed on the winners in similar categories in the past 10 years.
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First poster for psychological horror Bloodline starring Seann William Scott

Following its world premiere at FantasticFest last month, the first poster has arrived online for the upcoming psychological horror Bloodline featuring Seann William Scott; take a look here…

Evan (Seann William Scott) values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Directed by Henry Jacobson, Bloodline features a cast that also includes Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey, and Kevin Carroll.

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‘Bloodline’ Review: Seann William Scott Goes Full Serial Killer in Gory Giallo Throwback | Fantastic Fest

When you think of Seann William Scott, you probably don’t think "cold-blooded killer". The actor has made a career out of comedy, playing machismo douchebags, lovable dimwits and all-out doofuses since his breakout role as Stifler in America Pie, but his latest film, Bloodline, takes away Scott’s punchlines and gives him a big ol’ knife instead as a serial killer who’s all about family values. Evan Cole (Scott) is living the dream. He’s got a loving wife (Mriela Garriga), a supportive mother (Dale Dickey), and a beautiful brand new baby. During the day, he …
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Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Henry Jacobson and Avra Fox-Lerner Talk Bloodline

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As someone who loves slasher movies with every fiber of her being, Bloodline was absolutely 100 percent my jam (as the cool kids would say). Directed by Henry Jacobson, and co-written by Avra Fox-Lerner, Will Honley, and Jacobson, Bloodline follows a well-meaning guidance counselor named Evan (played by the perpetually underrated Seann William Scott), who has a penchant for violence, particularly when it comes to the family ties of his students. And as he and his wife, Lauren (Mariela Garriga), struggle to adjust to becoming parents for the first time, the stress takes its toll, with the counselor taking out his frustrations in some violent and horrific ways.

Bloodline recently celebrated its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2018, and this writer had the opportunity to speak with both Jacobson and Fox-Lerner about their approach to the script, tapping into Seann William Scott’s darker side, collaborating with both Garriga and co-star Dale Dickey,
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Watch out for Ben Foster in Best Supporting Actor for “Leave No Trace”

I was going to wait until tomorrow to discuss this, but I didn’t want to make the look at the Best Supporting Actor category all about one person. That’s just not fair. So, today we consider this a Supporting Actor tease of sorts. The reason? Yesterday, Bleeker Street announced their category placements, and Ben Foster is going Supporting, as opposed to Lead. Now, Foster has gone from a possible long shot in Best Actor to arguably a likely nominee in Best Supporting Actor. That’s part of what we’ll be discussing today, with his new placement seen tomorrow in the big Supporting Actor piece… As a reminder, the movie is a character study of the highest order. Bleeker Street Media put out this plot synopsis: “Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland,
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‘Unbelievable’: Elizabeth Marvel & Liza Lapira To Recur In Netflix Drama Series

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‘Unbelievable’: Elizabeth Marvel & Liza Lapira To Recur In Netflix Drama Series
Homeland’s Elizabeth Marvel and Liza Lapira (9Jkl) have joined the recurring cast of Unbelievable, an eight-episode Netflix limited series from Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios, studio-based producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly and Katie Couric.

Co-written by Grant, who will serve as showrunner, Michael Chabon (John Carter) & Ayelet Waldman (Applebaum), Unbelievable is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the “This American Life” radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.” It tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.

Details of their characters are not being revealed. They join previously cast Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever, Danielle MacDonald,
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‘Unbelievable’: Kai Lennox, Dale Dickey, Austin Hébert & Omar Maskati To Recur On Netflix Drama Series

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‘Unbelievable’: Kai Lennox, Dale Dickey, Austin Hébert & Omar Maskati To Recur On Netflix Drama Series
Kai Lennox (The Unusuals), Dale Dickey (Leave No Trace), Austin Hébert (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) and Omar Maskati (Better Call Saul) are set for recurring roles in Unbelievable, an eight-episode Netflix limited series from Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios, studio-based producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly and Katie Couric.

Co-written by Grant, who will serve as showrunner, Michael Chabon (John Carter) & Ayelet Waldman (Applebaum), Unbelievable is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the “This American Life” radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.” It tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.

