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Friends Co-Creators Address the Possibility of a Reboot, Revival, or Reunion

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Say it ain't so!

Marta Kauffman, co-creator and executive producer of Friends, had some chilling news to offer to fans of the series during the Tribeca TV Festival today.

If you're spending time swirling ideas around your head about what a Friends reunion or revival could bring, you're gonna need a new hobby.

There will be no reboot. There will be no revival. Heck, there won't even be a reunion.

17 Things We Would Need from a Friends Revival

“We will not be doing a reunion show, we will not be doing a reboot,” Kauffman said.

“The show was about that time in life when friends are your family,” she explained, adding that life changes when your family becomes your family.

And if you're reeling from the news and hoping that her co-creator and executive producer David Crane might come to the rescue, think again.

“We did the show we wanted to do.
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Empathy Inc. Director Yedidya Gorsetman Talks About Creating His Sci-Fi Thriller [Exclusive]

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Hotshot venture capitalist Joel has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus and his business partner Lester, who are seeking investors in a new technology known as Xvr-Xtreme Virtual Reality-from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech's creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn't virtual.

What's it like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes? In Yedidya Gorsetman's imaginative new sci-fi thriller Empathy, Inc. is in theaters today from Dark Star Pictures (L.
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Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’

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Telluride Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘Uncut Gems’
Audiences have been comparing Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” to a cocaine rush since it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. I wouldn’t know, but it’s a trip all right: (Adam Sandler), which is not a place most moviegoers would care to spend much time. That’s because most moviegoers are looking for simple escapism, whereas “Uncut Gems” feels like being locked inside the pinwheeling brain of a lunatic for more than two hours — and guess what: It’s a gas!

Howie runs a by-appointment-only jewelry store in New York’s diamond district, a humming network of tiny stands and private showrooms where specialists handle the bulk of the city’s precious stones. It’s a traditionally Jewish enclave, and everyone there seems to know Howie, who’s well-liked but an obvious loose cannon: A reckless adulterer, an incorrigible gambling addict and a borderline con artist,
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Composer Clint Mansell Reteaming With Director Ben Wheatley On Hitchcock Remake ‘Rebecca’

Composer Clint Mansell had a hell of a beginning to his film career. His first two scores were featured in the films “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Not a bad way to start your film career, huh? Since then, Mansell has composed music for a huge number of high-profile film and TV projects, including “Moon,” “Stoker,” “High-Rise,” and most recently, “Out of Blue.” Not to mention, he has continued to score the films from Darren Aronofsky.

Continue reading Composer Clint Mansell Reteaming With Director Ben Wheatley On Hitchcock Remake ‘Rebecca’ at The Playlist.
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Lincoln Center 50th Gala Adds Scorsese, Aronofsky, Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has added Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees, and Martin Scorsese as guest speakers for the 50th Anniversary Gala on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Alice Tully Hall. They will join previously announced Pedro Almodóvar, Marielle Heller, Tilda Swinton, and John Waters, who will also be feted.

All have a connection with the New York Film Festival and Fslc. Darren Aronofsky’s feature debut Pi (1998) was chosen for the 27th New Directors/New Films, and his 2008 film The Wrestler closed the 46th New York Film Festival; Jake Gyllenhaal’s film Wildlife, which he starred in and produced through Nine Stories, premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival; Dee Rees’s feature debut, Pariah (2011), was selected for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films, and her follow-up, 2017’s Mudbound, screened at the 55th New York Film Festival. Scorsese has had seven films screen in the New York Film Festival,
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Sundance 2019 Finally Looks Like the Future, But Will Audiences Embrace It? — Analysis

Sundance 2019 Finally Looks Like the Future, But Will Audiences Embrace It? — Analysis
For 34 years, Robert Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival with a freewheeling press conference in which he juggled questions from the press. This year, after a brief introduction, he stepped aside to let the programming staff handle the hard part. The move had symbolic resonance: Redford is the Sundance’s founder and figurehead, but the festival’s reputation has evolved far beyond the long-standing appeal of the white male artist. So has the lineup.

Thirty years ago, Steven Soderbergh created the Sundance breakout with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape;” a decade later, the honor fell to Darren Aronofsky with “Pi.” While those success stories remain key aspects of the festival’s mythology, they don’t carry the same charge for audiences, or for the marketplace.

