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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: How Melissa McCarthy Replacing Julianne Moore Turned a Troubled Production into a Triumph

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: How Melissa McCarthy Replacing Julianne Moore Turned a Troubled Production into a Triumph
Nicole Holofcener was less than thrilled when Fox Searchlight hired Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) to direct “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Holofcener was supposed to direct the movie, which she wrote with Jeff Whitty, with Julianne Moore as its star. Then, six days before production was scheduled to begin, Moore left over creative differences, the movie fell apart, and Searchlight asked Holocener to wait and start over again. “I felt I had already made it,” she told me. “Every outfit, every location, every actor cast. It was a labor of love. It was traumatic. Terrible.”

She let it go, and the studio moved on with Heller in the chair. Even so, Holofcener handed over a box of research and wished her old Sundance lab protege well. “If anyone is going to make this movie, I’m glad it’s you,” Heller remembered her saying. “It’s yours,
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Report: Louis C.K. Says #MeToo Controversy Cost Him “$35 Million In An Hour”

Louis C.K. has been making headlines for being one of the few alleged #MeToo predators that has been trying to make a comeback. After admitting to his past experiences that were detailed earlier this year, C.K. has kept out of the public eye, with his latest film being pulled completely from release. But now, he’s been making a comeback, showing up at his old comedy club stomping ground and attempting to bring humor to the situation.

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Nicole Holofcener Talks “Traumatic” & “Terrible” Experience Leaving The Production Of ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Nicole Holofcener is having a great year already. Her recent film for Netflix, “The Land of Steady Habits,” is a return to form for the filmmaker, who last directed a film in 2013. However, the five-year gap between “Enough Said” and her next feature film might have been a lot shorter if she was able to make “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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At 3,000 Feet, Shooting ‘Free Solo’ Was More Like ‘Mission: Impossible’ Than a Documentary

At 3,000 Feet, Shooting ‘Free Solo’ Was More Like ‘Mission: Impossible’ Than a Documentary
For a sensible person, the idea of attempting to climb a sheer, 3,200-foot wall of granite without ropes or safety gear is enough to send shivers down your spine. As directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai reveal in “Free Solo,” their documentary about Alex Bonnold’s death-defying climb of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, Bonnold is not one of those people. And to judge by the shots captured by the directors and their crew, neither are they.

Take this three-shot sequence from “The Boulder Problem,” a particularly tricky part of Honnold’s climb.

Shot 1: A vertigo-inducing, high-angle shot points straight down the face of El Capitan. Honnold is in the middle of frame, with the earth 2,050 feet below him in the background. He turns his body slightly diagonal as he reaches for a hand hold. As he pulls himself up, a cut on action to:

Shot 2: A
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John Carpenter Talks Potential Sequels/Reboots Of His Films: “I’m Up For Almost Anything That Involves Money”

If you’ve been reading The Playlist lately, you probably have seen that we’re big fans of the recent, “no fucks given” John Carpenter. The director, who hasn’t stepped behind the camera since 2010’s “The Ward,” has been making the publicity rounds lately promoting the upcoming “Halloween” reboot-quel. And during those interviews, Carpenter has been bringing his A-game, sidestepping questions because he didn’t care, talking about his love of video games, and now, bluntly talking about why he’s okay with reboots and sequels to his films — money.

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‘Lucifer’ Star Tom Ellis Fights Piers Morgan Over Fatherhood and Making Fun of Daniel Craig Carrying His Baby

‘Lucifer’ Star Tom Ellis Fights Piers Morgan Over Fatherhood and Making Fun of Daniel Craig Carrying His Baby
Lucifer” star Tom Ellis has joined the social media fight against Piers Morgan after the journalist and television host made fun of a photo showing Daniel Craig holding his newborn daughter in a baby carrier. Morgan tweeted the photo on October 14 with the caption, “Oh 007…not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond,” and he was immediately criticized on social media for implying that using a baby carrier is something women do and not “masculine” figures like James Bond.

“Hey Piers Morgan,” Ellis tweeted, “a man carrying their child in an intimate nurturing way is basic dad behavior.”

