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Alicia Witt Takes Lead In Indie Feature ‘Modern Persuasion,’ Based On Jane Austen Book

Alicia Witt Takes Lead In Indie Feature ‘Modern Persuasion,’ Based On Jane Austen Book
Exclusive: Another Jane Austen adaptation is on its way. Alicia Witt is set to star in the indie feature Modern Persuasion, a modern adaptation of Austen’s Persuasion to be directed by Alex Appel (The Death of Alice Blue) and Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby). Witt's numerous feature credits include this year's Mississippi Requiem opposite James Franco and Topher Grace, 88 Minutes opposite Al Pacino, Two Weeks Notice opposite Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, Last Holiday with Queen…
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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Set as New York Film Festival’s Centerpiece

Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Set as New York Film Festival’s Centerpiece
Alfonso Cuaron’s family drama “Roma” has been set as the Centerpiece movie for the 56th New York Festival for an Oct. 5 screening at Alice Tully Hall.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center made the announcement Wednesday. “Roma” is produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media. Netflix will launch “Roma” on its streaming service and distribute it theatrically around the world.

Cuarón’s autobiographically inspired film — shot in black and white — is set in Mexico City in the early ’70s as a middle-class family center is quietly and unassumingly held by its beloved live-in nanny and housekeeper, portrayed by Yalitza Aparicio.

New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said, “I was absolutely stunned by ‘Roma’ from beginning to end — by the craftsmanship and the artistry of everyone involved, by the physical power and gravitational force of the images, by the realization that I was seeing something
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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is Being Made Into a Feature, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is Being Made Into a Feature, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Truth is stranger than fiction, so it’s only a matter of time before compelling true stories get turned into narratives. Such is the case with “Three Identical Strangers,” a genuinely hard-to-believe documentary about triplets separated at birth who only learned of their siblings’ existence 20 years later — and the circumstances of their adoption. Raw, which produced Tim Wardle’s acclaimed doc, has announced that it’s partnering with Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) on a feature adaptation of the story.

Katherine Butler of Raw said that “this is an incredible series of true events that naturally lends itself to a narrative telling, and we are delighted to be working with Ske and Film4 to bring Robert, David and Eddy’s story to the widest audience possible”

“Robert, David and Eddy’s extraordinary story made a huge impact on me when I saw ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at Sundance,” added Film4’s Daniel Battsek.
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‘The Equalizer 2’ Director Antoine Fuqua Knew What Fans Wanted From His First Sequel, But He Didn’t Always Give In to It

‘The Equalizer 2’ Director Antoine Fuqua Knew What Fans Wanted From His First Sequel, But He Didn’t Always Give In to It
Two decades into his filmmaking career, and director Antoine Fuqua has started to receive a new kind of feedback — from fans on the street. After his “The Equalizer” hit screens in 2014, audiences started stopping the filmmaker to offer up their ideas for where the film, a Denzel Washington-starring version of the 80’s TV series of the same name, should go next. Fuqua was happy to listen, though he wasn’t always keen on taking their suggestions into account.

“I listened to the audience a lot,” Fuqua said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I would walk through the airport and I would listen to what people would say. Whenever someone would stop me and talk about the movie, I would see how enthusiastic they were about certain things and the questions they had. Those are the things you want to make sure you satisfy.”

Washington starred in that film
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‘Mayans Mc’ Trailer: New Spin-Off Explores The Post-Jax Teller World Of ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

Sons of Anarchy” might not have been the best TV show around when it was on FX. Sure, it had soap opera elements, over-the-top acting, and an overall pulpy tone. However, over the show’s seven seasons, ‘Sons’ developed a rabid, cult following. And creator Kurt Sutter is hoping these faithful join him for the spin-off “Mayans Mc.”

In the first trailer for the ‘Sons’ spin-off, we meet a new prospect, who is just entering the Mc lifestyle.

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Towards Gender-Blind Casting: Conversion Therapist Writer/Director Bears Fonte on Trans Performers

On June 12th, 2016, I woke up to coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting and felt my heart being ripped out. Even worse, I was due to moderate a Q&A of the Sandy Hook shooting documentary Newtown that night. What world were we living in? In the aftermath of Pulse, I couldn’t believe the bigotry of certain “ministers” who did more than hint that they believed the terrorist had done the world a favor. Roger Jimenez, a Sacramento preacher, said in a sermon to his parishioners, “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die… I’m kind of upset that he […]
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Towards Gender-Blind Casting: Conversion TherapistWriter Director Bears Fonte on Trans Performers

On June 12th, 2016, I woke up to coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting and felt my heart being ripped out. Even worse, I was due to moderate a Q&A of the Sandy Hook shooting documentary Newtown that night. What world were we living in? In the aftermath of Pulse, I couldn’t believe the bigotry of certain “ministers” who did more than hint that they believed the terrorist had done the world a favor. Roger Jimenez, a Sacramento preacher, said in a sermon to his parishioners, “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die… I’m kind of upset that he […]
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Zack Snyder Reiterates His ‘Justice League’ Cut Not Coming; Never Saw The Final Joss Whedon Version

This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, the Snyder Cut faithful were hoping for vindication. For the very vocal contingent of “Justice League” fans hoping their beloved Zack Snyder’s work on the film would finally see the light of day, Sdcc is basically their last hope. And sadly, it appears that for all intents and purposes, the Snyder Cut is dead.