However, Sundance remains vital. Reflecting the concerns of the industry as a whole, the festival has moved beyond the notion of diversity as a buzzword to
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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage

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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage
The EnergaCamerimage fest’s main lineup, its competition for best cinematographer, covers a vast range of styles, and honors several fresh visual stylists along with many legends in the field.

As festival director Marek Zydowicz puts it, this year’s selection “was particularly tough because of the variety of visual means used to enhance the stories being told. I am still amazed of the number of possibilities modern equipment give to cinematographers to complete their vision without going to any compromise.”

With entries shot in monochrome and others “sparkling with color,” he says, “we have films presenting different points of view, cultures, ways of living.”

Those screening represent films gleaned from “quite a long, long list of films” by veteran cinematographers, “and the lesser known but truly beautiful artists of light and camera who astonished me with their visions.”

In addition, the fest’s traditional audience, consisting of a high
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Best Jokes From the 2018 Emmys Monologue: ‘Roseanne was Canceled by Herself, Picked Up by White Nationalists’

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Best Jokes From the 2018 Emmys Monologue: ‘Roseanne was Canceled by Herself, Picked Up by White Nationalists’
At the top of the 70th Emmys, the conversation went right to two areas expected to dominate the entire night. Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che opened up their part of Monday night’s telecast with a flurry of jokes, mostly centered on diversity in the industry and the growing #MeToo movement.

Without mentioning the hashtag itself or any of the prominent men in the TV industry who have come under scrutiny for their past actions, Che and Jost still found a way to address things right away.

“It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven’t been caught yet,” said Che.

“This year, the audience is allowed to drink in their seats,” Jost added. “Because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function.” (It is unclear whether
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New to Streaming: ‘Support the Girls,’ Venice 2018 Premieres, ‘mother!,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Disobedience (Sebastían Lelio)

It starts with a London-based rabbi speaking from his heart about the complexities of life. He stammers through — obviously ailing — until collapse. Suddenly we’re in New York City watching a photographer in-session with tattooed seniors. The phone rings and we know. She (Rachel Weisz’s Ronit Krushka) is the daughter of that rabbi and he has passed away. The assumption is that both these worlds will subsequently collide in reunion. Tears will be shed and hugs had. But that’s not quite the case with Sebastían Lelio’s Disobedience. Ronit has been gone for some time and the leaving wasn’t under good terms.
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New Trailer for Paranoia Horror 'Retina' About Side Effects Gone Awry

"Are there any side effects I should know about?" Screen Media Films has debuted an official trailer for a sci-fi horror thriller titled Retina, from filmmaker Carlos Ferrer (Scallop Pond). The film is about a woman who participates in a medical study, but starts to experience nightmares and unusual side effects. One early review calls it a "low-budget but polished little thriller that invokes the spirit of 70s paranoia thrillers like The Parallax View or The Conversation and 90s indie equivalents like Darren Aronofsky’s Pi." Retina stars Lindsay Goranson as April, with Gary Swanson, Ian Temple, Ron Haxton, and Jamie Fedorko. The footage doesn't look that impressive and the poster is way more explosive than the trailer. Take a look. Here's the official trailer (+ two posters) for Carlos Ferrer's Retina, direct from YouTube: A young woman (Lindsay Goranson) participates in a medical study. After a series of nightmares and unusual side effects,
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Is ‘Black Panther’ the Year’s Only Real Oscar Best Picture Contender So Far?

Is ‘Black Panther’ the Year’s Only Real Oscar Best Picture Contender So Far?
At the halfway point of the year, it’s downright strange that the only 2018 release with a real chance of landing a Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars also happens to be the top-grossing film of the year.

But that’s only one of the reasons that “Black Panther” is such a phenomenon. A blockbuster hit that also feels like a landmark in ways that could conceivably register with Oscars voters next year, the Marvel release is potentially the first film since “American Sniper” in 2014 to land a Best Picture nod and also wind up in the top five of the yearly box-office chart. (And “American Sniper” made nearly all its money the following year.)

But “Black Panther” is by no means a sure thing, and its fate at the Oscars will depend on a myriad of factors between now and the end of the year. That’s
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Q&A: Madmind Studio CEO Tomek Dutkiewicz Discusses the Depictions of Hell and the Gory Gameplay Styles of New Video Game Agony

Do you have a taste for battling demons and navigating the scream-filled corridors of hell after playing video games such as Diablo and Doom? If so, then you may want to take a trip to the fire-fueled underworld in the new video game Agony, out now from Madmind Studio. To celebrate the game's recent release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, we caught up with Madmind Studio CEO Tomek Dutkiewicz to discuss his 10-plus years of research for Agony, the different modes that gamers can choose from, and the possibility of future Dlc for the gory game.