Ellis apparently caught the eye of Morgan, as the two ended up having a back and forth exchange on social media in which Ellis blocked every effort Morgan made to troll the “Lucifer” star. Morgan reiterated his stance by telling Ellis, “God gave you arms for a reason, Tom, use them and stop being so lazy,
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“What is Our Responsibility to Survivors?”: Alexandria Bombach on her Sundance-Winner On Her Shoulders

Recently announced Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, a survivor of the Yazidi genocide and a current human rights activist, is the star of On Her Shoulders, Alexandria Bombach’s Sundance-winning (both for Best Documentary and the U.S. Documentary Directing Award) portrait of Murad as she navigates a world that would be overwhelming and intimidating for any 23-year-old, let alone one who has experienced unspeakable crimes at the hands of Isis. But speak Murad must — to the prying media, to the cold bureaucratic Un, to indistinguishable assorted government officials. And to the refugees at camps who look to her as […]
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“What is Our Responsibility to Survivors?”: Alexandria Bombach on her Sundance-Winner On Her Shoulders

Recently announced Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, a survivor of the Yazidi genocide and a current human rights activist, is the star of On Her Shoulders, Alexandria Bombach’s Sundance-winning (both for Best Documentary and the U.S. Documentary Directing Award) portrait of Murad as she navigates a world that would be overwhelming and intimidating for any 23-year-old, let alone one who has experienced unspeakable crimes at the hands of Isis. But speak Murad must — to the prying media, to the cold bureaucratic Un, to indistinguishable assorted government officials. And to the refugees at camps who look to her as […]
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David Mackenzie’s Re-Edited ‘Outlaw King’ Trims The Fat & Is A Rousing, Satisfying Adventure [Lff Review]

We don’t usually review movies twice at The Playlist. But then again, a director doesn’t usually cut a substantial chunk of his film after reactions from a festival premiere suggested it was too long, and debut the new version barely six weeks after the initial premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. So props to David Mackenzie for clearly taking the response to “Outlaw King” seriously — not least because the film is backed by Netflix, who, given the latitude they usually give their filmmakers, clearly would have had no problem with releasing whatever version Mackenzie preferred.

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Blumhouse Founder Explains Not Hiring Female Filmmakers: “There Are Not A Lot Of Female Directors, Period”

Jason Blum is a name that is brought up time and time again when people are talking about the most prolific and profitable producers in the film industry. Maybe only behind someone like Marvel StudiosKevin Feige, Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have been on a tear in the last decade-plus, releasing hit microbudget film after hit microbudget film. And in a new interview promoting his next financial triumph “Halloween,” the producer discusses the future and why it’s been so difficult finding a female director to helm a project.

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How Home Video Art Direction Can Undo Stanley Kubrick’s Careful Work

It’s long bothered me that all the design work that goes in to film promotion—often deliberated over at length by industry-leading art directors and designers in conjunction with the actual filmmakers—is routinely discarded when that film hits home video. The world of home video is, for the most part, unregulated in such matters; whether it be studios’ own in-house art departments or boutique labels, they all take different approaches to art direction. Some employ actual living and breathing art directors and some leave it to a dilettantish coterie of everyone-including-the-tea-lady chipping in with their own thoughts. Many home video distributors […]
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How Home Video Art Direction Can Undo Stanley Kubrick’s Careful Work

It’s long bothered me that all the design work that goes in to film promotion—often deliberated over at length by industry-leading art directors and designers in conjunction with the actual filmmakers—is routinely discarded when that film hits home video. The world of home video is, for the most part, unregulated in such matters; whether it be studios’ own in-house art departments or boutique labels, they all take different approaches to art direction. Some employ actual living and breathing art directors and some leave it to a dilettantish coterie of everyone-including-the-tea-lady chipping in with their own thoughts. Many home video distributors […]
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‘The Clovehitch Killer’ Trailer: Dylan McDermott Plays A Boy Scout Dad That Is Hiding A Deadly Secret

At one point or another, many teenagers might believe their parents are somehow evil. Mostly, it’s a hyperbolic thought that springs to mind after your parents take away your phone privileges or deny you the right to go to a party. But in the case of Tyler and his dad in the film “The Clovehitch Killer,” there might be something more sinister below the surface.

In the trailer for the IFC Midnight film, we meet teenager Tyler and his new girlfriend.

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Diablo Cody Signs On To Write A TV Reboot Of Popular ’70s Sitcom ‘Alice’

Lately, the news about reboots and remakes seems to focus on properties created within the last decade. However, according to Variety, Fox has teamed up with acclaimed screenwriter Diablo Cody for a new remake of a popular TV series from 40 years ago. And given the subject matter, it looks like now seems like the perfect time to revisit “Alice.”