In preparation of the upcoming Sdcc, the Wall Street Journal did a piece about the mythical director’s cut of the superhero epic.

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‘Mayans Mc’: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Gets New Trailer and a Release Date

‘Mayans Mc’: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Gets New Trailer and a Release Date
It’s been more than three years since the end of “Sons of Anarchy,” but the next chapter is right around the corner. FX just released the first extended look at (and release date for) “Mayans Mc,” the latest series set in the same motorcycle club world as the network’s runaway hit.

Shifting its focus from Northern California to the state’s southern border, this new offshoot stars J.D. Pardo as Ez Reyes, a potential member of the group that gives the show its title. Wrestling with his tragic family history, Ez’s path brings him in conflict with his father Felipe (Edward James Olmos).

If that arc sounds vaguely familiar, “Mayans Mc” comes from co-writer and director Kurt Sutter, who created “Sons of Anarchy.” It’s his first return to TV since the fall 2015 cancellation of his previous series “The Bastard Executioner.”

Pardo and Olmos are joined
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Keanu Reeves Is Happy Playing John Wick, But He’s Just as Eager to Produce His Passion Projects

Keanu Reeves Is Happy Playing John Wick, But He’s Just as Eager to Produce His Passion Projects
Keanu Reeves may not appear in another “John Wick” movie until next year, but with “Siberia,” the moody action star gets to flex a different sort of muscle — his producing skills. Taking on double-duty as producer and star for the third time since 2010’s “Henry’s Crime,” Reeves has thrown his weight behind a project that fuses his instincts for suspense and comedy.

“It was a script that I helped develop so it was dear to me in a different way, and that’s part of the reason why I was producer on it,” Reeves told IndieWire. “Creatively, it was challenging because of the tones it mixes — it’s a thriller, it’s a romance, there’s some comedy, not quite comedy but humor in it, so I was really interested in the tonal complexity and ambition.”

Director Matthew Ross’ follow-up to 2016 Sundance hit “Frank and Lola” stars Reeves as Lucas Hill,
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Zack Snyder Never Watched ‘Justice League’ Theatrical Cut, Warner Bros. Has No Plans to Release Alternate Version

Zack Snyder Never Watched ‘Justice League’ Theatrical Cut, Warner Bros. Has No Plans to Release Alternate Version
Justice League” was a notorious flop for the DC Extended Universe when it opened last November. Not only did the superhero epic receive negative reviews, but it also became the lowest-grossing Dceu entry at the domestic and worldwide box office. Zack Snyder spearheaded “Justice League” in the director’s chair until he left the project because of a family tragedy. Joss Whedon was hired to finish the movie.

Dceu fans have been clamoring on social media for Warner Bros. to release the “Snyder cut,” a version they think exists featuring all of Snyder’s original scenes before he stepped away from the project and Whedon came onboard to finish. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. says no version of the movie exists. A new report from The Wall Street Journal (via ScreenCrush) says the studio behind the Dceu has “no plans to release any alternate versions of ‘Justice League,'” nor will they
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‘Cam’ Review: A Brilliant Madeline Brewer Anchors a Lynchian Horror Movie About a Cam Girl in Crisis — Fantasia 2018

‘Cam’ Review: A Brilliant Madeline Brewer Anchors a Lynchian Horror Movie About a Cam Girl in Crisis — Fantasia 2018
Finally, someone has made a film about the existential horror of getting locked out of your account, and the horror is all too real. Daniel Goldhaber’s “Cam” also touches on a number of other digital crises (e.g. the way in which the internet’s short attention span requires people to constantly reaffirm their own existence), but this clever and unnerving mind-fuck of a movie is at its most effective when tracing the uneasy shadow relationships we share with our online personas.

It’s one thing to curate some kind of identity on social media — to make ourselves appear more aloof and desirable than we they are in the flesh — but what happens when the projection of who we are begins to subsume the reality? What happens when our avatars take on lives of their own? As Kurt Vonnegut put it: “We are what we pretend to be, so
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‘Jessica Jones’ Showrunner Says Execs Dislike Hiring Women Because They Think “She’s Going To Suck”

Diversity among the filmmaking community has become a major issue in Hollywood. Over the last couple years, we’ve seen an increased amount of attention be put on hiring diverse people for high profile films. Whether it’s a female director like Patty Jenkins getting a shot at “Wonder Woman” or Ryan Coogler making “Black Panther” a household name, it’s not just the same white male perspective on major films anymore.

