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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to Reunite for Career-Spanning Tribeca Talk

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to Reunite for Career-Spanning Tribeca Talk
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are reuniting on stage for an in-depth conversation about their respective careers at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival on Tuesday announced its lineup of Tribeca Talks, and Scorsese and festival founder De Niro’s conversation will headline the Directors Series.

The duo will talk about their long, intertwined careers, beginning with “Mean Streets” and through “The Irishman,” which will be released on Netflix later this year. That project is their first time collaborating since 1995’s “Casino.” Together they’ve worked on nine films, including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy” and “Cape Fear.” The chat between Scorsese and De Niro takes place on April 28 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

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Also added to the Tribeca Talks series as part of the Directors Series are conversations with Guillermo del Toro,
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Quentin Tarantino ‘Working Hard’ to Finish Editing ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ for Cannes Premiere

Quentin Tarantino ‘Working Hard’ to Finish Editing ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ for Cannes Premiere
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival is hoping to bring Quentin Tarantino back to the Croisette for the world premiere of his ninth feature, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but it’s going to depend entirely on whether or not the director finishes editing the new project in time. Despite reports saying “Hollywood” is already in at Cannes, sources close to the movie confirm to IndieWire no decision has been made at this time.

Cannes director Thierry Fremaux also tells IndieWire nothing is confirmed just yet regarding Tarantino’s return. When asked about the status of “Hollywood” at Cannes, Fremaux answered, “He’s editing [and] working hard to be ready by Cannes!” The intention is for Tarantino to be back at Cannes, but it is not a definite yet and there is no Cannes premiere date already scheduled.

Should “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” land a spot in Cannes’ lineup, it
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John David Washington Cast In Christopher Nolan’s Upcoming Still-Untitled “Event Film”

We don’t know a plot yet, or even a title, but we now know who is going to be the man starring in the upcoming “event film” from filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Fresh off his breakout role in “BlacKkKlansman,” John David Washington has landed the lead in the upcoming epic.

Again, there’s no word yet on what exactly Washington’s role will be, as the film is being kept under a veil of secrecy.

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Christopher Nolan’s New Film Casts John David Washington, Described as ‘Massive Action Blockbuster’

Christopher Nolan’s New Film Casts John David Washington, Described as ‘Massive Action Blockbuster’
Christopher Nolan’s ultra-secretive new movie has cast John David Washington in a starring role, Variety confirms. Further details on the film are being kept under wraps for now, but Warner Bros. has already given the project a July 2020 release date. Nolan has finished the script for the movie and production is eyeing a start date later this year.

Despite rumors that Nolan’s script is a “romantic thriller” in the vein of “North by Northwest” mixed with elements of his own cerebral action movie “Inception,” people close to the project have denied the claims to Variety. Per reporter Justin Kroll: “One insider described the pic as a massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in Imax.”

The Nolan film is a huge career boost for Washington, who is quickly making a name for himself in Hollywood separate from that of his father, Denzel. The actor first
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‘Catastrophe’ Creators Embraced the Mean and Morbid to End Their Beautiful Marriage Comedy

‘Catastrophe’ Creators Embraced the Mean and Morbid to End Their Beautiful Marriage Comedy
[Edits: The following contains spoilers from “Catastrophe” Season 4, including the finale.]

“Catastrophe” creators and stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan would never kill off their own characters in the finale of the Amazon marriage comedy — but they’re Ok if viewers got that sense of foreboding in the closing scene. As their kids sleep in the car, the married protagonists swim in the dangerous ocean full of rip currents as the camera pulls up and out.

“Why couldn’t [the kids] also die? Couldn’t the emergency brakes malfunction?” said Delaney, getting into the spirit of the dark scenario. “Did you see us roll down the windows? We want the pessimists to be comforted in knowing that everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, and that they’re going to have to stagger the funerals.”

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He’s joking, but his pitch-black humor represents a show that has
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Cardi B, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer & More Join Jennifer Lopez In Strip Club Thriller ‘Hustlers’

Way back in August of last year, it was revealed that Jennifer Lopez was attached to star in a new film from director Lorene Scafaria, based on an article about exotic dancers that band together to hustle money out of their Wall Street clients. The film was said to be on the hunt for more major names to fill out the cast. However, that was all derailed when Annapurna dropped the film in October.