Details of their characters are not being revealed.
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Film Review: ‘Leave No Trace’ is Emblematic of Our Times

Chicago – The temptation to “drop out” must weigh heavily on the minds of many Americans on a daily basis. “Leave No Trace” views this phenomenon through a prism of many factors, including materialism and mental illness. Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie are a father/daughter duo who drop out, then tune in.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film was created by the writer/director team of Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini (and adapted from the Peter Cook novel “My Abandonment”), who worked on the Oscar-nominated film “Winter’s Bone.” There are similar themes to that film in “Leave No Trace,” but the main commonality is the depiction of the socio-economic class, which is poor to lower middle. They honor these noble survivors in their outward kindness, but never shy away from their problems as well, which is often associated with drug abuse and mental difficulties. Many of the characters just have a hard
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‘Leave No Trace’ Film Review: Debra Granik Returns With Another Subtle Powerhouse Drama

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‘Leave No Trace’ Film Review: Debra Granik Returns With Another Subtle Powerhouse Drama
There’s a fair amount of pressure on Debra Granik’s new indie: Every film she’s taken to Sundance has been a winner, starting with her short “Snake Feed” in 1998. In 2004, her celebrated drama “Down to the Bone” brought awards for both her and then-up-and-coming actress Vera Farmiga. And 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and another for the film’s little-known lead, Jennifer Lawrence.

So yeah, comparisons will be made. But are they fair? Not really. It would be unlikely for any director to achieve the same sort of commercial triumph twice in a row. But it would also be understandably tempting to try.

So kudos to this subtle and intelligent filmmaker, for avoiding the enticement to lock in awards by hitting easy targets. Even the title is suggestive of Granik’s restrained approach: “Leave No Trace” is gentle and intimate and personal,
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“Leave No Trace” is another compelling showcase for Ben Foster

There’s no shortage of underrated actors in the movie industry. Frankly, Hollywood is lousy with them. Few are as underrated as Ben Foster, however. Immensely talented and shockingly dedicated to not taking mere paycheck jobs, Foster offers up something special. This week, he again puts forward his huge talents in Leave No Trace, the return to feature filmmaking for Debra Granik, another underrated force. This is a captivating motion picture, one that asks questions without ever offering easy answers. Foster and Granik make a tremendous team, one that creates something deeply memorable. It won’t be for everyone, but in my humble opinion, it’s a must see. The movie is a character study of the highest order. Bleeker Street Media put out this plot synopsis: “Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland,
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Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)

Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)
This year, a record 928 people were invited to join the motion picture academy and will be eligible to vote for the 2019 Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous four years: 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.

The executive committee of the branch must endorse the application before forwarding it to the Board of Governors for final approval.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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Leave No Trace Movie Review

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Leave No Trace Bleecker Street Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Debra Granik Screenwriter: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini based on Peter Rock’s novel “My Abandonment” Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 4/26/18 Opens: June 29, 2018 A well-researched facet of child psychology states that little girls from […]

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Sundance London 2018 Review – Leave No Trace (2017)

Leave No Trace, 2017.

Directed by Debra Granik.

Starring Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, and Dale Dickey.

Synopsis:

Father and daughter, Will and Tom, have lived off the grid for years on a nature reserve on the edge of Portland. But their cover is blown by accident and they’re removed from their home to be put in the care of social services. Adapting is a struggle, especially when father and daughter find they want different things from their lives.

Eight years have passed since Debra Granik gave us Winter’s Bone and introduced us to the hitherto unknown Jennifer Lawrence. In Leave No Trace, which has its UK premiere at Sundance London, she’s on familiar territory and puts new, fresh talent in the spotlight all over again.

It’s another father and daughter story, but with dad as much centre stage as the teenager. Will (Ben Foster
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Michael Shannon is a Sad Rodeo Clown in New Trailer for 'Poor Boy'

"The world is strange..." Indican Pictures has released a trailer for a funky indie film titled Poor Boy, from filmmaker Robert Scott Wildes. This actually premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and New Hampshire Film Festival back in 2016, but it has been waiting for a release and is finally going to hit a few cinemas this year. Poor Boy is about two misfit redneck brothers who run various cash scams in the desert dreaming of getting out. When the bank threatens to repossess their junky home in the Nevada desert, they "cook up an epic con to finally leave their dusty town behind and sail off into the sunset." Lou Taylor Pucci and Dov Tiefenbach star as the two brothers, and the cast includes Justin Chatwin, Amanda Crew, Pat Healy, Amy Ferguson, Dale Dickey, plus Michael Shannon as a sad rodeo clown. This looks a bit too insane. Here's the
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