Can you tell us about the team behind Agony? What brought you together to tell this story and take players into the depths of hell?

Tomek Dutkiewicz: We've worked together in many different companies over the years. With time, our paths have dispersed and only the Agony prototype and the perspective of
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“Storytelling is in Our DNA”: Darren Aronofsky’s Ten Rules for Independent Filmmakers at SXSW

“Storytelling is in Our DNA”: Darren Aronofsky’s Ten Rules for Independent Filmmakers at SXSW
“Storytelling makes us human, it’s in our DNA,” said writer-director Darren Aronofsky in a keynote panel at SXSW. Giving Filmmaker a shout-out along the way, Aronofsky recalled his early days at Harvard and the American Film Institute and the hours spent watching the early works of Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Robert Rodriguez, and Richard Linklater on VHS, wondering how he’d break into directing. His research led him to the making of his feature debut Pi, an experimental psychological thriller that was “weird,” was shot on high-contrast black-and-white reversal film with one actor and little dialogue, and optsed for a non-linear […]
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'Ready Player One' among 13 things to look out for at SXSW 2018

'Ready Player One' among 13 things to look out for at SXSW 2018
Women in television, Darren Aronofsky and Barry Jenkins keynotes, Nasa mission to the sun talk on the agenda.

March 10 Update: SXSW director of film Janet Pierson has confirmed the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will be the (not so) surprise screening on Sunday.

The world premiere of John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place starring Krasinski alongside his wife, Emily Blunt kicked off the annual film festival in Austin, Texas, which runs from March 9-17.

However SXSW isn’t all about the big screen and offers a panoply of music, gaming, technology discussions, conferences, and keynote speeches to savour.
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Sundance Film Festival Programming Chief Trevor Groth Heads to 30West

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Sundance Film Festival Programming Chief Trevor Groth Heads to 30West
30West has hired Sundance Film Festival programming chief Trevor Groth, who will join the company in February, it was announced Monday. Groth joined the festival in 1993 and was named Senior Programmer in 2003 and Director in 2009. During his time with the festival staff, he helped champion acclaimed titles such as “Whiplash,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Hard Eight,” “Pi,” “Memento” and “Napoleon Dynamite.” In his post, he also was one of the first to showcase the shorts of now prominent filmmakers such as Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Taika Waititi and Sarah Polley. Also Read: 2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards: The Complete Winners List “It’s...
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Hey Razzie Awards, Why! Did! You! Nominate! ‘Mother!’?

Hey Razzie Awards, Why! Did! You! Nominate! ‘Mother!’?
The 2018 Razzie nominations were announced early Monday morning, January 22, on the eve of the Oscar nominations. The Razzies have been “honoring” the worst movies of the year for 38 years now, so there must be some kind of misprint because they accidentally nominated one of the better movies of the last year, “Mother!” It’s up for Worst Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Worst Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), and Worst Director (Darren Aronofsky). What gives, Razzie voters? Check out the complete list of nominations here.

I know, I know, “Mother!” was an extremely divisive film, a bizarre horror movie with strange religious symbolism in which an unnamed husband and wife (Bardem and Lawrence) renovate a house only to have their lives invaded by strangers, and such an unusual film understandably struggled at the box office when it was released last September. But judging from the reviews more people liked it than not. It
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Canon Of Film: ‘Requiem For a Dream’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we celebrate the recent release of ‘Mother!‘ on home video by delving into Darren Aronofsky‘s masterpiece, ‘Requiem for a Dream‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Screenplay: Hubert Selby Jr. and Darren Aronofsky based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr.

I saw a stat awhile ago, I don’t remember the exact numbers, but basically it said that most people are incorrect about what will make them happy. Happy. I suspect those are the same people that think happiness is a feeling that they need to achieve, or search for. The more I think about it, I believe more than anything, drug addicts have disillusioned themselves into believing such a feeling of happiness essentially exists. Happiness, pleasure, something along those lines, but whatever it is, the world
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New to Streaming: ‘Princess Cyd,’ ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘mother!,’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)

Leave it to Steven Spielberg to eke more thrills out of an animated feature than most directors could with every live-action tool at their disposal. The Adventures of Tintin is colored and paced like a child’s fantastical imagining of how Hergé’s comics might play in motion, and the extent to which viewers buy it depends largely on their willingness to give
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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