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Valuable Mistakes of a First Time Film Editor

In 2007, I wrote, produced and directed a microbudget feature film called Jackson Arms. The culmination of a lifelong dream, the film was made possible by the sale (after an extensive rehab) of my own home—a Diy endeavor dependent, for its success, on both hard work and good fortune. Because I was a first-time everything and the film, a comedic romance, was shot in two weeks (with animal actors and characters speaking Chinese) there were hiccups—and more than a few warts. After the film wrapped, I believed that I didn’t need to hire an editor because, […]
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Valuable Mistakes of a First Time Film Editor

In 2007, I wrote, produced and directed a microbudget feature film called Jackson Arms. The culmination of a lifelong dream, the film was made possible by the sale (after an extensive rehab) of my own home—a Diy endeavor dependent, for its success, on both hard work and good fortune. Because I was a first-time everything and the film, a comedic romance, was shot in two weeks (with animal actors and characters speaking Chinese) there were hiccups—and more than a few warts. After the film wrapped, I believed that I didn’t need to hire an editor because, […]
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Filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai’s Next Film ‘Blossoms’ Will Be Part Of A Trilogy With ‘In The Mood For Love’ & ‘2046’

Since 2000, acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar-wai has only directed four feature films. However, when one of them is “In the Mood for Love,” you can forgive the director’s lack of output. The 2000 feature is often regarded as not just one of the best films of the last two decades, but also one of the best films, period. And since the release of that film, Wong has followed it up with a sequel, titled “2046,” in 2004, which also received critical acclaim.

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‘Captain Marvel’: Samuel L. Jackson’s Digital De-Aging Is Just the Start of New VFX Advancements

It’s the year of digital de-aging, but with no fear of the Uncanny Valley in sight. In Marvel blockbuster “Captain Marvel,” Lola VFX took 25 years off 70-year-old Samuel L. Jackson as future S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury for the first time without the use of a digital double, and we can expect further strides in the technique with Ang Lee’s October release “Gemini Man” and Martin Scorsese’s Netflix mob drama “The Irishman.”

In Lee’s sci-fi thriller, Weta Digital tackles elite assassin Will Smith getting stalked by his younger clone, and, in Scorsese’s gangster epic, Industrial Light & Magic removes decades from Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in crucial flashbacks as real-life mob hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Weta’s work on the mo-capped younger Smith clone, however, represents a major advancement in the de-aging technique (under the
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‘Girls Of The Sun’ Trailer: Filmmaker Eva Husson Returns With A Tale Of Brave Women Fighting Back Against Extremists

As we approach the 2019 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, we are still awaiting the formal release of some of last year’s competing films. One such film is the thriller “Girls of the Sun,” which is finally hitting theaters next month.

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As seen in the first trailer, “Girls of the Sun” follows the true story of a group of brave women that fought back after being captured and used as sex slaves.

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Google’s Gaming Platform Is Aiming for a 120Fps Future, But Movies Still Need to Catch Up

Google’s presentation at the 2019 Game Developers Conference focused mainly on its new gaming system Stadia, but it may well be another step towards a massive change in the way all entertainment is delivered to a wide audience. In addition to teasing a decentralized console-free setup for Stadia, the presentation also came with some encouraging news for filmmakers looking to advance the existing framerate standard for film and TV.

An overwhelming majority of series and movies are filmed at 24 frames per second, but a few enterprising names have looked to push that long-standing number even higher. Just last week came word that Ang Lee’s latest film, “Gemini Man,” will film at 120 frames per second, the same as his previous film, the ambitious but tepidly received “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Though most of the existing infrastructure for streaming and TV isn’t currently equipped to handle that kind of projection,
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‘Terminator’ Sequel Now Officially ‘Dark Fate’ & Preparing For A Box Office Brawl With Upcoming ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot

We heard rumblings this was the case, but now it’s official – Tim Miller’s upcoming ‘Terminator’ sequel is titled “Terminator: Dark Fate.” And its first enemy is a group of female ass-kickers and not a legion of cybernetic organisms.

Deadline has revealed that the official title for the film is indeed ‘Dark Fate,’ after James Cameron hinted at that months ago.

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‘Depraved’ Review: Larry Fessenden’s No-Budget Delight Brings Frankenstein into the 21st Century

‘Depraved’ Review: Larry Fessenden’s No-Budget Delight Brings Frankenstein into the 21st Century
Hell-bent upon finding evidence of ancient monsters in the modern world (often by exploring how they continue to be reflected in the raw stuff of human nature), Larry Fessenden launched his filmmaking career with a Frankenstein story, and he’s been working his way back to the subject ever since. Traces of Mary Shelley’s mad science can be found in many of the low-budget horror movies that his Glass Eye Pix has produced since 1985, and they’re even more apparent in the ones that he’s directed: From the ecological hubris of “The Last Winter” to the monster-is-us mythicism of “Wendigo” and the selfishness that percolates beneath all of his narratives and bubbled to the surface in “Beneath,” each of his features has dissected a severed limb from Shelley’s foundational story.