Alice,” itself a TV spin-off taken from Martin Scorsese‘s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” starring Ellen Burstyn and Kris Kristofferson, tells the story of a Long Island housewife, Alice, that leaves her horrible husband and hits the road to find a life of her own.

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Jason Blum Says He’s ‘Trying’ to Make a Horror Film Directed by a Woman, but ‘There Aren’t a Lot of Female Directors’

The horror genre has defined the success of Blumhouse Productions ever since the company’s “Paranormal Activity” became one of the most profitable films ever made in 2007. While the company, led by Jason Blum, has had unparalleled success, the studio has failed to produce any horror movies directed by female filmmakers over the last 11 years and counting. Polygon editor Matt Patches recently informed Blum about the statistic during an interview for “Halloween,” to which Blum assured the studio has actively searched for female directing talent.

“We’re always trying to do that,” Blum said. “We’re not trying to do it because of recent events. We’ve always been trying. There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror. I’m a massive admirer of [‘The Babadook’ director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She
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Mel Gibson Is A Very Bad Cop In S. Craig Zahler’s Provocative & Troubling ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ [Lff Review]

S. Craig Zahler is undoubtedly one of the most interesting directors to emerge in genre film in the last few years. Initially turning heads as a screenwriter, he finally broke through thanks to his horror-western directorial debut “Bone Tomahawk” three years ago.

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The DC Films Universe: All The Movies Coming Soon & In Development

Almost exactly four years ago, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed an incredibly ambitious slate of films for the new DC Extended Universe. Ten films in total, the list of films began with 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and charted a four-year path that would end in 2020 with a “Cyborg” solo film, starring Ray Fisher. With only “Man of Steel” released at the time, many people saw this slate and were concerned that WB/DC was being too ambitious.

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‘The Conners’ Showrunner Explains Writing Off Roseanne Barr & Says The Writers Avoided The “Cowardly” Way Out

**Spoilers for ‘The Conners’ series premiere**

Maybe this whole Roseanne Barr/ABC situation can now be put to bed officially. Last night, the world discovered just how the network planned on moving past the “Roseanne” cancelation and start fresh with “The Conners,” and as rumored, it all came down to a drug overdose.

As revealed in the series premiere of the “Roseanne” spin-off, the controversial actress was written out of the series by killing off her character due to an opioid overdose.

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‘Hunter Killer’: Gerard Butler Stumps for His Navy-Approved Submarine Thriller at Unexpected Pentagon Press Conference

‘Hunter Killer’: Gerard Butler Stumps for His Navy-Approved Submarine Thriller at Unexpected Pentagon Press Conference
In one of the more off-beat movie marketing choices of late, “Hunter Killer” star Gerard Butler appeared at the Pentagon — the Virginia headquarters of the Department of Defense, usually the part of the federal government most closely aligned with national security and the armed forces, not film-centric interview opportunities — earlier this week to chat about his upcoming submarine thriller. Butler was on hand to answer queries about his film, which follows a group of Navy SEALs who are forced to save the kidnapped Russian president in an effort to avert a worldwide military crisis, thanks to the full support and involvement of both the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense.

Some news outlets were baffled by the scene, mostly because defense secretary James Mattis has not held his own press conference since late August, and even then his answers were brief (sample headline: “Gerard Butler answers more questions about new
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TV Is Bloodier Than Ever, but the Best Shows Don’t Need Gore to Leave a Mark

TV Is Bloodier Than Ever, but the Best Shows Don’t Need Gore to Leave a Mark
In TV’s golden age, some of the grisliest images can be found on broadcast television — like when “Hannibal” invited a guest to feed their own face to the hounds. Or they’re on basic cable, like the bone-breaking suitcase stuffing in “The Americans,” or on streaming services, such as when Bob becomes demo-dog food in “Stranger Things 2.”

Premium channels remain as gruesome as ever — “Dexter” certainly drained the blood from our cheeks — but lately, their best horror shows don’t need gore to leave a mark. “Sharp Objects” had our teeth rattling even before the final dollhouse discovery, while “Twin Peaks: The Return” was haunting down to the final scream. Both shows, along with many more, illustrate how even as Standards and Practices let more unsettling scenes slide, TV can terrify without getting squeamish.

TV horror is the subject of this week’s Very Good TV Podcast, and IndieWire
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