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‘Insatiable’ Trailer: Netflix’s Dark Teen Comedy Is a High School Revenge Story with Plenty of Punching and Fat Suits

A lot of people get punched in the face in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix show “Insatiable.” Nearly all of those surround the up-and-down arc of Patty (Debby Ryan), a high-schooler bullied for her weight. After she returns to school with a changed build, she’s on the delivering end.

Patty’s story will arrive on Netflix next month in the form of a 12-episode debut season. Also making up the backbone of this season (aside from the other students hurling insults and getting right hooks to the jaw) is Dallas Roberts’ Bob Armstrong, who takes on Patty as a beauty contest ingenue/protege. Like the kids at Masonville High, though, he gets far more than what he bargained for, a problem that quickly brings in his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano).

The “Insatiable” ensemble also includes Christopher Gorham, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Kimmy Shields, Irene Choi, and Sarah Colonna.
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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ Moves From Controversial Release Date

If you’ve been following our site for the last few months, you know that we’re pretty excited for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.” Every bit of news that comes out about the film just increases our excitement more. From the all-star cast to Tarantino’s assertion that this film is the closest thing to “Pulp Fiction” he’s made since 1994, it’s been all good news.

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Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Stand-Alone Film Set For A 2019 Release Date

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Stand-Alone Film Set For A 2019 Release Date
It’s really, really happening and no jest. Director Todd Phillips’ clown prince of crime movie, now officially titled “Joker,” and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is coming and it’s been given an official release date.

Read More: The ‘Joker’ Movie With Joaquin Phoenix Is Greenlight, Fall Shoot Confirmed

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow will plant the film on October 4, 2019, three weeks before Halloween and the November 1 release of “Wonder Woman 84.” It’s an interesting date given superhero movies, and their spin-offs generally arrive in November if they’re coming out in the summer or earlier in the year.

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Mark Duplass Apologizes for Showing Ben Shapiro Support, Says ‘That Tweet Was A Disaster on Many Levels’

Mark Duplass Apologizes for Showing Ben Shapiro Support, Says ‘That Tweet Was A Disaster on Many Levels’
Mark Duplass has issued a response to the backlash over his July 18 tweet supporting conservative commentator and The Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro. The filmmaker addressed liberals and suggested they consider “crossing the aisle” and following Shapiro on Twitter. Numerous writers were quick to point out Shapiro’s history of racist comments, including one tweet in which he blamed Trayvon Martin for getting himself shot and killed.

“I don’t agree with him on much be he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice,” Duplass wrote on Twitter. “He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”

Following a wave of backlash, Duplass took to Twitter to admit the tweet was a “disaster on many levels” and to maintain he “in no way endorses hatred, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, or any such form of intolerance.”

“My goal has always been to spread unity,
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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Trailer: Jimmy McGill Is Unemployed And Finds Himself In Over His Head…Again

Just a month before the premiere of the newest season of “Better Call Saul,” AMC has given fans of the “Breaking Bad” spin-off the trailer for the newest season of the show that follows Jimmy McGill on his journey to becoming the criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he met Walter White.

Over the course of three seasons of “Better Call Saul,” has been a crazy, anxiety-fueled road watching him make this transformation.

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Trailer: Jimmy McGill Tries to Claw His Way Back to ‘Strictly Gainful Employment’

“You were a lawyer,” someone snarks to Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) in the opening scenes of the first full trailer for the fourth season of the hit AMC series “Better Call Saul,” hitting the disgraced professional where it hurts. Indeed, Jimmy used to be a lawyer, and he’s hellbent on working his way back to gainful employment of the law-abiding variety, just as long as he can make his way through the next ten months and not kick up too much of a fuss while doing it.

But this is, of course, Jimmy McGill, Aka Slippin’ Jimmy and, as we all know, our eventual Saul Goodman. Sticking to the script and abiding by the rules aren’t exactly the way he does things. Still, this first full trailer for the new season of the show hits that he’s going to try, at least for a bit. After all,
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Venice Film Festival Eyes Huge Oscar Season Kickoff With Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria,’ Chalamet’s ‘Beautiful Boy,’ and More

The Venice Film Festival is gearing up for its 75th edition in August, and the potential slate of world premiere movies is reconfirming the festival’s reputation as an awards season launching pad. A new report from Variety says the festival has its eye on high profile Oscar contenders like Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” and Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut “The Sisters Brothers,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Variety reports “Suspiria,” “Roma,” and “The Sisters Brothers” are near locks for Venice 2018. Guadagnino and his “Suspiria” star Dakota Johnson were at Venice to premiere “A Bigger Splash” in 2015, while “Gravity” kicked off its awards season by opening Venice in 2013. Cuarón went on to win the Oscar for best director the following year.

Amazon’s “Suspiria” is expected to be one of two titles the streaming giant brings to Venice. “Beautiful Boy,” the English-language debut of “The Broken Circle Breakdown
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