With “Depraved” — which is perhaps both his least expensive and most ambitious movie — Fessenden sews his entire body of work together.
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MoviePass Comes Full Circle With Its New “Uncapped” Movie Plans After A Terrible Start To 2019

If you don’t mind me being a bit crude for a second, the best way to describe MoviePass is to compare it to a certain illness spread amongst sexually active folks that a surprising number of people have but only shows up for brief periods before disappearing again. And try as you might, no amount of medication can get rid of it. It just sticks around, lurking under the surface. So, here we are, three months into 2019, MoviePass has reappeared and flared up, just to tell everyone that the unlimited movie plan that made people (like me) stupidly fall for back in early 2018 is back, albeit with a couple of key differences.

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‘Aquaman’ Honest Trailer: From Fish-Talking Zero To Hunky Hero

Sometimes the folks over at Screen Junkies have to do a bit of reaching to really come up with funny things to comment on in their Honest Trailers. However, with “Aquaman,” you can’t help but think that the writers had plenty of extra jokes that they couldn’t fit into the video’s relatively short five-minute run-time.

Let’s be honest, despite making over $1 billion at the box office and making fans’ heads explode with superhero bliss, “Aquaman” is not a great film.

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‘Shrill’: Can This ‘Revolutionary’ Fat-Positive Comedy Inspire Industry-Wide Change?

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‘Shrill’: Can This ‘Revolutionary’ Fat-Positive Comedy Inspire Industry-Wide Change?
Like the Lindy West memoir that inspired it, Hulu’s “Shrill” tackles abortion, Internet trolling, love, and being fat. It’s a perspective that executive producer Elizabeth Banks describes as “revolutionary” — especially after she was left nonplussed when a female journalist at the Television Critics Association winter press tour asked: “You’ve been gorgeous your whole life. What did you understand about this material?”

Banks answered the question by simply saying the Aidy Bryant comedy is “something that everyone can relate to.” But afterward, she told IndieWire, “We left the panel, and we thought, ‘We have to make a hundred more of these shows, so that this just gets normal. … Lindy’s book points out that if you put a character like this on television, and make her a role model, that will be revolutionary.”

Added West, “There’s this great lie that if you spend all your money and
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‘Your Son’ [‘Tu Hijo’]: A Father’s Love Leads To Violence In This Gritty Psychological Thriller [Review]

Jaime Jiménez (Jose Coronado) lives an everyman nightmare: A middle-aged surgeon in Sevilla, he drives numbly through rainy streets, with the backdrop of radio presenters murmuring about unemployment and economic dissatisfaction. Jaime is constantly shut out of his daughter Sara’s life (Asia Ortega). Meanwhile, his wife, Carmen (Ana Wagener) is barely a presence in his life. The only tether to the real world is Jaime’s beloved son, Marcos (Pol Monen), a high school-aged runner and his father’s jogging partner, who is, in every way, the golden boy.

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Wong Kar-Wai Reveals Next Film ‘Blossoms’ Is a Follow-Up to ‘In the Mood for Love’ and ‘2046’

Wong Kar-Wai has announced he will return to feature filmmaking by the end of the year or in early 2020 with his long-in-the-works drama “Blossoms.” According to Chinese newspaper Ming Pao (via The Film Stage), Wong confirmed the start date to press after receiving an honorary award at the Hong Kong Screenwriter’s Guild on March 17. “Blossoms” is based on Jin Yucheng’s 2013 novel and follows the lives of three Shanghai residents from the end of China’s cultural revolution in the 1960s through the 1990s.

Blossoms” has been in development for the last several years, with Wong spending at least four years finishing the script. The director told IndieWire in 2017 the film would be more personal than anything he’s done previously.

“Shanghai is my hometown and the time that the book describes is the time of my absence because I went to Hong Kong when I was 19, in ’63,” Wong said.
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First Look at ‘Rocketman’ Suggests Elton John Biopic Will Be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’-Level Hit

It was fitting that Paramount chose West Hollywood’s historic Troubadour as the site of Monday night’s sneak peek of “Rocketman,” the eagerly awaited Elton John biopic, opening May 31st. That’s where John made his U.S. debut and skyrocketed to superstardom in the summer of 1970. The reception featured Taron Egerton as Reg Dwight-turned Elton John, Bryce Dallas Howard as mother Sheila, Jamie Bell as long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin, and producer David Furnish (John’s husband). (Director Dexter Fletcher was in post-production and unavailable for the event.)

The 20-minute presentation, starring an eerily spot-on Egerton (who does his own singing), covered all of the ups and downs of the rock star’s rollercoaster ride throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but in a much more audacious and unconventional way than the popular Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (on which Fletcher replaced Bryan Singer as uncredited director).

The fantasy musical
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